I’m so excited to be a part of Lu Summers blog hop for her fantastic new book, Quilt Improv! Lu knocked this out of the park (but then she does that with everything)!
Wow, Lu’s book is breathtaking. Not only are the projects enticing and interesting, the entire look and feel of the book is freshly gorgeous. It is so worth a trip through the entire Quilt Improv Blog Hop to see all the assorted photos sprinkled on peoples posts. Seriously, clicking here is like a passport to beautiful quilts and the English countryside. And not just any people, Stitch Craft Create UK assembled some pretty crazy talented people for this hop, so totally worth a look just for that. I’m so honored to be amongst them!
I’m a picture-reader more than I am a word-reader, and Quilt Improv is a yummy feast for my eyes. Part of what makes me love Quilt Improv (besides who its author is!), is that even a picture-reader like me can get SO MUCH out of this book. My guess is that word-readers will get a lot out of Quilt Improv, too.
I’m so loving improv quilting/quilts, but I’m that quilter that likes pieces cut in precise dimensions and joined precisely by a ¼” to another precisely measured piece to achieve a perfectly inch’d unit. Improv quilting scares me a little because there are a lot of what-ifs involved. With Lu’s help and gorgeous illustrations I can grasp letting go of precisely measured pieces and units, and enjoy being free of the piece-anxiety. My bag of scraps has new purpose and meaning!
It didn’t take me long (or any anxiety) to gather like length’d pieces and join them into rows. Before I knew it, I have a handful of rows made. I’m kinda shocked still how fast this went. So it turns outs that eyeballing is hella faster then measuring. I feel a little bit liberated from that ball n chain known as math. Well, for today any how. Tomorrow I might be back on the 2½” x 4½”, 3⅞”, 5¼” juice.
I haven’t decided if I want to turn this little quilt top into a pillow or make a small wall quilt. Probably a small quilt because I’m a little giddy about having a binding opportunity.
But for today my little quilt top serves as a reminder that I need to take my Christmas lights and dec down first. And by first I mean March 1st.
– Lu Summers
– Quilt Improv for UK buyers
– Quilt Improv for international buyers via Amazon
– Quilt Improv Blog Hop
– Stitch Craft Create UK
F & W Media is generously giving away a hard copy of Lu’s book to one lucky reader of my blog. Just leave a comment here on this post and I’ll have random.org draw a winner on Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 noon ish PST. Giveaway is open to UK, US, everywhere and the moon.
Want a comment question to answer? If you could be in any country to receive the winning copy of Quilt Improv - what country would that be?
Edited in: The giveaway has now ended, and using random.org for comments 1-171, the winner is #95 by Jennifer from Purrfect Stitches. Congratulations, Jennifer!!