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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Here is a super quick example:
From this photo
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:
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:
(photo above taken by the very talented Gregory Case).
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.
“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.
I hope you can see why I’m delighted to showcase Kaleidoscope Collections and Teri Lucas in our 2015 FMQ Challenge this month.
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!
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.
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.
Here is an inspirational video tutorial by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero and Rebecca Kemp Brent .
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
6″ blocks on point
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!
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:
Udderly Smooth, by RedEx
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.
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.
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!
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:
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).
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.
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.
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
There is also a Trunk Show that Quilt Shop’s can schedule with Melissa.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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)
4pm – Sew Simple Hexi-Flowers, by Karen Hellaby, Landauer Publishing #1947
5pm – Daily Zen Quilts and Projects, with Tailor Made by Design, Landauer Publishing #1947
Sunday, May 17th
10:30am – All About Strips by Susan Guzman,Martingale #325
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
1:30pm – 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!
Brewer is also hosting signings in their booth#
There are also hundreds of new patterns introduced at Market.
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.
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.
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.
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:
I’m a firm believer an informed quilter can help influence what their quilt shop carries, as well as the success of such shops! I’m not saying shop owners don’t know what they are doing, but that informed quilters know what they want and when they share that with owners, there is greater likely that shop is going to see increased inventory turnover as a result of carrying inventory that their customers are asking for. As such, I enjoy researching and learning about new products and sharing my findings with you. This week, I’ll be sharing some “sneak peeks” on new products that will be showcased at Spring 2015 Quilt Market. Some of these sneak peeks may be of interest for attendees, some may want to let their favorite stores know you are interested in them and want to encourage them to check them out at market, and some may simply want to wait and be surprised when new things appear in your favorite shops!
Quilt Market is a Trade Show that is held twice a year, for those in the businesses (see credential requirements). It is a great opportunity for buyers to come learn about new products and place their orders for items that will appear in quilt shops, later in 2015. There are also many opportunities for those in the business to learn how to grow their business by attending various panel discussions, which QuiltShopGal highly recommends for everyone in the business.
May 15-17, 2015
Classes begin May 14
Minneapolis Convention Center
I’ve heard rumors that this is the year of the “pins”, or do you call them buttons? Yes, many will be giving away pins (or buttons) that I’m sure will become collector items. I can visualize a special exhibit at a future Quilt Festival filled with collectible quilting pins!
Of course, I’m sure hoping friends will think of me and send me some of these pins as I’d like to build on my little collection. And I think any store that brings back some of these collectable pins could have fun using them as door prizes, or other prizes to draw customers into their quilt shops. Or create your own exhibit, or swap. Speaking of which, do you have a day planned to share insights on Market with your customers? And Quilters – if your store doesn’t share insights on Market at an in shop event, let them know you’d like them too do so and encourage them to bring back and share some collectible pins and other SWAG too!
While I don’t have a complete list of who will be giving out buttons, here are a few that have caught my attention:
Rumor has it Melissa Corry will be signing copies of her new book, published by Martingale. And, she’ll be giving out pins that say “Kiss Me I’m an Irish Chain”. This event is scheduled in the Martingale booth #325 Saturday at 11:30am. Do be sure to sign up via Martingale Wholesale online registration, for any book signing, to ensure a copy is available for you.
Aurifil – Booth #1133 has pins that you’ll LOVE to wear.
Christa Watson will be signing her new book “Machine Quilting With Style”, in Martingale’s booth #325, Friday, May 14th, 4:30-5:30pm. Rumor has it she has some collector pins to giveaway too! Again, stores attending should be sure to sign up in advance, on Martingale’s wholesale website, to ensure they get a signed copy.
Quilter’s Dream Batting, booth #1613, shared on Facebook that they have plenty of pins to share. Although, I think everyone wants to be one of the #battgirls, so be sure to visit their booth early.
Helen Stubbings (Hugs & Kisses) has a tutorial to make a cute name badge holder that also holds your pins. Make it, wear it and visit her booth #940 at Market to get a limited edition pin.
QuiltShopGal is an advocate for those in the business and always looking for ways to help those in the business be successful. As such, I want to encourage all attendees to attend classes at Market. Classes for new designs, tips and techniques can help you come up with new classes to teach. And, you can also share insights at a post-Market event in your shop to draw in customers. (Quilter’s, if your local shop doesn’t hold such events, let them know you’d like them to do so).
There are also excellent classes that help those in the business build on their business skills. And who doesn’t want to learn more ways to be more effective, and ideally increase your income? I’ve often heard from many talented designers that want to pursue writing a book, but may not know the first steps. There are classes at Market that can help you learn and while all the classes look great, here are a few business oriented classes that caught my attention and I wanted to encourage those in the business to attend:
Wed., May 13th
Marketing Like A Pro Boot Camp, #105
Thur., May 14th
Boomer Power, #200
Fri., May 15th
Strategies for a Changing Business World, #301
Consumers: How they think and what will win their trust, #315
If you plan it, they will come, #316
Sat., May 16th
Maximizing your add-on sales, #400
Teacher to Author, #401
Classes, demos and display that sell more than fabric, #415
Profits are an option, but cash is fact, #416
Sun., May 17th
Social Media – It’s not what you say, but how you say it, #500
Get Productive, #501
For a complete description of these classes, as well as a complete list of classes and events download the class catalog.
I also want to heighten awareness for those attending Market to use #QuiltMarket when sharing insights on any Social Media Tool. This also helps non-Market attendees to gleam insights on Market!
The wonderful Quilt Market team has also created an APP that attendees can download and use. It has a complete list of Vendors and their booth number, a map of the show floor, classes and events including Schoolhouse Series, as well as a list of Presentors
While QuiltShopGal is a firm believer that Quilters who are not in the business, still have the ability to influence their favorite quilt shops, by letting them know what products they want them to carry, I also realize sometimes it is more fun to simply quilt and share and not worry about be aware of new products until they appear in your shop. Thus, I do want to encourage those not attending Market to join the fun Blogger’s Quilt Festival, hosted by Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side.
Don’t forget to check back to see some “sneak peeks” on Spring Quilt Market this week, as well as tips for things to remember to bring with you to Market. Here are a few that attendees should be sure to pack:
Business cards (amazingly, people do forget to bring business cards, or bring enough).
A Selfie Stick is handy and fun. There will certainly be plenty of photo bomb opportunities at market. Camkix has a great blue tooth that is universal (iphone, Samsung, etc) and Amazon can ship it out for a delivery within 24 hours of your order.
Sports tape can be great to wrap your feet, giving them more support for hours on the showroom floor!
You are probably aware that I am an Affiliate with Craftsy and Amazon. When you click thru my site to purchase something on these sites, you pay the same price as you would have if you had gone directly to them, but I may get a few pennies per purchase back. When you do I think of you as Postage Angels!
What little funds I have earned goes toward “supplementing” post costs for when I ship prizes and giveaways. And, you are probably aware postage costs have skyrocketed in the US, and it gets worse shipping international. Thus, while I will ship all prizes/giveaways promised for this challenge (and other giveaways), I can’t afford to ship outside the US right now. There have been quite a few non-US winners and combined with shipping costs to US winners, my portion of the expense is way too high.
Prizes for the FMQ Challenge will not be impacted, but I’ll be hosting fewer giveaways this Spring and Summer, where I ship prizes. I’ll revisit my budget this Fall and hopefully be able to increase prizes I ship for giveaways and “surprise prizes”. In the meantime, I do hope if you are purchasing something on Craftsy or Almazon that you kindly click thru from my site. Lastly, Craftsy is having a 50% off sale on ALL of their classes this weekend.
The 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge is an opportunity for everyone to learn/improve their FMQ skills. In each monthly challenge there are 3-4 ways to enter, with at least one free opportunity. The other opportunities are based on online classes, DVDs, or books where the FMQ Expert teaches (and also earns money for their family lives off of).
Many may have already taken some of these online classes, or purchased the DVDs or books referenced in this challenge. But if you have not done so, I do want to clarify such purchase is not required to participate in this challenge, but buying any or all of these tools will certainly help you learn/improve your FMQ skills. I can honestly say every time I take another FMQ Class, purchase a book or DVD, I continue to learn and expand on the number of FMQ designs which I’m comfortable to stitch out on my projects. And I expect you will also see growth in your FMQ skills as you expand the number of classes you take and/or purchase such learning tools (e.g. DVDs, books).
Bottom line: If you have never tried FMQ this year is a great time to start and this challenge can help you. Feel free to email me if you have questions on where to start.
And, regardless if you are participating in this challenge, or not, if you are doing any level of FMQ on any project, please share in our Flickr group for FMQ. I can’t promise, but I’m working on getting a sponsor for a special gift for those that share FMQ in this Flickr group this year and I’ll periodically be showcasing some quilters that share in this group this year. To clarify, you can be a blogger or non-blogger to share in this group!
2015 FMQ Challenge Info :
Participants in the 2015 FMQ Challenge that want to enter to win prize must share via the linky tool in the respective monthly challenge that they wish to enter. Non-bloggers should first upload a photo of their project to the flickr group and then they can add a link from the monthly FMQ Challenge back to the flickr group. Bloggers only need to add a link to their blog post, which was written and released in the month of the respective challenge. It is then optional for the Bloggers to upload any of their photos to the Flickr group. Again, the Flickr group is open to sharing entries for the monthly challenge (which is a pillow with FMQ per the rules of the monthly challenge) for any project. Geez, that is long, but I hope it makes sense.
The benefits of participating in this challenge each month:
learning/improving your FMQ Skills
learning more about various FMQ experts
inspiration found in all the entries, as well as FMQ group on Flickr.
Opportunities to win monthly prizes
“Potential” of freebies at the end of the year are being worked on. I’m hopeful that I can pull this off and all active participants in the monthly challenge (4 or more) will receive these items. I just can’t disclose them yet. But I think recipients will be pleasantly surprised. And they will be given out to WW participants!
If you are a Facebook user, you may have already come across the group “Free Motion Quilting Frenzy” started by Karen Miller. This is a great group to find inspiration, Q&A, and share your FMQ Projects. I’m so impressed with how talented the members are, as well as how helpful they are to newbies.
I also want to heighten awareness that Craftsy has 50% off of ALL of their classes this weekend. While I personally enjoy taking classes at Craftsy, as they are so reasonably priced, have great teaches, and are hosted online in a format that is flexible and works fo rmy schedule, I also want to heighten awareness that there are also great classes on Craftsy for those that want to learn/improve their FMQ Skills. And, attendees of a few of the classes on Craftsy are with teachers being showcased in the 2015 FMQ Challenge and students in these classes can easily apply what they learn to create a pillow to enter this challenge!
The 2015 FMQ Challenge showcases a different FMQ Expert every month. There are also 3-4 ways to enter the monthly challenge. Some options are great ways to learn from online classes at Craftsy, from DVDs, or from books and every month there is at least one option to use a free tutorial. You can complete one or all of the options to enter, but the more options you complete the more chances you get to win prizes. And, of course, the more opportunities you get to learn/improve your FMQ Skills.
We are a couple of months into the 2015 FMQ Challenge. You can still complete the monthly challenges that have closed and share what you create in our group on Flickr. Here is a quick view of completed monthly challenges:
Redex/ Udderly Smooth Fabrics N Quilts.Landauer Publishing
– Create a pillow with FMQ using designs and techniques covered in the book “Guide to Machine Quilting”, by Diane Gaudynski- Create a pillow with FMQ using designs and techniques covered in the book “Quilt Savvy”, by Diane Gaudynski
-Create a pillow with FMQ using designs and techniques covered in the Craftsy class “Start Machine Quilting”, with Paula Reid- Create a pillow with FMQ using designs taught in the DVD “Beyond the Basics“.
Redex/ Udderly Smooth
Robert Kaufman FabricsCT PublishingGotcha Covered Quilting
– Create a pillow with FMQ using designs and techniques from the book “Shape by Shape”, by Angela Walters to create a FMQ quilt that you turn into a pillow.- Create a pillow with FMQ using designs and techniques covered in the Craftsy class “Dot to Dot Quilting”, with Angela Walters.
Again, more info will be provided for each of these monthly challenges, in their respective month. While every month has an option to use a free tutorial, there are also many learning opportunities for those that pursue learning thru books, DVDs, or classes.
Little Gems (aka miniatures) that can hang on frames, typically 12″x12″ are great ways to show off your quilting skills, decorate your home, and also make excellent gifts. I’m very excited about a new book by Connie Kauffman, Little Gems: 15 Paper-Piece Miniature Quilts, which has recently been published by Martingale. And I want to share insights with you today about this book, as well as many giveaway opportunities where you can win a copy (and more prizes too).
Sparkling with tiny treasures, these patterns are a treat for paper-piecing enthusiasts. New to paper piecing? Learn the popular technique with a small investment of time and materials. Each 12″ x 12″ project can be quilted on your home machine, and a fat quarter is all you need for backing and binding.
15 traditional designs for decorating and gift-giving
Showcase finished projects on Ackfeld wire hangers, tabletops, and walls
Achieve accurate results with paper piecing–ideal for finely detailed projects
Try something new: add prairie points, trims, and embellishments
About the Author:
A love of color and fabric have led Connie Kauffman to an enjoyable career in quilt designing. For many years, she has designed quilt patterns for books and magazines, and she enjoys trying out new ideas and designs. She is grateful to her mother, who taught her to sew and introduced her to the world of fabrics.
Connie began her vocational career as a special-education teacher before focusing on raising her own two children. Her son and daughter now have their own homes and careers in teaching. Connie lives with her husband in Nappanee, Indiana, where she is also involved in numerous church and community activities. Visit her website to see more of her work: http://www.kauffmandesigns.blogspot.com/
All of the patterns in this book come with easy to follow instructions with great visuals. There are also sections for Special Techniques for Mini Quilts that share information on Fabrics, Supplies, Paper Piecing, Quilting, and Hanging Sleeve, making this book an excellent book for quilters of all levels. And when you consider that this book has 15 patterns, when you compare the price of buying stand-alone patterns, this book is an exceptional value.
I hope you get a chance to check out this inspirational new book at your local quilt shops, but if you don’t see it, remember to let them know you are interested in having them carry it. As it is a new book, they may not be aware of it. Of course, you can also check it out online at Martingale, as well as Amazon.com.
Did I Mention A Giveaway?
There are actually several ways you can win a copy:
1) To celebrate the release of this book, Connie is hosting a blog hop with prizes from Island Batik, Martingale and Ackfeld Manufacturer:
Here is the line up for this super fun blog hop where you’ll find more insights about this book, as well as chances to win prizes:
2) My review copy of this book is being used as a “surprise prize” for our #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties that I host every Friday. It is in the “pool of prizes”, where I randomly pick 5 participants every month and send them a prize. Bloggers and non-bloggers are invited to participate and share their creativity. For more info on this weekly event, you can click on the tabs underneath the blog header for EVENTS > #CREATIVEGOODNESS Weekly Linky Party.