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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Scrappy Improv Quilting Kickoff and a Giveaway!

Whoop, Whoop!  It's time, y'all.  Time to properly introduce you to my brand new book, and celebrate its release!  The publication process is a marathon, not a sprint and I have been patiently waiting for this day.  In fact, this book has been over a year-and-a-half in the making, and I am so excited to finally share it with you in detail.


Scrappy Improv Quilting is written with all of the information you'll need to complete the projects from start to finish,  so even a newbie quilter will be successful.  To kick off the blog tour, I'm going to give a little overview of the way the book is structured.

Before you even get to the 22 fun projects, Scrappy Improv Quilting starts off with a whole section dedicated to the many ways to use mini quilts.  Then, quilting tools, helpful tips, and techniques are covered, which are useful not only for mini quilts, but for quilting in general.  And, most importantly for this method, a full step-by-step tutorial is included showing exactly how to sort and piece your scrap fabric using improvisation.  There are lots of pictures to help you on your way, and you'll be shocked at how easy it is to create scrappy "fabric" that will create tons of texture and depth in your quilt.  It really is a comprehensive guide!

If you're a pro at improv, you might be comfortable with your own scrap piecing method, and that's fantastic, but it is always helpful to get a different perspective.  You might even pick up a new trick or two for your improv arsenal!  But if improv is brand new for you, this book walks you through the process and lets you dip your toes into it with all of the information you'll need for success.  It really is for everyone!  After the foundation is laid, the book begins with Single Block Beauties.


Each of the six quilts in this section is made with just one big quilt block!  A single block is the perfect way to start out if you're apprehensive.  The minis here offer a wide range of scrappy opportunity.  You can choose a project where scraps of different colors are mixed, one with a specific color palette, or one where the scrappy improv creates a textured background.  And one of the best things about this technique is that it is easy to customize to your own scrap color preferences!


The second section is Simple Shapes, and it contains five designs, which have simple repeating shapes that come together to make super fun quilts.  Once again, this section gives plenty of options for working with your unique scraps, and the patterns show a variety of colors and backgrounds.

There are lots more quilts to share with you and the blog tour will be following the schedule below.  I've been getting sneak peeks of projects from all of the amazing blogger friends and I know you're going to love the minis they've been creating.  I know they're excited to share them with you too!  

Because this book has so many projects, and because I want to finish the blog tour well before the holidays, we will be highlighting four projects each week beginning on 9/13- two on Monday, and two on Wednesday of each week.  For the duration of the blog tour, NTT will be posted on Thursday mornings, rather than the usual Wednesday evening, just to make sure that the posts don't get crowded. 

Scrappy Improv Quilting Blog Tour Schedule-

8/31- Intro, Single Block Beauties, and Simple Shapes (here!)

9/7- Seasonal Sensations, Standards With a Twist (here!)

9/13- Summer Blossom- Lori @ Crossquilt
           Up, Up, and Away- Sandra @ mmm...quilts!

           Botanics- Diann @ Little Penguin Quilts

9/20- Face the Sun- Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts
           Full Spectrum- Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal

9/22- Prismatic- Anja @ Anja Quilts
           Downpour- Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting

9/27- Funkytown- Vasudha @ Storied Quilts
           Cherub Wings- Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty

9/29- Chapel Window- Kris @ Sew Sunshine
           Winter Frost- Leanne @ Devoted Quilter

           Star Spangled- Christine @ Triangles & Squares

10/6- Birds of a Feather- Preeti @ Sew Preeti Quilts
           Fall Foliage- Susan @ Quilt Fabrication

10/11- Ornamental- Gail @ Quilting Gail
            Churn, Churn, Churn- Cynthia @ Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

10/13- Sunset Crossing- Kate @ Katie Mae Quilts
             Positivity- Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts

10/18- All Dressed Up- Linda @ Flourishing Palms
             Shockwave- Anne-Marie @ Stories From the Sewing Room

10/20- Sweet Bee (a bonus thank-you pattern), Finishing, and Wrap-Up (here!) 

Signed copies of Scrappy Improv Quilting are available in my Etsy shop HERE, or ask about it at your local quilt shop.  It is also available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other major booksellers.  

And shop owners, you can get it from any of the major distributors- Checker, Brewer, United Notions, and EE Schenck.  :) 

Okay y'all!  To kick off this blog tour properly, I'm giving away a signed copy of Scrappy Improv Quilting to one reader.  To enter, just take a moment to enter a single comment on this post.  I'll announce the winner next week on 9/7, where I'll also highlight the other two sections in the book.  Happy scrapping and good luck!

This giveaway has now ended.  Thanks so much to all who entered!



46 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your new book. I’m looking forward to seeing all the projects inside.

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  2. Congratulations on your new book! All I've seen so far looks really fun!

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  3. Congrats on the new book! I enjoyed Stash Statement so much! I know this will have me drooling again!

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  4. This is such an exciting time for you! I'm honored to be invited to participate in your book/project hop, and look forward to hearing that copies of the book are flying off the shelves!

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  5. I'm looking forward to your book! I really like the mini quilts you showed!

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  6. So happy for you! The new book looks great. I’m excited to see the different projects on tour.

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  7. I'm so excited for this book! Thanks for including me on the hop, Kelly!!! I'm having so much fun working on my project! And thanks for including the QOV quilt I linked last week!!!

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  8. This is so exciting! Combining improv with scrappy is talking my language! I hope your book sells like hotcakes, Kelly! Congratulations!

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  9. Congratulations Kelly!! I love your quilts and enjoyed taking your class at the White Count Guild.

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  10. It looks like a really fun book. Congratulations.

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  11. I love seeing new books with a scrappy theme. It is so fun to make quilts from leftovers.

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  12. I definitely need this book! My scrap pile is begging for it! Congrats! gpc490[at]gmail[dot]com

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  13. Oh boy! This looks like a terrific book to add to the quilting library. Did I mention that I love scrap quilts?
    Ohioholman@aol.com

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  14. I love scrappy! This book looks like a must-have! Congratulations!

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  15. Congratulations on the book release! Scrappy and improv - what's not to like!

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  16. I am ready for more scrappy ideas. Your book looks like it fits the bill perfectly!! Congratulations!

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  17. Congrats! So happy for you! And the new quilts look absolutely amazing! Remember to take a breath now and then and enjoy the "marathon"...take care and thanks!

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  18. I have accumulated quite a pile of small scraps. This technique is a wonderful way to use them.

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  19. I've been saving my scraps religiously, and now feel I have enough to dip my toe into improv. Your book of minis sounds like it would be a good place to start!

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  20. Congratulations on your new book, Kelly! There are a lot of great projects there!! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  21. Love, Love scrappy! Thank you for the inspiration.

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  22. What a great way to learn colorful small un-daunting blocks. Thanks!

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  23. Congratulations on your second book! I love all of the colorful min projects that you created!
    yoyopattycakes at hotmail dot com

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  24. Really nice projects! Congrats on the new book. The cover project is delightful!

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  25. Fun looking book. Looking forward to the hop.

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  26. Awesome projects! I love all of the mini quilts. Congrats on your new book - on my wish list!

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  27. I'm looking forward to the tour! Are we able to see the previous days? The link doesn't work for 8/31.

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  28. Yes..Super Congratulations on your Book!! What an exciting experience!! Thank you for chance to win one of them too :D

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  29. Big Congrats! What fun for us too! Thank you!

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  30. Congratulations on your book. I absolutely love what you are doing with your scraps (it sure beats my crazy quilt blocks). I'm smitten over the angel wing quilt.

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  31. What a beautiful new book! You must be so proud. It looks like a great one to add to one's library. Congratulations!

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  32. Such joy in color!! A happy book for the soul. Thank-you for sharing your gifts.

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  33. Congratulations on the book! I love scrappy quilts and these look fun!

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  34. What a beautiful book! All the sample quilts featured in this post are fantastic.

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  35. I love scrappy quilts and this book looks like it has a ton of great projects-- I would love to just myself in my sewing room and just create!

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  36. Looks like a terrific amount of scrappy projects!

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  37. Woo Hoo! Congratulations Kelly. What a perfect book for those among us who love to play with scraps!

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  38. I admit I am scared of Improv. I just can't let go. Maybe this book is just what I need to get me to finally try it. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  39. Congratulations - can't wait to see what folks do with the patterns!

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  40. I love scrappy projects, and improv! I've followed your blog for years now and am a big fan! Congrats on the new book - it looks terrific!

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  41. Congratulations on the release of your new book. This is just what I need to explore the world of improv --- smaller doable projects. Thank you.

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  42. Congrats on the new book. It looks to be a very fun one!

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  43. Congratulations on a Special New Book! Love to win a Copy!
    Thank You!

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  44. Good luck with the new book! I love mini quilts!

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  45. Congratulations! The mini quilts are adorable!

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