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Monday, September 27, 2021

Funkytown and Cherub Wings

We're moving right along with the Scrappy Improv Quilting blog hop, y'all, and today's quilts are lots of fun.  Yes, I say that a lot, but really- they are!  First up today is Funkytown, and this one combines scrappy improv solid scraps, and print fabrics all in one awesome quilt.

Though it seems like there is a lot going on, the subdued Kona Cloud background keeps all of those prints in check so it's really not too much!  I almost went with solid black and gray for the roofs and streets, but I'm so glad I didn't.  The prints are subtle and add to the charm of the quilt.  Because there is so much print mixing in this quilt, I did decide to quilt it with an allover stipple.  It's pretty dense so it adds lots of crinkly texture, but it doesn't add to the busy pattern.

I had this pretty teal and aqua polkadot in my stash, and it works well on the back, and I had just enough of the gray street print leftover for the binding.

Scrappy Improv Quilting gives several tips on how to size up these patterns if you want to make a bigger quilt, and Vasudha at Storied Quilts did exactly that.  She made a baby quilt from the Funkytown pattern!

The second quilt being featured today is Cherub Wings, and this one is just so sweet.  Imagine how beautiful it would be to give a newborn angel wings by photographing him/her laying on this quilt!  Or think of how precious it would be in softer colored scraps, hanging in a nursery.  There are so many possilities!

I gave definition to the wings in this quilt by quilting feathers and leaving them noticeably puffier than the scrappy background.  Quilting these feathers definitely took some planning, but I promise it's not as difficult as it looks.  A dense stipple in the background is a nice contrast to the wings and allows them to pop out.

When using lots of different colored scraps, I really love a crisp black and white fabric on the back, and this print is actually an oldie but goodie from IKEA.  I wanted the binding to disappear into the quilt, so a scrappy binding was the way to go.  It just blends right into the improv!

Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty is the second stop on the blog hop for today, so head over there and see her version of the Cherub Wings quilt!

See you on Wednesday for the next two quilts, and check out the full schedule below!

Signed copies of Scrappy Improv Quilting are available in my Etsy shop HERE, or ask about it at your local quilt shop.  It is also available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other major booksellers.  
And shop owners, you can get it from any of the major distributors- Checker, Brewer, United Notions, and EE Schenck.  I hope you'll consider adding it to your library or carrying it in your shop!  :) 

Scrappy Improv Quilting Blog Tour Schedule-
9/29- Chapel WindowKris @ Sew Sunshine
           Winter FrostLeanne @ Devoted Quilter

10/4- HeartstruckRebecca Grace @ Rebecca Grace Quilting
           Star SpangledChristine @ Triangles & Squares

10/6- Birds of a FeatherPreeti @ Sew Preeti Quilts
           Fall FoliageSusan @ Quilt Fabrication

10/11- OrnamentalGail @ Quilting Gail
            Churn, Churn, ChurnCynthia @ Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

10/13- Sunset CrossingKate @ Katie Mae Quilts
             Positivity- Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts

10/18- All Dressed UpLinda @ Flourishing Palms
             ShockwaveAnne-Marie @ Stories From the Sewing Room

10/20- Sweet Bee (a bonus thank-you pattern), Finishing, and Wrap-Up (here!) 


  1. Absolutely gob-smacked over both of these - I have 3 nieces all expecting this spring. Thanks!

  2. Two more beautiful examples of the sweet little quilts in your new book, Kelly!!


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