A Liberated Baby Quilt

In my last post, I wrote about the difference between a liberated or improv process and an improv style. If you’ve followed my blog for very long or taken a look through my gallery, you haven’t seen much in an improv style. But I have done a couple of things in that mode.

About ten years ago, I decided to make a “baby” quilt for my son. He was already an adult by then. Influenced by Gwen Marston’s Liberated Quiltmaking, I did this:

I used print jungle fabric purchased at Walmart because of the cheetahs in the design. Cheetahs were one of Son’s favorite animals. The outside border was also used on a large, tied comforter I made for him a few years before. Some of the solids were cotton-polyester blend broadcloth. The stars in the sashing intersections were directly influenced by Marston’s style. I even did some hand-quilting!

Apparently I wasn’t entranced by deliberately making my stars and blocks look irregular, because other than one more project, I haven’t done other quilts completely in this “liberated” but torturous style.

Even so, when I walk in the room where this hangs, it always makes me smile.

Those cheetahs will show up again in the next baby quilt I make, which is for Son’s expected baby. Here is the fabric I’ll use:

 

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19 thoughts on “A Liberated Baby Quilt

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      Yes, isn’t it sweet? I found it last summer right after Son’s wedding, in a shop in Portland, OR. So it also has good memories already built in. πŸ™‚ THanks!

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  1. Elizabeth E.

    I loved reading the previous post, and then seeing its application in this post. I, too, have a harder time with improv, and while I can do improv, it’s not my most comfortable style at all. (And after a while, so many improv quilts all begin to look similar to me.) Thanks for contributing to this conversation by helping us define what we’re talking about–something you do so well!

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