Thank you to those of you who tried to help with my lame choices for Jon's graduation quilt. You had great ideas. I wanted to surprise the boy, but I broke down and showed him my ideas. He described my first set as pukey hospital colors. He liked the second set better, but didn't love them, so, I decided to let him take the lead. After all is said and done it's going to be his quilt. He looked over all the fabrics in my stash and chose Erin Michael's Lush. He had to choose the fabric I love the most (next to flea market fancy) and the fabric I had the hardest time getting my hands on, but he did, so I sucked it up and cut it. He also chose an aqua/blue linen for the background fabric.
He wants the quilt to be modern, minimal and masculine. A challenge to be sure. This quilt is going to be made collaboratively with my Common Threads Virtual Quilting Bee buddies. I'm not sure I could find better creative hands to put this quilt in than theirs. I haven't quite decided on the final structure of the quilt. I do know that the blocks the group is making will be large...15 inches finished. I know they're up to the challenge...it's going to be fabulous!
Project Improv Update:
We now have 185 participants in the project. It's wonderful having all of you in the project and seeing all the wonderful blocks and improv pieces that are being created.
Here are the folks whose blocks have arrived this week:
Marie - 1 block
Maggie - 5 blocks (wowsers!!!)
Leslie - 1 block (those pushpins are so pretty! thanks for the fabric too!)
Doris - 1 block (thanks for the pillowcase pattern...i can actually follow this one!)
Erica E - 1 block
Katie P - 2 blocks (thanks for the fabric...i made it into binding for the orange/pink quilts...it was perfect! thanks!)
Heather O - 2 blocks
Bison Girl (Erika) - 1 block
Alison S. - 1 block
Betty Ninja - 1 block
Mary P - 1 block
Thanks so much to each of you. Thanks for using great fabrics, thanks for caring about construction and doing quality work. The quilts are going to be fabulous because you put so much into your blocks!
This is Tia's quilt. Just one example of the stunning improv quilts that can be seen in the Project Improv flickr group. Photo used with Tia's permission. I'm giddy over this quilt as well as lots of others in the group.
If you have a minute, you might want to take a gander at these too. Amazing work, ladies!
Laura J's Sunshine quilt
Alissa's Flora and Fauna
Amber's Long and Lean
VickiVictoria's Scrap Quilt
Tia's Wall Hanging
Victoria's spring quilt
AmandaJeans pink doll quilt
Angie's one of three improv quilts
Lisa's Aloha! quilt
Bison Girl's six crosses quilt
These folks must be so proud to have finished pieces. Don't feel bad if you haven't started your block or started your project. There's lots of time. Blocks aren't due until April 1st. I'm with you...still thinking about mine.