October 1, 2012

Home for a few days. It was great meeting some of you in Sonora, Portland, and San Mateo. It’s always so meaningful to me to hear that you enjoy the blog.

Next stop, the Simi Valley Quilt Guild show!

Now for this month’s featured appliqué book!

The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky sponsors an annual contest and exhibit called “New Quilts from an Old Favorite.” The winning quilts are published in a book and I have the latest one, Baskets!

The top winner and cover quilt is Book Plate I by Karen Grover of Rockford, Illinois. I absolutely love the art nouveau bookplate-inspired appliqué design.

To quote from editor Linda Baxter Lasco in the preface,

While preservation of the past is one of a museum’s primary functions, its greatest service is performed as it links the past to the present and the future.

Created both to acknowledge our quiltmaking heritage and to recgonize innovation, creativity, and excellence, the contest challenges today’s quiltmakers to interpret a single traditional quilt block in a new and exciting work of their own design.

The book features the quilts of five award winners plus 14 additional finalists. What I really like about this book is that it features not only the quilts but the quiltmakers and their respective processes. It’s fascinating to learn what each quilter was thinking, and see original sketches and inspiration, design problems and solutions, and techniques both new and old described in the quilters’ own words.

Second place was Basket Case by Leona Harden of New Tazewell, Tennessee.

Basket Case by Leona Harden

One of the finalists was Spinning Baskets by Theresea Reeves of Oberlin, Kansas.

Courtesy of the publisher, the American Quilters Society, I can offer this beautiful book to give away in a drawing. If you’d like to win Baskets: New Quilts from an Old Favorite, leave a comment here on the blog before 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 8. Contest open to U.S. and Canada mailing addresses only.

I cannot stress this enough: If you are reading this as an email right now,

All About Appliqué is not a newsletter, or an email. It’s a blog, and you’re subscribed to get the content of the posts delivered to you in the form of an email. To leave a comment and enter the drawing, click on the title of the post in your email. That will take you to the post itself on the internet. Once there, you can scroll to the bottom of the post, click the comments link, scroll down again, and leave your comment there. Good luck. :)

By Kay Mackenzie


45 Responses to “Baskets: New Quilts from an Old Favorite”

  1. Ruth C on October 1st, 2012 10:14 am

    Wow! These are beautiful!

  2. Diane on October 1st, 2012 10:37 am

    Baskets are my very favorite…old and new and in between!

  3. Ruth B on October 1st, 2012 11:39 am

    Second place is my favorite but 1st place is gorgeous too.

  4. Joanna on October 1st, 2012 12:15 pm

    I love basket quilts and Spinning Baskets is an adorable design. These quilters are so talented.

  5. gab on October 1st, 2012 12:26 pm

    These are beautiful quilts. I know I would enjoy the book.

  6. Betsy on October 1st, 2012 1:12 pm

    Those are beautiful. The black contrast really makes them pop.

  7. Nancy on October 1st, 2012 1:24 pm

    I love baskets!

  8. Sandy A in St. Louis on October 1st, 2012 5:50 pm

    Gorgeous quilts! I have a basket quilt on my “bucket” list. This book would help get the inspiration flowing! Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. Julie A. on October 2nd, 2012 9:36 am

    BEAUTIFUL quilts !!!! I have always loved quilts with black backgrounds. Would love to win a copy of the book. Thanks.

  10. Sharon Meyer on October 2nd, 2012 9:38 am

    Wonderful, i just love new and different using older patterns. It just gets my creative juices flowing. Thank you so very much for the chance to win this book. Happy quilting to all.

  11. LeAnne L on October 2nd, 2012 9:40 am

    Baskets are one of my favorite blocks. Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. Joan Rodriguez on October 2nd, 2012 9:47 am

    Wow,I luv books like this, very inspiring. “Basket Case” is amazing. ;)

  13. kathy in nc on October 2nd, 2012 9:48 am

    I just got this email hope I am in time gorgeous…..I LOVE BASKETS

  14. Mary Brown on October 2nd, 2012 9:51 am

    Wow. Incredible. What a fabulous display of creativity. I’d love to have a copy of this book. Thank you for introducing us to it.

  15. kathy in nc on October 2nd, 2012 10:00 am

    oohh I wanted to say, what a great idea to follow the Artist from sketches thru the entire process. LOVE IT!! Facinating.
    What A thrill!!
    like a day with an artist & A Quilter WOW..
    I wanted to come back & say that I really admire that this is a truly Fabulous idea- because what a treat. I am a very `visual’ person. I can read & read & I do But give me photos, pictures & Boom Bam!! I have the concept in seconds. Put it on a CD so I can `see’ it & I will drop to my knees thanking the Lord. :o)
    I have been sewing,quilting,crocheting since 9yrs..but I get `stuck’ on many things & have a cupboard full of things-that I feel I am *not* worthy to complete because I do not have the correct technique. Rather than ruin what I have I put away until I learn the skill. :o(

  16. Kathy Lancaster on October 2nd, 2012 10:01 am

    I love basket quilts, and would love to win this book.

  17. Carrie P. on October 2nd, 2012 10:30 am

    I love baskets. that cover quilt is so cool. thanks for the giveaway.

  18. Brenda C on October 2nd, 2012 10:44 am

    This book looks like a wonderful read and eye candy, too

  19. Jane H. on October 2nd, 2012 11:18 am

    What a fascinating idea for a book. I would love to read about the process each quilter followed!

  20. Gale S. on October 2nd, 2012 11:38 am

    I know this book would provide lots of inspiration for future basket quilt designs. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  21. Judi R on October 2nd, 2012 11:44 am

    Spinning Baskets is fantastic. I would enjoy reading about the designer’s methods b

  22. ritainalaska on October 2nd, 2012 11:53 am

    a book of treasures! love applique and would enjoy this book tremendously. thanx for the opportunity to win a copy.

  23. Stephanie Kluk on October 2nd, 2012 12:06 pm

    The cover quilt is unbelievable! What an imagination! Love it!

  24. Beulah on October 2nd, 2012 1:12 pm

    What an awesome resource and a beautiful collection!

  25. Susan on October 2nd, 2012 2:01 pm

    Oh what a wonderful book. Thanks for the chance to win it

  26. Victoria Miner on October 2nd, 2012 2:03 pm

    This book looks wonderful. Thanks for having your giveaway!!

  27. Carol J. Miller on October 2nd, 2012 2:05 pm

    I love the cover of this book and would love to win it.

  28. kate brown on October 2nd, 2012 3:07 pm

    I LOVE the basket case quilt. It would be so awesome to win this book. Thanks for the chance!

  29. sandy on October 2nd, 2012 4:22 pm

    Sounds like a very interesting book. I would love to win a copy, thank you very much.
    The black sure sets off the colors of the quilts.

  30. Sandi on October 2nd, 2012 5:39 pm

    Baskets are one of my favorite quilt patterns. I would love to win. Sandi

  31. SewLindaAnn on October 2nd, 2012 7:10 pm

    I can totally related to Basket Case! Thanks!

  32. Joan Trautwein on October 2nd, 2012 8:25 pm

    Baskets of all kinds have always been a favorite of mine. I’ve made many bed sized basket quilts, numerous pillows, purses, etc. I’m more of a traditional pattern quilter but I sure do appreciate all of the new ideas.

  33. ELIZAJANE on October 2nd, 2012 8:29 pm

    What fasinating Baskets I have only made a mini BASKET Quilt, But This book Throws a whole new look on Them.

  34. Cathy Weatherford on October 3rd, 2012 4:54 am

    What beautiful basket quilts. The colors and work are wonderful. I haven’t made a basket quilt, but these are an inspiration for sure.

  35. Janis Rink on October 3rd, 2012 5:16 am

    These basket quilts are true works of art! Thank you for offering the opportunity to win this book.

  36. Stray Stitches (Linda G) on October 3rd, 2012 6:31 am

    I was planning to attend the Simi Valley show but life is getting in the way – lol!
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter your great giveaway for such a wonderful book.

  37. Lea Rae Kuntner on October 3rd, 2012 11:43 am

    The two pictures of the winning quilts are very nice.

  38. d Ladibug on October 3rd, 2012 8:15 pm

    Wow what a nice book,
    I would love to try out some of those patterns for meself.
    thanks for the oppertunity to do just that.

  39. Maureen on October 4th, 2012 7:54 pm

    Ohhhh, I love baskets! A beautiful book! Thanks so much for a chance at the give-away.

  40. Joan on October 5th, 2012 12:15 am

    I would really enjoy winning this book. There’s so much I need to learn about appliqué.

  41. Wanda on October 5th, 2012 4:50 am

    Wow, some beatuiful and inspiring quilts. Love the colors.

  42. SharonS on October 5th, 2012 9:40 pm

    What could be better – Ella Fitzgerald singing “A Tisket, A Tasket, I lost my yellow basket” and perusing this marvelous book! Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

  43. Lorena Messenger on October 6th, 2012 6:31 am

    What a great idea for a challenge and a book. Thank you for an opportunity to win .

  44. Diane R on October 6th, 2012 8:40 pm

    I love baskets! Thanks for the giveaway!

  45. quilt cookie on October 7th, 2012 7:04 pm

    I just saw these quilts at the AQS in Des Moines a couple of days ago. They were just great and I would love to win this book.