Upsetting the Balance

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I’d like to share the last quilt pattern from Improv Paper Piecing with you today!  This quilt is called Upsetting the Balance.  It’s from the “object” inspired section of my book.  The block design was inspired by a playground road sign picturing a simple see saw graphic.  I improvisationally sketched the see saw resulting in a diagonal line that is wider at one end than the other.  And, gasp, I allowed the tip of the triangle to be cut off.  I chose really bold colors for this design–all blue prints for the see saw and Empire Yellow for the background.  I just love it against this red fire door!  Primary colors are not usually my thing but this photo really gets me.  It was fun to dive into my stash and pull lots of blue prints.  I had many of them already. I think that this quilt could make for a great scrap buster.

The blocks are paired with their mirror images to form a zig zag design. About two thirds of the way down the quilt, I switched up the pattern and therefore called the quilt “upsetting the balance” a play with words that works with both the see saw and the quilt top layout.