Kept In Stitches

Confessions of a fabric hoarder

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Improv Piecing at Quilty Pleasures

We had a full class  at Quilty Pleasures in Simi Valley, CA. There is something very gratifying about a traditional quilter being able to let go of all the ‘rules’ that we were taught to follow while creating a quilt. The members of the Conejo Valley Quilt Guild did an exceptional job and I’m always amazed with each persons color choices for improv piecing. I have so much fun teaching improv and it was great to be able to teach so close to home.


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Improv Piecing

We had a huge turnout for the San Fernando Valley Quilt Association workshop. Although SFVQA is a traditional guild they were interested in learning improvisational piecing. It was a great day and we had the perfect classroom with plenty of space. Thank you to SFVQA and it’s members for inviting me to do this workshop and to speak to their group on November 14, 2016.

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Improv Piecing Class with Valley MQG

Today, I taught an improvisational piecing workshop hosted by Valley Modern Quilt Guild. I really feel fortunate to be a part of a guild that has so many talented and creative people. We had a great time and shared many laughs. Each of the students produced some very different and unique blocks. I’m always amazed and inspired by the creativity that other people possess. A special thank you to CJ Foss for setting up the room for us…it was perfect!

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Improv Techniques

Recently, I attended the Glendale Quilt Guild’s monthly meeting. Their speaker was Mike McNamara, He is a California resident living in the Bay area. Mike gave a terrific presentation and showed us so many quilts. The stories about each of the quilts kept us in stitches. I volunteered to help hold up quilts as he shared the story of each quilt. The construction of these quilts was impressive. Many times a picture can hide many sins and this was not the case with his quilts. Some of the backs were just as great as the top side.

Following the lecture, there was a Saturday class teaching the techniques he uses when creating each of these works of art. I’ve found that it is easy to follow a pattern and can be very challenging for some quilters to think outside the box and be creative. I came home with several samples on curved improv piecing and now I’m faced with the decision of incorporating them into a quilt. I love the creative process of not following a pattern and creating a one-of-a-kind piece. A huge thanks to Mike (Mac) for all his inspiration and patience with the Glendale Quilt Guild.