Best of Quilting Arts Book Giveaway!

22 Dec 2011

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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blackanna1 wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 9:26 AM

Oh, Dear Santa, would you bring a signed  copy to me too? Please?

Enjoy your Holidays!

on 22 Dec 2011 9:32 AM

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.

sofie99 wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 9:39 AM

Santa, please oh please!!

wattlee wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 9:43 AM

Love your magazine! Thank you.

kjheaverlo wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 9:43 AM

I would love to win this book! Oh please Santa!

DebraB@8 wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 9:46 AM

I really liked the Mary Hettsmansperger series on metal embellishments. I also liked the series by Lyric Kinard on design principles.

craftytammie wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 9:47 AM

i made a knitting needle roll using your pencil case pattern!  thanks for the chance!

Debra@7 wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 9:48 AM

This looks like a wonderful resource to add to my library.

Debra@7 wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 9:49 AM

This looks like a wonderful resource book to add to my library.

on 22 Dec 2011 9:49 AM

It would be lovely to get a copy of this book.  

JGP wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 9:50 AM

I love your magazine but my budget does not always permit it. Please Santa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

on 22 Dec 2011 9:51 AM

I love your magazine. The Best of would be such a great resource. Would love to haave that one. thanks. Happy Holiday

theartinbeth wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 9:53 AM

Thanks for this opportunity to win the book.  I have learned to embellish my quilt blocks to make them truly beautiful and unique.  I love Quilting Arts!

cdininge wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 9:54 AM

I love everything Quilting Arts - I am so addicted!!

mwhite01 wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 9:54 AM

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.

mea5798 wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 9:55 AM

what a lovely giveaway! something nice to look forward to AFTER christmas if i win!

merry christmas to all!

marie

cynthialevis wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 10:00 AM

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!

cynthialevis wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 10:00 AM

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!

on 22 Dec 2011 10:01 AM

great birthday present for a friend.

happy holidays from Holland

beth55 wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 10:01 AM

Every Quilting "artist" needs this one!  What inspiration!

Lundan wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 10:02 AM

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.

on 22 Dec 2011 10:02 AM

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!!!!

rubyhaze wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 10:04 AM

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.

on 22 Dec 2011 10:04 AM

I would really be a lucky dog if I won the book. Thanks for the opportunity, Pokey.

dianae3 wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 10:06 AM

Oh what I could learn from this book. Santa, if you are listening, this is what I want for Christmas!

jane@47 wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 10:07 AM

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!

Sew Strait wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 10:08 AM

I've been enjoying working fabric on felt thanks to an article I saw.  Pick me for the book, pretty please!  It would totally make my Christmas.  

on 22 Dec 2011 10:11 AM

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.

on 22 Dec 2011 10:12 AM

Never, ever be afraid to try something new! Be BOLD!

on 22 Dec 2011 10:13 AM

BE BOLD! Never, ever be afraid to try something new!

artfulpath wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 10:14 AM

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...

Charmian wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 10:16 AM

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.....

lindamid wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 10:18 AM

I would love to win this book.  Thanks for the opportunity

threecoutos wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 10:19 AM

LOVE Quilting Arts!! Oh what a joy it would be to recieve a copy.

Rita@85 wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 10:22 AM

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.

Mishakitty wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 10:23 AM

I enjoyed the FMQ stitch lessons.  They were very inspiring and informative!  looking forward to what's in store for the next year.  

Happy Holidays

jlord0950 wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 10:28 AM

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

Eleora wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 10:29 AM

I so love Quilting Arts---my very favorite magazine.  I am learning to think "outside the box" and stretch my creative self.

IngridReed wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 10:32 AM

The mail is very slow around here, better send the book today so I get it soon:))

on 22 Dec 2011 10:33 AM

Once I heard Lynn Krawczyk was in this book, I KNEW I had to have it!! :D

th1mble wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 10:45 AM

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!

pixelpaintr wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 10:47 AM

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!

gre8dean wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 10:53 AM

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!

Ann Shirley wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 11:10 AM

Love quilting arts and would love to win the magazine.

Thanks

on 22 Dec 2011 11:13 AM

Tis is no lump of coal!  Stocking ready to be stuffed with this signed copy.  Thanks in advance. lol!  

Virginia in TX

avidreader2 wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 11:19 AM

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!!!

Renetha wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 11:22 AM

I would love to have a signed copy of this book.  Quilting Arts books are great for inspiration!

Pba165 wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 11:36 AM

I love this magazine.  It inspires me to try anything, there is no wrong idea. The imbelishment ideas are always so inspiring!  Thanks so much for a wonderful giveaway.

Inger4 wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 11:38 AM

Well done by Santa - Julemanden - or one of his other alias'.

Happy Holidays to you all.

roselegge wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 11:39 AM

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. . .

CC in WI wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 11:40 AM

"Expanding the Square" That article really opened up a new source of creativity within me. It opened up a way to make my own images to use in my art with no worry of using someone else's art that could break copyright.

catherinemariecalvetti.com

CC in WI

P.S. I would love to win a copy of this book.

CC in WI wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 11:41 AM

"Expanding the Square" That article really opened up a new source of creativity within me. It opened up a way to make my own images to use in my art with no worry of using someone else's art that could break copyright.

catherinemariecalvetti.com

CC in WI

P.S. I would love to win a copy of this book.

on 22 Dec 2011 11:45 AM

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!

adrianlee wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 11:58 AM

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.

etorgers wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 12:04 PM

Celebrating another year of quilting and classes with Quilting Arts!  This year I had a class with Ana Buzzalino - who will it be in 2012?!

on 22 Dec 2011 12:05 PM

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.

sarakalinin wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 12:10 PM

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 :)  

rvquilter wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 12:11 PM

I learn something new from every issue! Color, MQ, dyeing.....love it all.

Would start my new year right if I won this great book!

Thanks for the chance to win!

Deb Martens wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 12:20 PM

I love the magazine and have learned a lot. Next thing I am going to try is: felting old wool sweaters.

on 22 Dec 2011 12:41 PM

dear santa i would love to  have a copy of  quilting art book

karinlisa wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 12:51 PM

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

karinlisa wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 12:51 PM

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

jacadams wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 1:11 PM

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!

on 22 Dec 2011 1:14 PM

I liked the series on thread sketching. And I otherwise enjoy all your articles.

wendzuk wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 1:22 PM

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.

baldwin2 wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 1:22 PM

I so look forward to the magazines and re-visit them when I need inspiration! would love to win the book!

Merry Christmas to you all.

Quiltlone wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 1:45 PM

if any of these books should go to Denmark - please let it go to me.

Quiltlone wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 1:45 PM

if any of these books should go to Denmark - please let it go to me.

on 22 Dec 2011 2:03 PM

Best tip from QA is:  practice your free motion quilting.

PattiV7 wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 2:08 PM

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!

Lindy101 wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 2:44 PM

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!

lois johnsen wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 2:54 PM

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 !!

DianneR wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 3:11 PM

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!!

DianneR wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 3:15 PM

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!

DebraAnn wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 3:18 PM

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.

DebraAnn wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 3:20 PM

The use of color.  It is so important to whatever piece you are making.  The selection of color  is of great importance.

on 22 Dec 2011 3:26 PM

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.

cindyl57 wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 3:39 PM

I seems like I learn something new in every issue!

gailquilts2 wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 3:47 PM

Quilting Arts count me in!!!

sewdeb2 wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 4:37 PM

I love all the colorful embellishments on quilts.

bohemiannie wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 5:21 PM

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.

MsElizabeth wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 5:52 PM

Quilting Arts has enabled me to step out of my comfort zone many, many times.  Try it!  You'll like it!

Cheryl Goyer wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 6:17 PM

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.

pmpatty wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 6:19 PM

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.

Talltoya wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 6:21 PM

I enjoyed an "applique" lesson in your magazine and also about the different types of fusing material.  Thanks for the giveaway!!!!

Toya

on 22 Dec 2011 6:23 PM

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!  

moniquilts wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 6:26 PM

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....

MarciaT@2 wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 6:56 PM

Please, oh please pick me Santa.  I have been sooooooooooo good this year!!!!

VickiD10 wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 6:59 PM

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.

MarciaT@2 wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 7:02 PM

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

TRACYDVR wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 7:13 PM

Always have room for a new book! I need all the inspiration I can get for the Girl Scout Quilting Program I manage.

whatsup wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 7:16 PM

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.

MindyW wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 7:40 PM

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.

MindyW wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 7:40 PM

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.

on 22 Dec 2011 7:41 PM

I love Quilting Arts! I would very much like to have a copy of the book!

on 22 Dec 2011 7:44 PM

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!

on 22 Dec 2011 7:53 PM

I love this magazine. There is so much to inspire inside ... great ideas and techniques.

basturges wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 8:16 PM

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!

crowsystr wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 8:19 PM

I would love to receive the book - looks like a great read!!

marijka wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 8:22 PM

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!

coollabtech1 wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 8:57 PM

best technique- Wen Redmond's holographs.

Would love to win this book!

vonbema wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 9:01 PM

I LOVE Quilting Arts magazine and winning a copy of "The Best of Quilting Arts" would be the BEST!!

KuntzMA wrote
on 22 Dec 2011 10:27 PM

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.

on 22 Dec 2011 11:47 PM

I've learned to be fearless with color and to personalize with hand stitching and paint.

on 23 Dec 2011 7:08 AM

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

on 23 Dec 2011 2:46 PM

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.

CypressJoan wrote
on 23 Dec 2011 11:48 PM

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!

Cathy MMMM wrote
on 24 Dec 2011 6:34 AM

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"  

labedaelaine wrote
on 24 Dec 2011 7:18 AM

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

labedaelaine wrote
on 24 Dec 2011 7:20 AM

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

kjheaverlo wrote
on 24 Dec 2011 8:29 AM

I learned how to step out of the box from my Quilting Arts magazine! It sets you free... there is no wrong way in qilting! ahhhhhhhhhh :)

SheilaI10 wrote
on 24 Dec 2011 8:45 AM

This looks like a great book to browse through on a regular basis.

SheilaI10 wrote
on 24 Dec 2011 8:45 AM

This looks like a great book to browse through on a regular basis.

Artvisionz wrote
on 24 Dec 2011 9:30 AM

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!

soozieq wrote
on 24 Dec 2011 11:02 AM

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

on 24 Dec 2011 12:06 PM

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.

ddr1952 wrote
on 24 Dec 2011 2:12 PM

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!

Yanney wrote
on 24 Dec 2011 4:17 PM

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,

postcardlady wrote
on 24 Dec 2011 6:16 PM

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.

on 25 Dec 2011 5:59 PM

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.

CasaManana wrote
on 26 Dec 2011 5:45 PM

Because of the really detailed technique instructions, I tackled my first thread painting project!  It came out very nicely!  Vicky M

CYooOhio wrote
on 26 Dec 2011 8:10 PM

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.  

1griselda1 wrote
on 27 Dec 2011 2:48 PM

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.  

txartist wrote
on 27 Dec 2011 11:15 PM

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

rosenana wrote
on 29 Dec 2011 11:22 AM

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".

ckelsey wrote
on 29 Dec 2011 9:32 PM

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

on 29 Dec 2011 9:33 PM

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!

Paula12 wrote
on 30 Dec 2011 1:24 PM

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

etorgers wrote
on 30 Dec 2011 3:21 PM

That would certainly be a Happy New Year!  Happy New Year to all the QA world and good luck in your new ventures without Pokey.

Darcy Angel wrote
on 30 Dec 2011 3:24 PM

I would love to win this amazing book.  Thank you for the opportunity!

Evelyn303 wrote
on 30 Dec 2011 3:26 PM

I have learned so much about color and how it affects the outcome of a quilt in a very big way and using different fabrics of texture to add effect.

Julie-AnneR wrote
on 30 Dec 2011 3:27 PM

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!

KarenS@71 wrote
on 30 Dec 2011 3:31 PM

How cool would it be to win this?!?!?  Happy 2012 to all

gwonson wrote
on 30 Dec 2011 3:37 PM

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.

Jeannie EVH wrote
on 30 Dec 2011 3:52 PM

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!

Laura54 wrote
on 30 Dec 2011 3:56 PM

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.......

dmp103 wrote
on 30 Dec 2011 3:56 PM

A whole lotta inspiration under one cover - awesome!

on 30 Dec 2011 4:28 PM

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!

ek1106 wrote
on 30 Dec 2011 4:41 PM

what a way to start the new year...with a win!!!!

MertieF wrote
on 30 Dec 2011 4:50 PM

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!

Eleora wrote
on 30 Dec 2011 5:14 PM

Love, love, love Quilting Arts!  The magazine and the TV show!

carolcapshaw wrote
on 30 Dec 2011 5:35 PM

The best tip I have ever gotten from my many QA mags. Is to follow my own path and do what I love!

pmpatty wrote
on 30 Dec 2011 5:46 PM

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.

on 30 Dec 2011 5:48 PM

would love to win a book. never win anything would be so happy at least once thanks

on 30 Dec 2011 5:51 PM

would love to win a copy of this .

lmarso wrote
on 30 Dec 2011 5:56 PM

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.

Quilt Idea wrote
on 30 Dec 2011 6:13 PM

I've learned to set my  fears aside and jusr DO IT.

TheresaK16 wrote
on 30 Dec 2011 6:23 PM

how to pick just one? I love this magazine.

on 30 Dec 2011 6:52 PM

That your art is your personal expression, don't let any one tell you what you are doing is the "wrong" way!  Would really love this book!

Barb Fox wrote
on 30 Dec 2011 6:54 PM

Thanks for offering a chance too win this book--have always loved Quilting Arts magazine, blog and TV show. Keep up the good work!

Barb Fox wrote
on 30 Dec 2011 7:01 PM

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!

Barb Fox wrote
on 30 Dec 2011 7:13 PM

I loved following the series on "resists." I dye fabric for classes I take and will use some of these techniques to acheive some unique results. Thanks!

Gina S. wrote
on 30 Dec 2011 7:31 PM

I would love to win a copy!

VBoze wrote
on 30 Dec 2011 8:10 PM

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.

Pegcollins wrote
on 30 Dec 2011 8:39 PM

would love love love to receive this book! ;o)

Pegcollins wrote
on 30 Dec 2011 8:46 PM

when does the show air on Rocky mountain PBS? I can't find it in the schedule!!

msjane wrote
on 30 Dec 2011 9:30 PM

Terry White's article on Thread Painting. Absolutely fabulous!!

Payac wrote
on 30 Dec 2011 9:42 PM

The best tip? Step outsid my comfort zone. Don't be afraid to try something new. Every project is a learning experience even if it doesn't turn out!

sugarsmom wrote
on 30 Dec 2011 11:13 PM

The best tip I learned is to just go for it and experiment, especially with free motion stitching.  Thank you for a wonderful magazine!

sallyg@13 wrote
on 30 Dec 2011 11:26 PM

I love this resource!

Penelope14 wrote
on 31 Dec 2011 12:30 AM

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!

Katerinabc wrote
on 31 Dec 2011 5:00 AM

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

on 31 Dec 2011 5:59 AM

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

on 31 Dec 2011 6:58 AM

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.

on 31 Dec 2011 6:58 AM

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.

elenyquilts wrote
on 31 Dec 2011 10:27 AM

Can't wait to get this and share with my art quilting group.  They will all want it.

dfmrobinson wrote
on 31 Dec 2011 12:30 PM

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

dfmrobinson wrote
on 31 Dec 2011 12:30 PM

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

on 31 Dec 2011 2:22 PM

What a great giveaway!  Whoever gets it, will be a very lucky crafter!

craftynana2 wrote
on 31 Dec 2011 5:22 PM

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!"

Lindy101 wrote
on 31 Dec 2011 5:46 PM

Couldn't wait to win it! Bought it and will bring in the new year reading it!

Lori1961 wrote
on 31 Dec 2011 7:28 PM

Since I started subscribing to Quilting Arts just earlier this year, I'm learning to think "outside the box".  Thanks for the nudge!!  :)

Lori

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