Can easy quilts be amazing quilts too? (+giveaway)

She’s back! June Dudley, Editor of Quiltmaker magazine, is stopping by our blog today to tell you about our latest collaboration. Released just last week, Easy Quilts for Beginners and Beyond is packed full of quilt designs for beginners or for the experienced quilter who wants a quick and easy project.


Easy can be interesting!

Sometimes I just want to make an easy quilt—like many working women today I’m often faced with limited time and deadlines approaching, but I want to make a quilt and get it finished.

I asked our followers on Facebook recently, “What kinds of quilts do you consider to be EASY to make?” A variation of the answer that appeared multiple times is anything with Log Cabin, Nine Patch, Rail Fence, or Pinwheel blocks. I agree that those are all easy blocks, but why are they easy?

"Cobblestones" quilt
They’re simple to cut because they have repeating shapes: “Cobblestones” by Paulette Peters.

"Coin Collecting" quilt
They have few to no points to match within the blocks: “Coin Collecting” by Rachel Griffith.

"Prairie Schooner" quilt
There are few to no corners to match when you’re joining blocks: “Prairie Schooner” by Karen MacCarter.

When I want to make an easy quilt, I usually want it to be more interesting than some of those blocks that were mentioned on Facebook. Don’t get me wrong—Log Cabins, Nine Patches, Rail Fences, and Pinwheels can all make fantastic quilts. But I often want my quilts to be a bit different. I like easy quilts that have the following:

"Porcelain Petals" quilt
Large patches of beautiful fabric that make a simple design sing: “Porcelain Petals” by Colleen Reale and Chloe Anderson.

"Summer Soltice" quilt
Improvisational piecing techniques that mean matching truly doesn’t matter: “Summer Solstice” by Diane Dunder.

"Cafe Mocha" quilt
Simple techniques, like joining bands of fabric to make the units: “Café Mocha” by Amanda Murphy.

Easy Quilts for Beginners and BeyondIf you’re the kind of quiltmaker who likes interesting designs that are easy to make, then I think you’ll enjoy the newest book of Quiltmaker patterns published by Martingale, Easy Quilts for Beginners and Beyond. Along with the easy patterns we’ve been talking about, you’ll also find inspiring color options and helpful quilting plans and motifs to help you finish your quilts—all the good things Quiltmaker is known and loved for.


Thanks so much, June! I’m partial to quick-and-easy quilts for retreats. I like to have a project that’s less challenging so I can sew while chatting with my friends.
"Seashore Blankie" quilt
I think “Seashore Blankie” by Mickie Swall might be just the ticket for my next retreat!

See more quilts from the book at the bottom of this post.


Giveaway time! Tell us what you look for when you want to make an easy quilt. Leave a comment to be entered to win a copy of the Easy Quilts for Beginners and Beyond eBook. We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you’ve won. Or you can purchase the book now, download the eBook for free, and start sewing easy quilts today!

Comments are closed for this post.

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

“When I think of an easy quilt, I think of one that one can cut out and put together in a couple of sittings. One that the blocks can be easily matched up with one another. Or maybe one with a single focus fabric throughout the quilt top that is then blended with the other fabrics in the quilt top.”

Tamara, we’ll email you about your free eBook. Congratulations!

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498 Comments

  • Thanks for the giveaway!
    I would love to win this book!

    —Joan on September 18, 2012
  • Yes easy patterns-like large half-sq triangles.

    —jem-fl on September 18, 2012
  • I’ve been quilting for about a year now. I find that suggestions of color of materials is really helpful as I seem to lack the "gift" of picturing what the finished product will look like. I also like easy cuts and complete directions.

    —Julia on September 18, 2012
  • I am looking for a quilt that is easy for me yet looks deceiving enough to the observer that the quilt looks like it took time and a lot of thought to make the quilt. This book shares a lot of easy fun to make quilts that will certainly help make your decision to choose just the right quilt to make. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to win such an awesome book.

    Sandi T.
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

    —Sandra Timmons on September 18, 2012
  • If I need to make a quilt quickly, I often use pre-cut charm squares, and make disappearing 9 patch blocks. The quilt comes out so pretty, and looks so much more complicated than it is. Then I add a couple of borders, and I can deliver a quilt I am proud of.

    —Karen on September 18, 2012
  • For me an easy quilt has straight lines. Easy to cut and fast to sew.

    —Saskia on September 18, 2012
  • I look for a pattern that looks interesting, but is really something that can be rotary cut easily and chain-pieced together.

    —Bridget Madsen on September 18, 2012
  • An easy quilt for me to make is one that doesn’t require lots of seams to be matched so then there is less "un-sewing"!! I made a quilt like the one pictured on the cover of "Easy Quilts for Beginners and Beyond". It was great fun because each time you make a block its a new discovery as to how the fabrics work together. Once you get started its hard to stop!

    —Kaye M. on September 18, 2012
  • When I choose to make an easy quilt, I obviously am looking for something that can be put together quickly, but I also want something that is not "run of the mill". I want it colorful, interesting and unusual. Something with a "punch".

    —Evelyn Croskey on September 18, 2012
  • I look for easy sewing steps when looking for an easy pattern….like no inset seams or applique etc…just straight seams!

    Penny Huffman on September 18, 2012
  • Wow! I really like the Cobblestone pattern!

    —Erin on September 18, 2012
  • Would like to try the simple varity this book offers, thanks

    —denise baker on September 18, 2012
  • Finally something for beginers, that will look like a pro did it.

    —de baker on September 18, 2012
  • What gorgeous quilts. I’d love to have the book with these patterns!

    —Carol Vickers on September 18, 2012
  • I like a quilt with simple cutting instructions that lets me get to the piecing! That’s where the fun is…seeing the pattern come together!

    Debbie Law on September 18, 2012
  • When I am looking for an easy quilt pattern I look for one that will bust some stash, maybe use some 2-1/2 strips that I have already cut.

    —Sherril on September 18, 2012
  • It is nice to sometimes just relax making a quilt that I do not have to match up so many parts.

    Easy quilts are great for retreats so you can visit with your friends and not have to concentrate so much on match seams.

    —Pat Amling on September 18, 2012
  • I look for patterns that are small blocked and the colorway pleases me.

    I would love to find something that was quick and easy too.

    —Diane Wright on September 18, 2012
  • I look for a quilt that I can make when I have a limited amount of time and yet keeps the quilt interesting and motivates me to keep going. Usually I like to use my stash for these quilts and love to switch around bold bright colors. I like to makes these for kids camps or other causes. I am not a good FMQ but these quick quilts sometime give me the challenge to try FMQ again.

    Pat Clayton

    —Patricia Clayton on September 18, 2012
  • To me, easy equates to ‘quick’. No intricate blocks. I prefer minimal fabrics (maybe 3 to 5 different fabrics in the quilt) OR a totally scrappy one.

    —Karen on September 18, 2012
  • WOW but those are great quilts. Hard to believe they’re considered EASY. I’m into scrappy quilts right now and can see me doing many of these patterns. Can’t wait to get my hands on this book.

    —mary green on September 18, 2012
  • I don’t want a lot of points or corners to match.
    Simple to cut … like strips
    Large pieces of fabric in the design…where you can use your "to beautiful to cut" fabrics.
    The end result must look if you spent months to make it.

    —Elizabeth on September 18, 2012
  • What makes a quilt easy for me is when there are only a few simple shapes to cut.

    —Paulette on September 18, 2012
  • When looking for an easy quilt pattern, I want one that looks complicated but isn’t. Scrap quilts are my favorite! This book looks like just the ticket.

    —Kathleen Waite on September 18, 2012
  • Like the previous comment that easy quilts are perfect for quilt retreats. I attend one annually in NC and would love to take the book with me for Show and Tell.

    —zandy jordan on September 18, 2012
  • I have only made 2 quilts, and am always looking for easy patterns to gain more experience and more confidence in my quilting. At this time, easy for me is straight lines and not very intricate blocks. Would love to win this book; thank you for the opportunity.

    —Krysti on September 18, 2012
  • I love to make fast and easy quilts for most of my projects. I also donate quilts to Quilts for Kids and the fast and easy quilts are the best. I loved all the patterns that were shown from the book.

    —Penny on September 18, 2012
  • Interesting but simple design.

    —Pam on September 18, 2012
  • An easy quilt should have a minimun number of easy to cut patches, but it will only entice me to make it if those patches form interesting patterns. I won’t make a quilt if it looks easy but boring!

    —Mary Ann on September 18, 2012
  • I look for the same features of easy to cut, larger pieces and easy sewing (No points to match). I have several favorites and enjoy just running the pieces under the machine. Bev (kwiltpharm@aol.com)

    —Bev Gunn on September 18, 2012
  • Easy patterns are just that…"easy". What makes the difference is the use of colour and placement of the blocks. That’s what I look for.

    —Ina Anderson on September 18, 2012
  • I do look for ease of construction. It can take so much time when a pattern is not well written. Sometimes you have to fill in the blanks yourself. Sometimes simplicity turns out to be the prettiest and best quilt. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Jocelyn on September 18, 2012
  • I look for a combination of large pieces and scrappy blocks, I can play with my colour palette and keep my scrap pile under control. I like easy after a complicated pattern to recharge my battery.

    —Pamela Dungar on September 18, 2012
  • I like to use my leftover strips for an easy quilt. thanks!

    —Cathy B on September 18, 2012
  • Eye-catching pattern with easy directions that you can make up fast when you need a quick quilt for a gift.

    —Jo on September 18, 2012
  • I love to see a pattern done in two different colorways, it makes it easier to for us color-challenged quilters.

    —Barb S. on September 18, 2012
  • When I make an easy quilt, I don’t want the finished product to look easy! Thanks for the chance 🙂

    —Karen on September 18, 2012
  • I like to make a string quilt that can be dressed up with position of color. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

    —Carolyn Howland on September 18, 2012
  • I look for blocks that don’t have to be matched, no points.

    —Nanci Timmmins on September 18, 2012
  • Thank you for the opportunity to win a quilting book! I a new to quilting and look for patterns that have pieces to cut that are much the same. Repetition seems to make beginning quilting easier. I also look for patterns with colors I like
    And color suggestions. I need all the help I can get. :-). Lcenlow@sit-co.net

    —Lindy Enlow on September 18, 2012
  • For me I look at the fabric selection
    color and contrast… makes the simplest quilt amazing!

    —Gidget on September 18, 2012
  • easy is the best and makes it fun to use all the fantastic fabrics that are out there. What a wonderful giveaway!

    —Sharon Meeds on September 18, 2012
  • In my opinion, an easy quilt has squares or strips, no triangles or other shapes that are more difficult to piece together. Simple placement for easier construction, running chains of pieces together for less time-consuming piecing… using bright colors can make an ‘easy’ quilt look much more ‘difficult’ and more impactful.

    —Lori Reynolds on September 18, 2012
  • i would love to win the book. i love new books. this book looks like it has wonderful designs. i want this one.

    —amy tanner on September 18, 2012
  • I look for pizzaz and colors, simple but yet challenging to get my creative juices flowing!! Hope you understand what I am saying. 🙂
    Happy Quilting and hope the winner enjoys.

    —Pamela on September 18, 2012
  • I look for easy construction but also with the *wow* factor. I also look for patterns that will look good in rwb. Thanks for the cahnce to win this book.

    pat on September 18, 2012
  • This is when I use the large prints or panel for the center and then build around that w/coordinating borders – so simple yet elegant. Thanks for posting so I have the chance to enter!

    —Terri on September 18, 2012
  • These are lovely patterns. Easier to make but still interesting 🙂 They can showcase some gorgeous fabrics too.

    Loris Mills on September 18, 2012
  • I look for something that is easily constructed but has a design that pops! I’m lovin that cobblestone design. Thanks so much for sharing!

    —Lea on September 18, 2012
  • I look for easy patterns for beginners but something that makes it unique.
    Thanks for the chance.

    —Sarah S. on September 18, 2012
  • no set in seams not a lot of bias edges but I have tried about every kind I just love quilts.

    —charlotte pollard on September 18, 2012
  • To me easy is anything without curves. I look for that can be cut quick, fits together easily, and looks good when finished. I’ve found that sometimes just two blocks can make an unbelievable pattern. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Elma Lutman on September 18, 2012
  • Quilts using pre-cuts. Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Sallie on September 18, 2012
  • I love to make string quilts out of my leftovers from other quilts. I also like to make big, simple block quilts if I need to make a quick gift or donation quilt. Thanks!!

    —Virginia S. on September 18, 2012
  • I look for ease of putting it together, no matching points. Straight cutting or able to use charm packs.
    Thank you for the giveaways! Hope I win! 🙂

    —Robin Huss on September 18, 2012
  • Although I’m not a beginner I love ‘easy’ quilts! I especially like one block quilts in a limited colour!

    —Gill on September 18, 2012
  • I like something I can cut out all at once and then run through my machine without having to think about each and every piece- I do a lot of my sewing at night and don’t have a design wall, so minimum thought, maximum "WOW" is my goal. These patterns all seem to fit that bill!

    Regina on September 18, 2012
  • I love to use my rotary cutter and put together something quick and easy. These quilts look great!

    —Brenda G on September 18, 2012
  • I look for easy instructions and pictures to support them. Also look for ideas from them as other ways to use the same blocks to make a different pattern.

    Thanks Debbie

    Debbie on September 18, 2012
  • I enjoy something that doesn’t require too many matching seams for a quick go to project. That way I can talk and not be upset if it isnt perfect.

    —Mary Jane Cardwell on September 18, 2012
  • For easy quick and simple quilts I look first for patterns that display the fabrics I am working with…if the prints are large I avoid those with smaller cuts and pieces…I like the fabrics to be ‘seen’ first then the pattern of the quilt ‘to come in to view’.

    —Beulah on September 18, 2012
  • The best simple quilt for me is straight cuts with whatever fabric is perfect for the project…thanks for the chance to win. Good luck everyone!

    —Tanya on September 18, 2012
  • When I want to do an easy quilt I look for a quilt with one block that can be chain-pieced. Then usually the colors would add extra spice.

    —Wanda Heath on September 18, 2012
  • I like easy quilts that are a little more modern than the traditional patterns. I think the fabric selection often is what makes the quilt special. Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Evelyn B on September 18, 2012
  • I think the thing that attracts me most to "easy" quilts is the use of lots of color. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —MaryBeth on September 18, 2012
  • WOW – -simple AND beautiful; that’s the way I like it!!! Many times, when there is need for a quilt donation, it is hard to not sew the same ole pattern..THANKS FOR THE HELP to keep quilting fun and exciting.

    —Diana Nesbitt on September 18, 2012
  • I am involved with an organization in Washington state called Amerian Hero Quilters. We make quilts for wounded warriors. We are always looking for easy patterns that make stunning quilts in patriotic fabrics or colors. Your book would be a fantastic resource. We have wonderful women and men who are at all levels of quilt making. Hope we win!

    —Linda Flanagan on September 18, 2012
  • I love easy patterns.. Its the fabric that makes the quilt beautiful

    —Jean Collins on September 18, 2012
  • The biggest reason I like easy quilts is the same as you said, I have a job that takes up a lot of my time. The less time it takes to make a quilt, the more quilts I can get done. And, I enjoy them no matter how "easy" or intricate they are! I will have to put this book on my wishlist. I have a birthday coming up. 🙂

    Mike Pearson on September 18, 2012
  • What I look for is easy but fools the eye and looks hard. Would love to win the book. Thanks for the chance.

    —Jenelle Boxberger on September 18, 2012
  • I would love this book. I am new to quilting, this book is just what I need.

    —Darlene Tho pson on September 18, 2012
  • I like difficult patterns for the challenge they offer, but in my opinion, many quick and easy patterns– like the beauties you’ve posted– are every bit as beautiful! I see a few that will definitely go on my want-to-do list!! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

    —Gwen Windham on September 18, 2012
  • I look for visual impact first of all; then ease of piecing: sometimes I just want something I can just run through the sewing machine without a lot of concentration — kind of a zen thing.

    —Elizabeth P. on September 18, 2012
  • I’m fairly new to quilting and like projects that are simple to make as I build my skill and confidence. I also want something that can be completed in a relatively short time. I want patterns that are fun too! This new book,Easy Quilts for Beginners and Beyond, looks wonderful. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

    —Kathleen Dalecio on September 18, 2012
  • I look for patterns easy to cut and put together but look like they took more time and planning than what they really did 🙂

    —Christine Sherman on September 18, 2012
  • My sister wanted me to take a beginner class, so I did. I have enjoy taking the class. I can’t wait till the next class so I can learn different type of patterns. Having Fun.. I love to quilt. Thanks for the giveways!! I sure hope I win!! 🙂

    —Ginger Jones on September 18, 2012
  • I would love this! It would make my gift giving so much better! I might be able to make more!!

    I love the way you always give us the chance to win! Wish me luck!!

    —Cemira on September 18, 2012
  • I look for a pattern I think someone will like, then look through my material, then make the quilt to give away:) I also like to watch videos on taking short cuts to make quilts easier, more productive to make more of them.

    —Diana Ross on September 18, 2012
  • I love doing all kinds of quilts, from easy to very difficult. However, it’s always GREAT to have new ideas for fast and easy quilts. This book looks like a winner! Thank you for the giveaways that you sponsor! Hopefully I’ll win one some day!

    —Debbie Lepper on September 18, 2012
  • For the moment I like "modern quilting" most. As few matching points as possible. But then there are much FMQ, which take a lot of time but that is so much funnier so it doesn´t matter. 🙂

    Gudrun Eriksson on September 18, 2012
  • I look for a pattern that uses a variety of fabric so I can work on my stash.

    Kathy C on September 18, 2012
  • Most of the quilts I’ve made have been for my grandkids so I’m usually looking for something with larger sections in the blocks. Something that can be used for I Spy type quilts.

    Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

    —Cindy M on September 18, 2012
  • I look for something that’s easy to put together without having to match points, but it also has to be attractive… no "blah" quilts for me. 🙂

    —Debra George on September 18, 2012
  • I’m REALLY a brand-new beginner, and I look for patterns that are a bit more forgiving of matching up seams. I do try, really hard, and I’ve unpicked and re-sewn a few, but simpler is better. 🙂

    —Lauren aka Giddy99 on September 18, 2012
  • Can’t wait to look at the book and decide which one to make first!!

    —Cindy Call on September 18, 2012
  • I love easy to construct, quick cuts, and scrappy colors when choosing a quick quilt pattern. Something fun, not boring, and fast to sew together.

    —Kathy M Boice on September 18, 2012
  • I enjoy making easy quilts because they go together quickly. I prefer bright colors and tend to be guided by the picture provided with the pattern. I am beginning to look more for scrappy quilts to reduce the number of small scraps of fabric I have. I really like "summer solstice" and "image 1 of 7."

    —Charlotte Henley on September 18, 2012
  • I like quick patterns that look like you spent a lot of time piecing, even though you didn’t!

    —Christine Slaughter on September 18, 2012
  • I am always looking for easy quilt patterns for my 12 year old granddaughter to make.

    Dianne Williams on September 18, 2012
  • When looking for an easy pattern to use,I look for something that looks difficult but has a "trick" to putting it together that makes it easy,no fail and will go together quickly.

    —Rene Gutyan on September 18, 2012
  • Looks like a fun book and after a hard day at work, sometimes easy is best for reducing stress!

    —Lisa Phillips on September 18, 2012
  • These quilts are fresh and fun as well as being easy. My quilting granddaughters would love them!

    —Kay on September 18, 2012
  • I agree that easy shouldn’t be boring. I like to put my own twist on easy and make quilts that "pop". Often using scraps and making my own fabric fits the bill. Would like the book for new ideas. Thanks.

    —gab on September 18, 2012
  • Gosto de fácil mas com dignidade,não importa muito a quantidade de cores.Só trabalho com sucatas mas, não faço por isso,uma colcha desconexa e ou de qualquer maneira,tem que combinar e ter classe.

    Translation: Like easy but with dignity, no matter the amount of colors.Only work with scraps, but do not do so, a disjointed quilt and or anyway, have to match and have class.

    —Maria do Carmo Pezzuto on September 18, 2012
  • I am a new quilter and I look for bigger blocks and love colorful quilts…. This giveaway would be pretty awesome..

    Thanks !!!!!!

    —Kelli Fellows on September 18, 2012
  • When I want to make an easy quilt, I don’t want the "viewer" to actually see that it’s an easy quilt. Does that make any sense? And, I want the color to enhance the complexity of the quilt overall rather then play it down.

    —Colette DeGroot on September 18, 2012
  • I look for a quilt that is interesting without being difficult to make. Minimal matching is a plus. If I can make it with fabrics I have on hand that’s even better.

    —Lisa Marie on September 18, 2012
  • Easy quilts are my gift go to styles I look for big blocks with color contrasts. Patterns with large spaces to highlight a bold large prints are good too.

    —Robin on September 18, 2012
  • I love the quilt “Prairie Schooner” by Karen MacCarter. I like the no matching of the points. This one is great and can use up the scraps that are hanging around and have no home yet! Thanks!

    —Carole A. on September 18, 2012
  • I am all about the fabric. Bajillions of teeny pieces with intricate layouts cuts up the fabric too much!!! While I appreciate gorgeous labour intensive quilts, I really prefer easy/simple patterns that highlight the fabrics and let them shine!! Currently in the throes of making a "shoebox" quilt out of lots of turquoise and lime green fq. Lots of big prints. I absolutely love it!! This book is right up my alley!!! thanks for this chance!

    —Shannon on September 18, 2012
  • I look for something that looks complicated but does not require lots of time. No curves or matching points. but still looks like i spent time on it. I like all my quilts to be pretty. Scrappy quilts included. thanks for the give aways. Its nice to make someone happy every now and then.

    —beverly maples on September 18, 2012
  • I would love this book – lovely patterns with the "wow" factor. Thank you for the opportunity.

    —Donna C on September 18, 2012
  • Everyone loves easy–then you can quickly get on to the next quilt!@

    —Catherine Purifoy on September 18, 2012
  • I’m fairly new to quilting, so I really like easy quilts. I want to learn more but I need to get the basics down first.

    —Sandy Lewis on September 18, 2012
  • I love quilts that are easy but are interesting to look at. It might be because of the color os taking simple shapes to get an unexpected effect. If the quilt is quick that makes it even better.

    —Kathy on September 18, 2012
  • Color, variety, and good instructions are needed in a book. I don’t care how experienced a quilter is – one always wants an easy quilt to make now and then

    Karen on September 18, 2012
  • I like easy quilt patterns that look complicated and interesting but arent. Love Cafe Mocha!

    DianeH on September 18, 2012
  • I’ve tried quilting numerous times and have been unable to finish. I think this book would help me do something I’ve wanted to do for years – – – finish a quilt. Thanks!

    —sue on September 18, 2012
  • An easy quilt to me is one that has precise instructions that can be understood by a beginner. Rotary cuttable makes it easy also. I have seen many beautiful quilts that are made of simple squares, rectangles, or half square triangles. I am new to quilting and would love to win this book. Thank you for the opportunity.

    —Pamela Jones on September 18, 2012
  • Easy quilts to me are patterns that use precut fabrics such as jelly rolls, charm packs, fat quarter bundles , etc.
    I love scrappy quilts and using these precuts , my finished quilts turn out to look less like easy and more like interesting.

    —Mary on September 18, 2012
  • I find that an quick/easier quilt draws me in when there is something that draws me away from the fact that it actually was quick or easy – perhaps it is the center fussy cut on a block so each time you look at the quilt you see something you didn’t see before. Or, often bright cheerful colors in the fabric get my attention and by focusing on the quilt as a whole, the thought that this was a quick or easy project is lessened.

    —Lynn on September 18, 2012
  • I agree that at times, an easy quilt is just what you need to do (not much thinking involved), but I too, want them to look a little more complicated than just the 4 easy blocks!! This is what I usually do for my "giveaway" quilts (assisted living seniors, hospitalized kids, etc.) Hope I win one of these for more ideas!

    —Carol Ireland on September 18, 2012
  • The easiest quilt I have made was a string quilt. I cut out 8 1/2 inch square blocks of computer paper and grabbed my tub of scrap strips and away I went! Added a cute border with some appliques and it is one of my favorite things!

    Merry Gay on September 18, 2012
  • In an easy pattern, I look for one that matches the fabric and cuts I have on hand. Thank you for the great giveaway! Tamsyn

    —Tamsyn on September 18, 2012
  • I, too, look for something that is mindless to sew….especially at retreats. Strings, ease of cutting (eg. layer fat quarters and cut several at once). I especially like scrappy. Books sounds "right up my alley".

    —Betty Evans on September 18, 2012
  • Love easy and quick. I usually have one under the needle….rail fence and string quilts are two of my favorites to have going.

    Debbie Clarke on September 18, 2012
  • I look for patterns that are forgiving of less than perfectly accurate construction, and that highlight beautiful fabric. The Coin Collecting quilt is a perfect example.

    Thanks for the great giveaway.

    —Judith on September 18, 2012
  • An easy quilt would be one that is easy to do but looks very complicated and very eye appealing

    LINDA on September 18, 2012
  • At last something that answers my desires. Easy, unique and lots of variety of design. I’d love to have the book.

    —Carolyn Lepisto on September 18, 2012
  • I love "scrap" quilts, but that usually means pulling lots of fabrics – which isn’t easy – unless you use coordinated precuts. Even if I’m looking for something fast and easy, I still want it to look beautiful. Braid quilts fit this description.

    —Sharon on September 18, 2012
  • After a difficult project, I like to make an easy quilt. I look for patterns that can be strip pieced to save time and effort, yet still displaying an interesting concept. I also use color variations and combinations for interest.

    —Sharon on September 18, 2012
  • Sometimes an easy quilt is so relaxing for me and takes away the stresses of the day. I live in a very rural area so I can’t just go to a quilt store for supplies but these quilts I can make from my scraps and that’s just what I need. Would love to win

    —Yalana Rhea on September 18, 2012
  • I find easy quilts to be made from pre-cuts. I love jelly rolls, layer cakes, honey buns and charm packs! I also love starting with panels 🙂
    Thanks for the chance to win this terrific book! Good luck, Everyone 🙂

    —Dawn Hollingsworth on September 18, 2012
  • There are sooo many new books but, I think I would buy this one because it has so many projects that I can see myself easly doing in a week and they would give me the satisfaction of finishing a project from beginning to end. And I could put a real dent in my stash and go out and buy more fabric.

    —Mary Anne Christiano on September 18, 2012
  • I usually look for a minimum of points to make and standard cutting sizes – like 2.5″ and 4.5″ type of thing. Love an easy quilt that uses Jelly Rolls, Charm Packs, Layer Cakes, etc., as it’s just that much easier to put together!

    Regan on September 18, 2012
  • I like to use fat quarters with batiks and brite colors. I need easy to read instructions with pattern that’s beginner or intermediate difficulty.

    —valerie on September 18, 2012
  • Easy quilts are all I do. Simple cuts of strips and squares. Easy to put together and finish!

    —Rose Anne Henriksen on September 18, 2012
  • I am a new quilter and would love this book! thank you for the chance!

    —Chris on September 18, 2012
  • I love quilts that look advanced but are easy for my new quilting students,it keeps them enthused and they gain so much self confidence when they complete their easy but beautiful project!

    —Anita on September 18, 2012
  • I look for techniques that can easily be accomplished by my skill level.

    —Jill Hicks on September 18, 2012
  • If I am doing an "easy quilt" I want it to be fast and easy to cut and piece and look like I spent a ton of time working on it when I really didn’t. 🙂

    Kristen on September 18, 2012
  • I would love to make one of these quilts – i like the rail fence! thanks!

    —lee on September 18, 2012
  • Oh, that’s an easy question, lol! I look for patterns that say "beginner" on them! I don’t have enough experience yet to know if a quilt is going to be easy just by looking at it. Eventually!

    Nita on September 18, 2012
  • I have sewn since I was a little girl, but am new to making quilts…so I rely on my sister’s advise when picking patterns and materials. She makes beautiful quilts!!! I want to learn to do the same!!!

    Sally on September 18, 2012
  • As a begining quilter, I love something not too difficult, but I also like something different with a "wow" that makes it seem like not so easy a project. Thre are several in this book I would love to try.

    —Kathy on September 18, 2012
  • An "easy" quilt for me is something that can be cut out pretty quickly and doesn’t require "overthinking" to put together. Something for when I’m in more of a hurry. Thanks for chance to win!!

    —Rhonda on September 18, 2012
  • Oh, what a lovely collection of quilts! What I look for when deciding on a quilt is: who is it for, where will it be used, the favorite colors/scheme of the recipient, and what shapes that will best show off the fabric! I am a new quilter, and am enjoying the challenges and the rewards of the craft! Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!

    —Linda Vitzthum on September 18, 2012
  • I look for patterns for easy quilts to make for charity quilts. I’m working on one now that is a disappearing 4 patch and another one that is similar to Summer Solstice. I would love the book to see what other patterns I could make.

    —Rayne Garnsey on September 18, 2012
  • I look for less peicing but quilt looks like you spent hours on it. Thanks for the chance to win this great book.

    —Jeanne on September 18, 2012
  • In our church, quilters and would-be quilters participate in gatherings we call BLESSED PIECEMAKERS. In the past nine months we’ve given pieced comforters for those in our community who could use a piece of tangible love–elders, veterans, homeless folks, bereaved families, survivors of domestic violence and children entering the Child Protective Services system. As a co-leader,I look for a simple pattern each month that will introduce one new technique. This collection looks ideal.

    Virginia Pilegard on September 18, 2012
  • Easy quilts for me use simple shapes and good color choices. Often I find easy quilts look better to me with a color repeat, like all blue tones.

    —Deb G on September 18, 2012
  • I am a beginner at quilting and I am always looking for unique and easy ideas that go together fast. This book really seems to fit the bill. The preview quilts are lovely and make me anxious to get started.

    —Linda K Johnson on September 18, 2012
  • I like an easy quilt that doesn’t look easy. Some "mystery" so to speak that makes it only look difficult.

    —Carline Anthony on September 18, 2012
  • When I want to make an easier quilt I look for one that’s easy to cut, easy to piece, and especially has fewer places where seams have to match up perfectly.

    —Connie Tessier on September 18, 2012
  • Easy for me equates to being able to pick up where I left off without thinking,"Now, where was I?". I look for simple repeats and clean lines. Thanks for the give-away!

    —Cheryl Sedlar on September 18, 2012
  • I am always looking for easy patterns. Thanks for the give a way!

    —Lynn Hofelich on September 18, 2012
  • There are times the "easy" quilts with just the right combination of colors can be the most striking quilts. There were some very pretty ones shown, the Summer Solstice really jumped out at me and says "you really need to make me". Would love to win this book and get started on it.

    —Connie on September 18, 2012
  • I’m attracted to color and symmetry that looks like I don’t have to go buy a whole line of expensive fabric. However, I’m "finished" challenged, doing the backing scares me–I’m a work in progress. And, I’m enjoying this little section hoping to win a book, and loving the free downloads.
    cheers!

    —Carol on September 18, 2012
  • I love the ideas in this issue! I’d rather sew up a less complicated design that packs alot of punch.
    Thank you for the chance

    Carolyn on September 18, 2012
  • When I want to make an easy quilt, I look for blocks that are simple to cut out & sew together, but look more complex and interesting because of the fabrics I’ve chosen to use. Thanks for the chance to win this great new book.

    —Joyce Mitchell on September 18, 2012
  • Love all the colors and patterns…. easy? really!?

    —BARBARA on September 18, 2012
  • I’m attracted to color and symmetry that looks like I don’t have to go buy a whole line of expensive fabric. However, I’m "finished" challenged, doing the backing scares me–I’m a work in progress. And, I’m enjoying this little section hoping to win a book, and loving the free downloads.
    cheers!

    —Carol on September 18, 2012
  • Quick and easy quilts are like giving myself a little playtime. I love picking colors and fabrics that enjoy each other and stand out. It’s not the complexity of a pattern, but the color choices and contrasts that make a quilt interesting. I often dig into my large bin of scraps when making this type of quilt.

    —Carole Gordnier on September 18, 2012
  • Straight lines are easy, a huge variation of blocks can be made with strips!

    Anita on September 18, 2012
  • I look for quilts that LOOK difficult but are easy peasy. I want them to look like I put lots of time and effort into them. Love the Cobblestones quilt from the book! Add that one to my ongoing to-do list!

    —Patti Levine on September 18, 2012
  • Those easy quilts really are amazing!!

    —Paula on September 18, 2012
  • When I want to make an easy quilt, I look for something not too big, and something that has fairly quick piecing- sewing strips together first & then cutting, something along that line. I also look for fabric that will really stand out, so that you see the pretty fabric, & not realize how easy it was to put together!!

    —Debbie Reber on September 18, 2012
  • When I want to make an easy quilt I look for a design that uses large blocks. I love Cobblestones, Porcelain Petals and the cover quilt.

    —Joanna on September 18, 2012
  • For an easy quilt I look for pieces that can be easily rotary cut and chain pieced but I want it to look like there has been effort and thought put into it.

    —Denise J on September 18, 2012
  • If I look for an easy quilt, I choose one with not to much different and not to small parts.

    —Wilma on September 18, 2012
  • I think paper piecing is easy. once you get started it takes very little time to make a quilt. Possibly if I read this book I will have a different perspective on it.

    —Nancy on September 18, 2012
  • I look for clear detailed instructions(pictures help)and simple cuts that create a block that is unique and different.

    —Joan Rodriguez on September 18, 2012
  • WOW!!!! I hope I win!! This book looks fabulous! Thanks

    —Pat on September 18, 2012
  • I look for a fun quilt pattern with bright colors; these are beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

    —Donna Alvested on September 18, 2012
  • I look for ones that I could do inbetween a more complicated one. Sometimes I just need to sew and one that you don’t have to think to hard at is just the thing to do. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —LeAnn on September 18, 2012
  • To me, an easy quilt is one that has angles or curves to piece. Straight lines always go more quickly

    —lindawwww on September 18, 2012
  • Since I am a new quilter I look for a design that is traditional and looks hard but is simple to do.

    —Leonda Zahn on September 18, 2012
  • I have been quilting for over 30 years and yes, I still like an easy quilt once in a while. I look for patterns that call for cutting strips or pieces, sewing them together and sub-cutting to get the units that are sewn together and if there are not many corners to match, that makes them easy as well. This book looks like one I definitely would like to reference.

    —Nancy Myers on September 18, 2012
  • Absolutely Easy Quilts bring joy AND satisfaction! They’re less frustrating and quicker to finish. I subscribe to all the easy, quick etc. magazines that are published. As a fairly new quilter and one who makes quilts for charity, I need something easy and quick, yet gorgeous.

    I sure hope I win this book!!

    —Karen Pollard on September 18, 2012
  • I look towards a more traditional looking quilt using favorite color choices, simple shapes/patterns. Like rail fence, stars, and sometimes favor a scrappy look to use up stash. Thanks for chance to win this lovely book.

    —Bette on September 18, 2012
  • I find stack and wack blocks and quilt as you go with large, bright theme fabrics very easy. Love them because you are done in a day!!

    —Karen Thayer on September 18, 2012
  • This looks like a great collection of patterns. I make a lot of charity quilts and enjoy trying new patterns. Thanks for the chance.

    —Sally on September 18, 2012
  • They look so beautiful! hope to win one of the free giveaway books!

    —Marilyn Hunter on September 18, 2012
  • Really liked several of the easy quilts, especially cobblestone and the one with diamonds between the blocks.

    —Judy Young on September 18, 2012
  • I look for larger pieces that are easy to rotary cut. I look for a design that doesn’t involve matching anything and if I wobble on the quarter inch seam, it doesn’t show. Third, I look for a quilt design that makes it easy to select colors (I’m color challenged). This looks like a good book. THanks for the chance.

    —MarciaW on September 18, 2012
  • I love simple easy quilting, the book sounds like a wonderful addition to my library. I enjoy making & giving away quilts, the simplier the quilt the more I find people enjoy it.

    —Carol Grayshock on September 18, 2012
  • Easy is a quilt that goes together fast, but will looks like you put effort and design quality to it. This is great for a retreat project or a gift that you know is going to be used and loved to death. I would love this book as I sometimes need permission to keep it simple.

    —Dee on September 18, 2012
  • I would love to win this book! Piecing is still a little tricky for me and I’m all for easy quilts. Yes, the photo’s of the easy quilts are quite inspiring and beautiful, it’s direction and colors and it’s what I like.

    —Judy S Florida on September 18, 2012
  • This would be a great help as I am always behind in gifts so with quick and easy ones maybe I would get caught up!!!!!

    —Liz O'Neill on September 18, 2012
  • Easy quilts in my mind is simplicity in the cutting. Uniform blocks that are artfully designed showcasing the beautiful fabrics chosen. I love it when a quilt design can easily show off the focus fabric, while ease of
    constructing the quilt makes it thoroughly enjoyable. Thanks for the chance!

    —Joni on September 18, 2012
  • When I’m looking for an easy pattern, I don’t want it to look easy. The new book looks great and thanks for the giveaway.

    —Debbie on September 18, 2012
  • I’m always looking for easy quilting projects. I like that these patterns are interesting and look a little more complex. Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Marilyn Snow on September 18, 2012
  • The easy quilts in your new book are lovely! As a brand-new quilter, I’m looking for quilts designs that are not too large- meaning pillows, throws, table toppers or wall hangings- so I can actually finish them! I also like easy cutting and color combinations that don’t require lots of thought, but still look great. I’d love to try the designs in your book. Thanks for this opportunity.

    —Idaho Marilyn on September 18, 2012
  • Look the book:)

    —Melissa Meier on September 18, 2012
  • Any easy quilt pattern for me is one that last BIG blocks. The sewing is lots of straight, easy chain-piecing sewing. Let the fabric do all the work!

    Becky in Georgia on September 18, 2012
  • I want simple shapes with little matching or dove-tailed intersections, but the quilt should be made with bright and/or unusual highlights to make it interesting.

    —Linda E in AZ on September 18, 2012
  • What a beautiful collection of ‘easy’ quilts! I’m a beginning quilter with a limited amount of time to sew….and these quilts look easy enough for even me! Thank you for allowing me to enter a drawing to wim this book!

    —Sandra on September 18, 2012
  • Quilts that are easy for me are ones that have easy cutting methods, strips and blocks. But I think what makes them pop are the fabulous fabric choices that are out there. Thanks for the opportunity to win this great book.

    —Diane V on September 18, 2012
  • As a beginner, I always look for something easy that looks like I spent a long time on it. And sometimes I do spend a long time. Easy for some is not easy for othere! And that would be me.

    I sure hope I win this book to expand my quilting experiences. Thank you for this opportunity.

    —Marcia on September 18, 2012
  • An "easy" quilt requires minimal corner matching and easy adapting for 1/2″ seams (for Project Linus). One that can use any coordinated stash colors, like "Coin Collecting" is just sooo perfect!

    —Lynne on September 18, 2012
  • I enjoy simple directions with both text and pictures. Simple piecing with alternative block piecing would be a plus. This book will give my young granddaughter and I inspiration to make her first quilt!

    —Deb Fulton on September 18, 2012
  • The log cabin quilts can be pretty simple and with the right fabric combination, they are beatiful.

    —Patti on September 18, 2012
  • all of the above reasons!!! 😉 quilting is therapy for me, and I am always short of time – so I want easy, fabulous and guaranteed to bring the ohhhhhs and ahhhhhhhhs thanks

    —buckeye boxer mom on September 18, 2012
  • easy quilts involve rotary cutting and chain piecing

    —Diane Antle on September 18, 2012
  • I look for something teachable. Even though the quilt might be easy, I like it to encompass a skill that will further my beginners and boost their confidence.

    —Patricia Hersl on September 18, 2012
  • Block placement not piecing…time for tea!!!

    —Deb Fulton on September 18, 2012
  • I love quilting easy quilts with repeating blocks or larger pieces so there is not too much stress with cutting different shapes. I love the look of log cabin and strip quilts and plan on trying a few variations this year. Another thing that makes it easy is when you quilt as you go so the hard work is mostly done when you get it together! That is what busy women need more of!

    —Shairon on September 18, 2012
  • I like quilts that are not too complicated, easy to make and look like you spent a lot of time doing it! Thanks for this opportunity.

    —Sheryl Miller on September 18, 2012
  • To me, easy means fewer seams, fewer points, chain-piecing friendly and scrappy-friendly. If I need it quick I want to use my existing stash instead of having to shop for four yards of a solid to tie it all together.

    Sally on September 18, 2012
  • Wow! Those are quilts that anyone would be delighted to receive, if the quilter can part with them!

    —Mary H on September 18, 2012
  • I like the design pattern and colors used to make the quilt. I also like easy directions as I am new to quilting.

    Linda Becker on September 18, 2012
  • I look for something that doesn’t take a lot of cutting. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your wonderful giveaway!

    Stray Stitches (Linda G) on September 18, 2012
  • I like quilts that go together easily, without a lot of complicated cutting but look more detailed. I did make the quilt on the cover of the book. Some would say it’s easy and some would say there’s an awful lot of cutting and sewing back together. I liked it enough to make 3 of them.

    —Cathy Koester on September 18, 2012
  • The book looks amazing!!!! I’ve only been quilting about a year now, this book could really help a newbe like me, I’d love to win it!!!!

    —Shelley on September 18, 2012
  • The things I look for in an "easy" quilt is how the simplest of shapes can be made to look complicated and harder than they really are.Another way is to combine colour palettes like autumn colours or spring colours together.

    —Dawn Mason on September 18, 2012
  • If I want to make an easy quilt, I usually look for something that requires limited amount of cutting. I also look for something that can be pieced quickly. Most importantly, something I can pull from my stash!

    —Nancy (Cat Lady) on September 18, 2012
  • I like easy quilts that are quick to cut so I can get to the piecing!

    —Terri E on September 18, 2012
  • I like a quilt that is easy to put together but doesn’t look like I just threw some stuff together just so I would have one to give (for a baby shower or such). I don’t do well with tiny pieces so I like bigger pieces that show the fabrics really well.

    —Sharon Judkins on September 18, 2012
  • When I want to make an easy quilt, the first thing I want is simplicity: easy cuts, easy piecing, easy color palette. But I want it to appear much more complex than it really is.

    I also like to play with a little applique-over-piecing to make the quilt really shine; it sets my quilts apart from others.

    As for color, I am not wild about matchy-matchy; lovely saturated color makes me happy. I’m not particularly fond of the overly-large prints that are popular today; I need to see a way to use them that makes sense for me. I don’t buy fabric in whole collections, so seeing a variety of fabric lines, print sizes, and colors makes me very excited. I need to know that I can pull things from my stash and be successful, and not have to run out and buy a bunch of new fabric to make a successful quilt.

    —Joyce Penney on September 18, 2012
  • I think color helps add to the exquisiteness (is that a word) of how beautiful a quilt is, and that is one talent I don’t seem to have. I would love to win this book.

    —Kay Jump on September 18, 2012
  • I absolutely LOVEEEEEeee the Cafe’ Mocha quilt and would love to win the book so I can make it. Being disabled and having a very limited budget for books and patterns, winning this would be a real blessing for me.

    —Linda White on September 18, 2012
  • When I think of an easy quilt, I think of one that one can cut out and put together in a couple of sittings. One that the blocks can be easily matched up with one another. Or maybe one with a single focus fabric throughout the quilt top that is then blended with the other fabrics in the quilt top.

    —Tamara M. on September 18, 2012
  • I have several quilts to finish or start before xmas, I think this would be the help I need.

    shirley tener on September 18, 2012
  • I like large blocks, no applique and straight line pieces when I want an easy quilt to make.Maybe some strip piecing would be helpful too.

    —Sandy D on September 18, 2012
  • I want to make all of your quilts you post. Thank-you for giving us a fresh look at quilting.

    Norma Conrad on September 18, 2012
  • I love to make easy quilts that don’t require a lot of thought. They go together with simple lines and are fun to try different quilting methods.

    —Kalynn on September 18, 2012
  • I like the quilts! Very nice!

    —Hanke on September 18, 2012
  • Something that is simple and fast to do. But it looks like it took you along time to do. Love all those quilts. Thank you for having the giveaway.

    —Marty Askins on September 18, 2012
  • Sometimes simple means having only two or three pieces of fabric to work with to create something beautiful. Love the comments made above.

    —Hilda Nauenburg on September 18, 2012
  • I look for a really cheerful pattern with light & bright happy colors like "Seashore Blankie" by Mickie Swall.
    The other thing I always look for is a pattern to use my millions of nickels in. I love Paulette Peters’ "Cobblestones". I make too many complicated quilts and need something easy on my pea-brain once in a while.

    —Loretta Thomason on September 18, 2012
  • I look for easy designs like strips and bright colors. Thanks!

    —Debbie H on September 18, 2012
  • I look for patterns where I can use my precuts.

    Rachelle on September 18, 2012
  • I look for a pattern that will show good contrast and allow different scale prints.

    —Penny R on September 18, 2012
  • I love easy quilts. Having to spend less time on them and finish them is a great mood booster. So many times I’ve started large, difficult items only to put them away unfinished. I would love to have a book full of easy quilt pattens!

    —Ann Boehm on September 18, 2012
  • I like the easy quilts too but I also want something with a little pop to it. I like to do a large print block with something like a disappearing 9 patch to match the fabrics of the large print. Thet are quick and easy and have a beautiful pattern that looks like a million bucks when finished!

    —Brenda Hulsey on September 18, 2012
  • I love anything scrappy and if i can use my collection of 2 1/2 inch
    strips, all the better!

    —Mary Turner on September 18, 2012
  • I look for a quitl that looks hard to do, but ends up being quite simple. love bright colored quilts that remind me of spring days.

    —Linda on September 18, 2012
  • I like it when it’s big and bold. THANKS for the giveaway!

    Jeanette on September 18, 2012
  • I make comfort quilts and like easy and quick designs that enable you to make a beautiful quilt for someone who needs a little extra hug in their life.

    —Mary on September 18, 2012
  • Easy quilts, for when I don’t want the complicated things in my life.

    —Shari Rich on September 18, 2012
  • I adore looking at things as they come together and then seeing the completed quilt… holy cow I made this! 🙂
    ~Christina in Cleveland

    —Christina on September 18, 2012
  • I look for larger-scale patterns which lend themselves to stitch in the ditch quilting. I stitch the binding first to the back of the quilt, then lightly press it to the front of the quilt and edge-stitch it down rather than hand-stitch it.

    —Gail M on September 18, 2012
  • I try to find a pattern that has little cutting and I can use my scraps or jelly rolls. I like ones that the grandkids can help make.

    —mary ann johnson on September 18, 2012
  • I love the patterns you show from this new book! Love to have it. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    —Judy Bowes on September 18, 2012
  • I look for a pattern that I like. Then I look to see how difficult it is.

    —pat yamada on September 18, 2012
  • Squares and rectangles and maybe a half-square triangle, for a zing factor, that all make up into large squares or strips that can be sewn together for a quick top. The easy WOW factor is the color combinations, be they washes or contrasts, that make that top look like it wasn’t EASY. The "Seashore Blankie" is an excellent example of this.

    —Nancy on September 18, 2012
  • I look for something that is easy & fast to cut and put together. Since I am new to quilting I like to see it come together fast & easy yet so beautiful people think you have been working on it for hours. Love all the quilts!

    —Tina on September 18, 2012
  • I like that "Seashore Blankie". I don’t usually make simple or easy quilts. I enjoy using my brain to take something that looks complicated and break it down into the simple components. Quilting is like a jigsaw puzzle where I determine how the pieces are shaped and how they go together. However, I would value less complicated when I get myself into a snarl and things take twice as long as I planned. Guess I’m in for a penny, in for a pound.

    —Claudia on September 18, 2012
  • Any project can be easy if you have proper instruction and or a good teacher

    —Anna Wagar on September 18, 2012
  • I look for quilts that have shapes that are easy to cut and put together. I’m 72 and don’t have a lot of strength in my hands because of arthritis and carpal tunnel in both hands. I’ve had carpal tunnel surgery on both hands but still no stength so I look for patterns that doesn’t take a lot of cutting. I love the quilts in your book and since I live on a very limited income, it would be like Christmas to win the book. I have ordered books and patterns from you and have never been dissappointed with any of them. I also make Quilts of Valor and like to be able to get them made quickly, so the injured service men and women can have their quilts. They have sacraficed so much for us. So I would be tickled pink (when’s the last time you’ve heard that phrase?) lol to be able to win this book. Thank you, Marquita

    —Marquita Patteson on September 18, 2012
  • I look for a quilt that I like. I also look at how difficult it will be.

    Suzanne on September 18, 2012
  • When I look for "easy", I look for strip-piecing possibilities and/or repetitive piecing…something that goes together without me needing to constantly stop and pin or match seams! Bigger pieces, especially with all the new, large and bold prints, also make for an "easy" quilt!

    —Linda verburg on September 18, 2012
  • When I take a break from something challenging, I look for a pattern where the fabrics do the work for me by their design and color. So many beautiful fabrics out there that just call for being the feature!

    —Beverly Gallegos on September 18, 2012
  • I look for colour-combinations that "hits" you even with a simple pattern!

    —Inger Martinson, Italy on September 18, 2012
  • I look for something I cam make with pre-cuts, very little seam matching, and simple enough to let the quilting stitches to shine..

    —Robin M on September 18, 2012
  • I’d love to win this book with great ideas for fast & easy quilts!

    —Diana on September 18, 2012
  • I look for a pattern that will utilize rotary cutting techniques or precut fabrics. I’d love to win this book!

    —Liza on September 18, 2012
  • Beautiful! I would love to have, yet again, another beautiful martingale book. I have lots of young people in my life who would be inspired by this book.

    —Darcey Peters on September 18, 2012
  • I definitely appreciate a quilt that can be made quickly without too many intersections to match. I can be OCD about matching corners, and that eats up my time. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.
    Sandy

    —Sandra Sparks on September 18, 2012
  • Obviously, easy to cut and stitch, yet still look fairly complicated. Cumberland is a good example with the half-square triangles and the exciting play of opposite color waves.

    —LaVera on September 18, 2012
  • Great gvieaway friends! In an easy quilt I look for NO triangles and quick cutting techniques!I alos like one that is a good sue of scraps.

    —Kathy Gaines on September 18, 2012
  • Easy to me, is anything I can strip quilt!
    Thanks for the nice giveaway!

    —Debbie Constable on September 18, 2012
  • I like fabrics that make the pattern more interesting when I do an easy quilt 🙂
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    Rebecca on September 18, 2012
  • I look for something that is not very complicated, but that is able to handle the fabrics I am wanting to use. I love Rachel Griffiths coin collecting pattern. Easy and appealing.

    —Allyson on September 18, 2012
  • I like easy quilts because you can have the same pattern look totally different with a new group of fabrics AND actually finish them!

    —Pat on September 18, 2012
  • I think easy quilts are ones that don’t have a lit of pieces in each block. I’m always amazed when a pattern looks complicated when done but really wasn’t hard to put together. This book has lots of pretty ones!

    —Carol Vickers on September 18, 2012
  • I look for something that will use what fabrics I have on hand. I have a few favorites and standbys , but would like to add some variety to my "repertoire" Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.

    —Marge in Louisiana on September 18, 2012
  • I make many quilts for charity so I’m always looking for a quilt pattern that is easy to make but looks harder than it is because of block and color placement.

    —Melody DeGraziano on September 18, 2012
  • Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Kate on September 18, 2012
  • I look for things that are fresh and new, as well as something that will go together quickly. I have to admit patterns that are bright coloured and full of life always get me excited. I like to see results at the end of the day, too.

    —Sharlene Lyseng on September 18, 2012
  • Easy to me means anything I can chain piece.

    —Pat on September 18, 2012
  • I look for uncomplicated, easy blocks with easy cutting instructions and not a lot of pieces and different fabrics. Thanks for a chance to win!

    —Wendy P on September 18, 2012
  • Wonderful quilts with great colors….and EASY!!! What is not to like?
    Big fan here.

    —Sam on September 18, 2012
  • I have never quilted before, but would love to learn. This e-book would be perfect!

    —Anna on September 18, 2012
  • It is the colour play that will draw me in to look closer at the quilts!
    I would love to win "Easy Quilts for Beginners and Beyond"

    —Vicky on September 18, 2012
  • I love Quiltmaker and have severl of the Martingale books, I would love
    to add another one….Thanks for the great issues, and books.. we love ’em!

    —wendy on September 18, 2012
  • I look for designs that use the larger novelty prints effectively, with few pieces to be assembled.

    —Nancy on September 18, 2012
  • Easy for me means few seams to match, strip piecing, and large blocks that look way more complicated than they are.

    —Ardith on September 18, 2012
  • Not too much matching or pinning and lots of contrasting colors and not too big. I fuse the batting and bind it and makes for a quick project yet usually stunning.

    —diane on September 18, 2012
  • I’ve been quilting for years but have been drawn to the modern style of quilts lately. I love the bright, clean look. I like that you can make any quilt look different just by the fabrics.

    —Susan K on September 18, 2012
  • For me, easy means fast–fast cutting, strip piecing and maybe sub-cutting pre-pieced segments and a design that only looks like I did something complicated!

    Karen in Breezy Point on September 18, 2012
  • Really what i look for in an easy quilt is the speed with which i can create it. I usually look for an easy pattern when i need a gift in a hurry. I look for quick cutting, fast piecing.I appreciate a pattern that you can change the fabrics and get a completely different look. Thank you for the chance to win, happy quilting to all.

    —Sharon Meyer on September 18, 2012
  • Easy is one thing, but if it isn’t "knock your socks off"., it isn’t worth my time or money. These are really nice

    —Barb Emerson on September 18, 2012
  • what is easy?? The least amount of triangles, and minimal corners to match!
    Thanks for offering this book up for giveaway, I’d love to win it!

    —Jacqueline Van Horn on September 18, 2012
  • I look for patterns that visually please my eye, or remind me of a special place. For instance, I saw a beautiful log cabin quilt at a friend’s house when we lived in Colorado, and ever since, I associate log cabin quilts with Colorado and it’s wonderful memories. Thank you for the giveaway 🙂

    —Marie P on September 18, 2012
  • Easy to me means quick – larger blocks, straight cuts (no curves), squares, rectangles and triangles. How the easy pieces are put together and fabric choices are important for keeping it interesting.

    —Annie on September 18, 2012
  • I have in the last few years gotten to the stage where I design my own quilts, usually in my head. Then I head into EQ7 and draw them up. I love brights and black. I am also a hoarder so I keep all those little bits, and thats what I love most to use those bits up. I mostly do very simple quilts, that look like they might be complicated.

    Margarita W on September 18, 2012
  • When I want to make an easy quilt, I look for simple cutting, no matching, and for scrappy, so that I can use up my stash. (No shopping required.)

    —Wilma S. on September 18, 2012
  • I look for patterns with straight seams and little to no matching. Crazy quilt patterns are my favorite. All you have to do is grab and sew. The scrappier the better!

    —Rita Jackson on September 18, 2012
  • I look for quilts that sway from traditional a bit and can be done quickly

    —Grace Capuano on September 18, 2012
  • For me, an easy quilts means that my brain doesn’t have to be fully intact to create it! Simplicity is the key!

    —Ann on September 18, 2012
  • To be honest, I haven’t made a regular quilt in over 25 years. I’m just starting all over again. I am looking for anything in a design that looks great but is not hard to make. Thank you for the chance to win this book.

    Marj in Mexico

    —Marjorie Nath on September 18, 2012
  • I would really love this book and I really need it. The patterns are so gorgeous and if I could learn to make these easy, quilting wouldn’t be stressful at all.

    —Donna Fuqua on September 18, 2012
  • I look for designs that allow me to play with fabric color and texture!

    —Mar on September 18, 2012
  • Easy quilt patterns means big blocks without lots of points!

    —Claire on September 18, 2012
  • I look for graphic impact, no triangles or wierdo shapes, and easy piecing.

    —michele on September 18, 2012
  • When I need a quick quilt, I generally look for a pattern using precuts, such as charms or jelly rolls and for a pattern that I can quilt easily.

    —Sandy A in St. Louis on September 18, 2012
  • A beautiful quilt with no matching seams is calling my name for this give away. Thanks for showing it is possible.

    —diane i on September 18, 2012
  • Not only must it be simple to assemble, I want my "easy" quilt to be a snap to quilt.

    —Sandy on September 18, 2012
  • I have only made simple baby quilts up til now but plan to take the plunge and do a full size. Easy would mean easy to understand layout and cutting.
    I love the "Cobblestone" and the "Seaside Blankie" would cause no anxiety.
    I know the book would help me get started with "real" quilting.

    —Daphne on September 18, 2012
  • My quilting time is limited. This book would make a great addition to my library.

    —Anne Moore on September 18, 2012
  • I like quilts that I don’t have match up the points or seams. Thanks for a chance to win this wonderful looking book! 🙂

    —Carla G on September 18, 2012
  • I can’t devote a huge amount of time to making a quilt–maybe in winter when you look outside and say "Nah! I’m not going out in that!" A quick quilt will have you doing something productive instead of bemoaning the weather.

    —Marty Goertz on September 18, 2012
  • Fabric color and placement seem to make a difference in these quilt.

    —Linda C on September 18, 2012
  • I want something easy that "looks" hard!

    Linny on September 18, 2012
  • I go to quilt camp, we could get a couple of those pieced – many beautiful ideas. Looking forward to browsing though the book

    —Marcia Bergstrom on September 18, 2012
  • Easy means no set in seams, no curved piecing, no points to match. And good pictures with well written insturcions. Also the use of precuts means less cutting which saves time.

    —evelyn on September 18, 2012
  • I want to make something like a tumbling blocks quilt. I also like paper piecing.

    —Jeannie on September 18, 2012
  • When I want to make an easy quilt, I look for strip piecing so I can just go on auto pilot and sew away. Next thing I know, the quilt is ready for borders!

    Lisa on September 18, 2012
  • I really enjoy making scrap quilts that look complicated but are easy to put together because I make so many for the different charities in our community. Your book sounds like it would be very helpful and fun! Nina

    Nina Hendrickx on September 18, 2012
  • What makes a quilt easy would be two things, large units cut into smaller units and no curners to match.

    —OHSue on September 18, 2012
  • Wow! Are these really easy quilts? They are so beautiful! Easy to me means something that I don’t have to constantly double, triple, and quadruple check the directions to make sure I have got the measurements correct and measure, measure, measure, before I cut because I am concerned about running out of fabric even though I have purchased extra of every fabric in the quilt! Yep, it’s happened too many times – I’ve messed up with a wrong measurement because it’s an oddball like 7/8 instead of 3/4 in one block.

    —Susan on September 18, 2012
  • I love to use my pre-cut squares. I have a daughter who will cut squares but will not quilt. Then I sew 9 patches bunches of them at random. When I have a good stack I sew the 9 patches into a scrappy quilt. I was given a huge amount of what my family called worthless fabric. I do not believe there is such a thing in the world and have set out to prove them all wrong.

    Lee Ann Gatewood on September 18, 2012
  • Easy for me would be large block with few pieces that could be sewn together quickly and easily quilted on my home machine-not a longarm. I love these patterns for my charity quilting for kids.

    —Mary DeBruner on September 18, 2012
  • I would love to win that book and it would help me use some of my stash!

    —Jan Jansen on September 18, 2012
  • To me, easy quilts are quilts that still hold a lot of interest in design, but are usually small so I can decorate with them – table toppers, wall hangings, etc. Thanks for sponsoring another great giveaway.

    —Janet on September 18, 2012
  • I like easy & fast cuts with different designs and flows. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Cheryl Korman on September 18, 2012
  • i love all quilt books thanks for the giveaway

    barbara woods on September 18, 2012
  • would love any and all ideas. love the easy fast quilts. love color that looks hard but is not. just a beginner so have lots to learn.

    —val on September 18, 2012
  • I look for the placement of colour – I think it plays an important part in making an easy quilt look fabulous.

    —Joy V on September 18, 2012
  • I like quilts made up of squares. I like to be able to get a quilt done quickly.

    —Mary M. on September 18, 2012
  • Oh, it would be SO AWESOME to have this book! There are many times I would love to just sit down and make something very simple, and have the end result be beautiful. These projects really fit the bill. I love cobblestones. Thanks for a chance to win.

    —Cheryl Gunderson on September 18, 2012
  • I love the simple, scrappy quilts that look technical but are easy and versatile. "Cobblestones" was my favorite. Simple crisp colors and design.

    Denise Martin on September 18, 2012
  • An easy quilt should be fast to put together, not a lot of matching and, if at all possible, come from my stash… Is that asking too much? I think Seashore Blanket might be a perfect example plus it would be great for a retreat.

    Bonnie in Va on September 18, 2012
  • Yes! Easy quilts can be amazing.
    I try to make the choice of fabric do the work of getting to amazing.
    A drop-dead fabric with complimentary and a zinger can up an easy quilt to being amazing.
    Thank you for the ideas and opportunity to join in.
    Paulette J Bergman

    —Paulette Bergman on September 18, 2012
  • I look for something that is eye catching, bright and beautiful. It has to be a pattern which I know I can put together fairly easy and quickly. It also has to be something that will not be too frustrating for me and it would end up in a UFO pile!!!

    —Dodie on September 18, 2012
  • That Seashore Blankie looks fabulous! When I want to make something easy, I look for a pattern that uses precuts and square angles. Anything cut on an angle looks great but also looks difficult to match up. The Seashore quilt does have angles, but only a few along the strip so it looks snazzy yet also do-able. Thanks for the chance to win such a useful book!

    Janine on September 18, 2012
  • Easy is layered cuts and chain piecing. Somehow those quilts are always everyone’s favourites.

    —Wendy Hausauer on September 18, 2012
  • I don’t think anyone wants a boring quilt, especially when they’re just learning. But these quilts seem like they could be quick for anyone to make. Money is an issue, so easy quilts that don’t cost a lot would be great!
    I would love to make out more quilts as gifts like babies and things, but I’m so slow, so a one or two block quilt would help me a lot. Strip piecing would be great. I love simple patterns that make secondary ones when set side by side.
    Thanks for a chance at a neat-looking book!

    Rachell R on September 18, 2012
  • For me an easy quilt is straightforward shapes and clear directions. I love the look of fussy quilts, but don’t see myself doing them. I love the simplicity of "easy" quilts. It’s the colour combos and quilting that make the quilt. These are all things I am still learning!

    —Joanne Proulx on September 18, 2012
  • I work from my home so when I take a break I like to sew a little. I really like Porcelain Petals because I have so many beautiful pieces of fabric that I only want to use in something that I can see a lot of the design.

    I also like seashore blankie because it looks like something I could finish without a lot of time involved.

    Thank you!

    —Ellie on September 18, 2012
  • I like seashore blankie because it looks like something I could finish without a lot of time involved.

    Thank you.

    —Ellie on September 18, 2012
  • Easy for me to match colors,sew straight seams. and look good,
    Quilts in the book look lovely and would love a chance to win a book.

    —merran on September 18, 2012
  • thanks for the chance at this book. easy for me means straight seams and no matching of points…

    —Lawana Whaley on September 18, 2012
  • I like patterns that don’t have seams to match – and fairly large blocks – can use up more of my stash that way.

    —Anne P on September 18, 2012
  • Would Love to Win this Book.. Looks like a
    lot of Fun..

    —Teresa Stees on September 18, 2012
  • I look for easy cutting and easy piecing.

    —Susan N. on September 18, 2012
  • I like patterns that can be pieced in a weekend when I need a nice gift on short notice.

    —Pam on September 18, 2012
  • I look for a pattern that I can use for practicing my seam allowances and will keep me going until its finished and I can use up all the little pieces of yardage I have left over from other projects.

    —ElizaBeth Haubold on September 18, 2012
  • When you just want to have something to do with the hands that doesn’t require constant meticulous attention to numerous pieces, you’re talking simple patterns that are attention getters thru fantastic color and fabric choices. That’s what I call easy as color is everything for me. Thanks for the give away.

    Linda Tillis on September 18, 2012
  • I look for accurate instructions that are easy to follow so I don’t have to think the process through again. I also like to find patterns that fool the eye because of color placement.

    —Karen Watkins on September 18, 2012
  • I think of easy quilts as just using squares like a 9 patch. Love Quiltmaker magazine.

    Enjoy your quilting

    —Judy U on September 18, 2012
  • When I want to make an easy quilt I look for simple pieces and straight seams.

    —Verna on September 18, 2012
  • Love half-square triangles for quick and easy quilts. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

    —Lora on September 18, 2012
  • I look for blocks that showcase novelty prints without having to be careful about matching points.

    —Cecilia on September 18, 2012
  • Ability to use up all the small pieces of fabric.

    —Patricia Fijalkowski on September 18, 2012
  • I love "easy" quilts where the fabric is the star, and not the intricate piecing! I am all for enjoying the beautiful fabric!

    —Pat on September 18, 2012
  • I like a quilt that is not too busy. The focus should be on the colors,and a simple shape can be very pleasing.

    —Carole on September 18, 2012
  • I recognize some of the blocks from the Craftsy Block-a-Month class! It’s great to see a block utilized in a complete quilt. Easy means simple cutting, simple sewing–and only a few, but effective, pieces.

    E. Engman on September 18, 2012
  • When I have to make a quick and easy quilt, I look for a pattern with large piece and easy to sew together as it may have to been done in a hurry. I have to done a baby quilt in less than 2 weeks. Time to do some stash busting.

    —Sharon L. on September 18, 2012
  • When I am looking for an easy quilt, I look for ones that don’t LOOK easy. I like to know that it really wasn’t that hard to achieve a complicated look.

    —Carol J on September 18, 2012
  • Thank you for hosting this giveaway.
    When I seek easy quilts, I look for larger blocks which do not have points that need to meet. Blocks that may have staggered lines so there are minimum points that need matching. The material and colors enhance the interest and glizt

    —Sue Bialorucki on September 18, 2012
  • Thanks for the giveaway. I will go for quilts that do not need matching my points. I usually have trouble matching up points and that ‘delays’ the process of quilt making. Quilts like ‘Seashore Blankie’ and ‘Coin Collecting’ are considered easy for me.

    God Bless
    Sandra

    —Sandra on September 18, 2012
  • I want the book! I love love love the quilts shown and can’t wait to create something similar. Please pick
    E

    —Paula Earnhart on September 18, 2012
  • As a beginner, I think easy quilts CAN be beautiful. Fabric selection and precision piecing can make a lot of difference. And of course, the love put into the quilt ALWAYS shows thru.
    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    —Stephanie S on September 18, 2012
  • Single Irish Chain: which consists of a 9 patch and a joining fabric square to match the #2,4,6, and 8 square in the 9-patch. Sunshine quilt: Center square in the 9-patch is yellow, and my all time favorite is String Quilts: where I can chain stitch. Right side of fabric laid on the diagonal center of muslin square, add a different color strip to each side of center strip, on the diagonal and continue until block is completed. Trim off excess fabric. If you use the same color center strip, it makes a geometric design. Bear Paw and Maple Leafs combine are relatively quick and easy to do, and makes a gorgeous quilt.

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on September 18, 2012
  • Easy quilt: One that I don’t have to tax my brain to do.

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on September 18, 2012
  • I’m just learning how to quilt and I’m working on my first large quilt. I keep trying challenging shapes, so I need some easy ones to try out!

    Diana on September 18, 2012
  • Easy quilts are a nice break for some simple sewing. I like big pieces with no matching of seams.

    —Sheila F. on September 18, 2012
  • Easy cuts, beautiful fabrics and patterns with a modern look to them makes my quilting EASY. I would love to be able to win this book!

    —Agnes Grimes on September 18, 2012
  • Neat patterns in the book. Time to try something new and bright. Like simple instructions and some big pieces with colorful fabrics. Would enjoy using the book.

    —Barbara DeMir on September 18, 2012
  • I too believe easy can be interesting. I took a couple of online classes that taught me just that. But I haven’t seen anything like some of the quilts you’ve highlighted. How I’d love to get my hands on that book!!

    —Diane Mettam on September 18, 2012
  • I look for a quilt that is fun to work on. If I do not enjoy what I am making, it will not come out well.

    —Jamie on September 18, 2012
  • I love easy quilts…maybe I look for not so many pieces per block. Pls include me for the book.

    Deb on September 18, 2012
  • When I want an easy quilt for a young person to try I look for easy to understand directions with lots of pictures.

    —Georgia on September 18, 2012
  • I like a quilt pattern that is simple and straight forward, something that I can cut all at once and sew together knowing it will come out beautiful. I love the photos shown from this book. I will definitely keep an eye out for it.

    —Maureen Flax on September 18, 2012
  • I look for patterns that have big blocks and it won’t matter if the seams match perfectly and projects that can be finished in a weekend.

    —Marilyn R on September 18, 2012
  • These quilts look so do-able. I’m a real beginner and like to find projects that I feel are not beyond my skill level.

    —Susan from S. Diego on September 18, 2012
  • The easiest quilts are big block quilts. Easy to cut and easy to put together.

    —Mary on September 18, 2012
  • Easy to cut, easy to sew, no seams to concern myself with for matching and a beautiful fabric! This will be a beautiful quilt, both for me as its maker and the recipient–a child in the hospital, an injured service person or a senior citizen in a nursing home. I would love to have this book!

    —Ginnie M. on September 18, 2012
  • I look for patterns with large-ish blocks for which I can use beautiful fabrics for the interest, rather than complex blocks made with many smaller pieces and/or applique. This is especially important when finding out I need to make a quilt for some gift/occasion in the very near future.

    —Beverly on September 18, 2012
  • I love to use a large block medalion type center and then add some interesting borders plus the quilt has to be crib size or smaller for me to consisder is easy and quick! Thanks for the chance to win this book!

    —Merlyn Brown on September 18, 2012
  • Think about my schedule and time and if I could us my stash.
    I look at the directions and see how many pages they are then how detailed
    it is.
    Thanks for this contest.

    —Terry J. on September 18, 2012
  • Easy for me means using fabric from my stash with simple patterns.

    —cindy white on September 18, 2012
  • I like easy quilts that require no matching.

    —Joy on September 18, 2012
  • When I want to make an easy quilt, I look for patterns that use jelly rolls, layer cakes or charm squares, and go together quickly.

    —Dianne H. on September 18, 2012
  • easy to me means fewer pieces, sometimes larger pieces.

    —loralie on September 18, 2012
  • I am a huge fan of quilts that look great, and complicated, but are really easy. I can get more done in less time!! I would love to have this book!

    —cheryl on September 18, 2012
  • I look for one page of fabrics needed combined with the directions. I figure if it can all fit on one page it must be easy!

    —Debbie on September 18, 2012
  • I love making easy quilts to give away to various charities and this book will allow me a larger variety of quilts to donate.

    —Nona T. on September 19, 2012
  • Easy Quilts should have fewer intricate piecing joins, no Y seams and larger segments with straight sewing. Fast to cut and strip piecing can make putting together simple.

    —C Gaile Jenkins on September 19, 2012
  • I love the cobblestone quilt pictured. Have to give that one a try! I’ve made a lot of pinwheels but can’t seem to find a nice way to put them together, so no easy quilt for me after all!
    Love the chance to win the book!!!

    —Jacqueline on September 19, 2012
  • A quilt in which the points don’t meet–deliberately–is a huge relief to me when I’m making a "simple" quilt. I have a floating stars pattern in which the star points don’t extend to the edge of the block, and I love it.

    —Beth T. on September 19, 2012
  • Simple directions, simple cutting and foolproof sewing.

    —Chris on September 19, 2012
  • Easy for me means no matching points & few matching seams. Love to win the book.

    —Judy Forkner on September 19, 2012
  • I am a beginner quilter, work full time and try to make colourful easy lap quilts to give to friends. I get so much enjoyment out of creating the quilts and watching the faces of the friends I give them to. The easier the better as my project gets completed quicker and I can make another one.

    —Michelle Collings on September 19, 2012
  • I look for a design where the piecing is not too difficult or time consuming and where the colours of the fabrics used, work together to provide the dramatic effect.

    —Lyn on September 19, 2012
  • I look for fewer colours and fabrics and large blocks with big prints.

    —ELIZABETH CROSS on September 19, 2012
  • I look for simple cutting, simple piecing and as many short cuts as I can find 🙂

    Jules on September 19, 2012
  • I like big blocks with novelty print fabric that makes the quilt. I do not like complicated pattern or to bright colours. This book looks to be verry interesting.

    —Charlotte on September 19, 2012
  • Thanks for the chance to win a great Quiltmaker book. For me, easy quilts mean being able to chain piece many similar blocks to make the construction go faster.

    —Leanne on September 19, 2012
  • I think "easy" means a thoughtful use of precuts and little extra cutting and piecing required. Something that requires more time on the machine than at the table cutting.

    —Michelle H. on September 19, 2012
  • I have been making several quilts from start to finish for commission and sometimes I just need a different, quick and easy pattern. I can always quilt them with a little more zing to make them look a little more complicated. This book would be perfect for me. Thanks you for the giveaway opportunity!

    —Paula Coleman on September 19, 2012
  • Easy for me would be easy to match up seems (still working on my 1/4 inch perfection)

    —Marilyn Higgins on September 19, 2012
  • I like something that has seams that interlock with easy pressing and I don’t have to overthink color placement. Pre cuts make an easy quilt too. I love hand applique, so I frequently look for a fun quick project just to get that "finished project" a little sooner.

    Cynthia Wood on September 19, 2012
  • Just finished leading a retreat! Easy quilts definitely liven up the party and give us something nee to do with our strip poker winnings.

    —Cynthia on September 19, 2012
  • I look for patterns that will showcase the fabric and not the fact that they use fewer pieces and are less complicared.
    This book looks like my kind of book.

    —Beth B on September 19, 2012
  • I look for something that sews simple but does not look simple when looked at, something very colorful.

    —Cindy on September 19, 2012
  • Easy quilts are made from blocks with only a few pieces and only a few fabrics to select. A pattern that I can go to my stash and complete in a weekend. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Julie B on September 19, 2012
  • I like designs that look complicated but really aren’t and also ones that would work well as scrappy quilts

    —Laura F on September 19, 2012
  • When I’m looking for an easy quilt I want a minimum of pieces, easy piecing,and large blocks. BTW I love the snowflake quilt. It is stunning. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of the book. Hugs

    Cathy on September 19, 2012
  • I love quilting and find myself getting way to involved in a quilt when I really need to find an easy design and just do it!! Your book would help!

    —PattyS on September 19, 2012
  • If I choose colors I love then the quilt does not need to be difficult to make me happy.

    —Cathey S on September 19, 2012
  • Always good to have a BASIC book to learn from.

    —Laurie S. Clinton on September 19, 2012
  • Easy to me is a quilt without anything large – blocks or quilt size. I’m not talking 1″ anything, just not 15″ blocks and king sized quilts. I find ‘large’ to be daunting to me. I need to be able to handle it on my 4×8 table and without huge rulers.

    —Sandy H on September 19, 2012
  • When I want an easy quilt it is usually to give away as a prayer quilt or charity quilt. I look for a quilt that looks more difficult than it is and uses fabric from my stash.

    —Barbara on September 19, 2012
  • Larger blocks suitable for big prints so that the fabric is the focus rather than intricate piecing. Patterns that don’t require perfectly matched seams, or precise points.

    —Sharon on September 19, 2012
  • I am rather a plain person but want something that’s colourful and easy to assemble.

    —Bev Hilditch on September 19, 2012
  • I love the designs, especially the ones with strips. They’re beautiful, no corners to match and can use up all your scraps.

    —Janet W. Neal on September 19, 2012
  • Coin Collecting and Seashore Blankie are my favorites. It’s an easy way to use up all your scraps.

    —Janet W. Neal on September 19, 2012
  • Easy to me means not fussy. I’d rather spend my time playing with color than matching seams. I tend toward the "wonky" quilts where mis-matched-ness is a design feature rather than a flaw.

    Annie Schneider on September 19, 2012
  • An Easy quilt for me has a lot to do with clear, concise and easy-to-follow directions. Using precuts such as jelly rolls or charm packs makes fabric selection easier too.

    —Brenda B. on September 19, 2012
  • There are three main things I look for in an easy quilt is an interesting design, a pattern that can be cut down (if necessary) to about 40×40 -my favorite size by just using less of the blocks, removing or adding a border, etc. and uses 5 or less fabrics. I have such a hard time choosing compatible fabrics. I’ve actually started choosing 3 or 4 patterns I like, then ignore them while I start picking out fabrics, seeing how many I can find that will look good together. Once I find all I can co- ordinate, I go back to the patterns to see which pattern uses that number of different fabrics or less. Sounds like a bunch of trouble but I’m making much better quilts now, fabric-wise. Thanks so much for the chance to win the book. It has several quilts I’d like to try. 🙂

    —Pam on September 19, 2012
  • Easy for me would be strip piecing and large block construction. Thank you for the change to win.

    —Lorri on September 19, 2012
  • Easy for me is letting the fabric "talk". Large prints used in large blocks makes a quick and stunning statement.

    —Becky on September 19, 2012
  • I look for easy quilts that use FQ bundles.

    —kimberlee on September 19, 2012
  • I like squares miexed with 9 patches. This book sounds like fun and easy. that for the opportunity to win this.

    —Marguerite Namdar on September 19, 2012
  • I always want my quilts to be fun and memorable – but I like it when they don’t take hours and hours of cutting and matching. It makes the entire process more enjoyable.

    —Darla on September 19, 2012
  • When making an "easy" pattern, I look for something that looks difficult but is not. I also like to use pre-cuts – jelly rolls, charm packs, etc. to save cutting time.Thanks for the opportunity to win

    —Donna W on September 19, 2012
  • Oh, what wonderful quilts. I think I would work on a quilt with no corners to match. Just broke 2 bones in left wrist about 1 month ago. Even with the metal plates in I’m working on smaller projects…helps my hand heal. Quilting…good therapy! Thank for an opportunity to win this book!

    —Jane Knoll-Tenney on September 19, 2012
  • I have trouble picturing finished quilt. So need help with colors & patterns that are easy & a straight seams, no curves for me.

    Joy on September 19, 2012
  • Easy to me is when the pattern is really fun. Like wonky log cabins or strip quilts. I love scrappy quilts and a chance to use up my scraps. These are the essentials of EASY for me.

    —Cindy Perry on September 19, 2012
  • For me quick assembly makes a quilt easy.

    —Peg on September 19, 2012
  • I always appreciate all quilts. I like to make them for my grandchildren and even the great grands! Finding something relatively "easy" would be such a boon and would help me eliminate some of my stash in the process.

    —Mary C on September 19, 2012
  • I look for lots of bright colors with similar pieces, rather than multiple cuts.

    —Debbie on September 19, 2012
  • I definitely look for little to no seams to match. Also, the ability for the pattern to be made from scraps is a bonus, too!

    Darling Jill Quilts on September 19, 2012
  • I look for something that I can pull fabrics from my stash to get going quickly and that I can strip-piece. Thank you for the opportunity to win this lovely book.

    Carolyn on September 19, 2012
  • I’m not ready for circles or curves yet, so a simple quilt needs to have straight lines. But I also don’t want it to be boring either. I do like a little bit of a challenge.

    —Carmen on September 19, 2012
  • When I look for an easy to make pattern, I look for simple shapes and not too many of them. Patterns with strip piecing are always a good choice. What a wonderful book for someone to win.

    —Edie G on September 19, 2012
  • Anything that will make the work go fast, usually so that I can meet a deadline.

    —Pat on September 19, 2012
  • When I make a quilt I use the scraps left over from my last quilt to start the color for my next quilt. This makes it a continuous pattern structure for myself to learn…and if a lot of small pieces left over than I make those into nine patch blocks…when I have enough nine patch quilt blocks form the leftovers of my quilts then I get another quilt…In this way there is a steady flow of quilting, learning, and block making….

    —Darlene Krystal on September 19, 2012
  • Simple shapes and straight sewing is the only way to go to make a quick beautiful gift!

    —Lynette on September 19, 2012
  • When I want to make a quick quilt, I look for something that can be easily chain- pieced, without too many points to match. I would love to win this book!

    —Jeannine on September 19, 2012
  • I’m inspired by color. The examples you posted get me excited to sew and quilt.

    —Judy on September 19, 2012
  • What a great selection of designs that don’t look easy at all! Thanks for the chance to win it!

    —Sheila Craft on September 19, 2012
  • I would love to win this book! I am sure it will help me make some great quilts!

    —Patty R on September 19, 2012
  • I look for a pattern that fits the person I’m making it for along with ease in cutting and sewing. I love variations of the log cabin, rail fence, and trip around the world for quick and easy. I would love a quilting book. Thank You for a great newsletter.

    —Donna on September 19, 2012
  • I tend to be drawn to quilts with alot of movement or dimension first and is it’s an easy to make quilt, that is a huge plus since I am not that experienced yet.

    —VickiT on September 19, 2012
  • I like quilts that go together quickly and are bright and beautiful. I am always looking for ways to use my stash and still look like an organized project. The quilts you shared look fun and interesting.

    —Sharon Selley on September 19, 2012
  • I like quilts that have straight lines, show off beautiful fabrics, especially when a hidden design from the background is revealed. Also it is important to me to be able to do chain piecing. It really speeds up things.

    —Donna Amos on September 19, 2012
  • I’m a pretty new beginner, so I look for patterns that don’t have alot of points and seams that need to be matched up. Also love quilts that will work with pre-cuts!! Thanks for the chance to win!! Looks like a great book.

    —Rita Schiavone on September 19, 2012
  • No points! I don’t mind matching squares, but as a beginner, I do have problems with points!

    —Cindy Weeks on September 19, 2012
  • Sometimes, it is just nice to play with colours and not worry if it is perfect. I have found some amazing materials that I feel we need to show off more so find sometimes I am cutting an 8 1/2 inch block.

    —Rosalie A. Beamish on September 19, 2012
  • i am just reviving my quilt making, so easy is the one for me. I just completed 2 quilts for my grandchildren and they are ‘first-time’ quilts. I am afraid to wash them! I really like the ones featured in this book, especially the last one-‘Seashore’

    —Nina on September 19, 2012
  • I look for simple piecing where colors can easily mix. I created my own easy quilt out of 6″ squares of pinks and coral rose fabrics. It’s stunning! Blends like a big watercolor. I would love this book 🙂

    —Karen Schultz on September 19, 2012
  • something that doesn’t take forever to cut out & not too large but still interesting – a bonus if I can incorporate fabric from my stash

    —Karon Henderson on September 19, 2012
  • I Love fast and easy quilts! It’s really great to break up a longer project to get some "instant" gratification with something sweet and simple. And I love the modern twist to these quilts!

    Julia on September 19, 2012
  • I avoid anything with narrow sashing! It’s too hard to get straight sashing with 1 1/2″ strips…

    —Cathy on September 19, 2012
  • Fast and easy is sometimes the best when you let the fabric do all the work–making a ‘rainbow’ Dresden on black right now. Also anything I can quickly chain piece with few points to match (unless everyting locks together, that is. Next quilt is going to e 1800s farics with either 4-patch or 9-patches ‘on-point’ with Cheddar, Poison or Indigo background, I think.

    Sally M on September 19, 2012
  • First of all, size! For me, an easy quilt to make means a baby or a toddler quilt, simply because no matter what the pattern, there isn’t that much of it to do.

    —Barb Johnson on September 19, 2012
  • I love an easy to piece quilt that lets me have the option to use multiple shades and colors for unexpected results.
    This book looks like a good match for me!

    —PPat on September 19, 2012
  • I like simple blocks that make an impact by changing the colors or doing the unexpected. A favorite of mine is the disappearing nine patch. Simple construction, a few extra cuts and you have a great,graphic design.

    —Karen A on September 19, 2012
  • there are some lovely patterns here, and I like the comment about an easy pattern to work on while visiting with friends! Social quilting!

    —Kay Losh on September 19, 2012
  • I look for an easy quilt pattern when I find some fabrics that just need to be put together. Whether fat quarters, strips, etc. these are ones that I want to put together fast and furious!
    These tend to be the quilts that are given as gifts: baby quilts, birthdays, Christmas.
    I guess in my mind the time spent putting the fabrics together should ultimately be proportional to the difficulty of the pattern………

    —jeannie on September 19, 2012
  • Hi, I am a beginner 85 senior who started kniting scafs from red heart
    Sashay yarn.they are beautiful. But I like the looks of (Winter Twilight Whitch was featured in Quilt makers Mag. 2002 #83 Jan Feb.
    I got the foundation patterns but the mag, is out of date so I cant find any thing on instructions to start.The purple pattern is so intreging.Just wonder how hard would be for a beginner. Can you help.
    Thank you much. Ted Walters

    Hi Ted,
    You are a shining example of how it’s never too late to learn a new skill!
    The purple quilt (Porcelain Petals) is a PERFECT beginner quilt! Squares and rectangles are a great place to start.
    I’m afraid that I can’t speak to the older pattern from Quiltmaker. We only have access to the patterns that we have chosen to put in books, so you would have to contact them for that information. You can contact them via their website at http://www.quiltmaker.com/index.html.
    Thanks so much for your comment!
    ~Cornelia

    —Ted Walters on September 19, 2012
  • Simple lines with no points to match are what I look for in making a quick quilt. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. I hope I win it.

    —Linda Fairbrother on September 19, 2012
  • I look for color first. I like something I can use and enjoy looking at. Thenk I look for something simple yet having a good eye catching appeal. My favorite colors are the colors of fall. I am madly in love with the golds, greens, rust, ambers.

    —Kathy Skinner on September 19, 2012
  • When looking for an easy, quick pattern, I go to the tried and true…Log Cabins, Strippy quilts, Chinese Coins, etc. Anything which is easy to piece in a chain-piecing method, but gives great results!!!

    —Karen on September 19, 2012
  • I look for something that has simple piecing and goes together fast! The fabric can make a simple quilt just pop! Thanks for the chance to win!

    Ginny on September 19, 2012
  • 9-patch is one of my favorite blocks. It is such a great setting block, too. Half-square triangle blocks (made using squares, not triangles) is another favorite block when I want to do easy sewing but set things creatively. String piecing is another favorite, it is super easy, a great way to use scraps and make a really interesting quilt.

    —Sharon A on September 19, 2012
  • What is easy for one person may not be easy for another, but for me I want a pattern that shows off my fabrics, especially when using a beautiful large floral print. It needs to give the illusion of movement and looks more complicated than it is. I like a pattern that can be chain pieced, but without a lot of tiny pieces. And it needs to be one that I can easily follow and not get ‘lost’ trying to figure out the next step. Thank you again for another wonderful chance to win one of your books.

    —Cindy R. on September 19, 2012
  • I look for quilts that are easy to cut, straight sewing with no points and just the right amount of seams to match-none!!! I want the quilt to look great and for only me to know if there are any "changes" in the pattern. Thank you for the chance to win this great book. I can’t wait to try a quilt or two from the book!!

    —Cyndi on September 19, 2012
  • I want to use up a lot of my over flowing fabrics so I’m leaning toward interesting, easy, scrappy quilts that call for large pieces. This winter I will be making at least three King size. Just gotta get on the ball!!!

    —Valerie A. Clark on September 20, 2012
  • I’m in a group that makes charity quilts so we are always looking for quick and easy patterns. This book looks like fun!

    —Janice on September 20, 2012
  • I look for seams that don’t have to match, scrappy and fewer pieces. Thanks for the chance to win..

    Sandy on September 20, 2012
  • I live in Northern Wisconsin. I have always wanted to learn to quilt. Finally at the age of 50+, I am learning. I would love to own this book. Thank you for the chance.

    —Paula on September 20, 2012
  • Easy patterns or jelly roll quilt.

    —Hueisei on September 20, 2012
  • Wow! Those spectacular looking quilts are easy? Bring them on! I would love to make a quilt that looks that great in the short time I have available for quilting.

    —Joyce on September 20, 2012
  • I love the seashore blankie as well. It looks like a great quilt to use up some of my jelly rolls. I also love patterns that allow me to use up some of my stash, so scappy quilts are great.

    —Joellyn P on September 20, 2012
  • This book looks just lovely, I would enjoy this!

    —Denise S. on September 20, 2012
  • When I want to make a quilt in a weekend, I look for blocks that can be rotary cut and chain stitched. Goes together quickly and looks difficult and beautiful. Your new book sounds awesome!

    Fran G on September 20, 2012
  • My favorite quilts are those that use simple piecing techniques to show off gorgeous fabric, so the fabric really does all of the work! That’s my usual MO when I work with the juicy jacquard batiks I import from Ghana, West Africa. Easy piecing is great for beginners & saves time for advanced quilters who are time-crunched.

    lisa shepard on September 20, 2012
  • P.S. "Coin Collecting" and "Summer Solstice" above are fabulous, and "Seashore Blankie" would be perfect for my neighbor’s new baby ; )

    lisa shepard on September 20, 2012
  • I like those that waste very little fabric – such as good fatquarter quilts – I seem to never tire of yellow brick road… but I love the look of Seashore Blankie… what a great idea for those 2 1/2″ strips! Especially if I have a group of gals together to work on projects, I want a pattern that will be enjoyed by all levels of sewers…

    —Karen Dicken on September 20, 2012
  • I look for easy, quick, modern-looking.

    —Veronica F. on September 20, 2012
  • I haven’t made too many quilts yet but one I am working on now uses larger blocks which I am really liking as it goes together so much faster and I think I will be looking for more of these types of quilts in the future.

    —Judy1522 on September 20, 2012
  • Simple and quick doesn’t need to mean dull and boring–color punch and great fabrics really help. Thanks for the giveaway, too! Barb

    —Barb Peters on September 20, 2012
  • I look for a pattern that is simple to piece, and lots interesting, and not like a simple quilt! Also like one that uses many colors, not just two or three colors. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

    —Karen Crosby on September 20, 2012
  • When I want an easy quilting project. I start with the fabric. I look for some eye catching fabric and then look for a pattern with straight lines. This is what I love about quilting, a person can sew whatever they are in the mood for. Easy, challenging or somewhere in the middle.

    —Susan on September 20, 2012
  • I’m a beginner quilter and I would do all of those quilts, one by one. I want to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

    —Dorothy Shimamoto on September 20, 2012
  • My favourite type of quilt to make is something that is quick to go together but represents something beautiful to look at. I partifularly like the attic window and love putting the color schemes together for it.

    —Pearl on September 21, 2012
  • I look for simple piecing, but blocks that can show off the fabrics without a ton of thinking on my part about what color should go where. I really get hung up with quilt patterns that are "easy" but the color placement is so complex you spend more time shifting fabrics than sewing. These patterns look like they solve for that issue as well as make the sewing simple.

    —Carole S. on September 21, 2012
  • Love quilting something when I don’t have to think how everything has to go together. These patterns seem to solve that question and I love the fact they are quick and easy

    —Sharon on September 21, 2012
  • I look for clean crisp contrast in the colors, say cream with brown, or white with bright, and then a repeat in a pattern that is a clean pattern say squares that aren’t too tiny and show a good relationship of space. It has to catch my eye right away or I tend to turn the page looking for something else. The book is big or the magazine has other pages. And those are the things that tend to catch my eye right off the bat.

    —Marcia Kosturock on September 21, 2012
  • I look for easy quilts with repetitive shapes that can be sued in several different ways and can be cut stacked to save time. At the same time I want one that offers different ways to use those shapes in many different ways – half square triangles come to mind. If it can be done in a weekend – I do my happy dance!

    —Barbara G on September 21, 2012
  • I look for how much bang I can get for my buck, in checking out easy quilting. Can I make it and still have it look sophisticated, modern, interesting? This book looks like something I’d love to try!

    —Sandy on September 21, 2012
  • When I want to make an easy quilt, I look for a pattern that doesn’t require a lot of cutting! The quilts in this book giveaway look absolutely wonderful! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    —Jan staples on September 21, 2012
  • I didn’t think of it before but the asterick block that is shown on the the cover would be a very easy quilt to do. I may have to do this one on my next quilt. Thanks for the giveaway and the opportunity to win. I hope I do!

    —Margo Sensenbaugh on September 21, 2012
  • Great giveaway….would love this book!!

    Jay on September 21, 2012
  • I would really enjoy this book! I like simple quilts that can be intriguing to look at but not TEDIOUS to make! I’m always afraid I will hate it by the time I finish it if it is too detailed and stressful.

    —Bjohn on September 21, 2012
  • I look for large designs that go together easily. I usually like to do bright colors with these ideas. I know this book would be great!

    —Lin H. on September 21, 2012
  • I would love a confidence booster!

    —BlueGull on September 21, 2012
  • Easy is always a goal and when combined with excellent design such quilts are a great use of our quilting time! I love quilts where the blocks aren’t obvious with overlapping designs so one wonders how this was constructed.

    —Darlyne on September 22, 2012
  • I like to find quilt patterns that dont have to have perfect points, and the blocks can fit together without having to match seams. My eyesight is failing, but I have many years left that I want to be quilting. So I look for "blind-friendly" patterns that will let me keep at my craft longer, but not look like they are so easy.

    —Madeline on September 22, 2012
  • Sometimes I just want to sew. I love having easy patterns that let me do just that!

    —Diane on September 22, 2012
  • When I look for an easy quilt to make, I look for patterns with squares and rectangles or few triangles which also use scraps. That helps me to not only make a quick easy quilt but also to reduce the leftover material from other quilts. I also look for quilts where those simple, easy to sew shapes can be placed into interesting designs and where many colors and fabric designs will work.

    —Kathleen Hepner on September 22, 2012
  • Look for something to help the ladies I sew with every week make. Most are new quilters and we are all making quilts to give to others in need. I look for things that will teach them a new patters and yet not be too hard so they get discouraged.

    Jan Hobbs on September 22, 2012
  • For an easy, fast quilt, I look for patterns with no flying geese or square-in-a-square blocks, and few or no points that must be matched up. The blocks should not be smaller than 8″. I don’t choose scrappy designs for quick quilts because they entail too much individual cutting, rather than strip cutting that can be done with some stacking of fabics. I like designs with which colors and values can be arranged to produce interesting secondary patterns. That makes a quilt look like it took far more time and effort than it did.

    —Theresa on September 22, 2012
  • I look for something I may have done before so there won’t be new techniques to learn and something without hundreds of pieces to cut!

    —JoAnne T, on September 22, 2012
  • I love easy and simple quilts as a go to when I need to make a lovely quilt fast for a gift. The patterns in this book would sure fit the bill. My favorite is "Seashore Blankie" by Mickie Swall.

    —Darrell Hardenburg on September 22, 2012
  • Since I am a beginner I need easy quilts, but it would be fab to have easy quilts that look like these from the book. Love the chance to win the book. Rita

    —rita Olivieri on September 23, 2012
  • Love easy quilts to fill in between the more complicated blocks I’m working on. Especially like being able to reach for pre-cuts, sewing without worry about matching seams and simply indulging my need to create.
    Thanks so much for another fabulous giveaway.

    —Elizabeth on September 23, 2012
  • What I look for in an easy quilt…is one that is!!
    There are so many patterns and books out there that say easy but either there is too much work to reproducing patterns (like having to get included patterns taken to a print shop to re-produce the actual size or instructions that make nothing easy.

    As a beginner quilter…easy keeps me going till I learn new skills. I have heard many positive comments about this book and would love to win it. In fact if I win I will run a blog on each quilt I do from the book
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    —eileen pritch on September 23, 2012
  • I too look for something that is easy to cut (same shapes), large pieces and a little different than everything else I’ve done before.
    Sometimes it’s just a certain fabrics that "Speak" what it wants to be.
    All of the photos you showed are inspiring…..the book must be spectacular!

    Carol

    Carol on September 23, 2012
  • I have only started quilting this year but have become very addicted, however a lot of the patterns that I have found are a little beyond my limited cutting skills and not always that easy to understand with putting together 🙁 So I would love to win you book that is simple to follow and be able to make some wonderful looking quilts plus with my granddaughter becoming interested in quilting can pass what skill I learn on to her for another generation 🙂

    —Sharon Heys on September 23, 2012
  • I look for quilts that have easy cutting instructions. Plus sewing instructions that are not hard to follow.

    —Shar on September 24, 2012
  • For me easy quilts have large pieces, no triangles, and easy to understand directions. It also helps if the colors and construction make the finished quilt look like it was more challenging than it was. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book!

    Celeste on September 24, 2012
  • Thanks for offering a great giveaway. I like that easy quilts can be either traditional or modern quilts. Lots of options right at my skill level.

    —Terri B on September 25, 2012

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