it’s okay…..

by Mary Ellen Hopkins
Many Christmases ago I received a gift from my sister in law. 
This gift was life changing. 
The gift consisted of a rotary mat and this book, 
along with a a little note saying that the 3rd part of the gift 
would be here soon. 
I could NOT figure out how this book and this big green mat 
were suppose to be used together.
I was a bit puzzled because I could not figure out what the 3rd part was. At this point in the game I already knew how to quilt, the old fashioned template way.
Can you guess what the 3rd part was?
About 3 weeks later, my very first 
rotary cutter arrived in the mail.
That was the life changing part. 
I had made a few quilts from THE SAMPLER QUILT by Diane Leone
 tracing all the pattern pieces  to templates, 
then to fabric and
 then cutting with scissors.
(along with my trusted mat and rotary cutter)
came along was I truly inspire to quilt every single day.
Fast forward 32 years and 300 quilts later and I still love a good quilt book.
I am fortune to have been involved with the making of 
many books along with  
having good friends that are talented authors.
But my brand newest, 
most favorite book 
as of right now today is,  
The sub title says, Family, Friends, Foods  & Quilts. 
Because I love it so much, I am going to give one away.
Tell me why you need this book and I will draw a winner at random on 
SUNDAY, August 11th.
I will post the winner late in the evening.
Stop by all the other blogs on the book club hop today!
PLUS… the generous crew at United Notions has a special giveaway for 6 books to add to your own
collection on Moda’s Book Club Day here…


  1. Teri says:

    The first book was great, so I imagine this one will be amazing also. I can't wait to take a peek inside because I have been collecting the light fabrics. Perhaps this will give me a reason to cut into them.

  2. Muttmomkay says:

    i need this book because I have been so busy finising up my degree that I have not been able to get to my quilting but that hasn't stopped me from buying fat quarters, and they are calling to me

  3. JoyceLM says:

    I love quilt books – just reading them makes me happy. Cheryl's book sounds like a fun book I need for my collection. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  4. Wendy says:

    I trust you…if you say it is a good book and your favourite, then that is good enough reason to want one! Add me to the list of others who want it…please?

  5. veda says:

    I love waking up to an inspiration this morning. Thanks, Lissa. After seeing the cover of this book…the soft calming colors (my favorites)…the awesome photo shot…the title and the amazing sub title so dear to my heart, this is a book I know I will love.

  6. Linda says:

    I can't believe it! I also have the "It's Okay if You Sit on My Quilt". I had the great fortune to attend a workshop with Mary Ellen Hopkins way up here in Canada. I do believe she was the inspiration for my 35 year quilting career! Would love a chance to win the book. Lurking Linda

  7. PK Sews says:

    There are so many great quilting books being published and to help me decide which ones to use, I really appreciate the reviews of other quilters. So I would love this book because you are recommending it!

  8. Becky says:

    Thanks so much for recommending A Month of Sundays! I have not seen this book. I love reading and studying quilt books. This is one that I will add to my list. Happy Friday!

  9. momto1 says:

    I just checked out the preview of that book on Amazon – it looks like great fun! Someone REALLY knows how to kick back and live.

    Thanks for sharing it!

  10. Lee says:

    I have decided that since I am the only quilter in my family that I am going to make all the nieces and nephews quilts – starting with the youngest who is 6 and working up… Trying not to think of how many this will be… I am SURE it will take me a month of Sundays but I am up to the challenge! What would be better than A Month of Sundays Quilt Book! Thank you for the post – I have learned about so many fun quilty reads along the way.

  11. Mama Pris says:

    I "need" this book because I don't like to cook ~ and I need all the help I can get (with the "food" part)!!

    I enjoy your blog!!

    Pris Phillips

  12. Theresa says:

    I need this book to remember the days when Sunday was a day to be with family and friends and enjoying food. Sunday was such a good day. Sadly the stores are opened, people are working and running around and not enjoying life like it use to be.

  13. Mary says:

    Sunday afternoons are like heaven. There's nothing like that time to relax and enjoy time with family, take a nice nap, stitch on a quilt or bake a nice batch of cookies.
    Low volume quilts are so intriguing and I would love to try one. This book would be a great guideline for giving it a whirl.

  14. Suze says:

    My first quilt book was "The Sampler Quilt." We were supposed to put them together using Georgia Bonesteel's lap quilting method. Mine is in the attic. I have all the blocks made for a king quilt and some of the blocks are quilted and I think I have one row finished. Oh, my, the back is plain muslin and shows everything. That's the way we did it then. It's a long story as to why it's unfinished and in the attic. Many, many years later I found out from the person who hurt my feelings over it, it was all a misunderstanding. Thanks for sharing your inspirations. Don't we all need another book – you never know from whence a great idea will emerge.

  15. Janet says:

    Need this book? Can you ask why we WANT this book? It looks like fun! It looks lighthearted, and mostly, it looks like I don't have it in my library (yet).