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Thoughts on Crafting a Life

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was busy: I adopted another furry creature (more on that tomorrow), did some QA TV prep for our upcoming taping, and stitched a market tote for a friend who recently underwent surgery. Essentially I was closeted in my studio with my animals and a stack of DVDs, and that is how I like it.

To kick off the work week, I thought to giveaway a recent book I got from Stash Books, an imprint of C&T. It’s called Sunday Morning Quilts coauthored by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison. In it you will find 16 quilt projects to use up all those colorful scraps in your stash that you can’t bear to throw away. These projects are pretty easy and straightforward, so they are great for the budding quilter and the art quilter alike who may want to stitch up something pretty quickly.

To be in the running for this book, all you need to do is answer the following question, and I will randomly select a winner tomorrow.

Question: If you could watch a quilter in action in his/her studio, what process, technique, project would you want to watch them do? In other words, if you could watch quilt demonstrations, what kind of demos would you like? (And yes, I am asking for a reason!)

And congratulations to Wanda Myers! You are the winner from this past Friday’s fabric giveaway. Please email me at pokeyb@quilts.com with your shipping address, putting “Fabric Winner” in the subject line, and I will get these fabrics to you shortly.

Happy Monday,

66 thoughts on “Maudlin-Free Monday! Free Book Giveaway: Sunday Morning Quilts

  1. auntiethesis says:

    Free motion machine-quilting for sure….patterns either with a stencil or free-hand, what kind of thread to use, how to keep that quilt folded so that it’s not in the way.
    shel704 at aol dot com

  2. Stephanie L. Cauley says:

    I would love to watch Noriko Endo making her landscape quilts. I’ve signed up for her class at Quilt Festival in Houston and hope to finally see this process in action!

  3. Gretchen F says:

    Hand applique – prep and placement and sewing.

    1. Kit Lang says:

      I agree with Stephanie – except, sadly, I’m not going to be taking a class with her!

  4. Carol says:

    I would like to watch all the methods of applique. In every class I have taken, they only show their way (needle turn) and I know there are many more ways to accomplish applique without going crazy!

  5. Deborah says:

    I would really like to watch an accomplished hand quilter in action because I feel that the emphasis in the last few years has been on finishing quilts quickly with machine quilting; I fear that hand quilting has taken a back seat in the quilting world.

  6. Willa says:

    Some indication of planning/thought processes.
    Free motion quilting–more about how to decide what might work well for a given quilt.

  7. margarita says:

    I would love to watch different kind of painting on fabric.

  8. ellen k says:

    y- seams are intimadating, and i’d like to try a lonestar quilt. but finish quilting.

  9. karen says:

    I would love to watch a demo on making a Bargello quilt process using the swirls, and sweep look, rather than the Bonnie Hunter style scrap quilting which I have done many of already.. I am intimidated I think by the really small inch cuts, and so forth – so seeing someone doing the demo would be encouraging, and give me confidence I think.

  10. Arlinda says:

    I can always watch a demo on machine quilting on a domestic sewing machine. I love learning new things.

  11. Peggy Schroder says:

    I would love to stand over the shoulder of an expert machine quilter (I could name names, but won’t) and watch them quilt a fairly sizable quilt on a domestic sewing machine. Also, watching another expert go through the ‘entire’ process of making an art quilt either using photography or paint and to be a fly on the wall at Asilomar! Any class at Asilomar will do :).

    1. Beauty is such a creative stimulator! Right on, Peggy!

  12. Ana says:

    I would love to watch Diane Gaudynski quilt feathers and show me how to do her echo technique, which I think it’s one of the best around.
    I am lucky that I can call Cheryl Arkinson my friend, as she belongs to the same guild I do! This book is lovely and has a few patterns I wouldn’t mind trying myself. Wait until her second book comes out!

  13. I want a lesson on free motion quilting especially with older machines that dont have stitch regulator. I have 1230 and 1630 Berninas.

  14. Gin K. says:

    I would love to see how quilters do their art Quilts and the various techniques they use on them as well as watch how artist do the free motion quilting and tell us if it is possible with a simple Brother’s sewing machine. I’d love to be able to make an art quilt and I would love to be able to do some type of free motion quilting, but there is no room for an expensive sewing machine in my future.

  15. ruth briggs says:

    I would like to watch Ricky Timms for a day and especially learn how he free motion stitches. xooxxo

  16. rcatquilts says:

    I would love to see detail instruction of art quilt composition ie chosing fabrics, what works, what doesn’t work and how to decide.

  17. Pat Hersl says:

    I love to watch anyone sew anything but I think I would particularly like to see someone be very, very precise.

  18. Vicki Chang says:

    Advanced free motion quilting would be great!

  19. Betty says:

    I would love to see a demo on how to make English paper pieced hexagons by hand. Making hexagons and quilts seems to be popular now and there are some demos and books available, each with a different technique. It would be fun to see a demo on various ways to make hexagons!

  20. Linda says:

    I’m always entranced by watching freemotion machine quilting, but also seeing the process of assembling an “Art Quilt” and deciding on what techniques to use, such as paint over ink, or paintstiks or combination would be really interesting.

  21. Deborah Woolley says:

    Anything to do with art quilts, in particular working with metal foil sheets, altering the metal and uses in a quilt.

  22. Hueisei says:

    I’d love to watch the demo of FMQ :)

  23. Marilyn Clulowl says:

    All kinds of surface embellishment! Thank you , Serafina

  24. Jean says:

    I would love to watch Hollis Chatelaine or Velda Newman at work. Although I do not have that kind of artistic talent, I would love to learn their thought process for creating their magnificent quilts. I have been luck enough to take a class from Velda Newman, but a one on one season, just watching either of these ladies at work would be wonderful.

  25. I would love to see how some quilters are so precise without going crazy!

  26. barbara says:

    free motion quilting

  27. Terry Kessinger says:

    I would love to see someone in the process of a crazy quilt. You know, the full shebang: with the wonky cuts, embroidery, trims, an beading. That is a long-term project I’d like to undertake.

  28. Karen says:

    Preparing a quilt for basting and quilting!

  29. cindylarsen says:

    Free motion quilting and the straight line quilting that’s being done on the modern quilts.

  30. JoAnn L says:

    Thread painting.

  31. Free motion quilting–I struggle and am impressed/bewildered by those who make it look so easy.

    Hand pieces hexagons, ala Mickey Depre, and Mary sorenson doing hand appliqué.

  32. Susan Kaydos says:

    I would really like to watch the design and placement of a modern appliqued quilt – why that design and why they combine the selected colors.

  33. Applique! Even though I sewed and embroidered for years before I took up quilting, I just can’t seem to get the hang of applique…never manage to get the curves smooth!

  34. Pam Cope says:

    long arm machine quilting techniques – ruler work, marking quilts both before & on the frame.

  35. Gretchen says:

    FMQ on a domestic home machine AND/OR the fabric dying process, each step. A one-on-one with any of a long list of teachers would be fantastic!

  36. Debbie Rhodes says:

    Although I have been quilting for many years…. I still struggle with getting a good straight strip… I know it is basic but wow trying to handle several yards of fabric and getting it folded straight and then cutting

    Quilt as you go… so I can quilt my own quilts on my sewing machine instead of paying for quilting since I can’t afford that I don’t make quilts over twin size.

  37. Claire says:

    I’d love to see true “beginner” quilting on a domestic sewing machine so I couls get some tops completed.

  38. Longarm FMQ…especially focusing on feathering!

  39. Jo Mrvichin says:

    Longarm quilting… free motion, and templates… using them to make unique designs. (I do like this book, have looked at it for awhile! Would love it in my library.)

  40. I would love to see a demo by Ruth B McDowell – showing her design (making the pattern) or selecting fabrics or her piecing.

  41. Aish Shenoy says:

    A quilt from begining to end and emphasis on actual cutting of the fabric/s , then basting and finally the actual quilting specially free motion quilting for big quilts on home machines.
    Thankyou for the giveaway.. .
    Aish Shenoy

  42. Ingrid Burton says:

    I would love to see how an artist goes about their design process. I have all sorts of ideas, but struggle to remember them (with a 4 year old!) and struggle to bring them to fruition. Color/fabric selection for various types of blocks would be nice too. I’m really liking these Japanese X +Y blocks, but would love some guidance on color choice and placement of colors in that block without having to experiment on my own fabric. For example, to see several of the same block with different color choice/placement and a discussion of the different effect each has on the finished block. How to organize your supplies so they are accessible but tidy would be great too. I feel like I am hampered by not knowing where to start more than the actual sewing! Also hand quilting and how to come up with an unusual/interesting quilting design to suit a particular quilt. That really stumps me!

  43. Nancy says:

    To watch a master at work…I would thoroughly enjoy watching Karen McTavish work her feather and trapunto magic. I have watched dvd’s that I own, but just being there to see the flowing movements of her work…how amazing would that be? Wow. I differentiate between “quilting” and “piecing.” Even though most people who work with fabric are considered a quilter…there are many who are piecers and have to have their finished pieces quilted by someone else. I’ve hear that one who pieces a quilt is also referred to as a “topper”…meaning they’ve made the top. And we know that a quilt isn’t a quilt until it’s quilted. There are toppers, piecers, and quilters…I want to be 3 in 1…

  44. ann hudson says:

    Caryl Bryer Fallert uses the program COREL DRAW 8 to design her quilts. This is a readily available program for computers. I would love to watch Cayrl use this program from start of design to the finish. I think it would be a wonderful tool to learn to use. Thank you for the lovely giveaway. Can’t wait to see your newest ‘fur baby’!

  45. Jamie says:

    I would love to watch a quilting lesson on a regular, domestic machine. I can do straight line quilting, which I happen to love so that works well, but I would like to see other methods done on an everyday machine. And this book looks lovely. Thanks for offering it!

  46. Denny says:

    Landscape quilts, realistic picture quilts, painting a quilted quilt, surface embellishment such as creating a background, machine appliqueing some “exotic” fabrics, and then threadplay for another layer. I want to try it all, but would love help getting it done! How nice you are to make a tote for a friend. And for taking in a fur baby. Do you have enough now?

  47. Maryjo Kaszubinski says:

    I would love to be in Ricky Tims studio and follow the entire process of hime designing and making a Rapshody quilt. His use of color is so inspiring.

  48. I’d love to have Sarah Ann Smith show me how she gets all of those threads to behave so nicely. I can’t wait to see “why” you were asking.
    :-D eirdre

  49. I would love to watch free motion machine quilting. I think each artist has a different technique and it is so much easier to watch in person.

  50. MarciaW says:

    I would like to see quilting on a domestic sewing machine of a bed-quilt so can understand the process of quilting a large quilt on a DSM. I also agree with Maryjo – would love to be with Ricky T. as he works.

  51. Ali M says:

    Free motion quilting – on a regular old machine with a regular throat, so I can be convinced I am capable of it too on my machine!

  52. Julie says:

    I would love to see machine applique. It is a favorite of mine – when I have the time.

  53. I would enjoy seeing someone do intricate curved piecing on the sewing machine.

  54. I would love to watch/take a class from Angela Walters. Though I do quilt most of my tops, I am never very satisfied with them.

  55. Jud Edling says:

    I’d love see painting techniques from Bonnie McCaffery or Hollis Chatelain or the blending of thread play with painting tips.

  56. Would love to have this book. I have just joined a modern quilt guild and done my first challenge. Am taking a class from Annette Kennedy on craftsy.

  57. Sally says:

    Hello everyone,
    I would love to see Katie Pasquini-Masopust doing her thing. Our small art group is going to work on her ‘ghost layers’ technique over the next months and we would sure like to have her with us!

  58. Beth B says:

    Thread painting, FMQ, and curved piecing.

  59. Carmen says:

    I want to learn how to make projects: water bottle cozy, floor poufs, Christmas stockings, table runners, wine totes, baby car seat blankets, and DOG STUFF!!!!!!

  60. Paula Young says:

    I would, also, like to watch a good Domestic Machine Quilter at work to see how she handles larger queen-sized projects. Some hands-on work with good pointers would be great.

  61. M says:

    I want to watch how to free motion quilt with machine:) i never quilted anything before, but free motion quilts always look so nice i want to try

  62. Beth T. says:

    I’d love to see a demonstration of cutting curves freehand–such as for landscapes or “art quilts”. I really find these beautiful but hesitate to do it. I know that if I saw someone else make those cuts, I’d jump right in and do it, too.

  63. Jan colbert says:

    i would love to see how quilt artists organize their messy, staining, spilling art paints and inks with gorgeous, pristine and clean fabrics into one studio. Thanks, Jan

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