Saturday, November 19, 2011

Take the Fear Out of Improvising.....I Have the Book For you

Does the thought of improvisational quilting and design sends shivers of anticipation and fear up your spine? 

Are you scared of cutting into your most precious fabrics? 

Are you blocked, with no idea, of what you want to create...... but want to create something?

I discovered a number of years ago, that just cutting strips and improvising, can be very liberating.  Just going into your stash and cutting a number of strips, at various lengths, can be very freeing.

 After all you are only taking a strip or two...what could possibly go wrong? Not to much, I will probably find the experience very freeing.

 A little free form log cabin partnered with QAYG........ is my first improvisational quilt of this type (2007).

Block Detail

I woke up this morning, to find this fabulous book, create your own free-form quilts by Rayna Gillman in my mail box. It made my day!! 

 If improvisational is something you long to try, this book is for you. Rayna's book is fun, inspirational and very well laid out....and not intimidating in the least.

I have a number of books on liberated or improvisational quilting, but this particular one, really strikes a chord with me. I highly recommend fingers are itching to start sewing.

 Rayna also incorporates the use of scraps....does anyone have a shortage of those?? 

Not Me!!

My bins are overflowing!


  1. Looks great, will have to hunt that down. And may I just say, gorgeous quilt at the top. stunning.

  2. I ordered this book a few days ago and thought I might have made too hasty of a purchase (you know, the kind of book that just sits on the shelf after the first flip-through). Now that I see you recommend it I'm wishing I would have ordered it with EXPRESS DELIVERY! I can't wait to get it!

  3. I just got my copy too and love it!

  4. Thanks for the tip. I'll keep a look out for it. I really value reviews like this that are personal and not commercial - you know what I mean!

  5. With the cool stuff you make I can't believe you even need the book. But thanks for the heads up for us neophytes.

  6. That's so funny. I just saw the book yesterday on Amazon and couldn't decide if it was going to be a good book or not. I liked Rayna's website and put the book on my wish list. Thanks for the tip off. I just might have to buy it now.

  7. Thanks for the tip, I will order one for me.

  8. How is it that whenever I get stuck, I can read your blog and become inspired? Thank you thank you thank you. I don't want to start on a new complicated design just before the holidays only to be constantly interrupted (see your previous post), but I wanna do something (whine whine).
    Now I know just what to do! Thank you thank you thank you.

  9. you are an inspiration...always wish i had more time.....will definitely watch for this great book...thanks for the recommendation!!! xoxo pam

  10. I have wanted/nearly ordered this for some time now. I saw her do a talk on The Quilt Show here a while back and was so intrigued with her process. Now that you have given it a good thumbs up I may go ahead and get it ordered. I have a quilt top I made some time ago that I was thinking about her process and giving it an ole slice and dice and changing it up a bit.

  11. Wow - how did I miss this post?? Thanks, Marianne! NOT that you need any help - LOL.


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