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New Home Celebration, Love #CreativeGoodness Celebration -#Giveaway Week

If you are an active follower you’ve probably heard I’m hosting a week of giveaways this week as I’m celebrating my new home (I moved to a low rent district on the internet), as well as my love of #CreativeGoodness.






To find out more, check out my new home at  Giveaways started this past Monday.  I’m having such fun that I think I’ll be hosting plenty of giveaways thru Valentine’s Day and they are open for quilters around the world, who follow me (at my new blog home).   QuiltShopGal has the same focus.  I just needed to move to reduce blogging costs.

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You can find Darlene at Creative Latitude Time (a personal blog) at:


Scrap & Happy Quilts (and a Giveaway)

Today I’m thrilled to be able to share insights with you about a new book published by Martingale that is packed with #CreativeGoodness, as well as insights on two ways you can win a copy!   

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Scrappy & Happy Quilts: Limited Palette, Tons of Fun! by Kate Henderson is truly packed with scrappy, happy quilts that are easy to make as well as fall in love with.  These are all packed with #CreativeGoodness and happiness!



Create lively, colorful quilts–and say bye-bye to agonizing over color choices. With this collection of scrappy two-color and three-color quilt patterns, choosing colors is a snap. Plus, you can use up every scrap!

Start with yardage, scraps, or precuts: the choice is yours. And if you’ve got a LOT of one color in your fabric collection, these bright and beautiful quilts will make that color sparkle. The more of one color, the merrier!



Kate Henderson learned to sew clothes at the age of 12 and has sewn for herself ever since. After her twins were born in 2005, she began designing soft toys for them, which led to selling her toy creations as a way to stay sane while her babies were little. Soon she began selling patterns for the toys and quilts she was making. Kate lives in the southwest of Western Australia with her husband and four girls.



The two color and three color quilt patterns in this book are truly scrappy and happy quilts, with a limited palette, creating tons of fun!  This book is perfect for beginner quilters, as well as advanced quilters, who are looking for fun, fast, and refreshing designs to decorate their homes as well as for gifts.  I also think this is a great book for those interested in developing their skills and confidence when working with colors. 


Projects range in size from 28 1/2″ x 35 1/2″ to 72 1/2″ x 80 1/2″ and they all come with easy to follow instructions and great visuals.  Plus, there is a section for Fabric Selection and Color Schemes, as well as General Instructions, which provide good insights on basic quilting. 


With 13 projects in this book, this book is really an exception value, especially when you consider what the cost of a standalone pattern. 

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 I hope you’ll let them know you are interested.  It is such a new book that they may not yet be aware of it.  And don’t forget you can find it online at Martingale, as well as Amazon.



Here are two different opportunities for you to win a copy of this super creative new book:

Stitch This, the Martingale blog, is hosting a giveaway and they are also sharing more insights about this new book.

QuiltShopGal followers will be able to enter to win a copy of this book next week, as QuiltShopGal kicks off a celebration week of giveaways at the new location for QuiltShopGal which you can find at:  Followers of this blog, can claim an “extra entry” by leaving a comment on this blog letting me know how you follow this blog (e.g. email, BlogLuvin, an app, etc).

To clarify, the giveaway for this book, as well as other prizes, will be shared at the new home for QuiltShopGal during the week of January 22nd – 26th.  This giveaway is also open to WW blog followers.  Just be sure to follow at:   



You can find Martingale at: martingale logo

You can find Kate Henderson at:



Winner of the Halloween Tumbler kit

Before I announce the winner of my Halloween Tumbler kit I want to heighten awareness if you didn’t have a chance to visit all the blogs participating in the Fall Theme AccuQuilt blog hop this week, you can still hop on over and enjoy all their tips, tutorials and inspirations for making Fall themed projects with an AccuQuilt.  And many of them have giveaways that there is still time to enter. 

Here is a quick recap of this blog hop:

I truly had fun and found so much inspiration in this blog hop, thanks to Terrie, Sharon, Katrina, Connie, Mary and Polly! 

On to announcing the winner my Tumbler kit giveaway during the Fall Blog Hop.  The winner will receive a collection of scrappy Halloween fabrics cut with the large AccuQuilt tumbler die to make a good size lap quilt. 

There were 160 entries in this giveaway and I used the Random Number generator to select the lucky winner.

I guess it would mean evil of me to just announce the lucky number and have everyone go back to the original post, to determine who the actual winner is.  Or, you might even think I am GO!ing Batty.  Well, I’m not quite ready to GO! Batty, but I definitely plan to be sometime this week.  Any ideas what I’m up to?  You’ll just have to check back this week to find out.

Have you given up and figured out who lucky number 131 is?  Congratulations to Free Indeed (Block Lotto).

Free Indeed took advantage of the opportunity for extra entries in this giveaway and, of all her entries, being a follower truly paid off when being selected by the Random Number Generator. 

I do hope you are having a wonderful Autumn.  My husband is treating me to a lovely breakfast this morning with Memosas.  We toasted to welcome Fall into our home.  I just need to create more quilts, wallhangings and table toppers to decorate my home for Fall.  Maybe by next year.


aka SewCalGal

P.S. – I’ll confess that I’ve fallen behind in life (blog reading, reading email, shipping packages, etc.), but the next couple of weeks look good and I will soon be caught up.  And, all the packages (prizes) I need to ship will be posted early this week.  Thank you to those that have patiently waited and understand that I do drop a few balls from time-to-time, but that it isn’t my intention to do so.

Winners, Winners, Winners and More Opportunities

While I enjoy researching and sharing insights for quilting, sewing and embroidery enthusiasts, I also enjoy telling people they won a prize.  And, as I don’t have the ability to tell everyone that they’ve won a prize, I also enjoy sharing insights on how you could win various giveaways and contests.

First, I want to say thank you to Kari M. Carr for asking SewCalGal to participate in her recent blog hop to celebrate the release of her new book “Just around the Corner: Quilts with Easy Mitered Borders“,  published by Martingale & Company, home of That Patch Work Place.  This is an excellent quilt book  that features innovative methods for mitering corners that make spectacular borders that can make any quilt amazing.  It is definitely a “must have” quilting book.

In this recent blog hop, Kari sponsored every participating blog with a giveaway of a copy of her new book and her famous and very cool “Clearly Perfect Angle” tool.

You can read about all the lucky winners on Kari’s blog, but I’m happy to announce that Cheryl Greenleaf is the lucky winner that was randomly selected for the giveaway at SewCalGal’s stop in this blog hop.  Congratulations to Cheryl!

Remember you can check out “Just Around the Corner” at your local quilt store or at Martingale & Company’s online store.  You can also check out this book at Kari’s online store, New Leaf Stitches, where you can also find her Clearly Perfect Angles tool too!

The winner of SewCalGal’s recent giveaway sponsored by The Electric Quilt Company, to celebrate the introduction of their new store, where you get free software that you can use with patterns from this site (and you need not own EQ6/EQ7).  The winner of this giveaway is Jo (Warm Fuzzies).  Congratulations to Jo!

The last chance giveaway for the Pets on Quilts Show randomly selected three winners of three unclaimed prizes from the Pets on Quilts Show.  Congratulations to MJ, Caren Kristine (As the Thread Breaks), Brita (Scraps of Happiness).

My apologies to some of the recent prize winners of the Pets on Quilts Show as I was late on notifying some sponsors of their respective winners.  But all sponsors have now been notified and all winners should receive their prizes very soon (definitely in September).

Pick Four: Easy Fabric Choices for Great Quilts“, by Sue Abrey, published by Martingale & Company, Home of That Patchwork Place, is a wonderful new quilt book that I was able to share insights on during a recent blog hop and giveaway.

 Congratulations to Pamela Nees (Stitches on my Lap) as she is the lucky winner of a signed copy of “Pick Four”, by Sue Abrey.

Whew, lots of winners!  Are you interested in finding out about more giveaways & contests where you could win some great prizes?  Simply go check out the page on my blog labeled “giveaways“.  I updated it a couple of times each week, and definitely research and try to have updated every Monday.

Just around the Corner Blog Hop and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop in the blog hop to celebrate the release of “Just Around the Corner”, by Kari M. Carr.  If you came to my blog first, I hope you’ll take time to visit the other blogs that are participating in this fun hop.  {Details are listed towards the bottom of this post.}

In keeping with the theme of “Just Around the Corner”, I want to share insights on something around the corner from where I live.  My local library is practically around the corner.  It is a short walk from my home and I love walk in my “hood” and visit this library.  As a community library, there is always someone there that I know, plus they have a great selection of books.  And, I love books of all kinds.  I probably visit this library, at least once, if not twice a week. 

Just around the Corner: Quilts with Easy Mitered Borders, by Kari M. Carr, published by Martingale & Company, home of That Patch Work Place, is an excellent quilt book that features innovative methods for mitering corners that make spectacular borders that can make any quilt amazing.

Mitering is a quilting technique that many quilters are afraid to try.  Kari shares her approach in each to follow steps, with great visuals, that a quilter of any level should be able to follow and quickly master.  Simply take your border strips and any 90 degree ruler, a fabric marking pen and a sewing machine for the basic mitering technique.  Or, you can apply variations of this technique that Kari shares, including her beautiful scallop border technique. 

There are nine spectacular projects in this book ranging in size from a18″ x 18″ to 45 1/2″ x 67 1/2″ projects that create beautiful quilts, wallhangings, table toppers, a pillow, and there is even a project for a cute purse.

All of the patterns are well written, with easy to follow instructions and great photos. The majority of the patterns are traditionally pieced, with a few having light applique’. 

A section is included in the book to help share insights for using Kari’s Clearly Perfect Angle (CPA) tool, which she designed and sells thru her business New Leaf Stitches.  This CPA tool really makes sewing mitred pieces easy and accurate and when you are sewing point to point, such as speed techniques for making Flying Geese blocks, Snowball blocks, or any situation where you need to sew point to point vs 1/4″ seams. 

An excellent section is including on “Quiltmaking Fundamentals”, with insights on how to sew accurate seams, pinning, pressing, Applique’ing, and Adding Butted-Corner Borders (non-mitred borders), along with finishing (backing, batting, binding).

It is truly hard to say what my favorite pattern is in this book, but if I had to just pick one, it would be the Sidewalk Cafe’, which is on the cover.  At 45 1/2″ x 45 1/2″ it is a perfect table topper size, as well as a wallhanging.  It is a fun design that also has beautiful mitred corners with lovely scalloped borders.  It just want to pull up a chair, enjoy a latte’ and watch life stroll by.  Wouldn’t it be fun to visit a cafe’ that every table has a beautiful quilted table topper, as well as quilts on the walls?  I’d definitely want to visit such a cafe’ frequently!

I’m also planning on making some cute Cozy Cottage Pillows for Christmas gifts.  With
Kari’s book and her Clearly Perfect Angle tool, I’m sure they’ll be easy to make and everyone that receives one will love it.

I hope you’ll soon have an opportunity to check out “Just around the Corner” as I think you’ll agree with me this is a “must have” book for quilters of all levels and style preferences.  It is a versatile book with very cute projects, but the techniques shared will help you learn how to make spectacular borders for other quilts too!  Plus, you can do it in a way you really don’t have to care about math!

Did I mention a blog hop?  Kari and Martingale & Company are sponsoring this blog hop where you can learn more about this book, have fun visiting other blogs, as well as have a chance to win a copy of “Just around the Corner” and a copy of her very cool “Clearly Perfect Angle” tool from a giveaway at each of these blogs.

Here is the line up for this fun blog hop:

Did I mention giveaway with SewCalGal ?  You can win a copy of “Just around the Corner” and a copy of Kari’s  very cool Clearly Perfect Angle tool, simply by leaving a comment on this post, letting me know what you think about this new quilt book and the Clearly Perfect Angle tool.  Be sure that I have a way to contact you, should your name be drawn as a winner.     I will randomly select a winner and announce on my blog on Monday, September 12th.

Last Giveaway Opportunity for Pets on Quilts Prizes

While winners of the  Pets on Quilts Show have officially been announced, a few winners have requested that another winner be selected.  With the cost of postage, I do appreciate it when any winner recommends a re-draw, as I’d prefer prizes be sent to winners that truly want them. And, for those that were kind enough to “pass”, I believe this brings them good kharma in future giveaways.

I’ve attempted to re-draw names for a few prizes, without much luck, so I have decided to “test the waters” with a special post and giveaway of prizes remaining to be claimed, from the 2011 Pets on Quilts show.  Here are the prizes that are available:

Prize #19 – CopyCat Quilts

winner:  MJ 

Prize #20 – Sunbonnet Sue and Scottie at Play

Winner: Caren Kristine (As the Thread Breaks)

Prize #24 e:pattern of your choice from Patterns 2 Quilt.


winner:  Brita (Scraps of Happiness)
If you are a follower and participated in the 2011 Pets on Quilts Show (e.g. PR Angel, entered a quilt, viewed quilts in the show, etc) and you are interested in one of these prizes, please leave a comment on this post.  If you have a particular prize # that you’d like to win, let me know in your comment. 

Deadline to enter this giveaway is Friday, September 2nd midnight PST.  I’ll update this post on Saturday, Sept 3rd with the respective winners.  And, those winners will also be referenced in my prior post about winners too!

Wantobe Quilters

I have some new insights on the  Wantobe Quilter campaign that Madame Samm has been working so hard to coordinate, and want to share some insights with you.

When I initially wrote about this campaign I was thinking that only those that “wanted to learn” to quilt could enter, but experienced quilters are also eligible to enter.  Samm will be coordinating prize drawings on M-W-F for wantobe quilters and T-TH for experienced quilters. 

You can enter to win prizes anytime, but giveaways start August lst on Stash Manicure and you can sign up here to enter.  I’ve already submitted a list to Samm, but will send updates, as appropriate.   To sign up, simply add your information into the form, below,  and click submit, and consider yourself entered.  Then, be sure to check out these two posts on Stash Manicure:

Master List of Posts on the Wantobe Quilter Campaign, by Madame Samm
Tips on setting up a Google Account to help you leave messages & enter to win prizes

Remember to check Stash Manicure daily and leave a comment when you see a prize posted that you are interested in winning.  Good luck!

Wantobe Quilters Wanted

Have you heard about the Wantobe Quilter campaign

Madame Samm of Stash Manicure is coordinating the Wantobe Quilter Campaign.  Look at all the great sponsors she has for this fun event, and there will probably be more sponsors by the time this campaign officially starts August lst!
Prizes are perfect to get any one setup and ready to start quilting.  Everything a quilter could need, from fabric, thread, patterns, books, sewing machines, rolling totes, cutters (AccuQuilt, Sizzix), irons, rotary cutters & mats, and more. 

Giveaways start August lst on Stash Manicure and you can sign up here to enter.  Sign up here and SewCalGal will submit your contact info to Madame Samm, where you’ll officially be entered in the Wannabe Quilter Campaign.

If you know of anyone that is a Wantobe Quilter, please let them know about this great opportunity.  The campaign will last 90 days, with Madame Samm of Stash Manicure giving out fantastic prizes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Winners will receive the prize for free, but will need to pay Madame Samm for actual shipping fees.  Personal contact info, shared by those that enter, will not be shared with anyone else besides Madame Samm.

So, if you are a Wantobe Quilter sign up here in July.  I’ll submit your entry to Madame Samm August lst, where she’ll draw winners from her master list during this 90 day program. 

Simply add your information into the form, below,  and click submit, before August lst, and consider yourself entered.

Happy 4th of July – Patriotic Insights & winners

I want to wish everyone a Happy 4th of July.  Even if you don’t celebrate this holiday, I hope you have a happy 4th.  

I have a variety of items to share today, but most have a Patriotic flavor.

First, Thank You to everyone that took in the Charity Quilt Block Challenge, to benefit QOV.  There were many blocks, quilt tops and a few completed quilts that created as a result of this challenge and they are all beautiful.    I also want to Thank AccuQuilt, Quilt in a Day, and Martingale & Company for being a sponsor of this event and donating three wonderful prizes.

I also want to thank Dick & Tink Linhart for volunteering their QOV program to be a recipient of my first Charity Quilt Block Challenge and working with me to coordinate this challenge.  

You may recall that months back I published an post announcing my interest in periodically holding such Charity Quilt Block Challenges, to benefit a variety of programs, and was looking for non-profit charity quilting groups that would be willing to finish blocks or tops.  

Dick & Tink were the first to respond to my request to find a non-profit program that could quickly turn blocks and quilt tops into finished quilts and find good homes for such quilty hugs.  They both dedicate many hours every week for QOV activities, and have a great group of volunteers who help with this worthy cause.  Thus, their QOV program was selected as the first recipient of SewCalGal’s Charity Quilt Block Challenge. Depending on interest, other non-profit quilt projects will benefit from similar challenges in the future.

Tink did a great job calculating all the entries, as a single 12.5″ block = 1 entry and quilt tops of various sizes were given a formula, as well as finished quilt tops, thus those that donated tops or finished quilts received more entries.  But everyone that entered also did a great job helping to make beautiful quilts. 

Tink’s bowl full of 633 entries, 
of which she randomly selected the winners}

Ok, time to now announce the winners of this challenge.

The winner of the GO! Baby donated by AccuQuilt is Pam Wilson in North Carolina.

The winner of the Radiant Star Quilt Book, 2nd Edition“, donated by Quilt in a Day is Cheryl  (So Many Quilts, So Little Time).

The winner of the book Simple Graces: Charming Quilts and Companion Projects“, donated by Martingale & Company is Anita Haskin of Alaska.

{above}  Quilt blocks submitted by Anita Haskins.
Thank you to Linda Gilli, Carol Crago, Irene Vigil, Sue Weisshaupt, Linda Thielfoldt, Cherl Miller, Pat West, Laurie Becker, Linda Brock, Mary Grubbs, Thearica Burroughs, Pam Wilson, Sharon Parcel, Marjorie Coler, Anita Haskin, Joanna Perry, Bonnie Stapleton, Deb Donovan, Jocelyn Pleus, MJ Baker, Pauline Francis, Marjorie Busby, Maryellen McAuliffe, and Linda Thiefoldt for taking on this challenge and helping to make QOV quilts.  If I’ve overlooked anyone that has helped, my sincere apologies and I hope you will email me to let me know and I can update this post to recognize everyone that has helped.  Big hug to all of you and to all the wounded soldiers and Veterans who will appreciate the quilty hug you gave them!

SewCalGal also had a patriotic giveaway sponsored by Judy Howard, for a copy of her book “Thanking our Troops”.  The winner of this giveaway is:  Nini Frank

Other insights you may want to check out:
And here is a tip shared by Barbara Winkler, SoCal Quilts of Valor 

For those who have family or friends serving overseas…
Now friends and family can create a 20-page personal photo book and ship it to any APO, FPO, or MPO address for free. These full-color, 5×7 softcover books fit perfectly in a soldier’s cargo pocket, yet hold over 60 photos. RocketLife prints the books for free, and the USO pays for shipping
Barbara Winkler
2005 Palo Verde Ave #257
Long Beach, CA 90815-3322

Lastly, here are a few insights on some Patriotic sales for quilters:

AccuQuilt has a great sale that runs thru July 5th

Eleanor Burns is celebrating her birthday and to help celebrate, 
Quilt in a Day has a 30% off sale of everything (fabric, patterns, books, AccuQuilt, etc.). 
This sale runs thru July 10th.

Martingale & Company has a “Weekly Wow” sale with new products on sale every week.

Beam N Read Blog Hop: Giveaway closed

The IHAN Beam n Read Blog hop started this past Monday and you can visit two blogs each day, for fun & insights on the cool Beam n Read light, and a chance to win one of your own.  And, today, SewCalGal is able to share insights and host a giveaway too, thanks to Kelly of I Have A Notion and Beam n Read.    

Before I share my insights on the Beam n Read light, I want to emphasize that I was introduced to this light from Kelly of IHAN.  She  has always given me great recommendations to products that are perfect for me.  And, she’ll also let me know when she thinks a product isn’t a good fit for my interests.  Thus, I respect her opinion 100%. When I first learned of the Bean n Read from Kelly’s blog, I thought this was a great light. I was even more excited when Kelly invited me to particpate in this blog hop and share my perspective on this light.

As a quilting, sewing and embroidery enthusiat for many years, I’ve certainly used many well known brands of lights.  Thus, I can truly say that the Beam n Read light is the great product.  It has a bright LED light, yet soft on the eyes.  To clarify, it is much easier on the eyes than any other bright light sewing light I’ve ever used previously. 

The Beam n Read light is perfect for those doing handwork such as knitting, hand applique, cross stitch, etc..  I’ve also found that I prefer this light for when I’m doing reverse sewing (ripping out).   Unlike any other lights that I’ve used, it comes with filters that provide great versatility in different light settings (e.g. outside bright lights, etc), and also comes with a magnifier that is helpful.  And the retail price is quite reasonable.

I asked my friends to try the Beam n Read so that I could also share their perspective with you.

My friend Mario definitely agreed that the Beam n Read light with magnifier helped his eyes.

My friend Olivia loved the elegant lighting, and ability to read menus in restaurants.  She even said it was helpful to find her lipstick that fell out of her purse, while dancing.

Larry the Lion liked the Beam n Read for these ease of reading books while in the dark forest,  late at night.

And my friend Ely the Elephant really loved the Beam n Read for doing hand work, when good lighting is very important to create beautiful stitches.

I, found I enjoyed the Beam n Read for these easy feeling it left on my eyes. Truly it has become one of my favorite lights.  And I love the portability. Great, great light and a very reasonable price.  I has six LED lights and is designed to be a hands free light, as the device allows you to easily angle it to direct the light where you need it.  It uses 4 standard alkaline AA batteries (not included) that last 48 hours at Full Brightness.  There are also 2 clip-on filters:  Red for maintaining night vision, orange for a softer light.  Plus, it comes with a 4″x5″ acryllic Fresnel Magnifier for detail work that can be attached to the light in either vertical or horizontal position.

I hope you will check out this light at Kelly’s IHAN store.    I do think if you do much handwork you’d really fall in love with this light quickly.

Now, time to learn about how you can win a Bean n Read of your own. You can leave a comment on this post to be entered.  Quite simple.  As Kelly is the mastermind of this bloghop and giveaway she has also made arrangements to ensure that anyone, in any place of the world, can enter and win.  The ultimate winner will simply need to pay shipping costs.  And you can specify what shipment method you want (e.g. UPS, USPS, FedEx, etc). 

SewCalGal will randomly select the winner, from all the comments on this post, on Saturday., July 2nd.  This post will be updated to show the winner on the 3rd of July. 

Here is a list of all the blogs that are participating in this blog hop.  I hope you will take time to visit each of these blogs, as they will be sharing their insights on the Beam n Read Light, as well as hosting a giveaway for this light. Ten chances to win a Beam n Read light of your own, and each chance can have different terms & deadlines.

Visit the website for the Beam N Read light too, for more info on this cool product.

WINNER:  NinaLise Moen (Mrs. Moen)
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