Summer Blossom- a Scrappy Improv Quilting project

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.

Small slab for center of flower
Long skinny slab for leaves and stem.

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.

Simple wavy diagonal cross-hatch Quilting so the flower is the star!

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 Schedule8/31- 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 AwaySandra @ mmm…quilts!

9/15- FlutterRose @ Something Rosemade
BotanicsDiann @ Little Penguin Quilts

9/20- Face the SunLaura @ Slice of Pi Quilts
Full SpectrumJayne @ Twiggy and Opal

9/22- PrismaticAnja @ Anja Quilts
DownpourNancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting

9/27- FunkytownVasudha @ Storied Quilts
Cherub WingsMichelle @ From Bolt to Beauty

9/29- Chapel WindowKris @ Sew Sunshine
Winter FrostLeanne @ Devoted Quilter

10/4- HeartstruckRebecca Grace @ Rebecca Grace Quilting
Star SpangledChristine @ Triangles & Squares

10/6- Birds of a FeatherPreeti @ Sew Preeti Quilts
Fall FoliageSusan @ Quilt Fabrication

10/11- OrnamentalGail @ Quilting Gail
Churn, Churn, ChurnCynthia @ Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

10/13- Sunset CrossingKate @ Katie Mae Quilts
Positivity– Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts

10/18- All Dressed UpLinda @ Flourishing Palms
ShockwaveAnne-Marie @ Stories From the Sewing Room

10/20- Sweet Bee (a bonus thank-you pattern), Finishing, and Wrap-Up My Quilt Infatuation

15 thoughts on “Summer Blossom- a Scrappy Improv Quilting project

  1. Nann says:

    Such fun to have a new blog hop this week! I like your scrappy sunflower.

  2. Kathy E. says:

    It’s great that you took a different direction of the sunflower to make it more of a daisy and it turned out perfectly! I’m a scrappy-quilt lover and love these types of projects. This is a book I’m adding to my list!

  3. That’s so pretty! I love the blues in your flower, and you found the perfect places to photograph it, too!

  4. Valerie Avendano says:

    Super, super cute!!!

  5. Marvellous! I love it!

  6. Kelly Young says:

    I love this, Lori! It is always so much fun to see a design in a different color way. Thank you again for participating in the blog hop. I love that you enjoyed the book as much as I loved writing it.

    🙂 Kelly

  7. Rose Mikulski says:

    This is a lovely way to meet you and our blog. I love your sunflower/daisy and it’s one of the quilts I want to make too, but like you said, I want to make them all.

  8. Well, blue is my favourite colour, so I am in LOVE with your take on Kelly’s sunflower. This was one of my 3 or 4 narrowed-down choices to make. All 22 are just wonderful aren’t they? Love your photos too!

  9. Nancy Bekedam says:

    Awesome take on the sunflower/daisy!!! I love how you quilted it, too!!!

  10. Bonnie in Va says:

    You make this sound so easy and doable! Your flower is really cute.

  11. Rebecca Grace says:

    I love your daisy version of this project! And yes, those birdies flying along subtly in your background fabric are great, too!

  12. Susan says:

    Great looking flower! I really like your choice of using blue

  13. Jill says:

    Very cute project! Thanks for sharing!

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