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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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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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I Ching Modern Quilt-along: 10 ~ Continuing

It was uncomfortable sewing TEN unbroken dark lines in a row. I wanted to CHEAT and control the random process, but continued with integrity! 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 Monday ~ Pausing to See

Welcome to Improv Monday! View the archive and please join the conversation! After a bang of initial energy, the linen quilt on my wall has remained untouched for almost three weeks… but finally PROGRESS! Many hours of pausing to look … 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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Repetition, Improv, and Trance Quilt Making

Welcome to Improv Mondays, a weekly series exploring improvisation in quilt making. Traditional quilt making involves a lot of repetition – from the cutting of shape-after-shape out of the cloth, to sewing the pieces together block-after-block, to the in-and-out of … Continue reading

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Mod Mood Quilt Performed

Welcome to Improv Mondays, a weekly series exploring improvisation in quilt making. Last week I introduced the concept of improv quilting from a score, and the Mod Mood Quilt Along that I posted last summer is a score. So this … Continue reading

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A Score for Floating Squares

Welcome to Improv Mondays, a weekly series exploring improvisation in quilt making. On the last Improv Monday, over a month ago, the discussion was about Rules vs. Limits. To refresh your memory, I use limits to set parameters for my … Continue reading

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Rules vs Limits in Improv Quilting

Welcome to Improv Mondays, a weekly series exploring improvisation in quilt making. The last two weeks I’ve posted about THE RULES. This week I want to talk about limits. Is there a difference between rules and limits in improv quilting? … Continue reading

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A Quilt Maker’s Memoir of Rules

Welcome to Improv Mondays, a weekly series exploring improvisation in quilt making. I began as a self-taught quilt maker after years of sewing clothes. I learned the techniques and internalized the proper rules of sewing sturdy and professional looking garments, … Continue reading

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THE RULES of Quilt Making

Welcome to Improv Mondays, a weekly series exploring improvisation in quilt making. The topic of rules is HUGE. Traditional sewing epitomizes feminine obedience.  When I was growing up, home economic was required and there were rules that had to be … Continue reading

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Is Improv Quilting for Beginners?

Welcome to Improv Mondays, a weekly series exploring improvisation in quilt making. Your comments on improv and courage last week were out-of-this-world fantastic – thank you! Some of you are new to improv, and some more experienced, but all of … Continue reading

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Improv Requires Courage

Welcome to Improv Mondays, a weekly series exploring improvisation in quilt making. This weekend I experienced improv comedy at the Pan Theater in Oakland, CA. The main show consisted of two actors doing a series of short sketches. Limits or … Continue reading

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The Role of Play in Improv Quilting

Welcome to Improv Mondays, a weekly series exploring improvisation in quilt making. Great comments last week on the Myth of Randomness in Improv, so let’s look at another common, and perhaps misunderstood, approach to improv. Just play! This is the … Continue reading

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The Myth of Randomness in Improv Quilting

Welcome to Improv Mondays, a weekly series exploring improvisation in quilt making. One of the better posts I found on topic was from The Quilt Engineer on Measured Improv. Latifa talks about “allowing for improvisation within specified constraints or parameters”. … Continue reading

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What is Improv Quilting?

Welcome to Improv Mondays, a weekly series exploring improvisation in quilt making. So I’ve been doing a search on the internet and have discovered a real lack of conversation about the nature of improvisational quilting. In 2009 Tallgrass Prairie Studio … Continue reading

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