Sherri Lynn Wood on the Crafty Planner podcast

Podcast Episode #24: Sherri Lynn Wood

Sherri Lynn Wood on the Crafty Planner podcast

Continuing with Improv Quilting Challenge, I interview Sherri Lynn Wood of daintytime. Her book, Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Guide to Creating, Quilting, and Living Courageously, was the first improv quilting book I read that emphasized learning more of the techniques behind different improv styles. Consisting of “scores”, the book introduces the improv lessons and shows you ways to personalize them. (For an extended book review, keep an eye on Daisy’s blog later this week.)

When the San Diego Modern Quilt Guild hosted her “Floating Squares” workshop, I was excited to hear her presentation and learn more about her work. She did not disappoint! I will share a review of the class later this week.

Floating Squares Blocks, technique by Sherri Lynn Wood

(“Floating Squares” performed by Sherri’s Penland students, Bev Kates, Mackenzie Bullard, and Lori Solymosi.)

Before our interview, I had already taken her class and read through her book. I also spent time listening to her on other podcasts including her interview with Abby Glassenberg. My research excited me and I couldn’t wait to chat with her.

Our conversation explored many topics including her journey from divinity school to today, the idea of empowering yourself through creative pursuits and her perspective on the connection between pattern, improv and quilting as a life practice.

To listen to the podcast, you can click on the graphic at the beginning of this post, hit play on the player below, download and save the episode with the link or subscribe to all of my podcast episodes via iTunes or Stitcher.

Download this episode (right click and save)

Here are links to topics discussed during the show:

Eli Leon (curator of African American improv quilters)

Nancy Crow (Sherri’s first improv teacher)

Gee’s Bend quilters

15 Minutes of Play by Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Test Quilts submitted for the Improv Handbook

Don’t forget to continue exploring improv quilting. If you post a picture on Instagram and tag it #improvquiltchallenge, you will be entered into a giveaway for amazing prizes, including a copy of Sherri’s book. Are you looking for inspiration? Check out Sherri’s Mod Mood Quilt Along!

Mod Mood Quilt Along by Sherri Lynn Wood




Comments 11

  1. You keep mentioning a “backlash” or criticism of the Qulit Con keynote talk given by the Gees Bend quilters. I did not attend quilt con and haven’t been able to find a very long clip (I only found a snippet of them singing on youtube). I have found no criticism in my google searching so I really have no idea what you are talking about. Since you keep bringing it up I would like to know what the big deal is and where you found a negative reaction.

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      Hi Grace,

      I have not seen any written response to the keynote. There were comments said to me and made in group settings about how people felt the gospel singing was like “preaching to them” and “inappropriate”. As I mentioned in my podcast, the conversations often continued beyond that sentiment to discuss the integration of their faith in their creative process.

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