Quilting From Every Angle

It’s quilting fever over here! Now that the weather here is finally back to it’s fairly cold November self, of course I’ve been thinking quilts. I was so happy that Nancy asked me to join in on a blog tour for her new book Quilting From Every Angle. I’ve followed Nancy‘s work (@owensolivia on instagram) for quite a while and really admire how she has a lovely distinct style. And when I found out she was writing a book, that makes it even more fun! I love seeing a large chunk of work from an artist, and a book is the perfect showcase.


I had several of the quilts bookmarked and I really enjoyed reading about the inspiration from each one as well as the opening chapters on technique. There are so many unique designs that range from fairly straightforward to more complicated and challenging. I really enjoyed all the thorough diagrams within the instructions, there are many for each pattern, so it’s really nice to have a visual to go along with the written instructions.

Finally settled on the Colorblock quilt. I can’t even tell you how many fabric pulls I did! So many! But that’s the fun part for me anyway. This is the one I finally settled on and am really happy with the results. I can totally see myself making more for baby gifts and I think it’ll be fun to explore more color options, too! I love that this is a fairly classic design with a fun twist. I think if I were to make it again I would choose more solids/semi-solids for the majority of the quilt, but I really like these colors. Can’t wait to quilt this one up, it’s always a fun transformation.


I think I might just have to try the Sequoia quilt from the book next. Probably another opportunity to do some fabric shopping!

p.s. There’s a bit of errata, so stop by Nancy’s website for updates before cutting. 🙂

Fabrics: Cotton + Steel (Melody Miller’s Picnic and Alexia Abegg’s Paper Bandana), Hello, Bear by Bonnie Christine, shot cotton, mystery chambray I pulled from deep within my stash.

Be sure to follow along with the rest of the Quilting From Every Angle tour to see what all these talented people came up with (I’m excited to see them, too!):
11/10- Michelle Wilkie of Factotum of Arts
11/11- Hillary Goodwin of Entropy Always Wins
11/12- Karen Lewis of Karen Lewis Textiles
11/13- Anna Graham of Noodlehead (yay!)
11/16- Rachel McCormack of Wooden Spoon Quilts
11/17- Tara Larson of Rad & Happy 
11/18- Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane
11/19- Holly Hughes of Holly Gets Quilty
11/20- Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft
11/23- Pat Bravo of Pat Bravo Fabric Design and Jesse Maloney of Art School Dropout
11/24- Astrid Slagle of Red Red Completely Red
11/25- Holly DeGroot of Bijou Lovely
11/26- Christopher Thompson of The Tattooed Quilter
11/27- Spoonflower

And if you’re still reading, I’m giving away a DIGITAL copy of the book! How awesome is that?!


To Enter to wind a DIGITAL copy of Quilting From Every Angle:

  • Please leave a comment. One per person please. Just for fun, tell me what sewing projects you’re working on for Christmas?
  • Open to anyone with a valid email address.
  • Giveaway closes Sunday, November 15th at 10 AM CST. This giveaway is now closed, thank you to all who entered!

101 thoughts on “Quilting From Every Angle

  1. Bunny Wilson says:

    I’m working on a Harry Potter quilt for my daughter-in-law.

  2. Julie says:

    I am mostly making bags for Christmas. I have already finished a Poolside Tote and have plans for a couple of your divided baskets, plus the new Grainline Stowe bag. I have a slew of backlogged clothing items for myself, but I am so much better at getting excited and finishing things when they’re gifts!

  3. smonakey says:

    I’ve wanted to make a quilted tree skirt for Christmas & I’ve got the fabric in hand. Now I just need to finish the knitted tree skirt I’ve been working on & then move on to the sewn one!

  4. Love your interpretation Anna. So pretty and YES perfect baby quilt material! Fun to see everyone’s makes


  5. Tami Tipton says:

    3 quilts and I’m hoping I didn’t bite off way more than I can chew!!! 🙂 And! Because I’m hopeful, a sew together bag!

  6. Marcy says:

    I’m working on a French Roses soft edge applique quilt for my daughter and a drawstring backpack for another daughter. I’ll probably end up doing a few pillowcases and pillows to match the quilt, too. I have some crochet and knitting that I need to do for a new grandbaby due around the first of the year, too.

  7. Laura says:

    I’m sewing small pouches for my colleagues with a handmade lipbalm and a pack of funny tissues inside 🙂
    Thanks for the chance to win this great book!

  8. Elizabeth says:

    I’m working on restoring some of my Great Grandma’s quilts for my Mom’s Xmas present 🙂

  9. gale w says:

    I am working on several open wide bags for gifts. I love these bags and do do the recepients. 🙂

  10. Alison says:

    Oh dear. Is it time to start the Christmas sewing already!?! I’m planning to make a couple of new Christmas stockings. I guess I need to get started…

  11. Mel says:

    I’m working on some secret santa gifts – orange tote, and a carry-all pincushion are already done! cheers, Mel

  12. Marnae says:

    Doll clothes right now! Thanks for the chance to win…even though I am not a bit quilter, I would love to learn more!

  13. I would love to win a copy! I love the mini quilt that you made. Amazing! I just finished a couple of makeup cases from Handmade Style to give as Christmas gifts. I am working on a couple of quilts. One is from a pattern called Haute Ziggity and the other is a free tutorial called the Wanta Fanta block. I would be overjoyed if I finished them by Christmas. I am tired of my legs sticking out of the baby quilts that I pretend are lap quilts.

  14. I’m making baby quilts and dresses, and maybe purple fleece pants for my son!

  15. Jackie c says:

    Oh my gosh! Stockings! I was so exited to be FREE and have no obligatory Christmas sewing but a new baby necessitates a new stocking. That’s a fun one anyway so I can still feel free 😉 thank you for the giveaway and for sharing your good lookin quilt.

  16. Megan says:

    I’m not working on any Christmas sewing this year… though I did pick up some awesome vintage Christmas border print fabric at a garage sale the other weekend. But I am busy working on a baby quilt for a friend’s baby shower in a week! Ah, must sew sew sew!!

  17. Robin says:

    I’m finishing up a karate themed quilt for my daughter. It’s not easy to find girly ninja fabric!

  18. Lisa says:

    This book looks like a great resource for creativity. Would love to win a copy. RxQuilter

  19. Ellen M. says:

    My daughter and I are using your tutorial to make a tray made of Cheez-It fabric for her 5th grade teacher. Cheez-its are his favorite snack. 😉

  20. Camilla says:

    Just finished another of your open wide pouches and now I’m making some hot pads for gifts.

  21. Stephanie says:

    I have 2 quilts and 4 bags to make. Also some random stuff like a table runner and items for a new baby (yeah Great Aunt for the 1st time).

  22. Katharina Frank says:

    I’m working on a baby quilt for my little, sweet godson.

  23. Jocelyn Thomson says:

    I’m working on a bag for my best friend. I would love to win a copy of this . Many thanks.

  24. Anne D says:

    I am making some drawstring bags to put gifts in and hoping to finish a quilt. The book looks great. Thanks for the chance to win.

  25. tusen says:

    No quilts for Christmas this year, but I’m thinking of pillows and maybe also soft toys.

  26. Elizabethdee says:

    pouches, totes and one baby quilt — at least that is the plan!

  27. Hayley says:

    I sm going to make some purses for the carers at my daughters’ schools and other than that just some little girls Christmas dresses. I got some fantastic reindeer fabric yesterday for it

  28. VeronicaMade says:

    I love your quilt. Log cabins have always been one of my favorites. I’m not working on any projects for Christmas, but right now I’m sewing all kinds of things for a crafts show I’m doing next month.

  29. Heather says:

    Beautiful! I love the cover quilt! I am making a Christmas quilt for myself and my husband with the Christmas Story fabric. It is a tribute to my father in law who passed away a few years ago. He loved the movie, and so do me and my husband. I’m going to add in some of his flannel shirts into the quilt top! I’m very excited about it! I’m also making a bunch of rice hand and neck warmers as gifts. I like to make as many gifts as I can, and practical things are what I like to make the most.

  30. Jessica says:

    I’m making my twin daughters two fairy tale houses with little fairytale characters to go inside. My son I’m quilting a car mat pannel and adding some pockets to store cars and my 8 month old girl I’m not entirely sure yet!!

  31. Simone Symonds says:

    I will be making a handbag for a friend and then some new Christmasy decorations for the house.

  32. Lisa Marie says:

    I am making a bunch of lap quilts (some are done) as well as some smaller things like pillows and bags. I just love giving gifts that I have sewn.

  33. Allison C says:

    I’m making tree skirt

  34. Alicia Williams says:

    I’ve been making Christmas stockings for my two granddaughters 4 and 8 years old. I must start a ‘me’ project next I think … I’ve been doing lots of things for friends and family recently, finishing things off that will be under the tree on Christmas Day! Happy sewing everyone ✂

  35. Betsy S says:

    Looks like an interesting book.

  36. Wendi Morris says:

    I am working on a quilt for my sister.

  37. duchick says:

    Such a beauty! I’d love to win a copy of this book! I am working on several quilted table runners for friends as Christmas gifts.

  38. Such a stunning quilt! Love the fabric choices! <3
    I'm making pillows for my mother in laws and bags for my sisters =)

  39. Laura says:

    My grandson wants a quilt, so being the good Mimi, I am getting that one done even if I don’t do another thing. Haha

  40. Ioleen says:

    I’m working on either a tree skirt or a table topper. I am not sure if I want to cut a hole in the middle only if is finished.

  41. Emma Karen says:

    My sister is having a baby in March. It will be my first time being an aunt so I’m working on lots of baby sewing projects!

  42. Yaarit G says:

    I’m working on a dress for my girl and some cluches.

  43. N says:

    Placemats, noodle head trAvel tote

  44. Marian says:

    I am sewing zippered bags in all sizes for everyone I know!

  45. farmquilter says:

    I am making a fairy wall hanging for my granddaughter!

  46. I have a bunch of quilts that I am working on at the same time, but I am thinking of making quilted casserole carriers and quilted oven mitts as gifts. Maybe etch the family’s name in a 9 x 13 glass dish and include it with a recipe and wooden spoon. My stove and microwave died, so I really don’t have any money to Christmas shop. Besides, I love doing homemade gifts, even if it’s just a soup-in-a-jar.

  47. bechem says:

    Love this quilt top! & would love to win 🙂 I have a dreamy piece of printed leather that is going to become some simple clutches for the ladies in our family. I just have the interfacing/stabilising to sort out before I can get stuck in!!

  48. Teresa Block says:

    Making a small tree skirt for the rosemary tree that will sit on my sofa table and I’m making pillowcases for all the kiddos on my list!

  49. Sarah says:

    For Christmas gifts I am going to make a variety of the bins from your book with the leather handle. Different color combos for different people. Winter is sewing time but I am leading a leathercraft session for 15 kids in the local 4-H group next Friday so I think it is going to give me the leather bug again too.

  50. Lori M. says:

    I love how the prints in your quilt each add a different visual texture but still harmonize. Your work is all ways inspiring and challenges me to reach for a higher level. Thank you so much for sharing.

  51. Tammie says:

    I always like seeing your fabric choices for quilts!

  52. Carol B says:

    I am currently working on a quilted bento bag for my knitting craft project.

  53. Carola says:

    I am working on a big Christmas quilt following Kathy Doughty’s Sunburst pattern. The top is finished, but – I wanted to back it with cotton teddy and now I don’t know whether I should add wool batting to make it even warmer for the cold season or if that would be too bulky.

  54. Linda Fleming says:

    I’m working on a Red Bird and Berries wall hanging!

  55. Diane says:

    Hoping to finish the quilting on a quilt for my niece. Thanks for your review – looks like another book to add to my wishlist!

  56. Lynne Tilley says:

    This book looks amazing. I’m such a fan of yours since I first discovered quilting and quilting blogs a couple of years ago. Thanks for the giveaway!

  57. Kat says:

    I bought a free form foot for my sewing machine and am ready to start my first quilt! Thanks for the contest =)

  58. Katie says:

    Making a Christmas sack for my sister in law, thanks for the give away!

  59. kelli says:

    Baskets for everyone!

  60. Paula Castro says:

    As I’m a newbie in sewing, I want to make so quilt bags for toys.

  61. Love the log cabin – it’s always been my favorite. I am making mini log cabin ornaments for family and friends. They’re just a 3 or 4 inches and sew up quick, I love that I get to play with so many fabric combos – it’s given me inspiration for a couple full size quilts.

  62. Elnora says:

    Love your version of this quilt, Anna! Your style is always so pleasing! I’m not working on any Christmas sewing, but I am working on several baby quilts and on a comfort quilt for a friend who had major surgery.

  63. Love your quilt and fabrics! This is my kind of quilt piecing. We don’t exchange gifts for the holidays but I make things throughout the year for friends and family….just because 🙂 I love making bags and Noodlehead bags are my favorite so my friends all have two or more Noodlehead bags they use daily. I love my Noodlehead bags!

  64. Rita Scott says:

    I will be making a Christmas stocking for a Grandson due any day now. Now that’s ANTICIPATION!

  65. Lauren says:

    Oh how I love this quilt!!! I’m not doing to much holiday sewing, mostly have been making things for my home. If I can get it together I want to make a lap quilt for my daughters teacher. Thinking this could be the perfect pattern!! Thank you!!!

  66. erin says:

    Love this quilt!!! I’m making some infinity scarves for teacher gifts and, if the stars align, a softie for my niece. Also, of course, the surprise birthday quilt!

  67. Barbara M. says:

    I’m making fabric pouches — it’s fun to pick out fabrics from my stash rather than buying new.

  68. Carlene says:

    I am working on my sixth quilt for Christmas this year plus a few more little Christmas ornaments in between and need two more pillows for my nieces from the shirts of their father that died last year. Im just about finished.

  69. Chris K. says:

    My Christmas project will be setting up the sewing room in the new house.

  70. cfurchert says:

    Will be working on table runners. Love your posts – this book fascinates me!

  71. Amy says:

    I’m going to finally finish the Grinch quilt I’ve been working on for my mom. I’ve decided to hand quilt it which is new for me!

  72. I’ve been making small items like potholders, coasters, wallets, pouches and checkbook covers.

  73. Mel J. says:

    Working on a quilt for my MIL. I hope I can finishes it in time! Your quilt is gorgeous and this book looks so inspiring. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  74. Mariska post says:

    This looks like a great book. I am not much of a quilter. I’ve only done one babyblanket. That was at a course; but I tought it was a great project. I’d love to win the e-book to give it another go. Right now I am workung on Christmas outfits for my niece and cousins. They are almost finished! Time for another project?.

  75. Donna W says:

    Making some bags for Christmas.

  76. alianora says:

    It feels like the only things I’m sewing lately are patches on clothes! How does my kid rip through the knees of pants so quickly?

  77. Kristin M says:

    I am working on 24 Christmas pillowcases for my nieces and nephews and other family members 🙂

  78. Tiffany says:

    Working on some whole cloth quilts for nieces and nephews for Christmas. Hoping to expand my skills next year and start trying some bags/pouches (zippers, oh my!) 😉

  79. Julie Oh says:

    I’m making a lap quilt for my 93year old grandma, I know she’ll love it.

  80. Jessica F says:

    I’ve been working on the Metro Medallion quilt for my grandma for over a year now…I need backing to finish quilting it, binding too I suppose lol. But I e also been working on so many quilts this year, all in different phases

  81. Asiya says:

    I’m going to make a Grainline Studio Stowe bag to carry my knitting around in!

  82. buntyw says:

    I’m making aprons for my sisters!
    This looks a great book!

  83. Melissa Moyers says:

    I’m Working on pajamas for my daughter and nephews!

  84. Barbara Bailey says:

    I’m finishing up a Halloween table topper for my daughter-in-law who LOVES Halloween!

  85. Nathalie B. says:

    I am working on an Arum dress for myself. My second time sewing this Deer&Doe pattern.
    Thanks for the chance to win !

  86. Annette says:

    I finished making 17 drawstring bags that will be filled with toiletries for the local women’s shelter. This is the third year I have helped my friend Ellen with this project.

  87. Tamie says:

    I need to finish a quilt for my daughter who started college this fall. She says it is cold there!

  88. Erika Nickens says:

    This is my first year quilting and my goal was to have quilts for all close fan members by Christmas. I have 4 completed and 4 more in the works!

  89. Aless says:

    I’m making a gorgeously vibrant dress (I never wear them usually) for my niece’s big wedding on New Year’s Eve,here in Australia. It’ll be HOT, so I’m having to line a patterned cotton voile(coooollll) with a plain voile…2 dresses!! It’s the first family wedding in 3 years (our son’s was the first one of the cousins), so we’re going to have a great get-together from many different states.

  90. Heather says:

    My only must-sew is a stocking for the new husband who somehow made it this far in life without one. After that, as many zipper pouches as I can reasonably accomplis with my sanity intact.

  91. Zenna says:

    I am making some cushion covers with Elizabeth Hartman’s kitten and fox patterns for some tween cousins. I’d love to find time to make a new dress for my daughter and a bucket hat for my son using fabric they have both picked out too.

  92. Kim says:

    I love how your quilt turned out. I’m working on quilting my daughter’s big girl quilt. It’s several years late so I’d like to get it done this year.

  93. Heather says:

    I need some inspiration in my sewing so I started reading your blog from the beginning. I have been spending my evenings building up my sewing confidence. Thank you very much for that!! Now I want to make some zippy wallets for holiday gifts.

  94. Renee says:

    I love your fabrics in this quilt! I am making a few tote bags as Christmas gifts : )

  95. I am working with my Christmas quilt and want to make few presents!

  96. Kristin says:

    I am working on a quilted Christmas tree skirt for one of my sisters. I actually intended to make it 2 years ago, but waited too close to Christmas and couldn’t find the right Christmas fabric. But this year! For my other sister, I’m making a Super Tote with Doctor Who fabric. I made her a basic tote bag several years ago as a bridesmaid gift and she needs a new one. I can’t wait to try the pattern! All my bags thus far has been self-drafted (and basic) and I’m so excited to have someone else tell me what to do!

  97. marylou24 says:

    I’m working on a quilt for my eldest brother, a couple of christmas dresses for my daughters and I’m hoping I get time to also finish my eldest daughter’s quilt.

  98. elsabean says:

    I haven’t started on Christmas yet ~ tho I do have lots of ideas. At the moment, I’m finishing up a quilt I started about 5 years ago ~ it’s a 2′ hexagon with 960 hexes in it. Took the thread and paper out yesterday and getting ready to sandwich it for quilting. Pretty excited about it!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  99. Phoebe Guider says:

    Quite honestly, I’m not working on anything for Christmas this year. I’ve found that it gets harder and harder for me to give gifts I’ve made to people who won’t appreciate them. That being said, we are getting ready to buy our first house, and I am gearing up to sew all sorts of fun home dec items for that.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  100. Kirsten says:

    Your quilt looks lovely – the colours are beautiful! I have a few handmade christmas gifts still to do – some zippy pouches, tote bag, table runner….and I will probably think of a few more things to make too:)

  101. sue says:

    My daughter set me a large stack of Laurie Wisbrun’s polar bear fabric two years ago, maybe three. That’s what I will be feverishly putting together so the quilter has time too!

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