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september giveaway

september giveaway

By Patricia Belyea

SEATTLE WA  Here’s a giveaway guaranteed to get you exuberant about quirky vintage quilts. Roderick Kiracofe’s newly published book, Unconventional & Unexpected, American Quilts Below The Radar 1950 -2000, packs in 150 photos that show these “ordinary” quilts as extraordinary visual compositions.
Unconventional & Unexpected, by Roderick KiracofeTo accent the collection, the gorgeous coffee-table book includes ten essays from a diverse group of experts including the colorful Kaffe Fassett, modern quilter Denyse Schmidt, decorative arts curator Ulysses Grant Dietz and my favorite, fashion leader Natalie “Alabama” Chanin.

To win this book, just leave a comment below. The drawing for the giveaway will be held at midnight on September 30. The prize will then be shipped anywhere in the world.

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107 comments to “september giveaway”

  1. Ruth Dickinson says:

    This is an amazing example of inspired collecting. What an eye-opener! Kiracofe”s comments show the depth of his understanding of the art of quilting and of his appreciation for these striking creations.

  2. Elise says:

    Looks like this will be an amazing book. I love books on quilting and especially beautiful coffee table editions. Looking forward to seeing your book.

  3. Kristi Ryan says:

    I have been hearing so much about this book, I am anxious to get it. Thanks for the blog about it and the chance to win!

  4. Donna DeShazo says:

    From the pix shown, this looks like a wonderful collection of eye candy!

    Donna D.

  5. Jackie says:

    Wow, what a great giveaway. I’ve been reading about this book and would love to have it. Thanks for the opportunity.

  6. vera says:

    What a wonderful book with such great patterns to have.
    thanks for giving it away

  7. Sid says:

    First, Thank you, for the opportunity to receive this amazing sounding book, as a gift from you. The guest blog that Roderick Kirakofe did for you was so interesting, about how he came to bringing the collection together, and how technology has changed so much from the first time he did a book, and why he chose the quilts he did. Just fascinating! I think this would be an inspiring and insightful book to have, and be so interesting to also read the essays included in the book, by other artists and quilters. I always love to read about quilting, or sewing, any book, really, that has to do with handcrafts, and especially one so full of color and life as this one. Thank You!

  8. Jessica says:

    For the intrepid quilter this book makes the heart sing. Sumptuous color and fabric and design that hums, nearly buzzes with life.

  9. Bev Mabry says:

    What a generous giveaway! Looks like an interesting boom!

  10. Bev Mabry says:

    What a generous giveaway! Looks like an interesting book

    • Teresa M says:

      I just recently discovered your amazing yukata fabric collection at the end of August at the Quilting Loft. These beautiful and vibrant fabrics have inspired and motivated me to start creating beautiful projects. I never would have dreamed these beautiful fabrics I have been searching for were right here in my own city!! Thank you for your inspiration and making these lovely fabrics available for us all to make our own creations!

  11. Chris Jurd says:

    What a collection of quilts that could be today’s “modern” quilts. Would love to see all of them. Thanks for the opportunity.

  12. Kate R says:

    Love the cover and the few images shown–makes me want more!

  13. Carol says:

    One of the best reference books I ever added to my collection was ‘The American Quilt’ by Roderick Kiracofe written in 1993, and if his new book is even half as informative and well photographed, then I won’t be able to live without it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  14. Betty Cell says:

    Love, love, love these quilts!

    • Jo Allbutt says:

      It would be a delight to have this book at your finger tips. I think the views of the quilters in the book would be simply amazing to read. And then there are the quilt pictures themselves….what a gift it would be.

      Thank you for your graciousness in offering a chance to win such a collector’s item.

  15. Alice Ronne says:

    Awesome giveaway! Will keep my fingers crossed and hope I’m lucky! Thanks so much! akronne17 at gmail dot com

  16. What a gorgeous book full of inspiration. Color! Pattern! Texture! Dreaming of my first quilting endeavor….

  17. Lise vandandaigue says:

    Live to win. It looks amazing

  18. Betsy Donahue says:

    Wow! so inviting and inspiring! I have just begun what I hope to be a long and fun quilting journey! Reminiscent of the Gees Bend quilts.

    • Patricia Belyea says:

      I think you’re right to think of Gee’s Bend quilts when you see Roderick’s collection. They were made by women (most likely) across America who were making quilts for family and friends. They’re a remarkable discovery that Roderick helped us see.

  19. Dionne MB says:

    I have been looking forward to seeing this book. I’d love to win a copy!

  20. Chardel Blaine says:

    I want! Kiracofe’s earlier work is a classic reference.

  21. My quilt library is always burgeoning, just like the rest of the library. For space conservation, I retain only those volumes that will be valuable for future reference and circulate the rest. All of Roderick’s books are among my keepers, and they are old friends of mine. This new one is off the beaten track for me though I would love to win it.
    Those truly ensconced in the quilt;medium, sewers and collectors alike, need to know more in depth about the enterprise. and Kiracofe is the scholar and teacher of those who need to know.

  22. Anna says:

    Would love to see more of these “ordinary’ quilts and how these quilters improvised and utilized their available fabrics.

  23. MaryAnn Mings says:

    What a lovely book with pags to drool over with creeatiive wishes like tth Old Sears Catalog at Chrristmas times. Dreaming about possibilities!

  24. Lee says:

    Looks like such a great book! thank you for the chance to win this!!

  25. Ranju Gandhi says:

    What a great Give Away !

  26. Patty Gal says:

    These type of quilts are often the ones that truly inspire us. Very anxious to see this book.

  27. Cynthia Morgan says:

    Wonderful that these great quilts are being featured! What’s old is new again!

  28. Vidya says:

    What an interesting record of quilts not usually seen. They remind me of the quilts made in several villages in India, traditional but so modern and abstract in design ! True expressions of the quilter’s artistic abilities.

  29. Devi says:

    I come from a culture which has no history of quilting, but have always been fascinated by it and how it opens up a whole new dimension to the use of fabric especially scraps which are mostly discarded.

  30. Alex Zaremska says:

    Glad to see that Rod Kiracofe is still at it, after all these years. The book looks gorgeous!

  31. Nicole says:

    I’ve already been lucky once, and thanks again!, but I would love to see this in person.

  32. geetha says:

    the book looks lovely and every wishes to have it and i am one among them.

  33. Madhu says:

    Quilts are about the people who made them and who used them, their lives, their history. To someone who tries to find a bit of magic in everything, a book about ‘quirky’ quilts sounds absolutely fascinating. I would love to own it; thank you for the opportunity.

  34. nirmala says:

    That book looks very interesting with the beautiful cover and just can’t wait to look inside…

  35. Linda Hall says:

    Would love to win this. These collections of quilts in books are wonderful and we get access to quilts we would otherwise never see. I even found an ancestor in a book of historical quilts.

  36. Andrea says:

    What a fabulous giveaway.
    I would be interested in the essays a n d the pictures of quilts of course.
    The title of the book promises to focus on quilts that might not be regarded as art objects at first glance. I personally prefer quilts made with love and for everyday use and I think the book could be a spource of inspiration and encouragement for quilters.

  37. Lisa Phillips says:

    Looks likes such a great book. I love quilts that are unexpected and this looks to be a very promising collection. The essays should be wonderful reads…..thanks for the opportunity for such a great giveaway!

  38. Gail says:

    This book looks amazing.

  39. Barbara Dolan says:

    this book looks amazing…gives the feel of anything goes and I like that. What a fun surprise to win this….I have enough stash to make almost everything in this book:):)

  40. Myra Ramos says:

    The photos are fabulous, enticing me to try more offbeat style in my own quilting. What a great September giveaway!

  41. Carol w says:

    What a great chance to win a great book, I love to see the history with lots of pictures and especially this one ’cause I could have been quilting all those years but didn’t start quilting til around 200? and still a work in progress, so many things to learn and so many different themes and methods.

  42. Laura says:

    What an interesting book. Would be fabulous to check out the variety of quilts. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  43. Gwen McEwen says:

    Quirky vintage quilts and piecing outside the box are what keeps our beloved textile art fresh, creative and beautiful.

  44. Gwen McEwen says:

    This book on quirky vintage quilts is bound to inspire so many
    who pursue textile art.

  45. Bev C says:

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to enter for this fabulous book.It looks so inspiring.

    Happy days

  46. Sally says:

    Love this kind of quilt, sophisticated with every day simplicity and surprises . I look forward to seeing the book.

  47. Suzanna Plumb says:

    Looks like an interesting book with irregular shapes and arrangements! The curved pieces quilt workshop freed up something in me and I am anxious to try new things! Hope I win!

  48. Naomi Parker says:

    So neat! Would love to win this book!

    Thanks for the drawing, -Naomi

  49. Kathie L says:

    I love quilt history, and this is recent history )could even be considered my history)

  50. Wanda says:

    I would love to have that book. I have a couple of his other books and he does a great job with his research.

  51. Gladys Schulz says:

    This article came at just the right time. My small group is challenging each other to think Wabi Sabi for our next project. What an inspiration this article is to me. I certainly would love to have this book for myself. Thanks.

  52. Barb Gab riel says:

    Looks like a wonderful book to add to my library. Thanks for the offer of the giveaway

  53. Adrienne Hickman says:

    I want to be able to let go of control and be more spontaneous like the quilters in you book. I liked seeing them at the SFQG meeting in August. I hope I win the book!

  54. Nancy R says:

    This book looks incredible, inspiration spills from the pages. Hope I can get my hands on a copy. Thank-you so much for the chance.

  55. Pauline L B says:

    The book inspires and allows the quilter to play with the raw materials and creates one of a kind art pieces! I can’t wait to dive into it!

  56. Beverly Threadgill-Robey says:

    I can’t wait to see the whole book!

  57. Oh wow, it is amazing seeing quilt designs other than the standard traditional patterns I’m used to seeing my friends make. 🙂

  58. Tkanks for turning me on to this this inspiring collector.

  59. marijke says:

    Looks like a great book.I love books on anything Textile!

  60. Amy says:

    Amazing timing. After being away for several months, now just working to finish piecing my first quilt. Wonderful stuff; so inspiring!

  61. Jen says:

    Those quilts look really great! I would love to win this book!
    Cheers, J

  62. Margaret says:

    I guess that describes my quilting–exuberant and imperfect, but I love them all anyway!

  63. Skye says:

    Oh, this looks fabulous! I have not stepped out into making a free-form quilt yet, but I want to. I’d love to have this inspiration in the house.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  64. Michele says:

    I can’t wait to see this book. It looks amazing!

  65. James says:

    Great inspiration, and permission, to break the rules. Thanks for the opportunity to win this!

  66. Maren Larsen says:

    Roderick spoke at our guild recently. Wonderful speaker, wonderful book. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

  67. Debbie M says:

    Looking forward to reading about these unusual quilts. Thanks Patricia!

  68. Geoff Hamada says:

    Thanks for featuring the publication of such an amazing book in your newsletter–can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Will be inspiring to see how other quilters over the years have “broken the rules” to create innovative designs and techniques.

  69. Gill says:

    This sounds an amazing book – I’d love to win a copy!

  70. Cathey Sigler says:

    Okay, I’m sure I won. Where’s my book?

  71. Jenny says:

    Im so excited for this book…and this slice of inspiration that can live on my bookshelf! thanks for a chance.

  72. Sharon says:

    This looks exactly like something that would help round out my quilting book collection.

  73. Rachel says:

    This book looks stunning, I’ve had it on my amazon wishlist for a while now!

  74. Teresa Ranson says:


  75. suzi leong says:

    Looks like what is old is new again..
    a new look , from old works, with renewed appreciation..
    as it should always be. Art, the expression of, is life

  76. Julie in GA says:

    Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful book!

  77. Helen from Hobart says:

    These quilts are so refreshing after the obsessive perfection of quilts in shows, made to please quilt judges – and perhaps the mythical quilt police.

  78. rose haury says:

    Although I love new quilting books I have not been inspired by some of the current titles on the market. This one is for me! Freedom in piecing!

  79. rose haury says:

    Freedom in piecing. I like!!

  80. Chris Peterson says:

    The sample of included quilts looks so wonderful. Can’t wait to look through the whole book. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  81. Marie Moore says:

    I am always excited to see quilts that have that special “something”. I love how the use of color and line is unexpected in the samples I’ve seen. I look forward to seeing the entire book!

  82. june says:

    When I first started wanting to quilt. Everything had to be the same size square, lines had to match….As I continue on this fabric journey, it isn’t ALWAYS about perfection or expectations.
    I have learned over the yrs. I am not good at certain quilt building but when I let my spirit soar even I can amaze myself.
    An artist said these words to me ” Its all Art – its All good. There is no wrong”.
    These words freed me from my own tunnel vision in quilting and allow me to venture far from preconceived goals.

  83. Eileen says:

    Anxious to see this update to quilt history. Looks like “unconventional” was pretty popular!

  84. Cheryl Christian says:

    It was wonderful to see the quilts and hear Rod talk about them this weekend at the American Quilt Study Group symposium. Congratulations to him on this latest accomplishment.

  85. Janet Wright says:

    I would love to win this book. It is nice to see an appreciation of the imperfect.

  86. What a great looking collection of quilts. Just up my alley. I’d love to win this book!

  87. Tesi Vaara says:

    Would love to add this book to my collection! So inspiring and colorful!

  88. Jan Hall says:

    What an awesome book. It looks so inspiring ..I hope it makes me think outside the block, making something original not from a standard patterns. It would be great if I won!

  89. Sheila says:

    This looks like a superb book. I’m off to see if my library has ordered a copy!

  90. Fran says:

    Vibrant and colourful-want to read the book!

  91. Brenda says:

    Thanks for the chance. After reading your review and interview, and seeing others enthuse about this book, I would love to win a copy.

  92. Helen Fox says:

    Inspirational book . . . quilts made by making do, of necessity rather than perfect design. Fantastic that Roderick had the foresight to rescue and immortalise quilts that were not considered special by the previous owner. I would love to win a book of such interest Thank you for the potential opportunity to win . . I wish.

  93. Karen Gerbig says:

    Looks like a great book! Love the scrappy, out of the ordinary quilts. So Fun.

    Thank you.

  94. Ann Edwards says:

    This looks like an amazing book! What a neat way to broaden horizons and looking at quilts.


  95. Carol. Fish says:

    looks like an interesting book

  96. sylvia says:

    It looks like a wonderful book! Thanks for the chance to win it!

  97. Therese May says:

    Wow! I can’t wait to have this book in my hands and to be reading it and looking at all of the pictures!

  98. Jill Varnell says:

    This is a book Id like to have kon my shelf. Pls mput my name in Sept giveaway.

    • Patricia Belyea says:

      Jill, You are a few hours late on this one. The September giveaway drawing was at midnight, last night. Dionne Matthies-Buban is the winner.

      The October giveaway will be posted on October 10 so keep your eyes peeled for that one! P.

  99. Sue O'Donnell says:

    Looks like just the thing to jumpstart me!

    • Patricia Belyea says:

      Sue—You missed the drawing by one day! There will be a new giveaway posted on October 10. Check back then. Cheers, P.