Improv Meets Paper Piecing


If you’re like me, when you saw this book cover, you thought, what??? How can I be both improv in paper pieced? So I was really excited to get a copy to review from the author, Amy Friend.


Amy kicks it off right with a really detailed chapter explaining. It’s good stuff. I feel like another title could’ve been Precision Improv! The book is very conversational in tone and an enjoyable read.


The quilts are stunning. I love how the low volume selections in this one really add depth. It’s the one I have my eye on making. The shapes have an improv vibe, but the repitition makes it unique. 


The directions are quite clear and concise. Even if you’re new to paper piecing, you’d find them easy to follow. There are lots of tips for efficiency and clear diagrams. 

I’m not a huge fan of paper piecing and improv is not my jam, but Amy sucked me in. There are lots of good projects in there, but it’s really just a cool process that makes the book stand out. 


Here’s an added bonus, Amy is giving away a copy of Electric Quilt. You can enter over on her site here

xx LC

What’s Cooking? 

I was quite excited when Amy Gibson’s new book arrived on my doorstep. She’s of the famed Stitchery Dickory Dock. It’s called The Quilt Block Cookbook and is published by Lucky Spool. The photography is lovely so I immediately spent some time flipping through. It doesn’t take long for me to grab some fabric and start plotting.


I love this block and see it in my future. I really wanted to make a single block for a pillow. This block has a lot of background so I decided to keep looking.


Of course the book didn’t disappoint. There are fifty block designs. And really endless possibilities because the blocks combine with one another quite well and Amy has included TONS of size options in charts in the back of the book. This is the block I finally chose. A whole quilt of these would be epic. I used Emily Herrick‘s adorable Up & Away fabric from Michael Miller. 


This is one of my favorite blocks in the book. The combination of curves and straights will surely create interesting shapes as the blocks interact. One huge bonus of the book is a nice photo fully showing each block. It’s the perfect combination of fabulous photography while also showing the work!

I think this book would be perfect for almost any skill level as you can choose simple, fast blocks or more complicated piecing. Amy has also included a great section for designing your quilt!


You can ask your local quilt shop to order a copy or it is available on Amazon. Be sure to check out all the stops on her blog hop.

xx LC

PS: I received this book for free. I’m telling you about it because I find it interesting and valuable:)

What’s Your Story?

I recently got my hands on the new Intentional Piecing book by Amy Friend (full disclosure: the publisher sent it) and I was immediately hooked. It’s rare to flip through a quilty book and find so many projects that I cannot wait to make! There’s lots of foundation piecing and TONS of unique projects.

I started right in on the Tell Me a Story blocks. I decided to choose not just fabrics I love, but fabrics that represent things I love. I used lime for the tiny frame corners, teals for the frame and a mixture of dots for the corners.


My first block is about travel, then another for ocean animals and obviously one for sewing! In case you can’t read it, it says “a clean house is the sign of a broken sewing machine”. A cheesy joke AND sewing…my heart sings. I already have a pile of future blocks selected.

The other quilt I can’t wait to start is Crazy Eights! I’m pretty sure I’m going to make it with Jen Kingwell lollies!

The best part of this book is how conversational it is. I don’t know Amy personally (just in the online stratosphere) but I felt like we were buds sitting down to make a quilt. The book is well thought out, clever and full of fresh ideas.?I highly recommend it!

It’s available through your local quilt shop, your local bookstore or here with a 30% discount using FRIEND30.

xo LC