Yearly Archives: 2019


Last Saturday I spent the day with Bay Area Modern Quilting for a fun day of Planned Improv. One of my favorite parts of teaching Planned Improv workshops is seeing the wide variety of projects that grow out of the same starting rules.

Here's just a glimpse of some of the beautiful work that was created on Saturday.

Some quilters stuck with solids. Rhonda used a monochromatic palette and Mary used a Tara Faughnan bundle of solids. Gerre opted for arranging her cool colored units to have a checkerboard center.

Sue opted for both uphill and downhill seams in some of her units.

Cyndi went home and finished her quilt top. I enjoy the little pops of turquoise sprinkled throughout. (I love it when quilters share their progress/finish pictures from home with me!)

I missed getting a picture of Alison's project up on the design wall, but look at the beautiful palette she chose.

Thank you for having me, Bay Area Modern! And as always, I came home inspired with tons of ideas for Planned Improv: All About Angles variations.

P.S. If I missed getting a photo of your project, email me a picture at and I will add it to the post. :-)

We moved home (post remodel) and my sewing studio really needs some TLC. I'm in the middle of building my new cabinets to store all the things, but I took a break from building to haul one of my design walls upstairs so I could work on a project yesterday. I have two 4-foot by 8-foot insulation boards covered in batting. I don't have enough wall space to have these up in a permanent location, so I like the versatility of being able to move them around. Typically I have them blocking the closet. I digress...

In January at All-Star Review I sliced into some beautiful Cherrywood fabric for my Planned Improv: All About Angles demo. I love the color palette (Meadow 8-step bundle + Indigo) and I've been itching to get back to this one. I'm still adding to these units and building new ones, but I'm very pleased with where this is going. This section is about 4' wide. I'm tentatively aiming for about 80" square for the final quilt.

What are you working on this week?

Thanks for visiting!


It's been a while since I've participated in setting a "One Monthly Goal" (hosted by Patty at Elm Street Quilts). Last month I used my cool colored scraps to make my Island Batik challenge quilt. This month I'll be using my warm scraps. I've opted for some improv piecing and I'm not entirely sure where this is going. Here's a peek at my first seams.

I've chosen a pale tan neutral for my negative space and I'm aiming for about 40" x 40" with Hobbs wool batting and some intricate free motion.


Linking up with One Monthly Goal.