Saturday, July 07, 2018

Throwback Thursday

I've always liked doing improvisational piecing. Although I don't necessarily do it often, I find it very relaxing to just sew bits of fabric together, and the wonkier the better!

Scrappy Improv Binder Cover

This project, a binder cover, was made in 2012-2013. The only reason I know this is because of the scraps. Many of these fabrics were originally used to make a Seattle Street quilt for my niece. You can see the quilt below.

Scrappy improv binder cover -  front
The binder holds my sewing machine information - a stitch chart that I started but never finished, my manual as well as bit of stitching samples. These bits are usually of satin stitching since that pretty much the only stitch that I take the time to make a sample of.
Scrappy improv binder cover - back
Here's the original Seattle Street quilt that I made for my niece during a guild workshop. I think that my niece has more of my quilts than anyone else. That's mostly because I made a couple of quilts for the family, thinking that they would go in their family room, but she quickly took ownership of them!

Seattle Street quilt
What I learned

I can't honestly tell you what I learned while making any of these projects - it's been too long. I do like my binder cover, especially since it was made to be wonky on purpose. Of course if I was trying not to make it wonky, the results would be the same 😊

Related Links

Although I never included the binder covers in a blog post, I did include the Seattle Street quilt in the post below. As you can see if you follow the link, I was very shy and didn't know what to say back then. Oh, how that's changed!
Linking Parties
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8 comments:

  1. Hi Andree,
    Oh how I love those scrappy binder covers! Perfect use for scraps, and I actually want to make a few of them for my boss for her October birthday. I was going to do something special with her love bicycles in mind, but may take the easier way out and go with this instead! Happy Tuesday! ~smile~ Roseanne

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    1. Thanks Roseanne. These are great to make. Maybe you can use a lovely bicycle fabric as a focal point and then use scraps around it! She would probably love that! Hope you hade a great week.

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  2. I've only done one improv project and it was the most relaxing thing I've sewn. I need to remember to do that more often! Your binder looks great!

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    1. Thanks Beth. It's so much fun going back to see those older throwback projects. A lot of them are improv sewing before I knew what that was!

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  3. Improv is so fun! No rules, no stress - just do what you want!

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    1. I agree Susan. That's also why I do art quilts - they are almost always improv quilting, even if a little more thought out.

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  4. Great binder covers and thanks for showing the original quilt as well. I love seeing where scraps come from and get to. :)

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    1. Thanks Dione. It's true that scraps had a previous life. I guess that's why scrappy quilts always have so many stories behind them!

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