I'm so happy to be included in the Blog Hop celebrating the release of Barbara's new book Diamond Star Quilts. One of the things I love best about discovering a new quilting book is obviously the gorgeous photos, the inspiration for new projects and the fun techniques to be learned, but what really catches my attention are the surprises. I love the unexpected bits of information, tips or added tutorials about something totally unexpected. And I found just that in this book.
Most of her quilts use strip piecing (we all know how much I love that!) and fun cutting techniques to simplify the process. But what really caught my attention was the fun border around this star! It's not at all what you think it is. Instead of piecing a million bits, she has an awesome technique for fusing and applique that allows you to make one long strip, then attach it to the quilt top.
I can't wait to try this technique! I never would have thought of the method she uses, which seems super fun and simple. I want to add it to a long table runner border for some pizzazz. I also think it would make a great technique for adding trim to a tote bag. It is a method that could be used on an project of any size really and I can't wait to try it!
If you would like a chance to win a copy of this book (and trust me you do) please leave a comment letting me know how many star quilts you've made (or plan to make). If you haven't made a star quilt, this book is perfect for you! I'll choose a winner on Friday.
Go here to see more information about the blog hop.
Go here to see more information about the book.
Thanks for hopping along!