Improv Handbook

I haven’t blogged about my improv’ exercises from Sherri Lynn Wood book for a while but have some progress to share today.
Je n’ai rien écrit à propos de mes exercices d’impro du livre de Sherri Lynn Wood depuis quelques temps mais j’ai quelques progrès à vous montrer aujourd’hui.

My top for Score #5 is finished ! At last … Before I started working on this exercise I thought it would be a very easy one. And it is technically easy. You maybe see the layout of my blocks as random but actually I spent a lot of time too much time procrastinating and arranging the stripes. My friend Sophie faced the same problem and looking back I think we both focused on the result we hope to get : the grid effect. I’m really happy with my top but turning my blocks again and again didn’t make a significant difference … I saw some versions on the Internet since then and it occurs to me that for this Score working with solids for the background combined with bold prints for the stripes is the more effective.
Mon top pour le Score #5 est terminé ! Enfin … Avant de commencer à travailler sur cet exercice, je pensais qu’il serait très facile. Et il est techniquement facile. Vous avez peut-être l’impression que la disposition des blocs est due au hasard mais en fait j’ai passé beaucoup de temps trop de temps à hésiter et arranger les bandes. Mon amie Sophie a rencontré le même problème et avec le recul je pense que nous nous sommes toutes les deux focalisées sur le résultat à obtenir : un effet de grille. Je suis très contente de mon top mais avoir tourné mes blocs encore et encore n’a pas amené une différence significative … J’ai vu depuis quelques versions sur Internet et il me semble que ce qui marche le mieux pour cet exercice, c’est de travailler avec des unis pour le fond combinés à des imprimés forts pour les bandes.

Sherri Lynn Wood book - The Improv Handbook Score #5 - Top finished

We started yesterday to work on Score #6 which is about exploring and transforming a traditional block. Sherri Lynn Wood chose to illustrate the process with the Flying Geese block.
Here are a few blocks with variations in scale, proportions and complexity.
Nous avons commencé hier à travailler sur le Score #6 qui consiste à explorer et transformer un bloc traditionnel. Sherri Lynn Wood a choisi d’illustrer la démarche avec le bloc Flying Geese (Vol d’oie).
Voici quelques blocs avec des variations d’échelle, de proportions et de complexité.

Sherri Lynn Wood book - The Improv Handbook Score #6 - Blocks

I decided to change the proportions of the traditional block elongating it vertically. I am influenced by this interpretation by Mina Kennison featured in the book and that I like very much.
J’ai décidé de modifier les proportions du bloc traditionnel en l’allongeant verticalement. Je suis influencée par cette interprétation de Mina Kennison présentée dans le livre et que j’aime beaucoup.

Sherri Lynn Wood book - The Improv Handbook Score #6 - Mina Kennison interpretation

Here is a first draft of the layout. It needs to be reworked but it is a good start anyway.
Voici un premier jet de la disposition. Il a besoin d’être retravaillé mais c’est un bon début quand même.

Sherri Lynn Wood book - The Improv Handbook Score #6 - Layout
I am linking up with Kelly for NTT and Ann for AHIQ
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13 thoughts on “Improv Handbook

  1. I always enjoy reading of your experience with the scores of the book. Whole I feel unsure about your finished score 5 top I am excited with your progress of score 6. I feel it is time I stopped playing catch up with what I need to do and start doing what I would like to do, score 2

  2. Such an interesting post. I'm very slowly working my way through the handbook myself. Currently I'm trying to get through #4 so I can jump to #5 which is what I really want to do right now! Will have to think about your solids vs. prints approach.

  3. Je suis curieuse de voir le résultat final mais suis déjà ô combien enthousiasmée par ce que je découvre !
    Gros bisous Sophie !

  4. My small group worked through this score last year. It was one of our favorites but two of us (including me) had lots of trouble putting it together. Loads of rearranging. I'd like to try it again though. It's certainly a beautiful top. Congratulations.
    Thanks for linking with AHIQ.

  5. Your comments are interesting. I can usually spot a quilt made from this book, but I didn't immediately guess with this; maybe because you spent time arranging and rearranging. I like very much where you ended up

  6. I think your quilt for score #5 is very bold and modern looking. I also take a lot of time when working improvisationally. As for the book I've only worked on score 1 so far but I am taking a workshop with Sheri Lynn on Wednesday working with curves.

  7. I think intentionally placing blocks randomly is always a time-consuming process–unless you take them out of a paper bag and will yourself to use them just as you pulled them. Not easy to do at all! I like your block placements on both of these quilts. The solids will make for a wonderful foundation for quilting.

  8. You have some wonderful shapes in #5, and #6 is off to a great start as well! The two shades of grey are really working well there. I have a bunch of grey fabric I need to use up, and you have given me some ideas!

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