Book: Blog tour: Stripped Down Patchwork

by kath_red on 20/05/2011

in Books

Welcome Erin Gilday who is blog hopping on her blog tour for her new book Stripped Down Patchwork (Leisure Arts, April 2011).

Day # 5 of blog tour for Stripped Down Patchwork: A Retro Look at Fabulous Non-Traditional Seminole Patchwork

Hi!  Remember me?  I’m Erin Gilday, I live at  Patchwork underground and I wrote a guest post about the Secret Life of Sewing Machines for Whipup a while ago.  Thanks Kathreen for having me back!

I’m here today as part of my book’s blog tour to tell you about a vintage craft periodical odyssey that led me to write Stripped Down Patchwork: 12 Modern Project Featuring Seminole Patchwork.

Long-time readers of my blog will not be surprised to hear that I am completely vintage-obsessed and that I have a thrift-shopping, estate-sale problem.  As a result of this addiction, I’ve amassed a huge vintage sewing pattern and vintage sewing periodical collection.

Before I started writing sewing patterns for a living, I was making one-of-a-kind patchwork clothing and selling it mostly in craft fairs in Oregon.

I loved it but it was hard work. I was so busy. I was always on the look out for quick-and-easy cheater techniques that looked to be harder and more time consuming than they actually were.  That’s when I discovered the strip-piecing Seminole patchwork technique, hiding in the pages of various vintage books and periodicals I found at the back of thrift stores and estate sales….

Some of the examples were cute even by today’s standards.  Some of them were – ahem – out-dated.  What stuck out to me was the fact that I kept seeing it again and again.  Why was this technique so popular?

You probably know that patchwork was a hot fashion statement in the 60’s and 70’s.  Well, the Seminole technique turned out to be a great way to get ‘er done.  Here’s why: you don’t have to sew every little square together one-by-one. My book shows you how to quickly create blocks of squares (or diamonds, or whatever shape you’re working with) and then sew those blocks together to create the illusion of complexity without the tears of actual complexity.  There are no Y-seams or X-seams to match up (and/or screw up) – you only work in straight seams, all the time.

I think it’s pretty nifty.  You might too. =)

Have you ever tried Seminole patchwork?  Let me know which of these vintage examples of non-traditional uses of the Seminole technique is your favorite.

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