We’re blown away by your enthusiasm for the 30 Days of Improv Quilt Along!
Clearly, you have a mutual love for working without a quilt pattern as Amanda (aka @broadclothstudio) and I have 😊 And it’s been so fun seeing you connect with your wonky side!
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SHAPE OF THE WEEK: SQUARES
Last week was all about fabric selection and getting into the improv mindset. This has laid a good foundation for you to build from as you dive into the first shape to explore – squares.
While squares are uber basic, they also offer lots of room to play.
All the fun tips and tricks are shared with you in the weekly email (
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Taking that first cut is always a little nerve-wracking. Pristine yummy fabric will do that to you 😉 But, it’s also super liberating! So, don’t dwell and just cut!
I always recommend keeping it simple when you’re first diving into a new project and I took my own advice. Here’s the little beauty I stitched up on day 1.
I was getting revved up and wanted to zoom in on some itty-bitty stitching details. Sometimes you need to ease your way into a project.
Slicing and dicing is the name of the game, and I didn’t hold back! I also love how I omitted the pink in this one so that you can see how the greens play differently off the Plum Preserve. Colour play and slicing & dicing – sew fun!
I wanted to play a little more with scale and focused on incorporating bigger squares and smaller ones to see what shapes would emerge.
I had some smaller pieces that were trimmings from the previous day’s blocks, and I worked to incorporate them with a ‘waste not, want not’ mindset.
Here’s everything I used to create my improv blocks for Week 1:
- *AGF PURE Solids in Lemonade
- *AGF PURE Solids in Light Citron
- *AGF PURE Solids in Dark Citron
- *AGF PURE Solids in Raspberry Rose
- *AGF PURE Solids in Plum Preserve
- *LDH Rotary Cutter
- *LDH 9” Midnight Edition Fabric Shears
- *Aurifil Thread in 50wt Colour 2000 for piecing
- *Cutting Mat
- *Sewing Machine
- Wool pressing mat
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