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!

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  • Anita

    January 24, 2014 at 1:08 am | Reply

    I would love to win this book! I have done a little improv, but I would like to get inspired and improve my skills.

  • Sara

    January 24, 2014 at 3:06 am | Reply

    This looks to have the ideal projects for the days I want to sew, but don’t want to have to worry about exact seams and matching points.

  • Tanya

    January 24, 2014 at 3:14 am | Reply

    I’d love a copy of this book. I’ve never done any improv, but I’m keen to give it a try. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  • Kerstin

    January 24, 2014 at 3:25 am | Reply

    This looks like one to add to your quilting book library! Thanks for the chance to win this great book!

  • Marianne

    January 24, 2014 at 4:04 am | Reply

    Such a liberating method to sew! I’ve never done improv but this book sure looks like a way to begin. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  • kristie kulik

    January 24, 2014 at 4:19 am | Reply

    Improv scares me…so I think I need this book 🙂

  • Amanda

    January 24, 2014 at 4:43 am | Reply

    What a gorgeous book! I’d love a chance to win this and add to my collection. 🙂 I agree, improv quilting is so liberating, it is my therapy after a long day’s work!! Thank you for featuring Lu’s beautiful designs.

  • Alice R.

    January 24, 2014 at 7:30 am | Reply

    This book looks like so much fun! The photos are beautiful, and I would love to do more improv. Thank you.

  • Rachelle

    January 24, 2014 at 7:33 am | Reply

    What fun! I would love new inspiration!

  • Lauren aka Giddy99

    January 24, 2014 at 8:06 am | Reply

    I would love to get comfortable with improv; I love the way it looks!

  • wendy

    January 24, 2014 at 9:30 am | Reply

    this book looks amazing, it’s on my wishlist in case I don’t win! I’m not so good at accuracy so I have a hunch this technique would suit me.

  • Gill

    January 24, 2014 at 9:45 am | Reply

    I’d love to win a copy of Lu’s book!!

  • Clarissa Thorne

    January 24, 2014 at 9:45 am | Reply

    Gorgeous book and would definitely inspire me!

  • Stephanie

    January 24, 2014 at 10:03 am | Reply

    I would like to dip into improv quilting. Love the stripes that you made!

  • Robin

    January 24, 2014 at 11:29 am | Reply

    This book looks great!

  • tusen

    January 24, 2014 at 12:05 pm | Reply

    This is such a beautiful book. And I like the look of your broken strips block (looks like your cat likes it too)

  • L

    January 24, 2014 at 1:02 pm | Reply

    I agree with you–she does great fabric lines!

  • Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge

    January 24, 2014 at 1:16 pm | Reply

    Lovely string blocks! My quilt guild just bought this book, but I’d love to have it in my library! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Sue Bone

    January 24, 2014 at 2:31 pm | Reply

    The photography in the book is stunning

  • Kay

    January 24, 2014 at 2:37 pm | Reply

    I just started quilting a few months ago, so I haven’t tried improv piecing yet, but I have a feeling that I’ll love it…especially since I think cutting is the worst part of quilting.

  • Jen Beatty

    January 24, 2014 at 3:23 pm | Reply

    Thanks for the opportunity, I enjoy improv work!

  • cynthia

    January 24, 2014 at 3:27 pm | Reply

    Thanks for the review–your blocks are appealing!

  • Patti

    January 24, 2014 at 3:29 pm | Reply

    Everything about this book is eye candy! Would be just thrilled to win a copy. Thanks for the chance.

  • Allison D

    January 24, 2014 at 3:47 pm | Reply

    This book looks great – improv is definitely something I need to work on.

  • Sadie

    January 24, 2014 at 3:56 pm | Reply

    I love your block and how you did it all in aqua blues and the direction of the jagged diagonal; that gives it a very different look! I’d be honored to own Lucie’s book – been wanting it ever since it came out. i need courage to try more improv quilts, as these are the quilts i love the best. thanks!


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  • Leila

    January 24, 2014 at 4:11 pm | Reply

    It looks like a wonderful book! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  • Gigi

    January 24, 2014 at 4:21 pm | Reply

    I’ve been following this blog tour for awhile now.
    And this is my first time to visit your blog. Looks wonderful.

  • Marisa

    January 24, 2014 at 5:10 pm | Reply

    I would love a copy-I’ve been loving seeing all the bloggers’ creations! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • melissa

    January 24, 2014 at 5:57 pm | Reply

    I like your final arrangement. Keeping my fingers crossed I’ll win a copy of this book somewhere along the way.

  • Annette Z

    January 24, 2014 at 6:04 pm | Reply

    I can see how this would fit your style. Me? I’m afraid of improv but I so want to do a quilt using it!

  • Sandy K

    January 24, 2014 at 6:24 pm | Reply

    I love this hop. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

  • Vicki H

    January 24, 2014 at 6:28 pm | Reply

    This hop is so full of inspiration. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • PT in SC

    January 24, 2014 at 7:14 pm | Reply

    The photography in this book is incredible. Would love to have this book.

  • PT in SC

    January 24, 2014 at 7:14 pm | Reply

    The photography in this book is incredible. Would love to have this book.

  • Tamie

    January 24, 2014 at 7:39 pm | Reply

    I need to improve on my improv. This book looks like it would be a great addition to my library.

  • floribunda

    January 24, 2014 at 7:51 pm | Reply

    Looks like a great book — I’d love to win a copy!

  • Jeneta@PlumJam

    January 24, 2014 at 8:04 pm | Reply

    I really like your block layout! Cute little paw in the photo too!!

  • June @ QuiltQuest

    January 24, 2014 at 8:24 pm | Reply

    This book seems to be right up my alley. I have done liberated piecing and have enjoyed it – these fresh ideas will inspire us all to be creative. Thanks for putting my name in the hat for the drawing!

  • Jason

    January 24, 2014 at 9:40 pm | Reply

    I would love to get my hands on this book! I’ve never tried any improving and would love to start!

  • DeborahGun

    January 24, 2014 at 10:34 pm | Reply

    I would so love to win this book – improv quilting will be me!!

  • Margaret

    January 24, 2014 at 10:45 pm | Reply

    Looks like this book has a lot of great inspiration.

  • Audrey

    January 25, 2014 at 7:37 am | Reply

    Looks amazing, something I really want to try!

  • sylvia

    January 25, 2014 at 9:17 am | Reply

    What fun! Love these quilts!

  • Melissa Quinn

    January 25, 2014 at 9:17 am | Reply

    Book looks great. I really need some improv in my quilting because following the rules is just too hard 🙂

  • SandraR

    January 25, 2014 at 9:31 am | Reply

    I would love to win this great giveaway.

  • Flavia M.W.

    January 25, 2014 at 10:01 am | Reply

    THis is a super cool giveaway! Please pick me! And thanks for the chance!
    BTW, love your quilts!

  • Flavia M.W.

    January 25, 2014 at 10:03 am | Reply

    THis is a super cool giveaway! Please pick me! And thanks for the chance!
    BTW, love your quilts!
    Have a fun sewing weekend!

  • Jean

    January 25, 2014 at 11:05 am | Reply

    Strings are on my ‘to do’ list, but I’m using selvadges. Gonna be fun.

  • Dita

    January 25, 2014 at 4:39 pm | Reply

    That’s a beautiful book! I love the outdoor photograph

  • Diane

    January 25, 2014 at 9:38 pm | Reply

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

  • Andrea Medwin

    January 25, 2014 at 9:52 pm | Reply

    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!

  • Annette green

    January 26, 2014 at 12:33 am | Reply

    Great looking book.

  • Janne Ellingsen

    January 26, 2014 at 5:54 am | Reply

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

  • Ptcquilter

    January 26, 2014 at 6:35 am | Reply

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

  • Becky Greene

    January 26, 2014 at 6:36 am | Reply

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

  • Christina

    January 26, 2014 at 6:49 am | Reply

    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.

  • Meg

    January 26, 2014 at 8:25 am | Reply

    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!

  • Barb N

    January 26, 2014 at 8:51 am | Reply

    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!!!

  • Flora

    January 26, 2014 at 9:18 am | Reply

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

  • Janice

    January 26, 2014 at 11:31 am | Reply

    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.

  • Donna B

    January 26, 2014 at 7:59 pm | Reply

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

  • Mom C

    January 27, 2014 at 8:57 am | Reply

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

  • Daniela

    January 27, 2014 at 2:05 pm | Reply

    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!

  • Jenny N

    January 27, 2014 at 2:20 pm | Reply

    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!

  • Julie

    January 27, 2014 at 5:58 pm | Reply

    The pictures in the book are beautiful!

  • Liz

    January 27, 2014 at 7:47 pm | Reply

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

  • Donna B

    January 27, 2014 at 8:17 pm | Reply

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

  • Evelyn

    January 27, 2014 at 11:45 pm | Reply

    This book will be great to teach me improv piecing.

  • Indianna

    January 28, 2014 at 2:14 am | Reply

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

  • Laura w

    January 28, 2014 at 6:45 am | Reply

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

  • Megan

    January 28, 2014 at 7:54 am | Reply

    I’d love to win!!

  • Cheryl

    January 28, 2014 at 9:59 am | Reply

    This books looks fabulous

  • mailergoat

    January 28, 2014 at 10:22 am | Reply

    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.

  • Catrin

    January 28, 2014 at 11:11 am | Reply

    I NEED this book!

  • Karen B

    January 28, 2014 at 11:44 am | Reply

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

  • bee

    January 28, 2014 at 1:33 pm | Reply

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

  • Teressa P

    January 28, 2014 at 3:37 pm | Reply

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

  • SandraR

    January 29, 2014 at 12:53 am | Reply

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

  • quiltwoman

    January 29, 2014 at 6:28 am | Reply

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

  • Karrie Smith

    January 29, 2014 at 9:06 pm | Reply

    This books looks so amazing!

  • Annee

    January 30, 2014 at 5:36 am | Reply

    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.

  • Gina S.

    January 30, 2014 at 6:58 am | Reply

    This looks like a lot of fun!

  • Debbie M

    January 30, 2014 at 7:10 am | Reply

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

  • Nicole Sender

    January 30, 2014 at 9:33 pm | Reply

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

  • Helen in the UK

    January 31, 2014 at 10:52 am | Reply

    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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