Improv piecing

Summer is marching along. I can’t believe it’s already the end of June!  This week in my snippets of time at the sewing machine I worked on some improv Bee blocks for my friend, Pink.

I rarely sit down to improv piece, but I always thoroughly enjoy it when I finally do.  It’s such a liberating process. And so perfect for summer where you can just put down and pick up again without having to remember where I was or precisely what size pieces I need to cut.

Improv piecing is basically just choosing random sized pieces, sewing them together, and adding more as you go.  Nicole of Mama Love Quilts has a great post about improv piecing here as well as one by Jennifer as a guest post at Sew We Quilt.
It’s such a liberating process. And such a great way to use up scraps too. I’m resolved to do more of it in the future.

Speaking of improv, I’ve found a great way to keep the kids entertained this summer. The answer is: duct tape.  We’ve bought multiple colorful rolls at WalMart, including camouflage and leopard prints (which sadly were all used up by the time this picture was taken.)  Most of the time they are creating stuff on their own, which has bought me some additional moments of snatched sewing time.  But then every once in a while I have moments that worry me a little like finding make-shift Quidditch hoops taped in front the large mirror in the front room or hearing  “Let’s go outside and catch bees. With duct tape…”


  1. says

    Love your improv blocks. So fun!!! And the duck tape, awesome!!!! Especially the catching bees with duck tape. You know duck tape is just like the force. It has a light side and a dark side and holds the universe together :)

  2. says

    I love your improv blocks! I'm hoping to work on mine today. My kids have been begging for duct tape ever since they saw their cousin making flip flops and wallets out of his.

  3. says

    Your improv blocks are great! I love the colors you chose. Bravo on getting some sewing time, it sometimes is something simple that keeps kids going for hours.

  4. says

    Your blocks look fabulous Amy. :0) So sweet of you to make many. What a treat. :0)<br />I think I need to find some colorful duct tape. That looks like way too much fun. :0) My son carries a duct tape wallet he made. He loves it. :0)

  5. says

    ps. Nathan is constructing a new wallet out of duct tape. :o) Thanks for the idea. I posted a little bit of it today. :o) I need to go back for more colors!

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