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Quilt Improv


Today I’m excited to be part of the blog tour for Lucie Summers‘ book Quilt Improv  from F & W Media. I ordered this book the moment it was published and I have been meaning to post about it, so I’m glad to finally sit down and tell you about it! I’ve been a big fan of Lu’s screenprinted fabric designs for years and I was thrilled when I discovered that we were both designing for Moda a few years ago. She’s hilarious in person and I love the work she’s been doing with quilt improvisation.


Quilt Improv first teaches various techniques that you can use in your improvisational quilts, with simple visual instructions as shown below. Above, you can see the mini-quilts that Lucie made using the techniques covered in the book. Once you have learned the techniques, you can move on to make the quilts.


For each of the twelve quilts in the book, Lucie talks about her inspiration, followed by the process from sketching and planning to execution. She loosely plans her work before she begins, but is free to make changes during the process; this freedom is the fundamental key to making improvisational quilts. It allows you the ability to be creative and spontaneous, add new colors or patterns, make changes to your layout or add a new design element to your quilt. Here’s her Bricks and Fences quilt below:


And a bit of the inspiration and process for the design:


You can make the quilts as she shows them in the book or you can use the book as a foundation for your own designs. For those of you who may not yet feel comfortable with improvisational style, you will get instructions to make the quilts as shown, but you can add your own fabrics and color palette to create something wholly unique. The photography in the book is beautiful and the instructions are clear and simple.

So step outside your quilt box and make something interesting! Get Quilt Improv here, head over to Lucie’s blog for a chance to win a book and a mini-quilt, and take a look at her Etsy shop. See the other stops on the blog tour here.

Simple Sewing


Today I’m participating in the blog hop for Katie Lewis’ Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners. Katie is a blogger at The Red Kitchen, so be sure to check out her work there.

This book has nice basic projects for those who are just getting started. With clear photos and instructions, the book is a good introduction to sewing with projects that even a novice can complete quickly and successfully. Basics like a tote bag, placemats, a pincushion, pencil case, and bow tie are among the patterns.

I used the instructions for the reversible placemats in the book, but decided to make coasters for holiday gifts. Just a simple 5″ square cut and sewn right sides together with quilt batting. Here I used fabric from my Folk Modern collection for Kokka.




Projects like this are quick and easy, perfect for beginners!

1, 2, 3 Quilt Giveaway on CRAFT


CRAFT is giving away three copies of 1, 2, 3 Quilt. So head over there before Friday and leave a comment on their post for a chance to win! The photo above shows all of the projects in the first chapter of the book, focusing on squares. You’ll make the reversible Game Mat (checkers on one side and tic-tac-toe on the other), then the Pixel Pouch and finally, the Lopsided Squares quilt.

Photo by Laura Malek of Felt Jar.

Give Books


This holiday season, you should give books! Chronicle Books is kicking off their #GiveBooks campaign this season with a special reader discount and they also generously offered me some books. I feel so grateful to have worked with Chronicle’s amazing editing and design team on both 1, 2, 3 Sew and 1, 2, 3 Quilt.

So share the book love by pinning or tweeting #GiveBooks, or take the GiveBooks pledge online, and Chronicle will donate a book to a child in need through First Book. Then head over to the Chronicle Books site and enter the promo code GIVEBOOKS at checkout to receive 30% off + free shipping on your order (excluding personalized products).


As I was looking through the Chronicle catalog to make my selections, I realized that our family already owns so many of their books. Most of our favorite young children’s books came from Chronicle, plus some of my kids’ current favorites  – like anything with that ridiculously adorable dog Boo, and all of the Ivy & Bean books. Also, I have renewed hope that printed books will never die because my kids prefer a physical book to their e-readers.

Here are the books that I selected for our family and a couple for gifts:


Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein with illustrations by Lisa Congdon, Elliott Smith by Autumn de Wilde, Big Vegan by Robin Asbell, Studio Life by Sarah Trigg, Pendleton notebooks, Just Between Us  mother/daughter journal by Meredith and Sofie Jacobs, Paper Cutting compiled by Laura Heyenga, Sewing for all Seasons by Susan Beal, I Know a Lot of Things by Paul and Ann Rand, and Dorothea Lange by Elizabeth Partridge. I’m so excited about these!

And as a special bonus, you can download these sheets of Catmas or Hanukcat gift tags designed by Gemma Correll for free! Simply click on an image below to view and print the full .pdf file. Cute cat logo above also designed by Gemma Correll.