Category: InchWorm Fabrics

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)http://blog.shopmartingale.com/quilting-sewing/make-2015-the-year-of-the-art-quilt-sale/

Leah Day – The Free Motion Quilting Projecthttp://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/2014/12/holiday-recipe-blog-blitz.html

The Electric Quilt Company (Behind The
Mouse – The Electric Quilt Blog)
http://doyoueq.com/blog

Marjorie Busby (Blue Feather Quilt Studio) – http://b-quilts.com/blog/?p=5107

Wendy Sheppard  (Ivory Spring) – http://ivoryspring.wordpress.com/

Barb of Bejeweled Quilts by Barb – www.bejeweledquilts.blogspot.com

Bea Lee (Beaquilter) – www.beaquilter.com

Inchworm Fabrics – http://inchwormfabrics.blogspot.com

Hoffman California Fabrics – Creative Canvas bloghttp://creativecanvass.blogspot.com/ 
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWF2JBb1bvM

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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Precision Piecing: Curved Seams With Out Pins

quiltshopgal's favorite tutorialsQuiltShopGal wants every quilter to be comfortable stitching curved seams and achieves perfect piecing.  But, I realize for many of us that this doesn’t happen if we don’t practice. 


Ebony Love of LoveBug Studios demonstrates how to sew a drunkard’s path block without using pins, making this an excellent resource for anyone interested in learning/improving their piecing skills when working with curves.

Want to practice sewing curves with pre-cuts?  

 

Inchworm Fabrics accepts special orders where you could order curved pieces for the curved Drunkards Path with scrap fabrics to practice, or fabrics from Inchworm that you may want to use to make a baby quilt, table topper or a quilt.  Cutting services and fabrics are offered at an economical price, making this an excellent opportunity for those that want to work on their precision piecing skills with curved seams.

 

 You can find Ebony Love at:

http://lovebugstudios.com

 

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Holiday Shopping

Last year, about this time, I compiled a list of products that I thought would make great Christmas gifts.  This year, I decided to do some research on Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping for quilting, sewing and embroidery enthusiasts, as well as share insights on some products that I think would make great Christmas gifts.

I believe most everyone is aware that Black Friday (sometimes Green Friday) is a term used to refer to the point in the year where merchants typically feel they are now profitable and Cyber Monday is a day where online sales tend to be at their highest point of the year, at least in the US.  No matter what the definition is, this window tends to be the busiess shopping days of the year.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any Market Research to determine how this all applies to businesses focused on quilting, sewing or embroidery.  So, I set out to do some research on my own and much of this post shares insights with you about some Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales that you might be interested in.

Warning:  This is a long list, but I do think it is worthy of checking.  And, I’ve also included a list of my recommendations for Christmas gifts to quilting friends (or yourself).

Martingale & Company is going to be offering an amazing Black Friday deal to their email subscribers. So if you’re not signed up yet, go to their website and sign up now so you don’t miss out!”   You also get a coupon for 30% off your next purchase, when you sign up for their newsletter.

Quilted in Clay is having a 20% off sale for any order over $40.  Sale good only for the four days after Thanksgiving!

Cozy Quilt Shop  Has  a variety of specials throughout Black Friday/Cyber Monday.  One current special is for a free Mary Ellen’s Best Press Gift Set with any $100 purchase, or buy for $10 with a $50 purchase, while supply lasts.
Black Friday:
1. Quilt Sale! They will be selling many sample quilts that they can’t use anymore. Give them a quilt for Christmas. Only you will know you didn’t make it!
2. Morning sale. From 9:30am-noon we will offer our now-famous coupon draw. Top savings include 20% off of your fabric, 40% off all your fabric off the bolt, 30% off your entire purchase (excluding machines), or the coveted 20% off your fabric for an entire year!
3. Noon Sale. From noon -3pm, we will have all Fall Fabric 60% off (1 yard minimum.)
4. Afternoon Sale: 3pm-5:30pm. 35% off Christmas fabric sale (half yard minimum.)
5. They also have a Friday Night Fever Sit and Sew with a special focus on making stockings for soldiers. We’ll have an early start at 3pm… $20. Includes dinner and people can sew until 10pm!

All Weekend (including Friday!)
1. Double Santa Points
2. Every $10 you spend gets you a ticket to win your own Christmas present*. Prizes include
a. A stained glass Christmas applique wall-hanging.
b. A very fun polka dot sewing machine carrier.
c. A $30 gift certificate.
*Need not be present to win. Winners will be drawn and notified on Monday, Nov 29
3. Bernina offers:  · Bernina Buy Back… let us buy back your older Bernina and get great savings on a new Bernina.   25% off any single BERNINA item of your choice (up to $499).   Cozy Gift Pack with any $500 software or sewing machine. Gift pack includes
a. automatic top tier Santa Points savings which is 30% off everything you can stuff in a giant red shopper bag.
b. 20% off your fabric off the bolt for an entire year.
c. Thread and fat quarter starter pack (the higher the machine the better the pack).
note:  they have had some sever issues this week, so do check back to get to their site if you have problems today.

Quilters Paradise
Will have a 25% off sale on Friday, Saturday & Sunday after Thanksgiving, for all non-sale items (fabric, notions, books, patterns, kits, etc.).   Unfortunately, for those not living in So. Cal. this sale is only good for items in their store (and currently in stock).  Sale does not apply online.  They are located at:  1451 Monteil Road, Ste 140, Escondido, CA  92026  (760) 738-9877.

Rosies Calico Cupboard
Black Friday sale:  25% off Christmas Fabric, embroidery software, fleece, all shirts and more.  $1 fat Quarters. Be sure to visit their famous Holiday boutique.  7151 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA  92115

Fons & Porter is having a Black Friday sale with many kits and other items at a great sales price.

I Have a Notion has an special opportunity.  With every purchase on Friday, Saturday & Sunday after Thanksgiving, your name will be placed into a hat for a drawing of a special surprise gift.  This mystery prize will have a $50 value.  And, SewCalGal knows Kelly always has great giveaways, excellent customer service, wonderful notions, and amazing prices.  All perfect stocking stuffers and Christmas gifts too…but see my list below of recommended Christmas gifts for more insight.

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 Fabricworm is running a special on Cyber Monday.  They will be giving away this cute Moda Home Apron, called “birds the word apron”, to the first 20 customers to spend over $100 on Monday 11/29 beginning at 6am PST.

JoAnn’s has a great after Thanksgiving sale for many products in their store and online.  AccuQuilt GO! for $199.  And, they will have all die cutting machines and accessories will be 40% off. I’m hoping this means the AccuQuilt dies will also be 40% off.  {I sent them a message, but have not received a reply} Gingher 2-pc scissor gift set for $29.99 (reg $59.99).  Slice Cordless Design Cutter $49.99 (reg $149.99), entire stock of lighting 50% off, and Olfa rotary cutters and blades are $6.99 each (reg $15.99 and $19.99 ea).

Patrick Lose Studios is having a special sale on Cyber Monday.  It is a surprise, but I hope you’ll go visit his online store to see what it is.

AccuQuilt is having a Black Friday Sale that ends on Cyber Monday, November 29th.  Also, be sure to check out their daily deals with something unique every day of the year.

Zundt Designs (Machine Embroidery) has a Black Friday sale, thru Sunday,  November 28th. you get a 20% discount  on all items excluding Adorations and gift certificates.  During the checkout process, enter the code ‘Thanksgiving 2010’ (no quotes).  into the ‘Coupon & Gift Codes’ area. Then click on ‘Redeem Coupon’ button and when checkout is completed you’ll receive the Thanksgiving discount.This discount includes all items except Adorations volumes 1 thru 6 and gift certificates.

Flamingo Island Designs has 25% off the entire store, including sale items.  Sale prices are good thru Sunday, November 28th.  Enter this code at check out:  25 from Floozie

Prairie Home Quilts has 10% off in their store from Black Friday thru Cyber Monday.

MyEmbroideries.com has 75% off EVERYTHING on Black Friday (11/26).  Enter code MyEmbNov2010 at checkout.

Fabrics N Quilts has a big sale going on with door busters from Black Friday thru Cyber Monday.

Fat Quarter Shop has a Black Friday sale for 20% off your purchase.  Code = BlackFriday needs to be entered at checkout.  Good thru Cyber Monday (11/29).

OTHER SALES YOU MAY WANT TO CHECK OUT:
Quilt in a Dayhas a great special on gift certificates.   Gift Certificate Promo valid until Dec. 25th, 2010. Valid for all United States and International customers.  They also have a Fall sale thru November 30th:  Quilt in a Day boks are 30-70% off, all patterns 25% off, notions 25% off, sale fabrics 25% off, rulers 30% off, jelly rolls layer cakes and honey buns 25% off, DVDs 30% off and more.  50% off international shipments of $100 or more (includes Hawaii and Alaska**

  PaperPieces.com has free shipping the week of Thanksgiving!

InchWorm Fabrics has 15% off their already low prices thru the end of November.

EmbroiderThis.com has free shipping from now from now through Sunday, November 28, 2010  This is a great source for blanks, as well as machine embroidery designs, for those that do machine embroidery.

Electric Quilt has 50% off their EQ6 companion books and selected software, which also work great for EQ7!

Fat Quarter Shop has some great sales going on.  They also have an extra special deal going on till Friday on their Facebook page.

Texas Quiltworks has 40% Off Online Coupon: re101117  Minimum fabric cut 1 yard.  Big saving on BERNINA in-stock accessories: Feet for older machines: 40% Off.  Feet for newer machines: 25% Off.  Remodel Sale ends November 27th

Pixies Rule  (KittyKitty Designs) has an amazing sale on ALL their machine embroidery designs $1, including their brand new design set for Christmas Cards..  Plus, they are having an amazing giveaway in November where some lucky winner will enjoy an EZ Lock serger.  SewCalGal definitely encourages machine embroiderers to visit Pixies Rule and to sign up for this amazing giveaway at KittyKitty Designs.

Pat Sloan has 20% off, or more, at her online store clearance page.  Sale prices good thru November 30th.

For those living in Southern California, Jenny’s Fabrics and M&L Fabrics has 20% off EVERYTHING, which their fabrics are already at amazing low prices.  Sale good November 26th thru December 9th.

NOT TO BE OVERLOOKED IDEAS FOR CHRISTMAS GIFTS

Rose of Sharon Note Cards by Martingale & Company are only $12 for 12 cards.  An amazing value and amazing beauty.

A beautiful handcrafted wooden box with a quilt motif, from QuiltBoxes.com would certainly make a spectacular gift and an heirloom treasure.

A subscription to The Quilt Show would certainly entertain, inspire and teach any quilter in 2011, making it a great gift.

Electric Quilt has a variety of software packages and books that I think any/all would make for great Christmas gifts.  I don’t feel you can go wrong with a gift of anything EQ related. And, EQ has some wonderful bundles for Christmas.

Amy Butler Software is also 25% off with code HOLIDAY10.

ME Designs would also make great Christmas gifts.Sarah Vedeler’s machine embroidery designs for the AccuQuilt GO! would certainly make a wonderful Christmas gift.  GO! BeDazzled designs stitch out beautifully.  SewCalGal has the new GO! Embroidery Applique Nature Collection, GO! Embroidery Shapes Collection, GO! Embroidery Baby Collection, and the GO! Embroidery Festive Collection on my wish list.

And remember homemade gifts, gifts from the heart, are always loved.

If you have any additional insights on Black Friday/Cyber Monday, or other recommendations for Christmas gifts, I’d love to hear your feedback.
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