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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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You can find the Martingale at:

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

 

 

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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2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – September Challenge with Kaleidoscope Collections, Teri Lucas, Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero and Rebecca Kemp Brent

Today we kick off the  September Linky Party for the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge, which will be open for this month only.  To clarify, this summer, our monthly challenges were opened thru September 15th and there is still time to enter the following challenges:

May Challenge with Cindy Needham
June Challenge with Diane Gaudynski
July Challenge with Paula Reid
August Challenge with Angela Waters

 

This month we showcase Kaleidoscope Kreator 3 (aka KK3) software, from Kaleidoscope Collections, and Teri Lucas, who is a Master Free-Motion Quilter and teacher.  We hope to inspire you to play and create with KK software and free-motion quilting.  Possibilities are endless.  There is also an machine embroidery (ME) option for those that enjoy ME, which will also incorporate free-motion quilting.

Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero is also the creator of the Kaleidoscope Collections software and machine embroidery designs.  She has created many award winning quilts, teaches wonderful classes, which I highly recommend, for using the Kaleidoscope Collections software as well as machine embroidery designs.  And, she is a new designer for Hoffman California Fabrics.

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To clarify, there is also an option to participate in this challenge without purchasing the KK software.  But personally, I honestly think this challenge will be more fun for those that use the KK software.

 

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For those not familiar with Kaleidoscope Collections, software and machine embroidery designs created by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero.  I have used this versatile software for years, which I find to be  super fun and easy to use, while allowing you to convert images into a Kaleidoscope, where the creative possibilities are endless.  

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Here is a super quick example:

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I quickly and easily created a variety of Kaleidoscope designs for which I can easily size and print on fabric, using my home printer, or save to a file to use to make greeting cards, jewelry, etc..  Here is a gallery of a few of my designs from one photo, but I could have created many more unique kaleidoscope designs using KK3 software:

Can you visualize how these designs would look in a free-motion quilted project and how much fun you could have creating your own fabric designs with KK3 software?  I’m here to help, if you need help pursuing this challenge.  Just leave a comment on this post, or email me.

 

And here is a video where Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero that provides a good overview of how the KK3 software works for quilters:

If you have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ0GYQh-rGw

MONTHLY FMQ EXPERT FOR SEPTEMBER:

As mentioned, our expert this month is Teri Lucas and she is an award winning quilter and teacher.   You may be familiar with Teri from our 2012 FMQ Challenge, Facebook, her blog (Teri Lucas Quilts), having taken a class or workshop with her,  articles published in various magazines such as Quilting Arts, or her articles as the Associate Editor of Generation Q Magazine.

Here are a few of examples of Teri’s beautiful free-motion quilting:

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(photo above taken by the very talented Gregory Case).

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Feather Zone is an award winning quilt made by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero and Teri that used Kaleidoscope Kreator Software and the Feather Template Pack to create this stunning quilt.

 

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“Fire in Ice” was created using templates from both the Snowflakes and Filigrees Template Mini-Packs with Kaleidoscope Kreator 3. It was quilted by Teri Harris Lucas. — and made  by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero.

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  I hope you can see why I’m delighted to showcase Kaleidoscope Collections and Teri Lucas in our 2015 FMQ Challenge this month.

 

SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE – OPTIONS:

OPTION #1  

Create a pillow using the free-motion quilting tutorial by Teri Lucas, that was shared in the 2012 FMQ Challenge.  For those that do not want to purchase the Kaleidoscope Kreator (aka KK) software, this tutorial also provides a free downloadable template that you can use to mark on your fabric, but using the KK software will certainly be more fun!

Here is a pillow created using KK3 and the Filigree Template Pack, made by Jeanie.  I’m sharing this for inspiration.  If you need a tutorial to make this specific pillow, let me know.  But do remember, you can use KK3 softare, any template, or use the free PDF provided by Teri Lucas in this challenge to create a pillow of any size and design that you wish.  This is a versatile challenge!

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For those that will use the KK software, you can also use any Template Pack (e.g. Feathers, Filigree, Snowflakes, Tiles, Blossoms, Frame Frenzy, or Quilters’ Polygon) that you wish.

 

OPTION #2

For those that enjoy machine embroidery, create a pillow where your design uses the KK software and any of the complimentary machine embroidery design collections (e.g. Feathers, Filigrees, Snowflakes) AND inco

 

Here is a video tutorial by Jeanie that shows machine embroidery enthusiasts how to use KK3 software to print on fabric and stitch out these embroidery designs.

If you have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa__il6BBzE&list=PLmBQBwWqPIuOkHhdTnVb4dMq2yFsrM7Tm

 

OPTION #3

For those that may have an electronic cutter (e.g. Silhouette, Brother Scan-N-Cut, Sizzix Eclipse, etc), consider using Kaleidoscope Kreator 3 software and your electronic cutter, to create your own unique applique Kaleidoscope design that you can applique, add free-motion quilting and create a stunning pillow. Or create a stencil and paint your KK3 created motif on your fabric, followed by adding free-motion quilting designs of your choice.

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Here is an inspirational video tutorial by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero and Rebecca Kemp Brent .

If you have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkZVZFzy8sw

 

 

KK software uses your domestic printer to print on fabric, which typically maxes out at 8.5″ wide.  For those that use Electric Quilt Software you can play with your design to determine the size of your blocks and overall layout.  For those that do not use EQ Software of course you can sketch it out on paper.  But, here are a few ideas I came up with and wanted to share:

For 20″ pillows I played with a couple of versions, but don’t forget possibilities are endless….

8″ blocks with sashing and borders

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6″ blocks on point

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ENTER THIS CHALLENGE – JOIN THIS LINKY PARTY

Don’t overlook that you can create more than one pillow, to claim more than one entry to any of the monthly challenges.  You want to do more than one of the options, or all.  Each option you complete counts as an entry.    And the more you create, the  more opportunities you have to learn and improve your FMQ skills, as well as win more prizes!


RULES TO ENTER THIS CHALLENGE:

1) Entries need to be completed pillows that show free-motion quilting that aligns with the options defined in this monthly challenge. Note:  Other projects that you wish to share can be added to the Flickr group, but do not share them via the link tool.

2) You can enter one completed pillow for any, or all of the options.  Bloggers can do so in one blog post, but to help with the entries, their post needs to show photos and clarify which options they are entering for this monthly challenge.  Non-bloggers need to reflect the same as bloggers, in the comments for the photo they upload to the flickr group for this challenge. Both bloggers and non-bloggers can add one link to the linky tool, for each of the options they wish to enter.  Note, to help with administration, please be sure the photo in the linky tool reflects which of the challenge options you are claiming when you enter/add the link.

Those that want to apply the challenge to projects other than pillows, or those that complete the challenge after the given month, as well as those that may wish to share other FMQ projects are encouraged to share in a Flirk group that has been created specifically for group sharing and inspiration:     https://www.flickr.com/groups/2815271@N22/   To clarify, this group is open to anyone that wishes to share any FMQ project that they created.

3.   In keeping with the spirit of this challenge, I hope in you encourage others to enter this challenge as well as check out all the entries to get inspired.

4.  In the spirit of ~Create ~ Share ~ Inspire ~ #CreativeGoodness, those that wish to share tips and tutorials during any of these monthly challenges will be appreciated.  And, as always, QuiltShopGal will try to do her best to help increase awareness of such.  Collectively, we can create great fun and help others learn/improve their FMQ Skills.

While most of these linky parties are open for one month, this Linky party and other challenges released during the summer will be open thru mid-September, but I encourage you to not wait till the last minute to enter.  You need to have your project completed and linked to enter to win prizes.  Those that may complete this challenge at a different time, as well as those that want to share any FMQ related project, are encouraged to share photos in the Flickr group created for this challenge: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2815271@N22/

If you are not familiar with how to use a linky click here for a tutorial.

 

For blogger participants that are interested in posting a badge, the badge code is now on the right hand column of this blog.  Thank you for posting the badge.  The more quilters we have participating, the more fun and inspiration we will all have.  But I need your help to spread the word and encourage others to join, or at least come look and visit all the blogs (and non-bloggers) that share their FMQ projects with us via the Monthly linky parties and the Flicker Group sharing.

SPONSORS AND PRIZES FOR THIS AUGUST CHALLENGE:

Sponsor Prize Winners
Udderly Smooth, by RedEx 65668_10151884614025894_331473606_n  A gift pack of Udderly Smooth products.  Product bundle shipped may not be exactly like what QuiltShopGal is showing.Estimated Retail value $25.Prize is open to participants living in US/Canada.  Prize #1  winner – Connie K (Free Motion By The River
Gotcha Covered Quilting

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$25 Gift Certificate to Gotcha Covered Quilting. Open to WW participants  Prize #2 winner – Slaney Handcrafts
Martingale Quiltmaking Essentials 2, by Donna Lynn Thomas
Irish Chain Quilts, by Melissa Corry
All About Strips, by Susan GuzmanAs QuiltShopGal will be shipping these prizes directly to a lucky winner, one max can ship to a WW winner and two will be awarded to US/Canada winners.  Prizes not claimed will be used later for Grand Prizes to be awarded at the end of the 2015 FMQ Challenge.
Prize #3 Irish Chain Quilts – winner: Elizabeth H.

4 All About Stripswinner – Marjorie of Marjorie’s Busy Corner

 

And don’t forget when you enter this monthly challenge you are automatically entered to win prizes awarded at the end of this 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge. The more monthly challenges you enter the more chances you get to win monthly AND Grand Prizes. Many of these Grand Prizes sponsors will ship to WW participants!
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 If you have questions for this Challenge, please   http://quiltshopgal.com/faq-for-challenges-and-shows/

Winners will be selected randomly and this post will be updated accordingly, after I send an email to notify the winners.

email QuiltShopGal if you still have questions at Darlene @ quiltshopgal dot com and I will try to respond as fast as I can.

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Here is a list of previous posts 2015 FMQ Challenge:

 

 

For those wanting more information on the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge, you can click the menu tabs underneath the header image of this blog EVENTS > FREE-MOTION QUILTING > 2015 FREE MOTION QUILTING CHALLENGE to visit the main page for this event which will always contain current links to all the monthly challenges:

http://quiltshopgal.com/2015-

SPONSORS:

Aurifil, Clever Craft Tools/Grip & Stitch Disks, Fabrics N Quilts, Fat Quarter Shop, Gotcha Covered Quilting, Martingale, The Stencil Company, Udderly Smooth, Landauer Publishing, CT Publishing, the Electric Quilt Company, The Quilt Show and Craftsy!

Prizes will be awarded for each monthly challenge and there are also prizes that will be awarded at the end of the year.  Monthly winners will be randomly selected.  And while end of year (aka Grand Prizes) will also be awarded randomly, I’m also looking at awarding based on a variety of soon to be announced methods (e.g. Person that completed the most challenges, the person that improved the most, etc).

Irish Chain Quilts and a Giveaway

If you saw my Sneak Peek posts on Quilt Market, you heard me mention a new book that was being showcased at Market, called Irish Chain Quilts: Contemporary Twists on a Classic Design.  I was given a copy of this book to review, with the understanding I would share my honest opinion of this book.

 

Irish Chain Quilts, was written by Melissa Corry and published by Martingale.

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

Discover a fresh take on the traditional Irish Chain–known for its wonderful diagonal movement, easy piecing, and beautiful collaboration of color. Melissa Corry presents exciting patterns that open a whole new world of Irish Chain designs. Though they share a common theme, these quilts are as individual as the fabrics they embrace.

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  • Choose from 15 inspiring quilt patterns and achieve outstanding results
    • Explore a variety of construction methods–options include traditional and improvisational piecing as well as fusible appliqué

    • Learn to use squares, rectangles, wonky shapes, dots, and even flowers to create one-of-a-kind Irish Chain designs

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There is also a Trunk Show that Quilt Shop’s can schedule with Melissa.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Melissa Corry began quilting in 2003. Her mother taught her the basics so she would have something to do in the evenings while her husband studied for Medical School. She enjoyed making baby blankets for friends and family and even the occasional large quilt. In 2010, Melissa created her blog, Happy Quilting, and her hobby quickly became a passion.

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Melissa loves all things quilting, from designing to binding and everything in between. Quilting is a creative respite for Melissa, and as a busy mom of 5 little ones, she often says “It is the one thing I do in my day that stays done”. In short, quilting makes her Happy, and she loves to share that joy of quilting with others.

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Since joining the online community of quilters, Melissa has started her own pattern line, had quilts published in several prominent magazines, and had her projects shared in 5 collaborative books. This is her first book and it is an amazing dream that has now come true. To see more of Melissa’s daily quilting adventures visit her website at www.happyquiltingmelissa.com

MY REVIEW:

Traditional Irish Chain quilts use Single, Double or Triple designs, but Melissa has created a whole new versions Irish Chain Quilts that she categorizes as: Twist on Tradition, Modern Patchwork, Improvisational Piecing and Appliqued Chains.  All would make lovely comfy and cozy quilts to decorate your home and/or for gifts.

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Projects range in size from 44½” x 44½” to 90½” x 90½” all come with easy to follow instructions and visuals.  With 15 beautiful quilt projects in this book, it is certainly an exceptional value when you consider the cost of what a standalone pattern costs!

I hope you get a chance to check out this creative new book at your favorite quilt shop.  Of course, you can also find it at Martingale online, and Amazon.com

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

Martingale is hosting a giveaway this week, on their blog –

Stitch This  where you could win an e:copy of this creative book.

My review copy will be used as a “surprise prize” to a participant in the weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties

I host every Friday.  Five lucky participants receive such surprise prizes every month, just for sharing their creativity.

You can find Melissa at:

http://www.happyquiltingmelissa.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Happy-Quilting/181660825200461

https://twitter.com/happyquiltingmc

https://www.pinterest.com/happyquiltingmc/https://instagram.com/happyquiltingmc/

 

You can find Martingale at:

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2015 Spring Quilt Market Sneak Peek (Part 3): School House, New Books and Patterns

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Store owners and buyers attending Quilt Market have many opportunities to learn about new books, meet the authors, and see project samples.    School House can also provide store owners with oodles of tips to showcase these books, as well as learn about traveling trunk shows that may be available.  In this post I am sharing insights on School House and various “in booth” opportunities to learn about these new books, while at Market.  This is also a great opportunity for those not attending Market, to let their favorite shops know what books they might like to see them offer.

Thursday, May 14th – School House

10am
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11am  – noon- 
11:15 – Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Appliqué with Pat Sloan, Room #211D (Martingale)

11:15 –Constantinople Quilts, with Tamsin Harvey, Room #211B (CT Pub)

11:50 – Irish Chain Quilts with Melissa Corry, Room 211D (Martingale)

11:50 –The Quilter’s Practical Guide to Color, with Becky Goldsmith, Room #211B (CT Pub)
NOON
12:25pm – Handmade Christmas Cheer with Pat Wys, Room 211D (Martingale)
12:25 –Urban Scandinavian Sewing, with Kirstyn Cogan, Room #211B (CT Pub)
1-2pm
1pm – Learn to Quilt-As-You-Go with Gudrun Erla, Room 211D (Martingale)
 

 

1pm – Easy-Cut Quilts with Lots of Twists, with TailorMade By Design, Room 211C  (Landauer)
 

 

1pm –Two New Exciting New Releases from Stash Books, with Heidi Staples & Christine Haynes, Room #211B (CT Pub)
 

 

1:35PM – Quick Change with Karen Burns and Designers, Room 211D (Martingale)

 

1:35pm – Perfect Needleturn Applique’ with gluepen, by Helen Stubbings, Room 211C  (Landauer)
 

 

1:35pm –Two New Exciting New Releases from Three Talented Authors, with Kate Carlson Colleran, Elizabeth Veit Balderrama and Jessica Schicks, Room #211B (CT Pub)
2pm
2:10pm – Sew Simple Hexi-Flowers, with Karin Hellaby, Room 211C  (Landauer)

2:10pm –A Merry Christmas with Kim Schaefer ,  Room #211B (CT Pub)

 

2:30pm – Quiltmaking Essentials 2 with Donna Lynn Thomas, Room 211D (Martingale)
2:30pm – Get Quilting with Angela & Cloe, with Angela Walters, Room 211B (CT Pub)
 
2:50pm – Style and Swing Presented by Karen Burns, Room 211D (Martingale)
 
2:50pm – Girl’s Guide to DIY Fashion, with Rachel Lows, Room 211B (CT Pub)
3pm
3:10pm – A Modern Twist with Natalie Barnes, Room 211D (Martingale)
3:10pm – Little Gems with Connie Kauffman, Room 210B (Martingale)

3:10pm – Two New Exciting New Releases from Stash Books!, with Rebecca Bryan, Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting, Room 211B (CT Pub)
 

 

3:45pm – Seems Like Scrappy with Rebecca Silbaugh, Room 211D (Martingale)
 

 

3:45pm – A Bit of Appliqué with Amy Struckmeyer, Room 210B (Martingale)
3:45pm – You Inspire Me to Quilt, with Cheryl Arkison, Room 211B (CT Pub)
4pm
4:20pm – Little Big Stuff with Michelle Lee Jensen, Room 210B (Martingale)
4:55pm – Make It, Take It with Krista Hennebury, Room 210B (Martingale)

Friday, May 15th

10am – 11am
10am – Pat Sloan, Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Applique, EE Schenck booth #1023

10 am – Cabin Fever, Natalia Bonner & Kathleen Whiting,  #1440
10:30 – Irish Chain Quilts, Melissa Corry, United Notions #2249

10:30 – Quilting Essentials, Donna Lynn Thomas, Martingale #325
11am – noon
11am – A Modern Twist, Natalia Bonner, Brewer #1919




11 am – Quilting By Design, Jessica Schick,  #1440
11:30am – Civil War Remembered, Mary Etherington & Connie Tesene, United Notions #2249
11:30am – Seems Like Scrappy by Rebecca Silbaugh, Martingale #325
noon – 1pm
noon – Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry, E.E. Schenck #1023

noon – A Merry Christmas with Kim Schaefer,  #1440
12:30pm – Little Gems by Connie Kauffmann, Martingale #325
1pm – 2pm
1pm – Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Appliqué, United Notions #2249

1pm – Quiltmaking Essentials 2 by Donna Lynn Thomas, E.E. Schenck #1023
1pm – Modern Hand Stitching, by Ruth Chandler, Landauer Publishing #1947
1pm – The Quilter’s Practical Guide to Color,Becky Goldsmith  #1440

1:30pm – Make It, Take It by Krista Hennebury, Martingale #325
2pm – 3pm
2pm – Little Big Stuff by Michelle Jensen, Brewer #1919
2pm – Quick Change with Brigitte Heitland, United Notions #2249
2pm – Contemporary Curved Quilts, with Sew Kind of Wonderful, Landauer Publishing #1947
 
2pm – Modern Rainbow,Rebecca Bryan  #1440
 
2pm – Get Quilting with Angela & Cloe,Angela Walters  #733
2:30pm – A Bit of Appliqué by Amy Struckmeyer, Martingale #325
3-4pm
3pm – Handmade Christmas Cheer by Pat Wys, United Notions #2249
3pm – Threads The Basics and Beyond, by Liz Kettle, Landauer Publishing #1947
 
3pm – Girl’s Guide to DIY Fashion,Rachel Low  #1440
3:30pm Civil War Remembered by Mary Etherington & Connie Tesene,Martingale #325
4pm – 5PM
4pm – Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Appliqué, Brewer #1919

4pm – Christmas Truffles, by Liz Stubbings, Landauer Publishing #1947
 

 

4pm – Sew Organized for the Busy Girl,Heidi Staples  #1440
4pm – You Inspire Me to Quilt,Cheryl Arkison  #2249
4:30pm DEMO: Machine Quilting with Style by Christa Watson, Martingale #325

 

 
Saturday, May 16


10am – 11am  
10am – Make It, Take It by Krista Hennebury, Brewer #1919
10am – Get Quilting with Angela & Cloe,Angela Walters  #2249


10:30am – Handmade Christmas Cheer by Pat Wys, Martingale #325

11am – noon

 

 

11am – Seems Like Scrappy by Rebecca Silbaugh, Brewer #1919
11am – Know Your Needles, by Liz Kettle, Landauer Publishing #1947
11am – Urban Scandinavian Sewing,Kirstyn Cogan  #1440
11:30am – Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry, Martingale #325

noon – 1pm
noon – Learn to Quilt-As-You-Go by Gudrun Erla, E.E. Schenck #1023
noon – Needleturn Applique’ The Basics & Beyond, by Angela Lawrence, Landauer Publishing #1947
 
noon – You Insipire Me to Quilt, Cheryl Arkison  #1440
 
12:30pm – Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Appliqué, by Pat Sloan, Martingale #325
 
1-2pm
1pm – A Modern Twist by Natalie Barnes, E.E. Schenck #1023
1pm – Hexagon Happenings by Carolyn Forster, Landauer Publishing #1947
1pm – The Quilter’s Practical Guide to Color, Becky Goldsmith #1438

1pm – Smash Your Precut Stash!, Kate Carlson Colleran, Elizabeth Veit Balderrama #1440
 
1:30pm – Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Appliqué, Martingale #325



2-3pm
2pm – A Bit of Appliqué by Amy Struckmeyer, Brewer #1919
 
2pm – Curvy Log Cabins  by Jean Ann Wright, Landauer Publishing #1947
2pm – How to Speak Fluent Sewing, Christine Haynes #1440
2pm – The Little Spark, Carrie Bloomston #432-433
2:30pm – Little Big Stuff by Michelle Jensen, Martingale #325

3-4pm

 

 

3pm – Seems Like Scrappy by Rebecca Silbaugh, E.E. Schenck #1023

3pm – Contemporary Curved Quilts, with Sew Kind of Wonderful, Landauer Publishing #19473pm – Constantinople Quilts, Tamsin Harvey #1440

3:30pm – Quick Change – Meet the Designers, Martingale #325

4 – 5pm


4pm – Learn to Quilt-As-You-Go by Gudrun Erla, United Notions #2249
4pm – Urban Scandinavian Sewing, Kirstyn Cogan #1919
 
4pm – Sew Simple Hexi-Flowers, by Karen Hellaby, Landauer Publishing #1947
5-6pm
5pm – Daily Zen Quilts and Projects, with Tailor Made by Design, Landauer Publishing #1947

Sunday, May 17th

10-11am


10:30am – All About Strips by Susan Guzman,Martingale #325

11am-noon


11am -Best of Circle of Nine Quilts, by Jean Ann Wright, Landauer Publishing #1947

11:30am – A Modern Twist by Natalie Barnes,Martingale #325


noon – 1pm


12:30pm – Learn to Quilt-As-You-Go by Gudrun Erla, Martingale #325

1-2pm


1:30pm – DEMO: Stitch On the Double by Kathleen Brown, Martingale #325

 

note:  Martingale book signings require advance tickets. Check with staff for availability.  Book signing, limited to one per shop.  If you own a quilt shop, hop on over to our booth and get your passport for the Martingale Author Hop—you could win a basket of beautiful books!

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Brewer is also hosting signings in their booth#

 

There are also hundreds of new patterns introduced at Market.

Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio –  #2312

Will be introducing several new patterns, an embroidery design collection, as well as a new fabric collection with Benartex.

 

Heidi L. Boyd –  #2148

Many new Whimsy collections will be introduced, all delightfully fun and filled with #CreativeGoodness.  Plus, Heidi will be giving away beautiful pins (buttons).

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Cozy Quilt Designs –  #2612

Daniela Stout and team will be introducing many new patterns and books at market.  Definitely check out her new book Tranquility Place.

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Lunch Box Quilts –  #935

Angie has a new embroidered quilt collection that every quilting, sewing and embroidery enthusiasts should have in their sewing room (and every store should have one displayed).  Definitely an inspirational quilt.  She also has a yummy new embroidered dish towel collection with delightful dinner recipes.

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Terial Arts #518

Attendees not familiar with Terial Arts should pop by and meet Terry to learn about how to use and the benefits of Terial Magic as a stabilizer, as well as her beautiful 3D fabric flower kits!   This is a great new product that not many are aware of.

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Attendees to Quilt Market shouldn’t overlook the benefits of the APP that is available.  You can download at:quiltmarketapp.com

More things attendees should remember to pack:

  • Your camera and/or SmartPhone, batteries, charger as you’ll definitely want to take pictures
  • highlighter as you’ll want to highlight items in the program!
  • notepad to take notes
  • An umbrella, lightweight rain jacket, hat as there may be some wet weather during this event.  Some people flying may also be impacted with flight delays due to Tornadoes and storms.

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 After three sneak peeks on Market, what would you recommend your favorite quilt shops carry?


Here is a list of links to previous posts pertaining to Quilt Market:

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