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.

everyday inspiration lecture for the CMQG

If you're in the Cincinnati area, please join me at the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild on Wednesday where I'll be giving a lecture on how I find inspiration for many of my quilt designs from every day places. I'll be sharing about my process, how I record my inspiration and then translate it into quilt designs. I'll also be sharing some finished quilts as well, including my Silo quilt, shown above, with the inspiration below, which is still one of my favorites to date.

My lecture will take place at the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild meeting this Wednesday, June 12 at 7:00 pm the Centennial Barn, 110 Compton Road, Cincinnati 45215. Hope to see you there!
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