Category: quilt books

Free-Motion Quilting For Beginners and Those Who Think They Can’t – Insights on #Giveaways too!

At Fall Quilt Market, Martingale released many new quilting books.  One of which, is absolutely perfect for those interested in learning  free-motion quilting.  “Free-Motion Quilting For Beginners and Those Who Think They Can’t, by Molly Hanson is a great book for quilters that want to learn free-motion quilting (FMQ).  It can also be a fun book for those that are still learning and want to practice FMQ and create some cute projects at the same time.

Molly does an excellent job teaching beginners how to do free-motion quilting, while also creating fun projects.  

She goes over all the basics, from tools, setting up your space, prepping for your project, threads and tension, sketching and more.  I was also pleased to see that she talks about “sitting pretty”, with tips for good posture while doing FMQ.  She also shares many tips and tricks for FMQ throughout the book.

A variety of FMQ designs are covered in this book, each with easy to follow instructions and great visuals which cover FMQ designs for : loop de loops and handwriting, stippling, pebbles and chain of pearls, square meander, nesting boxes, paisley, wood grain, print tracking, swirls, custom quilting and combining designs.

There are 15 fun projects in this book, which are great projects to turn your FMQ practice into a variety of fun items for you, your home, as well as gifts.  Projects range in size from pot holders, placemats, totes, table runners, ironing board covers, laptop sleeves, to wall quilts and more.

SewCalGal hopes you can check out this book at your local quilt shop, but if you don’t see it, let them know you’d like to have them carry it.  Of course, you can also find it online at Martingale and

There is also a blog hop going on where you can learn more about this book, as well as find more #giveaways where you’ll find ways to win a copy.

November 11th – Martingale/Stitch This
November 13th – Amanda Jean/Crazy Mom Quilts
November 14th – Amy Friend/During Quiet Time
November 15th – Angela Walters/Quilting Is My Therapy
November 17th – Juliet van derHeijden/The Tartankiwi
November 19th – Lori Kennedy/The Inbox Jaunt
November 20th – Cindy Weins/Live A Colorful Life
November 21st – Thermoweb

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New Books From Martingale Showcased At Fall Quilt Market – And A Giveaway!

Congratulations to Quilts, Inc. for hosting the 35th year of Quilt Market. They do a fantastic job hosting this trade show, twice a year, for those in the business to meet, promote new products, buy new items for their stores, take professional classes, network and have fun.
We quilters around the world now eagerly away to see new fabrics, books, patterns, tools and other notions soon appear in our favorite quilt shops in the months to come, so we can create #quiltygoodness.
Today, SewCalGal wants to share insights on some of the inspirational new quilting books that were showcased by Martingale at Fall Quilt Market.  Some of these books may already be available in your favorite quilt shops, but several will be available in the next month or so. Either way, if you don’t find them in your favorite shop, let your shop owner (buyer) know you would like to see them carry these books in their shop.

While all of these books are packed full of inspirational projects with easy to follow instructions and great visuals, today I want to share insights on Urban and Amish: Classic Quilts and Modern Updates, by Myra Harder.

Urban and Amish is a refreshing new book that incorporates traditional classic Amish designs and fabrics with modern prints and twists, creating interesting designs.

Myra lives in Winkler, Manitoba, Canada. She has worked in the quilting and textile industry for the past two decades.  Her family ties can be traced back nine generations to fabric merchants in Prussia.

Her quilt designs have been featured in numerous publications, and she has coauthored several popular Martingale books.  She is also the author of Nap and Nod, which is one of my favorite quilting books for creating quilts for babies and toddlers.

There are 16 projects in this book, which include traditional and modern designs.  All have easy to follow instructions and great visuals.

You can create a quilt with an Amish look, or a quilt with a more modern flair.

You can use solids, or various prints.

Projects range in size from 51 1/2″ x 51 1/2″ to 86 1/2″ x 110 1/2″.

Myra has a talent for color and design that can help you create quilts that can become heirlooms with an Amish yet modern perspective.

And, SewCalGal anticipates that many award winning quilts, in various quilt shows, will be made from designs found in this book.

Be TRADITIONAL.  Go MODERN.  Enjoy the best of both!

Did I mention a Giveaway?

Followers of SewCalGal can enter to win a copy of Urban and Amish, by Myra Harder, by using the rafflecopter form below.

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This giveaway is open to followers that live in the US.  SewCalGal will use the random number generator within the rafflecopter tool to select a winner on Friday, November 28th.  This post will be updated once the winner has been selected and an email will be sent to the lucky winner.


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Simple Appeal: 14 Patchwork and Applique’ Projects for Everyday Living

Kim Diehl is an amazing quilter, quilt designer, teacher, author and fabric designer.  Her latest book “Simple Appeal” is now a very popular book that can be found in quilt shops.  And, I’m excited to share insights about this book today, as well as host a giveaway where you could win a copy of this amazing book, packed with wonderful designs, oodles of tips and fun.

Simple Appeal shares 14 new designs by Kim, along with her time saving tips, to create simple yet beautiful quilts that are comfy and also heartwarming decorator items.

Projects range in size for a super cute patty cake pincushion to table toppers, lap quits, wall quilts, and a bed quilt.

Techniques covered in this book include traditional patchwork, invisible machine applique’, as well as wool applique’ on cotton backgrounds.

All of the designs come with easy to follow instructions and great visuals.
Designs include a combination of traditional piecing and machine applique.
It is easy to fall in love with Kim’s designs, use of colors and fabrics.  They always create stunning quilts, which can easily become heirloom quilts.
You should be able to check out this book at your favorite quilt shop, but if not do let them know you’d like them to carry it.  It is also available online from Martingale, as well as Amazon.

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You can find Kim Diehl at:

Did I Mention A Giveaway ?

One lucky follower of SewCalGal will win a copy of Simple Appeal.  SewCalGal will ship this book directly to the winner, but due to my limited expenses, I can only offer this giveaway to those that live in the US.   Please complete the rafflecopter form below to enter.  The winner will be randomly selected, by the random number generator feature in rafflecopter and announced on this post on Saturday, November lst. I’ll also send an email to the winner, whereby they will have three days to claim the prize or another name will be selected.



Don’t forget to check my page where I share insights on contests and giveaways to learn about other opportunities to win prizes.  

New Fabric Line: Tonga Cabana, by Daniela Stout, from Timeless Treasures, New Book and a Free Pattern

SewCalGal loves to learn about new fabrics, quilting books, and other new items that can be fun to create with, or help us with our creativity.  As such, I’m absolutely thrilled to share insights with you today on a new line of batik fabric, a new quilting book, as well as a new free quilt pattern.

Tonga Cabana is a new line of batik fabrics, designed by Daniela Stout (Cozy Quilt Shop, Cozy Quilt Designs), from Timeless Treasures.

Daniel Stout and Team created a YouTube video during the Tonga Cabana debut at Cozy Quilt Shop that shows a variety of quilts and table toppers made with this new fabric, as well as shares insights about her new book, Sweet Tooth.

If you are using a MAC or having problems watching this embedded video you can click this clink to watch it directly in YouTube:

The Tonga Cabana fabric line contains 28 different batik fabrics that are available in yardage, as well as all sorts of pre-cuts.

And, for a limited time you can download a free pattern designed by Daniela Stout that shows off the beauty of this new fabric.  This design is called Tonga Cabana.

Sweet Tooth is a new book, by Daniela Stout which includes six different projects that are made with the Tonga Cabana fabrics (but these projects could be made using any fabrics).  And it includes several recpies for sweet treats!

I wanted to share a little sneak peak of quilts from this book:

Slice N Serve, 65″x73″

Popped Art, 68″x78″ 

Fast Lane, 68″x78″

You can find Tonga Cabana and Sweet Tooth online at Cozy Quilt Shop.  You should also be able to find it at your local quilt shops and favorite online stores.  But if you don’t find this fabric in your favorite shops, just let them know you’d like to have them carry it.  

Wholesale fabric orders can be placed through Timeless Treasures and wholesale book orders can be placed directly through Cozy Quilt.

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40 Bright & Bold Paper-Pieced Blocks

40 Bright & Bold Paper-Pieced Blocks: 12-Inch Designs from Carol Doak,  published by Martingale/That Patchwork Place in 2002.  SewCalGal sees this as a great book to help quilters making perfectly pieced blocks with stunning designs that you can use to make a variety of projects (e.g. quilts, table toppers, purses, etc.).  The possibilities are endless.

There are 40 12-inch block designs that come with a color image of the block and templates for foundation piecing.  You’ll also find a great section on how to do foundation piecing, as well as many other quilting tips.   And there are 8 quilt patterns included, that are made with blocks in this book.   

Carol Doak is a best-selling author, teacher and lecturer and an award-winning quilt maker.  SewCalGal can easily see why this book is out of print and for those lucky enough to snag a copy for their quilt library will certainly enjoy it!

While this book is out of print,  printed copies are still available through Amazon.  

Do you think Martingale should make an e:book of this publication?

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Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting, by Natalia Bonner

Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting

Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting: Professional Quality Results on Your Home Machine“, by  Natalia Bonner is an excellent resource for anyone interested in free-motion quilting.

This book is filled with 50 free-motion quilting designs categorized by:  Allover Quilting, Background Fillers, Borders and Sashing, Custom Quilted Blocks, and Quilting on Applique’.

There are also six quilt projects included in this book that range in size from 64″x64″ to 84″x84″.  These designs include fabric requirements, cutting instructions, making the blocks, as well as quilting and finishing.  

Natalia is a very talented long arm quilter shares insights on free-motion quilting, by way of sharing designs that are achievable by those working on a domestic sewing machine.  

I hope you get a chance to check out this book at your local quilt store soon, or online at Stash Books or Amazon.

Natalia is also hosting a Book blog tour, that shares more insights on her wonderful new book.  Plus, each stop in this blog hop offers a chance to win a copy.  Here is the line up for this blog hop.

Amy Webb (Amylouwho) – October 6th
Melissa Corry – October 7th
Melissa Mortensen  – October 8th
Stash Books – October 9th
Amy Ellis – October 10th
Kimberly Jolly – October 11th
Vicki Christensen – October 12th
Candy Glendening – October 13th
Angela Yosten – October 14th
Gen Q Magazine – October 15th
Tracey Jacobsen – October 16th
Vickie Eapen – October 17th

AllisonHarris – October 18th

And, Natalia (Piece N Quilt) will also be ending the blog hop with final giveaway and announcing on the winners on her blog on October 19th.

Also, here is a link to my list of free-motion quilting books.

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Bloom Creek quilts, by Vicki Bellino

Bloom Creek quilts“, by Vicki Bellino, is an amazing quilt book full of beautiful designs for quilters of all levels and styles.  Many quilters have made beautiful quilts using original Bloom Creek designs. But I must confess, I’m new to learning about Bloom Creek designs.  I’m not sure how I could have overlooked Bloom Creek designs, but I’m definitely a fan after seeing this book.

This book contains 14 of Vicki’s designs, some of which are her older designs, where she made changes to based on customer feedback, or her own “shoulda, coulda, wouldas”, such as enlarging or converting a design from Charm Packs or Jelly Rolls to yardage.  This book is published by Martingale & Company, home of That Patchwork Place, which means it is a high quality book that has great visuals, well written instructions, and inspirational photos.

I enjoyed how this book starts off with sharing insights on the basics, which include great  insights on working with precut fabrics (e.g. Charm Squares or Jelly Rolls), applique techniques (freezer paper, hand, fusible, etc.), on thru preparing your quilt for machine quilting, hanging sleeves, and binding.  Thus, I view this book is an excellent book for a new quilter, as well as an advanced quilter looking for fun and easy designs.

I found all of the designs to be well written and able to work well for those that may want to make a quilt using charm squares, jelly rolls or buy their own yardage. 

Designs range in size from 12″ x 28″ (wallhanging)  to a 71-1/2 x 81″ (quilt).  Designs were also included for a cute pillow and a large tote bag.  Some designs include optional Applique that really adds a interesting perspective to the design.  Each design is truly spectacular, and would look great in any home, and also make a wonderful gift.  The quilts in this book could easily be made in a variety of color palettes, but collectively the quilts inspire quilters to create quilts for all seasons.

Techniques are traditional patchwork, with many of the designs containing some applique.  But every technique used to make these spectacular quilts are well documented in this book, and easy to follow.  I have truly fallen in love with Vicki’s designs, and her new book “Bloom Creek quilts”. 

I can apply techniques from this book to all my quilting projects, and I’m looking forward to making projects from designs in this book.  I just need to figure out which to do first?  Birdhouse Welcome (wallhanging), Blooms for Annabelle (quilt), Brandyvine Tote Bag, A Pack of Posies (table runner), Home for the Holidays,  or one of the other 14 beautiful designs.  Ok. I’ll take this beautiful book to bed with me tonight and I’m sure it will speak to me as to which project in this book will be my first. 

I hope you will check out this book soon. I’m sure you’ll love it too!

Martingale & Company also has a great sale going on with some of their amazing books on sale for $6 each. And, if you buy three shipping is free.  And, I definitely recommend checking out their weekly wow!  Check out this sale soon, as supply will not last long.

Pets on Quilts Show – List of Prizes

Here is a list of the prizes (32) that will be awarded as prizes of this show.

1.  Java House Quilts has donated a cute pattern,  “Shell we Dance?”

2.  Java House Quilts donated a fun whimsical pattern, “Ruff around the Edges”

3.  Java House Quilts donated pattern for an amazing eye glass case, “Just in Cases”

4.  Quilted Kitty has donated a kit to make a cute kitty cell phone catty (carrier). 

5.  Quilted Kitty has donated a cat theme coffee mug with fat eights.

6.  Quilted Kitty has donated a kit to make a cute Zippy Strippy bag.  This is a very new design recently shared at a Quilt Retreat, for quilt store owners, sponsored by Terry Atkinson form Atkinson’s Designs.

7.  Sulky  has donated a  kit of items that would be perfect for any machine embroidery enthusiast.  This kit contains the following Sulky products:  Iron-on Transfer Pen, Fabri-Solvy Fabric-Like Water Soluble Stablizer, Tender Touch A Permanent Iron-on “Cover-A-Stitch” or stablizer, Heat-Away Clear Film Heat Removable Topper or Stablizer, Puffy Foam, booklet “Success with Thread” Top secrets for Thread Projects, book “Patchwork Concepts in Sulky”, and two spools of thread “Premium Sulky” 100% cotton blendables one is a 30wt and another is a 12wt.

8. Sulky kit #2 Includes same items as Sulky kit #1 listed above.

9. Fat Quarter Shop has donated a lovely  Fat Quarter Bundle of Rex My Little Puppy (in blues)

10.  SewCindy:  Cindy Carlson has  donated four fat quarters of beautiful fabric that has a  black background with embroidery stitched throughout the fabric. This is NOT cotton, more like a satin brocade.

11.  By Kay Mackenzie donated a copy of their fun book “Dog Cabin and others A Fast Fun Theme-Quilt Project” 

12.  By Kay Mackenzie donated a copy of their fun book “Dog Cabin Book and others A Fast Fun Theme-Quilt Project”

13.  By Kay Mackenzie donated a copy of their book “Dog Cabin Book and others A Fast Fun Theme-Quilt Project”

14.  Quilter’s Dream Batting is donating a package of their comfy batting (package #1).     

15.  Quilter’s Dream Batting is donating a package of their comfy batting (package #2).

16.  Quilter’s Dream Batting:  is donating a package of their comfy batting (package #3).

17.  Quilter’s Dream Batting:  is donating a package of their comfy batting (package #4).

18.  Quilter’s Dream Batting:  is donating a package of their comfy batting (package #5).

19.  Quilter’s Dream Batting:  is donating a package of their comfy batting (package #6).

20.  Quilter’s Dream Batting:  is donating a package of their comfy batting (package #7).

21.  Quilter’s Dream Batting:  is donating a package of their comfy batting (package #8).

22.  Quilter’s Dream Batting:  is donating a package of their comfy batting (package #9).

23.  Quilter’s Dream Batting:  is donating a package of their comfy batting (package #10).

24.  SewCalGal:  60 charm squares of various animal prints, cut with the AccuQuilt GO!

25.  SewCalGal:  60 charm squares of various pink fabrics, cut with the AccuQuilt GO!

26.  SewCalGal:  60 charm squares of various purple prints, cut with the AccuQuilt GO!

27.  Bejeweled Quilts by Barbara is donating a cute whimsical Octopus quilt pattern, perfect for a baby quilt.  Many stores are starting to carry patterns from by Bejeweled Quilts by Barbara, but she also has this cute Octopus pattern and other patterns available for purchase on her online store.

28.  The Electric Quilt Company is donating a copy of Stash (22) Spring 2010 fabric software

29.  Angie Padilla (Angie’s Bits & Pieces) is donating a pattern from her collection of It’s Raining Cats!  There are 15 purrfect patterns for cat lovers and the winner gets to pick one.  They also get to decide if they want to receive the pattern in a PDF format or EQ6 format.   Again, the winner will get to select which of Angie’s 15 patterns from her collection of It’s Raining Cats!

30. Angie Padilla (Angie’s Bits & Pieces) is donating a pattern from her collection of It’s Raining Cats! There are 15 purrfect patterns for cat lovers and the winner gets to pick one. They also get to decide if they want to receive the pattern in a PDF format or EQ6 format. Again, the winner will get to select which of Angie’s 15 patterns from her collection of It’s Raining Cats!

31. Angie Padilla (Angie’s Bits & Pieces) is donating a pattern from her collection of It’s Raining Cats! There are 15 purrfect patterns for cat lovers and the winner gets to pick one. They also get to decide if they want to receive the pattern in a PDF format or EQ6 format. Again, the winner will get to select which of Angie’s 15 patterns from her collection of It’s Raining Cats!

32.  Martingale & Company, Home of That Patchwork Place is donating a copy of their new book “Dress Your Dog“.

For information on the categories of prizes (for awards to be given out) click here

For a current list of rules click here.  And, when you do leave comments on the show post, please know it is ok to include what prize # you might want to win.  Post example:  Fun show!  Mary (#10,15,20,26).  No guarantees, but while winners will be randomly selected I’ll try my best to use these insights to match winners up to prizes, where possible.

To view the quilts in the show click here.

Let’s Make Waves

Do you make waves with your quilting?

The book “Let’s Make Waves”, by Lily Marie Amaru is certainly a “must have” book for those interested in making a splash with their quilts. This book is also a great book for those that have the “Wave Edge Ruler”, which is an amazing ruler that helps you create fantastic waves vs boring straight lines when cutting your fabrics. And, there are so many variations of designs that you can create with the “Wave Edge Ruler” too!

The designs that are created by using the “Wave Edge Ruler” have a feeling of motion, with a slight curve, that is artistic and pleasing to the eye. While it is quite easy to create beautiful wave edge effects, using the “Wave Edge Ruler”, the book “Let’s Make Waves” offers many helpful insights for cutting, sewing, pressing fabrics, borders and binding to make beautiful quilts, clothing and other items. And the photo gallery in this book is definitely inspirational, if not dreamy!

The Wave Edge Ruler is a must tool to make items with the wave effect, shared in this book. But you can also use the wave edge ruler for machine quilting! And, you may find that you want to use the Wave Edge Ruler for just borders, or a certain block, or you may be delighted to use this ruler for the majority of your cuts for your project. Either way, this book helps to show you how to make projects using the Wave Edge Ruler. This is an amazing tool for those interested in adding movement to their quilts and/or wanting to try a different technique that will produce fun and beautiful quilts.

Lily Marie “The Wave Diva” is a very talented quilter, designer, teacher and author. Her fun workshops are very reasonably priced, making Lily Marie an excellent lecturer and teacher for quilt guilds, as well as teacher for quilt shops.

While “Let’s Make Waves” and the “Wave Ruler” are found in many stores, you can also order from Lily Marie Amaru’s online store, where she also has many other wonderful patterns and rulers.

Does SewCalGal recommend this book and ruler? Definitely. This book and ruler is a great source of insight and inspiration for those looking for a different quilting technique, as well as creating quilts (or projects) that have a wave effect). This book and ruler would also make a great gift idea for someone with experience with quilting.

Lily Marie “The Wave Diva”
P.O. Box 418
6044 Mountain Home Creek
Angelus Oaks, CA 92305

Geometric Gems

Geometric Gems: Quilts from Diamonds, Circles and Squares, by Cathy Wierzbicki, and published by Martingale & Company, home of That Patchwork Place.

This new book has seven dazzling designs, using easy cutting and strip-piecing techniques. Did I say dazzling? These quilt designs are jewels of quilt designs. I truly love every quilt design in this book, and believe that this book will help you make some spectacular show winning quilts!

I was amazed how these intriguing projects look complex, but Cathy makes them very easy.  Every project is well written with great visuals. Insights are also provided to help make spectacular quilts by selecting focus prints and colors to make a high impact quilt.

The secret to making some of these projects is the use of templates and rulers that allow for accurate piecing. And the use of strip sewing, for some of the designs, also enables many of these quilts to look far more difficult to make than they actually are. Cathy does an excellent job providing visuals for using the templates and/or rulers, for each pattern, which makes it easy to follow her instructions.

I also liked how some of the designs had the option to add words and sayings. Examples were shared, with insights on how to free motion embroider these words and sayings to your quilts. But you could also add these words and sayings via a variety of techniques (or not add).

Geometric Gems is an amazing book to add to your library. And it will definitely help you make your next quilt sparkle!

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