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My first quilt was a memory quilt that I gave to my high school best friend. I have been designing and quilting ever since.

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Flash Burn Modern Improv Quilt Pattern

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(7) Name: 'Quilting : Flash Burn Modern Improv Quilt Pattern
Flash Burn Modern Improv Quilt Pattern
Flash Burn Modern Improv Quilt Pattern

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • the basics of quilt piecing and machine quilting

Pattern Description:

When I am out with my contractor husband he often points out what I call 'imperfect architecture' and he calls bad work. We noticed some terrible hand railing at the local city hall that instead of an even slope had all kinds of humps and wiggles in it. I often find the asymmetry of the imperfectness inspiring, and so took some pictures. I turned the idea over in my mind for a while before I came up with this version of a classic streak of lightning block. It is shaped more like a real streak of lightning than the traditional geometric block, but I call it flash burn because the colors are inspired by the after image seared on your eyes after seeing a bright bolt of lightning.
This is one of those designs that can be as wild and wonky, or linear and balanced according to your taste and mood.
The finished quilt is 36"x48" which works as a throw or a large baby quilt. The design can easily be enlarged or shrunk to any size by adding more wonky blocks and solid squares.


  • 3 1/2 yards main fabric
  • 3 fat quarters of the contrast fabrics
  • coordinating thread for piecing and quilting
  • crib size batting, or 1 1/4 yards from the roll

You Will Also Need:

  • fabric cutting tools - rotary cutter, ruler, cutting mat
  • sewing machine
  • basic sewing tools