100 Days – Week of Improv – Featured Quilt 3

Karen Anderson Abraham, the maker of this fresh and bright quilt, improvisational pieced both the blocks and the lay out of today’s featured quilt.

Karen, blogs over at blooming poppies and was kind enough to take the time to answer a couple of questions for us:

1) What’s your favorite thing about improv. piecing?

I know the obvious answer is likely that it allows you so much freedom, that is definitely true for me. I love how I can get an idea or color combo in my head and just start cutting into my fabric and see where it takes me. My attention span is too short, I guess, for cutting out 48 of the same exact size rectangle or square, etc. and then sewing them together or cutting them in half or whatever the case may be. It feels too repetitious to me. Although I am hoping to give that another go this year as I love what is created with something like that.
I may sometimes start with a drawing or general concept, however improv piecing lets me design more intuitively and change that concept as I go if it feels right. I also love how all I generally have to concentrate on is a good 1/4 inch seam and the rest is pure design. I can play with different layouts on my design wall and it’s pretty much instant gratification as the quilt begins to form.

2) What do you think makes this quilt modern?

I think this quilt, one of my all time favorites to make, could be considered modern because of its large amount of negative (white) space- which was pieced together with all my random scraps of off white, muslin, white, basically whatever I found in my stash of light nuetrals. Also the placement and size of blocks is very random, as is the biniding. I think the bright green diagonal quilting lines make it modern to me as well, and lastly, the colors of the blocks, are bright, and modern.

3) What inspired this quilt?

Just prior to making this quilt, I had discovered the amazing work of the Gee’s Bend quilters. I was extremely inspired by the quilts they created. They felt modern and relevant to me even though some were close to 100 years old. Another source of inspiration for me with this quilt was the incredibly creative work of Jessica Berrett of Urban Patchwork. Seeing her quilts, which I discovered through the Flickr group Fresh Modern Quilts, was a revelation to me. I love the freedom and newness of her designs.

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