Sunday, February 10, 2019

Improv Challenge

A couple of weeks ago, I participated in the One Week Improv Challenge Amy Ellis #improvwithamy. I meant to post this as a Squirrel DrEAMi! with MMM! quilts but managed to miss the deadline. No worries, here's the post😊

I've made a few improv quilts and when I saw Amy's challenge, I knew that it would be a great opportunity to continue on my improv way (see Amy's new e-book in Related links below).
Amy's Creative Side

One Week Improv Challenge with Amy

I took out my batik scraps and started cutting (without a ruler) and sewing strips together.

Day 1 was all about cutting and sewing strips together.

Putting strips together

Day 2 was sewing bits together.

Sewing bits together
On day 3, Amy suggested that we add triangles to the other bits.

Adding triangles to the mix
Day 4 was a restful day using a log cabin format.

Using the log cabin format
On day 5, I tried making gentle curves
Adding very gentle curves
 Putting it all together - Days 1 to 5
5 improv blocks
What I learned
  • The Challenge was actually 7 days but I ran out of steam!
  • I do plan on doing Day 6 since it was essentially improv foundation paper piecing. That does sound intriguing but if I had waited to do that block, I might never have posted this!
  • I started the challenge on day 3 and made the first three blocks and then two days later, made the next two blocks.
  • I really need to work on my curves. If you look closely at the curved block, you can see some lines that are crooked. Those are my curves...and the block is puffy 😊 
  • I'm not sure what I'll do with these blocks, but I'm considering cutting them up from their 10" to perhaps 6", using the left-overs to make more blocks and then adding some light batik fabric as a sashing. Without too much extra effort, it could make a cute baby or lap quilt. 
  • If you get a chance to check out the Intagram link below, there are some very cool improv blocks and quilts. I love the look of solids on improv but got carried away with the batiks. I think that smaller blocks with some white batik sashing would tone it down a little!
  • Thanks so much Amy for this challenge. It was a lot of fun.
Related links
Linking parties
I will be linking this post to several great link-ups. Let's see what's going on out there! Monday Making, Main Crush Monday, Design Wall Monday, Moving it Forward, What I Made Monday, Oh Scrap!Tuesday Colour Linky PartyMidweek MakersLinky Tuesday, Silly Mama Quilts WIPsNeedle & Thread Thursday, Can I Get A Whoop Whoop?, Finished or Not Friday,

What's coming up!
On Thursday I will be hosting Free Motion Mavericks. It will be the 14th so I'll have something appropriate 💖 for the occasion. Muv is presently hosting and there are a few hours left to link up!

Next week (Thursday, February 21) I'm participating in a great blog hop. I found a book that I've wanted to use for many years now and have been having a great time. All I can say is that it's very slow stitching with lots of embroidery and embellishment. It's been very restful and lots of fun!


  1. Thanks for sharing your improv blocks. Looks like you had fun. I have this challenge on my list as well, not started, sad to say! I have had more success with improv curves using fabrics that are less tightly woven than batiks, so perhaps give that a try.

    1. Hi Laura, thanks for the tip. I'll make sure to use other fabrics next time I attempt curves.

  2. You have some nice improv blocks. Sometimes I have to let my blocks percolate awhile before I know how to use them. Have you tried clipping the seam on the curved block? That might help it lay flatter.

    1. Thanks Wendy, I'll have to look at it again and see if they are clipped. What I should do is read up on curved blocks (like I don't have tons of books on the subject!) and make a few. Oh well, we'll see :-)

  3. That sounds like a fun challenge. I'll look forward to seeing what you end up doing with your blocks :)

  4. I love improv.... I used to do much more than I do now. It seems like it should be fast and easy, but I find it quite challenging to get an improv piece that looks effortless, and I do like that challenge when I've got the time. Amy's series looks like fun.... hmmmm....


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