Letting loose and getting my improv on

I've been working off-and-on this week on a project from Jacquie Gering and Katie Pederson's seriously awesome book, Quilting Modern. Improvisational piecing is just so much fun to do, and Jacquie and Katie do a wonderful job teaching various improv techniques that you can put to use in lots of different projects, not just those in the book.


I'm working on the Swirling Medallion quilt found on page 113 of the book, using some green, gold, gray, and aqua prints, This quilt uses the improvisational stitch and flip technique, which can be super duper versatile. You can use it to make wonky stars, wonky zig-zags, just about anything you could make with a half-square triangle unit. I think a wonky zig-zag quilt might just be in my future, using this method of piecing.

Swirling Medallion quilt top - side view

I just finished up the quilt top, but haven't decided on backing or quilting just yet. I am totally in love with this quilt and am half-heartedly trying to find a place in my house I could hang it, I love it so much. Fortunately, I suspect I'm going to be indecisive for a little while about this one, so it can hang out on my design wall for the timebeing, making me smile whenever I look up at it. Next up? While I'm thinking about how to quilt this one, I think I might just attempt to make a dent in my string scraps and work on a string project!

Swirling Medallion quilt top

Busy, busy, busy!

Have you visited the Blogger's Quilt Festival yet?  I've found a ton of new blogs to follow and found a great deal of inspiration as well!

I shipped out Brooke's Paramore quilt this morning, all quilted up and ready to be bound and finished off.  It was a lot of fun to work on someone else's quilt, and I'm really pleased with how it turned out.  I hope she'll love it, too!

Did you hear?  I won an awesome giveaway over at Freshly Pieced last week!  Lee a.k.a. Freshly Pieced, is designing a custom blog header for me.  I'm working with Lee today on it today and hoping to unveil my new and improved blog look sometime this week.  I am super excited about this and can't wait to show you all soon!

Getting ready for a big family fun trip this afternoon - to a Yo Gabba Gabba concert.  My munchkin adores Yo Gabba Gabba, and is positively going to flip out when we tell him where we're going this afternoon.  I am, embarrassingly, excited about this show/concert/thing, if nothing but to see the look on Ryan's face when he sees these characters that he adores in person.

Yo Gabba Gabba treats from the munchkin's 2nd birthday

And because it's just not normal for me to have a million projects going at once, I'm planning to get started on my quilt for the That Girl...That Quilt quilt-along that's just getting underway.  If you've got a charm pack lying about, come join in the quilt along fun!!

Hope you're all having a great weekend.  Happy sewing!