Monday, January 7, 2019

Inspired Free Motion Quilting blog tour!

c. 1800 pieced quilt from Rhode Island with gorgeous quilting designs
When C&T Publishing first approached me with the idea to write a book about free-motion quilting, I wasn't sure how to react. The idea came out of left field. I'm much more of a collector than quiltmaker, and do not always see my collection as a quiltmaker would, but it gave me the opportunity to look at the collection with fresh eyes.

Mandy Leins, co-author of "Inspired Free-Motion Quilting"
I could choose any free-motion quilting expert as co-author, and Mandy Leins was the first person who came to mind. Mandy and I share a love for antique and vintage quilts. She is an outstanding quilter, and we chat about old quilts on Facebook instant messenger, sharing links for eBay and Etsy listings while dreaming about buying all the old quilts we love.


Luckily, Mandy was interested in the idea and available to tackle a book project. "Inspired Free-Motion Quilting: 90 Antique Designs Reinterpreted for Today's Quilter" was born.


The book includes inspiration quilts from the 18th and 19th centuries-- elegant, very old quilts with designs worth seeing; and free-motion line drawings with instructions on how to use the drawings for free-motion quilting. It's all about looking at old and seeing something new, and Mandy did a superb job with it.


We are happy to announce a blog tour, with eBook giveaways and a Quilter's Planner set as grand prize. On each stop of the blog tour, bloggers will share their thoughts and ideas about the book-- and we are looking forward to hearing what they have to say. Here is the list of blog tour stops:


Don't miss your chance to win! Keep reading along and follow the links to the blog posts! To win today's eBook prize from this blog, Wonkyworld, simply leave one comment in the comments section (below), and a random drawing at the end of the day will determine the winner. When commenting, please make sure to leave a way to contact you, and/or check back tomorrow to find out who won. Thanks for reading along. Enjoy the blog tour and enjoy the book!

26 comments:

  1. I would love to win a copy. Congrats!

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  2. What a great concept! I will keep an eye out for the book in bookstores.

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  3. Thanks for the chance! Looks like a really neat book filled with ideas! djaquilter @ yahoo.co

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  4. You came out of hiding in a big way! LOL I machine quilt and would love a chance to win this book. Thank you!! Happy New Year!

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  5. Congratulations on the book - looks great

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  6. What a treat to collaborate that way! Would love to be a winner. quilting00@aol.com

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  7. Happy New Year, Bill. Congrats on the new book! I’m looking forward to seeing it.

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  8. Congratulations to both of you. And thank you for the opportunity. bellpayne30 @ gmail

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  9. What a neat way to appreciate the quilting in the antique quilts!

    foolquilter@comcast.net

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  10. You know I want this book--thanks for the chance!

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  11. I always enjoy your posts and a chance to win is a nice bonus. katfey@att.net

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  12. I love that we still get inspiration from old quilts. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck with your book.

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  13. Should be an interesting read. You do find fascinating projects.

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  14. Very excited about this book. Can't wait to read it!

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  15. I believe I should learn something new every day. This book has a lot of ‘new’ for me.

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  16. What an inspired idea for FMQ. Congratulations on your new book. Thanks for sharing a chance at the giveaway!

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  17. my goal is to lear free motion on my domestic machine in 2019
    sharongalli@gmail.com

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  19. This book is a wonderful resource. I am learning a FMQ. Thanks so much for the giveaway.
    djcutting2(@) gmail(dot)com

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  20. I'm interested in checking this book out...it sounds like an interesting approach to fmq.

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  21. Great idea for a book! Can't wait to read it.

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  22. I am always trying to improve my FMQ skills.

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  23. Looks like a very useful book.

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  24. Thank you, would love to improve my FMQ skills.

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