Category Archives: The Modern Quilt

Improv Handbook Test Quilter Blog Hop

Over 250 people signed on to test quilt the ten scores for The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters – without visual references. There were 165 quilts completed and submitted for inclusion into the book. Only 22 of the test quilts were published in … Continue reading

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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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Quilting By The Lake ~ July 27-31

If you can swing a trip to Syracuse this July then by all means join me for this rare opportunity to do some intensive improv work. Continue reading

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Improv Handbook Process Post ~ Kinda Quilty

One of the joys of writing The Improv Handbook is watching other quilters blossom. Get Your Curve on with me at Quilting By The Lake, July 27-31. Continue reading

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Improv Handbook X-Country Tour

Please help me spread the word. I’m crossing the country with The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters. See complete schedule here! 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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Ruler-Free Patchwork Performance at Sew Modern LA

A mashup of improv theater games with ruler-free patchwork – debuts at Sew Modern in LA 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 Available April 28!

FYI – The release date has been moved up to April 28! The wait is almost over. 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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Mastering & Innovating Patchwork Techniques

Innovation is something that happens when there is no instruction manual readily available. Improv Handbook giveaway on OkanArts.com. Continue reading

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Improv Handbook Test Quilters

Over 250 test quilters played an invaluable role in shaping the content of the book by providing feedback on how the scores made sense or not. Continue reading

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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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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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Improv Handbook PRE-ORDER GIVEAWAY!

Pre-order or purchase the Improv Handbook by March 16, 2015 and enter to win an original mini-quilt, and Aurifil thread inspired by the book. Continue reading

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2015 Focus ~ Listening

As the patchwork unfolds I will listen without agendas of planning, perfecting, or pleasing. I will allow the patchwork to show me what it wants to become. Continue reading

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Cultural Fusion Quilts Winner ~ Ruler Roundup

Many quilters have a love for precision piecing and improv patchwork, and are able to move between working with rulers or going ruler-free. Continue reading

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Cultural Fusion Quilts by Sujata Shah

Sujata Shah gently opens up an exciting path for first-time and beginning level improvisors to explore the expressive qualities of the freely cut line. Continue reading

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The Quilt as a Contemporary Tradition

If you are in the Bay Area join me at the opening this Saturday from 5-8PM for the opening reception! New Quilts from The Improv Handbook the will be on show. Continue reading

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La supposition où je suis ?

Guess where I am? Yes I’m in Paris! 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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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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Talking Quilts with Eli Leon ~ Rosie Lee Tompkins

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

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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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New Workshops for 2014

I’ve added two new improvisational patchwork classes and posted my teaching philosophy to my workshop page. 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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a lecture on modern improv quilting at Stitch Modern

I will be presenting a new framework for improvisational quilting that breaks free from the design/pattern/copy paradigm of traditional quilting: on Feb 5 at “Stitch Modern” a quilt show with special events hosted by the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild. Continue reading

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negative space ~ how the hole affects the whole

In a split second my split sections were on their way to becoming TWO modern quilts instead of one! Continue reading

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FYI – Spoonflower Quiltcon Sweepstakes

Whoever wins this prize will be attending my Modern Block Improv workshop with a friend at QuiltCon. 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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Which of your QUILTCON classes do you recommend?

Here are the class descriptions along with my detailed recommendations in case you are also considering taking one of my workshops at QUILTCON.
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bias and diamond improv patchwork evolution

Watch my most recent bias and diamond modern improv quilt evolve on the studio wall. Quilt in process! Continue reading

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Sprucing Up

This sad UGLY pillow has been sitting around my apartment forever. So I checked my stash and pulled out a nice big piece of vintage fabric. Got out my tools… Revved up my sewing machine… And stitched up an extra … Continue reading

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Upcoming Modern Improv Quilting Workshops ~ OCMQG & QUILTCON!

I’m teaching improv quilting at QuiltCon in February, and at the Orange County Modern Quilt Guild this summer! Continue reading

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Organic Progress

Organic progress on bias patchwork quilt. Who knows where it will grow next? Continue reading

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Mod Scrapping

Fooling around with hand-dyed scraps. Modern bias and diamond patchwork quilt. Continue reading

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I Ching Modern Quilt-along: Week 9 ~ Sewing

This week we go through the complete process of sewing an I Ching modern quilt block based on asking, casting, and reading an I Ching hexagram. Continue reading

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Scrapping

Jumping on the scrap quilting bandwagon – modern improv style! Continue reading

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Visiting

Picking up yet another group of loose threads this week by finally visiting some of my favorite blogs. Continue reading

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I Ching Modern Quilt-along: Week 5 ~ Casting

Through synchronicity even chance events, that happen simultaneously in time and space relate to each other in the shared and present moment. Continue reading

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I Ching Modern Quilt-along: Week 4 ~ Asking

The blocks of your quilt will be based on conversations with the oracle. The first step is opening to the I Ching by asking a question. Continue reading

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I Ching Modern Quilt-along: Week 3 ~ Gathering

This quilt-along is designed to enhance your creative practice. It is best done along-side the creative projects you are already working on.
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I Ching Modern Quilt-along: Week 2 ~ Texting

Identify significant questions related to your inner creativity. Decide on a translation of the I Ching that resonates clearly with you. Continue reading

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I Ching Modern Quilt-along: Week 1 ~ Researching

The I Ching reflects the universe in miniature. It is also a book of patterns. Join me in making a modern quilt based on it. Continue reading

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