flea market fancy star quilt… for you!


It’s time for a giveaway, don’t you think? This week marks a momentous occasion for me — one that I want to celebrate with you, since without the internet and the world of blogging, I’d probably still be just staring at a pile of fabric, rather than at a pile of quilts! One year ago, on October 1st, I finished my very first quilt… a fall zig zag quilt, which you can see here.

Over the past year, I’ve quickly fallen in love with quilting (my family might use different words… I’m thinking the words ‘crazy’ and ‘obsessed’ might be bandied about…) In any case, crazy or not, it’s been a lot of fun, and you all are a part of why it’s so fun! So thank you so much for visiting, for commenting, for providing encouragement and helpful suggestions … you keep me wanting to continue this crazy quilting obsession!


And now the giveaway — I’ve made up a mini quilt using my very favorite fabric line, Denyse Schmidt’s Flea Market Fancy. This fabric is some of the very first fabric that I fell in love with and started collecting a little over a year ago, so it seems only appropriate that it should be used in this quilt. I quilted it with straight and curved lines (I love the way this quilting looks with the stars – it reminds me a bit of shooting stars) and used another FMF print for the binding.

I kept the backing simple, with just a couple smaller stars in one corner. The finished quilt measures about 24″ x 27″. I’d probably hang it, either horizontally or vertically, but you’re certainly welcome to use it as you’d like!


To enter, please leave a comment on this post. As always, I’d love it if you’d write more than ‘please enter me’ … Here are some ideas — what’s your favorite type of quilt? Do you prefer to use quilt patterns or do you like to make it up as you go? Do you like wonky or are you more into straight and traditional? Do you like to use fabrics from the same line (or by the same designer) or do you like to mix it up? Of course, if you’re not feeling these questions, or if you don’t quilt, feel free to leave a comment about anything else!

I’ll select a winner on Thursday, October 1st!

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


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535 Responses to flea market fancy star quilt… for you!

  1. 1
    erin vega says:


    i mostly love to collect fabrics, put them together in a pleasing way. a lot of times there will be a few prints from the same line, and then some others that just simply “go”. i like to make up the pattern (challenging for my non-mathmatical skills!!). i hand quilt all my quilts. i tried machine quilting once, and it seemed less personal for some reason!! i can do it pretty quickly, though. a couple days. a quilt takes about 4-7 days depending on how much time i have (though once i start, the house goes to pot until i’m done!!). Quilters Dream wool is my absolute favorite to quilt with. it’s puffy and warm…super cozy!!
    i love FMF…i hope they bring it back!

  2. 2
    Sherry says:

    Oh my – how did that happen, comment number 1? I have been following your blog for nearly a year and it is a shock for me to learn that you were so new to blogging when I “discovered” you. Congrats on the milestone.

  3. 3
    Belva says:

    I love popping over to your blog to get a little inspiration. Well, A LOT of inspiration. Congrats on your blogiversary and thanks for sharing. I’ve been quilting for some time and up until this year have mostly done traditional quilting with traditional fabrics. Since discovering your blog (and a few others) I’ve stepped way out of my ordinary and jumped in to all kids of fun new techniques and colors. I love the way you use colors with white backgrounds and how you set your blocks. I’ve learned tons and am having more fun that ever quilting. Thanks!

  4. 4
    Kori P. says:

    I have just started quilting/sewing. Right now I am picking up fabric here and there but I love so many collection! I haven’t taken the plunge to do a full size quilt but on is in my near future. Thanks for such great inspiration.

  5. 5
    cate says:

    I found your blog when I was googling for ideas a month or so ago. I come back every single day hoping to see more of your gorgeous work. I read this post and gasped. Oh the thought of winning one!

  6. 6
    Faith says:

    Happy 1 year! I love your site and find LOTS of inspiration here. I used to think I needed lots of books for inspiration, then I found Flickr and blogs! I’m fairly new to quilting but have become quite obsessed too. I love Amy Butler, Denyse Schmidt, Anna Maria Horner… Right now my goal is just to make a lot of different types of quilts, lots of variety.

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    Jennifer says:

    I wanted to leave you a message for the Happy 1st quilting anniversary. πŸ™‚ I love reading your blog, and I was always amazed at how amazing your work is. I didn’t even attempt to do a zig zag quilt until long after I had been quilting for a while.

    I love all fabrics, and I really admire you that you have a favorite line. My favorites change so often, but I tend to go for the more earthy tones. But then if you looked at my stash, you’d see that it’s all a hodge podge of colors.

    I love to hand quilt smaller quilts, though I am hand quilting a crib size for my daughter. I am a pretty fast hand quilter, and I’d love to get better at machine quilting.

    Again congrats – and stop by and visit me on my blog if you’ve got the chance.

  8. 8
    Pamela S. says:

    I’d love to win this great little quilt – its fabulous!!

    To answer your questions:
    1. WhatÒ€ℒs your favorite type of quilt? Probably log cabins and wonky stars, or both together!
    2. Do you prefer to use quilt patterns or do you like to make it up as you go? Both – patterns are fast but improv quilts are more satisfying and really yours.
    3. Do you like wonky or are you more into straight and traditional? Wonky!
    4. Do you like to use fabrics from the same line (or by the same designer) or do you like to mix it up? Mix it up. I started out with Tula Pink’s Nest fabrics and since they all go together so well used exclusive that line in my first quilt. Since then I like a mix.

    Thanks for this great giveaway, and congratulations on your anniversary – you’re one of the best on flickr and I always get inspiration from your blog and flickr pictures!

  9. 9
    susan says:

    I’ve discovered you fairly recently and love your sense of colour, also use of white backgrounds and no borders but just a colourful binding. A lovely fresh approach, thanks for the inspiration!

  10. 10
    Susan says:

    Wow! Happy anniversary! I have been stopping by your blog for about 8 or 9 months. I have been sewing and quilting for a year or so and always find inspiration in your fabric choices. I am currently in a solids only phase in my quilting and I have used some of your quilts as a jumping off point for layout. I don’t usually work with a pattern, but rather I make it up as I go. It is so great to see the work of so many other people so easily & quickly via the internet. I currently live in a pretty isolated place in New Mexico and the quilting opportunities here are very traditional and definitely not my cup of tea. If I hadn’t found all the great fun quilts on your blog as well as others, I don’t think I would have had any desire to make quilts.

  11. 11
    Cristin says:

    I love all sorts of modern quilts, wonky or straight, coin, star, and zig zag! I have yet to make most of these types, but they’re on my list ‘to do.’ I adore Amy Butler fabric, but I do like to mix & match…
    My fabric collection is still quite meek, but its growing πŸ™‚
    Congrats on 1 year of quilting!!!

  12. 12
    Mona M. says:

    Congrats on the 1st anniversary! I’m new to quilting (I’ve always thought I’m destined to do Pottery Barn for quilts and the thought of making one myself never entered my mind), so any quilt is beautiful to me. But if I have to pick a favortie, I love the look of patchwork and for the purpose of self-interest, the more hand-made it looks, the better!

  13. 13
    Ellen Ban says:

    Happy Anniversary! You are an amazing quilting machine! Here I’ve been “quilting” since 1996 and only have about 10 finished quilts and mostly baby size! I think I do more adding to the stash than actual quilting! I used to only do patterns but now I am getting into starting something and seeing where it leads me, which is more wonky and easier when you feel intimidated by precision piecing and perfection… I’m also trying to organize my stash by color rather than designer to mix things up a bit but it’s hard to mix up my FMF, HR, Urban Chicks, Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, etc!
    Keep up the wonderful work and know that you are truly inspiring!

  14. 14
    Caryn says:

    Wow you’ve been busy this last year! Your quilts are lovely. I used to do more traditional quilts using patterns but lately I have expanded my horizons more and I am loving it! Either way sometimes I will use a line of fabric and sometimes all different ones or scraps. I truly don’t think I’ve come across any style quilt that I do not like!

  15. 15
    Sylvie says:

    Happy blogaversary!
    I love many kinds of quilts, but I have never finished a big quilt yet (although I have started 2 quilts for my daughters). I prefer minis, they are faster to make.
    I have never used a pattern entirely, nor used ‘designer’ fabrics as they are not available where I live (in France patchwork fabric ishard to find and very expensive)
    I just love everything you do and I admire your fastness (and taste)
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  16. 16
    Leigh says:

    My quilting journey began before your’s, but I am still in the beginning stages. I followed a pattern for the first quilt I made in college (20+ years ago) and the second (Kaffe Fassett’s gridlock quilt, about 1 year ago). I have been inspired by your work to not use patterns and try to create what I think I like. So far I have been mixing my fabrics. Thanks so much for blogging!!

  17. 17
    Leigh says:

    oh my goodness! My favorite part of the quilting process is picking out fabric… sometime I have a pattern in mind, but sometimes I don’t. I love to make things up as I go along, but I also love the hard work others have put into quilts, too…

  18. 18
    Kelli F. says:

    what a cute little quilt. i have never quilted before, but am starting “beginning quilt making” classes this thursday, and i am super excited to start this new adventure. i have sewn curtains, aprons, and little things like that, but think quilting will suite me well. the colors, fabrics, and patterns in your quilts are so inspiring and make me hope that i’ll be as talented as you!!! i love that quilting is becoming “hip” again and has come a long way since our grandmothers quilts. good luck on your 2nd and year of quilting!!

  19. 19
    Shirlie says:

    Hi Happy 1st Quilting Birthday!
    I’ve only jsut begun quilting and have managed a very simple baby quilt which is really only useful for a skinny long baby!! I put it together myself without a pattern and it turned out not too bad!
    I started after checking out the quilting groups on Flickr so you were part of my inspiration. Also started blogging after reading quitling blogs!
    I’m definately a modern, wonky, mix and match girl who doesn’t have the patience to follow a pattern. I like the way a lot of bloggers show how they made their quilts in photos as I can copy what they have done!
    I’m waiting on fabric coming from America Traffic Jam by Michael Millar to make a cot bumper for my son Charlie! Gonna make it up as I go along! Thankfully Charlie’s not fussy!
    Love your Flickr photostream!

  20. 20
    Jane Swanson says:

    You have becomesuch an accomplished and inspiring quilter in just one year! Your giveaway of a FMF quilt is beyond generous.
    I love modern, make it up as I go using the same fabric line since I re-introduced myself to the quilting hobby. In the past, I have followed a pattern and just chosen fabric combos that I think will work together.

  21. 21
    Mailyn says:

    I love this star quilt and how you finished the back.
    I really like just about any quilt pattern, and have been especially interested in the quilting art projects I have seen recently. Some of them are amazing.
    I am finishing our 2nd grandchild’s quilt. He/she is due in 3 weeks. I am starting on the back this week. Hope I finish!

  22. 22
    Amber says:

    It’s amazing to me that you have only been quilting for a year – it seems like something you have done forever! Glad you started and are sharing all your talent and inspiration with the rest of us!! I love mixing and matching fabrics and am definitely into “modern” quilts. But I do occasionally use patterns – I want to buy a K. Fassett book soon – love his patterns!

  23. 23
    Anya says:

    Your quilts are lovely! Thanks for the chance for the giveaway.

    I like to use lots of fabrics in my quilts…some of my favorites are from scraps of other projects.

  24. 24
    Brady says:

    I just discovered your blog last week and love it so much. I spent a big chunk of the weekend just looking at your pictures enviously. How do you get these quilts done so quickly? I’ve been quilting for six years and have four quilts completed and two in the process… Plus, I’ve never learned how to do the quilting but just bought a walking foot to hopefully help me get that going. You are my new quilting idol.

  25. 25
    Yael says:

    I am so impressed! I thought you were doing this for a whole lot longer than one year! Wow! I haven’t gotten up the nerve to try quilting yet, but its on my todo list….

  26. 26
    Erin Kellogg says:

    This quilt is fantastic.

    I’ve found that I like quilts with a lot of white in the best. I like fairly simple patterns that really showcase beautiful fabrics. And I like tight free montion quilting a lot.

    I have only been quiliting for a little over a year and so far these are the things that appeal to me most. I’m sure it will change over time.

  27. 27

    wow! so generous of you!

    I’m more of a DIY gal when it comes to quilt designs. In fact, I’m just getting ready to use my first pattern on my next quilt. We’ll see how I do with more structure.

  28. 28
    leslie says:

    happy anniversary ashley. you have to give YOU the credit. i started quilting in april and totally understand the “standing by a pile of fabric” feeling. along with the “obsessed and crazy” part too. the difference is..i have only completed two quilts AND you happen to be one of my biggest influences in what i want to achieve. it comes from your heart ashley as well as your incredible eye for color and design. you really are talented. more than the average bear honey. the one thing i really wonder is what i think everyone else is wondering but i think i have the answer. the SPEED that you complete these is like…well…insane. give it up ashley….i want to know how many elves you have working for you? seriously….congragulations on a great blog that helps many……leslie

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    Dj says:

    Thank you for the chance to win, it’s beautiful! I almost always use patterns. I especially like stars.

  30. 30
    kylydia says:

    I’m looking forward to the days/months/years after my upcoming wedding (19 days away!) when I will have plenty of time to quilt to my heart’s content. Between making my wedding dress and all the various wedding decorations, there hasn’t been any quilting time, this year, but there has been lots of pent-up creativity. Soon!

  31. 31
    Megan says:

    That is such a nice quilt. I prefer modern quilts. I don’t usually follow patterns, I like to quilt as I go. As far as fabrics, I usually mix fabrics from different lines.
    Great work on your blog and quilting. This is my favorite quilt blog to look at. You have a great eye for color and come up with some really original designs.

  32. 32
    Leigh says:

    WOW! I love how you did those with a white center. And I can’t believe how many quilts you’ve finished in a year’s time. It’s really amazing. You are really inspiring πŸ™‚

    and i can’t believe there were already 2 other leighs. weird.

  33. 33
    Sheri K. says:

    I really love your quilting! I just picked up the hobby and so far my favorite things to make are smaller projects using quilting or baby quilts. My next goal is to put something together without using a pattern and to see what happens! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  34. 34
    amanda says:

    Woot! Happy bloggaversry! πŸ™‚

    I like wonky…and make it up as you go along type quilting… mostly because I find perfection in sewing quite tedious (a good reason why I don’t make clothes, and if I do, they don’t fit).

    You are amazing – your blog inspires me with every new post. Thanks for sharing your talents!

  35. 35
    allison says:

    awesome stars, girl!

    favorite type of quilt: soft comfy one… πŸ™‚ one that is unusual
    patterns: inspiration from patterns but more of a swing by the seat of my pants gal
    fabrics: usually a hodge podge from different designers… but always quality cotton!!

  36. 36
    Erin D. says:

    I’ve just started my own quilting adventure, and I constantly turn to your site for inspiration – I had no idea you’d only been at this for a year! That gives me new hope and courage, lady. I’ve been staring at these piles of gorgeous fabric, absolutely *terrified* to cut into them… so I’m starting out with the stuff I hate. πŸ˜€ Thanks for all the photos, tutorials and general fabulousness.

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    Rachel H says:

    I haven’t made any quilts yet, although I keep justifying my fabric purchases by saying that I will one of these days. I really love the look of wonky-type quilts, but I’ll probably start out more slowly by following patterns until I get the hang of it.

  38. 38
    Chris Rebold says:

    I have just recently discovered a love for quilting. I HATE patterns of any kind. So I prefer to make things up as I go. I love modern quilts that look nothing like my grandmother made. My birthday happens to be Oct. 1st. I will keep my fingers crossed that I win.

  39. 39
    Theresa says:

    I love everything you do! I can’t believe you’ve only been quilting for a year. I’ve been quilting (really quilting, not just starting and abandoning things) for just around a year as well, and always come to your blog for inspiration. I wish I was able to complete things as quickly as you seem to finish your quilts.

    Thanks for the giveaway and all the great inspiration!

  40. 40
    KatieC says:

    Ooooooh! Thank you for this opportunity! I’m a new quilter, in the middle of my first project. Like you, though, I’m, well, obsessed, and can’t stop thinking about blocks and sashing and fabric groupings and rotary cutters. It’s a divine new worls.

  41. 41
    Emily says:

    I can’t believe you’ve produced that much in just one year! Blows my mind. Congratulations on a seriously AMAZING year of quilting!

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    Mindy Taylor says:

    Oh wow, it would be an honor to have a quilt from you! And I already have the perfect spot…I just had a beautiful baby girl on Thursday and this would be perfect above her crib!! I love to quilt I made my new daughter six quilts! I like to use a pattern and anu beautiful fabric i find! Thanks for all your inspiration!!!

  43. 43

    You know me, I’m improv almost all the way. Sometimes I draft my own pattern. And I’ve never made a quilt with jsut a single line of fabric, although a line or two has inspired a quilt.
    I still can’t believe your production over the last year, Congratulations!
    (PS I like some of the new pics in your header and footer.)

  44. 44
    Karissa says:

    How fabulous! Happy anniversary!

    It’s interesting that you asked about using fabrics from the same line or mixing them up. I tend to do that a lot, mostly because it’s easy, but lately it’s been bothering me and I’ve found it a little too matchy-matchy. I’m looking for ways to break out of that cycle so everything I make doesn’t look like a sampler for that line!

  45. 45
    Karin says:

    Hello Ashley,

    I live in the UK, so I probably can’t win the quilt, but I want to comment anyway. I’ve been lurking around your site for six months now! I love your quilts but can never think of anything to say.

    When I saw that you were married on Boca Grande I was filled with envy and nostalgia. I grew up on the island next door, Little Gasparilla.

    I’ve made one proper quilt now. It’s OK, but I need more practice!

  46. 46
    Crystal says:

    Oh my goodness…how generous! That mini quilt is beautiful!

    Although I don’t seem to actually finish many quilts, I do have lots of ideas for quilts. I prefer to make 60″x80″ quilts so I can use two widths of fabric on the back. I love bright colors mixed with white. I love the look of straight lines but lately I feel that a little bit of “wonkiness” adds a lot of interest to a quilt.

    I’m not a pattern sort of person but I usually do plan my quilts start to finish before I start cutting my fabric. I’m trying to move away from that because the fun part (planning) is over before the quilt starts. Sad! With improv quilting, the planning is more piece by piece which is so fun!

    Anyway, thanks for inspiring me each day with your beautiful quilts.

  47. 47
    ~Michelle~ says:

    Congrats! I feel like I’ve been following your blog for a lot longer than a year, but I guess not! Thanks for a year of inspiration! Hmmm…to answer your questions, I think the general answer is “Yes” – even when I’m supposed to pick between the answers! I like both patterns and making up my own – but it is all pre-determined before I start. I’m unintentionally wonky – I try to get everything straight! I tend to lean more toward fabrics from the same line/designer, I’m not confident enough in my choices yet to do a truly scrappy quilt. πŸ™‚

  48. 48
    Heidi says:

    I love your blog and have been inspired by many of your quilts. You are an amazing quilter!

    I’m very new to quilting myself.. less then a year. I’m not a wonky fan – but I must admit I’ve seen some amazing quilts using this style.

    I do have a thing lately for stars – infact I joined my first online quilting bee and I plan to do something with stars.
    Thank you for sharing!!

  49. 49
    Kaye Prince says:

    Wow, only one year and you’ve made SO many quilts – I stand in awe of you πŸ˜€

    I don’t like to follow patterns when I quilt, I just like to make it up as I go along ad hope it turns out the way it looks in my head. I’m (hopefully) getting a new sewing machine within the next couple of week and hopefully I’ll get to test out some free-motion quilting!

  50. 50
    Shanna says:

    I love your blog and the inspiration it provides! I’ve been quilting for a while – but I’m a little light on the actual quilting and good on the quilt top making. You inspire me to give the quilting more of a try – yours always turn out so beautiful. I tend to hoard the fabric I love and then get afraid to cut into it. I’m getting over that too. Thanks for sharing yourself with all of us. Such prolific talent…

  51. 51
    Nancy says:

    Oh, but I WOULD love to be entered…
    I am impressed and have always loved your work. you even started me using white as a background…

  52. 52
    Liz says:

    Wow, only a year?? I still can’t believe it. I have loved everything you’ve made!

    I would say that I’m straying farther and farther from actual “patterns,” though I do use a lot of general tutorials for inspiration. Is there a difference? It all gets kind of gray, right? But the more I sew, the more I feel comfortable with mixing and matching ideas, or twisting them to suit my needs or my fancy.

    Anyways, a very generous giveaway with a really lovely little mini quilt! I’d love to be the lucky winner!

  53. 53
    Sherri says:

    Wow! One year and how many quilts have you made? Truly impressive! Being such a new quilter myself, I find your site and others (like AmandaJean) so inspirational. I’ve learned all that I hvae just by reading and followling along with you ladies, and I appreciate that so much! I really enjoy making quilts with fabrics from the same line, but love when I see others’ scrappy quilts. I think I need to build up my scraps first! πŸ˜‰ And I think I like things a bit more straight and traditional. I like wonky to a point, but probably only with white sashing. Some bento box quilts just make me cross-eyed and give me a headache!

  54. 54
    Katie B says:

    I’m so impressed by your accomplishments in a year! Your blog has been very inspirational to me. I’ve started out with a few basic patchwork-type quilts, but I’m ready to try something more adventurous (up next is a snowball quilt). I’m still figuring things out. Congrats on the anniversary! I’ve really enjoyed following your blog.

  55. 55
    Rebecca says:

    Your blog is one of my favorites. Everything you do is so fresh. You give me courage to try things in a little bit different way.

  56. 56
    Nina says:

    I am still a beginner, with the difficulties of living in Germany, supplies are hard to find and fabric is sooooo expensive.
    Your work always inspires me and often I wonder how you get so many quilts done in such a short time…


  57. 57
    Johanna says:

    I’ve not left a comment on a blog before BUT HERE GOES……….I dont know you Ashley, But I feel like your the sister I have needed, Im an expat Living in France for the last 6mths, I cant work, and there surprisingly is very little in the way of fabric shops… I stumbled onto your blog about 2 mths ago, It has been my lifeline, I have learnt about Heather Ross … (and fallen in love with goldfish), Amy Butler, Denise, Tania and a multitude of others, I read at least 10 different quilt blogs now daily and have made 3 quilts that I didnt know I could, I trawl through your archives looking at ideas, I now have a STASH! thanks to the internet and your guidance You keep me sane….. I laughed at this entry, I didnt know you were me 12mths ago…… a beginner. And I too have become obsessed, If my husband and 3 boys knew how much I thought about fabric they would have me committed. THANKYOU you have brought me back to my roots, my first love- Textiles, why I went to university to study design all those years ago, and you have given me a chance to re connect and realise that I got so caught up in work and life that the needle slipped from my hands…. I really love the way I can create colours and patterns and repeats in quilting….. a modern version of a tradition I would once screw my nose up at…… If I didnt know what a sashing was or how to ditch, I would find it somewhere on your blog.So please don’t mind dear teacher…If I make up that Amy, Daisy chain block next!……. Thanks Again xxxoo

  58. 58
    rachel says:

    for only being quilting a year…you sure do inspire alot of more seasoned quilters!!!
    you rock.

    let’s see what can i tell you…
    i’m a good mix tape kind of girl. i love wonky & traditional quilts.
    i’m in love with vintage, repro & modern fabrics so i’m not hard to please at all.

  59. 59
    Lisa says:

    Thank you for your blog. I just started reading it about two months ago. I’m also a new, but avid, quilter. So, I feel a kinship with you. I stay up late at night reading quilting blogs and then stay up even later dreaming of what I can quilt in the morning. My family makes fun of me constantly, but i will not be deterred! Congrats on one year of quilting success!! I wait patiently to see who is the lucky winner of your cute, cute quilt.

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    Michaela says:

    I’m coming up on my one year anniversary, too! I quit smoking and needed something to distract me…enter my sewing machine and the absolute joy I’ve found in quilting. So far I’ve made a 9 patch, a disappearing 9 patch, two stacked coins, pinwheels, whirlygiggles and I’m starting a double hourglass. I wish I wasn’t so slow, but with two little ones I don’t have as much time to quilt as I’d like.

    I haven’t made a quilt with just one line of fabric, yet. I was lucky enough to get in on the Heather Ross studio sale so I got a bunch of Far Far Away that I think will fix that : )

  61. 61

    Wow!!! What an amazing prize! I’m not much of a quilter, but I LOVE looking at them. πŸ™‚ We have an old farm house and I love using quilts to decorate and to snuggle up to. I can’t believe you’ve only been doing this for a year! Maybe there’s hope for me yet! πŸ™‚ I’d LOVE someone to teach me how to do this!

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    Nicole says:

    First, I want to thank you for blogging your quilts. I love to look at them. Yours are the first that I had even seen where the back wasn’t just a plain piece of fabric. I haven’t begun quilting yet. I am fearing the “quilting” processes, as I think I work too fast. I just want to get it done. Your an inspiration of what can be done in a year.
    1. WhatÒ€ℒs your favorite type of quilt? I like the white on white and log cabin.
    2. Do you prefer to use quilt patterns or do you like to make it up as you go? don’t know yet, but I don’t work very well without a pattern.
    3.Do you like wonky or are you more into straight and traditional? I like the look of wonky, but I don’t think I could do one that I would be happy with
    4. Do you like to use fabrics from the same line (or by the same designer) or do you like to mix it up? Both, I like stuff to match, but when I use scraps for projects, it doesn’t matter to me.

    Thanks Again for a wonderful year!

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    Very cool quilt. I have also been quilting about a year. However I have not been as productive as you. I am a bit jealous. But I love what you do and I too love the Flea Market Fancy. The colors and patterns are just incredible. I do not like to follow patterns and I love wonky. Have a great day and thanks.

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    Heather says:

    I canÒ€ℒt believe youÒ€ℒve only been quilting for one year, dang! You are awesome! Okay, you have to sign me up for your little quilt, itÒ€ℒs adorable πŸ™‚ Your questions are good. I love using patterns, whether itÒ€ℒs one I make on my own, or from another designer. There are so many cute fabric lines out there, I do use a lot of them as a line, but mixing them up is fun too. It all depends on the project, and on my moodÒ€¦ if I want to keep it easy or not. Keep on quilting, you give me a lot of inspiration!

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    Ephi says:

    Congratulations! I started quilting over the summer and I can still remember the pride I felt when i finished my first quilt. I like to start with a pattern and from there I add my little twists. Color choice is still a challenge for me so keeping it to the same line helps, but lately I’ve been more bold and adventurous and try to mix it up! I like kaleidoscope patterns, I want to try it out soon! right now I’m learning to do the basic patchwork designs and I love hexagons! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    ashley says:

    oh my word i love your blog. i found it a month ago and I look foreword everyday to see something new on your site. You have truly been my insperation to start quilting and since i found your site i have now completed two quilts and started on several others.
    Thank you so much for helping me become completely addicted.

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    Lucie Johnson says:

    You’ve given me the inspiration to finally give quilting a go. I keep buying fabrics but never had the courage to start. What if I did it wrong?? I love wonky and making it up as you go along.


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    michelle says:

    Have really been enjoying going through your archives and seeing your quilting journey. I made a 13 years ago, and then made a few more last year and this year. Love your aesthetic with so much white. Really really great.

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    qsogirl says:

    oh my goodness, i am so excited for a chance to win a quilt of yours! until very recently, I was only mildly intrigued by quilting (I made a memory scrap quilt of tiny blocks and a T-shirt quilt that has never been finished)… I thought it was very “country” and not quite my style. And then I started seeing all of these gorgeous “designer” quilting fabrics. I found your blog through Sew Mama Sew, I think, and immediately bookmarked it. Because of your blog, I seriously want to start quilting– when I get around to having the time! I love your colors and modern patterns. I would love to make a string quilt of my own, or a bento-box. I’m kind of a linear (not wonky) kind of girl πŸ™‚

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    Jill says:

    What a generous giveaway! I love the off center star and the scrappy border. I’ve been obsessing over a similar border on flickr lately! πŸ™‚ I hardly ever use patterns (frustrating) although I do love tutorials! I love wonky quilt and fun bright fabrics too!

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    nikki says:

    I am definitely a wonky type quilting girl. gonzo even, sometimes, because I usually don’t have the patience to follow a pattern. I also start more projects than I can ever finish, so I definitely admire your follow-through. This a great little mini quilt.

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    Rachel R says:

    I love your blog! I think your quilts are beautiful, and I am amazed that you have only been quilting for a year. When I quilt I tend to not follow a pattern. That way, when I mess something up (as I inevitably will) I can play it off that it was supposed to turn out that way!

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    Carrie says:

    Such a lovely mini quilt. I like to make my designs (or modify) as I go, but I tend to use a majority of fabrics from the same line. They work so well together it’s hard not to use them together!

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    Madeleine says:

    Wow! It’s so nice of you to give away this little quilt… And it would be perfect for the bedroom wall of my twins! I never finished a quilt myself but I wanted to let you know that you are a huge inspiration for me. Seeing and following your blog has pushed me in a fabric store and I’m cutting my first fabrics to make my first quilt! Thanks to you! I hope I can be half as good as you are in a year! Congrats! πŸ™‚

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    Flaun says:

    This is lovely.

    I’ve been lurking for a while, gathering inspiration, but haven’t commented before. I tend to work more on yardage projects as opposed to scrappy and lean heavily toward strip piecing, though I now have a wonky book and look forward to trying that out. Just finished my first ever fully-machine created quilt. The quilting isn’t what I had hoped, but I don’t think anyone’s first project is. It can only get better!

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    Sally says:

    I can’t remember how I found your blog but it has brought me so much inspiration. I’m always amazed at the quilts you create. They are so beautiful and full of color. Thanks for sharing your quilts with us. I’ve enjoyed them greatly.

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    Katie in Texas says:

    How exciting! I’d love to have one of your quilts. I can’t believe you’ve only been quilting for 1 year! Your quilts are beautiful and are inspiration to me, as you can see here: http://favarahappenings.blogspot.com/2009/07/monkeying-around.html

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    bruinbr says:

    Adorable mini quilt! I am just entering the wonderful world of quilting (so far I’m more of a fabric hoarder!) and am always so inspired by your blog! The internet has been soooooooooooo helpful as I try to learn how things are done. Do you have a FAQ post or any info on resources that you found really helpful when you first started? Thanks for the giveaway!

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    amanda says:

    I love to mix fabric lines and I usually have an inspiration quilt and make up my own pattern based on that quilt. otherwise, just plain squares are fine with me!

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    Sara says:

    First of all, I think you should change your blog title to “The Prolific Quilter” – I’ve never seen such ambition and follow-through! I admire your gusto.

    I think the reason I love your quilts so much is the use of white and solids. When a quilt is accented with pattern, the pattern is better appreciated. Also, the simpler the fabrics, the better you can appreciate the design of the quilt.

    Thanks for all your inspiration, congratulations, and keep on quilting!

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    Leisel says:

    Wow! You are going to share FMF?!?! How generous of you! I LOVE the quilts you make and I am working my way up to get to where you are. . . slowly making up my own patterns. . . starting to mix fabric lines a little. . . Hopefully someday I will be as talented as you!

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    Karen says:

    I used to use quilting patterns (from books)- mostly because I love how you can buy just the right amount and cut just the right amount.
    But the last few years all my quilts have been more improv.

    My favorite part of quilting, hands down, is “auditioning” fabrics. I love to pull them out (at home, or at the fabric store) and see how they look together. I’ve never bought fabrics all from one collection for a quilt (couldn’t anyways…. shopping at our local fabric store is like shopping at Ross). I just love seeing how colors and patterns work (or not) with each other.

    BTW, I am TOTALLY impressed with how much you’ve done in 1 year!

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    sondra lee says:

    congrats on your 1 year quilting anniversary! i have always loved following your blog nd looking at your pictures on flickr, you’ve made such beautiful work in the past year!

    i am woring on a star quilt at the moment, this is great inspiration! i love the wonky stars, but i can’t seem to get myself to make wonky ones, i’m a little too anal.

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    Kath says:

    Hello, I have been following and enjoying this Blog for some time, although I can’t remember how I got here πŸ™‚ I like scrappy quilts and enjoy hand-piecing. I hand quilt too, which I find very relaxing. Best wishes Kath in England

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    Fran says:

    My favourite quilt is the first one I made. Liberty fabric which I had had for years waiting to learn patchwork. I spent about 6 months on it, really patiently trying lots of designs. Only a year later I feel I wouldn’t have the patience to do that again, not now I know how quickly I can machine a quilt together. However, you do pour more love and more of yourself into a slow quilt with lots of hand sewing!!

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    Carrie says:

    I agree – I can’t believe you’ve only been at this for a year. I started nearly that long ago and I have only done 3!!

    I am a big fan of twists on classics (i.e. log cabin), done slightly wonky and with modern fabrics. It sounds so fussy to say you enjoy quilting, but there are so many modern takes on it now… so much beautiful stuff being made!

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    Ellen Lamb says:

    You’re quilts are so great! I’m into vintage/traditional quilts, but I’m working on getting out of the box and trying bright colors and wonky patterns! I also love to hand quilt, but it takes so long, I rarely do it. You’re blog is awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Kelly says:

    I found your Blog looking for new ideas for making my own quilts. I Love all your quilts, and your colors are SO beautiful! I use to just make simple quilts and nothing on the back, but after finding your blog, I started piecing the Back as well and trying new things with the fronts! Thank You

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    Bobbi says:

    Please enter me… because I’d love to win!!! I’m a huge fan. I can’t believe you’ve only been quilting for one year!

    My favorite types of quilts to make are those that I wing-it as I go. Definitely more modern. I love to mix up fabrics. I think the more colorful, the better. However, the more I see other quilters on the web who use fabrics from the same line, the more it makes me want to try to make a quilt in one fabric line. I’ve actually bought fabric for such a quilt, but time permitting, I may or may not have it completed in time for this holiday season.

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    mjb says:

    Wonky, made up patterns, from a mixture of collections in unexpected color combinations! I love seeing each and every one of the quilts you make – so inspiring to continue.

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    Heidi says:

    That is such a sweet mini quilt!
    Lately I have been drawn to the clean, fun lines of a stacked coin quilt, but the Single Girl and bento box designs are also faves.
    I adore the cute Boots for Elephant baby quilt you made.

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    Nykhe says:

    Congratulations on all the amazing work you’ve done over the past year! I just finished my first quilt and I’m working on my next three…I think I’m a little obsessed too!

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    Wendy says:

    Wow, I had no idea you were such a new quilter. I just started quilting in June, and like you I have quickly become obsessed! I love your very first quilt…fabulous! I am addicted to the modern quilt fabrics…I just started a zigzag quilt with Anna Marie Horner’s Chocolate Lollipop collection…and it is so much fun. Right now I pretty much follow other people’s patterns…but I did strike out a bit on my own when I made this sweet little baby quilt. Thanks for the giveaway…I’d love to win it πŸ™‚

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    OMG,… this is SO cute!!! I would hang it in my future art studio for some quilting inspiration. I just started quilting but i really usually like the fabric collections that are already put together for me πŸ™‚ I’m sure that when I get a better hang on quilting, I will start to get more of my own creativity involved, but for now, I like patterns and collection fabrics (they usually end up so pretty anyway).

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    Jackie says:

    Cute quilt! I love the wonky/Improv type of quilts best. I’m so glad you started your quilting journey. Love your blog!

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    hannita says:

    oh my heavens! a wee quilt from you would be awesome. i’m still acclimating to the quilting thing and i should probably follow a pattern but i don’t. i don’t follow patterns well when i crochet either.

    i’m so glad you quilt. you have such an incredible eye for color and design. it’s a huge inspiration to me.

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    Andrea says:

    This FLOORS me… you’ve ONLY BEEN QUILTING A YEAR? I too, started quilting last year. I took a class last September and I am proud to have 8 completed quilts! (Can you see why I can’t believe you’ve only been quilting for a YEAR?!) Unfortunately, I HATE to do triangles, so most of my quilts are square or rectangle patchwork… old fashioned with modern fabrics. Love your site-I get lots of inspiration from yoU!

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    Janelle says:

    Your blog is so inspirational! I love every single quilt you’ve ever made, and it’s hard to believe you’ve only been quilting one year, but it’s also very encouraging when I look at what you have accomplished and what I could accomplish if I really set my mind to it! I’m still in a beginner phase with quilt. I’m working on #4, but all my designs have been very simple, usually inspired by someone’s blog, often yours. Thank you so much for your generous giveaway!

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    Megan says:

    Wow, what an awesome giveaway! My favorite quilts are bright colors on a white ground, like this one.

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    Valerie says:

    Congrats on one year of quilting!

    Modern or traditional – it’s a tough question, I want to be modern and wonky and fun, but I’m always drawn to the more traditional blocks. The more I trim a log cabin to be ‘wonky’, the straighter it ends up. I don’t know, call it a balance problem πŸ™‚

    Love your blog!

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    Liz says:

    How fun – I can’t believe you’ve only been quilting for a year! Yours is definitely one of my favorite blogs to look at – very inspiring. I made a few quilts when I was younger & then made my very first all-by-myself quilt for my husband as a wedding gift (king size – crazy, I know). I’ve just recently started getting into quilting again, & I LOVE it. It has become an obsession for me too (although I don’t make as many quilts as you do). I normally follow a pattern, but I’m experimenting with drawing my own. I love 30’s prints & designers like Amy Butler, Heather Ross, Heather Bailey . . . you know, that type. I just about love it all.

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    I’m new to quilting, too, and I’ve been so inspired by your lovely quilts and writing style. I love zigzag quilts and have plans to start one soon, as soon as I finish the other two or three quilts still in the works. And one of my first quilts was using FMF, a fun disappearing nine patch design.

    Thanks for sharing all your lovely hard work and for the chance to win one of your creations!

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    Beth says:

    I can hardly believe your first quilt was only last year! I hope you feel incredibly proud of all that you’ve done and all that you’ve learned in the process. I understand you work full time in addition to this, so …. amazing!! I work part-time, have been so inspired by your blog and by the colors you choose and the ways in which you think outside of the mundane! Thanks for your inspiration and for sharing with us. I love the Flea Market Fancy fabrics, they just do something for me. My little heart pit-patters when I see them. I’ve only made one quilt and I just picked out the backing today…. I have been inspired to do my backings outside of the mundane… I can’t wait to see where my quilting leads me.

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    sharon says:

    very lovely little quilt
    I re-started making some sewing and quilting crafts about a year ago as well. I have some obsessed moments
    This week I finished the top of a queen size quilt for my parents and just made 3 witches costumes. I love to see what you are working on. (Un)fortunately, I have a real job and need to sometime live quilting through others

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    jo says:

    wow! i love the way the front isn’t centered in the white space and then just the two stars on the back…beautiful!
    i am always so inspired by your quilts!!!

    as for my own quilting, i actually just finished my first quilt a week ago. i have started a second one using squares of all different sizes and just working it out as i go. it goes against my “plan it out ahead of time” nature, but is a fun challenge. not sure how i’m going to quilt it because my machine doesn’t do free motion and is tiny, but we’ll see what i can work out.

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    Cheri says:

    Okay… you have given me inspiration to turn my piles of Heather ross into fun and exciting quilts!!! I can’t recall how I found you (from someone else’s site, I do remember that… ) but when I saw your cute quilts I became a follower. You inspire me to finish something. So, in a year… let’s see where I am!!!!

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    april f says:

    I don’t quilt….but I sew. The reason I don’t quilt is because I know what will happen…and I just can’t afford it at the moment!!!

    BUT I was just thinking this morning about how I appreciate your wonky random quilts!

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    Liz says:

    I’m about to start a quilt using the new Alexander Henry Laurel Canyon line and loads of brights from my stash. I’m really excited about it and I think I’ll be doing a lot of making it up as I go. Your blog has really inspired me to think outside of the normal patterns–usually too fussy or boring for me. We seem to have the same taste in fabrics and your use of wild prints with solids (whites especially) has given me some great ideas. I usually get a crazy one, buy a ton of fabric, then get bogged down by the details. When I get somewhere with this one (fingers crossed, with a toddler), I’ll send you some pics.

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    Whistlepea says:

    This is so generous!

    I’m only on my second quilt but I can’t imagine not using a pattern. So much math otherwise!

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    Wow, only a year quilting. You are a quick learner. Your quilts are all so beautiful. My most favorite is the Modified Bento Box. It is on my list of quilts to try. I prefer to create my own patterns. I like the suprise of seeing it all put together. Please enter me into your drawing. Thanks so much. Please continue to post, you are such an inspiration.

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    Nikki says:

    Your site is actually what inspired me to start quilting. I have my first quilt top pieced. Come by and check it out sometime!
    Thanks for the giveaway and all the inspiration. I love your quilts!

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    Nova says:

    I like the unusual patchwork quilts.

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    nettie says:

    love the quilt! hmmm, lately I haven’t been as in love with wonky as I used to be, maybe I’m feeling a little need for order. I love looking at all your quilts, and am amazed at how fast you whip them out. congrats on one year. quilting is my favorite pastime.

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    I can’t believe you’ve only been quilting a year … that’s some serious love you have because I’m telling you I’ve been quilting for 15 and I don’t think I have that many quilts done … my three kids kind of get in the way, but also provide great reasons to quilt. This year they all want ‘snuggle reading’ quilts, so my plan is to make them something simple but fun and make a bag for books to go along with it … now I just need a few more hours in the day … thanks for the great opportunity, sharing your life and your quilts. Congrats on a year!

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    Laura says:

    I definitely prefer the straight and traditional quilts – but love the modern fabrics within that framework. I’ve actually never made my own quilt but I love to sew and am working my way towards quilting. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Ruth says:

    Congrats on your one year mark – your blog is very inspiring and beautiful!
    I have been quilting for about four years now and it is almost like you catch a fever and you can’t stop – now I have to limit the number of times I allow myself to fabric shop! πŸ™‚
    I enjoy using bright, contemporary fabrics that make you smile when you look at them (Free Spirit and Kaffe Fassett are some of my favs)- I also like putting together fabrics that wouldn’t seem like they would match but somehow work after you incorporate them. Right now I have made it a goal to use up all of my fabric scraps – so making string and improv quilts has been my main focus these days…and all of my friends keep getting married so I have been making tons of wedding quilts!
    Keep up the good work!!!!

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    Lola says:

    I love your quilts so much. I recently was inspired by your striped quilts and am attempting my very first one. I can’t believe you have only been doing this for a year. You’re incredible.

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    Jen says:

    I decided to learn how to quilt after seeing your beautiful quilts.

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    Allysha says:

    oh, I love this! I’m still a bit intimidated by stars! I’ve been quilting for about a year now and until very recently had only finished projects using a pattern. I finally bucked up and tried randomly piecing some of my fabric scraps until I created (what I think is) a sweet little mini quilt that’s currently sitting on my coffee table. congrats!

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    Andy says:

    Really? Just one year? That’s amazing. You are such an inspiration to so many people – including me. I love that wonky star. I just tried that one out myself and it was so much more fun than a traditional star! I have been more of a traditional quilter, but so many of the new fun fabrics are inspiring me to move more towards modern and funky. Love your blog!

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    Barb says:

    I can’t believe that you only made your first quilt a year ago! Your quilts are a constant source of inspiration. I am just moving towards a more modern esthetic for my quilts and each one that you make moves me more and more in that direction. I would LOVE to have your quilt on my wall. So, I love all things wonky, mixed and matched fabric lines, and I’m learning to make things up as I go! Thanks for all the inspiration!

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    Jen says:

    I’m a novice quilter, but so far I like finding my own way as opposed to using a pattern. Your work is gorgeous!

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    Jen Jackson says:

    I love what you do! I prefer no pattern, I think. I do both. My favorite right now is the block party you did with the Denise S. drunk love in a log cabin….incredible.
    Thanks for entering me into the drawing.

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    Doris says:

    Congrats, you have accomplished SO much in one short year!

    I do love that FMF, and your wonky stars are wonderful. This is about as wonky as I get, I like it in thory but can’t seem to pull it off to my satisfaction, I guess I still like parallel lines and some sort of symmetry.

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    Joanna Wilde says:

    congrats on a year! i still have yet to finish my first quilt, but i am huge on sewing! i like your quilts, and and love the clean modern designs you do with the various “quilting” designs. i like things more simple and clean/vintage looking.

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    AJ says:

    I usually make up my own patterns, though these can be inspired by patterns or quilts I have seen in the past. I have also been quilting for only a year now…though my first quilt was only just finished a few months ago. I seem to have the knack for making quilt tops that take forever to get quilted.

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    Kanina says:

    I’m pretty sure it was around a year ago that I first discovered your blog and it was your blog that got me into this whole crazy online crafty world! You’re an incredible quilter and an inspiration for me πŸ™‚ I’m still getting started with quilting, after taking a couple classes and trying a bit on my own. So I haven’t gotten to the point where I know what style I like yet.
    Happy Quilt Birthday! I look forward to seeing more and more, I know you won’t disappoint!

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    Kelly O. says:

    the fact that you’ve been quilting for just about a year gives me such hope and inspiration! I love to be able to mix and match fabrics but don’t seem to have the knack that some have for it–however I know what I like when I see it and I always click on your archives to look back on your work for inspiration! That fabric I bought from you a while back has been sitting calling my name and I think I finally have an answer for it!

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    Gretchen says:

    I especially love seeing how you design the backs of the quilts and all your fabric selections! The stars are my favorites!

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    kelly says:

    First, the quilt is lovely, but really all of your quilts are. I’ve been following your blog for about 5 months and was shocked when I realized you’d only been doing this for a year. For me a large part of sewing is enjoying the playing with fabrics part — sadly, I’m becoming more of a collector than a sewer recently, but that has to change because there’s nothing better than the moment you take the finished quilt out of the dryer. I love white space in a quilt, especially the way it makes bright prints even more vibrant. Your quilts have been inspiring in that way, and I’m hoping to get started on my first string quilt soon. Thanks for sharing your work with us and for offering such a generous giveaway!

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    Veronica says:

    Right now my favorite quilts are those with geometric shapes like circles, hexagons and triangles. I also love bright colors, modern prints and thirties prints. And I prefer to follow patterns. I’m not quite good enough to wing it yet. I like a lot of different designers. I used to like the more traditional-style quilts, but I’m starting to lean toward more funky, and contemporary quilts.

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    Kim says:

    I like the comment about the “prolific quilter,” indeed!

    If crazy family members can enter, then count me in! Nevertheless I like your VT fall scenes as of late πŸ™‚

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    Linnea says:

    It seems so fitting to be sharing this info with you now…I stumbled across your blog many months ago while trying to feed my Flea Market Fancy addiction with a gazillion Google searches. It was fun to find another FMF addict out there…but even better to find one who was so inspirational. I’ve been drooling over your quilts ever since.

    I love the idea of modern and wonky quilting but must admit that my slightly OCD personality limits me to patterns with a little bit more order. I try to mix things up a little with different fabrics though. One of these days I’ll take the plunge into more liberated quilting. Congrats to your anniversary…especially to such a prolific first year! Can’t wait to see all the great creations in year 2…

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    debbie says:

    I have been quilting for little over a year. I wish I could quilt like you do. You in inspire me! I love reading your blog, and looking at your quilts. I love wonky blocks and using the same fabric line, sometimes mixing it up with a bit of other fabrics.
    your are a fabulous quilter!

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    Gert says:

    Thanks fot the opportunity to win this lovely quilt. I always love the way you quilt your quilts. Normally, I’m very “scared” to do some wonky quilting. But last week I decided to make 4 wonky quilt blocks, using some Rosalie Quinlan, Tilda and Jay McCarroll fabrics. And I *love* doing these wonky stuff ^_^ Right now I’m quilting it on my Singer machine, but I still don’t dare to try some wonky quilting as well… So perhaps, if I win this lovely quilt, and when I see it in real life, it gives me the courage to try that as well. So: please count me in ^_^

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    autumnesf says:

    I’m brand new to quilting. I’ve done 3 baby quilts so far but the actual “quilting” part I just followed the lines in the pattern and not done true quilting. I’m intimidated.

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    Missy says:

    I can’t believe you have only been quilting for one year! Your work is lovely and so inspiring. Thanks for the celebratory giveaway. It’s awesome!

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    quilt530 says:

    i can’t believe that you have only been quilting a year! Your finished products are so lovely…and I have been taking some of your ideas for the backs. You are very talented and I love following your blog…I have learned so much!! Please enter my name. I would love to be the proud owner of a “film in the fridge” original!

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    Slack says:

    I just started quilting in March…knowing now that you’ve just been quilting for a year gives me lots of inspiration and hope!

    I fell in love with Moda’s “Hello Betty Retro” back in March and now kinda have an obsession with it. And if I had known that it would disappear so quickly, I’d have bought boatloads.

    I have used patterns (online tutorials really) and made some up on my own. I guess it really depends on who I’m making the item for. I think I’ve only used squares and strips…someday I’ll move to triangles and such!

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    Ariel says:

    Hooray for you, Ashley! You’re a quilting machine!!! I am so stunned that it’s only been year that you’ve been quilting! I can hope to have a stack of quilts like yours when I hit my anniversary! Thank you for a lovely giveaway. I always love seeing you use FMF with so much white. It’s beautiful!

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    Sarah S says:

    Congrats on your anniversary! I am amazed you have only been quilting a year, your work is beautiful and I check your blog daily for inspiration.

    I tend to be a pattern follower. The improv projects always tend to end up in a “to be finished later” pile. I’d love to break away from patterns which is one of the reasons I love your blog for inspiration! But I do love mixing colors, patterns, collections and designers! I never stick with just one in my quilts.

    Congrats again, I can’t wait to see what you make in the next year!

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    Kris says:

    I really can’t believe you’ve only been at this a year. I started back in April and I’m loving it! I prefer to work without a pattern and with a mix of fabrics. I’m still nervous about picking good combinations but trial by error never hurt anyone πŸ™‚ Thanks for the giveaway

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    I love the star quilt! I also love FMF, but since I just got reintroduced to quilting a few months ago, I don’t have any of my own…I started a string quilt for my baby girl last night, and I am loving it! Thank you for all of your inspiring quilts!! I love checking in on your blog πŸ™‚

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    Brooke Marsh says:

    Beautiful quilt…of course I love the FMF line (although I don’t have any in my own stash :o( I did, however, sign the petition to reprint it and am promoting that on my own blog (not much else on my blog right now sadly…I need to get on it like you have!)

    ANYWAY…I love love LOVE wonky quilts. Straight and precise ones are pretty (and normally I’m anal about that kind of stuff and have to get my ducks all in a row). But there’s just something about wonky…the first quilt I made was for my oldest son and it’s wonky.

    Depends on the quilt as to whether or not I use all the same line–and depends on the line. Sometimes I like to throw in other lines that coordinate.

    Oh…and I think that curved lines is one of my fave quilting ways. I have a machine foot on the way to do freehand, but I think curved lines just looks neat-o!

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    stephanie says:

    Wonderful! I love the stars – I’ve never tried them before and you’ve inspired me to give it a whirl!

    I’ve found that I like to do improvisational quilts – something that isn’t too thought-out and doesn’t require a pattern. I enjoy tutorials, though, just nothing that requires me to look at a sheet of paper every 5 minutes. πŸ™‚

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    Dena says:

    I’ve always been more of a traditional quilter but lately, the art of quilting has grown so much, I’ve really been inspired to try some new methods. For instance, the ‘wonky’ look is quite interesting and I love the idea of the block(s) being off-center on purpose! LOL

    For someone who has been quilting for only one year, you’re doing quite well. Do you have a particular technique you want to try during your second year of quilting?

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    Abby says:

    I love this star quilt. Unlike most quilters, I don’t really collect many fabrics. I just buy for the project! And, I prefer patterns or to create my own but I don’t do any wonky squares or anything. I like them but don’t like to make them myself! I just started quilting in the last year or so as well. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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    Robin says:

    I cannot believe you have only been quilting for a year! I have been quilting for that long and you have much more to show for it than I do! I have just gotten my first piece of FMF and am in love! I would love to have this quilt hanging in my house….and from such an inspirational person!!!

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    Kristine Hanson says:

    congrats on 1 year of quilting!!! I too love the FMF!!

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    Deb C. says:

    I am finding that the “older” I become in quilting years the less creative I am. I remember the days of sketching ideas and calculating blocks into quilts.
    Patterns are great, but overused tools. I love your ingenuity and can see your freedom when you create. Hope you continue with that. It makes it fun.

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    Abbie says:

    Wow! What a productive year you have had! And what a generous and beautiful giveaway!
    I am a wannabe quilter. I have been collecting fabric and doing lots of research (blogs) but haven’t started a project… Yet.

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    Audrie says:

    It’s a gorgeous little quilt! And has two of my favourite things… stars and Flea Market Fancy πŸ™‚

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    josie says:

    How oh how have you made that many quilts in one year?? I am thinking you don’t sleep or maybe you quilt in your sleep:) Love the quilt and of course can not resist entering.
    I never follow a pattern though I am considering making a spiderweb quilt (I sure have the scraps for it!) I love modern quilts and sometimes just piece as I go. Other times I have a certain way I want a quilt to look so I’ll sketch something out…usually just before I go to bed I get an idea, so now I keep a little note book and pencil on my nightstand.
    You’re a great inspiration to me Ashley and I love every one of your quilts!
    Congratulations on your first quilt anniversary. Can’t wait to see all your beautiful creations yet to come!

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    corinnea says:

    I love to mix things up. I learned tradition quilting years ago but was away from it for a long time. Now I LOVE the modern and wonky styles. I like doing my own thing though that can get me in trouble sometimes. As for fabric, there are very few I don’t like.

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    Holly says:

    Your talent is truly amazing for one year of quilting! I love all the wonkyness, it’s so much more interesting, I’m personally still learning most of the quilt blocks…but it’s just too much fun to play around with! Congrats on your accomplishments! =)

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    Erin says:

    About a month and a half ago, I had insomnia. I’d been out of work for about a year, and was generally just, well, existing. I was messing around on the internet, looking for something to do, and I stumbled upon your site.

    After seeing all the beautiful things you had made, and then discovering that you’d only been at this for a year, I was sold. I bought my first sewing machine and signed up for a quilting class. One month later, my first quilt is almost completed, I have already started amassing quite a stash, and I’ve started a blog to document the things I am creating and doing.

    Thanks to you and many other awesome quilting blogging individuals, I feel like I’m actually producing something from my life now, instead of just watching.

    Oh, and I still don’t sleep at night. But that’s because I have so many things to sew! Thank you, Ashley!

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    Stephanie says:

    Wow, what a great quilt! Of course that is my favorite fabric ever! :0)

    I really love the wonky quilts. I like quilts with mix and match fabric from different lines. I love to see how 2 talented quilters can take the same fabrics and make quilts that look completely different.

    You are so inspiring to me. I love just looking at all your creations!

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    Angela S says:

    Oh, your quilts are so pretty! You’ve inspired me to take out the 7 or 8 squares I started in the early nineties. I love the fresh, simple style of your quilts and it would work so much better in my home than the original (rather fussy) design of the quilt I started. I’m going to use a lot of pale solids between the squares, rather than so many prints. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Karen P. says:

    I have never done a quilt myself, but your pieces are SO inspiring! I just love to look at the beatiful color combos. You have inspired me to make a quilt for my daughter, a fun gift for moving to a “big girl bed” perhaps? To win this would a great honor. happy quiltiversary!:)

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    Vicki says:

    It’s so pretty! I like to make up my own patterns. And I tend towards straight lines, but not always. πŸ™‚ Love your blog!

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    Audrey says:

    Yes, yes, and yes. I love all styles of quilting, and the only fabric I dislike is Batik.

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    Heidi Jarvis says:

    I love the star. I am new at quilting and have made a few so far. I love the curved quilting, it does look like a shoting star just like you mentioned!

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    Heather says:

    I’m telling ya… I’m gonna win one of your give-a-ways… one of these days! πŸ˜‰ I LOVE the idea of patterns… I have a full collection of fab books and individual patterns, however…. when I quilt, it’s always improv or a fellow blogger’s design from a tutorial! They just make it look sooo good πŸ˜‰ Thanks Ashley!


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    Pam says:

    Oh I love this little quilt. I have just gotten into these new modern quilts with the wonderful blocks and the white sashing. I have made quite a few small quilts in very traditional ways over the years. I do love paper piecing too. But I found the Old Red Barn Quilt-a-long. That got me going with all these wonderful blogs and I have made 4 quilts since. I have really loved the new more modern quilts as they are called. I have made a rail fence, wonkey log cabin, and Oh Fransson’s Mod Quilt Sampler. I am working on a nine patch have 90 blocks made 30 to go! I really like your stars, I think I might need to try that next!

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    angie says:

    I do a mix of things, sometimes applique or my own design, sometimes make up as I go. I also have followed a few online tutorials I’ve found. Most things I make are a bit wonky. I’m just not that into everything being exactly perfect. I liked your wonky bento box. I may try something like that soon.

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    Kathy B says:

    I actually love to collect vintage fabrics (as that is what I can afford) but am having trouble being able to envision them! If I could afford to buy the beautiful new lines – I would definitly have a lot of the – hmmm…forget the name now – but the line that you use a lot that has the tadpoles in the jars! I am currently working on a sports themed quilt using one of amandajean’s big square patterns. After that i hope to cut into some of my vintage stuff!
    I love seeing your creations and am in awe that you have only been quilting for 1 year. I’ve been at it for quite a while – on and off- but do not have the output that you do!

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    Sam E. says:

    I am a quilter who has yet to completely finish a quilt – the first one started FIVE YEARS AGO. But I have loads of fabric and am hoping to dedicate myself just a little more in the coming year. You’re a real inspiration! Well, and a bit intimidating…perhaps if I learned to machine quilt and maybe didn’t insist on always making at least full-sized quilts…hmmm…Anyway, thank you so much for all that you share – I love your quilts!

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    Joy says:

    I haven’t finished my first quilt yet, but I’ve started it! I got inspiration from you that quilting doesn’t have to look like little house on the prairie. I’ve also recently realized that it is an amazing art form. I love bright colors and unexpected combinations. I love all of the wonky patterns that I’ve seen on your blog. I hope to have enough free time to make tons of quilts in the future. Crazy or not, please keep inspiring me! You rock!

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    Jessica says:

    I think I’d have to answer “Yes” to all your questions. I sometimes like to use an entire line of fabrics in one quilt; other times I mix and match. I like wonky; I like straight. I like modern; I like traditional. I think the word “obsessed” would be used to describe me as well. I LOVE this mini quilt!

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    Jenny says:

    You are too too kind! This quilt is gorgeous…the the kind I like…wonky, beautiful fabric line and no pattern…and just the kind I find so difficult to make! My roots are in patterns, and I am having a lot of trouble breaking that mold. I’d really like to mix and match fabric lines, but I admire quilts from all the same line so much…..on and on. thank you so much for the chance to win this fantastic quilt Ashley!

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    Dena says:

    I love looking and seeing all that you do. As a new quilter and someone who doesn’t follow a pattern or kit- your work is inspirational. I throw all kinds of fabric together. I find myself petting my favorite fabrics- loving the feel. Am I alone in that craziness? Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

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    bashtree says:

    Oh I love this! I somehow found your blog right when I was learning to quilt (still learning, ahem) and I couldn’t believe how much progress you made so quickly! it was like you were FEARLESS! that really inspired me. I’m in the middle of a cross-country move right now so quilting has taken a back seat sadly – i haven’t even finished my first quilt top yet – but yours are so wonderful.

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    Abra says:

    Congratulations on your year of quilting. You have accomplished so much! I have just started quilting. Two quilts are completely finished, two are in the process, and two are in the dream state. I usually like to pick fabrics in the same line I am still gaining confidence in mix and match. Thank you for a chance to win such a cool quilt. I have the perfect place to hang it hiding a breaker box in my room.

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    Elizabeth says:

    I’ve only finished one traditional quilt. I inherited a large stash of fabric, picked some colors, and started sewing. I found out later that the quilt I “designed” was Around The World. I guess that goes to show that everything has been done by someone at this point. I’ve made many rag quilts, and have 6 tops(I think) going right now. I tend to pick fabric, then a pattern. Not always the easiest way to do things, but I always feel like my choices fit somehow.

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    Dina says:

    I want to know how you learned to quilt! One year and you’ve done such amazing work. I have a very basic (16 plain squares) top put together and it’s just waiting to be sandwiched and tied! Wish I could find the time to finish it very soon.

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    Deanna says:

    I have learned a lot about simplicity in quilting from you. I am comfortable with quite complex piecing, but the white space at the same time highlights and simplifies the piecing. Thank you for the insights.

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    Jen says:

    I have just started sewing/quilting … it is normal to think about fabric in between hitting the snooze button in the morning? And right before falling asleep at night, for that matter??
    Thanks for the great blog and all the inspiration!

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    Jessica says:

    Congrats on a year of quilting–I’ll bet most people would guess you had a decade under your belt!

    I have just started actually quilting (though I have a hundred designs in my mind since I read so much about it). I think I tend toward moderate wonkiness and modern designers, and I love the look of patchwork with fabrics from a lot of different lines. I’m still working on feeling confident with mixing without matching, though.

    Is it fair to enter if I’ve already won one of your giveaways? I’m the proud owner of your bento box blocks…in queue to become a pillow for my guest room. If so, I would love this quilt!

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    Megan says:

    ashley you are such an inspiration! I am also so new to quilting and was very intimidated until I heard of you and a few others who were producing such fabulous quilts with little experience and no classes! So here I have also totally jumped in and loving it, although my bank account is suffering from the fabric addiction that has gone along with my hobby! All part of the fun, though! FMF is also my very favorite line and if I were lucky enough to win this beauty it would be displayed proudly on the wall of my sewing area!

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    Briita Moll says:

    A fairly new quilter who is just going to make one more…I’m falling in love with the whole process. In a small town we only have a few quilting stores and I’m hesitant to buy on-line without feeling the fabric. So fun to see your site and blog hop from here. Good work.

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    Stefanie says:

    I am chicken and still make quilts using fabric from the same collection since everything “matches” One day I tell myself I will break out and mix it up, one day!

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    charlotte says:

    congrats on your 1 year anni!!!
    i am just starting out and love looking at your blog fr inspiration… cannot believe you have only been quilting for 1 year! that gives me hope πŸ™‚ i am having fun playing around with various color palettes and love both the wonky and the straight/traditional. i am starting out small with mini quilts using simple patterns and plan to branch out into more advanced, larger ones eventually!

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    Susan says:

    Congratulations on one full year of quilting! I’ve been quilting just about 10 years now and still tend to stick to the pattern. I would love to be a little more free with the design and patterns the way you are!

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    MichelleB says:

    Wow, only a year. You are amazingly prolific. I’m trying to do more wonky – but I’m not sure I’m all that good at it. I think I’ve been doing patterns for too long. However, I’m still going to keep trying!

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    Adrianne says:

    Congratulations on one year!! I just started quilting this summer and I am hooked. I love to come here and see what you are up too. I love Flea Market Fancy too! I added my name to the list to hopefully one day get it reprinted. Wouldn’t that be something?! I plan on using lots of white sashing in my next project.

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    lisajan says:

    I love blog land. So many great ideas shared. Like you, I have been quilting just over a year. Amazing how many quilts you have turned out. I love your fabric choices. I’m obsessed with FMF. My taste leans way over to the more modern free style wonky quilting. Your pieces are gorgeous. Do you do photography also? Enjoying your blog and excited when I see that there is a post! Thanks for creating and sharing.

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    tara says:

    The quilt is great! I’m a new quilter and pretty much use fabric from the designers rather than putting it together myself. I think in part that is because my stash is still smallish–though my family wouldn’t say so! I try for straight and end up wonky. Maybe if I try wonky it’ll end up straight? Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Christa says:

    I love this quilt. I would love to get more into quilting with open fields, like this quilt. So far, I pretty much follow patterns and compose projects with fabric all from the same designer. I really want to branch out into wonky quilts with a larger range of fabrics.

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    jennifer says:

    I just love quilts in general. I love to quilt, but I think that I am getting worse at it instead of better. I commented on your blog awhile back and said that I was going to make a quilt for my daughter’s wedding….I am still not finished with it and I ended up having to cut the quilt all apart and make a different pattern than I had originally planned. This is the first ever quilt of this size (queen) I have made and probably the last. It is definitely slow going.

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    Laurie says:

    You have accomplished an amazing feat- so many beautiful quilts in one year. I have not sewn as much as you, and I’ve been sewing for about 40 of my 47 years.
    You inspired me to action after looking for just the right pattern for the last 20 years, with your Kaleidescope Quilt- I am now on my 27th block of narrow strips of my collected scraps. I’d be honored to have a piece of your handiwork.Thank you

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    Nancy says:

    What a cute quilt! I’m impressed by your obvious skill gained in only a year! And I like your choice of fabrics.
    My favorite kind of quilts are a little modern and simplistic. I like solids to compliment the lovely fabric pattern. And I prefer that they not be too pieced and crazy. I also like using lines of fabric- I guess I’m not the best at matching colors.
    Thanks for the great giveaway and happy 1 year quilting anniversary.

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    Jodie says:

    I was inspired to make my first quilt because of a quilt my grandmother had made. It was made from (straight line) squares. There was one print w/ strawberries on it and as a kid, I thought that was the “coolest” thing ever! So..I have made predominantly straight-lined quilts with the greatest assortment of fabrics I can find!

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    melanie says:

    Unitl I found your blog, I had zero desire to attempt quilting. After seeing your modern take on quilting I think I am going to give it a go. I like the use of white to make the colors pop and also the little bit of whimsy you use on the back! Thanks so much for sharing and for inspiring!

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    beth says:

    quilting is something to be crazy about. I don’t understand how we can all be so intense about it…but it’s sure nice to be connected with a bunch of other “crazies” here in blogland. My family, thankfully, puts up with my one-track mind. Did I tell you I love quilting?

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    carrie says:

    Well, my style in pretty much inspired by… yours! And Denyse Schmidt. Improvisational, modern, with lots of open, free space to prevent the overstimulation and “preciousness” that sometimes occurs with more old-fashioned pieced quilts. I appreciate the past and am informed by it, certainly, but I enjoy creating fresh, new, and definitely one-of-kind quilts.

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    Rene says:

    WOW…beautiful quilt. I just started quilting…finished 1 top and almost another. I haven’t managed to get them quilted though. I hope when I look back after the first year I will find that I have created as many wonderful works of art as you have. Right now I am just learning. I like to follow patterns, but can not wait until I get brave enough to take some fabric and run on my own!

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    Christine Law says:

    Ashley, I stumbled across your blog months ago as I searched the world over for anything and everything Denyse Schmidt. I recently got bit by the quilting bug and ever since then I’ve been spending all my spare time either in front of my sewing machine or else on the web looking for inspiration from all these wonderful quilting blogs like yours. I actually have “Film in the Fridge” tagged as a favorite and visit your site at least 4 times a week as you always post something fabulous and entertaining! It is wonderful and amazing to see how quickly you finish your projects. I love your use of color and design and you have inspired me to move away from the boring solid quilt backing — I am now experimenting with repeated patterns/fabrics from the front of the quilt on the back, Ashley-style!

    I love using fabrics made my the same designer (I have a quilt I’m working on right now with all Heather Ross Mendocino fabrics) but I also love mixing it up and your Kaleidoscope quilt has really inspired me to make a string quilt of my own to use up all these pretty scraps that I can’t bear to throw away. I started off making traditional quilts but after seeing all this creativity online I’ve decided that I will try to be more spontaneous and create some sort of organic quilt with some wonkiness thrown in. After all, that’s what makes handmade items so precious– the not-so-perfect aspect to them.

    Keep up the fantastic job! I am a true fan of your blog and love reading your posts! Thanks for the giveaway!


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    Ashley says:

    Oof-usually I feel weird about entering contests but this is way too adorable for me not to! I so admire that you’re willing to use your FMF–I have a stack of 1/2 yards that I’m hoarding as hard as I can. But seeing them all together in use here makes me feel like I’m doing them a disservice–do I dare cut in?

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    Frogdancer says:

    Give away or not, I’d still comment on this post because of what you said about your family’s reactions to all the quilting. I’ve been quilting for nearly two years now, made 9 quilts (only 2 are for me) and my mother is now starting to make what she thinks are wry but tactful comments about how maybe I could make something else, and that the last quilt top I made would look lovely as a tablecloth, etc. (A white sashed huge 9 patch, with 4 teenage boys. Imagine the mess they’d make with tomato sauce or lasagne?)

    Anyway, I digress. The mini quilt looks lovely. (And yes, I WOULD like to win it!) In a year, you’ve far outstripped me! I haven’t attempted stars yet. I like to make scrappy quilts (just finished a queen sized string quilt with over 3000 pieces in 4″ blocks… utter madness!) and I’m drawn more and more to wonkiness.

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    Natalie says:

    I used to be a more straight line traditional quilter. But now? Now, I’m all about improvisational wonkiness! And I like to mix my designers. In fact, I don’t really pay attention to designer fabrics. I just pick out whatever inspires me. I also love star patterned quilts so your giveaway will be well loved in my home!

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    Meredith says:

    Only a year?! I’ve been visiting your site on an almost-daily basis for quite some time now, and IÒ€ℒm always amazed at your creations and your passion. IÒ€ℒm lucky enough to own one of your baby quilts Γ’β‚¬β€œ it was given to my daughter by a dear friend of ours (KM) for my baby shower. I keep meaning to write and let you know that it has a special home in her nursery – I love passing by it every day! Ashley – you really are SO talented and I think you will be famous one day for the work that you do. Keep on inspiring us all!

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    Lavina Dee says:

    I am really new to quilting and your blog is such an inspiration. So far I’ve only completed a couple of crib quilts for my kids. I am working on a couple of twin sized quilts also for the kids. I am not confident enough to just wing it with patterns but I usually wing it with fabric. I’ve had several quilters tell me just pick what appeals to me and it will all come together once it’s quilted.

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    Sarah S says:

    This is so beautiful! So far I’ve only made traditional/straight lined quilts, but I’m very interested in wonky/more improvisational quilts. That’s next!

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    Courtepointe says:

    I love your generous giveaway!
    I too am relatively new to quilting, and am inspired every day by what I see people like you doing. I am grateful for your sharing and generous nature.
    Keep up the great work!

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    andi says:

    I love making up my own designs and mixing up the fabrics. But I acknowledge that using fabric from the one line can be an easy way to put together a quilt rather quickly.
    Man, I hope I win this one!!!!
    Andi πŸ™‚

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    Molly says:

    I’m very new to quilting … I just started this year so I’m so excited to see that you’ve only been quilting one year. Is this correct??

    My first quilt was the first ORB quilt a long and a hodge podge of material. I went to my local quilt shop, which has kind of old-fashioned type of fabric (you know … calico, etc) and got the funkiest stuff I could find. Boy, did I have fabric envy when I say what other people were using. I have recently tried delving into the world of mail order fabric and I’m finally figuring it out.

    I just made two quilts for my boys and they picked out the fabric so I’m sooooooo looking forward to making more quilts that where I can pick out the fabric!! I love looking at quilting blogs and the fresh modern quilts flickr site. That is really where I get my inspiration.

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    Debra says:

    I’m on quilt #4 and have never used a pattern and never taken a class. I’ve learned how to quilt entirely from blogs–thanks mostly to Jacquies (Tallgrass Prairie Studio) and your inspiration! I’ve done mostly mixed designer quilts but right now I’m doing an all Tula Pink Neptune quilt, the colors just worked perfectly for our living room and buying two layer cakes was an easy way to do it.

    I love the mini quilt and especially the quilting on it. I will have to try that soon! Thanks for having a giveaway and for the continued inspiration!

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    Jeni says:

    lovely! and congratulations. your blog is a daily inspiration for me! i am planning a b&w string quilt- totally copying yours, but using yellow instead of blue or green!

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    Laurel Haeser says:

    My, my ….you have quite a following!! That’s no surprise since your blog is incredibly interesting! Love the quilt and would love to win it….by the way I follow you often…keep up the good work!
    Laurel/New Jersey

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    I’m also new to quilting. I’ve received a lot of inspiration from your site, love your modern style! I also love Flea Market Fancy but have never had any and would LOVE this mini!

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    Meg in CT says:

    Lovely fabrics, and such a pretty little quilt!!

    I used to be a VERY traditional quilter–I’m self-taught, and 10 years ago when I was getting started, the only books available were extremely traditional, pattern-based, and a wee bit boring.

    Blogging and reading the blogs of other quilters the last year or so (yours included!) has given me a renewed sense of creativity when it comes to quilting. Who needs a pattern??! Wonky log cabins, improv piecing, omg the freedom!!

    As far as fabrics go, I’ve only recently become a designer “groupie”. Jelly rolls, and layer cakes, and honeybuns, oh my! Not to mention falling in love with the work of certain designers (Tula Pink, Heather Ross, Momo, and of course, Denyse Schmidt come to mind)!

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    Tracy says:

    Let’s see. I consider myself to be fairly new at quilting. I have many stacks of fabrics grouped together that will someday be quilts. I have a hard time committing and then cutting! I don’t really like using a pattern. I typically make it up as I go. I love straight lines. And I love mixing fabrics. I especially love mixing different textured fabrics. I’ve stockpiled lots of vintage sheets and pillowcases…again, I have a huge problem with committing and then cutting πŸ™‚

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    Rita says:

    Forts of all, I have to say I love the quilt!
    very simple but stiking πŸ™‚

    Regarding fabric: I ususlly like to mix severall designers/prints/fabric lines. But I also like to work with the several colours of one fabric line.
    I guess i depends on the occasiona, but mostly I mix πŸ™‚

    Regarding quilting: I prefer straight or curved lines. I really don´t like free motion quilting πŸ™‚

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    carolyn says:

    Congratulations! this star quilt is so cute, and i really like the asymmetry of it. your blog is so inspiring and i cant wait to see what more will come in this next year. best wishes to you for many more years of fabulous quilting!

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    Linda says:

    Oooo, a wonky star quilt! I’d love to have that little darling! I have only started quilting, but I can say that I am a timid quilter, and need a pattern or some other visual guidance to do it. My paternal grandmother made lots of quilts, as someone born in the 1800s in Arkansas would. I still have the “silk quilt top” that she made me in the ’60s. It is dark colors – burgandy, blues, greens – in very simple scrappy squares. She had a quilt frame that hung suspended from the ceiling in the “parlor” when she was quilting. I never actually saw her quilting, but I saw the hooks still in the ceiling when we went to visit. I don’t know when/where she got the time as a farm wife, but, there were no TVs, cell phones, ipods, or indoor plumbing problems to deal with – 8-).

    I like to use collections, and have all of a couple. I love Heather Ross and have all of Far, Far Away, and some of her others as well. I am accumulating as many of the Munki Munki prints as I can – lots of pajama pieces. I think I would like to make a Bento Box quilt out of them – yours looked so adorable!

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    sofie says:

    I LOVE your quilts – your blog is a never-ending source of inspiration!

    When I quilt, I prefer no pattern. The wonkier, the better, as long as everything lies flat. I like to mix different designers – it’s so satisfying to find fabrics from unexpected corners that just seem perfect together!

    Thanks for offering the giveaway!

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    Heidi U. says:

    Wow! I must say that you have a busy year quilting. I had no idea when I started reading your blog that you have been quilting for such a short time. I am impressed!!! I have just started to get a little more self confidence in my “skills” and have tried making some things with out a pattern. For so long I was paralyzed with fear — so I stuck to a pattern and a line of fabric. But I am really having fun branching out and mixing up fabric lines. I have to thank you for the inspiration to do so!

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    paula says:

    Congratulations on your one year anniversary of quilting! I just started quilting in June, although being a crafty person, have wanted to make quilts for years! I’ve been following your blog on Google reader and love your quilting – fabrics, designs and well, just everything! I tend to stick to one particular line of fabrics instead of mixing and matching – but anticipate that will be changing soon when I start to make some scrap quilts! Thanks for a chance to win this great little quilt – I picture it hanging in my craft space!

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    Jennifer says:

    First off, congrats on your birthday – i think its amazing that you could get soooo good at quilting after 1 year – it fills me with hope and inspiration.

    I quilt without a pattern and usually end up making something completely different from how I initially envisaged it – the quilt usually talks to me and tells me how it wants to look πŸ˜‰

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    Anna F. says:

    All of these quilts in a year?!? Wow, that’s awesome! I am glad you have this blog because I just love to see your work, everything is beautiful! I try to quilt with a general pattern in mind, but I love to keep an open mind and go with the flow. I think it makes it fun. Keep on blogging!

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    Rachael says:

    What a great mini quilt! I really enjoy your blog. Just started quilting this past year and you’re a great inspiration! I have only stippled my few quilts so far, but am excited to try some different quilting patterns. Thanks!

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    Abby says:

    I can’t believe you have only been quilting for a year!!
    I like to use patterns as a guide but usually stray from the directions here and there. I have only done straight quilting, stippling hasn’t made its way into my skill set yet!

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    Ching Wu says:

    Wow. Only one year. You had done so many beautiful and creative quilts. Congratulations. I just start quilting about 2 months ago. Due to illness I have to give up my job as fashion designer. I like to try to play as much as can. different fabrics,styles… I want to try and just have fun. Life is too short.—-like a shooting star.

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    Kate says:

    I can’t believe that you have only been quilting for a year! What a natural! I usually use fabrics from the same line- I’m kinda boring, but LOVE matchy-matchy!!

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    Karen says:

    I love your blog, because you are so, so prolific, and there is always something new and gorgeous to look at. I do a lot of small lap/baby quilts, too, because I lose interest if I try something bigger. I can only make one every 3-4 months, though!

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    Heather says:

    I have just started quilting this year, actually about a month ago. I love reading your blog to see what wonderful quilts you have created and for inspiration. Congrats on your one year Quilting Anniversary!

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    jenny g. says:

    Typically, I get a few coordinating fabrics together and fill in with other fabrics from other lines. I have yet (9 years of quilting) to use a pattern, bu rather I draft my own after looking at pictures of quilts for inspiration. My quilts would probably be described as traditional-based in design. I like the same sorts of colors/fabrics/designers that your quilts showcase, which is what lead me to your blog. congrats on the first year!

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    Connie says:

    What an adorable quilt! I would love to hang it in my daughter’s room. I am still a beginner, but so far I have used fabrics for the same line, mixing some coordinating Kona cottons in. I love the scattered mis-match look, so I’d love to try that someday. First I need to accumulate enough fabric though! I can’t believe you’ve only been at it a year. You are such an inspiration! Don’t listen to your family- ha ha, I love your obsession!

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    Louise says:

    Congratulations! That is a great quilt. I have only “dabbled’ in quilting- but, generally just wing it. Your quilts are inspirational! And, only one year of quilting – wow!

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    First of all, i cannot believe you have only been quilting for a year! You are a huge inspiration (drool central) to me – a new quilter for a couple of months now- and am always excited when you post! LOL!! I identify much more with your style, and free piecing, making stuff up as i go along, than i do with patterns or the types of quilts in the quilt shops! So I learn every time you post a new quilt, I walk away with motivation to try something new! So a HUGE THANK YOU to you!! Happy anniversary ! Please keep creating, you are very gifted, and it seems you have found your happy place! πŸ˜€

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    Laurie says:

    Impossible!! – To believe that you have only been quilting for a year!! Not only is it amazing to see the amount of beautiful quilts, but the originality , the imagination, you are such an inspiration to me!! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us!

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    Janna says:

    Oh, oh, oh!! I love this!! So pretty! I would so love to win it too since I am due to have my baby Oct. 1st!! As I sit here reading your blog I am having a few contractions here and there and HOPE that I have it BEFORE thurs:) I would def use it for my baby! I love smaller quilts like this – perfect to throw over the carseat! Love your blog, you are so inspiring. I am more of a fabric collector and less of an actual quilt maker but I do love fabric and I love seeing everything you whip up. It totally amazes me!!!

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    Mary says:

    Wow! I can’t believe that you have only been at it for a year. Just think of all the fun you have had this year too. I do think our families would all consider us a bit “obsessed” or “addicted”, but can you think of a better one?

    That was such a great fabric line too.

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    tara says:

    I made a string quilt using your kaleidoscope tutorial. I love it. I also made a table topper using reds and whites. I want to make my next quilt out of Authentic by Sweet Water. I am still looking for a pattern for that line. I genreally use patterns but tweak it sometimes.
    Fall is my favorite time so I am making lots of fallish things. However, I havent found a fall/Halloween line that I have to have yet.
    Thank-you for the great giveaway.

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    Laurie Taylor says:

    Impossible!! – Not only that you have such a collection in only a year but that every quilt is so unique and beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with all of us!

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    Michelle says:

    Beautiful quilt! And happy anniversary! I’m coming up on my 1 year anniversary of quilting as well – my first quilt was a patchwork quilt that I gave to my 4 year old goddaughter for Christmas last year. I’m a fan of coming up with my own designs, as opposed to following a pattern. I love the idea of a pattern and love looking through books of patterns, but when it comes to sewing, I just start putting things together and see what looks good and what I like.

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    Elaine says:

    I love to get inspiration from what others are using. Not copying though, ick. What I mean is the use of stark white…it really packs a punch, I love it! I have also noticed an international trend with the use of gray. I’m trying to embrace that one. I don’t use just one fabric line in my quilts or even one manufacturer. I don’t want my quilts to have the look of having come from an assembly line. I want my quilts to be loved and cuddled and not be saved “for good”. I want my grandbabies to feel happy when they curl up with their grammy blankie. Thanks, Elaine

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    Thanks for the opportunity to win your beautiful quilt! I have really loved seeing your string quilts. I made one myself…it’s waiting to be quilted (by someone else)! At the time, I had to get obsessed to finish it. “Press on” became my mantra. Now, a few months later, I have plans for another string quilt…probably another one, as well.
    I love improvisationally-pieced quilts, as well as quilts that combine a solid (white-ish) with pattern.
    Thanks for sharing your work!

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    Sara says:

    Another amazing quilt! I have been following your flickr and blog activity since the new year. I have spent wayyyy too much time looking at others accomplishments and need to trust my own creativity and sew more! You are a big inspriration to me and I love your style! Keep up the beautiful quilts and my favourite designer is Heather Ross! (Iknow she is a favorite of yours too!)

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    Taylor says:

    I am amazed at how quickly you finish your quilts! And they’re so beautiful!

    I’ve been quilting for about 2 years. My favorite part of making a quilt is the quilting–I love to stipple! I’ve recently gotten back in touch with my love for straight line quilting…it’s been a while!

    Thanks for the generous giveaway!

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    Laura Allen says:

    I adore your quilts and have gotten so much inspiration from you.

    I don’t use patterns. I make them up myself in my sketchbook, which often involves a lot of math. πŸ™‚ I love to mix elements of traditional styles with modern fabrics, which is why I love your work so much!

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    adina says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I like to quilt but with 2 young ones and a third on the way time is so so limited! I’ve enjoyed watching you grow in your journey. I think using fabrics from the same line makes it very easy to match colors and so forth and I have a hard time with patterns. I like to “play” as I sew.

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    abbie says:

    You’re quilts never cease to amaze me! It’s so encouraging to know you only started a year ago (looks like you’ve been at it for a LONG time), since I only started 5 months ago. I love the scrappy quilts. They are fun for me to make, although I’m starting to get the hang of some clean, squared-up blocks. My favorite designers are Amy Butler and Anna-Maria, but I’ve gotten ahold of a few Flea Market Fancy prints and am keeping my fingers-crossed that they’ll be reprinted!

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    aimee says:

    Beautiful quilt – thanks for the chance to call that beauty mine!

    I don’t love to follow patterns, but I do love to recreate what I see online. I guess I like to follow methods rather than patterns, if that makes sense. I don’t love traditional, but I can’t handle super wonky either. I think a good deal of white makes any quilt work. I love to mix and match designers, and I get a special thrill out of finding the perfect combinations right in my own stash. I am a fabric hoarder, much to my husbands displeasure, and often I have a hard time cutting into fabric that I’ve lovingly collected. OK, now I’ve written a book and it is time to stop… but I do gush about quilts and fabric… and it seems like online is the only place I really can do that!!

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    Dawn says:

    Ashley, you are so generous. CONGATULATIONS on your one year blogaversary. I want to say a huge big THANKYOU. Your inspiration to me is wonderful and I am so thankful. I have been quilting for more than 20 years all up and I have always done what is safe. You have inspired me to think outside the square, your freshness and sense of adventure with fabric is addictive. Keep up the great work.
    Hugs and Blessings
    Dawn x x

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    Camberly says:

    I love your quilts. They have been an inspiration to me and my recent quilting projects. Until this year I had made a few but have really picked up this year. Looking at your pictures give me so many things to try. Thank you.

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    Holly says:

    I have never ever in my whole life made a quilt. I made a nine patch pillow once. I have been looking at your blog and see all the quilts and really want to make some. I am planning to make one with denim and shirt material for the boys. I keep buying clothing and other items at garage sales for making a quilt. I absolutely love Flea Market Fancy and if you sent me this sweet quilt I could look at it and it would beg me for some friends. See… you would keep quilting alive.

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    Julie says:

    Ashley, congratulations on your one year anniversary! I love coming to check and see what’s new with your quilting. Your website was the first one I started visiting and have become addicted to checking it everyday. I love the little quilt. I haven’t been able to get my hands on any of the Flea Market line. Sadness, because I love it! I like both, wonky and traditional quilts.

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    Kyla says:

    WOW i cant believe it has already been a year!!!! haha and yes crazy might come to mind throughout the family. Love the colors that you used on this quilt. The simplicity of the back is a nice touch. I love the quilts that you make.

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    Colleen says:

    I have been admiring your quilts for several months now. I can’t believe you have only been quilting for a year. You are very talented and I look forward to seeing many more of your creations!! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!!!!

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    Selina says:

    Only one year? Your quilts look as though they have been made by someone who has quilted from birth! Wow!
    I am an untraditional quilter. I am so far from being a perfectionist, it’s not funny. I am taking a liking to simple quilts with lots of white to show off fabrics. This may be because of a lack of funds for lots of expensive fabrics!! (Which I seem to like more! LOL)

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    Donnelly says:

    Your quilts are amazing! I am a hand-piecer, hand-quilter. But thanks to bloggers like you that test the bounderies and think outside the box, I have made my first wonky quilt. It is a wonky log cabin. I even stepped outside my box and chose colors I would have never chosen in the past! I even machine pieced it! I am struggling with the hand-quilting but I am going to master it, if it kills me. Thanks so much for being such a great inspiration.
    Have a great day.

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    Suzanne says:

    I can’t believe you’ve created so many quilts in one year! It’s awesome! I love a whole variety of types of quilts. I love the modern using one line but I also love scrappy quilts.

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    Betsy says:

    I Looovvvee this quilt..and all of your quilts, for that matter!
    Despite being a perfectionist about most things, I am very non-perfectionist when it comes to quilting, so I think wonky stars and log cabins would be perfect for me..I’ve been getting loads of inspiration from looking at your site recently.

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    Angela says:

    My question is where can I get that fabric? I love it and am looking for something in just those colors to make a new quilt for my bed. Thinking of updating my color schemes in the house. If only thinking made it magically happen…

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    Raven says:

    Yay! Congrats! I am fairly new to this quilting thing, and am so amazed at how fast you go. Your colors are awesome as well. I feel like using one line of fabric has helped me develop my “color eye.” I like to add in solids and whites as well.
    Thanks for the giveaway

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    bekah says:

    you are a machine! i am amazed and ridiculously excited every time i check your blog- which is pretty much everyday. just fyi, you’ve totally transformed the way i look at quilting. i’m just starting out, but you’re my hero :] to answer some of your questions- i love to mix it up, i’m obsessed with white, i stipple mostly, but sometimes i randomly zig zag or do whatever crazy nonsense the quilt called for. i started out making quilts for my kids and neices and nephews- wonky modern applique quilts. i’m obsessed with birds mostly, but i’m branching out for the sake of the boys :]
    thanks for being such an inspiration. i love your work.

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    D Spack says:

    oops I typed a comment, but it got lost, so I hope I’m not sending two…anyway…Why do WE all love FMF so much!??? Your giveaway quilt is darling and the Fall zigzag from last Oct. 1 is lovely too. I’ve been scheming a zigzag quilt for a couple of months. I usually go scrappy. Thanks for the chance to win some of your goodness!

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    Debbie says:

    Only a year, no way! You are so talented. Congrats on your blogaversary! I have always been drawn to straight lines, neat and tidy but just within the last month I have really been into lots of different colors and anything wonky. It was time to broaden my horizons. It is not always easy though to mix fabrics though, but I’m learning πŸ™‚

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    Rossie says:

    oooo….lovely quilt!
    To answer one of your fine questions: I make it a point to avoid using fabrics from the same line together in a quilt. 2 fabrics from the same line is the maximum. I feel like quilts are more individual and lovely when you really own the whole process, including fabric selection and combination. Plus: making your own combinations totally justifies stashing many random lovely yards away!

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    Heather says:

    congrats on the blogiversary!! I love to take traditional patterns and use modern fabrics….I also love just simple designs. You’ve given me so much quilting inspiration over this past year – so thanks & keep it up!!

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    Emily B says:

    I have never taken any quilting lessons and so the online quilting community has meant a great deal to me as well, i love doing wonky quilts because they are supposed to be wonky and don’t jjust end up that way out of inexperience, thanks for sharing your wonderful journey in quilting!

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    Munaiba says:

    Hi there
    This last year has been interesting for me too. I started quilting last year and so far have made 6 finished quilts, one in the process of being quilted and two under construction – 1 applique and 1 pieced. I like to hand-piece and hand-quilt my quilts, though I have done a little machine piecing from time to time. I love bright fabrics like the Kaffe Fassett range. Looks like you like brights to but you have some fabrics I’ve never seen before. I really enjoy your blog and subscribe to the feed. Well done on a year well spent!

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    carriegel says:

    I have just started quilting myself so I don’t know yet what I really like. I do know I like bright colors in a graphic pattern. That’s a start.

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    Roseanne says:

    wow I’ve not long been following your blog and can’t believe you’ve only been quilting a year!! Your quilts look fantastic… thanks for sharing.

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    Rachel says:

    Beautiful! I cannot believe you have only been quilting for a year. This gives me hope for myself! All your quilts simply amaze me. I’m really just starting quilting, and still working right now on establishing my fabric collection. The few quilts I’ve made I’ve given away. I think it’s time I made something for myself πŸ™‚

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    carol says:

    I have been a more traditional quilter but after having discovered your blog and seen your more contemporary “wonky” style…I am intrigued and very inspired to try one. I’ll be going to the fabulous Houston Quilt Show in a couple of weeks and I’m excited about scoping out fabrics that will take me in the direction of your designs. I’ll say that one of the elements I am attracted to the most in your quilts is your use of white sashing…it is so clean and fresh and that is very appealing to me. Keep up the excellent work – I’m looking forward to seeing what the NEXT year holds for you!

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    Ingrid says:

    I can’t believe you’ve been quilting a year! Your quilts are very inspiring to me. In fact I’m working on a wonky star quilt at this very moment.
    I’ve only made about 4 quilts so far, none of which I’ve quilted yet. I’m so scared I’ll mess it up! I’m still working up the nerve. I haven’t really followed a pattern yet for making a quilt but I’ve winged it just based on quilts that have inspired me. Thanks so much for the giveaway and win or lose, I’ll continue to be a regular reader.

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    You are amazing Ashley – only quilting for one year and all that you have accomplished! Congratulations and I’m so glad you are part of the quilting world that I have loved for over 30 years! My quilting is all over the board – traditional and modern, all one fabric line and mixed, pattern and winging it – love it all!

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    Kristin says:

    Gorgeous as usual. It’s amazing the beautiful things you create!

    I personally prefer wonky style quilts, just because I’m not patient enough with piecing for my traditional style quilts to come out straight!

    I love this quilt! ::crosses fingers::

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    jacquie says:

    oh ashley….i want to make it all about you…how generous you are…how creative…how prolific…how supportive….thanks for being here and connecting with me. it would be so terrific to have something made with that ashley touch. here’s to many more years!

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    Angela says:

    so many quilts in one year, you’ve accomplished so much! as for me, I am more of a traditional quilter that is starting to vary out into the wonky and improv style. my class with Denyse Schmidt in Vermont really taught me and stretched me alot.
    Thanks for this fun giveaway, i just adore the quilt. Great work, as always. πŸ™‚

    xoxo, angela

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    Sara L. says:

    Wow, I’m still amazed you have only been quilting a year. I started quilting maybe two years ago, and only have three finished quilts to my name. I have been reading your blog for about six months, and love it, so thank you! You are quite the inspiration. About my quilting philosophy, I love the new modern quilts very much, and also love to just “wing it” by myself. My favorite thing to do is put together fabrics from all sorts of places and see what works and what doesn’t. Thank you so much for this chance!

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    whitney says:

    congrats on a year of quilting! i just started in march, and am so inspired by all you experts in blogland. my quilting to-do list already has enough quilts to keep me busy for the next fifty years, im sure. thanks for helping add ideas to that unending list!

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    katie says:

    Well you know I love FMF too! Hopefully it’ll get reprinted!!

    Congrats on one year. I love following your blog and seeing everything you come up with. I am always amazing at how many beautiful quilts you come up with!

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    I like traditional (and sometime quite simple) patterns with a modern twist to them. I love designer fabrics and love to mix them up; however, sometimes, if they really seem just made for each other (e.g., AMH’s Good Folks), I have a hard time separating them.

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    Theresa says:

    I think I’ve mentioned before that I started quilting around about the same time as you Ashley….but I’m no where near as prolific as you’re are! You mention that your work….as do I….so I’m not sure how you fit it all in. Of course you could be slacking off like me and dreaming of quilts during working hours….that always gives you a head start in the design stakes. Love your work and keep it up. Theresa

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    Kellie says:

    Wow! I can’t believe you’ve only been quilting for a year – you are much braver than me; I have yet to break out the free-motion quilting on anything substantial, lol. I love the freedom of wonky piecing but the Virgo in me does find it a little tricky. I guess I do planned wonkiness, lol! This wee gem would hang very happily in my crafty space giving lots of inspiration and courage to try new things :o)

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    Jennifer says:

    I love it!! Do you have a tutorial on this star? I made a black and white string quilt from your tutorial and it’s awesome. For some reason though I had a hard time keeping the blue stripes in it the same width. Not sure where I went wrong. Will have to make another one in order to perfect it! I read and look forward to your posts every day…keep ’em coming!

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    Ricki says:

    Although I’ve never actually made a quilt, I am a long time sewer, and in the last few months have become obsessed with quilting! I’ve been poring over Quilting blogs and magazines, trying to decide what kind to make first. My daughter is getting married in 2 weeks, and after that’s all done, I intend to begin learning to quilt. I’d love to have this one – thanks for having this giveaway!

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    ...dotty... says:

    Well, since I love to follow your blog…..having it up on myblog so that I can check it everyday…….I think it would be a real kick if I won your little quilt . I could hang it here in my computer room to remind me of how many you turn out. That’s what amazes me the most……your productivity ! I love it. Your quilts are always fresh and crisp looking, and even your attitude seems to stay sharp. Thanks for the fun anticipation………and congrats to the winner.
    But especially congratulations on your first year as a quilter………after 30 years of it, I can tell you that you’re stitching a lifetime of memories for yourself and others !

    For some reason, I don’t seem to be able to enter my website url…….but here it is……….

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    Carrie says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for about a month now and had no idea you started quilting only a year ago. I am amazed and inspired! Keep up the gorgeous work. I am a fan of a good wonky quilt but then love the simplicity of solids with humble beginnings. Thanks for your blog.

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    Amy Pruden says:

    OK, you asked…I started quilting about 8 years ago. I’ve been sewing forever but not quilting. My ex-husband and I moved to the middle of nowhere and I had nothing to do but clean the house. I met another lady in the neighborhood (400 people lived in our town) and she quilted. I started hanging out with her during the days while she taught me some traditional quilting. Well I couldn’t do enough. I started hoarding fabrics and sewing like mad. I have made tons of quilts and given away most of them. I have more quilt tops than I have finished quilts! My friend died a year and a half ago and since then I have started going a little wonky. It’s always been in me to be bright, colorful and fun with my fabric choices. Most of the older ladies at my quilt store think I’m nuts but I don’t care. I can sew anything they can and have fun doing it. So now if I can just recruit some more younger single moms to my sewing and fabric group I’d be a happy gal. I am now going to take your idea of a FMF wonky star quilt and run with it. I’ve been wondering what to do with all those FMF pieces I’ve been saving! Thanks for the opportunity.

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    Holly says:

    I cannot BELIEVE you have only been quilting for a year! I have been quilting just a tiny bit longer than that, and so far I have completed a total of one quilted trivet. Boy, do I ever have works in progress though! I find your blog so completely inspiring. Thank you so much for taking the time.

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    Brina says:

    I love the look of quilts when they have used the entire fabric line…the designers get paid for a reason, right? But I also feel like Im somehow cheating when I do that…and honestly, it would have to be a small quilt because I could not afford an entire line of fabrics, you know what I mean? I think your work is beautiful and incredibly inspiring and am amazed that you have only been quilting a year. You have certainly found your calling! Thanks for the chance at your lovely star quilt.

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    DebbieKL says:

    So cute! If I won I’d use this as a blanket for my sons bear, who gets tucked in every night. I love all the non-traditional quilts I’ve been seeing on-line lately. I’m working on my first quilt and prefer to use fabrics mostly from one designer/line. I’ve been using some solids to fill in though. Thanks for the chance!

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    kate says:

    Its beautiful, but of course you know that. πŸ™‚ I am much better at improv quilting, although sometimes it gets me into trouble. As in, I start cutting before its all formulated and put together in my brain. I’m trying to rein that in, but love your work. The blog-quilt community is great, and I’ve gotten so many great ideas from it–really loving the little improv houses seen places right now.

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    Emilee says:

    Your quilts are beautiful and I’ve gotten so much inspiration from following your blog. It also gives me much hope that you only started quilting one year ago (I’m still working out a few bugs myself) Flea Market Fancy is certainly one of my favorites as well!

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    Addie says:

    I’ve only recently discovered your site…but I do believe I’ve seen all the quilts….and I love them. I think you’ll get a kick out of this…today, I finished the binding on a quilt I started 12 years ago. You know how it goes…you start it…put it aside for other more pressing projects…you do a little more…get married…a bit more…have 3 kids in 3 years…a bit more…and then suddenly…”THAT quilt would be perfect for_________! In this case, our little reading nook needed a little reading quilt to go with it! It truly is PERFECT! I still love the fabrics, despite the fact I’ve looked at them for years!

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    Nani says:

    I am a huge fan of yours…love your style & use of color!!! I still haven’t made a quilt yet…just seems that I don’t have the patience to complete a project like that yet, so I make totes out of cute blocks that I make instead! But my goal is to complete a quilt for each of my girls & for hubby & me! You are so INSPIRING!! Thanks for posting up pics (and they are great pics too) of your awesome creations!

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    Bobbi says:

    your quilts are truly some of my inspiration!! i have just begun quilting and have a list compiled of a lot of your ideas and designs. ive followed your blog for awhile now and still get the wow factor when you post a new one. im a traditional quilter with a flare. hope i win!!!

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    Corrie says:

    Like many of the other commenters, I also didn’t know you were so new to quilting. I have been watching your blog for about six months now and I LOVE YOUR QUILTS! Congratulations!

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    Kclily says:

    I am definitely not into wonky although I like the contemporary quilts. My favorite are the star patterns. I just completed my first paper pieced feathered star that will be surrounded by ohio star blocks. You are such an inspiration.

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    Katie says:

    I love his quilt it’s so pretty and the little cluster of small stars is so pretty! I hope I’ll be able to make quilts like yours someday. I like the idea of mixing up fabrics, but it does look nice using all the same line. I used to like traditional quilt best, but after entering the world of quilting blogs I’m really like the wonky, modern quilts more and more.

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    Ellen Price says:

    I have quilted for years and I tend to look at patterns and then create my own version…never been any good at following exact directions! I go with colors that appeal to me, not so much by designers, although there are certain fabrics I favor (like almost anything Alexander Henry).
    I love your unconventional quilts and love your color combinations!

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    Heather says:

    Ok, so I don’t quilt…not YET anyway. I visit your blog everyday because I love looking at your beautiful work. Just seeing your quilts inspires me to do more with my craft, sewing. I want to start quilting….I’m pretty sure my sewing machine is capable. I love the whirly quilting that you do. Eventually, I’ll be doing it too! SO, your quilt can help be my guide as I learn! I love the Baby Wonderland quilts you’ve done & I’m thinking I can start out with something like that. Thank you so much for displaying your awesome talent! Keep them coming!!!

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    Erin says:

    I just want to say that your zig zag quilt inspired me to quilt too! I got a scholarship and was able to purchase my own machine, my first quilt on it was the zig zag. I may not win a beautiful quilt but I am thankful for the inspiration you have given me!

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    Dorothy B says:

    Ashley, your quilts are truly inspirational. I discovered your blog back in May in the bloggers quilt festival. I still find it hard to believe you have made so many quilts in only one year. Somehow, I’ve since managed to finish nearly ten quilts (I’m counting placemats here – they took over two hours to quilt each one), when I usually only get one or two done in a whole year! I now feel that I fit in somewhere – I’ve always been a fan of simple quilts and pretty colours, and you have helped develop this style so much.
    Thanks for your amazing contribution to the world of quilting.

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    Amanda says:

    First, I love this quilt! It looks like a great way to showcase a line that you love! Second, I can’t believe you’ve only been doing this a year! You are an amazing inspiration to me!! Third, I’m kinda new to quilting so I like to stick to one line/designer at a time. I’m just not comfortable picking colors on my own yet. But, I do love to make up my own patterns. Right now, I love scrappy quilts, but since I haven’t been quilting long, I don’t have all the scraps I need. I’ve actually bought fabric to make scrappy quilts. NUTS!

    Beautiful quilt! Congrats on 1 year!

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    Terri says:

    Congrats on your anniversary, Ashley! I am really wishing I had bought some of this collection of fabrics! This quilt is so adorable. I tend to not do improv quilting, but I don’t always follow a pattern either. I look at a pattern and then make up my own. I also tend to stick within the same collection, adding solids for contrast. Thanks for the chance.

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    Karen says:

    I love the wonky crooked not perfect look – and I love the splash of colour on a white background. Makes my insides smile. πŸ™‚

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    Jessica says:

    what a beautiful mini quilt….

    i really like all different types of quilts…i’m all about trying different things…so i’m all for a pattern or going my own way….i just love to see the blocks come together and turn into something that someone will cherish and know you made with love….

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    Gina says:

    I love your site so much it’s at the top of my rss feed! You inspire me; I’ve never seen anything you created that I didn’t want to start myself πŸ™‚

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    Michelle says:

    I love your blog and am inspired by your quilts. I think what I like most about your quilts is their originality in design. I am still at the stage of mostly of making copies of quilts I see in books. It is nice to come here and see things that are totally unexpected.

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    jody says:

    OOh, I hope #304 is a lucky number:) I remember the first time I saw your blog and your designs….and it just inspired me again to be creative. I’ve always had a creative side to me, even as far back as a little girl, but over the years got away from it. I am happy to say that I’ve tapped back into that creative spirit over the last year and have been knitting & sewing like crazy…things for my little girl. So, thank you!!! Keep up with the “obsession”!!! Thanks for such a great giveaway!!!

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    Angie says:

    Your little beauty is stunning! Congratulations on your “first anniversary”. You have accomplished so much and been such a motivational force to so many! . . . . My husband (and I) bought me a new sewing machine for our 10th anniversary in July and I have yet to officially break it in. Better get moving! . . . Your wonderful blog is a joy to read and your pieces only get better and better. . . . I still think you ought to write a book!

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    Kim Lawonn says:

    Your colors are great! They make me happy. You are a great motivation for all of us.

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    Elizabeth K says:

    I can’t believe you’ve only been quilting for a year! I pieced together my first quilt top something like 3 years ago and the poor thing is still folded up in a box waiting to be quilted. I would love to win your quilt….my birthday is the 1st!

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    Colleen B says:

    I really like your quilts and I am amazed and impressed by the fancy stuff you do on the backs! I’ve made a few quilts but I have never done any fancy “quilting” to put them together. I’m excited to try that next. Thanks for sharing your talents online and for posting so many pictures!

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    Susie says:

    Congrats on your anniversary! Your quilts are beautiful, hard to believe you’ve only been at it that long : ) My favorite types of quilts change often, but the one that keeps pulling me back is the log cabin. It is so versatile, you can play and play and play with the blocks, the variations are unending! I also find myself putting a star in most of my quilts, hidden or as part of the main design.

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    Kelley says:

    Love your quilts…you are a fast quilter! I have never made the same pattern twice…that is my quilting quirk πŸ™‚ I like organized randomness. It is hard for me to be random, so I have to make myself sometimes. I could spend all day reading your blog and looking at the pictures of your amazing quilts πŸ™‚

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    kristen lejnieks says:


    It’s been so wonderful getting to know you over the past year! Congrats on this milestone and I look forward to seeing many more inspiring quilts!!

    Happy quilting,


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    Sarah says:

    Wow! 300 plus comments! To be honest, I just wanted to say congratulations on such a big milestone (though, that quilt would be super cool too :-))! Your quilts are incredibly inspiring. Recently, I used a pattern to make a quilt for my daughter to take to school for naps and had extra fabric left over, so I made the back all improvy (a la FITF) and LOVED it. Keep up the excellent work! Is it wrong to be excited that it’s getting to be winter and you’ll be inside creating more (and blogging more?)? πŸ™‚ PS Did you ever find out what kind of machine you got at the thrift store? The cool gray one?

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    Alexis says:

    What a lovely quilt! Congratulations on your one year of quilting, I think I’m just at my one year too, but with the first one made completely by hand and having a baby in the middle I haven’t made quite as many as you!!!! I love your blog – such an inspiration, in fact ‘the quilting I’m working on now is inspired by your straight and curved lines quilting. I like the look of randomness, but I made a random quilt and I didn’t enjoy the process or the finished article. Here’s to another wonderfully productive year of quilting.

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    Nicole B. says:

    Wow! Very impressive for only a year! Your work is inspiring! Keep it up, I’m starting to catch your “crazy” obsession too!

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    Cristina says:

    I don’t often enter contests, but my husband and I are celebrating our fourth wedding anniversary on October 1st so I thought maybe that would make me lucky! Your quilts are beautiful! I have started a couple myself, but have yet to finish any of them. Maybe someday when the babies are a little older.

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    Lydia says:

    I love this quilt–great job! I don’t quilt but am fascinated by those who do. My grandmother has quilted for as long as I can remember and I cherish every quilt I have from her. My favorite designs are bright colors in geometric patterns.

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    Rosie says:

    Thank you for sharing your quilting life with us. I started quilting 3 months ago. I love it. I’m self taught, so there have been lots of learning experiences, but I have managed to finish one quilt and almost finish two more.

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    MARTY says:

    Please enter me to win. Oh, and by the way I like to quilt without a pattern. I love just starting and making it up as I go. It just feels more like my own artwork when I do it that way. I will mix up fabric lines for sure. I just don’t know how you have time to quilt as much as you do. Do you sleep? Thanks

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    Amanda says:

    I love this quilt. I like to mix up fabric lines but I love flea market fancy too! Your blog is inspiring.

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    Grace says:

    I love the quilt! I tend to lean towards quilt as you go method rather than using patterns. I am for the whimsical touch, with bold colors and white backgrounds, even using batik fabrics is lovely!

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    Lisa says:

    Wow, I can’t believe all you have finished in just a year!!! I love to use fabrics from the same line in my quilts and then use the scraps mixed with other lines after I finish the first quilt in scrappy quilts. I love all your creations, and your blog.

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    Michelle says:

    I think that Autumn blush quilt is to die for. I LOVE the light pink in there with the beautiful fall colors. Just getting started quilting. Thank you for all of the beautiful inspiration!

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    Megan Kay says:

    wow, 316 comments already! I hope that in one year my blog is as successful as yours! I absolutely love all your quilts you and Red Pepper Quilts have been my inspiration to start quilting and I am slowly learning. My current favourite fabrics are FMF – of course! I love seedlings and I have managed to find all the colours except for the putty which I would love love love to find somewhere – or hopefully they just reprint it. I also love Good Folks by Anna Maria Horner, just love the colours and the shapes and textures. Also can’t go past the old faithful Amy Butler. I love all Fresh Modern quilting, lots of white and bright colours, and also love linen and bright, I could go on and on…but I won’t! Thanks for the opportunity in your giveaway, would love a little piece of FMF and Film in the Fridge! x

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    Donna says:

    I have done both – made a quilt from all one line of fabric, and then also mixed and matched. I feel as though the former is easier somehow .. sometimes I take great joy in matching fabrics though . . I feel a bit of a ‘cheat’ when I use all the same line . . even though so far when I’ve done that they number close to my favourite!

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    Jennifer says:

    I’m somewhat new to quilting and mostly gathering ideas/inspiration still – I don’t quite have a style yet. But I love the two little stars on the back of this one – that’s definitely getting tucked away!

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    Lovely stars!

    I really like making quilts with unexpected colour combinations – Like the one I made with dusky purple, dusky oranges and reds, and soft buttery/ochre yellow.

    I have only stuck to one line when I made up a charm pack into a quilt. I much prefer to mix up my fabrics.

    I really love seeing what you are making – keep up the lovely blog!

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    kate says:

    Happy Anniversary!! Only a year, you are one talented lady! I love popping by your blog, it’s always a very inspirational place to visit.

    I love straight, symmetrical blocks and like to have a pattern as a guide but do like to change things!

    Thank you very much for the mini quilt giveaway x

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    Kendra says:

    Wow! I was so suprised to hear you’ve only been quilting for a year. Thanks to your inspiration, I just finished my first quilt. If I were even half as good as you in a year, I would be very lucky.

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    Oh what fun! I think October 1 is a great day, as it’s my nephew’s b’day as well! Unfortunately I don’t do much quilting, I’m more for quicker projects but I guess I shouldn’t say that since you seem to finish quilts faster than anyone!

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    Sina says:

    Happy anniversary! I have been following your blog for about 6 mos now. I have never seen any quilts like yours before. I have always made traditional quilts out of traditional quilting fabrics. You have inspired me to take the plunge into modern fabrics like Amy Butler and I actually placed my first order of it last week along with a bolt of white muslin! I just hope I can create modern quilts half as nice as yours. I would LOVE to win one of your quilts!

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    kama says:

    Super cool mini quilt! I would love to win. I’ve made a few quilts over the past year…or less I guess since I just took my first class in Feb. I love quilting. I’m also due with #2 on Jan. 5 and my son just turned 1 on Friday. Such fun times! πŸ™‚ Always love your quilts!

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    Meredith says:

    Thank you so much for all your posts – you are such an inspiration to me! I haven’t done many quilts, but am trying to get into it more – have LOTS of fabric I’ve collected that will be perfect for quilts – hope to get started soon, and your site gives me hope!

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    J.J. says:

    I’m like 333…kinda fun – but clearly you have an AWESOME following. I am so impressed at how you manage to get your stuff pieced, stacked AND quilted and bound so quickly! I have a ton of half-finished tops, I just like to start things I guess (and I can’t stand the layering/getting the back lined up/batting madness…so I end up with a lot of tops!) – I learned traditional “pattern” type piecing with my mom when I was a college student, but at some point (she says anyway) – I gave up on following any rules and just kept trying what I wanted. I’m much more “intuitive” and find I like my own “made up” stuff better. I like to mix and match, but I’m kind of a fat quarter HOG, I rarely buy MORE than a fat quarter unless it’s for borders or backing…and I love the simplicity of matching bundles…all tied up pretty in a set for you. Thanks for sharing all your beauty and fabulocity with us, it’s super-inspiring.

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    2hippos says:

    Your one year of quilting is amazing — and inspiring. I’m loving the wonky stars, especially the different sized ones in one quilt. That and a zig-zag quilt are on my list of quilts to make. Here’s to another excellent year of quilting.

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    Nathalie says:

    Just stumbled across all the quilting blogs by accident late spring and am now an addict! I love coming to your site and am amazed that you are so new to quilting. You do beautiful work. I have been making the “funky”, “wonky” stars for years and it is one of my favorite blocks. I am a fabriholic and collect many styles of fabric and use them together as long as they play nice with each other. πŸ™‚

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    Lila Jo says:

    What a fun little quilt! I mostly do baby blanket size… and have recently (inspired by you) done some fun wonky log cabin blocks. I am also now in love with using cream and white lots more, although I am finding it not horribly practical with two little ones running around. Thanks for the constant inspiration!

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    abcgirl says:

    I’m not going to read through all 334 responses before me, so I’m probably not going to say anything new, but I just wanted to let you know that I have loved pretty much every quilt you’ve put together. You have a fantastic eye for design and I hope you don’t mind if I borrow inspiration from you for a quilt or two in the future. Thanks for sharing your wonderful work on this blog and on flickr. Oh, and I’m also very jealous of your stash.

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    Ashley says:

    Beautiful work! You’ve got such talent!

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    Hannah says:

    I’m so glad you blog. Your blog is one of my favorites. I know that I will always find inspiration here. I’ve been amazed to see how much you have grown as a quilter in a year and hope that I can do the same. πŸ™‚

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    Alissa says:

    Happy Anniversary!
    I am so happy that you started blogging-I love looking at your quilts! You have provided me with so much inspiration! When I saw your Wonderland quilt-I ordered the fabric right away so I could make one of my own-you have inspired me to give things a try-kind of breaking me out of my quilting shell! Thanks so very much!’
    Can’t wait to see what you make in the next year!

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    Mary Beth says:

    Happy first year of quilting! I began quilting in 2002 and haven’t stopped since. My husband calls me a fabricaholic and tells me I need a 12 step program (who knows maybe I do!). I love the FMF line and pray they bring it back! I’ve loved all the freedom in quilting that you bring to the table and the inspirations and ideas you offer!

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    Lauren says:

    Something I love…. Charm packs. There is something wonderful about pre-cut fabric : )

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    craftytammie says:

    I am new to quilting – and that’s why I think you are so amazing! Congrats on the year mark – it’s been a productive one πŸ˜‰

    My fave quilt (and the reason I wanted to start quilting) is one my great grandma started and my Nana finished. It’s all done by hand, and it’s a scrappy quilt made from diamond stars set with lime green sashing. It is my favorite thing in my house, and we all fight over it. Yes, we actually use it – I couldn’t stand it that my mom kept it folded up in a closet for years! If I am lucky enough to win yours, it will be in my living room as well!

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    Katie says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary. As a novice quilter I am amazed at all you’ve accomplished in such a short amount of time. And I love this mini quilt! Bright colors against a bright white background is a favorite color scheme of mine. I am constantly collecting fabric, and particularly love scouring estate sales/flea markets for vintage bits and pieces. I’m looking forward to more inspiration in the year ahead – thanks in advance πŸ™‚

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    Melanie C says:

    I love your blog…You are super talented!

    I also love the Flea Market Fancy fabric…I used it for my son’s crib quilt.

    I started out traditional quilting and have changed to modern.

    I love Free Spirit fabric!!!!

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    Nikki Maroon says:

    I am so inspired by your piecing and quilting style!
    I think this idea would make a fabulous baby quilt!

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    Jennifer says:

    I love seeing what you’re up to! I like patterns (I don’t have time to make most things up, I’d rather be sewing with that time) What I really love is this whole blog world. I’m inspired every single day. What was I doing before blogs???

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    Marija says:

    I’ve only discovered your blog a few weeks ago through flickr. I have made quilted cushion covers and a few other small quilted things over the past couple years but you’ve inspired me to make my first quilt and i thank you for that. This morning a received news that my friend gave birth to a baby boy, so another quilt is in order πŸ™‚

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    Bridgid says:

    I am overwhelmed (and quite jealous of) your productivity! That’s a great tribute to a huge milestone. For me, buying Denyse Schmidt’s book was the moment that I finally “got” what quilting was all about, so thanks for the additional inspiration.
    Enjoy your second year!

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    gina snyder says:

    Oh I would love to win!! Love, love, love old quilts!! I have several of my grandmother’s that I can remember her sewing on her treadle machine. So special!

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    Debbie says:

    What a beautiful quilt! I love FMF too but only own one small fat quarter – am hoping for the reprint!!
    I love your quilts and the ‘modern look’ and after reviewing all my ‘save-to-favorites’ pics, I’ve noticed I like wonky with white sashings. I am also a ‘fabric snob’ which is a very expensive quirk given that I live in South Africa so have to import ALL the designer fabrics.

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    Eeva says:

    You are a talent. So many quilts only in one year. This give away quilt is again beautiful!

    I like and would like to do modern, colourful quilts. But when ever I start to quilt I use traditional blocks and different shades of one colour. I don`t use any special fabric collection, I buy fabrics when ever I find something intresting.

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    Wendy says:

    Happy Birthday to you!
    A full year of quilting & look what you’ve achieved! All that in one year is outstanding stay-ability! Most impressed. I do LOVE a wonky star! I’ve made some recently into a quilt top for my 16 month old . . . yet to quilt it but now I’m thinking I like the soft folding machine quilted lines . . . I have only just got a great new machine with walking foot & need to challenge myself to start to do some more machine quilting. So many of my finished projects (that is when I actually finish!!!) are quilted with chunky pearle stitches by hand! Got to love your give away! Please oh Please be mine! Cheers from Australia . . .

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    Kim D. says:

    What a generous giveaway. Congrats, you’ve done a fantastic job for only quilting for a year. I like all kinds of quilts including art quilts, but most of all I love bright bold colors. If I don’t like the fabric I find it hard to finish the project. Like you I’m beginning to like white for a background, it looks modern and has a fresh appeal.

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    Lee Ann says:

    Love this quilt! Right now I’m adding lots of fabric to the stash and quilting very little due to time restraints. I visit your blog to get lots of inspiration for when I finally have the time to put all this fabric to good use!!

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    Julie says:

    Happy Blogiversary and thank you for 1 year of inspiration and sharing. You have renewed my lust for this obsession of ours. I am (was) a traditionalist, with my first love being 1800 vintage and 30’s quilts. I have been quilting for 20years always following a pattern until I found you via Tia (bushfire star blocks). I was inspired by your 1st finished quilt for 2009 and made 3 for donation to Tias cause along with 4 star quilts.
    All my friends are what I secretly call SQP (secret quilt police). I get lots of ‘those’ looks over their glasses when I show my latest quilt inspired by one of you young liberated girls. Noses go up and tongues click, click, and Sin of ALL Sins, I dare to sew my binding down by machine. The purists nearly faint….I’m sure they want to commit me to the dementia ward. Lost the plot completely they think.
    I would like to thank you for being the first to set me free. This new way (to me) of quilting is so liberating. I am having so much fun and getting quilts made faster.
    I’ve always been a scrap quilter and find the quilts I’ve made with just the one range are too blended. I like to mix any fabric ranges together.
    Your little giveaway quilt is just darling. The winner will be so lucky to get it. Thank you again for your generosity and inspiration. Here’s to many more years for you.

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    Rhonda Kueck says:

    You inspire me to quilt. I have come back to quilting after a long absence and you have helped.

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    Mokkakissa says:

    Hate traditional…. sorry πŸ™
    Love your autumn heather ross quilts… gonna copy one… I think…

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    Lynne CW says:

    It’s truly amazing that you have only been quilting for a year!!!. I just love your creativity, how envious I am that you have such a wonderful colour sense. I have been Quilting for about 10 years, mostly I adapt patterns or make up my own, using mostly traditional blocks. I’m very much wanting to do more “Art” Quilts, taking a most liberated approach to the piecing. I’m looking at old UFO’s and wondering if I can change the direction they were taking, as thought change as time goes by. I’d love to win your Quilt, it’s so fresh and inspiring.

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    Cynthia says:

    Although I don’t quilt yet, I visit your blog for inspiration. I’m going to take a class fall to get me off and running. I love the way you combine patterns and colors. I can’t believe you have only been quilting for one year. Congratualations.

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    Diane says:

    I follow your blog every day. I have been quilting for a few years and I love your color combination – always inspiring. My favorite quilts are a mixture of colors. I do have some Flea Market fabric – if I do not win I’ll hae to make my own (however, I probably will give that one away, too). I don’t have too many I have made. Easier to make then to give them away. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    Debbie G says:

    Congratulations on your first year of quilting! Your output is amazing – even to another obsessed quilter! I like modern quilts with lots of space and have only once made a quilt with a specific line of fabric (Jason Yenter’s Wintergraphix). Thanks for the great eye candy on Flickr and your blog.

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    Denise says:

    I love your blog. I was fascinated that you started to quilt and you have become an amazing quilter in such a short time. I am a beginner quilter and I get discouraged if I dont like how its coming out I will put it aside and not finish. I find your site inspiring for me never to give up! I loved your wedding pictures it was a beautiful wedding! I live in Florida! THanks again. Denise

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    Amanda says:

    you know, I love the way the wonky looks and I would love to try, but every time I go to try, I just can’t bring my self to do it. So I always end up with straight blocks. Your quilting had been such an inspiration and I can’t wait to see more!

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    blueblossomgirl says:

    Reading your blog has definately inspired me to quilt! I am new to quitling, so I’d prefer using a pattern, but most of them look too contrived for me. I love the “bento box” and the “snapshots” patterns, and love! the box in box pattern you used for the munki munki quilt. I prefer mixing fabric lines.

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    OMG!!!!!! Love it!!!!! Flea Market Fancy is one of my faves too!

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    Laurie says:

    I love the quilt you are giving away it is wonderful. I love all kinds of quilts at first I only did traditional qults but the longer I quilt the more I like the free form quilts and less traditional and my fabric choices seem to change on a regular basis. I have been following your blog for a while it is great. I love your style.

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    Carol says:

    I started quilting about 6 years ago but then discovered ebay and started selling my cushions but I am missing the quilting. I’ve only made 4 quilts but I didn’t machine quilted them myself but your blog and so many others have inspired me to try my own quilting so I have 2 quilts on the go at the moment which I’m going to attempt to quilt myself. I would love to win your quilt and hang it on my wall in my sewing room. Take care Carol from Australia

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    I am becoming more and more addicted to white backgrounds and sashings. Until I saw many of your quilts and Amanda Jean’s quilts I would have NEVER dreamed of using so much white….but….I LOVE the crisp clean look and plan on making more.

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    Margaret says:

    Add me to the list of those flea market fancy admirers! I love collections but mix it up as well. I tend to save my favorite fabrics not wanting to cut into them out of fear the project won’t turn out how I imagine it. Silly, just need to get over myself!

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    Cindy says:

    Congrats! I have been sewing for many years but just started quilting. I always thought quilting was something different (you know like the traditional log cabin, etc) and was surprised to see how fun and modern it can be. I only wish I had started sooner, I have sooo much to learn. I have started with the mini quilts and am enjoying that a lot. I have been following you for a while now and love the quilts you make. I can’t believe how fast you can whip these out! πŸ™‚ You do beautiful work! Thanks for the chance to win! and happy quilting! πŸ™‚

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    Jennifer Probasco says:

    I just started quilting this past summer and I must say that I have fallin deeply in love with it. I enjoy making up my own design but will follow a pattern if i find one that inspires me. Your blog is just that….an inspiration! thanks for all of the beautiful eye candy!

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    Cherie Moore says:

    I have been following, okay lurking ;), your blog for 6+ months and enjoy your fresh approach to creating quilts.

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    Kathy says:

    I actually don’t know how I found your blog, but I’m so glad I did. You along with “Quilt Dad” have re-awakened my love for quilts. Thank you. It amazes me that you have only been doing this for a year. Truely inspirational….. Congrats on your anniversary.

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    turtlewon says:

    love the site… happy to comment, provide encouragement and offer suggestions Ò€¦ please continue your crazy quilting obsession!

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    Jackie H says:

    I love your quilting obsession. It inspires me.
    My quilts start off being traditional but always seem to go wonky at the end.

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    Anna says:

    Hi Ashley,
    I’m a big fan of your blog. Wow, you’ve accomplished SEW much in just a year! I’ve been doing this for four years and only have a few things partially quilted. (Finished one baby quilt for a friend) To answer your questions, I think I’m in love with wonky although I have yet to make a truely wonky quilt. I think wonky is beautiful. I really enjoy using precut fabrics because since I work full time I don’t have a lot of time to actually cut fabrics too much or even to worry about if they coordinate. Your blog is an inspiration and congrats on one year!! I doubt I’ll win, but that quilt is beautiful. Keep up the good quilting!!


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    Micah says:

    Thank you for the chance at the beautiful giveaway, but thank you also for your beautiful blog. In one year you’ve created so much inspiration. Most of the quilts I have swimming around in my head are based on adaptations of your designs. Watching your work has taught me to let go of needing a pattern. So thank you, thank you for sharing your obsession with us.

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    Bear says:

    I can’t believe the zig zag quilt was your first… You have a natural talent for composition. My favorite quilts are wonky, creative, colorful designs with a worn-in, rippled texture. Yours continue to inspire me!

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    Lisa says:

    The quilt is beautiful! I learned to quilt several years ago but didn’t stick with it until I found all the inspiration on the internet. I enjoy looking at all the traditional quilts but I prefer to sew less traditional quilts.

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    Kathy says:

    I’ve been watching your blog, trying to get up the courage to try a quilt myself. I’ve got the sewing machine, some fabric, now I just have to find the time and dig in! Love your beautiful quilts

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    Brenda says:

    Along with the “please enter me!” I would also want to say that I love your quilts! I just started quilting about a month ago and have yet to finish a quilt (but I currently have 2 in the works). I really enjoy your blog and check in almost every day to see what you’ve been working on. What a great inspiration to think that in one year I might have a pile of completed quilts too!

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    Carrie says:

    I am a very new quilter – currently working on my 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. πŸ™‚ So far I’ve been using patterns, but my goal is to design my own. Modern quilts are my favorite!

    Your blog has been an incredible inspiration to me, and I absolutely adore your quilts!! I’m amazed at how much you’ve done in one year. Thank you for the giveaway and for sharing all the loveliness with us on your blog!

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    LFinn says:

    I have only made one small baby quilt/play mat (using Wonderland fabric, which I LOVE!!), so right now I feel like I should follow instructions until I am more confident with my quilting skills. I like modern-looking quilts, both wonky and straight, and prefer straight-lines to curved shaped (be they blocks or stars, I just like lines and angles rather than circles and other curved shapes). I love to see what you are doing, and I appreciate your eye for color and texture!

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    Claire says:

    I can’t believe that you’ve only been quilting for a year…that is SEW inspiring to me as a new quilter (well not that new, I’ve been quilting since March 2009). But I have to admit, that I do not like some of quilts that remind me of quilting in the old days, which is why I love your quilts and that I borrow some of you quilting designs for the modern quilt.

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    Isa says:

    This is so generous of you! It looks so good, I love the way you used just two stars in the corner of the back. It’s amazing you only made quilts for a year, you make some very beautiful and inspiring ones. At the moment I like to make the quilt pattern up, instead of following a pattern. Thank you for the chance.

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    bess says:

    that is a fabulous little quilt! great giveaway! my favorite quilt block has always been the 8-point star (very traditional), but i am SO loving these maverick stars!!! i just haven’t had the time to try them, yet!

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    Elizabeth says:

    I haven’t had the guts to attempt a quilt yet. I’ll buy fabric for a quilt and then stare and stare and stare at it then I’ll cut it up and use it for other projects, it’s a horrible cycle.

    I did, however, just receive 2 queen sized quilts that were entirely HAND pieced and quilted by my husbands 93 year old Grandmother. She used scraps of fabric people brought her from thrift stores since she doesn’t drive and they are so amazing. I am under strict orders from my husband that we cannot wash them because they smell like her house!

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    Wendy says:

    You are part of the reason that I just received 13 yards of solid kona cottons in the mail! You have inspired me to think outside the box and move towards using solids to show off the quilting – Thanks!
    Your little star quilt would look fabulous on my sewing room wall!

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    kelly O! says:

    Your blog has been *very* inspiring! Thank you so much for all the wonderful eye candy!

    I started quilting about three years ago, then veered off into garment making (hey, there’s a three year old girl in the house. Of course I’m going to make her some clothes! lol). Your blog and photos have pushed me back to quilt making. With a little bit of luck and some effort, I’ll finish up a UFO this weekend!

    Thanks so much for a wonderful giveaway. I’d love to hang it in my sewing room!

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    cath06 says:

    Well, how to begin
    First that I live in the south of france and was doing very traditional quilts
    Second, that you are one of these girls who reconciled me with quilts
    There are some many things I want to do like your creations that I do no know by which one to begin
    So, I just look at your quilts and say to me : I want to do this one, oh; no this one and again no, this one…
    So it would be a great honor to have one of your quilts in my house.
    (forgive me if my english is not so good)
    have a great day

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    Megan says:

    I have been stymied for years by PATTERNS. It is only in the last few months, by reading blogs like yours, Quilt Dad’s, the many Amys, that I have discovered how much more freedom and, well, joy I find in spontaneous, improvisational quilting. And the fabrics you’ve all introduced me to! Just bought a hard-to-find Heather Ross FQ two days ago, and CANNOT WAIT for it to arrive! I mix and match fabrics and designers, looking for the way the colors talk to each other or pop against each other–whatever’s fun. Thanks for the daily inspiration!

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    Sarah Hayden says:

    I prefer to let the fabric guide me to a final design. Through your blog and many others, I have found so many excellent examples of quilts that are anything but traditional but still seem connected to basic patterns. I also connect with any blogger who is as obsessed with fabric as I am! I have fabric that I don’t think I’ll every cut!

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    Jen Gough says:

    Your quilts are always so inspiring! I found your blog months ago and check in to see what type of quilt you are working on. Still have hopes of making my own this winter! I love the wonky quilts the best.

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    Crystal says:

    Please enter me into your awesome giveaway!!

    I like to do the straight lines the best, but I am terrible at it, so it turns into a wonky without me evening knowing it!! As for fabric I use whatever I can get my hands on. One day I will be able to afford such pretty material!

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    Tracy T. says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary! You certainly have come a long way in one year! I love making a lot of different type of quilts, from improvisational, to traditional patterns from a book, to nine-square madness, and am just now working on my first curved piecing quilt – it’s fun! I love the vibrancy of Kaffe Fasset fabrics, but am now working in a more muted color palette and love that, too. Keep having fun!

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    Suzette says:

    Wow, what a year. I have been reading your blog for about six months and I have to say that is helped inspire me to do a bit more on my own blog. I am a knitter first then a sewer, then a quilter, but I really enjoy the photos that you post. Keep the creativity coming.

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    I can’t believe it’s been a year! I do love using patterns but usually my own, or some variation of something πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

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    Alisa says:

    Oh my, what a cool giveaway. First, I love your work. It’s quite beautiful and your use of color….awesome! Well, I love to “play” with fabric. All fabric, any fabric. I look at patterns, but usually end up doing my own thing. I like to make things and almost always end up giving them away. Thanks for the chance to own such a lovely quilt. : )

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    Sorrel says:

    OMG – You’ve only been making quilts for a year!! There’s still hope for me, then! I love checking this site. You’re quilts are great, and you have something new to see so often! I also enjoy making my own patterns. I buy a lot of fabrics that I find out later are Alexander Henry. So far, just baby quilts, but I’m gearing up to do something a bit bigger soon!

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    I’m just beginning to learn how to quilt since finding all of these great blogs by quilters. I’m working on a very traditional quilt at the moment, but my eye is definitely much more attracted to the modern quilts like those you sew. I hope that I’ll be able to try many different types in the future!

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    CJ says:

    I am an avid quilter and I love your style. I check your website every morning as part of my daily startup routine at work. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Kolleen says:

    I really like to use a fabric line. I don’t mind mixing it up, but I love how a line really ties together color wise. I don’t follow a pattern very consistently–too hard for me to actually follow directions. I’m going to try that mixed straight and curved line quilting–it looks great on your quilts! Thanks for all the inspiration!

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    Angela says:

    Your quilting growth has been inspiring over the year! Your color choices are wonderful and I’m curious what you have up your sleeve for this next year.
    You motivated me to create a string quilt this weekend and I used newsprint (new, to avoid rub off) and the paper came off easily and almost by itself. Try it, you might be very happy. I had used copy paper before and this beat it, hands down.
    So, what IS next for you? Maybe a photo book of your quilts, A Year of Quilts? It could be the start of a series.

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    Jenny L says:

    Hi – Best giveaway EVER! I usually start with a pattern, but screw up somewhere along the way so the end result is never like I picture it in my head. You inspired me to try two quilts – I did a fat zig zag for one daughter’s bed with some huge appliques and random horizontal stripes for the other. Love them and I never would have tried them without seeing your pictures! Thanks!

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    Julianna says:

    I love stars, white sashing/backgrounds, patchworks and bright colours.

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    Valerie says:

    How very fun and generous! I love your blog, and can’t believe how much you always seem to accomplish and crank out so quickly — truly inspiring. I would love to say that I love modern quilts the best, but I pretty much have an appreciation for ALL quilts, now knowing how much time and effort (and LOVE) goes into each one. I just love quilts. Plain and simple. πŸ™‚

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    Nicole Gendy says:

    Your quilt is so lovely. I love how you did the quilting on it. I am going to try it on the quilt I will start this afternoon.

    I usually use patterns but I modify them. I do like seeing a quilt that I like and trying to figure out how I can make it. And I sometimes change some of the details too.

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    Chris says:

    My favourite type of quilt has to be log cabin – or any variation on that theme. I recently bought Denyse Schmidt book which I keep going back to. I love the idea of improvising blocks but am a bit too controlled!! Hoping to loosen up a bit. I did make a few maverick stars for an appeal & they were fun to do – prhaps I’ll have to give it another go!

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    Rita says:

    I too started quilting recently. I finished my first quilt January 1 of this year. I got a new sewing machine that is marvelous and felt inspired. I tend to go for wonky, then it doesn’t matter so much with the precision. I’m learning, though. It is so rewarding!

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    Kristi M. says:

    I look forward to reading your blog everyday! The fact that you have been quilting for such a short time really does not come across in your quilts. They are all amazing. I find everything you work on to be very inspiring… I am still wanting to start a half hex quilt. Though I have to be honest, I am a bit intimidated by it.

    Congratulations on your first year! I look forward to the years ahead πŸ™‚

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    Donna says:

    First, I would like to compliment you on your quilt. It is so pretty. I tend to stay with fabric lines and then I keep all the scraps together in a zip lock bag for any scrap project I might like to do. For my first quilts, I used patterns and now I do a combination of patterns and I also wing it. I seem to favor coin stack quilts (with white sashing) for my scraps.

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    jennifer says:

    I love your blog. I have been quilting/sewing since xmas 2007 and still can’t quilt as well as you. πŸ™‚ Your blog inspires me to keep going and keep trying new things.
    Jennifer in CO

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    Jodi says:

    Love your blog. I am always inspired when I visit. I love mixing it up! I love wandering the fabric store and finding fabrics from different designers and different lines. Mixing and Matching as I go. There’s a thrill when you find just the right green or red or blue or whatever from two completely different lines and they go so terrifically together. I high five myself all the time. LOL Thanks for blogging! Thanks for sharing your wonderful talents! Can’t wait for the next year. ;o)

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    Elaine Williams says:

    You are so accomplished already! What will your quilts be like in 5 or 10 years from now! I am impressed with your talents…….I would love to win the star quilt.

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    Marie says:

    Nice little quilt.
    I still have to finish my 1st quilt (I have 4 in various stages of completion: 1 is being hand quilted, 1 needs borders and backing, and the other 2 are still missing some blocks)
    I like straight lines in most everything I do. but especially in quilting. I also prefer small prints to big prints and love solids and batiks.

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    Meaghan says:

    I am blown away that you have only been quilting for a year – your work is beautiful and I’m always excited when you have a new post! I think I have a more modern style of quilting, but I haven’t done anything wonky yet. It took me a while to get used to that look, and I’m trying to practice being precise before I go the imprecise route. I need to still build my skills I think. I hope I win your mini quilt! It’s simple and so pretty!

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    Mama Gast says:

    I love that quilt. It would be so inspirational to me, hanging over my quilting table. I love to follow patterns. For me quilting is so soothing, so relaxing, so peaceful. I like that the lines match up, everything is straight and even…ahhh, I am such a dork!

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    Jenny S says:

    Your blog is fantastic, always an inspiration. I only got the quilting bug just over a year ago too, but I have two small children so am a lot less prolific than you unfortunately! I don’t really do patterns, just make it up as I go, and I use whatever fabric I like the look of – not very scientific! My greatest achievement is making a quilt for my four year old which he now sleeps under every night – it makes me happy just to see him!

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    Nicole says:

    You are such an inspiration! Congrats on the one year quilt anniversary!
    I collect lots of colorful modern and girly fabrics and tend to mix them up when quilting. Before I start a quilt I sit down with my Quilt Binder full of graph paper and map it out first…down to pieces and the layout of cutting my fabric! I know! I’m going to try a wonky quilt before the end of the year…and Quilt Dad has a great tutorial/quilt along right now!

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    Suzanne Kohler says:

    Congratulations on the anniversary! I have been quilting for 10 years or so, but I have not made nearly as many quilts as you have!!!! I love color — I mostly use fabrics from multiple lines in a quilt. I like the thin batting, both wonky and traditional patterns. I like both following a pattern and doing my own thing…..all in all I just love quilts and the process of making one. Thanks for all your inspiration!

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    sandra says:

    Well, I love fabrics, all fabrics… I’m new at quilting and everything I do is inspired on blogland and learned on the nice tutorials the girls share… Thanks for sharing all your gorgeous quilts with us!
    Great giveaway!

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    Robbie Stanley says:

    Happy Anniversary!! Love the giveaway quilt; great stars. And the pics of the autumn quilt are beautiful.

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    Karen says:

    Happy Quilt Anniversary!
    It was also one year ago that I discovered the world of internet sites & blogging which has meant that I am almost as obsessed with following sewing blogs (and downloading tutorials!) as I am about sewing.
    I remember coming across your blog just before Chrismas and I have been checking back with you each week to see what you are up to. I have enjoyed making the beach bag and the market bag and am about to try a baby quilt in wonderland and white sashing. For me, one of the things that I love about your site is your use of colour in your work – they are all bright, fresh and friendly all at the same time! You have been a real inspiration for me, so thanks again

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    Bonnie says:

    Wow, this is an awesome quilt and an amazing giveaway. Thank you so much for the chance! I love your blog (actually went back and read the archives when I found it) and your work is spectacular. I can’t believe it has only been a year!

    Right now I have one and a half quilt tops finished (my first ones) and they are just from charm packs. I love the look of improv/wonky/scrappy quilts but haven’t had the guts to try it yet. So I am still in “practice and stash build” mode πŸ˜‰

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    flossyblossy says:

    Firstly congrats on the 1 year quilting!! I have been quilting about 4 years and am hooked!
    Secondly, i would love you to enter me. I’m not a very lucky person but i did win a quiz at work and it’s my birthday this week so i figure i might be in with a chance!! πŸ™‚
    I love to make all kinds of quilts but i probably lean more towards traditional with bright modern fabrics. I sometimes use patterns but like to make them up as i go more often than not. I am fairly new to ‘wonky’ but am loving it as it’s so quick!! I used to use fabrics from the same line but as my stash would now sink a battleship i now have the luxury of having enough fabrics to mix them up.

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    what a wonderful giveaway! thank you for allowing us all the chance to win. congrats on the year! as for the quilts i like, wonky or traditional, same fabric line or eclectic? it completely depends on my mood since there are so many patterns and fabrics to choose from these days. i really have to let the fabric or pattern speak to me. and yes, fabric does speak if you listen closely enough. I am sure you hear it calling to you “buy me”. πŸ™‚

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    Tara says:

    I just got my first very own sewing machine this month for my birthday. So far I have made a “quilt” that is about 8″x8″ (yeah I meant that in inches). πŸ™‚ It was just for practice and to see how the machine worked. it will probably end up as a rug for Barbie. I have also been working on a denim blanket for a friend who is having a baby. And I found a bunch of purse/tote patterns that I want to try too.

    I like patterns and I like to try things on my own. Right now I feel more comfortable with a pattern as I figure out how things work. My grandmother was a quilter and I grew up with very straight lines and patterns, so I am excited to branch out. I love the string quilts that you have made and love that not all of the strips are exactly the same size-like life.

    I love looking at your pictures! I hope, with practice, my quilts will have a similar feel. I love the quilting you do, random, yet organized.

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    Kathy says:

    Oh my goodness, I can’t believe you only finished your first quilt a year ago! I tend to accumulate fabric without a project in mind, necessarily. Which means I’m much less likely to use a bunch of coordinating fabrics. Without a project I don’t know how much to buy! Even so, I probably need to undertake a scrap project or two to tame the scrap bin!

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    Well, having been given a new sewing machine…after 25 years, I just recently began sewing with the intent that this time around, my sewing wouldn’t be out of necessity (I have five children) but more for me…hehehe (ok, well, for my home and my friends) … and then I found all these wonderful sites about quilting…and YOURS! I was so excited to see quilting into the new age!!!! Your quilts were the first I had seen that weren’t the old time, boring fare…not that any quilt could ever be boring..but you know…much more modern!!! So, because of my inspiration from your site…I just finished my FIRST QUILT EVER! It was one I made for Quilts for Kids…so, I gave my first quilt away…but now…I am sewing for me…ADDICTED is a great word…and I know you get it…afterall, you are responsible for giving it to ME!
    Thank you for all the great tips, pics, and the great year of quilts!!!

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    Beth Ellen Fink says:

    Please enter me, and I have to say that I am inspired to start my own blog (and open an etsy shop this Fall) by you and the many other quilters out in Blogland. I am glad to hear that blogging has got you sewing more, and I hope it works the same way for me!

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    Camela says:

    I mix all kinds of fabrics upÒ€”I think the most fun to me is mixing the patterns and colors to create something pleasing. Most recently I followed your strip quilting paper squares tutorial to create a baby blanket that just makes me happy to look at! It was supposed to be for upcoming baby 2, but our first child has kind of adopted it. As has the dog . . .

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    Natalie says:

    OMG, I can’t believe you have only been quilting for a year! I am impressed with what you have done in one short year. I have to say that I get inspired by your quilts all the time. I love modern quilting and love the liberty of wonky/ improve anything. Congrats on your first anniversary…. here’s to many more!

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    Amy says:

    Wow. I guess I’d have to say I like quilts that have been improvised and made personal. I like how you use prints in moderation and showcase them. I tend to not like busy quilts and yours are just sublime. Thanks for letting us all in on your journey and congratulations!

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    Nicole says:

    Thank you for hosting such a great giveaway! I love Amy Butler, Heather Bailey and Heather Ross fabrics. I’ve never had any Flea Market Fancy fabric, but I signed the petition to bring it back! I go for traditional quilts, although I tried sewing some wonky log cabins for a quilt block swap and loved them!

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    Marta says:

    I do not quilt, but I visit you a lot because I love all your quilts. It is incredible that you have been quilting for only one year, incredibe!!!!!!

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    Dee Martin says:

    Ashley, congratulations! I know I have enjoyed following you (lurker mode) and you have inspired so many of my own quilts in one way or another. I have you linked on my own blog for the string quilt tutorial and I’ve had so much fun with that pattern.
    My favorite type of quilt is one where you learn something new about sewing, quilting, yourself or the person you’re making the quilt for. Learning is a lifelong passion and I think you and I share that. You’ve come so far and I’d like to think we learn as much from our mistakes and new endeavors than we do from getting things right or perfect all the time.
    I like using patterns, but then like it when these lead you to new patterns you think up on your own. Your string quilt pattern has made me make up a string quilt block of my own. It was challenging to take a pattern and do something new, but fun and I gained so much in the effort.
    I love wonky! Log cabins and stars…I want to mix them up in a quilt someday soon. Traditional blocks and patterns make me sentimental, I like that.
    I’m saving Moda’s Aviary for a quilt and love Heather Bailey and Erin McMorris…but mixing it up is so much fun! Our vacation quilt is a favorite because I have Kaffe Fassett, Heather Bailey, Amy Butler and scraps from years ago and some from when I was little…from outfits my mom made for me.
    Now that you know so much about me, you know how much I would love winning a quilt by you. The Flea Market Fancy looks fabulous in this and I hope they bring it back into production.
    Even if I don’t win, I’ll still follow the blog, gain insight, learn new things and be inspired by all of your beautiful quilts!

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    Erin says:

    Thanks for all your great inspiration! I can’t believe you’ve only been quilting for a year. I love every single one of my quilts and have more than one of them filed away in my “to-do someday” bookmarks! πŸ™‚

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    Stephanie says:

    Congrats on one year of quilting and heaps of beautiful quilts to show for it! Obviously you are rocking the quilting and blogging world – yay!! I’m totally an improv quilter, whatever fabric is speaking to me, I just go with the flow. I love wonky and scrappy and even perfectly square – every piece is it’s own, ya know? Thanks for the opportunity to win such a work of art.

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    melly~ says:

    your quilts are so inspiring! (and i’m not just giving you a little smooch there, either!)
    i love the wonkiness and when the back is finished so thoughtfully.
    i think i might die if i win, so choose carefully! πŸ˜‰

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    Megan says:

    Gosh your quilts are all so amazing. It’s so inspiring to know that it was only 1 year ago you first finished a quilt. I don’t know if I’ll be producing up to your par that quickly, but it’s nice to know it’s possible.

    I would be so honored to win!! πŸ˜€

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    Sorry but I had to read your post a couple of times :: only one year! ONE YEAR! That is amazing! Your work is stunning!

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    Jeanie G says:

    i’ve just started quilting and i can only dream that this time next year i’ll have such beautiful pieces of art as you have! thanks for the inspiration!

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    jennifer s says:

    congrats on one year!!! i’m almost there – just have til december. i was thinking of a giveaway for my 100th post, but maybe i should do it for the blogiversary instead. i’m usually a traditional quilt maker, but i’ve come up with a few on my own or without a specific pattern. i’m working on my first official “wonky” quilt right now with quilt dad’s quilt-along.

    it’s a lovely quilt and i’ve love to be the proud owner.

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    Jamie says:

    So inspiring that you have only been quilting for one year. You give me hope!

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    Martha says:

    Well, in the one year that you’ve made numerous quilts, I have yet to get the nerve up to make my first one. I’ve made a couple of starter projects, but just haven’t gotten there yet. Here’s to hoping that I’ll be there next year. You are very inspiring!

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    Kristin says:

    Beautiful quilt! I’m a huge fan of liberated piecing, free hand quilting, applique, wonky and quirky quilts. I also really appreciate perfect piecing and meticulous quilts, I just can’t do it myself. I love the creative aspect of starting with something and adding to it, but not knowing where I’ll end up. Liberated stars are some of my favorites, so this quilt would fit right in with mine at home! Congratulations on a year of quilting!

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    suzanne says:

    i love your blogsite! your quilts are the main inspiration that started my quilting craze 6 months ago. i look forward to seeing your new creations!
    holy cow! there are already over 400 comments-hope i win!!

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    Karen L says:

    I just stumbled on your blog last week and have already become a full fledge stalker! I love, love, love you rick rack napkins and plan on making some for my MIL for Christmas. She is a huge quilter and is helping me from afar make my first quilt. I’m hoping it gets finished by the end of the year. Your site is such an inspiration!! Thanks.

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    thank you for your inspiration. i haven’t “known” you for all that long, but i enjoy coming by and getting jazzed up. the simplicity and beauty of your designs always leaves me thinking about what i might try next.

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    Linda says:

    I have so enjoyed your blog and your quilts. I can’t believe you have been only been quilting a year! I have not been quilting long, but love the look of the “modern quilt”. I am not very confident about choosing colors and fabrics, so I buy mostly kits at this point. Hopefully, I will learn and get better at choosing fabrics. I would love to win this quilt.

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    Yay for a quilt giveaway! I almost never use patterns, but have been learning that I could get a lot more done if I did. Whenever I use one I tend to alter it and thus negate the whole time-saving advantage. πŸ™‚

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    lindsey says:

    Happy quilt-iversary! I just got a book on vintage quilts and those are currently my favorite. Simply yet complex all at the same time!

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    Beth L. says:

    I was never really into quilting until I found modern quilts and fabrics — I never even thought I could sew. Now, I’m embarking on my first quilt!
    Love your blog — and your quilts.

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    Heather says:

    Congratulations! I am just in awe of what you have accomplished. I’m just beginning with sewing. I received a machine for my birthday, and am hoping to get the courage to try a quilt sometime soon. I love your patterns, so clean and cheerful.

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    Pokey says:

    You are so inspirational to “us” out here, and very accomplished for-one year of quilting!?! That is so hard to believe! I collect quilt patterns and magazines left and right, and then tend to do my own thing when it comes down to a project. I attend a community quilt class, that is always great for new ideas across varied ‘mindsets’ of creativity. This summer, though, the greatest inspiration for me has been fresh looks like yours in the quilt blogging community. I have brought different projects to my class from tutorials online, and your site is one I always mention! Thank you for this opportunity, :-}

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    Amber Lee says:

    I love all types of quilts. I tend to mix up the fabrics, more because I don’t know what is what (though I am learning because of beautiful quilts like yours). My most recent top was inspired by an old shirt of my husbands, so I like throwing in stuff like that too.

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    Amanda A says:

    Happy blogiversary! I like traditional and modern quilt patterns. The last quilt I finished was a baby quilt of whirlygiggle blocks in pink and brown. As always, I wish I would have more time to get things done, but a few quilts a year will have to be enough until the kids are older!! You inspire me so much – thanks for all your beautiful work πŸ™‚

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    Kim says:

    I have only made one quilt top so far and I used a pattern from Ohfransson. I believe I am hooked. I absolutely love the modern quilts and I hope I will soon be able to create beautiful quilts.

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    Hannah says:

    I can’t believe all you have done in one short year! I have only finished one quilt so far, but I have about a million other quilts in my head. I will probably use a pattern for the next few that I do and then i can see myself enjoying making it up as I go.

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    jamie says:

    what quilter doesn’t enjoy talking about their favorite kind(s) of quilts? as per me in regards to patterns, i LOVE looking (mostly online) at what others have done. then i kind of mix my favorites in my head and go from there. but i do like simple patterns for when i need a creative break. my favorite fabrics tend to have some retro-ness to them. be it 30’s or 50’s or the trendy “modern with a vintage/retro feel” ones. as for putting fabrics together, i’m still learning to put colors together properly πŸ™‚ but i like the look of each. i find matchy-matchy quilts soothing, but (again with the but) i like the exciting look of quilts with random, unexpected pieces.

    so that’s that about me. thanks for sharing your blog and these lovely creations of yours. oh, and pick me – that quilt is perfect!

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    Heather says:

    I have only done one quilt in my life, but hope to do more in the future, perhaps when kids are a little older. I kind of prefer the look of less traditional quilts and would probably skip using patterns. However I am very inexperienced so we’ll see what happens. Your quilts are beautiful and an inspiration.

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    Ann says:

    Wow what a lot of comments! And what a tremendous number of quilts you have done. I like browsing them to get ideas for what to do with my fabric stash. I am trying to keep up the the Red Barn Quilt Along so I am doing a baby wonky block quilt or at least dreaming of doing it. I am excited to be quilting again after a 10 year haitus and having online groups makes is so much fun.

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    Brenna says:

    Such a pretty little quilt! I’m more of a modern, make it up as you go, wonky kind of person. But I appreciate all kinds of quilting!

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    Katie says:

    I love using a lot of different types of fabrics and colors. People in the quilt shops often say to me, “my, won’t that be a scrappy quilt.” I like using modern fabrics with traditional patterns. I’ve been quilting for about a year and I’m mostly self-taught, so I’m trying to learn the basics before I branch out.

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    Paty Z. says:

    Ashley: I´ve been following your blog for a while and I just love the way you combine colors. Actually you have made me change the way I see quilting. Where I live, unfortunately, we don´t have “collections of fabrics”. I have a little quilt shop that only brings the fabrics that the owner likes. I live in Mexico and it´s quite expensive to import fabrics from other countries. But I have managed and I have some quilts really beautiful. When someone of my family goes to USA I ask them to bring any fabric that they like. I have already made a zig zag quilt, thanks to your tutorial, and it turned quite nice. You have been an inspiration! Thank you and keep doing lots of quilts. Congratulations!

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    Rebecca says:

    Congratulations on your Quiltiversary! I am pretty new to quilting. My mom has been making quilts for the last 15 years or so and she has very traditional taste. I have always enjoyed the quilts that she makes, but over the last 7 months or so I have been reading your blog and others and learned that there was a more modern way of quilting that has totally inspired me! I do really like the wonky-figure-it-out-as-you-go method, but I do still like patterns as well. Oh- and I like to use a line of fabric. mostly because I think that I have trouble choosing fabrics that go together and if they are all in the same line, I know that they match!

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    Jenni says:

    Congrats on the year of quilting! And thank you so much for sharing that wonderful year on-line! Your blog continues to be so inspiring. Personally, I like all types and styles of fabric and quilting. I like to mix things up and keep collections separate, I like to go wonky and I enjoy straight lines with square seams. I guess that’s the obsession for me…I love it all!!! Thanks again for sharing, Ashley! Here’s to another wonderful year! πŸ™‚

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    Jessica says:

    congratulations! what you have achieved in this last year is incredible. well done, you.
    i am a make it up as i go, wonky, mix it up kind of gal.
    i never have liked being told what to do. following patterns is boring to me, but that might explain why i haven’t been that successful with quilting. perhaps i need to give patterns a shot.
    good luck in the years to come!

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    Korie says:

    Adorable little quilt, as always! Flea Market Fancy was one of the first fabrics I bought – the first in a loonnng line of purchases! I love modern quilts, especially wonky ones. I can truly appreciate the work put into traditional quilts, but for me there is nothing like today’s modern quilting fabric on a quirky quilt.

    Congrats on your anniversary! Don’t let anyone tell you it’s an obsession…obsessions are bad, fabric is good.

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    claudia says:

    it is so amazing and adorable what you´ve achieved over just one year! i admire your work so much – please keep up this inspiring, wonderful work!!!!
    Congrats to your anniversary and all the best from Germany,

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    Siew says:

    Well I mean to quilt. I think about quilting. I buy fabric, books and kits for quilting. But do I do it? No. Too many competing interests for my time. But every time I see one of your quilts it makes me want to quilt even more. I can’t believe you’ve been doing it for just a year.

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    Corinne says:

    I can never seem to actually follow a pattern. I usually get inspiration from what other people are doing and then go from there, hopefully mostly using my stash!

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    Callipygian says:

    You’ve only been making quilts for a year?? I’m even more impressed than I was before!

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    elizabeth says:

    9 months of quilting and I am addicted to fabric. Since I am unable to paint or sculpt, I use fabric to express my creativity. I am inspired by the back of your quilts–I love that they aren’t plain, but hold a surprise and a smile when you turn them over. Oh, and I like to mix fabrics from many lines and designers looking more for what appeals to me in the moment, but I have tracked down a designer to get fat quarters of an entire line when I fell in love. Best wishes on your anniversary–your blog is a joy.

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    Lisa says:

    Can’t believe you have only been quilting for a year Love your sense of colour and style. I am fairly eclectic in my quilt taste although have been gearing more towards more modern design recently. I love incorporating lots of white!

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    jenny says:

    How beautiful! Thank you so much for doing this giveaway! You are so generous!
    I love to quilt. Currently I am working on a Grandmother’s Flower Garden pattern. It’s going to take the REST OF MY LIFE to finish. πŸ™‚ I’m paper piecing it and it’s pretty slow going. But it’s going to be beautiful.
    I love all types. I especially love simple designs. Like your Baby Wonderland quilt. LOVE that.
    Fav fabric line would have to be the Far Far Away fabrics. Cute cute.

    Thanks again!

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    Ann says:

    Hi. I completed my first quilt May this year for a friends baby. It is definitely addictive though I haven’t started on any new projects since but my fabric collection has grown considerable since that first quilt. I have to stop myself from going to the fabric shops because I know I cannot control myself and have to come out with something. I enjoy reading your blog and am always amazed at how quickly you complete a quilt. Keep up the good work!

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    Denise says:

    I love your blog. I am inspired that you have not been quilting very long. Neither have I . I love wonky quilts. I love the freeform type of quilts it makes each quilt unique. I love Denyse Schmidt fabrics but I always mix it up. I cannot afford to do otherwise. I would probably decorate my new sewing room with this quilt. God BLess

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    Kelly says:

    I came across your blog just lately and I must say you make a girl want to quilt!!! I’m a knitter but I haven’t quite got the sewing thing down yet. Some day I will and I’ll have all these wonderful posts to look back on and inspire me!

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    Amanda says:

    I love, love, love this wee quilt! Your blog is absolutely insirational.

    As for my quilting style… I *love* wonky quilts but the ones I make are usually not so. I’m a bit too much of a control freak for now, but I’m hoping to loosen up a bit in the future to make something wonky myself. The common thread in my quilts so far is white/cream sashing. Some might call it a rut, but I think that the crisp look it gives, plus the ability to make lots of different prints somehow work together, makes it the method for me. All of my quilts so far have been stippled, but I am looking to branch out. Pebbles? Wonky lines? There are so many options!

    Thanks for the great giveaway. I *so* have my fingers crossed!!

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    Allison Lu says:

    I don’t quilt yet, but I have big plans. I’ve already asked for fabric for Christmas. I’d like my first quilt to be simple squares and straight lines because that’s all I can handle right now. After I get some experience, I hope to incorporate more interesting designs. I love fabric from the 1930s.

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    Katrin says:

    I like the way you mix your quilts with white fabric! This white makes the coulors more shining and I tried this to do in my quilts too! Thank you very much for this idea! Normaly I see a nice quilt an try to do my own interpretation of it. I don`t use patterns normally. Only for inspiration!
    I like your blog very much and read it every day!!
    Please keep on quilting such wonderful quilts!!
    Many greetings from Germany, Katrin

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    Deb says:

    I’ve always loved STARS! And actually only did my first WoNkY star block a couple of weeks ago for Amanda Jean’s Quilts of Valor. On my first try I WonKeD it too much and had to re-do! I think your quilt is wonderful. So I do like traditional but also unusual quilts!

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    Sarah says:

    I’m more of a traditional girl, myself. So far I’ve completed one quilt and also one quilt top. I really enjoy it!

    I love your quilt fabrics – vintage and colorful!

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    Are you really sure it is just one year you quilt? Not like 10 or so? It really looks like you do. I have been reading and commenting on your blog for about half a year I think and I wouldn’t want to miss it. I like making quilts more than just the pattern, so I try doing it differently all the time. Your quilts really inspire me to go beyond my own color preferences and I enjoy it a lot! My quilts become more and more bright.

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    Janice Berg says:

    Found your blog a month or so ago. I started one too, but so far not much to post! Anyway, I enjoy yours…..

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    It is difficult to believe you’ve only quilted a year! Your quilts are beautiful. And, seriously, your quilting style has been the most inspirational for me. I am not a lover of the traditional quilt patterns, but seeing your style rejuvenated my spirit and convinced me to bring out the fabric again. Thank you!

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    Jessica says:

    I’m a fairly new reader to your blog and love all your quilts! Thank you for all the inspiration you bring to the blog quilt world. I didn’t realize you were such a new quilter! I’m really impressed.

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    Sarah says:

    I love this! I’ve been meaning to make a mini quilt to hang in our office nook and this one would be perfect! I can’t believe you’ve only been quilting for a year, that blows me away. I love your quilts and come here often for inspiration! In fact, I just made a baby quilt inspired by one of yours…

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    becky says:

    Hooray Ashley! One year of quilting! I finished my first big quilt, not tied!,about 2 months ago. It IS addicting, isn’t it!

    WhatÒ€ℒs your favorite type of quilt? Simple quilts that reflect the history.
    2. Do you prefer to use quilt patterns or do you like to make it up as you go? So far, it has been whatever I feel like. With inspiration from you and others like you, who blog about their quilts.
    3. Do you like wonky or are you more into straight and traditional? Depends on my mood.
    4. Do you like to use fabrics from the same line (or by the same designer) or do you like to mix it up? Mix it up. My quilts are for my kids (so far) and they have definite requirements that the lines don’t fulfill. Latest required a trip to the thrift store for men’s plaid quirts, since I had trouble finding the blue & green plaid fabric that was demanded. πŸ™‚ I like reusing old clothing, and actually feel guilty buying wear-worthy shirts when I should actually get in close with the clerks and get the stuff that isn’t useful for wearing.

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    Lea-Ann says:

    This is beautiful. I just made my first quilt at the beginning of the month, and I wouldn’t say I’m becoming “obsessed,” but I can’t seem to get much done because I have all these quilt toppers in the making. And since the picking of the fabrics is so much fun, that’s about how far I get – I choose fabrics, cut, make squares, then put them away and start on something else. Soon I will make another quilt… someday!

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    jessica says:

    your mini-quilt is so sweet! it’s been fun watching your quilting progress over the last year. You definitely have a fun, fresh take on this art.
    as for me, I love making scrap quilts with fabrics that tell good stories (this one was in so-and-so’s quilt, mom had a dress out of this one, etc.).
    thanks for the giveaway, my fingers are crossed!

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    Dallas says:

    I love the simplicity of your quilt. It’s fantastic! As for my quilting style, I like simple, bold, straight lines. I can deal with some wonkiness, but I tend to prefer the quilts that are more planned out and measured. My favorite fabric is old shirts and vintage sheets. I haven’t completed a quilt with this material, but I have a few started. They just feel already worn in to me. πŸ™‚ I’m hoping for a little extra luck on this giveaway, as Oct 1 is my birthday!!

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    Ellen says:

    This quilt is gorgeous! I have admired your skills for a long time and you’ve inspired me to make a few quilts for Christmas. I’d better go get started!

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    Gail Pulvere says:

    17 years ago I started quilting with a traditional lean. My tastes have since changed so much. I love to make more modern quilts. And now with the simple, really clean lines…love, love, love.

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    Dolores says:

    Hi there,
    I love your style and the way you put the fabrics together. I am not a traditionalist nor do I go with any line of fabric. I buy and use what I like and what I have. I am also not choosy as to whether or not I applique or piece. Actually, having said that, I really like to have both in a quilt – similar to what the Japanese quilters do. I am working on one now and hope to have it finished within the next month. It’s not big but it is enjoyable to work on.

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    Amy says:

    First, I love the quilt. I really like the mailbox photo too. I love those fabrics paired with the white.

    I tend to follow patterns. I waffle between using 1 fabric line for a matchy-matchy quilt & scrappy. I prefer simple – I want the fabric to do the talking.

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    Jane says:

    oh, it’s lovely!

    i’ve been quilting for ten years now (whoa!), but until recently, was very into “traditional” quilts and fabrics. since i’ve started reading blogs, i’ve become much more attracted to solid fabrics and “modern” quilts with lots of open space.

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    RosaMaria says:

    feliz aniversario!! i love the colors and the simplicity in all your quilts…i’ve been quilting for months ago, my fav block is log cabin and wonky log cabin… thanks for this amazing giveaway!!

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    amandajean says:

    congrats on one year of quilting! you know me…i like modern quilts with a nod to tradition, generally. but it might be safe to say that i love ALL quilts. they ARE quilts after all.
    your flea market fancy quilt is adorable!!!

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    Bet says:

    Your post inspires me and gives me hope–I would love to learn to quilt, I read quilting blogs, I love fabric, etc., etc., but I have never made a quilt. To hear that you made your first quilt just a year ago, and you are giving away this beautiful quilt today–wow! maybe if I start today, I could be doing the same thing a year from now. πŸ™‚ anything is possible! and in the meantime, I could WIN a quilt. Very cool. :-))

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    Adrienne says:

    You have completed so much to have only been quilting for a year. Congrats! My favorite quilts are some of the more modern quilts with a traditional basis. I normally see quilts or blocks that I like and make up the pattern from that myself. I like both wonky and traditional; each has their own place. I almost never use fabrics from the same line together. I love mixing and matching to create my own combo of fabrics. Until recently I was really into novelties, but I am drawn to bright almost tone-on-tone colors

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    Kathy says:

    I am always so inspired by your work! I am a novice quilter-can’t ever decide if I should be quilting, knitting, making cards or fixing dinner for my family πŸ˜‰ Thanks for your generosity and fabulous photos!

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    Tara Lewis says:

    I have been bitten by the quilting bug a few months ago and there is no turning back! I have made 6 quilting and I have a hundred more ideas on the back burner! I am sooo inspired by your color choices and the patterns you come up with. You help teach all of us to push the boundaries and try new things. Thanks!

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    Kristi says:

    I can honestly say quilting had never really inspired me until I came across your blog. I love your modern take on traditional quilts. I had never seen quilts that had large portions of white in them. They always seemed so congested to me. Since coming across your site in March I have been inspired to start quilting. I have only completed one quilt so far but am in the process of another one. My finances are not to the point of being able to make a new quilt every month but you have given me a new hobby that I enjoy and I sincerly thank you for that. As for my favorite quilt designs I absolutly LOVE hexagon quilts. I would love to make one but am a little scared to attempt something that detailed. I love the hexagon quilt you made. The colors were beautiful.

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    Jessica says:

    Another lovely piece… it’s inspiring to think that you’ve only been quilting for one year! I haven’t been brave enough to commit to a whole quilt top, but my first “official” projects were log cabin potholders using your tutorial. I’ve done a few runners and two pillows to experiment with techniques and just recently improvised by own block based on Ed Emberley’s alligator drawing. Next up, I think I’ll do the Christmas tree skirt. That will be my largest-scale project to date.

    Sadly, I can’t find any of your lovely designer fabrics locally. πŸ™

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    Karen says:

    I love that!! Of course, I love everything you’ve done. You’ve given me so many ideas, I’m not sure where to start. You’ve accomplished so much in a short time. I like the modern quilts that you do. My mom has a ton of quilt books, but I find more inspiration online than in any of those books.

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    Corey says:

    Happy Anniversary!–Fabulous Quilt! I love so many different fabrics–all colors–sometimes complete lines, sometimes mixed up. As far as patterns, again, sometimes I like traditional, sometimes wonky. I love getting inspiration from blogs, flickr, quilt shops etc. You just really can’t go wrong with fabric LOL! =)

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    monique says:

    4 years ago I gave up my little sewing table to the family computer and I took up knitting. I used to make traditional quilts and worked at matching all the points. Then a few months ago I discovered your blog (and a few other talented quilt makers’), and I became so inspired by the beautiful fabrics and improvised quilts you all were making that I’ve taken over the table and the kids now often eat off of their laps. I love all the wonkyness and freedom of just winging it off of my imagination and the wonderful blogs that are out there. I also am having lots of fun making the quilts more personal for the receiver by doing fun things with the backing. Thank you so much for sharing!!

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    Laura P. says:

    You are such an inspiration – I can’t belive you’ve only been quilting a year! I love wonky quilts and usually start out with a pattern, but for one reason or other (usually some silly mistake) end up making something up on my own. I look forward to each update you have! Keep up the awesome work!

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    Sarah says:

    I can’t believe you have only been quilting for a year! There is such a look of fine quality in all your quilts, something it seems to take me forever to accomplish. I’ve been lurking for a long time, and enjoying the inspiration here.

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    Pati Taylor says:

    wow! I just started quilting and I’m amazed by your quilts. I like what you do to the back. Very cool and very inspiring.

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    Juice says:

    Oh my goodness – is it really true that you have only been quilting for a year? I stumbled onto your blog after you won a giveaway on Eddie Ross and have been captivated by your craft ever since! I don’t know how to quilt (yet) but it’s on my bucket list for when I retire. I just love how you put such beautiful fabrics together.

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    Rachel says:

    wow, look at all these comments!
    such a wonderful giveaway!
    here’s my quick answers-no pattern, wonky, different fabrics (I don’t buy full lines, except Heather Ross lines of course!)

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    Jen S. says:

    What a beautiful quilt! I have been so inspired to quilt lately, especially by you! I’ve mostly made minky backed “quilts” in the past couple of years, though I did make a quilt for my baby girl’s bedding…that still needs to be quilted (16 months later). I have fabric for more I will get to very soon; yay! I usually get inspired and create my own “pattern,” but I really want to try something wonky sometime. I figure I’ll use all of my scraps for that purpose, hopefully sooner than later. Congrats on 1 year of quilting! I’m looking forward to the next year and all of the ways you will continue to inspire!

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    Karen says:

    Congratulations on 1year!! I too am totally addicted to quilting, It started last fall when I thought I would *try* to make a quilt for my daughter for Christmas. Well I made it and fell in love with quilting and have made 7 since then! I never follow a pattern, I just fall in love with some sort of design and wing it, but it always turns out beautifully! I like wonky quilts, and I do buy full lines sometimes and match it with cottons that match. I also love stippling my quilts, it’s such a nice finish! Thanks for the chance to win, I LOVE your work!!

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    Ann says:

    If you’ve been quilting and blogging for a year then I’ve been drooling for just about as long. You inspire me, motivate me , infuriate me (I am nowhere nearly as prolific as you) and keep me ‘nose to the needle’ as I try to channel your creativity in my quilts. Congrats on a year of wonderous qults. Count me in!!

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    Jessica says:

    Beautifully done! Like others, I tend to make up my patterns as I go. Wish I could do traditional, but my fabric choices never work well with the designs.

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    Veronica says:

    Lately I really like quilts with geometric shapes like circles, squares and triangles. I prefer to use quilt patterns. I’m not quite good enough to wing it yet. I used to like more traditional quilts, but now I also like more modern and contemporary quilts, too. I like fabrics from all different designers, but I like 30s prints and bright, modern geometric prints, too.

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    tara says:

    this is a beautiful quilt. would love to be able to do something like this.

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    Liz says:

    I have just started to venture into the world of wonky quilts. My next project is actually going to be wonky stars so I was happy to see another beautiful quilt on your blog for more inspiration!

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    lorena says:

    oh how awesome of you to offer this giveaway! i’ve just recently started quilting and took a class in which we worked on a more traditional block style, so i was glad to learn all the basics on that. i am now into trying to do ‘my own thing’ based on great blogs (like yours) that i’m inspired by. i like how i’ve been able to ‘free myself’ up in a sense when working on a more modern quilt, like leaving a lot of ‘white space’ if i feel like it. πŸ˜‰ thanks again for the opportunity!

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    Kat says:

    Ashley- Wow you have done so much in so little time. Congrats! You are an inspiration to me. I only started quilting this past January so I am still trying to figure out what kind of quilter I am. I know that I am not interested in ever using a pattern. I have so many ideas that I really need to start writing them down before they get lost in the shuffle of our family’s hectic pace.

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    Alison says:

    What a wonderful quilt for a giveaway! I love the stars and the FMF fabric. I wanted to say that I love love love your quilts and I look forward to your new posts. I also look forward to your new photo shoot locale for each post! Beautiful back drops for beautiful quilts!!