I was lucky enough to take a workshop with Denyse Schmidt a couple weeks ago and it was fantastic! I've been wanting to try some improv piecing and it was a perfect opportunity since the workshop was through my work and didn't require a lot of travel on my end. :)
Denyse was wonderful to work with and a fun teacher - helping each of us branch out and see what we can create using a traditional foundation. We started with a traditional block and templates in order to get the basic structure of the block.
Then we were free cutting pieces to re-create the block! It was fun to see how much we we think we need the ruler and how much the eye corrects in quilting. Each of us brought 2 solid fabrics to use and having that restriction helped to focus on the block itself.
|starting to design wall|
Then it was time to see how far I could push the boundaries of the block - this was so much fun! I wanted to see how I could push it and still keep them together.
Rearranging the blocks was fun and seeing how moving one piece could change the look of it.
I started with 10" squares- one of each color - and sliced them in three cuts as desired. I got a lot of variations and kept adding them to the design wall. It was tricky to 'square' the blocks up at the end, but I added extra strips in as needed to make the blocks all about the same size to sew together. I think that just adds to the look of the quilt and it isn't really noticeable.
Since I don't own her book and couldn't have her sign that, I asked her to sign one of my blocks in the quilt! I ended up with this layout and planned it to keep the darker blue to the outer edges, sort of containing the light blue fabric.