Category: Road 2 CA

Quack Me Ups – Whimsical Quilts

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There are a lot of quilty quilts, events, and experiences that quack me up.  I’m always on the lookout, as I think we can all use some fun humor.  While I’d love to hear about your quack ups, today, I thought I’d share quilts that caught my attention for “quack ups”.



{above} “A Night At The Zoo”, was created  by Debra Crine.  She was inspired by artwork from Phil Lewis when she created this beautiful quilt that definitely caught my attention, while attending the Road to California Conference and Quilt Show, this past January.  It is a beautiful quilt that also quacked me up!


I hope you find something that brings you a chuckle today and every day.  Of course, I also hope you find time to enjoy and create too!  


Inspirational Quilt and Free-Motion Quilting

Today I want to share insights about an award winning quilt that was on exhibit at the Road to California Quilt Show, this past January.

Cameo Rose, by Laurie Tigner, of Rapid City, SD, is an amazing quilt.  I hope you can see why it caught my attention while at Road.

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Artist statement: My mother in law gave me two small traditional cameo pins of beautiful women. I loved the look of the carving and decided to try to duplicate that look in a fairly traditional wholecloth quilt. This was the result!

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I loved the overall design of this quilt, the colors, the spectacular free-motion quilting.  I believe she used Inktense watercolor pencils (permanent) to add color to this quilt.

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I definitely found inspiration in this quilt and hope you do too!

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Laurie teaches a variety of classes, including free-motion quilting on a domestic machine as well as long-arm machine.

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It is also easy to see why this quilt is an award winning quilt.

You can find Laurie Tigner at:

Road to California Quilt Conference and Show 2016 – Part 3 – Marketplace – Hoffman California Fabrics and a Giveaway



Road to California has come up with a way for guests at the show to meet and ask questions directly with top manufacturers in the quilting industry.  It also gives the wholesales a chance to meet their buying public face-to-face, share their techniques, and introduce with is up and coming in their product line.  “Market Place” is a special event that is open throughout the show.

One of the businesses at Market Place this year, was Hoffman California Fabrics.


Hoffman had a very inviting booth with gorgeous quilts all showing off new fabrics and designs.


Did you know you can view their latest fabrics via their online catalog?  This is a great way to plan projects.  Of course, if you don’t find these fabrics in your favorite quilt shop, let them know you are interested in having them available in their shop.

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing their new fabrics and kits, of which I want to share a few highlights with you today:

New “Sew into It” kits, which include fabric and pattern,to make a completed project.  This new kit comes as a complete kit to make a beautiful quilt, but the approach is to join others and stitch this out as a BOM program.  Be sure to talk with your favorite quilt shop to see if they will be offering this as a stand alone kit for sale, or by way of a BOM program.  I will keep everyone posted if this kit will also be offered as a virtual BOM, which would also be great fun.




Hoffman is helping to celebrate the Centennial of the US National Parks, with the introduction of a new fabric line of handpainted watercolor artwork by their Senior Textile Artist Hue Nguyen.


The new Hoffman Challenge 2016 is co-sponsored with Aurifil, who has also donated some amazing thread bundles for prizes, in addition to the normal cash prizes. Focal fabrics are digitally printed gorgeous prints. And they also have a new challenge category “Home Decor”, with a kitchen theme for the 2016 challenge (e.g. think table toppers, and anything you could create with these fabrics for your kitchen).  For more info on the 2016 Hoffman Challenge: 




Hoffman has released new Bali Batiks and Bali Watercolors for the 2016 Row by Row experience.  And, there is a fun and whimsical ROW pattern, designed by Jamie Fingal, the Rebel Quilter and Hoffman signature textile artist.  Shops that order these fabrics will also be giving complimentary row patterns, to provide customers, so be sure to let your favorite quilt shops know you’d like them to carry these new Hoffman fabrics, as well as participate in the Row by row event.

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They have many  new free patterns available on their website.  One of my favorites is Wish you were here in Rome, by Wendy Sheppard




You can find Hoffman at:




Thanks to Hoffman, I have six bundles of 5″ charm packs, of new Hoffman fabrics, all from their Winter 2016 collections, to giveaway to my followers:


One each of these fabric charm packs, will each go to six lucky winners.

To enter, followers can use the Rafflecopter Form below where you can claim one or more entries, keeping in mind it really only takes one entry to win, but as there are those that like to increase their odds, I’ve included a variety of options to enter.

I also want to recognize and thank Elizabeth (Libby) Hemming and Pat E, as  Postage Angels.  They  donated money to help supplement postage expenses for prizes that QuiltShopGal needs to  ship directly to winners in 2016.  Postage Angels are still eligible to enter any giveaway/contest hosted by QuiltShopGal and have the same odds of randomly being selected to win, as non-Postage Angel participants.


do want to clarify, as announced earlier this year, due to continuing postage rate increases, International winners will not receive free shipping in 2016.  If they wish to enter a giveaway and claim their prize they will need to donate $20 US, as a Postage Angel.  If actual postage is greater QuiltShopGal will pay the difference and if it is less, the extra funds are placed in a postage expense account, to help supplement expenses for future shipping of prizes.   Sadly, the US Post Office just raised rates 5% AGAIN this week.


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Road to California Quilt Conference and Show 2016 – Part 2 – Special Exhibits


There were not only many amazing quilts on display at the 2016 Road to California Quilt Show, but there were also many special exhibits of quilts and other items. And they were all packed with #CreativeGoodness.  Today, I want to share insights on a few of these special exhibits.

There were 8 special exhibits that were wonderful and today I want to share some highlights.  First, I’m always on the lookout for humorous and whimsical quilts:


{above} Dee Dee Menge created “Edward The Elephant LuLu’, using the “Lulu” pattern designed by Laura Heine.


{above} Patty Mathieson made this beautiful quilt she calls “Frieda Frieda” using the “Frieda” pattern designed by Laura Heine.


{above} “Horse and Rider Confetti” made by Dee Dee Menge, used a pattern designed by Laura Heinie called Confetti.

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Road to California and ByAnnie’s Soft and Stable hosted an interesting Bag Challenge this year.  All of the entries were on exhibit:


And while all of the bags were cute, my personal favorites were also the winners:

Mark your Calendars for the 2017 show:
Ontario Convention Center.
2000 E. Convention Center Way
Ontario, CA 91764

January 19th – 22nd 2017


You can find Road to CA at:

Here is a list of other posts about the Road to California Quilt Conference and Show:

Road to California Quilt Conference and Show 2016 – Part 1 – Award Winning Quilts

12371054_10153351486268391_1582267970219763751_oCongratulations to the Road to California Quilt Conference and Show team, as well as to all the talented quilters that had their quilt or other project (e.g. doll, clothing, purse, etc) juried into this highly competitive and amazing show.

The 2016 show had well over 1000 quilts on display, 220 retailers (from 37 states, and 7 foreign countries) and over 35,000 attendees.  There were also the best of the best teachers, with 7 days of classes.  

From my perspective, while there are other quilt shows that may have more quilts, or more vendors, the combination of everything one wants from a quilt show (e.g. a variety of quilts, vendors, teachers), Road surpasses other shows in the amount of #CreativeGoodness, fun and overall value that it provides attendees.  If you have not yet attended Road, I hope you will be able to do so soon.  This is absolutely an amazing show.


While I’ll be sharing more insights about the 2016 show shortly, today I want to recognize highlights of some of the award winning quilts that caught my attention.  To clarify, all of the quilts on exhibit are winners as this is a highly competitive show to get an entry accepted.  And, with respect to those that do receive a ribbon, my camera does not do the quilts justice, forcing me to not show some winning quilts I’d like to share, not to mention that there there were over 80 quilts that received awards (and prize money).


{above} Song of the Sea, by Kathy McNeil  won the Director’s Choice award.  Note:  The above photo was provided by Road to California, Inc.

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note:  The above picture was provided by Road to California.


P1140340{above} Best of Show winner: “Silk Road Sampler” by Melissa Sobotkin of Richardson, Texas. Melissa’s prize is $10,000.


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{above} Imperial Majestry, by Donna James, was made with dupioni sil and Superior Threads So Fine and Kimono Silk Threads.  It is  a Winner of $750.00 for 2nd Place: Above Photo provided by Road to Ca.  Photo below taken by QuiltShopGal.


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{above} This vibrant quilt by Norma J. Ippolito, won in the category of  “Traditional, Large, Other”.

 Note: While personally I’m thrilled with this award wining quilt, I was disappointed to not see this quilt give recognition to Sarah Vedeler, who created this”Sedona Star” design, as well as lack of recognition for this quilt incorporating the technique of “Machine Embroidery”.

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{above} This stunning quilt by Dr. Sandra L Nehlsen-Cannarella, won lst place for the category – Innovative, Wall, Applique.

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{above} This absolutely inspirational quilt made by Mrs. Kumiko Frydl (Houston, Texas) won a 1st place award in the Miniature category.

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P1140313{above} Margaret Solomon Gunn won 1st Place for this gorgeous quilt, in the category of  Traditional, Wall, Pieced

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{above} Margaret Solomon Gunn won 3rd Place for this amazing quilt, in the category of  Traditional, Wall, Other.


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I hope you have enjoyed these amazing award winning quilts, as much as I have.  They incorporate a variety of techniques and push the envelope of #CreativeGoodness.  As mentioned earlier, I’ll soon be sharing insights on other quilts, Vendors, special exhibits and more, from the 2016 Road to California Quilt Show. And, I even have a special sponsored giveaway that I’ll be sharing soon.

To see all of the winners:

Mark your Calendars for the 2017 show:
Ontario Convention Center.
2000 E. Convention Center Way
Ontario, CA 91764

January 19th – 22nd 2017


You can find Road to CA at:

Here is a list of other posts about the Road to California Quilt Conference and Show:

#CreativeGoodness at Road to California 2015 – Stitch Like an Egyptian

When I attend a Quilt Show, I typically have a number of purposes:

-Attend Classes, workshops, presentations
-Shop a variety of Vendors for new products, or items that I typically can’t find in my favorite quilt shops
-find inspiration in the quilts on exhibit
– admire the winning quilts
– enjoy special exhibits
– admire quilts from teachers and designers, that I may later want to take classes from, or buy their books/patterns.
– get inspired by quilts with spectacular free-motion quilting
– See how Modern Quilts are evolving
– Look for Stunning applique
– Get inspired by Mixed Media Art Quilts
– look for humorous quilts that quack me up

Today I want to share insights with you about a special exhibit at Road, called “Stitch Like an Egyptian”. To start, I want to share a video by Kim Beamish, that is part of a series “How to Stitch Like an Egyptian”, which has several videos in this series available on Youtube, all worth watching!

If you are using a MAC, or having problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link where you can watch this video directly in Youtube:  And there are a number of other excellent videos on YouTube, by Kim Beamish, for “How to Stitch Like an Egyptian”.

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This amazing exhibit had a stunning display of beautiful Egyptian quilts and there were also two talented Egyptian quilters, making quilts and answering questions at this exhibit.

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The beautiful applique is actually stitched on a heavy cotton, of a muslin weight.  When I asked the experts, they shared that they liked the weight for being able to display the art.  While this heavy weight background fabric is not common in the US, I certainly could see how it added beauty to these quilts and help to stabilize them for display on a wall.
P1130620 maskedThere were many quilts on display in this exhibit, which showed amazing colors and detail.


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All of the quilts in this exhibit were also for sale, and I thought the prices were very reasonable.  Any lucky buyer will certainly have an artistic treasure to enjoy. The details, color and quality of these artistic quilts were amazing.  My photos do not do them justice.

I hope you have been able to see one of the exhibits with quilts from Egypt. But if not, I hope you will get a chance to see them soon.  It is truly an inspirational exhibit.

The Tentmakers of Cairo:

You can find Road to California at:

Road to California 2015 – 20th Anniversary

Every year the Road to California Quilt Conference and Show gets better and better.  If you have never attended this event, you may not understand what this means.  This is a world class event, where quilters come from all over the world to participate.  Quilts exhibited go thru a challenging jury process, that is highly competitive, as talented quilters from all over the world dream of having their quilt exhibited in this event.  Every year it seems the quilts are more beautiful, there are more vendors with wonderful new products, there are amazing classes, as well as wonderful $5 lectures, and more.  And there are special exhibits and celebrations every year.

This year there was a delightful parade to celebrate the 20th anniversary.  Sheila Frampton was the Featured Artist.  There were over 1,000 quilts on display, 700 merchant booths and $92,000 in cash awards were given out!

Needless to say there was quilter eye candy galore.  And today, I want to share a few of the winning quilts at this event.  But I must warn you, my photos do not do these quilts justice.  As such, I do plan to share some close up photos of a number of these quilts, as well as other quilts that were exhibited, soon.  Still, I hope you enjoy seeing photos of some of the winning quilts.  And, of course, I hope it will inspire you to create and hopefully attend this event in the future.

#11743 – Vivaldi by Moonlight

Winner of $10,000.00 for Best of Show Quilt
Sponsored by Gammill Quillting Systems

Entered by Sandra Leichner (Albany, OR)
Made by Sandra Leichner
Quilted by Sandra Leichner
Started in 2014, Finished in 2014
Design basis: Original
Artist statement: I wanted to stretch myself and create a whole cloth on my domestic machine. I found design inspiration via Vivaldi playing quietly in the background in my garden by moonlight one evening. The dragonflies are my original technique done completely by hand embroidery.


Photo source:  Road to Ca (with permission)  Their photo was so much better than mine, but later I’ll share more insights on this spectacular quilt with close up photos that I captured.

#11739 – The End of the Line?

Winner of $1,000.00 for 1st Place: Art Naturescape
Sponsored by Quilting Treasures

Entered by Joanne Baeth (Bonanza, OR)
Made by Joanne Baeth
Quilted by Joanne Baeth
Started in 2014, Finished in 2014
Design basis: Maker’s Original Design
Artist statement: While Salmon fishing on the Oregon coast, I have become intrigued by the fate of old fishing boats that have been taken to boat yards to be repaired, sold or scrapped. Is it the end of the line?P1130767 masked

#12160 – 365 Free Motion Quilting Designs

Winner of $1,000.00 for 1st Place: Innovative, Large
Sponsored by Kerry’s Kollectibles

Entered by Mrs. Leah C Day (Shelby, NC)
Made by Mrs. Leah C Day
Quilted by Mrs. Leah C Day
Started in 2009, Finished in 2014
Design basis: Maker’s Original Design
Artist statement: I was bored with the handful of free motion quilting designs I knew so I challenged myself to create 365 new designs. Inspiration for these designs came from everywhere: nature, geometry, handwriting, food, etc.


 Photo source:  Road to Ca (with permission)  Their photo was so much better than mine, but later I’ll share more insights on this spectacular quilt with close up photos that I captured.

#11825 – Music of the Night

Winner of $1,000.00 for 1st Place: Innovative, Wall, Applique
Sponsored by Leo9 Textiles

Entered by Diane Evans (Schenectady, NY)
Made by Diane Evans
Quilted by Diane Evans
Started in 2009, Finished in 2014
Design basis: Black-and-white photo of wallpaper panel by Candace Olson
Artist statement: A picture of a black-and-white wallpaper panel inspired me to create a quilt with motifs that would glow against a black background. The machine appliqué is done with a flat zigzag stitch to allow the fabric colors to show through. The quilt features original machine-quilting designs, machine embroidery, and hand beading. Its title is taken from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s lyrical ballad from “Phantom of the Opera.”

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Photo source:  Road to Ca (with permission)  Their photo was so much better than mine, but later I’ll share more insights on this spectacular quilt with close up photos that I captured.

#11777 – Spring Meditation

Winner of $1,000.00 for 1st Place: Traditional, Wall, Other
Sponsored by Elna Inc

Entered by Ms. Donna James (Nelson, BC Canada)
Made by Ms. Donna James
Quilted by Ms. Donna James
Started in 2014, Finished in 2014
Design basis: original design
Artist statement: Spring Meditation is my original design. I enjoyed the challenge of designing the stars within the circle and feather frames. I dyed the cotton sateen in a color to reflect the potential of my gardens in early spring. All quilting is hand-guided on my A-1 longarm.

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#11893 – One Fine Day

Winner of $750.00 for 2nd Place: Art Critter
Sponsored by Martelli Enterprises, Inc.

Entered by Laurie Britt (Bakersfield, CA)
Made by Laurie Britt
Quilted by Laurie Britt
Started in 2013, Finished in 2014
Design basis: Maker’s Original Design
Artist statement: I was inspired to make this quilt after seeing these majestic beauties on a road trip to Colorado. Fussy cut Rawedge appliqué, Mistyfuse, inks, pastels, shiva paint sticks, textile paints.

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#11806 – Pyramid

Winner of $750.00 for 2nd Place: Modern Negative Space
Sponsored by Modern Quilt’s Unlimited

Entered by Colleen Jensen Carlson (Grand Forks, ND)
Made by Colleen Jensen Carlson
Quilted by Colleen Jensen Carlson
Started in 2013, Finished in 2013
Design basis: pattern
Artist statement: This pattern looked like a splendid opportunity to dive into my stash. I did not purchase a single fabric for this project. I really enjoyed creating the improvisational colored triangles and pieced back.

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For a complete list of all of the winners, insights on their prizes, along with a photo of these stunning quilts visit the Road to CA website:

And be sure to mark your calendar to save these dates and plan on attending “Road” next year.  I’m confident that while this year was amazing, they’ll find a way to make this event even better next year.  Plus, we had spectacular weather (high 70’s, low 80’s) during the show) and this venue is quite close to Disneyland and Knots Berry Farm, making it a perfect place to bring the family for a winter getaway!

January 21-24, 2016

Consider signing up for the e:newsletter from Road, as you’ll hear reminders for entry submission deadlines and requirements, classes, registration, etc..

You can find Road to California at:

Special Redwork Exhibits, hosted by Bird Brain Designs, at Road to California 2014

The Road to California Conference and Quilt Show always has a variety of beautiful quilt exhibits.  Today, I’m delighted to share insights with you on two exhibits sponsored by Bird Brain Designs.

The “Joy of Red Work” quilt exhibit was curated by Robin Kingsley and was certainly a joy to see.  Bird Brain Designs also had a special exhibit, their their  booth, with lovely red and white quilts made using patterns from Bird Brain Designs:  

And, of course, SewCalGal would love to see some projects made using Bird Brain Designs entered in the upcoming Make It! Challenge in the Year of Red and White Quilts, as well as upcoming virtual quilt shows with a red/white theme.  And, Bird Brain Designs has many wonderful designs that would also make great Christmas Gifts that I hope to see entered in any of the monthly Make It A Handmade Christmas Challenge with a linky party that is held monthly between the 15th and 25th of each month.    There are also wonderful prizes that you can win when you enter these challenges!
You Can Find Bird Brain Designs at:

Mark your calendar to attend Road in 2015:

January 22-25, 2015


You Can Find Road At:


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Want To Travel The Road to Quilty Fun and Weather in the 70s? (2014)

Can you think of anything more perfect for quilters to get together during cold winter months?  How about getting together for some amazing shopping?  Maybe an international class quilt show?  And, even to take a class, or a few classes, to learn new skills and/or make beautiful quilts?  Are you sitting down, cuddled up with a quilt?  It can get better….you could do all of this in weather that is in the 70’s!!!!  Sorry, but as I was writing this post to invite you to join me I had to throw that in.


What do you need to do to join the fun?  You can simply take the road to the Road to California Conference and Quilt Show.  Or take a plane.  What ever you do – come.  This event is amazing.   Did I mention weather in the 70’s?  Well, I lied.  This next week it will be in the 80’s.  Check the weather for yourself, if you don’t trust me!  The odds are quite good our weather will be in the 70’s for this event, which is definitely better than any minus (-) temperature.  Ok, if you are living in an area severely impacted by cold weather you have total permission to throw scraps at me now.  SewCalGal really just wants you to come join the fun at this event:

Road to California Conference and Showcase

January 20-26, 2014
No Rolling Carts Allowed, and Strollers on Sunday Only

Show Hours and General Admission
Thursday – Saturday 9 AM – 6 PM
Sunday 10 AM – 3:30 PM

Classes Begin Monday January 20 • Preview Night, Wednesday January 22

This quilt conference hosts amazing world class quilting teachers and tend to sell out quickly. But, on a positive side they have so many classes to choose from and they add many classes after the initial registration is open.  Thus, there are a few classes with openings now.  And, you can always attend this event and look for classes that may have had last minute cancellations that you might want to attend.

Here are a few classes that have openings that caught my attention:
1011 Design It, Draw It with Karen McTavish
And don’t forget while many classes are sold out, there are many that still have openings.  I only shared a few of my favorites with you today, that still have openings.  To view the entire class schedule and descriptions click here

To register for a class,  you need to create a free account and login at
And, the Quilt Show at Road is always spectacular. Difficult to believe that some quilters come from far away and only take classes (don’t stay for the show), yet others travel great distances to attend only the show (don’t take a class).  While SewCalGal recommends both, if you can only do one – just be sure you get a chance to attend this amazing event.

Plus, we have 70 degree weather in Southern California!  Yes, you should make plans to attend right now.  You’ll be delighted you did.  

You Can Find Road At:

Road to California, Inc.
and you can E-mail Road at

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Colors of Autumn: Flights of Fancy, by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero (2013)



This spectacular quilt was probably not designed with the thought of Fall in mind, but it is a quilt that inspires me to think about Fall, beautiful sunsets, end of summer, romance and more. Ok, I think it would work anytime of the year and it is so beautiful, I wanted to share it with you today.

What do you think of when you look at this quilt?

The name of this quilt is “Flights of Fancy”.  It was designed and created by the very talented Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero   And, it won a lst place award, in the Miniature Category, at the Road to California Conference and Quilt Show in 2013.  It also won a 3rd place ribbon in Paducah.

When you look at the detail in the image it is difficult to imagine this quilt as a miniature, yet it measures 12.5″x12.5″.  Impressive! Easy to understand why this is an award winning quilt. And, when you take time to realize how easy the tools that Jeanie used to create this brilliant design, you will also be as excited as I am.  There are more award winning quilts to be made using these tools and techniques that Jeanie has created.   And, you could be a creator of such an award winning quilt using these tools too!

Jeanie used Kaleidoscope Kreator Software to create the print in the focal block, which certainly draws our attention.  Yet, when you look at the stitching your eye is drawn in to the beauty and wants more.  Amazing this piece was a way for Jeannie to learn to digitize machine embroidery designs.  Another example of how talented she is.  And, to my delight we can create using her Kaleidoscope Kreator Software and 

Here is a youtube video that Jeanie shared about using the Kaleidoscope Kreator Software, which allows you to take images and create unique designs kaleidoscope designs that you can print on fabric to create your own projects. And, now you can use her Filigrees Embroidery Collection to embellish these printables!   

The ability to combine machine embroidery with your own printable fabric is so brilliant the possibilities are endless.  Think how easy it would be to use any of your photos and threads, to create a unique machine embroidery Kaleidoscope quilt of your own!


Amazing stitching details.

FLIGHTS OF Fancy border closeup

And the scale is impressive.  Perfect for miniatures, yet adaptable to a variety of sizes.

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SewCalGal has yet to stitch out these machine embroidery designs, but is certainly looking forward to doing so.  Anyone with an embroidery machine could stitch out these designs, but you may want to take a class with Jeanie.  She is currently scheduled to teach at the 2014 Road to California Quilt Conference (#7008: Kaleidoscope Embroidery: From Photos to Fabulous). While this class quickly sold out, you can ask to be added to the wait list.  You can also talk to your local quilt shop or sewing center to have them  contact Jeanie to schedule a class in your area soon.

For those that want to have fun stitching out this machine embroidery collection on your own, you should be able to find the Filigrees Machine Embroidery Design Collection at your local quilt shop or sewing center, as well as your favorite online sewing retailer.  If not, let them know you’d like them to offer this design collection and they will be able to order wholesale copies from Kaleidoscope Collections.  Or, you can order your own copy directly from Kaleidoscope Collections.

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For those attending Quilt Market or IQF Houston, be sure to visit the Kaleidoscope Collections booth. You can meet Jeanie and see all of her beautiful designs.  

For more info on Kaleidoscope Kreator, including the new Filigrees Machine Embroidery Collection:


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