Sunday, July 17, 2016

Scrappy Improv Runner

Scrappy Improv Runner by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

I bought a copy of The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters by Sherri Wood last month and was fascinated by her ideas about quilting. Rather than working from a pattern, she works from a "score," a set of guidelines for the quilt instead of specific measurements and precise directions. So when Mom asked if I would make a small runner for the top of her bedroom dresser, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to give these techniques a try.

Scrappy Improv Runner by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

For my score, I decided to use rectangles cut by hand with scissors instead of a rotary cutter. For the color scheme, I alternated a rainbow of colors with low volume prints -- a look that I adore. I love playing with fabric to find the right balance of color and light in my projects. This has a cheerful look that's so bright and happy.

Scrappy Improv Runner by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

I backed the runner in a woven aqua gingham print from the new Checkers line by Cotton + Steel. It's quilted in straight lines about half an inch apart and bound in a low volume text print by Zen Chic.

Scrappy Improv Runner by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

I have to admit, improv quilting is fun. While I get a lot of pleasure from working with traditional patterns, there's nothing like sewing things together without worrying about matching points or perfect seams. That kind of freedom is so appealing, and I will definitely be doing this again.

15 comments:

  1. so creative! i love this runner :0) greetings from denmark Ulrike

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  2. So cute! Congratulations on the improv approach! The flow of colors works so well!

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  3. I love the idea but I'm not sure the OCD part of me would be happy with my finished result long term.

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  4. Oh how I love your style! This will look beautiful on top of your Mum's dresser.

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  5. Oh this is so pretty and fresh!

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  6. I absolutely love this--everything about this!

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  7. J'aime beaucoup, bonne journée

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  8. Love it! A method that can get a project done quickly and still be beautiful.

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  9. Love everything about this table runner!! You have such great taste and an eye for color and balance!!

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  10. I absolutely love this. What is the name of the low-volume text print you used?

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    1. Rita, I used a bunch of low volume text prints! Let me know which one, and I'll see if I can get the name for you!

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    2. Rita, I used a bunch of low volume text prints! Let me know which one, and I'll see if I can get the name for you!

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  11. Looks great, Heidi! Love the fabrics.

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  12. This is such a fun runner. Love this idea 💕

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  13. Love it! I'm sure your mom does, too! :-)

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