TGIFF – Splice

This reveal has been a long time coming!  My Splice quilt has been finished for a few weeks now, but given Melbourne’s hideous weather and the fact I didn’t want to photograph it when Cadyn was home – it took until yesterday to get it out and shot!  We had a divine sunny day, probably a little too sunny for photography, but I ran out in the front yard, pegged it to the neighbour’s fence, and got it done….


This fabulous project began with a half yard bundle of my month’s curated Kona solids from Handmade by Emily and her #aussiekonaclub.  It started as a “small project”, you know, one of my million cushions.  But as soon as Cadyn (my soon to be 11 year old son) saw the blocks being cut, he asked who it was for?  And when I answered “Nobody, it’s just because”, he proclaimed he would like a quilt made out of it.  Winning!  So it went from simple to complicated within minutes…..


This is literally the most improvisational I have ever been.  After cutting out the blocks in various sizes (I’ll show you how I made the blocks soon), I laid them all over the design wall floor and began chopping up the background fabric (Spotlight shot cotton in Oyster) and putting it all together much like a jigsaw puzzle.  I wanted the blocks to go from largest to smallest in a type of cascading effect.  I’m not quite sure I achieved it perfectly, but I do love the way it has ended up looking.


Adding the two grey single strips was to mix it up a little, and were both snap decisions – another way my improv mind seems to work.


I chose the keep the quilting simple, and went with a diagonal straight line, using the perfect match for Oyster in Aurifil thread – #2309.  And I LOVE the little bang of colour in the binding!  Even if it was a little chunky to attach.


The wind decided to help me in showing you the backing.  The size of the quilt was a little wider than I had anticipated (another surprise part of improv) and I was devastated I wouldn’t be able to use my Ikea numbers (Cadyn LOVES numbers).  But after thinking a little outside the box, I added his favourite colour – green – as a wide strip down the side of the backing.  Perfect!


Keeping it real – When the wind picks the whole quilt up and flies it over the muddy lawn and you freak out…..

All in all, I am SUPER happy with this finished quilt!  It ended up around 75″ x 60″, which is bigger than the first quilt I made him (one of my first quilts ever), and will hopefully see him through his teens and won’t be outgrown in style and colour either.  It will certainly brighten up his bedroom!  I can’t wait to give it to him on his birthday, in just a few week’s time.

So – do You Improv??


23 Responses to TGIFF – Splice

  1. Cassandra says:

    This is a fantastic quilt! The bright colors are striking and I love how the improvisational piecing adds a sense of movement to the quilt. I’m sure it will be loved for years to come!

  2. Your son is sooo lucky. This quilt is amazing. I love the addition of the stripes, it makes interesting to look at. Lovely colors and design. Congrats with this gorgeous finish.

  3. Hayley says:

    Love it Melissa! It is such a bonus when the kids love/ want the stuff you make. How was the shot cotton from Spotty? Was it nice to use?

    • Ms Midge says:

      Hey Hayley! I adore the shot cotton, and have used it on several quilts now. It’s great quality at a good price – especially when they have a sale! 🙂

  4. Laura says:

    Very cool! great job – thanks for linking up!

  5. Bonnie in VA says:

    Hum, nope, can’t say that I do. Does throwing a bunch of mismatched blocks around and ending up with a fairly traditional quilt count? That’s the extent of any improving I do. Yours turned out stunning. And all the better as someone has claimed it.

  6. Fabulous finish, I am sure that your son will be wrapping himself up in it for years to come!

  7. Love the color combo! And I know how frustrating it is to try to photograph a quilt when the wind will not cooperate:)

  8. sue says:

    Fabulous quilt, very colourful and modern. Well done. Love Sue x

  9. a says:

    It looks great! I love how at first glance it looks straight-forward (only four colors in strips) but on second glance you see there are so many dimensions that were missed.

  10. Dee Whyte says:

    love your stunning quilt. The colours, cascaded blocks, so clever. Great design! Just gorgeous Midge!

  11. LaurelleC says:

    Cool quilt Melissa! 🙂 Will look amazing in your sons room I’m sure. Love the colours. I must stock up on the shot cottons next big sale 🙂 . Love improv! hate following patterns.

  12. Michele says:

    Love it and I’m sure he will too. Nicely done.

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