If you are near the Seattle area don't miss this 2-day improv quilting workshop with curves.
When stuck in the YES BUTS the way I step outside my dissatisfied judgmental mind is to invoke my sense of curiosity and begin saying YES AND...
What an amazing year of meeting quilt makers where they live.
I discovered how much fun it was to hang out with the good folks at Adobe Books and sew with whoever showed up.
Heather Jones isn't afraid of working big and being surrounded by large spaces! Her quilts and book unclutter the mind and restore the soul.
MERCY resonates in my heart as I own the harshness with which I judge myself and others in countless minute ways every day.
Full of lots of fun projects - thirty of them. The project that caught my eye was the Doppelgänger Dog Pillow.
Improv patchwork begins by setting a few limits, including color limits. This is exactly what I've been pleasantly busy doing this past week.
What does it mean to be honest when I create? What am I being honest about? Who am I being honest to?
There was a sweet surrender to the score of the ROAD itself and it's adventures. My traveling partner and I said YES AND to the unexpected.
Flow replaces the security that we cling to when following a plan. FLOW is sweet and restorative, free and surprising.
Over 250 people signed on to test quilt the ten scores for The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters - without visual references. There were 165 quilts completed and submitted for inclusion into the book.
Only 22 of the test quilts were published in the book, but all 165 of the test quilts can be viewed in the online test quilt galleries linked below. I hope you agree that all of them are worthy examples of the scores, each in their own way.
- Score for Floating Squares
- Score for Strings Gallery
- Score for Improv Round Robin Gallery
- Score for Patchwork Doodle Gallery
- Score for Modern Block Improv Gallery
- Score for Rhythmic Grid Gallery
- Score for Layered Curves Gallery
- Score for Bias Strip Petals Gallery
- Score for Get Your Curve On Gallery
- Score for Showing Up Gallery
The efforts and feedback of the test quilters significantly shaped the ten scores, or flexible patterns, featured in The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters. As you view the galleries, may you feel inspired and encouraged to know that there are an infinite number of interpretations for every score.
Test Quilters' Process July Blog Hop
The Test Quilt Galleries also include links to process posts written by many of the test quilters describing their unique improv experiences. These process posts are inspiring and I'm happy to introduce another round in July.
July 1: The Quilting Edge by Marianne Haak with giveaway!
July 3: Andrew Steinbrecher
July 6: Heather Kojan Quilts with giveaway!
July 8: Fiber Antics by Veronica
Date TBD: Latifah Saafir Studios
July 16: Marion's Journal
I will be updating these links as the posts are published. May you enjoy and be inspired to improvise YOUR WAY!
All images from The Improv Handbook are copyrighted (c) 2015 Sara Remington unless otherwise noted, and all text and illustrations (c) 2015 Sherri Lynn Wood, and can not be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the publisher Stewart, Tabori, & Chang.
One thing I learned early on, as I shared my story with others, they in turn shared theirs. The development of an idea is a collaborative process.
If you can swing a trip to Syracuse this July then by all means join me for this rare opportunity to do some intensive improv work.
One of the joys of writing The Improv Handbook is watching other quilters blossom. Get Your Curve on with me at Quilting By The Lake, July 27-31.
Please help me spread the word. I'm crossing the country with The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters. See complete schedule here!
Audience members provided "ugly" fabrics, threw out suggestions, and questions as I improvised a quilt on the spot according to their prompts.
A mashup of improv theater games with ruler-free patchwork - debuts at Sew Modern in LA
A month of insightful reviews, giveaways, process stories, and the debut of 165 test quilts made for The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters.
FYI - The release date has been moved up to April 28! The wait is almost over.