Craftsman Improv Quilt // Finished Modern Quilts

Improv Quilt

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In November (of 2014!), I wrote a bit about an improvisational quilt I was making.

The Portland Modern Quilt Guild, of which I was briefly a member, challenged its members to make an Improv mini quilt (each size less than 36”–this quilt barely fits)  in January 2015. This quilt is currently hanging on the wall in my sewing room. Out of all of the quilts I have made, I’m not sure why its the only one that is hanging there. Perhaps it is because I made it during a rough time in my life, because I was proud of what I had learned, and because it was a quilt that really stretched me. Also, I think spiral quilting is just about the coolest thing.


I used Robert Kaufman Yarn Dye (in Denim) for the background, and a variety of solids and favorite fabric scraps. This is the first time I have ever done spiral quilting, and after the initial difficulty, I loved it! I used five colors of thread (gray, blue, orange, purple, and aqua), which I thought was a fun addition. Basically, I was just trying to use up *almost* gone spools of thread. I would love to try it on a bigger quilt in the future.

The title, Craftsman Improv Quilt, has nothing to do with anything, other than it was one of two small quilts I made while we lived in our beautiful 1912 Craftsman home in Portland. We have landed in a good spot, but I miss that place. A lot.

I was inspired to make this quilt after finishing  Jaquie Gering’s excellent Craftsy class, Online Quilting Class: Improvisational Piecing, Modern Design.  It isn’t a quilt from the class per se, but I enjoyed watching it and it just made me want to sit down and sew. I have done some improvisational piecing in the past, and I enjoy it quite a bit. The Craftsy links are affiliate links.

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  1. Rosemaryflower
    Posted August 3, 2016 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    I love this I love the pieces and the background too

  2. Posted August 11, 2016 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    It’s so beautiful! Did you use your walking foot for the quilting? I find it easiest to start with my FMQ foot and switch to walking foot after 8 or 9 spirals. I love that you tried to use up thread while quilting! I always have a few spools laying around that need to be used but I always forget. :)

  3. Kimberly
    Posted August 11, 2016 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    I think your house misses you too! I know I do.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted August 15, 2016 at 12:45 am | Permalink

      i miss you too.

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