Monday, December 22, 2014

Minimalist Stripes Improv Quilt

I am really getting into improv quilts. I feel like I am myself when I do them, that I can be free, that I can mess up and no one will judge me. No one will notice that my work is not perfect, for the imperfections are part of the design. I also love the fact that when you do improv pieces, every single piece you create is so unique that it cannot be replicated, every piece is one of a kind. Just like me.

I have shared before how I enjoy use improv blocks for bees due to the unpredictability that comes with bee piecing, but I had to show this quilt on it's own because I am so in love with it.

For the Harmony. do. Good. Stitches. circle we recently completed our Minimalist Stripes Improv Quilt.This quilt was inspired by this block that I found on the Modern Quilt Guild website:


I instructed the group to create 2 blocks based on the following guidelines:

- True white backgrounds
- Bright solid of your choice for the inset stripes
- Please piece the stripes horizontally or vertically, NOT diagonally
- Leave at least 1.5 inches of the white background around the edges so that the stripes appear to be floating
- Other than that, have fun, be creative, and let me know if you have any questions!

I got absolutely beautiful blocks that I put together in alternating directions to create this quilt top.

Latest quilt top finish! Better pic once my official quilt holder aka @jessiekember comes over. #dogoodstitches #harmonydogoodstitches

I decided to quilt it in wavy lines, a technique I had never tried before, to keep the design focus on the bursts of color and play with the wonkiness of each block.

My favorite part of making a quilt. Best way to start a Sunday morning.

I decided to bind it in black to frame the quilt in a bold way. Below are the finished pictures of the quilt. I am totally in love. So much so, that I feel like I will have to make another one since this one is bound for Project Linus!!

August 2014 Harmony. do good stitches - Improv Stripes

On the back I utilized some solid scraps that I have had around for years to mimic the stripes on the front in a larger scale. I feel like the back could be a quilt by itself!

August 2014 Harmony. do good stitches - Improv Stripes Back

I will definitely continue to explore improv quilting and can't wait to do more designs in this style. Like I said, this is me, and it is AWESOME.



  1. This is a great quilt! Love the floating effect!

  2. What a fun thing to assign to a bee! Love the coordinating back as well.

  3. This is so cool and such a great bee block.

  4. That is a really cool quilt. The back is great looking, too. Excellent!

  5. both sides are great. fun design.

  6. I love this quilt! I'd have a hard time giving it away.

  7. When I see a plain white quilt, I don't see a bed covering, I see a canvas. A canvas just begging to be made into a Manchester masterpiece. Child Actor LA Admissions


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