It's been a while since I've worked on any improv projects and truth be told I have not been keeping up with the adhoc improv quilt link due to other demands on my time. I do however have a piece to share this week. Here's a detail of one of my favourite parts of this piece.
It all started out with a challenge that Cheryl brought to our small modern group. Cheryl is the co chair of the community outreach committee of the guild. She had some blocks from the block of the month program that weren't quite working with other blocks from that month. Here's the original block. It's 20 inches square. Mine had slightly different fabrics, but they were the same range.
Cheryl cut the blocks in half on the diagonal giving each of us a piece that looked like this.
Our task was to take the triangle, along with some pieces of fabric she gave us and to make a row for a quilt adding other fabrics from our stash that went with it and grey fabric.
I started cutting,slashing and adding pieces until I ended up with this piece which I rather liked.
And here's further refinement.
I worked on this row over a course of several weeks around other projects. There were some challenges for me. Some of the additional fabrics we were given were ugly ducklings to my eye and incorporating them was a bit difficult.
Another problem was that I didn't have enough of the grey fabric I was using as background so I had to figure out how to solve that problem. A couple of the improv pieces I have worked on have had size requirements and trying to get your free flowing design into a certain size can be a bit daunting.
My daughter Madeleine relaxes with rock climbing and she loves bouldering. Bouldering takes place on a three dimensional structure and a course is set that requires the climber to problem solve a way up the route. I think the process she enjoys with bouldering is similar to the process I enjoy with improv. It takes your brain into a focussed place where you work out your next step.
In the end I added a darker grey. This required me to go back and add some of that grey to the other side of the row.
Here's my final result. I'm quite happy with it. I don't think the dark grey is perfectly balanced in the row but I'm pretty sure it will balance out in the quilt.
It's interesting. I have seen rows made by 6 others in the group and they are all quite different, but the fabrics tie them together . When It's all put together I'll share a photo.
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