Thank You Improv Handbook Test Quilters
First I want to thank the 230 plus people who participated in testing out the project scores for the Improv Handbook. As a group you submitted 164 quilts to be reviewed for the book. Each one of them was amazing in it's own way. My editor was very pleased and we both felt like this was a good sign that the time is ripe for a book that provides an in depth exploration of improvisational process for quilters.
Because of budget restraints we were only able to choose 22 quilts for print publication. HOWEVER there will be an online forum that will include all 164 of the test quilts submitted so far. Together they are quite wonderful to behold! I can't wait for you to see them. The online forum will be posted when the book is released in the spring of 2015.
If you signed on but were unable to finish your test quilt for the book deadline, no worries - you have the rest of the year to finish and submit your quilt for the online forum. Just follow this link: Improv Handbook Test Quilt Submission Form. This is for new submissions only. The 164 quilts already submitted for the book, will automatically be included in the online forum.
That being said I want to pose a question to ALL the test quilters, AND more widely to EVERYONE who improvises through patchwork or through other creative disciplines.
What are the forces that drive and support your improvisational process and the forces that restrain and block your flow? Many of the people who submitted quilts for the book wrote about feeling stuck, or getting lost, or almost giving up before they were able to move forward with a composition that surprised them and that they ended up loving.
Please elaborate if this is your experience. I would like to hear about what blocked you - both internally and externally. Were you blocked by not having a sense of control? Overwhelmed with choices? Not enough choices? Not having a design wall?... whatever it may be.
Also I would like to hear about the driving forces, internally and externally, that support your improvisational work. Does curiosity or the desire to explore something new drive your exploration? Does a submission deadline for a show or a book motivate you? Does working in community support your success or does the solitude of your studio help you most? What else?
If there were forces restraining your improvisational flow how did you move past, overcome, or undo those forces to move forward?
Please comment below on your experiences with driving and restraining forces that either support or block your improvisational process. I'm writing about this in the book and would very much appreciate your input. Thanks!