Category Archives: Modern Improv

Stuck!

I’ve been working on this quilt since mid June and the progress is SLOW… think of the pioneers crossing uncharted terrain.

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Repetition, Improv, and Trance Quilt Making

Repetition is only one of an infinite number of ways to approach improvisation, but it can also be understood as a cause for improvisation.

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Mod Mood Quilt Performed

This week on Improv Monday, I am highlighting a few Mod Mood Quilt “performances” by other quilt makers.

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A Score for Floating Squares

I use limits to set parameters for my modern improv quilts. Often these limits will sound like a recipe or a musical score.

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The Penland Sewettes ~ 4th of July

How do you like our 4th of July improv pieced flags?

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Day Five at Penland ~ Improv Quilts!

So here are the results from yesterday’s WIP’s. Some students were up until 1:30 AM finishing their improv quilt tops!

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Day Four at Penland ~ Works In Progress

Check out the work in progress at the modern improv quilt workshop workshop at Penland School of Craft. It’s all about the rhythm of attention!

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

It’s day three at Penland, and know one’s wasting time in the improv quilting workshop.

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Day One at Penland

Today we brainstormed about improvisation, explored cultural and personal responses to making mistakes, randomness vs decision making.

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Rules vs Limits in Improv Quilting

Limits in improvisation can challenge us to break free from predictable patterns.

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THE RULES of Quilt Making

As modern quilters we are ready to redefine the role of rules in our work.

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Is Improv Quilting for Beginners?

Cultivating Soshin or “beginner’s mind” is essential for modern improv quilting.

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Improv Requires Courage

Improv theater is like improv quilt making on speed and in multiple dimensions. I’ll go back for more. My experience in one informs the other…

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The Role of Play in Improv Quilting

When you improvise, play with a goal to discover. It will make all the difference.

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The Myth of Randomness in Improv Quilting

Is improv quilting a random process? Or does improv produce randomness? I don’t think so, but randomness can play a role in improv.

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What is Improv Quilting?

Welcome to Improv Mondays, a series exploring improvisation in quilt making. Improvisation is about discovery, not about making a wonky log cabin.

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Plaid Wool Modern Quilt Improv

I’m patching re-purposed wool shirts into a modern improvised bed quilt and identifying restraining forces during the creative process to keep the flow going.

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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. Improvisational process follows its own course. 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 ~ [ ]

See my sketch translated into an actual quilt block, made from re-purposed wool clothing. The quilt pattern is inspired by [ ] parenthesis. Continue reading

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