Monday, March 13, 2017

improv QAL - Wonky Star

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.  The prompts so far have been wonky log cabin , the half triangle block. stack, cut & sew & (my favorite) wonky geese.

Next to flying geese, stars are my favorite block.  Star blocks come in all shapes and sizes and with improv, you've the opportunity to create unique stars.  You could even use some of the wonky geese you made last week with this week's prompt.

Today's prompt is -
Combine rectangles and triangles to create wonky stars.
 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'm working on a larger improv piece to share at the end of the QAL - it will definitely have some stars!

See my mini progress in pictures - 

Some tips & ideas -

  • Use your ruler to stabilize the fabric when cutting through several layers at once instead of just cutting with your rotary cutter alone
  • Lay your triangles so they lay overlap the edge on two sides.  (See photo top row, center above).  Trim excess background fabric with scissor.
  • Periodically press and trim to get straight edge.
  • Use additional fabric of the background color to frame or further offset the blocks
  • Star centers is a great place to use a fussy cut fabric

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.  

    Next prompt Monday, March 20.  Here's a sneak peak.

    Thanks for linking up!

    Have a wonderful day! Patty


    1. I loved the wonky geese, too, but am excited to play with stars this week! Thanks, Patty!

    2. O my~ How Cute that Star is!!!! Such an adorable mini quilt!


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