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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.

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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92 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.

  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.

  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. 🙂

  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!!