Monday, October 18, 2021

"All Dressed Up" for a Blog Hop

When Kelly Young of MyQuiltInfatuation (@myquiltinfatuation on Instagram) contacted me to participate in her social media hop to promote her new book Scrappy Improv Quilting I first felt honored, and then quickly said "yes!" I mean, who doesn't like to sew with scraps?

Turns out, after receiving my copy of the book, it's not just for those of us who like scrappy. It's also for anyone looking to expand skills by trying an infallible method for improv-piecing, and do it in a smaller way. 

Scrappy Improv Quilting: 22 Mini Quilts to Make with Easy Piecing has 22 patterns for mini-quilts that can be made for a season; for a table topper; for a pillow; and for any wall. 

The design I chose to make is "All Dressed Up" which, as you might guess, gets its name from the bow tie blocks that comprise the quilt. Instructions  are on pages 105-107 of the book. 
"All Dressed Up," 24½" X 24½"

Kelly's version uses three values of a single color. 

Making it my own, I chose three different colors - those that are the most abundant in my scrap bins. Then I "made fabric." 

I selected white, pale aqua, and pale yellow Painter's Palette solids to contrast with each scrappy bow tie block. 

After piecing, I quilted free motion hooked spirals in the backgrounds. 

Then I added big stitch quilted circles using size 8 perle cotton. I love big stitch, so how could I not?! A friend pointed out my stitching makes them look like baseballs. šŸ¤·

back of "All Dressed Up"

An orange and yellow striped binding adds a bright finish. 

Doesn't it look good on our living room wall? 
"All Dressed Up" -  24½" X 24½"

Indeed, I have a 22 foot-long, orange living room wall, and I love it. 

I also love this book, and highly recommend it!

If you:

 ✅ love scrappy 
 ✅ want to have a play with improv piecing
 ✅ like to make small quilts 

...then this is the book for you! 

If you'd like to see the other 21 quilts in Scrappy Improv Quilts, check out blog posts from other makers: 


  1. I just love the color palette you chose for your All Dressed Up mini, Linda! It makes the quilt look completely different from mine, and you're so right- it looks amazing against that orange wall. I'm so glad you enjoyed making it. Thank you so much for participating in the blog hop.

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  2. What a fun project. I like this on your orange wall. And lots of participants in the hop- I'm off to check them out.

  3. All Dressed Up looks fabulous on your orange wall. A perfect use of your colorful scraps. I have always loved Kelly's work and reading her blog. Wishing her the best with the book.

  4. Awesome interpretation of All Dressed Up! I love the sashiko like quilting in the circles! And your swirl quilting!

  5. Lovely use of made fabrics, I always enjoy this process. I like your colour choices and big stitch quilting in this min quilt, looks fantastic on the orange wall.

  6. Mini quilts are such fun, especially when you have plenty of wall space to display them. I love your mini with the made fabric, and the big stitch quilting accents are perfect.

  7. Your color palette is great! What a fun interpretation of the pattern! I love your orange wall!

  8. LOVE the way you made Kelly's pattern by putting your own spin on it, Linda!!

  9. QUite the fun mini! The concept of using 'made' fabric is an interesting one - I've made fabric for zip bags but never tried it for blocks before

  10. Looks like a fun book. thanks for sharing!


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