Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Scrappy Improv Quilt Top : :

Hooray! It's finished!!! But first I want to say a BIG Thank You! to those of you who shared your sewing stories with me yesterday. It was fun and very touching to read how and when your own sewing adventure began. No matter how you started out, I am so very glad you've found me!

Scrappy Improv Quilt Top

In between reading and responding to your comments, I was finally able to finish up my Scrappy Quilt top! I did quilting-as-you-go, so I'm not at all far from having this one completely finished!! Here's a big, messy photo of that last panel of my four newest scrappy blocks, just before I added them to the quilt.

Long Scrappy Improv Quilt Blocks

Oh, the fun I had making this quilt! Let's look back, shall we!

I had lots of help! From little improv block designers...

My Improv Helpers

To those eager and willing to show off their quilt holding skills.

Quilt Helper

I had the most fun making up my "Improv Quilter Block" and the response I received when I shared her was amazing!! I still can't believe it!

an idea...

I'm excited today to add this project to the Festival of Scrappiness happening over at Stitched In Color! The scrappy creations to be seen are marvelous and very inspiring!

If I'm being honest, there are several things about my scrappy quilt that I would love to change, but today I'm letting those thoughts go. 1. Because the deadline to join in the festival ends today. :) 2. Because there will always be new scraps that can be made into something new and beautiful. It's true!!

Scrappy Improv Quilt Top

There are also a few things I do really love about this quilt as it is.

This corner, there is just something about it that I really love!

Favorite

This photo, of my daughter helping her best friend up the ladder, while mine is holding my quilt for me!

Finished Scrappy Quilt Top

We put in a great effort to get those outdoor quilt photos yesterday, but the indoor ones just turned out better. I'm learning that taking the perfect quilt photo is an art form all on it's own. One that is not so natural for me. :)

Most of all, I love seeing all of the many little projects that went into making this quilt. It's like a scrap book in quilt form, that only I (and maybe you too, if you closely follow my daily makings. lol) can really see. It makes all that went into making this quilt seem enormous and that's pretty special.

Scrappy Improv Quilt Top

Happy Sewing, friends!!

40 comments:

  1. Wow! It is spectacular!! =D

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  2. That is really lovely and such a wonderful use of your scraps.

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  3. Congratulations on a huge finish, Maureen! It's beautiful, and so very special. I agree that using scraps really reminds you of past projects that made those scraps. Yayay!!

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  4. Really awesome. Thank you for sharing all these fun pictures with us!

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  5. Your little seamstress almost gets lost in all of that fabric. She will be such a wonderful surprise to anyone who comes into your home and takes a second look!

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    1. I agree! She does get lost. That is one of my regrets with this quilt. I think I'm going to make her again, hopefully better my second time around, and finish her off in a mini to hang in my studio.:)

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    2. Yep, sounds like a great idea. the quilt does look magnificent but your girl does get a bit lost in all that fabric ( wow! that could descibe all of us crafting sewing fanatics!)I would love to see her as more of a focus somewhere so a mini would be great! Lovely work maureen!

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  6. Oh, what a gorgeous quilt. So colorful and full of wonderful pattern, amazing. You did such a wonderful job!!!!

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  7. I love it MC, Question??? Now will you bind it and do the quilting stitching your self??

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  8. WOW!! How beautiful, The colors are just gorgeous. Love the pics of your children, they look very proud helping mom. What is the final size or do you plan on adding more latter? Ok now I know what scrapy quilt means (using scraps). Love the background showing your livingroom also.

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  9. This is gorgeous. I love scrappy string quilts. You might want to take a look at my Lego quilt which is ginormous! http://dordognequilter.blogspot.fr/2011/12/phew.html You need to scroll down past the birthday waffle.

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  10. I just recently started following your blog, true inspiration. Your improv quilt is spectacular as everything else you complete.

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  11. It's absolutely gorgeous, good luck!

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  12. such a cool quilt! and love your helpers? was that one of the kiddos on the ladder inside too?

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  13. I just... breathlessly... ADORE this quilt. Must try one myself.

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  14. I am so blown away by everything you make. You have totally inspired ME to try new things with my sewing. Congratulations on this being done!

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  15. Hi Maureen! Your scrappy quilt is just the best and so beautiful! When I watch it I feel that it is 'the patchwork' in it's first and whole meaning! Perhaps I can't say it well in English but I hope you guess what I mean. I imagine in old times, talented women creating beautiful quilts without knowing all the 'fancy' blocks like we now adays, and they just mixed lovely colours and fabrics as their 'eye of artist' saw it.
    Your quilting lady in the corner is so fantastic idea!
    x Teje

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  16. Lovely and innovative finish! It does look more balanced bigger, and it'll be cool to see if you come up with more in this vein. Those birdies are awful cute too, esp their bird's eyes!

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  17. It's even lovelier than I imagined it would be! Well done Maureen!!

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  18. OMG it looks amazing! I love how all the blocks come together! Great job!! =D

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  19. I love it, the bottom left block is so charming!

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  20. It's fantastic, Maureen. So much to look at and so beautiful. Bravo!

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  21. this is lovely I love how your "designers" have pieced these blocks! Great photos too and totally get what you mean about getting that pefect photo. I am not a natural photographer either. x

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  22. Congratulations and good luck, Maureen. I'm so glad you were able to get her finished in time. It's just like a scrapbook, like you said =)

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  23. I've been following along on your progress, it turned out even more amazing that I thought, so fun! And I adore that little quilter!!

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  24. This is so incredible Maureen! I love that the blocks are all different sizes and that you really managed to stay random. And those chevrons!!

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  25. What a gorgeous scrappy quilt I love all the great fun fabrics that you have used. I bet the quilt will bring lots of great memories from those great scraps.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Regards from Western Canada,
    Anna

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  26. wonderful photos, thanks for sharing and say hello from me to alle the gorgeous models ☺
    I do love this scrappy quilt!
    Liebe Grüße
    Bente- Germany

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  27. Your quilt turned out to be gorgeous! I can't wait to try a scrappy improv quilt of my own.
    Jo Culver

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  28. it is very beautiful and i love that little lady in the bottom corner. she makes me happy!

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