Monday, April 3, 2017

improv QAL - text! (the last prompt)

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. 

Wow!  This is the last prompt!  I really hope that you've had as much fun as I've had with this QAL.  If you missed the other prompts, here they are:
 wonky log cabin , the half triangle blockstack, cut & sew, wonky geesewonky starscrumbs, & strips / curves!
My guess is that many of you knew that a prompt for improv text was coming - giving the mini quilt that started this all.

Improv text is a little tricky - but nothing you can't handle!

Today's prompt is -

 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.

I've been working on a wall hanging size improv quilt to be revealed in the parade.  The progress photo below gives you a sneak piece to some of the text that will appear.

See text progress in pictures - 

Some tips & ideas -

  • Spellcheck before sewing (learned this one the hard way!)

  • Trim with scissors

  • Sew with a really tiny stitch length.  Mine was set to 1.2

  • If you mess up, throw it out or cut it out.  Don't waste time on unpicking a seam.

  • Roughly layout your fabrics to form the letter (first photo) and consider how best to assemble your letter block  

    The letter K can be assembled as three pieces - the side piece (1), the top part of the letter (2) and the bottom part of the letter (3).  Sew (1), (2) and (3) together as untis and then sew (2) to (3).  Sew that unit to (1)

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.  

  • The quilt top (quilted or not) linkup, opens next week on April 11  and runs through April 30 

  • The finish play parade is on May 3;  Finish means quilted, bound and done!  More on how to submit a finish for the parade in a post later this week.  (Submit finished quilts via email for the parade by May 1.)

Have a wonderful day!


  1. A fun finish to your prompts.

  2. You were correct, creating the words and attempting to sew together was uncomfortable! I made it though, Whew!


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