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 – Improv Handbook signing at Stitch Lab booth #216
  • 4:15-6PM – Wandering the Exhibition Hall looking at quilts, visiting the Aurifil booth.
  • 8PM – Moda Party

Friday February 20

  • 9AM-Noon – Teaching: Bias Strip Curves
  • 12:15-1:15 – Improv Handbook signing at Stitch Lab booth #216
  • 2-5PM – Teaching: Bias Strip Curves
  • Evening hours??? Maybe by the infinity pool at the Radisson or in the hotel lounge?

Saturday February 21

  • 9AM-Noon – Teaching: Patchwork Doodling
  • 12:15-1:15 – Improv Handbook signing at Stitch Lab booth #216
  • 2-5PM – Teaching: Patchwork Doodling
  • 5:30-7PM – Keynote: The Quilters of Gees Bend
  • Evening hours??? Out for drinks with Chicago MQG

Sunday February 22

  • 9AM-Noon – Teaching: Improvising from a Score
  • 12:15-1:15 – Book signing at Stitch Lab booth #216
  • 2-5PM – Teaching: Improvising from a Score
  • Evening hours??? Kickin’ back somewhere ’cause I’ll be exhausted!

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If you buy a copy of the Improv Handbook from the Stitch Lab Booth #216 be sure to enter the Pre-Order Giveaway. I will also have pins and beautiful postcards at the Stitch Lab booth available for you to pick up in packets of 10 to take and hand out to your community back home or to your friends at QuiltCon. Just ask me or someone running the Stitch Lab booth for some Improv Handbook postcards.

Time to catch my plane! Safe Travels everyone. And for those of you doing other marvelous things this week stay tuned for vicarious updates. We will miss you.

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I’m excited, anticipating the release of my first book by STC Craft. My advance copy of the Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters is supposed to arrive on Friday. Although the official release date is March 17, the book will launch at QuiltCon in less than two weeks!


QuiltCon Book Launch & Signing @ Stitch Lab (booth #216)

The Improv Handbook will debut at QuiltCon and be available for sale at the Stitch Lab booth #216, located in the vendor section of the exhibition hall.  Meet me at Stitch Lab (@stitchlabatx) during the following times and get your copy signed!

  • Thursday, 2/19 from 3:15 – 4:15 PM
  • Friday, 2/20, Saturday 2/21, and Sunday 2/22 from 12:15 – 1:15 PM

I will also be signing books for students in the classroom 15 minutes prior to the start of each workshop.

Pre-Order Giveaway – Open Till March 16

To celebrate The Improv Handbook’s imminent release on March 17, I am sponsoring a Pre-Order Giveaway through midnight of March 16, 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 March 16. 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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How do you fold your quilts?

I folded and packed up my quilts for QuiltCon today. Would you agree that there is something almost sacred about unfolding and folding a quilt? Especially when I am sharing a quilt with someone for the first time but even when I’m alone, 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.


Practically speaking, I don’t know of any sure fire way to avoid creasing all together but to avoid worn creases in the center of my quilts I never fold them in half. Instead I start by folding the corners of my quilt into the center on the diagonal.

15698693244_4765be16d8_oFrom there I fold the quilt in thirds

16135260047_a98d36edfb_oThen in thirds again.

16295186956_a14438d07a_oEach time I refold I try to change the diagonal slightly so that the creases never get a chance to settle in.

All of this folding reminded me of Bay Area performance/video artist, Surabhi Saraf and her FOLDed performances. Check this out!

How do you fold your quilts? Your thoughts, experiences or insights on the act of folding?

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