Sunday, January 24, 2016

Planning without looking like you're planning

So last week I tried the whole improve quilting thing, I LOVE the LOOK of the improv. It's the whole no planning part that I have a problem with.  I'm a planner, what can I say, I need a plan, I love plan, I live for a plan.  So I did finish the green shirting improv, which I'm kinda up in the air about it.  We'll see if quilting can save it, that is the best part right.  I learned a lot from this one.  I need to cut blocks, not the wonky strips.  I need uniform.  I love the scrappy and I love the improv look.  So I decide I would try triangles and do in in EQ7 so that I have that improv look and still have a PLAN.  How's that for win-win??  Pretty excite eh?   And here's what I came up with - looks like no plan but don't tell anyone there really is a plan ;) The first one is the pic from eq7, the second from real life.  Nice for the twins right, similar but yet different. This one uses the triangle die from Accuquilt

no plan look but plan is there comfort



A little bit of progress on the twins quilts, here's a view from under the frame.

Not a lot of quilting as we had Birthday Boys this weekend. These cousins are almost exactly 10 years apart.    One is 14 the other 4, their birthdays are two days apart.  Love them both to pieces!!
Birthday Boys

I added a couple new linky parties on the side bar, take a look and go get inspired.  

24 comments:

  1. Oh, I am laughing with you on the plan, no plan part. I used to tell people I was planning to be spontaneous next Tuesday when they asked if I planned everything. I think digital spontaneity counts, it's certainly producing a great creative quilt.

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  2. I don't often commit designs to paper, but I do plan them in my head. I'd have a hard time approaching a project completely aimlessly. I like both your green and blue improv and look forward to seeing how they turn out.

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  3. Too funny! I love sewing improv too, but don't like the mess :)

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  4. I'm like you, Sue... I need to follow a plan. If I don't, I end up down roads I didn't want to go. Love your blue triangles.

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  5. Visiting from Design Wall Monday. Your quilting on the twin quilt is so beautiful, and it shows up so well on the back. Love the idea of planned improv. I'm a planner too, so that's how I would approach it! Great plan, great quilt!

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  6. Well, the purpose of improv is to expand your horizons and find new ways of doing things, so I think you've done that! And, it doesn't mean you can't stretch further next time. :D

    In any case, the plan looks good!

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  7. Both your improv quilts are looking great! Awesome designs.

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  8. Love the look of the planned/unplanned triangle quilt! When I try improv, I just end up with a bunch of ugly blocks. Planning, for me, is definitely the way to go. I'm looking forward to seeing your progress - those blues are so pretty. Thanks for linking to MCM!

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  9. Ya know I like improv....yours is coming along great and I especially love the peek under your long arm! :) :) Both the boys look like they had a great birthday:) :)

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  10. I can totally relate!!! Great (non)planning!

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  11. Plans are good. Did you make that little vegetable train on the table? That is so cute.

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  12. I feel your pain. I love the look of Improv quilts but I know I'm far too much of a control freak to do one. I had to make a 6" improv block for a Bee last year and I nearly had a breakdown making it. In the end my daughter had to do it for me

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  13. pretty! I am with you on the needing a plan. I have yet to do any improve because I start to twitch just thinking about doing things randomly lol

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  14. ooolala, I'm liking your "planned" improv triangle quilt! I like the look of improv but haven't yet tried it. I do love me some scrappy though! =)

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  15. Yes to a plan with no plan! I love your Triangle quilt idea. Improv can be tricky. I've learned to keep going with it because you never know how it will turn out!

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  16. You sound exactly like me. I love the look of improv but not the process. I'm a planner too. Love the triangle 'planned' quilt. Visiting from Sew Bee Social for the first time.

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  17. I find it really comforting to have a plan too, even if it's just a few things sketched out on graph paper.

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  18. I love this! I totally get the plan but not thing. I usually end up cutting extra pieces of my quilts so I can really pay with layout and color, Your quilt is going to be gorgeous!

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  19. I can definitely relate to wanting a plan but not wanting it look super planned. I think you did great with the triangles! What a fun quilt.

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  20. I can mix up a pattern, but only after I have it in front of me, so I guess I need a plan, too, lol. I totally understand what DGKs do to time. Thanks for linking to WIPs Be Gone, Sue.

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  21. Things tend to turn out better when I plan, at least a little. I like to play around with improv sometimes, but usually in an attempt to use up tiny scraps. Your quilts look very nice so the no plan plan seems to be working perfectly for you. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Plans are good, I struggle with improv, just not my thing. Your triangle quilt looks great. Have fun with your plan for improv.

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  23. I'm with you on the whole plan thing, Sue. Improv is modern and looks great..... But...... Your triangle quilt wip looks fabulous!

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  24. Yeah dear, you are right dear and I have also experienced that but considering my past party experiences I have decided to hire best corporate event planning team and I hope they will serve us well.

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