Day 11 Giveaway: Win The Gentle Art of Quiltmaking!

We loved reading your responses to yesterday’s question: What was the first garment you ever sewed? To add my answer to the bunch, my first garment was an extremely easy one-seam elastic-waist skirt made from red floral print fabric, of which I was absurdly proud. Thanks to everyone for participating! Our Day 10 winner is Betsy K., who said:  “The first garment i ever made was a camp style shirt with my mom…it was a border print of sailboats. I think I was about ten at the time. I loved that shirt! I’m lucky, my mom (now 80) still sews and acts as my mentor.” Awww, that’s great, Betsy! We hope that you and your mom enjoy The Sewing Bible-Clothing and continue making many more garments together!

gentle Day 11 Giveaway: Win The Gentle Art of Quiltmaking!

For Day 11, we have the lovely book The Gentle Art of Quiltmaking: 15 Projects Inspired by Everyday Beauty to give away to one lucky winner. Whether you’re an established quilter or have been wanting to give it a try, this book has great ideas, helpful tips and inspiring photography. Now, I know that many sewists don’t quilt and vice versa, but there are also plenty of us that like to dabble in many creative pursuits. So, to enter to win today’s prize, we’d like to know: How do you identify yourself? Sewist? Seamstress? Fabric Artist? Crafter? Designer? Quilter? Something else entirely? Submit your answer in the Comments section below by tomorrow when we’ll announce the winner!

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55 Responses to Day 11 Giveaway: Win The Gentle Art of Quiltmaking!

  1. LisaAnn says:

    I always say I do sewing/quilting :)

  2. Diana L says:

    I say I am a seamstress & quilter. Don’t like the name ‘sewist’ and ‘sewer’ gets confused with plumbing. LOL I’m not a fabric artist or crafter.

  3. JWZ says:

    It may depend on who I’m talking to and the context, but I usually say I’m learning on to sew and quilt, and crochet as well. So I throw out all of them individually…I should try to come up with one word, it would be so much easier…dabbler? Cro-Sew-Qui-er?

  4. Mandy Burgess says:

    I’m hardly a seamstress and have yet to make a quilt (although my 1st attempt is after Christmas)….so I would have to say I would prefer Sewist or Sewer.

  5. Linda says:

    I am a seamstress first, then a quilter with fabric artist somewhere there in the middle! Making clothes, especially sewing with wool, is my most favorite, but the artisitc part comes in for all of it!

  6. Darci says:

    I’m a Seamstress. I would love to start quilting. This book would definitely help me in doing that. :)

  7. Sharlene says:

    I am a seamstress who would love to teach you how to sew. This line getts people talking about how they sew, use to ir would like too.

  8. Sheila Whitney says:

    I describe myself as a designer and a seamstress. I would like to learn quilting though.

  9. Rhonda Mellon says:

    I call myself a quilter. I just started sewing about two years ago and have made about 7 quilts. I love the whole process of picking out the fabric, so much fun. For my next quilt project, I’m going to branch out and try new shapes instead of staying with safe squares.
    Thanks!

  10. Rose Henry says:

    I just call myself a sewmaker as a take off from homemaker. I sew quilts, bags, clothing, and most important home dec things.
    I always sewmake for weddings, birthdays, and weddings. I even donate a few baby quilts to a group in this area. Not only do I save money, but I also make money from my sewing skills.

  11. Pat H. says:

    I usually say quilter and quilting teacher. I think everyone that knows me knows that I sew. It is the quilts that are my best work, I believe. I’d love to teach all those that want to learn.

  12. June says:

    I started sewing in the 7th grade Home EC Class! I’ve sewed out of necessity all through high school and even made my gown for my 1st prom AND my wedding dress! BUT when I saw my first quilt, I fell, fell, fell in love with cotton fabrics, piecing, and hand quilting! Nowadays, I machine piece and do some machine quilting; and I’ve started making cloth pocketbooks as gifts! I guess I was a person who loved to sew first and make quilts, second! I wouldn’t call myself either a professional sewer or a crafter, but someone who sewed out of necessity and did quilting for FUN!

  13. Judy Roder says:

    I would describe myself as crafter/designer/quilter. Since learning how to sew in 4H many years ago, I have worked with fabric in many ways-clothing, toys, dolls. I have made one quilt but want to make many more. As in the title of the book, it seems like such a gentle art – and one that lends itself to help me become a fabric artist too !!

  14. Diane says:

    I don’t classify myself as any of them. My first love is garment sewing, but then there’s home dec, crafting, wearable art, and machine embroidery. I love all of them! My mother was a quilter and wanted me to quilt too but I haven’t yet gotten around to trying it. I do love the quilts that she made and proudly display them in my home and hope to someday give some that I make to my daughters and granddaughters.

  15. Linda V says:

    I just stick to I am a sewer. I love all aspects of sewing from clothing, home decorating,”surgery” on my grandkids beloved stuffed animals to quilting. Love teaching someone the art of sewing. I have started working with my 5 yr old grandaughter. She loves it and the special time spent together.

  16. TheresaL says:

    I don’t say that I am anything. I just say that I like to sew and do other crafts.

  17. Sue Huffman says:

    I just say I love to sew and I can sew just about anything :)

  18. SharonA says:

    I say I am a quilter, and I also crochet, sew a little and enjoy making crafts. Just no scrapbooking!

  19. Linda T says:

    I am a sewer, designer and I dabble in quilting.

  20. Sharon says:

    I am a seamstress and beginning quilter. I love to see what I can make out of the fashion world and I love to learn.

  21. Gail Banks says:

    When my boys were little they would say their Mommy was a sewer. It was funny to hear my son say “my Mom is a sewer!” When I talk about it I just say I love to Sew and I do it as often as I can,

  22. michele says:

    I say I love to sew, although I feel like I have been a sewing student for the last 20 years!

  23. Joan Oegema says:

    Hmm, I guess I would refer to myself as a crafter. I take a pattern, some material and, with a little luck, something is crafted from the material.

  24. TZel says:

    More of a crafter, although I want to learn how to sew better. Thanks!

  25. Cindy Farmer says:

    I describe myself as a fabric artist. I do a lot of heirloom sewing, as well as garment sewing, quilting, and crafting. My most favorite part of sewing is the embellishing part. I try to add some type of embellishment to every project.

  26. Carol Cansdale says:

    I’m a ‘seamstress’ and have been sewing for 47 years. I’m afraid to start quilting because I know I would love it and my fabric ‘stash’ room is already overflowing!! Some day. :)

  27. Cheri Dodson says:

    I just say I sew! I do garments, costumes, home dec, accessories for people and pets, and I’m a beginning quilter. This book would be wonderful to win!

  28. Susan says:

    I’m a sewer and I do cross stitch also. Not a quilter…yet. However, my mom and sisters are quilters. My older sister designed and quilted until rheumatoid arthritis took that ability from her so she designs now. She’s been in the hospital off and on for a month now with a combination of RA and diverticulitis. So…this would make sure a wonderful gift for her.

    Merry Christmas to all!

  29. Ruth Fiegel says:

    I have always been the sewing student. You never stop learning.

  30. Candy Fisher says:

    I guess I consider myself a crafter. I sew, I have made one quilt and hope to make another, I sew for myself and others (gifts) I knit, crochet, hand embroider and machine embroidery. I like to do lots of stuff. Some of it even turns out like something.

  31. I sew, craft, repurpose, and I see a quilt in my future. I like best what my grandson calls me – “Nana Fix-it”.

  32. Maria Kievit says:

    I usually call myself a seamstress, and when people see the quilts I have made, I call that a hobby. Just something different than sewing clothes, which I also teach, and it’s something just for me. I make things from scratch, but do all kinds of alterations as a business, and to keep ideas flowing, I pick up a quilt pattern or two.

  33. Karen A says:

    I consider myself a seamstress and a quilter, sometimes I’m one or the other and sometimes I’m both… like when I make quilted jackets!!

  34. Connie says:

    I just say I love to sew and I try lots of different things……tote bags, other bags, pillows, simple drapery, and I’m teaching myself to quilt and I try to make clothes, sometimes more successfully than others!!

  35. Linda says:

    I would have to say I am a student of Sewing & Quilting cause I am always learning somthing new.

  36. Peggy D says:

    I refer to myself as a fiber craftswoman; because I sew, quilt, knit, crochet, embroidery, hook rugs, do needlepoint and and many other crafts using threads and fibers along with fabrics for the over 40 years. Other then taking some Sewing and Quilting Classes I am self-taught. Learned as a teen that I could read and teach myself most fiber skills.

  37. Lindsay says:

    Crafter or sewist!

  38. Anna Nusbaum says:

    Wow, what’s my identity? Usually “just Anna”. But I think I’d use the best term that meets the situation and creates understanding and more conversation. Labels aren’t as important to me as finding common interests, sharing ideas, appreciating the work of others.

  39. betsey karl says:

    quilter first, sewist second….

  40. Lynn Marie says:

    I would call myself a Fiber Artist. Not only do I love fabric, I have also done spinning wool and cotton, and oh I have several looms too.

  41. Julie C says:

    I definitely began as a seamstress when I was 11 years old and now that I am in my forties I find myself enjoying the focus and creativity of quilting.

  42. Mimi says:

    I am a quilter and have done various other fibre art but my first love is quilting.

  43. Patsy says:

    I’m striving to become a quilter. Just began quilting and think I have found my outlet for creativity. Now I’m dreaming that someday someone will recognize me as a memorable quilter.

  44. Beth says:

    I call myself a sewer because I am older and that is what I’ve always known the art to be. I make quilts, sew clothes, and make crafty projects like little purses and ties for Christmas. I started sewing as a child at about age 10, first cutting out patterns for my mother and then making clothes myself. I couldn’t answer your question yesterday because I couldn’t remember! Sewed all through junior high, high school, and college. Then sewed now and then for kids clothes and costumes. Finally put away the sewing machine for years. Took up quilting about 10 years ago and found that to be so much easier than sewing clothes: no zippers, buttonholes, fitting issues, etc. But now I’m back to clothes sewing since I am a 4-H leader (the last 5 years) and have a group of kids including my daughter who need me to know what I am doing. The internet has changed everything. So much good instruction and inspiration out there.

  45. Susi Ripple says:

    I call myself a sewer since I do all kinds of sewing. I embroider, quilt, make garments, bags, etc. I also crochet, everyone laughs at me when I do machine embroider and crochet at the same time but I am in seventh heaven!

  46. Leesa Miller says:

    I call myself a tailor because that is what I do for a living. But I still enjoy all kinds of sewing for fun too. In my fun mode I do much different kinds of sewing than in my work mode. In my fun mode I just call myself creative.

  47. Stacey Harris says:

    I like to be called a sewer– I love to sew for my family — but I have learned to only sew for others when asked. I once sewed a lovely little girls’ nightgown for a relative and it was not recieved with any sort of joy. :( this year I am going to get into quilting, I know I have a cutting mat and a rotary cutter under the tree– hopfully I’ll have a gift card for Joann’s waiting for me also so I can buy… more fabric– :) I want to quilt a rag quilt as my first project ! My favorite project that I recently finished was two capes for a sweet little girl– soon I’ll attempt a cape for some adults who want to be superheros!

  48. Beth says:

    How about hobby over-achiever?! LOL! Still-learning knitter, sewer, quilter, scrapbooker!!!

  49. Lois says:

    Have never made a quilt, but ready to try.

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