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mastering & innovating patchwork techniques

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?
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

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.
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 Quilters. 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!
Sherri Lynn WoodNow 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!


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

Learn more about The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters +click here

Learn more about Sherri Lynn Wood +click here

SPOILER ALERT: Four copies of The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters and four pairs of 9″ Kai scissors will be awarded for the Okan Arts April Giveaway. Be sure to check back in one week to participate in the Giveaway.

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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9 comments to “mastering & innovating patchwork techniques”

  1. Carole says:

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

  2. Peta says:

    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.

  3. NANCY TOBIN says:

    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!!!

  4. Nancy Hutchison says:

    beautiful and innovative

  5. Sandy W. says:

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

  6. […] post above was first published on the Okan Arts blog last week. They are following up my guest post with four giveaways of  The Improv Handbook For Modern […]

  7. Judy Brack says:

    Sherri encourages me to show her freedom of design in quilts to inspire my young grand children to see freedom in their world as well.
    Thank YOU

  8. Fleurette says:

    Loving her new technique and freedom of design. Wow!