improv solids – finally finished!


It’s only taken me 4 years to finally finish this quilt! But I love that even though it feels like an old quilt to me, it still looks like something I might make today.


It’s made up of lots of Kona solids, some Essex cotton/linen blends and a few crossweaves – basically whatever was on hand at the time! I particularly love the little striped sections and the tiny little strips of colors here and there.


I found a great backing in this Anna Maria Horner Loulouthi print. It’s a favorite of mine, and I was pleased to see that it contained similar colors. I even took the time to perfectly piece the backing so you can’t tell where it’s seamed.


I originally was going to quilt it with straight lines vertically, but then thought I might instead make those vertical lines a bit wavier. (I think I might have liked it better if I had made the quilting lines denser, but unfortunately I realized that too late!) I used 4 or 5 different variegated thread colors for a little added fun.


It’s great to check this one off the list and finally be able to put it to use!



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15 Responses to improv solids – finally finished!

  1. 1
    Pat S says:

    That’s so pretty and the backing is perfect.

  2. 2
    Annmarie says:

    I love it Ashley and the quilting is perfect as is. Great job! Love your photo op location too….

  3. 3
    Chris says:

    Thank you for saying it took 4 years to finish. I have some projects that really give me joy, but I feel guilty that I have to put them aside from time to time. You just gave me permission to keep plugging along. Maybe I’ll pull them out today. Thanks again!

  4. 4
    Sharon says:

    I love your quilt! It’s so beautiful!
    Sometimes they just need a little time 🙂

  5. 5
    Kathy says:

    I love the colors in this quilt (perfect backing too!). Beautiful!

  6. 6
    Margaret (margiestitcher) says:

    cant`t beat a scrappy quilt this is great

  7. 7
    Alison Wood says:

    Lovely quilt, beautifully photographed. I love your work.

  8. 8
    Carla says:

    Four years and three babies? I think you did well. It’s gorgeous like everything you do. Looks like you had a nice spring day for your photo shoot.

  9. 9
    Pam says:

    I just die a thousand deaths of envy when I see your quilts. It is love to the enth degree. You have totally opened my eyes to non-traditional designs. The locations you choose to photograph your quilts speaks to your eye for design….BEAUTIFUL! Have I sucked up enough? lol. You should be very proud of your work. You inspire me…..

  10. 10
    Jan Sutter says:

    I love the colors & scrappiness of it!!

  11. 11
    Liz says:

    One of my favorite quilts. I love the solids, I love the improv, I love the quilting choice. yum!

  12. 12
    jean says:

    I simply, plain, downright love your quilting! Thank you! Thank you! -Jean ❤

  13. 13
    Karen Scribner says:

    I love how you chose the quilt colors from the ones in the backing! Wonderful work! And you are a miracle sewer with three little people under 8 years!

  14. 14
    Whitney says:

    I love this quilt (perhaps because it would look so lovely with my other Anna Maria quilt?), and think that it should be added to my colction. Please?!

  15. 15

    beautiful! the solids are perfect and the color combination is just lovely.

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