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Making do with what’s at hand is an accomplishment, a state of gratitude, a rhythm of attention, that feeds the spirit and restores the soul. Continue reading
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
The random pattern of this all linen quilt was created by chance through the process of throwing coins as prescribed by the I Ching. Continue reading
Eli Leon has collected over 1000 African-American quilts in the improvisational style but have you seen the seven quilts he’s made? Continue reading
Riding along the bay in East Oakland on a sunny Sunday afternoon in winter restores my rhythm of attention. Continue reading
Repetition is the foundation for all pattern making. I was inspired by these wine barrels on Treasure Island today. Continue reading
My creative space becomes animated when work is flowing. So many subtle influences are at play. Continue reading
Get out your graph paper and use your I Ching castings to decide on the form that your quilt will take. What does randomness look like? Continue reading
Many hours of pausing to look at this quilt were required before I could commit to sewing the pieces together. Pauses are part of seeing.
I continue to cultivate the spirit of community I felt at Penland, but I also want to include time for silence, study, reading, and meditation.
It’s day three at Penland, and know one’s wasting time in the improv quilting workshop.
When you improvise, play with a goal to discover. It will make all the difference.
Is improv quilting a random process? Or does improv produce randomness? I don’t think so, but randomness can play a role in improv.
Welcome to Improv Mondays, a series exploring improvisation in quilt making. Improvisation is about discovery, not about making a wonky log cabin.
I will be teaching an improvisational quilt making workshop June 26-July 8, at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina.
In Part 2 of the Keepsake Quilt-Along, we review tips on how to improvise, as well as curve piecing techniques in order to build patchwork blocks or sections.