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The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters

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Designer: Sheri Lynn Wood

The Improv Handbook present's a flexible approach to quilt making that breaks free of old rules and expectations in a fun, accessible way. It’s a comprehensive guide to improvisational patchwork featuring:

  • over 15 innovative ruler-free sewing techniques
  • tips for accessing intuitive color
  • mind tools that cultivate presence, spontaneity, and risk taking
  • experiential design exercises on scale, line, borders and more
  • 10 “scores” for visual improvisation that free quilters to create quilts unlike anyone else’s

The “scores” are not step-by-step instructions like a traditional quilt pattern, but parameters, leads and limits that allow improvisation to occur—much in the way a lead sheet provides a jazz musician parameters for improvising during a performance. The book features Sherri Lynn Wood's quilts and a gallery of 22 quilts chosen from among the hundreds submitted by volunteers who tested the scores before publication. All of the quilts made from a single score presented in The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters will have common threads, but each will look different because it reflects the maker’s unique interpretation. The author's hope is that first-time and experienced quilters alike will gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to explore and transform personal patterns in quilting—and in life—through the process of improvisation, and that the book will be groundbreaking for many.