In this post I’m putting together a number of the quilts I have learned with and the techniques I’ve experimented with. You will find traditional quilts along side improv patchwork and textured quilts.
Each of these six blocks are in themselves a mini quilt and could be turned into a larger quilt as well.
A traditional block taken a step further by splicing it and rearranging it into making a different block.
This is a good way to get into improv quilting. Just make a strip of random pieces of fabric stitched together.
Doing an improv back of a quilt is a way to loosen up after you complete a highly structured quilt like the zig zag quilt on the other side of this back of quilt.
This mini quilt was my first attempt at free form or improv patchwork. It is done in a kind of log cabin way from the inside out.
I liked my first free form mini quilt so much I made a second one. This time the quilt is assembled out of different pieces.
Some traditional and some new textures in this quilt.
Most textures in this quilt are traditiona such as pin tucks, shirring, pleats but also there are more uncommon fabric manipulations such as fabric origami.
Charm pack quilts
Made with charm packs this is a very quick but beautiful quilt .
Made with the left over charms, this back of quilt could very well be a quilt top on its own.
This is a very easy quilt made with charm squares. The fabric is also beautiful.
Disappearing nine patch was fun to do so I made a second one using a variation of the block using the same charm packs. I think the prairie points make this quilt look girly and cute.
This zigzag quilt comes with a twist: it uses rectangles to make the zigzag lines. Very easy to do and finished with some embroidery touches.
Use bright fabrics to make this quilt more fun and add to the wonkiness.
A traditional quilt made with fat quarters though it could well be made with fabric scraps. I made this quilt because I wanted to improve my patchwork skills. I think it worked.
You don’t know what to do with all those fabric scraps in your scrap bin? Make a coin quilt. Try different colour combinations, even alternating white and colour rectangles, different thickness, etc for a different look.
This quilt is in progress and a long term project where I can use all the small scraps from other projects.
I have made a couple more quilts, including my biggest project: Farmer’s wife quilt sampler but this sample should be enough to choose from.