Sunday, 8 May 2016

connections & comfort {a WiP}




I experimented with improv quilting a few weeks ago and I've been wanting to have another go ever since! There's lots of inspiration around, like the improv handbook for modern quilters'. I have also been finding inspiration from other quilters, in particular LeeAnn from niftyquilts, and this also looks really great - a Denyse Schmidt workshop on improvisational patchwork! Not something we can attend over here in NZ sadly.


This time around I'm using my fabric stash as much as I can
- I love the adventurous "restrictions" of this!



The other day I discovered a few little fat 1/8th bundles of very old plaids in the depths of the wardrobe so I'm popping these in too, along with a piece of very old Laura Ashley fabric my daughter rescued from the garage where she was living years ago - love mixing up the plaids with florals!



And to add just a bit more, for the first time I'm repurposing a few fabric items...

... including a few of Mr D's older shirts
{he is ok with my picks from the wardrobe, truly!}



Oh and, I've added in a few precious pieces, like this Shasta daisy one
and a small piece of silky blue plaid that I've had in my stash for some time now.




I think this is turning out to be similar to one of those cosy vintage utility quilts,
- all about connections & comfort!

And here's how it all looks up on the design wall today...




Linking up this week with Cynthia for 'oh scrap' here


4 comments:

  1. Your quilt makes me think about making my Scrap Vortex quilt which I finished earlier this year. It's definitely all about the fabric and the connections we've made with it over time. I like pops of orange that stand out to me in your last photo! And I love the florals and plaids together!

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  2. Love this one-it is going to be so inviting when it is finished. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  3. Thank you! While sewing this, I also started thinking about whether there really is an 'expiration' date on fabrics? I'm enjoying rummaging through some of my older stash - not a tidy process I must admit- and it feels good to make something useful with them.

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  4. This definitely going to be a quilt that begs to be snuggled under! The Laura Ashley fabric is beautiful, and a wonderful garage find. Her death was vey sad and I haven't heard of a fabric range since then.

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Thanx for stopping by, happy sewing!