Windham Fabrics announces Natalie Barnes as a part of the Fabric Design Family!

Monday, August 30, 2010

The new BOOK GIVEAWAY series!

s u r p r i s e !

there's one more august giveaway
(no, no, not the fabric)

starting this month, august,
we will be reviewing 
and then giving away
every month, for the rest of the year.
We will post on Mondays.
We will pick a winner from those leaving comments.
We will announce the winner the next Monday - one week!

Here's the question I have for all of you...
what is the most unusual PLACE you have ever been for a quilting class?
(go to the end of the post to see why I ask...)








Anyone with a mission statement that says,
"Country Threads...where no goat has ever been denied, no cat has ever been disciplined, and where no dog has ever been discouraged....and where quilting is alive and well!"
is a friend of mine!





While this is a book of 19 little quilts start with 5" squares,
each of the 19 projects gives you complete yardage requirements, too.
Each project utilizes a different technique - yo yo's, hexagons, half square triangles.
It's like taking nineteen different classes!





So I tested one of the patterns in two completely different color ways.
The directions are impeccable.
and some other great neutral fabrics with a linen.
This particular project has seven different setting variations!
In closing, what I would like to say is this.

You may say to yourself, while browsing the book shelf,
"I'm not Country.  I'm not Modern.  I'm not an art quilter."
But what you ARE is creative.
Take a look at what's IN the book, and make it your own.
Apply the techniques, enjoy the math (that someone else calculated),
and go to YOUR stash
for YOUR fabrics.

Appreciate the time and effort and pure joy
that the designers, the photographers, the publishers,
package up in books like this.
"Hey, let's go see what's going on this month in Garner, Iowa"
Thanks, Mary; thanks Connie.
Keep on designing!
and therefore, the reason for my question to all of you,
"what is the most unusual PLACE you have ever been for a quilting class?"

BeginAgain.
2010

natalie.




(can't wait for the giveaway?  want the book now?  order here...)


43 comments:

flutefish said...

Can I still enter even if I've never been to a quilt class? :(

P.S. Thanks for my awesome fabric from the last giveaway... it's about to be turned into an awesome messenger bag!

SewLindaAnn said...

Gosh, the only quilt classes I've been to are in actual stores, or in someone's home. I had to click in on Country Threads to see what a Haymow was. Your message is clear and very true. Just because someone uses a particular type of fabric shouldn't limit you from going your own way.

Janet said...

I've been to quilt classes, but none in unusual places - I guess the most unusual, and it isn't unusual at all, is on my deck - Quilt University only requires I have my computer!

JFQuilts@gmail.com

mascanlon said...

Thanks for the reminder that its how we choose to make it our own that determines how the quilt ends up. Its always one of my favorite things about mystery classes because people start from so many different places each quilt stands out! And I've only been to classes at homes and shops...I think you should find us a class on the beach!

Belinda said...

Took classes at a LQS that used to be a train station - does that count?
Love Country Threads & have for a very long time!

Lindsey said...

I'm self-taught from books and internet surfing...I've never taken a quilt class. Spot on with your comment about it's one's own creativity and fabric choices that make for the quilt.

Regina said...

I wish I could take a quilting class but unfortunately there are none near me. Not even within an hour. I was once invited to a quilting group while on vacation and it would have been based out of a church but not church affiliated from what I understand.

Jan said...

I've never been to a quilting class, so my answer is Nowhere.

MoeWest said...

So far, I've been learning to quilt from books and the internet.

Mimi said...

I live out in the sticks and the only way to get any lessons is joining an informal gathering of the 'experienced' quilters at the Golden Age Centre.

thecuriousquilter said...

A retreat at a primative campgrouunds - no power, no running watter, learning to find natural products to dye, and working on hand quilting techniques!

Eileen Wintemute said...

I've never taken a class in an unusual location, but now you make me want to!

VickiT said...

*sigh* I haven't taken any quilt classes yet although it's not for lack of trying. Every single quilt store in my area I've visited or called are NOT friendly to disabled customers. They hold their classes either upstairs or downstairs with no option for those of us who cannot DO stairs. I'm very discouraged by that, trust me because I always thought disability laws applied to ALL businesses.

Tiffany Sherman said...

LOL! I've learned quilting in my home, on the internet and in a sewing repair shop classroom. I don't think any of those qualify as crazy:)

Thanks for the giveaway!

DianeY said...

I guess I'm not the only one who has learned to quilt in front of their computer! Sometimes I have to run up & down the stairs numerous times, since my computer is downstairs & my sewing room up!

Marcia said...

Wish that I had a formal quilt class. To-date have learned from my mother, other relatives, reading, PBS episodes, and blogs. It is difficult to learn quilting techniques when isn't handson interactive. Thanks to you and Martingale for this giveaway.

ledamewood said...

I love quilt books of all time, but don't have any using precuts. This one would be great

scottylover said...

Great book! Would love to have a copy.

No unusual place for a quilt class for me, just the typical shop classrooms.

Sandy A

Margi said...

In a car at lunch time! LOL We couldn't find time in all of our schedules to get together so we decided for a month in the summer we'd hang out with hand quilt, piece, and knitting projects to sit in the back of a coworkers van and work on our projects. It was awesome.

Béa said...

Sorry I never been in a quilt classe, I learn with book or blog...Can I enter this giveaway please ?

lips said...

I have only been to one quilt class. It was at a quilt store and I did a handquilted block. I loved quilting it but the people were not really very nice! Too bad as they lost a good customer!
Thanks for the giveaway.
Colleen
butler83ataoldotcom

Aunt Sukey said...

I went to a Bed & Breakfast in Wheeling WV for a quilters getaway. The owner/teacher gave us a pattern for a Jacob's Ladder wall hanging and then disappeared into the kitchen for the rest of the weekend. We muddled through it by ourselves and finished the wall hanging. We had a good time but not at all what we expected. We still laugh about it today. We call it the Polly Loy method of quilting.

Machelle said...

The most unusual place I have ever been to for a quilt class is in a hospital supply/storage room!!

Patricia said...

There's been no noteworthy location for a quilting class that I've taken...just the normal quilt shop, expos, and retreats. It looks like a wonderful book; thanks for the chance to win it!

Mary said...

I have only taken one quilt class, in a school. My grandma taught me and I also search through the Internet for assorts of helpful tips. Love the giveaway.

annmarie said...

I attend a "quilt class" every Tuesday, Oct thru Apr. Class is held in a second story tiny sewing room in an old old house in town. There are 6 of us every week - 5 "teachers" & me! The "teachers" are age 86,82,80, 76 &75!(I'm 62). I have learned soooooooooooooo much from them (and not just about quilting either!) Best quilting "class" ever!

Connie said...

Not an unusual place, but my favorite by far was a Mystery quilt class, 6pm til midnight. We all brought snacks to share, had MEN to do our ironing as we sewed the night away. We only had to leave our machines to stretch and snack! It was Great!!

Janet said...

My quilt classes have been in the usual places: community room in a bank and fellowship rooms in houses of worship.

jackiero said...

Pout ;( so far the oddest location I have found myself sitting for a quilt class is on the main sales floor in a Hancock Fabrics store.
Jackie in NC

Debbie said...

Nothing too unusual here. Been to shops, churches, friends cabins and homes. The book sounds fantastic.

Brenda said...

i HAVE NEVER BEEN TO A QUILT CLASS BEFORE. :(

deserae said...

I have never been to a quilt class, but I want to go to one! :)

Marcia said...

I have never attended a formal quilt class. My "quilting education" mainly came from my mother, reading magazines, Simply Quilts on tv, and now - blogs like yours and others. Thanks to you and Martingale for this giveaway.

Quilting in the Pines said...

I have taken lots of quilt classes, but not in really unusual places. I guess the most unusual one would be the storage room at a bead shop.

Sewgirl said...

I can't say it was very unusual..in a garage. We were painting fabric, and I'm sure the homeowner didn't want us in the house!

Paula L. said...

I never attended a quilt class. I'm just beginning to learn how to quilt through online tutorials (I just saved in my favorites your machine binding tutorial!).
ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

SewCalGal said...

Most unusual place I've been for a quilting class? Well, I stumbled upon an excellent instructor, working on their beachfront home, on Tioman Island, Malaysia. They taught painting on Silk. I walked into their studio, where he gave classes and I ended up taking a private class. Great vacation, great class, great opportunity.

But then, the bungalow that I stayed in was really an experience (very rural).

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Nancy Sue said...

If I can count watching and reading tutorials on my smart phone, where haven't I been? Attended one class, but had to excuse myself. It's difficult with a hearing loss, trying to follow the instructor and also keep up with the steps on your own project. Online pictorial-tutorials have been perfect!

Patty said...

I've taken classes at church halls. That is not to wild, but I'll start looking for something more exciting in case I ever get asked that question again. Thanks for the giveaway.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

This is pretty boring, but the only quilting classes I've attended have been in fabric stores, community education classrooms or retreat centers.

Mystica said...

I went to a quilt class twenty years ago - just a bunch of housewives being taught by another housewife who turned out to be the sole person in Sri Lanka at the time with such knowledge!

Tylynn said...

I have never been to a quilt class. I grew up sewing and have loved it ever since. Love you blog!

natalie. beyond the reef said...

Comments for this giveaway are closed; next post will be announcing the winner! Thanks so much to all of you for visiting...wish I had email addys for all of you...I reply to those who publish one; thanks to those who don't.