In the mood for Improv – 2016.04.27

In December, the Modern Quilt Guild (MQG) announced a new fabric challenge.  I signed up for the free black & white Sashing Stash fabric, which I received in March.  The rules require that only Riley Blake solids can be used with the feature fabric.  I didn’t know exactly what I was going to for this challenge, but I wanted to get a variety of colors in the solid fabrics.  It was a little challenging to find a good selection of Riley Blake solids, but eventually I found a fat quarter pack at Cotton Capers Online.  Here’s my fabric, waiting for me to be inspired.

RB SS and solids

Because the Sashing Stash fabric is so geometrical, my first thought was to make a quilt with lots of straight lines.  But I found that just wasn’t appealing to me – I was in the mood for Improv.   I have a couple of ideas and I’m going to start experimenting – working without a pattern, because that the nature of improv!


But first, I warmed up my improv skills by making some blocks for this month’s Vancouver MQG block lotto challenge The block is called ‘X Marks the Improv’ and was designed by Debbie of A Quilters’ Table.   It’s a fun and quick block to make – the last one took less than 15 minutes – and a great way to use up all the scraps I’ve been saving.

X marks the Improv

I’ve made 4 blocks so far, and may make more, but right now I want to start working on my ideas for the Riley Blake challenge.  Check back soon to see what I come up with.


Thanks for stopping by.  Today, I’m linking up with these blogs – click on the links below, where you’ll find many other creative projects to inspire you.

   Esther’s Blog   Sew Fresh Quilts


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6 Responses to In the mood for Improv – 2016.04.27

  1. I’m always in the mood for improv- it’s pretty much all I do. I think most of your stuff is improv’ed too from what I can gather. You just get an idea in your head and make it – that’s what I do too. I really think I work best that way.

  2. Marianne says:

    Can never get enough improv……..have fun. Looking forward to seeing the results!!!

  3. Pam says:

    Can’t wait to see where you go with this!

  4. Hannah says:

    I love improv quilting. So much kinder on the mind, or my mind at least! I love the colours you chose in the solids, so many! I’m sure what you come up with will be exciting 🙂 Hannah

  5. judyvillett says:

    Sizzling colours for your improve…..looks like fun!

  6. judyvillett says:

    Oops, that’s improv, not improve, although we are trying to do that too!

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