Got fabric scraps?
Of course, you do!
It’s a natural by-product of sewing and quilting. And it’s pretty awesome if you think of it.
Instead of seeing it as “waste”, I like to see it as bonus opportunity to create again.
There is fun to be had with those remnants AND it also means keeping it out of landfills (yay) AND maximizing your fabric dollars (double yay!).
One of the ways I love using fabric scraps from my quilt projects is to dive into what I call my “freedom sessions”.
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This is where I let loose, abandon all measuring and following of a pattern and just “do me”.
It’s a glorious process that allows me to tune everything else out and tune in to my creative instincts.
There’s never a plan when I embark on these improv journeys; where I end up is as much a surprise to you as it is to me!
That’s all part of the modern improv quilty fun!
WHERE THE SCRAPS COME FROM
Here’s a quick refresher of what the Cloud Surfing quilts look like – both the baby and lap size (since they’re each unique in their own ways).
First up is the Lap size featuring a glorious combo of AGF PURE solids, paired with some AGF Denim and AGF Premium Linen. To say this one feels AH-mazing would be an understatement.
Next up is the baby version which I think is just perfection for a modern nursery. This one is all about those Art Gallery Fabrics PURE solids and vibrant colours. How fun would it be for a little one to look at those curves and touch all that hand stitching – yummynummy!
WHAT I MADE WITH THOSE SCRAPS
For the improv version, I opted to combine the PURE solids from the baby version and sneak in a little linen from the lap version (you know me and my love of linen!).
I then upped the tactile factor by big stitch hand quilting the entire thing! The fact that I was working on this project just as the pandemic hit and we had to leave the city seemed kismet. Since I couldn’t bring my sewing machine with me, it was the perfect project to work on while adjusting to the new reality. There’s nothing quite like the calm meditative process of hand sewing to calm those nerves!
I used a combo of thread weights and colours for added dimension and details, including: Aurifil Thread in 12wt and pearl cotton in size 8. I even snuck a little big stitch hand quilting on the back for the binding.
And did you notice the faced binding? Yup, I’m on a kick using that binding technique – it’s just so seamless! Perfect finishing touch for a quilted wall hanging.
Which is exactly what this is. A modern improv quilted wall hanging that just sparks instant joy! Well, it does for me – hopefully it does for you too!
I tried capturing some shots of her in the quilty wild, but my hubz is wayyyyy too tall to sneak behind this lil’ cutie. Which meant rolls got reversed and I became the quilt holder and he the photographer. Not our finest moment, but gotta try to know 😉
Bottom line – I’m so thrilled to finally share this one with you!
Here’s a full round-up of the fabrics and thread I used to make the Cloud Surfing Improv quilted wall hanging:
- *AGF PURE Solids in Peach Sherbet
- *AGF PURE Solids in Burnt Orange
- *AGF PURE Solids in Mauvelous
- *AGF PURE Solids in Weathered Brick
- *AGF PURE Solids in Quartz Pink
- *AGF Premium Linen Blend in Sand
- *50wt white thread for piecing
- *100% cotton white batting
- *Ruler & *marker for plotting my lines
- 12wt Aurifil Thread in 2425 for hand quilting Presencia Finca Pearl cotton thread in size 8 in peach and orange (shop list of resources here)
- Valdani thread size 12 #8102
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Where would you hang this modern improv quilted wall hanging in your house?
PS if you’re in need of help taming your scraps – take the FREE 7-Day Scrap Sorting Challenge and get inspired to make with those pretties!