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. Michele T says:

    I haven’t tried any of those kinds of piercing, but I do want to try curved piercing.

  2. Connie Cain says:

    Foundation paper piecing for me. 🙂
    Craftyccain @gmail. Com

  3. Margo Rhyme says:

    I am a curves piecing girl! I will be getting your classic curves ruler soon!!

  4. Patricia Hanna says:

    I like free-style, improvisational piecing, but I do a lot of traditional work as well. I need to expand and learn to do curves!

  5. Dawn F. says:

    I like just regular straight line machine piecing. I have never tried curves before!

  6. Vicki H says:

    I do traditional piecing and do as much chain piecing as possible.

  7. Sandy K says:

    I like the preciseness of paper piecing.

  8. Kathy E. says:

    Orange peel shapes are on my list to try…I love that love! I’ve worked with foundation paper piecing (from Amy’s book) and I also like applique. Her fabric bundle would be great fun to sew with!

  9. charlotte m. says:

    I mostly do straight line piecing, but whenever I have done curves, I love it. Maybe I should do more curves?

  10. Fun quilt, I like all kinds of piecing, but especially those involving complex seams. (No fabric for me please- I already have some!).

  11. Quilting Tangent says:

    Just machine piecing, right now. Going to try other methods in the future. Curves don’t scare me, just haven’t tried them yet.

  12. Heather B says:

    I am still new to quilting and have not tried any piecing yet, this is gorgeous!

  13. Laura says:

    I love the look of pieced curves, but the thought of actually sewing them was terrifying until a bee mate asked for a block with curves. They were not bad at all and turned out looking great!

  14. Tracy says:

    I recently made a flowering snowball quilt and was surprised that sewing the curves was easier than I had anticipated. I was also surprised how just the tiniest bit ‘off’ could really mess up a block…. I love that with your ruler one can make orange peels without applique! Unlike Amy, I’m *not* a fan of FPP, but I do it when I have to (I actually just finished a top that required some) but – I am a fan of AMY – and would love to win a bundle of her fabric 🙂

  15. Emily DuBois says:

    I love Amy’s improv piecing technique! I just learned it during her stop in St. Louis at our STLMQG workshop =)

  16. JaniceCarole says:

    I like to curve piece, but I am not very good at it. I think I will have to purchase the classic curve ruler. My favorite piecing method is “easy”. Any corners that don’t match, it gets an applique added as a design element:)

  17. Janet T says:

    I like any kind of piecing. Curved does not scare me. You just have to take it a little slower.

  18. Mary Kolb says:

    I love sewing in general- no favorites – I do them all.

  19. Sue H says:

    I prefer traditional piecing, but paper piecing can be fun, too!

  20. Gwen M says:

    I enjoy all types of piecing, though I probably piece traditionally most often.

  21. Janie M says:

    I am afraid of curves. Your project looks lovely. Thank you for posting.

  22. Brenda Ackerman says:

    My favorite technique is applique. I just have to say that your quilt is awesome! Thank you for sharing and have a great day!

  23. Verna says:

    I like paper piecing. I’ve never tried curved piecing but I really should!

  24. Beth T. says:

    I’m a big fan of improv piecing and straight piecing. I do like curved piecing, especially with the Curvemaster foot, which helped me sew perfect curves the very first time–and I’m not a great sewist, so that is saying something!

  25. Joan says:

    Love paper piecing!

  26. Karen Nelson says:

    Great inspiration!!!

  27. goonyburd says:

    I love foundation paper piecing, have NEVER tried curves!

  28. Anita says:

    I love foundation paper piecing, but I also like curved piecing. I do all kind of piecing actually, but I would like to get more confident in improv piecing.

  29. Julie says:

    I like improv piecing and am working to like paper piecing Lovely quilt

  30. Nancy N says:

    I have always preferred regular “straight line” piecing when working with my machine. I really need to get into curves to expand my repertoire . Lovely quilt and love the fabric line.

  31. Bea says:

    I have to say I love all types of piecing, machine, paper, curved or by hand

  32. Marilyn Robinson says:

    I really enjoy paper piecing, but am finding myself intrigued by the curved piecing you’ve done here. I would love to win Amy’s new line!

  33. LINDA says:

    Hi, love piecing curves. Your project is so neat!
    Thanks for sharing!

  34. Rochelle Summers says:

    I love paper piecing….until it’s time to remove the paper!! Straight piecing works better. I love the softness of this quilt and the yummy colors you chose.

  35. Esther G says:

    I’m really loving all the projects you’ve been making with your new ruler. It’s on my someday list 🙂 Mostly I enjoy regular, brainless chain-piecing, but I have had some fun with foundation piecing.

  36. Rita Scott says:

    Do straight line piecing most of the time but have tried many others, my next challenge to myself is curve piecing. Beautiful work!

  37. Brita says:

    I love it all, but right now I’m working on hand applique, which not my favorite. I’m improving with each block, so I may be doing more in the future. I’ve used the classic curves ruler, but I may try something different with it. I just love changing up techniques!

  38. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    I love paper piecing both by hand (English paper piecing) and by machine!

  39. Angela Short says:

    I have tried curved piecing but none of the rest. Still learning! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  40. Cecilia says:

    I like EPP and paper piecing, but I haven’t tried curved piecing yet. I do like the looks of your pattern though.

  41. EllenB says:

    I like doing curves, as well as Y seams, and hand applique – they make life interesting, and that looks like a neat ruler I may have to add to my collection. Love your blocks!

  42. Sarah J says:

    I haven’t been brave enough to try curves yet, but I love all the design possibilities. I love traditional piecing- especially with fussy cuts.

  43. Patty says:

    I have done some sewing with curves but they were large pieces. I would like to do a double wedding ring quilt and I’m sure I’d need more practice.

  44. Chris says:

    I love making curve quilts so this would be fun to put together.

  45. Nicole Sender says:

    I am learning how to do English paper piecing and plan to learn how to sew curves. I find curves to be very difficult. Love your quilt!

  46. Linda Fleming says:

    I love how you’ve used Amy’s beautiful fabrics!
    I don’t have a favorite type of piecing.
    I must get one of the classic curve rulers and work with curved piecing again as my last 4 quilts have used straight line piecing, paper piecing, and a little bit of curved improv.

  47. Cathy Victor says:

    I love the fabric and the quilt you chose to make,,,,I love traditional piecing and if I have to sew curves, I like to have a little wiggle room for trimming after. then they come out perfect.

  48. lewisnancy54 says:

    I really love curved piecing. I was really intimated with it, but once I got going, it all came together. Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  49. gibbspeggy says:

    I’ve never tried any type of piecing.

  50. Allison CB says:

    I’m a little afraid of curves but ready to try them!

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