A little Improv

After battling with Internet outages all this week I am pleased to be able to share another quilt with you this Friday….I was planning a WIP post on Wednesday but we had not internet all day.   It is not until you are unplugged that you realise just how much you rely on the net for your day to day workings.  I am now playing catch up on the Aussie Open tennis  and quilting while watching the matches of the last couple of days.

Anyway onto business… today’s quilt is another beautiful group quilt from the Portland Modern Quilt Guild charity sew days.  We are currently making quilts for the local children’s hospital, and they are readily supplied with cute kids quilts, they struggle at times to find quilts suitable for their older patients – they treat kids up to 18 years old.  So with this in mind I chose a black and white with a splash of colour…


For this quilt I pulled a whole pile of black and white scraps and a small handful of solid scraps in ranging in colour from orange/yellow to a pink/red.  The scraps were dumped out on a table in our sewing area at Modern Domestic and people just went to work sewing bits together and making blocks.


There are so many fun little bits and pieces in this quilt… and also some nice little fussy cut moments.  I love this kids quilts because it is such a great opportunity to throw in  a fun print here and there…even for the more “grown up” kids.


Some of our talented volunteers went about making their own fabrics by cutting and cross cutting their blocks.  I just love how different each piece was…


The over all result is just so much fun…


The finished quilt top was then handed over to the wonderful Nancy Stovall who weaved her quilting magic all over it.


For the back of the quilt I must admit I got a little carried away piecing it… I had some larger black and white scraps as well as a part quilt top that had been donated.  It was all sewn together to produce this…


The quilt was then finished off in some scrappy solid binding, reflecting the colours of the solids in the quilt…


If you have the opportunity to be a part of a group charity quilt you should jump at it.  There is something wonderful about a group of people getting together and making something for a stranger…it gives me such a sense of community and gives me hope.

Quilt Details:

Name:  Improv love
Pattern:  12 inch Improv blocks
Fabric:  black & white scraps and Kona solids
Finished size:  60 x 72 inches

26 thoughts on “A little Improv

  1. Just wanted to drop a note to let you know how very much I enjoy your quilt photos and info. Have moved overseas and some day when my container finally arrives and I have a place to live and can unload it…I will finally be able to enjoy quilt making again. I will be another year , I guess, but I do have that to look forward to. Thanks for all of your wonderful, colourful ideas. Jay >

  2. You’re right, communal quilt efforts are incredibly rewarding and produce wonderful and unexpected results. This one is really beautiful, and some older patient is going to treasure it, and hopefully appreciate the work and love that went into it.

  3. Cath, that quilt is just wonderful! I had to smile when I read that you were able to watch the Aussie Tennis Open via the Internet. For 2 weeks each January we spend time ‘glued’ to the tv here in Brisbane with my husband switching back and forth between tennis and the cricket 😊. I get heaps of stitching/knitting done at the same time.

  4. I’ve been doing the same! Watching the Open while quilting (though for the big matchups I’ve left the machine so I can concentrate on the play – am super excited for the men’s final tonight – don’t care who wins, just want to see the superb classy action of two legends of tennis! I love your quilt too by the way 🙂

  5. I have been enjoying your blog for a couple of years and it is so much fun to see your quilts and your paper-piecing. I love the way you use color, it is so inspirational. And the fabrics you use are fabulous. I just purchased Kona fabric to make a block you posted last February, the Carol Doak Kansas Star. Can’t wait to try it!

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