I’ve just published my first quilt pattern for digital download!! Click HERE to buy the pattern.
It’s a great pattern for both beginners and experienced quilters. Here’s the quilt I created for this pattern. I used some of my favorite fabrics from my stash. The dark sashing fabric is at least 10 years old…and I’m glad I kept it because it worked perfectly with the more modern fabrics.
A closeup showing the sashing and a bit of the improv border:
And, here it is in patriotic colors!
IMPROVISATIONAL PIECING TUTORIAL–Baby Quilt Version
I decided to make this pattern in a baby quilt size using very different colors. This pattern has an improvisationally pieced border. For the baby size, I decided to only add improvisational borders on the top and bottom. (Click HERE to buy the pattern.)
I know that one of the challenges for some quilters is how to go about piecing improvisationally. So here are a few photos showing how I went about it. This is the finished (unquilted) baby quilt top.
First,I gather all those leftover pieces from the rail fence blocks (pattern has instructions about this). They may be different sizes but that doesn’t matter.
Then, I gather other scraps and cut them into strips measuring at least 1 inch wide up to 2-1/2 inches wide. I start sewing these new pieces together into chunks that are about 6 inches long (more or less.
Eventually, I have a collection of chunks that start to look like this:
Since my top improvised border is 4 inches wide by 49 inches long, I start sewing chunks together until it is the right width and length. You will notice that there are some curvy sections in the photo above. That’s because I decided to put curved blocks in my my rail fence blocks for this version. Just for fun…..
Here are a couple of close up shots of my finished improvisational sections.