Improv Handbook Test Quilters

When I first began writing The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters I knew immediately that it had to include quilts made by other people. The whole point of improvisation is to follow and discover our unique patterns. I wanted to dispel the notion that there was only one way to interpret the ten project score included in the book. If people tried to recreate the quilts I made for the book I knew they would become frustrated. Improvisational patchwork is like a performance that documents a moment in time. Neither the moment nor the quilt can be recreated. I can’t even recreate my own quilts! Thus it was important to include the unique interpretation of the scores by others.

“Flying Geese” made by Reanna Alder based on the Score For Modern Block Improv: Flying Geese  from The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters

So one of the first things I did was put a call out on my blog for volunteers to test quilt the project scores. Over 250 people signed up to make a quilt based on an assigned score without any visual references. About 165 quilts were completed and submitted for inclusion in the book. The range of diversity was fabulous. There were so many unique and stunning interpretations. It was an extremely difficult task choosing with my editor, Melanie Falick at STC Craft, only twenty-two for publication.

“Nene” by Kristin La Flamme based on the Score For Modern Block Improv: Flying Geese  from The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters

The test quilters played an invaluable role in shaping the content of the book. They provided feedback on how the scores made sense or not. Based on this I gradually clarified the scores. I got a clearer picture of what kinds of information and encouragement beginners, as well as quilters more experienced with improv, needed to find their flow, overcome obstacles, and do their best work.

As the blog tour for the Improv Handbook unfolds in early May all the test quilts will eventually be revealed online. In the meantime check out these posts by some of the Improv Handbook test quilters. They share their improvisational process as well as their one-of-a-kind quilts.

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8 Responses to Improv Handbook Test Quilters

  1. Marika says:

    Thanks and joy for me so that I join in a list. I hope you will be happy even part time job and maybe even get me into a new project, I learned a lot there were many experienced Quiltertől .When a great help to me a book I hope I find out what I really want to order .szép sewing all participants improvisation quiltrenek

  2. Hi Sherry i think you have the wrong link for the second to last blog.

  3. What a pleasure it was for me to participate! Thanks for the opportutnity. I have been anxious and excited about your book since the day you announced that you had submitted a proposal. I can’t wait to try out more scores!

    • sherrilynn says:

      I’m glad to hear. And I’m with you I can’t wait for the book to be out and about. I’m also thankful for your participation Cinzia AND BTW your quilt at QuiltCon was splendid. I was so pleased that it won an award. Congratulations!

  4. Ann says:

    What a delight to see so many unique quilts together. I enjoyed this preview of some of the quilts in your upcoming book. How kind of you to include my Round Robin in the links. Not only was your workshop the perfect way to begin improvisational quilting, but you also designed the sequence to strengthen friendships and understanding among the participants. Thanks so much!

    • sherrilynn says:

      Thanks Ann. I included your Improv Round Robin link (Fret Not Yourself) because there is a whole chapter in the book on it featuring a workshop with the East Bay Modern Quilters and I thought your post was representative of that process. Since that is a score done with an entire community of quilters the workshops I’ve facilitated with different guilds were the tests for that score. Thanks for your lovely post!

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