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Jan 23, 2014

Quilt Improv Blog Hop Stop / GiveAway

Jan 23, 2014
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photo from Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers

I am honored to be a part of the blog hop tour for Lucie Summers new book, Quilt Improv: Incredible Quilts from Everyday Inspirations.  The pictures in this book are laden with bright, cheerful, happy-go-lucky quilts.  They will make you want to drop everything you're doing and start sewing outside in your backyard with the warm sun beating on your shoulders.  Oh, wait - it's still winter you say? And I live in Ohio?  Well, maybe I'll just be prepared with my fresh and springy quilt from Lu's book when that warm summer day arrives someday.  :)
photo from Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers
Regardless of the season of the year and the weather outside, Lucie inspires us in this book to let go a little.  Trust yourself and give in to the improv.  Which for many of us quilters, is hard to do sometimes.  This book is the perfect remedy for those of us who have a hard time grasping the reckless abandon "Improv" is supposed to bring.

Lucie coaches us through 13 blocks or techniques commonly used in improv work.  Her results are just stunning.  This one was my favorite.

photo from Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers

I decided to try my hand at making the Chain-Pieced Strips block.  These blocks are a wonderful use of scraps - which if you're like me, the bins overfloweth with scraps and we are never sure what to do with them.
photo from Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers
As an admitted anal-retentive type, I realize I have a problem with letting go and wielding my rotary cutter without precisely measuring first.  With each cut, I relaxed a little more and really took a lot of joy from all the bitty scraps that were gaining new life in this block.

my chain-pieced strips block
I plan to turn this block into the second of three boy quilts I am making for my kids.  My middle man's favorite color is green, so I made sure to include plenty of it in there.  Of course, today, he's telling me I've got it all wrong - it's orange.  I've already got a plan for this block - and it includes lots of more these fun no-measure strips.  Hope to show you soon!

Would you love a copy of this book to rescue your inner improv?


The folks at F&W Media are offering a copy of Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers to one of my readers.  Enter the giveaway below for your chance to liberate your piecing!

And follow along with the rest of the blog tour - all the details are here - Quilt Improv Blog Hop.
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119 comments:

  1. I love the freedom it gives me to break the quilting rules!

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  2. My improv experience is limited to wonky log cabin blocks, which are lots of fun. I'd like to try more improv piecing. It's a great way to use up leftover scraps and strips.

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  3. Improv is not easy for me. I am way too formal with my quilting. The book sure would help me relax and enjoy. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  4. I have never tried improv quilting but the quilt in the photo with the bicycle is beautiful and makes me want to give it a try

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  5. I just love that you don't have to measure fabric accurately and you can keep changing things as you go. Love your bright block :-)

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  6. Green is my favourite colour so I LOVE your improv :) Keep up the good work!!

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  7. I have not done any improve work so this book is exactly what I need! It looks like a ton of fun! Thanks for the chance! Sue @ s.ites@yahoo.com

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  8. I do enjoy improv quilting, love the "no rules" approach. Your block is adorable! very happy

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  9. I love to try new techniques in quilting and this looks like it would be so much fun. Janis@pinklemonadequiltshop.com

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  10. I haven't tried improv, it makes me nervous. I just need to go with it because I love lots of improv quilts!

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  11. Improv is not easy for me. I really want to try it and be more relaxed about the "rules"
    Thanks for the chance to win this cool book.

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  12. Improv is certainly not easy for me, but I love most that I'm able to utilize all of my scraps. I do also enjoy seeing bits of lots of different projects all in one!
    Thanks for the opportunity!
    mmckee at wi dot rr dot com

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  13. I've only made improv mug rugs so far, but I love that you can use up scraps of favorite fabric!!

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  14. I love the riot of color and the beautiful imperfection of improv projects. The fact that improv is a serious stash buster makes the process even better!

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  15. Every time I see the pictures in this book I get very inspired! I love Improv. It makes me feel very creative and I love being able to 'just let loose and go'!

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  16. Since I am no perfectionist by any stretch, the little improv I've done has been more of an adventure! I love having a reason to save/use scraps of all my lovelies :)

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  17. I would love to give this a try...has to be freeing

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  18. I love the idea of improv sewing because I loathe trying to cut straight and match up every single point. If I am out by a millimeter I feel a failure so this would be so good for me. Thanks for a great giveaway.

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  19. I love the look of improv but I don't find it easy!!
    Perhaps practise makes perfect - or rather imperfect!!

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  20. improv was one of my first loves. i never tire of it and i like to revisit it every once in awhile but i've come to enjoy precision piecing as well.

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  21. My daughter is trying to convert this former geometry teacher to the freedom of improv piecing. It is not easy for me to just let go and not worry about parallels and perpendiculars

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  22. I love Improv! As a beginning quilter, I love the freedom of cutting without boundaries. So much fun! The book looks wonderful.

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  23. I've never made an improv quilt but I think it would be a great challenge because I am an obsesser!

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  24. I'm new to Improv! What an uplifting concept. I look forward to quilting outside the box. Thank you.

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  25. I feel improv is the only thing that will work for me since I really can NOT sew a straight 1/4" seam. I'd love to quilt but I've never had the guts until improv and scrappy quilting came into peripheral.

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  26. I am also a bit on the anal side - and it takes me a bit to warm up to improv, but I always find fun in it! Practice makes perfect!

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  27. I've never tried improv, I worry a little about how well my fabrics would coordinate

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  28. I like that you can just sit down and do it! I don't like having to get up and come back and forgot what the heck I was thinking lol!

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  29. I've tried improv a few times and I do not find it easy at all! But that said, I do find it to be a fun process!

    caribousmom (at) gmail (dot) com

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  30. It would be nice to have a guide for trying to let go and move beyond traditional blocks. Even in improvisation there needs to be guidelines to follow. Thanks for hosting this giveaway, I would love to win.

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  31. i love your green chain pieced square and the use of the polka dots. improv is the style i'm most drawn to, so i would like to expand on it, since all i have done is an improv log cabin quilt - my first and only quilt so far. i need some courage to try new things & let go more, and Lucie's book would help with that! thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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  32. I've not tried improv... it looks difficult, but it's not! Need to jump across that barrier and dig right in!
    yoyopattycakes (@) hotmail.com

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  33. Improv is always hard for me to start, but once I get in the groove of things I love it!

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  34. HI, IT SEEMS TO BE SIMPLER TO DESIGN; CAREFREE MOVEMENT IN BLOCKS:I LIKE IT!
    THANKS FOR THE BOOK GIVEAWAY!

    cobaltt16@yahoo.com

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  35. I really struggle with improv piecing. I tried incorporating some extra fabric scraps in the backing for a quilt I recently finished and the backing STILL isn't done because I'm stuck on the improv part. I'm too OCD for true improv but with practice I'm sure it will get easier.

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  36. i've only done a little bit of improv but it was a lot of fun. the hard part for me is over thinking it and making sure it's improv enough.

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  37. still fairly new to it but i love working that way, one of the reasons i quilt is to free my imagination

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  38. I certainly need help loosening up my quilting style- I rely on patterns to much :-(

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  39. I've never done improv. But I love symmetry, organization and all things order. I would definitely struggle letting go.

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  40. Inprov is my newest favorite technique, I have learned to enjoy working outside of the lines!

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  41. I am a perfectionist - have been admiring those who improve and would love to jump into the pool - sure that this book is all the incentive I need to take the leap

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  42. Luv improv...don't have to be PERFECT to sew up those seams! Let go...have some fun...mess with the quilt police!

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  43. Hi!!!! Lovely pictures!!! Looks like a lot of fun too!!! Thanks for the give away!!!

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  44. Love all the greens in your chain piece block.

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  45. Improv is definitely hard for me! If fabrics ar3e also selected randomly, you can be really surprised by how well they seem to go together.

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  46. I think it's fairly hard...at least for me. I'd love to have someone right next door to help me get started.

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  47. Improv is easy and I love using up my scraps. Thanks for a great giveaway.

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  48. It's hard for me to work improvisationally. I still wonder, "Am I doing this right?" Silly, huh?

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  49. Though I have not tried improv yet, I'm ready to jump right in and see what happens.

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  50. I love the random look of improv, but it hard for me to do. I just can't do random.

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  51. I love improv because my quilting is not neat and straight like traditional quilting. I love wonky!

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  52. I really love the opportunity to play with fabric combinations!

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  53. I haven't tried an improve quilt yet, but I suspect it will be a challenge. I like things square and at precise angles when it comes to piecing. I am fascinated by the look of wonky log cabins and stars--they look like fun!

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  54. I find it much more easier than following a pattern!

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  55. My reliance on patterns goes way back! Improv is coming along slowly!

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  56. I am completely intimidated by improv and have only used it once, on the back of a quilt. I love how it turned out, so I'm not sure what my deal is! LOL! Thanks for this great giveaway and the chance to win this book.

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  57. I love improv!! This book is filled with the most amazing projects! What a great way to while away the winter days here in northern Minnesota!

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  58. I haven't really tried improv, yet. But I think it is about time I tried it! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  59. I have to admit, improve is tough for me! I'm string piecing blocks right now and it's tough to let go of wanting to make everything line up just so!

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  60. I've never tried improv! I need to change that. It looks to be quite liberating.

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  61. I haven't done any improve yet. I like the 'no rules'.

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  62. Improv work is NOT easy for me. I am more of one to use very symmetrical lines.

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  63. I haven't done any improv quilting yet, but I would love to give it a try! Thanks for the chance to win this book :)

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  64. Improv may be too stressful for me ...I'm like some of the others, love straight lines and symmetry.

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  65. I haven't tried it but it looks fun!

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  66. I like the surprise of not knowing where it will end up.

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  67. I want to "break out" into improv quilting more…I have seen this book and it is very inspirational and just plain beautiful!

    naomi - nwraimon@twcny.rr.com

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  68. I made an improv pieced quilt for my MIL recently. It was so easy randomly picking up a piece of fabric and cutting. I think it's fun!

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  69. Improv is not easy for me but I tend to favor it. The more I follow this blog hop, the more I know I have to get this book. Thanks!

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  70. Its easy in that I can never get it precise! Anything that allows for some relaxed quilting is a welcome and a joy!

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  71. I haven't tried improv quilting yet, but I like that it can be scrappy. Thanks.

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  72. Improv is a fabulous way to just use up scraps without all the worrying about measurements and sizing. Things go really fast and lots of work gets done!

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  73. I love improv and find it exhilrating and fun!

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  74. I am new to quilting. I've only ever made one quilt before using a road to Tennessee block and Moda Bluebird Park fabric. An improv quilt looks like an exciting way to try something different and modern. Would love to get into it!

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  75. Improv quilting is not easy for me but I plan to overcome my sense of order and practice a lot this year if only to put some of the scrap basket to good use.

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  76. Improv is a challenge for me, but I want to learn/adapt, because I love how it looks!

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  77. I love improv quilts until it gets wasteful, oooohhh that makes me crazy. I hope to turn some orphan blocks and leftover hst into an improv quilt someday.

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  78. I like improv on small projects but haven't done it on a full size quilt

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  79. I have done two improv quilts before and really liked them. I liked just cutting what I wanted and then trying to lay it out. An improv project is on my project list for 2014.

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  80. It is not easy for me. I am a control freak. Once I get going, though, it becomes a bit easier.

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  81. I've never tried improv quilting, but those pictures looks gorgeous! I also really like the sound of no-measure strips! Would make things much quicker! :-)

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  82. I haven't tried improv quilting yet but after seeing books like this one, I just have to try it. I think what attracts me to improv quilting is that there are less "rules" to remember and follow! LOL Plus, in using the more modern fabrics, these quilts just pop with color!
    Happy quilting
    Dawn
    array-dawn at cox dot net

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  83. The thought of improv quilting is really, really scary to me. I can't imagine not knowing beforehand what it will look like. I'd love to try it though to see if I can loosen up a little!

    bbeyun@gmail.com

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  84. I've never done any improv piecing, I'm more about precision. But this book looks wonderful and makes me want to give it a try!
    tstanulis@mac.com

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  85. Improv is not easy for me. I took a class with Denyse Schmidt at Quilt Con and it wasn't easy letting go. I love the look of improv when it's done….

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  86. The photography in the book looks stunning and so do the projects.

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  87. pramuditahandaristi at gmail dot com

    I have never done improv, but I think improv seems to be a great stashbuster!

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  88. Still working on perfecting regular quilts from patterns. I feel too repressed to try improv but I really want to!

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  89. I have not tried improv quilts yet. I love the way they look though and so would my granddaughter. Using up my scraps would be great too. Thanks, Kathy

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  90. I like improv piecing. I enjoy rummaging through the scraps and diminishing the pile!! I also like that each block or quilt is truly unique.

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  91. I've tried a variation of this - Gwen Marston's Liberated Quilting - and it has been fun, fun, fun. These new improv piecing ideas look fabulous. Thank you for putting my name in the hat for the drawing.

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  92. I love the fact that there are no rules or precise measurements for improv quilts. It frees you up to just sew and make.

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  93. Great giveaway. I would love to win this book

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  94. I am a fairly new quilter, and I took a class on improv piecing before I even made my first quilt, so for me improv comes pretty naturally, and I enjoy being continually surprised as an improv project takes shape.

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  95. I think the easiest part is being able to use those tiny and odd shaped pieces of fabrics left over from other projects.

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  96. I love the way it feels to improvise, it's playful and frees some creative energy. I love how joyful and carefree improv quilts can look.

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  97. I have never tried, but I will if I win this book!

    jachelno(at)gmail(dot)com

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  98. I have pulled fabric to do try but so far that is it. The book will be the push.

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  99. I am a control freak, so no... improv is NOT easy for me! I need the coaching and encouragement that this book contains!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  100. I'm fairly new to quilting so improv is not something I'm comfortable with. I'm sure it's something that I will get into though.

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  101. New to it. I like following patterns. I seem to get migraines when it, lol

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  102. I love improv style piecing! But I'm not very good at it! Lol I feel like I make it harder than it is! Haha! I would love to get this book and dive in! :)

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  104. Improv isn't easy because I spend too much time fussing about colors, etc. I really want to learn to do more improv piecing this year. This book looks fabulous!

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  105. Sometimes I babysit the cutest 3 year old girl. She loves to play with my scraps, and put them up on my small designboards. Last time I pieced the bits together, a pillow for her doll. That's improvised piecing for me!

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  106. Havent tried improv yet but I plan to this year!!

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  107. Most of my quilts are improv. I love to see how colors come together and I love to substitute. I have a hard time following recipes too. Thanks.

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  108. As I follow along the blog hop for this book, I know I have to have it! Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  109. I've only really made one improv quilt. I found it quite liberating not having to measure every second!

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  110. I love the vibrancy of all the quilts and would love to try it out.

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  111. I would love this book! Working on a improv block 365 day project myself! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  112. I like improv quilting. A lot. Since I'm new to quilting in general, it's not hard for me because I don't have any set-in-stone good habits yet. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome book!

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  113. I love using up my scraps but I'm afraid of how my color selection will turn out.

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