Book LOVE: Stripped Down Patchwork

tricky sewing rocks my world. it saves time & lets you shine.

i am honored to be stop #8 on erin gilday’s blog tour!

do you guys know of this amazing lady from the patchwork underground?

erin is a seriously creative woman and one of the most knowledgeable stitchers out there.  she & her partner even converted a school bus into their home a few years ago. gah, i could just gush about her greatness all day.

erin’s first book was recently published. if you sew at all, this is the book for you.

naturally, erin shares the origins of the seminole patchwork technique.

when i think of patchwork, i envision little house on the prairie style mamas tending to their gardens & hand stitching by candle light. when in fact, the seminole patchwork method was created by the native american seminole tribe of florida in the late 1800s while hiding out in the swamp lands.

this is one of the reasons i love erin. she always digs up the history, origins, and culturally bound reasons why people make stuff. she genuinely wants you to understand the process, get up inside that craft, and make it your own.

my favorite project is this snazzy wrist cuff.
it is the perfect way to use the scrappy bits you just can’t seem to toss.

this zippered clutch is a great way to feature those vintage trims & rick racks your granny left you. don’t worry, erin has included a quick & fearless zipper installation as well.


this book is a steal at less than $20. the pattern pieces for all 12 projects are included, as well. erin seals the deal with her witty and real world sewing tips throughout each of the step by step directions.

now go get tricky, too!!!

::: here are all the other erin lovers involved in this sweet blog tour :::

Leisure Arts Blog – – Monday, May 16

StitchBlog – –
Tuesday, May 17

Craftzine – – Wednesday, May 18

Craftypod – – Thursday, May 19 – – Friday, May 20

Burdastyle – – Saturday, May 21

Pink Pinguin – –  Sunday, May 22

A Green Banana – – Monday, May 23

I Think Sew – – Tuesday, May 24

Happy Zombie – – Wednesday, May 25

A Mountain Hearth – – Thursday, May 26

Sew News – – Friday, May 27

Pat Sloan’s Blog – – Saturday, May 28


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11 Responses to Book LOVE: Stripped Down Patchwork

  1. Pingback: Thrift Score: more vintage crochet magazines » Patchwork Underground

  2. Melissa says:

    This looks like an awesome book. Thanks for the review.

  3. Any thought where I can locate it? I live in Santa Monica

  4. Shirley in Canada says:

    A very awesome book! Thanks for sharing!

  5. craftytammie says:

    this book looks great – can’t wait to read it!

  6. ~Kathleen says:

    What a great book! It has lots of easy and fun ideas for ways to use this technique. Thanks.

  7. Syd says:

    Thanks for sharing, this book looks great!

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