Thursday, April 12, 2012

'Think Outside the Block' Camp 1 Highlights

Last summer I took an improvisational quilting class with Denyse Schmidt at PNCA. I really enjoyed the energy of the room and when the class ended I decided to start an improv bee on flicker so I could continue exploring this style of quilting. Several people from that class joined the camp as did quilters from all over the world! There are two camps running right now and a third one is just about to start. The way it is set up is that each camper has a month to be 'counselor' and send fabrics and an improv challenge to the group. Here are some highlights (lots more photos on the flickr page!) from Camp 1.
October: Dustin's 'Red Xs'
Dustin wanted his quilt to have a 'homespun' look. He asked that somewhere in our block we create a red X. Here are some of the blocks:
October Improv BlockDesign Camp Block for Dustin - October 2011 Dustins blockmy Design Camp swap block for Dustin
November KMQuilts Ocean Dreams
KMQuilts (also of Nubees) asked us to use the ocean for our inspiration for our blocks and send fabrics which were a soft pastel palette.
Design Camp Block for KrystinaNovember is ocean dreamOcean Dreams block for KMQuilts- NovemberDesign Camp Swap - November blocks
I had January and asked for everyone to use a 'confetti' technique. I cut into my precious Echino fabric I had been saving and sent some shot cottons as well.
January block for Michelle- Design Camp 1EchoDesign Camp - MichelleDesign Camp for Michelle - January 2012
For February jamie.sews challenged us to be inspired by trains and cargo shipping containers. She asked that we make blocks that were rectangles.
Freight Train Yard - Ariel viewDesign Camp - Jaime sewsDesign Camp for Jaime - February 2012Design Camp February
And for March, littlemammaD sent us fabric from her husbands old work shorts and had us make Gee's Bend-inspired blocks.
design camp march for DebDesign Camp - block for DeborahDesign Camp - MarchOutside the Box - Group 1
Check out the flickr group for lots more inspiration! And if you are interested in participating we are looking for 3-4 more folks for Camp 3! *CAMP 3 IS NOW FULL* taking reservations for camp 4.
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  1. Those red X blocks are fantastic! Hopefully I'll have some time to join a bee like this soon ~ it looks really fun!

  2. Camp 3 has filled up! Taking reservations for a 4th camp. Exciting!

  3. Great recap Michelle. It's fun revisiting the blocks from the previous months.

    Wow... a 4th camp. That's awesome! I'll spread the word on my guild's forum.

    1. Thanks deborah! That would be great! It is so inspiring to see what everyone creates each month. I love the energy of these camps :-)