Thursday, April 3, 2014

April 2014 Book of the Month: Fresh Family Traditions + GIVEAWAY CLOSED

It's time again for a new Book of the Month! This month we selected Fresh Family Traditions as our April 2014 Book of the Month. Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life is here to tell you more about the book, and we are giving some copies away! But don't forget, the Book of the Month is 20% off all month long!

Hi Everyone! It’s Sherri from A Quilting Life, and I’m super excited that my new book, Fresh Family Traditions, has been chosen as the Fat Quarter Shop Book of the Month! The Fat Quarter Shop Jolly Jabber blog was one of the first blogs I started reading — before I even started my own blog. I'm so excited to tell you more about my new book and give some away, and I hope you are excited too!


The inspiration for Fresh Family Traditions came to me when I was nearing completion of my first book, A Quilting Life. I had borrowed some family quilts from my grandmother to use for some photos for that book, and I had the idea that it would be really fun to remake some of my great great grandmother’s designs in today’s fabrics. Several of the quilts in the book are based on some of these family heirlooms.


I also thought about other things that inspire me to design quilts, whether it is the fabric or the block style, or even memories of my grandmother and great grandmother. The cover quilt is based on a similar quilt made my Great Grandmother, and I named it “Kitchen Sink” because my fondest memories of her are of her teaching me to do dishes at her kitchen sink in Iowa when I visited as a young girl.


Because I love to use quilts to decorate in my home, there are projects of all sizes included: patterns for bed quilts, throws, wall quilts, several pillows and a table runner are all in the book. The projects range from beginner to intermediate level with many projects designed for use with your favorite pre-cuts! I hope you’ll enjoy this book and be able to create some of your own fresh family traditions through quilting!

We are giving away three copies of Family Fresh Traditions, thanks to C&T Publishing! Check out Family Fresh Traditions, Sherri's blog, and leave a comment on here letting us know what quilty traditions you have or hope to start. Three winners will be chosen on Thursday, April 10, 2014. Be sure to include an email address in the comment. Good luck!

UPDATE! Our winners have been chosen! Congratulations to Mary on Lake Pulaski, Quilt Nana, and quiltmom!

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Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

about the only family traditions that we have are at Xmas time and that is how I decorate the house and what kind of cookies I make - just not much for traditions here - would love a copy of the book.

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Jessica Lutz said...

I am new to quilting (just the last few months) but I would love to share this with friends/family especially my daughter and one day (not anytime soon) with grandbabies

Debi Horne said...

I decorate beds, walls, tables, and sofas with quilts. I love it. I'm more of a traditionalist, because the history behind the quilts make them more personal. I'm teaching my daughter and oldest grand daughter to quilt now. Hopefully, they'll have as fond of memories as I do.

Debi Horne
debihorne54@yahoo.com

tpott said...

We have everyone to our house for Christmas. We've been doing this for more than 20 yrs, even before my son (the only child in our family)was born. Also I always make cookies, Candy and fudge to give to friends and family for the holidays. This looks like another great book from Sherri. Thanks Toni Anne ;-> tpott@optonline.net

Podunk Pretties said...

Oh I'd love a copy of Sherri's new book! My adult kids and I started a new tradition of making gifts for Birthdays and Christmas, it doesn't matter how big or small the gift. For Easter we're planning to make our own kites to fly after Easter dinner. It'll be fun to see what they come up with!

Susan Smith said...

I try to make the majority of gifts for special events--births, graduations, weddings, etc. And if I possibly can, I have a tradition of giving a quilt. I also love to decorate with quilts. I'd LOVE to win a copy of Sherri's book.

Melanie said...

I'm a new quilter, so no traditions as of yet, just finishing one is a big deal!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I follow Sherri's blog - have been enjoying her little projects with candy charms. I come from a long line of quilters and have taught my daughter to quilt who has passed on her skills to friends. We all seem to prefer the traditional blocks but occassionally that modern/fresh sneaks in.

Anonymous said...

There is no quilting tradition in my family until me and there is a question as to where the sewing gene may ahve come from, may relate to a tatting gene in one of my greataunties! LOL So, I would be making quilts from old patterns and telling people I am from Sherri's family :)

Kathryn said...

Our family quilting tradition is quilts for graduations. It seems I have one at least every year, so it keeps me busy.

Anna F. said...

As far as I'm aware, I'm the first quilter in my family. My hope is to see the budding interest from my young daughters continue to grow and be passed on to their future children. My plan is to continue quilting and filling my home with quilts and table runners and totes and hopefully they help everyone feel warm, cozy, and welcome in our home.
Sherri's books are on my wish list. Her blog is one of the very first I stumbled upon a few years ago. Thank you for the opportunity.

Judith said...

No quilting traditions so far. I'm the first quilter, and I haven't been at it long. Right now, I'm working on making a quilt for every member of my family, starting with the youngest--and least critical. Now, I've worked up to the second youngest generation, and to date, they've all been greatly appreciated. Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful book.

Gill said...

I'm the first quilter in my family so I've started the tradition of a new quilt for every Christmas! So far I've made 8!

Melanie said...

I would love to have a quilting tradition in our family! I guess I'll have to settle for a handmade christmas tradition.

Sarah G said...

I love the idea of creating story book quilts. You can snuggle up in the blanket as you're reading the book. :)

Sarah G
sarahmon90(at)gmail(dot)com
http://pintucksandpinafores.blogspot.com/

Joan and Kevin said...

For both of my daughters wedding I made a signature quilt. All who attended signed the quilt!
Thanks!

delaineelliott said...

My quilty tradition is that I love to make quilted gifts for my family members, especially for Christmas gifts. I would love for this to inspire all of the younger ladies in my family to start quilting and/or hand making their gifts as well. Hand made gifts are the best! Thanks!

Addie said...

Only quilty tradition I've had is that I made sure to finish 1 quilt a year, along with working full time. This year I'm hoping to exceed only 1! Thanks for the chance on this great book!

Southern Gal said...

My granddaughter will be four this summer and wants me to teach her to sew. I have aspirations of teaching her to quilt so one day she can quilt for her Nona! Thanks for the chance.

Lynne Tilley said...

I don't have any quilting traditions yet. But I'm the "Mema Who Quilts" and I'm still fairly new to it. I hope to make a quilt for every family member before it's all said and done. I started out with my grandbabies (2 girls so far, and a boy due in about a week!) and will proceed on with Mom, siblings, and my three grown children and their spouses. I look forward to all of it.

Melva Palmer said...

My new tradition is to make a quilt for every family member! That way they will always have a piece of me.

Anonymous said...

One tradition I have is to make a baby quilt for each baby born into our church. I love it!
cjnid AT imaxmail DOT net

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I don't know that we have any great traditions. Just to get together and try to make each other laugh and eat chocolate pie and peanut butter candy.

Quilt Monkey said...

My favorite quilting tradition is with my Mom and sister - both also quilters. My sister and I have birthdays that are close to each other, and every year my Mom organizes a sewing day at her house as our birthday gift. She chooses a pattern and provides fabric for each of us and we spend the day each sewing on the same project with different fabrics. We sew, eat, and talk all day. I look forward to it every year. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

Little Ella Lu said...

I've been working on my first quilt (a cathedral quilt) for about a year now. If I ever get it done I'd love to make more for my girls.

HeatherK @ A Reformed Heath'n said...

I'm the only quilter in my family, so no traditions really. I like to make projects for my family and friends and hope to pass my love of fabric and handwork on to at least one of my kids :) I'm currently working on quilts for the seasons to spruce up our playroom which has become my workroom now that the kids are older.

Jo said...

I try and make at least 1 fabric gift for birthdays and Christmas. Hopefully I can pass the quilting bug onto my two girls as they get bigger and we can start some traditions!

Marca said...

I like to give a quilt for a wedding, graduation, and baby gift. So far I don't have a convert in the family, but maybe there will be someday. This is a lovely book!
Raylynn@homemail.com

Nancy E said...

My grandmother quilted and she gave quilts to each of her children and my mother continued that tradition by giving a quilt to each of her daughters (she only has daughters) and grandchildren. I have made quilts for each of my nieces and nephews. When my nieces or nephews havea baby, they get a quilt. Now that I am a grandmother each of my grandchildren have received a quilt at birth and for Christmas, plus whenever I think of a reason to give them one.

Aaron R said...

Would like to make kids quilts for important moments in their lives. I still have the blanket my grandma made when I went off to college.

smileynann said...

One of our family traditions is a candy advent at Christmas time. I get the mint M&Ms and make a cellophane wrapper for each day until Christmas. I put one M&M for each family member (7 per day) and we each get one. The rule is, Dad has to be home for work before we can have one! It's super fun for the kids, and hopefully helps me to stay on track and not have as many treats, because I'm getting one every day!

I love the idea behind this book - and since I'd love to win, my email is smileynann@yahoo.com

Lisa Marie said...

Ever since I got hooked on quilting, I give a handmade gift (quilt, bag, table runner, etc.) for just about any gift giving occasion. My family members always enjoy it but maybe not quite as much as I do.

Julie said...

Sadly, we don't have any quilty traditions in our family. I am new to quilting and got my sister-in-law hooked, so I'm looking forward to starting many traditions for years to come! I guess the one tradition we have is that when a new niece or nephew is born, I give them a quilt (well at least hopefully before they turn 3). :)

bobbie23nc said...

I so want to make the Sassy quilt from Sherri's book. My favorite family tradition is simply spending time together and enjoying each other's company

Missy Shay said...

I am new to quilting so I really do not have any traditions yet, but I am trying to make sure I make at least one quilt for every member of my family.
missysaprons@gmail.com

SewPsyched! said...

My sister and I live far apart and our tradition is to share books together by phone or now, FaceTime. Then when we have time together we go to quilt shops and pick fabrics to use in making projects from the books. This giveaway would be perfect!

Karen said...

I am hoping my granddaughter who's nine will someday follow in my footsteps.5255369631

Carol said...

My tradition is one I hope to change this year. I start Christmas quilts too late to finish and then have promises to keep. This year a new tradition will start - I'll finish Christmas presents because I will be more organized and start earlier. The first present will be a baby quilt for a new grandbaby due very close to Christmas.

Christine M said...

Sherri's book looks like a lovely one to add to the collection. I am the only quilter in our family. I started a tradition of making a new Christmas wall hanging or decoration each year to be added to our collection. The in December, all the other quilts come down from the walls and the Christmas ones go up! Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

Anonymous said...

I am a first generation quilter in my family. I make Christmas quilts which are enjoyed every year during the month of December. I would like to pass down my skills to my children so they can continue on with quilting. anitalahay at shaw dot ca

RobotMomSews said...

Love it! I am starting the tradition of quilting in my family, and already have my daughters interested and learning lots about fabric etc.! Thanks for the chance to win!

Anita said...

We use our quilts that I've made, even the cats. Our tradition is to use them to stay warm.

Monica said...

My mom makes quilts for my babies so I'd love to carry on that tradition.
Silverize at hotmail

Sharon Eshlaman said...

My tradition is to give each family member a hand made item at Christmas. It can be quilted, crocheted or knitted.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

My mother in.law taught me to hand quilt..She so enjoyed this ...and I will carry the tradition as long as I can.

barbara woods said...

I wish I could get a grand interested in quilting, it's just me and my sis. we have been talking about making a quilt right after Christmas.

Linda said...

HELLO,love quilting! Christmas is the time we share together and display many quilted pieces! Thanks for sharing!

msstitcher1214@gmail.com

Phyllis said...

I would love to finish the quilt that my grandmother pieced for my daughter. She hand appliqued and embroidered Sun Bonnet Sue blocks and just need to be sewn together and made into a quilt. I'm just learning to quilt so it's a little intimidating for me.

Karen Caves said...

We have family "carpet parties", where we all pick a favorite quilt, while eating dinner in the living room while watching tv. This is a rare occurrence, so it's a big deal when we do it! Thanks for the chance! Spetzie at att dot net

Vicky said...

There are a couple of ladies who asked me to teach them to quilt when I retire. I hope that turns into a regular sewing fest.

Kim said...

My mom and I joined a BOM together this year - fun to sew "together" even though we live hundreds of miles apart!

Quilter Kathy said...

My tradition is to make a baby quilt for each of my 12 nieces and nephews (so far) and to make a lap quilt for each of them when they graduate high school.
I will also make wedding quilts I'm sure, but we haven't had one yet!
Great giveaway!

jill said...

My grandmother taught me needle arts. I carry on her legacy each time I create a quilt.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

I love to quilt and when I started, my plan was a quilt for every bed. When I accomplished that, I change to two quilts.. LOL My kids helped along the way by always asking who the quilt was for and if they could put 'dibs' on it. :-) We love to watch movies together and everyone has their favorite quilt for the movie. Its a tradition I hope to pass on when my kids have families... I'll make the quilts! LOL

Pam E. said...

I love "Sassy" and would definitely make that pattern.

Stephanie Burnett said...

Unfortunately, I know of no one in my family that was a quilter. However, I intend to start a family tradition :)

CraftyHourMom said...

My mom helped me make my first quilt at age 11 from one of Eleanor Burn's Quilt in a Day books. She and my sisters made a beautiful quilt for our bed when we got married - I've only really quilted for the last 1.5 years but am loving it. I made my daughter a pinwheel quilt for Christmas and hope to teach her too as she grows.

Stephanie said...

Well, my mom quilted but I didn't pick it up until about 20 years ago, long after my mom was gone. So I hope to pass on this tradition to my daughters or granddaughters, maybe even grandsons???? Thanks for the opportunity to win this fabulous book! My email is qltdiva1@fuse.net.

Willa said...

Our traditions morph. It used to be stockings on the fireplace even after our own children were grown. Upon my dad's death, that sort of went away. Also 4th of July paternal family reunions ended with his death. That was time for parades, picnics and fireworks. The larger family somewhat governed by a mother in assisted living several hours away. It is hard to maintain any real traditions.

So we create new celebrations.

lesleyana said...

i am new to crafting in general and am currently trying to teach myself how to crochet, tunisian crochet and sew/quilt. my mother, the craftiest person i know, hasn't sewn, crocheted or knitted in years. we live 1800 miles apart but are both doing new things. she just finished crocheting a scarf, knitting two scarves, and made her first quilted wall hanging this week. so we will hopefully be quilting together as the years go by!

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said...

My mom started giving quilted Christmas tree skirts as wedding presents to family and close friends. She still does it, and now, so do I!!

melissa reads said...

My mom grew up in a family of girls that made hand stitched quilts. I took a quilting class with my mom a we both made 9-patch quilts. Mine was lap size and hers ended up being queen size.

Linda said...

My family's quilting tradition is: At least one new quilt for every new baby. Both my mother and I enjoy making quilts and giving them away. Sometimes the baby receives a quilt from each of us at birth, but sometimes only one of us has the time to make the baby quilt. In that case, the child will receive a new quilt when the crib is replaced with a bed.

BerryPatchCottage said...

First generation quilter here too - the main quilty tradition I have started are that my babies get a cot/lap quilt for their first birthday. I see many more quilts in their future, but that is the one tradition I seem to have got going properly so far...

Anonymous said...

I loved her last book, if I don't win a copy I will for sure be picking one up.
djbullinger@cableone.net

Lynn McIndoe said...

I am the first quilter in our family. Each new Granchild gets a cot quilt, then a quilt when they move into a "big bed"

StubbsFamily said...

My grandma has always pieced quilts and my mom would quilt them. She passed away this winter so it is more important than ever that I teach my daughter to piece and make sure my mom still has enough tops to quilt.

Anonymous said...

Just finished a label for my granddaughter's baptism this weekend. It has always been a tradition to honor my grandchildren on special occasions !

Brenna said...

I'm the first quilter (although my mother is a prodigious seamstress), but I am making quilts for all my nieces and nephews.

Sigi G said...

I started quilting just recently when looking to make a 'memory' table topper. I've been so busy sewing since and love every minute in my sewing room.
This book looks so wonderful! I would love to place one on my sewing room shelf - that would be a tradition to pass down to my girls. They love to see my next projects each time!

Brandi Pond @ Peace of me Quilts said...

I don't have any quilting traditions as of yet. I am a self taught quilter. So I guess you would call me first generation. But I hope to teach my children the joy and love that I have for quilting. And that my quilts will be past down from generation to generation

peggy Hendrick said...

My mother used sew a lot of things, clothes, aprons, blouses, costumes for school but never a quilt...she was always going to teach me how to sew but we never made the time...sadly she passed away when I was 24. I taught myself to sew and decided that, besides clothes I was going to make a few quilts so that I had something to pass down to my family...and to carry on a hobby that she truly loved...

Lesley said...

My quilting traditions were established years ago...spread my love of quilting with my family and friends by making them lots of Quilty things!

Wendy said...

My ten year old grand daughter is getting a sewing machine instead of an Easter egg, and I have promised to take her shopping for fabric. We are planning to make her mum something special. I hope this will inspire a new generation of sewers in the family :)

Cassady Rider said...

I first began quilting in high school with my future husband and future mother in law!! After many years of education (9 to be exact!) I graduated and had a lot of time on my hands and needed a good hobby so I immediately thought of quilting!! I took a beginning quilters class at my local quilt shop and learned the finer details and have been avidly quilting ever since!! When I first bought my sewing machine, my husband helped me learn how to use it!! Though he won't admit it, I think he likes quilting!! He seems to always hang around and watch :)

AmberCA said...

I have been making quilts since I was 17, my mom passed on the tradition of quilt making to me.

Joy Meetis said...

I hope to be able to pass along what I know about quilting to my kids and nieces. Not many people in my family quilt but I want to show them that even though it can take a long time to complete a quilt that it is worth it. Especially in this fast paced, need to have it now time that we live in!

Tammy@thelastyardquilting.com said...

About 23 years ago I taught myself to sew watching quilt in a day on tv. 5years after that I taught my mom to quilt. We quilt together all the time now about 6 years ago we got my two other sisters into making quilts too. This has brought our family closer even though my sisters live out of state we get together for retreats and sewing together as much as we can. My daughter has now started quilting with us all too. So our family tradition is spending as much time as we can together sewing. We do a lot of inspiring each other thru facebook and Skype sharing our projects and doing quilt alongs.

Linda Cates said...

I've started a tradition of making quilts with family history, like including 50y/0 embroidered signatures of family members, tatting from my great great grandmother on a special baby quilt, and whatever else I dream up! Would love a copy of Sherri's book.

Miss Jean said...

Quilting skipped a couple of generations in our family. My grandmothers on my mom's side were quilters, but my mom wasn't. I quilt, but not my daughter. I'm hoping my new great, great niece gets the bug to quilt.

Susan said...

I have just been quilting a short time and have begun to give small quilts to family members as quilts, so I guess I am hoping to establish a tradition. I always am on the lookout for fabrics that would be perfect for baby quilts, in hopes I will someday have grandchildren to give them too. I also have some handmade quilts from each of my grandmothers that I treasure.

Jeanne said...

A tradition started was all grandchildren get a t-shirt quilt and a memory quilt with pictures made for them by the time they graduate.

Anonymous said...

Not sure if you can call this a tradition, but after supper and a shower my kids love to snuggle under one of the quilts I made!
cpoot at telus dot net

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

All of our grandchildren have received a baby quilt very shortly after they were born. This will continue to be a family tradition.

Lesley Greenlee said...

I share my love of quilting with my mom. She lives in Scotland and I miss her terribly. But the miles apart don't stop us. We constantly do show and tell on FaceTime. She shows me what she is working on, and vice versa. We've even given each other lessons over the internet lol. Our mutual love of quilting and sewing makes all those miles between us just disappear.

JenB said...

Just started quilting and already getting my daughter interested in the tradition. She's 12 and working on her first quilt. I have to help with the cutting, etc but it's another hobby we can do together. I'm sure she'll appreciate knowing how to use a sewing machine someday...or at least I hope so lol! jennyhest@aol.com

Joyce Carter said...

Both of my grandmothers passed away before I was born so I don't know if they knew how to quilt or not. My mother did and she taught all of the girls in the family. She made all of us a quilt and I am carrying on the tradition. I have made my children and grandchildren a quilt. However, since there are only boys in my family, they don't seem to want to carry on the tradition. LOL I love the more traditional quilt patterns, but I have seen some modern quilts that I like as well. Thank you for the giveaway.

Amy Farrington said...

My daughter (12) and son (9) both like to quilt and our tradition so far is heading out to the many summer time quilt shows!

redfoxfabric@gmail.com

Sue in Iowa said...

I make a quilt as a wedding gift for my nieces and nephews when they get married - we have 27 nieces and nephews--they love getting them and appreciate the work that has gone into them. Still have some unmarried ones so need to keep quilting!!

Jessica Matlosz said...

Im fairly new to quilting and it is not yet a tradition in my family but I am hoping that it will be moving forward

Taunja Kelvington said...

I am the first one in my family to be a quilter, but both of my grandmothers loved to knit and crochet and they were terrific at it. My mom sewed our clothes when we were little, and also sewed the most darling Barbie doll clothes for us. So I feel like they passed down those "hand" skills and passions to me, and I'm so thankful. Would LOVE to win a copy. Am a faithful follower of Sherri's blog.

Nancy Lewis said...

Quilting has been passed down from mother to daughter in my family. I have recently taken it up and have a daughter and granddaughter that are anxious for me to teach them. I'm reading and trying everything I can so I'll be a good source for them to learn from.

Kathy said...

I like giving quilts for Christmas presents to my family...

Louise Marie said...

Our quilty tradition occurs on each child's first birthday. During the celebration, one of the parents places the child on her handmade baby quilt on the floor. About 5 to 10 ft away from the child is placed a bible, a jigger of whiskey, and a silver dollar. Then everyone encourages the child to choose one. When the child goes over and chooses one, the father immediately drinks the jigger of whiskey, the mother hands the child to the father, the father holds the child up for all to see. Everyone applauds. Then the conversation is about the choice the child has made and how it will affect the future of the child. i do not know where this tradition comes from, but i am a part of a Polish family. So, i like to think it started in Poland.

Regina said...

I don't know what kind of quilting traditions I really have except that I donate as many as I give as gifts - but I am teaching my 9 year old son - he is currently making his first quilt.

Anonymous said...

I am fairly new at quilting but my tradition is that each member of the family gets a quilt from me that corresponds to their lifestyle

Sue McKay said...

My. Grandmother taught me to embroider and sew in the early 60's when I was a child. She and I made doll quilts together. Today I put a small bit of polka dot fabric in every quilt I make as a nod to her. It was her favorite.

Fibercrafter said...

We like having seasonal quilts for the house and our beds. Gift quilts tend to be lap-sized decorative quilts too.

Rachel said...

I traditionally make a quilt for each son/niece/nephew as they reach age 10. We also have a fun traditon of the the "Ugly Baby Quilt" -- it's the gift that keeps on giving-- the trick is wrapping it in such a way that the next recipient won't be alarmed. The ultimate white elephant gift, so to speak.

Angela said...

I am a new quilter - so I don't have any traditions yet.
However, I am trying to complete each quilt before starting any new patterns. It's hard, but it motivates me to stick with it and make a completion.

I think I'm a block maker and not a quilter sometimes because I want to stop after I've made all the blocks. For some reason - sashing and borders are not my thing : )

Angela

Marci said...

While both of my grandmothers were excellent seamstresses, so far as I know, I'm the first quilter in the family. My grandchildren all live far away but when they come, they sleep in the twin beds I grew up in. My first 2 quilts were 'signature' quilts for those beds. Each time the kids get to come for a visit, they get to sign the quilts. Hopefully, one day they will be the first of many quilts filled with memories for them.

7d410fd8-bb77-11e3-95ae-000bcdcb471e said...

I am a first generation quilter, so the tradition is just beginning. During my five years of quilting I have given away many, many more than I have kept!

Gwen Wehner said...

I give a quilt to each niece/nephew as they graduate from high school. In a few years I'll be adding great-nieces/nephews to the list!

Mary @ Ms. Redo said...

When I met my (future) husband, I had just begun my first quilting class. He was really impressed because his grandmother, great-aunts, and mother were quilters - I always joke "the only reason you married me is because I quilt!" We have numerous quilts from his family members which we treasure, and I make quilts that someday I hope our children and grandchildren will also treasure.

Penny said...

I am just learning to quilt and think this book is just beautiful! Congratulations!

christie said...

My Great Grandmother and Grandmother both quilted out of necessity. They were both farmers' wives. I love quilting, and although I am not a farmer"s wife I have enjoyed quilting for my family and displaying family quilts in my home.


Lisa said...

I have startedbthe tradition of giving quilts to my new nieces and nephews when they are born.

Fran Gray said...

My grandmother was a quilter (self taught!), my mother and aunt are quilters and now I am a quilter!

Lynn ET said...

Quilting is a tradition that has been passed down for five generations in our family. It's something we all love and share. No matter how different our lives are, we have quilting in common!

Carmen said...

Quilting is not part of my family tradition (at least, not to my knowledge). I made my first quilt from the scraps left over after making my daughter's first-grade outfits. That quilt was on her bed until she went to high school. I am happy to say, though, that because of my efforts, quilting is part of HER family tradition and she has now taught her daughter how to piece. So, in effect, quilting is a new family "tradition" for us.

Grammi Sharon said...

Quilting goes back several generations in my family, mostly patchwork from extra fabrics, old clothes, etc., more of a necessity to not waste anything. I've been quilting for about eight years now and love all the new techniques to make the old patterns. My granddaughter is just starting to sew and, hopefully, we will make a quilt for her bed in the next couple of years.

Cheryl Rathke said...

My grandma, who was born in 1882, started quilting in her 20s. She went to make dozens of quilts, and each has now been given to a descendant as a wedding present. Now that all those are given away, I am hoping to continue the tradition...

Mary Jane Link said...

As a new quilter I have dreams of making a quilt for everyone in my family. This book has so many wonderful quilts that fuel my desire to quilt for everyone I love. Thanks for the chance to win a copy this beautiful book!

Teresa said...

I started making quilts for my family and one or two family members get a quilt at Christmas - sometimes its a surprise and sometimes its not - but we all look forward to seeing the quilt at Christmas.

Jared, Christine, and The Boys said...

My grandma made a baby quilt for each of her grandchildren. I have several quilt squares and unfinished tops that she made that I am going to finish for my siblings kids, her great grandchildren, since she can no longer do it herself. It meant a lot to her that I love quilting too.

Lisa Boyer said...

I quilt words: names, dates, wishes (like "happiness", "prosperity", etc. into the machine quilting. I don't usually tell the recipient, so it's fun when they finally find the all the words written into the quilt!

Jared, Christine, and The Boys said...

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Laura B said...

I hope to make a quilt for each niece and nephew and for their children too.

Freda said...

I have been quilting since 2000 & have made quilts for almost my whole family.

susiefloozie said...

Beautiful quilts! Would love to win the book and get to making a few!

Betsy said...

When my grand daughter was born I was just learning to quilt. I vowed to make her a quilt every year until she turns 18. I have gifted her 8 already she is 8.

Slice of Pi said...

Both of my grandmothers quilt as does my mom. We share ideas and fabrics. I included a quilt in the background of my son's monthly birthday pictures (just took the 12 month picture for his 1st birthday yesterday!). Sliceofpilife (at) gmail (dot) com

Simply Sandy said...

I guess my tradition is that most of my quilts are quilted by hand.

Peta Peace said...

I quilt with my Mum and my step Mum (Pam). We all have the same machine and share tips and ideas. My Mum taught me to sew and my youngest is becoming quite a little sewer herself. I just love that it's a common interest we can all share.

Linda said...

My grandmothers on both sides both quilted; one by machine and one by hand. I am keeping up the tradition by teaching my son and daughter-in-law how to quilt, plus my granddaughter so far. I have made many quilts which is my passion (or addiction! LOL.)

Dianne Giles said...

We have 2 new grandsons to celebrate Christmas with this year! I want to show them that sharing special times with Family is the best time! Thanks for the chance, Dianne

Sarah MacLennan said...

I love seeing traditional patterns and design with modern fabric. This has been a passion of mine since I began my affair with quilting more than 13 years ago. I am always so impressed with my modern quilters abilities to produce so many quilts so quickly, but every time i get basted and ready to quilt, I break out the frame and the needle for hand quilting! The soft feel and vintage look that hand quilting produces can not be replicated.

Joan said...

First off, I really appreciate the inspiration I get from Sherri and the wonderful work she does. I am the first quilter in my family, so I am not sure about any traditions there. I would interpret the "quilty tradition" I hope to start (and finish) one day is a Mariner's Compass.

Kristine said...

I want to make a quilt for each of my kids, and make weddings quilts for each of them as well. Not much of any tradition so far, but I hope to change that.

Karenkay said...

I love to decorate my home with the quilts I have made, but really want to start making quilts for my grandson!

Stephanie said...

I love decorating in old hand stitched quilts from grandparents. They are displayed all over our home, and I love it. I hope to pass them on to my daughter and that she will also display them with pride! I have also been trying to make replica ones to actually use to snuggle with and display on the couch and recliners.

Joan said...

I love to make handmade gifts for Christmas and birthdays. Thank you for the chance to win Sherri's beautiful book.

Jusmom1 said...

I am the first in my family to sew or quilt. I have begun making a quilt for every member of my family and hope my future daughter will some day be making quilts for my future great grandchildren.

cynthia said...

I give each of my daughters a full-queen size hand-quilted quilt every year for their birthdays which are just one week apart.

debby said...

I use quilts on beds, on the couch, on the table. I also give quilts as gifts-new babies, friends, etc.

Vicky P said...

Each of our kids get a queen size quilt when they get married. Also I have just started teaching my grand daughter how to quilt.

ittehgaps said...

I have loved quilting for a long time and understand the importance of passing on this tradition. I recently got my 8 yr old grand daughter started on her very first quilt. I hope to instill an interest in quilting in her that will last a lifetime. Hope to share this book and some of the quilt projects in it with her. Cindy bluemoonstencils@yahoo.com

Annelies said...

My tradition is to make a "birthday quilt" for each of the Grandchildren for thier 1st birthday. It is my hope they will pull it out for their birthday month each year and know that they truly are SPECIAL!!!!

Pickles Quilting said...

Great giveaway! My quilty tradition will be to make a quilt for family members each year for Christmas.
-Brittany

Bailey said...

I love when my kids come to help me with my fabric selection. It looks like a fabric blizzard when they are done.

Anonymous said...

I find myself rescuing more and more vintage blocks (not the expensive ones, no, ones from yard sales and thrift shops and headed for the dumpster) and turning them into quilts. I guess that's how traditions form lol. Thanks for the chance to win. VermontPines at aol dot com

Jo said...

I don't know if you would call it a tradition but every two years my grands get a new quilt on there birthday as their tastes grow and mature along with them

kshackabq said...

My maternal grandmother, great aunts, mother, and aunt each made quilts. Now my cousin and I are quilters, and enjoy making quilts for others. Sherri's quilts are always stunning, and it looks like this book is no exception. Thanks for the chance to win!

Kiwi said...

My grandmother sewed and was a weaver, but she was always supportive of my quilting.

Melanie said...

Quilted Christmas stockings line up the Quilt Ladder--even the pups have their own... There a quilt rack in the living room with a Quilt for each season. Pumpkins, snowmen, bunnies, flowers, and red,whit and blue flags.... What is home without quilts and traditions?????

Lisa said...

The only quilts my Grandma made were Utilitarian type and the only one left was mine made out of old clothes. I hope my children and grandchildren have lots of them in their homes to remember me by!

Katy Emanuel said...
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Katy Emanuel said...

I am fairly new to quilting and my grandmothers nor my mother were quilters. My daughter loves helping me pick out patterns & fabrics for quilts right now as she is only 2.5 yrs old, but has asked if she can learn when she is older which I would definitely love to be able to do with her. I have made my nieces each a quilt when they were born and of course still need to finish the one I had started before my daughter was born to be for her.
san_javier@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

My grandma sewed most of my clothes when I was a little girl. Grandma passed away 15 years ago, but just last year I found a quilt top she had started before she died...made of scraps from all the outfits she made me! I decided to finish it myself, and caught the quilting "bug" in the process! I have now completed almost 10 quilts in one year, and have found my passion. Thanks Grandma!

klpatterson@hughes.net

Bowbailey said...

It would be fantastic to win the book. I met Sheri in a quilting class in St George taught by Carrie Nelson. I had already been reading her blog and guessed who she was. Let me say it was a fun class. I've been making quilts for my granddaughter as the different holidays come up. I think she'll always be able to remember me when she plays with and cuddles with them

Lee said...

My best friend and I love to share our love for quilting with our children - we love to pass on a tradition of a quilt for milestones in our lives! thanks!

Tracey Heinle said...

I started quilting several years ago but my quilty tradition started about 1 1/2 years ago when I joined a prayer quilt ministry. Every Monday we get together and make quilts for sick and hurting people. I feel so blessed to be part of this ministry. Also my 10 year old has taken an interest in quilting. A few months ago she finished her first quilt and is ready and excited to start the next one. I'm looking forward to sharing quilty traditions with her. Thank you for the opportunity to win this wonderful book.

Cindy Dahlgren said...

The first quilt tradition I'm well on the way to completing, is a handmade quilt on every bed. The second will be a Christmas quilt on every bed for Christmas.

Anonymous said...

I would love to teach quilting to my grandchildren (if and when I have grandchildren) to carry on the tradition.
wlinda_ca@yahoo.com

Crickets Corner said...

I don't have any quilting traditions as I'm the first one in my family to quilt or even sew. Guess I ought to start one.

Debra said...

I don't have any existing traditions either, as many others have said. Nobody in my family quilts, and I have taught myself and plan on teaching others. I guess that will be my tradition.

abeullah said...

We have a lot of family traditions, birthday dinners, holiday cooking and eating. I started making quilts for my children and grand children. Now the grandchildren help pick out fabric for handmade gifts for a parent or Aunt or Uncle. My granddaughter is making presents for her mom and Aunt on their birthdays, Christmas and Mother's days. Hopefully they will always keep these and add some of their own

Shauna said...

The tradition I am starting is every kid/grand kid gets a quilt

DKParker said...

My quilting history began with my great grandmother but I didn't know that until my grandmother shared an article that was published in the newspaper when she (my great grandmother) turned 100. In it, she described how when she was very young she was working on a quilt and a reporter saw her and asked if she would describe what she was doing. She related in the article that she was so humbled by his interest in what she was doing that it gave her a great sense of satisfaction and accomplishment and it galvanized her interest in the art. Of course, for her, quilting was a necessity more than an art form. When my GRANDMOTHER turned 100 several years ago, I made her a quilt. When she opened the package she was brought to tears, and said "no one has ever made me a quilt before!" She carried that quilt with her from place to place for the next two years of her life and it made its way back to me. I was also given the first quilt that my great grandmother had done on a treadle sewing machine, where she had stitched out her name in thread. These two humble quilts are prized by me and point to the tradition in my family that i am privileged and proud to carry on.

Julia Lette said...

One of my favorite traditions is New Pajamas for Christmas Eve. We ALL received new jammies to wear so we would look good for Christmas morning pics.

Sarah said...

Although quilting is new to me, I come from a long line of quilters and seamstresses. We slept under quilts growing up, and I am making quilts for my children right now to continue that for them. Thanks for the giveaway; it looks like a fabulous book! sarah@forrussia.org

NancyL said...

So far my tradition is making each grandchild a quilt. I'd like to make them each another quilt as they get older, I've done one of those so far. I'd also like to teach my grandaughters to quilt; right now they are too young, but one granddaughter already likes fabric and quilt stores at 2 1/2 years old!

Jackie said...

My grand mother gave me the itch to stitch!! I have one quilt that she had made and it is very precious to me. I remember as a young girl, my grand mother and one of her friends, use to make Barbie doll clothes for me. I had the best dressed Barbie in town! Lol! Those memories are so precious and I hope to pass on memories similar to these for my grand children!
Please add my name to the lovely giveaway!
jcmpmorrisonatgmaildotcom

Melissa said...

I am fairly new to quilting, but my hope for my family's quilty tradition would be that I could pass on my love of quilting to one or more of my four children!:)

Tamie said...

Quiltmaking skipped two generations in my family so I am so excited to have two of my great grandmother's quilts. I have made each of my nephews a hand quilted baby quilt so that I can continue my great grandmother's craft.

Wendy said...

I love Sherri's blog and her patterns and have been waiting for this book to come out! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

caribousmom (at) gmail (dot) com

glubka said...

My tradition is to give some family member a quilt every year for Christmas.

Palmetto Pam said...

I am blessed to have 2 quilts that my great-grandmother made. Having 2 sons, most of our traditions revolve around food! It is not Christmas unless the younger son has a can of black olives in his stocking!
pamneddie@aol.com

Pam said...

I'm the ony quilter in my family and I've started to gift my siblings with a quilt on their 40, 50 or 60th birthdays. I only have one more to go!

Grandma M said...

My quilt traditions include making a quilt for each child's wedding. Grandchildren also receive several quilts before they are born! One year I made Christmas quilts for each child to add to their decorations. One can never have too many quilts!

Anonymous said...

I would love to make quilting a new tradition for my granddaughters to learn my daughter who has a mild disability is slowly liking the idea of putting the colors together I would love to win this book to learn more
misha6835@hotmail.com

Brenda said...

I've been trying to make a quilt for each niece or nephew as they have come along, and now am trying to play catch-up with great-nieces and -nephews. Wedding quilts, also, but at my finish rate, they'll be anniversary quilts, and I won't guarantee which! I need to learn to make display quilts and not bed quilts, I guess!

deb F said...

There are so many awesome quilts in your new book it is hard to decide which one to start with, so I would probably just look and look through the book til I could decide.
Thanks for all your hard work.
deb

Kim said...

The quilty traditions in my family are just starting... I make rag quilts for each of the great nieces and nephews. I feel like since I started with those, I should keep it consistent. Perhaps the best quilty event though is the love for homemade items that has been developed in my youngest nephew. His first was a rag quilt before he was born. Two years ago, he came to me (at 5 years old)to tell me he needed a new one because his feet stick out. After seeing the quilt I made his sister he said to Grandma,"This quilt is beautiful! You should have Aunt Kim teach you how to quilt so you can make one. I will lay out the pattern for you." Great to see such a little one so excited and appreciative of things that are homemade.

Vicki H said...

My quilty tradition was to give graduation quilts. I want to start making quilty stockings for the grandkids Christmas.

Ether Bourn said...

I have memories of two family quilts. The first was made by my great grandmother and covered my great grandfather's bed. It was made from old clothing and was randomly pieced and handtied. The second was a well used double wedding ring made by my grandmother. Both quilts have disappeared and I would like to create a small modern version of each piece in rememberence of my family's quilting heritage.

Becky S. said...

I would like to start making quilts for special occasions. I just need to sew faster! Thanks for the chance to win. I love Sherri's quilts!!!

Sally said...

I think I got the quilting bug from both of my grandmothers. One was a piecer and the other an appliquer. It skipped my Mother and seems to have skipped my daughter. I do have hopes for my granddaughter. Lol

Ashley P. said...

I want to make a quilt for each of my babies to be given on their first birthday. So far we only have one son so I'm looking forward to continuing that tradition. I also hope to have the quilts I made for our home handed down as heirlooms.

ashley.pickrell(at)yahoo(dot)com

Karen said...

I hope one of my granddaughters will one day be interested in quilting and I hope all my grandchildren will cherish their quilts I made them.

Jen said...

I just gave my daughter a sewing basket for her bday (per her request). Hoping to start some sewing traditions!

quilt nana said...

Both of my grandmothers quilted. I watched & always wanted to learn. It skipped a generation (my mom). But it is my fav past time & have taught my to oldest daughters

Cecilia said...

I am teaching my 2 oldest granddaughters, who are 3 and 4 years old, to love quilting. I let them sit in my lap while we make doll quilts.

Darlene said...

This is a lovely book and I'd be beyond excited to win one. I realize the chances are slim but I've got everything crossed. LOL

My grandmother taught me to sew on her treadle sewing machine. I have wonderful memories of spending every summer with her working on school clothes. She truly inspired my love of a needle and thread.

Wendy said...

As far as I know there were no quilters before me and so far no one seems to have shown much interest for the future, but a tradition I read about was having guests sign the label of the quilt they sleep under on your guest bed...specifically anyone who sleeps under your Christmas quilt on Christmas night. What a wonderful way to record your holiday guests's visits.

jackie said...

As a new grandma I decided that I would make a special quilt to commemorate each birthday. Easy to do when there are only two or three. With a total of nine and one great grand it is a little bit of a challenge to keep up.

andri. said...

I just love giving handmade gifts to my family members!:)

Marlena said...

Love the tradition of making handmade gifts for my family. Handmade gifts are the best.

Tammy said...

My Gram taught me to make quilts, and I made my first one when I was 21. We hand quilted it, Gram, Mom and me, with my infant son playing under the quilt frames as we quilted. Since then, I haven't stopped making quilts. One of my main quilty traditions is that each new grandbaby gets a new quilt made by me, their Nonni.

Robin said...

When making a quilt I also try to make a lap size version so I can give to the elderly in the nursing homes. You should see their faces light up knowing that they got that warm pretty quilt for them. Usually once their they usually have nothing pretty. So I try to donate as often as I can.

Purl Buttons said...

The women in our family have made quilts for those in the following generations--a worthy tradition. I may have no one after me, so I would like to reach out and quilt for someone else who needs it. I try to work on quilts for within the community as well as quilts to honor friends and military veterans.

Alexis said...

I'm a first generation quilter so I don't have any traditions yet, but I'm looking forward to starting some with my daughter when she gets older. She's 4 now and just barely started asking me teach her last week. Woo hop!

Mary Tull said...

Every new baby gets a quilt in my family tradition!

GranChris said...

No traditions since I am the only quilter but I try to make sure everyone gets a quilt. Adults, children, nieces, nephews all of them.

Lora Martin said...

Just about the only quilty tradition in our family is that everybody has a quilt made by the only quilter, me!

DeborahGun said...

I have no quilty traditions so I'm enjoying reading what others have written!

Judy1522 said...

I do not come from a family that did any quilting as far as I know. But I want to pass on quilting to my daughther and anyone else I know that is interested in learning.

Melissa said...

So far, I am the only quilter in my family, but with 3 adult daughters, who knows? At least they are starting to say, "mom, make me this", when they see something they love.....

Tabitha Keener said...

We don't have any traditions in our family really other than I know my grandmother quilted some but I never saw her doing it. I'm new at sewing but I'm trying to encourage my granddaughter and nieces to sew and they love going through the fabric!
Thanks

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