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…”

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    Melissa Corry
    June 29, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    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 🙂

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    Jennifer Salter
    June 29, 2012 at 1:15 pm

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

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    Katy Cameron
    June 29, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Lol, duck tape does everything!

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    June 29, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    so pretty!! i love them!!

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    Calli Makes Do
    June 29, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    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.

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    June 29, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    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!)

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    June 29, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Love the blocks!

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    Heidi Staples
    June 29, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Lovely blocks!!

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    Kati from Kati's Quilting
    June 29, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Gorgeous improv block, I absolutely love the colors!

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    June 30, 2012 at 1:43 am

    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.

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    June 30, 2012 at 7:39 am

    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)

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    June 30, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Love the blocks, Amy! The colors are perfect. Can&#39;t wait to see how you place them in a quilt top!

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    June 30, 2012 at 8:59 am

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

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    June 30, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Um, perfection. Seriously. I can&#39;t wait to make this quilt!!!

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    Claire Jain
    July 1, 2012 at 11:21 am

    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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    July 3, 2012 at 10:26 am

    What pretty blocks Amy — I LOVE the colors you&#39;re using! Tell the kids to catch something pesky with the duct tape ;-D

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    Sew Create It - Jane
    July 5, 2012 at 2:37 pm

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

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    July 8, 2012 at 10:10 am

    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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