Category: #CreativeGoodness

#CreativeGoodness Linky Party – April 17th

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~ Create ~ Share ~ Inspire ~ #CreativeGoodness ~

Welcome to another weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Party.  I’m certainly enjoying all the sharing of inspirational projects.  Last week, there were many inspirational projects that I hope you have a chance to click thru to visit the blog post and sharing in Flickr, as you may be delighted to learn more.  Here is one sharing that caught my attention and could have been easily overlooked, if you didn’t click thru:

Kearstie Grenier (KB’s Quilting Quest) shared a tutorial for a stitched Tea Wallet that would be perfect for a gift, to take with you on a trip, or to keep your favorite tea bags in a tote, for when you go to retreats, or elsewhere.

QuiltShopGal is also on the lookout for fun and fast handmade gift ideas to giveaway as “surprise prizes”.  Thus, I’d love to hear from followers that participate in the weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties if you would prefer to receive a handmade Tea Wallet, Quilt Book, Pattern, Fabric, or other item with #CreativeGoodness.  Personally, I’m rather partial to handmade gifts and love this Tea Wallet.  Either way, I’m going to be making these Tea Wallets, but just not certain if you would like to receive one.

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I hope you will click thru and check out Kearstie’s tutorial, as well as her blog.  She has shared many inspirational projects on her blog and while she doesn’t post frequently, I do honestly enjoy following her blog.  And, like other bloggers that participate in the weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties, she is listed on MyCreativeBlogList, which if you visit to follow blogs you’ll see when Kearstie has released a new post!

 

As always. our weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties are open for any form of creativity that you want to share, so long as it is your own.  It is optional to share something for the theme of the month.   While not required, I do appreciate it when bloggers share a current post and encourage others to come share their creativity.  I also hope everyone will click thru and visit all of the entries, for more inspiration, as well as to check out the blogs that have shared, as they frequently have very creative blogs with oodles of #CreativeGoodness.

Monthly I randomly select five participants to receive “Surprise Prizes”, as my way of saying thank you for participating and sharing inspirational creativity, tips, and sometimes tutorials.  If you have received such a prize, it is up to you to decide if you want to disclose what that surprise was.  But maybe you’ll want to leave a comment on this post to share what you won.  Totally up to you.

Monthly “Optional” Themes:

– April: Pastels, Spring, Easter
– May: Blues, Greens, Creams, Flowers
– June: Whites, Brides,Weddings, Anniversaries, #KidfriendlyProjects,#SummerCamp
– July: Red, White and Blues (Patriotic), #KidfriendlyProjects, #SummerCamp
– August: Summer Colors, #KidfriendlyProjects, #SummerCamp
– September: Primatives, #FallGoodness
– October: Orange, Black, Purples
– November: Primatives, Browns and Blacks
– December: Holidays, Sweets, Blues, Silver, Reds, Greens, Whites, #GlitterGoodness

Guidelines:

Sharing is quite flexible and open to Bloggers and non-Bloggers.

  • Like non-Bloggers, Bloggers can share old things.  But, of course, I do appreciate those that take time to write new posts, as well as those that encourage others to come join these weekly parties.  As you can only share an old project one time, you’ll need to remember if you shared it previously.  Thus, sharing new blog posts is so much easier to know if you have previously shared (or not).  I do want to clarify, participants in other challenges (eg. 2015 FMQ Challenge) also have the option of sharing in these weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties, as appropriate.

 

  •  Non-bloggers can participate in weekly linky parties by using Flickr.com and uploading a photo of their projects to a Flickr group “CreativeGoodness.  They can upload as many photos as they want to share to this Flickr group, but they are only allowed to link 5 photos to the linky party (any weekly linky party). And, once they’ve lined a photo they can not share that link in future linky parties.  Links shared must also fit the weekly theme for the respective weekly linky party. Please only link to pictures you’ve uploaded to this group and not to other areas: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2754996@N23/   If you do not know how, please check the FAQ list.

 

  •  When you join one of these linky parties, you automatically give me approval to snag a picture from your post, whereby I can share it in a future post with a link on my blog to highlight your project.  To clarify, periodically I will showcase a participant and their entry to help increase awareness and inspire others.

 

  • Winners of “surprise prizes” will receive an email.  If they do not wish to claim their prize, or they do not claim it within 5 days, their prize goes back into the “pool” for a future drawing.  Due to my schedule, no prizes will be awarded for June-July-August, but we’ll have a larger prize pool in the Fall that will include participants who shared during the summer months.
  • I reserve the right to remove your link without notifying you, if your link does not align with the objectives and guidelines of this event.  To clarify, links that don’t promote creativity and inspiration, links that are posts for PR purposes, etc., are at risk of being removed.

 A new linky party will be hosted on QuiltShopGal every Friday.  I hope you’ll come join the fun. Don’t forget that, while not required, I appreciate those that share the badge for this event and invite others to participate, as well as visit all the bloggers and non-bloggers that share in these weekly linky parties.

Email QuiltShopGal if you have questions at Darlene at quiltshopgal dot com.  Of course, I’d also like to hear any suggestions you may have too!

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Here is a list of links to previous #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties:

Worldwide Quilting Day / International Quilting Day (weekend) Celebration

I’m celebrating Worldwide Quilting Day / International Quilting Day (weekend) by spending time this weekend quilting, watching episodes of TQS, doing some quilty shoping, as well as some much needed blog organization to catch up on behind the scenes blogging tasks (e.g shipping prizes, prepping for giveaways, prepping for the April FMQ Challenge,  etc.).  Of course, I’m hoping you’ll join me for some virtual celebration this weekend, as well as enter to win some prizes I’m hosting for sponsored giveaways.  I also want to share insights with you on some freebies, amazing sales, and irresistible giveaways too!

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To kick this party off,FREEBIES and GIVEAWAYS are always fun:

Urban Threads: for those that enjoy machine embroidery (or know someone who does), Urban Threads has a super cute FREE design:

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The Quilt Show

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The Quilt Show hosted by Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, will open all of its shows from the first nine series– shows 100-1513 –for the entire weekend. This means that, for three special days, everyone will have the chance to view over 200 shows, featuring some of the quilting world’s leading artists, for FREE. 

There are also many amazing prizes!

To join the fun at TQS this weekend click here: http://thequiltshow.com/international-quilting-weekend

Spring Sales:  There are many amazing sales this weekend.  Highlights can be found at Fingertip Shopping.  But I do want to heighten awareness that Martingale has a great Spring Sale on eBooks, as well as a sale on physical books and ePatterns.

Did I Mention I’m hosting a Sponsored Giveaway?

I’m hosting a giveaway for WW followers only and I’ll be randomly selecting winners late Sunday.

Thank you to Martingale for sponsoring this giveaway.

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An email will be sent to five lucky winners late Sunday to confirm they want to claim their prize. I’m a firm believer good karma flows to those that pass on claiming a prize they really do not want, and they will one day win some thing that they will want. These are physical books, which I will pay to ship to winners, thus I prefer to ship to a winner who really wants to win the specific prize and will be excited when it arrives!.  Winners will have 24 hours to claim their prize, or another name will be selected.

Want to win a prize?

While there are several ways to enter to win, you must be a blog follower that can be validated.  Must requirements to enter is one or more of the following options.

– BlogLuvin
– RSS/Email feeds

You can also sign up for either/both of the above options, but for RSS/Email feeds be sure to check your email (even your spam folder) as you’ll receive an email message where you’ll need to validate you signed up.

There are a variety of ways for extra options, including using the hashtag #CreativeGoodness by sharing one, or more photos, on Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook showing what you are quilting this weekend.  Think of it as a #CreativeGoodness bomb on social media.  And sharing is a great way to join this virtual sew-cial and celebrate International Quilting Day / Worldwide Quilting Day (weekend).

To officially enter to win a prize, hosted by QuiltShopGal, please complete any/all the steps you want to claim using the Rafflecopter form below.

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Don’t forget to share photos of what you are working on this weekend using hashtag #CreativeGoodness on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

 UPDATE:

Congratulations to the lucky winners.  An email has been sent to them to have them claim their prize.  This is who won which book:

Think Big: Sally
Country Elegance: Nancy H
Graphic Quilts: Lynn
Sew a Modern Home: Susan
Animal Parade: Karen A

 

You can find Martingale at:

#CreativeGoodness Linky Party – March 13th

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Welcome to another #CreativeGoodness Linky Party in March.  As this is International Craft Month we definitely want to be creative!  There are a few things changing for this party this week, but pretty minor.  I’ve moved the actual Linky higher up in this post, as many are aware of what is going on.  Still, as there have been some changes, I want to encourage everyone to read thru the entire post this week.

~ Create ~ Share ~ Inspire ~ #CreativeGoodness ~

Any form of creativity that you create can be shared in this Linky Party.  And bloggers and non-bloggers are welcome to share. While not required, I do appreciate it when bloggers share a current post and encourage others to come share their creativity.  I also hope everyone will click thru and visit all of the entries, for more inspiration, as well as to check out the blogs that have shared, as they frequently have very creative blogs with oodles of #CreativeGoodness.

Who is curious about the Surprise Prizes?

Periodically, on various blog posts, I may share that a particular item will become a “Surprise Prize” during our #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties.  I’ve struggled with making announcements on winners and what they actually won, as that goes against my idea of a “surprise prize”. It also takes time and right now I don’t have a lot of time to spare, so I’m looking for ways to simplify the process of giving prizes. Followers also know I give a variety of prizes out every month where I do take time to maintain logs (eg. 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge and Giveaways throughout the month).

I recently asked some winners for recommendations on how best to handle this and Missy (Missy’s Homemaking Adventures) suggested that periodically I share what the prizes actually were.  Then, it is up to the winners to share if they were the winner or not.   I like this approach and thought I’d do a share insights on the pool of prizes to-date this year (includes March).  Keep in mind that 5 participants each month are randomly selected for prizes.

Five winners were sent handmade fabric envelopes, made by yours truly or a book donated by Martingale.  But somehow I misplaced pictures of items awarded in January.  ERR.  I’ll update this post, as soon as I can find those photos.  Here is my list of other “surprise prizes”.

Welcome Home, published by Martingale

Top Your Table, published by Martingale

Welcome Baby, published by Martingale

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Remember, the #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties are all about sharing creativity and inspiring others.  The prizes are meant as little thank you presents for participating and not meant to be the reason people participate in these linky parties.

Are there Themes for Sharing ?

Themes are totally optional:  You can always share anything you have created and you need not worry about a theme.  It just needs to be something you created and want to share with others to inspire them. You may want to include tips, tutorials, recipes, etc.  Totally up to you.  Of course, as having themes can be fun, in March we have several “optional themes” March: Greens, St. Patricks Day, #KidFriendlyProjects and to honor National Craft Month, ANY FORM OF #CraftyGoodness is welcome.

“Optional theme” schedule:

– March: Greens, St. Patricks Day, #KidFriendlyProjects (National Craft Month)
– April: Pastels, Spring, Easter
– May: Blues, Greens, Creams, Flowers
– June: Whites, Brides,Weddings, Anniversaries, #KidfriendlyProjects,#SummerCamp
– July: Red, White and Blues (Patriotic), #KidfriendlyProjects, #SummerCamp
– August: Summer Colors, #KidfriendlyProjects, #SummerCamp
– September: Primatives, #FallGoodness
– October: Orange, Black, Purples
– November: Primatives, Browns and Blacks
– December: Holidays, Sweets, Blues, Silver, Reds, Greens, Whites, #GlitterGoodness

 

Guidelines:

1) Sharing is quite flexible and open to Bloggers and non-Bloggers.

2) Like non-Bloggers, Bloggers can share old things.  But, of course, I do appreciate those that take time to write new posts, as well as those that encourage others to come join these weekly parties.  As you can only share an old project one time, you’ll need to remember if you shared it previously.  Thus, sharing new blog posts is so much easier to know if you have previously shared (or not).  I do want to clarify, participants in other challenges (eg. 2015 FMQ Challenge) also have the option of sharing in these weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties, as appropriate.

3) Non-bloggers can participate in weekly linky parties by using Flickr.com and uploading a photo of their projects to a Flickr group “CreativeGoodness.  They can upload as many photos as they want to share to this Flickr group, but they are only allowed to link 5 photos to the linky party (any weekly linky party). And, once they’ve lined a photo they can not share that link in future linky parties.  Links shared must also fit the weekly theme for the respective weekly linky party.

4) When you join one of these linky parties, you automatically give me approval to snag a picture from your post, whereby I can share it in a future post with a link on my blog to highlight your project.  To clarify, periodically I will showcase a participant and their entry to help increase awareness and inspire others.

5) Winners of “surprise prizes” will receive an email.  If they do not wish to claim their prize, or they do not claim it within 5 days, their prize goes back into the pool for a future drawing.  Due to my schedule, no prizes will be awarded for June-July-August, but we’ll have a larger prize pool in the Fall that will include participants who shared during the summer months.

6) A new linky party will be hosted on QuiltShopGal every Friday.  I hope you’ll come join the fun.

Email QuiltShopGal if you have questions at Darlene at quiltshopgal dot com.  Of course, I’d also like to hear any suggestions you may have too!

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Here is a list of links to previous #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties:

 

FAQ: Click here for my FAQ list.

Let’s Bring on a Creative Spring!

international craft month badge by quiltshopgalCreativity is always fun and something good for kids of all ages!

In celebration of International Craft Month, I wanted to share an inexpensive and fun #KidFriendlyProject with you, that is perfect for Spring. This project also makes for a fun way to “Bring on Spring”.  It makes for a cute table decoration, a gift which kids can give to a teacher or friend, as well as a great way to cheer up those in need of a smile (and the arrival of Spring).

This idea and tutorial came from PBS/Craft for Kids.  I hope you, your kids, and your family enjoy this inspirational project.  Of course, I also hope if you make it you’ll share photos in one of our weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties.

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May you have fun creating flowers with “spring” in them, to help bring on Spring!


If you are using a MAC, or having problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSHsuBrfQ8c

 

Click here to see a tutorial on PBS/Craft For Kids, for making these flowers.

 

Spring officially arrives on March 20th.  Are you doing anything creative to bring on Spring or Welcome Spring ?  While I hope you’ll leave a comment to let me know, I’m also hoping you’ll share your Spring Creativity (any form) in the weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties that I host every Friday.  Great way to share your creativity and inspire others.

Jack Dempsey NeedleArts and a Giveaway

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Jack Dempsey NeedleArts had an inviting booth at the recent #CHAShow, which made you want to come into their booth and take a nap on their bed, or dream about creating so many beautiful projects, using their designs and kits.

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Today, I’m delighted to share insights abouttheir projects that I saw at this show, as well as host a giveaway, perfect for kids of all ages that want to learn hand embroidery.

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Photos of their beautiful booth at the #CHAShow:

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And they have recently come out with many new products, including Country Quilts Wall Quilt

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As well as Baby Bibs, quilt blocks and more.  But then, they are always releasing new designs and kits.10923200_993305000697092_3869377611588656292_n

They also have many Beginner Embroidery Kits, with many that are #KidFriendlyProjects.

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Their Mentoring Blocks were designed to cultivate, educate and engage a whole new generation of embroidery enthusiasts.  These blocks make for great projects, for kids of all ages, that may want to learn the art of hand embroidery.  Each strip has 6 blocks (six 6″ x7″.

In order to cultivate, educate and engage a whole new generation of embroidery enthusiasts, please use these Mentoring Blocks to share your passion for embroidery with a friend, family member, scout troop or anyone else you think would enjoy embroidering as much as you do. Contains 1 strip of 6 blocks. (size 6″ x 7″), instructional sheet of 4 different beginning stitches. – See more at: http://www.jdneedleart.com/mentoring-blocks.html#sthash.r24fFJ1J.dpuf

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And they recently launched a website focused on learning: http://www.jdnalearning.com

Did I mention a Giveaway?

There are actually several giveaway opportunities that I want to share with you today:

1) For those on Facebook, Jack Dempsey Needle Arts periodically hosts #‎SewItSunday‬ Giveaways.  And they currently have a giveaway on their page where you could win a gift bag contains: 1 hoop, needles, scissors, floss, 2 packages of JDNA Decorative Hand Towels.  To enter simply “like” Jack Dempsey Needle Arts on Facebook and leave a comment under their post with this image.  Just do it quickly, as they’ll be drawing a winner for this giveaway soon.  But don’t worry, as they’ll host more giveaways in the future for their fans on Facebook.

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2) At the #CHAShow, I was given some fun “Mentoring blocks” as SWAG to share with my blog followers.  I will happily ship five sets, one each to five winners.

3) For those that share their creativity and inspire others, in my weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties, you may know that monthly I give “surprise prizes” to five lucky winners.  In March, five of the lucky winners will also receive a “Mentoring blocks” set of designs.  Of course, while all forms of creativity are enjoyed by anyone that wishes to share in these Linky Parties, I also hope that those that enjoy hand embroidery will share their “stitchery” in these weekly parties, especially any stitchery you may have created using Jack Dempsey NeedleArts.  I will pay postage to ship this to any blog follower, anywhere in the world.

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Want to enter to win one of the 5 “Mentoring blocks”?  While blog followers only need to leave a comment, letting me know if you have done any form of hand embroidery before (or not), I do ask that you use the Rafflecopter form below.

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You can find Jack Dempsey NeedleArts at:

http://www.jdneedleart.com/
https://www.facebook.com/jdneedleart
https://twitter.com/JDNeedleArt
https://www.youtube.com/user/JackDempseyNeedleArt

and don’t forget their website focused on learning: http://www.jdnalearning.com

Super Stitches Sewing

Being creative with thread has endless possibilities.  On one end of the spectrum is the basic straight stitch.  I’m honestly not sure when you push the limit, what the other end of the spectrum might be, but I currently visualize it with Threadplay, using a variety of colors and thread textures, and creating a project where thread compliments the material, but thread overwhelming is the key to creativity. And somewhere in the middle is Super Stitches Sewing, with endless possibilities of creativity.

Beautiful stitches with thread can be created by hand or machine, but so often we get busy and do not understand the variations of how a particular stitch design can be used, or how many stitch designs may work for our project.  This is why I’m so excited to be able to share insights with you today about a new book “Super Stitches Sewing: A Complete Guide to Machine-Sewing and Hand-Stitching Techniques“, by Nicole Vasbinder, published by Potter Craft.

As this is International Craft Month,this just seemed like a perfect time to talk about beautiful stitches and encourage you try to expand your stitching repertoire.

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Super Stitches Sewing is a soft-cover book published by Potter Craft.  This book is packed with insights on stitches, by hand or machine, that are excellent for sewing, quilting and embroidery enthusiasts to master and add beauty, as well as durable seams to their projects.

Potter Craft is an imprint of Crown Publishing Group

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

The Perfect Stitch for Every Project

Does your sewing machine come with lots of fancy stitches that you’ve never thought to try? This essential guide to machine and hand stitches will teach you how to use any and every stitch for professional-looking seams, hems, gathers, darts, and more. Unlock your full sewing potential with 57 machine stitches, 18 hand stitches, and tips to choose the correct needles, threads, and sewing machine accessories, complete with detailed step-by-step tutorials and illustrations.

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This comprehensive stitch dictionary is a must-have companion for any sewer, whether you just bought your first sewing machine or you’re a seasoned expert looking to polish your skills. If your passion is dressmaking, tailoring, or simply mending your own clothes, Super Stitches Sewing gives you all of the information you need to make every project a success.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 81uT7tnf8VL._UX250_Nicole Vasbinder is the owner of StitchCraft, a hip sewing studio and fabric store in Petaluma, CA. Nicole has taught thousands of people the joy of sewing over the last decade through her popular sewing, patternmaking and design classes. If you can’t take one of her sewing classes in person, you can also take one of her classes on Craftsy. Prior to starting her own company, she worked as a designer and merchandiser in the garment industry. She is an alumnus of the Academy of Art University and Otis College of Art & Design.

MY REVIEW:

All of the stitch designs, in this book, have a variety of insights that are shared, to help you expand your use knowledge and ultimate use of the stitch.  Ms. Vasbinder tells you about the stitch, what it is commonly used for, and shares great examples. For example”

– Straight Stitch: insights are shared for using this stitch as a basic seam, how to sew a hem using a straight stitch, how to sew a dart using a straight stitch, even how to install a zipper using a straight stitch.
– Overcasting stitch: insights are shared on how to overcast a seam, how to sew knits using stretch overedge stitch.  Insights are also shared on the double overedge stitch, as well as the closed overlock stitch.
– applique stitch: insights are shared on how to applique’ using the applique’ stitch and how to do reverse applique using the reverse applique’ stitch.

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With 57 machine stitches and 18 hand stitches that are thoroughly covered in this comprehensive book, you’ll find the perfect stitch for every project!   In addition to the sections on Machine Stitches and Hand Stitches, there is a thorough section on tools and equipment.

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I hope you have a chance to check out this book at your favorite quilting or sewing center. If you don’t find it, do let them know you are interested in having them offer it, as they may not be aware of it.  Of course, you can also check out this book on Amazon.com.  This is an excellent reference book that will certainly be handy for quilting, sewing and embroidery enthusiasts!

Here are a few other books published by Potter Craft that caught my attention for #CreativeGoodness:

You can find Nicole at:

www.stitchcraftonline.com
https://www.facebook.com/StitchCraft

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You can find Potter Craft at:

http://crownpublishing.com/

Threads, the Basics and Beyond

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Landauer Publishing has re-released  Threads The basics & beyond by Debbie Bates and Liz Kettle, in soft cover format.  And, I’m excited to be able to share insights with you today about this book, as well as how you can win a copy.

Publisher’s Insights:

Landauer Publishing is proud to re-introduce the award-winning Threads The basics & beyond, now in softcover binding.  This thorough, clear and accurate book is a must-have for anyone who uses threads in their work, as well as an excellent addition to library collections.  This book is not only a great reference tool, covering the different types and uses of thread, but is also a creative guide, teaching numerous techniques and applications.

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Threads The basics & beyond begins with a “Nuts and Bolts” section that includes a stitch dictionary an overview of thread types, and more.  Then the book delves into the creative applications of threads in quilting, and their uses as paint, as texture, as structure, as ornament, and as embellishment.  In each of these sections, the techniques are presented in clear, easy-to-understand, step-by-step directions that are accompanied by beautiful, full-color photographs and illustrations.

Throughout the book, readers are invited on a creative journey, creating “Passport” pages, to practice each technique as it is presented.   Rather than large projects, these “Passport” pages, are small, personal examples of each technique that will act as a visual guide to the lessons learned that can be referred to again and again.  Readers will be inspired by the surprising evolution of threads from a device that holds fabrics together to a creative tool that beautifies projects with designs, colors, textures, structure, and ornaments.

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About the Authors:

Debbie Bates creates, teaches and designs using fabrics, fibers and mixed media.  She is an educator/consultant for thread companies, marketing director for Janome, Canada, and a frequent teacher at local and national conferences and has appeared on PBS and cable TV shows.

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Liz Kettle is a fabric and mixed media artist with a passion for teaching others the joy of making art and the creative process.  After filling her tool box wit the skills for success in the traditional quilting arena, Liz began to delve into art quilting and discovered a world of freedom and fun in mixed media.  Liz is the co-author of Fabric Embellishing The basics & beyond, which was a finalist for the Midwest Independent Publishers Association’s annual awards in the Crafts/Hobbies/How-To division.

My Review

Some discover Threadplay before they learn to do free-motion quilting or machine embroidery and some afterwards.  But whenever you learn, you will certainly have fun and be amazed what beautiful projects you can create with thread!  This book does is a perfect resource for those wanting to learn Threadplay, as well as those that may already be experienced.  There are 40 amazing techniques, along with a variety of small and medium size projects, that all provide easy to follow instructions and photos.  The possibilities of what you can create, based on techniques covered in this book, are endless.

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Are you interested in winning a copy of this book?  Participants in the March Free-Motion Quilting Challenge will automatically be entered to win a copy, compliments of Landauer Publishing.

You can find Landauer Publishing at:

http://landauerpub.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LandauerPublishing
http://quiltbooksandbeyond.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/LandauerPublishing

 

You can find Debbie Bates at:

https://www.facebook.com/stitchtress?fref=ts

You can find Liz Kettle at:

https://www.facebook.com/liz.kettle.5?fref=ts
http://www.textileevolution.com/
https://twitter.com/lizkettle
https://www.youtube.com/user/TextileEvolution

 I am curious if you have tried Threadplay before?  And, if you have or have not, what you think of it?

#CreativeGoodness with Humor and Fun Projects That Start At The Bottom

quack me ups by quiltshopgalCreativity does have a humorous side.  This video, by Whats Up Moms, quacked me up and I wanted to share it with you today:


If you are using a MAC or have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link where you can watch it directly in Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPG0Ob4dO8E&feature=youtu.be

Whats Up Mom also has an inspirational video tutorial to decorate our shoes that I wanted to share:

Here is a link to view this video directly in Youtube, should you have problems viewing the embedded version in my post:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ma3Lx_z7ro

Decorating your shoes is always fun.  It can be a great #kidfriendly project, fun project for family craft night, and a fun an creative project anytime.  It is also a great DIY way to recycle old shoes, or turn bland and inexpensive shoes into a beautiful piece of art.

While the possibilities for shoe art are endless, I wanted to share with you some project ideas that use some #ModernCreativeTools:

The Craftwell eBosser makes it fun to use ink filled pens to airbrush your shoes, as well as other projects.

The Craftwell eBrush is an amazing #ModernCreativeTool, which enables endless creative possibilities.  One fun idea was created by Debi Tullier who also shares inspirational projects and tips on her eBrush Facebook group.  She is amazingly creative. P1120877 masked

Thermoweb has just introduced a line of products, at the recent #CHAShow.  And they work well to decorate shoes (and other items too).  A few products, in the “Deco Foil” line are beginning to appear in craft stores and Amazon.com, but hopefully the entire line will soon be available this Spring.

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Sand & Sisel has an inspirational tutorial to doodle (or Zentangle) your style on your shoes.

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Annemart Berendse has also written a book “Decorate Your Shoes: Create One-of-a-Kind Footwear“, which is packed with tips, tutorials and inspiration for decorating your shoes, as well as designs that are perfect for quilter and more!

If you have created any shoe art, I certainly hope you’ll share it in one of my weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties.  But, to clarify, any form of creativity is always welcome for sharing in these parties.  I just have creativity with shoes on my mind. Like putting your best foot forward, to be ready to welcome in Spring.

Wearing shoes that you’ve decorated may be viewed as as a project that “starts at the bottom”, but what a great place to start.  Certainly is an excellent way for #CreativeGoodness and fun.

Don’t forget this is National Craft Month, which I like to think of as International Craft month. And, of course, I hope you’ll share your creativity in my weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky parties that I host every Friday.  I’d love to see any shoes you’ve decorated, or any form of creativity you’ve made and wish to share.

Have fun.  Shake it Off.

 

~Create ~ Inspire ~ Share ~ #CreativeGoodness

Guess What Is Coming ?

March brings us all sorts of fun and creativity that can help us de-winterize our minds!

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We celebrate St. Patricks Day on Tuesday, March 17th

Smart School House has a free printable project that is definitely #KidFriendly

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The idea of giving these cute anti-pinch gifts, as shared on the blog Eighteen 25, just looks like a creative and fun gift for our girlfriends, sisters and mothers.

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We welcome the arrival of Spring on March 20th.  Many of us are already working on Spring quilt projects, cheerful cards, embellished shirts, household decorations and more.

Here is a cute design, by Barb Gaddy, that is perfect for Spring.  It is also an inexpensive pattern that you can download from Craftsy.

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Quilt Doodle Designs also has a cute paper pieced design you can download for free.

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March 21st is Worldwide Quilting Day!

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And March is also National Craft Month, which I call International Craft Month.  While I will continue to host weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties every Friday, I’m also going to be hosting a variety of creative things throughout March, as well as showcasing some super cool creative products.  If you are interested in sharing any creative projects, or want to sponsor a giveaway, please email me at Darlene @ Quilt Shop Gal @ com.

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Dancing Butterfly Quilt Along 2015 – A Virtual Workshop, with Leah Day

Today I wanted to share inspirational photos from some of the participants in the Dancing Butterfly “virtual workshop”, aka Quilt Along, with Leah Day.  I’ve been inspired by seeing what each of the participants are creating and sharing, via an optional Facebook group.  While many share blocks showing their progress, some share pictures and ask questions to troubleshoot problems they may have (e.g. thread tension, etc.).   And while this virtual workshop is all about learning/improving our free-motion quilting skills, it is fun to see how some have adapted the Dancing Butterfly Pattern to make the design their own (e.g. elephants, giraffes, flamingos vs butterflies).

 

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The optional Facebook group for this Quilt Along is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ButterflyQuiltAlong/?fref=nf

Here are some photos from participants that have opted to use a different design than a butterfly:

Beth Lister is using a sweet elephant applique design for her quilt.

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Karen Klamczynski  is using a cat silhouette design.

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carol henrichs is using cute pink flamingos.

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Kit Carlson has a sweet volkswagon van design.

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pat williams turned one of her blocks into a small wallhanging.

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Cheryl Matthews opted to use her own butterfly motif.

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It is also inspirational to see the free-motion quilting shared by participants:

 Dorth Meixner

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karen klmaczynski

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Barb McKenzie

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And while some participants are just starting, there are also a some participants who have already finished their quilts:

ann rowley 

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linda walker

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wendy mcconnell

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At $29.95, the regular price for the pattern, a comprehensive 60 page booklet,  where you will also receive access to 49 special videos, making this an excellent value.  But thru the end of February, Leah Day is offering this pattern booklet and video access at 50% off, making this an amazing deal for only $14.95.  Of course, QuiltShopGal highly encourages anyone interested in learning/improving their FMQ skills to join in the fun.  You can purchase this pattern/booklet at: http://www.leahday.com/shop/product/butterflyquilt/

 

You can find Leah Day at:

Click here to read my previous post about this pattern/virtual workshop.
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