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four april giveaways!

four april giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea

This month’s giveaway features Blair Stocker’s newly released book: Wise Craft Quilts: A Guide to Turning Beloved Fabrics into Meaningful Patchwork. There are four giveaways, with each book valued at $29.95.

I love Blair’s quote on the dedication page: For every maker and reader who has ever told me about a special collection of fabric they hope to someday make a quilt with. That someday is today.

The book is filled with inspired projects. Count them: 21!

Blair takes quilt makers through the process of working with a wide range of fabrics—from throw-away clothes to Tyvek race numbers to flimsy handkerchiefs to well-loved tablecloths! And a wedding dress! And those sweet, outgrown baby clothes! This brave woman takes on every imaginable found fabric.

Stories, instructions, constraints, strategies and design notes abound to get you started on making your own precious patchwork.


If you are not one of the Lucky Four, be sure to order this delightful book and start making quilts that tell your own stories.

To participate in the April giveaway for a copy of Wise Craft Quilts, answer this question in the Comment Box below: What is your experience with making quilts using fabrics that hold meaning?

HOW THIS GIVEAWAY WORKS: The April 2017 giveaway drawing will be held at midnight PST on April 20, 2017. Okan Arts Giveaways are open to US residents (sorry to my Canadian and international friends), 18 and older, void where prohibited. One entry per person. Four lucky winners will be chosen with a random number drawing for the four books. The winners will be notified within 24 hours. Each winner must respond within one week of notification or her/his giveaway will be forfeited. A list of Okan Arts giveaway winners can be obtained at any time from Okan Arts. Thanks for participating!

To buy Wise Craft Quilts: A Guide to Turning Beloved Fabrics into Meaningful Patchwork +click here

To visit Blair’s Wise Craft website +click here

To read Blair’s guest blog post that was published by Okan Arts last month +click here

Thank you Blair Stocker and Roost Books for the donation of these books!

This is an unsponsored giveaway with no compensation given to Okan Arts.

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98 comments to “four april giveaways!”

  1. Susan Ritchie Voegtly says:

    I haven’t yet! But, I am holding a couple of pieces of

  2. Jackie says:

    I’ve just cut up my wedding gown. It’s ripe for creating.

  3. Denise says:

    I have used t shirts and jeans to make those special quilts. A challenge but knowing the recipient will be thrilled helps get you over the tough spots

  4. Kae Eagling says:

    Sheer joy!

  5. Emily T. Breclaw says:

    I’ve made lots of t-shirt quilts for family members and friends. I’ve also done some memory quilts- two with western shirts and old jeans! It was such a challenge sewing such different weights of fabrics together, but the look in the recipient’s eyes was worth it! thanks for the lovely giveaway opportunity!!

  6. Mary O. says:

    I do not have any experience completing a quilt with saved items but, I do have saved items that need to be put to use! This sound like an inspiring book.

  7. Susan Michael says:

    I have saved my grandpa’s shirts and I want to make a quilt with them.

  8. Jeanne Mayes says:

    I am not a quilter with experience so planing a quilt of special fabric would be difficult for me. However I do have a favorite fabric designer and someday I hope to have a beautiful quilt of that fabric.

  9. Linda Williamson says:

    My first quilt started as a pillow using old jeans and my husbands flannel shirts…it grew into a nine patch that has been used for 25 years. Love that old quilt.

  10. Vicki Rozendaal says:

    I am working on a quilt featuring family needlework and laces.

  11. Kathy says:

    Using a quilt that you make from a loved ones clothes is like getting a hug from them

  12. sgrancio says:

    I have made a number of memory quilts on commission, both from the garments of deceased loved ones and from clothes, especially shirts, for people who have collected there own important garments, such as race t-shirts, over time. One family asked for six totally different items from one grandmother’s wonderful clothing.

  13. tarnia says:

    I haven’t used any precious family textiles in my quilt. I got a lot from my Mum recently, sesame street fabric from the eighties, dress fabric from that era too. But how to best use it? I might recommend our Guild buy this book, then I can cut into the fabric at last.

  14. Debby Cox says:

    These are the most special quilts…I’ve made a small quilt for a friend whose mom had passed away from some of her moms fav clothes. For myself, I have my dads coveralls that I’m waiting to use in a special project.

  15. Pamela V says:

    Have yet to make a quilt with such fabrics, but have been setting aside old jeans to make quilts for pets, since they seem to enjoy sleeping on jean fabric. Looks like a great book!

  16. Andrea Bursaw says:

    mom’s hankies are waiting! I already used her Guatemalan-weave cocktail napkins

  17. Alice Ronne says:

    I’ve got t-shirt quilts in the works. Both my kids played youth sports for years. Thank goodness there are lots of t-shirts to work with…they’re both in their twenties now and much taller! Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. Arlene Lawrence says:

    I have a special rice sack for the 50’s (from my parents) that I embroidered and have a collection of scraps and used clothing to cut up to use with it to make a quilt. I love that it reminds me of my growing up years!

  19. Janet Schayer says:

    I made a quilt out of silk ties and another out of men’s shirts. I’ve been collecting old textiles and plan to do something with them eventually.

  20. Janie M says:

    Thank you for sharing!

  21. Donna Johnston says:

    I am currently incorporating bits and pieces of fabric from clothes I wore and some I made for others from the late 1970’s. I’m calling the piece my Patchouli Days quilt!

  22. Janet Wright says:

    Making lovely quilts from Yukata seems to make my heart sing. I am now thinking of some way to make a vest from Yukata and other fabrics–then I can wear my lovely fabrics

  23. Susan Zakanycz says:

    I love making baby quilts with fabric that has meaning!

  24. Betsey says:

    I’m saving all my old jeans to someday make a quilt for myself.

  25. Karen M says:

    I made a quilt top with my dad’s ties and I hope to someday make a quilt using my mom’s favorite shirts. I don’t want to mess this one up, so this book would be a big help to get me started!

  26. Gin Ruddy says:

    Right now I’m working on a double wedding ring quilt that will have bits of my grandmother’s needlework as well as the aprons she made and wore every day. She died when my mom was a child so this is the closest I’ve ever been to her.

  27. Trudi Rammelkamp says:

    I have a box of fabric that has been waiting for this book!

  28. Kelli says:

    I have a box of fabric painted by my dad and I need some guidance for how to make it into something to use and enjoy.

  29. Sue Addison says:

    I made a quilt in grade school, which I just found in my mother’s things while helping her move. The fabrics were scraps from clothing she had made for my sisters and I. Such nice memories. It needs repairing. I also have been hoarding old clothing and fabrics for years. Time to make a quilt!

  30. tierneycreates says:

    What is your experience with making quilts using fabrics that hold meaning? My friend and I made a series of art quilts 2012 – 2017 forward using silk and linen clothing samples/scraps from the 1990s that another friend got from a couture fabric manufacturer in the NYC Fashion district that were scheduled for the landfill. These quilts became part of The Wardrobe Meets the Wall collection – These recycled fabrics and these quilts hold a lot of meaning for the following reasons: 1) We felt very “green” using fabrics saved from a landfill and turning them into art quilts; 2) It was my first time making an improvisational art quilt, previously I was a traditional quilter; 3) it was a really bonding experience between two women from different generations and cultural backgrounds to share a beautiful collaborative recycled art quilt experience.

  31. Linda Miller says:

    I haven’t had any so far.

  32. Lesa Bader says:

    I have bins of my children’s clothes witting to be sewn into quilts and this book looks like the perfect inspiration!

  33. Marla says:

    I have made pillows from men’s shirts and jeans as memory items.

  34. Miep says:

    This book would be a treasure to win. I keep my fingers X

  35. Kathy E. says:

    I don’t have a lot of experience using memorable fabrics in the quilts I’ve made, but one of the last ones I completed, I added in pieces of my son’s favorite shirt that he could no longer wear. When I gave him the quilt, he found the shirt pieces right away and it made him so happy!

  36. Vivian says:

    I’ve used fabrics that I’ve acquired in different places I’ve lived and visited. I recently discovered some old quilt blocks I made as a teenager from clothing my mom and I had made.

  37. soozi says:

    my first quilt was of fabrics leftover from dresses made for my daughter when
    she was growing up. It went to college with her. I also have made quilts from
    yukata samples that my dad used to order merchandise from japan for his
    shop which closed in the 1970’s.

  38. Tina Kercher says:

    I find it difficult to put scissors to any fabric I really, really love. I’m fascinated by the idea of using meaningful pieces to create something new to be enjoyed.

  39. Kim says:

    Years ago, when my boys were small, I made a tied blanket with our worn clothing. It is still in use!! That was before I knew much about quilting and I am pleased that my journey has come full circle,,,, back to re-purposing cozy pieces of fabric love into quilty hugs. Thanks for the inspiration and encouragement 😉

  40. Wanda says:

    I am currently working on a “big stitch” “quilt as you go” piece made from clothing that has come my way. I am so inspired by you!

  41. Terry Peart says:

    I made a quilt using old jeans. This was back when denim was 100% cotton. My old machine was not happy at all and really wasn’t up to the task. I ended up tying it since it was too thick to quilt. I love it though.

  42. Patti says:

    Love Blair Stocker. Her work is so inspiring!

  43. Tac says:

    I have some things I would like to use in a memorial quilt but have not started. I

  44. Betsy says:

    I made a baby quilt for my niece using fabric from my mother’s dresses. My Mom had passed and I wanted her energy and love to wrap around my niece. I did need some help with the fabrics but I was happy to have a quilt that had that meaning.

  45. Doni Boyd says:

    I made I Spy quilts with my mom. Because of her eye problems, we made simple checkerboard quilts – one for each firstborn baby of Mom’s grandchildren and great grandchildren. Of course, we overbought the cute fabrics – I was still collecting I Spy fabrics years after we were done. My mom passed away 2 years ago and I still think of her every time I’m working with I Spy fabrics and quilts. doni @ Oregon coast

  46. Sheryl Ramstad says:

    I have inherited dozens of my father’s silk ties, many of which he was given as a visiting missionary to China. I am currently obsessing in his to take them apart and use them!

  47. Wilma Scott says:

    I was able to use some of my mother-in-law’s clothing to make a memorial quilt called “Josephine’s Heart.” I gave it to her daughter, my sister-in-law, and she cherishes the quilt.

  48. Jackie Stevens says:

    I made my husband a t-shirt quilt using his cycling shirts, as well as church and civic events he has enjoyed.

  49. Diane Johnson says:

    I love working in precious silk neckties. They lend themselves to crazy quilts and I also make patchwork tote bags from them. Many are family heirlooms.

  50. Barb Snider says:

    I love books about quilting and have many of them. I would love to add Blair’s book to my collection!

  51. Marilynn says:

    I have worked with others clothing to make memory quilts for family members. Still have a few of my mothers cotton clothing that I want to make into a memory quilt for myself.

  52. Robin Medley says:

    With the WORLD changing so quickly I am lucky that I quilt and that I have a Son and Daughter that I have made many quilts to leave for them NOW and in the future. Winning this book would be such an honor for my 68th Birthday!
    Thank you Robin

  53. Heidi says:

    After sewing baby clothes during pregnancy, I was inspired to use the scraps to make my first quilt. Thanks for the chance to win this book, it looks very inspirational!

  54. Kat says:

    I haven’t yet, but I have been holding on to my sons baby clothes with the hope of doing just that. Thank you for having this giveaway!

  55. Louisa Lawson says:

    I made a quilt using my father’s shirts and gave it to my son

  56. Angela Short says:

    What a cool book! I have fabric that has a special meaning but I haven’t made a quilt yet. I can’t wait though!!

  57. Marie C says:

    I have a small collection of such fabrics but haven’t tried making a quilt with them — yet!

  58. Nicole Sender says:

    I have made quilts that have fabric from favorite shirts and dresses. It makes the quilt special and meaningful to contain memories of times past!

  59. Laura Finch says:

    I’m looking forward to repurposing my son’s tees and sweatshirts. There is also a stack of old western shirts from my friends waiting for new life as quilt pieces.

  60. Lolly Schiffman says:

    I made a quilt from fabric my daughter chose when she was a little girl. I gave her the quilt for Christmas the year she graduated from college. Tragically, I lost my beloved daughter 16 months later. I was not able to get the quilt back.

  61. Kathie L says:

    I loved making aprons using feed sacks from my grandmother. they were much appreciated by family members.

  62. Lynn Haia says:

    I have been cutting up an old silk jacket from my other’s great aunt. Working on challenge exchange with another person. It is really pushing me out of my comfort zone.

  63. Brenda says:

    I have collected lots of fabrics that hold meaning, but haven’t taken that next step yet. I would love to win this book. I was excited when I saw your post about it on Instagram.

  64. Pam says:

    I have a collection of my son’s shirts that he wore in all of his school pictures. Next year he graduates from college – guess what he’s getting?

  65. Michelle D says:

    My sisters and I grew up sewing our clothes and Mom (born in 1921) had a big box to save all the scraps. I turned out to be the only quilter so guess who has that old box? Time to do something with it – thanks for such an inspiring book!

  66. marty says:

    the entire project just becomes so much more meaningful!

  67. Judi D'Accardo says:

    I purchased some beautiful blue and white fabric that reminded me of my Mothers love of her willow patterned china. I made a quilt for my Mother with this fabric.

  68. Suzanne Wu says:

    I am almost finished with a t-shirt quilt for my oldest as she heads to grad. school. I have saved some of my daughters’ toddler clothing that had special fabrics in hopes of making something beautiful some day. AND the Tyvek quilt would be cool too as my other daughter has heaps of saved numbers that used to adorn her bedroom door.

  69. Barbara Montejo says:

    I have made 3 quilts for a woman using her mother’s clothing.

  70. Joan says:

    I made two future small baby sized quilts for my twenty-something children from their dad’s dress shirts when he passed away from cancer. One I gave for a lap quilt to my 95 year old mother in law to use for now. I also made a scrap quilt that used some of my daughter’s childhood dresses for her college quilt. It’s fun looking back at those memories invoked by the fabric.

  71. Shirley says:

    Used some crocheted antimacassars from grandmother, circa 1930’s, backed with fabric and embroidered, to make pillows.

  72. Janet Hasselblad says:

    I’ve been lucky to have received two quilts made from family clothes. One from my aunt Pauline, and one that was made by mom and all her sisters. I can still hear them talking and laughing as they sewed together. I have yet to use my old things to make a quilt. I guess the time is now!

  73. Marty Vint says:

    I save my favorite scraps in a special place. Then, sometimes years later, I incorporate those fabrics into a new quilt. As I use these scraps they bring me memories if when I first used them and make me happy!

  74. Kathleen Flanagan says:

    I started out quiltiing with old boxer shorts of my son’s who outgrew them before he could wear them!

  75. Barbaraben says:

    Every quilt has a story – the fabrics chosen have meaning as well as the location where the quilt is sewn as well as who is using the completed quilt.

  76. Amy L says:

    I have used tshirts, and worn out flannel pjs for quilts kids. Next up, using my grandmother’s scraps from our old dresses.

  77. Susan says:

    T-shirt quilts. I help friends make them for family members who died in 9/11 for firefighters and nypd.

  78. mary says:

    Looks like a great book

  79. Jill S says:

    I start d quilting to create family heirlooms. one of my favorites is the memory quilt for my Mother. It tells her life story in photos. It is her favorite thing. She recently had a stroke and I’m so glad that quilt exists. I do have a few fabrics that I have not wanted to cut. The books sound like the perfect inspiration!

  80. Lucy B. says:

    Being a relatively new quilter, I’ve never repurposed fabric. Would love to get some ideas.

  81. Nancy Martin says:

    I have some special fabrics from my mom and looking to find a special pattern to highlight them for a quilt for my daughter.

  82. Nancy says:

    When I make quilts with meaningful fabrics I am able to display and enjoy looking at the fabrics because the memories come flowing from my heart to my head.

  83. Cathy Favreau says:

    I have saved pieces of handprinted marimekko fabric from the 1970’s. There were handed down from his grandparents who worked with the designer in the 60’s and 70’s. Still thinking of WHAT to make with them!

  84. Sylvia says:

    I made a memory quilt from my father’s shirts. He was a school principal, and I remember my Mom, ironing those shirts, as he wore a fresh one every day. It was tied, not quilted.

  85. Nancy R says:

    Yes, yes, I’m one of those….the hoarder searching for the just right perfect pattern to set the rotary blade to my treasure. Hopefully Blair’s book can help me overcome.

  86. Terry says:

    What an inspiration this book will be! I have lots of save clothing from years ago and have been wanting to create a quilt with these memorable pieces. It would be a special treat to win this book!

  87. jenny says:

    My first quilt was made with scraps from my childhood clothing my mother made. I was 15 and the quilt is terrible, but ever so meaningful!!

  88. Rafaelita Chavez says:

    I have bins of ties that I plan to use to make several quilts.

  89. Wendy Hill says:

    I fell in love with Tyvec around 2001, but so far, only one tote bag. Then came zippers- I received over 90 packages of zippers from people from Alaska to Arizona. LOVE the older colors. I’ve made quilts with men’s ties- and shirts— love thinking about the stories the ties could tell. Well, that’s the lure isn’t it? Whether new or old, fabrics come together to tell a new story through our quilts.

  90. cynthia rosner says:

    I pick my fabrics by color and have not made any quilts with fabrics that have meaning.

  91. jodi g. says:

    our oldest son made a baby quilt for our 3rd son, after a terminal diagnosis. the fabric was (is) a magical, celestial Hoffman batik from 25 years ago. there is still some fabric left and I have used it sparingly over the years…but every thing I’ve made with our ‘joey’ fabric has been so meaningful…having fabric to remember someoneone by is just awesome!!

  92. Crystal Edwards says:

    I haven’t made a quilt with personally meaningful fabrics yet, but I’ve seen some very inspiring textile art works in books (Strange Material by Prain immediately comes to mind).

  93. Vivian B. says:

    Of course, the quilters “must make” project – a t-shirt quilt! Interestingly, made to cover the worn out arm of our couch from my husband and sons t-shirts — because after all, they’re the ones who wore out the couch arm! In the wings: a quilt featuring my grandmother’s handkerchiefs!

  94. LaVerne Mullane says:

    what a lovely book. I would love to win.

  95. Jamie S says:

    So far it’s only aspirational, but reading this article and now following Blair on FB, I’m edging closer. Her concept projects are beautiful and inspiring. Thank you.

  96. Ann Hudson says:

    I made a T shirt quilt for my daughter when she went away to college several years ago. It had her favorite T’s from elementary through high school as well as summer camp shirts. She loved it and still has it!

  97. Linda B. says:

    I have ties, pieces of fabric, tshirts from different family members, just haven’t taken the next step.

  98. Pat says:

    I just made a small quilt top that includes pieces of fabric I thought were too special to use in any old quilt. I’m happy I used them. I have other special fabrics that will find their way into quilts this year too.

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