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Worldwide Quilting Day / International Quilting Day (weekend) Celebration

I’m celebrating Worldwide Quilting Day / International Quilting Day (weekend) by spending time this weekend quilting, watching episodes of TQS, doing some quilty shoping, as well as some much needed blog organization to catch up on behind the scenes blogging tasks (e.g shipping prizes, prepping for giveaways, prepping for the April FMQ Challenge,  etc.).  Of course, I’m hoping you’ll join me for some virtual celebration this weekend, as well as enter to win some prizes I’m hosting for sponsored giveaways.  I also want to share insights with you on some freebies, amazing sales, and irresistible giveaways too!

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To kick this party off,FREEBIES and GIVEAWAYS are always fun:

Urban Threads: for those that enjoy machine embroidery (or know someone who does), Urban Threads has a super cute FREE design:

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The Quilt Show

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The Quilt Show hosted by Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, will open all of its shows from the first nine series– shows 100-1513 –for the entire weekend. This means that, for three special days, everyone will have the chance to view over 200 shows, featuring some of the quilting world’s leading artists, for FREE. 

There are also many amazing prizes!

To join the fun at TQS this weekend click here: http://thequiltshow.com/international-quilting-weekend

Spring Sales:  There are many amazing sales this weekend.  Highlights can be found at Fingertip Shopping.  But I do want to heighten awareness that Martingale has a great Spring Sale on eBooks, as well as a sale on physical books and ePatterns.

Did I Mention I’m hosting a Sponsored Giveaway?

I’m hosting a giveaway for WW followers only and I’ll be randomly selecting winners late Sunday.

Thank you to Martingale for sponsoring this giveaway.

martingale logo  Here are the prizes:

An email will be sent to five lucky winners late Sunday to confirm they want to claim their prize. I’m a firm believer good karma flows to those that pass on claiming a prize they really do not want, and they will one day win some thing that they will want. These are physical books, which I will pay to ship to winners, thus I prefer to ship to a winner who really wants to win the specific prize and will be excited when it arrives!.  Winners will have 24 hours to claim their prize, or another name will be selected.

Want to win a prize?

While there are several ways to enter to win, you must be a blog follower that can be validated.  Must requirements to enter is one or more of the following options.

– BlogLuvin
– RSS/Email feeds

You can also sign up for either/both of the above options, but for RSS/Email feeds be sure to check your email (even your spam folder) as you’ll receive an email message where you’ll need to validate you signed up.

There are a variety of ways for extra options, including using the hashtag #CreativeGoodness by sharing one, or more photos, on Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook showing what you are quilting this weekend.  Think of it as a #CreativeGoodness bomb on social media.  And sharing is a great way to join this virtual sew-cial and celebrate International Quilting Day / Worldwide Quilting Day (weekend).

To officially enter to win a prize, hosted by QuiltShopGal, please complete any/all the steps you want to claim using the Rafflecopter form below.

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Don’t forget to share photos of what you are working on this weekend using hashtag #CreativeGoodness on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

 UPDATE:

Congratulations to the lucky winners.  An email has been sent to them to have them claim their prize.  This is who won which book:

Think Big: Sally
Country Elegance: Nancy H
Graphic Quilts: Lynn
Sew a Modern Home: Susan
Animal Parade: Karen A

 

You can find Martingale at:

The Hunt for Freebies with #CreativeGoodness

We all love freebies, but sometimes we miss opportunities to take advantage of some very creative ones, for a variety of reasons.  Thus, today, I want to highlight some freebies that I think are definitely worthwhile of checking out.  As always, I hope if you have others to recommend you’ll also share by way of leaving a comment.

Wendy Sheppard (Ivory Spring) is an amazing designer that has many beautiful patterns published in magazines, as well as for free from various fabric manufacturers.  And, of course, many BOM designs that fabric manufacturers and shops may sell.  But to the best of my knowledge, Wendy does not sell any of her designs wholesale or retail, as much as focus on a designer for fabric manufacturers and/or magazines. She maintains a list on her site of all her free patterns with links to downloads. It is truly impossible for me to pick a favorite of her designs, but her design Movement in Squares for Benartex

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Fat Quarter Shop has a great page that has links to various Fabric Manufacturers with free pattern downloads, but they also have many unique designs that they have created and share for free.

Martingale has a number of free patterns.   They also have several FREE how to downloadable files for How to Quilt, How to Knit, How to Crochet.

Landauer Publishing has many free patterns you can download.

Hoffman California Fabrics has free quilt patterns.

Island Batik has several free Quilted in Honor downloadable patterns.

RJR Fabrics has a large collection of free-patterns, which may actually be the best organized of all Fabric Manufacturers!

Some sites only offer freebies for a limited time.  Here are some freebies that are only available for short time:

Craftsy has released several free eGuides you can download:

Photography
eGuide: Understanding Exposure for Better Photos Now: Beginner Photography Tutorials

Cake Decorating
eGuide: Not-So-Basic Buttercream Decorating Ideas

Food & Cooking
eGuide: Delicious Doughnut Recipes You Can Make at Home

Paper Crafts
eGuide: 6+ Stash-Busting Paper Craft Projects

Drawing
eGuide: Drawing the Human Face: A Primer

Painting
eGuide: Beginner’s Guide to the World of Watercolor

Gardening
eGuide: Success With Container Gardening

Woodworking
eGuide: Woodturning Basics for Beginners

Quilt in a Day has many creative quilt and block patterns that are free.

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For those that enjoy electronic cutters, here are a few sources of great freebies:

Silhouette Design Store has new free design every Tuesday.
Miss Kate Cuttables has a different free design every day.

Free Birdie Pincushion pattern, by Sharon Holland Designs:

Of course there are many wonderful blogs that share tips and tutorials, all free.

What is your favorite site to find free designs for #CreativeGoodness?

Happy Easter (and some Freebies and More)

SewCalGal wishes you a very Happy Easter.  And, I wanted to share a few warm fuzzies with you today:


If you have problems viewing this embedded video, or are on a MAC click this link to watch it directly in YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=570khFoaE4s

For those that enjoy Free-Motion Quilting, American Quilter’s Society has a free design for cute duckies that you can download and use.

“Duckies” quilting pattern from a book by”Quilt This! Practical Patterns for Everyday Quilting”, by Lynda Smith and published by AQS.  While SewCalGal has not had an opportunity to check out this book, I’m hoping to soon.  Looks like it has cute designs.
 
 
 
 
 

 

Free Birdie Pincushion pattern, by Sharon Holland Designs:
 

 

Free clipart:  While SewCalGal is copyright protected, I created this clipart to share with you.  You have my permission to use this Happy Easter clipart as you wish.

Free SVG File:  While SewCalGal is copyright protected, I created this SVG WorldArt  to share with those that have ecutters.  You have my permission to use this Happy Easter SVG for your own personal use.  Click here to download the SVG file from Google Drive (you’ll need to click to download the file once you click to get to my Google Drive Folder).  For those that wish only to use this as clipart, you are welcome to use this image for your personal use.

If you use an ecutter (e.g. Silhouette, Brother Scan N Cut, Sizzix Eclipse) feel free to leave a comment and let me know what sort of designs you are interested in creating on your ecutter, and if you create your own designs vs use free/purchase designs.

 
 

And, while I typically try to share insights on sales at Fingertip Shopping, this SALE ALERT just seemed opportunistic to share with you here today:

Craftsy is also having a sale this weekend on ALL of their project kits, fabric and yarn up to 75% off.  Enjoy up to 75% off at Craftsy’s BIG Easter Sale  And, they also have a few classes on sale too.  Simply click this button:

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Happy Easter!

 

Your Dream Studio – What Would You Like It To Look Like ? Sponsored Giveaway

Time to be Happy.

 If you are on a MAC or have problems watching this embedded video, click this link to watch it directly in youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM

SewCalGal really hopes you are happy and a TBA Sponsor is definitely going to make one lucky follower very happy.  They are giving away an amazing Dream Studio that includes:
 

 Ellisimo Gold II Sewing Machine, from Baby Lock Ovation serger, from Baby Lock
Quilt Mate Plus IV sewing station, from Koala Cabinets
Creative Gallery Wall system, from Koala Cabinets
Sew Comfort XL Chair, from Koala Cabinets
A Collectors bundle of Aurifil Thread that includes EVERY one of their Collections
Silhouette Cameo
Sizzix Big Shot Pro and 10 dies of your choice, from Sizzix
20 bolts of your favorite Hoffman California Fabric.
20 of your favorite books by Martingale
Complete Collection of Omnigrid Rulers
Complete Collection of Notions from Dritz



What an amazing giveaway from a very generous sponsor!  Wish I could find the email that has their contact info, so I could recognize them and thank them for their generosity and support.
 
 
Ooops.  I forgot to mention today is April Fool’s Day.  But if a sponsor would like to sponsor a giveaway on SewCalGal, please    
 
On another note, while SewCalGal is copyright protected, I have created some clipart for you which you can copy and use as you wish.  I hope it brings you a happy smile!
Lastly, this is National Serger Month and you can enter a contest to win a Baby Lock Ovation serger.  This isn’t an April Fool’s joke, but a contest that is open to enter during April.
 
What ever you do today, I hope you are happy.  And, of course, I hope you can find to enjoy and create too!  If you come up with any quack up ideas,    email address copy

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Celebrate International Book Giving Day With A Giveaway And Freebies

Two great gifts for children are: quilts and books! And, to SewCalGal’s delight, with the help and support of Martingale, we want to share insights with you about International Book Giving Day.  And, we are also hosting a giveaway for a copy of “Cute Quilts for Kids“, by Kristin Roylance.

International Book Giving Day a 100% volunteer run volunteer initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to and enthusiasm for books.  There are oodles of easy ways to get involved. You may want to plan a fundraiser for a non-profit literacy program of your choice.  Or maybe coordinate a book swap.  Bloggers can help with PR and join a link-up party from February 14th through February 21st.   You can even help distribute copies of a free downloadable poster for this event.

Participants may also want to give a book to a friend or family member, leave a book in a waiting room, donate a book, or help in many other ways.  Visit International Book Giving Day’s website for more information on how you may want to help.

And, as many quilters enjoy making quilts for kids, SewCalGal is excited to share insights with you on a perfect new book:

Cute Quilts for Kids, by Kristin Roylance, published by Martingale.

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This book nine adorable designs for quilts for babies and toddlers to enjoy for many years to come.

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Projects range in size from 40 1/4″ x 40 1/4″ to 42 1/2″ to 52 1/2″ and they all come with easy to follow instructions and great visuals.  There is also a section in this book for quilting basics, making this book a perfect resource for quilters of all levels!

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SewCalGal hopes you get a chance to check out this book at your favorite local quilt shop, online shop or at Martingale’s online store. This is a wonderful new book which SewCalGal highly recommends.

And, as we all need bookmarks, International Book Giving Day even has a free downloadable PDF that you can use to print out bookmarks, with artwork by Tim Budgeon.

Did I Mention A Giveaway?

Of course, we hope you’ll consider giving a reading book to a small child, or donating to a place that gives children access to books.  But, we also appreciate the fact that if you’d read this post this far, you probably also enjoy making quilts for children and give them away.  So, it seems perfect to give away a copy of “Cute Quilts for Kids” to one lucky follower of SewCalGal.  To enter, simply complete the Rafflecopter form below.  

** US Residents only**

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You can find Martingale at:

http://www.shopmartingale.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale
http://blog.shopmartingale.com/

For more info on Book Giving Day:

http://bookgivingday.com/
http://bookgivingday.com/blog/
https://www.facebook.com/BookGivingDay
https://twitter.com/bookgivingday

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Keep An Eye Out For BOMs In 2014

First, SewCalGal wants to advise that there are times when you simply don’t talk about BOMs:

  • Riding in an Elevator
  • Standing in line at the Superbowl
  • Passing thru TSA security at the airport
And, there are definitely times when one should talk about BOMs:
  • When you see a beautiful BOM program, one should definitely share this opportunity with quilty friends.
  • When you are chatting with a new quilter that is learning, as BOM program can be an excellent way to learn!
  • When you hear of a FREE BOM program

One thing that is troubling SewCalGal that you may be able to help with.  Why is it that Quilters are so familiar with BOMs, but in wikipedia it isn’t referenced?  We need to fix this in 2014!

There are some amazing BOM programs that are being launched in 2014 and SewCalGal wants to heighten awareness with you on some of these programs, over the next few weeks.  (far too many insights to share in one post.

While many BOM programs are designed to work with specific fabric lines, they frequently will work with fabric in your stash.  You simply need to do a bit more planning, or consider buying supplemental fabrics to use with your stash.

Some BOM programs require you to pay for the entire year in advance, some you pay a monthly fee. And, some are FREE!

BOM programs can also offer the opportunity to not make a project, but just follow along to learn a technique: color, free-motion quilting, precision piecing, and other techniques.

CRAFTSY has a 2014 BOM program that is completely free!  It is taught by Amy Walsh and Janine Burke.

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It will help quilters learn about color, contrast and more!

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This class is sponsored by Michael Miller Fabrics.  Kits are available in the Craftsy store if you wish to purchase the fabrics showcased in this BOM, which are absolutely beautiful.  But again, you can also participate in this free BOM program and use fabrics from your stash, buy other fabrics, or watch and learn without making the BOM design provided.  It is up to you. And, like other Craftsy classes you can take this class at your leisure.

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Don’t forget to keep an eye out for BOMs in 2014.  There are quite a few spectacular BOMs this year.  And, I’ll be sharing insights about many that have caught my attention soon.

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Designer Showcase: Terri Stegmiller, New Designs Revealed, Freebies and a Giveaway

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I’m  absolutely delighted to be able to share insights with you today on Terri Stegmiller, as I’ve been a fan of Terri for many years.

Terri is a mixed media textile artist from Mandan, North Dakota.  She enjoys working with a variety of artistic medias, but her main love is art quilting.  Like many artists, she finds inspirations from her surroundings and enjoys bird watching and cats, which you can frequently see in her work!  Her style is whimsical and cheerful, with great use of color and texture that draw the eye in to want to linger and enjoy, as well as want more!

Terri has authored and co-authored several books, with the latest entitled Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge.  She has also had work published in several books and magazines, as well as exhibited in juried and non-juried shows.  And, she has designed several quilt patterns.  You can find Terri’s patterns and art for sale in her Etsy shop.

Some of her designs are also available on fabric, at  Spoonflower.

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Teri has also designs stencils that are quite versatile and very popular with those that want to create texture on fabric with the use of textile paints. You can find her stencils at StencilGirl Products.


Many know Terri by way of her artwork, thermofax screens and patterns that are available for purchase through her ETSY shop.

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But, you may remember her for her piece published in  “500 Art Quilts


{above} Terri Stegmiller, Blue-Mers Paper Quilt, 2008
Cotton, interfacing, thread, newspaper, book pages, tissue paper, textile paint, glue, acrylic paint, ink, charcoal; collaged, glued, free motion stitched.

Many of her quilts have been exhibited at international quilt shows.  Needless to say, I’ve always been delighted to see Terri’s quilt at such quilt shows.




AN INFORMAL INTERVIEW WITH TERRI:

How long have you been sewing….?

I became interested in quilting around the mid 1990’s.  My first bed-sized quilt was for my bed, which was a queen.  It took me several years to complete.  I hand quilted it and not knowing better I used two layers of fluffy batting because I really liked that trapunto look, although at the time I didn’t know that was the name for it and that I was going about it all wrong. 
I decided that bed quilts and traditional quilting wasn’t for me.  I just didn’t have the patience for the repetition and the time it took to complete a quilt.  As the Internet became more and more common I started scouring around and somehow came across art quilting and mixed media work.  I was so intrigued.  I soaked up all the information I could and experimented with most everything that interested me.  I’ve tried many different techniques and mediums and I think I’ve finally found what I most enjoy doing today from all the trials and experimentations. I’ve probably been art quilting since 2005-2006, about the time I started blogging.

What comes first the fabric or the design?

 I love designing, so for me it’s the design that comes first.  I have several sketchbooks that I draw and doodle in and even sketch complete design ideas in.  Sometimes I will page back through a sketchbook and come across something that I drew a few years ago and develop into a quilt, stencil or Thermofax screen.

What do you enjoy doing when not quilting?

 I enjoy painting, both on paper and traditional painting surfaces and also on fabric. I love designing patterns and recently started learning about surface pattern design in the hopes of one day seeing my designs printed on fabric, home decor items, etc.  I have designed a line of stencils that are available through StencilGirl Products (www.stencilgirlproducts.com), and I design Thermofax screens that are available through my Etsy shop (www.etsy.com/shop/TerriStegmillerArt).
I also enjoy other types of sewing such as making handbags, notebook covers, pouches, and more.  I love to incorporate my hand painted fabrics into these projects.  I even dabble in garment sewing at times.


Do you enter contests? Have you won awards?

I have entered quilts into a few juried and non-juried shows.  In my local area I have won some awards.  This year I entered a quilt in the International Quilt Festival-Houston, and was thrilled to win an Honorable Mention.  I also entered this year’s Quilt Alliance contest and I won an Honorable Mention there as well.

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{above} “A Bright Sun-Shiny Day”, by Terri Stegmiller.
 
SewCalGal was certainly delighted to see this quilt at Fall Quilt Market.  It was also on exhibit at IQF Houston. 




Of course, SewCalGal wanted to share insights with you on some of Terri’s current designs:


Designer Gallery of Designs:
note:  you can visit her ETSY shop to find more of her ART pieces and other projects, available for sale.

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Pine Tree Hills Pattern

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 Growin’ Flowers  Pattern

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Picking Flowers Pattern

 


I also want to   thank Terri for sharing some free designs with us.   

FREEBIE:

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freebie kindle caseA Kindle Pouch pattern freebie pattern to make a postcard envelope
A Post Card Envelope pattern


Visit Terri’s blog for more free patterns, as well as tips, tutorials, inspirational projects and more!


Needless to say,  I am excited to share insights on Terri’s new designs:

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Time to let the Cat Out of the Bag…..

Terri has just released two new designs:

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Terri used mixed-media techniques in making her beautiful pieces of art using these designs.  Her techniques were published in the August/September 2013 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.  With the copy of that issue you could replicate her style of art using these design patterns, or you could make these designs your own style using a variety of mixed-media products, or even using raw-edge applique.  I’m confident how ever one creates with Terri’s designs, they’ll come up with something that is whimsical and fun.  

To celebrate the release of these new designs, Terri is hosting a blog hop event where participating bloggers will share what they created using these new designs.  And, at each stop in this hop you will have a chance to win a PDF copy of one of these two new whimsical kitty designs.  Here is the line up for this fun blog hop:


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GIVEAWAY

Terri has generously offered a free pattern to one lucky follower of SewCalGal.  It will be one of the two new kitty patterns and come in PDF format.   If you are interested in winning one of these patterns, simply complete the rafflecopter form below.  There are also a few optional ways to get extra entries besides leaving a comment on this post.  :

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SewCalGal really loves Terri’s designs and hope you also find inspiration and delight with her designs too!

You can find Terri Stegmiller at:

http://terristegmiller.com/shop/
http://www.etsy.com/shop/TerriStegmillerArt
http://stegart.blogspot.com/
https://twitter.com/TerriStegmiller 
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Here is a list of my previous articles, in my Designer Showcase series:

Fun Friday Freebie – MyMemories Software

MyMemories Suite Version 4 software is my “go to” software for creating quilt labels, fun clipart, WordArt, scrapbooking, blog headers and backgrounds, CD/DVD labels, Bookmarks, gift boxes, hats and much, much more!  Plus, for those of us that like to cut shapes with your Silhouette, or other electronic cutting machines, MyMemories will allow you to create SVG files.  It comes with oodles of digital images, or you can use other clipart and design images.  And, of course, you can easily create-print-share just using your own digital artwork too!

And, MyMemories Suite Version 4 software is available for a windows PC, as well as for a MAC!

Think of how much fun it would be to create your own artwork, print on to fabric or a tshirt transfer material?  You could truly create customized memory quilts or art clothing!  What about family reunions, kids’ parties?  Possibilities are endless.


Need to create a fast Halloween Greeting Card, Party Invite or Thank You note?
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How about creating cute paper boxes to give away with treats on Halloween?




Or maybe you’d like to create a new blog header, Facebook Timeline or other banner sharing photos of a trip?
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Did I Mention A Freebie???

Well, here is your opportunity. Yes, an amazing opportunity.  MyMemories has generously offered followers of SewCalGal a free copy of the MyMemories software. Yes, absolutely free.  No strings attached.

The MyMemories Suite Version four sells for $39.97.  To purchase for free:


click here to visit the MyMemories site and create a free account

– click the download software option and the add to cart

– once you have MyMemories Suite V4 in your cart enter this promo/coupon code “FreeTreatOW12″

– follow the steps that the website walks you thru to purchase and nothing will be charged to your account.

After you have completed your purchase, this purchase (and any future purchase you make) will always be visible in your account.  Just click the “my downloads” tab to view and download.  But be aware the program to download this software is large and may take awhile, depending on your internet speed.  Be prepared to let your computer run in download mode for awhile and follow the instructions providing by MyMemories to install on your computer.  Here is a youtube video that was created for version 3 and can help newbies understand the download and install process for V4.




The MyMemories team also offers excellent support, should you have any questions during the install process.  And they have oodles of tutorials and training.  SewCalGal has also written a few tutorials and you can find by searching this blog via “MyMemories“.  And don’t forget to check out their store for design files that are free as well as for purchase, at a reasonable price.  They have a large selection of designs.  And, if you follow them on Facebook or thru their blog you’ll frequently get more freebie design files too!

If you haven’t already, SewCalGal hopes you’ll give MyMemories a try. And that you’ll enjoy creating with this software as much as I do. This is an excellent opportunity to obtain this software and start having fun creating your own clipart, blog headers, greeting cards and more. 

For those of you that already have MyMemories Suite V4 software, don’t forget that you can find some great freebies, have scrap challenges and more fun on their Facebook page.  The freebie image this week is an adorable page layout for Halloween.  Simply follow the steps to place your order for this freebie and it will appear on your “my account” page where you can download an EXE file that you will need to run to install to your MyMemories V4 software (assuming you installed the software before you attempt to install the free image).

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And check out their online store as they are always adding new kits for sale, as well as for free.



This offer is good from Friday, October 18th thru the 25th of October.

thank you to mymemories

Of course, SewCalGal hopes that any follower that appreciates this freebie from MyMemories will consider leaving a comment to thank them under this post and/or on the MyMemories Facebook page.


www.mymemoriesblog.com
http://www.mymemories.com
http://blog.mymemories.com/

https://www.facebook.com/MyMemoriesFans

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Clip Art – Fall is For Quilters

I’m playing with a couple of Fall projects where I will need to do some printing.  As such, I started playing with my design to see what else I could create with it.  I could see using this for quilt labels, blog posts, newsletters, and greeting cards.  How would you use it?  Are there quotes or other wording that you would like to see in this layout?

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While SewCalGal is copyright protected, if you would like to use any of the images you have my permission for personal use only.  Simply right click to download, or double click to get to flickr where you can get the html code.

Enjoy Fall!  After all, it was designed for Quilters.  LOL!

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Island Batik Launches the Quilted In Honor Program

Quilted In Honor (QIH) is a fundraising initiative to benefit  Operation Homefront (OH), a non-profit that helps enlisted military and their families in times of emergency and needs not supported by the government.  QIH was launched by  Island Batik, with the idea that, by working together, the quilting industry could come together and make a positive impact on the lives of military families in need.  Island Batik has a line of patriotic fabrics where a percentage of sales will be donated to OH.  And, they have partnered with others in the quilting business who are also designating a percentage of their sales to benefit OH.  

There are many ways you too may want to help!

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Click here for more info on how quilters can get involved.
 

Here is a video interview with Eleanor Burns, that shares her perspective on this program with you:

When you purchase any Quilted In Honor product you know that a you are essentially donation a portion of what you buy to Operation Homefront.  
 

quilted in honor retail products

While more products are being added to this program, here are some of those sources:
Many of these products are now available at your local quilt shop and/or favorite online quilting shops!  And, if  you don’t find them let your favorite shop know you are interested in seeing them available in their shop!

 

Island Batik and their partners have also arranged for a contest where you could win:
 
a beautiful quilt made by PJ Anderson’s STARS OF GLORY quiltPJ-and-Eleanor


 
note:  Deadline for these drawings have not yet been set, but will most likely be scheduled to be held at a large quilt show in the future.  
SewCalGal will update this post and help increase awareness of this deadline, once it has been announced.

 

And, Kelly Jackson of I Have A Notion has made special arrangements where 90% of your purchase of a Quilted in Honor Aurifil thread collection (40 wt or 50 wt) will be donated to Operation Homefront! 

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