At our February meeting, Amy introduced the improv mini quilt challenge. In her classic productive and creative style, she had created four samples! The goal this month is to create a small quilt using an improvisational style of piecing. Small quilts are a great starting point for improv because they’re not as scary as large projects. Improv is a fabulous excuse to play with less traditional fabrics like silks or linen blends. If this is new to you, here are some links to improv tutorials that will help you get going:
- Introduction to Improv by The Modern Quilt Guild (part of 100 Days of Modern Quilts)
- Chopsticks Improv Tutorial by Cheryl Arkinson (Naptime Quilter)
- Wonky Zigzag Pillow Tutorial by Alex (Teaginny Designs)
- Bright Bits Mini Quilt by The Purl Bee
- Crossed Quilt Block by Ellen Luckett Baker (The Long Thread)
The Challenge: Make an improv-pieced mini quilt (or mug rug). You can make it any shape you like and use whatever fabrics and colours you want!
Deadline: Share it at our March 15th, 2012 meeting
Size: Larger than a coaster and smaller than a placemat (for swap), or any size up to 36″ if you’re making it to keep.
Finishing: The edges must be finished
Optional swap: If you choose, you can swap your mug rug at the VMQG-FVMQG meet up at the Creative Stitches Show (note the 2 for 1 admission coupon on their website!) in Abbotsford at 2:15pm on Saturday, March 24th. We’ll be swapping in person by random draw and depending on participation, some people will end up swapping with members of their own guild. If you’d like to participate in the swap but can’t make the meet up on the 24th, just leave your quilt (including contact info) with Amy at the guild meeting.
Modern Mini Challenge: In a lovely bit of kismet, Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts is hosting a Modern Mini Challenge with a deadline of Monday, March 5th, 2012. Our very own VMQG member Felicity was part of the blog hop on February 15th! If your mini quilt is completed by next Monday, you can enter the challenge!