I love taking part in Amy's Quilt Blogger Festival twice a year over on her blog Amy's Creative Side. We are allowed to link up two quilts to the various categories and have the opportunity to visit and be inspired by other blogger's wonderful quilts. I was so excited to be highlighted in March in one of Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival Features.
My second entry to the festival is my Improv Table Runner which I designed and made for my Aunt and Uncle's 50 wedding anniversary. My post about the quilt and design can be found here and I am entering the quilt into the Modern category.
I have always admired by Aunt's art, she has been creating longer than I have been alive. Growing up, we had many of her ceramics and mixed media paintings in our house. Based on her art, I thought she might appreciate some improvisational quilting.
I decided on using mostly blue and green solids I with a black print or two. I also included typewriter fabric (Cotton & Steel's Black and White collection) because it was just too cute not to.
To make the piece I started with a loose idea of how wide I wanted the runner to be and just I improv pieced a couple of green and blue strips. I played around with them to see how to fit them all together and added in some stripes of essex linen in black (I love the texture it adds) and some shiny Cotton & Steel to add some sparkle.
I used a serpentine stitch on my Bernina for some quick quilting, marking the first line down the center and then using the edge of my walking foot for spacing each additional line. The runner finished at 15" x 48". My husband liked it so much he asked me to make another one for our buffet (which is modeling the runner in this picture).
Here are my entries over the years:
Spring 2015: Use Your Illusion
Spring 2015: Plus Plus - Two Tone Version
Fall 2014: Oh The Places You'll Go
Fall 2014: Vintage Star
Spring 2014: Kona 2013 Quilt
Spring 2014: Improv Quilt Two
Fall 2013: Pi Quilt
Fall 2013: Pink Broken Herringbone Quilt
If you have stopped by my blog for the first time from the quilt festival thank you! You can find some of my finishes, newly revamped tutorials page, and mystery quilt-a-long on the tabs at the top of the page.