Category Archives: Community

Improv Patchwork Road Tales ~ Intro

One thing I learned early on, as I shared my story with others, they in turn shared theirs. The development of an idea is a collaborative process. Continue reading

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Ruler-Free Patchwork – Improv Theater Mashup Results

Audience members provided “ugly” fabrics, threw out suggestions, and questions as I improvised a quilt on the spot according to their prompts. Continue reading

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Improv Handbook Blog Hop

A month of insightful reviews, giveaways, process stories, and the debut of 165 test quilts made for The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters. Continue reading

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Improv Handbook X-Country Book Tour!

I’m in the initial planning stages of planning the Improv Handbook X-Country Tour (June 1-10) and I need your help deciding locations.

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18 Quilts Inspired by The Improv Handbook at QuiltCon

A total of EIGHTEEN quilts inspired by scores from the Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters were exhibited at QuiltCon 2015! Continue reading

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Improv Handbook March & April Events ~ May 5 Release

Want to get your hands on a copy before May 5? Check out these book signing events and workshops in Oakland, Kansas City and Portland, ME. Continue reading

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QuiltCon Day 4 ~ Group Flow

The prolonged experience of creative flow on their last day at QuiltCon left everyone feeling pretty satisfied. Now that’s FRESH quilting – or at least quilting that leaves you feeling FRESH! Continue reading

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QuiltCon Day 3 ~ Quilting From the Heart

How will our exposure to the Gee’s Bend Quilters at Quiltcon change the way we make our quilts, and/or our perception of what quilt making is all about? Continue reading

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QuiltCon Day 2 ~ Hot Shots

Daring students tackle Bias Strip Piecing on the Curve. My books sell out on second day! But no worries there are more on their way. Continue reading

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QuiltCon Day 1 ~ Riding High

Learning from the Gee’s Bend Quilters, lecturing, signing books, making mistakes, all in the midst of community! Riding high on the mechanical sewing machine in the sky. Continue reading

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Got QUILTCON!

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 – … Continue reading

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Camp Stitch-Alot and Chicago MQG Here I Come!

Packing for Camp Stitch-Alot! I’ve got my long johns, heavy boots, winter coat, and lots SCRAPS for the cozy cabin quilting retreat! Continue reading

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Improv Round Robin ~ Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association

The Improv Round Robin workshop was super fun. I was so impressed by the cohesiveness of the group. They listened and responded with skill and courage! Continue reading

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QuiltCon Choices – Which class to take?

Wondering which QuiltCon workshop to take? I’m debuting three improvisational workshops and a lecture based on projects featured in my forthcoming book Continue reading

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Teaching! Spoonflower, QuiltCon and more!

On the road teaching for the next two weeks at Spoonflower, in Beaufort, SC, and Baltimore. QuiltCon 2015 workshops announced! Continue reading

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38,564 words and twelve new quilts!

It’s as if I’ve been on a boat for the last year and a half and I’ve just been dropped off on a new shore in my life. Everything is new. Everything is YES! Many thanks to all who’ve been on the journey with me. Continue reading

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50! ?

“Getting older is one of the best things that can happen to a person……see how lucky you’re becoming?” Continue reading

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Open Call For Mod Mood (Get Your Curve On) Quilts

Submit your strip-pieced wedge curve quilt based on the Mod Mood quilt for possible publication in the Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters. Continue reading

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Stitch Modern ~ Improv Round Robin Workshop

I will be facilitating an Improv Round Robin at Stitch Modern on Sunday, February 23, 2014 in Oakland, CA. Register now! Continue reading

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Improv Handbook Test Quilters

It’s not to late to sign up as a test quilter for the Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters. Continue reading

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Announcing The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters

Contribute to the Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters, scheduled to be published by STC Craft, Spring 2015. 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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Piñata Anchor of Hope ~ Happy Birthday Mom

Remembering a geo-psychic, temporary public art project for the city of Durham, NC, that marked the beginning of urban (and personal) renewal.
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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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Summer Heirloom Tomato Pizza

I sliced them up — so juicy and delicious! Happy end of summer to all of you. Savor these last days!
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Sunny Edwards Memorial Quilt ~ Hand Quilting

To improve your hand quilting, aim for straight and even stitches and they will naturally get smaller with practice. Continue reading

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For Whom The Bell Tolls ~ Remembering Kathreen Ricketson

Through her daily living she translated the importance of slowing down, and rejoicing in the simple pleasures of craft and relationships. Continue reading

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Extravagant Generosity

This one quilt “Manna” brought in $16,000. I wonder about the power, the extravagant generosity of art to move people and rain bread from heaven. 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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QuiltCon ~ Day 2: Get Your Curve On

Today I taught an improv curve piecing workshop to another awesome group of quilt makers. Continue reading

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QuiltCon ~ Day 1: Modern Block Improv

The most valuable thing I learn from students, is how they meet and overcome the internal challenges arising from the improvisational process. Continue reading

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Arriving at QuiltCon

I’ve been meeting people right and left and everyone is so happy and excited to be here. Including me! Continue reading

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QuiltCon Bound

This is the first time I’ve ever attended a national quilt expo –in the 20 years I’ve been making quilts. Continue reading

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howdy! let’s meet at quiltcon!

Five things you may not know about me… Continue reading

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shooting corners

I’m going to survey regulars who live and work here: What creative thing could be done to change patterns of neglect and violence on our corner? Continue reading

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Día de los Muertos ~ and why I’m voting for Obama

Celebrating the Day of the Dead reminds me that human worth based on financial wealth is a fiction that I don’t have to buy into or vote for. Continue reading

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retreating into community

Groups of knitters are fantastic, funny, and so appreciative of the effort anyone makes to knit. The love of yarn and craft is an instant bond. Continue reading

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visual influence ~ east oakland graffiti

I can tell that the visual influence of east Oakland is already impacting my color sense, as well as the energy tone, and forms of my quilt patterns. Continue reading

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surprise vacation

I’ve been secretly on vacation since last Tuesday. Saturday was my father’s 70th birthday, but since he reads my blog I couldn’t mention it. Continue reading

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a band of woven community ~ giveaway

Passing along the bounty of community. To enter the giveaway all you need to do is comment with the city, state, country in which you live. Continue reading

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Portland was fun!

I don’t know how bloggers post when they are on vacation. I’m home now and here is a rundown of my Portland adventure. Continue reading

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Portland Bound

Dear readers tell me about the places, neighborhoods, shops, restaurants, landmarks, sights, and oddities I MUST visit and explore while I’m in Portland! Continue reading

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