New Class

I had the opportunity to teach my new class, “Try Improv!” recently for the Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild in Franklin, NC. It was lots of fun and everybody made a successful table runner using techniques that were new to most of them. Here are a few pictures.

modern table runner

Here is one of the samples for class

Although I made 3 different samples for the class, there is no pattern. The goal is for each student to start with a few fabrics and improvise a table runner from them.  Of course, I provided some guidelines and lots of assistance as needed.

Improv-Susan-2Susan brought Christmas fabrics and made a  successful design by distributing several triangles on her template and then filling in with accent fabrics.






Susan's Christmas table runner in progress

Susan’s Christmas table runner in progress


Nancy’s runner started out as a fan, then she cut it up to improvise further and make it a rectangle



Nancy has been improvising for a long time, and said, “This is what I do all the time!”  She chose a beautiful collection of iris-themed fabrics for her runner.



MaryAnn made a halloween-themed runner and zipped it up by adding some purple!


MaryAnn's runner, in progress

MaryAnn’s runner, in progress

Maggie chose a fall theme; her fabrics had a nice variety of scale and coordinated well

Maggie’s runner




Maggie chose a collection of fall fabrics with a good variety of scale, then picked a coordinating green for her accent strips.









Chris had a nice bundle of blacks and grays as well as a stunning coral-pink fabric for accents.

Chris's runner in progress

Chris’s runner in progress

Pat made a lovely red and black table runner, but decided to model it rather than lay it on the table!Improv-PatAs you can see, a good time was had by all!


10 thoughts on “New Class

  1. My reaction to the photo of your sample was, “WOW!” I know it is backed and quilted already, which helps make it stand out. I hope your students finished theirs, too. Bet they’ll look great!

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