I always love reviewing new books for you here, and after my 100 Days of Quilt Improv this new book seemed like the perfect resource! Improv Patchwork by Maria Shell is a lot of fun, and there’s a ton of good information throughout the book as well! Improv Patchwork is great for those of you looking to expand your quilting skills.
Maria breaks Improv Patchwork into 10 helpful chapters. The chapter on color and palette building is extremely thorough and helpful. Especially true for anyone stuck in the planning phases of their next quilt. Maria works in solids throughout the book, which helps to give the reader a clear look at the colors used. The solids also offer insight into how Maria decides if a color is right for the palette.
Each chapter then focuses on the various construction methods that Maria uses to construct her quilts! There’s step by step photos for creating stripes, dots, triangles, chevrons, plaids, and more – all with or with out a ruler. Using a ruler depends on how you prefer to work, and the look you want to create in your quilt.
Maria’s Lite Brite quilt caught my eye as I was exploring the book. The dark background makes all the colors pop, and I love the way the colors are placed within the quilt top. Creating movement with color placement always makes me happy!
Confetti is also a lot of fun! Maria made Confetti with scraps from other quilts, then floated the entire top with a white border. My eye is drawn to the reds in the quilt top first, then the bright pops of yellow. The various sizes of the “dots” make this quilt really interesting –– a visual treat!
Win a copy of Improv Patchwork! (hard copy for USA, digital for all other countries) Leave me a comment, about your favorite color, to be entered to win.
Winner will be announced on October 27th – Good luck!