Improvisational piecing is just that: improvised. You'll learn things as you go, and discover new ways to add to your piece. It's all straight-line sewing, but remember you can sew at crazy/steep angles, or on normal vertical/horizontal paths. Every time you add on a new piece of fabric, cut a new straight line for yourself. I think you'll see what I mean in the photos.
I'll wait for you to get your things gathered.
|pile 'o scraps|
Ok, here goes:
How To Make an Improvisational, Pieced Mug Rug
1. Pick a scrap. Any scrap.
2. Sew another piece of fabric to the first scrap.
3. Sew on a third piece. This time, I stitched the new piece of fabric across the main unit at an angle.
4. Press the new piece of fabric open, and then trim your the fabrics to create continuous straight edges.
5. Repeat until your mug rug is the size your want. Sew a scrap onto the main unit and trim a new straight edge. Also try piecing fabrics together before adding them to the main unit. See what I mean below:
|Sew two pieces together before joining them with the main unit.|
|Sew orphan blocks (like the hour glass block here) to more scraps, and then to the base unit.|
7. Quilt that bad boy up! I did some seriously wacky straight line quilting on this one, following the shapes of the scraps.
8. Add binding as normal. I pieced together some scrap binding I had laying around to keep the scrap theme going. Don't throw that stuff out!