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Scrappy Improvisation Class by Jacquie Gering {review and make}

When I was putting together my Quilty Bucket List, I mentioned that one possible bucket list item would be to take a class with Jacquie Gering. While it was not one of my official list items, I have always wanted to take one. When I saw she was teaching “Scrappy Improvisation” at Road to California, I signed up immediately.
[threecol_one]deconstructed nine by jacquie gering[/threecol_one] [threecol_one]shattered by jacquie gering and katie pederson[/threecol_one] [threecol_one_last]unparalleled by jacquie gering[/threecol_one_last] Can you see why!?! These quilts are inspiring, fun and well designed. After seeing Jacquie’s work, learning more about her and her process felt like a pivotal point in my quilting education process.

My first lesson: Listen to Jacquie and follow directions! Her class supply list called for a scrap bag full of scraps of different values, colors and sizes. I really wanted to use my hoarded collection of Katie Jump Rope by Denyse Schmidt.

Katie Jump Rope fabric from Denyse SchmidtCan you blame me? They are gorgeous! I also planned a wide variety of low volume fabrics for the background.

Luckily, my preparation fail did not doom my whole project. I ended up choosing the blue and orange colorways for the project. Jacquie loves orange so she was a fan of my choices!

What did I learn?

Lessons Learned from Jacquie Gering

I was determined to finish my piece while in class so I made a mini quilt. Do you want to see it?

Here is where “Katie In Flow” lives… for now… (You don’t see my mess in my shabby chic dresser, right? Right!)

Katie in Flow by Crafty Planner

Her close up:

Katie in Flow by Crafty Planner

[twocol_one] Katie in Flow by Crafty Planner[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last] Katie in Flow by Crafty Planner[/twocol_one_last] Like Jacquie said in our podcast, improv quilting is part of a design process, not just a technique. Her class taught me to “be bold” and look for the connections between the fabrics and the visual aesthetic.

I love my mini quilt and am excited for it to be part of the San Diego Quilt Show in a few weeks.



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