A Book Review and Giveaway: Vintage Quilt Revival

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I love the concept behind the Vintage Quilt Revival book as well as the book itself. The three women who wrote this book all come from different places but are all connected through quilting. That in a nutshell is how a lot of us quilters came together; while we may not have anything else in common, including the quilts we choose to create, we all still have a love of quilts and quilting that unites us. The authors embrace the past and traditional quilting patterns and use them as inspiration, changing them up to fit into today’s more modern aesthetics. I love that they show how modern and traditional quilting can coexist and even thrive together. This book is not only a great instructional and block library book but a wonderful book for inspiration as well. It’s visually stunning and fun to read as it has design notes and tips for each block as well as mini history lessons.

One of my favorite quilts from this book is the Sampler Quilt – they show it in a variety of ways so you can choose the one that speaks to you. This Quilt puts together each of the 20 blocks included in the various projects throughout the book.

Sampler Quit in Solids:

Sampler Quilt On-point:

Using a Fabric Collection:

Here are a few other projects that are on my to-do list!

Rainbow Mosaic Pillow:

Double Dutch Table Runner:

Seaside Quilt:

Spiced Chai Quilt:

This book includes a block library of 20 classic blocks (as well as a CD with 12 printable template patterns on it); then each block has step-by-step instructions and a project using the block.

Now, because I love this book so much, I was eager to get it in the hands of as many people as possible. You know what that means, right? It’s giveaway time! If you’d like to win a copy of this book, simply leave me a comment telling me what your inspiration was to start quilting. Comments must be submitted by Monday, February 3rd at 7am PST to be entered.

I will be giving away two copies of the book to residents of the US and Canada. Winners will be selected and announced here on Notions next Monday, February 3rd. If you can’t wait to get your hands on this book, we have good news: it’s on sale! The regular retail price is $27.99 but you can get it at Connecting Threads now for just $16.79.

*Rules: Contest open to residents of US and Canada only. One entry per person, please. No purchase required. You must provide a valid email address so that we can contact you if you win. All comments must be on this blog post; any comments on other posts will not be counted. If you’re selected as a winner, we will contact you and ask for your mailing address. If we do not hear back within 7 days, your prize will no longer be available. Good luck!


132 responses to “A Book Review and Giveaway: Vintage Quilt Revival”

  1. shannon Says:
    01/28/2014 11:34 am

    ahhhh very unique! would love to win it. thanks for the chance!

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  2. Grapenutquilter Says:
    01/28/2014 11:39 am

    My inspiration to start quilting came from a coworker who quilted. Her quilts were beautiful and I like to sew so gave it a try. The rest is history! Boy did I get sewed in!

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  3. Shawn Says:
    01/28/2014 11:53 am

    My inspiration to start quilting was the love of color and fabric. Also just loved the texture of the quilting itself. When I found out how much it cost to buy a hand made quilt I thought I would make my own thinking it would be so much cheaper. lol Was I wrong about the cheaper but I am having so much fun I can’t stop.
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this great book.

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  4. Carol Says:
    01/28/2014 11:59 am

    I love history and started quilting as a tie to the historical fiction I love to read. I learned from an elderly woman from my church and have been making and sharing quilts ever since. I’d love to make more vintage quilts.

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  5. Kathie L Says:
    01/28/2014 12:00 pm

    As much as I love the patterns, I love the color choices just as much. Thanks for the look, Kathie

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  6. Frances Says:
    01/28/2014 12:04 pm

    This looks like a great inspiration to really get started on serious quilting. I have done tiny bits of quilting, but would like to do some serious stuff!

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  7. Ashley W Says:
    01/28/2014 12:06 pm

    Not entirely sure where the inspiration came from. I had purchased a stack of fat quarters and thought that they would look good in a quilt. I enjoyed cutting the squares and sewing it together. It was like doing a puzzle trying to figure out the best placement of the different colored squares. It just kind of took off from there. Now I am working on a purple quilt as a memorial for my 7 year old cousin who recently passed away. Her favorite color was purple so it will sort of be a memorial to her. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  8. Chris R Says:
    01/28/2014 12:07 pm

    Love this peek at book. I love sampler quilts….

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  9. Wilma Hennebury Says:
    01/28/2014 12:09 pm

    Thanks!!!!!!!….love it…

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  10. Robin Huss Says:
    01/28/2014 12:12 pm

    My inspiration to start quilting was seeing quilting magazines and bloggers posting their quilts on Facebook. I’ve only been quilting for about 6 months, still learning a lot. Would love to have a copy of this book to go with my magazines. Thank you for the chance to win. Happy Sewing! :-)

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  11. Nina Says:
    01/28/2014 12:12 pm

    I have many clothes from my Mom who passed away in August 2013 and my niece who passed away this January and wanted to make a quilt from their clothing to honor and remember them.

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  12. Cathy B Says:
    01/28/2014 12:16 pm

    My quilting inspiration was my great aunt. She sewed and taught me on her old black singer sewing machine. I still have her machine and sew on it often, thinking of her and how she inspired and influenced me. thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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  13. Joyce Mitchell Says:
    01/28/2014 12:19 pm

    My youngest sister started me quilting about 7 years ago. She wanted to do a round robin & talked me & my other 2 sisters into joining. I haven’t stopped quilting since. Thanks.

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  14. debbie pete Says:
    01/28/2014 12:22 pm

    looks like a gorgeous book

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  15. April Says:
    01/28/2014 12:23 pm

    I love the bear paws and the way they used the neutrals and the colors!

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  16. Heather Says:
    01/28/2014 12:24 pm

    I liked the possibility of all the combinations of color and pattern. Great book!

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  17. desiree Says:
    01/28/2014 12:25 pm

    My inspiration was my husband and mother in law. My husband wanted me to connect with his mom because we did not really get along, so I took up quilting and I just love it! Now my mother in law and I are like best friends or as we like to say best quilting buddies!

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  18. marci d watson Says:
    01/28/2014 12:27 pm

    I would love to win this but even if i don’t win, this would be a great book to add to my libary and to make a quilt for family!! thanks for letting me try!!
    marci

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  19. Diana Says:
    01/28/2014 12:28 pm

    My inspiration to start quilting was my children. I started by making a baby quilt and it just took off from there.

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  20. Susan Says:
    01/28/2014 12:28 pm

    Love the book

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  21. Judy U Says:
    01/28/2014 12:29 pm

    Started sewing in sixth grade loved quilts I started quilting when my girls started school. Purchased an Eleanor Burns quilt in a day log cabin book been quilting ever since. Found a local quilt store love buying fabric. Been quilting for over 30years.

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  22. Melissa Greenfield Says:
    01/28/2014 12:29 pm

    Wonderful! I’m loving the spiced chai.

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  23. Melissa Greenfield Says:
    01/28/2014 12:29 pm

    Wonderful! I’m loving the spiced chai.

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  24. Melissa Greenfield Says:
    01/28/2014 12:29 pm

    Wonderful! I’m loving the spiced chai.

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  25. Diane Palmiter Says:
    01/28/2014 12:31 pm

    I was inspired to start quilting because my grandmother used to sew and crochet things for me and my siblings and cousins, and nobody had picked up where she left off. I wanted to make things for my loved ones, and I saw pictures of online friends’ creations and just decided to go for it. Two years and nearly 30 quilts later, I have no regrets.

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  26. Stephanie Says:
    01/28/2014 12:36 pm

    My inspiration was friendship. Both of my best friends quilted and he got together for a retreat at my sisters lake cabin to help me make embroidered squares into a quilt for my nieces wedding gift and the rest is history. We still get together about twice a year at my sisters cabin. Also I am a vintage quilt lover over the newer quilt patters.

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  27. Heather S. Says:
    01/28/2014 12:40 pm

    I first started quilting when my nephew was born. I’ve always loved quilts, but decided to try and make him a quilt and I haven’t stopped since!

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  28. Laura Says:
    01/28/2014 12:43 pm

    My mom is a quilter…and both of my grandmas. But I shyed away from it growing up. Then a friend had a very special daughter and I couldn’t think of any better way to show honor to her than by making a quilt! I’ve been quilting for about five years now and there’s no turning back!

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  29. Elaine Says:
    01/28/2014 12:49 pm

    Connecting Threads is wonderful.. Love shopping there.

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  30. Peggy Says:
    01/28/2014 12:51 pm

    I used to sew when I was younger and then got away from it for a while, with kids and work, etc. About 5 years ago I started sewing again making aprons. I’ve made tons!! I started to look around for other things to make and stumbled across quilts and a local quilt show. I was hooked. And I love this book btw!

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  31. Vela Lloyd Says:
    01/28/2014 12:52 pm

    My inspiration came from memeories of my grandmothers quilts

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  32. Janeen Horne Says:
    01/28/2014 12:58 pm

    There was a quilting class at the local hall, and I talked my mom into going with me. 15 years later and we are still quilting! Love my Monday quilting group, and seeing my mom there. :)

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  33. Sarah V. Says:
    01/28/2014 1:03 pm

    We had a few treasured quilts around the house when I was growing up made by my great-grandmother. Even though it bypassed my mother, I received the “needlework” gene from both sides of the family, starting with cross-stitch and embroidery. I bought my first quilt book while still in college, and I was off and running.

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  34. Anne Lawless Says:
    01/28/2014 1:05 pm

    Quilting runs in my family, on my Dad’s side, but when Mom started and made such beautiful quilts, I had to start too. We have made one quilt together.

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  35. Megan Says:
    01/28/2014 1:05 pm

    My inspiration to start quilting came from my mom, who is a sewer. My love of fabric and textures comes from her!

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  36. Peggy A. Says:
    01/28/2014 1:07 pm

    My inspiration to start quilting came with the birth of my first child. I have always loved sewing and traditional fabric arts.

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  37. Pat V. Says:
    01/28/2014 1:07 pm

    I always admired quilts but never thought I could make one myself. Then I took a little free class and the rest is history!

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  38. vandy Says:
    01/28/2014 1:10 pm

    my mother in law got me started, i have always wanted to learn because my great grandmother and grandmother always quilted

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  39. Diane H Says:
    01/28/2014 1:13 pm

    I made my first quilt in Home Ec class many many years ago and have quilted ever since.

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  40. Shannon Says:
    01/28/2014 1:15 pm

    Would love the book…I started quilting when I retired and now I hardly ever leave my sewing machine…lol…I am almost finished the farmers wife quilt and the patterns in the book look wonderful and fun to make…thank you

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  41. Carol Says:
    01/28/2014 1:21 pm

    My mother taught me to sew at a young age, so I have been sewing most of my 49 years. I have resisted quilting because I didn’t want to get started on one other thing that I would not have time to finish with my busy schedule! However, after seeing some of the beautiful quilts that my niece has made, she has inspired me to start quilting. I am starting off small and making baby quilts to donate to a local non profit organization that donates baby items to area families in need. I am absolutely loving it!!

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  42. Renata Says:
    01/28/2014 1:24 pm

    A quilt guild president presented me with a precut kit for a small quilt and provided instructions. I’ve been quilting ever since.

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  43. Alane Woods Says:
    01/28/2014 1:25 pm

    I starting quilting 10 years ago when my dad passed away. He had over 100 tshirts from his travels and I wanted to do something besides throw them away. I took a quilt class so I could lean the basics and I’ve been quilting ever since and made 5 tshirts quilts in addition to all the other ones.

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  44. Cynthia Jackson Says:
    01/28/2014 1:31 pm

    My inspiration came from a quilt we found after my great grandmother died that was partially completed. It was a double wedding ring that had some blocks completed and most of it cut out. I finished it in high school and tied it. It has been lost in a move.

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  45. Tina Says:
    01/28/2014 1:34 pm

    I started quilting a little over 3 years ago, my grown son had always had a lap quilt from the time he was born, his was all worn out and he asked if I could make him another one, I had just had shoulder surgery and wasn’t sure if I could but I gave it my all, it was a true labor of love. It helped me get some mobility back in my arm and gave him his quilt, the next year I made one for everyone in my family only this time they were all bed size, I’m still going :-)

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  46. Carol Says:
    01/28/2014 1:40 pm

    My inspiration came from seeing old quilts that my Grandmother had. I was always fascinated with the beauty of them. Thanks for the opportunity to win one .

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  47. Joleen Says:
    01/28/2014 1:46 pm

    My mother was my inspiration. Shetaught me to sew when I was around 7 or 8 and I made my first quilt when I was in high school. I still have it :) I stopped sewing/quilting for a few years and then got back into it about 10 years ago.

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  48. Jocelyn Says:
    01/28/2014 1:47 pm

    I took a quilting class when my second son was born. My plan was to make a quilt for him. But I got bitten by the bug and never stopped! That was 28 years ago :-)

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  49. Kaaren Says:
    01/28/2014 1:48 pm

    As far back as I can remember, I’ve always had a love affair with quilts. I am an avid collector of antique quilts but not until I retired in 2006 did I have the time to devote to teach myself how to quilt and I haven’t looked back since.
    Vintage is my “middle name”. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win a copy of Vintage Quilt Revival.

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  50. Judy O. Says:
    01/28/2014 1:51 pm

    Several years ago I was given quilts made by my great-great-grandmother. I loved her tiny stitches, quilt patterns, and the fabrics of that time period and decided I wanted to try my hand at quilting. The rest is (my) history!

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  51. Cathy Says:
    01/28/2014 1:59 pm

    Always loved fabric & sewing, didn’t get into making quilts until my first grandchild came along. I love it! Love the vintage& traditional quilts. Thanks for the give away!

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  52. kim leavens Says:
    01/28/2014 2:01 pm

    My inspiration to start quilting was that I wanted a handmade quilt and the only way to have one was to make it….I handquilt mine and love it!! Thank you for the chance to win this book, it looks fun.

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  53. Kim Schau Says:
    01/28/2014 2:06 pm

    My inspiration to start quilting was to bless others. I joined a group of ladies from my church to learn to make quilts for orphaned children in Guatemaela…that was 15 yrs ago and many many quilts ago. I take great joy in making charity quilts for others. This books looks awesome and would love to win it.

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  54. Heidi Says:
    01/28/2014 2:08 pm

    Quilting is a family affair… Both Grandmas, Mom and my mother-in-law all quilt, so it was just a matter of time. That time came when I was newly married and 15 hours away from my friends and family… So time for a new hobby :)

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  55. Karen Says:
    01/28/2014 2:08 pm

    My inspiration to start quilting was to learn how to repair a quilt given to me when my mom passed away. One of my aunts gave it to her and she used it for years. Some of the pieces needed to be repaired, so I had to learn some of the secrets. Would love to have the book.

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  56. Connie White Says:
    01/28/2014 2:12 pm

    My inspiration to start quilting was my grandmother. As a child, I was always in awe of the quilting frame set up every winter in the basement of her home. She always used fabric from clothing she had made us and I still look at her quilts and see fabrics from my clothing that brings back memories. A short time before I retired I took a class, and I was hooked. Now I try to spend time each day in my sewing room.

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  57. Rina Says:
    01/28/2014 2:15 pm

    As long as I can remember I have had a love affair with fabric. I started sewing when I was eight or nine and by the time I was in high school could sew anything. My mother asked if I could make her a quilt and I bought a book, hand pieced and quilted it for her. She used it everyday for over forty years until she passed. I still have it and marvel at how neat and tiny my stitches were.

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  58. Sallie Says:
    01/28/2014 2:18 pm

    My DH’s grandmother made many quilts and my DH loves quilts.

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  59. Carol Sharman Says:
    01/28/2014 2:22 pm

    My inspiration was a beautiful Double Wedding Ring quilt in a book called First Prize Quilts by Dimetra Makris. That quilt and it’s story totally captivated me.

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  60. Bev Dixon Says:
    01/28/2014 2:26 pm

    How beautiful.. What a great inspirational book.

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  61. Vicky Says:
    01/28/2014 2:29 pm

    My sister is the one who encouraged me to try. She was right, I love it!

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  62. Gretchen H. Says:
    01/28/2014 2:35 pm

    I was always in awe over all the pretty fabrics and the beauty they make when combined into a quilt serving as a utilitarian piece and a work of art. Four years ago, my kids were less needy, and I was finally able to steal away and teach myself with a book from the library. I have been hooked ever since.

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  63. Marilyn K. Lessner Says:
    01/28/2014 2:42 pm

    As with so many others, my inspiration came from my mother. She was a beautiful hand quilter. But I never thought that I would be any good at it. Then when I retired a few yrs ago I joined women at my church for a day of quilting. I was hooked! And I found that I took to it right away. Since then I have pieced quiit a number of tops, many of which are still in my UFO pile!
    I’ve got a stash of CT fat quarters that I would love to use for a sampler quilt from the book.

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  64. Lisa F Says:
    01/28/2014 2:46 pm

    My mom was my inspiration, she used to quilt all the time along with 2 of my aunts, I didn’t pick up the fever until later in life, when they had all retired from quilting.

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  65. Mary Ellen Coumerilh Says:
    01/28/2014 2:55 pm

    I had just moved to a new town 600 miles away from my hometown, and I joined a quilting group to get to know people. I had never quilted before but had always sewn my own clothes, and thought that I could kill 2 birds with 1 stone – Make new friends AND learn to quilt!

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  66. Nancy N Says:
    01/28/2014 2:57 pm

    My inspiration was all of the quilts I grew up with as my Great-Grandmother was a prolific quilter. I even have some of the quilts that she made totally on her machine, including the quilting. I love the way this book melds the traditional with the modern. Would love to win a copy.

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  67. LisaT Says:
    01/28/2014 3:20 pm

    My inspiration came when I got pregnant with my son. I first made a jumper I could wear during my pregnancy. It wasn’t awesome but wearable and I did. After that I pretty much gave up sewing clothing forever. I decided to make a choo choo quilt for my son’s nursery. It turned out great, still have it 21 years later and have loved all types of quilting since then.

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  68. Rosemary Syverson Says:
    01/28/2014 3:31 pm

    Just learning to quilt. I wish my mom was still alive as she was an awesome quilter. I hope to be as good as she was, someday. I have so much to learn…

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  69. RANCHMOM Says:
    01/28/2014 3:43 pm

    My Grandmother was my inspiration to quilt, she made each of her 22 granddaughters a Dresden plate quilt. Mine was made of the scraps from the clothes I made from the age of 10 until I was 18. When I moved from home that quilt was on my bed and stayed there for the next 30 years. I now have a lap quilt I made out of the best blocks and it is my comfort quilt.

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  70. Stephanie Olmsted Says:
    01/28/2014 3:59 pm

    I just started quilting.. well last year I started a jelly roll quilt but got frustrated because it didn’t line up right and it is unfinished. I was inspired after attendind quilt show with my friend. She had been helping my daughter quilt her own quilt. Three of us working on that quilt with her help. I wanted my own.
    One of my goals for this year is sew a quilt.. to finish. I started a HST quilt that I found a tutorial for in crib size. I am at the point of adding borders and it is looking good.

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  71. maureen Says:
    01/28/2014 3:59 pm

    My inspiration to start quilting was my grandmother. When I was growing up, she was always sewing, knitting, crocheting, embroidering… She taught me to do all of these things and helped me make my first quilt when I was heading off to college.

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  72. Lorri K Says:
    01/28/2014 4:04 pm

    My inspiration for quilting was I love, love, love to sew! I have done it since I was around 6 to 7 years old. I can sit there for hours and days just sewing. I started quilting for something different from garment construction. It also allows me to use my own imagination and talents to make my own patterns for my quilt tops. I enjoy the whole process involved in quilting.

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  73. Erica D Says:
    01/28/2014 4:29 pm

    This book looks like so much fun I would love to make the quilts in it!

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  74. Linda Lee Says:
    01/28/2014 5:13 pm

    My inspiration for quilting came from my mother She taught me how to sew. I started sewing my own clothes and then got into making quilts. It is so much fun to see what I can create.

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  75. Cecilia Says:
    01/28/2014 5:17 pm

    This book looks like it has a lot to offer! My inspiration to quilt came when I went to a quilt shop (I was thinking “fabric store”) to buy fabric to make my granddaughter a dress. The store owner asked me if I quilted and I said, “no”. She said with a smile, “you mean not yet”. I found that so interesting that I went back a few weeks later and joined a quilting class to find out why so many seemed interested in quilting. Now I know!

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  76. Karen A Says:
    01/28/2014 5:25 pm

    I have been inspired to quilt, crochet, sew and many other crafts from reading books. I have wonderful memories of going to the library weekly with my father.

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  77. Maureen Jackson Says:
    01/28/2014 5:34 pm

    I began quilting because I couldn’t bear to throw away fabric sample from 2 fabric clubs to which I subscribed so made my first two quilts using almost all. Now I have a stash of fabric that will never run out.

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  78. Sandy A in St. Louis Says:
    01/28/2014 5:44 pm

    I learned to quilt because my grandmother used to make the pretties quilts and I wanted to be like her. She never took a class but learned from her grandmother. She also made up her own patterns and always had a quilt in the frame or at her sewing machine any time I was there.

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  79. Cheryl B Says:
    01/28/2014 5:57 pm

    My mom was my inspiration to start quilting. She brought me along to a fabric store and I could not believe the gorgeous fabrics! Such a refreshing change from all the calico I remembered.

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  80. Gail Says:
    01/28/2014 6:01 pm

    My grandmother and mother quilted when I was young and I have fond memories of helping with threading needles and rolling the quilt. When my mother passed away, I realized I had to carry on with quilting for the next generation.

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  81. Shirlene Says:
    01/28/2014 6:04 pm

    I started quilting because I wanted to make a tshirt quilt from high high school tshirts. Now it’s time away from electronics to rest the eyes and sew.

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  82. Debbie Rogowski Says:
    01/28/2014 6:14 pm

    this book has my name all over it. My favorites are the traditional quilts and to see a book that showcases these blocks and gives them a little boost is just what I love.

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  83. Geni Pickens Says:
    01/28/2014 6:20 pm

    My grandmother was a quilter and I wanted to carry on her legacy. It’s a great way for me to de-stress.

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  84. Ginger Says:
    01/28/2014 6:23 pm

    My great grandmother, I never met, was my inspiration to start quilting.

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  85. Merry Says:
    01/28/2014 6:35 pm

    my inspiration source is my boss’ mom. When she passed he wanted all her crafting items to have good creative homes. I donated to local quilt group and became one of them. I still use her labels, creating, donating in her honor, I quilt for you, barbara, thank you, can’t imagine my life without quilting and all my quilting sisters!!

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  86. Shirley Krahn Says:
    01/28/2014 6:36 pm

    Used to paint with oils, then saw a quilt & decided to paint with material.

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  87. Joan T. Says:
    01/28/2014 6:56 pm

    Growing up there were always quilts made by my grandmother in the house. I was fascinated with them as a small child, usually asking whose dress this piece came from, and the conversation often leading to lively stories of my mother’s younger days. Besides giving a sense of family and tradition they later became part of my memories of home. Mother never cared to do quilting but somehow it seemed natural for me to want to make quilts and to create that warm secure feeling of home for my own children. I still have several of grandmother’s quilts and believe it or not, even though they’ve been washed many times over the years, they still have a clean fresh smell that reminds me of her.

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  88. Cathy Says:
    01/28/2014 7:09 pm

    My Mother always sewed. She taught me to how to make my first quilt.

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  89. Lisa Cowell Says:
    01/28/2014 7:12 pm

    I started hand sewing bits of leftover material together when I was a kid. The quilt was a disaster! I never knew about cutting and piecing, and didn’t have anyone to teach me. I just wanted to do it. Too bad they didn’t have the internet in the early 60s.

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  90. Denise Mitchell Says:
    01/28/2014 7:26 pm

    I very good friend of mind asked me my opinion about a quilt she was making. Do you like blues or greens or….. after my dad passed away that quilt that she had been working on was for my husband and myself.That quilt has so many memories! Thank you Michelle for making it for us, it meant so much then, but so much more now!

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  91. Denise Mitchell Says:
    01/28/2014 7:29 pm

    Maybe!!!! I should have finished my story….Michelle is the one and only person that started my quilting ambition! Thank you!

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  92. Lisa F. Says:
    01/28/2014 7:30 pm

    My passion for quilting started with another passion, reading. I bought a book in seventh grade about how to decorate your bedroom. It contained directions on how to sew a bandana quilt. I was thrilled with the possibilities. It was put on the back shelf until I got a job at Hancock Fabrics. There I learned to love fabrics. I started to make my own quilt patterns and buy material. It continues to this day.

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  93. Donna Sykes Says:
    01/28/2014 7:39 pm

    I was always into some sort of crafting. I had accumulated so much stuff. I finally decided to try making a quilt and I was hooked. I got rid of a lot of my crafting stuff and just have fabric now. I love vintage quilts and would love to be inspired by this fabulous book.

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  94. Melissa Greenfield Says:
    01/28/2014 12:29 pm

    Wonderful! I’m loving the spiced chai.

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  95. Melissa Greenfield Says:
    01/28/2014 12:29 pm

    Wonderful! I’m loving the spiced chai.

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  96. Melissa Greenfield Says:
    01/28/2014 12:29 pm

    Wonderful! I’m loving the spiced chai.

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  97. Melissa Greenfield Says:
    01/28/2014 12:29 pm

    Wonderful! I’m loving the spiced chai.

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  98. Lynn Paul Says:
    01/28/2014 8:38 pm

    Always sewed, saw a quilt pattern I liked and made it while caring for my terminally-ill Mother. Used a steel tape measure and a little pair of Fiskars snips to cut my fabric, corners don’t match and I love it! Finished it in time to use as decoration when I married my husband, quick before Mom was gone, so it has so many memories! No more tape measures for me, though!

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  99. Nathalie Says:
    01/28/2014 8:46 pm

    I made my first quilt as a sophomore in high school as a classroom extension project. I have been going strong ever since.

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  100. Anne Says:
    01/28/2014 9:08 pm

    I started quilting 30yrs ago,my son would sit on my lap and help me sew. I have always loved textiles,did weaving before quilting but have never looked back. I remember always being fascinated by beautiful quilts on beds when visiting with friends they have always added a warmth and comfort just seeing them draped over a bed,knowing that someone had carefully designed, pieced and quilted seemed so “romantic” and comforting.

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  101. Judith Gale Says:
    01/29/2014 4:22 am

    I learned basic seeing in high school but didn’t start quilting until the late 90′s. It has become me passion and now that I’m retired I play in my studio every day! Love traditional scrappy quilts but I’m also starting to admire the modern movement.

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  102. Debra Says:
    01/29/2014 4:35 am

    My grandmothers were both quilters and I had always wanted to try it. I was the only left handed person in my family and I guess neither of them was long on patience. About 10 years ago I discovered a small quilt shop in the town I had recently moved to. I had never been in a shop like it before. The owner spoke with me about her beginning quilt class and I signed up. I had to buy a sewing machine and had not used one since 9th grade home ec. Class. My next door neighbor is a quilter as well. Patience is her virtue and when I need help, I just walk across to her house. I am so glad I took that first class and thankful for friends to assist me when I need help. Quilting is a wonderful creative outlet for me and it brings joy to my family in the gifts I am able to create.

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  103. Chriss Says:
    01/29/2014 4:59 am

    when my mother in law passed away two adopted grandkids weren’t given anything by my brother in law (their adopted dad)… My mother in law loved those kids and felt they belonged in the family whether they were born or adopted into it… I inherited some quilt tops and had never quilted or sewn a stitch… my husband bought me a middle of the line Kenmore machine, I got some fabric and batting and winged it… each girl got a quilt in the mail…and they still use them today…I was hooked.. our adult school offered a free quilting class… we made a sampler but weren’t told about a quarter inch seam… mine is the wonkiest quilt top ever, and still a UFO…I haven’t made a ton of quilts but have made a lot of blocks…the quilt in this book is beautiful.. I have some fabric I bought years ago that would be so pretty as a sampler..

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  104. Kimberly Says:
    01/29/2014 7:02 am

    I learned to sew from sitting at the knee of my great grandmother as she was hand stitching her quilt blocks together! I was only about 5 when she gave me needle and thread and two flannel quilt squares to stitch…I was hooked ever since! She eventually let me learn on her old treadle sewing machine. I would love to have that machine ! I was fortunate to continue to learn from my great grandma,grandma and my mother as well. I eventually got hooked on machine embroidery and incorporate it into my quilts! Someday I hope to get a long arm quilter and try that too! Just love vintage quilts …they bring such precious memories to light !

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  105. Terry Brady Says:
    01/29/2014 8:07 am

    I would love to win this book. I had an accident last September and have not been able to quilt for awhile. I am getting better and can dream about my next project!

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  106. Jenny Says:
    01/29/2014 8:39 am

    Oh my goodness! I want this book so bad! My inspiration to start quilting came from my dog. Her claws snagged my aunt’s (very old) bedspread in a few places and she couldn’t find a new one that she liked. I had been toying with the idea of quilting for a bit so I decided to make her one. So…my very first quilt was a king size bed quilt! Crazy, huh?

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  107. Dawn Jones Says:
    01/29/2014 8:40 am

    I am currently learning to sew and quilt. I was inspired to learn because of the beauty and art form.

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  108. Jeanette Says:
    01/29/2014 9:42 am

    I can’t remember what was the original trigger. I’ve always loved quilts, my grandmother quilted and my mom always had a hand quilted quilt on her bed. So, in the early 1980′s my sister and I went to a local quilt store and learned to hand piece, appliqué and quilt. A few years later we expanded into machine work but my first love is the hand work!

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  109. Pam Says:
    01/29/2014 11:48 am

    My best friend started me quilting. It was a small piece first from her stash then another small one and we went to a quilt store she said pick out your favorite fabric. Ok. From there we put together many fabrics to go with it and I was hooked. I’ve watched her do this to many a hesitant person and she has gotten more people quilting with her wicked ways. ;) it amazes me how she shares the joy of it.

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  110. Diane Calvi Says:
    01/29/2014 4:12 pm

    My daughter is my inspiration to quilt. I am a retired nurse and she is going to school to be a nurse. I found a great pattern for a quilt using material with nursing caps,stethoscopes and band aids on it. I will use Connecting Threads material for the backing. Wish me luck!!!

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  111. Cynthia Says:
    01/29/2014 4:40 pm

    Growing up, the few quilts we had were “utility quilts,” simple squares made of fabric leftovers and tied together with yarn. I always knew how to see, so when as a college student I saw a “Quilt In a Day” pattern I promptly began. Here I am, almost 25 years later, still quilting!

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  112. Barbara London Says:
    01/29/2014 5:01 pm

    My daughter was my inspiration. She was a non-sewer and was introduced to it in college. When I saw the wonderful patterns and fabrics she was using,I had to join her. I’ve been sewing for years so it’s been fun.

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  113. Sarah Duehr Says:
    01/29/2014 5:45 pm

    My grandmother is my inspiration. She’s quilted for decades.

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  114. Amanda Best Says:
    01/29/2014 5:57 pm

    My mom taught me embroidery and other hand crafts, but unfortunately there are not any quilter’s in my immediate family, so after sewing a bunch of pillows, curtains, etc.. I wanted to make a really nice present for my mom’s birthday, I of course decided to make her a king size quilt. It is a wonder I ever learned to like to quilt after that debacle. What inspired me to quilt is my mom’s unfaltering support of me wanting to create, and the yearning for beautiful long-lasting gifts full of love and comfort for my family.
    I have been really wanting this book, I love sampler quilts and it looks so interesting, thanks for the great giveaway!

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  115. vicki klie Says:
    01/29/2014 6:00 pm

    My grandmother made quilts.and I loved them, but I think
    It was my trip to Lancaster pa. For my honeymoon
    That triggered me to try. I love quilting……..

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  116. Dixie Says:
    01/29/2014 7:16 pm

    My inspiration was a big bag of very scrappy fabric scraps. I was about 16 yrs old. Too much fabric had been donated to the preschool where my sister worked. She brought a bag home and somehow I made it into a string pieced spider web quilt. I still have that ugly quilt. It means a lot to me.

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  117. Meghan H. Says:
    01/29/2014 10:27 pm

    All of my grandmothers and my husbands grandmothers were all quilters (including greats and up). My mother inherited my great grandmothers Husqvarna Viking Sewing Machine and I inherited my husbands great Grandmothers JCPenny 7057. My husband and I were working for a financial company owned by his parents. One day we were TOLD that we were going to be moving in the house next to them (extremely controlling). We refused, they fired us both. Did I mention our daughter was just a little over a year old? We both went out job hunting. First 2 weeks I found a job.. Almost a year later my husband is still unemployed (his parents prevented him fron bring able to draw unemployment. I take my daughter up to work with me twice a week. I sewed her a pillow mat and a pillow. I still needed a “mankie” for her. I decided on a quilt…. I’ve been addicted ever since. I LOVE the satisfaction I have with myself at the end of the day. I’ve always been an artistic person, I’m a Graphic a designer and painter. Since I can’t afford fabric I usually go to goodwill and purchase large dresses for dirt cheap!

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  118. Heather Mentzer Says:
    01/30/2014 5:48 am

    As an adult I saw some beautiful quilts and wondered about making them. I just decided to try it out in a pattern I found in a book at the library and so it began. By the time that quilt was done I was completely over templates and had moved on to rotary cutting.

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  119. Kim Rediehs Says:
    01/30/2014 8:38 am

    Quilting has become my favorite hobby in the last few years . I have always loved the old quilts that have been past down in our family. These quilts are a tribute to the relatives that have come before my time. They also represent the love they had for their families and from that love came the practical need for quilts that are now works of art and history.

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  120. Robin Maguire Says:
    01/30/2014 11:40 am

    I have been lusting over this book since it was published. Quilt lust, the story of my life…

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  121. Rachel Says:
    01/30/2014 11:44 am

    I started quilting when my SIL was expecting my nephew. I never did finish that first attempt, but it got me started in following the footsteps of my grandmothers and Mom.

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  122. Mary Says:
    01/30/2014 1:24 pm

    In 2008 I was in Washington DC and went to a quilt exhibit in a tiny little museum near the White House that was showing quilts hand made by our settlers heading west in the 1850s. They were amazing! Started doing some quilting research and wondered….could I do this?? Started quilting in 2010 and love the process. That museum exhibit opened up a whole new world to me to which I’m very thankful.

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  123. Kathleen Says:
    01/30/2014 4:05 pm

    Honestly, I think it was the Connecting Threads catalog that appeared in my snail mail box one day. I don’t know how I ended up on the mailing list but the pictures of the fabric were so enticing that I had to order some. Then I had to do something with them!

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  124. Rhonda Best Says:
    01/30/2014 11:27 pm

    My daughter is my inspiration for quilting and most other crafts. She loves them, and is quite talented, so she got me started on quilting last year.

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  125. Teresa Simpson Says:
    01/31/2014 5:15 am

    My quilting heritage began with my great-great grandmother who lived to be 101 and quilted by hand until she was 99. I can remember seeing her in her wheel chair, piecing scraps tohether. The craft was passed on to my great grandmother, grandmother, mother, and then me. I have passed it on to one of my daughters and now a granddaughter is showing interest, too. With all the beautiful modern and contemporary quilt patterns today, I am still drawn to the vintage, traditional patterns. This book will be a definite hit. Thank you for writing it so I can remember memories from my past.

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  126. MaryAgnes Says:
    01/31/2014 9:04 am

    My first inspiration to quilt was the birth of my niece. She is now a grandmother and that quilt is almost finished; it might be the oldest living UFO ever. I started again about 15 years ago, when that same niece asked me to make something for her daughter, and I have actually completed several projects. Current inspiration is Ms. Mari Martin.

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  127. Diane C Says:
    02/01/2014 3:27 am

    I made clothes lots of clothes but when I became a stay at home mom I didn’t need the clothes anymore. My sister quilted and I figured it would be a good way to keep sewing. I have not stopped since.

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  128. Gayle L. Says:
    02/01/2014 4:30 pm

    After I lost my youngest daughter in Dec. of 2006 I had sort of shut myself off from everyone and everybody except my Mom. I didn’t want to be around others and she worried about me. One day I went to visit her and she handed me a gift box (unwrapped) that was filled with strips of cloth. Her friend had cut out another log cabin quilt for Mom to make for her to give another of her children. (I have 5 brothers and 5 sisters living and Mom was trying to gift each one a quilt before her time was over here on earth. She still had 3 to go and I was one of them.) She asked me if I would sew the strips together and make the blocks for her and then we could put it together and quilt it at her house. I was no longer working outside the home so I finally agreed to do them and make this top because I had always wanted to be able to make quilts. Mom gave me the squares that she had together and I came home to sew. On closer inspection I found those squares(examples) to all be together differently. So I got out the book (Eleanor Burn’s Log Cabin Quilts In a Day) she gave me and got started all over and that was my first quilt. I immeadiately went on to put together 2 more tops and we had set up the frame in Mom’s dining room and were quilting in the day time and I was piecing at night. We finished the third quilt exactly one week before my Mom passed away in 2007. I almost gave up quilting and all interest in it then but my SIL reminded me that my Mom and God had an ulterior motive in teaching me to quilt and I am sticking to it. I bought myself a long arm machine for my birthday in 2008 and have finally taught myself how to use it with the help of Connecting Threads spools of Polyester thread and I haave finished quilting lap quilts for my 5 brothers for gifts for 2014 Christmas since Christmas of 2013. I have a 6th one almost finished, I started on the ones for 4 BILs and my hubby.
    I love quilting and am also working on some BOMs for another group and a challenge with that group was to finish as many of my UFOs as possible before Christmas 2014.
    Thank you for your wonderful thread.

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  129. Kelly S Says:
    02/02/2014 7:21 am

    Been eyeing this book and would love to win a copy! I started really quilting after college. I had learned to sew from my mom as a child. When I graduated college, got married and started a job, I wanted to do something for fun and relaxation, so turned back to quilting in earnest.

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  130. Susan Jane Says:
    02/02/2014 7:48 am

    I ‘ ve been sewing since I was nine years old. Growing up, I made all kinds of projects for 4 H, home ec. classes, and at home–some turned out well, and some didn’t. My first quilt actually included polyester fabrics! As I got older, sewing took a backseat to life’s other priorities. But it’s the process of creating something with my own two hands, that desire to make something unique that brought me back to sewing.

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  131. Nel Jaremey Says:
    02/02/2014 4:45 pm

    My inspiration for starting to quilt was Eleanor Burns. I saw her program on TV back in 1991. She made quilting look so easy and I loved the fabrics that she used.
    Thank you.

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  132. Veronica Rushton Says:
    02/02/2014 8:07 pm

    My inspiration to start quilting was seeing pictures of all the beautiful quilts online, especially the modern ones.

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