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Shards by Casey York, 2014

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Improvisational piecing is a mainstay of the modern quilting movement, but we don't hear as often about improvisational appliqué. Yet appliqués are ideally suited to improvisation because they can be cut into any imaginable shape and placed anywhere on the quilt background. For Shards, I cut wedges freehand from various shades of blue Oakshott cottons, then improvisationally arranged them on a white background to evoke an image of shattering ice or glass. Simple straight-line quilting within and outside of the appliqués maintains the tension between rigorous order and chaotic disintegration.