QM’s Scrap Squad recently made scrappy versions of Hip to Be Square from the Jan/Feb ’12 issue of Quiltmaker. In the coming weeks we’ll show you those quilts here. Below is the quilt as it was featured in the issue. Fabrics are from Riley Blake, quilt designed and made by Elizabeth Dackson.
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Today’s featured quilt is perfect for the season! It’s by Kim Brandt from Poughkeepsie, New York. You’ll find Kim’s blog at Pokeytown Kim. Kim sent me lots of pictures and a few thoughts on her quilt.
I can’t remember when I bought these fabrics but I think
maybe the 80′s!
Below are some photos from trying different layouts.
Oh! This block is just like a Log Cabin—I can make a Streak of Lightning-type layout.
Now, which way do I want the design to run? Across the quilt or
from top to bottom?
I decide on the vertical layout.
This top is starting to feel more like “Christmas” than I thought it would, so why not make it a real Christmas quilt? I think I’ll
add some letters to make it say “Merry Christmas.”
First I’ll cut a bunch of strips.
Then I’ll get out Tonya Ricucci’s book Word Play Quilts to guide me in making each letter.
Oh, see that “love” block on the cover of Tonya’s book? I made it!
Here are my letters in progress. I have used just two colors this time.
And here is the finished top :0)!
One thing for sure: it is a great way to use up scraps!
I squealed with delight when I first saw Kim’s quilt! She has made a quilt that’s uniquely her own with the addition of the free-pieced letters. Sometimes this type of piecing is called improvisational. Isn’t it wonderful?!
You can read more about it on Tonya’s blog (be sure to look over “Tonya’s Tutorials” in the right-hand sidebar) and in Word Play Quilts.
I have a copy of Word Play Quilts and I’d like to give it to a Quilty Pleasures reader. Leave a comment by midnight Tuesday, Dec. 13 (for luck!) and I’ll announce a winner here. Answer this question: Have you ever tried improvisational piecing?
Update: The winner of Word Play Quilts is Nancy who left comment #75. YAY!