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“Quilt Blocks Go Wild!”–Fun & Funky Improv Projects from Six Favorite Designer


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–Eleanor Levie, from the intro to her book, Quilt Blocks Go Wild!


Drunkards Off the Path pillows on the cover (20" x 20"), designed and made by Malka Dubrawsky

Drunkards Off the Path pillows on the cover (20″ x 20″), designed and made by Malka Dubrawsky


Sound like fun? You bet! Whether…

  1. You’ve been been wanting to try your hand at improvisational piecing, but struggle with knowing how or where to start…

  2. You’re already a veteran of this fun and funky way to piece, always on the lookout for colorful inspiration to stretch your improv wings…

  3. You’re a fan of “free-spirited” designers such as Malka Dubrawsky (a stitch in dye), Tonya Ricucci (the UnRuly Quilter), and Karla Alexander (Stack the Deck series)…

…you’ll find lots to love in Quilt Blocks Go Wild!

Accomplished author, editor, and book packager Eleanor Levie has enlisted a terrific team of “celebrity quilters” to join her in creating a tempting array of versatile blocks and projects, each showcasing the celebrity’s signature style. In addition to the aforementioned three, you’ll find projects designed by Pam Dinndorf (Aarvark Quilts), Elizabeth Rosenberg (whose award-winning work has been seen on Quilt Out Loud), and Eleanor herself.


Basket Goes Bonkers (21" x 39"), designed and made by Eleanor Levie

Basket Goes Bonkers (21″ x 39″), designed and made by Eleanor Levie


The result is a 64-page joyride of a book, brimming with clear, easy-to-follow instructions (and over 125 step-by-step photos) for 10 fabulous projects, ranging from a lap quilt to wallhangings, pillows, totes, a tablerunner…even a potholder to practice on.


Heart of Bold tote (13 1/2" x 14" x 3 1/2" deep), designed and made by Elizabeth Rosenberg

Heart of Bold tote (13 1/2″ x 14″ x 3 1/2″ deep), designed and made by Elizabeth Rosenberg


Tips and suggestions for creative play abound, including design exercises called “playbooks,” which encourage experimentation and variation, and a full page devoted to practical ideas for creating and working on a design wall.


Squares Out of Square (42" x 62"), designed and made by Karla Alexander

Squares Out of Square (42″ x 62″), designed and made by Karla Alexander


There’s a healthy basics section for newbies, and–for those who prefer to get their toes wet before diving in head first!–some of the blocks even include full-sized pattern pieces to get you started.


Log Cabin/Split Level tablerunner (12 1/2" x 64 3/4"), designed and made by Pam Dinndorf--one of the projects that includes pattern pieces, if you are so inclined

Log Cabin/Split Level tablerunner (12 1/2″ x 64 3/4″), designed and made by Pam Dinndorf–one of the projects that includes pattern pieces, if you are so inclined


So, would you like to step outside the box and tackle a “wild” project or two? Leave a comment by midnight (PDT), February 13, and you’ll be entered in a random drawing for a copy of Quilt Blocks Go Wild!, donated (and autographed) by Eleanor the Celebrity Wrangler. I’ll announce the winner in my post on February 15.


Author (and free spirit!) Eleanor Levie

Author (and free spirit!) Eleanor Levie


‘Til next time, happy stitching!

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PS:  Click here to read my October 2011 post about Malka Dubrawsky.

#KarlaAlexander #PamDinndorf #ElizabethRosenberg #improvisationalpiecing #MalkaDubrawsky #TonyaRicucci #EleanorLevie

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