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 firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add it to the post. :-)
Last month I had the pleasure of teaching Planned Improv: Scrappy Squares to each of my guilds. I had a great time and the quilters enjoyed learning my technique for some improv design... with a few rules. I led a 6-hour workshop for BAMQG, followed by a presentation and demo for Quilting 101 with SCVQA.
The first portion of the workshop includes some design work. Here's a look at some designs in progress.
Many of the BAMQG quilters, including Jaye, Diana, Joelle, and Michelle-Nicholle, finished their slab in class.
Since both of these classes were with guilds I belong to I got to see some progress and finishes at the November guild meetings. Sue, Marty, Mary C, and Mary M brought in their finished quilt tops for show and tell at BAMQG.
Mary C even made another Scrappy Squares slab as her contribution to November's colorist for Color My Quilt.
Bobi, Sandie, Patricia, and Sally showed their quilts off at the SCVQA meeting. Sally added ties and made her quilt into a sewing machine cover!
Thank you to BAMQG and SCVQA for having me. I had so much fun!
I was a classroom teacher for 11 years. I taught middle school math. This is the 8th year I've been out of the classroom and it felt so great to be teaching in front of a group again! My second workshop offering is in the works and I look forward to teaching to more guilds in 2018.
I taught middle school math for 11 years (and yearbook for 4 of those) before having kids. This Fall I'll be putting my teaching hat back on, but this time the content will be quilting workshops! I'm excited to debut my first workshop this Fall. Planned Improv: Scrappy Squares, featuring the technique I used to create my challenge quilt, Greenery.
My first two class samples show the diversity of the technique. Start with scraps you love and I'll lead you through designing your own improv layout and planning the construction to piece the puzzle you create.
The technique lends itself to a variety of quilting motifs. In my purple sample I chose an all over floral quilting motif, and in my blue sample I used each square to feature a straight line motif, with an all over free motion motif filling in the background of the quilt.
I'll be teaching Planned Improv: Scrappy Squares at Bay Area Modern in Palo Alto, CA on November 11. I will also be presenting a short demo of my technique at Quilting 101 for Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association in Saratoga, CA on November 14.
I'm currently booking to teach locally (within 50 miles of San Jose) and will book regionally for dates starting in mid-2018. You can contact me at email@example.com to inquire about me teaching at your guild or shop.