Putting the improv / free form quilt blocks together


Time to put all blocks together with some sashing and a border.

Block construction

Adding sashing

I made 4 strips of sashing, larger than required and then trimmed each strip as I added the sashing.

Making the sashing

Sashing is made of 2 inch cream strips with some touches of colour.

Place the cream strip below the colour strip and make a cut like below.

Pin well together and stitch.

Then place the cream strip on top of the colour strip and cut along the line.

Now put both coloured and cream strips together.

Pin well.

Stitch and iron flat.

Now do the same with another colour.

Cut together to make sure that cutting lines match.

The curvier the edge the more pins you will need to ensure the seam lies flat when stitched.

Iron the sashing well before sewing to the blocks.

Add sashing to blocks.

Pin one strip to the top of one block and stitch.

Trim excess off.

Stitch sashing to the next block.

Continue adding strips and trimming.

Border

The border is 3 1/2 inches wide. Cut 5 x 4 inch squares and make a cut across each of them.

Cut now a narrow strip in a coloured fabric by placing the piece of fabric as per picture below.

Cut along each line on the sides.

Do the same for all squares.

Pin and stitch together.

Iron flat.

Trim to 3 1/2 inches.

Place the squares around the border and sew to strips of fabric 3 1/2 wide.

Stitch the border to the assembled blocks.

Make a quilt sandwich. I used calico for the backing and cotton batting.

Pin all three layers together.

Quilt the sandwich. I stipple quilted it.

Mount on canvas

My canvas is 90 x 70 cm (about 35.4 in x 27.5 in) and as you can see in the photo, the quilt is quite a bit larger so it wraps really well around the frame. Unfortunately some of the border stripes can’t be seen. Too late for me but you could make sure that in your border you add the little stripes closer to the blocks so they show.

After carefully placing the quilt over the canvas making sure it is centred (my quilt wasn’t perfectly square so on some areas there is more border showing than in others), staple the quilt well all around the frame.

Start stapling on opposite sides first.

Then staple in between the existing staples.

And then each corner.

Done!

I was going to add some fabric border around the frame but I’m undecided.

And now that it is finished, I am not sure it will work well as a bed head.

15 thoughts on “Putting the improv / free form quilt blocks together

  1. It looks amazing. I love seeing how you put all the blocks together and I’m super impressed that you did improv sashing too. it adds so much character to the blocks. Thanks so much for sharing your process.

  2. Thank you! I was debating what to do with the sashing and border for a while but I think it turned out well overall. Each block could be a whole quilt on its own but I think that overall the blocks look fine together.

    Given that the whole project was rather an improvisation from the start I’m quite satisfied with the end result.

  3. Absolutely STUNNING! Great choices of colour all the way through and I think it looks super mounted on the canvas frame.
    Enter it in a show – looks like a prize winner from here in Oshawa, Ontario Canada.

    Cheers,

    Brenda J.Moore

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  5. Thank you for your feedback. I may not reply often but I certainly love reading what you have to say.

  6. Love it, I’m always looking for ideas out of the ordinary, traditional just doesn’t cut it anymore.

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  8. I love this project! It’s very different to what you normally do and it’s my favourite! Clearly improvisation works very well for your creative mind. The colours are lovely and it all just works. The random patterns flow into and out of each other. I’d have this up on a wall somewhere where everyone could see it!

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