Monday, July 20, 2015

We have a Book Winner!!

Thank you for all your wonderful comments on improv type quilting!!! I wish I had copy of Sherri Lynn's amazing book for each and everyone of you. But, alas there can only be one winner. 

And, that lucky winner is M-R of Quilt Matters
Congrats, are going to love this book.

Note: M-R, if you could contact me at with your mailing address, I will get the publishers to mail your new, fabulous book. Enjoy!!!!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Picking up the Pieces....finally finished

I finally finished Picking up the Pieces last week and we went for a photo shoot, along the ocean. Since I'm back to Alberta tomorrow, I wanted to take the opportunity....alas, no ocean in Alberta.

I have yet to put together any QAYG tutorials regarding this quilt, as there were several QAYG experiments involved in putting it together. There was a rather wild moment involving a rotary cutter and an already quilted work in progress, resulting in several already quilted pieces (in very odd shapes). And what does one do with that??? Way to complex to go into today.......but someday!!


Quilt Back.....yup, pretty much reversible, don't you think!!
All part of that crazy QAYG experimenting.
Reminder: Give Away on yesterday's post.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters.....July Blog Hop

Bias Strip Petals.....My Process and Book Give Away
Shifting Impressions

Last winter, I had the privilege of being one of the testers for Sherri Lynn Wood's new book, The Handbook for Modern Quilters. I enjoyed my experience immensely. 

To quote the book description on Amazon; "instead of traditional instructions, she (Sherri Lynn Wood) presents 10 frameworks (or scores) that create a guiding, but not limiting, structure." All of the testers received one of the 10 scores.

When I received the "Bias Petal" score...a little panic ensued. Why, you might ask? Well, did the improv part unnerve me? No, not in the least, as I have been having my own love affair with improv  quilting for some time now. What about the curved piecing or bias strips??  No, not really, curved piecing and I are old friends. What was it then?? The word PETAL...yes, the word PETAL!!  Nothing personal...but, but, but I don't do flowery petal type things!!!!  Yup....that knocked me right out of my comfort zone, which is probably a good thing.

I needed several bias strips and as usual got a little carried away.

 I cut meters upon meters of bias strips (after all, I wanted variety).  I still have plenty of those strips sitting around for more projects.
Whenever working with fabric cut on the bias....bubbles and puckers can be a problem. But Sherry Lynn has plenty of tips to combat those pesky bubbles. My secret weapon is spray starch!!!!

I made several petals...and just kept putting up on my black design wall.  I used several gradient type fabrics and mostly solids or tone on tone fabrics.

I decided to shatter the petals...somewhere along the way, I stopped thinking of them as petals. I shattered them by slicing through the petals (using my rotary cutter) and shifting them a little and sewing them back together.
The shattering and shifting....created a fairly different effect.
I took one look at the design wall and the question that kept running through my head in the world am I going to put this all together, into one piece??? I was determined to do it all by hand sewing whatsoever.

As you can see, I started by quilting sections, with no idea where I was going. And of course, I tossed in a little QAYG (Quilt as you Go) for good measure.

Shifting Impressions....Quilt Con 2015
 (and yes, we both made it to Quilt Con!!)

As an added bonus, I had the pleasure of taking a workshop with Sherry Lynn (Quilt Con 2015).
The score here was "Floating Squares", but that would be another blog post. My major problem here was limiting myself to so few wasn't long before I was sneaking in a few more in. Hey, that is what improv is all about, right?
Sherri Lynn's publishers are generously giving away one free copy of Sherri Lynn's  fabulous book.  Just leave me a comment about your experience or lack of experience regarding improv type quilting by July 15. I would love to hear your thoughts.

Note: the book give away is open for residents of Canada and the United States only. Also, please make sure  your email info is available, with your comment should you be a no-reply commenter.


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