Category: quilt designers

Fall Market: New Fabrics – Island Batik

For those that attended Fall Quilt Market and visited the Island Batik booth, you were probably treated to  beautiful eye candy of quilts made with their new fabrics.  Their Fall 2014 Catalog shows off their new fabrics, which will soon be appearing in quilt shops.  There is also a section, in this catalog, which highlights their designers, who have created beautiful quilt designs that are perfect for using fabrics from Island Batik.

If you have problems viewing their catalog shared within this post, here is a url to view it directly:

Of all these new quilt and purse designs created using new Island Batik fabrics, which of these designs inspire you to create?  

While the new fabrics from Island Batik will soon be appearing in your favorite quilt shops, so too will the designs from these talented Island Batik Designers.  Wholesale orders for these patterns will also  be available through  Island Batik.

The  Holiday collection and Baker’s Dozen collections which were released last season, are still very popular collections.

You can find Island Batik at your favorite quilt shops. If not, let them know you would like them to carry fabrics from Island Batik.

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Fun Friday Giveaway: Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio

Welcome to another Fun Friday Giveaway, sponsored by Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio.

Cherry is a wonderful “Southern Woman” who is also a very talented quilter, longarmer, and quilt designer.

She has a wonderful blog where she shares many tips, fun insights.  As a follower of her blog, I knew when I saw her beautiful Christmas Tree Quilt (Feathered Christmas ) that she shared in the 2011 Christmas Quilt Show, that this wonderful quilt needed to become a published design.

Source: via Cherry on Pinterest

Needless to say, I was absolute delighted when I learned Cherry published this “Feathered Christmas” pattern. The finished wallhanging measures 24″x28″ and uses a raw edge applique with pieced borders.  It looks great in red/white, blue/white and I’m confident it would look spectacular in batiks, as well as a variety of colors and prints.

Feathered Christmas

Cherry also designed a spectacular Christmas Wreath Design (Feather Fancy)

Source: via Cherry on Pinterest

The finished wallhanging measures 28″x28″ and uses a raw edge applique with pieced borders.

Feather Fancy

Both Feathered Christmas and Feather Fancy patterns are easy to follow with excellent visuals.  They also come with a full size layout template that helps with placement of the raw-edge applique’ pieces.  While you can manually cut these applique shapes, these designs are AccuQuilt GO! compatible using the following dies:  55028, 55087, 55088, 55024, 55017, and 55053.  To clarify, these patterns include everything you need to create this design without the use of an AccuQuilt, or all of these dies, but using the GO! and all of dies certainly helps to make this a very fast and fun project!

I was delighted how easy and fun the Feathered Christmas design came together. I’m certainly looking forward to quilting it, and also making Feather Fancy too.

Don’t you think these are perfect designs to help decorate your home for the holidays, as well as make for gifts?

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These patterns can be purchased  from Cherry Blossoms Shop.  They are such a new design they are not yet available in many quilt stores, or online shops.  But, you can let your quilt shops know that you’d like them to carry these designs.  Wholesale orders can be placed through Brewer Sewing.

You can find Cherry at:


Did I Mention A Giveaway?
Cherry is generously giving away a copy of her Feathered Christmas and her Feather Fancy pattern to two differ winners.  To clarify, winners will receive either a copy of Feathered Christmas or Feather Fancy.
This giveaway is also limited to those living in US or Canada.

To enter to win, followers simply need to leave a comment on this post.  Two winners will be randomly selected and announced next Friday.

Want an extra entry? Be a public follower of Cherry’s delightful blog (Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio) and leave an extra comment below to claim this extra entry.

I’m also happy to announce the winner from the giveaway last week, for a pattern from Cozy Quilt Designs. Congratulations to LisaMarie!


200 Blocks from Quiltmaker Magazine

SewCalGal is always looking for good tools for quilters, especially when they help to create beautiful quilts and other projects. As many quilters enjoy incorporating interesting blocks into their projects, and many have enjoyed the 100 Block Challenges, by Quiltmaker Magazine, I was delighted to learn of the new book “200 Blocks from Quiltmaker Magazine: Original Patterns from Today’s Top Designers“.  And, I’m delighted to be able to share insights with you today about this book. 

Martingale - 200 Blocks from Quiltmaker Magazine

This book was created by Quiltmaker magazine, from their 100 block challenges, and published by Martingale/That Patchwork Place.

The  block designs in this book are displayed in full color and each block shows  designer name and  website, along with instructions for you to make the block.

The book also includes a “bonus CD”, which includes full-sized  appliqué and foundation-piecing patterns that you can print as needed.  All blocks finish at 12″.

Block designs range from simple patchwork to applique, foundation piecing, hand embroidery, and even include some yo-yos. There is also a section that shares insights on block settings, as well as a great block index that is very user-friendly.
 Designs from 200 Blocks from Quiltmaker Magazine Designs from 200 Blocks from Quiltmaker Magazine
{above} “Happiness in a block”, by Teresa Fields, “Hummingbird Haven”, by Cathy Van Bruggen.

You’ll find blocks from many amazing designers, including, but not limited to:  Eleanor Burns, Karen Combs, Scott Murkin, Heidi Pridemore, Jackie Robinson, Gundrun Erla, Bonnie Hunter, marsha McCloskey, Jo Morton, Carrie Nelson, Anita Grossman Soloman, and so many more of your favorite quilt designers.

Kay Mackenzie (by Kay Mackenzie) shared  a cute Watering Can design.

Sharon Craig shared “Payton’s Star”.

Vickie Eapen (Spun Sugar Quilts) shared a cute “Infinity” Quilt block design.

Karen Brow (Java House Quilts) shared “Croaklore”, a cute whimsical frog.

Bonnie Hunter shared a cute block called “Birthday Girl”.

Susan Knapp and Mary Jane Mattingly shared a delightful block design called “Delicato”.

There are many amazing designers that have shared quilt block designs in this new book. Some of the designers that caught my attention include:  Eleanor BurnsEmily CierCarol DoakJoanna Figueroa

Kimberly JollyPearl PereiraWendy Sheppard, and Pat Wys.

I hope you’ll have a chance to check out this book at your local quilt shop or at Martingale’s online store.  I think you’ll like it.  SewCalGal definitely recommends this book for any quilter that wants to build a good quilt library and for those that enjoy having great resources to help providing inspiration for selecting quilt beautiful quilt block designs for your projects.

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Sarah Vedeler Teaching at Cozy Quilt Shop – Amazing Quilting & Embroidery Opportunities

Sarah Vedeler is an amazing designer, quilter, teacher, and a true master machine embroidery artist.  She is well known for GO! Be Dazzled quilt that was awarded 1st place in the Computer Aided Machine Embroidery category of the International Quilt Association World of Beauty Annual Judged Show in Houston, TX in November 2010.

Many also know Sarah for her spectacular quilts and other projects that can be made using her  Hearts ME CD designs, Heather Feather ME designs, as well as the Sparkle ME designs.

You may know Sarah for her spectacular use of color, or it might be that you are familiar with her amazing free-motion quilting style.

Southern California is fortunate to be having a very mild winter, and our winter is even getting better.  Yes,  Sarah Vedeler is coming to teach at Cozy Quilt Shop February 21st & 22nd of which you are invited too!

On Monday., February 21st Sarah will be teaching a Stars Embroidered Applique Class from 10am-4pm.

This ME design set can work with fabrics cut the old fashioned way, but AccQuilt GO! has a great collection of dies that really make applique ME so much easier.

Cozy Quilt Shop will also have a GO! and these Star dies available for use at this class.  And the stars ME design pack is on sale (both in the shop and on line).  Cozy Quilt Shop also has all of the GO! Stars dies for purchase too, along with packets of silk fat quarters and Aurifil thread kits that were specifically created for this ME designn set, by Sarah.

Sarah will be showing participants techniques and tricks to make gorgeous embroidered applique quilts, wallhangings, table toppers and more.

The possibilities of how you use these designs are endless.  You can use any fabrics and threads, and make your project in any size.  All embroidery machines welcome.

Cozy Quilt Shop will have a GO! cutter available for your use during that class to make cutting the shapes easier. AND the stars design pack is on sale (both in the shop and online.)

Also, on Monday Sarah will have a  – Trunk Show from 6-7pm.

Cozy Quilt Shop welcomes everyone to come to this trunk show for free.  Sarah will share some of her  spectacular designs and projects. This is a great opportunity to meet Sarah and see how her designs have changed the way we look at machine embroidery, and she is also a very talented free motion quilter too!  Come see her quilts, hear her stories, and join this fun event for FREE!

Tuesday, February 22nd Sarah is teaching “Quilted All Over

Come learn free-motion quilting techniques and tips from Sarah.  All machines are welcome, so long as you can lower your feeddogs.   This class is from 10am-4pm.

Come enjoy the fun with Sarah Vedeler at Cozy Quilt Shop.  Take one or both classes and/or attend the trunk show.  If you do not live in the area, remember we are having such great weather that this could be a wonderful opportunity to come for a class and stay for a few days to enjoy our warm winter!  If you want recommendations for hotels, just let me know.

This type of opportunity doesn’t happen very often, so I do hope you can take advantage of it.  If you do live in another area and are not able to make it, you may want to recommend to your LQS owner to contact Sarah Vedeler to come teach at your LQS.  This talented lady is a rare treat for quilting, sewing & machine embroidery enthusiasts.

I must confess, I was so excited I signed up to attend all of her classes even before I knew what she was going to teach!  I hope you can come join the fun too!

For more information on these classes and/or to register, you can call Cozy Quilt Shop at 619-670-0652.
Cozy Quilt Shop
2940 Jamacha Road
El Cajon, CA 92019

May 2011 bring you kind words of encouragement and support

I do wish you a happy and healthy New Year.  And I wish for everyone to give and receive more words of encouragement and support to all quilting, sewing and embroidery enthusiasts.  Well, actually, more kind words and support for everyone! 

I’d like to see that budding designer in you blossom as I know you can design and create beautiful projects.  I’d like to see you write and publish a pattern or book, as I’ve seen your ideas and I know you can capture your ideas in writing and inspire others.  You are very talented and have a gift that I want to see grow and shared with others.

Don’t listen to that person that looks at your project and doesn’t say “Brilliant” or other kind words.  Those people that instantly say, “I don’t like those colors” or something else non-supportive can have their words trucked off to the dump.  We don’t need to hear negative words that shut down the spirit of creativity.  We need a world filled with encouraging and supportive words like “spectacular”, “excellent”, “lovely”, “great job” and so many others.

We need encouraging words and support and we need to create a world that provides this to others.  This is my wish for you in 2011 and I hope you will help make it happen. 

When you look at a quilt, sewn garment, or embroidery project in the future I hope you will look for something positive and share some encouragement and kind words with the creator.  When you see a pattern or book I hope you will take time to find something to compliment the author.  These people took time to create, to give from their heart and inner spirit and to share with us. 


Gifts back to the quilting world can take many forms.  A great example is that of Wayne Kollinger who is the author of “Designing Quilts is Easy“.  While I’ve not had a chance to read this book, I enjoy reading Wayne’s Blog and I admire his talents and appreciate his willingness to continually give back to the quilting community.  He also wrote “How I gave birth to a Book” which has wonderful insights to inspire and help those future authors.

Wayne is always looking for ways to inspire others.  He also Wayne is also interested in sharing the story of designers on his blog. You can email Wayne and share insights on why you design and he’ll post about it on his blog.  I do respect and admire Wayne for his on-going contributions to our world of quilting and all his kind words and encouragement he is always willing to share with others.  And his post today shares inspirational insights on why he designs.  I hope you’ll check it out.

You can design with many tools.  Some great designers doodle on paper and create beautiful projects.  I doodle with EQ7.  For me, EQ7 enables me to dream, to create, to play and to learn.  Everytime I play in EQ7 I learn more about this robust tool, but EQ isn’t about the tool it is about creating, about designing. 

What ever tools you use, I hope you enjoy creating and designing in 2011.  And I hope you receive encouraging words and support for all your projects, as well as you look for opportunities to encourage and support others.

Happy New Year.

Robin Quilts, etc. of Two Wacky Women

I recently hosted a sew-cial on Mission Bay, and was delighted to have Robin Gallagher and Marilyn Pond, of Two Wacky Woman, come spend the day with me.  Both of these ladies are delightful and very talented.  While I plan to share more about Two Wacky Woman in the future, I wanted to focus today on sharing insights about Robin’s designs.

Robin came to this sew-cial bringing along an amazing Trunk Show of her designs.  And she kindly approved me sharing them with you. 

Robin’s quilt designs are really beautiful.

{above} Magnolia Lane is such a fun quilt design that would look great in just about any fabric combination.
{above} “East Meets West “69”x83″ is a great quilt design that really shows off the novelty/focus fabric in the center blocks and in the border.  Instructions are well written and easy to follow, making this a perfect quilt for all levels (beg to advanced).
{above} I really enjoyed seeing the ‘Wacky Devine Nine” design made up in cute Halloween fabrics. Can you see the nine patch blocks in this quilt?  This pattern is well written and perfect for all skill levels.  It is a fast quilt that really creates a fun wacky feeling to make a fun quilt, perfect for any color combination!

{above} Robin’s Magical Slice & Dice quilt is truly spectacular.  This photo doesn’t do this quilt justice.  It is a beautiful quilt that just radiates fun and excitement.

Robin has several really cute bags & tote designs. 

I have found Robin’s Letty’s Bag and Letty’s Little Bag patterns to be well written, with excellent visuals, making these patterns very easy for someone that is new to making bags & totes, as well as creating a fun design for those that are more advanced.  I also enjoyed seeing various ways that the strap can be routed thru the grommets, creating a completely different look.

Robin also has some really fun stuff patterns too!

And, Robin loves to teach classes as well as share her trunk show and give presentations at quilt guilds, quilt shops, etc..  You can contact her directly for more information if you’d like to have her come to your quilt guild.  And if you’d like her to come teach a class at your local quilt shop, be sure to let them know. 

Robin also has some great tutorials, including a video that helps you install purse grommets.

Patterns can be ordered from Robin’s website and she also accepts wholesale orders!

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of Robin’s trunk show!  I know I did!
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Electric Quilt Blog

I love reading blogs that share insights and inspire.  In this post I want to share insight about the Electric Quilt’s Blog, as well as some tips on tools to help follow blogs.

EQ has a wonderful blog, that I believe is a great source of information that is perfect for anyone interested in Electric Quilt products, as well as anyone interested in learning about quilt designers, events, and more.  Clearly, there is more happening on this blog than sharing insights on EQ products.    For example:

Did you know that the talented quilt and machine embroidery designer, Sarah Vedeler, uses EQ to design her brilliant quilts?  I so enjoyed the post on the EQ blog about Sarah.

Lacey J. Hill is a talented designer and quilter, whom I also enjoyed reading about in the EQ Blog.

I also learned about Michele Scott, from the EQ Blog.  Michele is a talented multi-published quilt designer. 

Then, there are great insights on EQ7 via the EQ blog.  I was very excited to learn that EQ has a new video about the EQ7 Image Worktable.  And, while I’ve played with this feature, I was inspired by this post and this amazing video that was shared on the EQ blog.

I could give a variety of more examples about why I enjoy following the EQ blog.  I hope you’ll pop over to visit this blog, and that you’ll decide it is a great blog to follow too.

While I’m sharing insights about following blogs, I also want to mention how much I enjoy Google Reader.  There are many that are new to following blogs, and probably more familiar with saving sites they visit to their Favorites.  While the Favorites utility is handy for saving links to sites that we like to visit, it doesn’t let us know if a blog site has been updated or not.  With respect to following blogs, Google Reader is  a big step above the Favorites utility, as it allows you to track blogs that you want to follow and easily identify if a blog has been updated or not.  Thus, you don’t click to visit a blog to find it hasn’t been updated.  While I’ll share more about Google Reader in the near future, a quickie overview follows: 

1.  Go to
2.  Click the button “Add Subscription” and type in the web address for any blog that you want to follow.  For example:

In the future, in lieu of visiting links thru your favorites, simply go to your and you’ll be able to click and view blogs that have recent posts.  I visit daily, to ready a variety of quilting blogs.  EQ’s blog is definitely one of my favorites!  And I do hope you’ll pop over to visit their blog.  Feel free to leave them a note to let them know what you think of their blog, any recommendations for future articles, or changes to their blog.  Like most bloggers, I’m sure they’d love to hear from you!  Bloggers love comments!

New e:Quilt Patterns at Martingale & Company

Martingale & Company, home of That Patchwork Place, has released 12 new e:patterns, from many of their popular authors.  These e:patterns have very reasonable prices and for a limited time, they are  40% off during a special introduction sale.  This sale is amazing…you can buy these e:patterns for $2.99 each!!!

You could be enjoying “Boxes of Chocolates“, by Karen Costello Soltys,  today.

Or, how about a yummy Caramel Latte Quilt, by Cathy Wierzbicki ?

Or maybe you’d like to enjoy the “Kitchen Sink“, by Kim Bracket?

For a change of mood, you could make “Bent Out Of Square“, by Karla Alexander.
And, wouldn’t this cute “Yuletide Ornaments Mantel Runner“, by Cheryl Almgren Taylor be great fun?

I love all 12 of these new e:patterns.  And I know the quality of the books published by Martingale & Company is high quality, so I’m confident these new e:patterns are well written and easy to follow.  Plus you can download a cute pattern and start stitching today, without having to leave your home!  Just remember, while these patterns are a great value anytime, this introductory special is only good thru 6am PST on August 19th.  So go take a look at these patterns now!

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.

Curby’s Closet

I came across Curby’s Closet while at the Road to California Quilt Show.  Curby’s Closet has been selling cute little baby booties and recently started selling their designs to make these delightful quilted baby shoes.

While SewCalGal has not yet evaluated their pattern, Curby’s Closet appears to have design that comprise six simple steps to make cute baby booties.  And they currently have two cute styles to make:
Isn’t this little Quilted Loafer design adorable?

 And I find their Quilted Baby shoes design so adorable!

Curby’s Closet also has an online boutique where they also sell completed baby shoes, as well as patterns. If you find that they are out of stock of completed baby shoes, via their on-line store, I hope you’ll check back in the future.

Many quilt stores are also selling these cute patterns, including:  Cozy Quilt Shop, Quilt In A Day,  Luellas,  and many other stores.   Curby’s Closet is a new designer that quilt shops and stores may also want to contact Curby’s Closet directly for wholesale information. 

SewCalGal anticipates Curby’s Closet’s design for cute baby booties and loafers to become very popular designs.
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