Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Practical Guide to Patchwork

I'm so happy to be a stop on Elizabeth's blog tour for her new book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork (Stash Books). You probably know Elizabeth from her blog, Oh Fransson! She's been inspiring and teaching the internet saavy quilter the basics of quilting through her blog and with her book, you have the opportunity to take a little bit of Elizabeth's knowledge and style home with you.Elizabeth's book is true to the title. It is a practical guide to the basics of quilting. Elizabeth includes information on color, cutting, piecing, applique, quilting and finishing. There are 12 quilt projects classified for beginners, confident beginners and intermediate level quilters.

I think it's great that she shows throughout the book how the 12 quilts might look made with alternate sets of fabrics.
Take a look at some of the quilts you could make.


I had the opportunity to ask Elizabeth a few questions about herself and her book. It's so fun that she took the time to help us get to know her a little bit better. Here's what she shared with me.

So, why quilting? I'd love to know what drew you to quilting.
"I'm not really sure, actually! I think it started because I decided I wanted to make a quilt as a gift. I enjoyed the design and planning aspect of it so much that I just kept making more and more of them."

What's the number one thing you'd like to see folks get from reading your book?
Make a quilt is fun and achieveable! Construction fundamental are important, but quilting is, in the end, a creative endeavor. You don't have to do it the same way as everyone else. You don't need a fancy machine. And better still, you end up with a fabulous and useful object!"

How are you manifested in the book? In other words, how would you characterize your design style?
"I really like bold, graphic designs with abrupt corners and angles. I love repeating patterns, color and prints. I like to use a lot of contrast, sometimes in value and sometimes in color. I also have a soft spot for kitsch, so I often end up integrating things like animal prints, gingham, and fussy-cutting into my work."

Thanks for sharing with us, Elizabeth!

Now for the fun part. Elizabeth and Stash Books have offered a copy of The Practical Guide to Patchwork to one of my readers and Elizabeth has also put together this beautiful set of fat eighths to accompany the book.

To enter, leave a comment telling me about a quilt you love or are proud of. It could be one you've made or one you've received. Comments will close Monday 8 a.m. Central time. I'll announce the winner on Monday. Good luck everyone!
Be sure to continue on the tour with the following stops:
Sunday, October 31 Alissa at Handmade by Alissa
Tuesday, November 2 Rossie Hutchinson
Wednesday, November 3 Amber at One Shabby Chick
Thursday, November 4 Kim at True Up
Friday, November 5 Kathy at Pink Chalk Studio
Saturday, November 6 Kathreen at Whipup

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sukie said...

All the quilts that my mother inlaw have made me have given me the inspiration to start the hobby. My favorite would have to be the one on my bed now. It's like a rainbow decided to throw up and make a quilt. That's the main theme

Angela D. said...

The quilt I'm most proud of is the one I made for my mom for Mother's day. It was made with Swanky fabric by Chez Moi. I used 1.5 inch strips and made it into 6.5 inch squares and sewed them together in alternating directions. She loved it! Thanks for the opportunity to win. The book looks awesome and the fabrics are great.

greetingarts said...

I love the embroidered cat quilt I made for my husband. Took years to finally complete it, but I had a blast with every stitch.

Cheri C. said...

I'm proud of the quilts I just got that were my great grandma's that she made. I have to repair them in a few spots and THEN I will be even more proud. I didn't realize that I'm now a 4-5th generation quilter - yeah!!!!

Linda said...

I just posted one of my favorite quilts as part of the Blogger's Quilt Festival. I made the quilt for my new little granddaughter with colors requested from my daughter. It was lots of fun. I would really love to win this book. Thanks for the chance! Oh, and the fabric...love it@

Marg said...

I'm most proud of the quilt I made for my mother's birthday this year. She loved it so much she asked me to make something similar for my dad.

Me said...

My favorite quilt is one that my Grandma gave me - her mother made it. You can check it out on my blog, just camping... I wrote about it today. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

Kacey said...

my mom made me a wedding quilt. it's hand quilted. she spent over 200 hours on it!

My Sweet Prairie said...

My favorite quilt is the one I made just for me - a mama bear paw of all my favorite colors. I'm even hand quilting it ! : )

Rachel's Quilts said...

I am proud of the quilts that are on my kids bed. They weren't difficult to make or have a lot of quilting but they are appreciated and keep my kids warm every night. It's so nice to tuck them in with a quilt I made. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Jo Chu said...

I'm proud of the quilt that I gave to my boyfriend's mother. She was going through a difficult time and I wanted to provide her with some comfort. I like to think of quilts as comfort objects, you can wrap one around you and feel like you're getting a hug.

Karen said...

The quilt I am most proud of is the eye spy I made for my son. I used a pattern from a magazine but what I am most happiest about is my selection of prints. They all look good together. There were bits and pieces from everywhere in my stash. thanks for hosting the giveaway.

DK said...

My favorite quilt is a simple squares and triangles patterned one made out of recycled polyester in pinks and creams. My great-grandmother made it for me for my graduation from high school and because it's made from polyester I know I will have it for man, many, many years to come and it will be easily repaired when the cotton thread eventually gives out.

Janet said...

I have a quilt I inherited from my parents. I have no idea where they got it. It is made of two fabrics, a solid brown and a brown/red/black/white print. It has no batting and it is hand quilted. I love it. I would never choose those colours but in this quilt they are so nice. Thanks for a chance at the great giveaway!

Janna said...

I love my Cheaty McCheats alot;) It's actually not even a quilt but I got the inspiration from littlebitfunky blog and it's many of my fav fabrics on my down comforter and I get to see gorgeous fabric every night before I fall asleep and the first thing when I wake up!! Makes me so happy everyday! But I do love quilts and quite a few in process and as soon as I get bindings down I'll be doing lots more! Would LOVE this book and adorable fabrics!

Bry said...

The quilt I am most proud of is a zig zag quilt I made for my younger handicapped sister. The fabric was Heather Ross Mendocino and was what I consider my first "real" quilt and to this day is my favorite. It's quilted so heavily - like ever 1/2 inch - and there were times I wanted to scream, but I stuck it out to the end. I like the think that my sister understands how much time and love I put into her gift and that she appreciates it.

Tracey said...

I'm most proud of the quilt I made for my mom's retirement. We did a signature quilt with all the teachers she had worked with, friends and family.

Allison said...

My mom has made many wonderful quilts but the one I love best was actually a patchwork for my brother that I stole. I've loved the seams out of that quilt.

Karen said...

I think I'm most always proud of my most recently completed quilt! I like to push myself to do something new with each quilt. My most recent was one I did with house blocks I received in a bee.

Blue Is Bleu said...

I think the quilts I love most are ones I've made for friends and family. It never amazes me just how happy a gift of a quilt makes a person :) It makes all the work so very worthwhile.

Peach Rainbow said...

I think I am yet to make a quilt I am proud of :)
Hope this book will help me achieve it ;D

Pippa said...

The quilt I am especially proud of is an album quilt done in reproduction fabrics. Why so proud? Because these fabrics and colours are so far out of my range it isn't funny. I finished it, even though I did not like making it and don't like the finished product. Now it's sitting ready for anyone who wants it.

Cheers! Pippa

Sue said...

The quilt I am most proud of is the first Bonnie K Hunter mystery "Orange Crush". I had never made a mystery quilt before and loved the process and the final quilt. It is on my bed and I just love it

Mama24Monkeys said...

For the most part I am always most proud of the quilt I am making at that moment. So right now I am loving the quilt I am making for my neice (next month it will be a quilt for my mother-in-law)

Annette said...

Ahh...for me, that has to be a quilt my Mom made me. I was 8 or 9 when she took a hand quilting course. She started working on a quilt for my bed. Somehow this quilt disappeared, unfinished, and I never thought of it again. I immigrated to Canada (I'm originally from Holland where my parents still live), and got married. In the months before my wedding, my Mom worked very hard to finish that quilt, and gave it to me on my wedding day:) Now she's always with me a little, even though they live so far away!

Martina said...

My favourite quilt is the one I made with butterflies surrounded with flowers. It was much work with all the appliqué but turned out really nice. It is now hanging at my mother-in-law's salon.
Thanks so much for the interview and great give away!

Sherri said...

This is a hard question. I really have enjoyed the journey of making each of my quilts. I've learned different things from each, and even the ones that I might do differently now have taught me and helped me to become the quilter I am today. Perhaps the big quilt I'm most proud of is one I just made and designed myself in October. It was the first large quilt I designed entirely on my own.

Erin Marie said...

I'm pretty proud of my quilted pillow that I've gotten the top finished on. It's a pixelated picture of Link from Zelda for my husband for Christmas. Finished, it's made of 1-inch squares. It's not perfect, and there are many things I would do differently (starting with slightly bigger squares!), but it's done and it's so awesome looking.

briannaecallaway said...

I am most proud of my current quilt which is "Single Girl". Pushing myself to do curved piecing wasn't easy but I couldn't be happier that I completed it and it is now a wedding gift for a dear friend.

Suzanne said...

I won't say it's the quilt I'm most proud of but one with lots of memories is a quilt gifted to me from former fellow quilters when I moved away from them. Each person made and block and quilted there own section too. Good memories!

Shruti said...

8 minutes and 20 comments!!! OMG I can see where this is heading... LOL... My favorite quilt is one that i have made recently from fabric that was sent to me by Elizabeth herself as a donation for my Spread the Cheer project...

julia said...

actually, most of the time the quilt i'm currently making is the one i'm most proud of...because i make fewer mistakes, can execute the knowledge i got from the last quilts and because i'm so excited to see it coming together...:)

dIANNE said...

I think it must be my first one (I'm only on my second!) I didn't think I could do it and was pleased how good it was - nowhere near perfect but not bad!

lindaroo said...

It's a funky quilt, made of scraps of flour sack and clothing fabrics in colorful triangles. It came from my grandmother's house. Every year, when she made the trip from New York to Virginia for the summer, she'd stop at roadside stands and church bazaars and buy quilts; her way of supporting American crafts. Cool, huh?

Kerry said...

I am proud of any that i actually finish! I made a baby circles and mermaids one recently with lines from a poem quilted in- I haven't seen the baby yet but I know the quilt is with her!

Teresa Felgueiras said...

I'm very proud of the quilt I'm doing now. It's a hand-quilted one and I designed it. It's a present for my daughter.

Andrea said...

I'm proud of the quilt I've been0 working on throughout this year, which is the "Plain Spoken" quilt from Weeks and Ringle. I chose two dozen colors to match my living room, and it looks just great. The quilting is about halfway done, so I should be able to finish it in time for Christmas.

Cherry Possum said...

I love the quilt I made for my parents in law last Christmas, black and white photos of their two granddaughters printed on fabric, framed in lots of different B&W prints, sashed in white - it was very gratefully received and fondly loved.

Melissa said...

My mom made my sister and I matching quilts when we were kids. It was a colorful garden scene with a rainbow, flowers and butterfies. I loved it then but sadly 'grew out of it' as a teen and didn't end up keeping it past that. It was pretty worn out but I'm kicking myself now for not saving it and possibly restoring parts of it as a smaller quilt or pillows.

MeganAnne said...

i love my mendocino quilt. it is my first quilt and it was so much fun to plan, cut, sew, quilt and now enjoy!

luciep said...

There is a beautiful quilt at my favorite fabric store. Basically, it is made of a bunch of cute houses, aligned to form a village. The colors they picked are just perfect and it feels so warm and welcoming. I bought the pattern immediately after seeing it. It was love at first sight :-)

Jeannie Gan said...

I LOVE the quilt I named "Robyn's Garden Path" for my neighbour's birthday. I used up a fair bit of my scrap fabrics, they are cut in 1-1/2" x 4-1/2" to make into 4" block. I love it so much that it was a bit hard to part with it. However, I did make my neighbour so happy that she had tear in her eyes.

Anonymous said...

I am so proud of the snuggle quilt my daughter made using a jelly roll and fleece. I helped with the pressing and pinning and now we can enjoy it together. She is off to buy more fabric tomorrow for her 14th birtday to start on another.
Karen

roberta said...

lovely interview! The quilt i made recently is very similar to the "small plates" in the book, i use it often with different fabric to create different moods, it is a very versatile block!
Roberta

SilkLover said...

My first attempts at quilting were not very successful. Seemed I fought with my sewing machine more than actualy sewing. And the rotary cutter had a mind of its own. So I took a class on hand applique and loved it. I am in the middle of a Baltimore Albumn quilt. However, of late I have been starting to cut fabric and actually sew them into blocks for quilts! Imagine my surprise!

Thanks!

Nancy C said...

One quilt I am very proud of was a joint effort with five friends for a retiring co-worker. It was a batik scrappy star quilt and for 3 of the women it was their first quilt block ever. Can't wait to read this book!

Chris said...

I am proud of all my quilts, all usually sewn with someone special in mind. If I had to pick one it would probably be my flannel log cabin. I started it when I knew nothing about patchwork & stuffed it in a carrier bag in the wardrobe after having disaster after disaster. 10 years on I learned about foundation piecing & pulled it from the cupboard, carefully unlocked & pressed the logs & re-sewed it all. I found a soft wool remnant at a show to complete the quilt which is now much loved & used by all the family.
Chris x

Christine said...

The quilt I am most proud of and love most is one made after my mum's death from fabrics she had and loved. Although it is getting a little worn now I will always treasure it.

Ella said...

The one I am most proud of is a quilt I recently made from the American Jane pattern merry go round. I made it from a lot of my polka dot prints. It just turned out beautiful!!

Bessiemae said...

Growing up, I lived with my grandparents, and slept under a quilt my grandmother had made years before out of my grandfather's old suits. I didn't like it at the time--it was dark and heavy and scratchy, but I'd sure love to have it now! How is it that those things disappear?

Heather said...

I made a green star quilt for my son, it was one of the first I made, it certainly isn't perfect, but every time I look at it, I feel happy.

Anonymous said...

Although my first Quilt is´nt already put together - only the top is finished - I´m very proud of it. The tessalation cats and paper pieced mice both with embellishment took a lot of time and patience, and I made it.

Erika - e.hellmich@web.de

bonnie said...

the quilts i am the most proud of are the ones where i just make up as i go. not using a pattern is really going outside of my comfort zone. i just donated one for breast cancer awareness that i just love.

Stitchbird said...

Hmm hard to choose, I know this does not sound very humble but I feel you put a bit of yourself into each quilt you choose. But I would have to say I love the quilt I made for my teenage son. It is based on the New Zealand native bush and is green with splashes of orange, red and earthy colours with applique and nine patch blocks. I love Elizabeth's blog and am sure I would equally love her book. Thanks for the opportunity

Lee said...

I have made two quilts - recently a baby scrappy quilt and a log cabin quilt for my mother in law that I was very proud of. Thanks for hosting and the interview.
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Lesly said...

I'm proud of all my quilts, but the one that is the most meaningful to me is one that was pieced by my mother but quilted by me on the first anniversary of her passing. I love Elizabeth's work - thanks for this giveaway!

BJ in TX said...

I'm proud of the quilt I made my husband last year for Christmas. He had no idea and it was quite a surprise! The pattern is one a blogger had posted (Mary Quilts). I copied it into EQ6 (just because I could!), played with color possibilities, and went from there.

amy dame said...

the quilt i love most is one that isn't done yet, but it's the first full quilt that i've made just for ME!! the fabric is all one line, which i never do, but i couldn't resist alexander henry's the ghastlies. i added some kona black, made up a pattern to showcase the designs as much as possible, and i'm backing it with minky, because i want it to be super cozy (cause it's for ME! did i mention it's for ME?). i can't wait to finish it and use it!

Jenny said...

i love the baby quilts i made for my children...before they were born and before we knew their sex. they are so precious to me...thanks for a chance, im excited about this book!

debbie said...

The quilt I love the most is the most recent baby quilt I made. It was inspired by a blanket on the Moda Bakeshop, but I "improvised" a little :)

Lindsey said...

I am proud of the last quilt I completed - 466 half square triangles with whites and brights. it's also the first quilt I quilted using a walking foot. What a difference have the right tool makes!

Miranda said...

The quilt I am most proud of is my very first quilt! It was such a wonderful journey and learning experience as I had never made a quilt before and no one in my family is a quilter so I was really on my own, making it up as I went along. I had only had my own sewing machine a few months so my mum was very doubtful that I would actually be able to make a quilt. It's not perfect and sometimes I wonder whether the colours and fabrics actually go together but I was so proud and happy when I was able to go, tada!

ginger said...

My favorite quilt is any quilt I finish! haha!
That said, I really do love the two matching quilts I made for my girls beds.

Sophia said...

That fat 8th selection is gorgeous.

I'm pretty proud of the first quilt I machine pieced (my actual first quilt was made by hand and is a bit too fragile for me to be proud of it).

Anonymous said...

i'm still proudest of my first quilt...not the best construction or design, but finished and i learned so much from making it.

Linda said...

The quilt I'm most proud of: my very first one, done in a Basic Quilting Class as a local quilt shop. I took the class on a whim, thinking it might be a fun diversion. Little did I know I was starting one of the defining journeys of my life.

HeatherBC said...

I am proud of the mini quilt I made for my brother and sister-in-law, the only applique peace I've ever completed, though many have been started! I've learned that I'm a piecing gal.

Silvia La Gata Con Botas said...

The quilt I am very proud of is my Cotton blossoms one. I hand-pieced and hand-quilted it. It was my very first quilt and I love seeing it everyday on the couch. Thank you for this great giveaway. I cannnot wait to see the book! :)

Leah said...

I am loving the string quilt I just finished. Thanks
lbroadstreet@tds.net

One Little Thread said...

The one I love the most is my Double Wedding Ring quilt handmade by my mum and hand-quilted - it took 7 years!

Andrea said...

I'm new to looking around quilting blogs and haven't ever really quilted anything real yet... I decided to start with AmandaJean's ticker tape doll quilt. I'm up to the binding part and a bit scared to proceed with it... I've been looking up lots of tutorials on how to do it, just need to take the leap of faith and go for it. I'm very excited for it to get finished though as it'll be a Christmas present for my 3yo daughter.

clark 6703 at earthlink dot net

james and bess said...

i'm super proud of the quilts i'm working on for my kids for christmas - they'll each get their own unique quilt - i can't wait to see their faces on christmas morning! :)!

bess

Martys Fiber Musings said...

I've given this some thought and have finally decided that I love the quilt the best that kept me warm last night. I make so many quilts and usually love them all so would not want to play favorites! Thanks for a wonderful giveaway....your blog is the best read.....

Мария Доричева Maria Doricheva said...

I have a favorite quilt - It a big square one with lots of snowflakes. I save it for the New Year and Christmas holidays. It is bright and cheerful and immediately creates a holiday look for the home.

What a neat book. Great illustrations.

Duff said...

whadda ya mean I don't need a fancy machine? dang! there goes my tax return!...
A quilt I love is one I received as a gift from a friend. It is a wonky star, made with myriad Kaffe Fassett prints--no two are alike! I smile every time I see it☺ When I'm feeling down, I wrap up in that quilt and imagine I'm getting a hug from my friend!♥

Donna said...

Would love to win a copy to give to my daughter or daughter-in-law. They are both starting out in the sewing world.

Barb said...

I'm most proud of my Moby Dick quilt. I designed it myself and hand appliqued and quilted it.
What a great fresh looking book!

BaileyGirl5 said...

I love so many quilts it's hard to choose a favorite! I love the one I made my son when he was little and I took crayon drawings he made and transferred them to some blocks. It's not professional by any means ... kinda lumpy and no binding. But a part of my boy is in it and he still uses it years later.

donnachurchillritter said...

Donna said...
At this moment I am most proud of my quilt for my daughter. It is made up of all the scraps from project during the past 3 yrs. many are dresses and projects for her 2 daughters and I know she will love it. Would love to win a copy to give to my daughter or daughter-in-law. They are both starting out in the sewing world.

Tiffany said...

I am super proud of my first quilt. It was a pain in the butt but taught me a lot. The day that beautiful white polka dot binding was finished was the proudest crafting day of my life! Even better was the fact that I was seeing one of my best friends for the first time since my wedding 3 years ago and the quilt was made especially for her. The look on her face when I told her it was for her was priceless :) Def. will always be one of my favorite quilts because it made a very special friend very happy.

Karen H said...

I have a very tattered quilt that I made back in the early 90's, back when stenciling was popular. I stenciled the blocks with a dresden plate pattern, alternating rust and "country blue" and hand quilted the entire quilt. One of my first attempts at a queen sized quilt. Anyhow, it's just about falling apart, but I can not make myself get rid of it!

Christiane said...

As we don't have a tradition of quilts in our familiy or region, I can only be proud of my own. Usually I start a lot of craft projects without finishing them, but my first quilt got finished last week and now I can start on the next ten...

Kristin Wood said...

My grandmother has a quilt that was made by a woman in her family (possibly her grandmother?). It's massive and pieced and quilted by hand, completely patchwork, and the comfiest quilt in the world. When it's naptime at grammy's house (usually on Thanksgiving after lots of turkey) there is much debate about who "gets" to use the quilt. I hope I make a quilt that people argue over, someday! :)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

It's always hard to pick a favorite quilt. I think my favorite quilt is one made up using a pattern from an Australian magazine. It's not quite finished, but the quilt was a real stretch for me, and I love the colors. Elizabeth's book looks awesome. Thanks for entering me in this sweet giveaway :-)

Alecia said...

Earlier this year I finished my first quilt—it was the Any Way You Slice It quilt from the Amy Butler Electronic Quilt patterns. It was a gift for my husband and so it was special in that way but also because I learned how to do so many things I hadn't had to do up to that point in my sewing. Things like mitering corners, halfsquare triangles, hand sewing a binding . . . It was also special because I completely rewrote the pattern because I thought the method of construction provided was wasteful of fabric! :)

Anya said...

It's not finished yet, but I'm very proud of the Jane Stickle quilt that I'm working on. The center blocks are put together and now I'm working on the triangles. Thanks for the chance!

Elizabeth D. said...

The quilt I love most is the baby quilt I made for my son, which is incidentally my first quilt and I used one of Elizabeth's patterns, so I'm really looking forward to her book!

Dianne said...

I am very proud of my amy butler quilt. It is a very easy pattern...brick road...and it was the first one that I completed by myself from start to finish. I love it...and all of it's imperfections.

Beth said...

I just finished a quilt somewhat like 'Stacking the Odds' by Denyse Schmidt using some Hope Valley prints. It was for my best friend's 40th. By far my best work and my first attempt with stippling on a large scale. I love knowing I learn so much through the process!

Patty said...

The quilt I love and am most proud of has to be my recent finish of a king size strip quilt made entirely out of men’s shirts. It is truly the greatest quilt I have ever made. Now that the quilt is completed I have begun a second quilt, made entirely from pink clothes, for my daughter; it will be twin size.

Sarah Craig said...

I recently made a quilt for our quilt ministry called Not Your Grandmother's Flower Garden - it really stretched my quilting skills, because it is appliqued, on linen, with a ton of FMQ. (If you want to see it, it's my entry into the Bloggers Quilt Festival). This quilt went to a young woman with serious medical problems and she loves it! That makes me happy.....

Anna @ Fresh Dew Drops said...

My favorite quilts are the two I made for two of my little children. I love covering them up at night and somehow feel I'm doing a bit extra for them because I made them. Wish I had thought to try quilting a bit sooner then maybe each of my children would have a mama-made quilt. Guess I'll have to make a throw size quilt for each of them now :)

Anonymous said...

I am proud of the first quilt I made which is a Christmas quilt. It gets used well outside the bounds of "Christmastime". E

Sara A said...

I am proud of the Tokyo Subway Map quilt that Elizabeth is teaching online. It will be my first really big quilt. And I WILL get it done!

Barbara said...

Once day while running, I saw a quilt hanging out of someone's trash roll cart. At that time I knew nothing about quilting but I did know that someone's fingers had sewn a lot of tiny stitches on this twin size totally handmade quilt. Was an effort to walk home with the filthy thing but it washed great and now resides proudly in my quilting room - the forerunner of a wonderful introduction into color, creativity and the dearest friendships imaginable.

Jilly said...

I am proudest of my happy stars quilt. It is super bright and cheerful and designed by me. It has a snuggly, heavy coduroy backing perfect for cool fall and winter nights, and I finished it while I was waiting for my third baby to come along, and it has been the quilt that has been most a part of our life during her first year. She plays on it, we use it in the wagon when we go places, I snuggle up on the couch in it an night . . . it is our family's favorite quilt right now.

Cindy said...

I'm most proud of my Secret Garden quilt. After making and designing it, I submitted some ideas to a publisher and wrote my first quilting book.

Jodi said...

The quilt I most love in my house is a quilt I won last January from Red Pepper Quilts. The quilt I am most proud of making has gone to live with a cute baby boy, but I still visit it on Flickr. :)

Cynthia said...

I made a table runner that I just love. It doesn't fit in my house at all but I just can't seem to get rid of it. Maybe it will fit somewhere one day.

Thanks Cynthia

Di2Quilt said...

I'm proud of the first sampler quilt that I completed earlier this year. Though I started quilting 3 years ago, health issues and family matters sometimes took precedent over my passion of quilting. So, I'm happy that I was able to complete this sampler quilt after all these trials!

Suzanne said...

Thanks for the intro to Elizabeth's book and the giveaway. Reading the other comments made me realize I have a lot of favorite quilts I have made. I surprised my mom on Christmas with a wonky star quilt made with the machine she gave me. She was so excited she cried.

Emskyrooney said...

The quilt I love the most is the one my mother made for my son when he was born 2 years ago. She embroidered vintage animals on each block and did the whole quilt by hand. For fabric she actually used the fabric that she had made curtains for my nursery from when I was a baby!

Lynn said...

I have a little Christmas quilt that I made that I am really proud of. It's the first time I didn't use a pattern, just made it off the cuff. It gave me a new thinking for myself when sewing! Plus it's pretty darn cute!

Sara said...

This book looks like a must have! Thank you for the chance to have it on my bookshelf!

Favorite quilt would have to be the tessellation quilt twin size that I finished last month or so. It was my first bigger quilt and my first attempt at quilting a bigger one of course. It wasn't easy, but I got through it and I am SO PROUD of it and I love to cuddle up with it at night knowing that I created it!!

mjb said...

Last Christmas my mom gave me the quilt that the church ladies made when I was born - it's special knowing that they put the effort into making that for me as a baby.

Cristina said...

Currently the quilt I'm most proud of is the one on my bed. It is the quilt that gave me the inspiration to start designing my own quilts, rather than always following a pattern.

Patti said...

My favorite quilt was a baby quilt that I made from a picture in a book with circles. It turned out so much better than I imagined even though those circles were SO HARD!!!

Kelsey Rose said...

Well, I never owned a quilt, and I'm still working on my first quilt, so I'm going to have to go with that one. I'm very pleased with how the quilting is turning out, which I am doing by hand. Using bright colored threads against a white background worried me at first that it'd be very unforgiving of mistakes, but I think it has come out nicely so far, mistakes and all.

Bea said...

I have a quilt, which was the first made by my grandmother and her quilting class. Its a mix up of blocks and styles and each square is signed by the lady who contributed that square to my grandmother's quilt. Most of the contributers are gone now. So this is just a lovely remembrance of the people that touch our families lives.

The Cozy Quilter said...

I am most proud of my Liberated Wedding Ring quilt made out of selvages. I saved my selvages up for over a year and then, inpired by Karen Griska at the selvage blog and Gwen Marston and Freddy Moran's liberated style, I made my quilt. Using the selvages was addictive! This quilt is outside my usual "quilting box" and I am looking forward to making more liberated and selvage quilts!

Maribeth said...

I'm proudest of my first quilt-a rail fence wall hanging from an Alex Anderson book.

Patty said...

Right now I am most proud of the small quilt that I made in a Gwen Marston workshop last year. It illustrates a real turn-around in my approach to quilt-making, a place that I want to move forward from.

Ingrid said...

I recently made Elizabeth's New Wave quilt for a co-worker and her newborn baby and I was pretty proud of how it turned out. I'm quite new at quilting and sewing, and this was the first quilt that didn't look like it was made by a newbie.

Jacqueline said...

Somehow I was the one lucky enough to inherit the stack of old quilts from my childhood home. There is something so comforting and cozy about really old, hand quilted quilts. That being said, my own quilts are so different but equally loved!

Marcia said...

The favorite quilt that I made is "Wild Thing" named after an iris that my mother selected from a bulb catalog. I made iris blocks for this bed quilt. Another favorite is a well used double wedding ring quilt my mother made. I can point to fabrics that we wore growing up. One day my skills will improve and I can make my own double wedding ring. Thanks for the chance to enter this great giveaway. I adore EH's designs and would use this book.

jess said...

Though I have made three quilts of my own and am working on another, the quilts that I am proudest of are the two my grandma made me. One I got for my wedding 9 years ago and the second was a surprise. She heard me say I would like a purple quilt and she made it. I am so happy to have something that my grandma made to pass on to my children.

Knittymama said...

I'm most proud of my first quilt, Elizabeth's Mod Quilt Sampler. It gave me the confidence to realize that I could actually do this!

Mindy said...

Probably the quilt I am the most proud of is the one that is truly loved to pieces. It is a Sunbonnet Sue that my mom and both grandmothers worked on for me. It has been used all through my childhood and my daughters. I'd love for my grand daughters to get to use it, but it's literally falling apart. I'm trying to think of someway to preserve it even if it means cutting it up for some other purpose.

C. Jaeger said...

My black/white pinwheel quilt marks the end of my hesitation to machine quilt my quilts. I knew my work would not be perfect, if even "right", but I got over myself and just did it. I knew that the only way I would learn and improve was to just do it. I found the process really fun, and I learned my limitations, as well as my loopy, meandering, stippling style. I learned that anything larger than a twin size quilt will probably not be fun for me to do, but I can conquer the smaller quilts and enjoy the process.
My book is in the mail. I'm looking forward to reading it!

Katya said...

My husband's great aunt gave us an art quilt when my son was born... she has since passed away and I smile every time I see it. It was that quilt that got me started quilting...

qltmom9 said...

I've made gorgeous fine quilts, but the quilt I am most proud of was made by my daughter when she was 12yo. A fullsize scrappy florals that she sleeps under every night.

She is encouraging her younger sisters to quilt also.

brown robin said...

Oh, that's so easy for me to answer. It's the one from this post...http://brownrobin.blogspot.com/2008/08/first-day-of-school.html. It's pictured on the header of my blog. I'm still so attached to it, not because it's the most spectacular quilt ever, but because of the emotional process it involved for me. I made it as I anticipated sending my first off to Kindergarten... a naptime quilt for her. It was the most therapeutic thing for me!

Hannah LaRue said...

The quilt I love the most is one my great-grandmother made me when I was around eight. She passed away years ago, but every time I look at or use that quilt, I think of her. She was an amazing woman.

Sophia said...

My grandmother and my husband's grandmother were both quilters. So I have quilts from both of them. My favorite quilt is the one my grandmother gave me when I left home to go to college. I won't say how many years ago. Not a very pretty quilt but it sure kept me warm and has been much loved!
The book looks like a lovely resource. Thanks for the giveaway!

Kate said...

The quilt that I have made that I am most proud of is a wall-hanging that I made for a dear friend's baby, with a house quilted on it. I used a lot of fun fabrics and handquilted it, and he still has it on his wall (and he is 8!).

two hippos said...

Tough question! It's hard to pick a favorite, but I think my most recent doll quilt is the one I'm most proud of. It forced me to work with techniques I never had before and I love the end result.

Amy R said...

I'm in love with quite a few, but I guess the top of the pile would be the Peppermint Twist designed by Jo Morton that I made. The top is done, but I still need to quilt it. Such a special quilt deserves special quilting which will likely mean some will need to be done by hand. It will be worth it!

Anita said...

My favorite quilt that I've made is Daisiez from Jan Mullen. I've made it twice. It gets boring making so many of the same flower block but just love the punch of colors after it done.

Amy said...

My favorite is my first quilt. But I'm proudest of my Trick or Treat Street.quilt. It's my first successful attempt at stippling.

Katie K. said...

The quilt I'm most proud of is the first one I made. It was a Handkerchief Corners Kaffe Fassett pattern and I didn't know anything about quilting. I jumped in and quilted my heart out. That started my love of quilting 10 years ago.

Exuberant Color said...

Oh I love those neutral fabrics, and the book looks like a good one.
My favorite quilt is a scrappy quarter log cabin that has a bit of an antique and yet modern look to it.

Merry Made Quilts said...

I'm most proud of the first quilt I ever made. It was queen sized for our bed and done completly by hand from the piecing to the binding. I had NO CLUE what I was getting myself into!

Sarah said...

my favorite is sentimental. it's the white quilt my great grandmother made and my grandmother gave me for my wedding.

RWL said...

i will forever love my first quilt. it's simple and full of mistakes but it's so snuggly and great.

Miss White Wall said...

I really love the quilt I made my mother as a gift for helping me with our wedding last year. It was a green and blue disappearing nine patch with lots of white sashing. It was a lot of work but it was really fun.

Jennie said...

The quilt I'm most proud of is actually a WIP. I'm finally making one for my mother and I'm beyond excited about it. It's going to be brown and blue and will keep her snuggled while she reads on the couch. So excited to finish it.

tong said...

i'm a new quilter having only been quilting for a year. i'm proud of all 5 quilts i've made, and all 3 of them that i'm making right now, lol! but i'm especially proud of my very first quilt (a pinwheel baby quilt which i did free motion quilting having NEVER EVER quilted before), and my last finished quilt (my hope valley quilt which is being loved everyday on our couch). thanks for the giveaway, elizabeth's book looks awesome, just like all of her quilts!

Emily S said...

My favorite is the quilt my great-grandmother made. The colors are rather odd, and the fabrics are a mish-mash of fibers, but I love it because she made it.

Sew Lovins said...

I love the heirloom quilt that I hand quilted for my first child.It is a stringpieced medallion Star quilt. I hope it brings her comfort & joy her whole life.

Wendy D. P. said...

I have a quilt that my great grandmother made for my mother out of lots of her baby clothes. It's like a little piece of history and I love it!

Peaceful Piecer said...

My favorite quilt is one my great grandma made around 1940. It's a churndash with lots of orange...

stephjacobson said...

My favorite quilt is the one I made for my son's bed. It's the first quilt I made that wasn't a gift for someone else's child. It's the first one that I saw the tutorial, bookmarked it, and actually made it. (Even if I didn't get his "baby" blanket made until he was 3 years old!)

VickiB said...

I'm most proud of the first quilt that I made (last year) for my daughter for Christmas. The pattern was simple, but the learning curve was not! She loved it - and I was off and running because I fell in love with quilting!

QuiltyGoodness said...

The quilt I'm most proud of is one I made with my friend while I was in high school. It was for her parent's 25th wedding anniversary. We thought intermediate wouldn't be so hard (I had made two or three quilts before that). Well, the blocks were about 3 or 4 inches finished and there were about 800 of them. I'm not kidding. It was a queen size quilt and quite the undertaking!!! But we finished it, and they loved it.

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Jacquie:
What a wonderfully inspiring book! My favorite quilt was the first real attempt at my own design...I had read the book "Life of Pi" by Yan Martel and decided to create a quilt based on the book. I spent weeks assembling the printed batiks that featured turtles, fish, zebras, tigers and other animals and inspirations from the book. I then assembled them into my quilt, finishing it with photo transfers of key characters from the story in each corner of the quilt. Today it sits as a feature on my dining room table, but I've spent many happy afternoons snuggled under it while reading a new book.
Thanks so much for your generous giveaway offer. Fingers crossed!
xoxo
Donna

Johanna said...

I am very proud of my string quilt. Not because it was that hard to make but because it took so long to make and I didn't quit in between. Plus, all my fabric leftovers went into it so I am also proud that I finished it without buying new fabric in between :)

modernquiltlove said...

The quilt I'm most proud of was the first one I made. It was a simple half square triangle quilt in soft pastels that I made from a kit. But I did everything by hand! It was baby sized but I'm still amazed I finished it!

Sally said...

My favorite...that's tough, but a few years ago, I made a quilt inspired by the last paragraph of Wally Lamb's I Know This Much Is True. "The evidence of God is in the roundness of things." It has embroidery, applique, patched pieces in red green and yellow, lots of quotes, lots of round things. Thanks for the chance to win!

J said...

I'm happiest with a quilt back than a front!For my daughter's quilt,I pieced the back with novelty prints that represented different areas of her life and of our family life together. Made the quilt very personal.

SewLindaAnn said...

I'm most proud of the quilt I made for my son. It was my first (and only so far) full size quilt, the first time doing diamonds and working with batiks. He came to the quilt shop and picked out the fabrics he wanted and I was so beyond happy that he had bolts laid out and was really into it. He knows a lot of love and sweat went into it.

thought/found said...

My favourite quilt is one that my grandmother gave me years ago. I was living in the same city as her at the time, going to university, and so every second Sunday I would have dinner with my grandparents. She is a hand-quilting devotee, so we would sit together and quilt for a few hours before dinner. Every time I snuggle up under it I think of those moments we spent quilting it together and smile.

Meg said...

This is going to sound terribly immodest, but I'm proud of every quilt I've made. Even those that aren't "perfect". Each is a learning experience in design or construction, or both! Most recently, I sent a little pink and white baby quilt off to my cousin and his new wife for the little girl they're expecting next month. I worried about the quilting, my first return to free-motion in 10 years. They wanted to know if I'd had it professionally done! Just goes to show, we are each our own worst critic.

Thanks for hosting this, Jacquie!

Andrea H said...

My favorite quilt is an antique quilt made by my great grandma. It is hand pieced and hand quilted using scraps of fabric and clothing. It is faded and soft and worn with time and use. I love it!

Bingaling said...

My favorite quilt is the second one I ever made. I made my first quilt with my mom and that one hangs on a quilt rack in my studio. But the second one I ever made is a simple nine-patch made out of fabric I found in the clearance rack at my local quilt shop. Its not colors I would normally choose...but I love it. It has seen an incredible amount of wear. When it gets cold in the winter, I pull it out to add another layer of warmth to our bed. The kids and I cuddle in it when one of us is sick. There are a few little holes here and there...and the hand-stitched binding is coming apart on one side. But I don't care. I love it.
Chanda

Tonya said...

The quilt I am most proud of is the one I made for my daughter's room, and the reason I started quilting. I made a couple before then to practice, and I have made some since then. But, that one was my motivation and my inspiration for starting to quilt. And, it has become my passion.

holly k said...

One of the quilts I love the most is the very first one I completed (every part - piecing, quilting, and binding). I signed myself up in a beginner quilt class and we used the pattern "Trip Around the World". I was hooked!! I loved every bit of it from picking out fabric to giving it to my friend at her baby shower! :) And although it was far from perfect, it was certainly made with love! :)

Jessy said...

I'm generally proud of any quilt that I finish because so much work and love goes into them. But probably the one I am most proud of is my Argyle Quilt of Doom, as it's called. I really struggled with this quilt from the beginning but it was for a really special friend and when I finally finished it I was so happy that I had stuck it out and that the recipient loved it so much.

Jessica said...

I am still most proud of my first quilt...I love it, but it lives with its recipient. I still get to visit it from time to time!

em's scrapbag said...

This looks like a great book. Thanks for a chance.
The quilt I'm most proud of is my Family Reunion Quilt. I love the memories it hold. And that everyone in my family is depicted on it. From my children to aunts, uncles and cousins.

Pearl said...

I love this quilt that my mother-in-law made for my daughter out of leftover materials from making herself muumuus. It reminds my daughter of her grandma, and she loves it when her grandma where the muumuus from her quilt.

Ange said...

I am looking forward to studying the quilts in the book for inspiration.

My favorite quilt is the "Beneath" quilt I created for my son's graduation, with fish swimming in the brook. I put some extra love in it for him to see him into the future.

I Can't Quilt said...

I made this breast cancer quilt for out college relay for life. I was one of the very first quilts I made. I was so nervous on how people would receive it. THEY LOVED IT! I was sooooo happy!!

Barbieann said...

I love quilting!
I think "one of my favorites" is the one I made for my son to remind him of his 2 years in South Africa. He sent home early in his 2 years some beautiful panels of African animals which I used to border the center of beautiful batiks in golds, browns, rusts, greens & blacks. Its also one of my favorites because it hung in the Gilbert Museum for a few months on a quilt display as well. That was lots of fun. Thanks for the contest!

NicciP said...

I would say I cherish & am proud of a quilt I inherited from my Nana. It is embroidered red on white in a spoked pattern. The quilt was made as a fundraiser to build a Baptist church in Tupman, California by the Harmony Circle in 1927.
Every lady did a block & people paid $0.25 to have their name in the center hub or $0.10 for the spokes. My great-grandfather bid $100.00 for the quilt.
I love having this piece of history from this small community in California that grew from the discovery of oil in the area.

Kris said...

I was recently at my parents' house and then gave me a quilt they found at my grandma's house after she died a long time ago. The quilt is a Sun-Bonnet Sue in the cutest 30's or 40's prints and it's hand quilted. I have no idea what I'll do with it now, but I think if I had a daughter one day, I'd hang it in her room.

Kate said...

My Nana has made a quilt for each of my babies. They are hand-quilted and beautiful!

myredbike said...

I love the baby quilt I made for my friend's first born. It was my first modern quilt and I'm really happy with how it turned out!

Megan said...

I love the very first quilt I made in spite of all it's mistakes and relatively poor construction because it reminds me how motivated and excited I was to make a quilt (even with no idea what I was doing!). And am crazy proud of the quilt I am working on now for my son because it represents a real stretch for me in terms of design and improvisation.

Petit Design Co. said...

My favorite (finished) quilt this year is the one I made for my DQS9 it's a mini whole cloth that I color tinted.

http://blog.petitdesignco.com/2010/10/bloggers-quilt-festival-2010.html

Rene' said...

Thanks Jacquie and Elizabeth for this great giveaway. Tough question though. I love all quilts...given, received and coveted online ;-) One of my favorites though is the quilt I made for my sister-in-law last Christmas. It was a last minute gift idea made with leftover fabric from another quilt and in a random block design, and it turned out surprisingly well!

nettie said...

i think i love the quilt I made for my son using blocks from a quilting bee. it turned out just how I pictured it, and I still get excited about taking little bits of fabric and putting them together into a big quilt. it's amazing.

i can't wait to see this book in person. it looks like a great one.

Kathryn said...

I love a quilt my mom made me. It's just a simple patchwork quilt but it's made from old scraps of fabrics that were leftover from clothes she made me and my siblings. Great memories!

Rachel Hauser said...

I guess I'm most proud of my very first quilt - Colorbrick. Making it was a big step for me and now I'm hosting a quilt-along for the very same quilt. To see lots of people making the Colobrick as their first quilt is like going full circle.

Jolene said...

I'm thinking of my very first quilt which I made when I was about 12 years old. It was for my Barbies, and it measures about 4"x6". I'ts made with 1/2"-1" squares which are coming apart now, but every once in a while I pull it out of my drawer and look at it. It always makes me smile.

a.niza said...

A soon to be Quilt I'm most proud of is Chocolate Box , a project featured in 2002 Australian QUilting Mag - it's a quilt top that I am yet to quilt because I want to do FMQ on it and still practising my FMQ. This particular quilt has many different techniques which I am able to tackle on my own even though it takes me one year to handle it ;)

kait. said...

I think the quilt I am most proud of is the one we keep on our bed. I started it soon after my boyfriend and I started dating and finished it almost two years later. I hand quilted it and I love sleeping under it every night.

Thanks for the giveaway, I love the book and can't wait to see it!

Heather said...

i love almost all my quilts (hey, everyone has a few that didn't quite happen how you thought they would...) but my favorite ones are those where i get to see the recipient's reaction to the quilt.

i love the surprise and true appreciation and knowing that the quilt has found a home and will be used for a long long time.

Beth said...

My favorite quilt is the one I gave to my son when he moved into his own house. He loves it and I loved making it for him.

Char said...

My favorite quilt is the four patch quilt I made using Moda Nouveau fabric. It's really a simple quilt, the fabric makes it unique.

Dawn said...

My favorite quilt is a Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Bill quilt I made when my kids were little. I used fabric from the clothes I had sewed for them in the quilt. Then my church guild hand quilted the quilt.

Allison said...

My favorite quilt is my first--it's sashed with bright turquoise fabric and the blocks are fun and colorful sock monkey prints. It makes em happy just looking at it! Thanks so much!

Jennifer said...

I haven't been quilting for very long, but I've long envied the quilts my children received as gifts at their birth. I'd have to say I'm most proud of my first quilt. Just the fact that I managed to finally learn a skill I've always been interested in learning and did a decent job of it! Now I'm hooked and wonder how many quilts can you possibly have going at one time?

kathyjake said...

my most loved quilt was made by my grandmother for my wedding gift. we toured the pennsylvania amish country for inspiration. she then made a double irish chain in navy and white. my tastes have changed over the years to more modern, but somehow this quilt still looks great to me. she won 1st prize in her california county fair w/ the quilt. she's a treat!

Mindy said...

My favorite....Hmmmm...That's hard. But I guess I would choose the quilt I just finished for my oldest daughter. It took the most time so I guess I have the most invested in that one.

Nina said...

Recently I made a quilt made up of A LOT of tiny little triangles. I am proud I finished it!

Thanks for the giveaway!

~Michelle~ said...

I have this lovely Sunbonnet Sue quilt my grandma made that is hand quilted...I will treasure that quilt forever, especially since I don't think she made very many quilts!

KerryQ said...

I'm a beginner, so it's one of the one's I'm in the process of making. I'm making a cool ocean-inspired quilt in blue and orange for my 4-yr old son. My flickr bee pals have made a great start for me with awesome scrappy, wonky blocks. Some made great sea creatures and boats. It will be a great quilt as long as I finish it before he turns 30.

Heather said...

My favorites so far are the two quilts I've made for friend's babies. Next I'm going to make one for my baby due in March and I hope that becomes my favorite :) Thanks for the chance to win!
heather.nevits@gmail.com

Trisha said...

Thanks for the chance to win this awesome book, Jacquie! I think the quilt I am most proud of is my Sylvia's Bridal Sampler variation that I named Chain of Friends. It was an international swap that I participated in and then designed a setting for them. It is the biggest quilt I have ever made measuring somewhere around a king sized quilt (or really big queen). And it was included in Jennifer Chiaverini's Sylvia's Bridal Sampler pattern book. Yay!

Hilary said...

Well, I'm still working on my first quilt (I'm binding it now!), so that's the only one I have to be proud of. ;) It's a "ragged squares" quilt from the Crazy Mom Quilts site.

deserae said...

I am very proud of the first quilt I made. It was a disappearing 9 patch for my little nephew's first birthday! He loves it so much! :)

Elsa said...

I've made a lot of quilts, but my favorite is one my Great Grandmother made, probably in the 1920's. It has women in hats and it's all hand stitched! it's just lovely. Owning a bit of history of my family is wonderful, especially a quilt!
Thanks so much for the giveaway!

Cathy said...

I tend to be most proud of whatever quilt I just made, especially if it involves a new-to-me technique.

cpurl17 said...

I'm halfway through making my very first quilt right now so it's my proudest accomplishment to date!

Ramona Burke said...

I'm most proud of the giant (118" square) quilt I made for my bed... it took 5 years (I got married, had 2 kids, etc in that time), but I finished it a few months ago, and it makes me so happy every time I walk into my bedroom!

SoniB said...

I'm working on a daisy chain with bright colored batiks that has been really fun. Thanks for all the inspiration you provide, Jacquie & thanks for the chance to win!

Kati said...

I am most proud of my subway quilt I made with Elizabeth's recent quilt-along. I finished it and it was a much bigger undertaking than I realized. It's sitting in my living room and I love just looking at it.

Candace said...

I have made several of Bonnie Hunter's quilts and they are probably the most difficult that I have made. I am in the process of finishing my Paintbox quilts and I think that they may be my favorites if they turn out the way that they look in my mind's eye.

macbeaner said...

I have a french braid quilt that is at the quilters right now! I am soo excited about it. It was a new technique and the colors came out beautiful!

Fay said...

I love all the quilts that I've received from my mother, grandmother & mother-in-law. But my favorite is the quilt top that my grandmother Mama Butler gave me shortly before she died. She told me she knew she wouldn't be able to quilt it and wanted me to have it. A dear friend of mine hand-quilted it as I knew my Mama Butler would have done. Mama Butler was a thrifty lady and I recognize some of the fabrics in that quilt as garments she had made. The pattern is LaMoyne Star and is full of a kaleidoscope of colors.

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