My Project Improv has begun! I could tell you all about our house re-ordering, bedroom moving, infant separation anxiety, new laptop(!), sick kid, and date night adventures, but that all seems so ordinary compared to my latest quilt project.
Can I make a confession? While I like the look of wonky log cabin blocks, I don't love them. There are some gorgeous examples out there, but I've made a few myself and now I'm done. When it came to my own Project Improv I wanted a different challenge. I turned to my latest obsession: triangles.
These blocks are made with the same technique as you would a wonky log cabin. You start with a center shape and sew strips on one side. Open, press, rotate and sew on another strip. So on and so on. To get the triangle shape I started with a small triangle. And because I wanted distinct triangle shapes I went white - colour - white. To ensure I got to the desired size I created a template that I used as a guide. It let me know if I needed a thicker or thinner strip when it came time to sewing on the outside white triangle. I then used the template to trim the blocks to size.
The entire thing is a scrap/stash quilt. Each coloured portion of the triangle is different, with colours from nearly every bin in my stash. I really liked the white with multi-colour effect of Amanda Jean's Snippets quilt. In my first fabric pull I grabbed about 30 fabrics. After laying out the first group of finished blocks I've decided that I need to make some more blocks, and I might vary the size of the triangles.
Now it's time for my second confession. I don't like making wonky log cabin type blocks. I find it tedious. Yes, you can get a lot of blocks done, but the construction part is boring. Well, it is for me. But I am committed to this and I am liking the way it is turning out. We'll just have to see where it goes. In the true spirit of Improv I don't have much of a plan right now.