Category: Martingale

Civil War Remembered

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


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

Publisher’s Insights:

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

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

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About the Authors:

Mary Tendall Etherington

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

Connie Tesene

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

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

You can find Mary and Connie at:

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

My Review:

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

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

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Did I Mention A Giveaway?

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

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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

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

UPDATE:

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

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

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CHALLENGE OVERVIEW:

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

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

While “Sneak Peaks” were shared in late 2014, as well as throughout the 2015 FMQ Challenge, participants will need to finish their project and enter (link up) in the month that the respective challenge is released.  Those that want to apply the challenge to projects other than pillows, or those that complete the challenge after the given month, as well as those that may wish to share other FMQ projects are encouraged to share in a Flirk group that has been created specifically for group sharing and inspiration:     https://www.flickr.com/groups/2815271@N22/

SPONSORS:

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

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

MONTHLY FMQ EXPERT FOR MARCH:

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

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

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

 

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

Hyperquilting“,

Feather Adventures!

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

You can find Patsy at:’

http://www.patsythompsondesigns.com/

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

BASIC SUPPLIES – FOR FREE-MOTION QUILTING PILLOWS

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

BASIC PILLOW MAKING INFORMATION: 

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

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

MARCH CHALLENGE – OPTIONS:

OPTION #1

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

 

OPTION #2

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

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

 

OPTION #3

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

 

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

 

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

ENTER THIS CHALLENGE – JOIN THIS LINKY PARTY


RULES TO ENTER THIS CHALLENGE:

1) Entries need to be completed pillows that show free-motion quilting that aligns with the options defined in this monthly challenge.

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

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

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

 

This linky party will be open thru the last day of the month.  You need to have your project completed and linked to enter to win prizes.  Those that may complete this challenge at a different time, as well as those that want to share any FMQ related project, are encouraged to share photos in the Flickr group created for this challenge: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2815271@N22/

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

For blogger participants that are interested in posting a badge, the badge code is now on the right hand column of this blog.  Thank you for posting the badge.

SPONSORS AND PRIZES FOR THE MARCH CHALLENGE:

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Sponsor Prize Winners
Udderly Smooth, by RedEx 65668_10151884614025894_331473606_n  A gift pack of Udderly Smooth products.  Product bundle shipped may not be exactly like what QuiltShopGal is showing.Estimated Retail value $25.  Prize is open to participants living in US/Canada.  Prize #1  winner – Dizzy Dog
Landauerlandauer Threads The Basics and Beyond, by Debbie Bates and Liz KettleQuiltShopGal will ship this prize to a winner, anywhere in the world. Prize #2 Winner: Raewyn
Fabrics N Quilts One lucky winner will receive a $35 Gift Certificate to Fabrics N Quilts Prize #3 winner: LC’s Cottage

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

Here are the numbers that were drawn for prizes.

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

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

 

If you have questions for this Challenge, please read the FAQ:  http://quiltshopgal.com/faq-for-challenges-and-shows/

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

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

 

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Here is a list of previous posts 2015 FMQ Challenge:

Fusible Applique with Pat Sloan and a Giveaway

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

 Publisher’s Insights:

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

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

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 My Review:

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

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

Did I Mention A Giveaway?

There are actually two giveaways, two ways to win:

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

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

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You can find Martingale at:

https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale

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

#CreativeGoodness Linky Party – March 20th

Creative Goodness at QuiltShopGal

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

~ Create ~ Share ~ Inspire ~ #CreativeGoodness ~

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

Who is curious about the Surprise Prizes?

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

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

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

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Are there Themes for Sharing ?

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

“Optional theme” schedule:

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

 

Guidelines:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FAQ: Click here for my FAQ list.

#CreativeGoodness Linky Party – March 13th

Creative Goodness at QuiltShopGal

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

 

Guidelines:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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  • 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

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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.

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

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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 Amazon.com.

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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
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05 March – Jenny Wilding Cardon + COLOR
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06 March – Rose Hughes + COLOR
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07 March – Amy Smart + CONTRAST
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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.


Guidelines:

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

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:

 

FAQ: Click here for my FAQ list.

 

 

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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“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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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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