Never-Before-Shared Improvisational Quilting Techniques Revealed in Groundbreaking New Book
The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters breaks free from the copy-this-pattern structure and introduces an innovative approach to patchwork not found in other books. It is the first comprehensive guide to the process of improvisational quilting.
Available April 28, 2015 ~ Pre-order now!
In The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilting I 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
The “scores” are not step-by-step instructions like a traditional quilt pattern, but parameters, leads and limits that allow improvisation to occur—much in the way a lead sheet provides a jazz musician parameters for improvising during a performance. The book features my quilts and a gallery of 22 quilts chosen from among the hundreds submitted by volunteers who tested the scores before publication. All of the quilts made from a single score presented in The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters will have common threads, but each will look different because it reflects the maker’s unique interpretation. My hope is that first-time and experienced quilters alike will gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to explore and transform personal patterns in quilting—and in life—through the process of improvisation, and that the book will be groundbreaking for many.
STC Craft | A Melanie Falick Book
U.S. $27.50 | Can. $31.50
Paperback with flaps | 176 pages, 9″ x 10″
Early Rave Reviews
‘I could learn allot from this book – I want to buy it’ –Kaffe Fassett
‘Refreshing, inspiring use of colour and pattern and educational – a must have book.’ –Brandon Mably
‘The whole look and feel of this book is glorious. You want to turn every page. You want to read it like a novel… there are life lessons here as well as quilt lessons.’ –Bonnie K. Hunter, Quiltville
‘If improv scares you check this book out because it lets you think about improv in a different way. This book makes you want to let go of control! –Stephanie Kendron, Modern Sewciety Podcast
‘One of the best quilting books I’ve ever read. Why? Because this book empowers readers to tap a creative vein and improvise with scissors and a pile of stash fabric.’ –Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood, Craft Sanity review / Listen to the Craft Sanity Podcast: Sherri Lynn Wood Talks Improv Quilting. Read about Jennifer’s process of improvising from a score featured in the Improv Handbook.‘As someone who enjoys improv quilting, I found myself pouring over Sherri’s book day after day, quickly jotting down notes and techniques to try with my next project.’ –Lish Dorset, Made & Remade Blog Creative Genius series: Find Your Inner Improv Quilter with Sherri Lynn Wood
Test Quilt Galleries
Over 250 people signed on to test quilt the ten scores for The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters –without visual references, and 165 quilts were completed and submitted for inclusion into the book. We could only choose 22 of these quilts to be printed, but I hope you agree that all of them are worthy examples of the scores, each in their own way. The critical feedback of the test quilters helped shape the final outcome of the book.
The test quilters and their AMAZING quilts will be unveiled one score at a time during the online blog tour of The Improv Handbook in May 2015. Eventually all ten test quilt galleries, one for each score, will be available on this page. Stay tuned!
Join the Improv Handbook community online to share your own work and for more improv inspiration:
About The Author (Me!)
SHERRI LYNN WOOD is an artist working in Oakland, CA. She is the recipient of
the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors, and a two-time
MacDowell Colony Fellow. She has been making and improvising quilts as a creative
life practice for twenty-five years, and blogs about it at daintytime.net. Teaching
credits include Penland School of Craft, QuiltCon, and numerous modern and
traditional guilds across the country.