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Geometry Lesson II – 2nd Improvisational Quilt

Yes, I had to get started on my second improvisational quilt right away!  This idea hit me as soon as I quilted my last stitch on the first one, so I had to dive in.  I used the same fabrics as in Geometry Lesson I, but went “dark” and anchored the shapes in frames.  This is a mix of hand dyed, batik, and solid fabrics.

Geometry Lesson II Top

The other difference with this quilt is that there is not a focus fabric geometric shape that I began working from, but instead I just started taking random pieces of fabric and sewing them together at all different angles.  After I achieved a big enough square-like or rectangular shape I cut it into the geometric shape I thought would look good.

Here is a look at the individual blocks:

Circle II


Triangle IIDiamond II

Rectangle II

I managed to use up almost all of my hand dyed fabrics (used in the frames as well as random piecing), but still have some of the batik prints left for a future project.

The quilt top finished at 38″ x 48″;  two inches on each side larger than Geometry Lesson I.  I don’t know how that happened, LOL.  I didn’t plan the size of any of the blocks, just stopped when they looked “good”.

I think it’s going to take me a while to figure out how I want to quilt this one!  I’m really happy with how it turned out. 🙂

Me and My Shadow

I’ve always liked the many pictures I’ve seen of quilts that look somewhat 3-D.  Quilts that have boxes with shadows is one type of 3-D quilt that I discovered is fast and easy to make.  After admiring (and staring at) the many pictures available on the web, I dove in and designed one for myself.  Here is the result:


I chose to use batik fabrics for the blocks and shadows, then used solid white sashing.  The quilt shop I typically use has a huge selection of batiks and they always have a ton of fat quarters cut from them.  So I grabbed several fat quarters and cut my squares from them.  I saved four “shadowed” blocks to incorporate into the back somehow, but haven’t settled on that design yet.  I also haven’t decided what I’m going to do about a border because I have multiple ideas I’m toying with.  I may even leave it without a border and just bind it for a very simple, modern look.

More postings to come as I sort out what my final project will look like.

Watch for a posting in my tutorial section for how I made this shadowed box top.