Category: Aurifil

More Fun and Fast Valentine’s Day Theme Projects, Freebies and a Sale

Today I wanted to showcase more Valentine’s theme projects, in follow up of my post on this topic last week.  

SEW 4 HOME has a great free tutorial to make “Catnip Heart Mice“, which make perfect Valentine’s gifts for cats (and your cat loving friends).  For those of you that like helping your local animal shelters, these would also make for great gifts for cats living in shelters.  And, they could also make for a great fundraiser to benefit such shelters too!

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Free tea bag heart holder tutorial.

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Sweet Three of Hearts Wall Quilt ePattern  Ellen Pahl

WENDY SHEPPARD/IVORY SPRING

Check out Wendy’s free free-motion quilting tutorial to make adorable FMQ hearts.

WE ALL SEW/BERNINA

Free tutorial and machine embroidery design for sweet heart pins.

 Scandinavian Heart Tutorial

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Free Heart Mug Rug pattern.

Love triangle table topper pattern

Heart Throb Wallhanging

Yo Yo Heart Pillow

SEW KAREN-LY CREATED

This amazing heart pattern, called I Heart NYB, includes a variety of design options, available in Karen’s Craftsy store.

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ANGIE STEVESON/LUNCHBOX QUILTS

Love Letters is a super fun machine embroidery design collection which you can use to make this romantic quilt, or make table runners, wallhangings, embellish on clothing, etc..

The Hearts & Stars machine embroidery design collection makes a delightful project that finishes at 28″ x 28″, making it a great size for a table topper or wallhanging.

Recipes for….is a fun design collection that is perfect to stitch out on dish towels, or to make into a wallhanging.  These romantic designs will certainly make for great projects for your home, as well as for gifts.  And, I’ll confess I’m currently stitching them out and they stitch out beautifully.

MARJORIE BUSBY/BLUE FEATHER QUILTING STUDIO

Marjorie has many machine embroidery designs that are perfect for Valentine’s theme projects (e.g. quilts, mug rugs, table runners, clothing, totes, etc).  And, they all stitch out beautifully, come with easy to follow instructions and are fun and fast to create with. I can honestly say I’ve stitched these designs out, as well as many others by Marjorie, and have found them all to be high quality designs.

SARAH VEDELER DESIGNS

Sarah has a cute in the hoop heart coaster machine embroidery design, that is only $5.  Definitely would make for great Valentine’s theme decorations for your home, as well as for gifts.  I certainly want to make these “Feathered Heart” designs.  She also has a free video tutorial, on her website, showing how to make these.

Sarah’s Peace, Love, and Joy collection is always fun to create with, but I certainly think the “Love” would be perfect on a pillow, wallhanging or lap quilt for Valentine’s Day.  To clarify, there is a Fresh Idea Pattern that does not include machine embroidery designs, but does include templates for traditional raw edge machine applique.  But for those that do enjoy machine embroidery, you can purchase her Peace, Love, and Joy collection to make a cute Love pillow, as well as endless other projects with this collection.

But Sarah’s Heart Design Collection is probably one that makes the biggest statement for Valentine’s Day.  While you can use this machine embroidery design collection to make this stunning quilt, you could also use it to make table runners, wallhangings, embroidery on clothing, etc..

You can also use designs in this collection, to stitch on cardstock to give as a card, or frame as Sarah shows in this inspirational project:

Checkout Sarah on Pinterest for more project ideas for Valentine’s Day.

Craftsy has a sale with fabric up to 60% off.  Great deal on kits, notions, and classes too!

Best deal I’ve ever seen on this Quick Curve Ruler from Sew Kind of Wonderful.

Aurifil Cotton Mako is also an exception price for standalone spools, as well as kits.

Here is a link to a post from last week, with more fun and fast Valentine’s theme projects you can make to decorate your home, or to give as gifts:  http://quiltshopgal.com/fun-and-fast-valentines-day-theme-projects-freebies-and-a-sale/

Happy Holidays

While I rarely share personal info, I can honestly say I love all the holidays.  Yes, I love Hanukkah, the Ramadan celebration, and many more holidays, but I don’t ever want to lose sight of celebrating Christmas, as well as wishing those that celebrate this holiday a Merry Christmas.   What ever holiday you celebrate, I hope it is a happy one for you and your family.  I also wish for you a very happy and healthy New Year, with time to enjoy and create.

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I want to thank and recognize all of the sponsors for our recent “12 Days of Christmas Giveaways”.  All of the winners have been announced, notified and their special Christmas gifts are in the process of being shipped.  While I had hoped that this would have been done so that these gifts would arrive in time to open on Christmas, the “Grinch” hijacked my website and the downtime created a delay.  But the lucky winners will receive their prize very soon.  

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Thank you to all of our generous sponsors:

Cherry Blossoms Quilting StudioMarjorie Busby of Blue Feather Quilt StudioASF Lightware Solutions/Beam n ReadLandauer Publishing,The Quilt ShowFat Quarter ShopUdderly Smooth/RedexIsland BatikAurifilThe Electric Quilt CompanyThe Fat Quarter Gypsy, and Martingale.

 

Here is a list of all of the posts for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways which also shows each of the lucky winners. 

 

This Holiday season, let’s spread happiness and good cheer.

Lastly, I’d like to ask a special favor of you.  Diane Gaudynski is an amazing award winning quilter, Master free-motion quilter, teacher and author.  She retired a few years back from teaching and rarely updates her blog.  She just released another blog post and I believe she’d love to hear from you.  Thus, I hope you can take a few moments to pop over to her blog and leave some kind words to share good Holiday cheer with her.  You can find her blog at:  http://dianegaudynski.blogspot.com/

Day 9 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Aurifil

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Welcome to day 9 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways.    The goal was “each day” QuiltShopGal will showcase a different sponsor and unwrap (reveal) their gift to one lucky winner.  To clarify, there are plenty of open giveaways that you can enter (links  to enter to win, you need to claim at least one option in the Rafflecopter form, but for those that like to increase their odds, there are a variety of options and you can claim as many as you wish.  Due to a recent hijacking of QuiltShopGal, this event was delayed, but fortunately not cancelled. Thus, there are many pending giveaways that have extended deadlines to enter by the 19th of December.  Be sure to check the links at the bottom of this post to enter other giveaways.

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Aurifil thread makes my days of sewing so much more fun. I can honestly say that love the high quality of Aurifil threads, the variety of thread weights, and the large selection of colors.  It just makes me smile to pull out a spool of Aurifil thread and stitch.   If you haven’t yet stitched with Aurifil, I hope you’ll soon give it a try.  I think you’ll also fall in love with it. Today, I hope to show what a perfect gift Aurifil is for Christmas too!

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While you can purchase Aurifil in small spools, large spools, even cones, there are wonderful collections of thread, that come in handy storage cases, and also offer a great value.  Of course, whether it is a spool, cone, or collection, Aurifil would certainly make for a wonderful Christmas gift.  Here are a few that have caught my attention:

The “Dream Box” comes with 48 large spools of Aurifil, in either the 50 wt cotton, 40 wt cotton, 28 wt cotton, 12 wt cotton, or 12 wt wool.   Who wants Santa to bring them a Aurifil Dream box (Valigia) collection?

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Who wouldn’t want a lovely Aurifil collection designed by Christa Watson.  Both of her collections would make for wonderful Christmas gifts for any quilter.  Must have neutrals and a very cheerful color collection too!

This soothing collection called Subtle Strings, by Wendy Sheppard  (of Ivory Spring) is a must have collection for all quilters.  

How about some new 80 wt Aurifil thread, which is perfect for English Paper Piecing, Machine Applique’, Free-Motion Quilting and so much more.

Aurifil has so many different collections of beautiful threads it is fun and easy to pick a favorite, just as it is to pick a spool or two of your favorites.  And, all make great Christmas Gifts for Quilters too!

DID I MENTION FREEBIES ?

Aurifil has a large collection of free patterns on their website.  They also share many tutorials on their blog, along with inspirational projects, insights on Quilt Market and more.

 

Who agrees that Aurifil would make a wonderful Christmas gift?  May every Quilter’s Stocking be filled with spools of Aurifil for Christmas.  Don’t forget you can find Aurifil in Premier Quilt Shops, as well as online on Amazon or Craftsy.

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DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

There are actually a couple of giveaways where you could win yummy thread from Aurifil:

 Aurifil and Island Batik are hosting a giveaway for a $300 Prize Package,  for two winners ($300 value each), where you can enter by completing a simple surveybut you need to do so by December 21st to enter to win.

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And, as a sponsor for the 12 Days of Christmas, Aurifil has donated a yummy gift for one lucky winner.gift-tag-aurifil

Time to reveal what this gift is.

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One lucky winner, will receive a large Aurifil Festive collection for Christmas, thanks to Aurifil.  And, this giveaway is open to quilters anywhere in the world.

To enter, simply claim one or more of the options in the Rafflecopter form below.

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You can find Aurifil at:

http://www.aurifil.com/
https://www.facebook.com/aurifil.quilt.thread
https://auribuzz.wordpress.com/
https://twitter.com/aurifil
https://www.pinterest.com/aurifil/
https://www.youtube.com/user/alexveronelliyahoo
https://www.flickr.com/groups/2013aurifildom/
https://plus.google.com/104356076850583593602

 

Here is a list of all of the posts for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways:

Fall Quilt Market – Things Attendees Should Not Miss

Quilt Market is a trade show for those in the business, held twice a year.  It is a great opportunity for quilt and sewing shops to learn about new products and place their orders, as well as learn how to use new products and take professional classes.  It also offers an opportunity for professional networking with others in the business.  Today I want to share some highlights that I recommend attendees to not miss:

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Before you go to market, be sure to download the FREE Quilt Market Event App on the App Store of Google Play!

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AURIFIL  (booth #1924)

Don’t miss the Premier Schoolhouse Session, Aurifil Unwound! Take a peek behind the scenes of this Italian family company and see their new fine and thin 8wt threads. The first 1300 enrolled Schoolhouse attendees to pick up their printed catalogue will also receive an AURIFIL Swag Bag. Friday, Oct. 28 at 10:00 AM in Ballroom C at Quilt Market in Houston.

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HOFFMAN CALIFORNIA FABRICS (Booth #1901, 1904)

ME & YOU, BY HOFFMAN (booth #1900/01)

This refreshing new brand of fabric, by Hoffman, has their first guest designer of indah batiks, Melissa Averinos who will be in their booth, to show what she has been working on.

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MARTINGALE (booth #2126, 2127)

There will be beautiful quilts and other handmade items on display, as well as the ability to check out new books in Martingale’s booth.  And you’ll get a chance to meet the authors of many of their new books.

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PATRICK LOSE (booth #1546)

Patrick is introducing new pre-cut assortment collections and new fabrics.

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Quilt Market attendees can take a selfie next to this sign and share on Instagram or Facebook for a chance to win a bundle of this new line of fabric.
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ISLAND BATIK (booth #746)

Be sure to check out their new batiks, as well as meet Leah Day, a Master Free-Motion Quilter, designer and teacher.

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LANDAUER PUBLISHING (booth #646)

You’ll find many new creative books in the booth for  Landauer Publishing.  But don’t miss an opportunity to meet Wendy Sheppard, an amazing quilter, designer, author and teacher will be signing books:

  • Oct 29 – 4 to 5 pm Landauer Demo and Book Signing at Landauer’s booth
  • Oct 30 – 9:30 to 10:30am Landauer Demo and Book Signing at Landauer’s booth.
    You can also find Wendy, Oct 28 – 2:50 to 3:05pm My 2 Cents on Domestic Machine Quilting (Quilt Market Schoolhouse, Room 352A)

LUNCH BOX QUILTS (booth #2437)

Angie has so many creative designs and will also be showcasing new designs at market.

TIMELESS TREASURES (booth #1314, 15)

Be sure to check out all the new fabric lines from Timeless Treasures.  I think they also have the best collection of whimsical prints that I’ve ever seen.  Each line is packed with #CreativeGoodness that would be so much fun to create with.

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Don’t forget that there are a variety of excellent classes, for those in the business to help them build their business skills and network.   Check out:

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  • #102 – How to develop a whizbang staff, with Bob Negen, WhizBang! Training
  • #200 – Secrets of running a successful business for 34 years, with Anita Covert, PhD and Ann Covert Fuller, Country Stitches
  • #211 – How to create the experience, with Deb Luttrell, Stitchin’ Heaven
  • #513 – Successful retailing is no accident – why some shops fail and others succeed, with Alex Anderson and & Kay Brooks, RNK Distributing/Floriani

For a complete list of classes and events:  http://quilts.com/quilt-market-houston-classes-and-events.html

 

Lastly, I want to encourage everyone to check out the new Sulky Iron-on Transfer Pen (Sulky Booth #1035, 47).  I predict this pen is going to become very popular, as word gets out for all the creative possibilities you can do with it.  Definitely  check it out at Market.  I’ll also be sharing insights about this pen in the near future.

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You can find International Quilt Market at:

http://quilts.com/market-info.html

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I will also be following many on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and blogs, who will be at Market and I’ll share highlights, as appropriate.   I hope you’ll follow me, to learn about new products and more.  Attending Market virtually is not as exhausting as being their.

Aurifil Releases New Thread Collections

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I’m excited about the new Aurifil thread collections that are being released this Fall, with more to come at Quilt Market, and wanted to let you know about them.  They should be appearing in quilt shops and sewing centers soon, but as they are so new they may not know about them, so you may want to let them know about any collections you’d like to see them carry, assuming you don’t want them all.  LOL!  

Press Release from Aurifil:

NEW DESIGNER COLLECTIONS

Sue Marsh

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Whistlepig Creek Productions founder Sue Marsh is known for her hand-drawn illustrations that reflect a sense of youthfulness, whimsy and fun. She has been creating and sketching characters since 1997 and recently partnered with RJR Fabrics to give her characters new life. Her fun, lighthearted collections of novelty prints appeal to both kids and the young-at-heart! Her debut Aurifil thread collection, Brilliant, is available in both large and small boxes and coordinates particularly well with Geekery (now in stores) and Monster Trucks (presenting at Fall Quilt Market).

Product #: SM50BC12 (LG), http://www.aurifil.com/brilliant
UPC — 8057252106365
Product #: SM50BC10 (SM), http://www.aurifil.com/brilliant-2
UPC — 8057252106358
Releases September, Ships in October (to stores)

Sheena Norquay

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Scottish quilter, designer and educator Sheena Norquay is well known for her natural approach to design. She draws inspiration from the shapes, lines and colors of her surroundings. ”I am also interested in using quilted lines to create graceful movement, sculptural shapes and decorative patterns. Most of the lines are free machine quilted, a technique which is my specialty. It is fascinating how the surface of the quilt comes alive with the quilting.” Sheena is one of our heralded Aurifil Designers and we’re thrilled to present The Beach Collection & The Scottish Highlands Collection.

Beach Collection Product #: SN50BC12 (LG), http://www.aurifil.com/beach-collection
UPC —8057252112786
Scottish Highlands Collection, Floss Product #: SN30SH10 (SM)
http://www.aurifil.com/scottish-highlands-collection
UPC — 8057252112762
Scottish Highlands Collection, 50wt Product #: SN50SH10 (SM)
http://www.aurifil.com/scottish-highlands-collection-2
UPC — 8057252112779
Releases September, Ships in October (to stores)

Jackie Kunkle

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Jackie Kunkel is a Designer, an Educator, a Shop-Owner (Canton Village Quilt Works) , and Author and now an Aurifil Designer. Her debut collection follows in the footsteps of her book, Splash of Color, in which she heralds the use of black & white and instructs readers how to combine a rainbow of bright, saturated colors with crisp black & white prints to make amazing quilts. Her range of 50wt threads is simply perfect to get started on your very own splash of color quilt!
Product #: JK50SC10 (SM)
UPC — 8057252112755
http://www.aurifil.com/splash-of-color
Releases September, Ships in October (to stores)

2017 Hoffman Challenge Collection

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Aurifil is honored to partner with Hoffman Fabrics for the 2017 Hoffman Challenge. This annual contest was created to honor and recognize the talents of quiltmakers and sewists. The 2017 event will focus on Mastery, a brand new collection inspired by the Old Masters era of magnificant artworks created by illuminaries such as DaVinci, Michelangelo, Carvaggio, Rembrandt, and Leyster. The coordinating Aurifil Thread collection was hand-selected to highlight and accentuate the stunning large scale prints. For more information about the challenge, please click here.
Product #: HF5017HC12 (LG)
UPC — 8057252112748
http://www.aurifil.com/hoffman-challenge-2017
Releases September, Ships in October (to stores)

Heather Ross

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Heather Ross 6th collection with Windham Fabrics is Sleeping Porch, printed entirely on cotton lawn. Partner Heather’s signature style of whimsical illustrations with colors that are sure to stand out and quilters are destined to create projects with a wonderfully unique aesthetic. While her collections are often designed with kids in mind, or at least grown-ups who still have a lot of kid left in them, this line was designed with the quilter in mind. Heather’s coordinating Aurifil thread collection is a rich array of 50wt threads, perfect for creating new masterpieces.

Product #: HR50SP12 (LG)
UPC: 8057252112731

http://www.aurifil.com/sleeping-porch
Releases September, Ships in October (to stores)

Christa Quilts

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Christa Watson of Christa Quilts fell in love with quilting back in 1994 and never looked back! She is now known as an authority on machine quilting and has two recent book releases to support her passion, Machine Quilting with Style and The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting (co-authored with Angela Walters). Christa’s debut Aurifil thread collections pull from her go-to thread 50wt threads in Colors and Neutrals. These collections are the perfect companion for any quilting project!
Piecing and Quilt Collection, Neutrals Product #: CW50PQN12 (LG)
UPC — 8057252106327

http://www.aurifil.com/piece-and-quilt-collection-neutrals
Piecing and Quilt Collection, Colors Product #: CW50PQC12 (LG)
UPC — 8057252106310
http://www.aurifil.com/piece-and-quilt-collections-colors
Releases September, Ships in October (to stores)

Annie Smith

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Annie Smith of Simple Arts has been known as the voice of the Quilting Stash podcast since 2005. She is an author, a designer and a Bernina ambassador and is presenting her debut Aurifil thread collection. Love is Spoken Here is offered in two stunning color ways, Summerset & Winterset. Both are full of Aurifil 28wt, Annie’s favorite for machine appliqué and coordinate with Annie’s stunning quilt patterns.
Love is Spoken Here, Winterset Product #: AS28LSHW10 (SM)
UPC — 8057252112724
http://www.aurifil.com/love-is-spoken-here-winterset
Love is Spoken Here, Summerset Product #: AS28LSHS10 (SM)
UPC — 8057252112717
http://www.aurifil.com/love-is-spoken-here-summerset
Releases September, Ships in October

For those attending Quilt Market, later this month, be sure to visit Aurifil in booth #1924.  You’ll find these new thread collections, as well as other new collections being released at market too!  

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 Ok, I’m curious.  Of these new collections, do you have a favorite?

 

You can find Aurifil at:

http://www.aurifil.com/
https://www.facebook.com/aurifil.quilt.thread
https://auribuzz.wordpress.com/
https://twitter.com/aurifil
https://www.pinterest.com/aurifil/
https://www.youtube.com/user/alexveronelliyahoo
https://www.flickr.com/groups/2013aurifildom/
https://plus.google.com/104356076850583593602

 

The Ultimate Quilting Challenge – Wrap Up

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The Ultimate Quilt Challenge was created to encourage quilters to learn/improve their free-motion quilting skills.  While any free-motion quilting style or motif could be used, the core focus of this challenge was to incorporate any of the versatile Ultimate Quilting Stencils, which have been designed by Cindy Needham, a Master Free-Motion Quilting Expert.  Participants in this challenge could share a project previously completed that incorporated any of these stencils, quilters could use the downloadable  Master Templates to sketch out and share ideas they’ve created on paper or electronically, or the final option to enter, was to stitch out any project, any size, any style, any design, using any of the Ultimate Stencils, but do so during the summer of 2016.  

Today I’m thrilled to share photos from some of the participants. I strongly believe all of the entries were absolutely beautiful and I hope that they inspire you to learn/improve your free-motion quilting skills, as well as see the versatility of using the Ultimate Quilting Stencils.  I also want to encourage you to click thru to visit these blogs, as the participants shared more photos and insights and many have more posts for inspirational FMQ, as well as working with the Ultimate Stencil Collections.

Karen of the Quilt Yarn shared an amazing whole cloth quilt which she had previously created, using some of the stencils from various Ultimate Stencil Collections.   Her project measures 35″x35″ and incorporates the original Ultimate Stencil Collection, as well as some hyperquilting techniques from Patsy Thompson.

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Anna of Anna’s Quilting Studio shared her doodle/sketch ideas for designs using some of the Ultimate Stencils.

 

Karen of the Quilt Yarn shared a variety of doodle/sketch ideas using various Ultimate Stencils.  Karen has also shared a number of blog posts showing more stunning design ideas that she has sketched on paper, but recently she has also been sharing tips for using software for creating electronic sketches for various FMQ motifs appropriate for blocks, or wholecloth quilts.

Patty D of A Stitch N Time also shared inspirational doodle/sketch design ideas.

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Kearstie of KB’s Quilting  shared her sketch designs, which incorporated some of the Ultimate Quilting Stencils.  And she shared a lovely project she stitched out with this design this summer.

 

Laura of Laura Luvs Loons shared sketches with us, for her design idea that incorporated some  of the Ultimate Quilting Stencils. She applied FMQ  ideas to a Vintage Linen to create a stunning table runner which she stitched out this summer.

Vicki of Fabric Under Foot shared her sketches with us, which incorporated some of the Ultimate Background Stencils.  And while Vicki is still stitching out this lovely project, she shared with us a photo show how much she has progressed this summer.

Thank you to our wonderful Sponsors:

Martingale

Craftsy

FabricWorm

Inspired LED

Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Aurifil

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While I think anyone that uses any of the Ultimate Stencil Collections is a winner, as they truly are so versatile and help you create stunning free-motion quilting, the Ultimate Quilting Challenge has announced winners.  Congratulations to:  Karen of the Quilt YarnAnna of Anna’s Quilting Studio, Patty D of A Stitch N Time,  Kearstie of KB’s QuiltingLaura of Laura Luvs Loons and Vicki of Fabric Under Foot.  While we didn’t have that many participants in this Challenge,  those that did participate certainly shared inspirational ideas and projects.  Thank you.
You can find Cindy Needham at:

Here is a list of previous posts #UltimateQuiltingChallenge:

Help Aurifil With Support For Italy

We’ve all heard the sad news about the devastating earthquake in Central Italy, which hit this past week.  Many lives have been lost, plenty of homes, businesses, and church structures have been destroyed.  Help is needed in just about every way possible.  While volunteers are arriving to help, more is needed and help will be needed for a very long time.

As this earthquake hit in the middle of the night, those that were able to get out often were able to do so with only the clothes that they were wearing.  They are displaced without money, credit cards, blankets, clothing, etc. and living in very rough camping facilities. 

  

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I learned that Aurifil has created a way that quilting and sewing enthusiasts can help and I want to heighten awareness of this with you today.


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Aurifil’s Home Collections,  are gorgeous collections available in all sizes and weights of threads and a portion of the proceeds of wholesale orders of these collections, thru the end of September, will be donated to the Italian Red Cross.  For those in the business, this is a great window to place your wholesale orders.  For consumers like me, this is a great time to let your favorite shops know you are interested in these collections and encourage them to place such orders.    I will also update this post as I learn of stores that will be ordering them.

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  • The Bright Collection AC50BR12    
  • The Chestnut Collection, AC50CC12
    The Classic CollectionAC50CL12    
  •  The Festive Collection AC50FE12
    The Flower CollectionAC50FL12    
  • The Ice Cube CollectionAC50IC12
  • The Pastel Collection AC50PA12    
  •  The Strawberry CollectionAC50SC12
  • The Wool Collection, AC12WC12    
  •  Best Selection (4-Pack), MK50BS4
  • Best Selection 12wt, ABSC12    
  • Best Selection 28wt, ABSC12
  • Best Selection 40wt, ABSC40
  •  Best Selection 50wt, ABSC50
  • Best Selection Wool, ABSC12W
  • Best Selection Floss,  ASCSAF
  • Full Selection 12wt, MK12FS270
  • Full Selection 28wt, MK12FS270
  • Full Selection 40wt, MK40FS270
  • Full Selection 50wt, MK50FS270
  • Full Selection Floss, AFFS270
  • Valigia Wool, LA12VA48
  • Valigia 12wt, MK12VA48    
  • Valigia 28wt, MK28VA48
  • Valigia 40wt, MK40VA48
  • Valigia 50wt, MK50VA48

For detailed information on all collections, please visit the Aurifil website.
To place your wholesale order, please contact Alexander@AurifilUSA.com.

As mention, QuiltShopGal will update this post to increase awareness of shops that place such orders which customers can order from via online stores.  At this point, here is the list of shops that I know are committed to helping Aurifil help those in Italy impacted by this Earthquake, as they will be ordering one or more of these thread collections and make it available for retail purchase via their online stores shortly:

 

Aurifil has also shared that those that wish to donate money to those impacted by the Earthquakes can do so by way of:

Click here to donate directly to the Italian Red Cross.
Click here to donate to Italian American Relief
Click here to donate to Save the Children.

The Ultimate Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – Summer 2016 – Linky Party #3 – Learn/Improve Your Free-Motion Quilting Skills This Summer

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Welcome to the 3rd Linky Party for the Ultimate Quilting Challenge, hosted by QuiltShopGal this summer.   This parties is all about learning/improving your FMQ skills by using any/all of the Ultimate Stencil Collections on any project, including a practice quilt sandwich, this summer.  To clarify, you get to make the decision to use a UFO that needs quilting, a pieced, applique’, or whole cloth quilt.  You can even create a new project specific for this challenge, or do something simple on a practice quilt sandwich.  Your entry can be simple, with minimal quilting or dense, with plenty of stitching.  Again, totally up to you as I simply want everyone to practice, learn, have fun and inspire. 

Sponsors for this event include:

 

 

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Let the Party begin!  Please be sure to read the rules before you add an entry to this Linky Party #3.  This event is open to bloggers and non-bloggers, all around the world.

RULES TO ENTER THIS CHALLENGE:

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

To clarify all entries must incorporate The Ultimate Stencil Collection and/ or The Ultimate Background Stencil Collection, by Cindy Needham. Of course, you can also incorporate other FMQ motifs, as desired.

Cindy has also written many handbooks (aka  e:books), which she updates annually.  While you can purchase these books individually, when you purchase the Complete Collection, you receive updated copies for free, every year.  Trust me, you’ll want the Complete Collection.  It is an amazing value, packed with Cindy’s insights for creating beautiful free-motion quilting, with easy to follow instructions and great visuals.

For a complete list of prizes for this event, visit the Main Page which you can find underneath the blog header labeled “The Ultimate Quilting Challenge 2016“.

You can find Cindy Needham at:

If you have any questions, please email me. I also encourage you to add a comment on this post and I’m hoping others may also help out by replying to your comment, should I not be able to respond in a timely manner (bless those that help others).

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Don’t forget there are three linky parties, three ways you can enter the 2016 Ultimate Quilting Challenge to win one or more prizes, but you have to enter by September 15th.

Here is a list of previous posts #UltimateQuiltingChallenge:

Pets on Quilts Show 2016 – Who Loves Pets?

Today’s post is all about pets, as Lily Pad Quilting has kicked off the Pets on Quilts Show.  I hope you’ll have as much as I do learning about all the pets, as well as enjoy the beautiful quilts, that are shared in this super fun virtual show.  

I’ll confess I could easily become the Crazy Old Pet Lady, as I love almost every type of pet, in every shade and every color.  I’m just not home enough to be a good pet parent, so I need to get my “pet fix, aka pet love” by being around pets of family, friends, and neighbors.  I’ve seriously thought about posting “FREE” pet sitting services, even willing to travel to do so!

Meet Lily, a 14 year old yellow Labrador.  She belongs to my brother-in-law and has the best temperament, with eyes that are so sweet and thoughtful.  Although, her eyes really looked guilty when I coached her up on the bed (my BIL had never let her on top of the bed before).    She liked a little snuggle time, before she’d go sleep in her own bed, for the night. And, I understand she’ll now do this with my BIL. To clarify, he is now letting her get a little snuggle time before they both go to sleep.  I’ll confess the quilt isn’t mine, but one that was on the guest bed at my BIL/SIL’s home this summer.  Note to self: I think I need to make them a quilt.
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Lily absolutely loves fresh fruits and vegetables. I had a blast taking her on walks and picking blackberries for her. I think she thought it was great too. While she can eat them off the bush, she does it every so carefully to avoid the thorns.  I could pick a hole handful for her in less time, so she learned to wait for me to pick them for her.  But her favorite treats are watermelon, strawberries, or tomatoes.  It is amazing how her nose gets so excited when she smells them.

Sorry for the long post, but I also want to take time to heighten awareness of Pets living in shelters that need loving fur-ever homes.  And the shelters need help.

Here is a sweet video showing a shy shelter dog flipping out when he realized he’s found some a home:

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

Pet Shelters need all sorts of volunteers from helping to walk the dogs, play with the cats, singing to the birds, grooming horses, etc.  And shelters also appreciate donations of easy to make  pet beds, so animals don’t have to sleep on concrete floors and can get a better night sleep.  There are a variety of free patterns to make pet beds and many work well with scraps of batting:

 

Aurifil released the Small Kennel Quilt Thread Kit last year, as a fundraiser for the Petfinder Foundation.  This kit contains 10 spools of 50 wt thread, with 200 yards each.

Help Aurifil help TQPM care for homeless pets. Buy an Aurifil Small Kennel Thread Kit and a portion of each sale will be donated to Petfinder.  And, if you don’t find them in your favorite quilt shop I hope you can let them know you’d like them to help support this effort to help TQPM.

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Petfinder is an online, searchable database of animals who need homes. There overall Mission, is to increase awareness and ultimately the adoption of pets in need of forever homes.

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This new charitable thread kit can be purchased wholesale through Checker.

I also want to give a shout out that you can find this kit at the Fat Quarter Shop

I hope you’ll visit Lily Pad Quilting and enjoy all the entries for the Pets on Quilts Show.  Of course, I’m hoping that you’ll share your pet (or borrowed pet) on your quilts, or maybe a animal theme quilt.  The more sharing the more fun.  Here is a link to this party:  http://lilypadquilting.blogspot.com/2016/08/pets-on-quilts-2016-its-here.html

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You can find more info at:  http://lilypadquilting.blogspot.com/

The Ultimate Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – Summer 2016 – Linky Party #2 – Doodle/Sketching – Everyone Can Do This!

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Welcome to the 2nd Linky Party for the Ultimate Quilting Challenge, hosted by QuiltShopGal this summer.   This 2nd of three Linky Parties is all about doodling/sketching on paper, your free-motion quilting design ideas for The Ultimate Stencil Collections.  This is a great way to build up your muscle memory for free-motion quilting such designs, as well as a great way to inspire others thru your sharing.  And, by sharing in our Linky Party you are automatically entered to win prizes in this challenge! 

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

ultimate quilt challenge linky party #2Our Linky Parties are open up to bloggers and non-bloggers, but please take time to read the entire blog post, especially the rules, before you add a link, or you may find your entry is removed.

 

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RULES TO ENTER THIS CHALLENGE:

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

OTHER LINKY PARTIES PLANNED FOR THIS CHALLENGE:

  • LINKY PARTY #1 – VIRTUAL QUILT SHOW – PROJECTS MADE PRIOR TO THIS CHALLENGE can be shared in a Linky Party that kicked off June 15th.  Projects can be any size, any style, but need to incorporate the FMQ based on The Ultimate Stencil Collection and/or The Ultimate Background Stencil Collections. And, of course, you can incorporate any FMQ design with these stencils that you wish.
  • LINKY PARTY #3 – VIRTUAL QUILT SHOW – PROJECTS MADE THIS SUMMER Kicks off August 15th, with a Linky Party, for those that create a project, of any size, any style this summer and show that you have used one or more of the stencils, from the Ultimate Stencil Collection, by Cindy Needham.  Don’t overlook the fact you can start working on your project now, as  you need not wait to August 15th to start!  
  • VOTING FOR YOUR FAVORITE Quilts (from all Linky Parties during this event) will be held the week of September 19th. 
  • Prizes randomly awarded the last week of September.

 

To clarify all entries must incorporate The Ultimate Stencil Collection and/ or The Ultimate Background Stencil Collection, by Cindy Needham. For sketching and doodling everyone can dowload the FREE handout from Cindy, which includes the Master circle and square template from the Ultimate Stencil Collection, which you can copy and use to doodle/sketch out FMQ design ideas from Cindy, shared by others, and hopefully also create your own design ideas to share in this challenge.  

 

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

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Cindy has also written many handbooks (aka  e:books), which she updates annually.  While you can purchase these books individually, when you purchase the Complete Collection, you receive updated copies for free, every year.  Trust me, you’ll want the Complete Collection.  It is an amazing value, packed with Cindy’s insights for creating beautiful free-motion quilting, with easy to follow instructions and great visuals.

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

PRIZES FOR THE ULTIMATE FREE-MOTION QUILTING CHALLENGE THIS SUMMER:

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

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

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

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

This prize is open to WW participants.

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

These prizes are open to US only participants.

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

–          1 large Spool collection

–          1 small spool collection

These prizes are open to WW participants.

 Prize #14, and 15  winner – Tba
SewSteady Ruler Foot and templates for FMQ with a ruler on a domestic machine.  As the ruler foot is machine specific, the winner will receive a gift certificate that they can redeem for this prize.  More details on this prize will be shared shortly. Prize #16 – winner tba
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PR Angels that can help spread the word about this 2016 Free-Motion Quilting Summer Challenge are certainly appreciated.

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

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Here is a list of previous posts #UltimateQuiltingChallenge:

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