Category: Fat Quarter Shop

Celebrating Mother’s Day

In honor of Mother’s Day, this coming Sunday, I wanted to share a video with Ricky Tims and Libby Lehman, recorded during his recent concert in Paducah.  I’m so happy Libby is getting better.  Many of us feel that quilters around the world are our extended family and I certainly feel that way.  The Quilt Show certainly radiates the feeling of an extended family among quilters too!


If you have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/126082050

Did you know the current TQS Show, episode #1609 features Lea McComas.  Lea shares insights on how her quilting has evolved and tips for how she creates such spectacular quilts with fabric and thread to create pictures that capture special memories.  Alex also shares insights on a clever way to face a quilt and add a hanging sleeve. This is an inspirational and fun episode for Star Members, which I highly recommend.  While membership is very economical, if you are not a Star Member, you can get a Free Membership and there are four episodes you can watch for free.  It is easy to fall in love with TQS and feel they are part of our family!

 

While I typically share insights about sales for my followers at Fingertip Shopping, as there are a couple of super sales going on to celebrate Mothers Day, I thought I’d share them with you here today:

 

 

Landauer Publishing

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Table Topper Book Sale – A Mother’s Day Celebration Sale

Thimbleberries Four Seasons of Calendar Table Toppers

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Granola Girl Designs Nature’s Table Toppers

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Granola Girl Designs Table Toppers Celebrating the Great Outdoors

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Craftsy

Celebrate Mom this weekend and shop Craftsy’s Make It Great event to get up to $20 off ALL online classes. Craftsy classes make the perfect Mother’s Day gift, and they also make the perfect gift for yourself. Hurry, offer ends 5/11! Shop now and make your next project great.

Fibre Arts
Quilting & Sewing
Jewelry & Paper Crafts
Home & Garden
Cake Decorating & Cooking
Photography & Arts
All Classes

Angie Padilla has a 50% off Sale her entire store.  Use discount code MOM50 at checkout.  Sale good thru May 10th .

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The Fat Quarter Shop has 15% off emailed Gift Certificates.  Offer good thru May 10th.

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Did you know this is the 8th year the Fat Quarter Shop will be hosting an exclusive Designer Mystery Block of the Month?  For this program, they’ve invited 12 Moda Designers to design a block for the quilt and this year’s quilt features the Snowman Gatherings II Collection by Primitive Gatherings for Moda Fabrics.

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Leah Day Designs is celebrating Mother’s Day with a 20% off sale for all orders over $20 and this sale includes tables.!

Superior Threads is celebrating with 20% off MasterPiece thread, 71% off Nightlight Jumbo Cones, 77% off Perfect Quilter threads, 74% off Tailor Made.  Sale good thru May 10th.

 

Don’t forget today is the last day for this weeks #CreativeGoodness Linky Party.  Great way to learn about inspirational projects and you are welcome to share any form of creativity you create.  Tomorrow a new party will be opened for sharing.  I’m also working on getting sponsors for #SummerCamp which will begin June lst, but I’ll have a pre-event announcement with recognition of sponsors late May.

Farm Girl Vintage and a Giveaway

I’m delighted to share insights with you today about a new book by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet, published by It’s Sew Emma.

Like many of us, I was raised with mid-Western values and I have fond memories of spending time on my Grandparents farm.   Their home was filled with soothing colors and they always welcomed company.  My Grandmother always had a fresh homemade pie, or cake, which surprise company would enjoy a slice, along with a cool beverage to drink.  Farm Girl Vintage definitely captures that country life and invites you in to create projects that are perfect to decorate and use in your home, as well as give as gifts.

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There are 45 Farm Girl Blocks in this book, with instructions to make them in two sizes: 6″ and 12″.  All of the instructions are easy to follow with excellent visuals.   You can mix and match these blocks to create an endless possibilities of quilts, table toppers, wallhangings and more.

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You’ll also find patterns for 10 quilts, 2 table runners, a table topper, and a potholder.   And there is a section on “Mix & Match Setting Quilts”, for inspiration and tips on how to try other blocks for amazing and unique results.

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While the  Vintage Girl Fabric line, was an exclusive for the Fat Quarter Shop, it has now sold out.  But,  Lori’s new collection Modern Minis will arrive in June and would be a perfect fabric selection for this book (and sew-along).  Of course you may also have fabric in your stash that is perfect too!

This book has 144 pages that packed with #CreativeGoodness.  It is spiral bound, allowing it to lay perfectly flat and easier to use.  And when you consider the cost of a standalone pattern, this book has an extremely reasonable price.

Kimberly also created a Youtube tutorial for “How to use your backing fabric as your binding”, using a block and fabric from Vintage Farm Girl:

If you have problems viewing this embedded video, you can use this link to watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npTvVGouO6Y

 

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There is a super fun Sew Along every Friday where bloggers will be sharing blocks they made using patterns in this book, as well as their insights.  And you can join this sew-along and have fun too!  Here is the lineup:

May lst – Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet & Fat Quarter Shop   and Riley Blake Designs
May 8th – Good Golly Ginger and Sew Fresh Quilts
May 15th – Happy Little Cottage and Freemotion by the River
May 22nd – Donna’s Lavender Nest and Kelbysews
May 29th – Quilting Gallery and A Pieceful Journey
June 5th – Haberdashery Fun and Me and My Sister Designs
June 12th – Nana Company and Pink Pincushion
June 19th – Spun Sugar Quilts and Grey Dogwood Studios
June 26th – Very Kerry Berry and Messy Jesse
July 3rd – Clover & Violet and Porch Swing Quilts
July 10th – Lily Pad Quilting and Hooks, Needles & Brushes
July 17th – Charise Creates and Sue Daley
July 24th – Quilt Jane and A Quilting Life
July 31st – In the Boon Docks and Old Red Barn Co.
August 7th – Pretty by Hand and Daisy Cottage Quilting
August 14th – Persimon Freams and Pam Kitty Morning
August 21st – Simply Vanella and The Vintage Sheet Blog
August 28th – Sew Take a Hike and Happy Quilting
September 4th – Three in the Nest and Sewn With Grace
September 11th – Auntie’s Quaint Quilts and Little Miss Shabby
September 18th – One Little Pooh and Pig Tales and Quilts
September 25th – Thistle and Thicket Studio and Why Not Sew?
October 2nd – Freshly Handmade and Jina Barney Designz
October 9th – Lori Holt and Fat Quarter Shop

You can find the Fat Quarter Shop at:

http://www.fatquartershop.com/
https://www.facebook.com/FatQuarterShop
https://twitter.com/FatQuarterShop
http://pinterest.com/fatquartershop/
https://www.youtube.com/user/FatQuarterShop

You can find It’s Sew Emma at:

http://www.itssewemma.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ItsSewEmma?fref=ts

 

Did I Mention a Giveaway?

While I received a copy of this book to share my honest review, I’m also giving my copy away to one lucky follower.  But as my postage budget is currently limited, the winner will need to be a US resident.  Followers that want to win this copy can use the Rafflecopter form below.  I will use the random number generator, within this tool to select the winner and send them an email to let them know.

Followers will need to visit the kick off post at the Fat Quarter Shop and leave a comment on this post letting me know their favorite block.

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Don’t forget to check out my page where I share insights on giveaways and contests.  You can find this page by using the tabs underneath my blog header:  EVENTS > GIVEAWAYS & CONTESTS.  There is also a linky where anyone can add a link to any giveaway that they wish to share with others.

Do They Know They Are Beautiful?

Are you participating in the Snapshots Quilt Along?  The Fat Quarter Shop is hosting this fun BOM program, to help raise much needed funds for  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  The goal was to originally raise $10,000, but this goal was met earlier this year.   Still, we all know St. Jude Children’s Research can benefit by getting a lot more money donated!

Thanks to all that have donated (you don’t have to participate in the BOM to donate, nor do you have to create the quilt to enjoy the beautiful block patterns).  While everyone is happy that $10k has been raised, the Fat Quarter Shop appropriately raised the goal to $20k!  But why not raise more, as this is such a great cause.  Of course you can help by increasing telling every quilter you know.  And you don’t have to do the quilt-along to donate!  But the blocks are so beautiful and they’d also be great incorporated into smaller projects, such as wallhangings and table toppers!  Very versatile design!

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Here is a video that I wanted to share with you, as it reminded me what this fundraiser is all about.  Be sure to have your sound on as this video is choreographed for the music.
If you are on a MAC, or having problems watching this embedded video, here is a link where you can watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w75xWhtQ3Lk

 

Participants are encouraged to donate at least $5 to St. Jude’s, for every pattern download.  But even if you don’t download a pattern, donations are welcome.

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http://www.fatquartershop.com/donate-to-st-jude

You can find St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at:

http://www.stjude.org/
https://www.facebook.com/stjude
https://twitter.com/stjude
https://www.youtube.com/user/MyStJude

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You can find the Fat Quarter Shop at:

http://www.fatquartershop.com/
http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/FatQuarterShop
https://twitter.com/FatQuarterShop
https://www.youtube.com/user/FatQuarterShop

2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – March Challenge with Patsy Thompson

UPDATE:

This post has been updated to announce the winners.  This is the first time in WordPress that I’ve saved a published post to draft mode (while I was selecting winners) and then updating/publishing.  If you receive this update via email/RSS feeds, please let me know.

Welcome to the March Linky Party for the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.

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CHALLENGE OVERVIEW:

Open to quilters of all levels that want to learn/improve their FMQ skills, regardless if you are using a domestic, mid-arm, or long machine, everyone is welcome. There will be a big emphasis, throughout the year, to ~Create ~ Share ~ Inspire ~ #FreeMotionQuiltingGoodness, aka #FMQGoodness.

Each month there will be a linky party where bloggers and non-bloggers can share what they created, for one or more of the options set for the respective month.  This challenge is actually more flexible than many realize, but it does ask that you turn your FMQ Sandwich into a pillow of any size.  Those that view they are not pillow people may want to make FMQ pillows for gives, or make a larger “pillow bed” for a pet, or donation to an animal shelter.  But the intent is to be proud of your FMQ and turn it into a finished project.  It is up to you to decide if you complete stitch out on a practice sandwich and later stitch out on your quilt sandwich that you will turn into a pillow.  Still, as the options to enter will be flexible, you are encouraged to sketch out your design on paper before you attempt to stitch it out using your machine.

While “Sneak Peaks” were shared in late 2014, as well as throughout the 2015 FMQ Challenge, participants will need to finish their project and enter (link up) in the month that the respective challenge is released.  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/

SPONSORS:

Aurifil, Clever Craft Tools/Grip & Stitch Disks, Fabrics N Quilts, Fat Quarter Shop, Martingale, The Stencil Company, Udderly Smooth, and Landauer Publishing.

Prizes will be awarded monthly, where specific prizes will be showcased, as well as recognition of the monthly sponsors.  To clarify, prizes will vary every month.  Also, many will be shipped directly to the winner from Sponsors, but QuiltShopGal will be shipping some of the prizes using funds earned from Affiliate programs, thanks to Postage Angels who kindly click thru links on this blog when they sign up for an online class, or make a purchase.  Your price remains the same, as if you had purchased elsewhere, but I receive a few pennies from some sales and those funds are used to supplement my shipping expenses.  Some prizes will be identified as only being eligible to participants in the US or US/Canada, but many will be open to WW participants.  Either way, I hope participants join this challenge to learn and have fun and not just to win a prize.

MONTHLY FMQ EXPERT FOR MARCH:

Our expert this month is Patsy Thompson, a Master Free-Motion Quilter, Designer, Author, Teacher and also a machine embroidery digitizer!

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As you get to know Patsy you quickly realize what a wonderful woman she is and how compassionate and kind she is, which is perfect given she is also an MD.  But, she also has an amazing creative side, loves to continually learn, as well as to teach and share her expertise with others.

Patsy has created a number of excellent DVDs on free-motion quilting, which I highly recommend to anyone interested in learning/improving their FMQ skills.  If you are longtime follower of QuiltShopGal, you probably already know I have learned so much from these DVDs.  While I frequently watch them, they are also one of the first things I pack whenever I go on a trip.  Like many of us, I’d like to take my sewing machine with me when I travel, but that isn’t always practical.  So, I always take Patsy’s FMQ DVDs and my sketch pad and I continue to learn while traveling!   They are reasonably priced, packed with tips, gorgeous designs and easy to follow instructions that will help you master the techniques of free-motion quilting and many stunning designs!

 

Patsy has two FMQ techniques that are uniquely her style of quilting and I love.  Both she has shared in two books that she has written:

Hyperquilting“,

Feather Adventures!

 

 

 

 

 

Patsy can also be found on Craftsy now, where you can take her amazing class “Ultimate Free-Motion Quilting with Patsy Thompson

I am definitely fond of Patsy Thompson and would eagerly sign up for any class, as well as purchase any book or DVD that she ever offers.  I’m continually amazed how she pushes the envelope on free-motion quilting and what an amazing teacher she is.

 Patsy is also generously offering 30% off all of her Free-Motion Quilting DVDs, created by  Patsy, during March, when purchased from her online store.  QuiltShopGal recommends all of Patsy’s FMQ DVDs, at their regular price. And to get them at 30% off to be an amazing deal.  Just use code “FMQChall30” at checkout.  I honestly can’t recommend one of Patsy’s DVDs over the other, as much as truly recommend her entire collection for those that are seriously interested in in learning/improving your FMQ skills.  Maybe for beginners, any of her “Fast and Free” DVDs could be a good place to start, where as others may be more interested in some of her “Free Motion Fun with Feathers”.  If you search my blog, you’ll find where I’ve written honest reviews, for many of her DVDs.  And, I truly can recommend ALL of her DVDs for anyone interested in learning/improving their FMQ Skills. This special of 30% off certainly makes it a deal, which I hope will encourage you to purchase one, or more, of Patsy’s FMQ dvds.

 

For this particular challenge, while I did not ask FMQ experts to provide tutorials, Patsy has been working on stitching some FMQ Pillow samples. I hope you’ll click thru to check out Patsy’s samples for this challenge, as well as other inspirational FMQ samples and more, which you can find on her blog 

You can find Patsy at:’

http://www.patsythompsondesigns.com/

http://www.patsythompsondesigns.com/blog/
https://www.youtube.com/user/patsern
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Patsy-Thompson-Designs-LTD/139685489440973

BASIC SUPPLIES – FOR FREE-MOTION QUILTING PILLOWS

  1.  a sketchbook, which is a great place to start whether you are brand new to FMQ, or wanting to plan FMQ on a pillow, quilt or other project.  Sketching a FMQ motif on paper is a great way to embed a design in your muscle memory.
  2. practice quilt  sandwiches are really important.  Even FMQ Experts using practice sandwiches before they stitch any design on a project, even if they have stitched that design previously.  Practice helps you master a design, as well as ensure your machine is stitching properly.
  3. pillow form that is purchased or handmade, of any size, but I personally prefer a 18″x18″ or 16″x16″ pillow for these challenges.
  4. fabric marking pen that will wash out
  5. Quilting Gloves or Grip & Stitch Quilting Disks
  6. Supreme Slider
  7. Free-Motion Quilting foot for your sewing machine (aka open toe foot)
  8.  40 or 50wt cotton thread that compliments your fabric.  Aurifil is an excellent choice!
  9. Fabric for your quilt sandwich:
    • Pillow front: minimum of 20″ x 20″ (or larger) of neutral fabric that will show your stitching, but it is up to you to pick your fabric.
    • Pillow front backing: 20″ x 20″  (or larger) of any fabric.   As this fabric will be on the inside of your pillow and not visible, this is a great time to pick a fabric from your stash that is your least favorite.
    • Pillow backing: 20″ x 20″ (or larger) of a fabric that compliments the front of your pillow. Note, the size of your pillow backing should align with the size of the quilt sandwich for your front if you wish to do any FMQ on your back, which is totally optional.
    • Pillow back side – backing: totally optional, if you wish to add FMQ to the back side of your pillow.  Size should match your pillow backing sandwich (see above).

BASIC PILLOW MAKING INFORMATION: 

You can use any Pillow Pattern or tutorial that you wish to use to make your own pillow form and/or pillow, but I have also written a couple of free patterns that will be released shortly.  In the meantime, if you have questions on how to create a pillow form or pillow and don’t want to wait for me to release my free pattern, email me with your questions and I will try to help you.  My email is Darlene AT  quilt shop gal  DOT com

But while you can make a FMQ pillow for this challenge, of any size, I recommend you start with a quilt sandwich that is at least 20″x20″.  You can mark a square in the center of your sandwich to reflect your ultimate pillow size (eg. 16″x16″, 18″x18″, etc), and use the extra size for room for your hand placement when stitching near the edge of your pillow shape.

MARCH CHALLENGE – OPTIONS:

OPTION #1

Use the free FMQ tutorial provided by Patsy, from the 2012 FMQ Challenge, to create a FMQ Pillow adapting her border approach to your pillow design.  To clarify, you get to decide the number size of your pillow, the number of borders you wish to use, as well as which of the designs Patsy shared in this free tutorial, as you feel appropriate.  Sketch out your design on paper before you attempt it on fabric.  This was a fun FMQ tutorial and will certainly create a fun project to show off your FMQ skills.

 

OPTION #2

Show off FMQ designs and techniques taught in the “Ultimate Free-Motion Quilting with Patsy Thompson” on Craftsy.  You can use one or more designs taught in this class, creating your own unique Pillow that shows off your FMQ skills.

Maybe you want to use Patsy’s techniques for hyperquilting, her stunning feathers, trapunto, plumes, or a combination.  Any design, or combination that you want to use, so long as it is a design and technique taught in this class, is appropriate to claim this entry. And, of course, all of the tips, techniques and designs that Patsy shares in this class will help you learn/improve your FMQ skills, as well as have great fun.

 

OPTION #3

Create a Pillow using techniques and designs provided in any of the DVDs created by Patsy.  Beginners may want to consider one of her Fast and Free DVDs, and confident beginners or those experienced with FMQ may want to consider using techniques and designs from any of her Feathers themed DVDs.  Of course, QuiltShopGal sincerely recommends all of Patsy’s DVDs as they truly are excellent tools to help you learn/improve your FMQ skills.

 

For inspiration, while you can certainly create a beautiful FMQ pillow with an all over design, or as shown in option #2 of using a “borders” approach to segmenting FMQ quilting space, you may also want to consider segmenting your quilting space into bars, squares, etc.  Maybe the more confident FMQ quilter may want to be creative by drawing large eggs on their sandwich and filling them with a variety of FMQ motifs taught by Patsy and filled with a background, to create a FMQ Pillow for Easter. There is no right or wrong for this challenge, as any of the 2015 FMQ Challenge.  This month, our goal is to simply get to know an amazing FMQ Expert, Patsy Thompson, and apply her teachings and designs to you pillow project, while having fun creating and inspiring others.

 

Don’t forget, you can enter the March Challenge by one or all of the three options above.  With each option you complete during this monthly challenge, you can “link up” and claim the respective option for your entry.  Those that take on this challenge, after February, or opt to use this challenge on a different project than a pillow, can share photos in the Flickr Group, but those entries do not count as entries to win prizes.  But don’t overlook that while it is fun to win a prize, this challenge is really all about  learning and improving our FMQ skills, as well as sharing and inspiring others to do the same.

ENTER THIS CHALLENGE – JOIN THIS LINKY PARTY


RULES TO ENTER THIS CHALLENGE:

1) Entries need to be completed pillows that show free-motion quilting that aligns with the options defined in this monthly challenge.

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.

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.

 

This linky party will be open thru the last day of the month.  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.

SPONSORS AND PRIZES FOR THE MARCH CHALLENGE:

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Sponsor Prize Winners
Udderly Smooth, by RedEx 65668_10151884614025894_331473606_n  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.  Prize #1  winner – Dizzy Dog
Landauerlandauer Threads The Basics and Beyond, by Debbie Bates and Liz KettleQuiltShopGal will ship this prize to a winner, anywhere in the world. Prize #2 Winner: Raewyn
Fabrics N Quilts One lucky winner will receive a $35 Gift Certificate to Fabrics N Quilts Prize #3 winner: LC’s Cottage

UPDATE:  I want to share insights on how the winners are randomly selected.  I use a Random Number generator tool.  I try to match the first name drawn with the first prize and repeat.  If a name is drawn that is not a US resident and can’t be matched to the prize that was being drawn for, I try to match them up with another prize, as appropriate.

Here are the numbers that were drawn for prizes.

winner #1 winner #2 winner #3 winner #9 disqualified

 Number 9 was disqualified from winning as what they entered was not a pillow.  While we all appreciate sharing of any FMQ project, to clarify only FMQ Pillows that follow the quilting challenge rules should be shared in the linking.  General “sharing” is very much appreciated and enjoyed but should only be shared by way of the FMQ Flickr group https://www.flickr.com/groups/2815271@N22/, OR by leaving a comment on this post with the blog post link that you may wish to share.  (Flickr group gets more visibility and I’m looking into ways to award prizes at the end of the year for ALL participants, including those that share any FMQ project in the Flickr group).
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If you have questions for this Challenge, please read the FAQ:  http://quiltshopgal.com/faq-for-challenges-and-shows/

Winners will be selected randomly and this post will be updated accordingly, after I send an email to notify the winners.

email QuiltShopGal if you still have questions at Darlene @ quiltshopgal dot com and I will try to respond as fast as I can.

 

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Here is a list of previous posts 2015 FMQ Challenge:

2015 Snapshots Quilt Along

The Fat Quarter Shop is hosting the 2015 Snapshots Quilt Along  where a fun and creative block pattern will be released monthly and you can have fun quilting with others, who also want to help raise funds for a great cause, as well as make a beautiful quilt.

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This free monthly BOM/Quilt Along is also a fundraiser to benefit St. Jude’s.  For those that may not be aware of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, their mission is to:

Advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.  And, all research findings at St. Jude’s is freely shared with hospitals and researchers around the world.

St. Jude’s is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Ranked one of the best pediatric cancer hospitals in the country, St. Jude is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children.

For this QAL,  the first pattern and video tutorial will be released on January 15th, 2015, and all the other patterns and videos on the 15th of every month.

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While you can join this quilt along and use your own fabrics, the Fat Quarter Shop has created a fabric kit with beautiful fabrics to make this quilt, using Daysail by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabric.    And the Fat Quarter Shop is currently taking pre-orders for Quilt Kits and Backing sets, which will ship early February.  Fabric requirements will be available January 15th, 2015.

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Here is a short Youtube video that the Fat Quarter Shop team created to share insights on the Snapshots Quilt Along:

Aurifil also has a yummy thread collection for the beautifil Daysail fabric line, but it would also be a handy thread collection for many other projects too!.

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Participants for this quilt-along are also encouraged to share photos of as you work on your project, finished blocks and, of course, your finished quilt.  But sharing as you sew will be fun and using the hashtag #fqssnapshots for sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, as well as blogs will help others find you in this fun event.

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For more detailed information regarding the QAL visit: http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/p/snapshots-quilt-along.html

 

Participants are encouraged to donate at least $5 to St. Jude’s, for every pattern download.  But even if you don’t download a pattern, donations are welcome.  The goal is to raise $10,000 for St. Jude’s.

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http://www.fatquartershop.com/donate-to-st-jude

You can find St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at:

http://www.stjude.org/
https://www.facebook.com/stjude
https://twitter.com/stjude
https://www.youtube.com/user/MyStJude

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You can find the Fat Quarter Shop at:

http://www.fatquartershop.com/
http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/FatQuarterShop
https://twitter.com/FatQuarterShop
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2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – January

Welcome to the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  This month we kick off our January Challenge, with several ways to learn/improve your FMQ skills, have fun, share, inspire, as well as enter to win prizes that will be awarded at the end of this monthly challenge.

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CHALLENGE OVERVIEW:

Open to quilters of all levels that want to learn/improve their FMQ skills.  There will be a big emphasis, throughout the year, to ~Create ~ Share ~ Inspire ~ #FreeMotionQuiltingGoodness, aka #FMQGoodness.

Each month there will be a linky party where bloggers and non-bloggers can share the FMQ pillow (or pillows) that they created, following the respective monthly challenge.  They’ll need to finish that challenge and share via the linky, but the lst day of the month to enter to win prizes.  But everyone is invited to share any FMQ project any time through a Flickr group that has been created: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2815271@N22/

SPONSORS:

Aurifil, Clever Craft Tools/Grip & Stitch, Fabrics N Quilts, Fat Quarter Shop, Martingale, The Stencil Company, Udderly Smooth, Landauer Publishing and more will be announced soon.   Many FMQ Experts have also generously offered prizes too!

Prizes will be awarded monthly, where specific prizes will be showcased, as well as recognition of the monthly sponsors.  To clarify, prizes will vary every month.  Also, many will be shipped directly to the winner from Sponsors, but QuiltShopGal will be shipping some of the prizes using funds earned from Affiliate programs, thanks to Postage Angels.  Some prizes will be identified as only being eligible to participants in the US or US/Canada, but many will be open to WW participants.  Either way, I hope participants join this challenge to learn and have fun and not just to win a prize.

SPONSORS AND PRIZES FOR THE JANUARY CHALLENGE:

Update:  Winners were randomly selected using the random number generator which drew #40, #18, #21, #28, and #22.  An email has been sent to the winners to confirm they wish to claim their prize, otherwise another name will be drawn.

Sponsor Prize Winners
Aurifilaurifilogoweb Aurifil thread collection of 12 large spools.aurifil perfectly suited for every projectThis prize is open to WW participants and has a retail value of $130 US.
Prize #1 Bente of I Like to Quilt
Udderly Smooth, by RedEx 65668_10151884614025894_331473606_n  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.  Prize #2Winner:  Dena of Living Water Quilter
Fat Quarter ShopFatQuarterShop-Circle-275x275 Gift Certificate for $25.  Prize is open to participants WW.  Prize #3 Winner – If I Can, Sew Can You
Molly Hanson Two copies of her book “Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners – and those who think they can’t”Prize is open to participants living in the US.  Estimated retail value of this book is $26.99 Prize # 4 TBA Winner Connie of Free Motion by the River Prize # 5 Jean O. (non-blogger)

 

MONTHLY FMQ EXPERT:

Molly Hanson enjoys free-motion quilting her own quilts, as well as quilting for fabric companies, authors, bloggers, and pattern companies. While she has been published in a magazine, had her work featured in videos from fabric manufacturers.  And she can be seen on two episodes of Sewing with Nancy. Molly is also the author of a new FMQ book that is perfect for beginners, as well as those that think they can’t do FMQ!

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You may recall I previously wrote a review about her new book “Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners: and those who think they can’t”.  It is an excellent book for those new to FMQ, as it will help you learn how to setup your sewing space for FMQ, understanding tools, prepping your project, sketching, as well as five important prep-steps for FMQ, along with oodles of tips, tricks and reminders.  For those that have expertise with FMQ, you may also enjoy this book and creating some fun projects that show off your FMQ too!

Molly is a very talented and I’m honored to showcase her as an FMQ Expert during this 2015 FMQ Challenge.

You can find Molly at:

http://sewwrongsewright.blogspot.com/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/97273973@N03/

BASIC SUPPLIES – FOR FREE-MOTION QUILTING PILLOWS

  1.  a sketchbook, which is a great place to start whether you are brand new to FMQ, or wanting to plan FMQ on a pillow, quilt or other project.  Sketching a FMQ motif on paper is a great way to embed a design in your muscle memory.
  2. practice quilt  sandwiches are really important.  Even FMQ Experts using practice sandwiches before they stitch any design on a project, even if they have stitched that design previously.  Practice helps you master a design, as well as ensure your machine is stitching properly.
  3. pillow form that is purchased or handmade, of any size, but I personally prefer a 18″x18″ or 16″x16″ pillow for these challenges.
  4. fabric marking pen that will wash out
  5. Quilting Gloves or Grip & Stitch Gloves
  6.  40 or 50wt cotton thread that compliments your fabric.  Aurifil is an excellent choice!
  7. Fabric for your quilt sandwich:
    • Pillow front: minimum of 20″x20″ (or larger) of neutral fabric that will show your stitching, but it is up to you to pick your fabric.
    • Pillow front backing: 20″x20″  (or larger) of any fabric.   As this fabric will be on the inside of your pillow and not visible, this is a great time to pick a fabric from your stash that is your least favorite.
    • Pillow backing: 20″x20″ (or larger) of a fabric that compliments the front of your pillow. Note, the size of your pillow backing should align with the size of the quilt sandwich for your front if you wish to do any FMQ on your back, which is totally optional.
    • Pillow back side – backing: totally optional, if you wish to add FMQ to the back side of your pillow.  Size should match your pillow backing sandwich (see above).

BASIC PILLOW MAKING INFORMATION: 

Pillow Pattern will be provided shortly, as well as a pattern to make your own pillow form, I recommend you start with a quilt sandwich that is approximately 20″x20″  to make a pillow that is 16″ or 18″ square in size.

Using a fabric marker and a quilt ruler, mark a square in the center of your sandwich that measures the intended size of your pillow. For example, if you plan on using a 18″x18″ pillow a square that is 18″x18″ would be marked on the center of your quilt sandwich that is at least 20″x20″ in size.

JANUARY CHALLENGE – OPTIONS:

OPTION #1

Using the book “Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners: and those who think they can’t “, by Molly Hanson and use the pattern in this book to create a pillow using the FMQ motif instructions in this book.  Of course, this book will teaches ten different FMQ designs and includes 15 different projects that are fun to create and show off your FMQ skills. 

Final B1278 Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners.inddEasy to follow instructions for this pillow, as well as supply requirements, to make this 16″x16″ pillow with free-motion quilting are included in this book which can be purchased in Martingale’s online store, Amazon, or your favorite quilt shop.

OPTION #2

Use the free FMQ tutorial provided by Frances Moore, from the 2012 FMQ Challenge, to create a FMQ Pillow using the heart shaped leaf motif in her tutorial video that can be found at: http://quiltshopgal.com/welcome-to-the-2012-free-motion-quilting-challenge  You can also find a photo of the swirl in heart motif, which is an adaption of the leaf design Frances shared in her free video tutorial.  This motif is also visible on Fran’s blog at: http://frantastic-stitchwitchery.blogspot.com/2012/01/elements.html.  This is a fun FMQ background filler that is easy to learn, but best to practice by sketching on paper, before stitching on a “practice” sandwich. Apply this filler design, as you wish, to create your FMQ pillow.

heart motif with swirl by frances moore

OPTION #3

Create a Pillow with FMQ which incorporates a heart motif.  Use a fabric marker (wash away) to draw out your heart on your quilt sandwich.

HEART

Fill your heart with FMQ Feathers and has a background stitched of your choosing.

LuAnn Kessi previously shared sketches of such a feathered motif, that may help to provide you inspiration.  She took step by step photos, which also provide a good visual tutorial.  Still, you are encouraged to sketch out your design on paper, before you stitch it out on your quilt sandwich.

http://quiltshopgal.com/sneak-peak-2015-free-motion-quilting-challenge-feathered-heart-design-by-luann-kessi/

LuAnn Kessi Heart FMQ Step 8

Create a FMQ Pillow with any Heart theme. Consider creating a heart shape with feathers that can be stitched free hand, sketched first, or by using a stencil, or a basic heart that is filled with feathers.  Use the free tutorial by Lu Ann Kessi (Insert a photo and link).

ENTER THIS CHALLENGE – JOIN THIS LINKY PARTY



RULES TO ENTER THIS CHALLENGE:

1) Entries need to be completed pillows that show free-motion quilting that aligns with the options defined in this monthly challenge.

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.

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.

 

This linky party will be open thru the last day of the month.  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, I’m working on creating and hope to have this post updated with such code shortly.
FAQ

 

If you have questions for this Challenge, please read the FAQ:  http://quiltshopgal.com/faq-for-challenges-and-shows/

email QuiltShopGal if you still have questions at info @ quiltshopgal dot com and I will try to respond as fast as I can.

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Here is a list of previous posts 2015 FMQ Challenge:

November Linky Party – Make It A Handmade Christmas Challenge

Christmas is now less than six weeks away.  I’m sure we are all envious and yet inspired by  those that started making handmade items to decorate their home and/or give as gifts, earlier in the year.  But, there is still time to make handmade items for the holidays.  And two remaining opportunities to enter to win one or more of the 70+ prizes that have been donated by generous sponsors for this event.   


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.

 
 
This is the November  “Linky Party” for participants in the Handmade Christmas Challenge where you can share what you have made for Christmas gifts or decorations this month.  And you have till the 25th of this month to enter!  We will also have a special linky party, early December, where you’ll get one more chance to enter to win prizes, by simply sharing what you have made throughout 2014 for Holiday Gifts or holiday decorations for your home. We’ll also have some special awards based on those that enter the December Linky Party (e.g. Who made the most handmade holiday items in 2014, Viewer’s Favorites, Who shared tutorials for their handmade items, etc. etc.).

 
How do you enter?  Quite simple.  You can 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 (but you can show it again in the December Linky Party when you show all the things you handmade for the holidays).  You get an entry for every monthly challenge you enter as well as an entry for entering the December linky party to show EVERYTHING you’ve made as part of this year’s Make It A Handmade Christmas Challenge and the more events you enter the more chances you get to win more prizes!
 
Some participants have been sharing tutorials that help to showcase their entry, via their blogs.  I will also be releasing tutorials on my blog, compliments of some creative non-bloggers that wanted to share their techniques for making handmade gifts for the holiday season.  Either way, I’m a firm believer that when you adopt the pay-it-forward approach to helping others it also brings you good kharma to winning prizes.  And that doesn’t stop with providing tutorials, as those that are PR Angels and encourage others to make handmade for the holidays should also be blessed with good kharma for winning prizes. 
 

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 25th 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.

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It’s All About The Kids Craft Blogging Event – Day 3 – Free Kid Friendly Patterns From The Fat Quarter Shop

Welcome to Day 3 of the It’s All About The Kids Craft Blogging Event.  Today, I want to share a  sewing project with you that is kid friendly, as well as some free kid-friendly patterns from the Fat Quarter Shop who is also a sponsor for this blogging event and is giving away several gift certificates too!

The Fat Quarter Shop team has written an easy  to follow “pocket N pies” pattern that you can download in PDF format.    FQS has shared that this design would be appropriate for age 7 and up.
And they have also created a very helpful youtube video tutorial:

For those that have problems watching this embedded video, or are using a MAC, here is a direct link to view it on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPNKDoWqnxA

In addition to the pocket and pies apron being a great kid friendly sewing project, an excellent apron for in the kitchen, it is also an excellent apron to wear when doing messy craft projects.  And, I found some cute fabric, to compliment the towel.  And there was enough fabric left over that I can make a matching  pencil roll up.

The Fat Quarter Shop has many free projects with video tutorials, and here are a few that kid friendly projects that would be great fun:

Kitchen Towel: http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/2014/07/milk-cow-kitchen-towel.html
Coffee Koozie: http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/2014/08/coffee-koozie-tutorial-with-fat-quarter.html

And definitely check out the fun Makin It Cute templates at the Fat Quarter Shop, from Me and My Sister Designs. You can make sweet 3D embellishments that you can use to decorate with, or use as an applique’ on bags, towels and more.  The possibilities are endless and it makes for a great kid friendly and/or family craft night project.

Makin It Cute:  http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/2014/10/more-makin-it-cute-with-me-my-sister.html

In 2014 Kimberly and the Fat Quarter Shop team hosted a super fun quilt-along to help raise funds for Make-A-Wish.  Their goal was to raise $10k and to help them reach their goal, their Wishes Quilt is now at auction.  ONLINE bidding closes November 30th.


You may wish to check out this online auction and place a bid, or maybe you can be a PR Angel and help FQS raise funds for Make-A-Wish by increasing awareness of this auction with all of your quilty, as well as non-quilty friends.  The url for the auction is: https://www.blacktie-sanantonio.com/auctions/index.cfm?fuseaction=Auctions.Category&cid=10200

Did I mention a Giveaway ?

Fat Quarter Shop has sponsored the “It’s All About The Kids” blogging event and generously donated six $25 gift certificates.  You’ll find the giveaways for these certificates on various blogs participating in this event this week.  And, followers of SewCalGal can use the rafflecopter form below to enter to win one of these $25 gift certificates.  

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I will use the random number generator to select one lucky winner, any place in the world, on Sunday, November 2nd.  The winner will be announced on this post and I will also send them an email to notify them.


Don’t forget several blogging friends are joining me this week, to help share insights on kid friendly projects.  Here is the schedule and links to all the participating blogs.  You’ll also find some great giveaways in this hop, including six giveaways sponsored by the Fat Quarter Shop for gift certificates.

Monday, October 27th

SewCalGal – Event kick off

Tuesday, October 28th

SewCalGal

Wednesday, October 29th

SewCalGal

Thursday, October 30th

SewCalGal
I Have A Notion  


Friday, October 31st

SewCalGal
Jacquelynne Steves, The Art of Home

Wendy Sheppard/Ivory Spring 

If you are a blogger or non-blogger and would like to join the fun and share insights on projects suitable for kids, tips, or tutorials, as appropriate, you are also welcome to join the fun and add a link to the linky below.  Non-bloggers can upload photos in a Flickr group called “It’s All About The Kids”. An InLinkz Link-up

You can find the Fat Quarter Shop at:

http://www.fatquartershop.com/
http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/FatQuarterShop
https://twitter.com/FatQuarterShop
https://www.youtube.com/user/FatQuarterShop

 

Fat Quarter Style, Giveaways, and More Quilty Fun

Today I want to share insights on a new quilting book, giveaways, as well as quilt market and quilt festival that will be kicking off quite soon. But first, let me share insights about a new quilting book that I truly lov:

The It’s Sew Emma team introduced their second book “Fat Quarter Style: 12 quilts that never go out of style”.  This new quilting book is filled with refreshing designs that are perfect for Fat Quarter bundles.  It was introduced this year and now appearing in many quilt shops.  But, for those attending IQF Quilt Festival/Houston, next week, you can also pick up a signed copy of this book, as well as other books from It’s Sew Emma!

There are 12 fun designs included in Fat Quarter Style and each design includes instructions to make in a variety of sizes (e.g. Crib, Lap, Twin, Queen).

You’ll find fabric requirements, cutting and piecing instructions for each design, as well as a section for preparing your backing, binding your quilt, and labeling your quilt. And, for those that may not be familiar with fat quarters, there is a section for “What is a Fat Quarter?” as well as a section where many excellent tips are shared on “Techniques Used in Fat Quarter Style”.

And the photos of the quilts,in this book,  are inspirational!  But I’ve also enjoyed seeing quilts made from this book, when quilters share such photos on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Blogs, etc..  Always lovely quilts.

You can find Fat Quarter Style at the Fat Quarter Shop,  Amazon, and many quilt shops.  But don’t forget if you don’t find it in your favorite quilt shop you can also let them know you’d like them to carry it and they can place a wholesale order with the Fat Quarter Shop.

Quilt Market – starts October 24th

Kimberly Jolly and the Fat Quarter Shop will be at Quilt Market and they are the best reporters at Market ever.  You can follow them real time on Twitter and/or Instagram and have great fun learning about new products introduced at market! They’ll also be sharing insights on Facebook, plus daily recaps on their blog (Jolly Jabber) with many giveaways for Quilt Market Swag and more.

Quilt Festival – starts November lst

The Fat Quarter Shop and the  It’s Sew Emma Teams will be at Quilt Festival signing books.  Great opportunity to pick up a copy of these quilting books, meet Kimberly and have her personally sign your copy!

Did I Mention A Giveaway?


The Fat Quarter Shop is sponsoring this giveaway for followers of SewCalGal where one lucky winner will receive a copy of Fat Quarter Styl.  I will be shipping this prize to a lucky winner, any place in the world.  Please use the rafflecopter form to enter and you’ll find that besides leaving a comment on this blog post, there are also ways to get extra entries.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The winner will be randomly selected using the Rafflecopter random number selector.  I will send them an email notification and they’ll have three days to respond to confirm they want to claim their prize, or another winner will be selected.  This post will also be updated to announce the lucky winner.

Don’t forget to follow the Jolly Jabber blog for daily recaps during quilt market, plus some amazing giveaways.

You can find the Fat Quarter Shop at:

http://www.fatquartershop.com/
http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/FatQuarterShop
https://twitter.com/FatQuarterShop
https://www.youtube.com/user/FatQuarterShop

You can find It’s Sew Emma at:

http://www.itssewemma.com/

Full Disclosure:  I was given a copy of this book to review, with the understanding that I’d share my honest opinion, which I have done so.  If I didn’t feel the way I do about this book, I simply wouldn’t have taken time to share it with you today.  This is truly a fun quilting book, and an exceptional value.

 

Girly Fun For Quilters And Free Pattern from It’s Sew Emma (and the Fat Quarter Shop)

Are you a quilter that enjoys pampering?  You may also enjoy girlfriend time too!  From my research, most quilters enjoy quilting time with friends, as well as spending time with quilting friends in other ways too.   But there are a variety of ways we can enjoy our friendships.  It might be that we go out to lunch, a movie, or maybe go together for some pampering and have a manicure and/or pedicure?  Yes, pampering time with girlfriends can be great fun.  And a girlfriend can also be a Mother, Daughter, Aunt, Niece, Cousin.  Some time we girls just need to spend time together to help keep our inner balance and sanity in the world!

Do you like brights or neutrals for your nail polish?

Silly question, but I’m quite curious if you like similar colors for your quilts which you might like in nail polish?  To clarify, do quilters that like to work with bright colored fabrics also prefer bright nail polish or do they prefer neutral nail polish?  Hmm.  Another market research opportunity for SewCalGal????

Do you ever go out with girlfriends for some pampering time?

Do you enjoy getting your nails done, or have a girlfriend who does?  Do you enjoy the chuckles when a little girl gets such pampering time?  Well, I’m excited to let you know about a new quilt design that really creates great quilty fun for those that enjoy such pampering.  And, I think this design would also make quilts that would make excellent gifts.  Of course, it could also make for a great quilt guild challenge too!

This cute design is a delightful new pattern from It’s Sew Emma and it is a free pattern you can download.

While you can make this quilt using any fabric, The Fat Quarter Shop has very reasonably priced kits that use Moda Bella Solids to make this 14 1/2″ x 22 1/2″ quilt, as shown.  But be prepared, I’m confident you’ll want to make more than one.

While the pattern is well written and has easy to follow instructions, Kimberly Jolly and The Fat Quarter Shop has created an excellent YouTube video tutorial:


If you have problems watching this embedded video, or are on a MAC, here is the link to watch it directly in YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LYa84Youw4

And while Kimberly shows how to topstitch this quilt using crosshatch grids, for those that enjoy free-motion quilting I think this design and the Bella Solids fabric would make for a perfect quilt to show off your free-motion quilting.

Also, visit the Fat Quarter Shop Blog on August 4th to get more info on this design as well as links to a variety of quilt blogs that have made this design and will be sharing photos of their Nail Polish quilt that they’ve made using this free design.

kits available.

You can find the Fat Quarter Shop at:

http://www.fatquartershop.com/
http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/FatQuarterShop
https://twitter.com/FatQuarterShop
https://www.youtube.com/user/FatQuarterShop

You can find It’s Sew Emma at:

http://www.itssewemma.com/

Don’t forget to  download your free pattern.

And, SewCalGal hopes you and your girlfriends can find some pampering time together very soon!  It is good to treasure and nurture these special friendships with such girlfriends, especially quilting friends.

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