Of all the quilting books I’ve looked at this year so far, my favorite has unquestionably been The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters. I’ve discovered I like quilting books with lots of text and philosophizing on sewing and life, and this book definitely has that aplenty. The book has several “scores” for making improv quilts, and floating squares is the first. You can see a whole bunch of quilts people made using this score here. I gave it a go over the last couple of weeks, and I’m pretty happy with the result, especially given the level of effort. It was a quick and easy quilt and small, so a refreshing change from the last two quilts.
This is quilt number three using either sunrise or sunset Kona solids. This quilt uses a few fabrics from the sunrise fat quarter bundle which I accidentally ordered when trying to purchase a jelly roll for my previous quilts. Hopefully it will get put to good use.
I also used some of the same white linen blend I used on my last quilt.
Essex in Linen by Robert Kaufman
Crosshatch in Grey by Carolyn Friedlander
(That’s L, age 3, holding it up. Such a good helper!)
I used Hobbs Tuscany Cotton Wool Blend batting. It’s an 80/20 wool / cotton blend. It’s quite lightweight, and considerably thinner than the 100% wool batting I’ve used in past. I decided to double it for extra loft, a decision I definitely rued when I was trying to quilt it and could barely move it under my needle. Nevertheless, I did love the drape and loft of the quilt when it was finished.
Piecing: Aurifil Mako 50 in White 2024
Quilting and Binding: Aurifil Mako 40 in Dove 2600
The book recommended using a light gray colored thread to blend with all different colors when quilting. I tried the Dove shade above, and indeed, it did seem to blend pretty well against the white as well as the darker shades.
I used the same fabric as I used on the back of the quilt for the binding. I used a method described in the book to make the binding invisible from the front. This is not the same as not using a binding at all, and I think it’s actually quite a bit easier, but you have the disadvantage of the binding being visible on the back. However, using the same fabric as the backing, it’s not very visible. Also, I envision this quilt as a wall-hanging.
You can buy this quilt in my Etsy shop.