The Practical Guide to Patchwork – a review and a giveaway!

I’m so excited to be part of Elizabeth Hartman’s blog tour for her newly released book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork (Stash Books). I’m sure you all know Elizabeth from her fabulous blog, Oh, Fransson! She’s a constant source of inspiration, creating quilt after gorgeous quilt.

If there’s one book I’ve been waiting to get my hands on, it’s this one! From the moment I heard that Elizabeth was writing a book, I just knew it would be a must-have. And Elizabeth certainly does not disappoint!

This book contains 12 wonderful quilt projects, separated into sections for beginners, confident beginners, and intermediates. Each project contains detailed instructions for putting together the blocks, the quilt top, and even instructions for great pieced quilt backings. Elizabeth also provides a thorough section on the important basics — necessary supplies, how to select fabrics, time-saving techniques, and step-by-step instructions for putting together your quilt (to name just a few!).

After reading it cover to cover and poring over the quilt photos, I had a chance to ask Elizabeth some questions —

. . .
You seem to have a never-ending source of inspiration for new quilts — did you find it easy to come up with the quilt designs included in the book? Were there any that you wanted to include but couldn’t? And speaking of inspiration, what’s your favorite source for inspiration?

“I started planning the quilts for the book with a checklist of design elements, both conventional and modern, that I wanted to include.  Writing the patterns for the book was, to a certain extent, designing patterns around the items on that checklist.

In general though, I am constantly inspired by things I see around me.  Architectural and construction elements are huge.  Tile, brickwork, parquetry, fences, windows, etc.  Part of what is fun for me about writing quilt patterns is having a particular shape or design element and figuring out how to make it into a quilt.”

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I love the names of your quilts! You mentioned what some of them were named for, but I’m wondering how you decided on names for a couple of the others, such as your string quilt ‘Valentine’, or the scrappy log cabin ‘Sunspot’. How did the names for those quilts come about? Is there a story?

“Naming quilt patterns can be tricky!  Sometimes I have a very strong idea of what I want the name to be, and sometimes it changes several times during the process.  There’s sometimes a story, but I’m afraid the Valentine and Sunspot quilts don’t have very interesting ones!  The Valentine quilt is so-named because it was originally entirely pink, red and white.  I liked the name though, so I kept it when I changed up the colors.  Sunspot was so named because of all of the bright color at the center of the blocks.”

. . .

One of my favorite aspects of your book is the ‘Alternate Ideas’ section where you present the same block done up in two different colorways. I think it’s so helpful to see how different fabric choices, or a completely different color palette, can really change the look of a quilt (and often it’s so hard to picture that!). How did you decide which other two color selections should be included for each quilt? And of course, the quilter in me wonders if we’ll see those alternate blocks showing up in additional quilts. Any plans for those blocks?

“Thanks!  One of my biggest complaints about some quilting books and patterns is the assumption that everyone will be using them to make the same quilt, sometimes with the exact same fabric.  When I design a pattern, I like to think of it as a framework onto which other quilters can hang their own fabric choices, so it was important to me to include suggestions about making each quilt from different types and cuts of fabric.

I’d like to say that I had a system or some kind of master plan in terms of how I chose the fabric, but it was really just what I found appealing at the time!  I tried to include a variety of different colors and styles.

In answer to your other question, I kept a few of my favorite sample blocks, but I didn’t keep most of them.  I will admit that I am not particularly good about using up all of my leftover materials!”

Thanks, Elizabeth, for taking the time to chat with us about your book!

Be sure to follow along with the rest of Elizabeth’s blog tour! There will be lots more about the book and additional chances to win!

Tour Dates —

Friday, October 29: I Heart Linen
Saturday, October 30: Tallgrass Prairie Studio
Sunday, October 31: Handmade by Alissa
Monday, November 1: Connecting Threads
Tuesday, November 2: Rossie
Wednesday, November 3: One Shabby Chick
Thursday, November 4: True Up
Friday, November 5: Pink Chalk Studio
Saturday, November 6 Whip Up
. . .

And now for the giveaway! Stash Books is providing one lucky commenter with a copy of The Practical Guide to Patchwork. In addition, Elizabeth has put together a lovely pairing of mustard and purple fat eighths for that same winner. Please leave a comment here letting me know where you find your inspiration!

I’ll select and post a winner on Friday afternoon!

Edit: Comments are now closed. I’ll post the winner shortly!

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1,107 Responses to The Practical Guide to Patchwork – a review and a giveaway!

  1. 1
    Melanie says:

    I find a lot of inspiration from blogs. The internet is truly amazing sometimes!

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      Kym says:

      Yeah, me too – blogs are my main source. I also get quite a bit from architecture, and color theory from bodies of water.

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      Gailynn says:

      I am inspired by the attitude and personality of the modern quilts. They are very happy quilts and most make me smile!

  2. 4
    Fran says:

    Such a good opportunity to learn about the person behind the book. Great questions, Ashley.

  3. 5
    Lesly says:

    Definitely, blogs and Flickr are full of inspiration! Great book and gorgeous fabric!

  4. 6
    Amy says:

    Often a poem or song will make me think of something I want to try. The end result doesn’t always stick to that but the original idea comes out of those words.

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    Mary Claire says:

    I’m looking foward to reading this book! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    baukje says:

    My inspiration comes from books and blogs. For my bags I have lots of Japanese books, never use an entire pattern but they are a source of inspiration. And of course the blogs. Each day , I visit several blogs, sometimes I make notes, sometimes I buy a pattern and a licence to sell. Sometimes the ideas are only in my head and wait there till the inspiration will come……
    I am a novice quilter , cannot even cut correctly!!!! so i think this book should be a lovely present for me.
    greetings from France.

  7. 9
    Megs says:

    Well, most of my inspiration comes from the online community, blogs and flickr continue to provide me with so many projects that I want to one day get around to doing!

  8. 10
    Katrin says:

    I am inspired by blogs, books and fabric stores. Flickr is great as well.

  9. 11

    Wow, the book looks amazing and those colours makes me drool a bit… I find inspiration everywhere – the internet is perhaps my main place to look, but just yesterday I almost started feeling up the guy in the seat in front of me in the bus, to find out how his pullover was knitted. Often I have to scribble notes in little books when I see inspiring people or things in the streets.

  10. 12
    Mary says:

    I love looking at antique quilts or very complicated blocks and taking out my most favorite part to make a simpler quilt with that same element I loved.

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    Alli D says:

    I am mostly inspired by what I find online. The book looks great!

  12. 14
    Wendy D. P. says:

    I’ve recently been most inspired by the wonderful online blogging community! I also get inspired by colors and patterns in nature.

  13. 15
    Willa says:

    In the watercolor paintings that surround me.

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    Cindy says:

    I haven’t been quilting very long but have found the different blogs to be great inspiration! I have learned so much from being online that it has helped me tremendously. I already follow Elizabeth’s blog and would love to win a copy of her book! Thanks for a great giveaway!

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    Susan C. says:

    I’m so excited this book is finally available! I can’t wait to read it!

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    mjb says:

    I find my inspiration in beautiful fabrics and in color combinations I want to explore!

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    Pam says:

    I’ve had this book in my Amazon cart for a while now. Can’t wait to get it — someday. Ship date to Canada shows January!!! Pick me!!! So I can sew sooner!!!

  18. 20

    Often a feature fabric will inspire me, especially if my quilt is pieced.

    For applique quilts (which I love to make) I am inspired by household objects or children’s books/stories/themes. Eg. I made my youngest daughter a quilt with a sunset and a castle tower – just like a fairytale, with her name on the flag at the top of the tower.

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    Kathy says:

    Sometimes I’m inspired by the way different fabrics come together in my sewing room; usually its a pile on the floor when I’m looking for something else. I’ll think, wow , those fabrics look good together and then I’ll build on that combination. Thanks for the book and the fabric.

  20. 22
    jo says:

    i have found inspiration from books, blogs, magazines, TV, fabric, nature, colour….the list probably goes on! What a great looking book. I LOVE modern quilting!

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    Erika Rutten says:

    I am inspired by blogs, books, magazines, fabric.
    This book looks great. Thanks for the chance to win.

  22. 24
    mary says:

    There is inspiration everywhere. I am usually inspired by a desire to learn new methods or perfect methods I have used occasionally…reverse appliques, paper piecing, etc.

  23. 25
    Gail says:

    Books, magazines, show and tell at Guild meetings, and sometimes just the fabric itself…there are so many quilts I would like to make–just not enough time!!!

  24. 26
    Amy Frank says:

    Reading all of the wonderful blogs out there, yours and Elizabeth’s included, give me great inspiration!
    Looking forward to getting my hands on the book too.

  25. 27
    Kathy Jacobsen says:

    I find inspiration on blogs, mostly. So much so, that I have to get off the computer and just sew! I just found Elizabeth’s blog and would love, love, love to win the book and fabric!

  26. 28

    I get my inspiration mostly from color. Color in nature, colors in magazines, colors everywhere!

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    HeatherBC says:

    I find inspiration in lots of places… blogs, my local quilt shop – Stitch, antique quilts – how I love colour!!!

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    Megan Presley says:

    I get inspired to sew (in general) from my sister. She started sewing a little while ago and has done so well and made many beautiful quilts! I’m also inspired by people like you and the lovely quilts you make and blog about. Thanks for the chance to win!

    sales4mp at gmail dot com

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    Jenny says:

    definitely get inspiration from flickr…and looking out at the window…Mother Nature sure knows how to mix colors! really excited about this book! thanks for a chance.

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    Kristen says:

    I love Flickr – it’s almost dangerous for my inspiration! I see things I love, and then think of how I can change them to be a bit more “me.” I’m too independent to copy an idea outright, and have previously kept my distance from pattern books, but this one looks too good to pass up!

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    Kelli says:

    I am so excited about this book!!! I’ve been waiting for it! The fabric is delightful!! I find so much inspiration on many of the flickr sites and have an entire folder full of quilts people have done that I love to look at!

  32. 34
    Kelly says:

    I get most of my inspiration from my photos. I keep my little digital camera with me at all times and whenever I see a shadow, or graffiti, or an interesting scene, I snap away!

  33. 35
    Colleen says:

    Usually from colors – could be taking a hike or walking through an art museum. Thanks!

  34. 36
    Ellen says:

    Like Elizabeth, I am continually inspired by architectural details around me.

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    Jill Coomey says:

    I get a lot of inspiration from the online community as but a walk in the woods serves me equally as well 🙂
    Love this book!

  36. 38
    Karen H says:

    I find a lot of my inspiration from nature… that, and some fabulous blogs (like yours!). I can’t wait to see the book!

  37. 39
    Ellen Ban says:

    I get my inspiration from blogs, books and patterns. I need to start looking outside for inspiration too!

  38. 40
    Tine says:

    Magazines, blogs, Flickr for patterns, nature for color-combos 🙂

  39. 41
    Natalie says:

    I find a lot of inspiration from the (very large selection of) blogs I read, like yours.

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    Aniza says:

    inspirations comes from other online quilters mostly especially those on flickrs group/ quilt along

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    Beth T. says:

    Besides blogs such as yours, I find inspiration in architecture, especially tile floors. I’m in DC on vacation right now, and keep snapping shots of the floors beneath my feet.

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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    Alexis says:

    Everywhere! But most often, I find one amazing print or piece of fabric that I just need to create something from, and that fabric spins off the rest of the design.

  43. 45
    moira says:

    As a newbie, my inspiration comes from blogs and flickr. Having been put off by the more traditional colour choices, elizabeth’s blog was a breath of fresh air and kicked off my growing quilting obsession. THank goodness for the internet!

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    Deb Joseph says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! I love Elizabeth’s blog and yours also:)

  45. 47
    Jenn says:

    My inspiration comes from all the lovely blogs I subscribe to, as well as flickr. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  46. 48
    Molly says:

    Thanks for sharing that great interview! I find most of my inspiration from blogs and library books and sometimes buildings or paintings will catch my eye. Being more original is my goal so now I’m looking for inspiration in everything.

  47. 49

    Most of my inspiration comes from viewing the quilts of other individuals online, putting together a few different ideas and then coming up with something that incorporates the other quilts. I am constantly saving photos of quilts that catch my eye.
    Her book looks amazing!

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    Julie says:

    I get my ideas from magazines and blogs – like this one! I’m not very creative on my own so I tend to copy…and once I do one, then I feel a bit more free to add some of my own ideas. Thanks for the giveaway! And the inspiration!

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    erin says:

    Haha, ironically perhaps, I get most of my quilting inspiration from Elizabeth’s blog and your blog. Also, I like being inspired by the people for whom I am quilting (because there are only so many quilts one needs.) :o)

  50. 52
    Julie says:

    I am regularly inspired by the many crafting blogs I read (like your’s and oh fransson’s) and a few groups I belong to on flickr. So many great ideas to learn from. Thanks.

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    Amber says:

    I get inspiration everyone I go and in everything I see. Blogs are the main places I look, there are so many amazing ones out there that provide so much excitment and inspiration! I love your quilts and if I could quilt like you then I think I would be one step closer to being pretty dang awesome! 🙂

  52. 54
    Herta says:

    Initially blogs and flickr were just an amazing source of inspiration but now I find myself ‘seeing’ patterns and colour combinations in everyday life all the time…the trick is actually sticking to one idea and proceeding!

  53. 55
    Kristy V says:

    I’m inspired by pretty much anything and everything. I love picking up on the color of things though – especially somewhat abstract things like the weather.

  54. 56
    maura says:

    I love the scrappy quilt with the kids japanese prints and that solid grey… so lovely. All of them look beautiful!

  55. 57
    Sally says:

    Blogs, books, fabrics, photos….but most of all, the people I’m sewing/quilting for (their favorite colors, their personalities, etc.)

  56. 58
    tammie says:

    i get my inspiration from buildings and from my children’s drawings (especially the freedom they have to draw it like they feel it, rather than how it should be.)

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    Alisa says:

    My inspiration usually stems from who and what my project is for. A snuggle quilt for my niece will look different from one made for my husband’s chair. I would love to get my hands on a copy of the new book (and I love the purple/mustard combo!) Thanks 🙂

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    Flying Blind says:

    My inspiration stems from books, blogs (present company especially!), but mostly my family and children. Their current likes and crazes. The colours of Buzz Lightyear or Barbie’s latest outfit, they’re all good!

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    Jacqueline says:

    So much inspiration comes from the online community, lots of creativity there! I also find a walk in the woods or on the beach equally as inspiring, from what I see and what I hear. Love the book and have been watching for the release date!

  60. 62
    Bessiemae says:

    I get my inspiration from blogs, flickr, books, art. And I’d love to win this book!

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    carriegel says:

    I find my inspiration from the internet. It’s amazing what is out there. I’ll never run out of ideas or inspiration.

  62. 64

    I find my inspiration in all sorts of places. I learned to quilt/sew through fellow bloggers. Sometimes it’s something simple like looking out a window and seeing a shape, or “seeing” a project when I pick up a fabric…

    It’s all around us!

  63. 65
    amanda says:

    I find my inspirations from reading a lot of wonderful crafting blogs, like yours and Elizabeth’s!

  64. 66
    Penny g says:

    What a fantastic giveaway. I love all of her quilts and have used many of her free patterns to make quilts. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  65. 67
    Ginger says:

    I love her quilts, and I’d love to win the book and fabrics. What a great reference book!

  66. 68
    Ali says:

    I get inspiration from all sorts of places… blogs, books, flickr, bundles of fabric that just seem to beg to be something specific. Great giveaway 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win this fantastic book (and fabric to boot)!

  67. 69
    Angela says:

    Fun interview! And I can’t wait to get my own book!

  68. 70
    Cindy says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I love the fabric combination – not one I usually use, but would love to try it.

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    Bryanna says:

    I find a lot of inspiration from books, blogs, flickr. I will also hoard fabric lines until I am struck with just the right idea for it!

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    Anne says:

    All over, blogs especially. And (of course) usually mid-way through whatever project I’m working on…right when I start to think “Oh! I should have done THAT!” and the next project is born:)

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    Chris says:

    Lots of inspirtion from books (which I am addicted to & keep buying more!, blogs, also flickr. I have this book on my wishlist for when it is released so winning one would be a bonus!
    Chris x

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    Rachael says:

    wow what a fantastic opportunity, thanks for the chance to win

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    Bethany says:

    I find inspiration on flickr, in magazines, in fabric colors, and all around me. I look forward to getting my hands on this book!

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    Valerie says:

    A lot of my inspiration comes from blogs and Flickr – so so many talented people out there! I also get inspiration from catalogues and magazines, etc, not specifically for quilts but for shapes and colour combinations.

    Great interview, I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of that book (are you listening Santa Claus?)

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    Edie says:

    I find inspiration in books, magazines and on blogs.

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    Sarah N says:

    My biggest inspiration comes from reading all the great quilting blogs that are out there. Amazing quilters everywhere!

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    Nancy says:

    I love to browse flickr and I just joined the St Louis Modern Quilt Guild and there is tons of inspiration there. I also check in on 400 blogs…I want to trim them down but can’t decide who to cut…so I read them all..

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    EG says:

    I get inspiration from people like you! I’m new to quilting but I read a lot of blogs, so I bookmark a quilt when I see one I like. Then when I find some new fabric I flip through the pages I’ve bookmarked and adapt it.

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    Greta says:

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this book. Of course winning a copy would be even better! But it is at the top of my wish list right now for sure. Thanks for sharing Ashley.

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    Liza says:

    Mustard and purple are so pretty together! My birthday is December 14 and I’ve been eyeing this book as a possible birthday or Christmas gift.

    Thanks for the sneak peeks! Those fabrics would be a lovely addition to the quilt I’m making for a Christmas present!

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    Gill says:

    I wanted this book as soon as I heard about it. The pages you show look every bit as good as I hoped. I can’t wait to have a copy. And the fabric……. Thank you.

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    sarah says:

    I’m still new to quilting so, blogs and books are giving me more ideas than I can cope with. Which doesn’t stop me coveting this book 🙂

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    Sylvia says:

    I definitely find my inspiration from blogs and flickr. Pictures truly speak a thousand words.

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    lili says:

    Like everyone else, I get most of my inspiration from blogs. The rest comes from trawling through fabric shops, craft markets and old photos. Oh, and the catalogue from the quilting exhibition at the V&A Museum in London.

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    Vicki says:

    The online community is my first source of inspiration! Bloggers are the best:) That fabric is gorgeous and the book looks wonderful!

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    Christine says:

    I love looking at other people’s work and trying things I never would have dared on my own. Sometimes, I see shapes around me that make great quilts, but the biggest inspiration comes from online quilters/bloggers – I just couldn’t find that much variety and modern quilting in my area!

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    Carmel says:

    This book is on my wish-list! I find inspiration EVERYWHERE! I see it in the things people wear, plants, decor, fabric, other people’s projects on the internet and in magazines… I am sure I will find even more inspiration in Elizabeth Hartman’s book!

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    Jeni says:

    I love that fat quarter bundle! I would love to peruse Elizabeth’s book too. Who wouldn’t?

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    Stephanie says:

    I’ve been drooling over that book since it first appeared on my radar. My inspiration comes from lots of different places: nature (trees, rocks, shadows), color arrangements both in nature and in man made objects like dishes and furniture, children’s books. Actually, I get a lot of inspiration from fabrics themselves.

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    Tong says:

    i, too, find a lot of inspiration on blogs, as well as flickr, and sometimes in everyday places like the cover of a magazine, tiles in an old park. elizabeth’s book look amazing, that’s no surprise because all her quilts are amazing! thanks for the great interview!

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    katherine Higgins says:

    Thanks for this great interview and giveaway! I love the geometry of cities – skyscrapers, street layouts, sewer grates, etc. And of course, there is lots of inspiration in the blogosphere… 🙂

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    duff says:

    the more I see inside this book, the more I want it. I find it especially interesting that Hartman’s ideas are mostly from architecture–I need to go back to her blog to see which design elements I recognize. thanks for the giveaway!

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    Jessie says:

    I’ve just started quilting, but I get a lot of my inspiration from blogs and sometimes just from staring at my stash.

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    Jessica says:

    Books and blogs inspire me the most! I love to see what others are doing and challenge myself to it as well!

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    Cheri says:

    I find my inspiration from all these wonderful blog sites. Thanks to everyone that I visit!

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    Mary Ann says:

    Blogs have been a real source of inspiration for me the last few years. And books from my favorite quilters. magazines not so much, they need to change their product mix! Thanks for the chance to winner this book!

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    Cindy says:

    I get lots of inspiration from flickr, however I do feel inspired from color and texture of what the finished cloth will be.

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    I would love to win Elizabeth’s book and those awesome fat eights too!! I love mustard and purple together! Who doesn’t!

    Inspiration is everywhere! Everything in nature has a story to tell and I love being inspired by other peoples work! I spend hours researching a quilt design before I ever put the first stitch into it!

    Thank you so much for this awesome giveaway!

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    Faith says:

    I am SO excited for this book! It’s already on my Amazon wishlist!

    I get inspiration all over – online, leafing through books and magazines, out walking and exploring with my kids, fashion catalogs….

    Good luck with your book Elizabeth – I know it will be very successful!

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    Denise says:

    Blogs are a huge source of my inspiration. All the fabric collections and quilt ideas that are posted and tutes shared, almost too many ideas! LOL

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    Joree says:

    What a great looking book! Beautiful photos and from what I can see future projects.

    I find inspiration in books, on the web, and through the ladies at my local quilt guild.

    What a fun opportunity to win this book!

    Thanks Ashley, Elizabeth, and Stash Books!

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    woolcat says:

    I get inspiration often from traditional blocks, or from quilts I see on people’s blogs (such as this one!) Often I will see something in nature or architecture that I can imagine becoming a quilt but I don’t have the talent yet to convert that into reality.

    Thanks for the giveaway – it looks like a lovely book!

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    debbie says:

    I usually start with a pattern, but often end up mixing it up somehow to make it mine.

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    Kathie L says:

    The book looks wonderful, and I need purples for the Block Lotto this month, so I’d be the perfect winner. Kathie L in Allentown

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    katrina says:

    Bloglandia, of course is a great source of inspiration, but I also really love looking at old quilting books that have really traditional blocks…

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    Christie says:

    I find lots of inspiration on blogs and in books like this one. It looks like a great resource!

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    Chen says:

    I would love to win this book. I’ve been following her blog for a long time and was so excited to hear she was writing a book.

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    Megan L says:

    Thank you so much for the giveaway!

    I get a lot of my inspiration from the internet, actually! I like perusing flickr groups and my misc. quilting blogs for ideas!

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    jessica says:

    this looks like a wonderful book! i find plenty of inspiration from blogs and flickr, and of course books!

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    erika schoegl says:

    Blogs like yours are so inspiring! What would i do without the net? I am a very visual type and find Inspiration also from Nature, from advertisments,..
    greetings from austria!!

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    Miriam says:

    On my way to work I often see shapes and colours that inspire me for something new. Also Flickr and Blogs are a perfect inspiration…

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    Jane says:

    oh my. her quilts were one of the main inspirations for me learning to get over my fear of free-motion quilting. i had no idea she has a book now!

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    VickiT says:

    Almost all of my inspiration is from others whether it be blogs or patterns/books I see in a store. I would love to be as creative as Elizabeth or others who create such gorgeous quilts but, I am just not so I am very grateful they are and write such awesome books.

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    mamarazza aka conny says:

    i find my inspiration on blogs like yours and elizabeth’s and many others. love to spend time just browsing and looking. sometimes i think i should spend more time with my sewing machines, than looking at other people’s awesome works.
    would love to win the fabrics – purple is really challenging for me …
    greetings from germany!

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    Christie says:

    My favorite rock to turn in search of inspiration is the market ( especially, though the smaller ones will do!). Almost any time of year it’s a mishmash of patchworked color and there is always the right simple treat to remind me what makes every day sweet, be it a slice of tomato or a cup of cider. Plus, all those fruits would be happier in lunchbags if they had cozies and those groceries certainly aren’t going to carry themselves…

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    Sophia says:

    Most recently, I have found inspiration on sewing blogs. I am overwhelmed at the amount of information that can be found on the internet. I also collect sewing books (and fabric) so this book and fabric would be a delightful addition.

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    Cheryl says:

    OMG, what a gorgeous book! I would love to win it….BUT if not, I’m on my way to the bookstore! I am mostly inspired by color and eye candy and this has it all. Thanks for the chance.

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    Alice S says:

    This book is on my Christmas list!

    I find inspiration from Flickr and blogs. 🙂 Is is it weird that I find inspiration from favorite food treats? Nature is always inspiration too.

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    Julie F. says:

    Definitely blogs. My Google Reader has been completely taken over with crafty blogs. 🙂

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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    Pam says:

    I used to get a lot of inspiration from books, nature, television, but, like so many other people, blogs have opened up a whole new world for me. Each blog is so different that anyone could find inspiration if they found the right blog that suited their taste.

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    Debbie Gallett says:

    I also find a lot of inspiration on the internet. I also find neat color combos in my flower garden.

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    Sara says:

    i’m still fairly new to quilting, so mostly i draw my inspiration from what i see in the modern quilt group on flickr and blogs and such. people never seem to run out of creative ideas and sometimes it’s just the springboard you need, though right now it’s mostly just a list of things for me to try “one day.”

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    ellesquare says:

    I can’t wait to see this book. I read lots of blogs and books and magazines for inspiration, but I usually don’t follow patterns — I just make it up as I go, or I write my own first.

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    Alecia says:

    I think I find most of my inspiration in the fabrics themselves—so, essentially, in color and pattern. Aside from just listening to the fabrics, my other most-turned-to source of inspiration is Google Reader—where I get to see and read about all of the other talented people who love this craft.

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    Carol says:

    I find most of my inspiration from nature. The colors of nature is incredible.

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    Jenny L says:

    Blogs blogs blogs! I don’t have any friends who quilt so I get most of my inspiration from my crafty online acquaintances.

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    Aditi says:

    Inspiration is everywhere. From other blogs to wallpaper to floor tiles in a restaurant.

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    Natalie says:

    I love seeing what all the bloggers out there are doing. But I think just as frequently, I find inspiration in household items with a geometric bent– like a shelf or a stack of books.

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    Amy Rochelle says:

    Thanks for asking such great questions about the book and how it came about. Wow, the fabrics chosen are BEAUTIFUL!

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    Emily says:

    I get a lot of inspiration from the blogs that I follow. It always amazes me what some of them come up with!

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    Marianne Ogg says:

    I get my inspiration from blogs mostly. =0) I’m not a copy cat person, just get ideas and tie some together. For example, I’m thinking I need to make a wonky block with a hexagon as the middle piece. Wouldn’t that be a great quilt? =)

    Thanks for this giveaway. This is one of the best prizes ever!

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    Katrina says:

    There is a lot of inspiration out there in blogland. Or in pictures. I keep a sketch book in my bag to make notes or draw a small picture whenever inspiration strikes.
    Thanks for the wonderful interview – I cannot wait to get my hands on this book!

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    Lisa says:

    These fabrics are beautiful. I’m a new quilter and right now – I’m just being inspired by reading wonderful and creative blogs – like this one. And – being introduced to wonderful books and ideas. Thank you for doing this!

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    Julie says:

    I’m inspired by so many things – I often have to try and hold ideas in my head until I can get home and note it down. Julie

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    Ellen Hurd says:

    Wow what a beautiful color combination these farbrics are! Good Luck everyone!

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    shannonB. says:

    I find most of my inspiration online, blogs, flickr, etc. I’ve asked for this book for Christmas, can’t wait to get it!

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    Joan Brown says:

    I find inspiration from reading blogs. There are lots of great ideas out there.

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    JULIE! says:

    I’m inspired by the fabrics I find.

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    There are many places for inspirations, but books with old quilts and web logs with modern ones (like Oh Franssons and this blog) certainly have an important role!

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    Jodi says:

    I get my inspiration from blogs and Flickr, as well as the actual fabric! I’m not terribly design oriented so I usually rely heavily on patterns and books.

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    Jane says:

    Elizabeth’s book + giveaway fabric = one great quilt! Would love to win both…thanks.

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    Sarah C. says:

    I find inspiration so many places – architectural elements are a big one; I love the color combinations in my Coldwater Creek catalog, and have several pictures on my inspiration board from there; and of course, blogs are a constant source of inspiration! My cell phone camera is my friend, as I use it to take pics of things I see when I’m out and about that inspire me. I am constantly inspired by Elizabeth’s blog, and would love to get my hands on a copy of her book, as it looks fabulous from the reviews I’ve seen!

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    Sarah says:

    I’m very new to quilting so I’ve been getting my inspiration from many online blogs!

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    Maria says:

    Sometimes I go back through the quilt books I purchased when I first started quilting…25 years ago. It’s interesting what will catch your eye after all these years.

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    I just purchases some napkins and paper plates solely because of the design on them. When I saw them, I thought, those would look good as a quilt. I’ve also stopped to notice the quilting on the bedding. I love Target for these items because they have trendy stuff.

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    Xandi says:

    Those fabrics are beautiful! What is the dark one on the end? Inspiration – blogs and flickr. Not experienced enough to design my own yet.

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    Ashton Lloyd says:

    Other than the creative blogs I follow, I specifically get color scheme inspiration from J Crew newsletters/sends. The colors they bring together are so original and eye-catching!

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    Jenna says:

    Now I know I’m going to sound like I’m kissing up, but your site is my main inspiration!

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    KristenA says:

    I find my inspiration on blogs. In fact, it was this very blog that led me to make my first quilt! (a poor imitation of the paint-by-number birds quilt.)

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    Heather says:

    I find my inspiration mostly from blogs and flickr. There is so much great stuff out there!

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    Amy says:

    It looks like a wonderful book! I normally find my inspiration in the ramblings of my mind during a moment of quiet–often while lying in bed trying to fall asleep!

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    If find inspiration from thrift stores, room in buildings (like the way a bunch of book stacked up looks like, or some accessory in a room, and I like to look at blogs for ideas

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    Johanna says:

    I find my inspiration mostly online on other blogs, on flickr or from a suggestion that someone around me makes.

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    bess says:

    i find inspiration on the internet (of course) and also from sitting down with graph paper and colored pencils – i never know what’s going to come out – it’s awesome. 🙂

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    Kim says:

    I love purple and mustard. I usually check out blogs for ideas.

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    Rachel says:

    I get my inspiration from your blog, Handmade by Alissa, Oh, Fransson!, sew mama sew…and a few others. I love that sewing is so accessible now! I’ve made a few of Elizabeth’s quilts and they’re super. Can’t wait to see the book!

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    Tanis says:

    I find inspiration from nature, fashion and from my surroundings, but these days I can’t help but be extremely inspired by all the beautiful and crafty blogs out there! This book looks stunning.

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    Erica says:

    I find inspiration from as much as I can … clothing, magazine ads, posters, photos, fellow bloggers/quilters, vintage fabrics …

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    Jan says:

    This looks a fabulous book and I love that it doesn’t just assume you will be using the exact same fabric so giving other options of how it could work in different colourways really appeals to me. I get my inspiration from everything and anything around me which is one of the reasons I like to take so many photos. Nature and landscapes have plenty of potential – particularly for colourways. I also like architectural details too.

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    Stephanie says:

    My inspiration comes from my boys and from spending time outside. Since I have limited sewing time and am a beginning quilter, I focus on things I can make for my family and how to incorporate things they like. Then I look to books and blogs to firm up my ideas.

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    Anneh says:

    I get inspiration from blogs and Flickr too, but I once painted a room to match my dog. It was the most lovely colour of tan!

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    Amber W says:

    I’d love to get my hands on Elizabeths book! I find my inspiration all over the web. I don’t have many real life sewing friends but it’s great to be able find virtual ones!

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    kristin says:

    You know, I’m a pop-culture inspiration kind of girl. When I hear a song or watch a movie I really love, I want to make a quilt about it. I’ve been noodling on Wilco’s version of “California Stars” for years now, still trying to figure out how to get it exactly right. Maybe it’s time to just start cutting fabric.

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    Jenn Wall says:

    I find inspiration in many places. Flickr has a lot of great inspiration. I recently became inspired to make Oliver + S playsuits for my kids after seeing a picture at my Nana’s of her boys in their playsuits bcak in the 50’s.

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    Sara F says:

    The Denyse Schmidt Quilts book jumpstarted my quilting – giving permission to break away from the traditional style of quilting. From there, I draw inspiration from the online community, the fabrics themselves, and the people for whom I make the quilts. I’ve also got a landscape-inspired quilt in my head that I hope to soon get going on 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway and continual inspiration.

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    Chris says:

    Great questions! I LOVE the alternative blocks pictures and can’t wait to get my hands on this book. I’m a huge fan of Elizabeth’s blog and have participated in one of her quilt-alongs. Happiness is when one of your favorite quilt bloggers writes a quilt book (hint, hint). 🙂

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    Amanda says:

    I find inspiration in blogs!

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    mcregan says:

    Finding Elizabeth’s blog was one of my first introductions to blogging and contemporary quilting. I have learned so much from her–I would love to have her book and fabrics chosen by her! My favorite giveaway so far–thank you!

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    margie says:

    This book looks amazing!
    I find a lot of inspiration from books and blogs. I love looking at old pictures and magazines and trying to put a new spin on things.

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    Millissa G says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!! I can’t wait to get my hot little hands on this one!!! I like looking at flickr, blogs, and fabric stores for my inspiration. Thanks for the chance!

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    Mindy says:

    I find inspiration in color. LOVE looking at fabrics and then just picking out what feels good together.

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    Tucker says:

    fabulous giveaway! I find lots of my inspiration online, but I also look for color stories from nature… flowers, trees, etc. And you know that beautiful fabrics are always a source of inspiration!

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    Lindsey R. says:

    My inspiration comes from blogs, life in general and my next door neighbor who happens to be a quilter as well. Excited about the book!

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    J Strizzy says:

    As a still-somewhat-beginning quilter, I find most of my inspiration from blogs like yours and Elizabeth’s, because you all come up with things I never think of on my own. But I am starting to get inspired by fabrics too, and the baby quilt I’m about to start was just based on my wanting to use a particular fabric collection.

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    2hippos says:

    Between blogs and flickr, I’ve got so many ideas I want to pursue. Elizabeth’s blog has been an amazing resource, and I imagine her book will be as well!

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    Cristin says:

    Most of my inspiration comes from the web (your animal sherbet squares quilt is currently one I am trying mimic; I love the random placement of the squares). I wish I had the talent to create patterns out of everyday sights, but I’m not there yet.

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    marci m says:

    i cannot WAIT to get my hands on that book.. if i won, i would be just giddy.
    i find inspiration from many sources: the river, trees, and rocks around me.. my lovely family.. blogs galore.. undiscovered treasures of musty craft books from the 70’s that linger on library shelves..and my obsession with fabrics, or as my hubby calls them, “the cloths.”

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    Leila says:

    I get lots of my inspiration from old traditional quilts and from flickr. I also get inspiration from fabric. If I love a fabric I can spend hours daydreaming of how to best show it off in a quilt. 🙂 I could really have fun daydreaming about those purple and golds! I hope I win this one. 🙂

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    sudi-Laura Overstreet says:

    Hmmm, my inspiration comes from all parts of my life; from my child, his clothes, and other artists around me. These gold and purple fabrics simply sing! I can imagine anything created with them would me truly glorious.

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    Kirsty says:

    I just keep following this book tour around the interwebs, hoping to win one! Thanks for the chance.

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    BJ says:

    Inspiration for me is almost always from blogs or other internet sources. I then take the idea and go into EQ7 and work from there. The design usually takes on a life of its own by the time the entire process is completed.

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    Amy McGrady says:

    I find inspiration in many places. Blogs, Google Images, Flikr, magazines, books, nature, architecture, and more! When an image catches my attention, it sticks with me and I figure out a way to make it into a quilt!

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    Amy says:

    Oh, I would LOVE to win this book! I’m new to sewing and quilting and need some ideas – and help! 🙂 I guess I get my inspiration from blogs, looking at online fabric stores, and getting lost in the fabric selections on Etsy – I LOVE beautiful colors and prints!

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    Anna says:

    I actually have a hard time finding inspiration and not just doing something by the book, but I try! Can I just say I’m very excited about it having alternate ideas – I love that.

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    Sally says:

    I find a lot of inspiration via blogs like yours and Elizabeth’s, in floor tiles and basketball hoops and all kinds of crazy places. I try to keep my “quilty eyes” open all the time!

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    Ruth says:

    Great giveaway – I find inspiration through fabric!

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    Mare says:

    What a fantastic giveaway! I’m new to quilting and have come across your blog & Elizabeth’s while searching for ideas and/or help for my many boo-boos.

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    Lisa says:

    I’m always inspired by my grandmother’s and great aunt’s fabrics I’m lucky enough to still have. I often start designing a quilt with one of those fabrics as an anchor, then use other delightful scrap I think will complement, and finally buy the remainder from a number of different sources. I love having a story to go along with what I make — this square is from that dress grandma made me when I was 5, that strip is from the bag I made Stephanie, I bought that piece from that store in Asheville, NC.

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    Crystal says:

    I find my inspiration in many places. I think clothing is a great color inspiration. I love to look at quilts that other people have made and be inspired too! Looks like this a book that I will want to get my hands on.

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    Kathryn says:

    I mostly get inspiration from blogs. I love seeing a quilt with colors that I would never have thought to put together. Love the fabric Elizabeth chose. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Molly says:

    Cannot wait to get my hands on this book! Thanks for participating in the blog tour!

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    randi says:

    i find inspiration everywhere: blogs, nature, paint chips, books, art, etc. anything with color!

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    Alyson says:

    Oh, I just can’t wait to see this book! Fabric too? If I should be so lucky…

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    Bethany says:

    I am in the middle of the creative slump and this book looks like just what I need to overcome it!

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    Heathir says:

    I’ve been eyeing this book. I have two kids; they’re all the inspiration I can handle.

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    Elizabeth Rea says:

    I’m a big Oh Fransson! fan and love the fat eighths she’s pulled together for this prize. Can’t wait to see the book in person.

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    Lael says:

    I find inspiration from my favorite blogs– this one of course and then I work with the fabrics I have.

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    Jessica says:

    Great review! My inspiration comes from blogs I read and flickr. Seeing what everyone else does makes me want to do it, too!

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    Kristie says:

    I find most of my inspiration from other blogs, or from Flikr. It is amazing how some little aspect on someone else’s quilt can start a chain reaction of your own ideas, and you can create something all your own! I have made (almost finished) Elizabeth’s New Wave quilt pattern, and would love to have a copy of her book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    sarah says:

    I find inspiration from the internet and from the fabric itself. I love Elizabeths patterns, I used her” mixtape” pattern to make my first queen sized quilt for my bed.

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    Jennifer O. says:

    Thanks for the review; this book is definitely on my wish list.

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    Larissa says:

    This is my first visit here and I am learning to quilt. I would love this book…it looks simple and easy to follow! 🙂

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    Marilyn W says:

    I look everywhere for inspiration. All kinds of things that I like…

    And lately…I’ve been liking all these Quilting blogs and tutorials from all you wonderful quilters in Internetland.


    P.S. I REALLY hope I win this giveaway.

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    Maggie says:

    the internet mostly, mainly blogs! This book looks really great, I’ve got it in my wishlist on Amazon, I’ll getting it one way or the other 🙂 thanks!

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    Whistlepea says:

    I find inspiration from blogs, magazines and tv.

    The purple and mustards are just perfect!

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    I find most of my inspiration from various blogs out of Australia and the quilts that have been passed down in my family with their sometimes fun, sometimes sad, and all together interesting tales they tell.

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    leisel says:

    My inspirations till comes mostly from the internet. . . people like YOU!!! But I am trying to branch out and find inspiration from around me as well. Thanks for the chance!


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    shelia says:

    My inspiration comes from blogs like this & love Oh, Fransson! Such pretty fabrics..

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    Bobbie23nc says:

    I wake up-it’s everywhere!

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    Kelly B. says:

    Blogs and Flickr are my biggest source of inspiration. I love Elizabeth’s work!

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    Deb says:

    The book looks great and I love Oh, Fransson!. Would love to win it!

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    Noodles says:

    This book is at the TOP of my Christmas list. I’m so excited. As for my inspiration, I think it comes from fabrics and browsing the Web. I love looking at the designs other people are using and trying to reinterpret them with a color pallet or fabric collection that I’m digging

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    Kristin says:

    Blogs! And my little ones.

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    Mary says:

    I find so much inspiration on sewing blogs and Flickr – it’s easy to spend hours searching for inspirations and dreaming up new quilts! I’m so excited about Elizabeth’s new book, and I’m really loving the purple and gold fat eighth bundle!

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    Kerry says:

    I love using old books- sewing, children’s illustrations, cooking and household books. all great for inspiration

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    aSprinkling says:

    I usually have an idea of colors for a quilt and a general style. Often those ideas come from blogs that I frequent. Once I get to that point, though, I search online (usually flickr) to see what others have done with that idea.

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    Julie says:

    Would have to say inspiration comes mostly from blogs. Would love to win the book and the fabric is so lovely.

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    Emily C says:

    I am finding inspiration everywhere lately. Architecture, floor patterns, book shelves, my kids art work…

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    abby o says:

    SWOON! Can’t wait to get my hands on that book!

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    EricaB. says:

    I usually find my inspiration in either a line of fabric (for example charm squares) or I just start pulling together fabrics and seeing how they look next to each other, and then figure out my layout.

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    Sarah C. says:

    I love flickr and blogs for my inspiration!

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    Mandy says:

    Oooh, I’d love to win a copy of her book! I used her quilt-along to make my very first quilt!

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    Katya says:

    I usually find my inspiration from taking long walks in the woods. Recently a trip to the Great Barrier Reef has left me fascinated with organic, branching forms. Not incorporating them into quilting yet but they are finding their way into my sketches.

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    Julie says:

    I find a lot of my inspiration from illuminated pictures in medieval manuscripts.

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    KerryQ says:

    I’m inspired by you! And the other quilting bloggers, like Elizabeth! Flickr is also a great source of inspiration. This book is going on my Xmas list, for sure!!

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    Michelle Keenlyne says:

    I look to blogs a lot for inspiration (especially yours). But as I am getting more confidant in my ability, I am able to use the fabric itself as inspiration. What arrangement and other colors will help to showcase the fabric.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Michelle S says:

    My inspiration comes from great quilting blogs just like Film in the Fridge and Oh, Fransson!!

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    NicciP says:

    Most recently, my inspiration comes from blogs, websites, books & magazines. At times, the person that I am making the quilt for inspires me to go outside my comfort zone when tayloring the quilt to their preferences in style & color. ‘ hope I win!

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    amber! says:

    I find inspiration in the beauty of life…corny but true. Seeing a beautiful home or art or fabric is inspiring. I also find thinking of loved ones cozy in a quilt is inspiring. Thinking of just the design and fabric that would be dearly loved is so much fun.

    Love the fat eighth bundle!

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    Jules says:

    What a lovely stop on the tour. I often find inspiration at the farmer’s market.

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    Alison says:

    Mostly my inspiration comes from fabric. My kids also play a part in my inspiration too. They are so open minded in trying new things and helping with fabric selections. Sometimes they put fabric together that I would never have put together and it works!

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    Patty says:

    I get inspiration from special quotes, books, photographs and blogs. Sometimes the fabric says, “Make me into something special.”

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    Sheila says:

    Great questions, Ashley! I’m an architect, so I’m used to pushing shapes around a page all day long, but for me true inspiration comes from the colours found in nature. When you look closely you realize that sometimes nature really clashes, and yet it works somehow! I’m also really drawn to historical methods of textile creation.

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    Stephanie says:

    Inspiriation comes from all over. Blogs help, but sometimes the fabric just screams to be cut into strings or squares or circles… Designs I see out and about (expensive anthropologie designs, pretty quilts from Pottery Barn, etc) usually inspire me to put my own spin on it and see what I come up with. 🙂

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Melly says:

    Quite often my inspiration comes from the fabric itself. I fall in love with a print and I think “How can I frame this so I can look at it every day and wrap myself up in it?” I’m dying to get a look at this book! 🙂

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    Emily S says:

    I’m really excited for this book. And what a great collection of fabrics – I definitely need more purple in my stash!

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    Zarina says:

    My inspirations come from all my daily reads (blogs) and use whatever fabric I can get from this side of the world.

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    Dianne says:

    I can’t believe all the inspiration out there in blog land! I’m just getting started and already have a stack of ideas and want-to-do projects just waiting for me!

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    Janelle says:

    I’m new to this all, but definitely blogs, books, fellow crafters and the fabrics themselves.

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    tayamg says:

    Great interview! I’ve been looking forward to this book as well. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Jill says:

    My inspiration comes from magazines, and from old antiques.
    And of course from great quiting blogs!!!

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    Shari says:

    There’s almost too much inspiration anymore! It’s almost hard to decide what to craft because there’s so many choices! Using Google Reader, Facebook and Twitter you can follow hundreds of designers and crafters to gain ideas. I rarely buy patterns anymore since there’s so much available online (like this fantastic site and hers) but Elizabeth’s book was a no-brainer—I had it on pre-order for months! I’ve been happily reading through it for days!

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    Tonya says:

    I get inspiration from a lot of places, two big spots are here and Oh Fransson! But, I also definitely get inspired by architecture, nature, floor designs, tiles, napkins . . . everywhere. The other day I followed a truck with a cool design for its logo so I could take a picture, then I immediately came home a purchased a fat quarter pack to make it. I would love to win this book and the fat quarter pack. Thank you.

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    Holly says:

    I get most of my inspiration from all the awesome quilting blogs out there. My biggest problem is I have way too long a list of to-dos because I keep seeing such wonderful quilts!

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    Trudy McLaughlin says:

    Elizabeth’s blog was the first one I came across when I started quilting again. I would love to have her book!

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    eadaoine says:

    I store a lot of quilt patterns in my head. Then suddenly I will see a fabric that says “I would look terrific in ___ pattern!”.

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    Samantha says:

    I find a lot of inspiration in the quilting blogs. Seeing what other people are doing makes me question my ‘limitations’ and what I think I can’t do!

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    Sabah says:

    I sketch out any little idea that pops into my head: from what I did that day to what I just woke up from dreaming. BUT if it’s Really going to challenge me, I get inspired and start to work it up into a full plan. AND if I love it, I can’t not make it!

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    Mikelle says:

    I find inspiration from other quilters. If I see something I like, I try to make into my own design.

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    Shruti says:

    Oh! I love Elizabeth’s work… She’s so inspiring… I have already ordered the book (actually its supposed to be a surprise gift from my bro’ but i came to know abt it before it arrived… lol) But I’d love to win one to give to my best friend who’s recently taken up quilting…
    Cheers from India

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    Debbie Harmon says:

    I find a lot of inspiration on the internet. I love cruising quilting blogs and shopping all the quilt shops. Who wouldn’t be inspired by all that???

    Debbie in WV

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    Dolores says:

    My most favourite place to find inspiration is at quilt shows. However, they aren’t always accessible and so the second place would have to be from my fellow bloggers or the internet. Loads of eye candy to be had when one has the time to surf the net.

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    Chris says:

    I get my inspiration from lots of places. I love looking to Mother Nature for inspiration, but magazines are also a big source.

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    I’ve been waiting for this book ever since I heard that it was coming out! I find a lot of inspiration in the work of others too (blogs, Flickr, etc.). Actually, I think that is probably where almost all my inspiration comes from. What did we do before the Internet?? Like the gorgeous purple and mustard prints that are being given away. I love them! But I don’t think I’d have ever thought of that combination myself until I saw it just now.

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    kelly duke says:

    Sometimes just sewing stuff together gets me started. Being willing to make mistakes helps push me forward. kelly

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    Julia says:

    Thank you for another great interview…
    I think Elizabeth is one of the most talented quilters out there, I love her sense for great designs (and I’m so happy that she still shares so many of her gorgeous quilts on her blog!!).
    I’d love to win her book…but I’ll buy it anyway because I can’t live without it 🙂

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    kaelin says:

    It’s kind of a combination of things I see in nature, on Flickr, and around New Orleans. There’s not a city in the world more “colorful” than New Orleans 😉

    Thanks for the giveaway and that’s one of the prettiest and most unique fabric bundles I’ve ever seen…SO EXCITED!

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    Alison says:

    Anywhere and everywhere – lying in bed and night,looking at scenery, reading a magazine.

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    Tracey Braithwaite says:

    Looks like a great book. I find my thought processes for quilting from other, nature, everything I see.

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    Denise in PA says:

    Elizabeth’s book looks fantastic – and I do love her blog. I have to say, these days the internet provides more inspiration than I can possibly utilize in my lifetime!

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    Christine says:

    I mostly find inspiration from books and blogs, but also sometimes from nature or architecture. It just depends on how much time I have to look around me! There’s inspiration everywhere, if only we open our eyes.

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    Mary says:

    My inspiration comes from blogs mostly. I love to go to stores and just sit and look at all the colors too.

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    Cindy Burke says:

    Just rec’d my signed copy from Elizabeth yesterday and I love it. Can’t wait to make one of her quilts. I get my inspiration from all of the many blogs that I look at on a daily basis.

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    sharon says:

    My inspiration is always visual either a quilt is see on a blog, on flickr, in a magazine (maybe not even a quilt one) or sometimes on tv (a show or commercial). then I change it to suite me.
    Right now I am thinking about the one on oh franson blog that looks like stained glass window put together

    thanks for entering me

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    Elizabeth says:

    I get my inspiration from new color trends, crafty blogs and flickr finds 😀

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    niki :) says:

    Oh my~what a great giveaway! !

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    Wendymoon says:

    Lovely questions and great giveaway! I find inspiration online, looking at blogs and flickr images. Also from different fabrics, trying to mix and match in fun ways, and occasionally I get an idea from my own little brain. 🙂

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    Nancy A says:

    I find a lot of inspiration on blogs and Flickr, and of course, from books! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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    Jessy says:

    awesome designs. I love the purple and yellow’s together. 🙂 I get my inspiration from the internet 🙂 I’m a copycat for now, I’ve made a few original quilts, but most are copy cat quilts with my own twist.

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    alissa says:

    oh wow – the book looks amazing! Blog surfing is definitely the number one way I find inspriation – there are so many great ideas out there!

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    niki :) says:

    i get inspiration from other blogs~like this one, many others. love looking at all the fun new quilting styles.

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    Awesome book! Love the pretty fabric colors too! I get my inspiration from blogs and quilting magazines. Thank you for the chance to win this yummy blog candy!

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    Valerie says:

    My inspiration comes mostly from blogs and flickr. Books and magazines are pretty good too!

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    Gretchen says:

    Fabric is my inspiration. I’m pretty picky about what books I buy. But this one is on my list whether I win or not

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    Juli Elgin says:

    I love this book. I am just learning some of the basics of quilting and I love to see ideas on mixing fabrics and styles. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

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    Lisa L. says:

    I usually find inspiration from what my contemporaries are doing and from books as far as layouts and for colors, I look to nature. I shy away from anything too neon and prefer colors that can be replicated in natural materials.

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    Rachel says:

    I can’t wait to see the book – maybe I’ll win a copy before I can buy it! 🙂

    Anyway, I get a lot of my inspiration from the fabrics themselves. I usually find fabrics I love and then figure out a way to display their best attributes in a quilt. I also find a lot of inspiration from other blogs – fellow quilters out there help me stretch out of my comfort zone (as far as design and color usage!).

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    karo says:

    inspiration is everywhere! lately i can’t look at anything without it turning into an idea for a project. like i sat at the hair dresser having my hair washed and didn’t want to get up because starring at the ugly drop down ceiling and water sprinklers i was overcome by several ideas on how to use those patterns in cloth.

    now if only i had any time or energy to actually sew or even just draw designs…

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    Stephanie says:

    Excited for this chance to win the book. I am a novice quilter and have drooled many times over Elizabeth’s quilts and patterns. I hope one day to be as good as she. 🙂

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    Inger says:

    I’m inspired by nature.

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    Kimberly says:

    I love looking through blogs for inspiration. It has really helped to broaden my sense of color and find that I have been more daring in the colors I use together. This book looks amazing. I think it’s wonderful that all these bloggers put themselves out there and share their creativity with us all!

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    Elisabeth says:

    photos, vermeer paintings and right now the fabrics my daughter designed

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    Elizabeth says:

    I’m a beginning quilter and Elizabeth’s blog was the first one I found featuring the contemporary style of quilts I was interested in. Her site has been a source of inspiration for me and now I’m finding that lots of household items are giving me new ideas. Love her work!

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    Emily says:

    Flickr and Blogs are where I get most of my inspiration and courage to tackle a new project.

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    Gill says:

    I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on this book – I love Elizabeth’s work
    I get so much inspiration from all the wonderful creative blogs out there

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    Katie says:

    I have a whole bunch of latte bowls in different colors from Anthropologie, so unloading the dishwasher and seeing color combos that I would never have thought of is quite inspiring to me!

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    Korie says:

    My biggest inspiration would have to be nature, especially this time of year. The colors of fall here in PA are glorious, from the reds to golds to oranges to browns. The patterns the trees make on the Endless Mountains just screams patchwork!

    Good luck with the book, I’ve been a long-time blog reader and pattern purchaser. Keep bringing on the ideas!

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    Susan says:

    As an early riser, google reader gets me
    excited to greet the day and try my hand at some new tutorial or quilt. Love reading Elizabeth’s blog.

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    Sarah Keel says:

    I ususally “cheat” a lot – I buy fat 1/4 bundles and go from there. 🙂 (I have a hard time deciding what “goes together” and what doesn’t!) I’m into patchwork and 9-patch right now – channeling my great grandmother’s quilting spirit, because that’s all she did! I’d love this book to learn about the technical aspects of quilting – rather than just flying by the seat of my pants and having the seam ripper handy at all times.

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    Nikki says:

    My inspiration definitely comes from looking at blogs and then books. Elizabeth’s designs and eye for colour is a huge inspiration, if only I could translate that into completing a quilt 🙂 Her book will become a ‘No.1 go to book’ I’m sure.

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    Tracy says:

    I find my inspiration from other people’s quilts. Mostly the color combos are what inspires me. Such as the purple/mustard combo in the giveaway… never thought of that! And now I am just sitting here wondering when I can get over to my fabric store to buy in those colors. 🙂

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    My best moments of inspiration come from looking at the world around me. But, honestly, it’s hard to take time to do that when I so enjoy the eye-candy of the blogs I follow. It’s good problem to have!

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    Talena says:

    I get most of my inspiration from blogs. Lately I’ve been getting it mostly from this one!

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    Rachel B. says:

    My inspiration comes from the natural world or from the fabric itself.
    Great interview. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Maria says:

    I get a lot of inspiration from blogs, books and doodling during meetings at work. 🙂

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Sydney says:

    I love both the book (which I haven’t gotten yet) and the fabric (like I need more of that, but we won’t tell my husband!)


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    Jenny G. says:

    I get inspiration from blogs, pattern books and store catalogs (home decor). Thanks for the give-away!

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    Montse says:

    Mainly from blogs and flickr.

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    Allison says:

    It looks lovely! Me! Me!

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    Cameron H says:

    I get a lot of my inspiration from your and Elizabeth’s blogs!

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    Helen G. says:

    My inspiration often times comes from what I see outside…the colors in nature, grocery stores, fabric stores, magazines and books. I would love to get one of these books!

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    Rayna says:

    I get most of my inspiration from blogs, and books (usually written by bloggers). This time of year the colors make me want to make a fall-y quilt to bundle up in. Thanks for the giveaway! I’ve had my eye on this books since I heard it was coming out!

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    Kacie J says:

    I find my inspiration from blogs and God’s creation.

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    Beth says:

    Oooh, me, please! I just started learning how to quilt, and I love Elizabeth’s blog and style.

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    Ruth says:

    This book looks fantastic!

    I think most of my inspiration comes from reading blogs…sometimes I feel like I’m the only quilter/sewer/crafter out there, but then I get on the computer and feel like I belong. Thanks Bloggers!!!

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    Gram says:

    I am inspired by fabrics and get more ideas from blogs that I have time to use. Would love to have the book and the fabrics.

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    Natalie says:

    When I see someone wearing an outfit I think looks really good together, my first thought is ‘I wonder if I could do that with a quilt’. The other day my friend was wearing a burgundy shirt with dark denim jeans and had accessorized with mustard dangle earrings and mustard ballet flats. I thought she looked so cute! I immediately thought of the new AMH line and lucky me just got a fat quarter set in the mail.

    I love the fat quarter set Elizabeth put together!!! I was just thinking last night that I don’t have enough purple and yellow!

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    Norma says:

    I love that “VALENTINE” quilt, the color way is perfect. I get my inspiration from other quilts, the fabrics themselves, and stuff around me

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    lisa says:

    I hate to admit it, but I am a pattern follower. I struggle to get out of the box, so I find a lot of inspiration from magazines, and thankfully other blogs. I am trying to challenege myself but I like order and percision.

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    Deanna says:

    I’m a blog junkie, so that’s where I get my inspiration. You should see my favorites list!

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    Sharon says:

    I find inspiration from blogs such as Film in the Fridge and Oh Fransson. You are amazing! The colors in the giveaway are amazing and would be fun to work with.

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    Carissa says:

    A lot of my inspiration comes from blogs and books. Also, sometimes the fabric itself will spark my interest. I’m expecting my first baby too…that’s been a good inspiration as well 🙂

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    Tanya Barrett says:

    I get the majority of my inspiration from blogs. Theres so much that is soo good out there!

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    Jane says:

    I get my inspiration from looking at other people’s beautiful quilts. That book looks amazing!

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    Shanna says:

    I really am enjoying this blog tour, It’s funny to see everyone’s different take on the same information. I am enjoying to see I’m not the only one that uses the blog world for inspiration for these lovely quilts.

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    Lindsey says:

    Oooh I get inspiration from so many places. Patterns and blocks I find in blogs, books and magazines. Colour palettes I find on Flickr, in the fantastic English countryside right on my doorstep and the coast where my sister lives. Sometimes fabrics in my stash just leap out and ask to be married up in a quilt.
    I would soooooo love a copy of this book to give me a new injection of inspiration for future quilts and a bundle of fabrics too?!? Yay!

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    Collette says:

    I’d have to say my inspirations (when they come!) come from blogs and books. Thanks for the giveaway. I love those colors too!

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    Sascha J. says:

    I find my inspiration from circle of sewing friends. They are all amazing!

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    Mendi Brown says:

    I can not wait to get my hands on this book. I know I will learn so much. Elizabeth really changed my perspective on quilting. Love her

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    Cristin says:

    This book is absolutely going on my Christmas list!!! I can’t wait to get it in my hands! 🙂 Great review too!

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    V. J. Heins says:

    AHHhh…. the colors of autumn — fall harvest, leaves changing, chaotic skies of the first rains of fall — the Creator and His seasons are inspiration!!

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    Lucrecia says:

    I sew with the “old lady sewing group” in my neighborhood 🙂 I’m at least 30 years younger than everyone else there. They all compete and some of them judge in quilt fairs and contests. But I love these women. They have so much to teach and I have so much to learn!

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    Anne says:

    Thanks for a great review! The book looks like it is beautiful. I can’t wait to see it in person.

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    Rachelle says:

    I find a lot of inspiration from blogs. I also let my kids design a few quilts for me.

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    Jessica says:

    I am so excited about this book! What a great giveaway! It is already on my amazon wishlist!!

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    Danielle says:

    I find inspiration from books, blogs, flickr, walks, etc.

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    Barb says:

    Ohh…I can’t wait to get my hands on that book! I get most of my inspiration from blogs and from the fabric itself!

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    Carmen says:

    Hey Ashley,

    Thanks so much for the interview! I found that your questions were very much in the vein of what I’d want to ask Elizabeth:)

    This sounds ridiculous, but I basically find inspiration from the Oh, Fransson! blog. I guess that explains its immense popularity, doesn’t it? But I agree with a lot of other commenters: I’ve gone to the library and flipped through some books, but the internet seems to be the most prolific place to find modern quilt ideas.

    Thanks again!

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    PeachRainbow says:

    I get inspired by lovely blogs, books & websites!
    And Elizabeth’s creations are so amazing!

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    Megan says:

    Yes, please! Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway! I have been wanting this book ever since I heard it was coming out. It’s even on my Christmas list. But patience is NOT my strong suit so I’ll probably need to get my hands on it before then.

    I find inspiration all over the place: nature, tile patterns, architecture, my kids. ANd of course, all of the amazing creations on blogs, flickr and at my local Modern Quilt Guild!

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    Kendra says:

    My inspiration? Film in the Fridge! And lots of other cool blogs.

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    Mel says:

    I find inspiration from various blogs – yours and Elizabeth’s are certainly top two. Thanks for the chance!

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    Andrea says:

    Most of my inspiration comes from reading quilting blogs and Flickr, and sometimes from books – like this one!

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    sherri says:

    I loved reading this post–Elizabeth’s book looks amazing! I find inspiration in so many places…fabric inspires me as does the season of the year. I love looking at blogs and quilting magazines and books. Photographs of nature are also a great inspirations to me!

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    nettie says:

    blogs are huge inspiration for me, but I also receive a lot inspiration from my kids. Their clothes, books, toys…I guess it’s what I’m surrounded by the most.

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    My Mom got me into quilting. She learned at my high school, as part of the adult education program. She loves the Amish designs and I do too! We just try to modernize them a bit.

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    Cornelia says:

    wow so wonderful fabrics, and I love this book

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    Erica says:

    I am so thankful for bloggers like Elizabeth, who share their ideas so generously with us via their blogs and other websites. Before I began to read quilt blogs, I was strictly a “follow the shop sample” or follow the exact colour placement from the pattern. My creativity has grown so much since I found the online quilting world!

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    Amy says:

    I get a ton of inspiration from reading blogs. So many wonderful quilters so willing to share their fabulous work! I love it!

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    elsa says:

    love the book and the fabric! Elizabeth is an incredible quilter too …
    I find my inspiration in nature, the colors, textures, patterns … it’s
    never ending and (hopefully) always there.
    thanks for the giveaway.

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    Andrea says:

    I most often find my inspiration from books and magazines. I even have a few vintage quilt pattern books that have spurred me on to develop a quilt around a particular block or fabric.

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    wyndy t says:

    Flickr is my main source, I usually have an idea in my head and wander around flickr to see others to feel out the idea.

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    Mary Ann says:

    My answer will resonate with others, but I really do get a lot of inspiration from blogs. But I also get inspired by things I see in nature, photos, and paintings.

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    Ashley Stephens says:

    I love Elizabeth’s blog and I visit everyday hoping to see more lovely quilts from her. Can’t wait to see what else is in her new book!

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    Melissa says:

    I find a lot of inspiration in blogs. I like to get an ideas about a particular kind of quilt, like half-square triangles, or a crazy nine patch, or a circle quilt without copying other people’s quilts. I make different fabric choices and do not follow written patterns. I like to make it my own in some way. I also see quilt patterns everywhere now! It’s kind of crazy where you can get ideas from everyday life.

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    Meagan says:

    I get a lot of inspiration from nature, but a lot of it also comes from friends.

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    JennS says:

    I love to look at pictures of quilts people have made. They give me design ideas, but like Elizabeth was discussing, I don’t like the idea of “copying” someone else’s fabric choices. A good (long) trip to the fabric store is all the inspiration I need to make something new! Can’t wait for the book!

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    Bertine says:

    I get a lot of inspiration from blogs and flickr. However, I can’t wait to read this book.

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    Jennyroo says:

    Wow! I love Oh Fransson patterns, and would be so happy to win this lovely book or that fabulous combination of fat eighths!

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    Nancy Lewis says:

    Well done Elizabeth, can’t wait to actually have a copy of your book in my hand. I find my inspiration in all the things I see around me everyday.

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    Jessy Roos says:

    This book has been on my wishlist for a long time already! I can’t wait to get my hot little hands on it. As much as I would love to say something like “nature is my inspiration”, I’ll be honest. The internet is. Though I am sometimes incredibly inspired by what’s out my window (Rocky Mountains, anyone?) I have a hard time translating that into quilt designs. I love for colour palettes and beautiful things.

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    Like many others up there, I find my inspiration from blogs as well! 🙂

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    stephanie says:

    I’d buy that book just for the photography even if I weren’t a quilter!!

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    NIchole says:

    Thanks for the fun interview post! I am inspired by all the quilt blogs I read, Flickr, art, nature and my children’s drawings.

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    Quilting blogs are one of my greatest inspirations. books are also very helpful. I just hope I can win that one.

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    Amy Z says:

    Blogs, flickr and advertisements are fun inspirational sources for me. The book is on my amazon wish list!!!

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    Heather says:

    I get most of my inspiration from blogs and books. I love Denyse Schmidt and Purl Soho books. And I’d love to have a copy of Elizabeth’s book!

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    Jessica says:

    flickr, definitely! and also designs in other media, like a tile layout or a particular fabric that I could translate to a quilt.

    Looking forward to seeing more about this book!

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    Rebecca says:

    Sometimes my inspiration comes from other blogs, flickr, or Etsy, and sometimes it comes from the fabric itself. Thanks for the chance at this generous giveaway!

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    Jaclyn says:

    I want this book! I find most of my inspiration online these days, so many great blogs to read!

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    Linnea says:

    Oooo… what a fabulous looking bundle! and the book looks great too. Elizabeth’s blogs was one of the first I ever found and started reading. Her great tutorials and original quilt ideas have been a wonderful source of encouragement and inspiration. I find I get a lot of inspiration from all of the great quilters online (you included Ashley!) but also draw on natural design elements and color schemes from the great outdoors. Thanks!

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    nikki says:

    I find inspiration at the thrift store, at my grandma’s, the internet, at work… wherever. This book is definitely at the top of my holiday wish list.

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    Erin says:

    Lately I’ve been trying to see the world through the eyes of my three year old. He sees the world so much differently from 3’2″. There is a whole new crop of inspiration at that level.

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    Kacey says:

    i start with a color or pattern i love and know i want to use…and go from there!

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    Emily says:

    Inspiration comes from blogs and from the materials at hand. Also from books, though I don’t always follow patterns. Even so, this book looks like it would be great for gathering ideas

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    Katie says:

    You are both an inspiration to me to start quilting. I haven’t yet, maybe this will get me going……..:-)

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    Jen S. says:

    I would love to win this! I am a big admirer of Elizabeth’s quilts and have been so curious about her new book. I have no doubt it is chalk full of helpful info and inspiration. Thanks for a chance, Ashley!

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    Emily says:

    I’ve been looking forward to this book too! I get inspiration from so many sources: blogs, flickr, books, nature and a lot of times the fabric itself tells me what it wants to be. So fun!

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    Chris Clark says:

    I love the looks of that book! I find inspiration from other quilters – I like to take an idea, block or pattern and change the colors or style enough to make it my own. Also I’ve been looking at buildings and windows and geometric shapes out in the world for inspiration.

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    I love to blog hop. I have at least a hundred blogs on my google reader and I just sit and browse through them for my inspiration. So fuN!

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    Leigh says:

    My quilting inspiration is mostly from blogs! Your blog was the first one I found when I googled “scrappy quilts” and I have been hooked ever since! Thank-you for continuing to inspire us and for the opportunity to win this great book & fabric.

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    Hanna says:

    As a new quilter I would love to win this book, I love that it has a beginner section.

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    suzi says:

    Ohhhhhh! I would love to have that book! She’s one of my most favorite bloggers. I get inspiration from other quilters…and artwork!

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    marie says:

    I find inspiration all over the place in nature, buildings, other quilts, but many times, fabric just “speaks” to me and becomes my inspiration! I love bold colors and patterns and showing them off.

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    Julie says:

    i find inspiration in blogs, photographs, and books. i love looking at landscape photos and imagining what they’d look like in a quilt. and i’ve been waiting FOREVER for this book to be available!

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    sntbosch says:

    Mostly from the internet and blogs.

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    Kristin says:

    I find inspiration mostly from quilty blogs- there are so many talented people out there!

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    Rebecca says:

    I would probably say blogs as well… that and my aunt. She has been quilting for close to 50 years and I am always amazed at the designs and color schemes she uses.

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    Jen says:

    ACKKKK!!!I’ve been dying to make a quilt with those colors!!!!!! And I want this book SO BAD!! For my inspiration, i find it on blogs, and flickr. i love browsing everyone’s creation and then going from there. you and Elizabeth are two of my biggest inspirations!!

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    Katie says:

    So psyched about the release of this book! Most of my inspiration comes from color – big,bright,beautiful color – but I love to read blogs about modern quilting. I also love geometrical structures.

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    Joelle Lambert says:

    I get inspired by fabrics that I see at the store and by all the great quilting blogs out there.

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    Alexandra says:

    Love the book and the Fat Eights. I’m really enjoying this blog tour!

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    karen says:

    I absolutly *need* that book!!! I have been following her blog and yours for over a year now, and I’m always inspired by both of you!

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    Sequana says:

    I’m not a “designer” type, so I get my inspiration from people like Elizabeth and YOU. *S* I have a good eye for color once I see a pattern I like. And I know what fabric I’m gonna really love to work with as soon as I see it.

    What great colors there in that group of fabrics in the giveaway. Thx for the chance.

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    Kelley says:

    Inspiration is difficult to pin down. It comes from so many places and impressions! The fabric itself holds some inspiration. I think though I am probably most inspired by antique quilts.

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    Trisha says:

    I want this book so bad! I am inspired by fabric and by the quilt blogs that I read.

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    Lindsay says:

    I find my inspiration in the fabric itself and in the world around me. I love how two people can look at the same fabric and make entirely different things out of it.

    Lindsay.forgette at gmail dot com

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    Andrea says:

    I blog hop for inspiration! So much so that I have tons of ideas to do… and don’t get to doing them because blog hopping is so addicting.

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    Lyn H. says:

    I find inspiration on quilting blogs like yours and Oh Fransson! I also started buying some quilting books. This one looks great. The other source of inspiration is from fabrics themselves, so shopping online and going to my LQS is like being a kid in a candy store.

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    Michie says:

    I find inspiration in nature and online. I am currently dreaming of a quilt the color of autumn leaves.

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    Catherine Fowler says:

    Always fun to see same squares in different fabrics.

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    Marcia W. says:

    There are many places where I find inspiration: catalogs, magazines, blogs, fabric company websites, quilt shows, looking around nature, and pictures drawn by my little grandnieces. I never make a pattern 100% as it is shown, which is why I like EH’s ideas from your interview. Thank you for this giveaway. *heart* the purple and mustard fabrics. alternate email mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    My inspiration for my quilts, as well as my purses, comes partially from the fabric I’m drawn to and partially from the wonderful pictures that are all over the net. I probably spend way too much time on the computer, but it takes me to wonderful places that I may never physically get to see.

    Thanks for sharing this great book!

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    Patty says:

    The book looks like an inspiration to any level of quiltier. The purple and mustard fabric rocks! What a great color combo!

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    Hil says:

    I mainly find inspiration from quilting blogs, but color anywhere can be really inspiring!

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    sharonj says:

    My inspiration mainly comes from other quilters. Great blogs, books and quilt shows. Also just taking a walk in the park and seeing great colors and designs in nature.
    Love Oh Franson and your blog too, you are both loaded with great inspiration and creative spirit! Thank you for the chance to win such a wonderful book! Sharonj.

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    Michelle says:

    I find my inspiration both from patterns that can be found in items, such as tiles and from other quilters.

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    WandaFish says:

    Hi, I enjoyed your interview with Elizabeth. I’m new to quilting so definitely need a copy of this book, lol. At the moment, most of my inspiration comes from all you talented bloggers, but fabric has a way of speaking to you too 🙂

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    Margaret says:

    My inspiration comes from looking; looking at blogs, books, patterns I see while walking around (like on sidewalks & buildings), looking at fabrics, magazines; its amazing whats out there that can inspire.

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    Krista says:

    I can’t wait to read this book! I get my inspiration from blogs like yours and Elizabeth’s.

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    I get a lot of inspiration online from blogs, especially moda bake shop and Oh Fransson! Love it!

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    robin says:

    My inspiration comes from looking at what others are making, and things in nature. :o) Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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    Eileen says:

    Color inspiration is from what I see outside, recently I was shopping for area rugs and noticed all the designs are perfect for a quilt.

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    Jess J. says:

    I love the creativity I’m always sure to find on Oh Fransson!
    🙂 Thanks so much for sharing about her book today!

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    Katie says:

    Not being too creative myself, I find tons of inspiration from blogs, internet, etc. Thanks for the chance!!

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    Connie W says:

    I live in an isolated area so I find my inspiration on the internet. I love reading blogs and seeing what others are up to.

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    Veronica says:

    I find inspiration from the Internet, books, magazines, the TV, photos, nature. Pretty much everywhere.

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    I am inspired by two “Bs”: books and blogs. I love buying and pouring over books, even if I don’t make anything from them. They still inspire me and get my creativity flowing. Blogs do the same. They allow me to see from a different perspective, which opens up my mind to new ideas.

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    Carol says:

    My inspiration comes from blogs I read and from the outdoors.

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    Miquela Mangum says:

    I love this blog tour, and it is only the second day! I am new to your blog and love what I see!

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    Nathalie says:

    I find inspiration in blogs. I live in Mexico City wich is city with lots of colors and forms that are really inspiring !

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    DianeY says:

    I think I find most of my inspiration on blogs, even though it sounds like a pretty lame answer! I can be inspired by certain fabrics, too. That fabric bundle in the giveawat is, for me, out of my usual range, but it really is interesting & can invoke a lotof thought

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    Meaghan says:

    I get a lot of inspiration from blogs and other quilting friends, and also from my closet – seems like I’m always drawn to the same types of colors!

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    Jen E. says:

    Being relatively new to quilting, I get a lot of inspiration from blogs and books. I find a lot of inspiration for color combinations in catalogs, magazines and other crafty supplies – especially scrapbook papers.

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    Mary says:

    I find my inspiration from blogs online. I drool over the beautiful quilts I’ve seen! Although, my very first two quilts, the ones I’m working on now are my own creation. Nothing to drool over but it’s been a fun process!

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    Dawn says:

    I find my inspiration from some of the great quilting blogs like Film in the Fridge. Sometimes you find just the perfect fabric that drives the design.Plus Flickr has some amazing finished projects to get you inspired.

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    Alice R. says:

    My inspiration comes from my guild, but very much from these quilt blogs where so many talented quilters are moving in so many fresh, new ways that are so different from what I see in my local area.

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    Toby says:

    I find my inspiration from quilting books and my fabric stash, and lately I find quite a bit of inspiration from blogs. Love this new book!

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    Tina Hansen says:

    I mainly get my inspiration from the great blogs that I read. I save a pic of the quilt into a folder. I also save pics of color combinations that other quilters use. Also, I save pics of items that others exchange through swaps that could be adapted into quilts.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of this fantastic book.

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    Abby says:

    I love finding inspiration on blogs.
    Also sometimes bored in line at Walmart those randsom quilting magazines just catch my eye!

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    Gina says:

    When I make a quilt I generally have somebody that is going to receive it, so I try to get inspiration from them. If it’s for a baby, then I take it from the parents. I also love to look at books of vintage fabric and get inspired by them.

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    Milica says:

    I am inspired by almost anything – a vintage dress, the colors of the apples in a bowl, the patterns of lights weaving through traffic at night.
    Mostly though, I am inspired a lot by my kids. They have fewer inhibitions and no set idea of what is the “right” way to do things, they just give it a shot and love the results whatever they may be. As a beginning quilter, sometimes overwhelmed by what I see on blogs, that is the best inspiration.

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    Amanda says:

    Lots of inspirations comes from blogs, but my most recent quilt that I am workig on the design is based off of the print on one of my daugters shirts.

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    Susan Spiers says:

    I live in the country, so most of my inspiration comes from nature! Its amazing how many shades of green in the trees & bushes, shades of white in a magnolia bloom & shades of red in an azalea bloom. This book looks amazing! Thank you!

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    Jocelyn says:

    What an amazing book! I gather a lot of inspiration from magazines, and quilt shop samples. I have also found lots of inspiration from the world of blogging. So many creative and inspiring people. Including Elizabeth 🙂

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    Nancy says:

    I defintely find inpiration on blogs as well as my local quilt shops.

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    cabesh says:

    Often I find my inspiration online. But, my favorite place to find it is in the homes of my friends. I love visiting a friend and noticing a quilt draped over a chair, on a shelf or a bed. Usually it’s one that a grandmother made for them and I find myself inspired by the retro designs, fabrics and colors.

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    Love love love this! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    First off, love your blog! You do amazing work. Very inspiring. I’d have to say that my inspiration comes from magazines, books, blogs and Flickr. Thanks for the giveaway and the opportunity to win! 😉

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    Esther says:

    I love this book !!!
    Elizabeth is my inspiration!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Kathy G. says:

    My talented friends are of inspiration to me. I am constantly amazed by the wonderful and talented women in my life who challenge me and my crafting skills.

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    Kim says:

    I get inspired by blogs, nature and the city.

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    Stevie says:

    I find my inspiration everwhere! Children’s clothing, books, flickr, blogs, and fabric. Thank you so much for the chance!

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    Alaina says:

    I find lots of inspiration online and in the past couple of years, lots from Elizabeth herself. I am currently making a string quilt that was inspired by you, Ashley! So online is a lot of it, but also my artistic husband. He isn’t a quilter, but he really sees things in the world and helps me figure out a way to quilt it. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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    Sarah says:

    Where DON’T I find inspiration? The colors of nature. A piece of clothing. Etsy. Magazines. My daughter. And of course, blogs. A color combination can set off an entire project.

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    Crystal F says:

    The book looks amazing and your Q&A was great.

    I find my inspiration by reading blogs. I get all inspired during the day and want to go home and sew in the evenings.


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    Birv says:

    I get my inspiration from colors, mostly!! Once I have a color scheme in mind, I’m able to start thinking of a mood for my quilt, and the right style of blocks for it. Thanks for the Q&A… it was great!

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    Crystal says:

    I find taking a walk in my neighborhood always inspiring, never know what I’ll see, and I’m usually influenced by the colors in nature around me when I’m buying fabric. Can’t wait to see this new book!

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    Brenda says:

    Books and blogs are probably my main source of inspiration. I’ve also found some ideas in carpets/rugs, catalogs, magazines, architecture and nature … so many ideas, so little time!

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    Ali Wright says:

    What a great book! I get inspiration from the city (Chicago) – it’s architecture and parks/lake. And from the beautiful fabrics that are out there now.

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    Erin says:

    I wish I could mix colors half as well as you & Elizabeth! Love your site and the book!

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    Claire says:

    I’ve been waiting for the book to come out…but as normal I’m low on money and it will have to wait…so the giveaway is perfect for my. And I get most of my inspiration for the blogs that I follow, but I always felt like I was stealing their ideas…I’ve also started purchasing magazines….and now flickr is great place for inspiration! Thanks for the giveaway..this a great!

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    Megan says:

    I get inspired by looking at all the great quilting blogs and quilts on flickr. For colors… I look to fall and my husband who has a great eye for things like.

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    Alexis says:

    Totally not sucking up, but I find a lot of my inspiration from your quilts. So often, I will be in a rut and have not sat down to sew in months and then I see one of your quilts and get right back to it.

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    Laurie says:

    I’m fairly new at quilting, and there are so many gorgeous quilts on blogs and flickr that I want to try out that I haven’t started coming up with my own designs yet in any major way. Soon though I hope to start coming up with my own designs.

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    Denise Boyle says:

    This is for sure on my Christmas list. Unless I win it here first, of course.

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    Audrey says:

    I find all of my inspiration in blogs. Like Film in the Fridge.

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    Jennifer says:

    Flicker, Flicker, Flicker!!! I am always inspired by what other quilters create!

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    Katie says:

    I find a lot of my inspiration in the quilts of my fellow MQG members!

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    Sarah says:

    I spend way too much time browsing blogs and flickr, but also get inspiration from things I see around me all the time. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Theresa says:

    I’ve been getting inspired by Flicker and blogs.

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    Michelle H says:

    Lately I’ve been getting a lot of inspiration from other crafty bloggers out there. It’s amazing what you people do! I also like to frequent the many antique stores my in little town. I love looking at all of the old stuff that was once loved and it usually sparks something inside me to go home and create.. something!

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    Annette says:

    I find my inspiration, uhm…from other peoples patterns, haha! I have only just started to make quilts, and I am just glad if I am able to make something that someone else has already done first 😉 Blog land is awesome!

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    Rhanda says:

    Congratultions on the book! I get inspiration from quilting magazines, books, blogs and, of course, Flickr! Thanks for the giveaway offer!

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    Jane Swanson says:

    My inspiration mainly comes from the blogs that happen to be hosting Elizabeth’s book!
    I SOooooo want a copy of this book. After participating in Oh Fransson’s quilt along and getting
    so many compliments on the resulting quilt, I really want her knowledge in book form!!

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    Sweet Em says:

    Anything with any sort of texture (well not ANYTHING) inspires me. I love the 3D dimensional aspect of quilts!

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    Melanie says:

    Really interesting to hear more about the book through the short interview. I’ll have to look the book up next time I swing by the bookstore.

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    Tracy says:

    I’ve been waiting impatiently for this book to come out, it’s been on my amazon wishlist forever! I tend to find my inspiration from artwork.

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    Jennifer says:

    I love winding my way through Flickr for inspiration!

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    Kelly B says:

    I find inspiration from blogs, home decorating magazines, and kid clothing magazines like Hanna Andersson. I love bright modern funky color combinations!

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    Anita says:

    Wow, thank you! I find a lot of my inspiration from blogs and flickr as well as quilting and craft magazines.

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    Monica says:

    I rarely buy quilting books (and almost never work off patterns), but this looks like it will make it into my library!

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    Holly says:

    Oh, this has been on my Amazon wishlist since she showed the cover of the book!, lol I love browsing through Flickr to get inspiration from other creative folks! Thanks for the chance to enter =)

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    saturday says:

    i used to think quilting was AWFUL because of all the old ladies i know and their choice of fabric…but then i found blogs! hooray for modern quilts! so much prettier and inspiration overload! now i want to make all of them…someday.

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    ~Michelle~ says:

    I think my inspiration comes from a lot of different places, but mostly just seeing others’ works via blogs & flickr.

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    Mitzi says:

    A lot of my inspiration comes from You, Ashley. I read a lot of blogs and find things on Flickr, too.

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    Janna says:

    YOUR BLOG;) And all the other awesome quilt blogs out there along with flikr, all of you are amazing!! That is some adorable fabric and I would LOVE that book!

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    Alisa says:

    I get inspired with things I see, usually patterns on fences, walls, windows as well as patterns in flyers or magazines (like rugs.) I am also inspired with what others make.

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    felicity says:

    I get inspiration everywhere – online from blogs, flickr; nature; architecture; fashion (a really cool striped umbrella caught my eye today). Thanks for the chance to win, and for the lovely collection of fabrics!

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    erin says:

    i find my inspiration from blogs, as well as just from the fabric itself!

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    April from SD says:

    I would love to win that awesome book and those awesome fabrics (so sophisticated!) I find my inspiration in blogs and around flickr.

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    Elizabeth says:

    I get a lot of my inspiration off of the internet – blogs, flickr, etc. But I also like to look around me in nature.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    mindy t says:

    My inspiration comes from all of you fabulous bloggers out there. Thanks for all you do~

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    Diana says:

    Inspiration comes from everywhere, the people around you, the enviornment, an event, I love finding new ideas while looking online at other projects that have been made and then trying to transform them into my own.

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    cori says:

    My family and nature are my greatest inspiration. What a great giveaway

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    I find inspiration in tons of places…but blogs are probably the biggest one that I actually see and then do. I think that is because it is so easy to access a picture of it, and sometimes even get a free tutorial, online. I absolutely love Elizabeth Hartman’s blog & have made a few quilts based off of her fabulous designs!! (And I have a long list of your quilts that I would like to try as well!!)

    Colors and color combos I normally decide on because of one particular fabric that I find and love, then I just get coordinating fabrics to go with it.

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    Patrice says:

    I mostly get inspired by quilts I see on blogs and flickr, but the desire to start quilting came from cuddling up under a super soft old quilt that my friend had. It’s purple and white and was made by her husband’s grandmother a LOOOONNNG time ago. She quilted it by hand using fabric scraps from the textile mill where she worked.

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    Colleen says:

    I am inspired the colors in the great outdoors, and in different patterns and textures that I see there. Others who are dedicated to making a quilt unique can inspire me as well!

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    Liz says:

    I can’t wait to get this book! I get my inspiration from blogs, books, and YOU Ashley!

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    Andrea A says:

    I get my inspiration from the amazing blog world, what a great resource!

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    elizabeth says:

    I love her blog and I’m sure I’d love her book – I’m a beginning quilter and don’t have any quilting books!

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    Kristine says:

    I get my inspirations from books, websites, people, and traveling! Just about anything bring inspiration if you keep your eyes open.

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    Linda says:

    I get most of my inspiration from you and Elizabeth. While I can look at fabric and see a quilt, I’m afraid I don’t see a pattern.

    Thanks for being part of the blog tour! 8-]

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    Hannah says:

    I get inspiration from books, blogs, Flickr… and a lot of times just from the fabric itself. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Deb Joyner says:

    How beautiful!

    I get inspiration from books, the web, and my friends – who push me out of my comfort zone into new and different crafting corners! I’d love to try some more modern designs in this book.

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    Becky D. says:

    I get my inspiration by reading crafty blogs such as yours!

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    Mary Beth says:

    I find my inspiration from knowing I’m carrying on a part of my family tradition and Appalachian culture by giving a modern take on quilting!

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    Pearl says:

    I’m inspired by nature and paintings.

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    I am learning a ton about quilting from blogs and flickr (for color combos and pattern looks and such) but when it comes to art…almost always I get my inspiration from nature.

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    Jacey says:

    Inspiration is everywhere, but lately, I’m especially inspired by sites like flickr, ravelry and etsy. I’m also expecting lots of inspiration at the quilt market next week!

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    Jen B says:

    For me inspiration comes from blogs, Flickr and the fabrics themselves!

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    karen says:

    I get my inspiration from all kinds of places- flickr, blogs, books, nature, museums….

    Also sometimes, I see a fabric and I know just what to do with it.

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    Annah says:

    The book sounds wonderful , will def have to try and get hold of a copy… I guess I get my sewing inspiration from seeing what other people have been creating, or from what’s happening colour wise with the seasons and adapting my projects to fit in with the time of year – it just feels so right to be using orange and yellow fabrics at the moment!

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    Jan says:

    Hi Ashley, Elizabeth and you were the first quilting bloggers I started following, when I took up quilting a little more than a year ago. I’m looking forward to this book.

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    so we added chickens says:

    I get my inspiration from blogs, books, a fabric itself, and architectural elements – railings and fences are a particular favorite. I’ll see one, take a picture and ruminate on it for a while and eventually a quilt or something will emerge

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    juliana says:

    I love going through my morning Blog list. the inspiration there is sometimes overwhelming, but such amazing eye candy! I also love to took through sewing and quilting groups on Flikr for ideas. And once in awhile, I get that “I’m not spending $300 on a “name that department store” quilt! I’ll make it myself!” bug. I cannot wait to get my hands on this book!

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    Kathryn says:

    I get inspired by illustrations in my daughter’s picture books, from art, from fabrics, and from what other people are creating in any medium! What a great prize! Winter’s coming fast here in Canada, and I would love to make a quilt from this book to cuddle up under!

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    nicole says:

    I find my inspiration from the LAMQG meetings, blogs, and by sitting down with a pencil and graph paper!

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    Ariane says:

    Blogs and Flickr are my main sources of inspiration. I love looking at different color combinations and patterns.

    Elizabeth’s book looks more and more like a must-have…

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    Sydney says:

    Blogs and Flickr! The internet is an incredible font of quilting inspiration.

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    Jolene says:

    I know that by “where” you didn’t mean the actual spot, but I’ll take it literally here and say that most inspiration comes to me when I’m in the shower.

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    Cindy A. says:

    My inspiration comes from the world around me and from reading blogs and books. I love to get ideas then tweak them a little.

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    Elizabeth D. says:

    Awesome interview! I adore Elizabeth’s work and can’t wait to get my own copy of this book!!

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    Jessica says:

    Usually I’ll see some detail in a blog or magazine or TV show or while out on a walk, and then I start scheming how to build an entire project around it. Which is sort of how my inspiration for writing works, too — start out with an emotion or situation, build out from there.

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    Rita says:

    that fabric bundle is so Elizabeth.

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    Kathleen15 says:

    I honestly get a lot of inspiration from reading all the quilting blogs and seeing what everyone has created. I truely love the color matches and prints and want to run to my craft space and start sewing.

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    Tara says:

    I work at an art museum and I find inspiration around me every single day!

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    Michelle says:

    Most of my inspiration is from the web. I love reading quilty blogs, including yours and Elizabeth’s, that have so many versatile quilts.

    Thank you for the stop on the tour.

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    Leslie says:

    My inspiration comes from websites, pictures, magazines, and sometimes just my own brain!

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    juju says:

    i am inspired by things that stick in my mind. the smell of a baby’s head, 50’s shapes and patterns, old timey lifestyles, my late grandmother, the song i’m listening to, who people are… i am always making something. if not music, than something else with my hands like the baby quilts i’ve almost completed for my twin nephews. the first one i finished with topstitching in the shape of big Ws for Wyatt, like zig-zags up and down the quilt. the one i’m finishing now has circles all over the backing fabric, which are making Os all over the front for Owen. the colors of each quilt are different based on their personalities, which even though they are a month and a half old, we know that Wyatt is the cool, smooth talker (blues and greens with sprinkles of brown), and Owen is the feisty flirt (oranges and creams with a dash of yellow).

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    kelly jo says:

    Wow! What a great giveaway! Most of my inspiration comes from people like Elizabeth and their wonderful blogs!! For example – I would have never paid purple and mustard together, but they are absolutely beautiful now that I see them together!!

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    Eleanor says:

    Elizabeth’s book looks so great and so inspiring! I get most of my quilt inspiration from looking at antique quilts in shows and books and the imagining them in more modern fabrics and colors. I also love looking at the quilting groups on Flickr to get good ideas, too.

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    Kathy says:

    I’m definitely a beginner, so it sounds like this book would be a great fit! love the colors of the fabric

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    Cherie Moore says:

    What a lovely book. I’d love it just to flip through for the enjoyment of seeing such beautiful things 🙂

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    zrinka says:

    Beautiful book…
    I get my inspiration mostly from things I see around me – architecture, different patterns you can see in brick work or tiles or even windows on buildings. Also browsing through books and magazines will often give me ideas. I sometimes work off a pattern but what I really enjoy is making up my own.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Therese says:

    I find loads of inspiration in the blog sphere as well as books and magazines, but my one major inspiration for getting behind the sewing machine in the first place is my children.

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    Jen says:

    I just started quilting this summer, and I have drawn a lot of inspiration from bloggers like you and the other blogs on the book tour. It’s so helpful to see people’s process, and it’s also SO inspiring to see pictures of so many beautiful funky finished quilts.

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    Andrea says:

    THis looks like a fabulous book! I get lots of inspiration online from blogs (including yours!). My current project was inspired by a magazine add with pink ribbons on it-so far so good!

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    karen says:

    I love the book, I need the book, I have one on pre order and I hope it will mean my blocks don’t turn out missized anymore.
    I get inspiration from quilt shows, fabric shops and blogs.

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    Shanna says:

    I definitely find inspiration on blogs and also in books. I love craft books – maybe too much! I really need to stop looking and contemplating and start creating. This book looks amazing 🙂

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    Sarah says:

    what a fantastic giveaway! My inspiration comes from so many talented beautiful blogs and a back catalogue of ideas that I always wanted to paint but somehow were missing a dimension – for me colour is more vivid and texture is all when playing with fabric 🙂

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    Brittney says:

    I can’t wait to get my own copy of this book, it looks great! I draw inspiration from everything around me, whether it be color combinations, patterns, or prints. I like creating things from unexpected origins!

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    Abby says:

    I am new to quilting and still figuring out good fabric combinations. But I get tons of ideas from blogs and the fabrics. Shopping for fabric is a such a fun part of quilt design.

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    Amy C says:

    I get my inspiration from other quilters. I’ve been quilting for about 3 years. When I first started, I only liked traditional quilts. Now, I seem to like so many different styles. Quilters are such a diverse group of people. I totally love that!

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    Wendy says:

    Great looking book. I’d love to win!

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    Kristen says:

    I get my inspiration from this blog!!!

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    Jody says:

    Would love to have a chance to win this book. Looks very inspiring. I have been a fan of Elizabeth’s for some time!

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    Steph says:

    I find my inspiration from blogs and Flickr. I have so many amazing tutorials and project posts bookmarked, I would never have time to make them all!

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    Jacqueline says:

    I get my inspiration from books and blogs. I love to mix and match different styles and fabrics.

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    Alisa says:

    Blogs, nature, books, and from fabric. Oddly, I rarely get inspiration from magazines although I buy lots of them and love looking through them. Weird isn’t it. Your blog is wonderful and yes, full of inspiration.

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    Lisa R says:

    I get my inspiration form traveling, architecture, mathematics, and of course, FITF and Oh, Fransson!. Awesome combination of fabrics from Elisabeth – I will have to buy this book for sure, just to support her and in thanks for her wonderful blog and tutorials. Thanks to both of you for your time, effort and creativity!

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    Kim says:

    I find inspiration in blogs, quilting books and from the fabrics themselves. Sometimes they just speak to me! : )

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    artbeth says:

    I’m looking forward to reading this book. I’ve asked my local library to order it. I’m a fairly new quilter. I mainly get my inspiration from pictures of quilts I see on the internet. I have not yet begun to design my own quilts.

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    Bre Ann says:

    Flickr and blogs.

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    Kim says:

    I get a lot of inspiration from blogs and from other quilters. My kids are also very helpful in that department. I am amazed at the ideas a 9 year old can come up with sometimes!

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    Tracy says:

    what a great giveaway!

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    Joy says:

    Thanks for the interview! I get my inspiration from lots of different places – an interesting object, online pictures, vintage clothes.

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    kathy says:

    where do i find inspiration besides your blog and elizabeth’s blog?! i love walking the neighborhood and finding patterns and colors and seeing how they work (or don’t) together 🙂

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    grumperina says:

    I find that purple + mustard fabric combination pretty inspiring, to be honest! I’d love to work with those two colors together some time.

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    Missy says:

    Inspired, so mnay places. Here, other blogs and (flickr), so many places to find inpiration with the new sewing cyber world! And yes, I LOVE books, they will never loose there appeal to me!

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    Sophia says:

    I get my inspiration from permaculture design principles, from the challenge of using the fabric that I already have and seeing what unexpected or classic ways I can combine it. I try not to use loads of new fabric.

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    kat castaldi says:

    Blogs are such a great inspiration to me. It is fun to see the point of view of others. I really appreciate all who take the time to put themselves out there.

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    SallyB says:

    I find most of my inspiration on the internet. Being able to see people’s quilts and their variations is just amazing.

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    Amy says:

    I get inspiration from everywhere, my kids, nature, blogs, flickr, anthropologie.
    Elizabeth’s book looks amazing!

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    Jessica C says:

    I get inspiration from lots of places. Some of it comes from blogs for sure. Some of it comes from the fabric itself. I also see patterns in nature, and I get ideas from whatever I see. Once it was even a t-shirt that inspired me.

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    PaulaK says:

    I am always so inspired by Elizabeth’s work and would love to win her book. The color selection of the giveaway fabrics is gorgeous! Congratulations on your book, Elizabeth!

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    Caroline says:

    What a fabulous review! I’m so looking forward to Elizabeth’s book. Sounds like it is chock-full of goodness. My inspiration? Comes from all over but i’m largely influenced by the fabrics themselves and then by basic shapes that I want to try out. I like curves and circles especially.

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    Shayla Sharp says:

    I find inspiration in things I see around me, but I’m especially drawn to geometric shapes. I also love finding vintage patterns and adapting them for something new or easier!

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    Allison says:

    Much from blogs–including Elizabeth’s! I also have a Delicious account which will show me anything tagged with keywords like “quilts,” “sewing,” etc and I find all sorts of neat stuff that way! I also like library books. Thanks so much for the chance to win!!

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    Melissa says:

    I love to look at blogs to find inspiration. If I’m following a pattern, a lot of the time I’ll switch it up to make it unique. I let the fabrics and pattern speak to me, and I just roll with it. Sometimes it doesn’t work out perfectly, but that’s what makes it so much fun.

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    Teresa W says:

    Wow!!! What a wonderful and generous giveaway! I can’t wait to see this book in person and the fabric looks amazing!!! Where do I find inspiration??? Well, I’m new to quilting and I only recently found all of these amazing quilty blogs…and that’s where I’m getting my inspiration, from all of the amazing crafters and quilters in blogland! There are so many amazingly talented people who are so wonderful to share their ideas, patterns and tips that I’ve already learned so much…and love following SO many lovely blogs! 🙂


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    emma says:

    I have been waiting for this book for ages! It’s number one on my Amazon wishlist. Any book my her must be great (and when is your book coming out?)

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    Leigh Ann says:

    I want this book so bad!! And I absolutely love the purple and mustard combo…

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    Dory Filatov says:

    I usually find my inspiration from other quilting blogs!

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    Rebecca says:

    I get inspiration, FINALLY, from trusting my instinct. I used to slavishly copy everything I saw and while the product was pretty, it wasn’t necessarily me. Now, when a piece of fabric says “use me”, I do and I love the quirky, original results!

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    SoniaB says:

    I’m definitely draw inspiration from all these wonderful blogs (I’ve been dreaming about your Rubik’s quilt all night!) This book looks awesome. Thanks for the interview and thanks for the chance to win.

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    Kirsten Cramer says:

    I have been inspired by different views of my day. Even by my shower curtain. I see it every day but this morning I noticed how much I like green and brown and white. It could be my next quilt. Who would of thought that from a shower curtain?

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    Yen says:

    Pick me Pick me Pick me!! : )

    Thanks for the fantastic info!

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    Suzanne says:

    Looks like a great book, I’m looking forward to reading it. I would say most of my inspiration comes from Flickr and reading online blogs, there’s so much inspiration out there.

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    Meg in CT says:

    Thank you to both of you for offering such a great prize, and such a great resource to quilters! I’m looking forward to getting my own copy (if I don’t win one, of course!), and that color palette is one I’d never have imagined working with, but now I can see endless possibilities in it!

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    Andria says:

    I love to look through different books for inspiration. But I’ve also clipped out pictures from magazines to try and copy a look of a quilt.

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    Sarah S says:

    Ohhh, now this is a giveaway I want to win!! I am inspired by what I see around me. Nature, colors, pictures, etc. And Elizabeth and you, of course!

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    Jenni says:

    I am so excited about this book! Congrats to Elizabeth and thank you so much for sharing! The internet is amazing for inspiration, Oh, Fransson included, but I do love vintage quilt books and patterns. Something about those vintage images always sends me running to the sewing room! 🙂

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    deirdre says:

    inspiration is everywhere if you have time to stop and observe. i love to doodle and see what i can make of it later on…

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    Sarah T says:

    My inspiration comes mostly from blogs, but also from the fabric. Sometimes the fabric just speaks to me.

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    I find inspiration (& motivation) from the blogs of others & photos on flickr.

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    Valerie F. says:

    Oh yes, PLEASE! I find most of my inspiration from blogs. Isn’t it wonderful, the world of blogs?

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    Katie says:

    I find most of my inspiration from other blogs. Here’s hoping ….

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    Heather says:

    I find my inspiration all around me. it can be anything from the city I live in to the rural landscapes I grew up around. I also like reading blogs and getting inspiration there, too!

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    RebeccaL says:

    I find my inspiration in blogs and architectural elements. Never thought of pairing purple and mustard yellow, but I love it!

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    Jenny says:

    I am inspired by all the amazing people who share their stuff and their tips on blogs. I am very new to quilting (1.5 quilts completed), so I would really love to win this book!

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    Kelly E says:

    I love Elizabeth and her quilts. I find my inspiration in the people around me and the seasons!

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    alli b says:

    There are so many fabulous blogs (including yours of course) that I check out regularily.

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    Caitlin says:

    I find inspiration from foods. Desserts, specifically 🙂 I’m working on a string quilt right now that I lovingly refer to as “Rainbow Sherbet” 🙂

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    Marianne says:

    What a great give away! I get my inspiration from fabric, quilt shops, books, magazines, blogs and friends.

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    Lucie says:

    I find my inspiration from internet. I read many blogs. But I also like books, I love to read them and read and read…

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    Trudi says:

    Inspiration is all around us, in everyday as well as on the web. I like to take the simplest of ideas, they generally work best 🙂 This looks like a fabulous book, and such a great giveaway! Thanks

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    Petra Carden says:

    Ooooh – I love those fabrics and I would love to get my hands on this book! I haven’t actually made a quilt yet, but I plan on doing my first one very soon, and was planning on starting with some yellows and purples! I find inspiration here at Film in the Fridge, but now that you have linked me up to Oh, Fransson!, I’m finding much inspiration there as well.

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    Aletta says:

    Thank you so much for this ‘small interview’ and book review! I love this giveaway. My inspiration comes from blogs, tutorials, flickr, books and quilts/other projects from my quilt-bee-buddies.

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    Kim says:

    Blogs and books for me too, though the image doesn’t have to be a quilt, interesting colour combinations and shapes in drawings, photos, any image can be a great jumping off point.

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    Keri says:

    My inspiration depends on what I’m making. For example, if I’m making a baby quilt, then I find inspiration from something in my chilhood.

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    Kati S. says:

    I get my inspiration from other blogs, things I see in magazines, books, clothing–just about anything. I always try to find ways to make it my own though.

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    Christiane says:

    I love browsing blogs and get inspird by the creative choices of all the talented bloggers out there. But I’ve never copied one of the projects or followed a pattern so far. Looking at my fabric brings new inspiration aswell. Thank you for the giveaway.

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    Eeva says:

    I used to buy lots of quiltmagazines and books and find my inspiration from there but now I rarely buy anything. Now i find my inspiration mostly from blogs, like yours.

    Sometimes I get my inspiration from fabrics.

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    Kylie C says:

    I have all of my grandmother’s and great-grandmother’s quilting book and magazines, tons of inspiration from those 1970’s magazines. The patterns are great, though you have to look beyond the polyester fabrics.

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    Jennie Erwin says:

    I get inspiration from the internet, from books, and from my garden.
    Love the looks of this book.

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    Stacy says:

    I get so much inspiration from blogs and books, the creativity that others share is amazing.

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    Laurie says:

    I receive inspiration from magazines, blogs, and everyday life. I am usualy very motivated by fabrics I love.

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    Meagan says:

    I find inspiration in anything that catches my eye, beautiful or ugly. ( :

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    Renee says:

    What a great giveaway!!

    Like almost everyone else here, I get tons of inspiration from blogs!

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    Ramona says:

    I love blogs, but I also get lots of inspiration from really old quilts and books (like children’s books, not just quilt books)

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    Laura says:

    So far, I’ve only made quilts as gifts, so I draw inspiration from the person I’m making it for. Are they more traditional or more modern, what colors do they like, do they like simple or ornate things? I take all kinds of things into consideration and try build something as unique as the person I’m sewing for.

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    chris says:

    like many others, i find inspiration on blogs. my most recent project buzzing around in my head was inspired by a planning diagram someone did with highlighters here at my office. i just ordered fabrics to get this project started!!

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    Hannah says:

    My inspiration? Other bloggers! There are so many talented people who are kind enough to share their creations with all of us.

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    Suzanne says:

    I get a lot of my inspiration from blogland and from patterns. I know Elizabeth’s book must be great because I have a pattern of hers already. Thank you for the giveaway.

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    Lori says:

    Delicious fabrics! Your post and the questions that you asked are great. I’m going to check this book out for myself. Thanks!

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    Andrea says:

    I get my inspiration from the most random places, just walking around outside and children’s drawings, etc. Love the fabric!

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    I definitely get inspiration from blogs, both knitting and sewing. Thank you so much for this giveaway!

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    Kelly says:

    My main inspiration comes from visiting everyone’s blogs. The amazing variety of projects everyone is working on at any given time means you can never run out of ideas. But sometimes, it from seeing the colors in a window display, or something like that – totally unrelated to quilting.

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    Beth says:

    I’ve been quilting for quite a long time, I have however taken a very long break from it. I’ve been surfing the web for quilting blogs and discovered Elizabeth’s. Her blog has given me my inspiration. It has inspired me to try different colors with a modern approach. Thank you Elizabeth.

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    Megan says:

    I get a lot of inspiration from blogs, but I think the fabric itself is my main inspiration! I love the purple and yellow – two colors I don’t use enough of!

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    Alyssa says:

    I am always inspired by my son! He does some of the funniest things and he really just inspires me to think and act like a kid again….I like to think that shows in some of my bright and fun sewing projects!

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    DK says:

    I also find a lot of inspiration in blogs. I also really like using StumbleUpon to find really cool and gorgeous photos and artworks.

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    Jane says:

    Wow! Inspiration is everywhere isn’t it? Books, magazines, blogs, old quilts, architectural patterns, patterns in nature, fabrics, fabrics, fabrics! I recently came across a design on a manhole cover that I thought would make a great applique design. I was so proud of myself, till I found its not such a new idea.

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    Vicki says:

    I’d love to win!
    I am inspired by all the blogging and flickring quilters, and by my kids, and hotel carpet.

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    Rebecka says:

    Nature!! I live in the Pacific NW, and love the blues and greens that are outside my window.

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    Leah Jorgensen says:

    I am so excited about this book! My biggest sources of inspiration are blogs! I am also active on Flickr… there is just so much amazing talent out there & it’s wonderful to be able to see what someone else has created & get excited to go create on my own! 🙂 Thanks for a fantastic giveaway! I hope I win! 🙂

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    Katy Yo says:

    I find inspiration on quilting blogs and books from the library. Thanks for having this giveaway! I love Elizabeth’s work!

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    Aubrey says:

    I definitely get lots of inspiration from other blogs and seeing what other people are making.

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    Brenda C. says:

    Blogs offer such a variety of eye candy, and informative quilting information from all over the world. I can’t think of a kinder, more generous group than quilters! I get inspiration from blogs and from my local quilt guild.

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    Kate says:

    Do I get brownie points if I say FITF? 😉 I’m new to quilting, so I find a lot of inspiration from flickr groups and blogs. Also browsing etsy and other shops for fabric bundles really helps me to build ideas, because I am horrible with matching and coordinating colors.

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    andi says:

    I find my inspiration all over the net.
    Blogs! Websites! Flickr!!
    And of course, I love flicking through gorgeous books like this one. Hope I win!!
    Andi 🙂

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    Kate says:

    I guess I’m like many of the other quilters out there. I am so often inspired by things I see in blogs, on Etsy, and on Flickr. The book looks like a must have! Thank you for hosting such a fun giveaway!

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    autumnesf says:

    Most of my inspiration comes from the fabrics themselves. Lame I know…but it just seems to work for me.

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    lauradodson says:

    those fabrics are gorgeous! hope i win.

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    chancy says:

    Great giveaway and I’ve been dying for Elizabeth’s book to come out! I find most of my inspiration from books, blogs, other peopls’s projects. It’s always interesting to see what other people have put together in ways you would never have thought of yourself.

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    Cindy says:

    I sometimes find inspiration from the fabrics themselves, and the many books and magazines I have. AND from the amazing ladies in the Winding Ways Quilt Group!!

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    Susanne says:

    I find inspiration in nature. Our family goes backwoods/canoe camping regularly in warmer months, and cross country skiing in winter, and you find THE BEST colour combinations and organic shapes to draw from in the great outdoors. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    gaile says:

    I am inspired by flickr! as a new quilter who is still learning, I get great ideas from there on how to use color. I read a lot of blogs too and am constantly amazed at the generosity and knowledge out there!

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    Jane says:

    I try to find inspiration in everything. A lot of times it’ll start with an end goal, such as who’ll be receiving the finished project, and then to fabric and how it will look best. of course, there’s also a ton of inspiration in seeing what other people are up to, and using those ideas to develop my own.

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    Cammie says:

    I find a lot of inspiration in the paint store, I love to go with my kids and have them help me with color choices.

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    Molly says:

    What a great giveaway! I get a lot of my inspiration from fabric itself and from the online sewing community. Inspiration is never in short supply!

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    Kim says:

    Definitely blogs! I’m constantly amazed by what others accomplish. And grateful…their mishaps often clear the way for our progress.

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    Siew says:

    Blogs! Where else do I get to travel around the world and see such fabulous things that other people are doing. Now if only I would spend less time looking and more time doing!

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    JoAnn Nicol says:

    I have to say that I have only made a few quilts so far – I love all the ideas I am getting on the various blogs I subscribe to, sometimes though I think I spend too much time reading and not enough time “doing” :)!
    This looks like a gorgeous book that will be on my wish list for Christmas!!

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    Erin says:

    I get my inspiration from books, magazines, fabric, blogs, objects I love, photos (wonderful for selecting colors), and my husband who is a great co-conspirator when I’m thinking about a quilt.

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    Meg says:

    i get a lot of inspiration from blogs, too! as well as just pretty things i see in day to day life…food, for example. yum.

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    GoMomGo says:

    This book is on my Christmas list – but I don’t want to wait that long! My inspiration is all the new modern fabrics available. All these new colors make my fingers itch to stitch!

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    Amy K-P says:

    I find inspiration EVERYWHERE! It can be from the colors of the sky, trees and/or flowers outside, a song, a photograph, a person…inspiration is EVERYWHERE!

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    Jodi says:

    my world around me!

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    Alicia says:

    Apart from internet where you can find almost everything, I get most of my inspiration in flowers and nature.

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    Molly says:

    Sounds like an awesome book! I love your quilts, btw! I find most of my inspiration from blogs, like yours 🙂

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    Debbie says:

    My inspiration comes from all the fabulous blogs. although I don’t have a blog – I read quilt blogs daily!
    There are many wonderful artist out there

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    Andrea in AK says:

    I get my inspiration from blogs and Flikr…so many great photos out there to get you thinking!

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    anna says:

    I get design inspiration from blogs, and colors usually from nature

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    Susan V. says:

    Mostly from blogs–especially yours! Keep it up (please, please, please).

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    Anna Fournelle says:

    While I find a lot of inspiration in blogland, I also find a lot of inspiration in fabric itself. I usually don’t think of what I want to make. I usually see fabric I like and get creative and find/create a way to utilize it. Different fabric, different patterns, different colors – different use. I find inspiration for color combinations in nature. The fabric group above reminds me of purple and yellow irises. If it works for nature, it works for me 🙂

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    Brita says:

    I find most of my inspiration on all the great blogs, including yours, and some from nature and architecture.

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    Emily says:

    OH! Man! I HAVE to get my hands on this book, AND that stack of fabric. I love the yellow and purples together! Oh, and I get my inspiration from Blogs, and my daughter!

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    Pam says:

    Honestly, I find most of my inspiration from blogs like this and Oh Frasson! Also, most of my sewing projects are gifts. So I find inspiration from the inside jokes and memories I have made with the recipients.

  642. 644

    Wow, stiff competition around here…I bet they’ll be over a 1000 comments! Woohoo! I find inspiration in repeating patterns…nature (flower centres), neatly stocked store shelf displays, tile floors, old weathered buildings.

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    michelle says:

    i find my inspiration by looking at blogs and photos on flickr!

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    Eleanor says:

    Love the colors of the fabric. I also get my ideas from blogs. I just wish I had more time to sew.

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    Rebekah says:

    My main inspiration is the COLOR in fabrics themselves. But I also love great photography to get a little inspiration kick. Beautiful book, and such a fan of your quilts, FITF!

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    Amber says:

    I’d have to say that blogs are probably one of my biggest points of inspiration. I’m extremely new to quilting (just made my first one this spring), so I’m still working on my inspiration “collection” as I like to call it. I love the fabrics for the giveaway, and this book looks amazing!

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    Manda says:

    Loving the look of this book! I get my inspiration from blogs, flickr and books!

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    CJ says:

    When I want to make a quilt for someone, I get inspiration from the things they are interested in, or qualities in their personality. I try to make each quilt a statement about what I appreciate in the recipient, while at the same time making it something that will appeal to their own tastes. I also get lots of inspiration from your blog, and from Elizabeth’s!

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    Meag Monaghan says:

    Blogs and fabricworm are my favorite inspirations. Etsy creeps in every once and a while too!

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    SewLindaAnn says:

    I find my inspiration in the work that others do (blogs, mags. books) and since I joined a couple of swaps I find that thinking outside my comfort zone inspires me to try new things.

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    Danielle Lussier says:

    I find a lot of inspiration in magazines and looking at blogs-it can be so addictive!

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    Sara M says:

    Most of my inspiration comes from flickr, and blogs of course. Sometimes when I see fabric I can just tell what I want to do with it.

    I love your blog, and hope I win this book! Elizabeth rocks!

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    Celeste says:

    Love any ideas. My favorites come from blogs and Flickr, but I am about to get one of my favorite big doses of inspiration at the International Quilt Festival in Houston!

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    Elizabeth says:

    Blogs are wonderful inspiration, I like to look at the color palettes on 100 Layer cake to get me to think about putting different colors together. Any type of art, color combos and patterns found in nature. Thank you for the giveaway!

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    Pam B. says:

    I find inspiration in a number of ways – online blogs/websites (like yours!), things in nature, talking with people about their interests (if the quilt is a custom piece) and just from doodling on paper different shapes!

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    Marg says:

    I find inspiration from blogs, photos, colours in nature, a focus fabric. There is always something somewhere that will inspire me.

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    Rachel O. says:

    The more reviews I see of this book, the more I think I need to buy it.

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    Beth Moore says:

    I find inspiration on blogs, at craft shows, or sometimes just one fabric will inspire me to find a pattern that I can use to highlight it.
    Great giveaway!

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    Becky Little says:

    I’ve always been inspired by the beauty of nature. we live in a beautiful part of VA with mountains and pastures. Especially this time of year with all the changing colors. But I guess I’m lucky that we get four amazing seasons that bring inspiration in color and shape and movement all the time. Doesn’t mean I know what or how to do anything with it, I just enjoy trying to copy it 🙂

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    maureen says:

    i definitely find inspiration from blogs but also in photos, objects, magazines, cards, landscape – anywhere and everywhere!

  661. 663
    Alison says:

    From other bloggers. I definitely rely on you guys!

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    Heather L says:

    Thank you for hosting this give away! my inspiration for sewing comes from magazines, museums, art, life in general; but most especially my children 🙂

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    Ella says:

    I find mine mostly on the internet, also in magazines and in quilt shops!! Thank you for the chance to win!!

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    Pam A says:

    I am inspired by blogs,and books. Flickr is great place as well

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    kristal says:

    I find my inspiration from quilt blogs , good old nature , my kids and how I feel the day I started a project.

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    Marie says:

    For me, the color inspiration is usually in the purpose of the quilt. Baby blanket? What are the colors that go with their decor/gender? Holiday quilt? colors for that. It just depends.
    I do love seeing everyone’s ideas online. Totally helps the jump start my less than creative soul:)

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    alexandra p. says:

    Blogs are very inspiring. But I get inspiration from art and illustration also.

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    Marcia says:

    I’m inspired by bloggers, my quilt guild friends the Portland Modern Quilt Guild), but more often than not, some great fabric inspires and challenges me!

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    Willa says:

    My inspiration is sometimes found in materials. I tend to buy the same colorways most of the time. Once in a while, I get hands on a collection (like this one) that is out of my normal comfort zone. I find that jump starts creativity.

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    Kristy says:

    My inspiration usually jumps off of a pattern that I start from — a little tweaking here or there to make things a little bit different.

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    JJ says:

    I love Elizabeth’s blog! To be honest, most of my inspiration comes from the internet. I love spending naptime browsing through my favorite blogs…

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    Katie says:

    I found most of my inspiration from blogs. Elizabeth’s book looks like it’d be very inspiring, too.

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    WendyLou says:

    Yup. Blogs. Great interview!!

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    Alicia says:

    I get my inspriation from fabulous other bloggers! Sometimes its hard to figure out how to get from step Q to step R in a traditional pattern, but designers like Oh Frannson make directions that are truly for any level of crafter!

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    Hanna says:

    I find my inspiration in blogs and flickr and driving home from work watching the clouds. Thanks for your beautiful blog !

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    Lindsey says:

    I really want to read that book! I usually find inspiration in geometry — I look at a sheet of graph paper and I start thinking of quilts.

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    Daphne says:

    I get my inspiration from blogs and Flickr of course. But lately I get really inspired by the great color combinations of childrens clothing

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    Diana says:

    I find alot of inspiration from blogs, and from my sons story books, they have alot of great colour combinations in the illustrations!

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    PixieCaticus says:

    It’s got to be other blogs – love this one, always check out your quilts, but blogs are great for showing what you can actually do, and how you can change things.

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    Janet says:

    I get inspiration from blogs, from books, from other quilters and from nature.

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    Bec Clarke says:

    wow a great interview and thank you for the chance to win the book and fabric. I get inspired by the world around me. I am not good a designing my own patterns but I see them everywhere, especially on the farm here at home. The layout of a paddock with the different coloured grass, the road leading down and around a bend, all of it.

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    Aimee says:

    I am a new quilter so I am finding my inspiration from blogs and flickr right now. In my sewing, I find inspiration in magazines, online, catalogs, books…everywhere!

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    Angelina says:

    I can’t wait to get this book. It looks soooo great!

    I get my inspiration from the person I’m making the quilt for. If I don’t have anyone on mind for a particular quilt, I get inspired by fabric and blogs & flickr.

    Thanks for the chance to win!


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    Darlene Staley says:

    I find my inspiration from books, blogs, nature, people, etc…I recently took a picture of a brick pattern on a building. Thanks for a chance to win!

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    starjumper says:

    the internet is really a huge source for me, but i also get a lot of inspiration from the fabrics themselves. a lot of times i’ll see a fabric and think “oh man, that really WANTS to be X!”

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    Krystina says:

    Mostly I focus on color before I start caring about the actual design. And I find color inspiration all around!

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    Liberty Reimschussel says:

    I look for great color combinations anywhere I can find them. Just yesterday I looked out the window at the autumn sky behind my big ash tree with just a few buttery yellow leaves left on its grey branches and I suddenly wanted to make a project in shades of grey, white, yellow, and orange. Colors are my inspiration for every project.

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    Karen P. says:

    definately from quilting blogs! what would we do without them?

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    Athena Knibbs says:

    Film in the Fridge and Oh Fransson are my favorite daily visits! It is an addiction! Such wonderful quilts that have inspired me to keep practicing at the quilting….thank you!

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    Merlin says:

    My inspiration comes from blogs, books, anything I see, but lately it’s been my mother, because she has ALS and I’ve been diligently working on a quilted wall hanging for her. I look forward to it if given the chance to win.

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    Bonnie says:

    I find my inspiration in so many places, The Internet is my first source, so many wonderful quilts can be seen. Books are my second source, quilt shops my third source. and then there is always a quilt being put together in my head. So many quilts are designed in my dreams.

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    Gwen says:

    Most of my inspiration comes from the internet. Sometimes I’ll find one fabric that I fall in love with completely and the rest follows from there.

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    Theresa says:

    What a beautiful color combo on those eighths!
    My inspiration lately has been the seasons. I’m finishing up a dark grey/grey blue/bright green quilt that is a snapshot of one shockingly beautiful week in April (you can see how fast I sew!) I’m already planning something with lots of deep orange and just a bit of the incongruous bright pink the maple trees turn.

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    Eden says:

    I love both your blogs. I am sure this book will be a huge success. Love the purples paired with the yellows. Lovely.

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    Jessica says:

    other quilters, great stuff on flickr and blogs! and fabric, some fabric speaks of a certain quilt design.

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    Fara says:

    I find inspiration everywhere! Not just in other quilts and what I find on the internet, but also buildings, parks, …even fabric itself!
    BTW, I would love to get my hands on Elizabeth’s book 🙂

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    April says:

    I draw from antique quilts. I think they’re amazing and their array of patterns never bores me.

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    Rachael says:

    I find inspiration from blogs, flickr, and just arranging fabrics over and over. I have been loving that purple and yellow combo lately.

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    Lexie says:

    I stumbled across Oh, Fransson’s Mod Sampler Quilt Along a couple years ago, and it totally inspired me to start my first quilt-and get in a lot more practice sewing. I’m so excited she has a book out now!

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    Susan Goodin says:

    Oooh, good question. I get much of my inspiration from the fabrics themselves. I marvel at the wonderful and unexpected combinations of color. I find that I have really grown to like colors that I would never have dreamed of combining once I see how the independent fabric designers put them together.

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    Beverly says:

    I find inspiration through all the wonderful quilt blogs out there. And from my family. Quilting is my therapy.

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    Sue says:

    I get inspiration from blogs and sometimes just walking around a fabric store.

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    Erica says:

    I would love to win this! I love Elizabeth’s blog. Has your husband decided what he is going to do with the Spoonflower fabrics?

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    Cara says:

    Blogs and books (when my library has them in!)
    Blogs are an amazing source and having just updated my links on my blog there are some amazing inspirational people out there!
    Fingers crossed – would love to win a copy!

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    Amy says:

    I love Elizabeth’s work, and can’t wait to get my hands on her book!

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    karen says:

    Thank for having such a great giveaway. I find my inspiration everywhere and it somehow coalesses into a quilt. Can’t really explain. Sometimes its obvious and sometimes its more subtle.

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    Lisa says:

    Inspiration comes from everywhere! I can get lost on flickr though, so many amazing things there.

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    cindy says:

    blogs and clothing lines

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    I take a lot of pictures and I often find myself going back to them for inspiration. I also tag photos from blogs, the internet, magazines, books etc and draw inspiration from them.

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    Lynn says:

    I get a ridiculous amount of inspiration from the blogs I follow in my blog reader! I would love this book. It seems like it would remind me that sometimes a simple quilt is the best. Thanks for hosting a stop on the book tour!

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    Sarah says:

    Ooooh crickey! Ummm blogs, advertisements, art, fabric designs – everywhere & anywhere! Thank you so much for this chance to win!

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    Marie says:

    I mostly find my inspiration at my library then on blogs like Elizabeth’s and of course, let’s not forget google image search – that’s how I found the Oh, Fransson blog.

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    Bailey says:

    My inspiration comes from the people around me. My daughter who inspired me to learn to paper piece a turtle quilt. My husband who has been on me for the last 6 years to finish one for him…it’s getting done for this christmas…I promise!

  714. 716
    Colleen says:

    I agree with what a lot of people have said in previous posts. The closest quilt stores are about 45 minutes away so I find inspiration from blogs. There are so many talented people (like you) who generously share their ideas with the world. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    kama says:

    Blogs, of course!! 🙂 I find a lot of quilts that I want to make while looking through my google reader blogs.

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    Kathleen says:

    I find inspiration from whom the quilt is for, the fabrics available, looking through my many books and patterns, looking through ideas on the web (fashion, home design, lifestyle, and quilting blogs), and the weathers/seasons. I like to use strong colours with traditional or modified traditional designs. Sadly, the quilts don’t always work out the way I expect or want. Then I look to other quilters’ blogs for ideas and suggestions, to see if I can fix it or should abandon it. Or give it to someone who likes it.

    I love Elizabeth’s idea of providing a framework for the quilter and ideas to modify it. Her palettes are current and fun – and different from what I typically use. Would love to try them. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  717. 719
    Aunt LoLo says:

    Inspiration for quilts is hard…the inspiration for my first quilt (in 15 years!) came from Elizabeth’s blog, actually! For quilts after that, the quilts were inspired by my great-grandmother– She used what she had on hand to make what she needed. *Grin*

  718. 720
    Sammie says:

    So cool, really excited for this book! I’m a new quilter and right from the start, Oh, Fransson! has been there to help me along, and it was one of the first inspiration sites that convinced me quilting doesn’t have to be boring. Thanks for the giveaway!

  719. 721
    Sharon says:

    Inspiration is everywhere — but certainly the web has been a tremendous influence to us ‘beginners’. Your quilts are absolutely inspiring as well as those of Elizabeth Hartman — your sites are bookmarked on my computer and I go to them several times a week just to peek. Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win this lovely book.

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    mrsblocko says:

    I guess I’m not so weird after all. I get my ideas from blogs and craft sites like Craftster.

  721. 723
    LeanneB says:

    As with everyone else, the internet and blogs as well as fabric stores and their wonderful new patterns are all inspiring. I also find though that nature such as a reflection on a lake provides ideas as does the odd crazy dream!
    I am so looking forward to Elizabeth’s book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  722. 724
    Beth Lehman says:

    to be quite honest at this point my inspiration comes largely from both film in the fridge and oh fransson!! i also LOVE saving my favorites on flickr and looking at those images!!

  723. 725
    Janet says:

    I am inspired by other quilters via books, Flicker, blog posts and, when I’m really lucky, visiting a quilt show.

  724. 726
    Kim says:

    I am inspired by all the blogs of soo many fabulous ladies who are creating such wonderful pieces of functional art! I’ve loved Elizabeth’s blog for a bit and even followed one of her tutorials to make my very first quilt! Love this blog as well and have tons of photos saved in flickr from the ‘modern quilters’ group! so much talent!!

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    Noga says:

    I find my inspiration in blogs (both film in the fridge and oh Fransson are on my list!) and in books.

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    Paula says:

    OOOHH! I love green and purple! And I’m sure I will love this book! I will buy it if I don’t win it, but it would be fun to win. Thank you for the giveaway!

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    Kathleen says:

    Perfect post, since the only two kind of quilt specific blogs I read are yours and Elizabeth’s.

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    sara korinek says:

    it’s somehow hard to define my inspiration….i am a regular of a great list of blogs and there is a ton of inspiration there, and my favorite modern designers as well. I think i find color inspiration in children’s catalogs most often bc they put alot of bright unusual colors together that make you think…i also like to think i mash a lot of it together to come up with the perfect design that works for me and my subject!

  729. 731
    Kristy says:

    Like many others have said, my inspiration comes from seeing the beautiful things that others’ have created; but not necessarily in their entirely.

    For example, if I’m struggling with a certain color combo, I might look around on Flickr or other’s blogs to sort of “confirm” that I’m not crazy in wanting to mix things up a bit.

    Thanks for the review and opportunity.

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    Fern says:

    My inspirations come from online mainly, I love seeing how other bloggers have reinterpreted the same patterns or have used the same fabric in different ways. My kids also force me to do things that I normally wouldn’t (ie. a pillowcase featuring Midwest Modern combined with a fireman print that my eldest son demanded off me the other day)

  731. 733

    I find inspiration in nature.

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    Tammy says:

    I am always inspired by blogs and Flikr and now Tumblr. Also local quilt shops and events. Sometimes it comes out of the blue. Like when waiting in line at the bank one day and I was just sort of staring at the logo (Chase) and suddenly I was seeing it in all different fabrics…I couldn’t get home fast enough 🙂

  733. 735
    Anne says:

    My inspiration comes from blogs, books, from nature, from patterns found everywhere, from other arts like pottery and painting, and from the fabric itself. I also get inspired by the people I give quilts to……what style do they have, what colours do they like etc..

  734. 736
    Sara says:

    I get my inspiration from other quilters and their blogs or quilt groups.

    nhsarab at yahoo dot com

  735. 737
    Chelley Black says:

    I find my inspiration in books and blogs. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

  736. 738
    Kerstin says:

    There are so many wonderful blogs out there that are so inspirational. That, and a trip to the fabric store usually gets me going with a new project!

  737. 739
    Fi says:

    I have been inspired by all of the blogs I read and have recently been introduced to Flickr which is completely amazing me everyday.

  738. 740
    Claudia says:

    What a great looking book. Would love to win it & the fabric

  739. 741
    Sue says:

    Inspiration comes from all sorts of places, other quilters, other peoples blogs, quilts, books, nature particularly when it comes to colour. I also love that I can blog hop from Sydney Australia to USA to UK and back again and never leave my lounge

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    Linda says:

    Inspiration is found so many places…but I would have to say that most of it comes from reading blogs and looking out the window at nature. Thanks for the giveaway!

  741. 743
    Erica says:

    I find a lot of inspiration from others and their creativity, especially this blog!

  742. 744
    Kristin says:

    The Internet is the biggest source of inspiration for me, although recently my kids art hass started to get me dreaming…

  743. 745
    Candace says:

    What a wonderful giveaway. I feel like I get almost too much inspiration from blogs and now I’m a flicker addict too. I went from a one project at a time sort to oh my, I need to get some things finished, and it takes a great deal of willpower to pass up some of the awesome projects that call to me. I wouldn’t change a thing though, I still love the blogs and flicker.

  744. 746
    Joey says:

    Hmmm. I’d like to think it comes from seeing other people’s fabulous work–and I think some of the seeds of ideas are planted there, but stuff I actually end up making seems to be really non-creative moments, say at work (i’m a lawyer) and my mind is screaming out to be creative. I can sit in my office and see something in the window that’s inspiring or tile in the entry … that kind of thing.

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    Mystica says:

    My inspiration always comes from fellow bloggers who do such beautiful, beautiful work.

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    Celia says:

    I’d say most of my inspiration comes from whatever fabric I’m obsessed with at the time. It depends on the weight of the fabric, how big the prints are and who the quilt is going to be for, then I’ll sit down and work out the measurements and math. And then I change my mind about a dozen times before finally settling on a plan. I also get a ton of inspiration from the blogs I read, esp. this one!

  747. 749
    Anna Dorothy says:

    my inspiration comes from the every day world around us, history, and the internet!

  748. 750
    Cathy says:

    Lately, I’ve been inspired by things I see on blogs here and there, as well as Japanese books and magazines.

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    Allison says:

    Most of my inspiration comes from blogs and the fabric itself…and I must say I’m partial to FitF and OF! for sure. 🙂

  750. 752
    Lacey says:

    I looove those quilts, and that pack of fabric is fantastic too! 😀

  751. 753
    Tamie says:

    Inspiration comes from all over- architecture, nature, blogs, sometimes just from the fabric itself. A good book can be inspiring too- hint, hint.

  752. 754
    jackie says:

    I get my best ideas when I’m out for a run. Exercise, fresh air, lots of oxygen and no interruptions , it opens up my creative side, also designing a complicated quilt helps me ignore how far I still need to go!!!

  753. 755
    Bonnie says:

    Inspiration…in blogs and in colorful prints.

  754. 756
    Brandi says:

    I can’t wait to look through this book!

  755. 757
    Jennifer says:

    I get most of my inspiration from blogs! I love to see what others do and put my own twist on them.

  756. 758
    Nicholas says:

    I am finding more and more inspiration on Pinterest – I love perusing through other people’s boards and collecting boards of my own.

  757. 759
    Chris says:

    I am inspired by the blogs I visit. Would love a chance to win Elizabeth’s book. Thanks.

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    Liz says:

    I often get my colour inspiration from fabric. Some designers will put unusual combinations together eg Alexander Henry’s Lorenza. My other major inspiration comes from great designers who encourage me to stop restricting myself and allow me to “what if”.

  759. 761
    Marlene says:

    I love getting inspired by browsing blogs (like your, love it!), Flickr, books, etc. I flipped through Elizabeth’s book at Barnes and Noble and loved it!

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    Michelle says:

    Lately I’ve been finding my inspiration on… the internet. Totally unoriginal, but I am wowed every day by all the wonderful women who pump out such incredible ideas. It’s all I can do to tear myself away 🙂

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    Audrie says:

    I’ve been so looking forward to this book and it looks amazing!!

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    Beth Ellen says:

    I find blogs very inspiring, and patterns I see on fabrics or paper or even in nature. Sometimes i just go with my gut–think about the person I am creating for and let that take over without overthinking.

  763. 765
    Becky says:

    I’m inspired by my children’s likes, as well as things on the web like your site and other quilting blogs as well. What a beautiful book!

  764. 766

    This looks like a wonderful book: a great addition!
    And the colors of these fabrics!
    I’m a green + purple fan, but mustard is great too.

  765. 767

    I find much of my inspiration in the online community–Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr.

  766. 768
    Linda says:

    I’m inspired to quilt my favorite colors+patterns of nature. As a watercolorist, I often quilt the hues I have painted. Thanks for sharing,love,Linda

  767. 769
    Jodi says:

    I’m inspired by nature around me. My dog laying in a spot of sunlight on the floor, the changing fall leaves, the wildflowers. I know that’s not very original, but it is what inspires me!

  768. 770
    Paige says:

    I find a lot of inspiration in my FLickr swap groups. There are some SERIOUSLY talented quilters out there!

  769. 771
    Alicia says:

    Inspiration from people like Elizabeth!

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    Vicky says:

    I’m inspired by what others have come up with on blogs and flickr. So many creative and talented people, they’re truly inspiring. Yours included.

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    traci says:

    oh please pick me. oh frannson and film in the fridge are my two blogs i go to DAILY!

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    Love this! I hope I win!

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    Sara says:

    My Google Reader provides the lion’s share of my inspiration. In fact, Elizabeth’s blog was the very first subscription I added to my Google Reader. I have referenced her basics of color theory post over and over again. Thanks for the inspiration, Elizabeth! You too, Ashley!

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    Erin Marie says:

    So far, I only make quilts with a specific recipient in mind, so my inspiration comes from the person.

    The one quilt I started to make just to make it (which now has a recipient which will help when I pick out the sashing and the backing) I got my inspiration from various blogs.

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    Frogdancer says:

    Surprisingly enough… my teenage boys often come up with ideas and concepts that I can play around with. They have a very good eye!

  776. 778

    I find inspiration all around me. Blogs, patterns, fabric, nature, my daughter, my husband, other family members. My six-year-old is so uninhibited that she gives me ideas all the time! Thanks for the nice giveaway!

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    Beth says:

    Wow! I’m drooling over this book and the fabric. Lavender and yellow were my wedding colors and I’m imagining something a little more modern/updated made with those fat quarters to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary. Crossing my fingers!

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    Marguerite Leahy says:

    I find inspiration in the world around me. I love trees and plants and I used to be a geologist so rocks always make me excited!

  779. 781
    Meg says:

    I am not very original I guess. I usually find inspiration from wonderful people like you or books.

  780. 782
    Sally says:

    I often find inspiration for a quilt when I am looking for something in my stash! I’ll come across a fabric that I haven’t seen in a while, and start pulling other fabrics to go with it. “Lateral inspiration” sounds better than “vector splatter”.

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    Kait says:

    I recently refolded my stash and realized how sorely I lack purple fabric. And with mustard being one of my favorite colors, that would be awesome to win! The ideas are swimming about how I would use them.

    The book looks wonderful and helpful, even for someone like me who has been quilting for a few years already. I look forward to looking through it.

    And by the way, your Tallgrass Prairie Studio link is not correct 🙂

  782. 784
    bluesews says:

    My main quilt inspiration comes from books or on-line. Though sometimes I fall in love with a particular print, then try to allow it to speak to me. ;P

  783. 785
    Tiffany says:

    BLOGS! I als find some magazines very inspiring – I grab them everytime I see one I don’t have. And boy, some of those magazines have the cutest patterns in them! I’m just branching out into buying quilting books…but seeing someone else be brave with techniques, colors and patterns makes me want to be brave also!

  784. 786
    Angie says:

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this book either. Love the fabrics too! Thanks for the chance.

  785. 787
    Anne says:

    Wow what an amazine world we live in with awesome crafty people……I get my inspiration from blog land……such great locations to visit all over the world. Enjoy

  786. 788
    Patty says:

    My inspiration comes from other quilters, nature, books.

  787. 789
    texheks says:

    For inspirations I follow blogs (yours, of course), look at books, take pictures in gardens and go to museums…

  788. 790
    Theresa says:

    I find my inspiration from fabric! I also love to be inspired by the shapes and colors found in nature.

  789. 791
    Lisa says:

    I get most of my inspiration from blogs and other crafters. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  790. 792
    Nykhe says:

    eeek! i’ve been trying to go get my hands on that book. and the fabric is beautiful! thanks for the giveaway!

  791. 793
    Sherri says:

    The blogs and flickr are amazing places for inspiration!

  792. 794
    Ruth says:

    i find inspiration everywhere – the world around me, flickr, my family and friends. can’t wait to get this book – hopefully by winning a giveaway!

  793. 795
    KarrieLyne says:

    I find inspiration everywhere. Outdoors. Shopping. Blogs. TV ads. I’m always looking with a crafters eye to be inspired. 🙂

  794. 796
    Jocelyn says:

    I’ve just started quilting! The book looks really cool 🙂

  795. 797
    Evelyn says:

    Would you believe that lately Elizabeth is actually where I’ve been getting my latest inspiration from? I’ve recently bought 2 of her patterns and have tried a couple of her free tutorials. Love it!

  796. 798
    Munaiba says:

    I often find inspiration in the fabrics themselves. Sometimes they just tell you what they want to become. I would never have thought of putting mustard with purple but those fabrics look really great together.

  797. 799
    Chrissy says:

    I find a lot of inspiration on the library discard shelf.

  798. 800
    Esther says:

    I love to win a book and some fabric.
    My inspiration is in the blogs.

  799. 801
    Anya says:

    I find my inspiration in the quilts that I see on blogs! Thanks for the chance!

  800. 802
    Tarmy says:

    I find a lot of inspiration on blogs. I’m pretty new to quilting.

  801. 803
    Amy says:

    Most often my inspiration comes from photos I take in my daily life or on travels, and of course, it comes from seeing the amazing creations of other people through blogs and flickr as well. I’m keenly interested in this book and would love to win, though I admit, if I don’t, I’ll likely go out and get myself a copy. It looks great.

  802. 804
    Joanna says:

    I am a fairly new sewer and just getting into quilting. This book looks really helpful! I find great inspiration from blogs, books and from looking at fabric that makes me happy. I love the purple and mustard fabrics!

  803. 805
    Kate Erbach says:

    I’m a new quilter but a long time dollmaker. I have always found inspiration in fabric. Usually just a touch will set my mind on fire and off I go. I’m especially fond of monochromatic themes and the use of black and white to add a graphic element.

  804. 806
    Jill Majers says:

    Good questions. I’ve tried to think of where I get my inspirations and I think from many different sources, but mainly nature. I love flowers so I find that a lot of my designs include them. Is this out of style? Maybe a little, but oh well it’s what I like.

  805. 807
    Laura says:

    My inspiration comes from nature (the colors) and the blogosphere (the designs).

  806. 808
    Colleen says:

    Oh my, so many people want to win this beautiful book and fabric package! 🙂 I get my inspiration from blogs, and I make a lot of baby items so I get my inspiration there from the cuteness of the babies!!

  807. 809
    Janet says:

    A lot of inspiration comes from the work of others. I feel like I’m only just waking up in terms of seeing the possibilities for quilts in the day to day things that amaze and/or amuse me! Also just sitting down with my growing stash and putting different fabrics together. Thanks for the chance to win this book – I can’t wait to see it!

  808. 810
    Connie says:

    I, too, love reading the blogs for their beauty and inspiration. You people do great work! I just received my book in the mail so if I happen to win you can share the book with another reader but I’d love the fabric.

  809. 811
    Heather says:

    I’m inspired by a lot of things, some times it’s the fabric lined up at the fabric store, sometimes its the combination of colors in nature, sometimes it’s the combination of colors in my kids art work!

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    Lindsey says:

    I am definitely inspired by the blogs I follow but also by just being aware of everything around me. I find myself looking at something and thinking how I could translate it by piecing various fabrics, colors, and textures together. I love the color choices in the fat quarters Elizabeth selected!

  811. 813
    katie says:

    typically from the person it’s for, although I have also gotten ideas from patterns in random objects like bricks, carpet, sweaters etc.

  812. 814
    Dianne says:

    I definitely get inspiration from blogs and books. I wish that I was super-creative and could come up with my own ideas…but unfortunately…NOT!

  813. 815
    Melissa S says:

    I definitely get my inspiration from blogs, and of course, books. I have a bit of an addiction to crafting books, so of course I need to add this one to my collection!

  814. 816
    Michelle says:

    There’s almost *too* much inspiration sometimes, with my kids, the internet, colors in store displays or patterns in nature, even lines in architecture or tiling. I only wish there were more hours in a day!

  815. 817
    Wendi says:

    I am inspired by a little local fabric store: Peapod Fabrics. (San Francisco)

  816. 818
    Deb says:

    Blogs are probably my main source…like Crazy Mom Quilts, Film in the Fridge, Oh, Fransom, and others. Thanks for the chance to win!

  817. 819
    gillian says:

    I get my inspiration from my daughter. We are into princesses right now so I tend to stick to heather ross fabrics. I also check your blog daily to see what you’re up to (and sometimes to steal ideas!).

  818. 820
    Alissa says:

    I think that reading other people’s blogs is the first place I go for inspiration-and than I look in everyday places-my son has a notebook whose cover I think is screaming to be used as a quilt pattern-

  819. 821
    Fiona says:

    Great post – so nice to read about the book and the author. My inspiration is from many places but I especially love to see what others have made – whether it is in books, magazines or blogs….. so much talent shared….

  820. 822
    Anie says:

    nature, flowers and veggies is where I find my inspiration!

  821. 823
    Melanie Ham says:

    I get inspiration from blogs as I am a new quilter, but now that I have made a few, the fabric always speaks to me and helps me figure out a plan. The person I am making it for helps too, trying to make the quilt match their personality.

  822. 824
    Phyllis Wilson says:

    I get inspiration from books, magazines, old quilts and blogs. I am so thankful for the internet because I learned how to make quilts from all of the quilting tutorials out there.

  823. 825
    Victoria Brown says:

    I have a few blogs that I follow religiously for inspiration, great ideas and courage to try something new! I love Elizabeths blog, she is amazing, I don’t know where she gets the energy or time – and the fabrics and colours she uses are always so yummy 🙂

  824. 826
    Miranda says:

    I am extremely excited for this book, I can’t wait!! I get my inspiration from mainly fabric and nature but also blogs and books. I am really hoping this book will make it all the way to book stores in Australia! Gorgeous fabrics, thanks for the chance 🙂

  825. 827
    Erin says:

    I NEED inspiration, that’s why i need this book 🙂 I have bundles of fabric sitting, waiting to be a quilt but I’m afraid to cut into it because I have no plan, don’t know if I have enough fabric or if I can quilt it on my machine.

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway! The purples in that bundle are fantastic!

  826. 828
    Sarah says:

    definitely from the fabric itself, and from old quilts that have been in the family 🙂 Thanks for the great post and giveaway!

  827. 829
    Deverie says:

    my inspiration always tends to be around the person I wanna make a quilt for. I never seem to make anything for myself….I’ve always have a recipient in mind. If it looks like the person I want to/ have to make it for them. I’ve got a list of the people I love and all the fabric to prove it!

  828. 830
    Wendi says:

    Up until recently, I haven’t been very adventurous. I would stick pretty close to a pattern and then choose a color combination for the individual I was making the item for. I am finding most of my inspiration lately from my daughter, who is far more adventurous than I, and who challenges me to get out of my comfort zone and be more creative.

    I pre-ordered your book on Amazon, but I’d love to win a copy! Thanks for the chance.

  829. 831
    bruinbr says:

    the book looks awesome! I find most of my inspiration on Flickr or blog surfing! So much eye candy out there!

  830. 832
    Angie says:

    If I’m totally honest, since I’m a beginner, I find my inspiration from blogs like this one. Also, thinking about who the quilt is for and its purpose and the fabric being used is inspiration.

  831. 833
    Carolyn says:

    I get inspiration all over, including blogs like yours! It can be anything from shadows, architecture, cell biology (I am a scientist), fabric, magazines … Thanks for the giveaway (and congrats on the pregnancy!)

  832. 834
    Erin says:

    What a great book – that’s modern in design and colors.

  833. 835
    Bea says:

    I’m usually finding inspiration on flickr and in blog posts and most especially in the nature around me. Thank you all for this giveaway.

  834. 836
    essie says:

    this is a really, really great prize. and purple and mustard make a great combination.

    i find inspiration everywhere – visits to the art gallery, colourful gardens, favourite stories (especially fairy tales!), and of course all the lovely crafters on the internet!

    essie xoxox

  835. 837
    Joan J says:

    My inspiration often comes from the color wheel. I love trying to choose a type of color combination, then work only from my stash to create the result. I’ve been a fan of Oh Fransson! web site for quite awhile, and I really love the work she does. This would be an excellent Christmas gift for quilting friends, too.

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    Kim says:

    Inspiration comes from everywhere, seeing peoples’ blogs, a glimpse of someone wearing a particular set of colours, a stained glass window in a church, light filtering through the trees, walking through my local fabric shop!!!! The trick is to interpret that into a quilt, and surely that’s where the fun begins.

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    Liz A. says:

    I am definitely going to have to get this book. So many lovely things in it…..and that fabric — mmmmm, just look at that lovely purple!

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    Jane says:

    I guess my inspiration comes from Nature mainly, but I certainly can find ideas in many places.

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    Blogs and Flickr, for sure! So inspiring, everywhere you turn! 🙂

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    Jackie says:

    I’m not much of a creator myself. I’m more of a pattern follower. I’m another one who finds inspiration in blogs. It’s so instant and there are so many good ideas out there.

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    Rose L says:

    I am all about blogs and flickr sets for inspiration! (Especially Elizabeth’s blog. 🙂 )

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    Jo says:

    I mainly get my inspiration from blogs, I’ve only made 2 dolls quilts but do have the fabric to make more 🙂

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    jenn says:

    My kids are a constant source of inspiration ~ even sometimes when they’re not so good, good ideas are sparked.:)

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    Tara says:

    Outside! I can go for a walk or bike ride and be raring to go when I get back home! It can be a color or the movement of a tree, or just a random thought, but inevitably the inspiration is gotten outside! Thanks for the chance to win this great book!

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    Amandat says:

    My inspiration for quilting comes from listening to the elderly ladies I quilt with on