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Friday, February 22, 2013

Book Review: Square-agonals: 12 Easy Pieces and a Giveaway



Square-agonals: 12 Easy Pieces, by Sandi Blackwell, published by Laundauer Publishing, shares insights on 12 unique blocks using her Square-agonals technique.  

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Step-by-Step instructions are provided to use Sandi's technique to make 12 blocks used to make the "Tropical Jewels Quilt", as shown on the cover of this book, or a table topper or wallhanging.  

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The Square-agonals technique is a simple way to create quilts with a diagonal setting without adding setting and corner triangles, allowing you to make piecing your quilt easier and more creative. Sandy provides great visuals and instructions to help you master this technique that you can apply to other designs too!


SewCalGal recommends this book for confident beginner quilters through advanced quilters that want to create  table runners, wallhangings or a variety of quilt sizes using the 12 blocks shared in this fun book, as well as those interested in learning Sandi's Square-agonals technique.


You can find this book on Amazon and at many quilt shops.

Did I Mention a Giveaway?

Sandi generously offered a "signed" copy of  Square-agonals: 12 Easy Pieces, to a follower of SewCalGal.  If you would like to win a copy of this book, simply leave a comment on this post.  SewCalGal will randomly select one lucky winner and announce next Friday.

Update - we'll have two lucky winners:

"Sandi is so flattered by all the great comments and interest in her book that she has decided to send me another free book for the drawing!  Be sure to visit her web site to get a peek at her next book www.stitchedbuy.com ."


Update:


The two lucky winners will each receive a copy of this book.  Congratulations to:

Pat 
Lori


The winner of the charm pack giveaway from last week is:  JustPam



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75 comments:

Katie said...

This looks like a great book -- thanks for the opportunity

knitnoid said...

I'm going to have to check this books out -- setting triangles drive me crazy. Thanks for the giveaway.

Hilachas said...

What an interesting book. I'd love to win it. Thanks for the opportunity. I'm a long-time follower.

Karen said...

Looks very intriguing.

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

Ooo triangles!! Looks like a fab book :) Thanks for the chance (I am a follower)

Rebecca said...

oh boy... getting an idea if I dont have to keep doing setting tri's
Hope I win

Cindy said...

Being such a "square" myself - this book would be perfect! LOL

beebop said...

This book looks like it has some good ideas.

Grandmasewnsew said...

This book looks great! I'd love to learn a simple way to create quilts with a diagonal setting!

Mommarock said...

I could certainly use step by step instructions! I find they really are very helpful in making me a better quilter.

Mary Ann said...

I love diagonal settings and would love to win - thanks for the chance! Mary Ann @ RocknQuilts.blogspot.com

Pippas quilts said...

Looks like a beautiful quilt would love to win it.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I need a new quilt book!!!! Can't resist a good book...thank you

ANudge said...

I'm intrigued, and I'm always open to try a new technique. Thanks for the review and the chance.

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Uau!Que maravilha!Espero que este sorteio venha para mim.Obrigada.
tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

Ray and Jeanne said...

If I don't win, I think I'll have to go buy this book! It intrigues me. ~Jeanne

Rilene said...

Thanks for the opportunity. It looks like a great book!

Kathy L said...

Sounds like an interesting book. Would love to win.

Sylvia said...

The book looks interesting! Thank you for the opportunity.
Sylvia

Kate Brown said...

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win.

Anita said...

I would love to win a copy of the book!

Jenny Larking said...

You can never have too many instruction books when you are learning. jennylarking@gmail.com

Christine M said...

Any technique that makes piecing easier sounds great. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

Shar said...

What a fun technique to learn. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

Looks like a fun book...thanks for the sweet giveaway!

No Idle Hands Knitter said...

What fun use of color & configuration of shapes!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

One of the reasons that my son's graduation quilt isn't finished is because I need to figure out the setting triangles (no pattern, he just figured out how he wants it, and told me to make it). I love things on point, but, don't always like trying to figure them out. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

bnco1961 said...

I met Sandi last fall in Houston. I would love to win her book.

Karen said...

This looks like a fun book. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Janarama said...

I would love to win this book and try the techniques. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

OhioLori said...

What a cool book!!!

Thanks for chance to win it!

Foster said...

That looks like a great book. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

The Slow Quilter said...

That looks like a great book and I am alway into make something diffrent put easy, love to have it.

Rachelle said...

Looks completely different from anything else in my library

The Quilted Dog said...

Looks like a great technique! Thanks for the giveaway!

Jacquelin said...

parece un libro interesante.

Rhonda D. said...

Would love to win this book!
Thanks for the chance!

wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

QLT812 said...

Thank you for the giveaway and I'm sure the winner will be most appreciative!

Julia said...

I would like to take a part in this give away. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book!
Best regards,
Julia

Beth said...

My sweetheart has been encouraging me to start a sampler quilt. This book looks like a great way to get going and end up with a visually interesting quilt. Thanks very much for the giveaway.

Sharon said...

Would love the chance to win this book...

Bonnie58 said...

Looks like a great book. I would love to have a copy. Thanks for the opportunity on the draw.

Tammy said...

Looks like a great read to make some more gorgeous quilts. Thanks you for the chance to enter your giveaway. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

Gwen said...

Sounds intriguing! I would love a chance to win this book! Thanks!

Pat from Florida said...

How fun! I'd love to win a signed copy.

Nancy in IN said...

Looks like another challenge. Thanks for telling us about it.

Carol Bledsoe said...

Great idea. I love the colors in the cover projects.

Susan Arnold said...

Looks like a great book! Love to win it

suesinger said...

I would love to win the book. Looks like some new ideas.

phyllis said...

Thanks for sharing the info on this new book & fr the opportunity to win it..
Phyllis

sandy said...

Thanks for sharing this book. Looks like a happy and fun quilt on the cover.

Barb said...

Does look like an interesting book...I sure need help with my piecing...and that takes practice.

Elizabeth said...

I love the bright primary colors used in the quilts. Thanks for sharing. I would love to see more of the book and win a copy.

quilter99755 said...

I'm definitely "triangle" disabled. I'd love to win, but even if I don't this book is on my "buy" list. Thanks for telling us about it

heleen said...

The books looks great. Thanks for the give away

Sallie said...

Love the blocks you shared and would love to win this book! Thanks for the chance!

Cyn said...

You have peeked my interest. Love all the colors and the cover quilt.
YES, please throw my name in the hat to win the book. Thank you.

Lori said...

oh this looks fabulous. i have so far been sticking to anything NOT triangles. would love to learn how to set well. thanks for a chance to win.

Thala Wolin said...

This book is very intriguing. I am always open to learning a new technique. Thank you for the opportunity to win such a nice prize.

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

Excellent review. I've met Sandi several times and I'm telling you she knows of what she speaks. Her methods work and you can trust that you too can have the same results she does if you follow her instructions. Which by the way, come with several photographs and written instructions that even I can follow. Which says a lot!

Smiles,
Kelly
Please don't put my name in the hat as I already have her wonderful book.

Judy1522 said...

It sounds like a great book.

Mhairi said...

This sounds like a great book. I love the patterns you have shown and think that this will definitely have to go on my wish list.
Thanks so much for writing such a great review, it has certainly made me want to see more of this book.

Diane said...

It looks like a fun book. Thanks for the giveaway.

Kathy in GA said...

Looks like this would be something fun to do for a Quilt of Valor! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book.

Patricia said...

this looks like a great book. I have so many block sets from swaps and need ideas for ways to set them

Deb said...

What fun....I hate math! lol But I love signed copies and always looking for new projects. Thanks for the chance. I am a follower......

Louise Bruce said...

Love triangles and would love to win this book...thanks for offering it.
Hugs, Louise Bruce

Pat S. said...

I'd love to learn a new setting technique. Thanks for the chance to win your book giveaway.

KatieQ said...

This looks like a fabulous book. I think most quilters enjoy trying new settings for their blocks.

Sally said...

WOW, looks great--thanks for the chance!

Linda said...

Looks like a great book to learn new quilting skills. Thanks for a chance.

robin said...

Thanks for the chance to win this book!

Debbie P said...

Looks like a great book to work with! Interesting patterns and layouts!

L Modica said...

I just started quilting after many years of absence and I need all the help I can get. This book looks like the perfect tool for me. I love the designs.

Madeline said...

sounds like just the book I need, cant imagine how to put blocks on point without setting triangles! I dont do them just for that reason!