We’re getting near the end of the Blog Tour for my new book–Adventures in Improv Quilts. Today is Day 6 and the featured blogger is HollyAnne Knight, also known as String and Story. HollyAnne is another Instagram friend–I’ve been following her for a number of years and I’m so impressed with her energy and her commitment to encouraging quilters around the world to join the quilting  community with online classes and other resources.

HollyAnne talks about some of my Improv piecing tips in her post, as well as my tips about adding texture to your creation with either walking foot or free motion quilting. I almost always end my classes with ideas about quilting and finishing so students have some direction of where to go with their project once it’s completed–so of course I had to put some of those things in the book too! The motifs I cover in Adventures in Improv are mostly different from the ones I went over in Artful Improv, my first book, so there’s something new for you if you already have the first book.

Visit HollyAnne’s blog at https://www.stringandstory.com/blog/adventures-in-improv-by-cindy-grisdela to get her take.

Flying Saucer – Cindy Grisdela

Flying Saucer is my featured quilt from the book today. It has both kinds of quilting in it–the inner pink and purple sections have a combination of square stippling and spirals and the gold section has square spirals. The outer areas are quilted with lines that could be stitched either with a walking foot or freehand with a darning foot. Notice the texture that’s created from changing the direction of the lines as I follow along the outlines of the central shape. It’s simple, but very effective!

This is a small quilt–just 12″ square–and it’s a bit different from most of my other work, but isn’t that the fun of Improv–to try new things?!

Each weekday until Wednesday, October 20, 2021, different bloggers will be posting their perspective on the book. If you add a comment on any of the blogs, you’ll be entered to win an eBook copy of Adventures in Improv, generously donated by C&T Publishing. I’m so grateful to all these talented artists for participating in the Tour and helping me get the word out about my new book!

The winners won’t be chosen until after the Tour ends, so if even you miss a day, you can still go back and participate. I will wrap things up on my blog tomorrow, October 20, 2021.

Thanks for following along on the Blog Tour–I really appreciate all your comments!

Here’s the full schedule:

October 12, 2021 C&T Publishing https://www.ctpub.com/blog/adventures-in-improv-quilts-social-media-tour/

October 13, 2021 Maria Shell, Tales of a Stitcher  https://talesofastitcher.com/2021/10/13/adventures-in-improv-quilts-by-cindy-grisdela-ebook-give-away/

October 14, 2021 Jenny Lyon, Quilt Skipper  https://quiltskipper.com/2021/10/book-review-adventures-in-improv-quilts-by-cindy-grisdela/

October 15, 2021 Becca Fenstermaker, Pretty Piney  https://prettypiney.com/adventures-in-improv-quilts/

October 16, 2021 No post Saturday

October 17, 2021 No post Sunday

October 18, 2021 Carolina Oneto https://carolinaoneto.com/adventures-in-improv-quilts-by-cindy-grisdela/

October 19, 2021 HollyAnne Knight, String and Story https://www.stringandstory.com/blog/adventures-in-improv-by-cindy-grisdela

October 20, 2021 Cindy Grisdela https://cindygrisdela.com/blog/

If you’d like your very own signed copy of the book, you can order it on the website at https://cindygrisdela.com/product/adventures-in-improv-quilts/, or it is available without a signature from a variety of online sources, including C&T Publishing at https://www.ctpub.com/adventures-in-improv-quilts/

Many quilt stores also offer the book–if yours doesn’t, maybe you can ask them to order it for you!