Category: #StitchALong

byAnnie.com Placemat Quilt Along with the Fat Quarters Shop

Have you heard of Soft and Stable byAnnie.com ?  This is an amazing stabilizer far superior to battings and other stabilizers, which is absolutely perfect for bags and beyond!  Over the years, I’ve found a variety of uses for this product.  Thus, I was delighted to be able to join a Placemat Stitch Along, hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop, which kicks off today.  Of course, I hope you’ll join this fun event and also enjoy working with Soft and Stable.

While Soft and Stable comes in a variety of sizes, byAnnie has packaged it in a perfect size for making placemats.  In their “Project Pack“, you get four pieces of 13.5″ x 18.5” which are still a good size for a variety of projects, but absolutely great for placemats.  Plus, the package comes with a bonus pattern where you can make super easy placemats with various size strips of fabric.

Here is a great visual that shows how well a bag made with Soft and Stable stands up vs one made with regular batting.  You get that same type of stabilization when you use this product to make a placemat, or other project.    Plus, it retains a soft and cozy feeling to it.

While the Project Pack comes with a free pattern that will help you make cute placemats, using a quilt as you go technique, I opted to use some left over blocks from the #JacobsLadderQAL.

You can easily quilt-as you go or stitch in the ditch.  I’ve also found that Soft and Stable can look great with some light free-motion quilting or some Ruler Work, but I it has such great body that you really don’t need to do much quilting to create a great looking project using Soft & Stable.

Possibilities of what you can create with Soft and Stable are endless.  Consider using a Project Pack to create placemats, small bags, zipper pouches, mini-quilts, mug-rugs, etc..

I hope you’ll pick up some Soft & Stable from the Fat Quarter Shop and come join us in this fun #StitchAlong.  For more insights and inspiration, visit the Jolly Jabber blog today.

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You can find the Fat Quarter Shop at:

http://www.fatquartershop.com/
http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/
https:www.facebook.com/FatQuarterShop
https://twitter.com/FatQuarterShop
https://www.youtube.com/user/FatQuarterShop

 

You can find byAnnie.com at:

http://www.byannie.com
https://www.facebook.com/patternsbyannie
https://www.pinterest.com/byannie/
https://www.instagram.com/patternsbyannie/
https://www.youtube.com/user/byannie1/

Bee Creative Charity Fundraiser – Week #4: #MandalaFun, #StitchAlong, #FMQAlong, #DoodleAlong

Welcome to week four of our Bee Creative #StitchAlong, #FMQAlong, #DoodleAlong and Charity Fundraiser to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.   

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Today, I have a special treat as Wendy Sheppard (Ivory Spring) has been creative with one of the designs included in the downloadable PDF Mandala Collection, designed for doodlers, and those that enjoy free-motion quilting and other creative people.

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Wendy was super creative and shared her Mandala doodle/Zentangle design, as well as how it looked stitched out with beautiful Aurifil thread.   I absolutely love it and hope you do too!

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Wendy will also be using this Mandala sketch and free-motion quilting stitch out in an “Thread Talk” article that she’ll be sharing on her blog this coming week.If you are not familiar with Wendy’s blog (Ivory Spring), or her “Thread Talkseries, where she shares insights on free-motion quilting, I highly encourage you to follow her blog. She is a FMQ Expert, Designer, Author and Teacher with amazing creativity.  I can honestly recommend her online classes with Annies, as well as her wonderful books published with Landauer Pub.   

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Our Bee Creative Linky Party is open for sharing any form of Mandala design you wish (e.g. doodle, zentangle, paint, color, free-motion quilting, embroidery, etc).

Quick recap:  

Week #1 – Kick off post recognizing all the generous sponsors and prizes

Week, #2 – #StitchAlong, #DoodleAlong, #FMQAlong   

Doodle Sharing by Cindy Needham

Week #3 – #StitchAlong – easy peasy table runner, or share any project you wish to make with Maureen’s Mandala PDF and/or Machine Embroidered design collection.

 

MY MANDALA TABLE RUNNER PROJECT

I’m absolutely thrilled how easy and fun it was to make a table runner using the downloadable PDF Mandala design collection, by Maureen Russell of Beautiful Embroidery Designs for free-motion quilting a Mandala in the center and her Justin’s Magic Mandala Machine Embroidery Collection.

 

I turned four of the Mandala machine embroidery designs into applique circles and stitched to the table top, before quilting.  I also used 1 layer of Warm and Natural batting, on top of 1 layer of Insul-Bright to create my quilt sandwich.  It was a fun and fast project.  Unfortunately, my camera does not do the beauty of these Mandala designs justice.  

I’m now planning other projects with for these collections.  Follow me on Instagram this week, to see me #StitchAlong, #DoodleAlong, #FMQAlong.  I’m going to play with my Inktense pencils, which when you add water, they become permanent on cotton.  I’ll be using the PDF Mandala templates to mark my fabric, color, free-motion quilt, to make some zippered pouches for gifts, but the possibilities are endless for what you can create with these designs.

 

 

Sponsors for this Charity Fundraiser include:  AurifilMartingale, Dragon Threads, ASF Lighting Solutions/Beam N Read, Fat Quarter Shop, Schiffer Publishing,  The Wooden Bear and Sweet Peas and Angels.

Click here for a complete list of the 20+ prizes

 

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HOW DO YOU GET VIRTUAL RAFFLE TICKETS TO WIN PRIZES ?

There are three options all are based on a $10 AU (about $7 US) donation where 100% will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Maureen Russell of Beautiful Embroidery Designs is coordinating the fundraising and will provide QuiltShopGal a list of all donations and qualified purchases, for appropriate allocation of virtual raffle tickets, which will be used to randomly select winners of the prizes.

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  1. Anyone can donate via PayPal cash and get a virtual raffle ticket for any increment of $10 AU (~$7 US) donation.  You can submit to Maureen by using the PayPal email address of beautembroidery@bigpond.com
  2. Purchase the downloadable PDF Mandala collection in 8″ or 4″ size, for one virtual raffle ticket per collection you purchase.  These templates can also be resized, using any software/printer you may have, as appropriate.
  3. For Machine Embroidery enthusiasts, purchase Justin’s Magic Mandala design collection, in downloadable format for $50 AU (~$35 US) to get 5 raffle tickets.

 

note:  donations and/or purchases need to be completed in March, to qualify for virtual raffle tickets.  But purchases of these Mandala designs will help raise funds for CF year round, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

 

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Please leave an email or comment if you have any questions.

 

 

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You can find Beautiful Embroidery Designs at:

http://www.beautifulembroiderydesigns.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/beautifulembroiderydesigns.com.au

bee creative every day

 

Bee Creative – A #StitchAlong, #FMQAlong, #DoodleAlong Linky Party – Charity Fundraiser with amazing prizes

Welcome to week two of our Bee Creative #StitchAlong, #FMQAlong, #DoodleAlong and Charity Fundraiser to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  

bee creative kick off badgeEveryone is invited to share any form of creativity using any Mandala theme design in our Linky Party this month.  You may want to doodle, zentangle, paint, color, free-motion quilt, embroidery, etc., your Mandala designs.  You can use  Mandala designs from books, Pinterest, etc.  Of course, I hope to inspire you to purchase a collection of beautiful downloadable PDF format Mandala designs, or a machine embroidery collection, from Maureen Russell of Beautiful Embroidery Designs as 100% of your purchase is donated to the CF Foundation (and you’ll also get a virtual raffle ticket to win prizes in our Bee Creative Charity Fundraiser).  But what ever you do, I hope you’ll have fun creating this month and share any Mandala theme creations with us.

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If you are not familiar with Linky Parties and how to use this tool, or you are a non-blogger, please read prior FAQ posts before you try to add a link. If you still have questions, email me and I’ll try to answer your question and walk you thru what you need to do.  But think of this as a virtual #CreativeGoodness Linky Party that is opened all of March.  Of course, I encourage everyone to click thru to visit the bloggers and non-bloggers that share their various Mandala projects, as I’m sure you’ll find inspiration in their sharing.

Today, I want to share what I’ve been doing and hopefully inspire you to join me and create anything you want, with a Mandala theme.

MY DOODLING

I’ve had fun doodling and coloring greeting cards.  I used the downloadable PDF Mandala design collection, by Maureen Russell of Beautiful Embroidery Designs.  This coming week, I’d like to do some Zentangle doodling, as well as use the new iCraft Deco Foils to make some fun note cards and bookmarks.  

How would you doodle or color Mandala designs?

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MY STITCHING:

I’m working on a table runner project that will incorporate Justin’s Magic Mandala embroidery designs and the complimentary Mandala PDF templates, which I will use as a template to mark for free-motion quilting.  I’ve stitched out four of the machine embroidery Mandala designs, onto 7″ squares.

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Using EQ7, I created a 6″ circle template.  Today, I’ll sew a one sided a
lightweight adhesive stabilizer and trim these embroidered squares to create a circle applique that I’ll place on my table runner.

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I selected one of the Mandala designs, from the Mandala PDF templates collection, for my free-motion quilting:

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I’ll transfer this mandala template for FMQ in the center of my table runner today, as well as create my circle applique shapes, applique them, sandwich and hopefully start my free-motion quilting this afternoon.  Can you visualize how it will look?

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Follow me on Instagram and I’ll share pictures as I #DoodleAlong, #StitchAlong, and #FMQAlong this week.  Of course, I hope you’ll join me.

DID I MENTION A CHARITY FUNDRAISER?

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As shared last week, there are 20+ prizes that will be virtually raffled off, to ticket holders, at the end of March, thanks to our sponsors:

Sponsors for this Charity Fundraiser include:  AurifilMartingale, Dragon Threads, ASF Lighting Solutions/Beam N Read, Fat Quarter Shop, Schiffer Publishing,  The Wooden Bear and Sweet Peas and Angels.

HOW DO YOU GET VIRTUAL RAFFLE TICKETS TO WIN PRIZES ?

There are three options all are based on a $10 AU (about $7 US) donation where 100% will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Maureen Russell of Beautiful Embroidery Designs is coordinating the fundraising and will provide QuiltShopGal a list of all donations and qualified purchases, for appropriate allocation of virtual raffle tickets.

 

charity raffle tickets for CF

  1. Anyone can donate via PayPal cash and get a virtual raffle ticket for any increment of $10 AU (~$7 US) donation.  You can submit to Maureen by using the PayPal email address of beautembroidery@bigpond.com
  2. Purchase the downloadable PDF Mandala collection in 8″ or 4″ size, for one virtual raffle ticket per collection you purchase.  These templates can also be resized, using any software/printer you may have, as appropriate.
  3. For Machine Embroidery enthusiasts, purchase Justin’s Magic Mandala design collection, in downloadable format for $50 AU (~$35 US) to get 5 raffle tickets.

 

note:  donations and/or purchases need to be completed in March, to qualify for virtual raffle tickets.

 

justin's mandala templates artwork

 

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Don’t forget all proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  And you need not create anything in March, to be able to win prizes.  Just be sure to get your virtual raffle tickets to enter.

Please leave an email or comment if you have any questions.

 

 

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You can find Beautiful Embroidery Designs at:

http://www.beautifulembroiderydesigns.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/beautifulembroiderydesigns.com.au

bee creative every day

#FMQStitchAlong – Heart & Feather WholeCloth Workshop with Leah Day – February 14th

First, I want to wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day.  I have fond memories of this day, as a child and trading cards and enjoying yummy cookies with fellow students.  I still smile with delight at anything with a Valentine’s theme and absolutely love receiving silly cards.

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The Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt Workshop, with Leah Day, is not just for Valentine’s Day.  It is a perfect project to display any time of the year.  And, it is an excellent opportunity to learn/improve our free-motion quilting skills.  As QuiltShopGal, I can honestly say this is an excellent workshop and highly recommend it!  

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I’ve had fun stitching out this project virtually, in my informal #StitchAlong.  It has given me an opportunity to meet other quilters, as well as see how they approached this project.  It is a versatile workshop that allows you to decide where you might want to place designs that Leah teaches, as well as add other designs.

This week, sharing by Dot Ferneyhough in Leah’s Facebook group, caught my attention. She added a larger border of additional free-motion quilting designs to her project.

 

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PROGRESS UPDATE

 I set a personal goal to finish this quilt in time for Valentine’s Day.  I’m happy to report that I finished and my husband loves it.  He was very impressed with the “puffy” heart and feathers (aka trapunto).

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As mentioned previously, I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop and definitely want to make another Heart and Feather Wholecloth quilt, but will not attempt to add so much Cat Fur Ball to the quilt, and go with more Microstippling.  While I’m not an expert, I’m far more confident stitching with a contrasting thread, as a result of this workshop and I really like the contrast!  I would have probably never attempted to stitch with contrasting thread, had it not been my commitment to use this workshop to learn/improve my FMQ skills.  I’m also committed to doing more echo stitching, as I do want to perfect that technique.

Don’t forget if you are stitching this project, or you have completed the project from Leah’s Heart and Feather Wholecloth Workshop, please share via the linky party below.  Every week you get another chance to share and the more sharing = more entries, to win prizes.  You need not have your project completed by Valentine’s Day, just because that was my goal!  

Also, please take a moment to share your progress in Leah’s group on Facebook (Leah Day Quilting – https://www.facebook.com/groups/leahdayquilting/

DID I MENTION A LINKY PARTY?  Today is the last day to share your progress, or your completed project, to enter to win prizes:

For bloggers, another bonus of joining this event (and any event I host in 2016 that uses a Linky tool), you will get added to My Creative Blog List, which is a site I created to help others follow blogs, as well as promote blogging events.  To check out this blog list visit: http://mycreativebloglist.blogspot.com/   

 

For non-bloggers, you have several options to share via the linky tool.  The most popular way would be to upload your photos to Flickr and share a link to your picture via the linky tool.  But you can also upload your picture to Leah’s group on Facebook and then add a link to that image via the linky tool.  Just remember your url links need to be direct links, allowing someone to click thru to see your photo entry not just a generic link that might show more than your specific entry.    

If you are not familiar with Linky Tools, here is a link to a tutorial: http://quiltshopgal.com/tutorial-for-participants-in-linky-events-for-bloggers-and-non-bloggers/
Don’t forget if you use any social media tools, please use share photos of your progress using hashtags: #quiltalong10, #StitchALong, #FMQStitchAlong.  I’ll be sharing in Leah’s Facebook group, this blog (updates every Saturday) and you can also follow me at:


DID I MENTION SPONSORED PRIZES?

Thanks to Martingale for sponsoring this Stitch A Long.  The following prizes will be randomly awarded to WW participants:

Machine Quilting Made Easy, by Maurine Noble

Teach Me to Applique’ Fusible Applique’ that is Soft & Simple, by Pat Sloan

Fun-Size Quilts: 17 Popular Designers Play With Fat Quarters, Compiled by Karen M. Burns

The Big Book of Nickel Quilts: 40 Projects for 5-inch Scraps, by Path Speth with Charlene Thode

RULES TO WIN A PRIZE:

  1. Join the Linky Party in any/all of the posts for this Stitch A Long, sharing your progress, a previously completed Heart and Feather Quilt, and hopefully your completed quilt during this event.  To clarify, you can share weekly and the more weeks you participate, the more entries you get to win prizes.
  2. Bloggers are encouraged to share via their blog, with a link to the most current Stitch A Long blog post on QuiltShopGal.  While not required, it is appreciated if you share the artwork for this event and encourage others to participate and/or come check out other sharing.
  3. Share in Leah Day’s facebook group and leave a comment on any of the posts for this event, stating the date you shared.
  4. Share on any social media tool (e.g. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook), using any/all of the #hashtags for this event (#quiltalong10, #StitchALong, #FMQStitchAlong) and leave a comment on any of the posts for this event, stating that you shared.
  5. While this event is open to WW participants, in 2016 QuiltShopGal will providefree shipping of prizes, that I ship directly to US Only winners.  International winners will be required to pay a flat $20 postage fee.  If the actual shipping is more, QuiltShopGal will pay the difference.  If ithe actual cost is less, the funds will go into the 2016 postage expense fund to supplement such expenses in 2016.  “Postage Angels” are also always appreciated and will be recognized in my blog posts for giveaways and/or events, where their donations are used to help offset shipping expenses of  prizes this year.  Of course, I also appreciate those that remember I’m an Affiliate of Craftsy and Amazon and when you click thru my site to make such a purchase, your price remains the same, but I “may” receive a small fee that I use to supplement postage expenses.
  6. One prize per participant.  Winners will receive an email mid-February to notify them that they are a winner. I will do my best to match each winner with their favorite book, by asking them to list their top three choices.  Based on first to respond to my email, will be matched to the available prize of their choice. Prizes that are not claimed will be used as prizes in future Stitch A Longs, or other events hosted by QuiltShopGal

You can find Leah at:

http://www.leahday.com/
http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leah-Day-Quilting/108034899216421
https://www.youtube.com/user/lcvday

Don’t forget to check back weekly (on Saturdays unless I drop the ball), for  sharing our Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt progress in this Stitch A Long.  And, what ever you do, I hope you have a wonderful week with time to enjoy and create!

Here is a list of other posts for this #StitchALong Event:

Next Saturday, I’ll share insights on a #StitchALong Event that I’ll be hosting in March. But I thought I’d share a sneak peek today:  It will be open to a variety of creativity:  Free-Motion Quilting, Doodling/Transdoodle, and/or Machine Embroidery.  And, we’ll have some great sponsors with amazing prizes, with the hope of raising funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

#FMQStitchAlong – Heart & Feather WholeCloth Workshop with Leah Day – January 30th

Update:    I just realized this is my 1,600 blog post.
I’m absolutely thrilled that it turns out to be this post.

I’m thoroughly enjoying stitching the Heart and Feather project, from Leah Day’s workshop.  And virtually stitching with others that are also currently participating in this workshop, as well as those that have shared their previously completed Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt.  Come mid-February, prizes will be randomly awarded to those that joined this #StitchAlong.  And there is still plenty of time, even if you do not complete this project during the timeframe of this event.  Although, I hope to inspire you that it really doesn’t take long.  You’d be surprised if you spend 15 minutes a day, working on this fun project, how much you could learn and how fast you’ll actually finish it!

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While some have been sharing on various social media tools, those that share via the open linky party for this event are automatically entered to win prizes.  And the more sharing you do (e.g. weekly linky parties and social media) the more entries you get.

Laura of Laura Luvs Loons and Quilting Too! shared her project with us.  I think her wholecloth quilt is going to look stunning. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing her progress on this quilt and hope to celebrate her finish too!

Snapshots quilt top, Leah Day Hearts 005 cropped You can check out more at her blog. And, I’ve also added it to My Creative Blog List, which is an easy to use tool to follow creative blogs.

Of course, I’d love to have others come join this virtual Stitch Along.

PROGRESS UPDATE

As mentioned previously, I’m planning on working on this project weekly, with the goal of finishing it for Valentine’s Day.  And, I’d love to have you virtually stitch along with me.

 To date, I have watched all of the following videos that are included in this workshop.  And I like knowing I can watch them again and again.  They are excellent video tutorials:

1 – Introduction (1:42)
2 – Fabric Prepping and Marking (22:29)
3 – Basting for Trapunto (8:38)
4 – Free Motion Quilting Basics (26:24)
5 – Quilting the Outline (18:15)
6 – Clipping the Batting (8:44)
7 – Pin and Machine Basting (9:22)
8 – Quilting Dense Filler Designs (19:48)
9 – Lesson Nine – Part One – Outlining and Filling the Quilt (18:17)
10 – Lesson Nine – Part Tw0 – Outlining and Filling the Quilt (25:12)  

11 – Lesson Ten – Finishing the Quilt Part One
12 – Lesson Ten – Finishing the Quilt Part Two

I have been stitching more areas with Leah’s Cat Fur Ball design, as you can see I decided to also apply this design to the outside area.  I’ve also been stitching the tight echo design, within the center of the hearts.  I’ve never been good with any echo motif, but I do feel the contrasting thread has helped me with this design. Still, I need more practice with echo designs.

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Today I’m continuing to stitch for a little while, take a break, repeat.  I have a “Squirrel” mentality and can easily get distracted.  But for me, that approach works well when working on dense free-motion quilting designs.

PLANS FOR THIS WEEK:

I think shooting to finish my free-motion quilting this week, but if I don’t that is ok too!  Either way, I’m confident that I’ll be able to finish this project in time for Valentine’s Day. And, I think even if you started this project this weekend, you could have it finished in time for Valentine’s Day too!  But then, this Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt would look great any time of the year. And I’m already wanting to make another!

Don’t forget if you are stitching this project to take time to share your progress in Leah’s group on Facebook (Leah Day Quilting – https://www.facebook.com/groups/leahdayquilting/) and share via the Linky tool below, to enter to win prizes that I’ll randomly be awarding to participants.  Bloggers/non-bloggers who stitch this project along with me, as well as those that have already finished this project and share, can enter to win.  Of course, the more entries you share the more chances you get to win prizes!

DID I MENTION A LINKY PARTY?

For bloggers, another bonus of joining this event (and any event I host in 2016 that uses a Linky tool), you will get added to My Creative Blog List, which is a site I created to help others follow blogs, as well as promote blogging events.  To check out this blog list visit: http://mycreativebloglist.blogspot.com/   

 

For non-bloggers, you have several options to share via the linky tool.  The most popular way would be to upload your photos to Flickr and share a link to your picture via the linky tool.  But you can also upload your picture to Leah’s group on Facebook and then add a link to that image via the linky tool.  Just remember your url links need to be direct links, allowing someone to click thru to see your photo entry not just a generic link that might show more than your specific entry.    

If you are not familiar with Linky Tools, here is a link to a tutorial: http://quiltshopgal.com/tutorial-for-participants-in-linky-events-for-bloggers-and-non-bloggers/
Don’t forget if you use any social media tools, please use share photos of your progress using hashtags: #quiltalong10, #StitchALong, #FMQStitchAlong.  I’ll be sharing in Leah’s Facebook group, this blog (updates every Saturday) and you can also follow me at:


DID I MENTION SPONSORED PRIZES?

Thanks to Martingale for sponsoring this Stitch A Long.  The following prizes will be randomly awarded to WW participants:

Machine Quilting Made Easy, by Maurine Noble

Teach Me to Applique’ Fusible Applique’ that is Soft & Simple, by Pat Sloan

Fun-Size Quilts: 17 Popular Designers Play With Fat Quarters, Compiled by Karen M. Burns

The Big Book of Nickel Quilts: 40 Projects for 5-inch Scraps, by Path Speth with Charlene Thode

RULES TO WIN A PRIZE:

  1. Join the Linky Party in any/all of the posts for this Stitch A Long, sharing your progress, a previously completed Heart and Feather Quilt, and hopefully your completed quilt during this event.  To clarify, you can share weekly and the more weeks you participate, the more entries you get to win prizes.
  2. Bloggers are encouraged to share via their blog, with a link to the most current Stitch A Long blog post on QuiltShopGal.  While not required, it is appreciated if you share the artwork for this event and encourage others to participate and/or come check out other sharing.
  3. Share in Leah Day’s facebook group and leave a comment on any of the posts for this event, stating the date you shared.
  4. Share on any social media tool (e.g. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook), using any/all of the #hashtags for this event (#quiltalong10, #StitchALong, #FMQStitchAlong) and leave a comment on any of the posts for this event, stating that you shared.
  5. While this event is open to WW participants, in 2016 QuiltShopGal will providefree shipping of prizes, that I ship directly to US Only winners.  International winners will be required to pay a flat $20 postage fee.  If the actual shipping is more, QuiltShopGal will pay the difference.  If ithe actual cost is less, the funds will go into the 2016 postage expense fund to supplement such expenses in 2016.  “Postage Angels” are also always appreciated and will be recognized in my blog posts for giveaways and/or events, where their donations are used to help offset shipping expenses of  prizes this year.  Of course, I also appreciate those that remember I’m an Affiliate of Craftsy and Amazon and when you click thru my site to make such a purchase, your price remains the same, but I “may” receive a small fee that I use to supplement postage expenses.
  6. One prize per participant.  Winners will receive an email mid-February to notify them that they are a winner. I will do my best to match each winner with their favorite book, by asking them to list their top three choices.  Based on first to respond to my email, will be matched to the available prize of their choice. Prizes that are not claimed will be used as prizes in future Stitch A Longs, or other events hosted by QuiltShopGal

You can find Leah at:

http://www.leahday.com/
http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leah-Day-Quilting/108034899216421
https://www.youtube.com/user/lcvday

Don’t forget to check back weekly (on Saturdays unless I drop the ball), for  sharing our Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt progress in this Stitch A Long.  And, what ever you do, I hope you have a wonderful week with time to enjoy and create!

Here is a list of other posts for this #StitchALong Event:

#FMQStitchAlong – Heart & Feather WholeCloth Workshop with Leah Day – January 23rd

TRUE CONFESSION:  I haven’t spent very much time this week (or to-date), watching watching video tutorials by Leah Day, for her Heart and Feather Workshop, nor working on my project.  But, I’m honestly impressed with how much I’ve learned, how much fun I’ve had, as well as my progress.  And, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed virtually sewing this project with other quilters, as well as hearing from those that have already completed this workshop.  

Stitch A Long Template Leah Day

PROGRESS UPDATE

As mentioned previously, I’m planning on working on this project weekly, with the goal of finishing it for Valentine’s Day.  And, I’d love to have you virtually stitch along with me.

 I have watched the following videos:

1 – Introduction (1:42)
2 – Fabric Prepping and Marking (22:29)
3 – Basting for Trapunto (8:38)
4 – Free Motion Quilting Basics (26:24)
5 – Quilting the Outline (18:15)
6 – Clipping the Batting (8:44)
7 – Pin and Machine Basting (9:22)
8 – Quilting Dense Filler Designs (19:48)
9 – Lesson Nine – Part One – Outlining and Filling the Quilt (18:17)
10 – Lesson Nine – Part Twp – Outlining and Filling the Quilt (25:12)

I decided to try using Terial Magic on my quilt top fabric vs regular Starch.  I’ll share my perspective once I finish this project, but so far I REALLY like it.  I also used water soluble fabric markers to mark my fabric for the beautiful design that Leah created for this Wholecloth quilt.

I outlined the design and I’m now stitching a dense filler design that Leah calls “Cat Hair Ball Filler”, which I found surprisingly easy to stitch, great fun and quite effective.  My camera doesn’t do this design justice.


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PLANS FOR THIS WEEK:

I’m planning on watching the following video tutorials:

11 – Lesson Ten – Finishing the Quilt Part One
12 – Lesson Ten – Finishing the Quilt Part Two

For stitching,  I plan to continue working on all the dense filler designs this week.   To my delight and amazement, I’m getting more comfortable stitching with contrasting thread.  Not sure why I avoided it till now.  

Don’t forget if you are stitching this project to take time to share your progress in Leah’s group on Facebook (Leah Day Quilting – https://www.facebook.com/groups/leahdayquilting/) and share via the Linky tool below, to enter to win prizes that I’ll randomly be awarding to participants.  Bloggers/non-bloggers who stitch this project along with me, as well as those that have already finished this project and share, can enter to win.  Of course, the more entries you share the more chances you get to win prizes!

DID I MENTION A LINKY PARTY?

For bloggers, another bonus of joining this event (and any event I host in 2016 that uses a Linky tool), you will get added to My Creative Blog List, which is a site I created to help others follow blogs, as well as promote blogging events.  To check out this blog list visit: http://mycreativebloglist.blogspot.com/   
For non-bloggers, you have several options to share via the linky tool.  The most popular way would be to upload your photos to Flickr and share a link to your picture via the linky tool.  But you can also upload your picture to Leah’s group on Facebook and then add a link to that image via the linky tool.  Just remember your url links need to be direct links, allowing someone to click thru to see your photo entry not just a generic link that might show more than your specific entry.    
If you are not familiar with Linky Tools, here is a link to a tutorial: http://quiltshopgal.com/tutorial-for-participants-in-linky-events-for-bloggers-and-non-bloggers/
Don’t forget if you use any social media tools, please use share photos of your progress using hashtags: #quiltalong10, #StitchALong, #FMQStitchAlong.  I’ll be sharing in Leah’s Facebook group, this blog (updates every Saturday) and you can also follow me at:


DID I MENTION SPONSORED PRIZES?

Thanks to Martingale for sponsoring this Stitch A Long.  The following prizes will be randomly awarded to WW participants:

Machine Quilting Made Easy, by Maurine Noble

Teach Me to Applique’ Fusible Applique’ that is Soft & Simple, by Pat Sloan

Fun-Size Quilts: 17 Popular Designers Play With Fat Quarters, Compiled by Karen M. Burns

The Big Book of Nickel Quilts: 40 Projects for 5-inch Scraps, by Path Speth with Charlene Thode

RULES TO WIN A PRIZE:

  1. Join the Linky Party in any/all of the posts for this Stitch A Long, sharing your progress, a previously completed Heart and Feather Quilt, and hopefully your completed quilt during this event.  To clarify, you can share weekly and the more weeks you participate, the more entries you get to win prizes.
  2. Bloggers are encouraged to share via their blog, with a link to the most current Stitch A Long blog post on QuiltShopGal.  While not required, it is appreciated if you share the artwork for this event and encourage others to participate and/or come check out other sharing.
  3. Share in Leah Day’s facebook group and leave a comment on any of the posts for this event, stating the date you shared.
  4. Share on any social media tool (e.g. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook), using any/all of the #hashtags for this event (#quiltalong10, #StitchALong, #FMQStitchAlong) and leave a comment on any of the posts for this event, stating that you shared.
  5. While this event is open to WW participants, in 2016 QuiltShopGal will providefree shipping of prizes, that I ship directly to US Only winners.  International winners will be required to pay a flat $20 postage fee.  If the actual shipping is more, QuiltShopGal will pay the difference.  If ithe actual cost is less, the funds will go into the 2016 postage expense fund to supplement such expenses in 2016.  “Postage Angels” are also always appreciated and will be recognized in my blog posts for giveaways and/or events, where their donations are used to help offset shipping expenses of  prizes this year.  Of course, I also appreciate those that remember I’m an Affiliate of Craftsy and Amazon and when you click thru my site to make such a purchase, your price remains the same, but I “may” receive a small fee that I use to supplement postage expenses.
  6. One prize per participant.  Winners will receive an email mid-February to notify them that they are a winner. I will do my best to match each winner with their favorite book, by asking them to list their top three choices.  Based on first to respond to my email, will be matched to the available prize of their choice. Prizes that are not claimed will be used as prizes in future Stitch A Longs, or other events hosted by QuiltShopGal

You can find Leah at:

http://www.leahday.com/
http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leah-Day-Quilting/108034899216421
https://www.youtube.com/user/lcvday

Don’t forget to check back weekly (on Saturdays unless I drop the ball), for  sharing our Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt progress in this Stitch A Long.  And, what ever you do, I hope you have a wonderful week with time to enjoy and create!

Here is a list of other posts for this #StitchALong Event:

Free-Motion Quilting: Retrospect on 2015 and Looking Forward in 2016

FMQ RETROSPECT ON 2015:

While you may not (yet) be interested in free-motion quilting (FMQ, one of my goals this year is to continue to learn and improve my FMQ skills, as well as continue to inspire others to do so too! Personally,  I’ll confess I’m not an expert, and I don’t want anyone to ever think I’m an expert on anything.  But I do believe everyone can do free-motion quilting, with just a little practice and commitment to learn and improve.  

In 2012, 2013 and 2015 I hosted a FMQ challenge that focused on trying to increase awareness of various FMQ Experts, as well as encourage everyone to learn/improve their FMQ skills.  Unfortunately, I totally botched hosting the 2015 FMQ Challenge due to lack of time and organization on my part.  But, I appreciate patience by those who won a prize and have not yet received it.  I’m currently working on awarding December and Grand Prizes, as well as shipping what feels like a ton of prizes.  And, I will then go thru and complete an audit to ensure everyone that one, throughout this challenge has received their prizes.

My lesson learned: I will no longer going to host a challenge that runs throughout the year, with monthly challenges.  I just don’t have the time to do it properly.  

FMQ PLANS FOR 2016

For 2016, I do plan on hosting a variety of fairly small FMQ events and I hope you’ll participate in one or all.  Some will have sponsored prizes and some won’t.  But I truly hope you are committed to learning/improving your FMQ skills for you and not just to win a prize.  Events that I’m planning will include UFO FMQ Challenges, FMQ Stitch A Longs, as well as FMQ Challenges that showcase an Expert.  And, throughout the year I’m still committed to increase awareness of FMQ Experts, Books, Classes, notions and tools that are perfect for those stitching FMQ.

 

This coming Saturday, I’ll kick off my first FMQ Stitch A Long of the year, where I’ll showcase Leah Day, an amazing FMQ Expert.  Last Fall, Leah released a virtual Heart and Feather Wholecloth Workshop that includes a pattern to make a wholecloth quilt, as well as special video tutorials available to those that purchase this workshop from Leah Day Designs: http://leahday.com/collections/workshops/products/heart-wholecloth?variant=9209743749

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Everyone is welcome to join me in this event.  Of course those that have already completed this workshop are also encouraged to share what they created, as well as stitch along with us and make another one. As QuiltShopGal, I’m hosting this event to promote learning FMQ, with Leah Day’s workshop to help us learn/improve our FMQ skills, while having loads of fun.

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We’ll have a Linky Party where you can share your progress, as well as any finished project that you may have made using techniques and designs taught by Leah in this workshop.  And, those on Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram will also be encouraged to share photos using hashtags #StitchAlong and/or  #FMQStitchAlong.

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In this Stitch Along, you can sew at your own pace, but my goal is to have mine completed in time to enjoy on Valentines Day.

Don’t forget you can use any fabric and supplies from your stash, but Leah does have a few kits that are available.

 

Martingale will be our sponsor for this event.  I’ll be sharing insights on prizes, as this event officially kicks off.martingale-text-logo (1)

 

Leah is also hosting a Machine Quilting Block Party that looks like loads of fun and a great way to learn/improve your FMQ skills.

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You can find Leah at:

http://www.leahday.com/
http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leah-Day-Quilting/108034899216421
https://www.youtube.com/user/lcvday

 

Don’t forget, our first FMQ Stitch Along for 2016 starts this coming Saturday.  I hope you’ll come join the fun.

Happy New Year – Goals and Plans for QuiltShopGal in 2016

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There is something special about a New Year, as refreshing and fun as a clean chalkboard for you to sketch out your dreams.  You may have the same goal, the same dream, that you carry into the new year, or you may start with completely different goals.  My personal focus is to look forward, although I do spend time looking back at the year prior, as I establish my new goals.  

Today I want to share insights with you on my goals and plans for 2016.  Of course, I hope they will inspire you to follow QuiltShopGal, but I also reserve the right to change my plans throughout the year.  A little more or less of this and that, if you catch what I mean.

 

MY WORD for 2016 continues to be #CreativeGoodness.  While Quilting, Sewing and Embroidery are my favorite forms of creativity, I do want to continue to explore and encourage and admire many forms of creativity.

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GOALS FOR 2016:

  • Listen
  • Encourage
  • Speak Kind Words
  • Be More Organized
  • Spend More Time Being Creative
  • UFO Finish & NO UFO Creation
  • Skill building:  Electric Quilt, Machine Embroidery, Precision Piecing, Free-Motion Quilting

HIGHLIGHTS OF MY PLANS FOR 2016

Continue to manage three blogs:  QuiltShopGal, My Creative Blog List, and Fingertip Shopping.

Host Sponsored Giveaways  and Events throughout 2016.  While I’m currently accepting Sponsors, I want to recognize these 2016 Sponsors:

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RESEARCH AND REPORTING is a core thread of QuiltShopGal and will continue to be so in 2016.  I am currently researching several topics, that have taken me months to thoroughly research, but I hope to be sharing these soon.  I also plan on getting back on track with my “Designer Showcase Series“.

CHARITY FUNDRAISERS AND PAY-IT-FORWARD KINDESS  – I plan to host a couple of charity fundraisers, as well as help with acts of Pay-It-Forward Kindness.  The first Charity Fundraiser will be hosted in March, to benefit Cystic Fibrosis programs around the world, with an emphasis on an excellent program in Australia.  Sneek Peaks on this fundraiser will be shared in January.

  • Cystic Fibrosis

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  • Pets in Shelters/Homeless Animals – also need helping hands from quilting, sewing and embroidery enthusiasts WW.
  • Heaven Sent a new non-profit focused on providing quiltlets to wrap babies that have passed away cover caskets for such babies.

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FREE-MOTION QUILTING CHALLENGES AND STITCH-ALONGS 

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ENGLISH PAPER PIECING STITCH A LONG – summer 2016 – While I have a couple of different EPP designs I’ll be showcasing, this event will be open for sharing any EPP project you are making, or have made, in 2016.  Simply needs to be an EPP project.

UFO / JUST FINISH IT CHALLENGES – I’m shooting to host 2-3 UFO Challenges in 2016.  Some will be focused on FMQ and some focused on any project you wish to share, they just need to be finished in 2016.

MACHINE EMBROIDERY STITCH A LONGS 

  • Lunch Box Quilt Designs – Recipe Towel Collections
  • Kaleidoscope Kreator – Feathers Embroidery Collection
  • Sarah Vedeler – GO! BeDazzled or Stars Collections.  While I have a couple of projects I’ll be using these collections for, this #StitchAlong (like other Stitch A Longs) are open for any sharing that you create using these collections.   What do you think about these motifs for a table runner, pillow or quilt?

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SKILL BUILDING CHALLENGES AND STITCH A LONGS – in addition to Free-Motion Quilting, I plan to host a few events that will help us build our skills for:

  • Precision Piecing Stitch-A-Longs & Challenges
  • Electric Quilt Skill Builders & Challenges – we’ll also be celebrating EQ’s 25th Anniversary this year, during these events.

AFFILIATE PROGRAMS AND POSTAGE ANGELS – To better manage my personal quilting budget, which historically has been negatively impacted by shipping prizes and giveaways, in 2016 I plan to:

  • Continue utilizing Affiliate programs, for businesses and products that I can honestly recommend.  When you click thru any of my blogs to make a purchase, you pay the same as you would have if you went direct to that site, but I “may” receive a small fee back that I use to supplement postage costs.
  • Those that opt to pay-it-forward, by reimbursing me for postage, as well as those that make postage donations, will be recognized in future giveaways and announcement of prizes, where their funds are used to help with postage expenses.
  • As US postage cost has increased, International postage has skyrocketed.  The cost of shipping a book typically exceeds the price of the book, often 7-10 times the cost of what it would cost to shipping within the US.  While I could limit winners to be US only, this year I’m going to ask that International winners “donate” a flat rate of $20, as a Postage Angel, for any prize that they wish to claim.  To clarify, should postage of their prize exceed this rate, I will pay the difference and if the cost is less, the extra amount simply goes into the postage budget to pay-it-forward, with the winner being recognized as a Postage Angel.

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Again, I wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year. I also wish you time to enjoy and create.

#StitchAlong – December 12th – Quick and Easy Handmade Gifts

Welcome to another #StitchAlong.  I’m sharing some quick and easy projects that I’m working on, as well as insights on my nearterm stitching plans.  Of course I hope you’ll want to join me.  And, I’d love to hear about your favorite “Quick and Easy Handmade Gifts”.

I’ve been having great fun stitching a variety of bags, by participating in a Bag It! event hosted by Patty D of Elm Street Quilts.  I wanted to build my skills sewing zippers and this event certainly helped me with that objective, although I think I’m far from being a zipper expert I am now “back in the saddle”, much more comfortable sewing zippers.

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If you are participating in this event don’t forget you need to enter on Patty’s Blog by the 14th.

While I still have some more bags ready to be stitched this weekend, so far I’ve made:

  • I made four clear plastic zipper pouches using Patty’s Headphone Zippered Pouches tutorial.  I think they are a nice size to hold a small pair of scissors, thread, needles and a few other notions.  

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I have a  just a few more bag projects cut and ready to stitch. I’m using the clear vinyl pouch tutorial, to make a large version to hold small rulers, to help organize my sewing room.

You can find Elm Street Quilts at:

http://www.elmstreetquilts.com/

This weekend, I’m also making Christmas Aprons using a fun and fast FREE pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop called pocket N pies” pattern  

For those that have problems watching this embedded video, or are using a MAC, here is a direct link to view it on Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPNKDoWqnxA   

And here is a link for a Free pattern you can download

 http://www.fatquartershop.com/media/wysiwyg/pdf/PocketsPies-Pattern.pdf

You can find the Fat Quarter Shop at:

http://www.fatquartershop.com/
https://www.facebook.com/FatQuarterShop/?fref=ts
https://twitter.com/FatQuarterShop
http://pinterest.com/fatquartershop/
https://www.youtube.com/user/FatQuarterShop/
https://www.instagram.com/fatquartershop/

While I’m still stitching them, I was able to get hubby to model one that I have completed.  Sorta difficult to take a selfie of an apron.  LOL!

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Update:  Completed three aprons.  Not an easy handmade item to photograph and hubby refused to model again. He’d much rather work on some of his projects in the garage.  I need to find more Dish Towels, before I can make any more.  These are so easy and fun to make….definitely addictive and work for any season, any color theme.

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NEXT week, I’m stitching machine embroidery “recipe towels“, by Angie Steveson of Lunch Box Quilts. They all stitch out beautifully and make for fun and fast gifts, as well as to decorate your home.

You can find Angie/Lunch Box Quilts at:

http://lunchboxquilts.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LunchBoxQuilts/
https://twitter.com/lunchboxquilts
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQf93fdw4wxfssVzYDq8jyg

I’d love to have you join me in these virtual #StitchAlong projects.  You can share on social media (e.g. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc) using the hashtag #StitchAlong.  Of course, I also hope you’ll also share in the weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties which I host every Friday.   And, these zipper bags will be some of the “handmade surprise prizes” randomly given to participants in these weekly parties.

 What ever you do, I hope you find joy and time to create.    And, please let me know if you have any recommendations for fun and fast handmade gifts.

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Here is a list of previous posts for #StitchAlong:

 

#StitchAlong – December 5th – Bag It! with Patty D of Elm Street Quilts

Welcome to another #StitchAlong, where you are invited to join the fun. I’m participating in an event hosted by Patty D of Elm Street Quilts called “Bag it” .  Each week in November she is providing a bag tutorial and you get entered to win prizes, with every bag you make (the more bags you make, the more entries you get).  Here is her schedule:

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But actually, Patty provided so many more tutorials for sweet bags throughout this fun event:

I sure hope you are joining the fun, as these bags are great for yourself to use, but also make excellent gifts.  Patty even has kits you can order!  Can’t get any easier than that!  Plus, if you purchase two kits and she’ll throw in a third kit for free!  (No coupon code required – ends Dec 15th.

To officially enter to win prizes: http://www.elmstreetquilts.com/p/bag-it-entry-page.html   Personally, I’m not doing this to win prizes.  This is a great way to learn and improve our sewing skills, have fun stitching with others, as well as make items to give to others.

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This week, I’m having great fun using Patty’s tutorial for Headphone Zippered Pouches, to make more zippered pouches for hand sewing supplies.

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I’ve also adapted Patty’s tutorial to make larger versions to hold rulers and other quilting tools.  I’m definitely having great fun creating these pouches and hope will join the fun and make some too!

Previously, I stitched ten bags using Patty’s Basic Zippered Pouch Tutorial”,  of which some I boxed the corners and some I did not.

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It is easy to get addicted to making zippered bags.  While I think I have room for plenty of improvement, I think I’m now doing much better sewing zippers.

Don’t forget, if you share your photos to include hastags #elmstreetquilts and #stitchalong.  But, what ever you are doing, I hope you are having fun and finding time to enjoy and create.

 

You can find Elm Street Quilts at:

http://www.elmstreetquilts.com/

 

I’d love to have you join me in these virtual #StitchAlong projects.  You can share on social media (e.g. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc) using the hashtag #StitchAlong.  Of course, I also hope you’ll also share in the weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties which I host every Friday.   And, these zipper bags will be some of the “handmade surprise prizes” randomly given to participants in these weekly parties.

 What ever you do, I hope you find joy and time to create.  

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Here is a list of previous posts for #StitchAlong:

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