I’m excited today to be reviewing and giving away a copy of a gorgeous new quilting book, The Improv Handbook for Modern Quiltersby Sherri Lynn Wood. (All images in this post courtesy of Sherri Lynn Wood and Abrams publishing. Affiliate link included.)
I think my first introduction to improv-quilting was seeing the Gee’s Bend quilts. They were so different from the traditional quilts I’d always been familiar with and they just spoke to me. There’s something so freeing about their imperfection and rule-breaking, and moving in their authenticity. Ever since then I’ve loved seeing more true improv-style quilts – in other words, quilts that break the traditional rules of quilting and grow without a formalized plan and pattern.
I’ve experimented with improv quilting a few times and I’m always surprised at how relaxing and inspiring it is to just sew fabric together with abandon. I need to do more of it. So I was excited to get to read Sherri’s new Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters.
This book is a guide to the entire process of Improv Quilting – starting by discussing what Improv quilting is, tools, exploring color, a variety of improv-piecing techniques and then 10 different styles or “scores” to inspire you to create your own.
Here are a few variations on the Bias-strip “Petals” theme made by students in Sherri’s workshops. (Click on the images themselves to learn more about the individual makers.) This technique takes improv piecing and design to a new level, adding bias curves to your repertoire.
It’s fun to see the variety in shape and design from the individual makers – which is part of the beauty of improv-quilting: no two quilts will ever be alike. (Click here to see more of the images from the Bias Strip Petals collection)
This book has beautiful photography, great instructions and is FULL of inspiration to help you on your own quilt-improv journey. It’s inspired me to do more improv sewing this summer (also a great way to use up scraps!) Visit Sew Mama Sew to read Sherri’s Top Ten Tips for sewing ruler free, to get a taste of what Improv piecing is like.
You can also visit these sites to hear more about the different techniques shared in the book and see more of the inspiring creations to come out of Sherri’s workshops. She’ll be teaching at QuiltCon again this year and I’d love to get to take one of her classes!
May 4: STC Craft – Score for Rhythmic Grid Gallery
May 4: Plaid Portico – Score for Strings Gallery
May 6: During Quiet Time – Test Quilter Amy Friend
May 8: Wise Craft Handmade – Score for Get Your Curve On Gallery
May 11: Studio Notes – Test Quilter Penny Gold
May 13: Quiltville – Score for Modern Block Improv Gallery
May 15: Peppermint Pinwheels – Test Quilter Stacey Sharman
May 18: Quirky Quilts – Test Quilter Kim McPeake
May 20: PoppyPrintCreates – Score for Patchwork Doodle Gallery
May 22: The Last Piece – Test Quilter Sara Fielke
May 25: Cauchy Complete – Score for Layered Curves Gallery
May 26: Diary of a Quilter – Score for Bias Strip Petals Gallery (you are >HERE<)
May 28: Getting Stitched on the Farm – Score for Improv Round Robin Gallery
May 29: Spoonflower – Score for Showing Up Gallery
May 30: Fresh Modern Quilts – Test Quilter Rossie Hutchinson
I have a copy of The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters to give away to one of you! If you’d like to enter, leave a comment on this post. Giveaway open until Saturday, May 29 midnight MST.