How to Sew A Modern Improv Quilt Block. So today I'm sharing one of my favorite techniques. I LOVE improv piecing- it is so liberating and really fun. No such thing as a mistake and there are no points or seams to line up. You can't go wrong! It's quilting freedom!
Here's what you do first: put on some music- choose something funky and fun- something upbeat. It will enhance your improv creativity.
fabric (scraps and small pieces are fine) at least 1.5" wide work best.
Here are key points to remember:
You are going to create a block by making several small parts and putting them together.
- wonkiness makes things interesting
- choose pieces of fabric in various lengths and widths and shapes
- don't be afraid to trim pieces first and just go with it
- add some neutrals
- sew with a 1/4" seam
- choose one piece and jump in- get started
- press seams to the side after each addition
- trim your blocks at an angle before you add more pieces
- sew together smaller pieces to make longer and larger pieces to add visual interest
- step back and take a look at your pieces to see what color or fabric you need at add next
- add pieces at an angle
I set up an ironing station right beside my cutting/sewing table so I can easily and quickly press my blocks as I go.
Keep building your blocks until you have the size you want. Add additional pieces as need to have a big enough piece to square off. My finished block is 8.5" x 8.5."
I had to add small pieces at the corners- no worries- just add them on, square up and trim.
I've found that small scale prints and patterns along with solids work best.
You can also work in a color family for a more harmonious look.
So what do you think? Ready to give it a try? Don't be afraid- just jump on in!