Tag Archives: Building an Improv Toolbox

I am so excited to share my newest class offerings for quilters of all levels, whether you've done improv piecing before or not! Quilts from the Toolbox is a series of project-based improv piecing classes. In each class I'll be demonstrating the improv piecing skills featured in my improv block then giving step-by-step directions for making improv blocks or units just like mine. There will be tips and tricks along the way and I'll discuss options for making your blocks a little different than mine if you'd like.

Registration is open for these new classes. The live class will be recorded and available for a limited time, so if you are unable to join us live you won't have to miss out on the fun!

March 13 is our first live class, Quilts from the Toolbox 1. This is the quilt we'll be making. All the details can be found here. I hope you will join us!

I had a lovely time with Moonlight Quilters of Sonoma County today for 6 hours of Building an Improv Toolbox. This workshop is an opportunity to play. (You can join me for this workshop on March 29, 2023.)

I often forget to "take pictures" in a Zoom workshop. It's so different than being in the physical room with folks. Today I remembered to get a shot of our show and tell at the midpoint when we took a break for lunch. It's so fun for me to see the variety of colors people are working with and how the same prompts can result in so many unique outcomes!

Thanks for joining me in class today, MQSC!

Guilds and groups interested in having me teach should check out my teaching page.

In September Elizabeth chose this happy color palette and the traditional inspiration of the Grandmother's Fan quilt block with some guidelines for us to use improv piecing to modernize the block.

I had such fun creating these blocks for Elizabeth. The best part of improv is that the leftover bits that don't fit into one block became the sourdough starter for me to begin the next block. The second best part is that you can't tell where I made "mistakes" cause it's improv and I just rolled with it!

You can learn all the improv skills I used here in my Building an Improv Toolbox workshop. I'm available for in-person and Zoom workshops for guilds. And individuals can signup now for my November 5 workshop with QuiltFest Virtual Schoolhouse #3.

Can't wait to see Elizabeth's finished quilt!