Sherri Lynn Wood, modern quilter

mastering & innovating patchwork techniques

By guest blogger Sherri Lynn Wood, quilt artist and author

Virginia Echeverria Whipple Artwork

OAKLAND CA  One day I saw the paper collage above on flickr, by artist Virginia Echeverria Whipple (I love her work!) and wondered how I could create the effect of concentric rings in patchwork. Perhaps with bias cut strips? I had never seen anyone strip piece on the curve before. Could it be done?

Quilt by Sherri Lynn Wood

Without any tutorials to refer to and with only my skills at hand, I jumped in and figured out a way to do it. There were lots of pitfalls requiring innovative solutions, but eventually I invented and mastered a new patchwork technique – Bias Strip Piecing on the Curve.

Sherri Lynn Wood Sudio

Pushing your sewing skills beyond your limits of mastery is one way to see with the eyes of a beginner again, and this is the best frame of mind to be in as an improviser. Innovation is something that happens when there is no solution, or instruction manual, readily available.

Quilt in progress by Sherri Lynn Wood

That being said, if you want to jump in and learn how to strip piece on the curve with ruler-free bias cut strips then definitely pick up a copy of The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilting. Not only is each step of the technique beautifully photographed (below), there are lots of tips on how to flow with your “mistakes” and make something wonderful out of them!

Quilt in progress by Sherri Lynn Wood

Now how will you push your repertoire of patchwork skills beyond your limits? What tricky piecing situations do you have a hanker to explore? Hexies? Y-seams? Ruler-free curves? Go for it!

The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters
 

A technique from the Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters, photographed by Sara Remington.

Learn more about Sherri Lynn Wood +click here

All images from The Improv Handbook are copyrighted (c) 2015 Sara Remington unless otherwise noted, and all text and illustrations (c) 2015 Sherri Lynn Wood, and can not be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the publisher Stewart, Tabori, & Chang.

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5 comments


  • Sandy W.
    What interesting and different pieces you are showing. It puts excitement back into quilting projects. Yeah for Sherri Wood!

  • Nancy Hutchison
    beautiful and innovative

  • NANCY TOBIN
    As a painter coming into the world of quilting quite recently, I was completely energized when I first saw Sherri Lynn

    Woods work! This is the stuff that gets my heart racing — I feel the lines between fine art and fine craft just melt away! Love that SLW!!!


  • Carole
    Love the results! Looking forward to seeing what participants in her classes at QBL do:

    http://www.quiltingbythelake.com/qbl.cfm


  • Peta
    Just saw you quilt using bias on the Quilt Show newsletter. I bet in one years time everyone will know about it and you will be seen as an innovator in the quilting world. Something really new. I’d even put money on it.

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