Photo Credit Brent Kane
I will admit I was a little nervous, this is my first improv quilt! I've always admired Kelly's quilts and I knew now was the time to give it a whirl. I chose to make the quilt called Scattered. Here's Kelly's version:
Kelly's book gives many tips and pointers in working with your own scrap stash. In the book you will find 12 gorgeous quilts made from three of the methods she demonstrates in building your "blocks". Scattered uses the panel method. If you are nervous to try improv or are like me and your brain functions better with a set pattern, this book is for you! Her structured technique gives you a method to follow while still randomly sewing your scraps.
It was early spring with the snow still flying here in NE when I was working on my quilt. I chose to use a bright, springy yellow background. The pink represents the new flowers I was anxiously awaiting to see blooming. I love winter time but was more than ready for sunshine and flowers! I made a total of nine blocks into a baby quilt/play mat.
It took me a bit of time to get sewing, wondering if I could do this right and all the silly things we think when starting something new. After the first few seams were sewn I was hooked! It's a wonderful, no thinking, way of sewing. Just grab and go. No getting up running to the cutting mat. Sew a piece, trim with your scissors and keep on going. I found it to be very relaxing! There are no mistakes here folks and that means no seam rippers need be present, yay! You will notice that you don't need strictly modern fabrics to do improv. Anything goes!
You get to revisit all your old projects, which is fun! There's several different designers/manufacturers in each block and somehow it just works out ok.
Kelly also gives ironing tips in the book. It was one thing I was concerned about because I hate bulk. I found this to not be an issue either. You do truly find that the seams tell you which way to go. I was pleased everything laid down nice and flat. I did use Best Press when ironing so that also helps.
In an effort to use what I had, I chose a comfy piece of a Wamsutta vintage sheet for the back and a Pam Kitty scrap for the binding. I love that sheet so much and hope someday to find another!
I'm so glad to be back in the green Midwest, therefore I had to get some lilac shots :)
Whether you're a seasoned quilter, beginner, experienced or new to improv, Stash Statement has something for every skill level. I'm thrilled this book has given me new vision for scraps that would be trash to some! Take a look at this inspiration, it is my favorite in the book!! Rainbow improv is so beautiful!
Photo Credit: Brent Kane
The links to purchase your copy of Stash Statement are at the bottom of the post.
Here's the blog tour line up, thanks for stopping by!
Stash Statement Blog Tour Schedule-
4/23- Louvered Lindsey @ Primrose Cottage Quilts
4/30- Precarious Jess @ Quilty Habit
5/7- Beach Retreat Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts
5/14- Fire Pit Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts
5/21- Detour Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts
5/28- Murrina Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
6/4- Scattered Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal
6/11- Bloom Chicka Boom Chris @ made by ChrissieD
6/18- Regatta Susan @ Quilt Fabrication
6/25- Catch a Falling Star Cynthia @ Quilting is More Fun Than Housework
7/2- College Prep Hilary @ by Hilary Jordan
7/9- Take Flight (bonus digital pattern) Kelli @ Seriously, I Think It Needs Stitches
Hello friends and welcome to my stop on the Stash Statement blog tour! When Kelly from My Quilt Infatuation invited me to be a part of her new book launch I was honored and excited!