Camp Stitch-Alot and Chicago MQG Here I Come!

I’m packing my bags and about to leave for Camp Stitch-Alot! WHOOHOO! It’s going to be cold, so I’ve got my long johns, heavy boots, turtlenecks, winter coat, hat and gloves! And of course lots of wonderful SCRAPS for making quilts in our cozy cabin retreat all weekend long.

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I’ve never done one of these cabin quilting retreats before and I’m so excited to getaway and be with other quilt lovers. I’m very much looking forward to meeting Carolyn Friedlander, the other “camp counselor” this weekend, and to hang out with organizers Brenda Ratliff of Pink Castle Fabrics, and Rossie of Fresh Modern Quilts, who also happens to be one of the quilt contributors featured in the Improv Handbook.

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After Camp Stitch-Alot, I am catching the train to Chicago to speak and teach at the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild. One of my favorite blog friends, Trish Royal of Bits & Bobbins, is picking me up at Union Station. I’m so looking forward to connecting with her and all the quilters at Chicago MQG and to see what quilt mischief they’ve been making!

So how lucky am I :-))))  ??? !!!

I will be reporting the weekend’s escapades via:

AND!!!! If you are having workshop envy right now…

I’m thrilled to announce that I will be teaching a special, intimate (only 10 participants) TWO-DAY intensive Get Your Curve On Workshop at A Gathering of Stitches in Portland, Oregon, April 30 – May 1, 2015. Sign up now!

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Alien She at YBCA

Allyson Mitchell

Ladies Sasquatch by Allyson Mitchell really rocked. YES! I am WOMAN! I am BEAST!

I had a great time at the opening of Alien She at the Yerba Buena Center of the Arts last week.

Alien She is the first exhibition to examine the lasting impact of Riot Grrrl, a pioneering punk feminist movement that emerged in the early 1990s in reaction to pervasive and violent sexism, racism, and homophobia in the punk music scene and in the culture at large. Emphasizing female and youth empowerment, collaborative organization, creative resistance, and DIY ethics, Riot Grrrl helped a new generation to become active feminists and create their own culture and communities that reflect their values and experiences, in contrast to mainstream conventions and expectations.” YBCA

Here are more of my favorites from the show:


We Couldn’t Get In. We Couldn’t Get Out by L.J. Roberts


The Counterfeit Crochet Project by Stephanie Syjuco

Strolling along through the section showcasing the work of Faith Levine I was SURPRISED to discover that I was represented – albeit three degrees of separation – in the book she coauthored in 2008, Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design. The book documents the marriage between historical technique, punk culture, and the D.I.Y. ethos by profiling 24 artists working in that arena, including artist Sabrina Gschwandtner.


When I turned to the section featuring Sabrina’s work it included several covers of her zine KnitKnit one of which featured my 1998 installation at the Headlands Center for the Arts, The 20th Century Comfort Room. So there you go! It’s exciting to find my work situated in a historical, cultural movement and community, even if it is on the fringe.


Alien She continues at YBCA in San Francisco through January 25, 2015. More on the 20th Century Comfort Room in my next post!

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The Quilt as a Contemporary Tradition


A Stitch in Time:
The Quilt as a Contemporary Tradition   
Opening:  Saturday, October 25 (5 to 8 pm)  Open through November 23, 2014
Louise Kreifels   Sherri Lynn Wood   Alice McCain  
Our exhibit features three contemporary textile artists.  Each has a distinctive approach to quilt making, but each also has roots in the folk art tradition of the patch-work comfort zone, and the quilting bee.  Colorful, creative, environmentally friendly, functional, warm and cuddly, quilts are a transcendent art form, timeless and timely.


The show is an eye-pleasing homage to the tradition of quilt making, a joyful celebration of an evolving art form, and perhaps a hint of future possibilities and directions.


Open 4 to 7 pm Wednesday through Sunday, or appointment
Folk and Fine Art    1861-A Solano Avenue   Berkeley    94707    510 900-2591
If you are in the Bay Area join me at the opening this Saturday from 5-8PM for the opening reception! New Quilts from The Improv Handbook the will be on show.
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Improv Round Robin ~ Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association

SCVQA, Improv Round Robin

I recently facilitated an Improv Round Robin workshop and spoke at the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association. When I asked the 300 or so members present at the guild meeting, if they had improvised a quilt, more than two-thirds raised their hands! Improv patchwork is catching like wildfire, even in the long established guilds.

The Improv Round Robin was super fun. I was so impressed by the cohesiveness of the group. You can see by the outcome of their quilts that they listened and responded with skill and courage! Click on the thumbnails to get a closer look.

If you participated in this or one of my other Improv Round Robins, or have organized one on your own with friends, I want to hear about your surprises, discoveries, satisfactions and dissatisfactions! Please share!

If your guild or shop is interested in having me lead an Improv Patchwork workshop for your community I still have room in my 2015 schedule. Contact Me!



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La supposition où je suis ?


Oui, oui je suis à Paris France!


La ville la plus romantique dans le monde. Paris est beau! Plus venir…


The most romantic city in the world. Paris is beautiful! More to come…

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QuiltCon Choices – Which class to take?


QuiltCon registration is opening soon. Wondering which workshop to take? I’m debuting three improvisational workshops and a lecture based on projects featured in my forthcoming book, The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters, which will hopefully be available at QuiltCon – finger’s crossed! I just saw the first galleys of the book design and it’s so exciting…

Anyway back to QuiltCon choices.


Thursday February 19: 2 – 2:45 PM Improvisational Process and Patchwork

Improvisation is a process of mind at the heart of every great creative endeavor. Music, dance, theater, painting, drawing, design, cooking, conversation, relationships, play, life, and even science benefit, survive, grow, transform, and innovate through the flexibility of mind that improvisational process engenders. We all improvise every day, so why not bring it into our quilt making! This multi-media presentation includes images of classic African-American quilts in the improvisational style, new work featured in The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters (available early 2015), student work, and time-lapse video of my process.


Friday, February 20: 030 Bias Strip Curves

BiasStripCurve-Daisy-72dpi-cropMaster the innovative improvisational technique of strip piecing on the curve with troubleshooting tips on how to flatten internal distortions as they arise. Explore construction methods for incorporating bias strip curve piecing in both traditional and improvisational compositions. This technique will challenge your skill set and awaken your beginner’s mind.

So this isn’t an easy class, but that’s the whole point. The challenge presented by tricky piecing situations is a gateway for improvisation and innovation. Not only will you learn how to strip piece on the curve without the use of a ruler or templates, you will be encouraged to discover, master, and innovate your own unique set of patchwork techniques based on the skills you already have. Take this workshop if mastering challenging techniques and/or working with curves lights your fire!

Saturday, February 21: 512 Improvisational Patchwork Doodling

Patchwork Doodle

Doodling is the model for this playful approach to improvisational patchwork. A doodle is not planned or random, but responsive. You will be urged to let go of expectations and commit one-step-at-a-time as you build patterns with simple shapes and negative space into a surprising composition, utilizing basic ruler free sewing techniques. 

This is going to be a totally fun and playful workshop. You will learn how to create a quilt responsively –a middle path that falls between random scrappiness and planned blocks. All the ruler-free patchwork techniques are easy to master and you get to use scraps. Working with simple shapes outside the structure of the block, will give you a fresh take on patterning. Adding negative space to the simple shapes has the potential to rock the house! Take this workshop if you are inspired by scraps and have the desire to push beyond scrappy to make a quilt greater than its parts.

Sunday, February 22: 513 Improvising From A Score

Score for Floating Squares

A jazz score indicates the elements of a song without specifying how it’s played. Now imagine a score written for patchwork! You will improvise a quilt by altering the limits of a simple patchwork score for floating squares. You will learn basic ruler free sewing techniques and how to create original scores for future projects.

This workshop explores the central concept put forth in the Improv Handbook, working with and passing along flexible patterns, which I call scores. We are used to passing along fixed patterns with the goal of replicating them perfectly. When a flexible pattern is handed on from one quiltmaker to another it is the range of possible variations of a pattern that is transmitted instead. We will learn flexible patterning by making and altering the score for Floating Squares. Take this workshop if you want to learn how to create and share your own flexible patterns. This is Improv 2.0!


BTW – If you can’t make it to QuiltCon, I just signed up to teach two-day, and three-day improv workshops at Quilting By The Lake in July 2015… or invite me to teach at your local guild or quilt shop. I still have dates available in 2015!

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Teaching! Spoonflower, QuiltCon and more!

biaspetalquilt-daisyDaisy, ©2014 by Sherri Lynn Wood

I’m on the East Coast for the next two weeks and VERY excited to be teaching at Spoonflower for the Triangle Modern Quilt Guild, at Tabby Fabric and Studio in beautiful Beaufort, SC and for the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild.

Check out the event details on or on the new Facebook GROUP for the Improv Handbook. When you join click on “Notifications” in the top right corner under the cover photo and choose “All Posts.”

Also the workshops and lectures for QuiltCon have been announced. They have a very impressive lineup in 2015. There will be a lot of improv goin’ round!  I will post in more detail about the three brand new improv workshops I’m debuting at QuiltCon before registration opens on June 24.

PS> Yes, in case you’re wondering, I must have been unconsciously inspired by the Spoonflower logo when I was making Daisy. It wasn’t intentional it just happened? I don’t know where this stuff comes from ;)


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