Category: A Handmade Christmas Challenge

Winners of the 2014 Make It A Handmade Christmas

SewCalGal was inspired by Cindy (SewCindy) who makes beautiful handmade Christmas gifts and decorations, throughout the year.  Her handmade projects are gifts of love and certainly treasured by the lucky recipients.  Wanting to promote making handmade items for Christmas, I hosted the monthly challenges.  It was fun to see what the participants made and many are ready to give a variety of handmade gifts for Christmas, as well as enjoy new decorations for the season. As this event is now over, today I’m delighted to announce all of the lucky winners of prizes generous donated by sponsors.

2014 Christmas Handmade Pledge
SewCalGal wants to recognize and thank our sponsors for this event, as they have generously donated wonderful prizes, many of which are also perfect for making Christmas items!  And, I’ll be showcasing these projects throughout the year.  Here is the list of our sponsors for this event and I hope everyone will visit these sponsors, as they do have beautiful products and designs, that are perfect for making handmade gifts and decorations for the holidays:

While the majority of the winners were randomly selected, there were also special drawings for those that made the most handmade items in 2014, the largest item made, the most unusual, capturing the theme of the challenge, as well as free-motion quilting and #ChristmasGoodness.  And those winners are showcased below:

Here are a few highlights of some of the inspirational handmade gifts or decorations shared in this challenge, which you also click thru for tutorials, more photos and inspiration.

Connie (Freemotion by the River) shared a beautiful pillow that she made for a Christmas Gift, that uses inspirational threadplay and freemotion quilting.   Definitely worth clicking thru to her blog to see more photos, as well as checking out her creative blog.

Elaine (Summercrafter) shared a tutorial to make super cute stitched ornaments.
 
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Shari (Sunshine in the Attic) shared a tutorial to make a super cute apron, which is a great Christmas gift, as well as decorative kitchen attire for the holidays.
 
Sharon (Vroomans Quilts) made oodles of fun gifts, but her plastic shopping bag holders just caught my eye for a fun and fast project to give a handmade gift that can be used throughout the year.  Plus, she shared a link to the tutorial on Moda Bakeshop to make these cute bags.
 
Stitchin Therapy made many handmade gifts, as well as decorations, but her quilted wallhangings have lovely freemotion quilting and I found absolutely inspirational, making it difficult to decide if I preferred her blue or red version.  You’ll just have to visit her blog to see them both and decide for yourself, if you have a favorite.
 
Wont-to-be-a-quilter probably shared one of the largest projects.

It was also fun to see such a variety of handmade projects, as well as many beautiful items made with fabric.  You may recall the beautiful Christmas Tree earrings that Juanita (Catmama) made.  While she doesn’t have a blog, she has provided the tutorial to me which I will share with you this week.



An email will be sent to notify the winners and have them claim their prize (prizes), as appropriate. For prizes that are not claimed within 3 days will have new winners selected.  If you see this announcement, before you receive my email to you, you can also email me email address copyand include the prize# for any prize (or prizes) you won that you want to claim.  If you won a physical item, please include your mailing info, as appropriate.

 
The total number of prizes were allocated to the monthly challenges, where winners were selected from each of the monthly events.  As stated in the rules for this challenge,the more challenges you entered the more chances you get to win prizes.  
 
Congratulations to all of the lucky winners:


Sponsor(s) Prize(s)
Hoffman California Fabrics

 

This prize will be shipped compliments of SewCalGal, which will be open to US winners only..

Three Lucky winners will receive a bundle of Hoffman fabrics (one bundle per person).  One of these bundles will be awarded during the April Linky Party and the other two will be awarded at the end of the monthly challenges, when all of the prizes will be awarded.


Prize #1 
winner: Denise


Prize #2 
winner:  Sharon (Vrooman’s Quilts)



Prize #3 
winner: Connie (Freemotion by the River)


 Fat Quarter Shop

 

This prize is open to WW quilters.

One lucky winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop.

Timeless Treasures

Web

Prize #4 

One lucky winner will receive a  30-piece fat quarter bundle of Dream Basic  from Timeless Treasures.

winner: Lisa Marie

This prize will be shipped compliments of SewCalGal, which will be open to US winners only.

Martingale

 

These books will be shipped to the winner, postage compliments of SewCalGal.  **US Only ***.

One Lucky winner in the February Challenge will receive a copy of Kitchen Stitches.

Prize #5

kitchen stitches compiled by karen m. burns
winner:  Kearstie (KB’s Quilting)

Prize #6

 Here Comes Winter

winner: Sharon ( Vroomans Quilts)

Prize #7
winner: Lisa Marie

Geta’s Quilting Studio

Prize #8

This prize is open WW.
Geta’s Quilting Studio has donated a copy of her new Hexie Star Pattern (PDF format) to one lucky winner.
winner:  Beaquilter

 Frivolous Necessity

Frivolous Necessity has donated two copies of her “Swirled Christmas Tree pattern (PDF format), one each two two lucky quilters anywhere in the world.

Prize #9

Prize #9 
winner: Connie (Freemotion by the River)

Prize #10

winner: Lisa Marie

Barb Gaddy of Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

Two Christmas theme table runner patterns (PDF format, one each for for two lucky quilters anywhere in the world. 

Enchanted Christmas Tree Table Runner 

Prize #11
winner: Sharon ( Vroomans Quilts)
Wonky Christmas Tree Table Runner
Prize #12
winner: Raewyn (Love to Stitch)
Classic Metal Company
Barn Quilts For Your Home

A set of six Barn Quilt Minis.  These are little 2×2-inch cuties to put on your Christmas tree, stuff in a stocking, give to a friend or keep for yourself.

 

Prize #13
Winner: Denise

Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio

Four lucky winners will win one of the following patterns:

Feathered Christmas

Prize #14
winner: Elaine (Summercrafter)

Owl Be Home For Christmas

Prize #15
winner: Denise

Fancy Feather

Prize #16

winner: Lisa Marie
Prize #17
winner: Barb (Bejeweled Quilts)
Patrick Lose Quilt & Create Studio These prizes are open to quilters anywhere in the world.

Twenty Seven (27) patterns, all in digital format,  have been donated for prizes.  Two lucky winners for each pattern, as well as one lucky winner will receive a Grand Prize Bundle of all of these patterns:
Christmas Compass

Prize #18
winner: Pam (Threading My Way)
 
Prize #19
winner:  Elaine (Summercrafter)

Prize #20
winner: Ruth (Country Log Cabin)
Prize #21
winner: Tammy (Tammy’s Craft Emporium)

Prize #22
winner: Lisa Marie

Prize #23
winner: Wont-to-be-a-quilter

Prize #24
winner: Lisa Marie
Prize #25
winner: Can’t Stop Stitching

Prize #26
winner: Missy (Missy’s Homemaking Adventures)
Prize #27
winner:Wont to be a quilter
Prize #28
winner: Stitchin Therapy
Prize #29
winner: Jean’s Quilting Page
 

Prize #30
winner: Tone’s Hobby Krok
Prize #31
winner: Kearstie (KB’s Quilting)

 
Prize #32
winner: Juanita (CatMama)
Prize #33
winner: Shari (Sunshine in the Attic)
 


Grand Prize Bundle of all the above patterns

Prize #34

winner:  Sharon ( Vroomans Quilts)
Chatterbox Quilts

These prizes are open to WW winners.

Four patterns, one each for Four different winners.  PDF format.



Snowflakes A Fallin

Prize #35
winner: Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures

Bundle Up

Prize #36
winner: Patty (A Stitch In Time)

Christmas Stitchery set (hand embroidery design)

Prize #37
winner:  Lisa Marie

 

Winter Stitchery set (hand embroidery design)

Prize #38

winner: Shari (Sunshine in the Attic)

Around The Bobbin

These prizes are open to US only winners.

A complete kit and three copies of the following designs have been donated, one each for four winners. (printed copies)



Bridget Bag

Prize #39
winner: Kearstie (
KB’s Quilting)

Cappucino Bag

Prize #40
winner: Sharon (Vroomans Quilts)

Santa Bag Pattern

Prize #41
winner: Sandra (sandrascraftcorner)




Santa Bag Kit (includes pattern, fabric, buckle) PLUS Pattern bundle

Prize #42
winner: 
Beaquilter

 

Fairfield Road Designs

These prizes are open to US/Canada winners only.

Two copies of four patterns, one each to eight winners.  These are printed patterns that will be mailed to the 8 lucky winners.

Winter Warmups

Prize #43
winner: Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures

Prize #44
winner:  Juanita (CatMama)

Cold Weather Friends

 

Prize #45
winner: Kymberly (Peas in a Pod Creations)
Prize #46
winner: Lisa Marie

Festive Fellow

Prize #47
winner: Kris (Meadowbrook)
Prize #48
winner: Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures

NOEL

 

Prize #49
winner: Cheryl’s Teapots 2 Quilting

Prize #50

winner:  Kearstie (KB’s Quilting)

 

Whistlepig Creek Productions

These prizes are open to US only.


Eight Prizes, one each for eight lucky winners:


Prize #51

winner: Kathy @ Kwilty PleasuresA Bundle that includes Whistlepig Creek Productions’ latest fabric line called “Ink Blossoms” with RJR  

Prize #52

winner: Sharon (Vroomans Quilts)

Prize #53
winner: Juanita (CatMama)
Missy Shay

Prize #54
winner: Beaquilter

Holiday Breezes

Prize #55

winner: Kearstie (KB’s Quilting)

Prize #56
winner: Ruth (Country Log Cabin)

Prize #57
winner: Toni (A Quilty Conscience)

Prize #58
winner: Connie (Freemotion by the River)

Prize #59
winner:  Wont-to-be-a-quilter

Indygo Junction

One lucky winner will receive a prize bundle of a pattern and fabric for:

Holiday Purseonalities pattern (printed)

and a fabric pack of crossroads denim.

Prize #60

winner: Kearstie (KB’s Quilting)

Leah Day Designs

This prize is open to participants from all over the world

A copy of “365 Free Motion Quilting Designs“, by Leah Day (PDF copy)

Prize #61
winner: Tone’s Hobby Krok

This page will be updating throughout the year, providing links to the current challenges:
January –  15th – 25th
February – 15th – 25th
March     – 15th – 25th
April         – 15th – 25th
June        – 15th – 25th
July          – 15th – 25th
August    – 15th – 25th
September – 15th – 25th
October     –  15th – 25th

November –  15th – 25th

December –  1st – 10th
 

 

December Linky Party – Make It A Handmade Christmas Challenge

The goal of the Handmade Christmas Challenge has been to encourage #CreativeGoodness by making handmade throughout the year, to be able to decorate your home for the holidays, as well as give as gifts.  



But, as many creative people are busy, it is easy to understand that some people may just now be working on making such handmade items, whereas others may have oodles of handmade items completed.  Either way, this is all about having fun and inspiring others with creative ideas for giving handmade and decorating your home with handmade.  And we hope those that don’t have time to make handmade will still have fun and find inspiration.

This is our last Linky Party for this challenge and everyone is invited to join the fun.  You can share everything you’ve made in 2014 that you plan to use to decorate your home, or give as Holiday gifts, including items that you may have recently made.



Christmas is now a few weeks away, but there is still plenty of time to make a handmade item and join this challenge,  where the Linky Party this month will be open through December 10th.  There are over 70 prizes that will be awarded to those that participate in this Linky Party, as well as those that participated in one or more Linky Parties this year for this challenge.  The more events you participated in the more chances you have to win prizes.  In randomly awarding winners, I’ll also be looking at all the entries to look for those that have shared a tutorial along the way, those that may have created the most unique handmade holiday item, possibly those that have made the most handmade items, or the largest.  Winners will be announced between December 16-25th and in keeping with the spirit of this challenge, there will be some surprises in how winners are selected, but most will be randomly selected based on simply entering the challenge and making handmade items that fit with our holiday theme in 2014.


 

SewCalGal wants to recognize and thank all the sponsors that have generously donated prizes for the Make It A Handmade Christmas Challenge.  Click here for a complete list of prizes that will be randomly awarded to participants of these monthly challenges, in December.

 



 
How do you enter?  Make handmade  gifts for the holidays or decorations for your home for the holidays, anytime in 2014 and enter in any of the monthly challenges for a chance to win prizes.   Bloggers and non-bloggers can participate and you can make your items anytime throughout the month, but you can only share what you make one time in one monthly challenge.  The exception is with this challenge, you are encouraged to also share a photo that shows ALL of the items you have handmade for the holidays in 2014 and hopefully you will provide a count in your blog post or flickr description that you link to in this linky party.    You may have made just 1 item, 10, 20, 100 or tbd items, but share a photo showing all, photos of what you’ve recently made, and how many handmade items you’ve made for the holidays in 2014.  
 
 
 

Rules to enter this challenge:


While there are many sponsors and many wonderful prizes for those that enter in one or more of the monthly Linky Parties in the Handmade Christmas Challenge, that are open to quilters worldwide, as SewCalGal will be shipping this particular prize to the lucky winner and currently has limited funds for shipping prizes, the winner of this bundle will need to be a US resident. 

1) Projects need to be made in 2014 (they do not need to be made during the 10 day window of a a given monthly linky party.  But they need to be something you made for a Christmas gift or to decorate your home for the holidays.  Please do not enter projects that you giveaway throughout the year, or previous holidays as that doesn’t bring you good quilting kharma!

2) You can enter one or more completed projects, but your linky needs to be in a current post (or non-bloggers can upload their photos and provide a link to a view able line tool like PhotoBucket, Flickr, etc.).   note:  Future challenges will require you to use only Flickr.  Click here to see a tutorial for using flickr.

3) Participants are asked to include comments in their post that share insights on the design(s) they use, any tips they wish to share, and if they made something with their own design they may wish to share a tutorial.  Your help to encourage others to make handmade gifts, throughout the year to give as gifts or to decorate their home, is appreciated.  And, of course, you can also inspire others by sharing your projects, providing tips and tutorials, as well as recognizing the source of the design for your project, should others be interested in making it too!


4) Bloggers are asked to include in their post information that that shows they have taken the “Pledge to make handmade Christmas Gifts in 2014” and are participating in this challenge.  It would be appreciated if you would encourage others to also participate, or at least come look at all of the entries each month, as hopefully we’ll inspire other quilters and increase awareness of designs, tips, tutorials to help make beautiful Christmas gifts and decorations.  Your blog post also needs to be dated during the period of this linky party (do not link to old posts).


This linky party will be open thru the 10th of  this month, to give participants plenty of time to enter this monthly challenge. If you are not familiar with how to use a linky click here for a tutorial.
For blogger participants that are interested in posting a badge, the badge code can be found on the main page for this event.  Thank you!
 
Let’s not forget the spirit of this challenge is to make handmade gifts for Holidays or decorations for the holiday season, throughout the year.  We also hope to help increase awareness of designs, free patterns, tutorials and other products that help to make such products. And, your help in inspiring others to make handmade for Christmas is appreciated.  PR Angels are also appreciated.

If you have questions for this Challenge, please read the FAQ.

In some cases an UFO that is finished in 2014 may count, when a good part of it is worked on in 2014.  But those that are simply putting in a single stitch this year to count it as an entry  for this challenge will not have good kharma.  Please strive to adhere to the intent of this challenge…..Make Handmade in 2014 for Christmas gifts and decorations for the 2014 Holiday season!

Winners will be announced between December 16th-25th!

 

Visit the main page for this event, by clicking here, to see a complete  list of prizes. While many prizes are open to quilters from around the world, some prizes will be shipped to US Only winners, where shipping costs are compliments of SewCalGal.  Non-US winners may pay for shipping costs, if they wish to receive such prizes.

Thank you to everyone that has participated in these monthly Linky Parties.  There have been many wonderful handmade items that have been shared that are inspirational gifts, as well as some great tutorials.  SewCalGal has also received a tutorial by a non-blogger who handmade some lovely jewelry and I hope to have that tutorial posted here, on my blog, this week.

Make It A Handmade Christmas – Join the Christmas Quilt Along hosted by Piece N Quilt

Today is the last day to enter the November Linky Party for the Make It A Handmade Christmas Challenge, but there is still time to make handmade items to decorate your home for the holidays or to give as gifts.  For every monthly challenge you enter, as well as those that join the December Recap Challenge, you are automatically entered enter to win one or more of the 70+ prizes generously donated by sponsors:  Hoffman California Fabrics,  Fat Quarter ShopTimeless TreasuresMartingaleGeta’s Quilting StudioFrivolous NecessityBarb Gaddy of Bejeweled Quilts by BarbClassic Metal Company Barn Quilts For Your Home, Cherry Blossoms Quilting StudioPatrick Lose Quilt & Create StudioChatterbox QuiltsAround The BobbinFairfield Road DesignsWhistlepig Creek ProductionsIndygo Junction and Leah Day Designs.  Click here to see a list of all of the prizes.

The December Recap Party will be a Linky Party from December lst – 10th where everyone is invited to join and share ALL of the handmade items you have made in 2014 to decorate your home for the holidays, or to give as holiday gifts this year.  So, there is still time to enter to win prizes.  And, those that join the Christmas Quilt Along, hosted by Natalia Bonner at Piece N Quilt are also invited to join in the Make It A Handmade Challenge. To clarify, those participating in Natalia’s Christmas QAL can take a picture of their QAL and enter it in the December Recap Linky Party, for the Make It A Handmade Challenge, even if they do not have their QAL finished by December 10th.  Just share a picture of the status of your Christmas Quilt on December 10th.


Before I share a little about the Christmas QAL, with Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt, I want to mention that Piece N Quilt is run by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting, very talented designers, teachers and authors.


Cabin Fever will be released in June 2015, but you can pre-order a copy on Amazon.



Join the Christmas Quilt Along with Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt and have fun making a new Christmas quilt that you can keep to decorate your home, or give as a gift.  This quilt will measure 76″x76″ when completed.  Click this image of the quilt design for more info on this QAL.  SewCalGal is certainly looking forward to this fun QAL.


Fabric Requirements and cutting instructions were released yesterday: http://www.pieceandquilt.com/2014/11/sparkle-christmas-sew-along-cutting.html

Sewing Square in a Square blocks: http://www.pieceandquilt.com/2014/11/sparkle-christmas-sew-along-sewing.html

Sewing half square triangles: http://www.pieceandquilt.com/2014/11/sparkle-christmas-sew-along-sewing-half.html


You can find Natalia Bonnier/Piece N Quilt at:

http://www.pieceandquilt.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Piece-N-Quilt/132644935124?fref=nf
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwgIWNdo08B4fP_cl74fWKQ
http://instagram.com/nataliabonner

 

November Linky Party – Make It A Handmade Christmas Challenge

Christmas is now less than six weeks away.  I’m sure we are all envious and yet inspired by  those that started making handmade items to decorate their home and/or give as gifts, earlier in the year.  But, there is still time to make handmade items for the holidays.  And two remaining opportunities to enter to win one or more of the 70+ prizes that have been donated by generous sponsors for this event.   


SewCalGal wants to recognize and thank all the sponsors that have generously donated prizes for the Make It A Handmade Christmas Challenge.  Click here for a complete list of prizes that will be randomly awarded to participants of these monthly challenges, in December.

 
 
This is the November  “Linky Party” for participants in the Handmade Christmas Challenge where you can share what you have made for Christmas gifts or decorations this month.  And you have till the 25th of this month to enter!  We will also have a special linky party, early December, where you’ll get one more chance to enter to win prizes, by simply sharing what you have made throughout 2014 for Holiday Gifts or holiday decorations for your home. We’ll also have some special awards based on those that enter the December Linky Party (e.g. Who made the most handmade holiday items in 2014, Viewer’s Favorites, Who shared tutorials for their handmade items, etc. etc.).

 
How do you enter?  Quite simple.  You can make handmade  gifts for the holidays or decorations for your home for the holidays, anytime in 2014 and enter in any of the monthly challenges for a chance to win prizes.  Bloggers and non-bloggers can participate and you can make your items anytime throughout the month, but you can only share what you make one time in one monthly challenge (but you can show it again in the December Linky Party when you show all the things you handmade for the holidays).  You get an entry for every monthly challenge you enter as well as an entry for entering the December linky party to show EVERYTHING you’ve made as part of this year’s Make It A Handmade Christmas Challenge and the more events you enter the more chances you get to win more prizes!
 
Some participants have been sharing tutorials that help to showcase their entry, via their blogs.  I will also be releasing tutorials on my blog, compliments of some creative non-bloggers that wanted to share their techniques for making handmade gifts for the holiday season.  Either way, I’m a firm believer that when you adopt the pay-it-forward approach to helping others it also brings you good kharma to winning prizes.  And that doesn’t stop with providing tutorials, as those that are PR Angels and encourage others to make handmade for the holidays should also be blessed with good kharma for winning prizes. 
 

Rules to enter this challenge:


While there are many sponsors and many wonderful prizes for those that enter in one or more of the monthly Linky Parties in the Handmade Christmas Challenge, that are open to quilters worldwide, as SewCalGal will be shipping this particular prize to the lucky winner and currently has limited funds for shipping prizes, the winner of this bundle will need to be a US resident.

1) Projects need to be made in 2014 (they do not need to be made during the 10 day window of a a given monthly linky party.  But they need to be something you made for a Christmas gift or to decorate your home for the holidays.  Please do not enter projects that you giveaway throughout the year, or previous holidays as that doesn’t bring you good quilting kharma!

2) You can enter one or more completed projects, but your linky needs to be in a current post (or non-bloggers can upload their photos and provide a link to a view able line tool like PhotoBucket, Flickr, etc.).   note:  Future challenges will require you to use only Flickr.  Click here to see a tutorial for using flickr.

3) Participants are asked to include comments in their post that share insights on the design(s) they use, any tips they wish to share, and if they made something with their own design they may wish to share a tutorial.  Your help to encourage others to make handmade gifts, throughout the year to give as gifts or to decorate their home, is appreciated.  And, of course, you can also inspire others by sharing your projects, providing tips and tutorials, as well as recognizing the source of the design for your project, should others be interested in making it too!

4) Bloggers are asked to include in their post information that that shows they have taken the “Pledge to make handmade Christmas Gifts in 2014” and are participating in this challenge.  It would be appreciated if you would encourage others to also participate, or at least come look at all of the entries each month, as hopefully we’ll inspire other quilters and increase awareness of designs, tips, tutorials to help make beautiful Christmas gifts and decorations.  Your blog post also needs to be dated during the period of this linky party (do not link to old posts).


This linky party will be open thru the 25th of  this month, to give participants plenty of time to enter this monthly challenge. If you are not familiar with how to use a linky click here for a tutorial.
For blogger participants that are interested in posting a badge, the badge code can be found on the main page for this event.  Thank you!
 
Let’s not forget the spirit of this challenge is to make handmade gifts for Holidays or decorations for the holiday season, throughout the year.  We also hope to help increase awareness of designs, free patterns, tutorials and other products that help to make such products. And, your help in inspiring others to make handmade for Christmas is appreciated.  PR Angels are also appreciated.

If you have questions for this Challenge, please read the FAQ.

 email address copyif you still have questions.


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October Linky Party – Make It A Handmade Christmas Challenge

Christmas is now less than ten weeks away.  I’m sure we are all envious and yet inspired by  those that started making handmade items to decorate their home and/or give as gifts, earlier in the year.  But, there is still time to make handmade items for the holidays.  And SewCalGal wants to encourage you to do so, as do all of the generous sponsors of this challenge:
This is the October  “Linky Party” for those that want to participate in the Handmade Christmas Challenge.  Quite simple.  You can make handmade Christmas gifts or decorations or your home for the holidays, anytime in 2014 and enter in any of the monthly challenges for a chance to win prizes.  There are over 70 prizes, of which the majority of these prizes will be randomly awarded to participants at the end of this challenge.  You get an entry for every monthly challenge you enter.

Some participants have been sharing tutorials that help to showcase their entry, via their blogs.  I will also be releasing tutorials on my blog, compliments of some creative non-bloggers that wanted to share their techniques for making handmade gifts for the holiday season.  Either way, I’m a firm believer that when you adopt the pay-it-forward approach to helping others it also brings you good kharma to winning prizes.  And that doesn’t stop with providing tutorials, as those that are PR Angels and encourage others to make handmade for the holidays should also be blessed with good kharma for winning prizes. 


 Everyone is invited to join the monthly linky parties for the Make It A Handmade Challenge.  Share what you’ve made to decorate your home for the holidays, or to give as a gift.  You may want to share a tutorial, but that isn’t required.  On the other hand, if you used a free or purchase pattern I hope you’ll share that info as I’m sure your project may inspire others to create a similar project, using the same design.  Before you add your entry (a link to this Linky), please be sure you read the rules below.

Rules to enter this challenge:


While there are many sponsors and many wonderful prizes for those that enter in one or more of the monthly Linky Parties in the Handmade Christmas Challenge, that are open to quilters worldwide, as SewCalGal will be shipping this particular prize to the lucky winner and currently has limited funds for shipping prizes, the winner of this bundle will need to be a US resident.

1) Projects need to be made in 2014 (they do not need to be made during the 10 day window of a a given monthly linky party.  But they need to be something you made for a Christmas gift or to decorate your home for the holidays.  Please do not enter projects that you giveaway throughout the year, or previous holidays as that doesn’t bring you good quilting kharma!

2) You can enter one or more completed projects, but your linky needs to be in a current post (or non-bloggers can upload their photos and provide a link to a view able line tool like PhotoBucket, Flickr, etc.).   note:  Future challenges will require you to use only Flickr.  Click here to see a tutorial for using flickr.

3) Participants are asked to include comments in their post that share insights on the design(s) they use, any tips they wish to share, and if they made something with their own design they may wish to share a tutorial.  Your help to encourage others to make handmade gifts, throughout the year to give as gifts or to decorate their home, is appreciated.  And, of course, you can also inspire others by sharing your projects, providing tips and tutorials, as well as recognizing the source of the design for your project, should others be interested in making it too!

4) Bloggers are asked to include in their post information that that shows they have taken the “Pledge to make handmade Christmas Gifts in 2014” and are participating in this challenge.  It would be appreciated if you would encourage others to also participate, or at least come look at all of the entries each month, as hopefully we’ll inspire other quilters and increase awareness of designs, tips, tutorials to help make beautiful Christmas gifts and decorations.  Your blog post also needs to be dated during the period of this linky party (do not link to old posts).

This linky party will be open thru the 25th of  this month, to give participants plenty of time to enter the challenge this month. If you are not familiar with how to use a linky click here for a tutorial.

Please be sure to read the rules before you add a link to enter the challenge this month.

For blogger participants that are interested in posting a badge, I need to work on the code. But you are welcome to take any images from this post and link to the main page for this event.
Let’s not forget the spirit of this challenge is to make handmade gifts for Christmas or decorations for the holiday season, throughout the year vs waiting till the holiday rush.  We also hope to help increase awareness of designs, free patterns, tutorials and other products that help to make such products. And, your help in inspiring others to make handmade for Christmas is appreciated.  PR Angels are also appreciated.

Lastly, I want to increase awareness that the schedule has changed for the Handmade Christmas Challenge.  November will be the last Linky Party for monthly sharing.  Early December we’ll have a linky party where you can share new handmade items as well as all of the items that you’ve made in 2014 for decorating your home for the holidays, as well as to give as gifts.  

If you have questions for this Challenge, please read the FAQ.

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September Linky Party – Make It A Handmade Christmas Challenge

Amazing how fast Christmas comes around and how easy it is to plan to make handmade gifts, or make items to decorate our homes, but not be ready.  Or maybe you are interested in inspirational ideas for handmade Christmas items. Either way, Christmas is soon going to be knocking on our doorstep.

Welcome to the September “Linky Party” for those that want to participate in the Handmade Christmas Challenge.  Quite simple.  You can make handmade Christmas gifts or decorations or your home for the holidays, anytime in 2014 and enter in any of the monthly challenges for a chance to win prizes.  There are over 70 prizes, of which the majority of these prizes will be randomly awarded to participants at the end of this challenge.  You get an entry for every monthly challenge you enter.

For those that have a blog and wish to display the badge/logo for this event, the html code is in the box below the logo:


This challenge isn’t all about winning prizes.  It is about having fun making handmade gifts for the holidays and for decorating your home. It is also about inspiring others to also make handmade.  Participants are encouraged to share tutorials, tips and insights about designs that are perfect for the holidays.
 Everyone is invited to join the monthly linky parties for the Make It A Handmade Challenge.  Before you add your entry (a link to this Linky), please be sure you read the rules below.
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Rules to enter this challenge:
While there are many sponsors and many wonderful prizes for those that enter in one or more of the monthly Linky Parties in the Handmade Christmas Challenge, that are open to quilters worldwide, as SewCalGal will be shipping this particular prize to the lucky winner and currently has limited funds for shipping prizes, the winner of this bundle will need to be a US resident.
1) Projects need to be made in 2014 (they do not need to be made during the 10 day window of a a given monthly linky party.  But they need to be something you made for a Christmas gift or to decorate your home for the holidays.  Please do not enter projects that you giveaway throughout the year, or previous holidays as that doesn’t bring you good quilting kharma!
2) You can enter one or more completed projects, but your linky needs to be in a current post (or non-bloggers can upload their photos and provide a link to a view able line tool like PhotoBucket, Flickr, etc.).   note:  Future challenges will require you to use only Flickr.  Click here to see a tutorial for using flickr.
3) Participants are asked to include comments in their post that share insights on the design(s) they use, any tips they wish to share, and if they made something with their own design they may wish to share a tutorial.  Your help to encourage others to make handmade gifts, throughout the year to give as gifts or to decorate their home, is appreciated.  And, of course, you can also inspire others by sharing your projects, providing tips and tutorials, as well as recognizing the source of the design for your project, should others be interested in making it too!

4) Bloggers are asked to include in their post information that that shows they have taken the “Pledge to make handmade Christmas Gifts in 2014” and are participating in this challenge.  It would be appreciated if you would encourage others to also participate, or at least come look at all of the entries each month, as hopefully we’ll inspire other quilters and increase awareness of designs, tips, tutorials to help make beautiful Christmas gifts and decorations.  Your blog post also needs to be dated during the period of this linky party (do not link to old posts).
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This linky party will be open thru the 25th of  this month, to give participants plenty of time to enter the challenge this month. If you are not familiar with how to use a linky click here for a tutorial.

Please be sure to read the rules before you add a link to enter the challenge this month.

For blogger participants that are interested in posting a badge, I need to work on the code. But you are welcome to take any images from this post and link to the main page for this event.
Let’s not forget the spirit of this challenge is to make handmade gifts for Christmas or decorations for the holiday season, throughout the year vs waiting till the holiday rush.  We also hope to help increase awareness of designs, free patterns, tutorials and other products that help to make such products. And, your help in inspiring others to make handmade for Christmas is appreciated.  PR Angels are also appreciated.
If you have questions for this Challenge, please read the FAQ.

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August Linky Party – Make It A Handmade Christmas

Amazing how fast Christmas comes around and how easy it is to plan to make handmade gifts, or make items to decorate our homes, but not be ready.  Or maybe you are interested in inspirational ideas for handmade Christmas items. Either way, Christmas is soon going to be knocking on our doorstep.

Welcome to the August “Linky Party” for those that want to participate in the Handmade Christmas Challenge.  Quite simple.  You can make handmade Christmas gifts or decorations or your home for the holidays, anytime in 2014 and enter in any of the monthly challenges for a chance to win prizes.  There are over 70 prizes, of which the majority of these prizes will be randomly awarded to participants at the end of this challenge.  You get an entry for every monthly challenge you enter.  


This challenge isn’t all about winning prizes.  It is about having fun making handmade gifts for the holidays and for decorating your home. It is also about inspiring others to also make handmade.  Participants are encouraged to share tutorials, tips and insights about designs that are perfect for the holidays.

SewCalGal wants to recognize and thank all of our sponsors:

 Everyone is invited to join the monthly linky parties for the Make It A Handmade Challenge.  Before you add your entry (a link to this Linky), please be sure you read the rules below.


Rules to enter this challenge:

While there are many sponsors and many wonderful prizes for those that enter in one or more of the monthly Linky Parties in the Handmade Christmas Challenge, that are open to quilters worldwide, as SewCalGal will be shipping this particular prize to the lucky winner and currently has limited funds for shipping prizes, the winner of this bundle will need to be a US resident.

1) Projects need to be made in 2014 (they do not need to be made during the 10 day window of a a given monthly linky party.  But they need to be something you made for a Christmas gift or to decorate your home for the holidays.  Please do not enter projects that you giveaway throughout the year, or previous holidays as that doesn’t bring you good quilting kharma!
2) You can enter one or more completed projects, but your linky needs to be in a current post (or non-bloggers can upload their photos and provide a link to a view able line tool like PhotoBucket, Flickr, etc.).   note:  Future challenges will require you to use only Flickr.  Click here to see a tutorial for using flickr.
3) Participants are asked to include comments in their post that share insights on the design(s) they use, any tips they wish to share, and if they made something with their own design they may wish to share a tutorial.  Your help to encourage others to make handmade gifts, throughout the year to give as gifts or to decorate their home, is appreciated.  And, of course, you can also inspire others by sharing your projects, providing tips and tutorials, as well as recognizing the source of the design for your project, should others be interested in making it too!

4) Bloggers are asked to include in their post information that that shows they have taken the “Pledge to make handmade Christmas Gifts in 2014” and are participating in this challenge.  It would be appreciated if you would encourage others to also participate, or at least come look at all of the entries each month, as hopefully we’ll inspire other quilters and increase awareness of designs, tips, tutorials to help make beautiful Christmas gifts and decorations.  Your blog post also needs to be dated during the period of this linky party (do not link to old posts).

This linky party will be open thru the 25th of  this month, to give participants plenty of time to enter the challenge this month. If you are not familiar with how to use a linky click here for a tutorial.
Please be sure to read the rules before you add a link to enter the challenge this month.

For blogger participants that are interested in posting a badge, I need to work on the code. But you are welcome to take any images from this post and link to the main page for this event.
Let’s not forget the spirit of this challenge is to make handmade gifts for Christmas or decorations for the holiday season, throughout the year vs waiting till the holiday rush.  We also hope to help increase awareness of designs, free patterns, tutorials and other products that help to make such products. And, your help in inspiring others to make handmade for Christmas is appreciated.  PR Angels are also appreciated.
If you have questions for this Challenge, please read the FAQ.

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July Linky Party – Make It A Handmade Christmas Challenge

Amazing how fast Christmas comes around and how easy it is to plan to make handmade gifts, or make items to decorate our homes, but not be ready.  Or maybe you are interested in inspirational ideas for handmade Christmas items. Either way, Christmas is soon going to be knocking on our doorstep.

Welcome to the July “Linky Party” for those that want to participate in the Handmade Christmas Challenge.  Quite simple.  You can make handmade Christmas gifts or decorations or your home for the holidays, anytime in 2014 and enter in any of the monthly challenges for a chance to win prizes.  There are over 70 prizes, of which the majority of these prizes will be randomly awarded to participants at the end of this challenge.  You get an entry for every monthly challenge you enter.  


This challenge isn’t all about winning prizes.  It is about having fun making handmade gifts for the holidays and for decorating your home. It is also about inspiring others to also make handmade.  Participants are encouraged to share tutorials, tips and insights about designs that are perfect for the holidays.

SewCalGal wants to recognize and thank all of our sponsors:

 Everyone is invited to join the monthly linky parties for the Make It A Handmade Challenge.  Before you add your entry (a link to this Linky), please be sure you read the rules below.

Rules to enter this challenge:

While there are many sponsors and many wonderful prizes for those that enter in one or more of the monthly Linky Parties in the Handmade Christmas Challenge, that are open to quilters worldwide, as SewCalGal will be shipping this particular prize to the lucky winner and currently has limited funds for shipping prizes, the winner of this bundle will need to be a US resident.

1) Projects need to be made in 2014 (they do not need to be made during the 10 day window of a a given monthly linky party.  But they need to be something you made for a Christmas gift or to decorate your home for the holidays.  Please do not enter projects that you giveaway throughout the year, or previous holidays as that doesn’t bring you good quilting kharma!
2) You can enter one or more completed projects, but your linky needs to be in a current post (or non-bloggers can upload their photos and provide a link to a view able line tool like PhotoBucket, Flickr, etc.).   note:  Future challenges will require you to use only Flickr.  Click here to see a tutorial for using flickr.
3) Participants are asked to include comments in their post that share insights on the design(s) they use, any tips they wish to share, and if they made something with their own design they may wish to share a tutorial.  Your help to encourage others to make handmade gifts, throughout the year to give as gifts or to decorate their home, is appreciated.  And, of course, you can also inspire others by sharing your projects, providing tips and tutorials, as well as recognizing the source of the design for your project, should others be interested in making it too!

4) Bloggers are asked to include in their post information that that shows they have taken the “Pledge to make handmade Christmas Gifts in 2014” and are participating in this challenge.  It would be appreciated if you would encourage others to also participate, or at least come look at all of the entries each month, as hopefully we’ll inspire other quilters and increase awareness of designs, tips, tutorials to help make beautiful Christmas gifts and decorations.  Your blog post also needs to be dated during the period of this linky party (do not link to old posts).

This linky party will be open thru the 25th of  this month, to give participants plenty of time to enter the challenge this month. If you are not familiar with how to use a linky click here for a tutorial.
Please be sure to read the rules before you add a link to enter the challenge this month.

For blogger participants that are interested in posting a badge, I need to work on the code. But you are welcome to take any images from this post and link to the main page for this event.
Let’s not forget the spirit of this challenge is to make handmade gifts for Christmas or decorations for the holiday season, throughout the year vs waiting till the holiday rush.  We also hope to help increase awareness of designs, free patterns, tutorials and other products that help to make such products. And, your help in inspiring others to make handmade for Christmas is appreciated.  PR Angels are also appreciated.
If you have questions for this Challenge, please read the FAQ.

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June Linky Party – Make It A Handmade Christmas Challenge

Amazing how fast Christmas comes around and how easy it is to plan to make handmade gifts, or make items to decorate our homes, but not be ready.  Or maybe you are interested in inspirational ideas for handmade Christmas items. Either way, Christmas is soon going to be knocking on our doorstep.

Welcome to the June “Linky Party” for those that want to participate in the Handmade Christmas Challenge.  Quite simple.  You can make handmade Christmas gifts or decorations or your home for the holidays, anytime in 2014 and enter in any of the monthly challenges for a chance to win prizes.  There are over 70 prizes, of which the majority of these prizes will be randomly awarded to participants at the end of this challenge.  You get an entry for every monthly challenge you enter.


This challenge isn’t all about winning prizes.  It is about having fun making handmade gifts for the holidays and for decorating your home. It is also about inspiring others to also make handmade.  Participants are encouraged to share tutorials, tips and insights about designs that are perfect for the holidays.

SewCalGal wants to recognize and thank all of our sponsors:

 Everyone is invited to join the monthly linky parties for the Make It A Handmade Challenge.  Before you add your entry (a link to this Linky), please be sure you read the rules below.

While there are many sponsors and many wonderful prizes for those that enter in one or more of the monthly Linky Parties in the Handmade Christmas Challenge, that are open to quilters worldwide, as SewCalGal will be shipping this particular prize to the lucky winner and currently has limited funds for shipping prizes, the winner of this bundle will need to be a US resident.

1) Projects need to be made in 2014 (they do not need to be made during the 10 day window of a a given monthly linky party.  But they need to be something you made for a Christmas gift or to decorate your home for the holidays.  Please do not enter projects that you giveaway throughout the year, or previous holidays as that doesn’t bring you good quilting kharma!
2) You can enter one or more completed projects, but your linky needs to be in a current post (or non-bloggers can upload their photos and provide a link to a view able line tool like PhotoBucket, Flickr, etc.).   note:  Future challenges will require you to use only Flickr.  Click here to see a tutorial for using flickr.
3) Participants are asked to include comments in their post that share insights on the design(s) they use, any tips they wish to share, and if they made something with their own design they may wish to share a tutorial.  Your help to encourage others to make handmade gifts, throughout the year to give as gifts or to decorate their home, is appreciated.  And, of course, you can also inspire others by sharing your projects, providing tips and tutorials, as well as recognizing the source of the design for your project, should others be interested in making it too!
4) Bloggers are asked to include in their post information that that shows they have taken the “Pledge to make handmade Christmas Gifts in 2014” and are participating in this challenge.  It would be appreciated if you would encourage others to also participate, or at least come look at all of the entries each month, as hopefully we’ll inspire other quilters and increase awareness of designs, tips, tutorials to help make beautiful Christmas gifts and decorations.  Your blog post also needs to be dated during the period of this linky party (do not link to old posts).

This linky party will be open thru the 25th of  this month, to give participants plenty of time to enter the challenge this month. If you are not familiar with how to use a linky click here for a tutorial.
Please be sure to read the rules before you add a link to enter the challenge this month.

For blogger participants that are interested in posting a badge, I need to work on the code. But you are welcome to take any images from this post and link to the main page for this event.
Let’s not forget the spirit of this challenge is to make handmade gifts for Christmas or decorations for the holiday season, throughout the year vs waiting till the holiday rush.  We also hope to help increase awareness of designs, free patterns, tutorials and other products that help to make such products. And, your help in inspiring others to make handmade for Christmas is appreciated.  PR Angels are also appreciated.
If you have questions for this Challenge, please read the FAQ

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May Linky Party – Make It A Handmade Christmas Challenge

Hard to believe that Christmas is seven (7) months away.  While there are some that can wait till the last minute to make handmade gifts, many of us can’t.  Thus, SewCalGal is hosting monthly Linky Parties where you can enter to win prizes by making handmade gifts for Christmas, or items you will use to decorate your home.  The trick is to make them early vs the last minute, which is why I’m hosting these parties.  

Make handmade anytime throughout the year to be ready.  You can make items any month, every month, anytime during the month.  But you need to make it in 2014 and it needs to be something you’ll give as a Christmas gift this year or use to decorate your home.  Handmade items you plan to give during the year won’t help you get ready to give handmade at Christmas.

The Linky Party is also about sharing and inspiring others to make handmade.  Sharing insights about the design for your project, or even sharing tips or a tutorial are appreciated.  But most of all, I hope we can all inspire each other.

For more info, visit the main page for this event:  Make It A Handmade Christmas Challenge.  You can also get to this page by a clicking on a tab at the top of my page, underneath the blog header.  I’ll update this page throughout the year to contain links for the monthly Linky Parties as they go live.

There are over 70 prizes, so your chance of winning is actually quite good.

SewCalGal wants to recognize and thank all of our sponsors:
Around The Bobbin , Chatterbox QuiltsCherry Blossoms Quilting StudioClassic Metal CompanyFairfield Road Designs, Fat Quarter ShopFrivolous Necessity,Geta’s Quilting StudioHoffman California FabricsIndygo Junction, Leah Day Designs,    MartingalePatrick Lose Quilt & Create Studio,    Timeless Treasures, and Whistlepig Creek Productions.

Today, I want to share insights on one of our sponsors for this event:  Many of you are aware Leah Day Designs.  Leah has donated a PDF copy of one of her books as a prize to one lucky winner:365 Free Motion Quilting Designs“, by Leah Day (PDF copy).

SewCalGal highly recommends this book to anyone interested in learning/improving their free-motion skills.  It is packed with 365 amazing quilting designs and is an excellent resource when planning what designs you may want to use on your quilt, as well as learning new designs.

Leah is well known for providing wonderful free tutorials on her blog and you-tube, and she offers all of her books, DVDs and other products for sale on her online store.  SewCalGal also highly recommends the Craftsy classes that Leah teaches: 

For those lucky enough to be at Spring Market, you’ll have a chance to meet Leah and her husband Josh in booth #2349.

For a complete list of sponsors and prizes, as well as links to the monthly linky parties, please click the tab labeled “A Handmade Christmas Challenge“.  And, for fun, a few monthly challenges, like the linky party this month, will have a winner that is selected at the end of the linky party vs the end of the challenge to win a prize!


While the majority of the 70+ prizes will be given away at the end of this Challenge, before Christmas, last month one of the fabric bundles donated by Hoffman was given away.

The lucky winner was Vroomans Quilts who selected bundle #2, with the beautiful collection of Stained Glass Christmas  fabrics.  And SewCalGal has shipped this lucky winner their prize.

  

To clarify, bundle #1 and #3 will be awarded to two lucky winners at the end of this challenge, before Christmas.  You can make one item and enter any of the linky parties, but the more items you make and more linky parties you enter, the more chances you have to win more prizes.  

Time is fleeting by.  Soon Christmas will be here.  This is a great time to make a handmade gift for Christmas 2014, or make something to decorate your home for the holidays.  Simply pledge and make a commitment to make handmade gifts and/or decorations for your home this year!  Any size, any design, any handmade gift!

 

If you are looking for inspirational ideas for making handmade gifts, definitely check out all the prizes that our sponsors have donated as they’d all help you make wonderful gifts for Christmas or to decorate your home for the Holidays.  Plus you can view the entries in the monthly challenges/linky parties for inspiration, tips, tutorials and project insights:

January challenge
February challenge
March challenge
April challenge

    Before you add your entry (a link to this Linky), please be sure you read the rules below.

Rules to enter this challenge:

While there are many sponsors and many wonderful prizes for those that enter in one or more of the monthly Linky Parties in the Handmade Christmas Challenge, that are open to quilters worldwide, as SewCalGal will be shipping this particular prize to the lucky winner and currently has limited funds for shipping prizes, the winner of this bundle will need to be a US resident.

1) Projects need to be made in 2014 (they do not need to be made during the 10 day window of a a given monthly linky party.  But they need to be something you made for a Christmas gift or to decorate your home for the holidays.  Please do not enter projects that you giveaway throughout the year, or previous holidays as that doesn’t bring you good quilting kharma!
2) You can enter one or more completed projects, but your linky needs to be in a current post (or non-bloggers can upload their photos and provide a link to a view able line tool like PhotoBucket, Flickr, etc.).   note:  Future challenges will require you to use only Flickr.  Click here to see a tutorial for using flickr.
3) Participants are asked to include comments in their post that share insights on the design(s) they use, any tips they wish to share, and if they made something with their own design they may wish to share a tutorial.  Your help to encourage others to make handmade gifts, throughout the year to give as gifts or to decorate their home, is appreciated.  And, of course, you can also inspire others by sharing your projects, providing tips and tutorials, as well as recognizing the source of the design for your project, should others be interested in making it too!

4) Bloggers are asked to include in their post information that that shows they have taken the “Pledge to make handmade Christmas Gifts in 2014” and are participating in this challenge.  It would be appreciated if you would encourage others to also participate, or at least come look at all of the entries each month, as hopefully we’ll inspire other quilters and increase awareness of designs, tips, tutorials to help make beautiful Christmas gifts and decorations.  Your blog post also needs to be dated during the period of this linky party (do not link to old posts).

This linky party will be open thru the 25th of  this month, to give participants plenty of time to enter the challenge this month. If you are not familiar with how to use a linky click here for a tutorial.
Please be sure to read the rules before you add a link to enter the challenge this month.
Don’t forget our Challenge #5 Linky Party will be posted on May 15th.   You don’t have to participate in every monthly challenge, but the more monthly challenges you enter in 2014 the more changes you have to win prizes and the more handmade Christmas items you will have made this year!
There is also an optional email list for this event, that participants may want to sign up for.  As, SewCalGal realizes not everyone follows blog posts every day, I will try to send out reminder emails when monthly challenges are released to those that sign up for these email alerts.   There may also be additional Holiday theme clipart and related info shared in these emails that are not shared in my blog.
For blogger participants that are interested in posting a badge, I need to work on the code. But you are welcome to take any images from this post and link to the main page for this event.
Let’s not forget the spirit of this challenge is to make handmade gifts for Christmas or decorations for the holiday season, throughout the year vs waiting till the holiday rush.  We also hope to help increase awareness of designs, free patterns, tutorials and other products that help to make such products. And, your help in inspiring others to make handmade for Christmas is appreciated.  PR Angels are also appreciated.
If you have questions for this Challenge, please read the FAQ.

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