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december giveaway

december giveaway

by Patricia Belyea

SEATTLE WA  You’re going to love this month’s giveaway—a copy of Robert Shaw’s newly updated book, American Quilts—The Democratic Art. Robert is The Man when it comes to American arts and crafts, with quilts being one of his specialties.

There’s lots to see—over 350 quilts—and lots to read—Robert is a gifted writer. It’s a big book, coming in at 376 pages. In fact, you’ll need a coffee table for this baby.

American Quilts by Robert ShawRobert takes you back to Old World Traditions and American Beginnings (1780-1825) as well as catches you up with today’s quilting scene, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (2000-2013), with many stops along the way. Whether you’re interested in quilt history or want to be inspired by original and inventive masterworks, this book delivers.

American Quilts by Robert Shaw

To participate in this giveaway, just leave a comment about why you would like to add this book to your library. The drawing for the giveaway will be held at midnight PST on December 31. The prize will then be shipped anywhere in the world.

(The winner is chosen with a random number drawing.)

To read about a few of Robert’s favorite quilts in the book +click here
To visit Robert’s website, The Art of the Quilt +click here

GIVEAWAY CLOSED: The winner of the December Giveaway is Bobbe Shapiro Nolan of Eagle Lake, Texas.

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79 comments to “december giveaway”

  1. Shirley Whitcomb says:

    Quilts, both old and new, are stories from the heart which Robert Shaw has beautifully captured in this book. As a quilter with more ideas than hours in the day to execute, I would love to hear the thoughts that inspired the designs of these historic quilts. The Democratic Art is a must for my quilting library.

  2. marijke says:

    I absolutely love books on anything Textile, I have quite a library already. I would love to have this one in my library too!

  3. patsy says:

    Thanks for the opportunity. I sell some of my quilts in a small craft market. What sells my work are the stories. I love quilt history and share bits and pieces with my customers. They love that every piece has a story and it connects us across race, gender, and socioeconomic lines.

  4. Laura says:

    I am very interested in the history of quilting, so I’d love to add this book to my library. I would absorb what the book has to offer and then donate it to one of my local guilds so it could be appreciated by a larger group of people. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  5. Mr. Shaw never fails to impress.

  6. Pamela A. Anderson says:

    Robert Shaw is an articulate and insightful author and this book will stand proudly next to other books (such as those by Michael Kile, Roderick Karacofe, Penny McMorris, Barbara Brackman, et al ) in my library of works that preserve, document and inform the fascinating history of quiltmaking. Thank you for the opportunity to own this book which promises to become a classic!

  7. Chardel Blaine says:

    Antique quilts certainly inspire. Good design is timeless.

  8. Fran says:

    I collect quilt books and this one looks amazing.

  9. R. Sullivan says:

    I would love to add this book to my library ’cause 1) I like antique quilts and 2) I love quilt books!

  10. Dot says:

    Being a quiltmaker who loves scrappy quilts, and traditional, but quirky, quilts, I’d be so happy to win this book! Thank you for the opportunity.

  11. Chris Jurd says:

    Magnificent book! Thanks for the chance to win.

  12. Mj Kasz says:

    I love my quilt library and enjoy spending time reading, looking and learning form them. This would be a grand addition, thanks for the opportunity.

  13. Beverly Threadgill-Robey says:

    What a fabulous giveaway! i’ve been lusting over this book for weeks! I love old, quirky, fabulous quilts, whether technically perfect or just wildly original–gotta see this book. I hope I win it, but I’ll probably buy it anyway!

  14. Janet Wright says:

    I can’t wait to see this book–better–to own it. I hope I win.

  15. Jackie says:

    This book is already on my Christmas wish list, but what a treat if I were to win it!!

  16. Nicole says:

    I loved Robert’s guest post yesterday; he writes well and engagingly. I would love to read more of his stories about interesting quilts!

  17. Val Martinson says:

    I enjoy reading the history of those who made the intricate patterned quilts.

  18. Chris says:

    I truly enjoy reading and learning the history of quilting. A few years ago I did a 100 years of quilting lecture/demo at my church for a ladies luncheon. It was a lot of fun. I worked so hard learned so much and now I have just kept on studying.

  19. Bonnie says:

    I love to see the history of quilting and the creativity of quilters!

  20. Susan says:

    This book looks fascinating. I would love to own a copy.

  21. Rachaeldaisy says:

    This book would be a wealth of inspiration and wonderful stories. I always enjoy reading about quilting history, and who doesn’t love pouring over pictures of beautiful and interesting quilts. Thank you for the chance to win, and thank you for offering the giveaway worldwide.

  22. Sid says:

    Thank you so much for this opportunity! I am a beginner quilter, and find so much inspiration everywhere, but this book would surely be an outstanding source! The photography looks amazing, and how exciting to read his writing, and see just how much he loves these quilts. Looks pretty wonderful.

  23. Karen M says:

    This book looks wonderful! Seeing the pictures of the quilts would be great, as well as hearing all the stories about them. Thanks for the chance to win!

  24. Pat Rosenthal says:

    About the time that I had completed a traditional pieced quilt for every niece and nephew and my own 2 daughters I had time to investigate ‘art Quilting’ . “Art Quilts-A Celebration” was the book that I turned to for inspiration. For several years I carried, in my wallet, a short quote by Robert Shaw from that book. He had articulated the beauty and reasons for making non-traditional quilts so well. Most of my quilt guild friends did not appreciate or like ‘art quilts’. I needed Robert’s words to sustain me for a long time.

  25. Pat Rosenthal says:

    Robert Shaw, better than any one else I have read, appreciates and supports quilters who make art quilts (or traditional quilts) with his succinct and beautiful prose. His writing is so engaging and easy to read and understand. I have enjoyed and shared my copy of ‘Art Quilts-a celebration’ since I bought it years ago.

  26. Sue Smith says:

    Looks like a great book!

  27. Pauline Waddell says:

    Have been looking at Robert Shaw’s book on line. It would be such a joy to own, browse & share.

  28. Sometimes the most radical design moves appear in older quilts–innovations from quilters who had no access to reams of magazines and articles on quilt and art design. I love seeing that proof that much art comes from within, from people who weren’t coached to follow a particular model.

  29. Elaine Gates says:

    The quilts are real stunners. They look to challenge my skills which are advanced beginners. And we can all use One more book in our home library.

  30. Anne McMillan says:

    The quilts are beautiful…it would be wonderful to own this book!

  31. Myra Ramos says:

    What a beautiful book!

  32. Kathie L says:

    This would be a great book for my quilt book club in 2015!

  33. Judith McCabe says:

    How intriguing to see such beautiful quilts, many from so long ago that have such a contemporary look to them. With so much discussion about “modern quilting”, I find it fascinating to see such examples from the past. Looks like a great book!

  34. Donna Smith says:

    I love to add new quilt books for all the reasons already mentioned , AND
    it is always inspires me to be more creative.

  35. Julie Ketter says:

    Looks amazing!!!

  36. Wanda says:

    It would be fantastic to own this book.

  37. Robyn G says:

    I have a large collection of books on traditional quilts and amish quilts I received from my grandmother. I would love this book to get ideas for colors!

  38. Cheryl says:

    I’m excited to hear about this book. Most of my book purchases lately are of this genre – just about gathering more and more history and imagery.

  39. Carol. Fish says:

    This looks to be an inspiring resource. I hope to win. Today is my birthday (hint, hint)!

  40. Diana Cruz says:

    I would love to have a copy of American Quilts. I have been following Robert Shaw and his works for several years. Worked with him at Quilt Market in Portland.

  41. Loretta R. says:

    I would love a copy of your new book as I love the old Lone Star quilts… And all the pieced diamonds…. The colors!!!!

  42. janet hasselblad says:

    My passion is folk art, outsider art, textiles and quilts in particular. This book would fit right in with my current library on all these subjects. It looks absolutely yummy and delicious! Janet

  43. Miriam says:

    It’s a pleasure to see a book of quilts where the ideas and individuality of the creator is appreciated more than technique.

  44. Marilyn Waite says:

    As an artist whose new media is fabric, the history and breadth of how quilters have expressed themselves with fabric is inspiring.

  45. Patsy Carlson says:

    One can never have to many quilt books! This one looks great.

  46. Donna DeShazo says:

    Surely one of these days I’ll be the winner of something…and this wonderful book would be a great place to start!

  47. Gale says:

    Because I already have more quilt pattern books than I can ever hope to create from, I am now turning more to quilt “literature” such as Shaw’s book. I’d love to win a copy.

  48. jenny says:

    Quilt books give me so much inspiration this one would be a real treasure in my collection

  49. Barbara Dolan says:

    this book is the most amazing book of quilts. I would love to have it in my library and to share with friends that love quilting.

  50. april zemke says:

    I always enjoy reading about quilts vintage and modern and their makers

  51. april zemke says:

    I always enjoy reading about quilts vintage and modern and their makers.
    This looks like a book that will be enjoyed by many, whether they quilt or not.

  52. James says:

    Looks like a fantastic reference for infinite inspiration.

  53. Cathie in Everett says:

    Eager to get ahold of this book. Thanks!

  54. Naomi Parker says:

    Wow, this book looks amazing! So many inspirational quilts and I love that it spans across centuries of work and history. Thanks for sharing it with us! Best, -Naomi

  55. Shelly says:

    Beautiful photographs, this looks like a wonderful resource book to study quilt history.

  56. Marla says:

    This looks like a great resource for the past to continue to inspire the future.

  57. Sally says:

    I’ve had the earlier edition on my wishlist for a long time, thinking it would serve regularly for both information and inspiration. It would be even better to get the updated version!

  58. Judy Brack says:

    This book encourages me to create totally from the inside out without any regard for the opinion of others and with total respect to what I feel and think about my design and construction.

    Thank YOU!!

  59. Linda says:

    Quilts infused with the personality and history of the quilter help me connect with them through time. This looks like a collection of treasures!

  60. Beverly Threadgill-Robey says:

    This book is soooo on my wish list! Thanks for the chance to win. I love my Hobbs silk batting and the Japanese fabric is just delicious!

  61. BARBARA says:

    Pure Love .

  62. Gill says:

    This looks such a great book – I would love to win a copy!

  63. Betsy says:

    I like the idea of quilt making as a democratic art! Such a great concept and so true! And all the individual stories and influences within the quilts that make them unique and historical! Such a great way of remembering who we are!
    Beautiful book. Thanks for the recommendation!

  64. Sue O'Donnell says:

    Just what I need for inspiration

  65. Carol says:

    There is so much to learn about quilting, it calms my nerves to peruse these books so I an enjoy the info and pictures and calm down as well. I hae one vintage quilt from a relative that I am happy to have.

  66. Melissa says:

    Looks like a marvellous book . I would love to win thanks.

  67. LynDee says:

    Quilt, quilts and more quilts…this is a grand collection of quilts.

  68. Jessica says:

    The book sounds just wonderful–who wouldn’t want loads of gorgeous quilt photographs, plus extensive and knowledgeable commentary from a real expert? Any quilters who want to understand how they fit within the larger traditions in which they work need just such a book.

  69. Karen Johnson says:

    The quilts my grandmother made with so much love and creativity now belong to me and my sisters. I love the closeness to her that I feel when using them. I would like to learn more of the historical background of quilting.

  70. Michael John says:

    I’m very much interested in both quilts and the use of the house imagery in artwork, so I’m excited to get my hands on this book. Happy New Year.

  71. mary johnston says:

    Books like these are such an inspiration.

  72. My favorite comments when I teach at our art museum are “I didn’t know you could do that with fabric” and ” How did you get it to be puffy like that”. It would be nice to show them that quilting has always been an art form, intentionally or not.

  73. natalie says:

    Hi.. this book looks amazing! I use quilt books for inspiration and also love books where you hear the stories behind the quilts… Love the photos in here…I am now off to go check out his website! Thanks! 🙂

  74. Kevin S says:

    One can never have too many sources of inspiration.

  75. Barb says:

    I love quilt history and viewing pictures of old quilts. This book looks like a great treasure to study. Thanks for sharing.

  76. Sue Kaufman says:

    Been wanting this book to help round out my quilt book collection. It’s a beauty!