Marcus Fabrics has a new line ofAunt Grace fabrics, designed by Judie Rothermel, which will make beautiful quilts and other sewn items. This adorable collection of 30’s fabrics is available by yard, as well as includes 10″ precuts, 2½” strip bundles and FQ bundles of 10 coordinating Centennial Solids.
There are 42 different prints, divided evenly into seven distinct color palettes, including brighter and softer tones of each for limitless mix-match possibilities and for monochromatic projects alike.
These fabrics are available as of July lst, but if you do not find them in your favorite store, let them know you are interested in having them carry this new line. It is so new, they may not be aware of it. Marcus Fabrics also has a store directorythat may help you find a store near you that carries these fabrics. Online, the Fat Quarter Shop will also have these fabrics available.
Time to Congratulate all the lucky winners of the Bee Creative Charity Fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis.
Maureen Russell of Beautiful Embroidery Designs has an on-going program to help raise funds for CF, through sale of her Justin’s Magic Mandala Machine Embroidery Designs, as well as her collections (large and small) of PDF Mandala templates, that are perfect to use for free-motion quilting, doodling, coloring, and so much more. For every purchase, Maureen will donate 100% of your purchase CF Foundation.
One lucky winner will receive a Mary Fons – Wonder thread with 12 large spools collection.
Aurifil will kindly ship this prize WW
winner –Karin V.
Striking Strip Quilts, by Kate Henderson
terrific T-Shirt Quilts
Learn to Paper Piece
I Love Log Cabins Sew, Slice, Spin and Sash
These books will be shipped by QuiltShopGal. As I do not have any funds available to ship internationally, nor Postage Angels supporters at this time, thus these prizes will be limited to US Only winners.
Note: With sponsor approval, prizes unclaimed within 10 days will be used as prizes in future events, hosted by QuiltShopGal. Winners were capped on the number of prizes they could receive, based on the number of raffle tickets they purchased, regardless of how many times their name may have been randomly drawn. Emails have been sent to all winners.
Marian of Seams to be Sew is hosting a super fun event to celebrate International Quilting Day and it goes all week long! She has lined up a great group of bloggers, with some generous sponsors who have donated amazing prizes that will be given away daily, throughout this event.
QUILT QWAZY QUEENS
I absolutely love the theme that Marian (Seams to be Sew) picked for this blog hop. I’ll confess I have many non-quilting friends that I’m sure think I’m totally crazy. Although, I think many would be willing to stand in line if I were offering them a chance to get a handmade quilt, or other handmade item.
How do you know if you are a Quilt Awazy Queen?
I think I’m a Quilt Qwazy Queen as I get so focused that I sometimes can’t stop making the same, or similar design, or working with similar fabrics. The majority of my quilting is charity quilts.
I must have made 20+ baby/toddler quilts using Duck Duck Goose fabrics, and other scraps from my stash. Each quilt was completely different. In the end, I still had oodles of blocks and matching fabrics that I gave to a Linus Coordinator, to make more. But I was tired of working with these fabrics, although it was fun to figure out ways to use scraps of various sizes and colors, as well as incorporate machine embroidery designs and free-motion quilting.
I often pick fabrics from my stash and punch thru making as many charity quilts as I can. I’ve had quilt blitz periods for flannel quilts, pastel quilts, as well as kid friendly prints. For me, mass-production of charity quilts can be a great way to help a great cause, as well as be efficient with our supplies and time. But I’ll confess I reach a point, where I get tired of working with the same fabrics and colors.
On a personal basis, I enjoy making quilts using a variety of techniques. But Hawaiian applique quilts, completely stitched by hand, have always been my favorite. I’ve made many king, queen, twins, laps and wallhanging quilts using a variety of Hawaiian designs, some with historic designs.
While I enjoy hand piecing, hand applique and hand quilting, I also enjoy machine piecing, free-motion quilting and threadplay. This spring, I’m wanting to finish this Spring theme applique quilt, which I’ll donate to a fundraiser to benefit Animal Shelters, once I have it finished. I’m visualizing finishing it with quite a bit of threadplay, using various weights and colors of thread, as well as free-motion quilting and machine applique’.
But, before I start another project, I plan to finish a Mandala theme table runner that I’ve created during the “Bee Creative Charity Fundraiser, to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation“, which I’m hosting this month. There is an open linky party where anyone can share any Mandala theme creativity, to inspire others. Plus, generous sponsors have donated prizes where you can purchase a virtual raffle ticket to enter to win 20+ prizes and all proceeds benefit CF.
I hope you have fun in the Quilt Krazy blog hop and find many inspirational ideas. Marian has done a fantastic job coordinating this fun event and I’m honored to be a stop in this hop. I definitely want to encourage all my followers to visit the other bloggers in this hop, as well as to enter the various daily giveaways to win great prizes.
I also want to heighten awareness that the Fat Quarter Shop is giving everyone who purchases something at their shop at 10% discount. When you check out, just use the coupon code of: seamstobe316 note: This discount is not good on gift certificates.
DID I MENTION GIVEAWAYS? I SHOULD HAVE SAID MEGA GIVEAWAYS:
Marian arranged for each blog, participating in this event, to host a unique giveaway. Plus there are daily giveaways that you can enter at Seams to Be Sew. And, the very talented Marian is also giving away free designs and her designs are always amazing. Is this a great way to celebrate International Quilting Day or what ?
Today, I’m hosting a couple of giveaways, thanks to Marian for coordinating this:
Enter to win a $25 Gift Certificate with the Fat Quarter Shop (open to WW participants in this blog hop), simply claim one or more of the entries using the rafflecopter form below:
We have 21 prizes to giveaway and everyone can enter by simply visiting one or all of the blogs. Come back tomorrow to get the line up, see the prizes, as well as find out about an easy craft project that can help you organize your craft room.
Every Saturday in March, I’m hosting a Linky Party for a Charity Fundraiser to benefit Cystic Fibrosis. This will be a virtual party where you can doodle (e.g. on paper, or what ever), free-motion quilt, use mixed media, or machine embroidery and share what you create via our open Linky Party, to help inspire and encourage others. Think of it as a #DoodleAlong, #CreateAlong, #FMQAlong, #StitchAlong Party all month long.
The fun will be using beautiful Mandala designs by Maureen Russell, of Beautiful Machine Embroidery Designs. To clarify, Maureen has created machine embroider designs as well as templates that can be downloaded via PDF format, for those that wish to use these Mandala designs for doodling on paper (or whatever), as well as use for free-motion quilting, or mixed media arts.
The possibilities of what you can create are endless, but technically you need not create anything to help. And all proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
As a charity fundraiser, this virtual event will have a variety of options to enter. Entries to win prizes are based on donations of $10 AU (about $7 US) for each virtual raffle ticket entry.
Purchase and download PDF templates of Mandala designs that you can use for doodling, free-motion quilting, or mixed media designs – possibilities of what you can do with these designs are endless. These downloadable PDF files will be available at Beautiful Embroidery Designs on March lst. Each $10 AU purchase qualifies as one virtual raffle ticket entry.
You need not stitch or doodle anything in March, using these templates, but we hope you will do so and share via a linky Party that QuiltShopGal will host in March. These Mandala designs are perfect for doodling, as well as free-motion quilting.
Purchase the Mandala machine embroidery designs, by Maureen Russell, at $50 AU (about $35 US) to get three virtual raffle
You need not stitch anything in March, but QuiltShopGal will be hosting a #StitchAlong in March for these designs, showing how to make a table runner or wallhanging, but the possibilities are endless for what you can create with these designs. And, participants will be encouraged to share their progress via a Linky Party in March.
Make a donation via PayPal, for any amount you wish to help raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For simplicity, donations can be made to (what is Maureen’s PayPal email address), but must be tagged as “Cystic Fibrosis Charity Fundraiser” in the comments. For every $10 AU that you donate in March, you’ll be awarded a virtual raffle ticket to win prizes.
note: While QuiltShopGal is hosting this fundraiser, all funds raised will go thru Maureen Russell, or her Beautiful Embroidery Designs site. She’ll compile a list of those that make general donations for CF by way of her PayPal account, those that purchase the PDF Mandala templates, as well as those that purchase her beautiful Justin’s Magic Mandala embroidery design collections. And, she’ll provide me the names of such individuals and I will issue them virtual raffle tickets to win 20+ prizes generously donated by sponsors.
PR Angeles that can help spread the word about this charity fundraiser are greatly appreciated. Don’t forget you may have non-quilting friends that might want to donate to help the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, by making a donation in your name, whereby you could win the quilty prize! So be sure to let all your family and friends know! And, for bloggers that wish to help increase awareness, you have my permission to copy and share any of the info and images in this post, that you wish.
Don’t forget to this event starts on Saturday, March 5th. But you can visit Beautiful Embroidery Designs to purchase the Mandala machine embroidery design collectionanytime between now thru the end of March to obtain virtual raffle tickets. If you want to purchase the PDF Mandala templates for doodling, free-motion quilting, mixed media art, etc., you can contact Maureen. I’ll also share once she has these files set up for purchase via her online store. Lastly, don’t forget you can contact Maureen if you wish to make a general donation to CF, thru her PayPal account, but get virtual raffle tickets to win prizes.
Did you have a special Christmas Wish? I hope it came true. And I wish for you happiness, good health and time to enjoy and be creative always.
While I personally feel very blessed, I want to share my special wishes this holiday season. I hold each of these in my heart and prayers:
Angela Walters, an amazing quilter, teacher, author who has given so much to make our world of quilting so much fun, also comes from a quilty family. Her brother, a fellow quilter, is also a Policeman with the Kansas City Police Department. Unfortunately, he was seriously injured on December 10th, while off duty, and remains in critical condition in ICU. While I previously posted about the call for prayers (and donations), I continue to carry Nate, Angela, and their extended family in my heart and prayers daily. If you are not familiar with what happened, I hope you’ll click thru to read a post I released sharing such insights.
Many in Australia have just lost their home due to fires that are raging with the high temperatures this region of our world is experiencing. My heart and prayers go out to those that have lost their homes, the firemen who risk their lives to help and for all of those impacted by these terrible fires.
There are many that are fighting cancer, or other serious illnesses and some are in the quilting business, making it very difficult to earn an income when you are not feeling well. My heart and prayers go out to them. The men and women serving their US and our allies, who are off in a war zone, as well as away from home during the holidays. Again, my heart and prayers for these soldiers and support groups.
As I do believe it doesn’t take much to make a Happy Holiday, I find pleasure in emails, phone calls, and/or visits with family and friends very much during this time of year. I also thoroughly enjoy holiday music and wanted to share one of my favorites with you today:
DID I MENTION #NIGHTSBEFORECHRISTMAS WINNERS?
First, I want to thank our sponsors for this event: Aurifil, Martingale, The Warm Company and Laundauer Publishing.
I also want to thank everyone that shared Winter/Christmas theme giveaway, freebies, and/or tutorials in our Linky Party for this event, helping to share fun and creativity.
Now, time to announce all the winners for the various giveaways hosted during this event:
Welcome to another celebration of the Nights Before Christmas. I hope you are enjoying this holiday season and are also enjoying this virtual party.
WHAT IS THE NIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS PARTY?
Anyone who wants to help celebrate the holiday season with good quilty fun and a lot of giveaways, freebies and tutorials can participate. You’ll find:
Freebies will be shared with every event post.
Giveaways offered throughout the event, where followers can enter to win any prize they are interested in. Winners will be randomly announced and notified on December 25th.
A Linky Party for those that want to share any Christmas or Winter themed: 1) Giveaway, 2) Freebie, or 3) Tutorial.
Sharing of your holiday projects (in progress or finished) on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using hashtag #NightsBeforeChristmasParty and/or in the weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Party that I host every Friday. While you can’t share in the linky party in this post, when sharing with hashtag you can claim an extra entry in any of the giveaways during this event.
While QuiltShopGal will be shipping prizes directly to winner due to my limited funds (earned by Affiliate programs), the majority of the giveaways will be limited to US Only followers, but there will still be plenty that will be open to WW followers.
Look for “Nights Before Christmas” Party posts on QuiltShopGal, several times a week, thru December 24th. But they will most likely always be released in the evening vs my typical release in the morning.
DID I MENTION A LINKY PARTY?
Share a Christmas or Winter theme giveaway, freebie, or tutorial and claim an extra entry in the Giveaways for our #NightsBeforeChristmas Party.
The Fat Quarter Shop has provided so many wonderful free patterns, as well as many free patterns and tutorials. Today I want to share one of these free designs, which I think would also make a great Christmas or Winter themed decoration for your home, or for a gift.
The “pocketN pies” pattern is a super fun and fast project that is also great for kids to learn to sew aprons that are perfect for the kitchen and other projects where an apron can be helpful.
I’ve personally made this project many times. I’m actually planning on making some with a Christmas theme and hope you’ll join me in a #StitchAlong that I’ll release this coming Saturday and I hope you’ll join me. Supplies can be found via the free downloadable pattern from the FQS. You can use Christmas, Winter, or any other theme fabric you want. And, of course, if you need to get some fabric, Fat Quarter Shop has a great selection and they ship so fast I’m confident you’ll be able to get your order and be able to join me in this upcoming #StitchAlong.
DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?
Thanks to the Fat Quarter Shop, one lucky follower will win a copy of Winter Wonderland, by Sherri Falls of This and That Pattern Company
Winter Wonderland includes complete instructions for twelve cozy Christmas projects! Projects include nine quilts, two tablerunners and a tree skirt. There are over 90 pages of holiday inspiration.
While the designs in this book are absolutely perfect for a winter wonderland quilt, I think the settings, many blocks, as well as tips and techniques shared in this book would certainly help to make a variety of quilts perfect for any season.
But Winter Wonderland is packed with 12 Cozy Christmas Quilts that would be absolutely perfect to decorate your home, as well as giving as gifts. Heck, this book would also make an excellent gift to quilters of all levels. Pattern instructions are written with easy to follow instructions and great visuals.When you consider you get 12 stunning patterns in this book, the price is absolutely an exceptional value.You should be able to check out this book at your favorite quilt shop, but if you don’t see it, do let them know that you’d like to have them carry it. It is such a new book, that they may not have heard about it. Of course, you can also find it online at the Fat Quarter Shop, as well as Amazon.And, if you are not yet aware, the Fat Quarter Shop always has stunning new fabrics, books, and supplies, all at good prices. But they also have great sales, as well as 24 hour Flash Sales
If you are interested in winning this book, there are several ways to enter to win. Those that share in the linky party can claim an entry, as well as followers can claim entries. Simply use the Rafflecopter form below to claim any appropriate option. While it really only takes one entry to win, as some like to increase their chances, there are several ways you can get extra entries. One lucky winner will be randomly selected, using the random number generator widget in Rafflecopter. And, I will email them on, or about December 25th, to let them know (my goal is the 25th).
The giveaway today is also open to US/Canada only followers.
Prizes may not ship until after New Year’s Eve, as I also need to close out shipping prizes for the 2015 FMQ Challenge, and also enjoy the Christmas season.
I’m thrilled to be a stop in the blog hop for the EQ7 Seasons Row-A-Long, hosted by Marian Pena of Seams To Be Sew. If you are a visiting QuiltShopGal for the first time, Welcome. And, if you are already a follower, I want to encourage you to check out all the participating blogs in this event as there are free Seasonal PDF patterns everyone can download and use to create ROW quilts, many tutorials, great inspiration, fun and amazing giveaways at each stop. To clarify, I have a free ROW pattern, a tutorial, as well as some giveaways for you today as well as links for the participating bloggers in this event.
Are you thinking “What is a Row-Along?”
I’d like to stress, this is NOT the Row By Row Experience Shop Hop. I think of a Row quilt as unique designs for a row of blocks, or a row of a quilt, where the overall ROW quilt has a theme and you can combine various row designs to create your own unique quilt. For this Row-Along, it is a fun blog hop where every participating blogger provides a unique design for a row quilt, with a Seasonal theme. These designs were created using EQ software and many designers are also sharing their design file.
For this EQ Seasons ROW-Along, Marian has line up bloggers that provide a free pattern every Tuesday, with the theme:
And there are weekly giveaways, at each stop in this hop, as well as special giveaways to be awarded at the end of this event.
And, for those on Facebook, there is also a public group you can join to chat and share with others participating in this event, as well as sharing what everyone creates with these free patterns. The Facebook group is called “EQ Seasons ROW-Along” and is packed with inspiration.
DID I MENTION A FREE ROW PATTERN BEING GIVEN AWAY HERE?
My ROW quilt design is called Winter Delight. It is designed for a ROW of six blocks, finish 8″, for an overall row of 8″x48″. Each block is designed for raw edge applique’.
For me, Winter is a Season of Beauty and whimsical fun.
I had a blast using EQ7 to create these whimsical blocks. The snowflake block can easily be made using the AccuQuilt Holiday Medley die #55043, or you can traditionally cut it using the template provided in my pattern.
For those that have electronic cutters (e.g. Silhouette Cameo, Sizzix Eclipse, Brother Scan N Cut, etc), you can download my SVG files for free prior to October 31st. Afterwards, the SVG files will be available for a nominal fee, where funds will be used to help with postage expenses for various prizes I ship directly to WW winners. If you are not familiar with how to use SVG files, please follow me on Youtube, as I will be releasing a tutorial soon, to show you how.
If you are an EQ user and would like EQ block designs for my Winter Delight design, as well as other designs shared in this Row-Along, the EQ team has kindly compiled a BLK file of all the designs shared in this event. Here is a link to a tutorialand a download BLK for most of the design shared during this event, but the download BLK file will only be available thru October 31 st as many of the designers will be selling their ROW-Along patterns as of November lst.
DID I MENTION A TUTORIAL ?
There are some wonderful tutorials being shared during this ROW Along. I decided to give a very quick and simple tutorial showing how easy it is to take an applique design and turn it into a machine embroidery design using EQStitch. The EQStitch plug-in is a very economical and simple to use digitizing program that works with EQ7 software. It is a great entry level digitizing program that is quite fun to use. Perfect to make quilt labels and easy embroidery designs, which include fills and/or applique.
I also used this as a personal learning opportunity, where I have created my very first video tutorial:
It is s-o easy to digitize a design in EQStitch. Maybe you’ll want to digitize your own designs, block designs that come with EQ, or even create your own unique quilt label? How about a unique quilt label for your EQ Seasons Row Along quilt?
DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY ?
There are so many different giveaways that Marian Pena, of Seams to Be Sew, arranged with various sponsors. Today I’m hosting three different giveaways, thanks to Marian and the sponsors. Each have a unique Rafflecopter form that you can enter any or all, that you may be interested in winning. I’m also sharing insights, to heighten awareness, of other giveaways that you may want to enter.
QuiltShopGal is hosting three giveaways, which were arranged by Marian Pena of Seams to Be Sew, and the sponsors. They are open to WW participants, simply use the unique Rafflecopter form, for any or all of the three giveaways, which you may want to win:
Fat Quarter Shop is sponsoring a giveaway where QuiltShopGal will randomly select a winner of a $25 Gift Certificate. This giveaway is open to anyone anyplace in the world. Simply use the Rafflecopter form below to enter this giveaway.
a Rafflecopter giveaway Northcott is sponsoring a giveaway at every stop in this hop where you can enter to win a bundle of 6-8 pieces of fabric, in 1 yard lengths. Estimated value is $60-80 for each bundle. To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter form belowRafflecopter giveaway Sulky is sponsoring a giveaway, where one lucky winner could win a one Sulky 6-pack 30 wt cotton threads, which contains 6 spools at 500 yards per spool. Each packs value is $36.00. This giveaway is open to anyone WW, just simply use the rafflecopter form below if you want to enter to win this prizea Rafflecopter giveaway
As mentioned, weekly, each blog in this event will be hosting various giveways. So follow the lineup for this week, as well as next week, to enter all of the amazing giveaways. This includes an opportunity to win a copy of EQ7. Click hereto enter this giveaway hosted on the Do You EQ blog. The EQ team has also written a tutorial, to help EQ users download a library of the majority of the blocks, which they kindly compiled, from participating blogs in the EQ Seasons Row Along event. This BLK library will be available for free at EQ for the next 30 days.
While Marian (Seams to be Sew) arranged for amazing giveaways to be offered each week, at each stop in this ROW Along, blog hop event, she also has many wonderful prizes that will be given out at the end of this event, including some for those that use the free ROW Along Patterns to create the Seasonal themed ROWS and/or quilts. For more info on this ROW Along and more prizes, be sure to visit Marian’s inspirational blog.
DID I MENTION A ROW-ALONG BLOG HOP ?
Thank you to Marian of Seams to be Sew for organizing this amazing event. Here is the line up for this fun blog hop this week:
On October 6th, they’ll be more stops in this hop, with more free patterns, tips, tutorials and giveaways, as well as reveals of quilts made using various ROW Along patterns.
Don’t forget, all stops in this hop share free downloadable PDF row patterns and while many have shared their EQ PJ7 files, the EQ Team is creating a downloadable BLK file with the majority of all the designs shared in this event. And, each week new giveaways are shared in the blogs scheduled for that week, which are typically open for the week. There are also opportunities to enter to win prizes to be awarded at the end of this event.
Welcome to another week where I invite you to #StitchAlong with me. You can join anytime, as there are absolutely no deadlines. It is just much more fun to work on projects with others. And, you can certainly adapt these projects, as you wish. But I encourage anyone that wishes to participate to share as you go on any social media tool you wish to use (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Blogs, Flickr, etc.). You can also link up and share in our weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties that I host every Friday.
What are we stitching? Projects will vary from sewing, quilting, embroidery, free-motion quilting, etc.. As one project finishes, I’ll move on to another project, always trying to share insights as to what project is coming up, so you can get supplies ready, if you wish to join. And many projects will include a free-motion stitch-along, where we explore a variety of FMQ designs. While I’m not an expert at anything, I’ll try to help answer any of your questions and walk you through the steps. I also have many experts available to pull in, for more help, as appropriate.
THIS PAST WEEK, I’ve joined other quilters stitching:
EPP SEW ALONG, hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop
Participants have been sharing their progress on Instagram, using hashtag #EPPSEWALONG. While many have just joined this week, several have finished the EPP part of this project. Weekly, Kimberly Jolly shares a step or two for making this wallhanging, or table topper and step #6 was shared this last Wednesday.
While Kimberly has not yet shown the step to applique the EPP Star to the background, I stitched mine down using Aurifil. I was delighted to find an absolutely perfect color match to the taupe colored background fabric I selected for this project.
Someone in this group asked the question about how to hide the tails, on each of the star points. For me, I took two tight stitches at the point of the star, used the needle to tuck the fabric tails smoothly under the star point, to minimize a bump at the point, and then continued hand sewing the EPP Star to my background fabric.
After I finished hand sewing the EPP Star to my background, I trimmed to approximately 1/4″ from the hand stitching, removing the fabric in the center of the star.
I removed all the paper pieces, then starched and pressed.
I popped my EPP papers out and concluded while EPP has many techniques (e.g. glue vs basting), when it comes to removing the papers using a thread basted approach is much easier than glue. Although the glue approach, using the Slimline glue stick was certainly faster than basting. Pros/Cons to every approach. Do you have a favorite?
THIS WEEK I’M STITCHING …….FREE-MOTION QUILTING. Want to join me with a………..?
A FREE MOTION QUILTING STITCH A LONG #FMQALONG
I’m doing free-motion quilting on my EPP Star, to turn it into a table topper. Join me for some free-motion quilting using any project you wish and the new Ultimate Background Stencils, by Cindy Needham.
The Ultimate Background Stencils is a robust collection of stencils with six background designs and each comes in three different sizes…Papa (10×11″), Mama (8×9″) and Baby (6×7″). This allows you to fill ANY size space. This special set of stencils also includes two grids in 1/2″ and 3/4″.
This stencil collection can be ordered online at Cindy’s website, or you can let your favorite quilt shop know that you’d like them to place a wholesale order with Cindy and have them available in their shop, as they may not be aware of them. But, while I’m using the Ultimate Background Stencil Collection this week, I do want to share I have quite a few projects I’m planning to show off using both the Ultimate Background Stencil Collection and the original Ultimate Stencil Collection. And, many of our #StitchAlong events will be using these stencils for free-motion quilting our projects. Thus, you may want to go ahead an get the bundle ofboth stencil collections .
I think any of the Ultimate Background Stencils would be perfect for this project, or even a combination. I actually picked the Twisted Grid, using the Papa Size Stencil.
I used a water based fabric marker (use your favorite non-permanent fabric marker) to mark your quilt top. After I finish marking today, I’ll sandwich and start free-motion quilting. I’m hopeful to finish my FMQ this week. I’ll be sharing photos on Instagram, throughout the week,as well as in a blog post for our #StitchAlong next week with more #FMQAlong fun.
Supplies for this #StitchAlong, a free-motion quilting stitch along, were shared last week. I’ll be using the Winter Bliss design collectionfrom Marjorie Busby/Blue Feather Quilt Studio. You can use templates from this design collection to create raw edge applique or machine embroidery wallhangings and other projects. I’m going to be creating a fabric book for a small child, as well as a set of 12 days of Christmas gift bags.
I’d love to have you join me in my virtual #StitchAlong projects. You can share on social media (e.g. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc) using the hashtag #StitchAlong. Of course, I also hope you’ll also share in the weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Partieswhich I host every Friday. What ever you do, I hope you find joy and time to create.
Here is a list of previous posts for #StitchAlong:
Making a project with others can be great fun. I find it motivating and enjoy seeing the design made in various colors, as well as tweaking of designs from time-to-time. Plus, there is great support when someone gets stuck, as there is always someone that can help. I also think of this as dedicated sewing time where I will stay focused and more likely to finish a project vs create another UFO.
What do you think about stitch A longs (aka Sew A Long, Sew-cials, Sit N Sew, Row A Long, etc.)?
While I typically don’t post on Saturdays, as I like to use this time for sewing, I’ve decided to host a series of virtual Stitch A Longs, as well as continue to participate in various Sew A Longs that are hosted by others. Of course, I hope you’ll join me and share photos along the way. While I’m far from an expert, if you get stuck I will gladly try to help you, but I’ll also coordinate bringing in some experts to help.
You’ll also periodically have opportunities to win sponsored prizes, by participating in these Stitch A Longs.
I’ll post insights on these Stitch A Longs on Saturdays. Some projects may get completed that week, where others may go on for 2-3 weeks, just depends on the size and complexity. And, I’ll share insights on upcoming projects, to give you advance notice to give you time to get supplies.
Projects will vary from quilting, machine embroidery and sewing that may be based off a free tutorial, pattern or machine embroidery design, where others may come from a book, pattern, or machine embroidery design that you will need to purchase to participate. While I don’t sell anything (I’m not in the business) I will share information on where you can make such purchase, if you wish to stitch this project with me, but you can also let your favorite quilt shop know you’d like them to carry the design too!
You are probably aware that the EQ Seasons ROW A Long has begun. This fun event is hosted by Marian of Seams to Be Sew. Every week, through October 6th, Designers at participating blogs release a free downloadable design, for a particular season, in the form of a row of blocks. You can mix and match various ROW designs, to create quilts, wallhangings, table runners, etc.. This is a free event open to everyone. Follow My Creative Blog List for weekly updates to links for this blog hop, or visit Seams to be Sew for more info. There is also an optional group on Facebook that you can join, where sharing and more.
I’m excited about the EPP Sew Along, hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop, that starts on Wednesday, September 9, 2015. I’ll definitely be working on this. Details will be posted on the Jolly Jabber blog. I’m gathering my supplies today and following the supply list from the Fat Quarter Shop/Jolly Jabber blog post: http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/2015/09/english-paper-piecing-sew-along-with.html I’m able to use some supplies I already have, but Fat Quarter Shop also has a complete kit at a reasonable price.
After this Sew Along, QuiltShopGal will host a variety of Stitch A Longs, but the first one will be for free-motion quilting and one of the projects will be to quilt our EPP projects!
Upcoming Stitch A Longs, which you may want to start gathering supplies for are:
Free Motion Quilting using The Ultimate Stencil and Ultimate Backgrounds stencil collections by Cindy Needham.
Cindy’s new Ultimate Backgrounds collection includes 20 stencils… ½ and ¾” grid and six different designs in Papa, Mama and Baby sizes. These are very versatile and allow you to fill nearly any space with beautiful background designs. These complement The Ultimate Stencil which allows you to create nearly any design in any size you wish. Be sure to check out her website for free downloadable handbooks and YouTube instructions.
Truly Ultimate Stencil Collections where design possibilities are endless. You can apply these stencils to your quilts and more. Of course, I’m shooting to FMQ my project created in the EPP Sew A Long, hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop, using these amazing stencils, but what you may want to use these stencils for during this stitch a long is totally up to you. And, you’ll see me use these stencils in many future Stitch A Long events too!
In this stitch a long, I’ll be playing around with different combinations on my practice sandwich which I will turn into Click It Bags (pattern by Robin Gallagher), but you can opt to just practice along with me, turn your practice sandwich into various projects or not, or to apply your designs to your quilts.
To clarify, this FMQ Stitch A Long will be comprised of several sessions: we’ll have a doodle session where we’ll share various design ideas, followed by stitching out on practice sandwiches, followed by turning those sandwiches into other projects or apply your designs directly to your quilts. And, one of the projects, for those that participate in the EPP Sew A Long, will be to free-motion quilt them using the Ultimate Stencil and Ultimate Background Stencil. Definitely there will be a lot of opportunity to learn and improve your free-motion quilting skills, as well as have fun.
In early October, I’ll host a stitch along that is appropriate for machine embroidery enthusiasts, but you can still join the fun even if you don’t do machine embroidery.
Marjorie Busby, of Blue Feather Quilts, is a talented designer and digitizer. We’ll be stitching out her Winter Bliss Design Collection. Participants can make the embroidered blocks into a cute holiday wallhanging, or table runner, or any project they wish. I’ll be sharing insights on how to create a wallhanging and a table runner during this Stitch A Long, as well as how to create a fabric book to for young kids to count down the days till Christmas. Some may want to make fabric bags, with this collection, which would be fun to fill with small gifts to give to kids, as they count down the days till Christmas.
These cute applique blocks can be cut using AccuQuilt dies, manually cut using templates provided in the design collection, or with electronic cutters (e.g. Silhouette, Brother Scan-N-Cut, Sizzix Eclipse, etc) using SVG files that are provided in this collection.
While you can use your blocks to create a wallhanging, table runner, or other quilted project, you could also adapt Marjorie’s tutorial to create a fabric book using these blocks. I’ll be sharing how to use Eco-Fi Felt and these blocks to make a fabric book.
For those that follow my Fingertip Shopping blog, where I periodically share insights on great sales, you already know that this machine embroidery design collection is on sale this weekend at AccuQuilt. You need not use AccuQuilt cutting machines and dies to cut the shapes, as Marjorie does provide templates in her design, but admittedly the dies do make this project go faster.
I have a large list of future Stitch A Long Projects, but my plan is to focus future posts to show only the current project and a little info on near term future projects, with supplies needed. Of course, I’d also like to hear what sort of projects you would like to see in these Stitch A Longs, or if there is a quilting, sewing, or embroidery technique that you want to learn or improve on, as you may influence what projects we do when. For now, I’m planning a mix of quilting, sewing and embroidery projects for use in your home, or appropriate for gifts.
There are certainly many options for virtual sew-cials and all are fun. I hope you’ll follow along and when one catches your attention, join the fun.
Today we kick off the September Linky Party for the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge, which will be open for this month only. To clarify, this summer, our monthly challenges were opened thru September 15th and there is still time to enter the following challenges:
This month we showcase Kaleidoscope Kreator 3 (aka KK3) software, from Kaleidoscope Collections, and Teri Lucas, who is a Master Free-Motion Quilter and teacher. We hope to inspire you to play and create with KK software and free-motion quilting. Possibilities are endless. There is also an machine embroidery (ME) option for those that enjoy ME, which will also incorporate free-motion quilting.
Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero is also the creator of the Kaleidoscope Collections software and machine embroidery designs. She has created many award winning quilts, teaches wonderful classes, which I highly recommend, for using the Kaleidoscope Collections software as well as machine embroidery designs. And, she is a new designer for Hoffman California Fabrics.
To clarify, there is also an option to participate in this challenge without purchasing the KK software. But personally, I honestly think this challenge will be more fun for those that use the KK software.
For those not familiar with Kaleidoscope Collections, software and machine embroidery designs created by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero. I have used this versatile software for years, which I find to be super fun and easy to use, while allowing you to convert images into a Kaleidoscope, where the creative possibilities are endless.
Here is a super quick example:
From this photo
I quickly and easily created a variety of Kaleidoscope designs for which I can easily size and print on fabric, using my home printer, or save to a file to use to make greeting cards, jewelry, etc.. Here is a gallery of a few of my designs from one photo, but I could have created many more unique kaleidoscope designs using KK3 software:
Can you visualize how these designs would look in a free-motion quilted project and how much fun you could have creating your own fabric designs with KK3 software? I’m here to help, if you need help pursuing this challenge. Just leave a comment on this post, or email me.
And here is a video where Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero that provides a good overview of how the KK3 software works for quilters:
As mentioned, our expert this month is Teri Lucas and she is an award winning quilter and teacher. You may be familiar with Teri from our 2012 FMQ Challenge, Facebook, her blog (Teri Lucas Quilts), having taken a class or workshop with her, articles published in various magazines such as Quilting Arts, or her articles as the Associate Editor of Generation Q Magazine.
Here are a few of examples of Teri’s beautiful free-motion quilting:
(photo above taken by the very talented Gregory Case).
Feather Zone is an award winning quilt made by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero and Teri that used Kaleidoscope Kreator Software and the Feather Template Pack to create this stunning quilt.
“Fire in Ice” was created using templates from both the Snowflakes and Filigrees Template Mini-Packs with Kaleidoscope Kreator 3. It was quilted by Teri Harris Lucas. — and made by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero.
I hope you can see why I’m delighted to showcase Kaleidoscope Collections and Teri Lucas in our 2015 FMQ Challenge this month.
Create a pillow using the free-motion quilting tutorial by Teri Lucas, that was shared in the 2012 FMQ Challenge. For those that do not want to purchase the Kaleidoscope Kreator (aka KK) software, this tutorial also provides a free downloadable template that you can use to mark on your fabric, but using the KK software will certainly be more fun!
Here is a pillow created using KK3 and the Filigree Template Pack, made by Jeanie. I’m sharing this for inspiration. If you need a tutorial to make this specific pillow, let me know. But do remember, you can use KK3 softare, any template, or use the free PDF provided by Teri Lucas in this challenge to create a pillow of any size and design that you wish. This is a versatile challenge!
For those that enjoy machine embroidery, create a pillow where your design uses the KK software and any of the complimentary machine embroidery design collections (e.g. Feathers, Filigrees, Snowflakes) AND inco
Here is a video tutorial by Jeanie that shows machine embroidery enthusiasts how to use KK3 software to print on fabric and stitch out these embroidery designs.
For those that may have an electronic cutter (e.g. Silhouette, Brother Scan-N-Cut, Sizzix Eclipse, etc), consider using Kaleidoscope Kreator 3 software and your electronic cutter, to create your own unique applique Kaleidoscope design that you can applique, add free-motion quilting and create a stunning pillow. Or create a stencil and paint your KK3 created motif on your fabric, followed by adding free-motion quilting designs of your choice.
Here is an inspirational video tutorial by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero and Rebecca Kemp Brent .
KK software uses your domestic printer to print on fabric, which typically maxes out at 8.5″ wide. For those that use Electric Quilt Software you can play with your design to determine the size of your blocks and overall layout. For those that do not use EQ Software of course you can sketch it out on paper. But, here are a few ideas I came up with and wanted to share:
For 20″ pillows I played with a couple of versions, but don’t forget possibilities are endless….
8″ blocks with sashing and borders
6″ blocks on point
ENTER THIS CHALLENGE – JOIN THIS LINKY PARTY
Don’t overlook that you can create more than one pillow, to claim more than one entry to any of the monthly challenges. You want to do more than one of the options, or all. Each option you complete counts as an entry. And the more you create, the more opportunities you have to learn and improve your FMQ skills, as well as win more prizes!
1) Entries need to be completed pillows that show free-motion quilting that aligns with the options defined in this monthly challenge. Note: Other projects that you wish to share can be added to the Flickr group, but do not share them via the link tool.
2) You can enter one completed pillow for any, or all of the options. Bloggers can do so in one blog post, but to help with the entries, their post needs to show photos and clarify which options they are entering for this monthly challenge. Non-bloggers need to reflect the same as bloggers, in the comments for the photo they upload to the flickr group for this challenge. Both bloggers and non-bloggers can add one link to the linky tool, for each of the options they wish to enter. Note, to help with administration, please be sure the photo in the linky tool reflects which of the challenge options you are claiming when you enter/add the link.
Those that want to apply the challenge to projects other than pillows, or those that complete the challenge after the given month, as well as those that may wish to share other FMQ projects are encouraged to share in a Flirk group that has been created specifically for group sharing and inspiration: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2815271@N22/ To clarify, this group is open to anyone that wishes to share any FMQ project that they created.
3. In keeping with the spirit of this challenge, I hope in you encourage others to enter this challenge as well as check out all the entries to get inspired.
4. In the spirit of ~Create ~ Share ~ Inspire ~ #CreativeGoodness, those that wish to share tips and tutorials during any of these monthly challenges will be appreciated. And, as always, QuiltShopGal will try to do her best to help increase awareness of such. Collectively, we can create great fun and help others learn/improve their FMQ Skills.
While most of these linky parties are open for one month, this Linky party and other challenges released during the summer will be open thru mid-September, but I encourage you to not wait till the last minute to enter. You need to have your project completed and linked to enter to win prizes. Those that may complete this challenge at a different time, as well as those that want to share any FMQ related project, are encouraged to share photos in the Flickr group created for this challenge: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2815271@N22/
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 is now on the right hand column of this blog. Thank you for posting the badge. The more quilters we have participating, the more fun and inspiration we will all have. But I need your help to spread the word and encourage others to join, or at least come look and visit all the blogs (and non-bloggers) that share their FMQ projects with us via the Monthly linky parties and the Flicker Group sharing.
SPONSORS AND PRIZES FOR THIS AUGUST CHALLENGE:
Udderly Smooth, by RedEx
A gift pack of Udderly Smooth products. Product bundle shipped may not be exactly like what QuiltShopGal is showing.Estimated Retail value $25.Prize is open to participants living in US/Canada.
Quiltmaking Essentials 2, by Donna Lynn Thomas Irish Chain Quilts, by Melissa Corry All About Strips, by Susan GuzmanAs QuiltShopGal will be shipping these prizes directly to a lucky winner, one max can ship to a WW winner and two will be awarded to US/Canada winners. Prizes not claimed will be used later for Grand Prizes to be awarded at the end of the 2015 FMQ Challenge.
4 All About Stripswinner – Marjorie of Marjorie’s Busy Corner
And don’t forget when you enter this monthly challenge you are automatically entered to win prizes awarded at the end of this 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge. The more monthly challenges you enter the more chances you get to win monthly AND Grand Prizes. Many of these Grand Prizes sponsors will ship to WW participants!
For those wanting more information on the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge, you can click the menu tabs underneath the header image of this blog EVENTS > FREE-MOTION QUILTING > 2015 FREE MOTION QUILTING CHALLENGE to visit the main page for this event which will always contain current links to all the monthly challenges:
Aurifil, Clever Craft Tools/Grip & Stitch Disks, Fabrics N Quilts, Fat Quarter Shop, Gotcha Covered Quilting, Martingale, The Stencil Company, Udderly Smooth, Landauer Publishing, CT Publishing, the Electric Quilt Company, The Quilt Show and Craftsy!
Prizes will be awarded for each monthly challenge and there are also prizes that will be awarded at the end of the year. Monthly winners will be randomly selected. And while end of year (aka Grand Prizes) will also be awarded randomly, I’m also looking at awarding based on a variety of soon to be announced methods (e.g. Person that completed the most challenges, the person that improved the most, etc).