Inspiring Improv Explore Creative Piecing with Curves, Strips, Slabs and More

Inspiring Improv

Explore Creative Piecing with Curves, Strips, Slabs and More


Price: $27.95

  • Publication Date: March 12, 2019
  • Imprint: Lucky Spool
  • Trim Size: 8 x 10
  • ISBN: 9781940655376
  • Page Count: 144
  • Illustrations: 200 illustrations and photographs
  • Rights: North America

No patterns here, but definitely a plan!
Explore the freeing power of improvised piecing with Nicholas Ball in his first book, Inspiring Improv. Learn his step-by-step technique-based process to explore six fundamental piecing structures. Practice how to stitch fabric together in an improvisational manner to create blocks or sections before using them to sew unique quilts all your own.
Improv piecing doesn't have to mean chaotic end results. Look to the eight original projects included to see how to create sophisticated quilts with structure focusing on repeating blocks or large-scale scrappy designs. Follow along as Nicholas walks you through his original inspiration and follow his plan through to finished pieces, as he discusses which combination of his core piecing methods he used, and how to achieve showstopping, exciting work.
From simple strip piecing through to complex circles and rings, you will be eager to experiment with making slabs, gentle curves, insets, triangles and even 9-patch and Log Cabin stacks. In no time, you'll be using them as a stepping stone to sewing original full-sized improvisational designs.

About the author

Nicholas Ball is an experienced quiltmaker from Cardiff, South Wales. He has contributed to blogs, magazines, and sew-alongs and specializes in improvisational piecing. He is a regular instructor at The Quilting Company website and on the Quilt Monkey website. You can find him at