Category: Operation Homefront

9 Months to Crochet

I’m excited to be able to share insights with you today about a new books with #CreativeGoodness from Martingale.  

The New Year is always fun, but even more exciting when you are looking forward to the arrival of a new baby.  On the other hand, it is even fun when one has already arrived.  Babies just make life so much fun.  Of course, it is also fun to make things for babies too!

I’m excited to be able to share insights with you today about a fun new book from Martingale, which has some wonderful projects you can make for babies.

“9 Months to Crochet – Count Down to the Big Day with Crochet! – 25 Projects to Make While You Wait”, by Maaike Van Koert,  is definitely a book filled with #CreativeGoodness and fun projects for babies, as well as the excitement about the arrival of a new baby.


Is there a baby on the way? Spend nine months crocheting a darling collection of infant outfits and nursery gear for boys or girls, including toys, blankets, and pillows–plus stylish accessories and clever organizing options for the new mom. Cute and classic with a modern twist, these eye-catching designs are perfect for welcoming a little one!

Available to customers in the U.S. and Canada only.

About the Author:

Maaike von Koert is a talented crochet designer and author who runs, a popular website for crochet enthusiasts. Maaike grew up in the Netherlands, lived for a while in Canada, and then returned to the Netherlands where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Floyd the chocolate Labrador.


This book is packed with absolutely adorable items to crochet for a new baby to wear, cuddle with, as well as to decorate their room.  All of the patterns come with easy to follow instructions and great visuals, making this book perfect for a beginner, as well as those with expertise with crochet work.  I hope you can see with I feel this book is such an exceptional value with 25 wonderful projects.  I do hope you get a chance to check it out at your local quilt or sewing center, but don’t forget if you don’t see it, to let them know you’d like them to carry it.  It is such a new book they might not be aware of it.  Of course you can also check it out online at Martingale, as well as Amazon.

For those that may not have a baby on the way, or a recent arrival, don’t overlook the fun you can have with this book to make handmade gifts for some future baby.  There are so many babies born every year, whose families would love such a handmade gift.  They also make great items to go into baby themed gift baskets for silent auction fundraisers.  But one of my most favorite and common reasons to make baby gifts is for Operation Homefront.  

Operation Homefront is a non-profit program that focuses on helping Military families and Wounded Warriors with financial assistance, food assistance, repairs and so much more.  And, they also host several group baby showers for soon to be mothers, often living away from family and friends, while their husband is deployed and they are having a baby.  If you are not familiar with this program, click thru to find out more info.  I also hope you’ll contact your nearest office and let them know you are interested in making handmade baby items for them to give to these soon to be mothers, or find out other ways you can help these families.  

As there are also many ways to help others, I’m also hoping that if you have a favorite way where someone can make a cute baby item and donate to a good cause, that you’ll share by way of leaving a comment below.  Of course, if you have a baby on the way, or a recent arrival, I’d love to hear about that too!  

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Quilted In Honor – Press Release from CT Publishing

SewCalGal received a Press Release from C&T Publishing this week and wants to share it with you today,  as this is a great way where quilters can help enlisted military and Veterans by way of raising funds for Operation Homefront.
C&T Publishing is one of the partners in the Quilted in Honor program, hosted by Island Batik.  Look for this button on partner sites to find products that are being sold where profits are donated to Operation Homefront:


C&T Publishing has already raised over $1700 for Operation Homefront through Quilted in Honor and we need your help to make our goal of $5000!
Quilted in Honor is a charity event to benefit Operation Homefront, and C&T Publishing is honored to be a part of the effort.
How you can help: Visit and click on the “Quilted in Honor” button. It will take you to over a dozen celebrity-designed, C&T Publishing–tested patterns all for only $5.00 each with all proceeds going to benefit Operation Homefront.
And show your support by proudly carrying our
Quilted in Honor—Eco Tote. This patriotic bag is made from recycled plastic and features Designs by: Alex Anderson, Angela Walters, Barbara Persing and Mary Hoover for only $8.95



About Quilted in Honor

Quilted In Honor was born from the idea that, by working together, the quilting industry could come together and make a positive impact in the lives of military families in need by raising much-needed funds and by creating and donating quilts. A percentage of sales from every single Quilted In Honor product sold goes towards benefiting military families through the charitable organization, Operation Homefront.
For more info on all of the C&T Quilted in Honor products:

For more info on all of the PatternSpot Quilted in Honor products:

For more info on Quilted in Honor

For more info on Operation Homefront:


Quilter’s Christmas Party – Door Prize Winners

SewCalGal wishes to thank the following Sponsors that have generously donated prizes for the Quilter’s Christmas Party:

ASF/Lightware Solutions/The Reading Light (Beam N Read), Kelly Jackson of I Have A Notion (IHAN), Island Batik,  Martingale
MyMemories American & Efird LLCSewEZI QuiltingLark CraftsCozy Quilt DesignsCraftsy, Judy Chain of Sew Fun QuiltsNew Leaf Stitches, Rebecca Goldsmith of  Piece O’ Cake, Ebony Love (Love Bug Studios) and Lily Patch Quilts.

Both the physical and the virtual Quilter’s Christmas Party were held on Sunday, December 9th.    Everyone that attended received a Door Prize Ticket just for coming.



Beam N Read LED 6 Deluxe Hands Free Light
A Beam N Read personal light donated by ASF Lightware Solutions

That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar 2013
Martingale - Sew Embellished! (Print version + eBook bundle)Sew Embellished!,Artistic Little Quilts, Personalized With Easy Techniques, by Chery Lynch
$10 Gift Certificate to SewEzi Quilting
A PDF purse pattern, of your choice, from LilyPatch Quilts

$25 Gift Certificate to

The Giving Quilt, donated by Cozy Quilt Shop

Clearly Perfect Angles donated by New Leaf Designs
Multiple Bali Crackers (10” X 10” squares – 40 squares) in Wildberry, from Hoffman California Fabrics
A class of your choice from
Multiple Fat Quarter Bundles of beautiful batiks and  hand-dyes from Hoffman California Fabrics
Multiple fat quarter bundles of military-themed fabrics for two different winners, from Hoffman California Fabrics
MyMemories software version 4.

The Giving Quilt, by Jennifer Chiaverini

Thread bundles donated by American & Efird LLC

Thread bundles donated by American & Efird LLC


Accent on Angles:  Easy Strip-Set Quilts, by Susan Purney Markis donated by Martingale

Kaleidoscope Paper Piecing: 10 Dynamic Quilt Designs, by Nancy Mahoney donated by Martingale

Simple Gifts for Dog Lovers, by Catherine Tough donated by Martingale
Make It Sew Modern: Gather, Twist, Pleat, Texture, by Vanessa Christenson of V and CO. donated by Martingale
Sewing Pottery By Machine, by Barbara Warholic  donated by Martingale

and there were more door prizes too!

Congratulations to the following winners of door prizes at the virtual and physical Quilter’s Christmas Party.

  1. Ann C.
  2. Barbara P.
  3. Barbara W.
  4. Becky R.
  5. Bobbie N.
  6. Bobbie Z.
  7. Bonnie C.
  8. Beth N.
  9. Carol I.
  10. Colleen
  11. Dana
  12. Heather B
  13. Helen H.
  14. Jane C.
  15. Janet M.
  16. Jeanne S.
  17. Judy S.
  18. June D.
  19. Kathie F.
  20. Linda T.
  21. Lindsey P.
  22. Lu Ann B.
  23. Lynn C.
  24. Lynn W.
  25. Marilynn W.
  26. Mary G.
  27. Mary S.
  28. Missy A.
  29. Nina Lise M.
  30. Nina-Marie
  31. Patty B.
  32. Rebecca J.
  33. Ruth J
  34. Sheila R.
  35. Shelly
  36. Susan G.
  37. Teresa
  38. Terrie S.

Those attending the physical Quilter’s Christmas Party and won a Door Prize have already received their prize.  For those that attending the Virtual Quilter’s Christmas Party winners of Door Prizes have received an email notice and SewCalGal is in the process of packaging prizes that should be shipped to winners tomorrow, December 19th.

Stay tuned, soon I’ll be announcing winners of the Raffle Prizes at this party.  And, I’ll be kicking off a virtual Silent Auction Fundraiser to benefit Operation Homefront too!

Thank you to everyone that helped to make the Quilter’s Christmas Party a fun event, to those that purchased raffle tickets (aka donated to Operation Homefront).  And, thank you to all of our generous sponsors.  I couldn’t have hosted this event without your help.


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