Quilts Made Modern Blog Tour & Giveaway!

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I was thrilled to be invited to join C&T’s Quilts Made Modern blog tour because this is a very popular book around the office and with our customers.I just love it!

It’s no big mystery why the book is so popular. Weeks’ and Bill’s approach to book writing is that it is not just a collection of patterns; they see it as a resource for teaching and engendering a lasting love of quilting. This is the added value they bring to their books. You can tell that they teach quilting workshops and classes because their enthusiasm for teaching pours out of every page. I love that they illustrate their lessons on the various aspects of quilt making with many examples from their own experiences and those of their students. These personal stories make the lessons memorable and the book very enjoyable to read.

Of course the patterns are wonderful too, and I love that they show them with many size options and in different color schemes. My personal favorite is “Transparency”. I love the illusion of the overlapping fabrics!

And now for the giveaway part! If you happen to be one of the few who hasn’t already purchased the book, you can win a copy from C&T (or if you have purchased it, you can win a copy to get someone else into quilting!). Because we can’t resist throwing in some extras, we also are giving away three charm packs (one each to three different winners). Just answer in the comments with which charm pack you would like to win (you can see them all here). So that’s four lucky winners in all–pretty good odds!  Your last day to enter is Wednesday, August 3rd at 11:59pm.  We will select and announce the winners on Thursday.

Following the blog tour? Tomorrow is the last day of the tour over on Weeks’ Craft Nectar blog. (And if you’re interested in reading more about the book, Weeks has some great Q&A about her process over there too!)

Rules: No purchase necessary.  Must have a US mailing address to enter. One entry per person.  Must provide a valid email address so that we can contact you if you win. 

119 responses to “Quilts Made Modern Blog Tour & Giveaway!”

  1. kelly Says:
    07/30/2011 6:37 am

    This blog tour has been so much fun! My list of “blogs to read” has increased. Thanks to Connecting Threads for thr additional give away. “Ella’s Wishes” would be my choice–beautiful.

  2. Lindsey Says:
    07/30/2011 7:46 am

    I love that book! The Waterways batiks are so pretty.

  3. jessicac Says:
    07/30/2011 7:51 am

    Thanks for participating in the blog tour! I really like the Fairytale Sampler pack! Keeping my fingers crossed…;)

  4. Carrie Says:
    07/30/2011 7:54 am

    Which charm pack would I pick? Probably Woodland Sampler. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. Micheline Says:
    07/30/2011 8:08 am

    i love all kind of batik fabrics. would love to win the book to make the quilt on the cover. thanks

  6. Stephanie Says:
    07/30/2011 8:14 am

    I love their books. I have one that is nearly falling apart! Great fabrics but I’d pick Christmas Cheer.

  7. CarolW Says:
    07/30/2011 8:41 am

    I’ve enjoyed each of the blogs on the tour this week, all of them new to me; thanks for introducing them in this fun way. I love the Mountainside Batiks…

  8. Regina Says:
    07/30/2011 8:43 am

    Oh the waterway batik is GORGEOUS!

  9. elsa Says:
    07/30/2011 8:44 am

    Oh, I’d love to have Quilts Made Modern, it’s been on my list for a while now ~
    I love Ella’s Wishes ~ it’s lovely.
    I’d love to ‘win’ either!

  10. Jen S Says:
    07/30/2011 9:06 am

    Thanks for the nice review. I’ve been hearing a lot about the transparency quilt and would love to try it out! My favorite charm pack would have to be fairytale sampler…although some of the holiday ones are tempting! Thanks for the chance to win!

  11. Jane Says:
    07/30/2011 9:19 am

    The book looks awesome! I love the quilt on the cover. I think my favorite charm pack is Fairytale Sampler – so my colors!

  12. Penny Gold Says:
    07/30/2011 9:49 am

    My choice would be Mountainside Batiks. Bill and Weeks are the best!

  13. Holley Says:
    07/30/2011 9:58 am

    I would love the book. Choosing a charm pack was really, really hard, but I would love the Color Wheel sampler because my son wants a quilt with all the colors of the rainbow!

  14. Barb Colvin Says:
    07/30/2011 10:09 am

    I like Transparency, too. I like several of the new charm packs, but I think I’d find the Neutral Sampler the most useful. I see lots of great HST’s by combining it with some of my stashed charms.

  15. Joan H. Says:
    07/30/2011 10:25 am

    It would be wonderful to have the “Quilts Made Modern” book. Their designs are so appealing. My favorite charm pack is Ella’s Wishes-the colors are so beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win

  16. Ella Says:
    07/30/2011 10:39 am

    I love the sunset batiks. (I would definitely use it to make a quilt for my dad.)
    I’m excited about the book! Thanks for the chance to win it!

  17. MiChal Says:
    07/30/2011 10:55 am

    The Mountainside Batiks charm pack is my favorite.

  18. Suzanne Says:
    07/30/2011 11:06 am

    I learned so much about their book along the tour. I had never seen your charm packs so I’m glad you sent me to take a look. I have hopes of making a large batik quilt so those charm packs really hit me. They are beautiful!

  19. Ruth B Says:
    07/30/2011 11:17 am

    My little farm earthy sampler! Love those color combos and they would be perfect at my house!!

  20. Hannele Says:
    07/30/2011 11:42 am

    Waterways batiks are my favourite!

  21. Carla G Says:
    07/30/2011 11:45 am

    This has been a great book tour! My favorite charm pack would be Waterways Batik – the colors are just gorgeous! Thanks for chance to win! :)

  22. Beth T. Says:
    07/30/2011 12:33 pm

    What a nice giveaway! I’d love to win this book, and a pack of Waterways batik charms would me it an especially nice gift. Thanks so much.

  23. Sherry W Says:
    07/30/2011 1:35 pm

    I would love to win this book. Ella’s Wishes would be my pick of the charm packs.

  24. Sarah Says:
    07/30/2011 1:38 pm

    I hadn’t seen this picture of the Transparency quilt before. Wow. The shoots they did for this book are intense. It’s great because you can really get a sense of the scale of the design. I love the Sunset batiks.

  25. Cat Lady Says:
    07/30/2011 1:43 pm

    Would love owning the book as I like to make modern looking traditional quilts. The Sunset Batiks charm pack, so I can warm up some flower appliques.

  26. robin Says:
    07/30/2011 1:50 pm

    I’d love to win the book. I love the Waterways batiks – looks like it’s a popular favorite! :)

  27. Linda H Says:
    07/30/2011 2:08 pm

    I don’t have this book so would be glad to win it. I’d pick Abigail’s garden for the charms.

  28. Dana Says:
    07/30/2011 2:14 pm

    I love the Waterways Batiks, gorgeous. Thanks.

  29. Lisa Says:
    07/30/2011 2:23 pm

    I have their new book – it’s terrific! However, I have a very deserving quilter friend who would enjoy it. I love the Waterways batiks – so cool and refreshing on a hot day!

  30. Jocelyn Says:
    07/30/2011 2:50 pm

    I love this book! I checked it out of the library recently and LOVED the quilts. I would so love to have a copy for myself. And the Mountainside Batiks are beautiful. Thanks!

  31. Pat V. Says:
    07/30/2011 3:05 pm

    Oooh, those mountainside batiks are just too scrumptious! Would love to win a copy of this book, thanks for the chance!

  32. so we added chickens Says:
    07/30/2011 3:16 pm

    This has been a great book tour. I have been quietly lurking all week, but I was hooked when i first saw the Birds on a Wire quilts months ago. I love the Waterways Batiks :)

  33. Joyce Says:
    07/30/2011 3:17 pm

    I just finished up a modern quilt designed by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr–my first! I’ve only seen sample pages of their book and my interest is piqued. I love the teaching aspect of it because I always like learning and trying new skills.
    As far as the charm packs go? I narrowed it down to Waterways Batiks.

  34. Lindaroo Says:
    07/30/2011 3:40 pm

    Weeks and Bill’s book has been on my wish list, maybe my wish will be granted! I couldn’t go wrong choosing any of the charm packs, but today I like the Bits and Bobbins sampler.

  35. BarbaraG Says:
    07/30/2011 3:45 pm

    I so want this book… ANd I LOVE Waterways Batik Samplers!

  36. Kathy Biggs Says:
    07/30/2011 3:56 pm

    Oh, so many choices! But Ella’s Wishes looks interesting. A charm pack would be a great way to check it out! Thanks again for another great give away.

  37. Dixie Says:
    07/30/2011 4:25 pm

    Waterways batik, for sure.

  38. Sandy A Says:
    07/30/2011 4:34 pm

    How neat! I haven’t seen this book yet and would love to win a copy! It was hard to pick, but the charm pack that I would love to win is the Wilderness pack. I need to make a quilt for my nephew and this just screams his name!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  39. Joy Says:
    07/30/2011 5:55 pm

    You’re so right, their teaching style is wonderful. Modern Quilt Workshop was the first quilting book I read cover to cover in one sitting. Thanks for the chance to win their newest book…and for the fun extra giveaway! If I get lucky I’d probably pick Ella’s Wishes. Thanks!

  40. Sylvia Says:
    07/30/2011 7:09 pm

    Well, I love batiks so I’d have to pick one of the batik charm packs–perhaps the Sunset, since I don’t have a whole lot of batiks in those colors!

  41. Iris Says:
    07/30/2011 7:10 pm

    Oh, the batiks in waterways would be just perfect to finish my batik quilt!

  42. MelodyJ Says:
    07/30/2011 7:11 pm

    This is seems like a good book. I need inspiration.

  43. RANCHMOM Says:
    07/30/2011 7:22 pm

    Oh I would love to win the book, and my choice for a charm pack would be the mountainside batiks. I just love them.

  44. Erica Says:
    07/30/2011 7:35 pm

    Sunset batiks – those are colors I never use and it would be fun to try something different!

  45. Allison Coe Says:
    07/30/2011 8:14 pm

    I would love the fairytale charm pack! I so want this book…I really like the transparency quilt.

  46. Linda C Says:
    07/30/2011 8:41 pm

    I would love to win the charm sampler “Waterways Batik Sampler” or the book “Quilts made Modern”. I love working with Batik fabric and CT’s fabric is wonderful to work and play with in my quilt making adventure.

  47. Billie K Says:
    07/30/2011 9:23 pm

    I just found the blog tour. Maybe I’ll just get lucky. Thanks for the review.

  48. Andrea Says:
    07/30/2011 10:00 pm

    What a fun blog tour! Thanks for the giveaway!!!!

  49. Kathleen Lopes Says:
    07/30/2011 10:04 pm

    I would like the Merry Minis charm pack. These fabrics look like fun and very holiday oriented. I do not have this book but the featured pictures really make it interesting.

  50. Tonia Says:
    07/30/2011 10:48 pm

    Merry minis would be a great addition to my Christmas projects, but I’m more excited about the book! :-)

  51. Tina Says:
    07/31/2011 2:26 am

    What an awesome blog tour! And, Thanks for the “charming” giveaway! :) The charm pack I choose is “Sunny Day”.

  52. JAY Says:
    07/31/2011 3:32 am

    That’d be a great prize, I really admire their work!

  53. Sequana Says:
    07/31/2011 4:55 am

    This looks like such a great book – thx for the chance to win it……along with Waterways Batiks if I’m really lucky.

  54. Valerie Says:
    07/31/2011 6:56 am

    Oooh, love the Garden Quilter’s candy – such fun colors! This book looks amazing too…Thanks for the opportunity!

  55. Connie White Says:
    07/31/2011 8:32 am

    I would love to win the book or the charm pack. I’m always interested in new patterns and the charm pack would be a great addition to my fabric stash. It was so hard to pick as they are all gorgeous, but I think my favorite is the mountainside batiks. I absolutely love CT fabric!

  56. duff Says:
    07/31/2011 8:50 am

    Fairy Tale Sampler looks like a great new addition for “modern” quilters! thanks for the opportunity to win a charm pack and book!!

  57. Char Says:
    07/31/2011 9:06 am

    I’ve always liked Week’s and Bill’s quilts. I’d love to have this book.

  58. ginger Says:
    07/31/2011 9:42 am

    I would LOVE to win this book, along with a Fairytales Sampler Charm Pack!!

  59. Carol Vickers Says:
    07/31/2011 10:06 am

    Wow, the book looks wonderful and the Waterways batik fabrics are gorgeous. Thanks for the chance to enter!

  60. Sandy Todd Says:
    07/31/2011 10:32 am

    Guess I’ve been living in a box, haven’t ever heard of Weeks & Bill :0(, so it’d be a delight to win their book! I pick the Neutrals Pack. Thanks for the chance!

  61. Donna Sykes Says:
    07/31/2011 10:53 am

    Mountainside Batiks would be my choice. I have not purchased this book, so winning it would be a BIG plus to my quilting library!

  62. Elizabeth Says:
    07/31/2011 11:10 am

    The waterways batik sampler is beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway and chance at the book!

  63. Ginger Says:
    07/31/2011 11:11 am

    What an interesting sounding book.

  64. Kelly O. Says:
    07/31/2011 11:44 am

    I just love the around town sampler charm pack!
    and I would just LOVE a copy of this book!

  65. Sharon B Says:
    07/31/2011 3:27 pm

    I would love to win this book (it is on my wish list). I can see something wonderful made from the Sunset Batik Sampler Charm Pack! Yummy!

  66. Sandy overturf Says:
    07/31/2011 4:10 pm

    I love your site. Good quality fabric at a reasonable price.

  67. Marcia W. Says:
    07/31/2011 4:47 pm

    Ella’s Wishes
    I would oh so enjoy winning this book — my first on making modern quilts. I too like Transparency (the quilt)!

  68. Nicola Says:
    07/31/2011 5:10 pm

    Wow I have been looking at this book for awhile but haven’t ordered it!!!! My pick for the charm pack is the Sunset Batik Sampler, I just kept coming back to it!!!!

  69. Deb Says:
    08/01/2011 2:47 am

    How wonderful! I’d love to be a winner of a very inspirational quilting book! I like the Fairytale Sampler

  70. sharon Says:
    08/01/2011 6:27 am

    I am just starting a quilt from modern quilt workshop and would love to have the ringle/weeks newest book
    I like your batik samplers either mountainside or waterways

  71. April Says:
    08/01/2011 8:24 am

    I love all your fabric! My favorite right now is the Mountainside Batik sampler. Love the colors! Keep up the good work!

  72. Becky Weimer Says:
    08/01/2011 8:52 am

    I have drooled over this book! That reminds me, I need to clean up my keyboard. LOL! I’d love the Bright Quilter’s Candy charm pack. Thanks for offering this giveaway! :)

  73. Jody Rigle Says:
    08/01/2011 8:56 am

    Thanks for a shot at another amazing giveaway. Your site is AWESOME!!! :) <3

  74. Mary White Says:
    08/01/2011 8:58 am

    I’d love to win the Jubilee Garden charm pack, it would go perfect with a patriotic quilt I am planning! Thanks for everything you do for your customers and readers!

  75. Amanda Says:
    08/01/2011 9:03 am

    Thanks for doing another give away! If I won I would love the Waterways Batik sampler. I do not know why but I have not used batiks yet and I would love to try them. I have been doing more modern quilt and I love the clean crisp look to them

  76. Eileen Crouse Says:
    08/01/2011 9:09 am

    Love this blog! The book would be an awesome win! Loved your review. The Fairytale charms would be my choice this time, although I love all of them! Connecting Threads is a wonderful online store!

  77. Joan Amundsen Says:
    08/01/2011 9:15 am

    I love all of the batiks but I especially like the Waterways batik.

  78. Nancy Says:
    08/01/2011 9:17 am

    I just love the blogs. Now you want to know which charm pack I would like, I love all of them, but if I had to pick one it would be sunset batiks. They remind me of our New Mexico sunsets. What a better charm pack to make a quilt out of?

  79. Kathryn Evans Says:
    08/01/2011 9:19 am

    I tell all my quilting friends about connecting threads. I love the fabric, thread and kits.
    I like making quilts that are inspirational like the one’s in Making Modern Quilts.
    The new Merry mini’s would be so fun to work with.

  80. Katy Says:
    08/01/2011 9:19 am

    Love it! I want to win some Ella’s Wishes!

  81. Dona Kremer Says:
    08/01/2011 9:39 am

    Love all batiks, but I am partial to blue/greens so my choice would be Waterways Batik sampler.

  82. Donna Says:
    08/01/2011 9:41 am

    I just stumbled onto this book review. My favorite color is purple so I would like to win the Fairytale sampler. Now to find the other reviewers of this quilt book…

  83. Anne Brown Says:
    08/01/2011 9:46 am

    Wow, I have always loved your fabric and order from you all the time. My pick would be the bright quilters candy. Always can use the brights! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  84. Sheila Says:
    08/01/2011 9:52 am

    Any of the charm packs would work for me. I love Connecting Threads. Just received two of your quilt kits that I can’t wait to start!

  85. Chelsea V. Says:
    08/01/2011 10:00 am

    I would LOVE the fairytale sampler, I am a brand new quilter and have not finished one yet but have practice squares all over my dining room :)

  86. Vickie Streich Says:
    08/01/2011 10:07 am

    Thank you for an opportunity to win! I think the Mountainside Batik sampler is one of my favorites!

  87. Sue Says:
    08/01/2011 10:08 am

    The transparency quilt is awesome. I would love to win the “Color Wheel” sampler. Thanks!

  88. Beth Price Says:
    08/01/2011 10:16 am

    The book sounds fabulous! I’ve been quilting for 11 years now and just fell in love with the “Transparency” pattern. I would love to do that pattern with the Pineberry Samplers charm pack.

  89. grapenutquilter Says:
    08/01/2011 10:17 am

    Many wonderful ideas and I like the idea of learning new things.The Fairytale sampler fits right in with my favorite color!

  90. Robin B Says:
    08/01/2011 10:26 am

    This looks like a fantastic book – I’d love to try making something with the Pineberry Sampler.

  91. Catherine Miller Says:
    08/01/2011 10:28 am

    The book looks amazing! Love the waterways batiks!

  92. TARABU Says:
    08/01/2011 10:29 am

    Around Town is calling me, but the Waterways batik is winning. I don’t think I’m going to wait and see if I win, I think that just needs to hop into my basket right now!

  93. Sue Goodin Says:
    08/01/2011 10:55 am

    Mountainside Batiks would by my 1st choice.

  94. Tami Pollard Says:
    08/01/2011 10:56 am

    It looks like it has some fun quilts in there.

  95. Teri LaVoy Says:
    08/01/2011 10:58 am

    I love the Wilderness charm pack. I have to make a quilt for a new nephew and would love that one to make it with. Thanks for the entry. Love your blogs.

  96. Diane C Says:
    08/01/2011 11:16 am

    My favorite is Pineberry but I really am not picky — I would be able to find something to do with any of the charm packs

  97. Toni Spencer Says:
    08/01/2011 11:20 am

    I would love a chance to win the waterway batik. I love the blog tour.

  98. Anne L. Says:
    08/01/2011 11:58 am

    I love the Transparency Quilt and the Around The Town charm pack! All yummy!

  99. Jeanette B. Says:
    08/01/2011 12:30 pm

    Waterways batiks would be my favorite. I’ve had my eyes on this book but can’t swing it in my budget right now. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  100. Cherie Says:
    08/01/2011 1:00 pm

    The book looks wonderful. I like the Harvest Time Sampler.

  101. Carol F. Says:
    08/01/2011 1:33 pm

    Mountainside Batiks! But oh my what a hard decision…all are equally delightful!

  102. Jeanine Williams Says:
    08/01/2011 2:54 pm

    I would love to get the Bits and Bobbins charm pack.

  103. Pat Semeraro Says:
    08/01/2011 3:22 pm

    Love the Mountainside Batiks!

  104. Alissa Says:
    08/01/2011 3:36 pm

    I love blog hops:) Beautiful quilts!

  105. Debbie Carpenter Says:
    08/01/2011 3:41 pm

    i just love quilting. i do all my quilts by hand. no matter how crazy my day is my quilting calms and relaxes me.

  106. Andee Neff Says:
    08/01/2011 7:43 pm

    I love the around town line. Thanks for participating in the tour. I love Weeks and Bill’s stuff and I order from you guys all the time. Great pairing!

  107. Kim Says:
    08/01/2011 8:21 pm

    Pick only ONE? No way! I love them all! LOL! Okay, okay … if I can only have one I’d pick “Sunset Batik Samplers”. Thanks for the tour, it’s been fun.

  108. Jacqueline McNeill Says:
    08/01/2011 9:48 pm

    I really like the mountainside batiks. I am fascinated by plaid looking quilts and like the one shown from “Quilts made Modern”.

  109. Brenda Says:
    08/02/2011 1:14 am

    Love the tour.Really like the mountainside batiks.

  110. Colleen Says:
    08/02/2011 4:03 am

    Fun tour…great giveaway! My favorite is the Pineberry Sampler! Thanks.

  111. Michelle Kloeti Says:
    08/02/2011 7:18 am

    What an awesome book. Thanks for another great opportunity! I would love to win!

  112. Jennie Steward Says:
    08/02/2011 7:54 am

    My favorite would be the Pineberry charms! I love homey, comfortable colors and this would make a great table topper for my living room. Love this blog!

  113. ~Michelle~ Says:
    08/02/2011 12:24 pm

    Transparency is SO PRETTY! Quite frankly, I would love some charms of the solids/basics!

  114. Diane Says:
    08/02/2011 5:22 pm

    Ooooh! The book and The Waterways Batiks sampler would get me started on one of the quilts for sure!

  115. Sarah Says:
    08/03/2011 7:29 am

    I love Weeks and Bill’s quilts. The Waterways Batiks are beautiful. Thanks for the chance.

  116. Gayle L. Says:
    08/03/2011 10:16 am

    I would love a chance to win a pack like the Sunshine Batiks, they are so warm looking.

  117. Shilrey Says:
    08/03/2011 11:45 am

    Ella’s wishes would get me on my way to new quilt. Thank you weeks and Bill for all of the great ideas.

  118. PT in SC Says:
    08/03/2011 3:19 pm

    I would love either the waterways or the sunset batik fat quarters, either one is nice. Thanks for the chance to win.

  119. Sherry VF Says:
    07/31/2013 6:41 am

    Wow. I would love to win the Sun Kissed Harvest samplers. Fall colors are my favorite. Thanks for the giveaway.


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