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Strip Quilt Secrets – My Blog Day


Strip Quilt Secrets

Blog Hoppers!

Welcome to my blog!

I hope you’ve been enjoying seeing what

Strip Quilt Secrets is all about.

I love it when I pick up a quilting book and learn something new.

Since I’m not a scrappy quilter I learned a LOT about buying fabric, cutting strips & even the best ways to store your fabrics for scrap quilting.

I never even gave thought to these things before now.

No wonder her scrappy quilts are so beautiful & precise!

In reading her book cover to cover

(can’t tell you the last time, if ever, I’ve done that.)

I was fascinated by Diane’s instructions to cut triangles from

2 1/2″ (jelly roll) strips

to make half-square triangles that measure 2 1/2″ (unfinished)!

I rather like her Aunt Elsie Quilt.

And although I don’t have an Aunt Elsie,

my husband’s dear grandmother was named Elsie.

I decided to try out Diane’s “Triangles from Strips” technique

& make an Elsie block.

I was amazed that the pressed half-square triangle was exactly 2 1/2″!Pretty awesome!

Diane also suggests the best way to press the hst’s to get them the flattest they can be.

I quickly made the 8 hst’s

& cut a few 2 1/2″ squares from the same 2 1/2″ strips for the block.

Before I sewed the squares together I decided to audition the block both ways…

Just one more 2 1/2″ square could change the whole look of the block.

I decided to sew it as first imagined.

But if you know me…

You know that I literally cannot imagine sewing something without little Dresden plates!!!

Instead I belabored a couple of border fabrics

then completed a preemie quilt top.

Once again I contemplated including a Tiny Dresden plate in the center…

These things can literally go just about ANYWHERE!

But alas I quilted & bound it without the Dresden addition.

How cute is just one little Aunt Elsie block?

I have to say, these tips have changed the way I think about scrappy quilts!

They’re not scary at all anymore.

Thanks, Diane!

Would you like a chance to win a copy of Strip Quilt Secrets?

(Sorry but the drawing is closed.)

Go to the


of this blog post & leave me a comment

to be entered into a drawing for your own copy of Strip Quilt Secrets.

I’ll draw Sunday by 6 p.m.

Just Keep Sewing…




80 thoughts on “Strip Quilt Secrets – My Blog Day”

  1. I’d love to win this book , it looks like there are lots of tips I could use and I love scrappy . Thanks for the chance.

  2. I would absolutely love to win this book. I love scrappiness and any tidbits of information, whether it be about storage, purchases, or cutting, is always welcomed. I’ve loved seeing all the designers’ quilts from this book as well as the pictures inside it. Gotta love a dresden too!

  3. I love scrappy quilts and have loved all the projects I’ve seen from this book. Your little quilt is very cute!

  4. Would be nice to find what to do with the jelly roll fabric. Thanks for the chance to win. I have made Dresden pattern one of my favorite!

  5. I love the tiny dresden!! If I made this Elsie block, it would have to have a lot of blues–my aunt Elsie had blue hair (white with blue rinse!). It would be a great reminder of her. LOL

  6. i’m replying to your blog. i like the elsie block. i may try it. i’d like to know when you are going to do the a merry christmas to you quilt.

  7. Will you be reposting your Dresden Quilt Workshop? I started very late, but would really like to do it. Thank you….Debbie Williams

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    1. Debbie,
      Go to my blog starting July 8, 2018 & see the fabric requirements, etc. Then it starts on August 8, 2018. Every Wednesday for 26 weeks there is a post of the next step. You’ll need my Dresden Quilt Workshop book and I highly recommend my Tiny Dresden & Mini Dresden templates too. They can all be found on my website SuznQuilts.com. I also have a few of the kits available that feature Jen Kingwell’s Circulus & Lollies Sweet fabrics by Moda. Email me if you have further questions.

  8. I love the fabric you chose for your block. That little Dresden is a fun addition. I love scrappy quilts and would love to have Diane’s new book.

  9. That is an adorable little quilt. Though I didn’t like the dresden in the middle I could picture it up in a corner of the quilt.

  10. I love your block and this book! I have to have it so I’m really hoping that I’m the lucky one you pick!

  11. Thanks for sharing this post! I love that you auditioned the book for us to see step by step!
    I would love to win this book. I have always been leery of jelly rolls and other precuts because I wasn’t sure how to use them. I’m seriously rethinking that now!

  12. I love scrap quilts and have been a fan of Diane for awhile now. It’s so nice that you are no longer hesitant to go scrappy. Your block turned out great!

  13. This book looks like a great inspiration to get me going on sewing this year. It’s always good to see what you make with the ideas, thank you.

  14. The first block was the best choice, IMO. I am a little leary of scrappy, too. Maybe this book is what I need to get me going. Thanks for sharing this book.

  15. I have several jelly rolls waiting for inspiration and this block/technique might be just what I’m looking for. thanks for sharing your experience with this book!

  16. I love the block you made. Diane came to my guild to speak and do a workshop. What a find! Her book was not out yet so I would love to have a copy. She has so many amazing tricks and tips to share. Go see her if you have the opportunity.

  17. Scrappy quilts are beautiful but terrify me (my OCD cannot handle it). I’m interested in what she has to say in her book to, hopefully, change my mind.

  18. I had a dear friend and neighbor named Elsie; despite the nearly fifty year difference in our ages, we were truly good friends.

  19. Thanks for the chance to win Strip Quilt Secrets. I like to make scrappy quilts, but I do have a problem with being accurate. I would love to learn Diane’s secrets!

  20. I sometimes buy a book if there is one project that interests me. This book tour has shown me several beautiful projects that could be made with my stash, including 3 Aunt Elsie blocks for a coffee table topper in my family room. And there was a sweet Aunt Elsie in my family. Lovely memories.

  21. Strip and scrap quilts are the best! Looks like a fun and inspiring book. Thanks for the chance to win! :)

  22. It’s amazing the countless types of block designs which can be made with simple strips and triangles.

  23. Sounds like an awesome read! I love how you incorporated a dresden! Wouldn’t have expected any less!! 😁

  24. Such a sweet Elsie block…I think you should’ve kept the mini Dresden in the middle! I’d be tickled to win this book and get my strips of fabric all sewn together to make something beautiful!

  25. I have four blocks of Aunt Elsie done. Diane did a workshop with our guild and several of us picked that pattern. Love it.

  26. I have only ever made 1 Dresden plate in my over 20 years of quilting! Love the Aunt Elsie block. You picked some great fabrics for it. Thank you for the chance to win!

  27. Wow, I thought the book was all about strings. What a treat finding the Aunt Elsie quilt featured on your blog. Love the fabric you picked for yours.

  28. I love strip quilts! So mush potential and endless possibilities and they always come out so beautiful with not a lot of fuss.

  29. I’m glad you are feeling better about scrap quilts! I have so many scraps I could use on Diane’s quilts!

  30. It all looks like fun. I am just starting to get interested in strip quilts, especially with all the selvages.

  31. Hi! I am very new at quilting and would love the opportunity to win Diane’s book! I really enjoyed your blog, thank you.

  32. This looks like a lovely book. I really like string piecing as you can use so many differing fabrics together and still have an amazing quilt.

  33. I have so many smallish fabric pieces in my stash that strip piecing seems like the perfect solution to start using them up. The Strip Quilt Secrets book would be a great inspiration and guide to get me started. Thanks for the chance to win.

  34. Yes! That little Dresden would be a lovely touch.
    After 30 years of quilting, I still consider myself a beginner because I’m always learning something new. This looks like a great book.

  35. brcogan Says:

    January 13, 2019 at 12:44 pm e
    I hope this is the right spot to win the book. I do a lot of controlled scrappy. One of the things I love about you is how you take the time to audition a lot of ways to finish a block. I need to develop that habit better.

  36. Robin Oquist Says:

    January 13, 2019 at 12:46 pm e
    My comment is I’m going to look for the Quilt Mania you have your pattern in tomorrow at my sewing group.

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