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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Improv Piecing Video Tutorial

Everyone can do it.  No, really!  It's easier than it looks;  I promise...  These are the things I find myself repeating as I share the quilts from my book with guilds, or just here on my blog, and do you know what?  It's all the honest truth.

Believe me- I do know that improv piecing is a difficult concept for some.  It's can be hard to get into the right frame of mind and let go of control a little bit (but when you do it, it's also FUN!).  I do know that it is more comfortable for some to sew with a pattern or a set of step by step instructions.  And I do know that it takes just a little bit of practice with it for it to feel natural (just a tiny bit).  

I know all of this.  But I also know that if you follow the scrap sorting instructions and try the three, step-by-step methods shown in Stash Statement, improv piecing is fun, easy, and doable for every. single. quilter.  I really wanted to show this, instead of just telling you, so when the good folks at Martingale asked if I would like to shoot a demo video at Quilt Market in May, I jumped at the chance.

The video is only a few minutes long, but it shows my thought process as I sew my scraps into useable improv pieces.  Enjoy!

See, everyone can do it.  No, really!  It's easier than it looks;  I promise... Ready to give it a try?  Come on, you know you have the scraps!  

You can get a signed copy of Stash Statement from my Etsy shop HERE.  Or, it is available from Connecting Threads, Shop Martingale, or ask about it at your local quilt shop.  

*Stash Statement is also available from Amazon, but there is currently a glitch in the listing, and it is only showing the Kindle version.  Martingale and Amazon are working to fix this ASAP.


  1. Have just watched the video via FB; great little tips, thanks tonnes!

  2. Great video with wonderful tips! So cool to hear your voice too! I find improv sewing so relaxing without the need to be "perfect". Now I want to run up and dig out my scraps in my sewing room!

  3. Kelly! What a great tutorial! You explained and demo'd it perfectly!! I am off to purchase your book and I am not sure why I waited so long! Thanks for the nudge!!!!

  4. Thanks for sharing the video. It is very helpful. I was adding pieces in a round.

  5. This video is really helpful along with your book! Thanks, Kelly!


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