BLOG TOUR: At Home with Country Quilts (+ giveaway)

"Sunflower Explosion" from At Home with Country QuiltsThe release of Cheryl Wall’s latest book, At Home with Country Quilts, got a lot of buzz from YOU, our Stitch This! readers (remember this incredible “Sunflower Explosion” quilt?). Now we’re thrilled to be the first stop on Cheryl’s exciting blog tour!

Who better to kick off a tour about this popular new book than the author herself? Get to know Cheryl—and how she gets inspired to create her stunning patchwork quilts—in this special guest-blogger post. See quilts from the book in the slideshow below.

Follow Cheryl’s tour on her blog every Sunday through September 16. Enter to win an autographed copy of At Home with Country Quilts each week on the tour—including today!—or purchase yours here right now and download the eBook instantly for free.

Take it away, Cheryl!

How At Home with Country Quilts Came to Be

Cheryl WallI confessed in the introduction to At Home with Country Quilts that I didn’t much care for sewing in high school home-economics class. So it still amuses and amazes me that quilting is my career choice, my passion, and my joy.  But I guess when I look back over my life, I can see some signs that led me down this path. I always loved to draw—now I draw appliqué patterns. I studied graphic design—now I design quilts (and what are quilts but graphic design in fabric?) I loved to write and dreamed someday of writing an actual book—and now I’m doing that too!

Country ComfortsWhen Martingale agreed to publish my first book, Country Comforts, it was a dream come true for me—I wasn’t kidding when I thanked them in the introduction for making it possible to scratch one item off my bucket list. It took about one and a half years from conception to publication and the whole process was so much fun I couldn’t wait to write another one. I’m sometimes asked if I’m afraid I’ll run out of ideas and I admit when I first started designing patterns, I was worried about that. But I found that creativity feeds off itself. One idea often leads to two more. I don’t like to try to design when I’m not inspired. The pattern usually feels forced and is not much fun to make. If I do ever feel like I’m running on empty, I thumb through some of my old quilting or decorating magazines. I look at a picture I’ve seen a hundred times before, but then something new pops out at me. And of course (though my husband might disagree), attending quilt shows and finding quilt shops when we travel is an absolute necessity!

At Home with Country QuiltsMy new book, At Home with Country Quilts, is special to me because this time I was involved in the “birthing” process in a unique way. I had suggested to Martingale that the quilt photos be taken in my home, among the antiques I love to collect. I live in Canada, which made that difficult. Instead, they suggested that I bring some of my personal items down to their offices in Bothell, Washington (about a two-hour drive from my home), and they would use them as props in the photos. I was invited to sit in on the photo shoot, which took about one and a half days. What fun and what a learning experience that was! So now, when I look at the photos in the book, I see my quilts among some of my other treasures, making the book even more personal.

One of the best “perks” of being a quilt designer is the wonderful people you meet along the way. I can’t thank the amazing people at Martingale enough for believing in me and publishing two books that I wrote. And of course, thank you to all of you quilters out there who buy my patterns and books and by so doing, encourage me to continue doing what I love.

The way you get inspired to design is inspiring in itself, Cheryl—thanks for sharing your ideas!

So, how do you get inspired to create your quilts—from books, from shows, from a leaf on a sidewalk? Share your “inspiring” story in the comments and you could win an autographed copy of At Home with Country Quilts! (You can also purchase the book here, and if you do, you can download the eBook for free right away.)

Be sure to visit Cheryl’s blog each Sunday to see the next stop on her blog tour—and to get another chance to win At Home with Country Quilts. Good luck!

Comments are closed for this post.

Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner is Chris, who said:

“I’m fairly new quilter and have a great way of learning techniques and different blocks. I make preemie quilts for ‘Threads of Love’ a national organization that provides items for NICU of our local hospitals, and 30in square quilts are a great way to experiment and learn something new. My inspiration is sometimes another quilt I’ve seen or fabric that leads me in a certain direction. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to sew for the babies and learn something along the way. My grandson was a NICU baby last Jan, and feel this is the least I can do to say thank you!”

Chris, Cheryl Wall will be in contact with you about sending you an autographed copy of her book. Congratulations!

140 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I find inspiration in everything, from other quilter’s blogs and have always loved Cheryl’s quilts and patterns. I also find inspiration in nature, historic buildings and places I visit, always thinking about how I could incorporate them into a quilt.


    Debbie St.Germain on July 22, 2012
  • Cheryl’s book looks amazing! I am a follower of hers and also receive Stitch This. I would love to be the winner…I see several projects I would like to make! Her creations are stunning!

    Lesley on July 22, 2012
  • Just love the quilts in Cheryl’s latest book. They are so adaptable to both cotton and wool applique!

    Cathi on July 22, 2012
  • Wow, neat book! I find a lot if my inspiration in nature and in architecture around the city. There are some really neat old buildings near my work that I love to look at and dream of quilt blocks!

    —Sandy A in St. Louis on July 22, 2012
  • I didn’t realize Cheryl had a blog. I bought Country Comforts because I LOVED the cover quilt. I am inspired by quilts that I see, either in a book, a quilt show, or my local quilt shop. When I see a quilt made up, it gives me the inspiration to make that quilt. The quilts in At Home with Country Quilts are beautiful. I think I would dig out my Civil War prints and start with the last one on the slide show 🙂

    Jocelyn on July 22, 2012
  • I mostly get inspired from books, magazines and of course the internet, blogs are SO inspiring! Sometimes I see a quilt & think ‘oh my sister would love that!’etc, etc….
    I have been a follower of Cheryl’s blog for some time now.
    Thank you for the chance to win a lovely book.
    Leeanne, in New Zealand.

    Leeanne on July 22, 2012
  • Beautiful country quilts. Would love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance.

    —Kathy h on July 22, 2012
  • Cheryl,I love your quilts. I’m using "How Does My Garden Grow" as my screen saver(Thank You, Stich This). All I have to do is look at Fabric and a pattern book and I get creative ideas. Especially applique ideas.

    —Mary on July 22, 2012
  • Looks like I’ll ‘need’ to add this new book to my library cuz it’s exactly the kind of quilt that I love to make!

    Gayle on July 22, 2012
  • I get inspired by tile floors and architecture. My DH often takes pictures of such things for me. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Sallie on July 22, 2012
  • I get inspired from blogs, quilt books/mags, and my fellow quilter friends. There are so many ways to get inspired. I am currently trying to figure out what to do with a beautiful drawing by my son’s gf. Inspiration is everywhere.

    —Wanda Heath on July 22, 2012
  • Cheryl’s book looks divine…would love to win!

    —Joyce on July 22, 2012
  • Hi Cheryl!
    I get inspired usually by fabric I see or a design I see and think right away, my stash has fabric to make up that design! Or I see fabric, Oh, I’d love to do that design with this fabric! I’d love to do the wall hanging in your book, with the flowers and the lattice fence! I love needle turn applique, and easy piecing. That design has everything I would want to be insprired and get started!
    Thanks, Take care, Leslie

    Leslie Legros on July 22, 2012
  • I love the combination of both appliqué & patchwork. Loos like an awesome book!

    —The Quilted Dog on July 22, 2012
  • I learn to quilt through books…and then later through the computer! Thanks for the chance to win Cheryl’s new book!! It looks wonderful!! (Yes I follow and get your newsletter!)

    Paulette Doyle on July 22, 2012
  • I enjoy reading magazines, books, and blogs. Seeing what others create inspires me to make a quilt with my own twist. Once, a long drive in autumn led me to work on a quilt called "browns." "Wild Thing" is an iris quilt inspired by the lovely photos in a bulb catalog. Being inspired just happens, and sometimes an idea nags at me until I make a quilt.

    —MarciaW on July 22, 2012
  • Fabrics and nature inspire me~ the colors, textures, etc. Thanks for the chance to win Cheryl’s book~ it would definitely keep me sewing through the winter! 🙂

    Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts on July 22, 2012
  • I so love Country style quilts. To me they have a lot of warmth just looking at them and makes every room look so cozy and inviting to be in. Thanks for such a wonderful book, which I hope to own and make many of them just for our home.

    —Shirley in Canada on July 22, 2012
  • Ok, I’ll be the first to leave a comment. I would love to win a copy of your new book! Just please sign it for me when I win. Oh, and thank you very much.

    —Julie on July 22, 2012
  • I don’t really have a story about inspiration but I will start off with a pattern and usually make it my own.

    Carrie P. on July 22, 2012
  • This looks like a wonderful book full of wonderful quilts! Thanks for the chance to win it! :0)

    Terry on July 22, 2012
  • What a lovely book, would be a welcome addition to my small collection of quilting books! awolk at rogers dot com

    —Anda on July 22, 2012
  • I love my books and patterns for inspiration. Not having a designing bone in my body, I really cherish the art work of others to get me going.

    —Pat Hersl on July 22, 2012
  • interesting interview! love the slide show … that’s how i get most of my inspiration, by reading and looking, admiring techniques, colors, lines, and workmanship.

    ritainalaska on July 22, 2012
  • I get inspired by seeing what others are creating in blogs, and looking at books and magazines.

    —robin on July 22, 2012
  • I would love to win a copy of Cheryl’s book!
    I find inspiration in the natural world which is around us all

    —Gill on July 23, 2012
  • My inspiration comes from my home and husband most of the time. He asked me to design and make his grandparents a family tree quilt for their 50th wedding anniversary. He gave me an idea of about what he wanted it to look like, and I did the designing. There is an interesting and sad story behind this quilt that is both tragic and miraculous. If I win, I’ll tell you more.
    Another quilt I designed and made was for the Statue of Liberty Bicentennial. My husband also had an idea for this one. I used part of his idea. It’s truly unique as it it three dimensional.
    I also get inspired from looking at GREAT quilt books! I see so many things I want to do!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    —Jackie on July 23, 2012
  • I tend to get inspired by fabric and sometimes techniques. I’m not too original but I love playing with fabric anyway! Thanks for the chance to win Cheryl’s book. I love that quilt with the sunflowers.

    Loris Mills on July 23, 2012
  • I get inspired from reading quilting blogs.

    —Lisa Garrett on July 23, 2012
  • This book is truly marvelous. The quilts are wonderful. I have always loved applique and piecing together in a quilt. Fabulous colors used. I am so excited about the chance to win Cheryl’s book.

    —Patricia D. Roberts on July 23, 2012
  • Your books are lovely and I would be thrilled to own another. My source of inspriation is often a deadline. Working with an idea that needs to be finished by a certain time is the best inspiration for me. I am good at deadlines!
    Have a good day.

    —Darcey Peters on July 23, 2012
  • Looks like a brilliant book – great giveaway!! My inspiration comes from seeing everything around me – man hole covers have shapes on tehm taht can be copied, colour combos on greeting cards – inpsiration is everywhere 🙂

    Amy C on July 23, 2012
  • I love those quilts! I just returned from Israel and after 13 days of 100+ heat, those calm quilts will be one of my next projects. Now I must read her blogs!

    —Judii Reiss on July 23, 2012
  • I get a lot of my inspiration from blogs and books.

    —Carmen on July 23, 2012
  • My inspiration to start quilting came from my 89 year old mother-in-law. She now has the beginnings of alzheimers and I have always admired her beautiful quilts she made for each of us daughters/daughters-in-laws. She started making a quilt a few years ago from a hershners kit. It is the Appliqued Iris’s one. She has it almost finished, but with the alzheimers and arthritis and loss of feeling in her fingers, she can not finish it. She has asked me if I wanted to finish it for her. I jumped on the chance to do this for her. She has been such a dear sweet loving mother-in-law. I have found a couple of quilt shops near me and they have offered to help me if I get stuck. All that is left to do is about 1/3rd of the hand quilting and then the scalloped edges need finished. I am looking forward to my adventures in quilting and would love to win the book to help that along.
    Thank you!
    Kathy 🙂

    —Kathy Gates on July 23, 2012
  • Those quilts are wonderful! I think fabric inspires me most. I am a beginner quilter, so books and magazines give me inspiration as well as seeing actual finished quilts.

    —Phyllis on July 23, 2012
  • Oh how beautiful your quilts are! I would be so excited if I won a copy of your book! Thanks.

    —Wendi M on July 23, 2012
  • I am inspired by. . . . EVERYTHING! I see quilt patterns and quilting designs in all sorts of places- hotel carpeting, flower beds, other quilts, online blogs, everything. Thanks for producing such a great book. I would love to have one.

    —Colleen N. on July 23, 2012
  • I am very interested in your new book. It looks like the quilts I enjoy in my own home. My inspiration comes from many sources, shows, shops, Internet…I have even found inspiration in a framed print I saw in a restaurant once upon a time. Keep designing and inspiring the rest of us.

    —Judy Smith on July 23, 2012
  • I love books (pictures, stories. . .)and I love fabric! With the Internet I could get lost for hours. I have to sometimes rein in this to leave time for quilting, sewing and life!

    —Kathy on July 23, 2012
  • The bigger question is what doesn’t inspire me to make quilts…well, maybe housework! No, scratch that, I once made a laundry quilt of cotton underpants! Everything that touches my heart gets used as inspiration. Quilting truly is therapy for me!

    Beth Strand on July 23, 2012
  • I havent completed a lot of quilts. The trellis quilt in your new book is speaking to me as I have had a clemetis flower on a trellis since I was married which last month we celebrated our 31st anniversary. So I would really like to make that one out of your new book. Please keep being inspired so you can share it with us.
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    —diane i on July 23, 2012
  • I get inspiration from many things, but most often when I see beautiful new fabrics ! Or when I dig into a forgotten corner in my stash ! Seems like I always have a "file" of patterns in my mind, and I can picture just how it will all go together.
    Cheryl’s new book looks wonderful, thanks for the chance to win !!

    —TxGirl on July 23, 2012
  • I get lots of inspiration from the quilts I see on blogs, the amazing fabrics that are out now and of course great pattern books like Cheryl’s.

    Diane H on July 23, 2012
  • i love all things country. and i get inspired in strange ways. sometimes in just a piece of fabric something just screams at me . i am a scare crow, pumkin, rooster etc.My husband also helps alot with colors and picking out fabrics to go with my ideas. love your quilt with the sunflowers

    —beverly maples on July 23, 2012
  • I love all of Cheryl’s quilts and I can’t decide which one I want to make first. I would love an autographed book for my collection

    —Jane Shier on July 23, 2012
  • I am a follower of Cheryl’s and she sent me over.

    —Sue Goodin on July 23, 2012
  • I’m fairly new quilter and have a great way of learning techniques and different blocks. I make preemie quilts for "Threads of Love" a national organization that provides items for NICU of our local hospitals, and 30in square quilts are a great way to experiment and learn something new. My inspiration is sometimes another quilt I’ve seen or fabric that leads me in a certain direction. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to sew for the babies and learn something along the way. My grandson was a NICU baby last Jan, and feel this is the least I can do to say thank you!

    —Chris on July 23, 2012
  • I get inspiration from surfing through quilt and art related blogs. Also, I love to take classes offered by my guild and local quilt store then blend two patterns into one quilt. But what’s great about quilt books like Cheryl’s is that you need only to open the book to find inspiration…and look the patterns are included! 🙂

    —Joan Rodriguez on July 23, 2012
  • I guess I get my inspiration mostly from nature and the seasons. I love fall and Halloween is my favorite. The crispness in the air and the vivid colors. I get inspired every time we go out for camping, a walk, or even a vacation at the beach.

    Laurie P on July 23, 2012
  • I am always looking in books for patterns…but since I started blogging; it keeps me more than busy with all the new modern quilts to view. I only wish I could do all of them!!

    Marjorie on July 23, 2012
  • I love all of Cheryl’s patterns and her new book looks fabulous. I’m always inspired by quilts I see on different blogs that I follow, and also quilt books and magazines. Fabric also inspires me, especially when working with repro fabrics. I follow Cheryl and receive your newsletter.

    —Heartsdesire on July 23, 2012
  • Many things inspire me. New babies, new grandmas, colors of flowers, the sunset after a rainy day. Much of the time lately, fabric has been my inspiration. Finding something unique to "go with" the floral I just had to have 5 years ago is a lot of fun. Sometimes I will see an advertisement with an interesting color scheme, and I will save it for later. There is inspiration to be found everywhere, you just have to be paying attention with an open mind.

    —Lynette on July 23, 2012
  • I would love to win this beeeeautiful book – what a treasure!

    Laurie B on July 23, 2012
  • Wow – great new book ! congrats!

    —Lee on July 23, 2012
  • I find inspiration from everything around me. Be it nature, our farm, the grandkids. Most often I find inspiration from wonderful books such as Cheryl’s. They sure do scream "make me" and definitely fit into my country farm lifestyle. Such a wonderful bunch of quilts from this new book….can’t wait to see a copy!!!

    —Tonya Reichard on July 23, 2012
  • Just looking at your pictures inspire me-wonderful book to add to my book shelve .

    —dee lowe on July 23, 2012
  • I haven’t designed my own quilt pattern, but I’m inspired in my pattern and colour choices by books, blogs, and all the lovely fabrics that are available. Thanks for the chance to win Cheryl’s book. I just got some Kansas Troubles Quilters fabric that would be perfect for the sunflower quilt.

    —MoeWest on July 23, 2012
  • Great book! Love the colors and designs…

    —Judy W on July 23, 2012
  • Inspiration for quilts is all around me. One time it may be something in a magazine, another time a beautiful sunset or view, and still others one of the many wonderful books that are available to us as quilters. Not just one place, but many places and things can inspire a new quilt just begging to be made. It may be made for someone specific or it could be just that I want to try a new technique or fabrics and have no particular ‘home’ in mind. But rest assured a home will be found for it. That’s the beauty of quilting, it is my ‘play time’ to be crative, relax and enjoy the process. Cheryl’s new book is full of projects that are calling to me to make and would love to win a copy of her book. It wuold find a good home with me and my collection of books, fabrics, and other ‘supplies’ that reside here.

    —Cindy on July 23, 2012
  • I find inspiration for quilts everywhere…in books, magazines, patterns, fabric, quilts shows, quilt shops, and of course, quilt friends! I love Cheryl and her patterns and would really like to win this one. Thanks for the opportunity!

    —susan on July 23, 2012
  • Although you can find inspiration anywhere you go, I find that museums are a great source of inspiration. Seeing the work that was done hundreds of years ago before rotary cutters and specialty rulers makes me think of ways to translate the work into modern techniques.

    KatieQ on July 23, 2012
  • It is definitely books like those written Cheryl that are so inspiring. Her gorgeous quilts look wonderful in the settings you have created with her very own beautiful "props". Would you, Cheryl, by any chance live in the Vancouver area? I, too, am a two hour drive from Bothel. We could be neighbours. Your quilts are indeed very warm, cozy, and neighbourly.

    —Karen Heron on July 23, 2012
  • I used to get all my inspiration from books and magazines, and still do love them, but now I also find so many ideas on the internet….web sites, quilt groups, blogs, pinterest…there’s no end to the many sources of inspiration there! Quilt shows are another source, but not as plentiful as the other things.

    Victoria Miner on July 23, 2012
  • So far most of my inspiration has come from existing patterns, though the quilt I’m currently planning has its inspiration from the fabrics I’ve chosen (Kona solids) and the fact that I want it to grow with my son.

    Rachelle on July 23, 2012
  • I usually find inspirations in books but quite often from just a few bolts of fabric. The fabric just stirs up ideas and images and Cheryl’s book would be a great addition to my collection.

    —Ann Boehm on July 23, 2012
  • As a wildlife artist, I’m inspired by Nature, its colors, its seasons… and in fabrics or books.
    I love Chreyl’s quilts and her quilting way of life.
    Thanks for this giveaway!

    Plume de Chat on July 23, 2012
  • I’ve made plenty of quilts from patterns designed by others. Sometimes I follow the pattern and sometimes I modify it. I have also had a few designs just "hit me" and I have developed them into quilts. But this past spring I participated in an online challenge that I think improved my design skills. For each challenge we were given an idea to use for inspiration and then we had to come up with something and have a finished project in one week. It helped me to learn to come up with ideas and make decisions quickly and act on them. I was pretty pleased with most of the projects when they were done.

    —Lisa Marie on July 23, 2012
  • A couple of weeks ago I received a small packet of fabric for our county fair block challenge; participants all received the same fabric -only twelve participants; the challenge to design an original quilt block – must be 12-1/2″ square unfinished and you can only use the fabrics in the packet. I mulled this idea over and over for a while and was stumped – what kind of block can I design and then it happened; I saw my grandma’s cutting board hanging on the kitchen wall and found my inspiration – Pig’s shape will be sized down and appliqued to the center of my star block. Like Pig with his thousands upon thousands of cutting lines my pig will be featured in a quilt with thousands upon thousand of happy stitches.

    —Kristine on July 23, 2012
  • I do love books and magazines for my inspiration, but I don’t usually make a quilt from one pattern. I like to take design elements from several different sources and then grab from my stash and transpose those elements into THE PROJECT. That project becomes the very personal quilt that I make for one person in the world.

    —Pamela Zajicek on July 23, 2012
  • My inspirations come from everywhere. I use books, patterns, and pictures. I love to see what other quilters do, and that seems to be my best source.Learning from each other is the best part of quilting.

    —cindy white on July 23, 2012
  • I follow the stitch this blog and cherls blog.I really enjoyed the conversation with her.would love to win a copy of her book can never have enough info ideas or input.Thank-you for the chance to win this copy.Becky

    —becky derry on July 23, 2012
  • My inspiration comes from so many of the same places as other quilters: shops, magazines and shows. the best inspiration of all is my very talented quilting friends. I am so blessed with a large group of extemely talented women as freinds who quilt. They really help me stretch my skills and styles.
    PS Cheryl, I am in love with your combination of pieced and applique style!

    —Kathy Gaines on July 23, 2012
  • I get my inspiration for designing quilts from many things. Mostly I see a buildings architecture that inspires me or floor tiles in an old building but then I go home and usually wake at 2 in the morning with an idea of how to put that image into a quilt. Some times I don’t get much sleeping done!!!!!!
    Love your book Cheryl. What a great inspiration!!!

    —Lee on July 23, 2012
  • When I make a new quilt, I get inspired from the need. Is it a baby quilt? Usually. A quilt for an adult? What makes them tick? I am constantly looking around me and getting ideas. Your book looks awesome.

    —Susie McBride on July 23, 2012
  • I have just discovered Cheryl and am following her blog. I adore this book and would love to be the recipient of this gorgeous book! Thanks for the opportunity to win. Lana D.

    —Lana Drum on July 23, 2012
  • Most of my inspiration comes from seeing a fantastic fabric. I cannot believe the wonderful variety available to the quilter’s of today! I see a gorgeous fabric that transports me to another time or place and I have to have it. Then I start to imagine all the different ways to best highlight their beauty, stars? simple snowball blocks? applique? It just gets my mental wheels a turning to imagine all of the beautiful, useful things you can create from a simple piece of cotton!

    —Amanda Best on July 23, 2012
  • The quilts are beautiful, have such a comfortable feel. Your designs
    are so good, keep on!

    —Carol Sanborn on July 23, 2012
  • I love to look at quilts in books…it inspires me to create one of my own. My favorite inspiration however is reading quilting blogs…so much creativity out there in quilting blogland!

    Deb on July 23, 2012
  • I love quilting because it is a non-stop learning process! I’ll find a pattern I like and have a wonderful time picking out fabrics to make it look different and unique. Also reading about the history of quilts leads me to wonder how certain patterns came to be and how the names (sometimes more than one for the same pattern) happened. I enjoy learning and am constantly amazed by the imagination of others. Would love to add this book to my growing collection for further inspiration! Just looking at the slides has started the wheels turning.

    —Anne T. on July 23, 2012
  • Hi, I’ve just found your site and I would love to win your latest book. I’m a great fan of country quilts!
    Fingers crossed =)

    —merryl shapiro on July 23, 2012
  • I am inspired to make quilts and related quilting items from browsing through my quilt magazines and quilt books that I have purchased over the past 35 years of my quilting career. When I design an original quilt I derive ideas from nature, quilt shows,blogs on the net, books and magazines. I think of all things country and then design a sampler quilt of all the ideas that come to mind at the time. I find one idea will turn into several more ideas and before I know it I have designed several blocks. I use several applique techniques along with patchwork, hand embroidery and I always hand-quilt my creations.It is so much fun to let your creative juices flow. I thank you for the opportunity to enter into the give a way for Cheryl Wall’s latest book. I already have and use her other books. Keep up the good work Cheryl! You really inspire me!

    —Suzanne Brinton on July 23, 2012
  • I attend a retreat twice a year that is comprised of retired quilt shop workers, teachers and owners. The inspiration that I get from the projects they all bring to work on or show makes my head reel and really get my creative juices going!
    Karen in Breezy Point

    —Karen in Breezy Point on July 23, 2012
  • I get inspiration from books, blogs, magazines, and yes, sometimes a leaf on the sidewalk.

    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

    —Deborah on July 23, 2012
  • My inspiration for designing a quilt comes from what I hear that others like. If I overhear someone say they like international travel, I get online and find fabric for that theme. If someone likes dragonflies, I find fabric with dragonflies. I have a friend who loves tortilla chips and salsa and low and behold I found there is fabric designed with tortilla chips! To me, giving someone something they like is my inspiration for making people happy!

    —Paula Coleman on July 23, 2012
  • I get inspired from the material and the colors. I see a line of material and I can picture it in a quilt. I go home and find the material (if it is new I have to find something similar )

    —wanda on July 23, 2012
  • Neat book !
    Inspiration comes from a variety of circumstances: moods, trying to capture a memory, a vacation keepsake, finding a fun/funky fabric, honoring a loved one or upcoming holiday….

    —Cheri Hage on July 23, 2012
  • What a great book not a thing in it that isn’t right up my ally. Thanks for the opportunity to win a signed copy.

    —Peggy on July 23, 2012
  • My quilt ideas come from books and looking at quilts off the web. I love the dark colors that Cheryl uses in her quilts.

    —Linda C on July 23, 2012
  • Inspiration usually from a quilt in a magazine or book or else a kit.

    —Mary Snyder on July 23, 2012
  • I get inspiration from many different sources. Usually, though, I am impressed with an unusual design or presentation and love making that my own but staying with the idea that inspired me to want to make that particular quilt. Love Cheryl’s new book and the primitive look to her designs. Would love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance. Good luck with your new book, Cheryl.

    —Kathy on July 23, 2012
  • I get inspired by so many things, fabrics, quilts, buildings, pictures tiles, just about anything will set my mind racing.

    —Rina on July 23, 2012
  • Would love to win!

    —chinapat on July 23, 2012
  • I find inspiration from my quilting friends, books, magazines and shows. I will be attending a quilt show on Saturday- can’t wait!

    Bonnie on July 23, 2012
  • I started to quilt by learning from blogs and now I love to learn from the book 🙂

    —Hueisei on July 23, 2012
  • I would love to win a copy of the book. The colors and patterns are wonderfully inspiring.

    —Colette Wilson on July 23, 2012
  • I find inspiration from quilting books, magazines and the internet. Other quilters sharing what they are doing is always a good bet to get my brain started. I absolutely love the quilts in this book. I am especially excited about the smaller quilt with the bee and beeskeep.

    —Renee on July 23, 2012
  • I have been intrigued with the quilt on the cover of the book "Country Comforts" every time I see it. This new book also has some delightful quilts. I am inspired by many things, I look at books, blogs and quilts shows and shops for an idea and then I like to think of ways to add my own touch in the colors used or in the design. janita

    janita on July 23, 2012
  • Ultimamente tenho modificado o jeito de fazer um bloco para colchas,tenho feito esposa de fazendeiro em papel inglês,estou achando blocos mais difícies em maneira mais fácil.Isso é uma inspiração para mim.Obrigada.

    —Maria do Carmo Pezzuto on July 23, 2012
  • My mother inspires me. She does such beautiful quilts, especially applique, but thinks her work is terrible. It is incredible. I am also inspired by shows and challenges-time deadlines work well for me.

    —Beth Hammergren on July 23, 2012
  • I like to look thru magazines, books, and quilt shows for ideas. I might see a pattern here and color there that I like. Then I might see a new technique I want to try. Before you know it, my head is turning with so many ideas that I can’t fall to sleep. All of a sudden it’s off to find the fabric for my new creation!

    —Janet on July 23, 2012
  • I get inspired by fabrics. I like to look at them and touch them. Then I want to mix them up and create a quilt.

    —loralie on July 23, 2012
  • reading my blogs and newsletters, browsing through tutes and books offer me inspirtional insights into what goes into a quilt and how to get it there. thanx for seeing what a great book this is and giving us a chance to win a copy.

    ritainalaska on July 23, 2012
  • I love browsing online sites like Martingale where I can get so much inspiration for quilting. I am a live-in caregver for my 86 year-old mother-in-law who has Alzheimer’s. In addition, I am caring for two of my grandchildren, ages 2 and 4, while their mom works 50 hours a week and their dad, a disabled veteran, is recovering from his recent visit in the VA hospital. My time outside the house is limited to 8 hours a week and even then I take the children with me as I run errands. It is an exhausting life, but a blessed one.

    —Debra Dunn on July 23, 2012
  • I take inspiration from books, Magazines and internet. I mostly let a new fabric talk to me.By just going through my stash and finding the happy"companion" pieces. I then the search for a pattern,( I high light ones in books and magazines according to topic ie. baby, summer etc.)or design my own with an Idea in mind.

    —ELIZABETH CROSS on July 24, 2012
  • I get my inspitation from books, magazines or pictures. really like seeing quilts in person. I follow Cheryl’s blog and love the cover quilt. I like her style, have ‘Comfort Quilts" and would love to win this one.

    —Diane H on July 24, 2012
  • I usually go to quilt magazines or books to find the inspiration I need. There are so many creative ideas in the world and I like to add my personal spin whether it is color or design.

    Kris S on July 24, 2012
  • It’s hard to say what inspires me for a quilt, it could be a book, something I see on tv or just the outdoors. Love the country look and like converting them to wool as well as applique in cotton
    would love to win this book.

    —Connie on July 24, 2012
  • Color is my first inspiration……or a random piece of fabric that crosses my path. And as I work on one quilt, ideas pop and the questions start…I wonder if I did this and that…and before I know it……a new quilt is underway.

    —Beulah on July 24, 2012
  • I’m inspired by designers like Cheryl. I have to admit that my imagination doesn’t extend to designing of any kind. Thank God for these wonderful designers.

    —Diane on July 24, 2012
  • I usually am inspired by a picture of a quilt, or an actual quilt that someone else made, in the pattern I liked. I do try to make it my own in some way.

    —Lisa Cox on July 24, 2012
  • Love the quilts from the book! The colors and patterns used are wonderful.

    —Beth B on July 24, 2012
  • Wow, your At At Home with Country Quilts really caught my eye. Some things just turn on the inspiration light. It looks like one of these quilts would be just perfect for our new country in the city home.Thank you for a peek into the book, which I would love to win.

    —Candy Brower on July 24, 2012
  • The quilt I am piecing was inspired by the name of the block! Arizona Cactus Flower. I now live in Illinois, but am an AZ native. One of my brothers lives in Tucson and I thought he might enjoy a lap quilt for the chilly winter evenings. I used "southwest colors", turquoise, beige, greens and oranges.

    —Cindy Weeks on July 24, 2012
  • I’m inspired every day by all of the glorious quilts online!

    —Lauren aka Giddy99 on July 24, 2012
  • I get inspired when I see anything warm and cuddly. It makes me think of country quilts. Nothing better than sitting in a chair, with my tiny yorkie and kitty cat curled up beside me, watching me hand quilt. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this inspiring book!

    —Cindy O'Dear on July 24, 2012
  • I love Cheryl’s style. It’s homey and comfortable. Maybe I’ll be the winner???

    —Judy Allen on July 24, 2012
  • your book is beautiful and inspiring, I would love to win..and the way I usually decide on a quilt is to play in my fabric, or if I see something in a book or magazine that I really like, I’ll start playing around with the idea, but I’m usually pretty traditional, and try to find inspiration in the person that is to receive it…thanks Rebecca Keith

    —Rebecca on July 24, 2012
  • I am usually inspired when I thumb through a new book and see a pattern that looks homey to me – then I begin to think of what colors I would do it in and where I’d display it at home. Then the fabric search and voile! I’m ready for a new project. Your new book is beautiful and I enjoyed reading more about you in the "interview." I’m glad you decided to do book #2!

    —Kelli on July 24, 2012
  • I find lots of inspiration in magazines and on all the quilting sites online…even Pinterest has lots of great ideas! Thanks for the chance to win

    —Patty Happel on July 25, 2012
  • Wonderful quilts and such inspiration. Would love to win this book. Glad to have found Cheryl’s blog

    —Donna W on July 25, 2012
  • I love the quilts in this. The colors are so country and the patterns are cute. There are so many inspirational things in the book, I can not wait to see it.

    Laurie P on July 25, 2012
  • I find inspiration from all the great quilts shown in the Show-n-Tell segment of the quilt guilds that I belong to. Books and magazines are also guilty of causing me to put needle to thread but only after tweaking the design and making it "mine."

    Cindy A. on July 25, 2012
  • I’m inspired by other quilts, especially traditional quilts of the past. They are such a part of my childhood memories and have continued since.

    —Roberta B on July 25, 2012
  • I match my quilts by the color of a room or by the personality of the person who will receive it. I want the quilt to fit who it will live with or where it will live.

    —DonnaK on July 25, 2012
  • Love her designs! Anything and everything inspires me…from nature to architecture and from music to someone’s funny comment to a pile of junk rusting in the woods. You just have to walk around with your eyes and ears open and you’ll have more inspiration for quilts than you could ever possibly finish.

    —Linda Pyke on July 25, 2012
  • I get a lot of inspiration from the outdoors. I love flowers and trees. With that said, usually my quilty friends get me motivated.

    —Donna F on July 25, 2012
  • I’m inspired by patterns, quilt books and magazines, quilt shows, show and tell at my quilt guild and small quilt groups, quilt shops. Whew.

    —KMSC on July 26, 2012
  • I’m not super creative, but I get inspiration from other quilters and patterns to adapt the way I want them. I love the quilts in your book and would love to win it. I just signed up to follow your blog.

    Ruth on July 26, 2012
  • Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of this book. It looks fabulous. I love the applique and look of the quilts. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of it!


    —Mary Kastner on July 26, 2012
  • This looks like a fabulous book. I love the colors and the feel of the photographed quilts. I am inspired by blogs, books and things that I see.

    Mary on July 26, 2012
  • The most beautiful quilts always. Another inspirational book. Love everything in it.

    —Debbie Thormahlen on July 26, 2012
  • I like going to Quilt shows for one way of getting some inspiration another is through the many blogs that are out there that lead me to people like Cheryl.
    Cheryl has some awesome quilts in her two books.I "looked" at her patterns and saw a few I would like to make.It is books like this that give me so many ideas.

    —Sandy Dagg on July 26, 2012
  • I am inspired by friends, magazines and books. Sometimes even just being on a trip or a walk by the beach, Or even a deadline that creeps up on me gets the juices flowing.

    —Stella MacD. on July 26, 2012
  • I am inspired by the people I love–I look around and try to find something that will be a good fit for them, reflecting things they love or the way I feel when I’m around them. My quilts are as diverse as the people in my life.

    —Beth T. on July 26, 2012
  • Books like this one are constant source of inspiration. Quilt Shows, blogs and pinterest are other sources of great inspiration! I have not had a chance to pick it up so I’d love to win a copy! Thanks!

    Sandy M on July 28, 2012
  • I love the pieced background behind the applique. Inspiring! Makes me want to start another project!?

    Laurie in Maine on July 29, 2012
  • I love Cheryl’s style. I have a new home and am always looking for new patterns to make it cozy, these patterns fit that bill. I would love to win. Thank you for the opportunity.

    —Sharon Meyer on July 29, 2012
  • how do I get the saw tooth with 16 patch in the star on pinterest

    Becky, it is in the book shown on this blog post: At Home with Country Quilts. Here is a link to the book:
    ~Cornelia/Customer Service

    —Becky phillips on September 22, 2015
  • I want the pattern for sawtooth with16 center patch stars with hourglass alternating blocks

    —Becky phillips on September 22, 2015

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