Monday, September 20, 2021

Scrappy Improv Quilting Book Release :: Full Spectrum

I'm very happy to be a part of Kelly's (My Quilt Infatuation) book release Blog Tour for her second quilting book called: Scrappy Improv Quilting.  It features Mini Quilts that are easy, quick and gorgeous to make, as well as a great way to use scraps that we accumulate along the way.

I've been doing improv quilting for years and one question I am asked over and over is 'how do you do that', or people say they could never do improv.  I'm here to tell you that you can do it!  Kelly takes you through step by step using clear and concise (as concise as improv can be!) directions.  The mini quilts patterns in this book are a perfect way to 'dip your toes' into improv without a huge commitment.  

When Kelly asked if I would participate in the book release I didn't hesitate and said yes right away!  Asked to make one of the mini quilts in the book, I immediatly choose Full Spectrum.  I love a rainbow and couldn't resist this beauty!  

It's no surprise that I used solids for my mini quilt, is it?!  I wanted to make it my own with solids and a black background to show that there are alternatives to Kelly's design.  

Full disclosure, this quilt uses a triangle-in-a-square ruler which is used for several of the quilts in this book.  The directions are very easy to understand and follow.  Once the colorful units are pieced the rest of the blocks go together quickly!

In the directions it tells you what size to make your improv units so you have enough to cut the pieces needed for the blocks.  For this quilt I needed four (4) in red, purple, yellow and aqua in one size and four (4) in pink, orange, blue and green in another size.  

I couldn't wait to start cutting into the improv pieces!  This quilt went together quickly and with each step and block the excitement grew!

It was only a matter of time before it was finished and had to come up with a quilting plan...arguably the most difficult of the entire quilt!

One thing was certain, I'd be making some thread changes by using all the rainbow colors!  And black of course!

The center was the most intense part of my quilting, but it is the center and deserves a little extra pizazz I think!  

It's difficult to see black thread on black fabric, but I quilted 1/2" concentric lines around the the background.    

For the rainbow colors I quilted a geometric design using a coordinating thread.  I love this kind of quilting as it nearly always seems to be effective.  You know the proof is in the back...

The back shimmers and glows just as much as the front does!  It isn't always easy to see on the front which is why I love showing the back view!

There is no denying this quilt has it all!  Rainbow colors, amazing design, texture and depth.  Kelly knocked it out of the park!

If you want to learn improv or if you just want a book of cool patterns to make, I highly recommend Kelly's book!    

Please check out the quilts from the 'Scrappy Improv Quilting' blog tour here:  

9/13- Summer BlossomLori @ Crossquilt
           Up, Up, and AwaySandra @ mmm...quilts!

9/15- FlutterRose @ Something Rosemade
           BotanicsDiann @ Little Penguin Quilts

9/20- Face the SunLaura @ Slice of Pi Quilts
           Full SpectrumJayne @ Twiggy and Opal

9/22- PrismaticAnja @ Anja Quilts
           DownpourNancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting

9/27- FunkytownVasudha @ Storied Quilts
           Cherub WingsMichelle @ From Bolt to Beauty

9/29- Chapel WindowKris @ Sew Sunshine
           Winter FrostLeanne @ Devoted Quilter

10/4- HeartstruckRebecca Grace @ Rebecca Grace Quilting
           Star SpangledChristine @ Triangles & Squares

10/6- Birds of a FeatherPreeti @ Sew Preeti Quilts
           Fall FoliageSusan @ Quilt Fabrication

10/11- OrnamentalGail @ Quilting Gail
            Churn, Churn, ChurnCynthia @ Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

10/13- Sunset CrossingKate @ Katie Mae Quilts
             Positivity- Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts

10/18- All Dressed UpLinda @ Flourishing Palms
             ShockwaveAnne-Marie @ Stories From the Sewing Room

10/20- Sweet Bee, Finishing, and Wrap-Up  My Quilt Infatuation


  1. oh my goodness, Jayne! I love everything about this quilt. That black background is just amazing, and you're right- the back of the quilt just glows! Thank you so much for participating in the blog tour!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

    1. Thank you Kelly! Your design gave me the inspiration and I love how it turned out! If it wasn’t for the ‘rainbow’ I wouldn’t have such a glowing back side! Good luck with your book and remaining blog tour!

  2. It looks really great with a black background, too, Jayne!!! Brilliant alternative version! And all those colorful threads on the back make it just as good from that side!!!

  3. Of course you would use solids ... Perfect!

  4. That is gorgeous. So impactful. The back is amazing, too.

  5. Look at you and the center quilting design; it's stunning, Jayne!

  6. LOVE LOVE LOVE your Full Spectrum with the black background. It certainly makes the colours pop!!!

    1. I was sure the black would let the solids glow and I certainly wasn’t disappointed! The design is a good one and inspired me!

  7. That is really gorgeous, Jayne! I, too, love the black background and all the color in your quilting. Beautiful finish!

  8. You made Kelly's quilt SEW totally Jayne!!

  9. it's really stunning, the black makes the colors shine! as always your quilting is spot on

  10. You did such a good job with Kelly's design! I love that you were brave enough to use a black background - a color I never use (by choice) in a modern quilt. But the spectrum of colors look really nice against it. And your thread color choices are perfect! That back! It's a quilt unto itself. I must try using a solid backing sometime, so as to emphasize the quilting thread colors. I know Maria Shell does that with her quilts all the time. So glad you were invited to participate in the book blog hop. You did a great job!

  11. Your Full Spectrum mini turned out great, Jayne! I love the black background and yes, the quilting makes the back of this piece nearly as fabulous as the front.

  12. Wow Jayne! I love your version. It is so bold and dramatic. Kelly’s book has so many great designs. Thanks for linking up with oh Scrap!

  13. My comment disappeared so I'll try again! I love this rainbow scrappy effect!
    And the quilting is amazing!

  14. This is gorgeous set on black - all those bright colors really pop!

  15. Those blocks are fantastic! I so love color family quilting!

  16. Love your bright solids on the black. Fabulous quilting front and back.

  17. I'm thrilled about the release of the Scrappy Improv Quilting Book, "Full Spectrum." Your blog post has certainly piqued my interest. If you have any Promo Codes available for the book, it would be a great way to encourage fellow quilters to dive into this exciting world of quilting. Thanks for sharing the news!


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