Saturday, August 2, 2014


I wish I could say these were my blocks, but alas, it isn't so. These belong to Suzanne Shannon, one of my improv quilting students at the University of New Mexico Continuing Education. She was initially dubious about creating a block with an unknown visual conclusion, but kept at it with awe-inspiring results.

As if that wasn't enough, she also churned out a fantastic bag between classes using her stitch and flip triangle blocks. Suzanne is interested in using her blocks in a greater variety of projects beyond quilts and bags. If you have suggestions for other projects that incorporate improvisational piecing, I'd be much obliged if you'd leave them in the comments.

Debbie Bowen was determinedly working through a her stash of Christmas fabrics. Kuddos to her for integrating both string piecing and stitch and flip triangles in one festive piece.

Susan Steel incorporated the same type of improv blocks in a completely different, and completely wonderful way. It's great to see how the same process can enable so many creative possibilities.

Marcia had a fun, whimsical collection of fabrics containing everything from caterpillars to vehicles. I love how she pulled them together with red sashing.

She made these monochromatic braid blocks too. Aren't they lovely?

Students, thank you for making my Wednesdays nights so much fun!
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