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four january giveaways!

four january giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea

This month’s giveaway features four pairs of 8″ professional shears from Kai of Japan (value $59.99 each).

These scissors are super-sharp with the elements molybdenum (MO) and vanadium (VA) added to the stainless steel blades for extra-long edge life. You will appreciate that amazing cutting balance with the full-length blade-to-grip design.

January 2017 Okan Arts Giveaway—Kai Scissors

The duplex interlock screw promises lasting blade tension. Plus the ergonomic handles, made of Elastomer soft plastic, give you a real ease of handling.

January 2017 Okan Arts Giveaway—Kai Scissors

I asked my Facebook friends about their experience with Kai professional scissors. Of the 85 who responded, there was an overwhelming lovefest for these scissors. Joe Cunningham wrote “Best I ever touched.” Latifah Saafir added “The BEST.” And Jane Dunnewold simply stated “LOVE.”

January 2017 Okan Arts Giveaway—Kai Scissors

WORKSHOP TIP: I add a fabric tie to my handles whenever I’m sewing with others. I’m not worried about anyone stealing my scissors. It’s just my scissors might get packed up by mistake. And then they might have a hard time finding their way home.

To participate in the January giveaway, answer this question in the Comment Box below: What’s your new year’s resolve for boosting your quilting fervor?

HOW THIS GIVEAWAY WORKS: The January 2017 giveaway drawing will be held at midnight PST on January 31, 2017. Okan Arts Giveaways are open to US residents (sorry to my Canadian and international friends), 18 and older, void where prohibited. One entry per person. Four lucky winners will be chosen with a random number drawing for the four pairs of Kai scissors. The winners will be notified within 24 hours. Each winner must respond within one week of notification or her/his giveaway will be forfeited. A list of Okan Arts giveaway winners can be obtained at any time from Okan Arts. Thanks for participating!

To buy a pair of these fantastic scissors +click here

Thank you Kai Scissors USA for the donation of the Kai professional scissors.

This unsponsored giveaway is hosted by Okan Arts to share the bounty of great manufacturers with readers.

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216 comments to “four january giveaways!”

  1. Linda Jackson says:

    I have set a goal of doing 12 original pieces this year. Not that I will not do traditional quilts, but I plan to experiment a lot!

  2. soozi says:


  3. Robin Shilman says:

    I am making time every weekend for quilting projects .

  4. soozi says:


  5. Ellen Hemmert says:

    Always great to have a new pair of scissors. Even though I still have my grandmother’s pinking shears!

  6. Brenda says:

    I want to both increase the finishes I complete from my WIPS and projects not yet started and to sew as much as possible from my stash. I’d also like to sew some garments for myself.

  7. Emily Klainberg says:

    New scissors would certainly help in boosting my quilting fervor!

  8. debby says:

    I love good scissors. Love to have these to do my sewing and quilting with.

  9. debby says:

    Oops. I forgot to post my quilting resolve for the new year. I try to get out to the studio every morning to keep my forward momentum going!

  10. KP says:

    Focus, focus, focus…..complete at least one project before starting a new one!! Hope it works. Of course a new scissors would be wonderful.

  11. Andrea Bursaw says:

    Select only four projects for the queue, so I don’t get overwhelmed

  12. Ali says:

    There is nothing as heavenly as sharp scissors!!! This year I am going to use all those special rulers and notions that I have been ‘saving’ for somethingspecial!!!!

  13. kathy says:

    get organized. OOh shinie!

  14. Gwen monson says:

    Get organized and learn new techniques.

  15. Sheila says:

    I plan to spend at least 15 minutes everyday creating something…whether quilting, sketching, journaling ,drawing…all keep me engaged, and that’s exciting. So far, so good!

  16. Linda Andrews says:

    I am avoiding all political news, taking refuge in gorgeous fabrics and new projects created on my quilt wall!

  17. TrulyBlessed says:

    My resolve is to sew at least 30 minutes a day! If there is mending to do I will mend one thing before quilting for a bit 🙂 We all know that once we actually sit down and let everything else go we sew and sew and sew and then it’s time for dinner or bed! Kai scissors rock. I am a bit of a scissor snob and I truly believe that the more the merrier is meant for scissors.

  18. Eddi Baird says:

    My plan is to make a trip to the storage locker and haul home the 3 tubs of yukata cloth…yes, tubs.

  19. I need to finish my UFO’s so that I don’t have any guilt and can go crazy starting new projects. I want to try innovative and more difficult projects.

  20. Pat T. says:

    In 2017, I’m resolving to spend more time actually sewing!!
    My weakness in my productivity is that I *love* to create!… But I end up creating more quilts in my mind than in reality!
    As I’m working on a quilt, I get *lots* of ideas for changes and for other quilts! I stop, and draw up/write down these ideas, and add them to my collection/list of quilts I want to do! (Sometimes I’ll even pull the fabrics for a “quilt in my mind”!!)
    Although drawing up and writing down these “idea-quilts-in-my-mind” is so much fun for me, it really does slow down my productivity!
    (“focus, focus, focus”!!)

    Thank you for the generous opportunity!
    I’ve never touched Kai Scissors, but have heard such wonderful things about them!!
    Pat T.

  21. Terri Karls says:

    I have a couple of pair of the 5 in Kai scissors and I just love them. To keep tract of my Kai’s I have a charm fob attached to them.

  22. Janet Schayer says:

    I’ve started looking for inspiration in magazines and elsewhere and pasting them in a notebook. I used an advertisement that had trees and created a quilt of trees for a challenge that I do with some quilting friends and was very pleased with the outcome. Kai scissors are great!!!!

  23. Leslie G Gruesbeck says:

    I am scheduling weekly get-together with others to make sure we all keep our yearly goals! I’m excited about another year of quilting.

  24. Alice Ronne says:

    I am boosting my “output” by using more of my stash with charity quilts for kids. Thanks for the generous giveaway!

  25. Barbara Minton says:

    Clean up my quilting room so I can have room to finish a few of my UFOs, and start on my bucket list. I have lots of yukata fabric to play with,

  26. Trudi Rammelkamp says:

    I plan to quilt more jackets this year. I have several unfinished garments hanging around that need to be in my closet.

  27. Jackie says:

    I love Kai- don’t have this particular kind so hope I win.

    Would you believe that I’m challenging myself to do some hand piecing?

  28. Susan Ford says:

    I am not a quilter but love to sew and am embarking on my fourth and final costume-making push for my daughter’s school musical. I love dreaming up the ideas and then having them take form. That’s my resolution to stay creative and continue to sew.

  29. Nancy Rossman says:

    Kai scissors! I’ve never tried them, but those handles look so comfy. My New Years resolve is to finish hand stitching a Queen size quilt I started in 2016. My first time quilting by hand. Need to stay focused because there are so many new projects I want to start. Happy New Year Okanarts!

  30. Susan says:

    My focus this year is on indigo, shibori, sashiko and japanese textiles. I’ve set a goal to design and create unique quilts this year – two gift quilts and one for my home, integrating all of these. Currently working on a table runner using japanese textiles, quilting and sashiko.

  31. Kae Eagling says:

    Finishing my 8 Dual Challenge quilts and learning to use my graphics program on my computer for fabric design. 🙂

  32. Joanne says:

    My goal is shopping from stash. And create something with scrapes.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  33. Toni Jakobi says:

    Organizing my fabric and craft supplies so that they are available easily at all times.

  34. mzjohansen says:

    Oh! These would be a dream! my 2017 resolve? I WILL finish the 4 large quilt projects (both hand and machine work) that have been ongoing for more than a year. THEN I will allow myself the ultimate luxury of sewing only things that will bring me joy….clothes, bags and smaller quilts. I want to save some money so that I can take a class with you too! Happy New Year and thanks so much for keeping the entry neat and simple!

  35. Janie M says:

    Being more organized in my sewing room.

  36. Marcia Larson says:

    I’m doing two things to boost my quilting fervor in the new year. First, I’m finally finishing my dedicated studio room for sewing and printing. I’m also at work carving blocks from my designs so I can finally make a quilt from my own block printed fabric. I’ve been wanting to do that for over a year, can’t wait!

  37. Denise says:

    Finish something! spend more time actually working on projects rather that moving them around the studio)

  38. Jen Rhoads says:

    My New Years resolve for quilting goes something like this: Keep it simple by simply taking the next step. Some of my upcoming quilting projects are a little daunting but I know by just taking the next step I can move through big projects 🙂 Kai’s have been on my wish list for a while so this would be cool!

  39. Barbara Hume says:

    Wow! That is a big question, because my quilting time was limited in 2016. The general resolve is just to move quilting up on the priority list. I am off to a great start. Finished one small machine quilting project. Stared at the one block I made in your class long enough that I finally have three ideas for what it will become. Set out my sashiko blocks and indigo fabrics to take to a retreat. These will become a quilt probably incorporating your curves. Am about to head to my machine to put together blocks for a quilt begun in 2001, made with Dutch fabrics. I love my Kai scissors, but have never used the pros version.

  40. Carolyn Maia Burton says:

    I want to carve out some Quilting time every single day. Those lovely scissors will help!

  41. jane rosenfeld says:

    I recently ran into an old acquaintance who is a very devoted quilter—we are going to get together for learning and commenting on each other’s designs and technique, and maybe trading some fabric.

  42. Barbara Kampas says:

    My goal is to expand my quilt skills creating quilts using techniques not typically used in the past.

  43. Chris Chambers says:

    I plan to finish each new project before starting another–and use up more of my stash before new purchases. Thanks for the giveaway!

  44. Deb W says:

    I have high hopes of completing several works in progress, an Asian inspired English paper piecing project, my crazy quilt hexagons, a large wool appliqué and embroidery project, several pillows, a rail fence project, and a large mystery quilt with 48 different blocks. That’s enough I do believe and I will have improved my appliqué and embroidery skills, not to mention my staying on track with the large piecing project.

  45. Diane Johnson says:

    I had the opportunity to try your Kai scissors in Hawaii 2 years ago. I haven’t forgotten the buttery smoothness.
    I plan to rearrange my priorities so that my art quilting comes first in my weekly schedule in 2017.
    Kai tools will make this so much smoother.

  46. Joy Cochran says:

    Kai scissors are my favorite. What a fantastic giveaway.

  47. Karen G says:

    My New Year’s resolve would have to be that I learn where all the quilt shops are around me. I recently moved to Alaska and Have only gone to the 2 shops in town. Also more sewing less Pinterest !

  48. Linda Williamson says:

    Giving myself time whether it’s 5 minutes or 5 hours to just create something everyday. Thank you. Grinnie1961 @ gmail dot com

  49. Valerie Gleeson says:

    Make time when I can

  50. rhoda says:

    I am making parameters challenging me to work with things I haven’t done.
    Curves are first, then wool, silk, etc. I hear these scissors do well with wool. 🙂

  51. Susan Zakanycz says:

    I am going to sew more improvisational quilt pillows using my extra fabrics!

  52. Shelly says:

    My resolve for the new year is to not procrastinate so I’m not rushing to meet a quilt deadline at the last minute.

  53. Bertella Hansen says:

    to finish the 5 quilts that I have started so I can have at least 2 in our quilt show in Sept.

  54. Ray Burke says:

    I want to stay focused on my current quilt until completion or keep working on it while working another. Also finish the three that are in work. My friend is coming over to help me organize my projects. Yay!!

  55. Mrs. Plum says:

    To borrow Nike’s slogan, “Just do it.” I have some quilting goals for this year, and I just need to keep working away. Thanks for the giveaway. I have some smaller Kia scissors and like them a lot.

  56. Jerie Clark says:

    I have three projects that I am very excited about. Some new Kai scissors would really help.

  57. Karen Hootman says:

    My goal is to complete my wips and make star hst quilt.

  58. Meriul says:

    I’m going to finish a quilt for our master bedroom and take a class to push me out of my comfort zone!

  59. Betty C says:

    I am always boosting my fervor by looking at all the inspiring projects online. I have reviewed my fabric stash and my UFO’s and I plan on finishing one UFO per month and I am also starting some of the interesting QAL’s and BOM’s given online. I always get pumped up with the new projects.

  60. Chris says:

    Boosting Fevor? Maybe cleaning my sewing room and organizing would be a great answer but honestly that won’t happen. More realisticly I have a big stack of pieced tops I should quilt and giveaway.

  61. Debby Cox says:

    I’m a strong/beginning quilter and l’ve signed up for 3 different BOM’s for the year with a variety of techniques so I can get comfortable with multiple areas of quilting.

  62. Connie Akers says:

    My New Year resolve is to do something creative everyday. If I am out as I was today it might be an interesting photo….simply looking for inspiration.

  63. Pam Arbour says:

    I have pledged to myself to completely finish one quilt per week including quilting and binding. That should really get me going.
    Also, I don’t think I have ever had a “good” pair of scissors! Thanks for the giveaway.

  64. Eileen Hallock says:

    I am giving myself the gift of “ me time” without guilt. I will ignore the guilty feelings that try to tell me there are so many more “important” things that I should be doing. 2017 will be the year that I learn to strike a balance and learn to focus on what feeds my soul.

  65. patty says:

    My resolve is to move and not just sit and waste time watching TV. If I have the TV on I am resolving to do handwork or try to do some free motion machine quilting. Who doesn’t love new scissors!

  66. Michelle Reiter says:

    Make and take the time to follow my whimsy

  67. Misty richardson says:

    Oh how I want all the Kia scissors I love them so much- I am going to increase my quilting fervor by finishing all my current projects so I can start a new one- nothing pushes me to work on old projects like not allowing me to start a new one until the old ones are completed!

  68. Patricia Brown says:

    I am boosting by going through my stash and designating for quilting or my wardrobe, grandkids, etc.

  69. Jo Anne says:

    My quilting friend/teacher and I plan to send emails to each other to update our quilting status. Our goal is to work on UFO’s! To date…we have one email to each other. It helps both of us to keep up with each other.

  70. Beverly Berry says:

    I am going to make more quilts this year. I want to get ahead on some gifts for next Christmas. My Kai Scissors make my sewing so much more fun. My hands dont tire, they are so sharp, it does not hurt my hands. I use them in embroidery, sewing and longarm quilting. I have other brands, but I’ve put them away! LOVE Kai!

  71. Patricia Sherman says:

    Better organization is my goal for more productive quilting.

  72. Sheryl Chinn says:

    Invest in the BEST scissors ever – Kai Scissors. They will make your cutting experience easy.

  73. MONA W. says:

    I have written down all projects that are old UFO’s/or new projects that have been semi started to be completed by year end. Having the written list will inspire me to check off each project and show what I’ve accomplished year end!

  74. Quilting Tangent says:

    To finish quilting my quilt. Then moving on to a different project.

  75. Veronica says:

    More original designing and challenging myself. I found I do best designing with a challenge so that is what I will do. These scissors look excellent. I have Fiscars and Ginghers, but these look a step above!

  76. Joanne says:

    I have myself a little bit more organized for a boost in 2017. Specifically, I have organized the fabrics and notebook and pattern for the quilt I want to work on first, so now all I have to do is, well, work on it!

  77. Ruby D says:

    I bought a pair for my daughter, she is studying fashion. They are her go to scissors.

  78. Ruby D says:

    I bought a pair for my daughter, she is learning fashion. they are her go to scissors

  79. Barbara Alama says:

    I resolve to clean up my studio and make it more workable.

  80. Mary D says:

    I do not set yearly deadlines or goals for my quilting. More often I make what inspires me, work on quilts I have identified for family and friends, work on quilts I have written designs for or sometimes fabrics inspire me to create something.

    I find quilting is more enjoyable for me when I create at my own pace.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  81. Mary Jo Buckingham says:

    My resolve is to explore my many books and resources on quilting and take some risks with patterns and colors and fabric print combinations… to be bold about taking that first “cut” into the beautiful fabrics that I have collected.

  82. Linda B says:

    Organize art room !

  83. Ann says:

    I won a pair of these scissors from you last year. They are fantastic and fantastically sharp. Thank you again, Patricia.

  84. Deb Y says:

    I just finished organizing my sewing room (resolution #1); next is finishing UFOs. My goal is to sew every day even if it’s only 30 minutes. I would really like to concentrate on small art quilts—something that can be started and finished within a short amount of time.

  85. Jan Rosenbloom says:

    My resolve is coming from Southern California in March to take Patricia’s Doodle Piecing Workshop. Can’t wait!

  86. Betsy says:

    finish a little patchwork layer skirt for my niece and a fabric collage…and begin a quilt for the same niece….especially since I made for her sister….gotta get on that.

  87. Kathy E. says:

    My quilting fervor for 2017 will be boosted by learning how to make a Dresden Plate block and make hexies, too! I love both and want to incorporate them into my projects soon!

  88. Monique says:

    We spent the day today rearranging several rooms in our house so that I can have a dedicated sewing/crafting room, henceforth to be referred to at The Studio. If that doesn’t boost sewing fervor, I don’t know what will! (A close second would be a new pair of fabulous Kai sewing scissors!) I’ve always had trouble finding just the right pair of scissors and have heard great things about the Kai brand. I have a goal to sew up 25% of my current fabric stash in 2017 (good, sharp scissors will be a must!).

  89. Marie Contreras says:

    Try something new each month.

  90. Tracy Allen says:

    The best scissors I own. Someone from their booth in Houston educated me about rotary cutter blades as well. I plan to get up an hour earlier each day and sew for an uninterrupted hour of sewing. Has been going well.

  91. JulieResponsibly says:

    15 minutes a day, even when I’m stuck. Especially when I’m stuck!

  92. pamela p. v. says:

    Quilt with love and purpose – and not be afraid.

  93. Margaret Witt says:

    To finish each project before starting another…

  94. Sandy Allen says:

    I have resolved to finish at least two UFOs before I start a new project. I hope this helps get my UFOs under control!

  95. Barbaraben says:

    My New Year’s resolve is to finish all the ‘works in progress’ projects that are piled up!

  96. Alicia Wells says:

    I am in a facebook UFO challenge this year that will hopefully keep me on task. WIth a new sewing space I have not had any trouble keeping motivated, just need to finish some things!

  97. Madeline says:

    To participate in the January giveaway, answer this question in the Comment Box below: What’s your new year’s resolve for boosting your quilting fervor?
    Take breaks, classes, trips and take time to listen to music as I learn and create in this bright new year. I have fabrics that I want to commit to using up this year.

  98. Lydia Reading says:

    My resolve is to look at the barriers to my not spending time doing what I love and gently lay them aside, not doing me any good and they’re overcomable. Time to get sewing.

  99. JILL Johnson says:

    I am focusing on completing two unfinished projects a month plus doing one art quilt a month. I am scheduling time in my studio in two hour increments each week in my calendar.

  100. Alice Brody says:

    To procrastinate less, finish more!

  101. Martha McKinley says:

    To learn something new & practice practice practice until my machine quilting improves!

  102. Deb Christie says:

    There is something so satisfying in laying into a piece of fabric with a good pair of scissors and feeling them sail through the cloth with ease. I’d love to try Kai scissors myself.

  103. Cindy Chock says:

    I am a custom dressmaker so it leaves little time for quilting. Nonetheless I have fallen in love and are obsessed with the yukata cottons. I bought a very beautiful piece from Okan Arts last Fall and I resolve to make the quilt for my bed that I have been dreaming of for many months.

  104. Ruth lancaster says:

    To actually start and finish some of the projects / ideas I’ve bought fabric for. I have so many it’s always hard to decide what to work on.

  105. Cathy Schaeffer says:

    I” going to dedicate a specific time for sewing, and put it on my calendar.

  106. Teri c says:

    My new year’s resolve is to re-organize the spare room into an awesome sewing space.

  107. Cindy says:

    As my enthusiasm for quilting has waned, my friends have become super involved. I’m following their lead and setting doable goals. #1 … organize and purge that sewing space!

  108. Jan Hopewell says:

    My sister, who has been a dress maker in the past, will be joining me at a quilting retreat. I’m glade I’m able to encourage her in this indevor. I am planning to move my sewing space from the unfinished basement to a bedroom now that we are empty nesters.

  109. Anne McMillan says:

    New Years Resolution….get more creative and plan a monthly quilt project to be finished that month…

  110. Linda McLaughlin says:

    I’m working on a daily project called “Seventy Days to 70” to commemorate my upcoming birthday. I’m hoping it will spark a renewed passion.

  111. Nancy Erickson says:

    My resolve for quilting this new year is that because the weather is so cold I will get more done !!! I am always anxious to try new products and had not heard of these shears.

  112. Maureen says:

    Boosting fervor by setting aside time each week in my schedule for sewing. After clearing unfinished projects, the slate will be blank for new creations!

  113. Rand Case says:

    Just started working through a few tutorials on free motion quilting and ruler work.

    O and I do love my Kai scissors!

  114. Sally says:

    I need to spend less time on FB! It sucks time away from my quilting and sometimes makes me cranky to boot! For basic goals, conquer a few UFOs! Just finished making an unquilted mini into a handbag; it will get loads more use than a finished mini would in my home!

  115. Ann Hudson says:

    I resolve to learn to use all the specialty rulers I now have! Hoping they will make cutting quicker, therefore letting me finish projects quicker! Thank you for the opportunity to win a Kai scissors!

  116. Pam P says:

    I will make the time to organize my art space to enable better access to my stashes.

  117. I have goals for finishing my UFOs, quilting them and binding, labeling and sleeves. Each day, I will focus on quilting, piecing and appliqué. Any new quilts are tested with one block first.

  118. Lori Morton says:

    My Goal for 2017 is to make a piece of time EVERY sew/quilt!! Even if only 15 minutes..or the whole afternoon! I will MAKE time to be in my Sewing Spot! 🙂

    Thank you for chance to win ta pair of these Awesome Scissors too!!! 😀

  119. Carol Sexton says:

    I joined the Art group in our guild recently and plan to try a new technique every month. I would LOVE to win a pair of Kai scissors. Thanks for the opportunity.

  120. Marilyn Sollers says:

    My new year’s resolve is to spend more time in my sewing room!

  121. Linda teufel says:

    I’m going to organize my studio. Then buy more fabric so it’s at the ready when I want to make something.

  122. Cindy Brouillard says:

    In 2017 I want to focus on finishing one UFO a month. January is completed!

  123. Susan Ritchie Voegtly says:

    Activate my Handi 16. Quilt my finished tops and hang and/or sell. Finish piecing my Mangat Log Cabin for my bed. Decide on motif from NOLA trip and stitch.

  124. Vivian Roop says:

    I resolve to finish those nagging projects from last year before I leap into something new.

  125. Celtic Cate says:

    I LOVE scissors. I’m kind of a scissors nut. I get teased about it sometimes by my friends, but I really believe that each craft has particular scissors to go with it. These scissors sound spectacular!! My New Year’s resolution, in the meaning of “resolve to,” is to apply it to all areas of my life (crafting, work, spirituality, etc.). So I started by finishing a Yoko Saito-type purse for my cousin (it was a combination of three different Yoko bags that my cousin picked out, with some variations by me; she liked the shape of one, the embroidery on another, and the quilting design on another!) and resolving to finish two tile quilts I’m nearly done piecing. I hope I can do this throughout the year. It feels good to finish projects that have been languishing because of a too-busy work schedule. Fabric, hand- and machine-sewing, embellishing, embroidery, rug hooking, knitting, designing: it all makes me happy, happy, happy!!

  126. Janet Hasselblad says:

    Strike out into the wilderness of my own innate creativity.

  127. Greg Tresner says:

    I plan to walk every day in Bay View looking for different birds to add to my motif. It should not be hard! At least I’ll get physically fit!

  128. Nancy says:

    To keep my sewing room organized so it is ready for me to get busy as soon as I walk in the door!

  129. Laura says:

    I’ve been learning a lot of different quilting and surface design techniques in the past couple of years. My new year’s resolution is to focus on a few now and get really good at them.

  130. CathieG says:

    Step 1 – Finish Up Existing UFO; Step 2 (as a reward) – Start A New Project (to get me motivated) & Keep Going Until I Finish; Step 3 – Finish Up Another UFO; Step 4 – Start A New Project (rinse/repeat) 🙂

  131. Susie Wolcott says:

    I successfully finished over 40 UFOS in 2016. Threw about 6 away.
    So I have a blank canvas for 2017. I’ve always gone big. Intend to go small, real small for 2017. See if it works.

  132. Wendy Hill says:

    I have plenty of ferver, just need to start saying no more often and get a grip on my health. Last year was rough. I lingered over these scissors at Spring Market in Salt Lake City last year. Still thinking about them and wishing I had a pair. Maybe now is the time?

  133. irene Harvalias says:

    They sounds awesome! Would love to win a pair!

  134. Kathy Weyenberg says:

    This year I want to work on my machine quilting skills.

  135. Karyn says:

    I don’t have a new year’s resolution for quilting per se, but I do resolve to continue hand sewing omiyage pouches out of Japanese yukata and kimono materials because the more I sew, the more fabric I can acquire!

  136. Cindy says:

    I want to quilt 2 ufo’s from last year and also want to use up my scraps to make room for new fabric.

  137. Merle Hooley says:

    I’m going to complete a few simple quilts so I will have the resolve to be able to do my Conway Album quilt.

  138. Audrey says:

    I joined up with a 17 in 2017 QAL this year to try and move some ongoing projects along. Also, I’m planning on doing more of my combined machine and hand quilting efforts as it speeds quilts through the hoop so much faster! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  139. I am setting up a sewing-only corner of a room, and locking the cats out, so that my time sewing is distraction-free! That way maybe I can finally finish some projects!

  140. marlene barkley says:

    I plan to weed some more of my stash and then finish an applique quilt that I started in 2005.

  141. Rebecca Rohrkaste says:

    My resolution is to take the opportunity to attend a workshop with a quilter, textile artist or surface designer whose work I really admire. And to finish a significant number of the projects I’ve begun in workshops!
    Thanks for the opportunity to acquire another pair of Kai scissors!

  142. Rebecca Rohrkaste says:

    My resolution is to take the opportunity to attend a workshop with a quilter, surface designer or textile artist whose work I really admire. And to finish a significant number of previous workshops projects!

  143. Kathleen Wade says:

    My New Year’s resolve is to try to do something ‘quilty’ every day, take as many classes as possible, and try lots of new techniques/patterns.

  144. Judy Brack says:

    Thank YOU for all you share and the continued inspiration to provide us through OKAN ARTS! You are truly a woman to be admired and appreciated by all of us.

  145. suzanne guthrie says:

    practice!!!! much easier to make an idea when you have the skills. Practice, with evaluation, helps to overcome challenges, for example quilting large quilts on my domestic is involving better coordination, and adjusting scale concepts to fit the project…Keeps getting better and more comfortable to do.

  146. Drew says:

    I have decided to take an intriguing Block of the Month class at my local quilt shop. It uses acrylic templates and lots of fabric. It will be a fun way to whittle down some stash while having structure. I need a nudge.

  147. Amy L says:

    I have decided to finish 17 of my older projects, while allowing new ones to butt in when inspiration takes place.

  148. Sharon says:

    I need to get more organized with my supplies and my time.

  149. PK Binns says:

    I have a list of UFOs I work from, but this year I plan on trying out some original designs. Having a love of scissors, naturally, I would love to own these Kai scissors!

  150. Kat says:

    To have smaller, portable projects to take with me and sew on the go more often. 🙂

  151. Kristin Sykes-David says:

    I resolve to spend time each day sewing or quilting or doodling quilting designs to finish UFO’s and make more donation quilts!

  152. Carol Strum says:

    I plan to complete hand quilting my “kouki” Morning Glory quilt!

  153. Myra Ramos says:

    To design and sew to the sounds of beautiful music will boost my quilting fervor!

  154. Meg Brotnov says:

    To join a BOM and finish the block before the next month arrives!

  155. Mary O. says:

    What is my resolve to boost my quilting fervor? I love the inspiration online and have signed up for several classes. I have some beautiful Kaffe fabric I will be using this year. Thanks for the giveaway.

  156. Judi says:

    I resolve to master (or make a good effort) curved machine piecing. I used to make my own clothes as a teenager, and made many sleeves so I just have to remember those days….can do this.

  157. Theresa shaw says:

    I really need a new pair of scissors and these sound great. To keep my fervor up this year I plan to work in a series, using foundation piecing to make at least six abstract landscapes.

  158. kathy Jurevicius says:

    Before I go to bed I make sure that I have prepared fabric to the stage of “ready to sew” on any particular project that I’m working on in order to start the sewing machine humming first thing in the morning.

  159. Aimee says:

    My resolve is to finish off 1 quilt at a time, & try to have most of my UFOs done by the end of the year

  160. Deborah Herold says:

    This New Year I am setting up my sewing machine, embroidery machine & serger in the same room so I can go from one machine to another to finish up a project, instead of having to set one up & move it to set up another. I will also set up another sewing machine, & serger in my cutting room so I have access to those. This will make projects go much faster to completion

  161. Susan O'Donnell says:

    My resolve is to just let go a bit and focus on enjoyment rather than perfection. Lots more can get done that way. Plus some really good scissors would make it easier

  162. June says:

    To feed my love of quilting even more, I will commit to learning one new thing a month, be it working with curves, paper piecing, computer-aided quilt design, or color theory (which I have already studied in depth, but want to go farther). Onward!

  163. Lynn Haia says:

    Just get sewing!

  164. Michelle D says:

    My motto this New Year is “Just try it!” Just try out the idea I have rather than micro manage the result I want.

  165. Nancy McKinney says:

    Since I discovered Okan Arts last year and became addicted to Yukata fabrics I have beening collectimg piles of great Yukata. I spent most of last weekend combining the yukatas with other types of fabrics….talk about boosting my quilting fevor! I can hardly wait to start creating this weekend!
    P.S. Kai scissors are simply the best!

  166. Kristina Leslie says:

    I bought a roll of batting to finish the four quilt tops laying around.

  167. Kris Koponen says:

    To make a baby quilt EVERY month until my FIRST GRANDCHILD is born! I have 0nly 5 months to accomplish my goal! A pair of Kai scissors would certainly be a big help to cut all those tiny curved pieces I will be cutting for our little one’s quilts.

  168. Linda Fleming says:

    I’ve signed up for a quilting class and plan to make the optional class project. I do love seeing what other people in the class make too!
    Books (mainly from the local library) and blogs are my other sources of quilting boosts!

  169. Karen M says:

    My goal is to spend less time on the internet and more time finishing some UFO’s.

  170. Jan says:

    I have been clearing out old fabric by sewing some things for charity groups. This should allow me to organize fabric and sewing area in a less congested, happier way.

  171. Elizabeth Walther says:

    In the past 20 years, I began earnestly quilting…in addition to being a professional ceramics artist/jeweler/teacher. I bought a pair of KAI scissors by chance and they became my go-to beading scissors. One day someone in a group of my students mistakenly took off with my Kai scissors and left me theirs that looked very similar. The difference to me has been painfully obvious for over a decade. I discovered I LOVE KAI scissors!

  172. Carol Nelms says:

    My resolution is to sew at least an hour a day, no matte how I feel.

  173. creed55 says:

    My goal is to do a little something creative every day. Emphasis on little just have fun.

  174. Emily C says:

    I am planning on mixing prints, solids and batiks in the BOm i joined and to finish the BOM on schedule. It’s a year long BOM.

  175. Becky says:

    I want to start watching the Craftsy quilting classes that I have bought and not watched! I have 29 classes and have only watched half of them and some of them not totally. :/

  176. Kristine Clay says:

    I want to get more organized and schedule time to sew and quilt rather than hoping it will just happen. I’ve started a list of my works in progress and committed to only buy anything if it’s directly related to those. Once they’re done I can think about other projects!

  177. Choryn Glad says:

    I am new to quilting and i want to implement more quilting in the clothing i make as well as complete a quilt larger than crib size.

  178. Rebecca says:

    These put my scissors to shame oh my. When i think of all the times daily my hands are in scissors, this would be an awesome win. Thanks for the chance.

  179. Summer says:

    To boost my fervor, I’m taking one weekend a month to just doing quilting – no cleaning, no cooking, but maybe just some walks with the dogs in good weather. Splitting my attention between quilting and household chores results in me doing neither very well!

  180. Edith says:

    My resolution this year is to get back into free motion quilting and quilt up some of my quilt tops. I design my own quilts and have several beautiful quilt tops which I need to get brave and skillful enough to quilt. I enjoyed your stories about Japan and found Fabrictown while I was there. It was one of many of our adventures in Tokyo. Last year I also discovered Ichiroya Flea Market on-line and that has been fun too. Now I need to get brave and get a design together for some of the fabric I bought. Thanks for the inspiration.

  181. Mara says:

    I want to finish at least one UFO each month and definitely try not to create anymore UFO’s lol

  182. lee says:

    I have set a side two evenings just for sewing!! thanks!!

  183. Lori Smanski says:

    my news year resolve for boosting my quilting fervor is: FOCUS I need to focus and write down when I want certain things done so I am not scrambling and stressing. So far, so good. I can do this.

  184. Greta says:

    Organize my sewing room!

  185. Rommy says:

    Thisk I want try to make an art-quilt, with THE fabric I dyed in 2016

  186. Mary says:

    I’m trying to do some sewing every day. Even it it is just picking fabric for a single block or putting fabric way. It’s relaxing.

  187. Dorothy says:

    I plan to try some new techniques such as painted appliqué and improv designs.

  188. Nanc says:

    This year I shall grow, by learning. I have all ready signed up for three separate class retreats. This is not something I do, I justify to myself that it is too expensive, I really do not need it, I won’t know anyone or I will just not be good enough to figure it out! Any and every excuse I think I have used.

    Sometimes in order to spread our wings we must get out of our nest. Even if it requires being pushed out by others who see the potential in ourselves that we overlook.
    I may never be an eagle, but even the smallest of sparrows can soar!

  189. Rebecca Finch says:

    Its not my quilting fervor that needs to be boosted, just my quilting practice. I resolved to find time most every day to sew this year. Thanks for your wonderful blog.

  190. CHRISTINE J OLAH says:

    Actually getting into my sewing room every day.

  191. Bonnie Penry says:

    To feel better, so that I can quilt, and finish my ufo’s.

  192. Cindy Pilkington says:

    I would be thrilled if I won a pair of these scissors! I’m looking forward to a year of creativity in my quilts.

  193. Malia pruitt says:

    Organize my sewing room.

  194. I bought a scissor sharpener in an effort to keep my sewing scissors sharp. It doesn’t do a great job and find I have to sharpen them frequently. I have never heard of this scissor brand and would be happy to see if there is a better product than what I use. 2017 has given me 3 new challenges in sewing techniques that I hope to perfect as I employ them in quilts for my family. My sewing studio, which sounds better than sewing room, is a refuge from the craziness of the world and gives me sanctuary to create and enjoy my world of many colors. Janet Gorski

  195. Cindy Farrell says:

    I just brought one of my sewing machines upstairs from my basement sewing room in order to get more sewing time in. My goal is to finish more quilts this year.

  196. Peggy Vick says:

    too boost my quilting fervor, I plan to sew 15-30 minutes a day. This keeps me motivated to see a little progress every day!!!

  197. Jeanne Mayes says:

    I would like to organize my fabric and finish some projects.

  198. Vicki L says:

    This year I want to create a stitch book focusing on my sewing machine stitches and practice on my free motion quilting skills. Thank you for this giveaway opportunity. I just found your site and am in awe of all your inspiration.

  199. Dawn Barach says:

    I want to finish more, pull out this UFOs that I’ve been afraid to finish, thinking I might not quilt well enough. It’s time to improve my skills or accept them and hire out what I have to. Thanks for your blog!

  200. Shirley Usry says:

    For any new project begun, I must finish a project in the works.

  201. Ethel Simonson says:

    Getting more of my unfinished objects finished so I can start more quilt projects that I like.

  202. Ellee says:

    My goal this year is to reorganize my sewing room to make it more more efficient which will make it more inviting and enjoyable to use. With 3 new grandbabies I have a lot bodies and beds to sew for.

  203. Vicki Bauer says:

    What’s your new year’s resolve for boosting your quilting fervor?
    This year I made my New Year’s resolve easy. Instead of giving up something — like chocolate or wine — I gifted myself permission to finish all the quilt projects I’ve started and left half finished before taking another class and starting a new project. February will be here in a week, and I’ve finished two queen-size quilts and near the end of a third! As soon as I have the backings, the quilts will go to my long-arm quilting friend for her special touch. I’m already feeling a great sense of accomplishment and know my children will appreciate my determination as I produce more than 12 quits in 2017! I’ll continue to dedicate Wednesday mornings to the guild’s Charity Bee where team efforts turnout dozens of quilts each month for local charities, Quilts of Valor, and other benevolent organizations.

  204. anntred says:

    My New Years resolve for boosting my quilting fervor began with completing two custom designed lap quilts for my grandchildren and continues with a custom designed wall hanging for my oldest niece which is in progress. My goal is to design a wall hanging for each niece and nephew based on their interests. So far, two designs are in development and I only have four more to go. Seeing photos of my nieces and nephews in my sewing room inspires me to design something specific for each one.

  205. Sue Dillon says:

    I firmly resolve to spend 1 hour a day in my quilting room.

  206. Melissa says:

    I firmly resolve to set aside time for me and my quilting.

  207. Cheryl Campbell says:

    I will start each day reviewing my works in progress, and spend at least 15 minutes at the machine.

  208. LilyBee says:

    I’m taking additional classes (by Lisa Calle and Melinda Bula), and spending some time hand-quilting a few small projects–Japanese style, at first.

  209. Maggie Buckwitz says:

    I’m resolving to organize my quilting studio so that I can spend time creating quilting art. I hope to enter one show by June 2017.

  210. Rose Santuci-Sofranko says:

    What’s your new year’s resolve for boosting your quilting fervor? I am hoping to sew up a bunch of pillow cases for our Living Room pillows. Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist (at)

  211. tracee says:

    To get organized so that time isn’t wasted just looking for stuff!

  212. Rita Scott says:

    I have listed a project for each month to finish. Once that project is completed I can do whatever I want. January project was a quilt for my husband. It’s complete and he is using it to keep warm.

  213. Marion Ongerth says:

    I’ve been sketching some ideas, buying a LOT of new fabric and have already begun to audition some for my first piece.

  214. Victoria says:

    I have many projects in different levels of completion. My goal – to start finishing them up. This morning, I finished a little stitching project. Every little bit adds up. New scissors would be a welcomed addition!

  215. Olivia Sallis says:

    I plan to make at least 10 quilts this year. I also want to buy a new quilting/sewing machine(a juki somethin).

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