Sliver Quilts – with a giveaway!



In her new book, Sliver Quilts, Lisa O’Neill has a great way of adding slivers of color and texture to quilts, runners, pillows, and more. Her technique also allows you to get perfect points on even the tiniest wedges. In her Spokes quilt above, look at how perfect the points are. And the color…I just love it.

"Petit Fours"

In Petit Fours,  Lisa uses her slivers to make mini four-patches, which are then used to make bigger four-patches. How clever!

"Silk Knots"

Can you imagine inserting all these tiny strips of silk in Silk Knots? With Lisa’s technique, it’s a snap. Click here to see a few more project quilts in our Flickr gallery. Then go to your local quilt shop and ask for a sliver…no calories, just fun!

10829coverNow for the giveaway…one lucky person will win a copy of Sliver QuiltsTo enter, leave a comment on this post telling us about your favorite time-saving quilting or sewing technique.

For a second entry, log in to your Amazon account and “like” this book, then come back here to leave a second comment saying you did so. And for those of you Pinterest addicts…you can get a third entry by following our new Pinterest boards! Be sure to come back here to leave a separate comment saying you followed.

Deadline to enter is Sunday, 4/15/12. One comment will be drawn at random to win…the winner will be contacted via email and listed here as an update to this post. Good luck!

4/18/12 update – congrats to our winner, Melissa!
“My favorite time saving technique for sewing is my new best friend the glue stick. I use it to replace hand basting or pinning. It is great for zippers.” 

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  1. Karen
    Posted April 16, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    I’m following on Pinterest.

  2. Karen
    Posted April 16, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    Chain piecing is a big time saver. I’m always looking for helpful tricks.

  3. Debra Lee
    Posted April 15, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    To save time I use my Accuquilt go cutter!

  4. Amy Hamilton
    Posted April 15, 2012 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    My favourite time saving technique may not actually be a time saver for most, but it saves me a lot of time and frustration. Paper piecing. I am not the best with a rotary cutter, so paper piecing allows me to get accurate blocks with perfect points without the hassle of cutting all those little blocks and getting that perfect 1/4 inch seam. It also seems to be a lot easier to set aside mid block if something comes up and i need to drop my project to take care of something else

  5. Joyce
    Posted April 14, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    following on pinterest too

  6. Joyce
    Posted April 14, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    just liked it on Amazon

  7. Posted April 14, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    I need this book. I need to learn an easy way to make points. I am embarrassed by how many points I lose in my blocks. I have not had some of my quilts long arm quilted because if the quilt has lots of points, I lose so many of them that I don’t want anyone who knows how to quilt to see it. I did a block of the month quilt and every block was a star and it’s Civil war fabric and cost me an arm and a leg, and it’s huge and beautiful and took a lot of work, but I lost so many points that I am debating on whether to have it quilted or just leave it as is. So, you see, I need this book! Thanks for the chance to win it.

  8. donna altieri
    Posted April 13, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    i was just looking at this book on amazon! such lovely ideas and fabrics.

    d. altieri
    tampa, fl

  9. Susan S
    Posted April 13, 2012 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    What a cool idea

  10. Posted April 12, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    Like on amazon

  11. Posted April 12, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    following on pinterest

  12. Posted April 12, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    To save time, I like to do all my prep work, then sewing, then pressing, and trimming as batch jobs… Then sew blocks together.

  13. Posted April 12, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    Time saving tip – Measure Twice – Cut Once & chain piecing…both work great…

    nhsarab at yahoo dot com

  14. catlady
    Posted April 12, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    Chain-piecing and any kind of quick-cutting techniques like those in “Rotary Cutting Revolution” by Anita Grossman Solomon are my favorites ways to put my quilts together. This book sounds like one that offers lots of new methods.

  15. Darla
    Posted April 12, 2012 at 3:49 am | Permalink

    My favorite time-saving technique is chain sewing; and it runs a close second to sewing a 2nd quilt together by piecing something (usually small patches), rather than using scrap fabric as a thread bunny or pulling out or cutting off the thread, to remove a chain when done with a piecing sequence.

  16. Kathy
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    I suppose my favorite time-saver is keeping my stash pretty well organized. I always wash fabrics upon buying them and have them organized in a way that I can quickly find what I’m looking for.

  17. Posted April 11, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    My favorite time-saving quilting or sewing technique would be the Billie Lauder method for making 4-patches and 9-patches. Saved me so much time when I was getting ready for a quilting retreat – I blogged about it here:

  18. Kate
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    My favorite timesaving trick is to sew, then cut, sew, then cut. I first did this type of sewing when I learned Seminole piecing. The technique works for so many styles. Makes for fairly quick, very intricate looking pieces.

  19. Paula
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    My favourite time-saver is a device – the June Tailor Shape Cut ruler. Makes strips and binding reallllllyyyy faassstt! Thank you for the giveaway!

  20. Posted April 11, 2012 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    A time saver for me is to have everything cut out and stacked in the way I will sew it together and then I quickly chain stitch. Looks like a great book – fingers crossed for me!!!

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