No. You don't need to avert your eyes... it's not "that" kind of stripping.
This is the "other" kind... though really, both do have their benefits. I mean, really, would you take a shower without "stripping" first? Whether you do it to music is entirely up to you...
Happy Monday! Welcome to Day 1 of fun and games with The Teacher's Pet - the lovely Raquelle Dream. I know... you know her by the name Kathy Brown but according to the nice folks at Yahoo, her "real" name is Raquelle Dreamkiss. I'm Starr Heaventush.
(If you want to know what your name is... What would your name be?)
(Or you can use your first pet's name and the street where you grew up... that would make me Ginger Roundhills.)
But back to Raquelle... I mean, Kathy!
Kathy is one of those really sweet ladies I've gotten to meet over the years at Market. She's designed fabrics for Red Rooster, rulers for Creative Grid and she's authored five (5!) books for Martingale. Pretty cool!
Her newest book is Strip Smart II - the follow-up for her terrific Strip Smart Quilts book.
The book is designed to be used with the 90-degree Double-Strip Ruler by Creative Grids.
While this ruler was designed by Rachel Cross, Kathy came up with 16 terrific quilts using the ruler. Though not everything is a quilt, there are wall-hangings and table-runners, from bed runners to nice throw-sized quilts. Bed runners? Kathy will tell you all about it. All you need are some strips - 1 1/2" or 2 1/2". Or 4 1/2". I suppose you could even use 1" strips... but you'd need more of them. So long as the pieced strip set measures 4 1/2" including seam allowance, you're good to go. I love that kind of versatility.
Jelly Rolls? They'll work. Honey Buns? Those will work too. Fat Quarters and Fat Eighths? Of course. Your scrap bin? Exactly! They'll all work. You could even use a combination of... well, all of the above.
This is Flip Flops. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't break any toes with these Flip Flops... unless I kick myself for not making it. This one uses 34 strips - 2 1/2" x 42" for the "flip flops" and the binding.
As you would expect from Kathy, the directions are clear and easy to follow, and the projects and quilts are easily adaptable to any style of fabric or color palette. And guess what? There are a variety of fabric styles represented in the book, and if two or three fabrics is your comfort zone, you'll find lots of projects that work perfectly for that.
This is The Mall. I love that Kathy has stories for the names of the quilts but that probably doesn't surprise you. Like Kissy Fishy...
And Crow's Feet.
This one got me thinking... what if I combined elements from a couple of different projects?
So here's the deal... if you'd like the chance to win a ruler and a copy of Kathy's terrific book, just leave a comment here by midnight Tuesday - December 3rd. And because it is the "season of giving", I'm also going to send a package along filled with some fabric goodies to keep you busy stripping.
You just have to tell me what your stipper name would be - either method will work. And if you have - or had! - a real stripper's name, I definitely want to hear about that!
So midnight Tuesday - not Monday/Tuesday but Tuesday/Wednesday.
And since I'm not alone here, you'll also want to see what the following ladies are up to...
- Tuesday - the Sugar sisters - Sugar Glitzkiss and Sugar Leathertower... aka irrepressible Barb and Mary of Me & My Sister Designs
- Wednesday - Raquelle Dazzlekiss... aka the knows-everybody, finger-in-every-pot, the Energizer Bunny wants to be her... Pat Sloan
- Thursday - Dizon Lustythighs-Sunnyside... aka the amazing Miss PamKittyMorning (Have you seen PKM Picnic? Gorgeous!)
- Friday - Raquelle Nightheat... aka the sweet Pat Wys of Silver Thimble Quilts (Also the author of a couple of must-have quilt books featuring Neutrals.)
Raquelle is really regretting this, isn't she?
Just so you know, this is the sort of behavior that kept me from ever being any Teacher's Pet.