Category: Hoffman California Fabrics

One World QAL – Month #3 – Still Plenty of Time to Join the Fun

Today I want to share insights about the One World QAL, some fun quilty inspiration, as well as heighten awareness how you could win prizes, even if you are not stitching along in this QAL! Let me clarify, you can participate in this QAL as a viewer, or as a quilter. Keith Phillips (Quilt Fusion) and Kim Jamieson-Hirst (Chatterbox Quilts) are hosting this event and doing an absolutely great job!

First, I’d like to hear from anyone who is following along the One World QAL?   Who is stitching?  Who is simply following?  Who is interested?  Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what ever you think.

Did I mention you can win prizes, even if you are not actively stitching?  Yes, the One World QAL isn’t just a fun QAL, but also a way to win amazing prizes.  Participating quilters, as well as registered viewers will have a chance to win prizes. Click here for a list of prizes and more info.

 But I can honestly say this QAL is much more fun if you are making this project and it really is super easy.  Even though Month #3 kicks off today, it is still plenty of time to join.


This event is hosted by Keith Phillips (QuiltFusion) and Kim Jamieson-Hirst (Chatterbox Quilts) and will run for seven months, where you’ll be able to create your own beautiful  One World quilt.

I had never used the “One Click” tool for ordering fabrics before.  But, I found it was really easy to use to order fabrics for this kit from Batiks Plus.  You can order all of the fabrics, or pull from your stash for all, shop locally, or use a mix.   I bought some fabric locally, some came from my stash, and I found it really easy to order the remainder.  And, those that I ordered from Batiks Plus all arrived in individual bags, where the bag and the fabric had a label on it.  Excellent!


Plus Batiks Plus also sent me some extra fabric for free.


Participants in this QAL receive a block pattern every month, that has easy to follow instructions, a placement guide and applique’ shapes that do not need to be enlarged, and are well organized to help cut pieces with the same fabric, as appropriate.  And, for those that have electronic cutting machines SVG files are also available.

BLOCK ONE:  Here is my block vs the original block, by Keith.  I still need to add some small pieces to the trees.  I also plan to add fancy machine stitching, but want to wait to get a few more blocks finished before I begin to add such.


BLOCK TWO: Here is my block vs the original design, by Keith.  Don’t look too closely, as I made a few mistakes, including mixing up what fabrics I was supposed to use.  But I still love it.


BLOCK THREE (released Nov 15th) – I am certainly looking forward to making this block.  The monkey just sets off the whimsical design, in my perspective.


I’m finding great fun and inspiration via the Facebook group for this QAL (One World Quilt Along), which is open for anyone to join.  Here is a picture of the first two blocks, made by Susan Noren.  I love the colors and fabrics she selected.


Participants on this QAL also get access to  Quilt Fusion software, an online program that you get access to during this QAL.  I’ve found this software super easy and fun to use, as well as very versatile.  You can use it to customize the blocks in this QAL, as Keith did by adding a beautiful eagle to block 2 (show next to the original design):

To clarify, you can change the size, as well as add/remove applique’ shapes to any blocks in this QAL, as well as use many shapes provided in the software to create your own unique projects.  Plus, there is a large gallery of projects that you can use “as is” or modify to make it your own.  Here are just a few in the Quilt Fusion Gallery that caught my attention:


Plus, when you use the Quilt Fusion software to design, you can, with a simple click create a pattern that gives you full size templates, a full size placement guide, fabric requirements, as well as the option to use a one click feature to buy your fabrics at Batiks Plus.  And, subscribers to Quilt Fusion Software also receive a new Free Pattern every Friday via email.  I hope you too see a value in joining this QAL and/or being a Quilt Fusion subscriber.  I certainly do.

Check out the Quilt Fusion website to learn more about this easy to use and highly creative software:

You can find more on One World at:


You can find Quilt Fusion at:

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You can find Chatterbox Quilts at:


Fall Quilt Market – Things Attendees Should Not Miss

Quilt Market is a trade show for those in the business, held twice a year.  It is a great opportunity for quilt and sewing shops to learn about new products and place their orders, as well as learn how to use new products and take professional classes.  It also offers an opportunity for professional networking with others in the business.  Today I want to share some highlights that I recommend attendees to not miss:



Before you go to market, be sure to download the FREE Quilt Market Event App on the App Store of Google Play!


AURIFIL  (booth #1924)

Don’t miss the Premier Schoolhouse Session, Aurifil Unwound! Take a peek behind the scenes of this Italian family company and see their new fine and thin 8wt threads. The first 1300 enrolled Schoolhouse attendees to pick up their printed catalogue will also receive an AURIFIL Swag Bag. Friday, Oct. 28 at 10:00 AM in Ballroom C at Quilt Market in Houston.




ME & YOU, BY HOFFMAN (booth #1900/01)

This refreshing new brand of fabric, by Hoffman, has their first guest designer of indah batiks, Melissa Averinos who will be in their booth, to show what she has been working on.


MARTINGALE (booth #2126, 2127)

There will be beautiful quilts and other handmade items on display, as well as the ability to check out new books in Martingale’s booth.  And you’ll get a chance to meet the authors of many of their new books.


PATRICK LOSE (booth #1546)

Patrick is introducing new pre-cut assortment collections and new fabrics.


Quilt Market attendees can take a selfie next to this sign and share on Instagram or Facebook for a chance to win a bundle of this new line of fabric.

ISLAND BATIK (booth #746)

Be sure to check out their new batiks, as well as meet Leah Day, a Master Free-Motion Quilter, designer and teacher.



You’ll find many new creative books in the booth for  Landauer Publishing.  But don’t miss an opportunity to meet Wendy Sheppard, an amazing quilter, designer, author and teacher will be signing books:

  • Oct 29 – 4 to 5 pm Landauer Demo and Book Signing at Landauer’s booth
  • Oct 30 – 9:30 to 10:30am Landauer Demo and Book Signing at Landauer’s booth.
    You can also find Wendy, Oct 28 – 2:50 to 3:05pm My 2 Cents on Domestic Machine Quilting (Quilt Market Schoolhouse, Room 352A)

LUNCH BOX QUILTS (booth #2437)

Angie has so many creative designs and will also be showcasing new designs at market.

TIMELESS TREASURES (booth #1314, 15)

Be sure to check out all the new fabric lines from Timeless Treasures.  I think they also have the best collection of whimsical prints that I’ve ever seen.  Each line is packed with #CreativeGoodness that would be so much fun to create with.


Don’t forget that there are a variety of excellent classes, for those in the business to help them build their business skills and network.   Check out:


  • #102 – How to develop a whizbang staff, with Bob Negen, WhizBang! Training
  • #200 – Secrets of running a successful business for 34 years, with Anita Covert, PhD and Ann Covert Fuller, Country Stitches
  • #211 – How to create the experience, with Deb Luttrell, Stitchin’ Heaven
  • #513 – Successful retailing is no accident – why some shops fail and others succeed, with Alex Anderson and & Kay Brooks, RNK Distributing/Floriani

For a complete list of classes and events:


Lastly, I want to encourage everyone to check out the new Sulky Iron-on Transfer Pen (Sulky Booth #1035, 47).  I predict this pen is going to become very popular, as word gets out for all the creative possibilities you can do with it.  Definitely  check it out at Market.  I’ll also be sharing insights about this pen in the near future.



You can find International Quilt Market at:


I will also be following many on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and blogs, who will be at Market and I’ll share highlights, as appropriate.   I hope you’ll follow me, to learn about new products and more.  Attending Market virtually is not as exhausting as being their.

Sneak Peeks of New Fabrics from Hoffman This Spring

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Hoffman also announced on Facebook, that they are introducing SUPERNOVA designed by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero. These amazing Hoffman Spectrum Digital prints are so versatile-use as a background for your next appliqué project or cut them up-either way they look beautiful! #hoffmanspectrumdigital


They also have new Hexie Precuts that come in two flavors: mix of solids and batiks  – each has 40 8 inch hexagons perfect for triangles , diamonds, tumblers and exaggerated flying geese.

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And beautiful precut “poppies” – Twenty 2 1/2 inch strips .


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But the Hoffman team is busy preparing for Spring Market, so it will be awhile before we get to learn more about all their yummy new fabrics.  Right now they are cutting up these beautiful rolls of fabric for samples.  Are you wondering if they need any help?

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For those attending Spring Quilt Market, be sure to visit Hoffman California Fabrics in booth #2501 to see all their yummy fabrics.  And, for those not able to attend, don’t forget to let your local quilt shop/store owners know that when attending Market they should pop into the Hoffman booth and order plenty of scoops (bolts) of yummy Hoffman fabrics.

Spring Quilt Market
May 20-22, 2016
Classes begin May 19
Salt Palace Convention Center
100 W. Temple Salt Lake City, Utah, USA  84101

Don’t forget to use hashtag #quiltmarket to share/follow what is happening during market.

You can find Hoffman at:


Road to California Quilt Conference and Show 2016 – Part 3 – Marketplace – Hoffman California Fabrics and a Giveaway



Road to California has come up with a way for guests at the show to meet and ask questions directly with top manufacturers in the quilting industry.  It also gives the wholesales a chance to meet their buying public face-to-face, share their techniques, and introduce with is up and coming in their product line.  “Market Place” is a special event that is open throughout the show.

One of the businesses at Market Place this year, was Hoffman California Fabrics.


Hoffman had a very inviting booth with gorgeous quilts all showing off new fabrics and designs.


Did you know you can view their latest fabrics via their online catalog?  This is a great way to plan projects.  Of course, if you don’t find these fabrics in your favorite quilt shop, let them know you are interested in having them available in their shop.

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing their new fabrics and kits, of which I want to share a few highlights with you today:

New “Sew into It” kits, which include fabric and pattern,to make a completed project.  This new kit comes as a complete kit to make a beautiful quilt, but the approach is to join others and stitch this out as a BOM program.  Be sure to talk with your favorite quilt shop to see if they will be offering this as a stand alone kit for sale, or by way of a BOM program.  I will keep everyone posted if this kit will also be offered as a virtual BOM, which would also be great fun.




Hoffman is helping to celebrate the Centennial of the US National Parks, with the introduction of a new fabric line of handpainted watercolor artwork by their Senior Textile Artist Hue Nguyen.


The new Hoffman Challenge 2016 is co-sponsored with Aurifil, who has also donated some amazing thread bundles for prizes, in addition to the normal cash prizes. Focal fabrics are digitally printed gorgeous prints. And they also have a new challenge category “Home Decor”, with a kitchen theme for the 2016 challenge (e.g. think table toppers, and anything you could create with these fabrics for your kitchen).  For more info on the 2016 Hoffman Challenge: 




Hoffman has released new Bali Batiks and Bali Watercolors for the 2016 Row by Row experience.  And, there is a fun and whimsical ROW pattern, designed by Jamie Fingal, the Rebel Quilter and Hoffman signature textile artist.  Shops that order these fabrics will also be giving complimentary row patterns, to provide customers, so be sure to let your favorite quilt shops know you’d like them to carry these new Hoffman fabrics, as well as participate in the Row by row event.

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They have many  new free patterns available on their website.  One of my favorites is Wish you were here in Rome, by Wendy Sheppard




You can find Hoffman at:




Thanks to Hoffman, I have six bundles of 5″ charm packs, of new Hoffman fabrics, all from their Winter 2016 collections, to giveaway to my followers:


One each of these fabric charm packs, will each go to six lucky winners.

To enter, followers can use the Rafflecopter Form below where you can claim one or more entries, keeping in mind it really only takes one entry to win, but as there are those that like to increase their odds, I’ve included a variety of options to enter.

I also want to recognize and thank Elizabeth (Libby) Hemming and Pat E, as  Postage Angels.  They  donated money to help supplement postage expenses for prizes that QuiltShopGal needs to  ship directly to winners in 2016.  Postage Angels are still eligible to enter any giveaway/contest hosted by QuiltShopGal and have the same odds of randomly being selected to win, as non-Postage Angel participants.


do want to clarify, as announced earlier this year, due to continuing postage rate increases, International winners will not receive free shipping in 2016.  If they wish to enter a giveaway and claim their prize they will need to donate $20 US, as a Postage Angel.  If actual postage is greater QuiltShopGal will pay the difference and if it is less, the extra funds are placed in a postage expense account, to help supplement expenses for future shipping of prizes.   Sadly, the US Post Office just raised rates 5% AGAIN this week.


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If you have a giveaway that you’d like to increase awareness of, feel free to post a direct link with giveaway description in the comments below.  For those on Facebook, feel free to share on my page:

#SummerCamp: Fabric and Designs by Jamie Fingal for Hoffman Fabrics

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Welcome to another #SummerCamp event.  Today I’m delighted to showcase beautiful fabrics and fun projects designed by Jamie Fingal for Hoffman California Fabrics.  These free patterns that are perfect for teaching kids raw edge applique, but there are endless opportunities for #kidfriendlyprojects packed with creativity, encouragement and fun.  

Jamie Fingal is a frequent contributor to Quilting Arts magazine and a popular instructor at various quilt festivals and artists’ retreats. She is also a fabric designer for Hoffman California Fabrics.


Her first line of fabric was “Home is where your story begins”, which can still be found in various stores., The Fig Leaf, Nancy J’s, Love Quilting,  and eBay, but definitely check your favorite quilt shops to see if they still have any in stock of this lovely and whimsical fabric line.

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Her recent line is “Heart and Soul Sisters” which is a brilliant line with strong words of encouragement and inspiration.2015-03-25 19.52.36 2015-03-25 19.52.45 2015-03-25 19.53.06 2015-03-25 19.58.27 And her 3rd line of fabric was introduced at Spring Quilt Market called “Autumn For Birds” and will be appearing in quilt shops this summer.

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Jamie has created several free patterns and tutorials for her fabric:

This cute whimsical house art wall quilt can be found atalso has a free tutorial at We All Sew

Brave Bold Girl is a free pattern to make adorable and inspirational wallhangings.  And it is a free downloadable pattern from Jamie for her Heart and Soul collection, from Hoffman.

brave bold girl pattern by jamie fingal for Hoffman California Fabrics


The Autumn for Birds pattern makes a 38″x49″ wallhanging that is beautiufl.  And this free pattern can be downloaded from the Hoffman website.

autumn is for birds by Jamie Fingal for Hoffman California Fabrics

Jamie also shared photos with me of other projects she has made using her Heart and Soul Sisters fabric line:


{above} Flags 5″x9″ that Jamie made for every dream job on the fabric line.


{above} Heart Garland made for Pokey Bolton, for her ground breaking ceremony in Napa.!cid_ii_ianwwm7t1_14dd346f3484ef9b

{above} Gift made for a friend, which measures 10″ square.

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{above} Jamie’s version of a nine-patch made with two colorways of squares and black and white stripe


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{above} ​Paper dolls. Die cuts, made with the Heart and Soul Sisters line. Made a great garland.

And Jamie also suggests making using Heart and Soul Sisters fabric to teach kids to sew by learning to make pillowcases.  Another great activity for our virtual summer camp for kids!  Personally, I think what ever you create, with any of Jamie’s fabric lines, would be delightful.  But definitely more fun to use these brilliant and whimsical prints to teach kids to sew and be creative.  Of course, I’m partial to the bold and encouraging words incorporated with these fabric lines.

Jamie also teaches a variety of fun and creative workshops that you may want to check out. You may want to let your Quilt Guild Events Coordinator and your local Quilt Shop know that you are interested in having Jamie teach a workshop in your area.  You can also find her teaching at many major quilt shows.  Here is a link to her current list of workshops:



I hope you find inspiration with Jamie’s fabric, patterns and design ideas and want to create something with kids, or have your kids create something on their own.  

Want to know how to join #SummerCamp?

Everyone is welcome to join #SummerCamp, but there have been a few changes due to lack of participation.  To clarify, we’d love to have you participate but we no longer have a linky party to join, nor will there be prizes awarded at the end of this event.  Participants are asked to share what they create on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram and use the Hashtag #SummerCamp.

Here is a list of links to previous posts for our virtual #SummerCamp  (note: I’m investigating how to modify this widget as it only shows the most recent ten vs all posts.  You can do a search on “#SummerCamp” to find all posts in this series):


2015 Spring Quilt Market Sneak Peek (Part 2): New Fabrics, Threads and Needles

Prior to Quilt Market, Fabric companies and designers work to get new designs ready to share at Market.  This is the best opportunity for store owners and buyers to place orders for their stores, as they get to see all of the fabrics in one place, as well as many quilt samples that use these fabrics.

Being a buyer must be an overwhelming job given so many beautiful choices.  While I can’t share with you today all the new fabrics (or inspirational sample quilts), I did want to share some sneak peeks with you.  I definitely want to encourage all Market attendees to pop by these Fabric companies to check out there new lines.  Here are a few teasers of what will be shared at Market.

 TIMELESS TREASURES  – booth #2618/2619

New fabric lines will be introduced from Judy & Judel Neimeyer, Daniela Sount, Chong-a Hwang and Alice Kenedy, and they are debuting two new sub brands, one called Tribeca.  They all look lovely here are three of their new batiks coming soon and three of the new fabric line by Judy & Judel Neimeyer.


HOFFMAN CALIFORNIA CABRICS  – booth #booth #1632/1633


“Made to Inspire” fabrics , including the digital print Skylines will be showcased at Market.


(below) This gorgeous sample quilt, made with “Made to Inspire” fabrics, by Jamie Fingal will be on display in the Hoffman booth.


New batik kits that can be fused and pieced using easy raw edge applique. Designs by Vanessa Stevens.

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Forest Friends, by Connie Haley


New Hoffman “Halo” batiks and more will be showcased.


ISLAND BATIK – booth #2100/2201

A large collection of new batiks and Designer patterns will be showcased.  I’ll be sharing more insights soon, but you can actually get a good view of their new products from this online catalog:

AURIFIL – Booth #1133

Is introducing many new thread collections, including a beautiful collection by Kate Spain called Elements.

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Introducing a new Microtex 60/8 needle, which is the first time the titanium coating has been applied to on the Microtex system (extends the life of a needle 6-8 times).


Here are a few more tips on things to remember to bring to Quilt Market:

– a couple of small ziplocks can come in handy when it is time to pack.  They also help to store business cards you pick up, as well as other small items.

– comfy shoes.  Bring a couple of different pairs of comfy shoes so you are not wearing the same shoes every day, to give your feet variety to help prevent sore and tired feet.  If you haven’t yet tried the Oofa sandals you may want to give them a try. Amazing cushion and support.

Here is a list of links to previous posts pertaining to Quilt Market:

Hoffman California Fabrics, Quilt Market and More #CreativeGoodness

Every year, Hoffman California Fabrics introduces new fabrics several times, throughout the year.  They also showcase designers that create new designs that showcase their fabrics.

Many of us love to create with “new” designs and fabrics, as well as find inspiration through new fabrics and designs.  Needless to say, we get excited when we learn about new fabrics, new designs, and even better, when we see these new products when we shop.

Most of us learn about new products, as they appear in our favorite quilt shops.  Some store owners and buyers are able to attend Quilt Market, where they get to learn about new products and designs during these trade shows.

There are also some very lucky people that get to attend tours of Hoffman California Fabrics, where they can see the latest fabrics, complete fabric lines, learn about how designs are created and the process for making fabrics. Tours can typically be scheduled for groups of 20+, when a group coordinator can schedule such a tour with Hoffman. Attendees of the annual Road to California Quilt Conference and Show can also sign up for a bus tour that takes them on an amazing tour of Hoffman, every January.

But for those that can’t attend such a tour, I thought you may enjoy this video created by Hoffman that shares insights about these tours:


If you are using a MAC, or have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link where you can watch this video directly in Youtube:

For those that will be attending Spring Quilt Market (May 15-17), I hope you’ll visit the Hoffman booth #1632.  You’ll get an opportunity to see many new lines of fabrics, as well as some special kits and fabric bundles that they’ve created, all of which I think will be very popular with quilters.


I wish I could share insights with you on all of these new products, but I’ve promised to not share too early.  All I can say is that they are wonderful.  And, I want to encourage my followers to let their favorite quilt shop know that they really need to visit the Hoffman booth at Spring Market. I think they’ll be thrilled with all the #CreativeGoodness that Hoffman is releasing this Spring.


Sneak Peek:  Hoffman has created some super fun and creative “Open & Sew” kits, which include fabric and pattern,to make a completed project, perfect to decorate your home or give as a gift.


Spring Quilt Market 

International Quilt Market

May 15-17, 2015


Ok, another  sneak peak:  In addition to new fabric bundles there will be new kits and new designs shared at Spring Market.11163739_867207269992275_997701416006067214_n

The “rex zephyr” quilt is based on the for-purchase pattern Lullaby Lane by Sassafras Lane Designs that shows off new digital print fabric Forest Friends by Connie Haley

I hope to share more sneak peeks with you about Spring Quilt Market, as I can. Spying is a challenging task as many “in the business” have such new items highly secured.  Rumor has it James Bond is even helping to keep these new product secured and secret till the big reveal at Market.

You can find Hoffman at:



You can find International Quilt Market at:

Holiday Blog Blitz – Wishing you a very Merry Christmas – Recipe Sharing

Today, SewCalGal is hosting a Holiday Blog Blitz to wish you a very Merry Christmas.  All of the participating blogs will also be sharing a free holiday recipe with you, so I hope you’ll take time to hop and have fun too!

I’ll confess I got a late start on my baking this year.  I do enjoy holiday baking and sharing with family and friends, especially those that may be unable to do any baking of their own.  While I’m still doing more baking today, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite and easiest recipes that I like to make during the holidays:

Years ago I fell in love with the Oatmeal Cranberry Cookie recipe, that is on the package for dried cranberries (Craisins Brand).  The recipe “as is” is excellent, but I have made a few changes:

Jalepeno Artichoke dip is a tasty and versatile snack that is good served with crackers cold, or as a hot dip.  I like applying it to a Boboli Pizza crust and baking for a yummy appetizer.  When in a hurry this also works for purchased Jalepeno Artichoke dip, but this is the recipe I’ve been using to make my own dip (spread on a Boboli).

You have brought great happiness and inspiration to me this past year and I am truly grateful.  I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and for those celebrating Hanukkah, I wish for you a very Happy Hanukkah.  And, I wish all of us a Happy Holiday and a very Happy and Healthy New Year that is also filled with peace, happiness, kindness and, of course,  #CreativeGoodness.

Here is the line up of participants in this Holiday Blog Blitz, where you can get a yummy holiday recipe at each stop in this hop.  I’ve seen a few sneak peaks on the recipes and they really are yummy.  So, click thru, hop, and enjoy #HolidayGoodness.  

Stitch This (Martingale)

Leah Day – The Free Motion Quilting Project

The Electric Quilt Company (Behind The
Mouse – The Electric Quilt Blog)

Marjorie Busby (Blue Feather Quilt Studio) –

Wendy Sheppard  (Ivory Spring) –

Barb of Bejeweled Quilts by Barb –

Bea Lee (Beaquilter) –

Inchworm Fabrics –

Hoffman California Fabrics – Creative Canvas blog 
Also, you may have already seen ad on the internet for Sainsbury, but it caught my heart and I wanted to share it with you today:

If you are on a MAC or having problems viewing this embedded video, here is link where you can watch it directly in Youtube:

Lastly, I do hope you find time to truly enjoy the holiday season with family and friends and don’t allow it to become an overwhelming season.  Low key, simple holidays can be fun and remind us what any holiday celebration is all about.


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Giveaway Day – Pink Sand Beach Designs and Hoffman California Fabrics

SewMamaSew is hosting another Giveaway Day today and SewCalGal is happy to be able to participate.  You may be visiting my blog for the first time, or coming back by way of the linky party of giveaways on SewMamaSew.  Either way, Welcome.

I’m currently hosting weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky parties for bloggers and non-bloggers to share and inspire all sorts of creativity, relative to the theme of the week.  And, they’ll periodically be prizes for participants.  Of course I also host quite a few sponsored giveaways for followers and some for non-followers, throughout the year.  And next year, I’ll be hosting the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge, with a new challenge released on the lst of each month.  I’ll be sharing insights about this challenge the end of the month and I hope it will be fun for those new to free-motion quilting, as well as those with expertise in FMQ.

While some that participate in the SewMamaSew Giveaway Day will offer a handmade prize, the purse I’m making isn’t quite ready to share.  But I came up with a close 2nd to a finished handmade purse as a prize.
 I thought this would be a great opportunity to give a shout out to a wonderful design house, Pink Sand Beach Designs.  They have a large collection of beautiful bags and totes, with easy to follow instructions.

As I’m currently  making the Bermuda Bag, with Hoffman Batiks.  This versatile bag design looks great in a variety of fabrics, but it is designed to utilize 2 1/2″ strips.

With 7 different 2 1/2″ strips, interfacing, notions, zipper and some complimentary fabric for the outside and inside, you can create a stunning bag uniquely yours.
You may want to use Indigo Blue Batiks.
Or bright batiks.
Maybe browns and black batiks.

Soothing greens and blue batiks.

Cheerful batiks, or any fabric colors and prints that catch your interest.

The Bermuda Bag is a fun and fast bag that looks great in an endless variety of fabric combinations.
Did I Mention A Giveaway ?
SewCalGal has purchased an extra copy of the Bermuda Bag pattern to share with one lucky winner. I will also provide the winner with  7 – 2 1/2″ strips of Hoffman Batiks, cut from my personal stash, in the winner’s choice of the following color palettes:
– Green, Blue, Purple, Pink (close to the fabrics shown on the pattern cover)
– Green, Blue, Purple
– Blue, Purple
– Pinks, Browns
– Browns, Blacks
This giveaway is open to anyone world-wide.  Simply leave a comment on this post, telling me which color bundle of 7 – 2 1/2″ strips of Hoffman Batiks you would like to use to make this bag.  I will randomly select a winner on December 12th and I’ll notify them by email, as well as update this post to announce the lucky winner.
UPDATE:  Congratulations to the lucky winner – Terry.

Check out my page labeled ” Giveaways and Contests” to learn more about various opportunities to win prizes.

You can find Pink Sand Beach Designs at:

You can find Hoffman at:


December Linky Party – Make It A Handmade Christmas Challenge

The goal of the Handmade Christmas Challenge has been to encourage #CreativeGoodness by making handmade throughout the year, to be able to decorate your home for the holidays, as well as give as gifts.  

But, as many creative people are busy, it is easy to understand that some people may just now be working on making such handmade items, whereas others may have oodles of handmade items completed.  Either way, this is all about having fun and inspiring others with creative ideas for giving handmade and decorating your home with handmade.  And we hope those that don’t have time to make handmade will still have fun and find inspiration.

This is our last Linky Party for this challenge and everyone is invited to join the fun.  You can share everything you’ve made in 2014 that you plan to use to decorate your home, or give as Holiday gifts, including items that you may have recently made.

Christmas is now a few weeks away, but there is still plenty of time to make a handmade item and join this challenge,  where the Linky Party this month will be open through December 10th.  There are over 70 prizes that will be awarded to those that participate in this Linky Party, as well as those that participated in one or more Linky Parties this year for this challenge.  The more events you participated in the more chances you have to win prizes.  In randomly awarding winners, I’ll also be looking at all the entries to look for those that have shared a tutorial along the way, those that may have created the most unique handmade holiday item, possibly those that have made the most handmade items, or the largest.  Winners will be announced between December 16-25th and in keeping with the spirit of this challenge, there will be some surprises in how winners are selected, but most will be randomly selected based on simply entering the challenge and making handmade items that fit with our holiday theme in 2014.


SewCalGal wants to recognize and thank all the sponsors that have generously donated prizes for the Make It A Handmade Christmas Challenge.  Click here for a complete list of prizes that will be randomly awarded to participants of these monthly challenges, in December.


How do you enter?  Make handmade  gifts for the holidays or decorations for your home for the holidays, anytime in 2014 and enter in any of the monthly challenges for a chance to win prizes.   Bloggers and non-bloggers can participate and you can make your items anytime throughout the month, but you can only share what you make one time in one monthly challenge.  The exception is with this challenge, you are encouraged to also share a photo that shows ALL of the items you have handmade for the holidays in 2014 and hopefully you will provide a count in your blog post or flickr description that you link to in this linky party.    You may have made just 1 item, 10, 20, 100 or tbd items, but share a photo showing all, photos of what you’ve recently made, and how many handmade items you’ve made for the holidays in 2014.  

Rules to enter this challenge:

While there are many sponsors and many wonderful prizes for those that enter in one or more of the monthly Linky Parties in the Handmade Christmas Challenge, that are open to quilters worldwide, as SewCalGal will be shipping this particular prize to the lucky winner and currently has limited funds for shipping prizes, the winner of this bundle will need to be a US resident. 

1) Projects need to be made in 2014 (they do not need to be made during the 10 day window of a a given monthly linky party.  But they need to be something you made for a Christmas gift or to decorate your home for the holidays.  Please do not enter projects that you giveaway throughout the year, or previous holidays as that doesn’t bring you good quilting kharma!

2) You can enter one or more completed projects, but your linky needs to be in a current post (or non-bloggers can upload their photos and provide a link to a view able line tool like PhotoBucket, Flickr, etc.).   note:  Future challenges will require you to use only Flickr.  Click here to see a tutorial for using flickr.

3) Participants are asked to include comments in their post that share insights on the design(s) they use, any tips they wish to share, and if they made something with their own design they may wish to share a tutorial.  Your help to encourage others to make handmade gifts, throughout the year to give as gifts or to decorate their home, is appreciated.  And, of course, you can also inspire others by sharing your projects, providing tips and tutorials, as well as recognizing the source of the design for your project, should others be interested in making it too!

4) Bloggers are asked to include in their post information that that shows they have taken the “Pledge to make handmade Christmas Gifts in 2014” and are participating in this challenge.  It would be appreciated if you would encourage others to also participate, or at least come look at all of the entries each month, as hopefully we’ll inspire other quilters and increase awareness of designs, tips, tutorials to help make beautiful Christmas gifts and decorations.  Your blog post also needs to be dated during the period of this linky party (do not link to old posts).

This linky party will be open thru the 10th of  this month, to give participants plenty of time to enter this monthly challenge. If you are not familiar with how to use a linky click here for a tutorial.
For blogger participants that are interested in posting a badge, the badge code can be found on the main page for this event.  Thank you!
Let’s not forget the spirit of this challenge is to make handmade gifts for Holidays or decorations for the holiday season, throughout the year.  We also hope to help increase awareness of designs, free patterns, tutorials and other products that help to make such products. And, your help in inspiring others to make handmade for Christmas is appreciated.  PR Angels are also appreciated.

If you have questions for this Challenge, please read the FAQ.

In some cases an UFO that is finished in 2014 may count, when a good part of it is worked on in 2014.  But those that are simply putting in a single stitch this year to count it as an entry  for this challenge will not have good kharma.  Please strive to adhere to the intent of this challenge…..Make Handmade in 2014 for Christmas gifts and decorations for the 2014 Holiday season!

Winners will be announced between December 16th-25th!


Visit the main page for this event, by clicking here, to see a complete  list of prizes. While many prizes are open to quilters from around the world, some prizes will be shipped to US Only winners, where shipping costs are compliments of SewCalGal.  Non-US winners may pay for shipping costs, if they wish to receive such prizes.

Thank you to everyone that has participated in these monthly Linky Parties.  There have been many wonderful handmade items that have been shared that are inspirational gifts, as well as some great tutorials.  SewCalGal has also received a tutorial by a non-blogger who handmade some lovely jewelry and I hope to have that tutorial posted here, on my blog, this week.

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