When life gives you scraps…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
…you have to improvise a little.

My last baby quilt left me with a bunch of HST clippings in aqua and teal hues. The scraps were barely 1.5” square,  would I have trimmed them up before sewing with them I might have ended with a grid as small as 0.5”. Nope, that wasn’t a day for tiny piecing and I don’t need much convincing to skip trimming in general. I was going to wing it that day and just piece those HSTs in the shapes they came in – no discrimination, just improvising.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And as just sewing, not pressing, not trimming, not measuring, not squaring felt quite liberating I kept on adding borders to the HST panel and found some more coordinating scraps to make a separate improv log cabin piece. I quilted both of them up with multi directional straight line clusters and turned them into a pillow cover with my usual zipper finish.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I’m your textbook perfectionist and quilting offers a perfect gateway to those of us who are. I’ve been trying to be more conscious about little flaws and imperfections that happen and to embrace them as part of the quilt making process and a quilt’s character. When improvising there are no points to be matched or measurements to be followed. Putting all that off the plate makes improv piecing an almost cathartic experience.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Also, for the first time in forever, this is a project that was not intended as a gift for anyone or served any other kind of purpose with a deadline to make. But it happens to work well with some new things in our home – this might be because I’ve been in a ‘colours of the sea’ phase ;-)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

You can expect more improv content on veni vidi vicky next year, since I just joined a quilting bee focusing on this very technique. Talk to you soon and let’s raise a glass to all those missed points!

vicky_lang

Merken

Merken

Merken

Advertisements

18 comments

Add Yours
  1. Melanie

    Your pillow turned out great. And look at the photos again. I think I am getting really jealous of your photography skills! ;)

    PS: Looking forward to “our” bee, too. I guess for me it will be quite challenging. I love rules / frameworks / parameters. So it will be a big leap into learning to be happy with (or even loving) your own achievements without a real chance of measuring yourself. Neither in the framework nor the comparison way.

  2. Julie

    I love the contrast, the super neat and organised contrasting with the less formal. It turned out amazing! Thanks so much for sharing at #HandmadeMonday

  3. Nicky

    It is great to free up the mind with some liberated stitching and it makes an exciting joyous product. Love the cushion and hope you link some more improv to #scraptastictuesday!

Leave a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s