Out of the block pile

These cute little blocks have been done, sitting in a box since March waiting to be used.  They finally got their time at the sewing machine the other day:
I’m not a big fan of improv piecing like the this…I like the look of it but doing it is like doing a puzzle.  I don’t like puzzles.  :)  I’m in awe of quilters who love (and are good at!) doing improv all the time.
Luckily this one didn’t take too much figuring out to get all the blocks sewn together and spaced how I wanted them…but you can see with all those little strips here and there…it takes some planning!

39 Responses to Out of the block pile

  1. randi December 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    it came out great! and the colors are so pretty!

    i am not an improv gal either, but i do like the look. i think i would spend too much time trying to make things symmetrical and i would ruin the whole thing! :)

  2. Debbie December 1, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    it's looking fantastic!!

  3. Tiara December 1, 2011 at 3:09 pm #


  4. the girlfriend gap December 1, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    this is so cute ! thanks for sharing .

  5. Heleen Groot December 1, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    It looks great! Lovely colours too. Very neatly done!

  6. **nicke... December 1, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

    well, i love it! great job!

  7. Melissa @ Happy Quilting December 1, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    It looks super cute!!! Way to try out improv!!

  8. toots2u December 1, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    It turned out great! I love the quilt and the colors!!

  9. toots2u December 1, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

    It turned out great! I love the quilt and the colors!!

  10. Sew Festive December 1, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    I just got that doll fabric on a whim, and had been wondering how to use it since it's waaaay outside my norm in fabric. I think yours looks great! Improv was an excellent choice to continue the whimsy :)

  11. Ladydy5 aka: Diane Yates December 1, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    Love it, but it must really take some time in planning.

  12. Megan December 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

    Eeep, so cute! The gray fabric is perfect to showcase in the center of all those blocks. I probably work way too hard and go through way too many sheets of graph paper to get an improv look, too.

  13. Rebecca December 1, 2011 at 5:42 pm #

    Beautiful! I love the improv. look, but I haven't mustered the courage to try it yet – maybe some day!

  14. Jayme December 1, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    i LOVE it!!!!! it looks awesome! if you never do improv blocking (is that right?) again, at least you can say that you did it and that it turned out AMAZING!!

  15. Carol December 1, 2011 at 8:45 pm #

    Love it, so fresh and spring like.
    Carol xx

  16. safieh December 1, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

    First of all: cute cute cute!!! But then: I totally understand how you feel. I can't even start on a project until I know exactly where I'm heading. I don't mind changing it up midway, but I can't even cut into the fabric if I can't visualize how it will fit together! Good that you challenged yourself!

  17. Kim Apted December 1, 2011 at 9:38 pm #

    It looks great, the effect is very sweet.

    I'm a bit terrified of improv piecing myself, and I solve problems for a living!! I guess I'll just have to try my hand at it and see how it goes.

  18. Becky December 1, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

    That is just way cute! I love the way it turned out!

  19. Lesley December 1, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    What a lovely fresh quilt! You're very creative…all the colors work and it makes me smile!

  20. Kayti December 1, 2011 at 10:23 pm #

    So beautiful, Aunt ALLI. I LOVE IT!!!

    Maybe that will be my next attempt at quilting!!!

    love ya,

  21. Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts December 1, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

    Oh I just love it Allison! Great job!

  22. Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet December 1, 2011 at 10:52 pm #

    It looks fantastic. I am just the opposite, the more like a puzzle it is, the more I am into it and loving it too. I get bored easy when there isn't a lot of thought into how to put it together, I guess I like the challenge.

  23. bethanndodd December 1, 2011 at 11:17 pm #

    EEK!!! I LOVE it, seriously!!! The colors, the blocks, the layout…everything is perfect! I am piecing a back together with some improv blocks so I know what you mean. I can't believe how much time it takes to plan it out ;) Yours was totally worth it! Thanks for sharing. Smiles~Beth

  24. miamihoney December 2, 2011 at 1:00 am #

    Really nice. Love it..you really pulled it off.

  25. 'Manda December 2, 2011 at 1:16 am #

    Beautiful! Everything is perfect.

  26. Beth December 2, 2011 at 2:21 am #

    Never thought about this but like the look

  27. Maureen T. December 2, 2011 at 5:15 am #

    Oh my gosh, it's perfect! You did a wonderful job!!

  28. 9patchnurse December 2, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    I know what you mean about the improv piecing. I have done it a couple times and it takes me FOREVER, plus I don't love the zillion seams I end up with. I love your finished product, great blocks!

  29. Beth December 2, 2011 at 6:02 am #

    Oh, so lovely. I have a project that is waiting for me to stop "planning" and start cutting and sewing. This might be the motivation I needed! Thanks for sharing.

  30. Dawn December 2, 2011 at 6:39 am #

    You did a wonderful job! The colors, blocks everything is yummy.

  31. emedoodle December 2, 2011 at 7:17 am #

    I love it! :)

  32. Sue December 2, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    This is a really pretty quilt, love the modern abstract feel to it.

  33. Mrs.Pickles December 2, 2011 at 7:14 pm #

    very pretty love the colours

  34. Katy Cameron December 2, 2011 at 7:51 pm #

    Oh I love the look of this, glad the blocks finally got out to play :o)

  35. Claire Jain December 2, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

    Oh, come on. That is SO cute. Definitely looking like some fun girly stuff is getting crafted in your neck of the woods. I'm buried in a queen-sized quilt of blues and whites, so this project is such a breath of fresh air. Thanks for sharing!

  36. ancee December 2, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

    Awesome Job! You should make a pattern from this, I would absolutely buy it! You are the greatest….this says little baby girl all over it!
    xo, Nancy

  37. Clair December 2, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    Looks great!

  38. Elle December 14, 2011 at 7:59 pm #

    It may take some planning, but so worth it! I love this! I wish I could run home to make something like this right now, in fact! (I'm also biased, in that I absolutely love puzzles and figuring out how to put things like this together!) I think I'm going to have to put together a version with a few on-point, as well! I'd been debating a chevron quilt with my aqua and red stash, but I'm now thinking I'll have to save some for blocks! :)

Leave a Reply