Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Jeweled Improv Mini


If you've followed me on any of my quilting journeys you know that color is my favorite part of the quilting process and feels easy to me, while the actual quilting part is what I struggle with the most. Since my Jeweled Improv Mini is my first improv project, I really was a little clueless where to even start quilting. Sometimes balanced designs give you little hints, but there's nothing symmetrical here!

 
Somehow the obvious choice seemed to be to shadow the points: Obvious, but perhaps a little too obvious... predictable was not what I wanted on an improv project. Instead I really wanted to challenge and push myself, not to mention avoid the downside of having several points that would have to be backstitched since this gal doesn't bury threads!


In the end, I actually did let the design dictate the quilting to me. I started by making the white open V at the bottom of the quilt my starting point, and filled it in. Once the radiated V was in place, I changed the direction of the quilting lines into an L shape on both sides. 


I really wanted to use my variegated threads that I had purchased a while back (with no particular project in mind), but I decided that to use it all over might be too much and take away from the overall design. I used a white Auriful thread for the main quilting, and simply accented a few random points, which I think continues with the improv style.


This past Saturday was the first HH Patchwork Treffen with my girls since we've moved, and my first time back at the sewing machine in three weeks!?! Let's just say that it was a much needed sewing time, and I'm super excited to have my first project checked off my Q3 Finish-A-Long list!


Linking up this week to Let's Bee Social.

10 comments:

  1. I really like the quilting design. And I just love the variegated thread accents!

    And congrats on the first finish =)

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  2. Fabulous! The little improv turned out beautifully. I like the accents with the variegated thread.

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  3. This little improv mini looks right at home in your new sewing space. Love the bright colours and the quilting is fabulous!

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  4. This turned out great! The quilting looks awesome.

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  5. I agree...this turned out beautifully! Your quilting was the right choice too! I love straight lines going in different directions. And of course, the accent pop of color is brilliant!

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  6. Looks great, and I love the way you used colored threads to extend the points and create a sense of overlap.

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  7. This turned out great! I like everything about it, colours, shapes composition and the quilting! Well done on your first improv project, I'm sure there's gonna be more!

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  8. Love it! Very modern looking - well done!

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  9. What a fun, cheerful little piece.

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  10. I love love love this!!! I love the cools, the colors, the actual fabrics, and the quilting is perfect! Yippee for getting back to that mochine!!!

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