Cheryl has a beautiful new book out called "You Inspire Me To Quilt". It's a collaborative book all about using someone else's idea for a quilt design rather than your own. It's a brilliant concept and I love that it's so much more than a book of quilt patterns. It's also about the process of getting to that final design. (It's so true to Cheryl's approach to quilting!) I love that it tells the story behind each and every quilt!
This quilt isn't girly AT ALL, and I found that to be quite challenging. The colors are not my normal "go-to" colors, either. It was out of my comfort zone on so many levels. But, a few different times while I was working on it, my boys would come downstairs and exclaim how cool it was and that encouragement really helped! It definitely has some "guy" appeal, which was/is reassuring.
The best part of this quilt story is when the quilt came back home. The physical quilt traveled from to my house to Canada, then to California, back to Canada and then back to my house. It was gone almost a year in all. It arrived here the day after my husband's birthday...the same day that he returned from a pretty stressful work trip. The timing was perfect! I used the quilt to wrap up/disguise his new Taylor guitar that I bought him for his birthday. He was quite surprised by all of it, which was delightful for me and my kids. I couldn't have planned it better if I had tried. I do love a happy ending!
I have an extra copy of the book that I would love to give away. If you would like a chance to win it, please leave me a comment on this post. Please be sure to include your location (country is fine) because I will pick one winner from the US, who will win a hard copy, and one winner from outside the US, who will win a digital copy of the book. Please, only one comment per person. Thanks for reading! And happy Tuesday! :)
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What an amazing idea perfectly brought to fabric!
Verena from Germany
That looks like a book I would love!
I just read Cheryl's interview at "While She Naps." I love process books and blog posts. Do you ever glance at the clock when the time is your birthday? I have friends who refer to that as your magic number. I always get a little thrill when it happens to me.
Thanks for the giveaway! Andi in Arizona USA
I love this design so much and all of the quilts in the book look so fantastic! (USA)
wow, this is such a cool quilt. I'd love to win a copy of this book, thanks for the chance. I'm in the US
I really do love your date stamp quilt -- very cool. Looks like a great book too.
I'm in Seattle.
What a great quilt!
I'm in Portland, OR!
As the title suggests, this book seems really inspiring!
That's such a cool idea for a quilt!! Love it!!
I'm in Texas.
I love your quilt! I'm not an expert quilter, would it be tough to downsize to wall hanging size? Or lap size maybe? Your giveaway book sounds intriguing too.
Looking for quilt inspiration in Lewis Center, Ohio
Such an awesome quilt, love that idea.
from Chicago, IL
HELLO FROM MONTANA,what a neat quilt!
Thank You so much for sharing a Book Giveaway! email@example.com
My son would love that quilt! Nancy, Arizona, US
What a wonderful idea for a quilt. There are so many ways you can apply this quilt--wedding, new baby, new house, etc. and make it custom. Your husband had a wonderful idea, I'm glad you were able to interpret his idea. Commenting from Minnesota :)
What a nifty quilt idea! I'd love to win a copy of the book!
What a great quilt. MaryAnn from Ohio, US
I would love a copy of this book. I'm always looking for ways to expand and advance my sewing skills and this book seems like the perfect fit.
I'm in Valdez, Alaska, USA.
I love that you wrapped your husband's guitar gift in the quilt! Double the love, wrapped in love! I'm in Australia- I'd love this book!
Like that idea and I'm in Texas.
Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway!!
Would love to win the book! Thanks so much!
Love the book and your quilt!
Love that this makes a great guy quilt and is so customizable. US- New York
Cool idea for a quilt. The book looks so inspiring I would
love to have it. Wisconsin USA
You are so talented! USA
Love the quilt! Just last Saturday, I was told all my quilts are girl colors. I never thought that about my quilts but it's true. I need to make a guy color quilt. Enjoying my summer in Minnesota and will head back to Texas when school starts.
Thanks for a chance at a cool book! (Ella from USA)
That is a super duper quilt! I love it!
I love reading your blog! Great review on this book:) I'd love to be a winner!
Liz from Ontario, Canada!
I love your clock radio quilt and laughed when you referenced "Ground Hog's Day". I love that movie. I would love to win the book and see all of the other quilters interpretations. Thank you for the chance to win this.
What a fun idea, once it became your own! I'd love to have the book!
The book looks very original and interesting. Thanks for the chance to win. From Spain
Oh wow! I love your husbands idea and your pattern :)
I love the idea of taking everyday items and turning them into a quilt design! Love your quilt! It inspires me! Thanks for the great give away! Sandy in California - USA.
I would love to win a copy of this book. It looks like it has a lot of great ideas. I am in the US. Thanks for sharing.
I would love to see all the ideas in this book. Lots of inspiration.
I'm from Australia
What a great concept, and you executed it beautifully!!
Such a great idea!
Such a clever idea. Thanks for the chance to win. Writing from NJ.
What a fun idea for a quilt. I can't wait to share it with my husband! It's something he'd like. I'm from Utah!
Men do that to you - work outside your comfort zone - I mean... even here in Australia
You came up with a great idea. I'm looking forward to taking a look at the book. I'm in Michigan.
I love both yours and Cheryl's books. I think I have them all!
The date stamp quilt is so neat - it gets more valuable and meaningful as time goes by!
I'm in the US. Thanks for the chance!
A clever idea and an amazing reality. Would love to investigate the book further.
Carole New Zealand
I would love a chance to win this book. It sounds very interesting. One of my all time favorite books is Sunday Morning Quilts so I'm sure I'll love this book too. Thanks for the chance to win, from Helena, Montana.
I love "Sunday Morning Quilts" and would like to own Cheryl's latest book. If the rest of the stories are as good as yours, it will become a favorite.
That is a pretty cool concept for a quilting book. I'll have to check it out! And I'm in Canada, so fingers crossed that digital copy finds a way into my inbox. :)
That is a really unique idea. Especially for someone who is hard to buy for!! I'd love to enter and I'm from Canada!
Ok I did something wrong so if this comment shows up twice- I apologize
Would love a chance (just one) for the book
Cool idea thanks!
Love it. It will make such a great anniversary gift or a gift after the birth of a child or so many other celebrations. Wonderful
such a neat quilt!!
This looks like a book to stretch me out of my comfort zone, always a good thing in quilting. Perhaps a quilt or two could emerge before Christmas. I am in California, seeing as much of it as I can before school starts in the fall.
Awesome quilt and book, thanks for the chance to win!!
I'm from the USA!
I'd love to win this book since Sunday Morning Quilts has been a often used addition to my library.
This book seems really interesting. And your husband's idea was great for this quilt. Thanks for having the chance to win. I live in Norway.
Love the quilt--what a wonderful idea for a birthday gift. Tami in Mass.
What cool idea for a quilt. Thanks for sharing its story. Also thank you for offering these giveaways. Two people are going to be very happy.
I do love it when an idea and the vision come together. Thanks for sharing your Date Stamp story. I'd love to win a copy to jump start some quilting ideas. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of Cheryl's book. (I'm in the US).
That's a really cool idea for a quilt!
I'm in the US.
That sounds like such a wonderful book. As I am from Canada, a digital copy would thrill me to pieces :)
great idea this date stamp quilt....
smart man you have...
i'd love a chance to win this book..
BC Canada is where i'm from
I would LOVE the chance to own this book!
Heather from US.
Such a cool idea!!! I definitly want to make one ! :)
Thanks for the chance
Thanks for the chance! I am in the U.S.
Great looking quilt!
I'd love to win the book to add to my "modern library".
I love and have the book so please if my number comes up give it to someone else. But I wanted to say I adore your quilt - it is the perfect modern new baby quilt - in a bit smaller size - and I have it on my list for a new baby.
Long time blog follower. I'd love this book! I'm from Wrenshall, MN.
What a great quilt! No wonder the boys liked it so much...it's so unique and different! Love it!
I love your happy ending! And I providing surprises! awesome quilt!
It does resemble a clock radio face! Thanks for the chance to win an interesting book.
What a cool idea! This could be used for birthdays, anniversaries...any important day really! Chiming in from Kentucky. :)
What a great quilt! I love the customizability, and the fact that it could be a great quilt for a guy or a girl. And, yes, Gotta love those conversations that start with, "Y'know what world be really neat ...?" Congrats on having a design in another book -- that's a nice "feather in your cap"! Thanks for the chance at another fun giveaway! - Susie in the sunny southern U.S.
What a wonderf idea and quilt. Ground Hog day is one if my favorite movies. I think I might make a quilt with ground Hog date! Would love to win the book thanks for the chance. CA, USA
Wonderful book would love to win. Waterloo, Wi.
Ok.. would love to win the book (Wichita KS, USA) but even more exciting would be to find a creative husband. I think it's awesome he comes up with such smashing ideas. I adore that quilt. You could also do it for a baby and actually put the time they were born... of course if I did that I'd still use pastels. Ha ha
The date stamp quilt would also be fun using an anniversary date ...
Great idea for a quilt. Glad you were able to "catch" the vision. ;)
Joan from Georgia
I would love this book. I am from the US.
What a great blog post and quilt!
What a great idea. I love the idea of a birthday quilt or an anniversary one.
I am so very curious about this book! From the very stormy and steamy state of CT, USA.
This is a great idea!!! So versatile and so boy/man friendly.....
What a great quilt and story. Great ideas.
What a great idea for a book! (Canada)
Being a Cannuck, I would love a copy of the book.
would love to own this one! thanks (from Seattle) for the opportunity.
Great idea to wrap the guitar in. I'm sure he's loving it since he originally came up with the design idea!
Fun quilt! love it! Thanks for a chance to win a copy of this great book! (USA)
Looks like a great book! I'm in the US.
Oops I am in the US, (laura from above :0)
Every quilt has a story and
this was one of the best I
have read in 2015!!!
I love the story behind this quit. The book sounds so intriguing. Thanks for the chance to win!
U.S.A. Always love a new idea. Thanks for a chance to win : ) Janita
ohhhhh, I would love a copy of that book! I love what you both do. That date stamp quilt...what a great wedding gift idea! Or, birthday, anniversary...etc....I love it! WI, USA
I really like this/USA
Neat concept for a book! Love the date stamp quilt too!! :-))
Tanja (from Canada)
Looking forward to reading this book :)
That is a great guy quilt! This book was already on my Amazon wish list, and now it's even more appealing....
Thanks for the chance to win ~ Tracy (USA)
Please let us know, where to purchase this e-book, if I don't win it now :)
I'm in Finland.
Love your blog and think this quilt is really unusual and cool. Would love to have a copy of this book - it looks really interesting and fun!
I would LOVE to win this book! I like the whole concept and I think my brother, a clock watcher, would like a quilt with his birthday in numbers. Thanks for all you do. I enjoy your blog every week.
What a great quilt anda fantastic story!
I live in Norway.
What a fun quilt! Thanks for a chance to won. USA
That is a really cool quilt and I love the idea of the book. I in the USA!
Love the quilt and I love reading about how designers work. I hope I win.
I love your quilt and I also love the Dino quilt in this book.
Great quilt and a very grown up,birthday quilt.
That's a great quilt idea. I'm in Canada.
I love the quilt, and I loved loved the story. I would love a chance to have a copy of this book! I'm in the U.S.
Nice idea! And with little hearts could become an interesting lap quilt as a present for a just married couple with their wedding date! Barbara from Italy!
Love this idea. I can see it as a wall hanging, individual place mats and many more things. Thanks for the chance to win. Love your blog. Elaine UK
Very cool idea! (US)
What a wonderful idea!! I love the collaboration of dreaming up quilts, but my friends all think they'll see the finished product in a week!! Now that IS a dream!! I'm in Alaska. XX!
I love Groundhog Day and the quilt! (Wales)
I love how simple it looks, yet has such a huge impact. Clever husband ;)
I'm so glad your quilt had a momentous family reunion. Thanks for the giveaway! I live in New Mexico, US.
Very cool quilt idea! Simple, graphic, masculine. My hubby would love it.
What a great quilt idea! (UK)
What a brilliant concept. I would love to read this book. I am in the UK.
What a fun looking book! Love the concept and your quilt is fabulous! I live in Washington state, USA.:)
Quilts for guys are so tricky, but this one makes it look easy. : )
I live in Turkey but have an APO/USPS address. You can decide where to enter me for the drawing... Thanks for the giveaway!
Thanks for the chance! I love it when Cheryl and you collaborate, your quilt is amazing! Such a cool idea! Best wishes from Spain
Great quilt idea. I'm from Australia.
What a clever quilt! Although yours is very definitely male, it has the ability to be infinitely variable across age and gender, size and decorative style. As I said, very clever!
I live in England.
The book, and quilt, look awesome!
Thanks a great idea. T==I love your blog and thank you for sharing. I like that you share what you are thinking - very inspiring! Isabel (New Zealand)
What a neat sounding book. Maybe it will be extra inspiring for me since the quilts I make are always based on ideas of others. I'm not creative enough to come up with my own patterns! :) Thanks for the chance to win. I'm in the USA.
The book sounds fabulous. I love your date stamp quilt! I am not US based.
Wonderful story, beautiful quilt and a book full of inspiration!
I'm in California.
lflemin at msn dot com
I would love to make one these for my hubby! Perfect guy quilt! I'm in the USA.
That sounds like a great book! I'd love to add it to the small librarty that my quilt club has. That way I get to use it and so do a lot of other ladies. Thanks for the opportunity.
Sunny Arizona here.
Love the quilt . Its so hard to do quilts for men. If I dont win I shall just have to buy this book. Have a great week.Lizzie.
Lizzie from Lincolnshire ,England.
Hello from Boston, MA. I'd love to win the book. I always wanted one of those clock radios when I was little.
I always enjoy quilt ideas with a story. Thanks for the chance to win in Kansas.
The date quilt is a great idea for a guy! Just a change in color and it would be great for a gal, too! Seems like I am always tweeking a pattern to suit my needs-color, technique, size-something! Lots of trial and error sometimes to get the result I am looking for. How great it would be to read this book! Thank you for a terrific post and the chance to win the book! (From the good ole USA!)
What a wonderful idea!!
And, a perfectly wonderful story behind your quilt/your husband's idea!!
Congratulations on a great make!
Very cool quilt! I love that your hubby has those ideas! And very interesting book- thanks for opportunity to win. Houston Texas. Jwdeschamps78@gmail.com
That is a very cool quilt and perfect for the men in my life. I can a version in my future.. but not just yet.
How awesome the way things turn out lol. I can relate to the idea difficulties too, translating words into an actual quilt...wow great job! Thanks for the chance to win the book. SARAH, USA
I love your first book, so am sure to love this one too. Thanks so much,
Judy in the USA
What a fun book! Texas - US
Stores about each quilt? Sign me up!
Love the idea and the insight into the designs. Eddi from USA
I love this, Amanda Jean! Your husband is just a few months older than me. ;)
What a nifty quilt, and an interesting book!
Wow, this quilt is certainly growing on me. So cool! thanks for the chance xxx Australia
I watch for dates on all different sports clocks as they count down (or up) game times. This looks like a great book. Thanks! USA
Hey from Nashville, TN. I can say without a doubt any one of my three sons would love to have that quilt. It's perfect for the 21-25 single guy.
Your quilt is a great idea. It would also look good as a backing for a baby quilt, with the birth date, or a wedding quilt, with the date of the wedding. Love your work.
Sheila in Florida -craftybritatverizondotnet
that is very cool. :) Thanks for the chance. Tampa, FL
Now that's a different quilt. thanks for giving a copy of the book away to. USA here.
Most of our husbands are full of ideas (among other things, LOL). I would love to win a copy of the book. I reside here in the US
Canada - I would love a new book.
Sounds like a great book - Nebraska, USA
Wow, I love it when quilts have a story! It adds so much to the history. It's great when they "travel" as well. Sometimes my quilts travel farther than I've ever gone! I am from Canada too.
Looks like a fun book. Most of my ideas come from somewhere else, rather than within, so a book that can point me in the right direction to get started sounds just about perfect! (Commenting from Japan)
Amanda Jean, What a cool story and congrats to you and your hubby on the "vision" and seeing it in print in Cheryl's book must be just aweseome! You always inspire me to sew and quilt, daily. You're like the lint on my socks haha. A friend of mine loves crazy colored socks and patterns/motifs. A quilt idea popped in my head while at the dry cleaners whom also rent formal wear. THey have the zaniest socks there to rent/buy. Lots of bright colors which would leave me in my comfort zone. See, you've inspired me again! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. I'm in the USA:)
What a fun quilt!
that is an awesome quilt and perfect for guys. I have trouble coming up with masculine ideas. I'm in North Carolina.
I would love to make that as a wedding quilt for some of those young couples who would love a more modern quilt. Fabulous idea! Bev in Kansas
What a terrific idea for a quilt, especially a guy quilt! Thanks for bringing it to reality for us.
Karen in Ohio
This is awesome! Simple and so changeable depending on the recipient. Thanks for the chance to win! shopgirl7232 at yahoo dot com
The timing of the quilts homecoming was doubly perfect. I love the stories that you share with your quilts and bet Cheryl's book reads like a novella. Thanks for reaching outside your comfort zone and showing me yet again that inspiration is everywhere, really!
That looks like a great book....and your quilt contribution is so clever. Thanks for a chance to win from Oklahoma!
I LOVE this quilt! (I also love the date; your husband is only a very few/couple days older than me, ahem). I think I may do this as a block on anniversary quilt I'm doing. Tiffany in Virginia
I love the concept of the book. Sounds super interesting.
I love your quilt. It is so unique. I would love to win a copy of the book. I live in Wellsville UT, which is in beautiful Cache Valley.
Looks like a great book CrazyMom! Love your quilt too -- a great boys' quilt. And man -- I'm thinking it's scary in your head -- the ideas that must be rolling around up there LOL!!!
What a marvelous idea to keep a date stitched & quilted in fabric! This sounds like a great book to have. Thanks for the chance to win!
This is so fun! i need more ideas for guy quilts as i have a 3:1 ratio in my house. i'm in the US and have finished 2 tops and 1 binding this month. Ready for a new project..
Love your quilt! If everything else in the book is this inspiring, then it will be awesome.
Love the Quilt! I struggle designing, so this book would be just the trick!
I love the alarm clock design. Not only does it make a great quilt front but it would also be a great back to date the special occasion a quilt is gifted.
Located in Alabama
Great design and quilt design name! Fantastic that Cheryl has included others in her book. This would definitely be a great addition for inspiration. I have Sunday Morning Quilts and have enjoyed that book so much! I live in Wisconsin.
I'd like to make the alarm clock quilt as an anniversary gift!
Interesting idea. The book looks like it would be full of ideas from lots of quilters. I am always looking for new ideas. (USA)
Looks like a great book! I'd like to win this one. I'm in Indiana, USA.
Cool idea my mind is racing for how to make one. Chicago IL
love your date stamp idea. would love to win the book also, always looking for new quilty ideas.
I am going to have to get this book if I don't win. Thank you for the chance. I have been too busy to sew and I miss it. This might be the motivation I need.
theturquoisebutton at yahoo dot com
Great quilt and a great idea for a book!
Love the quilt....wouldn't it be cool to use as the backside of a commemorative quilt with the date? Kind of a dual wedding gift...the colorful front and the back with the date. Or a baby quilt...or a birthday quilt. So many possibilities, so little time! Thanks for the opportunity to win. I am in the US
What a great quilt - and surprise for the hubby :) Looks like a great book, would totally love a copy. I've from the beautiful pacific northwest state of Washington. Thanks for the opportunity.
What a great story! Thanks for sharing it! Ivy in Florida, USA.
I would love to get this book and make this quilt!
Wish I were as creative as your husband. Great quilt. Georgia firstname.lastname@example.org
Wow, what a different take on quilting! Donna C in the USA
I love the date quilt design - very unique. I can already think of a few people in my family who would get a big kick out of having one.
Wilma from Missouri
Oh I would love the book, thanks for the chance to win. Love Love the clock quilt.
I just mentioned to my husband last night I was thinking about making a big blanket for our bed but wasn't sure if I wanted to crochet it or quilt it. Now seeing this, I think doing our wedding date would be awesome! Regardless if I win or not (thanks for the chance!! would love to win!!) I need to get my hands on a copy of this book!
Thanks! And husbands do provide some pretty good ideas. My husband has steered my in different directions in all the crafts I dabble in and I love the input but also the immense support I get from him!!
Love love love the title! Inspires me to get fabric and machine out!
Love love love the title! Inspires me to get fabric and machine out!
Another great story and quilt! I love this! I have a "lucky" time of day(or night��)- 12:07. Corny, huh? But there is a sentimental story behind it that has to do with my dad who passed away when I was 15.
You are right, that quilt is so unlike you that had you not told me it was your quilt I would have thought it was a mis-print in the book!
It must have been a struggle to get past your own ideas. . . . but you did an awesome job!
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I'm in NJ, USA.
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