Tuesday 3 June 2014

Wildflower Improvise Tutorial


My year of completion has resulted in some fun and new projects.

This week I brought out the Wildflower Block that I designed a year ago and have worked it into a modern quilt top.

I pulled the soft neutrals, pinks, and greens out of my scrap basket and have incorporated them into a new and improvised setting.

Add scrap strips to the sides of the Wildflower Blocks.
Press as you go. 
Use any random width of strip.  
Trim to 18" square. 

Next step...the cat tells you that it's going to be a fabulous quilt!

Using this Crazy Quilting method, make "Log Cabin" Style blocks with your neutral colors.   
Using a touch of pink for some of the block centres creates continuity in my finished quilt. 

Make 36 blocks.

Trim the blocks to 9 1/4" square. 

The Wildflower Block in the diagonal setting measures 18" x 18".

Pairs of the Log Cabin blocks sewn together measure 18" x 9 1/4"

4 of the Log Cabin blocks sewn together measures 18" x 18".

Layout the individual blocks into your desired setting.  Start piecing them together into sections.  
It worked well to sew pairs and 4 blocks together to start, 
gradually building up into sections as in the above photo. 

Build up to larger sections. 

Sew your final seams. 

The finished quilt top measures approx. 53" x 71". 

Here is a link to the Neutral Color Theory.


  1. Great job! Wish I had that many scraps in a family. You did a wonderful job.

  2. I love the asymmetrical, unplanned

    1. Thank you ...It was a lot of fun to improvise this quilt.

  3. I love this quilt! thank you for sharing with us.

    1. I love hearing from readers who enjoy my quilts. Thank you for your comment!

  4. these are definitely better for me to be able to have some quilting/sewing time without overdoing it

    1. I love improvising for that very reason. It's fun to make a few blocks, then play with the scrap basket :) Thank you for your comment.

  5. Thanks for making this lovely quilt! Now I know how to use some of my very gorgeous but "loud" flower fabrics. The improv blocks would make it an interesting, and using my scraps too! Great:)