Category: #FMQAlong

Bee Creative – A #StitchAlong, #FMQAlong, #DoodleAlong Linky Party – Charity Fundraiser with amazing prizes

Welcome to week two of our Bee Creative #StitchAlong, #FMQAlong, #DoodleAlong and Charity Fundraiser to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  

bee creative kick off badgeEveryone is invited to share any form of creativity using any Mandala theme design in our Linky Party this month.  You may want to doodle, zentangle, paint, color, free-motion quilt, embroidery, etc., your Mandala designs.  You can use  Mandala designs from books, Pinterest, etc.  Of course, I hope to inspire you to purchase a collection of beautiful downloadable PDF format Mandala designs, or a machine embroidery collection, from Maureen Russell of Beautiful Embroidery Designs as 100% of your purchase is donated to the CF Foundation (and you’ll also get a virtual raffle ticket to win prizes in our Bee Creative Charity Fundraiser).  But what ever you do, I hope you’ll have fun creating this month and share any Mandala theme creations with us.

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If you are not familiar with Linky Parties and how to use this tool, or you are a non-blogger, please read prior FAQ posts before you try to add a link. If you still have questions, email me and I’ll try to answer your question and walk you thru what you need to do.  But think of this as a virtual #CreativeGoodness Linky Party that is opened all of March.  Of course, I encourage everyone to click thru to visit the bloggers and non-bloggers that share their various Mandala projects, as I’m sure you’ll find inspiration in their sharing.

Today, I want to share what I’ve been doing and hopefully inspire you to join me and create anything you want, with a Mandala theme.

MY DOODLING

I’ve had fun doodling and coloring greeting cards.  I used the downloadable PDF Mandala design collection, by Maureen Russell of Beautiful Embroidery Designs.  This coming week, I’d like to do some Zentangle doodling, as well as use the new iCraft Deco Foils to make some fun note cards and bookmarks.  

How would you doodle or color Mandala designs?

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MY STITCHING:

I’m working on a table runner project that will incorporate Justin’s Magic Mandala embroidery designs and the complimentary Mandala PDF templates, which I will use as a template to mark for free-motion quilting.  I’ve stitched out four of the machine embroidery Mandala designs, onto 7″ squares.

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Using EQ7, I created a 6″ circle template.  Today, I’ll sew a one sided a
lightweight adhesive stabilizer and trim these embroidered squares to create a circle applique that I’ll place on my table runner.

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I selected one of the Mandala designs, from the Mandala PDF templates collection, for my free-motion quilting:

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I’ll transfer this mandala template for FMQ in the center of my table runner today, as well as create my circle applique shapes, applique them, sandwich and hopefully start my free-motion quilting this afternoon.  Can you visualize how it will look?

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Follow me on Instagram and I’ll share pictures as I #DoodleAlong, #StitchAlong, and #FMQAlong this week.  Of course, I hope you’ll join me.

DID I MENTION A CHARITY FUNDRAISER?

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As shared last week, there are 20+ prizes that will be virtually raffled off, to ticket holders, at the end of March, thanks to our sponsors:

Sponsors for this Charity Fundraiser include:  AurifilMartingale, Dragon Threads, ASF Lighting Solutions/Beam N Read, Fat Quarter Shop, Schiffer Publishing,  The Wooden Bear and Sweet Peas and Angels.

HOW DO YOU GET VIRTUAL RAFFLE TICKETS TO WIN PRIZES ?

There are three options all are based on a $10 AU (about $7 US) donation where 100% will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Maureen Russell of Beautiful Embroidery Designs is coordinating the fundraising and will provide QuiltShopGal a list of all donations and qualified purchases, for appropriate allocation of virtual raffle tickets.

 

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  1. Anyone can donate via PayPal cash and get a virtual raffle ticket for any increment of $10 AU (~$7 US) donation.  You can submit to Maureen by using the PayPal email address of beautembroidery@bigpond.com
  2. Purchase the downloadable PDF Mandala collection in 8″ or 4″ size, for one virtual raffle ticket per collection you purchase.  These templates can also be resized, using any software/printer you may have, as appropriate.
  3. For Machine Embroidery enthusiasts, purchase Justin’s Magic Mandala design collection, in downloadable format for $50 AU (~$35 US) to get 5 raffle tickets.

 

note:  donations and/or purchases need to be completed in March, to qualify for virtual raffle tickets.

 

justin's mandala templates artwork

 

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Don’t forget all proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  And you need not create anything in March, to be able to win prizes.  Just be sure to get your virtual raffle tickets to enter.

Please leave an email or comment if you have any questions.

 

 

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You can find Beautiful Embroidery Designs at:

http://www.beautifulembroiderydesigns.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/beautifulembroiderydesigns.com.au

bee creative every day

#FMQStitchAlong – Heart & Feather WholeCloth Workshop with Leah Day – February 14th

First, I want to wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day.  I have fond memories of this day, as a child and trading cards and enjoying yummy cookies with fellow students.  I still smile with delight at anything with a Valentine’s theme and absolutely love receiving silly cards.

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The Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt Workshop, with Leah Day, is not just for Valentine’s Day.  It is a perfect project to display any time of the year.  And, it is an excellent opportunity to learn/improve our free-motion quilting skills.  As QuiltShopGal, I can honestly say this is an excellent workshop and highly recommend it!  

Stitch A Long Template Leah Day

I’ve had fun stitching out this project virtually, in my informal #StitchAlong.  It has given me an opportunity to meet other quilters, as well as see how they approached this project.  It is a versatile workshop that allows you to decide where you might want to place designs that Leah teaches, as well as add other designs.

This week, sharing by Dot Ferneyhough in Leah’s Facebook group, caught my attention. She added a larger border of additional free-motion quilting designs to her project.

 

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PROGRESS UPDATE

 I set a personal goal to finish this quilt in time for Valentine’s Day.  I’m happy to report that I finished and my husband loves it.  He was very impressed with the “puffy” heart and feathers (aka trapunto).

heart and feather quilt by quiltshopgal

As mentioned previously, I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop and definitely want to make another Heart and Feather Wholecloth quilt, but will not attempt to add so much Cat Fur Ball to the quilt, and go with more Microstippling.  While I’m not an expert, I’m far more confident stitching with a contrasting thread, as a result of this workshop and I really like the contrast!  I would have probably never attempted to stitch with contrasting thread, had it not been my commitment to use this workshop to learn/improve my FMQ skills.  I’m also committed to doing more echo stitching, as I do want to perfect that technique.

Don’t forget if you are stitching this project, or you have completed the project from Leah’s Heart and Feather Wholecloth Workshop, please share via the linky party below.  Every week you get another chance to share and the more sharing = more entries, to win prizes.  You need not have your project completed by Valentine’s Day, just because that was my goal!  

Also, please take a moment to share your progress in Leah’s group on Facebook (Leah Day Quilting – https://www.facebook.com/groups/leahdayquilting/

DID I MENTION A LINKY PARTY?  Today is the last day to share your progress, or your completed project, to enter to win prizes:

For bloggers, another bonus of joining this event (and any event I host in 2016 that uses a Linky tool), you will get added to My Creative Blog List, which is a site I created to help others follow blogs, as well as promote blogging events.  To check out this blog list visit: http://mycreativebloglist.blogspot.com/   

 

For non-bloggers, you have several options to share via the linky tool.  The most popular way would be to upload your photos to Flickr and share a link to your picture via the linky tool.  But you can also upload your picture to Leah’s group on Facebook and then add a link to that image via the linky tool.  Just remember your url links need to be direct links, allowing someone to click thru to see your photo entry not just a generic link that might show more than your specific entry.    

If you are not familiar with Linky Tools, here is a link to a tutorial: http://quiltshopgal.com/tutorial-for-participants-in-linky-events-for-bloggers-and-non-bloggers/
Don’t forget if you use any social media tools, please use share photos of your progress using hashtags: #quiltalong10, #StitchALong, #FMQStitchAlong.  I’ll be sharing in Leah’s Facebook group, this blog (updates every Saturday) and you can also follow me at:


DID I MENTION SPONSORED PRIZES?

Thanks to Martingale for sponsoring this Stitch A Long.  The following prizes will be randomly awarded to WW participants:

Machine Quilting Made Easy, by Maurine Noble

Teach Me to Applique’ Fusible Applique’ that is Soft & Simple, by Pat Sloan

Fun-Size Quilts: 17 Popular Designers Play With Fat Quarters, Compiled by Karen M. Burns

The Big Book of Nickel Quilts: 40 Projects for 5-inch Scraps, by Path Speth with Charlene Thode

RULES TO WIN A PRIZE:

  1. Join the Linky Party in any/all of the posts for this Stitch A Long, sharing your progress, a previously completed Heart and Feather Quilt, and hopefully your completed quilt during this event.  To clarify, you can share weekly and the more weeks you participate, the more entries you get to win prizes.
  2. Bloggers are encouraged to share via their blog, with a link to the most current Stitch A Long blog post on QuiltShopGal.  While not required, it is appreciated if you share the artwork for this event and encourage others to participate and/or come check out other sharing.
  3. Share in Leah Day’s facebook group and leave a comment on any of the posts for this event, stating the date you shared.
  4. Share on any social media tool (e.g. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook), using any/all of the #hashtags for this event (#quiltalong10, #StitchALong, #FMQStitchAlong) and leave a comment on any of the posts for this event, stating that you shared.
  5. While this event is open to WW participants, in 2016 QuiltShopGal will providefree shipping of prizes, that I ship directly to US Only winners.  International winners will be required to pay a flat $20 postage fee.  If the actual shipping is more, QuiltShopGal will pay the difference.  If ithe actual cost is less, the funds will go into the 2016 postage expense fund to supplement such expenses in 2016.  “Postage Angels” are also always appreciated and will be recognized in my blog posts for giveaways and/or events, where their donations are used to help offset shipping expenses of  prizes this year.  Of course, I also appreciate those that remember I’m an Affiliate of Craftsy and Amazon and when you click thru my site to make such a purchase, your price remains the same, but I “may” receive a small fee that I use to supplement postage expenses.
  6. One prize per participant.  Winners will receive an email mid-February to notify them that they are a winner. I will do my best to match each winner with their favorite book, by asking them to list their top three choices.  Based on first to respond to my email, will be matched to the available prize of their choice. Prizes that are not claimed will be used as prizes in future Stitch A Longs, or other events hosted by QuiltShopGal

You can find Leah at:

http://www.leahday.com/
http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leah-Day-Quilting/108034899216421
https://www.youtube.com/user/lcvday

Don’t forget to check back weekly (on Saturdays unless I drop the ball), for  sharing our Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt progress in this Stitch A Long.  And, what ever you do, I hope you have a wonderful week with time to enjoy and create!

Here is a list of other posts for this #StitchALong Event:

Next Saturday, I’ll share insights on a #StitchALong Event that I’ll be hosting in March. But I thought I’d share a sneak peek today:  It will be open to a variety of creativity:  Free-Motion Quilting, Doodling/Transdoodle, and/or Machine Embroidery.  And, we’ll have some great sponsors with amazing prizes, with the hope of raising funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

#FMQStitchAlong – Heart & Feather WholeCloth Workshop with Leah Day – February 6th

The Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt Workshop, with Leah Day, is an excellent opportunity to learn/improve our free-motion quilting skills.  And, I’m certainly enjoying stitching this workshop virtually with others.  If you are wishing you had time to join, I want to encourage you to go for it even if you can only find 15 minutes at a time to pursue this workshop.  It is a great way to learn/improve your FMQ skills. And, before you know it, you’ll have a beautiful wholecloth quilt!

Stitch A Long Template Leah Day

While some have been sharing what they have created via this workshop on various social media tools, those that share via the open linky party for this event are automatically entered to win prizes.  And the more sharing you do (e.g. weekly linky parties and social media) the more entries you get.  You can share your finished project, from this workshop, or share progress along the way.  No problem, you need not finish you project during this event. Just share.  We don’t judge, but we do try to encourage everyone to learn/improve their skills along the way, as well as have fun.

This week, sharing by Shannon in Leah’s Facebook group, caught my attention. She also shared an a tip for using the Cat Fur Ball design to cover up her echo stitching the heart.  

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PROGRESS UPDATE

 To date, I have watched ALL of the videos tutorials that are included in this workshop.  And I like knowing I can watch them again and again.  They are excellent video tutorials:

1 – Introduction (1:42)
2 – Fabric Prepping and Marking (22:29)
3 – Basting for Trapunto (8:38)
4 – Free Motion Quilting Basics (26:24)
5 – Quilting the Outline (18:15)
6 – Clipping the Batting (8:44)
7 – Pin and Machine Basting (9:22)
8 – Quilting Dense Filler Designs (19:48)
9 – Lesson Nine – Part One – Outlining and Filling the Quilt (18:17)
10 – Lesson Nine – Part Tw0 – Outlining and Filling the Quilt (25:12)  

11 – Lesson Ten – Finishing the Quilt Part One (25:18)
12 – Lesson Ten – Finishing the Quilt Part Two (24:16)

I have been stitching more areas with Leah’s Cat Fur Ball design this week.  I’ve gone back to watch the video tutorials for this design, as well as look at projects Leah used this FMQ design on:

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My approach was to use Leah’s Cat Hair Ball Design around the center hearts. I liked it and decided to add it on the inside of the feather border vs microstippling.  I then got so excited I added it to the outer side of the feather border. It works, but I wish had not not done this.  Before I realized my version of this design was not as dense as Leah’s, I had applied it to multiple areas.  I now wish I had applied the microstippling around the feathers, as shown above in Leah’s quilt.

Although, now I’m inspired to re-create this wallhanging follow Leah’s options for placement of the various FMQ designs taught in this workshop.  I think she has a much better eye for placement of such designs than I do.   Still, I have had fun stitching this project and grown fond of the Cat Fur Ball design.  It has added another design to my personal portfolio, should I ever want to use it again on future projects.

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Today I’m adding the micro stippling to the inside of the center hearts, as well as the various corners around the heart.  I also plan to do more Cat Hair Ball stitching, to make the center area pop more, as shared in Leah’s projects.

PLANS FOR THIS WEEK:

I’m hoping to add the binding on this project early this week and wash it to remove the water soluble thread and wash away fabric marks.

Don’t forget if you are stitching this project, or you have completed the project from Leah’s Heart and Feather Wholecloth Workshop, please share via the linky party below.  Every week you get another chance to share and the more sharing = more entries, to win prizes.  You need not have your project completed by Valentine’s Day, just because that was my goal!  

Also, please take a moment to share your progress in Leah’s group on Facebook (Leah Day Quilting – https://www.facebook.com/groups/leahdayquilting/

DID I MENTION A LINKY PARTY?

For bloggers, another bonus of joining this event (and any event I host in 2016 that uses a Linky tool), you will get added to My Creative Blog List, which is a site I created to help others follow blogs, as well as promote blogging events.  To check out this blog list visit: http://mycreativebloglist.blogspot.com/   

 

For non-bloggers, you have several options to share via the linky tool.  The most popular way would be to upload your photos to Flickr and share a link to your picture via the linky tool.  But you can also upload your picture to Leah’s group on Facebook and then add a link to that image via the linky tool.  Just remember your url links need to be direct links, allowing someone to click thru to see your photo entry not just a generic link that might show more than your specific entry.    

If you are not familiar with Linky Tools, here is a link to a tutorial: http://quiltshopgal.com/tutorial-for-participants-in-linky-events-for-bloggers-and-non-bloggers/
Don’t forget if you use any social media tools, please use share photos of your progress using hashtags: #quiltalong10, #StitchALong, #FMQStitchAlong.  I’ll be sharing in Leah’s Facebook group, this blog (updates every Saturday) and you can also follow me at:


DID I MENTION SPONSORED PRIZES?

Thanks to Martingale for sponsoring this Stitch A Long.  The following prizes will be randomly awarded to WW participants:

Machine Quilting Made Easy, by Maurine Noble

Teach Me to Applique’ Fusible Applique’ that is Soft & Simple, by Pat Sloan

Fun-Size Quilts: 17 Popular Designers Play With Fat Quarters, Compiled by Karen M. Burns

The Big Book of Nickel Quilts: 40 Projects for 5-inch Scraps, by Path Speth with Charlene Thode

RULES TO WIN A PRIZE:

  1. Join the Linky Party in any/all of the posts for this Stitch A Long, sharing your progress, a previously completed Heart and Feather Quilt, and hopefully your completed quilt during this event.  To clarify, you can share weekly and the more weeks you participate, the more entries you get to win prizes.
  2. Bloggers are encouraged to share via their blog, with a link to the most current Stitch A Long blog post on QuiltShopGal.  While not required, it is appreciated if you share the artwork for this event and encourage others to participate and/or come check out other sharing.
  3. Share in Leah Day’s facebook group and leave a comment on any of the posts for this event, stating the date you shared.
  4. Share on any social media tool (e.g. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook), using any/all of the #hashtags for this event (#quiltalong10, #StitchALong, #FMQStitchAlong) and leave a comment on any of the posts for this event, stating that you shared.
  5. While this event is open to WW participants, in 2016 QuiltShopGal will providefree shipping of prizes, that I ship directly to US Only winners.  International winners will be required to pay a flat $20 postage fee.  If the actual shipping is more, QuiltShopGal will pay the difference.  If ithe actual cost is less, the funds will go into the 2016 postage expense fund to supplement such expenses in 2016.  “Postage Angels” are also always appreciated and will be recognized in my blog posts for giveaways and/or events, where their donations are used to help offset shipping expenses of  prizes this year.  Of course, I also appreciate those that remember I’m an Affiliate of Craftsy and Amazon and when you click thru my site to make such a purchase, your price remains the same, but I “may” receive a small fee that I use to supplement postage expenses.
  6. One prize per participant.  Winners will receive an email mid-February to notify them that they are a winner. I will do my best to match each winner with their favorite book, by asking them to list their top three choices.  Based on first to respond to my email, will be matched to the available prize of their choice. Prizes that are not claimed will be used as prizes in future Stitch A Longs, or other events hosted by QuiltShopGal

You can find Leah at:

http://www.leahday.com/
http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leah-Day-Quilting/108034899216421
https://www.youtube.com/user/lcvday

Don’t forget to check back weekly (on Saturdays unless I drop the ball), for  sharing our Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt progress in this Stitch A Long.  And, what ever you do, I hope you have a wonderful week with time to enjoy and create!

Here is a list of other posts for this #StitchALong Event:

#FMQStitchAlong – Heart & Feather WholeCloth Workshop with Leah Day – January 30th

Update:    I just realized this is my 1,600 blog post.
I’m absolutely thrilled that it turns out to be this post.

I’m thoroughly enjoying stitching the Heart and Feather project, from Leah Day’s workshop.  And virtually stitching with others that are also currently participating in this workshop, as well as those that have shared their previously completed Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt.  Come mid-February, prizes will be randomly awarded to those that joined this #StitchAlong.  And there is still plenty of time, even if you do not complete this project during the timeframe of this event.  Although, I hope to inspire you that it really doesn’t take long.  You’d be surprised if you spend 15 minutes a day, working on this fun project, how much you could learn and how fast you’ll actually finish it!

Stitch A Long Template Leah Day

While some have been sharing on various social media tools, those that share via the open linky party for this event are automatically entered to win prizes.  And the more sharing you do (e.g. weekly linky parties and social media) the more entries you get.

Laura of Laura Luvs Loons and Quilting Too! shared her project with us.  I think her wholecloth quilt is going to look stunning. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing her progress on this quilt and hope to celebrate her finish too!

Snapshots quilt top, Leah Day Hearts 005 cropped You can check out more at her blog. And, I’ve also added it to My Creative Blog List, which is an easy to use tool to follow creative blogs.

Of course, I’d love to have others come join this virtual Stitch Along.

PROGRESS UPDATE

As mentioned previously, I’m planning on working on this project weekly, with the goal of finishing it for Valentine’s Day.  And, I’d love to have you virtually stitch along with me.

 To date, I have watched all of the following videos that are included in this workshop.  And I like knowing I can watch them again and again.  They are excellent video tutorials:

1 – Introduction (1:42)
2 – Fabric Prepping and Marking (22:29)
3 – Basting for Trapunto (8:38)
4 – Free Motion Quilting Basics (26:24)
5 – Quilting the Outline (18:15)
6 – Clipping the Batting (8:44)
7 – Pin and Machine Basting (9:22)
8 – Quilting Dense Filler Designs (19:48)
9 – Lesson Nine – Part One – Outlining and Filling the Quilt (18:17)
10 – Lesson Nine – Part Tw0 – Outlining and Filling the Quilt (25:12)  

11 – Lesson Ten – Finishing the Quilt Part One
12 – Lesson Ten – Finishing the Quilt Part Two

I have been stitching more areas with Leah’s Cat Fur Ball design, as you can see I decided to also apply this design to the outside area.  I’ve also been stitching the tight echo design, within the center of the hearts.  I’ve never been good with any echo motif, but I do feel the contrasting thread has helped me with this design. Still, I need more practice with echo designs.

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Today I’m continuing to stitch for a little while, take a break, repeat.  I have a “Squirrel” mentality and can easily get distracted.  But for me, that approach works well when working on dense free-motion quilting designs.

PLANS FOR THIS WEEK:

I think shooting to finish my free-motion quilting this week, but if I don’t that is ok too!  Either way, I’m confident that I’ll be able to finish this project in time for Valentine’s Day. And, I think even if you started this project this weekend, you could have it finished in time for Valentine’s Day too!  But then, this Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt would look great any time of the year. And I’m already wanting to make another!

Don’t forget if you are stitching this project to take time to share your progress in Leah’s group on Facebook (Leah Day Quilting – https://www.facebook.com/groups/leahdayquilting/) and share via the Linky tool below, to enter to win prizes that I’ll randomly be awarding to participants.  Bloggers/non-bloggers who stitch this project along with me, as well as those that have already finished this project and share, can enter to win.  Of course, the more entries you share the more chances you get to win prizes!

DID I MENTION A LINKY PARTY?

For bloggers, another bonus of joining this event (and any event I host in 2016 that uses a Linky tool), you will get added to My Creative Blog List, which is a site I created to help others follow blogs, as well as promote blogging events.  To check out this blog list visit: http://mycreativebloglist.blogspot.com/   

 

For non-bloggers, you have several options to share via the linky tool.  The most popular way would be to upload your photos to Flickr and share a link to your picture via the linky tool.  But you can also upload your picture to Leah’s group on Facebook and then add a link to that image via the linky tool.  Just remember your url links need to be direct links, allowing someone to click thru to see your photo entry not just a generic link that might show more than your specific entry.    

If you are not familiar with Linky Tools, here is a link to a tutorial: http://quiltshopgal.com/tutorial-for-participants-in-linky-events-for-bloggers-and-non-bloggers/
Don’t forget if you use any social media tools, please use share photos of your progress using hashtags: #quiltalong10, #StitchALong, #FMQStitchAlong.  I’ll be sharing in Leah’s Facebook group, this blog (updates every Saturday) and you can also follow me at:


DID I MENTION SPONSORED PRIZES?

Thanks to Martingale for sponsoring this Stitch A Long.  The following prizes will be randomly awarded to WW participants:

Machine Quilting Made Easy, by Maurine Noble

Teach Me to Applique’ Fusible Applique’ that is Soft & Simple, by Pat Sloan

Fun-Size Quilts: 17 Popular Designers Play With Fat Quarters, Compiled by Karen M. Burns

The Big Book of Nickel Quilts: 40 Projects for 5-inch Scraps, by Path Speth with Charlene Thode

RULES TO WIN A PRIZE:

  1. Join the Linky Party in any/all of the posts for this Stitch A Long, sharing your progress, a previously completed Heart and Feather Quilt, and hopefully your completed quilt during this event.  To clarify, you can share weekly and the more weeks you participate, the more entries you get to win prizes.
  2. Bloggers are encouraged to share via their blog, with a link to the most current Stitch A Long blog post on QuiltShopGal.  While not required, it is appreciated if you share the artwork for this event and encourage others to participate and/or come check out other sharing.
  3. Share in Leah Day’s facebook group and leave a comment on any of the posts for this event, stating the date you shared.
  4. Share on any social media tool (e.g. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook), using any/all of the #hashtags for this event (#quiltalong10, #StitchALong, #FMQStitchAlong) and leave a comment on any of the posts for this event, stating that you shared.
  5. While this event is open to WW participants, in 2016 QuiltShopGal will providefree shipping of prizes, that I ship directly to US Only winners.  International winners will be required to pay a flat $20 postage fee.  If the actual shipping is more, QuiltShopGal will pay the difference.  If ithe actual cost is less, the funds will go into the 2016 postage expense fund to supplement such expenses in 2016.  “Postage Angels” are also always appreciated and will be recognized in my blog posts for giveaways and/or events, where their donations are used to help offset shipping expenses of  prizes this year.  Of course, I also appreciate those that remember I’m an Affiliate of Craftsy and Amazon and when you click thru my site to make such a purchase, your price remains the same, but I “may” receive a small fee that I use to supplement postage expenses.
  6. One prize per participant.  Winners will receive an email mid-February to notify them that they are a winner. I will do my best to match each winner with their favorite book, by asking them to list their top three choices.  Based on first to respond to my email, will be matched to the available prize of their choice. Prizes that are not claimed will be used as prizes in future Stitch A Longs, or other events hosted by QuiltShopGal

You can find Leah at:

http://www.leahday.com/
http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leah-Day-Quilting/108034899216421
https://www.youtube.com/user/lcvday

Don’t forget to check back weekly (on Saturdays unless I drop the ball), for  sharing our Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt progress in this Stitch A Long.  And, what ever you do, I hope you have a wonderful week with time to enjoy and create!

Here is a list of other posts for this #StitchALong Event:

#FMQStitchAlong – Heart & Feather WholeCloth Workshop with Leah Day – January 23rd

TRUE CONFESSION:  I haven’t spent very much time this week (or to-date), watching watching video tutorials by Leah Day, for her Heart and Feather Workshop, nor working on my project.  But, I’m honestly impressed with how much I’ve learned, how much fun I’ve had, as well as my progress.  And, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed virtually sewing this project with other quilters, as well as hearing from those that have already completed this workshop.  

Stitch A Long Template Leah Day

PROGRESS UPDATE

As mentioned previously, I’m planning on working on this project weekly, with the goal of finishing it for Valentine’s Day.  And, I’d love to have you virtually stitch along with me.

 I have watched the following videos:

1 – Introduction (1:42)
2 – Fabric Prepping and Marking (22:29)
3 – Basting for Trapunto (8:38)
4 – Free Motion Quilting Basics (26:24)
5 – Quilting the Outline (18:15)
6 – Clipping the Batting (8:44)
7 – Pin and Machine Basting (9:22)
8 – Quilting Dense Filler Designs (19:48)
9 – Lesson Nine – Part One – Outlining and Filling the Quilt (18:17)
10 – Lesson Nine – Part Twp – Outlining and Filling the Quilt (25:12)

I decided to try using Terial Magic on my quilt top fabric vs regular Starch.  I’ll share my perspective once I finish this project, but so far I REALLY like it.  I also used water soluble fabric markers to mark my fabric for the beautiful design that Leah created for this Wholecloth quilt.

I outlined the design and I’m now stitching a dense filler design that Leah calls “Cat Hair Ball Filler”, which I found surprisingly easy to stitch, great fun and quite effective.  My camera doesn’t do this design justice.


P1140251I stitch for a short while and then take a break.  Today I plan to fill in the areas for the Cat Hair Ball Filler designs.

PLANS FOR THIS WEEK:

I’m planning on watching the following video tutorials:

11 – Lesson Ten – Finishing the Quilt Part One
12 – Lesson Ten – Finishing the Quilt Part Two

For stitching,  I plan to continue working on all the dense filler designs this week.   To my delight and amazement, I’m getting more comfortable stitching with contrasting thread.  Not sure why I avoided it till now.  

Don’t forget if you are stitching this project to take time to share your progress in Leah’s group on Facebook (Leah Day Quilting – https://www.facebook.com/groups/leahdayquilting/) and share via the Linky tool below, to enter to win prizes that I’ll randomly be awarding to participants.  Bloggers/non-bloggers who stitch this project along with me, as well as those that have already finished this project and share, can enter to win.  Of course, the more entries you share the more chances you get to win prizes!

DID I MENTION A LINKY PARTY?

For bloggers, another bonus of joining this event (and any event I host in 2016 that uses a Linky tool), you will get added to My Creative Blog List, which is a site I created to help others follow blogs, as well as promote blogging events.  To check out this blog list visit: http://mycreativebloglist.blogspot.com/   
For non-bloggers, you have several options to share via the linky tool.  The most popular way would be to upload your photos to Flickr and share a link to your picture via the linky tool.  But you can also upload your picture to Leah’s group on Facebook and then add a link to that image via the linky tool.  Just remember your url links need to be direct links, allowing someone to click thru to see your photo entry not just a generic link that might show more than your specific entry.    
If you are not familiar with Linky Tools, here is a link to a tutorial: http://quiltshopgal.com/tutorial-for-participants-in-linky-events-for-bloggers-and-non-bloggers/
Don’t forget if you use any social media tools, please use share photos of your progress using hashtags: #quiltalong10, #StitchALong, #FMQStitchAlong.  I’ll be sharing in Leah’s Facebook group, this blog (updates every Saturday) and you can also follow me at:


DID I MENTION SPONSORED PRIZES?

Thanks to Martingale for sponsoring this Stitch A Long.  The following prizes will be randomly awarded to WW participants:

Machine Quilting Made Easy, by Maurine Noble

Teach Me to Applique’ Fusible Applique’ that is Soft & Simple, by Pat Sloan

Fun-Size Quilts: 17 Popular Designers Play With Fat Quarters, Compiled by Karen M. Burns

The Big Book of Nickel Quilts: 40 Projects for 5-inch Scraps, by Path Speth with Charlene Thode

RULES TO WIN A PRIZE:

  1. Join the Linky Party in any/all of the posts for this Stitch A Long, sharing your progress, a previously completed Heart and Feather Quilt, and hopefully your completed quilt during this event.  To clarify, you can share weekly and the more weeks you participate, the more entries you get to win prizes.
  2. Bloggers are encouraged to share via their blog, with a link to the most current Stitch A Long blog post on QuiltShopGal.  While not required, it is appreciated if you share the artwork for this event and encourage others to participate and/or come check out other sharing.
  3. Share in Leah Day’s facebook group and leave a comment on any of the posts for this event, stating the date you shared.
  4. Share on any social media tool (e.g. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook), using any/all of the #hashtags for this event (#quiltalong10, #StitchALong, #FMQStitchAlong) and leave a comment on any of the posts for this event, stating that you shared.
  5. While this event is open to WW participants, in 2016 QuiltShopGal will providefree shipping of prizes, that I ship directly to US Only winners.  International winners will be required to pay a flat $20 postage fee.  If the actual shipping is more, QuiltShopGal will pay the difference.  If ithe actual cost is less, the funds will go into the 2016 postage expense fund to supplement such expenses in 2016.  “Postage Angels” are also always appreciated and will be recognized in my blog posts for giveaways and/or events, where their donations are used to help offset shipping expenses of  prizes this year.  Of course, I also appreciate those that remember I’m an Affiliate of Craftsy and Amazon and when you click thru my site to make such a purchase, your price remains the same, but I “may” receive a small fee that I use to supplement postage expenses.
  6. One prize per participant.  Winners will receive an email mid-February to notify them that they are a winner. I will do my best to match each winner with their favorite book, by asking them to list their top three choices.  Based on first to respond to my email, will be matched to the available prize of their choice. Prizes that are not claimed will be used as prizes in future Stitch A Longs, or other events hosted by QuiltShopGal

You can find Leah at:

http://www.leahday.com/
http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leah-Day-Quilting/108034899216421
https://www.youtube.com/user/lcvday

Don’t forget to check back weekly (on Saturdays unless I drop the ball), for  sharing our Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt progress in this Stitch A Long.  And, what ever you do, I hope you have a wonderful week with time to enjoy and create!

Here is a list of other posts for this #StitchALong Event:

#FMQStitchAlong – Heart & Feather WholeCloth Workshop with Leah Day – January 16th

I’ve had a great week watching video tutorials by Leah Day, for her Heart and Feather Workshop and working on my project.  I’ve also enjoyed hearing from some that have completed this project previously, as well as others that may have signed up for this workshop, but not completed the project.  I’m excited that many have expressed interest in this Stitch Along and sharing photos along the way, as well as sharing pictures of their finished inspirational projects.  

I’ve also heard from some that completed this project with Leah, back in 2012.  I want to clarify that this new “workshop” adds many more steps that enhance this Heart and Feather quilt design. To clarify, this workshop includes additional tutorials and steps Trapunto and quilting with multiple designs.  Thus, those that may have created a quilt with this basic design back in 2012 may want to take this workshop now and make a much more interesting version of this design, as well as build on your FMQ skills.

Stitch A Long Template Leah Day

RECAP:

This #StitchAlong is for anyone interested in learning/improving their FMQ skills, while using the pattern and watching the video tutorials that are part of the Heart & Feather Wholecloth Quilt Workshop, with Leah Day.  And, if you have already completed this workshop I’d be thrilled to have you share photos of what you created with us, in our Linky Party during this event.  And, those that have already started, but may not have finished, are also invited to join and stitch along.

If you join me in this #StitchAlong, Leah Day will teach how to create trapunto, marking fabric, dense filler quilting, and so much more that will “ramp up” your quilting with a small quilt and just a little bit of time.  I’ve also made arrangements for sponsored prizes that will be awarded mid-February, to those that participate.

 

 

PROGRESS UPDATE

 

As mentioned last week, I’m planning on working on this project weekly, with the goal of finishing it for Valentine’s Day.  As such, I do a little each week and have time for other projects (e.g. Leah’s Machine Quilting Block Party).  But you can certainly attend Leah’s virtual workshop and stitch at your own pace, but I hope you’ll still share photos of your progress.  Much more fun stitching with others.

 I watched the following videos:

1 – Introduction

2 – Fabric Prepping and Marking

3 – Basting for Trapunto

4 – Free Motion Quilting Basics

5 – Quilting the Outline

6 – Clipping the Batting

I decided to try using Terial Magic on my quilt top fabric vs regular Starch.  I’ll share my perspective once I finish this project, but so far I REALLY like it.  I also used water soluble fabric markers to mark my fabric for the beautiful design that Leah created for this Wholecloth quilt.

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I used water soluble thread from YLI to stitch out the area to be filled with Trapunto and carefully cut away the excess batting.  As I misplaced my small scissors for this project (later found in my husband’s office), I did loose some time.  All my other small scissors were not appropriate for Trapunto (e.g. not the right point, creating risks in cutting thru the top fabric, too dull and not able to cut the batting, etc).. Needless to say, I was happy with DH found my scissors in his office.  Maybe the cat left them their?

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PLANS FOR THIS WEEK:

I’m planning on watching the following video tutorials:

7 – Pin and Machine Basting

8 – Quilting Dense Filler Designs

9 – Quilting and Filling the Quilt

10 – Quilting and Filling the Quilt – Part 2  

 

For stitching, I’m a bit nervous on free-motion quilting with white thread on a red quilt.  Personally, I’m more confident with FMQ with thread that blends with the fabric.  But this workshop is also intended to help me learn and improve my FMQ skills, so I’m going to jump in and do it this week.  But first, I’ll stitch on a practice sandwich this week.  I then will move to our workshop quilt sandwich and outline stitch the Trapunto and begin quilting dense filler designs, following Leah’s tutorials.  

For those that have already finished, I’m curious how you felt at this step in the project?  Likewise, for others stitching along with me, how do you feel?  Challenged or very confident?  I just keep reminding myself “use a practice sandwich first and remember this workshop is all about learning and improving our skills.”

DID I MENTION A LINKY PARTY?

For bloggers, another bonus of joining this event (and any event I host in 2016 that uses a Linky tool), you will get added to My Creative Blog List, which is a site I created to help others follow blogs, as well as promote blogging events.  Currently, many of the blogs in this list were added, as they participated in events I hosted in 2015.  But I will be refreshing this list shortly, to reflect creative blogs that participate in events I host in 2016.  To check out this blog list visit: http://mycreativebloglist.blogspot.com/
Don’t forget if you use any social media tools, please use share photos of your progress using hashtags: #quiltalong10, #StitchALong, #FMQStitchAlong.  I’ll be sharing in Leah’s Facebook group, this blog (updates every Saturday) and you can also follow me at:


DID I MENTION SPONSORED PRIZES?

Thanks to Martingale for sponsoring this Stitch A Long.  The following prizes will be randomly awarded to WW participants:

Machine Quilting Made Easy, by Maurine Noble

Teach Me to Applique’ Fusible Applique’ that is Soft & Simple, by Pat Sloan

Fun-Size Quilts: 17 Popular Designers Play With Fat Quarters, Compiled by Karen M. Burns

The Big Book of Nickel Quilts: 40 Projects for 5-inch Scraps, by Path Speth with Charlene Thode

RULES TO WIN A PRIZE:

  1. Join the Linky Party in any/all of the posts for this Stitch A Long, sharing your progress, a previously completed Heart and Feather Quilt, and hopefully your completed quilt during this event.  To clarify, you can share weekly and the more weeks you participate, the more entries you get to win prizes.
  2. Bloggers are encouraged to share via their blog, with a link to the most current Stitch A Long blog post on QuiltShopGal.  While not required, it is appreciated if you share the artwork for this event and encourage others to participate and/or come check out other sharing.
  3. Share in Leah Day’s facebook group and leave a comment on any of the posts for this event, stating the date you shared.
  4. Share on any social media tool (e.g. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook), using any/all of the #hashtags for this event (#quiltalong10, #StitchALong, #FMQStitchAlong) and leave a comment on any of the posts for this event, stating that you shared.
  5. While this event is open to WW participants, in 2016 QuiltShopGal will providefree shipping of prizes, that I ship directly to US Only winners.  International winners will be required to pay a flat $20 postage fee.  If the actual shipping is more, QuiltShopGal will pay the difference.  If ithe actual cost is less, the funds will go into the 2016 postage expense fund to supplement such expenses in 2016.  “Postage Angels” are also always appreciated and will be recognized in my blog posts for giveaways and/or events, where their donations are used to help offset shipping expenses of  prizes this year.  Of course, I also appreciate those that remember I’m an Affiliate of Craftsy and Amazon and when you click thru my site to make such a purchase, your price remains the same, but I “may” receive a small fee that I use to supplement postage expenses.
  6. One prize per participant.  Winners will receive an email mid-February to notify them that they are a winner. I will do my best to match each winner with their favorite book, by asking them to list their top three choices.  Based on first to respond to my email, will be matched to the available prize of their choice. Prizes that are not claimed will be used as prizes in future Stitch A Longs, or other events hosted by QuiltShopGal

You can find Leah at:

http://www.leahday.com/
http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leah-Day-Quilting/108034899216421
https://www.youtube.com/user/lcvday

Don’t forget to check back weekly (on Saturdays unless I drop the ball), for  sharing our Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt progress in this Stitch A Long.  And, what ever you do, I hope you have a wonderful week with time to enjoy and create!

Here is a list of other posts for this #StitchALong Event:

#FMQStitchAlong – Heart & Feather WholeCloth Workshop with Leah Day

First, I want to apologize as I’m late releasing this post.  I had planned to release this yesterday, as I’ve scheduled all my Stitch A Longs this year for Saturdays.  But, life got in the way and yesterday I was at the Craft and Hobby (aka CHA) Mega Trade Show.  While, I’ll be sharing insights about the CHA shortly, today I’m officially kicking off our first Stitch A Long this year.

Stitch A Long Template Leah Day

This #StitchAlong is for anyone interested in learning/improving their FMQ skills, while using the pattern and watching the video tutorials that are part of the Heart & Feather Wholecloth Quilt Workshop, with Leah Day.  And, if you have already completed this workshop I’d be thrilled to have you share photos of what you created with us, in our Linky Party during this event.  And, those that have already started, but may not have finished, are also invited to join and stitch along.

If you join me in this #StitchAlong, Leah Day will teach how to create trapunto, marking fabric, dense filler quilting, and so much more that will “ramp up” your quilting with a small quilt and just a little bit of time.  I’ve also made arrangements for sponsored prizes that will be awarded mid-February, to those that participate.

Not sure, check out this video by Leah:

If you have problems viewing the above video in embedded mode, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfrP9dnOdFQ

 

WHERE TO START?

Purchase the workshop from Leah Day Designs, to get the pattern for this beautiful whole cloth quilt, including a PDF instruction sheet and codes to watched secured video tutorials.  You can pull supplies together from your stash, purchase from your favorite store, or buy a kit from Leah Day (limited supply of kits).

If you are on Facebook, join the group “Leah Day Quiltingwhere you can post photos of your progress, as well as questions.  You’ll also find inspiration from other members and fans of Leah Day, as they share their work.  And, you’ll learn about Leah’s new workshop “Machine Quilting Block Party

Just so that you know, while you can stitch your Heart and Feather Wholecloth quilt at any pace you want, I’m shooting to have mine finished before Valentine’s Day.  And, then I hope to join Leah’s new Machine Quilting Block Party, as I think I can catch up with it pretty quickly.  

I opted to purchase the kit from Leah vs pull supplies from my stash.  Certainly made it easy for me and I thought the  kit was very economical too!  Plus, she ships out super fast.

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Check out Leah’s blog post and youtube videos to kickstart this quilt-along.

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Leah has created 10 video lessons for this workshop (12 actual video tutorials).  You can also download them to your computer, i-pad, tablet or other smart device.  I really like this feature, as I can watch and learn even when I don’t have access to the internet.

 This coming week, I plan to work thru the first 3 lessons, possibly the 4th.  As mentioned previously, you can join this Stitch A Long and pursue Leah’s workshop at your own pace.  Just remember to share as you stitch with us, as it is much more fun to virtually sew with others, than on our own.

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DID I MENTION A LINKY PARTY?

For bloggers, another bonus of joining this event (and any event I host in 2016 that uses a Linky tool), you will get added to My Creative Blog List, which is a site I created to help others follow blogs, as well as promote blogging events.  Currently, many of the blogs in this list were added, as they participated in events I hosted in 2015.  But I will be refreshing this list shortly, to reflect creative blogs that participate in events I host in 2016.  To check out this blog list visit: http://mycreativebloglist.blogspot.com/
Don’t forget if you use any social media tools, please use share photos of your progress using hashtags: #quiltalong10, #StitchALong, #FMQStitchAlong.  I’ll be sharing in Leah’s Facebook group, this blog (updates every Saturday) and you can also follow me at:


DID I MENTION SPONSORED PRIZES?

Thanks to Martingale for sponsoring this Stitch A Long.  The following prizes will be randomly awarded to WW participants:

Machine Quilting Made Easy, by Maurine Noble

Teach Me to Applique’ Fusible Applique’ that is Soft & Simple, by Pat Sloan

Fun-Size Quilts: 17 Popular Designers Play With Fat Quarters, Compiled by Karen M. Burns

The Big Book of Nickel Quilts: 40 Projects for 5-inch Scraps, by Path Speth with Charlene Thode

RULES TO WIN A PRIZE:

  1. Join the Linky Party in any/all of the posts for this Stitch A Long, sharing your progress, a previously completed Heart and Feather Quilt, and hopefully your completed quilt during this event.  To clarify, you can share weekly and the more weeks you participate, the more entries you get to win prizes.
  2. Bloggers are encouraged to share via their blog, with a link to the most current Stitch A Long blog post on QuiltShopGal.  While not required, it is appreciated if you share the artwork for this event and encourage others to participate and/or come check out other sharing.
  3. Share in Leah Day’s facebook group and leave a comment on any of the posts for this event, stating the date you shared.
  4. Share on any social media tool (e.g. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook), using any/all of the #hashtags for this event (#quiltalong10, #StitchALong, #FMQStitchAlong) and leave a comment on any of the posts for this event, stating that you shared.
  5. While this event is open to WW participants, in 2016 QuiltShopGal will providefree shipping of prizes, that I ship directly to US Only winners.  International winners will be required to pay a flat $20 postage fee.  If the actual shipping is more, QuiltShopGal will pay the difference.  If ithe actual cost is less, the funds will go into the 2016 postage expense fund to supplement such expenses in 2016.  “Postage Angels” are also always appreciated and will be recognized in my blog posts for giveaways and/or events, where their donations are used to help offset shipping expenses of  prizes this year.  Of course, I also appreciate those that remember I’m an Affiliate of Craftsy and Amazon and when you click thru my site to make such a purchase, your price remains the same, but I “may” receive a small fee that I use to supplement postage expenses.
  6. One prize per participant.  Winners will receive an email mid-February to notify them that they are a winner. I will do my best to match each winner with their favorite book, by asking them to list their top three choices.  Based on first to respond to my email, will be matched to the available prize of their choice. Prizes that are not claimed will be used as prizes in future Stitch A Longs, or other events hosted by QuiltShopGal

You can find Leah at:

http://www.leahday.com/
http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leah-Day-Quilting/108034899216421
https://www.youtube.com/user/lcvday

Don’t forget to check back weekly (on Saturdays unless I drop the ball), for  sharing our Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt progress in this Stitch A Long.  And, what ever you do, I hope you have a wonderful week with time to enjoy and create!

Here is a list of other posts for this #StitchALong Event:
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Free-Motion Quilting: Retrospect on 2015 and Looking Forward in 2016

FMQ RETROSPECT ON 2015:

While you may not (yet) be interested in free-motion quilting (FMQ, one of my goals this year is to continue to learn and improve my FMQ skills, as well as continue to inspire others to do so too! Personally,  I’ll confess I’m not an expert, and I don’t want anyone to ever think I’m an expert on anything.  But I do believe everyone can do free-motion quilting, with just a little practice and commitment to learn and improve.  

In 2012, 2013 and 2015 I hosted a FMQ challenge that focused on trying to increase awareness of various FMQ Experts, as well as encourage everyone to learn/improve their FMQ skills.  Unfortunately, I totally botched hosting the 2015 FMQ Challenge due to lack of time and organization on my part.  But, I appreciate patience by those who won a prize and have not yet received it.  I’m currently working on awarding December and Grand Prizes, as well as shipping what feels like a ton of prizes.  And, I will then go thru and complete an audit to ensure everyone that one, throughout this challenge has received their prizes.

My lesson learned: I will no longer going to host a challenge that runs throughout the year, with monthly challenges.  I just don’t have the time to do it properly.  

FMQ PLANS FOR 2016

For 2016, I do plan on hosting a variety of fairly small FMQ events and I hope you’ll participate in one or all.  Some will have sponsored prizes and some won’t.  But I truly hope you are committed to learning/improving your FMQ skills for you and not just to win a prize.  Events that I’m planning will include UFO FMQ Challenges, FMQ Stitch A Longs, as well as FMQ Challenges that showcase an Expert.  And, throughout the year I’m still committed to increase awareness of FMQ Experts, Books, Classes, notions and tools that are perfect for those stitching FMQ.

 

This coming Saturday, I’ll kick off my first FMQ Stitch A Long of the year, where I’ll showcase Leah Day, an amazing FMQ Expert.  Last Fall, Leah released a virtual Heart and Feather Wholecloth Workshop that includes a pattern to make a wholecloth quilt, as well as special video tutorials available to those that purchase this workshop from Leah Day Designs: http://leahday.com/collections/workshops/products/heart-wholecloth?variant=9209743749

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Everyone is welcome to join me in this event.  Of course those that have already completed this workshop are also encouraged to share what they created, as well as stitch along with us and make another one. As QuiltShopGal, I’m hosting this event to promote learning FMQ, with Leah Day’s workshop to help us learn/improve our FMQ skills, while having loads of fun.

Stitch A Long Template Leah Day

We’ll have a Linky Party where you can share your progress, as well as any finished project that you may have made using techniques and designs taught by Leah in this workshop.  And, those on Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram will also be encouraged to share photos using hashtags #StitchAlong and/or  #FMQStitchAlong.

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In this Stitch Along, you can sew at your own pace, but my goal is to have mine completed in time to enjoy on Valentines Day.

Don’t forget you can use any fabric and supplies from your stash, but Leah does have a few kits that are available.

 

Martingale will be our sponsor for this event.  I’ll be sharing insights on prizes, as this event officially kicks off.martingale-text-logo (1)

 

Leah is also hosting a Machine Quilting Block Party that looks like loads of fun and a great way to learn/improve your FMQ skills.

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You can find Leah at:

http://www.leahday.com/
http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leah-Day-Quilting/108034899216421
https://www.youtube.com/user/lcvday

 

Don’t forget, our first FMQ Stitch Along for 2016 starts this coming Saturday.  I hope you’ll come join the fun.

Happy New Year – Goals and Plans for QuiltShopGal in 2016

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There is something special about a New Year, as refreshing and fun as a clean chalkboard for you to sketch out your dreams.  You may have the same goal, the same dream, that you carry into the new year, or you may start with completely different goals.  My personal focus is to look forward, although I do spend time looking back at the year prior, as I establish my new goals.  

Today I want to share insights with you on my goals and plans for 2016.  Of course, I hope they will inspire you to follow QuiltShopGal, but I also reserve the right to change my plans throughout the year.  A little more or less of this and that, if you catch what I mean.

 

MY WORD for 2016 continues to be #CreativeGoodness.  While Quilting, Sewing and Embroidery are my favorite forms of creativity, I do want to continue to explore and encourage and admire many forms of creativity.

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GOALS FOR 2016:

  • Listen
  • Encourage
  • Speak Kind Words
  • Be More Organized
  • Spend More Time Being Creative
  • UFO Finish & NO UFO Creation
  • Skill building:  Electric Quilt, Machine Embroidery, Precision Piecing, Free-Motion Quilting

HIGHLIGHTS OF MY PLANS FOR 2016

Continue to manage three blogs:  QuiltShopGal, My Creative Blog List, and Fingertip Shopping.

Host Sponsored Giveaways  and Events throughout 2016.  While I’m currently accepting Sponsors, I want to recognize these 2016 Sponsors:

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the quilt show

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RESEARCH AND REPORTING is a core thread of QuiltShopGal and will continue to be so in 2016.  I am currently researching several topics, that have taken me months to thoroughly research, but I hope to be sharing these soon.  I also plan on getting back on track with my “Designer Showcase Series“.

CHARITY FUNDRAISERS AND PAY-IT-FORWARD KINDESS  – I plan to host a couple of charity fundraisers, as well as help with acts of Pay-It-Forward Kindness.  The first Charity Fundraiser will be hosted in March, to benefit Cystic Fibrosis programs around the world, with an emphasis on an excellent program in Australia.  Sneek Peaks on this fundraiser will be shared in January.

  • Cystic Fibrosis

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  • Pets in Shelters/Homeless Animals – also need helping hands from quilting, sewing and embroidery enthusiasts WW.
  • Heaven Sent a new non-profit focused on providing quiltlets to wrap babies that have passed away cover caskets for such babies.

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FREE-MOTION QUILTING CHALLENGES AND STITCH-ALONGS 

Stitch A Long Template Leah Day

ENGLISH PAPER PIECING STITCH A LONG – summer 2016 – While I have a couple of different EPP designs I’ll be showcasing, this event will be open for sharing any EPP project you are making, or have made, in 2016.  Simply needs to be an EPP project.

UFO / JUST FINISH IT CHALLENGES – I’m shooting to host 2-3 UFO Challenges in 2016.  Some will be focused on FMQ and some focused on any project you wish to share, they just need to be finished in 2016.

MACHINE EMBROIDERY STITCH A LONGS 

  • Lunch Box Quilt Designs – Recipe Towel Collections
  • Kaleidoscope Kreator – Feathers Embroidery Collection
  • Sarah Vedeler – GO! BeDazzled or Stars Collections.  While I have a couple of projects I’ll be using these collections for, this #StitchAlong (like other Stitch A Longs) are open for any sharing that you create using these collections.   What do you think about these motifs for a table runner, pillow or quilt?

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SKILL BUILDING CHALLENGES AND STITCH A LONGS – in addition to Free-Motion Quilting, I plan to host a few events that will help us build our skills for:

  • Precision Piecing Stitch-A-Longs & Challenges
  • Electric Quilt Skill Builders & Challenges – we’ll also be celebrating EQ’s 25th Anniversary this year, during these events.

AFFILIATE PROGRAMS AND POSTAGE ANGELS – To better manage my personal quilting budget, which historically has been negatively impacted by shipping prizes and giveaways, in 2016 I plan to:

  • Continue utilizing Affiliate programs, for businesses and products that I can honestly recommend.  When you click thru any of my blogs to make a purchase, you pay the same as you would have if you went direct to that site, but I “may” receive a small fee back that I use to supplement postage costs.
  • Those that opt to pay-it-forward, by reimbursing me for postage, as well as those that make postage donations, will be recognized in future giveaways and announcement of prizes, where their funds are used to help with postage expenses.
  • As US postage cost has increased, International postage has skyrocketed.  The cost of shipping a book typically exceeds the price of the book, often 7-10 times the cost of what it would cost to shipping within the US.  While I could limit winners to be US only, this year I’m going to ask that International winners “donate” a flat rate of $20, as a Postage Angel, for any prize that they wish to claim.  To clarify, should postage of their prize exceed this rate, I will pay the difference and if the cost is less, the extra amount simply goes into the postage budget to pay-it-forward, with the winner being recognized as a Postage Angel.

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Again, I wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year. I also wish you time to enjoy and create.

#StitchAlong – October 3rd – #EPPSewAlong, #FMQALONG, #StitchAlong, #MachineEmbroidery

Welcome to another week for our open #StitchAlong. I’m always delighted to have you pop by to visit, but everyone is also welcome to join me for some virtual stitching time.   There will never be deadlines, but I will be available to answer project questions during the window I’m stitching them out, as well as pull in experts to help with Q&A, during that time, as appropriate.

You can certainly adapt these projects, as you wish.   I encourage anyone that wishes to participate to share your progress, as well as your project whenever you finish 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.

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THIS PAST WEEK, I’ began free-motion quilting for my EPP Star  table topper.  This was created during the #EPPSewAlong, hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop (FQS), where sharing is on Instagram and FQS shares a new step or two every Wednesday.

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While some are just starting this #StitchAlong, by pulling fabrics and other supplies together, some are sewing their star and some have started to applique their star to the background fabric, using instructions provided this week by Kimberly of the Fat Quarter Shop. So, if you have not yet joined the fun, please know there is still plenty of time to join.  I jumped ahead last week, completing the applique and marking my top using water soluble fabric  markers and the Ultimate Background Stencils, by Cindy Needham.

Ultimate Background #StitchALong coming soon

The Ultimate Background Stencil collection consists of 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″.

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Cindy has FREE downloadable 32 page handbook for this stencil collection, which walks you thru how to use the stencils, providing insights on plenty of different designs that can be stitched using each stencil.  For my EPP Star project,  I selected the Twisted Grid stencil.  And I’m free-motion quilting these grids using a curved basket weave pattern, which Cindy also shows how to stitch in her free downloadable book for this stencil collection.

ultimate background stencils twisted grid by Cindy NeedhamI love the look of a curved basket weave, as a background pattern and it also gives me a great practice piece that will look good with my EPP Star.

As mentioned previously, I used a water soluble pen to mark the grids on my quilt top.  This was an easy and quick step that builds the framework for this free-motion quilting in the background of my EPP Star.

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I sandwiched this marked top using Quilters Dream Wool, from Quilters Dream Batting.  I haven’t used wool batting very much and I’ve fallen in love with this batting.  Total dream to stitch.

I’ll confess it has been over six months since I’ve had an opportunity for free-motion quilting and I was never that great.  I definitely need more practice and work on balanced stitching.  But I’ve thoroughly enjoyed free-motion quilting this EPP Star and think I’m going to be very happy with it when I’m finished.

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My goal is to finish FMQ and bind this table toppert this weekend.  Want to join me with some FMQ this week (or whenever you have a chance)? Don’t forget to share on Instagram, or any other Social Media Tool and use the hastags #EPPSewAlong #FMQALONG #StitchAlong.  And, everyone is also welcome to share via the  weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties that I host every Friday.

You can find Cindy Needham at:

http://cindyneedham.com/
http://blog.cindyneedham.com/

 

WINTER BLISS STITCH ALONG *** Officially Starts Next Week***

Winter Bliss #StitchALong coming soon

I’ll be stitching a couple of different projects usingthe Winter Bliss design collection from 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.  One project will turn blocks into a fabric book, for a child.  Another project will be to make fabric gift bags.  I’ll also be stitching out a table runner using her beautiful Sleigh with Santa design  and cute reindeer designs, which are all AccuQuilt GO! compatible.  

You can join this #StitchAlong with or without an embroidery machine using AccuQuilt dies, or manually cutting the shapes.  But the dies will make your cuts much more accurate and faster.  For those that use Marjorie’s Winter Bliss design collection, templates are included and easy to follow.

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As with every #StitchAlong, you can adapt the designs to make whatever you wish.  Possibly you want to make wallhangings, quilts, placemats, or other project ideas.  As always, I hope you’ll #StitchAlong with me and share what you create to help inspire others.

For those that want to get going on this #StitchAlong, you may want to start with:

  • Pull your supplies together, as shared in the #StitchAlong post last week.
  • Prepare your fabrics for cutting.  I like to use Steam-A-Seam Lite for my adhesive stabilizer, but use your favorite adhesive stabilizer and follow the manufacturers instructions.
  • Cut your shapes with your AccuQuilt GO dies, or use Marjorie’s templates.  Next week, for those using embroidery machines, I’ll also show the traditional “in the hoop” cutting method for machine applique, although my preference is using the dies.

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Marjorie’s Winter Bliss design collection includes a PDF that shows the shapes required for each block.  Depending on which project you may want to stitch, you’ll need to cut the appropriate number for each shape in the blocks she shows.  For me, I’ cutting two sets (one for the fabric book and one set for the gift bags).  And, I’m also cutting 9 extra reindeer and an extra sleigh for my table runner project.

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You can find Marjorie Busby at:

http://b-quilts.com/

http://b-quilts.com/blog/
http://shop.b-quilts.com/

https://www.facebook.com/marjorie.busby?fref=ts

I’ll also be releasing a post this Tuesday, with a free pattern to create the sleigh and reindeer table runner.  This will work using Marjories machine embroidery designs or raw edge applique and will be GO! compatible. This pattern is a freebie in October, as part of the EQ Seasonal ROW-Along, hosted by Marian Pena of Seams to be Sew. This is a fun event with oodles of free ROW patterns, tutorials, tips and giveaways.  If you haven’t yet checked it out, I want to encourage you to do so. Great fun and plenty of creative inspiration.

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 Parties which I host every Friday.  What ever you do, I hope you find joy and time to create.  

Lastly, based on feedback, starting next week, I’ll try to shorten these posts and only share insights on one #stitchAlong at a time..

Here is a list of previous posts for #StitchAlong:

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