Purple Plus Quilt











Compared to the other colors in my fabric stash, my stack of purples is quite small.  I've often looked at it though, and thought it would make a fun quilt with all of them together.  Even though they're so varied in hue and saturation, I still thought they would play well together. 

I have also wanted to make another plus quilt like this one that I made a few years ago.  I really enjoyed making that one and liked how it turned out. 

So each of my purple prints are used at least once or twice in this little quilt.  It is a unique color scheme, but hopefully it works for someone out there!

I used a Kaffe Fassett Shot Cotton on the back, and Liberty of London prints for the binding.  Both of these types of fabric are a slightly lighter, silkier feel than typical cotton and make a subtle difference in the drape and lightness of the finished quilt.  (I always am amazed how using a voile or lawn (like Liberty), or a Shot Cotton, on the back of the quilt makes it just a bit softer. 


I thought I'd add a little diagram of how I put this quilt together.  I find it easier to make an improv (ish)  quilt like this when I have sections to work in.  I can trim these sections to fit together so I don't end up with wrinkly wonkiness.  

I started out thinking I would just do horizontal rows, each a slightly different height.  But on my second row I ended up splitting section 3 and 4, which gives it less of a 'rows' look.  You could do this in any places you want to in your quilt.  If you're not used to piecing in this way, you might find it helpful to draw out a rough diagram like this, with approximate dimensions.  (you can always add or trim later!).

17 comments:

  1. Beautiful. I love how pictures taken from different angles can completely change the look of a quilt.

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  2. Thx for the diagram — very helpful!

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  3. What a gorgeous quilt! It looks almost vintagey and so on trend all at the same time. Love it! thanks for the diagram--I have a hard time with improv...

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  4. Very cool and fun to look at! All of those colors and fabrics mingle together so well!

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  5. Is there a pattern for this quilt?

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  6. Very pretty! Thanks for sharing how you pieced it in rows. It takes some of the uncertainty out of improv to see how others manage it.

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  7. The improv elements of this quilt give it so much character. Lovely. The diagram is a nice way to share your process.

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  8. Your work is always inspiring and the piece is no exception. The block you chose is an easy one for is to create our own improv quilt. Thank you for including your process. This is a beautiful quilt. I love it!

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  9. Thank you J! This is a beautiful quilt, and you've inspired me to try a little improv! -Jean💜

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  10. I really love it..thx for the chart...I might just make one myself now.

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  11. I really like this plus quilt in purples, one of my favorite colors. The purples are very subtle and they do play nice together. Although I do like the improv look, I cannot create this way myself, as everything must be symmetrical.

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  12. Purple, but not overwhelmingly so. Nicely done!!

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  13. Great finish. I am not always keen on purple but i really like what you have done. I may be tempted to play with more purple after seeing this.

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  14. LOVE! Is there a quilt pattern for your design? Thank you.

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  15. I dont luv purple but i luv this quilt!
    I just won 41 wonky cross blocks and am in the procss of putting the top together, much in the same way as u have outlined here!
    just luv ur blog!!!!

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  16. Yep! That's a winner of a quilt. I've never made a monochromatic purple anything, but apparently I should! Nice improve work. I bet that was relaxing.

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