Some blocks for Project Improv

I mentioned Project Improv previously.  One of the only required things you have to do to be involved is to make one “log cabin-ish” quilt block.  All the blocks made are going to be assembled into quilts that will be donated to charity.

We were supposed to pick one colors scheme and I went with pink & orange.  But I found, as I was digging through my scraps, that I have scraps for all three options, so why not make three blocks?

The scraps all ready to be tuned into something pretty!

Three piles of scraps

And what they became!

Project Improv blocks

I realized a few things while making these blocks. 1) I love me some fussy cutting. 2) I don’t have nearly as many cool colored fabrics as I do warm. And 3) making blocks on the fly like this, with no pattern or measuring, is where I’m most at ease. I simply love to make wonky log cabins like this and it’s 100% in my comfort zone. That means that I’m not pushing myself to grow at all with these blocks. I need to figure out what that next step in improv piecing means for me… Hmm…

26 Responses to “Some blocks for Project Improv”

  1. stacik January 10, 2009 at 12:00 pm #

    They are all so pretty! I’m getting ready to start my first wonky log-cabin blanket. I hope it turns out even half as cute as yours do!

  2. Amy @ parkcitygirl January 10, 2009 at 12:19 pm #

    They look great! I love your scraps :)

  3. Carrie January 10, 2009 at 12:25 pm #

    Just finished my orange and pink block, too. I think they should get together! I really like the aqua/red block you did – lost of interest.

  4. Katie January 10, 2009 at 12:32 pm #

    They’re so gorgeous! I can’t tell if you have straight seams or wavy seams. If they’re not wavy, you should give that method a go. It’s really fun. Here’s a great tutorial

  5. MichelleB January 10, 2009 at 12:44 pm #

    They look great! I need to get some done, but I have a couple of other things I HAVE to get done first. I think I’m going to challenge myself with solid fabric. What am I saying? A wonky log cabin IS a challenge for me.

  6. terriaw January 10, 2009 at 1:01 pm #

    What a great way to use up that pile of scraps. I love the colors you have going!

  7. Andi January 10, 2009 at 1:08 pm #

    Beautiful blocks!!

  8. anina January 10, 2009 at 1:09 pm #

    lovely, lovely!

  9. Cheryl in CT January 10, 2009 at 1:14 pm #

    Wow – thanks for sharing those. I haven’t started yet, but that is inspiring!

  10. Jackie January 10, 2009 at 1:15 pm #

    They really look nice! I love your scraps, now I have to get going and work on mine.

  11. Sara January 10, 2009 at 1:31 pm #

    Lovely blocks! Unlike you, sewing w/o patterns is a challenge for me. Maybe you could look at using different textiles?

  12. Anna January 10, 2009 at 2:45 pm #

    The blocks look wonderful!

  13. sbanders January 10, 2009 at 2:48 pm #

    These are awesome! I particularly like the aqua and red. That is something that I will have to consider for future quilting projects! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Elizabeth January 10, 2009 at 11:02 pm #

    These look great! Fussy cutting is the best.

  15. nicolette January 11, 2009 at 1:34 am #

    Very inspiring and beautiful blocks!

  16. jacquie January 11, 2009 at 6:13 am #

    one of the things i’m going to try is putting my rotary cutter away…i want to see what happens. i love your blocks alissa…you are an artist with your fabric choices. amazing!!!

  17. Sarah January 11, 2009 at 6:23 am #

    I started my wonky log cabin blocks for our quilting bee for you and it’s my first time, so I was a little scared. It was SO FUN! So freeing! It’s not that I’ll never go back to using a pattern, cause I see the good in that too, but this free-style “method” is exciting. Love your blocks!

  18. Sarah January 11, 2009 at 7:32 am #

    Gorgeous! I think the blue and red one is my favorite.

  19. Kajsa January 11, 2009 at 11:33 am #

    I really like the one with bikes! The colours are so lovely! I’m going to make my quilt blocks tomorrow!

  20. M January 11, 2009 at 7:19 pm #

    Those blocks are too cute!!! I want to be just like you. :D

    I may have to try my hand at those kind of blocks soon. Since I have “built my stash”…and hubby thinks I should use it.

  21. Wendy January 11, 2009 at 8:09 pm #

    Love those scraps! They make me swoon. I’ve become unreasonably obsessed with designer fabric. And I love that Heather Ross Lightning Bugs line, it’s so much softer than other fabrics.

  22. Jackie January 12, 2009 at 7:54 am #

    They all look great! I love the no pattern, no rulers option to my liking too!

  23. Robin (rsislandcrafts) January 12, 2009 at 9:10 am #

    I love them all! Great job!

  24. josie January 12, 2009 at 11:23 am #

    I hear you about the wonky block love. In fact I am not sure I am such a good fit for project improv after all, because pretty much all I do is improvisational …now if there was a project make-everything-to-the-letter-of-a-pattern group…I’d have a lot to contend with.

  25. amandajean January 12, 2009 at 11:36 am #

    i can SO relate. since i do a fair amount of improvisational piecing already, i’m going to have to come up with something to challenge myself further. if you come up with any brilliant ideas, PLEASE let me know.

    i LOVe your blocks by the way. i have serious fabric envy.

  26. pricklypearbloom January 15, 2009 at 9:40 am #

    I do especially love that middle one though. The colors together are a combination that I’m digging lately, and I really like how the pieces play off of each other they way they are laid out.

    Log cabins are totally in my comfort zone too, but at the same time, if I choose my pieces blindly, or add unconventional strips, like pieced strips, it feels more improv-y to me.

    I gravitate toward warm fabrics too, and I was realizing it when I made the quilt top inspired by your land and sea, so I intentionally purchased a bunch of blues and greens this week.

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