Monday, January 1, 2018

January 2018 Book of the Month

Wow! Another year, and another Book of the Month to explore! This month, the honor goes to Improv Patchwork (affiliate link) by Maria Shell.

Improv Patchwork quilt book by Maria Shell

Yep, this one is a bit out of my comfort zone, but I'm willing to check it out.

Why? Well, a couple months ago, I went with a group of friends to view the quilts of a local artist. I would say her style was more free form, with added bits of buttons or lace. Some pieces I liked very much, while others I passed by. 

We analyzed her style, fabrics, technique, and overall composition. When discussing one piece, my friend commented to me that I needed to let go and be a bit free-er in my compositions. Difficult for the highly sensitive, low self-monitoring introvert that I am. (Go ahead, search those terms and see if you identify.) It's a tough request!

So, with that in mind and wanting to try something new, I'll test out this 'improv' technique present by Maria - join me for an interesting journey!

Happy Quilting!

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  1. I just bought this book, and I am excited to try some of her ideas! I am a perfectionist and I like to control things; however, I have found that improv really, really gets me excited. There's just something about it that appeals to my usual rule-following self. I think it's because improv gives me permission to play outside of the lines and rules. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

  2. Improv quilting is so much fun because I don't have to have perfectly matching points and seams!! I am not the best piecer - I much prefer the actual quilting process - so improv is a perfect fit because everything it not supposed to be perfectly pieced! *But why do I like paper piecing so much??* Have fun!!!

  3. I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with. You are very talented so I know I won't be disappointed.

  4. I actually have this book, but have not read/cracked it open yet. Maybe I should and try sewing along with you? I have a huge bin of scraps that I inherited and keep meaning to give improv a go.


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