Sunday, January 15, 2017

Introducing play - an improv QAL

Ready to play?

I am so very excited to announce my new QAL called play which is all about improv quilting.

Let's start with a base definition -
improv (noun),
short for improvisation.  (source)
the art or act of improvising, or of composing, uttering, executing, or arranging anything without previous preparation.

Translate that to quilting means:
  • no pattern
  • no rules
  • take chances
  • have fun
  • free form piecing
  • play with color
  • embrace mistakes (or throw them away)
  • scissors
  • don't overthink it
  • its not done until it is done

play with color, play with shapes, play with fabric.

For play, there will not be a pattern, or any step by step tutorials, or any information on fabric requirements.

For play, there will be weekly prompts that you can choose to embrace or ignore, social tags and linkups, a parade of finishes and wonderful sponsors with prizes (randomly awarded) to participants.

play will kick-off on February 13.  The prompts will run February through March with linkups of finishes through April.

We'll explore all kinds of improv prompts in play.  Put text in your quilt or don't.  Make wonky log cabins or don't.  (Get the idea?)

A parade of play finishes will be in early May.

We've two wonderful sponsors for the play QAL and prizes (randomly awarded) for those who play along -

American Made Brand    
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Excited to play along?  I hope so!  More information is available on the play event page.

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My improv mini with wonky text is my 2nd finish of 2017.  I'll be linking up my finish with  Main Crush Monday's, Sew Cute Tuesdays,  Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Fabric Frenzy Friday,  Finish it Up Friday and Finished or Not Friday.   

Have a wonderful day! Patty


  1. what a wonderful idea!!! I love it.

  2. I'm looking forward to this!!!!

  3. Sounds great! I've added your QAL to the QAL linky party on my blog:

  4. This way outside my box. I will decide as the month goes on. Tis different.

  5. This is a great idea. I don't do well with improv -- I need a pattern. But this sounds interesting. Will have to put my mind to this.

  6. Sounds like fun, Patty! It will certainly help some of us to really stretch our imaginations! Thanks for being such an inspiration! XO

  7. I love improv and I hope to be able to join along but I am crazy busy so we will see.

  8. Sounds very fun. I have been working on some improv pieces and can't wait to get back to them.

  9. What a very fun concept! It's possible I can 'play' along...I'll keep an eye out for this one! Thanks!

  10. This sounds like fun! I'm always drawn to quilts with writing but have never tried it myself.

  11. Great idea Patty! Hopefully I can 'play' along, and let everyone know about the fun! Thanks for sharing on Midweek Makers

  12. Sounds like fun, I'm more of a stick to it - pattern kind of person but like the idea of letting something creative come out of me.

  13. I love this idea!! I've been wanting to 'go improv' for a while now.. sounds like the ideal opportunity! :)


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