African Impromptu Quilt


Last year I hopped on the instagram bandwagon and joined in on the #impromputalong.  All you had to do to join in the fun is purchase the Impromptu Quilt pattern from PS I Quilt.  I thought it was a fun pattern and joined in right away.  I did however choose to go a bit of a different color/fabric scheme than many of the other participants.  Instead of white I used a few different colors of hand-dyed fabric.  For my print fabric I used some of the African prints I had been hording and the last of a piece of zebra print I had.  I modified the bigger block slightly by making it into a log cabin.  This helped me mix in more colors to help blend my fabric selection together a bit more smoothly.  IMG_7678I added a scrappy pieced border to make it into a decent lap size quilt.  My first border was a solid brownish red hand-dye to stop the crazy in the middle.  The pieced border brings just a bit more crazy to the for framing.  The binding is done with variegated scraps of the hand-dyes I used.


I sent the quilt to Barb Raisbeck for the quilting and she did an amazing circular pattern in the middle with a cross hatch-esque border.  Perfect for this piece!

Be sure to check out all the #impromptualong quilts that were made by checking out the flickr groupIMG_7672I ran out to a quilt photo shoot – it was a bit windy…I only had to pin the quilt to the top – the wind pushed the quilt down the rest of the way.  It was the first decent day we’d had for awhile and I really wanted to share this with you all!  The sunlight wasn’t perfect though so I’ll probably give this quilt another try when the weather is better.  While I was doing the shoot…the girls decided to do a bit of climbing.  You can see Capri above…IMG_7679

And here’s Cedi all the way to the top of the fence!

Linking up to Finish Up Friday!


  1. you really did make it all your own! there are some very lovely prints in the mix. nice finish!

  2. The quilt is spectacular, but then came your kids! They stole the show!

  3. This is certainly a spectacular quilt!

  4. Hi! I love this quilt - most beautiful and your photos are great, too! x Teje


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