These days, I seem to be finishing quilts quicker than I can blog about them, which is something I’m not use too! When I began blogging, the computer would wait patiently whilst I frantically sewed on binding. Now, there’s a seeming endless list of post waiting to be published!
Today is the turn of a quilt I completed last month as part of round three of the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap. You may remember the quilt I made for round two of the swap last year, which was great fun and just a little bit difficult to part with. This time around I was pleased to discover my assigned partner, Nicole AKA kwilter100 on Instagram, had similar tastes to my previous partner, so I was once again able to express my love of all things improv. I was thinking bright colours, wonky piecing and a lot of quilting; all things my partner seemed to like!
I began by cutting random widths of fabric and strip piecing them. These were then sliced into and sewn back together, creating a stepped effect. Like most of the quilts I make, the fabric pulling was one of my favourite parts. My partner requested large-scale floral prints coupled with aqua and pink. I purchased some Anna Maria Horner ‘Pretty Potent’ floral as a starting point, and then raided the stash for coordinating prints. There’s a little Tula in there, as well as some Carolyn Friedlander (surprise, surprise) and some Cotton and Steel. Everything just works so well together!
I made a total of four improv blocks before cutting them down and filling in the negative space with some black yarn dyed linen by Robert Kauffman. I then went to town with the quilting, both following and going against the seam lines, even crosshatching in some areas, with the lines around a quarter of an inch apart. For the backing, I chose a stash staple that I’ve been waiting for the perfect project to use. The colours were just right. Binding was another Carolyn print from her Botanics collection. Love, love, LOVE!
Received and hung up, I pleased to say Nicole was happy with it, which is the whole point of a swap I guess!