A New Series

I’ve made quilts in series before, including this series of 12″ square quilts inspired by Gwen Marston’s work and the refrigerator quilts by Bev Mannes.

This experiment led to a larger quilt in the style of Gwen Marston:

improvisational quilt

Cherrywood Toss, 2016.

And this small quilt, made for the Quilt Alliance annual contest:

improvisational quilt

“Gwen Visits the Farm” is the quilt I made for the Quilt Alliance contest

Although I didn’t think of it as a series at first, I’ve made a many-years-long series of scrap quilts, including these:

More recently, I was inspired by an article by Jill Jensen in Quilting Arts Magazine. You can find a similar article here on the Quilting Company blog.  I also bought a new (to me) book:

art quilt book

Visual Guide to Working in a Series, by Elizabeth Barton

It’s an art quilt book, but I consider all my quilts art, including the bed quilts.

I decided to make a series of blocks rather than a series of quilts this time, trying out various improvisational techniques.

I plan to use this collection of fat eights from Cotton & Steel:

After auditioning several options, I selected royal blue for a solid to go with them.  It’s in the upper right corner of the picture.

Here are the first 4 blocks.  My theme was triangles, and I started by making a strip set:

I trimmed each block to 6-1/2″ wide; the length is random

I’m going to make a set of blocks every month until I either get tired of it or run out of fabric.  To be continued 😉

18 thoughts on “A New Series

  1. I like your thinking in all of this…block series with consistent color/fabric palette, then exploring different themes within the block series. The triangles are especially intriging to me as I’ve had a basic triangle quilting ruler for decades and haven’t gotten around to focusing on it…mostly because I thought in terms of a complete something-or-other project it would need to be used for…Instead: a block series might be a better fit for my own explorations in that regard.
    Hmmm – will ponder this for sure.
    Meanwhile, I am anxiously awaiting the next ‘to be continued’ installment on this!
    🙂

  2. I especially like the scrappy zigzag triangles (lower left, center collage photo). I am puzzling out how it’s put together. . . . Gwen gave the program at an area quilt guild a while back. One of the takeaways: “If you make a quilt with 20 identical blocks, why not just make one block and look at it 20 times?” 🙂

  3. I’m starting to learn that there is a lot more to Improv quilting than stitching some scraps together and putting them together in rows . Your mini quilts are great and clearly you put lots of thought into each one. I like the idea of exploring my comfort zone with scraps. Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. This is a wonderful series! I have that book also and you might have been the person who recommended it to me when we discussed it related to one of your posts last year (or I have blog confusion at this point – ha!). The Cotton + Steel fat eighths are exceptionally yummy. Okay I must make myself sewing today after reading this post 🙂

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