Category: Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

Ten Fun Projects For Valentine’s Day

Today, I’m looking ahead with plans for creativity and hoping to inspire you to do the same.  Maybe you already have plenty of handmade items for Valentine’s Day, or maybe you’d like to make something new for yourself and/or a gift.  Here are a few projects that have caught my attention:

LEAH DAY Hearts and Feather Wholecloth Quilt workshop for learning/improving your freemotion quilting skills.  She also has a  sweet Stitch n’ Paint Love machine embroidery design that is super creative and fun!


BEJEWELED QUILTS BY BARB has a number of beautiful designs that would be perfect for Valentine’s Day.  This sweet applique table topper just seems perfect for decorating your home, as well as making for a gift.  It is a downloadable pattern available in Barb’s Craftsy Store.


SEW KAREN-LY CREATED   amazing has an amazing quilt  pattern, called I Heart NYB, includes a variety of design options, for making quilts, as well as this stunning heart shaped table topper.  Her pattern isavailable on Craftsy.







SARAH VEDELER has is well known among machine embroidery enthusiasts and her Hearts design collection has endless possibilities.  Perfect for quilts, wallhangings, table toppers, pillows, clothing embellishment, even greeting cards, or small projects that you could frame.

NICOLA ELLIOTT of Picture Stitch has a variety of designs, including many beautiful “sketch” style machine embroidery designs, with many that are perfect for Valentine’s theme projects.  The possibilities of what you create with these designs are endless, but for me they inspire me to stitch out on silks, linens, or other high quality fabrics and framing them, or turn into a pillow, or other items.  I also think many would stitch out well on cardstock, to create a stunning greeting card. Again, possibilities are endless.


quiltshopgal's favorite tutorials

CONNIE KRESIN of Quilting By The River has a tutorial to make a sweet table runner with Hearts, called Piano Keys.

NICOLE here from Modern Handcraft shared a Big Love Quilt Tutorial, to create a stunning modern quilt with a heart design.  Click here to find it at Dear Stella Designs.








MARION of My Quilt Diet has a tutorial to make a beautiful heart quilt that also uses HST.









KAREN L. MILLER of Redbird Quilt Company  shared a tutorial for a sweet miniature quilt at the Moda Bakeshop, which also provides an excellent free-motion quilting tutorial. Stunning quilting and using her tutorial you too could make this!

JULIE CEFALU of The Crafty Quilter has shared a tutorial to make a beautiful Nordic Mini Quilt that makes a perfect wallhanging for Valentine’s Day.  She hosted a QAL for this design, awhile back, but the free tutorial is still available on her blog.

I hope you find inspiration in one or more of the designs that I’ve showcased today and decide to create something new for the upcoming Valentine’s Day.  If you do, I’d love to see a picture.  You can email to me, but also feel free to post on my facebook page at: 

10 – Fun and Fast Spring Theme Projects, Freebies and a Sale

Are you looking forward to Spring?  This is certainly a perfect time to think about Spring Theme projects for your home, and maybe for gifts too!  Here are ten fun and fast Spring Theme projects that caught my attention:

Natalia Bonner (Piece N Quilt) has a great free tutorial to make St.  Patrick’s Day theme blocks.

Connie Kreskin has a lovely FREE pattern with Butterflies, which would be perfect for Spring, a downloadable pattern on Craftsy.

Of course her Shamrock table topper pattern (also available on Craftsy) would be perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

Marian Pena (Seams to be Sew) has a variety of Spring Theme designs on Craftsy, including some row quilt designs with Sunbonnet Sue that are adorable.

Bejeweled Quilts by Barb, has many beautiful table toppers, mug rugs, etc., that certainly welcome in Spring, all available on Craftsy.

This GO! Butterfly pattern, a free downloadable pattern from AccuQuilt is definitely a perfect project for Spring.

GO! Hearts Bed Runner also is a perfect touch for Spring.

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

As Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, I want to share insights about some wonderful projects that would make great decorations for your home and/or for gifts.


Sweet free pattern for coasters and more.    She also has a number of great patterns including Love is in the Air, Endless Love, Love Letters, and Happy Heart that would all make great fun and fast projects for the upcoming Valentine’s Day.


Round Valentines Table Topper

Scrappy Time Valentine

Hearts of Plenty

Spoken Hearts Table Topper

All You Need Is Love


Twisting Heart Valentine Tutorial

Piano Keys table runner with hearts


Stitch n Paint, a downloadable machine embroidery design.  And, I’m going to be stitching these out for gifts.  Some I will paint and some I will give away for the recipient to paint, as desired.  They are super fun and fast to create. Want to join me?

Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt Workshop is an amazing way to learn/improve your free-motion quilting skills, while making a beautiful wallhanging that is also perfect for Valentine’s Day.  This workshop is also available at a very reasonable price.  QuiltShopGal highly recommends it.


GO! Heart of My Heart  a free pattern

Hearts a Feather


Upcycled Heart Handwarmers  (a free tutorial)


Truckful of Love Mug Rug, by Sher’s Creative Space

Craftsy also has a sale on all of their classes for only $14.99, or less.  Simply use code “17JUST4U” at checkout.    Skip the flowers and candy for Valentine’s Day and treat yourself to a fun class.

As an Affiliate for Craftsy and AccuQuilt, if you click thru to their sites and make a purchase, your price remains the same, but I “may” receive a small fee back.  I use those funds to help “supplement” shipping costs for giveaways and prizes. Thus, I do appreciate those who kindly make such purchases and those that receive such prizes, which I ship (vs sponsors ship directly) they also benefit.

Holiday Blog Blitz – Wishing you a very Merry Christmas – Recipe Sharing

Today, SewCalGal is hosting a Holiday Blog Blitz to wish you a very Merry Christmas.  All of the participating blogs will also be sharing a free holiday recipe with you, so I hope you’ll take time to hop and have fun too!

I’ll confess I got a late start on my baking this year.  I do enjoy holiday baking and sharing with family and friends, especially those that may be unable to do any baking of their own.  While I’m still doing more baking today, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite and easiest recipes that I like to make during the holidays:

Years ago I fell in love with the Oatmeal Cranberry Cookie recipe, that is on the package for dried cranberries (Craisins Brand).  The recipe “as is” is excellent, but I have made a few changes:

Jalepeno Artichoke dip is a tasty and versatile snack that is good served with crackers cold, or as a hot dip.  I like applying it to a Boboli Pizza crust and baking for a yummy appetizer.  When in a hurry this also works for purchased Jalepeno Artichoke dip, but this is the recipe I’ve been using to make my own dip (spread on a Boboli).

You have brought great happiness and inspiration to me this past year and I am truly grateful.  I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and for those celebrating Hanukkah, I wish for you a very Happy Hanukkah.  And, I wish all of us a Happy Holiday and a very Happy and Healthy New Year that is also filled with peace, happiness, kindness and, of course,  #CreativeGoodness.

Here is the line up of participants in this Holiday Blog Blitz, where you can get a yummy holiday recipe at each stop in this hop.  I’ve seen a few sneak peaks on the recipes and they really are yummy.  So, click thru, hop, and enjoy #HolidayGoodness.  

Stitch This (Martingale)

Leah Day – The Free Motion Quilting Project

The Electric Quilt Company (Behind The
Mouse – The Electric Quilt Blog)

Marjorie Busby (Blue Feather Quilt Studio) –

Wendy Sheppard  (Ivory Spring) –

Barb of Bejeweled Quilts by Barb –

Bea Lee (Beaquilter) –

Inchworm Fabrics –

Hoffman California Fabrics – Creative Canvas blog 
Also, you may have already seen ad on the internet for Sainsbury, but it caught my heart and I wanted to share it with you today:

If you are on a MAC or having problems viewing this embedded video, here is link where you can watch it directly in Youtube:

Lastly, I do hope you find time to truly enjoy the holiday season with family and friends and don’t allow it to become an overwhelming season.  Low key, simple holidays can be fun and remind us what any holiday celebration is all about.


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Winners of the 2014 Make It A Handmade Christmas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sponsor(s) Prize(s)
Hoffman California Fabrics


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

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

Prize #1 
winner: Denise

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

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

 Fat Quarter Shop


This prize is open to WW quilters.

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

Timeless Treasures


Prize #4 

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

winner: Lisa Marie

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



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

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

Prize #5

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

Prize #6

 Here Comes Winter

winner: Sharon ( Vroomans Quilts)

Prize #7
winner: Lisa Marie

Geta’s Quilting Studio

Prize #8

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

 Frivolous Necessity

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

Prize #9

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

Prize #10

winner: Lisa Marie

Barb Gaddy of Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

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

Enchanted Christmas Tree Table Runner 

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

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


Prize #13
Winner: Denise

Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio

Four lucky winners will win one of the following patterns:

Feathered Christmas

Prize #14
winner: Elaine (Summercrafter)

Owl Be Home For Christmas

Prize #15
winner: Denise

Fancy Feather

Prize #16

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

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

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

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

Prize #22
winner: Lisa Marie

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

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

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

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

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

Grand Prize Bundle of all the above patterns

Prize #34

winner:  Sharon ( Vroomans Quilts)
Chatterbox Quilts

These prizes are open to WW winners.

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

Snowflakes A Fallin

Prize #35
winner: Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures

Bundle Up

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

Christmas Stitchery set (hand embroidery design)

Prize #37
winner:  Lisa Marie


Winter Stitchery set (hand embroidery design)

Prize #38

winner: Shari (Sunshine in the Attic)

Around The Bobbin

These prizes are open to US only winners.

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

Bridget Bag

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

Cappucino Bag

Prize #40
winner: Sharon (Vroomans Quilts)

Santa Bag Pattern

Prize #41
winner: Sandra (sandrascraftcorner)

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

Prize #42


Fairfield Road Designs

These prizes are open to US/Canada winners only.

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

Winter Warmups

Prize #43
winner: Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures

Prize #44
winner:  Juanita (CatMama)

Cold Weather Friends


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

Festive Fellow

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



Prize #49
winner: Cheryl’s Teapots 2 Quilting

Prize #50

winner:  Kearstie (KB’s Quilting)


Whistlepig Creek Productions

These prizes are open to US only.

Eight Prizes, one each for eight lucky winners:

Prize #51

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

Prize #52

winner: Sharon (Vroomans Quilts)

Prize #53
winner: Juanita (CatMama)
Missy Shay

Prize #54
winner: Beaquilter

Holiday Breezes

Prize #55

winner: Kearstie (KB’s Quilting)

Prize #56
winner: Ruth (Country Log Cabin)

Prize #57
winner: Toni (A Quilty Conscience)

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

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

Indygo Junction

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

Holiday Purseonalities pattern (printed)

and a fabric pack of crossroads denim.

Prize #60

winner: Kearstie (KB’s Quilting)

Leah Day Designs

This prize is open to participants from all over the world

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

Prize #61
winner: Tone’s Hobby Krok

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

November –  15th – 25th

December –  1st – 10th


February Linky Party – Make It A Handmade Christmas Challenge

Welcome to the February Linky Party for the Make It A Handmade Christmas Challenge.  Participate in any one or all of these challenges and you will automatically be entered to win prizes.  The more monthly challenges that you enter, the more chances you get to win prizes!
2014 Christmas Handmade Pledge

This event is all about making projects for Christmas gifts, making handmade decorations for your home, sharing insights on designs perfect for the Holidays, as well as inspiring others to make handmade gifts throughout the year vs waiting till the Holiday season and risk of the chance of creating more UFOs.  Plus we want to inspire others to make hand made gifts and share insights on designs, free patterns, tutorials and tips to make handmade Christmas projects.

Today I want to share insights from one of the entries in the January Linky Party, as they captured the spirit of this challenge. SewCalGal wants to encourage every one to visit “Sunshine in the Attic” to check out their inspirational entry that they shared in January. Oodles of ideas and a great tutorial for making a perfect Christmas gift or to keep to use in your home during the holidays!

Of course, I also hope you’ll take time to view all of the entries in the January challenge as there were some wonderful holiday projects that were shared. And many shared excellent tutorials, tips along with  inspirational projects.  I am certainly looking forward to seeing more projects, tips and tutorials shared throughout this challenge this year.  And, hopefully come the holiday season we will all be ready to give handmade gifts and have beautiful decorations for our home to use during the holidays.

I also want to showcase designs from one of our sponsors today.  These designs are also prizes that will be awarded, along with many others, in December.

 Barb Gaddy (Bejeweled Quilts by Barb) is a very talented designer who has many lovely designs for quilts, table toppers, wallhangings and more.  Two of her designs for beautiful table runners (also work well to make wallhangings) are fun and fast to make and perfect for holiday gifts, or for decorating your home.  And her patterns are extremely reasonably priced.

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


SewCalGal wants to recognize and thank our sponsors for this event, as they have generously donated wonderful prizes, many of which are also perfect for making Christmas items!  And, I’ll be showcasing these projects throughout the year.  Here is our list of our current sponsors for this event:

For a complete list of sponsors and to see all of the prizes they have donated, you can check the main page for this event which is labeled “A Handmade Christmas Challenge” on the tabs under my blog header.  I will be updating this page throughout the year, to provide current links and more info, as appropriate.  More sponsors will be announced soon, but February lst is my deadline for accepting sponsors for this event.

To help get us in the spirit of making Christmas theme projects for gifts, or to decorate our home, I want to showcase a design from one of our sponsors.

SewCalGal encourages those interested to talk to their favorite local quilt shops and online shops to carry this spectacular design (and others by Frivolous Necessity, you can also purchase this design at their Big Cartel Online Store or at Craftsy.

Rules to enter this challenge:

1) Projects need to be made in 2014 and they must be something you make for a Christmas gift or to decorate your home for the holidays.  Please do not enter projects that you giveaway throughout the year, or previous holidays as that doesn’t bring you good quilting kharma!

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

3) Participants are asked to include comments in their post that share insights on the design(s) they use, any tips they wish to share, and if they made something with their own design they may wish to share a tutorial.

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

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

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

Don’t forget our Challenge #3 Linky Party will be posted on March 15th.   You don’t have to participate in every monthly challenge, but the more monthly challenges you enter in 2014 the more changes you have to win prizes and the more handmade Christmas items you will have made this year!

There is also an optional email list for this event, that participants may want to sign up for.  As, SewCalGal realizes not everyone follows blog posts every day, I will try to send out reminder emails when monthly challenges are released to those that sign up for these email alerts.   There may also be additional Holiday theme clipart and related info shared in these emails that are not shared in my blog.

For blogger participants that are interested in posting a badge, I need to work on the code. But you are welcome to take any images from this post and link to the main page for this event.

Let’s not forget the spirit of this challenge is to make handmade gifts for Christmas or decorations for the holiday season, throughout the year vs waiting till the holiday rush.  We also hope to help increase awareness of designs, free patterns, tutorials and other products that help to make such products. And, your help in inspiring others to make handmade for Christmas is appreciated.  PR Angels are also appreciated.

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


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