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Improv Handbook Test Quilter Blog Hop

Over 250 people signed on to test quilt the ten scores for The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters – without visual references. There were 165 quilts completed and submitted for inclusion into the book. Only 22 of the test quilts were published in … Continue reading

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Improv Patchwork Road Tales ~ Intro

One thing I learned early on, as I shared my story with others, they in turn shared theirs. The development of an idea is a collaborative process. Continue reading

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Quilting By The Lake ~ July 27-31

If you can swing a trip to Syracuse this July then by all means join me for this rare opportunity to do some intensive improv work. Continue reading

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Improv Handbook Process Post ~ Kinda Quilty

One of the joys of writing The Improv Handbook is watching other quilters blossom. Get Your Curve on with me at Quilting By The Lake, July 27-31. Continue reading

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Improv Handbook X-Country Tour

Please help me spread the word. I’m crossing the country with The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters. See complete schedule here! Continue reading

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Improv Handbook Blog Hop Continues ~ Penny Gold

Don’t miss Penny Gold’s process notes on making a quilt from one of the scores in the Improv Handbook. Giveaway through March 15. Continue reading

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Ruler-Free Patchwork – Improv Theater Mashup Results

Audience members provided “ugly” fabrics, threw out suggestions, and questions as I improvised a quilt on the spot according to their prompts. Continue reading

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Ruler-Free Patchwork Performance at Sew Modern LA

A mashup of improv theater games with ruler-free patchwork – debuts at Sew Modern in LA Continue reading

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Improv Handbook Blog Hop

A month of insightful reviews, giveaways, process stories, and the debut of 165 test quilts made for The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters. Continue reading

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Improv Handbook Available April 28!

FYI – The release date has been moved up to April 28! The wait is almost over. Continue reading

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Improv Handbook X-Country Book Tour!

I’m in the initial planning stages of planning the Improv Handbook X-Country Tour (June 1-10) and I need your help deciding locations.

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Mastering & Innovating Patchwork Techniques

Innovation is something that happens when there is no instruction manual readily available. Improv Handbook giveaway on OkanArts.com. Continue reading

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Improv Handbook Test Quilters

Over 250 test quilters played an invaluable role in shaping the content of the book by providing feedback on how the scores made sense or not. Continue reading

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18 Quilts Inspired by The Improv Handbook at QuiltCon

A total of EIGHTEEN quilts inspired by scores from the Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters were exhibited at QuiltCon 2015! Continue reading

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Improv Handbook March & April Events ~ May 5 Release

Want to get your hands on a copy before May 5? Check out these book signing events and workshops in Oakland, Kansas City and Portland, ME. Continue reading

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QuiltCon Day 4 ~ Group Flow

The prolonged experience of creative flow on their last day at QuiltCon left everyone feeling pretty satisfied. Now that’s FRESH quilting – or at least quilting that leaves you feeling FRESH! Continue reading

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QuiltCon Day 3 ~ Quilting From the Heart

How will our exposure to the Gee’s Bend Quilters at Quiltcon change the way we make our quilts, and/or our perception of what quilt making is all about? Continue reading

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QuiltCon Day 2 ~ Hot Shots

Daring students tackle Bias Strip Piecing on the Curve. My books sell out on second day! But no worries there are more on their way. Continue reading

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QuiltCon Day 1 ~ Riding High

Learning from the Gee’s Bend Quilters, lecturing, signing books, making mistakes, all in the midst of community! Riding high on the mechanical sewing machine in the sky. Continue reading

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Got QUILTCON!

Got Pins, Got Cards, Got Book, Got Fabric, Got QUILTCON! Here’s where you can find me at QuiltCon this week: Thursday February 19 9AM-Noon – Gee’s Bend Workshop 2PM – Lecturing in main hall: Improvisational Process and Patchwork 3:15-4:15PM – … Continue reading

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Improv Handbook PRE-ORDER GIVEAWAY!

Pre-order or purchase the Improv Handbook by March 16, 2015 and enter to win an original mini-quilt, and Aurifil thread inspired by the book. Continue reading

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How do you fold your quilts?

The act of opening and closing a quilt whispers some sacred truth about the revelation of life’s moments and the hiding away of memory. Continue reading

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2015 Focus ~ Listening

As the patchwork unfolds I will listen without agendas of planning, perfecting, or pleasing. I will allow the patchwork to show me what it wants to become. Continue reading

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2014 Review ~ Acceptance

Filled with accomplishments and maturity. I’m excited to see where this new found embrace of everything in my life will take me! Continue reading

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Cultural Fusion Quilts Winner ~ Ruler Roundup

Many quilters have a love for precision piecing and improv patchwork, and are able to move between working with rulers or going ruler-free. Continue reading

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Cultural Fusion Quilts by Sujata Shah

Sujata Shah gently opens up an exciting path for first-time and beginning level improvisors to explore the expressive qualities of the freely cut line. Continue reading

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20th Century Comfort Room

It’s an interior space that speaks about the confinement of imagination. Installed at the Headlands Center for the Arts, 1998. Continue reading

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Camp Stitch-Alot and Chicago MQG Here I Come!

Packing for Camp Stitch-Alot! I’ve got my long johns, heavy boots, winter coat, and lots SCRAPS for the cozy cabin quilting retreat! Continue reading

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Alien She at YBCA

Alien She at YBCA and Ladies Sasquatch by Allyson Mitchell rocked. YES! I am WOMAN! I am BEAST! Continue reading

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The Quilt as a Contemporary Tradition

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. Continue reading

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Improv Round Robin ~ Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association

The Improv Round Robin workshop was super fun. I was so impressed by the cohesiveness of the group. They listened and responded with skill and courage! Continue reading

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La supposition où je suis ?

Guess where I am? Yes I’m in Paris! Continue reading

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QuiltCon Choices – Which class to take?

Wondering which QuiltCon workshop to take? I’m debuting three improvisational workshops and a lecture based on projects featured in my forthcoming book Continue reading

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Teaching! Spoonflower, QuiltCon and more!

On the road teaching for the next two weeks at Spoonflower, in Beaufort, SC, and Baltimore. QuiltCon 2015 workshops announced! Continue reading

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38,564 words and twelve new quilts!

It’s as if I’ve been on a boat for the last year and a half and I’ve just been dropped off on a new shore in my life. Everything is new. Everything is YES! Many thanks to all who’ve been on the journey with me. Continue reading

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What blocks and/or supports your improvisational flow?

Improvisors and quilt makers. I’m researching this question and need your input! Continue reading

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50! ?

“Getting older is one of the best things that can happen to a person……see how lucky you’re becoming?” Continue reading

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Open Call For Mod Mood (Get Your Curve On) Quilts

Submit your strip-pieced wedge curve quilt based on the Mod Mood quilt for possible publication in the Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters. Continue reading

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Stitch Modern ~ Improv Round Robin Workshop

I will be facilitating an Improv Round Robin at Stitch Modern on Sunday, February 23, 2014 in Oakland, CA. Register now! Continue reading

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Improv Handbook Test Quilters

It’s not to late to sign up as a test quilter for the Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters. Continue reading

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Happy Holy-Days!

Any special time set aside to be really present with family or friends is a treasured holiday or “holy-day” in my book. Continue reading

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Announcing The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters

Contribute to the Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters, scheduled to be published by STC Craft, Spring 2015. Continue reading

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Talking Quilts with Eli Leon ~ Sarah Turnage

There is so much motion in this African-American improv quilt by Sarah Turnage that it borders on optical illusion! Continue reading

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

I’m happy to announce improv quilt workshops and an exhibition scattered across the country. I may be teaching in your neighborhood soon! Continue reading

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Talking Quilts with Eli Leon ~ Rosie Lee Tompkins

Eli considers this amazing quilt by Rosie Lee Tomkins as one of her best ten AND it has never been published! Don’t miss this exclusive! Continue reading

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Piñata Anchor of Hope ~ Happy Birthday Mom

Remembering a geo-psychic, temporary public art project for the city of Durham, NC, that marked the beginning of urban (and personal) renewal.
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Talking Quilts with Eli Leon ~ Signature Quilt

With its visual field of deep black velvet and twinkling white stitches this African-American signature quilt is as powerful and mysterious as the universe. Continue reading

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improv from the heart ~ lessons learned in theater class

My improvisational patchwork process is getting a boost from taking an improv theater workshop. It also affirms my deepest values: discovery is the path to freedom, freedom is the path to connection, connection is the path to joy. Continue reading

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Talking Quilts with Eli Leon

Announcing a fabulous, EXCLUSIVE blog series – Eli and I discuss a different quilt from his African-American patchwork collection each week. Continue reading

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sorting scraps like the bionic woman… i wish

I always make a big mess when I’m piecing a quilt top. I mean a HUGE mess. It’s insanity. There’s fabric everywhere, underfoot and on every surface. If my studio was in a zero gravity zone scraps would be floating … Continue reading

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