AIHC Challenge Two, May 23

I’m really enjoying these Ad Hoc Improv Quilts challenges run jointly by Ann at Fret Not Yourself and Kaja at Sew Slowly.  Kaja is directing this second challenge, which involves using two different blocks.
Back in April I made two sets of stack and whack wonky houses. I did it just for fun with no goal in mind.  So this month, when the new challenge began, I decided to put them to use.
I wanted to make blocks that would be a total contrast with the clean colorful houses.  They are 8 1/2 inch blocks.  I originally made two completely scrappy blocks.  However, I felt that they had too many warm tones in them and I wanted more grey tones.  So I grabbed my big scissors and slashed them into more than eight pieces.  That was fun and therapeutic!

Now,I had to start over. I have a terrific 8-1/2 inch ruler, which makes the job lots easier.  I just lay it over the pieced scrap to see where I need to add more fabric.  Then I trim it to size.  
Here are the first finished scrap blocks paired with two houses.

These are the basic elements.  I have more details to add which will make the top larger and fit in with my theme.  I will wait until next month to share the theme.
By the way, the last two photos were taken with my new iPad Air, which I love.  The pics are a lot sharper than those from my old iPad.  But I’m writing and posting on the old one because there are lots of new things to learn before I venture into the unknown.  

Thanks, Kaya and Ann, for running this challenge.  I’ll be back next month for sure.  Come check out the Ad Hoc Improv Quilts doings at  Kaya’s blog,  Sew Slowly, or Ann’s blog, Fret Not Yourself

14 thoughts on “AIHC Challenge Two, May 23

  1. It's fun seeing where your themes take you–so creative–and I can never guess, but they are always amazing. I will remain in suspense until you reveal this one, and I'm looking forward to learning how to combine two seemingly disparate blocks. 🙂


  2. I've made house blocks but not these freehand ines. Such fun colors. And you're so brace to cut up your old scrap blocks. They do set the houses off nicely. I'm curious what else you plan. Already looking forward to next month.
    Thanks for joining us and linking with AHIQ. So many good insights.


  3. I love your wonky houses! I've made wonky houses before but I've never tried making houses in that manner. What a cool idea. It will be fun to watch how you put all this together!


  4. Your houses are great and I love that you've chosen such a contrasting set of colours for your second block. Thanks for sharing on AHIQ- it will be really interesting to watch this come together.


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