Category: Lunch Box Quilts

More Fun and Fast Valentine’s Day Theme Projects, Freebies and a Sale

Today I wanted to showcase more Valentine’s theme projects, in follow up of my post on this topic last week.  

SEW 4 HOME has a great free tutorial to make “Catnip Heart Mice“, which make perfect Valentine’s gifts for cats (and your cat loving friends).  For those of you that like helping your local animal shelters, these would also make for great gifts for cats living in shelters.  And, they could also make for a great fundraiser to benefit such shelters too!


Free tea bag heart holder tutorial.


Sweet Three of Hearts Wall Quilt ePattern  Ellen Pahl


Check out Wendy’s free free-motion quilting tutorial to make adorable FMQ hearts.


Free tutorial and machine embroidery design for sweet heart pins.

 Scandinavian Heart Tutorial


Free Heart Mug Rug pattern.

Love triangle table topper pattern

Heart Throb Wallhanging

Yo Yo Heart Pillow


This amazing heart pattern, called I Heart NYB, includes a variety of design options, available in Karen’s Craftsy store.




Love Letters is a super fun machine embroidery design collection which you can use to make this romantic quilt, or make table runners, wallhangings, embellish on clothing, etc..

The Hearts & Stars machine embroidery design collection makes a delightful project that finishes at 28″ x 28″, making it a great size for a table topper or wallhanging.

Recipes for….is a fun design collection that is perfect to stitch out on dish towels, or to make into a wallhanging.  These romantic designs will certainly make for great projects for your home, as well as for gifts.  And, I’ll confess I’m currently stitching them out and they stitch out beautifully.


Marjorie has many machine embroidery designs that are perfect for Valentine’s theme projects (e.g. quilts, mug rugs, table runners, clothing, totes, etc).  And, they all stitch out beautifully, come with easy to follow instructions and are fun and fast to create with. I can honestly say I’ve stitched these designs out, as well as many others by Marjorie, and have found them all to be high quality designs.


Sarah has a cute in the hoop heart coaster machine embroidery design, that is only $5.  Definitely would make for great Valentine’s theme decorations for your home, as well as for gifts.  I certainly want to make these “Feathered Heart” designs.  She also has a free video tutorial, on her website, showing how to make these.

Sarah’s Peace, Love, and Joy collection is always fun to create with, but I certainly think the “Love” would be perfect on a pillow, wallhanging or lap quilt for Valentine’s Day.  To clarify, there is a Fresh Idea Pattern that does not include machine embroidery designs, but does include templates for traditional raw edge machine applique.  But for those that do enjoy machine embroidery, you can purchase her Peace, Love, and Joy collection to make a cute Love pillow, as well as endless other projects with this collection.

But Sarah’s Heart Design Collection is probably one that makes the biggest statement for Valentine’s Day.  While you can use this machine embroidery design collection to make this stunning quilt, you could also use it to make table runners, wallhangings, embroidery on clothing, etc..

You can also use designs in this collection, to stitch on cardstock to give as a card, or frame as Sarah shows in this inspirational project:

Checkout Sarah on Pinterest for more project ideas for Valentine’s Day.

Craftsy has a sale with fabric up to 60% off.  Great deal on kits, notions, and classes too!

Best deal I’ve ever seen on this Quick Curve Ruler from Sew Kind of Wonderful.

Aurifil Cotton Mako is also an exception price for standalone spools, as well as kits.

Here is a link to a post from last week, with more fun and fast Valentine’s theme projects you can make to decorate your home, or to give as gifts:

Highlights of Fall 2016 Quilt Market


I attended Fall Quilt Market “virtually” and had an absolutely great time learning about new products, finding inspiration from so many beautiful quilts learning tips and tricks along the way.  Did you?  Just to ensure you didn’t miss out today I want to heighten awareness of some great reporters who were at Market and shared their insights.


Donna Ward (Donna’s Quilt Studio) did an excellent job capturing the essence of Quilt Market in a two part video.

Day 1 – Highlights:

Day 2 – Highlights:

Art Gallery Fabrics shared a recap of Fall 2016 Quilt Market on Youtube.  I also want to congratulate them for winning a First Place in the Double Booth category, at Market.  Their booth was very inviting and beautiful, showcasing their new fabrics.

Here are sites that also share insights about Fall Quilt Market and many new products:


{above} Marmalade’s Merriment by Wendy Sheppard of Ivory Spring. This darling pattern will be available as a free pattern with purchase of Wendy’s brand new thread collection, Marmalade Meadows. The collection was created to coordinate with Bleecker Street from Quilting Treasures


{above} Jennifer Sampou new Black & White fabrics are as beautiful and inviting as this display.  Her new line of 21 fabrics, includes 6 new designs revolving the theme of light.

Congratulations to the Quilts, Inc. team for hosting another amazing Quilt Market, as well as thanks to all of those that took time to share insights on various social media platforms.  It will be fun to see these new products appearing in our favorite Quilt Shops this coming Spring.  


Of course, I’m curious….are there any new items that were introduced at Fall Quilt Market that have caught your attention and you want to create with?  

Don’t forget, tomorrow I’ll share my findings for Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales at Fingertip Shopping:    

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.

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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  • 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


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

charity fundraiser #StitchAlong Justin's Magic Mandalas

  • 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.




Stitch A Long Template Leah Day

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.


  • 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?


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.

2015 Spring Quilt Market Sneak Peek (Part 3): School House, New Books and Patterns



Store owners and buyers attending Quilt Market have many opportunities to learn about new books, meet the authors, and see project samples.    School House can also provide store owners with oodles of tips to showcase these books, as well as learn about traveling trunk shows that may be available.  In this post I am sharing insights on School House and various “in booth” opportunities to learn about these new books, while at Market.  This is also a great opportunity for those not attending Market, to let their favorite shops know what books they might like to see them offer.

Thursday, May 14th – School House

School House
11am  – noon- 
11:15 – Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Appliqué with Pat Sloan, Room #211D (Martingale)

11:15 –Constantinople Quilts, with Tamsin Harvey, Room #211B (CT Pub)

11:50 – Irish Chain Quilts with Melissa Corry, Room 211D (Martingale)

11:50 –The Quilter’s Practical Guide to Color, with Becky Goldsmith, Room #211B (CT Pub)
12:25pm – Handmade Christmas Cheer with Pat Wys, Room 211D (Martingale)
12:25 –Urban Scandinavian Sewing, with Kirstyn Cogan, Room #211B (CT Pub)
1pm – Learn to Quilt-As-You-Go with Gudrun Erla, Room 211D (Martingale)


1pm – Easy-Cut Quilts with Lots of Twists, with TailorMade By Design, Room 211C  (Landauer)


1pm –Two New Exciting New Releases from Stash Books, with Heidi Staples & Christine Haynes, Room #211B (CT Pub)


1:35PM – Quick Change with Karen Burns and Designers, Room 211D (Martingale)


1:35pm – Perfect Needleturn Applique’ with gluepen, by Helen Stubbings, Room 211C  (Landauer)


1:35pm –Two New Exciting New Releases from Three Talented Authors, with Kate Carlson Colleran, Elizabeth Veit Balderrama and Jessica Schicks, Room #211B (CT Pub)
2:10pm – Sew Simple Hexi-Flowers, with Karin Hellaby, Room 211C  (Landauer)

2:10pm –A Merry Christmas with Kim Schaefer ,  Room #211B (CT Pub)


2:30pm – Quiltmaking Essentials 2 with Donna Lynn Thomas, Room 211D (Martingale)
2:30pm – Get Quilting with Angela & Cloe, with Angela Walters, Room 211B (CT Pub)
2:50pm – Style and Swing Presented by Karen Burns, Room 211D (Martingale)
2:50pm – Girl’s Guide to DIY Fashion, with Rachel Lows, Room 211B (CT Pub)
3:10pm – A Modern Twist with Natalie Barnes, Room 211D (Martingale)
3:10pm – Little Gems with Connie Kauffman, Room 210B (Martingale)

3:10pm – Two New Exciting New Releases from Stash Books!, with Rebecca Bryan, Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting, Room 211B (CT Pub)


3:45pm – Seems Like Scrappy with Rebecca Silbaugh, Room 211D (Martingale)


3:45pm – A Bit of Appliqué with Amy Struckmeyer, Room 210B (Martingale)
3:45pm – You Inspire Me to Quilt, with Cheryl Arkison, Room 211B (CT Pub)
4:20pm – Little Big Stuff with Michelle Lee Jensen, Room 210B (Martingale)
4:55pm – Make It, Take It with Krista Hennebury, Room 210B (Martingale)

Friday, May 15th

10am – 11am
10am – Pat Sloan, Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Applique, EE Schenck booth #1023

10 am – Cabin Fever, Natalia Bonner & Kathleen Whiting,  #1440
10:30 – Irish Chain Quilts, Melissa Corry, United Notions #2249

10:30 – Quilting Essentials, Donna Lynn Thomas, Martingale #325
11am – noon
11am – A Modern Twist, Natalia Bonner, Brewer #1919

11 am – Quilting By Design, Jessica Schick,  #1440
11:30am – Civil War Remembered, Mary Etherington & Connie Tesene, United Notions #2249
11:30am – Seems Like Scrappy by Rebecca Silbaugh, Martingale #325
noon – 1pm
noon – Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry, E.E. Schenck #1023

noon – A Merry Christmas with Kim Schaefer,  #1440
12:30pm – Little Gems by Connie Kauffmann, Martingale #325
1pm – 2pm
1pm – Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Appliqué, United Notions #2249

1pm – Quiltmaking Essentials 2 by Donna Lynn Thomas, E.E. Schenck #1023
1pm – Modern Hand Stitching, by Ruth Chandler, Landauer Publishing #1947
1pm – The Quilter’s Practical Guide to Color,Becky Goldsmith  #1440

1:30pm – Make It, Take It by Krista Hennebury, Martingale #325
2pm – 3pm
2pm – Little Big Stuff by Michelle Jensen, Brewer #1919
2pm – Quick Change with Brigitte Heitland, United Notions #2249
2pm – Contemporary Curved Quilts, with Sew Kind of Wonderful, Landauer Publishing #1947
2pm – Modern Rainbow,Rebecca Bryan  #1440
2pm – Get Quilting with Angela & Cloe,Angela Walters  #733
2:30pm – A Bit of Appliqué by Amy Struckmeyer, Martingale #325
3pm – Handmade Christmas Cheer by Pat Wys, United Notions #2249
3pm – Threads The Basics and Beyond, by Liz Kettle, Landauer Publishing #1947
3pm – Girl’s Guide to DIY Fashion,Rachel Low  #1440
3:30pm Civil War Remembered by Mary Etherington & Connie Tesene,Martingale #325
4pm – 5PM
4pm – Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Appliqué, Brewer #1919

4pm – Christmas Truffles, by Liz Stubbings, Landauer Publishing #1947


4pm – Sew Organized for the Busy Girl,Heidi Staples  #1440
4pm – You Inspire Me to Quilt,Cheryl Arkison  #2249
4:30pm DEMO: Machine Quilting with Style by Christa Watson, Martingale #325


Saturday, May 16

10am – 11am  
10am – Make It, Take It by Krista Hennebury, Brewer #1919
10am – Get Quilting with Angela & Cloe,Angela Walters  #2249

10:30am – Handmade Christmas Cheer by Pat Wys, Martingale #325

11am – noon



11am – Seems Like Scrappy by Rebecca Silbaugh, Brewer #1919
11am – Know Your Needles, by Liz Kettle, Landauer Publishing #1947
11am – Urban Scandinavian Sewing,Kirstyn Cogan  #1440
11:30am – Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry, Martingale #325

noon – 1pm
noon – Learn to Quilt-As-You-Go by Gudrun Erla, E.E. Schenck #1023
noon – Needleturn Applique’ The Basics & Beyond, by Angela Lawrence, Landauer Publishing #1947
noon – You Insipire Me to Quilt, Cheryl Arkison  #1440
12:30pm – Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Appliqué, by Pat Sloan, Martingale #325
1pm – A Modern Twist by Natalie Barnes, E.E. Schenck #1023
1pm – Hexagon Happenings by Carolyn Forster, Landauer Publishing #1947
1pm – The Quilter’s Practical Guide to Color, Becky Goldsmith #1438

1pm – Smash Your Precut Stash!, Kate Carlson Colleran, Elizabeth Veit Balderrama #1440
1:30pm – Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Appliqué, Martingale #325

2pm – A Bit of Appliqué by Amy Struckmeyer, Brewer #1919
2pm – Curvy Log Cabins  by Jean Ann Wright, Landauer Publishing #1947
2pm – How to Speak Fluent Sewing, Christine Haynes #1440
2pm – The Little Spark, Carrie Bloomston #432-433
2:30pm – Little Big Stuff by Michelle Jensen, Martingale #325




3pm – Seems Like Scrappy by Rebecca Silbaugh, E.E. Schenck #1023

3pm – Contemporary Curved Quilts, with Sew Kind of Wonderful, Landauer Publishing #19473pm – Constantinople Quilts, Tamsin Harvey #1440

3:30pm – Quick Change – Meet the Designers, Martingale #325

4 – 5pm

4pm – Learn to Quilt-As-You-Go by Gudrun Erla, United Notions #2249
4pm – Urban Scandinavian Sewing, Kirstyn Cogan #1919
4pm – Sew Simple Hexi-Flowers, by Karen Hellaby, Landauer Publishing #1947
5pm – Daily Zen Quilts and Projects, with Tailor Made by Design, Landauer Publishing #1947

Sunday, May 17th


10:30am – All About Strips by Susan Guzman,Martingale #325


11am -Best of Circle of Nine Quilts, by Jean Ann Wright, Landauer Publishing #1947

11:30am – A Modern Twist by Natalie Barnes,Martingale #325

noon – 1pm

12:30pm – Learn to Quilt-As-You-Go by Gudrun Erla, Martingale #325


1:30pm – DEMO: Stitch On the Double by Kathleen Brown, Martingale #325


note:  Martingale book signings require advance tickets. Check with staff for availability.  Book signing, limited to one per shop.  If you own a quilt shop, hop on over to our booth and get your passport for the Martingale Author Hop—you could win a basket of beautiful books!



Brewer is also hosting signings in their booth#


There are also hundreds of new patterns introduced at Market.

Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio –  #2312

Will be introducing several new patterns, an embroidery design collection, as well as a new fabric collection with Benartex.


Heidi L. Boyd –  #2148

Many new Whimsy collections will be introduced, all delightfully fun and filled with #CreativeGoodness.  Plus, Heidi will be giving away beautiful pins (buttons).


Cozy Quilt Designs –  #2612

Daniela Stout and team will be introducing many new patterns and books at market.  Definitely check out her new book Tranquility Place.


Lunch Box Quilts –  #935

Angie has a new embroidered quilt collection that every quilting, sewing and embroidery enthusiasts should have in their sewing room (and every store should have one displayed).  Definitely an inspirational quilt.  She also has a yummy new embroidered dish towel collection with delightful dinner recipes.


Terial Arts #518

Attendees not familiar with Terial Arts should pop by and meet Terry to learn about how to use and the benefits of Terial Magic as a stabilizer, as well as her beautiful 3D fabric flower kits!   This is a great new product that not many are aware of.




Attendees to Quilt Market shouldn’t overlook the benefits of the APP that is available.  You can download

More things attendees should remember to pack:

  • Your camera and/or SmartPhone, batteries, charger as you’ll definitely want to take pictures
  • highlighter as you’ll want to highlight items in the program!
  • notepad to take notes
  • An umbrella, lightweight rain jacket, hat as there may be some wet weather during this event.  Some people flying may also be impacted with flight delays due to Tornadoes and storms.

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 After three sneak peeks on Market, what would you recommend your favorite quilt shops carry?

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

Fun Friday Giveaway – Sponsored by Martingale & Company, home of That Patchwork Place

One of the first things I do when I visit a Quilt Shop is check out their quilt books.  I enjoy visiting homes of quilting friends and getting a chance to view quilting books in their library!  And, I’m always eager to hear about new releases of quilting books too!  So, needless to say, I’m excited to share some insights, with you today,  on a few new quilting books, published by Martingale & Company, home of That Patchwork Place

English Paper Piecing: Fresh New Quilts from Bloom Creek, by Vicki Bellino

Martingale - English Paper Piecing (Print version + eBook bundle)

There are 12 beautiful patterns in this new book, by Vicki Bellino, each with easy to follow instructions and great visuals, making this an excellent book for someone new to quilting and wanting to learn English Paper Piecing (EPP).  Combined with the innovative designs in this book, it is also an excellent book for those that have experience with EPP and are looking for fun and creative ways to use this technique in their quilts and other projects.  After reading this book, the possibilities of EPP are clearly endless!  Love it!

Pretty Patchwork Quilts: Traditional Patterns with Applique’ Accents, by Cindi Walker

Martingale - Pretty Patchwork Quilts (Print version + eBook bundle)

The 12 designs in this book incorporate beautiful blocks with great settings and borders, all with well written instructions and visuals.   But, with the level of complex piecing, the designs in this book are best suited for a very confident beginner and/or experienced quilters that enjoy creating stunning quilts!  A few designs include applique’ accents that can be done by hand, or machine.

dynamic QUILTS with easy CURVES: 19 Projects to stack, shuffle, and sew, by Karla Alexander

Martingale - Dynamic Quilts with Easy Curves (Print version + eBook bundle)

This book is filled with 19 amazing projects all created with fast cutting and sewing techniques to make spectacular quilted items.  Designs are appropriate for beginners, as well as interesting and fun for experienced quilters too!   Instructions for Karla’s fun technique are available in two formats: Creative Grids quilting rulers designed by Karla herself or cut your curves freehand.

Civil War Legacies: Quilt Patterns for Reproduction Fabrics, by Carol Hopkins

Martingale - Civil War Legacies (Print version + eBook bundle)

Carol’s new book shares 15 patchwork quilt designs from her Civil War legacies collection.  Each pattern has instructions that are easy to follow and have great visuals, and samples show these designs using current reproduction fabrics.  This is a “must have” book for quilters that enjoy quilts from this period. And, these designs are timeless and SewCalGal also believes these designs would look great in batiks and many modern fabrics too!

SEW the Perfect Gift: 25 Handmade Projects from Top Designers

Martingale - Sew the Perfect Gift (Print version + eBook bundle)

This is truly a “must have” for any sewing enthusiast that enjoys making items for gifts, fundraisers, as well as for their personal use.  There are instructions for 25 handmade projects in this new book, from top designers, including Kim Brackett, Linda Lum DeBono, Kim Diehl, Cynthia Tomaszewski, and many more.  Projects range from table runners, pillows, quilts, bags & totes, pincushion, curling-iron cozy, scarfs and many other unique accessories.

I hope you have a chance to check out these delightful new books at your local quilt store, or at Martingale & Company’s online store.

Did I mention a giveaway?

Martingale & Company is sponsoring this giveaway for followers of SewCalGal.  To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post and be sure I have a way to contact you.  If you are not sure, check out my post “WANTED: Quilters that never win at giveaways“.  Within that comment, feel free to let me know if you have a preference as to which of these books you may want to win.  I’ll randomly select five winners next Friday and will try my best to match the lucky winners up to their favorite book.

Want extra entries, to increase your chances at winning?
After you have completed the required entry above, do any or all of the following to get one extra entry for each of the following. Just leave a separate comment for each way you enter, and be sure I have a way to contact you if you name is drawn when I randomly select a winner next Friday:

1) Be a follower of Stitch This, Martingale’s new blog: and leave a comment on the post for Kim Diehl’s new book and a giveaway, where you have a chance to win a copy of Kim’s new book “Simple Charm”.

2) Like Martingale & Company on FacebookLeave a comment under their post on “Dynamic Quilts with Easy Curves”, on May 11th.

Again,  winners will be randomly selected and announced on Friday,  May 18th

I’m also happy to announce the randomly selected winners of recent Fun Friday Giveaways:

Sponsored by MyMemories,
for a copy of the MyMemories software.
The winner is:
 Sponsored by Lunch Box Quilts,
for a copy of Picnic Time machine embroidery design collection and
a copy of Chocolate Recipe Towel embroidery design collection.
The winner is:

Fun Friday Giveaway: Lunch Box Quilts

Angie Steveson, the founder of Lunch Box Quilts, creates fun quilt designs and machine embroidery designs that will certainly bring yummy delight to all!  And, I’m excited to be able to share some insights with you today about Lunch Box Quilts.  But bewarned – I think you’ll be hungry after you read this post today.

Lunch Box Quilts’ Classic Series offer traditional applique whether needle turn, fusible, blanket stitch, etc.  These beautiful quilt patterns contain all of the full size appliqué shapes along with the quilt assembly instructions.  And, many of the Classic Series designs include instructions for making a small wallhanging or table topper too!  So, you don’t need a fancy embroidery machine to make many of the yummy Lunch Box Quilt designs.

But, Lunch Box Quilts is famous for Angie’s beautiful machine embroidery applique’ designs that make tasteful quilts, table toppers or wallhanings.

Island Breeze is a fun tropical design that looks great in a variety of color palettes, but I’m hoping to make it with Batiks.  How can you not have a good time with this quilt?

Of course, there are many more embroidery applique’ designs and embroidery design collections, including her famous Recipe Towel designs and cute Cutwork designs.

You’ll eveen find some fun freebies on her site, including this adorable Ladybug wallhanging with machine embroidery design.

Angie also teaches a variety of workshops that you may want to take.  Just check her online Calendar for more info and/or you can chat with your local Quilt Store and/or Sewing Center to have them schedule a workshop in your area.    And, of course, let them know that Angie also has a Trunk Show that they can schedule to display in their store too!

For those that will be at Quilt Market, I hope you’ll pop by the booth for Lunch Box Quilts to meet Angie in person and see all of her beautiful designs too!  They’ll be in booth 2330/2332 and they will also be introducing a new design collection called “Love Letters”.  I can’t wait to see this new collection, as it certainly reminds me of all the words of encouragement and love that my mother used to place in my Lunch Box!  Yes, we can never get enough love letters, or too many words of encouragement in a lifetime.  As such, I’m sure this is going to be a very popular machine embroidery design collection!

Ok, are you “hungry” for Lunch Box Quilts?

Angie has generously offered a yummy prize bundle for a lucky follower of SewCalGal that enjoys machine embroidery:

Machine Embroidery Prize Bundle: A bundle of machine embroidery design collections for the yummy Picnic Time pattern and Chocolate Recipe Towel pattern 

Picnic Time Machine Embroidery Design Collection
Two quilt patterns are included to make a 24” x 48’ table runner or a 60” x 60” quilt, along with Eight embroidery appliqués are included in this collection. Seven mouth watering appliqués and an ant appliqué will make this quilt a favorite for picnics in the park. In addition to the appliqués a ninth design is included for use in creating the texture effect for the extra crispy drumstick.

Calling all chocolate lovers!  This yummy machine embroidery design collection contains twelve chocolate recipes to be stitched out on a cotton towel. Instructions are included to add a coordinating fabric band are included.

Every machine embroidery design collection also has an excellent online reference for machine & hoop size compatibility.  CD-ROM includes embroidery designs in the following formats: .art .dst .exp .hus .jef .pcs .pes .sew .shv .vip .vp3 .xxx

I was delighted when Angie offered to sponsor a giveaway for SewCalGal followers, whereby they could win some of her beautiful machine embroidery design collections.
If you are interested in winning this machine embroidery prize bundle, simply leave a comment on this post and be sure I have a way to contact you (e.g. no reply blog settings are not eligible to win).  And, this giveaway is open to US Residents only.

Want a 2nd entry: For Facebook users, follow Lunch Box Quilts on Facebook. Look for the image of the Picnic Time Pattern, which I’ll post on Friday and leave a comment, under that image.  Come back to this post and leave your 2nd comment, to claim your 2nd entry.

Lunch Box Quilts can be found at:
I also want to announce the winner of last week’s Fun Friday giveaway, sponsored by Geta Grama, for a copy of her new quilting book “Shadow Trapunto.  Congratulations to #99 –  Ivory Spring

Update – the winner of the giveaway for Lunch Box Quilts:

The winner is:
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