Category: #CreativeGoodness

The Hunt for Freebies with #CreativeGoodness

We all love freebies, but sometimes we miss opportunities to take advantage of some very creative ones, for a variety of reasons.  Thus, today, I want to highlight some freebies that I think are definitely worthwhile of checking out.  As always, I hope if you have others to recommend you’ll also share by way of leaving a comment.

Wendy Sheppard (Ivory Spring) is an amazing designer that has many beautiful patterns published in magazines, as well as for free from various fabric manufacturers.  And, of course, many BOM designs that fabric manufacturers and shops may sell.  But to the best of my knowledge, Wendy does not sell any of her designs wholesale or retail, as much as focus on a designer for fabric manufacturers and/or magazines. She maintains a list on her site of all her free patterns with links to downloads. It is truly impossible for me to pick a favorite of her designs, but her design Movement in Squares for Benartex

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Fat Quarter Shop has a great page that has links to various Fabric Manufacturers with free pattern downloads, but they also have many unique designs that they have created and share for free.

Martingale has a number of free patterns.   They also have several FREE how to downloadable files for How to Quilt, How to Knit, How to Crochet.

Landauer Publishing has many free patterns you can download.

Hoffman California Fabrics has free quilt patterns.

Island Batik has several free Quilted in Honor downloadable patterns.

RJR Fabrics has a large collection of free-patterns, which may actually be the best organized of all Fabric Manufacturers!

Some sites only offer freebies for a limited time.  Here are some freebies that are only available for short time:

Craftsy has released several free eGuides you can download:

Photography
eGuide: Understanding Exposure for Better Photos Now: Beginner Photography Tutorials

Cake Decorating
eGuide: Not-So-Basic Buttercream Decorating Ideas

Food & Cooking
eGuide: Delicious Doughnut Recipes You Can Make at Home

Paper Crafts
eGuide: 6+ Stash-Busting Paper Craft Projects

Drawing
eGuide: Drawing the Human Face: A Primer

Painting
eGuide: Beginner’s Guide to the World of Watercolor

Gardening
eGuide: Success With Container Gardening

Woodworking
eGuide: Woodturning Basics for Beginners

Quilt in a Day has many creative quilt and block patterns that are free.

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For those that enjoy electronic cutters, here are a few sources of great freebies:

Silhouette Design Store has new free design every Tuesday.
Miss Kate Cuttables has a different free design every day.

Free Birdie Pincushion pattern, by Sharon Holland Designs:

Of course there are many wonderful blogs that share tips and tutorials, all free.

What is your favorite site to find free designs for #CreativeGoodness?

#CHAShow 2015 – Highlights Part 2

There was so many creative new projects, inspirational make-n-takes, educational presentations and workshops, that I can only share highlights. And, even then I can fit in all my favorite findings in one post.  As such, today is part 2 on the CHA Show 2015.  If you missed my part one, click here.  In this post I’ll share a summary of a few new products that you may want to keep an eye out for, as they’ll be appearing in shops soon.  For some, I’ll be sharing a more in-depth post in the near future, and a few I’ll host some giveaways for some products that I picked up at CHA and want to share with you.CHAlogo

 

Here are a few highlights that I wanted to share with you today:

TOMBOW

Tombow continually introduces new products that are perfect for creative people.  One of my favorites that was introduced in 2014, is Extreme Adhesive.  It is an adhesive in a roller device that has the strongest adhesive available on a roller and it is works with paper products, glass, metals, fabric, etc., making it an excellent product for mixed-media artists.  But the possibilities for using this adhesive are endless.  I recently gave it a try on my hummingbird feeders to see if it would stop my problems with ants and it worked great.  No more pesky ants trying to get into my hummingbird feeders.

At CHA, Tombow introduced several new products.  Here are a few that caught my attention:

 Xtreme Mounting Putty  is a Hi-performance re-usable adhesive tack for indoor & outdoor projects.  This product looks like a great product for hanging items on walls, cabinets, etc.  I’m looking forward to checking it out on a variety of materials, including the possible application for displaying wallhangings, or even full size quilts.   Maybe even for organizing rulers and other notions that one may want to hang on a wall?   But, I really look forward to using it to display art, calendars, etc..

Foam Tape:   Easy to cut Foam Tape that provides a raised or layered look, perfect for embellishments, popups and 3D affects.

Xtreme Tough Tabs: come in 48 tab packs that have an extra strong hold that adhere on most common metals, plastics, glass and ceramics (and hummingbird feeders).

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note:  Looking for a creative idea for a Super Bowl Party?  Consider using Xtreme Adhesive and glitz to embellish an inexpensive football.  Tombow embellished such a football and it was certainly a fun item in their booth, which would make for a great Super Bowl Party decoration.

ARTBIN

ARTBIN introduced new products, which included an excellent case for quilters that like to work with strip fabrics, and a very handy store and drawer cabinet.  These products should begin appearing in shops this coming summer.  And I’ll share more insights, as well as a sponsored giveaway soon.

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 JACK DEMPSEY NEEDLEARTS

The Jack Dempsey booth was packed with inspirational projects, including many new project kits and designs.  I also enjoyed learning about many #kidfriendlyprojects, as well as free Youtube videos and tutorials, which I will be sharing insights about shortly. In the meantime, I want to recommend to everyone that enjoys needlearts, as well as those interested in learning, to visit the Jack Dempsey website to see all of their fun projects, including new designs. 

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TERIAL MAGIC

There was a great presentation of Terial Magic, a spray on fabric stabilizer that is perfect for those that enjoy die cutting for applique, machine embroidering enthusiasts, and any creative person that enjoys working with fabric but wants it stabilized.  I learned so much about this product and I’m very excited about the versatility of it, as well as how economical it is vs other stabilizers.  While I’ll be sharing more in-depth insights on this product soon, QuiltShopGal highly recommends it.  I’m confident you’ll quickly fall in love with this product too!

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THERMOWEB

There were four make-n-take tables set up in the Thermoweb booth, which each perfectly showed off the #CreativeGoodness of their new products based on creativity fun using iCraft™ Deco Foils.  These foils come in brilliant metallic colors can can be used in quilting, machine embroidery, clothing embellishment, scrapbooking/cardmaking, and so much more.  These new products wil soon be available in Michaels, JoAnns, Amazon and other crafting and quilting stores, along with other Thermoweb products.  I will also be sharing more insights shortly.  Be prepared that these new products are going to knock your socks off on creativity!    Possibilities are endless and they also make for #KidFriendly projects.

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You can find CHA at:

http://craftandhobby.org
http://craftandhobby.wordpress.com/
https://www.facebook.com/CraftandHobby?v=wall&ref=ts
https://twitter.com/CraftandHobby

Mark your calendars:  Jan 2016 is the 75th Anniversary of CHA!

Here is a list of previous posts about the annual #CHAShows:

#CHAShow 2015 – Highlights Part 1

CHAlogoQuiltShopGal was able to attend the CHA Mega Show in Anaheim, CA, January 10-14th.   This amazing event was packed with professional seminars,an exceptional trade show with over 400 vendors, inspirational make-n-takes, demonstrations,  and buyers and attendees from all over the world.  It was  packed with #CreativeGoodness and wonderful new products, which I want to share insights with you.  And I also picked up some SWAG that I’ll be giving away.  But I can’t do it all in one post, so I’m releasing a series of articles and giveaways all about the #CHAShow!

ABOUT CHA

The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) is a not-for-profit organization consisting of thousands of member companies engaged in the manufacture, distribution and retail sales of products in the nearly $30 billion U.S. craft and hobby industry. The Association offers a broad range of member services, including market research, education, as well as operates award-winning trade show events, the CHA Winter and CHA Summer Shows that attract industry professionals from all over the world. See www.craftsupershow.com for more information.

 

If you are on a MAC or having problems watching this embedded video, here is the link where you can watch it directly via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqLqPAiFff4

Many Vendors release new products at this show, as well as share inspirational projects and ways to use their products.  AccuCut, Adorn It, ArtBin, Artistic, Brother/Scan N Cut,  Clover Needlecraft, Craftwell, Dritz/Prym, F&W Media, Fairfield, Fiskars, Grace Company/True Cut, Jack Dempsey Needle Art ,Leisure Arts, RIT,  Silhouette, Simplicity Creative Group, Sizzix, Thermoweb, and Tombow  are just some of the Vendors that had amazing products and inspirational projects that caught my attention.

My goal for attending this event, was to learn about new products that enable #CreativeGoodness.  I also wanted to look for #KidFriendly products, gain more in-depth understanding on electronic cutters, as well as look for inspirational project ideas!  While at the show I noticed a few trends in creativity:  Zentangle is skyrocketing, electronic die cutting has gone mainstream, metallic foils are definitely going to be the rage, and chalkboard products have an expanded versatility of applications from cards, organization, home decoration, as well as gifts.

While I wish I could share insights on every booth that caught my eye, today I need to focus on the highlights.  For some of these businesses, I will later be sharing more insights on specific products and even host a few SWAG giveaways.

MY FAVORITE BOOTH DISPLAY:

 Spinrite comprises well known brands Patons, Bernat, Caron, and Lily Sugar N Cream. Spinrite researches, develops, manufactures and markets a variety of consumer craft yarns, online patterns and pattern books.  They also created this amazing display called “Yarnia”.

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CRAFTWELL:

The eBrush and the Cut ‘N Boss are versatile tools that enable fun and creativity.  They also released a new eBrush Siphon Adaptor Kit at the show, which  allows you to add liquid paints for a variety of projects.  You can also now use food coloring to easily decorate cakes!  For those that work with fabrics, don’t overlook the power of embellishing fabrics, quilts, clothing, accessories and more to create a unique look.  Can’t find the perfect color for a button ?  No worries, when you have an eBrush as you can easily paint one for the perfect color.  Also introduced were new embossing folders perfect for those that enjoy embossing paper, metals and more with the Cut ‘N Boss (or original eBosser).

 

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FAIRFIELD:

Introduced  two new products:

Oly Fun, a water resistant, indoor/outdoor, no hemming needed, does not frey available in 18 fun colors that are solid-colors throughout with no front or back. There is no grain, and in turn, no selvedge edge to manage. It does not fray, so it makes for incredibly easy sewing with no hemming required. It can be die-cut, and because it doesn’t fray, has a clean and crisp look that stays that way over time. It can be folded, cut, glued scored, colored on, painted and so much more

Foamology – Just Peel, Stick, and Wrap.  A line of bio-based foams that can be used for cushioning or wall art and home decor.  One product, in this line, is Design Foam tiles and panels with stickybase adhesive on one sidewhich enables th maker to create decorative fabric or paper covered canvases with hardly any tools.  You wrap it like a present.

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ELECTRONIC DIE CUTTERS VS ELECTRONIC CUTTERS:

While there were five brands of electronic cutters (ecutters) at the show, Cricut, nor the new AccuQuilt GO! Big.      Both the Craftwell Cut ‘n boss and the GO! Big are electronic “die” cutting machines where you need to purchase dies that can cut ~8-10 layers of fabric.  The cut ‘n boss also allows use of various brands of embossing folders, perfect for paper or metal embossing.

The Brother Scan N Cut, Silhouette Portrait and Cameo, Sizzix Eclipse 2, Artistic and Cricuit Explore are all electronic cutters that can allow you to cut an endless number designs, one layer at a time (e.g. paper, plastic, fabric, etc.). Each also have some form of proprietary software that will allow you to combine, create your own unique designs and more.   While I do not have hands on expertise with each of these machines, I have been researching e:cutters for a long time.  Each of these machines offer #CreativeGoodness, but depending on your objectives and computer skills, you can match the best one to your individual needs. In the future, I’ll share more insights, but today I simply want to share some highlights of what I saw at CHA:



 

 

BROTHER SCAN N CUT

An e:cutter with a built-in 300 dpi scanner that can cut fabric, papers, cardstock, craft metals, rhinestone sheets, vinyl, etc. This was the only scanner that accepted my challenge, at the #CHAShow to cut a heart out of blended wool felt, and it did an excellent job cutting it in one pass!  Felt is a difficult item for e:cutters, which with patience and the right stabilizer most of these machines can cut, but may not provide as clean a cut as what the Scan N Cut did on “unstabilized” felt!

The Brother booth was also packed with inspirational project examples, using a variety of materials for broad scope of Crafters. And they also showed how the cut fabric shapes can be beautifully embroidered, as demonstrated on their embroidery machines.  They also had a demo of their Heat Press Machines, which I must confess I was drooling over.

Brother also has Cloud based software for creating your own designs on the Scan-N-Cut. List price $499

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SIZZIX ECLIPSE 2

An e:cutter that can cut fabric, papers, cardstock, craft metals, rhinestone sheets, vinyl, etc. There booth was absolutely packed with #CreativeGoodness and so many inspirational project examples, it made it a challenge to leave their booth vs stay and playing.  List Price on the Eclipse 2 is $299.

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SILHOUETTE

An e:cutter than can cut fabric, papers, cardstock, craft metals, rhinestone sheets, vinyl, etc.  At the #CHAShow, Silhouette had a fun make-n-take where you could write out your name, take a picture of it, and use the Silhouette Cameo to cut it out on vinyl to make an iron-on tote with your name on it.  Needless to say, that make-n-take was very popular at the show.  And, I know of two quilt shops that were inspired to now carry the Silhouette Cameo for sale in their shop.  One, will even be giving a demonstration, using this same make-n-take, at the upcoming Road to California Conference and Quilt Show this month in Anaheim, CA..  List Price on the Cameo is $299 and the Portrait is $199.

In addition to the make-n-take, Silhouette showcased their new accessory to help with cutting rolls of vinyl. appropriate called a “roll feeder” which will retail for ~$40.

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ARTISTIC (Janome)

An e:cutter, The Edge, by Artistic is a versatile electronic die cutting tool. It comes with software that allows you to create your own designs that can be shared (or sold) in SVG file format, as well as other formats. The software will also allow you to easily digitize your designs for machine embroidery applique. Also, you can create print-n-cuts, cut templates for crystal applications, emboss craft metals. and much more. While I do not have hands on experience with the software or machine, it feels like a great product with a good value

There are two models of The Edge, a 12″ version with a MSRP of $799 (typical retail is $399) and a 15″ version with a MSRP of $899 (typical retail is $499).

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I’ll be sharing more insights on the #CHAShow, and many new products introduced at this show, as well as hosting some giveaways for fun SWAG, very soon.

You can find CHA at:

http://craftandhobby.org
http://craftandhobby.wordpress.com/
https://www.facebook.com/CraftandHobby?v=wall&ref=ts
https://twitter.com/CraftandHobby

Mark your calendars:  Jan 2016 is the 75th Anniversary of CHA!

 

 

#CHAShow 2015

Here is a list of previous posts about the annual #CHAShows:

 

QuiltShopGal is interested in knowing if you have an electronic cutter, what brand you may have.  And, if you don’t if you are considering getting one (or not).  e:Cutters are growing in popularity and I’ve certainly found they enable #CreativeGoodness for a large variety of creativity.FairFa

#CreativeGoodness Weekly Linky Party – January 16th

We now have badge code for bloggers that wish to display a badge for our #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties! Code is located on the main page for this event: which can be found by clicking EVENTS > #CREATIVEGOODNESS WEEKLY LINKY PARTIES, located underneath the header image above.  Or click this link: http://quiltshopgal.com/creativegoodness-weekly-linky-parties/

Creative Goodness at QuiltShopGal

Thank you for those who shared their favorite #CreativeGoodness projects last week.  They were all inspirational projects.  Today, I want to highlight a project shared by Debbie (Stitchin Therapy).  She shared an inspirational project how she used some extra string blocks to create an absolutely stunning cover for her sewing machine.  Needless to say, my sewing machine is absolutely green with envy – but I’m inspired and this will be the year I make a cover for my machine!  I hope you click thru to visit Debbie’s block as she shares inspirational projects, tips, tutorials and definitely #CreativeGoodness all year round!

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Weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties are all about creating, sharing and inspiring.  Bloggers and non-bloggers are invited to participate and share any form of creativity that they wish to share.  January linky parties have an “optional” theme of: Winter Blues and Whites, Primatives, #NewGoodness.

To join the party, simply click the linky tool below and follow the steps to add the url to your blog post or picture in the Flickr Group.

Guidelines:

1) Sharing is open to old projects (old blog posts), but new projects(new blogposts) are also appreciated.  While not required, QuiltShopGal encourages participants to recognize the designers, source of patterns, websites, etc., and share any information to help those inspired to be able to create a similar project.  After all, “Inspiration” is what our linky parties are all about, as well as creating and sharing.

2) 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.

3) 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, each week I will happily showcase a participant from the prior weeks’ linky party.

 

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

~ Create ~ Share ~ Inspire ~ #CreativeGoodness ~

Email QuiltShopGal if you have questions at Darlene at quiltshopgal dot com.

 

This week, as well as for all future linky parties, any #CreativeGoodness sharing will always be welcome regardless of the theme.  You decide.  But each month will have a theme where you can share anything you feel fits the theme in any of the linky parties that month.  Tutorials are also very welcome.  You decide what you want to share, what type of creative project you want to inspire others with, and you will never be limited to a theme.  But, at the same time, there will be opportunities to share themed projects.

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– January:- Winter Blues and Whites, Primatives, #NewGoodness
– February: Reds, Pinks, Valentines
– March: Greens, St. Patricks Day
– April: Pastels, Spring, Easter
– May: Blues, Greens, Creams, Flowers
– June: Whites, Brides,Weddings, Anniversaries
– July: Red, White and Blues (Patriotic), #KidfriendlyProjects
– August: Summer Colors, #KidfriendlyProjects

– September: Primatives, #FallGoodness
– October: Orange, Black, Purples
– November: Primatives, Browns and Blacks
– December: Holidays, Sweets, Blues, Silver, Reds, Greens, Whites, #GlitterGoodness

 Blog Migration Update: Still learning and doing cleanup, but beginning to enjoy my new WordPress home.  Just missing some of my SewCalGal followers that are not following me on QuiltShopGal.  🙁

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

Linky Parties can be a great way to find inspiration, tips, tutorials, as well as a variety of great blogs (and non-bloggers too).  Be sure to check out the growing list of linky parties at QuiltAlong.net

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New Fabric Line: Tonga Zen and New Patterns

SewCalGal recently had the opportunity to attend a reveal presentation of a new line of batik fabric at Cozy Creative Center.

This new line of fabrics is from Timeless Treasures.

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Daniela  Stout is the owner of Cozy Creative Center (previously Cozy Quilt Shop), and the author of many designs and books published by Cozy Designs, as well as the famous Strip Tube Ruler and Jr.  She is also a fabric designer for Timeless Treasures.

You may be familiar with Tonga Cabana, which was designed by Daniela Stout and became a very popular fabric line.  She has now released her 2nd fabric line called Tonga Zen, which has a collection of 25 beautiful batik fabrics that include vibrant colors, as well as perfect blenders, with some really cute batik stamped designs.  Plus, there are quite a few new patterns designed specifically for this new collection.

 

Daniela has also designed three new patterns that look great made with Tonga Zen and can be purchased at Cozy Creative Center (wholesale orders can also be placed for these new designs):

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Plus, with each Pre-cut Tonga Treat bundle comes bundled with a free pattern:
Also, for a limited time, Cozy Creative Center  has a kit with Tonga Zen fabric and the Winter Soltice pattern, nicknamed the “Zen Kit“.

Your should be able to find Tonga Zen fabrics (yardage and pre-cuts) in your favorite shops.   If not, let them know you would like them to carry it as they may not yet be aware of this beautiful new fabric.  Of course, you can find the entire collection at Cozy Creative Center

You can find Timeless Treasures at:

http://www.ttfabrics.com/
http://www.ttfabrics.com/blog/
https://www.facebook.com/ttfabrics


You can find Daniela Stout at:

http://www.cozyquilt.com/
https://www.facebook.com/CozyQuilt
https://www.facebook.com/DanielaStoutatCozy?fref=ts
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5Ea9yiDZ2grViTGvc0XzZA

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Recreating Antique Quilts – Re-envisioning, Modifying & Simplifying Museum Quilts, by Wendy Sheppard

Several years ago I became a fan of Wendy Sheppard, after getting addicted to her delightful blog (Ivory Spring), where she shares tips, tutorials, inspiration and links to downloadable free patterns that she has written for various companies, such as major fabric manufacturers whom she also promotes awareness of beautiful new fabric releases.

Wendy is a very talented quilter, designer, teacher and author.  SewCalGal also considers Wendy an “Expert” Free-Motion Quilter and excellent FMQ Teacher too!   She is also a wonderful woman with a variety of interests, one of which is antiques and visiting museums which she has periodically shared insights on her blog.  And, as I got to know her more I remember thinking “This woman would be a wonderful Director of a Museum” as she is creative, but also she always pushes herself to learn more.  Over time, I have come to the conclusion Wendy will be successful at what ever she wants to do and as such, any company that has the opportunity to work with her will be better off with the experience.

Needless to say, I was delighted when I learned “Recreating Antique Quilts” was published and when she was able to attend Fall Quilt Market to promote this book.  And, I’m absolutely delighted to be able to share insights with you today on this book:

PRESS RELEASE from Landauer Publishing:


Recreating Antique Quilts – Re-envisioning, Modifying & Simplifying Museum Quilts, by Wendy Sheppard

Five antique quilts from four museums are adapted for today’s quilter by author Wendy Sheppard. The historical quilts inspired 10 projects for quilters of all skill levels. Using today’s fabrics and techniques these antique quilts come to life with new beauty and warmth to use and live with throughout your home. The Projects include quilts in a variety of sizes, table runner, table topper and pillow. Includes piecing and appliqué techniques, quilting notes and inspiration, and simplified construction. Clear, concise instructions and how-two throughout. Beautifully photographed.



Wendy Sheppard, originally from Southeast Asia, began her career as a chemical engineer.  In 2005, with encouragement from a friend and no prior sewing experience, she made her first quilt.  Needless to say, that dive into quilting changed her career path.  Wendy’s original designs are regularly featured in numerous publications, including The Quilter, Quilt Trends, American Patchwork & Quilting, Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting, McCalls, Australian Quilters Company, UK’s Popular Patchwork and many others. 

 She also designs patterns for Benartex, RJR Fabrics, Quilting Treasures, and Island Batik.  In addition to her design work, Wendy shares her free-hand and machine quilting designs and tips on her website (www.ivoryspring.wordpress.com) and blog (Thread Talk from My Sewing Machine).  Currently she resides in northern Virginia with her family.

Recreating Antique Quilts (978-1-935726-63-0) contains 96 pages, comes in a softcover binding, retails for $24.95 US, and is available through your favorite distributor, bookseller or quilt shop, or direct from Landauer Publishing:  800-557-2144 or www.landauerpub.com.  Publication date:  October, 2014

There is also a great blog post on Landauer’s blog Quilt Books And Beyond that shares more insights on Wendy and this book. 



MY REVIEW:

Recreating Antique Quilts is packed with inspirational designs that all come with well written instructions that are easy to follow and also include great visuals, making this book perfect for quilters of all levels.  Some of the projects use machine applique where applique templates are provided and there are also templates for some of the pieced quilts.  Tips are also shared for precision piecing, along with suggestions and designs for free-motion quilting.

Projects include a lovely pillow,  beautiful table topper/runners, stunning wallhangings, and quilts in a variety of sizes (e.g. 57- 1/2″ x 61-1/2″ to 56″ x 68″).



From a historical perspective, Wendy also shares a picture of an antique quilt, along with insights about that quilt, which gave her inspiration for each project she included in this book.



Ultimately, I’m confident this is going to be a Best Selling Quilting Book and there will be many quilters that make refreshing heirloom quilts using designs that Wendy has included in this wonderful new book.

Lastly, I want to share a sneak peak into the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  One of the monthly challenges will have an option, for those that own this book, to make the beautiful “Ginkgos on Prince Street Pillow” and enter it in the monthly Free-Motion Quilting Challenges next year.  More details will be shared on this blog soon.




You should be able to find this book in your favorite quilt shop.  Of course, if you don’t SewCalGal recommends that you let them know you’d like to see them carry it, as they may not be aware of this book.  Of course, you can also find it on Amazon, or order a copy from Landauer Publishing online.  Although, I’d recommend that  you order a “signed” copy directly from Wendy.

You can find Wendy at:

http://ivoryspring.wordpress.com/
Annie’s – Online Free-Motion Quilting Class with Wendy Sheppard

You can find Landauer Publishing at:

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

Book Review/Blog Hop – Because I Love You Sew – and A Giveaway

Today SewCalGal is honored to be participating in a Blog Hop to share insights and celebrate the release of a new book, packed full of #CreativeGoodness.  It is also packed full of fun projects and inspiration for making handmade gifts, which just shout out “I love you sew”.

Because I Love You Sew
Because I Love You Sew, by Trish Preston, is published by C&T Publishing.
Trish Preston is a talented sewing enthusiasts who launched her sewing pattern line in 2010, with the name of Two Peas in a Pod Homegrown Designs.  She has also been published in many magazines and also been on the TV Show, It’s Sew Easy.  Because I Love You Sew,  is her first book.
PUBLISHER DESCRIPTION:
 
Get perfect gift ideas for everyone in your life (and maybe find something for yourself) 

• Make handmade gifts for family, friends, co-workers, kids, or even yourself!
• Featuring 17 gift-giving projects, perfect for all skill levels
• Projects include quilts, bags, holiday decor, accessories, and so much more 

Don’t just say it … sew it! This charming collection of 17 projects lets everyone in your life know how much you love them. Make quilts, stylish totes, pretty holiday decor, and more! With patterns for all skill levels, step-by-step directions, and plenty of inspiring ideas for personalizing each gift, Because I Love You Sew is undeniably straight from the heart.

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Trish also created a fun Youtube video to share more insights on this book:


MY REVIEW:

There is something special about a handmade gift and Trish has not only created a book with fun projects to make for gifts, she also does an excellent job capturing the spiriting of making handmade and giving handmade gifts.  Thus, I’m truly hoping that EVERY person that enjoys making handmade gifts will get a copy of this book, but also I believe this book is filled with so many fun projects, that have easy to follow instructions, it would also make an excellent gift to encourage others to make handmade gifts.

Of course, many of the projects are items you’ll want to make for yourself, but they are all perfect for gifts.  And many of these projects would also be appropriate for teaching kids to sew and give handmade items for gifts.

All of the projects come with well written instructions and create visuals.  A few of the projects have templates which are included in the book.

Did I Mention A Giveaway?

Trish and C+T Publishing have offered to giveaway an e:copy of Because I Love You Sew, to one lucky follower.  This giveaway is open to followers from all over the world.  To enter, simply leave a comment on this post.  Maybe you’ll want to share an idea for your favorite handmade project to give as a gift, or a recommendation for handmade gifts appropriate for certain age groups.  A winner will be randomly selected on December 19th.  SewCalGal will send them an email to notify them, as well as update this post to announce the winner.

UPDATE:  Congratulations to Cheryl’s Teapots 2 Quilting

Did I Mention A Blog Hop?

Be sure to visit all of the blogs participating in this hop, where you’ll learn more about this book, the very talented author, and also have more chances to win a copy of this book as you’ll find more giveaways.

December 3rd: Heather Jones
December 8th: Generation Q Magazine
December 9th: Sew Cal Gal
December 13th: Bernina
December 15th: Trish Preston
You can find Trish at:

December Linky Party – Make It A Handmade Christmas Challenge

The goal of the Handmade Christmas Challenge has been to encourage #CreativeGoodness by making handmade throughout the year, to be able to decorate your home for the holidays, as well as give as gifts.  



But, as many creative people are busy, it is easy to understand that some people may just now be working on making such handmade items, whereas others may have oodles of handmade items completed.  Either way, this is all about having fun and inspiring others with creative ideas for giving handmade and decorating your home with handmade.  And we hope those that don’t have time to make handmade will still have fun and find inspiration.

This is our last Linky Party for this challenge and everyone is invited to join the fun.  You can share everything you’ve made in 2014 that you plan to use to decorate your home, or give as Holiday gifts, including items that you may have recently made.



Christmas is now a few weeks away, but there is still plenty of time to make a handmade item and join this challenge,  where the Linky Party this month will be open through December 10th.  There are over 70 prizes that will be awarded to those that participate in this Linky Party, as well as those that participated in one or more Linky Parties this year for this challenge.  The more events you participated in the more chances you have to win prizes.  In randomly awarding winners, I’ll also be looking at all the entries to look for those that have shared a tutorial along the way, those that may have created the most unique handmade holiday item, possibly those that have made the most handmade items, or the largest.  Winners will be announced between December 16-25th and in keeping with the spirit of this challenge, there will be some surprises in how winners are selected, but most will be randomly selected based on simply entering the challenge and making handmade items that fit with our holiday theme in 2014.


 

SewCalGal wants to recognize and thank all the sponsors that have generously donated prizes for the Make It A Handmade Christmas Challenge.  Click here for a complete list of prizes that will be randomly awarded to participants of these monthly challenges, in December.

 



 
How do you enter?  Make handmade  gifts for the holidays or decorations for your home for the holidays, anytime in 2014 and enter in any of the monthly challenges for a chance to win prizes.   Bloggers and non-bloggers can participate and you can make your items anytime throughout the month, but you can only share what you make one time in one monthly challenge.  The exception is with this challenge, you are encouraged to also share a photo that shows ALL of the items you have handmade for the holidays in 2014 and hopefully you will provide a count in your blog post or flickr description that you link to in this linky party.    You may have made just 1 item, 10, 20, 100 or tbd items, but share a photo showing all, photos of what you’ve recently made, and how many handmade items you’ve made for the holidays in 2014.  
 
 
 

Rules to enter this challenge:


While there are many sponsors and many wonderful prizes for those that enter in one or more of the monthly Linky Parties in the Handmade Christmas Challenge, that are open to quilters worldwide, as SewCalGal will be shipping this particular prize to the lucky winner and currently has limited funds for shipping prizes, the winner of this bundle will need to be a US resident. 

1) Projects need to be made in 2014 (they do not need to be made during the 10 day window of a a given monthly linky party.  But they need to be something you made 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.  Your help to encourage others to make handmade gifts, throughout the year to give as gifts or to decorate their home, is appreciated.  And, of course, you can also inspire others by sharing your projects, providing tips and tutorials, as well as recognizing the source of the design for your project, should others be interested in making it too!


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 10th of  this month, to give participants plenty of time to enter this monthly challenge. If you are not familiar with how to use a linky click here for a tutorial.
For blogger participants that are interested in posting a badge, the badge code can be found on the main page for this event.  Thank you!
 
Let’s not forget the spirit of this challenge is to make handmade gifts for Holidays or decorations for the holiday season, throughout the year.  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.

In some cases an UFO that is finished in 2014 may count, when a good part of it is worked on in 2014.  But those that are simply putting in a single stitch this year to count it as an entry  for this challenge will not have good kharma.  Please strive to adhere to the intent of this challenge…..Make Handmade in 2014 for Christmas gifts and decorations for the 2014 Holiday season!

Winners will be announced between December 16th-25th!

 

Visit the main page for this event, by clicking here, to see a complete  list of prizes. While many prizes are open to quilters from around the world, some prizes will be shipped to US Only winners, where shipping costs are compliments of SewCalGal.  Non-US winners may pay for shipping costs, if they wish to receive such prizes.

Thank you to everyone that has participated in these monthly Linky Parties.  There have been many wonderful handmade items that have been shared that are inspirational gifts, as well as some great tutorials.  SewCalGal has also received a tutorial by a non-blogger who handmade some lovely jewelry and I hope to have that tutorial posted here, on my blog, this week.

#FallGoodness

Welcome to our first weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Party.



 The theme for the party this week is #FallGoodness.  This party is all about creativity, of all forms, where bloggers and non-bloggers are invited to link up and share what they have created, to inspire others.  Any form of creating is welcome so long as you created it, which includes something you designed, created from a free or purchased pattern, recipes, DIY, etc..  Create and Inspire, but this week, this post, it needs to fit with a Fall theme to share in this linky party.  Of course tips and tutorials are also appreciated!



To join the party, simply click the linky tool below and follow the steps to add the url to your blog post or picture in the Flickr Group.  


Guidelines:

1) Your creative project can be any type of creativity which you feel is appropriate for the weekly theme.  You may want to share a quilt, wallhanging, tablerunner, crochet-knit, embroidery, painted, handmade jewelry, recipe or other handmade/DIY project which you created (your own design, free or purchased pattern, recipe, etc).  
2) Of course, tips and tutorials are always appreciated, but not required.  If you did created your project using a free pattern, purchased pattern, or free internet tutorial, SewCalGal hopes you will share with others the info for others to also find the design info that you used to create your project.
3) Old blog posts, old projects, are all shareable.  Just be sure they work with the weekly theme. 
4) Bloggers can share new or old posts, as well as link up more than one post to any weekly linky party. The links that they share just need to fit the weekly theme.  And once you share a link, you can not re-share it in future linky parties.
5) 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.
6) 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, each week I will happily showcase a participant from the prior weeks’ linky party.  


Next week, our theme for #CreativeGoodness is #ThankfulGoodness .  The next Linky Party will be posted on Friday, November 28th.  I hope you will join the fun.  After all, we all have plenty to be Thankful for the Goodness in our lives.  Be creative and join the fun by sharing what you are thankful for.  You may have photos, a project, a recipe….anything with #CreativeGoodness that you want to share that fits a #ThankfulGoodness theme will work.  Quite easy!    


~ Create ~ Share ~ Inspire ~ #CreativeGoodness ~
 

 

Quilt Market/Festival: Kaleidoscope Collections

Today I’m delighted to be able to share insights with you about Kaleidoscope Collections (Kaledoscope Kreator software and embroidery designs) and their newest product, which was announced at Fall Quilt Market and Quilt Festival/Houston.  Before I begin, I want to thank Carol Kaplan and Bobbie Zinker who gave me permission to share their photos with you today.

 
Kaleidoscope Kreator (KK) software is a fun and easy to use software that allows you to use your photos or clipart to create various kaleidoscope designs that you can print on Inkjet Fabric to create awesome quilt blocks.  Of course, you can also save your designs to create your own digital artwork, as well as print on paper to create greeting cards, etc..
 
 
The creative possibilities with KK software and Inkjet Paper are endless.  You can make stunning quilts, wallhangings, table runners, pillows and more!
 

 


Kaleidoscope Collections also has machine embroidery design collections, which compliment their kaleidoscope designs to make them even more stunning projects that stitch out beautifully.

 
At Market/Festival, Kaleidoscope Collections introduced a new embroidery collection – Feathers, which SewCalGal believes will be very popular and extremely versatile.
 
 

There are 16 shapes in 4″, 5″, 6″ and 8″ sizes (64 designs total) in this collection.


They look beautiful when stitched out on their own.


And they also look gorgeous when stitched out on Inkjet Fabric that has been printed using KK software and the Feathers Template package, with your images where you can create a completely one of a kind piece of machine embroidered art.


The above photo shows one of the feather machine embroidery designs stitched out on batik, whereas the picture below shows the same design stitched out on Inkjet Fabric printed with a design using the Kaleidoscope Kreator Software and the Feathers template pack. 



Kaleidoscope Kreator software is very economical and also makes an excellent holiday gift.  Plus, it is kid friendly!  

And, for machine embroidery enthusiasts, Kaleidoscope Collections now has three machine embroidery design collections.  They all stitch out beautifully on regular fabric, or Inkjet fabric printed using the Kaleidoscope Kreator software and the respective template pack.  SewCalGal also thinks they would be great machine embroidery designs applied to jackets, bags and an endless possibilities of projects for gifts, home decor, clothing decor, as well as bags and totes.  


You can purchase Kaleidoscope Kreator software and the Kaleidoscope Collections machine embroidery designs from the online store for  Kaleidoscope Collections  and many US and International Retailers.  If you do not find these products in your local quilt or sewing shop, you may want to let them know you would like them to carry these products as they are available wholesale.

You can also find Kaleidoscope Collections at major Quilt Shows, such as the upcoming Road to California and the Sewing Expo in Puyallup, Wa shows.



 You can find Kaleidoscope Collections at:

http://www.kalcollections.com/
https://www.facebook.com/KalCollections

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