For my daughter's British roommate in LA. I've wanted to work in solids for a long time. I'm fascinated by doors--especially the ones people paint red to keep out evil spirits. This quilt design just evolved organically on the fly, as you can see. I just used colors that were pleasing together or NOT pleasing together from my box of solid scraps--mainly strips. I intended to use a sashing of checkered black and white squares, but it was just too much visually, so I pared it down by cutting these strips in half and adding black to both sides for a road. Designing as you go is not the easiest way to work. I was stuck on the bottom row for several weeks before it came together. Also, I took the bottom row apart twice... which is rare for me. I love the little mistakes in a quilt, like an occasional piece sewn wrong side up. But when a color snafu draws your eye to it in confusion or discomfort... that's a problem. My husband is a wildlife artist, and we discussed this top for quite awhile. He asked me, "Where does your eye go first? Then where does it move?" When I answered these questions I was able to figure out how to rework the bottom row for better color balance.
I loved improv quilts many years before I tried them. I picked up a little sack of odd colored, odd patterned, 18" flannel squares at the MRC fundraiser one year. Instead of planning this quilt, I chose a solid to match or contrast with each flannel piece, then cut them to make the largest balanced blocks possible. Then I filled in with strips and arranged them as balanced as possible with respect to each color. Very happy with how this one turned out. Recently it made its way from the closet to the wall in the living room for the summer.