A group within the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild is working together on a charity quilt featuring improvisational arrow blocks. Today I grabbed some scrap fabric and experimented with a piecing strategy.
For my group, these are not instructions and certainly feel free to create your arrow blocks however you’d like! But let me offer this Improv Arrow Quilt Block Tutorial just in case it’s useful.
1. Piece the arrow shaft between two rectangles of background. Add another piece of rectangle on top.
2. Piece two arrow arms into long strips.
3. Slice and insert an arrow arm into the main block.
4. Reattach the background to the rest of the block.
5. Slice and insert the other arrow arm into the block.
6. Reattach the background to the rest of the block.
7. Pretty arrow!
8. Square up your block, letting your arrow point in a fun direction! Mix it up.
I’m looking forward to seeing how our quilt comes together! Cheers, everyone!
This little quilt has been 4 years in the making! That’s insane!
My dear friend asked if I wanted to make this Sixth Time’s the Charm Quilt from the book Handmade Beginnings.
We used the Stitched in Color alternate piecing method and a shared color scheme routed in orange and teal. Separately, we each made 6 triangles; then we swapped them! We both ended up with lovely quilts.
This was a gift for my sons’ preschool (which has Sunshine in the title) and they are using it to help round up the little ones for morning meetings! Everyone grab an edge of the quilt, it’s time to pay attention and talk about our day : )
Ooooo it’s been a busy summer. I made this quilt a while ago and have been meaning to blog about it forever. But then this morning I got some great news – Folded Flock is going to be in the International Quilt Show’s Modern Quilt Guild showcase in Houston!
This quilt features the Botanics line by Carolyn Friedlander. The quilting was done on my walking foot. One large arrow shape echoed many times.
This quilt was inspired by origami cranes and this rug designed by Lesley Barnes. I sketched out my idea on the computer. Birds and arrows.
I made the wings, head, body for my birds and used extra background fabric to flesh them out into rectangular blocks. I’ve made another post – here – describing more about how I slabbed together fabric to make my bird and arrow blocks! Thanks for stopping by!
This is my technique for joining nonuniform pieces together to form a workable rectangle when making a quilt. I want to show you how I started combining my birds and triangle blocks together to make large rectangles that could be pieced together for Folded Flock.
Here is a group of three birds and a cluster of triangle blocks that I wanted to piece together. I already joined the dark blue and the minty colored birds, adding a strip of fabric first to the right of the blue bird so it’d be the same width as the mint. I also added a strip of white between the two birds so they would have a bit more space to soar.
With an intention to stagger the birds and to ensure that the lower row of triangles could fit flush beneath the mint bird, I added fabric to the top of the orange bird and additional fabric to the yellow triangle set.
I joined the orange bird with the yellow triangle base to the other birds and trimmed the fabrics.
When joining these pieces, I looked for places where I could match seams. The below aligned perfectly because I am good with the cosmos and luck is sometimes on my side. I learned from Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts that having seams either match or decidedly NOT match (meaning 1/2″ or more “off”) is the best way to ensure an eye-pleasing quilt.
I needed to add a bit more fabric to the bottom row of triangles, and I matched the seams so that the white and blue triangle block could align directly below the yellow and yellow block. An additional strip of fabric was joined to the bottom.
Lots more information can be found in my original post here.
So there you go! This quilt was designed with the intention that I would be adding light printed fabrics to my original pieces in order to join my elements together as a whole, and this is how I did that!
Hello, Summer. Hello, Jorna.
Remember this dress pattern? For a limited time it’s available in the Perfect Pattern Parcel #3 bundle!
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If you are a member of the Modern Quilt Guild, then you got some awesome email this week: a complete Improv Echoed Hexagons Quilt Pattern by Rossie Hutchinson!
Rossie is super awesome, and I don’t mean to sound braggy but she is truly one of my most beloved friends and I love her and she loves me. Side bonus? I got to pattern test some hexagons!
I made two pillows.
Word on the street is that this pattern will be available to people everywhere sometime someday. Keep an eye on Rossie’s site for the world-wide pattern release and general awesomeness. She also Instagram’s here at r0ssie_fmq