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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 Amazon.com.

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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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You can find Martingale at:

https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale

“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: http://blog.shopmartingale.com/quilting-sewing/quick-quilts-famed-designers-low-price-ship-free/

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: http://quiltshopgal.com/creativegoodness-weekly-linky-parties/

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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

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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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.

INSIGHTS FROM MARTINGALE:

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 Amazon.com.

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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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You can find Martingale at:

https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale

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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.

You can find Martingale at:

https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale

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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CHALLENGE OVERVIEW:

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: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2815271@N22/

SPONSORS:

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.

SPONSORS AND PRIZES FOR THE JANUARY CHALLENGE:

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)

 

MONTHLY FMQ EXPERT:

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!

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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:

http://sewwrongsewright.blogspot.com/

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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 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).

BASIC PILLOW MAKING INFORMATION: 

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.

JANUARY CHALLENGE – OPTIONS:

OPTION #1

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. 

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OPTION #2

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: http://quiltshopgal.com/welcome-to-the-2012-free-motion-quilting-challenge  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: http://frantastic-stitchwitchery.blogspot.com/2012/01/elements.html.  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.

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OPTION #3

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.

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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.

http://quiltshopgal.com/sneak-peak-2015-free-motion-quilting-challenge-feathered-heart-design-by-luann-kessi/

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).

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, I’m working on creating and hope to have this post updated with such code shortly.
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If you have questions for this Challenge, please read the FAQ:  http://quiltshopgal.com/faq-for-challenges-and-shows/

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)http://blog.shopmartingale.com/quilting-sewing/make-2015-the-year-of-the-art-quilt-sale/

Leah Day – The Free Motion Quilting Projecthttp://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/2014/12/holiday-recipe-blog-blitz.html

The Electric Quilt Company (Behind The
Mouse – The Electric Quilt Blog)
http://doyoueq.com/blog

Marjorie Busby (Blue Feather Quilt Studio) – http://b-quilts.com/blog/?p=5107

Wendy Sheppard  (Ivory Spring) – http://ivoryspring.wordpress.com/

Barb of Bejeweled Quilts by Barb – www.bejeweledquilts.blogspot.com

Bea Lee (Beaquilter) – www.beaquilter.com

Inchworm Fabrics – http://inchwormfabrics.blogspot.com

Hoffman California Fabrics – Creative Canvas bloghttp://creativecanvass.blogspot.com/ 
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWF2JBb1bvM

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.
 
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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

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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.

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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
winner: 
Beaquilter

 

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

NOEL

 

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
 

 

2015 Quilt Calenders, from Martingale

There are some beautiful 2015 Quilt Calendars, from Martingale, with inspirational quilts to enjoy throughout the year.

You should be able to find these calendars in your favorite quilt shops, Martingale’s online store, or on Amazon.com.  They also make excellent gifts.  And some quilters enjoy framing some of their favorite quilts in the calendar, or using the papers for scrapbooking, creating greeting cards, bookmarks, or other #CreativeGoodness, at the end of the year.

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You can find Martingale at:

December Linky Party – Make It A Handmade Christmas Challenge

The goal of the Handmade Christmas Challenge has been to encourage #CreativeGoodness by making handmade throughout the year, to be able to decorate your home for the holidays, as well as give as gifts.  



But, as many creative people are busy, it is easy to understand that some people may just now be working on making such handmade items, whereas others may have oodles of handmade items completed.  Either way, this is all about having fun and inspiring others with creative ideas for giving handmade and decorating your home with handmade.  And we hope those that don’t have time to make handmade will still have fun and find inspiration.

This is our last Linky Party for this challenge and everyone is invited to join the fun.  You can share everything you’ve made in 2014 that you plan to use to decorate your home, or give as Holiday gifts, including items that you may have recently made.



Christmas is now a few weeks away, but there is still plenty of time to make a handmade item and join this challenge,  where the Linky Party this month will be open through December 10th.  There are over 70 prizes that will be awarded to those that participate in this Linky Party, as well as those that participated in one or more Linky Parties this year for this challenge.  The more events you participated in the more chances you have to win prizes.  In randomly awarding winners, I’ll also be looking at all the entries to look for those that have shared a tutorial along the way, those that may have created the most unique handmade holiday item, possibly those that have made the most handmade items, or the largest.  Winners will be announced between December 16-25th and in keeping with the spirit of this challenge, there will be some surprises in how winners are selected, but most will be randomly selected based on simply entering the challenge and making handmade items that fit with our holiday theme in 2014.


 

SewCalGal wants to recognize and thank all the sponsors that have generously donated prizes for the Make It A Handmade Christmas Challenge.  Click here for a complete list of prizes that will be randomly awarded to participants of these monthly challenges, in December.

 



 
How do you enter?  Make handmade  gifts for the holidays or decorations for your home for the holidays, anytime in 2014 and enter in any of the monthly challenges for a chance to win prizes.   Bloggers and non-bloggers can participate and you can make your items anytime throughout the month, but you can only share what you make one time in one monthly challenge.  The exception is with this challenge, you are encouraged to also share a photo that shows ALL of the items you have handmade for the holidays in 2014 and hopefully you will provide a count in your blog post or flickr description that you link to in this linky party.    You may have made just 1 item, 10, 20, 100 or tbd items, but share a photo showing all, photos of what you’ve recently made, and how many handmade items you’ve made for the holidays in 2014.  
 
 
 

Rules to enter this challenge:


While there are many sponsors and many wonderful prizes for those that enter in one or more of the monthly Linky Parties in the Handmade Christmas Challenge, that are open to quilters worldwide, as SewCalGal will be shipping this particular prize to the lucky winner and currently has limited funds for shipping prizes, the winner of this bundle will need to be a US resident. 

1) Projects need to be made in 2014 (they do not need to be made during the 10 day window of a a given monthly linky party.  But they need to be something you made for a Christmas gift or to decorate your home for the holidays.  Please do not enter projects that you giveaway throughout the year, or previous holidays as that doesn’t bring you good quilting kharma!

2) You can enter one or more completed projects, but your linky needs to be in a current post (or non-bloggers can upload their photos and provide a link to a view able line tool like PhotoBucket, Flickr, etc.).   note:  Future challenges will require you to use only Flickr.  Click here to see a tutorial for using flickr.

3) Participants are asked to include comments in their post that share insights on the design(s) they use, any tips they wish to share, and if they made something with their own design they may wish to share a tutorial.  Your help to encourage others to make handmade gifts, throughout the year to give as gifts or to decorate their home, is appreciated.  And, of course, you can also inspire others by sharing your projects, providing tips and tutorials, as well as recognizing the source of the design for your project, should others be interested in making it too!


4) Bloggers are asked to include in their post information that that shows they have taken the “Pledge to make handmade Christmas Gifts in 2014” and are participating in this challenge.  It would be appreciated if you would encourage others to also participate, or at least come look at all of the entries each month, as hopefully we’ll inspire other quilters and increase awareness of designs, tips, tutorials to help make beautiful Christmas gifts and decorations.  Your blog post also needs to be dated during the period of this linky party (do not link to old posts).


This linky party will be open thru the 10th of  this month, to give participants plenty of time to enter this monthly 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, the badge code can be found on the main page for this event.  Thank you!
 
Let’s not forget the spirit of this challenge is to make handmade gifts for Holidays or decorations for the holiday season, throughout the year.  We also hope to help increase awareness of designs, free patterns, tutorials and other products that help to make such products. And, your help in inspiring others to make handmade for Christmas is appreciated.  PR Angels are also appreciated.

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

In some cases an UFO that is finished in 2014 may count, when a good part of it is worked on in 2014.  But those that are simply putting in a single stitch this year to count it as an entry  for this challenge will not have good kharma.  Please strive to adhere to the intent of this challenge…..Make Handmade in 2014 for Christmas gifts and decorations for the 2014 Holiday season!

Winners will be announced between December 16th-25th!

 

Visit the main page for this event, by clicking here, to see a complete  list of prizes. While many prizes are open to quilters from around the world, some prizes will be shipped to US Only winners, where shipping costs are compliments of SewCalGal.  Non-US winners may pay for shipping costs, if they wish to receive such prizes.

Thank you to everyone that has participated in these monthly Linky Parties.  There have been many wonderful handmade items that have been shared that are inspirational gifts, as well as some great tutorials.  SewCalGal has also received a tutorial by a non-blogger who handmade some lovely jewelry and I hope to have that tutorial posted here, on my blog, this week.

November Linky Party – Make It A Handmade Christmas Challenge

Christmas is now less than six weeks away.  I’m sure we are all envious and yet inspired by  those that started making handmade items to decorate their home and/or give as gifts, earlier in the year.  But, there is still time to make handmade items for the holidays.  And two remaining opportunities to enter to win one or more of the 70+ prizes that have been donated by generous sponsors for this event.   


SewCalGal wants to recognize and thank all the sponsors that have generously donated prizes for the Make It A Handmade Christmas Challenge.  Click here for a complete list of prizes that will be randomly awarded to participants of these monthly challenges, in December.

 
 
This is the November  “Linky Party” for participants in the Handmade Christmas Challenge where you can share what you have made for Christmas gifts or decorations this month.  And you have till the 25th of this month to enter!  We will also have a special linky party, early December, where you’ll get one more chance to enter to win prizes, by simply sharing what you have made throughout 2014 for Holiday Gifts or holiday decorations for your home. We’ll also have some special awards based on those that enter the December Linky Party (e.g. Who made the most handmade holiday items in 2014, Viewer’s Favorites, Who shared tutorials for their handmade items, etc. etc.).

 
How do you enter?  Quite simple.  You can make handmade  gifts for the holidays or decorations for your home for the holidays, anytime in 2014 and enter in any of the monthly challenges for a chance to win prizes.  Bloggers and non-bloggers can participate and you can make your items anytime throughout the month, but you can only share what you make one time in one monthly challenge (but you can show it again in the December Linky Party when you show all the things you handmade for the holidays).  You get an entry for every monthly challenge you enter as well as an entry for entering the December linky party to show EVERYTHING you’ve made as part of this year’s Make It A Handmade Christmas Challenge and the more events you enter the more chances you get to win more prizes!
 
Some participants have been sharing tutorials that help to showcase their entry, via their blogs.  I will also be releasing tutorials on my blog, compliments of some creative non-bloggers that wanted to share their techniques for making handmade gifts for the holiday season.  Either way, I’m a firm believer that when you adopt the pay-it-forward approach to helping others it also brings you good kharma to winning prizes.  And that doesn’t stop with providing tutorials, as those that are PR Angels and encourage others to make handmade for the holidays should also be blessed with good kharma for winning prizes. 
 

Rules to enter this challenge:


While there are many sponsors and many wonderful prizes for those that enter in one or more of the monthly Linky Parties in the Handmade Christmas Challenge, that are open to quilters worldwide, as SewCalGal will be shipping this particular prize to the lucky winner and currently has limited funds for shipping prizes, the winner of this bundle will need to be a US resident.

1) Projects need to be made in 2014 (they do not need to be made during the 10 day window of a a given monthly linky party.  But they need to be something you made for a Christmas gift or to decorate your home for the holidays.  Please do not enter projects that you giveaway throughout the year, or previous holidays as that doesn’t bring you good quilting kharma!

2) You can enter one or more completed projects, but your linky needs to be in a current post (or non-bloggers can upload their photos and provide a link to a view able line tool like PhotoBucket, Flickr, etc.).   note:  Future challenges will require you to use only Flickr.  Click here to see a tutorial for using flickr.

3) Participants are asked to include comments in their post that share insights on the design(s) they use, any tips they wish to share, and if they made something with their own design they may wish to share a tutorial.  Your help to encourage others to make handmade gifts, throughout the year to give as gifts or to decorate their home, is appreciated.  And, of course, you can also inspire others by sharing your projects, providing tips and tutorials, as well as recognizing the source of the design for your project, should others be interested in making it too!

4) Bloggers are asked to include in their post information that that shows they have taken the “Pledge to make handmade Christmas Gifts in 2014” and are participating in this challenge.  It would be appreciated if you would encourage others to also participate, or at least come look at all of the entries each month, as hopefully we’ll inspire other quilters and increase awareness of designs, tips, tutorials to help make beautiful Christmas gifts and decorations.  Your blog post also needs to be dated during the period of this linky party (do not link to old posts).


This linky party will be open thru the 25th of  this month, to give participants plenty of time to enter this monthly 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, the badge code can be found on the main page for this event.  Thank you!
 
Let’s not forget the spirit of this challenge is to make handmade gifts for Holidays or decorations for the holiday season, throughout the year.  We also hope to help increase awareness of designs, free patterns, tutorials and other products that help to make such products. And, your help in inspiring others to make handmade for Christmas is appreciated.  PR Angels are also appreciated.

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

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