Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Book Review: Imagine Quilts [plus a giveaway]


My sweet friend Dana has written this beautiful book called Imagine Quilts.
I first met Dana when she gave away a quilt waaaay back in 2008.
At that point I was amazed and inspired by her generosity,
(I remember crying when I watched the video of some lucky person getting in).
I think that Dana's act of outrageous giving ignited something in my own heart
and showed me the possibility of sharing love in this way.

By that stage I had been blogging for three years,
and my life had taken a few unexpected turns (ah, Hello Annie-Rose)
but the world was opening up with lots of crafty folks starting blogs.
I've pretty much read every word Dana has written since then
and I count her as a friend. She continues to inspire me.



Dana is one of the cool kids and I was amazed and honoured when she asked me to 
review her shiny brand-new book.
I've always liked the quilts that Dana makes so I was excited to read her book.



As soon as I saw this quilt, I HAD to make it.
I loved the simplicity of it. The instructions were clear
and I easily made four of these pinwheels (one is now a cushion for Reuben).


One of the things that I noticed about the quilts is that they have quite a lot of
background space, and while it is beautifully quilted in the book,
I wondered how they would look if you didn't have access to
a long arm quilting machine.


So I decided that before I reviewed the book,
I would quilt as much of the quilt as possible by hand
just to see how it looked and so that I could review the book
with a clear conscience.


Good timing, I had to watch the first season of the Newsroom
for my Media Audiences paper,
and so I spent a couple of happy afternoons hand quilting
and watching the Newsroom!



I'm happy to report that it is looking lovely,
I still have a long way to go with the quilting,
but that's fine, I know it is going to turn out beautiful.


The book is filled with quilts that are beautiful in their simplicity,
and their originality. I really love the whale. I think I have to make that sometime.
It would look amazing in vintage sheets, just saying. 


It's a great book and I recommend it. Thanks Dana for entrusting me with a copy.
Now luckily for you, I have a digital copy of the book to giveaway
plus this delicious bundle of fabric also to giveaway.


I can't believe i have to give it away,
it's cruel to send me fabric and not let me keep it!!!
It's called Playdate by David Walker and I wish I didn't have to part with it.

There are a few ways that you can enter below...

63 comments:

  1. What inspires me? You inspire me Deb, so much. Colour, creation, the whispers of God, the wise words of others... all those things and more xx I love the use of negative space in that pinwheel quilt - it's very effective.

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  2. I would love a copy of this book. Great review!

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  3. I have to agree with Miriam and second that! You inspire me a lot!!! Nature and walking through a fabric store! Awesome giveaway! and I would quite happily take that lovely bunch of fabric of your hands ;) xx

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  4. What inspires me?

    Colour and movement, I like colour in the fabric of a quilt and motion in the quilting.

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  5. I think you already know what inspires me....you do Deb! I feel truly blessed to have stumbled apon your blog. YOU were the one who inspired me to finally give quilting a go, to embrace it, imperfections and all! And now, not only do you continue to inspire me with your quilty wonders but you also inspire with your beautiful words and stories...which in itself, is such a generous gift. Thank you Deb xxxx

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  6. The world. But really! The shapes and colors of nature or of buildings. The personalities of loved ones, I see those translated into colors and designs.

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  7. Family friends and life inspires me. Fantastic give away

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  8. I get inspiration from other people's work, fabric, my family and nature.

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  9. Wow exciting! I love hearing recommendations from people who I look up to! It must be a great book :) What inspires me? Right now its beautiful sunshine, spring flowers, things growing and a full belly ;) xxx

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  10. Inspiration is everywhere- you just have to be open to it!

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  11. Would love this book, and love seeing what you are working on, Deb!!

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  12. I really enjoy all the projects I've seen in this book!

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  13. Love -- the love I have for my family and friends and for children in need.

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  14. I get inspiration from magazines and the internet. Thanks for the chance. Love your color choices.

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  15. So much inspires me! My daughter mostly. I love making her things and hearing her tell me it's beautiful! :)

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  16. I'm inspired by the focal fabric I pick out for one thing. Thanks for the chance to win:) Love your quilt it's a happy quilt!!!

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  17. I'm inspired by the fabrics I get to play with, and definitely by other people's work- it always gives me such great ideas!
    allisonpogany@gmail.com

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  18. I get inspired by the needs of those I'm creating for. Then, I find some fabric and let it inspire me!

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  19. Bloggers - I went to a fabulous art exhibition today that I wouldn't have heard about if one of my favourite bloggers wasn't opening her studio !!

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  20. I get inspired by bloggers work, I've just started sewing so I am getting lots of great ideas for projects.

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  21. blogs!!! i see so many beautiful quilts that i want to make

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  22. What inspires you?

    This is probably the most difficult question I could be asked! I'm constantly drawing inspiration from everything around me. It sounds cliché but it's true. I'm often in awe of the things that people make and think, "Hey, I want to try that too." I draw an n-e-v-e-r-e-n-d-i-n-g sense of inspiration from God's creation. It blows my mind that He didn't just create things for a practical sense but created BEAUTIFUL things simply for us to enjoy because He delights in our enjoyment of His creation (mindblown). I'm also hugely inspired by the feeling I get when I create something useful for my girls/family. So yeah, my family inspires me and I'm moved to care for them in a tangible crafty way. And color. Color is SO RIDICULOUSLY inspiring.

    xx

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  23. I love looking at fabric bundles or completed quilts. They get me thinking and itching to try something new.

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  24. Your quilt it lovely!!!! Personally, I prefer the hand-stitching...that's the way the quilts my great aunt always made me were done, and it just seems so much more meaningful! (not that longarms don't do beautiful work....) :) As for inspiration....I am inspired when I get to witness someone else doing what they love, and then, to get to do what they love to serve another, even better! :) Thanks for the chance, that fabric is insanely cute! (can't believe they didn't send you some to keep for yourself...that was cruel!) :)

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  25. My granddaughter inspires me to be fit and healthy so I will be around to watch her grow up.
    Kathy Davis
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  26. I am inspired by wondering the blogs and looking at other quilts.

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  27. Inspiration from pattern books and reading blogs, mostly inspired by cool breezes on Sept Morns and colorful nature.

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  28. I usually get inspired by thinking about the person I am making a quilt for, and what that person would like. Thanks for the great giveaway and for your review of this book!

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  29. Usually trees, birds and flowers inspire me the most. Right now I am looking at some Shrimp Plants and Orchids thinking wow what great colors. Then there are some apples and tomatoes on the counter for contrast.

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  30. Nature does it for me. Trees, flowers, birds, plants, fruits, vegetables. They all work, even bugs.

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  31. The energy and delight that young folk take in the smallest things and the shortest moments inspires me. AND folk like you who are so busy but still blog so that us beginning quilters have something to aspire to. Sooo Cheesy I know but more true than you may ever know. Cheers Ngarie Worsley

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  32. Your quilt is looking great. Love the vibrant yellow background you have chosen. I'm inspired by quilts I see - in books, on Flickr, in blogs, at Quilt Shows, that friends are making and so on and so on! Any excuse to make a quilt ( a new baby, a little gift) gets me starting another project. The Giveaway would be marvellous to win.

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  33. I'm inspired by pinterest, blogs, and the people I create for.

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  34. So excited about this giveaway. Hope I am the lucky winner of such gorgeous fabric. Thanks!

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  35. Fantastic fabric & all the great quilt photos on the internet inspires me

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  36. What a lovely review, gorgeous book and such a super happy quilt!! Love it! I am mostly inspired by people (like you!!), colour and images I see around me. So many ideas, so little time xx

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  37. I feel quite inspired by your blog post! I love the yellow background that you chose for this quilt. I also love the fabric behind the book in your first photo!

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  38. The beauty in everyday things inspires me!

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  39. That book looks great! I love simplicity in quilts. I also love that fabric bundle!

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  40. I'm inspired by the person who I am making a quilt for! And the fabric. Thanks

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  41. My daughter recently moved out and I am now using her room as my sewing room. Before I had a corner in the living room! So every time I walk in there I am inspired by the space I now have. Oh, the potential to do so many things beckons me!

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  42. So many creative people on instagram that inspire me every day :)

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  43. Inspiration! Eesh the IG community is very inspiring and its such a joy to be able to look at bloggers and see all the hard work that you do!!
    Cnmartinez04@gmail.com

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  44. I am inspired by blogs such as yours, Pinterest and Instagram. I always chech my online sources before I stsrt to sew!

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  45. I'm inspired by summer time and lots of colour. The more sunshine and the more colour the better :)

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  46. I am inspired by photos of others' work. I sometimes have a hard time imagining what something will look like, but when I see photos, I've got it all together and ready to go!

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  47. What a beautiful book! How brave of you to hand quilt to see what the quilt will look like with out access to a longarm. I cannot imagine hand quilting much of anything. That is just too labor intensive for me. Great beginning. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  48. I'm inspired by the quilters I meet at my local fabric shop & through the Los Angeles modern quilt guild and also blogs like yours. I''me glad I found your blog just now. Thank you!!!

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  49. My family. When I'm tired and annoyed that I have insomnia I get a hug, feel better and continue to believe in myself and the world is a good place.

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  50. I get inspired by the seasons. I look out and see such beautiful colors outside and it makes me want to create.

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  51. The weather, music and emotion inspires me...change inspires as does colour and finding the beauty in ordinary things :>

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  52. The weather, music and emotion inspires me...change inspires as does colour and finding the beauty in ordinary things :>

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  53. I'm inspired by what I see others create, and by just endless possibilities for things!

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  54. I tend to find inspiration in the most random places. The color of a flower in my garden against the backdrop of the city. People watching. textures and flavors of food. what an amazing world to live in!

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  55. Life inspires me, just seeing so much alive and moving. With colors I can re-create what I see in Life; my Granddaughter's smile, my dog playing, things like that. Thanks for the chance.
    ncjeepster@aol.com

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  56. Hand quilting is so beautiful and inspiring but I rarely make time to do it. Lovely giveaway, thank you.

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  57. Seeing new kinds of fabric that I love inspires me.

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  58. Shape, colour and the fabric of course!

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  59. Grrrrr. I think my phone just ate my comment.

    I've loved seeing this quilt come together on IG. It is so happy and bright.

    Now I really want to make a quilt with lots of yellow in it.

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  60. I get my inspiration from making quilts for those who are in need, recipients of the Santa Train, and wounded military men and women. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  61. kids are my inspiration. Love to win giveaway.

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