Saturday, April 1, 2017

My guild doesn't disappoint: more improv blocks

Back in February, I donated a grocery bag full of discontinued fabric swatches to support my guild's Cuddle Quilt community service project and used them for the hands-on meeting program, "Making Do." In March, several guild members returned with improv strips, blocks, a quilt top and even a finished quilt! I belong to... THE. BEST. GUILD. Here is some of what we saw at Show and Tell.
Improvisational patchwork with fabric samples.
We suggested to the members not to trim their blocks. We'll size and trim once a quilt layout is determined. 
Framed squares.
Framing blocks with coping strips will facilitate making the blocks a uniform size.

Experimenting with various improv techniques.
Here are two scrappy blocks and two smaller improv pieces.
Improv blocks and scrappy patchwork blocks.
One of the guild members said she experimented with all the techniques that were presented at the February program.
Improv strips and log cabin strips.
 This is one of my favorites—a triangle block.
Make it a triangle!
Gari (left) finished a scrappy Chinese Coin quilt and Vista (right) completed a quilt top with alternating scrappy and solid quilt blocks.
A finished Cuddle Quilt and a top ready for quilting.
I am thrilled that the fabric swatches are blooming into these fun and useful quilts. And, my guild friends are having a fun time with improv piecing, colorful scraps and running the fabric under the presser foot.

Improv with a Vintage Twist Workshop 
Mary Kerr's award-winning quilt, "A Wonky Star."
Now I'm culling my collection of vintage quilt blocks and fragments in preparation for "A Wonky Star: Improv with a Vintage Twist" workshop with Mary Kerr.

The Choo Choo Quilters and the Chattanooga Modern Quilt Guild are hosting Mary for two workshops and a lecture, this coming Friday and Saturday, April 7 and 8.

There are a few spaces in both workshops and the lecture is open to quilters and non-quilters alike. Contact me if interested.

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