Saturday, November 23, 2013

Improv piecing with Shot Cottons- a finish.

Well, here it is, my improv pieced quilt from Jacquie Gering's class. (Chronicled here).
This quilt was difficult to photograph due to the rich subtleties of the shot cotton. I will say, it is the softest quilt I have ever made- and it has yet to be washed.

Gritty Details:
"Thoughtfully Random"
53.5" x 51.5"
Kaffe Fassett shot cottons by Westminster Fabrics. Yardage plus pieces from the Shot Cotton Fat Quarter bundle. All fabric (and thread) purchased from Treelotta. (and here)
100% cotton Warm and Natural batting
Aurifil 100% Mako cotton thread, 50 weight (#2460) for both piecing and quilting
Bernina modified stitch for the overall quilting
Original design (inspired by Jacquie Gering's improv piecing class, November 2013)

Quilt front
The fabric was so gorgeous to work with I used up all my scraps adding left over little bits in random places

Close-up, quilt front

Quilt front with tiny pops of color sneaking off the edge

Quilt front
I even used up tiny scraps in the binding

Quilt back
The block design at the quilt bottom is from the quilt Jacquie gave me to finish for her.
I added the additional stripes to emphasize the overall design and make the block really standout on the otherwise solid background.

Quilt back
Thank you Jacquie for being so inspiring!

Quilt in place. It was made for our living room.
It's just the right size to throw on your lap, grab a good book and get reading!
Although hard to tell, the dominant shot cotton color is very close in color to my couch
My next project is to piece the back for Jacquie's quilt, and then get quilting. I have settled on the fabrics (whew) with some help from Melissa Ritchie at We Shall Sew. I have a design in mind, compliments of the quilt maker, now I just have to get going! More soon!


  1. Your quilt is beautiful and sure looks nice in your living room. I love the quilting for it, and I might try that today on a quilt I have to finish off, thank you for the idea.

  2. Gorgeous quilt! Love the colors and improve-ness. And that binding!

  3. beautiful and I love the back and the binding bits. I will have to investigate my machine stitch options to see if I can pull off something similar

  4. This quilt is really fun! I like how those little pops of color dance.

  5. I love how this turned out....isn't improv the best!!

  6. Your quilt is stunning, simply stunning! I just took Jacquie's Craftsy class and there was so much helpful information. She really is a great teacher and your quilt is a tremendous inspiration!


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