“Improv Patchwork” by Maria Shell, The Blog Tour!
October 21st, 2017 by Wendy

Improv Patchwork by Maria Shell







It’s Here!!!  Improv Patchwork, Dynamic Quilts Made with Line & Shape by Maria Shell.

This is the C&T Blog Tour, Day 7, with me, Wendy Hill. But first, some housekeeping:

• You may purchase the book at C&T Publishing <ctpub.com/improv-patchwork/>, or at your local quilt shop or bookstore, or Amazon.

• Post a comment at the end of my blog post, and you’ll be entered to win a copy of the book (hard copy for USA, digital for all other countries).  The winner will be selected by midnight Alaska time on October 26, with notification to follow soon after.


October 16—C&T Publishing < http://www.ctpub.com/blog/>

October 18—Yvonne Fuchs at Quilting JetGirl <https://quiltingjetgirl.com>

October 19—Amy Ellis at Amy’s Creative Side <http://amyscreativeside.com>

October 20—Deborah Boschert at Deborah’s Journal <http://deborahsjournal.blogspot.com?>

October 21—Kathy Doughty at Material Obsession < http://www.materialobsession.com.au/>

October 21 Terri Lucas at Generation Q Magazine < http://generationqmagazine.com/>

October 22— Wendy Hill at Wendy Hill’s Blog—Fun Quilts Stuff & More <http://wendyhill.net/blog>

October 23—Cindy Grisdela at Cindy Grisdela Art Quilts <https://cindygrisdela.com>

October 24—Heather Pregger at Heather <Heather’s Blog <http://heatherquilts.blogspot.com>

October 25—Maria Shell at Tales of a Stitcher <https://talesofastitcher.com>


Maria Shell describes her new book, Improv, Dynamic Quilts Made with Line & Shape, as a reference & technique book that the reader can use to create original patchwork designs, and, if we aren’t already, become fearless.

If intuitive or improv designing feels intimidating or if you’ve ever asked how does the magic happen, then this is a good book for you.

Here is my Top 5 List of things I love about Maria Shell’s book, plus One Final Thought.

1. Maria describes herself as a maker with a compulsion to make things with stitch and thread. I relate to this and I bet you do too.

2. “Start Where You Are, Creativity Is Good For You”: This chapter is a must read if you’ve ever thought about how the head, heart and hands join forces in your own or others’ creative process.

3. The Tips: Each chapter has a diagonal column of advice given in carefully edited bullet points. In addition to the specific advice in each chapter, Maria emphasizes these points: 1) we need to practice-practice-practice; 2) pay attention to detail; 3) learn from all of our experiences (successes and failures); and 4) let one quilt lead to the next.

4. “Color, Pattern and Repetition, The Quiltmaker’s Building Blocks”: This chapter is not the usual parade of color and design theories. Maria shows & tells these underlying concepts with real compositions and quilts that you can start applying immediately, as in right now!

5. Six technique chapters- stuffed with step-by-step photography and clear text- show how to make prints out of solids. Although each chapter builds on the previous ones, Maria says you can go through them in order or jump around. The final chapter, “Putting It All Together” ties the whole book together with pages and pages of layout and composition examples.

One Final Thought: I repeat, this is a reference and technique book, not a “make one like mine” project book, and for me, this is a Very Good Thing. Creating a pleasing composition with stitch and cloth is not magic, but it IS magical. Find your own magical creative process with the support and encouragement found in the images and words of Maria Shell.

Please leave a comment and get entered into a random drawing to win a copy of Improv for yourself!

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35 Responses  
  • Q&B writes:
    October 22nd, 20176:23 amat

    Can’t wait to get my hands on one of this!

  • Sue writes:
    October 22nd, 20177:38 amat

    This looks like an amazing book that I must add too my library.

  • Cheryl Clark writes:
    October 22nd, 20179:06 amat

    This book looks really great. It’s a technique I’ve been wanting to try for a while now.

  • Beth Blankenship writes:
    October 22nd, 20179:45 amat

    I so admire Maria’s quilts and am very interested in learning techniques rather than following a pattern. I look forward to reading this book.

  • Marla Varner writes:
    October 22nd, 201712:37 pmat

    I love Maria’s work and her thoughtful blog posts. It is so exciting that her book is out and I am sure it will inspire readers to create using improvisational techniques!

  • Jayne P writes:
    October 22nd, 20171:47 pmat

    Thank you for your excellent review of this book and the chance to win a copy

  • Kim G writes:
    October 22nd, 20174:13 pmat

    I took a class with Maria this past Friday in LA. She is an innovative creator and a talented teacher! Thanks for the chance to win her book!

  • tierneycreates writes:
    October 22nd, 20174:52 pmat

    I like reference and technique books at this point in my imaginary evolution as an art quilter! I have enough “make one like me” books (many of which I have never made one like they did, ha!) and I appreciate books that help me evolve towards more comfort with improvisational design! Looks like a great book, enjoyed your post on the Blog Hop :-)

  • Nancy writes:
    October 22nd, 20174:57 pmat

    What neat quilts with fun ideas for improv! Thanks so much for sharing the giveaway too.

  • Sandra Lee Ellison writes:
    October 22nd, 20176:59 pmat

    I’ve been a fan of Maria’s work, as viewed on her blog, for a while and am excited about the book. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

  • Kathy E. writes:
    October 22nd, 20177:16 pmat

    This book is full of inspiration and knowing how much I love improv, the techniques shown in this book will definitely get me thinking in new ways. The dots and plaids are especially intriguing to me!

  • Laura writes:
    October 22nd, 20177:40 pmat

    Thanks for your synopsis about what is wonderful about this book. Sounds like a book that I would appreciate and use. Love to do all kinds of quilts and learn from each one.

  • Teresa Knittingdancer writes:
    October 22nd, 20178:15 pmat

    I love the way she done the chevrons.

  • Anne writes:
    October 22nd, 20178:54 pmat

    I like the sound of this book. Leading and guiding toward exploration and expression. Improv isn’t something I’ve much experience with but this book sounds like an excellent resource to get me started. Thanks for a chance at winning.

  • Debby Schnabel writes:
    October 22nd, 20179:29 pmat

    I absolutely love Maria’s work. Hoping to win her book on this blog hop. Otherwise I’ll be ordering her book!

  • Chris writes:
    October 22nd, 201711:43 pmat

    I like any and all quilting books. Some have great patterns, some tell stories, some inspire, some give directions. I want to read them all.

  • Cathy Calloway writes:
    October 22nd, 201711:50 pmat

    Look alike a great book. I would like to learn more about improv.

  • LaceFlower writes:
    October 23rd, 20177:15 amat

    I’m fascinated by the improv technique and want to learn more about making successful pieces in this genre.

  • Pat writes:
    October 23rd, 201710:51 amat

    This looks like an interesting book. Love the idea that it is a technique book.

  • Marsha writes:
    October 23rd, 201712:02 pmat

    I am inspired by the use of solid colors and the exciting quilts she makes with them.

  • Mary Berdan writes:
    October 23rd, 20171:54 pmat

    What a fun book this looks like. The sample images are wonderful!

  • Diane writes:
    October 23rd, 20174:07 pmat

    I’ve been following Maria for awhile now. I can’t wait to see her book!

  • Jennifer writes:
    October 23rd, 20178:26 pmat

    I enjoyed your review and it has made me very curious about Maria’s book. I enjoy technique books and ones that make you think about your process. The possibilities are endless!

  • Stina writes:
    October 24th, 20177:25 amat

    Love to be inspired by this book… love colours and do my own things…but need a sparkle from time to time!

  • Susan Spiers writes:
    October 24th, 20178:34 amat

    I am really interested in making prints out of solids & the quilting techniques involved! Thank you, Susan

  • Patricia writes:
    October 24th, 20179:08 amat

    This sounds like a must-have book for my library.

  • Wendy writes:
    October 24th, 201710:59 amat

    What an inspirational book. Would love a copy of it!!

  • Sandy Maxfield writes:
    October 24th, 20172:49 pmat

    Love the vibrant use of solids.

  • Diann Bottrell writes:
    October 24th, 20176:41 pmat

    This sounds like a great book for a person who would like tomtry more improv piecing, and I definitely would. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  • sue writes:
    October 24th, 20179:03 pmat

    Love the book. The author really enjoys “creating” fabric from fabric.

  • Norma writes:
    October 25th, 20175:04 pmat

    This looks like a very colourful book!

  • LynneP writes:
    October 25th, 20175:35 pmat

    Looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • audrey writes:
    October 25th, 201711:27 pmat

    Maria is so talented. Can’t wait to see this book!

  • Emma Kemmis writes:
    October 26th, 20173:34 amat

    I love the idea of a technique book. Looks great

  • Heather writes:
    October 26th, 20175:37 amat

    I love her “made” patterns and particularly her use of black. A great book!

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