Monday, February 20, 2017

improv QAL - triangles

For overall information on play, the improv QAL, please see the QAL kickoff as well the main event page.  

The improv QAL has a set of basic rules -

  • you are in charge
  • make what you want
  • don't follow a pattern
  • play with fabric
  • experiment

Anything goes here.

This is your project, your creativity. 

There will be weekly prompts each Monday, through April 3.  Last week's prompt was wonky log cabins.  Each week, I'll show you a mini quilt created using that week's prompt.  I'll also be making 'blocks' to join into a bigger quilt piece that I'll share at the end of the improv QAL.

The prompts are provided to get you started, to plant that very first thought.  But then take it anywhere you would like to go.  If you new to improv, today's prompt is a great place to start because it makes good use of odd sized scraps and pieces.

Prompt (February 20) -
Make wonky half 'block' triangles from odd shaped scraps. 
 Produce a mini or create blocks to be assembled together with other blocks from the QAL.

Remember, this prompt is just the start of this week's assignment.  Embrace it or ignore it.

What you'll need -
  • Fabric scraps in odd sizes are great for this exercise.  

Some tips & ideas -

  • If working with odd shaped scraps, cut triangles out with scissors.
  • Make a collection of them and then press and trim with scissors if needed before joinng them together.
  • To get a slightly more 'orderly' HST that is still a bit wonky, stack two fabric rectangle shapes, right sides facing up for both and use rotary cutter to slice across.  Reassemble into triangles.

  • Use additional fabric of the background color to frame or further offset the blocks.  Your outside strips could be extra wide to give you room to trim your block to the final shape.

Remember - anything goes here.  It is your project, your creativity coming through.  Don't be afraid to experiment.  This might feel uncomfortable but don't give up - keep working through to the end product.

  • Use #playimprovqal to earn entries towards one of the QAL prizes.  

  • Blog link-up opens March 13 for another way to share your progress!

Next prompt Monday, February 27.  Here's a sneak peak.

My mini quilt top will be linked up with  Main Crush Monday's,   Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Fabric Frenzy Friday,  Finish it Up Friday and Finished or Not Friday.  This is finish #8 for 2017 - all have been minis so far.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, February 17, 2017

Notebook cover

I want to bring a notebook with me to QuiltCon so I created a fabric notebook cover from a fun FQ from my stash.

The label is from Sweetwater - I've had it for quite awhile and this seemed like a good use for it.

This was very fun to make and more are in my future.  I'm thinking a fabric covered notebook would make a great gift.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Stitch down those edges

I've a finishing tip today but first let me show off my quilt.

I finished assembling my quilt top last week from Cheryl's @ MeadowmistDesigns mystery QAL.

I just love the design and the mystery was a lot of fun.  I downsized my blocks from the 12'' (finished) from the pattern to 6'' finished so my quilt - soon to be wall hanging - is currently 30'' square without borders.

The blocks themselves were made up of 2'' finished blocks - lots of HST in this one.

I used American Made Brand solids for this one.  The overall quilt top is 30'' square.

Once a quilt top is assembled and hanging around waiting for borders or maybe going right to the quilting step, I always run a line of stitching along the edge of the quilt.

This keeps all those seams from popping just a thread or two.  It will also keep things from stretching out of shape.

The line of stitching is close to the edge, roughly at the 1/8 mark.  You don't have to be precise with this - just make sure it is well short of the 1/4'' mark.

It doesn't take long and helps keep your quilts in shape for the big finish!

My quilt top will be linked up with  Main Crush Monday's,   Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Fabric Frenzy Friday,  Finish it Up Friday and Finished or Not Friday.   I will also be linking up with Tips and Tutorials Tuesdays.  

Have a wonderful day! Patty