New Release! Circle Pizzazz … and a Giveaway!

Circle Pizzazz written by Judy Sisneros for C&T Publishing One of the most enjoyable things for a quilter such as myself, who also works in Sales here at C&T, is knowing a new book is soon to be available by some of my favorite quilt designers/authors.

Circle Pizzazz written by Judy Sisneros for C&T Publishing

I’d made a couple of quilts from Judy Sisneros9-Patch Pizzazz and quilted a dozen more on my longarm machine….delightful assemblages with subjects as varied as herds of horses, Southern gardens, or even Winnie the Pooh characters.  Judy’s Rectangle Pizzazz then introduced some soft curves.

So I’d anticipated Circle Pizzazz for months, and I am loving its many choices now that I have the book.

Circle Pizzazz written by Judy Sisneros for C&T Publishing

I printed her design layouts in black & white and colored them in, keeping in mind the fabrics I plan to use: lots of dotted fabrics that I’ve amassed, hoping to emphasize the circles in the Winding Path design for a lap quilt I’m making.

The   Circle Pizzazz written by Judy Sisneros for C&T Publishing icons in the book about which fabrics to choose in a Winding Path block or in the more intricate Circle Pizzazz block make the difference between some simply nice curvy lines and the more discernible arc designs you can get with her techniques.  She gives many more hints throughout the book and even for experienced quilters there are useful gems.  I loved the one on how to wrangle an uncooperative block to lie flat, as well as clues on stitching circles and curves to make the process easy.

Circle Pizzazz written by Judy Sisneros for C&T Publishing

I love to use my leftovers for second quilts whenever I make something, so her Planned-Overs, making use of some of the extra pieces you’ll have, were fun.  She has a whole section devoted to that…(hmmmm I wonder if Judy’s workroom is pristine because she seems to use every scrap of fabric!)

Oh, even though the patterns for making your templates are in the book, I found that Judy has a set of all the pieces, in sturdy, clear acrylic for sale on her website.

Giveaway!

To win a copy of Circle Pizzazz leave a comment on this post telling us if have sewn quilts with curved seams before! The winner will be selected at random on August 2, emailed, and added as an update to this post. International winners will receive the e-book version. Good Luck!

8/2/13 UPDATE: Lisa is our winner – Congratulations!

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274 Comments

  1. Melissa G.
    Posted August 1, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    I have yet to make a quilt with curves. However I have done set in sleeves on clothing. Would love to try curves!

  2. Posted July 31, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE doing circles! I’ve made a few larger drunkard’s path variations using tone-on-tones, and a scrappy double wedding ring; also a foundation pieced new York beauty variation…Love Circles!
    Judy is one of my favorite designers, and I have used her 9-patch Pizzazz book to create unique wall hangings using large print fabrics. cant wait to see what she’s done with circles!!

  3. Megan
    Posted July 31, 2013 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    I’ve only made one small quilt with curves, but I really enjoyed the process and would love to do more.

  4. Diana Cruz
    Posted July 28, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Yes, I have sewn curved seams for a few quilts. I did not find them difficult. I love Judy’s patterns and books especially the 9-Patch Pizzazz. Would love this new book too.

  5. Barb Bruce
    Posted July 28, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Last year I made a Winding Ways quilt with batiks and solid blacks. But instead of making the blocks in the traditional manner, I created overlapping circles on a black background. Now I just have to quilt it!

  6. Barb Bruce
    Posted July 28, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Last year I made a Winding Ways quilt with batiks and solid blacks. But instead of making the blocks in the traditional manner, I created overlapping circles on a black background. Now I just have to quilt it!

  7. Jan Whittington
    Posted July 28, 2013 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    I love the look of this new book. I’ve tried Barbara Barbara’s Drunker’s Path design using bias piping. Judy’s new book wants me to try another circle quilt.

  8. Dorothy Alliss
    Posted July 28, 2013 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    I’ve always been interest in curves or the illusion of curves. I’ve made a couple of Virginia Walton designs and a wandering paths by Judy Sisneros.

  9. Sue J
    Posted July 27, 2013 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    The only quilt I have done with curves was a stack-n-whack where I made circular motifs, then sewed to a fusible, turned inside out and fused to blocks. Somehow I don’t think that really counts as a quilt with curves. I would love to win this book and try one of these – they are fabulous!

  10. Denise
    Posted July 27, 2013 at 6:00 am | Permalink

    I made a table topper out of drunkards path blocks using a charm pack. Fun!

  11. Posted July 26, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    I have never sewn circles but just bought the Curve Master foot for my machine and am excited to try it! The quilts in this book are really intrigue me and I would love to give them a try!

  12. Susan Knowles
    Posted July 26, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Wow! The Rectangle Pizzazz is beautiful. My daughter has been wanting a quilt with curves. This is going to be it. S-

  13. adeline
    Posted July 26, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    I have made quilts with fans, but never with a circle. I am sewing by machine, and although know how to sew and clip for curves, hve never even ATTEMPTED such a thing! This looks challenging to say the least. and the color selections are awesome

  14. Tajana de Jonge
    Posted July 26, 2013 at 4:38 am | Permalink

    Love the curve, saw great ideas in the pictures. Thanks for the giveaway idea

  15. Anonymous
    Posted July 25, 2013 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    I have pieced a wheel of mystery, circle play and now one called beach balls….hooked on circles…love the book and CT Pub.

  16. Paula
    Posted July 25, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    I took a circles class last week from Cheryl Arkison and it was so much fun! I had done some New York Beauty blocks before, but now I feel confident drafting and sewing circles and curves!

  17. c. broadus
    Posted July 25, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    I have never done any quilt uses curved pieces, I would enjoy learning and trying to do some because I have always thought that curved quilts are very nice looking.

  18. Betsy
    Posted July 25, 2013 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    My first curved pieced quilt was a Drunkard’s Path lap quilt I made a couple years ago. I was pleased with the results but admit I had to tear out several seams. I then attempted a Double Wedding Ring. I had hopes of getting a lap size done but stopped when it reached table runner size…too frustrated to continue with it. I love the Circle Pizzazz patterns and would love to attempt the black/white/turquoise pattern!

  19. J. J. Drozdowski
    Posted July 25, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Love Judy’s patterns, can’t wait to see this book. I’ve made a Crown of Thorns quilt and it is one of my favorites.

  20. Chris Kelly
    Posted July 25, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Am strictly a straight line girl! No curves so far in my quilting experience… Chris

  21. Joellyn Partyka
    Posted July 25, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Yes, I’ve done the one block wonders with curves which are basically a drunkard’s path. It turned our beautifully. I do love the look of this type quilt.

  22. Linda Kaiser
    Posted July 25, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    First I hand pieces winding ways quilt patterns. But after taking a class from Louisa Smith (Strips & Curves) I machine piece curves. I love the layers of circles on the black and teal quilt in this post. How fun that would be to play with values to get that look.

  23. Catherine Sheffield
    Posted July 25, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Yes I have made several quilts with the Drunkards Path pattern as well as appliqués circles in my quilts. The quilts from this book look fantastic! Can!t wail to try them out.

  24. Corinne
    Posted July 25, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been very wary of trying curved piecing, but I’d be more than willing to try with some help from this book! Also, the idea of “Planned-Overs” is appealing to me.

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