After getting my Covid Insanity quilt finished I decided to really get busy and see if I could get my Alex Anderson's paper pieced project finished up and move on the getting the Flower Garden going again.I have been surprised at how well this piece has gone together. All those points that I hoped to not cut off and get all those blocks to match up was expected to be a real trial. The top went together without a hitch. Now for lots and lots of flying geese for the outside border.
Now I know that I should be getting back to finishing my Flower Garden quilt, but this new book I bought was calling me to indulge in a little Mini quilt.I have a hard time resisting birds. This project was just too interesting to pass up.Now improv piecing is something I have a bit of an issue with. My brain doesn't work that way. The top right and left of the quilt's blocks and the bottom left and right of the quilt blocks are pieced improv separately. Then one works on the birds blocks. Each block was a different size. Only way I could manage it was to make myself a pattern for each one. I know crazy, but it works for me.
So I managed the first 4.5 by 12.5 block with no problems at all.And the 7.5 by 12.5 block and the 6.5 by 12.5 block are done as well. Just the final one at 9.5 by 12.5 to go. Yes, it does make for a bit of a mess to put away once done. But I will need these plus either red or dark blues fabric pieces for the birds. I have not quite made up my mind what color I would like them to be.
Your Covid Insanity quilt is amazing! So beautiful.ReplyDelete
Covid has been insane but your quilt is lovely. Glad no points were sacrificed in the final assembly of the top! Bird quilts always please my eye too. Enjoy!ReplyDelete
Your Alex project is looking great. Oh that little bird quilt is going to be beautiful! I can see why you had to drop everything to make it.ReplyDelete
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It's turning out great. Well done.ReplyDelete
The paper pieced Alex A quilt is looking great - and well done on all the points and matching bits! I love the improv project you've started - have fun!ReplyDelete
I have that book, too, and have made one of the quilts. I think when it comes to how you piece those scraps together for the background, you should do whatever works! I do love the bird design, and hope to make it one day!ReplyDelete
That is a lovely quilt top! Looks like a lot of flying geese will be needed to border it. What is your favorite method for making them? That is a great low volume scrappy background for your birds!ReplyDelete
I'm a big fan of Kelly's work, and I'm sure you're little bird quilt will be lovely.ReplyDelete
Beautiful quilt top. Isn't it amazing how tiny points will still be prefect with paper piecing.ReplyDelete
DonnaLee, you and I are so alike in that way — drawn to a pattern as inspiration, but just not able to give up control and follow the directions! :-). I love your Alex sampler and your bird mini is going to be fabulous, too. I’ve been wanting to make a few more of the projects from that book myself, but I also want to make lots of OTHER things, plus the client quilts come in faster than I can get them finished and out the door again…. All good problems to have!ReplyDelete
I'm looking forward to seeing what colour you choose to make your birds.ReplyDelete
LOVE the neutral background you are building! So... would that be planned improv??? Looking forward to seeing what color your birds will be.ReplyDelete
Your 'covid insanity' quilt looks amazing. I love the kind of improv setting for all those assorted blocks. And you are off to a great start with your bird mini.ReplyDelete
I think it helps to approach each project from the point of view that works best for you and if that involves planning your improv pieced blocks, that makes sense to me! Lovely background you are building. Can't wait to see if the birds end up blue or red. Meanwhile, the paper pieced top is looking so pretty! The flying geese border is going to put it over the top. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.ReplyDelete
Your improv quilt is coming along beautifully. You are definitely on the right track!ReplyDelete