Monday, January 16, 2017

Design Wall Monday--1/16/17

My Design Wall this MLK day is cleared of the UFO #3 pick--the Row Robin top is complete!

Here the blocks are laid out as a trial. I needed to trim the far left block a bit and managed to cut off the wrong side so had to add on to the bottom of the block, but that is the joy of Improv, no mistakes, just design opportunities ;)

It is a very bright quilt but I really like everything that is going on.  I added the bottom row of 1/2 log cabin blocks to show what I learned from my fellow Row Robin participants with their color play.  I also wanted the quilt to be a little longer.  It is approximately 50 x 65".

I pressed on yesterday with cutting and assembly of the backing. 

The backing fabric came from JoAnn's, naturally NOT on sale and NOT eligible for use with coupon, grrr.  I hunted all over the store for a Hera marker but despite their website showing my local store carried them, none were found.  Hobby Lobby didn't have them either, nor do any stores in town.  Sadly, we lost the other quilt shop in December, though the owner is still carrying on in her longarm quilting business, so that is a good thing.

For quilting inspiration, I spent some time yesterday with this book.  The author is large in the modern quilting world with her blog, tallgrass prairie studio and on the Board of Directors for the MQG.  A lot of her walking foot techniques involve use of painter's tape and intensive marking, but I'm inspired by her ideas and working out all the details to follow.  I have two weeks to get this sandwiched, quilted and bound.  Wish me luck!

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10 comments:

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

Wow!! How great is that quilt!!! You are very creative

Janet O. said...

I don't think I am ready to step outside of my traditional mode enough to make an improv quilt like this, but I admire those of you who can let go and let it happen! : )

Judy D in WA said...

OMGosh! I love this. I've been a bit afraid to start any of the modern quilts because of the mountain of other projects I have. :) Of course the fabric you want is not on sale and not eligible for a coupon. Sometimes that happens and we buy any way. It's a fabulous back. I have a couple of Jacquie's Craftsy classes. I LOVE them! She is so fun to listen to. You could order the Hera marker from Amazon. That's what I finally did. Can't wait to see how you quilt this.

Mary said...

Your improv quilt reminds me of a snow globe with the flakes settling in the bottom.

Debbie Huber said...

Thank you also for leaving me a comment. Wow, love your bright quilt. Oh so daring to go out of the lines!

scraphappy said...

Imrov designs area always fun. Love the way the back came together.

Lindah said...

Gotta love 'em, but your problem with Joann's is the one I usually face each time I go there.
If you have a wooden, spring-type clothespin, you can take it apart and use one of the wooden pieces for a pretty good, makeshift Hera.
Have fun!

Kate said...

Very bright, bold and fun! Looking forward to seeing how you finish it up.

Penny Foree said...

Wow, you're amazing to take such bold steps in color and design. Love the final look. And thank you for your sweet comments on my blog. Have a great day!

lcscottage said...

What a fun, energetic quilt!