Sunday, August 16, 2015

Improv Quilting...or Hoochy Corners...

Last year I bought this book called 'Flower Power' by Mary Lou Weldman..(she is the cow lady...remember the whimsical improv cows that everyone was making...) I bought the book when I was down south and  I was all excited about Paper Piecing.
When I got home and started reading it, I discovered that the book was about Improv Quilting Flowers and Birds, not paper piecing them!

 Mary Lou doesn't call it Improv Quilting.   She calls it 'hoochy' corners or 'cope' cornering (sewing fabric to corners to achieve your shape) flowers or birds.   I would show you some of her flowers but I dare not, as this box is displayed predominately on each and every you will have to be happy with the cover photo.


At the time of purchase, I was disappointed with the book.  I wanted paper pieced flowers...not hoochy I put the book away!  I almost donated it to the local Thrift Shop...(whew..I am so happy that I am able to say 'almost'!)

That has all changed since trying the improv trees!  They are easy, fun and relatively fast to make...and different from anything that I have ever done!  And as you can see, my forest is growing...

 Who knows...maybe there are some 'hoochy flowers' on my horizon after all!  Yup...I will be looking at this book with new and different eyes!!  I'll keep you posted!

Have a Sunny Sunday and Happy Quilting!~P


  1. Love the trees and the name "hoochy" anything, tickles my funny bone. LOL!!

  2. Have fun with the flower power book! No worries about being perfect just having fun with creating.

    Mary Lou's story of how they became to be called hoochy mama blocks is delightful.

  3. I have all of her books. I've made some blocks and some flower blocks and it is SO hard for me to innovate and not follow a pattern! I don't know why but it wore me out trying to do it-lol. Love your trees!

  4. will look forward to seeing some of your flowers as it is hard to imagine them , your trees are rapidly growing into a glorious forest

  5. I thought a hoochy was a woman of ill repute!

  6. So fun! I love how your trees are coming along!