“Improv Patchwork” by Maria Shell, The Blog Tour!
Oct 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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