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four october giveaways!

four october giveaways!


And now for the moment I’ve been waiting for. My book released today!

This month’s giveaway features my book East-Meets-West Quilts: Explore Improv with Japanese-Inspired Designs! Plus the Aurifil East-Meets-West Thread Set. Plus one yard of vintage Japanese yukata cotton. There are four October giveaways—each valued at $94.

The book shows you how to combine a new style of improv with Japanese and Japanese-inspired fabrics to create out-of-the ordinary quilts. +click here to learn more.

The Aurifil East-Meets-West Thread Set includes ten spools of 50 wt cotton thread, in three shades of indigo plus seven vibrant colors.
The vintage Japanese yukata cottons from Okan Arts radiate with over-sized floral patterns and delightful blue-teal leaves on a crackle background.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. The winners are Dot D of Rancho Palos Verdes CA, Terry P of Seattle WA, and Sharon S of Glacier WA.

To participate in the October giveaway, answer this question in the Comment Box below: What got you hooked on quilting?

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

To buy a copy of East-Meets-West Quilts from Amazon +click here

To buy an East-Meets-West Thread Set, ask at your local quilt shop.

To buy yardage of vintage Japanese yukata cottons from Okan Arts +click here

Thank you ABRAMS for the donation of the four books! Thank you Aurifil for the donation of the four thread sets! 

This is an unsponsored giveaway with no compensation given to Okan Arts.
A Special Request: Whether you win my book or buy it, please write a review on Amazon. That would be very appreciated. PB

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310 comments to “four october giveaways!”

  1. Gail says:

    What got me hooked on quilting. The fabric, the community of quilters and perhaps learning to become an artist!!!

  2. Andrea Bursaw says:

    At age 5, living with Grammie, watching her quilt so closely she warned me to sit back or she’d catch my nose in her needle…….and 50 years later came “the hook” when I began volunteering at New England Quilt Museum, took a class, and moved up from being an observer.

  3. Kae Eagling says:

    It’s my daily sensory overload I can’t live without. Like today reminded me of jigsaw puzzles and paint by number with texture and tons of colors! It’s sort of like breathing, I have to do it!

  4. Anna says:

    It runs in my blood to be creative. Started with making my own barbie cloths,and in high school it was art class.. Then later in life it was my daughters dresses.And now it’s quiting. . happyness04431@yahoo.com

  5. Kate Meyers says:

    Being dragged into a beginner’s quilt class by a long-timed friend, kicking and complaining about what was I doing making dusty, old bed covers. (I was too contemporary for the likes of quilting) 22 years later I have a large quilting studio, am a professional long arm quilter and have worked on my craft 6-7 days a week for over 14 years. I love every aspect of the process and have a whole lot of quilters I call family.

  6. Mary Willis says:

    Well it started with the renewed joy of sewing, then the fabric, but the topper that keeps me coming back are the wonderful friends! Best wishes for your book. Mary

  7. Emily says:

    I learned to sew at age 10 and made most of my clothes all through high school. My sister and I drove cross country (RI to Ca) in 1975 and I had bought a quilt block book for handwork to do in the car. The trip took about 2 weeks and 42 years later I am still quilting almost everyday!

  8. Robin Shilman says:

    I feel in love with the beautiful fabrics and knew I just had to use them.

  9. I took a class to learn how to make a skirt in a new fabric shop that opened next to the yarn shop that I frequented. I still don’t like making clothes, but the gorgeous fabric and exposure to Gee’s Bend quilts got me hooked about 7-8 years ago. I have not picked up knitting needles for over a year.

  10. Maryanne Dochter says:

    I’ve always loved to create things. I started making clothes for my doll and when I was a broke newly wed I wanted a quilt which we couldn’t afford . I took a class and found my passion. I dapple occasionally in other crafts but not for long.

  11. Barbara Kampas says:

    Almost 40 years ago I saw an antique quilt that was a pieced log cabin on the front with a pieced nine patch on the back. Both sides were in lovely shades of brown. I could not afford the quilt so I replicated it and hand quilted it. I have been quilting ever since and still hand quilt each quilt I create.

  12. Deb W says:

    My grandmother was a quilter and I truly wish I could say she taught me. However, after a lengthy illness, some friends decided to rehab me by teaching me to quilt. So here I am 20 plus years down the road loving my textile journey. I am drawn to Asia’s textiles and have developed a love for the people who create them. This is a lovely giveaway.

  13. Robin Wallace says:

    At 5 I told the school paper I wanted to be an artist. I studied Art in College went on to be a wife and Mother. Through the years I did artist things, cooked, gardened, knitted, sewed, needlepointed, oil painted, decorated etc. My Great Grandmother quilted. I knew I would do that some day. My first quilt was made from fabric pattern books I got when I was in my forties. Finally in my sixties I found time to quilt. At 79 I am still at it.

  14. Johanna says:

    My friend Colette, whose family has Hawaiian and Native American root. Her and her mom were avid quilters and her mom taught me to hand quilt.

  15. Jmj says:

    Husbands cold feet. I thought a quilt might help. And it did. Now 257 quilts later I’m still making them!!!!!

  16. Janice says:

    Sitting at the sewing machine and seeing something beautiful start to come together in just a few minutes. Congrats on your book!

  17. Terry Peart says:

    I got hooked because I love textiles. I love the feel, the textures, the colors and patterns. I have the most fun mixing different patterns and colors. It’s endlessly entertaining and enjoyable. Plus you’ve got a great gift to give someone.

  18. Alice Ronne says:

    Spent my teen years sewing clothes to augment my “wardrobe” but also my mom and I would spend a Saturday each month at the fabric store to pick out things for a new project. Worked my way up to tailoring classes, garment construction, etc. But it’s the quilting that has proven the most expressive way of my creative side. The use of color, texture and putting it all together gives me the chance to be challenged yet fun.

  19. Cynthia Meredith says:

    I saw a quilt on the cover of some magazine like Good Housekeeping in the early 70’s. I told my mother that I wanted to make a quilt. When she said nobody does that anymore and there weren’t any quilting circles to quilt the top even if I did manage to make one, I accepted the challenge, pieced the top, discovered Georgia Bonesteel’s method of QAYG, and haven’t stopped since.

  20. Connie Akers says:

    I got hooked on quilting when my daughter was a baby & I did a nap quilt from a Jean Ray Laury book. That was in 1975.

  21. Eileen Hallock says:

    As an artist, I found quilting to be a form of “painting.” The thread and fabric are my “paints. “ I think of quilting as creating paintings that invite you to touch.

  22. Bonnie Cooper says:

    Choosing fabric and seeing it come together makes me smile. It is also very relaxing.

  23. Karen says:

    My mother loved to sew and do crafts. Although she never got into quilting, she did love what i did. It’s just great to make something and know that others will enjoy it and stay warm while being wrapped in it.

  24. Shari K. says:

    I have loved quilts for a really long time, but when I was pregnant I wanted to make a quilt for my son. I was then hooked!

  25. Karen Seliquini says:

    Well, it all started as a challenge with my mother. I was always one of the more creative people in the family and when my mother announced that she and my sister were making a quilt, I blurted out “I can finish one before you.” That was in 2002 and I’ve made over 500 quilts since then. I was even commissioned by my mom to finish that quilt she made with my sister. Most of them are given away, but I sell a few of of them. I enter them in competitions and as of 2015 I am considered a Master Quilter in my home state. I’ve also had a quilt on Broadway, which is awesome. Quilting is like eating potato chips – every time I finish one, I have more ideas for the next one!

  26. Barbara Minton says:

    I don’t remember when I wasn’t fascinated by quilting. What really got me really started was taking a Quilting class offered through the local community college 35 years ago

  27. Reid Barnhart says:

    Following in the family tradition.of needle arts greatgrandmother was a quilter, grandmother could sew anything, mother a knitter and sewer . I had to try them all and added weaving and spinning.

  28. Jennifer says:

    I had always thought that making a quilt was extremely difficult and would take YEARS to complete! I was hooked once I actually made my first quilt and realized that both of these ideas weren’t true. I made 12 quilts that first year.

  29. Shirley Whitcomb says:

    The colors and fabrics got me hooked on quilting. You can only redecorate your house so many times to vent your creative mind, but there is no limit to the number of quilts you can make to express your inner muse. Possibilities are endless.

  30. katie doan says:

    Just getting my feet wet with quilting, but have started because of my love of color and pattern. Never had heard of improv quiltinguntil recently (thought quilting was all Sunbonnet Sue- like stuff.) Got introduced to Nanacy Crow, Gee’s Bend, Susan Brisco and now I’m off!

  31. Karen Boutte says:

    I have enjoyed sewing since I was a child. I saw my first quilt at a family reunion in 1989. It was a Cathedral Window made by my great aunt. After that trip I was hooked!

  32. Mary Gillette says:

    I wanted an antique quilt but couldn’t afford to buy one. Looking back, it would have been cheaper to buy one but not nearly as satisfying.

  33. Mrs. Plum says:

    Though I began sewing at age 5, quilting never interested me. I had a friend who encouraged me to try it, and I decided I was interested in making three wall quilts for my home. Once I began collecting fabric, I was hooked! That was almost 20 years ago. I’ve made many, many more than 3 quilts, and I’m more addicted than ever.

  34. Returned to Seattle where quilting was the art form. My former 3rd grade student hooked me into her passion and fiber became my new medium. Looking forward to receiving book and planning my next quilt to be made from my stash of yukata fabric! Yukata calls to me with quality of design and colors!

  35. Sara Goss says:

    I was amazed by patchwork first time I saw it, my love of fabric and the limitless creative opportunity the making quilts provides

  36. Janet Schayer says:

    For me it was the simple act of cutting up fabric and sewing it back together….and when I started piecing in an improvisational way it “hooked” me even more…..

  37. Sheryl says:

    I saw a quilt from the Civil War. That’s when I knew someday I would be a quilter.

  38. Carolyn Burton says:

    Congratulations Patricia! I can’t wait to get my copy. I got hooked on quilting after playing with colorful blocks on a design wall. The hundreds of permutations and designs were an eye-opener and became addictive.

  39. Cunagin Karen says:

    I was and am hooked because I love beautiful fabric! (Esp. Japanese goods…) XOXO

  40. Trudi Rammelkamp says:

    The fabulous Bernina-Pfaff Sewing Center in Tampa, Florida got me hooked on quilting. The shop has wonderful owners, teachers and classes.

  41. Laura Tawney says:

    Wow, the book looks really amazing! Congratulations:-) I’ve always wanted to sew. No one else in my family quilted. But I believe it was with my kids and making their quilts and they were hand tied and kept graduating and improving my skills. Love quilting and I’m looking forward to retirement in December and spending more time at my machine!

  42. Sue Dillon says:

    no one quilted in my family, but I have always loved the idea of cutting up fabrics and sewing them together like a collage….it only follows that I would love the idea of quilting.

  43. Sheryl Ramstad says:

    I enjoyed sewing from an early age but as my kids got older and I had more time I took quilting classes and got really hooked on quilting. Then I joined a group of talented quilters and was inspired by them to progress to different designs and techniques! Book looks great!

  44. Gail says:

    One of the construction volunteers I worked with on Habitat homes was a quilter and invited me to go with her to our local guild meeting. Ten months out of the year, they have a speaker/program and offered workshops though out the year. After a few months, I was hooked!

  45. Diane Johnson says:

    The tactile pleasure in working with fabrics, fibres, colors and textures, and the opportunity to meet Patricia Belyea in person through SAQA all brought a great fulfilment to me in the form of quilting.

  46. Patricia Sherman says:

    When I saw Michael James quilts, I knew I wanted to sew quilts

  47. Paulette Clayton says:

    I always loved sewing and sewing machines, and quilting added a dimension to my hobbies that satisfied my urge to sew.

  48. Jackie says:

    I fell in love with a painting that wound up being the artists rendition of a Harriett Powers quilt. Decided I needed to learn to quilt.

  49. Karen Smith says:

    When we visited my grandmother she would give us scraps of fabric and we would piece them together on her Singer treadle machine. She made scrap quilts for all of us, and I still have mine 50 years later. I have only made a handful of quilts in my life, but now that I’m retired would like to make more.

  50. Teri says:

    I got hooked on quilting with the ’70’s revival of books and shows.

  51. Elizabeth Baker says:

    The feel of fabric in my hands. The sudden realization that I, too, could create. The joy of giving gifts that brought huge smiles. The deep belly laughs, sitting in community with other quilters in my living room. The communal inspiration. Learning from others.

  52. Karen Mitchell says:

    What got me hooked on quilting is a love of fabrics, and a grandmother and great grandmother who quilted, a mother who sewed all my clothes, and amassed a huge stash of fabric, which I inherited. Once I retired and had the time, quilting became my every day passion!!

  53. Susan Ritchie Voegtly says:

    I got hooked by a double wedding ring quilt given to my sister as a wedding present 25 years ago. Just melted when I saw it, touched it. Goner!

  54. Brenda Chavez says:

    My grandmother had a simple square block true scrappy quilt made from remnants of garment fabric from her days as a seamstress. I always admired it and enjoyed the idea that blankets could be made at home. What concept for my young mind. The day I discovered that quilt in an old chest became ingrained in my heart. As a child I would even skip Saturday morning cartoon in favor of Quilt in a Day. The day I discovered Qin ADay was so magical it seemed to solidify my quilters heart.

  55. Carol Broughton says:

    My grandmother taught me to sew as a very young girl. I love fabric and the creative process and making charity quilts.

  56. I love hand dyed Judy Roberts fabrics and African and Indonesian and Japanese and….. My mom gave me my grandmothers quilts. Friends involved me in making squares for anniversaries and Lorriaine Torrence inspired me to actually cut the fabric! So a journey began! So many friends surrounded me with enthusiasm and joy!

  57. Karen McMahon says:

    I always loves stories about pioneers and of course loved the Little House books. That got me started with patchwork and all kinds and styles of quilting from there. Thanks for the chance to win.

  58. Linda P says:

    I grew up valuing quilting and love the history of quilting.. I started making quilts around the time of the American Bi-Centennial and haven’t looked back. Thank you for a chance to win!

  59. Helen Becker says:

    I “got hooked on quilting” when I saw my grandmother placing a quilt on the bed ,she was able to show me bits and pieces of our family history like a photo album. Baby dresses, mens dress shirts for church, dresses worn for weddings,and funerals,even patches made from the sun bonnet my great grandmother wore on the family farm.I found myself cutting small pieces from my own childrens clothes ,to make future quilt squares so that they too can have a favorite memory quilt to show their familes.

  60. Denise says:

    I always loved to sew, but quilting gives you so much fun with design,color,fabric choices and of course the quilting design. It is all challenging but good for the brain..

  61. Brenda says:

    I can’t remember. I have been hook on “making” since I was a wee child, and sewing and then quilting seem to have followed quite naturally.

  62. Linda Andrews says:

    When I was four, I received a hand sewn doll quilt from my beloved elderly neighbor. I loved it and learned about color and design from gazing at it.

  63. Pat says:

    Once I started quilting, I found that I just couldn’t stop. I love the fabric, threads, designs, and the whole process.

  64. Candice Langert says:

    I tried many crafts looking for something that I could devote myself to. Quilting was the answer! I love each part of the process from choosing the pattern and fabrics, to cutting out the pieces, to making the blocks, to assembling the quilt, to quilting and binding. I found my home.

  65. Betsy says:

    I was always a needle and stitch person. I made my own clothes for years in high school and beyond for a few years. But I would have to say babies got me into quilting. And such a joy to make a baby quilt with anticipation of new life.

  66. Betsy says:

    And congratulations on the new book. Sorry to send an extra email but wanted to congratulate you.

  67. Tina Sheets says:

    My first grandchild! I was looking for the perfect quilt for her but could find nothing in the colors or designs that I wanted so I decided that I would learn how to make one myself! Well I did get it done but oh my word was it a mess! Since then I have made her many more and they look much better But that first one is her love, flaws and all

  68. LINDA says:

    I’m Hooked on Quilting for I come from a long line of Quilters! First Hand+then Machine+now I can do both or either! Love all quilting+sewing! This Book looks so neat+we all know the Aurifil Thread is! Thanks for sharing!

  69. Diane says:

    Congratulations on a beautiful book. My aunt started quilting right around the time I picked up sewing. Her excitement, enthusiasm and seeing her projects got me hooked.

  70. Janie says:

    I was inspired by quilts I had seen. I wanted to give it a try, this was over 25 years ago. 🙂

  71. Sandy Dean says:

    Color! I progressed from making my own clothes to quilting because I love to combine beautiful colors!!

  72. jane says:

    Congratulations, Patricia! I’ve been waiting to see this book—may it sell out!

  73. debby says:

    My best friend was a quilter. I had carpal tunnel syndrome from knitting so much, and decided to give my hands a break and learn to quilt from my best friend.

  74. juleeverse says:

    Three things- My granny’s quilts inspired me. Its tactile “painting” that magically comes together and can be used it in your home! And, with young kids underfoot and always in the house, Quilting is an art and craft that’s more possible than other things like painting or metalwork.

  75. susan o'donnell says:

    I’ve always loved color and patterns and waaay back in the mid 70’s (!) I saw a quilt I loved and had to give it a try. Then I found Asian textiles ❤️

  76. Julie Hallquist says:

    Realizing I could turn my photographs into pieces of fabric art is what got me hooked on quilting.

  77. Cindi Gaglianese-Woody says:

    Thank you for writing such a lovely book, about two of my favorite things . Japanese textiles and modern quilting !

  78. Pam Laird says:

    My MaMaw and my Aunt got me hooked on quilting I loved to watch them hand quilt and explain everything to me always willing to let me do it on my own with their guidance.

  79. Karen Friedrichs says:

    My paternal grandmother was a quilter but I have always been interested in anything sewing related.

  80. Kathie L says:

    I loved how my aunt was always working on something when I visited her.

  81. Mary d says:

    I had made some kitty pic lap quilts over 20 years ago for myself and a friend. I was a garment sewer then. About 9 years ago I had all of this fabric that I started giving away and thought I could make my family quilts with this fabric. So began my quilt making obsession.

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  82. Debi says:

    The meditative quality of hand Quilting started me down a 25 year journey in quilt making.

  83. Marion Rudasill says:

    I LOVE the fabrics! Choosing all those beautiful colors just makes me happy 🙂

  84. Janet Wright says:

    Congratulations!!! I am looking forward to the book. I definitely write a review for you. I already ordered the book–but if I win–I would love the Yukata and thread.

  85. Theadra says:

    What got you hooked on quilting? The precision involved, the history and learning that women created the block designs from the beginning, the variety of blocks and techniques, the math involved, the cultural variations: Hawaiian, Seminole, Sashiko. The most important aspect is that the creation of a quilt, regardless of size or technique is a spiritual and therapeutic intervention for me.

  86. Susan says:

    Fabric, threads and all the wonderful way to be creative. Seeing a quilt in a book and thinking I could make something that amazing.

  87. Wanda Hill says:

    Thank you for asking. Cuddling up under my grandmother or my mother’s quilts pushed me to learn. Started small while still working making lots of baby quilts. Acceptance of those quilts encouraged me to think bigger. Now at 77 I love workimg with my quilt making comfort quilts.

  88. mzjohansen says:

    Color! That’s what got me going 41 years ago when I first saw Amish Quilts at the Whitney Museum….and now quilting is the one thing that has been a comforting constant in my life through all of life’s many times of both sunshine and shadow.

    Congratulations on the book!
    I am loving it…and a review will be up on Amazon either this evening or tomorrow

    Ohhhh….live the Aurifil collection❤️

  89. Watching my grandmother cut out hexagons with a sandpaper pattern and her teaching me embroidery and sewing. Sixty-two years ago and I’m still learning and living it!

  90. Susan Zakanycz says:

    It is the whole process, the fabric, sewing and seeing it to the end.

  91. Anja Richards says:

    My friend introduced me to her local shop where we both signed up for a Sashiko workshop – and that was it … I have been hooked ever since, even made a little quilting travel case to use when I fly … I use it to make my ‘mile high’ quilt 😀 .. can’t wait to read your book

  92. Karen A says:

    I love getting to play with all the beautiful fabrics.

  93. Liz Sumner says:

    I have always loved fabric and colour, but I read all the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, as a child and always wanted a quilt.

  94. Shelley Takeuchi says:

    Making little baby quilts for Project Linus and hearing all the stories about the kids who receive blankets made me want to make more and more. It was also easier starting with a smaller project. Now I am on to other sizes. Just finished a king size picture quilt with sashiko borders!. LOVE IT!

  95. Pam says:

    Congratulations on your book! It looks beautiful! 40 + years ago, my home ec teacher taught me to sew. A trip to the fabric store for that class got me hooked on quilting. I loved all the beautiful colors and prints and needed a medium for using them all.

  96. Janet Hopewell says:

    I married into a family of handcrafters 36 years ago, w/ my husband winning ribbons on his cross stitch pieces. I have enjoyed classes, quilt festivals & fabric from then on. My sister started quilting last year, yes!

  97. Dot says:

    I grew up making garments, but in the 70s, a good friend was teaching a nighttime adult education quilting class about 10 miles from home. She asked me to come with her so she didn’t have to drive alone. I was hooked! Quilts allow you to play with fabric without needing to worry about fit and style.

  98. judi duncan says:

    buying pretty fabric got me hooked on quilting!

  99. Norma Wood says:

    What got me hooked on quilting was watching the church ladies hand quilt. As I have gotten older I still love the art of quilt making. Making and donating baby quilts is my favorite passion.

  100. soozi says:

    MY FIRST WAS OF FABRIC REMNANTS LEFT OVER FROM DRESSES I HAD MADE FOR MY DAUGHTER AS SHE WAS GROWING UP. THEY WERE MADE
    INTO A QUILT SHE TOOK WITH HER WHEN SHE LEFT HOME FOR COLLEGE.
    I HAVEN’T STOPPED SEWING SINCE.

  101. Nicole Hannah says:

    Congrats on your book Patricia! It looks lovely.

  102. Sue Brim says:

    I have sewn since I was very young, mostly garments until I was expecting my 4th child. I decided to take a quilting class and it changed my life. I loved that I could cut up fabrics and make them into something beautiful. Also at that time quilting was the only orderly thing in my life, I could sew things together and it would stay done. Unlike taking care of four children and the chaos around me at that time.

  103. Geri VanVliet says:

    Really new concept for me. Would love to explore these new possibilities.

  104. Christi says:

    My Grandmother taught me as a child and I was instantly hooked. Something about those tiny pieces sewn together that got me hooked.

  105. Cheryl says:

    Seeing the quilts made by Caryl Bryer Fallert in the early 90’s cinched my love for quilting.

  106. kmaquilts says:

    Eleanor Burn’s “It’s Okay If You Sit On My Quilt” book! My local quilt shop offered a class based on Burn’s machine piecing method. I was 18 and I made three Triple Rail Fence quilts! I have been quilting and learning new quilting techniques ever since. I can’t believe that was 37 years ago!

  107. Leslie Wittenberg says:

    When I saw my dad’s redwork baby quilt made by his grandmother dated 1929

  108. Patricia Smith says:

    Rug hooking got me hooked. I was dying my wool and decided to try cotton. Then I had to do something with and started quilting.

  109. Lana says:

    My desire to sew, create and manipulate beautiful, gorgeous, luscious fabric is what fueled by quilting bug.

  110. Melissa Robinson says:

    My love of quilts started when I was growing up and watching my mom go to a quilt class. She created beautiful quilts and made several all by hand without any machine work!

  111. Jennifer says:

    Color and design patterns. It amazes me how many variations can be created.

  112. Phyllis Jaco says:

    I went to a festival many years ago, there I saw a lady showing quilts. She was holding a weekend class in her home. She taught us a log cabin in two sizes (6″& 12″) and she taught us a “shortcut”. We took our unfinished blocks and finished the top and sent it back for her to quilt. Although the shortcut really confused me in other blocks, i had to relearn the correct way.

  113. Bertella Hansen says:

    I saw a log cabin quilt and wanted to make it. That started it all. Love working with designing and sewing quilts.

  114. Carol Kramer says:

    My Mom bought a Singer Rocketeer sewing machine in the 60s when we lived in Hawaii. She allowed me to take the free sewing lessons that were offered. I have always had a sewing machine since. But in the past few years I became hooked on quilting after buying a Susan Briscoe book on Japanese quilts. That experience in Hawaii must have brought the two together (sewing and Japan). My first quilt was out of Susan’s book and I can’t seem to stop.

  115. Joni says:

    I always loved sewing, and found quilting to be a creative outlet that had no boundaries.

  116. Aime Augsburg says:

    I grew up wearing clothes sewn by my mother. In high school I took all the sewing classes that were offered. My first choice for what to do after high school was to go to a tailoring school. Alas … that was not to be … and I began exploring other options on my own. Took a beginning quilting class, making a placemat, at a quilt store on St. Simon’s Island, GA., in 1977. Have not stopped exploring fabric arts of all types ever since! Thank you for this opportunity!

  117. Jenny says:

    My grandmother planned to make a quilt for our family but decided she was too old to do so… so I did it and loved it I’ve never stopped!

  118. Ann says:

    I grew up sleeping under quilts and watching my grandmother make them. I gradually shifted to that from making clothes, which I was never very good at. 🙂

  119. kathy jurevicius says:

    I got hooked on quilting on my first visit to a quilt shop in 1979.

  120. kathy jurevicius says:

    I got hooked on quilting on my first visit to a quilt shop in 1980.

  121. Allison says:

    I got hooked on quilting in high school – love the feel of fabric and the joy of cutting it up and making some thing with it! Congrats on the book!!!! Yahooooo!

  122. C says:

    I love art that is both beautiful and functional.

  123. Patti says:

    I’ve done all sewing crafts except bobbin lace, starting at age 13 (my mom made me sew clothes by hand to prove I was seriously in need of a sewing machine — I wore those simple dresses and pleated skirts (!) to school and she bought me a machine eventually! When I got to quilting I stopped and dropped everything else except sewing for my daughter, because of the commeraderie among quilters. I’ve made a lot of lifelong friends through quilting. Quilters are the best! <3 Your book looks beautiful.

  124. Tish says:

    What hooked me was accidentally finding one absolutely BEAUTIFUL piece of Japanese fabric!! I bought 2 yards of it and needed to find just the right project to show it off in and of course, it was in a quilt!

  125. Joanne says:

    It’s a family tradition, so sooner or later, I was going to get hooked on quilting.

  126. Laurie says:

    Inheriting my husbands grandmothers handmade quilts. Every time I look at them I think of her.

  127. Deborah says:

    My mother took up quilting after I had flown the coop. She tricked me into joining her by getting me a subscription to a beautiful quilting magazine. After several months of idly flipping through the magazines I begged her to teach me.

    I just bought a copy of the East Meets West off Aamzon, so if I am lucky enough to win the spare copy will go to my mother.

  128. Lynn D in NC says:

    I got hooked on quilting when my children were small and took a class with my mother and aunt.

  129. Anita Jackson says:

    I had always wanted a handmade quilt and never could afford them in my youth and young adult hood. Once I was able to purchase fabrics and my own machine, it magically happened. The touch of cotton and the sound of the needle meeting the fabric was my breaking out moment! And now, pulling one of my creations over me, I am in awe!

  130. SallyBC says:

    I believe it is remembering the feeling of being at grandmother’s house and tucked up in bed in the close-to-unheated upstairs under layers of quilt – so many you almost could not move! When my aunt showed me how to sew, it just seemed natural to put that memory together with the new skill. I think my first (ugly) quilt was made ca 1968 or so. Off and on since then, I’ve tackled all sorts of quilts. Now, being retired, I can spend as much time as I want on quilting. Happiness!

  131. Marsha says:

    The opportunity to make something beautiful as well as useful. Also that the it creates a gift, a memory, and a comfort to be enjoyed and loved.

  132. RoxAnna Foudray says:

    My children all grew up and I needed a new challenge that added beauty in my life.

  133. Carla J says:

    I had been stitcher and sewer for many years. When the local craft shop offered a beginners quilting class back in 1997 I jumped in with both feet and haven’t looked back. Template making, pieces cut with scissors, and blocks stitched by hand. I enjoy the creativity, friendships, and traveling I have done because of quilting.

  134. Maryse Prescott says:

    It began to keep my children warm….practical quilts.Then given as gifts gave me great joy!Now I progress into more modern/improve quilts for the wonderment of them…how they come from little pieces of fabric sewn together…can be amazing

  135. barbara woods says:

    My sister, and blogs!
    My sis has been quilting for years

  136. Mary Ann Fields says:

    My Grandmother when I was very young would let me sit with her and help her quilt.

  137. Maureen Komperda says:

    I got hooked on quilting while I was a Set Decorator for a play about an elderly
    sick woman who quilted. Many women brought in hand and machine sewn quilts for the set and I got to choose those placed on a quilt ladder and the woman’s bed, such beautiful artistry.
    My first quilt is an apple applique lap quilt, it’s rough but I love it.

  138. Teresa says:

    A passion for modern quilting and japanese fabrics is exactly what got me hooked on quilting! And what has kept me going is your unique website that combines all of that. Your features on the amazing Japanese artisans and others who share a passion for quilting is one of the main reasons I continue and where I find endless inspiration. Thank you so much for continuing to add so many new dimensions to your website experience.

  139. Karon says:

    I love the challenge of selecting colors and fabric patterns for my quilts. All my quilts are different. I like to try anything that is unusual.

  140. Jerie Clark says:

    I love the colors and I didn’t need to be an artist, just follow the pattern. Now of course you must have lots of talent to do the quilting.

  141. Kathleen Miller says:

    Realizing that quilt making provided a limitless way to explore color and design with an engrossing variety of techniques got me hooked. I didn’t reckon on the sustaining happiness produced by sewing, either by hand or machine,

  142. Veronica says:

    The history of quilting got me interested in quilting, especially the Amish use of color- which I studied when I first started quilting. I worked in predominately solid colors, and still love solid colors in quilting.

  143. Heidi says:

    All the gorgeous fabrics and quilting patterns now available are what got me interested in quilting.

  144. Carmen Goldstein says:

    Ive always been interested in fiber arts. I first got interested in quilting in my 20’s. I made a cathedral window quilt by hand. Now I am more interested in appliqué and art quilts.

  145. Nadine Nakano says:

    I saw a pieced clothing on someone and thought it was very cool – started messing around with my fabrics and machine, then took a quick overview quilt class which got me very interested in quilts

  146. Eddi Baird says:

    I started quilting when I visited my paternal grandmother about age 7. She taught me to sew on her treadle machine when I made a pieced quilt for my sock doll Pete. Still have the doll and the quilt 65 years later. Now I need some new ideas for my buckets of yukata cloth.

  147. Marilynn D-R says:

    Going to Huston international quilt show to sell my glass beads. With seeing all the beautiful quilts, joined a local guild where I live and of course got sucked into the art. Enjoy quilting immensely and also the Yukata cotons that Patricia brings in for our creative endeavors.

  148. Jan says:

    I got hooked on quilting when a friend at work kept bringing in catalogues from Keepsake and leaving them in the break room. The quilts were all so beautiful, it wasn’t long before I was hooked; that was more than ten years ago.

  149. Pat in WNY says:

    I’ve admired yukata cottons from afar for years, and this book looks amazing. What got me hooked on quilting? I love textiles, especially antique and vintage items, handwoven coverlets, quilts, tapestries, you name it! I dabbled with weaving for several years but found my niche in quilting, over 30 years ago.

  150. Ellee says:

    Discovering the fabulous rotary cutter is what hooked me on quilting because I could cut my fabrics quickly and accurately and then jump right into the piecing and quilting.

  151. Valerie Ahina says:

    What got me hooked on quilting? The idea that you can take perfectly perfect fabric, cut it up and make it into something totally yours.

  152. Kathy E. says:

    The quilting bug bit me when I was teaching with a woman who make gorgeous quilts. Whenever she finished one, she’d bring it to school to show us. I was amazed at her work and wanted to make my own. She encouraged me to start small with placemats and I did. My projects soon grew larger and I was in love!

  153. BeckyPB says:

    Like a lot of quilters I took a class because I wanted to make a quilt for for son while I was pregnant with him. I found out that I loved it and I’ve been quilting since then (31 years ago). I continue to take classes to learn new things and I LOVE Japanese fabric. Your book and of course the fabric and threads is such a generous giveaway. I think combining Japanese sensibility and improv quilting is the best style I’ve seen!

  154. Teri Hackett says:

    Quilting came to me very subtly over my lifetime. First, two quilts were given to my mother after her mother passed away when I was very young. Both were scrap quilts, one a Dresden plate and the other Nosegay. Both hand pieced and made from scraps of leftover fabrics from cotton dresses. Beautifully tied bed quilts. My mom didn’t make quilts, she was a garment sewer and recovered chairs & cushions. I learned machine sewing at a very young age. The newspaper had printed patterns for quilt blocks and I longed to try to sew one, but it wasn’t until I was given grandma’s Dresden quilt as a young mother myself, that I really got into the whole process of quilting. I still have several blocks from that quilt that I cherish.

  155. Susie Q says:

    What got me hooked on quilting ? the fabric and the math….. and the fabrics in your store right now are wonderful.

  156. Mary S says:

    I’ve always loved sewing, so I made my first grandchild a quilt. I still wasn’t sure why people would cut up good fabric only to sew it back together! Then I took a quilt class and saw all the different creative approaches to the same pattern! Then I was hooked! And have loved pushing myself to try new and different patterns and fabrics and colors. It is also a hobby where I can make useful items and give them away. What a win win:)

  157. Sydney says:

    Fabric. Touching, using, handling fabric. Quilting allows me to work with design, color, and the feel of fabrics. Makes me laugh, but I can only go so long with out doing something with fabric, and being able to assemble fabric to achieve something that gives pleasure simply makes my life.

  158. bmontejo says:

    My grandmother got me started with quilting over 50 years ago. She taught me to do needle turned appliqué and I made an appliqué quilt with roses in my teens. Did have a church group quilt it for $25.

  159. Vicki H says:

    I have always been drawn to crafts, sewing and needlework. My grandma was my inspiration to begin quilting.

  160. Barbaraben says:

    My Aunt had a fun quilt made with fabrics from my cousins clothes. I thought this was a great remembrance of times past and something that I could do. Since then I’ve enjoyed the comradery of many quilt groups as I moved from city to city. Sewing fabrics into patterns and seeing what others are creating keeps me quilting.

  161. Sandy K says:

    My sister influenced my starting quilting.

  162. Nancy Wrenn says:

    My inspiration came from my grandmothers. I remember when I was about five, sitting under one grandmother quilt frame and watching the needle go up and down. I would pick up pins or threads or needles that fell beneath the frame. My other grandmother made quilts and she also worked in a fabric mill as a weaver. The mill had a shop where she could buy remnants. And she would give me small pieces of fabric to play with. I was determined that I would become a quilter. I made my first quilt at about 10 years old, from yardage of kids hankies. I pieced together and quilted on a machine and I put wide blanket binding around it. Still have it! Can’t believe the silkie binding! Ha!

  163. Mary Blake says:

    My daughter got me hooked. She had learned quilting from her mother-in-law. I had sewn all my life but hadn’t made a quilt. I love that I can use all my fabric even the scraps too small to save.

  164. Sherry says:

    I’ve always loved sewing, and fabric. I made mostly clothes and costumes, but I did buy quilting magazines and quilting books for that “someday.” Then before my oldest daughter went to college, she saw a quilt in a magazine and said, “Mom, will you make me this to take to college with me?” She went into my sewing room and picked out her favorite fabrics! I even finished it before her sophomore year! Even though the gold quilting thread had kept breaking when I was machine quilting it, I saw it on her bed a few years ago and thought, “Wow, I actually didn’t do too bad a job!” Seeing fabric each with their own special memories together in a quilt is special–no wonder we all get hooked on quilting!!

  165. Ann Meisser says:

    I found quilting to be a natural progression from sewing all my life… besides, I have all those wonderful fabric scraps from making so many clothes for my kids, myself and home decor items that I just couldn’t part with them. Sewn into quilts they become loving memories and functional blankets at the same time. Congrats on your new book and thanks for giving us a chance to win one!

  166. Lolly Schiffman says:

    Nature and nurture. Long line of quilt makers in the family and starting a “hobby” as I approached the end of my professional career. Day one of Retirement I declared myself an “artist” and off I went into the quilting world, a lovely place to be.

  167. Debbie White says:

    My grandma and my mom were both quilters. Now that they are both gone, I still have something tangible that reminds me of them daily. Im just learning to quilt and I love everything about it. The creativity, the gorgeous fabrics, and all of the fun notions! I love knowing that my boys will have my quilts for many years to come and they can be passed on the their kids.

  168. Nancy says:

    My mom was a church secretary and when I was little, I’d go to work with her. The church was my playground. I always looked forward to Wednesdays because that is when the quilters met in the basement. They hand quilted around a big wooden frame and talked and laughed and told stories. I wanted to be one of them….and so I am!

  169. CHARLOTTE KEY says:

    I was a garment sewer so the first thing I quilted was a quilted jacket. Soon I abandoned garments and am now quilting exclusively.

  170. linda16505 says:

    I started with doll quilts as a young adult who sewed most of my clothing. I loved the patchwork and tied the quilts. As a young Mother, a neighbor friend and I used to sign each other up for classes and then inform the other. My neighbor signed me up for a sampler quilt class just across the border in OH. I loved all of it and have continued for over 35 years. I especially enjoy using yukata fabrics and doing Sashiko.

  171. Kathy Sukeena says:

    Color, color, color… although oddly, I now often work in black and white or with natural dyed and printed fabrics. And of course the Gee’s Bend quilts, and their associated history has been a compelling factor.

  172. Shari Harrison says:

    I love the combination of book+fabric+thread set – everything a person needs to be inspired and get creative! I can’t wait to get started…..

  173. Vi9rginia O'Donnell says:

    My Mom and Dad both made quilts and I loved sleeping under them so it was a sure thing that I would follow.

  174. Patricia says:

    Both of my grandmothers and my mother were quilters. It’s in my genes.

  175. Cindy Brouillard says:

    I got hooked on quilting when I realized I couldn’t afford vintage or new quilts that I saw and loved And that if I wanted some quilts, I would have to make them myself.

  176. Sue Laughton says:

    It’s been so long, I’m not really sure what got me hooked on quilting. Prior to learning to piece, I did NOT especially like to sew – garment patterns still give me stress and are to be avoided at all times! 🙂
    Maybe it was the geometric cuts along with playing with color. Yes, I’ll go with that!

  177. Lynette taba says:

    I started sewing when I was young. I made mostly clothes to wear to school, even my own prom dresses. After I made my first log cabin quilt, I wanted to learn more about quilting. I love the quilting community and the fabrics available. I’ve become a fabriholic.

  178. Nancy Hanson says:

    Creativity. Artistic Expression, Love of Color and Fabric. Quilting and Wearables were the perfect venue.

  179. Helen Stillwell says:

    The first real quilt i made was for my first grandson. What a joy to make. I was hooked and have been quilting ever since (25+ years). Halfway thru one quilt and the next one is already in the planning stage of my quilting brain, the pleasure never ends!

  180. lee says:

    I was interested when I was very young – my great grandmother lived with us and was an avid quilter and she taught me as well as my mom and grandmother!

  181. Sandra Lee Ellison says:

    The renewed interest in quilting during the 1976 bicentennial spurred my interest in quilting.

  182. Melissa Fossler says:

    Watching my mom sew and create things out of fabric is what got me hooked on quilting, and I’ve never stopped!

  183. Jerry says:

    What got me hooked on quilting? – I’ a maker and fabric is a challenging medium.

  184. Lydia Reading says:

    My love of sewing led me to a part-time job as a cashier working at Levine’s Fabric Store as a teenager, and I couldn’t resist buying the lovely printed sateen cottons. From that fabric stash, it was a natural evolution, the inspiration to create quilts of all persuasions. I now have a bigger stash and a bigger love for all things quilting.

  185. pamela Hastings says:

    Hi Patricia,
    Congratulations on your daughter joining the business.
    My brother, David, was Very excited to receive his copy of your new book.
    Best,
    Pamela

  186. Cherie says:

    It was the constant prodding by my sister and mother that showed me the possibilities. Then one night I had a brainstorm and designed my first quilt before morning. Both my sister and Mom were delighted. They both helped me get complete my ideas and the rest is history. I can’t believe that was nearly 17 years ago.

  187. Sharon says:

    What got me hooked was marveling at the quilts I saw as a child in many of the homes of my friends and family, where colorful quilts covered the beds in the wintertime and were then stored away for summer. I loved the look and feel of them, and i can remember wondering at the time investment and talent of the creators.

  188. Myra Ramos says:

    After retirement I took a beginner’s class at In The Beginning using calico fabrics my quilter cousin gave me, was hooked, and moved to the vivid colors I have used ever since.

  189. Alice Brody says:

    When, MANY Years ago I decided to make an appliquéd quilt for my new born nephew based on Calder’s Circus which is housed in the Whitney Museum.

  190. Isabelle lee says:

    I had a great aunt who was a dressmaker and a quilter. She taught me at a young age how to sew and she would drag me to fabric stores to learn about fabrics.
    She was wonderful.
    Since then I love fabrics and quilting.

  191. Laraine says:

    After taking your Doodle Piecing class I went on to make a quiltthat I entered in the local quilt show. I love that quilt, and have quite a collection of Yukata fabrics for many mre beautiful quilts

  192. Peggy L Calvert says:

    Love the stories behind the quilt blocks, the fabrics, and crazy quilt histories! Looking forward to using your new book to inspire my quilting…thank you!

  193. Susan Kelley says:

    I started quilting in my teens after my mothers hospital guild made quilts to raise money for hospital equipment. They moved on to other fundraisers, I never stopped.

  194. Patti A. says:

    While I have always loved sewing on a lark I signed up for a beginning quilting class at our local quilt shop. It was just a place to buy fabric before then. I met 2 wonderful others new to quilting and we have never looked back. Thank you so much for the chance to win.

  195. Rochelle Summers says:

    I can remember the first quilt I saw. It was probably a crazy quilt that had been tossed out and was used in the back of the car to provide a little protection against the cold seat. The quilt was fraying and we would braid the frayed ends as we drove around. I really liked all the different fabrics, the velvets, the satins, what I know now were silks. And the embroidery. I wish we had it to do over because that quilt would have been saved and loved. Now I quilt as a way of keeping color and happiness around me, my family, my friends and my community. Thank you for an awesome giveaway. I’m looking forward to reading your book….whether I win or not.

  196. Dali says:

    I started quilting in my teens with my grandmother. She was a wonderful stitcher in both quilting and clothing, and taught me so many things. The “inside had to look as nice and finished as the outside” was one of the most important lessons from her.

  197. Sara Kelly says:

    The fabrics hooked me! Especially all the Japanese designs because I was falling in love with Japanese art while volunteering at a small Japanese art museum.

  198. Teresa Ruch says:

    The play of color and pattern. You have the best giveaways.
    Teresa

  199. Nan Jorgensen says:

    Craft and design have fascinated me since I was tiny. 5’11” at age 12 overseas, I soon taught myself to sew in order to be covered! Adoring textile variety, the heritage of countries and craft, the communication of women through time– with my limited budget— piecing and quilting allow precious fabrics and their stories to Shine!

  200. Claire says:

    The endless fabric selection, creativity and making quilts that my kids can snuggle up in.

  201. Kathe Dougherty says:

    The grabber for me was a Amish quilt display in the 1980s. I was hooked!

  202. Linda Fleming says:

    I loved to use my mother’s treadle sewing machine as a child – I think it was a Pfaff and then I sewed a lot as a teenager and young adult – clothes and curtains. Many years later a friend invited me to go to PIQF and I bought a panel print from the Kasuri Dyeworks booth. From then on I was hooked on quilting.

  203. Kathie L says:

    While I sewed all my life, it was when I retired and needed to find new friends that I joined a guild and began to quilt in earnest.

  204. Nancy Paris says:

    My sister had a quilting store and loved to quilt. I caught the bug from her.

  205. Martha i says:

    The puzzle of making it. From the color to the texture I get to decide where to put what and create my quilt!

  206. Moira says:

    I started quilting because of family members who also quilted and sewed. But the design possibilities of doing what I wanted to is what got me hooked on it!

  207. Barbara Hancock says:

    I was fortunate to discover quilting in the rich quilting environment of the Kansas City Merto area. The variety of fabrics and patterns was wonderful. Once I jumped in and took my first class, I was hooked. That was 1979 and I have not lost the interest or desire to create and quilt.

  208. Vivian Roop says:

    Everything – – the friendships, fabrics, ideas, colors, creativity. It’s never ending.

  209. Donna Bergman says:

    I got hooked on quilting when I made my first quilt when I was 18. I used scraps of fabric from my mom who was a garment sewer. I haven’ stop quilting over 40 years later. Fabric choices are wonderful now.

  210. Angela J Short says:

    My grandmother’s both quilted and I remember them enjoying it alot. I got hooked on quilting after I made a flannel pieced lap quilt for my husband. angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  211. Marsha says:

    I love fabric and I love combining fabrics in quilts.

  212. Dawn Tenneson says:

    Wow- lots of things got me hooked on quilting. I guess the most influence is the huge variety of colors and designs in fabric. Love the awesome talent of designers yesterday and today!

  213. april zemke says:

    The wide variety of patterns and color in the quilting cottons got me started in quilting and I have always loved vintage quilts.

  214. Jeanie Low says:

    I was mermerized by the handquilting on Amish quilts when I went to the museum. I’d never taken my eyes off quilts and quilt making ever since.

  215. mfite2014 says:

    My mother and sister are quilters. It was becoming more and more difficult to find top quality fabric for garment construction…also, how many blouses can one wear and my lifestyle changed. No need for dresses and office clothing. Thus, my entry into quilting and a new challenge!

  216. Kathleen Flanagan says:

    What got me hooked on quilting was the usefulness of making quilts-not just for their beauty but for the fact that they keep you warm!

  217. Pat says:

    Seeing the Amish Quilt exhibit at the DeYoung Museum (in San Francisco) back in the 1970’s sparked an interest that is still burning!

  218. June Donenfeld says:

    The chance to combine three of of my skills/loves, design, textiles, and sewing, to make functional creations that are as beautiful as they are wonderful to snuggle under.

  219. Mary DeRay says:

    When my children reached the jeans & t-shirt age they did not want mom sewing clothes and I went into withdrawal… my farm wife neighbor says, I’ll teach you to quilt…. that was 40 years ago and I’m still going strong… so is she at 105! I still take my projects for her to see how far I’ve come. Thank you sweet Alice!

  220. Cindy Gilbrough says:

    I knew a lot of women who were quilters, and I love fabric, so I decided to join the fun!

  221. Yochi dayan says:

    I am hooked on quilting since i saw colorful amish quilts for the first time

  222. Michelle D says:

    A close friend introduced me to quilting in the early 70’s. I had always loved textiles so this was a way to use the fabrics I had collected.

  223. cynthia rosner says:

    I had stopped making my own clothes and wanted something to do with sewing. A quilt shop opened in my town and I investigated it and got hooked!

  224. Pam Cope says:

    what got me hooked on quilting is the fabulous combination of creativity and camaraderie with so many talented women. I’ve made so many great friends, and received so much inspiration!

  225. Sarah Sheckells says:

    I always loved sewing but I think the design possibilities and color are what drew me to quilting. Glad it did!!!

  226. Alexandrea M says:

    I made my first quilt after seeing a picture I liked, and when I explored the blog it came from “In Color Order” that led me to more and more blogs and amazing quilts and it’s become a fantastic addiction for the last several years.

  227. Janet says:

    A friend wanted someone to attend a Ricky Tims event with her. I had sewn for projects and clothing, but never had given quilting a try. After the event I was a changed woman.

  228. Michele Obermeier says:

    We were expats in Australia in 2005. So much of the history there reminded me of early American stories. I wanted to make an Aussie Wagga quilt and an Africa
    American quilt to celebrate our joint heritage. So I learned to Quilt. And I’ve never stopped!

  229. Terry Yep says:

    After sewing clothes for my children & family members through the years, I realized my stash of remnants , outgrown apparel was not going anywhere. All my fabric choices could be combined for something new by quilting. Hooray for haunting fabric stores & flea markets w/purpose again.

  230. Lodi says:

    Being wrapped up in my grandmother’s quilts!

  231. Tamara R. says:

    I love all of the beautiful fabrics and it’s relaxing.

  232. mlmasters2014 says:

    My 92 year old neighbor who sat me down in her quilting (fabric stash) room and continually got me excited to play with the colors and designs. She is gone now, but fabric continues to inspire me as well as learning from this wonderful creative community of quilters! Thank you for this opportunity!

  233. Jill says:

    I was on vacation in Hawaii and bought a stack of Hawaiian fabric squares. I put them together and decided I need to learn the right way to make a quilt. I loved every minute and have been quilting ever since. I love that we are making heirlooms, meeting like minded quilters and having fun!

  234. Harriet Williamson says:

    A quilting magazine displayed a photo of a child’s quilt; I decided to make a similar one for my grandson. I loved looking the process of finding good fabrics and making the top. It was a great success and much loved blanket. So the rest is history. What could be better than creating something useful and attractive for a family member or friend or a thank you gift.

  235. Jan says:

    Growing up sleeping under my grandmothers’ quilts and a lot of left over scraps of cloth from making clothes got me started, and I’ve loved it ever since.

  236. Kim Trulson says:

    Fabric got me hooked! I started buying fabric because of the beautiful colors and designs. So I figured I better start doing something with it all and quilting was the answer 🙂

  237. Tina says:

    I love the fabrics and my daughter refused to wear my hand made clothes as she got older so I switched to quilting.

  238. Kat says:

    My Mother-in-law and Grandma-in-law both make beautiful quilts. It’s inspired me to learn.

  239. Sunny Chandonais says:

    I got hooked on quilting because I love color and the creativity of using color in quilt designs. All my children are grown and the grandchildren only wear pants (no dresses here!), so I “graduated” from sewing garments to quilting and I’m hooked.

  240. Naomi says:

    I took a class with a friend who was going through cancer treatment…I had not sewn in a long time and had never done any quilting. I loved the fabrics, the creative aspects of putting all those colors and patterns together, and the wonderful quilters I have met of course : ) That was 15 years ago and my friend is still around and So is my love of quilting!

  241. pam odell says:

    The freedom of creativity in every quilt.

  242. Ruth says:

    I love the feeling of mixing the different prints / color in a pattern that expresses my art.

  243. Deb Weil says:

    I started sewing creative garments and became hooked on fabric,color and design. My mind is always whirling with design concepts and color when making my quilts. I will always change a pattern to make it ZING.

  244. Janine Allen says:

    A fantastic teacher and beautiful fabrics got me hooked on Quilting.

  245. Mary Ann Nailos says:

    It started out as something my mother and I could do together but has turned into an obsession for me.

  246. Deirdre Mooney says:

    I got hooked on quilting when I moved to a new town many years ago and found a quilt shop, lots of wonderful fabric and many new friends.

  247. Nina Davis says:

    I saw a Denise Schmidt quilt in a magazine and was astounded that quilts could be modern. I used to think it would take a few years to make a quilt. Her’s looked too simple to feed that theory so I embarked on learning all about rotary cutters, cutting mats, walking feet and made my first quilt about 15 years ago. I just sold that quilt a few weeks ago for $200!

  248. Sarah Ahlgren says:

    hooked on quilting? a natural progression of life of sewing and crafting; I’ve always enjoyed working with color and texture. That whole creative process!

  249. Moira Ten-Hove says:

    Newly arrived from Britain, I took a class to learn about (what I then believed) to be a quintessentially American craft. Little did I know iwas patchwork. But I was hooked nonetheless.

  250. Marty Mason says:

    My grandmother was a prolific quilt maker. After years of struggling at garment making, I finally realized that Grandma had it right…..I was destined to become a quilter. It’s a passion that is in the bloodline.

  251. Linda Williamson says:

    I love the endless possibilities that one has with quilting. They eye catching fabrics and constant pattern ideas that can come at any moment. Plus, quilters are the nicest bunch of people in the world. Thanks grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

  252. Quilting Jeannie says:

    I love the feel of quilts over me and had always wanted to learn to quilt. But I thought it was too difficult. One Christmas my friend booked us into a basics in quilting class over 3 weeks, as my Christmas gift. We loved it, had a great teacher, and continued over 4 months, one evening a week. It was so fun and I love the quilt I made. I have made over 100 quilts in the past 14 or so years, I was hooked!

  253. Nancy Romanelli says:

    It’s all about the colors and all the ways of getting where you want to be.

  254. Jacob says:

    My wife. She started quilting by hand and then got a machine. She had me try it out and I found I enjoyed it. Now I do my own projects and have a blast!

  255. Julie Stump says:

    I reviewed a videotape called “Quilt-making in Southern Indiana.” Watching this made me want to try it myself. I made an initial stab at it with little success. When I found a beginning quilting class I took it. This led to more classes and more success. Just the act of creating, working with fabric and pattern is all it took to get me hooked.

  256. Diane Gilbert says:

    I think quilting is in my blood. I loved watching my grandmother make all my doll clothes. I thoroughly enjoyed Home Economics in 7th grade and began making my clothes. 40 some years ago I bought a rotary cutter and my girlfriend and I made strip quilt Christmas tree skirts. Halloween costumes for the kids year after year. Then when I retired 10 years ago I really started quilting.

  257. Lorrie says:

    The color and textures of a quilt is most intriguing to me.

  258. Amy L says:

    The book looks lovely! In college, a friend made a log cabin bedspread for her dorm room. I was inspired to make two for me and my roommate for Senior year. I have been hooked since then.

  259. Steve Lennert says:

    I have always loved quilts, but making quilts came quite by accident. I entered a quilt shop in Lake Oswego, Oregon about 18 years ago wanting to purchase one of the lovely quilts on display. They told me the quilts were not for sale, but they would teach me to make one of my own. I laughed, but 2 hours later I walked out of the store with all my supplies for my first quilt, and I had signed up for a beginning class. The rest is history.

  260. Michele W says:

    I have been sewing since junior high. What got me hooked on quilting was a quilting class through San Bruno rec center 38 years ago. I have passed my love on for quilting to my daughter. She has taken it to the next level — she has been published in eight times in magazines. So proud of her!

  261. Nancy R says:

    I have always loved to sew but never thought I’d become a quilter, until modern quilters began popping up. Namely Denyse Schmidt and her fun but familiar designs along with her beautiful fabric. After I became hooked I discovered antique/vintage Japanese cottons and I find myself split between these gorgeous indigos and modern fabrics. So much available to quilters these days! Congrats Patricia on your book, you are such an inspiration! Fingers crossed to win this great giveaway!!

  262. Debbie Miller says:

    My Mom taught me to sew at five years old sewing squares on a treadle machine. I have been in love with fabric and quilting ever since!

  263. Nancy Mckinney says:

    What got me hooked on quilting? The unbelievable variety of fabric not just from the US but from all other countries. I do a great deal of traveling and I love to buy the fabrics in France, Africa and of course from Okan Arts. I an facinating in combining fabrics from from many different countries . i also love the calmness of making a quilt. I get in a Zen like mood and it is so calming and rewarding.

  264. Karin Burns says:

    My Grandma and Aunt got me hooked. It’s fun quilting with family!

  265. Karen Hootman says:

    My mother taught me to sew clothes when I was a child but as a young adult. As a young adult I got interested in making one a quilt after seeing some of my grandmothers quilts but didn’t think I had the time to make one. Now after life changes and seeing my sister quilting I my interest peaked and I started. Love it!!!

  266. Mary Burnett says:

    Quilting is about color, design, geometry and community. I’m attracted to complicated designs and beautiful fabrics and the challenge of making them work together. What keeps me hooked is the wonderful people I’ve met and with whom I share ideas.

  267. Karyn Kubo Fleming says:

    What an exciting giveaway! Can’t wait to peruse the book and get inspired.

  268. marty says:

    hooked on quilting when a roomful of people took one idea and each had a different interpretation. So fascinating.

  269. Beth Cabral says:

    From the very first quilt I made I was just hooked. Not sure why, but I love the feel, the look, and the design of fabric.

  270. Sandi Vadset says:

    I am a needlepointer…..Found out I loved adding bright, wild and colorful quilting material to my projects. Also embellish on wool and then quilt over the the flowers or designs, all by hand. Looking forward to meet ing you in Laconner.
    Thanks

  271. Kathy Weyenberg says:

    The stories connected to the Quilters, the patterns, the fabrics and each quilt. Each quilt is a puzzle to put together. I am amazed when all of the pieces fit together and I have a finished quilt!

  272. Pam Pontious says:

    I have been making things with my hands since I could hold scissors and thread. My love of fabrics and old crafts naturally led me to quilting. I love finding new ways to mix colors and textures.

  273. Beth T. says:

    The aspects of quilting that “got me hooked” were two-fold. First, I loved that quilting allows me to make my love tangible. And it is so fulfilling to have an artistic outlet in the middle of ordinary days, which is what quilting provides–it allows for as much creativity as one wants to explore.

  274. Terri Medwed says:

    My grandmother sewed and As a child I wanted to be just like her.
    As I majored in Art on College I gravitated toward textiles and have enjoyed it ever since!

  275. Linda N says:

    I was looking for a way to use all the cross-stitch patterns that I was collecting, and I found quilting. This led to another collection for quilting of fabrics and books. While living in Japan, I collected yukata fabric at the temple sales because I could not afford buying whole rolls in Japan at the stores. Now I am hoping this will help me use the cotton and silk that I have collected.

  276. I got hooked on quilting when the yarn store opened a fabric store next door. After my first quilt a brick pattern by Amy Butler, I was inspired by Gee’s Bend and liberated quilting—that is when I got hooked. I gave up a 30 year love affair with knitting to quilt and embroider.

  277. Kathryn Dalheim says:

    My love of Oriental fabrics and the Japanese aesthetic. I wanted to learn how to make things out of their sublime beauty.

  278. Cynthia says:

    The never-ending variety of beautiful fabrics is what keeps me quilting.

  279. Susan Nixon says:

    While I can tell you the exact moment I fell in love with quilting, I really don’t know why. Something about the traditional aspect of the art, the visceral interaction with fabric, perhaps? I know I’ve stuck with it for 50+ years because it connects me to past and future generations and provides me a way of feeling artistic when, at best, I draw stick figures! Thanks for a chance to win one of these four fabulous prizes.

  280. Miller Ursula says:

    I was fascinated by the first quilt I saw in a museum in New York City in 1979. In the 1980s I bought a book and decided to wash all my rests of cotton fabrics, bought new “Dirndl” fabrics and started …
    Never stopped playing with fabrics and enjoying the camaraderie with fellow quilters ever since.

  281. Sherry Von Fumetti says:

    I went to coffee and donuts after church and there was a display of adorable baby quilts. On the table were flyers about a free 6 week quilting class. The only stipulation was that your first quilt must be donated to a charity. I’ve been quilting every since. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

  282. susan says:

    I have been inspired by the modern quilt movement. I also love Japanese textiles and art, so Okan Arts combines the best of both. Thank you.

  283. Kathleen says:

    I got hooked on quilting when I wanted to give gifts, but had little money. I bought bags of scraps at a quilt store and made a simple quilt. I’ve been quilting for about 45 years.

  284. Lisa DeVille says:

    I was hooked into quilting by instinct. The colors, textures, stitches, the cloth of our people, that kept me comforted in childhood became a language of love that had to be given to my dolls, my friends, my babies and children, and family, and then became a language of love to all that I teach the tradition of quilting. It is part of the business of living being able to cover ourselves with what is warm and caring and meaningful. Quilting is a legacy that wants to bind itself to our families and friends and culture. We learn to wrap ourselves in it’s warmth.

    Light Studio
    Lisa DeVille

  285. Jennifer Finn says:

    Cant help it love to create

  286. ka-ren lipchik says:

    I look forward to reading and learning from your book.

  287. Linda says:

    Quilting offers me the opportunity to mix colors, sew new patterns and be creative. I treasure some products and rotate hanging on my walls for better viewing. Other quilts become gifts to babies or graduation gifts to beloved sitters. Many quilts are donated to the community service in our guild for victims of abuse, families fighting drugs and alcohol, and occasionally as a means for other organizations to earn funds as opportunity quilts. It’s all so good!

  288. Marie O'Kelley says:

    Long ago, when I was just 18, I lived in W. Va. and saw the quilts being made by the Mountain Artisans group. My gramma was a quilter, so it was already in my blood. Two friends and I made and exchanged blocks and I experienced the joy of piecing together colors and patterns into a new creation. More than 40 years later that joy is undiminished.

  289. Charlene Cuhaciyan says:

    I have always wanted, but been too timid to try quilting. Finally, I took a beginning quilt class…well, from there I very seldom use a pattern- I just run with what I fabric tells me. Now, it’s in my “blood”.

  290. Carolyn says:

    You literally hold color in your hands when you quilt. Who can resist?

  291. Marilyn Sollers says:

    I got hooked on quilting when I took a class in Yakima, WA in the 80’s. We learned to draft a traditional block, make templates, cut, piece and quilt by hand. Of course now I’m a tool junky and love all the modern tools.

  292. Rachel Switzer says:

    I made my first quilt 40 years ago. I was working in a fabric store after school, and saw so many patterns I wanted to work with. A quilt was a good solution, since I could use them all at once.

  293. Maggie Wheeler says:

    The colors and textures of fabrics.

  294. Sandy McKenzie says:

    My grandmother was a quilter and she inspired me to learn to quilt. It is a hobby I never tire of.

  295. Karen M says:

    I started sewing when I was 12 and by age 30 I was tired of making clothes, so I took my first quilting class and loved it! I’ve been quilting for over 25 years. I love the fabric, the designing, piecing, and machine quilting. And of course the finished quilt!

  296. Patty says:

    My sister and I were in a quandary about a gift for my parents 50th wedding anniversary. Wanting to do something special, we thought about a quilt, visited a nearby quilt shop and decided to buy a book and give it a try- I loved it, she didn’t, and I’ve been quilting ever since. That was 14 years ago. My parents still have it hanging up.

  297. Barbara says:

    I guess I have been hooked since my mother needed me to be quiet while my siblings took naps and had me sew by hand a small quilt for my Betsy Wetsy back in1958.

  298. Giuliana Nakashima says:

    My grandmother hooked me (short answer) –All that color, texture and pattern! What’s not to love? My grandmother Kinuyo painstakingly and patiently cut little squares for me out of old dresses, shirts and any fabric she had at hand. She would let me use her little featherweight and I would sew square after square while she practiced her calligraphy. I still have the last quilt we made as well as a few pages of her calligraphy on “Big Chief” brand tablets. Thanks for asking.

  299. Linda Smith says:

    I have been hooked on quilting since the mid-1970’s when I quilted three quilt tops that were pieced by my great grandmother. My love of quilting has continued because I am constantly inspired by new fabrics, new books, new techniques and new quilters. It never gets old for me and I can always find new challenges.

  300. Nancy Best says:

    It was all about the people! I was planning to retire and wanted a great community. I found one, a group of caring intelligent, talented women. And then i got hooked on all those lovely fabrics, they brought out the magpie in me!

  301. Julie Terry says:

    I got hooked on quilting because I get bored really easy and I like to do a lot of different crafts. Once I tried quilting I was hooked, it keeps me busy for hours, days, weeks and months.

  302. Pat Gottshalk says:

    I was introduced to quilting through a book, Juat a Quilt by Gehret and Roan.

  303. Dale says:

    It was my growing pile of scrap fabrics that hooked me into quilting, And some very old crazy quilts that my mother made out of the scraps she had after sewing clothes for us. Friends would also give me fabrics they inherited and my collection kept growing. I can’t let usable fabrics go to waste, so they become quilts.

  304. Georgia Beckman says:

    The vast array of fabrics & the ability to pick whichever ones I wanted to create something beautiful is what got me hooked on quilting.

  305. Rebecca Finch says:

    What got me hooked on quilting was Nancy Crow’s first book, Quilts and Influences. I saw those quilts and knew I had to make things, and that is what I have done ever since. Thanks for your newsletter and Facebook posts.

  306. Dilly Upton says:

    Working with colour like a child with a toy box making it up as I go—improv, so rewarding.

  307. Eileen Boyce says:

    This looks so neat!

  308. Quynh says:

    Watching Fons and Porter Love of Quilting on PBS hosted by Marianne and Liz followed by Quilty.

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