Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Finding My Way With Another Improv. Sort of Quilt

As always, I'm not sure what I'm doing or where I'm supposed to be going with this Adhoc. Improv. thing. It seems to pull me down some interesting roads though! This is the second effort with improv. strings and I have yet another project I'm quite desperately wanting to dive into. It never ends. First things first though!
The centerpiece coming together
Auditioning the layout for this quilt was a very quick event. No matter which way I turned the blocks to check out various sashing pieces and layout options, I promptly flipped the blocks back to the 'hills' facing downward. That is the way they want to be and that is that! Having the sashing running both horizontal and vertical  made everything look busy to my very fussy eye. I also immediately tossed out all the darker, brighter reds in favor of this red homespun check. Either I'm getting more confident or this quilt is quite, quite determined to be made a specific way!
Looking at the unfinished border piece facing toward the quilt
It's a fairly simple serene looking quilt and too much of anything easily makes it look overdone to me. I'm still scratching my head in wonderment, but the border-work is completely the thing for me. It makes the quilt almost make sense in a weird sort of way and I just nod my head and say 'Yes, this is it, exactly what it needs!' Any of this making sense to you?

In fact, I cut the border pieces out on a late evening after some very busy {and possibly stressful, haha} days and made a bad cutting mistake. All my border background pieces are approximately 1 1/2" too short. I just wanted to pull out my hair. How could that have happened?  But... I like the fabric choices so well, I just unpicked the two checked sashing pieces and made them slightly more narrow. Just a bit, because I'm also going to trim just a smidge off the outside of the quilt. The border pieces shall remain the same because 'they work'. And I don't even know why or care. It just is.
And facing away....
And there's more of these chunky crossroad blocks happening too. I'm now at the 3/4 mark with these and still enjoying them very much.
More chunky crossroads blocks
Hopefully by next months Adhoc. linkup I'll have all 100 of them sewn, trimmed and be looking at layout options. One can hope. It's been a busy spring with no sign of let-up..... Linking up with Ann and Kaja

18 comments:

  1. I am still loving those crossroads blocks and the improv ...such pretty muted colors with that border red bringing a pop to it all!

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  2. I am so glad your quilts talk to you, as mine do to me. Lovely and fun improv!

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  3. I'm loving that new quilt - can't wait to see where it leads you next!
    Your crossroads blocks are really tempting...

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  4. There isn't a "supposed to be going" with improv; there's just try something and see if it works, keep going it you like it and try something different if you don't. And, as it happens, you are really good at all that. This piece prove it absolutely:your instincts are great and I love what happens when you follow them.

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  5. Once again I'm enjoying seeing another improvisational quilt from you! It's so cool how they just 'speak' to you and you don't know the finished product but it looks fabulous! I particularly like the border, too.

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  6. Some quilts just insist on getting their own way don't they! lol Love where this one is taking you. I really like the colors in your crossroads blocks!

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  7. Your improv quilt just proves quilts do have a mind of their own!

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  8. An interesting quilting journey

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  9. Isn't it interesting how some quilts are just really bossy? Your quilt is looking great, though, and your instincts are right about it, I think. Actually, I like it when a quilt talks to me. It's so frustrating when they won't! LOL I like the crossroads blocks too!

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  10. Fantastic and creative as usual. I adore the border. Sorry about the hair loss!

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  11. Interesting concept with the use of the tongues.

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  12. I like your quilt's opinions! :)

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  13. Yes, hills pointing down. That's the ticket. I love the fabrics in that string quilt. Keep listening to it! And, there's no mistakes in improv, you know, they are just opportunities.

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  14. Yes, another fun quilt! Keep following your instincts. You always come up with something inspiring :)

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  15. When I see that top with the tongues, cups, hills depending on their orientation I'm thinking a different end use. With the hills pointing down I'm seeing a quilted window covering or a great quilted shower curtain. Is it telling you it wants to be vertical too? Well, so much for my 2 cents, have a great weekend!

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  16. P.S. I'm loving those crossroad blocks!

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  17. Great improv pieces--I particularly like those chunky crossroads and their colors--nice work hugs, Julierose

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  18. So your Quilty365 circles found their way into the border of this improv quilt. How adorably perfect! I'm so glad you're keeping them even if you must adjust the sashing. The crossroad blocks are glorious - love your fabrics. I simply must start mine soon. That means quilting some tops first. Thanks for joining us at AHIQ. It's such fun to discover how other people approach improvisation.

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