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#CreativeGoodness Linky Party – March 13th

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Welcome to another #CreativeGoodness Linky Party in March.  As this is International Craft Month we definitely want to be creative!  There are a few things changing for this party this week, but pretty minor.  I’ve moved the actual Linky higher up in this post, as many are aware of what is going on.  Still, as there have been some changes, I want to encourage everyone to read thru the entire post this week.

~ 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?

Periodically, on various blog posts, I may share that a particular item will become a “Surprise Prize” during our #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties.  I’ve struggled with making announcements on winners and what they actually won, as that goes against my idea of a “surprise prize”. It also takes time and right now I don’t have a lot of time to spare, so I’m looking for ways to simplify the process of giving prizes. Followers also know I give a variety of prizes out every month where I do take time to maintain logs (eg. 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge and Giveaways throughout the month).

I recently asked some winners for recommendations on how best to handle this and Missy (Missy’s Homemaking Adventures) suggested that periodically I share what the prizes actually were.  Then, it is up to the winners to share if they were the winner or not.   I like this approach and thought I’d do a share insights on the pool of prizes to-date this year (includes March).  Keep in mind that 5 participants each month are randomly selected for prizes.

Five winners were sent handmade fabric envelopes, made by yours truly or a book donated by Martingale.  But somehow I misplaced pictures of items awarded in January.  ERR.  I’ll update this post, as soon as I can find those photos.  Here is my list of other “surprise prizes”.

Welcome Home, published by Martingale

Top Your Table, published by Martingale

Welcome Baby, published by Martingale

The Art of Mistakes

Make It Take It

Remember, the #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties are all about sharing creativity and inspiring others.  The prizes are meant as little thank you presents for participating and not meant to be the reason people participate in these linky parties.

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



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 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!

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


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A Modern Twist – Blog Hop – Giveaways

Congratulations to Natalie Barnes, of Beyond the Reef Patterns, for publishing a book with Angela Walters and Martingale!

I’m excited to be able to share insights with you today about this new book “A Modern Twist: Create Quilts with a Colorful Spin), a blog hop and giveaways where you could win a copy.

Publishers Insight:

What happens when a corporate interior designer working for a global design and architectural firm turns her expertise to quilt patterns? Extraordinary designs! Natalie Barnes shows how to use color, contrast, and composition to achieve a one-of-a-kind look. Included is a chapter by the masterful machine quilter Angela Walters on using the stitching itself to complement these concepts.


  • Twist and turn simple blocks to create impressive, random-looking modern designs
  • Learn to trust unusual color combinations and choose fabrics with confidence
  • 13 enticing patterns: quilts, table runners, wall hangings, place mats, and quilted storage boxes


About the Author:

Finals_B1282_CC.inddNatalie is the owner and designer for beyond the reef, a pattern-design company. As a little girl, Natalie learned to sew, knit, and crochet from her grandmother. Later she began quilting with $.99 fabrics from Woolworth’s. After a successful career in the demanding commercial-interior-design field in Los Angeles, Natalie decided it was time to step out in faith, live her dream, and put her talents to work in another area. She has never looked back. Having always lived on the beach, she draws her inspiration for color and design from the sea, the sky, and the land. These days you’ll find Natalie in the studio in sunny Southern California, or out and about with Buddy-Dog.

My Review:

This is a fun modern book with amazing insights on color, contrast, and composition.  Projects range from totes, studio boxes, placemats,  wallhangings,and quilts.  All of the inspirational projects come with easy to follow instructions with great visuals.  There is also a section for finishing a quilt.  This is definitely a great book for beginner quilters, as well as quilters with experience that want to create fun projects with a modern twist.


All of the projects are inspirational and the quilts are beautifully quilted, by Angela Walters.


I hope you can check out this book at your favorite quilt shop, but if you don’t see it let them know you are interested in having them carry it.  It is such a new book, they simply may not be aware of it.  Of course, you can also check this book at in the online store at Martingale, as well as


Did I mention a blog hop and giveaways?

Here is the line up and each blog is hosting a giveaway, with a deadline of 3/15 to enter to win a copy of this book.

01 March – Natalie Barnes +WELCOME
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02 March – Victoria Findlay Wolfe + CONTRAST
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03 March – Teri Lucas + COLOR
Generation Q Magazine

04 March – Julie Herman + COMPOSITION
Jaybird Quilts

05 March – Jenny Wilding Cardon + COLOR

06 March – Rose Hughes + COLOR
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07 March – Amy Smart + CONTRAST
Amy Smart

08 March – Carolyn Friedlander + COLOR
Carolyn Friedlander

09 March – Latifah Saafir + COMPOSITION
Latifah Saafir Studios

10 March – Amy Ellis + CONTRAST
Amy’s Creative Side

11 March – Angela Walters + COMPOSITION
Quilting is my Therapy


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#CreativeGoodness Linky Party – March 6th

This is our first official #CreativeGoodness Linky Party in March.  Who is being creative in green?  Anyone ready for Spring?  To celebrate National Crafting Month, are you trying to create using new mediums, or spend more time being creative?  What ever you do, I hope you are having fun being creative and able to share with us this week, to help inspire!

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I’ve been off researching various forms of creativity and having fun celebrating International Craft Month. Regular blog followers are probably noticing I’ve been sharing a variety of creative things this month and I have plans to share more, as well as host giveaways to celebrate International Craft Month too!
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The #CreativeGoodness Linky Party last week had an optional theme of Reds, Pinks or Valentines, as well as Greens, St. Patricks Day, #KidFriendlyProjects (National Craft Month).  There was so much creativity shared that I had a blast, and I’m absolutely thrilled to hear from many that also enjoyed the sharing!

Today I want to recognize the sweet Valentine’s theme project from Carol of Sew EZ Quilting.  Carol made a really cute birthday banner for her 1 year old granddaughter, but designed it to be able to be used to celebrate just about every birthday for 90 years.  Definitely some creative ideas and tips shared in her entry post.  These are really cute banners, which make a great way to celebrate birthdays, but could easily be applied to a variety of celebrations (e.g. Anniversaries, Congratulations, Holidays, etc.).

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Carol has a creative blog (SewEZ Quilting), as well as a great online store.   She also travels and has a booth in many quilt shows.  I do hope you’ll pop by and check out her blog, online store and definitely say hi to her if you have a chance to meet her at a quilt show.

Have I Mentioned “Surprise Giveaways”?

While I really want these events to be all about creating, sharing, inspiring and not about winning prizes, I’ve been trying to have surprise giveaways every month.  You may not always know when, or what, but 5 people who participate will be randomly selected to win a prize every month. Some have received quilty books, some crafty books, some handmade items (e.g. fabric envelopes filled with hearts).  These prizes are my little way of saying Thank You for sharing your creativity and inspiring!

While there will be five lucky winners of surprise prizes in March, one lucky winner will receive a copy of “Little Gems: 15 Paper-Pieced Miniature Quilts“, by Connie Kauffman, compliments of Martingale.

Two participants will receive a package of Eco-Fi Plus Premium Felt.  Click here for more info on this recycled felt.

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Two other participants will receive a “surprise prize”, of a very little handmade item from me.

Want to win?  IF you participated in one or more of the linky parties, in March (or over the prior 4 week period before I randomly draw winners), you will automatically be entered to win.

BTW – I have added a matrix of giveaways, for these Linky Parties, to the main page for this event, but still need to finish updating it to show past winners and prizes.  You can find this under the blog header by clicking on EVENTS > #CREATIVEGOODNESS > LINKY PARTIES,  This helps my organizational skills, so I don’t lose sight of things, and I hope will also help participants see who the lucky winners are.  Also, I will notify winners by email, to get their mailing info to mail them their prize.  These prizes are also open to WW participants.

Optional Theme: In March, as always you can 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.

To join the  linky party this week, simply click the linky tool below and follow the steps to add the url to your blog post or picture in the  Flickr group “CreativeGoodness.


1) Sharing is open to old projects (old blog posts), but new projects(new blogposts) are also appreciated.  While not required, QuiltShopGal encourages participants to recognize the designers, source of patterns, websites, etc., and share any information to help those inspired to be able to create a similar project.  After all, “Inspiration” is what our linky parties are all about, as well as creating and sharing.

2) Non-bloggers can participate in weekly linky parties by using 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.

3) 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, each week I will happily showcase a participant from the prior weeks’ linky party.


A new linky party will be hosted on QuiltShopGal every Friday.  I hope you’ll come join the fun.  Next week will be our last weekly party in February and I’ll announce 5 winners, whose names will be randomly drawn from all participants since prizes were announced in January, to receive “surprise prizes”.

~ Create ~ Share ~ Inspire ~ #CreativeGoodness ~

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!

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This week, as well as for all future linky parties, any #CreativeGoodness sharing will always be welcome regardless of the theme.  You decide.  But each month will have a theme where you can share anything you feel fits the theme in any of the linky parties that month.  Tutorials are also very welcome.  You decide what you want to share, what type of creative project you want to inspire others with, and you will never be limited to a theme.  But, at the same time, there will be opportunities to share themed projects.

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– March: Greens, St. Patricks Day, #KidFriendlyProjects (National Craft Month)
– April: Pastels, Spring, Easter
– May: Blues, Greens, Creams, Flowers
– June: Whites, Brides,Weddings, Anniversaries, #KidfriendlyProjects,#SummerCampCreativeGoodness
– July: Red, White and Blues (Patriotic), #KidfriendlyProjects, #SummerCampCreativeGoodness
– August: Summer Colors, #KidfriendlyProjects, #SummerCampCreativeGoodness

– September: Primatives, #FallGoodness
– October: Orange, Black, Purples
– November: Primatives, Browns and Blacks
– December: Holidays, Sweets, Blues, Silver, Reds, Greens, Whites, #GlitterGoodness

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


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Make It, Take It – And A Giveaway

badge for books with #CreativeGoodness copyI always love learning about new books packed with #CreativeGoodness.  Definitely fun when you get 16 Cute and Clever Projects to Sew with Friends!

Make It, Take It, by Krista Hennebury, is a new book published by Martingale.

Publisher’s Insights:

If sewing with friends sparks your creative passion, jump-start your next retreat or sew-in with the projects in this well-curated collection. Organize your sewing tools and supplies with eight make-ahead projects; then choose from eight more projects to stitch for fun, alongside your friends. Eleven expert designers share their inspiring ideas for sewists on the go.

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  • Make everything from equipment totes, a needle case, crafter’s apron, and sewing machine mat to striking quilts, place mats, a pillow, and table runner
  • Enjoy retreat anecdotes and advice from the pattern designers
  • Relax and rejuvenate as you create something fabulous for yourself or your creative friends

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My Review:

This book is an excellent tool for quilters and sewing enthusiasts of all levels, as the instructions are easy to follow and include great visuals.  Plus there are many fun projects that are fun and fast to make, definitely perfect for a sewing day with friends (or to create on your own.  I also enjoyed the fabrics and colors shared in this book, as well as the stunning free-motion quilting.  And these projects would certainly make for wonderful gifts, or to keep to decorate and use in your home.

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I hope you get a chance to check out this delightful new book in you favorite quilt shop or sewing center. Of course, as it is such a new book, if you don’t see it do let them know you are interested in having them carry it, as they may not yet be aware of it.  You can also check it out online at Martingale, or

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 Did I Mention A Giveaway?

Here are two opportunities for you, to win a copy of this book:

1) Visit Stitch This, to enter a giveaway hosted by Martingale.  Deadline to enter is February 2nd.

2) Participate in any/all of the #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties in March, hosted by QuiltShopGal.  Just by sharing anything creative that you made, and inspiring others to create, you are automatically entered to win one of 5 “surprise prizes”, every month.  A copy of Make It, Take It will be one of the prizes randomly awarded to participants in March.  A new Linky Party is released every Friday here on QuiltShopGal and everyone is invited to join the fun.


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“Make It Martingale” Series, New Books, and a Giveaway

Martingale is consistently publishing wonderful new books, but one of their series “Make It Martingale”, offers an exceptional value to quilters of all levels.  There are now 18 books in this series, which offer quick quilt patterns, which are favorites from some of their best-selling books.  And, the designs are from popular and very talented quilters like Kim Diehl, Vicki Bellino, Country Threads, Amy Smart and many others.  Plus, all the books in this series are available in print at a great price of only $12.99 each!  Clearly, when you consider all the designs included in each book vs buying a stand-along pattern, these books offer a great value.

And Martingale has just released three new books in this series.  Each contain lovely designs, with easy to follow instructions.

Welcome Home
8 inviting wallhangings
Add a splash of color and a touch of texture with eight fabulous wall quilts by popular designers. Featuring a variety of sizes and styles, this collection showcases fabrics from reproduction prints to batiks. Enjoy adorning a few designs with a dash of easy appliqué.


Top Your Table
10 Quilts in Different Shapes and Sizes
In this tempting collection for all quilters, a host of talented designers presents 10 table accents in a variety of styles. Brighten any room with small quilts that are a joy to make and sure to please–several patterns would also make sweet doll or baby quilts.

Welcome Baby
9 Adorable Quilt Patterns
You’ll love these nine go-to patterns for adorable baby quilts. From top designers, each visually stimulating project is simple to stitch. Save time with strip piecing, chain piecing, and precut strips and squares, and have a great gift all wrapped up before Baby’s due date!


I hope you get a chance to check out these creative and fun new books at your favorite quilt shop.  Of course, if you don’t see them let them know that you are interested in having them carry these new books.  And you can also find them at Martingale’s online store, which currently is offering free-shipping if you purchase 3, or more, of any of the “Make it Martingale” series before Sunday, February lst, 2015.  You can also find these books on Amazon.

Did I Mention A Giveaway?

Stitch This has a giveaway where one lucky winner will win three e:books, of their choice from the “Make It Martingale” series.  Deadline to enter is Monday, February 2nd.  To enter visit:

Also,QuiltShopGal will be giving away a copy of Welcome Home, Top Your Table and Welcome Baby as “surprise” prizes sometime in February to participants in the weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties. Every time you participate in these weekly parties, sharing creative goodness of any form, you are automatically entered to win a prize.  Surprise Prizes are randomly awarded and many prizes are open to WW participants.  Every Friday a new party is hosted, with “optional themes”.  For more info:

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Cups and Saucers – Paper-Pieced Kitchen Designs and a Giveaway

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I’m delighted to be able to share insights with you today about a new book, with super cute paper-pieced kitchen designs, called “Cups and Saucers – Paper-Pieced Kitchen Designs“, by Maaike Baker, published by Martingale.



Maaike Bakker is from the Netherlands.  She studied textiles and art history and now enjoys designing quilts and teaching quilting techniques, as well as writing articles and books about patchwork and quilting. Cups and Saucers – Paper-Pieced Kitchen Designs is her 2nd book.


Turn the heart of your home into a cheerful living space with a host of paper-pieced quilts with delightful kitchen themes. Block designs feature charming dishes and cups, plus other creative motifs such as colorful vegetables. Back by popular demand, this collection is now updated to show all the projects remade in completely new fabrics!

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  • Choose from more than 40 fun block patterns
  • Select from 10 projects that combine the accuracy of paper piecing with enchanting designs
  • Gather inspiration from photos filled with ideas for making original quilts

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My Review:

This book contains ten of the sweetest paper piecing designs I’ve ever seen.  Projects range from placemats, wallhangings, and table runners.  But the block patterns and quilting designs are very versatile, so the possibilities of what you can create with this book are endless.  The projects certainly will make beautiful decorations for your home, your favorite coffee/tea shop, as well as treasured gifts.  The techniques are also thoroughly covered, so if you are not familiar with paper piecing, this book would still be perfect for you.

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I hope you get a chance to check out this new book at your favorite Quilt Shop. Of course, if you don’t see it you can let them know that you’d like to see them carry it.  And, you can also find it in Martingale’s online store, as well as

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Did I Mention A Giveaway?

My review copy will be given away to a follower, but due to my limited funds for postage, at this time, this giveaway is open to US residents only.  To enter, followers can simply complete the Rafflecopter widget below:

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Table Toppers: Quilted Projects from Fons & Porter (And A Giveaway)

Table Toppers are fun way to decorate your home, make a gift, as well as learn a new technique or play with new fabrics and colors.  You don’t have the commitment, nor the expense which you might endure with a large project.  Thus, I’m always on the look out for new designs, tips and techniques that I can learn while making a table topper.

Table Toppers: Quilted Projects from Fons and Porter, was published by Martingale and you should now find available in your favorite quilt shops.  And, I’m excited to share insights with you about this book today:

Publisher Insights:

Play with color and perk up your decor or bestow a treasure on a dear friend with this amazingly varied assortment of table accents from Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine.

  • Discover patterns from Terry Albers, Debbie Beaves, Jodie Davis, Marianne Fons, Sandy Gervais, Sue Marsh, Kelly Mueller, Debbie Mumm, Wendy Sheppard, Edyta Sitar, Betsy Smith, and Karen Witt
  • New to foundation piecing, machine appliqué, or wool appliqué? Try a new technique on a small scale!
  • Create sensational table toppers for every season

Here is a Slideshow of some of the projects included in this book:

My Review:

This book is packed with #CreativeGoodness which includes 12 projects to make to decorate your tables, but would also make for excellent gifts!   Each come with well written instructions that are easy to follow and include great visuals.

Techniques vary, based on the project, from traditional piecing, machine applique, and foundation piecing, making this a great project book to learn new techniques, as well as fun designs.  And, it is perfect for quilters of all levels.

If you enjoy making table toppers, or are interested in learning how to make such projects, this book is a great resource that makes for an excellent value when you consider all the projects you get vs a single pattern.

Did I Mention A Giveway?

Martingale kindly gave me a copy of this book to review, of which I’ve shared my honest opinion of this book, which I truly do recommend.  And, I’m going to pay postage to ship this book to one lucky follower, but due to my limited budget at this time, this giveaway will be limited to US Only followers.   As I’ve also recently moved from SewCalGal to QuiltShopGal I want to clarify that this giveaway is only for followers of QuiltShopGal (the blog) and I’d like to know how you are now following me (e.g. RSS/email feeds), Blogluvin, Feedly, etc..  Of course, those that follow QuiltShopGal via Facebook or Twitter, as well as those that follow Martingale on such tools, can claim an extra entry.  If you are interested in winning a copy of this book, please complete the rafflecopter form below:

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I will use the rafflecopter random number generator to select and announce a winner on Thursday, January 29th. I will also notify the winner via email.

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2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – January

Welcome to the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  This month we kick off our January Challenge, with several ways to learn/improve your FMQ skills, have fun, share, inspire, as well as enter to win prizes that will be awarded at the end of this monthly challenge.

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Open to quilters of all levels that want to learn/improve their FMQ skills.  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 the FMQ pillow (or pillows) that they created, following the respective monthly challenge.  They’ll need to finish that challenge and share via the linky, but the lst day of the month to enter to win prizes.  But everyone is invited to share any FMQ project any time through a Flickr group that has been created:


Aurifil, Clever Craft Tools/Grip & Stitch, Fabrics N Quilts, Fat Quarter Shop, Martingale, The Stencil Company, Udderly Smooth, Landauer Publishing and more will be announced soon.   Many FMQ Experts have also generously offered prizes too!

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.  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.


Update:  Winners were randomly selected using the random number generator which drew #40, #18, #21, #28, and #22.  An email has been sent to the winners to confirm they wish to claim their prize, otherwise another name will be drawn.

Sponsor Prize Winners
Aurifilaurifilogoweb Aurifil thread collection of 12 large spools.aurifil perfectly suited for every projectThis prize is open to WW participants and has a retail value of $130 US.
Prize #1 Bente of I Like to Quilt
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 #2Winner:  Dena of Living Water Quilter
Fat Quarter ShopFatQuarterShop-Circle-275x275 Gift Certificate for $25.  Prize is open to participants WW.  Prize #3 Winner – If I Can, Sew Can You
Molly Hanson Two copies of her book “Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners – and those who think they can’t”Prize is open to participants living in the US.  Estimated retail value of this book is $26.99 Prize # 4 TBA Winner Connie of Free Motion by the River Prize # 5 Jean O. (non-blogger)



Molly Hanson enjoys free-motion quilting her own quilts, as well as quilting for fabric companies, authors, bloggers, and pattern companies. While she has been published in a magazine, had her work featured in videos from fabric manufacturers.  And she can be seen on two episodes of Sewing with Nancy. Molly is also the author of a new FMQ book that is perfect for beginners, as well as those that think they can’t do FMQ!



You may recall I previously wrote a review about her new book “Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners: and those who think they can’t”.  It is an excellent book for those new to FMQ, as it will help you learn how to setup your sewing space for FMQ, understanding tools, prepping your project, sketching, as well as five important prep-steps for FMQ, along with oodles of tips, tricks and reminders.  For those that have expertise with FMQ, you may also enjoy this book and creating some fun projects that show off your FMQ too!

Molly is a very talented and I’m honored to showcase her as an FMQ Expert during this 2015 FMQ Challenge.

You can find Molly at:


  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 Gloves
  6.  40 or 50wt cotton thread that compliments your fabric.  Aurifil is an excellent choice!
  7. Fabric for your quilt sandwich:
    • Pillow front: minimum of 20″x20″ (or larger) of neutral fabric that will show your stitching, but it is up to you to pick your fabric.
    • Pillow front backing: 20″x20″  (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″x20″ (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).


Pillow Pattern will be provided shortly, as well as a pattern to make your own pillow form, I recommend you start with a quilt sandwich that is approximately 20″x20″  to make a pillow that is 16″ or 18″ square in size.

Using a fabric marker and a quilt ruler, mark a square in the center of your sandwich that measures the intended size of your pillow. For example, if you plan on using a 18″x18″ pillow a square that is 18″x18″ would be marked on the center of your quilt sandwich that is at least 20″x20″ in size.



Using the book “Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners: and those who think they can’t “, by Molly Hanson and use the pattern in this book to create a pillow using the FMQ motif instructions in this book.  Of course, this book will teaches ten different FMQ designs and includes 15 different projects that are fun to create and show off your FMQ skills. 

Final B1278 Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners.inddEasy to follow instructions for this pillow, as well as supply requirements, to make this 16″x16″ pillow with free-motion quilting are included in this book which can be purchased in Martingale’s online store, Amazon, or your favorite quilt shop.


Use the free FMQ tutorial provided by Frances Moore, from the 2012 FMQ Challenge, to create a FMQ Pillow using the heart shaped leaf motif in her tutorial video that can be found at:  You can also find a photo of the swirl in heart motif, which is an adaption of the leaf design Frances shared in her free video tutorial.  This motif is also visible on Fran’s blog at:  This is a fun FMQ background filler that is easy to learn, but best to practice by sketching on paper, before stitching on a “practice” sandwich. Apply this filler design, as you wish, to create your FMQ pillow.

heart motif with swirl by frances moore


Create a Pillow with FMQ which incorporates a heart motif.  Use a fabric marker (wash away) to draw out your heart on your quilt sandwich.


Fill your heart with FMQ Feathers and has a background stitched of your choosing.

LuAnn Kessi previously shared sketches of such a feathered motif, that may help to provide you inspiration.  She took step by step photos, which also provide a good visual tutorial.  Still, you are encouraged to sketch out your design on paper, before you stitch it out on your quilt sandwich.

LuAnn Kessi Heart FMQ Step 8

Create a FMQ Pillow with any Heart theme. Consider creating a heart shape with feathers that can be stitched free hand, sketched first, or by using a stencil, or a basic heart that is filled with feathers.  Use the free tutorial by Lu Ann Kessi (Insert a photo and link).



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:

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, I’m working on creating and hope to have this post updated with such code shortly.


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

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

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Here is a list of previous posts 2015 FMQ Challenge:

Holiday Blog Blitz – Wishing you a very Merry Christmas – Recipe Sharing

Today, SewCalGal is hosting a Holiday Blog Blitz to wish you a very Merry Christmas.  All of the participating blogs will also be sharing a free holiday recipe with you, so I hope you’ll take time to hop and have fun too!

I’ll confess I got a late start on my baking this year.  I do enjoy holiday baking and sharing with family and friends, especially those that may be unable to do any baking of their own.  While I’m still doing more baking today, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite and easiest recipes that I like to make during the holidays:

Years ago I fell in love with the Oatmeal Cranberry Cookie recipe, that is on the package for dried cranberries (Craisins Brand).  The recipe “as is” is excellent, but I have made a few changes:

Jalepeno Artichoke dip is a tasty and versatile snack that is good served with crackers cold, or as a hot dip.  I like applying it to a Boboli Pizza crust and baking for a yummy appetizer.  When in a hurry this also works for purchased Jalepeno Artichoke dip, but this is the recipe I’ve been using to make my own dip (spread on a Boboli).

You have brought great happiness and inspiration to me this past year and I am truly grateful.  I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and for those celebrating Hanukkah, I wish for you a very Happy Hanukkah.  And, I wish all of us a Happy Holiday and a very Happy and Healthy New Year that is also filled with peace, happiness, kindness and, of course,  #CreativeGoodness.

Here is the line up of participants in this Holiday Blog Blitz, where you can get a yummy holiday recipe at each stop in this hop.  I’ve seen a few sneak peaks on the recipes and they really are yummy.  So, click thru, hop, and enjoy #HolidayGoodness.  

Stitch This (Martingale)

Leah Day – The Free Motion Quilting Project

The Electric Quilt Company (Behind The
Mouse – The Electric Quilt Blog)

Marjorie Busby (Blue Feather Quilt Studio) –

Wendy Sheppard  (Ivory Spring) –

Barb of Bejeweled Quilts by Barb –

Bea Lee (Beaquilter) –

Inchworm Fabrics –

Hoffman California Fabrics – Creative Canvas blog 
Also, you may have already seen ad on the internet for Sainsbury, but it caught my heart and I wanted to share it with you today:

If you are on a MAC or having problems viewing this embedded video, here is link where you can watch it directly in Youtube:

Lastly, I do hope you find time to truly enjoy the holiday season with family and friends and don’t allow it to become an overwhelming season.  Low key, simple holidays can be fun and remind us what any holiday celebration is all about.


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Winners of the 2014 Make It A Handmade Christmas

SewCalGal was inspired by Cindy (SewCindy) who makes beautiful handmade Christmas gifts and decorations, throughout the year.  Her handmade projects are gifts of love and certainly treasured by the lucky recipients.  Wanting to promote making handmade items for Christmas, I hosted the monthly challenges.  It was fun to see what the participants made and many are ready to give a variety of handmade gifts for Christmas, as well as enjoy new decorations for the season. As this event is now over, today I’m delighted to announce all of the lucky winners of prizes generous donated by sponsors.

2014 Christmas Handmade Pledge
SewCalGal wants to recognize and thank our sponsors for this event, as they have generously donated wonderful prizes, many of which are also perfect for making Christmas items!  And, I’ll be showcasing these projects throughout the year.  Here is the list of our sponsors for this event and I hope everyone will visit these sponsors, as they do have beautiful products and designs, that are perfect for making handmade gifts and decorations for the holidays:

While the majority of the winners were randomly selected, there were also special drawings for those that made the most handmade items in 2014, the largest item made, the most unusual, capturing the theme of the challenge, as well as free-motion quilting and #ChristmasGoodness.  And those winners are showcased below:

Here are a few highlights of some of the inspirational handmade gifts or decorations shared in this challenge, which you also click thru for tutorials, more photos and inspiration.

Connie (Freemotion by the River) shared a beautiful pillow that she made for a Christmas Gift, that uses inspirational threadplay and freemotion quilting.   Definitely worth clicking thru to her blog to see more photos, as well as checking out her creative blog.

Elaine (Summercrafter) shared a tutorial to make super cute stitched ornaments.
Shari (Sunshine in the Attic) shared a tutorial to make a super cute apron, which is a great Christmas gift, as well as decorative kitchen attire for the holidays.
Sharon (Vroomans Quilts) made oodles of fun gifts, but her plastic shopping bag holders just caught my eye for a fun and fast project to give a handmade gift that can be used throughout the year.  Plus, she shared a link to the tutorial on Moda Bakeshop to make these cute bags.
Stitchin Therapy made many handmade gifts, as well as decorations, but her quilted wallhangings have lovely freemotion quilting and I found absolutely inspirational, making it difficult to decide if I preferred her blue or red version.  You’ll just have to visit her blog to see them both and decide for yourself, if you have a favorite.
Wont-to-be-a-quilter probably shared one of the largest projects.

It was also fun to see such a variety of handmade projects, as well as many beautiful items made with fabric.  You may recall the beautiful Christmas Tree earrings that Juanita (Catmama) made.  While she doesn’t have a blog, she has provided the tutorial to me which I will share with you this week.

An email will be sent to notify the winners and have them claim their prize (prizes), as appropriate. For prizes that are not claimed within 3 days will have new winners selected.  If you see this announcement, before you receive my email to you, you can also email me email address copyand include the prize# for any prize (or prizes) you won that you want to claim.  If you won a physical item, please include your mailing info, as appropriate.

The total number of prizes were allocated to the monthly challenges, where winners were selected from each of the monthly events.  As stated in the rules for this challenge,the more challenges you entered the more chances you get to win prizes.  
Congratulations to all of the lucky winners:

Sponsor(s) Prize(s)
Hoffman California Fabrics


This prize will be shipped compliments of SewCalGal, which will be open to US winners only..

Three Lucky winners will receive a bundle of Hoffman fabrics (one bundle per person).  One of these bundles will be awarded during the April Linky Party and the other two will be awarded at the end of the monthly challenges, when all of the prizes will be awarded.

Prize #1 
winner: Denise

Prize #2 
winner:  Sharon (Vrooman’s Quilts)

Prize #3 
winner: Connie (Freemotion by the River)

 Fat Quarter Shop


This prize is open to WW quilters.

One lucky winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop.

Timeless Treasures


Prize #4 

One lucky winner will receive a  30-piece fat quarter bundle of Dream Basic  from Timeless Treasures.

winner: Lisa Marie

This prize will be shipped compliments of SewCalGal, which will be open to US winners only.



These books will be shipped to the winner, postage compliments of SewCalGal.  **US Only ***.

One Lucky winner in the February Challenge will receive a copy of Kitchen Stitches.

Prize #5

kitchen stitches compiled by karen m. burns
winner:  Kearstie (KB’s Quilting)

Prize #6

 Here Comes Winter

winner: Sharon ( Vroomans Quilts)

Prize #7
winner: Lisa Marie

Geta’s Quilting Studio

Prize #8

This prize is open WW.
Geta’s Quilting Studio has donated a copy of her new Hexie Star Pattern (PDF format) to one lucky winner.
winner:  Beaquilter

 Frivolous Necessity

Frivolous Necessity has donated two copies of her “Swirled Christmas Tree pattern (PDF format), one each two two lucky quilters anywhere in the world.

Prize #9

Prize #9 
winner: Connie (Freemotion by the River)

Prize #10

winner: Lisa Marie

Barb Gaddy of Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

Two Christmas theme table runner patterns (PDF format, one each for for two lucky quilters anywhere in the world. 

Enchanted Christmas Tree Table Runner 

Prize #11
winner: Sharon ( Vroomans Quilts)
Wonky Christmas Tree Table Runner
Prize #12
winner: Raewyn (Love to Stitch)
Classic Metal Company
Barn Quilts For Your Home

A set of six Barn Quilt Minis.  These are little 2×2-inch cuties to put on your Christmas tree, stuff in a stocking, give to a friend or keep for yourself.


Prize #13
Winner: Denise

Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio

Four lucky winners will win one of the following patterns:

Feathered Christmas

Prize #14
winner: Elaine (Summercrafter)

Owl Be Home For Christmas

Prize #15
winner: Denise

Fancy Feather

Prize #16

winner: Lisa Marie
Prize #17
winner: Barb (Bejeweled Quilts)
Patrick Lose Quilt & Create Studio These prizes are open to quilters anywhere in the world.

Twenty Seven (27) patterns, all in digital format,  have been donated for prizes.  Two lucky winners for each pattern, as well as one lucky winner will receive a Grand Prize Bundle of all of these patterns:
Christmas Compass

Prize #18
winner: Pam (Threading My Way)
Prize #19
winner:  Elaine (Summercrafter)

Prize #20
winner: Ruth (Country Log Cabin)
Prize #21
winner: Tammy (Tammy’s Craft Emporium)

Prize #22
winner: Lisa Marie

Prize #23
winner: Wont-to-be-a-quilter

Prize #24
winner: Lisa Marie
Prize #25
winner: Can’t Stop Stitching

Prize #26
winner: Missy (Missy’s Homemaking Adventures)
Prize #27
winner:Wont to be a quilter
Prize #28
winner: Stitchin Therapy
Prize #29
winner: Jean’s Quilting Page

Prize #30
winner: Tone’s Hobby Krok
Prize #31
winner: Kearstie (KB’s Quilting)

Prize #32
winner: Juanita (CatMama)
Prize #33
winner: Shari (Sunshine in the Attic)

Grand Prize Bundle of all the above patterns

Prize #34

winner:  Sharon ( Vroomans Quilts)
Chatterbox Quilts

These prizes are open to WW winners.

Four patterns, one each for Four different winners.  PDF format.

Snowflakes A Fallin

Prize #35
winner: Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures

Bundle Up

Prize #36
winner: Patty (A Stitch In Time)

Christmas Stitchery set (hand embroidery design)

Prize #37
winner:  Lisa Marie


Winter Stitchery set (hand embroidery design)

Prize #38

winner: Shari (Sunshine in the Attic)

Around The Bobbin

These prizes are open to US only winners.

A complete kit and three copies of the following designs have been donated, one each for four winners. (printed copies)

Bridget Bag

Prize #39
winner: Kearstie (
KB’s Quilting)

Cappucino Bag

Prize #40
winner: Sharon (Vroomans Quilts)

Santa Bag Pattern

Prize #41
winner: Sandra (sandrascraftcorner)

Santa Bag Kit (includes pattern, fabric, buckle) PLUS Pattern bundle

Prize #42


Fairfield Road Designs

These prizes are open to US/Canada winners only.

Two copies of four patterns, one each to eight winners.  These are printed patterns that will be mailed to the 8 lucky winners.

Winter Warmups

Prize #43
winner: Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures

Prize #44
winner:  Juanita (CatMama)

Cold Weather Friends


Prize #45
winner: Kymberly (Peas in a Pod Creations)
Prize #46
winner: Lisa Marie

Festive Fellow

Prize #47
winner: Kris (Meadowbrook)
Prize #48
winner: Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures



Prize #49
winner: Cheryl’s Teapots 2 Quilting

Prize #50

winner:  Kearstie (KB’s Quilting)


Whistlepig Creek Productions

These prizes are open to US only.

Eight Prizes, one each for eight lucky winners:

Prize #51

winner: Kathy @ Kwilty PleasuresA Bundle that includes Whistlepig Creek Productions’ latest fabric line called “Ink Blossoms” with RJR  

Prize #52

winner: Sharon (Vroomans Quilts)

Prize #53
winner: Juanita (CatMama)
Missy Shay

Prize #54
winner: Beaquilter

Holiday Breezes

Prize #55

winner: Kearstie (KB’s Quilting)

Prize #56
winner: Ruth (Country Log Cabin)

Prize #57
winner: Toni (A Quilty Conscience)

Prize #58
winner: Connie (Freemotion by the River)

Prize #59
winner:  Wont-to-be-a-quilter

Indygo Junction

One lucky winner will receive a prize bundle of a pattern and fabric for:

Holiday Purseonalities pattern (printed)

and a fabric pack of crossroads denim.

Prize #60

winner: Kearstie (KB’s Quilting)

Leah Day Designs

This prize is open to participants from all over the world

A copy of “365 Free Motion Quilting Designs“, by Leah Day (PDF copy)

Prize #61
winner: Tone’s Hobby Krok

This page will be updating throughout the year, providing links to the current challenges:
January –  15th – 25th
February – 15th – 25th
March     – 15th – 25th
April         – 15th – 25th
June        – 15th – 25th
July          – 15th – 25th
August    – 15th – 25th
September – 15th – 25th
October     –  15th – 25th

November –  15th – 25th

December –  1st – 10th


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