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four april giveaways

four april giveaways

by Patricia Belyea

SEATTLE WA  This month’s giveaway features Sherri Lynn Wood’s new book, The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters, and a pair of Kai Scissors. Four book/scissor sets will be given away! Each giveaway is valued at $93.

This is the most life-changing Okan Arts giveaway ever—with a quilting book that challenges your creative process and Japanese 9″ tailoring shears that smoothly cut through any textile!
Sherri Lynn Wood Book and Kai Scissors GiveawayThe book’s subtitle, A Guide to Creating, Quilting & Living Courageously, underscores Sherri’s encouraging approach to help you think differently and create quilts that are completely your own. Perfect for novices and old hands alike who are ready to explore new directions in their quilt making.

I love this quote from Sherri’s book: “Improv Is…Figuring It Out.” I’m in! Solving design problems wakes me up! 
Sherri Lynn Wood New Book

Kai Scissors are the sharpest shears you will ever own. On my quilting pal Joe Cunningham’s recommendation, I bought myself a pair and can attest that they’re amazing. But they will cut YOU as easily as they breeze through fabrics as light as silk and as heavy as leather. So watch out!
Super-sharp Kai Scissors

To participate in these giveaways, just answer this question: How ready you are to rethink how you make a quilt? Go to BOTTOM OF COMMENTS to add your entry.

The drawing for these giveaways will be held at midnight PST on April 30, 2015. Four winners will be chosen with a random number drawing. The prizes will then be shipped anywhere in the world.

To visit Sherri’s blog +click here

To read about Sherri’s innovative approach to a new quilting technique +click here

Learn more about The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters +click here

To visit the Kai Scissors website and see the complete line-up of Kai Scissors +click here

This is an unsponsored giveaway. Thank you Stewart, Tabori & Chang and Kai Scissors for your generous donations of these products.

All images from The Improv Handbook are copyrighted (c) 2015 Sara Remington unless otherwise noted, and all text and illustrations (c) 2015 Sherri Lynn Wood, and can not be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the publisher Stewart, Tabori, & Chang.

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297 comments to “four april giveaways”

  1. Val Gleeson says:

    Saw an amazing fiber arts exhibit last weekend at Gail Harker’s Studio and have spent all week dreaming and looking at the world with new eyes

  2. Rebekah S. says:

    COMPLETELY READY. Bring it on!!!!!!!! 😀

  3. Jen R says:

    YEAH! This looks like a keeper! 🙂

  4. Shirley H says:

    I’m ready to put my ruler and ‘rules’ aside and ‘GO for it” with some improvisation cutting and sewing..just needed the permission and reassurance that the quilt police won’t be looking for me!

  5. Jean Calhoun says:

    My quilting mantra is “it will be fine.” That being said I am always open to new methods and philosophies…I recently had major hand surgery and and experiencing change in method as I write! Change is good, bring it on!!

  6. Karen Bianchini says:

    Always ready to begin something new and hopefully beautiful!

  7. Karen A says:

    The last thing I need to be doing is something new, but I am always ready and open to start! Now if I could be that excited to finish I would be so happy.

  8. Laura Marston says:

    I have pledged to make every project a new challenge for me. To try something new to stretch and grow.

  9. Ruth Maness says:

    Love to change the way I make quilts. Each one is a learning experience.

  10. Denise Lentini says:

    I want to try new directions, but often get lost with the inner critic:)

  11. Linda Webster says:

    I’m very ready. Life-long learning is one of my passions.

  12. Pam S says:

    Yes, I’m ready to try something new!

  13. Kelley Cunningham says:

    I had some KAI thread snips and they were great, very sharp! I would like to try something different in quilting. I do like what I do mostly, which is very traditional applique, but I am always open to new things.

  14. Julie Hallquist says:

    When I saw Sherri’s bias strips creating the most amazing curved designs, I could hardly believe my eyes. I’m ready to try this new thing!

  15. Susan Barton says:

    I am so ready to learn!

  16. Diane says:

    At last, a chance to incorporate some of my personally designed fabrics into an original design. thanks for the challenging opportunity.

  17. Laura M says:

    I am already rethinking how I make a quilt. Have been doing so for quite a period of time. I love the idea in this book with “scripts” to follow as a guide. Love to have more opportunities to learn, experiment, play. Can’t wait to see this book.

  18. Pamela Zolkosky says:

    Always love to learn something new and expand my horizon!

  19. I am always ready to try it a different way. I love to attack a quilt in a new way. I bought a pair of Kai scissors at the show in Houston and they are great.

  20. I’m ready, I’m ready!!!!!!!

  21. Ellen Granda says:

    Life’s great joy is trying to work outside the boundaries and one’s personal comfort zone.

  22. Debi Winchester says:

    I am sooooh ready. This is a beautiful book and amazing new techniques for bringing out the ooohs and aaahs. Love the striking colors. I’ve been looking at Kai scissors for a while now and I really think I need a pair…or two.

  23. Rhoda says:

    I am so ready to go in a different direction with my quilts!

  24. Shirley Whitcomb says:

    I’m always looking for ways to expand my quilting my way. Love all the input from other’s that are doing the same.

  25. the sky’s the limit. Nothing ventured nothing gained.

  26. Cynthia Marshall says:

    I am enjoying picking and choosing from traditional and modern elements. That said, I’m really eager to improvise! Would love to win Sherry Lynn’s book and the nice scissors!

  27. Ursula says:

    I am always up for a new quilting challenge. I love playing with variations and innovations in quilting.

  28. Jerie Clark says:

    lately I have been getting new ideas from Pinterest. My quilts are usually new ideas because I don’t like to do what has already been done.

  29. Trudi Rammelkamp says:

    I’ve been getting tired of making quilts and have been thinking of going back to clothing so I guess I’m ready for something new!

  30. Susan B says:

    I’m always looking for fresh ideas.

  31. Paulette says:

    I AM SO READY! mahalo nui loa!

  32. Jackie says:

    Change is good. Bring on new adventures.

  33. Susan Manson says:

    Ready and willing!

  34. Tesi Vaara says:

    Variety is the spice of life! Challenges are wonderful to help stretch the imagination.

  35. Karen Shelley says:

    Totally ready. I don’t believe in all the ‘rules’ just totally dislike following them. Everyday I hope I can find something new and challenging.

  36. Linda Miles says:

    Learning something new is what keeps ones mind and body going.
    To stop learning is to stop growing and cease to exist.

  37. Penny Smith says:

    It is great to have a wide range of approaches and techniques at your fingertips as different fabrics suggest innovative ways of working.

  38. Ellee says:

    Rethinking how I approach making a quilt is always happening — I’m constantly looking for new ideas and new processes. I also fine-tune and streamline my methods of creating quilts.

  39. Ana m. Perna says:

    In fact, I cannot think of any other way to do patchwork and quilting other than re-thinking processes… Sherry Lynn is eye-opening…

  40. Jane Beadle says:

    I am ready and willing to learn new methods!!

  41. Janet Larson says:

    I would love to learn something new and share it with my quilting friends.

  42. Delaine says:

    I am so ready to rethink how I make a quilt. Thanks!

  43. Patricia says:

    I’ve always wanted to quilt like this. Just need to get the book and get started. LOVE IT!

  44. Betty MacLeod says:

    Retired now and looking forward to trying new ideas in quilting

  45. Barbara Hanaburgh says:

    Gosh, this looks like a fun book to play with!

  46. Janet says:

    I’m considering cutting up a quilt top that I’ve made and reconstructing it. I’ve never improvised with a piece that large and I’m very curious as to what would result.

  47. Carola De Pascuale says:

    I am very ready to expand my horizons. I love hand piecing and the challenges it brings as well as machine piecing. I like to draft my own patterns in order to visualize how everything fits together. I am ready to think differently. And by the way I own several small KAI scissors. They are light,sharp, and a breeze to use.

  48. Claudette says:

    I am definitely looking for a change, for new techniques and challenges. Thank you for the chance to win! Quilting keeps me focused and is therapy for me .

  49. Janet Wright says:

    I am ready for a change–just don’t know how to go about it. The new fabrics–especially the solids present a challenge for me.
    I am looking forward to the Yukata class with you in May. Janet Wright

  50. Sue Smith says:

    I have been doing a little improv and and am ready to make a couple of small quilts this week for a fundraiser. I’m hoping that they are different from each other and make lots of money for the program.

  51. Mary Ann Holloway says:

    Have sought to widen the rules in my quilting and the use of scripts and curves excites me.

  52. Janice says:

    I am ready to move beyond the confining boxes of traditional, modern, art and just create quilts that express my inspiration of the moment.

  53. Peg Swartzman says:

    Looks like a great book! Hat’s off to you!

  54. Connie Cain says:

    I am a newbie at quilting. Have done all other needlework and sew for my kids and grandkids. But quilting is new to me and I think being new and not set in my ways, would be very receptive to new things. 🙂

  55. Laurel Turner says:

    Need to get into the modern mode of quilting. Love to try new things. Good job catching my attention.

  56. Donna DeShazo says:

    I could really use some “new directions”!

  57. Rachaeldaisy says:

    I’m always ready to try new exciting things!! Thanks for the extra fabulous giveaway!!

  58. Sunny Chandonais says:

    I am quite ready to rethink how I make a quilt. I want to step out of the box and try something out of my comfort zone!!!

  59. Edna Warkentine says:

    When do we get started? Always ready.

  60. Ann Hudson says:

    YES, I’m ready! I need a boost to my quilting skills and thought process. Sounds fun, thanks for the opportunity! Ann in NC

  61. Carol says:

    I continuously try to challenge myself to work in new ways and have been anxiously awaiting this wonderful new book release! The oldest pair of scissors I own is a small pair of embroidery ones and they are a treasure. This is a great giveaway (pleeeease pick me!) Thanks for always providing informative articles.

  62. Barb Wright says:

    I’ve been quilting for a number of years and always looking for new ideas to keep me learning. Bias strip quilting looks like fun!

  63. jodi gradinger says:

    i am open and ready to receive!
    thanks for ALL you do!

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  65. Laura Whipple says:

    After just one quilt I realized that I don’t like patterns and following “rules”. Since then I have worked on perfecting techniques, but with my own creations. I’m VERY ready to rethink making quilts!

  66. Sally Morris says:

    Soo very ready, Can not wait for my delayed order to arrive. All I need is a bigger Kai scissors. My small one sees lots of use.

  67. Anne says:

    I am ready and willing to try a new approach to quiltmaking. It’s completely the opposite of what I do now which is quite planned and structured. Thanks for the chance

  68. Laura says:

    I am ready with a capital R to play and learn. Thanks for the opportunity to win this wonderful book and pair of scissors.

  69. Cathy Lohwater says:

    I am so ready to learn new ways to quilt! I love these designs. Thanks for the chance to win a book.

  70. Julierose says:

    I have free cut wedges that now are sewn into “snakes” curving all around. I need to figure out how to put them together…so I am ready!
    thanks for the chance to win…hugs, Julierose

  71. Norma Sterbenz says:

    I’m always ready to learn new improvisational quilting techniques! I love traditional patchwork piecing, but I really love doing my own thing and creating unique shapes and patterns. Thanks for the chance to win.

  72. Sandy says:

    I have been slowly putting my rulers away. There is something about freehand cutting that appeals to me. Not sure if it’s the freedom, or, if it goes back to grade school when all my report cards read “Sandy does not follow directions”. Guess I will never out grown that.

  73. Vicki P says:

    I’m always ready to try something new and wacky. I’m easily bored with ho-hum traditional patterns and usually change it up for a unique look. I’m dying to play with some of the ideas in The Improv Handbook.

  74. Linda Fleming says:

    I believe in life-long learning so I’m ready to try new techniques and have some fun!

  75. Karin Peirce says:

    The book looks so good to me, it is always a treat to see what wonderful things people are making…and the scissors sound amazing.
    We need to be open to thinking more creatively when we are working on things. I don’t use directions much since the first thing I do is usually lose them.

  76. Cinzia says:

    I am so ready! I want to make more bias strip quilts!

  77. Sandy W. says:

    At my stage in life, I’m definitely ready for something new. Whether or not I adopt a new technique going forward, it’s always fun to see what’s out there.

  78. Linda F. says:

    Very, very ready!

  79. arlene lawrence says:

    I am so ready! Among the quilters that get me motivated are
    the women of Gee’s Bend, Nancy Crowe, Lois Erickson, and others. This book sounds helpful in getting us started on our own quilting path.

  80. Mina says:

    I am so ready to lean new things

  81. Gloria P. says:

    Sherri ‘s approach would break up my “usual” approaches – symmetrical and printed patterns. I like the relaxed result and the inclusion of curves. The Kai scissors are a great asset as well.

  82. Karen L says:

    Definitely time to stop with the rules and fly (and figure it out).
    The book sounds very inspiring.

  83. Sarah says:

    I’m going to clean out my junky sewing room, start with a clean slate and do something totally new!

  84. Robin Shilman says:

    I am ready. I have always wanted to try improv but have yet to do it. It will exciting to have a great book to read prior to starting.

  85. James says:

    I’m in too! Ready, willing and – if I should win – very able.

  86. Kath S says:

    Being a new quilter, right now may be the best time to experience improv. I would love to give this method a try, to see where I could go without having learned to stick to the rules and rulers. I would love to win a copy of this book and I am sure in need to a good pair of scissors. Thanks.

  87. Chris says:

    I’ve been quilting for over 50 years and you can’t imagine the changes in those years. The one thing I’ve learned is keep learning and keep changing but when you like something just practice, practice, practice and have lots of fun.

  88. Carola says:

    I am eagerly following Sherri Lynn’s quilts since some time. I try to leave my quilting paths from time to time, but never with much success, it seems. I trust that her book will help me to discover new ways for me 🙂

  89. Stephanie says:

    I am inspired by the definition of improv as “figuring it out” and by the concept that when there isn’t an established way to do something, and you work through it, that’s improv too.
    I’m gearing up to piece and quilt in a different way. I have moved overseas, without a sewing machine. So I will work by hand, or with a friend on her machine, or who knows!

  90. Ann says:

    I’ve made two improvisational quilts this past year. They have reinvigorated my interest in quilting – so much fun, such unexpected results. I’m planning more.

  91. Dayna says:

    I’m already rethinking how I make quilts by learning paper piecing, but am always open to more!

  92. So ready!! I am an improv quilter. Looking for new ways to
    Improv….improve. 🙂

  93. Betsey says:

    All knowledge is welcomed!


  94. Lucy B. says:

    Ready, steady, GO!

  95. Shari K. says:

    The older I get, the more ready for a change I become!

  96. Gail says:

    I’m ready to take my quilting to a whole new level. This book, and the challenge it presents, tops my wish list.

  97. debby says:

    I am always ready to try something new. Sherri Lynn is an amazing teacher, and has written a wonderful inspirational book.

  98. marijke says:

    I like to learn new approaches, techniques, design choices and incorporate those in my work.

  99. The book looks fabulous! I need a copy!

  100. Cherie says:

    Totally ready!

  101. Doris says:

    I know how hard it is to work with bias and looking forward to the book and her techniques .

  102. JENNY says:

    Im ready! Ive never been one for patterns anyway!

  103. Hether says:

    Soooo ready! I have so many ideas tucked away, waiting for translation into something new.

  104. Addie says:

    I have always wanted to delve into quilting (I am primarily a garment sewer.)in a modern improvisational way. Thank you for sharing!

  105. regina thomsen says:

    Love to see improv at its’ best!!! Looks like great scissors too! Thanks

  106. Aleeda says:

    Improv is the BEST way I know to use all the scraps I’ve accumulated!

  107. Beth says:

    Love Sherri Lynn Wood’s lecture at QuiltCon but missed out on the book. Also would love to try Kia scissors. Great give away.

  108. Laura says:

    Already experimenting, but this is just the beginning…….

  109. Dana Gaffney says:

    I’m ready and always thinking of new ways to make something different.

  110. Sydney says:

    Beginning with Gail Harker’s Creative Studies, I’ve noticed over the past 6 or 7 years that the classes I take nearly always push me in new directions, pushing me to improvise, to move away from what I’ve always known and done. It seems to be a craving to find new ways in which to use fabric and color and stitch and embellishments and whatever else wanders into view. Delightful presentation last night at FIQ. Thanks so much.

  111. Joan says:

    I want to try every project or technique that pushes my boundaries, that allows me to “see” in new ways and feel that warm fullness of being creative and alive. So I’m 100% ready.

  112. Felicitas Krayer says:

    I’m absolutely ready!

  113. Karen Mundt says:

    Always ready to try something new.

  114. sophie says:

    Ready to cut and recut my quilt even almost finished to discover a new pattern that will attract and open mind and gives nice feeling of harmony for any people

  115. Julie S. says:

    I am always ready to try new quilting techniques! I love no rules and no measuring!

  116. Meriul E. says:

    I love a challenge and so enjoy creating “out of the box” creations! Thank you!

  117. Beth says:

    Pretty ready to give something new a try. I get bored easily and need a new challenge

  118. Brenda Wiseman says:

    I am always ready to try something new. To read about something new. To experiment, to tinker, to play. Would love to win this giveaway — I’m greedy for more after winning your March giveaway. Thank you so very very much. I am ready to play!

  119. Judy Forkner says:

    I love learning new techniques–my favorite thing!

  120. Matt Macomber says:

    I’m definitely going to try more of Sherri’s techniques from this book, and soon! I’ve already done and Patchwork Doodle score and enjoyed every minute 🙂

  121. Dwana Zahn says:

    I am totally in a rut and ready to try something new

  122. Diane Wespiser says:

    I am sooooo ready! Love the idea that this book will help me continue to create one of a kind works.

  123. Gerrie Rosenfield says:

    I want to use Sherri’s techniques to restart my quilting. Want to just be able to cut into my stash and go with it!! It will be a challenge for me.

  124. Chris says:

    Always ready for something different and exciting! Change keeps the mind young and enthusiastic.

  125. Sandy says:

    I am past ready to work outside my comfort zone!! I have moved on from traditional to free form foundation and I am looking at a quilt that I will use as a sample in a workshop called “working in a series” this summer….that will push me outside my comfort zone and this book has the inspiration to keep me moving forward with designing my own quilts. I know it also has the inspiration I need to help change a unfinished quilt that I have from a pattern to something that is my own! No more cut and paste patterns for me!

  126. sharon says:

    Both are great.
    I have visited Sherri’s blog and am amazed by her quilts
    Now, I am going to look at the sharp scissors

  127. Nicole says:

    Every quilt needs a different process and strategy, so I’m always ready.

    I pattern tested for this book and while it didn’t change my life (laundry and dishes still abound!) it certainly changed my quilting! Can’t wait to see this book for real. THANKS for another great giveaway.

  128. Julie says:

    I can’t do the same quilt twice and am always looking for new ideas in the quilt world. Looking forward to seeing this book when it comes out. Good luck in your marketing strategy, it looks like it is working.

  129. Kathie L says:

    I have made so many traditional quilts and am ready to be more adventurous.

  130. Jo allbutt says:

    Fran says I have the WORST scissors ever so I would love to get better ones and make Fran smile

  131. Rhonda H. says:

    Feeling like I’m stuck in a quilting rut right now. Would love the challenge of a new technique to get the creative juices flowing again!

  132. Barbara Dolan says:

    What an amazing treat it would be to win this wonderful giveaway…this book looks so interesting and it would be great to add it to my collection of quilt books.

  133. Betty says:

    After a winter inArizona and spending time with an inovative friend, I am starting to rethink the way I have been quilting. Would love to win.

  134. Patricia Espinosa says:

    I love the beautiful projects Sherri presents and admire her creative talent. I am always looking for new challenges and ideas that help me “get out of the box!” So I am ready to try improv! Bring it on!

  135. Susan Chalcraft says:

    Ready for a new and beautiful quilting adventure!

  136. Elizabeth Eisenhood says:

    I just turned seventy this week…I am ready to keep the quilting wisdom I’ve earned, let go of narrow thinking that doesn’t serve me, and embrace the new that delights and challenges me. My intention for this new decade is JOY!

  137. Geoff says:

    Am always up for rethinking quilt design and pushing the envelope graphically and technically. Yes, bring it on!

  138. Donna smith says:


  139. Kelly O. says:

    I love a chance to change it up and learn a new technique! thanks for the chance to win!

  140. Kim says:

    I am ready to learn something new, it keeps my mind young!

  141. Claudette says:

    ready for the draw!

  142. Love the ideas! Problem solving is the part of quilting that keeps it alive and keeps the mind young!

  143. Susan Harmon says:

    I’ve been using KAI scissors for some time. They are amazingly sharp, as are their rotary cutters.

  144. ALISON Rice says:

    Looks like just the type of guide I need to take my quilting to a more exciting level.

  145. Ann Rizak says:

    Up here in the Great White North, improvising is a way of life due to constantly changing and sometimes challenging weather–so the mindset is natural!

  146. Barbara Sullivan says:

    I am very eager to create my own style of quilt art. I have nine grandchildren and want to leave each one a quilt that reflects their distinct personality.

  147. Nan Beall-Fahlman says:

    Sherri Lynn’s book is what I currently need to further those tentacles of creative thinking. Yes!

  148. Liz Tius says:

    Ready!!! You bet. I would love to try this technique

  149. Robin Atkins says:

    I’ve always beaded improvisationally, but with quilting it’s more difficult for me to work without a plan, to be intuitive in my approach. Looks like Sherri’s book could be a turning point for me!!!!

  150. MoeWest says:

    I’m always ready to try a new technique!

  151. Michelle D says:

    wild creativity and inspiration is astounding ! Love it!

  152. Hilda Krebs says:

    Always like to try new techniques

  153. Judy Brack says:

    Freedom at last which I will create in some quilts to illustrate the freedom of Art and Expression to my young grand kids! May they think outside the lines of what is normal and predictable in their lives!
    Thank You!

  154. Sharon Coker says:

    The design and fabric matching stage is my favorite. Love to thing about different ways, then to put it together

  155. Sue Smith says:

    Loved her tutorial on making a mod mood quilt and I’m going to try this weekend to start. Thanks for sharing.

  156. Rosemary Newman says:

    I love learning about new ideas for making quilts.

  157. Wanda says:

    I’m always wanted to try new methods. I have a small pair of Kai scissors from 1984 that are still my favorites.

  158. Robbie Le Poidevin says:

    It’s always good to have a new perspective that can enhance the skills you already have – bring it on!

  159. Pam says:

    I would love to break out of the box that patterns put me into and fly. The Kai scissors look amazing – I need to get a pair. 🙂

  160. Martha Schwarz says:

    This book sounds like a mountain of new challenges. Interesting that quilting began by cutting fabrics with scissors; then came the rotary cutters & now we go back to sharp scissor. New challenges keeps
    our imagination alive!

  161. Sharon M. Wright says:

    I have found that when you learn something new it will solve an issue you had with another problem, making you approach it from a different way.
    Makes for a happy day, 🙂

  162. Teresa Ruch says:

    I am into curves, This looks great and scissors, always.

  163. elizabeth baker says:

    Recently disabled but can still quilt. I look forward to wheeling myself to my table and creating away. Entering a new stage of learning how to maneuver life’s bumps in the road. Unable to say still kicking…but I can say still quilting.

  164. Marilynn says:

    yes, very ready to rethink how I make quilts. This book by Sherri Lynn Wood looks to be a great learning tool and I love Kai scissors. I have several pair and love them!

  165. Colleen says:

    I’m ready to try something new!

  166. At this point, think or rethink would be the thing. I just want to get back to the sewing machine. Know that life is complicated……and right now, I need motivation. This might just be the kick to do it.

  167. June says:

    As William James said, “Action may not bring happiness but there is no happiness without action,” so fingers crossed!

  168. Kat Chapman says:

    I’m just learning how to make a quilt, so I love the idea of learning different ways to make them from the beginning. Thanks for the chance to win!

  169. Margaret Witt says:

    Loved the designs with the bias cuts, especially the flowers. The scissors look awesome for any quilter..

  170. Carol Madsen says:

    I’m very excited about this concept. Most of the time when I’m quilting, I find myself making changes to the patterns we are using. The idea of working from a “script”, and not a pattern really appeals to me. I teach at the local Senior Center, and would love to introduce this idea to my classes.

  171. isabel freire says:

    I’m always ready to try something new 🙂

  172. Gerrie says:

    I’ve heard so much about Kai scissors, can’t wait to see how they work. Love the clean improve look of the new book!

  173. Coco Cranstons says:

    At the starting gate with my hands on the line, waiting for the gun!

  174. Vicky C says:

    I need a new inspiration for my improvisational quilting. Curves always make your quilt move and change.

  175. Pat says:

    I have made so many of the traditional patterns that speak to me, now I’m ready to try improv

  176. Elisabeth Woyzbun says:

    So ready!

  177. Lois Reimer says:

    Need new motivation to act on the mounds of quilting stash. Ready for a new and innovative challenge. This would be it!

  178. Katy Gollahon says:

    I need a new way of thinking about quilts, so I am ready.

  179. I love quilting, color, design and all the challenges along the way! Sounds like a very interesting new approach involving lots of play!

  180. Frania says:

    I am sure to find a new project in this book! It looks great!

  181. Deb T says:

    I am so ready to look at things a different way! As an architect I sometimes struggle with going free form !

  182. I am Always Excited to solve design problems, especially when involving fabrics and beach treasures.

  183. Jo chandler says:

    I’m Ready! I need to challenge myself and I’m loving the modern movement and what quilter doesn’t love a new pair of scissors!

  184. Jan says:

    Innovation & improvisation always lend themselves to a new frontier in learning. Scissors, fabric, needle & thread…. Let’s go!

  185. Susan says:

    READY! I’m past ready! Been sitting here in a funk, trying to do something different and now I see the direction I was going is plausible. Would love this book in hopes it would push me farther than what I’m thinking about. Thanks!!

  186. Dianne says:

    I’m so ready to think out of the box!

  187. Jean says:

    I never learned traditional methods. I operate on a no rules method most of the time anyway

  188. Kathe D says:

    That book sounds wonderful!

  189. Kelly Wilbur says:

    I just took a class with Sheri through FIQ in Anacortes but I did not get her book yet!

  190. dee ratliff says:

    I am soooo ready- NEED A CHANGE!!

  191. Marilyn says:

    I find it relaxing to just go into my sewing room and sew scraps together. Some day I’ll figure out what to do with them.

  192. Kris Koponen says:

    Life and quilting is all about being ready to try something new and I’m ready to start creating and designing with curves and Kai scissors!

  193. Martha isbister says:

    Ready to be inspired!

  194. Miriam says:

    Creating as I play with the design from scraps, colours, yarns & threads plus some ideas on paper produce will produce more exciting works.

  195. Elsie Price says:

    Excited to cut into my four rolls of old blue and white yukata fabric that I purchased from an antique shop while teaching school for ten years on the island of Okinawa, Japan ! While living there I learned to quilt and was fortunate to meet Amy Katoh who inspired me to collect blue and white “anything” !

  196. Michele Ward says:

    I am ready for something new and inspirational!

  197. Gladys Schulz says:

    Patricia, you have inspired me to look for unique ways to use my fabrics. I would love the book and scissors to move in that direction.

  198. Corky says:

    This is the perfect time for me to rethink my quilt making. I am experimenting with colors, modern quilts and trying new techniques. I would love to win the book and scissors. Thanks so much for this great giveaway.

  199. Amy Lanset says:

    Getting comfortable with my own creative process has been a theme for me this year. Book! Scissor! Both of these tools would be an amazing addition. (I used to say ‘I never win anything’, but recently won first place for a writing challenge, so never say never!).

  200. Joy Neal says:

    I live for those challenges. BTW I enjoyed your talk Monday. Always good to learn about another’s quilting process.

  201. Amy L says:

    I’m apprehensive about trying the quilts that I saw on Sherri’s site, but they really speak to me. I love her lines. So maybe it’s time to overcome my fear, and jump in to improv!

  202. Barbaraben says:

    I’m wanting to try more modern and improvised quilts. This would really help!

  203. Rachel Lemyre says:

    I am always ready for new project. I look forward to a challenge and something new.

  204. Laraine says:

    Always looking for better scissors and new ideas.

  205. I have been a traditional quilter for over 60 year. Lately I have tried some new ways so I am ready to try this new book. I do not own a pair of Kai scissors so would love a pair

  206. D.M. Sanford says:

    After taking a class with her at Quiltcon, Sherri Lynn’s techniques will have you thinking differently about how you work. Even before you start choosing fabrics or thinking about a new quilt. I’m always ready to work more freely and improve my aesthetic! And new shears will definitely come in handy!

  207. Marsha Burdick says:

    As a previous Home Ec teacher of sewing, and ex-quilt shop owner, I have lots of fabric to sew which won’t fit in my coffin. I like to make practical quilts, and find innovative methods so difficult, and they take longer. I would LOVE to learn how to make innovative quilts faster.

  208. Cathy says:

    The workshop was awesome. A whole new way to create beautiful quilts and a new way to look at fabrics, colors and patterns.

  209. Carol says:

    I think I’m ready and want to be adventurous then usually back off and move back to previous ways, and I run out of time for my great ideas and move back so I can finish and give it away or put the hanging sleeve on…I’m up for a little prodding and inspiration. Cheers. Carol.

  210. Joy C. says:

    I am always willing to try something new and challenging with each quilt I make! I look forward to reading this book. I think it will be eye opening.

  211. “Ready as owt”, as they say in Yorkshire, in the UK, being roughly translated as “You betcha I’m ready”. Yes, please.

  212. Grace says:

    Having been on a quilting hiatus for the past few years, I am inspired and eager to try Ms. Wood’s technique. Thanks!

  213. Pam cope says:

    I am always ready to shake things up and try something new!! Hope you have those sharp scissors for lefties too!!

  214. Marla Margelewski says:

    I am always ready for a change! Change is good!

  215. Sue Hatt says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed meeting you in Vancouver WA and pleased that my guild, Northwest Quilters in Portland OR, has arranged to host you.

  216. Lisa Frederick says:

    Always ready to try something new!!!

  217. ME Cottrell says:

    I have no website so put in yours?

    the book sounds very interesting!,

  218. Wilma Sott says:

    I am always looking for ways to grow and feed my passion for quilting! I love what I see in Sherri Lynn’s technique. I am certainly motivated to try this wonderful piecing process!

  219. Jill Ellis says:

    I need to break out of my traditional box, try something new and innovative!

  220. Diana Fryc says:

    Count me in!

  221. Karen Hansen says:

    Always ready to learn new techniques or new approaches to my favorite hobby! This looks to be one of those great books to get one re-engaged with some new tools for exploration!

  222. Morgan says:

    I’m super ready! Especially if it’s techniques for changing the quilting process at the end of making a quilt. I like making quilt tops, but the quilting itself is where I get stuck.
    Thank for the giveaway!

  223. Gwen McEwen says:

    I’m ready to cut pieces outside the box, get away from square corners, and let my inner creative quilter be free.

  224. Sue O'Donnell says:

    New scissors and a new way to look at design. What a perfect pair and I’m so ready for it

  225. Diana Stack Roberts says:

    Love trying new things and love to be challenged to step outside my box!

  226. Dianne R. Fitch says:

    I’m awesomely ready to start thinking a new way. I love quilting and stitching esp. Together!

  227. Joanne Garrett says:

    I’ve been away from quilting for a couple of years, so I’m not only ready to return to the art, but completely open to new creative turns.

  228. Patsy Turner says:

    Would love to learn new quilting techniques! I used to watch my Grandmother quilt by hand & dream of carrying on the legacy to my grandchildren.

  229. Cyndy Israel says:

    I’m in need of a change. Break me out of my rut!

  230. Karen says:

    I’m ready to begin some innovative quilt making!

  231. This is totally where I am heading. Very ready!

  232. Anne H says:

    I am soooo ready to learn new techniques to help spark my own ideas of how to quilt.

  233. Marilyn Arnsberger says:

    Nearly ninety but ready to try something new!

  234. Sally says:

    Wishing I could start this minute!

  235. Fleurette says:

    Sherri’s book looks so inspiring. Yes, I am open to new challenges and living courageously! What an amazing opportunity, thank you.

  236. Joy says:

    I’m definitely ready to be more free in my work!

  237. Lisa Anderson says:

    I don’t like to follow other peoples patterns, I always veer off in my own direction. I have a drawer full of templates I never use and have taken many classes but remain a rebel. Although traditional quilts are beautiful, I’m drawn to unique quilts that come from the heart. I’d love to learn this approach to quilting!

  238. Peggy says:

    I have always enjoyed the process of machine piecing a quilt. This technique has me thinking about a way to ‘tweak’ a favorite quilt pattern and make it new!

  239. Joanna Price says:

    Always ready! I’ve been on the improv path for a few years now and find it so fun and exciting not to know how things will look at the end.

  240. Teresa Ranson says:

    So many inspiring quilt designers throwing out the rule book. Right up my alley. Would love to own the book giveaway.

  241. Rachel F. says:

    My quilting experience is limited but I am contemplating spending more time on making great things with fabric. Thanks for the inspiration and the opportunity!

  242. Angela says:

    I’m just learning, so I need all the help I can get.

  243. Betsy says:

    I just returned from Borneo and seeing all the colorful birds and butterflies has colors whirling in my mind and would love to have this book for some inspiration on getting something together with fabric! Thanks for the opportunity.

  244. Kelley McCrory says:

    Having come to quilting twenty years ago after twenty years of clothing construction and clothing design I most certainly like to design my own things. Any ideas that I can add to my design process are extremely welcome. And since I always like a new challenge I welcome new ways of looking at or doing things.

    I also have a love of great sewing studio tools and the Kia scissors sound beyond amazing. I see a pair in those in my future for sure. Thank you so much bring them to our attention.

  245. Kelley McCrory says:

    I have already made a comment about the items in the giveaway, but I forgot to ask a quick question. Looking up Sherri’s book it looks like it hasn’t even been released yet. Is that correct? If so, when can we expect it to be out?

    • Okan Arts says:

      Kelley, Sherri’s book is releasing to the public in early May but I have four copies from the publisher to give away. It will likely deliver to the winners’ homes right before the publishing date! Pretty cool!

  246. Dianne Young says:

    I think I’ve finally found what I’ve been looking for…

    (with apologies to U2)

  247. april zemke says:

    Sounds like a very interesting technique.

  248. Jill says:

    I am so ready to try improv quilting. I feel like once I try it there will be no turning back. Thank you for a chance to win.

  249. Lisa Jenni says:

    Always ready to expand my horizon! The world needs more improv and problem solving…

  250. nancy zarider says:

    Visited Japan a few years ago and still regret not buying an amazing pair of scissors in Tokyo’s kitchen district.
    I am a recently returning expat with lots of asian fabrics in tow. Plan to check out some techniques in the book no matter what.

  251. Lynda says:

    Ready and wanting to break free!!!!

  252. Kaye Koler says:

    Sew Ready! Sew Willing! I often change the pattern anyway!

  253. sherry mc carty says:

    My mind has been spinning for a long time, mentally trying to figure out what I am going to do with my ideas and what my mind is trying to tell me.
    I have horded some wild silks, navy and some chartreuse, I would like to do a double spiral. I want to just pick up the scissors and go for it. I just need to take that wild step, like stepping off a high mountain.

  254. Really looking forward to this book. i’m always ready to try a new way to improv quilt!

  255. Sue Tuttle says:

    What an inspiration for creativity….I would love the book!

  256. Lynn Walker says:

    I love trying new sewing methods and the Improv style has me raring to have a go. Just can wait for the chance to try it.

  257. Bonnie Popoff says:

    lm just new at Quilting and look forward in learning new stuff. L love to win that book ,l like what l see,got my mind going it never stops thinking unless lm sleeping.

  258. Susan Zakanycz says:

    I am ready to cut, sew and create!!!

  259. Michele Lee says:

    As a painter, I started off tight and it took me years to loosen up and finally let go
    I want to start off with letting go at the beginning of my quilting journey, so that I can be more FREE to create and with fabric.

  260. Susan says:

    Always love a new perspective!

  261. paulette says:

    New scissors! Can’t ever have enough sharp scissors.

  262. Natalie says:

    Her work is impressive… Looks like fun to create

  263. Natalie says:

    Her quilts are impressive, looks like fun to create 🙂

  264. Bonnie says:

    l would love to win,it’s very nice to have the option to win something nice,that different fabric places put on the web.

  265. denise burge says:

    so ready! Sherri is genius.

  266. Jenny Gallo says:

    I’m ready! It’s always invigorating to try something new! Can’t wait to read and learn from this book.

  267. cynthia says:

    I am ready to liberate my quiltmaking!

  268. Jayda says:

    So Ready, Just Started Quilting at Christmas time
    , I got a lot to learn 🙂

  269. Sarah Martin says:

    I am so super ready! Cleaned up my sewing room even!!! So I am EXTRA ready!! : )

  270. Tifany says:

    I was born ready for this type of quilt makin’ but I just didn’t know it til I took Sherri Lynn Wood’s class!

  271. Judy Bowers says:

    I love learning new methods!

  272. Carol Fish says:

    Pick me! I like to try new stuff, please.

  273. Ellen Heckler says:

    My motto is to learn something new with each quilt that I make.

  274. kris says:

    I never think I am ready until I just dive in and then I am so ready!!

  275. Laura says:

    I am SEW ready!!!

  276. Keri says:

    i am so ready to rethink my art! Looking forward to breaking out of the norm and finding the new me in improv quilting 🙂

  277. Laura says:

    Ready ready ready!!!

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  280. Jay says:

    When I was younger, I always colored inside the lines of my coloring book page-but I am older now and ready to design my own coloring book…uh…quilt 😉 it’s fun!

  281. Shirley says:

    Let’s get outside the box. Ready Set Go!

  282. Nina says:

    I’m ready to use those scissors and make a smashing new improve piece of textile artwork!

  283. Ronda asta says:

    I’ve been very ready for a while. Hoping….

  284. “How ready am I to re-think…”?

    I have been re-thinking, and I have been re-working…but it wouldn’t hurt to have Sherri Lynn’s help.

    So thankful for this offer, and c’mon number 289!!!!!

    Congratulations on the publishing milestone, SL :^)

  285. Colleen says:

    For me I am not ready I am still exploring and enjoying traditional quilt making.
    Thanks for the chance to win

  286. Paula says:

    I look to try something new and different with every project.

  287. Dede hoeft says:

    How ready am I? I am courageously ready!!
    I am new to quilting and very drawn to the idea of modern, innovative and outside the box style! Can’t wait to get the book! (Or scissors!!)

  288. Pam Arbour says:

    I am very ready. I plenty of fabric to cut up and not all of it is 100% cotton! The book and/or the scissors would be a great asset.

  289. Betty C says:

    I have a sewing machine and I am not afraid to use it! I am always learning and watching for new ideas.

  290. Ivy says:

    I could not be more ready. Bring it.

  291. Lesley says:

    Always up for something different, otherwise life is very boring!

  292. Jeannie says:

    Be still my heart! All of my favorite things in one give away. I was hoping the Easter bunny was bring some new threads and fabric. I have evolved in my quilting over the past 40+ years. I started hand piecing/quilting traditional quilts. Now I bounce around, but always learning.