Friday, June 10, 2011

Strip Smart Blog Hop!

It's been an odd week, filled with inconveniences and frustrating starts and stops. It started with a 4 hour delay on the tarmac in Fort Myers, Florida. There was an afternoon spent in the hospital awaiting tests that proved, that despite a few scares, that everything was A-ok. A quilt top that was sent to the machine quilter was found to be, well.... a bit WRONG once we studied the pictures. We are awaiting it's return so it can be corrected. There were a couple of good things: Bill got to spend a day on the set of The 5 Year Engagement, a movie shooting here in Ann Arbor, and he was paid to do it; and we were asked to join the Strip Smart Blog Hop.
Today is our day! Thank you Kathy, for asking us. How could we not be delighted! Our Clermont Farms fabric is looking pretty good on the front cover. Kathy named this quilt Fat Man's Squeeze. You'll have to get this book to know why. You will want this book no matter what. It uses the Quarter-Square Triangle ruler and makes quick work of Jelly Roll™ strips into quarter square triangles.

Just sew two Jelly Roll™ strips together, press to the dark, and use this handy ruler.
In no time, you will have enough to make Fat Man's Squeeze and lots of other quilts.
It just so happens that I designed a quilt independently of this book, and my quilt uses quarter square triangles. Our dedicated assistant Leigh Ann used this ruler and it sped up the process. Look for this quilt in an upcoming issue of American Patchwork & Quilting. Thanks, Kathy for the ruler and the book.

Make a comment on this post and Kathy will pick a winner for your own copy of the book and ruler. AND...... there will be a grand prize drawing, so make sure to visit all the blogs on the hop.

June 10 - Pam Vieirra McGinnis - PamKittyMorning!
June 11 - Laurie Simpson - Minick and Simpson - Right Here!
June 12 - Tara Darr - Sew Unique Creations
June 13 - Joan Ford - Hummingbird Highway
June 14 - Linda Lum De Bono - Linda Lum De Bono
June 15 - Elizabeth Scott - Late Bloomer Quilts
June 16- Lissa Alexander - Moda Lissa
June 17 - Vickie Eapen - Spun Sugar Quilts

June 18 - Camille Roskelley - Simplify
June 19 - Debbie Field - Granola Girl Designs

Thanks!!

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Jill said...

What a quick and easy method to make a sharp looking quilt. And, a great use of those jelly rolls!

manybooks said...

I am intimidated by special rulers, but this looks actually manageable, and also TOTALLY worth it! A great looking quilt~

Sharon said...

Looks like fun and a 'must have' for my book collection. Have three jelly rolls I haven't decided how to use but now I'll know. That is if I'm the lucky winner. Thanks!

Patricia said...

Sweeet! I love new techniques and this book looks to be a sure winner!

farmgal said...

This ruler looks terrific! Would love to have one!

Amy R said...

So glad everything turned out well with the tests. . . And, how cool for Bill! I'm lovin the look of the quilt on the cover, so I can only imagine how inspiring the quilts found within will be~ Thanks for sharing!

Bev said...

I love that ruler.....and the book! I haven't used a ruler like that but the end results are fabulous. Can't wait to see the book.

passingdowncrazy said...

I've been eyeing that ruler. It does make the process look speedier!!!

Jazz said...

this book looks like one to put on my wish list!

Ullis said...

It looks like a book with many nice patterns. I'll put it on my wish-list. Hugs Ullis in Sweden

Manda said...

That looks like a great nifty little ruler!

Martha said...

I purchased the book because I love the quilts, silly me, didn't realize I needed a specialty ruler...would love to win, but I still intend to try several of the quilts in the book.

rebecca said...

Saw a demo on the triangle ruler. Cool process! Cooler in Clermont Farms!!

TheLazyQuilter said...

I was just this week CURSING HSTs. Wonky wonky little things! I love the idea of this ruler - could soooooo use one! :)

Teri said...

Looks like another gadget to put on the list. Thanks for the offering.

SueB said...

Looks like this is a ruler to have to own. Very nice book to use up all of those jelly rolls I have.

Dorian said...

I love these blog hops! Thanks. That looks like a great ruler to go with a fabulous book!

Anonymous said...

The book and technique look just like what I need! I would be whipping out those quilts in no time.

karenfae said...

I saw that ruler at a shop this week and didn't even know how it was used! Now I wish I would have gotten it.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

Well, I love Clermont Farms and love the quilt made from it so I need this book.

SheilaS said...

Thanks for the demo-it looks easy enough that even I with the left handed brain might be able to figure out. And I love that quilt-really pretty!

karen said...

Love the quilt on the cover using your fabric!

Becky said...

That is a ruler I have not seen before - and it looks GREAT! I have lots of Jelly Rolls and would love to make that quilt on the cover. Beautiful.

lil said...

this book looks great and the ruler, well makes things so much easier, thanks for the post and the opportunity to win

Bumme said...

thanks for the nice visuals on how the ruler works ... I'm thinking the book AND ruler are must have additions. I did a sneak peek of the quilts in the book on Amazon and ... oh. my. I love them all!

Lorraine said...

This looks like fun quilt to make! Great book to use some strips with, too.

Anonymous said...

glad everything is okay! love the cover of the book! can't wait to see the inside of it!

cindy

cindyabutler@gmail.com

Kathy H said...

I usually avoid triangles in quilts as they are harder to work with. This ruler looks like it would be very helpful and open up a whole world of patterns.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a terrific looking book and ruler. And of course I love the cover photo :-) Thanks for the review and sharing.

Jana said...

I love the quilt on the cover using your white-red-blue fabric. It looks like another gadget to put on my wish list.
Have a great summer!
Jana in Prague, Czech Republic

Janet said...

Love that cover quilt!

Blogless me said...

I love your "Clermont Farms" line and you are right it does look splendid on the cover!

shelly said...

The new technique for the ruler looks very interesting. The book should be a winner.

Lisa Marie said...

You know that saying "Life is what happens while we're making other plans"? Sounds like you've had some of that. Best Wishes that you get back on track. As for the drawing...That ruler looks so handy! I can't wait to see the rest of this book.

Mary said...

That is one cool ruler (and I love the fabric too)! thanks for the opportunity to win.
Mary

Jessica R. said...

The ruler does make it look easy and quick! Thanks for sharing!

Judith said...

Who knew quarter square triangles would look so good in stripes! Looks great! Thanks for the chance to win the book.

sheddy said...

I love new rulers. Would love the chance to try one.

Suzanne said...

Love the fabric! Can't wait to get the book!

Nancyz said...

I love jelly rolls and this book looks great! Thanks for the giveaway.

Caroline Ingalls said...

Sweet, I'd like to try the ruler it could help me to use one of those jelly roll I've been collecting I couldn't dare to cut one!, and the book seems to be a "must have"

onlymehere said...

I've never seen that ruler before but it certainly looks awesome!

Me and My Stitches said...

Hope your weekend is better than your week! The special ruler looks very interesting. Can't wait to see the book.

DebrafromMD said...

That looks like a ruler I need to add to my collection, especially if it is good with jelly roll strips.

Lee Ann said...

Wow! I'm thankful for these pictures. I so WANT that ruler and book now!

Syd said...

I don't usually use special rulers, but this one looks to be one that could really be useful. I'd love to have one!! What a great book to use for jelly rolls. Thanks for sharing!!

susan said...

This ruler looks very user friendly.Love the quilts that are in the book. Thanks for the chance to win.

Tracy J said...

I love working with jelly rolls. This ruler looks wonderful, and opens up new possibilites for me.

ninepatch said...

That ruler looks to be very useful, and would love to have the book. Great blog site.

Ninepatch

Sewmaggi said...

Looks like a " must have"!

JulieF1962 said...

That ruler looks like a huge time saver that is easy to use! And such pretty quilts!

waquilter said...

Wow, it really looks like a wonderful and efficient to to use the strips!

Judy in Michigan said...

My curiosity is piqued! I would love to win a book and ruler! WOW! Thank you.

Barbara said...

Wow....this looks easy!!!
My shopping wish list is now a little longer! Thank you for sharing.

Vicki said...

This is great! I would love to win this fabulous book and try the new technique with the great ruler!

Kristin said...

Can't wait to see the book!

di said...

The book looks great! This ruler is very cool!!

Carol D. said...

This ruler and book are just what I need to quickly turn all my yummy jelly rolls into tasty quilts! I'm hungry for quilting!!

Michele said...

The quilt on the cover is beautiful. I love scrappy quilts and what could be better than a scrappy quilt made from Minick and Simpson fabric!

Mary said...

That ruler looks like a great time saver. And the quilt on the cover is awesome!

connieteasley said...

Love these "Blog Hops." A new book and ruler would be great. Hope I win!

Sue Janowski said...

Would love a copy of that book and ruler - it appears to be intriguing!

Warren said...

That is just the coolest thing!!

Joyce said...

What a gorgeous cover quilt. I've got lots of jelly rolls waiting just for this book and ruler. Would love to win. Thanks for the chance to do just that! Joyce

Kathy said...

That ruler looks pretty neat! Thanks for having a giveaway.

Cory said...

I have been drooling over this book since I saw it in Market posts. I would love to win it. Thank you for the opportunity. Take care and God bless, Cory

Cathy said...

Love the quilts. What a fantastic ruler. It is a gotta have. Thanks for the chance to win. Hugs.

Anonymous said...

New ruler - great! New book. Thanks for the chance.

Darlis

Jo said...

This ruller seems to be a great addition to the ruler drawer! It seems to make the process quicker and easier I am all for that

Belinda said...

Looking forward to learning more about this book & the ruler.

carolann said...

Looks like the ruler would make it much quicker and with less room for error. Would love to be the lucky winner!

sndy1 said...

The new book looks like it is full of more great ideas to inspire us!

Pati said...

The ruler looks like a really great tool! I certainly need another ruler! And of course, I love, Love, LOVE the fabric on the front cover. I never get tired of making patriotic quilts!

Sunnybec said...

Love the ruler and the book, fingers crossed I win one. Thanks for the chance.

robin chapa said...

I can't wait to read the book and try the ruler! Fun, fun!
~robin
welchrobin@hotmail.com

Kristy said...

The book looks fabulous...recently I have been buying the special rulers for quilts and have found them to be worth every penny. I sure hope I win this one.

Tami said...

Wow....what a fun concept with the ruler and the jelly roll strips! I sure hope I win and thank you for the oppportunity!
tamiquilts at att dot net

Meg said...

I'm always looking for new ways to use Jelly Rolls--this ruler looks like just the ticket!

mkdquilts said...

I love the Claremont Farm fabrics, we are just about out of them in our shop.

James-Linda said...

NEAT CUTTING+PIECING!
THANKS FOR SHARING!

jldouglas@wispwest.net

Mary said...

Beautiful cover quilt and the ruler looks so handy! I'd love to win!!!

Miss Jean said...

I have jely rolls here that I haven't used. This would be the perfect thing to use them up with.

Carol C. said...

I love the quilt on the cover -- beautiful!! The ruler looks like a great one to have -- what an interesting idea for jelly rolls!~ Thanks so much for the opportunity!--would love this book and ruler!

Sandy said...

I love how your quilt turned out. I just happen to have a fat quarter bundle of Clermont Farms!

Jeanne (RED) said...

The ruler looks awesome and the book also! I have a fractured ankle with complications and what a way to spend the summer--piecing a quilt like that on bedrest!!
Thank you for the opportunity!

Nancy said...

I'm going to get me a copy of this book on way or another - and Clermont Farms is looking as beautiful as ever! Sorry about your not-so-good week. I'll keep my fingers crossed for y'all that next week is much better.

Heartsdesire said...

A great book and a great ruler. I'm always looking for ways to use up my Jelly Rolls.

Cathie said...

Looks great! I'm always interested in trying new techniques.

Sandi said...

Oooh - gadgets! Even better - quilty gadgets! I'm looking forward to seeing this new book.

Cindy N. said...

Very Cool! Looks like another great ruler and book to go with it!

Anonymous said...

These speciality ruler sets by Creative grid are so easy to use with jelly roll. I own two other ones and make cutting strips for projects so much faster and more accurate (one measurement with 5 pieces cut out at once). Would love to own this great book and add this ruler to my collection. Thanks for the book hop.

Rita fro Montreal

Janine said...

Wow, that ruler would make triangles speedier and more accurate.

Robbienae said...

I'm eager to see Kathy's new book with loads of patterns! More ideas for my quilts to be!

Penny said...

Great cover quilt ~ love all your fabrics!! Now I need the book & ruler and maybe even a "Fat Man Squeeze" quilt, also! Thanks for sharing!

Mary C in WA said...

Looks like a fun ruler! Please put my name in the random generator!

Carol Sc said...

It is very interesting to see all the possibilities of using the jelly rolls --- they've certainly generated a lot of creativity. I already have a couple of your fabric lines --- in both jelly rolls and layer cakes --- may well try one of these techniques. Hopefully the next week will be better for you!

Jean said...

Love the book and the ruler.Will keep my fingers cross. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Looks like a cool ruler and easy to use!!! nurse Payne ;D

Sallie said...

That ruler looks like a must have - and so does the book! Thanks for the giveaway!

Plain Ol' Vanilla said...

What a great way to utilize my stash which I'm trying to 'sew down'. I would love to own the book and the ruler.

Joyce

soren2go said...

I've made a quilt with blocks like that using a jelly roll of batiks. How much easier it would be with the ruler.

Fibercrafter said...

Very cool ruler, and another good book for using jelly rolls! Thanks for the chance.

Four dogs and one quilter said...

Always buying jelly rolls and then not knowing what to do with them. This book/ruler would be a great help.

Library Gal Quilts said...

Oh I love rulers and books, so I am ready to win! thanks so much, Pam inChico

bmayer said...

and the finished quilt looks like???

Joanne said...

The ruler and book look wonderful, I have lots of jelly rolls waiting

Anonymous said...

This looks fun to use. Count me in the drawing and look forward to each daily visit on blog hop! Linda at rgranch@pioneer.net

kshackabq said...

Great cover quilt with Clermont Farms. And the ruler looks very, very interesting.

Lori L said...

Oh how I would love to win this book and ruler. I haven't seen them at any quilt shops in my area. Wanting to see all the eye candy in this book. Thanks for the chance to win.

Tina said...

Oh please, oh please, oh please pick me Kathy! The ruler looks to be pretty neat and makes short work of those FRUSTRATING triangles (translate: hair pulling moments) - what a terrific idea!

Del said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win! I love this book! It looks really interesting! Can't wait to see more in the blog hopping!

Jeanne said...

I can't get over how beautiful that cover quilt is!

Linda said...

Love the fabric....and the ruler! I enjoy sewing with strips.

Anne said...

Wow, that ruler looks awesome. And of course, so does the book!

Hotquilts said...

This is a book that will help me sew up all those honey buns and jelly rolls I have. I really like the cover with a Red White & Blue quilt on the it, just making me pickup and sew a summer holiday quilt. Thanks for the RW&B fabrics M&S

Robin said...

That ruler makes the process look so slick! I'm anxious to hear the "whole" story about the quilt that needed to be sent back for a fix.

Andrea said...

Wow! I'm loving this book and technique. Would love to be the lucky winner!! ajks100@gmail.com

quilt cookie said...

as always, I love your fabrics. The ruler looks to be wonderful.

Snoodles said...

Glad everything was OK with the tests! That ruler looks like an awesome tool, and from the cover, I WANT that book!! Thanks for the chance to win!
Jacque in SC
quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

Barb said...

The ups and downs of life provide lots of fodder for blog posts LOL
Congrats on being on the cover!

Linda in PA said...

What a great idea! It looks pretty easy, too. I'd love to win a copy of this book and a ruler. Thanks for the giveaway.

Catskill Quilter said...

Oh, looks like a wonderful shortcut to finished blocks! The book looks interesting!

Martha said...

This is a terrific book and ruler. Can't wait to make a quilt!
Thanks so much for the blog hop

Quilt Hollow said...

I spotted this book at Connecting Threads for 40% off and just loved all the quilts inside. I was hesitate though because I hadn't seen the ruler....I'm so glad you posted it...I'm absolutely intrigued and now hope to win both so I can get started on my holiday gift making.

Pat said...

Love this book and ruler. Great technique. Hope I am a winner!

Amy said...

Great giveaway! Love how one ruler makes lots of different quilts!

Amanda said...

I love using jelly rolls and that ruler is perfect to do something besides strip quilts! I would love to win! Thanks so much!

Gayle said...

Your fabrics look so good in this quilt, and the technique makes it seem very simple to make!

Little Miss Shabby said...

I have this ruler and it's a great one. Looks like a great book!

suz said...

looks like an interesting method! Glad all is well health-wise on your end. Some days are like that though, huh?

WoolenSails said...

Wonderful new book and great way to make quilts.
I still have to decide what to do with my Jelly roll, I want to make something special with it.

Debbie

charlotte said...

That is the coolest tool I have seen! How speedy to make the quilts. Looks like great patterns to go with it.

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

Love it!

Joe and Julianne said...

Sweet! I need to get me one of those rulers!

Cecilia said...

I might be able to conquer my fear of quarter square triangles with this ruler! The quilt looks good too!

Glenda said...

That ruler looks like a time-saver. Must get one. Love the fabric. It makes me feel cozy just looking at it.

Donna said...

What a wonderful ruler that is ...looks so quick and easy!
Can't wait to see all the quilts using jelly rolls.

Laurie said...

looking forward to checking out this book and ruler - will be keeping my fingers crossed :) thanks for a chance to win. Laurie

llsbaskets@comcast.net

kynomi said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win the book and ruler. Great giveaway.

Andie said...

I LoVe jelly rolls. This looks like loads of fun!

Carla said...

Thanks for the preview of the Strip Smart book and ruler. This ruler will work perfect for an upcoming project I have in mind.

Anonymous said...

Being the total gadget geek that I am, I can't wait to give that ruler a try! Hope you all are enjoying your weekend!

Smiles,
-Laura

Laurie Shain said...

I have looked at this book on several sights and it's cover is calling me in...after this post its a done deal! Thanks, thanks for the great info.

marcia e said...

Love the color contrast of your strips!

lovetostitch said...

What a fascinating ruler, looks similar to the one for braid. I'll look for the book, love the name of the quilt - makes me giggle!

schmidt1016 said...

This ruler looks like an easy way to achieve great results. Now if I could only learn to piece and press correctly. Love your fabric on the cover of the quilt. It looks so yummy!

Leslie S. in MN
esclante at comcast dot net

Dirt Road Quilter said...

What fun! I am addicted to 2 1/2" strips and this book is on my wish list. I love the Creative Grids rulers too and this one is next in line. Thank you for the opportunity to grant my wish!

CarbonElementaryMath said...

The book looks fun and the ruler can make beautiful piecing faster....I am always interested in that!

Barbara said...

I met a woman in the grocery store line last week who was buying Fat Boy ice cream sandwiches for her kids. We really got a kick out of the name ... and now a Fat Boy quilt? I am curious indeed!

VickiT said...

Oh gosh, waiting for some test results can be SO scary. I'm glad things came out ok.

I really love this ruler. It's definitely one I want for sure. The book appears to be another item I MUST have as well. I love how the book utlilzes the ruler. I have so many specialty rulers and yet they sit because I am not sure exactly what to use them for. Yes, I'll admit that I love buying rulers. LOL

aztel2000 said...

The book looks like a lot of fun and I really need that ruler!
Karen in Breezy Point

scottylover said...

That is so pretty! Am intrigued about the name. Will have to look it up if I don't win this copy! :)

Thanks for the chance to win!
Sandy A

donna.sparling said...

Love the quilt on the cover ....a what a great name for a quilt! Hope I win the book.

jennifer said...

Looks like a intresting ruler. Thanks

Rosa said...

What an easy method to do a block,thanks.
That ruler looks fantastic,would love have one.

Deborah said...

Looking forward to looking inside the book!

sandra said...

Looks like a neat little ruler, another book I would love to have.

Anonymous said...

What a fun quilt.I would love to win so I can make one!! sherarlen@cox.net

Grace said...

super cool ... cant wait to try

Cyn said...

What a quick and easy way to make a wonderful quilt!

Love those Jelly Rolls. I have the book on my wish list. Now just need to pick it up the next time I'm at the LNS. :-)

Cynthia

KMSC said...

The ruler looks easy to use -- yea!
Thanks for the chance to win the book and ruler.

Anonymous said...

This sounds like even I could do this. Looks like a great book and the ruler too.

shauna said...

I love the idea of this new ruler and the quilts in the book look fantastic! Thanks for a great give-away!

Heidi C. said...

Love seeing new tools and ideas!

loralie said...

looks like a fun book. I know I would enjoy winning it :-)

slmartin at vtc dot net

Patty D from NC said...

Ruler looks like it makes the job go easy.

ferne said...

Well, this book is sounding more and more intriguing with each post!

Dana said...

I just bought the ruler and now my mom wants one! I love the cover quilt of the book and your fabric is just gorgeous!

Debbie said...

What can be better than a book that's all about easy piecing methods! Thanks for counting me in.

Anonymous said...

This rulr and method is really interesting and fast, loving seeing more each day. Bonnie Nyquist bonniesline at aol dot com

Peggy said...

That ruler looks like it will really save time and give us more time to quilt!

Love the looks of the book.

Peggy

SherryB said...

Oh, how cool is that...the ruler does the work for you!! I would love to try this ruler...makes fast work of those strips, for sure.

Darlene B said...

This looks like a great book - would love to win it!! Thanks for the opportunity!

Gretchen said...

The ruler makes it look easy. Lovin' all the ideas. Thanks for inspiring.

michelle said...

That looks just too fantastic!! I love when there is a new tool to make things just that much faster. How awesome!! The cover pic certainly caught my eye...and of course, it had to be YOUR fabric--fabulous!! Can't wait to get a copy.
michelle

Joni said...

That ruler looks like a great tool. Really liking what I'm seeing.

MJinMichigan said...

I'd love to win the book as I haven't seen it at my LQS.

Dandelion Quilts said...

What a cool method. Thanks for pointing that out!

Mary said...

Because I am a gadget geek I am intrigued with this ruler and would love to win it. It I don't win, well, I'll just be buying it right along with that fun book!

mama dub said...

That ruler looks like fun. I can't believe that quilt on the cover could be made so easily with this ruler. Thanks for the great post.

Lizziebeth said...

Would love to try this book and ruler. Hope I win!

LeAnne said...

Another great way to use jelly rolls. Keep the ideas coming.

DONNA said...

I've enjoyed my first visit to your site. In reading some of your earlier entries, I agree with your observations of blue and orange. Lately, I have been so drawn to these colors and seem to find them everywhere. And mysteriously, they are infiltrating my stash!

Ann in NC said...

Great cover quilt! The book and ruler look terrific!

QBG said...

love your projects. thanks for sharing

donna k from n tx

The One and Only said...

OOOHH, that ruler looks like it totally rocks!!

tusen said...

it looks like a great and easy way of making the triangles. I love the quilt on the cover, too :)

Jeanne said...

Interesting book and I need to check out that ruler too. Thanks for the blog hop and chance to win.

Carolina said...

Amazing ruler! And the book!

Debbie said...

Pls pop me in the draw. Love that ruler!

Deb G. in VA said...

The book and the ruler look great!

Deb said...

Great fun! I'd love to make a quilt from the book!

Vicky said...

That ruler looks fabulous! Especially sitting on top of that gorgeous fabric! Must put that on my must-have list!!!

Vicki ♥ said...

I would love that ruler to go with the book. How fabulous they both are and the ruler makes doing those triangles so easy! Wow..exciting stuff! Thanks

Lesly said...

I have always wondered about those rulers! I'd love to try one out!

Peach Rainbow said...

Awesome giveaway!
Thanks for the chance :D

Gretchen said...

I am so excited to see more on the blog hop about this book & ruler and for your new pattern coming soon. Hope your summer goes much better from here on out:)

Emma said...

"Fat Man's Squeeze"?? A delightful quilt name! I love all rulers, hoping I'll win this one. Thanks for the offer.

Kigwit said...

How many triangles can you cut at a time? It looks like three. Very intriguing.

Amy said...

Your Clement Farms fabrics do look great on the cover. I'm looking forward to seeing the book. I have some of the teacher pet patterns and they are nice.

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