Friday, June 29, 2012

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..."

19 comments:

Melissa Corry said...

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 :)

Jennifer Salter said...

Love the improv blocks! Make me itch to dig out my scraps and have some fun! I just might "go to town" tonight!

Katy Cameron said...

Lol, duck tape does everything!

Kerri said...

so pretty!! i love them!!

Calli Makes Do said...

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.

foodmathquilts said...

I love your use of white! I have a few improv. Blocks started but they don't have enough contrast and look a bit flat to me. ( note to self: more white!)

Sara said...

Love the blocks!

Heidi Staples said...

Lovely blocks!!

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

Gorgeous improv block, I absolutely love the colors!

Heather said...

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.

trish said...

Your blocks look fabulous Amy. :0) So sweet of you to make many. What a treat. :0)
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)

LittleLucyGoosey said...

Love the blocks, Amy! The colors are perfect. Can't wait to see how you place them in a quilt top!

Sheila said...

I love your blocks! I must try this. Looking forward to seeing your finished quilt top.

pinksuedeshoe said...

Um, perfection. Seriously. I can't wait to make this quilt!!!

Claire Jain said...

LOL! Catch bees with duct tape!!! These kids are brave. I love the improv blocks. The yellow and pink are so cute :-)

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Thimbleanna said...

What pretty blocks Amy -- I LOVE the colors you're using! Tell the kids to catch something pesky with the duct tape ;-D

Sew Create It - Jane said...

These are my favourite kind of blocks to make! Love the colours you are putting together.

trish said...

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!