The moment your husband told you… (and another giveaway!)

… at around midnight one night that he was ready to hang a quilt for you!  Out of the blue, all of a sudden, entirely unexpectedly, you hadn’t given much thought which quilt to use…. what would you do?!


Well, I can tell you what I did:  I rushed into my sewing room, and started to pull out neatly folded quilts from my stash of about 25o quilts.  Frantically running back and forth and making sure the width of the quilt will fit the width of the rod – only to find out quite a few of them didn’t have a hanging sleeve because I hadn’t had the time to sew the sleeve on when I was completing the quilt for an editorial feature!  [My quilting teacher taught me well, but I haven’t practiced what she taught as well…. the guilt is entirely mine!]

About an hour later…. the quilt is up.  All is well, and my husband went to bed — while I sat in a chair and feeling thankful for a husband who has been more than supportive of all the craziness related to my quilting gig — and thinking about all the quilts strewn about in the sewing room and still needed to be refolded and put back!

I decided to hang my Calico Trail (from my book Recreating Antique Quilts –  books are still available!!) because it captures the different colors I have in my family room.  This is not the best picture, but I snapped this shot in the early morning sun this morning…

If you want to see other pictures of Calico Trail – click here!


Meanwhile, I have another Share The Quilty Love Giveaway — here are a set of 7 quilting motif books, published by Quiltmaker.

They are yours if you are willing to pay $15 shipping via USPS Priority Mail flat rate medium box.  Leave a comment if you would like to enter the giveaway indicating your interest.  You can still leave a comment even IF you do not wish to enter the giveaway.  I will try to announce the winner next Monday!


I have missed Oct 15 and Nov 15 due to an incredibly busy last couple of months.  I am shooting for Dec 15 for an update before the year ends, which will bring us close to finishing up the quilt top!  If you have any progress pictures, please email them to me.

Have a great weekend – I will be putting in long hours to get a quilt top out next Monday!  ARGH….

71 thoughts on “The moment your husband told you… (and another giveaway!)

  1. I would LOVE to pay the shipping for these. My quilting has improved by leaps and bounds—the biggest difficulty I have is deciding motif(s) to quilt. These would really help. Thanks for a chance to win…..blessings….

  2. I would love to have these books to enhance my longarm skills. Right now the most I do is meander on my quilts.

  3. Hi Wendy,
    I would love to have these Quilting Motifs books because I quilt my own quilts on my home sewing machine and enjoy every minute of it. The members of my local quilt shop BOM club know me well, each time I did “show and tell”, they wanted to see the quilt back just because I did it myself. Also, your free motion quilting CD has helped me a lot. I will pay the shipping fees.

    Thank you, again.

  4. I think you are very lucky to have such a supportive husband. I have no walls to hang quilts on because my walls are all filled with bookshelves for books of my husband and my grandchildren. I would love to win the quilting motifs books. I always need all the help I can get in my quilting. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  5. Wow Wendy, what an awesum prize! I have been trying more fmq, thanks to your helpfulness on your blog. Still have a looong way to go, these books would be full of awesome ideas. Thanks

  6. Would love to pay shipping for such a nice giveaway! Your quilt looks beautiful hanging on the wall……maybe I need to make one too 😄 Thanks Wendy!

  7. I would love to win the books. I make mostly baby children’s quilts and Civil War reproductions. I’m always looking for new ideas for motifs. Thank you for considering my entry.

  8. Yes, yes, yes, I would be quite happy to pay the postage to Australia, should I be the lucky winner. Thank you, in anticipation.

  9. Wow! I’d love to win these and pay postage. Choosing what to quilt is the hardest part for me…
    Thank you, have a good weekend, and Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. My sweet husband bought me a long-arm for my birthday (to be celebrated for the next half century, he said) and I would love to win the motif books. I will pay postage. What a nice giveaway! May your holidays be filled with sweet memories, good food and family.

  11. I would love this set of books and willing to pay postage. I did get a long arm (still setting up), but I have that love of using my home machine. A blessed and happy Thanksgiving

  12. What a great give away! It’s practice, practice on your free motion quilting and to have so many ideas to choose from! I would be very happy to be the lucky winner and pay the postage!!

  13. What a great gift that would be! I’m always searching for motifs to quilt. Love the soft colors of Calico Trail.

  14. I chuckled when I read your story about your husband hanging a quilt at midnight. What a guy!! You are so lucky to have him.!! I don’t think we’ve ever done the midnight thing, but we’ve come close. When it’s the right time, there is no hesitation. You gotta allow them to get it done. BTW the quilt that got hung is one of my all time favorites of yours!! What a nice give away. I know, because I have a set. There are “sew” many great ideas and designs!

  15. A supporting husband, as was mine, is worth his weight in gold! Let him know how much you treasure him every chance you get—you’ll never regret it. I love piecing and love quilting—when I have an enhancing design, which does not always come to me easily. I would dearly love to have the collection of motifs books, and would consider the small shipping cost a good investment! Thanks for the opportunity to be considered, and for the wonderful ideas you share.

  16. Pick me pick me!!! I received a Mid arm as a gift from my husband a few years back. I need as much direction as I can get. I will even print the usps label and email it to you from my usps account. 🤗 Please please.

    Thank you for the opportunity to join in.

  17. These books would be a blessing for me. I just finished your “Learn to Machine Quilt” class and I feel like I learned so much. For some reason your teaching style just resonated with me. I will gladly pay the shipping fee. Thanks for all you do for the quilting world and especially for beginners like me.

  18. I love your Calico trails quilt. It looks beautiful hung up. I have a quilt that I made from a kit that I purchased on Vancouver island nearly 3 years ago. My husband loved it and promised to put it up! I even bought the hanging pole which has stood in our dining room since then. I have just read your blog to him, and he has slunk out of the door looking sheepish. Tomorrow maybe?????

  19. I love your Calico Trail, the colors are so soft and gentle! I am an aspiring free motion quilter, on my DSM, but I struggle with which designs to use and I would love, love this collection! Thanks for the chance.

  20. I would love to win the quilting motifs books. Thank you for the chance. Your quilt looks beautiful that you just put up.

  21. How generous that you have shared so much of your quilty stuff with other quilters. Would love to have access to your quilting design books as I quilt on a domestic machine.

  22. Oh yes, please add my name. I have visions of what your room must look like with all of those gorgeous sleeveless quilts strewn about. The hanging one does look beautiful.

  23. I, too, would be happy to be chosen the recipient of these quilting motif books. I long for the day I can complete my UFQs. These would help! Like many others, I need inspiration!

  24. I would love to receive these books and will gladly pay postage. I quilt my own quilts on my sewing machine (if they are small enough). If the quilts are large, I use my longarm. Thanks for being so generous!

  25. Thank you for a wonderful, informative blog. Don’t put my name in the drawing because I think other quilters will make much better use of the books than I. (I am acquiring knowledge and fabric for use when I retire. Until then, only small projects.) HOWEVER, I would be happy to pay the shipping for someone who would love the books but cannot take $15 from their household budget. Truly. Let me know.

    • I don’t need you to pay for my shipping, but I wanted to say your comment made my day. What a sweet offer to make to a fellow quilter. Fabric, patterns and notions add up fast, and I know many quilters who are on a tight budget. Your generosity and kind spirit made my heart smile. Thanks!

  26. I love that you’re cleaning out. Decluttering always helps me think and concentrate better! As a newer long armer, I would love to have these books, and will gladly pay for postage.

  27. as a “self taught” quilter, [actually i learned ALOT from your classes!] i would love to win these books. thanks for the chance!

  28. I would love to have these books. I am always trying to learn everything that I can! I wish my mind would absorb all of the information that I have read like a sponge but unfortunally I don’t. I only remember that , where have I read that ?or where did I see that ? but sometimes I can remember and refer back to my books. Thank you for all of your posts believe or not I have learned so much from you!

  29. Lovely quilt that you have hanging. I would love to win these books and am willing to pay the S&H. Thanks for the draw!

  30. those quilting motif books look great, I have never seen them anywhere and would love to win! thank you so much for your generous giveaway!

  31. The Quilting motif books look amazing. I have a stack of quilts, okay well it feels like a stack 4 to be exact. That are in need of me to get quilted this would direct me into completing them.

  32. Oh how I would love to be the lucky owner of these quilting books. I am always looking for ideas for quilting my many unquilted quilts.!!

  33. Love the “Calico Trail”. Beautiful as always. Your feathers have inspired me for a long time. You taught me how to make them a few years back. I have all you classes and refer back to them from time to your your style Wendy. Yes I you love the “Quiltmakers Mofit books. Enter me into the contest. I’ll gladly pay the shipping. Thank you. Sincerely, Sarah

  34. I loved that story about hanging a quilt. One Sunday at Mass, my mother-in-law leaned over to me and whispered that she would put one of my quilts on the quilting machine after mass. I drove home, picked a top to be quilted and was waiting patiently for her at her house before she drove up. And I didn’t speed! Thanks so much for that laugh!!!!!

  35. I would love to have this set of books and would willingly pay the postage. What a wonderful giveaway. Happy Thanksgiving to you.

  36. Just found your blog, wish I could have participated in the Bleaker Street QAL, it’s on my list now! I would love to have a chance to win the quilting motif books, happy to pay postage!

  37. Your husband is a keeper for sure!
    Thanks for the chance to win these books– happy to pay postage (and a bribe…)

  38. Wendy, hope you and your family had a very Merry Christmas and here is to a very happy and prosperous New Year!!!

    Keep blogging! We miss you!

  39. Wendy, I so love everything you do. I started the Spring on Bleeker Street with your kit and proceeded to sell my house of 45 years and move to Amelia Island. I have pulled it back out and am now brain dead. I am on the Shoefly units and cannot remember what your letters are referencing for A square, B square, M rectangle etc. I might be missing a beginning page of directions. Thought it was easier to ask. Thanks Teddie


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