Intermediate | 1 hour
Taught by Sherri Lynn Wood
For textile artist Sherri Lynn Wood, improvisation is a way to make choices in all aspects of daily living, but especially in her patchwork process. In this class, Sherri demonstrates the freedom and excitement of improv patchwork by focusing on string piecing. Working within a "score" or flexible pattern, you’ll learn how to work with surprises, make choices from random selections, celebrate “whoopie” moments, and troubleshoot in the moment. By the end you’ll have a beautiful piece of patchwork that can be further developed into a quilt or used as a decorative piece.
 
Learn how to:
  • Improv piece
  • String piece
  • Use values and see how colors work together
  • Make “yes and...” choices
  • Troubleshoot bubbles
  • Work ruler free

Chapters
Patchwork Improv
01:08
01:15
08:56
13:14
09:10
41:40
Materials
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Fat quarters or quilting cotton fabrics in a range of colors
  • Sharp scissors
  • Rotary cutter and mat
  • Sewing machine with neutral thread
  • Pins
  • Tailor’s c­halk
  • Iron and ironing surface
Discussion
Notes
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Transcript
January Lookbook // 2019
January Lookbook // 2019
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