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.
Read more for the tutorial.
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!
I am so honored to be a part of the blog tour for April Rhodes’ upcoming fabric line “Arizona” from Art Gallery!
I made another quilt inspired by my most recent project, Play on Point, which was inspired by this quilt Instagram’d by 2ndavestudio! I call this one Arizona on Point.
April Rhodes is sponsoring a giveaway HERE for a FAT QUARTER BUNDLE! Just leave a comment below by Saturday May 10 and I will randomly select one winner to get a fat quarter of this fabulous line mailed to them ASAP! United States residents only, please.
AND I HAVE A TUTORIAL! Just click Read More at the bottom of this post.
Here’s the whole gorgeous Blog Hoppin’ Gang!:
Thursday, May 1 – Noodlehead –
Saturday, May 3 – Julie Herman – @jaybirdquilts
Sunday, May 4 – Erin Sobon Sundet – @sewbon
Monday, May 5 – Jenna Brand – @howtobejenna
Tuesday, May 6 – Kelli Ward – @truebias
Wednesday, May 7 – Rachel Howard – @familyeverafter
Thursday, May 8 – Delia Randall – @deliacreates
Friday, May 9 – Kelly Costas – @cutcutsew
Saturday, May 10 – Rachel Gander – @imaginegnats
Sunday, May 11 – Devon Iott – @missmake
Monday, May 12 – Mary Dugan – @marysdugan
Tuesday, May 13 – Shannon Cook – @soveryshannon
Wednesday, May 14 – Penny Layman – @sewtakeahike
Thursday, May 15 – Katie Blakesley – @swimbikequilt
Where it around your neck!
Yay for Spring! I actually like yardwork and gardening quite a bit and nothing helps keeping hair out of your face, bugs of your neck, the sun from burning your ears, or sweat dripping everywhere like the perfect bandana!
Gardening style- keeps hair up and ears covered.
It’s totally TUBULAR like they wear on Survivor.
Stoner beanie! Or bold fashion turban! Or crazy bag lady!
The most popular brand of these is BUFF brand. They are seamless tubes so they must loom their own tube-tastic fabrics or something.
Apocalyptic home improvement expert!
But you can make one with simple jersey at home on a basic sewing machine! Let’s make ours with a sort-of-kind-of-flat felled seam / french seam. Read on for the tute.
Girl with the pearl earring!
Here is a quilt I made for my mother for Christmas! I call it Woodlands in Winter. They live in the forest and run the Woodlands Sawmill.
Improv trees on a sea of mixed neutrals. I was inspired by Lovely Design’s Lovely Little Forest quilt from the Purl Bee.
Walking foot quilting in flowing lines, inspired by Debbie’s Joy of Simplicity pillow seen here.
I bought a white-on-white bundle from Pink Castle Fabrics and used a lot of Kona Bone for the background. It measures something like 80″ x 75″.
One tree fell down. Time to harvest its lumber!
Read on for a tutorial on how to make these wonky trees and plan for the final layout…
After seeing the awesome, simple tutorial on Elle Apparel, I knew I had to make a “kimono.”
Rather than silk, however, I was dying to use the Echino Rhino print. It’s a 85% cotton/15% linen blend, but I like the way it hangs, especially after a wash. The design is so awesome, I literally felt the need to drape myself in the fabric.
This has been a great way to add a touch of fashion to my tees and jeans wardrobe.
I’ve been trying to come up with a quilt utilizing some of the Constellations fabric line (by Lizzy House – available here), and these glorious “Grumpy Moon” screen prints made by my friend and fellow Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild member Amy!
This design is the same concept as my “Trapezoids at Work” quilt and I even have a tutorial posted over HERE.
Thanks, AMY! For these stunning moons! Perfect for a grumpy toddler…
This quilt will soon make it’s home in Wisconsin with my sister’s family. We’re all eagerly awaiting the birth of my first nephew!