Monday, 23 September 2013

Mini Improv Quilt



I've been a bit busy with classes and quilt shows recently and have a number of projects on the go but none at the right stage to share with you here yet.

But I did manage to finish the Improv Mini that I started in Lu Summer's Class at Fat Quarterly Retreat this summer. I finished the top in the class, using Kona solids and assorted scraps.


Yes, I know, that's a lot of hand quilting. It almost looks like it's been done by a crazy person...


...Oh wait a minute, it has been done by a crazy person - me!! Do you think compulsive hand quilting is a recognised condition? Maybe I should be getting some help...


Here's the back. I like to make bigger front stitches than back stitches (I'm a rebel!). It makes for a dimpled texture on the back which I like.

I used Kona Charcoal for the binding and the finished size is 15 inches squared.
I've got this hanging in the craft studio now - scaring all my students!

28 comments:

  1. It's so happy! Love the quilting.

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  2. That was well worth all the effort Jo - it looks dazzling!

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  3. This looks great fun, I want to make one now.

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  4. Wow Jo - you really did go to town with the hand quilting. It looks stunning!

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  5. I love it - looks like Kantha quilting!

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  6. That's fabulous Jo! It's great to see it finished

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  7. That's fabulous Jo! It's great to see it finished - congratulations!

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  8. Great to see this pretty finished. I was so sorry I didn't make Lu's table top session.

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  9. Oh you're quite certifiable, but it looks fab!

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  10. Lovely, I love all the hand quilting, it has really finished the quilt to perfection, sometimes you get on a roll and just want to keep quilting and quilting and it is hard to stop :)

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  11. Beautiful piece of work - love the texture created by your stitching.

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  12. That's awesome- how come it's scaring your students, are they intimidated by your crafty prowess? :)

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    1. Thanks Penny
      I'm thinking my students might think that I am expecting them to do that much quilting on their first quilt! Which would be a bit scary for them.
      Jo x

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  13. You're not crazy, just .... very passionate and enthusiastic about what you create, and that is to be treasured! I have a good friend who hand quilts like you and the results are just wonderful, like yours are. Loved your blog. xCathy

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  14. Love the handquilting! Would be interested to know which thread you used?

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    1. Thank you! I used DMC perle cotton number 8.

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  15. Beautiful Jo! I handquilt with smaller stitches on the back too :)

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  16. Lovely scrappy quilt, quilting looks like Indian Kantha stitching. Really suits the scrappiness well.

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  17. I love this and great to see it finished! Hoping we can have another hand sewing/chatting session soon! X

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  18. Fabulous! Love all the hand quilting and the improv blocks are so bright and cheerful. Reminds me of one of Mary's quilts on Molly Flanders blog.

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  19. Excessive Compulsive Hand Quilter - yep, that fits.

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  20. Hey Jo! This is so wonderful! it makes my fingers itch and I will have to try something alike. It is soooooo fabulous and such fun to look at! Thanks for sharing and greetings from Claudia in Germany!

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