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#PrecisionPiecingQAL – WorldWide Quilting Day – The Quilt Show

Today I’m sharing a variety of insights, with a common theme:  Precision Piecing.    You may already be a perfect piecer who can tackle the most challenging projects and always come out with crisp points and even seams (lucky you).  I’ll confess I’m far from perfect, but I have found ways that have helped me and I need continual reminder to slow down as well as check my accuracy along the way.  And, yes, it can still be fun!

The #PrecisionPiecing QAL has officially kicked off, but I’ve extended the deadline to March 19th, to enter to win prizes.  New posts are released every Wednesday, supplemented with a few extra precision piecing themed posts throughout the event.

While WorldWide Quilting Day is this coming Saturday, March 18th, many of us enjoy celebrating International Quilting Weekend March 17-19, 2017.  While I hope you can find time to enjoy and create anytime, I really hope you can do so this coming weekend.  It is also a great time to visit your local quilt shops, but you’ll also find great fun online.  And, even plenty of opportunities to work on your precision piecing skills.  

TQS is hosting an amazing World Wide International Quilting event, where everyone can access all TQS shows over the weekend, for free.  Plus everyone can enter to win amazing prize bundles sponsored by AccuQuilt, Jinny Beyer, Eleanor Burns and Quilt In A Day, Gyleen Fitzgerald, Bonnie Hunter, Ricky Tims, Alex Anderson and Bernina.  Just be sure to enter to win on March 18th on the TQS site.

I can honestly say that I love everything about TQS and find great value in their premium “Star” members ($42.95/year), where you can watch all of the 250+ shows including 26 Brand new shows a year., at your liesure.  And, yes, they have a number of episodes with tips to help you learn/improve your precision piecing skills.  Here are some that caught my attention and I hope you get a chance to watch this weekend (but Star Members can watch anytime):

Dee Christopher talks about Precision Piecing, in her show that was released Jan 25, 2017.  Here is a short Youtube excerpt about pinning:

  • #1801 – Lessa Siegele – perfect piecing techniques
  • #1602 with Sally Collins How to cut precision templates for your quilting projects, Learn the correct way to sew straight and press your fabrics
  • #1401 Janet Stone – piecing tips to achieve perfect results – create Flying Geese and HST’s
  • #1203 – Marsha McCloskey – Drafting and piecing the perfect Feathered Star
  • #1107 – Ricky Times – Piecing the Montana Star or Lone Star Quilt
  • #1008 Alex Anderson – Make a custom pincushion with perfect piecing
  • #905 – Anita Grossman Solomon – Cutting & Piecing – Key West & Windmill Blocks for Accuracy
  • #407 – Elsie Campbell – Precision Piecing – choosing fabric – 8 pointed star HST
  • #311 Alex Anderson – Piecing the perfect pinwheel

Classrooms – TQS hosts a variety of classrooms that offer a variety of learning opportunities, all free for Star Members.


BOM Quilts – every year TQS releases a free BOM quilt that is always stunning and free for Star Members.  This year the design is the beautiful  Halo Medallion Quilt, including tips for paper piecing, fabric selection, trimming, and pressing. Even if you aren’t making the quilt, you might want to check out these great tips.

FEATURED GUEST DVDs offer a great learning opportunity where various DVDs, from world class quilters, are accessible for Star Members.  The topics vary, but always fun and educational, increasing the value of a TQS Star Membership.

You can find The Quilt Show at:

Here is a list of previous #PrecisionPiecingQAL posts:

Who Uses Pinterest?

You may recall a previous post where I shared insights about Pinterest.  This may not be a social media tool you want to use, , but today I want to share insights about some very creative people that are using Pinterest and having fun.

For the past few months, I’ve been researching Pinterest and chatting with “those in the business” (e.g. designers, teachers, quilt store owners, etc).  I’ve solicited feedback via Facebook, Twitter, my blog, email, and chatting directly.  For the most part, I’ve found many that enjoy using Pinterest, those that fully support having their sites “Pinned”, a few that acknowledge they don’t have an opinion as they don’t have enough insight, and what actually turns out to be a small, but vocal group, that has concerns about Pinterest, which I tried to address in my prior post on Pinterest.

But, as mentioned above, today is all about recognizing those that do use Pinterest.  Here is a list of a few of those “in the business”, that use Pinterest, and caught my attention:

Bari J. Ackerman

Pat Bravo
Marjorie Busby

Cherrywood Fabrics
Clover USA
Pepper Cory
CT Publishing

Keri Designs Keri Duke 

Amy Ellis
Jen Eskridge (Renna Lily Designs)


Gundrun Erla (GE Designs)

Geta Grama

Becky Goldsmith 

Julie Herman, Jaybird Quilts
Aneela Hoey
Hoffman of California Fabrics
Pam Holland
Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Susan Knapp 

Jackie Kunkel 
Jane La Fazio

Libby Lehman
Sandra Leichner
Linda Lum DeBono

Martingale/That Patchwork Place
McCall’s Quilting 
Marsha McCloskey 
Missouri Star Quilt Company 
Moda Fabrics
Jena Moreno
Carrie Nelson
Jennifer Paganelli
Joanie Zeier Poole – Machine Quilter 
Linda Poole 

Linda Thielfoldt 

Alex Veronelli 


Pat Wys (Silver Thimble)

And, of course, you can find SewCalGal   QuiltShopGal Pinterest too!

If you are already a Pinterest user, I hope this post may help you find some more inspirational people on Pinterest to follow.  And, if you are not yet on Pinterest, maybe this will inspire you to join, as there really are a lot of creative people on Pinterest sharing insights on beautiful designs, tips, tutorials and more.

If you want to join Pinterest you can request an invite via their site at:
Or, if you are a follower of SewCalGal   QuiltShopGal and you want to join Pinterest send me an email and I’ll send you an invite to join Pinterest.  Just be sure to include a link to your google profile that shows you are a follower of SewCalGal.

SewBiz: How to Start Your Own Machine Quilting Business

Looking for that purrfect way to make money with your skills?

Source: via Kate on Pinterest

Many people that love to machine quilt want to make money using their skills.  I’ll even periodically,  hear from those that want to start a machine quilting business, but have no idea how to start, or maybe they’ve started their business, but didn’t necessarily have a solid plan and are looking for tools to help them build a stronger business.  As such, I was excited to learn about a book that was written especially for those that enjoy maching quilting and would like to turn their passion into a business.

How To Start Your Own Machine Quilting Business“, by Chuck Smith Written by Kathleen Marshall and Judy Turner, two women with more than 8 years experience in the machine quilting business. Chuck Smith purchased the rights to this book in 2003, updated it and the 2nd revision is now available in e:book format.

Here are a few key items covered in this book:

  • The Introduction section walks you thru where to start, pros & cons of starting a machine quilting business and what some of the risks might be.
  • Getting Your Business Started provides insights on Government rules & regulations, types of business structures, finding capital, business insurance, setting up your workspace, finding & hiring employees, etc..
  • Information on creating Your Business Plan really helps you build a plan for where you want to take your business.
  • Pricing & Bidding
  • Marketing
  • Helpful Hints
  • Keeping Records

This book is 147 pages, organized in sections that are easy to read and understand.  Perfect for those that have a business background, as well as those that do not.  It is packed full of insights, tips, sample forms, etc..  And, it is very reasonably priced too!

The publisher also shared that the goal of this book is not to be a complete guide to everything you need to know about business, but to get you thinking about what activities need to take place for you to get your machine quilting business on the right track.

Click Here, for more info and/or to order your own copy of “How to Start a Machine Quilting Business!

Contact info: 
Chuck Smith, Publisher

Gryphon Publishing Inc.
1017 El Camino Real, Suite 373
Redwood City, CA 94063

And, have fun making money with your skills!

How to Create a Badge for your Business, Blog, or Event

With respect to internet websites, badges refer to logos for a particular site.  For businesses, they help with brand awareness and frequently help identify a fan site that supports a particular company,  product,or event.  They are a great tool for awareness and ease of others to click the associated button, to go to another web page. 

There are many businesses and events that could benefit from the use of having a badge and easy to access code, by which bloggers and other sites could easily display a badge on their site, to show support.

There are a variety of approaches to creating badge code that can be shared on blogs and various websites.

You need to create an image file that you want to use.  This can be done in various photo editor programs  (e.g. Photoshop, Paint, MyMemories, etc) that will typically allow you to edit an image, add text, and format the size and shape.  There are a variety of sizes used for badges, but a good general rule is 125×125 pixels for a badge that is to be displayed on a sidebar and 175×175 when it is to be used within a post.  To clarify, badges are most frequently used on the sidebar, but they can be placed anywhere on a website, including blogs.

If the logo image you are using isn’t a perfect square, do your best to play with the code, as shown below, to adjust the size.

A badge can also be used to link back to a business, a blog, a facebook page, or just about anything on the internet.  Thus, you do need to think about what address you want to link to your badge, before you create the code.

As I’m currently helping Edit (Edit Foltmuhelye) to create a badge for her business.  And, I’m using her badge as an example in this tutorial to show you how you can apply this tutorial to create a badge for your business, blog, blog hop, or other event.


I have been advised that Flickr does not allow you to store an image on their site for use on a website.  While it appears Photobucket doesn’t have such a requirement, I’m currently investigating Photobucket and other image storage service providers.  Most businesses have web service providers where they can and should use to storage such images, but frequently bloggers need to rely on other options.  As such, I’ll update this post as I have more info to share. 


<a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”SHAREABLE FILE LOCATION OF YOUR BUTTON IMAGE“/>< /a>
< br/>
< textarea rows=”6″ cols=”24″ style=”font-size: 0.8em;” readonly=”readonly” onclick=”;”><a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=” SHAREABLE FILE LOCATION OF YOUR BUTTON IMAGE“/></a></textarea>
Edits to the above code changes should include:
a) replace the string “SHAREABLE FILE LOCATION OF YOUR BUTTON IMAGE”  with code for where your shareable button location resides.
b) replace the code for your link, to allow your button to link to your appropriate website.

If you want to, you can visit Edit’s blog (Edit Foltmuhelye) to see how this badge looks on her blog.  She also has a delightful blog.


Webmasters can use the above code to add anywhere they wish on their website, but for bloggers an easy way to add badge code

Bloggers can edit their code to add a badge thru an HTML widge.  For google/blogspot bloggers:

2.  go to layout mode

3.  click on “add a gadget” and scroll down to “HTML/Java Script”.  When the box appears, paste the code above into this box:

<a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=” SHAREABLE FILE LOCATION OF YOUR BUTTON IMAGE“/>< /a>
< br/>
< textarea rows=”6″ cols=”24″ style=”font-size: 0.8em;” readonly=”readonly” onclick=”;”><a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=” SHAREABLE FILE LOCATION OF YOUR BUTTON IMAGE“/></a></textarea>

Click Save, save arrangement. And, when you view your blog you should see “your version” of the following badge on your site:

For fans that want to display your badge, they simply copy “all” of the code in the box below your image:

<a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=” SHAREABLE FILE LOCATION OF YOUR BUTTON IMAGE“/></a>

Then they  an follow these steps:

 Bloggers can edit their code to add a badge thru an HTML widge. For google/blogspot bloggers:
2. go to layout mode
3. click on “add a gadget” and scroll down to “HTML/Java Script”. When the box appears, paste the code above into the box.
4.  Click save, followed by save arrangement.

They will then get your version of your badge to appear on their site:

Badges are great tools to increase awareness of a business, a blog, an event. The logo image combined with a link to a webpage is a easy way to increase awareness. As such, SewCalGal encourages those in the quilting business to consider creating badges that their fans can post on their blogs. Here are some examples of various badges for those in the quilting business:
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While a business may provide a badge image, having the badge code available actually makes it easier for blogging fans to post the badge on their blog!

I’m also curious, if you have a blog, do you have a favorite business badge displayed on it, and if so, what business is it for?
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