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The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Guide to Creating, Quilting, and Living Courageously
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The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Guide to Creating, Quilting, and Living Courageously

by Sherri Lynn Wood
 

Forget step-by-step instructions and copycat designs. In The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters, Sherri Lynn Wood presents a flexible approach to quilting that breaks free of old paradigms. Instead of traditional instructions, she presents 10 frameworks (or scores) that create a guiding, but not limiting, structure. To help quilters gain confidence, Wood

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Forget step-by-step instructions and copycat designs. In The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters, Sherri Lynn Wood presents a flexible approach to quilting that breaks free of old paradigms. Instead of traditional instructions, she presents 10 frameworks (or scores) that create a guiding, but not limiting, structure. To help quilters gain confidence, Wood also offers detailed lessons for stitching techniques key to improvisation, design and spontaneity exercises, and lessons on color. Every quilt made from one of Wood’s scores will have common threads, but each one will look different because it reflects the maker’s unique interpretation. Featured throughout the book are Wood’s own quilts and a gallery of contributor works chosen from among the hundreds submitted when she invited volunteers to test her scores during the making of this groundbreaking work.

Editorial Reviews

Dallas Morning News

“Wood offers a series of techniques, guidelines and lessons on color choice for those ready to explore improvisational quilting. Her book is loaded with full-color photos and examples to inspire.”
Powell’s Books Staff Pick

“Despite how it may ‘seam,’ quilting isn’t all about rules! Quilting can be an exhilarating way to channel your creativity and express yourself. This book is focused more on exploration than explanation—a perfect mindset for beginners!”
Fresh Lemons Faith Jones

The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters is on my all-time-favorite-most-beautifully-photographed-books list. There is just so much content (176 pages!) and fuel for creativity in here. I’ll be honest, I’m a picture person and I usually don’t read everything in a quilting book. But I sat down with this one and it’s been so interesting. I actually keep it on my coffee table!”
Kaffe Fassett

“I could learn a lot from this book—I want to buy it.”
Brandon Mably

“Refreshing, inspiring use of color and pattern and educational—a must-have book.”
Quiltville Bonnie K. Hunter

“The whole look and feel of this book is glorious. You want to turn every page. You want to read it like a novel . . . there are life lessons here as well as quilt lessons.”
Modern Sewciety podcast Stephanie Kendron

“If improv scares you, check this book out because it lets you think about improv in a different way. This book makes you want to let go of control!”
Craft Sanity review Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood

“One of the best quilting books I’ve ever read. Why? Because this book empowers readers to tap a creative vein and improvise with scissors and a pile of stash fabric.”
Made & Remade blog Lish Dorset

“As someone who enjoys improv quilting, I found myself poring over Sherri’s book day after day, quickly jotting down notes and techniques to try with my next project.”
Powell's Books Staff Pick
“Despite how it may ‘seam,’ quilting isn’t all about rules! Quilting can be an exhilarating way to channel your creativity and express yourself. This book is focused more on exploration than explanation—a perfect mindset for beginners!”
Library Journal
05/15/2015
If the quilts shown at the Modern Quilt Guild's 2015 QuiltCon are any indication, improvisational piecing is a major trend within the modern quilting movement. Quilter Wood brings together her inspirations, which include the well-known Gee's Bend quilts, modern dance, and jazz, in this guide to improvisation in quilting. Each of the projects in the book is presented as a "score" containing steps to take quilters from selection of fabrics to piecing to finishing in a thoughtful progression. Wood also includes a variety of mind-body exercises intended to engage mindfulness in the process of improvisation. The book closes with a step-by-step guide to techniques commonly used in improv piecing, such as piecing curves and ruler-free cutting and piecing. VERDICT Improv quilting may not be to everyone's taste—it can be visually jarring at times—but many who love this style are downright passionate about it, and Wood provides a comprehensive overview of improvisational techniques.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781617691386
Publisher:
STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book
Publication date:
04/28/2015
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
288,755
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author


Sherri Lynn Wood is an artist working in Oakland, CA. She is the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors, and a two-time MacDowell Colony Fellow. She has been making and improvising quilts as a creative life practice for twenty-five years, and blogs about it at daintytime.net. Teaching credits include Penland School of Craft, QuiltCon, and numerous modern and traditional guilds across the country.

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