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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 herefor more insights on this book and author by way of the Martingale Blog, Stitch This.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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/
Welcome to day 12 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways, with this being the last day of our sponsored Christmas Giveaways. The goal was “each day” QuiltShopGal will showcase a different sponsor and unwrap (reveal) their gift to one lucky winner. To clarify, there are plenty of open giveaways that you can enter (links 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. Due to a recent hijacking of QuiltShopGal, this event was delayed, but fortunately not cancelled. Thus, there are many pending giveaways that have extended deadlines to enter by the 19th of December. Be sure to check the links at the bottom of this post to enter other giveaways.
I’m truly delighted to have Martingale as our sponsor today. And while I want to share insights about some of their new books, fun patterns, freebies, as well as a sponsored giveaway, I want to start by recognizing Martingale for 40 years of making our world of quilting so wonderful.
When it came to celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year, Martingale has been pretty quiet about it. To me, it is an amazing milestone for any company and one that needs to be recognized by quilters around the world. Thus, I want to take a little walk down memory lane, to heighten awareness of how much Martingale has become a key contributor to helping creative people learn, improve their skills, as well as help talented designers become authors that have enabled us consistently easy to follow instructions with great visuals, all at a very reasonable price!
To begin our walk down Memory Lane, while I remembered when Martingale was launched in 1976 by Nancy J. Martin,founder of That Patchwork Place, now known as Martingale. Click herefor more historical info as well as a free downloadable pattern from Nancy’s book “Patchwork Picnic”.
Over they years they’ve published more than 3,000 books and products which have sold more than 24.1 million copies.
In 2007, company founders Nancy and Dan Martin retired from Martingale and did something not many founders do. They sold their company to their employees. A tight-knit group of 26 now operates Martingale, and 80% of the team sew, knit, crochet, or craft in their spare time.
Martingale has a simple Mission – it’s all about you! In their words “We empower makers who use fabric and yarn to make life more enjoyable”.
I informally interviewed Jenny Wilding Cardon, earlier this year. She has been with Martingale since 1997 and currently has the role of Content Editor, but has held down a variety of jobs at Martingale, including copywriter and web assistant. Jenny is very talented and like the majority of the team members at Martingale, she enjoys being creative. Click here for more info on Jenny.
While I personally have been quilting longer than Martingale has been publishing, my memory is not all that good, so I appreciate Jenny helping to share insights that I’m sharing with you today. I also hope others will share comments on their memories of Martingale Publishing, over the years, as well as their favorite books, especially any “must have”.
I asked which current employee has been their the longest? Jenny shared that she believes it is their amazing photographer, Brent Kane, who celebrated his 24th year with the company in 2016. Personally, I think Brent is an amazing photographer and helps provide a special signature stamp on all of Martingale’s books, with absolutely inspirational photos of the beautiful projects that are published in their books. Thank you Brent!
I asked Jenny about best sellers from their early publications? She called my attention to Happy Endings, by Mimi Dietrict. It was first published in 1988. When the print run ended, quilters objected, so we brought the book back into print. Then another print run ended. Quilters objected. The published it again. And again. And in 2013, we did it again! Another print run for the book just ended, and they will be making Happy Endings available as an eBook. That way it can live on forever!
I asked Jenny about some of their early authors? She shared that their early authors included: Early authors include Nancy J. Martin, Judy Hopkins, Donna Lynn Thomas, Marsha McCloskey, Mimi Dietrich, Carol Doak, Sally Schneider, Margaret Rolfe, and Country Threads… to name a few.
This led me to ask “What author comes to mind that has been with you currently the longest?”. Jenny shared “That would definitely be Nancy J. Martin – who founded Martingale! She wrote the very first “That Patchwork Place” book, and has written more than 40 books over the years. She and her husband, Dan, are retired from the business now.
When I asked which author has been the most prolific?, she shared: “Again, Nancy J. Martin is a contender here! But we have many authors that have been immensely prolific, such as Kim Diehl, Amy Ellis, Country Threads, Nancy Mahoney, Kim Brackett, and Kathy Brown… again, to name a few”.
Over the years, Martingale publishes wonderful quilting, sewing, knitting, crochet and craft books. And who doesn’t love their Calendars. They even have a fun new adult coloring book “The New Hexagon Coloring Book – 60 Hexagon Designs to Color!”, by Katja Marek
Martingale also sales Patterns which are downloadable e:patterns for quilting and sewing. Here area few which caught my attention:
Personally, I enjoy encouraging people to make money with their creative skills. And, I also like to encourage creative people to publish their designs in patterns and books. Of course, I also recommend Martingale as a publisher. I consistently hear good feedback from authors who work with Martingale, as well as consistently find their books have easy to follow instructions with great visuals. I truly don’t feel Martingale is just about publishing, as much as helping creative people publish a collection of their designs and techniques in books, to help people learn, improve and create beautiful projects. If you have an idea for a new book, be sure to check out info on how to submit a book proposal to Martingale.
DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?
There are actually a couple of giveaways where you could win a giveaways sponsored by Martingale:
Stitch This, the Martingale blog has a giveaway where you could win an copy of “Small & Scrappy: Pint-size Patchwork Quilts Using Reproduction Fabrics”. Click hereto learn more about this book and enter to win an e:book. Deadline to enter: December 20th.
As a sponsor for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways, Martingale is giving one lucky follower an amazing gift.
Time to reveal what this gift is.
One lucky winner, will receive a bundle of books from Martingale.
Perfect book for quilters of all levels: Stunning quilts range in size from 25 1/2″ x 29 3/4″ to 78 1/2″ x 90 1/2″, with the majority of the designs being pieced, yet one incorporates beautiful applique’.
“Must have” book for quilters that enjoy working with pre-cuts, but it could also make for a great resource to help with stash busting. 12 patterns thatt range in size from 39 1/2″ x 41 1/2″ to 64 1/2″ x 80 1/2″
This coffee table book is filled with excellent photos of Gwen’s quilts representing more than 40 years of quilting, with 80+ quilts representing and a variety of styles, from an award winning quilt artist.
To enter, simply claim one or more of the options in the Rafflecopter form below. These books will be shipped to one lucky winner by QuiltShopGal. Due to postal expenses I will ship for free to a US resident, but those with an international address will need to pay for postage.
Here is a list of all of the posts for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways. There are quite a few giveaways that are still open, so click thru and enter, those you are interested in winning, if you have not yet done so.
Are you wondering how this will work? Very simple. I have 12 fabulous sponsors who have donated amazing prizes that are still wrapped (aka a secret). Each day, I’ll showcase a sponsor and reveal the prize. You can enter to win a prize each day, but you’ll have to be quick, as you’ll only have one day to enter to win. Mark your calendar, so that you don’t forget the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways starts December lst.
Here is a lineup for the sponsors, showing the days that I’ll unwrap and reveal the prize they have generously donated.
This is an absolutely adorable book, that uses basic stitches to crochet amigurumi softies that will certainly delight all ages. They would certainly make great gifts, as well as be cute to decorate your own home. Absolute irresistable. This book has easy to follow instructions, with great visuals, making this book perfect for confident beginners, as well as those with great expertise with crocheting.
With more than a dozen fun projects this book is an exceptional value. All the projects would make great gifts, as well as usable handmade items for your home. And, this book includes a stamp of Martingale’s high quality books, in that each project has easy to follow instructions with great visuals.
Each project offers the opportunity to try a different technique (e.g. traditional piecing, applique’, paper piecing, and even embroidery). And, all come with easy to follow instructions with great visuals. With the focus on mini-quilts, most of these projects could be completed very quickly, probably in a day for most quilters. And, for those that may want larger projects, the designs could easily be adapted. Certainly these projects would also make great gifts, as well as to use to decorate your home throughout the year.
This will certainly be a popular book for fans of Pat Sloan, who are wanting to learn the very basics of walking-foot and free-motion quilting. There is a good section on the basics, with great visuals. Another section focuses on Walking-Foot Quilts, which includes easy patterns to make a Strippy Table Runner, a Mini Charm Star, Checkerboard Hearts, etc, with all easy to follow instructions that make for easy walking-foot quilting projects. The last section shares a few easy patterns that are good projects for beginners to learn free-motion quilting.
All of these books come with Martingale’s quality and value where they each have easy to follow instructions and great visuals, making them perfect for all levels of creativity (beginner to advanced). I hope you get a chance to check out these books at your favorite quilt shop. But if you don’t see them, let them know you are interested in them making these books available in their store. They are such new books, the store may simply not be aware of them. Of course, you can also check out these books online at Martingale, or Amazon.
I also want to share that Martingale is a sponsor of an upcoming event which I’ll kick off on December lst, to celebrate “12 Days of Christmas”, with daily giveaways.
Quilt Market is a trade show for those in the business, held twice a year. It is a great opportunity for quilt and sewing shops to learn about new products and place their orders, as well as learn how to use new products and take professional classes. It also offers an opportunity for professional networking with others in the business. Today I want to share some highlights that I recommend attendees to not miss:
Before you go to market, be sure to download the FREE Quilt Market Event App on the App Store of Google Play!
Don’t miss the Premier Schoolhouse Session, Aurifil Unwound! Take a peek behind the scenes of this Italian family company and see their new fine and thin 8wt threads. The first 1300 enrolled Schoolhouse attendees to pick up their printed catalogue will also receive an AURIFIL Swag Bag. Friday, Oct. 28 at 10:00 AM in Ballroom C at Quilt Market in Houston.
HOFFMAN CALIFORNIA FABRICS (Booth #1901, 1904)
ME & YOU, BY HOFFMAN (booth #1900/01)
This refreshing new brand of fabric, by Hoffman, has their first guest designer of indah batiks, Melissa Averinos who will be in their booth, to show what she has been working on.
MARTINGALE (booth #2126, 2127)
There will be beautiful quilts and other handmade items on display, as well as the ability to check out new books in Martingale’s booth. And you’ll get a chance to meet the authors of many of their new books.
PATRICK LOSE (booth #1546)
Patrick is introducing new pre-cut assortment collections and new fabrics.
Quilt Market attendees can take a selfie next to this sign and share on Instagram or Facebook for a chance to win a bundle of this new line of fabric.
ISLAND BATIK (booth #746)
Be sure to check out their new batiks, as well as meet Leah Day, a Master Free-Motion Quilter, designer and teacher.
LANDAUER PUBLISHING (booth #646)
You’ll find many new creative books in the booth for Landauer Publishing. But don’t miss an opportunity to meet Wendy Sheppard, an amazing quilter, designer, author and teacher will be signing books:
Oct 29 – 4 to 5 pm Landauer Demo and Book Signing at Landauer’s booth
Oct 30 – 9:30 to 10:30am Landauer Demo and Book Signing at Landauer’s booth.
You can also find Wendy, Oct 28 – 2:50 to 3:05pm My 2 Cents on Domestic Machine Quilting (Quilt Market Schoolhouse, Room 352A)
LUNCH BOX QUILTS (booth #2437)
Angie has so many creative designs and will also be showcasing new designs at market.
TIMELESS TREASURES (booth #1314, 15)
Be sure to check out all the new fabric lines from Timeless Treasures. I think they also have the best collection of whimsical prints that I’ve ever seen. Each line is packed with #CreativeGoodness that would be so much fun to create with.
Don’t forget that there are a variety of excellent classes, for those in the business to help them build their business skills and network. Check out:
#102 – How to develop a whizbang staff, with Bob Negen, WhizBang! Training
#200 – Secrets of running a successful business for 34 years, with Anita Covert, PhD and Ann Covert Fuller, Country Stitches
#211 – How to create the experience, with Deb Luttrell, Stitchin’ Heaven
#513 – Successful retailing is no accident – why some shops fail and others succeed, with Alex Anderson and & Kay Brooks, RNK Distributing/Floriani
Lastly, I want to encourage everyone to check out the new Sulky Iron-on Transfer Pen (Sulky Booth #1035, 47). I predict this pen is going to become very popular, as word gets out for all the creative possibilities you can do with it. Definitely check it out at Market. I’ll also be sharing insights about this pen in the near future.
I will also be following many on Instagram, Twitter, Facebookand blogs, who will be at Market and I’ll share highlights, as appropriate. I hope you’ll follow me, to learn about new products and more. Attending Market virtually is not as exhausting as being their.