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Well, maybe not ALL summer. In fact, just last week for one day, but, in the interest of coming up with a creative title…
As I mentioned the other day, I sewed along with my students in my Improvisational Piecing workshop.
So much fun. Usually, I just walk around and envy everyone sewing, but this time I divided my time between walking around and stitching myself. Also, I, like my students, worked from a pre-selected set of 17, Kona cotton solid, fat eighths.
I found it, I think, as liberating as my students did. I was also amazed at how far 17 fat eighths could go in terms of piecing.
Firstly, I worked on the class project, a version of the “Nate Quilt” that appeared in my book, Fresh Quilting: Fearless Color, Design, and Inspiration.
I made my block (in terms of the final quilt, this is a single block) as I instructed my students, crafting one patch at a time, cutting all my strips and squares freehand, and then making design decisions about adding or deleting fabric in order to make the patches fit together.
By the end of the day, I had finished, again like many of the students, and decided that, when I got home, I’d quilt the block and back it to make a pillow cover.
My back features one of my hand dyed and patterned indigo prints and I love the way the wonky squares in the print mirror the wonky sewn squares in the cover.
But, that’s not all.
I also made this Improv Drunkard’s Path block. Full disclosure: I only made one of the four patches in the class and I did so to demonstrate that curves were as amenable to being improvised as straight seams, but, this pillow cover definitely had its beginnings in my workshop and still exclusively uses those same 17 fat eighths.
Here too, I chose to quilt and back it into a pillow cover and feature one of my newest hand dyes in the zippered backing.
Frankly, I think there’s still enough fabric to make a third pillow cover in yet another improvised pattern.
I’m currently gearing up to teach a dyeing workshop next week at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky, so don’t see myself getting to that before I return from there, but I’d like to try and squeeze out a third pillow cover from these fabrics. It makes me feel so thrifty!