Category Archives: scrap quilt

New Quilt Pattern Release – after a little kick along!

Kite Tail Tango Full Shot Procrasticraft

Kite Tail Tango

Last week I had an email from Sonja about one of my classes. She wanted to know when I was next teaching improv triangles. With my new venture, The Creative Retreat, coming up so soon and a trip to Salt Lake City for Quilt Market before then, I’ve not scheduled any extra classes on top of my beginners courses at my LQS, Addicted to Fabric.

Sonja wanted to know if she couldn’t do a class, perhaps I had a pattern or technique sheet she could buy… Well, I did. I do! Only, I’ve not sold my patterns as a stand alone before – I use them in the classes I teach but have never really got to listing them for sale – the whole pdf vs paper pattern debate had me stumped. Thanks to a prompt, I’ve just listed two patterns for sale in my online store. Both Kite Tail Tango and Quilt the Universe are available now. Thanks Sonja for prompting me to get going on this!

Procrasticraft Quilt the Universe

Quilt the Universe

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#improvlogcabins :: today’s class

 

Alison

I’ve had such an incredible day today teaching my improv log cabin class. Tonight I am feeling so energised. And so very humbled.

I am grateful (beyond my ability to articulate) to be doing this job – to go into a workshop where a group of people allow me to guide them through a day of making. They put their faith in me and my process. And they like it. They love it. Awesome huh? And I know they love it because they say so. I get some lovely, genuinely lovely, feedback – private emails and public posts where a participant makes a comment about my teaching style that makes me cry crazy happy tears (and the Mr looks at me like I have two heads).

Patrise Cecilia Cornelia Leonie

Generally, I don’t teach from a pattern or from notes. I’m an improv girl through and through. Don’t get me wrong, I will spend an incomprehensible number of hours writing a class, prepping samples, planning out the day’s schedule and timings – before you get to a class with me, I’m familiar with my process and the plan beyond doubt. But you know, there’s only so far planning can take you.

Nicole

I do all this prep so that when you come to a class with me, we can wing it together. If we are collaborating on your quilt and you want to follow a path, I’ll walk beside you and we will both go on a journey we weren’t necessarily expecting but one I’m more than ready for, a journey where I’ve made the bookings, packed for all contingencies but am ready and willing for adventure! (just how I travel in real life too – I pack and plan but open myself to possibility).

Beth

Today (and every time I teach) I had an expectation of where we might go and as usual, we ended up with ten very different pieces of work. And this is my one of my favourite parts of my process – that you all have very different quilts from the same class, your ideas, mixed with mine equals an output greater than either of us expected on our own, we are creating together.

Thank you! Thank you for trusting me and for allowing me to participate in your making journey

Julie H

Kristy

Tracy, I’m sorry, I somehow missed getting a pic of your work, please email me one if you get a chance. Jules xx

Teaching Improv :: a students work

It’s such an honour to see this quilt hanging at the Canberra Craft and Quilt Show this weekend.

The maker, Tracy, took a class with me where she challenged her perfectionist self to embrace improv, just for a day. It was a big ask for her and I’m just like a proud mama bear to see this finished! Teaching people to make quilts is such a rewarding experience and I can’t thank all my students enough for trusting me to take them on a journey. 

 
“Displaced” by Tracy Oliver @t_j_oliver, made in a workshop at Addicted To Fabric in Canberra