The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters

The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters

Author: Sherri Lynn Wood

Publisher: Abrams

Published: 2015-04-28

Total Pages: 561

ISBN-13: 1683351886

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An exciting new approach for beginning to advanced quilters who want to improvise on their own, with a friend, or with a community of fellow makers. Forget step-by-step instructions and copycat designs. In The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters, Sherri Lynn Wood presents a flexible approach to quilting that breaks free of old paradigms. Instead of traditional instructions, she presents 10 frameworks (or scores) that create a guiding, but not limiting, structure. To help quilters gain confidence, Wood also offers detailed lessons for stitching techniques key to improvisation, design and spontaneity exercises, and lessons on color. Every quilt made from one of Wood’s scores will have common threads, but each one will look different because it reflects the maker’s unique interpretation. Featured throughout the book are Wood’s own quilts and a gallery of contributor works chosen from among the hundreds submitted when she invited volunteers to test her scores during the making of this groundbreaking work. “Wood offers a series of techniques, guidelines and lessons on color choice for those ready to explore improvisational quilting. Her book is loaded with full-color photos and examples to inspire.” —Dallas Morning News “Despite how it may “seam,” quilting isn’t all about rules! Quilting can be an exhilarating way to channel your creativity and express yourself. This book is focused more on exploration than explanation—a perfect mindset for beginners!” —Powell’s Books Staff Pick


Quilt Improv

Quilt Improv

Author: Lucie Summers

Publisher: David and Charles

Published: 2013-07-23

Total Pages: 437

ISBN-13: 1446361608

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Learn how to create twelve stunning contemporary quilts and develop your own designs using improvisational methods. Take inspiration from simple objects to create twelve beautiful, contemporary quilt blocks. Create original quilts from each block design and adapt them to your own style. Learn how to interpret print, pattern and shapes into unique quilting ideas and experiment with a range of innovative techniques for impressive, professional results. Inside you’ll find techniques such as square piecing, basket weave, half-square triangles, chevrons, quarter circles and portholes. So, if you love fabric and color, take a step into the world of improv quilting.


Improv Quilting

Improv Quilting

Author: Irene Roderick

Publisher: Penguin

Published: 2022-03-15

Total Pages: 431

ISBN-13: 0593331427

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An original and unique process for designing and constructing improvisational quilts developed by Irene Roderick. This book appeals to beginning and advanced quilters who are looking for a new creative and artistic method of quilt design and construction. A handbook for quilters who want to expand their skills and make unique, personal expressions instead of following traditional quilt methods. The author's approach is fluid and intuitive, inviting you to tap into your imagination and ingenuity in order to create one-of-a-kind quilts in your own creative voice. The book provides instructions for design and construction accompanied by tips and tools to enable you to work freely without preconceived ideas of where the process leads. She will ask you to learn to trust your personal experiences and instincts so that you can develop your own personal style.


Improv Patchwork

Improv Patchwork

Author: Maria Shell

Publisher: C&T Publishing Inc

Published: 2017-10-01

Total Pages: 100

ISBN-13: 1617454974

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Explore new options in improvisational piecing and empower your creativity! Cut and combine solid-color fabrics to create your own “prints”—stripes, polka dots, chevrons, plaids, and more. Forget the rules (and even your ruler) as you piece colorful solids into compelling quilt designs. Use color, pattern, and repetition to develop your personal design aesthetic as you stitch freely to create unique quilts that pack a punch!


Inspiring Improv

Inspiring Improv

Author: Nicholas Ball

Publisher: Lucky Spool

Published: 2019-04-23

Total Pages: 144

ISBN-13: 9781940655376

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No patterns here, but definitely a plan! Explore the freeing power of improvised piecing with Nicholas Ball in his first book, Inspiring Improv. Learn his step-by-step technique-based process to explore six fundamental piecing structures. Practice how to stitch fabric together in an improvisational manner to create blocks or sections before using them to sew unique quilts all your own. Improv piecing doesn't have to mean chaotic end results. Look to the eight original projects included to see how to create sophisticated quilts with structure focusing on repeating blocks or large-scale scrappy designs. Follow along as Nicholas walks you through his original inspiration and follow his plan through to finished pieces, as he discusses which combination of his core piecing methods he used, and how to achieve showstopping, exciting work. From simple strip piecing through to complex circles and rings, you will be eager to experiment with making slabs, gentle curves, insets, triangles and even 9-patch and Log Cabin stacks. In no time, you'll be using them as a stepping stone to sewing original full-sized improvisational designs.


Create Your Own Improv Quilts

Create Your Own Improv Quilts

Author: Rayna Gillman

Publisher: C&T Publishing Inc

Published: 2017-11-01

Total Pages: 100

ISBN-13: 1617454451

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A natural follow-up to the best-selling Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts, this book applies Rayna’s no rules, no mistakes, no worries style to modern quilting. Starting with strips and geometric shapes, you’ll cut and sew without patterns, required yardage, or complicated diagrams. This freeing method lets you create modern quilts organically as you follow your instincts, ask "what if...?", and experiment with scale, color, value, and placement.


Scrappy Improv Quilting

Scrappy Improv Quilting

Author: Kelly Young

Publisher: Landauer (IL)

Published: 2021-08-10

Total Pages: 112

ISBN-13: 9781947163621

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Build your confidence and have fun! Scrappy Improv Quilting is the first quilting book of its kind that breaks down the intimidating technique of improv piecing to a smaller scale, making this approachable how-to guide perfect for quilters of any level. Featuring 22 mini quilt patterns, step-by-step instructions, tips on selecting and combining scraps, and so much more, create a collection of mini scrappy quilts that will inspire you to move onto larger-scale improv!


Quilting Modern

Quilting Modern

Author: Jacquie Gering

Publisher: Penguin

Published: 2013-08-14

Total Pages: 176

ISBN-13: 1620331535

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From two pioneers of today's modern quilting movement, Quilting Modern teaches quilters how to use improvisational techniques to make graphic, contemporary quilts and quilted projects. Explore seven core techniques and multiple projects using each technique--all presented with detailed instructions. Also included is step-by-step direction from Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen on tools, materials, and quilting basics, as well as expert advice on color and design. New and seasoned quilting artists will love making stunning bed, wall hanging, pillowcase, and table accessory quilts with this must-have resource. Quilting Modern is a field guide for quilters who strive to break free from tradition and yearn to explore improvisational work. Quilters can make the 21 projects in the book, but will also come away with the new knowledge and skills to apply to their own unique designs. In Quilting Modern, quilters will find the support, structure, and encouragement they need to explore their own creativity and artistic vision.


Improv Paper Piecing

Improv Paper Piecing

Author: Amy Friend

Publisher: Lucky Spool

Published: 2017-03-27

Total Pages: 0

ISBN-13: 9781940655239

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Paper piecing blocks means they stand alone, mixed with other stand-alone style blocks in a quilt. Rarely are paper pieced designs repeated with other blocks to create a distinctly modern, secondary pattern that appears to be unrestrained. But Amy's paper-pieced patterns and 9 quilt designs combine both the precision of paper piecing and a spontaneous appeal. Design opportunities are opened through the repetition of paper-pieced blocks. This creates irresistible, modern quilts with precise--yet improvisational--flavor. Amy's patterns easily appeal to both the modern and the new traditional quilt maker alike.


Stash Statement

Stash Statement

Author: Kelly Young

Publisher: Martingale

Published: 2018-04-02

Total Pages: 64

ISBN-13: 1604689412

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Welcome to structured improvisation, where there's a plan in place...but still plenty of room to play! Learn three methods for sewing together rectangles, squares, strips, and even the tiniest fabric scraps to create new yardage; then use the resulting scrappy fabrics in a dozen dazzling step-by-step quilt patterns. Start by working with just one color at a time to get the hang of improv piecing. Soon you'll progress to mixing colors and prints in scrap-packed quilts that will give a happy home to every piece of fabric you've ever saved!