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Jamie’s improv quilt

by Clare Mansell
Improv baby quilt

My first completed quilt of 2015! This project was a challenge of my own creation. I am currently on a fabric diet, I have a big fat roll of wadding and a studio full of bits of fabric and I tasked myself to complete this without buying anything. I succeeded, but what it saved me in money it cost me in time as I spent so long first thinking of an idea and then rumaging around for fabric for it, finding I hadn’t got enough and then repeating the process until I remembered this quilt I made 5 years ago for a baby when we lived in Cyprus and decided to repeat it.

At the centre of the design is a strip of improv scraps which are sewn together and roughly twice as much plain fabric on the right as is on the left. I didn’t measure anything with this or set out with a particular plan, I just worked with the dimensions of fabric I had (the biggest constraint being the one piece of backing fabric I had from Ikea)

I wasted more time trying to make a decision on how to add the name. Somewhere lost in my computer is the Diane Bohn piecing pattern I used for Theo’s quilt. Could I find it? Could I heck! This was supposed to be a no spend project, but finally after deciding I really didn’t want to applique the letters, I caved in and bought My First Alphabet. Honestly yes, I could have drawn up my own, but with a birthday looming I needed a quick answer and it is a great pattern!

jamiequilt1_editMy first alphabet diane bohn
As far as quilting. I did vertical lines about 5 inches apart and then a few additional horizontal lines through the improv section. It’s not the tightest quilted quilt I have made, if I’d had a little longer I think it would have been improved by running those vertical lines a bit closer together, but that’s just me being picky.

jamiequilt8_editimprov baby quilt

So finally I have a question… Digging deep into my analytics I have discovered that my quilt posts are far more popular than I had imagined and a few friends who have been encouraged to start quilting have expressed an interest in quilt tutorials. If you are reading this post and that would interest you, please leave me a comment to let me know. Would a tutorial on improv piecing for instance be of use? Would you like photos, video or a bit of both? Please let me know…

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Dawn February 19, 2015 - 9:57 am

Tutorials and sharing your hard work and ideas is always gratefully received. I like videos if there’s something tricky to do or if I’ve forgotten to do something simple like the corners on the bias binding, (I’m always looking that up) *whistles*.

The thing with videos though is, personally I need there to be bite size bits of info with a break so I can pause it and do whatever they just told my to do and not have to rewind it because when I paused it I missed something. Hope that makes sense. Looking forward to seeing your tutorials 🙂

[email protected] February 19, 2015 - 10:10 am

That makes enormous sense and is really useful feedback, thank you! 🙂

Sisley White February 19, 2015 - 11:07 am

This is the cutest quilt ever! I’ve just start quilting and I’m putting all the hexagons together at the moment. This has really inspired me x

Patchwork Polly February 19, 2015 - 5:23 pm

Agree with Dawn – I too am always looking up binding corners. Not sure why it won’t stick in my head :/ . I wouldn’t mind a tutorial on how you did the letters on your super quilt!

Lilinha Espindula February 19, 2015 - 10:24 pm

Such a gorgeous quilt, I love the idea of quilting but have never done it before x

Lynn Goring-Crook March 4, 2015 - 7:55 pm

Thank you again for Jamie’s quilt. It is so beautiful and looks like you have spent months making it! Everytime I walk into his bedroom it makes me smile and he is absolutely in love with it, showing it off to visitors and asking for ‘my cover’ when sat on the sofa. I for one for love some tutorials as would really like to get into quilting. Being able to watch, digest, rewind and pause would be a useful tool while trying a new skill.


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