Quilt Improv Blog Tour

 

Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers

Today I’m very excited to share with you a new book by designer and author Lucie Summers, Quilt Improv: Incredible Quilts from Everyday Inspirations. Many of you probably know Lucie through her fabrics for Moda. I have a fair share of them in my stash and I’m constantly reaching for them when working on scrappy projects.

When I first opened Quilt Improv, I was absolutely blown away by the beauty of the photography. I have a very large library of quilting books. (Sort of a quilt book addict.) I think I can easily say, these are the most beautifully photographed quilts in my entire collection.

Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers

Seriously. If I could spell out what would make a perfect setting for quilt photos, I would probably say rustic barns…

Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers

fields…

Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers

historic looking stone walls…

Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers

And what is this? A truck full of flower bulbs? (LOVE!!)

Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers

I want to move into every picture! I honestly feel like this could be a coffee table book. Drool worthy.

Quilt Improv has directions for several improvisational techniques, referred to as The Building Blocks: Applique Circle, Basket Weave, Chain Pieced Strips, Chevrons, Crazy Triangles, Half Square Triangles, Log Cabins, Pieced Squares, Portholes, Quarter Circles, String Blocks and X Blocks; as well as 12 Quilts. Is is absolutely packed with information.

I decided to make a little project out of the book, and in the spirit of one of my New Year’s Resolutions, include one of my kids in the fun. I showed my 4 year old the project – Chain-Pieced Strips. I let him dig through my scrap tubs and lay out all the fabrics.

Quilt Improv ~ Chain-Pieced Strips : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I trimmed them to size and sewed them together. It was actually a really fun project to work on together. He was so excited, he kept saying “I can’t believe I’m making my very own quilt!!”

Quilt Improv ~ Chain-Pieced Strips : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I quilted and bound it and now it is a very special quilt for his stuffed panda.

Quilt Improv ~ Chain-Pieced Strips : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Improv can be a little scary, but it’s also quite freeing and a great way to sew with kids.

Be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour – some stops even have giveaways!

A Weekend of Sewing Progress

I spent a lot of time at the sewing machine this weekend, working on my Marcia Derse fabric blocks. I’ve decided to call this my Lighthouse quilt, since the design reminds me of the light coming out of one.

I am on a deadline to finish this quilt by Friday so I’ll have my nose to the machine this week. In fact, I’ve even moved my machine to the kitchen table so you know I mean business!

I still am planning to start a quilt along for this pattern. Most likely late September/early October. Keep an eye out!

I also was able to spend time Saturday with a handful of lovely quilters from the DeKalb County Quilters’ Guild. I taught Improvisational Log Cabins, which is a really fun introduction to improv.

It’s always great to see quilters “let go”, be wonky, and create as they go. Thank you for having me DCQG!

Nordika Improv

I’ve spent my mornings this week cutting into the latest collection by my very kind friend Jeni Baker, Nordika for Art Gallery Fabrics.

As soon as I saw these fabrics, I knew I wanted to make something with improvisationally cut strips. It’s a lot of fun to just skip the ruler and cut freehand with the rotary cutter. I love the slight curves and angles.

I plan on using these in a little improv coin quilt. Nordika is arriving now in stores and you can even watch a video about the fabric!

Nordika is available at my following sponsors:

Westwood Acres
Fat Quarter Shop
Stash Fabric
The Intrepid Thread
Pink Castle Fabrics