Category: Martingale

A Book Review and Giveaway: Learn to Paper Piece, by Nancy Mahoney

I’m delighted to be able to share insights with you today about a quilt book, focused on precision piecing by way of paper piecing, as well as giveaway opportunities where you could win a copy.  This book is definitely packed with #CreativeGoodness, at an exceptional value.


Learn to Paper Piece:  A Visual Guide to Piecing With Precision, by Nancy Mahoney, is an excellent new resource to learn and/or improve your precision piecing skills by way of paper piecing.


Resolve the mystery of precisely constructing quilt blocks with paper piecing. Nancy Mahoney guides you step by step through the basics and shows you how fun paper piecing can be. You’ll be amazed when you discover how easy it is to master this empowering technique. Welcome to the definitive guide to paper piecing!


  • Achieve the precision you’re after as you learn the secrets of fabric and paper selection, how to choose the right scrap size, and how to keep your piecing accurate
  • More than 30 how-to photos, combined with easy-to-understand directions, ensure accurate, successful block construction
  • You’ll be asking yourself, “Did I really sew that?” as you create complex design elements you never thought you could tackle



mahoney_nancyAuthor, teacher, fabric designer, and award-winning quiltmaker Nancy Mahoney, of Sparta, Georgia, has enjoyed making quilts for more than 25 years. Her beautiful quilts have been featured more than 100 times in national and international quilt magazines. Nancy has designed several fabric lines for P&B Textiles, along with dozens of patterns.

Nancy will also be hosting a quilt-along (QAL) for designs from this book, this coming June.  While I will happily share details on this upcoming QAL, you can also follow Nancy on Facebook, as well as Martingale’s Stitch This blog, to learn more about this upcoming fun event.  And, keep an eye out on various social media tools for the hashtag #learntopaperpiecequiltalong.


This quilting book is an amazing “technique book”, perfect for anyone wanting to learn paper piecing from an expert.  While this book includes 30 how-to-photos, with easy to follow instructions, it also includes five projects. And, the paper piecing patterns for these projects also include tips “for a different look”, so there are endless possibilities of what you can create from the designs and insights shared in this book.


There is an excellent section for “Getting Ready to Paper Piece”, which shares tips for fabric selection, fabric grain and directional prints, paper foundations, pressing, precutting fabric and much more.

The section for “Paper-Foundation Piecing Step-by-Step” is well written and easy to follow making this book perfect for new quilters, as well as experienced quilters that may want to perfect their piecing skills when working with paper-foundation designs. You’ll definitely find many excellent tips and tricks.


The projects range in size from 35 1/2″ x 35 1/2″ to 35 1/2″ x 40 1/2″, which are perfect project sizes for learning and perfecting new techniques, as well as creating fun projects that could be used for table toppers, wallhangings, or adapting the blocks to create just about any size project you might want to pursue.

I feel this book is an exceptional value, not to be overlooked.  You can barely find a standalone pattern for the cost of this book, much less get a book packed with information from an expert on how to learn the ins and outs of paper piecing, plus get five patterns.


I hope you have a chance to check out this book at your favorite quilt shop.  But don’t forget this is such a new book, that they may not be aware of it. Thus, you may want to let them know you are interested in having them make it available.  Of course, you can also find this book online at Martingale or Amazon.

You can find Nancy Mahoney at:

You can find Martingale at:

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There are actually a couple of ways you can win a copy of this book:

Martingale has a giveaway on their blog, Stitch This, where you could win a copy of this book, as well as a package of Papers for Foundation Piecing.

Martingale has also kindly donated a copy of this book, along with other books, for prizes in the “Bee Creative Charity Fundraiser” which QuiltShopGal is hosting this month, to benefit Cystic Fibrosis.  For more info on this event, as well as to see all of the prizes:







Scrap-Basket Strips and Squares, Martingale’s 40th Anniversary, Amazing Sale, and Giveaways

First, I want to recognize and congratulate Martingale for 40 wonderful years of publishing and making our world of quilting so wonderful.  And, what a way to celebrate with an amazing sale and a giveaway.  But, before I share such insights, I want to heighten awareness of a wonderful new book that is packed with #CreativeGoodness:

Scrap-Basket Strips and Squares: Quilting with 2 1/2″, 5″ and 10″ Treasures, by Kim Bracket.

Publisher’s Insights:

Round up your scraps, precuts, and stash fabrics for scrap-happy quilting! Quilting expert Kim Brackett is back with 18 all-new designs that are ideal for the eclectic assortment of fabrics you love–including traditional prints, florals, batiks, and solids.


  • Scrappy quilt projects with concise, easy-to-follow instructions mean you’ll be quilting up a storm in no time
  • Discover how to create pinwheels, geometric motifs, and flower designs from 2 1/2-inch strips, charm squares, and Layer Cakes
  • Is your stash stuffed with more than precuts? Yardage requirements for both precuts and stash options are provided for each project


My Review:

The 18 patterns in this book have easy to follow instructions, with great visuals, making this book perfect for beginner quilters, as well as experienced.


Sizes range from 34 1/2″ x 34 1/2″ to 64 1/4″ x 76 1/2″ that are perfect for using pre-cuts, but could also be used as a great stash buster.  All of the designs are absolutely lovely.


Lastly, when you consider you receive 18 patterns in this book, the price is an exception value compared to the cost of a standalone pattern.


I hope you get a chance to check out this book at your favorite local quilt shop, or online shop.  But if you don’t find it, let them know as it is such a new book they may not be aware of it.  And don’t forget you can also check it out online at Martingale, or Amazon.




Actually, there are quite a few ways you can win a copy of this book, as well as other yummy prizes:  

And, be sure to visit Stitch This to enter to win some yummy fabric bundles, that Martingale is giving away in a celebration of their 40th Anniversary.  

Lastly, don’t overlook an amazing 40% EVERYTHING sale that Martingale is holding for 12 hours TODAY only.


You can find Martingale at:

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Sew, Slice, Spin & Sash – Win a copy

Today, I’m excited to share insights about a new quilting book, that is packed with Creative Goodness, and also let you know how you could win a copy.

Sew, Slice, Spin & Sash: Quick and Easy-Pieced Quilts, by Theresa Ward


Do you have hours rather than weeks to work on a quilt? Theresa Ward has the solution! Discover how to use precuts from your local quilt shop or fabric from your stash to create quick and easy quilts that look fantastic with Theresa’s unique sew, slice, spin, and sash technique.


  • One simple technique and 11 projects that are fun for everyone; projects include patterns that are perfect for precuts
  • Piece most quilt tops in just a few hours–ideal when you need a quick gift
  • Start with precut strips or cut strips of any width from your stash for endless possibilities


Theresa Ward of Leavenworth, Kansas, is the owner of Always Quilts, a long-arm machine quilting business. She enjoys designing quilt patterns, teaching workshops, traveling, and visiting quilt shows with friends. Visit Theresa at



The 11 projects included in this book all have easy to follow instructions with great visuals, making this an excellent book for beginners, as well as experienced quilters.


The designers are perfect for pre-cuts as well as for stash busting projects, which range in size from 42 1/2″ x 46 1/2″ to 67 1/2 x 90 1/2″.

The retail price of this book makes it an exception value, especially when you consider the cost of a standalone pattern vs what the cost of this book is for 11 beautiful projects.


This new book should be appearing in your favorite quilt shops.  But, of course, if you don’t see it let them know you’d like them to carry it.  It is so new, they may not have hard about it.  Don’t forget you can also find it online at Martingale, or Amazon.



QuiltShopGal is hosting a Charity Fundraiser to benefit Cystic Fibrosis, where you can donate funds ($10AU ~$7US) to get virtual raffle tickets to win 20+ prizes. And, a copy of this new book has been donated by Martingale, one of the very generous sponsors that have donated prizes for this virtual fundraiser:

You can find Martingale at:

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Let’s Celebrate International Craft Month – by sharing tips, tutorials, inspirational projects with a fun Blog Hop and Giveaways

One of my favorite months of the year is March, as it is International Craft Month.   For me, this is a great time to be creative, as well as learn new crafty skills. It is also a great time to encourage others to be creative.bee creative kick off badge

I’m thrilled to be Celebrating International Crafting Month, with many blogging friends who volunteered to share tips, tutorials, inspirational projects and simply help encourage everyone to be crafty.

I want to recognize and thank Timeless TreasuresAurifil, Fat Quarter Shop, Martingale, Dragon Threads, ASF Lighting/Beam N Read and The Wooden Bear for sponsoring this event.  They have generously donated many amazing prizes.


We have 20 prizes to giveaway and everyone can enter by simply visiting one or all of the blogs.  


While I’ll confess the project I worked on and wanted to share with you today, has photos captive on my camera that didn’t have an SD Card inserted when I took the photos. So, that project will have to wait to another day to be shared.  Still, I have a fun crafty product to share with you that I think is also extremely versatile and economical.


Inktense watercolor pencils are vibrant colored pencils that are fun to doodle, sketch and create with. You can lightly touch with a water brush, after you have sketched, to create a result of watercoloring.  These pens work great on paper, as well as fabric (just heatset).  Colors are amazing.


It is also fun to use stencils with your Inktense watercolor pencils.  For those that enjoy free-motion quilting, or wanting to learn, consider using a FMQ stencil, coloring in areas with Inktense pencils, setting them with a little water on a brush, heat set, then sandwich and free-motion quilt for an amazing look.

Don’t overlook how much fun it would be to use Inktense watercolor pencils with the Mandala designs, on fabric or paper.  Definitely check back this coming Saturday, when the Charity Fundraiser to benefit Cystic Fibrosis kicks off.  And, hopefully you’ll want to enter to win prizes in our virtual fundraiser, #StitchAlong, #DoodleAlong, #FMQAlong.   Of course, I’m hoping to see some cheerfully colored Mandalas, on fabric or paper, that could be colored with these pencils, or any marker (depending on what media you transfer the 12 Mandala designs to).  So many ways to be creative and have fun!

update:  Many are asking where they can find the Inktense water color pencils?  They are often available in various craft and art supply stores.  And, as an Affiliate thru Amazon, I also want to share that you can find a variety of Inktense water color pencil collections on Amazon.


I’m honored to have a variety of blogging friends that volunteered to help kick off the Celebration of International Craft Month today.  They will each be sharing a variety of tips, tutorials and inspirational projects on their blogs today. To clarify, this is not a traditional blog hop as they are all sharing insights on March lst.  And, you can claim an extra entry to win prizes by visiting one, or all, of these blogs.  Here is the list of blogs that are helping with this celebration:


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Sponsor Prize Winners

A bundle of Flora and Fauwn

TT Fabric bundle

This prize will be shipped by the sponsor to a US only winner.

 Prize #1  winner – Connie R
Dragon Threads Color My Garden: An Adult Coloring Book,  by Jane Sassaman


Small Summer Birds Scarf, designed by Julie Paschlis

signed summer bird scarf

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

 Prize #2

winner – Vicki S


Prize #3

winner – Pauline Ann P.



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A bundle of Fons & Porter’s notions and book, with a estimated value of $75.  

This sponsor will ship the prize bundle to one lucky winner in US/Canada.



 Prize #4

winner -Linda H



ASF Lightware Solutions / Beam N Read Beam N Read personal lights are great tools for crafters.  One lucky winner will receive a BNR LED 6-3F 

6 LED beam n read

 Prize #5

winner:  Bea L.



The Wooden Bear


Five lucky winners will receive an A la Carte Pattern of their choice.


Five 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)


Collette, Donnalee, Peggy G., Gene B., Mary E

Prize #11, 12, 13, 14, 15 (Pattenlet of their choice)


Heather, Marian P, Carol, Donna L.,Trudy, San, Nancy





One lucky winner will receive a Mary Fons – Small Wonder thread with 10 small spools collections.

Aurifil will kindly ship this prize WW


 Prize #16

winner – MaryEllen



Martingale Striking Strip Quilts, by Kate Henderson

Snow Happy, by Robin Kinglsey

Here Comes Spring, by Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks

Jo’s Little Favorites, by Jo Morton

These 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.

 Prize #17

winner – PK Solberg

Prize #18

winner – Rosemary B

Prize #19

winner – Chris S.

Prize #20

winner – Carol S.



To enter to win a prize, simply visit one or all of the blogs participating in this kick off.  For each blog that you visit and leave a comment on their post for this event, you can claim an entry.  While it really only takes one entry to enter and win, many like to increase their odds of winning prizes.  I also like to think that the more blogs you visit, the more inspiration and fun you’ll find. And, I want to clarify that the bloggers that have helped to kick off this event are also eligible to enter the giveaway and win prizes in this event.  The only thing they can not do is claim an entry for visiting their own blog.

You have until March 13th to visit all of the participating blogs, just remember to claim all the entries you qualify for via the rafflecopter form below:

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Don’t forget to visit all the blogs that are helping to Celebrate International Craft Month by sharing tips, tutorials and inspiration on their blogs the lst of March.  You can also follow these blogs from My Creative Blog List.

Sneak Peek: International Craft Month Kick Off Celebration and a Charity Fundraiser #StitchAlong #FMQAlong #DoodleAlong to benefit Cystic Fibrosis

Today I’m excited to share insights with you about events I’ll be hosting in March, to celebrate International Craft Month.bee creative kick off badge

Tomorrow, March lst,  several blogging friends are joining me in a kick-off event to Celebrate International Craft Month.  We’ll  be sharing tips, tutorials and inspirational projects to help get you in the mood to take time to be crafty in March.  I want to recognize and thank Aurifil, Fat Quarter Shop, Martingale, Dragon Threads, ASF Lighting/Beam N Read ,  The Wooden Bear, Timeless Treasures, and Fons & Porter for sponsoring this event.

We have 21 prizes to giveaway and everyone can enter by simply visiting one or all of the blogs.  Come back tomorrow to get the line up, see the prizes, as well as find out about an easy craft project that can help you organize your craft room.


Every Saturday in March, I’m hosting a Linky Party for a Charity Fundraiser to benefit Cystic Fibrosis.  This will be a virtual party where you can doodle (e.g. on paper, or what ever), free-motion quilt, use mixed media, or machine embroidery and share what you create via our open Linky Party, to help inspire and encourage others.  Think of it as a #DoodleAlong, #CreateAlong, #FMQAlong, #StitchAlong Party all month long.

The fun will be using beautiful Mandala designs by Maureen Russell, of Beautiful Machine Embroidery Designs.  To clarify, Maureen has created machine embroider designs as well as templates that can be downloaded via PDF format, for those that wish to use these Mandala designs for doodling on paper (or whatever), as well as use for free-motion quilting, or mixed media arts.

The possibilities of what you can create  are endless, but technically you need not create anything to help. And all proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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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.

As a charity fundraiser, this virtual event will have a variety of options to enter. Entries to win prizes are based on donations of $10 AU (about $7 US) for each virtual raffle ticket entry.

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  • Purchase and download PDF templates of Mandala designs that you can use for doodling, free-motion quilting, or mixed media designs – possibilities of what you can do with these designs are endless.  These downloadable PDF files will be available at Beautiful Embroidery Designs on March lst.  Each $10 AU purchase qualifies as one virtual raffle ticket entry.
    • You need not stitch or doodle anything in March, using these templates, but we hope you will do so and share via a linky Party that QuiltShopGal will host in March.  These Mandala designs are perfect for doodling, as well as free-motion quilting.
  • Purchase the Mandala machine embroidery designs, by Maureen Russell, at $50 AU (about $35 US) to get three virtual raffle
    • You need not stitch anything in March, but QuiltShopGal will be hosting a #StitchAlong in March for these designs, showing how to make a table runner or wallhanging, but the possibilities are endless for what you can create with these designs.  And, participants will be encouraged to share their progress via a Linky Party in March.
  • Make a donation via PayPal, for any amount you wish to help raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  For simplicity, donations can be made to (what is Maureen’s PayPal email address), but must be tagged as “Cystic Fibrosis Charity Fundraiser” in the comments.  For every $10 AU that you donate in March, you’ll be awarded a virtual raffle ticket to win prizes.

note:  While QuiltShopGal is hosting this fundraiser, all funds raised will go thru Maureen Russell, or her Beautiful Embroidery Designs site.  She’ll compile a list of those that make general donations for CF by way of her PayPal account, those that purchase the PDF Mandala templates, as well as those that purchase her beautiful Justin’s Magic Mandala embroidery design collections. And, she’ll provide me the names of such individuals and I will issue them virtual raffle tickets to win 20+ prizes generously donated by sponsors.

PR Angeles that can help spread the word about this charity fundraiser are greatly appreciated.  Don’t forget you may have non-quilting friends that might want to donate to help the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, by making a donation in your name, whereby you could win the quilty prize!  So be sure to let all your family and friends know!  And, for bloggers that wish to help increase awareness, you have my permission to copy and share any of the info and images in this post, that you wish.

Don’t forget to this event starts on Saturday, March 5th.  But you can visit Beautiful Embroidery Designs to purchase the Mandala machine embroidery design collection anytime between now thru the end of March to obtain virtual raffle tickets.  If you want to purchase the PDF Mandala templates for doodling, free-motion quilting, mixed media art, etc., you can contact Maureen.  I’ll also share once she has these files set up for purchase via her online store.  Lastly, don’t forget you can contact Maureen if you wish to make a general donation to CF, thru her PayPal account, but get virtual raffle tickets to win prizes.

Want to learn more about Cystic Fibrosis?  Visit the CF Foundation online.


You can find Beautiful Embroidery Designs at:

Lastly, I’ll be hosting a CRAFTY GOODNESS BLOG HOP week of March 21st with a variety of blogging friends.  More info on this soon.


I do hope you’ll enjoy March and find time to be crafty!

The New Hexagon – A Book Review, A Quilt Along and a Giveaway

I’m finding #CreativeGoodness thru English Paper Piecing of Hexie designs by Katja Marek.  Thus, today I want to share insights about a book she has written, a quilt along, as well as a giveaway.

The New Hexagon: 52 Blocks to English Paper Piece, by Katja Mar has innovative designs using English Paper Piecing, based around Hexagon designs.


Unlock the possibilities within hexagons and make your own unique blocks. Learn the glue-basting method of English paper piecing and use it to create exciting designs. You’ll enjoy relaxing handwork as you incorporate hexagons into decorative projects.

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  • Select from 52 patterns for 6″ blocks
  • Divide the shapes within the hexagon outline and discover new shapes
  • Stitch projects ranging from a mug rug and candle mat to a bed-sized quilt



Katja Marek was born in Moers, Germany. At the age of eight, she immigrated with her family to Canada. Her mother was a tailor by trade and took in alterations as a way to stay home with her children. Katja grew up under her mother’s sewing machine, and spent many childhood hours crafting, sewing, crocheting, and cross-stitching. Unlike most teenage girls, Katja spent her money not on makeup and music, but on fabric. When she was 14, the family moved to a camp/resort, where many of the cabin beds featured handmade quilts. Katja fell in love with an old version of a Grandmother’s Fan design. Without any knowledge of quilting, but with a vast knowledge of sewing, she proceeded to make templates and cut pieces from old clothing–and thus her quilting journey began. Winning the award for art achievement in high school convinced her that she wanted to pursue a career with a creative outlet. In 1999, with years of banking behind her and her children in their teens, the time had come for Katja to realize that dream. She fulfilled her vision by opening her own quilt shop in Kamloops, British Columbia.


For hexie lovers and those that have not yet discovered the fun of creativity with Hexies, this book is the roadmap for unlimited creativity with hexies.  Not famililar with English Paper Piecing (EPP)?  No problem.  Katja has included information for all the basics, including tool selection, EPP techniques, quiltmaking basics, as well as working with patterns to help you create your own designs.

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Projects in range from a 8 1/4″ x 9 1/4″ Candle Mat to a   19 1/2″ x 46″ table runner to a 60″ x 78″ quilt and all of the projects come with easy to follow instructions and great visuals.

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The 52 blocks of amazing hexie designs for English Paper Piecing, all include templates to create 6″ blocks.  There are endless possibilities of creating your own unique quilts using the EPP block designs provided in this book.



Katja is hosting a free Quilt Along called “Blocks on the Go, Quilts on the Grow”, with info on this event available on her website:   But all the fun is being shared in a facebook group she created for sharing with those participating in this event:



One lucky follower of QuiltShopGal will receive a copy of “The New Hexagon” book, by Katja Marek.  This giveaway is open to WW followers, but I do ask you to read the rules below and if you are interested, claim one or more entries using the Rafflecopter form below. To clarify, it only takes one entry to win, but there a variety of ways to enter. And, for those that like to increase their odds you can claim as many entries that you qualify for.

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I also want to recognize and thank Elizabeth (Libby) Hemming, as a Postage Angel who has donated money to help supplement postage expenses for prizes that QuiltShopGal needs to  ship directly to winners in 2016.  Thanks to Libby for covering 100% of the shipment of this prize to an US winner.  I also want to clarify, Postage Angels are still eligible to enter any giveaway/contest hosted by QuiltShopGal and have the same odds of randomly being selected to win, as non-Postage Angel participants.

I do want to clarify, as announced earlier this year, due to continuing postage rate increases, International winners will not receive free shipping in 2016.  If they wish to enter a giveaway and claim their prize they will need to donate $20 US, as a Postage Angel.  If actual postage is greater QuiltShopGal will pay the difference and if it is less, the extra funds will go into a postage expense account, to help supplement expenses for future shipping of prizes.   Sadly, the US Post Office just raised rates 5% AGAIN this week.

You can find Martingale at:


Here is a list of recent giveaways, hosted by QuiltShopGal, that may still have time to enter:

If you have a giveaway that you’d like to increase awareness of, feel free to post a direct link with giveaway description in the comments below.  For those on Facebook, feel free to share on my page:

A Book Review, Charity Fundraiser, Giveaways, Blog Hop, Quilt A Long: Moda Row by Row

I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to share quilty insights with you today for the Moda All-Stars All In A Row: 24 Row-by-Row Quilt Designs, Giveaways, Blog Hop and Quilt A Long.


Discover the mix-and-match possibilities for fabulous quilts with row patterns by your favorite Moda designers, including Lissa Alexander of Moda Lissa, Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles Quilters, Camille Roskelley of Thimbleblossoms, Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts, Pat Sloan, and many more.


  • 24 row designs in three appealing categories: Classic Patchwork (tried-and-true favorites), Well Seasoned (fresh quilts for every season), and A Bit of Whimsy (playful, carefree designs)
  • Perfect for a row-robin quilt-along with your friends, the rows can be put together in many different combinations
  • Includes step-by-step instructions and illustrations, plus a quilt gallery that provides inspiration for various combinations and using stand-alone rows

Final_01-112_B1352.inddDon’t forget, while Martingale rarely needs to issue a correction to any of their books, if there are such, you can find the information on their website. For this book, there is a minor cutting correction for the Twinkle design.


First, I’ll confess I love Row Quilts, often called “skinny quilts” as row quilts can also be used to make table runners, wallhangings and much more by simply making only one or two rows, or you can make enough rows to complete a quilt.  And the various Rows often have a theme, and there “blender” rows can also be incorporated to provide a nice visual separation between the rows, adding more interest to the overall quilt design.


This is the  first book that I’ve seen packed with beautiful row designs (24) that you can pick your favorite to create a stunning quilt that is uniquely yours.


Rows range in height (6″, 8 5/8, 9″, 9 1/2″ 10″), but are all 48″ finished. And all of the ROW patterns come with easy to follow instructions that include great visuals. There is also an inspirational gallery section that shares photos of projects made from designs in this delightful book.


I am confident this quilt is going to help quilters of all levels have fun creating beautiful quilts.  It would also be perfect for a quilt guild challenge, or friendship group that wants to consider a round robin type of event (e.g. each round adds another row to a quilt top, before it is passed to the next quilter).


I hope you get a chance to check out this book at your favorite quilt shop, but don’t forget if they don’t have it you can let them know you’d like them to carry it as it is so new they may not have even heard about it.  Of course, you can also check it out online at Martingale, as well as Amazon.  And those that follow along the blog hop this month, will definitely learn more about this book.



All of the royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to No Kid Hungry a charitable organization dedicated to ending childhood hunber.



Moda and Martingale are hosting a Quilt Along/Challenge where you could win lots of books and fabric.  Simply buy the book, make a row (or enough to make a quilt) and share a photo of your project on any social media tool using hashtag #allinarowquiltalong


For those that follow along the blog hop for this book in January, you’ll find all sorts of giveaway opportunities to win books and fabric.  QuiltShopGal is also hosting a giveaway where one lucky follower, anyplace in the world, will win a copy of this book.  To enter, use the Rafflecopter Form below where you can claim one or more entries, keeping in mind it really only takes one entry to win, but as there are those that like to increase their odds, I’ve included a variety of options to enter.

I also want to recognize and thank Elizabeth (Libby) Hemming, as a Postage Angel who has donated money to help supplement postage expenses for prizes that QuiltShopGal needs to  ship directly to winners in 2016.  Thanks to Libby for covering 100% of the shipment of this prize to an US winner.  I also want to clarify, Postage Angels are still eligible to enter any giveaway/contest hosted by QuiltShopGal and have the same odds of randomly being selected to win, as non-Postage Angel participants.

I do want to clarify, as announced earlier this year, due to continuing postage rate increases, International winners will not receive free shipping in 2016.  If they wish to enter a giveaway and claim their prize they will need to donate $20 US, as a Postage Angel.  If actual postage is greater QuiltShopGal will pay the difference and if it is less, the extra funds will go into a postage expense account, to help supplement expenses for future shipping of prizes.   Sadly, the US Post Office just raised rates 5% AGAIN this week.

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Here is the lineup for this blog hop:


Brenda Riddle

Carrie Nelson


Corey Yoder

Janet  Clare


Me & My Sister

Barbara Brackman


Pat Sloan

Edyta Sitar


Camille Roskelley

Kathy Schmitz



Blackbird Designs


Anne Sutton  ****GIVEAWAY***

Laurie Simpson   ***GIVEAWAY***


Lisa Bongean

Joanna Figueroa    ***GIVEAWAY****


Betsy Chutchian  ****GIVEAWAY***

Jen Kingwell


Kate Spain

Sandy Gervais


Kaari Meng

Kansas Troubles


Then Feb 1st the quilt along begins.  Consumers make a row and post a pic on our facebook page to be entered.  Fantastic prizes coming.  March 15th winners will be announced.

For Facebook users, there is also a special group for this event:

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You can find Martingale at:

You can find Moda at:

Here is a list of recent giveaways, hosted by QuiltShopGal, that may still have time to enter:

If you have a giveaway that you’d like to increase awareness of, feel free to post a direct link with giveaway description in the comments below.  For those on Facebook, feel free to share on my page:

Happy New Year – Goals and Plans for QuiltShopGal in 2016

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There is something special about a New Year, as refreshing and fun as a clean chalkboard for you to sketch out your dreams.  You may have the same goal, the same dream, that you carry into the new year, or you may start with completely different goals.  My personal focus is to look forward, although I do spend time looking back at the year prior, as I establish my new goals.  

Today I want to share insights with you on my goals and plans for 2016.  Of course, I hope they will inspire you to follow QuiltShopGal, but I also reserve the right to change my plans throughout the year.  A little more or less of this and that, if you catch what I mean.


MY WORD for 2016 continues to be #CreativeGoodness.  While Quilting, Sewing and Embroidery are my favorite forms of creativity, I do want to continue to explore and encourage and admire many forms of creativity.

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  • Listen
  • Encourage
  • Speak Kind Words
  • Be More Organized
  • Spend More Time Being Creative
  • UFO Finish & NO UFO Creation
  • Skill building:  Electric Quilt, Machine Embroidery, Precision Piecing, Free-Motion Quilting


Continue to manage three blogs:  QuiltShopGal, My Creative Blog List, and Fingertip Shopping.

Host Sponsored Giveaways  and Events throughout 2016.  While I’m currently accepting Sponsors, I want to recognize these 2016 Sponsors:

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RESEARCH AND REPORTING is a core thread of QuiltShopGal and will continue to be so in 2016.  I am currently researching several topics, that have taken me months to thoroughly research, but I hope to be sharing these soon.  I also plan on getting back on track with my “Designer Showcase Series“.

CHARITY FUNDRAISERS AND PAY-IT-FORWARD KINDESS  – I plan to host a couple of charity fundraisers, as well as help with acts of Pay-It-Forward Kindness.  The first Charity Fundraiser will be hosted in March, to benefit Cystic Fibrosis programs around the world, with an emphasis on an excellent program in Australia.  Sneek Peaks on this fundraiser will be shared in January.

  • Cystic Fibrosis

charity fundraiser #StitchAlong Justin's Magic Mandalas

  • Pets in Shelters/Homeless Animals – also need helping hands from quilting, sewing and embroidery enthusiasts WW.
  • Heaven Sent a new non-profit focused on providing quiltlets to wrap babies that have passed away cover caskets for such babies.




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ENGLISH PAPER PIECING STITCH A LONG – summer 2016 – While I have a couple of different EPP designs I’ll be showcasing, this event will be open for sharing any EPP project you are making, or have made, in 2016.  Simply needs to be an EPP project.

UFO / JUST FINISH IT CHALLENGES – I’m shooting to host 2-3 UFO Challenges in 2016.  Some will be focused on FMQ and some focused on any project you wish to share, they just need to be finished in 2016.


  • Lunch Box Quilt Designs – Recipe Towel Collections
  • Kaleidoscope Kreator – Feathers Embroidery Collection
  • Sarah Vedeler – GO! BeDazzled or Stars Collections.  While I have a couple of projects I’ll be using these collections for, this #StitchAlong (like other Stitch A Longs) are open for any sharing that you create using these collections.   What do you think about these motifs for a table runner, pillow or quilt?


SKILL BUILDING CHALLENGES AND STITCH A LONGS – in addition to Free-Motion Quilting, I plan to host a few events that will help us build our skills for:

  • Precision Piecing Stitch-A-Longs & Challenges
  • Electric Quilt Skill Builders & Challenges – we’ll also be celebrating EQ’s 25th Anniversary this year, during these events.

AFFILIATE PROGRAMS AND POSTAGE ANGELS – To better manage my personal quilting budget, which historically has been negatively impacted by shipping prizes and giveaways, in 2016 I plan to:

  • Continue utilizing Affiliate programs, for businesses and products that I can honestly recommend.  When you click thru any of my blogs to make a purchase, you pay the same as you would have if you went direct to that site, but I “may” receive a small fee back that I use to supplement postage costs.
  • Those that opt to pay-it-forward, by reimbursing me for postage, as well as those that make postage donations, will be recognized in future giveaways and announcement of prizes, where their funds are used to help with postage expenses.
  • As US postage cost has increased, International postage has skyrocketed.  The cost of shipping a book typically exceeds the price of the book, often 7-10 times the cost of what it would cost to shipping within the US.  While I could limit winners to be US only, this year I’m going to ask that International winners “donate” a flat rate of $20, as a Postage Angel, for any prize that they wish to claim.  To clarify, should postage of their prize exceed this rate, I will pay the difference and if the cost is less, the extra amount simply goes into the postage budget to pay-it-forward, with the winner being recognized as a Postage Angel.

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Again, I wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year. I also wish you time to enjoy and create.

Merry Christmas – My Personal Christmas Wish and #NightsBeforeChristmas Winners

Did you have a special Christmas Wish?  I hope it came true.  And I wish for you happiness, good health and time to enjoy and be creative always.

While I personally feel very blessed, I want to share my special wishes this holiday season.  I hold each of these in my heart and prayers:

  • Angela Walters, an amazing quilter, teacher, author who has given so much to make our world of quilting so much fun, also comes from a quilty family.  Her brother, a fellow quilter, is also a Policeman with the Kansas City Police Department.  Unfortunately, he was seriously injured on December 10th, while off duty, and remains in critical condition in ICU.  While I previously posted about the call for prayers (and donations), I continue to carry Nate, Angela, and their extended family in my heart and prayers daily.  If you are not familiar with what happened, I hope you’ll click thru to read a post I released sharing such insights.
  • Many in Australia have just lost their home due to fires that are raging with the high temperatures this region of our world is experiencing.  My heart and prayers go out to those that have lost their homes, the firemen who risk their lives to help and for all of those impacted by these terrible fires.
  • There are many that are fighting cancer, or other serious illnesses and some are in the quilting business, making it very difficult to earn an income when you are not feeling well.  My heart and prayers go out to them.  The men and women serving their US and our allies, who are off in a war zone, as well as away from home during the holidays.  Again, my heart and prayers for these soldiers and support groups.


As I do believe it doesn’t take much to make a Happy Holiday, I find pleasure in emails, phone calls, and/or visits with family and friends very much during this time of year.  I also thoroughly enjoy holiday music and wanted to share one of my favorites with you today:






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First, I want to thank our sponsors for this event:  Aurifil, Martingale, The Warm Company and Laundauer Publishing.

I also want to thank everyone that shared Winter/Christmas theme giveaway, freebies, and/or tutorials in our Linky Party for this event, helping to share fun and creativity.

Now, time to announce all the winners for the various giveaways hosted during this event:


Lastly, I hope you are having a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season.  Let’s all try to carry the spirit of Christmas in our hearts throughout the year.


#NightsBeforeChristmas Party – December 23rd – 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.  Everyone is welcome to participate.  


As I enjoy holiday music, today I wanted to share another of my favorites:

 Before we kickstart this party tonight,  I want to ensure everyone is aware of what is going on:


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 you:

  • 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 (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.

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.


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 Martingale consistently publishes amazing books for quilting and sewing enthusiasts, as well as other crafters.  They have a signature trademark for well written instructions with great visuals, making them easy to follow, not to mention absolutely wonderful creativity!

Publisher’s Insight:


Celebrate the season with your choice of nine festive quilts in a wide variety of styles. Projects range from a bold “Holiday Cheer” table runner to a dazzling “Christmas Star Wreath.” And don’t miss the fast and fun “Little Forest” quilt, where the trees grow quickly. Learn easy techniques and get creative with fanciful fabrics.


My Review:

The Nine patterns in this book all have easy to follow instructions with great visuals, making this a perfect book for confident beginner through advanced quilters.  While the book promotes Holiday Cheer (which the designs are perfect for), the designs would actually be good for creating year-round projects.


Project sizes range from 18 1/2″ x 39 1/2″ to 60 1/2″ x 72 1/2″, for table runners, wall hanging quilts, to good size quilts.  And many have designs that would be easy to adapt to other sizes too!


No matter how you look at it, this book is an amazing value. You can purchase this book for a price of single standalone pattern. Given this book has nine patterns, it is an exception value that would also make for a wonderful gift (book), as well as the projects in this book would make wonderful gifts, as well as decorative items for your home.


You can find Martingale at:



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




I spotted a free downloadable coloring book that I think would be great holiday fun for all ages.  The Art Licensing Show has released this free PDF book which includes 92 designs from various artists that you can color.  

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Martingale is sponsoring this giveaway, where one lucky follower will win a copy of Holiday Cheer Quilts.  I will be shipping this prize and it is opened to WW followers.
If you are interested in winning simply use the rafflecopter form below to enter.  It only takes one entry to win, but for those that like to increase their odds there are extra options to enter.  

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All #NightsBeforeChristmas 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.  But, you will get your prize.  I just need some Elves to come help. 
 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.


Stay tuned, as there will be one more #NightsBeforeChristmas Party tomorrow night, aka Christmas Eve.
Here is a list for all posts for this event, were you’ll also find more giveaways that are open till winners are randomly selected and announced Christmas morning:





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