Monday, June 10, 2013

Improv Color Block Quilt for Coats and Clark



I'm so excited to finally be able to share this quilt with you! You might remember that I shared some photos of it while it was in progress a couple of months ago. This is my Improv Color Block quilt and I made it for my friends at Coats & Clark.




It is made out of eight fun FreeSpirit Designer Solids and the binding is Anna Maria Horner's Ghost Print in Dusk from her new Field Study linens.




The linen is so amazing, and it ties all of the solids, which are Slate Gray, Spark Gold, Salmon, Chamois, Soldier Blue,  Lime, Orchid, and Bahama, together perfectly. I quilted it on my domestic machine with straight line stitches that echo each rectangle in contrasting Coats Dual Duty XP threads, which are my go to threads. The colors are really so great!




The Improv Color Block quilt was on display in the Coats & Clark booth last month at Spring Quilt Market in Portland, Oregon, and it will be used in their ad campaign this fall and winter.




Here's my sketch for the design. I wanted to create a quilt that had an improvisational element to it, yet wasn't completely unstructured. This pattern allows you to rely on your own creative intuition and construct each of the six columns that make up the design in an improvised manner, with varying widths and colors combinations of the strips of fabric. All of the columns are then trimmed to the same length and the quilt top is put together. The result is that each quilt that is made following this pattern will be completely unique, which I love the idea of.




And here are a couple more photos of the finished quilt that I shot in my back yard before I sent it off to Coats. You can see the quilting and binding a bit better in these, I think.




You can read more about the quilt on Sewing Secrets, the blog of Coats & Clark, and find the complete pattern as a free pdf download here.


9 comments:

Janine said...

This is a beautiful quilt :)

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I do really love solids

Jan Baker said...

I have got to work with solids more. This came out so nice.

Kate said...

Wonderful quilt - great mix of colours!

Darling Jill Quilts said...

great Job! It looks really awesome!

Jennifer Mathis said...

I do love this quilt and the bold, beautiful colors!

ann said...

I made your last quilt from Coats and Clarke for a colleague's new babe...he loved it. I have a few new babies arriving in the not too distant future so this new design should get a workout too. Thanks .

jackie Swainson said...

I am motivated to sew by going into my shop and just looking at the fabrics and colours. that and tha actually process of design really light my fire.

trixi said...

What a beautiful quilt. I love just using colour and shape to create a quilt and your 6 column design idea is a great idea for my next quilt. Thanks!

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