Improv Patchwork Road Tales ~ Intro

It’s been two weeks since I landed back in Oakland after a two week journey that began in North Carolina (my home state) followed by ten days crossing the country in a rental truck, while promoting The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters.

Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters Road Tour - with roadie

One thing I learned early on as an artist — when I shared my story with others, they in turn shared theirs. The development of an idea is a collaborative process. Concepts expand through the shared, resonating experiences of a community – YES AND…!

Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters Road Tour at Fancy Tiger, Denver

Growing up churched, I was always fascinated with the idea that “communion” happened whenever two or more gathered and broke bread together. The sharing of stories is the breaking bread sustenance that keeps creativity and meaningful connection growing and expanding.

Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters - Fancy Tiger, Denver

Between driving over 4000 miles, performing eight times, teaching two workshops, and meeting hundreds of people and signing hundreds of books in a dozen different cities and towns in 14 days, there was little energy left for blogging. BUT there was plenty of bread broken and shared (even some banana pudding) as I took the concepts contained in The Improv Handbook to meet the curiosity and enthusiasm of quilt lovers and makers across the country.

Banana Pudding - Allen & Son's BBQ - Chapel Hill, NC

Many of you already have copies in hand of The Improv Handbook. At the time I did my best to pour all my knowledge of the topic onto its pages. Even as I wrote I was learning and developing my ideas further. Writing a book is great for expanding the horizon of one’s ideas.

Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters Road Tour - Book Signing

Even so, many of the concepts barely introduced in The Improv Handbook —such as flexible patterning, authenticity, setting limits, working without a plan, finding flow, and harnessing emotional energy have evolved further through the fruitful exchange with the quilting communities I had the good fortune to meet in New England, San Diego, Los Angeles, and on the road in Durham, Chapel Hill, Winston-Salem, Asheville, Cincinnati, Lincoln, Denver, St. George, and unexpected places in between.

Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters Road Tour - Thimble Pleasures, Chapel Hill

Over the next several weeks I will pass along some of the surprises, discoveries, satisfactions, tall tales, patchwork stories and life lessons learned through the people I met on the road with The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters.

Stay Tuned!

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11 Responses to Improv Patchwork Road Tales ~ Intro

  1. Pam says:

    Can’t wait to hear more…. Happy recovering from your travels….

  2. Ruth says:

    I just received my Improv Handbook and am enjoying the narrative, photos and scores very much. You are an inspiration to keep finding my own quilting “voice.” Thank you.

  3. LynneP says:

    Your Improv book is one of my favs; sounds like there may be another book percolating …perhaps on creativity sprinkled with new quilts???

  4. elle says:

    wow, just found you and I’m happy to break bread with you. I’m a following! blessings on your new book!

  5. Jenny M says:

    My copy of your book arrived in the mail yesterday, all the way from the UK to Australia! I only had time last night for a quick flick thru the book, and it looks wonderful, this coming weekend will be the time to really take in all that you have written.
    Congratulations on the release of your book.

  6. beth lehman says:

    sherri… something resonated with me when you wrote about breaking bread and exchanging stories… these themes continue to be repeated around me lately. i’m so curious to hear about your experiences as you continue to learn. you remind me that the process is as important as anything else.

  7. Lori Bain says:

    An amazing book by an incredible talented artist! So glad you and C had safe travels.

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