Category: The Quilt Show

The Quilt Show – Episode #1808 with Sue and Ashley Nickels / Roderick Kiracofe

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Episode #1808 on The Quilt Show, Featuring: Sue Nickels & Ashley Nickels / Roderick Kiracofe packed with tips, tricks, great insights, and plenty of inspiration.  And, of course, open for viewing to all Star Members any time they wish to view it, as well as watch again and again.   

UPDATE:  I originally thought I had spotted a notice that showed this show was open for free viewing, for anyone, thru the 24th.  But this must have been my error.  My apologies.  If you are not a Star Member, I hope this will get you thinking about becoming a member which gets you Full Access 24/7 to all Shows, Classrooms, Online DVDs, and Exclusive Patterns on all your devices. It’s like Netflix for Quilters

Sue Nickels is a very talented quilter, free-motion quilting expert, author and teacher.  AS this is her 3rd time on TQS, I’d encourage you to take time to watch this new episode, as well as watch episodes  #1201 (ABC’s of Award Winning Quilted Feathers)  and #402 (Quilting to Perfection).  Sue often finds inspiration in quilts from the 1800’s, where she enjoys wholecloth quilting, as well as creating stunning machine applique quilts, often with vibrant colors.

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In this current episode we get introduced to Sue’s daughter Ashley Nichols, who has been sewing for years, but became an avid quilter after recently attending QuiltCon, where she fell in love with modern quilting.  She enjoys gridwork quilts combined with beautiful free-motion quilting with designs inspired by “gates” where she lives in San Francisco.

Here is a behind the scenes interview where TQS talks to Sue and Ashley, about their different quilting styles and the possibility of a collaborative project in the future.

 

While Sue and Ashley have different quilting styles, they are both highly talented quilters.  I hope you get a chance to watch episode #1808 on TQS, as I think you’ll enjoy learning more about them, as well as learning a few tricks along the way, as well as enjoy all the inspirational projects that are showed in this episode:  Chapters for this episode cover:

  1. Ricky interviews Sue & Ashley as they each talk about how they have there own techniques on quilting

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  1. Sue talks about how she loves her 1800 patterns to transform into her flower garden borders
  2. Ashley Nickels, is new to quilting, and found her niche after attending QuiltCon
  3. Sue demonstrates how she applies the finishing touches to her “bird” applique with her fancy stitches

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MY PERSPECTIVE:

An absolutely wonderful episode, packed with great tips and inspiration.  I found it delightful to learn more about the people in this episode.  And I also thoroughly enjoyed learning great tips and tricks for designing applique borders (and strippy quilts), working with fusible applique, and an amazing tip for creating an applique eye of a bird.  Too cute.

I also learned about the Holly Girls Quilt Retreats in Michigan, where Sue Nickels and her sister Pat Holly host quilt retreats in Northern Michigan.  These retreats sound like great fun and certainly have two amazing award winning quilters teaching at these retreats, which makes it a exception opportunity to learn from experts, as well as have fun.  I’ve now added this to my quilting “Bucket List”.

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Ashley shares inspirational  tips to find inspiration for FMQ, plan out your free-motion quilting using a photo of her quilt and free software (adobe draw or Sketchbook) on her tablet.   I was amazed in the FMQ detail she creates without marking her quilts.

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Roderick Kiracofe, an Author, Collector, Artist and Consultant (aka amazing man) shares many quilts and quilt tops in his collection (over 300 quilts and over 100 tops) and talks about his career publishing magazines and books about historic quilts.  He sounds like an absolutely wonderful man that is very talented.

 

You can find The Quilt Show at:

http://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog
https://www.facebook.com/TQShow/?fref=ts
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheQuiltShowcom
https://www.pinterest.com/thequiltshow/

You can find Sue Nickels at:

http://www.sue-nickels.com
http://www.sue-nickels.com/weblog/
https://www.facebook.com/suenickelsquilting/?fref=ts
https://www.instagram.com/nickquilt/

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Here is a list of Sue and Ashley’s classes on Creative Bug:

Sue:

Machine Quilting Basics
Quilt Finishing and Binding 
Raw Edge Applique 
Advanced FMQ 

Sue & Ashley:

Mother Daughter Quilting – Making Modern and Traditional Quilts 

Ashley:

Sew a reversible sun hat 
Sew a yoga mat
How to make binding tape 
How to attach binding tape
How to sew Mitred Corners
How to sew Pot Holders 
How to Chain Piece Fabric
How to Stitch in the Ditch 
Perfectly Pixelated Jelly Roll Quilt
Quilted Jelly Roll Baby Bibs 

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.

The Quilt Show (TQS) – Current Show, Past Shows, Classes and More – Free Batting/Free Shipping

I have been a loyal fan of The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims since it launched TQS in 2007.   Their shows has exposed me to a vast variety of quilters and techniques, entertained me, inspired me, and provided economical ways to learn and create.    If I’m too busy and can’t watch a show when it is released, I can watch it anytime.  I also like how you can view any of the 200+ shows that they have released over the years.  But there is so much more for TQS members.  Thus, when I hear from someone who has not heard about TQS, or have never subscribed, I know what they’ve been missing out.  

As TQS has amazing value, especially considering they have a current special for new and renewing members, I wanted to share insights with you today about TQS:

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The current show #1709 is with Jane Hall and Susan Brubaker Knapp.  Jane shows how to make the perfect pineapple quilt.  Susan shares insight on getting that perfect tension and selecting the correct feet for your machine, as well as how to take a photo and turn it into an amazing art quilt.

I thoroughly enjoyed watching Ricky and Alex talk about Pineapple quilts with Jane Hall.  The “trunk show” of Jane’s quilts were absolutely amazing.  From old antique style quilts to color shading quilts with a modern twist, all gorgeous and inspirational.  Jane also shared insights on how her quilting career evolved into a quilting judge, as well as her work making fabric bowls.

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Jane has made one absolutely gorgeous Hawaiian applique quilt that she shared.  She also shared great tips for precision piecing the pineapple quilt blocks, as well as color and value/contrast tips, along with tips for changing the shapes of the block to create a completely different design.

Susan Brubaker Knapp rounded out this show complimenting the traditional pineapple quilting shared by Jane,  to sharing inspirational art quilts that were based on photographs taken by Susan.

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Susan shared an inspirational trunk show of her beautiful art quilts, all inspired from photographs that she captured typically while on her daily walks.  She also shared great tips on photography, color, painting on fabric, as well as threadsketching.

This show is packed with total #CreativeGoodness, as are all of the TQS shows.

Again,  FREE memberships open to anyone at TQS, where you get to view selected free shows, you simply need to create a free account at TQS.  Here is a link to sign up for a free account, as well as a list of current free shows:

http://thequiltshow.com/join-free

http://thequiltshow.com/watch/free-shows

But those with paid memberships get to view every show that is released during their membership, as well as over 200 shows that were previously released:

http://thequiltshow.com/shop/memberships

Of course, everyone (free and paid memberships) get access to the TQS daily blog that is packed with inspiration, fun, tips, giveaways and more.

http://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog

See EVERY TV quality show made by TQS and get access to new shows premiering every 2 weeks only $0.20 per show. (Over 200 Shows)

  • Access to the new shows premiering every 2 weeks
  • Access to EVERY PAST SHOW
  • Block of the Month Patterns – a $90 Value
  • Use of Member/Quilt/Shop Search Engines
  • Access to all Projects & Special Classes
  • Access to Featured Guest DVDs
  • Display your Quilts in the Quilt Gallery
  • Huge discounts on Series DVDs
  • Additional profile features
  • Receive the weekly eNewsletter that is your guide to all the content
  • Watch video Quilt classes in the TQS Classroom
  • Watch your shows 24/7 as many times as you like

* DVDs SOLD SEPARATELY
* HIGH SPEED INTERNET REQUIRED

 

Not a Premium Star Member, or do you need to renew? Subscribe for a full year of quilting shows, classes and news for $42.95, and TQS will send you FREE a Quilters Select repositionable fusible valued at $37.99 or a special paper piecing fiber you don’t have to remove valued at $19.99. Shipping is FREE.

That means your net for a Star membership is as low as $5 for a full year!!

http://thequiltshow.com/shop/memberships

 

You can also follow TQS at:

http://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog

https://www.facebook.com/TQShow/?fref=ts

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheQuiltShowcom

https://www.pinterest.com/thequiltshow/

 

 

 

 

2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – September Challenge with Kaleidoscope Collections, Teri Lucas, Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero and Rebecca Kemp Brent

Today we kick off the  September Linky Party for the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge, which will be open for this month only.  To clarify, this summer, our monthly challenges were opened thru September 15th and there is still time to enter the following challenges:

May Challenge with Cindy Needham
June Challenge with Diane Gaudynski
July Challenge with Paula Reid
August Challenge with Angela Waters

 

This month we showcase Kaleidoscope Kreator 3 (aka KK3) software, from Kaleidoscope Collections, and Teri Lucas, who is a Master Free-Motion Quilter and teacher.  We hope to inspire you to play and create with KK software and free-motion quilting.  Possibilities are endless.  There is also an machine embroidery (ME) option for those that enjoy ME, which will also incorporate free-motion quilting.

Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero is also the creator of the Kaleidoscope Collections software and machine embroidery designs.  She has created many award winning quilts, teaches wonderful classes, which I highly recommend, for using the Kaleidoscope Collections software as well as machine embroidery designs.  And, she is a new designer for Hoffman California Fabrics.

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To clarify, there is also an option to participate in this challenge without purchasing the KK software.  But personally, I honestly think this challenge will be more fun for those that use the KK software.

 

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For those not familiar with Kaleidoscope Collections, software and machine embroidery designs created by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero.  I have used this versatile software for years, which I find to be  super fun and easy to use, while allowing you to convert images into a Kaleidoscope, where the creative possibilities are endless.  

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Here is a super quick example:

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I quickly and easily created a variety of Kaleidoscope designs for which I can easily size and print on fabric, using my home printer, or save to a file to use to make greeting cards, jewelry, etc..  Here is a gallery of a few of my designs from one photo, but I could have created many more unique kaleidoscope designs using KK3 software:

Can you visualize how these designs would look in a free-motion quilted project and how much fun you could have creating your own fabric designs with KK3 software?  I’m here to help, if you need help pursuing this challenge.  Just leave a comment on this post, or email me.

 

And here is a video where Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero that provides a good overview of how the KK3 software works for quilters:

If you have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ0GYQh-rGw

MONTHLY FMQ EXPERT FOR SEPTEMBER:

As mentioned, our expert this month is Teri Lucas and she is an award winning quilter and teacher.   You may be familiar with Teri from our 2012 FMQ Challenge, Facebook, her blog (Teri Lucas Quilts), having taken a class or workshop with her,  articles published in various magazines such as Quilting Arts, or her articles as the Associate Editor of Generation Q Magazine.

Here are a few of examples of Teri’s beautiful free-motion quilting:

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(photo above taken by the very talented Gregory Case).

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Feather Zone is an award winning quilt made by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero and Teri that used Kaleidoscope Kreator Software and the Feather Template Pack to create this stunning quilt.

 

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“Fire in Ice” was created using templates from both the Snowflakes and Filigrees Template Mini-Packs with Kaleidoscope Kreator 3. It was quilted by Teri Harris Lucas. — and made  by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero.

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  I hope you can see why I’m delighted to showcase Kaleidoscope Collections and Teri Lucas in our 2015 FMQ Challenge this month.

 

SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE – OPTIONS:

OPTION #1  

Create a pillow using the free-motion quilting tutorial by Teri Lucas, that was shared in the 2012 FMQ Challenge.  For those that do not want to purchase the Kaleidoscope Kreator (aka KK) software, this tutorial also provides a free downloadable template that you can use to mark on your fabric, but using the KK software will certainly be more fun!

Here is a pillow created using KK3 and the Filigree Template Pack, made by Jeanie.  I’m sharing this for inspiration.  If you need a tutorial to make this specific pillow, let me know.  But do remember, you can use KK3 softare, any template, or use the free PDF provided by Teri Lucas in this challenge to create a pillow of any size and design that you wish.  This is a versatile challenge!

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For those that will use the KK software, you can also use any Template Pack (e.g. Feathers, Filigree, Snowflakes, Tiles, Blossoms, Frame Frenzy, or Quilters’ Polygon) that you wish.

 

OPTION #2

For those that enjoy machine embroidery, create a pillow where your design uses the KK software and any of the complimentary machine embroidery design collections (e.g. Feathers, Filigrees, Snowflakes) AND inco

 

Here is a video tutorial by Jeanie that shows machine embroidery enthusiasts how to use KK3 software to print on fabric and stitch out these embroidery designs.

If you have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa__il6BBzE&list=PLmBQBwWqPIuOkHhdTnVb4dMq2yFsrM7Tm

 

OPTION #3

For those that may have an electronic cutter (e.g. Silhouette, Brother Scan-N-Cut, Sizzix Eclipse, etc), consider using Kaleidoscope Kreator 3 software and your electronic cutter, to create your own unique applique Kaleidoscope design that you can applique, add free-motion quilting and create a stunning pillow. Or create a stencil and paint your KK3 created motif on your fabric, followed by adding free-motion quilting designs of your choice.

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Here is an inspirational video tutorial by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero and Rebecca Kemp Brent .

If you have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkZVZFzy8sw

 

 

KK software uses your domestic printer to print on fabric, which typically maxes out at 8.5″ wide.  For those that use Electric Quilt Software you can play with your design to determine the size of your blocks and overall layout.  For those that do not use EQ Software of course you can sketch it out on paper.  But, here are a few ideas I came up with and wanted to share:

For 20″ pillows I played with a couple of versions, but don’t forget possibilities are endless….

8″ blocks with sashing and borders

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6″ blocks on point

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ENTER THIS CHALLENGE – JOIN THIS LINKY PARTY

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!


RULES TO ENTER THIS CHALLENGE:

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:     https://www.flickr.com/groups/2815271@N22/   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: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2815271@N22/

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.

SPONSORS AND PRIZES FOR THIS AUGUST CHALLENGE:

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 – Connie K (Free Motion By The River
Gotcha Covered Quilting

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$25 Gift Certificate to Gotcha Covered Quilting. Open to WW participants  Prize #2 winner – Slaney Handcrafts
Martingale Quiltmaking Essentials 2, by Donna Lynn Thomas
Irish Chain Quilts, by Melissa Corry
All About Strips, by Susan GuzmanAs QuiltShopGal will be shipping these prizes directly to a lucky winner, one max can ship to a WW winner and two will be awarded to US/Canada winners.  Prizes not claimed will be used later for Grand Prizes to be awarded at the end of the 2015 FMQ Challenge.
Prize #3 Irish Chain Quilts – winner: Elizabeth H.

4 All About Stripswinner – Marjorie of Marjorie’s Busy Corner

 

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!
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 If you have questions for this Challenge, please   http://quiltshopgal.com/faq-for-challenges-and-shows/

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:

http://quiltshopgal.com/2015-

SPONSORS:

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 the most, etc).

2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – July Challenge with Paula Reid

Today we kick off the  July Linky Party for the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  And this month we showcase Paula Reid, an amazing quilter and free-motion quilting experts who has a special talent for applying FMQ on large quilts using a domestic sewing machine, as well as stitching stunning FMQ designs.  

Quilters of all levels of experience are invited to join these monthly challenges.  We do not judge anyone, but strive to encourage everyone to learn and improve their free-motion quilting (FMQ) skills.  And “everyone” means this event is open to bloggers, non-bloggers, quilters that use any type of machine (domestic, mid-arm, or long-arm), as well as quilters from all over the world! 

If you are not familiar with this challenge, and definitely those that have not participated in any of the prior challenges, please read the main page for this event, as it has been updated to provide information previously shared within these monthly posts.  You can always find the main page by clicking on the links underneath the blog header labeled EVENTS and then click FREE-MOTION QUILTING – 2015 FMQ CHALLENGE.

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SPONSORS:

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

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 the most, etc).   

MONTHLY FMQ EXPERT FOR JULY:

As mentioned, our expert this month is Paula Reid,   an Expert Free-Motion Quilter, Designer, Teacher and very creative person.

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Paula has professional quilted many quilts from famous quilters including Alex Anderson.  She has taught quilters, the art of free-motion quilting, all over the world, and is willing to travel and teach in your area.  If you are interested in taking a class with her, just let your Guild Event Coordinator and/or local Quilt Shop owner know and maybe they can schedule a workshop with her in your area.  

You can also take an online class with Paula through Craftsy, which I can honestly recommend at Craftsy “Start Machine Quilting”.

She has also published several DVDs, which I think are excellent and provide a great way for people to learn/improve their FMQ skills:

 “Beyond the Basics: Free Motion & Trapunto

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 “Fluff and Stuff which teaches FMQ while focusing on teaching you how to quilt large quilts on a domestic machine!

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Paula also designed some super cute and helpful “Batt Scooters” to help you move a quilt around, on your domestic sewing machine, while doing free-motion quilting.  And she has a Youtube video about these scooters on her site, as well as you’ll find more insights about other products by Paula too!

I hope you’ll participate in this challenge and take advantage of learning and/or improving your free-motion quilting skills, by learning from Paula, while having fun too!

You can find Paul at:

http://www.battsintheattic.com/
http://battsintheattic.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/battsintheattic

 

JULY CHALLENGE – OPTIONS:

OPTION #1

Create a pillow using the free-motion quilting tutorial, by Paula Reid, shared in the  during the 2012 FMQ Challenge.  This tutorial teach you about using stencils, actually using a stencil design that is one of Paula’s favorites.  You may wish to enlarge this design to cover the complete area of your pillow, shrink it and incorporate multiple areas with this shape, or use as size provided and add your own background.   Feel free to push yourself and make changes to this design, as you feel appropriate (fillers, design changes to create your own stencil design, etc).  You can download this design from the 2012 FMQ tutorial, or purchase an 11″ or 13″ stencil from The Stencil Company.  

The Stencil Company has many wonderful stencil designs, all at a reasonable price.  I continue to add new stencils to my collection all of the time and have found The Stencil Company to be a wonderful source of beautiful stencil designs.

OPTION #2

Create a pillow with FMQ using any of the designs and techniques covered in Paula’s class “Start Machine Quilting”, on Craftsy.   

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Possibly you have already taken this class and this option encourages you to utilize what you learned, or maybe you haven’t taken it and it inspires you to sign up for this excellent FMQ class on Craftsy.

OPTION #3

Create a pillow with FMQ using any of the designs and techniques covered Paula’s DVD “Beyond the Basics: Free Motion & Trapunto“.  While there is more to this DVD than Trapunto, if you have not yet tried Trapunto with your FMQ, I highly encourage you to give this a try as I think you’ll thoroughly enjoy it.  Paula does a fantastic job teaching and her DVDs are a great learning and inspiration resource.

OPTION #4

Create a pillow with FMQ using any of the designs and techniques covered Paula’s DVD “Fluff and Stuff“.  While this DVD does teach Paula’s technique for managing large quilts, there is still plenty that you is taught on this DVD that you can apply to a pillow too!  But I think many will be eager to apply what they learn from this DVD to their large quilts.  Information covered in this DVD truly does make it easy to apply FMQ to large quilts on a domestic machine!

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!

ENTER THIS CHALLENGE – JOIN THIS LINKY PARTY



While these are still “monthly” challenges, I’ve extended the window of the linky party thru mid-September and I will continue to do so thru all challenges released throughout the summer, allowing participants more time.  Hopefully this may also give participants time to complete more than one option.

Here is the link to the linky party for the July Challenge (which will remain open thru mid-September)

RULES TO ENTER THIS CHALLENGE:

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:     https://www.flickr.com/groups/2815271@N22/   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: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2815271@N22/

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.

SPONSORS AND PRIZES FOR THE JUlY CHALLENGE:

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 – Elizabeth H
The Stencil Company Five lucky winners will receive a prize from The Stencil Company.US Only
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#4 carried over to Grand Prize

 

#5 carried over to Grand Prize

#6 carried over to Grand Prize

The Quilt Show One Lucky Winner will receive a year Star Membership to The Quilt Show (TQS)This is open to WW participants.  Prize #7 winner – Karin, Quilt Yarn
Paula One Lucky Winner will receive a bundle from Paula Reid that includes:FullSizeRendera pair of Batt Scooters, three DVDs (Beyond the Basics: Free Motion & Trapunto”,   “Fluff and Stuff” and “Borders and Bindings“), as well as a pair of Batt Snips!This prize bundle will be shipped directly to one lucky winner of this monthly challenge, anywhere in the world (open to WW participants).And, Paula has also generously donated another such bundle to be given out as one of the Grand Prizes, at the end of the 2015 FMQ Challenges!  Prize #8 winner – ratamaa
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 If you have questions for this Challenge, please read the FAQ:  http://quiltshopgal.com/faq-for-challenges-and-shows/

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 and then click FREE-MOTION QUILTING and then click 2015 FREE MOTION QUILTING CHALLENGE to visit the main page for this event which will always contain current links to all the monthly challenges:

http://quiltshopgal.com/2015-free-motion-quilting-challenge/

Celebrating Mother’s Day

In honor of Mother’s Day, this coming Sunday, I wanted to share a video with Ricky Tims and Libby Lehman, recorded during his recent concert in Paducah.  I’m so happy Libby is getting better.  Many of us feel that quilters around the world are our extended family and I certainly feel that way.  The Quilt Show certainly radiates the feeling of an extended family among quilters too!


If you have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/126082050

Did you know the current TQS Show, episode #1609 features Lea McComas.  Lea shares insights on how her quilting has evolved and tips for how she creates such spectacular quilts with fabric and thread to create pictures that capture special memories.  Alex also shares insights on a clever way to face a quilt and add a hanging sleeve. This is an inspirational and fun episode for Star Members, which I highly recommend.  While membership is very economical, if you are not a Star Member, you can get a Free Membership and there are four episodes you can watch for free.  It is easy to fall in love with TQS and feel they are part of our family!

 

While I typically share insights about sales for my followers at Fingertip Shopping, as there are a couple of super sales going on to celebrate Mothers Day, I thought I’d share them with you here today:

 

 

Landauer Publishing

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Table Topper Book Sale – A Mother’s Day Celebration Sale

Thimbleberries Four Seasons of Calendar Table Toppers

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Granola Girl Designs Nature’s Table Toppers

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Granola Girl Designs Table Toppers Celebrating the Great Outdoors

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Craftsy

Celebrate Mom this weekend and shop Craftsy’s Make It Great event to get up to $20 off ALL online classes. Craftsy classes make the perfect Mother’s Day gift, and they also make the perfect gift for yourself. Hurry, offer ends 5/11! Shop now and make your next project great.

Fibre Arts
Quilting & Sewing
Jewelry & Paper Crafts
Home & Garden
Cake Decorating & Cooking
Photography & Arts
All Classes

Angie Padilla has a 50% off Sale her entire store.  Use discount code MOM50 at checkout.  Sale good thru May 10th .

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The Fat Quarter Shop has 15% off emailed Gift Certificates.  Offer good thru May 10th.

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Did you know this is the 8th year the Fat Quarter Shop will be hosting an exclusive Designer Mystery Block of the Month?  For this program, they’ve invited 12 Moda Designers to design a block for the quilt and this year’s quilt features the Snowman Gatherings II Collection by Primitive Gatherings for Moda Fabrics.

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Leah Day Designs is celebrating Mother’s Day with a 20% off sale for all orders over $20 and this sale includes tables.!

Superior Threads is celebrating with 20% off MasterPiece thread, 71% off Nightlight Jumbo Cones, 77% off Perfect Quilter threads, 74% off Tailor Made.  Sale good thru May 10th.

 

Don’t forget today is the last day for this weeks #CreativeGoodness Linky Party.  Great way to learn about inspirational projects and you are welcome to share any form of creativity you create.  Tomorrow a new party will be opened for sharing.  I’m also working on getting sponsors for #SummerCamp which will begin June lst, but I’ll have a pre-event announcement with recognition of sponsors late May.

Worldwide Quilting Day / International Quilting Day (weekend) Celebration

I’m celebrating Worldwide Quilting Day / International Quilting Day (weekend) by spending time this weekend quilting, watching episodes of TQS, doing some quilty shoping, as well as some much needed blog organization to catch up on behind the scenes blogging tasks (e.g shipping prizes, prepping for giveaways, prepping for the April FMQ Challenge,  etc.).  Of course, I’m hoping you’ll join me for some virtual celebration this weekend, as well as enter to win some prizes I’m hosting for sponsored giveaways.  I also want to share insights with you on some freebies, amazing sales, and irresistible giveaways too!

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To kick this party off,FREEBIES and GIVEAWAYS are always fun:

Urban Threads: for those that enjoy machine embroidery (or know someone who does), Urban Threads has a super cute FREE design:

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The Quilt Show

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The Quilt Show hosted by Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, will open all of its shows from the first nine series– shows 100-1513 –for the entire weekend. This means that, for three special days, everyone will have the chance to view over 200 shows, featuring some of the quilting world’s leading artists, for FREE. 

There are also many amazing prizes!

To join the fun at TQS this weekend click here: http://thequiltshow.com/international-quilting-weekend

Spring Sales:  There are many amazing sales this weekend.  Highlights can be found at Fingertip Shopping.  But I do want to heighten awareness that Martingale has a great Spring Sale on eBooks, as well as a sale on physical books and ePatterns.

Did I Mention I’m hosting a Sponsored Giveaway?

I’m hosting a giveaway for WW followers only and I’ll be randomly selecting winners late Sunday.

Thank you to Martingale for sponsoring this giveaway.

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An email will be sent to five lucky winners late Sunday to confirm they want to claim their prize. I’m a firm believer good karma flows to those that pass on claiming a prize they really do not want, and they will one day win some thing that they will want. These are physical books, which I will pay to ship to winners, thus I prefer to ship to a winner who really wants to win the specific prize and will be excited when it arrives!.  Winners will have 24 hours to claim their prize, or another name will be selected.

Want to win a prize?

While there are several ways to enter to win, you must be a blog follower that can be validated.  Must requirements to enter is one or more of the following options.

– BlogLuvin
– RSS/Email feeds

You can also sign up for either/both of the above options, but for RSS/Email feeds be sure to check your email (even your spam folder) as you’ll receive an email message where you’ll need to validate you signed up.

There are a variety of ways for extra options, including using the hashtag #CreativeGoodness by sharing one, or more photos, on Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook showing what you are quilting this weekend.  Think of it as a #CreativeGoodness bomb on social media.  And sharing is a great way to join this virtual sew-cial and celebrate International Quilting Day / Worldwide Quilting Day (weekend).

To officially enter to win a prize, hosted by QuiltShopGal, please complete any/all the steps you want to claim using the Rafflecopter form below.

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Don’t forget to share photos of what you are working on this weekend using hashtag #CreativeGoodness on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

 UPDATE:

Congratulations to the lucky winners.  An email has been sent to them to have them claim their prize.  This is who won which book:

Think Big: Sally
Country Elegance: Nancy H
Graphic Quilts: Lynn
Sew a Modern Home: Susan
Animal Parade: Karen A

 

You can find Martingale at:

A Few Sneak Peeks and Reminders

I’m trying to play catch up today (e.g. ship prizes, clean my sewing room, etc.) but I wanted to share a sneak peek with you about some super quilty fun that is going on this weekend:

The Quilt Show (TQS) is celebrating International Quilting Weekend where everyone has FREE access to ALL of their shows (old and new) all weekend – Friday thru Sunday.  If you don’t yet have a FREE membership with TQS this is definitely a reason to sign up.

I’m blocking the weekend for some quilty fun.   I’m sewing a secret project today and hoping to be able to start another project this weekend. Either way, I’ll share photos with you on what I’m working on this weekend!  Of course, I hope you’ll come join my quilting linky party this weekend and share what you are working on too!  The more participants at this sew-cial the better.  And, you can also share photos on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook and use the hashtag #CreativeGoodness.

Landauer Publishing is hosting an amazing Spring Sale, with many titles on sale 30-80%.  Recreating Antique Quilts, by Wendy Sheppard is an excellent book, packed with stunning designs and while this is a very new book, it is on sale at a steal price.  For those of you participating in the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge, there is a beautiful pillow design in this book that will also be one of your options to enter the challenge in December.  Either way, I highly recommend this book, but be sure to check out the sale as there are many wonderful books on sale too!

In celebration of International Quilt Weekend and WorldWide Quilt Day, I’ll be quilting this weekend (and watching episodes of TQS) and hoping you’ll join me.  I’ll also be hosting a giveaway, sponsored by Landauer Publishing, where followers can win a copy of Hexagon Happenings, by Caroln Forster

Martingale is celebrating Spring with a sale on ebooks for $6.  They also have several physical gooks 40% off and ePatterns are only $1 each.

Craftsy has a great sale going on for many  fabricsnotions (including Aurifil) and more.

You may also want to check out the #CreativeGoodness Linky Party, as there are many inspirational projects that have been shared.  Today is also the last day you can share this week, as a new Linky Party will be released tomorrow.

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The Quilt Show – Episode #1606 with Cindy Needham

 

logo_mega_menuThe Quilt Show (aka TQS) is like an online magazine with 100 times more #CreativeGoodness!  TQS is an internet based TV Show and host of a world wide quilting community.  For those that may not be familiar with TQS, here are some highlights:

  • Two forms of subscription membership:
    •  FREE:  You get limited access to certain shows designated for open viewing, blog, etc..
    •  STAR: You get access to two new shows, released every month, plus EVERY past show ever created!  Access to BOMs, Feaured DVDs, Quilt Classes and much, much more.
  •  Great Daily Blog open to everyone!

Needless to say, QuiltShopGal is a big fan of The Quilt Show and highly recommends Star Membership.  But, at a minimum, if you are not a member, I encourage you to sign up for Free access and take advantage of watching the free shows, which currently include:

  • Show 1601 – Trunk Show, Travel Talk, and Tools & Techniques with Lynette Anderson
  • Show 1202 – Make it Modern! with Jacque Gering
  • Show 913 – TQS Quilting Legend 2011 with Eleanor Burns
  • Show 906 – From Music to Masterpiece: A New Perspective on Design with Katie Pasquini Masopust

The most recent episode released (for Star Members) is:

Episode 1606: Stencil Magic from Traditional to Contemporary, with Cindy Needham and Bari Ackerman

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I was absolutely thrilled with this episode and wanted to share a few highlights with you today:

  • This was Cindy’s second time on TQS.  Her first time is episode 202, which is viewable to ALL Star members.  It was fun to hear Cindy’s thoughts on how she has grown as a quilter since the previous episode, as well as how she always pushes herself to continue to learn.
  • There was a Gallery of Cindy’s beautiful quilts and Cindy shared insights on many of these quilts, including the amazing story of The Nun’s Quilt along with recent information about this quilt story!
  • Cindy shares insights on how she creates stunning free-motion quilting designs, using her technique for designing and marking. She has recently created the Ultimate Stencil set that enables you to also create your own designs and she shares amazing tips in this episode!

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  • As a Thread Bartender, Cindy shares tips for thread selection for stitching on solids vs prints, as well as using variegated threads and other specialty threads.

Bari J Ackerman, a designer for Art Gallery Fabrics shared insight on herself, as a fabric designer as well as showed how she creates a fabric collage by fussy cutting fabric flowers, cutting out a vase, arranging the fabric pieces and, as well as how she free-motion quilts to make beautiful table runners or wallhangings.

This is a wonderful episode that I thoroughly enjoyed viewing and also learned so many tips! I hope you get to watch it soon too!  I’m sure you’ll also enjoy it and learn a few new tricks too!

For those participating in the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge, Cindy Needham will be the expert showcased in May.  Those that watch the current TQS episode with Cindy will pick up great tips and inspiration for using her new Ultimate Stencils, which will be one of the options to enter the May FMQ Challenge!  This is truly an amazing stencil set where the possibilities for creating beautiful free-motion quilting are endless and it is also for sale at a very reasonable price via Cindy’s online store.  I LOVE this stencil and highly recommend it!

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You can find The Quilt Show at:

http://thequiltshow.com/
http://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog
https://www.facebook.com/TQShow
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheQuiltShowcom

 

You can find Cindy Needham at:

http://cindyneedham.com/
http://blog.cindyneedham.com/

You can find Bari J. Ackerman at:

http://barijdesigns.com/
http://barijdesigns.com/blogs/blog
http://www.facebook.com/barijdesigns
http://www.twitter.com/barij
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9pNVddXV5GWCkXHl5ZvbhQ
https://instagram.com/barij/

 This coming Saturday is National Quilting Day, but QuiltShopGal and TQS celebrate International Quilting Day on Saturday.  I hope you’ll come join us this weekend for some quilty fun and giveaways.  I’ll share the details on Saturday, but those that follow the TQS blog and/or newsletter subscribers may have already heard some sneak peaks.  Definitely going to be a fun weekend, so block your calendar for a quilty day, or better yet, a quilty weekend.

The Quilt Show Honors – Tom Russell – Free Show on TQS

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Tom Russell was an amazing quilt artist who had an special talent for incorporating beading and buttons in his projects.  Sadly, he recently passed away and the quilting world will miss him dearly.

 

In his honor, TQS has opened up access to their episode  with Tom (#1101)  – for free for everyone, through February 28th.
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This is an inspirational episode which I hope every quilter can take time to watch.  If you are not familiar with Tom, this is a great chance to get to know him and see how talented he was.  It is also an excellent opportunity to learn from Tom, and be inspired to apply beads and buttons to a variety of projects.

Here is a link to this episode: https://thequiltshow.com/watch/show-list/video/latest/show-1101-dress-your-quilts-with-buttons-and-beads  If you are not a member of TQS, you can sign up for a free account to view this episode (as well as get access to other freebies).

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I am truly sorry about Tom’s passing, but at the same time, I want to encourage everyone to watch this TQS episide.  I think you’ll agree that Tom was an amazing quilter, who shared his expertise with using beads and buttons on to embellish and create beautiful quilted objects.

 

 Websites where Tom Russell shared insights:

https://tomrussellquilts.wordpress.com/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/tomrussellquilts/

You can find The Quilt Show at:

https://thequiltshow.com
https://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheQuiltShowcom
https://www.facebook.com/TQShow
https://twitter.com/TheQuiltShow
http://www.pinterest.com/thequiltshow/

 

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