Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Scrappy Improv Strip Quilt 2.0

I made a similar strips quilt from scraps about a year ago. In the previous version, I concentrated on value and color progression. This time around, I opted for a random arrangement of the same width strips in a limited color palette. You can see the effect is very different, even while the construction is exactly the same.
I was inspired by the colors in this collage. I used teal, aqua, gray, white, and chartreuse fabrics from my 2 1/2 inch strips bin of scraps. Storing my scraps in this way makes this type of quilt quick and easy to put together. Even the binding is made from leftover scraps of binding.
I quilted it simply with the serpentine stitch on my Bernina. The backing is a gray solid I had in my stash, divided with two leftover strips from the top.
I am donating this quilt to Project Linus, which gives quilts and blankets to children in hospitals or similar situations. It has been on my heart to make a quilt suitable for an older boy or teen, as I hear this is the type of quilt most seldom donated. At 56 x 75 this quilt should be just right.
I also want to encourage other quilters to make quilts to donate. As I hope this quilt proves, the design doesn't need to be complicated, the quilting ornate, or the fabrics a recent purchase for the quilt to be beautiful. The only thing I think is important is that the quilt be something you would be delighted to receive yourself. I hope this quilt makes someone feel loved.

5 comments:

Nurdan Kulluk-Rennert said...

I really love this quilt. I love the colours and the randomness of the placements of the strips. Looks bright and fresh! As always, great job!

Mama Spark said...

I love this color palette and love your kind heart!

Jen said...

Great quilt! It's been awhile since I donated to Project Linus, you've inspired me to put that on my list of summer sewing.

Kirsten said...

These are the perfect colours for a teenager - love it!!

amandajean said...

It's a beautiful quilt! Good for you for donating it to such a good cause. Our MQG is forming a charity committee and this type of quilt would be a perfect "go to" project. I love the scrappy binding, too! Thanks for the inspiration!