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I've really been enjoying connecting with guilds on Zoom. I recently joined the Ocean Waves Quilt Guild in Lewes, DE to share my Rules and Options of Planned Improv Piecing lecture and teach All About Angles. This workshop is one of my Planned Improv workshops where I present a technique and set of rules to follow, with lots of options for students to make the composition their own. From fabric choices to color placement, sizes and angles of cutting, and other unique twists, I love that everyone's finished projects look unique in the end. Here are the progress or finished photos I've received from students in that workshop.


by Allison


by Linda Grigsby


by Dottie Vuono


by Kathy V.


by Trisha Moller


Quilt of Valor by Carol O.


It's hard to tell from the photos but these projects range from mini quilt to lap quilt, with a variety of sizes in between. One of the things I love about improv piecing is you can keep going until it's the size you want (or as long as you're still having fun). Students sometimes set a size parameter as part of their own initial rules, for example, planning for a placemat-sized finished quilt. The use of additional elements, borders, and strips of fabric really add to the variety of options with the All About Angles technique.

You can read about all my workshop and lecture offerings on my Teaching page. I'd love to visit your guild on Zoom.

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At the start of the month I visited Valley Quilt Guild in Marysville/Yuba City, California. At the evening guild meeting I enjoyed taking them on My Quilting Journey featuring dozens of quilts I've made from 2002 through present. I love the nostalgic trip through my quilting past as I share what I've learned over the years and how my style and technique has developed. At the meeting I was treated not only to member show and tell, but also a parade of 116 charity quilts being donated by the guild. Such a treat to see the variety of color palettes, quilt designs, and quilting motifs!

The following day, eight quilters joined me for my Planned Improv: All About Angles workshop. We got started at 9am with the A/C running to combat the 95 degree forecast. Not long into class, the A/C stopped blowing cold air (despite the control panel indicating it was still cooling) and by 11am the room had warmed up to 90 degrees. Eek! Two hours down, four to go. Thankfully, Eileen offered for us to all relocate to her house to finish the workshop. So we packed up our projects and the eight quilters got cozy around Eileen's dining room table.

Venue #1.

Venue #2.

Quilters got creative finding space to layout their units to work on their overall layout, using the couch, chair, and floor as "design walls." I'm so thankful to Eileen for a cooler venue to finish our workshop and to the entire group for being fun and flexible on the hot, hot day.

Design Couch.

Design Chair.

Design Floor.

I love teaching technique-based workshops. It's so fun for me to see everyone's project unfold as a mixture of the basic technique I'm teaching and their own design choices along the way.

Colleen added a border to her project once she got home. She used Decolourant to create the ginkgo leaf designs on her border.

Judy finished her project early so she missed the group picture at the end of the day.

Thank you to Valley Quilt Guild for a lovely couple of quilty days!

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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 sarah@goer.org and I will add it to the post. :-)