This time I cut a two different size strips from 10 fabrics only using my rotary cutter (strips were roughly 1 1/2 and 5 inches). But the next part was the real challenge to myself....to take these strips to my sewing machine and using scissors only, to create a small improv piece.
Ok, so I wouldn't say it was a huge success, it took me a while to realise I was chopping off most of the triangle tops, but WOW, I had so much fun making a small piece in this way. So much fun I decided to make a second one. They are both 18 x 15 inches.
Sitting at my machine, chopping bits of fabric off my strips with scissors to turn them into triangles, log cabins, flying geese, square in a square, etc, was such a freeing experience. I also had my mini iron sitting next to me to keep all my seams nice and flat as I sewed each new piece.
These two pieces are going to be made into a bag. I have pinned each piece to a piece of cotton wadding and used organic straight line quilting to give a beautiful textural feel.
I'm hoping that with practise I may even be able to create something that looks good, but for now, I will definitely be trying this again. Have you tried improv or liberated quilting? Did you enjoy it? (If you have made one and blogged/flickrd it, put a link to it in a comment, I would love to see it)! xo