Category: free-motion quilting

NEW Product Announcement: The Ultimate Shape Stencil, a Sale, and an FMQ Challenge with Prizes that you don’t have to quilt to win!

Cindy Needham has just released a new stencil, called the Ultimate Shape Stencil.  I can honestly say that I love the design possibilities that this new stencil enables, as well as the endless designs that are possible from the other Ultimate Stencil collections.  And, as you get more than a stencil when you purchase, these stencils are an amazing value.

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The new Ultimate Shape Stencil Collection  is a 4-stencil set cut into 2″, 4″, 6″ and 8″ sizes. These will accommodate the most common quilt block sizes. This set of stencils comes with a 38 page full color e-book that provides loads of inspiration and instruction along with many designs.  

Here are a few design ideas from Cindy, but the possibilities for what you can create with this stencil are endless.

This set of stencils is on sale for $25 thru Saturday, August 6th and will come with the Oldies but Goodies and New and Improved design e-books FREE!!!  Cindy also offers a super flat rate shipping fee on international ordres!  Here is the link:  http://cindyneedham.com/ultimate_shape.html

Note:  The Oldies but Goodies and New and Improved design ebook is $50 and a great value at that price, so this sale is an amazing opportunity that I’m confident you’ll enjoy creating with, as well as learning/improving your FMQ skills.   Don’t forget, there are now three ways to participate in the Ultimate Quilting Challenge and you have until September 15th to enter in one or more of these options:

 1) Share any quilting project you have previously made using any of Cindy’s Ultimate Quilting Stencils,

2) Share a doodle/sketch for a free-motion quilting design that you create using any of Cindy’s Ultimate Stencils, and/or

3) Create a project this summer, of any style, any size, that incorporates FMQ using any of Cindy’s Ultimate Stencils (you can also incorporate any FMQ design from her ebooks, or other FMQ Motifs, as you desire).  

To clarify, there are three linky parties that comprise this challenge and you can share in one or all, to automatically get entered to win prizes.

 

You can find Cindy Needham at:

http://cindyneedham.com/
http://blog.cindyneedham.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/linenquilter

https://www.pinterest.com/linenquilter/

For more info on The Ultimate Quilting Challenge:

Linky Party #1 – for sharing projects previously created using these stencils: http://quiltshopgal.com/the-ultimate-free-motion-quilting-challenge-summer-2016-kick-off-with-virtual-quilt-showlinky-party/

Linky Party #2 – for sharing your doodling/sketching using free downloadable templates for these stencils – kicked off July 15th: http://quiltshopgal.com/the-ultimate-free-motion-quilting-challenge-summer-2016-linky-party-2-doodlesketching/

Linky Party #3 – for sharing of any project (any size, style) created this summer that incorporates any of the Ultimate Quilting Stencils  – kicks off August 15th, but your deadline to enter is September 15th.

Here is a list of all previous posts pertaining to the #UltimateQuiltingChallenge:

The Ultimate Quilting Challenge – How To Tips with Cindy Needham – Basket Weave/Bamboo

The Ultimate Quilt Challenge is a quilt as desired challenge, using The Ultimate Quilting Stencil Collection and/or The Ultimate Background Stencil Collection, designed by Cindy Needham. To heighten awareness of how easy these stencils are to use, today I want to share one of Cindy’s Youtube video tutorials.  I think for anyone interested in learning/improving their free-motion quilting skills, this is a gorgeous design that is a “must have” to master for our “go to” background designs.

If you have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/embed/QhqZ6yfMMWc

 

You can find Cindy Needham at:

http://cindyneedham.com/
http://blog.cindyneedham.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/linenquilter

https://www.pinterest.com/linenquilter/

For more info on The Ultimate Quilting Challenge:

Linky Party #1 – for sharing projects previously created using these stencils: http://quiltshopgal.com/the-ultimate-free-motion-quilting-challenge-summer-2016-kick-off-with-virtual-quilt-showlinky-party/

Linky Party #2 – for sharing your doodling/sketching using free downloadable templates for these stencils – kicked off July 15th: http://quiltshopgal.com/the-ultimate-free-motion-quilting-challenge-summer-2016-linky-party-2-doodlesketching/

Linky Party #3 – for sharing of any project (any size, style) created this summer that incorporates any of the Ultimate Quilting Stencils  – kicks off August 15th, but your deadline to enter is September 15th.

Here is a list of all previous posts pertaining to the #UltimateQuiltingChallenge:

The Ultimate Quilting Challenge – How To Tips with Cindy Needham – Beautiful Background Grid Designs

The Ultimate Quilting Challenge is a quilt as desired challenge, using The Ultimate Quilting Stencil Collection and/or The Ultimate Background Stencil Collection, from Cindy Needham.  To heighten awareness of how easy these stencils are to use, today I want to share one of Cindy’s Youtube video tutorials:

If you have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4yxuNf4fXs

 

You can find Cindy Needham at:

http://cindyneedham.com/
http://blog.cindyneedham.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/linenquilter

https://www.pinterest.com/linenquilter/

For more info on The Ultimate Quilting Challenge:

Linky Party #1 – for sharing projects previously created using these stencils: http://quiltshopgal.com/the-ultimate-free-motion-quilting-challenge-summer-2016-kick-off-with-virtual-quilt-showlinky-party/

Linky Party #2 – for sharing your doodling/sketching using free downloadable templates for these stencils – kicked off July 15th: http://quiltshopgal.com/the-ultimate-free-motion-quilting-challenge-summer-2016-linky-party-2-doodlesketching/

Linky Party #3 – for sharing of any project (any size, style) created this summer that incorporates any of the Ultimate Quilting Stencils  – kicks off August 15th, but your deadline to enter is September 15th.

Here is a list of all previous posts pertaining to the #UltimateQuiltingChallenge:

#CreativeGoodness With Modern Quilting And Free-Motion Quilting

While at QuiltCon West 2016, this past February, this stunning quilt, by Cheryl Brady, of Kansas City, Missouri, caught my attention:

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Stunning quilt with inspirational free-motion quilting.

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An interesting variety of quilting motifs, creating a feeling of movement.

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And each design plays well with the others, as well as the pieced design.

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I hope you enjoy seeing Cheryl’s quilt as much as I did.

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You can find the QuiltCon at:

http://www.quiltconeast.com/

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www.quiltconwest.com

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The Ultimate Quilting Challenge – How To Tips with Cindy Needham – Using Transparencies with Stencils

The Ultimate Quilt Challenge is a versatile challenge, all based around the Ultimate Quilting Stencil Collection and/or The Ultimate Background Stencil Collection, from Cindy Needham.  You can enter to win prizes by: sharing projects previously made using any of these  stencils, doodling/sketching designs for blocks and/or quilts, and/or doing free-motion quilting on any project this summer using these stencils.

To heighten awareness of how easy these stencils are to use, today I want to share one of Cindy’s Youtube video tutorials:

If you have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qyEgEI6cgo

 

You can find Cindy Needham at:

http://cindyneedham.com/
http://blog.cindyneedham.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/linenquilter

https://www.pinterest.com/linenquilter/

For more info on The Ultimate Quilting Challenge:

Linky Party #1 – for sharing projects previously created using these stencils: http://quiltshopgal.com/the-ultimate-free-motion-quilting-challenge-summer-2016-kick-off-with-virtual-quilt-showlinky-party/

Linky Party #2 – for sharing your doodling/sketching using free downloadable templates for these stencils – kicked off July 15th: http://quiltshopgal.com/the-ultimate-free-motion-quilting-challenge-summer-2016-linky-party-2-doodlesketching/

Linky Party #3 – for sharing of any project (any size, style) created this summer that incorporates any of the Ultimate Quilting Stencils  – kicks off August 15th, but your deadline to enter is September 15th.

Here is a list of all previous posts pertaining to the #UltimateQuiltingChallenge:

The Ultimate Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – Summer 2016 – Linky Party #2 – Doodle/Sketching – Everyone Can Do This!

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Welcome to the 2nd Linky Party for the Ultimate Quilting Challenge, hosted by QuiltShopGal this summer.   This 2nd of three Linky Parties is all about doodling/sketching on paper, your free-motion quilting design ideas for The Ultimate Stencil Collections.  This is a great way to build up your muscle memory for free-motion quilting such designs, as well as a great way to inspire others thru your sharing.  And, by sharing in our Linky Party you are automatically entered to win prizes in this challenge! 

Our sponsors for this event include, but are not limited to:

ultimate quilt challenge linky party #2Our Linky Parties are open up to bloggers and non-bloggers, but please take time to read the entire blog post, especially the rules, before you add a link, or you may find your entry is removed.

 

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RULES TO ENTER THIS CHALLENGE:

  • Bloggers and non-bloggers are eligible to enter:
    1. Bloggers need to share their entry in a current post, dated during this event (links to old posts will be removed).  Not required, but appreciated if you also let others know about this Ultimate FMQ  Challenge and include a link in your post.  Of course, you can share more than one doodle/sketch design idea with as many photos and insights as you wish to share, but only one link per person.
    2. Non-Bloggers have a variety of ways to share, but they need to ensure that they only share one link in the linky post. Depending on the tool you use to share, you can reference that you are participating in this event and clarify if you have additional photos that can be viewed. For example, if you upload to Flickr you can link one picture, but share more via a folder, just be sure your security is open to anyone to view.  You can also share via uploading to Pinterest, or other free online sites, but you do need to ensure the site you upload your photo entry is open so that anyone can view it.  To eliminate the risk of having your link deleted, consider asking others to check for you.
  • You can only share doodle/sketch design ideas that you have sketched on paper using The Ultimate Stencil Collection and/or The Ultimate Background Stencil Collection.  But you can incorporate any FMQ motif with these stencil designs that you wish.  To clarify, you need not stitch your ideas out on fabric.  
  • When you share a project in any of the three Linky Parties for this event you are giving permission for QuiltShopGal and Cindy Needham to share a picture of your project, to recognize you, on our blogs, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts.
  • Prizes will be randomly awarded the last week of September.

OTHER LINKY PARTIES PLANNED FOR THIS CHALLENGE:

  • LINKY PARTY #1 – VIRTUAL QUILT SHOW – PROJECTS MADE PRIOR TO THIS CHALLENGE can be shared in a Linky Party that kicked off June 15th.  Projects can be any size, any style, but need to incorporate the FMQ based on The Ultimate Stencil Collection and/or The Ultimate Background Stencil Collections. And, of course, you can incorporate any FMQ design with these stencils that you wish.
  • LINKY PARTY #3 – VIRTUAL QUILT SHOW – PROJECTS MADE THIS SUMMER Kicks off August 15th, with a Linky Party, for those that create a project, of any size, any style this summer and show that you have used one or more of the stencils, from the Ultimate Stencil Collection, by Cindy Needham.  Don’t overlook the fact you can start working on your project now, as  you need not wait to August 15th to start!  
  • VOTING FOR YOUR FAVORITE Quilts (from all Linky Parties during this event) will be held the week of September 19th. 
  • Prizes randomly awarded the last week of September.

 

To clarify all entries must incorporate The Ultimate Stencil Collection and/ or The Ultimate Background Stencil Collection, by Cindy Needham. For sketching and doodling everyone can dowload the FREE handout from Cindy, which includes the Master circle and square template from the Ultimate Stencil Collection, which you can copy and use to doodle/sketch out FMQ design ideas from Cindy, shared by others, and hopefully also create your own design ideas to share in this challenge.  

 

The design possibilities are endless with these stencils.   Cindy also has a great collection of inspirational ideas for these stencils on Pinterest.

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Cindy has also written many handbooks (aka  e:books), which she updates annually.  While you can purchase these books individually, when you purchase the Complete Collection, you receive updated copies for free, every year.  Trust me, you’ll want the Complete Collection.  It is an amazing value, packed with Cindy’s insights for creating beautiful free-motion quilting, with easy to follow instructions and great visuals.

There are many prizes that our generous sponsors have donated, including some great prizes that will be eligible for International participants, not just US Only participants.  A detailed list of prizes is at the bottom of this post.

PRIZES FOR THE ULTIMATE FREE-MOTION QUILTING CHALLENGE THIS SUMMER:

Note:  We hope you are inspired to participate in this event to learn/improve your FMQ skills and have fun, not just to win prizes.  On the other hand, we have some very generous sponsors who have donated amazing prizes that will be awarded to those that participate in one or all of these events.  To clarify, the more events you participate in the more chances you’ll have to win prizes.  You may also win prizes for Viewer’s Choice, which will open in September for all three Linky Parties.

Sponsor Prize Winners
Martingale Five new release books (to be announced later this summer)

QuiltShopGal will ship these prizes, one each, to five lucky winners. A maximum of 1 winner will be an International winner, with a minimum of 4 winners that are US only residents.

 Prize #1, #2, #3, #4, #5
Craftsy A Craftsy class of your choice.  This prize is open to WW participants.  Prize #6  winner – Tba
FabricWorm  A Fat Quarter bundle of Birch Fabrics.  Specific details are not yet available, but bundle is estimated at $35-95.

This prize is open to WW participants.

 Prize #7  winner – Tba
Inspired LED 5 LED kits, one each

These prizes are open to US only participants.

 Prize #8, #9, #10, #11, #12  winner – Tba
Robert Kaufman Fabrics A beautiful bundle of Radiance, 1 yard cuts of four different colors.  This prize is open to US only participants.  Prize #13  winner – Tba
Aurifil  Sewn Desert thread collection:

–          1 large Spool collection

–          1 small spool collection

These prizes are open to WW participants.

 Prize #14, and 15  winner – Tba
SewSteady Ruler Foot and templates for FMQ with a ruler on a domestic machine.  As the ruler foot is machine specific, the winner will receive a gift certificate that they can redeem for this prize.  More details on this prize will be shared shortly. Prize #16 – winner tba
You can find Cindy Needham at:

PR Angels that can help spread the word about this 2016 Free-Motion Quilting Summer Challenge are certainly appreciated.

If you have any questions, please email me and I will try to get back to you as quickly as I can, but be prepared it may be 7-10 days before you hear back from me.  Thus, I also encourage you to add a comment on this post and I’m hoping others may also help out by replying to your comment, should I not be able to respond in a timely manner (bless those that help others).

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Here is a list of previous posts #UltimateQuiltingChallenge:

QuiltCon West 2016 – Albuquerque Modern Quilt Guild

The Albuquerque Modern Quilt Guild won an award, for free-motion quilting (machine quilting frameless category), with this stunning quilt that incorporated the design of their MQG Club Logo.

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The details are amazing and include a variety of FMQ motifs, from swirls….20160221_123938

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Logo designed by Bob Lowe
Pieced by Lois Warwick
Applique by Sally Williams & Laurie Moodie
Quilting by Renee Hoffman
Albuquerque MQG
86” x 45”

Great job Albuquerque MQG. Wonderful guild logo quilt.  Absolutely wonderful.

You can find the Albuquerque MQG at:

https://abqmqg.wordpress.com/
https://www.facebook.com/abqmqg/

You can find the QuiltCon at:

http://www.quiltconeast.com/

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www.quiltconwest.com

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Sneak Peek: 180 Doodle Quilting Designs

I’m thrilled to share a a sneak peek with you on a new quilting book that will be released in July:  180 Doodle Quilting Designs : Free-Motion Ideas for Blocks, Borders and Beyond, compiled by Karen M. Burns and published by Martingale.

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

When you’re done piecing a quilt, do you often wonder how to finish it with free-motion quilting? Discover how to fill setting triangles, blocks, and borders with a variety of traditional and modern quilting designs, divided into chapters by style: Lines and Squiggles, Curves and Pebbles, Swirls and Feathers, and Just for Fun. This is a must-have book and lifelong reference for any quilter’s library.

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  • Gain confidence as you follow the arrows and see how to fill a confined space with continuous-line quilting motifs that are adaptable to blocks, triangles, and borders

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  • Discover which designs will work best before you sew by practicing your quilting; trace the designs with your finger or on tracing paper

 

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  • Whether you use a long-arm or home sewing machine, you’ll enjoy quilting the wide variety of designs

 

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MY PERSPECTIVE:

This book definitely looks like a “must have” for anyone interested in expanding their FMQ motif design skills.  I hope you get a chance to check this book at at your favorite quilt shop, but if you don’t see it definitely let them know you are interested in having them carry it.  As it is such a new release, they may not be aware of it.  Don’t forget you can also find it online at Martingale and Amazon.

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You can find Martingale at:

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http://www.shopmartingale.com/
http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale
https://twitter.com/ShopMartingale
https://www.youtube.com/user/martingaleandcompany78

The Ultimate Quilting Challenge – How To Tips with Cindy Needham – BackGrounds – Clamshells

This challenge is a quilt as desired challenge, using The Ultimate Quilting Stencil Collection and/or The Ultimate Background Stencil Collection, from Cindy Needham.  To heighten awareness of how easy these stencils are to use, today I want to share one of Cindy’s Youtube video tutorials:

If you have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=op17ZWTnokg

 

You can find Cindy Needham at:

http://cindyneedham.com/
http://blog.cindyneedham.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/linenquilter

https://www.pinterest.com/linenquilter/

For more info on The Ultimate Quilting Challenge:  

Linky Party #1 – http://quiltshopgal.com/the-ultimate-free-motion-quilting-challenge-summer-2016-kick-off-with-virtual-quilt-showlinky-party/

Linky Party #2 – tba – kicks off July 15th

Linky Party #3 – tba – kicks off August 15th

Here is a list of previous posts #UltimateQuiltingChallenge:

Help! How Do I Quilt It? with Angela Walters

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Today I want to share insights about another free-motion quilting class, with Angela Walters, that is available through Craftsy.  I honestly think this is an excellent class for quilters of all levels, and, if you have not yet taken it, I want to recommend that you consider signing up for it.  Great fun and value.  Here are the details:

CLASS TITLE:  Help! How do I quilt It, by Angela Walters

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CLASS DESCRIPTION:

Learn how to pair complementary quilting with six styles of pieced tops for your most beautiful results yet!

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Lesson One – Introduction (7 minutes)

Meet your instructor, quilter extraordinaire Angela Walters, as she walks you through the different types of quilt tops you’ll explore in this class. Then, learn how you can audition your designs before you quilt them.

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Lesson Two – Applique’ Quilts (22 minutes)

Learn how to use quilting to enhance appliqué, complete a pattern or add detail. Pick up professional tips for using monofilament thread and quilting through extra layers. See how echoing accentuates appliquéd designs and learn how to quilt leaves, pebbles and swirls together for dense fillers.

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Lesson Three – Quilts With Small Spaces (19 minutes)

Squeeze dramatic design into small spaces as you explore quilting that works on tops with lots of tiny piecing. Group blocks or pieces together for use on larger designs or break down quilting motifs for use on small elements. Discover the universal appeal of continuous curves and all-over wavy designs.

Lesson Four – Paper Pieced Quilts (16 minutes)

Don’t be scared away from quilting intricate paper-pieced tops that often have bulky seams and intricate designs! Angela shows you how to break them down into manageable sections and demonstrates two great designs that work well with paper-pieced tops: wishbone stitching and the back-and-forth filler.

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Lesson Five – Sampler Quilts (16 minutes)

Whether you prefer traditional, modern or art quilts, you’ll love Angela’s quilting advice for unifying your design or highlighting favorite blocks! Repeat a few favorite motifs throughout or join blocks together by unifying the spaces between them. Learn how to create perfect serpentine lines and swirl hooks.

Lesson Six – Quilts With Large Spaces (21 minutes)

Don’t become daunted by an open space on your quilt! Angela shows you how to use echo quilting to break large spaces into smaller ones. You’ll learn how to manage negative space and quilt motifs and geometric designs, too!

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Lesson Seven – Medallion Quilts (19 minutes)

Have an ocean of borders and unsure what to do? Break rows of borders into chunks, traveling from one to the next as you work your way down the quilt. Discover how to quilt borders that highlight the centerpiece, and learn how to add paisley feathers and square chains to these tight spaces.

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MY REVIEW:

This class taught many tips and tricks, as well as beautiful free-motion quilting motifs.  But what I found the most beneficial is Angela’s insights for deciding how to quilt various quilt designs (e.g. applique, paper pieced, pieced, medallion, etc.), including borders. Of course the many designs that she taught in this class are also beautiful and will certainly come in handy.

I feel this class is perfect for domestic, as well as longarm quilters of all levels.  An excellent value when you consider the Craftsy platform allows you to take their classes at your liesure, as well as repeat it as often as you wish.  Plus, it is helpful to interact with the teacher and other students, as well as find inspiration in the classroom sharing.

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Definitely a fun class and a great way to learn/improve your free-motion quilting skills.

If you have taken this class with Angela, I hope you’ll leave a comment to share your perspective.

 

You can find Angela at:

http://www.quiltingismytherapy.com/
https://twitter.com/AngelaFMQ
https://www.instagram.com/angelafmq/
https://www.facebook.com/angela.walters.714

Full Disclosure:  QuiltShopGal has enjoyed Craftsy, for many years.  I share my own opinion when I write reviews on classes offered by Craftsy.  I became an Affiliate as I believe in the value of Craftsy.    If you click through  to Craftsy, from QuiltShopGal, to make a purchase, I “may” receive a small payment from Craftsy (but your price is not any different than if you purchased it elsewhere).  I pursued signing up for the Affiliate program to help supplement expense costs for QuiltShopGal (e.g. shipping prizes).  But, even though I am an Affiliate I will only share my honest opinion when sharing such insights.  

Here is a list of my reviews of various classes at Craftsy:

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