It began several years ago when a friend and I put together a program for our quilt guild on what to do with scraps. We made a mess of scrap blocks using squares and rectangles. Eventually, it became a popular workshop and after teaching it for a few years, I pitched the idea to my pattern publisher, who was just beginning to publish books. She thought The Thrifty Quilter sounded like a winner, and thank you, it is. (Find out more about it at http://www.sweetgrassdesigns.com/ ).
Here's the second:
This one is TQ-able. You like that? It's a term I made up to describe a quilt that can be made using one or more of the six pieces in my Thrifty Quilter system.
Actually, "Power Play" was made with a new tool, designed by Elisa Wilson of Back Porch Designs in Kalispell, MT. It lets you quickly mark, sew and trim up eight 4-1/2" half-square triangle units from two 10" squares. Yes, it is intended for "layer cakes", and can also be used with charm squares. I was able to make the 80 HST's I needed for this quilt in 3 hours!
This is one of two quilt tops I made to test Elisa's Square Me Up ruler. The other is pictured on her blog: http://blog.backporchdesign.com/?p=620