A Giveaway!, New Quilt Book

And The Strip Quilt Secrets Winner Is…

Thanks for all the kind comment about Strip Quilt Secrets!

It was fun drawing a #.

Our winner is:

#58 Susan S 

“I’m glad you are feeling better about scrap quilts!

I have so many scraps I could use on Diane’s quilts!”

I hope you do make some quilts with all of those scraps.

Now you’ll have no excuse not to.

I hope all of you who didn’t win will visit Diane’s website

or your favorite quilt shop to get a copy

then make your own scrappy quilts.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

A Giveaway!, Blog hop

Strip Quilt Secrets – My Blog Day

Hello,

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

TOP

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…

Susan

 

 

A Giveaway!, Blog hop

Strip Quilt Secrets Blog Hop Begins…

I’m excited to announce the start of

Diane D. Knott’s new book,

Strip Quilt Secrets,

blog hop kickoff!

Here’s the schedule for the blog hop:
Friday January 4 – C&T
Saturday January 5 – Tanya
Sunday January 6 – Val
Monday January 7 – Lori
Tuesday January 8 – Heather
Wednesday January 9 – Audrey
Thursday January 10 – Me, Susan R. Marth
Visit each stop along the blog hop for a chance to win a signed copy of the book!
The winners will be announced on Monday January 14.
I’m a day behind…
(I just got my computer back from getting a huge update of storage space & clean-out.)
Get over to the C&T blog to start seeing all the beautiful strip quilts.
Then hurry to Tanya’s blog for today’s stop.
Good luck winning a signed copy of your very own!
Jut Keep Sewing…
Susan