Quilt Improv blog tour

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Quilt Improv by Lu Summers. Thanks for stopping by!

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What a great book… To start with it’s beautiful. The photography is bright and vivid with amazing out door locations. It makes you eager to dig into your stash and start sewing. But this book is more than a pretty face!

It is all about improvisational piecing, which is what made me fall hard for quilting back when I started. I think that all quilters, beginner or experienced, should try it. It opens your eyes to how free and fun quilting can be. Quilt Improv really embraces that concept of the freedom of improv piecing, but it is arranged so that the reader can learn specific blocks and techniques. This gives a great frame work in which to tackle improv piecing, making it approachable and fun.

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First, the book teaches a series of blocks. They are all so colorful and bright, often sewn up with Lu’s amazing fabrics. There’s so much movement, life, and energy in her wonderful piecing!

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Then, the book features a quilt for each block learned.

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When looking through the book, I instantly fell for the quilt that features the improv string block. All those solids call my name of course!

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Following Lu’s thorough instructions I quickly sewed up the parts for a string block.

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After arranging them a few different ways, I decided to make a change from the diamond and arrange them in this sort of broken stripe arrangement.

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Since the whole point of improv is to add your own spin, I figure that’s ok! This wonderful book really inspires and promotes creativity and exploration.

Who would like to win a copy?!? F & W Media is kind enough to be giving one so leave a comment here and I’ll be picking a winner next Friday. And be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour!

Well. Here we are at the end of another year! 2013 was a rough year for many and that included me. There were some really wonderful moments (QuiltCon!!) but plenty of hard ones too.  So I’m  ready to move on from 2013 and tackle 2014! I am excited for all that it will hold!

There HAS been sewing time over the past few weeks and that’s been wonderful.  I had really missed sewing machine time, so I found myself wanting to just sew without thinking too much.  So I made the same damned pillow 9 (actually almost finished with a tenth!) times! Ha. I’ll get the pattern put together soon!

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And when I look at my 2013 sewing as a whole, I’m actually surprised that there is this much. It’s nice to see it all together.

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So here’s to a New Year! Hope that yours is filled with love, family, friends and sewing!

It’s so exciting, my fabric is in shops now! I stopped in at Sew Modern yesterday, and there it was!

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Snatch some up – I promise that you’ll love them in person.

We’re also having a holiday/release party at Sew Modern on December 13th!

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Hope that those of you who are local to LA can come.  Would love to see you there!

And guess what?? I’ve been sewing! A couple of posts about it are coming soon.

I am newly home from Quilt Market.  It was a good one… Was great to see so many friends again.

I had to make a quilt for the In the Beginning booth that featured all of my Modern Solids.  Needless to say, it wasn’t an easy task for me to come up with a quilt that had all of the colors, but didn’t read too much like a rainbow.  Here it is, hanging at Market, all finished up:

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And a wider photo that shows it with the other two quilts featuring my fabrics.

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Jacquie made the one next to mine and Jen the last one.  They are both so so beautiful! I’m very lucky to have friends who are such talented quilters who were up for making these  amazing quilts so quickly.

I don’t have many progress photos, but here’s a couple…

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For the quilting I did straight line quilting across the whole face of the quilt (using the edge of my walking foot as a guide for each seam).

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Then in order to accentuate the negative space, I went back and added another line between each line in the light gray.

I can’t can’t wait to keep working with my fabrics more! And I won’t have to use every single color in the next quilt! There’s definitely a certain satisfaction in sewing with your own fabrics. It’s wonderful.

Another reminder that I’m over on Instagram more than I’m posting here… it’s just so much faster! Please follow me over there if you’d like to!

You guys, I finally got my fabrics IN MY HANDS! For those of you wondering, they will be in shops in December and shops can currently buy them from In the Beginning. These solids are crossweaves, so they have a lovely texture and depth to them.

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They are so pretty that I’m downright thrilled. These are all of the colors, plus the two grays on the bottom.  I thought that I’d post a little about my process of coming up with the colors.

When I first spoke with In the Beginning about me releasing another line of colors with their Modern Solids, they told me about the process. The terrifying part of it is that since it’s a crossweave  fabric (that’s not printed on) there’s no test runs! You have to get the mill the colors of the two threads, they weave them and that’s that! There’s your fabric. No changes or tweaks allowed! Needless to say, when I opened up that box of fabrics, I was SO happy that I like them all.

So first up, I needed to decide on 20 colors… I spent a lot of time pulling fabrics and hitting up home depot for some paint chips!

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Since the fabrics are cross weaves – the goal was to pick the two different colors of the threads that would add up to the desired finished color of the fabric.

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First I settled on the finished colors that I wanted and then I slowly put together the two colors that would lead to it.

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I put them all together and popped the little packet of colors in the mail!

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You’ll noticed a decided lack of purple. Yeah. I’m not so big on purple. I was understandably asked to add a couple so that was done and then the mill mailed us the threads.

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They sent two shades of each color, so the vibrant ones were selected and off they went to weave ‘em!! I held my breath for a couple of months while waiting and now that I have actually seen them and felt them, they are beeeeeautiful!!

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Seriously. I’m not just saying this because I work with In the Beginning now… these fabrics are wonderful to work with. The drape and hand… the nice crisp flat press… and they cut so smoothly. They are just really lovely fabrics…

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I definitely picked my favorite colors, but I also did my best to pick colors that I think will really appeal to the modern quilter. I hope you like them too!