Improv Quilting - Busting Up My Scraps

Do you know what improv quilting is?  Have you ever watched the show "Whose Line Is It Anyway"?  That's what improv quilting, it's all made up and the points don't matter.  I've been looking for something new to do with my scraps.  I love string blocks, but they get boring after awhile.  So I decided I'd improve with my scraps and see what I could come up with.  It also gave me a good excuse to play with my new sewing machine.


I want to start off by showing off the machine I did this on.  The machine doesn't matter but I'm like a new mom wanting show off her baby.

Singer 15-125

This is a Singer 15-125.  It's gear driven, no belt, like a 15-91.  Basically this is a 15-91 in green and a slightly different body style.  Singer made this for about 6 years from what I'm reading, They were going to update the basic 15, which what this is, and then scrapped that idea and moved on to other things.  I've heard amazing things about doing free motion quilting on these and the little I've played with it, it is amazing.  OK, enough about my machine, on to the actual sewing.

I'm being over ran with scraps so it was time to do something about it.  I've been wanting to play around with crumb blocks but the pieces are usually really tiny and that didn't work for me.  So I'm just building around a center shape BUT NOT A SQUARE.  Using a square would just have been a log cabin block and not anything new.

I started with a triangle and sewed it on to a strip.  Pressed it open and then I trimmed it up.


I just want to keep the lines straight and keep the bulk down.  All I did was keep repeating the process, add a piece, press open, trim it up.

When I got to something like this, I just straightened with the green.  Remember at the start when I said there are no rules it's all made up.  That's what I did here,  I didn't get the green lined up right so when I opened it up things didn't match. So I just cut it.


This is where I left off, when I came to write the post.  I'm not sure how big I'll end up making this.  I've thought about just going until I run out of scraps but I'll never finish it that way.  I'll keep you guys posted, probably monthly here on the blog on how I'm progressing and what my plans are with it.



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About Melissa Shields

Mel is a 30 something year old quilter, attempting to balance her old school roots with today's trends. When not sewing or shopping for a new sewing machine Mel enjoys reading, reality TV, and Nascar.

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