Category: Sarah Vedeler Designs

Ten Fun Projects For Valentine’s Day

Today, I’m looking ahead with plans for creativity and hoping to inspire you to do the same.  Maybe you already have plenty of handmade items for Valentine’s Day, or maybe you’d like to make something new for yourself and/or a gift.  Here are a few projects that have caught my attention:

LEAH DAY Hearts and Feather Wholecloth Quilt workshop for learning/improving your freemotion quilting skills.  She also has a  sweet Stitch n’ Paint Love machine embroidery design that is super creative and fun!


BEJEWELED QUILTS BY BARB has a number of beautiful designs that would be perfect for Valentine’s Day.  This sweet applique table topper just seems perfect for decorating your home, as well as making for a gift.  It is a downloadable pattern available in Barb’s Craftsy Store.


SEW KAREN-LY CREATED   amazing has an amazing quilt  pattern, called I Heart NYB, includes a variety of design options, for making quilts, as well as this stunning heart shaped table topper.  Her pattern isavailable on Craftsy.







SARAH VEDELER has is well known among machine embroidery enthusiasts and her Hearts design collection has endless possibilities.  Perfect for quilts, wallhangings, table toppers, pillows, clothing embellishment, even greeting cards, or small projects that you could frame.

NICOLA ELLIOTT of Picture Stitch has a variety of designs, including many beautiful “sketch” style machine embroidery designs, with many that are perfect for Valentine’s theme projects.  The possibilities of what you create with these designs are endless, but for me they inspire me to stitch out on silks, linens, or other high quality fabrics and framing them, or turn into a pillow, or other items.  I also think many would stitch out well on cardstock, to create a stunning greeting card. Again, possibilities are endless.


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CONNIE KRESIN of Quilting By The River has a tutorial to make a sweet table runner with Hearts, called Piano Keys.

NICOLE here from Modern Handcraft shared a Big Love Quilt Tutorial, to create a stunning modern quilt with a heart design.  Click here to find it at Dear Stella Designs.








MARION of My Quilt Diet has a tutorial to make a beautiful heart quilt that also uses HST.









KAREN L. MILLER of Redbird Quilt Company  shared a tutorial for a sweet miniature quilt at the Moda Bakeshop, which also provides an excellent free-motion quilting tutorial. Stunning quilting and using her tutorial you too could make this!

JULIE CEFALU of The Crafty Quilter has shared a tutorial to make a beautiful Nordic Mini Quilt that makes a perfect wallhanging for Valentine’s Day.  She hosted a QAL for this design, awhile back, but the free tutorial is still available on her blog.

I hope you find inspiration in one or more of the designs that I’ve showcased today and decide to create something new for the upcoming Valentine’s Day.  If you do, I’d love to see a picture.  You can email to me, but also feel free to post on my facebook page at: 

More Fun and Fast Valentine’s Day Theme Projects, Freebies and a Sale

Today I wanted to showcase more Valentine’s theme projects, in follow up of my post on this topic last week.  

SEW 4 HOME has a great free tutorial to make “Catnip Heart Mice“, which make perfect Valentine’s gifts for cats (and your cat loving friends).  For those of you that like helping your local animal shelters, these would also make for great gifts for cats living in shelters.  And, they could also make for a great fundraiser to benefit such shelters too!


Free tea bag heart holder tutorial.


Sweet Three of Hearts Wall Quilt ePattern  Ellen Pahl


Check out Wendy’s free free-motion quilting tutorial to make adorable FMQ hearts.


Free tutorial and machine embroidery design for sweet heart pins.

 Scandinavian Heart Tutorial


Free Heart Mug Rug pattern.

Love triangle table topper pattern

Heart Throb Wallhanging

Yo Yo Heart Pillow


This amazing heart pattern, called I Heart NYB, includes a variety of design options, available in Karen’s Craftsy store.




Love Letters is a super fun machine embroidery design collection which you can use to make this romantic quilt, or make table runners, wallhangings, embellish on clothing, etc..

The Hearts & Stars machine embroidery design collection makes a delightful project that finishes at 28″ x 28″, making it a great size for a table topper or wallhanging.

Recipes for….is a fun design collection that is perfect to stitch out on dish towels, or to make into a wallhanging.  These romantic designs will certainly make for great projects for your home, as well as for gifts.  And, I’ll confess I’m currently stitching them out and they stitch out beautifully.


Marjorie has many machine embroidery designs that are perfect for Valentine’s theme projects (e.g. quilts, mug rugs, table runners, clothing, totes, etc).  And, they all stitch out beautifully, come with easy to follow instructions and are fun and fast to create with. I can honestly say I’ve stitched these designs out, as well as many others by Marjorie, and have found them all to be high quality designs.


Sarah has a cute in the hoop heart coaster machine embroidery design, that is only $5.  Definitely would make for great Valentine’s theme decorations for your home, as well as for gifts.  I certainly want to make these “Feathered Heart” designs.  She also has a free video tutorial, on her website, showing how to make these.

Sarah’s Peace, Love, and Joy collection is always fun to create with, but I certainly think the “Love” would be perfect on a pillow, wallhanging or lap quilt for Valentine’s Day.  To clarify, there is a Fresh Idea Pattern that does not include machine embroidery designs, but does include templates for traditional raw edge machine applique.  But for those that do enjoy machine embroidery, you can purchase her Peace, Love, and Joy collection to make a cute Love pillow, as well as endless other projects with this collection.

But Sarah’s Heart Design Collection is probably one that makes the biggest statement for Valentine’s Day.  While you can use this machine embroidery design collection to make this stunning quilt, you could also use it to make table runners, wallhangings, embroidery on clothing, etc..

You can also use designs in this collection, to stitch on cardstock to give as a card, or frame as Sarah shows in this inspirational project:

Checkout Sarah on Pinterest for more project ideas for Valentine’s Day.

Craftsy has a sale with fabric up to 60% off.  Great deal on kits, notions, and classes too!

Best deal I’ve ever seen on this Quick Curve Ruler from Sew Kind of Wonderful.

Aurifil Cotton Mako is also an exception price for standalone spools, as well as kits.

Here is a link to a post from last week, with more fun and fast Valentine’s theme projects you can make to decorate your home, or to give as gifts:

2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – November Challenge with Sarah Vedeler

Today we kick off the  November Linky Party for the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  2015 fmq challenge badge

This month we showcase Sarah Vedeler, an amazing  quilter, free-motion quilter (on a domestic, as well as longarm), machine embroidery digitizer,  teacher, Bernina Ambassador,  and more.  You may already know Sarah from her award winning quilts, her stunning machine embroidery designs, taking a class with her, or from her FREE free-motion quilting tutorial which she provided during our 2012 FMQ Challenge.



While Sarah has many beautiful machine embroidery design collections, she also has patterns for those that do not do machine embroidery and may wish to do raw edge applique.  This month, we’ll have a variety of ways for you to participate in the challenge, including some options for those that do machine embroidery, as well as those that do not.  

Here are some sample projects created with Sarah’s machine embroidery design collections:


{above} Better Than A Paper Plate 


{above} Rapsody made with the Sedona Surprise collection


{above} Spirals of Life is a machine embroidery collection that comes with SVG files, that can be used on electronic cutters to cut your applique spiral shapes, making this also a fun design for those that do not have machine embroidery designs.  This collection is also a fundraiser where a portion of the proceeds help raise funds for the  Libby Lehman Medical Fund.

Click here to see more of Sarah’s machine embroidery design collections.

Here are some samples of projects that do not require machine embroidery:


{above} Patriotic Stars


{above} Peace, Love and Joy Pillow Collection


{above} Sarah’s Sassy I-pad Sleeve


{above} Star of Devin where proceeds helped to raise funds for Operation Homefront.


Here are some photos that show off her beautiful free-motion quilting:


{above} Beautiful pebbles applied to a design that used her Stars collection.


{above} using her Jewels in Chocolate Machine Embroidery Design collection.


{above} beautiful swirls as shown on a project using her Heather Feather Border collection


{above} feathers, swirls and pebbles on a project made using her New Leaf Design Collection..


{above} gorgeous FMQ feathers on a project made using her Jazzilicous Design Collection


You can find Sarah Vedeler at:


Our November Challenge has many options, which are open for those that do not stitch machine embroidery, as well as those that do.  Please email me, or leave a comment if you have any questions about these options.



Use the FMQ tutorial, by Sarah Vedeler, for the 2012 FMQ Challenge to create a pillow.  This is a versatile option, so use your imagination and feel free to add other FMQ motifs.

This is great tutorial to help you learn/improve your FMQ skills and make stunning swirls that you can use on your projects.

This is a versatile option to enter this challenge.  Apply Sarah’s tutorial to create your FMQ pillow, of any size, or style. To clarify, your FMQ pillow could be whole cloth, applique, pieced, etc., but you need to show evidence of using Sarah’s tutorial by including FMQ swirls on your pillow, even if you include additional FMQ motifs.


Sarah has a beautiful design collection for machine embroidery called Peace, Love, Joy that has quite versatile (e.g. quilts, wallhangings, table runners, pillows, etc.)  and pattern Peace, Love Joy pillow.  And, she designed dies for AccuQuilt that also help to create the letters easily and quickly for those that wish to cut via die cutters.  Plus, she has a standalone pattern to make these pillows, which can be made using her machine embroidery die collection, OR using raw edge applique.  Likewise, you can also cut out the applique by hand if you do not have the dies.  (it is just easier and faster with dies).



Create a FMQ Pillow using techniques and designs from Sarah’s downloadable pattern.  This is a versatile option to enter this challenge as you can apply any FMQ motif to your pillow that you wish.



Sarah published a free pattern in McCall’s May/June 2015 issue, called The McCall’s Mini Quilt.  You can also download a copy of this free pattern, which includes SVG files for those that have electronic cutting machines.

the mccall's mini quilt

This Mini Quilt measures 16 1/4″ x 15 1/2″ has optional machine embroidery designs are also available for purchase from Sarah Vedeler, or you can stitch using raw edge applique, or use any fancy stitches that you machine has and you’d like to use.

Adapt this Mini Quilt pattern, to create a pillow of any size you wish, adding any free-motion quilting designs that you wish to apply to your pillow.  While possibilities are endless, I’m thinking a center block of this mini quilt design that measures 15 1/2″ x15 1/2″ with an outside frame to finish a pillow at 20″x20″ or 22″x22″ would look wonderful and also provide space to show off your FMQ.


Sarah has many wonderful machine embroidery design collections.  This versatile option is for those that enjoy machine embroidery.  You have the option to use ANY of Sarah’s design collection to create a pillow of any size, but you will need to create your own FMQ, using any FMQ motif you desire.  To clarify, this option does not allow using any computerized FMQ by Sarah, nor other ME digitizers.  The goal of this challenge is to encourage quilters to learn/improve your FMQ Challenge.


Note:  While this option has nothing to do with Sarah Vedeler, here is an extra option to help you learn/improve your FMQ skills:

Martingale published a collection of continuous line quilting designs by Glorianne Cubbage.  These collections are now out of print and no longer offered at Martingale, but you can still find them in various quilting stores, as well as a few are available on Amazon. They are all great ways to learn/improve your FMQ skills and definitely packed with fun motifs.  

This is a versatile option as you can use any of the FMQ designs in any of the collections by Glorianne Cubbage and published by Martingale to create your FMQ pillow.   To clarify, your pillow can be wholecloth, pieced, appliqued, etc., but you do need to use FMQ motifs that are included in one or more of these published collections.


Don’t overlook that you can create more than one pillow, to claim more than one entry to any of the monthly challenges.  You want to do more than one of the options, or all.  Each option you complete counts as an entry.    And the more you create, the  more opportunities you have to learn and improve your FMQ skills, as well as win more prizes!

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1) Entries need to be completed pillows that show free-motion quilting that aligns with the options defined in this monthly challenge. Note:  Other projects that you wish to share can be added to the Flickr group, but do not share them via the link tool.

2) You can enter one completed pillow for any, or all of the options.  Bloggers can do so in one blog post, but to help with the entries, their post needs to show photos and clarify which options they are entering for this monthly challenge.  Non-bloggers need to reflect the same as bloggers, in the comments for the photo they upload to the flickr group for this challenge. Both bloggers and non-bloggers can add one link to the linky tool, for each of the options they wish to enter.  Note, to help with administration, please be sure the photo in the linky tool reflects which of the challenge options you are claiming when you enter/add the link.

Those that want to apply the challenge to projects other than pillows, or those that complete the challenge after the given month, as well as those that may wish to share other FMQ projects are encouraged to share in a Flirk group that has been created specifically for group sharing and inspiration:   To clarify, this group is open to anyone that wishes to share any FMQ project that they created.

3.   In keeping with the spirit of this challenge, I hope in you encourage others to enter this challenge as well as check out all the entries to get inspired.

4.  In the spirit of ~Create ~ Share ~ Inspire ~ #CreativeGoodness, those that wish to share tips and tutorials during any of these monthly challenges will be appreciated.  And, as always, QuiltShopGal will try to do her best to help increase awareness of such.  Collectively, we can create great fun and help others learn/improve their FMQ Skills.

While most of these linky parties are open for one month, this Linky party and other challenges released during the summer will be open thru mid-September, but I encourage you to not wait till the last minute to enter.  You need to have your project completed and linked to enter to win prizes.  Those that may complete this challenge at a different time, as well as those that want to share any FMQ related project, are encouraged to share photos in the Flickr group created for this challenge:

If you are not familiar with how to use a linky click here for a tutorial.


For blogger participants that are interested in posting a badge, the badge code is now on the right hand column of this blog.  Thank you for posting the badge.  The more quilters we have participating, the more fun and inspiration we will all have.  But I need your help to spread the word and encourage others to join, or at least come look and visit all the blogs (and non-bloggers) that share their FMQ projects with us via the Monthly linky parties and the Flicker Group sharing.


Note:  Entering this monthly challenge automatically enters you to win Grand Prizes that will be awarded, once all of the monthly challenges have been completed.  The more monthly challenges you enter, as well as the more options you complete, the more entries you’ll get to win Grand Prizes.

Sponsor Prize Winners
Udderly Smooth, by RedEx 65668_10151884614025894_331473606_n  A gift pack of Udderly Smooth products.  Product bundle shipped may not be exactly like what QuiltShopGal is showing.Estimated Retail value $25.Prize is open to participants living in US/Canada.  Prize #1  winner – 

This prize has been carried over to a Grand Prize

Moda Fabrics

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Moda will be giving a bundle of fabrics to one lucky winner.  Stay tuned as details and photo will be shared shortly.  Prize #2 winner – Sadly sponsor was removed



Machine Quilting With Style: From Walking-Foot Wonders to Free-Motion Favorites, by Christa Watson


Stash Lab: Simple Solutions for Scrap Quilts, by Tonya Alexander

Splash of Color: A Rainbow of Brilliant Black-and-White Quilts, by Jackie Kunkel

Stitch on the Double: Easy Quilt Projects to Sew on the Go, by Kathleen Brown

Tributes and Treasures: 12 Vintage-Inspired Quilts Made With Reproduction Prints, by Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts

QuiltShopGal will ship these prizes directly to the lucky winners.  Maximum of two such prizes may be shipped WW, with a minimum of three going to US winners.  This is due to my limited shipping budget at this time.


Three winners have been notified and asked which of these books they want, the remaining two books will be carried over and given as Grand Prizes.
Winner #1 Elizabeth H has claimed Stash Lab

Winner #2 – Machine Quilting with Style claimed by Ratama

Winner #3 Stitch on the Double. claimed by Karin of The Quilt Yarn


And don’t forget when you enter this monthly challenge you are automatically entered to win prizes awarded at the end of this 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge. The more monthly challenges you enter the more chances you get to win monthly AND Grand Prizes. Many of these Grand Prizes sponsors will ship to WW participants!

 If you have questions for this Challenge, please read the FAQ:

Winners will be selected randomly and this post will be updated accordingly, after I send an email to notify the winners.

email QuiltShopGal if you still have questions at Darlene @ quiltshopgal dot com and I will try to respond as fast as I can.

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Here is a list of previous posts 2015 FMQ Challenge:



For those wanting more information on the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge, you can click the menu tabs underneath the header image of this blog EVENTS > FREE-MOTION QUILTING > 2015 FREE MOTION QUILTING CHALLENGE to visit the main page for this event which will always contain current links to all the monthly challenges:


Aurifil, Clever Craft Tools/Grip & Stitch Disks, Fabrics N Quilts, Fat Quarter Shop, Gotcha Covered Quilting, Martingale, The Stencil Company, Udderly Smooth, Landauer Publishing, CT Publishing, the Electric Quilt Company, The Quilt Show and Craftsy!

Prizes will be awarded for each monthly challenge and there are also prizes that will be awarded at the end of the year.  Monthly winners will be randomly selected.  And while end of year (aka Grand Prizes) will also be awarded randomly, I’m also looking at awarding based on a variety of soon to be announced methods (e.g. Person that completed the most challenges, the person that improved

#CreativeGoodness Linky Party – February 13th

We all love #CreativeGoodness, and Valentines is a perfect time to show off your creativity.  Do you make your own greeting cards?  Do you make decorations for your home?  Do you have any quilts with a Valentine’s theme? Do you make any special treats for Valentines Day? If so, please share with us.  But while there is an “optional” theme to our weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties, everyone is welcome to share any form of creativity with us and inspire others.


Creative Goodness at QuiltShopGal

Today I want to share a Youtube video by Sarah Vedeler.  This is her first video and I think she did a great job.  She is a machine embroidery digitizer and in this video she shows one of her heart designs stitching out:

if you are using a MAC or have problems watching this embedded video, here is a link where you can watch it directly in Youtube:

Sarah also has a Hearts design collection that can be used to make stunning quilts, wallhangings, table runner, and much, much more.  Of course, if you’ve made anything with this collection, I hope you’ll consider sharing it with us in this linky party this week.


Weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties are all about creating, sharing and inspiring.  Bloggers and non-bloggers are invited to participate and share any form of creativity that they wish to share.  January linky parties have an “optional” theme of: Winter Blues and Whites, Primatives, #NewGoodness and all February linky parties have the optional them of Reds, Pinks, Valentines.  As mentioned above, this week you can share anything creative that you wish to share, or choose something that you feel works with the January or February optional themes.

To join the party this week, simply click the linky tool below and follow the steps to add the url to your blog post or picture in the Flickr Group.


1) Sharing is open to old projects (old blog posts), but new projects(new blogposts) are also appreciated.  While not required, QuiltShopGal encourages participants to recognize the designers, source of patterns, websites, etc., and share any information to help those inspired to be able to create a similar project.  After all, “Inspiration” is what our linky parties are all about, as well as creating and sharing.

2) Non-bloggers can participate in weekly linky parties by using and uploading a photo of their projects to a Flickr group “CreativeGoodness.  They can upload as many photos as they want to share to this Flickr group, but they are only allowed to link 5 photos to the linky party (any weekly linky party). And, once they’ve lined a photo they can not share that link in future linky parties.  Links shared must also fit the weekly theme for the respective weekly linky party.

3) When you join one of these linky parties, you automatically give me approval to snag a picture from your post, whereby I can share it in a future post with a link on my blog to highlight your project.  To clarify, each week I will happily showcase a participant from the prior weeks’ linky party.


  A new linky party will be hosted on QuiltShopGal every Friday.  I hope you’ll come join the fun.

~ Create ~ Share ~ Inspire ~ #CreativeGoodness ~

Email QuiltShopGal if you have questions at Darlene at quiltshopgal dot com.


This week, as well as for all future linky parties, any #CreativeGoodness sharing will always be welcome regardless of the theme.  You decide.  But each month will have a theme where you can share anything you feel fits the theme in any of the linky parties that month.  Tutorials are also very welcome.  You decide what you want to share, what type of creative project you want to inspire others with, and you will never be limited to a theme.  But, at the same time, there will be opportunities to share themed projects.

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– February: Reds, Pinks, Valentines
– March: Greens, St. Patricks Day
– April: Pastels, Spring, Easter
– May: Blues, Greens, Creams, Flowers
– June: Whites, Brides,Weddings, Anniversaries, #KidfriendlyProjects
– July: Red, White and Blues (Patriotic), #KidfriendlyProjects
– August: Summer Colors, #KidfriendlyProjects

– September: Primatives, #FallGoodness
– October: Orange, Black, Purples
– November: Primatives, Browns and Blacks
– December: Holidays, Sweets, Blues, Silver, Reds, Greens, Whites, #GlitterGoodness

Here is a list of links to previous #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties:


FAQ: Click here for my FAQ list.


Lastly, I want to wish you a very Happy Valentines Day.  Don’t forget hugs are great gifts!

Happy New Year – FLASH Giveaway, Quilty Goals for 2014

To a Quilter, starting a New Year can be like starting fresh with a clean slate.  You can create new quilty goals and dreams and re-prioritize what you may want to work on and learn this year.  The slate is fresh for you to decide.  But, I hope to inspire you to think about a few things that you may want to add to your list of quilty goals for 2014 as I share a few goals with you.

goals for 2014First, to help 2014 be a super fun year there are 15 FLASH Giveaways on Facebook where you could win some amazing prizes on New Year’s Day.  Sponsors for these giveaways include:

 Clever Craft Tools, 
Fabrics N Quilts, 
Island Batik,
Judy Martin Books,
Patsy Thompson Designs,
Quilt In A Day,
Rasberry Rabbits,
Sarah Vedeler Designs,
Quiltboxes and,
The Quilted Kitty,
Quilt Market,
Splinters and Threads,

Each of these participants in the FLASH Giveaway will be giving away a prize valued at $25 or more and their giveaway will be open only on New Year’s Day.  Each will set the rules (e.g. if the deadline is the 2nd or ?, if they will ship US Only, US/Canada, or Internationall).  Simply “like the page on Facebook and leave a comment under their post for their “FLASH Giveaway” to enter.

SewCalGal will be giving away a $25 Visa Gift Card, that I hope you’ll use to shop at your favorite quilting shop to buy you some fun items to enjoy in 2014!

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While this FLASH Giveaway is only open to those on Facebook, if you are not yet on Facebook I hope you’ll consider joining.  It is free and there are over 300,000 quilters on Facebook that share inspirational projects, tips, Q&A, and there are frequently great giveaways too!    But don’t worry, if you are not a Facebook user I’ll be hosting blog giveaways and contests throughout 2014 that you can enter.   Here are a few sneak peaks.

2014 is going to be the Year of Red and White Challenges that will hopefully have something for everyone.  They’ll be challenges for Designers/EQ Users, Quilt Shows for those that have previously created Red and White Quilts, a Make-It Challenge which I hope you’ll want to participate in, and we’ll have a virtual quilt show for those that make a red/white quilt project in 2014 too!  Details are still being worked out, but they will be finalized by the end of January.
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Learning and improving is always a fun goal for quilters of all levels, so this is certainly an area SewCalGal is going to work on in 2014!

Organizing is an area that SewCalGal has all too often overlooked so you’ll see me paying more attention to this in 2014, but guest bloggers who may want to share tips, tutorials, or inspirational posts are encouraged to and let me know what you are thinking about. Where I can, I’m hoping to schedule some guest bloggers to help share insights and inspire all of us for organizing anything from our sewing room, craft rooms, kitchens, to simply being more organized people!

This is also going to be a year where SewCalGal will be sharing insights about Christmas projects and handmade gifts throughout the year.  In an effort to encourage everyone to work on those projects throughout the year vs just the pre-holiday rush, I’ll be hosting a special challenge.

The  Handmade Christmas Challenge will consist of monthly challenges throughout the year, where you can share projects you make and complete for 2014 by way of a linky that I’ll post on the 15th of each month, starting in January and going thru December.  Participants will work on their own projects with the goal of being ready to give handmade for Christmas, but collectively we’ll be sharing tips, tutorials and inspiration for a variety of handmade projects that would work for decorating your home for the holidays, as well as items that make for great Christmas gifts.  Bloggers and non-bloggers will be able to participate to help inspire and encourage handmade gifts, as well as have chances to win prizes.

2014 Christmas Handmade Pledge

SewCalGal is definitely excited about 2014 and hope you are too!  It is going to be a FUN year!

And, I wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year too!


Machine Embroidery & Other Classes at Road to California Quilter’s Conference (2011)

You may be noticing that more quilts are being made using machine embroidery.  Many of these quilts are being exhibited at various quilt shows, and  they are winning coveted awards too!  This trend in quilting continues to grow and is was even recognized by many attendees at IQF Houston recently.

The Road to California Quilter’s Conference is a premiere event, where attendees will come from all over the world to take classes and attend the show.

There are a number of workshops that focus on machine embroidery.  Embroidery machines are also provided, allowing you the opportunity to test-drive the embroidery modules to see if you want to make that large investment. Previous experience is not necessary, sign up and learn how to add a new dimension to your projects.

There are actually more Machine Embroidery classes scheduled for this 2012 event, than I’ve ever seen previously at any show!

Sarah Vedeler will be teaching a 2 day embroidered applique’ retreat where you will learn:
– the secrets to successful stabilizing
– how to position a design exactly where you want it
– the easy way to do multiple hoopings
– why the AccuQuilt GO! cutter is the perfect tool for cutting applique shapes
This workshop (#1201) will be held Mon & Tues., Jan 16th & 17th.  Embroidery Machines will be provided by Bernina.  There will also be AccuQuilt products to help you cut your applique’ pieces to make this beautiful pillow, using Sarah’s GO! Bloom embroidery designs.


Other Machine Embroidery Classes
Machines are provided by various manufacturers so you don’t even need an embroidery machine to take one of these classes!  This also gives you a great opportunity to test drive various machines.  Check out the class catalog for more insights on these classes, as well as other classes offered at this show.

1006 Snails Trail, Annie Moody & Linda Remmers. Machines provided by Janome.

1010 Crazy Patch Table Runner, Carmen Geddes.  Embroidery Machines provided by Viking.

1011 Sew A Scene, Patsy Shields. A fun machine embroidery class where you can place various embroidery designs anywhere on a beach scene to make your own wall hanging. Embroidery Machines will be provided for this class by Brother.

2006 Applique in the Hoop, Carmen Geddes.

2012 Mix & Match, Patsy Shields. Embroidery Machines provided by Brother.

2011 Cathedral Windows, Annie Moody. Embroidery Machines provided by Janome.

3009 New York Beauty in the hoop, Carmen Geddes.  Embroidery Machines provided by Viking.

3010 Spring is Coming, Annie Moody & Linda Remmers.  Embroidery Machines provided by Janome.


Road to California also consistently offers a large number of Long Arm Machine Quilting Classes.  Here are a few that you may want check out:

Thursday – 4018 – Cathy Franks – Piecing, Borders and Binding on the LongArm
Saturday – 6018 – Laura Lee Fritz – Freeform Wall Quilt Party
Sunday – 7015 – Laura Lee Fritz – Time Flies – You Can Too
While the following classes were previously closed, due to a cancellation, each of the following classes have one seat open.  They are listed as closed on the website, but you can register online.
  First come basis. As always, Road requires registration using their online system.
Thursday 4014 Thread Painting Simple Flowers Nancy Prince
Friday 5031 Hopscotch Jodi Barrows
Friday 5035 Painted Blocks Laura Murray
Saturday 6010 Dancing Dots Nancy Mahoney
Saturday 6011 Rebecca’s Baskets Jo Morton
Saturday 6031 Indian Blanket Jodi Barrows


Road to California Quilter’s Conference and Showcase
“The Best in the West”
at the Ontario Convention Center, Ontario CA
Classes start Monday, January 16th 2012
Show is held Thursday, January 19th – 22nd
Road requires registration using their online system.

Sneak Peeks: GO! Bloom at Bernina University

Bernina University (BU) is being held this week near the River Walk in San Antonio, Texas.  Bernina Dealers from all over the US will be attending, taking classes and learning new techniques and about new products.  Various vendors will also have booths showing off their new products too!  I did some searching to see what I could find out, but I think many of us will just have to wait for our Bernina Dealers to return and hear from them on what they’ve learned.  But I did find out a few things that I can share:

The very talented Amanda Whitlach will be teaching several classes, including a Creative Cutwork class at BU.  Cutwork is growing in popularity and I expect to see more spectacular machine embroidery cutwork projects made as a result of this Bernina tool.

Alex Veronelli will be in Aurifil’s booth at BU, showing all their beautiful threads.

Sarah Vedeler will have her first vendor booth at BU and I’m confident it will be displayed with her award winning quilts and other spectacular projects.  Her lated GO! Bloom machine embroidery designs will also be showcased.

The GO! Bloom design collection comes with 14 individual designs that work well with 3 AccuQuilt dies (GO! Daisy, GO! Tulip, and GO! Fun Flower), on either the AccuQuilt GO! or GO! Baby.

The collection comes with illustrated instructions to make the GO! Bloom Quilt, which measures 40″x40″.

And the collection includes instructions to make four pillow tops that are shown on the cover of this collection.

It is a very reasonably priced machine embroidery design collection, with a retail price of $45.  Plus, in July, there is a 20% discount for those that are Signed up for Sarah’s newsletter and use a special code when purchasing from her siteClick here to sign up for her newsletter.

GO! Bloom – 14 individual designs using 3 AccuQuilt GO! Baby dies. In addition, illustrated instructions to make the quilt shown on the cover, and the four pillow tops also shown on the cover.

Formats included: ART4, ART6, DST, EXP, HUS, PCS, PES, JEF, VP3, XXX.

Sarah’s designs stitch out beautifully.  They really look great with Aurifil thread.  But, I’ll admit I used Isacord.  And, while it works, I have come to learn that Aurifil really does stitch out nicer than Isacord.  I had more thread breakage and more lint using Isacord than on projects that I’ve used Aurifil with.

Machine embroidery applique’ has historically required that pieces of fabric be manually cut individually.  And, as such, you can stitch this embroidery design out without the use of an AccuQuilt.  Actually, I don’t have the GO! Tulip or GO! Fun Flower dies so I did use the old fashioned manually cutting method.  While Sarah’s machine embroidery designs stitch out beautifully, like many of us, my manual cutting is just not as accurate as AccuQuilt’s die cuts.  If you look closely you can see where my cutting was off and I have a little fabric showing past where a design stitched out.

Clearly, if I had had the AccuQuilt dies this project would have been faster and far more accurate than with my manual cut of the applique pieces.  Definitely a sign that machine embroidery applique is so much better when done with an AccuQuilt, and I hope you agree too!

Sarah will be teaching a two day machine embroidery class, at Road to California 2012, that the class project is the GO! Bloom quilt.  Sarah may view I’m staulking her, but I had so much fun at a prior class with Sarah I have signed up to take her class at Road in 2012 and looking forward to it.  If you are interested, I do hope you’ll check it out and come join us too.

The possibilities with Sarah’s GO! Bloom, AccuQuilt and Aurifil are endless!  Yes, they definitely help your creativity bloom!

Sarah Vedeler STARS Collection

I’ve been having fun playing with Sarah Vedeler’s STARS machine embroidery collection and wanted to share some insights with you on this spectacular collection.  I have truly been amazed at the detail and quality of these ME designs and how beautifully they stitch out.  It is amazing how different they look using applique vs no applique, and changing color combinations, yet each one looks beautiful when finished.  And each one stitches out brilliantly!
My first test stitch out was on a pasmina.  I think it looks great (photo doesn’t do it justice).
 Actually, I think all of the ME designs in this collection stitch out beautiful applique stars that are as spectacular as the stars in the sky on a moonless night!  I love them all!
This design set was released in November 2010 as a premier collection special edition.  It has 35 machine embroidery designs and also comes with instructions to make this spectacular quilt, designed by Sarah Vedeler.  Personally, I believe if Sarah enters this beautiful quilt she’ll win another lst place at IQF Houston this year!  It is beautiful!

And free instructions are on Sarah’s blog to make this lovely table runner:

While these ME designs allow you to apply applique the manual way, they are also designed to work with six AccuQuilt GO! dies that really help you create projects faster and more accurate.
  • GO! Star 5-Point (55310)
  • GO! Star Medley-5 Point (55311)
  • GO! Star 6-Point (55312)
  • GO! Star Medley-6 Point (55313)
  • GO! Star Points (55314)
  • GO! Star 8-Point (55315)

The design sizes of each star range from small ( 3 1/2″), medium (5″), to large (10″) diameters.  Large stars can be split for multiple hoopings.  ME formats included on this CD are: .exp, .art, .art60, .pes, .pcs, .dst, .hus, .xxx, .sew, .vp3, and .jef.

I’m looking forward to creating several projects with this CD and will share more insight with you as I do.  I purchased the dupioni silks to make a patriotic table runner and I also want to use the Stars silk collection that Sarah created, specificially for making her quilt design.  They are yummy colors that also go well with her Silk Stars Aurifil thread collection, which I found stitches out beautiful and truly does look fantastic with these designs, even though they do stitch out well with other threads too.  I just found that my eye was drawn to the stitch outs using the Aurifil thread vs other brands I played with on these designs.

The possibilities of what you can create with this ME collection are endless.  I’m dreaming of table toppers, quilts, embellished sweatshirts & jackets.  I definitely have plans for projects for me, as well as some projects for gifts.  This design set certainly exceeded my expectations and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys machine embroidery.  I think you’ll love it too!

AccuQuilt is also celebrating machine embroidery month with a special sale on all embroidery GO! dies and ME related products.  Sale ends February 27th

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

Guess the Designer Challenge Part 1 & Part 2

It has been a long time since I’ve held a Guess the Designer Challenge.  So, I feel like I should clarify how these work….
As one of my goals has been to increase my ability of recognizing designers by their quilting designs and styles, as well as research and learn about more designers, I thought it would be fun to hold a two part challenge where a photo(s) is posted and you get a chance to guess who the designer is.  When the correct guess is placed this post is updated (Part 2) sharing more insight about this designer.  And, the person that correctly guessed the designer gets recognized on the Guess the Designer Challenge page of my blog too!
So here is a photo of part of a quilt.  Can  you correctly guess the name of this designer?

Part Two

Greg Bryson (Flat Out Quilting) was the first to correctly guess this designer, based on the snippet of a photo of a quilt.  Greg is also now listed in the “Designer Challenge” page (aka Hall of Fame for being able to correctly guess designers by photos of their quilts).

This designer is the very talented Sarah Vedeler.  Sarah designed and  made this spectacular GO! Be Dazzeled Quilt. 

This quilt also recently won First Place, at the International Quilt Festival Houston, in the Computer-Aided Machine Embroidery category of the 2010 “A World of Beauty”. This was the first time Sarah has entered a quilt in the IQA show. Congratulations to Sarah Vedeler!

GO! Be Dazzled was created with popular GO! designs cut out from the GO! Round Flower, GO! Funky Flower, GO! Star-2”, 3”, 4”, GO! Heart-2”, 3”, 4”, GO! Feathers, GO! Circle-2”, 3”, 5” and GO! Diamonds dies, which are all also compatible with the new GO! Baby™ Fabric Cutter, to make the beautiful quilt top. Sarah then embellished the motifs with her own artistry by adding computer-aided machine embroidery to complete her work of art.

Sarah Vedeler and AccuQuilt have partnered together on new designer GO! dies featuring Sarah’s Sparkle Tree collection and Stars collection. In addition, Sarah Vedeler Designs offers digitalized embroidery motifs to accompany the new dies. GO! fabric cutting dies as well as the GO! Baby™

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