Improv at the Blue Nickel

Improv at the Blue Nickel

I love how my Studio name sounds like a nightclub or party place….and today’s post title helps reinforce that feel.  I have been extremely busy with multiple projects, but I pulled this partial project out during the deep Blue Nickel Cleansing Summer of 2013 to mess around with the other day.

Here’s a little history on this project.  I had designed a Kwanzaa block before this one for Generation Q back in December 2011 that just didn’t work for me at all.  So the  sad, abandoned block ended up floating around the studio, and I decided to do something along these lines with it.

Here’s the orphaned block:


And here’s it progression to something new:











I am still not sure I am happy with it. Maybe a bad block will always be a bad block? What do you think? I would love to hear what you would do with this baby…..



  • I like it,it is unique! Put a yellow/blue border on it and make a lap quilt! It looks very modern and the coloring is very woodsy. Make a great picnic quilt!

    June 28, 2013 at 8:31 pm
  • Well, you definitely gave it a good college try! If it still doesn’t speak to you then it might never pass the test. I have blocks like this too that I’ve had to toss (gasp! imagine!) Let it marinate a bit more and you’ll know for sure what to do with it.

    June 29, 2013 at 4:46 am
  • You didn’t tell the size of the resulting unit.It looks most comfy to me, so more warming oranges in a border or two, and a bright backing to make a lap quilt.

    June 29, 2013 at 2:15 pm
  • Beth


    I think it is great. Being new to quilting, I appreciate those blocks that are not “standard”. This one creates a lot of interest, I keep looking at it for what I can “see”. That makes it a win in my book

    July 1, 2013 at 5:35 am
  • Pattie C


    Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

    July 1, 2013 at 6:29 am

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