Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Splashes of Neon

Another productive day in my sewing group, and another improv curve piecing top.

The Eastern branch if the Irish Patchwork Society received a call for charity quilts for an orphanage in Russia, and I thought I'd try more improv piecing for that, because the time is limited, and this technique works really fast for me.

As I saw, a lot of our members are making quilts for smaller kids, so I decided to do something that's  more suitable for a teenager or a pre-teen (at least I hope this would appeal to them). The top finished about 45'' by 52''.

I had a fat quarter bundle of very nice and bright batiks ("Aurora" collection by Freedom fabrics), which were bought for another project, but were not used in the end, so I decided to use them, I also added a piece of bright blue-purple ombre fabric and dark grey butterflies to get to 42 squares of fabric. The squares had to be 9'', because the batik fat quarters were a bit smaller than usual.

I used stacks of four squares (mostly) and cut them free-hand in a more or less diagonal direction, then mixed the pieces and stitched them together. The finished blocks had to be trimmed to 8'' square. You can check out my previous quilt in the same technique, but with a different pattern of cutting, to compare the resulting effect.

I then had to spend quite a lot of time trying to create an interesting layout out of these blocks - it proved tricky, because the bright shapes stand out so and really draw your eye, so you have to organise something that is by itself random. I hope it turned out modern and dynamic.

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  1. Very pretty. Interesting design.

  2. Gorgeous fabric choices! It reminds me of flashes of lightning, or pieces of ice moving down a river during the spring thaw. Very dynamic! It will definitely appeal to an older child, especially one with a great sense of design :)

  3. Beautiful quilt and a very interesting design!


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