I’m excited, anticipating the release of my first book by STC Craft. The new official release date of The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters is APRIL 28. 


Pre-Order Giveaway – Open Till MAY 4

To celebrate The Improv Handbook’s imminent release on April 28, I am sponsoring a Pre-Order Giveaway through midnight of  April 28, 2015.

Two fabulous prizes and two chances to win: 1) An original color score mini-quilt made by me and featured in the Improv Handbook – winner’s choice from the options below, and 2) a custom thread collection from Aurifil inspired by my use of color in the book.

Two steps to enter: 1) Pre-order a copy of The Improv Handbook through any online vendor (including Abrams or Amazon) prior to April 28. OR pick up a copy at QuiltCon or at one of the locations I’m teaching at prior to the book’s official release date. 2) Comment on this post as to why you like the process of improv patchwork, or why you are curious to try it for the first time, OR tell me which color score you will choose if you win. In good faith, I will ask the two lucky winners of the giveaway to assure me that they pre-ordered or purchased a copy of the Improv Handbook prior to March 16, in order to claim their prizes.

Pre-order now!

The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Guide to Creating, Quilting, and Living Courageously

Not only does the Improv Handbook present a flexible approach to quilt making that breaks free of old rules and expectations in a fun, accessible way. It’s a comprehensive guide to improvisational patchwork featuring:

  • over 15 innovative ruler-free sewing techniques
  • tips for accessing intuitive color
  • mind tools that cultivate presence, spontaneity, and risk taking
  • experiential design exercises on scale, line, borders and more
  • 10 “scores” for visual improvisation that free quilters to create quilts unlike anyone else’s
  • my quilts and a contributor quilt gallery of 22 amazing test quilts based on the scores

For the book, I illustrated various aspects of color through a series of strip pieced “color scores.” I am turning these samples into 21″ square mini-quilts to giveaway throughout the year. The 1st winner of the Improv Handbook Pre-Order Giveaway gets to choose either…

Hue & Neutrals Color Score from the Improv Handbook

“Color Score: Hue & Neutrals” or

Value Color Score from the Improv Handbook

“Color Score: Value.” Which will you choose if you are the winner???

Improv Handbook Aurifil thread colors

To a second lucky winner, Aurifil has generously offered a thread collection based on the prominent colors used in the quilts I created for the Improv Handbook. Isn’t it lovely!

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So if you’ve pre-ordered a copy or will be picking one up at QuiltCon – be sure to enter the giveaway by commenting on this post.

Read more about the contents, features and early reviews of The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters and where to join the Improv Handbook community online.

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109 Responses to Improv Handbook PRE-ORDER GIVEAWAY!

  1. Joanna Price says:

    I love improv piecing and the whole improvisational, unplanned approach to quiltmaking. I enjoy the design decisions that arise during the process, and not knowing how the project will look til it’s finished.

  2. Allison CB says:

    99) Congratulations on your book – way to go! Looks like a great book!

  3. Betsey says:

    I want to learn to loosen up.

  4. Diane says:

    I am so ready to explore your version of improv! I have many self-designed and constructed fabrics that are going to beg for a chance to show off!

  5. DreiPunkteWerk says:

    I look so forward May 5th :-)
    Best regards,

  6. Barb Callie says:

    Just pre-ordered your book from Amazon (it shows in my husband’s name: Anthony Pascone because he has the prime shipping). He is a wonderful jazz pianist and I have been in awe for years at his ability to improvise. It is intriguing to think of having my own improvising voice! Looking forward to seeing your book. Thanks.

  7. Karen says:

    I just preordered your book at Amazon. I became so happy just looking at the pictures from the book that I knew I had to have it! If I were so lucky to win, I would choose the Hue and Neutrals. Thanks for offering a giveaway.

  8. I preordered through Amazon. I am young in quilting years and when I began, was CERTAIN I would never, never make one of those awful, messy modern, deconstructed quilts. But I have been drawn, inexorably, in just that direction, through Freddy and Gwennie’s books, Rayna Gilman’s wonderful work spawned by the question “what if??”, and into a journey into free form, design on the wall, spontaneous quilting; discovering the joy of flying without a net. The “scores” will be perfect for charity quilting and I have begun putting together fabric packs for our group with that in mind.

  9. debby says:

    I pre-ordered! I am so looking forward to getting this book. I know it will be an inspiration in my work. Love your mini-quilts, and the collection of aurifil threads is just yummy!

  10. Melissa Reilly says:

    my big breakthrough came in an improv class last summer with Heather Jones- it was when I put away my rotary cutter and picked up my scissors instead. It was thrilling. I was so excited – heather asked me share with the class! I let go of corners, points, straight lines and just… Played. I framed those three small pieces and have them on the wall of my sewing room to, remind me of the day I embraced my own voice. Can’t wait for the book to arrive- congratulations on such a huge achievement.

  11. Judy Dunlap says:

    90) I was lucky to purchase your book and got it signed at QuiltCon. So very excited to have one of the really first copies. What a beautiful book. Full of information and great photos. I also was one of your testers of the flying geese score. It took me out of my box and I became more confident in sewing without a ruler. As my quilt was not picked by your or QuiltCon. I am very pleased with my outcome. Thanks for letting me in your challenge! If I was to be the winner of your give away I would be so very excited to have either one. Just because you made it! Thanks. Hope it’s me!!

  12. Joanne C. Donovan says:

    Hi Sherri Lynn! I just pre-ordered your book (plus another “modern” one) on Amazon, and am looking forward to perusing thru the pages! I saw Jacquie Gerring doing wacky log cabin blocks (online, somewhere), and that was the first thing “modern” I’ve tried! Love them!! I want to learn more!! As far as the colors … I love bright colors, so the “Hue & Neutrals” is a given for me!! But then I might be tempted by the “Values”, too! The threads would be so fun to work with … I want my quilting to SHOW!!! I was sent here by Bonnie Hunter, just like everyone else!! Thanks for the chance to win something cool!

  13. Debbie Wallace says:

    That book is iNcREdiBle!!!! Quilting is so much more that HST and hexies. Great colors and shapes.

  14. Cheri Sharkey says:

    Wow is all I can say. Love all the color and different shapes. Saw your new book on Bonnie’s post @ Quiltville. I have done years of Traditional Quilts. I stopped quilting.Then along came Bonnie and I started to get excited again, but I needed a real change to get me going. Quirkie quilts, a little modern/contemporary and lots of COLOR have perked my interest in quilting again. Along with 3 new great grandkids to sew for. Thank you for a chance to win.

  15. Rhoda Helmuth says:

    I would choose color score:value….& what is not to love about those threads?!
    I pre-ordered my book from amazon. I am just venturing into the world of improv….scary but exciting.

  16. Andrea Harles says:

    I was very impressed by the page Bonnie Hunter showed on her site of an evaluation reflection, so I have ordered the book. Love that your book doesn’t just describe how to reproduce something, but leads into my own discovery. Looking forward. Like the warmth of the Hue and Neutrals.

  17. Martha Rajotte says:

    I have dabbled over the years with improv quilting- but am ready to plow right in!! What dynamic statements – Am going to order the book on Amazon Can’t wait!! Heard about this on Bonnie Hunter’s blog

  18. sherre says:

    very cool!

  19. Linda Simmons says:

    What a fresh approach to quilt making. I would love to win this book.

  20. Jill says:

    I ordered your book so I could try improv quilting. I have been interested in improv for a long time and thought this book would help me get started. Can’t wait to read it. Thank you for the chance to win. I would choose hue and neutrals.

  21. Debbie Miller says:

    Read about your book and saw the wonderful pictures on Bonnie Hunter’s blog and pre-ordered on Amazon. I love the “Color Score: Hue & Neutrals” and the thread selection is amazing-thanks for the chance to win!

  22. Heather says:

    79) I adore the “Hue and Naturals” quilt, which is interesting, because if you asked me, I’d tell you my favourite colour is green. Perhaps I should answer “rainbow” from now on, as my daughters did when they were little.
    I’m just trying to “learn” to do improv… I’m a little stuck on tradition and form. Your book may change my world!!

  23. Cecilia says:

    Great inspiration! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of the book.

  24. Tammy says:

    This looks like FUN!

  25. Sue in Apex, NC says:

    If Bonnie Hunter recommends it, it must be good. Can’t wait to get a copy of it in my hands.

  26. Kathy E. says:

    I love the idea of improv quilting! Making something truly unique is what sewing is all about…at least to me. I’ve always like to put my own special twist on things. I’m looking forward to your book and congratulations!

  27. Dot H says:

    I like the Hue + Neutrals color score.

  28. Vicki H says:

    I’m not sure which one I would choose. The book looks great.

  29. Becky LeRoy says:

    Would love to have this book. Enter my name in the giveaway. Thanks

  30. Liz says:

    Hi, I read about your upcoming book on Bonnie Hunter’s website. I liked the words that she pictured illustrating your book and thought I’d check out your website. I then went and preordered your book on Thank you for the chance to win one of your draws. Liz

  31. Bonnie Baker Lippincott says:

    70) Wow! i am starting to love modern quilts. They are so freeing. I happened to get into a class with Jaquie Gerring last year when another class was cancelled. Who knew I would like modern quilt “techniques.” Looking forward to seeing your take on modern quilts. What fun.

  32. Sheryl says:

    Can not wait to read this book. I love doing quilts that are “different” than the norm.

  33. Cornelia Gauger says:

    Looking forward to learning more about improvisational quilting! I have trouble letting go. I would definitely go for the Hue + Neutrals color score option.

  34. Joann says:

    colors and lots of textures to go make most amazing quilts would be such fun to try, sew would luv to become the most lucky winner ever!

  35. May says:

    I ordered your book. These quilts look so interesting and I need help with making scrappy. I would like to try one!

  36. Norma Sterbenz says:

    I just pre-ordered your book and I can’t wait to get it. I love everything about improv quilting. It is so relaxing. I love all the bright colors of the quilts in your book. May 5th can’t get here soon enough. Thanks for a chance to win.

  37. Deborah Heinle says:

    Missed getting the book at Quilt Con, and missed your class…sold out too soon! Ordering the book now, and ready to expand my quilting universe. After decades of sewing and often frustrating not-perfect quilting, I get a do-over!

  38. Mindy says:

    This is so lovely! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. This is such a wonderful concept as well – instead of just a recipe the quilter is tapping in to their own creativity and design capabilities.

  39. Janet says:

    62 – WINNER) I can’t wait to see the book, even though I bought it as a gift for my daughter. I will have to flip a coin to decide between Hue & Neutrals and Value.

  40. jackie says:

    looks great, can’t wait to get a copy!!!!

  41. Ronda A says:

    preordered my copy and can’t wait for the inspiration in it. I love the look and want to step more into this style with my own projects. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  42. Denise Lamy says:

    59) bonnie hunter has peaked my interest and now I’d love to give this type of piecing a try!

  43. pat says:

    Love those quilts
    thanks for a chance to win

  44. Sally Morris says:

    I ordered the book from Amazon the minute I heard about it, and am so bummed to have to wait, But I know it ill be worth it. I’ve taken oodles of classes from famous quilt teachers. Now it’s time to start listening to my inner self. I think your book will be a great reinforcement if this and can hardly wait to get going with it. Just looking at the preview makes me want to head for my studio.

  45. Anna says:

    Soooo sad the book has been delayed, but mark of a good publisher to fix a quality issue. These things happen. I can’t wait to get my copy though – friends brought copies back to Australia from QuiltCon and I’m so excited by how much is packed into those pages. I would choose the value quilt probably – would be amazing to have that choice!

  46. Betty says:

    I’ve just pre-ordered from Amazon – cannot wait! Love esp. the Hue and Neutrals. Saw a post on FB and immediately fell in love with your work and concept AND discovered that a guild friend took one of your classes at QuiltCon – total envy!!

  47. Debbie Bookman says:

    i purchased your book at quiltcon. Looking forward to working through the different techniques. I enjoyed meeting you as well. I look forward to taking a class with you in the future.

  48. Alison says:

    53 – WINNER) I’ve pre-ordered my copy on Amazon. I’m excited to receive it. This will be the first quilt book I’ve ever bought. I’m relatively new to quilting and while I’ve tried to do improv, I’ve found it hard to really let go and get into it. I’m hoping your book will help!

  49. Maria says:

    I was so sad to have missed every single chance to grab the book at quiltcon — I can’t wait for march 17 now!
    Thanks for the chance for the giveaway — I would probably choose hue and neutrals, but here’s hoping I have the chance to really mull it over if I win :)

  50. Cathy L says:

    I am trying to learn how to do improv, so I just pre-ordered your book! I need to get more comfortable with improv, and I also want to learn how to use solids, so I would probably try some solids with your improv technique. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

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