Category: Martingale

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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Examples:

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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:

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

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

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.

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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.

MY REVIEW:

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.

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DID I MENTION A QUILT ALONG?

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: http://www.katjasquiltshoppe.com/quilt-along.htm   But all the fun is being shared in a facebook group she created for sharing with those participating in this event: https://www.facebook.com/groups/534929129996575/

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DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

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: www.facebook.com/QuiltShopGal

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.

PUBLISHERS INSIGHTS:

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.

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  • 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.

MY REVIEW:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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DID I MENTION A CHARITY FUNDRAISER?

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.

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DID I MENTION A QUILT ALONG/CHALLENGE?

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

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

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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DID I MENTION A BLOG HOP?

Here is the lineup for this blog hop:

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Brenda Riddle  http://brendariddle.blogspot.com/

Carrie Nelson   http://blog.modafabrics.com/

19-Jan

Corey Yoder  http://www.littlemissshabby.com/

Janet  Clare  http://janetclare.co.uk/blog/

20-Jan

Me & My Sister  http://www.meandmysisterdesigns.com/blog/

Barbara Brackman http://barbarabrackman.blogspot.com/

21-Jan

Pat Sloan    http://blog.patsloan.com/

Edyta Sitar  http://laundrybasketquilts.com/

22-Jan

Camille Roskelley  https://www.instagram.com/thimbleblossoms/

Kathy Schmitz http://kathyschmitzstudio.blogspot.com/

23-Jan

Sweetwater  http://www.thesweetwaterco.com/?page_id=8853

Blackbird Designs  http://blackbird-designs.blogspot.com/

24-Jan

Anne Sutton  http://bunnyhillblog.com/  ****GIVEAWAY***

Laurie Simpson    http://minickandsimpson.blogspot.com/   ***GIVEAWAY***

25-Jan

Lisa Bongean http://lisabongean.com/

Joanna Figueroa  http://figtreequilts.typepad.com/    ***GIVEAWAY****

26-Jan

Betsy Chutchian http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/  ****GIVEAWAY***

Jen Kingwell  http://jenkingwelldesigns.blogspot.com/

27-Jan

Kate Spain  http://katespain.com/

Sandy Gervais  http://piecesfrommyheart.net/

28-Jan

Kaari Meng https://www.frenchgeneral.com/

Kansas Troubles http://www.ktquilts.com/

DID I MENTION A QUILT ALONG?

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:  https://www.facebook.com/allinarowquiltalong/?fref=ts

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You can find Martingale at:

You can find Moda at:

http://storefront.unitednotions.com/storefrontCommerce/
http://www.modabakeshop.com/
https://www.facebook.com/modafabrics/
https://www.pinterest.com/modafabrics/
https://www.youtube.com/user/modafabrics
https://www.flickr.com/groups/modafabrics/
https://twitter.com/ModaFabrics

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: www.facebook.com/QuiltShopGal

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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GOALS FOR 2016:

  • 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

HIGHLIGHTS OF MY PLANS FOR 2016

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

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  • 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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FREE-MOTION QUILTING CHALLENGES AND STITCH-ALONGS 

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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.

MACHINE EMBROIDERY STITCH A LONGS 

  • 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?

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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:

 

 

 

 

DID I MENTION #NIGHTSBEFORECHRISTMAS WINNERS?

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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:

WHAT IS THE NIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS PARTY?  

Anyone who wants to help celebrate the holiday season with good quilty fun and a lot of giveaways, freebies and tutorials can participate.  You’ll find 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.

OUR SPONSOR TONIGHT IS MARTINGALE

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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DID I MENTION A LINKY PARTY?

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

 

 

DID I MENTION A FREEBIE?

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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DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

 

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:

 

 

 

 

#NightsBeforeChristmas Party – December 16th – Celebrate with a Freebie, Giveaway, Linky Party and More

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Welcome to another celebration of the Nights Before Christmas.  I hope you are enjoying this holiday season and are also enjoying this virtual party.

WHAT IS THE NIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS PARTY?  

Anyone who wants to help celebrate the holiday season with good quilty fun and a lot of giveaways, freebies and tutorials can participate.  You’ll find:

  • Freebies will be shared with every event post.
  • Giveaways offered throughout the event, where followers can enter to win any prize they are interested in.   Winners will be randomly announced and notified on December 25th.  
  • A Linky Party for those that want to share any Christmas or Winter themed: 1) Giveaway, 2) Freebie, or 3) Tutorial.

 Sharing of your holiday projects  (in progress or finished) on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using hashtag #NightsBeforeChristmasParty and/or in the weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Party that I host every Friday.  While you can’t share in the linky party in this post, when sharing with hashtag you can claim an extra entry in any of the giveaways during this event.

While QuiltShopGal will be shipping prizes directly to winner due to my limited funds (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.

Our sponsor tonight is Martingale and they’ve generously donated a copy of a recently published book “Team Spirit: Get in the Game With 11 Sports-Inspired Quilts“, by Suzzie Schuyler.


 

PUBLISHERS INSIGHTS:

To make the most of today’s sports-themed or novelty fabrics, here’s a winning game plan. Discover a strong lineup of patterns designed specifically for large-scale prints–sure to score big points with your family and friends. Choose from 11 quilts, including great ideas for both guys and gals.

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  • Beginner-friendly tips, plus quilting suggestions for each quilt
  • Pay tribute to favorite sports, alma maters, and teams, including basketball, football, and NASCAR
  • Be inspired by blocks shown in alternate colorways

 

MY REVIEW:

The designs in this book are absolutely perfect to show off sports related focal fabrics, but they’d also work great with just about any fabric collection.  As all of the patterns have easy to follow instructions, with great visuals, the nature of these designs make this book perfect for new quilters, but designs will also be of interest with experienced quilters, looking for fun and fast project ideas.

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Projects range from table runners to full size quilts, with project sizes that range from 21 1/2″ x 55 1/2″ to  85 3/8″ x 102 3/8″.  And every project has an absolutely delightful sports oriented name (e.g. Tailgating Table Runner, Halftime Event, Game Delay, etc.).  Truly wonderful projects for any sports minded home.

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With 11 quilt projects included in this book, this book is amazing value considering what the cost of a single pattern is.  Thus, this book would also make an excellent gift for sports minded quilting friends, or sports mind friends that you want to encourage to learn to quilt!

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DID I MENTION A LINKY PARTY?

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

 

 

DID I MENTION A FREEBIE?

Martingale has many wonderful free patterns on their site.  This free downloadable pattern “knitters trio”, by Karen Costello Soltys caught my attention.  With this zippered pouch, needle roll and needle hanger, it certainly has three fun handmade projects that would make for fun and fast handmade gifts.

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 Martingale also shares many tips and tutorials on their blog, as well as you-tube channel.

 

 

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY

Actually, there are a couple of giveaways you may want to enter:
Martingale is celebrating the release of Moda All-Stars All In A Row, where you can visit the Stitch This Blog to enter to win a copy of this book, as well as a bundle of Moda fabric.
QuiltShopGal is hosting a giveaway, sponsored by Martingale where you could win a copy of Team Spirit.  I will ship this prize to a US Only winner.  If you are not in the US and want to pay shipping ($10-$30 depending where in the world you live), I will happily ship it to such a winner.  Just use the Rafflecopter form below to enter:

 If you are interested in winning a copy of  “Team Spirit”, simply use the Rafflecopter Form.  While it only takes one entry to win, there are plenty of options for those that like to increase their chances.  Both lucky winners will be randomly selected, using the random number generator widget in Rafflecopter.  And, I will email them on, or about December 25th, to let them know (my goal is the 25th).

 The giveaway today is also open to WW followers, with the caveat that I will pay to ship to US winners, and non-US winners will need to pay for postage, if they wish to claim their prize.

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.
 Don’t forget to  hold Christmas in your heart and enjoy the Nights Before Christmas.  And be sure to use hashtag #NightsBeforeChristmasParty in any social media tool.

 

Here is a list for all posts for this event:

 

 

Nights Before Christmas Party – You Are Invited to Join And Enjoy Some Seasonal Fun with Freebies, Giveaways and Tutorials

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QuiltShopGal is hosting a Nights Before Christmas Party and everyone is invited to join the fun. You can come in your Pajamas, or get dressed up, or wear your everyday clothes.  Come watch and enjoy, or come share.  This is simply a virtual holiday party for quilters!

What is the Nights Before Christmas Party?  

Celebrate the holiday season with good quilty fun and a lot of giveaways, freebies and tutorials.  We’ll also have a linky Party where bloggers and non-bloggers can share any holiday themed giveaway, freebie or tutorial that they wish to share. QuiltShopGal will also be hosting sponsored giveaways, as well as sharing freebies.

 Share photos of your holiday projects (in progress or finished) on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using hashtag #NightsBeforeChristmasParty for extra entries to win prizes, as well as opportunities to be showcased throughout the party.

Plenty of prizes will be randomly awarded Christmas morning.

While QuiltShopGal will be shipping prizes directly to winners, due to my limited funds (earned by Affiliate programs), most giveaways will be limited to US Only followers, but there will still be plenty that will be open to WW followers, including the giveaway today.

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.

Did I Mention A Linky Party?

 Everyone is invited to join this linky party where sharing with a Christmas theme, or Winter theme, is welcome for giveaways or freebies (e.g. handmade items, things from your stash, or items you may have purchased, or products you sell and want to giveaway), or  tutorials.  For your giveaways or freebies you share, you set the terms, but as this linky is open thru Christmas Eve, if your giveaway or freebie expires before that date, your linky will be removed.  And, your link needs to be direct links to your giveaway, freebie, or tutorial, not generic links to your blog or website.

I also want to clarify that in December, I’m hosting two different linky parties.  The December Nights Linky Parties will be for sharing Christmas, or Winter themed “giveaways”, “freebies”, or “tutorials”.  And every Friday, I host the weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Party where you can share any form of creativity you wish to share.  Please be sure you are linking up to the right party, to eliminate the risk of having an inappropriate link being deleted from either Linky Party.  Of course, you can email me in advance, should you ever be uncertain.

  I also want to recognize and thank Martingale for being one of our sponsors for this party, and donating a prize for today’s giveaway.  martingale logo

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 Did I Mention A Freebie?    

     Thanks to Martingale for this amazing freebie.

 

Did I Mention A Giveaway?

 

Thanks to Martingale, one lucky follower will win a copy of Season’s Greetings – A Hatched and Patched Christmas By Anni Downs

 

Publishers Insights:    

 

Join a fun and festive celebration of the season with this varied collection from well-known Australian designer Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched.

 

 

You’ll enjoy charming patchwork projects that feature embroidery and applique, all in Anni’s whimsical style. 12 heartwarming designs for decorating and gift-giving to make your Christmas complete   Projects include a Christmas story quilt, tabletop tree skirt, Advent calendar, short and tall gift bags, ornaments, and a “12 Days of Christmas” stitchery   Find inspiring photos, step-by-step instructions, and full-size patterns       book reviews-010

 

 If you are interested in winning this book, there are several ways to enter to win.  Those that share in the linky party can claim an entry, as well as followers can claim entries.  Simply use the Rafflecopter form below to claim any appropriate option. While it really only takes one entry to win, as some like to increase their chances, there are several ways you can get extra entries.  One lucky winner will be randomly selected, using the random number generator widget in Rafflecopter.  And, I will email them on, or about December 25th, to let them know (my goal is the 25th).

 

 

 The giveaway today is also open to anyone in the world.  But I do want to clarify, I will be be shipping the prize to the lucky winner.  As this postage expense comes out of my personal quilting budget, I also want to say thank you to those that remember I am an Affiliate for Craftsy and Amazon.  When you click thru my site to make a purchase your price remains the same, but I sometimes receive a small fee back which I use to supplement shipping expenses.  I view such individuals as Postage Angels, as I could not host giveaways or events with prizes, without your help.  
Prizes may not ship until after New Year’s Eve, as I also need to close out shipping prizes for the 2015 FMQ Challenge, and also enjoy the Christmas season.

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 Don’t forget to  hold Christmas in your heart and enjoy the Nights Before Christmas.  And be sure to use hashtag #NightsBeforeChristmasParty in any social media tool.

Little Big Stuff: Pint-Sized Play Sets to Sew for Kids – A Book Review and Giveaway

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I’m delighted to share insights with you today about a fun new sewing book that is perfect for sewing enthusiasts of all levels, and contains step by step instructions to make 24 projects that will appeal to kids – boys and girls alike.

The “Little Big Stuff: Pint-Sized Play Sets To Sew For Kids“, by Michelle Lee Jensen, published by Martingale, is a great new book that I think anyone with kids or grandkids will want to create projects from this book, as well as make items to give away.   I’m even thinking some of these projects would make popular auction items for school fundraisers!

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PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

Discover a collection of fun-to-stitch, role-playing projects that any child is sure to adore. “Let’s pretend” play sets let children mimic the things they see grown-ups doing: gardening, cooking, camping, and more. Savor the joys of sewing for children as you create unforgettable gifts.

  • 20 cute and clever projects with lots of kid appeal–for boys and girls alike
  • Encourage imaginative play with items such as a pet bed and carrier, gardening bucket, picnic blanket, duffel bag, and aprons for the kitchen, garden, and shop
  • Skill-building techniques include adding applique, applying bias binding, inserting piping, and installing zippers

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Michelle Jensen grew up in the small rural town of Clover, Utah. She graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, not sewing, and she confesses that her class load might have been much different if she’d known what she reallywanted to be when she grew up! She eventually married her high-school sweetheart, Weston, who has always been a wonderful source of support and a great person to share life with. Michelle didn’t start her sewing career until after the birth of her first child. She now has two children, Cately and Alex, who inspired this book because Michelle enjoys making items to warm their sweet little hearts. In addition to working on kid-friendly creations, Michelle designs things for the home, including table runners, wall hangings, bed quilts, adult bags, and clothing of all sorts. But that’s still not enough sewing for her: she also quilts professionally with her long-arm quilting machine.

Sharing the attitude of many people who love what they do, Michelle doesn’t feel like she’s working when she’s sewing and designing, because she enjoys those activities so immensely. She admits to sometimes getting a bit stuck when developing new, more challenging “outside-of-the-box” patterns or techniques. In those frustrating moments, she knows she just needs to put in some extra effort. She believes that challenging sewing projects inevitably lead to great results–unique products that make you proud, or that make someone else happy, or both! The extra effort is always worth it. Don’t let a mistake or an imperfect project stop you. Keep sewing.

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MY REVIEW:

Little Big Stuff is packed with 24 fun sewing projects to make things that are kid friendly, for both boys and girls.  All of the projects in this book have easy to follow instructions with great visuals.  And, they will definitely encourage imagination and fun play time.

This book also provides skill-building techniques for adding applique’, applying bias binding, inserting piping, as well as installing zippers.Plus there are oodles of excellent tips, making this book a great book for beginning sewing enthusiasts as well as those with years of experience.

With 24 delightful projects, this book is truly an amazing value. I also think this book could be a great book for a pre-teen, or teen, that wants to learn to sew.  Many projects would make great gifts to family and friends, as well as for your kids to enjoy.

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I hope you get a chance to check out this creative new book at your favorite quilt or sewing center.  Of course, if you don’t find it let them know you are interested in having them make it available in their shop, as they may not have heard about it yet.  You can also check it out online at Martingale, or Amazon.

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DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

You need not be a follower to enter to win this book, but there are definitely options for followers of QuiltShopGal, as well as Martingale, to claim extra entries.  This is a physical book that I will ship to the randomly selected winner, but due to my limited funds for postage, I will only pay for postage to ship to US/Canada winners.  If you wish to enter, simply use the Rafflecopter form below.  I will send an email to the lucky winner.

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Are You Ready to FALL in LOVE with New Creative Books?

There are some wonderful new books packed with #CreativeGoodness beginning to arrive in Quilt Shops.  Possibly you have seen them?

Here are ten new books that have caught my attention and I hope you get a chance to check out at your favorite quilt shop.  Of course, if you don’t see them, let them know you are interested in having them available, but you can also find them at Martingale’s online store, or Amazon.com.

Machine Quilting With Style, by Christa Watson

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Splash of Color – a Rainbow of Brilliant Black and White Quilts, by Jackie Kunkel

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Stitch on the Double – Easy Quilt Projects to Sew on the Go By Kathleen Brown

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The Big Book of Scrappy Quilts – Crib-Size to King-Size

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Remembering the Past – Reproduction Quilts Inspired by Antique Favorites By Julie Hendricksen

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Sweet Tweets – Simple Stitches, Whimsical Birds By Erin Cox

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Season’s Greetings – A Hatched and Patched Christmas By Anni Downs

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Learn to Quilt-As-You-Go – 14 Projects You Can Finish Fast By Gudrun Erla

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Handmade Christmas Cheer – Festive Holiday Projects to Embroider, Applique, and Quilt By Pat Wys

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Do you have a favorite?

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