Wednesday, April 1, 2009

My Quilt Blocks for Project Improv

To find out more about Project Improv go to the lovely Tall Grass Prairie Studios

My first square is for the pink & orange group. I decided to make it my crazy quilt square. I used some chenille, vintage gingham, another vintage print I only had a small rectangle of, a small green & pink gingham that was a remnant from my stash of designer fabric samples (I used to work for an interior designer before I had my last two kiddos) & last but not least the bright orange fabric I picked up at Hancock fabric the other night to tie it all together.



My second block is for the green & blue group in the traditional log cabin style. I used two of my retro fabrics from my dwindling vintage stash (I really need to hit some yard sales now that the weather is nicer & try to stock up again), a small print with a tiny little bit of gold shimmer on it, & the blue green dots on the white background I purchased from Hancock the other day to pull it all together. 

I'm a little nervous. Although I have made my own version of small little quilts here and there I have never made an official quilt block before. I had such a blast. I know they aren't perfect & any seasoned quilter might have a jolly good laugh at them, but I gotta start somewhere right? I was lucky enough to make both of these at my dear friend Brenda's home. She worked on her granddaughters Easter dress while I worked on my blocks. She was a big help with the pink and orange block. My goal was to use as much of my own vintage fabric as I could. It was like putting a puzzle together to get it all to fit. I seriously have one tiny 2 in block of the vintage gingham left. All in all this project has me wishing I had even more hours in the day than I already wish I did, so I could add quilting to the long list of things I'd like to be working on.

I really hope you fellow quilters will feel free to leave comments or tips for my next try at this. I also had so much fun with this I am hoping to join a virtual quilt group (if they'll have me) So if any of you have suggestions on that I would love to hear them.

10 comments:

Dana said...

You did a great job!!! I'm impressed!

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

Your blocks look great! love that chenille in there :)

Elissa said...

they look great! i LOVE, LOVE the chenille and vintage fabrics.... so incredibly fun! funny... as i have been recently inspired to want to add quilting to my list of addictions as well......

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

Not a quilter, but I can appreciate the work that is involved in completing a piece!
And btw, I love your work at ETSY!

Susannah Rodgers said...

oh, Summer, these are great! I think we should plan on our summer quilt project~ You'll have to help me!

KKJD1 said...

Beautiful! I'm having an Easter giveaway please come by and join in the fun. Blessings,karen

The Blonde Duck said...

Those look really nice!

michelle said...

I think they look great!

Jo James said...

What Summery cuteness!
I love quilts, but I don't dare start quilting. My fabric stash is big enough already. Plus, I know I'd want to work on quilty goodness rather than on other things. So I live vicariously through my cyber-friends, like you :)

lil songbird mama said...

I don't have any suggestions, but just to say that your quilts are really beautiful!