I made this improv quilt in 2012.
Here’s how I made it:
How to make the blocks
- improv / free form quilt block number 1
- improv / free form quilt block number 2
- improv / free form quilt block number 3
- improv / free form quilt block number 4
- improv / free form quilt block number 5
- improv / free form quilt block number 6
I made 4 strips of sashing, larger than required and then trimmed each strip as I added the sashing.
Making the sashing
Sashing is made of 2 inch cream strips with some touches of colour.
Place the cream strip below the colour strip and make a cut like below.
Pin well together and stitch.
Then place the cream strip on top of the colour strip and cut along the line.
Now put both coloured and cream strips together.
Stitch and iron flat.
Now do the same with another colour.
Cut together to make sure that cutting lines match.
The curvier the edge the more pins you will need to ensure the seam lies flat when stitched.
Iron the sashing well before sewing to the blocks.
Add sashing to blocks.
Pin one strip to the top of one block and stitch.
Trim excess off.
Stitch sashing to the next block.
Continue adding strips and trimming.
The border is 3 1/2 inches wide. Cut 5 x 4 inch squares and make a cut across each of them.
Cut now a narrow strip in a coloured fabric by placing the piece of fabric as per picture below.
Cut along each line on the sides.
Do the same for all squares.
Pin and stitch together.
Trim to 3 1/2 inches.
Place the squares around the border and sew to strips of fabric 3 1/2 wide.
Stitch the border to the assembled blocks.
Make a quilt sandwich. I used calico for the backing and cotton batting.
Pin all three layers together.
Quilt the sandwich. I stipple quilted it.
Mount on canvas
My canvas is 90 x 70 cm (about 35.4 in x 27.5 in) and as you can see in the photo, the quilt is quite a bit larger so it wraps really well around the frame. Unfortunately some of the border stripes can’t be seen. Too late for me but you could make sure that in your border you add the little stripes closer to the blocks so they show.
After carefully placing the quilt over the canvas making sure it is centred (my quilt wasn’t perfectly square so on some areas there is more border showing than in others), staple the quilt well all around the frame.
Start stapling on opposite sides first.
Then staple in between the existing staples.
And then each corner.
I was going to add some fabric border around the frame but I’m undecided.
And now that it is finished, I am not sure it will work well as a bed head.
My book Turnabout Patchwork
“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.
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See all the quilts in the book in a real life project
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