I was honored to be asked to make a project from Kelly Young’s new book – Scrappy Improv Quilting. Kelly blogs over at My Quilt Infatuation and is known for her Improv Quilting technique. All the projects in this book are mini quilt size and so incredibly cute. I chose the Summer Blossom project which is a single flower.
I first chose my colors to be more daisy-like than the sunflower colors in the book project and I found the perfect fabric in my stash for the background. It adds a bit of interest with the birds but does not detract from the main composition.
Then I started making my slabs. Part of Kelly’s technique for slab making is to start with scrappy similar colored strips and sew them together in different directions until you get to the size slab you need for the project. My favorite snippet in her book states that she likes to use strips but if you want to use odd angled scraps then do so. It’s your quilt so do as you will to make sure the slab ends up the correct size. She knew that I would do just that with my slabs.
The directions were so clear and I was able to complete the four slabs pretty quickly and start the process of growing that sweet flower. It turned out so dang adorable! I love it so much.
I wanted to practice some free-motion quilting but haven’t sewn much this year so opted for a wavy diagonal cross-hatch that I love. I pulled in more of that dark blue into the binding to really help those petals pop.
There are so many projects in this book that I want to make – the hot air balloon, the houses, the butterfly, the cover quilt. I really love them all.
The book itself is so colorful and bright. The photos and process illustrations are so clear. It’s a beautiful book to work with. Be sure to check out all the stops on the blog tour. I’m heading to Sandra’s post right now to check out her take on that hot air balloon!
Scrappy Improv Quilting Blog Tour Schedule–8/31- Intro, Single Block Beauties, and Simple Shapes
9/7- Seasonal Sensations, Standards With a Twist
9/13- here – Summer Blossom- Lori @ Crossquilt
Up, Up, and Away– Sandra @ mmm…quilts!
9/15- Flutter– Rose @ Something Rosemade
Botanics– Diann @ Little Penguin Quilts
9/20- Face the Sun– Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts
Full Spectrum– Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal
9/22- Prismatic– Anja @ Anja Quilts
Downpour– Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting
9/27- Funkytown– Vasudha @ Storied Quilts
Cherub Wings– Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty
9/29- Chapel Window– Kris @ Sew Sunshine
Winter Frost– Leanne @ Devoted Quilter
10/4- Heartstruck– Rebecca Grace @ Rebecca Grace Quilting
Star Spangled– Christine @ Triangles & Squares
10/6- Birds of a Feather– Preeti @ Sew Preeti Quilts
Fall Foliage– Susan @ Quilt Fabrication
10/11- Ornamental– Gail @ Quilting Gail
Churn, Churn, Churn– Cynthia @ Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework
10/13- Sunset Crossing– Kate @ Katie Mae Quilts
Positivity– Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts
10/18- All Dressed Up– Linda @ Flourishing Palms
Shockwave– Anne-Marie @ Stories From the Sewing Room
10/20- Sweet Bee (a bonus thank-you pattern), Finishing, and Wrap-Up – My Quilt Infatuation