Improve Challenge

This challenge has really been exciting for me, giving me a chance to be creative with what I have on hand. I’ve used fusing for the first time rather than appliqué. All the components are from former projects. The result is Shining Vista.

The first part was an 8-inch block I made for a monthly color series done in 2016.

I never did use these blocks for a quilt, one of many UFOs. The second piece was from a set of practice blocks for fusing.

These were just bits of batik strips fused to these crazy blocks with pinked edges. The one with the yellow and purple reminded me of a sunset, but I had no plans for it. I happened to set it down on top of the purple block and…that was exciting!

So when I was looking through my UFOs I knew this was the focal point I needed. The cream fabric was handy and I had enough to use for the top and backing. By the way, I’m on a year of no fabric buying and sticking to it.

For the side strips I used a reject from a project that I abandoned. It had the gradation from dark to light, but was much wider. So I cut two strips from that and used 2-1/2 inch strips for the top and bottom borders.

I fused the top and batting, which made it nice and firm. I used HeatnBond Light fusible.

I began by quilting the purple areas and added the directional lines, then used a tight zigzag to emphasize them. Today I finished the quilting. Deadlines really help.

I’m really happy with this improv challenge and being a part of the Endeavourers. Thanks for allowing me to be part of this exciting group. You can check out my blog, Paula B Quilts at

I’m linking up with Angela at and Cynthia at

15 thoughts on “Improve Challenge

  1. This is wonderful improv quilt. All the elements go together beautifully and I also love that it was so much upcycled from UFO blocks and abandoned projects. I’m glad that you enjoyed making it and that you have become a fellow Endeavourer 🙂


  2. A great piece and it looks like a window on to another world. Using up orphan blocks and not buying any more fabric has not impeded your improv quilt at all


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