Category: Martingale

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.

11214124_10152992890163732_1785102883541879373_n

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.

 

2015 fmq challenge badge

 

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.  

KK3DL_FRONT_140

Here is a super quick example:

From this photo

2015-06-08 11.15.47

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:

at-play-greg-case

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

33251412949c6bd4ffff85f1ffffe907

267277_10151159990644294_1643261620_n

 

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.

 

419334_3387326853171_202866733_n 426906_3387327693192_1089141389_n

 

“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.

69305_450577068731_1800864_n

 

 

  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!

73639_450877728731_5541214_n

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.

1724328_716204281753827_1932086670_n

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

pillow 20 inch 2

6″ blocks on point

pillow 20 inch 3

 

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

gotcha covered quilting

$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!
FAQ

 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.

email address for quiltshopgal

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.

irish chain quilts with melissa corry 6

 

  • 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

irish chain quilts with melissa corry 5

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

irish chain quilts with melissa corry 4

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

81Ip2mNrjBL._SX80_

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.

irish chain quilts with melissa corry 3

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.

irish chain quilts with melissa corry 2

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.

irish chain quilts with melissa corry

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:

martingale logo

 

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

.  
 
logo-220

 

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
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)

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!

11037084_10153996829034657_458693380100360882_n

 

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).

download

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.

CQD04016

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.

11120071_10155271443060018_3158143326970713601_n

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.

TerialMagic8oz_front_72_2__83175.1426179468.451.416

 

 

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.

weather forecast for quilt market

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 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:

2015 Spring Quilt Market Sneak Peek (Part 1): Collectable Quilter Pins (buttons), free-pattern and more

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.  

logo-220

May 15-17, 2015
Classes begin May 14
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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.


IMG_1627

Aurifil – Booth #1133 has pins that you’ll LOVE to wear.

10659241_10155599376730094_1723597223960280377_n

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.  

11152677_10206040292073677_6555632243350510670_n

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.

11178251_1008819675802500_2777101143602289594_n

 

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.

6a00e5538b8229883301b8d10a8cc6970c

 

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

lrnzhewvhcldw72uxitr

You can find more Quilt Market info at:

 

http://www.quilts.com/

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

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.
AmysCreativeSide.com
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!

2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – Looking Back, Current and Another Sneak Peek on the Future

NOTE:  This is two-post day.  If you are looking for the #CreativeGoodness Linky Party this week, click here (hopefully you’ll still read this post too!).

The first part of this post is for everyone, not just those  participating in the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge:

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!

 

2015 fmq challenge badge

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:

LOOKING BACKWARDS

Month (Link) FMQ Expert Showcased Sponsors Highlights

Jan Molly Hanson Redex/Udderly Smooth65668_10151884614025894_331473606_nAurifilaurifilogowebThe Fat Quarter Shop

FatQuarterShop-Circle-275x275

Molly Hanson/CT Publishing

3 options to enter; 41 participants
Feb Leah Day Redex/ Udderly Smooth65668_10151884614025894_331473606_nMartingaleCleaver Craft Tools/Grip & Stitch DisksGrip & Stitch Quilting Disks 3 options;22 participants
March Patsy Thompson Redex/ Udderly Smooth 65668_10151884614025894_331473606_n
Landauer PublishingFabrics N Quiltssquare.bmp
3 options to enter; 21 participants

THE CURRENT CHALLENGE

The April Challenge is currently open and there are several options to enter, all using designs and techniques taught by the very talented  Christina Cameli.

Month FMQ Expert Showcased Sponsors Highlights
April Christina Cameli Redex/Udderly Smooth Moisterizers65668_10151884614025894_331473606_nthe Fat Quarter ShopFatQuarterShop-Circle-275x275Cleaver Craft Tools/Grip & Stitch DisksGrip & Stitch Quilting DisksCT Publishing 4 options to enter this challenge

SNEAK PEEK INTO FUTURE CHALLENGES

Month FMQ Expert Showcased Sponsors – Sneak Peek (not all sponsors are listed) Challenge Highlights(Sneak Peek as more details will be provided in the respective monthly challenge)
May Cindy Needham Redex/ Udderly Smooth 65668_10151884614025894_331473606_n
CraftsyGotcha Covered Quilting
gotcha covered quilting
– Create a pillow using Cindy’s new Ultimate Stencil– Create a pillow with FMQ using designs and techniques covered in the Craftsy class “Design It Quilt It: Free-Form Techniques”, with Cindy Needham

– Create a pillow using the free tutorial from the 2012 FMQ Challenge, by Cindy Needham

June Diane Gaudynski Redex/ Udderly Smooth 65668_10151884614025894_331473606_nFabrics N Quilts.square.bmpLandauer Publishinglandauer – 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 using the Free tutorial from the 2012 FMQ Challenge, by Diane Gaudynski

July Paula Reid Redex/ Udderly Smooth 65668_10151884614025894_331473606_nCleaver Craft Tools/Grip & Stitch DisksGrip & Stitch Quilting Disks
Fat Quarter Shop
FatQuarterShop-Circle-275x275
-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“.

– Create a pillow using the free tutorial from the 2012 FMQ Challenge, provided by Paula Reid

August Angela Walters Redex/ Udderly Smooth 65668_10151884614025894_331473606_n
Robert Kaufman FabricsCT PublishingGotcha Covered Quilting
gotcha 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.

– Create a pillow with FMQ using designs and technique from the free tutorial provided in the 2012 FMQ Challenge, by Angela Walters

September Kaleidoscope Kreator,JeannieTeri Lucas Redex/ Udderly Smooth 65668_10151884614025894_331473606_n

Fat Quarter ShopFatQuarterShop-Circle-275x275Martingale

Create a pillow with FMQ using Kaleidoscope Software and the free FMQ tutorial provided by Teri Lucas, in the 2012 FMQ Challenge.- Machine embroidery enthusiasts can use the Kaleidoscope Collections Feathers Embroidery designs with their KK Software. Non-Machine embroiders can use the Feathers Sw and manually FMQ around.- Use a FMQ design from the EQ/Quiltmaker’s quilting designs volume 3 on a pillow.
October
Lori Kennedy – The Inbox Jaunt
Redex/ Udderly Smooth 65668_10151884614025894_331473606_n

MartingaleGotcha Covered Quiltinggotcha covered quilting

Use  free tutorials by Lori Kennedy (The Inbox Jaunt) to create a pillow with a pumpkin motif and beautiful background.- Use a design from EQ Quiltmaker Collection #1 to create a pillow with FMQ.- Use a free tutorial from Lori – TBA

November
Sarah Vedeler
Redex/ Udderly Smooth  65668_10151884614025894_331473606_n

Fat Quarter ShopFatQuarterShop-Circle-275x275

MartingaleModa

-Use the free tutorial, provided by Sarah in the 2012 FMQ Challenge to create a pillow with FMQ.- Use Sarah’s Peace, Love, Joy pattern of Sarah Simplified to make a pillow with FMQ (need not be a machine embroider to create this beautiful pillow).

– Create a pillow with FMQ using any of Sarah’s Star machine embroidery design collection, or use her AccuQuilt dies to create an applique’ pillow that you incorporate free-motion quilting designs which she shared in the 2012 FMQ Challenge.

December
Wendy Sheppard
Redex/ Udderly Smooth 65668_10151884614025894_331473606_n
Aurifl
aurifilogoweb
Fat Quarter Shop
FatQuarterShop-Circle-275x275
Electric QuiltLandauer Publishing
landauer
– Wendy teaches two online classes at Annie’s. Attendees of either of these clases (Learn to Machine Quilt or Machine Quilting Level 2) can use techniques and designs to create a pillow with FMQ.- Use the new book Recreating Antique Quilts, by Wendy to create the pillow project “Ginkgos on Prince Street Pillow”

– Use the free tutorial from the 2012 FMQ Challenge where Wendy shows how to stitch the Jester’s Hat design, to create a pillow with FMQ.

 

 

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.

FAQ

 

If you have questions for this Challenge, please read the FAQ:  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.

 

email address for quiltshopgal

Here is a list of previous posts 2015 FMQ Challenge:

 

Little Gems – Blog Hop and Giveaway

 

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).

 

Publisher’s Insights

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.

FINALS B1291.indd

  • 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

FINALS B1291.indd

About the Author:

FINALS B1291.indd

  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/

FINALS B1291.indd

 My Review:

 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.

FINALS B1291.indd

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.

FINALS B1291.indd

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:

LittleGemsBlogHop

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:

April 8        www.kauffmandesigns.blogspot.com
April 9        http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
April 10      www.conniekresin.com
April 11      www.bejeweledquilts.blogspot.com
April 12      www.sixgablesdesigns.blogspot.com
April 13      Ackfeld Wire hosted by www.kauffmandesigns.blogspot.com
April 14     www.tamarinis.typepad.com
April 15     www.teachpany.blogspot.com
April 16     www.beaquilter.com
April 17     www.onequiltingcircle.com
April 18     www.islandbatik.com/news

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.

 You can find Connie at:

http://www.kauffmandesigns.blogspot.com/

martingale logo

You can find Martingale at:

Civil War Remembered

Antique Quilts and quilts made to capture the spirit of the times are always beautiful traditional quilts that are comfy and cozy.  They also make lovely quilted items to decorate your home or to give as gifts.  Today, I’m excited to share with you insights about a new book and host a giveaway:


Civil War Remembered: 19 Quilts Using Reproduction Fabrics, by Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene, published by Martingale.  You may be aware that Mary and Connie previously published “The Blue and The Gray, a best-seller!

Publisher’s Insights:

Following their runaway best-seller The Blue and the Gray, Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene present a fresh assortment of distinctive designs. With this value-packed collection, now’s the time to enlist your Civil War fabrics!

01-80 B1325 Finals.indd

  • Choose from an array of quilts in various sizes and achieve a scrappy or planned look
  • Enjoy gorgeous photos and be inspired by the authors’ keen color sense
  • Add charm to any room with traditional designs ranging from baskets and houses to flying geese and stars–including two scorched designs for an authentic vintage look

01-80 B1325 Finals.indd

About the Authors:

Mary Tendall Etherington

etherington_mary

Mary Tendall Etherington and Connie Tesene have been business partners at Country Threads since 1983, shortly after both moved to Garner, Iowa. The business started as a wholesale quilt-pattern company that soon expanded into a retail quilt shop on Mary’s small farm in north central Iowa. Together they have published more than 20 quilt-pattern books and over 800 individual patterns. Their designs have appeared inAmerican Patchwork and Quilting, Quilt Sampler, and several other national craft magazines.

Connie Tesene

tesene_connie

Connie Tesene and Mary Tendall Etherington founded Country Threads in 1983. The business started as a wholesale quilt-pattern company that soon expanded into a retail quilt shop on Mary’s small farm in north central Iowa. Together they have published more than 20 quilt-pattern books and over 800 individual patterns. Their designs have appeared in American Patchwork and Quilting, Quilt Sampler, and several other national craft magazines.

Now retired, Connie plans on spending a lot of time quilting for fun.

You can find Mary and Connie at:

http://country-threads-chicken-scratch.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Country-Threads-Quilt-Shop-and-Pattern-Company/1251307408313

My Review:

 The inspirational projects, in this book, range in size from 16 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ to 66 1/2″ x 66 1/2″ and all come with easy to follow instructions and great visuals.  The designs are absolutely lovely and would be perfect to decorate your home or to make for a gift. Clearly, this book is an exception value when you consider you get quilt designs for the cost of what two standalone patterns might cost.

01-80 B1325 Finals.indd

I hope you get a chance to check this book out at your favorite Quilt Shop.  But if you don’t see it, let them know you’d like them to have it available as they may not be aware of it.  Of course, you can also find it online at Martingale and Amazon.

01-80 B1325 Finals.indd

Did I Mention A Giveaway?

Thanks to Martingale for donating a copy of this book for a giveaway. I will gladly ship this book to any follower, anywhere in the world.  To enter, please complete at least one of the options in the Rafflecopter form below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

martingale logo

You can find Martingale at:
http://www.shopmartingale.com/
http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale
https://twitter.com/ShopMartingale
https://www.youtube.com/user/martingaleandcompany78

2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – March Challenge with Patsy Thompson

UPDATE:

This post has been updated to announce the winners.  This is the first time in WordPress that I’ve saved a published post to draft mode (while I was selecting winners) and then updating/publishing.  If you receive this update via email/RSS feeds, please let me know.

Welcome to the March Linky Party for the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.

2015 fmq challenge badge

 

CHALLENGE OVERVIEW:

Open to quilters of all levels that want to learn/improve their FMQ skills, regardless if you are using a domestic, mid-arm, or long machine, everyone is welcome. There will be a big emphasis, throughout the year, to ~Create ~ Share ~ Inspire ~ #FreeMotionQuiltingGoodness, aka #FMQGoodness.

Each month there will be a linky party where bloggers and non-bloggers can share what they created, for one or more of the options set for the respective month.  This challenge is actually more flexible than many realize, but it does ask that you turn your FMQ Sandwich into a pillow of any size.  Those that view they are not pillow people may want to make FMQ pillows for gives, or make a larger “pillow bed” for a pet, or donation to an animal shelter.  But the intent is to be proud of your FMQ and turn it into a finished project.  It is up to you to decide if you complete stitch out on a practice sandwich and later stitch out on your quilt sandwich that you will turn into a pillow.  Still, as the options to enter will be flexible, you are encouraged to sketch out your design on paper before you attempt to stitch it out using your machine.

While “Sneak Peaks” were shared in late 2014, as well as throughout the 2015 FMQ Challenge, participants will need to finish their project and enter (link up) in the month that the respective challenge is released.  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/

SPONSORS:

Aurifil, Clever Craft Tools/Grip & Stitch Disks, Fabrics N Quilts, Fat Quarter Shop, Martingale, The Stencil Company, Udderly Smooth, and Landauer Publishing.

Prizes will be awarded monthly, where specific prizes will be showcased, as well as recognition of the monthly sponsors.  To clarify, prizes will vary every month.  Also, many will be shipped directly to the winner from Sponsors, but QuiltShopGal will be shipping some of the prizes using funds earned from Affiliate programs, thanks to Postage Angels who kindly click thru links on this blog when they sign up for an online class, or make a purchase.  Your price remains the same, as if you had purchased elsewhere, but I receive a few pennies from some sales and those funds are used to supplement my shipping expenses.  Some prizes will be identified as only being eligible to participants in the US or US/Canada, but many will be open to WW participants.  Either way, I hope participants join this challenge to learn and have fun and not just to win a prize.

MONTHLY FMQ EXPERT FOR MARCH:

Our expert this month is Patsy Thompson, a Master Free-Motion Quilter, Designer, Author, Teacher and also a machine embroidery digitizer!

PMT-photo Patsy Thompson

As you get to know Patsy you quickly realize what a wonderful woman she is and how compassionate and kind she is, which is perfect given she is also an MD.  But, she also has an amazing creative side, loves to continually learn, as well as to teach and share her expertise with others.

Patsy has created a number of excellent DVDs on free-motion quilting, which I highly recommend to anyone interested in learning/improving their FMQ skills.  If you are longtime follower of QuiltShopGal, you probably already know I have learned so much from these DVDs.  While I frequently watch them, they are also one of the first things I pack whenever I go on a trip.  Like many of us, I’d like to take my sewing machine with me when I travel, but that isn’t always practical.  So, I always take Patsy’s FMQ DVDs and my sketch pad and I continue to learn while traveling!   They are reasonably priced, packed with tips, gorgeous designs and easy to follow instructions that will help you master the techniques of free-motion quilting and many stunning designs!

 

Patsy has two FMQ techniques that are uniquely her style of quilting and I love.  Both she has shared in two books that she has written:

Hyperquilting“,

Feather Adventures!

 

 

 

 

 

Patsy can also be found on Craftsy now, where you can take her amazing class “Ultimate Free-Motion Quilting with Patsy Thompson

I am definitely fond of Patsy Thompson and would eagerly sign up for any class, as well as purchase any book or DVD that she ever offers.  I’m continually amazed how she pushes the envelope on free-motion quilting and what an amazing teacher she is.

 Patsy is also generously offering 30% off all of her Free-Motion Quilting DVDs, created by  Patsy, during March, when purchased from her online store.  QuiltShopGal recommends all of Patsy’s FMQ DVDs, at their regular price. And to get them at 30% off to be an amazing deal.  Just use code “FMQChall30” at checkout.  I honestly can’t recommend one of Patsy’s DVDs over the other, as much as truly recommend her entire collection for those that are seriously interested in in learning/improving your FMQ skills.  Maybe for beginners, any of her “Fast and Free” DVDs could be a good place to start, where as others may be more interested in some of her “Free Motion Fun with Feathers”.  If you search my blog, you’ll find where I’ve written honest reviews, for many of her DVDs.  And, I truly can recommend ALL of her DVDs for anyone interested in learning/improving their FMQ Skills. This special of 30% off certainly makes it a deal, which I hope will encourage you to purchase one, or more, of Patsy’s FMQ dvds.

 

For this particular challenge, while I did not ask FMQ experts to provide tutorials, Patsy has been working on stitching some FMQ Pillow samples. I hope you’ll click thru to check out Patsy’s samples for this challenge, as well as other inspirational FMQ samples and more, which you can find on her blog 

You can find Patsy at:’

http://www.patsythompsondesigns.com/

http://www.patsythompsondesigns.com/blog/
https://www.youtube.com/user/patsern
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Patsy-Thompson-Designs-LTD/139685489440973

BASIC SUPPLIES – FOR FREE-MOTION QUILTING PILLOWS

  1.  a sketchbook, which is a great place to start whether you are brand new to FMQ, or wanting to plan FMQ on a pillow, quilt or other project.  Sketching a FMQ motif on paper is a great way to embed a design in your muscle memory.
  2. practice quilt  sandwiches are really important.  Even FMQ Experts using practice sandwiches before they stitch any design on a project, even if they have stitched that design previously.  Practice helps you master a design, as well as ensure your machine is stitching properly.
  3. pillow form that is purchased or handmade, of any size, but I personally prefer a 18″x18″ or 16″x16″ pillow for these challenges.
  4. fabric marking pen that will wash out
  5. Quilting Gloves or Grip & Stitch Quilting Disks
  6. Supreme Slider
  7. Free-Motion Quilting foot for your sewing machine (aka open toe foot)
  8.  40 or 50wt cotton thread that compliments your fabric.  Aurifil is an excellent choice!
  9. Fabric for your quilt sandwich:
    • Pillow front: minimum of 20″ x 20″ (or larger) of neutral fabric that will show your stitching, but it is up to you to pick your fabric.
    • Pillow front backing: 20″ x 20″  (or larger) of any fabric.   As this fabric will be on the inside of your pillow and not visible, this is a great time to pick a fabric from your stash that is your least favorite.
    • Pillow backing: 20″ x 20″ (or larger) of a fabric that compliments the front of your pillow. Note, the size of your pillow backing should align with the size of the quilt sandwich for your front if you wish to do any FMQ on your back, which is totally optional.
    • Pillow back side – backing: totally optional, if you wish to add FMQ to the back side of your pillow.  Size should match your pillow backing sandwich (see above).

BASIC PILLOW MAKING INFORMATION: 

You can use any Pillow Pattern or tutorial that you wish to use to make your own pillow form and/or pillow, but I have also written a couple of free patterns that will be released shortly.  In the meantime, if you have questions on how to create a pillow form or pillow and don’t want to wait for me to release my free pattern, email me with your questions and I will try to help you.  My email is Darlene AT  quilt shop gal  DOT com

But while you can make a FMQ pillow for this challenge, of any size, I recommend you start with a quilt sandwich that is at least 20″x20″.  You can mark a square in the center of your sandwich to reflect your ultimate pillow size (eg. 16″x16″, 18″x18″, etc), and use the extra size for room for your hand placement when stitching near the edge of your pillow shape.

MARCH CHALLENGE – OPTIONS:

OPTION #1

Use the free FMQ tutorial provided by Patsy, from the 2012 FMQ Challenge, to create a FMQ Pillow adapting her border approach to your pillow design.  To clarify, you get to decide the number size of your pillow, the number of borders you wish to use, as well as which of the designs Patsy shared in this free tutorial, as you feel appropriate.  Sketch out your design on paper before you attempt it on fabric.  This was a fun FMQ tutorial and will certainly create a fun project to show off your FMQ skills.

 

OPTION #2

Show off FMQ designs and techniques taught in the “Ultimate Free-Motion Quilting with Patsy Thompson” on Craftsy.  You can use one or more designs taught in this class, creating your own unique Pillow that shows off your FMQ skills.

Maybe you want to use Patsy’s techniques for hyperquilting, her stunning feathers, trapunto, plumes, or a combination.  Any design, or combination that you want to use, so long as it is a design and technique taught in this class, is appropriate to claim this entry. And, of course, all of the tips, techniques and designs that Patsy shares in this class will help you learn/improve your FMQ skills, as well as have great fun.

 

OPTION #3

Create a Pillow using techniques and designs provided in any of the DVDs created by Patsy.  Beginners may want to consider one of her Fast and Free DVDs, and confident beginners or those experienced with FMQ may want to consider using techniques and designs from any of her Feathers themed DVDs.  Of course, QuiltShopGal sincerely recommends all of Patsy’s DVDs as they truly are excellent tools to help you learn/improve your FMQ skills.

 

For inspiration, while you can certainly create a beautiful FMQ pillow with an all over design, or as shown in option #2 of using a “borders” approach to segmenting FMQ quilting space, you may also want to consider segmenting your quilting space into bars, squares, etc.  Maybe the more confident FMQ quilter may want to be creative by drawing large eggs on their sandwich and filling them with a variety of FMQ motifs taught by Patsy and filled with a background, to create a FMQ Pillow for Easter. There is no right or wrong for this challenge, as any of the 2015 FMQ Challenge.  This month, our goal is to simply get to know an amazing FMQ Expert, Patsy Thompson, and apply her teachings and designs to you pillow project, while having fun creating and inspiring others.

 

Don’t forget, you can enter the March Challenge by one or all of the three options above.  With each option you complete during this monthly challenge, you can “link up” and claim the respective option for your entry.  Those that take on this challenge, after February, or opt to use this challenge on a different project than a pillow, can share photos in the Flickr Group, but those entries do not count as entries to win prizes.  But don’t overlook that while it is fun to win a prize, this challenge is really all about  learning and improving our FMQ skills, as well as sharing and inspiring others to do the same.

ENTER THIS CHALLENGE – JOIN THIS LINKY PARTY


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.

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.

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.

 

This linky party will be open thru the last day of the month.  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.

SPONSORS AND PRIZES FOR THE MARCH CHALLENGE:

(note: formatting in this table is different in WordPress vs blogger and I’m still trying to learn the tricks for WordPress.  I hope to be able to find a solution for better formatting and update this table shortly).

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 – Dizzy Dog
Landauerlandauer Threads The Basics and Beyond, by Debbie Bates and Liz KettleQuiltShopGal will ship this prize to a winner, anywhere in the world. Prize #2 Winner: Raewyn
Fabrics N Quilts One lucky winner will receive a $35 Gift Certificate to Fabrics N Quilts Prize #3 winner: LC’s Cottage

UPDATE:  I want to share insights on how the winners are randomly selected.  I use a Random Number generator tool.  I try to match the first name drawn with the first prize and repeat.  If a name is drawn that is not a US resident and can’t be matched to the prize that was being drawn for, I try to match them up with another prize, as appropriate.

Here are the numbers that were drawn for prizes.

winner #1 winner #2 winner #3 winner #9 disqualified

 Number 9 was disqualified from winning as what they entered was not a pillow.  While we all appreciate sharing of any FMQ project, to clarify only FMQ Pillows that follow the quilting challenge rules should be shared in the linking.  General “sharing” is very much appreciated and enjoyed but should only be shared by way of the FMQ Flickr group https://www.flickr.com/groups/2815271@N22/, OR by leaving a comment on this post with the blog post link that you may wish to share.  (Flickr group gets more visibility and I’m looking into ways to award prizes at the end of the year for ALL participants, including those that share any FMQ project in the Flickr group).
FAQ

 

If you have questions for this Challenge, please read the FAQ:  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.

 

email address for quiltshopgal

Here is a list of previous posts 2015 FMQ Challenge:

Fusible Applique with Pat Sloan and a Giveaway

Want to learn to Applique’?  Pat Sloan has written a new book “Teach Me to Applique’: Fusible Applique’ that’s Soft & Simple“, published by Martingale.   And,  I wanted to share insights with you about this new book, as well as share insights about how you can win a copy.

 Publisher’s Insights:

Is it possible? Fusible appliqué that’s soft and drapey–and easy? Yes it is, and Pat Sloan shows you how. An extremely popular teacher and designer with a huge online radio show following, Pat shares her fusible techniques for machine-stitched quilts that are as delightful to touch as they are pleasing to the eye. You’ll love what you’re about to create!

01-96 B1284_Finals.indd

  • Projects range from wall hangings to banners to bed quilts, all with Pat’s fresh and cheery style
  • Gain confidence and get all your questions answered–Pat shares loads of tips throughout
  • Own the first in a series of Teach Me books from one of the world’s best quilting coaches

01-96 B1284_Finals.indd

 My Review:

This book focuses on Fusible Applique’, by Machine.  Pat walks you through the steps of making samples, selecting tools, creating applique’ shapes, fusing, selecting threads, stitching and more.  The designs all come with great visuals and easy to follow instructions, a Martingale standard.  Projects are fun and festive and while this book focuses on learning how to applique’ (for beginners), many of the project designs may be of interest to experienced quilters looking for #CreativeGoodness.  And all of the projects would certainly help to decorate your home, as well as make for excellent gifts. Full size templates are included for all of the applique’ shapes.  And there is a section for how to bind a quilt by machine!

01-96 B1284_Finals.indd

I hope you get a chance to check out this new book at your favorite quilt shop, or in Martingale’s online store, or Amazon.com.

Did I Mention A Giveaway?

There are actually two giveaways, two ways to win:

1) Visit Martingale’s blog Stitch This to  Enter to win a Prize Bundle with prizes donated by Moda Fabrics, Aurifil, Havel’s Sewing, Therm-O-web and a copy of Pat Sloan’s “Teach Me to Applique” book.   Deadline to enter:  March 31st.

2) Blog followers of QuiltShopGal can enter to win a copy of this book by way of using the Rafflecopter form below.    This giveaway is open to followers from all over the world.  If you are not yet a blog follower, you can sign up via the right hand column using buttons to sign up to follow via BLOGLUVIN or RSS/EMAIL FEEDS.  Just be sure to validate your email registration when an email arrives and if you don’t see it, check your spam folder.  I also want to share that I do appreciate other forms of followers and will hold separate giveaways for them in the future, but this particular giveaway is for those that follow via Blogluvin or RSS/Email feeds.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

martingale logo

You can find Martingale at:

https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale

Did you know I host a page for sharing insights on Giveaways and Contests?  Simply click the links underneath the blog header, at the top of this blog.  EVENTS > GIVEAWAYS AND CONTESTS.

#CreativeGoodness Linky Party – March 20th

Creative Goodness at QuiltShopGal

Creativity is always fun, but this weekend is even more special.  I’m hoping you’ll join me this weekend to celebrate International Quilting Weekend and/or WorldWide Quilting Day.  I’m shooting to spend as much time for quilty fun time this weekend as I can.  And, of course, I’m hoping you’ll join me.  I shared some sneak peaks yesterday, but I’ll share more info tomorrow.  In the meantime, I hope everyone will join the fun of the weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties.  While new events, the list of participants are growing, as well as the number of those that share tips, tutorials and inspiration.

~ Create ~ Share ~ Inspire ~ #CreativeGoodness ~

Any form of creativity that you create can be shared in this Linky Party.  And bloggers and non-bloggers are welcome to share. While not required, I do appreciate it when bloggers share a current post and encourage others to come share their creativity.  I also hope everyone will click thru and visit all of the entries, for more inspiration, as well as to check out the blogs that have shared, as they frequently have very creative blogs with oodles of #CreativeGoodness.

Who is curious about the Surprise Prizes?

My apologies to February winners, as I have not yet shipped your prize, but I will have them shipped by this coming weekend.  Behind the scenes, I’ve been taking time to organize (better tracking logs, planning tools, etc.). I’ve come up with what I’m hoping is a simple way of sharing insights of current sponsors and prizes for our weekly parties.  As you recall, five randomly selected winners will receive a “surprise prize” every month.  Prizes may be a handmade item by “Yours Truly” or a sponsored prize and I’ll pay to ship to winners around the world.

Thanks to wonderful sponsors I could award more than 5 prizes a month, but as I’m paying the shipping costs, I am limiting the prizes to five per month.  As these are “surprise prizes” winners will not know what they have won until they receive a prize in the mail. Others won’t know who the winners are unless the winners blog about what they won and/or leave a comment on a #CreativeGoodness post to share details.  Up to them, but hopefully they’ll share and inspire others and/or find ways to “pay it forward” to give creative gifts and inspiration to others.

Here are our Current Sponsors and Pool of Prizes for our weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties:

#creativegoodness prize list

Are there Themes for Sharing ?

Themes are totally optional:  You can always share anything you have created and you need not worry about a theme.  It just needs to be something you created and want to share with others to inspire them. You may want to include tips, tutorials, recipes, etc.  Totally up to you.  Of course, as having themes can be fun, in March we have several “optional themes” March: Greens, St. Patricks Day, #KidFriendlyProjects and to honor National Craft Month, ANY FORM OF #CraftyGoodness is welcome.

“Optional theme” schedule:

– March: Greens, St. Patricks Day, #KidFriendlyProjects (National Craft Month)
– April: Pastels, Spring, Easter
– May: Blues, Greens, Creams, Flowers
– June: Whites, Brides,Weddings, Anniversaries, #KidfriendlyProjects,#SummerCamp
– July: Red, White and Blues (Patriotic), #KidfriendlyProjects, #SummerCamp
– August: Summer Colors, #KidfriendlyProjects, #SummerCamp
– September: Primatives, #FallGoodness
– October: Orange, Black, Purples
– November: Primatives, Browns and Blacks
– December: Holidays, Sweets, Blues, Silver, Reds, Greens, Whites, #GlitterGoodness

 

Guidelines:

1) Sharing is quite flexible and open to Bloggers and non-Bloggers.

2) Like non-Bloggers, Bloggers can share old things.  But, of course, I do appreciate those that take time to write new posts, as well as those that encourage others to come join these weekly parties.  As you can only share an old project one time, you’ll need to remember if you shared it previously.  Thus, sharing new blog posts is so much easier to know if you have previously shared (or not).  I do want to clarify, participants in other challenges (eg. 2015 FMQ Challenge) also have the option of sharing in these weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties, as appropriate.

3) Non-bloggers can participate in weekly linky parties by using Flickr.com and uploading a photo of their projects to a Flickr group “CreativeGoodness.  They can upload as many photos as they want to share to this Flickr group, but they are only allowed to link 5 photos to the linky party (any weekly linky party). And, once they’ve lined a photo they can not share that link in future linky parties.  Links shared must also fit the weekly theme for the respective weekly linky party.

4) When you join one of these linky parties, you automatically give me approval to snag a picture from your post, whereby I can share it in a future post with a link on my blog to highlight your project.  To clarify, periodically I will showcase a participant and their entry to help increase awareness and inspire others.

5) Winners of “surprise prizes” will receive an email.  If they do not wish to claim their prize, or they do not claim it within 5 days, their prize goes back into the pool for a future drawing.  Due to my schedule, no prizes will be awarded for June-July-August, but we’ll have a larger prize pool in the Fall that will include participants who shared during the summer months.

6) A new linky party will be hosted on QuiltShopGal every Friday.  I hope you’ll come join the fun.

Email QuiltShopGal if you have questions at Darlene at quiltshopgal dot com.  Of course, I’d also like to hear any suggestions you may have too!

email address for quiltshopgal

 

Creative Goodness landscape copy

Here is a list of links to previous #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties:

FAQ: Click here for my FAQ list.

  Full Disclosure - Affiliates with QuiltShopGal