Improv Scrappy Block Project 2017

by Judy Tucker

Improv Scrappy Block Project 2017

It's a new year and I'm starting a year long project!  If you quilt a lot, or have quilted for a long time, you collect a lot of scraps that are just too good to throw out but hard to use up!  I want see how many ways I can use my scraps to create fun and interesting quilt blocks.

I plan to make 2-3 blocks Improv Scrappy Blocks each month so that I'll have at least 30 blocks, enough for a good sized quilt, by the end of 2017.

Here are the rules I've set for myself.

  1. As much as possible, blocks will be made from the pre-cut scraps in my stash.  These include rectangles, squares, strips and strings (strips under 2 inches wide)
  2. If supporting fabrics for a background are needed, they must come from my current stash
  3. The unfinished blocks will be 12 1/2 inches square
  4. Blocks need to be pieced with intention.  They can be color studies, interesting piecing or just fun to piece.

The first 2 Improv Scrappy Blocks are at the top of this post.  There is a simple slab, a hot pink color study, on the left and flying geese, a blue color study, on the right.

If you have a stash of scraps you'd like to use up this year, please join the fun! I'll be posting my blocks here and on Instagram. If you are make blocks too, please post them using the hashtag #ImprovScrappyBlockProject2017. Thanks!!

Thoughts about the Blog for 2017

It turns out that a craft blog is a mighty hungry critter! Sometimes it is hard to keep up with it, Especially since I am blogging about projects that are all handmade! I love making and writing. I really enjoy this. But I've also noticed that there are days when the dogs don't get a second walk or I skip doing other things because I need to sew so that I have a project to write about. That's not so good.

I have been posting on Mondays and Thursdays for almost 3 years now.  This year I am going to try posting on a less rigid format. I want to write when I have something to share, not just to meet a deadline.

Blogs tend to focus in on a theme. Mine focus has been primarily quilting, with some doll making and a bit of surface design, drawing, band weaving and rarely cooking. Expect to see more on all these topics, though I will probably make fewer quilts this year.

So my loyal subscribers and faithful followers, for now, expect to find a new post most Thursdays. From time to time, I expect I may post more than once a week. I'll see how it goes!

Please feel free to leave comments and let me know what you are thinking!