Category: Martingale

Fun Friday Giveaway: Prairie-Point Pizzazz

Prairie-Point Pizzazz:  Quilts with New Dimension“, by Karen Sievert, published by Martingale & Company, home of That Patchwork Place, is a  a fun quilting book that shows you how to create prairie points and to also use them in your quilts, way beyond their traditional use in borders and bindings!

You may be familiar with Karen’s popular book ” Better Together“, which is an excellent quilting book based on beautiful quilts that use two different block designs.  She has done another excellent job sharing designs for 10 unique projects, that range in size from table runner, to wallhanging, to full size quilts.

She does a great job walking introducing the reader to Prairie Points and how to use them to create Pizzazz in your quilts.  She even talks about the “Zen of Prairie Points”, fabric selection, marking, fusing, and many other tips & tricks.

All of the projects in this book are well written, with great visuals, material requirements and easy to follow instructions.

There are also quilting suggestions for many of the designs.  Along with a great section on “Quiltmaking Basics” that provide insigns on fabric care, rotary cutting, piecing, pressing, binding and more.  Thus, I view this is an excellent book for quilters of all skill levels, but definitely a perfect book for a new quilters too!

I hope you get a chance to check out this fun quilt book at your local quilt store, or online at Martingale & Company’s online store.

Did I mention a giveaway? Thanks to Martingale & Company for donating a copy of this delightful book for a Fun Friday giveaway for followers of SewCalGal.

Want to win a copy of this book? Simply leave a comment on this post to enter.

Want an extra entry ?   For those on Facebook, go “like” Martingale & Company and leave a comment on their page underneath the photo for “Jelly Babies“.    Come back here and leave a 2nd comment to claim this extra entry.

The winner will randomly be selected and announced on the next Fun Friday giveaway, March 9th.

The winner of last week’s Fun Friday giveaway, sponsored by Dutton Books, for a copy of the newly released “Sonoma Rose” is Billie Bee

Fun Friday Giveaway: Make Your Bed

Martingale & Company, home of that Patchwork Place, is the sponsor of this Fun Friday Giveaway today.

Make Your Bed: Quilted Bed Runners, Pillows, and More to Suit Your Style, by Leslee Evans, is an inspirational new quilt book.  It is packed with nine fun projects to help you decorate your bed and make it look spectacular.

All of the projects in this book come with easy to follow instructions and great visuals, making it an excellent book for quilters of all skill levels.  These projects would also make fast & fun gifts too!

I hope you have a chance to check out this book at your local quilt store, or online at Martingale & Company.   I think you’ll enjoy all the new ideas that are shared in this book.  Very creative.

Want to win a copy of this very versatile quilt book?  Simple leave a comment to let me know you would like to win it.  If you like an additional entry, go “like” Martingale & Company on Facebook.

One lucky winner will be randomly selected and announced next Friday.

IF you’ve never won a giveaway via a blog, you may want to read this post “WANTED: Quilters that never win at giveaways“.

The winner of last weeks’ Fun Friday giveaway, for a copy of a pattern book by ADORNit,  is

and lucky #44 is lucky Ceceilia.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sales For Quilting, Sewing & Embroidery Enthusiasts

Like many of us, I love a good sale.  And, some of the best sales we can find are those for Black Friday/Cyber Monday.  You may be a shopper that is willing to go out and fight the crowds, or one that wants to shop online.  Either way, today’s insights are focused on some super Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales for quilting, sewing & embroidery enthusiasts that you really should check out.  These opportunities do not happen very often and these businesses would appreciate your business too!

The Fat Quarter Shop

Black Friday Blowout:  Over 200 items 30-50% OFF for 3 days only!
Cyber Monday Sale:  25% off any order – 4 days only! Use coupon code: monday11. Offer expires at Midnight CST, Thursday, Dec 1st.     Terms: Coupon must be used online and can only be used once. Discount is not combinable with any other offer and is not applicable to clubs, programs or the purchase of gift certificates. Not applicable to previous orders.

Quilt in a Day has several products at amazing prices, including the best price I’ve ever seen for an AccuQuilt GO! Baby.  Plus, just about everything else in their store is 10% off.  Sale starts 2pm PST/5pm EST.

Day Style Designs Quilt Shop.
 all DIGITAL products are 50% off, starting Friday morning, November 25th

Martingale & Company, home of That Patchwork Place has an amazing Black Friday sale

Patsy Thompson Designs has a Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale that starts 9am EST Friday and runs thru 11:59pm EST Monday. Everything in the store is 15% off retail price. For any retail purchase of $50, customer receives a free 6-pack of Sulky Solid Cotton Thread (retail value $34.14 – that means almost doubling the value of a purchase!)*** This is while supplies last, but we have a great supply of these thread packs! .For any retail purchase of $100 or more, customer receives the free thread above plus a $15 gift certificate toward merchandise in our online store.***
***a customer can receive the goods in #2 and #3 only once during this weekend celebration.

I Have A Notion

Free Shipping Sizzix Big Shot Pro and Sizzix Vagabond in the contigous US only.

Free Shipping (contigous US only) on Floriani Thread and Get Free Thread Too!
Buy 10 Spools Get 1 Spool Free
Buy 25 Spools Get 5 Spools Free
Buy 50 Spools Get 11 Spools Free
Buy 100 Spools Get 20 Spools Free AND a Free Sewing Machine Tote (shipping charged for the tote only) That is 249.00 in Free Sewing Notions!
Buy a Large, XL or XXL Tutto Machine on Wheels and Get a 50.00 Gift Certificate for a future purchase at IHAN.
Buy 4 Beam N Read 6 LED lights and get 1 free.
All other purchases over 100.00 get a free gift (value 15.00)

New Leaf Stitches

: The Clearly Perfect Angles and all patterns are 50% off. Anyone with a purchase of $50 or more will get their name in a drawing for a chance to win the new book, “Just around the Corner, Quilts with Easy Mitered Borders”. The sale will run from Friday thru Monday.

Just Around the Corner book cover

Quilted in Clay’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale is for 20% off their beautiful jewelry. Yes, everything in their store – for all orders $40 or more. They also have their once a year free shipping order for all orders placed thru November 30th. Don’t forget you can order any of their designs as earrings, brooch, necklace, or as a set too!

Quilters Paradise is having a Black Friday sale that they are calling a Fab Sale (Fabric sale & Fabulous Sale). All merchandise is 25% off.
1451 Montiel Road Suite 140
Escondido, CA 92026

Sarah Vedeler Designs has a 20% off sale Friday thru Monday.  Just enter the code “Thanks2011” at checkout.  This is good for all CD and digital downloads, including the new “Jazzilicious” designs.

Wonderous Woven Fabrics has fabrics on sale for $4.99 per yard, or more. Nearly everything in the store is on sale. Patterns are on sale with the discount code “fall20” through 12/20/11.

Tranquility Quilts 40% off all fabric online and 30% off in store with an extra 10% for cash in store discount. Giving you a total of 40% off. All notions in store and online will be 25% off. Discount/last call fabric will be 50%. Beginning Friday November 26, 2011 through Sunday November 27, 2011

Silhouette has 30% off everything, excluding Cameo, download and giftcards.  Use Promo Code: Black   All shapes in the online store are $.50 each.

Martelli has a pre-Black Friday sale on Thursday, November 17th only.  This sale is on everything in their store, excluding: workstations/cutting tables, Janome sewing machines, XL cutting mats*, 45mm and 60mm right-hand rotary cutters*    Use the code: RL1115 at check out.
Moores Sewing  Is having an  After Thanksgiving sale: Store wide savings 20%-50% off. Also special incentives over and above our Holiday savings, All fabric, notions and software at the best prices of the year. Koala sewing studios at better then direct pricing. Special interest free payment plans available O.A.C. Holiday Hours 10-6pm Friday, 10 am – 5:30 pm Saturday, 1 pm – 5 pm Sunday Monday – Friday 10 am – 6 pm.  Holiday Buyers Guide: Special savings store wide thru  December 24th. 20% off  only valid for in stock items by using coupon code TURKEY2011 upon checkout from November 25th to 27th has a 75% off sale valid 11/23 thru 11/30 using code “SUPER75” at checkout. is offering an exclusive Black Friday deal for registered members only. The entire Craftsy class catalog is available at their lowest prices ever – up to 66% off! If you are not registered with Craftsy yet, sign up today so you do not miss out!”.  

AccuQuilt is starting their Black Friday sale early this week and lasting thru Cyber Monday.

ASF Lightware Solutions, creators of the Beam N Read Light, also have several sales post on Amazon:

Beam N Read LED 3 Hands Free Travel Reading Light:
MSRP $19.95, Sale: $16.95, ASIN: B000KPJ1PA
3 LEDs, includes batteries and red filter
Beam N Read LED 6 w4F Hands Free Night Vision Light with 4 Clip-on Color Filters
MSRP: $22.95, Sale: $18.95, ASIN: B001IQ3XX6
6 LEDs, includes 4 color filters (red, amber, green, blue)
Beam N Read LED 6 Hands Free Pilots Night Vision Light with 6 Red LEDs
MSRP: $19.95, Sale: $16.95, ASIN: B004761MGE
6 Red LEDs and a red filter (also very useful for astronomers)
Beam N Read Classic Hands Free Reading light
MSRP: $12.95, Sale $4.95, ASIN: B000BHORNI
Original incandescent bulb model, predecessor to the 3 LED light
For those living in Southern California:




Charmed, I’m Sure: Quilts and more from 5″ Squares, by Lesley Chaisson

badge for books with #CreativeGoodness copyCharmed, I’m Sure: Quilts and more from 5″ Squares, by Lesley Chaisson is a new book with lovely quilt designs all based off of using charm squares.  You can use pre-cut charms or cut your own from scraps in your stash!  Thus, this is also a great quilt book for those that want to do some stash-busting.

Charmed I’m Sure is published by Martingale & Company, home of That Patchwork Place, which means it is a well organized book, full of great visuals and well written instructions.

Lesley shares 15 projects, in this book, ranging from lap quilts and table quilts to twin-sized bed quilts that range in size from 22×44 1/2   to 72 1/2″ x 83.

There are sections that share insights on fabric & color selection, pressing, machine piecing, binding and more.  Thus, I view this is a great book for beginners, but also a great book for quilters of all levels.

Many designs are pieced, but a few have light applique’.

I hope you get a chance to check out this delightful book at your local quilt store, or at Martingale & Company’s online store.

Sew Decorative Quick and Easy Home Accents from Sew News

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Sew Decorative Quick and Easy Home Accents from Sew News“, published by Martingale & Company, home of That Patchwork Place, is a fun and creative book that will help you make wonderful items to decorate your home.  And many of the projects would also make great gifts too!

There are 24 projects in this book, each with easy to follow instructions and great visuals.  Projects include a variety of items, from table toppers, pillows, pot holders, placemats, curtains, lampshades, pillow & sheet embellishments, and more.

This book also provides insights on basic hand embroidery stitches, a basic sewing glossary, and insights on a variety of sewing techniques from pleating, gathering, boxing corners,etc..

I believe this book is a good fit for anyone interested in sewing items to decorate their home, as well as to make for gifts.  It is also an appropriate book for those with sewing skills from beginner to advanced, as there are a variety of projects perfect for all levels.

Projects are refreshing and modern, where all the projects are inspirational.  I hope you get a chance to check this book out at your local sewing store and/or online at Martingale & Company’s store.

Inspired by Tradition, by Kay Mackenzie (Book-A-Round blog hop & giveaway)

badge for books with #CreativeGoodness copyWelcome to my stop in the “Book-A-Round” blog hop & giveaway that is introducing a wonderful new book by Kay Mackenzie, published by Martingale & Company, home of That Patchwork Place.  There are ten blogs participating in this event, each sharing their insights on Kay’s new book, as well as hosting a giveaway where you could win your own copy.

I’ve been an admirer of Kay Mackenzie for quite some time.  She is a great quilter, designer and author who specializes in beautiful applique for quilters of all skill levels.  Her new book “Inspired by Tradition: 50 Applique’ Blocks in 5 sizes” is a follow-up to her previous book “Easy Applique’ Blocks.  I think this is a wonderful book and am very happy to share my insights on it with you.

Kay has created 50 all new designs with a traditional appeal, with a bonus CD that is included with the book that allows you to easily print each design in five sizes, ranging from 6″ to 12″.  No need to go to an office supply store and have designs enlarged!  I really liked how easy it was to use the bonus CD. Every design has a color block of the design, plus a line drawing for tracing, and easy to follow steps to print in any of the five sizes.  Much, much easier than trying to copy a design pattern within a book, or tracing from a physical book.

The book is well organized, with a block library that shows a color photo and a line drawing for each of the 50 blocks.  All of these designs are just delightful.

Of course, I fell in love with the cute puppy dog,

The cheerful kitten,

the Distelfink.

And all of the other blocks too.   So many choices to create your own unique quilt!

There is a section that provide insights on fabric selection, preparation, tools, and suggestions for fine detail sewing for such items as the whiskers on the kitten that  is well written and has great visuals. Other sections are  included for hand stitching your applique’, Raw-Edge machine applique’, Fusible-web applique’, and Applique’ Questions and Answers.

I also really liked the “Little Gallery of Ideas” where beautiful quilts are shared that provide inspiration for various ways you can combine these blocks to create beautiful quilts, wallhanging, table runners and more.

“Inspired by Tradition” is an excellent book, perfect for anyone that loves to do applique’ quilting.  I also believe this is an excellent book for someone that is wanting to learn applique.  I hope you have a chance to check it out at your local quilt store, or check it out at the online store at Martingale & Company.

Did you catch that I mentioned earlier that I have a copy of this book to giveaway?  This copy is being given away as courtesy of the publisher, That Patchwork Place.  To enter, simply leave a comment on this post and let me know that you’d like to win a copy and be sure I have a way to contact you.  If you do not have a google account, I recommend that you review tips that I have listed on the page of this blog labeled “giveaways” as the odds are your comments might appear as a no-reply blogger and I won’t be able to contact you if you win unless you are aware of these tips.  If you are in doubt and in a hurry, consider leaving your email address embedded in your comment.

Deadline to enter this giveaway:  April lst noon.  I’ll announce the winner that evening.

If you would like to learn more about this book and/or have more chances to win a copy, you may want to visit the other blogs that are participating in Kay’s Book-A-Round blog hop.  To clarify, each blog has a copy of this book to giveaway but the rules and deadlines can vary by blog.  Here is a list of the participating blogs and the dates they will be posting about “Inspired by Tradition”.

March 22 Maria Peagler, Willow Ridge Media, Quilts and Creativity
March 23 Darcy Ashton, Ashton Publications
March 24 Erin Russek, One Piece at a Time
March 25 SewCalGal (where you are now)
March 26 Holly Mabutas, Eat Cake Graphics, Sprinkles of Thought
March 27, Kathy Mack, Pink Chalk Fabrics, Pink Chalk Studio
March 28 Kim Jamieson-Hirst, Chatterbox Quilts Chitchat
March 29 Sarah Vanderburgh aka Sarah Vee, Sew Joy
March 30 Maria Hrabovsky, Maria Michaels Designs, Maria’s Quilt Scraps
March 31 Susan Brubaker Knapp, Blue Moon River

I also hope you will visit Kay’s website and blog.  During the Book-a-Round/blog hop, she’ll also be directing readers to the appropriate blogs every day.

By Kay Mackenzie Books, patterns, & etc. for the quilter Appliqué blog

ReSew: turn thrift-store finds into fabulous designs, by Jenny Wilding Cardon

badge for books with #CreativeGoodness copyReSew: turn thrift-store finds into fabulous designs, by Jenny Wilding Cardon, published by Martingale & Company, home of That Patchwork Place,  is full of great ideas for economical projects to create clothing, accessories, quilts and more all from items you can find in a Thrift Store!

I love the introduction to this book, where Jenny shares how she is “Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink”.  It sets the stage for this book perfectly, especially for those, like me,  that have watched the movie “Pretty in Pink” and remembers how the character takes a thrift store find and turns it into a very cute dress that she looks spectacular wearing to her High School dance.

Jenny does a great job sharing insights and inspiring tips for shopping at Thrift Stores to be able to find items that can make good projects to repurpose.  She has also packed in so many inspirational ideas that it would be difficult to look at this book and not find something to inspire you.

I found all the projects in this book to be well written, with easy to follow steps to repurpose your thrift store finds (or items in your closet).  There are 20 beginner friend projects, with great visuals and tips, that focus on taking 2nd hand items and turning them into first-rate fashions.

There is a project to take a long sleeve knit sweater into an amazing short sleeve knit top, along with many other projects for shirts.  There is a project for taking a curtain and turning it into a very cute skirt, along with other projects to create a variety of skirts.

There are also several projects to create dresses from various items, like shirts and knit tops, and they really look so cute when repurposed!  There are even projects for totes, accessories, quilts and more.  It is fun to see all the inspirational ideas to take a few pieces of clothing and repurpose them to something completely different, yet looking like it was always intended to be.

I think this is a wonderful book for anyone on a budget, as well as one that likes to sew  with a “living green” attitude.  This book has many designs that are also going to be very popular for young kids, making this book an excellent gift idea for anyone young person you may be trying to inspire to learn to sew and/or quilt.  And, even the experience quilter or sewer could have fun with projects in this book to make fun items for themself, as well as for gifts.

I hope you get a chance to check out this book at your local store, or online at Martingale & Company.

Modern Basics, by Amy Ellis Blog Tour – Giveaway Winner

Today is the day to announce the winner of the copy of “Modern Basics“, by Amy Ellis that is a giveaway from SewCalGal’s stop in the fun blog hop for this excellent new quilt book.

I used the Random number generator to select the winner.  Sadly, the first four names that were selected did not have settings that allow me to email them to let them know they are a winner. This is also known as “no reply bloggers” and are disqualified from this giveaway as well as mpst giveaways in blogland.  If you entered this giveaway and did not receive an email reply from me, the odds are your fall into this category.  And, if you never receive a reply from any comment you leave on any blog the odds are greater that your settings need to be changed (or yuo should leave your email address embedded in your comment).  I have screen shots and tips on how you can change your settings on the page of my blog labeled “giveaways“.

There is still time to visit many of the blogs in this blog hop and win a copy of this book.  Each blogger is giving away a copy and has different dates for their giveaways.  So, you still have several chances to win by visiting the blogs in this hop.  Each has a different deadline:

Feb 21st – Piece N Quilt
Feb 22nd – SewCalGal
Feb 23rd – Old Red Barn
Feb 24th – Terri’s Notebook
Feb 25th – Crazy Mom Quilts
Feb 26th – Wild Card Quilts
Feb 27th – BumbleBeans
Feb 28th – Fat Quarter Shop
Mar lst – One Shabby Chic
Mar 2nd – Canton Village Quilt Works
Mar 3rd – Diary of a Quilter
Mar 4th – Fat Quarterly
Mar 5th – Amylouwho

And, of course, you can also order a copy of this wonderful book from Martingale & Company’s online store.  Or check it out at your local quilt store.

Ok, time to announce the lucky winner.

Congratulations to Laura (The Selphs).  You won!

I have sent Laura an email and she is very excited to have won a copy of “Modern Basics”!

And thank you to Amy (Amy’s Creative Side) for inviting SewCalGal to participate in this fun blog hop and for sponsoring this giveaway.

S is for SCRAPS, by Gayle Bong

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Part of being a quilter is trying to decide what to do with your scraps.  Some are quick to toss, while some like to find creative ways to use scraps.  I must confess, I’m one of those that are always looking for ways to use scraps.  Thus, I was very excited to see the new book “S is for SCRAPS, 18 great quilts“, by Gayle Bong, published by Martingale & Company, Home of That Patchwork Place.

Gale shares her expertise on how to look at scraps by character, contrast, color and pinpoint the types that work well together.  She also shares tips for organizing scraps, along with ways to working smarter to be able to get more quilts finished.  I loved her section on “Being More Productive”!

Information is also included on various quilting techniques from cutting triangles and trapezoids, adding borders, sandwiching, displaying your quilts and more.  Thus, I view this comprehensive book is also an excellent book for beginner quilters.  Actually, it is an excellent book for quilters of all levels that want to create beautiful scrap quilts.

The 18 wonderful designs are perfect for using scraps, but fabric requirements are also written to such that if you could easily purchase strips, fat quarters, etc. to make these beautiful quilts.  Every design has well written instructions, and great visuals.  Sizes range from 42 1/2″ x 42 1/2″   to 82 1/2″ x 94 1/2″.

Gayle has been making quilts for 27 years and this is her eighth book on quiltmaking.  You can also read about Gayle’s quilting adventures on her blog.

I hope you get a chance to check out “S is for SCRAPS” soon.  I think you will really love this book, especially if you enjoy making quilts with scraps.  This book is also available for purchase at Martingale & Company’s online store.

Fancy to Frugal

badge for books with #CreativeGoodness copyI do love to check out new quilting books.  I’m one that likes to glance at the photos, to see if they inspire me, and then read the book cover to cover.  I had a wonderful afternoon today,  as I enjoyed some hot tea and was able to cuddle up to read a new book.  As such, I want to share insights with you on “Fancy to Frugal, Authentic Quilt Patterns from the ’30s“, by Kay Connors and Karen Earlywine, published by Martingale & Company, Home of That Patchwork Place.  It is a follow-up book to the very popular Link to the ’30s.

At an initial glance, “Fancy to Frugal” brought back childhood memories of my grandmother’s beautiful quilts.  I enjoyed seeing newspaper clippings showing insights on how quilters would learn about new patterns. Insights were also included on the Great Depression, a period we now refer to as the 30’s, that help everyone to get a glimpse on what life was like in this period of time, giving you a sense of what it would be like to make a quilt in the 30’s. 

The ten patterns in this book are all well written, with easy to follow instructions and great visuals. The photos of the finished quilts are beautiful.  Project sizes are all good size, ranging ~ 74 1/2″x74 1/2″ to  88″x102 1/2″.  But I believe it would be easy to adapt these patterns to wallhangings or table toppers if you wanted to deviate from traditional sizes to create smaller projects. 

The majority of these patterns are pieced, but a few have hand applique.  All come with hand-quilting designs to help you finish quilting it in a manner to show off these beautiful designs, and stay true to the period.

A chapter is also included on “Quiltmaking Basics” which provides insights to help with fabric selection and sewing supplies.  Helpful insights are also provided for rotary cutting, machine piecing (including set-n pieces and Y seams, as well as curved seams) and chain piecing.  Information is also included for hand piecing, pressing, basic applique on thru how to assemble your quilt top and finish it.

My overall impression is this is a lovely quilt book that I view is a must have for any quilter interested in making quilts of this period, and it would also be a fun quilt book for those that have special quilty memories from this period of time, and may want to re-capture those memories by simply enjoying having this book.  

This new book should be available in your local quilt store and I hope you will check it out when you have a chance.  If you wish to order on-line, you can also order directly from Martingale & Company.

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