Category: Machine Embroidery

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!

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Free tea bag heart holder tutorial.

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Sweet Three of Hearts Wall Quilt ePattern  Ellen Pahl

WENDY SHEPPARD/IVORY SPRING

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

WE ALL SEW/BERNINA

Free tutorial and machine embroidery design for sweet heart pins.

 Scandinavian Heart Tutorial

LANDAUER PUBLISHING

Free Heart Mug Rug pattern.

Love triangle table topper pattern

Heart Throb Wallhanging

Yo Yo Heart Pillow

SEW KAREN-LY CREATED

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

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ANGIE STEVESON/LUNCHBOX QUILTS

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 BUSBY/BLUE FEATHER QUILTING STUDIO

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 VEDELER 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:  http://quiltshopgal.com/fun-and-fast-valentines-day-theme-projects-freebies-and-a-sale/

Day 2 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Marjorie Busby of Blue Feather Quilt Studio

Welcome to day 2 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.

Today, I’m delighted to have Marjorie Busby of Blue Feather Studios as our sponsor today.  Marjorie is a talented quilter, long-arm quilter, as well as machine embroidery digitizer.  For those that enjoy machine embroidery, as well as interested in learning machine embroidery I hope you’ll enjoy this post.  I’ll be showcasing many of Marjorie’s beautiful machine embroidery designs, as well as heightening awareness of her freebies, and hosting a generous giveaway sponsored by Marjorie, for one lucky machine embroiderer.

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And, the special gift from Marjorie, which will be shipped to one lucky winner, by QuiltShopGal, is open to WW followers.  Time now, for me to share insights about Marjorie and her beautiful machine embroider designs.

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Marjorie shares tips, tutorials and inspirational projects on her blog, as well as by way of guest posts on the Craftsy blog and AccuQuilt blog.

MACHINE EMBROIDERY DESIGN COLLECTIONS are available on Marjorie’s Blue Feather Quilting Studio online store that can be downloaded.  She also has many available from AccuQuilt, where some are downloadable and some are available via CD, as well as from the Craftsy store.

QuiltShopGal has  stitched out many of her designs and they always stitch out perfectly, with amazing detail.  Her designs stand out with great detail, super crisp lines and angles, minimal or no jump stitches, and the obvious – super cute designs that are very versatile for what you can create with them.  Here are a few examples:

INSPIRATIONAL PROJECT IDEAS

As I’ve mentioned, Marjorie shares tips, tutorials and inspirational projects on her blog, as well as her guest blog posts on the Craftsy blog and the AccuQuilt blog.  While the possibilities of what you can create with Marjorie’s machine embroidery designs are endless, here are a few project by Marjorie that caught my attention:

I’m actually working on fun and fast projects to give as gifts, this holiday season.  In the past, I’ve used her designs to create table toppers, wallhangings, baby quilts, mug rugs, as well as fabric books for toddlers.  What I’m currently working on is for Christmas gifts, which I want to keep as a  surprise, thus I can’t share all of them with you, but I hope you’ll get the idea as I show you a  mug rug that I’m auditioning fabric for binding.  This was stitched using Marjorie’s GO! Sleigh – Reindeer – Snowflakes collection.  Super easy, fun and fast, with amazing detail.

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Think about how great mug rugs would look with Marjorie’s snowflakes, reindeers, stars, Christmas trees, or other designs.  Of course, they’d also look great on placemats, table runners,  wallhangings, Christmas tree skirts, clothing, quilts, etc..  And, they’d certainly make for great decorations for your home, as well as for gifts.

FREE PATTERNS  – As mentioned, Marjorie has several free designs that are fun to stitch out and also a great way to see the quality of her machine embroidery designs.

Songbird Mug Rug

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GO! Ribbon

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In the Hoop Cancer Awareness Mug Rugs

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Marjorie is also a co-author with Hope Yoder and Debbie Henry, for an e:book “Stitch for Success“, that you can download for free from the Craftsy website.

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

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One lucky winner will receive a special gift from Marjorie, of 5 machine embroidery CD collections.  They can choose to keep this gift just for themselves, or help spread the good cheer of holiday gift giving by giving one, or more, of the embroidery CDs to a friend that enjoys machine embroidery.

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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 mailing these embroidery designs to the lucky winner and will pick up the shipping cost to a world-wide follower.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You can find the Marjorie at:

http://shop.b-quilts.com/
http://b-quilts.com/blog
https://craftsy.com
https://www.youtube.com/user/mgbusb
https://www.facebook.com/marjorie.busby?fref=ts
https://www.youtube.com/user/alexveronelliyahoo
https://www.instagram.com/aurifilthread/

 

Lastly, don’t forget, Day #3 of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways comes tomorrow.

 

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

Leah Day Designs – Machine Embroidery – Stitch N’ Paint

Have you seen the new Stitch N Paint designs at Leah Day Designs? These are machine embroidery designs that stitchout beautifully, and perfect for using fabric markers to color, as you design.  You can frame your works of art, turn them into greeting cards, mini-wallhangings, zipper purses, etc..  The possibilities are endless and they are so much fun they are downright addicting.  Certainly a great family craft project and would also make a wonderful gift, finished or for someone who enjoys coloring.

Did you know these designs are perfectly digitized by Leah’s father, Max Gray?    They truly are beautiful machine embroidery designs.  Leah creates the design on paper, stitches it out with free-motion quilting, then Max digitizes her design absolutely perfectly.  I’ve stitched out many of his work and they always stitch out beautifully.  You can find his embroidery files at Leah Day Designs, under the embroidery tab.

Stitch N Paint Landscape

 

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Here is a youtube video that Leah created for this design, showing how to stitch the design out, as well as color it:

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I found this design stitched out perfectly, with amazing detail.

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For coloring, I decided to use Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils.  When you first color your fabric (or paper) the color can look intense, yet has a dry look to it. While this is not a tutorial, I’ll try to share a few tips for using these water color pencils, but don’t forget just about any permanent fabric marker would work well for coloring these designs. Heck, even color crayons would probably be fun and you can heat set them on cotton too!

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When using Inktense watercolor pencils, you can use a water brush (or lightly dip a  small paintbrush in water) to paint where you’ve colored.  Just be careful to brush lightly using minimal water, and you’ll see the colors become more vibrant.  Keep a paper towel handy, to wip off your brush before changing to a different color, as well as using to press on your fabric should you accidentally add too much water.20160427_162724

Can you see how the colors really pop after brushed lightly with water?  I’ll now heat set with a hot iron and I’m going to use this particular stitch n’ paint landscape to turn into a greeting card.

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Stitch N Paint Love

This is the newest design in this series that has just been released.  Easy to fall in love with this design and I’m confident it will stitch out beautifully.  And, it is on sale at Leah Day Designs thru next Wednesday!

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Here is a youtube video that Leah created for this design.

I’m already looking forward to seeing what future designs Leah’s dad releases in his new Stitch N’ Paint designs. I’m sure they will all stitch out beautifully and be fun to paint.

You can find Leah at:

http://www.leahday.com/
http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leah-Day-Quilting/108034899216421
https://www.youtube.com/user/lcvday

Craft is Art – Coloring Contest

Urban Threads is celebrating Spring with a fun coloring contest, where you could win some yummy threads.  To clarify, this event is targeted for Machine Embroidery and Hand Embroidery enthusiasts and everyone can download a free design.

 

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The free design is available in various machine embroidery formats and sizes, as well as for hand embroidery format.

Simply get artsy and crafty and pull out your fabric markers and color.  Then submit a photo of what you created to Urban Threads by April 30th to enter.  Once all the entries have been received, the finalists (up to 10 in each division) will be announced by Urban Threads on May 5th and everyone is welcome to vote for your favorites thru May 10th.  Urban Threads will announce the lucky winner for each category, who will receive a yummy collection of threads.  For more info, check out Urban Threads’ posts at:

Urban Threads coloring contest post 

Urban Threads free downloadable designs

I found this design fun to stitch out and, while I have more to color, I’m having a blast coloring.

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Do you want to join me?  Great fun for all ages and certainly would also make a great family project, as well as summer craft project.

If you want to participate, but don’t do machine embroidery or hand embroidery, if you are interested in hiring someone to stitch out this design for you, I could put you in contact with those that are willing to provide this service for a fee.  And, if you are a machine embroiderer and interested in providing such a service, for said fee, feel free to leave a comment on this post.  Periodically I do get asked by people looking to hire someone to do machine embroidery for a fee, and sometimes even looking for digitizers who will create a design for someone.  I try to connect those in the business, when I can.  

Don’t forget when you visit Urban Threads to check out all their beautiful designs for machine and hand embroiders.

 

 

You can find Urban Threads at:

http://www.urbanthreads.com
http://www.urbanthreads.com/blog
https://www.facebook.com/urbanthreadsembroidery/

Have a creative day

Bee Creative – A #StitchAlong, #FMQAlong, #DoodleAlong Linky Party – Charity Fundraiser with amazing prizes

Welcome to week three of our Bee Creative #StitchAlong, #FMQAlong, #DoodleAlong and Charity Fundraiser to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.   Everyone is welcome to join the fun and all forms of creativity, as well as to purchase virtual raffle tickets (aka donated to CF) to win 20+ prizes donated by very generous sponsors.

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Week #1 – Kick off post recognizing all the generous sponsors and prizes

Week, #2 – #StitchAlong, #DoodleAlong, #FMQAlong   

Doodle Sharing by Cindy Needham

 

Our Bee Creative Linky Party is open for sharing any form of Mandala design you wish (e.g. doodle, zentangle, paint, color, free-motion quilting, embroidery, etc).    

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Of course, I hope to inspire you to purchase a collection of beautiful downloadable PDF format Mandala designs, or a machine embroidery collection, from Maureen Russell of Beautiful Embroidery Designs as 100% of your purchase is donated to the CF Foundation (and you’ll also get a virtual raffle ticket to win prizes in our Bee Creative Charity Fundraiser).  But what ever you do, I hope you’ll have fun creating this month and share any Mandala theme creations with us.

Today, I want to share what I’ve been doing and hopefully inspire you to join me and create anything you want, with a Mandala theme.

MY MANDALA TABLE RUNNER PROJECT

I used the downloadable PDF Mandala design collection, by Maureen Russell of Beautiful Embroidery Designs for free-motion quilting a Mandala in the center, with diamond cross hatch in the background.  I thoroughly enjoyed stitching out the Mandala design and I’m already looking forward to using this PDF Mandala collection on quilts and other projects.

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I turned four of the Mandala machine embroidery designs into applique circles and stitched to the table top, before quilting.  I also used 1 layer of Warm and Natural batting, on top of 1 layer of Insul-Bright to create my quilt sandwich.

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My camera does not do the beauty of these Mandala designs justice.

 

 

Sponsors for this Charity Fundraiser include:  AurifilMartingale, Dragon Threads, ASF Lighting Solutions/Beam N Read, Fat Quarter Shop, Schiffer Publishing,  The Wooden Bear and Sweet Peas and Angels.

Prizes

 

Sponsor Prize Winners

Fat Quarter Shop
Little Ruby Small Aurifil Thread Box Bonnie & Camille: includes 10 spools (220 yards each of Aurifil 50 wt Cotton Thread).fat quarter shop prize

The Fat Quarter Shop will ship this prize directly to one lucky winner, anywhere in the world.

Prize #1winner – tbd
Schiffer Publishing Nature’s Mandalas9780764350641

Painterly Days

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Dragon Threads Color My Garden: An Adult Coloring Book,  by Jane SassamanPrintSmall Summer Birds Scarf, designed by Julie Paschlis

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This sponsor will ship these prizes to the respective lucky winners in the US/Canada

 Prize #2winner – tbd

 

Prize #3

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 Prize #4winner – tbd

 

 

ASF Lightware Solutions / Beam N Read Beam N Read personal lights are great tools for crafters.  One lucky winner will receive a BNR LED 6-3F6 LED beam n read  Prize #5

 

 

The Wooden Bearfooter_logo_20150615091630 Five lucky winners will receive an A la Carte Pattern of their choice.standupquiltingstitches_20150627194446Five lucky winners will get to select a pattenlet of their choice.patternlet

US winners can select if they prefer a printed or electronic pattern.  International winners will receive electronic patterns.

 Prize #6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (Patterns a la Carte)Prize #11, 12, 13, 14, 15(Pattenlet)

 

 

Auriful One lucky winner will receive a Mary Fons –  Wonder thread with 12 large spools collection.

Aurifil will kindly ship this prize WW

 

 Prize #16winner – tbd

 

 

Martingale Striking Strip Quilts, by Kate Henderson
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Learn to Paper Piece
I Love Log Cabins

Sew, Slice, Spin and SashThese books will be shipped by QuiltShopGal.  As I do not have any funds available to ship internationally, nor Postage Angels supporters at this time, these prizes will be limited to US Only winners.
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Prize #18

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Prize #19

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Prize #20

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Prize #21

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Open for WW winners

 Prize #22winner – tbd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow me on Instagram and I’ll share more pictures as I #DoodleAlong, #StitchAlong, and #FMQAlong this week.  Of course, I hope you’ll join me.

DID I MENTION A CHARITY FUNDRAISER?

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HOW DO YOU GET VIRTUAL RAFFLE TICKETS TO WIN PRIZES ?

There are three options all are based on a $10 AU (about $7 US) donation where 100% will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Maureen Russell of Beautiful Embroidery Designs is coordinating the fundraising and will provide QuiltShopGal a list of all donations and qualified purchases, for appropriate allocation of virtual raffle tickets.

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  1. Anyone can donate via PayPal cash and get a virtual raffle ticket for any increment of $10 AU (~$7 US) donation.  You can submit to Maureen by using the PayPal email address of beautembroidery@bigpond.com
  2. Purchase the downloadable PDF Mandala collection in 8″ or 4″ size, for one virtual raffle ticket per collection you purchase.  These templates can also be resized, using any software/printer you may have, as appropriate.
  3. For Machine Embroidery enthusiasts, purchase Justin’s Magic Mandala design collection, in downloadable format for $50 AU (~$35 US) to get 5 raffle tickets.

 

note:  donations and/or purchases need to be completed in March, to qualify for virtual raffle tickets.  But purchases of these Mandala designs will help raise funds for CF year round, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

 

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Please leave an email or comment if you have any questions.

 

 

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You can find Beautiful Embroidery Designs at:

http://www.beautifulembroiderydesigns.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/beautifulembroiderydesigns.com.au

bee creative every day

Bee Creative – A #StitchAlong, #FMQAlong, #DoodleAlong Linky Party – Charity Fundraiser with amazing prizes

Welcome to week two of our Bee Creative #StitchAlong, #FMQAlong, #DoodleAlong and Charity Fundraiser to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  

bee creative kick off badgeEveryone is invited to share any form of creativity using any Mandala theme design in our Linky Party this month.  You may want to doodle, zentangle, paint, color, free-motion quilt, embroidery, etc., your Mandala designs.  You can use  Mandala designs from books, Pinterest, etc.  Of course, I hope to inspire you to purchase a collection of beautiful downloadable PDF format Mandala designs, or a machine embroidery collection, from Maureen Russell of Beautiful Embroidery Designs as 100% of your purchase is donated to the CF Foundation (and you’ll also get a virtual raffle ticket to win prizes in our Bee Creative Charity Fundraiser).  But what ever you do, I hope you’ll have fun creating this month and share any Mandala theme creations with us.

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If you are not familiar with Linky Parties and how to use this tool, or you are a non-blogger, please read prior FAQ posts before you try to add a link. If you still have questions, email me and I’ll try to answer your question and walk you thru what you need to do.  But think of this as a virtual #CreativeGoodness Linky Party that is opened all of March.  Of course, I encourage everyone to click thru to visit the bloggers and non-bloggers that share their various Mandala projects, as I’m sure you’ll find inspiration in their sharing.

Today, I want to share what I’ve been doing and hopefully inspire you to join me and create anything you want, with a Mandala theme.

MY DOODLING

I’ve had fun doodling and coloring greeting cards.  I used the downloadable PDF Mandala design collection, by Maureen Russell of Beautiful Embroidery Designs.  This coming week, I’d like to do some Zentangle doodling, as well as use the new iCraft Deco Foils to make some fun note cards and bookmarks.  

How would you doodle or color Mandala designs?

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MY STITCHING:

I’m working on a table runner project that will incorporate Justin’s Magic Mandala embroidery designs and the complimentary Mandala PDF templates, which I will use as a template to mark for free-motion quilting.  I’ve stitched out four of the machine embroidery Mandala designs, onto 7″ squares.

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Using EQ7, I created a 6″ circle template.  Today, I’ll sew a one sided a
lightweight adhesive stabilizer and trim these embroidered squares to create a circle applique that I’ll place on my table runner.

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I selected one of the Mandala designs, from the Mandala PDF templates collection, for my free-motion quilting:

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I’ll transfer this mandala template for FMQ in the center of my table runner today, as well as create my circle applique shapes, applique them, sandwich and hopefully start my free-motion quilting this afternoon.  Can you visualize how it will look?

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Follow me on Instagram and I’ll share pictures as I #DoodleAlong, #StitchAlong, and #FMQAlong this week.  Of course, I hope you’ll join me.

DID I MENTION A CHARITY FUNDRAISER?

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As shared last week, there are 20+ prizes that will be virtually raffled off, to ticket holders, at the end of March, thanks to our sponsors:

Sponsors for this Charity Fundraiser include:  AurifilMartingale, Dragon Threads, ASF Lighting Solutions/Beam N Read, Fat Quarter Shop, Schiffer Publishing,  The Wooden Bear and Sweet Peas and Angels.

HOW DO YOU GET VIRTUAL RAFFLE TICKETS TO WIN PRIZES ?

There are three options all are based on a $10 AU (about $7 US) donation where 100% will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Maureen Russell of Beautiful Embroidery Designs is coordinating the fundraising and will provide QuiltShopGal a list of all donations and qualified purchases, for appropriate allocation of virtual raffle tickets.

 

charity raffle tickets for CF

  1. Anyone can donate via PayPal cash and get a virtual raffle ticket for any increment of $10 AU (~$7 US) donation.  You can submit to Maureen by using the PayPal email address of beautembroidery@bigpond.com
  2. Purchase the downloadable PDF Mandala collection in 8″ or 4″ size, for one virtual raffle ticket per collection you purchase.  These templates can also be resized, using any software/printer you may have, as appropriate.
  3. For Machine Embroidery enthusiasts, purchase Justin’s Magic Mandala design collection, in downloadable format for $50 AU (~$35 US) to get 5 raffle tickets.

 

note:  donations and/or purchases need to be completed in March, to qualify for virtual raffle tickets.

 

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Don’t forget all proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  And you need not create anything in March, to be able to win prizes.  Just be sure to get your virtual raffle tickets to enter.

Please leave an email or comment if you have any questions.

 

 

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You can find Beautiful Embroidery Designs at:

http://www.beautifulembroiderydesigns.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/beautifulembroiderydesigns.com.au

bee creative every day

#NightsBeforeChristmas Party – December 24th – Celebrate with a Freebie, Giveaway, Linky Party and More

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Welcome to our final Nights Before Christmas Party.  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.

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.  TONIGHTS GIVEAWAY IS OPEN TO WW FOLLOWERS.

LOOKING FOR LAST MINUTE GIFT IDEAS?

I’m always looking for fun and fast projects to make for gifts. Many years ago, a machine embroidery teacher shared how her son surprised her one Christmas morning, by bringing his girlfriend over during a time while the family was opening gifts.  My teacher, found a few minutes to sneak into her sewing room, while the family was visiting.  She stitched out a machine embroidery monogram project for her son’s girlfriend and this young lady had no idea it was a last minute gift.  

Leah Day has jumped into machine embroidery with a terrific collection of nature themed embroidery designs.  The 25 designs in the collection will stitch out automatically into perfect 4 inch squares.  You can stitch the squares on single layer projects like napkins and dish towels, or layer a quilt sandwich in the hoop to stitch out perfectly quilted stitched squares.

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Find out more about this new embroidery collection at:  http://leahday.com/products/reflections-of-nature-embroidery

I used two of the 4 inch block designs to make this little zipper pouch.  It was a fun and fast project with absolutely perfect free-motion quilting motifs stitched out on an embroidery machine.   With the entire pouch project taking less than 30 minutes, from the point of organizing supplies, machine embroidery stitch out, stitching a zipper and final assembly of the bag.

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I recently joined the Bag It! Challenge, hosted by Patty D of Elm Street Quilts. It had been years since I had sewn a zipper and I knew I needed some practice.  But I think I still have room for plenty of improvement.  On the other hand, I absolutely love this new collection of machine embroidery designs, from Leah Day Designs. And while I see endless possibilities to create with them, they have now become my absolute favorite choice when it comes to making zipper pouches and quick gifts.  

You can find Leah Day Designs at:

 

 

 

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?

Leah Day has a Free downloadable table runner pattern

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Leah Day also shares many tips and tutorials on their blog, as well as you-tube channel.  She has given so much to help quilters learn free-motion quilting for free, and when there is a fee associated the fee is always quite reasonable.  Thus, I want to heighten awareness that the money she earns from her classes, workshop, online store, machine embroidery designs is her “family income” for how she and her family live.  As such, I want to say Merry Christmas to Leah Day and her family, as well as thank them for all they do to make our world of quilting so wonderful.

 

 

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

QuiltShopGal is giving away 3 of these little zipper pouches using the new  “Reflection of Nature designs from Leah Day Designs.  I have completed one zipper pouch, but will happily stitch out two more, to ship to three lucky followers, anywhere in the world.  
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If you are interested in winning one of these little zipper pouches, followers can simply leave me a comment and share anything you wish.  Maybe you have tips for me for making zipper pouches, maybe you are not a machine embroidery enthusiast but like this new design collection from Leah Day Designs.   Or maybe you have other ideas for last minute handmade gift ideas.

I will be randomly selecting winners sometime Christmas morning, and shortly afterwards announcing the lucky winners on Christmas Day.  I’ll also send them emails to notify them.  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.  
UPDATE:  Winners have been randomly selected.  Congratulations to: Lori M., Vicki H., and Chris
 Don’t forget to  hold Christmas in your heart year round.

 

Here is a list for all posts for this event, again all giveaways are open to enter until I manually close them sometime Christmas morning PST:

 

 

#NightsBeforeChristmas Party – December 10th – 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 (earned by 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.

I also want to recognize and thank the Marjorie of Blue Feather Quilt Studio for being one of our sponsors for this party, and donating a prize for today’s giveaway.  

Marjorie is a talented quilter, designer and machine embroidery digitizer,  longarm digitzer and much more.  She is actually quite well known for her machine embroidery designs for AccuQuilt applique (MEA).  I’ve always found her designs to stitch out beautifully and each design has endless possibilities to create projects.  Here are a few of her designs that I think are perfect for a Winter or Holiday theme project:

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{above} GO! Winter Bliss

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{Above} GO! Holiday Medley


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{above} GO! Reindeer with Antlers

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{above} GO! Snowflake

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{above} GO! Snowflake 7″

 

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{above} GO! Sleigh Reindeer

But Marjorie has many beautiful machine embroidery applique designs that are compatible with various AccuQuilt dies.  Although, don’t overlook that you can still stitch out her designs without the dies, using traditional MEA techniques.  Still, pre-cuts do make MEA easy and produce much higher quality stitch outs.

You can find the Marjorie at:

http://shop.b-quilts.com/
http://b-quilts.com/blog
https://craftsy.com
https://www.youtube.com/user/mgbusb
https://www.facebook.com/marjorie.busby?fref=ts
https://www.youtube.com/user/alexveronelliyahoo
https://www.instagram.com/aurifilthread/

 

DID I MENTION A LINKY PARTY?

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

 

 

DID I MENTION A FREEBIE?

Marjorie shares great tips and tutorials on her blog, but you can also find her as a guest blogger on the AccuQuilt blog and she has also been a guest blogger for Craftsy.  She also has freebies on her site for super cute in the hoop mug rugs, including a Sweet Song Bird and also Christmas Trees and Snowflakes.

 

 

 

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

I’m absolutely thrilled today to host a giveaway sponsored by Marjorie Busby.  While Marjorie has a large collection of embroidery designs that can be downloaded from her online store, or from AccuQuilt, she also has a collection of CDs with her embroidery designs that are available via wholesale purchase and retail, from a few stores.  Actually, you may want to let your favorite sewing store know about this machine embroidery design collections and that you’d like them to carry them in their store for retail sales.  They are so new, that your store may not be aware of them.

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 Thanks to Marjorie, I am hosting a giveaway where two lucky followers, any where in the world, will receive one of these machine embroidery CD collections.  

If you are interested in winning one of these MEA CD collections, 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 ship directly to a maximum of one winner outside of the US.

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.

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 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:

 

 

2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – November Challenge with Sarah Vedeler

Today we kick off the  November Linky Party for the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  2015 fmq challenge badge

This month we showcase Sarah Vedeler, an amazing  quilter, free-motion quilter (on a domestic, as well as longarm), machine embroidery digitizer,  teacher, Bernina Ambassador,  and more.  You may already know Sarah from her award winning quilts, her stunning machine embroidery designs, taking a class with her, or from her FREE free-motion quilting tutorial which she provided during our 2012 FMQ Challenge.

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While Sarah has many beautiful machine embroidery design collections, she also has patterns for those that do not do machine embroidery and may wish to do raw edge applique.  This month, we’ll have a variety of ways for you to participate in the challenge, including some options for those that do machine embroidery, as well as those that do not.  

Here are some sample projects created with Sarah’s machine embroidery design collections:

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{above} Better Than A Paper Plate 

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{above} Rapsody made with the Sedona Surprise collection

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{above} Spirals of Life is a machine embroidery collection that comes with SVG files, that can be used on electronic cutters to cut your applique spiral shapes, making this also a fun design for those that do not have machine embroidery designs.  This collection is also a fundraiser where a portion of the proceeds help raise funds for the  Libby Lehman Medical Fund.

Click here to see more of Sarah’s machine embroidery design collections.

Here are some samples of projects that do not require machine embroidery:

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{above} Patriotic Stars

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{above} Peace, Love and Joy Pillow Collection

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{above} Sarah’s Sassy I-pad Sleeve

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{above} Star of Devin where proceeds helped to raise funds for Operation Homefront.

 

Here are some photos that show off her beautiful free-motion quilting:

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{above} Beautiful pebbles applied to a design that used her Stars collection.

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{above} using her Jewels in Chocolate Machine Embroidery Design collection.

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{above} beautiful swirls as shown on a project using her Heather Feather Border collection

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{above} feathers, swirls and pebbles on a project made using her New Leaf Design Collection..

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{above} gorgeous FMQ feathers on a project made using her Jazzilicous Design Collection

 

You can find Sarah Vedeler at:

 

Our November Challenge has many options, which are open for those that do not stitch machine embroidery, as well as those that do.  Please email me, or leave a comment if you have any questions about these options.

NOVEMBER CHALLENGE – OPTIONS:

OPTION #1  

Use the FMQ tutorial, by Sarah Vedeler, for the 2012 FMQ Challenge to create a pillow.  This is a versatile option, so use your imagination and feel free to add other FMQ motifs.

This is great tutorial to help you learn/improve your FMQ skills and make stunning swirls that you can use on your projects.

http://quiltshopgal.com/2012-free-motion-quilting-challenge-november-tutorial-by-sarah-vedeler/

This is a versatile option to enter this challenge.  Apply Sarah’s tutorial to create your FMQ pillow, of any size, or style. To clarify, your FMQ pillow could be whole cloth, applique, pieced, etc., but you need to show evidence of using Sarah’s tutorial by including FMQ swirls on your pillow, even if you include additional FMQ motifs.

OPTION #2

Sarah has a beautiful design collection for machine embroidery called Peace, Love, Joy that has quite versatile (e.g. quilts, wallhangings, table runners, pillows, etc.)  and pattern Peace, Love Joy pillow.  And, she designed dies for AccuQuilt that also help to create the letters easily and quickly for those that wish to cut via die cutters.  Plus, she has a standalone pattern to make these pillows, which can be made using her machine embroidery die collection, OR using raw edge applique.  Likewise, you can also cut out the applique by hand if you do not have the dies.  (it is just easier and faster with dies).

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Create a FMQ Pillow using techniques and designs from Sarah’s downloadable pattern.  This is a versatile option to enter this challenge as you can apply any FMQ motif to your pillow that you wish.

 

OPTION #3

Sarah published a free pattern in McCall’s May/June 2015 issue, called The McCall’s Mini Quilt.  You can also download a copy of this free pattern, which includes SVG files for those that have electronic cutting machines.

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This Mini Quilt measures 16 1/4″ x 15 1/2″ has optional machine embroidery designs are also available for purchase from Sarah Vedeler, or you can stitch using raw edge applique, or use any fancy stitches that you machine has and you’d like to use.

Adapt this Mini Quilt pattern, to create a pillow of any size you wish, adding any free-motion quilting designs that you wish to apply to your pillow.  While possibilities are endless, I’m thinking a center block of this mini quilt design that measures 15 1/2″ x15 1/2″ with an outside frame to finish a pillow at 20″x20″ or 22″x22″ would look wonderful and also provide space to show off your FMQ.

OPTION #4

Sarah has many wonderful machine embroidery design collections.  This versatile option is for those that enjoy machine embroidery.  You have the option to use ANY of Sarah’s design collection to create a pillow of any size, but you will need to create your own FMQ, using any FMQ motif you desire.  To clarify, this option does not allow using any computerized FMQ by Sarah, nor other ME digitizers.  The goal of this challenge is to encourage quilters to learn/improve your FMQ Challenge.

OPTION #5

Note:  While this option has nothing to do with Sarah Vedeler, here is an extra option to help you learn/improve your FMQ skills:

Martingale published a collection of continuous line quilting designs by Glorianne Cubbage.  These collections are now out of print and no longer offered at Martingale, but you can still find them in various quilting stores, as well as a few are available on Amazon. They are all great ways to learn/improve your FMQ skills and definitely packed with fun motifs.  

This is a versatile option as you can use any of the FMQ designs in any of the collections by Glorianne Cubbage and published by Martingale to create your FMQ pillow.   To clarify, your pillow can be wholecloth, pieced, appliqued, etc., but you do need to use FMQ motifs that are included in one or more of these published collections.

ENTER THIS CHALLENGE – JOIN THIS LINKY PARTY

Don’t overlook that you can create more than one pillow, to claim more than one entry to any of the monthly challenges.  You want to do more than one of the options, or all.  Each option you complete counts as an entry.    And the more you create, the  more opportunities you have to learn and improve your FMQ skills, as well as win more prizes!


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RULES TO ENTER THIS CHALLENGE:

1) Entries need to be completed pillows that show free-motion quilting that aligns with the options defined in this monthly challenge. Note:  Other projects that you wish to share can be added to the Flickr group, but do not share them via the link tool.

2) You can enter one completed pillow for any, or all of the options.  Bloggers can do so in one blog post, but to help with the entries, their post needs to show photos and clarify which options they are entering for this monthly challenge.  Non-bloggers need to reflect the same as bloggers, in the comments for the photo they upload to the flickr group for this challenge. Both bloggers and non-bloggers can add one link to the linky tool, for each of the options they wish to enter.  Note, to help with administration, please be sure the photo in the linky tool reflects which of the challenge options you are claiming when you enter/add the link.

Those that want to apply the challenge to projects other than pillows, or those that complete the challenge after the given month, as well as those that may wish to share other FMQ projects are encouraged to share in a Flirk group that has been created specifically for group sharing and inspiration:     https://www.flickr.com/groups/2815271@N22/   To clarify, this group is open to anyone that wishes to share any FMQ project that they created.

3.   In keeping with the spirit of this challenge, I hope in you encourage others to enter this challenge as well as check out all the entries to get inspired.

4.  In the spirit of ~Create ~ Share ~ Inspire ~ #CreativeGoodness, those that wish to share tips and tutorials during any of these monthly challenges will be appreciated.  And, as always, QuiltShopGal will try to do her best to help increase awareness of such.  Collectively, we can create great fun and help others learn/improve their FMQ Skills.

While most of these linky parties are open for one month, this Linky party and other challenges released during the summer will be open thru mid-September, but I encourage you to not wait till the last minute to enter.  You need to have your project completed and linked to enter to win prizes.  Those that may complete this challenge at a different time, as well as those that want to share any FMQ related project, are encouraged to share photos in the Flickr group created for this challenge: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2815271@N22/

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 is now on the right hand column of this blog.  Thank you for posting the badge.  The more quilters we have participating, the more fun and inspiration we will all have.  But I need your help to spread the word and encourage others to join, or at least come look and visit all the blogs (and non-bloggers) that share their FMQ projects with us via the Monthly linky parties and the Flicker Group sharing.

SPONSORS AND PRIZES FOR THIS OCTOBER CHALLENGE:

Note:  Entering this monthly challenge automatically enters you to win Grand Prizes that will be awarded, once all of the monthly challenges have been completed.  The more monthly challenges you enter, as well as the more options you complete, the more entries you’ll get to win Grand Prizes.

Sponsor Prize Winners
Udderly Smooth, by RedEx 65668_10151884614025894_331473606_n  A gift pack of Udderly Smooth products.  Product bundle shipped may not be exactly like what QuiltShopGal is showing.Estimated Retail value $25.Prize is open to participants living in US/Canada.  Prize #1  winner – 

This prize has been carried over to a Grand Prize

Moda Fabrics

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Moda will be giving a bundle of fabrics to one lucky winner.  Stay tuned as details and photo will be shared shortly.  Prize #2 winner – Sadly sponsor was removed

 

Martingale  

Machine Quilting With Style: From Walking-Foot Wonders to Free-Motion Favorites, by Christa Watson

 

Stash Lab: Simple Solutions for Scrap Quilts, by Tonya Alexander

Splash of Color: A Rainbow of Brilliant Black-and-White Quilts, by Jackie Kunkel

Stitch on the Double: Easy Quilt Projects to Sew on the Go, by Kathleen Brown

Tributes and Treasures: 12 Vintage-Inspired Quilts Made With Reproduction Prints, by Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts

QuiltShopGal will ship these prizes directly to the lucky winners.  Maximum of two such prizes may be shipped WW, with a minimum of three going to US winners.  This is due to my limited shipping budget at this time.

 

Three winners have been notified and asked which of these books they want, the remaining two books will be carried over and given as Grand Prizes.
Winner #1 Elizabeth H has claimed Stash Lab

Winner #2 – Machine Quilting with Style claimed by Ratama

Winner #3 Stitch on the Double. claimed by Karin of The Quilt Yarn

 

And don’t forget when you enter this monthly challenge you are automatically entered to win prizes awarded at the end of this 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge. The more monthly challenges you enter the more chances you get to win monthly AND Grand Prizes. Many of these Grand Prizes sponsors will ship to WW participants!
FAQ

 If you have questions for this Challenge, please read the FAQ:  http://quiltshopgal.com/faq-for-challenges-and-shows/

Winners will be selected randomly and this post will be updated accordingly, after I send an email to notify the winners.

email QuiltShopGal if you still have questions at Darlene @ quiltshopgal dot com and I will try to respond as fast as I can.

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Here is a list of previous posts 2015 FMQ Challenge:

 

 

For those wanting more information on the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge, you can click the menu tabs underneath the header image of this blog EVENTS > FREE-MOTION QUILTING > 2015 FREE MOTION QUILTING CHALLENGE to visit the main page for this event which will always contain current links to all the monthly challenges:

http://quiltshopgal.com/2015-

SPONSORS:

Aurifil, Clever Craft Tools/Grip & Stitch Disks, Fabrics N Quilts, Fat Quarter Shop, Gotcha Covered Quilting, Martingale, The Stencil Company, Udderly Smooth, Landauer Publishing, CT Publishing, the Electric Quilt Company, The Quilt Show and Craftsy!

Prizes will be awarded for each monthly challenge and there are also prizes that will be awarded at the end of the year.  Monthly winners will be randomly selected.  And while end of year (aka Grand Prizes) will also be awarded randomly, I’m also looking at awarding based on a variety of soon to be announced methods (e.g. Person that completed the most challenges, the person that improved

Justin’s Magic Mandalas – Fund Raising for Cystic Fibrosis Research and Sneak Peaks to Upcoming #StitchAlongs

Today I want to share insights about a wonderful charity project that I hope you will want to help, by increasing awareness,  donating funds, or purchasing a stunning machine embroidery design collections where all the proceeds go to a great cause.  I also want to share that I will be hosting a #StitchAlong in the future, using these designs, where I’ll walk you thru step-by-step, and pull in experts if you need more help during this event.  I post #Stitch-Along virtual sew-cials every Saturday and participants can share their work on various social media tools using hashtag #StitchAlong.


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Wikipedia shows a definition of Cystic fibrosis (CF) as:

a genetic disorder that affects mostly the lungs but also the pancreas, liver, kidneys and intestine.

There is no cure for cystic fibrosis. Lung infections are treated with antibiotics which may be given intravenously, inhaled, or by mouth.

 

Fortunately, the management of cystic fibrosis has greatly improved over the past 70 years, but much more research is needed for further improvements and to ultimately find a cure. While infants born with cystic fibrosis 70 years ago would have been unlikely to live beyond their first year, infants today are likely to live well into adulthood. Recent advances in the treatment of cystic fibrosis have meant that an individual with cystic fibrosis can live a fuller life less encumbered by their condition.

Machine Embroidery Designer, Maureen J. Russell of Beautiful Embroidery Designs,in Australia, has created a gorgeous collection of Mandala designs where all proceeds, from the sale of this collection, are donated to the Australian Cystic Fibrosis Research Trust.

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Maureen’s grandson, Justin was born in 2000 and was diagnosed within 24 hours of having CF.  Last month Justin was granted his wish by the Starlight Make a Wish Foundation to meet the Socceroos when they played their World Cup Match  in Perth:

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Maureen created Justin’s Magic Mandalas to help raise funds for CF Research.

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This collection contains 18 beautiful Mandalas:

These designs come in a variety of formats that can be purchased on a CD, or you can download for ART, ARTV7, HUS, JEF, PES and VIP format, which have all been fully tested.  If you need another format, you can email Maureen directly, but you will receive a format that has not yet been tested. 

Each design stitches out approximately 5″x5″, with 3-4 color changes.  They are all absolutely beautiful and would look great on an endless list of projects.  These are brilliant designs packed with #CreativeGoodness.

 

The downloadable design collection is AU$50, which is a steal especially for those that benefit by the the US $ exchange.  A Multi-format CD is $10 additional, WW postage included!  But don’t forget 100% of the purchase price goes to help CF Research. PR Angels that can help to increase awareness of this great cause, are also appreciated.

 

You can find Beautiful Embroidery Designs at:

http://www.beautifulembroiderydesigns.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/beautifulembroiderydesigns.com.au

Did I Mention Sneak Peeks to Future #StitchAlongs?

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I’m hosting a variety of very flexible virtual sew-cials where you can join me for quilting, sewing, embroidery and free-motion quilting projects.  I’m now posting on Saturdays, for these events.  While I’m not an expert, I promise to help walk you thru the projects shared, help you with questions, and pull in experts when needed.  I’ll also try to give you sneak peeks, to

This #StitchAlong will most likely begin early in 2016.  I’m sharing now, to encourage those interested to start getting their supplies together, which includes the machine embroidery design collection for Justin’s Magic Mandalas.  In this #StitchAlong, you can use these for any project you wish and possibilities are endless (e.g. jackets, placemats, table runners, quilts, etc).  But, it certainly will be more fun to stitch together and virtually is our next best opportunity.  I hope you’ll want to join me in this event, as well as help raise funds for a great cause.

Of course, if you have created anything with any of Maureen’s Beautiful Embroidery Design Collections, I hope you will share them in a weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Party which I host every Friday.

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