I’m a total control freak. Its hard for me to “let go” when I create. I like balance and order. But more and more, I see wild improv quilts and I love them. But sitting down to try my hand at the style has mostly left me frustrated and less than pleased with my results. But I think I’ve managed to find a happy medium. In my last quilt, The Starry Eyed Girl, I used composed elements and treasured pieces of fabric to improv piece a top. I’ll post about it soon but here’s my first truly “Ale improv” quilt.
For me this is the best of two worlds, it has order and there is thought in every block, but allowing them to float or setting them otherwise free from a traditional block layout is all the liberation I need! I was so very thrilled with the way this turned out, that I decided to try the same approach with Ben’s quilt.
I combed through some books and my pintrest board and came up with some pieced elements:First, this block is called Erica’s Honesty/ Jazz Hands from the Material Obsession 2 book. This tutorial on Y seams was really helpful. It was going really well until I went to join the two sides and then something weird happened to the center hexagon seams. It got all weird and wonky. I can’t decide if its worth it to try to take it apart and fix it…hrrmmm what do you think? It’s less noticeable from a distance.
Next up some panther portholes. I used this awesome circle tutorial. It works just as nicely with an oval shape, just gather the fabric slowly, pressing and smoothing with your fingers as you go. Then starch the hell outta that mother! Seriously though, I sprayed this until the whole thing was damp and pressed on my hottest setting. It helps give it a polished look and it hides any bulk from the seam allowance.
So not too shabby for a friday night. We had to put our dog Sophie down this week, she was 14, we got her when I was a freshman in high school. So I’m losing myself in projects and trying not to feel too sad. She had a good doggy life and a gentle end surrounded by people who loved her. I like to think that she’s up in doggy heaven, chasing the horses and living on Lindt truffles (her favorite, that dog’s mission in life was to find and eat all the chocolate she could. Which she frequently did, no matter how we tried to deter her!). The rains have finally started too. It feels fitting. Time to settle in for the long wet season, full of quilts, cuddles and hand work.