Sticks and Stones

For QuiltCon 2016, we were challenged with making a modern improv charity quilt. The theme was "improv with purpose" and we were given a bright color palette to select our colors. We purchased all of the colors below since they play really well together.

Our design for this quilt will be called "Sticks and Stone" which gives members the option of making one of two different improv blocks to be included in the quilt. Members will be provided with a paper containing the only fabrics to be used in the quilt block. (Please do not add any additional fabrics so the quilt will remain cohesive.) Since we are improvising the design there isn't a uniform way each block needs to look when complete. Unfinished blocks must measure 6.5 inches square.


The sticks will be made using the slash and insert method used to create a fun block with straight lines.

Check out these tutorials:
Empire's BOM
City House Studio

1. Choose a color you wish to have a background. (Any color except black that measures at least 6.5 inches square can be selected.) The remaining colors will be use to create the sticks you will insert into the block.

2. Cut strips of the various remaining colors. Piece together a variety of colors to create a long string that will be inserted into your background.

3. Cut background at any angle. (Avoid cutting too close to any one corner to avoid bulk at the seams.) Sew strip into both cut background pieces.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 at least two or three times to make an interesting set of "sticks".

5. Square up the final design of your block to measure 6.5 inches by 6.5 inches.


The stones will be made up of your choice of a circular design. You can piece or applique your stones together to create a 6.5 inch block.

Use this TUTORIAL to create one quarter of the block shown above. (You'll need 4 of them to make your finished block.)

Check out these tutorials for more circle improv block ideas:
Reverse Applique
Tallgrass Prairie Studios Pieced circles
Pile o' Fabric Improv Circles
More circle improv ideas!

You can choose to make one or both blocks depending on the amount of fabrics you use from your bag. Blocks will be due at the November guild meeting.

Let me know if you have any questions!