Oh, my goodness, how is it already Week 4 of the 30 Days of Improv Quilt Along?
Time flies when you’re having quilty fun 😉
Now, Week 4 can be a tricky one as you dive into the world of piecing curves.
But don’t let those stretchy edges scare you off. Embrace the organic feel of the curvy beauties and see how much glorious movement you can add to your improv quilt.
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SHAPE OF THE WEEK: QUARTER CIRCLES
Improv curves are the BEST!
This is all about embracing the wonk and adding in natural flow to your improv design.
Allow the curves to inform how your blocks evolve.
Here’s how mine played out.
I was in my element on Day 1 and this lil’ cutie came together effortlessly.
It was a great reminder to just go with the flow.
This block naturally evolved to where you see her now. That gentle slope created by the *Lemonade is one of my favourite bits. It has me thinking of rolling hillsides on our country drives in the Laurentians.
The curves are not as evident in this block. They had been more prominent when I first started stitching her, but I lost some of the curvy elements as I kept working on her. What I love about this one is she features some elements of each of the shapes we’ve been exploring during the challenge: squares, stripes, triangles and now curves. I love how they’re each represented in this one block.
This one was all about slicing ‘n dicing! I forget how many slices I snuck in there, but this is what I mean about sneaking in lots of detail and dimension through cutting up a perfectly good block 😉
Throughout this improv journey, I’ve been oohing and aahing behind the scenes every time *Raspberry Rose hits my cutting mat. She’s just so pretty! And paired with *Lemonade is just a match made in colour heaven. So, while I pulled out some Plum Preserve for a nanosecond, I really wanted the focus to be on just 2-colours. I loved where the block first started out but thought it could be fun to add more detail through some tried and true slicing ‘n dicing. The first slice was a regret – ha! But I kept at it and ultimately landed on a block that features the shape of the week with a good balance of negative space. The other blocks have been quite detailed up to this point and I like to include some balance between more detailed blocks and others that have some ‘breathing space’.
Here’s everything I used to create my improv blocks for Week 4:
- *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
- *Flatter Spray in Pineapple Grove
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That’s a wrap on all the improv block-making!
You’ve done a fantastic job keeping up with the weekly challenges and daily prompts.
Next week, it’s all about bringing those individual blocks together into a harmonized and cohesive quilt top!
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