Category Archives: Modern Improv

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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The Penland Sewettes ~ 4th of July

How do you like our 4th of July improv pieced flags? We each made a section and then added onto our neighbor’s flags, sort of like a crazy improv round robin. Of course it all culminated in marching for the … Continue reading

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Day Five at Penland ~ Improv Quilts!

So here are the results from yesterday’s WIP’s. Pretty impressive right? Of course some of these folks were in the studio until 1AM working on finishing their quilt tops. Each is a variation on a traditional quilt block. Can you … Continue reading

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Day Four at Penland ~ Works In Progress

Today my students at Penland worked on a score that I named Modern Block Improv. Any traditional block pattern can serve as the score. Each time it is repeated or performed variations can be made, so that the authentic pattern … Continue reading

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Day Three at Penland ~ Cage, Limits, Scores and More!

It’s nearing the end of day three at Penland and it’s hard to comprehend all that has happened so far. No one’s wasting any time! Day one of the improv quilting workshop began with conversation and brainstorming on the definition … Continue reading

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Day One at Penland

What a great group of students! Eight plus me. Everyone is engaged and excited about the material. Today we brainstormed about improvisation, explored cultural and personal responses to making mistakes, and began working with randomness and decision making. The first … 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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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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Plaid Wool Modern Quilt Improv

Finally, I’m making progress in patching together these re-purposed wool shirts into a modern improvised bed quilt. I was stuck for a while, so when I began working yesterday [ how often can you take viagra | cheapest prices on … 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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A Thanksgiving for Creative Practice

What does it mean to be an artist? It’s about the truth of who I am in relationship to my self, to others, to my craft and to my being in the world. Continue reading

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Patchwork Sketchbook ~ [ ]

The quilt pattern inspiration for this week are [ ] parenthesis. See my interpretive sketch and it’s translation into an actual quilt block, made from re-purposed wool clothing. Continue reading

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