The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters – a review + giveaway


Hello, hello! I’m pleased to be participating in the blog tour for Sherri Lynn Wood’s amazing book, The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters. Mine is an unexpected stop on the tour, as I didn’t get my act together to respond in time to make the schedule, but I couldn’t not tell you about this book. It really is amazing!

What sets it apart for me is unlike other quilting books which provide a pattern to replicate the quilt shown, Sherri’s book provides only a score, with guidelines rather than specific steps. Your quilt may end up looking similar to the one she’s shown for that score, or it may look completely different, depending on how each individual interprets the score. It also leaves plenty of room for experimentation, so you might make the same score more than once and still end up with completely different quilts. A wonderful aspect of this book is seeing how quilts from a particular score can vary – Sherri put out a call for people to create quilts from the various scores and included several test quilts in each chapter, and it’s so interesting to see the variations.


I was really intrigued when Sherri asked me to try out a score. I love improv quilting, but find patterns written to replicate an improv quilt to be challenging. I decided to give this one a try simply because it wasn’t a pattern. I got to test the Floating Squares score, which is the first score in the book. And indeed, it was so fun that I made three variations! (this one shown here was included in the book, and I previously blogged about my Cascading Pools quilt here) I love that from the get go I had a place to start (sometimes it can be hard to know how to start, especially with an improv quilt) – in this case, I knew that I’d be using squares from three different fabrics.

(unfortunately this one doesn’t photograph very well, but it’s really beautiful in person, and since the majority is made up of Nani Iro double gauze, it’s also incredibly soft!)

I liked that limits were set but love that Sherri encourages you to adjust your limitations if they’re not working for you. When I ran out of one of my main fabrics, I felt free to grab another that seemed similar and continue on working with that one.


Sometimes I feel like I fall back on my favorite way of sewing fabrics together – that place where I’m most comfortable – and I love that this book gives you a little push out of your comfort zone. I think it’s ideal for those new to improv and for those who feel quite comfortable with improv. I think the framework and structure for each score would appeal to those who are just starting out with improv, while the variety in scores, the variety of types of improv and the permission and encouragement to veer off course would appeal to those who want to push themselves a bit. I know that I’m inspired to try out Sherri’s Bias Strip Petals scores – something I’ve certainly never experimented with before.

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Ok, ok! You definitely need a copy of this book! Want to try winning a copy? Please leave a comment here to be entered. If you’d like, I’d love to know how you feel about improv quilting – do you feel comfortable sewing this way? is it intimidating? why? I’d love to hear your thoughts! US only, please, per the publisher. I will select a winner on Friday afternoon.

Update! A winner has been selected! selected comment #166,

jill gm says:

this is the second post that I’ve read highlighting this book and I’m really excited to read through it for inspiration. thus far, I’ve only experimented with improv for small personal projects but I’ve been gearing up for quilt-sized experimentation. unless I have something specific in mind, I find that it can be difficult to know where to start. it sounds like her approach could be just the kick in the pants that I need. thanks for sharing.

Congratulations Jill! Look for an email from me shortly!

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Follow along with the rest of the blog tour! (and of course catch up with Sherri on her blog, Daintytime)

May 2: Sew Mama Sew – Score for Floating Squares Gallery
May 4 STC Craft – Score for Rhythmic Grid Gallery
May 4: Plaid Portico – Score for Strings Gallery
May 6: During Quiet Time – Test Quilter Amy Friend
May 8: Wise Craft Handmade – Score for Get Your Curve On Gallery
May 11: Studio Notes – Test Quilter Penny Gold
May 13: Quiltville – Score for Modern Block Improv Gallery
May 15: Peppermint Pinwheels – Test Quilter Stacey Sharman
May 18: Quirky Quilts – Test Quilter Kim McPeake
May 20: PoppyPrintCreates – Score for Patchwork Doodle Gallery
May 22: The Last Piece – Test Quilter Sara Fielke
May 25: Cauchy Complete – Score for Layered Curves Gallery
May 26: Diary of a Quilter – Score for Bias Strip Petals Gallery
May 28: Getting Stitched on the Farm –Score for Improv Round Robin Gallery
May 29: Spoonflower – Score for Showing Up Gallery
May 30: Fresh Modern Quilts – Test Quilter Rossie Hutchinson

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180 Responses to The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters – a review + giveaway

  1. 1
    Thea says:

    I am slowly making my way to improv. quilting. It is very difficult to not “plan” and when I put together a quilt I have to constantly fight the urge to put things in “patterned” order-its hard to let things fall as they may. I am always happy when I do though. And I am getting there. Baby steps, baby steps. You are an immense inspiration and reading your blog helps me push myself to be brave.

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    Susan says:

    Looks like fun!

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    Anne says:

    I’m all about improv, certainly with the design and usually construction and quilting!

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    Renate says:

    I have tried improv quilting, but still find myself working toward ‘the box’ . It is not easy, the Improv handbook, would guide me away from that box. I look forward to trying some of the scores!

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    Valerie says:

    I’d love to try improv quilting but haven’t been brave enough yet!

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    Pamela S says:

    I love improv quilting! I find it freeing and lots of fun to experiment with different techniques, too. This would be an awesome book to win – count me in!

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    AJ says:

    I would love to try this technique but am completely intimidated by it. I am new to quilting and not completely comfortable with my skills so I am sure that factors into my trepidation.

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    janet moilanen says:

    I don’t know whether I can ever ‘loosen up’ enough to try this but I love seeing what others do!

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    Pat says:

    I love improve! It is my favorite, go to technique.

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    Penny G says:

    You seem to be able to work in any arena. You are an artist and make your art both beautiful and relatable. Your efforts with this book show that the concept is amazing and you comfortably tell us how you traveled the path outlined. Maybe I will have enough nerve to try.

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    Tracy says:

    I like improvising with shapes, but I’m still a bit intimidated by just grabbing a fabric as opposed to carefully planning out a color scheme. I’d love to try playing with that a bit more, hopefully with this book by my side!! 🙂

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    MsVicki says:

    This approach to quilting is the one that makes my heart sing. It may, finally, get me going!

  13. 13
    Lacey L. says:

    I’ve wanted to try the improv technique for a long time! It’s hard for me to not have a set plan/pattern.

  14. 14
    Lacey L. says:

    I’ve always wanted to try an improv quilt!

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    I am usually a scrap quilter so this book looks completely out of my comfort zone. I would love to try something new, something different. Debbie in WV

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    Debbie says:

    Not sure if it’s improve, but my last quilt was without a set pattern. Just starting cutting, placing and sewing. Loved the results.

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    Paige says:

    I’ve started an improv quilt and really like where it was going. It got pushed aside for pressing deadlines though so it’s never been finished. Hmmm.

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    eadaoine says:

    Whenever I try improve I find myself very frustrated. Maybe a score would help!

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    E. A. says:

    The idea of going full-scale improv is terrifying – this would be a great place for me to start!

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    Emilee says:

    i haven’t tried it yet, but I really want to!

  21. 21
    Nancy Volkers says:

    This looks like a great book!

  22. 22
    cynthia says:

    I want to try, but don’t want to wind up with a hot mess of wasted fabric! This book looks like it would help me avoid that.

  23. 23
    HeatherK says:

    I haven’t done a lot with improv, only a couple of be blocks, but I enjoyed those. I want to try making my own fabric for a large appliquE sometime.

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  25. 24
    Alice R. says:

    I have only done one small improv quilt, but it’s something I’d like to do more of. I do feel as though I need a bit of guidance though, so this book sounds perfect!

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    kris says:

    I am drawn to improv quilting. It starts out harder for me and some emotional connection happens and spurs me on. I usually love the results.

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    Anita says:

    I have tried a little improv quilting, and I really want to do more. I do not find it intimidating, there is just that step of courage to get out of your comfort zone and dare to sew completely from your own imagination. Until now the comfort of having a pattern to lean on has been the safety line for me. This book could really inspire me and get that kick start I need!

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    Sara Dillon says:

    The book sounds great. I’ve always wanted to try improv quilting.

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    Afton says:

    Usually, I’m more restrained in my quilting, but I like the freedom and look of improv sometimes too.

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    Emil T says:

    Sherri Lynn came to speak with our local guild a few weeks ago – what an inspiration! I would definitely love to add more improv to my quilting, but get stuck before I start 🙂

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    Elizabethdee says:

    I’ve never tried Improv quilting.. Frankly it scares me, which is why I think I must give it a try. When I sew clothes I feel free to alter patterns, but when it comes to quilts I stick rigidly to the pattern instructions. I’d love to loosen up!

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    Janequiltsslowly says:

    I have done improv piecing that I’ve then put into traditional blocks. I’d like to try a completely improv quilt.

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    Well in some ways it looks scrapy in others it looks cold and modern….But i find it interesting ….Ty for sharing your ideas and thoughts…….right now i am finding my way around scrapy quilts to use up my scraps…..

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    Susie says:

    It’s SO intimidating to me but I want to try it SO badly! My fear is wasting fabric that I love… I’m going to have to get past that fear and just do it!

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    ellen patton says:

    I love modern quilts!

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    Sarah Terry says:

    I love improv quilting because I am not one to spend a lot of time planning out every detail. You can jump right in and then adjust as you go.

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    MCV says:

    I love improve quilts but it’s a stretch for me. Sometimes I bring my teenage daughter and her friends in on a quilt. They combine fabrics in ways I would have never thought of which challenges me to do the same.

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    Carol says:

    I am trying to wrap my head around improv quilting. My son in law thinks I would be good at it. I guess he will get the first improv quilt!
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  39. 38
    Becky T says:

    Well I never was able to follow a musical score…maybe a quilting score is the way to go!

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    Josie McRazie says:

    Why yes I DO need a copy!! ;0)
    improv scares the bejesus out of me! I go planned chaos!! But I think they are beautiful!!

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    Chelsea says:

    I really want to try improv quilting! I think I would find it fun and liberating!

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    Sharon T says:

    Improv scares me and intrigues me at the same time! I would love to give it a try!

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    Lisa says:

    I love to sew this way, but I have a difficult time accepting the chaotic results. I think I like order and repetition too much. I love other people’s quilts when they quilt this way, I just have a hard time looking at my own. I think that means I should try and mimic traditional quilts a bit more as I free-form piece?

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    Francesca says:

    Improv is so freeing. I love beening a bit surprised with the way my quilt comes together.

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    Laura says:

    I’ve done some improv with my quilting friendship group, and I love it. Need to do more!

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    Mary Ann says:

    I made an improv quilt 8 yrs ago as a baby gift, I used HR lightening bug just because I loved it. That’s my favorite quilt ever.. But I have never done improv again…in part because I don’t have design wall in my sewing room anymore…it’s across the hall. Don’t know why that matters but it seems too. Think this book might get my creativity itching to get out again. Thanks!

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    Libby says:

    I’ve actually never sewed a quilt with a pattern, just an idea so I’m interested in how she encourages this development. I could benefit with a few tips and tricks. Thanks for the review!

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    Karena L says:

    I’m just working on my first improv quilt and it’s a fun process, although sometimes it wears me out when I have to work for a long time to fit everything together. 🙂

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    Stephanie says:

    I have been seeing this book and the quilts and scores on other blogs and I am inspired to try some improve too. Thank you for the giveaway.

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    Rae R says:

    I think improv quilts are very interesting, and can be a great way to use up leftover fabric. I think I’m a little intimidated by the process since I don’t think outside the box easily. However, the quilts on the cover are lovely, and when I had a peek inside the book on Amazon I decided it would be great to get out of my comfort zone and try something new and different! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Laura says:

    I love precision piecing for the most part, but every once in a while I need the freedom afforded by improv. My daughters are the exact opposite and keep twisting my arm to convert. I tell them that there is a place for each within the world of modern quilting.

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    Kami says:

    I love the aesthetic of improv quilting and have ventured into it on a smaller scale with some pillow covers. I find it intimidating however, I think because I have always tended to be a rule follower in all walks of life so I am very drawn to patterns and instruction. I would love to expand my comfort level with this form of quilting though.

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    Jenn says:

    I have grown to like improv sewing more and more. My first real affection for it, is when I realized it was similar to making/designing my own fabric.

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    Kendra says:

    i love improv on a small scale, but I haven’t been brave enough to try it on a big scale yet! Maybe this will inspire my first fully improv-ed quilt!

  55. 54
    Danette says:

    I’m pretty much a planner, haven’t really tried improv. Looks neat, though. Thank you,

  56. 55
    Catherine says:

    Improv quilting is what helped bridge the gap between me, my mother and grandmother. A new-old style that celebrates us all!

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    sharon says:

    I have never made an improv quilt
    I would love to try one!

  58. 57
    jenny says:

    i really enjoy improv piecing and based on the library copy of this book, i would really love to own it! thanks for a chance.

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    Karen Z S says:

    It’s easier to improv once you have a stash of uglies to practice with.

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    Rochelle says:

    This is what I’m striving for…to have a toolbox that I can pull pieces out of and put them together in a different way, a unique way. Same tools as yours, different pictures for each of us. Thanks for the opportunity.

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    DianeY says:

    Quite frankly, I’m not sure how I feel about improve! because I really haven’t tried it! And that’s probably because I don’t know how to start! So maybe this book is what I need to give me a starting point!

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    Judy says:

    Definitely interested in this direction. One of my quilt friends recently took a workshop from the author and gave a rave review.

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    Karen says:

    I’ve never really given it a try. I might just have to!

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    Stephanie says:

    Improv really isn’t my thing BUT I love sewing from my stash and I am TERRIBLE at sticking with and following a pattern/instructions so I feel like maybe it’s something I need to look at a bit more. Plus the quilts on the cover of this book are really speaking to me! They make me feel inspired.

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    Cheryl says:

    I’ve borrowed this book from a friend and it really is intriguing!

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    Claudia Shearer says:

    I love working with improv-style. It’s very freeing and now I find it hard to follow a pattern. I would love this book!

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    Cathy L says:

    This looks like fun!

  68. 67
    wintu nancy says:

    I haven’t really tried improv quilting, but love the looks that you all achieve. This would be a good introduction to trying this style.

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    Pat S says:

    I’ve seen this book reviewed and am rather intrigued with the idea. I’ve put off purchase only b/c I have so many other irons in the fire right now but I do want to try it. I attended a one day workshop of Sherri’s but tend not to do very well in that sort of environment. I need time for things and thoughts to sink in and a single day doesn’t work. I’ve purchased fabric for a color scheme I want for my living room and am thinking some of the ideas in this book could do well for me if I start small … like maybe floor pillows.

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    L says:

    I love improv quilting; though I find it is much more time consuming than working from a pattern

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    Amelia Verne says:

    I love improv! I get to use all the colorcolor/scale lessons I have learned.

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    darci says:

    this book sounds like a great way to try improv. The concept is really unique and the whole nature of improv doesnt lend itself to following someone elses pattern.

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    audrey says:

    I have made one improv. quilt and it was a bit terrifying.:) Would love to win this book and get some more practice in!

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    Deairdre Miller says:

    i have never done any improv quilting. I would love to try, but I have a feeling it’s WAY outside my comfort zone!

  75. 74

    I have never heard of improv quilting. What is it?

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    Megan W says:

    I’ve never really tried improve quilting… maybe done a block of it once for a bee. But would love to peruse this book. It looks like the perfect starting place and what you’ve written about it makes it sound like a perfect quilting book for me – I’m not really one to follow a quilt pattern. 🙂

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    Kat Scott says:

    I love working improv…. but sometimes the color challenges are the hardest part.

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    Tina Short says:

    I’m still a bit scared of improv…..I need a swift kick up the you-know -where.

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    Lynne says:

    LOVE improv, although not always brave about jumping in. Your double-gauze quilt is gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    sarah says:

    recently, i tried to improv piece a backing for a quilt with leftover fabrics from the top. I liked it. Nothing had to match perfectly and i didnt worry abut exact placement. I want to do more but I need a little help. This book sounds like the perfect solution. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Phoebe says:

    I have not done a lot of improv quilting, and I’m not actually sure why. I don’t think I’m actually scared of the techniques, I guess I just haven’t had a chance to fully explore its possibilities yet. This book has been calling my name and I’m hopeful that it will be a good place to start my improv “journey.”

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    Margaret says:

    I love the idea of improv quilting, but I have a hard time letting go of my ruler. 😉

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    Kat says:

    Love improv quilting, and would love to have this book! Thanks for sharing!

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    Ellyn Wood says:

    Looks like a fabulous book!!

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    Diane W says:

    I just looked through this book at my local quilt shop and would love to have it. My dream is to make many quilts without patterns!

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    barbara woods says:

    love every thing about quilting, thanks for the chance

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    Alli says:

    I like other people’s improv quilting, but I haven’t tried it myself, yet. :}

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    Sarah J. says:

    I have only done a little bit of improv- in a fabric baby book- but it was so fun! I really want to try more and this looks like a great book for ideas and inspiration! Certainly would never have thought about improv petals- but they are lovely!

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    Miranda Rosa says:

    I’m intrigued!

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    Laura F. says:

    I improv all the time and love the final outcomes!

    Thanks for a chance to win.

    merryorganic@gmail dot com

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    LINDA says:

    Hi,I’m sorta a Traditional Quilter-Person,so haven’t tried much Improv.I’m intrigued by them though and think I’d like to try doing one! Neat Book>Thanks for sharing!

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    Megan Collins says:

    I’ve never tried improv quilting- intimidating, I think. But it sounds like this book helps deal with that? Neat idea- and I love what you’re working on!

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    Fran P. says:

    Ready for an improv challenge.

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    jackie says:

    Wowwie!!! too too cool!!!!!

  95. 94

    I am most comfortable with improv quilting ;)!!!

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    stanleybeagle says:

    I’ve always been way too intimidated to try going freestyle! Maybe one day

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    Kate Yates says:

    I LOVE improv quilts, but I struggle to come up with new ideas for new quilts. I really want to learn some new techniques, and I have heard this is a great book for that. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Jinger says:

    I’m a newbie and so intimidated by improv quilting! Looks like I need this book.

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    Marilyn says:

    I like improve piecing as a break from the structure and precision of traditional quilt making. I may not like my results, but I always enjoy the journey. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Tesuque says:

    I could use a push, too.

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    Annette says:

    I’m excited to try!

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    Debbie says:

    I love improv quilts but don’t know where to start. I did a little one which was successful. Then I did a larger one that did not turn out at all. This book sounds great.

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    Kathy E. says:

    I definitely don’t feel intimidated by improv quilting. I compare it to coming home from a stressful day of work, taking off a girdle and pantyhose, then slipping into comfy pj’s for a night of relaxation at the sewing machine. No rules, no measuring, no worries about matching points or seams…what could be more fun! I need this book!

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    Joy James says:

    I enjoy doing improve but not always my results! Just need to keep at it!

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    Rose says:

    I love the carefree look of improv quilts, but as a perfectionist, I am completely intimidated by by improv not coming out perfectly imperfect…

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    Chris says:

    This book looks like all fun, back to childhood and outside of the box quilting.

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    Sue Laufer says:

    I’m warming up to the idea of improv quilting. There was a time when it scared me to death. I love new challenges. I think I’m ready to step out of the box.

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    Beth T. says:

    I love improv quilting! Sometimes it’s challenging, which is great fun–how often, when you’re following a pattern, do you get to figure out for yourself, how to express yourself in a quilt? I love it, and I think I am going to love this book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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    Jean says:

    I would love to try improv. I am new to quilting and a bit intimidated because of that. Thank you for the chance to win this lovely book. Jean

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    Audrey says:

    I like improv piecing the best! But I need to get out of my improv comfort zone and I just knocked this book is the key. Thank you!

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    Jennifer says:

    I would love this book! Do not live in the US but can supply my mother’s US address 😉

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    TONI FOX-COLE says:

    I love improve quilting. I took 1 yard of fabric with some crazy pieces of sea life, and made a bottom of the sea quilt. It was my first, and it’s still my favorite. Out of the box quilting is the best. I would love to win the book, to expand my horizons even more…

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    Garilyn says:

    I’ve never done improv quilting. I’m not even sure where to start. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Michelle says:

    I’ve never tried improv quilting, but I’d love to learn. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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    Barb says:

    Thanks for your review. This is one improv book I may purchase.

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    Annette says:

    I have only made small improv quilts…a nice way to use scraps…the new book looks wonderful!

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    Lisa Marie says:

    I’ve done only a little improv — wonky log cabins, some randomly pieced potholders, etc. This book looks like it would inspire me to try more as the quilts look very cool!

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    Summer says:

    I just finished a challenge to take a yard of fabric, cut it up and make a quilt out of it. I was at a bit of a loss at first, but then decided to fussy cut, then frame those cuts. After laying out those blocks, I filled in with other fabric until I got rows, then sewed the rows together into a finished top. It was freeing to just do what felt right to me and not have to consult a pattern every time I was unsure about what to do. I always want to try something new and now that I’ve got a taste, I’d like to try more improv quilting.

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    Betsy says:

    I’ve done a little improve quilting snd enjoy it. This book looks great. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Carol says:

    I have never tried improv quilting, but would like to move a little out of my comfort zone and try it. Thank you for the give away!

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    Gigi Voegeli says:

    I am a long time traditional quilter, but my tastes have been changing over the last year or two. I have tried several improv projects and I find them fun and exciting (although I’m not always happy with the results). Would love to have a copy of the book. BTW, you are one of my most favorite bloggers! Thanks!

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    Marty says:

    When I can take time, I love improv quilting and sewing. I recently made a baby quilt in a improv manner.

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    Mary Burnette says:

    I would love a copy of the book. Improve quilting is definitely new to me, but hey I’m up for anything new! thanks for the chance!

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    patty says:

    Improv piecing is just about all I do anymore.

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    Laura says:

    I haven’t done much improv quilting, but I’d love to try. The petals quilt looks really interesting. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of the book!

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    Kathy h says:

    I have not tried improv quilting but like the quilts I have seen. Would like to try it someday.

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    Mary says:

    I feel intimidated. It looks so easy just like some of the Moden Art paintings and then I try and it’s so much harde than cutting out pieces and following s pattern. I’ve seen the book and would love a copy. Thanks.

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    Laurie Churchill says:

    I especially like the idea of using improv techniques to create non linear quilt designs.
    I’d love to win a copy of this inspiring book.

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    Shelley Parham says:

    I use a lot of improv in my quilting. There are few patterns I follow completely. The book looks intriguing. I’d love to take a look!

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    Lauren says:

    Improve quilts are my favorite to look and daydream about, infact they are what has propelled my love of quilting. I struggle to improve quilt though! Think it is because I am afraid I won’t like it and have wasted fabric, I am a bit of a type A personality and my list of quilts I want to make is so long it seems to get pushed to the back. This book looks so good though, love all of the cover quilts! Love your quilt to!! Thank you!!!

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    Kathie L says:

    I don’t yet feel comfortable with improv, but have some free fabric that I wouldn’t mind using to give it a go.

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    Sandy Cristan says:

    I’m SUCH a rule follower. This would be perfect for me to stretch, grow and learn!!

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    Rosemary Bolton says:

    This is a lovely book. Goodness. Wow.
    I could imagine digging right in to this one – start to finish.
    Thanks for sharing all of these luscious ideas

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    Sandra says:

    I sometimes feel that improv–especially if the pieces are large–looks just plain messy. I think there is a skill to making something that manages design and chaos.Thanks or the giveaway.

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    Betsey says:

    I took Sherri’s class in Portland, Maine, a few weeks ago.

    It’s hard at first to put away the ruler, but I did it!

    Love this whole approach. Thanks.

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    Renee says:

    Intimidated! I really admire the improv quilts but fear that mine would be a hot mess.

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    Donna W says:

    I am intimidated by the process. So, I need all the help I can get. This books like it would do the trick. Thanks

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    Mary Levy says:

    I’m having a hard time with improv, and this book sound like just what I need.

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    mailergoat says:

    I would love to win this book! I’ve done a little improv and I really like that style — I feel so bold slicing without care! But not much, and I like the idea of having a bit of direction to help the process along.

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    Jan Sutter says:

    I love it when it works and hate it when it doesn’t . 🙂

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    Jude says:

    I am just starting to enjoy sewing improvisationally….is that a word? I would love to win this book!
    Thank you for the chance!

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    AngieSue says:

    I am intimidated by improv – mostly because I hate to pick out mistakes and/or waste fabric. I suspect the try it and see approach to improv may require me to get over this!

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    Debbie says:

    Love improv quilting – it’s such a great contrast to so much of the precision work I spend the rest of my time doing!

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    Kristy says:

    I am definitely intimidated by improv, but I really love the look! I have a book but haven’t used it because I don’t even know where to begin. This sounds like a fantastic book! I might just have to get a copy!

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    Lynn Douglass says:

    I’d love to win a copy of this book, as I really need help with improv piecing! I tend to be a very structured thinker, and things end up symmetrical, even when I’m trying to be a bit asymmetrical. Improv piecing makes me anxious, for this reason. I’d like to be able to just dive into my scrap boxes and go for it!

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    Ivana says:

    wow! yes please!

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    Mary Knight says:

    I love improv quilts, have given it a try, but still find it scary without directions!

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    I actually love improv quilting. I feel very tied down and constricted by a pattern.

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    Jackie says:

    I’d love to try improv quilting but truth be told I have no idea how to start and while I think everyone else’s quilts are gorgeous I don’t feel I would have the “eye” as to how to put it all together. This book will have to be a must read so I’ll stop procrastinating.

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    Barbara says:

    I’ve never tried Improv, which is why I’m desperate to win this book! I think I’d like it once I start, but I’m a bit scared to get started.

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    Jen Beatty says:

    I love it, it’s a great way to use scraps for charity quilts and a fun way to develop new designs.

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    I’ve only done a tiny bit of improve sewing and that was on a couple of blocks that are sitting in my WIP box. I would enjoy seeing this book for some instruction and inspiration!

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    Ellen says:

    Improv is my favorite way to quilt…so fun to let things happen as you go and see the results!

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    Marianne says:

    I love improv! I’ve made a few things. It’s great fun to just let yourself go!

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    Mary a Blum says:

    i think improvs are the most interesting quilts. I am new to quilting although I have been saving quilt fabric since I learned to sew about 50 years ago. I am 65 and I’m using the stash. Scraps are wonderful. I still have a scrap of madras from my first shirt. This is nuts. I study quilts to try to figure out how they got so fabulously wonky. Was it an accident or planned? This book is for me!

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    Jan Sturtevant says:

    I’ve seen this book and I love it! And I would love to own it–thanks!

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    Paige says:

    Armed with just my rotary cutter and no ruler was hard, but I managed. Would love a copy of the book. Thanks!

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    Jean says:

    I’ve done some free form piecing but want to learn more techniques and play with bigger projects.

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    Alice Ronne says:

    I’m more about the pattern and trying hard to be more “improv”. Hope to win this book!

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    Diane Walli says:

    I made my first improv quilt 2 years ago and absolutely loved it. It is so freeing and there is great satisfaction in actually creating something that is one of a kind. It is now my preferred way of quilting although I still do patterns as well.
    The book looks like fun and I agree with you about it being nice having a place to start. That is the hardest part!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Jenni says:

    This book looks amazing, I love improv quilting! Thanks for sharing!

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    Susan Brehm says:

    I’ve just started experimenting with improv quilts – I love it and am totally scared of it! This book would be a huge help. Thanks for doing a giveaway!

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    Roxanna says:

    So excited to feel and create something new from this exciting new book. Thanks for an opportunity to maybe just own one?

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    Kate says:

    I find improv intimidating. I see examples on blogs that I love, and some that don’t speak to me at all, and it feels like a big risk to take with my expensive fabric!

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    Pattij says:

    I would love to try this technique! Great Giveaway!

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    jill gm says:

    this is the second post that I’ve read highlighting this book and I’m really excited to read through it for inspiration. thus far, I’ve only experimented with improv for small personal projects but I’ve been gearing up for quilt-sized experimentation. unless I have something specific in mind, I find that it can be difficult to know where to start. it sounds like her approach could be just the kick in the pants that I need. thanks for sharing.

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    bee says:

    i’ve done a few small improv things but am a bit unsure about anything on a larger scale. woudl love to have the time to just sit and try it out!

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    Sharmond says:

    I have not tried this type of quilting. But I love trying and learning new quilting techniques. More time for quilting is what I want!

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    Margot Driscoll says:

    I am tired of squares, and matchy matchy patterns that restrict ones creativity. Give me improv!

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    Carolyn S says:

    I have not worked up the courage to try improv yet because the lack of a plan seems overwhelming. But I love the idea of having a “score” to help me focus while still allowing the freedom that makes improv quilting enticing. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Sharon says:

    Beautiful book! I get a little anxious over improv quilting. It’s so rewarding though. Have only done small projects so far but working up to something bigger 🙂
    Thanks for a chance to win, if i’m not too late!

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    Catherine says:

    I have trouble doing improve – I like the idea of a score to work from. Would love to win this book!

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    Greta says:

    The book looks amazing! Thanks for a chance to win.

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    Karen says:

    Well it’s Friday afternoon and maybe I’m not too late. I’ll leave one anyway. I love improv. I think as I get more and more experienced with quilting, improv is where I naturally go these days. This is the fun part of quilting I didn’t expect. I started out, only knowing of traditional quilts. I loved the beautiful and intricate layers of pattern, but now with improv, it is not only beauty I can create but fun and movement.

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    Anne says:

    I think I like improv sewing but I’m not that good at it yet. This book looks like it would help.

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    Debby says:

    I think this looks fun! I like order and keeping everything planned out, but there is so much beauty to this type of work as well.

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    Jill says:

    I think I could dance to the music of these scores!

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    Bridgit says:

    I love improve quilting, but I find it takes me forever to make decisions! Those petals are amazing!

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    Barb Firde says:

    Baby steps for me too. Hard to relinquish control!