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Square-agonals – a new angle on quilting – is the title of a brand new book by Sandi Blackwell. It is published by Landauer Publishing and sells for $24.95! I began my interview with Sandi by asking her what “Square-agonals” are?

**Sandi:*** “Square-agonals” is a new technique for creating diagonal set quilts without cutting any corner or setting triangles, or any math calculations. It is amazingly simple and fun. It works for all sizes, shapes and with or without sashing. The book contains 14 different projects, from easy to advanced.* (You can see the projects below)

So now you can make an on point quilt without having to cut triangles for the edges or do any maths. It’s a very clever idea based on a section of mathematics called dissections. Sandi explains the maths behind her idea in the book so that if you’re that way inclined you can work it out for yourself. However as she said above, you don’t need to know the maths to make use of her technique. Square-agonals allows you to make a lovely quilt like this…

… by sewing something like this… When I read the book I was amazed at how clever and yet simple the idea is and so I asked Sandi how she came up with it in the first place?

**Sandi:** I** **make quilts for several artisan centers. The most popular line is a diagonal setting. Since I make so many I am always looking for ways to streamline the process. One day they were all lying there jumbled together and the idea just came to me. It took a lot of experimenting and practice to perfect the idea but now it is the only diagonal set method I use.

I can see why. I don’t think I’ll ever look at a diagonal quilt quite the same way again. I asked Sandi if you need any special tools or notions to use her technique?

**Sandi: **No special tools are needed other than the diagrams in the book. I have developed two lines of guide tape to make the process easier, but it is not necessary. The “Square-agonals Arrow Guide” tape and “Square-agonals Guide” tape will be available at your local quilt store by the end of the year and through my web site early next year.

Congratulations Sandi! It’s a lovely book with very clear instructions and lovely illustrations. I’m sure we all wish you well with it. It always inspires me when I see how inventive, clever and innovative quilters are.

If you’ve always wanted to make an on point quilt, table runner or table topper then you can’t go past this book. No affiliations. I’m just happy to support inventive quilters.

### The give-away

Sandi has kindly sent an autographed copy of her book Square-agonals – a new angle on quilting to me to give away. I was going to give it to one of my email subscribers but then I realised that there are also lots of you who visit regularly who use RSS readers or who just have me bookmarked and I didn’t want you to miss out. So I’ve decided to widen the give-away. I liked the “guess the number” give-away we had last week so this time I’ve thought of a number between 5 and 125. If you get it right you’ll go into the draw for this lovely book. I’ll draw the winner on New Year’s Eve my time. Good Luck!

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Mary Grace McNamara

said:My guess is 82. I am intrigued now to read more about this technique!

MGM

Janet Mikes

said:This method intriques me. I like the quilts that are on point but just don’t care to do setting triangles. I’ll be looking for this book.

Janet Mikes

said:My guess is 81.

MJ Gustafson

said:72 is my guess

Linda

said:14

Pamela

said:Sounds pretty cool and maybe easy??? My guess would be number 116.

Joan

said:My guess is 76

Annette in NC, USA

said:How about 31???

p.s. I met Sandi this summer here on the Outer Banks. She was on vacation and visited the local quilt shop while I was in there also.

Chérie Hoyle

said:Mmmmm! Let’s try 62

Very interesting idea. Thanks for introducing us to it.

Becky

said:My guess is 73. Hope I am right I would love to get this book.

Becky

Janice

said:My guess is 68. I am intrigued by this method and would love to win this book.

Nancy B from Many LA

said:I’ll guess 56….

Thanks for the giveaway!

Lorraine

said:Well the idea is fascinating ….. I would guess 57 …thanks

From Blueys Beach

Australia

Daphne Freke

said:My guess is 49.

Pat T.

said:Wow!… Has this ever got me curious!!… I need to know more!

My guess is 16.

Thank you!!!

Patricia T.

Samelias' Mum

said:I’m going to guess number 6.

Great interview. I love the idea of not having to use too much maths to work out the quilt. I’m not a fan of maths :-p

Vireya

said:I’ll guess 119.

Thanks for the chance to win – it looks like a very interesting book.

Tine

said:My guess is 6. What a great giveaway!!

The book looks awesome 🙂

Mannick..91

said:Je dis 124 et suis curieuse de découvrir la méthode de Sandi Blackwell, moi qui ne suis pas “mathématiques” !!

Belle journée. Annick (en France)

cynthia

said:sounds like a book all quilters should have. My guess is 84

SoozeM

said:Looks like a great technique! I choose 35 please!

Wendy

said:110 is my number. Thanks for the contest!

Jeanne

said:My guess is 99.

Shelley C

said:I’ve read about this technique before and would be willing to try it out. I’ll guess 111

Cheri

said:My guess is 62. Thanks for the opportunity.

Deb

said:Good lookin’ quilts in those pictures!

I guess # 59.

Pat

said:This is definately an intriguing concept. My number choice is 65. Thanks for the introduction.

Kitty Longo

said:my guess is 44

Kitty

Birdena

said:I am very intrigued by this method. My guess is 31.

Peggy

said:This is certainly an interesting technique. I love diagonal set quilts. Lets try number 98.

Teresa W

said:I’ll say 95.

Teresa

said:I’m a fairly new quilter and have never done a diagonal quilt before. I would love to learn this technique. My number guess is 16.

Karen U

said:Since both of my kids were born on the 13th,

13it is. Thanks!Garilyn

said:Let’s see, I’ll go with number 42.

blessed.mama4 at yahoo.com

brenda

said:Hi,

Sounds like an interesting technique. My guess is 8

Sandy

said:I will guess 10

DianeY

said:This looks interesting! My guess is 88

Phyllis V

said:My guess is 93. Got the book for Christmas (decided that I would pick my own present this year, so ordered quilt books). Would love another copy for a gift.

Lee Ann L.

said:My guess will be 113

Lisa

said:I will guess 64. GLTA!

Helen from Hobart

said:46

Looks like a very interesting idea.

Must ask the Tas State Library to get a copy, so it can be shared around. We have a wonderful collection of books there because us quilters keep asking them to buy new books for us, and we also have many librarians who quilt of course.

Cheryl

said:I would like to know more about this method. 11 is my guess

SheilaC

said:I guess 26!

SheilaC

Kathy

said:How about 48 as that is my age, and we are never too old to learn a new trick.

Kathy

Marianne

said:What a great concept! And when it’s made easy it’s a bonus 🙂

I’d love to be in the draw, so I’ll choose 12.

Marcia W.

said:My guess is 111. Thanks for the giveaway – interesting concept (and I was a math teacher).

Mrs. Margaret

said:Please enter me into the drawing too. I’ll choose 79. Unlike my daughter, I was an elementary school teacher. Sandi is very innovative. Thank you both for the giveaway prize of the book. Happy New Year.

Adelaide

said:My guess is lucky 55!

Lyn

said:My guess is 4. The book looks very interesting. Thankyou for the opportunity to win a copy.

sewjournal

said:Hi Lyn why not try again. I said a number between 5 and 125. Cheers Munaiba

Dot

said:Mmmm… 39!

Lyn

said:How about 60. Thankyou