Happy Canada Day


For inspiration today, as well as to Celebrate Canada Day, for our friends to our North, I want to share a creative and inspirational story that I came across last year, as it was a special anniversary for Canada and the Woman who sewed the original Canadian flag was honored:

The Star, a Canadian newspaper also has a great online article that you may want to read as it provides more info on this inspirational story.   http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/11/14/woman_who_sewed_modern_canadian_flag_thanked_at_50th_anniversary.html

Happy Canada Day!  


The Ultimate Quilting Challenge – How To Tips with Cindy Needham – BackGrounds – Triangles/Diamonds

This challenge is a quilt as desired challenge, using The Ultimate Quilting Stencil Collection and/or The Ultimate Background Stencil Collection, from Cindy Needham.  To heighten awareness of how easy these stencils are to use, today I want to share one of Cindy’s Youtube video tutorials:

If you have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7PwY83Lo5M


You can find Cindy Needham at:



For more info on The Ultimate Quilting Challenge:  

Linky Party #1 – http://quiltshopgal.com/the-ultimate-free-motion-quilting-challenge-summer-2016-kick-off-with-virtual-quilt-showlinky-party/

Linky Party #2 – tba

Linky Party #3 – tba

Here is a list of previous posts #UltimateQuiltingChallenge:

QuiltCon West 2016 – Free-Motion Quilting

While attending QuiltCon West, this past February, I enjoyed many Modern Quilts, but also the stunning free-motion quilting.  Today I want to share a quilt made by Beth Shutty, of Summerfield, Florida.


“Cut Diamonds” is the name of her quilt, which she designed using EQ7 software.  She started with a one block triangle grid, changing block colors and placement until she settled on a diamond shape.  I found her over design brilliant.  P1140588

She also used beautiful colors to create shading and depth.P1140589

And her free-motion quilting, stitched on a domestic machine, added complementary texture and design to her quilt.P1140590

You can find the Las Vegas MQG at:


You can find the QuiltCon at:






The Ultimate Quilting Challenge – How To Tips with Cindy Needham – Everything You Need To Know

This challenge is a quilt as desired challenge, using The Ultimate Quilting Stencil Collection and/or The Ultimate Background Stencil Collection, from Cindy Needham.  To heighten awareness of how easy these stencils are to use, today I want to share one of Cindy’s Youtube video tutorials

If you have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chIs63r5sPk


You can find Cindy Needham at:



For more info on The Ultimate Quilting Challenge:  

Linky Party #1 – http://quiltshopgal.com/the-ultimate-free-motion-quilting-challenge-summer-2016-kick-off-with-virtual-quilt-showlinky-party/

Linky Party #2 – tba – scheduled to open July 15th

Linky Party #3 – tba  – scheduled to open August 15th

Here is a list of previous posts #UltimateQuiltingChallenge:

COMING THIS SUMMER – Pets on Quilts 2016

 Jacque of Lily Pad Quilting is hosting another super fun Pets on Quilts Show this summer.  This is a great time to pull out your camera to get pictures of your pets on your quilts, or make a pet theme quilt to enter.

Pets on Quilts 2016

If you are wanting to find some ideas, check out my board on Pinterest for Pets on Quilts.  

In addition to all the fun that this event provides, I’m confident they’ll also be many generous sponsors who donate amazing prizes.

You can find Lily Pad Quilting at:


Happy Father’s Day – A Quack Me Up Story

First, I want to wish all the Dad’s, Uncle’s and Men who help to raise kids a Happy Father’s Day.  I’m also wanting to bring a smile today, to all. even though this story has nothing to do with quilting, sewing, or embroidery.
quack me ups by quiltshopgal

And, I want to share a story with you that quacks me up, but also inspires me.  While a young couple came up with a GREAT business idea, I also hope this idea spreads worldwide quickly, I’m also wondering how many variations of it could happen.

Here is a video that I hope will quack you up too:

If you have problems watching this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XV2q1M5BLAc 

NBC News San Diego also has a great article about the young family that started this business.  I hope they francise quickly, as I do think this could spread WW quickly.

Again, I hope you have a Happy Father’s Day.  Even better, get out there and do some boogie dancing to celebrate!

New Aunt Grace Fabrics from Marcus Fabrics and Free Pattern

Marcus Fabrics has a new line of Aunt Grace fabrics, designed by Judie Rothermel, which will make beautiful quilts and other sewn items.  This adorable collection of 30’s fabrics is available by yard, as well as includes 10″ precuts, 2½” strip bundles and FQ bundles of 10 coordinating Centennial Solids.


aunt grace fabric collection

There are  42 different prints, divided evenly into seven distinct color palettes, including brighter and softer tones of each for limitless mix-match possibilities and for monochromatic projects alike.

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There is also a lovely free “Aunt Grace” quilt pattern that showcases these fabrics, which completes a 55 1/2″ x 64″ quilt.


These fabrics are available as of July lst, but if you do not find them in your favorite store, let them know you are interested in having them carry this new line.  It is so new, they may not be aware of it.  Marcus Fabrics also has a store directory that may help you find a store near you that carries these fabrics.  Online, the Fat Quarter Shop will also have these fabrics available.


You can find Marcus Fabrics at:

blog – http://marcusmentions.com/

The Ultimate Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – Summer 2016 – Kick Off with Virtual Quilt Show/Linky Party #1

ultimate quilt challenge badge

Welcome to the kick off of the Ultimate Quilting Challenge, hosted by QuiltShopGal this summer.   This first of three Linky Parties is all about showing off past quilt projects to help inspire and encourage others to continue to learn and improve their free-motion quilting skills, as well as have fun.    Ok – are you wondering how much fun you’ll have IF you have not made such a project?  Trust me, this Linky Party is going to be loads of fun and inspiration and we’ll have two different Linky Parties before this challenge is over, so keep reading….

ultimate quilt challenge linky party #1

We’ll have plenty of sharing, tips and tutorials shared along the way, as well as our generous sponsors will create some added fun, as everyone that participate will have chances to win prizes. 

Our sponsors for this event include, but are not limited to:

This summer, everyone is invited to participate in The Ultimate Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  Quilters of all levels, from those new to free-motion quilting, those confident but want to practice and learn, those that are comfortable, as well as award winning quilters are invited to participate.  We’ll have plenty of sharing, tips and tutorials shared along the way, as well as our generous sponsors will create some added fun, as everyone that participate will have chances to win prizes.

Our Linky Parties are open up to bloggers and non-bloggers, but please take time to read the entire blog post, especially the rules, before you add a link, or you may find your entry is removed.



  • Bloggers and non-bloggers are eligible to enter:
    1. Bloggers need to share their entry in a current post, dated during this event (links to old posts will be removed).  Not required, but appreciated if you also let others know about this Ultimate FMQ  Challenge and include a link in your post.  Of course, you can share more than one project with as many photos and insights as you wish to share, but only one link per person.
    2. Non-Bloggers have a variety of ways to share, but they need to ensure that they only share one link in the linky post. Depending on the tool you use to share, you can reference that you are participating in this event and clarify if you have additional photos that can be viewed. For example, if you upload to Flickr you can link one picture, but share more via a folder, just be sure your security is open to anyone to view.  You can also share via uploading to Pinterest, or other free online sites, but you do need to ensure the site you upload your photo entry is open so that anyone can view it.  To eliminate the risk of having your link deleted, consider asking others to check for you.
  • You can only share a project previously made in this linky party (not all three).
  • When you share a project in any of the three Linky Parties for this event you are giving permission for QuiltShopGal and Cindy Needham to share a picture of your project, to recognize you, on our blogs, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts.
  • Prizes will be randomly awarded the last week of September.


  • SKETCH/DOODLE Challenge: Kicks of July 15th, with a Linky Party,  where you can use the templates for the Ultimate Stencil Collection to sketch out your design ideas, share and inspire others.  Sharing is open to any design possibility with the Ultimate Stencil, regardless if you stitch it out or not.  Of course, if you stitch it out, we hope you’ll share that too! 
  • VIRTUAL QUILT SHOW – PROJECTS MADE THIS SUMMER Kicks off August 15th, with a Linky Party, for those that create a project, of any size, any style this summer and show that you have used one or more of the stencils, from the Ultimate Stencil Collection, by Cindy Needham.  Don’t overlook the fact you can start working on your project now, as  you need not wait to August 15th to start!  
  • VOTING FOR YOUR FAVORITE Quilts (from all Linky Parties during this event) will be held the week of September 19th. 
  • Prizes randomly awarded the last week of September.

To clarify all entries must incorporate The Ultimate Stencil Collection and/ or The Ultimate Background Stencil Collection, by Cindy Needham.  The design possibilities with these stencils are endless, but if you feel stumped with what to create, throughout the summer, you’ll find tips, some tutorials, as well as many inspirational projects to help you learn/improve your FMQ skills.


The design possibilities are endless with these stencils.   Cindy also has a great collection of inspirational ideas for these stencils on Pinterest.


Here is a message from Cindy:

Hi Everyone! I’m thrilled to be joining you once again for yet another FMQ challenge. I thoroughly enjoyed the first one and am looking forward to seeing what you come up with for your projects. I am trying to post as many of my students’ projects as possible using The Ultimate Stencils on my Pinterest page. If you would be interested in having me post YOUR project please send me a photo via email (linenqltr@comcast.net). You can access my Pinterest page via the home page of my website and be inspired by designs for your own project. Thank you and I’m excited to see what you come up with! 

Hugs, Cindy 🙂

 I also highly recommend that you watch the Youtube videos that Cindy has created for to share insights on the Ultimate Stencil: https://www.youtube.com/user/linenquilter
ultimate stencil by cindy needham with blocks
Don’t forget Cindy has a 21-page booklet on these stencils that you can download for free, from her website.
ultimate stencil by cindy needham
Cindy has also written many handbooks (aka  e:books), which she updates annually.  While you can purchase these books individually, when you purchase the Complete Collection, you receive updated copies for free, every year.  Trust me, you’ll want the Complete Collection.  It is an amazing value, packed with Cindy’s insights for creating beautiful free-motion quilting, with easy to follow instructions and great visuals.

There are many prizes that our generous sponsors have donated, including some great prizes that will be eligible for International participants, not just US Only participants.  A detailed list of prizes is at the bottom of this post.


Note:  We hope you are inspired to participate in this event to learn/improve your FMQ skills and have fun, not just to win prizes.  On the other hand, we have some very generous sponsors who have donated amazing prizes that will be awarded to those that participate in one or all of these events.  To clarify, the more events you participate in the more chances you’ll have to win prizes.  You may also win prizes for Viewer’s Choice, which will open in September for all three Linky Parties.

Sponsor Prize Winners
Martingale Five new release books (to be announced later this summer)

QuiltShopGal will ship these prizes, one each, to five lucky winners. A maximum of 1 winner will be an International winner, with a minimum of 4 winners that are US only residents.

 Prize #1, #2, #3, #4, #5
Craftsy A Craftsy class of your choice.  This prize is open to WW participants.  Prize #6  winner – Tba
FabricWorm  A Fat Quarter bundle of Birch Fabrics.  Specific details are not yet available, but bundle is estimated at $35-95.

This prize is open to WW participants.

 Prize #7  winner – Tba
Inspired LED 5 LED kits, one each

These prizes are open to US only participants.

 Prize #8, #9, #10, #11, #12  winner – Tba
Robert Kaufman Fabrics A beautiful bundle of Radiance, 1 yard cuts of four different colors.  This prize is open to US only participants.  Prize #13  winner – Tba
Aurifil  Sewn Desert thread collection:

–          1 large Spool collection

–          1 small spool collection

These prizes are open to WW participants.

 Prize #14, and 15  winner – Tba
SewSteady Ruler Foot and templates for FMQ with a ruler on a domestic machine.  As the ruler foot is machine specific, the winner will receive a gift certificate that they can redeem for this prize.  More details on this prize will be shared shortly. Prize #16 – winner tba
You can find Cindy Needham at:

PR Angels that can help spread the word about this 2016 Free-Motion Quilting Summer Challenge are certainly appreciated.

If you have any questions, please email me and I will try to get back to you as quickly as I can, but be prepared it may be 7-10 days before you hear back from me.  Thus, I also encourage you to add a comment on this post and I’m hoping others may also help out by replying to your comment, should I not be able to respond in a timely manner (bless those that help others).

email address for quiltshopgal

Here is a list of previous posts #UltimateQuiltingChallenge:

Timeless Treasures – 2016 Row by Row Experience

Time to start planning your summer travel schedule as you’ll certainly want to visit as many quilt shops as you can in the US, Canada and Europe.  And, when you visit a quilt shop participating the Row by Row Experience, hosted by Timeless Treasures, you’ll receive a free row quilt pattern from each shop you visit (no purchase necessary).  This Quilt Shop event (like a quilt run) is scheduled for June 21 – September 6, 2016
row by row


The Row by Row Experience began in 2011, with 20 quilt shops across New York State. In 2012, the event grew to include 62 participating shops. Pennsylvania came on board in 2013 for a total of 138 shops throughout the two states. In 2014, over 1250 quilt shops participated in 34 states and Ontario.

In 2015, over 2700 quilt shops in all 50 states and 9 Canadian provinces provided fun and free row patterns for travelers throughout the summer.  At the time of writing this post, shops are still signing up, but there should be plenty of shops participating.

A special line of fabric designed by Debra Gabel has been created for this event.  And, I absolutely love it!

row by row home sweet home fabric

And the complimentary Studio Basic Fabrics have a large selection of colors to go with this fabric.  Visit Timeless Treasures to see all the fabrics in this collection.

Quilters that visit quilt shops and want to create a quilt using free patterns given out during this event, also have the ability to win prizes:

Create a quilt using at least 8 different rows from 8 different participating RxRE shops and be the first to bring it into a participating shop to win a stack of 25 fat quarters. Use that shop’s row in your quilt and win a bonus prize!

Free row collecting ends Labor Day but you have until October 31 to finish up a quilt and take it to a shop to claim a prize.


You can follow the Row by Row event at:


QuiltShopGal is also wanting to encourage followers to share photos of their Row by Row Experience, by posting on the Facebook page for this event:  https://www.facebook.com/rowbyrowstudio  Last year I saw many amazing projects made from free patterns provided during this event, but while quilt shops frequently sell patterns and/or kits, after the event is over, it was pretty difficult to track down a design, as to which shop created it.  Thus, I’m hoping if more participants share their photos on Facebook, it will be easier to track down such designs, as well as simply more fun.  I’ll definitely be trying to attend as many shops as I can, during this event, as well as follow the Row by Row Experience Facebook page looking forward to all the photo and insights being shared.

#EQ25 – Tutorials to create more than quilts in EQ7

Today’s post is another in my series to dedicated to the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Electric Quilt Company.  They are celebrating with monthly giveaways.  I’m honored to have blogging friends who also love EQ, help with this celebration by releasing EQ themed posts on the 10th of the month.  Along the way you’ll find tips, tutorials, inspirational projects, learn about amazing designers that use EQ software to design, as well as giveaways all with an EQ theme.

EQ 25 Celebration EQ logos

Don’t forget you can certainly design more in EQ7 than quilts.  Here are a few examples for what you can use this software for:

  • Organizing spices in a kitchen cupboard
  • furniture planning a room in your home
  • planning a garden
  • designing a wine bottle vest
  • Purses, bags, and totes
  • Christmas Ornaments
  • banners
  • greeting cards
  • glass etching
  • quilt labels
  • gift tags
  • book marks
  • circle, heart shape, hexie shape, even musical note shaped quilts! 

The possibilities for what you can design in EQ7 is endless.

Tutorial to dress up a dish towel

 First, measure the width of your dish towel.  Mine measures 16″.  Determine the height you want your fabric trim to be for this dish towel.  I’m using a max of 4″.  Thus, adding 2″ of buffer all around my design, I’m going to start by creating a block in EQ7 that will measure 20″ x 8″, giving me plenty of work space.  Steps for this are:

  1. open EQ7

2. start a new project design file called “Dish Towel Trim Design”

3. click on the BLOCK icon

block icon

4. Using the main menu bar, click BLOCK > NEW BLOCK > EASY DRAW + PATCHDRAW MOTIF

5. Click on the EASY DRAW TAB, located at the bottom of the screen.  In the DRAWING SETUP menu bar, towards the top, adjust the block size to be 20″ x 8″.  And, click on  GRAPH PAPER CELLS box and set the grid for HORIZONTAL at 20 and vertical to 8.  Also, uncheck snapping options.

drawing setup

6. click on the APPLIQUE tab

7. use your LINE tool to draw three sides of a rectangle box that measures 16″ x 2″, where you draw both sides and the top of the sides of a rectangle.


step 1 frame

8.  Click on the ARC tool and draw an arch that is 1/4th the width of your towel (or the increment for the number of curves that you want).  For now, I recommend you draw this arc slighly under your 3 sided rectangle (your arc should not touch anything right now).

step 2 frame


9.  While on the Applique tab, click on the BEZIER tool and draw a half circle, below your three sided rectangle.  You’ll want this half circle to be 4″ wide (1/4 the width of your dish towel) and approximately 2″ deep.


10. Click on the SHAPE tool and click on the half circle.  You’ll now see handles on each side that you can move and drag to change the shape of this circle.  Play with it to create the desired curve.

step 3 frame

11. Click on the PICK tool and then click on your half circle, followed by clicking on the center point (a black square).  Click Ctrl C (copy) and control V (paste).  Use your mouse to click and drag the half circle, by clicking on the center point.  You want to move it to where it is connected to the right of the lst half circle.

step 4 frame

12.   Click on the PICK tool and click, hold, and drag your mouse around the two half circles to highlight them.  Then click Ctcl C and Ctrl V.  Again, use your mouse to click on the center point of the 2nd set of half circles and drag them into position next to the lst pair.

IF your four half circles does not line up with your 3 sided triangle, use your PICK tool and click, hold, and drag your mouse around all four of the half circles to highlight them.  Then you can use your mouse to click/hold on one of the corner nodes to reduce the size, or enlarge your halfcircles to be the perfect width for your dish towel.

step 5 frame

13.  Once you are comfortable, using your PICK tool, click the center point of these half circles and slowly move them into position where the left and right sides touch the left and right side of your half square triangles.

14.  Use your ZOOM tool to check to make sure all points of your design are connected, to create an applique’ shape vs a disconnected set of lines and curves. I like to use the enlarge (+) tool by clicking on it and then using my mouse to draw a box around corners or points where I have connected lines or curves to find any area that may not have been connected.  Should you find a spot that is disconnected you can use your PICK tool to grab and drag a line to another one, to connect them.  And use your FIT TO WORKTABLE tool (4th tool on the right below).

zoom tools

15.  Color your dish towel applique design within EQ7.  This step is also a good check to confirm that all of your line and curve drawings are connected, as if they are not, you’ll end up coloring the entire block vs the applique shape you wish to create.  To color your applique’ shape, click on the COLOR tab at the bottom.

Your SKETCHBOOK for fabrics should appear and you can click to select a fabric/color of your choice.  Use your PAINTBRUSH tool to click on (aka to paint) your applique shape.

step 6 frame


16.  While we now have an applique’ design motif that would work for the top side of our dish towel, we want to increase the top part of the strip, that will be able to wrap around the backside of the towel, be tucked, as well as stitched to secure. To modify this shape, what we need to do is increase the width of the “band” only, by 1″ on each side.  To do this we:

Click on the SHAPE tool and then RIGHT CLICK on the applique’ shape to get the EDIT NODE tool bar to appear.  We then click on the line, slightly above the left side of the left most half circle.  We can then click on the ADD button in the EDIT node menu bar.

edit arc menu

Now, click on the ADD button in the Edit Arc Menu.You will see a new node handle appear.  Using the PICK tool, click, hold and drag that node to the left, adding 1 – 1/2″.  


Now grab the top corner node and drag it to the left the same distance.  Repeat those steps on the right side to create a 1 – 1/2″ tab on each side of your kitchen towel band.


step 7 frame

The design possibilities are endless.  How about reverse applique’ hearts?  Or text applique? Or Machine embroidery ?

step 7 frame with hearts

Remember when you print your templates, you do need to adjust the size of your template to align with your block, as well as adjust settings for 1/4″ seams (or how ever you prefer).

print templates

For those that may struggle with visualize how this design can be stitched out on a dish towel, I do want to share that I will soon release a tutorial showing you thru those steps.  But today, I simply wanted to inspire ideas on how to use EQ7 for more than designing a quilt, as well as provide a basic tutorial to use EQ7 to help create designs to embellish dish towels.

As I was inspired for this tutorial and project, by way of a dish towel apron tutorial, from Kimberly Jolly of the Fat Quarter Shop, I wanted to share a link to her great video tutorial on Youtube. While her tutorial turns a dish towel into an apron, the same technique that she uses to tuck the fabric behind the dish towel, is what this EQ design tutorial incorporates with the tabs on each side of the circle design.  Here is a link to Kimberly’s tutorial:



EQ and Aurifil have great prizes you could win this month, as part of the EQ 25th Anniversary Celebration: Wouldn’t it be fun to win a some yummy Aurifil Thread or a copy of EQ7 this month?  While I wish I could let you know exactly what the prizes are this month, I’m writing this post before they are officially announced. But, you can visit the EQ site to find out more details about the specific prizes this month.

For a complete schedule of events, as well as information on the amazing prizes and generous sponsors:  http://electricquilt.com/eq25/contest-schedule/
Use the hashtag #EQ25 on social media throughout the 2016 as much as possible! Pair the hashtag with something related to EQ and you may be chosen to win a prize!


Yes, each month several blogging friends are releasing a post on the 10th of each month to help celebrate the EQ 25th Anniversary.  Along the way, you’ll find tips, tutorials, inspirational project and various EQ themed insights.  Here are some bloggers that I hope you’ll click thru to visit today:

Marian of Seams to be Sew 

Pamela of Pamela Quilts

Carol of Fun Threads Designs

Carole of From My Carolina Home

Tina of Quilting Affection

Lastly, if you are a blogger that loves EQ and wants to help with the 25th Anniversary Celebration, consider releasing an EQ themed post on the 10th of each month (e.g. tip, tutorial, inspirational project you’ve made all showing how you use EQ products).  Let me know and I’ll include you in my blog post, to encourage others to pop by your blog and check out your EQ themed sharing.  I’ll also make sure you are on My Creative Blog List, which is a easy to use site designed to follow creative blogs, as well as increase awareness of blogging events.

You can find the Electric Quilt Company at:


Here are links to my prior posts for these monthly  #EQ25 celebrations, many include tutorials. And all include links to posts by blogging friends who are also sharing EQ tips, tutorials and inspirational projects on the 10th of each month, to help with the EQ 25th Anniversary Celebration:

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