I decided it was 'Play Time' on Saturday! I could after all do whatever I wanted to...being the birthday girl and all! With an idea brewing in my head for some time, I knew it was time to have fun and play with it! I have to give credit to Yvonne @quilting JETgirl, her Rainbow Scrap Quilt inspired me to get on the ball and get my idea on the wall!
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Solids scraps are always fun to play with. Lord knows I have plenty on hand! For each block I picked 4 to 5 different shades of each window. There wasn't a specific number I planned on making, but you know, once you start a rainbow...there's no turning back!
The size for each block varied. From 4" to 7", but that wasn't important. I knew I would be adding, cutting, changing things as I went along. The joy of Improv, right?
At first, I was going to connect all the blocks with just black. I debated, added black strips to some of the sides, but I wasn't feeling it. After adding black to each side, I was stuck! Which means it was time to stop for the day. Plus it was time for food, family and cheese cake!
Bright and early the next day...
...after dousing myself in coffee while wondering what to do next, another idea popped into my head. I do love when that happens! By adding the colored strips to the outside, I could make the black frames not only stand out, but 'wonk' the hell out of them! (truly a technical term)
By this time I was feeling it and loving it!
I worked for a while on layout ideas. There were possibilities. Endless possibilities.
I settled on this layout, which I really, really like! The shape of the layout reminded me of a surf board.
Working from the center out, and picking a row, I added black to the top or bottom of each block and connected them with a strip in the middle. The sides would prove to be the easy part! I wanted to keep the blocks staggered, wonky or uneven. I had to plan ahead to some extent to maintain the design.
Which was well worth it in the end to me! I rushed to sew the sides on, flew through sewing the rows together...it was after all Sunday, and you know what that means, right?! Football! First game of the season was not going to be watched over the top of my sewing machine!
The next day was spent on quilting. How to quilt it, what to quilt, thread color...you know, the usual decisions that weigh heavily on your mind. I came to the conclusion that free motion quilting inside each block was the best idea. Bring on the rainbow!
Each block contains a section of pebbling. Other than that, I didn't have a plan.
I was playing around, doing all kinds of different designs. FMQ mayhem!
While I maintain that I'm not great at free motion quilting, it was easy to overlook the flaws after seeing the back.
If I were a quilt back, this is what I would want to be! Colorful, playful and bright!
I cannot wait to wash it and see the results! Bring on the crinkle magic!
With the binding nearly finished, I couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out. I'm excited to start another Improv project, the ideas are filling my head! I thought getting this idea would clear my brain clog, but it only added to it! You know the routine!