Love at first sight: a quilt story (+giveaway!)

Posted by on June 14, 2012, in quilting & sewing, ,

Sarah

I think most Stitch This! readers would say I’m pretty lucky. As the marketing graphic designer here at Martingale, I typically get to see quilts from our upcoming books before many of my coworkers. Very soon after projects are photographed, I get to peruse the files and pick out images for a variety of uses, such as catalogs, websites, and advertisements. It is definitely one of my favorite parts of the job—imagine if you could spend part of your day looking at all the beautiful pictures on ShopMartingale.com, picking out the best ones?

from At Home with Country QuiltsI learned quickly, though, that when it comes to quilts, they’re even more striking in person. By the time managing editor Karen brings the projects to our marketing meeting, I’ve seen all the images and have already picked out the ones I love. But every time she shows us the actual quilts, I pick out completely new favorites. There’s just something magical about seeing a quilt in person!

That’s probably why At Home with Country Quilts by Cheryl Wall instantly found a place in my quilt-loving heart. I was walking down the hall one afternoon when I got pulled into the photo studio to see one of our photo shoots (something I hadn’t witnessed before). There was Cheryl (a very friendly author, by the way!) and her gorgeous quilts. “How Does My Garden Grow?” (above) was in the spotlight, and I was instantly taken. Beautiful country quilting paired with minimalistic trellis patchwork, with absolutely adorable appliqué.

from At Home with Country Quilts

It was love at first sight. I fell even harder when I got to see the rest of the designs from At Home with Country Quilts. Some of the projects are simple patchwork quilts with a unique twist, and others are elegant and cozy wool-appliqué quilt patterns. Each one combines seemingly opposite elements; for example, “Scrappy Squares” (above) is the perfect marriage of cozy, country fabrics and a more modern design, with lovely wool appliqué for a finishing touch.

from At Home with Country Quilts

“Autumn Winds” turns a straightforward leaf block into something more dramatic with added paper-pieced angles. Talk about two opposing elements coming together for a beautiful effect! I especially love this one because it reminds me of growing up in New Mexico, where crisp fall days also meant strong winds and lots of tumbleweeds.

from At Home with Country Quilts

“Sunflower Explosion” kind of blows my mind (pardon the pun). As a graphic designer, I’m a sucker for bold shapes and asymmetrical designs. I feel this quilt utilizes them so well, but in perfectly subdued fabrics. It works brilliantly. In the graphic-design world, you are considered to be really good if another designer says, “I wish I’d thought of that!” I’m not a quilt designer, but that was my reaction to this quilt. Kudos, Cheryl!

At Home with Country QuiltsSo, you can see why I was bursting at the seams when I volunteered to share this book with you. I think my coworkers were pretty shocked that I was so excited over something that had “country” in the title, but they couldn’t blame me. When it comes to the loyalty lines between traditional and modern, it’s common for people to assume that because I’m young, I will automatically gravitate toward modern quilts. But I like to think I’m somewhere in the middle waving a white flag, believing that both styles are even better together! Maybe Cheryl would agree.

One more thing I think I should mention: I’m a very, very new quilter, and I had more than a little trouble matching half-square triangle seams on my first quilt. However,  I feel pretty confident that I could accomplish any of my favorite projects from this collection. The patterns include a variety of techniques that are all straightforward and easy to understand, even for a beginner like me.

If I had still been wary, though, Cheryl’s words in her introduction would have put me at ease instantly. Here’s a snippet:

“This is my personal quilting philosophy: Embrace the ‘imperfect’ in your quilts. Let them reflect your unique style and personality. The little quirks are what make each of our quilts one of a kind and show that they’re crafted by human hands. Enjoy the freedom that comes with making projects that are less than perfect. The creative process should be fun and satisfy the soul. Find the individual style that suits you best and celebrate it.”


What is your personal quilting philosophy? Are you a traditional or modern quilter, or do you appreciate (and combine) both? Share your response in the comments and you could win a copy of the At Home with Country Quilts eBook! We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you’ve won. (You can also purchase the book here, and if you do, you can download the eBook for free right away.) Good luck!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing to win a copy of the At Home with Country Quilts eBook! The randomly chosen winner is Joyce, who said:

“I enjoy both traditional and modern quilting and any combination thereof. As long as I am having fun, then I’ll try it. Thanks for the chance to win.”

Joyce, we’ll email you a special coupon code for your free eBook. Congratulations!


287 Comments

  • I like to combine modern fabric ideas with traditional block patterns. I also appreciate the modernity of rotary cutting and machine piecing but the traditional hand-applique and hand quilting pulls me in every time.

    Michelle Harrison on June 14, 2012
  • Hi, Sarah – Great job describing some of the quilts in this book from your perspective and it’ll be fun seeing that first quilt of yours.

    Quilts really are works of art and heart.
    Aunt Kathy

    —Kathy Music-DeProspero on June 14, 2012
  • Cant wait to see the book! Already looking forward to browsing the pages and starting a project!

    —Paula earnhart on June 14, 2012
  • My quilting philosophy is to make what you love, have fun doing it, and don’t stress about imperfection.

    —robin on June 14, 2012
  • This is definitely a book that I would enjoy. I really like country style. I do appreciate both modern and traditional quilting. It really depends on where I want to use the quilt or who it is for. I think what makes quilts special is that they are stitched with love, imperfections and all.

    —MoeWest on June 14, 2012
  • I have always loved quilting. All aspects from piecing to quilting. I love to mix the fabrics and the styles. The book looks great. Can’t wait!

    —Deanna on June 14, 2012
  • Do it for yourself, b/c you love it, and never mind what others think. 🙂
    Hazle

    Hazle on June 14, 2012
  • I like both traditional and contemporary designs. I often make wonky blocks. I’m always looking for new ideas so I’m sure I would enjoy the book.

    —G Britten on June 14, 2012
  • What I tell a lot of quilters is "It’s your quilt, do what you want!"

    I like the open spaces that are in a lot of "modern" quilts, leaves great space for quilting. And old traditional quilts have a special place in my world too!

    This book looks like it has many projects that I would like to make, unlike some books that have just one or two!

    LaDonna on June 14, 2012
  • My quilting philosophy is relax and enjoy the process, any mistakes makes your quilt unique.

    —Wanda Heath on June 14, 2012
  • Oh my! Love at first sight is right!!!! These are phenomenal designs. I’m a traditional quilter, but am growing to really LOVE the more modern focus that is taking the quilting world by storm. Besides, my daughter and daughters-in-law prefer the more modern look and I hope they will want some of my quilts when I’m gone. 😛 I’m on board to make more modern quilts.

    —Polly Hada on June 14, 2012
  • Would love to win this book. I like traditional and contemporary designs. I think the "Sunflower Explosion"shown above is a neat quilt.

    —Nancy B on June 14, 2012
  • I think I like traditional more, maybe because I am older LOL.

    Sunnybec on June 14, 2012
  • i am a traditional quilter at heart. but occasionally have a spurt of modern inspiration. i live applique , so i love the quilts featured here. thanks , beverly

    —beverly maples on June 14, 2012
  • I think I am basically a traditionalist quilter (50 + years) but, I am loving more and more of the modernistic quilts that I see in magasines and the internet. Thank you for this giveaway I would really love it.

    —Janet Crossman on June 14, 2012
  • I am definitely a traditional quilter! I love the cozy, comfortable look, and although I have seen some modern quilts that were stunning, when it comes to making a quilt for myself, it’s traditional all the way!

    —Pat K. on June 14, 2012
  • I’m a more modern quilter, especially when it comes to colour. However, I also love traditional and non-traditional piecing. The colours in this book are not my taste, but I love the bold designs and can imagine them in all sorts of colours. Thank you for the giveaway!

    —Paula on June 14, 2012
  • I am a "traditional" quilter for the most part, however, lately I seem to be gravitating to the brighter, bigger and more bold fabrics. For years I was "stuck in a rut" only using the darker, more earthy colors and small prints that Thimbleberries had to offer. Now, anything goes! I can appreciate both styles.
    This book looks fascinating.
    Thanks!
    Nettie
    nettiecrain@live.com

    Annette Crain on June 14, 2012
  • I love ALL things quilty! I am new to quilting but was inspired to learn because of the beautiful and utilitarian quilts my grandmother, great aunt, great grandmother and great, great grandmother made together that were eventually given to me. However, I love bright colors and interesting designs so the new quilts make me think outside the box. I have used some traditional designs with new fabrics as well as some new funky designs with traditional fabrics. I just let my imagination run wild! The book looks fabulous!!

    —Cemira on June 14, 2012
  • I have been a primitive style quilter since Day 1, which was many a year ago when the magazines calles that style "country". That color palette has been my comfort zone as well.

    —Donna on June 14, 2012
  • I am new to quilting but I seem to be drawn to traditional – but I also enjoy the freedom of liberated quilting. I would like to be able to combine traditional hand applique and liberated quilting techniques.

    —Sharon Buford on June 14, 2012
  • I’m pretty traditional though I do love to look at and do appreciate the more modern quilts.

    —Donna on June 14, 2012
  • Quilting! My first love! I enjoy the challenge of selecting fabrics and putting blocks together. Sometimes I follow a pattern, sometimes alter it and yes, make my own pattern. What a love!

    —Joan on June 14, 2012
  • I am more traditional in my quilt design choices, but modern in methods. I like traditional patterns with a modern twist, updated patterns with contemporary fabrics. There are contemporary designs that speak to my heart as well, there are a number of contemporary quilt designs on my MUST DO THIS! list. I make the ones I love, whatever that might be.

    —Mary Val on June 14, 2012
  • I love just about everything in quilting. I have been quilting for a year and a half and I want everything! I think I am traditional but I am not sure what modern is. What you guys publish is the style I like.

    —Denise Cabral on June 14, 2012
  • I am a modern traditionalist…I love combining modern fabrics with traditional patterns. I also love to try new techniques and patterns and use fun scrappy fabric with bold colors.

    —Nancy Gillard on June 14, 2012
  • Quilting no matter if it’s piecing, applique, or hand quilting the stresses of the day melt away and I’m in my own little world of pleasure. The book looks very inviting. Look forward to seeing it.

    —Bev on June 14, 2012
  • Quilting is a joyful art! Enjoy every step of the process and don’t be too critical. Have fun and admire your work! Another famous quilter said that if you can’t see the mistake from a speeding train, it doesn’t matter!

    —Charlene on June 14, 2012
  • I love all kinds of quilts. Old, traditional, art, you name it. I have honestly never seen an ugly quilt!

    —Anne Godwin on June 14, 2012
  • The one quilt I really blew, I gifted anyway. Because it was not "perfect", my Mom-in-law actually used it, instead of only bringing it out for company. So my philosophy is to make a quilt the recipient will feel good using. Now I focus more on fabrics and blocks, and less on perfect corners.

    —Lynne on June 14, 2012
  • I like it all!!! But mostly I am attracted to traditional blocks that have a modern twist–wonkiness, color choices, setting.

    —mrsmoore on June 14, 2012
  • I like both traditional and nontraditional quilting. I think the skills I learned from the traditional make my nontraditional technically sound while the use of color and breaking through old "rules" can transfer back to my traditional quilts and make them more interesting!

    siobhan on June 14, 2012
  • I am swayed by the new fabrics and ideas I get from great books like yours.

    elr on June 14, 2012
  • i appreciate and combine both when i pick the patterns i want to make. i love the ‘sunflower explosion’ quilt in this book … thank you for the opporunity to win this book and have the pattern.

    ritainalaska on June 14, 2012
  • I straddle both areas. I enjoy creating art designs, and also relax doing more traditional work as well.

    —Nancy on June 14, 2012
  • I like to make what sings to my soul. I would say I’m a traditionalist at heart but love all kinds of fabrics and pattern. I like to mix the styles together and come up with something all my own and who can’t live without the new gadgets! Love old patterns and of late have fallen in love with appliqué.

    —Rose Landon on June 14, 2012
  • I guess I would lean more towards traditional, but with bright and bold colors. I like to have surprises in my quilts (unexpected colors or fabrics)….is there a category for that??!! Love your description of the book and I’m especially drawn to Sunflower Explosion".

    —Lorraine on June 14, 2012
  • I like to combine the two.

    —Joyce Mosby on June 14, 2012
  • As a new quilter of age 70, I like them all.I’m really liking the applique technique. It makes me feel creative even though I’m following a pattern, fabric choices make them mine. I like the new, easy shortcuts of cutting and piecing. I would love to do "Sunflower Explosion". I want my quilts to be soft and cozy.

    —Vivian Hord on June 14, 2012
  • Man, what’s not to love about about Cheryl Wall’s new book, AT HOME WITH COUNTRY QUILTS.
    Designs for everywhere in your home—and the color possibilities are endless.

    —Elizabeth Schnelle on June 14, 2012
  • I agree with your assessment of the projects in this book. I consider myself a traditional quilter but I don’t mind experimenting with the newer more modern techniques available today. Thanks for the opportunity to win an ecopy of the book.

    —Judy S on June 14, 2012
  • I used to be a pure traditionalist, but slowly over the years I have changed. I love to do mostly traditional blocks with non-traditional fabric; it doesn’t scream country, but it doesn’t scream modern either. It might be tradition with a little twist of Amy thrown in.

    Beautiful sunflower quilt! Would love to try the pattern in bright modern fabric!

    —amy on June 14, 2012
  • I am definitely a traditional quilter. I use modern techniques and modern tools, but love the age old patterns of my foremothers. Looks like a great book that I would love to use for some great projects.

    —Jennifer P on June 14, 2012
  • I like "loud, screaming" quilts with neon and brignt colors, especially if they depict Halloween, yet i would call myself more traditional than modern, as i just like to use traditional patterns and "louden (is that a word?) them up"

    —Mary Fredrichs on June 14, 2012
  • I am a traditional quilter, and love to applique, paper piece and of course machine piece. I have a great problem completing a quilt pattern and normally end up twisting the design into one of my own. I love the look of the second quilt and the play with colour of the trellis

    —Jeannette on June 14, 2012
  • I like all quilts, for a while I was doing bright and bold quilts, now I’m more subdued. But when I make one for someone I try to make one that fits their personality, if they are modern, they get a more modern quilt, if more traditional, that’s what they get. Every quilt is fun to make and I LOVE the applique ones especially, I can do them while watching tv in the evenings with my family.

    —Susan Johnson on June 14, 2012
  • I am in the middle, as you are. One look I love is comtemporary applique on top of a tonal, simple pieced background. It’s a great marriage.

    —Marjory on June 14, 2012
  • Sarah I agree with you, Sunflower Explosion is stunning! I was raised by traditional quilters and will always appreciate and continue to make traditional quilts. But I’ve been eyeing those modern quilts and fallen in love! I’ve bought my solid fabric, found a pattern now I have to find…no make the time to start a new quilt. 🙂

    —Joan Rodriguez on June 14, 2012
  • If its a quilt, I love it! My favorites though are probably traditional. My grandmother was a quilter. My mom only made 1 quilt of appliqued butterflies. which I treasure. I am now into combining embroidery and pieced quilts.

    —venita on June 14, 2012
  • I am a traditional quilter who also enjoys challenging paper pieced quilts and quick geometric quilts. I need a short reprieve from a complex quilt pattern to do a quick charity quilt.

    —Barbara Skeffington on June 14, 2012
  • I am a newbe. I have only been quilting for 7 months. I am a combination quilter (so far). I love a lot of the Modern quilts, but I love a lot of the Traditional. Makes quilting a lot of fun. Thanks for the chance to win the book, I love the Sunflower Explosion. Quilting books are one thing I am short of, there has been too many other things you need.

    —wanda on June 14, 2012
  • My philosophy is quilting has no rules. Any deviation from a pattern becomes a design feature. Each project is your best work for the time in which it was created. Enjoy the process and the final product and don’t worry about perfection.

    —Nancy on June 14, 2012
  • I am a traditional quilter at heart, but I sometimes find some modern quilts pique my interest. I tend to shy away from folk art wool quilts, due to family allergies. And, I usually don’t care for art quilts, unless they are country or nature-themed. "How Does My Garden Grow" is my favorite quilt shown.

    —Jaci E on June 14, 2012
  • I’ve been quilting for 25 years and I love and appreciate just about ANY style of quilting! I’m mostly a traditional quilter but my 20 yr old daughter is quilting now and she’s gotten ME into the modern quilts. The fantastic fabrics out today are so much fun to play with. Would love to win this book, the Sunflower Explosion quilt begs to be made (I’m a Kansas girl!) Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Aggiequilter on June 14, 2012
  • Just moved to Kansas 6 months ago and Kansas state flower is the Sunflower. So right away I fell in love with that quilt. I like traditional quilting but I have tried all kinds of things. I also like to mix machine embroidery with my quilting. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

    —Jenelle Boxberger on June 14, 2012
  • I’m more of a traditional quilter, I think – and I say that because I’ve only been at it less than a year now. My grandmother’s quilts have been a big inspiration, though. Applique has really grabbed me and it won’t let go! While I really enjoy the traditional quilts, I sometimes add a dose of quirky with the addition of an applique piece, too. Would love to have a copy of the book for more inspiration.

    —Sheila Craft on June 14, 2012
  • What is your personal quilting philosophy? Are you a traditional or modern quilter, or do you appreciate (and combine) both? Share your response in the comments and you could win a copy of the At Home with Country Quilts eBook! We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you’ve won. (You can also purchase the book here, and if you do, you can download the eBook for free right away.) Good luck!

    I love both traditional and modern quilting and have practised with both. At Home with Country Quilts would be just the book to add to my quilting library. It would also be just the book to make quite a few quilts from for my home. Quilts are so soft and cozy, you can never have too many.

    —Lynda on June 14, 2012
  • I enjoy both traditional and modern quilting and any combination thereof. As long as I am having fun, then I’ll try it. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Joyce Mitchell on June 14, 2012
  • I just became aware of Cheryl Wall as a quilt designer. Her work is amazing! Looking forward to seeing more of her designs in her new book!

    Jeannie Anderson June 14, 2012

    —Jeannie Anderson on June 14, 2012
  • As a machine quilter most fo my time is spent quilting for others and get to see and work on all types of quilts–so when I do get a chance to make tops they are mostly scrappy.
    Shirley

    —Shirley Marvin on June 14, 2012
  • I am mostly a traditional quilter but many(most) of my quilt recipients prefer modern so out of my comfort zone I go. The more I go, the more I like it.

    —Janine on June 14, 2012
  • I like both.

    —pat on June 14, 2012
  • I like-no, love-all types of quilting. Right now I’m drawn to the bright new colors and simple designs, probably because my life is so busy with work and multigenerational demands on my time. I usually keep a hand piecing and hand applique project going for their portability. When done I am amazed that tiny bits of found time can produce a keepsake quilt. I machine quilt, but will always call hand quilting my true love. NOTHING compares. I love to make bags and still enjoy making clothes. I quilt and sew for the relaxed feeling I get while working on a project. The finished project is usually a bonus since I don’t finish as many as I start. I’m okay with that. Finally: I’m a huge fan of fabric, book, pattern and notion shopping too!

    —Jeannie on June 14, 2012
  • I’m a traditional quilter – love the rich, dark colors and enjoy reading about quilting history. Cheryl Wall’s book looks lovely – thanks for the chance to win!

    —Kelli on June 14, 2012
  • When it comes to my style of quilts, it is hard to decide but I know I like down home country quilts. I make all kinds of quilts but when you see a country quilt, boy does it ever bring back memories. Memories of being at your grandmothers house, the old treadle sewing machine, I can see her now making them on her back porch, which is also the place we did the laundry with a wringer washer and got water in wonderful oak buckets from the well; to do so… yes I am telling my age , but that is fine with me. I like some of the modern quilts, most are easily made but give me a good old fashioned pattern to make anyday. And I love two color quilts, too,yes I love them all but not all in the same way. Who wouldn’t like to cut up fabric and then sew it back together….

    —Glenna Williams on June 14, 2012
  • I am strictly traditional. As a designer, I still design traditional quilts that are simple, easy, and look good. I am also a scrappy kind of lady.

    Sharon Spingler on June 14, 2012
  • I am leaning more and more to the modern side of quilting.

    —Tricia on June 14, 2012
  • I too am a "mostly traditional" quilter, but when I see something that I "love", it doesn’t have to fit into any particular category. Quilt books are my absolute addiction and I buy all types. I think a great quilt can be any type of quilt, as long as it has the right design, color and eye appeal. Show us a quilt like that and some or all of us will love it and want to try and duplicate it for ourselves.

    —Renee Welton on June 14, 2012
  • I like both. It would be too boring to do all traditional or modern. I like folk art types so I loved all of the pictures you showed. I really want to do these.

    —Nina Christman on June 14, 2012
  • I would say that I’m primarily a traditional quilter who uses modern methods to make my quilts. While I love using bright fabrics in a lot of my quilts, I also like the country type fabrics as well as I find them to be more "cuddly" looking. So I guess it just depends on which quilt design I’m making as to whether or not I would call myself a traditional or a modern quilter at that moment.

    —Janet Espeleta on June 14, 2012
  • I am a traditionalist at heart but have been trying some more modern patterns lately. I have joined a modern quilt guild so now I am stepping out of my traditional box.
    I do love those quilts. thanks for a chance to win the book.

    Carrie P. on June 14, 2012
  • I am coming around to modern designs in quilts although I am most comfortable with traditional scrap quilts. This book is a curiosity to me because I was instantly drawn to the blending of the two styles in the pictures presented. They just naturally go together. It seems I’ve stretched my boundaries already! The book looks great!

    —Rita Nichols on June 14, 2012
  • I love quilts. I remember growing up, sleeping under so many quilts that I couldn’t even move. These had been lovingly made by my mother and grandmothers in the old traditional ways. Many had fertilizer ads on the backings. Oh, but the fronts were beautiful – double wedding ring and Texas Star! I still love these traditional designs.

    —JUDY on June 14, 2012
  • I think I’m more of a traditional quilter, but with modern twists. My philosophy is: I only make a quilt as I am inspired, starting out with a pattern I like, then find the fabrics, or start with fabrics I want to use, then figure out the pattern. Usually I get inspired by looking at patterns, then twist them to suit my fabric and my sewing skills. I love using scraps, so my challenge is figuring out which of my stash will I use to make the pattern. Finally, I let the quilt talk to me as I go, it hardly ever comes out the way I planned. I just do what looks good to me as it goes along, and that usually makes an interesting quilt. They are always original that way, too!

    —Madeline on June 14, 2012
  • This looks like an amazing book. I do what I love, use the fabrics I love with a pattern I love. Sometimes I mix modern fabrics with traditional patterns, and I have never been displeased with the look. You can’t fail if you love what you do.

    —cheryl on June 14, 2012
  • I consider myself a traditional quilter, but lately I have been combining some of the modern influences I see. A good day is a day with any kind of quilting 🙂

    —Ellen on June 14, 2012
  • I am a m-old-ern quilter. Daniela

    —daniela on June 14, 2012
  • I am a traditional quilter who is starting to try some modern techniques.

    —Jill Hicks on June 14, 2012
  • The book looks like a wonderful combination of the country look with tradtional and modern, quite a combination which is hard to find. Would love to win the book.

    —Sheila Plock on June 14, 2012
  • I like both styles. I have found that you can take an old fashioned block, and using different fabrics, you can change the look completely into modern. Right now, I’m quilting for a Homeless groups of women and children, so I look for anything that is easy and fast, because I hand quilt all my quilts. It’s been the blessing of my life doing this work, and I have found that modern sometimes does it as well as old fashioned. It just depends on how fast I can get that quilt out!! So, I guess you could say I’m in the middle of the road!!

    —Glori Blanchard on June 14, 2012
  • I mostly like to look at patterns to decide how to personalize them. I like to take large quilt patterns and use parts of them for smaller projects. I also have my favorite colors that seem to appear in everything I create. Quilting is necessary for me, both for the art and the people.

    —Dianna on June 14, 2012
  • I prefer creating modern quilts, but have an appreciation for the traditional.

    —Rose-Marie on June 14, 2012
  • I’m definitely a traditional quilter – modern quilts don’t do a thing for me!

    Gayle on June 14, 2012
  • My quilting style keeps changing as I explore new fabrics and patterns. When I look at my ideas and desires list, it’s full of new techniques that I just have to try. My favorite is still landscaping but I never seem to make time to work on them. Too busy giving back I guess, I need to move myself up the priority list.

    —Barbara Moen on June 14, 2012
  • I tend to lean more toward traditional quilting, but am beginning to appreciate some of the more artsy and eclectic styles. This looks like a fun book to explore learn from.

    —Marilyn Snow on June 14, 2012
  • I lean towards traditional patterns but more modern fabrics. Trip Around the World is one of my favorite patterns, but I strip piece it and have used anything from batiks to some Kaffe Fassett fabrics. Gives it a whole new look!

    —Dotty Bailey on June 14, 2012
  • I love both styles….just depends on what fabrics I want to work with and whether it’s a gift for someone or myself. Looks like a fun book..thanks for the chance!

    Terry on June 14, 2012
  • I have been quilting for many years in the traditional sense but lately I have been intrigued by the "modern quilting" movement, and plan on trying one soon. Thanks for the opportunity to win a great looking book!

    —Deborah on June 14, 2012
  • I think more old fashioned, though I do appreciate the modern designs. I agree that the first quilt shown, the garden quilt is amazing. Would love to make it!

    —Joyce on June 14, 2012
  • I combine both–machine embroidery is a great addition to traditional blocks!

    —Lynn on June 14, 2012
  • I LOVE quilting and the more I quilt the more I love traditional and country looking quilts. I’d love to win the book and try some of the lovely patterns in it.

    Teresa on June 14, 2012
  • I like traditional quilts as well as primitive styles. Reproduction prints such as the civil war line appeal to me. Log cabin quilts, string quilts, four and nine patch have so much variety that I never get bored with these basic simple blocks. Although I have not learned applique yet, the beautiful results are calling me to get busy and learn this technique. Modern quilts are beautiful, l like the bold colors, and art quilts are very impressive.

    carol on June 14, 2012
  • I’m a bit of a traditionalist with modern fabrics. I don’t mind a touch of retro, but also don’t like too much abstract. The book looks great. Here’s hoping

    —Bonnie L on June 14, 2012
  • Most quilts inspire me, although country is my true love. Bright and rustic colors/patterns mix together in any way you wish. Your articles are great to read, and Cheryl’s pictures are awesome. Keep up the great inspiration.

    —Linda Bright on June 14, 2012
  • I’m more of a tradtional quilt person myself. But I also like the beautiful appliques that I see. I don’t do them myself though. I do love the ones from this book! I like the quiky and country look of them.

    —Brenda Hulsey on June 14, 2012
  • I enjoy both traditional and modern quilt designs and have done both. I have the most fun and get the greatest pleasure from taking traditional blocks and putting them in new settings with some of the wonderful new fabrics. I love color and have done my share of applique and paper piecing. I guess I just love quilting.

    —Tess on June 14, 2012
  • Each of us can define our own quilt. Some say that if you create one by machine, it isn’t a "quilt" but that would be like saying that if you wash your clothes in a machine, you are no longer doing laundry. No matter how you create it, 100% by hand or machine, or a combination of both, a quilt is still textile art and the creator deserves our respect and admiration.

    —kathleeng on June 14, 2012
  • I like to look at all kinds of quilts, but the ones I love to make are traditional designs with calico prints and plaids. I like to make some prim applique, too. The quilts you have shown are all beautiful!

    Marsha B on June 14, 2012
  • I love both styles of quilts, but seem to make more of the "old-fashioned"
    ones. I do piecing, paper piecing, applique, and embroidery on my quilts, so don’t really have a strong favorite method. Have been quilting since 1991, and my stash is huge!!

    —Ele Willard on June 14, 2012
  • Toward the end of a 30 year career of teaching primary grades, I gradually changed my focus from garment sewing to quilting. Being a conservative person, I tended to use the more traditional patterns for the first few years. Gradually I started toward the use of some of the newer patterns, but piecing is still my first choice. I can applique (have taught a couple classes in the past) and learned from the best, Carol Doak, for paper piecing. At this time, I am also embroidering the blocks for a red-work quilt but I still prefer piecing blocks.
    I have worked with Civil War reproductions (someday I will finish my Dear Jane!) and have worked with a few pastel baby quilts but am coming to realize my most comfortable color palettes are those which use the primary bright colors, like those my kindergarteners used every day. I will also use a few of the darker versions of those colors.
    Collecting patterns, books and individual, is an addiction for me. I know I will never live long enough to make every pattern I have collected, but I sure am going to try. I might even already have enough fabric!
    I have already directed that if anything happens to me, my Guild is to come in to clean out my sewing room. My husband and my three sons would probably just throw everything away. HORRORS!!
    I absolutely LOVE the trellis pattern in the first pattern featured on this page and already have the place for it and will be looking through my stash for the fabric. How much does it need? I can hardly wait to add the book to my collection!

    Ginnie M. on June 14, 2012
  • I lean towards the modern artsy quilts, especially applique..that wins me over every time. I thoroughly enjoy choosing the fabrics, playing with the colours and the layout and finally the stitching and seeing the end result. Sometimes more time is spent in choosing the colour way than the actual stitching. I guess colour is my inspiration and the layout the result. Just love designing and quilting.

    —Sylvia on June 14, 2012
  • My quilting philosophy is to make what I like regardless of what others may think, use the colours I like, and use the fabrics I want. Sure I like to know that what I am making is nice and people like it, but I am aware that not everyone will like what I make and that is ok because we are all different– thankfully!!

    Amy C on June 14, 2012
  • I guess you would say I am a tradional quilter. I love the older block patters.. some of the newer ones are great but not for me

    —Liz on June 14, 2012
  • So enjoyed your email newsletter. I, too, am a fairly new quilter and loved the quote you included about little nuances in a quilt and how they make them unique and personal. Love your site!

    —Jane Knoll-Tenney on June 14, 2012
  • I’m drawn to the traditional patterns, but I like tweak it to make it my own or to fit the recipient. I was so glad to see Cheryl’s philosophy. As a novice quilter I’ve had to accept many an imperfection, mostly out of necessity. No matter how careful I am there just always seems to be something not quite right. Of course, nobody notices it but me. It’s so nice to see an expert embrace the imperfections and remind us to have fun, be creative, and take joy in the process.

    —Jennifer B on June 14, 2012
  • I really like traditional, I am big into country and civil war, then again I do throw in a very modern one once in a while

    —ann hoffman on June 14, 2012
  • I started liking quilts when I inherited some 1930’s quilt tops. I would browse thru the magazines looking for an idea how to quilt them. While I was browsing I fell in love with quilts and quilting. I started quilting my own when the rotary cutter came out and I found out how much easier it was going to be. I’ve never been cured of the disease, nor do I want to!!

    —Janet on June 14, 2012
  • I really like all quilts. I love the modern colors, the traditional settings, I love landscape quilts, and my favorite rule is "There are no quilt police, so do what you want!"

    —Nancy B from Many LA on June 14, 2012
  • I, too, am a new quilter but wouldn’t look twice at something with "Country" in the title. Then I read your blog and saw the photos. They brought a whole new meaning to the word. The designs look phenomenal. This is definitely a book I’d like to have!

    —Patricia on June 14, 2012
  • I’m a Heinz 57 kinda gal! I love them all and love to collect quilting books for inspiration! I would love to add this one to my collection (might have to build another bookcase)or start adding color to my living room with quilting books! Hah, I love that idea!

    —Stephanie on June 14, 2012
  • As far as my choice of patterns, I like a combination of traditional and modern. But for colors, I seldom choose traditional colors, much preferring bright, clear, modern colors. But like you described, sometimes when I see a quilt in person my reaction surprises even me. There are quilts I’ve seen that I think are gorgeous, but that really don’t fit my description of what I like. Maybe that’s the cool thing about quilting — there are always surprises to discover!

    —Lisa Marie on June 14, 2012
  • My background is more traditional but I am loving some of the modern quilting as well. I think you just have to do what makes you happy. Keep an open mind and be willing to learn from everyone. This looks like an amazing book and I’d love to get my hands on a copy.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win an amazing book.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

    —usairdoll on June 14, 2012
  • I am probably more of a traditionalist in quilting but I also look for something that won’t take forever to make. Many years ago I started making baby quilts for the new babies at church. Now they have grown up and are getting married so I am making them wedding quilts and first baby quilt. Almost all of them want modern looking quilts in browns, blacks, and grays which stretches my comfort zone a bit. Last year I made 7 wedding and 3 baby quilts. Thus far this year, I have made 3 baby quilts with 3 (one of which is for a new grandson) to go and will start a wedding quilt next week. I am also making me a quilt (something I have few of) with bearpaws, windmills, wool applique, and log cabin. It is taking awhile to complete as I am using 1 1/2″ strips as I am making bumper pads and crib sheet at the same time.

    Elaine West on June 14, 2012
  • I really like traditional quilts the best, especially country type quilts. I do make them with all the modern conveniences however…rotary cutting, machine piecing and applique, and machine quilting. I think those who quilted in the past would have used any new methods they could, so I don’t think it’s contrary to the spirit of the style to use contemporary tools. Besides, the couple of quilts that I did attempt to do entirely by hand never got finished…they took entirely too long to work on.

    Victoria Miner on June 14, 2012
  • I really love both styles of quilting. I tend to make traditional pieced and hand appliqued quilts more often, but the modern blocks, color ways and innovative techniques are also great fun. I am just really amazed and excited by the vast amount of choices that are available for today’s quilters.

    —Amanda Best on June 14, 2012
  • Since I have learned how to quilt, my quilting style has been traditional. I am so happy to see and read about modern quilting that I have been buying a few books and patterns on this design. So from here on out I will consider myself a combination of both. I can’t wait until I make my first "modern quilt" which I will be doing for my daughter and family for Christmas this year.

    Mary Ann on June 14, 2012
  • I am a relatively new quilter, having completed only five actual quilts in the past year. All of the completed quilts are either wall hangings, baby quilts, or toddler bed quilts, and most of them come from patterns, though one baby quilt was my own idea! I never thought about modern versus traditional until I started reading quilting magazines and emails/blogs. So I have to say that I am both, because sometimes I want to make a more modern than traditional, and sometimes a more traditional than modern. I am working on three quilts as we "speak", one for Quilts of Valor that is very traditional, one for my brother, which is a Lone Star pattern, and one for a grandson that is very modern, so, yep, I think I got them both covered.

    —Elaine Aberer on June 14, 2012
  • I guess I am more of a tradionalist with my quilts but I use very bright colors and batiks. As I make many quilts for our childrens hospitals I feel that the bright colors attract their eyes and the best of it is irregardless of the quilt police I do not know of a child complaining because the quilting wasn’t exactly correct. I do believe there is one rule of the QP and that is to never put your rotary cutter down from your hand without it being closed and therefore safe. I so enjoy doing paper piecing and have even taken a couple of block patterns and turned them into paper piecing patterns. The quilts shown in the book sure start my brain thinking and fingers itching to ‘git going’. What joy it would bring to do some of them for our sick kids.

    —Jay on June 14, 2012
  • I too am a fairly new quilter and have just finished my third quilt… As far as modern or traditional, I guess I tend towards the traditional but am amazed by some of the modern quilts I have seen at shows. Part of the fun of quilting is (at least for me) learning new techniques and getting to play around with so many different colors and patterns. It is wonderful how the design changes with minimal differences. My first quilt was a nine-patch posy and it was like working with a kalidescope (spelling?). I look forward to seeing more of Cheryl’s quilts in the near future!

    —Anne T. on June 14, 2012
  • I probably would consider myself liking and admiring most traditional quilts/projects; however, I also have a love for bright, cheery, and happy colors used in modern designs. I loved At Home with Country Quilts; thanks for sharing it!

    —Janet on June 14, 2012
  • I love and do everything now. I started out with very traditional patterns but witht traditional fabrics. Now I love to do scrappy quilts with batiks and everything. I’m also getting into applique–hand, machine, felted– I’ve done itall and I love it all. I’ve even started a country patriotic quilt; something I thought I’d never do. I’ve found the fabric calls to me.

    —Mary on June 14, 2012
  • "Scrappy Squares", What a jewel! I instantly fell in love with this quilt. 🙂

    —Nila Pudwill on June 14, 2012
  • I like traditional blocks and lovely images. I love the flowers and leaves in the pictures of Cheryl’s quilts that you feature. She really has a nice design sense.

    Joanna on June 14, 2012
  • I’ve been quilting about 25 years, and sewing since I was 5. Just give me needle, thread and fabric and I’m a happy girl. Just let me sew…………

    —Claudia on June 14, 2012
  • I can’t shake the wonderful feelings and joy I feel when I see a country quilt. Modern quilts don’t evoke that same warm feeling for me, but as a quilter I can certainly appreciate a modern quilt and the artist who created it. I have some of Cheryl’s other books as she speaks to my quilting tastes and style.

    —Darlene Hissem on June 14, 2012
  • I like to combine a bit of both, then make some changes to whatever pattern I am using to make it my own! I love bright colors and batiks. Sewing is the best therapy!

    —carol broughton on June 14, 2012
  • I am truly a traditional quilter, as witnessed by my HUGE collection of civil war, country looking, and reproduction fabrics (mostly fat quarters with some yardage pieces thrown in – oh, who am I kidding – I LOVE fabric.) To me, traditional quilts never go out of style. I am mainly a less than 45″ square quilter, so it’s wallhangings, throws, table toppers, etc. for me. I also take elements from larger quilts and design my own or shrink down a pattern that I love and get quilting! I am also a hand quilter – can’t get much more traditional than that, I guess. (I do machine piece, however, since I’d like to get them done in this century).

    —Robin Bean on June 14, 2012
  • I have been quilting for about seven years and like to try new things and take classes to learn new techniques. I have found when on my own and picking a project to do I definitly lean to the traditional patterns. I have quilted a country look but do not naturally head to the darker colours of browns, gold and rusts. I like the softer look of the blues, neutrals and pinks but will try anything once just to learn something new.

    —Heather Andrews on June 14, 2012
  • I love the "How does your garden grow?" I cannot believe had I hadn’t thought of that idea.
    I am newbie to I guess "true" quilting. I’ve made some quilts in my day, but, used a lot of applique instead of matching up squares and triangle…something that I struggle to get matched up properly…it’ll come! (I hope).
    I did make a baby quilt for a dear friends baby shower…everyone just ooed and ahed over it…so I guess I’m doing something right. lol

    —Gil Crews on June 14, 2012
  • When it comes to modern or traditional, I feel like I am standing one the fence, but most of the time I am leaning over toward the tradational side. I agree with you on liking the quilts in this book. I really love the one with the leaves.

    —Mary on June 14, 2012
  • I go from traditional to artsy-phartsy quilts. I love 19th century (and earlier), red/green, and applique quilts. I love art quilts. So I guess I do a little bit of everything. The quilts in this new book combine my love of piecing and applique. I can’t wait to see all the quilts in the book.

    —Lynnita on June 14, 2012
  • I’m in the midst of making my third quilt and so far they have been a log cabin, a rail fence and the ragtime quilt. So it looks like I’m a traditionalist! However, I have seen so many "modern" quilts that I certainly appreciate, I hate to put myself in a box!

    —Leslie Sand on June 14, 2012
  • I absolutely love vintage quilts but tend to combine old and new when designing my quilts. This new book in georgeous and I hope to be lucky enough to win one some day.

    —Ginny Hill on June 14, 2012
  • I love this book!! As I have only been quilting a bit over a year, I definitely gravitate to the more modern quilts. But as time goes by I’m learning to better appreciate traditional quilting. I did learn a long time ago that you are your own worst critic. Don’t stress out about all the little perfections. You know where the problem areas are, but most people looking at it can’t tell the difference. Lighten up and enjoy!! Can’t wait to get this book! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    —Tami on June 14, 2012
  • I do a bit of both. The quilt I’m working on for our bed would come under traditional, the one I’m planning for eldest’s bed is modern.

    Rachelle on June 14, 2012
  • I do very much love that new book "At Home With Country Quilts." Looks like it will be a happy combination of traditional with modern. If I dont win, it will certainly be on my wish list of books. Thanks for sharing it and Cheryl’s comments with us.

    —Peggy Villanueva on June 14, 2012
  • I agree with Chery;’s quilting philosophy and can’t improve on it. I suppose I’m a traditional quilter as I don’t really see how ‘modern’ quilts are different from early quilts other than using newly available fabric. I love Cheryl’s designs and really hope I win. Thanks for the opportunity!

    —susan on June 14, 2012
  • I love modern, traditional, artistic, but I think my style would be characterized as traditional patterns with zowie colors 🙂 I’d love to win this book, it would be perfect for experimenting those cozy country patterns using fabulous batiks 🙂

    Brita on June 14, 2012
  • I lean towards the traditional. But with all the wonderful modern fabrics and techniques, I find I am combining traditional and modern and really enjoying the outcome.

    —Debbie on June 14, 2012
  • My personal philosophy of quilting is to have fun and not stress about little elements too much. The joy of quilting is in the process not necessarily the finished product – although that is wonderful too.
    I am a more traditional quilter with some modern elements. I like combining different techniques and fabrics.

    Joanne on June 14, 2012
  • I love the process of making a quilt; I learn something new with each one. Each completed quilt is a celebration — not all my quilts reach completion. I am mainly a traditional quilter, with an preference for scrappy quilts — but I really like some of the modern quilts. I especially like the clean minimalistic ones. Someday I plan to give them a try

    —Elizabeth P. on June 14, 2012
  • Find the path you are most comfortable walking upon and pursue it. Deafen your ears to the comments of well-meaning friends that neither like nor appreciate your chosen style of expression with fabric.
    Never have the words, "To thine ownself be true" been more meaningful than when it comes to taking scissors, thread and fabric and creating a masterpiece of love and dreams all pouring forth from you. The quilting path has many artists waiting to embrace you.

    —bunny on June 14, 2012
  • I am a traditional quilter. I really love the old fashioned patterns and materials, but I can appreciate modern ones as well. Modern bright colors appeal to me when they are my color or pattern preferences.

    —nadine on June 14, 2012
  • I’ve been quilting for 7 years but the past couple have been ALOT less productive than I’d like…I’d consider myself a confident beginner I guess. I don’t know if I have a personal style yet. It depends on the mood I’m in when I pick out a new project; sometimes it’s contemporary and sometimes traditional. I love the new novelty prints that come out but I’ve started enhancing my stash with a rainbow assortment of blenders when I find one I like….how do you pick just one of the colors…I certainly cannot!

    —candace on June 14, 2012
  • Im a new quilter…my first Quilt was the IRISH CHAIN… But I picked my own Colors… from there I just Look at all sorts of Quilts and Make up as I go..But I tend to go towards the Hawaiian Quilts…Just Love the Colors of the Fabrics and How the Hawaiians Quilted… So I might be the Traditional Kind of Quilter… 🙂 ALOHA @—>>>

    —Kimmy on June 14, 2012
  • I had been on your website and looked at the quilts in this book. I
    am inspired by the quilts. They are just absolutely georgous and the
    colors are wonderful.
    I love both traditional and modern quilts. I also love to make them
    to give away. Thanks, Sandra

    —Sandra Strickland on June 14, 2012
  • Hi,
    I am a seasoned quilter who loves to quilt and still enjoys the process 15 years later. I had quilted before 1996 but have made quite a few bed sized quilts since then. I guess I am a traditional quilter but I do embrace modern fabrics and am a big fan of batik fabrics. This new book of Cheryl’s looks wonderful- Thank you for showing us some great new ideas.
    Regards from Western Canada,
    Anna

    quiltmom anna on June 14, 2012
  • I don’t have a specific style I love. I love quilts that speak to me on some level. I like traditional designs but I am also excited by some of the contemporary colors and designs. There is definitely room for both.

    —Vicki eveland on June 14, 2012
  • I have to say that I am neither a traditional nor a modern quilter. I am somewhere in between. I let the fabrics inspire me. While most of my quilts have some traditional blocks in them I try to find a pattern (or make my own design) that can enhance the fabrics that are beautiful already.

    —Suzie W. on June 14, 2012
  • I love both modern and traditional quilts .Colour combinations catch my eye. I very seldom do a quilt the same as the pattern but try to put my own twist on it. I make my quilts to be used,not to be hung and not touched.I love to blend textures to give them different looks and feel.
    Reading quilt books is one of my favourite pastimes.

    —leslie west on June 14, 2012
  • I like most all types of quilts. But, I am parcial to Freedom quilts: Red,White,Blue. We and All my relatives have been military and fought for American Freedom since the beginning of the United States 13 Colonies. Freedom has been first and formost so let us continue to work for Freedom and display our colors with respect for our colors in our Flag. Quilts were made to keep warm and cozy and if they are pretty so much the better.

    —Lynn Patrick on June 14, 2012
  • I believe I fall in the same place, waving the white flag. I love all kinds of quilts and quilting methods. I think they all have their place.

    —Kristin M on June 14, 2012
  • I am mostly a traditional quilter but I did just finish a quilt top for my son that is modern. I do like the quilts you featured and would love to win a copy of this book.

    Bonnie on June 14, 2012
  • I consider myself a traditional quilter using modern tools and patterns. Love both fabric styles and feel very fortunate to have access to all that we have available today.
    I’m a quilt teacher and I try to impress upon my students that they are making their own art. If it pleases them, then it pleases.

    —Pat Hersl on June 14, 2012
  • I am very much a traditional quilter. I love a lot of the new fabrics, but my heart still longs for the warm fabrics and patterns of tradition. Thanks for the review. I’m sure your quilting will get better and better. Especially when you have a great book like this one to work with. Thanks for sharing a copy.

    Jocelyn on June 14, 2012
  • Having only started quilting two years ago, I was a very traditional quilter at the beginning. Since then, having taken various classes in different aspects of quilting, I would say I have gone from traditional to more art quilts including thread painting, applique, two fabric applique, hawaiian quilts and zentangles quilting. Am having so much fun learning new techniques all the time.

    —Georgia Williams on June 14, 2012
  • I like traditional quilts but I have made three modern quilts since my children like modern, of course!

    —Sherril on June 14, 2012
  • My philosophy is that if you enjoy the process of making quilts, then that shows through in the finished quilt and makes it beautiful. I am a traditional quilter although I appreciate modern art quilts and occasionally use those techniques in my quilts. I LOVE Cheryl’s Sunflower Explosion quilt and would love to win a copy of her book.

    —Marian Baidacoff on June 14, 2012
  • I am a traditional quilter most of the time, and love using reproduction fabrics. Any in the 1800’s and 1930’s.

    Diane Lufkin on June 14, 2012
  • I’m more of a traditional quilter but am loving some of the new modern patterns, especially the ones that are geometric. I love to try new styles and processes, too!

    —Sandy A in St. Louis on June 14, 2012
  • I used to call myself a traditional quilter, but with the access to the internet and all these wonderful new modern quilters – I’d have to say I’m a little of both. I’ve stepped outside of my comfort box with traditional prints and taken on some quilts of bright and striking patterns. I consider myself an advanced beginner, yet so many of today’s designers take such great pains in their patterns that they make me feel like a pro at times. I love the pictures from Cheryl’s new book – and also the peek at the quilting done by Mary at QuiltHollow. Such great talent we have at our fingertips!! Thanks for the chance to win – this would be a cherished book!!

    Laurie B on June 14, 2012
  • I am a nontraditional quilter. I love everything! I use old blocks with new fabric and I love batiks! I love this new book! I explored it on Martingale’s website and requested that my local quilt store get it in stock! There are many fabulous projects in this book and can’t wait to get my hands on it! It is very traditional and can’t wait to try it all!

    —Danette R on June 14, 2012
  • Traditional describes me, but I love making the modern quilts with colors that say "look at me!" Our grandkids choose their patterns and fabrics so I get to have fun playing outside my comfort box.

    —Becky on June 14, 2012
  • I love all the traditional house and schoolhouse patterns, AND I enjoy giving them my own touch: stretching out a house to make an apartment house, for example. Because I enjoy any quilt pattern that uses construction designs, I especially like the trellis patterns from this book that you’ve showcased.

    Linda Carlson on June 14, 2012
  • Am a traditional quilter with a primitive twist. Love the dark colors, no brights or white for me.

    —marie on June 14, 2012
  • I love traditional quilts with muted and pastel colors. I am drawn to revolutionary and civil war era patterns. But I also like batik fabrics and how they give a special feeling of vacations. I would love to have the book!

    —Kay Goble on June 14, 2012
  • I love traditional quilts but also love to try some modern quilts for variety and learn new techniques . Thanks so much for the chance to win this fabulous book.

    sheila on June 14, 2012
  • I appreciate both the traditional and the more modern patterns. I’m a newbie quilter and so have only tried some of the more traditional blocks.
    But I am seriously wanting to try an art quilt, something I can definitely put my own touch on.

    —Lisa Cox on June 14, 2012
  • I just love making quilts. I am 80 years old and just started quilting about 6 years ago. I don’t have a fancy machine, and very few of the "gadgets" (Senior on a limited budget), but I so love to make them for my grandkids. Traditional would be my personal favorite, but it seems the grandkids like the modern ones. I would certainly love to have the book or anything that would help me with information on quilting.

    —Bonnie Burrough on June 14, 2012
  • My preference is for traditional quilts. Primitive designs are quite appealing to me. There are so many lovely quilts I want to make!

    —Jackie on June 14, 2012
  • I love everything that someone has taken the time to make—Quilters are caring people, and always willing to help others. Modern and Art Quilts are wonderful and very creative. But for me, Traditional Quilts are the ones I love. Reproduction fabrics and the "New" traditional fabrics are great and give a wonderful cozy feeling to be "At Home with Country Quilts."

    —Diane Schwarz on June 14, 2012
  • Although I tend to gravitate toward traditional quilts, I am often awestruck by modern quilts at shows and in magazines. I love the quote you shared from the book and will definitely look for this book at the stores!

    —Michele Dawson on June 14, 2012
  • I am definitely traditional. To narrow it down more, "At Home with Country Quilts" is for sure my style. Beautiful quilts.

    —Mary T on June 14, 2012
  • I enjoy making the traditional patterns but also like to challenge myself with each new quilt I start. I do free motion quilting on my sewing machine and strive for perfection but have decided that doing my best is good enough.

    Diane on June 14, 2012
  • Acho que estou no meio ou à margem,faço de tudo um pouco.Mas paixão mesmo é por papel inglês e aplcações.Claro que gostaria deste livro,mas sei também da dificuldade de envio para o Brasil,então seja o que Deus quizer.Obrigada por me enviar um E-mail.

    —Maria do Carmo Pezzuto on June 14, 2012
  • Hi Maria, we’ve translated your comment to read: "I think I’m in the middle or outside, do a bit of everything. But passion is the same for paper and English applications. Sure would like this book, but I also know the difficulty of shipping to Brazil. Thank you for sending me an e-mail." Thank you for commenting!

    —Jenny on June 14, 2012
  • I combine traditional with contemporary. Sometimes it is the pattern that is traditional with contemporary color placement, or vice versa.

    —Ginger on June 14, 2012
  • First of all, I love the book. Beautiful! I have to say I am more of a traditional quilter. I like hand quilting, I like to hand applique, even some hand piecing. But I am not crazy about dark colors like so many "traditionalists" use. I like bright colors! so I guess I’m just a half & half!

    —Brenda Sanders on June 14, 2012
  • My quilting philosophy is keep trying and utilizing available resources & one day you will be so blessed as to own a beautiful quilt!
    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

    PattyC on June 14, 2012
  • I developed my quilting philosophy when my grandparents gave me a quilt that had been quilted by my Grandfather’s GREAT-Grandmother….as I held the quilt, I felt the love put into every stitch, by someone I had never even met. I decided then that it was a wonderful way to leave a legacy. I have tried to incorporate that into the (mostly baby) quilts I make…I hope that it is one way I’ll be remembered. I think I prefer traditional quilts, although one day I’d LOVE to make an applique quilt. Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Marie P on June 14, 2012
  • I would have to classify myself as a traditional quilter ONLY because that is the style that I enjoy. My walk on the wildside is a Kaffe Fasset (sorry if I misspelled his name) and I ALWAYS am so proud of myself when I go outside my box. I can appreciate alot of the modern quilts I see they just don’t make me think about snuggling up for a nap or watching old movies, but that is just me. Thank goodness not everyone is me!

    —Leigh Knox on June 14, 2012
  • I’m not sure what the definition of traditional and modern are. When I think about traditional amish quilts I can see the roots of modern quilts with the bold colors and graphic design. When I see scrappy quilts made with bright modern fabrics I can see the traditional influence. Just today I had the idea to turn the traditional dresden pattern into a modern design that only hints at it’s roots. I guess I’m contemporary quilter influenced by traditional quilts or vice versa.

    —Rina on June 14, 2012
  • I love the quilt "Scrappy Squares". I think my favorite quilts combine pieced blocks with applique. I like to think I’m a modern quilter, but there’s something about traditional quilts that draw me in. Whether quilts are modern or traditional, subdued colors or bright, hand or machine quilted, I think all quilts are phenomenal and make me feel comforted.

    —Karen M on June 14, 2012
  • My first love is country quilts and colours and secondly I love what I call an organized scrappy look (like the scrappy stars in Cheryl’s new book).
    Thank you so much for the chance to win this wonderful book.

    —Doreen B on June 14, 2012
  • Beautiful quilts and quilting.

    Vickie on June 14, 2012
  • I live to learn and to be challenged. My crafting is a small part of my soul that i put out there for others to see. I have learned in life don’t sweat the little things, mistakes whether large or small really don’t matter. When i am gone my family will not care if my quilts aren’t perfect they will just be thankful to have them. Happy Quilting to all.

    —Sharon Meyer on June 14, 2012
  • I love modern fabrics made up in traditional patterns. Applique on (and in combination with) pieced blocks is eye candy! Sunflower Explosion would be awesome done with bright fabrics.

    —Barb Colvin on June 14, 2012
  • Cheryl is an amazing quilt designer. This book of quilts looks awesome

    —Kate on June 14, 2012
  • I’m new to quilting. But, I prefer traditional quilting more 🙂

    —Hueisei on June 14, 2012
  • OMG "How does your Garden Grow" is a must do quilt. I love sunflowers or anything that resembles them. I like both modern and traditional quilting. The modern ones with the bigger squares are perfect for quilting something in a hurry and the traditional is a little more challenging I think. I love the look on the face and in the eyes of someone special you have made a quilt for…….

    —Val on June 14, 2012
  • I guess I do a little combination. I Choose a quilt pattern and 90% of the time it is only a guide line. I change it up, I think of something in my head and draw it out and draw the measurements out on paper and just go for it. I am always buying the latest quilt books. My friends laugh and always call me for a pattern to see if I have it before they buy it. Because I usually do. I am away from home for my job this week and was so disappointed they do not have a quilt shop in this town. Cant wait to be back in the North Dakota. I miss all the latest books. I have been drawing out the finishing touches for my quilts back home. So I can sit down and sew (love it).

    —Denise Heid on June 14, 2012
  • Really like the warm and welcoming pallette you have used in this book, the interesting ‘extras’ you have added to the traditional blocks, as well as your original touches. My quilt philosophy is "Use your favourite fabric first, and have fun stitching it. Keep it too long and you may not be the one to use it.

    —ronnie on June 14, 2012
  • I love so many different quilting styles that it sometimes worries me. Right now I’m working on a Civil War Legacies mini quilt and a Retro Flowers wall-hanging. I admire people who have a consistent style, but I’m not one of them.

    —Beth T. on June 14, 2012
  • This is definitely a book that I would enjoy. I really like country style. I do appreciate both modern and traditional quilting. It really depends on where I want to use the quilt or who it is for.

    Béatrice on June 14, 2012
  • "Sunflower Explosion" – yep, I wish I’d thought of that! It works on every level! I’m not a traditional quilter, mostly, because my piecing skills get worse every year…I love to combine elements of both traditional and modern. I LOVE Cheryl’s quilting philosophy and agree wholeheartedly!

    Allie on June 14, 2012
  • I think I’m a modern traditional quilter! I always try to find my ‘own’ way in a quilt … that’s why I almost everytime change a pattern a little bit;-) Thanks for the giveaway and greetings from germany, Hildy
    hildy(at)ebertzeder(dot)de

    —Hildy on June 15, 2012
  • I don’t think I can catagorize myself. I just know what I like when I see it. The thing that is most important to me is that I put a bit of myself into any quilt I make to give away. It may be a scrap from a dress worn by my daughter used as edging. It may be my son’s trimmed shirt sleeves used as stars accenting a quilt. Whatever it is, it is our inside secret that others may never know. It is what makes my quilts say, "Shawny made me!" even when I am not there to brag.

    —Shawny on June 15, 2012
  • I am usually a traditional quilter but am using to appreciate modern quilts. I love the look of the quilts from this book and would love to win a copy.

    —Joan on June 15, 2012
  • Traditonal is my favorite. I love your book. I love looking at modern quilts and so appreciate all that goes into it. Thank you for having this give away

    Nonnie Meelia

    —Nonnie Meelia on June 15, 2012
  • I like both modern and traditional but I sew mostly modern quilts – I like something that is a little different – more eye-popping with bold use of color.

    —Nancy Hart on June 15, 2012
  • Hi – I really don’t have a philosophy – But – I know the idea has to come from within – whether it’s modern, tradional, or a combo. If each step means a carbon copy of something – it’s not yours – The quilt belongs to someone else.

    —Jane on June 15, 2012
  • I’m more a traditonial quilter, I love to appliqué, but somethimes I combine contampory and traditional. Love to make quilted handbags(ans my friends love them too)But I love mixing blocxs with appliqé, that is so intreging.

    Cristel on June 15, 2012
  • Definately more of a traditional quilter, but with 3 kids that don’t care for that style I am learning to like and am sewing more modern quilts.

    —Rose on June 15, 2012
  • Love the pictures from this book, and love the quilting philosophy. I couldn’t agree more! I tend to do more traditional designs, and I like to do something that I haven’t tried before with each new quilt I make. I also love the look of applique combined with the patchwork, and have even used my embroidery machine designs in some of my patchwork. So many ideas, so little time!

    —Marilyn Goehl on June 15, 2012
  • I’m a believer in beauty and so not torn but seamlessly united by both worlds and all the great wonders to our eyes and souls that they can (and do) jointly bring!

    —Mirela Ramacciotti on June 15, 2012
  • Very cool book. I live to do country,civil war traditional for the most part, but once in awhile I have to break out and do something bright, cheereful. Quilting philosophy – if you don’t notice a boo boo from a galloping horse, it will be fine.

    —Dee on June 15, 2012
  • Hadn’t heard about this book before and I have to say I love the designs and particularly the coloring of these quilts which is at the heart of my attraction to "country" quilts.

    With regards to "traditional or modern" I go with what Alex Anderson once said, I like "tradition with a twist" — the twist being innovative layouts or colors schemes used with traditional blocks. That said, I’ve found myself interested in the modern designs but haven’t yet made any. But when it comes to quilting I also never say never!

    Vivian on June 15, 2012
  • I love and sew traditional quilts. Traditional quilts remimd me of my Grandmother working hard all day long as a farmer’s wife but still finding time to hand piece and hand quilt. My house is filled with family heirlooms and family quilts. Each time I walk through my house all these things remind me of Grandma and a happy childhood!

    —Maryjo Dovey on June 15, 2012
  • I like to do any kind of quilt. Mostly it depends on the person that I give the quilt to. I try to match personalities and quilts together.

    —Mona on June 15, 2012
  • I know how you feel! I am also drawn to the designs that you have shown us from At home with country quilts. I like the new direction the author is going by combining blocks and colors to give the quilts a fresh new look. But sometimes I feel like I have a split personality. The new geometric designs coming out with a lot of solids City Quilts for example is very appealing. What can I say I love fabric and quilts and can’t wait to see what will come out next!

    —Pam Losely on June 15, 2012
  • I’ve been quilting on and off for a number of years now, but I still consider myself a beginnner. I am more of a traditionalist, but I love seeeing how a traditional pattern can be re-interpreted into a more mordern result. I think that’s what’s wonderful about quilting – in the end, it’s the quilter’s interpretation of something. Maybe that’s my quilting philosophy – I never thought about it before – a creative/interpretive art based on a traditional pattern or a photo or whatever inspires you. I love Log Cabins, yet one of my favorites is one I saw about 15 years ago where the quilter used just bright solids and black and the end result looked like woven ribbons. One of my friends remarked "that’s very modern for a quilt", probably thinking quilts were always made from florals and calicos. 🙂
    I’m really drawn to the Autumn Winds quilt – I’m a fall baby and it’s my favorite season – so I will probably end up buying this book and adding that quilt to my "make this quilt one of these days" list.

    —Mary-Camille on June 15, 2012
  • Me again. I also remember reading somewhere that ancient rug makers would always intentionally make a mistake in their weaving so as not to offend the gods. Maybe that’s why I don’t panic so much any more – unless I make a really glaring mistake. Then I really do have to fix it.

    —Mary-Camille on June 15, 2012
  • Would love to win this book. I really like taking older patterns and then making them with modern fabrics like batiks or blenders (my fav), it gives them a totally different look. I really haven’t figured out what style of quilts I like best, I do tend to lean more toward applique, but love all the new techniques.

    —Connie on June 15, 2012
  • I tend to quilt traditional patterns lately incorporating the fabulous new lines of fabric.

    DianeH on June 15, 2012
  • When it comes to country or modern I’m a little bit of each but leaning toward country. After looking at Cheryl’s quilts I really like the way she has combined both without either one being glaring. I love quilting but don’t have a lot of imagination so I rely on books like Cheryl’s. I always say I’m a good copier. I love applique, paper piecing etc. and love to try new things so this book is perfect for that. Great designs Cheryl!

    —Betty Foley on June 15, 2012
  • Probably a bit of both – I love seeing traditional patterns reivented using modern fabrics with bolder designs and colors.

    —Shelly on June 15, 2012
  • The new book looks absolutely fascinating. I like traditional patterns with a modern spin to them. This book looks like it can get your creative mind working!!

    —Sue G. on June 15, 2012
  • My personal quilting philosophy is simple: If it’s beautiful, make it, no matter how difficult it seems at first. I enjoy challenging myself and I am always on the lookout for a new way of doing things. As for tradition vs modern: I’m a little bit of both – a traditionally modern quilter. I hand piece almost everything, so I’m a traditional quilter, but I am always trying something new and have learned to modify and adapt all the new techniques into my hand pieced quilts which makes me a modern quilter. I get the best of both worlds!

    —Sheryl on June 15, 2012
  • I love quilting!! I have made the traditional quilts and love them and I have made modern quilts and love them! I even love "mixing it up" and combining both traditional and modern in the same quilt.

    —Ronda on June 15, 2012
  • I love doing all variety of quilts – landscapes, art, applique, piecing, folk, traditional – just let me play with fabric and fibers. There isn’t a part of it I do not like, from picking out the fabrics to cutting to sewing (well, maybe basting isn’t that much fun) but then I get to quilt it, bind it and it so much satisfaction seeing it complete. I also love taking classes – sometimes I only learn one new thing, but I meet great new friends and often learn more from the other students than the teacher. You just never know.

    —Janet on June 15, 2012
  • i like both

    —linda on June 15, 2012
  • I really like the traditional quilting. However, some of the groups that I am in do all sorts of quilting and I enjoy trying new things. I would certainly like to have this book. Thanks for including me!

    —Mary Burn on June 15, 2012
  • Life’s a journey, and I mostly refrain from being convinced that there’s only one way to do anything. Although I would have to say probably more of a traditionalist, I get swayed easy by the beauty of modern too! On our journey of life – mostly so very unpredictable – I believe it is good to be open to growth, changes and new influences. To me that is partly why I love quilting – no 2 quilts are ever the same even if u try and especially not if you let yourself be open to influences of people, books, material, creation and just LIFE!

    —Martha on June 15, 2012
  • I love traditional quilts~ the scrappier the better! Cheryl’s new book looks wonderful! What a fun job you have!

    Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts on June 15, 2012
  • Wow those quilts look great! I am a tradional quilter but I like a little twist on it. I love civil war and fall fabrics best. Those quilt are in my color palette. I do love expanind my horizons though and I do try to step out of the box.

    —Marguerite Namdar on June 15, 2012
  • I seem to go more on the traditional quilting. I saw my mother hand quilt our blankets. She did not look for colors other than what she could use. She used ordinary needles. I suppose threads were not 100% cotton.
    Sometimes where she hand quilted perhaps there was not good lightning.
    I guess I am draw more toward to traditional quilting.
    I now quilt on my Pfaff longarm. I like to teach traditional quilting to my students.
    I would like to have this book so that I may use some projects for may
    student.
    My website is being revised at this time.
    Happy Quilting!

    Ori,
    Sewing Creations

    —Oralia M.Aves on June 15, 2012
  • I enjoy all aspects of creating, whether it be quilting, needlework, etc. I am a process person, which is part of my philosophy. Know what you love, don’t force what you don’t and have a good time with it. Creativity is personal be happy with all your moments.

    —SewLindaAnn on June 15, 2012
  • I love to quilt but numbers are not important to me. I don’t quilt to be productive so I’m not looking for quick quilts or easy ways. Just let me touch all of the beautiful fabric and look for all of the wonderful new ideas presented by all of your lovely quilting books. Love the designers and love Martingale.

    —Diane on June 15, 2012
  • What a great book I love the fall leaves and star combo.
    I love all forms of quilts, at this time I’m working on a Amish antique star quilt but making it mine and useing very differnt fabrics it will be for my youngest daughter. My Son wants me to make this same one for him also but in tan and black.
    Years ago I made a sunbonnet for my oldest daughter ,I look back an am suprise at how nice it was as I knew none of the rules of quilt.
    I would just love this book because it has many quilts I liked to make for other on my list.
    Charlotte

    —Charlotte on June 15, 2012
  • My quilting style leans heavily towards the traditional and the country look. I do enjoy looking at the simpler, lovely colors of the more modern quilts as well though. This book looks like the perfect blend. I really love the Sunflower Explosion. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    Loris Mills on June 15, 2012
  • Wow! I would really love to win this book. I am sure I could create something beautiful!

    —Yolanda Robinson on June 15, 2012
  • Quilting is like cooking for me. I am interested in a little of this and a little of that. I like to spice things up when I quilt and learn new techniques. I have worked on quilts from very traditional to sometimes modern. Similar to making meals for my family, everyone I give a completed project to has different tastes. So I try to keep that in mind when I select a new quilting project to give as a gift to a family member or friend. Chefs say "bon appetit" but quilters say "Happy Quilting."

    —Cathy K. on June 15, 2012
  • I love to combine modern and traditional. Its so much fun to use fresh new fabrics in steadfast traditional ways and vice versa. I think this lets the newest generation of quilters make the traditional our own!

    Michelle on June 15, 2012
  • My philosophy would be soooooo many quilts….soooooo little time, I love small projects, applique mostly, modern and traditional makes no difference….love it all. I sure hope I win…. my quilting budget is always too slim for my eyes…. thank you , Sally

    —Sally Dea on June 15, 2012
  • I have always thought of myself as a traditional quilter but am increasingly drawn to modern quilts, in large part inspired by my daughters and their approaches to quilting so different than my own. The end results are striking and deceptively simple in design, though sometimes quite complicated in execution. The quilts in this book are stunning – eye candy, and inspiration for my next project.

    —Colleen on June 15, 2012
  • I was country when country wasn’t cool…sounds like a song title LOL!! I am glad you love the country look. It is timeless 🙂 I must admit when I saw some of those patterns I did think of the same pattern in crisp, bright, modern colors…Ok so I like colors 🙂 modern and country and…well I am a quilter!!!!

    —vickie van dyken on June 15, 2012
  • I would probably say I am a traditional quiler,but I like many of the modern dsigns, they are so exciting and creative. I like to quilt, and I try to do something different to my quilts, just to make them unique and to individualize them. I get great satisfaction from quilting, it is a wonderfully creative outlet!!

    —Patsy on June 15, 2012
  • I vary. I try very hard to imagine what the person I am quilting for would like best. I am willing to try new ideas and usually I find myself very much "in tune" with my receiver. For me, it is always a labor or love, filled with time and stitches for someone I cherish.

    —Mama Mia on June 15, 2012
  • I kinda domy own thing…..so i guess traditional.

    —shay on June 15, 2012
  • I love Autumn Winds. I have over 50 blocks of the maple leaf block that my Mother-In-Law pieced. I have them laying out trying to decide just how to piece them together for a family member. She is 96 and unable to quilt anymore as she had a stroke.
    Hopefully I will receive the book and be able to put it to use before long.
    Sincerely,
    Lynda

    —Lynda Meek on June 15, 2012
  • My mother (from whom I learned to quilt) was a traditionalist and I just followed in her footsteps. But after joining a quilt guild and seeing the creativity of others which at first I did not particularly care for I slowly started to acquire a taste for the modern as well. Now I do both traditional and modern quilting and love them all.

    —Kate on June 15, 2012
  • My personal quilting philosophy is "don’t let the rules scare you away from quilting." I learned how to do things according to those rules and really just "got through" making my first quilt, hating every step, every seam, every single part. Since then I’ve learned where I can fudge a little and still make things work. I’ve made artsy quilts and traditional quilts. I like different aspects of each. Color, freedom and fun go into each quilt i make.

    —Lynette on June 15, 2012
  • I like the traditional quilting for the most part, and the modern quilts would take a small side. Would love to win the book. Thanks for the chance.

    —Gwendolyn Clark on June 15, 2012
  • Sewing traditional quilts make me feel a connection to the women in my family who are no longer here. But – I definitely do appreciate art quilts too.

    —lindawwww on June 15, 2012
  • I love traditional quilts but I also like to add my own touches….sometimes more contemporary.
    The challenge of designing and hand quilting my quilts leads me to a greater appreciation of
    what my grandmother, great grandmother, mom and aunts have left for me. I am very fortunate to
    have their treasures.

    —Barbara on June 15, 2012
  • I’m more of a traditional quilter because, I think, I’m relatively new to quilting. I felt like I had so much to learn when I began and believed the best way to learn was to work with some of the more traditional patterns and piecings.

    I love to make bed quilts more than any other quilt. I enjoy seeing wall hangings that others have made, but a bed quilt, to me, is such a huge accomplishment for a beginner. I’m so proud of each and every one I have made!

    —Karen Pollard on June 15, 2012
  • I combine both traditional and modern quilting in my projects. I love the strong geometrical lines of traditional patchwork blocks and the colors of today’s modern fabric collections and solids. Thanks for the introduction to this book and the fabulous designs.

    —MarciaW on June 15, 2012
  • I LOVE to combine both traditional with contemporary…..I really enjoy hand stitching but also love to free motion quilt on my domestic machine…hand applique is addictive….heck I even like to do the binding…by hand of course. 🙂

    the quilt rat on June 15, 2012
  • One of my friends has a great quilting philosophy and I try to remember it every time I make things. It’s something like "if it looks good from 5 feet away on a galloping horse then it’s fine."

    —Ginger on June 15, 2012
  • I want to use hand stitching, applique, as well as machine quilting. Still apprehensive on doing free motion.

    carol on June 15, 2012
  • My quilting philosophy is "Do what you love – love what you do". Depending on my mood I make a traditional or modern quilt, and I am always in the mood to quilt! I have had my eye on this book as there are so many desirable quilts I see on it’s pages that I want to bring to life in my own sewing room. Thanks for this opportunity.

    —Sue Stanley on June 15, 2012
  • I love traditional quilting. I have been using modern fabric but using traditional patterns. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    —Renea on June 15, 2012
  • I have found through the years that this "Quilting Thing" is my sanity. My grandmother taught me the basics of sewing but I knew in my gut that I needed more. I literally stumbled upon a class and have been hooked ever since. In my younger days as a single Mom of 2 and the stress that came with it I found a way to regain balance and my sanity. I would just go to a fabric store to walk the rows and feel the fabric and begin to feel recharged and inspired for the next project. Now I can save the gas in the car and get online for that same inspiration. So many books, so many patterns, so much beautiful fabric – Pure Joy and Sanity!!!!!!!!

    —Elizabeth Dambroski on June 15, 2012
  • I love quilting and find I want to make most of the quilt patterns I see. I like to make quilts and Project Linus is a wonderful way to make a quilt and pass it on to someone less fortunate. I can use a variety of fabrics and patterns to make a quilt. Making a quilt for someone you don’t know puts a smile in your heart! I feel so fortunate to be able to quilt, especially with all the patterns, fabrics and possibilities!

    —Cyndi on June 15, 2012
  • When I find a piece of material I like I let it tell me how to wants to be used,sometimes I have a pattern in mind other times I look for its mates and then find a pattern or make one up with a theme in mind.I am looking foreward to making a modern quilt after I finish my new grand daughters quilt- a tradional pattern.

    —ELIZABETH CROSS on June 15, 2012
  • my philosophy way back when I (6-10yrs old) was cutting squares/triangles/etc. for my mom (whom passed away in 2000) for all the quilts she made for fund-raisers for people in need/churches/disabled——-IS STILL the same as my mother’s**** it never has to be perfect; to let your love & caring show through!!!!************* as I wish I had the funds to start doing quilts again now as I’m disabled & would love to learn today’s designs/styles from this book! Thank u for the chance to win this level of instruction of Country quilts cuz we were poor ole country folks!!

    —linnette on June 15, 2012
  • I have always been a "traditional" quilter. Lately, though, I have discovered modern/contemporary quilting, and I really like it too.
    It has been fun getting out of my comfort zone. Thanks for the chance
    to win!

    —Rhonda Desgranges on June 16, 2012
  • Typically, I am a traditional quilter but lately I have been drawn to some of the more modern quilts simply because the fabrics reflect my childhood era. I find myself making my nieces quilts in the new modern look but stick to more traditional for myself. I like this "getting a little taste" of something new. Love your new book Cheryl and congrats!

    Shelley dionne on June 16, 2012
  • My quilting philosophy is: Make a quilt top and hopefully finish the quilt.

    —Jo on June 16, 2012
  • I am mostly a traditional quilter. Sometimes I see a modern quilt that I just have to make, or I will give a traditional quilt a new twist.

    —Jeannette Bessler on June 16, 2012
  • I like to finish what I’ve started, but at the same time I do have a few UFOs. My philosophy of quilting is that quilting should be fun and relaxing.

    —Jeannette Bessler on June 16, 2012
  • Depends on the quilt. Love most styles equally!

    —Lisa on June 16, 2012
  • I guess I would ( and my friends would also) say I am a Modern Traditionalist. I love making the quilts I see that reflect the history of quilting, but always choose brights or modern appearing fabrics to construct one in my own way. I am a teacher of quilting so of necessity, I have to make many tops-"I love to make tops, but I do not love to make quilts"- Thank goodness for my Long-armer!!!!!!
    This book intrigues me. I’ll wait to see if I win and if not, I’ll go buy it. My classes would love to make what I’ve seen so far. Pegeth

    —peg on June 16, 2012
  • I learned quilting by the traditionalist methods and designs, but I like them with a modern or unexpected twist – unusual combinations of blocks or non-‘matching’ eye-popping colors! I’ve dabbled with experimenting with ‘art’ quilts, and landscapes which are my favorite. I live on the east coast of Canada with incredible scenery – so waiting to be translated into fabric!

    Donna Purchase on June 16, 2012
  • I’m Gemini…what’s philosophy! I used to think quilting was all about the construction, however, now its all about the enjoyment and love of the total creative process. I enjoyed this write up of such a wonderful new book. I’m falling in love with all of her quilts…there’s so much movement in each one…I’m drawn to all of them. Would love to have this book!

    —Blair C on June 16, 2012
  • I find myself flipping back and forth between traditional quilting and art quilting. I feel that both are beautiful and arty. This book looks wonderful!

    —Gjeneve on June 16, 2012
  • I am a traditionalist but am slowly try to incorporate a bit of modern (it’s hard for me to do that) into some of my work. I also am a control freak and things have to be cohesive in my life and modern quilting just rubs against my set ways. But, like I said, I am trying. Thanks for the nice giveaway.

    Jeanne from Missouri on June 16, 2012
  • I’m a bit of both….I love bright quilts, I really loved a sampler series of quilts I completed in jewel tone quilts but I really love the "modern" quilts I’m seeing these days.
    Elaine

    —Elaine S on June 16, 2012
  • I generally like traditional quilts, and right now I like making small scale projects. However, playing with modern fabrics and patterns is great when making gifts!

    —sandra fraenkel on June 17, 2012
  • I agree with her assessments of the featured projects; am sure I’d love everything in the book. I can while away hours just looking through the books while thinking up a new project.

    Shirley Jensen on June 17, 2012
  • I like to experiment with different styles of quilting. I likie Cheryl’s country primitive style and enjoy the inspiration she shares with her designs.
    I’m drawn to clear colours and batiks but dabble occasionally on the traditional side of the colour wheel.
    Currently I’m working on two story quilts along with some wool work.
    I’d love to own a copy of Cheryl’s new book.

    Sandi H. on June 17, 2012
  • I have been a traditional quilter for 20 years. I have always been drawn to antique quilts. Yet, it seems when I step out of my comfort zone and do something a little more modern, the finished product ends up being one of my favorites. I love "How does my garden grow?" Would love to win this book.

    —Beth on June 17, 2012
  • I think of myself as a traditional quilter. Not because I use traditional blocks or use traditional colours, because sometimes I go way outside the box, but because I make quilts to be used. Most of the quilts I make are for beds or cribs, but I love the ones I make to go on the wall too. Sometimes the best use of a quilt is as an art piece to complete the look and feel of a room.
    Such a wonderful thing is a quilt, it both warms our bodies and our hearts.

    —Kayt on June 17, 2012
  • I love all styles of quilts. I make mostly traditional, applique quilts, but am drawn to the modern ones too.

    —donna barwish on June 17, 2012
  • What a lovely book. I am a traditional hand piece/applique quilter. My ways are not any better or any different then those that quilt by machine (although I am a lot slower!) I am however trying to work on a machine, but its slow going for me lol. My quilting philosophy is. Don’t fret if your ufo’s are piling up. Just start something new that tickles your fancy. Life is to short to finish everything, and there is never enough time to try it all!

    —Kathee Aitken on June 18, 2012
  • I like traditional quilting, but I have very eclectic taste when it comes to fabric! Do what you enjoy and remember the blind man on the galloping horse won’t notice your small mistakes. 🙂

    Sallie on June 18, 2012
  • I flip… like a dual personality. I love the look and feel of traditional quilts and the rich warm colors… and then I love the other traditional quilts that have the white backgrounds that give it a modern feel. This book looks fantastic. Fun projects!

    Sinta Renee on June 18, 2012
  • I do mostly traditional quilts but really I appreciate modern quilts too. I’ve even started playing with painting fabric which will take me into a modern feel for the quilts I will be doing. I love the quilts in the book!

    —Colleen N. on June 18, 2012
  • I like everything about the quilts you showcased above! What’s in a label? "I don’t know what I like BUT I’ll know it when I see it!" 🙂

    Laurie in Maine on June 18, 2012
  • I don’t know if I have a "set" preference! When I see a pattern I like, that’s what I make 🙂 I do tend to avoid some of the deliciously bright fabrics, however; not sure why but, somehow they just aren’t in my comfort zone 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway! Good luck, Everyone

    —Dawn Hollingsworth on June 18, 2012
  • Sarah, I totally agree! I’m a young experienced quilter and continually surprise my quilty friends with a something that is totally different than the last quilt! And I loved all the ones that you posted. I’m thinking this is going to be a book that belongs in my library! Thanks for sharing your insights and time with me!
    Lorie

    —Lorie Newcomb on June 18, 2012
  • Visually I am always attracted to traditional quilts…have created a few non traditional, and learned a lot in the process…but prefer those on a smaller scale. with the amount of time it takes to construct and quilt a larger quilt – I prefer the look I get with a traditional pattern.

    —kate on June 19, 2012
  • I am definitely a traditionalist. Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Carmen on June 19, 2012
  • I enjoy traditional and modern quilting. Thanks for the chance to win what looks like a great book!

    —Nancy Anderson on June 19, 2012
  • I like to combine different methods. But I probably lean more ‘Modern’ – whatever that means. 🙂

    Karen at Quilting, Losing and Tea on June 19, 2012
  • I could spend hours going through a quilt book. It would be nice to see yours.

    marla on June 20, 2012
  • I tend to prefer traditional piecing, but a good design of any kind will catch my eye and inspire me.

    —Sally on June 20, 2012

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