Welcome to Improv Mondays, a weekly series exploring improvisation in quilt making. Last week I introduced the concept of improv quilting from a score, and the Mod Mood Quilt Along that I posted last summer is a score. So this week I am highlighting a few Mod Mood Quilt "performances" by other quilt makers. I love how each of these quilts are unique interpretations of the same score. They are unique because the score allows ample room for each maker to communicate his or her essence, attention, touch of hand, and pleasure in the performance.
I've been asked to London in September to kick off a 10 week class on the Mod Mood Quilt at the Old School Club. According to Inma Civera, the owner, it's a baby-friendly studio where mothers can come together and learn how to make things for the home. More quaintly put in an email I received from Inma, "It's a craft's club for mums." I'm honored that Inma choose the Mod Mood Quilt to teach to her community of young mothers, and I can't wait to meet them and see their interpretations.
BUT back to the variations above. What makes each quilt unique? Can you identify how these Mod Mood quilters improvised on the score I presented in the quilt along? When you make a quilt from a pattern you see online or in a book, or magazine, how do you make it your own?
You can see more variations of the Mod Mood Quilt on Flickr.