I had the very good fortune of meeting Sandi Blackwell in Houston for Quilt Market 2010. Sandi's first book is Very Impressive!!! Each time I go to Market I typically find one book or tool that I've never seen before and I think is innovative and truly new. This time it was Sandi's book entitled, " Square-agonals."
Square-agonals is a New Angle on Quilting
No Cutting or Setting Triangles!
Turn Easy-Stitched Blocks and Rows into Stunning Diagonal Designs
I know many quilters who cringe when they see the word triangle. Sandi has developed a method where you sew blocks together in rows and no triangles!! I won't give away all the magic of the book but I will show you a few photos I took that gives you a little glimpse into how it is done.....just so you know you can do it too :)Although Sandi explains the mathematics behind Square-agonlas you don't need to understand the method in order to make any of the 14 patterns in the book.
The blocks are sewn together in rows and then the quilt gets cut into three sections and reassembled ....that is what gives you the diagonal set design.
You are looking at how the fabric was cut and the tape is "Arrow Guide Tape." The tape makes a great visual guide for cutting as well as stabilizes the bias fabric that you cut. You don't have to purchase the "Arrow Guide Tape" to use her method either....she told us we could use our own tape but that she has developed the tape just to keep things simple. I like that!!
Isn't it amazing that Sandi has figured out how to go from the blocks on the left to the beautiful table runner on the right? (not to scale of course...I know someone was thinking....miracle grow for fabric right?)
You have to click here and see all of the quilts that have been made using Sandi's Square-agonals method. You'll be really surprised to see how incredible they are and no one had to sew a triangle.
I made certain I was in line to get an autographed copy of Sandi's book, Square-agonals, for one very lucky IHAN blog reader. I was not going to miss this one!!! So if you would like to have a chance to own an autographed copy of Square-agonals please leave a comment on this post telling me why you would like to own this book. I will choose a winner by random on Friday night December, 3rd.