improv from long ago

Thank you so much for all your kind comments on my previous quilt! It’s fun to finally have things to show here again.

Today I have another old quilt to show you — I pulled this quilt top from the depths of the closet, where it’s hung since 2012. I had even already made a backing to go with it, so I’m not sure why it took so long to actually quilt it.

I don’t even remember actually piecing these improv sections together – you can read my original post here which talks a bit about it – but I do remember not having enough of any one solid for the background, and being quite pleased with myself when I was able to come up with enough of four different colors to use one in each corner. I like the way it turned out – probably more so than if I had used one color for the whole background.

Once again I decided to quilt this one with straight lines about 1″ -ish apart. The majority of the backing is an Essex linen, and the simple straight lines keeps it nice and soft. It’s bound in a pretty pale pink stripe.

And just for a laugh –

Here’s the first time I attempted to get photos of this quilt, also in the snow, but also on perhaps the coldest, windiest day possible. Morgan’s being a good sport, but I think he was pretty happy when I called it quits!

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22 Responses to improv from long ago

  1. 1
    JCinTX says:

    I love this! I so admire that ability to go off the rails to create these improv designs! Great color choices too! Improv is my quest for 2019.

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    Judy In MO says:

    Very striking, especially with the snow background.

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    Sophie says:

    It’s fantastic! I loved the four colour background at first sight, before reading the post. A chance you had been short of fabric 😉

  4. 4

    It is just gorgeous- both the quilt and the photos. Thank you for sharing- I miss your quilts!

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    Beth Lehman says:

    i LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! improv will always be my favorite!

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    Robby H. says:

    I love this quilt, an absolute work of art.

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    Marty says:

    This is gorgeous! I love the colors and of course abstract modern design! (from St J originally!)

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    Nancy Morneault says:

    Your quilt is really cool. It looks like a house blueprint to me.

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    la tulipe says:

    I love your quilt. Luckily, you didn’t have enough fabric! Your quilt would be perfect in my new living room.

  10. 10
    Gigi Voegeli says:

    It’s very beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  11. 11
    Jean says:

    Thank goodness! I love every time you post! The quilt is gorgeous;and the photos are wonderful! Thank you.
    -Jean ❤

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    Wendy says:

    This is fantastic! What a gem to pull out of the closet and finish! I really like the idea of four different background fabrics too. Thanks for sharing!

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    Tiffany Searle says:

    The quilt is fabulous! I definitely love the four backgrounds as opposed to all white.

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    Janice says:

    I’m so inspired by improv. Thank you for posting this!

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    Gill Compigne-Leaney says:

    Hi, as an absolute newby to proper quilting – I have just fallen in love with crazy quilting – this wonderful quilt has taken my heart by storm. I have looked at lots of quilts and the way they are put together, please forgive my ignorance, but do you sew the improv bits together and add them to a solid background or is your background also sewn in strips? I will be back to see much more of your lovely work, Thank you.

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    Shauna dickerson says:

    I love All kinds of quilts. This kind of inventive design, especially inspiring!

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    Cindy says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!! The different backgrounds really make it special & exciting! Love your color choices as well. Excellent!!!! What an inspiration! This would be stunning hanging over my raspberry couch!!!!

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    Lisa J. says:

    This is another stunner. I love the improv piecing and the multiple background colours.

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    Marty says:

    I absolutely love this! The color, the architectural and landscape image this invokes for me is so inspirational. (A StJ girl originally).

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    Carol Jordan says:

    Pink is perfect for this quilt. The snow is the ‘icing’ on the cake.
    Great job.

    No snow yet this year in VA Bch.

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    curvywitch says:

    That looks fantastic and looks so at home in the cold, brilliant colour choices.

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    Julie says:

    This quilt is easily the most interesting and attractive quilt I have seen in a long time. I love your use of four background colors – it is what makes it so stunning!

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