Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Scrap Quilt Secrets with Diane Knott!

Happy Spring, everyone!

Today I’m happy to be taking a little break from my own world, and share in the excitement of a friend and also C&T Author, Diane Knott of Butterfly Threads Quilting!

Diane’s new book, Scrap Quilt Secrets is just being released, and I have been privileged to hold an early release copy in my hot little hands.

Diane is a scrappy girl, right after my own heart and I absolutely love how she has pulled together all of the wonderful elements that make a scrap quilt spectacular with a check list of 6 “Secrets” that make quilts sing!

S is for Style!
C is for Contrast!
R is for Repetition!
A is for Accent!
P is for Palette
S is for Selvages!  (SELVAGES?!?) Yes! SELVAGES! There are quilts using selvages in the book. 


Oh my goodness, Let’s Get Scrappy!

This is my brain.  This is my brain on SCRAPS!  (Remember that commercial from the 80s with the egg, and then the egg in the fry pan?  Just add fabric for me, it’s my drug of choice!) 

How can I pick just one quilt to talk about?  I love them all…..those applique flowers on the text print border for Crazy Daisy have me swooning!

But I know me.  And the one quilt that I could go right to my strip bins and start creating RIGHT NOW is this one:


As in:  You need to stop doing what ever you are supposed to be doing, and make this quilt RIGHT NOW!

Diane’s caption for this photo reads:
Let’s be honest – sometimes you just have to buy what’s left on a bolt of fabric.  It doesn’t matter why; it just happens.  I bought this blue fabric because of the unusual shade of blue and the tiny check pattern.  It happened to be on sale, too.  Using this accent fabric allowed my huge variety of scraps to play nicely together. Without an accent, this quilt could look messy and confusing. 

Go find one of those special pieces of fabric, either in your stash or at the quilt shop, and build a scrap quilt around it!
Thanks for the permission, Diane!

In my own quilt-making I call these “one piece of yardage accents” that find their way through the quilt a CONSTANT within the block or quilt, and I agree.  These accents or constants, whether of one specific color family, and still scrappy, or of one piece of yardage used throughout the quilt will really draw your eye so that the design stays sharp and crisp and the entire quilt doesn’t turn to mush.


So guess what we are going to do?  We are going to have a little Give-Away for a copy of Scrap Quilt Secrets!  The winner will be drawn on Friday Evening, March 25th!

Good luck, everyone!

Here are the other participants for the blog hop, each hosting their own giveaway and choosing their own favorite quilt from Scrap Quilt Secrets.  Be sure to visit them all, starting off with yesterday’s kick off on the C&T Blog!

3/21    C&T Blog http://www.ctpub.com/blog/
with Diane www.butterflythreadsquilting.com
3/22    Bonnie Hunter http://quiltville.blogspot.com/ (ME!)
3/23    Lori http://humblequilts.blogspot.com/
3/24    Karen http://nanagirlquilts.blogspot.com/
3/25    Audrey http://quiltyfolk.blogspot.com/
3/26    Pat Sloan http://blog.patsloan.com/
3/27    Valerie http://myplvl.blogspot.com/
3/28    Kelly http://pinkadotquilts.blogspot.com/
3/29    Victoria Findlay Wolfe http://bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com/
3/30    Rachaeldaisy http://bluemountaindaisy.blogspot.com/
3/31    Angie http://quiltingcrescent.blogspot.com/
4/1       Julie http://quiltjewelry.blogspot.com/
4/2       Barb Www.funwithbarb.com

While you are entering here and there, I’ve also got a Give-Away in progress for the March Quilty Box! Did you enter on THAT POST as well?  That drawing happens on Thursday Evening, March 24th!


Quiltville Quote of the Day!

Being creative is not just a hobby, it is a way of life and living! Never stop thinking about that next project, about different techniques you want to try!

Vintage quilt with tiny stars shared by Katie in our workshops in Lansing this past weekend. It may be completely shredded in places from years and generations of hard use, but it sings with the things that Diane Mentioned above!  It’s got Style, Contrast, Repetition, Accent, and Palette!

In my book it has two other important V’s  VALUE (light and dark so you can see what’s going on in the blocks) and VARIETY!  Variety is that thing that keeps us coming back to make more blocks.  It’s more fun when they are different from each other.

Have a great Tuesday, everyone!

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  1. bonnie great minds think alike!!! i love this scrappy with those little blue squares, although mine might be CHEDDAR or BLACK or ORANGE!!! or maybe neon pink? lime? possibilities are endless and that is what scraps are all about....would love to have this book, so pick me, pick me...LOL

  2. Hi Bonnie, Will you be selling this book on Quiltville.com, or Diane have her own website? I am a scrap addict, too. I think my bricks would be black. I am wanting to make a smaller Perkimon Daydream with a black center, instead of the yellow/red. I love that pattern, and have a one completed, but would like to take on another. Thank you for this offer. Paula in Omaha

  3. This looks like an awesome book. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  4. Anonymous8:56 AM EDT

    Saw you were in Michigan. Love to have you visit our state but you always pick the most beautiful parts of it in the worst time of year. Traverse City in the summer can't be beat. Would love to win your book give away.


  5. Delta Quilter9:03 AM EDT

    I would love to add this to my library!
    Donna Barnes

  6. Look like great books . . . scraps!! I think I need these in my home library!
    Kim Lettau

  7. Anonymous9:43 AM EDT

    I'm total scrapper and that book looks interesting. Just got a bag of scraps given to me yesterday and I have been happily getting the sizes cut that I use. Thanks for the chance. Diann kyquiltymama@hotmail.com

  8. I never can find the add you link button.

  9. Priscilla - look for this:

    Do NOT leave your entry in the comments section.

    Ready, Set, Enter!!
    715 entries so far!!

    Right underneath XXX entries so far is the Add Your Link blue button.

    Good luck.

  10. Anonymous11:56 AM EDT

    I love scrappy quilts and this book has some that I would like to try. Gloria

  11. Detour! is right. I love that quilt......sigh, like I need another project.....thanks for sharing what looks like a great book.

  12. More hints to scrape quilts wonderful help.

  13. Anonymous12:41 PM EDT


  14. Priscilla, the link to enter this give-away is in the body if the post just before the quote on rhe quilt. Good luck.

  15. I am going to order this book if I don't win it. It looks fabulous. I hope you are selling it in your online shop so I don't have to go elsewhere to get it.

  16. @Mary Ellen, copies are on their way! I will post when it is available :)

  17. do you have to belong to twitter or facebook to sign up

    i don't understand that once you go to the second page

  18. Bonnie, I just Love scrap quilts. I've been reading your blog since 2006 and you've inspired so many. In the past year or so, I've really started to expand my horizons and see what other artists in blogland are doing. I'd love to win a copy of Scrap Quilt Secrets!

  19. Anonymous6:36 PM EDT

    Pojo...if you look at the bottom of the second page you will see a box that you may check so you can skip that page.

  20. Such a pretty table of contents picture!! All such fabulous quilts! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  21. Anonymous11:08 PM EDT

    love the book, thanks for sharing...

  22. Looks like a great book on scrap quilts. Always looking for new ways to use scraps.

  23. Anonymous1:40 AM EDT

    Non sarebbe male avere questo libro!!!! Mi piacerebbe tantissimo. grazie per questa opportunitร .
    Silvana elosarig59@gmail.com

  24. Anonymous2:01 AM EDT

    Thank you for offering Scrap Quilt Secrets as a give away!
    June Sommer

  25. MaryJane6:12 AM EDT

    just starting to work with scrappy fabrics, love the quilts-
    thank you

  26. Great looking book. Running out of room but can always stack up another. Reference books with patterns are my weakness. Love your new MOBY too. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  27. Great looking book. Running out of room but can always stack up another. Reference books with patterns are my weakness. Love your new MOBY too. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  28. This or your book would help me shake off the fear of scrap building a quilt. I have followed,admired your ability to create works of love and family, in scrap quilts. My heart loves this whole idea, I hold back trying to balance of color and value. Needy for help. Thanks

  29. This or your book would help me shake off the fear of scrap building a quilt. I have followed,admired your ability to create works of love and family, in scrap quilts. My heart loves this whole idea, I hold back trying to balance of color and value. Needy for help. Thanks

  30. I really would like to have this book


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