Category: Martingale

The Big Book of Strip Quilts (and a Giveaway)

Today I want to share insights about another absolutely amazing creative new book published by Martingale this month, as well as a giveaway.    

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The Big Book of Strip Quilts: Start with Strips to Make 60 Stunning Quilts, by Karen M. Burns is packed with creative goodness for quilters of all levels.

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

Cut strips from your stash or gather your favorite precuts to make fabulous strip quilts that shine! Each pattern will inspire you with its remarkably versatile look and scrappy style, easily achieved with simple strips.

  • 60 stunning strip quilts at a great value–just pennies per pattern
  • Choose from sizes ranging from wall hangings and baby quilts to bed-sized quilts, all by top designers
  • Includes projects for beginners and experienced quilters in a variety of attractive patchwork styles

MY REVIEW:

Clearly, with 60 stunning strip quilt patterns in this book, it is an amazing value that you should not overlook.  In keeping with the quality that Martingale stands by, all the patterns come with easy to follow instructions and great visuals. Projects range in size of 31-1/4″ x 40-1/2″ to 82-1/2″ x 90-1/2″ and they are all perfect for beginner quilters thru experienced quilters.

The designs in this book would be great to make using fabric in your stash, or purchase new fabrics (yardage you can cut, or pre-cuts/strips).  Don’t overlook the fact these quilts would look great in your home, as well as be perfect for a gift.  You can’t go wrong making these beautiful quilts, but you may want to make many of them over and over again.

 I do hope you get to check out this book at your favorite quilt shop, but as it was just released, they may not be aware of it (although I’m confident they’ll see it in Martingale’s booth at the upcoming Quilt Market).  Still, don’t forget if you don’t find it in your favorite quilt shop, let them know you’d like them to carry it.  Of course, you can also check it out and buy it at Martingale’s online store, as well as Amazon.  Lastly, I want to share that I’m predicting this book is going to quickly become a “Best Seller”.  Can you tell I love it!  

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

Martingale has shared more insights on this new book and is also hosting a giveaway where you could win an e:copy of this book.  Just be sure to click thru and enter by April 26th.

You can find Martingale at:
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http://www.shopmartingale.com/
http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale
https://twitter.com/ShopMartingale
https://www.youtube.com/user/martingaleandcompany78

The Splendid Sampler, by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson (and a giveway)

I am a quilter that loves checking out books every time I visit quilt shops, as well as checking publisher’s websites to learn about new books.  Martingale has released another wonderful new quilting block this month.  And, I’m excited to share insights with you today about this new book, packed with #CreativeGoodness.   

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The Splendid Sampler: 100 Spectacular Blocks From A Community Of Quilters,  by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson, published by Martingale, is a book packed with amazing blocks that will allow yo to create quilts, wallhangings, table toppers and much more, yet allow your project to be very unique.

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

Join The Splendid Sampler community with a comprehensive collection of very special 6-inch blocks created and shared by more than 80 of today’s most innovative designers.

  • You’ll enjoy trying your hand at 100 eye-catching designs that use a wide range of techniques, including traditional patchwork, applique, foundation paper piecing, and embroidery
  • A number of the 6-inch blocks are shown in two colorways for twice the creativity
  • Be inspired by gallery quilts featuring carefully selected placement options for your Splendid Sampler blocks

MY REVIEW:

This book is compiled from a virtual sew-along on Facebook and the website:  TheSplendidSampler.com that was created with 83 blocks, over a 12 month sew-along.  The book is organized into chapters:

  • Introduction
  • Patchwork blocks
  • Applique’ blocks
  • Foundation-pieced blocks
  • Embroidered locks
  • Quilting basics
  • Quilting gallery
  • Index

Each block comes with easy to follow instructions, as well as great visuals.  While some might question why they would need this book, given so many of the block designs were originally shared for free on-line, there really is great value in this book:  Better visuals, oodles of hints, quilting gallery and much more.  Plus, everything is well organized in this book vs hunting a vast series of blog posts for the patterns.   Think of the free blog sew-along as a group of test quilters and this book is the ultimate quality tested collection of amazing block designs.

This is a handy resource that will certainly help quilters make beautiful quilts, wallhangings, table toppers and more.   The possibilities are endless.  Ultimately I view this book as an exception value, truly packed with Creative Goodness.

I hope you get a chance to check out this book at your favorite quilt store.  But as it is so new they may not have heard about it, so do let them know you are interested in having them make it available.  Of course, you can also check it out online at Martingale, as well as Amazon.

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

Martingale is hosting an amazing “Splendid Giveaway where you could win a copy of this book, as well as a bundle of fabrics.  To enter, click on the image below and follow the instructions on the Martingale blog, Stitch This, where you have a chance of being one of 13 lucky winners.  Deadline to enter: April 20th.

 

You can find Martingale at:

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http://www.shopmartingale.com/
http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale
https://twitter.com/ShopMartingale
https://www.youtube.com/user/martingaleandcompany78

Our Precision Piecing Quilt-Along – Wrap Up

Before I wrap up the Precision Piecing Quilt-Along, by thanking sponsors and announcing winners, I want to let everyone know that QuiltShopGal migrated to a new (and cheaper) web hosting service.  It was supposed to have happened over a weekend, a week ago.  There was a point that I thought QuiltShopGal was going to die a quick death, long before I could complete all I wanted to do.  Thanks to Marian Pena of Seams to Be Sew, for her help and encouragement during this migration.  I still have a few pending issues in the migration, but now have email back up and running, as well as the ability to release new posts.  Woo hoo!    

note:  my address remains www.quiltshopgal.com

So, today, I want to wrap up the Precision Piecing Quilt Along.    I hope to have inspired others to challenge their piecing skills with small blocks and seek out perfect cutting and piecing, to get us to slow down and improve our piecing skills.  There are a variety of ways to improve our precision piecing skills, but stitching small blocks is truly a great way to do so.  And, Hope’s Quilt Designs has many beautiful mini-block patterns that you can download for free.    

 

I want to recognize our generous sponsors who made this event more fun, by donating wonderful prizes:  The Fat Quarter ShopThe Quilt Show and Martingale 

I also want to share that ALL of the participants in this event, who are bloggers, were also added to My Creative Blog List, which is a great site to follow super creative blogs.  I hope all bloggers and non-bloggers check it out.  I have found this to be a great resource to follow a variety of creative blogs and I’m hearing from others that agree.

 

TIME TO ANNOUNCE THE LUCKY WINNERS:

The Fat Quarter Shop  donated a $50 gift certificate.

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Winner: Laura (LauraLovesLoons and Quilting too!)

The Quilt Show  donated a TQS membership

Winner: Nan Brown (Yellow Mound Quilts)

Martingale has donated 3 new books.  

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Simple Friendships – Winner:  Barbara (Cat Patches)

Zen Chick Inspired – Winner:  Christi Scheffel

Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites – winner: Kim Rennie

You can still view all the entries in our  Linky Party for the Precision Piecing QAL.  When you click thru, bloggers typically share more inspiration on their blog.

 

 

Here is a list of previous #PrecisionPiecingQAL posts:

#PrecisionPiecingQAL – Week Three

Welcome to week three of our #PrecisionPiecingQAL.  Everyone has time to make a mini-block, with a free downloadable pattern designed by Hope’s Quilt Designs (links available in kick-off post).  You just need to make at least one block, to enter by March 19th, as I’ll be announcing the winners next week.

This event is sponsored by:

The Fat Quarter Shop

The Quilt Show

Martingale


While many have made one, or more, of the free miniature quilt blocks, some have repeated the same block, to further improve their precision piecing skills, getting better results each time they make a mini-block.  And, some have turned their blocks into miniature projects:

Bea (Beaquilter) turned her blocks into a sweet pincushion.

Jan (non-blogger) shared this very creative quilt top she created using her miniature blocks.

Deadline to enter is March 19th.  I will be announcing the winners next week.

Here is our Linky Party for the Precision Piecing QAL.

Don’t forget this coming Saturday is Worldwide quilting day.  

 

And, to help celebrate, The Quilt Show is allowing everyone FREE access to all their current and past episodes plus giving away ~$10k in prizes.

I hope you will take time to make a miniature quilt block this weekend, to practice your precision piecing skills, as well as celebrate International Quilt Weekend.  This is always one of my favorite weekends of the year.

Here is a list of previous #PrecisionPiecingQAL posts:

#PrecisionPiecingQAL – The Fat Quarter Shop

Welcome to week two of our #PrecisionPiecingQAL.

  Today I want to inspire everyone to work on their precision piecing skills by highlighting some great opportunities available thru the Fat Quarter Shop, as well as share some projects that some of our participants have made with their miniature blocks made during this challenge.  To clarify, you need not make anything with these miniature blocks to enter to win prizes, but for those that want to not just use this QAL as a technique learning opportunity, but to create, the possibilities are endless.

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The Fat Quarter Shop shares a wealth of helpful tutorials that can help quilters, including those wanting to improve their precision piecing skills.  Here are a few which I highly recommend:

And, the Fat Quarter Shop also has very helpful notions:

  • ByANnie stiletto –   useful to hold fabric down as you sew as you get close to the needle
  • Creative Grid rulers –   easy to read markings and non-slip backs so you can cut precisely
  • Triangle paper – get exact units, especially when working with bias edges
  • Rotating mat – move the mat, not the fabric, when cutting
  • Ideal Seam Guide – set yourself up for success with accurate seams

MINIATURE PROJECT SHARING

Amanda Best (PatchworkPrincess82) shared all her blocks, as well as this beautiful miniature quilt which she made, on Instagram.

Barbara (Cat Patches) shared insights on her creative blog, about the blocks she made and how she turned them into a miniature quilt, which she plans to use as a hot pad in her camper.  I thought it was cute she named this project “At a Minimum”.

Still plenty of time for you to make a miniature block (or more) to enter to win prizes from our generous sponsors:  The Fat Quarter Shop, The Quilt Show, and Martingale.  It only takes one entry for a chance to win a prize, but of course, I hope you’ll use this QAL as an opportunity to improve your precision piecing skills.  So, if you don’t feel your miniature block is perfect, make more till you get it right.  There are a variety of free patterns that you can use, all listed in the kick off post for this event.  But do let me know if you have any questions.

Deadline to enter is March 19th.

Here is our Linky Party for the Precision Piecing QAL.

 

 

Don’t forget this coming Saturday is Worldwide quilting day.  I sure hope you find time to enjoy and quilt.  Always fun to quilt with friends, even virtually.

And, The Quilt Show is also opening up all their shows to everyone to watch this weekend, as they also have plenty of episodes & more, to help you improve your piecing skills..  More info on my prior post for this event.

 

Here is a list of previous #PrecisionPiecingQAL posts:

Our Precision Piecing Quilt-Along – Official Kick Off

Today I want to officially kick off our Precision Piecing Quilt Along.  I want to recognize our sponsors:

The Fat Quarter Shop has generously donated a $50 gift certificate, which will be randomly awarded to one lucky participant.  To clarify, this is open to WW participants.

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The Quilt Show has generously donated a TQS membership, which will be randomly awarded to only lucky participant.  To clarify, this is open to WW participants.

Martingale has donated 3 new books.  

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As QuiltShopGal will be shipping these prizes to the lucky winners (1 book each), postage has been raised by those that kindly use my Affiliate links when making a purchase at Craftsy, AccuQuilt, CreativeBug, ThermoWeb or Amazon.  As such, a maximum of one international participant will win a book, with all US/Canada participants eligible to win a book.

Throughout this event, I’ll be showcasing tips, tutorials, teachers, books, etc., to help you improve your Precision Piecing skills.  Here are a few tips:

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Riley Blake has a free downloadable PDF with really good basic tips for precision piecing.

This QAL allows you to work on one, or all mini blocks, designed by Hope (Hope’s Quilt Designs) which you can download from Craftsy for free.  Just stitch out a block and share via the linky tool, before March 15th 19th, to enter to win prizes.  Here are the mini blocks by Hope:

The Rainbow Flowers Mini Block

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Autumn Tints Mini Block

Churn Dash Mini Quilt

Friendship Star Mini Quilt Block

Rolling Stone Mini-Block

You can finish your mini-block how ever you wish. You may want to make several and create a mini-quilt, or mug rug.  You could even turn one into a cute zipper pouch.  Possibilities are endless.  But this QAL is really all about learning/improving your precision piecing skills by making these sweet mini-quilts.

Bloggers and non-bloggers can join this QAL.  Of course, I appreciate it when bloggers use the badge (from this post) and encourage others to join too!  I also appreciate it if everyone can use the hashtag #PrecisionPiecingQAL when sharing on any social media tool.  Non-bloggers can link to their photos shared via Pinterest, Flickr, etc., so long as it is viewable to others.  And, you can link as often as you wish.  Very flexible to enter, but do let me know if you have any questions.

The deadline to enter has been extended thru March 19th, to link up with International Quilt Weekend celebrations.  

Here is our Linky Party for the Precision Piecing QAL.

 

 

Here is a list of previous #PrecisionPiecingQAL posts:

New Books by Martingale with #CreativeGoodness – How You Might Win A Copy

Today is one of my favorite days, as I get to share insights with you today about new books with #CreativeGoodness from Martingale, and how you can win a copy.

Martingale works with talented authors to publish excellent books throughout the year.  They’ve just release three new books which caught my attention:

 

 

Simple Friendships, by Kim Diehl and Jo Morton

My Review: Easy to fall in love with this new book packed with 14 quilt projects that come with easy to follow instructions and great visuals, perfect for quilters of all levels, at an amazing price.  All of the designs are eye catching, but Liberty Star certainly caught my attention.

Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites

My Review: Miss Rosie’s designs are always fun and perfect for those that love scrappy quilt projects, but designs also work for those that wish to coordinate.  With 12 favorite quilts from Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company this book is an excellent value, perfect for quilters of all levels.  I’ll confess I’m inspired with all the designs in this book.  Definitely a “must have” book for fans of Carrie Nelson, but also a great book for anyone.  I’m confident this is going to be a best seller.

Zen Chick Inspired, by Brigette Heltland

My Review:

Packed with refreshing modern designs, the 12 designs in this book are perfect for quilters of all levels.  I think the designs are also very versatile, to adapt sizes and styles, where the possibilities to create are endless.

There are a couple of ways you can win a copy:

1) Stitch This, the Martingale blog, has a giveaway where you could win a copy of Zen Chick and a bundle of fabric from Moda.  But you need to enter by March lst.

2) Thanks to Martingale, copies of Zen Chick,  Simple Friendships and Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites will be given away as prizes, to participants in the Precision Piecing QAL.  But you’ll need to enter by March 15th.

I hope you can check out these new books at your favorite Quilt Show, but if you don’t find them, do let them know you are interested in them making these books available to their customers.  They are such new books, stores may not yet be aware of them.  Of course, you can also check out these books online at Martingale, as well as on Amazon.

You can find Martingale at:

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http://www.shopmartingale.com/
http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale
https://twitter.com/ShopMartingale
https://www.youtube.com/user/martingaleandcompany78

Cottage-Style Charm – Simply Sweet Designs to Quilt and Embroider – Giveaway

I’m excited to be able to share insights with you today about a new book from Martingale that is packed with #CreativeGoodness.  

Cottage-Style Charm – Simply Sweet Designs to Quilt and Embroider, by Natalie Bird

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

Once you pick up your needle and thread, you won’t want to put them down! Enjoy stitching small and sweet quilted projects with embroidered accents, including a table topper, pincushion, tote bag, wall hangings, and more.

  • Create decor for your entire home with designs you can customize with your favorite colors and fabrics
  • Add simple embroidery motifs including birds, flowers, hearts, and houses for the whimsical look you love
  • Clear how-to illustrations and beginner-friendly instructions are included

About the Author:

Popular Australian designer Natalie Bird is known for charming patchwork patterns that feature appliqué and embroidery. She is inspired by family and friends, nature, and the world around her. Natalie is also a fabric designer for Clothworks. You can find her at Thebirdhouse.com.au.

Click here for more insights on this book and author by way of the Martingale Blog, Stitch This.

MY PERSPECTIVE:

This book is packed with sweet projects based on themes of friendship, family, and home.  The projects range from small projects (e.g. Cushions, Totes, Coin Purse, Table Topper, Pincushion, thread catcher baskets) to mini stitchery that are 4 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ to quilts that are 70 1/2″ x 84 1/2″.

All of the projects have easy to follow instructions with great visuals and certainly would make beautiful projects to decorate your home, as well as to give as heartwarming gifts that would be cherished for years to come.  With 10 projects in this book, I feel this book is an exceptional value.

I hope you get a chance to check out this new book at your favorite quilt or sewing store.  But if you don’t see it, do let them know you are interested in them making this book available, as it is so new they may not yet be aware of it.

You can find Martingale at:

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http://www.shopmartingale.com/
http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale
https://twitter.com/ShopMartingale
https://www.youtube.com/user/martingaleandcompany78

You can find Natalie Bird at:

http://thebirdhouse.com.au

https://www.facebook.com/thebirdhouse01
https://www.instagram.com/_natalie_bird_/

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

Thanks to Martingale, I have one copy of this new book to giveaway to one lucky follower.  But due to postage expenses and my limited budget, this prize is limited to US Only Residents.  To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter form below to claim one or more entries, as appropriate.  I will notify the winner via email and update this post to reflect the winner, next week.

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9 Months to Crochet

I’m excited to be able to share insights with you today about a new books with #CreativeGoodness from Martingale.  

The New Year is always fun, but even more exciting when you are looking forward to the arrival of a new baby.  On the other hand, it is even fun when one has already arrived.  Babies just make life so much fun.  Of course, it is also fun to make things for babies too!

I’m excited to be able to share insights with you today about a fun new book from Martingale, which has some wonderful projects you can make for babies.


“9 Months to Crochet – Count Down to the Big Day with Crochet! – 25 Projects to Make While You Wait”, by Maaike Van Koert,  is definitely a book filled with #CreativeGoodness and fun projects for babies, as well as the excitement about the arrival of a new baby.

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

Is there a baby on the way? Spend nine months crocheting a darling collection of infant outfits and nursery gear for boys or girls, including toys, blankets, and pillows–plus stylish accessories and clever organizing options for the new mom. Cute and classic with a modern twist, these eye-catching designs are perfect for welcoming a little one!

Available to customers in the U.S. and Canada only.

About the Author:

Maaike von Koert is a talented crochet designer and author who runs creJJtion.com, a popular website for crochet enthusiasts. Maaike grew up in the Netherlands, lived for a while in Canada, and then returned to the Netherlands where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Floyd the chocolate Labrador.

MY PERSPECTIVE:

This book is packed with absolutely adorable items to crochet for a new baby to wear, cuddle with, as well as to decorate their room.  All of the patterns come with easy to follow instructions and great visuals, making this book perfect for a beginner, as well as those with expertise with crochet work.  I hope you can see with I feel this book is such an exceptional value with 25 wonderful projects.  I do hope you get a chance to check it out at your local quilt or sewing center, but don’t forget if you don’t see it, to let them know you’d like them to carry it.  It is such a new book they might not be aware of it.  Of course you can also check it out online at Martingale, as well as Amazon.

For those that may not have a baby on the way, or a recent arrival, don’t overlook the fun you can have with this book to make handmade gifts for some future baby.  There are so many babies born every year, whose families would love such a handmade gift.  They also make great items to go into baby themed gift baskets for silent auction fundraisers.  But one of my most favorite and common reasons to make baby gifts is for Operation Homefront.  

Operation Homefront is a non-profit program that focuses on helping Military families and Wounded Warriors with financial assistance, food assistance, repairs and so much more.  And, they also host several group baby showers for soon to be mothers, often living away from family and friends, while their husband is deployed and they are having a baby.  If you are not familiar with this program, click thru to find out more info.  I also hope you’ll contact your nearest office and let them know you are interested in making handmade baby items for them to give to these soon to be mothers, or find out other ways you can help these families.  

As there are also many ways to help others, I’m also hoping that if you have a favorite way where someone can make a cute baby item and donate to a good cause, that you’ll share by way of leaving a comment below.  Of course, if you have a baby on the way, or a recent arrival, I’d love to hear about that too!  

You can find Martingale at:

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http://www.shopmartingale.com/
http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale
https://twitter.com/ShopMartingale
https://www.youtube.com/user/martingaleandcompany78

Happy Holidays

While I rarely share personal info, I can honestly say I love all the holidays.  Yes, I love Hanukkah, the Ramadan celebration, and many more holidays, but I don’t ever want to lose sight of celebrating Christmas, as well as wishing those that celebrate this holiday a Merry Christmas.   What ever holiday you celebrate, I hope it is a happy one for you and your family.  I also wish for you a very happy and healthy New Year, with time to enjoy and create.

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I want to thank and recognize all of the sponsors for our recent “12 Days of Christmas Giveaways”.  All of the winners have been announced, notified and their special Christmas gifts are in the process of being shipped.  While I had hoped that this would have been done so that these gifts would arrive in time to open on Christmas, the “Grinch” hijacked my website and the downtime created a delay.  But the lucky winners will receive their prize very soon.  

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Thank you to all of our generous sponsors:

Cherry Blossoms Quilting StudioMarjorie Busby of Blue Feather Quilt StudioASF Lightware Solutions/Beam N ReadLandauer Publishing,The Quilt ShowFat Quarter ShopUdderly Smooth/RedexIsland BatikAurifilThe Electric Quilt CompanyThe Fat Quarter Gypsy, and Martingale.

 

Here is a list of all of the posts for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways which also shows each of the lucky winners. 

 

This Holiday season, let’s spread happiness and good cheer.

Lastly, I’d like to ask a special favor of you.  Diane Gaudynski is an amazing award winning quilter, Master free-motion quilter, teacher and author.  She retired a few years back from teaching and rarely updates her blog.  She just released another blog post and I believe she’d love to hear from you.  Thus, I hope you can take a few moments to pop over to her blog and leave some kind words to share good Holiday cheer with her.  You can find her blog at:  http://dianegaudynski.blogspot.com/

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