Sugarplum Table Runner Quilt Along ~ Week 1

Sugarplum Table Runner by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Today is Week 1 of my Sugarplum Table Runner Quilt Along over at BERNINA’s We All Sew blog. This will be a four week series running through November. You will make four different modern-traditional block patterns. (Two each of the first three blocks and one of the final center block).

Sugarplum Table Runner by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Head on over to We All Sew today to see the fabric requirements and cutting instructions for your fabric.

Sugarplum Table Runner Supplies by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Next Monday we will jump into the first two blocks!

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Improv Curves : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Finishing up my Picnic Point quilt motivated me to pick up another UFO ~ my improv curves quilt. I am following along with Sherri Lynn Wood’s beautiful book, The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters. This quilt is obviously completely the opposite of my last finish, and I am so far outside my comfort zone.

Improv Curves : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Making the curved segments was actually easy and fun. Laying them all out and sewing them together has been a huge challenge for me. Thank goodness I know how to sew y-seams and partial seams!

Improv Curves : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Although I like sections of how this quilt is turning out, I’m not sure I’m crazy about how it is looking as a whole. But I’m going to keep on keeping on and finish it up. It’s possible that I will warm up to it a bit more after it’s quilted.

Improv ala Sherri Lynn Wood

Improv ala Sherri Lynn Wood : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ve managed to find a bit of free time over the last week (why is Summer always busier than I anticipate?), and I used it to finally crack into Sherri Lynn Wood’s Improv Handbook. It seems like forever ago that I was relaxing at the pool flipping through this book after QuiltCon…only 4 months though.

The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Guide to Creating, Quilting, and Living Courageously by Sherri Lynn Wood : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters is on my all-time-favorite-most-beautifully-photographed-books list. There is just so much content (174 pages!) and fuel for creativity in here. I’ll be honest, I’m a picture person and I usually don’t read everything in a quilting book. But I sat down with this one and it’s been so interesting. I actually keep it on my coffee table!

The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Guide to Creating, Quilting, and Living Courageously by Sherri Lynn Wood : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I knew the first project I wanted to try to tackle in this book was one of the curve quilts. I went through a bit of color-paralysis but decided on some monochromatic segments. Mostly solids with a few coordinating, low volume prints mixed in.

Improv ala Sherri Lynn Wood : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It was a somewhat messy, but totally freeing process. VERY fun. It did not take too many hours to finish these segments.

Improv ala Sherri Lynn Wood : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I need to make more. Should I add more colors? Stick with this palette? Now is when I begin to over think it. I’m a bit nervous about how it’s all going to go together, but the instructions have over 10 pictures so I think it should go well. I’ll share more as I create!

+++ Update! +++

There are a couple supplemental resources for those of you working with this awesome book. First, the Test Quilt Galleries ~ 165 quilts made by testers during the book writing process. Amazing!

Second, the Improv Handbook Facebook page. This is a space where Sherri Lynn Wood and other quilters actively share their process.

I hope you are inspired!