This winter I decided I wanted to TRY to make an “improv” quilt. I have lots of respect for original design work; it’s not easy! I used Jacquie Gehring’s book, Quilting Modern as my starting point. This picture shows the first blocks I made. I put them on a background of Freespirit’s Arctic White; it’s my most favorite white. Amy keeps it in stock at Village Fabric Shop just for me. 🙂Didn’t like all that dark so I removed those blocks…
and ended up with this. I used a nice collection of shot cottons and of course I had some Amy Butler fabrics that worked very nicely with them.
I arranged them sort of like I wanted them and then I started to sew.
I ended up with this.I bought a beautiful piece of voile for the backing and a spool of Sulky 12 wt. variegated thread because I decided to hand quilt it.
So I pin basted it and got started. My phone dates this picture February 15. I love deadlines. I decided this project would keep me sane while I watched the NCAA basketball games. We get a little crazy at our house with the tournament, brackets, etc. My goal was to have it finished by the championship game on April 3. That gave me about six weeks. I echo quilted it. I quilted around each block until the quilting ran into the next block and then filled in the “holes.” That’s about a 3/8″ gap between the lines…more than 1/4″ but not quite a 1/2.” No need to mark. Just eyeball it.
It got to travel too! It went to Florida for a baseball spring training trip and here’s a picture of it at Lake Norman…right before the Final Four games started.
I really like how it turned out.
I finished it the WEEK of April 3. 🙂 UNC Chapel Hill won the championship so my Tarheel son was very happy. Big stitch hand quilting does take time. I think I had about 35 hours in this one. It’s SO WORTH IT though. It’s hanging at Village Fabric Shop. Just give it a squeeze the next time you are there…so very soft.