I have made my first ever improvisational block. It took most of the day yesterday because little K is in this phase of needing me to be right there alongside him. Or he needs to be a part of whatever I'm doing. Not good when I'm trying to sew- he's tends to make a grab at all of the pointy tools.
Working without a pattern was a wonderful experience- very liberating. I must confess, however, that I thought making improv blocks would be quick and easy. Not so- there was a lot of forethought and
"unsewing" in the production of this block. I wanted to make sure that the fabrics were balanced throughout. I also had to have a crash course in Y seams (thank goodness for youtube). I'm very happy with the results, but I fear the little blue and white striped triangle in the bottom right
corner is going to be swallowed by sashing.
Anyway, without further ado, here's Dustin's Red X block for the Design Camp [think outside the block] Swap:
It was great to work with fabrics I normally don't work with in my projects (although the brown herringbone came from my stash). The older kids saw the unfinished block on the table yesterday when they came home from school. They both LOVE the fabrics, and when I told them it was for someone else they were sorely disappointed. Little momma even went so far as to suggest that I go out and buy all the same fabric and make a quilt for us!
I feel inspired to quilt fabric other than quilting fabric. I kept a pile of the hubby's work shirts that were marked for donation, thinking I would make them into a quilt. I hear them calling my name.