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For the Love of Solids ~ A Work in Progress

FTLOS Blocks

I’ve started work on my first item for the For the Love of Solids Flickr swap. After spending some time studying my secret partner’s inspiration mosaic, I decided to embrace the improvisational, liberated sewing technique. I made these blocks using just my rotary cutter and no ruler. This photo shows the blues more accurately:

For the Love of Solids Blocks

Part of the swap involves posting work in progress photos and getting feedback from your partner (without them knowing it’s their project). I’m now trying to decide on whether or not my partner would like blocks pieced directly together or maybe off centered in some sashing… We shall see!

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29 Responses to “For the Love of Solids ~ A Work in Progress”

  1. 1
    Debbie says:

    Love these! I’m kind of thinking no sashing, but obviously your good judgment & it’ll be great either way!!

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    Natalie says:

    I LOVE these colors, and the improv piecing! Those slight curves look great, you have one lucky partner!

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    Lindsay says:

    Oh, those are so pretty! I’m thinking I need to rethink my pattern for the solids swap and go with something more improv.

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    Tiffany says:

    A work of art in progress you mean – this is fantastic :)

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    Michele says:

    Sure is looking fun!

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    Janita says:

    These blocks are great. Isn’t ir freeing to put the ruler away? I think smashing, too.

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    Janita says:

    Sashing, not smashing

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    mollie says:

    Love love love these!

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    Kristy Daum says:

    Love the colors and love the Improv…good job embracing something new.

  10. 10

    These are just fabulous!! I love the colors and the wavy-ness of your lines!
    Stunning!

  11. 11

    These are awesome! I think they’d be great either way, you have a wonderful eye for design so your partner totally lucked out and will be thrilled with whatever you decide :-)

  12. 12
    Katy says:

    Ooh, very cool

  13. 13
    Michelle says:

    So pretty!
    Your partner is lucky!

  14. 14

    So cool. This is fabulous!

  15. 15
    April says:

    This is very Gee’s Bend looking! I dig. My two cents: no sashing. It’ll break up the mojo. :)

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    April says:

    Okay, I’ve rethought: can you do sashing that’s not even? I like the layout of the blocks in the second shot and it would be cool if the sashing was like that. ?? Like if the whole piece ended up wavy.

    Interested to see what you decide to do and how it turns out. It’ll be cool!

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    Sandra says:

    I think sashing, but unequal. More on one side than the other in some blocks…sometimes the color would be all over to the left and others it would be more central.

  18. 18
    mary says:

    wish I was your partner. Love those blocks.

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    alli b says:

    I absolutely love these – and i’m in the swap with my fingers crossed that you’re my partner :)

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    Jess says:

    I hope I’m your partner – so fabulous!

  21. 21
    Tamie says:

    These are wonderful. I wish I was your partner!

  22. 22
    Victoria says:

    Fabulous colors and improv piecing. Beautiful.

  23. 23
    felicity says:

    I voted no sashing even though I have no skin in this game (not in the swap this round). I will say I adore the blues with the pop of red – those were the colours my partner used for my gorgeous mini quilt last round!

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    nicke says:

    very pretty! i love the motion the blocks have also.

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    lisam says:

    my suggestion is to set each at a wonky angle in a solid background, then when you sew them together the bacground s blend together.

  27. 27

    Those are really lovely. Improv is just magical sometimes.

  28. 28
    Teje says:

    Hi! I love those bright colours and stripes! x Teje

  29. 29
    jacey says:

    I just love these blocks. I wish I’d joined in for round two of this swap; the first time around was so much fun!

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