Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Improv Workshop led by Tonya Ricucci

Improv Round Robin Workshop: 5th September

led by Tonya Ricucci, aka The Unruly Quilter, author of Word Play Quilts.

We are very pleased to announce our first workshop, what we hope will be the first of many. 

The South Florida Modern Quilt Guild presents an adventure in improvisational quilting!
Tonya with one of her quilts at our July meeting.

Our instructor for this workshop is Tonya Ricucci, aka The UnRuly Quilter. Tonya has been quilting since 1987 and considers her style to be liberated and "non-traditional traditional" (think Gwen Marston, Gee's Bend, and string quilts). Tonya's popular website, Lazy Gal Quilting, full of tutorials and inspiration led to her equally popular first book, Word Play Quilts, which focuses on creating improvised words and numbers. 

In our workshop, participants will learn how to start a quilt using improvisational methods. They will then pass their beginning, and their fabric, to others to work on, one at a time. Each person will add a little piece of a "signature" fabric to their contribution, as a way of "signing" their work. Each person will build on each patchwork as it passed around, seeing the patterns that are emerging and building on it in their own unique way. The goal is to be responsive to whatever the patchwork is saying and to add to it in a cohesive way. 

The beauty of group improv is that it opens you up to ideas and “conversations” with other quilters as you work together and let the fabric flow. Participants will take their original starter block home, along with any additions to the quilt made by others. This will be the basis of a quilt which can be completed at home. This workshop is an excellent introduction to working with “improv with intent” and to understanding how to let your wonky side run wild. 

Participants will need to have good basic sewing skills and be familiar with how to operate their machine. Beginning quilters are welcome! Full details are below. 

Hope to see you there!

Allison Schnackenberg 
VP of Administration

Improv Round Robin Workshop with Tonya Ricucci Details
  • Location: General Provision, 525 NW 1st Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. 
  • Time: 10am-4pm
  • Space limited to 22 places. Register now to avoid disappointment.
  • Cost: $50 ($40 for SFMQG members). 
  • Early registration for SFMQG members only 23rd - 28th July.
Workshop requirements:
  • A working sewing machine that you know how to operate.
  • Basic sewing supplies = scissors, rotary cutter, seam ripper, thread etc.
  • Fabric sufficient to make a quilt top approximately 50 x 65 inches
  • A basic knowledge of sewing = straight lines, seam allowance, pressing and quilt construction.
  • Beginning quilters are welcome!
Please note: early registration is open for SFMQG members only from 23rd-28th July. Non-members may register during this period; you will be placed on a waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis.

All registrants will be sent an invoice for the workshop fees, payment can be made via Paypal. You do not need a Paypal account, payment is by credit or debit card.

A full supply list will be sent to all registrants once payment has been received.

Register on our website.


  1. I can't even tell you how excited I am about this! I'm already thinking about what my signature fabric will be.

    1. Me too! Signature fabric is a very important choice, isn't it? :)

  2. How much fabric should I bring. Should I have an assortment of colors and prints?

    1. Hi Patty! We'll send everyone who registered a full supplies list on or before 5th August. In terms of a fabric pull, you can use anything that you like as it's your quilt to take home at the end of the day. :) Prints or solids are both fine!

  3. I am looking for someone to carpool with. I don't mind driving, I am looking for someone to ride along with. I live in Lake Worth. Please contact me. Patty

    1. Hi Patty! When we send out the supplies lists maybe we can mention this to everyone else who registered. :)

  4. Is Tonya bringing any of her books so we can purchase them?


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