Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Can't Cut with Scissors and May is For Makers Week Four

     It's time to link up with the Ad Hoc Improvers and I just happen to be working on Improv.  It's been a while since I showed progress on this little quilt.   It's my challenge piece for the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild and if I can get it delivered by June 1st it will hang with a bunch of it's friends at the TMQG's display at the Canadian Quilters Association show.


     At the moment it's about 9" by 15 1/2 ".  It need to finish at 14" square.   We were given a choice of several specific Kona colours and were to pick 2 or 3 and to use only those fabrics to make a 14" square modern quilt with any type of quilting but no embellishment.

     I decided to make my quilt using score one from the "Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters' by Sherri Lynn Wood.
I chose Storm, Ash and School Bus for my three colours and I have been having a challenging time trying to cut more or less straight lines with scissors.  The working title is can't cut with scissors.  I'm hoping I can get it done in time to put it in the over night post next Tuesday.  That should be easy but of course I've got a million things going on between now and then.  I'm linking up with Ann and Kaja for Ad Hoc Improv Link Up.

     In other news the patterns I'm sharing for May is For Makers are pretty much the opposite technique to Improv.  They are both paper pieced patterns.

The first purchase is Triple Goosed, a pattern from Jeli Quilts.


     The second is Butterfly Garden by Jen Sorenson of A Quilting Jewel.


     I've been having a lot of fun with May is for Makers.  There is one week left and I've already shared 5 patterns.  It's been fun seeing some of the choices that others have made as well.
   

10 comments:

  1. Not using a rotary cutter or a straight edge is always a challenge for me. I really like what you have so far, and good luck making the deadline.

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  2. I love the three colours you chose to work with and can't wait to see your improv quilt finished! Your patterns are also great choices - we have very similar taste.

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  3. Looks very nice so far. I love the colours you picked. Good luck with your goal. ;^)

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  4. Love the paper pieced patterns, especially the Triple Goosed. May is for Makers has been so much fun. I do hope we all decide to do it again next year. Your improv block is looking great. I love the Kona shades you chose. You are so close to done. I have faith that you can do it!

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  5. I can't cut a straight line with scissors! I don't use a ruler much so if I want to be straightish I use one of the lines on my cutting mat: I start at the bottom and cut upwards, keep my eye on where the line is at the top. I like your colours - very clean and modern. Also love that pattern with the flying geese. Thanks for linking up with AHIQ.

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  6. This is a timely post Lisa, I am starting score 1 this week and I realise it's not as easy as I first thought. Great contrast in your fabrics, very brave. Have you considered using your rotary cutter? It's allowed as long as you don't use a ruler. I plan to do several blocks of whatever size they end up using the fabrics from my pull to represent Bluebell Woods. I'm expecting it to turn out either great, or a dogs dinner, who knows, so I'm just going to enjoy it.

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  7. I like your colors, too. I would like to wear something in those colors! I've found that the more improv work I do, the straighter my lines get, with both scissors and the rotary cutter...so keep practicing!

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  8. It is hard to cut straight with scissors anymore. I must have done it before rotary tools. Sue is right; the more you practice, the better you become. I like your color choices and hope it is finished in time for your show. Thanks for linking with AHIQ.

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  9. The three colors you have chosen go so well with your blog title! Good luck on finishing on time. Every time I am at a rush at the end I vow to not enter unfinished items (though of course doing a challenge requires a new start--then I vow to start sooner.)claire aka knitnkwilt.wordpress.com

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  10. Time was when we always cut with scissors! But I have the same problem nowadays too; I'm too accustomed to the accuracy of ruler and rotary cutter. However, your block is far from untidy: the lines are clear, and the wonkiness gives it dynamism and charm. I need to be as brave as you!

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