Friday, December 11, 2015

Improv Quilt Finish




Let me start by saying this quilt design isn't every one's cup of tea, but it speaks to me. It started off as an improv project at an Amy Butler Dreaming Big in Color weekend.
I brought home the center piecing before adding in the rest from my own scrap stash. Therefore it's most definitely scrappy, and has many pieces added to it from a friend's scrap donation. The most intriguing piece is the outer border that had a previously life as a dress. Check the second link for a picture of it, but all the posts detail the process of this project.





I had a tough time picking a suitable binding fabric. It had to be something to soften the glitzy pink and gold, yet tie into the other colors.There's a lot going on here. I used a very modern yet subtle print that reminds me of raindrops.




Are you ready?  
Ta-dah!
(I had to.)

I hope you have a good weekend plan in place whether it involves time spent in your sewing space, or decorating with those you love for your winter holiday. We have yet to put up a Christmas tree, but I did hang out the bird feeders. That seems to help the mood, but somehow temperatures in the 50's and green grass don't send me the Christmas spirit. Not that I'm complaining, mind you!

Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go make merry.

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Apologies made,
Julie

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19 comments:

QuiltSwissy said...

Well, I like it. And the Bas Basset Boyz say they like it too.

Jayne said...

I love it! It's certainly my cup of tea!! I have the same trouble with my search box! It works in a different browser, but not on google chrome. It really stinks too! I use it all the time on my blog!!

A Nudge said...

I definitely like it. What a great use of scraps and vintage fabrics. I bought a scrub at a thrift store. It was so colorful I had to have it. I've now used it in three quilts.

Tish Stemple said...

I love it! I have to say I just tried improv quilting for the first time this week and I ended up finding it quite enjoyable. There is possibly some more on the horizon this weekend. I thought the process would be stressful, but there was something quite freeing in it. You just kind of let the fabric lead you where you are going.

Dollandesign said...

Lovley colours on your scraps!
You have made a lovley quilt, I think.

Dollandesign

Gina said...

I like it. I love how improv looks but I'm far too much of a control freak to do it. I've tried for som bee blocks and found it so hard. I think I'll have to keep admiring it from afar xx

M-R Charbonneau said...

It speaks to me too. I love improv and I think you did a great job! So glad you linked up to TGIFF!

Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge said...

Gotta love an improv quilt! I never feel as creative as when I'm doing improv. So much fun. Love your border choices and the binding is spot on. Well done!

Empress Charlotte Handmades said...

Fun! My favorite thing about improv is that it's a great way to use fabric you're "stuck" on. I love how you embraced the pink.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Love your improv, lots to look at!

Linda Swanekamp said...

Super quilt!! It is so happy looking and I keep finding areas I like. Thanks for sharing!

PaulaB quilts said...

I checked out your Vintage Stash...post and you got quite a haul there. I've done the same and feel that anything goes in fabrics. If you like it, you should use it. The quilt is a true scrappy winner.

Kaja said...

It's definitely my cup of tea: I like that it is made out of such a mix of fabrics, and the way you have used concentric borders around the wild centre gives it some structure and works very well.

Stitchin At Home said...

I love it! A lovely scrappy improv, what more could one ask for.

Zenia Rene said...

I think it's scrappalicious! Love the pieced backing too. Kudos!

Sandra Walker said...

So Julie quilt! Good to see the centre back again, and this time in a oh-so-happy finish.

Cheryl said...

I really like this! It has such great colors and I really like the framing borders you added.

Dominique said...

Not everybody's cup of tea, but I could drink that tea for sure! I love the colours you have in there, especially the contrast between that dark pink/fushia, the royal blue and the orange/gold. It really works together. And the outer border is perfect!

Muv said...

Totally love it, Julie! Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks. Your quilt is this week's featured project!

Talking of tea, temperatures in the 50s and green grass, are you quite sure you aren't here and not there? We must be leading parallel lives.

Love, Muv