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Large Scale Minimal Improv
Workshop Guide

What You'll Find In This Guide


Instructor Introduction


Minimal Improv Gallery for inspiration


Fabric Pull Recommendations


Shoppable Fabric Mood Boards For Simplicity


Supply List

Meet Your Instructor

My name is Ashelyn Downs

I'm a quilt pattern designer, art quilter, and educator. I'm so excited to be a 2025 QuiltCon faculty member and to once again share my workshops with the MQG! I currently live and create fiber art just North of Salt Lake City and spend my non-creative time running my kids around in the sexiest minivan imaginable.

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fabric pull outline page

There isn't a hard and defined rule as to which fabrics you choose for your improv project (it's YOUR quilt!), but I've assembled some helpful tips for picking your fabrics!

Need help with your fabric pull, live far from a modern shop, or just don't have the brain space to make decisions?

I got you.

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Not everyone has Sewtopia in their backyard and I recognize how difficult fabric shopping can be for those without many modern in-person fabric options, so 

I've assembled a few fabric interactive pull mood boards using and from there, you can click on the swatches and they will lead you directly to the product page at the featured shop.

How Much Fabric?

  • Low volume fabrics: 4-6 fat quarters

  • Focal/Favorite fabrics: 4 fat quarters

  • Solid fabrics: 4-6 fat quarters

  • Textural Fabrics (linens/wovens): 4 fat quarters

What To Bring

One perk of attending a QuiltCon workshop are that just about everything is provided!

Here is my short list of recommended supplies to bring with you!

  • Your Complete Fabric Pull

  • Basic supply kit: small snips, seam ripper, clips/pins

  • A thread color that is cohesive with your fabric pull. Machines will come prepared with light-colored thread.

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