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four may giveaways!

four may giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea

This month Okan Arts is giving away an important tome about art quilting: Art Quilts Unfolding: 50 Years of Innovation, published by Schiffer. With Sandra Sider as editor and contributing authors Nancy Bavor, Lisa Ellis, and Martha Sielman, the book presents every aspect of the art quilt movement. There are four giveaways, each valued at $49.

Organized by decade, Art Quilts Unfolding takes you through a chronological history of art quilting including great visual timelines. There are 400 color photos of master works plus interviews and profiles of 58 influential artists. Important events and significant collections are also recognized.

The intro is by Janet Koplos, former editor of Art in America, and the final words are by Ulysses Grant Dietz, emeritus chief curator of the Newark Museum. Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), a non-profit professional organization that serves 3,500 members in nearly forty countries, originated the book.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. The winners are Julie H of Loveland CO, Jo E of Cocoa Beach FL, Susan S of Federal Way WA, and Beth S of Jasper IN.

To participate in the May giveaway, answer this question in the Comment Box below: How involved are you in making innovative or art quilts?

HOW THIS GIVEAWAY WORKS: The May 2019 giveaway drawing will be held at midnight Pacific Time on May 31, 2019. Okan Arts Giveaways are open to US residents (apologies 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 Art Quilts Unfolding: 50 Years of Innovation. 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 learn about Studio Art Quilts Associates +click here

To buy the book from SAQA +click here

Thank you Schiffer Publishing for the donation of this book!

To learn more about Schiffer Publishing, an independent publisher for over 45 years +click here

Please note that Okan Arts received no compensation for this giveaway.

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197 comments to “four may giveaways!”

  1. carol harvey says:

    wow, great books!

  2. Cynthia Wood says:

    I’m a beginner at making art quilts. I’m a retiring high school art teacher in 8 days and I am looking forward to having the time and freedom to create art quilts. I’d love to have this book for inspiration

  3. Sharon says:

    It’s all I Quilt these days❤️

  4. Karen Smith says:

    I have not made any art quilts, but would love to be inspired!

    • Subhashini says:

      I am a self taught quilter. Made my first art quilt which got selected for an event through my office and was displayed in a gallery. Got motivated and on to the second one…always on the look out for more inspiration.
      Thank you for the giveaway, book looks amazing, lot of research work must have gone into it.

  5. Ruth Smith says:

    I am increasingly drawn to making art quilts and seek techniques that help me create with fabric what’s in my mind’s eye. This book looks wonderful–I’m eager to read it!

  6. Kelley Cunningham says:

    I have not really made any although there are a few in my head waiting to get out. It is definitely a direction I am leaning in.

  7. Sue Smith says:

    I am not involved, but plan to be in the future

  8. Innovated could be a description of my quilting as I truly enjoy making up my own patterns. I have not tried an art quilt but I would go for more of an abstract art quilt. Now you’ve got me thinking!!!

  9. Susan Ritchie Voegtly says:

    Not as much as I used to be. I am more into making wearable art at this time. I am proud of the art quilts I have made in the past and I appreciate the one piece hanging above my sofa daily.

  10. I primarily make art quilts, and my style is continually evolving. I started making representational quilts, using my own nature and landscape photos. I’ve made a few portrait quilts, and now am learning how to do more abstract work.

  11. Julie Hallquist says:

    I am primarily an art quilter. I began with representational work, using my own nature and landscape photos. I have Dodd’s a few portraits and am now learning how to make more abstract works.

  12. Jackie says:

    I’m pretty much a self taught quilter. I try to figure out how to get a look I like. I like to experiment.

  13. Loretta says:

    I have made a few art quilts. I anticipate making more in the future.

  14. Barbara Grandon says:

    I make art quilts every time I make a quilt. I do love traditional styles too and incorporate them into my work but generally not to the exact patten or using color variations that are not traditional.

  15. Donna Prevedell says:

    I am just nibbling at the edges of the art quilt cookie! Am gobbling up inspiration! Hoping to turn my few small experiments into a “real” quilt some day.

  16. RUNWITA says:

    I have an aversion to making traditional quilts. I’ve made one, so I only make art quilts or whole cloth quilts.

  17. Katrine A. Eagling says:

    my quilting went from traditional, to art, to modern and recently since becoming a surface designer with Spoonflower I have started to design my own fabrics and quilt patterns using my own fabrics. They are now a synergy of all styles, but very art oriented as opposed to utility oriented.

  18. Linda Suter says:

    Well, I have been a sewer my whole life, but quilting for only about 15 years. I started quilting with Civil War Repro quilting, then evolved onto brighter colors and more contemporary quilting, maybe verging on “modern” quilting. I am now dipping into more individualized quilting – taking a pattern or a protocol – and making it my own. I am about to start on making a quilt in the Hachi style as explained in the East Meets West Quilts book using yukata fabric. I am loving learning new and different types of quilting while still enjoying more traditional quilting. Oh – and paper piecing – which I use to make cute animals showing off their personalities by using different fabrics. Especially I love the whimsical ones that are graphic portrayals of the quirkiness of animals – especially I like Made by Marney. Thank you for this opportunity.

  19. Katrine A. Eagling says:

    my quilts are a synergy of traditional/art/modern all in one. I use my own fabric designs and my own patterns to create very arty quilts of all sizes. I am also creating pattens and kits for sale to the public by 2020.

  20. Patti Bach says:

    Currently I am only involved in my own head! I am finishing a list of baby quilts and then starting to put my ideas into reality. I have made 5 so far in my quilting life and enjoyed it so much.

  21. Nadine Nakano says:

    I love making art quilts- I love to learn new techniques and pass on to show someone else!

  22. Claudia Sheehan says:

    I am exploring fabric manipulation and embellishment. Art Quilts provide me with inspiration into textile manipulation. I would love to win this book.

  23. Michelle Weatherson says:

    I started making art quilts in 2014 and never looked back. This year, I even joined SAQA to further my creative development

  24. Deb Woolley says:

    I have held and/or participated in an art quilt group for more than 20 years. As a result, I have one fantastic art closet full of so many different products and tools. It’s so much fun when we get together to experiment with new products and techniques. Absolutely enjoy Schiffer publications.

  25. Jan M. Horn says:

    Fascinating!!! As a quilter, I have dabbled in many techniques and love to be able to experiment with new ideas!
    It sounds like interesting Book to open new ideas…thanks for sharing!

  26. Linda Fleming says:

    I’ve never made an art quilt. However I do subscribe to several art quilters web sites and enjoy seeing what they are making. Also I borrow art quilt books from the library.

  27. Trudi Rammelkamp says:

    I’m involved as an appreciator of art quilts. Most of them are amazing.

  28. Sheila Marie says:

    Art quilts are where my heart and time consistently land…fabric is my ‘paint’, an infinite source of creativity!

  29. Daisy Rae says:

    I love making art quilts and trying innovative techniques and I enjoy looking at other art quilter’s creations – one can learn so much.

  30. Susan Zakanycz says:

    I make improvisational quilts that I feel are so creative !

  31. Phyllis smith says:

    Just getting started.

  32. Jerie Clark says:


  33. Julie McKay says:

    I am very tempted to make my first art quilt, I would love some inspiration.

  34. Terri Rexford says:

    I love art quilts! Both making them for friends, and collecting them from teachers and quilt artist I have had the pleasure of taking classes from. I hope I never stop learning…. being inspired.

  35. I don’t consider myself an artist but love a good challenge and the challenge I am now thinking about is way more abstract than I usually do. I need help and I think this book may be the source I need for inspiration and instruction. Thanks for the opportunity.

  36. Pm Weizenbaum says:

    I view myself as an art sewer, because I take on a wide variety of projects, from mixed-media pillows to Judaica to quilts. This book looks absolutely scrumptious, and if I don’t win this lottery, I may just purchase it on my own.

  37. Barbara Hancock says:

    Although I am not a member SAQA, I have been making art quilts for a number of years and submitting them to my local Quilt Guild Show. I love the challenge of following and original idea to completion. Even when making large bed quilts, I prefer coming up with my own pattern or design. I would love to have a copy of this book for it’s inspiration and pure visual joy.

  38. Jodi says:

    In my dreams i’m very involved in the movement. In reality I dabble. I am in awe of the people who are producing works of art…in cloth.

  39. Patricia Smith says:

    Art quilts are my number one choice when it comes to quilting. I work from photographs and love the challenge of creating With fabric. I am working on one now. I prefer reality rather than abstract.

  40. Barbara Kanaya says:

    I try to spend some time in my studio everyday, whether cleaning and organizing or sewing. Even organizing fabric gives you new ideas!

  41. JoAnne Pasqua says:

    The cover of your book is very inspirational and I would enjoy learning more from it’s content.


    I’m sorry to say I don’t have that kind of talent but I love seeing the beautiful things of other people who do.

  43. Julia Bernstein says:

    Creativity and artistic expression create memorable quilts for future generations.

  44. Brenda says:

    I used to be quite involved during the 90s, not so much any more.

  45. Jackie says:

    the book looks interesting but I wish the quilting community could come up with a better tag than ‘Art Quilts’. I think most quilts reflect the artistic views of the maker, and think the distinction is unfortunate and often belittling.

  46. Andrea Johnson says:

    I am in a contemporary quilters guild that meets once a month for programs and presentations. I am also in a small group of 7 women who meet monthly to challenge ourselves in art quilting with various exercises and projects. I would love to win “Art Quilts Unfolding”!

  47. Janet Schayer says:

    I would love to see the status of quilts as art receive more attention in the art world and have that status reflected in what people pay for art quilts. I like to play around with fiber and even consider myself an art quilter. I am a member of SAQA .This book is an important documentation of the art quilt and I would love to win a copy.

  48. Betsy says:

    I have done fabric collage and sometimes with embellishments. Just had a big dream to create a fabric healing piece for a friend with recurrent cancer. Otherwise in terms of quilting I have only used patterns.. one had a navajo motif and I really like log cabin design as it seems to represent the Fibonacci sequence. Thanks.

  49. Jane Holbrook says:

    Thanks for introducing me to another wonderful book. Thanks also for the giveaway! Best wishes for your continued success.

  50. Debra Dobbs says:

    Everything I see turns around in my head as, “How could I turn that into an art quilt?”
    I love researching or just observing the how, the motivation, the inspiration…

  51. Estie says:

    I’m very involved in making innovative and art quilts…just need a lot more time!!

  52. debby oldenburg says:

    Love this book, have been quilting along time and the journey and development of art quilts is all inspiring. Makes everyone an artist in their own right..

  53. Hilda Krebs says:

    That looks like an amazing book

  54. Debra Miller says:

    I am just beginning to venture into art quilts after many years as a “traditional” quilter.

  55. Marilynn says:

    I enjoy making both art quilts and traditional block quilts with a modern twist. Every project with fabric is an evolving process as many times do not use a pattern, but if I do, then it gets changed due to create flow through me.

  56. Donna Smith says:

    I am getting more proficient as a quilter and beginning to take more risks in the projects that I am working on. Up to this point I have only done traditional quilt designs, I am attracted to more artistic designs so, in the future I see myself attempting to be more innovative in my quilt design and creation.

  57. marty says:

    this looks so inspiring. quilting is so much fun to mix up………traditional with contemporary and whatever gets one going!

  58. Mary Lynn Sutherland says:

    I’m not an art quilter but to me, every quilt is a work of art in some way! I just choose fabric I love and it tells me what quilt to make 🙂


    I’ve made some small art pieces. Finding it a great way to experiment with new techniques.

  60. Dionne Matthies-Buban says:

    This book looks beautiful.

  61. Noreen says:

    I would say that I do 50% art quilts and 50% traditional quilts.

  62. Jeanie Fraser says:

    Unfortunately, I don’t feel creative enough to create “art” quilts, so I satisfy myself by using wonderful, non-traditional fabrics for the quilts I do make. When I tell people about quilts, they usually think of patchwork, and are surprised by the patterns and fabrics I use. While these quilts will not be on walls anywhere, they will be on beds, so I’m happy.

  63. Janet Pugh says:

    Each year I make 10-15 quilted fiber items and more than half are art quilts. I use photos for inspiration and pictorial art quilts are my favorite. I love nature and landscapes and sometimes use surface design techniques to create my own fabrics. Yesterday, for example, I did sun-printing using a mesh vegetable bag, a nonskid rug mat, and leaves from mesquite trees in the neighborhood. FUN

  64. Kathy S. says:

    Currently collecting interesting fabrics that may evolve into an art quilt.

  65. Carol Kuse says:

    Thank you for the chance to win these books that look so fascinating!

  66. Judy Dayhoff says:

    I have just started dipping my toes into art quilts. I have been making traditional quilts for many years but I think I am now ready to think outside of the box.

  67. terrie walker says:

    I have tried innovative quilting with some success. Direction and inspiration is needed.

  68. Ruth says:

    This is on my to do list. I have a couple of ideas but I still gaining skills to attempt this type of quilt. A book with inspiration would be wonderful.

  69. Katalin Hise says:

    I quilt every day. I support art quilting in my guild through workshops, speakers and education. I recently entered some art quilts in the Everett quilt show and won some juried ribbons.

  70. Carol says:

    I’m still in the wishful thinking phase; would like to do an “art” category quilt. At one point I thought a recent quilt could be entered in the “art” category, but not really; so still wishful thinking and a work in progress. Cheers.

  71. Shirley Wilkins says:

    I have been a potter for 40 years and have recently found the love of quilting, I have always admired art quilts and my aim is to be able to make quilts from photos of our travels.

  72. Catherine Powell says:

    This is what I’m interested in. I just started quilting, but I have made many felted art pieces. This is what I have envisioned doing with my quilting.

  73. Teri says:

    I have made a few art quilts and enjoy looking at them.

  74. Linda Lim says:

    I have been attempting art or innovative quilts for some years. Making small wall hangings give me a chance to try ideas and new techniques. This book looks like it is full of both

  75. Kay Welch says:

    I am so inspired by art quilts, yet I have not had the courage to try to make one myself. I have a dear friend, Pamela Studstill, who is a well known quilt artist. She continues to encourage me, and I am determined to take the plunge this year, hopefully this summer. I’d love to have this book in my collection – what great inspiration.

  76. Marlene L Marks says:

    Improvisational art quilts are my jam! And I love Japanese fabrics so much.

  77. Tanya says:

    I am a total novice of making any artful quilts and will appreciate all inspiration. Looks like a fabulous book!

  78. J M Ange says:

    I enjoy all types of fabric, but am partial to taupe/woven Japanese textiles.
    I also enjoy many styles of quilts, but Art Quilts intrigue me!

  79. margo elaine clyma says:

    I am very involved in the art quilt perspective. I enjoy my own humbling attempts at this skill. I am part of an 8 member critique group that meets monthly to review our individual efforts and offer constructive criticism. It is a very warm and rewarding group. And I am one of 3 committee members who organize and produce the semi annul international art quilt exhibit ArtQuilt Elements held at the Wayne Art Center in Wayne, Pa.


    I am entranced by everything Japanese and would love to try art quilts. Right now I love inspiration of color, design and innovation that looking at Japanese art gives me.i am sure this book would fit right in! I incorporated Japanese fabric into the first quilt I made!

  81. Inspiring to see where people go with their quilting.

  82. Jerry Turner says:

    Since 2006 I have only made art quilts. They push my imagination more than traditional quilts and really test my skills.

  83. tinakaye S says:

    I am self taught and have a huge love of colors and textures which I believe can be quite the gift in itself. Because I’ve never been taught that certain things “should not or could not” be done and when you have no boundaries, then magical things can happen!

  84. Kathleen Patterson says:

    I am slowly trying modern art quilts. But, really, novice best describes me. I am blown away by many of the modern art quilts I’ve seen. I would like to join a local art quilt guild but the one time I went there were so many nationally known fiber artists it was quite intimidating. But then, I guess, that’s just Kentucky, where artists and craftsmen are revered.

  85. Chris Chambers says:

    Just beginning the art quilt journey. Thanks for the giveaway!

  86. Kathy A says:

    Right now I do mostly baby quilts for charity, but would love to graduate to art quilts someday soon.

  87. Michelle D says:

    So (sew) love to see the journey!

  88. Cindy Brouillard says:

    Art quilters amaze me with what they are able to do.

  89. Subhashini says:

    I am a self taught quilter. Made my first art quilt which got selected for an event through my office and was displayed in a gallery. Got motivated and on to the second one…always on the look out for more inspiration.
    Thank you for the giveaway, book looks amazing, lot of research work must have gone into it.

  90. Jean Condon says:

    Not as involved as I want to be, but it’s still on my “to do” list.

  91. Lily Kamikihara says:

    I love art that makes you either say Wow! right away or secretly shows you Wow! if you take the time to look. I am trying to do that with my quilting making. I try to make it different; add my own personal twist. It’s fun!

  92. Donna says:

    I love making art quilts. I like to try new techniques on each art quilt that I make.

  93. sgrancio says:

    Looks like a fabulous book! I had to smile at the page with the photo of Katie Pasquini Masopust – spent an amazing week with her at Quilting by the Lake in Ny a lot! of ago. Making more original art quilts as the years go by, a terrific Creative experience.

  94. Janice Holman says:

    I have made several art quilts. I particularly am drawn to Asian colors and fabrics. I have been to Japan, China, Thailand and India, always collecting fabrics.

  95. Ann West says:

    I am just beginning to experiment in art quilts, and I would lover to get some help. Thanks!

  96. Terrie says:

    I’ve made small art quilts over the years but find I’m ready to make larger ones now. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of the book!

  97. Gayne Barlow-kemper says:

    I have been sewing since I was 10, but only started quilting a few years ago. I love to try to create my own modern quilts and have started to work on art quilts. I read as much as I can and look at quilt books, magazines and on line quilt artists. As a recent retiree, I now have time to sew and create whatever I want to. Thanks

  98. JaNaye Bryson says:

    Like most quilters, I started with traditional piecing. Over the years I’ve tried more innovative quilting methods. I would eventually like to try my hand at designing my own quilts.

  99. Louise Hundertmark says:

    Old kimono, & creamy silk satin from my parents’-in-law 1947-50 Occupation duty (civilian counterpart) is part of my projects…but I am not a quilter! I refashion kimonos into garments, dye the silk as needed for a project, pick up the cottons for ‘every-day’ kimono, and make opera scarves for gifting to friends, family and groups. Love all the natural textiles!

  100. Susan Smith says:

    I work with fabric and designing every day. Art quilt exploration in always in my mind. I get inspiration from looking out the window, enjoying nature. I am becoming more entranced with buildings and shapes, taking small pieces of my photos and turning them into something exciting I can hang on the wall. Being able to touch the fabric and let it speak to me, telling me what it wants to become…

  101. Sandi Goldstein says:

    I have been making art quilts for over 15 years. I started making quilts in the Amish style and evolved over the years to art quilts. I hand dye almost all of my fabric, love dying in indigo, and many quilts are inspired by Japanese aesthetics.

  102. Sandra Kouba Sagan says:

    Was lucky enough to be in high school and college during the 60’s enjoying the first crawling and steps of fiber arts. It’s been a great ride and I’m looking forward to seeing our medium continue to grow and thrive.

  103. Karen Newberry says:

    I’ve taken several classes in the past year to broaden my thought process when it comes to art quilts and improv. I love working with fabric and fibers and see no end in sight to the artistic possibilities.

  104. Joanne G. says:

    I am most involved in watching the show about modern quilting on PBS and ogling the works.

  105. Eileen Alber says:

    I’ve been making art quilts since 1990. When I got bored making quilts from other people’s patterns, and started going to the fabulous retreat, Empty Spools Seminars, I fell in love with making my own designs and learning every technique I could. Now I only take classes that deal with the design side of quilt making.

  106. Sue Laughton says:

    I’m not sure how involved I am with art quilts. I have made a number of them and even finished some! I do enjoy looking at the art quilts made by other quilters and am usually amazed to see what they have done.

  107. Judy Hartwig says:

    I haven’t yet started an innovative quilt of my own but, I watch Susan Brubaker Knapps’ PBS TV show entitled “Quilting Arts” each week. I’m awed by the quilt artists she has on her show who share their expertise in art and design concepts for quilts, including surface design techniques, free-motion embroidery, fabric collage, quilting with alternative fabrics, mixed media, and quilted home decor.

  108. Martha "Masa" says:

    Great book ~ wish I could go on your 2020 Japan trip, but it won’t work for me then.

  109. Ms Sam Ncholson says:

    I love art quilts. I usually draw every quilt before I make it. Unconventional, but, I draw all my apologies then make patterns with them…..I enjoy the “mystery” of making quilts like this!!

  110. Donna Oliver says:

    I was a mixed-media artist who then grew to love small art quilts. In the past few years I have completed six small quilts, evolving step-by-step through my imagination (I find too much pre-planning limiting).

  111. Janet says:

    Not yet involved; intimidated but fascinated.

  112. Pam Nottingham says:

    I started making art quilts around 2005 and have switched back and forth between those and newer traditional patterns.

  113. RonnieKemper says:

    I am very involved with quiltingmaking as a whole including art quilts . My love of fabric drives my creations .

  114. CAROLINE ROHRER says:


  115. MJ Morelly says:

    I consider two of my quilts to be art quilts, the rest I would consider to be more traditional.

  116. Lorene Ono says:

    I am a fabric painter. I love to paint and free motion quilt my quilts, sometimes embellishing with beads, buttons, sashiko and applique. Painting and dying my own fabrics gives me the freedom to have the prints and colors I want. I supplement my painted design with commercially printed or dyed fabrics.

  117. Debora Kellogg says:

    I consider all quilts that are handmade and with intention to be art quilts.

  118. Kathie L says:

    I have been inspired by Gwen Marsten quilts and love to use solid to play.

  119. Barbaraben says:

    Most of my quilts are traditional, but I’m moving toward being more innovative in my work.

  120. Kathie says:

    Art quilts are how I got started quilting! I’ve always loved fabrics and other forms of art so they were/are perfect forms of self expression for me whereas making a ‘real’ quilt is fun but doesn’t have the same emotional impact/expression.

  121. Laura Freeman says:

    I am fully wrapped in the art quilts experience.

  122. Kathy Pitts says:

    I flip flop between traditional quilts and art quilts. Since moving to the Olympic Peninsula two years ago I have been focused primarily on tradition. However, I do throw some extra art elements into these. I hope to find an art quilt group like the one I left in Virginia soon.

  123. Faye Jones says:

    Many of my quilts are improv and innovative featuring my own dyed and surface designed fabrics. I belong to a design group and we make an innovative block or quilt top each month.

  124. Connie K says:

    I’ve never made an art quilt…wouldn’t know where to begin!

  125. Judy M says:

    I currently have two art quilts in progress and have taken several workshops creating my own dyed and screen printed fabrics. I subscribe to art quilt magazine and have considered joining SAQA.

  126. Roberta DesRoches says:

    This book looks seriously interesting, I would love to win it!

  127. Cindy K says:

    I have only made 1 art quilt. I really like all of the art quilts I’ve seen others make. I have another one in mind that I’d like to make

  128. Mary zinsmeister says:

    Some of my favorite quilts are the ones where I’ve been challenged to come up with an orginal design.

  129. Lois Helmbold says:

    I’m in my fifth year of an art group called 12×12: 12 women, 12 months. We bring 12″x12″ pieces for discussion monthly & have a show at the end of the year. My quilts range from political (Black Lives Matter; Fight for $15; Insist, Resist, Persist) to utilizing yukata, Guatemalan, Indonesian, and African prints, collected over a lifetime in traditional designs. I’m translating a 12×12 into large wall size, If You Eat, Thank a Farmworker.

  130. Wanda Hanson says:

    I have been involved in original design and art quilts since 1985 when I took a workshop with Nancy Crow. I am constantly inspired by the work of others and love reading about the makers and their ways of working..

  131. Shirley A Whitcomb says:

    I have been intrigued by art quilts and am ready to take the plunge. Thank you for making such a wonderful opportunity for 4 lucky quilters.

  132. Barbara Davies says:

    Headstrong create that I am, I almost only make “art quilts”. Following strict, classical patterns is a bit frustrating…why reinvent the wheel? I dream my quilt ideas, sketch them roughly with notes (hard to read in the morning!), then work them up at a later time, but before they get whips in my memory. I may augment or rearrange some aspects of the design, but the dream is pretty much the idea that emerges in textile piecing. I do have a big reference library of quilt books, art books, newspaper & magazine cuttings, etc, which inform my dreams in some ways, but the dream is the thing.

  133. Lynn Thornton says:

    I consider myself to be a novice quilter but I prefer to make quilts “my way” and always try to find a twist or unconventional approach to my designs.

  134. Julie Harding says:

    I love making art quilts.

  135. Rosemary Newman says:

    I tend to make more traditional quilts, both pieced and appliqué, but I am very interested in all types of quilts, including art quilts.

  136. April zemke says:

    I am an art quilt wanna be…..I enjoy playing about with various media and their results and viewing the amazing results of others.

  137. Nanci Cartwright says:

    I am fairly new to art quilting. We have a wonderful art quilter in my community and I’m taking a class taught by her at our local quilt shop. I learned to free motion quilt using the decorative stitches on my machine (feed dogs up) and that was a revelation! I understand that the next class will be full of other interesting ways to experiment with art quilt techniques.

  138. Susan Kelley says:

    A few of my quilts would meet the definition of art quilts but all of my quilts are better because of the ones I have done. My traditional quilts now have a spark because of my art quilt study.

  139. Loretta T says:

    I have made some art quilts as an amateur but am excited to learn new techniques and become more accomplished.

  140. Kane says:

    I’m new to this but am interested in learning more about art quilts and designing my own.

  141. Carmen Goldstein says:

    Art quilting is my favorite type of quilt to make. I love learning new techniques to use in my art quilts

  142. Maria Rogers says:

    Looks an amazing book. I’m not involved in making any so far though I really would like to try. I don’t feel I am very artistic though so that holds me back. Hopefully with this book I will feel inspired to start one.

  143. Pat Bell says:

    I am a quilter who likes color and I also use traditional patterns in an unusual way to create my style of art quilts. I am in the process of using your book East Meets West Quilts to make an orange quilt. I wish that I lived close enough to take one of your curves class.

  144. Sue MacLeod says:

    I’m in the learning stages of art quilts. I know I have a lot to learn, and this fantastic book would be helpful. Thanks for the opportunity.

  145. Terry Peart says:

    Although I’ve been making quilts for over 35 years, I didn’t make any ‘wall’ quilts until recently. I’ve been exploring making art quilts and am really enjoying the freedom and expression.

  146. Janice Novachcoff says:

    I have dabbled some but let my internal critic sabotage me

  147. Jean G-Bauer says:

    I’ve done a couple of art quilts. I even entered a group quilt 2 years ago in Quilt Con. Doing an art quilt is scary. Coming from a traditional quilting background it is sometimes hard to be that free and not do it ‘wrong’. But, I’m still working on setting myself free!

  148. Jo says:

    Totally, totally involved!!!

  149. Maryanne James says:

    I find that my quilt making has gone from standard to strictly art quilts. Mostly because I am fascinated with the possibilities presented when using alternative materials. By alternative materials I am referring not only to silks and linens but things like leather and even tapa, a form of cloth Hawaiians made from bark.

  150. Karen Ponischil says:

    I’m very into art quilting and love it!

  151. Abby says:

    I try to be at least a little innovative with all my quilts, but don’t make art quilts anywhere near as often as I would like.

  152. Rafaelita Chavez says:

    I am a follow the instructions quilter and totally intimidated by the thought of sewing an art quilt; I am however, an admirer of art quilts and would enjoy this book.

  153. Kan Canyon says:

    I am very involved in art quilts. I am a full time maker but love seeing others work!j

  154. Mary Holshouser says:

    I’m not as involved in making art quilts
    as I would like. I try to incorporate
    art designs in my paper crafting. It’s
    on a smaller scale and easier for me
    to accomplish. thanks for the
    chance to win one of these fabulous
    books. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot0com

  155. Julie Landrith says:

    I love to make art quilts because your corners do not have to match! I make both traditional and art quilts (sometimes in the same piece).

  156. Diane Michal says:

    I used to think that art quilts were just ugly and weird, but as my quilting style and ways about thinking about color have evolved, I am intrigued by the serendipity that art quilts present. I am currently poring over modern quilt design books to help fuel my creativity and I enjoy just playing in my studio and seeing where the design takes me.

  157. Sylvia Lewis says:

    I am very much so. It is my happy place right now!

  158. SANDRA L ELLISON says:

    Art quilts are all I make!

  159. King Cirrus says:

    I have sketched out many ideas for art quilts but somehow have never felt like i could take it to fabric cutting….

  160. CHARLOTTE KEY says:

    I find that art quilts are difficult for me and every time I have made one it has taken me so long to do that I think I am better off using someone else’s pattern.

  161. Robin Wallace says:

    I find the greatest inspiration comes from other quilters work. I read them cover to cover.

  162. Barbara Wenders says:

    I personally hate to make quilts with printed patterns that require presision piecing. I love designing my own quilts and have won awards and have been published in national quilt magazines and even made the cover of one! Other quilters original work inspires me. This book would be a great addition to my library.

  163. Cheryl Cheney says:

    I’ve been making them in my head for 40 years, and in the early stages of manifesting those images!

  164. I dream in shapes, pattern, colors and texture. I make, exhibit, share and sell quilts though piecemovement under my creative alias Cloudy Cate. I’ve been working in a series called Old Glory:New Waves/Beyond Red White and Blue. I’ve also been making Tree of Life quilts as a pop up activity at public events. My life is quilting and creating to make meaning through meaningful making. Thank you for Okan Arts Studio. I loved seeing your lecture at SF Quilter’s Guild.

  165. Sheryl Kessler says:

    My quilts are conservative but creative. Mostly in the improvisational genre. It was sad to hear that Gwen Marston passed away. She was the quilter who I was most influenced by. I love looking at art quilts. I am in awe of the talent.

  166. Pam Pontious says:

    I am both inspired by and in awe of art quilts. I am constantly amazed by the imaginative use of fabric to convey emotion. I wish I had that talent. The simple quilts I make are satisfying and comforting to me.

  167. Every single day, every chance I get. I’m seriously addicted to art quilting, and a proud SAQA member

  168. Every day, every chance I get. I’m seriously addicted to art quilting, and a proud SAQA member.

  169. Susan Beckman says:

    My head is constantly thinking about fabric and quilting and design but my time is not spent actually doing much innovative design.

  170. Beth Schnellenberger says:

    I am very involved in making art quilts. I haven’t worked on anything much for about seven months due to my husband’s illness, but I have planned a new art quilt during that time.

  171. Tish C. says:

    i try – sometimes the quilts are successful and I am deliriously happy, other times not so much and then it goes into the “think about it later” pile.

  172. Mary Cottrell says:

    I can dream about that trip!!

  173. Connie Akers says:

    I have been making art quilts since the mid 1980’s when I found I could use quilting & fabric to express myself originally.

  174. Tesi Vaara says:

    Totally involved in art quilts!

  175. RareBird says:

    I am working on my first art quilt!

  176. Esther Valdez says:

    So far I’ve been more of a dreamer than doer.

  177. Mary Cunningsworth says:

    I don’t think of myself as an artist but as a prod quiltmaker. I like to think my quilts are different and I bring my own fresh approach. Although I am naturally open to influences I am making for myself or the recipient not to win general approbation. I am drawn to improvisational techniques but just love all of it!

  178. I began my quilt interest with surface design then actually learned how to quilt, now most of my quilts are original designs and I’ve pulled away from the heavy surface design I used to do instead making my quilts both for utility or to hang on wall. I still love to ask the question to myself, so what if I?

  179. Alma Gardner says:

    My quilting has evolved to the artsy side. Love the freedom to explore my inner visions, and, it is easier to quilt a wall hanging than a large bed quilt.

  180. Cindy says:

    I’m just beginning to make a small art quilt; I’ve never made one before. I think this book will have lots of inspiration. Thanks!

  181. Jodine L Bergen says:

    My small quilting group inspired me to keep innovating. It helps to work with and around creative, artistic people

  182. Pam Durant says:

    I don’t think there is a recipe or quilt pattern that I can’t tweek to make my own way. I guess that is innovation.

  183. mfite2014 says:

    As I become more confident in my color and design choices, I try more innovative and arty type quilts.

  184. cyndy says:

    Except for quilts of valor, art quilts are all I make.

  185. Kris Koponen says:

    I have only made three art quilts but of all the quilts I have made they gave me the most joy in making and giving to family. I live near the Fiber (Quilt) museum in La Conner and I am inspired by the art quilt exhibits there. The Art Quilt Unfolding would further inspire me! Always wondered about art quilt history, glad the authors took on the challenge of writing it for us.

  186. Nancy Clock says:

    I would love to know more about the history and growing popularity of modern art quilts. This book Art Quilts Unfolding: 50 years of innovation looks fascinating. It appears to give us the high points of this new direction in quilting!

  187. Charlotta says:

    I love making art quilts, it’s a wonderful way to release my creativity.

  188. Phyllis Fitzgerald says:

    I make traditional,contemporary and modern quilts. I have been making art quilts for about 10 years. I use acrylic paint on fabric using helipads, stitching fabric to create texture, rusting fabric to create small art quilts that are then stitched and beaded. I am 78 years old and I can’t wait to start a new piece. I hope I win ! I live in Newfoundland Canada, at the extreme east coast of North America .

  189. Nina Davis says:

    One time I met a new neighbor and when we found out we both were quilters I was so happy – then she said to me very disdainfully “oh you’re an art quilter” I had never heard the term but I could tell it was a bad thing to be. But I can’t help it, it’s what I make.

  190. Ellee says:

    So far my quilts are mainly geometric designs … probably not be considered art quilts. Perhaps down the road I’ll venture into art quilts.

  191. Susan A says:

    I’m just a newbie on the innovative front….finding it’s a bit scary to step away from traditional symmetry…but I’m keeping on trying

  192. Cheryl Surbaugh says:

    I am involved in making art quilts only in that I like to try new modern quilts. Really, any quilt is an art quilt!

  193. Malia Pruitt says:

    I only make an art quilt occasionally.

  194. Mary Ann Nailos says:

    I have been making art quilts for the last seven years. I am a member of SAQA.

  195. Evette Barry says:

    My quilting passion exists between making contemporary quilt tops, many for charity and quilt making as personal exploration to designing and creating art quilts. Last winter I finished my ‘masterpiece’ art quilt for my ‘Ski Bum’ husband. I learned a lot about myself as a quilter and about collaboration with that project. Thanks for the opportunity!

  196. Margaret DADAMO says:

    I have made 1-2 quilts that I would consider art quilts in the past but more recently I’ve mostly been making baby quilts. I would like to get back to it. Thanks!