This phrase “the ugliest improv” came to mind many times as I sewed last night.

I kept thinking it sounded like a ballet… Except nothing about what I was doing felt graceful and ballet-like.

Because this happened.


Let me back up.

First, February’s task for my do. Good Stitches circle is an improv block a la Natalie from Greenleaf Goods. Second, I have a tendency not to read instructions.  It’s a fault, I know.  I’m working on it.

Natalie wrote lovely instructions, but I read “improv” and “scraps” and was off to the races.


Natalie clearly said to use smaller pieces and to start with the center and build borders around till the block is complete.  With the exception of continually not reading instructions, I am excellent at repeating tasks and learning lessons from my gosh-awful mistakes.


But, Natalie, you’re still going to get “The Ugliest Improv” in the mail with these other two blocks.  You may laugh and scoff and practice your basketball moves as you send it to the garbage.  The shame from revealing it to you will be worth the lesson learned.  Or maybe you can slice and dice it and sew in a pirouette over my clumsiness.

Linking up to WIP Wednesday.  I may be stretching the definition of work-in-progress, but I’m pretty sure it’s obvious that my improv skills are very much “in-progress” this week!


  1. Rachel at Stitched in Color

    I could get used to letting you go first so that I can follow your lead on these blocks! I may not have read the directions either, since I so love “running” with improv. Although you have every right to call your own work lovely (I do it to my work too!), I don’t find the first work to be that. It is definitely more abstract and feels unsettled, but all that can be good when you’re going for it. I really like the bold red with the whites! Anyways, your other blocks certainly fit in with the “goal” look. Now you’ve made me more excited to try mine!

  2. Ella

    I like them all.  Of course, I have some pretty loud and (some would say ugly) scrap quilts that remain some of my favorite and most used.  If you ever have reject blocks, feel free to send them my way!  I’m collecting rejects for charity projects, like placemats for Meals on Wheels.

  3. Tisha

    Your honesty is refreshing. The block still looks fine, maybe it can go on the back?

    What do you use to hang up those blocks? I see clips and a wire of some sort. I’m looking for an indoor options instead of my fence for everything.

    1. Daisy

      Thanks, Tisha!  I picked up the hanging setup from Ikea.  I got the idea from two folks on Flickr.


      And Jacey:

      They’ve both got nice setups with string and clothespins!  

  4. Marly

    I’m sure it’s not “the ugliest improv” quilt ever. I thinks it’s charming and it has dynamism about it that is refreshing. Look at it positively, this could be the start of something big.

  5. Carla

    I don’t think it is ugly at all. Ugliness (if such a thing exists as beauty is in the eye of the beholder) is often in the colour choices, and you have beautiful colours. Yours is just truly IMPROV.

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