I don't have what I would consider any particular quilting style. But if I'm going to go hook up with a bunch of improv quilters I feel compelled to explain why my post covers improv.
I have not been doing much of what I think is improv. And that's because I think improv quilting requires more thinking than I'm willing to give it right now. I am dealing with a great deal of job-related stress right now and sew primarily to relieve that stress. I'm a zombie chain piecer.
I think improv requires somewhere to lay out blocks; somewhere where you can keep them laid out; somewhere where you can arrange, rearrange and rearrange again. I don't have a design wall. I don't have a big space to leave blocks laid out for any period of time. That makes it difficult to see how the parts fit into the big picture. Of course I could sketch something out. But, I'm not a sketcher...even my stick figures stink.
I think my improv requires a seam ripper a lot of the time.
And I think that's why I have a lot of improv UFOs.
Case in point above. I started a tea towel challenge a few years ago and I have gone nowhere with it. I made up some letters for some words last year and this month put them together. I don't like how I assembled them. There's too much space between letters. I used the same fabric between letters and rows and wish I hadn't. Time to rip...I hate ripping.
I think free-piecing (like the letters) is improv.
I have a lot of different elements made for my tea towel quilt. I just don't have much room to lay everything out that I want to add to...
...the middle tea towel, etc section.
I think Crazy Quilting is improv quilting.
This is my Valentine bed runner UFO. I haven't worked on it in ages. I wanted to make it to go over the bottom of a ...
...Valentine Hanky quilt I made ages ago.
I used to participate in a lot of crazy quilt round robins and several times chose valentines as my theme. I have a lot of blocks embellished and lots waiting to be embellished. I couldn't figure out what size to make a bed runner or how I wanted to assemble all of the blocks so everything has been collecting dust since about 2010.
I've gotten the blocks out several times to work on them again but each time put them back away because how to embellish each seam of each block will require too much thinking from me right now.
Meanwhile Valentines are always on my mind. When I find embellishments I think will be perfect for a Valentine bed runner on sale or at the thrift store...into the box they go for whenever I'm able to spend a lot of time thinking while I'm stitching. (No, that's not where I hide my drugs...I've found prescription containers make a good place to store tiny beads).
Another crazy quilt/improv UFO I pulled out of the box...my fairy garden at midnight glow in the dark wall hanging. First of all...I have a LOT of fairies from coloring books saved for use in this wall hanging but found it difficult to transfer to the black background so decided difficult was not something I wanted to deal with anymore. I have a bunch of glow in the dark threads and black background fabrics in the box with 7 12 inch blocks. I don't even know how many blocks I want to make. But, you know, I sure love whimsy so this looks pretty inviting to me right now. Maybe this summer when I'm not hand quilting (because I don't have A/C and hate sweating under a big quilt while hand quilting) I will pick this up and start working on it again. Otherwise I think it will stay in its box a little longer...until I retire next year.
And here's even more craziness...Crazy Farm blocks. I started making a third Crazy quilt (first was Crazy Basket Case and second was Crazy Cravings) called Crazy Farm but, again, I haven't worked on it in a long time. I just don't feel like thinking when I get home from work. Like I said...improv/crazy quilting takes a lot of brain energy I don't have right now.
BUT...I came up with a brilliant idea (brilliant for me anyway)...I will combine improv/crazy quilting with some improv/free-piecing and Build-A-Barn as the center for my Crazy Farm. I know I can do that since I already made one following tips from Julie. (And I didn't rip a single seam or have to think too darned much to make it...I used the barn in my own backyard for inspiration).
(To order your own copy of Build-A-Barn see Build-A-Barn, the blog).
Ok. So now that you know that I think crazy quilting and free-piecing can also be considered improv I'll tell you what I don't consider an improv project although others might think so.
I've seen these types of units that are actually, to me, a form of "stack and whack" blocks laid out in various ways to make a quilt.
It doesn't take much thought to make these...they are pretty mindless and one of my projects these days to use up fabrics left over from Pickle Dish and Petunias that I've been too lazy to put back on the shelf.
So, since they involve no thinking...doesn't follow my definitions of improv.
But then again...one of the blocks did involve a little improv (as in improvise) when I found out I didn't have enough fabric for all nine units.
Other than that...if I make a blocks A,B,C,D (no matter how cut or sewn together)...
...and I follow the author's layout (Fractured, by Kathy Doughty) to make the quilt then I don't think I actually did any improv.
Just my 2 cents about my improv style.
Like I said...who needs labels? (except the kind you put on the back of the quilt).
Crazy Quilting, Free-Piecing, Wonky, Stack and Whack, Traditional, Modern, Improv (your definition, my definition)...it's all good.