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Arapahoe County Quilters

Celebrating the Art of Quiltmaking for 30+ Years

November Guild Meeting - Improv Paper Piecing with Amy Friend

  • November 11, 2021
  • 6:15 PM
  • online
  • 16


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This approximately one hour long trunk show is based on a new design approach that I present in my second book, Improv Paper Piecing: A Modern Approach to Quilt Design. I illustrate through my quilts, how I approach paper piece design improvisationally, use the technique to repeat the block design and place them into modern quilting layouts to create unique, modern quilts.


“On August 15, 2020 our guild invited Amy Friend to be our guest speaker through our Zoom guild meeting. I enjoyed her lecture through Zoom as she discussed her thought process behind each quilt in her book, Improv Paper Piecing: A Modern Approach to Quilt Design. I liked the idea of taking a traditional block and moving the lines to make it a little off center and unexpected. By duplicating and combining many of these changed blocks she was able to create a unique quilt . She made use of color and negative space to make quilts that drew the eye and created a sense of movement. I learned a lot from her lecture and would enjoy hearing her speak again.”

Susan, Columbia River Gorge Quilt Guild member

The enthusiasm I saw on their faces during the Q&A session was the most excited I have seen them in a long time.”

Sue, Crazy Quilters Quilt Guild


Amy Friend is a former museum curator turned designer.  She designs modern quilts and specializes in paper pieced designs.  She authored the books Intentional Piecing (2016) and Improv Paper Piecing: A Modern Approach to Quilt Design(2017), and has a new book, Petal + Stem (2020).  Since 2019, Amy has run a paper pieced Block of the Month program each year.  She is an award winning quilter and her quilts have been exhibited at a number of quilt shows as well as museums.  Amy is a national quilt teacher and lecturer.  Amy lives in Massachusetts with her husband and three children. If she isn’t sewing or spending time with the family, you might find her in the garden.  You can follow her creative path on her blog, or on Instagram @duringquiettime.

The Zoom meeting room will open at 6:15 and the meeting will begin at 6:30 MDT. Guests are also welcome to attend this meeting for a fee —please register ahead of time. Please ensure that you know how to use Zoom prior to the meeting. The link will come by email when you register.

ACQ Members: please sign in and register for free—it's so helpful to know how many are coming AND you'll be eligible for door prizes when you register. You will find the Show & Tell submission form on the Members-only page.


    Meetings held the 2nd Thursday of each month

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    6335 S Holly St, Centennial, CO


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