Friday, April 11, 2014

Improv Quilt Two Finish

Earlier this week, I used some quilt scraps from my son's quilt to make a mini improv quilt I am calling Improv Quilt Two (in progress - blogged here).  I quilted the mini using matchstick quilting in a light grey Aurifil thread.  The quilt finished at about 13" x 18".



For the first time, I used facing instead of binding.  I used this tutorial from Susan Brubaker Knapp @ Blue Moon River.  Facing was actually was easier then I thought it was going to be.  The only issue I ran into was that with all of the clips and pins holding the facing in place on the back, my hand sewing thread kept getting tangled and caught on the pins.  Here are some more finished pictures...





21 comments:

LA Paylor said...

nice! My husband is an engineer and I ask his opinions about my art often. He likes them if they are blue!
LeeAnna Paylor
lapaylor.blogspot.com

Teresa at thirdfloorquilts.com said...

Your quilting is just stunning. Love the improv design too. Well done!!

Jo Ferguson said...

Absolutely Stunning !!!!!!

Vera Holmgren said...

Very beautiful!

M-R Charbonneau said...

I LOVE this, Cheryl! The matchstick quilting is a fabulous accent to it. Isn't that tutorial of Susan's great? I used it a lot! So glad you linked up to TGIFF!

Lorna McMahon said...

What a sweet stress reliever this turned out to be! Love the intense quilting and the faced binding. Both make this a work of art!
That 70's thing... I'd take that as a compliment cause this mini looks fab!

Frances said...

I imagine this was a VERY satisfying project - it looks fabulous!

Jessica said...

Very cute. :)

PT in SC said...

Wow, very nice...hard to describe, but, somehow, the gray quilting toned down the blues and made them all blend together so well. The facing is the perfect finish. Great job!

Nina Marie said...

ohhh pretty! - once I started facing quilts - I never have gone back to binding unless I'm doing traditional. I find that I like giving the facing a good press and that works fine without all the little clips - but my hands do get tired from holding it in place myself!

Nina Marie said...

ohhh and little known fact about me - I was an environmental engineer for 10 years before I taught school for 10 years - now I'm placing catalog orders for a big clothing company (under achieving has a lot more perks then I thought - my last career is making me the happiest - LOL)

Fort Worth Fabric Studio said...

Love this modern and bold quilt Cheryl! You did a lovely job with it and I adore your fabric choices! :) We are featuring this over on Fort Worth Fabric Studio Blog! Thanks for the inspiration!

-Lindsey

ChristaQuilts said...

I love this!! The quilting really makes it!

Soma Acharya said...

Thank you for sharing the facing tutorial link, I will have to give that a try one day. I am such a planner that I am unable do improv quilt, and I admire you for it. The quilting really adds another depth to it. It's beautiful Cheryl!

-Soma

Sarcastic Quilter said...

I'm not big on improve quilts in general but the colors and quilting in this one appeal to me so much. It's great.

Kim said...

Beautiful work! Thank yo so much for linking up to SEWjo Saturday!

Tina in Boston said...

This is really beautiful. The quilting and the binding are perfect!

Afton Warrick said...

What a sleek, gallery-worthy look you have going with this quilt. Well done.

jeifner said...

It's fantastic. Love the colors and improv.

Granny Maud's Girl said...

I have yet to really give improv quilting a proper go, but I do like this ... a lot! Lovely!

Willit Neverend said...

I'm not normally a big fan of improve quilts in this style, but the colours and the heavy quilting really appeal to me.

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