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You may remember back in fall of 2010 when the amazing Erin Gilday was on board doing some fantastic guest columns for the BurdaStyle blog. For those of you who miss Erin’s sharp wit and extensive knowledge of vintage sewing notions and techniques, she’s back to share a sneak peek of her latest project, Stripped Down Patchwork, and give our readers a chance to win her new book filled with great project ideas based on Seminole Patchwork.

“Trends may come and go, but fun is always fashionable, especially when it comes to one of Erin Gilday’s personality-plus projects. The free-spirited designs in this collection are based on a traditional sewing technique known as Seminole Patchwork, which uses quick and easy strip-piecing. The one dozen exciting ideas include an oversized tote and a geometric hatband. You can create a tank dress, knapsack, apron, wallet, and slippers (yes, slippers!) that will showcase your favorite fabrics to perfection. Create them all for yourself, or share them as thoughtful gifts!”

Projects from Stripped Down Patchwork: Icicle Scarf, Clarissa Knapsack and Toe Zone Ballet Slippers.

Want to try some of Erin’s projects out for yourself? Simply let us know in the comments below how you would use Seminole Patchwork on one of your own sewing projects by 9:30am EST on Monday, May 30th for your chance to win!

And make sure to check out Erin’s book tour on these great craft and sewing blogs:

Leisure Arts Blog
Sew Daily
Pink Pinguin
A Green Banana
I Think Sew
Happy Zombie
A Mountain Hearth
Sew News

And, just for you lucky readers, Leisure Arts is offering a 15% off coupon so you can snag Erin’s book and start your own projects today!


Erin Gilday is a fiber artist, crafts instructor, freelance writer and pattern designer from Portland, OR. Her sewing patterns and craft culture pieces have appeared in Stitch, Sew News, Quilts and More, Threads, SewStylish, The Quilt Life, Piecework, Sew Hip and Curve magazines. When she’s not sewing, she’s busy blogging about craft, listening to Top 40 Country radio, whipping up vegan treats in the kitchen, caring for her bunny and kitty, playing banjo, thrift shopping or cruising the crafts section of her local library.


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    Jun 7, 2011, 11.06 PMby lsiadaniellemartin

    What a cool book! I would really like that, great way to use up fabric!

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    May 29, 2011, 05.17 PMby Alexis Mizrahi

    I would love to make a great tote/backpack of some sort to use for school :)

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    May 29, 2011, 03.01 AMby KayeMattson

    I like to make handbags so I would want to put a band of Seminole patchwork on a new bag! I think it would look great.

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    May 29, 2011, 12.50 AMby wordygirl

    I think Seminole patchwork would be a very striking quilt border, and that’s probably how I would use it.

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    May 28, 2011, 03.45 PMby Kd Brown

    I think this technique would work well with Roman window shades. That’s an idea I’d like to pursue. Thanks for a great post and wonderful information.

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    May 27, 2011, 06.05 PMby snowm64

    Would love to try some of the cute project in this book. Have always loved loved Seminole patchwork style!

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    May 27, 2011, 11.20 AMby chouxqltr

    I love Seminole patchwork! A great book ..thank you for sharing!

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    May 27, 2011, 03.32 AMby MarciaFlorida

    I would use the concepts of Erin’s book on Seminole patchwork to make a quilt border. If successful, would like to try my hand at an entire quilt. THanks for the giveaway.

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    May 26, 2011, 08.43 PMby smgt

    I would love to incorporate some hand dyed fabrics with the patchwork technique!

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    May 26, 2011, 06.17 PMby gccmom

    I would love to use the Seminole patchwork on the hem of a skirt. I love embellished clothes!

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    May 26, 2011, 05.46 PMby momof11

    Clothes and patchwork? My two favorite things to sew! I would love to win this book. A Seminole patchwork border around the hem of a skirt might be nice. Or maybe to embellish the front of a jacket…hmmm…the possibilities are endless!

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    May 26, 2011, 05.46 PMby kfarley

    A red,white and blue dresses for the 4th of July! One for me and one for my 3yr-old daughter. Maybe board shorts for my 2 little boys too.

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    May 26, 2011, 05.36 PMby Christianne DeHart

    I never would have dreamed I would like patchwork on my clothes! But these are nice! You have a convert!

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    May 26, 2011, 04.43 PMby Kathy Granzow

    I think making a cool structured jacket or a pair of shorts with this technique would be awesome!

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    May 26, 2011, 04.27 PMby ajee58

    I’m so looking forward to new inspirations!

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    May 26, 2011, 03.58 PMby scavengerannie

    Ooh on a summer handkerchief style skirt!

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    May 26, 2011, 03.54 PMby littlemissstarbar

    I’d love to learn how to patch work anything and everything.

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    May 26, 2011, 03.12 PMby missb-1

    I’d use patchwork ideas on a playful skirt for summer.

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    May 26, 2011, 03.05 PMby megrje

    I’d love to learn this technique to use in my quilting.

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    May 26, 2011, 02.50 PMby Tatina Ann

    I would use it on a skirt.

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    May 26, 2011, 02.49 PMby Whitney Haddard

    I would make a blanket for my sister to take to Africa with her in August with patchwork on it. She’ll be there for a whole year as a Global Citizen helping a village in Senegal. She will need a blanket!

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    May 26, 2011, 02.48 PMby Clarissa Cochran

    i would totally make a hundred skirts like the one on the cover… one in every color!! i love it!!

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    May 26, 2011, 02.46 PMby suebee2

    I was just thinking “how do I add patchwork to my clothes without looking stupid?” Here it is!! Serendipity or what? Love this.

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    May 26, 2011, 02.44 PMby suebee2

    Wow, I was just thinking “how can I add patchwork to my clothes without looking stupid?” Here it is!! Serendipity or what?

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    May 26, 2011, 02.41 PMby ttnora

    I’d make a jacket with a patchwork decoration.

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    May 26, 2011, 02.40 PMby debiomnistitch

    Very nice and what a way to get people back in to quilting.

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    May 26, 2011, 02.42 AMby Scrowe

    I’d like to use some of this patchwork to up cycle some denim shirts

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    May 26, 2011, 01.34 AMby Melissa Blom

    I love that headband. I’d be making some of them, and making some belts with the technique too.

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    May 25, 2011, 07.01 PMby Jolly Polly

    I love these patchworks, i would deff use them on my up-cycled pillows!

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    May 25, 2011, 06.59 PMby RoniBarr

    Ie been terriffied of working with bold prints and wild colors. So far all I’ve been sewing with is solid colors. Having tons and tons of scraps, this would be a great use for them. Also, it would be a start to get me using patterns and multiple colors in my garments. I’d really like to win this book. Hopefully the projects in it will inspire me to add little bursts of color to my projects. :)

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