Improv Paper Piecing: A Modern Approach to Quilt Design

Amy Friend (Author)


Love to create repeating blocks in your quilts but tired of the same patterns? Step away from the ordinary and try your hand at a new technique-based approach to improvisation. Gorgeous photographs illustrate 10 beautiful projects where Amy Friend seamlessly bridges the gap between improvised design and technical execution. Discover a unique approach to creating one-of-a-kind blocks with guided exercises that explore scale, symmetry and alternate gridwork. Then, with Amy's help, you'll have the opportunity to design your own patterns. You really can have a dash of the unexpected through improv with the precision of paper piecing and still create those secondary patterns we all love in quilts made using traditional blocks. With a modern spin, Improv Paper Piecing gracefully guides the reader, step-by-step, through improvisationally designing your own paper piecing patterns to strategically setting the grid---so that the end result is a masterful, unique quilt of repeated blocks. If you're looking for a fun exciting challenge, the party is here. Step over and stitch outside the box.

Product Details

Lucky Spool
Publish Date
March 27, 2017
7.9 X 0.4 X 9.9 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Amy Friend is an award-winner quilter and a former museum curator. A member of the Modern Quilt Guild, Amy enjoys paper piecing and modern quilt design. She blogs at


"In Improv Paper Piecing, Amy erases all fears of trying something new with chapter after chapter of lessons to help you branch into her freeform, improvisational-style paper piecing techniques. Her lessons are a jumping off point to make the design your own. She also includes versions of each quilt layout that will knock your socks off!"

--Pat Sloan "The Voice of Quilting and Host of American Patchwork & Quilting Radio, "

"Improv Paper Piecing finds the perfect balance between the freedom of improv design and the structure of having the ability to perfectly replicate those designs. The techniques taught here, through many gorgeous modern quilt designs, fulfill a quilter's need to be creative and stretch design muscles, yet also feed the perfectionist tendencies that ail so many quilters. I can't wait to spend more time with this book!"

--Alissa Haight Carlton, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Modern Quilt Guild

"The projects in Improv Paper Piecing are appealing, and the peek inside Friend's design process will resonate with creative quilters."

--Library Journal