Best of Quilting Arts Book Giveaway!

Guess what? Santa came a bit early to me this year, dropping a box of freshly printed copies of The Best of Quilting Arts: Your Ultimate Resource for Art Quilt Techniques and Inspiration on my doorstep.

Inside this book I've gathered Quilting Arts' best information on surface design trends, embellishment, thread sketching and free-motion stitching, using natural and recycled materials, and seeing a quilt through from inspiration through binding. Plus, each chapter offers professional advice for your art business.

As it's the season of giving, I decided I should celebrate by giving away a signed copy to a lucky blog commenter.

So, here's what I want to know: What is the best tip, trick, or technique you ever learned from Quilting Arts? I'll be collecting responses all week and select the lucky recipient on New Year's Eve.

So now you know what you'll be doing New Year's Eve: checking the Quilting Daily blog to see if I picked your comment!

Good luck, and have a safe and happy holiday!

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172 thoughts on “Best of Quilting Arts Book Giveaway!

  1. I would SO LOVE a copy of this book. Magazines are not currently a piece of my budget so I don’t get to enjoy them. It would be so awesome to have this beautiful work.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

  2. I keep all of my magazines to read over and over. Asking which tip is my favorite is like asking which cookie is best. I get inspired by reading your magazines and love the web pages. Love the tips on embellishment and thread. Even on days when I can’t sew, I can dream about doing so. Thank you.

  3. This book looks great. I have loved your mags for a longtime . Thank you, for all the work you at interweave put in to these books/mags! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  4. This book looks great. I have loved your mags for a longtime . Thank you, for all the work you at interweave put in to these books/mags! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  5. Oh, there’s so much to choose from: every issue has a new must-try tip, trick or technique! In general, QAM has opened my eyes to all the possibilities that are out there, if you’re willing to step out of your comfort zone and try new things. More specifically, I’ve discovered Procion MX dyes through QAM.

  6. MI MEJOR TIP: ACOLCHAR SIGUIENDO MIS PROPIOS DISEÑOS. ES DIVERDO, CREATIVO Y DIFERENTE, MUCHAS VECES EL DISEÑO DE LAS TELAS AYUDA A TENER UNA DISTINTA VISIÓN Y PERMITE RE-CREAR NUEVOS DIBUJOS. GRACIAS POR PERMITIME PARTICIPAR!!!!

  7. Hi, Pokey!
    I think I’ve learned that it’s possible to do ANYTHING! I open each issue with anticipation, then am amazed at the use of encaustics, adding metal to quilts, stitchery of plastics, construction of unique books. Sometimes, I’m not very brave, but I learn a lot, and later on, I can go back, open an old issue, and see how ‘cutting edge’ Cloth, Paper, Scissors is.

    Reader Challenge Results are my favorite, because of the humor, variety of elements, and tie-in to themes.

    I will always love the Loretta Benedetto Marvel columns as well. I turned to her first.

    Thank you for being in the forefront for mixed media artists.

  8. Wow – I don’t know where to start – I live in a fairly remote area of Hawaii where classes and resources are scarce. I really appreciate QA – I have learned so much from QA and from her sister companies, CPS, Spinning, Weaving, Sewing – I think the thing I appreciate most about all of the information I get is that it gives me the “kick in the pants” to really experiment outside of my normal comfort zone. Between printing, stamping, painting, free-motion quilting, batiking, getting back into spinning, buying a loom, the list goes on and on – The quality of your publications and the information I get weekly from you is most welcome and appreciated. I would LOVE to have a big book of fun!

  9. Just one technique? How do you choose just one? I don’t think that the value of QA is a single technique, trick or tip, but the inspiration that comes from reading what others have done and making it your own.

  10. Dearest quilting santa–I’ve been nice, well most of the year, and surely will be after you bring me this book because I will have my head in it all the time! Hurry, the cat wants the milk I put out for you…

  11. Wow, how good would it be to get an extra present for Xmas from QA.

    READ QUILTING ARTS EVERY DAY ’cause if you don’t “you’re bound to miss something good”

    Happy quilting and a safe, peaceful Christmas to you all…..

  12. Every issue of the magazine gives me inspiration and the courage to try! There are so many techniques I’ve never even thought of, would never think of. Each issue is a Christmas present in the mailbox. I follow Melody Johnson, and seeing her work on the cover is such a treat.

  13. It’s really hard to pick one thing about Quilting Arts. I guess the best for me has just been the incredible range of new ways to create, embellish and present quilted art. There are many techniques I want to try… Probably the fusible-palozza interests me the most… The many fusible options for non-traditional quilting fabrics. I’m constantly amazed at the breadth and quality of the content you deliver!

    -Janet

  14. There were so many! The most useful idea for me, because it is a household item already is the many uses of freezer paper! I do alot of fusing on my art quilts and I thank you very much about this tip / trick and technique!
    Merry Christmas Pokey!

  15. I’m a mixed-media artist, and I am continually inspired by the work in Quilting Arts. The article “Selling Your Art at Fairs & Festivals” by Jane Davila was loaded with great advice that I took to heart in preparing for my first art fairs this year. The tip to “meet and greet” your customers (using a bar-height stool) as opposed to sitting and reading was spot-on. You want to be as approachable as possible!

  16. The best tip I ever got was starching my cotton fabric before I did any cutting. It helped me cut really straight lines, sew nice, flat seams, and it made the whole piece look great. Thanx!

  17. I would so love a signed copy of this book!!! I have been reading the magazine for years and it has taught me that quilts are not just for the bed!!! I love quilting landscapes, abstracts, or anything else that strikes me!!! Thanks for all the inspirations!!!

  18. There’s so much – I’ve learned EVERYTHING I know about art quilting first, from QA – then from books I bought written by authors like Rayna Gilman. The technique I love the most, though, is thermofax screening. It’s the very BEST way to make a beautiful idea live on and on. . .

  19. Just one? The one that pops to mind immediately is all of the articles by Lynn Krawczyk. I love her approach and her style – I would also love this book :o) Thanks so much!

  20. Wow! I love Quilting Arts and got so many ideas and learned so much from the contributors. I am still amazed of all the ways a simple button can be used. I sure hope Santa will pick my name to receive a copy. It will just make my New Year so special.

  21. The best thing I have learned is that I won’t have to give up quilting. I am losing dexterity in my hands (progressive, degenerative disease) that makes piecing hard. But I am learning that there are so many other ways to make wonderful quilts. It makes my heart sing.

  22. Best magazine ever! Stuffed with goodies for all level quilters. I’ve ventured into free motion quilting after reading all the articles on it from Susan Brubaker Knapp and others. It makes me challenge myself and I like that 🙂

  23. There are so many, its hard to pick one. First in was beading in issue # one, and then I just tried everything. New ways to frame a small quilt, fabric postcards, and now silk screening and stamping and al sorts of embellishments. THe list goes on and on. I await each issue with baited breath.

    Karin McElvein

  24. There are so many, its hard to pick one. First in was beading in issue # one, and then I just tried everything. New ways to frame a small quilt, fabric postcards, and now silk screening and stamping and al sorts of embellishments. THe list goes on and on. I await each issue with baited breath.

    Karin McElvein

  25. As you know picking one tip, trick, or technique is like picking which of your children you like the best. Each issue dares you to reinvent the way you think about quilting and that is what truly inspires me. One of our family favorites was rust dying because it did involve everyone helping me find rusty things!

  26. A friend let me page through one of her issues whilst on a visit to her and I was flabergasted at the beautiful items presented. Not having had the time to read through an issue I have no tip. Hopefully Santa will come past our home and drop me an issue down the chimney. Hey ho hey ho … it’s off to Yorkshire Santa should go.

  27. I receive inspiration from each issue. I taught myself to quilt over 20 years ago and worked up to designing my own quilts. I knew I wanted to keep going with design and add new elements to my work. Reading your magazine has given me so much information outside of the typical “quilt” stuff. I learned how to embelish a wall hanging with beads and sequins. My favorite technique I learned was how to make the art quilt postcards. I enjoyed making one for your anniversary. I have loved every single issue. Thank you. I would love to win “The Best of Quilting Arts”!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  28. Quilting Arts, and all its talent, gifted me with the introduction to thread painting. Changed my art life, and I continue to learn and grow. Your ‘old’ book was a must have, so I can only imagine how inspiring your new one will be to me! Merry Christmas!

  29. It is so difficult to choose just one. I have learned so much from Quilting Arts magazine and have been pushed so far out of my box, it has been fabulous ! Inchies… Foiling.. tyvex.. Machine Quiting… I can’t just pick one… I would love love love love to own this book. Thank you for the opportunity !!

  30. All I want for Christmas is a copy of this book
    A copy of this book
    yes A copy of this book.
    If all I get for Christmas is A copy of this book
    Then I will wish you Merry Christmas!
    (with apologies to the original singer of this song)

    With or without the book thanks for the inspiration all year long and Merry Christmas!!

  31. Okay I just re-read your post and the BEST bit that I ever learned from a Quilting Arts magazine was the series you did on design, I think it was in 2009…
    It took place over several issues and was so well done. I have read those lessons (to call them articles does the author a disservice) over and over again. As a result my design confidence has increased mightily.
    Thanks again!

  32. It’s not really something I’ve learned but more of a wonderful reminder. The use of color! So important to choose the right colors for the right projects and to reflect the intention of yourself by changing up the colors. They are always the quilts which bring a smile to my face.

  33. I would love to win the QUILTING ARTS BOOK. I love the magazine and the book will be the best resource all in one place. And I’ve been a very good girl.

  34. Where do I begin?!? I bought my first copy of Quilting Arts Magazine at WalMart almost 10 years ago (Issue 3) and have every one since!!! But since I have to pick…I’d have to say Kelli Perkins Crow Dolls. I’ve shown lots of others how to make them and have quite a collection of my own! Love ALL the issues. Every one.

  35. I’ve loved all of the articles on making portrait quilts. The different tips on using software to optimize the images and picking a photograph for a portrait quilt have all been very useful. Thanks for the inspiring, creative content.

  36. I have learned so much about thread painting that when I get on my longarm I go crazy! It is amazing how it brings my quilts to life. I would love for Santa to put this new book under my tree.

  37. There are way too many to pick the best! I will go with the one I used the most recently! I loved having not one, but three articles to peruse on thermofax screen printing as I just got my first screen to make some holiday presents. I love being able to look up where to find just what I need when I need it from the online index! I guess my best tip from the magazine was to subscribe!

  38. I got a Quilting Arts subscription for my birthday a few years ago. This magazine has opened a new world to me, I liked quilting before, but I felt confined by traditional approaches. I keep all magazines and go back through them, have picked up lots of useful tips over time. Most memorable are the article about quilting photographs and screen printing using fabric crayons and medium – love it!!!! Please dear Christmas Angel….

  39. Oh, I’d love an after-Christmas gift of this book! I can’t pick a favorite tip, but what I am most fascinated by are the articles on fabric surface treatments. I’m just getting started in that area, so it’s all new and exciting.

  40. I would love and need a copy of your new book. I have been sooooooo good this year!!!!!!! I have a spot reservered in my library; all dust off and ready….
    Happy Holiday

  41. I have been inspired by the articles on working with digital photos and modifying them to use as a basis for a quilt. Thanks for all the great ideas in this amazing magazine.

  42. I think this would be an awesome book to own….the best tip, trick etc. that I learned (and there are many) from Quilting Arts is the many methods of resist that are available for creating hand-painted fabrics. I also like the tips for free-motion quilting from Susan Brubaker Knapp. I hope to be able to try some of these methods in 2012.

    Happy Holidays.

  43. I think this would be an awesome book to own….the best tip, trick etc. that I learned (and there are many) from Quilting Arts is the many methods of resist that are available for creating hand-painted fabrics. I also like the tips for free-motion quilting from Susan Brubaker Knapp. I hope to be able to try some of these methods in 2012.

    Happy Holidays.

  44. I’ll try again because my first post is not showing up! I love Quilting Arts magazine, think its the best one out there. I like the show too, but don’t get to see it often. I would very much like to have the book!

  45. To me, the best tip I have learned is to not be afraid to try anything. By reading and following the techniques in the magazine, I have learned to let go and just create!

  46. I’ve especially loved the articles about using resists like potato flakes. So much fun, and non-toxic to use with my neighbors’ 8 year old twins! I’d love to have the book rather than scrounging through my stacks and stacks or issues. 🙂 Happy Holidays!

  47. I love Quilting Arts magazine. And I get it in the mail. And I read it from cover to cover. And then I read it again. And then I go into my sewing room and I sew and sew. Then I quilt and embellish and paint and embroider and sew a little more. And then I stand back and admire my work of art. And then I pick up Quilting Arts again and I’m inspired all over again.

  48. I’ve learned to try things out and not do everything by the rules. So you sometimes amazed at yourself.

    Happy Holidays to you all

    Petra, from a gray and rainy North sea shore

  49. What is the best tip, trick, or technique you ever learned from Quilting Arts? There are two: thread sketching via S Brubaker-Knapp of bluemoonriver and Chicago School of Fuse via Laurie W. of artfabrik. L.W. mentioned this book on her blog. Pardon any misspellings. I would like to win this new book and thank you for the chance.

  50. So many Quilting Arts Magazines folded back at a page with ideas and techniques to be tried or remembered … one I am planning to do come January, is photo printing on organza – I’ve bought the organza sheets; am waiting for my new shipment of Epson Ink … and would love to have the new Quilting Arts Book to bolster my techniques!

  51. I just got back into sewing 2 years ago after retiring. I have forgotten so much, but QA really inspires me to keep trying-every day! I have subscribed for about 1 1/2 years. I rotate them to reread. Things I wasn’t interested in last time, bounce out off the page this time. Great magazine. Thanks for the “Art every day”

  52. I have learned how to work with multi-media on my quilts. That has brought the beauty of them to another level…I thank you for that. I am not as rigid (or scared) to incorporate different elements into my quilts…which has opened my mind….I thank you for that. Good luck to you Pokey….fingers crossed for me 🙂
    Elaine

  53. I have learned how to work with multi-media on my quilts. That has brought the beauty of them to another level…I thank you for that. I am not as rigid (or scared) to incorporate different elements into my quilts…which has opened my mind….I thank you for that. Good luck to you Pokey….fingers crossed for me 🙂
    Elaine

  54. Oh! I hope I’m not too late! I’d love to win!!!! I think the best thing I have ever learned from QA isn’t so much a tip, trick, or technique but an inspiration. I am pushed and inspired, seeing that just about anything ‘goes’ when it comes to quilting. Reading the magazine makes me feel free!

  55. The best thing I have learned from Quilting Arts is that the sky is the limit! I have been encouraged by many shows with many artists to just let my imagination fly and to not allow myself to be hampered by prejudging what I am doing. Suellen James, Seattle, WA

  56. Hi,
    I love to see all the new techniques. I’m an experienced dyer and fabric manipulator, but am new to quilting. QA gives me so many different ways to use my UFO’s from my experiments. LOVE LOVE LOVE art quilts. The idea that quilts don’t just belong on beds was really novel and exciting.

  57. The best thing I’ve ever learned from reading Quilting Arts over is a general one – to not be afraid of using bright, bright, bright colors in quilts; I’ve gained color confidence from various articles over the years.
    Many thanks!

  58. Way back in 2004 there was an article about hand writing on fabric that was very helpful to me. Quilting Arts is very inspiring – and backs up the inspiration with practical “how-to” information. Thanks for a great publication, and good luck to Vivika in her new role.
    I would love to win the book, as such things are hard to come by here in Israel.
    Thanks again,

  59. I made fabric postcards inspired by a quilting technique of using 3 different color threads to make rows of flowers, doing free motion quilting . They came out so pretty. I would love one of the free books. Thank you.

  60. I find the Quilting Arts magazine so inspiring. Just let your imagination go, do something! Try anything! But, DO it. I pick up ideas everywhere, and when I set out to make a quilting project, they have churned around in my head, and I’m even surprised what comes out. This book would be a thrill to own. Thank you.

  61. Hands down the absolute BEST thing I have learned from QA both on TV and in the magazines is to JUST DO IT!!! I have learned to stop freaking out about being perfect. Heh, and guess what??!!! I have learned to have fun all over again! What a concept!

    I started out as a “very” traditional quilter. I would show my quilts at quilt shows where “Perfection” was the only way. I was chewed up and spit out so often that I actually thought of giving up.

    Then along came QA. Thank you! You and your counterpart CPS have shown me that being truly creative has no boundaries. Funning thing is that when I’m not worried about being “perfect” I actually do my best, most creative work.

    I swear to you, it is like some miracle!! I wish everyone could really, really understand that perfection is highly over-rated.

    Thanks Pokey!! Hope to see you again at the 2012 IQF.

  62. For me the cover of the Summer 2005 Issue 18 was the best technique; painting with wax pastels. I searched my city and found them at an art & engineering supply store. I bought every waxy color they had. I re-created floral images that I saw in my gardening book and added beaded edgings.

  63. Oh darling Weihnachtsmann
    Bitte bring me a signed copy of the new book.
    What I have learned and use the most is to keep a sketchbook with me at all times to write down ideas and to doodle.
    Thank you. Edie

  64. One of the most important things I have learned from your magazine is artistic freedom. When I first started quilting, I tried my very best to try to achieve a certain level of perfection, and found that I definitely was not happy with the process. Today I am so happy because I have learned to let go and just create. I am so surprised to see that I can and have produced some very interesting and colorful work. Never, ever again will I limit myself to just the “ordinary”.

  65. For years I have wanted to be an artist like my sister. But for the life of me I have never been able to conquer the fear of facing a paintbrush and a canvas. However, when I first discovered Quilting Arts in 2003, I knew I had found my place in the art world. My palette had become the yards and yards of material I had gathered throughout the years, and my paintbrush was a sewing machine whose hum has given me a sense of accomplishment since I was ten years old. Over the years contributors to Quilting Arts have shown me that art isn’t about the materials you use but the feelings and inspiration that create it–and that lesson has helped me recognize my own artistic gifts. Thank you!
    MC Kelsey

  66. I pour over every new issue of Quilting Arts magazine, and then read and re-read my dogeared and post-it note marked favorite places..again and again. If I had to pick my favorite tips they would be just about anything on surface design. I have learned so very much about mono-printing, photoshop manipulation of images, love all of the tips on finding and use found objects for rubbing plates, making my own stamps and creating my way unique way of utilizing others ideas and techniques but making my art as my own and not simply a carbon copy of someone else’s work. I would love to win this book and call it my own!

  67. Hi Pokey
    I have been a Quilting Arts mag convert for years and absolutely love it! My favourite tip I just learnt recently is from episode 705 which is just being shown here in New Zealand. Kerr Grabowski was demonstrating surface design techniques using charcoal, pastels and other things not specifically designed for fabrics. She said that you can use textile medium to set these and make them permanent on fabric. Yippee, I said! I have added textile medium to my shopping list!
    Thanks for the inspiration. Best wishes for the new year.
    Cheers Paula

  68. The thing that I learn from each new issue is to think outside the square. Many of the techniques that you publish are ones that we all know the basics of but someone has thought of something little that changes things so beautifully. Never restrict yourself with rules!

  69. I love the article on fabric dyeing. I am really interested in dying my own fabric and am anxious to try this technique. Thanks for an easy start to fabric dying. Would love the new book too of course! You are very generous and are appreciated. Have a great new year.

  70. It is hard to choose just one tip, technique, etc. There were so many that actually changed my life. I think Beryl Taylor’s articles on fabric paper where what open my eyes to trying something different. Then there was Melanie Testa, Judy Coates Perez, Jane LaFazio, the Kemshalls, Beaney and Littlejohn, and the list goes on. I wonder if I would still be making Mariner’s Compass quilts if QA had not appeared. Thank you for changing my life!

  71. Oh Dear Santa, do you want to travel a little longer arriving to my post box in Italy???
    For your question Pokey, from the very first time that I had this magazine in my hand I felt that I’ve found my way in quilt world!
    No more straight lines and little corner to join, but only freedom to express myself with fabric and thread, and dye, and beads, and found object, and…….

  72. Favorite QA article- Melanie Testa’s article on using tracing paper to create another layer on journal/sketchbook pages. And it led to my friendship with Melly, which was the best part!

  73. Absolutely LOVE your magazine!!! I am currently working on a project from your Issue 51, trying to make a small wall quilt from a photo of my Mom. Its taken me a bit of time to take the photo and adjust it in a “Elements” to get my 3 grayscale shades. I have the plastic templates cut out and am in the process of picking out fabrics! I am looking forward to seeing it completed!

    I would love to win the book!

  74. Reading this magazine has helped me to try various techniques I wouldn’t have even thought of and a chance to see into some of the greatest minds in the quilting world.

  75. Every issue is a keeper, and how great it will be to have them gathered in one place, butmy favourite is the snow-dying technique! Here in Canada we can do this for six months out of the year! Happy New Year to all.

  76. My favorite tip from Quilting Arts TV show is when Leslie Tucker Jenison talked about how to pack a quilt for shipping. Great advice there–it has helped me when packing the clergy stoles for shipping. Thanks Pokie! Thanks Leslie!

  77. I watch your show every Saturday on our local PBS station I just love the show. I would love to win a copy of this book I just started Quilting January of this year and this book would be a great help.

  78. I think the best tip I’ve learned from Quilting Arts is to have an open mind, be willing to step outside of my comfort zone and try something new. It’s so easy to stick with what you know and stay in your comfort zone but Quilting Arts has really opened my eyes with the variety of ideas and techniques out there to try. I look forward to exploring more in the New Year!

  79. I read all that I can about binding, hanging and just general presentation. After all the work that goes into a piece, presenting it well is what gets it noticed

  80. The best: Not to be afraid to try new things! And that mistakes in a quilt really just are design opportunities; don’t panic…

    Grettings from Norway with wishes for a happy new quilting year.

    Kjersti

  81. Quilting Arts has been a great inspiration for me and keeps my created juices flowing. There are too many great tips, tricks or techniques to name just one.

  82. Quilting Arts has been a great inspiration for me and keeps my created juices flowing. There are too many great tips, tricks or techniques to name just one.

  83. There is not just one thing I have learned many from Quilting Arts. QA has allowed me to stretch my mediums, be daring with recycled items and other items I would not have thought about. QA is the most artistic quilting publication on the market.

    I applaud Pokey and her staff for their never ending creativity.

    I enjoyed using twigs, stones and hay for outside dying of materials

  84. There is not just one thing I have learned many from Quilting Arts. QA has allowed me to stretch my mediums, be daring with recycled items and other items I would not have thought about. QA is the most artistic quilting publication on the market.

    I applaud Pokey and her staff for their never ending creativity.

    I enjoyed using twigs, stones and hay for outside dying of materials

  85. How did you get the Best of QA in just one book? I have learned so much from Quilting Arts about how to use things you might never think of to make art, as well as how to use products I now consider requirements for a working studio. The best technique is probably “Don’t disregard anything that might work to express yourself!”

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