Magnetic Dynamic Improv Quilt.



Okay, I couldn't stop at one packet of Trimmings, the fabrics are just too enticing. So here is another entry into the Umbrella PrintsTrimmings Competition. 

I knew with this packet I wanted to make a quilt of some sort. I jotted down a few ideas but didn't settle on any in particular so I left it for the ideas to brew...

As part of the competition you are required to take photos of the Trimmings Packet with it's fabric contents.


What a fun excuse to play with shapes and colours. It made me think that these trimmings are fun -  Just the way they are!

Lovely simple shapes to play with.

Eureka!!! It was that thought that sparked the idea.

I don't know about you but at the beginning of each year we receive magnetic calandars from local real estate agents. I can't bear to throw them away but I think they're ugly so I just leave them on the side of my fridge in case I need them. It turns out they were just waiting to be used in this project.

I cut the magnets into shapes following the lines of the trimmings, and sandwiched them between two pieces of fabric, Umbrella Prints on the top, miscellaneous scraps for the backs. I added big perle8 cotton quilting stitches and...

Hey Presto!
I had myself a Dynamic Magnetic Improv Quilt!!

Yeah!! A quilt to play and create with, over and over again!!
Here it is in action on my fridge. 

The stainless steel is a great neutral for showing the fabrics, especially the cream fabrics, but the reflection is awful for photos. 

So here are some photos on white so you get a better idea of some of the fun configurations that can be created.

Low Volume quilt. 

Or something a little brighter!

Each little Trimming unit could just as easily been glued together but I like the way the big stitches really add that quilted look. 

It's easy to add some neutral sashing by spacing the shapes.  

Every time you play you come up with a different layout. 

The possibilities are endless. 
And believe me I know because the Dynamic Magnetic Improv Quilt is utterly irrisistable. Now when I make a cup of tea I create a new quilt in the time it takes for the kettle to boil. 
My dinners are becoming a little overcooked as I get caught up playing. 
Or just when I'm chatting to Gbf I find that I start moving the pretty shapes around...
hmmm...  I think I might just be addicted. 

Thanks to the Umbrella Prints gals, Amy and Carly for inspiring us to make new things with this fun competition.

Here are some links:

My Other Trimmings Competition Entry

Trimmings Competition details

Umbrella Prints Website


Magnetic Dynamic Improv Quilt.

46 comments

  1. Your creativity continues to astound me Rachael!!! How did you come up with this astounding and fun idea! And I bet Gbf has a little play with them too, creating his own designs, when you're not looking! Good luck in the competition- you should win for originality, that's for sure!

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  2. I agree with Suz, your idea is so creative, and original. Good luck, I think you deserve to win!

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  4. Quick, write up a tute for Craftsy or elsewhere! These look like a blast to play with, and they are definitely a showcase for those fabulous Umbrella Prints :)

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  5. Wow Rachael what a wonderful idea,you are amazing,well done.xx

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  6. That is such an inspired idea - I love it.

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  7. Great idea! I love this and want to make one of my own!

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  8. Well I would never have guessed that! I can see this creative genius going viral on Pinterest!!

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  9. What will you come up with next?!! Your creativity knows no bounds! Can't wait to see what is next.

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  10. What will you come up with next?!! Your creativity knows no bounds! Can't wait to see what is next.

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  11. What a perfect way to prettify a fridge :)

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  12. Such a clever idea! And it feeds the need for creative play, even if there is no time to set aside for full size, "real" projects. Great job!

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  13. Both of your Umbrella projects are so unique and creative, and FUN!

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  14. This reminds me of the magnetic numbers and letters for little kids....except this is for big girls to play with. If there is a prize for creativity you will surely win !

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  15. You are amazingly inventive! Who else but clever you would ever have thought of such a thing as a magnetic quilt? I love it!

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  16. Amazing Rachael!! What a great idea!
    I love it too....
    Hugs

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  17. So creative! And how very fun for you.:) Love the big stitching!

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  18. This is so much fun, I might steal this idea to make Christmas magnets for tiny surprise packages.

    The trimming scraps are very beautiful and your use of them is absolutely great.

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  19. Love this flash of inspiration you had, you clever thing! So much fun, I might need some for our fridge :)

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  20. Your creative muse is deffinately keeping you company. Such joyful work.

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  21. You need to trademark this idea Rachael , and as someone else said ..write up a tutorial for Craftsy. Another inspired idea ! LOVE IT!

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  22. I love this idea, so much fun to be had playing whilst waiting for the kettle to boil, insta-quilt! :D

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  23. You'd better market that idea before someone else does. Too cute and clever! The fabrics are great too!

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  24. Oh Rachael! You are killing me with your fabulous ideas!

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  25. Gosh, you are clever at thinking up great ideas! Never in a million years would I have thought of doing this! My little granddaughter would love to come to your house to play at magnetic quilt making - she loves rearranging the magnets on our fridge.

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  26. This is such a fun idea. Love the fabrics and what a great way to play with them.
    I can see why it is hard to resist rearranging them when you are in the kitchen.

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  27. what a super fun and creative way to use this fun bits of this fabric!
    You are too clever!!

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  28. Wonderful idea, love the fabric!

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  29. this is absolutely brilliant! thank you, thank you, thank you for this fabulous idea! this is a great way to use pretty fabric scraps, give the kids something fun to play with on the fridge besides those ugly preschool magnets I'm so tired of, and a great way to use the advertising magnets I sometimes get from local businesses :) have a great sewing day!

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  30. Eureka is right! Another brilliant idea! These could be great for gifts. But I'll make the first set for myself.

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  31. tutorial please PLEASE!! This is brilliant. I'm stunned. Wow. I could go on and on...

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  32. You are just the cleverest.

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  33. Wow! That is such a great idea! I imagine you go to the fridge to get something, get distracted and then totally forget what you wanted. I recently replaced all my daggy fridge magnets with some instagram photos I had taken. There is a company called Sticky9 that converts your instagram photos into magnets.

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  34. What fun!! You are a truly creative soul!

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  35. You beautiful crazy genius. What a marvellous idea...it would make a brilliant gift for a child...so creative, so whimsical.

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  36. You are having too much fun! You go, girl!

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  37. Rachael you are always coming up with amazing ideas! YOU GO GIRL....fun, fun, fun on the fridge!

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  38. This is the most wonderful idea, Rachael. Love it!

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