Madam Chino uses a zero-waste improvisational crazy quilting technique, a pattern-free method of paneling together the otherwise-would-be waste from garment-making into new fabric, or as contemporary zero-waste clothing artist Zero-Waste Daniel has coined it "Reroll." Modern improvisational art quilts have their origins in Victorian Era Crazy Quilting, Abstract Art, Japanese Boro and African-American Quilts of Gee's Bend which showcase a push for immediacy and free-form composition. Improvisation in piecework can be achieved by sewing scraps together in straight lines, always adding a longer piece to any side of the main panel in order to grow it bigger. The compositions are a result of the shapes of the scraps as they come, no excess is cut away fostering totally unique combinations. Improvisational patchwork is the best way to use all your scraps and create unexpected results! From this new yardage Madam Chino creates all types of utilitarian art items, including shirts, jackets, baby bibs, place mats, table runners, seat covers, hot pads, small 3-d plush gems, and aprons to name a few. Because these items are so unique, they are not listed on madamchino.com and are only available in store!
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