Quilt Improv blog tour

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Quilt Improv by Lu Summers. Thanks for stopping by!


What a great book… To start with it’s beautiful. The photography is bright and vivid with amazing out door locations. It makes you eager to dig into your stash and start sewing. But this book is more than a pretty face!

It is all about improvisational piecing, which is what made me fall hard for quilting back when I started. I think that all quilters, beginner or experienced, should try it. It opens your eyes to how free and fun quilting can be. Quilt Improv really embraces that concept of the freedom of improv piecing, but it is arranged so that the reader can learn specific blocks and techniques. This gives a great frame work in which to tackle improv piecing, making it approachable and fun.


First, the book teaches a series of blocks. They are all so colorful and bright, often sewn up with Lu’s amazing fabrics. There’s so much movement, life, and energy in her wonderful piecing!


Then, the book features a quilt for each block learned.


When looking through the book, I instantly fell for the quilt that features the improv string block. All those solids call my name of course!


Following Lu’s thorough instructions I quickly sewed up the parts for a string block.


After arranging them a few different ways, I decided to make a change from the diamond and arrange them in this sort of broken stripe arrangement.


Since the whole point of improv is to add your own spin, I figure that’s ok! This wonderful book really inspires and promotes creativity and exploration.

Who would like to win a copy?!? F & W Media is kind enough to be giving one so leave a comment here and I’ll be picking a winner next Friday. And be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour!

86 Responses to “Quilt Improv blog tour”

  1. Diane January 25, 2014 at 9:38 pm #

    The more I see, the more I want this book! Thanks for the chance to win.

  2. Andrea Medwin January 25, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

    I love the fresh clean colours in this book and taking inspiration from our surroundings. This would definitely be a great addition to the quilting bookshelf!

  3. Annette green January 26, 2014 at 12:33 am #

    Great looking book.

  4. Janne Ellingsen January 26, 2014 at 5:54 am #

    I think I need this book! I have never made a quilt, but one day….

  5. Ptcquilter January 26, 2014 at 6:35 am #

    Great opportunity to try improv . Sort of improv quilting with training wheels!

  6. Becky Greene January 26, 2014 at 6:36 am #

    I love your string blocks!! I certainly need some improve in my life – thanks for the chance to win!

  7. Christina January 26, 2014 at 6:49 am #

    I’ve been looking at this book on Amazon. I’m so glad to hear that it is as good as it looks! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

  8. Meg January 26, 2014 at 8:25 am #

    It’s so interesting to see the variety you can achieve just by turning those string blocks! So cool! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!

  9. Barb N January 26, 2014 at 8:51 am #

    It’s good to let the brain think outside of the box, and Improv Quilting can do just that. It’s harder, though, to teach an old dog new tricks so that is exactly why I would need – and I say again – ‘need’ this book!!!

  10. Flora January 26, 2014 at 9:18 am #

    I am very interested in freeing myself up for improve but with some kind of structure to start with.

  11. Janice January 26, 2014 at 11:31 am #

    I have been following the blog tour for Quilt Improv and I LOVE this book! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win a copy.

  12. Donna B January 26, 2014 at 7:59 pm #

    Looks like an awesome book! Trying improv is on my to do list this year :-)

  13. Mom C January 27, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    I would love that book. The projects look interesting and fun. Thanks.

  14. Daniela January 27, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

    Great review and the book looks gorgeous. One of my new year’s resolutions is to have a go at improv quilting and this book would be an excellent and inspirational place to start!

  15. Jenny N January 27, 2014 at 2:20 pm #

    I’ve had this book checked out from the library for a couple of months (yes, I’ve reached my renewal limit!). Would love to have my own copy!

  16. Julie January 27, 2014 at 5:58 pm #

    The pictures in the book are beautiful!

  17. Liz January 27, 2014 at 7:47 pm #

    Looks like an inspiring book, would be great to get my hands on a copy!

  18. Donna B January 27, 2014 at 8:17 pm #

    Improv quilting is on my to do this year, looks so fun

  19. Evelyn January 27, 2014 at 11:45 pm #

    This book will be great to teach me improv piecing.

  20. Indianna January 28, 2014 at 2:14 am #

    I love the vibrancy of all the quilts in the book, so different and I’d love to learn how to do them.

  21. Laura w January 28, 2014 at 6:45 am #

    Looks like a fab book! Thanks for the chance to win.

  22. Megan January 28, 2014 at 7:54 am #

    I’d love to win!!

  23. Cheryl January 28, 2014 at 9:59 am #

    This books looks fabulous

  24. mailergoat January 28, 2014 at 10:22 am #

    Somehow I didn’t realize this book was all about improv…I’d love to win it, I could use a dose of fun piecing challenges! And love the quilt you highlighted — thanks.

  25. Catrin January 28, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    I NEED this book!

  26. Karen B January 28, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    This book looks amazing! Thank you for the chance to win.

  27. bee January 28, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

    i love the layout you chose. this book is looking more and more like a must have!

  28. Teressa P January 28, 2014 at 3:37 pm #

    This book looks so great! I’d love to win. Thanks for the chance :)

  29. SandraR January 29, 2014 at 12:53 am #

    Great giveaway. I would love to win this book for inspiration.

  30. quiltwoman January 29, 2014 at 6:28 am #

    I would love to win a copy of this gorgeous book! Thanks for the opportunity. quiltwoman0@gmail.com

  31. Karrie Smith January 29, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

    This books looks so amazing!

  32. Annee January 30, 2014 at 5:36 am #

    I would LOVE to win a copy of this book! I love the look of improvisational quilting, but need a boost to be brave enough to start trying it! Thanks so much.

  33. Gina S. January 30, 2014 at 6:58 am #

    This looks like a lot of fun!

  34. Debbie M January 30, 2014 at 7:10 am #

    Looking forward to winning so I can see ALL the wonderful pictures in the book! Thanks, Alissa!

  35. Nicole Sender January 30, 2014 at 9:33 pm #

    What a fun book! I’d love to win a copy to help me improve my quilting skills.

  36. Helen in the UK January 31, 2014 at 10:52 am #

    I’ve seen so much on Blogland about Lucie’s new book – it’s looks amazing. Really hope I’m lucky in the giveaway :)

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