Improvisational Piecing is a practice I use whenever I am blocked artistically. Usually working from scraps, I work until I have fulfilled one thing or another...new backgrounds, new designs, color combinations, exploring shapes, etc.
As I work on new pieces and prepare a lesson plan and list of materials for upcoming workshop as the facilitator; I will be working from Maria Shell's quilt book, "Improv Patchwork". I will begin to post some projects and ideas inspired by this unique teacher, quilter, author.
Each Quilter will receive a copy of Improv Patchwork: Dynamic Quilts Made with Line and Shape by Maria Shell and Materials/Supply List prior to the Retreat. Quilter's will have a month to explore the book, visit the author's website; www.mariashell.com, as well as, www.pinterest.com.
Ms. Shell offers no fabric yardage per project. So you are on your own determining the amount of fabric needed. It is best from my experience to use the full length of yardage for most projects, Fat quarters, Jelly Rolls and scraps.
Explore and select inspiration/muse to choose your color palette to tell your story. When choosing fabrics select the full spectrum of the Color Wheel and a variety of values of each hue. Remember, black, white, gray, brown and your favorite color.