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four july giveaways!

four july giveaways!


This month Okan Arts is giving away the Ki-Coo Gardens collection from Studio 37 of Marcus Fabrics. The giveaway includes 19 fat quarters of Asian-patterned cottons. There are four giveaways, each valued at $55.

Design Director Laura Berringer developed a delightful look with lush flowers, playful honeybees, graphic bamboo stalks, miniature fans, and a texture print of Chinese characters. The eclectic collection offers the allure of East Asia crossed with the calm of a summer garden.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. The winners are Lottie S of St Paul OR, Lori M of Glenside PA, Mary L of Kenmore WA, and Karen B of Berkeley CA.

To participate in the July giveaway, answer this question in the Comment Box below: How do gardens influence your quilt designs? 

HOW THIS GIVEAWAY WORKS: The July 2018 giveaway drawing will be held at midnight Pacific Time on July 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 Ki-Coo Gardens FQ collection. 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 the Marcus Fabrics website +click here

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

 

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304 comments to “four july giveaways!”

  1. Dottie MACOMBER says:

    The way gardens influence my quilting is by displaying wonderful colors, and by using color combinations that I might not have thought of using. Nature provides great inspiration for colors and color choices.

    • Janice Cole says:

      Not only do the flower colors inspire me the make bright colorful quilts but the wildlife gardens attract inspire my quilt motif. The butterflies, birds and even the lizards add a color deminsion.

  2. Gardens and flowers are one of my favorite design inspirations. Colors, forms, and all around beauty!

  3. Diane Johnson says:

    Living on the hot dry part of the USA I have to rely on my fabrics to bring me garden joy. I would be thrilled to receive the floral bouquet presented by Marcus to bring me the garden I lack.

  4. Mary Ann Holloway says:

    Gardens which surround our house over the four seasons provide many shapes, colors and relationships between trees, shrubs, grasses, flowers and vegetables that are a starting visual in planning a quilt.

  5. Martha Wacker says:

    I live in Hawaii where I am surrounded by beautiful flowers and foliage. The colors of the sea and sky and flowers are a definite influence in the fabric I work with. There is a strong Asian influence here too, and these fabrics would be a great addition to my quilts.
    Aloha!

  6. I am inspired by the classic NoCA summer hills in golden tones with individual green trees for one palette and by perennial flowering plants in corals, yellows and blues for another.

  7. Kathyh says:

    My garden has taught me color theory from the accidental and thoughtful placement of leaf and flower. Sometimes accidental chaos is good.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. Ochi dayan says:

    I always take pictures in a garden. I use the pictures to copy into my drawing block and sometimes translate them into artquilts

  9. Judith lawrance says:

    The way gardens influence my quilting is by the absolute wonder of the magnificent work of nature. Although my applique cannot come close to capturing the sheer beauty of flowers, it is a joy to put colors together to be reminescent of the miracles of nature. I do not have the talent of being a possessor of a green thumb, but working with beautiful cloth and producing blooms that last for years to come is a joy in itself,

  10. Sherry Massey says:

    I am naturally drawn to vine-type designs. The random vine that cannot be cleared out of my garden shows me new ways to design with vine-inspired applique, with the way it intertwines with other plants.

  11. Marna Sorensen says:

    The garden color and mood is uppermost in my mind when choosing fabric.

  12. Shirley Whitcomb says:

    I once designed an entire quilt around a bold red and yellow quilt in my garden. Botanical gardens are a wonderful resource for colors that work.

  13. Kate Meyers says:

    Glorious colors! They grouped so compatibly perfect. I’m a beginner gardener so what a good point of reference to my new garden attempts and to my indoor quilting endeavors.

  14. Valerie Lau says:

    Gardens are great teachers…the variation of shades within a single leaf, the way seemingly disparate colors come together in nature and surprise the eye but are at the same time pleasing.

  15. Janet Schayer says:

    The colors of nature do not clash…..I use flowers in my quilts by choosing floral prints and using fabrics in general to depict flowers….I mix lots of colors together in my quilts and in my garden….I’m currently working on a flower inspired quilt for my challenge group that I’m designing in a improvisational, scrappy way…..

  16. Runwita says:

    Gardens provide an endless source of choices for me to use as examples of the elements of design–line, shape, color, form, texture, space, and shade–in quilt designs. Whether traditional or art quilts.

  17. Marilynn Dondero-Rich says:

    Since I love flowers, they play a strong place in my quilting creative process. And I love the Asian styles with flowers since they have great detail. All the beautiful colors of the flowers are such up lifting.

  18. Karen bianchini says:

    The colors and textures found in growing things gives me inspiration for improvising in color, shape and juxtapositions in my quilting

  19. Patti A. says:

    I am always looking at color in the garden for ideas .Mother Nature know best what goes with what..

  20. LInda says:

    I don’t often make flowers in my quilting … but, as a plant geneticist, I find solace and inspiration in the flower gardens. Colors, shapes, beauty.

    😉 Linda

  21. Maridel Armstrong says:

    The colors of my garden definitely influence my color choices this time of year. Frequently a certain flower will influence a quilt design also.

  22. Katherine Gorman says:

    The colors of the garden and nature are so beautiful and inspiring!

  23. Tess Bossert says:

    First, color theory has played a big part in my garden and crosses over to my quilt creating: And, since I have mostly shaded garden, I have learned to use and appreciate low volume a bit more. Second, the use of garden design and style of flowers has been a true inspiration in quilt making….a positive impact each day.

    • Katrine Eagling says:

      Flowers are one of my favorites for my fabric designs. I have many new floral designs at #Spoonflower. #kae50

  24. Melissa Robinson says:

    A garden can inspire me to use different shades of color. Also, I appreciate an orderly garden, as in an english knot garden. A quilt that has a planned pattern with fabrics of varying scale of prints adds interest, as does a garden.

  25. Lynn Kuehn says:

    Mother Nature is the most sophisticated artist, so I follow her lead when seeking out color combinations. By incorporating these colors in my quilting, I can bring the outside inside !

  26. Allison Tom says:

    Gardens, especially my garden, inspire me to pay attention to subtle color combinations and contrasts and the play of light and shadow.

  27. Andrea Burnap says:

    Flowers provide endless inspiration for color combinations and leaves are so varied in shape and structures which suggest all sorts of possible patterns!

  28. Renee Atkinson says:

    This is a year of garden dragonflies and it all started in the winter with the purchase of Yukata cotton scraps which melded with a Yukata dragonfly panel I had been holding for the right moment. The mix of Yukata graphics included bits of leaves and florals then when combined with modern florals and the dragonfly panel, the Beyond the Garden Gate quilt came to be. Later in the Spring I made the Dragonfly Garden Lantern quilt still using those scraps.

  29. ROBIN SHEPARD says:

    I have a large garden -lots of scented flowers in front and vegetables and fruit in back. I’ve just started learning how to cut blocks for block printing and get lots of inspiration from both gardens. I’m going to start making my own blue and white fabrics to use in my sewing crafts.

  30. Connie Cain says:

    The beautiful colors!! Also the smells, some smells remind me of certain colors also. 🙂
    craftyccain@gmail.com

  31. Dee G. says:

    Nature influences everything!

  32. Rochelle Blair says:

    Gardens leave impressions which can influence the color and the mood of the quilt. The size of the flowers also greatly influences the overall look of the quilt.

  33. pasherm says:

    The colors!!!!

  34. L. D. says:

    Every quilt I make has floral designs.

  35. Deb Woolley says:

    It’s about the color and texture

  36. Breta Malcolm says:

    My garden has given me ideas for new quilt color combinations, even when the colors are all shades of green in early Spring, the many varieties of flower power of Summer, the warm shades of Fall, or the simple Winter spectrum!

  37. Cathy Spanish says:

    Oh my gosh…gardens are invaluable for providing color, form and definition…with a bit of healthy work, the joy of a garden brings inspiration and joy to recreate in fabric and other art forms!

  38. suzi leong says:

    my garden tells me that everything and anything goes with any shade of green!

  39. Mrs. Plum says:

    I love to visit gardens, and take lots of inspirational photos. In quilts, sometimes those photos translate into actual floral quilts, but sometimes just shape and color inspiration. Thank you for the giveaway—the fabrics are lovely!

  40. mvjan says:

    My mother loved her gardens and she taught me the names of all her flowers. Mom is 92 now, she’s forgotten all about gardening, but I still find myself trying to identify the flowers in gardens and in the fabrics I see, and in the quilts I make.

  41. Daisy Rae says:

    The colors, the patterns, the lines – my garden makes me think of different ways of matching and mixing. So much fun I am drooling over the Ki-Coo gardens fabrics!

  42. Nancy says:

    These fabrics are so lovely! Thanks for doing this.

  43. Cindy Fuller says:

    I can’t go wrong with the colors God created. And it the garden, we are blessed with so many choices of color combinations…even the color of the dirt they grow in to the early morning mist that surrounds each beautiful flower.

  44. Sara says:

    I love to garden & I love to quilt. Nature’s landscapes are a constant inspiration bringing color, calm, and texture to my world. Quilting for me is a reflection of my world. Thanks for the give away!

  45. Becky DuBose says:

    I love mums and peonies so any of these would fit into a quilt for me.

  46. Susan says:

    I use the garden to inform me of colours that just simply work together every time.

  47. Sylvia says:

    I do my best designing when weeding my garden. Lay-outs, color combinations, and quilting designs all come to me!

  48. Trudi Rammelkamp says:

    The colors are an inspiration.

  49. Cathy Harvey says:

    Our high desert gardens and landscapes display wonderful examples of color and texture. Any flower has the ability to stop me in my tracks to take in its beauty and admire its color and texture especially my roses. Truly value nature’s inspiration in my quilting journey.

  50. Michelle Weatherson says:

    I’ve always found flowers and leaves, in particular, to be very inspiring. I’ve done several fused art quilts capturing flowers from my garden. I’m sure I’ll make more.

  51. Susan Flick says:

    Garden design, the texture of leaves and flowers are a constant source of inspiration for me. The ever changing color pallet continues to give ideas all through the seasons.

  52. Janet Wright says:

    I love the color intensity of flowers in a garden. That is why I also love Yukata fabrics.

  53. Eddi Baird says:

    This year my annual garden is all white flowers. Spectacular.

  54. Marlene Reasoner says:

    Gardens are all about texture and color just like my quilts!

  55. Glenda Hollander says:

    Color and geometric designs!!

  56. Sally Strawn says:

    I love all the beautiful color combinations that a garden showcases in every season.

  57. Jerie Clark says:

    I pick bright colored flowers when planting my garden and then they inspire me constantly during the summer. I take pictures to inspire me for the following years.

  58. Kathy E. says:

    Loving my flower gardens, I strive for striking color combinations. Those same combinations find their way into my fabric choices where the garden is in bloom all year round!

  59. Nancy Hower says:

    Green is my favorite color, green of fresh peas, squash vines, kale, red leaf lettuce, and cabbage. I use them, pared with the colors of the fresh seasonal fruits, veggies and flowers to make my blocks and borders. I find the brighter colors are more likely to be blocks and the greens the borders and sashings.

  60. Sheryl Ramstad says:

    I love gardening and find my favorite color combinations also find their way into my quilts. I am drawn to large scale flower prints and that is why I love Yukata fabrucs!

  61. Sharon Hendrix says:

    I love the many different color combinations in my garden.

  62. Patricia Molinari says:

    When I look at my garden, or anyone’s, the first thing I notice is the color combinations and usually there is one predominant color. That’s kind of how I approach my quilting when choosing fabrics. I also always notice the many shades of green in a garden. An old-time quilter many years ago told me to use many shades of green because greens always work together and I think she was correct.

  63. Kathy Eyre says:

    When I travel I always take pics of flowers for future inspiration

  64. Karen A says:

    I love the color inspiration I get when I view gardens and nature.

  65. Raye Lewis says:

    these collections are a great way to bring the garden inside to enjoy all year around

  66. Quilting Tangent says:

    Gardens have a lot of colors that all work together, so quilts can do the same.

  67. Lottie Smith says:

    The shadows in my garden are a reminder of the importance of contrast in art.

  68. Janie McCombs says:

    Definitely the colors. Very fresh and vibrant.

  69. Betsy says:

    I am always interested in color and texture in the garden. I love the way the gentle breeze moves things for different color views. I started with calm purples, whites and silvers….and of late have been adding more colors to interest the hummingbirds. The bees have a heyday in my garden! And the changes as the days and seasons happen brings all kinds of interest and beauty. Quilting is the same evolutionary process. I won’t go on! Thanks! 😉

  70. Nanc Ekiert says:

    Mother Nature always provides a perfect color palette she is a wonderful quilting partner

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  72. Mary Kolb says:

    I use garden photos in choosing colors for my quilts.

  73. marie Beers says:

    Such a pretty collection, would love to win one of the prizes.

  74. Janna says:

    I love all the colors in a good garden and want them all in my quilts.

  75. Gloria Cotten says:

    My small deck garden gives vibrant inspiration for color.

  76. Marva Daley says:

    Big showy flowers and lots of them have always been the way my garden grows. This influence is evident in my quilts as the florals always draw my eye right to them. These new prints are so beautiful I would not be able to pass them up.

  77. Martha Mumaw says:

    Many times in the quilting itself, with leaves and/or flowers being the design itself. Other times in my applique,in cotton or wool, I like to do fantasy flowers with stitching as accents.

  78. Roberta Lloyd says:

    Gardens for me are more about the spirit. They speak about beauty and rebirth. Quilting is like that, the most beloved quilts are those made from pieces of life, whether made from old clothing or fabrics with favorite things or colors highlighted.

  79. Debra Miller says:

    I like using lots of bright beautiful colors in my quilts because as in a garden they go together so well!

  80. carol nelms says:

    Gardeners and quilts are both beautiful in full bloom.

  81. Joanna Perry says:

    That’s a good question. When I think about it, I realize that my garden style is very country-like and traditional. I love the native plants here and old flowers, like four o’clocks and daisies. That coincides with my love of traditional quilt blocks and their history, and especially the interesting names.

  82. Susan K. says:

    I love all the riot of colors in a garden, so that influences me to use lots of colors in my quilts.

  83. Pat Brich says:

    Living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan we only have only a few short months of the wonderful bounty of blooms and then it is back to snow. Bright fabrics and those with beautiful florals help to brighten my looong winters.

  84. Melody Lutz says:

    The colors! Even in winter, there is a peaceful palette.

  85. Teri says:

    Gardens give me color and texture inspiration for quilts. Gardening and quilting both provide peaceful interludes.

  86. Evelyn Haupert says:

    Gardens with their array of shapes and colors can inspire artists in all media. I like using floral fabrics, especially Asian-themed lines, in my quilts. They go well for friends who are very “feminine”!

  87. Kristi says:

    I like taking photos of gardens, and outdoor floral arrangements. They are always a source of color inspiration when I’m planning a quilt.

  88. Emily C says:

    We do not have a garden, so I use garden fabrics and colors to move the garden inside.

  89. Lori Morton says:

    Gardens influence me by the awesome variations of colors & shades intermingled together. LOVE floral fabrics…and am a scrappy kinda girl. Love color explosions. Summer flowers inspire me the most..because of the bright & happy colors everywhere 🙂 Thank you for chance to win your give-a-way too! 😀

  90. Donna says:

    Gardens and flowers are all part of God’s creation and He doesn’t make mistakes, so I like to use this as a guide for color selections and combinations. The fabric collection is just beautiful!! Thanks for the opportunity!!

  91. Lannie says:

    Garden has a very unique vibrant colors and mystical. It provides a very delicate color combinations that you would not expect. I’m not good in color combinations but I look at the my garden or photos to search for colors combinations.

  92. Susan Clarkson says:

    Gardens fill me with peace. I also encounter designs in nature that I adapt to my quilts. I am in love with your lovely fabric.

  93. Debbie says:

    I’m drawn to florals anytime, but right now we’re putting in a yard and have no flowers at all, so more than ever I’m putting them in my quilts.

  94. Sue Cahill says:

    I study the flowers and foliage in my butterfly garden to see color combinations I wouldn’t think of on my own but mother nature provides with ease.

  95. Sharon Browne says:

    I’ve always loved flowers, the colors, the shapes…the inspiration is endless.

  96. Pat Meinecke says:

    Definitely, color ways.

  97. Teresa Knittingdancer says:

    I like to use flower designs in my quilts using pinks, yellows, reds, oranges, whites, purples and greens.

  98. Donna says:

    A gardens color combinations can be used to design the colors of a quilt.

  99. Marguerite Namdar says:

    The beauty of nature is so inspiring. The colors of blooming

  100. lee says:

    The types of flowers in a garden influence my quilts w/ the different shapes – I love the look of them in different stages – like hibiscus closed in the morning and then opening up in the heat of the day. I like to sketch them and them transfer them to blocks in quilts.

  101. Janet T says:

    The colors and shapes of nature inspire me. I enjoy finding colors that blend the way they do on a flower, or a leaf for an applique project. Using shapes of flowers in the garden for applique pieces, and layers of petals to make the flowers realistic.

  102. Karen Burton says:

    Scatter gardens, row by row, hummingbird, vegetable, watercolor, all of the colors of the rainbow in my quilts and in my gardens! These Ki-Coo Gardens fabrics are gorgeous.

  103. Linda Williamson says:

    I love playing with colors and textures in my garden as much as I do with my quilting. I actually garden more than I quilt in the spring and early summer.

  104. Jacque says:

    I struggle with using greens. A trip outside to my garden assures me that all shades go together.

  105. Carol Kuse says:

    Gardens always influence me. Right now I am collecting fabric for a blue floral double wedding ring. Love your blues. I will be looking for them if I’m not lucky enough to win some. Thank you.

  106. Carol Mina says:

    Gardens make me think of soft calm quilting. Usually I would use the fabric to dictate the pattern I would use. Most likely a traditional in the past, but I bet they would look fabulous in the modern quilts.

  107. Linda Yeager says:

    They help inspire my color choices. Colors I wouldn’t dream of putting in the same quilt seem to go together naturally in a garden setting.

  108. Becky says:

    The organic, flowing lines of natural objects, flowers, and leaves inspire my quilting designs.

  109. Carol Harvey says:

    Quilting to me is ultimately playing with color, and for me, my flower garden (I love dinner plate dahlias, all colors), gives me the incentive to capture some of the colors in my garden in a quilt I design in Electric Quilt software! Wow, you can use your imagination and excitement from the joy of your garden to make a quilt of many colors, or just a few! What ever you choose, you only need to have fun in creating the most beautiful quilt!!

  110. Joy says:

    When I look at my garden I notice green goes with everything and tends to be in all my quilts. LOVE the soft colors of the Ki-Coo fabrics! Thanks for the great giveaway.

  111. Sandy Moffitt says:

    Living in the country there is always a breeze sweeping over my flower garden making the flowers sway in a kaleidoscope of color against the dark green background of the bean field. It helps me envision endless color combinations.

  112. Donna W says:

    Gardens help me with color. Bright or subtle colors and lots of different shades of green.

  113. Deb Anderson says:

    I love the beauty of nature and try to duplicate that beauty in my quilting. Did I mention the colors in nature?

  114. LindaS says:

    Gardens inspire me with their color palates which constantly change with the seasons.

  115. Mom C says:

    The colors and how they shade into one another. I also love the different shapes of flowers, leaves, sizes of plants. Some are so simple and others are so elaborate. What don’t they inspire? Thanks.

  116. Karen M says:

    I love colorful flower gardens and colorful quilts. Each year I ask my husband to plant more flowers. You can never have too many. I especially love yellow flowers/roses and try to include yellow in each quilt I make.

  117. Julie Johnson says:

    I love flowers and started my own flower gardens last year. As I am also just learning to quilt, using ideas from planning gardens is the way I have been planning my quilts: size & proportion, color & texture contrast, repeating patterns, points of interest, overall coordination and sense of peace and beauty.

  118. Joyce Carter says:

    Applique is my favorite thing to do so, of course, seeing the flowers in my garden makes me want to applique their design on fabric. Thank you so much for the beautiful giveaway.

  119. Nancy Mikula says:

    Being in a garden centers me into my creative quilt design space, and when coupled with garden themed fabrics, I create my best and most personal quilts.

  120. Rosemary says:

    Those fabrics are gorgeous. I love fabrics with flowers, trees, anything “out-door” because I have allergies and the only way I can appreciate them is to sew with them. I also have three cats who love to eat anything growing so even when someone does bring me flowers or other living things, I have to put them up high so they won’t get to them. I love those journals that used the Marcus Fabrics and I would love to make a jacket with those fabrics.

  121. Maureen P. says:

    I love to use the colors of a summer garden in my quilts. They are always bright & cheerful!!

  122. Pam Pontious says:

    I love gardens and am drawn to the large floral motif fabrics. Something about the full sized flower heads make me think of beautiful garden spots. Since I don’t have a wonderful flower garden, the floral fabrics allow me to create my own garden,

  123. Sandra Lee Ellison says:

    Garden color is a primary influence for me.

  124. Katherine Collins says:

    I love the brightness of colors of the flowers, vines, hummingbirds and bees. There are sometimes colors I might not put together but naturally look go together beautifully and add depth and deminsion. I try to think the same way when choosing fabrics.

  125. ka-ren lipchik says:

    I frequently use the flowers in my garden as the designs for hand applique.

  126. Rosemary Newman says:

    I love gardens. All colors seem to go together.

  127. Jackie Stevens says:

    The colors in a garden are such a joy and inspiration. Photographs enable one to capture the moment and use it for design.

  128. Joannie Eubanks says:

    I love to make quilts! My garden is actually 27 acres, a lot natural but several planned gardens. Of course I plan them but somehow God, thru birds and squirrels, change my plans and I get wonderful surprises. Sometimes in a quilt I make flowers from my mind or dreams. I would love to create a quilt using your fabrics!

  129. Ruthmary Schauer says:

    I’ve done a number of garden inspired quilts, with beige/neutrals and greens as background for day meadows and blacks and greens as background for night gardens. Then used many colored fabrics for all over wild-garden effect, rather like Johnny Appleseed had strewn flower seeds rather than apple seeds. (I have pictures of some, if you want to see them.)

  130. Sue Laughton says:

    I think it is mostly the colors, then, especially in a garden of succulents, the shapes.
    I am lucky that I work for a commercial landscape company, so get to see lots of different kinds of plants & trees every day!

  131. Carol says:

    My garden is Darwinian, “survival of the fittest” and always a work in work in progress, this year happens to be a shift from pinks/purples to orange/peachy….probably influenced by displays all around. Anyway enjoying my switch and of course a whole new palette to shop.

  132. Lori Martinsek says:

    These glorious flowers remind me of my mother’s gardens. The colors are dreamlike!

  133. Lu says:

    I have never designed a quilt or a flower garden but have made a baby quilt from a pattern and grew a vegetable garden, which I guess you could say I do things that are user friendly and not for display purposes. lol

  134. Karon says:

    Almost every quilt I make has a shade of green in it and fabric with flowers. Boring, not hardly. I love remembering nature in my quilts.

  135. Vivian Roop says:

    The changing of the seasons gives me a never ending inspiration of color, form and movement. It only gets better each day.

  136. Lorrie says:

    I like the geometry and structural design of flowers for designs.

  137. Mary Holshouser says:

    The shades of colors in a particular flower will
    suggest color combinations that will work together.
    A garden of flowers will show me the colors
    that will work together in a larger scheme.
    Flowers are also a good topic for a quilt.
    thanks for the chance to win some
    beautiful fabric. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

  138. melissa says:

    Gardens examined up close are full of inspirational shapes and colors. New growth and buds are amazing

  139. judy B. says:

    What a great site of all quilts Japanese .

  140. Mary Rowin says:

    Such lovely, fresh colors for a garden quilt.

  141. Jane Parker says:

    Hope to stop by your shop in September when I am in my way from Montana to Port Townsend film festival! I am excited to see your unique fabrics.

  142. Donna Conklin says:

    What a fantastic bundle…nothing better than Asian prints and flowers! It would make a lovely quilt!

  143. Kathie L says:

    I use a lot of greens, and my garden has so many shades.

  144. Karen Krueger says:

    Gardens inspire me to put dragonflies and flowers in my quilts. They also challenge me to try new color and design combinations.

  145. Rosiland Ball says:

    How do gardens influence my quilt designs, let me count the ways! Color, color, color and composition and all of nature. Blue skies and lush greens landscapes. Red roses and hibiscus,Orange marigolds and tiger lilies, Yellow daffodills and sunflowers, Blue periwinkles and hydrangea, Green button mums and ivy, Indigo pansies and petunias and Violet lilacs and lavender! All the colors of the rainbow in my gardens are my design influence.

  146. diane says:

    every garden I view, where ever I go inspired me to design something that is as soothing and calming as the garden itself

  147. Karen says:

    Color and texture in nature provide never-ending inspiration from subtle and subdued to vibrant. I find it varies around the US, too. Beautiful fabric collection!

  148. Barb Fama says:

    That colors of the seasons in my garden are an inspiration.

  149. diane says:

    every garden I visit inspires me to create, design and execute a fabric group to enjoy

  150. Jan says:

    The formal gardens with Labyrinth boxwoods came to mind. There is a calmness that can come from working with monochromatic colors.

  151. Colleen says:

    Gardens influence so many of my designs even though I very seldom have used floral fabrics. The colors, textures and contrasts are huge influences. I’ve been known to Stop, right in the middle of the road ( when no one is around) to checkout a vibrant, interesting garden. At times even a corn field can cause me to pause. I enjoy photographing gardens to capture the interplay of colors and textures

  152. Sally says:

    I have used photographs of gardens to choose colors for art quilts that I have made. Nature certainly is a good influence. I am also drawn to trees as a dominant element.

  153. Wendy Fullmer says:

    How do gardens influence your quilt designs? I love the play of light in gardens at different times of the day. The shadows, the sparkles of light, the way color changes as the light changes–all these things influence how I use contrast and color in my quilts.

  154. Susan Webb says:

    My garden inspiration comes from the way light changes the shape and color of everything.

  155. Dionne Matthies-Buban says:

    Spring Green is my neutral. I recently made a Grandmother’s Flower garden where all of the connecting hexis between flowers were spring green.

  156. LOLLY SCHIFFMAN says:

    Not so much, to be truthful. Love flowers but not gardening.

  157. Susan Smith says:

    Nature and flowers are in everything I make. The colors in gardens touch every part of my mind. So much inspiration. I am happiest when I am taking photos of the flowers in my garden to make patterns for my next series of small quilts

  158. Drew says:

    I love the color inspiration and I use a lot of garden inspired shapes in my machine quilting.

  159. Nancy Bird says:

    I love all the different shades one color can produce and all the different colors!

  160. Barbara Colvin says:

    Flower gardens are a great source for color inspiration, and I find lots of ideas for applique. One of the most interesting elements I find in gardens are leaves: shapes, colors, veins…. Lots of ideas for creating natural lines in art quilts.

  161. Bette Deneen says:

    Gardens influence my quilting by the beauty that natural light brings out of the flowers and plants that God has blessed us with. From colors highlighted by bright sunlight to the subdued shading of twilight; it’s amazing and inspiring.

  162. Alice Ronne says:

    Gardens influence my work with their colors(flowers), shapes/sizes and textures (leaves). My backyard garden also refreshes my creative spirit in the spring and wakes up my senses after a long winter.

  163. Trudi Sommerfield says:

    It is the colors of the flowers and greenery in gardens that I sometimes us in quilts. Some gardeners have such a wonderful and unique sense of color. They put together things that I may never have considered otherwise.

  164. Susan Mayer says:

    The colors of the garden feed your soul, make your day brighter and add a smile to your life. Let them inspire you to make a quilt that will share that joy. Garden fabrics can turn a traditional block into a wonderful new look. I play with florals to make traditional blocks into flowers and look to nature for the perfect color combinations.

  165. Jeri Zintgraff says:

    how do gardens influence my quilts? The colors, the shapes of the flowers, and the birds that visit. appliques are always nice inspired by the garden.

  166. Jodi Gradolph says:

    I love florals. These go with my garden this year!

  167. Carol Kuse says:

    four July giveaways. Gorgeous fabric. I can hardly wait to play with it. Especially the blue. Thank you for the opportunity to win such beautiful things. These will be a great influence on my work.

  168. Linda Cartwright says:

    Garden influence a lot of my quilting. The colors of flowers and leaves are beautiful.

  169. Barbara Hancock says:

    I am particularly drawn to Japanese gardens for their structure, simplicity, and versatility. I take pictures of plants, structures, flowers and patterns drawn in sand or gravel. These provide inspiration to my quilts, specifically my series on Emperial Garden Quilts. These fabrics would work well in those quilts.

  170. mzjohansen says:

    The colors of nature inspire me most often, as well as the shapes, but I tend towards using more linear, or graphic elements…that being said, I love these fabrics and not appreciate the opportunity to win them!

  171. Barbara Snider says:

    When I see a beautiful garden I know that all colors go together!

  172. Mary Willis says:

    Gardens are source of inspiration whether it is a wildflower garden where everything goes like a good scrap quilt, or a formal garden that is ordered and color coordinated.

  173. Deb Woolley says:

    I am not a gardener, but it does not diminish my love of flowers. I enjoy appliqué and florals are usually included. I appreciate the texture of a garden and the colors. I study leaf shapes and colors to use in abstract quilts. I cannot imagine a quilting world without the influence of the riot of color a garden produces.

  174. Terrie says:

    Whether my garden is serene with a fish pond or a small water feature or my garden is of a more wild, natural setting with a riot of bright colored flowers, I have always been influenced by the garden’s setting, its beauty and numerous colors in choosing thread colors for free motion machine quilting as well as being inspired due to the variety of flowers and leaf shapes found in my garden. Nothing finer than being influenced by mother nature! Thank you for the opportunity to win some lovely Asian fabrics!

  175. 398ckt says:

    The colors of the blooming flowers and the various greens of the plants lead me to the quilt shop to choose fabrics for my next project.

  176. Jane Freedman says:

    The glorious colors of gardens do influence my choice of fabric colors. Nature seems to be able to mix different colors in the most unusual ways don’t you think?

  177. Lily Kamikihara says:

    Simply love the colors in any garden. If you look closely, the colors of a certain tree or flower may look the same but they are not. That’s what makes the tree or flower alive.

  178. Ruth B Smith says:

    Gardens influence my quilt design by the discovery of unexpected color placement. When I analyze what was appealing to me in a garden, I go to my color wheel and realize oh! these are complementary colors, or these are analogous, and I find a new direction for my color thinking.

  179. Del Thomas says:

    Trees, leaves, flowers, and critters inspire my creativity. The colors of nature are my palette. Flowers on fabric are my addiction.
    Thanks for doing these freebie offerings. Del

  180. Charlene Cuhaciyan says:

    The movement that sways the flowers and blurs the colors are my inspiration.

  181. Lori Mukai says:

    In the garden we see all the infinite possibilities that are a hallmark of the natural world around us. Color, composition, geometry, perspective, the inspiration is there, for those who look. To be able to express this in fabric is a mighty thing!!

  182. Tanya says:

    I often choose a mix of only floral print fabrics for a quilt top. Loving these Ki-Coo Gardens!

  183. Michelle D says:

    Flowers fill my yard and quilts! Flower pounding is this summer’s project – so fun!

  184. Dottie Alexander says:

    The colors in various gardens in our area inspire me to look for these colors in fabrics I am selecting.

  185. Bertella Hansen says:

    Flowers are so intricate and interesting to study, I am trying to include flower buds in my newest quilt with leaves, too.

  186. spierssusan says:

    I have always loved flowers! Living in South Mississippi, they bloom all year round! I am always drawn to floral fabrics to use in a quilt!

  187. Patricia says:

    Nature suggests beautiful color combinations.

  188. marlene barkley says:

    my garden influences me because of the randomness of color and its shadings. A red rose is anything but “red”..So many shades. A Cosmos group is an array of shades. In my studio I try to bring the work of nature in and onto fabric. Sometimes lucky!

  189. Sue Buchanan says:

    My grandmother had a flower garden to stock her shop in the 1950’s. I loved spending time with her there; the colors, the fragrances, the butterflies and bees were all a delight. I especially liked the hydrangeas. My color choices for quilting always reflect the colors of her garden. Cool green tones with lush pastel colors.

  190. Stephanie says:

    Gardens inspire color combinations.

  191. Marjorie Mathison says:

    I love the way light interacts with plants in the garden. The fabrics just go with the light

  192. Ann says:

    Beautiful floral fabrics inspire me to make beautiful quilts!

  193. Janet Anderson says:

    Colors mixed together in baskets in the Pacific Northwest, make me happy, as do the bluebonnets on the spring in Texas. The array is always different and gives me ideas of colors that can show off together.

  194. Annette S says:

    For inspiration on pulling a pallette of colors together I use either my own photographs or other print material of certain garden pictures. It shows me shades of colors that mother nature puts together beautifully.

  195. Estie says:

    The colors and the composition of the gardens provide many inspirational ideas for my quilts.

  196. frances says:

    I am more of a beginner and enjoy prints and color and thinking of simple blocks to make with the combination. Garden colors: right now lush green tropical plants really inspire me (as well as leaves and bamboos for Asian mood).

  197. Cindy Chock says:

    I never saw a flower that I didn’t like. The mad profusion of color and texture is the ultimate inspiration for a quilt.

  198. Barbaraben says:

    The variety of color combinations in gardens provide inspiration for my quilting.

  199. carmen mullins says:

    I like using floral prints as background. Thank you for the opportunity to enter the contest.

  200. Millicent Mito says:

    Gardens provide inspiration for color combinations all year long.

  201. Janet Hasselblad says:

    I made a beautiful quilt for my mom using all gorgeous florals – doing the “fussy cut” in order to feature pansies, peonies and more. It’s a garden explosion!

  202. KittyAnn says:

    My little garden provides me with a color resource, nature combines colors so perfectly in all the flowers I see everyday. Thank you for the opportunity to win this lovely fabric! Laura combined my favorite colors in Ki-Coo Gardens! <3

  203. Nancy says:

    These are such nice fabrics. Thank you for sharing with us.

  204. caroline Rohrer says:

    many years ago I studied Japanese floral design. The theory of less is more in quilting to me is I avoid print next to print next to print. Voids or solids help create the designs

  205. Janine Morrell says:

    Flowers inspire me by their color(s) and shapes to embrace the unexpected visitor and invite them into my projects. I bought my first Yukata cloth last month and I’m excited to get a project going with it. Thanks for inspiring me!

  206. Kim Trulson says:

    Gardens inspire me with their big bold blooms that can be translated into free-form applique. How can it be wrong if it’s a flower!

  207. Lorraine Emineth says:

    since I love flowers many of my quilts are made with floral fabric…..they make me happy when I look at them….and I’ve given more than a few away to people who love florals! ….the bundle has beautiful fabric

  208. Barb K. says:

    The colors in a garden are inspirational for choosing colors for a quilt–They always look great together!!

  209. Deborah Yates says:

    How do gardens influence your quilt designs? Sometimes direct representations, sometimes colors. sometimes impressions.

  210. E McKeown says:

    Beautiful fabrics

  211. Donna Conklin says:

    My bad I forgot to answer the question….I am an avid gardener and quilter. I use fabrics with flowers , appliqué flowers, embroider flowers on all the quilts I make. I plant a lot of flowers to attract bees and butterflies to my yard. You can’t have too much color in a garden or quilt!

  212. Becky G says:

    My quilts reflect my garden in color and in free motion motifs.

  213. Ellen Hemmert says:

    Love these colors!!

  214. Laura Huckabee says:

    The layers of color and texture from Japanese gardens inspire my quilting.

  215. Janet McDonald says:

    Does a group of waterlillies floating on a pond count as a garden?

  216. michele says:

    My quilting’s influenced by all of the colors and textures found in various types of gardens :0)

  217. Laura Buchanan says:

    Garden’s influence my quilts…the way nature combines colors and shapes. Amazing!

  218. Kathleen Flanagan says:

    Our garden is always showing me what colors go so well with others and which ones make it POP!

  219. Chris Chambers says:

    I look to my gardens for contrasts in color and texture , especially as they change throughout the seasons. Thanks for the giveaway!

  220. Terry Yep says:

    The colors of nature provide such a wide range of possibilities or combinations. Restful, simple, chaotic, planned, riotous.

  221. Gale W.S. says:

    Inspiration comes from mother nature’s colors in flowers and all the myriad shades of green in foliage.

  222. Sallie says:

    Gardens influence with the colors, flowers, butterflies, and birds which can be incorporated into the design.

  223. Angela J Short says:

    All the colors and textures!! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  224. CHARLOTTE KEY says:

    I’m not a gardener myself but I certainly admire other people’s gardens. I find colors that blend and also shapes that I can incorporate in my quilts.

  225. Christi says:

    I live in NC on a large wooded area. Flowers and gardens are a huge part of my life along with the birds. I try to sneak one bird or one flower in every quilt I make.

  226. carol Denning says:

    Stems, stems , stems because the garden is often dry but the roots being unseen still are able to keep the plants alive, even when the leaves and blooms drop away.
    Thank you for the chance to win these interesting fabrics!

  227. Janice Yakel says:

    I am new to both quilting and gardening but it’s easy to imagine how the natural colors of flowers could influence fabric choice. I can’t wait to get started on a quilt!

  228. Lucia Johnson says:

    It’s not the color. It’s not the texture. It’s not the pattern. It’s the layout – I see both quilts and gardens from an engineer’s perspective – what are the angles & curves separating different sections.

  229. Lydia Reading says:

    Lush garden colors against cool summer green lawn is a feast for the eyes, calms the spirit, and inspires to recreate that palette in my work. Especially love dappled colors and light, and how colors glow in shade.

  230. Linda A says:

    Colors, shading and shapes. The combination influences the fabric I use and how I place them. All inspiring.

  231. Ellen Miller says:

    I like to refer to flowers, wild and tamed, for color combinations and scale. Mother Nature puts together colors I wouldn’t think to place side by side and the scale of the stamens and pistols is always different than I remember. So inspiring!

  232. Maurine says:

    I love to garden and love to bring it inside with my quilting, but without all the weeds and dirt mess. Latest creation grape quilt to go with our small vineyard.

  233. Shen says:

    It’s the constant change in my garden that inspires me to keep my quilts evolving. The impermanence is what makes each fleeting season so precious and makes me to want to capture certain scenes in quilts to have all year.

  234. Barbara Sanders says:

    I love gardens and flowers, the variety of colors, shapes and sizes are all inspiration for design.

  235. Judy Maloney says:

    Gardens and flowers provide inspiration for color and design. Botanical illustration is where that inspiration began for me.

  236. Terry Cullan says:

    Garden is a very broad term, when I look out in my garden I see flowers, trees, birds, shapes, shadows, patterns, and list goes on and on. Everything can be incorporated into quilting.

  237. Cheri Searles says:

    Color, color, color!!

  238. Melisse Laing says:

    Flowers practically fill the may pots on my deck. Since most of my work is abstracts, I get inspiration mainly from the colors and color combinations.

  239. LaVaughn Bye says:

    My tall lilies, now in full bloom, are so heavy
    -headed that they are leaning and carving curves, even though staked. I used to wish that oriental/Asiatic lilies came in the bright colors of callas, but have come to appreciate The soft peacefulness of whites,yellows and pinks. The fuchsias shout for attention!

  240. Carla Simpson says:

    The serene yet vibrant floral patterns make the most beautiful quilts. I love to bring the garden indoors to enjoy year round.

  241. Carol says:

    A garden is one part of nature. As a flower stands out among a background of varied colored greenery, it has the perfect balance of contrast. As a branch reaches out but not touching, it has the perfect balance of design. Learning through nature, we bring art to our creations.

  242. Jerry Turner says:

    I often find leaf shapes and sometimes leaf veining a starting point for quilting patterns.

  243. Susan Muramoto z says:

    Garden provide color inspiration and peaceful place for contemplating my next quilt

  244. marty says:

    gardens tend to have that uninvited guest element that can lend surprise and inspiration

  245. Steffani McChesney says:

    I just got back to Colorado after a trip to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. We went to the world famous Butchart Gardens. Everything was in bloom. Sadly, we were about a week and a half too late to see the roses in full glory. Otherwise, no complaints. I took many photographs to use for inspiration.

  246. Gail H says:

    Gardens have shown me not to be too matchy-matchy.

  247. Nancy Long says:

    I grew up learning to love flowers in my mother’s lush yard in a very stark environment. Contrasting textures and colors add interest in design choices. Little surprises in nature’s designs translate well in quilt designs.

  248. Jo Ewald says:

    Gardens are the best source of color, design, and always calm.

  249. Marci Pinkerton says:

    I’ve had asthma for years so I can’t browse gardens or bring in flowers growing in my yard. However, no asthma issues with beautiful floral fabrics! I can enjoy them year round.

  250. Tambry says:

    The mix of colors inspire me. I have a vegetable garden, but have a few marigolds thrown in.

  251. Linda N says:

    The beauty of a garden is that all the colors are there so when I think of a garden quilt, it is a quilt that can every color in my stash, especially every single green that I have.

  252. mary mandernach says:

    I love the colors and shapes of summer. I am inspired when choosing fabric for quilts.

  253. mary mandernach says:

    I love the colors and shapes of summer. They inspire me when choosing fabric for my quilrs.

  254. Peggy St. George says:

    The garden influences me through colors and shapes.

  255. Judith McGinty says:

    Pick me, pick me, pick me, cry the dahlias, gladiolus and day lilies in my front garden. Pick me, pick me, pick me, cry the amazing florals in my stash. Pick me, pick me, pick me, I cry when I see your awesome fabrics.

  256. Janet in New Hampshire says:

    Gardens offer color, texture and design in my quilts.

  257. Jean Gunsolley-Bauer says:

    It’s the colors. Also as a reminder that there are many shades of green and they all blend to well.

  258. Jeanne says:

    Ithe beautiful colors of flowers provide inspiration for quilts

  259. Suzanna Moore Sandoval says:

    The asymmetry and balance in my garden, both planned and surprising, help me to see opportunities in design.

  260. Carol B says:

    I feel color challenged, so I look to gardens for guidance

  261. Elizabeth McDonald says:

    I often get quilt color schemes from flower gardens. If the colors work in a garden, they will also work in a quilt!

  262. Barbara Lotthammer says:

    I like the way nature puts all colors together in a garden and they all look good. Even in one flower there can be many colors. I liOok to the garden for putting different colors together

  263. David Owen Hastings says:

    I play with color in my garden the same way that I play with color in my quilt projects… it’s fun to experiment and see how everything evolves! The changing light in the garden from morning to night also suggests some interesting ways to look at color and get inspired.

  264. kathy jurevicius says:

    I’ve made several wall quilts using inspiration from the way my backyard gardens, bushes and trees are affected by the changing light in 24 hours–including the wonderful light of the full moon.

  265. Claudia says:

    I love happy, spring fabrics and it sure seems like most of my quilts have flowers. Some have light backgrounds and some dark.

  266. Carol Yates says:

    Gardens influence my color choices. They’re proof positive that a variety of colors go together and look beautiful playing off each other.

  267. Susan Lynn says:

    I’m a sucker for old English gardens, full of wild yet well planned colorful fragrant blooms with every shade of wispy green foliage swaying in a cool breeze!

  268. Ellen Y says:

    Gardens display color variations that I attempt to incorporate in my fabric choices.

  269. Judy Helms says:

    Sometimes I have to make myself buy other fabrics than flowered ones. There is comfort and peacefulness in seeing flowers. It is a reminder of God’s love for us when we view a garden. Especially for those of us who are better at admiring a gardener’s handiwork than doing the actual of work of caring for the flowers.

  270. Leslie says:

    Blue sky, beautiful flowers and shades of green. Wish I could move my sewing machine outside!

  271. Sarah Ahlgren says:

    Gardens influence everything in my life, I bring nature inside and keep it with me, shapes, color, inspiration. It teaches me that there is no such thing as perfect. It teaches me soft and hard, everything can live in harmony.

  272. Ruth York says:

    I am just discovering Japanese fabrics and would love to win the bundle of beautiful fabrics.

  273. Laura Sloan says:

    I’m inspired by all the color combinations I find in the garden. Sometimes I see color combinations in a garden that I wouldn’t put together myself in fabrics. I’m also inspired by all the textures and it makes me think of how to incorporate textures, or at least the illusion of textures, in my quilts.

  274. Cathe Ekas says:

    What beautiful fabric. Nature and especially flowers are my favorite fabrics. Thanks for the chance at winning this fabulous bundle.

  275. Carol Young says:

    I am a new subscriber to your website. I am so happy to have found you.

  276. V Sanders says:

    Colors and combinations of colors inspire quilts.

  277. Pat Gottshalk says:

    Quilters use their fabrics and patterns like the plenair painters use their paints, easel and brushes.

  278. Marcia Davidson says:

    Gardens shape our feelings and senses through color, shapes, and texture. I love the way one vibrant garden color set against soft greens can dramatically transform the way a garden looks and feels. I would like to think of ways I might design quilts that are able to generate the same delight and surprise that gardens so often do.

  279. Laura F. says:

    Almost all of my quilts begin with a floral design.

  280. Terry Butz says:

    It is not quilted yet, but the top is ready. It is Asian Scrappy Roads made from a broad selection of fabrics, mostly flowers that I was familiar with. The pieced back may be my favorite part: it is a 22″ repeat iris, stacked and bordered with grunge green. All the florals have black backgrounds, and the sashing and borders are in the green grunge fabric. I am working toward suitable skills to quilt this queen-sized quilt.

  281. Judy Hartwig says:

    Color and visual texture of the flower designs.

  282. Judy Hartwig says:

    Color and visual texture of the flower/leaf designs.

  283. Rebecca Buchanan says:

    On so many levels my garden inspires me: with its colors, lines, shapes, the other creatures who live there or visit, and of course by the way it is always evolving. But it also fills my soul with something necessary and intangible and brings me peace. It really helps to get me out of my head.

  284. Susan Maresco says:

    I am trying to sign up for the July 2018 giveaways but how to do it seems a mystery. I seem to be missing the way into doing this!

  285. Barbara Davies says:

    As a retired horticulturist who has worked in many countries around the world, gardens have influenced everything in my life and thinking, especially my creative output through quilting. I have minutely observed textural and color combinations, size contrasts, and the play of light against these elements to create depth and highlight. Without plants, our lives are over, so their profound importance and implications are always forefront in my life.

  286. Caroline Emmons says:

    My gardens are very cluttered with lots of color, and it amazes me that colors I wouldn’t have expected to look good together always do. That inspires my color choices in my quilts.

  287. Moira says:

    I enjoy incorporating garden elements, esp. flowers, into my quilt designs. I’m planning one now that will feature sunflowers and bees for a baby quilt that I need to get made.

  288. Donna says:

    The contrasting riot of color and shape and texture in my my peonies, iris, lilies, and Columbine satisfy my love of variety and contrast and asymmetry. No straight lines or static designs in a garden! And then there’s beauty!

  289. Susan says:

    Perhaps forests have more to do with my designs than gardens, although I’ve lately been thinking that a lovely light floral piece would be a great background for some garden stitchery. I often use florals in designs, and appliqué flowers, too.

  290. Betty Vincent says:

    Flowers influence quilters of the seasons and the color of contentment.

  291. Carolyn Hanson says:

    You have seen yard with the Japanese ideas that makes me happy to work with Japanese fabric.

  292. Susan A says:

    I use garden photos to start a color palate…nature just inspires using color in a pleasing way

  293. Sueanne Mockensturm says:

    All I have to do is look at my flower garden and I’m inspired to hit my quilt room.

  294. Becky says:

    I take a lot of photographs of flowers, plants, and trees. I can always find something in those garden photos that stimulates a design. Nature is really my muse for all of my quilts and hand embroidery.

  295. kathy stewart says:

    Your fabrics are simply beautiful. They look very much like the flowers that are in my yard. Mine are from the front driveway and go all the way around my house to my driveway

  296. Rebecca Grant says:

    Gardens influence my work as subjects of the design as well as with their colors, textures and shapes.

  297. Susan Scott says:

    I love flowers. Sometimes I use large floral prints and fussy cut flowers for block centers and surround that with star points. Other time I use fussy cuts and applique them on a background solid or a background made of strips. Either way, the reults are always cheerful, colorful, and make my heart sing!!

  298. Robin Blair says:

    I love the different colors in a garden. That’s what I want in a quilt.

  299. caroline Rohrer says:

    lovely fabrics

  300. Barbara Dolan says:

    I love the Aug. giveaways. It would be so exciting to win one. I love your website and getting your emails.
    I have some of your wonderful fabrics from a few years ago and I love the colors.
    Thanks for the chance to win one of the giveaways.