Sometimes quilts weigh on my mind,
like this unfinished log cabin I started in Jan. 2017.
I had a vision of blue starbursts in my head,
but I'm not happy with the contrast.
I used two jelly rolls with some additional fabrics,
and now I'm rethinking the whole project.
I have 36 14 inch blocks, so I may go with the furrow layout on the top.
The biggest obstacle for me is quilting it, since I don't usually machine quilt such large quilts.
And I'm quite hesitant to pay someone else to quilt it when I don't really like the quilt at all.
Recently I taught improv quilting at a local quilt shop.
This was my first real teaching gig,
but I've been making quilts with improv techniques for more than a decade.
I was inspired early on by books by the late great Gwen Marston,
and by online sewalongs with Tonya Ricicci, who doesn't hang out in blogland anymore.
The piece with the green border is an improv village on a table runner.
I used lots of scraps and the same background fabric.
I showed my students how to make trees and a variety of houses
and they all did great.
I showed them some of my improv house quilts too.
The one at the left is from 2009, and uses log cabins and wonky houses in a variety of sizes.
The made the one at the right last year for a new baby.