- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (April 28, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1617691380
- ISBN-13: 978-1617691386
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.6 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 82 customer reviews
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The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Guide to Creating, Quilting, and Living Courageously Paperback – April 28, 2015
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The lessons in this book give you the freedom (and courage) to break away from perfection in piecing, color selection and pattern; enjoying the process of improvisational cutting, stitching and color selection.
I think this is the BEST instructional and design quilting book and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a new direction in quilt making.
A beautiful book, with lots of photos of finished quilts from beginners and experts who tested the improvisational scores. You'll love paging through and seeing so many fantastic quilts, and you'll grow as a quilter when you work with Ms. Wood's instructions.
The book is helpfully divided into five sections with the techniques at the back so that they don't distract the artist. The first two sections connect quilting to spiritual discipline and encourage the readers to allow themselves to explore without judgment. The author invites us to improvise from a 'score' and offers ten scores -- each with multiple variations.
This is not a book for those who prefer to copy quilts and it is not for the faint of heart. There are no straight lines and no pre-designed 'squares'.
The improv gallery that follows each 'score' allows the reader to see how different quilters took the same instructions and created wildly different pieces. There is no 'right' and 'wrong' to improv quilting.
There is an excellent section on colors and an equally excellent one on finishing the quilt (both with many helpful illustrations.)
I would give up every book in my library before I would give up this one!