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four august giveaways!

four august giveaways!

This month Okan Arts is giving away 20 Fat Quarters from Judie Rothermel’s Scrappier Dots collection, produced by Studio 37 of Marcus Fabrics; and three spools of cotton floss by Aurifil. There are four giveaways, each valued at $71.

Judie owns Schoolhouse Quilt Shoppe, an online business based in Canton OH. As an expert and collector of antique fabrics and quilts, Judie designs fabrics based on her knowledge of fabrics from the Civil War era and early 20th century.

The month’s giveaway fabric patterns and hand-stitching threads harken to a time of home and hearth—when scrappy quilts were found on beds throughout the nation.

To make these fabrics fun and fabulous, the theme is dots—petite, solid, outlined, ovals, in stripes, and in more configurations!

Paired with each FQ collection are three spools of 6-strand cotton thread by Aurifil. Made for hand-stitching, Aurifloss can used straight off the wooden spools or divided into separate strands.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. The winners are Lynn K of Naperville IL, Jackie B of Indianapolis IN, Shasta M of Columbus OH, and Amber W of Billings MT.

To participate in the August giveaway, answer this question in the Comment Box below: How have historic quilts and fabrics touched your own quilt designs?

HOW THIS GIVEAWAY WORKS: The August 2018 giveaway drawing will be held at midnight Pacific Time on August 31, 2018. 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 Scrappier Dots FQ collection and Aurifloss. 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 visit Judie’s Schoolhouse Quilt Shoppe website +click here

To visit the Marcus Fabrics website +click here

To visit the Aurifil Thread website +click here

Thank you Marcus Fabrics for the donation of the FQ collection and Aurifil for the donation of the cotton floss! Please note that Okan Arts received no compensation for this giveaway.


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314 comments to “four august giveaways!”

  1. Allison C says:

    I love the old look of Civil War era quilts – the subdued colors (okay except for Cheddar) are really attractive! I like the simplicity of many of the designs!

  2. Ellee says:

    One of my first quilting books featured pictures of traditional quilts from the 1800s and early 1900s. A particular quilt in that book caught my eye, so I made a quilt based on that design done in my favorite colors, which made it look totally modern.

  3. Vicki Obenhaus says:

    I love civil war inspired fabric. I have made several wall hangings from that fabric and I am in the process of making a queen size quilt for my own bed. I collect any scrap I can find. Also, I am inspired by my collection of my ancestors’ quilts made with feed sack material. I have them displayed in my home and I have made several quilts with fabric inspired by those feed sacks, including one entitled “You Are Loved” for my granddaughter that Denyse Schmidt shared in her blog.

  4. Melissa Robinson says:

    Historic quilts are thought provocing. I wonder about the collecting of the fabrics….were they from worn out clothing, flour sacks etc.?? It makes me want to convey a message with my choice of prints.

  5. Nancy Arneson says:

    I love scrappy quilts. I am influenced by the cozy and inviting feeling older, historic quilts convey. I hope my quilts are as cozy and inviting as the ones my grandmother made with what was available to her and thus scrappy.

  6. Marilynn says:

    I love the historical quilts and the blocks they are comprised from that are so interesting. I like to take that kind of block and put contemporary or Asian fabrics and create a spin on the style.

  7. Dottie MACOMBER says:

    My first experience with quilts was with the utilitarian cotton crazy quilts that my grandmother made; these were not the fancy Victorian crazy quilts but were made from fabric left over from sewing clothing: housedresses, aprons, shirts, kids’ pajamas, etc., as well as from sewing clothes for my dolls; there were no fancy embroidery stitches, and they were tied with crochet cotton. I loved the old shirting fabrics and the feedsack fabrics (real, not repro!). My mother made me a similar crazy quilt using leftover fabrics from her scrap bag and that of my grandmother. I love that quilt; I can look at it and find fabric from a dress or skirt I wore, a housedress or apron of my grandmother’s, etc. I think those old quilts are the reason I like the reproduction fabrics today! I’ve branched out a bit into brighter, more modern fabrics as the times have changed, but I always return to those fabrics that remind me of my grandmother’s and mother’s quilts.

  8. Aime Augsburg says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this prize! Vintage quilts of kinds and ethnicities call to me! American Civil War era quilts have unique colors all their own. I love the deep, dark reds and blues with a gold hued white. In making my own quilts, there is always as embellishment of embroidery, so this package is calling my name!

  9. Janet Schayer says:

    I love looking at old quilts….I can’t help but be influenced by the design and the “make do” attitude of some of those quilts….they were improvising way back then as well…I like to reinterpret the traditional in a more contemporary way.

  10. Glenda Hollander says:

    I’m drawn to the simplicity of the quilts and design. Every quilt has a story and the magic dust swirls around your head & pushes you to create something spectacular. Quilts, pictures, architecture , anything can spark the imagination.

  11. Fiona Eisenhood says:

    My first formal quilting class was taught by Marsha McCloskey at In the Beginning, who taught her students about classic fabric and quilt patterns even as she modernized them. Gwen Marston is still doing the same thing. I like to put a nod to a traditional fabric or pattern somewhere in every quilt.

  12. babs ratner says:

    Old quilts inspire me to be exacting in my quilt work. I’m amazed at the time and energy it must have taken to create these beauties. Thank you for the opportunity to try to win the August giveaway!

  13. Rita Romeu says:

    I started collecting Amish quilts and quickly decided I wanted to learn to quilt myself. I love the way the Amish use the dark and solid colors but make their quilts so lively and vibrant. I also love Japanese vintage fabrics. Both traditions have definitely influenced my color palette and the way I approach design .

  14. Lynn Kuehn says:

    I am always inspired by vintage quilts… and Quilters. Without a lot of high tech tools and wide range of fabrics, they created lasting beauty !

  15. Betty Vincent says:

    I saw a quilt show at ou

  16. Betty Vincent says:

    I saw a quilt program today of a grandmother, her daughter and her granddaughter which inspired me to dommore applicate with all kinds of fabric. I would love to use this fabric in some project.

  17. Deb Woolley says:

    My grandmother hand pieced and hand quilted everything she did. She recycled fabric, old dresses, flour sacks, tablecloths, etc. I am the proud owner of several quilts made from double knit polyester and believe me when I tell you they are heavy. In her spirit of using everything, and her belief in no rules, I have come to adopt the theory that everything works in the hands of a skilled seamstress as she was. So, work well, work smart and use everything and create.

  18. Marilynn Hagan says:

    I have quite a collection of civil war fabrics. I love the colors and and variety. Historic quilts are so inviting and interesting. I really enjoy making scrappy quilts with traditional blocks. I can only hope they have the same longevity.

  19. LInda says:

    My family background is in the Appalachian highlands of eastern Ky and western VA I grew up sleeping under hand made quilts and watched my paternal grandmother piecing many times (she usually did the quilt assembly in the winter, when I was at school:). I adore the geometric designs of patchwork and always go back to that kind of pattern interaction, no matter what I make.
    🙂 Linda

  20. Kate says:

    Occasionally, I clean out my stash thoroughly and find historic/vintage that i remember buying in the 70’s. Crazy that I still have some, but even crazier that i still remember where and why i bought them!

  21. Wilma Scott says:

    When I was small – three or four years old, I would go with my momma to the church basement where my grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, and other church ladies would quilt around a frame. I took my favorite doll, a pillow, and a blanket and would play quietly under the quilt. Watching the ladies hands work the needle under the quilt would lull me to sleep. However, I was most fascinated by the array of rolled stockings, old handbags, and assorted granny shoes within my limited view!

  22. Jmj says:

    I live in Indiana and love the bright Amish quilts and their wonderful craftwomanship.

  23. Diane Johnson says:

    I’m old enough to remember wearing some of those tiny prints now seen in “vintage” fabrics. It is fun recreating little dresses and quilts for my great grand daughters (ages 5, 4 and 2) from these beautiful fun designs.

    • Tess says:

      It is with great pleasure that I have quilts from the previous 4 generations of family members who passed on the love of textiles and color. One worked in a shirt factory and made several quilts from these same fabrics.
      When I look or touch any of these treasures, it is inspiring and motivating to move forward on the next project.

  24. Mary Burnett says:

    When I first started on my quilting journey I tried to reproduce the look of the antique quilts that I saw in magazines and wanted in my home. I ended up mixing in non traditional fabrics and making the quilts more my own. Thirty plus years down the road my quilts are traditional patterns with my own quirky fabric choices…many of which are vintage or vintage look alikes!

  25. Judy Tucker says:

    Love Dots…big small love em all and Thread!

  26. Judith Lawrance says:

    Baltimore Album
    Quilts have influenced me to make applique quilts. All old quilts have given me a love for all quilts and have caused me to make many…

  27. Barbara Kampas says:

    I have been quilting for more than 40 years because I saw a beautiful antique log cabin quilt that I could not afford. Having sewn for many years I jumped in and replicated the quilt in shades of brown adding a nine patch pattern on the back of the quilt. I so enjoyed the process that I started taking classes to learn more and purchased books to help me learn about the history of quilts and their patterns. Fabric choices have changed over the years but my interest in and pleasure working with fabric continues to grow.

  28. Kate Meyers says:

    all I can say is YUMMY

  29. Meriul says:

    I grew up watching my Mennonite mother, aunts, and others from the church hand stitch many quilts. I loved the colorful calico prints then and use similar prints in my art quilts now.

  30. Rose says:

    I am new to making quilts, but have been absorbing as much inspiration from the work of others as I can! In my own quilt designs. I like to use traditional quilt blocks and reimagine them with some modern elements (with fabric choice, color, or deconstruction). It makes me feel that I am building upon the generations of quilters but still making a quilt my own. I visited a civil war quilt reproduction exhibit in LaConnor and was amazed by all their delicate hand stitching. I made notes of elements of these quilts that I would like to recreate for myself.

  31. Janet Hood says:

    In many ways, older historic quilts are just as varied as those today. Sometimes I see one that is so different from others that I think it is modern. And at some point those we make today will be historic. What will they say about us? Will they study our fabrics and designs? I hope many of ours are cherished and the tradition of making quilts in many forms will be carried on by our descendants! I tend to love so many different types. I may not copy but am definitely inspired!

  32. Kate Pietschman says:

    I was inspired by Amish quilts. Geometrics- solids Also many traditional blocks remain my favorites – log cabin, drunkard’s path, nine-patch and the wonderful crazy quilts full of textures and lovely handwork.

  33. The very first quilt that I made was with my grandmother; we went to a wool mill and purchased a full-size piece of combed wool. We brought it home and stretched it out on a wood frame and we bought a brown homespun plaid material and cut it to fit the top and bottom of the wool. We cut a rusty colored yarn she had and with a large eyed sewing needle pushed it thru all 3 layers tying knots with the yarn on the top layer. We hand stitched the outside edge with a blanket stitch thru all 3 layers. I slept under this quilt keeping warm on the cold winter nights in Michigan. That experience inspired me to teach my grandaughters and our pastor’s daughter how to make quilts. Those special moments in my memory still evoke inner peace and happiness no other memory can. My Grandmother’s love for me lives on in my love of quilts and the satisfying pleasure in making them for the last 25 years. Janet Gorski

  34. cindy s says:

    I lean toward quilt fabrics from mid 1800’s made from small squares of various patterns and colors. I usually like fabrics with shades of blues or coordinating with blues and a simple pattern. I usually leave out variations of oranges for some reason. There is something reminiscent of an old homemade quilt either lightweight or on the heavy side to snuggle under for the night. Thanks for the quilt show pictures.

  35. sgrancio says:

    What a wonderful collection of fabrics and hand-stitching threads! I have two Boston Commoms quilts made by my great-grandmother in the 30’s from original 30’s fabrics and really cherish them. I have often thought of trying to make a small replica but would have to search out the perfect fabrics.

  36. Mary D says:

    Much of today’s quilt designs are based on historical quilt designs. When you see the scrap quilts, postage stamp quilts, feed sack & repro fabrics, all from yesterday quilt inspiration. I make some of my quilts with repurposed and non quilting cotton such as silk, linen and wool.

  37. I am honored to be part of a long line of quilters. And possess some fabulous antique quilts from the mid 19th to the mid 20th centuries. They are excellent examples of period and/or scrappy quilts that have encouraged me to do the same.

  38. Lesley says:

    I love all quilts. I love how modern quilters have reinterpreted historic blocks.

  39. Stacy Hurt says:

    I was commissioned to back, batt and quilt a top that was won at auction. it was100 years old. I was (and am always) astonished that it was all hand pieced. I did the needed repairs by hand to preserve the integrity of the top, then did simple box stitching by machine to attach the batting and backing. I did the binding by hand as well. The client was thrilled to have the completed antique quilt for their century home.

  40. Shasta says:

    I love the colors of the older quilts and do emulate that from time to time, as well as the traditional patterns. Mostly, I like to imagine the myth of women using up scraps to keep their families warm, and I like to imagine myself alongside them.

  41. PENNY says:

    I love to see the ideas pop from old quilts made into Modern quilts.

  42. Linda J Cooper says:

    I find the geometric designs in historic, traditional blocks are timeless and pair well with modern quilts. It has been great fun combining fabrics and giving old patterns a new twist.

  43. Shirley Whitcomb says:

    I keep coming back to the structure of traditional quilts. There is a timeless order to their patterns that I love to use as inspiration with modern quilt fabrics.

  44. Barbara Grandon says:

    Design are updated with color and new fabric and also used for inspiration.

  45. Janie McCombs says:

    I love the look and the handwork of historic quilters. I can look at historic quilts for a long time. They are pretty amazing.

  46. Donna Prevedell says:

    From Gee’s Bend to Nancy Crow, from pre-Civil War broderie perse to Anna Maria Horner’s and Tula Pink’s fussy cutting, the DNA of “historic” quilts shines through everything we do and are as quilters. Though we’ve moved away from wilts as embellished necessities to today’s whimsical pastimes, we’re all skilled engineers, designers, colorists, and innovators.

  47. Susan Wolcott says:

    I have always loved historic quilts. One on the cover of a book of Kentucky quilts in the ’80s captured my heart. Finally I used it for inspiration for a quilt I made about 4 years ago. They both are very unique designs.

  48. S. Hartley says:

    These are wonderful fabrics and so fun!
    Wonderful repro but can be used in modern designs also! ❤

  49. Jerie Clark says:

    When I see an old quilt I love to imagine the maker sitting in her cabin stitching away with little light and thinking about other parts of her life

  50. Janice Yakel says:

    I am fascinated by the image of making quilts by hand, without electricity or modern day conveniences, and recycling clothing and other scraps to create a masterpiece.

  51. Alice Ronne says:

    Historic quilts inspire me to fantasize about how it was put together from start to finish. The selection of fabric, cutting of pieces, stitching them together and the most inspiring….what kind of conversations went on with all the quilters. Thanks for the giveaway.

  52. agnes burke says:

    Having a life long love of fabrics, quilts have always caught my eye !

  53. Janet Starr says:

    I don’t know! ⭐️

  54. Becky DuBose says:

    I love Civil War repro fabrics and the quilts that expressed the trials and joys of the times. I am currently hand quilting a sampler quilt with blocks and fabrics of the 1800s. Would love to win!

  55. Suzanne Caflisch says:

    Since I started quilting, 25 + years ago, I’ve been hugely influenced by the antique quilts. Each one I came across had a story to tell. The women who made them for the simple reason, to stay warm. The Log Cabin block has always been my favorite quilt block. The red in the center representing the hearth of the home, surrounded my pieces of cloth taken from family members clothing. Everything was used! Even now, I love to sew the log cabin blocks using neutrals and an array of modern quilting cottons. x

  56. Jan Taylor says:

    I always have at least two quilts in progress, and plans for about 179 more. And I love acquiring new fabric!

  57. Lynn S. says:

    Every quilt I make seems to be based on a historical block. The quilts are not reproductions, but they always do make a nod to history.

  58. Connie Cain says:

    I love to mix the old with the new! Old fashion blocks with modern fabric, or modern blocks with old fabric or both. 🙂 Love dots, so this fabric is one of my favorites.

  59. Darlene Arnswald says:

    Beautiful fabric. I am a HUGE fan of circles and dots. What I love about this line of fabric is that it’s vintage and modern — at the same time! Perfect for some English paper piecing!

  60. Sharon Bozman says:

    Historical quilts and fabrics make me appreciate the quilters of those eras. I get my inspiration from great grandmother’s, who quilted with dress scraps and whatever fabric was on hand.

  61. Judy Strong says:

    I have been gifted several quilts created by ancestors. They are used in our everyday life and admired for the women’s talented creations.

  62. Nikki Haley says:

    I love the colors and soft comfy look these fabrics give to a quilt.

  63. Ann Boehm says:

    The Civil War prints are my go to pick. I have made numerous quilts, table toppers, place mats with them. Fun to work with.

  64. Barbara says:

    Wow I love dots and Aurifil threads. It’s my BD so maybe I’ll get lucky for once. So I’ll enter. That is such s nice giveaway.

  65. Anne J says:

    I have used some reproduction fabrics in my quilts, pairing them with more modern fabrics. I love so many traditional quilt blocks, such as Log Cabin – the history behind them and how versatile they are. Growing up, I loved the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, I had such clear images of her stitching away in her cabin, using what was available to make something functional and beautiful.

  66. Julie Acosta says:

    I love the civil war prints and traditional designed quilts. My great aunt was a hand quilter and made many beautiful quilts. I try to make my quilts with similar blocks and fabrics for an old fashioned look.

  67. Jan Morrison says:

    My mom was a seamstress and her fabric stash and remnants, containing many historic prints, was a legacy to me when she died. When I see those fabrics, or nestle in a quilt made by her hands or that of my aunts, it is as much a memory comfort as a physical comforter. I love to sprinkle each of my quilts with some historical pieces and modern day replicas to have future generations be able to see and touch the past.
    Quilts have been significant to me since my childhood when, as a sickly child, I’d take journeys through the pieces of whatever quilt I was under (usualky a double wedding ring), tracing the patterns and memorizing which fabrics were in what order. I was able to keep two or three quilts made by my mom and/or her sisters. Their significane to me will always be profound.

  68. Historical quilts have inspired many of the quilts I choose to make.

  69. Karen Carr says:

    I love Civil War Era and 1930’s quilts… especially when they are a little worn looking. The wear and tear shows that they were loved and used. I hope all my quilts will be loved and used into that softness.

  70. Janet T says:

    I love historic designs, but not so much the subdued colors of civil war repro fabrics. However, turkey red is one of my favorite reds, and two-colors quilts are stunning. The fabrics in this collection can be used in historic designs *or* modern designs.

  71. Cheryl Aloise says:

    I just discovered the civil war materials with the small designs and love them. just found a few patterns that would be perfect for this material.

  72. Carolyn S White says:

    Can’t believe I just saw this giveaway on Facebook because my neighbor just gave me three 100 year old quilt tops (unquilted). I’ve always been inspired by the simple Nine patch in these OLD quilts and have made many quilts using the nine patch. It’s amazing how many old quilts are striped and dotted fabrics–I’m thinking because they used men’s old shirts? Anyway, without antique quilts to inspire, where would be today? Thanks for this opportunity.

  73. Sue Quinn says:

    Love the traditional fabrics. They remind me of my grandma and a simpler time.

  74. Shirley says:

    We have a crazy quilt block from Brigham Young ‘s wife, Emily Clawson, dated 1884. It hangs above my sewing machine, inspiring me as I quilt. It is all hand quilted and embroidered. ❤️

  75. Linda says:

    When I was in eighth grade my Grandmother Aril gave each of us a hand made quilt. There were seven children and twenty-seven grand children. I have my quilt on one of our spare beds now. When I began quilting, by machine, it made me aware of how much time and effort went into that Qhristmas’ gift to all of us.

  76. Truda Seidl says:

    I love the civil war era fabrics.. the colors and patterns are beautiful. I made a sampler from about 30 different fabrics that I collected, the sampler was a combination of 100 – 6″ blocks from different historical quilts. My family’s history is from the deep South, (Tennessee) and rich rich with civil war history.

  77. Sue Graham says:

    I have scraps of leftover fabric from the dress Mom made for my first day of kindergarten. It’s yellow with embroidered strawberries and I occasionally use a piece of it in a quilt. Kindergarten was 63 years ago so it’s definitely vintage fabric.

  78. Betty HH says:

    My husband is a history buff, especially concerning the Civil War. I first started collecting reproduction fabric to make a quilt for him and soon became enamoured with the designs and colors as well.

  79. Cathi Lafitte says:

    Antique quilts and fabrics inspire me. The necessity of quilts in days gone by, along with how artistic they were with their limited supply of fabrics amaze me.

  80. Brenda says:

    Love anything associated with history. Love the Civil War muted colors and patterns. Thanks for the chance to win.

  81. Linda Cartwright says:

    I have always loved the traditional quilts, and fabrics. I love the civil war colors.

  82. Lynn Lahr says:

    I love quilts and civil war era fabrics are so special. There is such attention to detail. When I start a new project these types of fabrics just seem to call my name. I can pull from my stash and everything goes together. I like the muted tones and what could be better than dots! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to win an fabric bundle and thread.


    The civil war quilts are really what inspired me to learn quilting in the very beginning. I am a novice and have not “designed” my own quilts. However the historical quilts touch my heart and they remind me that we can continue to touch lives through quilting. They have also made me realize the importance of documenting and putting labels on quilts that I make.

  84. Tammi says:

    Reproduction quilts are my favorites! I have more of them any other style. I find a soothing peacefulness using these fabrics. When looking at a new pattern I mentally see it in Civil War / reproduction style fabrics.

  85. Sue Wallace says:

    To recreate something that’s was made by hand in harder times out of any fabric they could find is a complete joy and honour. To sit at my machine letting my mind wander thinking about the type of like that person lead, the good time and the bad, the joy of being able to sit together with like minded friends, stitching away on quilts that later would be cherished by others 100 of years later. To have designers like Jo producing those same/ similar designs for us to enjoy I say thank you so much.

  86. Vicki Winter says:

    I love the Civil War reproduction fabrics and the wonderful quilts that represent out past. I am currently working on a Civil War era pattern and love it.

  87. Pam H says:

    I’m drawn to civil war to late 1800 colors and prints. My most liked design seem to use that time period.

  88. Kathi P. says:

    History repeats itself …..and does so in quilts. Wonderful

  89. Beatrice Kalle says:

    Great dot fabric.

  90. Brenda says:

    I don’t have a family tradition of quilting, so I feel a need at times to create or make those quilts that I might have gotten from earlier generations. I love this collection. I was playing with 6″squares as part of the Temecula Quilt Co. Monthly Mini, and after I finished the mini, I used the 2 1/2 x 3″ scraps remaining to make a second little quilt. If I could turn the remaining threads into something other than nesting materials for the birds next spring, I would!

  91. Linda says:

    Usually make baby quilts for local charity’s, but ever so often I ‘need’ to make an Early American style quilt! Must be love of our Patriot Forefathers! Thanks for sharing a great Giveaway!

  92. Pat Bush says:

    I love the simplicity and beauty of the old fabrics and quilts

  93. Judy B. says:

    I enjoy learning about quilts that people made 20-50-100 years ago. Many are so amazing and made without many of our current tools.

  94. Jan M Horn says:

    Amazing collection! I keep returning to the wonderful traditional fabrics as I continue my quilting experience!

  95. Kay Welch says:

    I made my nephews personal history quilts – looked up events that happened on their birthday throughout history and wrote the information in a block. Their birth date was written in the center block. I was inspired by historic friendship quilts I had seen. I have one in my collection that is done by a quilt bee in Kansas in 1926. Each person contributing a block embroidered her name and birthdate on her block. The oldest was dated 1851, and the youngest was 1910.

  96. Susan Weaver says:

    I have several quilts that are 60 to 75 years old. Our predecessors were not so concerned with perfection but with utility. Love that about those quilts.

  97. Donna Swiderski says:

    Repro fabrics are my obsession! I love to incorporate them into different blocks to see how they “work”!

  98. Nicci Bush says:

    I was instantly drawn to hisorical quilts. My first few quilts were blocks of the month. (Mills girls, Petticoats and Patriots). I love Judie Rothermal and Marcus fabrics!

  99. Teresa Celusta says:

    I really enjoy seeing historical quilts. I also like traditional blocks and patterns. Most of my quilts are the traditional patterns of log cabins, Ohio stars, etc. I also hand quilt all of my quilts and table runners. I always enjoy seeing old quilts and the handwork that was put into them.

  100. Nancy C says:

    I have an ancestor who made quilts during the Civil War. I feel very connected to these fabrics and patterns. The antique quilts hang throughout my home.

  101. Carol Y says:

    I love incorporating vintage prints in with modern fabrics in my quilts.

  102. Joy says:

    They inspired me to design and make a large medallion quilt beginning with a very traditional tree of life block.

  103. Sandy Allen says:

    Several years ago there was an exhibit at the art museum of quilts from a plantation from the 1800. It was so amazing to see the ways they used fabrics and colors that were available then to make the quilts shine. I came home with a whole new appreciation for hand quilting and piecing. I looked at my stash differently after that, and changed my thinking on what I though went with what.

  104. Bethany A. Huston says:

    I love these fabrics! The colors are beautiful! <3

  105. Edith Harries says:

    I enjoy getting inspiration from historical quilts and love how they used whatever fabrics they had on hand to create a beautiful piece of art that was used in practical ways. My quilts are mainly traditional pattens with a scrappy look. Love how when they’re washed they have a ‘crinkly’ look.

  106. Susan says:

    I find it interesting that I can use Civil War fabrics for virtually any quilt and it looks great! I don’t find that happening with modern fabrics. I also like small quilts where they work wonderfully- if that’s a word. Those fabric patterns never go out of fashion and really represent our history. Just love those traditional quilts and fabrics!

  107. Donna Weber says:

    I have liked antique quilts for many years and have picked up unfinished blocks and tops when I can. I love how some of the older quilts are artistically beautiful, using only what the makes had on hand. It pushes me to use fabrics I have instead of instantly going out to buy more. Then, when I do buy more fabric, it’s with an eye to what will work with what I already own.

  108. Pam says:

    My great-grandmother was q quilter and I am fortunate to have several of her quilts. They are definitely an inspiration for my quilting! Thank you for the chance to win this lovely fabric!

  109. Sandra says:

    I like modern quilts and enjoy researching the history of quilt blocks. Most quilt block designs have a rich an interesting history

  110. Betsy says:

    I have to say that I have great childhood memories of traditional quilts. Also the Gee’s bend quilts have influenced me to be more relaxed and utilitarian for some quilts.

  111. I like using the leftover fabrics from other projects in quilts. I have one quilt that was made from the leftover fabrics from my dad’s sister dresses. My mother made all of her dresses. I have many memories from 3 different members of my family when I see that quilt.

  112. Pamela R says:

    Fell in love with Amish quilts many years ago. Still like solids & they became very trendy right?

  113. Sally Thornton says:

    I don’t have the ability to create a design but absolutely love the colors which can lend themselves to a variety of modern designs.

  114. Sharon Jack says:

    love these fabrics thanks for the giveaway hope I win

  115. Renae Stangeland Mills says:

    Every inch of fabric was used so there was no waste. The colors and textures tell a story of the wealth or poverty. Each quilt has alot of love sewed in it.

  116. Jamie says:

    Historical quilts are so inspirational. Imagining them with modern prints let’s me see some of the shapes in new ways. I also love samplers and the concept and meaning of samplers and it’s wonderful to think about the makers behind the quilts, leaving a lasting impression. Translating their creativity into mine, so many years later.

  117. Cynthia Lyons says:

    It was how I learned in the beginning. Looking at the older quilts and their piecings helped me figure out what I wanted to make next. All the different blocks helped me learn how to piece. The different fabrics from the civil war era have almost taken over my stash too! 😉

  118. Katherine Gorman says:

    I love the look of scrappy quilts using civil war era prints. I have never made a quilt using these fabrics, because I’m a newbie a quilting, but I would love to someday!

  119. Peggy Thompson says:

    I love the make do approach that many antique scrap quilts used. My goal is to use what I have spiced up with new purchases such as this gorgeous FQ bundle!

  120. Teri Hackett says:

    I love the look of the Civil War fabrics, and the feeling I get from remembering my grandfathers shirts. I made an old fashioned long scrappy basket quilt with vine border and pretty much used all Civil War reproduction fabrics, lights, darks, and a variety of scaled prints throughout. even some wool appliqué letters in the border. Hand quilted throughout. I think other fabrics wouldn’t have done it justice. Beautiful fabrics from that era.

  121. Connie Akers says:

    My journey into quilts & quilting started with the discovery of a quilt top done by my great grandmother in the 1930’s. From that introduction I moved into making my own & appreciating quilts of every era.

  122. Cyndi Cuddy says:

    I have a quilt my great grandmother made me when i was little using old pieces of fabrics she had used for clothes. I also have one she started in the 20’s and my mother finished a few years?ago for my daughter using old fabric scraps, they are all hand sewn. I love the muted colors so I got some fabric in replica of the time and made a quilt, just need to sew blocks together and put borders and backing on. Love rhe fabrics!

  123. Bonnie Evans says:

    We live in a home built in 1882 and has always been occupied by my husbands family. Consequently a lot of things have remained with the home, including some wonderful antique quilts. They have inspired me to become a quilter and I love incorporating vintage fabrics into modern designs. Fabric with dots such as these are so easy to use in any style quilt design.

  124. Dee Dee says:

    I’ve been making modern Flying Geese all summer. The Flying Geese pattern has been around for many decades and got a lot of use during the Civil War!
    Thx so much for the giveaway opportunity.

  125. Brenda York says:

    My grandmother taught me to quilt at a young age and I was inspired by the fabrics she used from shirts and dresses from WWII era that she used to make the airplane blocks. I made an airplane quilt last year. I also copied her diamond blocks using strings or scraps. I love using the original block designs in a mix and match way to create a new look.

  126. susan says:

    My grandmother was a quilter and I am inspired by her beautifully hand pieced quilts. I love the making old styled blocks and even in modern quilting will incorporate vintage styled fabric.

  127. Allison Evrard says:

    I always seem to gravitate towards historic fabrics and quilt designs. There is such beauty in the designs.

  128. Laura Belkin says:

    I have used a variation of the 8-pointed star block that I saw in a quilt in a book which said it was made by an African-American woman in the 1880s and that it commemorated a meteor shower in 1833.

  129. Dianna Wentz says:

    My daughter got me interested in Civil War era fabrics, as well as 1930 period fabrics. I bought a book – Hobo Quilt – and plan to use the Civil War fabrics. The quilt will be for my BIL who is crazy about trains .

  130. Pat Gottshalk says:

    I have always loved fabric and was a garment seer. In the early 80’s I visited the Goschenhoppen Festival where I met the authors of a small book, “Just A Quilt”.
    Ellen Gehret and Nancy Roan introduced me to the conversation of quilters, traditions of the time, the story of quilts and their makers. I am now a active volunteer with this group and am blessed to have a key to the textile collection.

  131. Claudia says:

    I like to make quilts like my mom’s from the late 1800s and use her leftover patches.

  132. Marilyn Wall says:

    Love dots. Ow working on making all my grandkids a king size quilt

  133. Lea Ferring says:

    Historic quilts provide a spring board of traditional designs and colors that can be easily updated for a modern interpretation. But I am a sucker for the antique pinks and browns and have made 4 quilts using that color scheme with reproduction fabrics. And dots are my favorite in any fabric …. reproduction or modern!!!

  134. Karen A says:

    I have inherited some lovely quilts made in the late 1800’s. I am inspired by the colors and simple designs.

  135. Cindy says:

    My next quilt will have historic fabrics. It will be my first one with those fabrics! I can’t wait!

  136. Valerie Lau says:

    I recently saw an exhibit of quilts by Japanese quilters. Many of them were memorial quilts that featured kimono fabrics of family memberrs and others reflected on our interconnectedness. Historic fabrics remind us of the links to those who have come before us and how quilts can reflect that memory.

  137. Patti Belnap says:

    I love the beauty of a hand crafted quilt. My grandmother used to hand quilt and had to stop (because of aging issues)before I was old enough to see it firsthand. I so appreciate the skill and patience given to this art!

  138. Susan says:

    Wow, great question! I have always enjoyed the vintage quilts and fabrics, maybe because I started quilting so very long ago and that’s what was in the quilt shows in the beginning. Or maybe just because they are so appealing. I’ve used a lot of Rothermel fabrics over the years, because the designs are so appealing. I’ve reproduced old patterns many times, from bowties and log cabins to a huge variety of stars. My favorite blocks, fabrics and quilts are Civil War patterns. I suppose it’s because I’m so interested in history and in genealogy, and those designs make me feel connected to my past. Thank you for the chance to win this wonderful collection of dots!

  139. edi says:

    I love pieced quilts and have played a little. Looking forward to my first civil war era quilt in the coming year.

  140. Michelle Weatherson says:

    I’ve admired historic quilts and fabrics from afar, but have not yet had the opportunity to incorporate them in my own work. I would love the opportunity to do so.

  141. Mary Cordill says:

    I love the historic quilts of Gee’s Bend, and imagine the lives of the women who made them. I think about the grit and the fortitude and yes, scrappiness, of women who went before me and documented their lives in quilts, as I am doing today. Thank you to all my sisters who went before me, pioneering the way!

  142. Sandi Vadset says:

    I like the old “faded” look of the materials of old. Really like the way they do the flag and the different designs that thery do with the red, blue and white>

  143. Mary Pyles says:

    They reproduction fabrics are some of my favorite. I I’ll e to tho k back to what times weee like. The color palettes were wonderful!

  144. Wendy Ouellette says:

    About 40 years ago I was invited to join a group of church ladies around a quilt frame. I was by far the youngest there but I was so smitten with what they were working on. My first foray into stitching was with my grandmother doing embroidery and these ladies were making a Colonial Lady quilt which had some embroidered parts. I was hooked even though I knew nothing about quilting. When the quilt was finished they requested I take it home and bind it. I bound each side individually and can only imagine how bad it looked but they were very gracious and were very thankful. I felt so important to have had a part in this quilt that was to be sent to missionaries overseas. Although I can appreciate all styles of quilting my heart belongs to the old traditional pieced quilts. I would love to win one of your giveaways!

  145. Anna Hutchins says:

    Old quilts are inspiration for making newer versions of that design. Using different colors an updating the design make my quilts look like they were made years ago.

  146. Amanda says:

    I love the vintage Welsh quilts with their intricate quilting patterns and often bright colours see Jen Jones Welsh Quilts

  147. Barbara Githens says:

    How have historic quilts and fabrics touched your own quilt designs?
    Well, times maybe have changed for the quilt industry but the patterns of classic blocks have not for me in my quilts. Log cabins are magical and timeless as well as my favorite way to use scraps in a Dresden block or EPP design.

  148. Mimi Ann says:

    I like to see how the shades of colors and their contrast levels work in historical quilts, and that affects how I also look at more modern ones.

  149. Renee G says:

    I am a beginning quilter– so these haven’t impacted what I am making yet. But I love the historical quilts.

  150. Sylvia says:

    I use museum catalogues to find quilting designs for the antique blocks I put together. I find the blocks at antique stores.

  151. hibihai says:

    I fell in love with a traditional Dresden plate bed quilt in Vermont. I loved it but couldn’t afford it (I was just out of college) and tried to figure it out. I couldn’t, so I signed up with a local quilt shop to take some lessons. So started a love of quilting that lasted 15+ years though moved far past the traditional American patterns. I do still love the sweet quaint charm of the Dresden plate pattern.

  152. PAULA MORGAN says:

    I have 2 quilts found at a thrift store, one fully completed squares of polyester with a soft flannel looking backing and tied, and another quilt top squares again, much larger, the fabrics appear to be late 70 early 80 colors and types. I keep them available when I struggle (which is often) with scale and color, I love both, they are beautiful, no label, I send grateful thoughts to those makers….

  153. Estie says:

    I like the way that many historical quilts just used whatever fabrics/used clothing/etc were available. I do appreciate that nowadays we can get such a variety of fabrics/textures/etc. Scrappy and cozy is what I like!

  154. Barbaraben says:

    Many of my treasured quilts are made from Civil War and 1930’s fabrics and I use traditional blocks that replicate the old quilts.

  155. AMBER WITTMAYER says:

    I like looking at the old medallion style quilts for ideas and to see how they ‘made do’ when they ran out of a certain fabric. I look for unique quilt blocks to use with today’s fabrics.

  156. Myra Ramos says:

    I work more in a contemporary, abstract vein so realize I can learn a lot from studying historic quilts.

  157. Barbara Mars says:

    I am new to historic quilts and have found inspiration in Barbara Brackman’s book Making History. I am starting to mix and match some of my favorite blocks from the book into lap quilts. I love Judie’s modern take on the fabrics shown above. Hope to be one of the winners.

  158. Joyce Carter says:

    My quilt designs are based on Traditional blocks. I love the patterns that were produced in the last century and really enjoy making quilts from these patterns.
    Thank you for the chance.

  159. LOLLY SCHIFFMAN says:

    I am hopelessly moved by the time and effort and care someone, many years ago, put into making some blocks or a quilt top that never became a completed project . One of my favorite things to do is to find a way to bring that start to a finished contemporary quilt ala Mary W. Kerr.

  160. Pat says:

    I like to look at historic quilts and then redo the design in
    bright contemporary fabric with the design tweaked just
    at little! My next quilt is a circular design I saw from long

  161. Maureen P. says:

    I love to be able to make new quilts that reflect American history and the quilyers who lived years ago.

  162. Rochelle Summers says:

    I love most traditional patterns and try to make them mine with brighter fabrics. Not a modern quilter….yet.

  163. SuzyMcQ says:

    I live in PA close to the Amish. The first quilts I saw were the richly colored graphic ones created in their homes. Most of my own quilts mirror the straight lines seen in most Amish pieces, although my palette leans toward light and medium-colored fabrics, seldom dark jewel tones.

  164. Nancy Anders says:

    Love dots! Any kind, any size, any color. So much fun to work with.

  165. Marie says:

    Antique Amish quilts were my introduction to the quilt world long before I became a quilter. I was awed by the designs, colors and amazing hand quilting. The bold colors of the Lancaster quilts in particular continue to influence the color choices in my own quilts. I enjoy hand quilting and am inspired to include sashiko quilting, especially, in as many projects as possible.

  166. Patrice says:

    I am personally not a fan of using Civil War retro fabrics because I Love, Love, Love bright colors. But I am awed by the fabrics, designs and quality of quilts sewn by hand in the Civil War era — without benefit of any the fancy electronic machines and tools we have today.

  167. Pat Bell says:

    my first quilting experience was with historic blocks I like doing historic blocks with a more bright flare. I tend to like dots and floral prints. The one small quilt I hand quilted was a more subdued print.

  168. Nancy says:

    My grandmother made quilts, and it touches my heart to think that I, like her, will pass along the warmth and gift of loving family when I am no longer here.

  169. Jan says:

    To be honest, I have only a few fabrics that resemble historical fabrics. I have done smaller seasonal pieces with them to date.

  170. spierssusan says:

    I have not started quilt designing yet, but I am learning different quilt making techniques so that I will be able to venture into quilt designing one day! Thank you, Susan

  171. Jean Condon says:

    I’m learning the differences between when the pattern tells the story and when the fabric tells the story. I think historically it was mostly about the pattern, but with today’s awesome fabrics that sometimes changes. So much to explore, I’ll never tire.

  172. Beatrice Kalle says:

    Love your fabric. I always use Aurifil thread

  173. Barb Jenson says:

    Inspiration and color use and design.

  174. Kat Chapman says:

    I love the utilitarian use of fabric in quilts from a time when fabric was more precious than it is now. When people were saving every scrap and making it useful. Old quilts inspire me to find a use for every bit of fabric, even if it’s just as stuffing for something else.

  175. Laura Sinai says:

    When I first began quilting, historic quilts were my inspiration. I designed my quilts with old-time patterns and modern fabrics. I still love these quilts!

  176. Donna Harrington says:

    Dots are the awesomest!!!!

  177. Debbie VanVleet says:

    I have received 2 quilts from my mother in law that were either done by her or her mother and l appreciate the use of the fabrics that were used and the hand work in piecing those quilts.

  178. Ginny Leber says:

    I recently found out my grandmother was a quilter. I was given two partial quilt tops and lots of cut out pieces waiting to be sewn together that belonged to her. I plan to make several quilts for great grandchildren with pieces of her tops and scraps featured in modern quilts.

  179. Lorene Ono says:

    When I started quilting in the 1980s I was heavily influenced by the Amish color block patchworks…being Japanese, I also liked sashiko (historically used in firemen’s coat)…so I incorporated the 2 techniques to make my first Amish quilt with hand quilting. For last 20 years I did mostly machine quilts. But in the last year, I’m going back to my roots, using western and Asian fabrics and hand quilting with sashiko. The quality if the thread is important to hand quilting.

  180. Nancy Wrenn says:

    I grew up in the 50’s. My grandmothers quilted. One grandmother worked as a weaver in a cotton mill. So fabric came from the mill store. The other grandmother lived on a farm. I remember her dresses and aprons were made from printed feed sacks. My whole family nearly, worked in cotton mills. Fabric was a constant. So I grew up learning to sew! My favorite fabrics are 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. My first quilt was made at age 10, from mill store cotton fabric.

  181. Katherine says:

    My parents home was filled with beautiful country antiques (although, alas, no quilts). As a young bride I was drawn to magazines that featured those same type antiques. I was delighted by the addition of antique quilts draped over the back of a sofa or chair or stacked in cupboards. A tight budget meant the only way I was going to get those quilts for my home was to make them myself. I taught myself to quilt and reproduction quilts were my first projects. While I have branched out to include other styles, reproduction quilts , both pieced and applique, are still my first love.

  182. Kathy S says:

    Dots are just the best; as well the vintage inspired colors. I can see multiple patterns used in a mix in an unexpected way—as something wearable.

  183. Janis Oetgen says:

    I like to mix the styles and periods of fabrics , often paying more attention to the colors and how the interact with one another.

  184. Bon says:

    I’ve always been attracted to the textile/ historic quilts in art museums…. I attended a Gee’s Bend exhibit and met a few of the older Gee’s Quilters…. learning how they made do, including corduroy left over scraps continues to inspire me to “make do” with ALL types of scraps, and new finds as well.

  185. Cindy Hanrahan says:

    I have my Great Grandmother’s Dresden Plate quilt that she hand pieced and quilted as a young woman. It was my blanket as a child. At night I used to trace my fingers over the plates and the quilting stitches wondering how such a beautiful quilt could be made. I think this is what inspired me to learn to quilt – no other generation in my family quilts, just my Great Grandmother and me – so I thank her for the inspiration she has given me to learn to quilt (by machine), and I hope that my quilts that I have given away, will inspire others to learn this fun and useful art.

  186. Lily Kamikihara says:

    Being of Japanese ancestry, I am drawn to old Japanese kimono and obi designs. My mom would dress my sister and I in kimonos for the obon festivals in LA. Seeing kimono and obi fabrics always reminds me of those bygone and carefree days of youth.

  187. Maryanne L James says:

    Traditional Japanese quilts, made from old kimonos, were the first quilts I remember seeing as a kid. Then the woman who taught me to sew actually made those types of quilts herself from her old kimonos and yukata. So my quilting life was built on them. Now I do art quilts but I can still see that Japanese fabric esthetic in most all I make.

  188. NANCY PILOTTE says:

    none–I was given part of a quilt top to finish many years ago–a Dresden plate design. I found it kind of monotonous, so after finishing it, I drifted into more modern and art quilts….and have not left yet.

  189. Pam says:

    I started quilting in the 70s and have always been drawn to civil war to 1900 fabrics as they were often the ones I saw when I started.

  190. Barbara Snider says:

    My favorite fabric is polka dots! I just finished a quilt with lots of dots for the Pike Place Preschool for the working poor!!! Please, please let me win this one!!!

  191. Katalin Hise says:

    I love that you can take a traditional design and using modern fabrics, create on your own heirloom in your own style. The blend of textures used in historic quilts has inspired me to use unusual combinations in my quilting. I also love and have tried to recreate the “antique” look by washing my quilts and making them “pucker”.

  192. Kathryn Laposata says:

    I use them for my fall and winter quilts.

  193. Sue Kersey says:

    I love all the dots and use them in so many of the quilts I design. Wish I lived close as I would love to learn to do those fantastic curves!

  194. Barbara Diaczynsky says:

    I like aurifil thread, use it .

  195. Peggi says:

    Looking at old quilts makes me feel connected to all those women who made bed covers to keep their families warm, but did it with beauty.

  196. Debra Miller says:

    Historic fabrics sewn into my quilts remind me of the fabrics used in the quilts passed down in my family. When reminded of the fabrics, I always remember the family members that made each quilt that I have and their special places in my heart.

  197. janet niemela says:

    Love theae fabrics!

  198. Sara Arnold says:

    I’ve been quilting since the early 70’s and love the colors of the Civil War and the 30’s. My favorite thread for piecing is Aurifil. I’ve not used their floss. Looking forward to trying it.

  199. Terrie says:

    For over 25 yeas, dear quilting friends have given me historic obi scraps and other Japanese fabrics and these have given me numerous opportunities to design and stitch up one-of-a-kind wearable art as well as quilted wallhangings.

    • Jan says:

      I grew up with quilts with traditional quilt designs my great grandmothers and grandmothers made from fabric scraps and clothing from the 1920-1950s. This influenced my early quilting projects. Several years ago I saw a Gee’s Bend quilt exhibit at the Frist Museum in Nashville. I found that very inspiring and interesting that they meshed well with the modern quilting phase of the art. I switch between the two styles depending on what I’m feeling like doing at the moment.

  200. diane says:

    I became interested in quilts very early childhood watching my great aunt make quilts out of found fabrics as suits, dresses, bags,etc and sewing them together by hand, stuffing with straw and tying with yarn to hold in place. Also, handling family quilts from the 1800’s and the intricate hand piecing. it was natural for me to learn the art of quilting, after all it is an art, something to learn…

  201. Renee says:

    I am so impressed with old quills – no rotary cutters, hand pieced and quilted, made with love from any fabric on hand. The original up-cyclers. I like the stories that go along with the block designs and the names of the blocks.

  202. Alice Dyer says:

    My love of all things Japanese includes searching the backgrounds and meaning of traditional sashiko designs and well as the art of period designs found in Japanese fabrics. Japanese design is rich in ancient culture, history and tradition. Love the many designs found in Susan Briscoe’s books.

  203. Gail McNeill says:

    My great-grandmother’s red and white tree of life quilt influenced my first quilt. I have yet to succeed in reproducing her tiny quilt stitches. I wish I had known her.

  204. C. Joyce Ciembronowicz says:

    It does not matter if it’s a well known antique quilt or an old family quilt without a “pedigree”, the love and patience it took to make it leaves the same lasting impression that it is a work of art/craft worthy of our admiration and lets us know that our own quilts will too have a place in history albeit, for a few or for many. Each work is important on its own.

  205. Vivian Roop says:

    I love using vintage blocks and re-cutting them and adding current fabrics. Old is new again.

  206. Doreen says:

    In my first class learning how to quilt making standards blocks, I was immediately drawn to Asian fabrics to interpret the old fashion blocks. To this day, I am attracted to their beauty.

  207. Connie German says:

    Duplicating historical blocks in new fabric and also a committee that documents historical & vintage quilts.

  208. Moira McSpadden says:

    I like working with historic quilts and quilt blocks and interpreting them in new ways. Sometimes with new settings, and sometimes with current fabrics such as batiks.

  209. Grace Cannon says:

    The fabrics in this month’s giveaway remind me of the quilts my grandmother made in the 30’s. My grandfather would put up the saw horses and the large quilting frame in the parlor for the women to sit around as they quilted. Grandmother made special foods and a fancy cake for the luncheon she served. I wish I could hear what the ladies talked about in those days.

  210. Judy Hartwig says:

    I enjoy your website…the textiles are lovely. This month, the story of the man who composed music for the trains in Japan was fantastic. In my travels to Japan, I enjoyed riding the trains and the melody that signaled a station stop but, I did not realize they were each different.

  211. Judy McNeel says:

    I love history and the Civil War era has always been of interest to me. I have a large collection of reproduction 1800’s fabric and I a m drawn to block designs from the 1850’s to the 1870’s. I am one of those people that loves cheddar and uses it frequently.

  212. Susan Pope says:

    My life as a quilter has been greatly influenced by the historic quilts across the beds in different museums I have visited in E. Tn. My grandmothers and great grandmothers all made quilts with what they had out of necessity to keep all their kids warm. Today I know as long as I have a needle, thread, and something for fabric then I can make a warm quilt for me and my husband. I am 65, and with lupus, and other autoimmune disorders – quilting has become one thing in my life that I can enjoy, and take my time to do. Historic quilts were also made for some of the same reasons by women getting together when possible to make a quilt for each other (as quilting bees today) or at home in the evenings after the other chores were finished, (passing the time), and sometimes a distraction from loneliness felt while the men were off fighting in a war, or days of hunting. (As men who travel away from home to work today). So, today when I see historic quilts and fabric I can imagine all the stories within them, and I am inspired to create some of my own.

  213. Ada Montessoro says:

    Right now I’m working on a couple of small quilts for a children’s charity project. The “theme” we were given was “stars”. I choose to use the traditional Ohio star. I used colorful, but rather nondescript fabrics from my stash and paired them with low volumes for the background. And then super-sized the blocks to 16 inches. The quilt looks fabulous! Like it so much, I’m almost tempted to keep them for myself. The secondary patterns that resulted were amazing.

  214. Barbara Conti says:

    Historic quilts inspired me to make my own historic quilts. One quilt was made using my fathers shirts. Another was made using my mother-in-laws homemade house dresses. She had passed away many years ago and never saw it, but I know she would have been thrilled.

  215. Jan Delorey says:

    I have used old fabrics from clothes that had belonged to my Mom. I have also saved clothing labels from her clothes and designed a quilt using a square antique linen tablecloth that had belonged to my mother-in-law. Now I have honored both of these fine ladies!

  216. Pip D. says:

    The antiques from my Great Granny are an influence that I like to replicate for all my quilts. The textures from the hand carded cotton batting and cotton flour sack materials of the thirties provide a soft rumpled, pleasing texture when washed and dried. I like all of my quilts to take on the textures that resemble these soft cozy quilts.

  217. Susan Maresco says:

    As I like all sorts of fabric from lots of eras and around the world, historic quilts ‘tell’ me to use anything that looks good with its neighbors both color and design wise.
    Having the latitude and longitude to create my own pieces, knowing that I am a happy thread in a continuing tradition, gives me great joy.
    Susan Maresco

  218. Ann Rippel says:

    Nothing ever wasted with the with the quilts from historic times.
    When I have my quilting, I try to use all the product without wasting my fabric.

  219. Angela J Short says:

    I love every old quilt and fabrics my Grandmother’s both used in their quilts. Such inspiration to try harder to learn new techniques because they did everything mostly by hand and I do it by machine. Have a great day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  220. suzanne guthrie says:

    Historic quilts/fabrics have first been a link with earlier family members through the family quilts that have come to me. Second they are an inspiration both in design and pattern, plus encouragement as I think of the places that have been patched, or small pieces sewn together to make a full piece of a patch. Probably wouldn’t be a quilter without them

  221. Nancy Rossman says:

    I love nothing better than to take a historic block design and give it a modern updated feel. And like many older quilts I love for it to be comfy, fluffy and on a bed!

  222. Kaye Hlavaty says:

    I love looking at traditional quilts to help me choose patterns and fabrics to make today’s quilts. There is so much to learn through history!

  223. Karon A says:

    I love civil war fabric.. The fabrics give you such a patriotic feeling. You feel warm all over.

  224. Myra Katz says:

    Historic quilts have been my introduction to the quilting world and in less than 1 1/2 years of quilting I have made more than fifty mini, small and large quilts. Historic quilting is my favorite style of quilting

  225. shirley marvin says:

    I have several older quilts that I don’t think are civil war era but early 1900’s. the wool crazy quilt is my favorite of them all. lso have a lot of 1910 material don’t know what to do with, not quilting but blouse and lacie type.

  226. Darlene says:

    I love the history of the underground railroad and quilts.

  227. Linda Bastian says:

    Love trying to reproduce vintage quilts with all the lovely repro fabrics available. Judie fabrics are the favorite for sure. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  228. Teri says:

    I love the traditional blocks whether I use vintage or modern fabrics. I like to read about the history of blocks that I use.

  229. Kelli Hinatsu says:

    I have been lucky enough to see the quilts made by my Japanese in-laws from old fabrics and in old designs. I also have a quilt made by my grandmother over 110 years ago that I treasure. Thank you for making these drawings possible!

  230. Pamela Arbour says:

    There is just something about the early American quilts that give warmth and comfort. It is amazing how they could take such meager fabrics to make such beautiful quilts.

  231. Susan Kelley says:

    I am inspired by antique quilts and reproduction fabrics and use both as a jumping off place for my current quilting projects. Inspired by the psst but made for today would most likely describe my work.

  232. Janet McDonald says:

    I’ve used some historic Japanese fabrics in my quilts–mainly kasuri and kimono.

  233. goonyburd says:

    I haven’t made a reproduction quilt yet, but I really want to. I love the cheddar fabrics!

  234. Cactus Giesaking says:

    Some of my favorite projects were finishing the quilt tops begun by my grandmother on the farm. Those tops weren’t vintage when begun! And my very 1st quilt to wear out was a double wedding ring that my mom put on the floor under her babies; there were a few pieces that could be repurposed and are still remarkable quilting nearly 100 years later.

  235. Charlene F Waters says:

    to just win any one of your giveaways would be so great because they are always so wonderful

  236. Julia Bernstein says:

    I found an indigo 1930’s quilt in texas and purchased it.

  237. Lu says:

    I don’t own a historical quilt or reproduction fabrics either. I am a fairly new quilter so my only experience with aged quilts is pictures, that I love looking at and dreaming of someday creating one like it. Thank you for a chance to win your generous beautiful gifts.

  238. V Sanders says:

    My great grandmother was a prolific quilter in the rural area I still live in. I use her quilts as eye candy to keep me working on the quilts I am making. I’m sure I will never make near as many as she.

  239. I have a very old, well used and loved Double Wedding Ring quilt made by my grandmother. I don’t think I ever thought about learning to quilt before I inherited that quilt. But asking how did she do that, got me going into the quilt world. Thanks Grandma.

  240. Judith Wilson says:

    Antique quilts were my first introduction to quilting and my first influence. My style has evolved over the years, but I will never lose my admiration for the early quiltmakers and their beautiful quilts.

  241. Stephanie Hanson says:

    I’m inspired by both historic fabrics and quilts. These inspirations are in most every quilt I make.

  242. Tova Starbird says:

    The African American traditional quilts of Anna Williams and the women of Gee’s Bend got me started into quilting. Dots and stripes are my favorite patterns!

  243. Donna says:

    I am very traditional in my block choices,but love to incorporate new fabrics for a fresh, modern look! And I love dotty dots!!

  244. Marty Mason says:

    How could vintage quilts not affect my quilting? The beauty of each and every picture I see in books or a quilt I can touch in the real makes my heart sing. My favorite coffee table book is Kiracofe’s Unconventional & Unexpected – American Quilts Below The Radar.

  245. Michelle D says:

    I love the history of how fabric colors and patterns developed – the color palettes and the science behind it. HISTORY,

  246. Jackie Stevens says:

    I made a Dresden plate quilt for my sister. This traditional pattern is one of my favorites and I’ve even collected a few tops found at auctions. It was fun to make a Christmas version of this all time favorite.

  247. Jean Ange says:

    Having a collection of old/antique quilts, blocks and fabric cuts has made me look at the art of quilting as a most wonderful insight on how early quilters utilized what was available and developed amazing pieces. While not copying these quilts, but picking up the “flavor” of them with modern-day fabrics, I have made several quilts that feel old and comfortable and fit in with our home and lifestyle.

  248. Kathleen Flanagan says:

    I constantly look at old quilts to see how they were pieced and quilted for inspiration. I especially like to imagine what the makers of these quilts were faced with as far as fabric choices, etc.

  249. Crystal E says:

    The quilts of Gees Bend have inspired me the most.

  250. Mona Phelps says:

    I have only been quilting for a little over a year – I enjoy more modern quilts but knowing the history of quilts and the fabrics they used make me appreciate how far quilting has come (and yet everything that was old is new again).

  251. Mary Campbell says:

    I love using reproduction fabrics in my quilting projects. As I sew my blocks and create my quilts, I feel a warm kinship with women of the past, and it makes the experience more meaningful.

  252. Kelley Cunningham says:

    I love antique quilts and find them inspiring in so many ways. I have made several quilts that replicate antique quilts but have always added my own twist to them. I have three antique quilts and wonder who made them and what they would think of quilting today.

  253. Cindy Fuller says:

    Vintage quilts have always been an inspiration….as was my Great-grandmother Mary. I still have the quilt she made for me in my favorite color as a child….orange. It was the bow tie block. My cousin received the same pattern…different colors with my “orange” leftovers mixed in. I didn’t realize this until my cousin asked me to repair her quilt. We were both tickled seeing this. History teaches us many things, even in quilting!

  254. Carol B says:

    I am so influenced by antique quilts. I love to try to replicate patterns using reproduction fabrics

  255. Karen price says:

    I fell in love with quilting looking at historic quilts. I could not afford to buy them so I learned how to make them. I own many Judie Rothermel fabrics. I love them all. I t became a lifelong passion!

  256. Becky DuBose says:

    A Civil War repro fabric inspired me into a quilting life! My designs in the CW arena were greatly inspired by just one fabric but I love new ones to play with.

  257. Rand C says:

    we have collected some very special vintage quilts over the years and have made several full-size quilts from reproduction fabric. Currently though working primarily on miniatures using reproduction fabric

  258. Sherry fox says:

    I love the fabric and have always wanted to try aurfil thread. My mother-in-law made quilts from used clothing and any other scraps and would tack them to the pages from the grit paper and then sew all together. She inspired me to begin quilting.

  259. Wendy Fullmer says:

    “How have historic quilts and fabrics touched your own quilt designs? ” My grandmother’s and aunt’s quilted and I have their tops and quilts. The geometric play of one block standing alone, then interlocking to create a design; the classics still enchant me and I love seeing them updated with today’s colors. Seeing reproductions presented in modern quilts is a thrill that inspires me to look at historic prints in a completely different way.

  260. Doni boyd says:

    I love the historic patterns and fabrics I started with. Patchwork is and always be my favorite – but I love the new fabrics and the way they interact in these traditional blocks. Gotta love these designers that take us outside our boxes!! -doni @ oregon coast

  261. Chris Peterson says:

    I can’t make a quilt without thinking of all that has taken place historically to get to today, making cutting and piecing so much easier, the range of fabric colors and designs available, and the patterns a jumping off point to being as creative as a person can imagine themselves to be. I love the simplicity of the basic quilts, the beauty of the careful work of the more elaborate ones, and the messages in the block patterns. I like to have a message in my quilts, too.

  262. Shen says:

    I rescued an old quilt from an antique store. It hangs in my studio to remind me, no matter what style or color quilt I’m working on, I’m darn lucky to have my Juki, rotary cutter and online help to make quilting so much easier than when my old quilt was made. It puts me back on track when I start to get frustrated – no complaining allowed in front of that quilt!

  263. Bette says:

    I’m a traditional quilter; working by hand in every aspect. I really appreciate the subtle hues and beautiful designs of civil war era fabrics. Aurifloss is a fantastic product. Thank you for the opportunity to win these gems!

  264. Maurine M says:

    Whether we realize it or not old quilts are where we all get our inspiration. I have taken all the old designs slightly adapted them to be mine.

  265. Tanya says:

    I like the versatility of civil war prints and often use them as backgrounds with brighter bolder prints.

  266. Gale W.S. says:

    I love the cozy, homey, warm look of quilts made from reproductions of historic fabrics. As the quilt world goes “modern,” I’m glad these fabrics are still being designed and production for traditional quilters like myself.

  267. Lindsay says:

    I’m an old fashioned girl at heart and love finding fabrics that hark back to a less frenzied time.

  268. Kellye Rose says:

    Historic quilts provide: inspiration! Awe! Connection to past! An expanding to-do list!

  269. CHARLOTTE KEY says:

    My Grandmother was a hand quilter and participated in community quilting events. She would use feed sacks as her fabric and the quilts were very scrappy. I still love scrappy quilts and Sunbonnet Sue.

  270. Carol Kuse says:

    Love polka dots. These are really some dots. It is neat to see such variety.

  271. Patty McArdle says:

    Give me scrappy, scrappy, scrappy quilts! I love the vintage feel of the quilts. It always connects to the homey feeling.

  272. Becky says:

    I love Civil War fabric and have made a couple of quilts from them that are just gorgeous! I love the earthy tones and the richness of the reds, golds, and teals. These would look great with my CV fabric! Thanks!

  273. Mary Holshouser says:

    The historic fabrics have dictated my
    choice of color combinations and
    designs. I love the log cabin and
    the prairie point. The many designs
    of dots on the selections above are
    fun and interesting. thanks for
    the chance to get to play with them.

  274. Carol Johnson says:

    I see several fabrics that would make the square to finish a quilt my grandmother began. If I’m not the lucky one to win the giveaway, I look forward to shopping this delightful line of fabrics.

  275. Gail H says:

    One of my favorite quilts is a king size that I made last year featuring the Tree of Life panel by Mary Koval.

  276. Michele Wallace says:

    When I look at the vintage quilts, I am amazed at the workmanship, knowing it was all completed by hand. The patterns came our of their heads. No pattern to buy, no You Tube to teach. The previous generation taught and the ladies guild did the quilting together. I have two of my own vintage quilts. Neither is old enough yet but one I sewed entirely by hand contains squares that I hand embroidered during the summer that I was 12 and next month I will be 69. The quilt was actually put together my me in 2004. The other one has hand-embroidery completed by my grandmother while in the nursing home. My mother completed the quilt and had the ladies of the Westminster Presbyterian Church Quilting Guild complete the quilting. I am still inspired by the wonderful work they did and try to bring what will be nostalgia when my quilts are analyzed 100 years from now.

  277. Barb K. says:

    I have an old old quilt once owned by my Great Grandfather who fought in the Civil War–I have thought about making one in memory of this threadbare tattered quilt in a similar design.

  278. Dawn Tenneson says:

    I have several books but have only done one quilt for my sister that I can say used this type of print but would love to make a more modern block with these prints!

  279. Katie says:

    My husband’s great grandmother came over from Italy and made a plethora of beautiful quilts for all of her children when she was an adult. They are gorgeous works of art and we are excited to inherit one early for our own home. In that same vein, it was the thought of making each of my own boys a quilt that got me started sewing in the first place. After my middle child was born, I picked it up and never looked back! Now they each have two to wrap up in. I love the full circle of quilt-giving in our family and how quilts from the past can speak through their patterns and fabrics.

  280. Ianna says:

    I love seeing how old fabric designs seem to come back around.

  281. Linda Levy says:

    When I look at historic quilts I am amazed at the work that has gone into it. The fabrics range from flour sacks to silks. They encourage me to try new fabrics and methods.

  282. carmen mullins says:

    I love looking at old quilts. Am inspired by color use and patterns. Especially hand pieced patterns.

  283. Christine M says:

    I prefer traditional blocks and work them into quilts I make.

  284. Linda N says:

    Many of the old quilts have simple patterns that show off the pretty new fabrics of today. Sometimes simple is best when the fabrics are beautiful.

  285. Jan Altomare says:

    I enjoy seeing the vintage looks, but I am a bright and white girl.

  286. Joan New says:

    Historical quilt patters such as log cabin, double wedding ring, and trip around the world have provided me with a foundation to branch out into improv quilt design.

  287. Cheryl Braswell says:

    The first time I saw Amish quilts I was amazed by the colors. I try to produce that energy by combining bold colors.

  288. Judy Warner says:

    Through hand stitching studies, I developed a great appreciation for vintage fabrics and preserving them. This has definitely influenced my quilt designs and choice of fabrics for my art quilts and projects.

  289. marty says:

    old quilts inspire me to use what I have at hand

  290. Vita Toci says:

    I love fabric, looking at it and touching it. When I see historic fabric it makes me think of women. Women who not only worked hard making quilts but shared their lives with one another while quilting. They didn’t have the resources that we have today. But they were able to create lasting pieces of art that inspire me today.

  291. Janet T says:

    I like the smaller prints and darker colors when picking colors. I also like the traditional patterns more than the modern.

  292. Laura F. says:

    they make my quilts more interesting. people always ask me where I got those wonderful fabrics.

  293. Linda says:

    Beautiful fabric. Thanks for the giveaway.

  294. Pat Stack says:

    I haven,t used this type of fabric but would love to test my creativity for something modern

  295. LuAnn Aument says:

    In previous years I was fortunate to tour the Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg, VA and the Winterthur Collection (quilts made between 1760 – 1850) at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA. I was struck by the stories of the quilt makers, the incredible beauty of the well preserved quilts, and the importance of documenting a quilt. In the early years of America, their resources and supplies may have been limited, but not their tremendous talent! Although I am a beginner when it comes to quilting, I now view my quilt designs as a durable piece of family “history.” Each quilt design includes an inconspicuous corner pocket with a signature, the year the quilt was made and where it was made.

  296. Linda S says:

    Yes, I’ve made 2 Dear Janes and other old sampler quilts. I love reproduction fabrics and use old quilting designs.

  297. Marianna says:

    I’m constantly inspired by the antique quilts I’ve received from my great grandmother and grandmother’s hands

  298. Joy says:

    I was inspied by my grandmother’s quilts.

  299. Sara Goss says:

    After looking thru American Heritage’s book of Needle Arts my interest in quilting began; I loved the antique/vintage quilts. My addiction was sealed by attending antique shows and seeing the quilts in person .. ooh, la la!

  300. Antonia Lozon says:

    The best part about seeing old quilts is thinking about their connection with the people who made them: their lives, their hopes, the meaning the quilts had as an important part of their lives. As a hand piecer and quilter myself, I love looking at the handwork that went into the antique quilts.

  301. Katrina Henderson says:

    When I think of historic quilts and how they have touched me and the quilters in my family I think of Bible Quilts. Jacob’s Ladder, Star of Bethlehem, Bright Morning Star. I love the older prints that my Grandmother used from the 1920’s. I have some awesome original pieces of her’s that I plan on using.

  302. Amy L says:

    Absolutely, I make quilts from reproduction fabrics, using historic quilts as a guide. Barbara Brackman does sew alongs telling stories about our foremothers accomplishments. It’s fun to use these fabrics.

  303. Deb Shetler says:

    I’ve always loved the historic, traditional blocks. Those are the ones that I gravitate to when looking to make a quilt. Making traditional quilts from reproduction historical fabrics always makes the project more special. Those fabrics catch my eye and I have quite a collection of historical prints.

  304. Sue Rasberry says:

    I had the pleasure of visiting the International Quilt Study at the Univ of Nebraska-Lincoln last month and the War and Pieced exhibit has influenced me with the idea of layered appliqué. I also enjoy using vintage linens in my quilts. The embroidered linens are either thrifted or some that were embroidered by my grandmother and great grandmother but haven’t been used in over 30 years since people rarely use dresser scarves any longer.

  305. Ann Rogers says:

    Antique quilts have always inspired me. The quilters of yesteryear had a keen eye for combining their fabrics, which were certainly limited compared to today’s choices. The fabrics produced today are so gorgeous and varied. No longer can I say any one style of quilt or fabric is my favorite. I just love it all, and I love it if it’s traditional or modern. Thank you for this chance to win some great stuff! 🙂

  306. Lynn D in NC says:

    When I first became interested in quilts, I was taken with Baltimore Album Quilts (no, I’ve never made one). My love of applique grew, but in much simpler forms. As far as fabrics, I love shirtings, but not so much others as I do tend to lean towards brighter colors.

  307. Terry Cullan says:

    I always love the look of civil war fabrics I haven’t done one yet but maybe some day

  308. Loretta Myers says:

    Several years ago, I purchased, Facts & Fabrications Unraveling the History of Quilts and Slavery by Barbara Brackman. I thought I would make a quilt w/vintage fabrics but instead I got absorbed by all the history and stories of the people & impressed by the patterns & color of the fabrics. I never ended up making a quilt from the book, but I sure was touched by its quilts & stories in the it.

  309. Carolyn S White says:

    Hope I won!

  310. Cindy says:

    I love applique and embroidery! Thank you for entering me in the Sue Spargo giveaway.