The Improv Fun Continues in July …

Posted by on July 1, 2016 in housekeeping | 7 comments

Ordinarily, I probably wouldn’t force two curved improv blocks upon you in two consecutive months, but this month’s block is such a good match for the Rainbow Scraps Challenge colors and one does build upon the skills learned/practiced on the other, so I hope it won’t be too much of a hardship.   I promise … August will mark a return to more traditional techniques.
Sophie-Spiky2In July, we will combine improv curves with bias to make this Spiky Leaves block.

I made this one.

You may make a maximum of 9 blocks  for chances in the drawing at the end of the month. The target set size for the winners will be 48 blocks.



Block Pattern




You can find the block pattern here:

Spiky Leaves – Quilt Block Pattern

Use the coupon code XORRLIP494  to get the pattern free during the first 10 days of the month of July

The pattern includes directions for adding a stalk/stem and blooms to your block.


Fabric Guidelines

The block is made from two fabrics:

  • Leaf – Any solid, tone-on-tone (TOT) print or multicolor print that is predominately LIME green.
  • Background – Any solid or TOT print that is PINK or CREAM. Prints may also be pink or red on a cream or white background.

If you make multiple blocks for the Block Lotto, you can use the same fabrics in multiple blocks as long as each2-fabric combination is unique.



Tags and Categories

Add the tag spiky to all your blog posts about this block.

The category should be blocks when you are posting photos of your blocks to enter them in the drawing; use the category sent and received when you are posting about mailing or receiving blocks; and the category show and tell to share projects you make from this block (whether they are lotto blocks or blocks you make for yourself.)


The Rainbow Scraps Challenge Connection

For the Rainbow Scraps Challenge this month, the inspiration is watermelon, combining hot pink with lime green. For our lotto blocks, we are mixing up lime green spiky leaves blocks with backgrounds in a range of pinks and creams.


QAL Sampler Quilts

If you are making the Old MacDonald Mystery Sampler (OMMS) quilt, you will need 8 of these blocks with ground cover colors as background.  You might decide to make 4 tall blocks (12 1/2 by 6 1/2 inches) with stalks/blooms added. The 2016 QAL page has been updated with this month’s info and updated layout to include these blocks.

If you are making blocks for the graduated sampler, you’ll need to decide how you will fill a 12-inch square space–maybe adding stalks/blooms.


The Virtual (Small) Quilt



Here are a few blocks, made by Barb P and myself which will give you an idea of how pink and cream will combine in the winner’s quilt this month.

BarbP-Spiky1 Sophie-Spiky1
Sophie-Spiky3 BarbP-Spiky2


  1. I haven’t sewn improv curves in a while, but I feel very inspired by this block! can’t wait to get into my studio and play! thanks for another great block.

  2. It is July 3rd. Why did I have to pay for this months pattern?

    • Did you add the coupon code? Lots of others have been using it and downloading the pattern for free.

  3. Terrific block Sophie! I’ll be pulling out my pinks and greens to see if I can make a few! : )

  4. Hi Sophie- this code is not working for me so cannot download the pattern for this block.

    • Just realised it is only free for the first 10 days of the month so guess I am sitting this one out although think I could make it without a pattern.

    • Just realised that it is only free for the first 10 days of the month so guess I am sitting this one out .

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