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Inspiring Improv: Explore Creative Piecing with Curves, Strips, Slabs and More

Inspiring Improv: Explore Creative Piecing with Curves, Strips, Slabs and More

by Nicholas Ball


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No patterns here, but definitely a plan!
Explore the freeing power of improvised piecing with Nicholas Ball in his first book, Inspiring Improv. Learn his step-by-step technique-based process to explore six fundamental piecing structures. Practice how to stitch fabric together in an improvisational manner to create blocks or sections before using them to sew unique quilts all your own.
Improv piecing doesn't have to mean chaotic end results. Look to the eight original projects included to see how to create sophisticated quilts with structure focusing on repeating blocks or large-scale scrappy designs. Follow along as Nicholas walks you through his original inspiration and follow his plan through to finished pieces, as he discusses which combination of his core piecing methods he used, and how to achieve showstopping, exciting work.
From simple strip piecing through to complex circles and rings, you will be eager to experiment with making slabs, gentle curves, insets, triangles and even 9-patch and Log Cabin stacks. In no time, you'll be using them as a stepping stone to sewing original full-sized improvisational designs.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940655376
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 04/23/2019
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Nicholas Ball is an experienced quiltmaker from Cardiff, South Wales. He has contributed to blogs, magazines, and sew-alongs and specializes in improvisational piecing. He is a regular instructor at The Quilting Company website and on the Quilt Monkey website. You can find him at

Table of Contents

How to use this book - the lack of a cutting list, up-scaling blocks and key features of a block page
Tools - A breakdown of the tools needed to create the blocks and hints and tips about each one.
Fabric - An in-depth look at choosing fabrics for your blocks, using patterns and prints and the rough amounts needed.
Techniques - An in-depth look at the various techniques used to create the blocks. This is where the bulk of the learning will be, accompanied by instructional text and step-by-step illustrations.
Techniques looked at will include: strips, rings, small pieces, slabs, curves, inserts, Y seams
Projects - A selection of quilts featuring the techniques, with mood boards, swatches etc.
12 quilt patterns
Resources & Acknowledgements

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