I'm honored to be teaching and speaking at Quiltcon East, in beautifully gothic Savannah Georgia in 2017, with an amazing line-up of new and familiar faces.
Living in harmony with others, especially in a diverse, high density city with huge disparities in wealth, like the San Francisco Bay area, can be disturbing, shocking, and even more cathartic than I ever imagined.
If you are near the Seattle area don't miss this 2-day improv quilting workshop with curves.
A trifecta of purification, SIMULTANEOUS transformation by fire, water, and air! What's percolating in your creative life this month?
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...
How I inset my Juki TL-98E home sewing machine into a table and lined it with old rotary cutting mats.
These old hand stitching tools remind me that life is too short to be on the computer all the time.
What an amazing year of meeting quilt makers where they live.
These three quilts were made from the clothing of Jerrod Allen Nickelson, one for each of his three children. With the help of their mother, each child chose specific items that best carried their memory of and relationship to him. What satisfied me most about the process and the outcome is how each quilt evolved uniquely by simply responding to the clothes they picked. The quilts are machine pieced, and hand quilted.
Since 2002 I have been working with people through collaboration, consultation and commission to make improvised quilts from the clothing and materials of everyday life. This practice developed into an active, hands-on, therapeutic process for working through life transitions and bereavement, that I call Passage Quilting. For more information see the Passage Quilting Blog Archive, and Passage Quilting tutorial.
All it takes is a little imagination to translate these stacked pallets into a score, a flexible pattern, using ruler-free strip piecing techniques.
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.
Brilliant limited edition trading cards on a topic and cast of characters who have long been under the radar in popular culture, female spies!
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!