Dancing with your Design Wall -- how to create fearlessly

Do you have a hard time getting out of your comfort zone? 

Do you struggle with just "letting go" and seeing what you create?

Have you been curious about improvisational piecing, but have no idea how to begin? 

If any of that resonates, I know you are going to love my guest interview today. Irene Roderick is a quilter, painter, and teacher and has a beautiful and distinctive style. Playing with line, repetition, and scale, she also incorporates a lot of natural hand-dyed fabrics into her work. 

Even if you have no interest in improv piecing, I know you'll be inspired by her approach to the creative process.

We dive into:

  • How Irene began quilting and developed her own unique style
  • How to approach the creative process without fear
  • What to do when you're "stuck" creatively
  • Where you can find inspiration
  • How Irene approached choosing fabrics/colors

"The hardest thing is to learn to trust yourself." Irene Roderick


    I had a ball chatting with Irene about color, creativity, and quilting, and I know you are going to love her insights and perspective. 

    Learn more about Irene or book her to teach at your shop/guild!

    Irene and I would love to hear from you! Of everything we talked about, what was the biggest takeaway for you? Leave a comment below and let us know!


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    • So inspiring and freeing! Thank you Irene and Shannon. I really enjoyed the conversation and am looking forward to dancing with my design board. And I’d like to hear more chats with other quilters and artists in the future too.

    • That was a very fun interview. I love Irene’s work and love how far she has come in quilting in such a short time. Thanks for sharing her with us Shannon!

      kristie jarchow
    • Wonderful! Are these quilts pieced or appliquéd or a combination? I can’t wrap my head around how it would go together.

      Sheila Hryclik

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