Join us this month as we celebrate the release of Art Quilt Portfolio: The Natural World, a new book and series curated by Martha Sielman. We’ll share from the book, chat with a few artists, and feature a few giveaways …. so check back often!

Part of what we love so much about the Art Quilt Portfolio series is that you really get the best of both worlds: plenty of beautiful quilts and in-depth information and creative insights from the featured artists. Sometimes it’s easier to appreciate the artistry of a quilt if you have a deeper understanding of the quilt’s story or the quilt’s maker. And we sought to provide you with that in these beautiful pages. In case you want more, here’s a full list of the featured artists in The Natural World with links to their websites – happy exploring! And see below for more information about the giveaway!

Judith Trager

Paula Chung

Ginny Smith

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

Ginny Eckley

Sally Dillon

Karen Illman Miller

Cassandra Williams

Betty Busby

Annie Helmericks-Louder

Dominie Nash

Katherine K. Allen

Annemieke Mein

Melani Kane Brewer

Ruth B. McDowell

Elaine Quehl

Dottie Moore

Nancy G. Cook

Barbara Barrick McKie

Patricia Gould

Inspired yet? Just wait until you take a peek inside the book! To enter for a chance to win a copy of Art Quilt Portfolio: The Natural World, please leave a comment on this post by 9 p.m. EST on Monday, April 2. Any comment is fine, but we’d love to hear about an art quilter who inspires you. One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries and notified by Tuesday, April 3. Click here for the official rules.

Comments are now closed for this giveaway. Thanks to everyone who entered and shared their inspiration!




73 Responses

    Rebecca Rapport says:

    Truly inspirational.  I would love to have a copy of this book.  

    JanOban says:

    My Grandma K. was a superior woman, she raised 7 children and made everything except my Gramdpas work boots, I think. She made us manuy items, from doll and bear clothes to hand made delicate coin purses and funky knitted slippers. My favorite is a quilt she made from flannel material. I also have My Great Grandma B’s quilt that my mother mended recently, she said it made her feel a part of her grandma, so I  have a need to get my self a lesson book and begin the hunt for materials and ideas for this. My Mother dosen’t know this yet, but my big sister & I are going to get together and present my Mom with a plan for vreating quilts to pass on to the family, I do not have children not does my sister, so first we will make smaller crib size for our 4 legged kids. I have some of her knitting and crouchet tools and her old antique singer. Wow now that would be something to sew on… happy SPRING!!  Jan

    Wlstarn says:

    I love the work of featured artist Nancy G. Cook!  This book is definitely on my wish list!

    Call me Bee says:

    Jaw-droppingly gorgeous.  Would love my own copy–thanks for offering a free copy!  Cheers!

    Kelly massman says:

    I don’t have a specific favorite quilter but I love quilts-I love how they intertwine creativity with history–often family histories! Thanks for a chance to win!

    Wil says:

    So many wonderful artists. How can I pick only one?

    Janet Hartje says:

    I love the work of Barbara Barrick McKie!  All of them are inspirational.

    designerann says:

    What a beautiful cover.

    Carole Shaw says:

    It’s a lovely theme–I look forward to seeing the artwork.

    JBJohnson says:

    I recently had the pleasure of meeting Barbara Barrick McKie, the artist who created the amazing peacock on the cover of this book. Her stunning work and kind manner are an inspiration to me…

    KarenCunagin says:

    Saw the book… it’s gorgeous!

    Peggy Brown says:

    Book features many quilters and stitchers I most admire.

    Kristin McNamara Freeman says:

    A beautiful book; how I would love to win the draw for a copy. If not, it is on my wish list, maybe for Mother’s Day?

    janice mckeehan says:

    The best part I have heard about is the multiple pieces of art..often seeing just one piece leaves me hungry for much more and if they don’t have a website/blog!!!  Being a dinosaur, I also just prefer “hard” copies!!!

    Gre8dean says:

    One name I notice is Fran Skiles.  She’s truly a grreat inspiration to me.  She’s a terrific artist.  Although she offers workshops in various places throughout the US, I haven’t been able to attend one yet.  This book will be a wonderful addition to my library and help me to make better art quilts.

    Laura in NC says:

    Elaine Quehl and Nancy Cook are the ones on this list who inspire me most.  I’ve seen Nancy’s work in person around the Charlotte area, but not Elaine’s.  I would love to be able to study with Elaine, hopefully she’ll be teaching in the southeastern U.S. soon!    

    Jill in NJ says:

    I’m really inspired by Nancy Cook’s work. 

    Marilynfoulke says:

    Annemieke Mein and Ruth McDowell are my idols! Would love to see the book!

    Marilyn Foulke

    Kbettenc says:

    Would love to win, the book looks super!

    Stroxell says:

    Ruth McDowell is amazing.  I would love to win this book.

    Sellison18 says:

    Ruth McDowall’s work inspires me!

    LindaMac says:

    Kathy Lichtendahl is my inspiration.  She is the reason I started doing art quilts.

    I have always thought of quilting as pieces of art!

    Christy says:

    SO many talented artists!  I love Annemieke Mein’s work, fantastic stuff!

    Marlene Reasoner says:

    Love Ruth McDowell’s work

    Susan B. says:

    Always been a big fan of Annemieke Mein’s work. Loved Paula Chung’s flower. Looks like a great book.

    Tkramzar says:

    I can’t wait to see this beautiful book. I can’t pick a favorite quilter! They are all so inspirational. I would love to win.

    Lori S. says:

    Paula Chung’s use of color is amazing, inspiring!!  I also love and get very reflective when viewing her anatomical works.

    Thank you for the links above – it was great to see the artists.  Thank  you, too, for the chance to win the book!

    Dot McQuade says:

    Wow!  The book sounds great!! I can’t wait to see it!! I love seeing nature inspired art in quilts… just beautiful!! 

    Nancy hutchison says:


    Gwengoepel says:

    I am inspired by numerous artists! And would love to include Martha’s newest in my library!
    Thanks, Gwen Goepel

    Jody says:

    I am inspired by many art quilters and by nature. I would love to have this book in my library!

    LaShanna Doyle says:

    My mother in law is into art quilts.  I think they’re beautiful, extraordinary pieces myself.  Truly works of art!!

      Lori S. says:

      I noticed that, too.

        Amanda says:

         Sorry for the technical difficulties – these should be fixed now!

    LaShanna Doyle says:

    You should check your links.  Many of them are not working.

      Amanda says:

       We’re working on getting these fixed!

    Nancy Schlegel says:

    I don’t know who has inspired me the most but I definitely remember the one who inspired me first to make art qults. In the early 80′s there was a show at the NY State Museum with paintings by artists and quilts made from the paintings by quilters “The Blue Nile” painted by Charlotte Robinson and made into a quilt by Bonnie Persinger struck me in particular. To my surprise one of my friends was getting rid of books and one was from that exhibit.

    I’m sure that this book would be inspiration from many sources.

    Vivian says:

    I am so very sad!  Please fix all the Error 404′s.  There is at least 8 of them.  Thank you

      Amanda says:

       Working on getting these fixed…. thanks for the note!

    Sue Andrus says:

    I would Love to win a copy of this book!!  So many quilt artists have inspired  my love of art quilting.  I was lucky to take a painting class with Ginny Eckley, and have loved Betty Busby’s work.

    Trudi says:

    I took a class with Kris Gregson Moss, which was extremely inspiring.

    Disdocent says:

    I would love to win this book!  I get my inspirations from the work of many of these artists!

    Diane says:

    The book looks truly inspiring.

    Mosaic Magpie says:

    The first Art Quilter to come to mind is Sue Spargo.  I love her work and the stitching she embellishes her quilts with.

    SewLindaAnn says:

    I am inspired by Noriko Endo. I love the idea of making pictured quilts with scrappy bits.  I love her book Confetti Naturescapes.

    SewLindaAnn says:

    I am inspired by Noriko Endo. I love the idea of making pictured quilts with scrappy bits.  I love her book Confetti Naturescapes.

    Tamie says:

    Ruth McDowell has inspired me from the beginning. I’d love to have this book.

    Jennie P. says:

    Ruth B. McDowell is my favorite! I wish I could piece like her.

    Melissa says:

    Carol Larson’s art process and her quilts and surface design are a true inspiration to me.  Thank you for your generous giveaway.

    Wordygirl says:

    I am inspired by the Twelve by Twelve group of art quilters. Their ongoing challenges and support of each other’s art is inspiring and makes me wish I was part of a similar group…and reminds me that they created their own.

    Tis book looks amazing–thank you so much for this giveaway.

    Lydia Reading says:

    Ruffled Feathers by Roxanne Nelson at the 2011 Pacific West Quilt Show in Tacoma….I am in awe.  I love love love that quilt.

    Donna Stuber says:

    Two years ago, I studied Paula Chung’s Japanese Anemone at Elements in Wayne, and her work has informed my own.  Her use of color is mind-blowing, and to see the piece in person was an experience I think about often.  I also love Betty Busby’s style and expression.

    Debbie says:

    I had the pleasure of attending a Quehl and have been an admirer ever since. I can’t wait to get a look at this inspiring book. Thanks for having this giveaway.

    Debbie says:

    I had the pleasure of attending a creative workshop with Elaine Quehl and have been inspired by her work ever since. I can’t wait to see this inspiring book. Thank you for the chance at the giveaway.

    Ehynick says:

    i really don’t know of any art quilters but I would love this book to learn more about Art quilting.  You got to start somehwere right. 

    Sbloom257 says:

    My friend has this book and is raving about how wonderful it is.  I would love to have my own copy.  Thanks!

    Jeanniebench says:

    I am really looking forward to seeing this!

    NJSR says:

    Just read Virginia Spiegel’s review of the book. This book sounds inspirational to quilters and nature lovers!

    Rebecca Buchanan says:

    I too just read Virginia Spiegel’s review of the book and it sounds wonderful. Looking at the list above I see names that have inspired me greatly over the years beginning with the incomparable Annemieke Mein. Then there is Ruth McDowell and I had the life changing privilege to take a workshop some years ago with Dottie Moore. What a lineup this is! Thanks for the opportunity to perhaps win a copy.

    Muireann says:

    I’m planning to make my first quilt this year, so as a complete newbie I can’t name any art quilter who inspires me – but I’m sure this book would help with that! Thanks for the chance to win!

    Kim Petroske says:

    I am glad to see a book done this way. I love quilting and I mean love!  I am a traditional quilter and never really got into the art ones until I went to a quilt shop with my husband and listened to his interpreation of some of the quilts. He changed my mind that day to step back and look at it from a different perception.  I think the most important thing about an art quilt is to read or find the artists inspiration behind it as this speaks loads of the quilt.

    Nancy Gilpin says:

    Thanks to Martha Sielman for making sure we continue to have inspiration.  Nancy Cook’s work invites me in and says “relax” in these refreshing colors and designs.

    MoniqueHasna says:

    I start quilting recently to spend more time with my Nana. The time that we spend together is magical, as she shows me how to quilt is is also tell me her life stories and those of my ancestors. This book would be perfect for us to bond. Thanks for this giveaway and have a blessed week

    d durkee says:

    Wow, all these quilts are inspiring, but I especially was attracted to the work of Nancy G Cook — her landscapes reveal her personal vision of desert beauty.  It is great to see painterly wall art in fabric finally being recognized as art.  Bravo.

    Elena Rosenberg says:

    I like the art quilts of Ann Brauer — http://www.annbrauer.com/Ann_Brauer_Quilt_Studio/Welcome.html

    K. Love says:

    My gran and great-gran were quilters as were my husband’s kin. One blessing of growing up in the south was being able to fall asleep under a “quilt someone’s grandma made by hand” (~Indigo Girls/Southland in the Springtime) Each quilt keeps a story.. I’m inspired to join the local guild. :)

    wow this book is very inspiring! and very informative! Nature is one of the most inspired things for every artist, music, film, paint, web etc, and we don’t butter too much looking
    more than what is obvious. We have to be more careful of our environment and
    take more from it. in the creative aspect.i also have this book http://www.amazon.com/Butterfly-Coloring-Pages-Butterflies-Adults/dp/1500501255 and its great! you can have one of this too. its very informative, and this can help you appreciate nature more..Thanks for this great article!

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