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A Little Something, a book review (and a Giveaway)

Do you ever think about making “a little something”, for a gift, or for you?  Today I want to share insights about “A Little Something”, by Roseann Meehan Kermes  (Rosebud’s Cottage), a new book recently published by Martingale.

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Stitch a colorful array of cozy wool creations that will brighten any room in your home. Choose from a mix of cheerful little projects, including coasters, wall hangings, sewing accessories, bags, and more.

  • Create stunning effects with easy hand stitching, simple applique, and artful wool layering
  • Achieve an effortlessly embellished look with simple techniques that even beginners can master quickly
  • Detailed how-to photos and clear instructions are included

About the Author

Roseann Meehan Kermes began sewing at the age of nine, when she made her first wool pincushion. As a history buff, she is drawn to American folk art. She enjoys the coziness of the primitive look and also loves working with bright colors. Roseann enjoys surrounding herself with a wool community that expands her creativity. Whether it’s wool meet-ups, a class, or her Muddy Sheep Wool Club meetings, there are always talented wool workers who inspire her to rise to a new level. To find out what’s new, visit her at


I love all the little something projects in this new book.  No doubt about it, this book is packed with sweet wool projects for you to use, to make for decorating your home, or you could make these projects for very thoughtful gifts.  They are the perfect “little somethings” that will be treasured for years to come.

There are 16 projects, each with easy to follow instructions and great visuals.  Projects include needle keepers, mug rugs, table toppers, wall hangings, jewelry bags, pincushions, cell phone satchel and much more.

There is a section that covers “wool applique essentials”, that provides insights to help beginners (and others) learn how to work with wool.  It also provides insights on a number of beautiful stitches, which are used on the projects in this book (e.g. backstitch, blanket stitch, couching stitch, french knot, long stitch, overcast stitch, running stitch, star stitch, and whipstitch).

I think this book is an exceptional value and a perfect book for anyone interested in learning to work with wool, as well as those who may simply want more beautiful project ideas all perfect for wool.

Martingale will also be sharing Roseann’s video tutorials every week on their Facebook and Instagram pages for the next several weeks.  I hope you get a chance to check out this book at your local quilt shop.  Of course, if you don’t see it I hope you’ll let them know you are interested in having them make it available. It is such a new book they may not be aware of it.  But you can also check it out online at Martingale or Amazon.


Martingale is hosting a fun giveaway where one lucky winner will receive a copy of this new book A Little Something.  To enter, simply visit Martingale’s blog Stitch This and follow instructions on their post that shares more insights about this creative new book.

I hope you get a chance to check out this new book at your favorite quilt or sewing store.  But if you don’t see it, as it is so new, be sure to let them know about this creative book and that you’d like to have them make it available.  It is such a new book they may not be aware of it.  Of course, don’t forget you can also check this book out at Martingale’s online store, as well as Amazon.

You can find Martingale at:
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You can find Roseann Meehan Kermes (Rosebud’s Cottage) at:

Thimbleberries: Quilts With A New Attitude, by Lynette Jensen (and a giveaway)

Today, I’m happy to share insights on a super duper fun new book, by an amazing author, which I believe can help you create endless possibilities of quilted items all with #CreativeGoodness.

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Landauer Publishing has recently released Thimbleberries: Quilts With A New Attitude, by Lynette Jensen.



New Thimbleberries® patterns with a contemporary twist! Best-selling designer Lynette Jensen showcases pairs of projects made with her own classic fabrics and Cotton + Steel fabrics – the results are stunning!

Lynette returns with over 20 new Thimbleberries® patterns and a mission to unite fabric lovers everywhere with a whole new way of presenting quilt patterns.

Thimbleberries® Quilts with a New Attitude will feature her own timeless, traditional designs and fabrics as well as presenting them made with fabric by Cotton + Steel, the exciting collaboration of five young designers whose contemporary fabric designs have taken the quilting world by storm. There is something for everyone in the book where tried and true meets new!

About the author:

Thimbleberries is the brainchild of internationally-known designer and quilting authority, Lynette Jensen of Hutchinson, Minnesota. Twenty-one years ago, with the introduction of her first quilt pattern, Lynette transitioned from an avid quilt collector to an accomplished quilt and fabric designer.

Thimbleberries has emerged as a worldwide leader in quilting, sewing, and home decorating. Fabric lines, released several times a year in coordinated collections, consist of distinctive designs, printed on the finest quality 100 percent cotton. Quilt patterns, with easy-to-follow instructions and dozens of illustrations, inspire a bevy of beautiful quilts, wall hangings, table toppers, pillows, and home decorating instructions.

Lynette is also a best-selling author who has inspired a generation of dedicated quilters to feather their nests with Thimbleberries fabrics, quilt patterns, and books. Her books are an excellent resource for all quilters, whether you’re a beginner, or a master.

Thimbleberries products are available in more than 2,400 independent quilt shops. Many of these shops host a Thimbleberries Quilt Club. Club members meet regularly across the United States and around the world to meet in a comfortable, relaxed setting to enjoy the wonderful craft of quilting.

About the publisher:

Landauer Publishing is an independently-owned, award-winning publisher managed by people passionate about books and about bringing high-quality inspirational and creative, techniques and how-to publications to life.  We are all about excellence in content, photography, design, and service to all our customers and to our authors.


Needless to say, I was honestly delighted to see another book by Lynette Jensen.   Each of the designs come with easy to follow instructions and great visuals.  Projects range in size from 32″ x 32″ to 112″x 120″ and there is also instructions for an 18″ pillow.  This book is also appropriate for beginners, as there is a great section of “General Instructions”, that is very helpful.   With 23 beautiful designs, this book is truly an excellent value.

This  I hope you get a chance to check out this new book at your favorite quilt shop.  Of course, if you don’t see it let them know you’re interested. It is such a new book they might night be aware of it.  Don’t forget you can also check it out, as well as buy it online at Landauer Publishing, as well as Amazon.




To enter, simply complete the Rafflecopter form below by claiming one or more options.  Due to my limited quilting budget, as well as increasing postage expenses, this giveaway is open to US Residents Only.  To clarify, I will ship this prize to the lucky winner with a US address.

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Happy Holidays

While I rarely share personal info, I can honestly say I love all the holidays.  Yes, I love Hanukkah, the Ramadan celebration, and many more holidays, but I don’t ever want to lose sight of celebrating Christmas, as well as wishing those that celebrate this holiday a Merry Christmas.   What ever holiday you celebrate, I hope it is a happy one for you and your family.  I also wish for you a very happy and healthy New Year, with time to enjoy and create.


I want to thank and recognize all of the sponsors for our recent “12 Days of Christmas Giveaways”.  All of the winners have been announced, notified and their special Christmas gifts are in the process of being shipped.  While I had hoped that this would have been done so that these gifts would arrive in time to open on Christmas, the “Grinch” hijacked my website and the downtime created a delay.  But the lucky winners will receive their prize very soon.  


Thank you to all of our generous sponsors:

Cherry Blossoms Quilting StudioMarjorie Busby of Blue Feather Quilt StudioASF Lightware Solutions/Beam n ReadLandauer Publishing,The Quilt ShowFat Quarter ShopUdderly Smooth/RedexIsland BatikAurifilThe Electric Quilt CompanyThe Fat Quarter Gypsy, and Martingale.


Here is a list of all of the posts for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways which also shows each of the lucky winners. 


This Holiday season, let’s spread happiness and good cheer.

Lastly, I’d like to ask a special favor of you.  Diane Gaudynski is an amazing award winning quilter, Master free-motion quilter, teacher and author.  She retired a few years back from teaching and rarely updates her blog.  She just released another blog post and I believe she’d love to hear from you.  Thus, I hope you can take a few moments to pop over to her blog and leave some kind words to share good Holiday cheer with her.  You can find her blog at:

Day 12 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Martingale




Welcome to day 12 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways, with this being the last day of our sponsored Christmas Giveaways. The goal was “each day” QuiltShopGal will showcase a different sponsor and unwrap (reveal) their gift to one lucky winner.  To clarify, there are plenty of open giveaways that you can enter (links  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.  Due to a recent hijacking of QuiltShopGal, this event was delayed, but fortunately not cancelled. Thus, there are many pending giveaways that have extended deadlines to enter by the 19th of December.  Be sure to check the links at the bottom of this post to enter other giveaways.

I’m truly delighted to have Martingale as our sponsor today. And while I want to share insights about some of their new books, fun patterns, freebies, as well as a sponsored giveaway, I want to start by recognizing Martingale for 40 years of making our world of quilting so wonderful.

When it came to celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year, Martingale has been pretty quiet about it.  To me, it is an amazing milestone for any company and one that needs to be recognized by quilters around the world.  Thus, I want to take a little walk down memory lane, to heighten awareness of how much Martingale has become a key contributor to helping creative people learn, improve their skills, as well as help talented designers become authors that have enabled us consistently easy to follow instructions with great visuals, all at a very reasonable price!


To begin our walk down Memory Lane, while I remembered when Martingale was launched in 1976  by Nancy J. Martin,founder of That Patchwork Place, now known as Martingale.  Click here for more historical info as well as a free downloadable pattern from Nancy’s book “Patchwork Picnic”.


Over they years they’ve published more than 3,000 books and products which have sold more than 24.1 million copies.

In 2007, company founders Nancy and Dan Martin retired from Martingale and did something not many founders do. They sold their company to their employees.  A tight-knit group of 26 now operates Martingale, and 80% of the team sew, knit, crochet, or craft in their spare time.

Martingale has a simple Mission – it’s all about you!  In their words “We empower makers who use fabric and yarn to make life more enjoyable”.

I informally interviewed Jenny Wilding Cardon, earlier this year.  She has been with Martingale since 1997 and currently has the role of Content Editor, but has held down a variety of jobs at Martingale, including copywriter and web assistant.  Jenny is very talented and like the majority of the team members at Martingale, she enjoys being creative.  Click here for more info on Jenny.


While I personally have been quilting longer than Martingale has been publishing, my memory is not all that good, so I appreciate Jenny helping to share insights that I’m sharing with you today.  I also hope others will share comments on their memories of Martingale Publishing, over the years, as well as their favorite books, especially any “must have”.

I asked which current employee has been their the longest?  Jenny shared that she believes it is their amazing photographer, Brent Kane, who celebrated his 24th year with the company in 2016.  Personally, I think Brent is an amazing photographer and helps provide a special signature stamp on all of Martingale’s books, with absolutely inspirational photos of the beautiful projects that are published in their books.  Thank  you Brent!

I asked Jenny about best sellers from their early publications?  She called my attention to Happy Endings, by Mimi Dietrict.  It was first published in 1988.   When the print run ended, quilters objected, so we brought the book back into print. Then another print run ended. Quilters objected. The published it again. And again. And in 2013, we did it again! Another print run for the book just ended, and they will be making Happy Endings available as an eBook. That way it can live on forever!



I asked Jenny about some of their early authors?  She shared that their early authors included:  Early authors include Nancy J. Martin, Judy Hopkins, Donna Lynn Thomas, Marsha McCloskey, Mimi Dietrich, Carol Doak, Sally Schneider, Margaret Rolfe, and Country Threads… to name a few.

This led me to ask “What author comes to mind that has been with you currently the longest?”.  Jenny shared “That would definitely be Nancy J. Martin – who founded Martingale! She wrote the very first “That Patchwork Place” book, and has written more than 40 books over the years. She and her husband, Dan, are retired from the business now.

When I asked which author has been the most prolific?, she shared: “Again, Nancy J. Martin is a contender here! But we have many authors that have been immensely prolific, such as Kim Diehl, Amy Ellis, Country Threads, Nancy Mahoney, Kim Brackett, and Kathy Brown… again, to name a few”.

Over the years, Martingale publishes wonderful quilting, sewing, knitting, crochet and craft books.  And who doesn’t love their Calendars.  They even have a fun new adult coloring book “The New Hexagon Coloring Book – 60 Hexagon Designs to Color!”, by Katja Marek


Martingale also sales Patterns which are downloadable e:patterns for quilting and sewing.  Here area few which caught my attention:


Martingale has many free patterns available on their website and they frequently share tips and tutorials on their blog. Here are few free holiday patterns that caught my attention:

Home For Christmas wallhanging


Beaded Christmas Stocking


Embroidered Christmas Hand Towels


Christmas Cat Chat


Personally, I enjoy encouraging people to make money with their creative skills.  And, I also like to encourage creative people to publish their designs in patterns and books.  Of course, I also recommend Martingale as a publisher.  I consistently hear good feedback from authors who work with Martingale, as well as consistently find their books have easy to follow instructions with great visuals.  I truly don’t feel Martingale is just about publishing, as much as helping creative people publish a collection of their designs and techniques in books, to help people learn, improve and create beautiful projects.  If you have an idea for a new book, be sure to check out info on how to submit a book proposal to Martingale.


There are actually a couple of giveaways where you could win a giveaways sponsored by Martingale:

Stitch This, the Martingale blog has a giveaway where you could win an copy of “Small & Scrappy: Pint-size Patchwork Quilts Using Reproduction Fabrics”.  Click here to learn more about this book and enter to win an e:book.  Deadline to enter: December 20th.


As a sponsor for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways, Martingale is giving one lucky follower an amazing gift.


Time to reveal what this gift is.


One lucky winner, will receive a bundle of books from Martingale.

I Love Nine Patches: 16 Quilts from an All-Time Favorite Block


Perfect book for quilters of all levels:  Stunning quilts range in size from 25 1/2″ x 29 3/4″ to  78 1/2″ x 90 1/2″, with the majority of the designs being pieced, yet one incorporates beautiful applique’.

One Bundle of Fun: Turn Any Bundle, Roll, or Pack into a Great Quilt


“Must have” book for quilters that enjoy working with pre-cuts, but it could also make for a great resource to help with stash busting. 12 patterns thatt range in size from 39 1/2″ x 41 1/2″ to 64 1/2″ x 80 1/2″

Christmas Patchwork Loves Embroidery: Hand Stitches, Holiday Projects, by Gail Pan


This book is packed with 17 festive projects with whimsical designs that would make for great gifts, as well as decorations for your home for the holiday.

A Common Thread: A Collection of Quilts, by Gwen Marston


This coffee table book is filled with excellent photos of Gwen’s quilts representing more than 40 years of quilting, with 80+ quilts representing and a variety of styles, from an award winning quilt artist.

To enter, simply claim one or more of the options in the Rafflecopter form below.  These books will be shipped to one lucky winner by QuiltShopGal.  Due to postal expenses I will ship for free to a US resident, but those with an international address will need to pay for postage.

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You can find Martingale at:


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Here is a list of all of the posts for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways.  There are quite a few giveaways that are still open, so click thru and enter, those you are interested in winning, if you have not yet done so. 

Day 11 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – The Fat Quarter Gypsy


Welcome to day 11 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways, sponsored by The Fat Quarter Gypsy.


The Fat Quarter Gypsy is from Pine City, MN, where Jo, the owner and designer has beautiful quilt designs, creative knobies (signs to hang on doors), freebies, as well as her super handy pop ups.  What are pop ups you ask?  They are fabric baskets that can lay flat, when not in use, and yet pop up to store a variety of tools, notions and other items, making them excellent gifts, as well as cute organizational holders for your home.  Thus, I’m delighted to have the Fat Quarter Gypsy as a sponsor today, where I want to showcase some of her products, freebies, as well as host a giveaway.

Quilt Patterns – The Fat Quarter Gypsy has a number of delightful patterns.  Here are a few that caught my attention:

Pop Up Patterns & Frames – make for great gifts, as well as organizational containers for your home.  Here are a few Inspirational ideals, but the possibilities are endless.   Don’t forget you can fold these perfectly flat when you gift wrap, as well as store, and they easily pop up when you want to use them for a storage container.  I’m thinking the small ones would also make great baskets for cookies too!

And I definitely love the idea of making Pet Pop Ups, using vinyl liners, for friends that have cute pets. These portable dishes would definitely would make a great Christmas gift, or special gift anytime of the year.



The Fat Quarter Gypsy has a variety of fun and creative free patterns.  Here are a few that caught my attention:

Pop Up Info Sheet, a free pattern for a cute pop up.


Nightfall  Quilt Pattern designed Nancy for Camelot Fabrics is a stunning design.


Little Lovely Libby table runner pattern looks like a fun design that would work well for just about any seasonal project, as well as projects for anytime of the year.  



The Fat Quarter Gypsy has created a special gift to one lucky winner, but they do need to be US residents.


Are you ready to learn what this gift is?


The Fat Quarter Gypsy is giving an amazing gift that includes a bundle of their Pop up frames and patterns for a variety of sizes, to one lucky winner.


Thanks to The Fat Quarter Gypsy, one lucky person, in the US, is going to receive a special gift which includes the following bundle:

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FQG128 T-Shirt Pop Up Pattern fqg128_t_shirt_ppop_us_cover_web__81911-1460642648-1280-1280
FQG129 Basket Pop Up Pattern fqg129_basket_pop_up_pattern_cover_web__68068-1460578562-386-513
FQG130 Pet Pop Up Pattern  fqg130_pet_pop_ups_cover__05855-1464361650-224-300
FQG131 Mini Pop Up Refill  fqg131_mini_pop_up_cover__44460-1470836433-386-513
FQG121 Small Pop Up Refill  fqg121_small_pop_up_refill_cover_web
FQG123 Medium Pop Up Refill  fqg123
FQG124 Large Pop Up Refill  fqg124

Total Retail value for this prize is $80+

To enter, simply claim one or more of the options in the Rafflecopter form below.

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Here is a list of all of the posts for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (with many giveaways still open for you to enter):

Day 10 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – The Electric Quilt Company


Welcome to day 10 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways.    I can honestly say I love all things EQ (Electric Quilt), thus I’m absolutely thrilled to have them as a sponsor for this event.  This year they’ve been celebrating their 25th Anniversary and QuiltShopGal, as well as several blogging friends, have been releasing posts on the 10th of every month, with tips, tutorials, inspiration and even giveaways along the way.  While I wasn’t able to release such a post on the 10th of this month, due to my website hijacking, I’m happy to being back in the saddle again.  And, today, I want to share insights with you about EQ, some freebies, my recommended approach to learning EQ Software, some great tutorials for learning and other opportunities, as well as a host a giveaway where anyone around the world can enter to win (website hijacker wackos will be disqualified as they take the fun out of creativity for all of us).

Who remembers when EQ#1 was released  in 1991?  I quickly fell in love with EQ software. And have happily used EQ#2, #3, #5, #6, #7 as well as EQStitch.  I missed EQ4 simply because life got in the way.

While I wasn’t good at keeping packages, or artwork, of my EQ journey, I was delighted that  Karen (Sew Karen-ly Created), who also began using EQ#1, had kept the packaging for most of the EQ software releases and gave me permission to share.


Who remembers the original install process for EQ software using multiple CDs?   Amazing  to think how we can now download software and quickly install vs loading multiple CDs.  Technology has certainly changed.


Who remembers “The Floppy Gazette”?  The original EQ Newsletters came in the mail, and like the more modern email newsletters, they have always been packed with tips, tutorials, EQ News, inspiration, as well as insights on new products. 


 Over the years, The Electric Quilt Company has released many amazing software packages that help quilters create.  I strongly feel had it not been for the EQ team, our world of quilting would not be as wonderful as it is today.  We certainly would not have as many designers and authors releasing sharing their designs, if they all had to design on paper vs computer.

EQ also partnered with Quiltmaker to releasing 8 different collections of Quiltmaker’s Quilting Designs.  These can work as standalone software packages, or within EQ7, which allows you to audition quilting designs on your quilts, as well as print out in any size, to use to stitch out on your projects.

The Stash collections are some of my favorite EQ products, as each release of Stash contains the new fabric collections from top fabric manufacturers.  They are very reasonable and certainly would make a great gift for EQ software users.

EQ has a variety of bound books that are excellent resources to learn/improve your EQ skills.  They are easy to follow with great visuals, all at a reasonable price, making them another great gift idea for any EQ user.

EQ has a variety of printables, including inkjet fabric sheets and foundation quilting.  I’ll admit the EQ “Lawn” printable fabric has become my absolute favorite printable fabric.  I think any of these products would make for great gifts for any quilter, regardless if they use EQ software or not.

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foundation quilting sheets 

EQ University was launched in 2014 with new classes being offered all the time.  I can honestly recommend these classes to anyone interested in learning/improving your EQ skills.  They are well organized, taught my experts, include written and video tutorials, that you can repeat as often as you wish, plus during the official scheduled class you get access to an expert to help with your questions, all for a very reasonable price.  Yes, a EQ University Class would also make a great Christmas gift for any EQ software user.


Free Fabric of the Month – While EQ7 comes with a fabric library, every month EQ releases a new set of digital fabrics that you can download and use in your software, for free.

Free Projects of the Month

Free Lessons / Tutorials – The EQ Team has a great list of lessons on their website and also share more tips and tutorials on their blog.  For newbies, I recommend the approach of “15 minutes of playtime per day in EQ”, where you can start, stop, repeat any lesson till you feel it is part of  your muscle memory.  Focus on one functionality in EQ at a time, so you don’t feel intimidated with this robust software package.  You’ll be amazed how much fun you’ll have and how much you will learn in a short time.

Club EQ is a great way to learn/improve your skills by participating in monthly challenges where all participants share their design files.

EQ University – has a free  “Quick Startclass, that is perfect for newbies, as well as those that may simply want to check out what EQ University is all about.


Actually, there are two different giveaways where you could win a prize from the Electric Quilt Company:

EQ sponsored our bloggers celebration of the #EQ25 Anniversary, with our final posts released on the 10th of December.  You can enter to win a copy of EQ Mini by visiting Marian @ Seams to be Sew.

Electric Quilt is also our sponsor today, for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways event,  and will be giving a special Christmas Gift, to one lucky winner, any place in the world.


Are you ready to learn what this gift is?


EQ is giving a copy of their new EQ Mini software.  This is great software for those wanting to learn to design quilts, but not yet ready for the more robust EQ7 software.  Think of it as a scaled down version of EQ7, but owners of EQ Mini also have an optional upgrade path to EQ7, should they later want to upgrade. And, EQ Mini is available at a very reasonable price, making it also a perfect Christmas Gift,  While you may want Santa to bring you a copy of EQ Mini, or other EQ products, don’t overlook EQ Mini as a perfect gift for a kid, or grandkid that may want to become a future quilt designer!


To enter, simply claim one or more of the options in the Rafflecopter form below.

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 You can find the Electric Quilt Company at:


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:

Here is a list of all of the posts for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways, where many have extended deadlines to enter to win wonderful Christmas Gifts.  You just need to enter by December 20th.

Day 9 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Aurifil


Welcome to day 9 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways.    The goal was “each day” QuiltShopGal will showcase a different sponsor and unwrap (reveal) their gift to one lucky winner.  To clarify, there are plenty of open giveaways that you can enter (links  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.  Due to a recent hijacking of QuiltShopGal, this event was delayed, but fortunately not cancelled. Thus, there are many pending giveaways that have extended deadlines to enter by the 19th of December.  Be sure to check the links at the bottom of this post to enter other giveaways.


Aurifil thread makes my days of sewing so much more fun. I can honestly say that love the high quality of Aurifil threads, the variety of thread weights, and the large selection of colors.  It just makes me smile to pull out a spool of Aurifil thread and stitch.   If you haven’t yet stitched with Aurifil, I hope you’ll soon give it a try.  I think you’ll also fall in love with it. Today, I hope to show what a perfect gift Aurifil is for Christmas too!


While you can purchase Aurifil in small spools, large spools, even cones, there are wonderful collections of thread, that come in handy storage cases, and also offer a great value.  Of course, whether it is a spool, cone, or collection, Aurifil would certainly make for a wonderful Christmas gift.  Here are a few that have caught my attention:

The “Dream Box” comes with 48 large spools of Aurifil, in either the 50 wt cotton, 40 wt cotton, 28 wt cotton, 12 wt cotton, or 12 wt wool.   Who wants Santa to bring them a Aurifil Dream box (Valigia) collection?

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Who wouldn’t want a lovely Aurifil collection designed by Christa Watson.  Both of her collections would make for wonderful Christmas gifts for any quilter.  Must have neutrals and a very cheerful color collection too!

This soothing collection called Subtle Strings, by Wendy Sheppard  (of Ivory Spring) is a must have collection for all quilters.  

How about some new 80 wt Aurifil thread, which is perfect for English Paper Piecing, Machine Applique’, Free-Motion Quilting and so much more.

Aurifil has so many different collections of beautiful threads it is fun and easy to pick a favorite, just as it is to pick a spool or two of your favorites.  And, all make great Christmas Gifts for Quilters too!


Aurifil has a large collection of free patterns on their website.  They also share many tutorials on their blog, along with inspirational projects, insights on Quilt Market and more.


Who agrees that Aurifil would make a wonderful Christmas gift?  May every Quilter’s Stocking be filled with spools of Aurifil for Christmas.  Don’t forget you can find Aurifil in Premier Quilt Shops, as well as online on Amazon or Craftsy.



There are actually a couple of giveaways where you could win yummy thread from Aurifil:

 Aurifil and Island Batik are hosting a giveaway for a $300 Prize Package,  for two winners ($300 value each), where you can enter by completing a simple surveybut you need to do so by December 21st to enter to win.

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And, as a sponsor for the 12 Days of Christmas, Aurifil has donated a yummy gift for one lucky

Time to reveal what this gift is.


One lucky winner, will receive a large Aurifil Festive collection for Christmas, thanks to Aurifil.  And, this giveaway is open to quilters anywhere in the world.

To enter, simply claim one or more of the options in the Rafflecopter form below.

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You can find Aurifil at:


Here is a list of all of the posts for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways:

Day 8 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Island Batik


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.

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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?


NEW FABRICS:    Check out their Fall 2016 “Dream Catalog”, to see what catches your attention.  Here are a few that caught mine:

Fifi and Fido and 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.


Island Batik has many free patterns available from their website.

Desert Jewels, by Wendy Sheppard, measures 37″ x 57″ when finished.


Sister’s Choice, a bed or table runner, designed by Maryellen McAuliffe


They also have many free downloadable Patriotic patterns, that complimented their line of Quilted in Honor fabrics.

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.  Just follow 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 can enter 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.

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You can also find Island Batik at:

Here is a list of all of the posts for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways:

Welcome Fall – Preparing For The Countdown, Calendars, and a Giveaway


Are you excited about the arrival of Fall?  I am.


I think of Fall as a window that quilters pull out quilts and quilted items to decorate their home, as well as to use to keep warm.  Many of us also kick into high gear to make quilts and quilted projects for winter, which might be used in their own home, for gifts, or for charity.

Fall also reminds me that the new year will be arriving soon.  At the time of preparing this post, there are 100 days left before 2017 arrives.



And about 90+ days till the arrival of Christmas.




For those that use Calendars, there is a high probability you are a planner and organize your time to pack in as much as you can in the limited time we have.  After all, quilters around the world know that 24 hour days just are not enough time.  But for Quilters,  Calendars are not only a way to help us organize, they are a way to help inspire.  There are also Calendars that come with patterns to create beautiful projects.  As 2017 will be arriving soon, I’m wanting to showcase some inspirational Calendars that can help inspire you, as well as help you be organized with your time.  Speaking of which, this is a great time to order a Calendar for 2017! 
Martingale has some wonderful calendars that I think would be great to use in 2017.  They are also available at a reasonable price and each packed with plenty of inspiration and more!

That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar 2017 – Complete Instructions for each Project


Publisher’s Insights:

Celebrate the changing seasons with color-splashed quilts and more from That Patchwork Place®. Complete instructions and patterns for each design are included so you can sew along all through the year.

  • Be inspired by beautifully styled photography; tempting projects include quilts ranging from
    wall hangings to throws–plus pillows, embroidered coasters, and a table runner
  • Enclosed pull-out booklet features step-by-step illustrated instructions for every design
  • 12 specially selected projects by top designers


Stitches to Savor 2017 – Wall-Art Calendar of Designs by Sue Spargo

Publisher’s Insights:

Treat yourself to a year of beauty as only Sue Spargo can stitch it! Long admired by quilters, the work of folk artist Sue Spargo is an exploration of texture, fabrics, and embellishments. Now, for the first time, her captivating pieces are yours to enjoy every day for an entire year with Stitches to Savor: 2016 Wall-Art Calendar of Designs by Sue Spargo, available from Martingale. Her creativity–the distinctive way she blends simple shapes, exquisite stitches, and diverse thread and fabric choices–shines through with each passing month. You’ll want to slow the days to savor each amazing stitch!

  • Enjoy rich, full-color photography that comes in so close, you’ll find yourself running your hand across the pages–you can almost feel the texture of Sue’s handwork
  • Featuring at-a-glance dates, the 12″-square calendar unfolds to showcase stunning 12″ x 24″ detailed photographs
  • Discover breathtaking stitcheries rendered in remarkable combinations of wool, cotton, and assorted embellishments

The New Hexagon Perpetual Calendar – 365 Blocks  Katja Marek

Publisher’s Insights:

Wake up each morning to a bright new hexagon! Discover the possibilities of English paper piecing as you create dynamic shapes and unique designs year after year with this perpetual calendar.

  • Choose from 365 vibrant 6-inch hexagon blocks, plus an extra block for leap year
  • Each hexagon includes a block photo, a placement diagram for each assembly, and full-sized templates
  • Sturdy spiral binding will keep each easy-to-turn page of the calendar intact for years of enjoyment


Quilter’s Block-A-Day Calendar, by Debbi Kratovil


Publisher’s Insights:

With a block pattern for every day of the year, this clever calendar will keep you quilting for years to come! You’ll never run out of ideas for creating your next quilt–use the perpetual format year in and year out.

  • Blocks for every occasion include traditional, seasonal, and holiday designs
  • Each block pattern includes a full-color illustration and an easy-to-use rotary-cutting key
  • Sturdy spiral binding will keep this calendar in tip-top shape, even through years of turning pages


365 Knitting Stitches A Year,


Publisher’s Insights:

For the first time ever, you can access hundreds of knitting stitches in a perpetual-calendar format! With a unique knitting stitch for every day of the year, this clever calendar design makes a valuable addition to every knitter’s pattern collection.

  • Find complete instructions for 365 easy to advanced stitches
  • Each day spotlights a beautiful swatch in a full-color, close-up photograph
  • Stitches range from simple knit and purl to ribs, cables, laces, and dozens of textured patterns
  • Discover a different knitting stitch each day–together let them inspire you year after year!


One lucky winner will win a copy of:

The New Hexagon Perpetual Calendar – 365 Blocks  Katja Marek

To enter, blog followers can simply leave a comment, sharing anything you wish about Calendars.  Possibly you may want to say you have used in the past, or not used, which format you prefer, etc.  Next week I’ll randomly pick a winner.  This post will be updated accordingly and I’ll also email the lucky winner to let them know.  While I appreciate those who use my Affiliate links when they are purchasing items on Amazon or Craftsy, as I sometimes earn a small fee (you pay the same price) and those funds are used to help “supplement” my postage expense.  Unfortunately, my budget for postage is limited, combined with the fact for some silly reason the USPS doesn’t allow me to ship Calendars under their media rate, so I find them pretty expensive to ship, thus this prize will be limited to US only residents.  

UPDATE:  Congratulations to the lucky winner #9 – Diane



You can find Martingale at:

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Don’t forget to get your Calendars for 2017!

Crafted Applique’ New Possibilities and a Giveaway

Lara Bucella has been celebrating the release of her new book Crafted Applique’ New Possibilities, with a blog hop and giveaways.  And, I’m thrilled to be one of the last stops in this fun blog hop!    If  this is your first time to visit QuiltShopGal – Welcome.  

For those that may not have been following this blog hop, which began in May, this has certainly been a super fun blog hop with many highly talented participating bloggers that have shared their insights about this book, and many have created inspirational projects from this book, or appliqued the Author’s technique’ to other projects, which they shared.  Thus, I want to encourage you to take time to visit all the blogs in this hop, for more insights than what I’m sharing today.  


Appliqué got you down? Try Lara Buccella‘s innovative new way to make raw-edge appliqué a delight. Whether you want to try this technique in a big or small way, Lara’s projects will give you plenty of ways to get creative. Lara’s extensive introduction to her “no fray” method of appliqué is comprehensive, allowing you more time at your sewing machine. Follow along easily on projects with clear visuals and in-depth directions. Creative designs bring fun and flair to your projects.


larua bucella, author of crafted applique'

Lara Bucella lives in western New York with her husband Jim and their two terriers. She is the mother of three wonderful young people, mother-in-law to a terrific young man (with another soon to join the family) and grandmother to a sweet baby girl.

A lifelong love of arts and crafts led Lara to take up quilting after her youngest child left for college. Even before completing her first quilt, a One Block Wonder, she realized that she had found her creative voice. After more than forty years of sewing and fabric petting experience, becoming a quilter was a natural fit.

Over the years, Lara has taught many different kinds of crafts to groups of all ages. Always one to play around with and mix techniques, she often sets off on her own path. This has led to some interesting adventures in quilting. You can take a peek at what she’s up to by visiting her blog at


This book is absolutely packed with #CreativeGoodness and I can honestly recommend it as a “must have” book for anyone interested in raw edge applique, as well as for those interested in crafting with fabric, including Mixed Media Artists.

There are also seven beautiful projects in this book, each with great visuals and easy to follow instructions which all use Lara’s applique’ technique.  Projects range from a pillow, table topper, wallhanging, needle case, to an awesome sewing machine cover, which is so gorgeous you may find yourself leaving your sewing machine w/cover on top of your dining room table, or other table, to simply show it off.

3. It's Super Quilter - Needle Case

{above}  This beautiful needle case, called “It’s Super Quilter”,   is a project included in Lara’s book, but this project was actually created and made by her daughter Kait.  Personally, I love this project and am confident it would make for a great beginner’s project, as well as a great gift idea, including attendees in a retreat.

Lara’s innovative approach for raw edge applique was well researched and thoroughly tested.  She has also documented a variety of options, as well as tips, in her book, making this book also a “must have” resource, for on-going reference.  And definitely will make it easier for anyone interested in learning this  technique, as the book will help them save time and money vs any attempt to pursue this method on your own by guessing, or following second-hand advise.  

I found her applique’ technique to be easy to work with, actually making the fabric pieces easier to manually cut out than other techniques I have tried.  It also works well for die cutting and while I’ve not yet tried it, I’m confident this technique would also work with electronic cutters.  I also loved how the applique’ shapes could manually be positioned on your project top, auditioning for the perfect placement, with a low-tack adhesive feeling,  before ironing down to your backing fabric to permanently secure.

{above} Photos from Lara showing results of raw edge applique using different techniques.  Notice the unruly threads that poke out using the Glue Stick and even the Fusible Web Method, but not in the Crafted Applique’ method.  Lara also shared with me “

In each photo, the top two leaves show freshly sewn appliques.  The left leaf is stitched around the edges and the right leaf is only stitched through the veins. Then bottom two leaves in the photo are the same two leaves after washing.  I did not press them or tidy them up in any way”

But the highlight of this technique for me, was how much more soft and pliable this approach is vs other adhesive applique techniques and products, plus it eliminates the risk of fabric threads poking out after stitching down.

While historically many quilt judges may have frowned down upon raw edge applique, where lose threads would run wild, I foresee this technique being a big game changer for those entering such quilt designs into major quilt shows.  

2. Chubby Checkers

{above}  Chubby Checkers table topper (or wallhanging) made by Lara. She uses buttons for the checkers.

Lastly, I want to add that I shared with Lara I had great results with her applique’ cupcakes (from her Chubby Checkers design),  She mentioned that one of technique sample projects, which was made about 3 years ago, which had never been stitched down, but the applique had been ironed down and still completely secured.  Amazing.

1. Cupcake Appliques - Not Sewn Down - after 3 yrs

{above} Photo of concept project Lara created using her Cupcake design, from Chubby Checkers,  which for this “concept” project, used her technique, ironed, but never stitched down, but still perfectly secured years later. 

I hope you can see why I honestly recommend this book.  I hope you get a chance to check it out at your favorite quilt shop, but please remember if you don’t see it, to let them know you’d like to have them carry it.  It is such a new book, they may not be aware of it.  Of course, you can also find this book online at the American Quilter’s Society, as well as Amazon.


Here is the line up for this event:

Lara lined up a talented group of bloggers who have shared insights about this book.  Many have also created projects from this book and/or applied her techniques to other projects and shared.  Definitely and inspirational blog hop with plenty of #CreativeGoodness.  Each blogger also had the opportunity of giving away a copy of this book and some of the giveaways are still open.

Sunday, May 1 – Kick off with Lara – BuzzinBumble
Monday, May 2 – Valerie Smith – Pumpkin Patch Quilter
Tuesday, May 3 – Dana Gaffney – Stormy Days
Wednesday, May 4 – Lorna McMahon – Sew Fresh Quilts 
Thursday, May 5 – Mary S. – Needled Mom
Friday, May 6 – Heidi Kuntz – Red Letter Quilts
Saturday, May 7 – Alycia Carmin – Alycia Quilts
Sunday, May 8 – Amy DeCesare – Amy Made That
Monday, May 9 – Sherri McConnell – A Quilting Life
Tuesday, May 10 – Lara Buccella – Sew Mama Sew 
Wednesday, May 11 – Christina Cameli – A Few Scraps

Thursday, May 12 – Melissa Corry –  Happy Quilting
Friday, May 13 – Sarah Craig – Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Saturday, May 14 – Soma Acharya – Whims and Fancies 
Sunday, May 15 – Val Reynolds –  Val’s Quilting Studio
Monday, May 16 – Angela Pingel – Cut to Pieces
Tuesday, May 17 – Sandra Walker – Musings of a Menopausal Melon
Wednesday, May 18 – Cheryl Brickey – Meadow Mist Designs
Thursday, May 19 – Judy Murphy – Quilt Paradigm
Friday, May 20 – Yvonne Fuchs – Quilting Jetgirl
Saturday, May 21 – Cindy Pieters – Stitchin’ at Home
Sunday, May 22 – Susie Zlogar – Susie’s Sunroom
Monday, May 23 – Connie Kresin-Campbell – Freemotion by the River

Tuesday, May 24 – Ruth Bourke – Charly & Ben’s Crafty Corner
Wednesday, May 25 – Kaja Zieslar – Sew Slowly
Thursday, May 26 – Ann Brooks – Fret Not Yourself
Friday, May 27 – Cynthia Brunz – Quilting is More Fun Than Housework
Saturday, May 28 – Monday, May 30 … Memorial Day Weekend in the U.S.
Tuesday, May 31 – Jenn Trott-Zisserson – Quarter Inch From the Edge
Wednesday, June 1 – Paulette Horn – The Way I Sew It
Thursday, June 2 – Sandra Jansen – Studio Sew of Course
Friday, June 3 – Christine Sherman – Triangles and Squares
Saturday, June 4 –  Quilt Shop Gal
Sunday, June 5 – Lara – Buzzin Bumble.


Lara has kindly offered to giveaway a copy that a lucky follower, anyplace in the world, could win.  To enter, simply leave a comment. While any comment, any subject is fine, I’d definitely would appreciate hearing your experience with applique’ (e.g. needle turn, starch, raw-edge, etc.), as well as your thoughts on Craft Applique’.   I’ll randomly draw a name, email them, as well as update this post on June 15th.

UPDATE:  I used the Random Number Generator to select the lucky winner.

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Congratulations to Nichole Sender.

random number winner

There are also several ways to get a copy of Crafted Applique.

  1. Enter a giveaway on one of the other blogs, in this hop, as there are several that are still open.
  2. Order a signed copy directly from Lara’s Big Cartel shop.
  3. Order a copy from AQS.
  4. Order a copy on Amazon.
  5. Pick up a copy from your favorite quilt shop!

You can find Lara at:

You can find American Quilter’s Society at:


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