The improv blocks inspired from the colors in my garden are put together into little table-toppers and mini-quilts.
On purpose I experimented a bit with a variety in fabrics to achieve different textures:
The top one is 14" * 14", machine quilted with diagonal straight lines 1" apart, has cotton batting and the rest of the coarse and heavy linen from the book-bag as a backing. It makes a sturdy little quilt to put under a vase of flowers on our dining table.
This next one is 18" * 19" with crosshatch straight line quilting 1.5" apart, thin polyester batting and cotton sheet backing. The block is framed with 100% linen. This one has a very soft and nice drape. The linen is a bit more challenging to sew with. It makes a nice little quilt for a table, too.
The third quilt is 18.5" * 19" machine quilted with straight lines 1" apart, cotton batting and cotton sheet backing. The sashing is the same white linen. This can be a little wall or table quilt. The difference between the second and third is the batting. I like to use these as a reference for the softness and drape of these two different battings. There is nothing like feeling both of them to compare and decide which qualities you are looking for in a particular quilt. So, in a way it is a start of building small sample quilts....
This last one is 20" * 38.5", machine quilted with straight diagonal lines 2" apart, cotton batting and quilters cotton backing. The sashing is a soft cotton/ linen mix from Pink Chalk, lovely and soft. (Look like she is sold out?) This table-topper also has a nice soft drape. I like the contrast of the bright colors in the natural cotton / linen sashing.
This is my second attempt to use a different quality fabric (linen or cotton/linen) for sashing. I admit it is a bit more challenging than using 100% cotton, but the contrast in texture adds a different quality to the quilt.
This is my first attempt at using a tool to space out the lines evenly without marking the top. It comes with the machine and is easily attached with a screw. I don't know why I have never done this before, it is easy and saves the trouble of marking, except for a first reference line!
I am thinking of adding to this small collection of reference quilts with more samples of different machine and hand-quilting. It makes sense to try things out in a small scale. Even if I have been known to do the very opposite! At least this is an ambition...
So this finishes my long post of basic "experiments". Happy stitching everyone...