I've been sewing some Improv Stars lately. I LOVE this block! It goes together so quick and easy and the best part is that you don't have to worry about lining up those points. ;o)
I can't remember if I've ever really played with batiks before. Most of the quilts I've seen with them haven't really been my style. But then I saw these and decided to give them a chance.
Guess what!? I much like working with batiks. Especially these ones with their fun, bright colors. And the designs- they're so fresh and new.
I haven't quilted a quilt in a long time. I really need to find more time to sew and quilt for fun. :o)
When I started to put this quilt together I decided I wanted to quilt it. I echoed inside each of the stars criss-crossing the center. The quilting is very "organic" because of the wonkiness of each star but it adds character. I matched thread to each star so I wasn't able to get a pic that showed it well. I quilted a "broken glass" motif in the white space. It looks amazing!
My favorite part of this quilt is going to come as a shocker to those of you that know me--- the BINDING!!! I know! It's like "who are you and what have you done with the Crazy Old Lady!?"
Halfway through the quilting I got an idea and decided to follow through with it.
Do you see it? I pieced together strips of the batik fabrics for the binding to mimic the rainbow flow of the stars.
All those stripes are so fun. It always surprises me when something that is relatively simple catches my eye. And I wonder, why is that? A project doesn't have to be intricate and detailed to be beautiful and fun. Although another project of hers seen HERE sure fits that profile.
Anyway, I've been collecting stripes for a while now so I can make my own stripey quilt.
I can't wait! ......except I'm going to have to. Market is right around the corner and you know what that means. ;o)
I ordered most of these stripes online where the minimum cut is 1/2 yard. You can guess that I have more than enough fabric to make a stripey quilt.
Question: how many of you would be interested in buying a stripey charm pack from my Etsy shop?
If there's enough interest I think I'll cut up my extras and list them. :o)
When I was a little girl I remember getting a new dress every spring for Easter. As I've grown up I've used that tradition as an excuse to go shopping and get something new. :o)
Last month I posted about a gorgeous bundle of voile that I had ordered.
Instead of buying something new this year I decided that I wanted to make a long flowy skirt with all of this beautiful voile.
I didn't use a pattern (i can't follow a clothing pattern to save my life!) and just started cutting- hence the "Improv". I cut wedge shaped (large dresden plate) pieces from each cut of fabric. Most of the fabric I had was in 1/4 or 1/3 yard cuts. Then I just started sewing them together. I don't have a serger or anything so I topstitched each seam to help minimize fraying.
I needed to do a little adjusting around the waist so I added darts in each panel. I made a lining from solid pink voile and attached an elastic waistband. I hemmed the bottom on Saturday afternoon. It's a little on the long side (I'll probably shorten it at some point) but I made it work. :o) I
I paired it with a dark coral t-shirt and an aqua cardi. You can't see my cute shoes but I wore these from Old Navy. All together it was super cute and very comfy.
(the hubs took this picture of me and #thegirl = blurry :o)