Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Quilt Block Mania - Improv Bloom

It's time for March Quilt Block Mania! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

How many different blocks will you make? Explore the list at the bottom of the post to see all of the March designers' blocks. Our theme for the month is flowers. 

I decided to create some improv flower blocks. The color palette for the month flows from light to dark shades of coral, with a pop of green, and I liked what that would do in a flower design. 

My inspiration for this block comes from Georgia O'Keefe's enormous shaded flowers. I've been a huge O'Keefe admirer since I was a little girl, and which these are much more geometric than her flowers, I feel like the shading and the explosion of color is a nod to her work. 

I decided to play around with a few smaller blocks too. I'd like to ultimately make five smaller blocks to wrap around two sides of the main 12" square block. 

Here's my original palette, which I added to. There's only one way to make an enormous stash seem small--try to find light through dark values of one very specific color! I had to dig through all my fabric bins to find this combo.

Take a walk through a virtual flower garden by checking out all of these designers' blocks!

Orchid Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
Rose Garden by Slice of Pi Quilts
Happy Flowers by Carolyn Burgess
Double Flower by Devoted Quilter
Faux Flowers by Blockofthemodotcom
Mod Tulip
Enchanting Echinacea
Rosebud Wreath at Patti's Patchwork
Flower Power - Cotton Street Commons
Dottie's Garden by Heidi Pridemore
Poppies by Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Pretty Posies at Perkins Dry Goods
Mittens Smells the Roses at Puppy Girl Designs
Wildflowers by Studio R Quilts
Sweetheart Rose by QuiltFabrication
Flower Patch at Orange Blossom Quilt Design Studio
Scattered Petals by Snowy Days Quilting
Scrappy Tulip by Katie Mae Quilts
Happy Bloom Block by Oh Kaye Quilting
Buzz along
Everything's Coming Up Roses by Inquiring Quilter
Spring Posies by Blue Bear Quilts
Four Roses
Pieceful Crocus Focus
Improv Bloom by Love to Color My World
Sue's Field of Flowers by The Quilted Diary

Do you want to make an Improv Bloom block too?
I'll show you how!I've created a free tutorial showing you how to make this block. This is a slightly angled version of strip piecing. It's easy, I promise! 
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  1. I subscribed to your blog previously but there is no link to the pattern or instructions in the email that I received today. How do I get it?

    1. I wonder if you are getting the blog post email (an email that goes out every time I post a new blog post) versus the actual newsletter email, which is every other Tuesday. Please email me and I will help you out. lisaeruble (at) gmail.com

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  3. I am having the same problem as Donna R above. I keep trying to subscribe, but it tells me that I am already subscribed. I have updated my profile, but that is not helping either. Thanks for your help.

  4. I haven't gotten any of your emails, either blog post emails or newsletter emails.

  5. Same issue as above. No email received. Can't find a download..

  6. Same here....I tried to subscribe, but couldn't since I'm already subscribed. I signed up again with a "new" email address, but still haven't seen anything (though it's only been a couple days and I don't know how often you send them out).

  7. Checking back over the Quilt Block Mania patterns I have and I do not have the Improv Bloom. I have subscribed over and over and it always says I have already subscribed. I have checked your blog, Facebook, IG and cannot find the block pattern anywhere. Can you please help me out. Thank you.