Not my usual…

I spent some time yesterday making these improv blocks for a swap I’m participating in.  Improv isn’t my strength, but it is what my partner likes and swaps are about stretching yourself, so my challenge was on.

I had enjoyed playing with these triangles in Luke Haynes‘ class at QuiltCon, so decided to try them again for the swap.  Digging through my stash to find some nice, bright colors was fun,  I added a few solid blocks last night. (Sorry no pics as it was too dark by then to get a decent shot.)

While I like the random look of improv, I always feel like I end up wasting a lot of fabric.  Especially with triangles, I find it difficult to gauge how much fabric I’ll need to add to get the block to the right size so I end up using some rather large pieces and then cutting them down.  More experience with improv would probably lessen this as I get better at “seeing” what the next piece of fabric needs to look like.

The swap is a mini swap and these blocks finish at 5″, so I’m thinking I might make about 12 of them.  I’m toying with the idea of leaving one block without any piecing as well. What do you think?

  • Linda
    Posted at 12:53h, 08 July Reply

    Love your improv blocks!

  • Leanne
    Posted at 12:55h, 07 July Reply

    I remember your triangles from Luke's class. These are also lovely. When I am doing improv I just let go and embrace the creation of some scraps. Use them in the piece or on the back or add them to the bin, remembering that I have lots of fabric. I often think I get caught in a reluctance to use my "new crayons" and miss the opportunity to be creative so I am working very hard to just make things.

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