Category: Angela Walters

Handi Quilter Webinar with Angela Walters – #QuiltBiz

I frequently get asked questions for “How to start a longarm business?”, as well as how to start a business, or  grow my business in general.  I’m also an avid researcher who is always looking for ways to help those in the business.  Needless to say, I was thrilled with a recent webinar, hosted by Handi Quilter, where Angela Walters shared her expertise and I wanted to use this post, to heighten awareness of this recorded webinar.  

I also want to share, that while the focus is on longarm business, I think there are many benefits of watching this video, if you are considering getting into the business, in just about any aspect of quilting or sewing.


If you have problems viewing this embedded video, here is  a link to watch it directly on Youtube:

You can find Angela at:

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Help! How Do I Quilt It? with Angela Walters


Today I want to share insights about another free-motion quilting class, with Angela Walters, that is available through Craftsy.  I honestly think this is an excellent class for quilters of all levels, and, if you have not yet taken it, I want to recommend that you consider signing up for it.  Great fun and value.  Here are the details:

CLASS TITLE:  Help! How do I quilt It, by Angela Walters

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Learn how to pair complementary quilting with six styles of pieced tops for your most beautiful results yet!

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Lesson One – Introduction (7 minutes)

Meet your instructor, quilter extraordinaire Angela Walters, as she walks you through the different types of quilt tops you’ll explore in this class. Then, learn how you can audition your designs before you quilt them.

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Lesson Two – Applique’ Quilts (22 minutes)

Learn how to use quilting to enhance appliqué, complete a pattern or add detail. Pick up professional tips for using monofilament thread and quilting through extra layers. See how echoing accentuates appliquéd designs and learn how to quilt leaves, pebbles and swirls together for dense fillers.

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Lesson Three – Quilts With Small Spaces (19 minutes)

Squeeze dramatic design into small spaces as you explore quilting that works on tops with lots of tiny piecing. Group blocks or pieces together for use on larger designs or break down quilting motifs for use on small elements. Discover the universal appeal of continuous curves and all-over wavy designs.

Lesson Four – Paper Pieced Quilts (16 minutes)

Don’t be scared away from quilting intricate paper-pieced tops that often have bulky seams and intricate designs! Angela shows you how to break them down into manageable sections and demonstrates two great designs that work well with paper-pieced tops: wishbone stitching and the back-and-forth filler.

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Lesson Five – Sampler Quilts (16 minutes)

Whether you prefer traditional, modern or art quilts, you’ll love Angela’s quilting advice for unifying your design or highlighting favorite blocks! Repeat a few favorite motifs throughout or join blocks together by unifying the spaces between them. Learn how to create perfect serpentine lines and swirl hooks.

Lesson Six – Quilts With Large Spaces (21 minutes)

Don’t become daunted by an open space on your quilt! Angela shows you how to use echo quilting to break large spaces into smaller ones. You’ll learn how to manage negative space and quilt motifs and geometric designs, too!

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Lesson Seven – Medallion Quilts (19 minutes)

Have an ocean of borders and unsure what to do? Break rows of borders into chunks, traveling from one to the next as you work your way down the quilt. Discover how to quilt borders that highlight the centerpiece, and learn how to add paisley feathers and square chains to these tight spaces.

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This class taught many tips and tricks, as well as beautiful free-motion quilting motifs.  But what I found the most beneficial is Angela’s insights for deciding how to quilt various quilt designs (e.g. applique, paper pieced, pieced, medallion, etc.), including borders. Of course the many designs that she taught in this class are also beautiful and will certainly come in handy.

I feel this class is perfect for domestic, as well as longarm quilters of all levels.  An excellent value when you consider the Craftsy platform allows you to take their classes at your liesure, as well as repeat it as often as you wish.  Plus, it is helpful to interact with the teacher and other students, as well as find inspiration in the classroom sharing.

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Definitely a fun class and a great way to learn/improve your free-motion quilting skills.

If you have taken this class with Angela, I hope you’ll leave a comment to share your perspective.


You can find Angela at:

Full Disclosure:  QuiltShopGal has enjoyed Craftsy, for many years.  I share my own opinion when I write reviews on classes offered by Craftsy.  I became an Affiliate as I believe in the value of Craftsy.    If you click through  to Craftsy, from QuiltShopGal, to make a purchase, I “may” receive a small payment from Craftsy (but your price is not any different than if you purchased it elsewhere).  I pursued signing up for the Affiliate program to help supplement expense costs for QuiltShopGal (e.g. shipping prizes).  But, even though I am an Affiliate I will only share my honest opinion when sharing such insights.  

Here is a list of my reviews of various classes at Craftsy:

The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting and a Giveaway

The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting: Long-Arm and Sit-Down,  Angela Walters, Christa Watson, and published by Martingale, is officially released today.  And I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to share insights with you about this book today, as share insights about how you can win a copy.


In this must-have resource, long-arm-quilting expert Angela Walters and home-sewing-machine specialist Christa Watson team up to provide the ultimate guide for machine quilters. Gain insight into long-arm quilting, as well as guidance on quilting at a sit-down sewing machine. Whichever machine you use, you’ll find warm encouragement and expert tips to help you every step of the way.


  • Find out why some designs and motifs are ideal for sit-down quilting while others are better suited to long-arm quilting
  • Packed with tips, tricks, and advice on how to machine quilt better, you’ll learn everything you need to know to get started confidently and finish strong
  • Learn from the masters as you discover how to stitch a wide range of quilting designs, with instructions for 10 quilts



Christa Watson:  From Las Vegas, Nevada, is an award-winning sit-down machine quilter, Christa Watson has had designs featured in such magazines as Quilty, The Quilting Quarterly, Modern Quilts Unlimited, Make Modern, QuiltCon, and various other publications. She designs quilt patterns, teaches workshops, and is an active member of the Modern Quilt Guild, the National Quilting Association, and the American Quilter’s Society. Christa enjoys being a wife to her husband and a mom to her three kids, who all think it’s normal to have a house full of fabric.

You can find Christa at:

Angela Walters: From Kearney, Missouri,  Angela is a long-arm quilter, teacher, and author. Her quilting career began at the side of her husband’s grandfather, and together they made her first quilt, a nine-patch design that is still on her bed today. Thousands of swirls, feathers, and parallel lines later, she has turned her love of stitches and fabric into a thriving business focused on modern machine quilting. Angela also designs fabrics. She lives on the outskirts of Kansas City, Missouri, with her husband, three children, and many, many quilts.

You can find Angela at:



This innovative approach to writing a quilting book I think will certainly influence the style of many books in the future. It walks you thru every step, every design, showing two different perspectives, by two very talented quilters.

This book is also perfect for quilters with a variety of interests:  Want to learn/improve your free-motion quilting skills on a domestic or long arm machine ?  Want to learn when, where and why certain designs and motifs are better suited to long-arm machines or sit-down machines?  This book will help you be a better quilter.  If you don’t feel you are interested in learning free-motion quilting, don’t overlook this book as I’m sure you’ll still find it to be a great resource.

There are ten super creative and fun quilt patterns included in this book, each with easy to follow instructions and great visuals.  They range in size from  41″ x 27 1/2″ to 80 1/2″ x 90 1/2″

Here is an example of what makes this book so innovative.  Throughout the book you’ll find both Christa and Angela share their perspective on a topic (e.g.. tools of the trade, marking, FMQ motifs, quilts  and more).  Here is an example where they each share insights on “Choosing Colors”.



This book is packed with more free-motion quilting motifs (and how to stitch them) than I’ve ever seen in any other FMQ book.  Plus there are so many more tips and tricks.  This, combined with the ten patterns included in this book, makes it an exceptional value and I honestly feel it is a “must have” for anyone interested in learning/improving their FMQ skills, as well as those that are interested in creating wonderful projects provided in this book.

I hope you get a chance to check this book out at your favorite quilt shop.  But if you don’t see it, don’t forget to let them know you are interested in having them make it available.  It is such a new book, they may not be aware of it.  Of course, you can also find this book online at Martingale, as well as Amazon.

Also, over the next ten weeks Christa will be sharing one of the quilt designs each week, by sharing two quilts: one made by Christa and one made by Angela.  Check out her post this week to see “Choosing Colors”, which is a super fun and creative design, as all of the designs in this book are.


Martingale has kindly offered to give an ebook copy to one of my followers.  If you are interested in winning a copy, please use the Rafflecopter form below.  While there are a variety of ways to enter, it really only takes one entry to win. The extra options are for those that just like to increase their chances.

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You can find Martingale at:

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When The Unexpected Happens And Life Changes In A Blink Of An Eye

When our world shatters, what do you do to get through it?  Or better yet, what are you willing to do to try to make things better?  And, how far are you willing to help someone going thru such a life changing crisis that tears and the very strings that ties everything dear, in our lives, together?

Our worldwide quilting community is a group of talented and giving people.  I’ve truly seen miracles happen in our community through the power of prayer, as well as by fundraisers to help great causes.  PR Angels help to spread the word, some come up with other ideas how to help, many send positive wishes and prayers, and there are those that help financially to make a difference, among so many other ways to help.  We each have a story, but today I want to share a story about an amazing quilter, teacher, author who has made such an amazing contribution to make our world of quilting so wonderful and she has such a giving heart, where she has helped so many.  But right now, she and her family need our help.

Angela has give so much to make our world of quilting a wonderful place, while she is so young, I believe she is already a legend.

head-shot-e1395192454843-748x1024She actually learned to quilt from her husband’s grandpa, so I guess we can say she married into a quilting family!

Here are a few examples of how you may already be aware of Angela and her contributions to make our world of quilting so wonderful:

  • You may know Angela Walters through free FMQ tutorials that she has shared through my blog, her blog,




Angela’s brother Nate is a Kansas City Police Officer.   He is also a husband and father of three young boys.



You may remember that Angela married into a quilting family, where she learned to quilt from her husband’s grandfather. Well, her brother-in-law Nate and his wife Jessica recently introduced a new line of quilt patterns at Fall ’15 Quilt Market, from their design house “Simply Modern Quilt Patterns“.


{above} At Fall Market, Nate shared a quilt he made to support the Kansas City Police force.

On Thursday, December 10th, Nate an off-duty Kansas City Police Officer was found in a ditch by a passerby who called 911.  The details of the motorcycle accident are unknown but Nate has ended up in ICU and remains in serious condition.  And this accident has changes the lives of Nate’s family and friends.  It has also changed the balance of our world wide quilting community!


For those that believe in the power of prayer, a call for such prayers are encouraged.  But there are many ways you can help.

While Nate has medical coverage through the Kansas City Police Department, we all know that in such insurance never covers all expenses. And, extra funds can also help to get the best care, the best physical therapy and help with endless unplanned and uninsured expenses.  Thus, a few grassroots efforts to help Nate and his family with such expenses has been established.

PR Angels that can help increase awareness are needed.  And, those that want to help financially are also appreciated.  For those that can help spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, Instragram, other Social Media tools, please use the hashtags:


Here are a few opportunities that have been established for financial assistance:

Angela Walters is raffling off this stunning quilt that is also the cover quilt of an upcoming book published with C&T  Publishing. The design is Nightsky, a pattern designed by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts. For every “Stand with Nate” bracelet you purchase you are entered to win this beautiful quilt.


Angela  created “Stand With Nate” bracelets that can be obtained with a $5 purchase (donation) via her store and 100% of the proceeds go to help Nate and his family.  I’m ordering some with plan to also drop off at my local Police department, and others, to help share his story and hopefully rally more people to support Nate and his family.  You can place your order for these bracelets, after creating an account, at:



There is also a striking t-shirt that you can also receive by donating to help raise funds for Nate and his family, by placing orders orders with WonderBoy.


{above} Show that you stand with Nate by ordering a limited edition T-shirt. All proceeds go to the Harrison family. There are three price options depending on what you would like to donate.


A Go fund Me page has also been established where you can make donations to help Nate and his family:


For PR Angels, you have my permission and Angela’s to share this post, as well as to copy/paste and share via your blogs, or email, as appropriate.  While my blog is copyright protected you have our permission to copy this post and help increase awareness of the “We Stand With Nate” effort, where prayers and donations to help the family are greatly appreciated by many.

You may not know Nate, but as he is a Police Officer, a husband, a father, a quilter and very much loved brother of Angela Walters, who has certainly given so much to help make our world of quilting a wonderful place, I do so hope you will find a way to help.


You can always find more information on Nate at:

We Stand With Nate Facebook group:

You can find Angela at:


Lastly, while this is certainly a stressful time for Nate’s family, including Angela, please know that they appreciate your prayers and donations, very much.  And, I appreciate it too!

2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – August Challenge with Angela Walters

Today we kick off the  August Linky Party for the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  Quilters of all levels of experience are invited to join these monthly challenges.  We do not judge anyone, but strive to encourage everyone to learn and improve their free-motion quilting (FMQ) skills.  And “everyone” means this event is open to bloggers, non-bloggers, quilters that use any type of machine (domestic, mid-arm, or long-arm), as well as quilters from all over the world!

When you take time to practice and to learn from an expert, you will be surprised and delighted at what you can achieve. 

This month we showcase Angela Walters, who is a Master Free-Motion Quilter both on the longarm and domestic machines.  She is also an author, teacher, fabric designer and has quilted many award winning quilts.

If you are not familiar with this challenge, and definitely those that have not participated in any of the prior challenges, please read the main page for this event, as it has been updated to provide information previously shared within these monthly posts.  You can always find the main page by clicking on the links underneath the blog header labeled EVENTS > FREE-MOTION QUILTING – 2015 FMQ CHALLENGE.

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Aurifil, Clever Craft Tools/Grip & Stitch Disks, Fabrics N Quilts, Fat Quarter Shop, Martingale, The Stencil Company, Udderly Smooth, Landauer Publishing, CT Publishing, the Electric Quilt Company, The Quilt Show and Craftsy!

Prizes will be awarded for each monthly challenge and there are also prizes that will be awarded at the end of the year.  Monthly winners will be randomly selected.  And while end of year (aka Grand Prizes) will also be awarded randomly, I’m also looking at awarding based on a variety of soon to be announced methods (e.g. Person that completed the most challenges, the person that improved the most, etc).   


As mentioned, our expert this month is Angela Walter.   Many lucky quilters have been able to take classes with her at major quilt shows, while many have enjoyed taking her classes on Craftsy, as well as enjoyed learning from her books.  Those that follow her by way of Social Media (Blog, Facebook Instagram) are always inspired by her quilting, as well as enjoy the tips and tutorials she generously shares.

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We also love her attitude about quilting, as well as her ability to encourage quilters to be happy with the results and not fret about perfection, especially while learning.

Here are a few of examples of Angela’s beautiful free-motion quilting:






Angela certainly inspires me and I have learned so much from her.  I hope you can see why I’m absolutely thrilled about including her in my 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.




Create a pillow using the free-motion quilting tutorial, by Angela Walters, shared in the  during the 2012 FMQ Challenge.  This tutorial teaches you how to create a tile design on your quilts that can be filled in a variety of ways.    


Create a pillow with FMQ using any of the designs and techniques covered in Angela’s book Shape by Shape”.



Create a pillow with FMQ using any of the designs and techniques covered in Angela’s book  In the Studio with Angela Walters.


Create a pillow with FMQ using any of the designs and techniques covered in Angela’s newest class with Craftsy: Help!  How Do I Quilt It!

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Create a pillow with FMQ using any of the designs and techniques covered in Angela’s Dot to Dot Quilting”,on Craftsy.

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Click here if you would like to read my review of this excellent class.


Create a pillow with FMQ using any of the designs and techniques covered in Angela’s class on Craftsy: Machine Quilting: Small Changes, Big Variety


Click here if you would like to read my review of this excellent class.

You can find Angela at:

Angela is an excellent teacher and has taught many beginner quilters through experienced quilters how to do free-motion quilting on domestic machines, as well as long-arm machines.  I hope you are inspired by this challenge and want to learn from Angela by joining in on this sponsored challenge, where you can also automatically get entered to win prizes when you complete one or more of the options this month.


While these are still “monthly” challenges, I’ve extended the window of the linky party thru mid-September and I will continue to do so thru all challenges released throughout the summer, allowing participants more time.  Hopefully this may also give participants time to complete more than one option.

Don’t overlook that you can create more than one pillow, to claim more than one entry to any of the monthly challenges.  You want to do more than one of the options, or all.  Each option you complete counts as an entry.    And the more you create, the  more opportunities you have to learn and improve your FMQ skills, as well as win more prizes!


1) Entries need to be completed pillows that show free-motion quilting that aligns with the options defined in this monthly challenge. Note:  Other projects that you wish to share can be added to the Flickr group, but do not share them via the link tool.

2) You can enter one completed pillow for any, or all of the options.  Bloggers can do so in one blog post, but to help with the entries, their post needs to show photos and clarify which options they are entering for this monthly challenge.  Non-bloggers need to reflect the same as bloggers, in the comments for the photo they upload to the flickr group for this challenge. Both bloggers and non-bloggers can add one link to the linky tool, for each of the options they wish to enter.  Note, to help with administration, please be sure the photo in the linky tool reflects which of the challenge options you are claiming when you enter/add the link.

Those that want to apply the challenge to projects other than pillows, or those that complete the challenge after the given month, as well as those that may wish to share other FMQ projects are encouraged to share in a Flirk group that has been created specifically for group sharing and inspiration:   To clarify, this group is open to anyone that wishes to share any FMQ project that they created.

3.   In keeping with the spirit of this challenge, I hope in you encourage others to enter this challenge as well as check out all the entries to get inspired.

4.  In the spirit of ~Create ~ Share ~ Inspire ~ #CreativeGoodness, those that wish to share tips and tutorials during any of these monthly challenges will be appreciated.  And, as always, QuiltShopGal will try to do her best to help increase awareness of such.  Collectively, we can create great fun and help others learn/improve their FMQ Skills.

While most of these linky parties are open for one month, this Linky party and other challenges released during the summer will be open thru mid-September, but I encourage you to not wait till the last minute to enter.  You need to have your project completed and linked to enter to win prizes.  Those that may complete this challenge at a different time, as well as those that want to share any FMQ related project, are encouraged to share photos in the Flickr group created for this 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 is now on the right hand column of this blog.  Thank you for posting the badge.  The more quilters we have participating, the more fun and inspiration we will all have.  But I need your help to spread the word and encourage others to join, or at least come look and visit all the blogs (and non-bloggers) that share their FMQ projects with us via the Monthly linky parties and the Flicker Group sharing.


Sponsor Prize Winners
Udderly Smooth, by RedEx 65668_10151884614025894_331473606_n  A gift pack of Udderly Smooth products.  Product bundle shipped may not be exactly like what QuiltShopGal is showing.Estimated Retail value $25.Prize is open to participants living in US/Canada.  Prize #1  winner – Geri R
CCT/Grip & Stitch quilting disks
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Clever Craft Tools/Grip & Stitch Quilting Disks
Estimated Retail value $29.95.
Prize is open to participants living in US
Prize #2  One lucky winner will receive a pair of Clever Craft Tools/Grip & Stitch Quilting Disks.Winner: LC’ Cottage
Robert Kaufman One lucky winner will receive three bundles of fat quarters, from the “Drawn” collection by Angela Walters, for  Robert Kaufman.This prize is open for WW participants.FQ-953-12_Drawn_PewterFQ-954-12_Drawn_WaterFQ-955-12_Drawn_Sorbet winner  –Cuscino agosto,opzione 2


And don’t forget when you enter this monthly challenge you are automatically entered to win prizes awarded at the end of this 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  Many of these Grand Prizes sponsors will ship to WW participants!

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

Winners will be selected randomly and this post will be updated accordingly, after I send an email to notify the winners.

email QuiltShopGal if you still have questions at Darlene @ quiltshopgal dot com and I will try to respond as fast as I can.

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Here is a list of previous posts 2015 FMQ Challenge:


For those wanting more information on the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge, you can click the menu tabs underneath the header image of this blog EVENTS > FREE-MOTION QUILTING > 2015 FREE MOTION QUILTING CHALLENGE to visit the main page for this event which will always contain current links to all the monthly challenges:

#SummerCamp – Get Quilting with Angela and Cloe

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Welcome to another #SummerCamp event.  Today I’m sharing insights about a book written by a mother-daughter, which focuses on a variety of fun and creative projects for kids, or for adults to make with kids.

Get Quilting with Angela & Cloe has 14 creative projects that are fun for kids to make, or adults to make with kids.  All of the projects in this book are delightful and have easy to follow instructions with great visuals.  

You should be able to find this book at your favorite quilt shop, but you can also find it online at CT Publishing or

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I hope you are inspired and want to use this book to help teach your kids to sew, or even make things for yourself.

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Want to know how to join #SummerCamp?


Everyone is welcome to join #SummerCamp, but there have been a few changes due to lack of participation.  To clarify, we’d love to have you participate but we no longer have a linky party to join, nor will there be prizes awarded at the end of this event.  Participants are asked to share what they create on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram and use the Hashtag #SummerCamp.

Here is a list of links to previous posts for our virtual #SummerCamp

Get Quilting with Angela & Cloe: 14 Projects for Kids to Sew

I’m always on the outlook for new books, packed with #CreativeGoodness. And even better, when such a book helps to teach and inspire kids to learn to sew and quilt.   Needless to say, I was excited have a chance to preview a book that is now accepting pre-orders, for their pending release April 20th. And, of course, I’m delighted to be able to share insights with you today.badge for books with #CreativeGoodness copy


Get Quilting with Angela & Cloe, by Angela Walters and Cloe Walters, published by CT Publishing, is a “must have” book for anyone interested in teaching their kids, grandkids, or other kids, how to sew and/or quilt.  Heck, this would also be an excellent book for quilt shops and teachers who want to host kid friendly classes!  And, of course, for anyone who might want to host a physical summer camp to teach kids to sew and quilt!

Publisher’s Insights:

Learn patchwork from top to bottom with 14 fun projects

Kids can quilt! Best-selling author Angela Walters and her daughter, Cloe, join forces to teach preteens and teens the basics of quiltmaking. The dynamic mother–daughter duo guides kids step by step through making their very first quilt. Readers will tackle 14 projects to keep or give as gifts, including stylish bedroom decor, such as pillow covers, rugs, and T-shirt quilts. Angela’s eye for design and her approachable teaching style is the perfect complement to Cloe’s kid-approved fabric choices and projects. With skill-builders and plenty of how-to photos, kids can finally bring their imaginative creations to life!


• Best-selling author Angela Walters and her daughter, Cloe, blend expert technique with projects kids love
• 14 modern skill-building projects, such as pot holders, place mats, a quilted water bottle holder, and a lot of quilts
• The basics of patchwork and appliqué, gathering supplies, rotary cutting (both left- and right-handed), and more
• Loads of how-to photos and page references make it easy to find help


Pre-orders are now being accepted for this book, which will be released April 20th.


My Review:

There is a good chance you are aware about the very talented and inspirational Angela Walters.  Well, as the saying goes “like Mother, like Daughter”, this book shows that Cloe Walters is also very talented and I’m already looking for more creativity and inspiration from Cloe in the future.


Together, Angela and Cloe have created  an amazing new quilting book written for kids, ages 8-13 year old.  While written to encourage kids to learn to sew and quilt, I believe that there are many sewing and quilting enthusiasts who will also enjoy making projects from this book.  And, with 14 projects in this book, it really is an excellent value!

There are four core sections in this book that cover everything from the basics of supplies, techniques, patterns and much more.  There is a great section on making a quilt which also shares insights on applique’ basics, cutting, tips for using a rotary cutter, squaring the edges of the fabric, pressing, sewing, etc..

Projects include Pot holders, Quilted Water Bottle Holders, Place Mats, Bed Runner, Personalized Pillow, School Supply Roll, Cut-Away Rug, and many beautiful quilt designs.

This book would certainly make for fun sewing projects, perfect for anytime of the year, but I also think they’d make for excellent Summer projects.  As such, those that purchase this book will certainly have fun and I invite them to share what they create during a virtual #SummerCamp that I’ll be hosting June-August, a #CreativeGoodness event for kids of all ages.

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I also want to let you know that The Missouri Star Quilt Company is throwing a book release party on April 17th.  To clarify, this is an event perfect to bring the kids/gkids.  They’ll be fun, food, and prizes!


 I certainly think this would be a fun event to attend and I hope more Quilt and Sewing Shops will host such events, as well as classes for kids which incorporate projects in this book.  As this is a new book, your local shops may not yet be aware of this book so I hope you’ll help let them know you’d like to see them carry this book in their store.

Don’t forget, pre-orders for this book are now being accepted at CT Pub and Amazon.  CT Pub will release this book on April 20th.

 You can find Angela Walters at: 

 You can find CT Publishing at:

Going to Fall Quilt Market 2014 ? My Top FAVS for Market Attendees and Non-Attendees Too!

Today I’m delighted to share insights for attendees and non-attendees to Fall 2014 Quilt Market, for ways to learn about new products and have fun.
Quilt Market is a Trade Show that is held twice a year, for those in the businesses.  It is a great opportunity for buyers to come learn about new products and place their orders for items that will appear in quilt shops in 2015.  There are also many opportunities for those in the business to learn how to grow their business by attending various panel discussions, which SewCalGal highly recommends for everyone in the business.  

Schoolhouse at Quilt Market is always a great way to learn, but this year there is a special opportunity that SewCalGal encourages all attendees at Market to attend.  F + W President Sara Domville will announce the results of the 2014 Quilting in America Survey, 10am, Schoolhouse opening.  Don’t miss this session and be sure you get a copy of the 2014 Quilting in America Survey.  This is an excellent resource for those in the business to understand trends in the quilting industry as well as use to establish metrics for how well they are doing in the business.  Well worth the nominal expense for this publication and SewCalGal highly recommends it.

Landauer Pub
Has many wonderful new books that they are introducing at Quilt Market.  SewCalGal is anticipating “Recreating Antique Quilts”, by Wendy Sheppard, to be a best seller.

Maywood Studio
New Halloween theme fabric line, by KimberBell Designs, will be introduced at Fall Market.
You can get  get a sneak peak on their YouTube Video:

note:  If you have problems watching this embedded video, or you are on a MAC you can click this link to watch it directly in YouTube:

Aurifil Italian Threads

Pop by to meet Alex and the Aurifil team,  for fun, games, yummy threads, as well as learn about their  new thread colors and amazing bundles. Aurifil has partnered with many talented designers to create spectacular  new collections from Edyta Sitar, Sara Lawson, Camelia Roskelly, Bunny Hill, Bari J., Jill Finley, Michelle Scott, Sheena Norquay, Marti Mitchell, Brigitte Heitland, Sue Daley, Shari Butler, Chelsea Andersen, Melanie McNiece, Katy Jones, Judy and Judel Niemeyer, Tasha Noel, Stacey Mitchell, Lynn Krawczyk, and Debra Gabel.

Twitter users may also want to follow Elena Destro (Elly at Aurfil), to learn current insights on Market.  And, of course, be sure to visit Aurifil at Sample Spree in booth #216, 217.


Pop by the Martingale Booth #tbd to see all of their new books.  There are still some slots open to meet authors and get a signed copy of a new book, from amazing authors.  But be sure if you didn’t pre-register you check in advance, to confirm space for any book signing.  Still, you may want to pop over to attend their Meet the Designer sessions for great fun and inspiration.

SewCalGal anticipates “Nap and Nod” to become a best seller.  Absolutely delightful book!

C&T has many new books that they will be introducing at Market.  SewCalGal is confident that Shape and Shape, by Angela Walters, will be a best seller.

Hoffman California International Fabrics has many amazing new fabrics that they will showcase at Market, as well as designers using their fabrics.  This is definitely a booth to visit at Market, as well as at Shopping Spree.

Kaleidoscope Kreator will be introducing a new machine embroidery design collection at Market, Booth #200.  And for those attending Festival, you can also see their new collection.  Absolutely stunning!

Island Batik has released many new fabrics, including blenders.  And they’ll be showcasing a variety of designers that have created spectacular quilts using their fabrics.  Another booth you will want to visit at market.

Quilt Market has a large list of events going on. Here are a few that caught my attention and I wanted to share and encourage others to join the learning opportunities and fun:

Friday, October, 24th

11:15 – 11:45am
Merchandising Experts Panel Discussion
Join industry experts in a panel discussion on creative ways to move more product. Speakers:  Eleanor Burns of Quilt in a Day, Stacy Michell of Shades Textiles, Elena Gregotti of Aurifil & Deb Luttrell of Stitchin’ Heaven
Room 362C

Schoolhouse presentation: Casey York (CT Pub)  Room 362D

Schoolhouse Session: Wendy Sheppard (Ivory Spring), Recreating Antique Quilts,  Room 382A

New Designer Lines with Island Batik
Join Fourth and Sixth Designs and Stacy Michell of Shades Textiles for fun new patterns featuring their new fabric lines for Island Batik!  Also learn tips for promoting these lines and discover complementary products perfect for bundling and upselling.  Speakers:  Barbara Persing, Mary Hoover and Stacy Michell  Room:  362C

Schoolhouse presentation: Elizabeth Hartman (CT Pub) Room 362D

12:25pm – 12:55pm
Schoolhouse presentation: Victoria Findlay Wolfe (CT Pub) Room 362D
1pm – 1:30pm
Schoolhouse presentation: Angela Walters (CT Pub) Room 362D
1:35pm – 2:05pm
Schoolhouse presentation: Caroline Fairbanks-Critchfield & Sarah Markos (CT Pub) Room 362D
Schoolhouse presentation: Valorie Wells (CT Pub) Room 362D
3:45pm – 4:15PM
Schoolhouse presentation:  Sam Hunter (CT Pub) Room 362D


4:20pm – 4:50pm
Schoolhouse presentation:  Sujata Shah  (CT Pub) Room 362D


4:55pm – 5:25pm
Schoolhouse presentation:  Kathy McGee (CT Pub) Room 362D
Saturday, Oct 25th
Book Signing: Melissa Lunden, Sew A Modern Home, Brewer Booth #1124

Book signing: Kathy McGee, The Happy Bicycle.  C&T Booth #2337

Demonstration: A Flare For Fabric: Creative Projects from the Designers at Henry Glass Fabrics, compiled by Linda Lum  DeBono
Henry Glass Fabrics Booth #608


Book Signing:  Myra Harder, Nap and Nod
Martingale Booth #2113
Book signing: Casey York, Modern Applique’ Illusions. C&T Booth #2337

Book Signing: Dana Bolyard, Imagine Quilts.  EE Schenk Booth #1528

Book signing:  A Flare For Fabric: Creative Projects from the Designers at Henry Glass Fabrics, compiled by Linda Lum  DeBono
Brewer Booth #1124

Book Signing: Sandi Blackwell, Simply Sensational Square-agonals Quilts.  Landauer Publishing Booth #2305
Book Signing:  Kathy Brown, Take 5 Fat Quarters
Martingale Booth #2113

Book Signing: It’s Sew Emma (Fat Quarter Shop) team, Fat Quarter Style, United Notions booth #1932

Book Signing:  Katja Marek, The New Hexagon, Paper Pieces Booth #157

Book Signing:  Molly Hansen, Free-Motion Quilting For Beginners, Brewer #1124

Book Signing: Jenny Pedigo and Helen Robinson (Sew Kind of Wonderful), Contemporary Curved Quilts.  Landauer Publishing Booth #2305



Book Signing: Dana Bolyard, Imagine Quilts
Martingale Booth #2113

Book Signing: Jean Ann Wright, Jelly Roll Jambalaya Quilts,  Landauer Publishing Booth #2305
Book signing: Shannon Brinkley, Scrappy Bits Applique’.  C&T Booth #2337

Book Signing:  Amy Ellis, Think Big, United Notions Booth #1932
Book Signing: Melissa Lunden, Sew A Modern Home
Martingale Booth #2113

Book Signing: Wendy Sheppard (Ivory Spring), Recreating Antique Quilts,  Landauer Publishing Booth #2305

Book Signing: It’s Sew Emma (Fat Quarter Shop) team, Fat Quarter Style, Riley Blake Designs #1512

Book signing: Jera Brandvig, Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern. C&T Booth #2337

Book signing and demonstrations:  A Flare For Fabric: Creative Projects from the Designers at Henry Glass Fabrics, compiled by Linda Lum  DeBono,  Henry Glass Fabrics, Booth #608

Book Signing: Katja Marek, The New Hexagon, EE Schenck Booth #1528

Book Signing: Amy Ellis, Think Big
Martingale Booth #211


Book signing: Caroline Fairbanks-Critchfield and Sarah Markos,
Just for You-Selfish Sewing with Your Favorite SewCanShe Bloggers C&T Booth #2337

Book Signing:  Kathy Brown, Take 5 Fat Quarters, Red Rooster Fabrics Booth #1556

Book Signing:  Melissa Lunden, Sew A Modern Home, Birch Fabrics, Booth #1050 (or 950?)

Grand Prize Drawings – Henry Glass Fabrics, booth #608

Book Signing: Laurel Albright, Easy-Cut Quilts With A Modern Twist, Landauer Publishing Booth #2305


Book Signing: Jeri Simon, Quilting The Basics and Beyond, Landauer Publishing Booth #2305
Designer Meet & Greet, Martingale booth #2113
Book signing: Sam Hunter, Quilt Talk, C&T Booth #2337
An Evening with the Quilt Marketeers.  Deb Luttrell and panel
#331  Rom 310ABDE

Note:  SewCalGal attended a presentation with this panel last year and highly recommends it.  Great way to learn tips to build strong networking relationships in the Quilting industry, as well as to help grow your business.

Sunday, October 26th

Book Signing:  Katja Marek, The New Hexagon, United Notions Booth #1932 10am

Book Signing: Allie Aller and Valerie Bothell Quilting, Just a Little Bit Crazy, C&T Booth #2337

Demonstration: A Flare For Fabric: Creative Projects from the Designers at Henry Glass Fabrics, compiled by Linda Lum  DeBono
Henry Glass Fabrics Booth #608



Book Signing: Amber Johnson, Vintage Vibe
Martingale Booth #211
Demonstration by Kathy Doughty using her fast2cut® HexEssentials.  Giveaway at the end of each demo, but you need to be present to win.  C&T booth #2337

Book Signing:  Molly Hanson, Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners, EE Schenck Booth #1528

Book Signing: Ruth Chandler, Modern Hand Stitching,  Landauer Publishing Booth #2305


Book Signing: It’s Sew Emma (Fat Quarter Shop) team, Fat Quarter Style,Checker Booth #708/808

Book Signing: Myra Harder, Urban and Amish

Martingale Booth #211
Book Signing: Carolyn Forster, Quilting-on-the-Go Taking It Further,  Landauer Publishing Booth #2305

Book Signing: Valori Wells, My Life in Fabric with Valori Wells, C&T Booth #2337

Book Signing:  Kathy Brown, Take 5 Fat Quarters, EE Schenck Booth #1528


Book Signing: Katja Marek, The New Hexagon
Martingale Booth #211
Book Signing: Karin Hellaby, Sew Simple Hexi-flowers,  Landauer Publishing Booth #2305Book Signing: Elizabeth Hartman, Patchwork City, C&T Booth #2337

Book Signing:  Myra Harder, Nap and Nod, Shannon Fabrics Booth #2044
Book Signing: It’s Sew Emma (Fat Quarter Shop) team, Fat Quarter Style,EE Schench #1528


Book Signing: Molly Hanson, Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners
Martingale Booth #211
Book Signing: Janice Vaine, Embroidery and Patchwork Revisited,  Landauer Publishing Booth #2305

Book Signing: Lesley Riley, Creative Image Transfer – Any Artist, Any Style, Any Surface, C&T Booth #2337

Book Signing: Angela Walters, Shape by Shape Free Motion Quilting with Angela Walters, Handi Quilter, Booth #632

Book Signing: Shannon Brinkley, Scrappy Bits Applique’, Prym Booth #844

Book Signing:  Kathy Brown, Take 5 Fat Quarters, United Notions Booth # 1932

Demonstration: A Flare For Fabric: Creative Projects from the Designers at Henry Glass Fabrics, compiled by Linda Lum  DeBono

Henry Glass Fabrics Booth #608
Book Signing: Heather Schrimsher, Graphic Quilts From Everyday Images
Martingale Booth #211
Book Signing: Melanie Greseth and Joanie Holton (TailorMade by Design), Daily Zen Quilts and Projects,  Landauer Publishing Booth #2305

Demonstration by Kathy Doughty using her fast2cut® HexEssentials.  Giveaway at the end of each demo, but you need to be present to win.  C&T booth #2337

Book Signing: Deanne More, Fabric Play, United Notions Booth # 1932

Book Signing:  Donna Lynn Thomas, Quiltmaking Essentials 1, Prym Booth #844

Meet the Designers
Martingale Booth #211



Melissa Mortenson, Project Teen, C&T Booth #2337

Monday, October 27th

Book Signing:  Julie M. Creus, Adventures in Fabric – La Todera Style
C&T Booth #2337


Book Signing: Deanne Moore, Fabric Play
Martingale Booth #211



Book Signing:  Joen Wolfman, Color Play
C&T Booth #2337



Book Signing:  Heather Schrimsher, Graphic Quilts From Everyday Images, EE Schenck Booth #1528

Yazzi has wonderful organizational products and they are introducing some new storage organizers at market. All are high quality, handmade organizers.  SewCalGal wants to encourage everyone to pop by the Yazzi booth #919 to see these great bags.  Be sure to ask about embellishment ideas for these bags, as it is amazing how much fun you can have to make them uniquely yours.  And don’t forget to enter her $100 Yazzi gift certificate for a daily giveaway at market.

Attendees to Quilt Market shouldn’t overlook the benefits of the APP that is available.  You can download

Quilt Market is also encouraging everyone to stop by the Meet the Teachers area in Hall E (at the back of Aisle F) for a full slate of free demonstrations from Festival teachers and other special presenters. Subjects include everything from threadpainting to traditional blocks and studios to “space blankets.”  Additional info can be found at:
See the complete Meet the Teachers schedule for presenter and demo information, as well as dates and times.
See the schedule of Open Studios artists and demonstrations now, and stop by the Open Studios area near the front of the Food Court in Hall A) during the show!

Not attending Quilt Market?

Don’t worry. There are ways to learn about all the new products  introduced at Market and have fun remotely.


Fat Quarter Shop is the best “reporter” on Market.  Twitter users can uers can follow The Fat Quarter Shop,  And, Kimberly will be providing daily recaps of Quilt Market with swag giveaways on their Jolly Jabber Blog.

Twitter users may also want to follow  Mary Andra (MahSistersQT), and Quilt Market to hear insights on Quilt Market.  And don’t forget if you are attending market, to use the hashtag #quiltmarket in your tweets.

Instagram is also an excellent tool to follow what is happening at Quilt Market. The Fat Quarter Shop and  Mary Andra (MahSistersQT) are two who will be be actively sharing via this tool, but I’m sure they’ll be many more.

Non-attendees may also want to participate in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival this weekend. While you won’t learn about new products introduced at Market, you will have fun seeing many inspirational quilts through this virtual quilt show, as well as have the opportunity to win prizes.  Just click this button for more info.



Shape by Shape, by Angela Walters

badge for books with #CreativeGoodness copyEver struggle with how to quilt a certain shape?  Or maybe you might feel that you stitch the same design in the same shape, over and over again.  Today, I’m excited to be able to share insights with you on an excellent new free-motion quilting book:

For those that enjoy free-motion quilting on a domestic machine, or a long arm machine, you’ll certainly enjoy Shape by Shape, by Angela Walters and published by Stash Books, an imprint from C&T Publishing.

Angela takes popular shapes used for quilting (e.g. Squares, Triangles, Circles, Diamonds, Hexagons, Negative Spaces and Borders) and shows you a variety of free-motion quilting designs for each shape, plus tips for changing the angles and other ways to alter these designs, as well as combining them.  The possibilities are endless.
Each section in this book contains photos of various quilting designs with step-by-step illustrations.
In each of these core quilting shapes, Angela shows a variety of free-motion quilting designs that work perfectly for these shapes.
 With 126 pages, 70+ designs, excellent instructions with great visuals, this books is of great value for anyone interested in free-motion quilting, although SewCalGal recommends it for Confident Beginners to even Experts with free-motion quilting.

SewCalGal also believes the designs, as well as many insights shared in this book apply to those that do free-motion quilting on a domestic sewing machine, as well as those that quilt on a long-arm machine.

I hope you get a chance to check out this book at your favorite quilt shop, or online at Amazon.  But, of course, you can also find it online at C&T Publishing.

You can find Angela at:

You can find Angela Walters at: 

You can find C and T Publishing at:

You may also want to check out my list of books on free-motion quilting, many of which have links to my reviews.  I’ll be updating this list shortly, to add Shape by Shape.



New Class at Craftsy – Small Changes, BIG Variety, With Angela Walters

Craftsy has just released a new class with Angela Walters, called “Small Changes, BIG Variety.  I’m so excited about this new class, I wanted to share some sneak peaks with you today:
SewCalGal is an avid follower of Angela (InstagramFacebook, Blog,etc), and I was very intrigued when I saw this photo that was shared as a teaser about this new class.  Don’t you think Angela created interesting quilting by incorporating a variety of designs that reflect movement and texture?  

The description for this class on Craftsy shows:
Quilting expert Angela Walters will guide you step by step through quilting pebbles, swirls, squares, feathers, clamshells and ribbon candy, before helping you build on these basic designs to create more complex variations. Use small changes like adding echoing, altering the design layout, combining designs and changing scale to bring new interest to basic designs and an updated look to your quilts. Plus, you can use these modifications on more of your favorite designs to instantly increase your quilting repertoire! Easily tweak basic designs for intriguing visual interest and finish quilts that look anything but simple.
SewCalGal views this new class is a focused on those interested in learning/improving their free-motion quilting skills. Craftsy highlights show:
This class has seven lessons which share Angela’s expertise for creating beautiful quilts by incorporating a variety of designs and techniques.  Students in this class will learn how to create pebbles, swirls, ribbon candy, feathers, squares, clamshells,  and more.

For those that have taken a Craftsy class with Angela previously, you know she packs way more into each lesson in her class and they are of great value. Thus, while SewCalGal hasn’t taken this new class at Craftsy, I’m confident it is going to be a wonderful class for those interested in learning/improving their free-motion quilting skills. And, I wanted to ensure you were aware of this new class with Angela at Craftsy.

This is the fourth class at Craftsy with Angelea Walters. While SewCalGal hasn’t yet taken this class, I’m confident it will be an excellent class and I’m eager to take it.  Once I complete this class, I’ll gladly share info with you.  But if you complete it before I can, I hope you’ll let me know what you think.  


SewCalGal definitely recommends the following three classes at Craftsy, with Angela Walters, for anyone interested in learning/improving their free-motion quilting skills.
And, I hope you’ll join me in taking Angela’s new class at Craftsy:

Machine Quilting: Small Changes, Big Variety


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