“I’m convinced that everyone has the ability to create. Sometimes we forget our creativity in the hustle of daily life, but it is there waiting for you when you are ready to give it space to grow. One of the secrets to being creative is giving yourself permission to play,” and with that fantastic start, Cindy Grisdela had me hooked with her new book, Artful Improv.
Artful Improv isn’t a pattern book; instead it provides you with lots of great tools. Cindy focuses on how to use simple principles of design to create original quilts. There are so many pictures for inspiration within the book (as a very visual learner, this really appeals to me), and the book provides a gentle effort to encourage movement beyond patterns to do your own work.
Artful Improv includes suggestions on how to sort your scraps and save leftover fabric, delightful color theory and color recipes from which to pull from (I am itching to do more monochromatic play myself!), an introduction to design elements, some building blocks on which to start the foundation of your own improv exploration, and quilting and finishing techniques.
I can still remember the first time I tried to make an improv block. I started by trying to create a wonky log cabin block, and that first “wonky” block sure looks awfully square. But I kept going and that first series of blocks are saved in a quilt to show the progression. If you have yet to give improvisational piecing a try, I really recommend you take a look at Artful Improv. The building blocks of improv design that Cindy presents are a great place to start!
Cindy also has a section on “learning to love negative space”, which is a very modern and minimalist approach that I am also starting to incorporate into more of my own work. Getting comfortable with negative space can be a large step, and Cindy’s background as a traditional quilter really will help you view the transition to improv (and negative space!) with fresh insight.
I am excited to be able to offer a giveaway of a copy of Artful Improv. The giveaway is open internationally; a US domestic winner will be shipped a hard copy of the book and if the winner is outside the US they will receive an electronic copy of the book. The giveaway is open until Midnight Eastern on October 19th to entrants 18 years and older and the winner will be randomly selected. To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below.
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