This morning I managed to finish up the improv baby quilt I started last week.
I started making blocks last week as a way to take a break from doing old WIP’s (see my original post about the process) and found myself making blocks here and there as I worked on other things.
The blocks are all random improv and used up quite a nice selection of my low volume and pastel scrap stash.
There are lots of novelty prints with enough bits and pieces to play a good game of I spy (aka eye spy). But for me the most fun of this whole process was the quilting. If you follow this blog you know I am determined this year to get better at free motion quilting and this week I got some help.
Last Friday I took delivery of a wonderful Bernina 550, which I have on loan to play with and oh what a difference a good machine makes. When it came to quilting this baby up, I was excited to attach the free motion foot and stitch regulator and really play.
Now the quilting is far from perfect but it is okay and so much better than anything I have free motioned before…. and most importantly it was great fun to do. I just free motioned squares and I am now chomping at the bit to try some new things. I have dusted off my Angela Waters books and bought Christina Cameli’s new book “Step by Step Free Motion Quilting” and I am ready to get serious about this quilting thing.
20 thoughts on “Scrap busting quilt…”
Oh what fun you’ve been having. How do you get someone to lend you an expensive machine?
Viv the quilt store I am teaching at is a Bernina Dealership and they have loaned me the machine to use. I must admit I am in love with Bernina’s now.
I have one and love it to bits.
They are such great machines. It is going to be hard to give it back!
Very pretty. I’m glad you had fun.
I like these kind of scrappy quilts… after one year with patchwork and sewing I have to think about alternatives to scrappy pincushions 🙂 – meanwhile I started to sort my scraps in special sized pieces for an upcoming scrapquilt. Started to work up my stash with a scrappy grocery-bag-dispenser.
I love the soft tones on the quilt. Great job!
What a cute quilt! How did you like that stitch regulator?
I am still learning how to use the stitch regulator properly but I loved using it and had no skipped stitches.
So many familiar fabrics in there – it could be mine!
Oh, sewing machine envy! I had another go at FMQ the other day, and my brain just doesn’t like going backwards. I MUST practice, but there are so many other things to do…. Lovely baby quilt, so pretty in all those soft colours.
So very pretty! I must make a purely scrappy improv quilt as this is just so lovely!
Lovely! So soft and pretty.
I love the scrappy look with the light colors. Great finish! Enjoy the loaner; looks like fun!
This is adorable and so much fun! Nice job.
This is such a sweet quilt!
I love how all of the colors and prints all blend together so nicely.
very nice quilt. I love the colours.
Serious machine envy here. Especially as I just spent hours trying to get my brother 1500 to stop dropping stitches! I think it’s going to take another trip to the shop. 😦
the improv quilt looks like it was fun. Which is probably what improv should be. 🙂