Improvising Tradition: 18 Quilted Projects Using Strips, Slices, and Strata (Interweave/F+W) by Alexandra Ledgerwood of Teaginny Designs debuts this week! Alex was one of our 31 Inspiring Quilters this year, and we’re excited to learn more about her techniques and designs from the book.

From the publisher:

    Through full-color, step by step illustrations, and the 18 inspiring quilted patterns shared in Improvising Tradition you’ll learn to embrace spontaneity with confidence as Alex demonstrates how using strip piecing, strata piecing and slice-and-insert techniques to make improv quilts that are totally one of a kind– even when working from a pattern. Learn to use scrap strips to make unique log cabin blocks, wonky blocks, shattered chevrons and more. When working with strata– likened to crazy piecing of past– you’ll get fresh modern results that create fun ombre effects and can even be used in quilt-as-you-go patterns. Slice-and-insert is the most daring of techniques and will have you cutting into perfectly good blocks of fabric to create really interesting new designs!

Improv quilting can be a little intimidating! Alex guides you through the process so you can create unique work that you love, every time. We have an exclusive Jewel Box Coaster PDF project excerpt from Improvising Tradition for you to download. Sew a set of Jewel Box Coasters to brighten your living room or to give to someone special.

Find sneak peeks of the book projects and learn more about Alex’s process in this video from the Interweave/F+W: