Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Lu Summers Quilt Improv

So today is my stop on the Lu Summers Quilt Improv book blog hop.  You can follow the rest of the blog hop by going to this page here.  I am so proud of Lu - although she is mad as a bag of spanners and talks pretty much ALL THE TIME WITHOUT DRAWING BREATH - she is from the UK, flying the flag for British quilt and fabric design.  She is also kind, funny, friendly, cheeky and one of the most fun quilters I know.  Her description of my (now late) Granny Smith as "ironically pear shaped" still makes me laugh out loud every time I think of it.  Anyway, onto the book itself.


If you haven't seen this book, you need to get your hands on a copy.  It is the most original, innovative and bright and fresh, modern improv quilt book I've seen.  The quilts are uniquely and distinctively Lu's style.  You'd think this kind of thing would be easy to do but I tried it once and what I made was rubbish and looked nothing like as stunning as the quilt in the picture below for example.  With the help of this book, I'd do better next time, I'm sure of it.


Lu had this idea which her publishers loved which was to have all these little diagrams with arrows roaming around the page taking you from step to step - she said that's the way it works in her mind and she wanted to see it like that one the page.  


For each project, there is one of these windows, "Make Me Key" which guides you on what you're concentrating on and featuring in that project - I don't know about you but my brain is wired for symmetry and traditional quilt patterns and I love that Lu shares her design process to help us to design like her.  


And a positive bonus for this book is the incredible photography and unique quilt designs, photographed against the background of the farm where Lu lives.  Where most quilt books follow the same basic layout and premise, Lu's is unique, creative, quirky and a lot of fun for anyone who wants to try some real improv piecing.  


Of course I have a copy to give away.  To be in with a chance of winning, leave a comment and, because I like to have a bit of a laugh - your comment can be anything at all as long as it has the word "Lu" in it.  So you might comment: "I'd love to win such a LUcidly written book" or "I hope I get through the LUpehole and win this book".  Anyway, I'm sure you will come up with much funnier stuff than that but don't stress - Mr Random will pick the winner a week from now so your comment doesn't need to make me laugh to win.  

119 comments:

  1. I would LUve LUve LUve this book because I suck at quilting but LUve to try!

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  3. This book is LUdarcrisly LUcious!!

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  4. I love those improv quilts with the circle feature - inspiring, really inspiring

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  5. How brilliant! A book to ilLUminate the improv process for those like me whose brain needs to LUsen up a bit!

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  6. What a LUdicrously LUvverly book, I'd LUve to win it!

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  7. This looks like a LUvely book to get into improv piecing. I do LUve LUcie Summers stuff.

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  8. Woke up to gLUmy weather today, but these quilts have brightened things up!

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  9. I could start a LUdicrous number of LUvrely LU quilts with this LUcid book and then LUment my inability to finish anything on IG due to these more aLLUring ideas

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  10. I love Lucie - she's fab in every way. Perfectly LUvverly, in fact ;-)

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  11. I would feel so LUcky if I won this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. "If at first you don't succeed, find out if the lu-ser gets anything." Thanks for the chance to win.

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  13. There are more fab quilts in that book that lumps on a lumpfish so let's lube up the sewing machine and do some luciferous improv piecing, just don't mistake that lunt for your thread...

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  14. I'm sorry - all I could think of was I'll read this on the Lu, Lu, Lu! (my kids sing the song all the time!)

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  15. Would love to win this LU-cious scrappy book. Thanks for offering. Spetzie at att dot net

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  16. I would have LUved to be in Lu's improv class at the FQR in LUndon but I was unLUcky

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  17. She may be LUpy but her quilts are bLUming marvellous, so I'd love to win the book.

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  18. Those quilts are so briLUiant! I'd LUve to get more into improve piecing!

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  19. Of course everyone says she would LUve to win this book. Perhaps it would ilLUminate a better way for me to "LU-et go" and "LU-et it just happen" when I'm working on improv.

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  20. How LUcky I would be to win a copy!

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  21. I am feeling light-headed... Is it the fLU? Nope, I just really love this book!

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  22. AbsoLUtely - I would love to win ! Thanks for the chance ;-))

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  23. Hoping for a LUcky day to come my way!

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  24. Absolutely LUving that book!

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  25. My attempts at arty quilts just look LUmpy, but with this book they would be LUscious...

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  26. I attended Lu's FQR class and found her LUdicrously funny - the book is on my wish list but I'd really LUve to win it.

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  27. There’s no chance of this book getting a LUkewarm reception with so many people LUsting after it. It would be LUdicrous, if not verging on LUnacy, for me to visit a book shop during my LUnch hour and gLUmly LUg this book home when I may be LUcky and have the LUxury of having it delivered as a prize. I do hope I am not cLUtching at straws when I hope that by some fLUke of fortune my name is pLUcked from the deLUge of entries.

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  28. As I'm vaguely LU-cid today and I'm in the mad as a bag of spanners category with Lu, or as I prefer to say a sandwich short of LU-nch, I'd LU-rve to rehome a copy of improv. It's been on my wishLU-st for ages. Sorry ;))

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  29. I would feel so LU cky to win this book, as I have been Lu-King forward for it to come out so I can learn how Lu does all her amazing-ness.

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  30. I suppose if I were to really try and make you laugh I could write a comment that sounded like herself, you know, using bLUeish language but that could be quite LUde so I won't. Instead I shall simply say that you are all a bunch of LUnatics and that you all make me laugh.

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  31. I don't want to LU-se a chance to get this book. So with luck, fingers crossed and not too mant dashes to the Lu to fix nerves I am entering for a bit of improv quiLU- Ty fun that does not alLU me to spend my filthy LUcre. Mum I think this is heading tewards a top ten tenuous LU entry.

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  32. Oh maybe I could be so LUcky! It could happen!

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  33. I would hope than I am the LUcky recipient of this LUvely Book so that I can make LUts of LUvely Quilts!

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  34. Thanks for a great review and giveaway. I would love to win a copy of this LUscious book.

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  35. I would luve a new quilt book to read while I eat my LUnch

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  36. I LUove the the bright colors on the improv quilts shown

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  37. Oh, I hope I'm LUcky enough to win this although it will be sad that others have to LUse. I'd LUve to have it!

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  38. If I were to receive a winners email saying I'd won this Luverly book, I'd think I must be halLucinating! Hope I'm LUcky with this one :-)

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  39. Miss LUcy had a baby....and she made him a quilt.

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  40. HalleLUyah..... I want to win this book :)

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  41. The first thing that popped into my mind was Skip to My Lu. Do you do that in Britain?

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  42. I just LUff the look of these LUvely LUcking blocks. I had to LUk twice, with such LUcious coLUrs. These quilts would look good in any room in my flat, including the LU!

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  43. A LUrker hoping to be LUcky after a deLUge of comments about a LUsh book

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  44. I hope to be the LUcky winner! I can't wait to take a look at this book - her quilts look so fun and happy. Thanks.

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  45. I would LUve to be a LUcky LUcy.

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  46. I want to be a winner, not a LUser!

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  47. I wantto win it for my sister LUcia!

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  48. Would love this book, as it takes you "out of the box" and I like to go that directions but just don't have the creative genes to do it on my own.

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  49. I'd LUv to win the LUcious book as I missed out on LU's class in LUndon and need iLUminating in LUvly improv.

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  50. I go LUUpy just thinking about improv and trying to put all those colors, prints, patterns, and such together....maybe LU can help!

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  51. Just read your blog on my LUnch hour. Would LUve to win this book with the LUvely bLUe cover!

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  52. As I was LUdicrously LUcky enough to win a previous giveaway I should probably bow out gracefully...not a chance! Sorry it's not funny, but it's true!

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  53. I Really really want to be the lucky-lu who wins this book.

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  54. Thanks for the giveaway!!! Would go LUpi if I won!! Wouldn't that be LUilariously funny!!

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  55. I should be so LUcky,LUcky LUcky LUcky!!!!!

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  56. Your write up made me think of the children's rhyme "Skip, skip, skip to my Lu, Skip to my Lu, my darlin'" I'd love to be inc-LU-uded in the draw for a chance to win a copy of this great sounding book :)

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  58. Ooops, so many typos, early in the morning before I've had a coffee!

    Looks like a LUverly book!

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  59. I am deLUded to think I could win this book. And what are spanners??

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  60. Hi!!! Thanks for the great give away!!!! I would love to read this book!!!!

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  61. This is tru-lu-ly a fabulous looking book!

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  62. I would absoLUtely love to win this fabLUous book! Hope I'm the LUcky one!

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  63. Pick me, pick me. I would absoLUtely love this book!

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  64. What a LUvely book; just what I've been LUking for and the ilLUstrations are beautiful. There's going to be a LUcky quilter here somewhere. Oh Lynne, what have you started?

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  65. I'd consider myself so LUcky to win this LUcious-looking book! I don't want to sound like LUrker, but I've loved following the bLUe shed blog for some time! pbstrand@msn.com

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  66. I'll be LUrking about until the winner is announced! Thanks for the chance.

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  67. I'm Luuney for the book. Pick me Mr. Random. Good LUck everyone.

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  68. I would LUv, LUv, LUv to win a copy of the LUvely LU's book. Di x

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  69. My grand daughter, Lula, and I would love picking a project from this fun book!

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  70. I'd Luv to win this, since I Lucked out at FQR on snagging a copy :oD Thanks for the chance to win!

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  71. I'm practically deLUsional envisioning this book landing on my doorstep! Thanks for the innovative comment request. Love your blog, Lynne/Lily...I shall be following from Massachusetts. Also thinking that the Fat Quarterly Retreat sounds like a great excuse to plan a visit to the UK!

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  72. You make her sound completely LUpy, and so very much fun! LUve the pics

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  73. I should be so LUcky, LUcky, LUcky, LUcky :0)

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  74. This book is a LuLu ~ you're a Lu-ser if you wouldn't want to win it!

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  75. I would be absoLUtely be LUminous and bLUrt out my joy by taking a quilter friend to LUnch because I would truly vaLUe the book win.

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  76. I would go seriously LUupy if I won this book! And I will be very bLUe if I don't.

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  77. I would be truly LUcky to win this book. I would Luve to win
    Shawn

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  78. Lily's quilts is a blog to LUve!

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  79. It is gLUmy around this time of the year in Salt Lake, the snow is dirty, the inversion has set in, but making some quilts from this book would brighten up the time.

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  80. This would be a valuable addition to anyone quilt books collection

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  81. Woman, thou art Luused! And, I think Lu is too!

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  82. Running to the bookstore makes me LUooopy, so I really hope I win!

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  83. LUverly book that I'd consider myself LUcky to win!

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  84. After all the "Lu"ness I'm sure we're all going to turn into LUnitics! That looks like a fabu book! Hope I win!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  85. I would totally LUv to win this book! I hope I'm LUcky enough to win!!!
    Thanks for the chance at this giveaway!
    Do, Jessica
    juceyj03@gmail.com

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  86. cLUeless at being clever so will just have to say I would LUv to be Lucky enough to win this LUminously LUcious LU-king book.

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  87. LUcky in LUv and LUcky to have a chance to win Lu's book!

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  88. Has someone just alLuded to an alLUring book giveaway?

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  89. Hope I'm lucky! Thanks for the luvely chance :)

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  90. Well I hope 95 is a LUcky number for the LUvely book drawing. Thanks for putting my name in the hat - my fingers are crossed on this one!

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  91. I would hate to LUse the chance to win this Luvely book. Thanks for sharing

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  92. How exciting! Here's hoping I'll be LUcky enough to be making some improv quilts.

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  93. LUrking is a great way to soak in all the fantastic ideas.

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  94. LU is my fave fabric designer - I can't wait to check out her book too!

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  95. My friend LUcinda would love to have a luvely quilt made with LUcious fabrics an this LUminante book

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  96. Sounds LUvly that you know the author. I would LUve to win the book. Would be LUcky to add it to my collection.

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  97. What a Luxury - to win a such a beautiful book!

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  98. The book LUks amazing - would LUv to LUrn about the Improv style and LUsen up my quilting!

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  99. It's like that playground song-"here we go LUbee Lu, here we go LUbee Lai" where you dance round and round skipping!

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  100. my quilting life has been in a LUll lately so i would LUve to win this alLUring LUvely way to LUsen up my piecing! if i win this book i will hop and skip through the LUpines, LUse my fear of improv, and LUmp in some color theory on the way! i'd be a LUnatic for not trying to win this book. Even if i LUse, it's worth a try, just reading the comments cheered up my bLUes.

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  101. I should be so LUcky! Thanks for the chance!

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  102. I would have a LULU of a time reading this book and working on the projects! Extra credit for using Lu twice? :) hehe This book is just stunning!

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  103. Heehe, what fun! Maybe this book could cure my fLU. It LUks like a good one.

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  104. Yours may be the best book review I've ever read. It sold me on the book itself and makes me want to hang out with you and Lu. (And Granny Smith, bless her heart.)

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  105. These quilts have such a LUxiourious LUk to them, that I'd just like to LUsen my shoes and snuggle up!

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  106. I'd go to LUxembourg to get my own personal copy of this LUscious voLUme. Thanks for voLUnteering to host a great giveaway.

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  107. How LUcky Lu is to live in such a LUvely LUcation! What a great book!

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  108. The book looks LUvely and I am likely to LUve making something from it!

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  109. Even though I am LUbberly (adj. - Clumsy and unskilled) I would LUve to win this book! Thanks for the chance hope I am the LUcky one!

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  110. What a LUvely book that I could LUrn a lot from. (I'm taking liberties with spelling!) :)

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  111. What LUcious designs. I love these "building blocks". kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet

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