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four october giveaways!

four october giveaways!

This month Okan Arts is giving away a collection of Turtle Hand fabrics and the book Visioning Human Rights in the New Millennium: Quilting the World’s Conscience by Dr. Carolyn L. Mazlooni. There are four giveaways, each valued at $65.

Tina Hilton is the founder and leader of Turtle Hand, a fabric company that works with artisans in Malaysia to produce a full array of patterned cottons—using batik, marbling, painting, hand-dying and wax-crack processes.

Tina takes pride in her company’s ethical trade practices as Turtle Hand keeps Malaysian Heritage Crafts alive by supporting individual artisan producers and their communities. Turtle Hand also gives back by contributing to disadvantaged children, compromised indigenous people, and endangered sea turtle conservation efforts in Malaysia.

Superstar quilter Victoria Findlay Wolfe discovered Turtle Hand batiks when she was teaching at Woodland Ridge Retreat in Wisconsin. Look at this global rendition of her double wedding-ring quilt!

There are ten fat quarters in each giveaway bundle of Turtle Hand fabrics—a medley of Jewel Batik, Heritage Batik, Fractured Batik, and Rinkle & Dapple Hand Dyed cottons.
Quilter and author Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi stated “As an artist, I strongly believe art has the capacity to touch the spirit, engage, educate, and heal in ways that words alone cannot.” Carolyn’s most recent book Visioning Human Rights in the New Millennium: Quilting the World’s Conscience celebrates the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Human Rights Declaration.

The book reminds us of the impact of each of the Declaration’s 30 principles through art quilts. The 91 works of 75 textile artists express the global struggle for rights to which all human beings are innately entitled.
To participate in the October giveaway, answer this question in the Comment Box below: How often do you make quilts that include a message—personal, political, or perhaps something else?

HOW THIS GIVEAWAY WORKS: The October 2019 giveaway drawing will be held at midnight Pacific Time on October 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 collection of Turtle Hand fabrics and the book Visioning Human Rights in the New Millennium: Quilting the World’s Conscience. Winners must respond within one week of notification or her/his giveaway will be forfeited. A list of Okan Arts giveaway winners can be obtained at any time from Okan Arts. Thanks for participating!

To visit the Turtle Hand website and learn more about this special fabric company +click here

To visit the website of artist and author Carolyn L. Mazloomi +click here

To visit the Schiffer Publishing website to see this and more quilting books +click here

Thank you Turtle Hand for the donation of the fabrics.
Thank you Schiffer Publishing for the donation of the books.

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

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216 comments to “four october giveaways!”

  1. Gloria Smith says:

    Even thought I’ve been a quilted for over 30 years I have always made traditional quilts. This year I have started learning about art quilts and I see a statement quilt in my future.

  2. Tova says:

    “Hi” appeared in a quilt I made recently, but it was a ‘happy accident’! I am inspired by this post to make a quilt with an intentional message.

  3. Janet Schayer says:

    I love putting text in quilts, It’s been a way for me to personalize a quilt that I gift to someone . The last quilt I created in this way was done in crosssword style with the names of my family. I usually create the letters in an improvisational style. This months’ giveaway would be a joy to receive.

  4. Edith Allison says:

    My quilts have always been about the visual. I have never done a statement or story quilt. Maybe there is one in my future?

  5. Nancy Dwyer says:

    I am working on an improv quilt and plan to fabric paint in calligraphy, “Knowledge is King, but look for the answer to your Questions from the Queen!

  6. Phyllis smith says:

    Love the look of the fabric

  7. ali says:

    I have been working on a pussy hat quilt inspired from political events but still a work in progress…. I am amazed at the negative feelings that have been aroused when i show it to people so it has been depressing. As an old woman’s lib person from the 1970s I can’t believe the hard fought for rights and respect are beign eroded by current attitudes. Deep sigh….

  8. Rhoda says:

    My quilts have always had a message, to myself, or to the person I’m giving it to. I am feeling more drawn into the art quilt world and into sending broader messages

  9. Barbara Lotthammer says:

    If anything my quilts are environmental. Having to do with nature, leaves and wildlife. Also scenery quilts. None really have a message to them

  10. Vicki Obenhaus says:

    All of the quilts I make contain messages and symbolism — sometimes in the fabric I choose, sometimes in the patterns, always on the label and forever in the love that I put into the quilt – thinking of the person I am making it for every minute I am working on it! I name them all. (The quilt I made for my infant granddaughter was made from the Denyse Schmidt pattern “Proverbial Quilt” and it spelled out “You Are Loved”.)

  11. Nancy Hower says:

    I have made many traditional quilts but the current three I am working on are a branch off with applique and even some after quilted color added.

  12. Erika says:

    The feelings I have for the recipient, or my moods at the time, have always been poured into my quilts. There is generally not an overt statement, but my energy and emotion goes into each stitch.

  13. Lyn Wolf Jackson says:

    I make both traditional and art quilts. All of my art quilts have a story or message although most are personal to me. I do not make political statements or opinion statements, so on second thought most of my messages are historical ones to me.
    If I do not tell you the story behind it, you must make up your own.

  14. Gayle Wiley says:

    A personal message is reflected in each quilt, particularly in fabrics chosen. I strive to better integrate African and like fabrics into Amish/Mennonite designs to better reflect the heritage of my grandchildren. I may yet “grow” into art or more political statements…

  15. Connie K says:

    Aside from donation quilts, my quilts always carry a label with a greeting or words of wisdom to the recipient.

  16. marlene barkley says:

    Not often but I am working on a quilt with a message that was posted in Germany during WWII. It was a leaflet posted on a wall with a list of the “verbotten” authors. It is in grays and blacks and carries a powerful message

  17. Sheryl Ramstad says:

    I have not included messages in my quilts personally but love to visit shows where such quilts are displayed. Thinking of including messages in the future!

  18. Linda Suter says:

    One of the best things about making quilts is that I get to express myself by choice of fabric, choice of pattern, choice of theme. That said, I have taken to making quilts and other quilty items that express my love of animals and my gratitude for the unselfish work our local rescue shelter does. When my quilts and items sell or are auctioned off, all the money raised goes directly to our local rural shelter where not only cats and dogs are rescued, but any farm animal – pigs, ducks, horses, mules, etc. My continuing message is – all animals deserve a life of dignity and a home where they can feel safe.

  19. Cynthia Wood says:

    I have made one quilt that came from the grief after my mother died. I want to make more art quilts because it is so deeply satisfying

  20. Donna Prevedell says:

    Brilliant concept. I haven’t done this yet, but the wheels are already turning!

  21. Trudi R Rammelkamp says:

    What a wonderful giveaway for the end of the year! you didn’t specify a comment subject so I just want you to know how appropriate this is.

  22. Ruth Smith says:

    Art has the power to appeal to and reaffirm our values, and I’ve always appreciated quilts that have an explicit message. Quilting gives us the opportunity to explore our creativity while adding our voice to go out to the world. A few months ago my miniquilt was published in Curated Quilt’s Issue 8 whose theme “Well Said” focused on text. My small contribution “Restoring Humanity” was in response to the border crisis and appalling treatment of immigrants, and included the words “No Human is Illegal.” I’m currently working on a piece about my own family’s immigration story to submit to my local quilt guild’s special exhibit in February. I would love to have this book in my collection!

  23. JoAnne Pasqua says:

    All the recipients of quilts that I have made, seem to enjoy the personalize touch of a statement on it…which is only on the back label. I will try to incorporate a message on the front of the quilt now. Thanks!

  24. cindy parry says:

    Almost all of my quilts have a message though not all have actual words, rather relying on the quilt and perhaps the symbolism in it to speak for itself,

  25. folksmith says:

    I love the batiks by Tina Hilton. I tend to like the more contemporary arts quilts and this fabric would be marvelous. Can’t wait to see Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi’s book.

  26. Valerie says:

    My most recent project is a hand printed textile remnant from India purchased directly from the workshop. I have embellished it with a string of shells from a welcome strand presented to us at another stop in India. Surprisingly, the colors work beautifully together. This work will remind me of the culture and crafts folk of Southern India. It is my first such themed piece.

  27. Carolyn Burton says:

    I try to portray inspirational thought into my larger quilts. Otherwise, its just about playing with fabric and color.

  28. Pam Nottingham says:

    I usually make 2 or 3 quilts a year with messages. My go to fabric is always batiks and these are beautiful.

  29. Lottie Smith says:

    Regularly I express messages in my work which often are related to the “theme” of the challenge or competition. My messages are truly my own and others may not recognize them. Messages add an unseen energy to one’s work.

  30. Rose Rademan says:

    I made an Angel quilt years ago and compelled to add a Bible verse on the back of the quilt-it basically became a 2-sided quilt and it’s one I’ll always keep. The memories of the road trip to the class with a special friend make it special as well. The verse was HebrewS 13:2 -Be kind to strangers, for some have entertained angels unawares.

    • Jackie says:

      I’ve not heard of this book before. Would love to win!
      I’ve made several quilts with messages. One protested the “wall”. Most recently I completed a quilt inspired by the Memorial to the Martyrs of the Deportation in Paris.

  31. Andrea Bursaw says:

    In recent years I have focused on “message” quilts, and have found a perfect venue in Sacred Threads, a juried exhibit which also values intention. For me, it is a wonderful option for sharing the product of cloth creativity, when one runs out of family.

  32. Katrine A. Eagling says:

    Everything I create has a message or story, but I rarely put words on my work unless it is what my design entails.

  33. Dawn Nock says:

    My work doesn’t have a specific message but a love of color and design. I have been told it brings joy to the viewer and that is enough for me.

  34. Anita L Jackson says:

    Of about the 50 quilts I’ve constructed, I can think of only 6 that had a personal message – 3 political – one with personal words of encouragement for a loved one and the other a special love note to my husband. I’ve been wanting to do more! Thank you for the inspiration!

  35. Debra Spangler says:

    Inspiration and political statements are frequently subjects in my quilting. I love Turtle Hand quilting fabrics!

  36. Daisy Rae says:

    All my Project Linus quilts contain the message that they are made ‘for children in need of a hug’.

  37. Lisa D. says:

    I make written messages with free motion quilting on pillows for people who go for surgery.

  38. PENNY KRUSZKA says:

    With so many causes needing help now, I will be quilting a message in quilts to highlight the importance of this cause.

  39. Jerie Clark says:

    I very seldom have a message in my quilts. This is my relaxation and I am interested in the colors and patterns. Maybe a “ Merry Christmas “ but not much more. However if someone wants to make a statement, it’s fine.

  40. Kathy C says:

    Love these fabrics! My quilts haven’t had a message, but I tend to celebrate life through my quilts. Its a definite art form that can bring contentment and joy to both the quilter and the viewer, which I think we need now and then in a culture that is more stirred up every day.

  41. Susan Zakanycz says:

    I make a fiber art design that has a message once a year.

  42. Martha E Wacker says:

    I do make quilts that contain a message or have special meaning. I recently made a quilt for my college roommate, to celebrate 50 years of friendship. I also made a quilt this summer for my son, in memory of our beloved dog who passed away – my son took care of her in her last couple of weeks on earth. Now I am working on a Japanese – inspired boro quilt for my husband, who is on Japanese heritage.

  43. Julia Bernstein says:

    Diversity is a human right exemplified in your fabrics.

  44. Ellen Haugen Liliedahl says:

    I generally include a personal message on bed size quilts that are gifts or donations. On smaller items, like wall hangings or runners, I add a small label with only the name of the pattern, my name and date it was completed.

  45. Janet Wright says:

    I really never have used words in my quilts.

  46. Karen A says:

    The “hidden” message in all of my quilts is the love I put into making every one.

  47. Catherine Erlanger says:

    I participated in making comfort quilts for women recovering from cancer surgery in our small CT town. My contributed blocks always included an embroidery of a bird that I knew the recipient loved.

  48. Pat in WNY says:

    Lately my color/fabric/pattern choices have evoked memories of songs popular in my youth, and several of this year’s quilts have been named for those songs. My latest mini quilt inspired my first haiku poem which will appear on the back label. Love the fabrics.

  49. Julie H says:

    Nearly all of my quilts include a message, either symbolic or often textual as I love to include words in my quilts.

  50. Pam S says:

    I’ve made a couple quilts with messages of love for my daughters and one art quilt featuring the hopes of refugees. I hope to make more! Thank you for this stunning and meaningful giveaway.

  51. Kathy Powell says:

    I seem to follow a theme rather than a statement .

  52. Teddi Munslow says:

    I have created a few quilts that had messages in the quilting rather then the piecing and then this year finally I began adding letters a sayings or statements via piecing of letters into my quilt for a challenge quilt. I look forward to making more.

  53. Becky DuBose says:

    I thought long and hard about my queens and bells quilt. Now I am proud I have done it. I only do it sometimes.

  54. Adrienne says:

    I feel that every quilt I make, and every quilted gift I’ve made for others, is an expression of my outlook of life, people, and the world: life-affirming, love of life, the beauty of life, nature, its creatures, and the inner peace that I can feel.

  55. Tesi Vaara says:


  56. Kane says:

    All of the quilts I have made so far are for special people in my life. Therefore all my quilts are made with personal meaning. In the future I plan to make charity quilts and those will also have purpose in that they can be educational or an affirmation for kindness to others and to oneself.

  57. Mary Buersmeyer says:

    I have never made a statement or story quilt. Something to think about for the future.

  58. Jamie Scheibach says:

    If I had the talent, I’d definitely be making political quilts right now. But I do consider every quilt I’ve made is personal stAtement of love in every stitch for the recipient.

  59. Jayna says:

    I make a quilt with an intentional message about once a year. Some with words, some with images

  60. Jean Condon says:

    I have stood in front of a quilt at a quilt show that actually gave me a shiver when I recognized the message it delivered. I don’t think I have ever made a quilt with that strong of a message, but once in a while a little message slips in.

  61. Judith lawrance says:

    Sometimes— but not often enough —
    However the ones that are especially meaningful are most precious to me and to the receivers of them!

  62. Sandra Weimer says:

    I’ve never made a quilt for politics or one with a statement, only ones with personal meanings.

  63. Julie Landrith says:

    I make small art pieces for my friends who are in need of an encouraging words or a celebration. Sometimes I quilt words into the overall fabric.

  64. Kim Springer says:

    I have never made a quilt with a message. Nor have I ever completed a quilt. There’s always a first time for anyone. I’m collecting some of my practice shibori pieces and hope to put them together soon.

  65. Diana LeRay says:

    Right now I’m in the process of making quilts for my children and grandchildren from my husband’s shirts. Not only are the shirts a message in themselves, but each will have a message that will remind them that they are loved.

  66. Barbara Kampas says:

    I just finished a quilt with a message. I made a quilt to honor those killed in El Paso and Dayton entitled “Laying Flowers Is Not Enough.” Using EPP, the quilt includes two crosses under and around which are flowers made with hexagon petals. The left panel has one hexagon for each of those who lost their lives. The Odessa shooting happened as I was hand quilting so hexagons and additional flowers were added to the back. I created an earlier quilt after Charlottesville; both quilts helped me work through the anger and sadness I felt after those events.

  67. Ana Sweet says:

    All the time usually in fabric choice.

  68. Mary Rowin says:

    I have not used messages in quilts…yet. I will start to think about how to incorporate words and messages in the future.

  69. Marlene says:

    Love those Turtle Hand batiks!

  70. Barbara Dahl says:

    I haven’t made a quilt with a message yet, but I’ve made many challenge quilts, so I think that is an interpretive message, right? Thank you!

  71. Helen Owen says:

    I haven’t made a statement quilt yet, but this is something I’ve been thinking about doing.

  72. Donna H says:

    My quilts are made for those on the front lines of advocacy work both in the US and elsewhere in the world. Though on a 1-1 level with the intention of everyday use, I incorporate colors, shapes and textures significant in the receives work. Women and girls, migrant advocacy and inner city children are the themes I am most drawn to in my work. I don’t know all of my recipients — sending a practical thing of warmth unattached to political motivations is most important.

  73. Marilyn Fite says:

    Frequently I will put a personal or sentimental thought/saying on the back in the label. A couple of my quilts have had a message on the front.

  74. Ginnie Hebert says:

    Because I lived in Richland WA as a kid, I have made a small series of quilts that address the leaks at the Hanford Reservation.

  75. Donna Smith says:

    My quilts will have a message meaningful to me and they are specifically created for the recipient.

  76. Judy Valentino says:

    I make many quilts with a message. I also often make quilts for charity where the quilt is the message to hang in there. (Quilts for Kids, Milwaukee chapter, we donate to Children’s Hospital)

  77. carol denning says:

    All of my work has a personal message stitched in. If it is also intended as a specific entry , the title or label usually also conveys a statement. Thanks for the chance to win both items. And thanks for the reminder of 70 years , we all need to continue to be aware and work.

  78. Helen McKee says:

    I am inspired by quilts, both traditional and art, and I have made several, but I prefer to make artwear clothing. I use multiple fabrics, embellishments, and techniques.

  79. Ruth Lancaster says:

    I’ve only made a few quilts and they have been more of a message of love for the family member that I made them for. I once made signature quilt for my father where all family members signed there blocks I made and joined together. I just went to the fiber arts festival in Everett and was truly inspired by some of the art quilts there. Some had very strong messages and I look to try something like it this year.

  80. J M Ange says:

    Have made message quilts for family members and quilt guild challenges–most recently approximately three months ago.

  81. Judy Hartwig says:

    The youtube video you shared about the Tokyo restaurant of “mistaken orders” is uplifting and beautiful. Thank you so much for putting it on your website.

  82. Rochelle Blair says:

    The closest thing I have quilted to one with a message was two quilts of valor. I was lucky enough to see pictures of the wounded Marines who had received my quilt of support of their service. I have also purchased fabric in Myanmar to further the message of the wonderful fabric that is used for clothing in that 3rd world country.

  83. Marlene Schurr says:

    I usually do a quilt about once a year that has a message in it. I am currently doing some monoprinting on a gelli plate with words.

  84. lee says:

    I make my quilts many times with symbolism but no direct message. I am inspired to expand what I create. Thank you for the very meaningful giveaways!

  85. Jeanette Schurr says:

    A couple times a year I usually have a message in a quilt. Sometimes guild challenges or others.

  86. Cara Lamb says:

    my quilts have been getting both more political and more personal, year by year. The two I’m working on right now celebrate women’s suffrage and immigration.

  87. Sandra H. says:

    I love old soft quilts that have been washed many times so I save all my old scraps and cut up the clothes my children use to wear so I guess they tell a story and there is surely a message of love in them. I can identify each scrap with each child and the clothes each one wore.


    I’m relatively new to quilting but I always embroider a label titling the quilt with a message of endearment, when and where it was quilted to Whom It is being made. It is a subtle but powerful message from the heart ❤️

  89. Michele Wise says:

    I have only made one.

  90. Ramos Myra says:

    What a fabulous giveaway! Batik fabric plus a book to help one connect one’s art with one’s social conscience. Fingers crossed.

  91. Sue Kersey says:

    Wow! What an interesting collection. I would be honored to receive any of this months giveaways. Love all the wonderful ideas………thanks for all you do!

  92. Rita Hays says:

    I am currently working on a quilt incorporating vintage embroidery, cross stitch and crochet. Some pieces are from my family, some from pen pals from other countries who helped me through a dark time in my life, and some are from garage sales and thrift shops. I often think of those nameless artists who made the pieces I have used in my quilt. I hope I will make them proud to be contributors to “our’ art piece.

  93. Kathleen Susan Kolodziejczyk says:

    If I am making a quilt for a particular person. I always put a littlepersonal message in it. My messages are never political, though,

  94. MS Barb says:

    I haven’t made a quilt w/ a personal message yet…

  95. Lisa Self says:

    How wonderful of you to do this giveaway! How fun. The Turtlehand fabric is beautiful. I am a new and excited sewer.

  96. NancyB from Many LA says:

    I’m going in that direction. For our lastest quilt show, I made a quilt regarding the Quilt Police.. It got a lot of attention and laughs! I have another quilt in the planning stages….

  97. Carolyn Wolf says:

    All my quilts have a message, although I am not always aware what it is until the quilt is done!

  98. Linda Nakamura says:

    Very rarely do I intentionally start out to make a quilt with a message. But when I start to work on the label, many times the quilt pattern I picked or the color combination may lead me to re-name the original pattern to reflect a thought about the receiver’s future or present.

  99. Tina says:

    This is a great idea. I have made a quilt with embroidered words of encouragement and love for my daughter using fabric from clothing I made for her when she was small. Thank you for even more inspiration!

  100. Judy Pheanis says:

    I am far more interested in statements than I once was. I like to use shape and color as statement. It doesn’t matter to me if anyone else understands my messages.

  101. Melody Lutz says:

    I most often FMQ something personal, a message, names, occasion into the quilt and give the recipient a note to look for ‘something’ hidden in the stitches.

  102. Barb K says:

    I have not made a quilt with an actual comment–but sometimes pictures speak words!

  103. Del Thomas says:

    Yes, I have made a few “statement” quilts. And I frequently write messages and healing thoughts on the seam allowances inside a quilt. Secret wishes for healing, good health, long life, a good outcome.

  104. Lois Helmbold says:

    I try to make quilts with messages regularly. I’m in a 12×12 group (12 women, 12 months, 12 quilts, each 12″ x 12,” and about half those quilts have political (broadly defined) messages. My first large political quilt will be in the New Quilts of Northern California section of Pacific International Quilt Festival this week. It’s called, “If You Eat, Thank a Farm Worker.”

  105. Anne Gouiller-Moore says:

    these fabrics are so yummy…. I am planning to make a quilt for each of my sons’ family with words of hope and love and bliss.

  106. Terry Butz says:

    As a relatively new quilter, I have not done message quilts, however, I am becoming more interested in art quilts. Thank you for the opportunity to win these gifts.

  107. Jan Pendleton says:

    I am new at quilting but have made six quilts in the past two years. Most of them were made thru a group called Piecemakers. We make quilts to send via Quilts Without Borders and have sent them all over the world. My last quilt was the first one I did entirely on my own. It will go to my dear friend in Chico CA who lost everything in the fires that took the town of Pardise. I hope you will consider me as I love how beautiful these fabric are and would enjoy creating more quilts to give away. Thanks for doing this.

  108. TANYA WYATT says:

    I have not yet created a message quilt; hope to soon.

  109. Susan R Spiers says:

    I have not made very many quilts yet, however if I had a message on it, it would be personal!

  110. Ellen McCarthy says:

    Not all my quilts have messages, but I often make quilts for for a charity that provides support to children diagnosed with cancer and their families, and include a message on the quilt label that sends love and strength with the quilt. Most often the quilts have a space theme (gender neutral!) and I name them after a specific astronaut. For example, “My name is Serena and I was named after Dr. Serena M. Auñón, who is both a doctor and an astronaut. She is one of the first Hispanic astronauts, and is courageous, smart and dedicated, just like you are. I was made to cuddle you and give you love, courage and happy dreams.” I hear the recipients like the message, and that makes me happy.

  111. Marty Vint says:

    Almost every quilt I make includes a personal message, either obvious or more subtle in the selection of color or the placement of design.

  112. Joana M says:

    Each quilt I make has a piece of fabric that is unique to the person I made it for. With that piece of fabric the quilt imparts a special part of that person and it is my way of connecting through my personal touch

  113. Barbara Diaczynsky says:

    I like the fabrics and the books look interesting

  114. Catherine Powell says:

    I attach a quilted patch to the back of my quilts, with my name, date, and what inspired me to make it. Why I choose the colors I did, and how I felt making it.

  115. Kathryn Laposata says:

    My only messages have been messages of love on my labels.

  116. MaryAnn Premoe says:

    I sometimes include a message in my quilts most often in a wedding or baby quilt. Sometimes my fabric has words or saying that makes the message. Batik is what I most use in my quilts I really like the Turtle Hand batiks what fun it would be to win.

  117. Julie says:

    Not often enough. I am inspired by QuiltCon2019 and see my quilts reflecting my message more in the future.

  118. Caroline Rohrer says:

    I make at least one quilt a year for a family member or a very special person that is personal. I always use their favorite color then use something that depicts them personally. EX when I made my husband;s Quilt of Valor, I used the Army insignia, since he was in the Army, small blocks of his favvorite baseball and football teams, also sone hot air balloons since we had lived in Albuquerque at one time.. The rest was very patriotic including a stunning eagle panel.

  119. Carol Cook says:

    Recently I have made at least one quilt each year to make a statement either political or personal. Prior quilts have said something about me, but not with a real purpose in mind.

  120. Buffie Lorah says:

    What a beautiful giveaway. So many reasons to love this all.

  121. kmcoan says:

    I have recently started making art quilts and have found it a satisfying way to express my feelings from grief to joy to environmental concerns.

  122. Mj Buckingham says:

    I used to teach my middle and high school students the United Nations Rights Of Children but haven’t yet incorporated them into a quilt. Last year I did select a set of fabrics depicting children and their greetings from around the world for my quilt give-away at our annual English as a Second Language Celebration Of Learning. An 8th grade boy “won” the quilt; he called his Mom up to the stage and gave it to her.

  123. Ann E. West says:

    My quilts often have a very personal message for the recipient. As I am working on my quilting skills, I need to strive to include text messages within my quilt for that very special person in my life.

  124. Lucia santos says:

    I only made two quilts with personal messages. In the near future, I am planning to explore that line of thought.

  125. Shirley A Whitcomb says:

    I have yet to make a comment quilt, but have been so inspired by the ones I have seen. Beautiful, sweet, powerful and moving.

  126. Krystyna Swirydczuk says:

    Time for a climate change quilt

  127. Ann Woodman says:

    I am just beginning to see that messages can be in quilts without shouting it.

  128. Linda Sweek says:

    So far, when I use words, they are a hint of a social or environmental issues. I am creating a quilt now with a quote stating the whole world is a garden. I recently made a memory quilt for a loved one who suffered with depression that stated, ‘One kind word can warm three winter months.” And, I am exhibiting a quilt titled “Communities of Color” that features colorful, little clusters, or communities, of fabric beads in purples, yellows, oranges and gray. The clusters are strong, bold suggestions of colors co-existing in these beautiful communities.

  129. Janet Lynn Hasselblad says:

    Since attending the Joe Retreats, I’ve been making quilts that express personal messages. I look forward to making more of that style.

  130. When I use vintage “orphan” blocks in my quilts, I would like to think I’m am honoring women who have paved the path for women today with their effort and artistry. It remains a bumpy path in many ways but we must persist.

  131. Maryanne James says:

    ALL of my quilts carry a message. Quilting is how I express myself!

  132. Nicole Sender says:

    The message that I give in my quilts is a love for the person who will receive the quilt.I have made certain to include in my scrappy quilts something that the person enjoys like fussy cut animals or favorite colors. My grand kids and family are who have been gifted my quilts.

  133. Janie M says:

    Usually every quilt I make. Especially family and friends quilts.

  134. Mlu says:

    Some of my quilts are explorations of color and/or technique, but most have a personal message of some sort. I appreciate all quilts, but don’t need to make a repeated block one anymore; they’re too static and I would rather tell a story.

  135. PK Jeys says:

    I like making a semi-hidden message in my work, a difference or change in a corner or a border that references issues I care about. I like for people to search for the meaning.

  136. Carolyn Hanson says:

    After reading the story I feel a new quilt coming on with a statement printed on it.

  137. Lyndalee Korn says:

    I made about ten bar mitsva quilts with name, date and a message fm me. The attendees all sign and write a message to the boy/girl. Everybody loves this gift.

  138. Helga Hörz says:

    I’m a quilter since about 25 years.
    I made several Quilts with letters in an improvisational style with personal messages.

  139. Stephanie Braskey says:

    I feel that all of my quilts contain a message. Not all are obvious but, just like old quilts, the recipient can imagine what my life was like when I was making the quilt and why I made it.

  140. Michelle D says:

    Quilts are a powerful force in so many ways around the world. They speak from the heart.

  141. michelle b richmond says:

    Almost every other quilt I make either starts off with a person or a place attached to it. It just comes to me during the process. I don’t necessarily create a message as much as a sense of my feelings.

  142. Janet says:

    I quilt to bring beauty & love into the world & have not yet made a quilt with what I consider a “message.” I love color and love bringing them together in a design. I quilt to bring friendship, creativity and fun into my life.

  143. Barbara Mars says:

    While I have seen message quilts at exhibitions, I’ve never made one. It’s never too late so I will make a small quilt to take to Japan in January as a gift for our guide.

  144. Donna says:

    I have included small statements in some very special quilts, but would like to learn more! Thanks!

  145. Elizabeth Gibson says:

    I think the message in my quilts is is that the best thing about being alive is love. Love inspires a person to make and give something that contains so much thought, time and feeling.

  146. Rachela says:

    I tend to make more traditional quilts, but all my statements are in the labels (which are not tiny!). I have seen a few statement quilts that have started my wheels turning though….I am not too old to change and try something new!

  147. Rosalyn Schultze says:

    Spending time making a quilt for someone is in itself a message of love and commitment. The message may be subtle (i.e., the quilt block name–friendship block) or the entire quilt may celebrate a person’s life and endeavors. I have made several quilts exhibiting a special message.

  148. Barbaraben says:

    I find that the choice of fabrics and the style of my quilts makes a statement even without words.

  149. Jean G-B says:

    I haven’t written any messages on my quilts but the fact that I spent the time to make a quilt in the first place is a message in itself.

  150. Ann Porter says:

    I am a new quilter, but I find it helps me through the learning process to have a thought as to how this quilt will speak to me or person receiving it. I fell in love with turtle fabrics after finding them at the quilt show last year.

  151. Barbara Colvin says:

    I usually tailor quilts for others with colors they like or to fit their decor. However, I am in the process of making a quilt for my son that has fabric motifs that reflect his personality and various events in his life. I also have some embroidery patterns saved with various sayings that I want to incorporate in a quilt.

  152. Mary Jane says:

    Would love to say often, but lately since down sizing my quilting has been limited to sharing the love of sewing with young people 6th graders. Have worked on 3 projects this year.

  153. Jerry Turner says:

    I’ve done one quilt of letters squeezed so thin that the words become pattern before they become words.

  154. Susan Buckingham says:

    My quilts are meant to bring joy to the viewer and joy to myself as I make them.

  155. jodi says:

    I think my time is now to make my first quilt with a message…i’ve always wanted to write on a quilt, after admiring many of them by fellow quilters! thanks so much for your generosity!♥️

  156. Anne says:

    I don’t often add messages on my quilts or quilted items but occasionally feel driven to do so. At the threat of losing our beloved dog park I appliqued a supporting message on a quilted postcard and entered it into a quilt show contest. I have used the same method to “purge” certain issues from my life (very satisfying) and, to memorialize events.

  157. terrie walker says:

    All of my quilts have some sort of message, maybe not written out, but within the conversation of fabric, shape, line, and quilting there is the message of my thinking and feeling at the time of construction.

  158. Sheryl Ramstad says:

    I have not made a statement quilt but I often find myself making a quilt when in a life crisis and that quilt then reminds me of that time in my life. Calming myself through quilting!

  159. Nancy Lamoreaux says:

    I have not made a quilt that contains a personal message.

  160. Kathy Weyenberg says:

    I have made one statement quilt, I have design ideas for many more.

  161. Linda C. says:

    I have not made a specific statement quilt. But my gifted quilts speak for me with the choice of color and pattern tailored to the person’s taste. I express my purpose in the label, again specific to that person.

  162. DawnTenneson says:

    I’m currently working on the Splendid Sampler II. 62 blocks done out of 100. I am sure learning lots of techniques. I do have a stack of Victoria Findley Wolf fabric and her book on Double Wedding ring quilts. Hope to get that one started soon.

  163. Sylvia Dresser says:

    I think the messages in my quilt making might not always be completely obvious, but are often a result of what I’m thinking about. A collection of assorted colors and fabrics might relate in a metaphoric way to the collection of humanity living on the earth.

  164. Jo says:

    All my quilts have personal messages–whether in writing or in the content.

  165. Adrienne says:

    Every quilted item I make is a statement of my philosophy of gratitude, peace, equality, balance, kindness, caring, reaching out, and embracing of …

  166. Vicky says:

    Most of the quilts I make are for someone I know as away to remember our relationship, the Love I feel for them, I find out what color that each person really loves and they go from there. Grateful for friends…..

  167. Alice Brody says:

    Every few years depending upon what’s happening in the worlld.

  168. Carol Johnson says:

    I am constantly delighted and challenged by the role quilting plays in communicating the deepest, most vital aspects of life. Thank you for alerting me to the message of Visioning Human Rights and for offering an opportunity to win this give away.

  169. Carol Johnson says:

    I am constantly delighted and challenged by the role quilting plays in communicating the deepest, most vital aspects of life. Thank you for alerting me to the message of Visioning Human Rights and for offering an opportunity to win this give away.
    I always include a message of love and encouragement as most of my quilts have been given to family members.

  170. Marie Black says:

    I usually make quilts for family members or to donate to my quilting guild charity’s. I support those with the creative vision to represent human rights in their quilts. I am just starting to do some lettering in my quilts – it seems these books would be great inspiration. And turtles – I am a sea turtle volunteer for our local marine Laboratory so I have been collecting turtle fabrics, usually batiks.

  171. Lydia Reading says:

    The reuse, repurposing of clothing, bedding, textiles in my work is my message…to stop wasting what is already available, appreciate vintage beauty, to create something both old and new and delightful.

  172. Kathy A says:

    I make a lot of charity quilts and quilts for family and the message is usually in the label.

  173. Pam Pontious says:

    My quilts have never had a message per se. Often I just let my mood carry me where is wants to lead me – colors vs patterns.

  174. Connie Akers says:

    Most of my work has a message or statement.

  175. Barbara M says:

    All of my recent quilts have a message.

  176. Charlene Cuhaciyan says:

    I often include a message on my quilts, usually a name, heart, etc., but nothing as powerful as the thought provoking as human rights. I believe I need to re-think some of my quilting messages…

  177. Barbara Davies says:

    I ask relieved that the art world is FINALLY giving more wall space to women artists, textile artists and social consciousness artists…and we are often all those things together, at once. Things are looking up in that regard, despite the dire conditions that are protested, leading to this creative outpouring and our demands to be seen. I am working on two protest/social consciousness quilts (California super king sized): 1) a Matisse “Promethius”-inspired protest against the killing of unarmed black young men, with quilted, appliquéd fabric, embroidery, and mixed media, and 2) quilted, appliquéd & embroidered flaming trees flying to “heaven” as a tribute to the many huge, recent California wildfires. these are my first specifically “social consciousness” projects. I feel motivated to make the hours of work lead to a deeper significance in education.

  178. Vivian Roop says:

    I hope all my quilts have a message, whether it is beauty, a message of hope, fun, or of past memories.

  179. Marie Black says:

    My quilts have mostly contained personal messages. I admire the creative quilters that can express human rights in their quilts. I am going to give it a try.

  180. pjserge says:

    I love your fabrics! They’re great! When Victoria Finley Wolfe made the Double Wedding Rings quilt I was sold!
    Thanks for the generous gift for the winners!

  181. Theresa says:

    Only once have I made a quilt with a “message” or text and it was a small art quilt, a crazy quilt,and I did have words and dates incorporated expressing memories and celebrations and the grief, too,that comes with living life. The book, “Visioning Human Rights…” is a wonderful inspiration and I am thinking maybe I should move forward and explore and express more through some text in some of my pieces. Oh, and the fabric a luscious inspiration too!

  182. Jan says:

    Yes, I’ve made a few personal message quilts for friends or family. I agree with others here that all quilts made for others carry many messages.

  183. Nanibi says:

    I have often thought of including a line of poetry, or a few words pointing at something I’m trying to express in a quilt–but I don’t have a reliable way of doing letters, beyond a Pigma pen. So text remains on my someday list.

  184. Tamara R. says:

    My quilts are traditional, but I am inspired by the photos
    in her book.

  185. carrie Kleyn says:

    Most quilts that I have made in the past several years have been made during memorable life events. I usually rename a quilt to fit the occasion, the feelings of the times are documented on my Quilt Label.

  186. Susan Maresco says:

    Every quilt I make is dedicated to a specific person in my life with an idea just about them. They are all improv quilts, whether linear or curved, and I delight in the dance of not knowing exactly what I will do next each step of the way. On occasion, I have cut off a large sewn section and placed it elsewhere to the great advantage of my finished quilt. It is the most fun I can imagine!

  187. Paulette Clayton says:

    I met Tina this last summer in Kona, I love her business, her fabrics and her creativity. A refreshing new voice — and new fabrics — for the quilting world.

  188. Kitty McLoud says:

    I haven’t included messages in my quilts, but enjoy seeing how others make a statement in theirs. Thanks for a chance to win one of these lovely prizes!

  189. Terry Peart says:

    I have not made a quilt with words on it, but I have made them with little clues and images that mean something to me.

  190. Mary Holshouser says:

    My quilts are usually geared to children. I have patterns for animals and I try to gear the design to the type of animal the child loves. I’ve not madea quilt that carries a message (Other than it was made with love for the recipient). The material is fantastic.thanks for the offer

  191. marty thompson says:

    My quilts do not always begin with a message but a message often presents itself later

  192. Jeannie Zimmerman says:

    Beautiful fabrics and such an inspirational book. I’d love to win, thank you. Most of my quilts contain an improv block on either the front or the back. I think it is rather like my personality thing. I think quilts should be a personal thing.

  193. Laurie Badenoch says:

    Every quilt or sewn item I make for children adjudicated into the foster care system carries with it the message, “I care”.

  194. Jodi Gradolph says:

    I’m working on a climate quilt design. It will be my first art quilt. I would love to read Carolyn L. Mazloomi’s book.

  195. Marie says:

    Quilting has become my way to express my feelings. Every quilt I make now has a message of love for family and friends or my feelings about social injustice. Thank you for calling attention to Dr. Mazloomi’s book. I look forward to reading it.

  196. Betty Phillips says:

    At least once a year I make a quilt that contains a message: a scripture, an historical event, I love you, etc.

  197. Kathryn Dalheim says:

    My dream quilt deals with the human, ethical, financial and other aspects of healthcare in the US. I have a lot to say from 41 years as a registered nurse, and have been planning this out for years! I would love to attend a class by Susan Shie to help get me started. I have a treasured copy of Journeys of Hope and I am a fan of Dr. Mazloomi, too.

  198. Beth Schnellenberger says:

    I used to be a traditional quilter. In 2012 I started an advanced independent workshop with Jane Dunnewold. Since that time, I have worked on “art” quilts and the vast majority of those have a meaning or message.

  199. LaVerne Mullane says:

    I am starting to feel more confident as a quilter and am interested in art quilts. they are so beautiful and I really would like to try one.

  200. Kathleen Flanagan says:

    I totally agree that art can heal and make us better people, more tolerant and accepting!!! My quilts are an example of this form of healing.

  201. Ayesha says:

    Right now, I’m working on my very first quilt. Yesterday, I finished my first sewing class series at the public library near me. Our project was a quilt; we’re all still working on them. After class yesterday, I was drawn to the craft books. I saw your book, East-Meets-West Quilts, and I couldn’t put it down; I had to check it out, and I’ve had my nose buried in it. Now that I’ve got the quilting bug, and I realize that I’m only limited by my imagination and what I have access to, I intend to make quilts that reflect my personal style, beliefs, and journey.

  202. Vivian Lewis says:

    I just started making quilts with a message about who I am and what is important to me.

  203. Rhonda Hunter says:

    I think every quilt I make has some sort of message embedded in it whether it is the careful selection of fabric, pattern, or quilting, or the actual use of words and images. As I embark on a quilt project there is a running storyline in my mind that helps shape the quilt and project the message.

  204. Elizabeth Clark says:

    I live on the shore of Lake Michigan and my work has been affected by the endangerment of our fresh water supplies and the rising water levels due to climate change.

  205. Jennifer Quick says:

    I have not included personal comments but its something I should think about…

  206. Laura Freeman says:

    I generally make charity quilts for my “Gathering of Eagles” ministry where we supply quilts for our Native Americans. These quilts are mostly scrap patch or string quilts. I would love to make a quilt with a message.

  207. Barbara Minton says:

    I’ve only done it once for a challenge years ago. I am hoping to make some postcard quilts next year and will have printed messages on them, but probably nothing too controversial

  208. Mary Lynn Sutherland says:

    I haven’t made quilts with any type messaging but would like to.

  209. Diane Kearney says:

    I find myself designing more quilts with messages these days…a sign of the times maybe? My current quilt is speaking about the environment and insect decline in particular.

  210. Terry Cullan says:

    I’ve never made a quilt with political/message overtones. Although I can appreciate the ones I’ve seen.

  211. Trudi Sommerfield says:

    I have put text on a quilt only once. It was on a quilt (Paperback Writer) in the book “Inspired by the Beatles.”

  212. Pat Davies says:

    Just saw the October giveaway just in time to pop a comment! Ideally I wish my quilts had messages! But when I think about it my message is how much I love beautiful fabrics! And if one was brave enough you could venture into my closet, and see fabric/textiles from all over the world! I am now trying to work on zero waste sewing, which is a challenge! Enjoy your posts! Thanks!

  213. Johanna Alford says:

    Love receiving OKAN Arts for inspiration. Always new and exciting. I have made and been exposed to so many traditional patterns, I like to get out of the box and experiment with different ways of using fabric to create art.