FQS shows off a beautiful collection of fabrics by Jo Morton, with Moda Fabrics, called Reflections Fat Quarter Bundle which they use for their Jacob’s Ladder. It certainly makes for a very beautiful quilt, with a classic look and feel that is absolutely perfect for the Jacob’s Ladder design.
The free FQS pattern for Jacob’s Ladder pattern has been written for using fat quarters. It is an easy to follow pattern, with great visuals. And, it provides fabric requirements and instructions to make a table topper, Lap quilt, as well as twin or queen size quilt.
While you can make a stunning quilt with a Reflections Fat Quarter Bundle fat quarter bundle, this quilt will look great using almost any fat quarter bundle, or like me, you could easily adapt this pattern to use yardage.
But, I ended up with a plan to create a Jacob’s Ladder quilt with a variety of blues and greys to create a nautical feeling. As I couldn’t find a fat quarter bundle, in the colors I wanted to use, I opted to use yardage for this project. I’m making the “queen size” Jacob’s Ladder and still have more blocks to finish, but I wanted to share how my quilt is progressing. I have the majority of the pieces stitched and I’m working on assembling my blocks.
I hope you’ll check out this classic pattern and join the fun sew-along too! You can more info on the “Jolly Jabber“ blog today, where you’ll be able to watch a excellentvideo tutorial by Kimberly, with plenty of helpful tips for precision piecing, as well as find a link to download the free pattern. There are also links to several bloggers who are participating in this sew-along and sharing their project/WIP with you today. Stay tuned, as I’ll share more on how my Jacob’s Ladder comes together, as well as how I quilt it (pretty sure I’ll be using rulers for FMQ).
Don’t forget to go visit the Jolly Jabber blog, where the Fat Quarter Shop will share more insights on this free pattern and sew-along.
Stitch n Paint, a downloadable machine embroidery design. And, I’m going to be stitching these out for gifts. Some I will paint and some I will give away for the recipient to paint, as desired. They are super fun and fast to create. Want to join me?
Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt Workshop is an amazing way to learn/improve your free-motion quilting skills, while making a beautiful wallhanging that is also perfect for Valentine’s Day. This workshop is also available at a very reasonable price. QuiltShopGal highly recommends it.
Craftsy also has a sale on all of their classes for only $14.99, or less. Simply use code “17JUST4U” at checkout. Skip the flowers and candy for Valentine’s Day and treat yourself to a fun class.
As an Affiliate for Craftsy and AccuQuilt, if you click thru to their sites and make a purchase, your price remains the same, but I “may” receive a small fee back. I use those funds to help “supplement” shipping costs for giveaways and prizes. Thus, I do appreciate those who kindly make such purchases and those that receive such prizes, which I ship (vs sponsors ship directly) they also benefit.
Welcome to day 8 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways. Each day QuiltShopGal will showcase a different sponsor and unwrap (reveal) their gift to one lucky winner. To enter to win, you need to claim at least one option in the Rafflecopter form, but for those that like to increase their odds, there are a variety of options and you can claim as many as you wish.
note: Day 8 was released a day late. No, this is not day 9.
I’m excited to have Island Batik as our sponsor today. They are fabric manufacturer of batik cottons and batik rayons. You may be aware of them by way of their Ambassadors, who blog about their beautiful projects that they create with Island Batik fabrics, often sharing tips and tutorials, as well as insights about new lines of fabric. I want to increase awareness of some creative freebies from Island Batik, and we also have a giveaway where one lucky winner will receive an amazing gift from Island Batik.
Today I want to heighten awareness of their fabrics too! And, also get everyone thinking about how Island Batik fabrics also makes for great gifts. Of course, a handmade gift is always wonderful, but let’s be honest – who wouldn’t want to receive a yummy package of Island Batik fabrics for Christmas?
Fifi and Fidoand Happy Hounds! These collections are dedicated to the shelter pets adopted by members of the Island Batik family. A portion of sales goes to the Petfinder Foundation.
Pre-Cuts: Island Batik has a great collection of strip bundles, charm packs, 10″ stacks, and 5″ stamps.
Rayon Scarves: Island Batik has a variety of beautiful rayon scarves, that retail for a very reasonable price. Certainly would make for a great Christmas gift, as well as help you dress up just about any outfit.
DID I MENTION FREEBIES ?
Island Batik has many free patterns available from their website.
Desert Jewels, by Wendy Sheppard, measures 37″ x 57″ when finished.
Plus, don’t forget Island Batik has many very talented Ambassadors, who are also bloggers and designers, who showcase new Island Batik fabrics, with their new designs, as well as free tutorials. Justfollow the Island Batik blog to learn about their talented Ambassadors and more.
There are actually a couple of giveaways where you could win beautiful fabric from Island Batik:
Island Batik and Aurifil are hosting a giveaway for a $300 Prize Package, for two winners ($300 value each), where you canenter by completing a simple survey, but you need to do so by December 21st to enter to win.
And, as a sponsor for the 12 Days of Christmas, Island Batik has donated a yummy gift for one lucky winner.
Are you ready to learn what this gift is?
One lucky person will receive a amazing gift from Island Batik, which includes 12 half yard cuts from the Sea Canyon collection, by Island Batik. This giveaway is open to US only residents.
To enter, simply claim one or more of the options in the Rafflecopter form below.
I’m dedicating this post to the Electric Quilt Company, who is having an amazing year long 25th Anniversary Celebration with yummy prizes every month, plus loads of fun. And, I’m thrilled to have several blogging friends joining me today, to help celebrate. Many of us, will be sharing a EQ themed blog post on the 10th of every month this year, where you’ll find tips, tutorials, inspirational projects, as well as hopefully some fun quilty insights, as well as learn about how to win amazing prizes.
Today, I’m wanting to recognize the Electric Quilt Company for the fact that we now have such good access to quilt designers who have created their designs using EQ software. increase awareness about how EQ software has helped so many quilters become professional designers.
The majority of quilt designers use EQ software to design their projects for sale, for publication in various quilting magazines, as well as for providing free patterns. As such, I’m going to showcase a prolific quilt designer who has accomplished publishing hundreds, if not thousands of designs, using EQ software and also chat about the differences between designing a quilt within EQ software vs software options for pattern writing.
Wendy Sheppard, whom you may know through her blog Ivory Spring, is a brilliant quilter, designer, teacher, author, and Master free-motion quilter. She has probably published more designs in various quilting magazines, as well as created free patterns for various Fabric Manufacturers, than any designer I know. And she uses EQ7 to design!
When I spoke with Wendy about software she uses to design vs write her patterns, she shared that she uses EQ7 software for designing, but uses regular word processing software for pattern writing.
Note:From my observations, pattern writing styles vary from designer to designer, as well as their preference for which software package they wish to use for pattern writing. New designers that want to publish their designs may want to think about:
Designing: EQ7 is the most popular tool for designing
Illustrations: While EQ software does provide the ability to incorporate templates, blocks, etc., many designers prefer to also include other illustrations. While some sketch on paper, most will use software designed to help create such drawings (e.g. Corel Draw, Inkscape, photoshop, PowerPoint, etc), or hire an illustrator/graphic artist.
Instruction writing/layout:Many use regular word processing software (e.g. MSWord, etc), whereas some use more sophisticated software packages (e.g. MS Publisher, PowerPoint, Illustrator, Inkscape).
Summary: There really isn’t a write or wrong choice when selecting a tool. For many, it may start with what software you already have and/or are familiar with. Others, the choice may come down to how much you are willing to spend, as well as how comfortable you are with learning new software packages. My recommendation is to start playing with what you already have and may be familiar with and then make the decision to try more sophisticated and expensive software, when you feel you have pushed the limits of what the current software package can do. But I hope others will share their perspective on this topic, by adding a comment on this post. I’ll also be sharing more on this subject throughout the monthly EQ 25th Celebration this year.
Wendy teaches online through Annie’sand currently has five free-motion quilting classes.
As mentioned earlier, Wendy has published hundreds of patterns in every major quilting magazine, as well as designed patterns for almost every major fabric manufacturer. Wendy also does a great job increasing awareness of where her new designs are published, by sharing on her blog. And if you click on the PRESS tab on her blog, you’ll find an impressive list of her published designs and books.
Here are a couple of her free patterns, she created for Benartex, that have won awards in their annual viewer choice awards:
Movement in Square, a free pattern made available through Benartex, won the 2014 favorite award.
Star Struck, a free pattern made available through Benartex, won the 2015 Fan favorite award.
Benartex is currently hosting the 2016 March Madness event, where you can vote for your favorite pattern. Wendy has several free quilt patterns that you can vote for your favorite (as well as designs from other designers):
I hope you’ll go vote for your favorite. To vote, simply follow the Benartex blog / Sew In Love with Fabric, to follow and vote in their March Madness event that will utlmately award the viewers choice for the fan favorite #1 free pattern. Here is a link for the most current post for this fun event:
DID I MENTION BLOGGING FRIENDS HELPING TO CELEBRATE THE EQ 25TH ANNIVERSARY?
Yes, each month several blogging friends are releasing a post on the 10th of each month to help celebrate the EQ 25th Anniversary. Along the way, you’ll find tips, tutorials, inspirational project and various EQ themed insights. Here are some bloggers that I hope you’ll click thru to visit today:
Lastly, if you are a blogger that loves EQ and wants to help with the 25th Anniversary Celebration, consider releasing an EQ themed post on the 10th of each month (e.g. tip, tutorial, inspirational project you’ve made all showing how you use EQ products). Let me know and I’ll include you in my blog post, to encourage others to pop by your blog and check out your EQ themed sharing. I’ll also make sure you are on My Creative Blog List, which is a easy to use site designed to follow creative blogs, as well as increase awareness of blogging events.
Here are links to my prior posts for these monthly #EQ25 celebrations, many include tutorials. And all include links to posts by blogging friends who are also sharing EQ tips, tutorials and inspirational projects on the 10th of each month, to help with the EQ 25th Anniversary Celebration:
I’m thrilled to be a stop in the blog hop for the EQ7 Seasons Row-A-Long, hosted by Marian Pena of Seams To Be Sew. If you are a visiting QuiltShopGal for the first time, Welcome. And, if you are already a follower, I want to encourage you to check out all the participating blogs in this event as there are free Seasonal PDF patterns everyone can download and use to create ROW quilts, many tutorials, great inspiration, fun and amazing giveaways at each stop. To clarify, I have a free ROW pattern, a tutorial, as well as some giveaways for you today as well as links for the participating bloggers in this event.
Are you thinking “What is a Row-Along?”
I’d like to stress, this is NOT the Row By Row Experience Shop Hop. I think of a Row quilt as unique designs for a row of blocks, or a row of a quilt, where the overall ROW quilt has a theme and you can combine various row designs to create your own unique quilt. For this Row-Along, it is a fun blog hop where every participating blogger provides a unique design for a row quilt, with a Seasonal theme. These designs were created using EQ software and many designers are also sharing their design file.
For this EQ Seasons ROW-Along, Marian has line up bloggers that provide a free pattern every Tuesday, with the theme:
And there are weekly giveaways, at each stop in this hop, as well as special giveaways to be awarded at the end of this event.
And, for those on Facebook, there is also a public group you can join to chat and share with others participating in this event, as well as sharing what everyone creates with these free patterns. The Facebook group is called “EQ Seasons ROW-Along” and is packed with inspiration.
DID I MENTION A FREE ROW PATTERN BEING GIVEN AWAY HERE?
My ROW quilt design is called Winter Delight. It is designed for a ROW of six blocks, finish 8″, for an overall row of 8″x48″. Each block is designed for raw edge applique’.
For me, Winter is a Season of Beauty and whimsical fun.
I had a blast using EQ7 to create these whimsical blocks. The snowflake block can easily be made using the AccuQuilt Holiday Medley die #55043, or you can traditionally cut it using the template provided in my pattern.
For those that have electronic cutters (e.g. Silhouette Cameo, Sizzix Eclipse, Brother Scan N Cut, etc), you can download my SVG files for free prior to October 31st. Afterwards, the SVG files will be available for a nominal fee, where funds will be used to help with postage expenses for various prizes I ship directly to WW winners. If you are not familiar with how to use SVG files, please follow me on Youtube, as I will be releasing a tutorial soon, to show you how.
If you are an EQ user and would like EQ block designs for my Winter Delight design, as well as other designs shared in this Row-Along, the EQ team has kindly compiled a BLK file of all the designs shared in this event. Here is a link to a tutorialand a download BLK for most of the design shared during this event, but the download BLK file will only be available thru October 31 st as many of the designers will be selling their ROW-Along patterns as of November lst.
DID I MENTION A TUTORIAL ?
There are some wonderful tutorials being shared during this ROW Along. I decided to give a very quick and simple tutorial showing how easy it is to take an applique design and turn it into a machine embroidery design using EQStitch. The EQStitch plug-in is a very economical and simple to use digitizing program that works with EQ7 software. It is a great entry level digitizing program that is quite fun to use. Perfect to make quilt labels and easy embroidery designs, which include fills and/or applique.
I also used this as a personal learning opportunity, where I have created my very first video tutorial:
It is s-o easy to digitize a design in EQStitch. Maybe you’ll want to digitize your own designs, block designs that come with EQ, or even create your own unique quilt label? How about a unique quilt label for your EQ Seasons Row Along quilt?
DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY ?
There are so many different giveaways that Marian Pena, of Seams to Be Sew, arranged with various sponsors. Today I’m hosting three different giveaways, thanks to Marian and the sponsors. Each have a unique Rafflecopter form that you can enter any or all, that you may be interested in winning. I’m also sharing insights, to heighten awareness, of other giveaways that you may want to enter.
QuiltShopGal is hosting three giveaways, which were arranged by Marian Pena of Seams to Be Sew, and the sponsors. They are open to WW participants, simply use the unique Rafflecopter form, for any or all of the three giveaways, which you may want to win:
Fat Quarter Shop is sponsoring a giveaway where QuiltShopGal will randomly select a winner of a $25 Gift Certificate. This giveaway is open to anyone anyplace in the world. Simply use the Rafflecopter form below to enter this giveaway.
a Rafflecopter giveaway Northcott is sponsoring a giveaway at every stop in this hop where you can enter to win a bundle of 6-8 pieces of fabric, in 1 yard lengths. Estimated value is $60-80 for each bundle. To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter form belowRafflecopter giveaway Sulky is sponsoring a giveaway, where one lucky winner could win a one Sulky 6-pack 30 wt cotton threads, which contains 6 spools at 500 yards per spool. Each packs value is $36.00. This giveaway is open to anyone WW, just simply use the rafflecopter form below if you want to enter to win this prizea Rafflecopter giveaway
As mentioned, weekly, each blog in this event will be hosting various giveways. So follow the lineup for this week, as well as next week, to enter all of the amazing giveaways. This includes an opportunity to win a copy of EQ7. Click hereto enter this giveaway hosted on the Do You EQ blog. The EQ team has also written a tutorial, to help EQ users download a library of the majority of the blocks, which they kindly compiled, from participating blogs in the EQ Seasons Row Along event. This BLK library will be available for free at EQ for the next 30 days.
While Marian (Seams to be Sew) arranged for amazing giveaways to be offered each week, at each stop in this ROW Along, blog hop event, she also has many wonderful prizes that will be given out at the end of this event, including some for those that use the free ROW Along Patterns to create the Seasonal themed ROWS and/or quilts. For more info on this ROW Along and more prizes, be sure to visit Marian’s inspirational blog.
DID I MENTION A ROW-ALONG BLOG HOP ?
Thank you to Marian of Seams to be Sew for organizing this amazing event. Here is the line up for this fun blog hop this week:
On October 6th, they’ll be more stops in this hop, with more free patterns, tips, tutorials and giveaways, as well as reveals of quilts made using various ROW Along patterns.
Don’t forget, all stops in this hop share free downloadable PDF row patterns and while many have shared their EQ PJ7 files, the EQ Team is creating a downloadable BLK file with the majority of all the designs shared in this event. And, each week new giveaways are shared in the blogs scheduled for that week, which are typically open for the week. There are also opportunities to enter to win prizes to be awarded at the end of this event.
as well as patterns for rabbits, elephants, mice and more. I guess you can say she has designed a Ark of cute critters you can knit. All perfect to make and decorate your home, or give as a gift. Many of her patterns are free and those for sale are very reasonably priced.
Jacquie of Lilypad Quilting is hosting the annual Pets on Quilts Show this coming August. While this is a great time to start taking photos of your pets on your quilts, it is also a great time to work on a pet themed project. Of course, I think these cut knitted cats would look super cute on your quilt. If you make them, I sure hope you’ll enter them in the upcoming Pets on Quilts Show this summer. One of my favorite events of the year!
Today I want to share a pattern designed for beautiful nautical fabric from Timeless Treasures, called “Ship to Shore”, by Nan Baker. This lovely fabric and quilt design just looks like a fun quilt project to make and one that would also be great for teaching a kid to sew, making it a perfect project for our virtual Summer Camp.
Everyone is welcome to join #SummerCamp, but there have been a few changes due to lack of participation. To clarify, we’d love to have you participate but we no longer have a linky party to join, nor will there be prizes awarded at the end of this event. Participants are asked to share what they create on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram and use the Hashtag #SummerCamp.
Here is a list of links to previous posts for our virtual #SummerCamp
There is a new Free BOM Class with Jinny Beyer on Craftsy that is a great way to learn, create and have fun.
Jinny Beyer is the expert who will be teaching how to make this stunning design called Garden Maze, where beautiful blocks are set on point between stunning sashing.
This free online BOM program is one you can register for and take the classes at your leisure, any time you can. Even if you don’t have time to participate in 2015, sign up! But I do hope you’ll sign up and watch these classes and have fun learning. Of course, even more fun if you make this spectacular quilt. It is all free. Well you can purchase the optional kit with RJR fabrics designed by Jinny, use fabrics from your stash, or go purchase fabrics of your own choosing.
Provides an overview of this free BOM design called Garden Maze. Participants will learn a new technique every month to create a 13 block quilt, which measures 90″x90″ Optional fabric kit: 17 fabrics from RJR Jinny Beyer Collection
Shares Jinny’s Approach to Color Theory and her expert advice on hand piecing.
Lesson 3 – will be released February lst
The optional kit for this free BOM is currently on sale too! But be sure to check out other fabrics and notions in the online store at Craftsy.com as can always find some super deals.
Welcome to Day 3 of the It’s All About The Kids Craft Blogging Event. Today, I want to share a sewing project with you that is kid friendly, as well as some free kid-friendly patterns from the Fat Quarter Shop who is also a sponsor for this blogging event and is giving away several gift certificates too!
In addition to the pocket and pies apron being a great kid friendly sewing project, an excellent apron for in the kitchen, it is also an excellent apron to wear when doing messy craft projects. And, I found some cute fabric, to compliment the towel. And there was enough fabric left over that I can make a matching pencil roll up.
The Fat Quarter Shop has many free projects with video tutorials, and here are a few that kid friendly projects that would be great fun:
And definitely check out the fun Makin It Cute templates at the Fat Quarter Shop, from Me and My Sister Designs. You can make sweet 3D embellishments that you can use to decorate with, or use as an applique’ on bags, towels and more. The possibilities are endless and it makes for a great kid friendly and/or family craft night project.
In 2014 Kimberly and the Fat Quarter Shop team hosted a super fun quilt-along to help raise funds for Make-A-Wish. Their goal was to raise $10k and to help them reach their goal, their Wishes Quilt is now at auction. ONLINE bidding closes November 30th.
Did I mention a Giveaway ? Fat Quarter Shop has sponsored the “It’s All About The Kids” blogging event and generously donated six $25 gift certificates. You’ll find the giveaways for these certificates on various blogs participating in this event this week. And, followers of SewCalGal can use the rafflecopter form below to enter to win one of these $25 gift certificates. a Rafflecopter giveaway I will use the random number generator to select one lucky winner, any place in the world, on Sunday, November 2nd. The winner will be announced on this post and I will also send them an email to notify them.
Don’t forget several blogging friends are joining me this week, to help share insights on kid friendly projects. Here is the schedule and links to all the participating blogs. You’ll also find some great giveaways in this hop, including six giveaways sponsored by the Fat Quarter Shop for gift certificates.
If you are a blogger or non-blogger and would like to join the fun and share insights on projects suitable for kids, tips, or tutorials, as appropriate, you are also welcome to join the fun and add a link to the linky below. Non-bloggers can upload photos in a Flickr group called “It’s All About The Kids”. An InLinkz Link-up
Welcome to the week of “It’s All About The Kids” blogging event, where everyone is welcome. This week I’ll be sharing insights on a variety of crafting projects that are kid friendly. And, I have several blogging friends that will join in and share their insights on fun kid friendly projects.
Many of us find when we get to spend time to quilting, or with other crafts, that we find an inner peace that can balance us when dealing with stress. Well, kids also have to deal with stress and we hope to encourage awareness of the benefits of kids time to create, as well as family craft time, to help kids also find joy and happiness through creating!
Plus, many earn an income by way of creating. So, why not teach kids to create and maybe they’ll also find ways to earn a little money from it too! If you didn’t listen to the podcast by Kimberly Geswein, on my previous post, I hope you check it out. I found it inspirational to learn how her daughters are earning money by being creative! But this event isn’t about kids earning money, as much as trying to encourage kids to be creative, as well as for parents, grandparents and others to help create crafty environments for kids.
While we’ll be sharing inspirational projects, insights on free patterns, some tips and tutorials, we also have a several giveaways. SewCalGal wants to recognize and thank sponsors that have donated prizes that will be randomly given out to participants in this event. And, there are some participating blogs that will also be hosting giveaways this week and SewCalGal will be increasing awareness throughout the week.
Today I want to share insights about a fun tutorial on the Brewer blog, that I think would make for a great kid friendly project.
They have a pattern template and tutorial to make a cute stuffie that they showcase as a Happy Halloweenie hanging decoration. But I think this design would also be fun to make in seasonal prints, as well as fabrics to match your quilts!
To clarify, this pattern is showcased using chalk fabric, but it would also be cute in a variety of fabrics.
Cutting fabrics using templates and sewing is easy and a good project for pre-teens and teens. Turning the project is not that difficult, but it helps to use a pencil (eraser end), or wooden knitting needle, to help turn, as well as stuff with polyester stuffing material. As such, due to the turning, this project may be best suited as a family project, or where a kid may have an experienced sewing enthusiast to help with the turning.
I learned about this project during a crafty class at Cozy Quilt Shop. You can call the shop if you want to order kits, but the pattern can be printed for free from the Brewer Blog. I found it a fun and fast project and think it would be perfect for pre-teens and teens, maybe younger kids if they have help with a confident sewing enthusiast. It really is cuter than my photos depict.
Here is the current line up for this blogging event this week. I’ll update this post, if there are changes and also increase awareness with my Kid Friendly crafting projects this week, as well as announcements on giveaways.
I hope you have a fun and creative week and you come up with fun ideas for crafting with kids.
If you are a blogger or non-blogger and would like to join the fun and share insights on projects suitable for kids, tips, or tutorials, as appropriate, you are also welcome to join the fun and add a link to the linky below. Non-bloggers can upload photos in a Flickr group called “It’s All About The Kids”.
There are a variety of ways to win prizes. Here are the rules (aka basic guidelines)
1) Bloggers participating in this event and hosting their own giveaways will set their own rules. While SewCalGal will help increase awareness of their giveaways, during this event, specifically on the day that their giveaways are open, the prize details are up to the blogger hosting that specific giveaway.
2) For sponsored giveaways , for this event, on SewCalGal, all bloggers participating in this hop, as well as bloggers and non-bloggers that join the linky party, are all eligible to enter to win a prize. They’ll be a couple of different ways to enter and the details will be announced next week, and they will be shared as each giveaway during the week. Basically, you get an entry as a participating blogger, non-blogger that takes time to share tips, tutorials, inspirational projects to help kids be crafty, as well as families create family crafty events.
3) NON-BLOGGERS need to have a free Flickr Account and upload their photo entries to Flickr, as well as making sure their photos are added to a group on Flickr called “Kid Friendly Craft Projects” 4) SewCalGal will also give entries to win prizes to those followers that take time to visit all of the official participating blogs, which SewCalGal showcases in the lineup, and you leave a positive comment on their blog post shared for this event.
5) There will also be a few extra ways to enter, based on the rafflecopter form, for those that may follow sponsors, as well as participating bloggers, on Facebook or Twitter. Totally optional, but for those that like more than one chance to win a giveaway prize, there are a few extra ways to enter.