Prosperity – an improv quilt in the making

'Prosperity' an improv patchwork quilt top, © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnChorusStudio.com


Creativity has it’s twists and turns, just like life, and recently I feel like I’ve really turned a corner in my ‘quilting life’. Or at least the way I think about it.  I feel excited that things have become clearer. I’ve noticed connections between things I’ve made in the past that I hadn’t noticed before and seeing those connections is giving me a positive, more focussed way forward.

I feel the need to write a longer, more considered post about this epiphany (to help me clarify things and probably bore the pants off you!), so I won’t go into too much detail now.  However, this sudden freeing of thought inspired me to finish off this improvised quilt top earlier in the week (which I’m giving the working title Prosperity) after feeling really uncertain about it for some time. And, I can honestly say, I think it’s the best thing I’ve done so far.  It feels completely resolved, in a way that no other quilts I’ve made have. And as a work in progress I know exactly how I want to quilt it and finish it, down to the hanging tube (yes it’s a wall piece!) and label. I haven’t felt like this since I last made art with a capital A!  Kim gave me the biggest compliment I could ever have hoped for, he said: “I really like it.  It looks professional, if you know what I mean, not like something people just make at home, like nanny does.”  I know exactly what he means!

The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters by Sherri Lynn Wood

Before I head off to bed (it’s 1 am – so not so late yet!) I’d like to recommend this wonderful book for anyone wanting to start making quilts in an improv way: The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Guide to Creating, Quilting, and Living Spontaneously by Sherri Lynn Wood.

Sherri Lynn gives exceptionally clear improv piecing techniques and provides the reader with what she calls ‘scores’ (rather than patterns) to make improv quilts. These scores are essentially a set of parameters that you set for yourself to work within to achieve a balanced and coherent design, but allows for much improvisation and serendipity.  The thing I like best of all though is the glimpse she gives you into her own process and the methods she uses to stimulate creative flow (which I talked a little about in my last post  Creative Block, 15 ways to beat it. I think her methods might surprise you, so why not check out the book?  I know a number of you are familiar with Sherri Lynn’s work (and some of you are even lucky enough to have been on one of her workshops) so if you haven’t picked up a copy yet, as I say, I really do recommend it.

Linking up with Work in Progress Wednesday and Let’s Bee Social (links in the column on the right).

For more posts about Prosperity see:

Other Improv Quilts from 2015

.Until next time, happy stitching

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12 replies
    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      It’s really inspiring isn’t it Dianne? You’re so right about summer – but it doesn’t feel much like July here today under a blanket of grey, wet skies! Hope it’s sunnier where you are 🙂

  1. Bossymamma
    Bossymamma says:

    It’s wonderful that you are so excited, Stephie. I am really pleased for you. I’ve put the book on my wish list, in case anyone feels like treating me!

  2. Ann
    Ann says:

    I remember this quilt. I loved it when you first posted photos; it’s even better now. You have such an artistic eye. Congratulations!

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thank you Ann, you’re so generous! Getting this top finished has really inspired me to start on a few other small improv pieces (I’m calling them ‘sketches’, because that’s about the size they are!), which I hope to show later in the week. I’ve got so many things on the go at the minute I’m beginning to wonder if I’ll ever finish anything… Hope you’ve have a creative weekend 🙂

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thanks Kaja. I was inspired to finish it after I found a copy of Sherri Lynn Wood’s new book. It’s really got me thinking about the direction I’d like to go with my quilts.


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