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four january giveaways!

four january giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea

This month Okan Arts is giving away copies of Quilted Leather: Adding Texture, Dimension, and Style to Leather Crafting by Cathy Wiggins and published by Schiffer, and colorful practice squares of leather. There are four giveaways, each valued at $60.

Cathy Wiggins, once a “normal” quilter who made quilts with cottons, has pioneered a whole new way of working with leather. Her enthusiasm for this unexpected medium makes Quilted Leather an exceptional resource for anyone interested in trying something new.

Cathy tells all that she’s learned from her years of trial and error. Quilted Leather includes stories, tips, projects, and non-stop encouragement so you can experience leather quilting for yourself.

Cathy’s so excited about sharing the art of quilting leather that she’s contributed vat-dyed, garment-grade leather for the four giveaway winners to sew with their home machines.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. The winners are Suzan G of Shoreline WA, Allison CB of Auburn AL, Sandra H of Zephyr TX, and Mimi I of New York, NY.

To participate in the January giveaway, answer this question in the Comment Box below: What new things are you planning to do with your quilting in the new year?

HOW THIS GIVEAWAY WORKS: The January 2019 giveaway drawing will be held at midnight Pacific Time on January 31, 2019. Okan Arts Giveaways are open to US residents (sorry to our 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. Each will win a copy of Quilted Leather and a selection of leather practice squares. 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 the Schiffer Publishing website +click here

To visit Cathy Wiggin’s website +click here

To visit Cathy Wiggin’s shop, Gypsy Wood Leathers +click here

Thank you Schiffer Publishing for the donation of Quilted Leather and to Cathy Wiggins for the leather practice squares. Please note that Okan Arts received no compensation for this giveaway.

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147 comments to “four january giveaways!”

  1. JoAnne Pasqua says:

    This year I plan on quilting art projects for all my grandchildren with their personalities in mind.

  2. Patricia Welsh says:

    I would like to make quilting art projects for our two great grandgirls . They love quilted items that I make for them

  3. Kate Meyers says:

    I select a new name for my self every year, write on a rock and leave where I will see it several times a day. Over the years I have been Joy, Listen, Freedom, Patience, etc. This year I am Create….looking for all the inspiration I can find

  4. Pam Furry says:

    I’m going to be “quilting small” so I can actually finish a few things!

  5. Jackie Bloom says:

    I’m going to try dyeing fabric

  6. Pam Nottingham says:

    I am going to do some miniatures and just started a 4000 pyramid quilt! I would love to try leather quilting too.

  7. Kate says:

    I am going to make my first big quilt this year as a wedding present for my brother and his fiancée!

  8. Judy Tucker says:

    Thanks for doing this. I would never have found these sites on my own. I did not see how to sign up for emails from them. And would like to know an updated schedule for Cathy

  9. Suzan Gallup says:

    Evolve the creation of patchwork into garment fabric, and follow through with the completion of the actual garment!

  10. Kate R says:

    This year, I’m going to make my first “big” quilt as a wedding present for my brother and his fiancee!

  11. Lynn Kuehn says:

    I would like to try bobbin work this year. I have several decorative threads to try. I have seen several leAther pieces at shows and they are very rich with texture!

  12. Shelly says:

    I have admired Cathy’s quilts and would love to have her new book. My new thing this year will be to experiment with wholecloth dye painting and clamp resist dyeing techniques.

  13. Robin Parton says:

    I am doing my first Jacqueline deJonge quilt and am going to improve my ruler quilting. Also plan to get the three tops that need quilting done!

  14. Jeannie says:

    Wow! What a generous giveaway. I just found out about Cathy’s artwork and was enthralled. This year is my year to experiment (every year is really). I want to throw the perfectionist out the window or send her on a long vacation and just immerse myself in new media. This would be a perfect way to start.

  15. Cindy says:

    I’ll be doing more threadpainting and attempting some portraits in my quilts

  16. Kristin Laura says:

    I would like to make an improvisational quilt this year. I’ve experimented with a few blocks, but I’ve never made a whole quilt.

  17. Janet Schayer says:

    I’m taking a class this spring with a fiber artist from Santa Fe who is teaching how to make quilted vessels. Leather would be an interesting component to add.

  18. Katrine Eagling says:

    Design more fabrics for whole cloth quilts.

  19. Lottie Smith says:

    Planning to incorporaate some non-traditional materials in my quilting. i..e metal, leather, feathers.

  20. carol sloan says:

    I’ve been art quilting for several years now but I’d love to make a few traditional quilts for my family.

  21. Debi Sayer says:

    Something new and fresh: I would love to learn how to quilt on leather in the new year. Thank you for all that you do to inspire us!

  22. Jarna Maniguet says:

    I’m going to work with more textured materials in my quilting

  23. Sara says:

    I am going to do some art quilting trying new techniques and go outside my comfort zone. Take a deep breath and just go for it. Quilting on leather would be a good start.

  24. Karen Krueger says:

    2019 is my year to dig into my stash of Yukata cottons and bolts of Japanese silks create some art Quilts.

  25. Barbara Lotthammer says:

    I have many quilt tops to finish, some just need binding. I also have many wool projects close to being finished. Other than that just trying to get my sewing and craft room organized. Have always wanted to work with leather. My mother used to make leather purses

  26. Julia Bernstein says:


  27. Jerie Clark says:

    I plan to do more journaling this year. Smaller projects with more new techniques.

  28. Robin Shilman says:

    Try to combine machine quilting with large stitch hand stitching

  29. Trudi Rammelkamp says:

    I’m planning to go back to quilted garment making using several Koos Van Den Akker patterns I’ve been wanting to work on, they are perfect for combining many fabrics and are interesting to do.

  30. Nancy McCallum says:

    I would like to learn how to quilt leather and complete a small quilted leather project in the new year.

  31. Tesi Vaara says:

    I would like to try working with Lutradur this year, but leather could be interesting as well!!

  32. Marilynn Dondero-Rich says:

    I am going to do slow stitch meditation. Will see where it take me in my creative journey.

  33. Barbara Minton says:

    I plan to finish a few things but I also want explore new techniques. Right now I’m doing wool applique and I’ve been buying leather coats from thrift stores to deconstruct so I can try quilting leather. Please let me win this book!

  34. Leonie Mccallum says:

    I intend on pushing my boundaries this year but doing my first baltimore hand stitched Halloween theme, doing karlee porter empress online class also Susan carlson online master class and will be looking at Cathy’s leather class later in the year … it’s time to be released from the cocoon love your work cathy

  35. Cindi says:

    Wow that is amazing I never thought of quilting with leather!!! I am planning more art quilts in 2019 because I have decided I am not a precisio Quilter!

  36. Bonnie says:

    Going to explore cork fabric sewing purses

  37. Deborah Pereira says:

    Every year I try to use a new technique and learn a new needle craft. Learning to quilt on leather would be a great choice for this year.

  38. Esther Daugherty says:

    To complete my project and start a new and always be willing to try new things

  39. Rhonda says:

    I want to add quilted elements to my leather bags. Thought it would be fabric but oh the possibilities now!

  40. Pam S says:

    I plan to try some new techniques in 2019, including English Paper Piecing. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I’d love to try quilting with leather too!

  41. Darlene Talukder says:

    I plan to quilt with home dyed fabrics using oxalis, avocado and indigo. I plan to explore improv curves and now of course leather.

  42. Susan Nixon says:

    This looks so interesting. I’ve never even thought of such a thing.

  43. Lorilynn King says:

    I plan on doing a lot more applique this year! I enjoy it but in looking at my quilts, I haven’t finished many. I want to incorporate lots of materials other than cotton in my applique – including leather with intricate stitching for details in the applique!

  44. Moira says:

    this year I’m planning on making several art quilts and many other projects.

  45. Catherine Powell says:

    My birthday is 1/21, what a great b’day if I win. I’ve always been a crafter, but new to quilting and machine embroidery. I was gifted leather samples and pieces from an upholstery shop. I can’t wait to turn it into a wall art masterpiece.

  46. Giuliana Nakashima says:

    2019–I hope to better my workmanship (better measuring! more threadpainting, better longarm quilting), do more handwork (sashiko, EPP, embroidery) as well as start to plan a large scale project

  47. Patricia Hale says:

    I plan to spend more time on original quilting designs on leather and other different mediums.

  48. tw says:

    I am looking forward to working on my quilting with my bullet journal so the top I have now is quilted and then I get to work on new ideas like leather quilting!

  49. Allison says:

    WOW leather quilting sounds so interesting – interested in feeling the texture! This year I plan on learning one new skill and finishing some of my UFOs!

  50. Aimee Jamison says:

    In 2019, my goals for quilting include completing unfinished projects that either I started or bought that was unfinished. I also plan to use new textiles into quilts. I would love to try quilt /thread painting.

  51. Kay Welch says:

    2019 is my year for learning new quilting skills (free motion quilting) and refreshing some I haven’t used in far too many years (hand applique). I have also challenged myself to create an art quilt (wall hanging) to display in our home.

  52. Susan Spiers says:

    What wonderful fun with leather! I would like to try to achieve more hand piecing & quilting this 2019! The finished projects just seem more personal & perfect for keeping or gifting! Thank you, Susan

  53. Laraine Salmon says:

    I want to try using craft-tex in a garment, and finish all my UFO’s, then try some different styles of quilts to get outside my comfort zone and learn new techniques.

  54. PR says:

    A friend has introduced me to Wiggins work and I have a horse pattern designed from a photo I took at a barrel racing competition that will be just right for leather work. It would be delightful to give it a try.

  55. PR says:

    A friend has introduced me to Wiggins work and I have a horse pattern designed from a photo I took at a barrel racing competition that will be just right for leather work. It would be delightful to give it a try.

  56. Elizabeth Garber says:

    This year I plan to finish UFO’s, practice more machine quilting and join the art quilt group.

  57. Marilyn Fite says:

    I will be making a t-shirt/memory quilt for my grandson. Also want to use photography as a basis for quilts and try to use textures more. More original and creative would be my tries for 2019!

  58. maggie weyers says:

    I’m a weaver and have always wanted to try quilting on some of my handwoven fabrics. this is the push I’ve needed. I’ve incorporated leather into several woven items. so learning to quilt on leather would be wonderful. thanks for offering this.

  59. Paula M Morgan says:

    I am going to be brave enough to actually cut INTO my collection of Yukata Cottons….the days of just pulling them out and smoothing them flat, all the while admiring the craftsmanship of color and design….

  60. marty says:

    well this could be an intriguing new direction!

  61. Joan Kniffen says:

    Nice givaway, would love to have this book.

  62. Beth says:

    I do a lot of hand quilting now, as I find it relaxing. This year I plan to do Sashiko on my quilts and quilted handbags. I love all the colors of thread available and such simple stitching made in a design and pattern. A new texture of fabric would also be fun to integrate into my projects. Thank you for the opportunity.

  63. Deb Manowske says:

    I intend to do more art quilting and learn, new to me, fabric painting techniques.

  64. Sue Kersey says:

    I am planning to work more with my Japanese fabrics and create more art pieces. Also to make only projects that bring me joy and happiness.

  65. Cheryl Aloise says:

    Quilt something small so I can practice with this new medium.

  66. Linda says:

    I’m sure this isn’t new to most of you but it is to me. I’d like to start quilting on my clothing, premade and home made.

  67. Tanya says:

    I plan to try new art quilting techniques in 2019

  68. Linda says:

    I’d like to embellish my clothing with quilting designs to add texture and visual interest.

  69. Carolyn Hanson says:

    I am always up for trying something new.

  70. Diane Boone says:

    2019 plans include working more with leather!

  71. Ruth Lancaster says:

    I am going to try landscape quilting.


    I’m planning to make more wool-on-wool stitched applique small quilts (of COURSE quilts….after the stitching! 🙂 )

  73. Kathie L says:

    I plan to try a Hawaiian quilt.

  74. Sheila Herman says:

    This is going to be my year to shine. I’m getting older, and if I’m ever going to do it is now. I want to do my beading, I’ve seen some beautiful wall hangings. I have a Sashako with burgundy cherry wood fabric framing each square. I also have a hexi wall hanging and a comfort quilt. Each needs that personal artisic touch that I see others find. My artistic touch is waiting.

  75. Marty Mason says:

    I will be painting on fabric to put into my newest modern quilts.

  76. Donna Smith says:

    This year my goal is to actually quilt instead of just adding to my stash.

  77. karen says:

    More wool. I’ve recently fallen in love with using wool applique in my quilts.
    What an interesting book and concept to sew leather on a home machine. I remember stamping (pounding) leather with my son’s Boy Scout troupe many, many years ago. I still have the key chain disk he made for me. I’m sure this leather is soft and supple. Would love to try it. Thanks for the opportunity.

  78. Kathy Chandonais says:

    I plan on making more art quilts this year and trying out new ways to embellish them.


    I’m planning to combine my quilting efforts with travel adventures.

  80. Wendy Ragland says:

    Will be setting up my unused dining room as a quilting studio so can finally finish some of the ufos I have hanging around as well as dipping into my stash for inspiration.

  81. Karen Schaffner says:

    I have many finished quilt tops so my goal for this year is to learn to quilt on my sewing machine.

  82. Teresa Ruch says:

    I have started overdyeing leather in shibori resists and would love to see Cathy’s book for sewing/quilting ideas. Fun process with lots of possibilites.I use leather from a gleamer.

  83. Debra De Shazor says:

    My hobby is sewing and I would like to make a fishing quilt & hand bag as well as quilts for family & friends.

  84. Susan Kelley says:

    I want to try some new techniques including trying some of the more modern layouts with negative space.

  85. MS Barb says:

    Actually finishing some quilts that I started for family members!

  86. Terry Cullan says:

    First I have 2 new grandchildren coming this year so after making them baby quilts finish up a different quilt then I’m not sure!

  87. Susan Greene says:

    I plan to learn how to use the embroidery function on my machine to quilt my quilts, and to practice free-motion quilting.

  88. Patricia says:

    I plan to learn some new techniques to freshen up my quiltmaking.

  89. Rosemary Newman says:

    It would be interesting to try this technique.

  90. Terrie says:

    This year I plan to “quilt / stitch slower” by hand-stitching wide, slow stitches using perle cotton on the quilts I’m planning for my sister-in-law and 4 little nieces and nephews this new year. Stitching slow, wide stitches by hand, I hope, will slow me down, like hand-quilting did back in the 1980s. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of Cathy Wiggins’ book.

  91. Debbie Olson says:

    I plan to try quilting a ‘One Block Wonder’ this year.

  92. Debra Miller says:

    I would love to try leather quilting in 2019! I have quilted and also did a few small leatherwork projects but never combined the two. Thanks for the opportunity to win your wonderful giveaway!

  93. Karen Lynn Wheeler says:

    I plan to encorporate the embroidery element in my quilting.

  94. Barbara Mims says:

    This year I’d like to do more art quilting, and find a place or person for each piece. No more packing away, I’m going to enjoy my work.

  95. Angela J Short says:

    Looks like a cool book. I’m hoping to finish some quilting projects that I’ve gotten started! Enjoy your day! 🙂 🙂 angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  96. Jan Hopewell says:

    Today I started my first collage quilt. I’m planning to make some outfits that include art quilting.

  97. carol Denning says:

    For lunar new year I am trying to work on a boar image; and I am also un- stitching kimono…who knew? Thanks for the chance to win this interesting new book & leather.

  98. Hilda Krebs says:

    Would love to receive the book

  99. Stephanie Braskey says:

    One of my goals for 2019 is to explore new and different textures in my quilting. I think this book will give me a great insight into that Avenue.

  100. Susan Beckman says:

    I am going to focus on finishing several tops that were group projects. Also, I plan to spend more time working on small projects that are inspired by my own interests and see the idea through the final stages.

  101. Vicki Truesdale says:

    I would like to try curved piecing! I have always stuck with the straight stuff, time to get curvy!

  102. Roxann Burns says:

    Explore surface design and creating my own fabric

  103. Meriul says:

    I am looking forward to completing a few different fabric art pieces. I want to try quilting on leather, using some hand dyed fabric and adding unusual embellishments to my art pieces!

  104. Jarna Maniguet says:

    This year I’d like to Try and do some work with adding textural elements to my quilts

  105. Marie Burnham says:

    This year I plan to make some quilts using unconventional materials.

  106. Reba Siero says:

    I want to create items with embellishments of all kinds. Embellishing leather pieces sounds intriguing.

  107. Christi says:

    I love Illusion quilts and I have made several. Now I want to learn Zentangle and add that to my quilting.

  108. Dena Omar says:

    My plan for the year is to use fabrics other than quilting cottons in my quilts as often as I can. I’ve already used leather and upholstery fabrics in a wall hanging and LOVE how it is turning out!

  109. Diane Zubrick says:

    I will be using some eco dyed fabric in quilted small objects.

  110. Jennifer says:

    I joined a monthly ufo group in my guild, so I am going to finish more items, and plan to use creative materials in art quilting!

  111. Corrine Bush says:

    Making art quilts and thinking outside the box is what makes my sewing machine humm! Different textiles and techniques is very exciting. Thank you for showythis new book. Hope I win one.
    Happy Sewing in any format!

  112. Carol Kuse says:

    We are finally getting to come to Hawaii this October (except for my husband’s military). Hopefully we can visit your new Museum then. My dream for sixty years.

  113. Sandra Hughes says:

    Being from Texas I loved Cathy’s work and will follow her on Twitter! I use some leather now with my media art and would love to use some in my quilting designs. I like the rich quality of it and the texture.

  114. Mary Holshouser says:

    I have some applique patterns that
    make an animal or fire truck, etc.
    the finished piece is in the shape
    of the intended design (such as
    an elephant) and then it is
    quilted around all of the parts.
    I’ve had these for awhile and want
    to get started on them. I’d love
    to try the leather quilting – always
    looking for new techniques.
    thanks for the offer.

  115. Char Behrens says:

    I’m going to finish (or at least try to) my Dear Jane that I’m using different Japanese, Asian inspired and batik fabrics. I’ve found Japanese fabrics with cats, koi, cranes and my favorite, little rabbits that I can tuck in and hide in the quilt.

  116. Mimi braniff says:

    Trying to perfect my piecing skills . After doing mostly art quilts my pieces ar a bit sloppy.

  117. Linda Fleming says:

    I have some new projects for this year – a quilt for my Space lover and a cowboy themed quilt for a toddler.

  118. SandyMay says:

    This year I am venturing into wool applique and embroidery embellishment. I find both activities relaxing, and although my stitching needs more practice, I find it personally satisfying.

  119. Margie Read says:

    I will learn how to use my embroidery machine to enhance my quilting
    I will learn how to quilt with leather!!
    I will finish my UFO’s

  120. Maryanne L James says:

    This year I plan to expand my quilting by trying new materials, like leather, metal and natural found fibers and then use the results to decorate my home and give as gifts.

  121. Barbara Mars says:

    I will be going to Ireland for an Felt, Eco Dyeing and Indigo Workshop. Hope to get to try Rust Printing Fabric for Quilts.

  122. Marilyn HaugMarilyn am an amputee says:

    I will be making port pillows & dammit dolls to donate to Fox Chase Cancer

  123. Janine Morrell says:

    I am venturing into exploring my own creative voice via art quilting and modern design elements. There is creativity in me that would like to be expressed and traditional quilting isn’t totally doing it for me.

  124. Trudy says:

    I’m going to start using my Japanese textiles that I have been afraid to cut into.

  125. Melody Lutz says:

    I’m taking my first formal free motion class…I am self taught via YouTube.

  126. sandy Wagner says:

    There is a group of bikers that I have been sewing patches on their leather jackets
    and my husband bulilds saddles and I have been toying with the idea of sewing with leather. The ROAD TO CALIFORNIA had a leather exhibit a couple of years ago and it was outstanding. I am leaving for the ROAD on Mon.

  127. Mary Jo says:

    This year I want to make a few miniature quilts, finish a larger quilt that is ready for quilting, and finish an even larger quilt that I’m hand quilting and is about 50% quilted.

  128. Maureen Skurski says:

    I am headed to my first time visit to Japan at the end of this month for the Tokyo International Quilt Show!! Yay!!! I hope this year to incorporate more of the beautiful Japanese fabrics and sashiko stitching into my quilting.

  129. Pam Pontious says:

    I am planning to make a quilt using curves.

  130. Quilting Jeannie Zimmerman says:

    I love this concept and I’d love to win. Perhaps I could work it into my leather seat for the chair I am going to refinish this year. Interesting and new concept for me. This year I am going to experiment with modern solid colors in some of my quilts. Not my current comfort zone. thanks.

  131. D. Holt says:

    I am planning to integrate a few of my different needle and fiber arts into some warm & toasty quilts. This includes: knitting/crocheting small squares 4×4 or 6×6 with a variety of fine wool or silk yarn and sewing these together with blocks cut from sweaters or woven wool clothing of various weights and textures that I will upcycle. Some of the woven wool blocks will be felted. Bright, saturated colored yarns combined with deep, rich jewel tones in the woven wool, contrasted by the classic hues seen in men’s suits, herringbone and tweeds will create some exciting textural contrast and interesting results.

    The textures will create some exciting interest.

  132. Patricia STACK says:

    Right now, I am working on a quilt with multiple diamonds taking the time to make sure that all my points are lined up correctly. After this, my plan is to do a collage using an expanded template of a heron my DIL took at their NC condo. It is exciting to plan ahead but anxiety producing to actually dig in and start a project. Trying some thing new is exciting and makes me want to get up and go in the morning.

  133. Mimi says:

    I’d like to experiment with different contents of batting for quilts and also try to quillt leather!

  134. Nan y Hower says:

    I am just starting to go away from my all cotton quilting and into quilting arts with other fabrics and mediums.
    Leather would be a new interesting medium to add. Coming from Wyoming and cowboy country leather would be interesting.
    . I also want to delve into dyeing

  135. Angela Horne says:

    This year, I am focusing on making quilts for my Paradise Community Band friends who lost their houses in the Camp Fire last year.

  136. Jean Condon says:

    I hope to make all the birthstones in M J Kinman’s quilt

  137. Barbara Minton says:

    Who won the Quilted Leather books. I was really excited about getting one of those?

  138. Mary Lynn Kebler says:

    I am continuing my quest to complete my UFO’s but I always allow myself the option of starting a new project as long as I complete my One Monthly Goal. Leather work sounds amazing!

  139. Krystyna Swirydczuk says:

    inspired by Mieko Mintz’s kanthu clothes and Kay Khan’s art I plan to make fabric from remnant silks using my long arm machine then make a jacket .

  140. Renee Atkinson says:

    I intend to really practice and enhance my free motion skills. I just bought a book today by Natalie Bonner to help me achieve this:)

  141. Deborah Palmer says:

    I have always wanted to work with leather

  142. Brenda Crisci says:

    This year it’s all about TEXTURE! I want to explore all types of fabrics, threads and embellishments to create wonderful texture.

  143. Adrienne says:

    I love learning new quilting techniques. Whenever I make something, I see it as an opportunity to try something I’ve never done before. It’s a nice little challenge for me, and it helps my quilting skills to grow. Plus, it’s a lot of fun. I enjoy the whole process of quilting … frustrations, mistakes, and all. I love the pleasure of creating.

  144. Beth Weldy says:

    I plan to improve free motion quilting on my domestic machine

  145. Linda Medina says:

    First of all, I want to get my studio organized. Then I plan on dyeing more fabrics and fibers and exploring different techniques in art quilting.

  146. isabelle fox says:

    I would like to create the WOW piece of my life !

  147. Kathyh says:

    I plan to do small QAYG for bag making.