During the month of August, Sandi Hazlewood from Crafty Planner and I are teaming up to explore the world of improvisational quilting.


What is improv quilting?

There are many ways to define improv quoting: free-form piecing (Victoria Findlay Wolfe), quilting outside the lines (Jacque Gering), a process of discovery (Sherri Lynn Wood). During a recent While She Naps podcast, I heard Sherri Lynn Wood say, “Improv is really all about choice, and that can be hard for some people. You can’t make choices unless you know your preferences and what you want.”

Improv quilting mosaic including images from SOTAK Handmade, Gees Bend, Denyse Schmidt, and Stitched in Color

Photo credits: (left top to bottom) Gees Bend, Denyse Schmidt, Stitched in Color; (right) SOTAK Handmade.

Sandi and I plan to go on an improv journey to explore the different choices a quilter can make in the hopes that we all can decide what we like and what we want out in our improv quilts. We’ll post podcasts, book reviews, tutorials, and a round-up of helpful resources to support you wherever you are with your improv journey.

And, if you’ve been looking for a reason to take on an improv project, we’re challenging you to try it now! There will be prizes for those who play along. (Think Aurifil, improv books, and more!) To participate in the challenge, you’ll need to post your work to instagram with the tag #improvquiltchallenge.

Whether you find improv daunting or delightful, I hope you’ll join us during the month to see what we discover and make.

Be sure to stay tuned both here and at Crafty Planner starting this Monday, August 3!



  1. Ella

    Sounds like fun!  My pledge for back to school is to make sure I sew at least 15 min a day.

  2. Allison

    Woo hoo! My modern quilt guild is going improv crazy – we have a workshop coming up next month.  I will spread the word about this with our members. 

  3. Patti

    I’m in! Been working on some of my own improv stuff lately so this is right in my wheelhouse at this moment!

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