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 Monday I flew into Burbank airport for a visit to Camarillo Quilters Association. I was greeted with beautiful spring weather for my visit which included attending their meeting to share my Rules and Options of Planned Improv Piecing lecture and trunk show followed by my Planned Improv: Scrappy Squares workshop the next day.
Here’s a glimpse of the back of one of my oldest quilts that shared at the meeting. I think it’s my earliest attempt at Planned Improv. In this case I wanted to make “back art” for this quilt using my scraps from the front of the project. I was probably working with a limited amount of the black on white polka dot fabric, and I decided to insert a band of solid black with bars of bright color from my front. I had remnant strips that were all cut 2 1/2” wide, but they were different lengths. I added solid black to the ends of each strip and staggered them for my final placement.
In my Planned Improv: Scrappy Squares workshop, we had a variety of different perspectives on the planned improv technique. Some quilters took inspiration from a shape they saw in one of the quilts during my lecture while others built from their squares (and rectangles) for a unique composition. It was fun to see the variety of colors and sizes these quilters chose to work with. Every time I teach this class I return home with new ideas to try! Here are the slabs in progress by Linda, Kristin, and Barbara.
I had a fun day with this group. A great big thanks to all of the Camarillo Quilters Association for having me, and to Laura who was my host for my visit.
You can view my schedule to see where I will be teaching next. If I’m not headed your way, feel free to point your guild program chair to my website. I’m currently booking dates for 2020, with limited availability in late 2019.
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.