For me, improv is work that literally begins by a scrounge through my scrap bins, both small pieces and constructed bits. At some point planning may occur, but it’s an intuitive process based purely on colors and shapes.
Rust Never Sleeps
My Garden Without My Glasses
Nothing Gold Can Stay
Back to Nature
I fell in love with the see through effects possible with silk organza and made the following pieces specifically to take advantage of that.
Sometimes I like the punch strong solid colors provide.
Almost all my landscapes are based on actual places, though some are more abstract than others.
Tidal Marsh – Spring
Tidal Marsh – Autumn
I’ve made a conscious effort to play with the textural effects hand stitches provide, mostly with perle cotton.
I find it hard to separate my more graphic pieces from technique-specific categories. However, the work below usually began with a sketch or, in a few cases, was based on a pattern.
Yellow Jacket (Kim Shaeffer pattern)
An Eye Opener
Jeweled Leaves (Deb Karasek leaf pattern)
Dancing Stars (Amy Ellis pattern)
In The Clouds
Swimming Upstream (based on Sandi Cummings)
12 Carat Diamond (Zen Chic pattern)
Just A Sliver (Lisa O’Neill circle)
Heart In Gold
Breezeblocks (Jacquie Gering pattern)
I have indeed made quilts that would be considered traditional, though it’s been a while.
Finally, the work that defies categorization.