Tag Archives: improvisation

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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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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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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Patchwork Scrap Doodling

Scrap Doodling is a playful improvisational patchwork process utilizing fabric scraps without concern over the outcome. It’s like drawing but better! Continue reading

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On Being Judged

Finding and trusting one’s own authority is essential to developing authenticity in improvisational process. Continue reading

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New Workshops for 2014

I’ve added two new improvisational patchwork classes and posted my teaching philosophy to my workshop page. Continue reading

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A Visit With Eli Leon And His Quilts ~ Part 2

Eli Leon has collected over 1000 African-American quilts in the improvisational style and has exhibited them widely but have you seen the seven quilts he’s made? Continue reading

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A Visit With Eli Leon And His Quilts ~ Part 1

Eli Leon has over 1000 African-American quilts in the improvisational style and he invited me to his home to see his collection! Continue reading

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QUILTCON ~ Day 3: Improv Round Robin

For the Improv Round Robin, we followed the cardinal rule of improv theater, no matter what fellow performers say or do always affirm and build on their actions to keep the skit going. Continue reading

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RGB Modern, 2012

I considered the space between warp and weft when piecing these curves with bias cut strips to create this modern improvisational quilt. Continue reading

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curve improv quilting and the uncertainty principle

Position and momentum can not be known simultaneously when you are dealing with modern improv curved piecing! Continue reading

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improvising technique ~ curve piecing workshop

Improvisation in design has its limits. Real innovation begins with the improvisation of technique and tools. Continue reading

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I Ching Modern Quilt-along: 14 ~ Advancing

Applied to my improvisational work, this reading tells me not to regret individual decisions and let go of expectations as I make the quilt. Continue reading

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Putnam-Hauser Linen Quilt, November 2011

Putnam-Hauser Linen Quilt, 2011, 98″ x 110″, machine pieced, hand quilted, linen. The Putnam-Hauser family commissioned this king-sized, modern-improv quilt, made from 100% linen. They live in the Sunset district of San Francisco. We worked together to pick a subtle … Continue reading

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Improv Monday ~ I Can’t Get No Satisfaction!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on Improv Monday but I received an email from a reader that prompted me to consider my relationship to expectation, satisfaction (or dissatisfaction), and improvisation. I was pleased to hear that someone reading … Continue reading

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Improv-ing Not Blogging

Welcome to Improv Monday! View the archive and please join the conversation! This week I’m caught up in actually doing impov instead of blogging about it. So enjoy the WIP pics! Click on the slide show to rotate the images … Continue reading

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Stuck!

I’ve been working on this quilt since mid June and the progress is SLOW… I’m really stuck. It takes me a week to sew on three strips! Where is my flow? What’s holding me back? I have no idea where … Continue reading

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Mini Keepsake Quilt-Along ~ Passage Quilting™ Tutorial ~ Part 2

In Part 1 of the Mini Keepsake Quilt-Along, I cut my clothing into sections according to the architectural features I wanted to highlight. Now it is time to improvise a pattern based on those features to create blocks or sections. … Continue reading

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Mini Keepsake Quilt-Along ~ Passage Quilting™ Tutorial ~ Part 1

I am so impressed with all of the comments about ideas and materials for keepsake quilts, by those of you who entered the Whip Up Mini Quilt Book Giveaway. The possibilities are endless. Choosing Your Materials If you have gathered … Continue reading

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The Improvisational Quilts of Susana Allen Hunter

Susana Allen Hunter (1912 – 2005) was an African American quilter from rural Wilcox County, Alabama. The daughter of Tobe Allen and Mary Richardson Allen, Susana married Julius Hunter (1909-1996) in the late 1920s. They had two children and also … Continue reading

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Improvisational Process Follows Its Own Course

When the improvised quilt pattern has taken on a life of it’s own, you must go with the flow. Continue reading

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Running Out of Wool ~ Repurposing Thrift Store Finds

The improvised [ ] quilt pattern is coming along. My favorite blocks are in the right column. My intention is to make a queen sized quilt, but I’m running out of wool. The star

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Mod-Mood Quilt 4 ~ Get Your Line On

In 1992 I took my first quilt making workshop with Nancy Crow. It was on improvisational process and one of the first things Nancy said to the class was, “You don’t need a ruler to cut and sew fabric together.” … Continue reading

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Mod-Mood Quilt 3 ~ Get Your Pattern On

Step 3: Get Your Pattern On Once you have identified your moods and chosen corresponding colors in step 2 what are you to do? It’s time to choose a pattern. A. For your Modern Mood Quilt you can choose any … Continue reading

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Mod-Mood Quilt 2 ~ Get Your Mood On

What color are you today? Our souls know so many colors and emotions. Most of us experience several different, sometimes conflicting, emotions at once. It is this unique mix of transient emotions that defines my overall mood at any particular … Continue reading

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The Modern Quilt: Revolution vs Evolution

After trolling the blogs late last night I came across Rossie’s process pledge and post on mutant quilting (don’t skip the insightful comments while you are there), and was inspired to consider my place in this movement. I made my … Continue reading

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