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Balancing work and play

Improv top

While in Nashville a couple of weekends ago, I finished this quilt top. These are the improv blocks I made last month, sashed with various widths of Kona Snow and sewn together with a few empty blocks. It's about 6o" square - a nice throw size.

This is one of my favorite kinds of quilting. I keep saying that, don't I? The freedom of improv lends itself to fun, and when I am having fun, I am definitely my most creative. I need to remember this for those moments when I'm doubting myself or feel stuck. If I put aside what is giving me trouble and just sew fabric together without too much thought, the other work tends to sort itself out. Light bulb moment, friends.

I have another improv project in the works at the moment that I am trying to spend a little time on every day. I'm using it as a warm up for another, very large, work project going on. That project is one of those long-term ones, that is printed on paper and put between two covers. (Wink, wink.) The best kind of work! I am super excited to be doing this again and, while I can't share what exactly it is, I can say that it involves lots of sewing. As such, my personal sewing time has been happily cut down to almost nothing during the week. I am relying on these little bursts of improv for fun and to keep me inspired and creating my best work. While I can't share the work sewing, I can share the fun sewing and will do so as I go along.



such good news! and fun to boot! xo

bread and buttons

That's wonderful news. I am super excited for you because, have I ever told you how much I love your first book? I use it all the time and love it for all the beautiful and inspirational pictures.
Great job on the quilt too! I think I need to take your advice and find some time for messing around without a plan.

Sarah C

I tried commenting on this the other day and it wouldn't let me. I am excited for the new project. I know (well the mister does)how much goes into those kind of projects. And you know I love a good a improv Log cabin quilt! I have two matching ones in the works!

Cheryl Arkison

Great idea to keep the improv as a burst of energy. That's why I love it so much.

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