Monday, 13 January 2014

Quilt Improv






 I can't tell you how excited I am it's my turn to play host to Lu's blog hop!

Lu's work is something that I have admired since I began quilting about 4 years ago and I'm priviledged that she is now also a very good friend 'in real life'! Her quilts truly make my heart sing, all that colour is just beautiful.

photo from Quilt Improv

photo from Quilt Improv

I've had Lu's book since it was released over the summer and it's just beautiful. The layout, diagrams and instructions are a breeze to follow, the whole thing is a visual treat which is great if you're a visual learner like me! I love how there are no exact measurements just approximations, it allows your creativity to flow rather than being hankered following a pattern exactly. The colour, font and instruction style are like no other quilting book I've seen, I was drawn in immediately and I have honestly spent hours with this book!

photo from Quilt Improv

I took Lu's improv class at the Fat Quarterly retreat in London over the summer which was a great place to begin to learn the techniques Lu uses to create her awesome quilts. The book has been invaluable in continuing this learning and I'm having great fun practicing!






The chevron and porthole blocks are 12" square finished and when I've added 2 more blocks I'll turn them into a nice big cushion for Hunter's bedroom which like the blocks I've made, is also a mix of solids and Lu's first fabric line for Moda - Summersville.

I really urge you to check out the other posts in the blog hop, there are interviews, book reviews and lots of great projects to see as well as more giveaway opportunities! Please head on over to the stitch craft create website where you'll find all the details. Trust me there are all sorts of awesome sewers and quilters taking part!

Now for the exciting part: F&W media the fabulous publishers behind Lu's book are offering one lucky reader the chance to win a copy of this super book. Even better the giveaway is open to both UK and International readers, all you need to do is leave a comment below. Simples. I'll choose a winner via random.org on the evening of Wednesday 15th Jan 2014.

Good Luck!

67 comments:

  1. Looks like fun, Justine. Looking forward to seeing your finished cushion.:) Thanks for joining the hop.

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  2. Looking forward to seeing your finished cushion too! Would love to win this book - I hate cutting fabric accurately so I think improvisation would be the way to go for me!

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  3. I'm interested in that porthole block:D

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  4. I've recently made a chevron block with controlled strips, but I like the idea of doing it improv.

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  5. Louise @craftyguider13 January 2014 08:11

    Love the chevrons.

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  6. Ohhh I wish I'd taken Lu's class, I struggle so much with impro

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  7. Big fan of improv quilting, prob suits my lack of self discipline! Would love a copy of this book!

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  8. What a fab giveaway! Love improv quilts. Look forward to seeing hunters cushion :-) x

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  9. It is on my wishlist and I would really love a copy! I loved Lu's class in the summer. Happy New Year to you! Juliex

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  10. Looks like a great book with loads of fun techniques to try! ��

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  11. Your porthole block looks great. I love what I've seen so far of this book. One way or another I will own a copy! Thanks for the chance to win one.

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  12. I really like the chevron block. Improv looks like a great way to use up a lot of scraps too.

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  13. This could be just the sort of quilting for days when scant or exact 1/4" seams are the last thing you want to sew.

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  14. I would love to have a look at this book, I love the explosion of colour in Lu's work

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  15. I'm someone who tends to use the same colors over and over....I guess I need to branch out, because these blocks are just beautiful!

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  16. I love this more relaxed attitude to sewing and the colours - wow! Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  17. You have channeled your inner Lu - well done you!!!

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  18. I am dying to get my hands on this book. I normally make clothes (and bags) but have been bitten by the quilt bug - I guess that means ever more fabric will be sneaked into the house!!

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  19. Really like to have this book;have always admired Lu's fabrics and work. Elaine.

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  20. Great blocks, I think if I tried improv I spend hours planning which surely defeats the point, maybe the book would help!

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  21. I just got an in-person look at this great book yesterday when a friend showed me her copy. It's fabulous, and I'd love to have my own copy! Thanks!!

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  22. Ivana
    Thank you for this chance, book looks fab!
    ivana.tvrdonova@post.cz

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  23. Looks like such a GREAT book! I love this kind of quilting! Thanks!:)

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  24. An invigorating splash of colour on this grey and torrential rainy day! I too, would love to spend hours with this book, it looks amazing.

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  25. This looks a fabulous book - I love Lu's work!

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  26. Loving your Chevron fabrics - so bright and cheerful! Would love to be in with a chance of winning a copy of this fab looking book :)

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  27. Lu's quilts are so beautiful and the colors are so fun! It would be wonderful to win a copy of the book.Thanks for offering it!

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  28. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of this wonderful book! Improv piecing is my favorite and who better to learn from than Lucie Summers!

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    1. Congratulations you're the winner! Please email your postal address to justine-mullins (at) sky (dot) com

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  29. I love your post! I really want to get a copy if Lu's book :)

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  30. Thanks for the chance to win the book. You have a great start on Hunter's cushion.

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  31. Nicely done with the chevrons! It looks like an inspirational book. Thanks for participating in the blog hop and hosting this giveaway!

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  32. Your chevrons and portholes look great. Thanks for the chance to win - that book looks like something I would adore!

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  33. thanks for the chance to win. I love Lu's style and the book looks fab

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  34. This book has been in my wish list as soon as I saw it! Thanks for the chance to win it x

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  35. I'm off to see more of your blog, I don't think I've been here before.

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  36. This book looks fab! Great to see your experimentation!

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  37. Thanks for the chance to win this. I need inspiration to help me on my quilting journey

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  38. I've been entering all over -- I want this book! Thanks so much for the chance!

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  39. Thanks for the chance to win this book- it looks fabulous!

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  40. Lu's table at the FQ Retreat looked like a lot of fun (more giggling as sewing definitely!) and I was sad I didn't get that class! However the book looks great - think it will be going on my Amazon list x

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  41. The book is at the top of my wish list!

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  42. Every time I see another review about this book it makes me want it more! Love the illustrations!

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  43. This blog hop has been fun. The book is going to belong to me even if I have to beg for it as a birthday present. Haha

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  44. I just love those port hole blocks

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  45. Lu's squares look like my stash busters! So fun. Thanks.

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  46. I just finished Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt, Celtic Solstice and fought with getting the points on the chevrons just right. The ones you did don't have points that match!!! My kind of chevrons! Thank you so much!

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  47. I am new to quilting and *love* the creative approach of Improv. It would be great to have an insight into the concrete ideas that underpin Lucie's block variations though: in short, I would love to win the book! Many thanks to you and the publishers for the opportunity....

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  48. What a beautiful book! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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  49. This book looks like so much fun!

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  50. What a wonderful way to use stash! :)
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  51. As a new quilter this great giveaway would fill my needs!

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  52. What a cool looking book. Just my style. Thanks.

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  53. This looks like a great book! And I can't wait to see your pillow when it's done!
    tgallop@mts.net
    www.willcookforshoes.ca

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  54. Love this book, thanks for the chance

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  55. This book is on my wish list. I also want to try portholes and chevrons.

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  56. Looks like a fantastic book!

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  57. Thanks for showing the picture of your chevron block on your machine - I think I could do that! Thanks for the book give away! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

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  58. Those blocks look great, particularly the chevron block. Love the bright colours :-)

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  59. I'm really excited about this book! I love the playfulness of improv quilting! Thanks for introducing me to the book.

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  60. This looks like such a cool book. It would make a great addition to my library. Thanks for sharing.

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  61. One day I will make a porthole!

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  62. I love the idea of combining improv with portholes, a great combination.

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  63. I need to learn to do a little improv quilting.

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  64. Oh please enter me in, I would love to have this book!

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Well hello and thanks so much for commenting! It's lovely to hear from you, Justine xx