Giveaway, Picnic Quilt

Improv Fabrics: Pure Summer Beauty

Picnic Quilt with Improv Fabrics by Benartex Fabrics. Pattern by Sharon McConnell with Classic Curves Ruler

My Friend, Amy, of During Quiet Time, has just released her first fabric collection with Benartex! This is such an exciting achievement and couldn’t have happened to a nicer person. Amy’s collection is called Improv, and is filled with useful basics in soft, summery colors. This week is the tour of inspiration as sewists around the blog and social media world show what they have made with these lovely fabrics. Be sure and follow along with Benartex and visit each stop for a chance to win a bundle of  this pretty fabric for yourself (more on that in a minute….).Picnic Quilt with Improv Fabrics by Benartex Fabrics. Pattern by Sharon McConnell with Classic Curves Ruler

I decided to make another Picnic quilt with my Improv fabrics. I thought it would be a pretty design for the geometric prints and limited color palette, and show the pattern in a look completely different from my first Picnic quilt. Improv includes prints in shades of pink, gray, apricot, and green in a great selection of values, so you don’t need to add anything to make a beautiful quilt.

I chose the light peachy pink and a white print for my two main “background” fabrics, and a selection of the others for the orange peel shapes. Even though there isn’t a ton of contrast in some of the prints, I like the mix of light and dark that creates interest and balance.Picnic Quilt with Improv Fabrics by Benartex Fabrics. Pattern by Sharon McConnell with Classic Curves Ruler

And, while it looked great with just the piecing, I am thrilled with how the whole quilt looks with the appliqué circles in the beautiful raspberry pink print. Doesn’t that just add the perfect pop? totally brings the whole thing together. I can’t wait to get it quilted!

This quilt came together super fast using the Classic Curves Ruler for cutting the shapes. The curves are easy and fit together for breezy sewing. I also think the prints and color palette would look great in big hexagons (-:

Be sure and watch for Improv fabrics at your local shop and favorite online fabric source. I have a bundle to give away to one lucky winner (open in U.S. only, please). To enter, leave a comment here and tell me your favorite type of piecing…do you love curves like me? or maybe English Paper Piecing, or Foundation Paper Piecing like Amy? I will pick a winner on Sunday and update this post.

Visit the Benartex site here to see the whole collection of prints and other Improv stops this week. Amy is also offering a free pattern, check it out Here.

**Giveaway Closed** The Winner is Paula! Thank you all for visiting. I enjoy your comments!


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76 thoughts on “Improv Fabrics: Pure Summer Beauty

  1. Amy DeCesare says:

    I’m so glad you participated in this blog hop – I’m new to your blog and love your work! My favorite kind of piecing is the good old-fashioned straight variety. I really think it’s fun to make HST’s – half-square triangles.

  2. Judy Forkner says:

    I enjoy piecing, paper piecing, & I’m wanting to get better at curved piecing!

  3. Your picnic quilt is too pretty to throw on the ground to sit on. I think I’d rather sit on the ground and hold it. My favorite piecing is paper piecing. One can use such tiny pieces and its precise.

  4. What a beautiful design! I prefer traditional piecing as well as the precision of FPP. There’s no bad way to quilt! 😉

  5. Lori M. says:

    Oh what a lovely quilt…I have just taken on the experience of making hexies…and am addicted I admit. but I would like to try the curved piecing…it looks so fun and interesting….

  6. Barbara Kaup says:

    I prefer regular piecing although I have done a little paper piecing.

  7. Jan N. says:

    Foundation paper piecing is my favorite. One of these days I’ll get brave enough to try curved piecing. Your picnic quilt looks awesome.

  8. Betty K says:

    Regular piecing is my favorite. I have done curved piecing and seem to do well with it.

  9. Lisa Marie says:

    I am crazy over foundation paper piecing. It can be time consuming, but I love the results.

  10. Ellee says:

    Strip-piecing is my current preference.

  11. diane beavers says:

    Totally schooled by Amy on foundation paper piecing, she’s been my go-to-fpp ever since I delved into it a few yrs ago.
    Sharon your “Raspberry Pink circles in the center really do showcase Improv. Wow those are so gorgeous!!! Thank you for sharing in.

  12. Diane says:

    I just received my Classic Curve ruler and just won some of Amy’s Improv fabric from Benartex LLC. Look forward to playing with the fabric when it

  13. Kathy Slaughter Cummings says:

    Just regular piecing, especially hst’s!! Thank you.

  14. Kathy Slaughter Cummings says:

    Regular piecing especially hst’s!! Thank you.

  15. Chiska says:

    I prefer straight piecing, but I love the look of curved piecing. You’re quilt is beautiful!

  16. Paula says:

    First off, kudos for the beautiful quilt! The fabrics are perfect for the quilt design you chose! Curved piecing scares the living daylights out of me, but is next on my list skills to develop. I will have to try the Classic Curves ruler you use! My usual MO is straight line piecing or paper piecing. Thanks for sharing your quilt!

  17. karrie233 says:

    Ooh! So pretty! I didn’t realize how bright the colors were.

    LOVE your quilt and glad to follow you now 🙂

  18. Barb says:

    Your piecing is so pretty but I pretty much stick to straight seam quilts, just enjoy watching the fabrics come to life.

  19. Lori M says:

    I would love to try the curves with that ruler! You make it look easy lol… would sure try tomake a great quilt like yours. Beautiful job! I do love straight piecing now tho.. easier for me giggle..

    Thank you for chance to win your give-a-way too 🙂

  20. shoshana says:

    i love any type of piecing, the more exact the better!

  21. shoshana says:

    oops, i forgot, your pattern is soo beautiful, any way to get a pattern for it? thank you,

    1. Sharon says:

      Thank you, Shoshana,
      Yes, the pattern is called Picnic. It is available in my pattern shop,


  22. Anne says:

    I’ve never tried paper piecing, though it’s on my list to try as the possibilities for what one can create seem endless. And your curves are gorgeous!

  23. jayne says:

    I am in love with paper piecing! I really love your curved quilt!

  24. Lee says:

    What a beautiful design! I love this fun hop!

  25. Yvonne says:

    Loved your post. I followed the link from Amy Friend’s post to yours. I love that ruler and would like to buy it but cannot find it. Can you provide me with vendors who carry it? I found Quilt in a Day but when they asked me my language (one choice “British English” and the time zone where I was – and I could not get it to find mine, I decided they were in the UK and shipping would be expensive)…so looking on this side of the Atlantic. I’ve subscribed to your newsletters. Thanks.

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