Book Giveaway: Stripped Down Patchwork

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Erin Gilday's Stripped Down Patchwork (Leisure Arts, 2011) features 12 great projects made using Seminole Patchwork, a traditional sewing technique based on quick and easy strip piecing. The book details the origins of Seminole Patchwork and features step-by-step instructions. Projects like the Cupcake Apron, Everything Bag, and Icicle Scarf are simple to make and make great gifts.

Leave a comment on this post before the deadline—11:59 pm, July 25th, 2011—and you could be the lucky winner who will be chosen at random and announced on July 26th.

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Comments (130)

suzeqz writes: I LOVE Seminole patchwork! I've seen some gorgeous examples in the history museums in Florida. I made a rather traditional shirt for my father YEARS ago and I'd love to own this book to see (and try!) updated uses for the technique.
Posted: 11:09 pm on March 9th
ElaineElise writes: Looks like a really great book!
Posted: 9:17 am on July 28th
physicslass writes: I cannot wait to get started making things from the book. I am always looking for new ideas to make for my friends and my new home.
Posted: 8:24 pm on July 24th
jancat30 writes: I like the apron on the front!!!
Posted: 3:22 pm on July 24th
sugarsweet_162 writes: This looks like a great book for cute ideas to embellish using leftover pieces!
Posted: 9:08 am on July 22nd
randall84 writes: Love it!
Posted: 7:15 am on July 22nd
bozocat writes: Looks like a great book! Would love to have it!
Posted: 2:42 pm on July 21st
kelleya1 writes: Please enter me to win this book! I want to learn how to do better quilting:)

Posted: 12:09 pm on July 21st
DrivesSewMachBest writes: Always looking for new challenges for my sewong skills. Choose me and my handicapped daughter to win. She loves to sew and learn new ways also!

Posted: 7:40 pm on July 20th
FibeRLiNKsFlorida writes: Sounds like a great resource book! I'd love to win it!
Posted: 5:16 pm on July 20th
giddy writes: Looks great!
Posted: 7:29 am on July 20th
chammer writes: Hi there,
I just got your message and would love to enter your giveaway. I already see a couple of things on the cover I'd like to make and I'd love to make that cupcake apron for my neice. For her birthday I got her cookbook just on cupcakes because she is so enthused about making and decorating them. Needless to say the apron would be the "icing on the cake" so to speak.

Thanks so much for this opportunity. I just love you site. You always have so many great ideas and patterns it's hard to know which one to start with.
Posted: 3:30 am on July 20th
gerriz writes: Please pick me! This looks like just what I'm looking for! Thanks.
Posted: 8:55 pm on July 19th
alt2 writes: I am just starting to patchwork,and could use this book. I am hoping that i win it to add to my crafts book collection.
Posted: 7:27 pm on July 19th
katt5343 writes: Cover featues some reall fun looking projects. I would love to explore more iside. Please pick me!
Posted: 9:13 am on July 19th
pandorra7 writes: Looks really interesting. I'd love to give the bag on the cover a try!
Posted: 8:04 am on July 19th
dianajanssen writes: This book looks like a great tool for learning new ways to use seminole patchwork.

Thanks for the contest!
Posted: 12:52 am on July 19th
AuntCoCo writes: Looks lile a very inspiring book.
Posted: 8:10 pm on July 18th
Grandmagwen writes: I have admired this technique and would like to learn the stripped down patchwork. I already have some ideas as to things I would like to make. Hopefully for my granddaughter's birthday in October. Thank you for this offer.
Posted: 6:52 pm on July 18th
SeamsFancy writes: I love patchwork. Pick me!

Posted: 4:00 pm on July 18th
stitchagain writes: I am already making this kind of additions in my sewing, but this book looks inspirational.
Posted: 12:43 pm on July 18th
snuggles61268 writes: It looks like a lot of good ideas that I would love to have the opportunity to try. Please add me to the contest drawing. Thank you and have a great day!!!!
Posted: 11:06 am on July 18th
kyrie writes: This is exactly what I am looking for! I am new to sewing but I love the ideas shown here and using scraps. These are beautiful!
Posted: 9:33 am on July 18th
sewold writes: I have lots of scrap/leftover fabrics (don't we all?) I try to incorporate them in a lot of sewing but this would give me some new ideas. It's a great way to "dress up" a bag and make it something unique.

Posted: 9:12 am on July 18th
Lesliebee writes: All of those projects look like such fun! I'd love to try them all.
Posted: 8:34 am on July 18th
MommyEvie writes: I can't wait to try some of these projects!
Posted: 8:15 am on July 18th
DaisyNY writes: Looks interesting.
Posted: 8:00 am on July 18th
codigo writes: With this book until I can sew patches on my heart!
Posted: 3:05 am on July 18th
PinkSparkleAndLace writes: This books looks awesome. Thanks for the chance to win!

Posted: 1:35 am on July 18th
smfsprout writes: Wow. This looks like a great book to have in your sewing library.
Posted: 11:30 pm on July 17th
Jesslovestoshop writes: Pick me, pretty please with sugar on top?? ;)

Posted: 3:38 pm on July 17th
jamama writes: Pick Me! Pick Me! Pick Me!
Posted: 3:33 pm on July 17th
artsaddiction writes: I just received a sewing machine from my grandmother. Sort of a hand me down. I really don't know how to sew but I plan on teaching myself. I have also taught myself how to crochet and knit with Youtube videos so I plan on doing the same with sewing. This would be a nice book to add to my craft book collection.
Posted: 3:24 pm on July 17th
sentrabeth91 writes: Love the purple skirt on the cover!
Posted: 2:31 pm on July 17th
trophywife07 writes: how cool!! this could seriously help deplete my scrap drawer....
Posted: 2:28 pm on July 17th
flittingimage writes: I love this technique!
Posted: 2:07 pm on July 17th
granolalola writes: Always up for perusing another book. Enjoy the posts.
Posted: 2:07 pm on July 17th
whatachu writes: I do patchwork on clothes to recycle. Hope this helps my technique!
Posted: 12:38 pm on July 17th
pinantan75 writes: Can't wait to win this one.
Posted: 12:00 pm on July 17th
christinapc writes: looks like another fun technique to tackle in my spare time ha! so many amazingly creative artists out there, thanks for the opportunity,hope I win!
Posted: 9:45 am on July 17th
smookie86 writes: FUn stuff! Can't wait to get my hands on this one!!.

Posted: 5:56 am on July 17th
RoniBarr writes: I save every scrap of fabric from every project I've done so far, hoping to one day learn the secrets of quilting. This book looks really awsome and it would definately be a gem in my library, used to create cool things from scraps of sweet little nothings. :)
Posted: 12:45 am on July 17th
rsarauer writes: I love the green dress, and the projects look fun. I would add this book to my library.
Posted: 9:56 pm on July 16th
Coralcreations writes: I have seen this type of patchwork and love it.coing it would be fun.
Posted: 7:54 pm on July 16th
EllACee writes: Oh! July 25 is my birthday ... as long as I don't have to tell you which YEAR, I'd love to win this book!
Posted: 5:03 pm on July 16th
sjune writes: Fun!!! cool projects that would be fun to do! Thanks
Posted: 4:11 pm on July 16th
misa619 writes: I'm loving the Portland tank dress (though at my age I'd wear it as a tunic) - thanks for the opportunity to win this great book!
Posted: 3:12 pm on July 16th
sumoe writes: Looks like cool projects that would be fun to try!
Posted: 2:13 pm on July 16th
crochet_art_n_motion writes: This looks like a great book to get me sewing again. It would be a great birthday present too.

Posted: 12:32 pm on July 16th
GreigeGirl writes: Saw this book the other day on a blog. I put it on my wishlist immediately, but this is even better! Thanks for the opportunity!
Posted: 12:05 pm on July 16th
Cjohnson5758 writes: Love the book, so inspiring!!!!
Posted: 12:05 pm on July 16th
paddym writes: I have long loved the art of Seminole Quilting, and have made pillowcases and dresser scarves using the tecchnique. The book cover promises delightful ways to make attractive articles of clothing, and I would love own it.
Posted: 11:47 am on July 16th
NanaLu writes: I enjoy working with quilting fabric and designs but I prefer making something to wear. This is a perfect combination.

Posted: 9:50 am on July 16th
Jan0Creations writes: I've been sewing for many years and am always looking for new and refreshing ways to design and create. The patchwork technique looks exciting and I'd like to try it out.
Posted: 9:09 am on July 16th
Jbentley628 writes: I'm loving the skirt on the front! It fits with my asymmetrical style :)
Posted: 9:00 am on July 16th
KateTS writes: My daughter is beginning to design her own clothing and accessories, and this looks exactly like something she would love to use!
Posted: 8:40 am on July 16th
JupZi writes: Gilday's spin on quilting within the fashion industry is like a breath of fresh air. Thirty years ago, when designing for children's clothing, the traditional patchwork was appropriate.
Not today. I look forward to adding "Stripped Down Patchwork" to my library.
Posted: 8:38 am on July 16th
KitschKrafts writes: Looks like some fun patterns to learn. I would love to add this to my collection.
Posted: 7:56 am on July 16th
eye_on_sparrow writes: I would love to add this book to my sewing library. I think it is fun to use quilting techniques for things other than quilts.
Posted: 7:54 am on July 16th
A224151 writes: Anita writes: Looks like a really different to add wonderful accents to basic garments or accessories. Great!
Posted: 7:38 am on July 16th
cecine writes: Wow the dress on the front page look fantastic. I'd love to win this book.
Posted: 7:12 am on July 16th
SewStylish writes: Love the look of these projects. Thanks for a chance to win!
Posted: 6:42 am on July 16th
Sillydilly writes: This book would be a nice one to have in ones library that is for sure. I would enjoy having this book. The designs on the front look good and it is something I would like to try.
Posted: 6:25 am on July 16th
Mareida writes: although I'm experienced sewer, I never did patcwork and this bag on the cover looks great.
Posted: 4:25 am on July 16th
Makteh writes: love love the book,I am a newbie to quilting...maybe with this I can learn more.
Posted: 2:30 am on July 16th
OnWhidbey writes: Now I would know what to do with those strips I have made in the past.
Posted: 12:40 am on July 16th
lconeal writes: Would love to win this!
Posted: 12:35 am on July 16th
umhmmihearu writes: Seminole Patchwork is new to me and new is always exciting. Of course I hope I win, in the meantime I must do some exploring on the topic. Thanks.
Posted: 11:08 pm on July 15th
JaydedCammie writes: I really miss my patchwork skirt from my hippy rebirth teenage phase. Would love to get a book like this to make a new update on that idea that wont horrify kid brother.
Posted: 10:33 pm on July 15th
KathrenT writes: I've only tried one other quilting project and it was with ties! This looks like it would be much more user friendly for this sewer. :)
Posted: 10:27 pm on July 15th
MsMaddie writes: Yes please, add me name in.
Looks like a super nice and interesting book.

(Something we all need and would use! LOL- so how many do you have just sitting around?)

PS- very glad you have this contest- cos this is how I found your excellent site. I signed up for your newsletter and thanks in advance for everything!
Posted: 10:26 pm on July 15th
mahlicadesigns writes: I'd love to learn some new ways to incorporate some new ideas in my sewing.
Posted: 9:46 pm on July 15th
cathycreations writes: I would enjoy learning even more quilting ideas. If I don't win I will buy this book!!
Posted: 9:41 pm on July 15th
dollyt writes: This looks like a really fun book with lots of interesting techniques.
Posted: 9:26 pm on July 15th
dollyt writes: This looks like a really fun book with lots of interesting techniques.
Posted: 9:25 pm on July 15th
bkristl writes: I love quilting books! Never enough!!!
Posted: 9:20 pm on July 15th
HilCat writes: I'd love to have this book. I'm not a very good quilter, but I'm ready to try this writer's version of Seminole piecing.
Posted: 8:53 pm on July 15th
horseshowdiva writes: A very interesting book, would love to have the chance to learn these techniques.
Posted: 8:46 pm on July 15th
lisamarie817 writes: I love the green dress, too!
Posted: 8:44 pm on July 15th
mabeak writes: I could really use this book, it might spark my creativity. My 94yr. young friend is inspiring, she recently shared her journal of art work and boost my desire to create too. I love fabric.
Posted: 8:02 pm on July 15th
lisasgarden writes: I have a traditional palmetto doll with Seminole patchwork on her dress. It's beautiful--I have never tried this technique myself.
Posted: 8:01 pm on July 15th
mihrig writes: I sew a lot information is always good. Thanks for your info.
Posted: 7:57 pm on July 15th
rrcoope writes: I would love to win this book to share with the young girls at church that are in the 4-H club.
Posted: 7:56 pm on July 15th
doreenlinehan writes: Looks like a good book. I hope to win it.
Posted: 7:44 pm on July 15th
MrsBurford writes: What a great way to personalize just about anything!
Posted: 7:34 pm on July 15th
sewloony writes: would love to have this to add to my just beginning quilting obsession !!
Posted: 7:22 pm on July 15th
grami writes: Having nine grandchildren,I'm always looking for new ideas for gifts to make and this book definitely looks like it would have some good ones. It would be great to win and I certainly could put it to good use.
Posted: 7:15 pm on July 15th
Ranchera writes: It would be great to receive a book like this since I have been accumulating all the pieces of previous projects. What a great way to use them up and donate them.
Posted: 7:03 pm on July 15th
Idna writes: This is great! Good luck to all!!! thank you so much!
Posted: 6:53 pm on July 15th
Beeshebags writes: Looks like an interesting book...would love to win it. Thanks for the chance to! Hugs Naomi
Posted: 6:52 pm on July 15th
karlykitten writes: looks like fun to try
Posted: 6:19 pm on July 15th
Shybabe writes: This book looks awesome! ^_^ :D
Posted: 6:03 pm on July 15th
hojobj writes: I would love a book like this! That outfit on the cover looks so nice and intriguing to make!
Posted: 5:36 pm on July 15th
fantazya writes: this book look like having a lot of great ideas and I would love to win it : -)
Posted: 5:35 pm on July 15th
chachito writes: A book to get your creativity going! I hope I win it!!
Posted: 5:25 pm on July 15th
Mimi310 writes: I would love to win the book. Great ideas for unique clothing.
Posted: 4:48 pm on July 15th
jbethwill writes: Oh how refreshing to see a patchwork book that is not all country hearts. It will be great to have a book that brings such a traditional craft up-to-date.
Posted: 4:47 pm on July 15th
cehowland writes: This book seems to be full of great projects that would make good gifts. I would love to win it, thanks for the giveaway.
Posted: 4:44 pm on July 15th
Northernstitcher writes: I love ideas for gifts, and the scarf would be a nice little quick gift for girlfriends.
Posted: 4:37 pm on July 15th
snowm writes: Looks like a fun book! Maybe I can get my girls going on a project or two. Thanks for the fun giveaway!
Posted: 4:35 pm on July 15th
fozie writes: Soooo cute! Thanks for the giveaway!
Posted: 4:24 pm on July 15th
mandymend writes: this looks like fun
Posted: 4:24 pm on July 15th
Escere writes: That looks like a lovely book.
Posted: 4:20 pm on July 15th
javadiva writes: I have never heard of Seminole patchwork. It looks pretty cool!
Posted: 4:15 pm on July 15th
sewinggal1 writes: Ad me to the list please! I'd love to try these projects.
Posted: 4:13 pm on July 15th
island_girl writes: I'd love to learn more on how to add detail to anything from garments, bags and accessories and even home dec. This book looks like a great way to do it.
Posted: 3:57 pm on July 15th
Kyria writes: I'd love to win this! Thanks for the great giveaway.
Posted: 3:55 pm on July 15th
loreal writes: This would be very nice in my library in my sewing room!. Thank you!

Posted: 3:52 pm on July 15th
nebrooks writes: Looks like a good one to have!
Posted: 3:48 pm on July 15th
nick0166 writes: I would LOVE to get this book to make some modern traditional items for my daughter, as she is of native american descent!

thanks for the giveaway!
Posted: 3:46 pm on July 15th
andreeabalasa87 writes: It would be a nice opportunity to learn something new, this book!
Posted: 3:40 pm on July 15th
cdefranc writes:
Oh, I SOOOOOO need this book, so I can cut down on my fabric stash!


Purdy Please?


Posted: 3:38 pm on July 15th
CraftsyGirl writes: This looks like a really great book!
Posted: 1:10 pm on July 15th
BiancaKnight writes: The examples in the picture look beautiful! =)
Posted: 12:31 am on July 15th
sewitall writes: I have so many projects lined up I could use some more inspiration to vary the themes......purses, totes and misc household items like potholders and towels
Posted: 11:55 pm on July 14th
creatively_crocheted writes: This books looks pretty interesting. And I have been working on stashbusting.
Posted: 5:49 pm on July 14th
lvstosew writes: looks like a great book to work with and will be great to use when making bags
Posted: 1:15 am on July 14th
suthrnbelle63 writes: Always looking for new bag patterns! And patchwork it will be!
Posted: 1:03 pm on July 13th
ashkisser writes: Im ALWAYS looking for creative and unique ways to make something new from seemingly useless items..
this book is just what i have been looking for!
Posted: 8:17 pm on July 12th
ystitch writes: This looks like a really good way to use up all those scraps in wonderful new ways!
Posted: 6:34 pm on July 12th
taysha1128 writes: I'd love to try some patchwork :)
Posted: 2:57 pm on July 12th
ethyl7 writes: beautiful. I would love to make the headband and green top/dress. My sewing machine is calling me, lol.

Posted: 2:11 pm on July 12th
LaValene writes: It's the 70's again! LOL. Gosh, I remember when everything you saw on the street was covered with quilt squares and Seminole appliques. Not a thing in the world wrong with reviving an old trend, of course. Check out remaindered book sales and yard sales and you'll find a bunch of books with these patterns.
Posted: 8:08 am on July 12th
xeirotexno writes: this book is very useful!!!!!i have start to sewing and patchwork make my things look beautiful!!!!
Posted: 8:00 am on July 12th
jenniferthomas writes: The patchwork performed on the bag is simply remarkable. Also the one done on the garment in white and violet is fantastic. Erin Gilday has been working since a couple of years and has been mastering it. If you want to check out more of her patchwork garments, visit the given link.

Posted: 5:22 am on July 12th
Nackmine writes: Looks Great!
Posted: 2:24 am on July 12th
Sakunthala02 writes: Wow! This looks like an amazing book.. The green dress in the cover looks very pretty..
Posted: 1:51 am on July 12th
ShiningStar writes: This looks like a really good book.
Posted: 1:07 am on July 12th
TawnyBee writes: Oh Wow! I never knew the exact name of this patchwork technique, but it's beautiful.
Posted: 7:12 pm on July 11th
jennieMB writes: the green dress in the pic looks really cute
Posted: 12:41 pm on July 11th
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