This weekend I had the opportunity to teach my first improvisational piecing class at Dabble and Stitch in Columbus, Ohio. And it happened to be one of my all-time favorite improv inspirations- winter trees! Talk about being perfect for this time of year! In the sample piece I used a lot of bright colors.
I love using unexpected fabrics for the trees, especially irregular stripes or splotches. We spent the first part of class selecting fabrics, and the students made fabulous selections! Here are a couple student projects. I tend to get pretty wrapped up in the class itself and forget to take photos, but I can assure you that there was a lot of awesomeness going on!
For the tree fabric strips she selected a print of trees! Don’t you love how the print looks all cut up?
Here is a finished top. The tree fabric used in this one was a popular choice and looked terrific with a bunch of different backgrounds.
I really hope I have the chance to teach this class again! If you would like to see another example and read more about the process, please check out another improv trees mini quilt I did awhile ago.
MelDecember 4, 2017 at 11:35 am
Wow! These look amazing. The striped fabrics really add a touch of realism & whimsy all at the same time. And I can totally relate to being in the moment while teaching and forgetting to take pictures!!