Tuesday, January 19, 2010

wip wednesday... improv blocks

Tuesday, January 19, 2010
bad news.
i was supposed to attend a meeting of the LA modern quilt guild monday night.
but it has been raining in LA
& while rain doesn't scare us in philly.
it scares everyone out here.. & the meeting was cancelled.

good news.
i got to hang out one on one w/ alissa {handmade by}
& chat up all things fabric.

after she left i was all into thinking about improv quilting...
since she is one of the best at it...
so i decided to have some fun.

i got a scrap bag of beach house fabrics

add in some strips of kona crush

and start making some blocks

i only had time to make 2.
but here they are on top of some linen i got at mood

so once i get home i'll make some more blocks & see where this thing goes.

what are you working on??


Blue Is Bleu said...

Hehe I guess Cali's not used to weather!

Funnily enough I've been working on an improv commissioned quilt... definitely loving the improv thing more and more :)

Christine said...

OK first off- I'm jealous you went to Mood (love project runway). Those blocks are looking really fun especially with the Beach House fabric. Watch out for that rain! ;) Christine

Kate said...

Hi there
you're are always so busy I love reading your blog, I seem to have lost my enthusiam for quilting at the moment I really need to get back into it.
Take care
by the way it's pouring with rain over here in England.

Jackie said...

Funny that they don't know what to do in the rain. Wonder what they would do if it snowed?? Great improv blocks. I just started selling a cotton/linen blend on my site. Four more colors due in next week. Fun that you got to meet up with Alissa, definitely a great alternative to quilt guild.

call me crazy said...

Sorry about the weather messing with your plans. But your blocks are cute! ;-) I'm working on my Fig Tree Club quilt. :-))

gr8dmbfan said...

Sorry about the weather - bummer. Love you blocks can't wait to see what they turn into. I am headed to quilt camp today to get some projects done.... wish me luck!

Needled Mom said...

Sorry you have to be here for all the rain. They try to keep as many of us OFF the streets as possible during rains due to flooding and slides.

I think the new blocks will make into a fabulous quilt when you get home and get a bunch of them together. Love the yellow in there!

Meg said...

Those look great! Can't wait to see what it becomes...

I'm working on sewing together the rows for a throw-sized quilt made with a honeybun and a charm pack of Simple Abundance by Bonnie & Camille. I really can't wait to get it all quilted up, cuz I can't wait to use it!!

Natalia said...

Sad, that the meeting was canceled. I was looking forward to hearing about it.

Jewel said...

To be fair.. there was a tornado down there yesterday. The reason it is a little scarier in CA when it rains (although I admit they are wimpy, I can say this because I am in CA and have lived in places where it rained and snowed a lot) is that it doesn't rain often and there is a lot of hot weather. Why does this matter? The oil from the asphalt comes to the surface in the hot dry weather. Without a lot of rain fall there is nothing to wash it away making the roads a lot slicker than if it rained often here. Also because it is dryer the ground is not as packed making for sink holes and pot holes and houses falling off cliffs.

Tracey said...

They're cute!

I just did an improvy-ish baby quilt (http://tigers4trace.blogspot.com/2010/01/wip-wednesday-baby-shower.html)... and am working on something else now. It's fun!

Shannon said...

I've watched the Weather Channel, mudslides and such in Cali righ now....sounds scary to me. But, I live thru tornadoes and such.

I'm working on my Paintbox Quilt blocks from Oh, Frasson's Quilt along and finishing up an improv Black and White quilt.

Patty said...

We all have our crosses to bear when it come to weather. I think the rest of the country only thinks about the normally beautiful weather Cali has but My aunt was a victim of a mud slide, so I understand what they're talking about.
I like you blocks... I'm finishing up a wool wall hanging as well as a teacup wall hanging. Enjoy the rest of your stay.

Heather said...

Oh, very cool blocks! I haven’t tried improv before, but really want to. There are rumors of a Portland Modern Quilt Guild… that would be awesome maybe I’d be brave enough to try it if I had somebody to push me a little :)

Rain, schmain, Portland and rain is all I know :)

rosie/the fabric shopper said...

Really like how the yellow pops! Hubby would really like these as yellow is his favorite. I a still working on cutting out my squares and strips out of my Picadilly stash. Always inspired when I visit :-)

Jennifer said...

I'm working on a 1930's stash buster! I made a quilt for our secretary at school for Christmas. I had some leftover and I'm turning them into maverick stars. Sew far . . . sew good. I'll put some pics on my webby when it's done.

Yikes about the rain and sink holes and houses going over cliffs!

Rose said...

I'm working on my motivation!! lol Seems to have disappeared. At the moment my machine is covered with fat quarters I was cutting up to make a quilt for my camper. I'd like to finish cutting and get sewing, but time away from my kids is so little these days, and my toddler doesn't give an inch!!

Cheryl Arkison said...

Good for you for jumping into improv! Lovely fabric choices. I recently taught an improv class and it was wonderful to see the fabric selections beyond what I tend to see on-line.

April Cornell said...

Dear Julie,
I am so delighted that you have used my Nature's Notebook fabrics for your quilt. It is delicious.A confection of dvon cream and powder blues. Bien Fait! Congratulations on being published Jaybird!
April Cornell

Mohammad Salauddin said...

I'm working on my Paintbox Quilt blocks from Oh, Frasson's Quilt along and finishing up an improve Black and White quilt.
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