Improvising from a Score


Sherri Lynn Wood

Sherri Lynn Wood is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors, two MacDowell Colony Fellowships, as well as arts residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Blue Mountain Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and most recently at Recology San Francisco in 2016. An interdisciplinary artist based in Cincinnati, OH, she has exhibited and performed locally at The Lab, Southern Exposure, Adobe Books and the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Folk Art. She holds an MFA from Bard College and a Masters of Theological Studies from Emory University.

Her 2015 publication The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Guide to Creating, Quilting & Living Courageously (Abrams) provides frameworks for creative exploration, along with practical instruction in stitching techniques and color theory. Sherri teaches and speaks about improvisational patchwork and flexible patterning at art and craft schools, guilds, and conferences nationally and abroad.

Saturday, September 14th

All Day Class 9:00AM-12PM & 1:00PM-4:00PM ($90)

Improvising from a Score

Length: 6hr. Class

Skill Level: All Levels

My workshops are structured with an hour of upfront instructions, demos, and brainstorming, after which I set everyone loose to sew. Please be on time to get the most of the workshop. If you do arrive late, simply jump in where we are and do your best. Leaving early is not as critical.

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Instructed by – Sherri Lynn Wood

Supply List

  • Large cloth scissors – make sure they are sharp and functional
  • Rotary cutter and cutting mat – no ruler necessary
  • Thread – medium gray blends well with everything
  • Pins
  • Seam ripper
  • Tailors chalk or marking tool
  • Hand sewing kit – just in case


  • The basic score calls for three fabrics, but you may end up doing multiple variations.
  • Bring large ½ to 1 yd in a variety of values, neutrals, shades, tints, brights. Try not to coordinate your selections. Solids recommended.
  • Estimate amounts according to your goals for the project. Keep in mind your target size, your natural pace and scale, and the time limit of the workshop.
  • Bring one or two medium to large stash scraps to share with the class.
  • Don’t fuss over it! Bring a range and quantity of fabrics that best supports your creative flow and come with a make-do attitude and whatever you bring will be fine!