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Super Cute Paper Piecing a book review (and a Giveaway Alert)

I think I’ve come across the most unique and creative book I’ve ever seen.  Needless to say, I’m thrilled to be able to share insights with you today about this new book:  “Super Cute Paper Piecing – Designs For Every Day Delights“, by Charise Randell,   recently published by Martingale.  

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This book is totally packed with #CreativeGoodness.


Paper piecing’s never been cuter! Discover delightful designs to paper piece; then sew them into even more delightful projects. Photographs walk you through the technique, so you’ll be paper piecing like a pro in no time–and get perfectly precise results.

Feature the motifs in a pillow, wristlet, cross-body bag, coasters, pouches, and a mini-quilt. Or, sew these happy little blocks into any project you like!

About the Author

Charise Randell has been a womenswear fashion designer for more than 20 years, creating collections for brands including Halogen for Nordstrom, Sergio Valente for Union Bay, and women’s knit and woven sportswear for Eddie Bauer. A frequent contributor to Stitch, Sew News, Sew It All, and Quiltmaker magazines, Charise is known for her charming vintage-look paper-pieced designs. You can find her online at



This book is a “must have” for those that enjoy paper piecing, as well as those that may want to learn to paper piece.  It has the most unique projects that are perfect for you to use, decorate your home, as well as make for gifts.  I also see this book being an excellent resource to Quilt Guilds, as well as friendship groups, that want to create super fun challenges.  All the projects come with easy to follow instructions which also have great visuals, perfect for quilters of all levels.

I hope you get a chance to check out this book at your local quilt shop, as I think you’ll agree with me that one block quilts do not have to be boring!  Of course, if you don’t see it I hope you’ll 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.  But you can also check it out online at Martingale or Amazon.



Martingale is hosting a fun giveaway where one lucky winner will receive a copy of this new book Super Cute Paper Piecing.  To enter, simply visit Martingale’s blog Stitch This and follow instructions on their post that shares more insights about this creative new book.  Just be sure to enter soon, as Martingale will randomly be selecting a winner this coming Friday.

I hope you get a chance to check out this new book at your favorite quilt or sewing store.  But if you don’t see it, as it is so new, be sure to let them know about this creative book and that you’d like to have them make it available.  It is such a new book they may not be aware of it.  Of course, don’t forget you can also check this book out at Martingale’s online store, as well as Amazon.

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New Books by Martingale with #CreativeGoodness – How You Might Win A Copy

Today is one of my favorite days, as I get to share insights with you today about new books with #CreativeGoodness from Martingale, and how you can win a copy.

Martingale works with talented authors to publish excellent books throughout the year.  They’ve just release three new books which caught my attention:



Simple Friendships, by Kim Diehl and Jo Morton

My Review: Easy to fall in love with this new book packed with 14 quilt projects that come with easy to follow instructions and great visuals, perfect for quilters of all levels, at an amazing price.  All of the designs are eye catching, but Liberty Star certainly caught my attention.

Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites

My Review: Miss Rosie’s designs are always fun and perfect for those that love scrappy quilt projects, but designs also work for those that wish to coordinate.  With 12 favorite quilts from Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company this book is an excellent value, perfect for quilters of all levels.  I’ll confess I’m inspired with all the designs in this book.  Definitely a “must have” book for fans of Carrie Nelson, but also a great book for anyone.  I’m confident this is going to be a best seller.

Zen Chick Inspired, by Brigette Heltland

My Review:

Packed with refreshing modern designs, the 12 designs in this book are perfect for quilters of all levels.  I think the designs are also very versatile, to adapt sizes and styles, where the possibilities to create are endless.

There are a couple of ways you can win a copy:

1) Stitch This, the Martingale blog, has a giveaway where you could win a copy of Zen Chick and a bundle of fabric from Moda.  But you need to enter by March lst.

2) Thanks to Martingale, copies of Zen Chick,  Simple Friendships and Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites will be given away as prizes, to participants in the Precision Piecing QAL.  But you’ll need to enter by March 15th.

I hope you can check out these new books at your favorite Quilt Show, but if you don’t find them, do let them know you are interested in them making these books available to their customers.  They are such new books, stores may not yet be aware of them.  Of course, you can also check out these books online at Martingale, as well as on Amazon.

You can find Martingale at:

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The New Hexagon – A Book Review, A Quilt Along and a Giveaway

I’m finding #CreativeGoodness thru English Paper Piecing of Hexie designs by Katja Marek.  Thus, today I want to share insights about a book she has written, a quilt along, as well as a giveaway.

The New Hexagon: 52 Blocks to English Paper Piece, by Katja Mar has innovative designs using English Paper Piecing, based around Hexagon designs.


Unlock the possibilities within hexagons and make your own unique blocks. Learn the glue-basting method of English paper piecing and use it to create exciting designs. You’ll enjoy relaxing handwork as you incorporate hexagons into decorative projects.

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  • Select from 52 patterns for 6″ blocks
  • Divide the shapes within the hexagon outline and discover new shapes
  • Stitch projects ranging from a mug rug and candle mat to a bed-sized quilt



Katja Marek was born in Moers, Germany. At the age of eight, she immigrated with her family to Canada. Her mother was a tailor by trade and took in alterations as a way to stay home with her children. Katja grew up under her mother’s sewing machine, and spent many childhood hours crafting, sewing, crocheting, and cross-stitching. Unlike most teenage girls, Katja spent her money not on makeup and music, but on fabric. When she was 14, the family moved to a camp/resort, where many of the cabin beds featured handmade quilts. Katja fell in love with an old version of a Grandmother’s Fan design. Without any knowledge of quilting, but with a vast knowledge of sewing, she proceeded to make templates and cut pieces from old clothing–and thus her quilting journey began. Winning the award for art achievement in high school convinced her that she wanted to pursue a career with a creative outlet. In 1999, with years of banking behind her and her children in their teens, the time had come for Katja to realize that dream. She fulfilled her vision by opening her own quilt shop in Kamloops, British Columbia.


For hexie lovers and those that have not yet discovered the fun of creativity with Hexies, this book is the roadmap for unlimited creativity with hexies.  Not famililar with English Paper Piecing (EPP)?  No problem.  Katja has included information for all the basics, including tool selection, EPP techniques, quiltmaking basics, as well as working with patterns to help you create your own designs.

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Projects in range from a 8 1/4″ x 9 1/4″ Candle Mat to a   19 1/2″ x 46″ table runner to a 60″ x 78″ quilt and all of the projects come with easy to follow instructions and great visuals.

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The 52 blocks of amazing hexie designs for English Paper Piecing, all include templates to create 6″ blocks.  There are endless possibilities of creating your own unique quilts using the EPP block designs provided in this book.



Katja is hosting a free Quilt Along called “Blocks on the Go, Quilts on the Grow”, with info on this event available on her website:   But all the fun is being shared in a facebook group she created for sharing with those participating in this event:



One lucky follower of QuiltShopGal will receive a copy of “The New Hexagon” book, by Katja Marek.  This giveaway is open to WW followers, but I do ask you to read the rules below and if you are interested, claim one or more entries using the Rafflecopter form below. To clarify, it only takes one entry to win, but there a variety of ways to enter. And, for those that like to increase their odds you can claim as many entries that you qualify for.

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I also want to recognize and thank Elizabeth (Libby) Hemming, as a Postage Angel who has donated money to help supplement postage expenses for prizes that QuiltShopGal needs to  ship directly to winners in 2016.  Thanks to Libby for covering 100% of the shipment of this prize to an US winner.  I also want to clarify, Postage Angels are still eligible to enter any giveaway/contest hosted by QuiltShopGal and have the same odds of randomly being selected to win, as non-Postage Angel participants.

I do want to clarify, as announced earlier this year, due to continuing postage rate increases, International winners will not receive free shipping in 2016.  If they wish to enter a giveaway and claim their prize they will need to donate $20 US, as a Postage Angel.  If actual postage is greater QuiltShopGal will pay the difference and if it is less, the extra funds will go into a postage expense account, to help supplement expenses for future shipping of prizes.   Sadly, the US Post Office just raised rates 5% AGAIN this week.

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Here is a list of recent giveaways, hosted by QuiltShopGal, that may still have time to enter:

If you have a giveaway that you’d like to increase awareness of, feel free to post a direct link with giveaway description in the comments below.  For those on Facebook, feel free to share on my page:

Easy-Sew Quilts For Urban Living

Today, I’m delighted to share insights on a fun new book, that I believe is packed with #CreativeGoodness.  I do want to disclose that I was given a copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review, as well as the ability to use it as a Giveaway or Prize, for an event hosted by QuiltShopGal.

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Easy-Sew Quilts for Urban Living: 9 Fresh, Fun Designs, by Joanie Holton & Melaniee Greseth for TailorMade by Design, published by Landauer Publishing is a refreshing new book, with designs that have a modern flare, that would help you make stunning quilts for your home, or for gifts.



The dynamic duo of TailorMade by Design have created 9 new, contemporary bed quilts to attract the millennial and fabric-addict alike.  The stylish quilts in Easy-Sew Quilts for Urban Living utilize fresh, modern fabric to create breath-taking bed quilts.  This new pattern book places an emphasis on fabric to find inspiration for piecing and quilting.


Each quilt pattern includes piecing and applique’ instructions, as well as alternate color options.  Bold colors and prints attract a new audience to the quilting arena-the advanced beginner looking for an inspiring quilt pattern.  The larger fabric pieces and geometric designs make these patterns easy to cut, stitch and quilt!


Joanie Holton of Farmington, MN and Melanie Greseth of Peoria, IL inherited their love of sewing from their mother.  Their company, TailorMade by Design, focuses on creating designs and projects to highlight their textile clients’ newest fabric collections and offer quilt shops and consumeers patterns that inspire and challenge.  Many of their quilt and project designs have been featured in the top quilt and sewing magazines.



The nine patterns in this book all come with easy to follow instructions to make bed-size projects.  But I think a confident quilter could also easily adapt these designs to make table runners, that would also look spectacular (or wallhangings, pillows, etc).

The designs work well in a variety of prints and solids, for any color palette combination. And, they have negative space that would also work well to show off your free-motion quilting skills, or use your walking foot for straight line echo quilting.

I hope you will like this book and have a chance to check it out in your local quiltshop, or from Landauer Publishing’s online store, or thru Amazon (using my Affiliate Link)..

Note:  This book was given away as a prize in the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge, where Landauer was recognized as a sponsor.

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Quilts of Love – Every Quilt Has A Story – Aloha Rose

The Quilts of Love series of books focus on stories of love, loss, hope, faith, tradition and new beginnings.  The women in these books all have a life thread to quilting in their family histories.  A new book is released every month and features contemporary and historical romance, as well as women’s fiction and the occasional light mystery.  SewCalGal has been drawn to the endearing characters in this series, touched by their stories, and delighted with each book that I’ve read.   

I recently won a copy of Aloha Rose, by Lisa Carter and I’m delighted to share my honest opinion about this book with you today.
Press Release:
When Laney Carrigan’s adoptive parents encourage her as an adult to seek out her birth family, her only clue is the Lokelani quilt in which she was found wrapped as an infant. Centering her search on the Big Island, she battles fears of rejection from a family that abandoned her once before while her faith struggles to embrace God’s love. 

Along the path to her true heritage, she meets Hawaiian cowboy/helicopter pilot, Kai Barnes. Kai is determined to protect the people he’s come to regard as family against a woman he suspects of being nothing more than a gold-digger, but he finds himself drawn to Laney in spite of his reservations. He’s spent his entire life seeking forgiveness from past mistakes and longs for a second chance at happiness. Laney’s painstaking journey to find restoration and a place to belong among the breathtaking allure of the Big Island will lead her closer to her past and maybe even something more.

My Review:

Lisa Carter shares a heartwarming story about a young woman who visits Hawaii to learn more about her birth family.  As a reader you quickly feel the cool Hawaiian breezes and the beauty of the island and people, yet there is more in this book as we follow Laney Carrigan on her quest to understand her Hawaiian heritage.  It is a difficult book to set down, as it is a fun and sweet read.
Without giving the story away, I can honestly say I’m looking forward to reading more books by Lisa Carter and any book published in the Quilts of Love Series, published by Abingdon Press.

Lisa Carter also created a YouTube video that does a great job capturing the spirit of this book:

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

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The Double Wedding Ring and A Giveaway

When we think of double wedding rings we naturally think of a wedding.  And, of course, the double wedding ring quilt is a popular handmade gift to give to any couple getting married, or celebrating a special anniversary.  

With Wedding season on our door step, this seems like a perfect time to share with you one of my absolutely favorite reads:  The Double Wedding Ring, by Clare O’Donohue, published by Pume Books, an imprint of the Penguin Books

The Double Wedding Ring is book five in the Someday Quilt Series, with Nell Fitzgerald. Nell is not only a talented quilter, but also solves crimes.  This delightful read is a who-dun-it murder mystery with romance, suspense, quilting and a number of wonderful characters.  The only problem with this book is you won’t want to set it down and it leaves you eager to read another book in this engaging series.

In The Double Wedding Ring, Nell is scrambling to help prepare for the upcoming wedding of her grandmother, while her relationship with the police chief Jesse Dewalt is heating up. And, she is also thinking of starting her own quilt design business.   The plot gets mysterious when Jesse’s former partner from NYPD turns up –dead. 

SewCalGal loves Nell and found this book difficult to put down.  The characters are realistic, as is the plot, yet it keeps the reader entertained and eager to read the next book in the Someday Quilt Series. 

I definitely agree, Nell is a modern day Miss Marple (but Nell also likes to quilt and design). Whether you have a wedding to attend in the near future, or not, I hope you get a chance to to check out this book.  It is a delightful read.

You should be able to find this book in premier quilt shops, as well as your favorite books stores.  If not, let them know you are interested in having them have this book available for purchase in their store.  Of course, you can also find it availabe for purchase online at Penguin Group, or from

Did I Mention A Giveaway? 

SewCalGal was given a copy of this absolutely delightful book to review, with the understanding I would share my own opinion.  And, I could giveaway my copy to a follower of SewCalGal.
So, if you are a follower that is interested in reading this book simply complete the rafflecopter form below to enter.

Also, for those interested in learning to make a Double Wedding Ring Quilt, Craftsy has a new class to help you. And it is on sale this weekend too!

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A Sky Without Stars

A Sky Without Stars, is a new book by Linda S. Clare, published by Quilts of Love.

There is a saying among quilters that a bed without a quilt is like a sky without stars.   It may have been this saying, as well as childhood memories, that drew me to wanting to read “A Sky Without Stars”.  Either way, SewCalGal found this to be a delightful read with a heartwarming story, which also helps to expand our cultural diversity.  

While a fictional book, Linda clearly spent many hours researching before she wrote this book.  She has done a great job capturing what life was like for those living on a reservation in the 1950’s, as well as what life was like for those that left the reservation and tried to make a new life on their own. 

Frankie Chasing Bear is the main character in this book. She is a single mother, recently widowed, raising a son (Harold). She respects her Lakota heritage and wants to ensure Harold grows up appreciating this culture, yet also find a way to embrace the culture of the white man. 

When Frankie’s husband is killed in a bar room brawl, shortly afterwards Frankie and her son move to Arizona, to start a new life.  Frankie begins to create a Lakota Star pattern quilt for Harold in hopes that this also . Frankie and Harold have several bumps in the road, as they try to make a new life in Arizona, yet not lose sight of their culture and traditions. Frankie meets a BIA agent (Nick Vandergriff), a half Lakota, and the story unfolds. 

SewCalGal found this story to be a sweet read, with a heartwarming story.  It was also interesting to be able to visit a period in time (1950s) where the reader can feel what it was like to come from an Indian culture, living on a reservation, yet trying to be a single parent and raising a son with good values. 

“A Sky Without Stars” is a fun read and SewCalGal gives it a 4 out of 5 stars! 

You may be able to find this book at premier quilt shops or book shops, but you can also purchase a copy online at AbingdonPress, or at 


Linda S. Clare is an award-winning coauthor of three books, including “Lost Boys and the Moms Who Love Them” (with Melody Carlson and Heather Kopp), “Revealed: Spiritual Reality in a Makeover World,” and “Making Peace with a Dangerous God” (with Kristen Johnson Ingram). She is also the author of “The Fence My Father Built.” She has taught college-level creative writing classes for seven years, and edits and mentors writers. She also is a frequent writing conference presenter and church retreat leader. She and her husband of thirty-one years have four grown children, including a set of twins. They live in Eugene, Oregon, with their five wayward cats: Oliver, Xena the Warrior Kitty, Paladine, Melchior, and Mamma Mia!

Visit Linda’s website:
Visit the A Sky Without Stars Blog Tour Page
Visit the Quilts of Love Website
Connect with Linda on Facebook

SewCalGal was also impressed with the author of this book, where Linda S. Clare is also trying to raise funds to help a school in Blackfoot, Idaho.  While I’ve shared information on her Crowdsourcing Fundraiser previously, on my page for Charity Events, I want to also give take this opportunity to share it with you today:

is holding a fundraiser to benefit The Lillian Vallely School in Blackfoot, Idaho. It’s a nonprofit yet fully accredited school serving Native children on or near the Ft. Hall Reservation.  Your donations could help this school make a difference in the lives of the children living on this reservation.  And, you could also win a quilt and a bundle of books from Quilts Of Love. 

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

This Crowdsourcing campain runs thru April 15th. 

Full Disclosure:  SewCalGal received a copy of this book from the publisher to write a review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.  I also want to share that I’ve fallen in love with “Quilts of Love Books”. 

If you have read any Quilts of Love Books, please leave a comment and let me know what ones you have read and what you thought of them.  And, if you are inspired to read “A Sky Without Stars”, I’d also like to hear what inspires you to read this book.

You can find this book in the online store for Quilts of LoveAmazon, or other online book stores.

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Sew Biz: Marketing 101: Niche Marketing ….and a Giveaway

SewCalGal periodically writes articles which are categorized as “Sew Biz“, as they are focus on topics appropriate for those in the business. 

I frequently hear from those in the business looking for ways to Market themselves or a product, with the goal of increasing awareness and ultimately sales.  As Designers and Teachers, creative people commonly need help in learning how to market.  And SewCalGal is always looking for ways to help!

When I learned that Linda Moran and Marble-T Design had put their Marketing insights into a book, to help those in the business learn about “Niche Marketing”,  I was excited to have a chance to review a copy.  And, of course, I reserved the right to voice my own opinion of this book.  But I truly am delighted with this new ebook. For $5.99, it is a great value for those in a niche business that would like to learn more about marketing themselves, as well as their products.

Marketing 101: Niche Marketing, by Linda Moran and Marble-T Design, LLC is an e:book available on iTunes that can be downloaded to your MAC or iPad, or by using ITunes on your computer.

SewCalGal views this book is an excellent resource for those working in a Niche Market and looking for tips to Market themselves or their products.  It is also a great resource for those familiar with basic marketing, but just wants a refresher and insights on “Niche” marketing.   With 61 pages, organized in 12 chapters, this is an easy read that is well worth your time.  SewCalGal is confident this book can help those in the business learn and improve their marketing skills, to gain better visibility and ultimately increase their sales!

Here is an outline of the chapters in this book:

Chapter 1 – Ever Have Someone Say, “What Do I Do With This?”
Chapter 2 – Wacky Marketing Ideas ?  No Such Thing as Too Wacky.
Chapter 3 – Getting Noticed On Line
Chapter 4 – Have You Done Your Newsletter?
Chapter 5 – Your Newsletter Revisited
Chapter 6 – Packaging and Displays – Field Trip Time!
Chapter 7 – Photography
Chapter 8 – What About the Holidays ?
Chapter 9 – More On the Holidays
Chapter 10 – Surviving the Black Friday Madness
Chapter 11 – The Importance of Community
Chapter 12 – Inspiration, Resources and Links

To check out this book at iTunes click here.

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Did I mention A Giveaway?

Linda has generously offered a “PDF” copy of of Marketing 101: Niche Marketing.  And this giveaway is open to anyone anywhere in the world.

To enter, leave a comment on this post sharing how you organize yourself for Marketing (or if you don’t, it is ok to share that).   

 SewCalGal will randomly select one lucky winner on Friday, February 28th.  An email will be sent to the winner and this post will also be updated to show the winner.

Congratulations to the lucky winner:  tesuque said… 7

Book Review and Giveaway – Hopeful, by Shelley Shepard Gray

Welcome to the Blog Tour of Hopeful.

About Hopeful, by Shelley Shepard Gray:

In the Amish town of Sugarcreek, love comes in many forms. But will it come at all for Miriam?

Miriam Zehr has worked at the Sugarcreek Inn longer than she cares to admit. The restaurant is a favorite of town residents as well as the many tourists who come to taste the famous Amish fare. Though she always tries to have a smile for every customer, deep down Miriam knows something’s missing: a family of her own.

Miriam has never felt particularly beautiful, especially because she’s always been a bit heavier than other girls her age. When Junior, the man she’s pined for all her life, suddenly seeks her out, she’s thrilled to be noticed . . . until she realizes he’s only asking her to help get the attention of Mary Kathryn Hershberger, her pretty friend.

If Miriam helps Junior court Mary Kathryn, she’ll get to spend a lot of time with him, but she might lose him in the process. Are these few stolen moments worth a lifetime of sacrifice? Is Miriam right to even hope for the life she dreams of?

Purchase a copy and learn more at Shelley’s website

Shelley Shepard Gray


Shelley Shepard Gray is a two-time New York Times bestseller, a two-time USA Today bestseller, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Holt Medallion winner. She lives in Southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

Find out more about Shelley at

SewCalgal’s review

Hopeful is a sweet story with a number of thoughtful characters living in a quaint Amish community, called Sugarcreek.  Each of the characters have their challenges which unfold as the story is told by Ms. Gray.  This delightful read leaves you want to read more stories about life in Sugarcreek.

If you are interested in Amish stories, I hope you get a chance to check out this new book.

Did I mention a giveaway? 

Shelly Shepard Gray is hosting a giveaway, on the LitFuse Publicity page on Facebook, where you can enter to win one of FIVE copies of this book.  


Enter today via Facebook and be sure to visit Shelley’s blog on the 24th to see if YOU won one of the books!  Just be sure to “like” the LitFuse Publicity page on facebook to be able to enter the giveaway.

Note:  SewCalGal was granted temporary access to an e:copy of this book for purposes of writing a review and participating in this blog hop.  SewCalGal reserved the right to share her own opinion and no fees were paid to review this book.   

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Secret Santa

Christmas is a time for fun, romance, surprises, time with family and friends,and even time to enjoy a good read with a cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa.  As I  enjoy reading holiday stories this time of year, this seems like a perfect time to share insights with you about a new book “Secret Santa”, which is a fun and entertaining holiday read.

 During a busy holiday season, a short story allows for good entertainment even when we feel we can’t find any extra free-time in the day.  


is a new paperback book with stories from four talented authors that each provide the reader with a fun holiday story that you’ll love, yet want more!.  And, many of the stories have some tie to quilting, some may bring a heartwarming tear, but they are all delightful stories for the holiday.  And, I hope you’ll find time to treat yourself to such a fun read.

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The four stories in this book are:

“Mister Christmas” by Fern Michaels

A heartwarming story where a hard working attorney Claire O’Brien is summoned to Ireland, a week before Christmas, to work.  This entertaining read quickly captures the readers attention, as we follow Claire on her business adventure during the holiday season, to find disappointments and surprises along the way.  Once again, Fern does an excellent job telling an entertaining story, for a romantic holiday season.  You’ll find this a difficult story to set this book down!


The Yellow Rose of Christmas” by Marie Bostwick

Marie created another wonderful story that would be of interest to anyone new to her stories based in Too Much, Texas, as well as those that are familiar with the characters in this town.  This delightful Christmas read provides romantic mystery that certainly will get you in the mood for the holiday season, as well as enjoy the entertainment that a secret admirer can bring to any of us, especially one that many have thought was a spinster that would never find love in a small town in Texas.  Who is this secret admirer and will it be too late for Velvet?

“Nightmare on Elf Street” by Laura Levine

This sweet “who done it” mystery, focuses on a freelance writer that desperately needs a job.  She takes on a holiday job as Santa’s Elf in a shopping mall, with the hope of turning this opportunity into a PR writing gig for this mall.  The story quickly becomes a mystery and has a surprising end.  It is a fun and fast read that certainly makes me want to read more by this author, and hopefully find the lead character in other books too!  Absolutely delightful read.

“Room at the Inn” by Cindy Myers

During the holidays many travel to be able to spend time with family or friends, or to simply get to a destination.  And, sometimes storms get in our way.  A variety of characters come together in a remote fishing camp, during a winter blizzard in Colorado.  They each realize their dreams for the holidays are not going to be fulfilled, but they make the best out of the situation and how they each utilize their strengths to make a wonderful holiday for the entire group is inspirational and heartwarming.   

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Again, all four of the stories in this book are heartwarming and I think you’ll enjoy.  Perfect for the holiday season.  This book would also make an excellent gift to a quilty friend, as well as a stocking stuffer for anyone that enjoys a lighthearted and entertaining read.  

SewCalGal gives “Secret Santa” a 5 out of 5 stars!

Disclosure:  SewCalGal received a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.  Hope my honest review is clear – I highly recommend it!  And I hope you enjoy it this holiday season too!

I hope you get a chance to check out this book at your favorite book store.  It is also available at

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