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Quilt Improv Blog Tour


Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers

Today I’m very excited to share with you a new book by designer and author Lucie Summers, Quilt Improv: Incredible Quilts from Everyday Inspirations. Many of you probably know Lucie through her fabrics for Moda. I have a fair share of them in my stash and I’m constantly reaching for them when working on scrappy projects.

When I first opened Quilt Improv, I was absolutely blown away by the beauty of the photography. I have a very large library of quilting books. (Sort of a quilt book addict.) I think I can easily say, these are the most beautifully photographed quilts in my entire collection.

Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers

Seriously. If I could spell out what would make a perfect setting for quilt photos, I would probably say rustic barns…

Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers


Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers

historic looking stone walls…

Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers

And what is this? A truck full of flower bulbs? (LOVE!!)

Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers

I want to move into every picture! I honestly feel like this could be a coffee table book. Drool worthy.

Quilt Improv has directions for several improvisational techniques, referred to as The Building Blocks: Applique Circle, Basket Weave, Chain Pieced Strips, Chevrons, Crazy Triangles, Half Square Triangles, Log Cabins, Pieced Squares, Portholes, Quarter Circles, String Blocks and X Blocks; as well as 12 Quilts. Is is absolutely packed with information.

I decided to make a little project out of the book, and in the spirit of one of my New Year’s Resolutions, include one of my kids in the fun. I showed my 4 year old the project – Chain-Pieced Strips. I let him dig through my scrap tubs and lay out all the fabrics.

Quilt Improv ~ Chain-Pieced Strips : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I trimmed them to size and sewed them together. It was actually a really fun project to work on together. He was so excited, he kept saying “I can’t believe I’m making my very own quilt!!”

Quilt Improv ~ Chain-Pieced Strips : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I quilted and bound it and now it is a very special quilt for his stuffed panda.

Quilt Improv ~ Chain-Pieced Strips : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Improv can be a little scary, but it’s also quite freeing and a great way to sew with kids.

Be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour – some stops even have giveaways!

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39 Responses to “Quilt Improv Blog Tour”

  1. 1
    Esther F. says:

    WOW, thank you for sharing those wonderful pictures. I adore you son’s quilt! I should do this too with my nephew!

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    kitty says:

    What a wonderful thing to do with your boy! He did a great job and I’m sure his Panda is the happiest Panda in the world!!

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    lizzie says:

    I have this book and I agree with you – – besides the awesome direction and teaching style, the pictures are breathtaking!

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    Sharon Eshlaman says:

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures. I have a feeling your son may become the next male quilt star and follow in his mom’s footsteps. Have a great new year.

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    pam w says:

    I also love the barn picture with all the quilts

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    Janet says:

    The pics are beautiful I agree and I love the style she portrays I’ve only ever managed true scrappy with my pin cushions but I’m getting there

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    Lisa Lisa says:

    I agree…..those pics are gorgeous! I love that you and your little guy made a quilt together — so cute! Thanks for sharing :)

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    SarahZ says:

    What a doll! Had I been sewing when my boys were that age, I would have definitely asked for their help :) Sweet finish!

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    Lauren aka Giddy99 says:

    Truly glorious pictures in this book! Love your mini quilt

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    Carla says:

    It’s lovely. Another one to add to my ‘want’ list. Fun to sew with your little guy ; )

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    Marcia R. says:

    your scraps are awesome!

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    Pam Pollock says:

    What a great project! And a fun way to use up scraps! He has a great eye for putting colours together. A real cutie!

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    Faye says:

    I am so intrigued by the curves and full circles within the quilts in the photos. I’m getting excited about this book!

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    wendy says:

    that is such a cute photo with your son, I bet he’s so proud of his little quilt, bless him!

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    Kimberlier says:

    Wow! Thanks for showcasing this beautiful book and inspiring me to include my 3.5 year old son in my sewing. We’re going to give this a go later today.

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    Karen Seitz says:

    Adorable. Can we please see the panda tucked in? :-)

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    Samantha says:

    What a great finished project- must be a very happy panda!

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    Look how proud he looks! Would you say that the projects in this book are beginner CHILD friendly? My 10-year-old son is working on his first quilt, fence rail blocks from strips, and I really underestimated how challenging the steps I think of as simple can be to a child who is brand new to the sewing machine, afraid of the iron, etc.

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      Faith says:

      Hi Rebecca! I would say your 10 year old son would absolutely be able to make the “building blocks” projects in this book. Even without reading the directions, Lu has provided step by step photo diagrams. My 4 year old was able to look at the pictures of the steps, and with very little direction, lay out the fabric as she did to make the mini quilt. There aren’t kid friends directions on how to use an iron and such, but I think if you provide that direction, he would have a lot of fun. The great thing about this book – with everyone, but especially kids – is you don’t need to worry about precision piecing and corners matching up. They are free to be imperfect and creative and just have fun.

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    Kathy says:

    This looks like an absolutely fabulous book. Love the pictures, “building blocks” and ideas you have shared. kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet

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    susan Jonsson says:

    Love your collaborative quilt! Thanks for the chance to win the Improv book.

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    tusen says:

    Looks like it’s a truly inspirational book – so great to see your little one engaged in a quilt project.

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    Nathalia says:

    That’s so adorable! I used to watch my mom sewing all the time and she’s still my inspiration today.

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    Debbie says:

    Awesome. Time to try some improve quilting

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    Irene S says:

    Wow great story and thanks for sharing picture of your sons beautiful quilt.

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    Sadie says:

    I LOVE your son’s design – he must have your good design genes; what a lovely cheery panda quilt.

    Reading your blog description of this book makes me want it even more than i already do, if that’s possible!

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    Jean says:

    What a great idea to teach children this way. Fewer frustrations, if it isn’t the right size or shape, no worries, whack it off!

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    The photography is absolutely gorgeous! I’m excited about this book! Thanks for sharing!

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    Ann says:

    Love the photos and what I am seeing from this book.

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    carla bynum says:

    Hi!!! Great your little guy got to help out!!! Very fun!!!! Very pretty too!!!

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    How very cool to have your son involved. Mine is going to choose colours/fabrics for a quilt to celebrate his 13th birthday this year. Thanks for sharing.

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    What a great idea! I am going to do the same thing with each of my children this afternoon. We need some more cushion covers! I can’t wait to see what they come up with!!

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    Gigi says:

    Your son is right to be proud, it’s a beautiful quilt.

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    Michelle says:

    Beautiful colors and quilts! They are so bright and happy, and the pictures look wonderful

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    charlotte says:

    Faith, lovely job. Kids are so much freer, they know how to improv!

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    Jen Richardson says:

    I really love the look of this book, especially the curves which is a whole new world for me as a relative beginner. I’ve just bought both my daughters (7 &9) a charm pack to play with and you’ve given me a good starting idea! Thank you

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    I loved the activity you did with your son so much that I did it with three of my children!

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    Donna says:

    Love your website. I visit often for inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing!

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