Category: Landauer Publishing

Fast-Fold Hexies from Pre-cuts & Stash

Want to learn a super fun and fast way to make quilts with hexies?  How about making some innovative hexie designs?  Today, I’m going to share insights about a new book that was recently published by Landauer Publishing that is packed with #CreativeGoodness.

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Fast-Fold Hexies, by Mary M Hogan, was officially released at Spring Quilt Market!   Mary shares an innovated technique in this book, as well as some fun projects.

 

 

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

A new way to make hexies!

Quilt makers will be in awe of Mary M. Hogan’s newest innovation – fast-fold hexies! Just when you thought that there can’t be anything new beneath the hexagon quiltmaking sun, along comes a new and clever technique to make what quilters love easier and faster!

Hexagon quilts are certainly on-trend today, and have been around since the 1880s.   Quilters love their versatility because they are so adaptable to both modern and traditional designs.  Yet hexagon quilts can be challenging to piece, and so readers will rejoice at a new technique that streamlines the process.

Fast-Fold Hexies from Pre-cuts & Stash is a slender book jam-packed with how-to wisdom.  It takes readers through the step-by-step process to create each unit from a folded circle of fabric, inserting a hexagon-shaped piece of batting, and then adding another, smaller hexie on top to hide raw edges.  Quilters can sew by machine, or by hand when out and about.  The technique creates one complete hexie unit, and when you sew the units together, you get a two-sided quilt with no separate batting, backing or binding!

Readers will find the following in Fast-Fold Hexies from Pre-cuts & Stash:

  • 4 projects:  from a trivet to a lap quilt
  • Easy how-to and step-by-step: clear photography makes the hexie units’ construction a snap
  • Includes templates for fabric circles and hexagon-shaped batting
  • On-line links to coloring diagrams and additional projects!
  • 16 pages, only $12.95

MY REVIEW

Fast-Fold Hexies is a very innovative book with a great technique that is perfect for quilters of all levels, as well as easy to follow instructions on 4 creative projects.  When you consider the price of one stand alone pattern, the retail price on this book is an amazing value.

I hope you can check out this new book at your favorite quilt shop.  But, if you don’t see it, do let them know about it as it is such a new book they may not be aware of it.  Of course, you can also check this book at at Landauer Publishing , where you can also find a “look inside” this book. It is also available thru Amazon.

You can find Landauer Publishing at:

http://landauerpub.com/
http://quiltbooksandbeyond.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LandauerPublishing
https://www.youtube.com/user/LandauerPublishing
https://www.pinterest.com/landauerpub/

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.

 

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

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.

MY REVIEW:

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.

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DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

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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You can find Landauer Publishing at:

http://landauerpub.com/
http://quiltbooksandbeyond.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LandauerPublishing
https://www.youtube.com/user/LandauerPublishing
https://www.pinterest.com/landauerpub/

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.

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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.  

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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:  http://dianegaudynski.blogspot.com/

Day 4 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Landauer Publishing

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Welcome to day 4 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.

Books always make great gifts and who wouldn’t want to receive a new book that can help you be creative.  So, it is my delight to have Landauer Publishing as our sponsor today.  Before I share reveal what their amazing gift is, I want to share insights with you today about them, their books, as well as some great freebies and tutorials:

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Landauer Pub publishes a variety of books packed with #CreativeGoodness for quilting, sewing, embroidery and woodworking enthusiasts.  They also publish patterns, sell kits, tools & notions.  And, they have many free patterns and tutorials to help you learn and create.

Here are some of their new books that have caught my attention and I think would make a great gift:


Landauer also has a variety of Pocket Guide Reference/ mini books, that would make a great gift too!  Who wouldn’t want to find one of these in their Christmas Stocking?

Be sure to check out their Fall 2016 Catalog for a complete list of all their books, by clicking on this image.

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Did I Mention Freebies ?

Landauer Publishing has many wonderful patterns, which you can download for free.  They also have free Quilt Calendar Computer Wallpaper, as well as many excellent e:guides that you can download for free.  Here are a couple of their free patterns, which caught my attention, as I think they’d make great handmade gifts:

 

Beaded Earring Travel Case

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Eastern Star table runner

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I hope you’ll take time to check out their free video tutorials on Youtube.   They have a great series of videos for free-motion quilting, many on precision piecing, as well as a large number of videos to help you be creative.   

And, don’t overlook that Landauer Pub has a great deal going on for a “grab bag book sale“, where you can get 5 books for $25.

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DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

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Landauer Publishing is giving a wonderful prize, to one lucky winner.  They can keep it all, or decide to share with a quilting friend.

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The prize is a bundle of three books:

To enter, simply claim one or more options using the rafflecopter form below.  I’ll randomly select the lucky winner tomorrow.  I’ll send them an email to let them know, as well as update this post.   QuiltShopGal will be shipping this prize to the winner.  As I’ve recently shipped a number of prizes to international winners, I need to limit this prize to a US only resident.

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You can find Landauer Publishing at:

http://landauerpub.com/
http://quiltbooksandbeyond.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LandauerPublishing
https://www.youtube.com/user/LandauerPublishing
https://www.pinterest.com/landauerpub/

Lastly, don’t forget, Day #5 of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways comes tomorrow.

You can find prior posts for the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways at:

Countdown to Christmas – But First Comes 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways

 Who is counting down the days till Christmas?  I hope to get you in the mood, with 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways which will start on December lst.

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Are you wondering how this will work?  Very simple.  I have 12 fabulous sponsors who have donated amazing prizes that are still wrapped (aka a secret).  Each day, I’ll showcase a sponsor and reveal the prize.  You can enter to win a prize each day, but you’ll have to be quick, as you’ll only have one day to enter to win.  Mark your calendar, so that you don’t forget the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways starts December lst.  

Here is a lineup for the sponsors, showing the days that I’ll unwrap and reveal the prize they have generously donated.

 

Day 1 – Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio

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Day 2 – Marjorie Busby of Blue Feather Quilt Studio

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Day 3 – ASF Lightware Solutions/Beam N Read

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Day 4 – Landauer Publishing

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Day 5 – The Quilt Show

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Day 6 – Fat Quarter Shop

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Day 7 – Udderly Smooth/Redex

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Day 8 – Island Batik

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Day 9 – Aurifil

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Day 10 – The Electric Quilt Company

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Day 11 – The Fat Quarter Gypsy

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Day 12 – Martingale

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 note:  Many prizes will be open for International participants, but some will be open to US Only, or US/Canada winners due to postage expenses.  Rules will be reflected on each daily giveaway.

 

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

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

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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.

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HOFFMAN CALIFORNIA FABRICS (Booth #1901, 1904)

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.

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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.

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PATRICK LOSE (booth #1546)

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

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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.
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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.

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LANDAUER PUBLISHING (booth #646)

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.

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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:

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  • #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:  http://quilts.com/quilt-market-houston-classes-and-events.html

 

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.

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You can find International Quilt Market at:

http://quilts.com/market-info.html

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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.

Block Genius

Today, I’m happy to share insights on an excellent new book, that I believe can help you create endless possibilities of quilted items with #CreativeGoodness.

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Landauer Publishing has recently released “Block Genius” and I think the name of this book truly captures what is inside.

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PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

Block Genius: 201 Pieced Quilt Blocks With No Math Charts, by Sue Voegtlin

A block library to inspire and instruct quilters of all levels.

About the Book:

In one volume, quilters will find over 200 classic blocks that they can use to one their sewing skills, in block exchanges, or to create wonderful block sampler quilts.  In this impressive collection, the author organizes the blocks in groups of 2 x 2, 3 x 3, 4 x 4, and 6 x 6 grids with instructions and math provided for 6-, 9- and 12-inch blocks.  This book is a block library that will be quilt shops and quilters’ go-to source for reference, inspiration and instruction.

mosaic-13With the exception of a few that were designed by the author, the block designs are all nearly 100 years old.  Some designs are still sewn to this day.  Others deserve new recognition and use by today’s quiltrs.

  • A browser’s delight:  the photography provides color and fabric-choice inspiration to quilters, and each block’s evocative name recalls quilting’s rich history.
  • Clear instructions and expert advice:  exploded diagrams of each block make construction a snap without special rulers.  Tips on fabric selection, color choice, cutting, pressing, and sewing.
  • No math:  The author provides accurate dimensions for each cut so that quilters can easily size their blocks for 6- 9- or 12-inches.
  • Includes instructions on constructing half-square and quarter-square triangles, flying geese, square-in-a-squares and parallel blocks.
  • Contains No Match Charts for resizing blocks.
  • Four classic to contemporary setting suggestions

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About the author:

Sue Voegtlin has been Laundauer Publishing’s photographer since 2008 and has designed several quilts for our books.  She is an avid outdoorswoman and loves outdoor photography.  She is also a wonderful sewer, who began with garments, but graduated to the world of quilting when she came to Landauer, using our books to guide her.

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.

 

MY REVIEW:

This is an amazing new quilting book, truly perfect for quilters of all levels.  With 201 pieced block designs, each in three different sizes (6″, 9″ and 12″), it is an exceptional reference tool and one that can also help you easily create your own unique quilt designs.

The optional setting designs are all lovely, but I was particularly drawn to the Asymmetrical Setting, which I think enables creating stunning designs with a Modern Quilt style.  Possibilities are endless.

You’ll also find great visuals and instructions for cutting and assembly, plus plenty of “Good to Know” tips and techniques.  I hope you get a chance to check this book out at your favorite quilt shop.

maple-leaf-2 Don’t forget that if you don’t see it, you may want to let them know about it.  It is such a new book they may simply not be aware of it yet.  Of course, you can also check it out online at Landauer Publishing, or Amazon.

You can find Landauer Publishing at:

www.landauerpub.com
https://www.facebook.com/LandauerPublishing
https://www.youtube.com/user/LandauerPublishing
https://www.pinterest.com/landauerpub/

Easy-Sew Quilts For Urban Living

Today, I’m delighted to share insights on a fun new book, that I believe is packed with #CreativeGoodness.  I do want to disclose that I was given a copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review, as well as the ability to use it as a Giveaway or Prize, for an event hosted by QuiltShopGal.

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Easy-Sew Quilts for Urban Living: 9 Fresh, Fun Designs, by Joanie Holton & Melaniee Greseth for TailorMade by Design, published by Landauer Publishing is a refreshing new book, with designs that have a modern flare, that would help you make stunning quilts for your home, or for gifts.

 

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

The dynamic duo of TailorMade by Design have created 9 new, contemporary bed quilts to attract the millennial and fabric-addict alike.  The stylish quilts in Easy-Sew Quilts for Urban Living utilize fresh, modern fabric to create breath-taking bed quilts.  This new pattern book places an emphasis on fabric to find inspiration for piecing and quilting.

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Each quilt pattern includes piecing and applique’ instructions, as well as alternate color options.  Bold colors and prints attract a new audience to the quilting arena-the advanced beginner looking for an inspiring quilt pattern.  The larger fabric pieces and geometric designs make these patterns easy to cut, stitch and quilt!

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Joanie Holton of Farmington, MN and Melanie Greseth of Peoria, IL inherited their love of sewing from their mother.  Their company, TailorMade by Design, focuses on creating designs and projects to highlight their textile clients’ newest fabric collections and offer quilt shops and consumeers patterns that inspire and challenge.  Many of their quilt and project designs have been featured in the top quilt and sewing magazines.

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MY REVIEW:

The nine patterns in this book all come with easy to follow instructions to make bed-size projects.  But I think a confident quilter could also easily adapt these designs to make table runners, that would also look spectacular (or wallhangings, pillows, etc).
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The designs work well in a variety of prints and solids, for any color palette combination. And, they have negative space that would also work well to show off your free-motion quilting skills, or use your walking foot for straight line echo quilting.

I hope you will like this book and have a chance to check it out in your local quiltshop, or from Landauer Publishing’s online store, or thru Amazon (using my Affiliate Link)..

Note:  This book was given away as a prize in the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge, where Landauer was recognized as a sponsor.

You can find the Landauer Publishing at:

http://landauerpub.com
http://quiltbooksandbeyond.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LandauerPublishing
https://www.youtube.com/user/LandauerPublishing
https://www.pinterest.com/landauerpub/

You can find TailorMade by Design at:

http://www.sewquiltcraft.com/

 

Happy New Year – Goals and Plans for QuiltShopGal in 2016

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There is something special about a New Year, as refreshing and fun as a clean chalkboard for you to sketch out your dreams.  You may have the same goal, the same dream, that you carry into the new year, or you may start with completely different goals.  My personal focus is to look forward, although I do spend time looking back at the year prior, as I establish my new goals.  

Today I want to share insights with you on my goals and plans for 2016.  Of course, I hope they will inspire you to follow QuiltShopGal, but I also reserve the right to change my plans throughout the year.  A little more or less of this and that, if you catch what I mean.

 

MY WORD for 2016 continues to be #CreativeGoodness.  While Quilting, Sewing and Embroidery are my favorite forms of creativity, I do want to continue to explore and encourage and admire many forms of creativity.

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GOALS FOR 2016:

  • Listen
  • Encourage
  • Speak Kind Words
  • Be More Organized
  • Spend More Time Being Creative
  • UFO Finish & NO UFO Creation
  • Skill building:  Electric Quilt, Machine Embroidery, Precision Piecing, Free-Motion Quilting

HIGHLIGHTS OF MY PLANS FOR 2016

Continue to manage three blogs:  QuiltShopGal, My Creative Blog List, and Fingertip Shopping.

Host Sponsored Giveaways  and Events throughout 2016.  While I’m currently accepting Sponsors, I want to recognize these 2016 Sponsors:

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RESEARCH AND REPORTING is a core thread of QuiltShopGal and will continue to be so in 2016.  I am currently researching several topics, that have taken me months to thoroughly research, but I hope to be sharing these soon.  I also plan on getting back on track with my “Designer Showcase Series“.

CHARITY FUNDRAISERS AND PAY-IT-FORWARD KINDESS  – I plan to host a couple of charity fundraisers, as well as help with acts of Pay-It-Forward Kindness.  The first Charity Fundraiser will be hosted in March, to benefit Cystic Fibrosis programs around the world, with an emphasis on an excellent program in Australia.  Sneek Peaks on this fundraiser will be shared in January.

  • Cystic Fibrosis

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  • Pets in Shelters/Homeless Animals – also need helping hands from quilting, sewing and embroidery enthusiasts WW.
  • Heaven Sent a new non-profit focused on providing quiltlets to wrap babies that have passed away cover caskets for such babies.

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FREE-MOTION QUILTING CHALLENGES AND STITCH-ALONGS 

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ENGLISH PAPER PIECING STITCH A LONG – summer 2016 – While I have a couple of different EPP designs I’ll be showcasing, this event will be open for sharing any EPP project you are making, or have made, in 2016.  Simply needs to be an EPP project.

UFO / JUST FINISH IT CHALLENGES – I’m shooting to host 2-3 UFO Challenges in 2016.  Some will be focused on FMQ and some focused on any project you wish to share, they just need to be finished in 2016.

MACHINE EMBROIDERY STITCH A LONGS 

  • Lunch Box Quilt Designs – Recipe Towel Collections
  • Kaleidoscope Kreator – Feathers Embroidery Collection
  • Sarah Vedeler – GO! BeDazzled or Stars Collections.  While I have a couple of projects I’ll be using these collections for, this #StitchAlong (like other Stitch A Longs) are open for any sharing that you create using these collections.   What do you think about these motifs for a table runner, pillow or quilt?

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SKILL BUILDING CHALLENGES AND STITCH A LONGS – in addition to Free-Motion Quilting, I plan to host a few events that will help us build our skills for:

  • Precision Piecing Stitch-A-Longs & Challenges
  • Electric Quilt Skill Builders & Challenges – we’ll also be celebrating EQ’s 25th Anniversary this year, during these events.

AFFILIATE PROGRAMS AND POSTAGE ANGELS – To better manage my personal quilting budget, which historically has been negatively impacted by shipping prizes and giveaways, in 2016 I plan to:

  • Continue utilizing Affiliate programs, for businesses and products that I can honestly recommend.  When you click thru any of my blogs to make a purchase, you pay the same as you would have if you went direct to that site, but I “may” receive a small fee back that I use to supplement postage costs.
  • Those that opt to pay-it-forward, by reimbursing me for postage, as well as those that make postage donations, will be recognized in future giveaways and announcement of prizes, where their funds are used to help with postage expenses.
  • As US postage cost has increased, International postage has skyrocketed.  The cost of shipping a book typically exceeds the price of the book, often 7-10 times the cost of what it would cost to shipping within the US.  While I could limit winners to be US only, this year I’m going to ask that International winners “donate” a flat rate of $20, as a Postage Angel, for any prize that they wish to claim.  To clarify, should postage of their prize exceed this rate, I will pay the difference and if the cost is less, the extra amount simply goes into the postage budget to pay-it-forward, with the winner being recognized as a Postage Angel.

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Again, I wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year. I also wish you time to enjoy and create.

#NightsBeforeChristmas Party – December 14th – Celebrate with a Freebie, Giveaway, Linky Party and More

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Welcome to another celebration of the Nights Before Christmas.  I hope you are enjoying this holiday season and are also enjoying this virtual party.

WHAT IS THE NIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS PARTY?  

Anyone who wants to help celebrate the holiday season with good quilty fun and a lot of giveaways, freebies and tutorials can participate.  You’ll find:

  • Freebies will be shared with every event post.
  • Giveaways offered throughout the event, where followers can enter to win any prize they are interested in.   Winners will be randomly announced and notified on December 25th.  
  • A Linky Party for those that want to share any Christmas or Winter themed: 1) Giveaway, 2) Freebie, or 3) Tutorial.

 Sharing of your holiday projects  (in progress or finished) on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using hashtag #NightsBeforeChristmasParty and/or in the weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Party that I host every Friday.  While you can’t share in the linky party in this post, when sharing with hashtag you can claim an extra entry in any of the giveaways during this event.

While QuiltShopGal will be shipping prizes directly to winner due to my limited funds (what I can earn through Affiliate programs), the majority of the giveaways will be limited to US Only followers, but there will still be plenty that will be open to WW followers.

Look for “Nights Before Christmas” Party posts on QuiltShopGal, several times a week,  thru December 24th.  But they will most likely always be released in the evening vs my typical release in the morning.

Our sponsor tonight is Landauer Publishing and they’ve generously donated a copy of a recently published book “Simple Blocks Stunning Quilts”  by Sandi Blackwell.

 

PUBLISHERS INSIGHTS:

Sandi Blackwell has created gorgeous on-point quilts without using complicated math or pesky setting triangles. She begins with six projects using simple patchwork blocks. Sandi then shows three design options to coincide with each of the original six projects for a total of 18 possible quilt designs.

Sandi’s proven Square-agonals technique is thoroughly explained with text and diagrams to ensure the end result is a beautiful on-point quilt.  First, sew blocks into rows.  Then, make three specific cuts.  Last, reassemble the quilt to reveal the magic of the Square-agonals mothod!

Sandi Blackwell is the owner of Stitched Buy, a quilting business she began in 1996.  She keeps teaching and lecturing, as well as designing and publishing her original patterns.  Sandi’s quilts have won numerous awards and been featured in quilting magazines.  She has also created several commissioned pieces for the Wheeling Heritage Association.

MY REVIEW:

This book is perfect for those that are familiar with Sandi’s Square-agonals techniques, as well as those that are new to this amazing technique. To clarify, this book provides a section showing you an overview of the Square-agonals technique for piecing and completing your quilt tops.  

Projects range in size from a table runner at 17″ x 29″ to 84″ x 101″ and they all come with easy to follow instructions and great visuals.  

The designs are truly stunning and created using Sandi’s innovative Square-agonals technique for creating quilt designs on-point.

 

You can find the Landauer Publishing at:

http://landauerpub.com/
http://quiltbooksandbeyond.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LandauerPublishing
https://www.youtube.com/user/LandauerPublishing
https://www.pinterest.com/landauerpub/

 

You can find the Sandi Blackwell at:

http://www.stitchedbuy.com/
https://www.facebook.com/stitchedbuy

 

DID I MENTION A LINKY PARTY?

 Share a Christmas or Winter theme giveaway, freebie, or tutorial and claim an extra entry for any of the Giveaways during our #NightsBeforeChristmas Party. 

 

 

DID I MENTION A FREEBIE?

Sandi Blackwell has several free patterns on her site, but her pattern “The Charm of Square Agonals” is also one that I think makes for a great table runner for your home, or to give as a gift.

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 Landauer Publishing also has many free patterns, tutorials and video tutorials. There are many designs that would make great projects for your home, or to give as gifts, but this gorgeous Christmas quilt certainly has caught my attention.  While you can download this free pattern , it is from the book “Fresh Picked for all Seasons”, by Dodi Lee Poulsin.

 

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DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY

Actually, there are a couple of giveaways you may want to enter:
Landauer Publishing is celebrating Christmas with giveaways and deals daily thru Christmas in their “Countdown to Christmas“, where winners will be announced on Christmas Day.
QuiltShopGal is hosting a giveaway, sponsored by Sandi Blackwell, where you could win a copy of Simple Blocks, Stunning Quilts.  I will ship this prize to a US Only winner.  If you are not in the US and want to pay shipping ($10-$30 depending where in the world you live), I will happily ship it to such a winner.  Just use the Rafflecopter form below to enter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

If you are interested in winning a copy of  “Simple Blocks, Stunning Quilts”, simply use the Rafflecopter Form.  While it only takes one entry to win, there are plenty of options for those that like to increase their chances.  Both lucky winners will be randomly selected, using the random number generator widget in Rafflecopter.  And, I will email them on, or about December 25th, to let them know (my goal is the 25th).

 The giveaway today is also open to WW followers, with the caveat that I will pay to ship to US winners, and non-US winners will need to pay for postage, if they wish to claim their prize.

Prizes may not ship until after New Year’s Eve, as I also need to close out shipping prizes for the 2015 FMQ Challenge, and also enjoy the Christmas season.
 Don’t forget to  hold Christmas in your heart and enjoy the Nights Before Christmas.  And be sure to use hashtag #NightsBeforeChristmasParty in any social media tool.

 

Here is a list for all posts for this event:

 

 

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