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I am new to this type of quilting. I fought it for years. I thought it was hideously ugly just a few years ago. After months of intense machine quilting and piecing (think rulers, markers, paper, software, protractors, rulers, quilt blocking, laser precision squaring up, okay I’m sure you’ve got it by now) I can’t tell you how much FUN improv piecing is!!

I didn’t use anything but a rotary cutter mat, and my sewing machine. Oh, and Maria Shell’s book, Improv Patchwork.

I have come up with a simple plan to create the above (cute) blocks. start with a stack of square fabric pieces:

Shuffle a few of the pieces around

And then sew them together. Here are a few on the design wall not yet sewn.

You could use a foundation so it’s a string block, but you don’t have to with improv.

I also made this fun block which is 100% learned from Maria’s book.

Fun and liberating!


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