Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A Sneak Peek! A Preview ---and a Postponed Giveaway!

Several weeks ago I was contacted about previewing a new release by Sherri Lynn Wood.

Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters.

Of COURSE, was my reply!

A few weeks went by ---

I returned from a trip to find the book waiting for me.


The whole look and feel of this book is glorious.  You want to turn every page.  You want to read it like a novel, because unlike books where quilt designs are more like “recipes”  The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters enables you to create your own “SCORE” Like you would in music –allowing yourself to build your quilt to the beat of your own drummer.

The groundbreaking new guide includes “scores” for visual improvisation that allows readers to create unique quilts from a set of parameters, but that will look unlike anyone else’s. Hundreds of quilters submitted “test quilts” for the book and the end result includes just 22.

I signed up to do my blog post today, as I leave for Oklahoma –with the understanding that I would receive more gallery photos from others who had submitted quilts for the book that were not included.

Their day to shine!

Only – as I sit to write this post, no photos have been sent, the book release has been delayed until May, and I have no idea if I’m supposed to be writing this post or not!

So until we CAN do the official give-away – how about a sneak preview to CMA??

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Turn the pages and read the text.
I loved this!
I think there are life lessons here as well as quilt lessons, don’t you?

The quilts themselves are innovative, colorful and phenomenal!  I mean, I’ve always loved string and crumb quilts, improv in their own right, but deeply rooted in tradition.

These quilts go a step or two or three farther:

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Lovely color and so much motion!

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Bias curve petals!  Isn’t this great?

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Loads of color and fun piecing.  And this one is hand quilted!

I wish I could show you all 22 quilts in the book – they are all wonderful!  And not everything is curved:

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I really like this color palette.


If you love improv, you are going to love this book.


Stay tuned for more details!

You can find out more info for pre-ordering  and enter the pre-order giveaway here. Sherri has extended the entry date until May 5.

If you want to see more, check out the newly posted LOOK INSIDE preview on Amazon
All images from The Improv Handbook are copyrighted (c) 2015 Sara Remington unless otherwise noted, and all text and illustrations (c) 2015 Sherri Lynn Wood, and can not be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the publisher Stewart, Tabori, & Chang.
So this is where we stand.  This is NOT a giveaway post. I am not giving away a copy right now.

If I get the go-ahead I will write another one.  But in the mean time, check out the book and info on Sherri’s site.  And if you like it, order it!

You won’t be sorry!

I’m on my way to Tulsa – catch you from there!

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  1. What a fun book it seems!
    Love to enter for this give-away =^}
    from a very sunny Witmarsum,
    love, Irene

  2. Anonymous8:49 AM EDT

    Book looks fun! Thanks
    Kathy Olinger

  3. The evaluation lesson is words to live by. It applies to all quilting. I know that some quilters keep a journal or scrapbook of their quilts-these would be great questions to journal for each quilt.

  4. I can't wait to get my hands on this book.....I appreciate your comments and enthusiasm about it...

  5. Some very innovating looking quilts.
    Thanks for the preview.

  6. Thanks Bonnie for sharing information
    I would love to have it one day
    Quilts are the same scrappy you like and makes me love

  7. Right now, I truly prefer very traditional old quilt designs done in Civil War fabrics, so I'll pass on this one, thanks!

  8. I just took a modern quilt class with my guild, fun, fun, fun! I would love to have this book to increase my knowledge about Modern Quilting.

    Karen in So Cal

  9. I was one of the many quilt testers whose quilt did not make it into the book. It was a very different experience to make an improv quilt - very freeing and a lot of fun.

  10. Dear Bonnie, Thank you for the wonderful improvisational preview of The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters. Although I regret the confusion about the release date, blog tour schedule, and absence of official images, I have to say how impressed I am by the way you kept with the spirit of the book and "made do" in an uncertain situation. Thank you again for your enthusiastic review. Now that's improv!

  11. Anonymous2:46 PM EDT

    HI,looks like a very interesting book! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Amazing. I would love to have this inspiring book.

  13. Wow I can hardly wait to see this book!

  14. Can hardly wait to see you again and chat about our trip to England.

  15. Looks like might be an interesting add to my quilt book library. Melindashack@gmail.com

  16. Anonymous9:42 AM EDT

    Looks very interesting. Thanks for contest. Judi judib@gvtc.com

  17. Anonymous9:44 AM EDT

    Looks very interesting. Thanks for the contest. Judi judib@gvtc.com

  18. Anonymous9:00 AM EDT

    Sarebbe molto bello e soprattutto il libro รจ molto bello. Silvana


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