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I’m a bit of an uptight quilter. There, I said it. I can get pretty uptight about perfect points and I am totally obsessive about my scant 1/4″ seam allowance. In order to sort of balance this, I’ve been thinking a lot about improv quilting. Only thinking though, not really doing anything about it. I know that I need to carve more time out to just play at the sewing machine, but I just wasn’t making space to actually do it.
Then a new Craftsy class launched from the adorable Suzy from Suzy Quilts. It’s called Fabric Play: Sewing Mojo Minis and it was just what I need to loosen up a bit. If you don’t know Suzy, she is a fabulous quilt designer with a big personality. And that personality really shines through in this class–she seems completely at ease in front of the camera, and is a natural teacher.
The class features four projects, which build on each other. I actually had to laugh at myself after my first attempt of sewing some wonky strips. At first, my scale was totally off, which Suzy had warned me about, but of course I ignored that warning. So, I tried again after doing a quick sketch, to get the scale right. Guys, I totally felt like I was sewing all wonky–but alas, I was not. I literally laughed when I was done with this. I thought about trying again, and maybe, I don’t know, have a glass of wine first to loosen up some more. But I was anxious to move on, so I did.
Log cabins are fun, so I was looking forward to this asymmetrical improv version. I got a little wonkier on this one and was pretty pleased with how it came out. But obviously, I still had some loosening up to do.
Next up–curves! For the third mini I got out of my previous color palette, because I bought a stack of fat quarters (Boundless Modern Brights from Craftsy–what a deal! That is not an affiliate link–it really is a just a great deal.) There were lots of colors that are out of my wheelhouse here, so it was fun to experiment. I played around with lots of arrangements for this one. It came out a little Dr. Suess-y but I still love it.
There is still one more mini in the class, as well as lots of inspiration for quilting and adding hand embellishments. I plan on finishing these up with some quilting and hand stitching–and am really looking forward too it. At least I know that I can sew some wonky hand stitches!
All in all, I enjoyed Fabric Play: Sewing Mojo Minis immensely. Suzy is a trained graphic artist, so she knows the theory behind what she’s teaching you. I feel like this class gave me some foundation knowledge that will be a jumping off point for more improv quilting in the future. And best of all, it made me carve out some unstructured play time that I had been craving.
(Full disclosure: I was given free access to the class for my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.)