To celebrate turning 30 years old in October, I started a new project aimed at getting me out of my comfort zone and listening to my creative spirit. I decided to make an improv block each week of my 30th years, and now that four months have passed, I wanted to share an update!
So, I might’ve been a little ambitious in making one a week. I started off strong, but then the holidays came, and I pushed this project aside. I have 12 blocks so far (when I should have 18). But I designed this project to learn how to break the rules, so it’s fitting that I didn’t even follow my own self-imposed schedule.
I have no agenda for these blocks. When I feel inspired or in a playful mood, I choose fabrics that delight me. Then, I cut, piece, cut again, etc, until I have a new creation. Many times, the block turns out so differently than I saw it originally in my head. Sometimes, I make a mistake and just roll with it — it’s a happy accident! So far, I haven’t ripped any seams. I’ve just altered my plan and keep pushing forward.
Each block will finish at 3″ square. (Hey, I couldn’t have this project be complete chaos!) I, as of yet, don’t have plans for how I’ll put them together into a quilt. But I’m excited to see where it leads me!
Thanks for joining me for “happy hour”,
Have you ever tried improv piecing? Did you like it? As a rule-follower, I find it both freeing and scary!