One Day Only!
Fun-Size Quilts Blog Hop

Fun-Size Quilts book coverMartingale is celebrating the publication of Fun-Size Quilts  with a one-day blog hop. Leave a comment below for a chance to win a digital copy of Fun-Size Quilts! (Details below.)

Trade secret: One of the neat things about having your design included in a publication is that you sometimes get to see a sneak peek of a few pages in the book. Most often, those pages feature your pattern or bio, and it’s your last chance to make sure the instructions and illustrations are accurate before the pattern hits the press.

True confession: I do a lot of how-to illustrations as a part of Shepler Studios, and as luck would have it, I got to illustrate this book! Not only did I get to see my pages in the book, but I got an extra-early peek at all of the quilts! Here are a few of my favorites:

Sunshine by Kimberly Jolly.

Sunshine by Kimberly Jolly.

Woven Stars by Rebecca Silbough.

Woven Stars by Rebecca Silbough.

Fox in a Box by Jeni Baker.

Fox in a Box by Jeni Baker.

Hi by Kimberly Jolly.

Hi by Kimberly Jolly.

Here’s a peek at my contribution to the book:

Elongated Triangles by Missy Shepler.

Elongated Triangles by Missy Shepler.

…plus a quick explanation of the improv-piecing technique that I used.

Have you tried improvisational piecing? If so, let me know what you think of this technique in the comments below. Martingale, the publisher, is offering a digital copy of Fun-Size Quilts. To enter, just leave a comment below by midnight, July 30th. One lucky winner will be randomly chosen from the entries!

Comments have closed! Thanks to all who entered!

96 thoughts on “One Day Only!
Fun-Size Quilts Blog Hop

  1. I wanted to make a special quilt for my first grandchild and since our family is into sailing I searched the coloring books for a sailboat I could adapt to paper piecing. The quilt turned out just as I wanted it to, but not sure if you would call it improv piecing

  2. I have done a little improv piecing, & plan to do more. It is a great way to use up small pieces of fabric!

  3. I took a class with Gwen Marston some time ago, it was all about improv piecing! Very freeing and inspiring. I love quilts that have used this method – yours is so wonderful, so much movement & excitement for the eye! >^,,^<

  4. I’m not a big fan of improv piecing. I appreciate it on some quilts but always cringe when it comes my way in a bee block.

  5. I tried my hand at improv piecing on a few mug rugs I made. It helps to keep practicing this technique and mug rugs or minis are a great start.

  6. I have created string quilts which are sort of improvisational quilts. I love using up scraps and tidbits of material to create a one-of-a-kind quilt.

  7. I have only tried it a little but with all the hand dyed scraps I have I should get busy! Thks for giveaway. And I love your quilt.

  8. My mind doesn’t naturally go to improv but now, I wonder what I am missing. Congratulations on your great contributions to this neat book!

  9. I have not tried improv piecing. I am a fairly new quilter, and thus far have gravitated toward the “modern-traditionalist” style. Precise piecing speaks to my OCD.

  10. I have done this method of quilting before. I love using up my odd pieces of scraps to make blocks like this. Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. I haven’t done improv–too Type A and perfectionist. I love to see other people’s work, but mine just doesn’t look right. Love your quilt though! This book is awesome–thanks for the giveaway!

  12. I haven’t tried it yet but just recently acquired about 8 lbs of good sized scraps at my LQS. At 3 to 4 yards per lb I have plenty with which to work. I’ve been wanting to try the mod mosaic tutorial or a fractured block of some kind. Thanks! Notwendy gmail

  13. I have not tried improvisational piecing before. It reminds me a bit like crazy patchwork without the fancy stitching.

  14. I didn’t know what improvl piecing was until I looked at your directions and YES, I have done improv- just didn’t know it had a name. LOL

  15. I have never tried improve piecing, but I have a pile of Kona solids fat quarters that would be perfect for your quilt. Thanks for the give away!

  16. I have done some improv piecing, and love it so I will be doing more! Your quilt is my favourite from the book, I’d love to make something similar someday.

  17. Improv is one of my favorite techniques ever! I do a lot of it. There is something ‘freeing’ about it that I love. I actually just finished 2 improv. wave mini’s…and I do love them!

  18. I’m going to have to try your “Improv-piecing” technique because I seriously like your Elongated Triangles mini quilt!!! I would be thrilled to win a copy of “Fun Size Quilts”.

  19. Improvisational piecing is a new one to me! I haven’t done too much quilting, but many hours of sewing is under my belt. I’d love to learn more!

  20. I’m new to quilting, but the few I’ve made have all included some improv. I promised my husband the next quilt I made would be from a pattern, but… well… there just wasn’t a pattern for what I was looking for, so we’re going to see what we can come up with :) Thanks for the chance to win!

  21. Did my first improv piece this year. I’m entering it into my quilt guild quilt show in October. I’m happy with how it turned out and plan to do it again.

    • Looking at all the beautiful mini quilts has been fun and exciting. I don’t have much interest in modern quilts but I have to say, I’m getting interested. Yours and several other modern looking quilts have caught my eye. Maybe I may try some bright colors and just go for it. Thanks

  22. I haven’t either but there’s always the first time to learn. I love all of the mini quilts and can’t wait to make one myself. Of course, it would be especially nice to win one but that’s going to be hard to win. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of Fun Size Quilts. A lot of really nice eye candy to choose from.

    Sandi Timmons

  23. I didn’t know it was called improv cutting when I did it but I LOVED doing it. A couple of years ago I was given some fabric and a lot of fabric scraps and asked if I would make some items for sale at the local 55+ club. There were lots of christmas fabric scraps that attracted me so I set about ‘making some fabric’ to cut out small stocking shapes – I really enjoyed doing it so much and I made 30 stockings about 8″ tall using ric rac or bias binding for the hanging loop – each stocking had something inside it like a pack of tissues or candy canes when they went on sale. Such a lot of fun sewing one piece to another and then another – everyone at the club thought they were very intricate and must have taken ages to make!

    • Hi, Pauline,
      That’s a great idea! I sometimes use a decorative machine stitch to sew over the piecework seams, and it gives the fabric a ‘crazy quilt’ look. That would look neat on your holiday stockings.

  24. I’m a big fan of improv piecing, especially within a bigger design. Right now, I’m putting together scrappy 1/2 square sailboats.

  25. Since I can’t bear to throw away any scraps or even a tiny sliver of fabric, I absolutely LOVE improvisational piecing! I’ve made some really pretty “new” fabric that way. ☺ Your mini is too cute! Thanks a bunch for the chance to win this book!

    my nana maree @ yahoo . com

  26. I have not tried “improv” piecing, but I have done alot of string quilts from many different fabrics of recycled clothing….

  27. I have not done any improv quilting, I think it scares me a bit. But as with most things, I’m sure once you work on it the more comfortable you are.

  28. I have not done any improvisational quilting. Seems a bit scary, but then many thinks are until you start working on them, and then you have no idea what in the world you ever thought was scary.

  29. I haven’t tried improv piecing but it sure looks like fun and a must do.
    Congratulations on illustrating and having a pattern included in this great book.

  30. I’ve never done any improv piecing before but when I’ve seen others do it, I tend to think it turns out really well!

  31. I love this! My favorite and look forward to working on something like this. Sometimes a lot of what I do ends up as an ‘improv’. Thanks.

  32. I haven’t done improv piecing except some strip-piecing for a scrappy half square triangle quilt – but the colors in your elongated triangles caught my eye and I would like to learn how you did it!

  33. Some of my best blocks and borders have come about using an improv approach. I have sewn and cut with a ‘what if do this then this’ process to produce some really neat effects. If you don’t experimentation, you don’t know what you can make. I call,some of them happy accidents.

  34. I haven’t tried improvisational piecing yet because I don’t trust myself! BUT I am saving up tons of scraps to do so. I’m working on a HST quilt with fabrics from a charm square swap. I haven’t given much thought to the layout other than matching one dark and one light value. But as for putting together all the HSTs, I’m just grabbing and sewing. I’m not happy with how some fabrics are close to each other, but I have to get over my perfectionism! I love the modern look of your mini!

  35. Oh, dear, I think I’ve been improve cutting even when following directions!!! Actually, I have tried improve cutting once and ended up cutting off a sliver of skin and a hunk of fingernail…I need the ruler to protect my hand! I love your quilt and really hope to win a copy of the book so I can make it!!

  36. I’ve never tried this method but it does look interesting and I’m always looking for new and interesting ways.

  37. I’m not really that good at improv … I’m the type that likes to measure everything and follow a pattern. :o)

  38. I’ve never tried this method of piecing but it looks interesting. I’m always looking for interesting and new ways in my quilting.

  39. I’ve done some improv piecing before we even called it that! It’s a great way to use up tiny scraps and add some movement to a quilt.

  40. love improve quilts :) I organized a guild project of making improve blocks from fabric scraps. My friend and I put he blocks together for a “president quilt” which we give to our past years president. Marilyn, the recipient, loved it!! It gave me the excuse to get some guild members to think out of the box and try new techniques….would love to win the book. Your triangles are over the top awesome!!
    Thanks :)

  41. I’m a new quilter and have never tried any kind of improvisational piecing. It’s still a little intimidating to me at this point! But I’m game to try, and a mini quilt is a good way to learn.

  42. I’ve done some sort-of improv quilting on potholders and for wonky log cabin blocks. I love your quilt and would like to try something like that.

  43. I love improv piecing. I often do blocks or strips as beginners and enders as I do another quilt. Because it can be done without much thought (at the beginning) I can quickly pick pieces without overthinking it. When the first quilt is done I am then have enough improve blocks to make another quilt!

  44. I have never tried your method of improv-piecing, but would love to learn! Finding new ways is so exciting, and I often say yo myself, “why didn’t I think of that?”

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