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four september giveaways!

four september giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea

SEATTLE WA  What happens when a PhD scholar in classical archaeology changes direction and takes up quilting? Meet Amanda Leins (Mandy to you) whose love of aqueducts, ancient mosaics and temple steps inspires ten quilt projects in her new book, Wanderlust Quilts.
Wanderlust Quilts by Amana Leins
Mandy, a world traveller, starts every project with stories and photos. Classical art and architecture spark each composition. Through abstraction and craftsmanship, the ancient forms become fresh and modern quilts.

The book includes patterns and instructions, as well as improv direction, for stitching up quilts and pillows. Plus some excellent special techniques for building your skill sets.
Wanderlust Quilts by Amana LeinsExamples of techniques you’re yearning to learn: scalloped binding, sewing Y-seams, piecing half circles and nesting seams. Yeah!
Wanderlust Quilts by Amana Leins Wanderlust Quilts by Amana LeinsFour copies of Mandy’s book will be be given away this month. To participate in these giveaways, just answer this question in the Comment box below: What classical art or architecture makes your heart soar?

The drawing will be held at midnight PST on September 30, 2015. Four winners will be chosen with a random number drawing. The prizes will then be shipped anywhere in the world. (International winners are responsible for customs.)

Want the book right away? PIck it up on Amazon +click here

Want to visit Mandy’s website? +click here

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. The winners are Karyn A-S of Unicasville CT, June D of San Francisco CA, Evelyn L of Rialto CA and Michelle D of Vancouver WA.

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102 comments to “four september giveaways!”

  1. Allison CB says:

    Classical art like the pyramids, the Coliseum, all make my imagination soar!

  2. Janet Wright says:

    Another wonderful give-away. Something unusual this time. I hope I win.

  3. Elizabeth Johnson says:

    Mosiac tiles really make my imagination soar on old buildings and floors! The book looks wonderful! Beautiful quilts!

  4. Lisa Reedy says:

    It’s not “classical” but anything designed by Frank Lloyd Wright speaks to my soul. Thanks!

  5. Janet says:

    I once visited Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wrights classic home in Western Pennsylvania. It made my heart soar. I loved the organic nature of the home and the incorporation of the architecture into the landscape that he accomplished so well.

  6. Connie Cain says:

    Mosiacs and stained glass work makes me smile. 🙂

  7. Robin Shilman says:

    All of the buildings I have been seeing the last two weeks in Europe. My they are all amazing.

  8. cynthia says:

    I am a lifetime admirer of the pre-Raphaelites.

  9. Linda says:

    I often take photos of architectural features like sewer covers and gate while traveling. I’d love to receive Mandy’s book to see how she has translated her observations into quilts!

  10. Terri R says:

    Louis C Tiffany stained glass windows! The masterful way he arranged colors of glass or layered glass to achieve the perfect color or shading. You can study one of his windows every day and still see something new and beautiful!

  11. Linda Fleming says:

    The Pantheon, Hadrian’s Wall, Roman roads, mosaic floors – anything Roman!

  12. Jerie Clark says:

    I love the mosaic art and the tile work that is so classic.

  13. Lisa says:

    this looks like an awesome book……..hope I win! thanks for the opportunity

  14. Trudi Rammelkamp says:

    Both Thai and Japanese temples are gorgeous and compelling.

  15. FionaC says:

    Not sure if it’s considered classical but I love to wander through the Forbidden City in Beijing. Something I’ve been lucky enough to do more than once.

  16. Veronica says:

    The Unicorn tapestries at the Cloisters in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They are so amazing as are the cloisters there. The sheltered open air garden surrounded by the plain living quarters of the monks is so peaceful. It’s a beautiful museum and setting on the Hudson.

  17. Kae Eagling says:

    This ancient art has always been an inspiration to me.

  18. Chris Jurd says:

    The tiled floors,of English cathedrals. How could they cut all those pieces so accurately!

  19. Kathy Chandonais says:

    I love the graceful curved arches as in Roman aqueducts.

  20. Ann says:

    Pompei. The mosaics and remaining builings and pillars survived even after the volcanic eruption

  21. Barbara Hancock says:

    My heart sings when I see Chinese or Japanese art and architecture. I think that is why I use Asian, especially Japanese, fabrics in my quilts.

  22. Denise says:

    I took lots of pictures of tile floors and window trim in buildings in France and italy as inspriation for quilts- still in the inspiring stage:)

  23. Kaye says:

    The Art Deco period ! The books looks fantastic, can’t wait to see it!
    Thank you!

  24. Betsy says:

    Wow hard to say….I love the color and particularly the geometrics and intricacy of Persian art/ architecture as well as the spirit and simplicity of the ancient stone monoliths.

  25. Peggy File says:

    I love the vibrant tiles in Spain and Italy.

  26. Renee Atkinson says:

    The Impressionist artists always inspire me with their acceptance of a varying mix of colors; color not usually associated with portraiture or landscape themes. Ancient Oriental art is another–always has the ability to calm the soul.

  27. molly m says:

    The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

  28. Madhu Mathur says:

    The architecture of the Vijayanagar kingdom at Hampi is awe inspiring!

  29. Mrs. Plum says:

    These quilts look very intriguing! Thanks for the giveaway chance.

  30. Patricia says:

    I love the quilts. I would love to win the book, but if not, will definitely get my guild to buy a copy! Beautiful

  31. Deb Berkebile says:

    My daughter is also an archaeologist and I have followed Mandy’s post and would love to win one of her books! I went to Greece with my daughter and loved all the art that we saw there and I love Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture plus I worked on updating a town in Arkansas to their original buildings all with paved streets, old gas lighting, and awnings for their time period.

  32. Jenelle says:

    I love Mandy’s book & so grateful for the giveaway! My favorite style of architecture is craftsman style bungalows- even more so I’m always intrigued and interested in the building stories of Ancient Egyptians & the way they ingrained their values/beliefs into the design.

  33. barbara says:

    Would love to win

  34. Mary Ann says:

    I am continually amazed by the simplistic beauty and ingenuity of the Roman aqueducts..

  35. Derrith Wieman says:

    Notre Dame de Paris & especially the rose windows -perhaps because I spent so much of my childhood looking at my mother’s big book of photographs of that cathedral.

  36. denise carbonell says:

    The work of the Spanish Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi….!

  37. Kat Scott says:

    Van Gogh always makes my heart sing…. and the cutout of Henri Matisse. Great looking book, Thanks for the giveaway!

  38. Laura says:

    I’m partial to greek columns and architecture. Although, now that my eldest son is studying the history of the Persian period, I’m loving many of their designs. Always so much to explore.

  39. Debra says:

    Definitely American Craftsman style, all the angles outside and trim work inside the homes. My favorite.

  40. Megan says:

    I studied ancient Greek in college and so I’ve always been drawn to the art of that age, but my favorite classical piece of art is actually Homer’s Odyssey.

  41. Ellee says:

    Art Deco is what I am most familiar with, having grown up near downtown Los Angeles. I’ve taken many photographs of the theaters and office buildings for quilt inspiration. Thankfully many buildings have been maintained through the years and several are currently undergoing restoration.

  42. Susan says:

    Klimt’s paintings with their intricate textures and designs make my heart want to soar

  43. Sheila rideout says:

    Macintosh and. Craftsman design. I think this must come from growing up in Pasadena. I also love the everyman (woman) diy approach that the designers and artists of the era promoted.

  44. Debby says:

    I love anything that tessellates and mosaics!

  45. Claire Ross says:

    Living in Scotland I admire Charles Rennie Macintosh architecture x

  46. Kristine says:

    This is so perfectly me! I studied Mayan art and architecture before becoming a stay at home mom. I love the pyramids and swirly style of the stelae. Thanks for the chance to win and for the introduction to this awesome artist!

  47. Carolina says:

    Seeing original classical art in museums, galleries, etc. makes my heart soar. Monet and Rembrandt are favorites, but, of course, the list is endless.

  48. Sarah says:

    Stained Glass windows!

  49. stanleybeagle says:

    mid century modern does it for me

  50. Laura says:

    My knowledge of classical art and architecture is limited. However, I’ve always been inspired by the columns in ancient Greek buildings. Their beauty and the size of these buildings is amazing.

  51. Kathy E. says:

    How cool to combine your love architecture with sewing! Great concept!
    We visited Europe 2 years ago and I was in awe with seeing the ancient Roman architecture. The Colosseum, especially, took my breath away. So many treasures are all over Europe and it’s fascinating to think about how they were built so long ago and still stand today!

  52. Aura oriano says:

    Rice terraces of Northern Luzon and Machu Picchu makes me skip a beat. I can’t imagine the blood, sweat and tears that went into those architectural feats!

  53. Linda Webster says:

    I love classic Roman architecture. The architecture is symmetrical and that aspect, with reminds me of traditional quilts really appeals to me.

  54. Barbaraben says:

    I’m amazed at the workmanship of the mosaics at the Taj Mahal. I also photograph mosaic tile floors to replicate in quilts.

  55. Shirley Whitcomb says:

    Amanda has truly captured the modern quilt feeling of simplistic originality. Her quilts are true treasures and her book is a must have for all of us spirited quilters.

  56. Susan Lombard says:

    Hundertwasser. Van Gogh. Color, lots of color. Mosaics. The Sistine Chapel.

  57. folksmith says:

    i’m not sure if this fits but i love primitive quilts, especially the quilts from Gee’s Bend. i like the idea of using what you have. that you don’t have to be point on, everything is off kilter. my mother was a professional seamstress and she stressed everything had to match. i love the unevenness of fabrics.

  58. Daisy Rae says:

    Roman mosaics – I love the colors and the intricacy of the patterns.

  59. Carola S. De Pasuale says:

    This is a very hard question to answer since there is so much. I will choose the Painted Greek Vases that the Etruscan collected to be placed in their tombs. I saw a beautiful collection at the Museum of Art in Toledo. The amount of details on these black and bronze vases are outstanding. The Greek heroes portrayed seem to come alive when you look at the vases. I can literally feel the millenniums passing under my feet.

  60. Kathleen McQuiggin says:

    All of it makes my heart and sole soar!

  61. Elaine says:

    The paintings! We are often curious about the sculptures, architecture and aqueducts from antiquity; it’s not often that we speak about their paintings, which are less known because the materials they use to make them have not lasted.  It’s sad but true – it’s the deadly eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 C.E. that allows us to tell the story of Roman wall paintings.   The volcanic ash that bury the city also protects it from moisture and air which preserves the colours of our paintings later found beneath. The colours of the quilts are evocative of the colours we see in what is left of those wall paintings.

  62. Rosemary Newman says:

    Amazing and beautiful.

  63. Donna Capis says:

    The amazing floors in the cathedrals of Europe that I was able to draw(sometimes no photos allowed) and almost missed the art work for looking at the floor designs! I was not yet a quilter but thought they would be beautiful made into quilts.
    Right up there with the cathedral floors are the inlay designs on buildings in Northern India. Amazing vine and flowers just waiting to be appliqued. I have lots of close up photos of these designs. Then there are the carved screens with intricate designs just waiting to be transformed to cloth.

  64. Vivian Roop says:

    Jorn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House has outlive its criticism by the forward looking design. It signaled a freedom in the world’s architecture.

  65. Terri R says:

    L.C. Tiffany windows make my heart sing! I wish I could accomplish in fabric what I see in his windows.

  66. Janet says:

    The Louve in Paris France makes my heart soar however I deeply love the architecture of Green and Green in old Pasadena, Ca. Arts and Crafts at is best and causes heart flutters.

  67. I am amazed and delighted with windows and doors. Recently I was at a retreat and was able to collect a few watercolors from an exhibit titled, “Windows and Doors to the World”. They bring back memories of Italy.

  68. Rhoda says:

    I love the colorful houses in Cinque Terre, Riviera in Italy. What a fabulous explosion of color on the hillside!

  69. Michelle D says:

    Forty years ago, when I first traveled to Europe, I was so drawn to the mosaic tile floors of Italy – quilts of tile. Thanks for your Give Aways – a great introduction to new wonders of the world.

  70. June says:

    As you asked for classical, I will stick to classical: The Winged Victory of Samothrace, n the Louvre. Breathtaking.

  71. Nancy Hilderbrand says:

    I like odd shapes such as an A frame

  72. Laura Marston says:

    The quilts are amazing young modern and fun. I would love to win this book!!!

  73. Hilda Krebs says:

    I love Indian inspired art

  74. Debra B says:

    Since college I have loved Impressionist art and I visited Westminster Abbey in London at least once a week during a long, long business adventure.

  75. Stephanie Galinson says:

    Standing, in London, at the National Museum, amidst the Elgin Marbles, wondering what life was like when you walked among those marbles in place, as they were constructed. Time travel, forward and back. Magical.

  76. Julie Ketter says:

    Mid-century modern!

  77. Brenda Stultz says:

    The Taj Mahal.

  78. Martha Isbister says:

    The mosaics in Alhambra, Spain

  79. Brenda Wiseman says:

    From relatively recent eras, I like Art Deco and Art Nouveau. But I am particularly fascinated by pre/early historic mark making and pictographic images and how they might be interpreted in quilts.

  80. Charlotte Key says:

    I recently visited the opera house in Sydney, Australia and was inspired by the shapes of the roof and the many shaped tiles on the roof.

  81. Jeanie Low says:

    I’ve loved archaeology since I saw the photos and read about Pompeii in grade school. I feel the history when I walk in their footsteps.

  82. Jane says:

    Roman aqueducts amaze me it’s incredible how well a lot of themhaveatiodup to time. Even more amazing is that this very simple, albeit innovative, technology that, once lost, could not be recreated for almost 2000 years.

  83. Pat says:

    Anything by Frank Lloyd Wright.

  84. Karyn Ashley-Smith says:

    I went to Italy and poked around for a summer. I was absolutely amazed by the architecture! Florence still makes my heart sing…..not any famous buildings, just EVERY building! STUNNING! So much beauty that is ignored because it’s not “famous”. I can open any book/webpage on Italy and see the leaning tower….but you should see my collection of pictures of every day buildings & tile work!!!

  85. Nadine Nakano says:

    I enjoy the impressionist era- I really like Van Gogh’s stuff, after reading about his life, I like his stuff even more.

  86. Marianne says:

    I like stained glass. The colors just really make my heart soar!

  87. Pamela Wermuth says:


  88. Kat says:

    Today I’m feeling partial to the bold graphics of print artists from the Work Projects Administration. I admire their ability to create art and convey a message.

  89. vera schmidt says:

    mosaic patterns on floors or wherever get my creative juices going. would love the book on my bookshelf

  90. Sid Winters says:

    I love medievel Art, all the beautiful colors, and I also love any ancient church or cathedral and the art within them.

  91. Diane says:

    I am a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.

  92. Wendy R. says:

    For me, it’s vintage Hollywood Regency. I love the fanciful feel of it and how it is endlessly creative.

  93. Peg Swartzman says:

    I love Romanesque art and the incredible architecture of AntoninGuadi!

  94. Susan Z. says:

    I love mosaics!

  95. Lori Smanski says:

    how very cool. this is most wonderful

  96. Melissa moore says:

    I love Art Deco architecture. I can’t get enough! What a fabulous idea for a book!

  97. Michelle Romphf says:

    I am a huge fan of Rennie Mackintosh. I love his architecture and his stylized flowers. I even have one of his flowers tattooed on my arm! What a great giveaway.

  98. Gill says:

    Not sure if you’d call it classical but I love it!!
    Near me, in Gloucestershire is Woodchester mansion , an unfinished, Victorian masterpiece! Please google it!

  99. Kathy h says:

    Mosaic tiles are so beautiful

  100. Lisa says:

    Looks like a great book…….I love to see stone fences.

  101. Heidi says:

    The grandeur in general, and accuracy of this period I find amazing. Love the columns and mosaic work.