Purple Improv Quilt

It was a busy week last week, with some unexpected outings and a quick day trip to Greenville, SC, but I did manage to finish off the purple improv quilt. When we left off, I had some half square triangles and some four patches done. I had pinned them up on the design wall at the retreat to experiment with how to put them together.

I liked this setting, with all the lines running on the same diagonal.

An added benefit is that the blocks could be chain sewn.

So, I chain sewed sets of two, then into blocks of four.

Squaring them up the size came to 8-1/2-inches.

I sewed all the blocks I had, and lay them out on the floor to see what size the quilt might be.

I have more fabric, but decided this would be a good size for a lullaby quilt or a nice table topper. The floral print from my stash goes well, so that will be backing and binding.

Loaded on the longarm, I thought a light density quilting pattern would be best.

The pantograph is called Floating Clouds by Lorien Quilting for Willow Leaf Studio.

The thread is all cotton. Top thread is a variegated purple by Signature Threads, and the bobbin has Aurifil in dark purple.

Quilting done, I test fit the binding to be sure a seam didn’t end up in a corner.

Binding is sewn to the back first, then wrapped to the front and top stitched.

All done. It is a nice size, 32 inches square. I haven’t decided if it will be a table topper, put in my next sample sale, or donated for use as a baby quilt. I’ll figure that out later.

What are you sewing this week?

24 thoughts on “Purple Improv Quilt

  1. Julie

    What a pretty design, showing how well simple hst/4p elements play together. I like the sprinkling of bold purple marching across the field.

  2. Diana Tee

    That’s so pretty! I love how ‘lofty’ it is! I have 2 WIP, one for my sister 3/4th of top finished, and my daughters is cut out at least LoL. 3 masks for my husband need final touches. Got busy with pie pumpkins and also made fresh pumpkin butter for 1st time.

  3. Joan Sheppard

    ” test fit the binding” – I can’t tell you how many times I had to “back up” or fuss with the corner. This is genius. The colors, the pattern, the setting – all wonderful!!!! (Also love that you always find the time to do this AND share it with us.)
    Thanks, Joan

  4. It’s fun to ‘wing it’ with a quilt design once in a while isn’t it? Your experiment has worked out beautifully.
    I’ve made a tentative start on a bed runner. It’s to be a gift to my parents in honour of their Diamond Wedding Anniversary. I’m having difficulty with this project as I so want it to be perfect and for Mum and Dad to like it.

  5. Brenda Ackerman

    Hello Carole, This quilt is marvelous. I love the fabrics that you used and the way in which you decided to place the blocks. I do have a question, Have you shared this quilt project before? I am not remembering it and can not find any other posts about it, but I could easily have just missed clicking on the right link. Good Luck in deciding what you are going to do with it. I do not mean that in any way except I would have a difficult time finding the answer for that. Thank You for sharing this lovely quilt! Have a spectacular day!

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