While there are many techniques for improv, this method gives you the control you are comfortable with. Let's face it not everyone is comfortable slicing and dicing trying to achieve a beautiful improv piece. I feel the same way when it comes to making a quilt from a pattern! My brain doesn't think that way!
This mini charm, mini quilt is the result of being in control, going wonky and very little chaos! I used woven stripes for the starting squares (mini charm) and raided my scraps for an assortment of blue, teal and purple. After cutting the strips according to the tutorial, I randomly pulled pieces for each block.
It's important to have variety of colors and to not think about placement. Make a pile, grab randomly and continue on!
Always looking to practice my free motion quilting, this piece was just the right size for it. It's all FMQ! Yay me!! I quilted tiny 'bricks' from the side to the corner, almost like a cobblestone path and finished it off with dense curved lines.
I used a double layer of Warm & Natural batting hoping to get more texture and depth. At first I wasn't too impressed with myself. FMQ isn't easy! Once it was finished, I was really quite happy! Except for a few issues trying to travel over lines, I didn't do too bad!
Another option I tried was using the same Mini Charm block tutorial, but adding an additional strip on two sides.
Much like making a log cabin. This way you get more variety, or more of an improvised feel. It's still controlled.
Adding black changed everything!
Just like the previous quilt, I FMQ bricks except on a bigger scale. Gotta go with what works!
I didn't want to beat this method to death, but it appears I may have! Wonky is good. Improv doesn't have to be intimidating. For those of you who can't give up control but want to give improv a try, this may give you the confidence and comfort you need!