Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Block 5 of the Growing Up QAL

This month's block of the Growing Up QAL is an improv block, right up my alley!

Using scraps from the red, cream, and navy of the other blocks, I started out making four patches.

The finished block needs to measure 12.5" x 12.5", and the easiest way to achieve that is to lay pieces on a 12.5" x 12.5" square cutting ruler. Then start playing!

After sewing the pieces on the left together, I decided I wanted a more modern, offset look on the other side.

Fortunately, there were wide enough pieces to fill in at the bottom and bring the block to 12.5".

Just need a bit more on the right side.

Hmm, not liking all the cream at the top. Maybe I'll add some red in the corner.

Much better! Now to trim to 12.5" x 12.5",

Growing Up QAL Improv Block

for a modern improv block! Many thanks Alida, at Alidatweloqdesigns, for a fun exercise this month! 

Tomorrow, it's Midweek Makers and I'll share more progress on the aqua scrap quilt - see you then!


  1. I love how you used your ruler to kind of gauge your block size and layout, that's a really good idea. Thanks for documenting your process for coming up with the block layout. I can struggle with improv, but this makes it look much easier :)

  2. Hi Susan,
    I just love this block and especially the fabrics you chose. The navy and white look so crisp, and the red with it is perfect - not too orange or burgundy. Perfecto! ~smile~

  3. It would make a really fun checkered flag for a race! Very pretty.

  4. What a fun block. I like how it came together.

  5. I love your interpretation of the improv block! Very modern! Thanks for being part of the QAL!!


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