Create Your Own Improv Quilts by Rayna Gillman is the perfect book for those of you looking to break out of the traditional piecing method and explore the possibilities that improvisational piecing brings. I had the immense please of meeting and hearing Rayna speak at the 2017 Fall Quilt Market. Rayna presented as part of the Schoolhouse Session that I was in. (You can see it by clicking here.) Rayna spoke with passion and enthusiasm about the processes she covers in this book and it was addictive. Happiness just beamed from her face as she talked about the things she loves most in life; creating.
I confess I’m not a big improvisational piecer. I do it with fussy cutting (which I cover in my own book, Fussy Cutters Club) but I rarely do it outside of this containment. I picked up Rayna’s book with a little bit of trepidation and by the time I was at page 20 I was itching to pick up my rotary cutter and hit my stash of solids and have some fun. I really love the look and feel of improvisational quilts. There’s something about them that feels so sophisticated. I spent a lot of time wandering around art galleries as a kid and these quilts automatically transport me to those spaces in my mind. I guess this is why I’ve always been so hesitant to make a totally solid improvisational quilt – I keep telling myself I’m not an artist. Rayna’s book helped me reposition my focus and made me believe that I could just have fun and make a quilt that would be reflective of who I am.
I love that Rayna teaches you a technique and then shows you multiple ways to use that singular technique to make so many different quilts. I often found myself looking at a technique and thinking to myself, “I don’t think this would work for me.” and then flicking the page to find a quilt made with that technique that really excited me. There’ll be something for everyone in this book.
As someone who’s getting an ever growing collection of orphan blocks I love that Rayna covers how to repurpose these blocks to make something unique and beautiful. This whole book is built around using fabric, one ruler and one rotary cutter. It’s so simple and so addictive. A great inspirational and practical book for those that are looking to have fun with fabrics.
Win a Create Your Own Improv Quilts eBook
Because I love you all and I think that no quilter should be without a copy of Create Your Own Improv Quilts by Rayna Gillman I’m giving you a chance to win an ebook copy. Simply leave a comment on this post telling me what you love or fear about improvisational piecing and you could win a copy (a bonus way to enter can also be found on my Instagram account by clicking here – look for the book cover). Competition is open internationally. Competition closes 11:59pm 2 December. Winner announced in the 4 December edition of Gnome Gnews (click here to subscribe).
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Blog Hop Dates & Links
Juliet has put together a fabulous list of bloggers and influencers to review her book and make projects from it. You can pop around the internet and find out more about her book and see some amazing projects via the links below.
Friday, November 1 – C&T Blog
Monday, November 13 – Cindy Grisdela
Wednesday, November 15 – Teri Lucas, Generation Q Magazine
Tuesday, November 21 – Desiree Habicht
- Wednesday, November 22 – Angie Wilson, GnomeAngel <- YOU ARE HERE
Tuesday, November 28 – Victoria Findlay Wolfe
Thursday, November 30 – Trisch Price
Tuesday, December 5 – Melissa Shields
Thursday, December 7 – Patty Altier
Friday, December 8 – Rayna Gillman
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