Quilts for happy times, heartbreak (+ giveaway)

Quilts Made with Love quilt labelHave you ever had someone close to you experience a dramatic life event—either heartwarming or heartbreaking—and you wanted to let them know you care more than words could express? Sometimes giving something of yourself, whether it’s time, hugs, a nourishing meal, or a simple gift, can be healing not only for the person going through the event, but for the person providing the support.

Rachel Griffith, the prolific designer behind the popular blog ps i quilt, understands how quilts can instantly delight, soothe, and uplift—and how they can help the maker process the good and the bad along with those experiencing it. Rachel is here at Stitch This! today to tell us, in her signature prose, about the inspiration behind the simple yet meaningful projects in her new book, Quilts Made with Love, and how the quilts you make and give can surround people—quite literally—with love.


Rachel GriffithI’m so very excited to talk to y’all about my first book, Quilts Made with Love.

We’ve all experienced life events.
These events, good or bad, make up our lives.
Think about all the events that have happened in or around your life within the last year.
Your friend expecting her first baby, your cousin getting married, your neighbor passing away, or your grandson receiving orders for deployment.
I’m willing to bet, you can personally relate to one, if not more, of these occasions.

All Together Now quilt
“All Together Now”

I have found that quilters are some of the most generous people I know.
I believe that as quilters, we have this inner urge to help people in whatever capacity we can.
A lot of the time, well 98% of the time, we help by offering a quilt.
There’s something about quilts that is timeless and almost therapeutic.

Pathways quilt
“Pathways”

I believe that quilters tend to have a passion for helping people through quiltmaking.
Because of this passion, when an occasion arises, there should be a go-to book to help you find the perfect quilt.
A book that will guide you in giving quilts for all of life’s events.
A book featuring quilts that are meant to be celebratory and quilts that are meant to comfort.

It Takes two quilt
“It Takes Two”

My inspiration for Quilts Made with Love came from the all-occasion greeting card boxes that my grandmothers like to have on hand.
Your grandmother had boxes of those things, right?
Thought so. 😉

Unconditional quilt
“Unconditional”

As a quilter, I wanted to be able to open a book and pick the appropriate quilt for whatever situation I was faced with—just as my grandmothers would choose a card from the assortment.
The occasions featured in Quilts Made with Love cover everything from birth to loss. (The non-holiday events.)
Need a quilt for a retirement gift? It’s there.
Need a quilt for a sick parent? It’s there, too.
And there are many more.

Happily Ever After quilt
“Happily Ever After”

In addition to supplying designs for all occasions, Quilts Made with Love caters to any level of quiltmaking skill and to the traditional and modern quilter alike.
I pride myself on being a nowadays quilter. (Someone that mixes traditional and modern.)
I also enjoy creating (and making) simple, enjoyable quilts.

Look to the Stars quilt
“Look to the Stars”

Chances are, like most people, you lead a busy lifestyle. This is something that I can totally relate to. (I have four kids and a husband who coaches high school football.)
I personally need to be able to make things in a quick manner.
Most of the quilts in the book can be pieced quickly, making gift giving even easier.
Some of the quilts featured start with precut fabrics, lending to even quicker construction.
And if you love pulling from your stash, that’s perfect too.

Epilogue quilt
“Epilogue”

All the basics and finishing information are included in Quilts Made with Love.
There are also handy tips sprinkled throughout.
And we all love tips, right?

Turnaround quilt
“Turnaround”

So, whether this is your first quilt book or your 100th, I hope it will become instantly usable.
I can’t wait for y’all to hold it your hands and make quilts that celebrate and provide comfort to your friends and your family.

Quilts Made with Love


Rachel, thanks for sharing your thoughts about your inspiring book with us.

Who in your life would receive a Quilts Made with Love quilt from you? Tell us in the comments and you could win an eBook copy of Rachel’s new book. We’ll choose a winner one week from today and notify you by email if you win.

Comments are closed for this post.

Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner is Cathie, who writes:

“There are two special men in my life who are dealing with rough times. My brother with pancreatic cancer and my husband from losing his job after 17 years (good old down sizing). I would love to make each one of them a quilt from this wonderful book. And one for my daughter who will be completing nursing school in April. Thanks for the chance.”

Cathie, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!


274 Comments

  • I’ve been wanting to make a quilt for a friend who lost her husband very unexpectedly, but haven’t found just the right quilt yet. This book might be the answer! The one-year mark of his passing is in January….I’d love to find a pattern and get a quilt made in time for that.

    The Reader on September 26, 2013
  • I don’t know who would get the quilt I would make. It would be donated to the group Hearts and Hands at Edinbrook Church. The church would give it to someone in need. I’m always working on at least one quilt for this group which I attend once a month.

    —Karen Watkins on September 26, 2013
  • I would like to give the quilt to my dear husband, who has supported me through all the years we have been married. In sickness, and in health, he has always stood by my side.

    Anita on September 26, 2013
  • My father would. He’s been taking care of his mother (my grandmother) through a lot of tough times and illness, and I think he could use something made just for him. He loves gold and red, and I think the solids quilts would be quite suitable in his colors!

    Lizzie on September 26, 2013
  • My 9-year old niece. Very brave, very smart little girl who has battled an illness since she was a baby.

    —Connie on September 26, 2013
  • My neighbor just lost her second adult daughter, so she would be the one I would make a quilt for.

    —Lani Glasser on September 26, 2013
  • The people who would receive a quilt made with love from me would be all of my future great grandchildren. It will be a while until they appear on the scene, but I’m starting now while I’m still able to sew and quilt. If they never know me, at least they will have something special from me and it will be a way for them to receive a gentle touch from their great grandma.

    —Carol on September 26, 2013
  • I want to make a quilt for my mom. She taught me how to sew when I was just seven years old. Of all the things she taught me, sewing was the best, most rewarding. She doesn’t quilt, she made garments. With eight kids, she barely had time to do much for herself. I love mom so very much and would like to honor her with a quilt. I’m just beginning to learn the fine art of quilting, so I need something quick and easy. This book looks PERFECT!!!

    —Marie Lehr on September 26, 2013
  • I would make the quilt for my daughter, who has been having a very tough time this year.

    —Susan V on September 26, 2013
  • My youngest son who is at a confusing time in life.

    Karee on September 26, 2013
  • My son-in-law is the next on my list to make a quilt for. He is an awesome man – taking exceptional care of his family. He and my daughter were high school sweeties – and have been together 16 yrs.

    —Diane Martin on September 26, 2013
  • I’ve been looking for a pattern to make a quilt out of my Daddy’s shirts for myself and one each for my children. My son was diagnosed with a brain tumor (made him a prayer quilt) and before he has a successful second surgery my Daddy passed away before expected. He hadn’t seen us in quite awhile because we had been stationed in San Diego and had only been back home in WA for 3 weeks when our son was diagnosed. We need the quilts to hold on to.
    Lyn

    Lyn Kaufmann on September 26, 2013
  • I love the quilts in this book. I have already gifted several "quilts made with love" to family members, and to local charities. I’m now making some new ones, and not only are they filled with love for the recipients, but I actually love the quilts, too! I’d really enjoy making the quilts in Rachel’s book.

    —Barbara on September 26, 2013
  • I have used quilts to express my feelings for births, weddings, graduations, serious illnesses, and other life events for family and friends. The quilts are always well received. In the past few years, I have given several comfort quilts to family and friends. I have been told many times that the comfort quilts provided great comfort to the seriously ill person and then continue to comfort family members long after that individual has passed. Giving a quilt is truly giving a piece of yourself.

    —Kathy on September 26, 2013
  • I would make one for my dad. He has advanced stage Alzheimer’s and has lost his ability to speak (let alone know who I am). He always comforted me and wrapped me in love so it’s fitting. Thanks for the chance.

    Julia on September 26, 2013
  • I would give the quilt to my sister-in-law who is dealing with an immune disorder.

    —Nancy R on September 26, 2013
  • One of my oldest friends just had a baby yesterday. They have struggled with the pregnancy, so it is wonderful news. I want to give them a special quilt to wrap their little one with love in.

    Anya on September 26, 2013
  • My brother and sister-in-law live 2000 miles away. I would send them some " love"

    —Stephanie A on September 26, 2013
  • Oh the concept of this book is such a good one! My mom has a had a horrible few years and I would make a quilt for her!

    Marci Girl on September 26, 2013
  • For my parents. Thank you for the chance to win such a great book.

    —Robin Huss on September 26, 2013
  • I would make a quilt for my mom’s best friend who just lost her husband. Also, my boss who is a wannabe quilter who is retiring soon. Or my nephew who is outgrowing his baby quilt! I love how these quilts look simple yet beautiful.

    —Quilty Jen on September 26, 2013
  • I’d make one for my aunt, who has made us 2 gorgeous quilts and quilts all the time for others, but never for herself.

    —a.k. on September 26, 2013
  • My brother is getting married and I think Happily Ever After would be perfect as a wedding gift. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    —Sandy N on September 26, 2013
  • My Mother-in-Law would enjoy a nice colorful quilt. Her new assisted living apartment needs something cheerful and cozy.

    —Sally on September 26, 2013
  • My niece just went away to college and is away from home for the first time.

    —Diane on September 26, 2013
  • Wow what a great selection of quilts. I love some of these for some great quilts in scrappy and I am behind on my charity quilts this year.

    —Beth on September 26, 2013
  • I would make a quilt for the family of a friend who passed away suddenly this weekend.

    —Sarah on September 26, 2013
  • I would make a quilt for a returning war hero or two. I might also make a quit or two to donate to Margaret’s Hope Chest!

    Pat on September 26, 2013
  • I would like to make a special quilt for my daughter who had recent breast cancer surgery.

    —Joan H. on September 26, 2013
  • I’ve been wanting to make my mother a quilt for a long time and her birthday is coming up, and that seems like a good time to give someone a quilt.

    —Shannon on September 26, 2013
  • My new grandbaby. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Sallie on September 26, 2013
  • I would make the "Happily Ever After" quilt for my Husband, who I tell all the time is "the best thing that ever happened to me". We have had wonderful times and difficult times, good health and serious illness, financial success and money problems, but he is always there with a smile and a hug-always. He is my hero.

    —Karen on September 26, 2013
  • My amazing boyfriend who has been with me through everything and has recently lost his mother

    Stephanie on September 26, 2013
  • My father is 65 and is recovering from a stroke. He had never been sick a day in his life before this experience. It is a long, hard road back to being able to walk again and I would love to make him a quilt that he could have on his wheelchair and his bed, reminding him how much his family loves him and encourages him to get better. Hopefully it will help with the down days!! Rachel’s quilts are amazing.

    —Allyson D on September 26, 2013
  • I would make one for my oldest sister, who is fighting Parkinson’s disease.

    —Sydnie on September 26, 2013
  • My daughter and her husband are about to sign the final papers on a farm and will be moving there to their new home soon. A quilt would be a great way to warm up a new household.

    —Mary on September 26, 2013
  • A very dear friend has been diagnosed with cancer, I want to wrap her in a quilt since I can’t wrap her in my arms enough.

    —Janet D. on September 26, 2013
  • My best friend of the past 3 year just left the area for her husband’s soon retirement. We both have special needs kids and loved to support each other. She even sacrificed a big home for a time. She deserves a nice quilt made with love from me. She’s an art teacher by profession, so I know she’d appreciate it! Maybe I’d make her the Happily Ever After as a prayer for her new life as she has a new home to move into too! I miss her dearly.

    —Polly on September 26, 2013
  • I have a grand daughter who is graduating from college in a year. I would love to make her one of these quilts. These quilts are beautiful and I might even give one to my sister who has dementia. She would love it. The colors of these quilts are beautiful and look fairly easy.

    —Lois on September 26, 2013
  • I have started and restarted typing this comment a few times, as I keep thinking of different people I would give a quilt to. Some I already have, some i have been meaning to but haven’t gotten to it just yet. I think one of my hubby’s coworkers – who’s young daughter’s life was all too short…

    —Regina on September 26, 2013
  • First, I’d make a "Way to go!" quilt for our granddaughter. ♥ Then, I’d make some tops and mail them to my best friend in AZ. Her group makes and distributes quilts to the needy, and I’d love to help out. Thanks a bunch for the chance to win this awesome book! 🙂

    —Maree on September 26, 2013
  • I just found out my only daughter is expecting a baby. She will definitely need a new quilt to keep her growing body warm over the winter in Minnesota!

    Mary on Lake Pulaski on September 26, 2013
  • Two friends have recently lost sons through quite different circumstances. Both could use quilty hugs.

    —Carol Vickers on September 26, 2013
  • My son has just moved into a new place and needs a new quilt from his mom!

    —Linda Webster on September 26, 2013
  • So many people, so many quilts but I think at the top of my list would be my sister, Judy. She has been my BEST friend through thick and thin and is the best MOM in the world to her three kids … she thinks of everyone else first … now I think it is her turn.

    —Linda H on September 26, 2013
  • This looks like a lovely book. I like to make quilts for people who are going through chemotherapy. I want to help them feel the warmth and friendship with each quilt.

    —Paula W. on September 26, 2013
  • myself. why do I deserve this gift. I always do for friends and family. then this would be for me.

    —fernanda on September 26, 2013
  • I want to make a quilt for my best friend who has literally saved my life and been the anchor that keeps me (more or less) sane for the last thirty years! I just haven’t found the right Southwest design for her yet.

    —Roberta Kennedy on September 26, 2013
  • I would make a quilt for my sister because she has gone through A LOT in her life.

    —Jan on September 26, 2013
  • I just made a D4P lap quilt for a neighbour who’s gone through a horrific divorce. Every time I’ve made a quilt I feel I’ve stitched love into it and I’d love yet more inspiration to find the right quilt for the right person next time I stitch. Our world seems unfortunately full of people whose problems seem worse than our own.

    —Jacquie Clegg on September 26, 2013
  • At the age of 51, my sister (who has a developmental disability) lost her mother (both parents in less than 2 years), moved from the only home she had ever known in Cincinnati to NJ and started a job (her first ever) at the county sheltered workshop. She would definitely benefit from the comfort of a special quilt (especially one with a lot of green color).

    —Kathy on September 26, 2013
  • I would make a quilt for my granddaughter. She’s a great kid and really appreciates things that are made especially for her. Thanks for this opportunity.

    —Jane Ritz on September 26, 2013
  • After living for six months in a rental house, my daughter, and her family will finally be moving back into their ‘new’ old house. The house was partially being renovated to give them more room. You have given me the idea to make them a welcome home quilt, and I can’t wait to get started on it. By the way, I love the label "no place like home." This whole idea just warms my heart. Thank you Rachel

    —Barbara on September 26, 2013
  • I would like to make a quilt for one of my daughter’s best friends. She lost her mother to cancer a few years ago and shortly thereafter her stepfather (the only father she has ever known) sold all her mother’s things and began dating. This girl is getting married in e few weeks and I would like her to know that she is loved.

    —Barbara Cozens on September 26, 2013
  • I have a new grandbaby coming next year so I will definitely have to make a quilt for someone new to love.

    Carrie P. on September 26, 2013
  • Now I do covers for my friend, who has 35 years is there truly by me, and this is my first big quilt! I hope that it will be pretty and she likes it ..

    —Mania on September 26, 2013
  • I usually make quilts for happy occasions — babies, weddings, graduations. However, I have also made a couple of quilts for those who have lost a loved one, using some fabrics from garments or ties I think all of these quilts are appreciated by those who receive them.

    —Carol Sc on September 26, 2013
  • My two aunts that recently lost their husbands would be the ones I would make quilts for. I am thinking of asking their daughters for some of their shirts so I can include pieces in the quilts. I think my Aunts would appreciate the thought since I live so far away and was unable to attend either funeral.

    Wanda on September 26, 2013
  • I would make a quilt for my sister – she and I cared for our mother during her last six months of life, and while it was oh-so-painful to watch out mother dying, we got closer than we’ve ever been.

    —Elizabeth Bolton on September 26, 2013
  • My daughter. When she was small, I did not quilt. I made her clothing. But now that she is an adult, I have only made some fun home decor quilts. I would love to make her a wedding quilt. Oh, yeah. She not engaged yet. She’s been dating him for 6 1/2 years. Well, I guess I’ll just have to wait

    —Marguerite Namdar on September 26, 2013
  • My youngest niece, who is just starting college, going away from home for the first time. Her mom, my sister, is having some issues and may be going away herself for a few years, though not to college. My niece knows I love her and has several quilts I’ve made, but a new one, for her college experience and to comfort her in this difficult time, would be just wonderful.

    —Jill Ellis on September 26, 2013
  • My cousin who is now recovering from a broken femur, would be the person who would receive a "quilt made with love" from me. She has recovered from cancer several times, and is so depressed at being back in the hospital, now in a nursing home. She just wants it to be over. A quilt would make her realize she is loved and would encourage her in her recovery.

    valma honeyfield on September 26, 2013
  • I would make one for my dear friend, my cousin, whose family will be moving halfway across the country from us soon.

    —Heidi on September 26, 2013
  • Such beautiful quilts with bright colors would make anyone happy to receive one. Anyone making one of these quilts would be making it with love. My gd is going to have a baby in January and I would love to make one for her.

    —Dorothy S. on September 26, 2013
  • My next "quilt made with love" will have to go to my Mother. She has been my source of comfort and inspiration for so many years, and now is in need of a little comfort herself. She is aging, and experiencing health problems, and recently lost the love of her life, my Father. We are all still grieving, but she has experienced the greatest loss. I have been saying for a long time that I was going to make a quilt for Mom, but never got around to it. Mainly because I was so busy making quilts for others who were experiencing both happy and sad life events – weddings, cancer treatments, new babies, graduations, death of a loved one, new home, etc. Well, now it’s time for Mom to get a comfort quilt from her daughter who owes her so much. Even though I tell her often that I love her, I want her to have a lasting reminder to wrap around herself when she needs to feel a warm hug.

    —Robin on September 26, 2013
  • I would make one for my mother. She has been doing alot for everyone lately. With in the last year two of my Grandparents have had heart attacks and bypass surgery and my father has gone on kidney dialysis. She has done everything that she can for everyone without a complaint and with a smile always on her face. One of these quilts would be a great way to tell her how much we all love and appreciate her.

    —Holly on September 26, 2013
  • My friend has recently and tragically lost both of her parents. I would make her a quilt with much love.

    Nita on September 26, 2013
  • I make comfort quilts. Quilts for people who are or have gone through a very tough time. As I sit and make these quilts (usually out of my scraps), I think about the people who will receive the quilts. What kind of difficult time they had, how this quilt might bring them comfort, and then I say a prayer for the recipient (unknown to me) before I pass it on. I receive great satisfaction knowing my talents will benefit others. I would use the book for other ideas of making quick quilts that would benefit the sick, the dying, or others in transitional times in their lives. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Judy Brennan on September 26, 2013
  • i would make one each for my daughters before my psoriatic arthritis robs me of my passion for quilting.

    —Lynda on September 26, 2013
  • I’ve made quilts for everyone in my family except for my 18 year old nephew because I’ve been stuck at what to quilt for a teenage boy who just started college. Perhaps this book could help me find the right quilt.

    —Stephanie on September 26, 2013
  • This is a beautiful book! I would love to make several of these quilts. Number one would be for my grandson who just joined the Marines.

    —Sandi on September 26, 2013
  • My quilt made with love would go to a dear cousin. Now in a motorized wheelchair, he makes an effort to be as charming and resourceful as he ever was.

    Gail G on September 26, 2013
  • A dear friend of mine was just diagnosed with breast cancer. We’re all in shock right now but she has the best attitude about it. I want to make her a quilt that will be comforting, esp. once she starts chemo.

    Susan Mulvihill on September 26, 2013
  • At LEAST two quilts would be made. The first would be given to my special friend who is a retired pediatician who cared for many children without compensaton and still donates her time to the local food pantry, and reading to the children at the library and kindergarten. She has been diagnosed with the beginning of Parkinsons. The second quilt would be donated to Quilts for Kids because I am one of the Chapter Leaders.

    —Cheryl Marie on September 26, 2013
  • I made two quilts of love for Mom. One was a sampler lap quilt in her favorite colors (aqua and pink, with yellow and green for accent). A few months later, she complained it was not big enough to keep her warm anymore. So I whipped out a basic flannel quilt, without piecing. When Mom died a week later, my grandaughters each took one of the quilts to remember their Great-grandma.

    —LYNNE on September 26, 2013
  • I would make a quilt for my daughter and her partner, they just got engaged and make such a great couple. My daughter has opened up her heart and home to me, as I am disabled, I would make a quilt letting them know how much a love them for helping me and makeing their home mine also.

    —Lori M. on September 26, 2013
  • My daughter who is going through some struggles right now. More signs that we love her is what will keep her strong.

    —Sandra on September 26, 2013
  • I like making quilts for kid’s charities. My aunt in South Dakota started a program where she made quilts for the Highway Patrol to give to children that were in tramatic situatins, like car accidents. I’d love to do this in my area. This book would be just the thing to get a group making these!

    —Pat on September 26, 2013
  • Members of my guild get together once a month to make charity quilts, along with what we make on our own at home. We are always looking for fresh new patterns that are not that involved to complete. We pick different charities throughout the year and donate what we have completed. Knowing that we have helped so many people in their time of need gives us the strength to continue on each month.

    —connie on September 26, 2013
  • My friend, who’s marriage of 30+ years has ended within the past year or so. She works hard, is never off sick and works every hour she can get. At almost 60, this is a tough place to find yourself. He of course has moved in with someone else. Retired, living fancy free, while my friend struggles daily, watches the grandkids, tends to her horses, the house, the garden, and falls into bed exhausted every night.

    —Kimberly Jones on September 26, 2013
  • I think I’d make one for my twin – I haven’t made her a quilt yet!

    —Alexis on September 26, 2013
  • I think maybe one for my mother-in-law, since she’s the one who taught me how to quilt. I also would like to make one for my oldest son who, at 19, is close to the "fly from the nest" step in his life.

    —Mel on September 26, 2013
  • My brother died 10 days ago and I would make a quilt for his wife of 53 years. She was a wonderful wife and still is a great sis-in-law.

    —Mary S on September 26, 2013
  • A close family friend needs a quilt made with love after making it through a long stretch of chemo.

    —Deborah on September 26, 2013
  • I would love to make a quilt for my sister. She lives in Sacramento and had been battling Valley Fever for 10 years. I think VF is worse than Cancer. She is such a strong person but this illness has taken so much from her. After Christmas I am definitely going to make one for each of my sisters…I have 4 still living.

    —Susan Paxton on September 26, 2013
  • I would give a quilt to my friend Jennifer whose daughter and husband have terminal cancer. She needs all the love and hugs she can get.

    —Cheryl on September 26, 2013
  • My friend is expecting her third baby just after getting diagnosed with a thyroid problem. She spent the last year frustrated and upset that she didn’t have the energy to be the kind of mom she wanted (and used) to be. Now, with the pregnancy, she’s going to be having a hard time with that because she JUST got her energy back. I’d love to make her a large lap quilt that she can use to snuggle on the couch with her two children, as a reminder that it’s okay to take it slow.

    —Erin Marie on September 26, 2013
  • I would make a quilt for my Aunt who lost her only living sister after a 3 month hospital illness.

    —Veronica on September 26, 2013
  • For each of my grand-daughters ~ from Mimi with Love <3

    —Vickie on September 26, 2013
  • My son and daughter-in-law were recently devastated to find out that their 8-year old daughter (my sweet blond blue-eyed granddaughter) has Type 1 Diabetes, which means that for the rest of her life, she will be on insulin 3 times a day. That is bad enough, but she is also autistic so there are many challenges for them as a family. They also have a 12 year old son and he is a wonderful boy also. I know there are worse stories of heartache than mine, but the idea of making a quilt for my daughter-in-law would make me feel that I am giving her some comfort and show how much we care, especially since we live so far away.

    —Harriet on September 26, 2013
  • First of all, I really love your new book. I have made all of my close family members their special quilt. At this time I am making a very special quilt for my best school friend. We had so many happy years going through our 12 grades. I have never forgotten our close relationship and I’ll treasure it always. This quilt will show her my love.

    —Diane on September 26, 2013
  • The next person who will receive a love quilt from me will be my husband on his retirement. After so many years of working so hard for his employer, he will finally be able to do what he wants (well, after he finishes the honey do list!) My idea is to have a sailboat quilt since he loves sailing and fishing and to back it with all those dress shirts he won’t be wearing daily any more!

    I think the All Together Now quilt is wonderful! And the rest are great, too. I’d love to win.

    —Diana on September 26, 2013
  • I am thinking it would go to a friend with a new baby.

    —Ginger on September 26, 2013
  • I would make a quilt for my daughter. She is getting married in May so I would try to get started right away. It’s going to be hard to choose between Happily Ever After, Unconditional and It Takes Two. I am up to the challenge. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Virginia Bronner on September 26, 2013
  • My dear, sweet sister-in-law. I have been busy making quilts for her kids getting married, and then their new babies. I would love to make a quilt for her. She is so thoughtful and generous and has worked so hard to give her kids everything. I think it is time that she gets what she wants.

    —Lu Ann on September 26, 2013
  • There are several family weddings coming up which are great occasions for giving quilts. Wrap the happy couple in love right from the start! Rachel’s patterns are beautiful and I would love to use them for making gift quilts. Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Lisa Marie on September 26, 2013
  • I would make a quilt for my brother-in-law. He has battled cancer twice, and won! But now he faces open heart surgery to replace a heart valve. I would put much love in it for him. Thanks

    —Toni on September 26, 2013
  • I am just about to make a quilt for my soon to be daughter-in-laws mother who is currently going through chemo for cancer.

    —Lee on September 26, 2013
  • I belong to a branch of my guild which gives quilts to battered women’s shelters and to children in chrisis. Personally I have made quilts for several friend enduring serious illness. At the moment I’m looking for a pattern for a quilt for my brother-in-law and sister-in-law who have just moved into their retirement home. Making and giving quilts away is one of my greatest pleasures in quilting!

    —Ellie on September 26, 2013
  • My sister lives on the other side of the country and I would like to surprise her with a quilt…just because I miss her & wish she was closer.

    —Catherine on September 26, 2013
  • My grandma deserves one! She is going through some cancer treatment right now…

    —Heidi on September 26, 2013
  • I would like to make one of these quilts for a very good friend – she actually teaches school (quilts, knitting, crochet, paper crafts, quilling). I think it’s time someone did something for her! she does provide us all with her help whenever she thinks we need it!!

    —Judy S on September 26, 2013
  • I would give the book to my dear friend. She is a very caring and giving person. She is always there for me when I need her and we share our love of quilting.
    Another reason to chose her is that she is almost 70 years old and her quilthistory is a traditional one. But because she thinks modern, she also adores the modern quilts. So this would be my idea of helping her.
    Best regards, Marjan

    Marjan on September 26, 2013
  • I would make two quilts for my two inspirational cousins. They recently lost their mother (my aunt) from a debilitating cancer. She was also a quilter and asked me to make something for them after she was gone from her stash. I have been looking for a pattern that expresses the right feelings and memories, and I think these patterns will work.

    —Barb on September 26, 2013
  • I would make a quilt of love for my friend Ann. We have been friends since the 2nd grade. (We just celebrated our 50 year High School class reunion.) We have enjoyed doing ALOT of thrift shopping together. She has been the one person in our class who has kept all of us together. She always keeps track of everyone’s moving over the 50 years. She so deserves a Quilt of Love. And, I would LOVE, LOVE making it.

    Sharon Hansen on September 26, 2013
  • I would love to make a special quilt for my husband but also need ideas for quilts for those special times in friends lives.

    —Dianna Cook on September 26, 2013
  • I would make one for my youngest daughter who is getting married next June. I actually have a double wedding ring quilt top that her grandmother made but never had a chance to finish. It would be great to find just the right border to finish that one. That leaves me with my oldest daughter, who has given me my wonderful grandchildren. It would be great to make a special quilt for each of them.

    —Debbie on September 26, 2013
  • I would make a baby quilt for the next baby in the family (whoever/whenever that might be).

    —Ruth Ann on September 26, 2013
  • I would make a remembrance quilt for my Dad. My Mom passed away two weeks ago. My parents were married for 65 years. The last three years my Dad has been traveling back and forth to the nursing home twice a day to feed her and just be there for her. The last few months she didn’t know who he was. His days were so filled with caring for my Mom that he’s lost now and doesn’t know what to do. I think a remembrance quilt would bring him comfort, warmth and many thoughts of Mom as she was a quilter too.

    —Melanie on September 26, 2013
  • My Mom who has loved me & helped me for 39 years! I love my Mom!!

    —Brenda C on September 26, 2013
  • I think I would start by making myself a quilt….for my retirement…..after 13 years in the one workplace, and having sick leave after a knee replacement for 2 years and then having a forced retirement, I never even received a card from my workplace, so I think a quilt would do just nicely!….Then it would be a wedding quilt for a very dear friend next year!

    Wendy B on September 26, 2013
  • At this time I am making a quilt for my 11 year old granddaughter who is having back surgery next month. I’ve decided to back it with muslin. As is often the case when one has an extended hospital stay, they collect greetings and well wishes from visitors and their nurses and doctors. Therefore, I’m giving her a package of Sharpies so she can have people autograph the back of her quilt.Hopefully, it will be a treasure forever for her and keep her spirits up.

    —Donna on September 26, 2013
  • I have a couple of friends who could use a quilt. Two of them are going through some rough patches… Loss of a loved one, a job loss and a motorcycle accident are just some of the hardships between the two of them., and soon I’ll be moving away, so a quilt is always a nice keepsake gift too.

    —Marieke on September 26, 2013
  • My retired pastor’s wife has been battling ovarian cancer & liver cancer
    for several years. She has endured so much and has not lost her faith or hope. The last treatments she received did not work and her tumors had increased in size. The Dr.’s have asked her if she would like to participate in an experimental treatment and her answer was "If it will help someone else I will do it". This is probably her last chance at recovery. She is the one I would make a quilt for.

    —Blanche on September 26, 2013
  • My daughter Anne – she has been so supportive through my recent illness despite being a new mum. She always brings little Lilly ( who is 4 months old) to see me and takes me out to keep my spirits up while I am recovering. I love her with all my heart.

    —Peggy seal on September 26, 2013
  • I would make a quilt for my niece who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She’s going to start chemo first, and I want to remind her how much we love her. Especially when she’s feeling down,she can wrap up in her quilt and feel the love!

    —Jean Blythe on September 26, 2013
  • I absolutely adore your designs and fabric choices. Just wonderful. I do hope I win the book!
    ~ Christina in Cleveland

    —Christina in Cleveland on September 26, 2013
  • I have made so many quilts for those I love – a quilt for my uncle made with some fabrics from my mother’s stash after she passed, baby quilts for all the nieces, nephews and their kids, my husband … and I have more planned for a new step-niece, my best friend, her kids, baby quilts for two friends at work, the director of my barbershop chorus … I give away almost everything I make. Mostly for happy times, but occasionally for sad times … making quilts is my therapy for coping with a very analytical corporate job and making them with love soothes my soul.

    —Dawn Barach on September 26, 2013
  • My quilt would go to my mother, who sadly, has recently had to move into aged care due to dementia. It is sad to see someone who did University level Calculus as a hobby in her mid-70’s, and a tandem parachute jump for her 80th birthday, no longer able to adequately care for herself and having to concentrate extremely hard to even sign her name. She is now 88. The quilt would contain some special memories, such as some fabric from my (deceased)father’s flannel shirts, and from some of her favourite cotton dresses – all stitched together with love.

    —Susanne Baker on September 26, 2013
  • My granddaughter who just got married would receive a double bed quilt. I made her a long twin quilt when she went away to college and she loved it so much I am sure she would appreciate a larger quilt now that she is sharing a double with her wonderful new husband!

    —Barbara Murray on September 26, 2013
  • My daughter is going through a difficult time – moving to new apt., her car was a ‘hit and run’ and work is not fulfilling. I wish I had something ready to send up to her right now. Of course, any book with Rachel is fabulous.

    —Carol A.J. on September 26, 2013
  • I think I’d make a quilt for my husband… I love him so. I almost lost him in late February to kidney failure and I realized I haven’t made him his own quilt yet.

    —liz schraeder on September 26, 2013
  • I love the concepts of the quilts in your book. I would like to make several quilts. One would be for my teaching collegue who retired from teaching after 40 years of service to students of Mathematics. Another would be my aunt who fell and broke both bones in her ankle. Next, I need a pattern for my son’s girlfriend who is a runner. I am betting I can find a oattern to solve all these quiltng needs. Please enter me in the contest, it us excitng

    —Onita Oles on September 26, 2013
  • I love the concepts of the quilts in your book. I would like to make several quilts. One would be for my teaching collegue who retired from teaching after 40 years of service to students of Mathematics. Another would be my aunt who fell and broke both bones in her ankle. Next, I need a pattern for my son’s girlfriend who is a runner. I am betting I can find a oattern to solve all these quiltng needs. Please enter me in the contest, it us exciiting.

    —Onita Oles on September 26, 2013
  • I would make more than one. Definitely one for my mom- she the one that told me I needed to know how to sew if for no other purpose than mending. I have been sewing since the early 70’s and love it. From apparel to now quilting, it has become my career and my sanity. Another one for a friend who just lost her husband; The yearly quilt that I make for a dear friend’s non-profit in memory of her sister; one for my brother, sister, husband, son, and all of my nieces (4).Any reason to make a quilt in a good one.

    —Connie on September 26, 2013
  • I would make "Look to the Stars" for my son who has first started looking to the night sky since the age of 4.

    —Phyllis M. on September 26, 2013
  • A friend with cancer would receive one of my quilts that I made from "Quilts made with Love"

    —Linda Christianson on September 26, 2013
  • I would make one of these for a friend of mine who is going through some hard times right now. A quilt "Hug" will help when I’m not around to give her one in person.

    —Barbara Y on September 26, 2013
  • I would make All Together Now for my first grandchild due to arrive in January!!

    —Joni on September 26, 2013
  • I love the quilts in this book!! I have made prayer quilts for several people with major upheavals in their life, or life-threatening illnesses, including my great nephew who had a double lung transplant before his 1st birthday. I have another friend now with stage 4 cancer, & she needs a quilt!!

    —Jeannine on September 26, 2013
  • I would make sisters Jackie and Robbie each a quilt. They recently found me on fb. I haven’t seen them since they were very young. They played at my house and I became a second mom to them. Though they are both grown now, each with their own family, I still think of them with love and want to wrap them up in a quilt.

    —Debby H on September 26, 2013
  • Like most quilters, I have a UFO pile. Recently, one of my brothers was operated on for a brain tumour. Several days later an inoperable tumour on his spine was discovered. He had radiation, and now they’ve found a tumour in his lungs. His time with us is limited. Several years ago he had his bladder emoved due to a very aggresive cancer. When I heard, I wanted to do something to give him some comfort, and let him know I cared. In the UFO pile was a "Round the World" top, and as he loved travelling, this was ideal. My LA friend quilted it, I did the binding by machine (turned out very nice) and sent it off, all within a week. He has it now, and I’m waiting for a photo. I will now complete more in the pile, to have "just in case", you never know when one will be needed.

    —Aussie on September 26, 2013
  • My BFF/neighbor moved to Texas. I miss having her here, and I’m sure she misses me too as the phone calls are at least 2 hours long 1-2x a week.

    —Janet T on September 26, 2013
  • I would make a baby quilt. I have several friends who are expecting their first child. There is nothing like a handmade quilt for a new baby!

    —Lena on September 26, 2013
  • My newest great nephew!

    —Jane on September 26, 2013
  • I would make a quilt for my brother who has been fighting a tough fight in his life for three years. Just to let him know that I will be there for him in anyway I can. I’ll love him forever.

    —Dot on September 26, 2013
  • I would make a quilt for me. I unexpectly lost my husband two years ago. It would help me by making something wonderful and beautiful to honor his memory and then making it would help me work thru the pain. As a quilter we tend to be very generous and give these wonderful gifts that we put so much of ourselves in them to other people that we have a tendency to forget about ourselves and being good to us.

    —Kary on September 26, 2013
  • I would like to make a quilt for one of my best friends. She has survived a multitude of issues. We recently just celebrated her 10th anniversary of being cancer free. I would love to make a quilt to celebrate how happy we all are to have her in our life and how special she really is. A true inspiration! October is Breast Cancer Awareness month here in Canada…and I would love to surprise her!

    —Catherine Olesky on September 26, 2013
  • I would make a quilt for my mother-in-law who is having health issues. She is more like a mother to me, especially since my mom passed away years ago. She still needs to go for more tests, but may need either a stent or heart by-pass surgery. So I would like to make a quilt for her to help her thru whatever comes up next and the anticipated long recovery associated with that treatment – something that would brighten her days and make her smile.

    Laurie on September 26, 2013
  • My sister is going through a very tough time right now. She has many problems at work and cannot retire yet, and so many issues in her family right now and she is dealing with MS. Sometimes she just needs a little comfort. We live an hour away from each other and it’s hard to get to her when she needs me as I also have heaIlth issues. I think a quilt that I made especially for her would comfort her in times that I cannot get there. I would really love to be there for her more often but since I can’t, I can show her how much I love her with a quilt.

    —Melissa Halpain on September 26, 2013
  • I can’t decide who would get the first quilt. I have a friend who will be retiring soon, a great niece expecting twins, and a couple other nieces who are also expecting. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

    —Kathy C on September 26, 2013
  • I love your patterns! This certainly sounds selfish but since I always put myself last, I think I would make a quilt for me….finally! I have made quilts for so many people and just about every member of my extended and immediate family, that I think it is time to make one for me!!

    —sharon on September 26, 2013
  • Love the concept and love the preview of the patterns. I need a new pattern, a new inspiration for my next few quilts.

    —Bergere on September 26, 2013
  • When my son was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia when he was just two years old, I was completely unprepared for the generosity and kindness our family was blessed with- from complete strangers! One of the most treasured and thoughtful items we received during his battle with leukemia, were three different quilts from three separate individuals. He treasured all three of those quilts all the way until the day he died- he was only three years old. It’s been three years since he passed, but those treasured quilts remain an extremely important part of our lives even now. They are a constant reminder of not just my baby boy’s unbelievable strength, but also of the amazing kindness of strangers- and their ability to touch someone’s heart- even if they have never met. I have vowed to pass along the kindness we were shown during my son’s fight, and make quilts for other children facing life-threatening illnesses. I feel blessed to just have the opportunity to hopefully make the same impact on other families, just as three strangers once made on my own family. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month- so take a moment to reach out to a child battling cancer: many personal stories and family blogs can be found at http://www.caringbridge.org.

    —Christa Dunn on September 26, 2013
  • Refreshing , colourful and modern look. Would love to win. Have the one picked that I would do right away.

    —Elsie Bulva on September 26, 2013
  • I just have to start by saying that for some reason “All Together Now” made me catch my breath when I scrolled down.

    My remaining grandparent, my Mom’s Mom should be the person who get a Quilts Made with Love quilt from me. Her short term memory (and memory in general) is pretty much shot. She needs a hug from me more often than I get to see her. Luckily she lives with my uncle and is happy there. I might leave some of the quilt unquilted so she can have something to do. She likes to keep busy buy has a hard time remembering how to do things, even knitting or using her sewing machine; she could probably hand quilt though.

    —Laura on September 26, 2013
  • I have been wanting to make a quilt for my husband. He is always supportive of my quilting and I want to give him a quilt of his own.

    —Cecilia on September 26, 2013
  • I’d pick my oldest daughter….who is the only one of 4 children that I’ve not made a quilt for!

    Deb on September 26, 2013
  • I would give a quilt to each of my new great-nieces and great-nephews born this year. I am awaiting baby number 4 right now. They need to stop having babies so I can catch up!

    —Michelle F. on September 26, 2013
  • What a coincidence that you have featured Rachel Griffith and her book in Stitch This today.
    On Monday my boss told me that a client’s wife battle with cancer wasn’t looking good at all. He wanted to do something special for her, aside from sending flowers and thought of sending her a voucher for a massage; I explained that she wouldn’t want to be massaged now the cancer was in her bones. He suggested a basket of lotions and bubble bath; I explained that if she was receiving radiation she wouldn’t be able to use anything with perfume.
    I went through treatment for cancer last year, and knew that the best thing we could give her was a quilt.
    I left work early and stopped at my LQS. I bought a packet of Bali Pops, some extra fat quarters, backing fabric and wadding and rushed home to get started.
    The kids asked what was for dinner and got the message loud and clear with just one "quilter’s look."
    By the end of the evening I had my strips sewn end to end and had started sewing the 1600″ strip Jelly-Roll Race style 😀

    The next day I had the top finished and the fat quarters cut into several different sized circles.

    By the end of the third day, I had all those circles sewn on in a stylised heart and yesterday my friend came over and pinned the quilt for me.

    This weekend I am putting aside all the housework and gardening (ROFLOL!!! – like I ever do any of that on the weekend!!) and will dedicate the next two or three days to a very simple hand-quilting design – either cross-hatch or Echo-quilting around the heart. I am determined that I will give this quilt away next week!

    Wish me luck 🙂

    —Kayt on September 26, 2013
  • Definitely would make a quilt for my brother, he’s the best!! He’s always been there for me thru thick or thin, and I love him dearly! He would treasure a quilt from me!

    —Pat on September 26, 2013
  • I’d like to make a quilt for my childhood friend of 35+ years. She just had knee replacement and the weather up north is already turning cold!

    —Claire on September 26, 2013
  • I’ve made a few quilts for love – a dog memory quilt for my best friend whose best friend had to be put down, a love quilt for my in-laws in the fall of their lives and a few other small ones just to say I cared to some special people. Am always on the lookout for just the right pattern to express how I feel when someone needs an extra "hug" so winning this book would be fantastic!

    —Joy on September 26, 2013
  • A co-worker is expecting a baby in the spring. I would love to make one of these patterns as a baby quilt.

    —Julie in GA on September 26, 2013
  • My sister-in-law is struggling with depression and has tried to commit suicide twice this year. I have been teaching her to piece and to quilt on my long arm. I would like to make a comfort quilt for her but, more importantly, I think the quilts previewed are right up her alley. I hope she would find something to her liking and choose to make it "with a little help from a friend".

    —Vivian Shatley on September 26, 2013
  • I would make one for each of my five sisters and my one brother!

    —Annette Z on September 26, 2013
  • My kids would get them, I would also love to make them as gifts for family.

    —Sunnie on September 26, 2013
  • I would make two quilts for my granddaughters, they are 12 year old twins and one for their mom (my daughter) who has MS. The quilts in this book is absolutely beautiful

    —Linda King on September 26, 2013
  • I had an idea but after reading through some of the posts, I would say pick a winner there are many! I love the thoughts and quilts of the book, it sounds wonderful and yes there are many deserving in my life but I see as many here … Great job on a quilt book!

    —Tonie Peterson on September 26, 2013
  • I recently made a small quilt for my daughter’s room mate after the death of her precious dog. I copied pictures of the dog from her Facebook page and printed them on fabric. I then made a small quilt with the pictures for her to always remember the good times the two had, as depicted in the photos. It hangs in the kitchen and now she has a new companion to soften her loss.

    —Rosemary on September 26, 2013
  • I would make a quilt for a friend who is battling liver cancer….she is such an inspiration to all!

    —ROBIN on September 26, 2013
  • I would give a quilt from this book to my friend Amy, for teaching me how to quilt and asking for nothing in return.

    —Karen Cohn on September 26, 2013
  • My son just told me last night that he would like a modern quilt for his living room. Something with minimal pattern, but grey ,teal blue and one red block in it. So I would give a quilt to my son. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Donna Joy on September 26, 2013
  • I would make a quilt for my aunt. She has the purest, most loving and giving heart of anyone I’ve ever known. She lives in a rural area up north, with cold winters. My aunt is the only older relative in my family remaining and I would love to give her back some of the warmth she so freely gives to everyone else.

    —Debbie Kitsos on September 26, 2013
  • Our youngest daughter is getting married next March and I’m planning to make her a wedding memories quilt with all of the guest’s signatures included so that’s the next one on my list.

    Jane @ Handiworking on September 26, 2013
  • It would be for my sister who is going through a tough time right now. Thanks

    —Debbie H on September 26, 2013
  • My neighbors have put their house up for sale mad although we aren’t close, they welcomed my daughter (an only child) into their family activities and helped us both find a church life when my daughter was younger. I’d like to do something special for them before they move away.

    —Karen V on September 26, 2013
  • I would make a quilt for my mom…she just got laid off and could use something happy!

    —Melanie C on September 26, 2013
  • I was born in Canada and I live in Italy. My whole family (brothers and sisters) are there. I’m making a quilt for one of the sisters that I have to finish. I will take him in the next trip. I wish transmit all the love and the warmth with which I am doing. We feel both a poignant nostalgia that the passage of time does not soothes rather increases. On the bedside table she holds a book that I gave her and told me that greets me every night as well. Here in Italy a song says: "The distance is like the wind, you know, that makes you forget who you do not love ….". Next I would make is for my son. He is now a young man who lives in his house. This book could suggest an idea for him. I would like to thank him for the good years that has given us in his company and show how proud I am of him that he never gave a thought. Thank you for this opportunity and good quilting to all ….!! Silvana Italy

    —Silvana on September 26, 2013
  • In my early beginnings as a Quilter, I made several quilts and laid them on 3 different beds for my out of town visiting sister to see. Each one, as she looked at it, I asked if the label on the back fit the quilt. The last quilt, a queen size, was pieced in the "colors" of her bedroom decor and when she looked at the label she found I had made the quilt for her. My sister, with her own gifts of love, is always doing nice things for others, including making my husband and I an afghan for our new home. It is for my friends and family, who give of themselves to others, without reservations, I will continue to make quilts for.

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on September 26, 2013
  • I’d make one for my daughter and her husband who just gave my husband and I our first grandchild- a little girl.

    —Tamie on September 26, 2013
  • The quilts I would make from this book would go to Quilts of Valor to say thanks to our Veterans for their service!

    Barbara Winkler on September 26, 2013
  • I would make a quilt for my sister who was just diagnosed with cancer. I think she would enjoy getting a quilt from me.

    —Margaret Schindler on September 26, 2013
  • I would make one of these wonderful quilts for my best friend. She lives a long distance from me and I miss her so much.

    —Chris on September 26, 2013
  • Several friends have just been diagnosed with cancer, one is in very serious condition. These friends will need a quilt to help them on their recovery journey-one made with love and lots of good wishes. There’s something special about a quilt and comfort–nothing else is quite the same.

    —Valerie on September 26, 2013
  • There are two special men in my life who are dealing with rough times. My brother with pancreatic cancer and my husband from losing his job after 17 years. (good old down sizing) I would love to make each one of them a quilt from this wonderful book. And one for my daughter who will be completing nursing school in April. Thanks for the chance.

    —Cathie on September 26, 2013
  • I always spent my half an hour to read this weblog’s posts daily along with a mug of coffee.

    Gino on September 26, 2013
  • I learnt yesterday that I am to become a Great Aunt in April.I will have to make a Quilt with Love for the new member of the family.

    —Gloria on September 27, 2013
  • I would make a quilt for my daughter who is moving to New Zealand next year, so every time she touched her quilt she would know her Mum is wrapping her in a warm hug.

    —Errolyne Mullins on September 27, 2013
  • I would love to have this book so I can get some quilt ideas. I am a beginner and love quilting.

    —Darlene on September 27, 2013
  • It would be my daughter to say thank you for being there for me from the actual time I was diagnosed. She has literally dropped everything, when we came out of the consultants office she on one side my darling hubby on the other she told me she would be there for me every step of the way and she has been.

    Peg xx

    —Peg on September 27, 2013
  • I’d make one for a friend who is battling a long-term illness and has a mother (with Alzheimers) in a nursing home.

    trillium on September 27, 2013
  • I am going to make a quilt for two friends who are going to South Sudan to work as Pioneer Missionaries for a year. More amazing is that they are going to take their five children with them. I am going to make the quilt out of batiks I purchased in South Sudan when I was on a mission trip two years ago. The quilt will be raffled off to raise money for their expenses. Pioneer Missionaries have to raise all of their living and travel expenses, which total $ 70,000. This book would be a wonderful inspiration source for the quilt. Thank you for the opportunity.

    —Rebecca Wilson on September 27, 2013
  • My daughter-in-law would be the one who I would make a quilt for. She was married to my son for 3 years when he was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. My daughter-in-law never left his side for 6 weeks (through a horrific surgery and nursing him in their home). My son (and daughter-in-law) was 26 yrs old when he left us. My daughter-in-law has been my rock (along with their little boy). I love her like a daughter.

    —Renea on September 27, 2013
  • I have a new granddaughter coming in October. It’s important for the baby to have a quilt, don’t you think?

    —Patricia Hersl on September 27, 2013
  • I would make a quilt for my father-in-law who can no longer walk since having part of his foot amputated earlier this year. He has always been such a giving and active person, so it hurts to see unable to walk. I think he would enjoy a lap quilt to get him through the upcoming winter (especially since he is always cold).

    —Beverly on September 27, 2013
  • my son who just got divorced (not his choice) has lost 30 plus pounds (his choice) and has received 2 promotions rough times require comfort which is what quilts do so well

    —jo on September 27, 2013
  • My nephews certainly deserve a quilt and would be first on my list. The book looks great – thanks for a chance!

    Barb in MI on September 27, 2013
  • My mother would have the deepest appreciation for a homemade quilt as her mother and aunts made quilts in days by-gone. They made quilts for their utility and used the best parts of discarded clothing.

    —Rosalind Gutierrez on September 27, 2013
  • I want to make a quilt for each of my wonderful kids. My daughter because she is so vibrent and caring. And my son suffers from depression. My husband is not well and it sounds like he will need back sergury soon.

    —Cathy Rockwell on September 27, 2013
  • myself Id love to win this Im just beginning to get into quilting and would love this …thank you

    —cathy schantz on September 27, 2013
  • I would make a quilt for each of my two children. They are adults now but I still like to wrap them in love.
    k.castanette@hotmail.com

    —Kristi on September 27, 2013
  • I would make a quilt for DVGRR – Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue – so that they could raffle it off to help all the Goldens in their care.

    Thank you!

    —Stephanie S. on September 27, 2013
  • Oh I love all the quilts you have highlighted above! I am just learning to quilt and they all look like ones I can make now and in the future. I plan on making a quilt for each of my family member to start out with. I am making a baby quilt right now for my niece who is pregnant. My husband’s Grandmother was a quilter and we treasure the quilts she made. I decided to take up quilting to continue the tradition in our family, and I was the only one who knew how to sew!!! 🙂

    —Paige Gonzalez on September 27, 2013
  • I have two older sisters and both of them are breast cancer thrivers. I would make a quilt for each of them to show how proud I am and how much I love them. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    —Helen Thomas on September 27, 2013
  • My brother died yesterday afternoon after a heart-wrenching struggle with brain cancer. His wife brought him home a month ago and provided hospice care for him at home.
    He had had a strong aversion to hospitals since he was a child,when he was hospitalized several times, so letting him die at home was a very caring and generous last gift. I will make her a comfort quilt as a thank you from a much loved sister.

    —Lynda McNab on September 27, 2013
  • I donate quilts to the Mayo Clinic/St. Mary’s Hospital Pediatric Infusion Therapy Unit (kids’ chemo) when I go up to Rochester MN for my own follow-up visits. I am always looking for simple but colorful patterns/ideas for quilts to cheer those special children – ages 1-18.

    —Helen on September 27, 2013
  • A co-worker who lost a full-term baby during birth, and almost her own life as well, and who just recently lost a second baby to 2nd trimester miscarriage. She is having a really hard time with life right now.

    —Karen Grabowski on September 27, 2013
  • I’d make a quilt for my daughter. She’s on the other side of the country, facing a divorce from her husband who is serving in Afghanistan. She seriously needs a hug, and her mom isn’t close by to give one to her.

    Tracy in SW WA on September 27, 2013
  • I sew with a wonderful group of women to make quilts for Quilts for Kids (given to children of all ages who are in the hospital) and pillow cases for ConKerr Cancer (for children undergoing cancer treatment). Have to mention my local quilt shop, The Joyful Quilter, whose owner Susan supports all these activities. Love your quilts and must have your book.

    —B. Fama on September 27, 2013
  • I would make a comfort quilt a friend who is grieving over the sudden loss of her husband.

    —Marlene Hahn on September 27, 2013
  • I would give a quilt to my daughter who is going through a very rough patch with her husband. My hopes it would heal the hurt. Hugs

    Cathy on September 27, 2013
  • I would make a quilt for a good friend who is expecting her first child. And for my Grandmother who was just put in to a nursing home.
    Great book, Rachel. Thanks for the chance!

    —Jansie Martin on September 27, 2013
  • I would make a quilt for my new baby girl who just arrived on Sunday!

    —Katie Ellis on September 27, 2013
  • I do give quilts for a reason, babies, cancer patients, the needy, the veterans, weddings etc.
    It will be a slim change to get this book but I do love all her patterns.
    Thanks for the opportunity.
    Sandi

    —sandi gustetter on September 27, 2013
  • I love all of her quilts! I would make ones for my niece and nephews. My aunt made me a quilt when I was little and I still have it and love it!

    —Jill on September 27, 2013
  • I know this will sound selfish but it’s a good thing. I would make this quilt for myself. I’ve struggled a lot lately with life. I’ve always been a giver to everyone around me. So much so that I have forgotten to love myself. I have suffered greatly because of this; depression, low self esteem, no confidence. Quilting seems to be the one thing that makes me feel good about myself. So why not make a quilt for ME for a change and wrap myself with the love I so easily can give to others but not to myself. Maybe then I can start to love me too.

    —Lesley on September 27, 2013
  • My niece is getting married next May so I would love to make her a wedding gift quilt. Thanks!

    —Joye on September 27, 2013
  • I would make the quilt for my dear friend who is waiting for open heart surgery. She’s been there for me all the years I’ve been ill, and now it’s her turn. Either All Together Now which suggests happy times or Happily Ever After as she enjoys the outdoors especially in the evening when the stars and constellations are visible. Thank you for the opportunity to share thoughts.

    —Sylvia on September 27, 2013
  • Would love to make quilts for all of my grandchildren. I have a disease which keeps me in house most of the time so I sew. I have one pattern of Rachel’s and would love to win the book.

    —Vicky Walker on September 27, 2013
  • Since I make quite a few quilts for children in the foster care/court system, I would add the patterns for the quilts from the book to my repertoire.

    —Judi on September 27, 2013
  • I have quilted for forty years. All my quilts are handpieced and hand quilted and donated. I love to pay it forward. My only income is less than four hundred dollars monthly for disability so i cant afford fabric. A couple of blog hoppers and a blogger took pity on me and sent me some fabric and a couple of ufos that she had lost interest in.i finished the last one wednesday for the american cancer society.
    My only child my daughter, died in my arms and there was nothing i could do to save her. Between reading my bible and quilting, i made it through the worse, darkest days of my life. I have always done charity quilting, but it took on a life of its on after losing my daughter. I focused on the joy the quilt would bring someone who needed joy in their. Life as much as i did. Blessings,Barbara babscorbitt@ gmail dot com

    —Barbara Corbitt on September 27, 2013
  • Everyone in my life gets quilts from me, all made with imperfections but so much love. Each quilt is made with the person in mind and has individual pieces incorporated with a special message (not written, just picture) that only the recipient will understand. It takes a while to figure out what I can actually add that will impart the special message, but it gets done. Lots of WIP over here.

    —CindyM on September 27, 2013
  • I love making quilts for others. Many of them I never get to meet the recipient but, that does not stop me from sharing my love and concern that I pour into the quilts. I make Quilts of Valor for servicemen and women. I make LINUS quilts for children going through traumatic situations. I even make little quilts for animals at the dog rescue shelter. I’m sure all of these were received with gratitude. I’ve made a few quilts for friends going through medical issues and received warm hugs and thank you’s. Sometimes the little lady at church who never sees her family, or the young teenager who is struggling with friends or school could use a nice warm hug. Giving a quilt without the recipient not knowing where it came from has been the best gift of all to me. I just look around and there seem to be so many who need warm hugs. I hope my stash never runs out and, I have more time on this earth. Got to get started on one for that little old man down the street.

    —Cathy Wilson on September 27, 2013
  • I have a new friend who has become really interested in quilting I want to make her a quilt to start off her collection!

    —Tammie Bivins on September 27, 2013
  • A number of family members have recently had surgery, plus I have a sister-in-law waiting to hear about her biopsy. I would love to make her/them quilts to let them know I care.

    —Jan staples on September 27, 2013
  • I would like to make a quilt for my mum as my big "thankyou" for all 🙂

    Zuzana on September 27, 2013
  • These look scrappy which means I could use up some stash! Always a plus.

    —Patty Moffitt on September 27, 2013
  • I would make a quilt for my older sister.

    —knittingdancer on September 27, 2013
  • Since I started quilting in 1999 I have made quilts for almost all of my nephews and nieces. I have 8 siblings who are all married with at least two children and one grandchild so there is quite a few of us. "Quilt Made with Love" is what I put on the label of my quilts. It is the perfect description for the numerous quilts I made for my family and very close friends. I continue to make quilts for family and friends as they grow older and outgrow their quilts and also when they have children. It’s so much fun to watch my family open their quilts and to see the surprise in their faces. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of Rachel Griffith’s book "Quilts Made With Love".

    —Josefina on September 27, 2013
  • Since I started quilting in 1999 I have made quilts for almost all of my nephews and nieces. I have 8 siblings who are all married with at least two children and one grandchild so there is quite a few of us. "Quilt Made with Love" is what I put on the label of my quilts. It is the perfect description for the numerous quilts I made for my family and very close friends. I continue to make quilts for family and friends as they grow older and outgrow their quilts and also when they have children. It’s so much fun to watch my family open their quilts and to see the surprise in their faces. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of Rachel Griffith’s book "Quilts Made With Love".

    —Josefina on September 27, 2013
  • I have a couple of babies joining the family who will need a quilt.. and I especially liked the turnaround quilt.. it would be beautiful in primary colors.

    —Darrell Hardenburg on September 27, 2013
  • I always love seeing Rachel’s quilts. It would be wonderful to have her ideas and instructions right here when we need them. We have been making quilts for families who lost their homes in the Black Forest, Colorado fire this past summer! We are ready for some new ideas! Thank you!

    —Mutti on September 27, 2013
  • Oh this is a book that would be so helpful for all quilters. We need a place that we can go to to provide us with patterns that we can use in a hurry for a needed quilt to comfort someone or to celebrate an occasion. I would think that anyone would be happy to win it.

    —Doris Worthen on September 27, 2013
  • I’d make a quilt for my goddaughter, who lost her mother a year ago.

    —Sandy on September 27, 2013
  • Rachel captures my thoughts. I always feel I’m giving someone love when I give them a quilt. And it always seems to be the right gift. Love the quilts pictured. Thanks.

    —Mom C on September 27, 2013
  • I was making a quilt called Crazy Eights with no particular recipient in mind when my sister in London ( I live in Venezuela) told me that a special friend of hers with MS (Multiple Sclerosis) had been diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in her face. My goodness, I had met this woman and really liked her, so I finished the quilt and found someone going to the U.K. to take it and send it to her. She loved it and told me that it was a real comfort to her. So this book "Quilts Made With Love" is a really cool idea and just what we need for those special occasions.

    —Juliet Wood on September 27, 2013
  • Special quilts wrapping dolls and teddy bears for children transported to the Shriner’s hospitals for their first visit helps to relieve the stress and anxiety because they have never been before.

    Always, the next trip and followups their doll or teddy bear goes right along for their treatments and checkups. Sometimes, when loading to return home their companion has a bandaid, or a simulated cast, or splint just like theirs. And big, big smiles heading home.

    The children explain the "ouchies" to the drivers. And all is well for a good trip home.

    —Deloris Baldwin on September 27, 2013
  • The recipient for my next quilt gift would be a church friend. She has suffered with multiple sclerosis for many years and was diagnosed with breast cancer several months ago. She finished her chemo treatments and will begin radiation treatments soon. She still helps with our children’s ministry faithfully even though she doesn’t feel well most of the time. Her positive outlook and big smile are an inspiration to everyone who knows her! Rachel is a busy mom like me who doesn’t have an unlimited amount of quilting time. Her designs for quick, snazzy quilts that real people can finish and give as gifts sound terrific!!

    —JLouise on September 27, 2013
  • I can really relate to this concept. I just returned from a trip visiting my brother who just had a bone marrow transplant as a result of his battle with leukemia. I presented him with a "Get Well Soon" quilt that was inspired by my boss. The centerpiece of this quilt is a picture of a small plant growing in the middle of a parking lot with a quote of optimism beneath the picture. There are many other pictures and quotes from friends and family in this quilt, but the one about optimism is the one that hit home for my brother and his wife. His wife said when they were coming in to town for the transplant, they spotted a similar scene and my brother said, "if that plant can make it, so can I."

    I have seen many quilts presented at quilt guilds that have stories to share, but no one had ever pointed out to me before how working on a quilt can be so therapeutic.

    If I had the book "Quilts Made with Love," I would probably make the quilt for my brother’s bone marrow donor. We have to wait a year before we can communicate with her, but I’m thinking an angel theme would be most appropriate. My brother’s first donor backed out and this second one was our best hope for him.

    —Alice Hourihan on September 27, 2013
  • My two beautiful nieces and my grandmother. I’d love to make them quilts.

    —Jennie P. on September 27, 2013
  • Wow!! An opportunity to win Rachel’s new book!! How fortunate one lucky winner will be!! Thanks for believing in Rachel and publishing her designs! She is a favorite of mine!!

    —Shannon Martin on September 27, 2013
  • I love all your designs, but the colors and pattern of Pathways really drew me in. Good luck with your new book.

    —Sandi Makowski on September 27, 2013
  • Someone I love has been the foundation of our extended family, a crazy quilt with relationships like ex-husband’s-wife’s sister, or son’s-half-brother, etc. I would love to make her a quilt to show her how much we all appreciate her big heart and unfailing support.

    —Beth T. on September 28, 2013
  • I would make a quilt for my husband from ‘Quilts Made with Love’. He is my true love for 32 years and our loves continues to grow daily.A few years ago my best friend was diagnosed with a rare terminal disease. A bright coloured quilt would bring an uplift feeling of love we sure daily.
    Thank you for your wonderful quilt books.

    —Sheila Ivany on September 28, 2013
  • Definitely, my mother.

    Cindy L on September 28, 2013
  • I’d make one for my sister!

    —Sonja on September 28, 2013
  • I am making a quilt for each of my family members. I have a few more to go and the "It takes two" would be perfect for the next one on the list!

    Shasta on September 28, 2013
  • My neighbor across the street is going through the process of waiting on a liver transplant. She is a young woman living at home with her parents, and dividing her time between the hospital and home. She is at #2 on the list. I would like to make her a quilt to let her know she is loved and prayed for.

    —Grama9a on September 28, 2013
  • I would make quilts for seniors at the local nursing home that have no family to remind them they are special and loved.

    —Melody H. on September 28, 2013
  • My sister-in-law who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.

    —Susan on September 28, 2013
  • Well, it would be either my mother or my granddaughter, probably both.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

    —Shawn J on September 28, 2013
  • "Look to the stars" would be a good quilt pattern for my grandson, who is graduating from high school with a goal of being an engineer. I follow p.s. i quilt and enjoy Rachel’s dialogue on life.

    Thanks for the chance to win a book. Congratulations, Rachel!!

    —Clara Chandler on September 28, 2013
  • I would make quilts with hearts for those who have lost a loved one. My husband passed of heart attack and so many friends and family rallied around me and surrounded me – a quilt could do the same for others in that situation.

    —Mary on September 28, 2013
  • I make baby quilts for the new babies in the nursery at church.

    —Lisa on September 28, 2013
  • My next quilt made with love is for my little Ellie Grace and her first big girl bed. My little girls are very far from me so I love knowing they go to sleep every night under a quilt filled with my stitches and prayers.

    —Kathy on September 28, 2013
  • These would be great patterns for my guild’s charity quilts – they go to homeless shelters, women’s shelters, etc.

    —Kathy on September 28, 2013
  • A young girl whose grandmother (my friend’s mother) passed away quickly and unexpectedly at the beginning of the year. Her grandmother made quilts for the other grandchildren and had promised one to this young girl. But she didn’t get time to make it. Her grandmother’s stash was passed on to me and I’m going to use some of it to make a quilt for her.

    —Pearl on September 28, 2013
  • I’ve recently gotten into making quilts. So far I haven’t kept one for myself or husband. I have a couple gifts to make and then one for us!! Quilts are so wonderful as they speak love & comfort. This book has so many patterns that look exciting to make.

    —Karen K on September 28, 2013
  • I love Happily Ever After, and I think it would make a fabulous quilt for a friend who finally became a mommy!

    craftytammie on September 28, 2013
  • My husband is still owed a quilt. The kids need new ones, they are still using their small toddler sized quilts. I’ve planned one for my mom and one for my mother-in-law. My niece is having baby #2 and I haven’t given baby #1 his quilt yet. And that’s just the beginning of the list.

    —Sharon A on September 28, 2013
  • I would love to make a quilt for my mom to show her that all that she has given and is still giving the five of us children is much appreciated and not overlooked in any way. We lost my dad unexpectedly ten years ago and she has never slowed down one step at making sure that we all have what we want and need. We are grown children, but we still have an amazing mother that we feel outshines all others.

    —Misty Y on September 28, 2013
  • A neighbor couple is expecting their 1st babies, yes a set of twin boys and since I’ve made quilts for all the new neighbor babies, they will need quilts too.

    Michele on September 29, 2013
  • I love the look of this book and the foundation behind it.

    —Nancy Klatt on September 29, 2013
  • I wouldike to make a quilt for someone I know who lost her 28 yr old daughter to cancer. I’m having trouble deciding on just the right pattern.this book sounds like a good source of appropriate patterns. Thanks.

    Carolyn Dolll on September 29, 2013
  • i love the colors and ways she chose, the blocks ar elucious and I want the book badly, to make some beauutiful quilts for soldiers. thank you

    —carol on September 29, 2013
  • What a wonderful way to show someone you care…I would love to make a quilt for some very dear friends of mine. They supported my husband and I through a very difficult loss and showed us so much love. I taught myself to sew during that time and I think it would be a lovely way to say thank you.

    —Anne J on September 29, 2013
  • A grandson that has been very helpful whom I would like to show my appreciation. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Valerie A. Clark on September 29, 2013
  • I would like to make the Turnaround Quilt for my youngest daughter. She has been to Mexico and came back home this summer. She is going to college to study Social work and human trafficking so that she may help others. She was doing missionary work for 3 years and came down with Typhoid. I think a quilt made by Mom would show I care for her very much. Thank you Rachael, I love to read your blogs and see your quilts!

    —Loretta O' on September 29, 2013
  • I would love to make one of the quilts from this book for my new granddaughter, Maddie. I like scrappy quilts and find the first one intriguing.

    —Bridget on September 29, 2013
  • Love the idea of the book, I always have a stash of cards as well a file with message quotes, so a quilt "go to" book would be just great. I have a friend who just received a nasty diagnosis so I would do one for her, as it is I will finish the project that is a work in progress intended for her anyway.

    —CAROL on September 29, 2013
  • Your book is perfect because just this year alone there have been so many life events that I have quilts to make for. My 1st Granddaughter’s high school graduation. I bought fabric colors of her choice but no pattern yet. I want a modern quilt for her. I lost a close cousin in August & want to make a comfort quilt; my Niece just got married in Hawaii & I have Hawaiian fabrics but no quilt pattern yet in mind . Whew! I need your book for inspiration and for sure will submit a picture of each one when completed. My list is long because every event I think of a quilt I want to make. I think your book is a good fit – quick, modern & traditional, with tips too!!

    —Lillian Sablan on September 30, 2013
  • I will give my quilt to a child I will never meet. My church sponsors a camp for foster kids each summer. When the kids arrive they are told to pick out their bed and the twin size quilt on it, is theirs forever.. Many of these kids come from abusive situations and are totally anonymous to the quilters making the quilts. I made one last year and plan on doing it again this year.

    —Renee Welton on September 30, 2013
  • I think all of my quilts are made with love, either with my love of the creative process, or of the person I am making it for if for a specific someone. And Rachel, I really enjoy reading your blog. Thanks for sharing!

    —Denise W on September 30, 2013
  • I like the fact that the quilts are scrappy, as I always have a stash to work with.

    —Lynn on September 30, 2013
  • looks like some great quilts in this book – not that i’d expect anything less from Rachel! Many friends are having babies at the moment so i’d probably make some of these quilts to gift for them.

    —bee on September 30, 2013
  • Love to use these patterns for donating to Cancer patients or local shelter for abuse women.

    —Mary on September 30, 2013
  • I’d make one for my sis-in-law. She’s getting divorced from my brother, but I love her like my own sister and she could really use the love right now 🙂 Thanks!

    —Teressa on September 30, 2013
  • Right now I’m working on a quilt for my Sister in law who was just diagnosed with breast cancer.

    I like to surprise people with a quilt when they are having a rough time.

    I’d love to have this book for more ideas.

    —Karen Reed on October 1, 2013
  • This may sound completely selfish, but I’d make one for myself. I recently had some blunt news from the doctor about my health and the basic upshot is that I need to be more selfish with my energies. In 20 years of quilting, I have never kept a quilt I made, they were all made, with much love, for others. I think, as winter approaches, I would like to be wrapped in a new quilt as I work out how to re-prioritize my life and find a different path.
    Thanks for the opportunity

    —Margaret C on October 1, 2013
  • There are many people in my life now going through both happy and sad times.

    —Bernadette Caropepe on October 1, 2013
  • Hmmm.I have very little family left so i would say that one of the Foster Kloset kids would end up with any quilt I made from this book. It wouldn’t matter if it was ‘for’ an occasion. It would just always be theirs. That makes it special enough.

    —Maria on October 1, 2013
  • My daughter & son-in-law always wanted to start a family; things didn’t go as planned so they decided to adopt. Because it would take forever to adopt locally, they decided on China. WELL that was 8 1/2 years ago. Late August they received word that they were finally at the top of the list!! On September 13, they left for a 2 week stay in China, received their precious little girl, they arrived home on September 28. They are now a beautiful family of 4! Oh did I forget to tell you – they also have their own little 3 year old son.

    —Helen on October 2, 2013
  • I would make a quilt for the person who taught (is continually teaching…) me to quilt. I learn so much from her and her good-humored teaching method makes me feel like I know what I’m doing at least some of the time.

    —Nancy Eriksen on October 2, 2013

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