Kim Diehl delights with Simple Patchwork (+ giveaways)

Kim Diehl’s latest book is here!

Proving she’s never short of ingenious ideas—and always sure of the way to a quilter’s heart—Kim has crafted a beautiful new collection of quilts in Simple Patchwork. While she’s famous for appliqué, Kim knows that appliqué flourishes don’t always fit your mood or your schedule. So this time around, she’s focusing on piecing.

“There are times when you enjoy a challenge and want to test your quiltmaking skills,” Kim says in Simple Patchwork, “but there are also times when it’s nice to stitch something uncomplicated just for the fun of it.” And the fun is here for you to enjoy, in 16 gorgeous patterns that deliver timeless Kim Diehl style via straightforward piecing.

A Dash of Plaid from Simple Patchwork

We’re thrilled to have Kim as a guest writer today to tell us more about the newest book in her “Simple” series.


Kim Diehl

My first introduction to sewing and quilting came from my grandma, when I was just a little girl. She was an amazing seamstress who could sew literally ANYTHING, and she stitched nearly all of my clothes. I can remember epic debates in the sewing room as I lobbied for shorter skirts and she firmly held her ground. (I never did win!)

One day it clicked for me that it was my grandma who had stitched all of our beautiful “blankets” together from bits and pieces of fabric, many salvaged from old blouses and dresses, and that’s when my love of patchwork quilts first began. Decades passed before I taught myself to sew my first quilt, which included more than a little trial and error, and I fell in love all over again!

A photo of my grandma, one of her hand-pieced quilts, and some of her sewing items

Stitching the projects for Simple Patchwork was a great opportunity to set aside my appliqué, embrace simplicity, and dive into what inspired my love of quilting in the first place—uncomplicated piecing!

My goal was to stuff this book full of quilts featuring vibrant colors, classic blocks, and a fresh take on tried-and-true motifs that have been loved by generations of quilters. Whether it’s stitched up big or stitched up small, I hope you’ll find a variety of pieced projects that make you want to grab some fabric and start sewing.

Medium, big, and small, Simple Patchwork has it all!

One of my very favorite elements of Simple Patchwork is the section filled with scads of my favorite tips, tricks, hints, and helps. I’m often asked how I achieve such accurate results in my patchwork, and here’s where I have to confess: I don’t use any special papers, fancy notions, or expensive tools. Basically, I’m just not afraid to goof up, learn from my mistakes, and adjust my approach for the next project! Believe me when I say I’ve had lots of goofs and have made many adjustments through the years, and I’m really happy to pass along some of what I’ve learned.

Thank you so much for letting me share my excitement about Simple Patchwork—I hope you’ll enjoy stitching and living with these quilts for years to come.


GIVEAWAY ALERT! Kim has assembled FOUR gift packages that each include a copy of Simple Patchwork AND a bundle of Esther’s Heirloom Shirtings, her latest fabric collection from Henry Glass Fabrics! Visit Kim today at Facebook and Instagram for a chance to win.

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Thanks for sharing your new book with us, Kim!

To increase the fun, we’re giving away the eBook version of Simple Patchwork to one lucky Stitch This! reader. To enter to win, tell us in the comments:

When it comes to patchwork, how do you keep it simple?

We’ll choose a random winner on February 13, 2020, and will contact the winner by email. Good luck! If you want to sew Kim Diehl patterns today, purchase Simple Patchwork at our website and we’ll send you a link to download the eBook instantly.

 


566 Comments (leave a comment)

  • when it comes to patchwork to keep it simple I got with an easy pattern – 9 patch blocks or 16 patch – use sashing or stars in the mix somewhere too I would love to win a copy of her book

    Karen on February 6, 2020
  • I try to kept simple by staying organized !

    Cathy Burns on February 6, 2020
  • I would like to win the free download. I really like Kim Diehl books. They are fun to work.

    —Barb Grant on February 6, 2020
  • I love the traditional patterns – 9 patches, log cabins, churn dashes, and that is probably why I love Kim’s patterns and beautiful eye for color.

    —Deborah K on February 6, 2020
  • I love the traditional patterns – 9 patches, churn dashes, log cabins, and the beautiful colors that Kim designs.

    —Deborah K on February 6, 2020
  • Half square triangles as they are so versitle and SIMPLE!

    —Barbara Kelly on February 6, 2020
  • To keep it simple I pick only a few colors. Cut all my squares at once and throw in a big ziploc bag and then pull and sew! It’s always a surprise how it will turn out😁

    —Sara Agnor on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by letting the fabrics tell the story in small simple shapes

    —Cindy on February 6, 2020
  • Always love Kim’s designs and quilts. Can’t wait to get the book and get to work – having fun that is.

    —Judy on February 6, 2020
  • I usually piece on my Featherweight or Singer 301. I have a nifty little plate that I got from the Featherweight Shop that I can place exactly at the 1/4″ or scant 1/4″ line to get exact stitching.(using a special ruler that I also got from the Featherweight shop} I really helps!

    —Linda M Hahn on February 6, 2020
  • Using pre-cuts simplifies patch work so much for me!

    —Robin M on February 6, 2020
  • When it comes to patchwork, how do you keep it simple?

    I like to keep the piecing simple so the different fabrics really show up.

    —Christina Larsson on February 6, 2020
  • I love your books

    —deb kay thomas on February 6, 2020
  • One way I keep it simple is when called upon for a gift quilt, I make one I have made several times because I can make them fast and easy. Non quilters don’t usually know a difficult pattern from a simple one, they just like the colors.

    I also work through the pattern on my computer before I start to cut out. Sometimes you could cut out a lot of work just by studying the pattern. I can do that on my lunch hour and it lets me quilt while at work. lol

    Liz porter said in her magazine once that she cuts out several quilts from the same group of fabrics while she has them out. That has saved me lots of time. I make scrap quilts and one of the things I don’t like to do is pull the fabrics and press them before I cut. If I cut more than one quilt from the group they go together nicely (She called them Sister quilts) and I only have to press the fabrics once. I love Kim Diehl’s books and her use of color is great.

    —Kay of Cincinnati on February 6, 2020
  • I try and do as much chain piecing as I can.

    —Cyndi Porcher on February 6, 2020
  • I use mostly vintage patterns, love the ease of rotary cutters instead of templates as I first learned, BUT the simple go to for me are the disappearing blocks: you know, simple 9 patch recut to look more complicated, and other disappearing ones as well. My grandmother’s tops are almost all variations of simple 9 patches, with found fabrics and feed sacks. I always seem to be rushing to do something for a new baby, so it’s back to log cabins and 9 patches and churn dash! I love what Kim is sharing here, thanks!

    —Sharon S on February 6, 2020
  • Patchwork has become easier for me by sewing strips together and then cutting the proper width.

    —Kathy on February 6, 2020
  • I adore patchwork quilting. It is cozy and automatically reminds me of my Mother and Grandmother teaching me to sew. One of the ways I keep it simple is to try and buy fabrics in a design line that have both light and dark values as well as motifs in two sizes. I love the tiny motifs like little leaves or dots – – but a line of fabric that also has larger leaves in the prints in light and dark is a winner for me.
    Kat

    —Kat Blue on February 6, 2020
  • I use simple shapes and designs to keep it simple.

    —Susan N. on February 6, 2020
  • I like traditional patterns using Civil War or ’30’s prints. I also like Kim Diehl’s ideas and her books.

    —Linda Gidos on February 6, 2020
  • I tend to keep it simple by using color and value to make simple designs sparkle!

    —Judi Reiss on February 6, 2020
  • I am a newbie so simple patterns and separate colors~

    —kathy Persons on February 6, 2020
  • I really prefer the calm of simple patchwork- the busier my fabric is, the simpler I like the pattern. Solids with a simple pattern can be just stunning.
    Thanks for sharing another one of Kim’s wonderful books!!!

    —Deirdre on February 6, 2020
  • Chain piecing and rotary cutters. Otherwise, I love a challenge and learning something new.

    —Kris on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by avoiding unnecessary seams where possible. Flying Geese instead of 2 HSTs, Economy Squares in place of HSTs, etc. Love all of Kim’s designs!!

    Chrisknits on February 6, 2020
  • I am nearly finished my first Kim Diehl applique quilt and have loved learning the process. But piecing is still my first love. I have all my scraps separated by color and love pulling out new pieces to put together. Can’t wait to try one of the new quilts!

    —Marilyn Beckley on February 6, 2020
  • When it comes to patchwork I don’t always keep it simple ‘-) but I love all of it! I’ve been so eager for this book to release. I love Kim’s design and color choices but I often don’t have the patience for applique. These designs are ones I can go to quickly and enjoy making something like Kim! Thank you for the giveaway!

    —Loris Mills on February 6, 2020
  • Love the fabrics Kim Diehl chooses for her quilt patterns. I try to assemble like fabrics before I even choose one of her beautiful patterns.

    —Leah Pupp on February 6, 2020
  • Simple Patchwork looks fabulous. My favorite quilts are rather scrappy, and like Kim, I taught myself to quilt and don’t mind making a mistake and trying a new method. I have found several methods to making squares a snap thanks to people like Kim!!

    —Kathy on February 6, 2020
  • I like simple quilts the best. Fans doesn’t get used. It’s just for show.

    Nancy Norris on February 6, 2020
  • No y seams, is how I keep it simple

    —Carolyn Kramer on February 6, 2020
  • the more color the prettier it looks.

    —shelley smith on February 6, 2020
  • When I need something simple it is usually using only one or two blocks repeated for the whole quilt. Just play with colour and sew! Nice and easy!

    —Vicky on February 6, 2020
  • I sew to relax so if the project gets to complicated then I’m not relaxed, so I keep to simple patterns. I also use some special rulers to keep my pieces accurate so that they go together easily. I like the projects in this book.

    —Nancy B on February 6, 2020
  • As much as I love to appliqué and have stitched many of Kim’s designs, a little patchwork keeps my sewing machine humming right along. Piecing with her beautiful fabrics is always fun!

    —Carmen N on February 6, 2020
  • One way I keep projects simple is by using common sizes in my blocks. 5″ or 2.5″ are easy to calculate and cut.

    —Linda B on February 6, 2020
  • I keep patchwork simple by using pre-cut fabric and "kitting" that fabric and the pattern together in a plastic box, ready and waiting to be sewn. Then, when I’m ready to work on that project, everything is together in one box.

    —Barbara Obaker on February 6, 2020
  • I love Kim’s patterns and fabric designs. Have several of her books and would like to have her newest one.

    —Gerrie Hotton on February 6, 2020
  • Kim Diehl has been a favorite designer since her first publication and our following her when shopping Quilt Market in Houston for many years. Now retired, I have time to create my version of her great designs and I love her tips included with the texts. Looking forward to this new book!

    —Sara N Ballentine on February 6, 2020
  • I try to strip piece as much as possible to make things easier.

    —Kathie L on February 6, 2020
  • I cut my pieces and then sew them as leaders and Enders for other projects. When I have a bunch of them, I stop and add them to my patchwork project.

    —Maryann on February 6, 2020
  • I do alot of paper piecing. When cutting the fabric for the block I start by cutting a strip which is the largest measurement in the cutting list. I continue cutting smaller pieces from this first strip. It saves fabric and time.

    —Michelle on February 6, 2020
  • My patchwork is always simple! Squares, rectangles, half square triangles–that’s about it!

    —Allison Evrard on February 6, 2020
  • Big blocks or small, the less pieces the easier. The book looks great.

    —Sheri Bennett on February 6, 2020
  • I try to stay organized and that keeps things simple for me!

    —Linda in Maine on February 6, 2020
  • Sometimes I keep it simple, other times I like a challenge. Have almost all of Kim Diehl’s books.

    —Jody Randall on February 6, 2020
  • If using many fabrics, make a sheet with a sample of each fabric and give it a number or letter to make sure I am cutting the correct fabric.

    —Tamara on February 6, 2020
  • I love using pre-made bundles to make the fabric selection simple.

    —Sherrill L Ash on February 6, 2020
  • I like to keep my pieces in order by laying the top piece on top and each one after under it, per row. Then when I take it to the machine I know that the one on top is the left side of the row.

    —nancy lewis on February 6, 2020
  • To ‘Keep it Simple’ for me, I only work on one block at a time as to not feel overwhelmed! I have a ‘tendency’ to put it up to finish later if I see what it’s going to look like. 🙄. But I would like to mention, I absolutely LOVE Kim’s choices on colors! She’s my FAVORITE! Thanks!

    —Patricia Key on February 6, 2020
  • I love the pictures of the quilts from this new book and I want to win!

    —Kathy on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by using fabric collections so I don’t have to hunt for pieces that will go together. Now, saying that, Kim’s designs all work together so I just choose the prints I like the best.

    —Sharron Coxon on February 6, 2020
  • You can never go wrong with one of Kim Diehl’s patterns. Her fabrics and books are wonderful!

    —Susan Stanton on February 6, 2020
  • Keeping it simple, I have to follow directions instead of letting my mind take me down a &?$ path. lol Thanks

    —Connie German on February 6, 2020
  • I use lots of squares, rectangles, and strips instead of diamonds and other odd pieces. Let the fabric do the work.

    —Rose Haury on February 6, 2020
  • When it comes to patchwork my favorite simple approach is hidden nine patches. By changing colors and fabric designs you can garner amazing looks, all with simple straight seams.

    —Beth LeDune on February 6, 2020
  • I love Kim’s books they’re so well done. I need this book since I’m terrible at piecing. I know there will be tips I can use because Kim’s piecing is so perfect.

    —Barb Walsh on February 6, 2020
  • I truly love to keep it simple when it comes to patchwork by using 5-inch squares. They are easy to work with and provides a great way to use up scraps. Because of the size, you can finish a project quickly 💙

    —Tamma Melton on February 6, 2020
  • The best ways I know to keep patchwork simple is (1) get a pattern I like and follow the directions and (2) I use foundation paper piecing wherever I can because it help my seams to line-up. I love Kim’s quilts. Thank you for this chance to win one of her books and make one of her quilts.

    —Gail Kling on February 6, 2020
  • I have made many of Kim Diehl’s quilts, with some easier than others. The many small pieces are difficult to keep even, but I use a pointy stilletto to push the pieces thru while chain piecing.

    —Angela Little on February 6, 2020
  • My idea of simple is using old-fashioned blocks using lots of squares, rectangles and strips—quick and easy. Some of my favorites are 4-patch, 9-patch, snowball, hourglass and log cabin blocks. They are so versatile and there is so much you can do with them.

    —Nancy Green on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by limiting the number of fabrics I use, while still creating a pop of color thru one of them.

    —Patricia on February 6, 2020
  • When it comes to patchwork, I keep it simple by keeping it random! No rules or planning when it comes to which fabrics lay next to others.

    —Betsy on February 6, 2020
  • I try to keep it simple by not over thinking my fabric choices.

    —Sherry Sartin on February 6, 2020
  • I guess my best way to keep it simple is to chain stitch as much as I can.

    —Pam Kosirog on February 6, 2020
  • Choosing fabrics is the hardest thing for me so I go with the approach that more is better!

    —Diane on February 6, 2020
  • I do try to keep my piecing simple, because it is the only way I can get things done.

    —Janice Mc Laren on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by going scrappy.

    —jo c on February 6, 2020
  • I LOVE to sew and do it every day. I have so many boxes of scraps, that is what I do these days and I give them away. right now I am working on a quilt for my grandsons school to earn money for the school. thank you for everything Barbara

    barbara j maki on February 6, 2020
  • Follow the directions, that way I don’t mess up. I’m grateful for all the quilters before me cause I can follow directions but I don’t have the brains for the designs. I love them all.

    —Mary on February 6, 2020
  • I let color and hue not complicated piecing make the pattern beautiful.

    —Deena Drevs on February 6, 2020
  • I try to stay away from a lot of angles love jelly rolls.

    —Barbara Noel on February 6, 2020
  • Oh my, I use a wing and a prayer and lots of measuring. Or maybe it’s lots of measuring and then lots of prayer!

    —Judy Wine on February 6, 2020
  • Three things which help keep my patchwork simple includes:
    1. Organizing individual pieces in sewing order before actually beginning to
    stitch.
    2. Remembering to keep the colorway consistent even when doing scrappy quilts.
    3. Keep the block design simple.

    —Janey on February 6, 2020
  • I need her book for suggestions, tips, etc.

    —Sharon on February 6, 2020
  • My idea of keeping it simple is to make some lovely lap quilts with no outer borders. I just let the lovely patchwork blocks tell the story.

    —Cheryl Hammond on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by staying organized (well, sort of–lol!).

    —Karen D Martin on February 6, 2020
  • I like to make quilts that involve intricate piecing. They’re challenging. But I love less intricate quilts that rely on color and texture. They just feel like home.

    —Nancy McFall on February 6, 2020
  • Simple is beautiful

    —Colleen on February 6, 2020
  • Chain Piecing

    —Judy Sanders on February 6, 2020
  • I love Kim’s books! She is a wonderful quilt designer. I keep quilting simple by avoiding appliques. I am not very good at that.

    —Arliene Zeigler on February 6, 2020
  • I like to do
    patchwork by using up scraps and seeing the amazing result of TRUE patch work!

    —Marion Lisko on February 6, 2020
  • I sometimes keep it simple with big blocks made up of rectangles and squares. I love to add big stitch quilting to these quilts.

    —Roxanne Smith on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple as I’m not experienced enough to do anything difficult! Love your patterns and would love this E Book to keep it going.

    —Colleen Ries on February 6, 2020
  • One of the ways I keep things simple is to use small plastic bags for each of my components. I also label the bags with the number and size of the components.

    —Becky Rabalais on February 6, 2020
  • What beautiful rich colours in this book! All of my quilts let the fabric do the work, so the piecing can be simple. When the piecing is simple, the colours and patterns of the fabric can shine. I love colour, so colour is the power in my quilts, so quilting, piecing, or applique are secondary features.

    —Carol J on February 6, 2020
  • I tend to make things more complicated than necessary but my favorite projects are the simple ones, using fabrics and colors that I really like.

    —Myrna on February 6, 2020
  • To keep my patchwork simple I use simple shapes like squares, rectangles, and half-square triangle blocks as well as using a limited number of sizes of cut pieces. For example on a given project I might use 2 1/2″ squares, half square triangles, and strips with 4 1/2″ squares.

    —Terry on February 6, 2020
  • Beautiful!

    —Marjorie Avery on February 6, 2020
  • I LOVE simple patchwork, snd Kim’s book takes this to an all-new level! GREAT job. I would love to have ac copy of her book , so I can drool over every patchwork pattern. Keep up the GREAT work, Kim!!!!

    Bev Read on February 6, 2020
  • To me simple patchwork means simple geometric shapes assembled in blocks with clean lines in fabrics that give the overall design a pleasing blend of light and dark colors.

    —Pam on February 6, 2020
  • Thank you for entering me to win the e-book "Simple Patchwork" by Kim Diehl

    —Lori Ringwelski on February 6, 2020
  • Kim does beautiful work an I’d love to have one of her books. Thanks

    Gracie Adams on February 6, 2020
  • I like to make simple four patches from scraps! I would love to win her book!

    —Kathie Davis on February 6, 2020
  • I’m somewhat new at quilting. I joined a group that includes all levels of experience and have learned a lot about how to simplify each step of the project. It’s nice when you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Quilters are so generous in sharing their expertise!

    —Brenda Tomlinson on February 6, 2020
  • I keep patchwork simple by sewing my cut offs from half square triangles as leaders and Enders then put them in a mug rug, wall hanging or quilt. Love Kim’s new book!

    —Lori Fresina on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by sticking to tried and true traditional block patterns. Monkey Wrench is my all-time favorite, with Tumblers a close second.

    —Melody on February 6, 2020
  • I look for patterns that are built on simple parts like squares and half square triangles. Love Kim’s patterns and fabrics. Would love to win her newest book. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Vicki on February 6, 2020
  • Keeping it simple… I try to pieces or size of pieces that play well together. I also try to keep my scraps cut into those " usable" sizes and then I can quickly grab a handful and make a block or two

    —Sheri Wonderling on February 6, 2020
  • The scrappier, the better and easier

    —Lois Capper on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple when I’m making something scrappy by using only one light or background fabric.

    —Mary Beth McKelvey on February 6, 2020
  • Love Kim Diehl’s patterns. I try to keep it simple with nine patch. Hope I win the book. Love the cover picture. I want to make it already.

    Leta on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by recognizing my limitations. Straight stitching is the fastest and easiest way to complete my quilts. I also use a manual noncomputerized machine. That keeps it really simple.
    Kim usually has patterns that catch my eye because they are within my color wheel.
    Besides, Patchwork is really fun!

    —Antoinette Henne on February 6, 2020
  • I pull my color palette first and fuss around with "what color goes where" and then I cut all my pieces. Keeping it organized (sort of) keeps me – well sort of sane.

    —Mary Kastner on February 6, 2020
  • Love her fabric patterns and quilt patterns

    —Karen Wesner on February 6, 2020
  • Love her fabric patterns and quilt patterns .

    —Karen Wesner on February 6, 2020
  • For patchwork, I keep it simple by sticking to no more than three basic color schemes and a consistent pattern. I am fairly new to quilting, so I haven’t gone too far into the wild side, but I like the results I get with this formula. Good luck everyone!

    —Shawne Stone on February 6, 2020
  • I think simple patchwork enhances the beautiful fabric, and the beautiful fabric makes the blocks shine!

    —Mary Silkowski on February 6, 2020
  • Using pre-cuts helps keep things simple in my book!

    —Jetta on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple using combinations of blocks like half square triangles, pinwheels, logs etc. and of course my favorite lines of Kim Diehl fabrics.

    —Susan Reeves on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by making scrappy quilts. No planning, just sewing!

    —Kris Kayser on February 6, 2020
  • Usually, I keep a tight color pallet. That eliminates searching through bins of colors I am not using.

    —Michelle M Harrison on February 6, 2020
  • When it comes to patchwork . . . it’s all good. To keep it simple, I make it smaller, but not mini. Or a one-patch block for a wall hanging!

    —Ann B Greene on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by making nine or twelve inch blocks of an easy pattern. My grandchildren love getting a new quilt with these simple blocks. Thanks for the opportunity to win a great book!

    —Sheila Fernkopf on February 6, 2020
  • I love HST they go well in most quilts, but especially star blocks! I love Churn Dash too!

    —Robbie Wood on February 6, 2020
  • I keep my patchwork simple by focusing on two or three high contrast colors and using traditional blocks.

    —Corinne Carroll on February 6, 2020
  • I keep things simple by cutting all my pieces first, before I do any stitching. I line them up so I can just sew and sew!

    —EILEEN KEANE on February 6, 2020
  • I love to incorporate "simple patchwork" in smaller projects like table runners and small tote bags. Thank you.

    Danette Stankovich on February 6, 2020
  • color choice

    —jackie norwood on February 6, 2020
  • I keep my patchwork simple by having everything I need at hand and plan in advance what I need as far as fabric, notions, rulers and then make either a schedule or plan to work on my quilt to get it finished but also allow time in case other things come up!!

    KERRI MITCHELL on February 6, 2020
  • Keeping it simple means getting it done. Timeless simplicity appeals to our heart when it relates to our memories of loved ones now passed.

    —Mary Wollum DeVerter on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by making tablerunners and wallhangings rather than full size quilts. I love Kim Diehl’s books, such beautiful colors!

    —Judi Rizzo on February 6, 2020
  • Patchwork and scrap quilting is my true love. Keeping it simple to me is using all different fabrics and tones to create a bigger “picture”. Never be to matchy-matchy and pick pieces from the heart. A good patchwork always has some neutrals, some plain fabrics and a couple of what I call “uglies”. It’s amazing how they all blend together perfectly

    —michaela ellett on February 6, 2020
  • To keep patchwork simple I focus on one step at a time. This helps me enjoy the process and before you know it each section is done and ready to complete the project. I absolutely love your fabrics and patterns. I have made several and have enjoyed every one.

    Mary Jo on February 6, 2020
  • What a gorgeous book! Periodically I will make a "simple" quilt just because it gives me great pleasure in finishing the quilt quickly. It is also a good time to showcase some of the larger motif-type fabrics. But the best way to keep it simple is to sew with my granddaughter. She’s just learning so we keep it relatively easy.

    —Kathy on February 6, 2020
  • I organize my leftovers from each quilt (aka my scraps) by size and color when I finish a quilt. That always makes things easy for me.

    —Diane on February 6, 2020
  • I have an ongoing Churn Dash quilt in my sewing room. It’s a blue and white quilt and gives me such peace when I’ve had a busy day but still feel the need to hold some cotton.

    —Marie Doyle on February 6, 2020
  • I love Kim’s books and the colors she uses. I am traditional at heart and I like the way simple patchwork allows the fabric to be the star of the quilt. Since I don’t cut it into such tiny pieces you get to see more of the fabric’s design. The bonus is that simple piecing allows me to finish a quilt more quickly so I can start using it sooner.

    —Libby M. on February 6, 2020
  • To keep things simple I limit how many different fabrics/colors to use in the quilt and choose simple blocks. Sometimes I have my friends help too and that really helps simplify things! LOL

    —Anne RIghtler on February 6, 2020
  • Would love to win this book, the simple patterns are just my cup of tea. Any difficult or complicated gives me anxiety.

    —Lowella Murray on February 6, 2020
  • It’s easy to keep patchwork simple if using Kim Diehl’s patterns. I love her style & have all her books–except this one. I would love to win it.

    —Kathy Martin on February 6, 2020
  • When I’m down to “scraps” I cut them into 1-1/2 and 2” strips and store in separate. And then I have an easy go to doe small and scrappy quilts

    —Dee Johnson on February 6, 2020
  • I love chain piecing. I find it meditative.

    —Jill Trainer on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by using a pattern. I am not so creative that I just pull something out of thin air, so I love all of the help from the patterns and photos that others provide 🙂

    —Carolyn Cornelius on February 6, 2020
  • I keep my patchwork simple by organization. My patches are put together in order.

    —Mary Lou on February 6, 2020
  • I just follow the pattern, actually reading it more than once before I begin cutting. I use the appropriate ruler and always a fresh blade in my rotary cutter.

    —Amy Burns on February 6, 2020
  • I usually do either squares or rail fence patterns as easy patterns.

    —beth d. on February 6, 2020
  • Since I do simple quilting with my walking foot, I try and keep the number of pieces in a block to a minimum. And piecing is my preferred method of making blocks.

    —Pat K on February 6, 2020
  • I guess string piecing keeps it simple. I would love Kim’s new book!

    —Susan Stein on February 6, 2020
  • I find that using a design board that I made from insulation panels helps me to keep it simple.

    —H Thomas on February 6, 2020
  • The selection of fabric

    —Maria H Goetz on February 6, 2020
  • I often make the same units – HST, nine patch, flying geese. These basic blocks can be used to create a variety of blocks.
    I love the quilts in this new book. Thank you!

    —Chris on February 6, 2020
  • inhave A variety of rulers that enable me to cut various shape accurately. Accurate pieces make patchwork simple!

    —Dianne Sanchez on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by choosing simple Block patterns that highlight fabric fabric and color combinations.

    —Marilyn on February 6, 2020
  • The two quilts that I saw are amazing. Can hardly wait to win your book.

    —Sara Howell on February 6, 2020
  • I try to use what fabrics I already have and strip cut.

    —tanya on February 6, 2020
  • I use a scrap savers method and go to it to do my quilts. That’s after I finish all of the Kim Diehl Kits and books I have!

    —Sharon Beck on February 6, 2020
  • I have been doing projects that helped to learn new techniques and stretch my skills to the cursing point. This year is for small, simple and sweet.

    —Gail on February 6, 2020
  • I make patchwork quilts for my grand daughters, age 7. They like the colors and designs so I choose easy patchwork to keep it simple.

    —Betty Gebhardt on February 6, 2020
  • I consider myself a new quilter, having only quilted pillows, a crib quilt for my granddaughter, and a queen sized quilt that my mom didn’t get a chance to finish. Doing that was so rewarding and I know my mom would love that I was able to do that. It is Rogue River by Judy Martin, and my mom and I cut the fabric and I was her assistant handing her pieces to sew and kept track of the order of piecing. We had such a good time with lots of laughter included.
    I am drawn to star quilts, especially Ohio Star and those variations. and Log Cabin quilts. I have joined the sewing group here on the island where we recently moved and they have been so encouraging. I hope to have found ways to ‘keep it simple’ as I get more sewing under my belt! 🙂
    I hope my inexperience won’t keep me from your drawing as I love the quilts in Kim Riehl’s book.
    Thank you.

    —Cathy Miles on February 6, 2020
  • With any patchwork I am drawn to, two color quilts. Or three. Like Blue/white, Red/White/Blue. I’ll never forget the anxiety I had when I was planning my first quilt. I just finally chose calico blue and off white. Done. Quilt was an Ohio Star. I also learned the importance of a scant 1/4 " seam allowance!!!
    Thank you!!!

    —Kim Marie Quade on February 6, 2020
  • Scrappy quilts are my favorite, and they are fairly simple.

    —Linda B. on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by chain piecing, by making scrap quilts with my leaders and enders, and by making a UFO list.
    Great giveaway!!

    —laura mitchell on February 6, 2020
  • I’m still learning to keep it simple. There is so much I want to create, yet so little time. I think my brain wants it all right now!

    —Becky McMahon on February 6, 2020
  • Love all of Kim’s creations, love to receive a copy of her newest book.

    —carol jo wood on February 6, 2020
  • To keep things simple I am trying to sort, iron and trim scraps into 2.5,2, and 1.5 inch strips for some scrappy quilting.

    —Kathy Gaines on February 6, 2020
  • I have followed Kim’s books and made some her quilts, even got to be in a class hers. Love her style.

    —Valley on February 6, 2020
  • I’m a fan of Kim Diehl’s fabric and patterns. They are both amazing for patchwork quilting.

    —Sandra Rosier on February 6, 2020
  • Beautiful fabric, contrasting light and dark in a 9 patch.

    —Becky DuBose on February 6, 2020
  • I make a test block first, when satisfied with results keep organized, even making a few notes to remember what step I’m on. I have a sewing room, yes I’m lucky! With the notes I can be working on different projects and easily start and stop as life happens..

    —Marsha on February 6, 2020
  • Keeping things simple is difficult to me as I tend to add to designs. But I’m also drawn to quilts with "less" so the easiest way for me to "keep it simple" is to find simpler patterns that I love and stick to them!!

    Jody McClain on February 6, 2020
  • To keep it simple, I like to start with 4 patch or 9 patch squares.

    —Sarah Mello on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by making small quilts.

    —Margaret Dalmer on February 6, 2020
  • I sometimes begin with a beautiful panel or small panels for table runners, pot holders, wall hangings and even quilts.

    —Heather Vollmer on February 6, 2020
  • To keep things simple, I look for small-sized quilts, simple patterns and easy blocks. These make it more likely that I’ll finish a project. As always, thanks for the chance to win!

    —Mary on February 6, 2020
  • I am a scrap quilt person and really am drawn to log cabin and half square triangle blocks and can be simple or more complex. This book looks very interesting and would make a good addition to my library.

    —Peggy on February 6, 2020
  • Right now I’m teaching my granddaughter to piece and quilt. We’re using squares of various sizes and strips. She’ loving it! She’s learning color choice and placement. We’re really enjoying our time together.

    —Julie N on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple with pre-cut fabric.

    —Dena B. on February 6, 2020
  • I try to develop an assembly line approach to assembling blocks and arranging them for stitching them into a quilt.

    —Evelyn Frasier on February 6, 2020
  • Simple for me is using squares to make blocks (4, 9, 16, etc.) or strips and making log cabin blocks. Making them scrappy is the best part.

    —Nancy on February 6, 2020
  • There are so many things that come into play. First, I try to do accurate cutting – so important along with the other crucial thing is the scant 1/4″. It makes my quilts go together so much easier if I keep those 2 things in mind when starting a quilt.

    —Terri H on February 6, 2020
  • When I find a scrappy pattern I like, I pick fabrics from my stash to use, then if necessary, take a few scraps with me to the fabric store for additional fabrics. The pattern and fabrics are kept together in my ‘to do’ pile
    and are ready to go when I have time to get right down to start cutting and sewing.

    —Diane H on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by chain piecing as much as possible–when cutting I put things together in bags for each step. Block boards help keep everything organized. Organization is key–I’ve put together totes for each kind of work I do–hand applique, wool work, embroidery. Everything is there together so I’m not hunting for stuff.

    —Maurine Johnson on February 6, 2020
  • I love colorful scrappy quilts. I try to keep it simple with squares and triangles patterns.

    —Joan Hanson on February 6, 2020
  • I try to keep it simple by just using a easy pattern. I also love love scrappy quilts so I dont stress so much over the colors. Every once in a while I will make a more complicated pattern but always go back to simple

    —Cindy Kennedy on February 6, 2020
  • One way I try to keep patchwork simple is by making quilts using one
    favorite block repeated in the quilt. Thank you 🙂

    —Patricia Barb on February 6, 2020
  • Classic patchwork blocks are some of my favorites.simple and beautiful!

    —Crystal Conrad-Kauffman on February 6, 2020
  • I do nine patch, log cabin and disappearing 9 patch to keep things simple!

    —Pam Fritz on February 6, 2020
  • Using a simple pattern and interesting fabric choices!

    —Carole on February 6, 2020
  • I love all the Kim Diehl books, patterns & fabrics. I like to use simple patterns that let the fabric be the star.

    —Diane Smith on February 6, 2020
  • I love scrap quilts. To simplify and make a quilt quickly, I will make 4-patch or 9-patch units and alternate with plain squares in between. To take it up a notch, I’ll put the quilt on point for very little extra time.

    —Ellen Keim on February 6, 2020
  • It seems like I buy a pattern that looks simple, but it ends up being a lot of work. Precut quilts a lot of times are easier ones to make. Love the patterns that were posted here, in your new book.

    —Kay McCaffery on February 6, 2020
  • I love the old fashioned patterns that are simple but beautiful.

    —Pam Jones on February 6, 2020
  • you can’t go wrong with half square triangles and add some strips and there’s a beautiful quilt!

    —Patricia Goodgaine on February 6, 2020
  • I love Kim’s books, have learned so much. Favorite block is 9 patch, so many variations. Hope I win! Thank you

    —Debbie G on February 6, 2020
  • I love simple patchwork and the colors because they remind me of growing up and watching my mom and grandma make Patchwork quilt mostly from clothes.

    —Barb on February 6, 2020
  • I have been making Kim Diehl projects for years and years. I love her fabrics and I try to get all I can. I have all her books and can’t wait for this one.
    I love to piece quilts. I love the patterns and colors in her fabrics. Would love to win this one !!

    —Kerry Wyckoff on February 6, 2020
  • I just love all of Kim Diehl’s fabrics and books. I would love to win this one to add to my collection. I need to start using up my stash.

    —Lois Oberg on February 6, 2020
  • I usually have several projects going at once, so I cut and chain piece all projects at the same time. Then iron and sort into each project.

    —Cinda Thompson on February 6, 2020
  • Kim’s color combinations always attract me to her quilts. They are warm and inviting. I also love how simple her designs are, not intimidating.

    —Elizabeth A Phillips on February 6, 2020
  • By going to Kim’s book "Simple Patchwork". Oh!!………I don’t have it yet. : )

    —Kathleen on February 6, 2020
  • I like complicated and detailed blocks, but to keep even these simple, I break them down into the sub-parts. I have learned that each sub-part needs to be accurate, so that when the block is assembled you are successful in creating something special. Thank you so very much for the giveaway!!

    —Lori C on February 6, 2020
  • Kim’s patchwork is a great study in how to make wonderful quilts. I am learning how to quilt and want to keep it simple.

    Jan on February 6, 2020
  • To me, simple means not paper-pieced, thank you.

    —Karen on February 6, 2020
  • If I use fabrics that I love along with a pattern that I love, then I find it very simple to make beautiful quilts. I truly love Kim’s color palette. I already own many of her books and her fabrics.

    —Ann West on February 6, 2020
  • I have a stash of fabric (many of Kim’s) that makes doing a scrappy quilt easy and simple because I already have fabric I love that goes together. Picking fabric is usually the hardest part of a project for me!

    —Patty F. on February 6, 2020
  • Several things to make quilts easy to construct, precuts, value and color, and chain piecing. If I am doing a quilt with all the same blocks, will cut all blocks and pin set pieces together. Will do several sets at the same time and chain piece. And love to make 4 and9 patch blocks, favorite being churn dash.

    —Marilynn d-r on February 6, 2020
  • I keep my patchwork simple by choosing to color quilts. I love to put together blue and white, blue and cream, and red and white.

    —Belinda J on February 6, 2020
  • I try to keep it simple by choosing patterns made up of half square triangles or simple blocks.

    —Jerene Erickson on February 6, 2020
  • My favorite "Simple" blocks are 9-patch and Pinwheel.

    —Rose C on February 6, 2020
  • I love to learn new techniques,and so any new technique broken down in to smaller steps makes it simple.

    —Linda Pickenpaugh on February 6, 2020
  • Try not to overthink.

    —Laurie on February 6, 2020
  • I do mostly scrap quilts but I like to stay with a consistent background fabric.

    —Mary F on February 6, 2020
  • I like to keep scraps from the yardage used in my quilts and use them to creat more quilts, all different yet slightly similar.

    —Diane N. on February 6, 2020
  • I try to keep it simple by selecting quilt patterns that use few blocks. I really like Kim’s use of color and her “simple” quilts.

    —Briggs Donna on February 6, 2020
  • I try to keep it simple by doing as many things in assembly line fashion as possible. Like, I will do all my cutting at the same time, so I can have a bunch of segments ready to sew at the same time. For me, it makes things go so much faster.

    —Susan L. on February 6, 2020
  • I love simple patchwork. Makes my heart sing. I’ve learned to keep it simple in fabric pattern and colors.

    —Ann L. on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by keeping my fabrics separate after cutting and by following instructions verbatim. (There’s a reason that people with more knowledge than I put the instructions on how to make a quilt together!)

    —Teri Gailey on February 6, 2020
  • Love everything Kim Diehl!

    —Janelle L Bucher on February 6, 2020
  • There are many things I try to do to keep things simple. I organize my smaller pieces in small bins by color. My larger pieces are also arranged by color in cabinets on shelves. My projects are each in labeled boxes so I can easily find the one I want to work on.

    —Laurie Erickson on February 6, 2020
  • If I want something simple I go for D9P or HST or even straightforward squares, some of my favourite quilts are simply squares sewn together.

    —Sunnybec on February 6, 2020
  • I love scrappy. Less worry about matching!

    —Cathy on February 6, 2020
  • My problem is that I don’t keep it simple. I’m always trying to ‘do more’ and most of the time I just get frustrated and lose interest in the project. I sure would be one happy camper if I were the winner of this great looking book. Thanks for the opportunity!

    —Lauren Eberhard on February 6, 2020
  • I try to choose simple blocks or make string quilts. Such a great way to use up odds and ends and always ends up looking great!

    —Marie on February 6, 2020
  • To keep patchwork simple, I like a basic nine-patch and lots of color. I also keep the prints non-cluttery. Thank you.

    Rgds,

    Judy

    —Judy on February 6, 2020
  • When I want to keep it really simple I pick a pattern that does not have much seam matching. Sometimes I just get too focused on matching everything that I stop enjoying the process and what I am creating.

    —Cindy on February 6, 2020
  • I am in love with this book. The patterns speak t me. The fabric colors
    she uses always draw my attention. Thank you for the chance to win her new
    book.

    —Diane Wright on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by handquilting simple designs. I love the more intricate quilting patterns you can get with machines but I find that my favorites are usually simple stitch in the ditch, geometric shapes and shadowing

    —Mary Washburn on February 6, 2020
  • For simplicity, I try to limit my colors to two or three. But I do more scrappy quilts than simple ones…I just love Kim’s fabrics and patterns.

    —MaryAnn on February 6, 2020
  • Keep it simple, stupid. I always look for shortcuts.

    Carolyn on February 6, 2020
  • Keeping it simple is my motto when it comes to picking out fabrics. I like to stick to one line by one of my favorite designers–mostly Kim Diehl and Jo Morton. I think I have all of Kim’s books and I especially like her use of traditional patterns and vibrant colors. Looking forward to this new book.

    —Judy Purcell on February 6, 2020
  • I would like the chance to win one of Kim Diehl "delights with simple Patchwork" books! I have made her Pride and Joy Quilt. And got hook, so from there I have made a lot of her mini quilts, And have then hanging in my sewing room. I think it would be wonderful to win this new book. I look forward to making more of Kim’s quilts to add to what I have made. I love Kim Diehl design and fabrics the colours, plaids there an awesome combination! With her books and fabrics you can’t go wrong!
    So could you please enter my name in the draw!
    Thank you!

    Tracy A Hutchinson on February 6, 2020
  • I don’t overthink things and stress. I just let,self enjoy the process and the fabrics

    —Kathryn LeViness on February 6, 2020
  • Rotary Cutting, Strip Piecing, one or two block designs, flagging the pieces each step entirely at same time, pressing each step along the way.

    —Marianne from TN on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by not overwhelming myself with unfinished projects.

    —Gail Mackay on February 6, 2020
  • I try to keep it between 3 & 4 colors and try to stay organized.

    —Marty Askins on February 6, 2020
  • To keep it simple, I try to cut and piece accurately. That keeps everything aligned and fitting together nicely.

    —Virginia in AK on February 6, 2020
  • Although I have a few "have to have" rulers in the cabinet, I never use them. I like to keep things simple by using the techniques I was taught 30+ years ago. Kim’s patterns are exactly what I look for when making a quilt.

    —Diana DeWitt on February 6, 2020
  • Simple shapes and lots of fabrics.

    —Donna on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by selecting blocks that do not use any pieces less than 2 1/2″

    —Regina Harris on February 6, 2020
  • I’m drawn to less complex patterns that let the fabric shine.

    —Laura on February 6, 2020
  • Keeping it simple can be quite easy — if you pick fabric from all one line — then you are certain that it will all coordinate. A lot of designers now also use the same colors in all their quilts – the fabric pattern may change but the colors are the same – Kim Diehl is certainly one, as are Bonnie & Camille, Kansas Troubles, etc. BTW, Kim’s blue-green that she uses is absolutelymy very favorite

    —Geri on February 6, 2020
  • Using a simple 9 patch or a disappearing 9 patch is easy and keeps it simple, as is being extremely careful of your 1/4″

    —sandy on February 6, 2020
  • Wow, every project looks so Simple to make. I have learned that the Simpler the pattern the more I Simply love to sew !!

    —Lisa Smalley on February 6, 2020
  • Keeping it simple for me comes naturally through my love for scrappy quilts. I love all colors & patterns together rather than a very coordinated monochromatic or ‘matchy’ look. Why use 20 fabrics if I can use 40 ….or 100! Putting them together feels simple because it is like play for me. Thank you for the opportunity! I cannot wait for this book!

    —Toni Heckman on February 6, 2020
  • Careful cutting, piecing and pressing help me to keep it simple. When making half square triangle blocks, I prefer to cut a bit larger then trim and square up.

    —Ann Liebner on February 6, 2020
  • I love the creativity of scrappy (controlled or not) projects… my favorites…

    —Linda Carpenter on February 6, 2020
  • I absolutely love a pattern that is simple, but when the blocks are combined, make a more complicated looking design.

    —barbara blair on February 6, 2020
  • Do a lot of scrappy patchwork baby quilts for local NIC units. They are very simple.

    —kathy A on February 6, 2020
  • By using simple patterns and shapes in mostly larger size pieces.

    —Barbara on February 6, 2020
  • I use jelly rolls and other 2.5 inch strips to keep it simple. I have only made one quilt with a layer cake, but plan to do another. Colors are already coordinated which keeps it simple.

    —Elaine M on February 6, 2020
  • I love layer cakes and charm packs for simplifying patchwork. Sewing strips together and sub-cutting for smaller blocks is also a great way to simplify. Kim’s quilts are beautiful!

    —Donna V. on February 6, 2020
  • I do have my little zip bag with hexagons always in the handbag, just in case I’ve got a spare minute to stitch, and the hexie flowers go in the round tin.

    Tatiana Kishchinskaya on February 6, 2020
  • I tend to use very simple patterns and lean on the color combinations to make the difference. I do a lot of scrap quilts with noncomplicated shapes.

    —SandyMay on February 6, 2020
  • I enjoy scrappy quilts and the simple effects of using a wonderful mix of fabrics.

    —Kim V on February 6, 2020
  • I find it easier to use a fabric collection. Also, I lay the piece of the block out. I hand piece so I sometimes put a pin in the top right corner. This way if I turn the fabric I know which way is up. I’ve added pieces in the wrong direction.

    Cara on February 6, 2020
  • I am more of a traditionalist and I like making HST so I save any size HST, sorting by size. I do keep all my Kim Diehl fabric separated in bins.

    —Gloria Y on February 6, 2020
  • I like to use lots of warm colors but I try to calm it down by using only one background.

    —Lewcrese Shields on February 6, 2020
  • Using only squares and rectangles certainly keeps it simple, but I like other than 90° angles, too. Using a die cutter with specific dies sure makes it easier to cut those angles accurately.

    —Sharon Sauser on February 6, 2020
  • I like simple. These quilts look great hanging anywhere.and don’t use alot of fabric. Would be great for leftovers.

    Kim carron on February 6, 2020
  • I keep the piecing simple by cutting accurately.

    —Billie Shannon on February 6, 2020
  • By using beautiful fabrics and larger pieces. Love Kim’s fabric and color palate!

    —Debbi P on February 6, 2020
  • I try to incorporate chain piecing as much as possible in my block construction.

    —Deborah A Keno on February 6, 2020
  • Probably through color. I like intricate piecing but have so much trouble with the scrappy look. Keeping the colors in check work for me.

    —Patricia Hersl on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by strip piecing either 4 patch or 9 patch squares of white and a single color but different prints. My favorite keeping it simple project is doll quilts or table runners.

    —Mary Schindler on February 6, 2020
  • Love scrap quilts. I often sew leaders and Enders into common size blocks then assemble a small quilt top. The plan is to practice my machine quilting. Love Kim’s patterns. Can’t wait to get this new book.

    —Julia Stavran on February 6, 2020
  • non directional prints and large blocks

    —Diana O on February 6, 2020
  • I "simply" refuse to even START on a quilt with either very small pieced blocks or that require a limited palette.

    —Barbara Duval on February 6, 2020
  • My house is decorated in Kim Diehl fabric. I have many of her books. I would love to add this to my collection. Thank you for a chance to win.

    —Cynthia Corbelli on February 6, 2020
  • I love the simple patchwork quilts, the scrappy ones are the favorite ones!

    —Christy on February 6, 2020
  • To make a quilt simple to do, I just make a scappy one. I cut various fabrics the right size and then just pick one out of a bag and go from there (no agonizing over whether it is the right one). It always comes out beautiful.

    —Nicole Wood on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by choosing patterns that I think I will enjoy.

    —Lorraine on February 6, 2020
  • I love the idea of this book. I’m sure it would give me lots of ideas for using up most of my scrap box

    —Angela Clarke on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by choosing ahead of time the fabrics that will be used in my quilt. That way the design decisions have already been started.

    —Maria L Zook on February 6, 2020
  • I keep patchwork simple by picking a few fabrics, adding a color pop and sticking to it.

    —Nancy Bart on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by avoiding appliqué. I love Kim’s quilts.
    Thanks for the chance to win her new book.

    —Susan on February 6, 2020
  • I try to keep it simple by reading the instructions multiple times and taking notes.

    —Janet Beyea on February 6, 2020
  • I just love the patterns shown in the pictures. It would be so fun to try and make one of these patterns. Thanks.

    —Lisa Quiel on February 6, 2020
  • I often fussy cut detailed fabric into simple squares or triangles. The piecing is easy but gives the impression of a much more complex design. Thank you for offering the giveaway!

    —Karen on February 6, 2020
  • I try to be accurate with my piecing but don’t stress over it.

    —Deb G on February 6, 2020
  • Using fabrics from just 1 designer is one way I keep things simple. No need to drive all over town or search numerous sites on the internet, if you just select fabric from 1 designer. Boom. Done. (I just went to Hamilton – can you tell?)

    —Margaret on February 6, 2020
  • To keep patchwork simple I cut and separate parts in plastic bags and leave a note to myself when I need to stop sewing.
    Then when I begin again,I do not need to spend time guessing where I left off. Love the fabric and Kim Diehl patterns. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

    —Bobbie Mentzel on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by making blocks with half’square triangles and flying geese units for the most part. It is amazing how many different blocks you can make with these basic units and plain squares. To add variety I start with a fairly detailed block, and delete one or two design units from this block to make co-ordinated companion blocks. You can easily design your own unique quilts.

    —Lerlene Nevaril on February 6, 2020
  • I keep things simple by making tried and true blocks I can make in my sleep. Like 9-patch and blocks with half-square triangles. I also make scrap quilts because everything eventually goes together.

    C Davis on February 6, 2020
  • Making it simple means minimum triangles and points that need to match up

    —Marguerite Namdar on February 6, 2020
  • I love "Simple" (& easy)…. 1/2 square triangles have been faves for long time…but I love scrappy quilts..& I like easy peasey patterns too. Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way! Love Kim Diehl!

    —Lori Morton on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by squaring up at every step, making sure my block is the size it is supposed to be

    —Cathy King on February 6, 2020
  • I use my treadle sewing machine! Doesn’t get much simpler than that. 😀

    —Michelle P on February 6, 2020
  • Ziplock bags are my friends. As I cut everything I label my bags to keep organized. So much easier if life gets in the way and I can’t back to the project right away.

    —Pam Kearns on February 6, 2020
  • Organizing all the steps in my quilt makes the process simple. First I cut everything and organize the pieces that go into each block. Then, I love to chain piece blocks which makes it go faster and everything stays in a certain order so you know where to go next. Simple blocks are also made more spectacular with the right fabric placement. I love all of Kim Diehl’s work/books. Her use of color is especially appealing!

    —Jeanne Peterson on February 6, 2020
  • I keep my quilting simple by sticking to traditional patterns. I can’t get enough of churn dash, nine patch or log cabin blocks. The fabric dictates the specific block and together they determine the journey of my quilt!

    —Tracy on February 6, 2020
  • I useblarge pieces and uncomplicated piecing for simplicity

    —Kerry Grose on February 6, 2020
  • I save all my Kim Diehl scraps. I love to reuse and reuse in my projects. Love that I can sit and watch family ‘pick out’ pieces of fabric and recognize them. I’ll be starting my 4th year of whatknots. Love it!!!

    —Donna Israels on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by reading all instructions for a quilt first.

    —Jeannine on February 6, 2020
  • When it comes to patchwork, I keep it simple by having fabrics on hand for a pattern I like.

    —Debbie on February 6, 2020
  • I try to keep at least my quilts organized so I can return and work instead of trying to figure out what I did and still need to do. I gather all the pieces together when I am stopping for the time and place them in a specific tote or project holder. I have several cases from sheets and bedding that work great. I also try to put the pattern with the pieces into the holder. If I have copied the pattern I have begun to mark the steps I have completed although most times i do the steps in order.

    —Sue on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by keeping my pattern simple – I’m a fairly new quilter, and I find I can make complex-looking quilts by using lots of colors and simple patterns, like 9-patch.

    —Karen on February 6, 2020
  • I look for patterns that are simple to make but look complicated, like the "Disappearing" blocks. I also love traditional blocks, and Churn Dash is one of my favorites. I love what Kim Diehl does with the Churn Dash block!

    —Marcia Gilbreath on February 6, 2020
  • I “keep it simple” by purchasing and using fabrics in a collection (such as Esther’s Heirloom Shirtings by Kim) together in one project.

    —Susan on February 6, 2020
  • I cut strips, layer them and cut multiples, whether it is squares or triangles then I chain piece. There are tons of methods out there that allow you to quickly cut more than one unit at a time.

    —Nancy Chappelle on February 6, 2020
  • When I want to keep it simple, I use a kit and a pattern. I would love a chance to win the ebook

    —Brenda C. on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by organizing the pieces in stacks.

    —Kathy Harris on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by using beautiful easy patterns that work with my fabrics I have on hand.

    —Patricia Anderson on February 6, 2020
  • I try to strip piece as much as possible to save time and thread

    —Sue Cahill on February 6, 2020
  • Basic blocks like 4-patch and 9-patch can’t be beat for simple, yet they can make up into gorgeous quilts!

    Ruth on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by staying organized. I use ziplock bags to hold pieces for blocks. I keep projects together by using plastic boxes that holds the bags, precuts, finished blocks, etc. I keep a cutting mat beside my sewing machine for quick trims and a iron and wool pressing mat on the other side. This makes it easy to trim and/or press quickly. I also layout each block before stitching together. This prevents having to use “Jack” too much. Love the designs, books, and fabric by Kim Diehl.

    —Cindy Hoover on February 6, 2020
  • i use Kim’s patterns and other old fashioned quilts. I love her new fabric line, I use a lot of shirtings in my patchwork.

    —Stephanie Woodward on February 6, 2020
  • i keep it simple by using techniques i didn’t use when i started quilting…like chain piecing, no waste flying geese,triangles 4 at a time…

    —sheryl harrison on February 6, 2020
  • simple patches (such as disappearing 9 patch) in 3 colors, and/or keep colors to minimum

    —MS Barb on February 6, 2020
  • Because choosing fabrics is the biggest challenge for me to keep it simple I like to make scrappy quilts.

    —Cindi P on February 6, 2020
  • When it comes to patchwork, I keep it simple by choosing a tight color palate to us in the blocks.

    —Karen Cadden on February 6, 2020
  • I have bins to keep each project in. That way everything is in one place when I go to work on it.

    Elr on February 6, 2020
  • Would love to win this book

    —Lillian Nixon on February 6, 2020
  • I keep things simple by using simple shapes and chain piecing.

    —Kathi B on February 6, 2020
  • To keep it simple I use versatile blocks such as the log cabin block or the nine patch block that can be arranged in many different ways to make a variety of quilts.

    —Bonnie on February 6, 2020
  • I try to work on one project at a time. It keeps my mind focused.

    —Joanne L Wilson on February 6, 2020
  • I "bolt" my fabric on comic boards and group them by color or project ideas and keep them on open shelves for easy viewing and access.

    —Kim on February 6, 2020
  • I live the log cabin block. It was the first quilt block I ever made. My next favorite is the snails tail. You can make so many different block with either of those as you starting point.

    —Lisa on February 6, 2020
  • Would enjoy an e-copy of this wonderful book.

    —Florence Kimball on February 6, 2020
  • I love Kim’s books.

    —Dianne on February 6, 2020
  • Label, label, label all the cut pieces.

    —Carol Vickers on February 6, 2020
  • I am a beginner so I try to keep it simple by buying products and patterns that aren’t too complicated and reading the directions really good so I don’t complicate things…rotary cutting and chain piecing if I can.

    —Rachel Pappas on February 6, 2020
  • I try to keep the pattern, fabric, thread, etc in a big baggie so that if I have to stop working on it for a while, I can find everything again. I have a lot of big baggies!

    —Janet T on February 6, 2020
  • I work on several projects at once. I keep that Simple by keeping each UFO in its own box, or canvas handled bag or clear zippered bag that sheets come in or in a snapped plastic bin (what stacks well is good). Then, I work on a project for a day or more. AND clean up real well in between each project for a fresh start on the next one.

    —Le A on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by using precuts – thanks.

    —JoyceLM on February 6, 2020
  • I keep my piecing simple by using lots of squares.

    —Judith Martinez on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by pulling from my bins of precut pieces (leftovers from previous quilts that I have cut down) to make my quilts.

    —DebrafromMD on February 6, 2020
  • I love simple quilts that I can use for Prayer Quilts

    —Ginny on February 6, 2020
  • The colors and patterns remind me of my great grandmother thanks you

    —Charlotte Jones on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by making myself enjoy the process and worry less about the product. Not everyone can do that, but I’m one of the lucky ones.

    —sue atkins on February 6, 2020
  • To keep it simple, I cut all pieces in the beginning, separate them to stay organized.

    Luiza C on February 6, 2020
  • I keep it simple by using a wide variety of reproduction prints together with loads of different shirtings and I don’t worry too much about whether or not the colors match. I strive for a cacophony of color and steer clear of any fabric that is brown or too dull.

    —Diane on February 6, 2020
  • I love to make 9 patch blocks and combine with a variety of blocks to keep things simple when make baby and lap quilts.
    And I love Kim Diehl’s creativity!

    —Linda Valentino on February 6, 2020
  • When all else fails I sew 2 1/2 in strips together or 5 in squares or tumblers. These always make great donation quilts.

    —Christi on February 6, 2020
  • I would be thrilled to receive Kim’s ‘Simply Patchword ebook! I have admired her incredible creative talent for a long time.
    Thank you for the chance to win your generous giveaway.

    —Carol Putnam on February 6, 2020
  • Although I have two big bags of scraps, I have not tried to make a patchwork quilt YET!. I would love to. Need the book.

    —Judith Carlon on February 6, 2020
  • For patchwork. keeping it simple to me, is using maybe 5-6 different prints, could be all in one color, just different prints or shades, or using a similar print in each fabric just having different and vibrant colors. the blocks being 8×8 and stitch as you go

    —jean massey on February 7, 2020
  • I keep it simple with straightforward patterns and quality fabric, making effective quilts.

    —Christine Beavis on February 7, 2020
  • I keep it simple by usually making traditional blocks. Its what I love the most!

    —lee on February 7, 2020
  • I love the simplicigy of 4 patches and 9 parch quilts.

    —Rachel SanMiguel on February 7, 2020
  • I love scrappy and Kim Diehl is the bomb.

    —Nancy Foland on February 7, 2020
  • Love to have this book!

    —Mary Brenning on February 7, 2020
  • I have a tool box full of easy piecing methods and use them whenever I can adapt a commercial pattern. Make one block to evaluate the methods in the pattern and adjust before going further.

    —Renie M on February 7, 2020
  • I try to be very organized and work with patterns from designers that I adore…Like Kim! Her designs are just the best. Thank you for the chance to win!!

    —Patti Levine on February 7, 2020
  • Assembly line type cutting and piecing.

    —Susan E Torrington on February 7, 2020
  • Getting organized is a must with any project, and read ahead to find efficiencies, and then my trusted rulers (once I get the knack of how to use them)

    —Jenny on February 7, 2020
  • Reading and Pre-cutting makes the sewing more enjoyable!

    —Cathy on February 7, 2020
  • Log Cabin is my go-to block. So many layouts make it sew versital!

    —Karen on February 7, 2020
  • I have seen her books and own a few. I am planning to purchase more in the near future. I am anxious to make some quilts following some of her patterns and then see what I may be able to change to make it different and unique for me. I have started to design a few quilts using various units I have an abundance of so that I can use them in a constructive way.

    Kemper Sears on February 7, 2020
  • I love everything Kim does, especially her color combinations. I keep it simple by not using specialty rulers. I might get there some day, but I’m glad Kim makes it easy for us with all of her tips. I’d love a copy of her latest book.

    —debby on February 7, 2020
  • I love Kim Diehl’s patterns. This is a beautiful book and a great addition to any collection..

    —Chris Rose on February 7, 2020
  • I soooo love Kim’s fabric collections and patterns. It would be such a blessing to win the giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

    —Barbara Reifsnider on February 7, 2020
  • I use triangle paper whenever possible!

    —Mary Tobias on February 7, 2020
  • When I need a break I make a smaller quilt from larger blocks.

    —Mary Ann on February 7, 2020
  • To keep it simple, I choose 3-5 of my favorite colors that always blend well.

    —Louise on February 7, 2020
  • I keep it simple by simplifying how complicated looking blocks are made. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Moira on February 7, 2020
  • I keep it simple by using simply made quilt blocks.

    —Mary on February 7, 2020
  • Love Kim Diehl’s use of fabric colors and patterns. I keep it simple by making the same pattern multiple times using different fabrics.

    —Vicki L on February 7, 2020
  • Organize! Place fabric samples on a piece of paper, assign it a letter, cut pieces then I use post it’s and baggies to keep it all straight. I call it organized chaos.

    —Deb White on February 7, 2020
  • I keep it simple by…nope, can’t think of a thing. I do love to be organized, which can be a challenge since 99 percent of my quilts are scrappy.

    —Robin C. on February 7, 2020
  • To keep it simple in patchwork I make big blocks
    with mostly a four or nine patch base to the block.
    Use half square triangles sparingly to keep blocks interesting.

    —Trixi on February 7, 2020
  • log cabin work well for me.

    mandy whalen on February 7, 2020
  • I like to make patchwork quilts from a line of fabric, using precuts if possible.

    —Judy Strong on February 7, 2020
  • I don’t! It is more fun to make it intricate.

    —Carole Coley on February 7, 2020
  • I try to cut all my scraps into usable units before I start the next project so when I need a 2 1/2 neutral square-I already have it. Love Love Love Kim’s designs.

    —Elaine Swatniki on February 7, 2020
  • Keeping it simple for me is staying organized by labeling blocks, pieces, and sizes of strips.

    —Renae on February 7, 2020
  • Love old school quilts

    —Sheryl Ahlers on February 7, 2020
  • Have always liked Kim Diehl’s books. I already have some and would like to try some of the patterns in her latest.

    —Sylvia L on February 7, 2020
  • Keeping it simple is sometimes easier said than done. I love Kim’s fabric and quilt designs and a giveaway is always fun!!

    —Betty Soules on February 7, 2020
  • Cutting my fabric in advance and placing in labeled plastic bags. Chain stitching whenever possible.

    —Vickie Nelson on February 7, 2020
  • I try to keep my sewing area neat and have fabrics cut to size, starched and ironed. Then try to keep it neat!

    —Linda Witt on February 7, 2020
  • Chain piecing! I love seeing the blocks come together:)

    —LAUREL CURNYN on February 7, 2020
  • I limit the size of my stash. When I finish my quilts I donate the leftovers to an organization that makes clothes for children that are distributed by missionaries.

    —sc on February 7, 2020
  • Basic shapes like half square triangles and squares keep the quilt design simple allowing the fabrics to show off.

    —Barbaraben on February 7, 2020
  • I like to keep the pattern simple so the fabric will stand out more.

    —Teresa Knittingdancer on February 7, 2020
  • Nothing is more simple than nine patches but color and arrangements are multiple.

    —Janice Todd on February 7, 2020
  • I keep it simple by stitching a little at a time and yet it all comes together rather quickly. Love Kim Diehl’s work.

    —Nicole on February 7, 2020
  • I love reading everyone’s comments! so much to learn. I keep it simple by sewing 2 inch scraps as leader-enders to make 4 patch blocks in between sewing complicated blocks.

    —Cheri Bergeron on February 7, 2020
  • I stick with squares and HSTs to keep my quilting simple. Kim’s quilts are beautiful, can’t wait to see this new book.

    —Alison O. on February 7, 2020
  • I love the intense colors Kim Diehl uses. I have been admiring her fabrics and quilts and would love a chance to make something using her designs.

    —Sharon Janssen on February 7, 2020
  • I buy kits to keep it simple. Working my way through Kim’s Whatnots club kits from a few years ago!

    —Nicki Slater on February 7, 2020
  • I keep it simple by not sweating color choices and relying on value. I love scrappy quilts and this decision has saved a lot of time & frustration for me!

    —Gail K on February 7, 2020
  • Sometimes I just want to sew and not be challenged so I pick easier blocks and use wonderful fabric combinations to make them pop. I sometimes think mistakes show more with easy blocks so I sew slowly and square them up immediately to make sure everything matches up perfectly. Wonderful book and fabrics from Kim.

    —Krissy Butorac on February 7, 2020
  • I choose simple patterns.

    —Donna U on February 7, 2020
  • I keep patchwork simple by using simple blocks and shapes when I make scrap quilts. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Karen McMahon on February 7, 2020
  • I love the old patchwork blocks and I love to make smaller quilts using them. That is my way of simplifying my sewing. Kims books are always a delight for the eyes.

    —Sue on February 7, 2020
  • I tend to stick to simple shapes.

    —Beth T. on February 7, 2020
  • I read the WHOLE pattern through before doing anything. I decide on a major fabric I want to use and go through my stash to pull fabrics that work with the major one. I make a copy of the cutting instructions and place the description of the fabrics I am using for each part in the proper place. I cut enough for 1 of each kind of block used use my design wall to audition the fabrics and change any that do not work.

    —Eileen on February 7, 2020
  • I would love to win this book, as I have at least 6 of Kim’s books. I just love all her quilts. I just dropped off one of them at the longarm quilters that I just finished. It was from her book Simple Friendships and it was on the cover with all those yoyos (sorry forgot the name). It came out beautifully and can’t wait to get it back.

    —Donna McTague on February 7, 2020
  • I like a half square triangle because there is so much you can do with them.

    —Cheryl on February 7, 2020
  • I try to keep it simple by cutting everything out at once and assembling line method of piecing. I love Kim’s books and fabrics.

    —Linda Henline on February 7, 2020
  • To keep things simple, I simply got to my sewing room and use all the scraps I had already cut. And having an acuquilt cutter really helps :c)

    —cindy wisherd on February 7, 2020
  • How do I keep it simple when I do patchwork? Organize, organize, organize like fabrics ii.e. color theme tools in a group no one touches upon pain of death or no brownies and design boards at the ready on my computer along side a notebook and colored pencils. Well, most times really.

    —Chris Kachel on February 7, 2020
  • Love Kim’s patterns and fabric. Her new book looks very inviting. Would love to use them.

    kathy on February 7, 2020
  • Organize everything before starting. Use quality tools, chain piece when possible and put completed blocks on a design wall. Love Kim Diehl’s patterns and fabric choices.

    —Jan on February 7, 2020
  • I keep it simple by using a pattern I’ve used before and using as different color pallet.

    —Elizabeth Olson on February 7, 2020
  • Kim is my favorite! I have all her "Simple" books. I’ve made many patterns from those books, pieced and applique. Would love to win the newest one.

    —Jaxine Andersen on February 7, 2020
  • Stop piecing is a good way to make simple patterns. Then cutting them into desisted shaped. Makes for a good looking simple quilt

    —Caarol G on February 7, 2020
  • I love Log Cabin or Courthouse Blocks when I want to keep things simple.

    —Joy Dickson on February 7, 2020
  • I do TRY to keep it simple, organize fabric by color, pull 5 I like, then go from there -it’s the go from there that gets me every time -my quilt seem to grow!!!
    Bigger is better right????😜

    —Maryanne Wilson on February 7, 2020
  • I keep it simple by staying organized and chain piecing whenever I can.

    —Susan Griffith on February 7, 2020
  • Love Kim Diehl patterns. This would be a fun book of her designs.

    Barb H. on February 7, 2020
  • How do I keep it simple? I keep things organized, on paper plates. Then I do ‘just one thing’ – one plate at a time.

    —Daniela Martisovitsova on February 7, 2020
  • I mostly piece simple blocks but I like to challenge myself once in a while.

    —Joann Cassidy on February 7, 2020
  • I like to keep it easy with easy blocks that can be made a little larger so the fabrics can show off.

    —Laurie Anders on February 7, 2020
  • Oh how I hope I win this book!!!!

    —Robbie Wood on February 7, 2020
  • Staying organized.

    —Donna W on February 7, 2020
  • To keep it simple, half square triangles are my friends! I have hundreds and hundreds of them made now and am making quilts for all my siblings using HSTs only or predominantly. Still need to decide on one more pattern.

    —Carolyn Blakeney on February 7, 2020
  • I use simple squares and only one or two colours

    —Sarah Gray on February 7, 2020
  • Using precuts and easy patterns keep it simple for me. But sometimes I like the challenge of harder patterns and using my stash!

    —Cathy B. on February 7, 2020
  • To keep it simple I like to use pre cut strips.

    —Suzanne Gibson on February 7, 2020
  • I’m a fairly new quilter, so the simpler the pattern, the better for me. This book is beautiful. Thanks for the giveaways!

    —Linda on February 7, 2020
  • I like to keep it simple by using the same 1/4 foot and same machine for each project

    —Cindy K on February 7, 2020
  • Good afternoon… what a delightful book, the patterns can be used with any fabric choice — children’s, brights, and period reproductions… now that’s a fun book.

    The majority of my quilting & sewing is done for non-profits and organizations that work with children or the elderly, the quilts take a beating due to frequent washing and loving. I use contrast and larger pieces so that the fabric designs is obvious.

    Personally I like Civil War reproductions and patterns when I sew on one of my treadles.

    Congratulations on another fantastic book.

    —Kay on February 7, 2020
  • I keep it simply by choosing classic blocks, then mix it up by using color palettes I like. And speaking of color palettes I like, I love Kim’s choices. Her colors are just perfect for my home.

    —Chris on February 7, 2020
  • I start with smalls and put them together. I can get a variety of designs!

    —Judy Wilson on February 7, 2020
  • Basic blocks and minimum colors can keep it simple!

    —Judy Wilson on February 7, 2020
  • Precuts and easy patterns in my favorite Civil War fabrics.

    —Kyra Franz on February 7, 2020
  • I keep it simple by focusing on carefully selecting beautiful fabrics and using them in uncomplicated patterns.

    —Linda Haan on February 7, 2020
  • I try to keep things organized. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

    —Kalen Hahn on February 7, 2020
  • I keep it simple (and successful) by spending a lot of time reading and reviewing the pattern before I start.

    Carol

    —Carol on February 7, 2020
  • I have made several of Kim’s patterns. I really like her applique,I even used one pattern in a class I taught on applique

    —Doris on February 7, 2020
  • I would love to have this book. Have always enjoyed seein your beautiful work.

    —Victoria Banks on February 7, 2020
  • My not-so-secret tip to keeping it simple is ORGANIZATION…. always.. and it works for everything, not just quilting /sewing!

    —Mari-ann on February 7, 2020
  • I try to keep patchwork simple by using fabrics from a certain genre — Fall colors or batiks or vintage 1930s prints .

    —Cindy berry on February 7, 2020
  • I like to use precuts to simplify quilt piecing. I also have learned not to be enticed by Block of the Week programs which would create undue stress for me!

    —Tammy on February 7, 2020
  • I LOVE using precuts! Makes quilting projects quick and easy.

    —Karen Knox on February 7, 2020
  • Being organized is paramount for me…I get so much more accomplished when my sewing room isn’t in a cluttered mess. I like to do little 4 patches with usable scraps…stack ’em up and decide later what I will do with them. I also love doing string pieced blocks with random scraps…of which I have MANY!

    —Dianne Gillin on February 7, 2020
  • Simple patterns, Go Big cutter, chain piecing.

    —Linda Ahn on February 7, 2020
  • Keeping it simple means using pre-cuts, leftovers and a tried and true pattern.

    —Billie Fellers on February 7, 2020
  • To keep things "simple", I stick with blocks and the larger the better!

    —Carol Koehn on February 7, 2020
  • When it comes to patchwork, I keep it simpLe by using an easy pattern and do less instead of more

    —Rommy van Houten on February 7, 2020
  • To keep it simple when I sew, I prep everything I need for a project all together in a bundle inside a plastic box. I also mark and pin pieces in grouping to keep me on task. I also like to set a goal to accomplish X each day so I don’t end up with UFOs and it helps me get my projects completed faster.

    —Sue Baddley on February 7, 2020
  • I’m a handpiecer and enjoy the simplicity of many of her blocks. they are easy to do in sections.

    —Sieg on February 7, 2020
  • Love!!!! I keep it simple by doing hand piecing. I find it so relaxing
    as well as rewarding. It would be amazing to win. Thanks for the chance
    and what an awesome giveaway!

    Fingers crossed ;-D

    —usairdoll on February 7, 2020
  • By having everything cut out and laid out in order the sewing process is mindless and enjoyable!

    —Jody M on February 7, 2020
  • It may not be efficient, but I make one block at a time. I lay out the block to make sure I don’t make a mistake. I do chain piece, but it is in sewing the pieces within the block. I also use my design wall to arrange the blocks.

    —Nancy A on February 7, 2020
  • First, I keep it simple usually by purchasing a kit. When I’m cutting out the pieces, I keep them organized by size. I also write down the size and section it belongs to on a small post it note.

    —Marlene Leonardo on February 7, 2020
  • This looks like a super book. Love my sewing and quilting!

    LaVonne Crouse on February 7, 2020
  • I really love HSTs (for so many reasons!) but they create pressing challenges and a little extra bulk. Chain piecing squares at least 3” is how I keep things simple…but that doesn’t happen very often 😉

    —Tamara on February 7, 2020
  • To keep it simple I use fabulous fabric that I love, with basic blocks and HSTs, strip piecing, etc.

    —Caryn Goulden on February 7, 2020
  • Oh patchwork. One block at a time. Make sure its squared up and move on.

    —Sandra K Boff on February 7, 2020
  • I love to try new ways to quilt. I use most of leftover pieces to make small quilts for dolls. this are all small blocks that are saw by hand. it is something to help me rest out of the big quilts that take much more time.

    —zenobia madera on February 7, 2020
  • Chain piecing and a simple pattern

    —Carol M on February 7, 2020
  • I would love to have this give away. Kim Diehl books are my favorite. I just purchased Simple Whatnots and can’t wait to get started with a project. I know I would love this book also. Thanks so much for choosing me.

    —Martha Followill on February 7, 2020
  • My eyesight isn’t too good anymore and so I stay with blocks I can make a bit larger and cut down to a perfect size.

    —Patricia Terry on February 7, 2020
  • I would love to have this give away. Kim Diehl is one of my favorite authors. Just recently purchased Simple Whatnots and would love this book also.

    —Martha Followill on February 7, 2020
  • I keep it simple by relying on my favorite block patterns which are Ohio
    Star, nine patch and churn dash.

    Joyce on February 7, 2020
  • I cut everything out and sot it into piles, or bags, so it’s ready to go.

    —Susan E Lester on February 7, 2020
  • Since my story of quilting is similar to Kim’s, I am self taught and have had many trials and tribulations along the way. I know I would love to do some simple quilting and would certainly enjoy her new "Simple Patchwork" book.

    Kathleen Martello on February 7, 2020
  • Chain piecing and lining up the pieces on desk in the way they should be put together.

    —Sharon Aurora on February 7, 2020
  • I keep patterns and fabric simple and organization uncluttered.

    —Kathryn Smotryski on February 7, 2020
  • I keep it simple by letting beautiful fabrics do the work by letting them shine and keeping the piecing simple.

    —Tracey Roberts on February 7, 2020
  • To keep patchwork simple, I tackle one kind of simple block at a time. Chain-piecing the components that are the same.

    —Debbie on February 7, 2020
  • Just love Kim Diehl’s books. I have most of them and would love to add her piecing one to my collection. Anxious to read her ideas.

    —Judy Miller on February 7, 2020
  • If I need a simple quilt in a hurry I will choose a pattern with bigger blocks, otherwise I am drawn to quilts made with small pieced blocks. I love Kim’s books and I’d love to make A Dash of Plaid quilt from the book. Wow!

    Joyce Jensen on February 7, 2020
  • To keep it simple I keep my pieces organized and use various techniques in piecing.

    —Theresa Waite on February 7, 2020
  • To keep it simple with patchwork, I love zip lock bags for staying organized and binding clips for holding patches together.

    —Jill E Finger on February 7, 2020
  • Take it a step at a time. Read through the whole pattern first. Try not to overthink it.

    —Laurie on February 7, 2020
  • The simplest thing for me is using leaders & enders in various matched sizes and color choices as I’m sewing a special quilt. This has been mentioned many times before so it must be the simplest and most favorite thing for us quilters to do.

    —Pat Whipple on February 7, 2020
  • If I. Ed to keep it simple, I decrease the scrappiness! Love all your books!

    —Susan T on February 7, 2020
  • I keep it simple by using lots of 4 patches.

    —Maureen Haynes on February 7, 2020
  • I keep it simple by dissecting the pattern into its parts, and working on one part at a time. ALWAYS chain piece–that’s a huge time saver.

    —Lill Helming on February 7, 2020
  • I try to see every day- even if only sewing strings together or making an improv block.

    —Rosalie on February 7, 2020
  • I often choose larger blocks to keep my projects simple and I love Host’s.

    Tracie Moore on February 7, 2020
  • To keep things simple, I use squares, or triangles, and when it comes to sewing, I sew in rows, and then lay the rows out to arrange, and then sew the rows together, I don’t try to keep the corners matched, so I don’t have to have a perfect squared quilt. It looks like a brick wall in the end. I am happy, and no stress.

    —Clara Haessig on February 7, 2020
  • I am doing let’s spin. Take 4 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ one dark, one light strip and let’s spin. It has been fun to make some simple quilts for charity out of left overs. You will need enough for four patch of 4 1/2″ squares finished for each section.

    —Linda Christianson on February 7, 2020
  • My sewing room is organized MOST of the time. I want to win this book !!!! Please pick me !!!!!

    —Juanita Decquir on February 7, 2020
  • I organize all of the pieces I have cut so that I can just go down the line of fabric and sew. I use chain sewing to help with using less thread and saving time. Oh yes, I also have the pattern drawn out for my guide.-

    —Janet C Atkinson on February 7, 2020
  • Probably chain piecing is the step that helps make it simple for me. Love the patterns in this new book!

    —Teresa Worrell on February 7, 2020
  • Who doesn’t love the churn dash block and Kim Diehl has the best churn dash patterns. The new fabric line is also stunning. Thank you

    —Theresa Kennedy on February 7, 2020
  • When I want to sew simple, I usually use a pattern I’ve sewn before and let the fabric be the star. I love Kim Diehl and would love to win the book.

    —Kay Albershardt on February 7, 2020
  • I try to choose simple patterns and ledge blocks.

    —Freda on February 7, 2020
  • I try not to overthink but I always seem to want to tweak something in projects that I am making! But I try to pace myself and enjoy the process. Thank you!

    —Tina on February 7, 2020
  • Simple patterns make for simple patchwork!

    —Janna L on February 7, 2020
  • I love all things Kim Diehl. I collect her books but do not have this one just yet. I keep it simple by keeping everything for a quilt all in one container and then I make sure I lable that container with the name of the quilt, page number and name of the book so I can always remember what I was intending for all the cut up pieces of fabric. (learned this the hard way). Thanks for the generous and amazing giveaway.

    —Renea Yarolim on February 7, 2020
  • To keep it simple I use precuts and straight lines and no having to match seams..

    —Linda Isfeld on February 7, 2020
  • I am trying to learn to quilt again. I had emergency brain surgery almost 5 years ago and the desire to quilt is just now returning. I can handle scrappy quilting more than I can "fancy" piercing at the present time. It makes me want to pick up fabric and get busy! Thanks for encouraging quilters of all stages to keep busy!!!!

    —Alma Croix on February 7, 2020
  • I keep it simple by using traditional patterns.

    —Joan Robinson on February 7, 2020
  • I keep it simple by using patterns that look difficult but are not!

    —Bridget on February 7, 2020
  • For simplicity I like to arrange HSTs in various arrangements, along with simple walking foot quilting.

    —Lynne Conder on February 7, 2020
  • I try to organize my fabrics by color and size.

    —Ola Norman on February 7, 2020
  • I think organization has to be the key!

    —Deb on February 7, 2020
  • I put a straight pin in the upper left hand corner of each row before I stitch, or a variation thereof – 2 pins, crossed pins, glass headed pins, etc., so I don’t get the rows or their orientation mixed up.

    —Carole Holmberg on February 7, 2020
  • When I need something simple, I look for blocks with few seams or very classic settings.

    —Renata on February 7, 2020
  • I keep it simple with my favorite traditional patterns… four patch, nine patch , log cabin. I love Kim Diehl so much. Her books are my favorite.

    —Jfly on February 7, 2020
  • I love HST’s and make them even when I’m doing other blocks… for example, when I’m "snowballing" a corner, I sew on both sides of the drawn (or ironed) line, and so when I cut off the excess, I have a HST done. I make a pile of them as I go, and when I’m finished with that quilt, I can make another project using those HST’s. It’s fun and works out great!

    —Daisy on February 7, 2020
  • Using leaders and enders in the piecing process helps me keep it simple and/or chain piecing when ever I can.

    —Annette F. on February 7, 2020
  • I keep it simple by sticking to the classic 4 and 9 patch blocks or a log cabin block. They are fun to make and putting them together in a pleasing design is a challenge as well as enjoyable.

    —Joanna Perry on February 7, 2020
  • Keeping it simple for me is making a quick, one patch top using scraps and/or vintage reprints. There’s nothing quite as comforting as a quilt that looks like it’s been around for a long time.

    —Cindy on February 7, 2020
  • 4 patches and 9 patch leaders and enders. Love the churndash quilt in the book 🙂

    —Sandra Massey on February 7, 2020
  • We all have them – scraps from larger projects, fat quarters that have gone unused, lengths of fabrics we bought because, even though we had no idea how we would ever use it, we fell in love with the design.To keep up with it all and keep things simple, I started cutting these fabrics into 1-1/2, 2-1/2, 3-1/2, 4 and 5 inch strips and loosely organize them into lights and darks. Now, when I want a quick project, I open my storage bins and go to work. It’s amazing how quickly scrappy placemats, table runners, baby quilts, even lap quilts for an ailing friend can be assembled!

    —Laurie Wozniak on February 7, 2020
  • To keep it simple, I cut my fabric out all at once to be better organized in my stitching.

    Susan on February 7, 2020
  • I have an illness which makes it impossible for me to sew at the sewing machine any longer. I prefer simple patterns because they are easier to trace onto fabric, cut out with scissors and then piece together/quilt by hand. My great-grandmother has inspired me because she made many, many quilts this way simply because she had no sewing machine or rotary cutter. Her quilts are beautiful.

    —CannHale on February 7, 2020
  • Finding a simple pattern with clear instructions and making use of precut fabrics works for me.

    —LeAnne on February 7, 2020
  • Oh, thank you so much for the chance to win this great book. I also love the line of fabric, and I’ll be looking for it here. To keep things simple, I sew a lot of quilts with similar colors or the same backgrounds. Mostly I do scrappy things, so it works out well if I’m choosing patterns that will look good in those colors and make several.

    Susan on February 8, 2020
  • I keep myself organized by labeling all the cuts as I complete them.

    —Tammy Rupp on February 8, 2020
  • I like to keep things simple when it comes to HSTs. Preferred method is the 8-at-a-time where you start with 2 squares and sew a double X. Cut apart corner to corner and vertically and horizontally. Ta! Da! 8 HSTs! So many fun things to make with these units!

    —Sue H on February 8, 2020
  • Well I try to keep simple by not adding to much a variety of different fabrics when piecing with alot of smaller pieces! Keeping it simple helps me! Would love to win thanks!

    —Kaitlyn currence reusser on February 8, 2020
  • To keep it simple when it comes to scrap quilts I use paper lunch sacks. Each sack has a different color of the pieces needed. When I need a red, I’ll reach in the red sack and not worry about which fabric scrap I pull out. No stress if it’s the perfect shade. Or I sort for light/medium/dark. When I’m done the leftovers go back into their stash bins and the bags are saved for the next quilt.
    Go Kim! I love your patterns and books.

    —Sherry Sansom on February 8, 2020
  • If I need something quickly then I’ll keep it simple by cutting straight pieces, maybe fqs cut into charms, and maybe mix it up with some sashing.

    —C M HART on February 8, 2020
  • As a new quilter I love simplicity. Kims book looks like a wonderful teaching tool.

    —Mary Fitz on February 8, 2020
  • To keep it simple I use precuts .. my favorite block is log cabin .. I use specialty rulers to make the process more fun. I always like the end result. I so enjoy her books.

    —Mary on February 8, 2020
  • I don’t always keep it simple, but I do have a few easier patterns to sew when I need a quick gift. Kim’s book looks like just the thing to add a few more to that repertoire. Thank you for the drawing.

    —Glenna C Denman on February 8, 2020
  • In patchwork I keep it simple with limited color palettes and simple blocks like Bear Paw and Flying Geese.

    —Kd Brown on February 8, 2020
  • I keep is simple by making things scrappy.

    —laurie a on February 8, 2020
  • I try to use uncomplicated patterns, and adore scrappy look best. Kim’s color choices mirror my own and they always look so warm and cozy. Thank you for this opportunity!

    —Mary C. on February 8, 2020
  • Measure carefully, cut carefully and piece slow & steady! If I hurry I make mistakes, so it’s all about enjoying the journey

    —Ann M. Liebner on February 8, 2020
  • I keep quilting simple by using Accuquilt dies and/or June Taylor Shape Cut

    —Barbara Edmondson on February 8, 2020
  • I love scrappy and basic shapes. That helps keep things simple for me.

    —Debbie on February 8, 2020
  • Love Kim Diehl’s work! Thank you for the opportunity to win her book and the beautiful bundle of fabrics. To keep my patchwork simple… I like to be organized and have things planned out before starting on my projects. Thank you again!

    —Wendy on February 8, 2020
  • I keep it simple by keeping my finished squares at 2″ or larger and chain piecing.

    —JoAnne Hawks on February 8, 2020
  • Chain piecing–repetitive motions for lots of practice for accuracy. Keep the units in tidy piles to keep count and stay organized. Keeps it fun!

    —Brenda Julovich on February 8, 2020
  • Strip piecing helps a lot!

    —Lynda Kvist on February 8, 2020
  • To keep my patchwork dimple I just work one step At a time and don ‘ t look too far ahead. I just keep plodding along.
    One person I thought had a good idea. She had a tray with all her cut pieces in separate piles. So it kept the process easier.

    —Cheryl hence on February 8, 2020
  • I tend to break things down into steps, doing them one at a time . It helps me from feeling overwhelmed.

    —Virginia Worden on February 8, 2020
  • Please enter me!

    —Brenda on February 8, 2020
  • I keep it simple by sticking to the size patches I use most, so I dont have to think as much when cutting, and patterns that I dont make as many mistakes on, or if they arent perfect, it doesnt really show!

    —Madeline Wallace on February 8, 2020
  • Patchwork quilts are so pretty I love the crazy quilts made from odd patches just tossed together with some fancy stitching. Love Kim’s quilts the color and designs are my favorite.

    —monica schwartz on February 8, 2020
  • I’m not sure that I know how to keep it simple. I do know that you if I press properly my blocks come out much better.

    —Linda DiVall on February 8, 2020
  • Thanks for the opportunity to win your new book and fabrics. Both my mother and grandmother made almost all my clothes as well. The only problem was my mother had a drapery fabric and so my clothes were out of heavy duty drapery fabric leftovers. I wish I had known then as a young child how much I would have treasured those pieces today.

    —Susi McCarthy on February 8, 2020
  • I usually try to pick a simple block as I have little patience for small and irregular pieces.

    —Gale on February 8, 2020
  • Kim Diehl’s patterns always have clear directions which make them fun to work with!

    —Linda C. on February 8, 2020
  • I like to cut everything at one time and limit my fabric choices. Sewing only one block many times is the simplest way to make a quilt. Beautiful fabrics and great book.

    —Sharon Ray on February 8, 2020
  • I really like the old basic blocks: nine patch, log cabin, sawtooth stars, flying geese in scrappy but coordinated colors. There are so many settings with these simple blocks.

    —Judy kromer on February 8, 2020
  • Love all of Kim books she’s a great designer

    —Susan Bell on February 8, 2020
  • Love all of Kim books she’s a great designer would love to win

    —Susan Bell on February 8, 2020
  • To keep it simple for me, I use fat quarter bundles or pre cuts. The fabrics are already coordinated for me and also I am not a very accurate cutter. 🤷🏻‍♀️

    —Kathy R on February 8, 2020
  • I concentrate on one project at a time.

    —Gayle Shumaker on February 8, 2020
  • For me to keep it simple, it starts with the fabric line used. I find it easier if I only use the same line of fabric in the project I’m working on, rather than mixing and matching different lines of fabric. Then if you have your basic skills down, cutting and piecing, everything will line up.

    —Sybilla Steenport on February 8, 2020
  • When my brain is fried and I want to sew simple I make a Log Cabin or 9 Patch. Something easy can be gorgeous if you choose some yummy fabric. I love making big pillows. Fast and simple!

    —Jennifer Aguirre on February 8, 2020
  • Easy blocks, and not many seams to match.

    —Gail on February 8, 2020
  • I keep it simple with traditional patterns like 9-patch and log cabin. I love Kim Diehl!! Her books are my favorites, always.

    —Julie on February 8, 2020
  • I try to incorporate chain piecing and I depend on color, value and details in the fabric to help each block look vibrant and accurate.

    —Mary Ann Harville on February 8, 2020
  • I try to stay organized and choose a pattern that’s more basic using my favourite colours. I love Kim Diehls patterns and colour choices and would love to win a copy of her book.

    —Marilyn M. on February 8, 2020
  • I absolutely love Kim Diehl’s books. Would love to have this new book added to my collection!
    Her fabrics are to die for!

    —Karen Qualls on February 8, 2020
  • I keep it simple by using bright colors and lots of white.

    —Linda Towers on February 8, 2020
  • I keep it simple by sorting light and dark squares by 2 1/2”, 2”. 1 1/2”, 1” and putting in separate boxes. Then when I am ready to sew, I match up a light and dark at the beginning and ending of my sewing. Before I know it I’ve completed a project and batch of Two, four or nine patch blocks or a border ready to go. It is also a great way to use up small scraps of fabric. I love using Kim’s fabrics because they give traditional patchwork quilt a new fresh look. Can’t wait to see what I can create with Simple Patchwork.Thank you, Kim🌷🌷🌷

    —Cgar on February 8, 2020
  • When I do patchwork , I like to take my time and I love to sew by hand when the pieces are small . I also love to quilt by hand .

    —Helene Rolland on February 9, 2020
  • To keep it simple I go with simple blocks like log cabin, hat blocks and enjoy the process os seeing the secondary patterns emerge.

    —Monique Garcia on February 9, 2020
  • I love piano keys, I stay organized,cut out everything first,then sit and sew. Love stars and churn dash too. Let’s face it I love it all.

    —Geraint Morales on February 9, 2020
  • With simple patchwork the fabrics show themselves better!

    —anna on February 9, 2020
  • I keep it simple by choosing patterns I love and enjoy making , traditional patterns are my favorite.

    Sheila on February 9, 2020
  • My leader/enders are as simple as it gets – I make a steady stream of four-patches from 1.5″ squares. Then comes the fun of playing with them – so many possibilities!

    —Gayle M on February 9, 2020
  • I have always loved Kim’s quilts, her colors are perfection. It would be great to win her new book and fabric. I can’t wait to try out all the quilts, they look so fun!

    —Susan Gilden on February 9, 2020
  • Chain piecing is my timesaver when sewing patchwork.

    —Sue Webb on February 9, 2020
  • I keep it simple but using precuts and fabric from a single line- that way my colors are coordinated and I can pick the precut that is best for the pattern I’m making

    —Karen H on February 9, 2020
  • I start with a simple pattern that can easily be adjusted as well as have applique added if the inspiration strikes.

    —JaniceCarole Allen on February 9, 2020
  • I love Kim’s books. She has such an eye for color mixing and placement. And her designs always just go a step further to make them more interesting. She is a treasure to all of us who quilt.

    —Ramona Chester on February 9, 2020
  • I organize my pieces in an assembly line and chain piece whenever possible.

    —Nathania on February 9, 2020
  • I like to keep patchwork "simple" by using specialty rulers so that I can use fabric cut to standard sizes, like 1.5, 2 and 2.5″. None of that 3/8 or 5/8″ stuff if I can help it! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    —Gina Hare on February 9, 2020
  • When I am cutting fabric any of the leftovers get cut into squares from 10″ down to 1&1/2 ". This makes it easy to usually start and finish a small quilt in a day. Everything is already cut.

    —CyndyL on February 9, 2020
  • I love Kim’s books & fabrics!

    —Vicki Beckner on February 9, 2020
  • For me, it works to keep it simple by making blocks that don’t have too many pieces and definitely not tiny pieces! I also stay organised by keeping the pieces in neat stacks and labeling them.

    —YvonneJ on February 9, 2020
  • I love classic blocks like the log cabin and the churn dash.

    —Janice Mitchell on February 10, 2020
  • Simple patterns.

    —Lin on February 10, 2020
  • I like simple lines.
    Love Traditional patterns.

    —Pam Marshall on February 10, 2020
  • I always seem to come back to 4 and 9 patch blocks as a relaxing project after completing a more complicated one. Color and fabric choices are allowed to shine.

    —Linda S on February 10, 2020
  • I do all of my cutting at the beginning and strip piece when I can. Thanks for the chance to win Kim Diehl’s book, I love her patterns.

    —Karen N on February 10, 2020
  • I tend to do bigger blocks and when cutting the fabric i place in piles according to size then color. I like to chain piece also. I have felt boards on the wall so that when a block is finished i place it on the board to follow along with how many if have made and the placement of them

    —Lauren Rogers on February 10, 2020
  • I keep it simple by choosing easy patterns with precuts.

    —Frances Claassens on February 10, 2020
  • I love your patterns and designs. Always looking for a new challenge. I would be honored to receive this book!

    —Cathy Fangman on February 10, 2020
  • I keep it simple by reading the instructions first, then cutting, basically staying organized as I go which includes chain piecing when possible.

    —Lisa T on February 11, 2020
  • I’m a newbie, so I stick to easy blocks,and try not to get ahead of myself. I try to keep organized in my workspace to avoid confusion,lol

    —Marylou Crawford on February 11, 2020
  • When cutting the fabric, I use freezer bags ( hold up best), label the size of the cut then when sewing units together I store each unit in a bigger freezer bag labeled as such. Everything goes together pretty fast after that to finish the quilt top!

    Camilla Hunter on February 11, 2020
  • I keep it simple by organizing my fabric by color and cutting scraps to specific sizes. I keep the scraps sorted by color and size in a scrapbooking drawer organizer tower under my cutting table. It’s easy to pull from and dust free. I love Kim’s scrappy style and rich colors and prints.

    —Annie Olson on February 11, 2020
  • I have a book of simple quilts. Recently, when I was working on a complex and labour intensive quilt, I took a break by making a quilt from this book.

    Laura B on February 12, 2020
  • I keep things simple by just focusing on one project at a time, setting out my time so that things remain fun and not cumbersome, cutting all my pieces and organising them to the respective blocks and stitching continusly one strip, one block at a time…i simply like to "kiss" ( keep it simple "silly") my work along :*

    —Riffat Hussain on February 12, 2020
  • I wish I could say I’ve kept things simple but after spending 1/2 a day redoing a simple paper pieced block (More than once) I now know that at 78 I must learn to "Keep It Simple" if I want to keep quilting-And as I am about to become a new Grandmother. I still have some fun quilting ahead of me .

    —Elizajane C. on February 12, 2020
  • I always over think every project. I would love opportunity to start the Simple projects from this book.

    —Carol Wilkie on February 13, 2020
  • staying organized and keeping my work space clean makes things simpler you know right where the things you need are and don’t have to search for things

    —Lisa H on February 13, 2020
  • I love to make what seems like a complicated project but made with simple blocks.

    —Candy on February 13, 2020
  • Read ahead, and make a list

    —Jennifer on February 13, 2020
  • using simple block works for me.

    —kim on February 14, 2020
  • Kim Diehl is one of my very favorite designers and I have so many of her fabric lines. They are my favorite. I love patchwork and I don’t feel it’s too difficult. Most important is that dang 1/4″ semas … Keep it simple by not messing up my seams. lol I love applique and it works with almost everything I’ve done … Thank you for the giveaway.

    —Rosemary Barron on February 14, 2020
  • Its not how do I keep it simple, its I have to keep it simple. I am a new quilter, just rectangles and squares and straight sewing. I don’t have a stash yet, so there really isn’t much to keep simple. Maybe this book will give me the push I need to go to the next level, maybe triangles or circles. Thanks for the giveaway

    —Virginia Bronner on February 17, 2020

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