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Movie Alert – The Dressmaker

Needless to say, I’m absolutely thrilled about a soon to be released movie called “The Dressmaker”, with Kate Winslet, which is scheduled for release in the US September 23rd (released in Australia in 2015).


Here is a movie trailer:



Based on the best-selling novel by Rosalie Ham, THE DRESSMAKER is a bittersweet, comedy-drama set in early 1950s Australia. Tilly Dunnage (KATE WINSLET), a beautiful and talented misfit, after many years working as a dressmaker in exclusive Parisian fashion houses, returns home to the tiny middle-of-nowhere town of Dungatar to right the wrongs of the past. Not only does she reconcile with her ailing, eccentric mother Molly (JUDY DAVIS) and unexpectedly falls in love with the pure-hearted Teddy (LIAM HEMSWORTH), but armed with her sewing machine and incredible sense of style, she transforms the women of the town and in doing so gets sweet revenge on those who did her wrong


If you’ve already read this book and/or seen this movie, I hope you’ll share your perspective.  Just looks like a fun movie that many sewing and quilting enthusiasts would enjoy.

QuiltCon 2016 – EIDOS Quilt Pattern

While at QuiltCon 2016 I was dazzled by a quilt that was designd by Agatha June, pieced by @dontcallmebetsy and quilted by @gina_pina.  Some lucky attendee won this quilt, but I’m not sure whom.    But this EIDOS Quilt Pattern is available for purchase from the MQG.



I loved the overall design, the colors, the strong angles in the quilting, that complimented the overall design.20160221_123844

I was drawn back to look and admire this quilt many times.20160221_123848

I found this quilt to be refreshing.


Definitely a quilt packed with #CreativeGoodness

You can find the Modern Quilt Guild at:

What do you think about this Modern Quilt?  


I hope you’ll have a chance to attend QuiltCon 2017





Happy Canada Day


For inspiration today, as well as to Celebrate Canada Day, for our friends to our North, I want to share a creative and inspirational story that I came across last year, as it was a special anniversary for Canada and the Woman who sewed the original Canadian flag was honored:

The Star, a Canadian newspaper also has a great online article that you may want to read as it provides more info on this inspirational story.

Happy Canada Day!  


Benartex ezine – Modern By The Yard

Have you seen the new FREE ezine magazine from Benartex, called Modern By The Yard?

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Four refreshing and fun projects, along with inspirational fabrics shared in this free magazine.

If you have problems viewing this embedded version, here is a direct link:…/view/552…/modern-by-the-yard-issue-1

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Memorial Day – May We Never Forget

Here is a video created for Memorial Day, by Chad Warner, showcasing pictures and the song “If you are reading this”, by Tim McGraw.

And, here are some beautiful patriotic quilts that caught my attention on Pinterest:


I wish you and yours a Happy Memorial Day Weekend.




How to Design Fabric ? – Highlights of a Class on Creative Bug.

I’m a new member of  Creativebug.  I actually signed up taking advantage of their current Mother’s Day Sale, where you get a one year membership, to view any/all of their videos/classes, during your membership, plus a 15% off coupon for (coupon comes via email after you sign up).

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Their year membership program, provides not only access to ALL video classes during your membership, but you get to select 12 video classes to archive to watch again and again in the future (forever).  

I wasn’t really certain what I’d find on the Creativebug, but I quickly began watching some excellent online classes, many of which I’ll share insights with you in the future.  But the series for “How to Design Fabric?” just locked me in and I honestly felt this class alone, was worth the fee for a one year membership to the Creativebug, at any price.  Thus, today, I want to share insights about this series:

Here are a few inspirational words of encouragement that I picked up while watching:

  • There are no real rules
  • Do what you want to do as you have no clue where it may lead you.

Each part of this series is packed with great insights about How to Design Fabric, as well as to encourage you to be confident with your creativity.  Each part also has a gallery where participants can share photos of their work and get feedback.   And a great Discussion area for participants to ask questions and get feedback from the Creativebug teachers, as well as fellow students.



What makes a fabric collection? How do repeats work? Where do you even start? This overview introduces you to the fundamentals of textile design, along with inspiration on how designers kick off a new collection. Hear the stories of each designer featured in the series, and follow along with an eye-opening paper exercise that helps you grasp the concept of a repeating design.


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Next we learn the fundamentals of building a repeating pattern. In Part 2, you will learn how to take a design and work it into a repeating pattern, and then let Lizzy show you how to block print the repeating design. All three designers also cover the sketching and drawing stages that ultimately translate into digital designs.


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Let’s move on to digital designs. Heather shares her process, which originates within Photoshop, and Denyse and Lizzy show how they draw and then create repeats in Illustrator (both presume a basic level of knowledge with each program). This episode also shows how to manipulate scale and tile designs, as well as pointers for getting the hang of drawing digitally.


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Color is a whole other story unto itself. From sourcing inspiration to developing a palette, each designer talks about the importance of color in their work, and how to use color in effective and inspiring ways.

PART 5: EXPERT ADVICE (34:48 minutes)


Whether you are a casual designer or looking to work professionally, this final episode offers straight talk from the pros. Learn from industry experts as well as each designer, all of whom share their advice on how to approach fabric manufacturers and their evaluation of the retail fabric market. This episode gives you clear insight on the practicalities of developing and producing printed fabric.

My conclusion, this class is perfect for anyone interested in becoming a Fabric Designer, as well as those creative individuals that simply want to better understand the process.  And, from the classes I’ve taken so far, I definitely see a value of being a member of the Creativebug.  I’ll share insights on other classes on the Creativebug platform in the near future.

You can find Creativebug at:


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Sew, Slice, Spin & Sash – Win a copy

Today, I’m excited to share insights about a new quilting book, that is packed with Creative Goodness, and also let you know how you could win a copy.

Sew, Slice, Spin & Sash: Quick and Easy-Pieced Quilts, by Theresa Ward


Do you have hours rather than weeks to work on a quilt? Theresa Ward has the solution! Discover how to use precuts from your local quilt shop or fabric from your stash to create quick and easy quilts that look fantastic with Theresa’s unique sew, slice, spin, and sash technique.


  • One simple technique and 11 projects that are fun for everyone; projects include patterns that are perfect for precuts
  • Piece most quilt tops in just a few hours–ideal when you need a quick gift
  • Start with precut strips or cut strips of any width from your stash for endless possibilities


Theresa Ward of Leavenworth, Kansas, is the owner of Always Quilts, a long-arm machine quilting business. She enjoys designing quilt patterns, teaching workshops, traveling, and visiting quilt shows with friends. Visit Theresa at



The 11 projects included in this book all have easy to follow instructions with great visuals, making this an excellent book for beginners, as well as experienced quilters.


The designers are perfect for pre-cuts as well as for stash busting projects, which range in size from 42 1/2″ x 46 1/2″ to 67 1/2 x 90 1/2″.

The retail price of this book makes it an exception value, especially when you consider the cost of a standalone pattern vs what the cost of this book is for 11 beautiful projects.


This new book should be appearing in your favorite quilt shops.  But, of course, if you don’t see it let them know you’d like them to carry it.  It is so new, they may not have hard about it.  Don’t forget you can also find it online at Martingale, or Amazon.



QuiltShopGal is hosting a Charity Fundraiser to benefit Cystic Fibrosis, where you can donate funds ($10AU ~$7US) to get virtual raffle tickets to win 20+ prizes. And, a copy of this new book has been donated by Martingale, one of the very generous sponsors that have donated prizes for this virtual fundraiser:

You can find Martingale at:

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

As I’m Celebrating International Craft Month, all month long, I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to host a Bee Creative Charity Fundraiser this month which includes a Linky Party for everyone to participate in, as well as multiple creative options for creative souls and non-creative people, to help raise funds to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

bee creative kick off badgeThroughout March, I’m hosting a #StitchAlong, #FMQAlong, #DoodleAlong Linky Party where I hope to encourage everyone to Bee Creative and share.  It doesn’t cost anything to share and you don’t even have to finish a project.  But what you share needs to have a Mandala theme to it.  To clarify, you can draw or doodle on paper or fabric, paint, quilt, free-motion quilt, mixed media, etc. (possibilities are endless). And bloggers and non-bloggers are invited to join this linky party to share what ever they create, so long as has a Mandala theme to what you create.

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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.


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I’m asking for your help to raise funds to benefit Cystic Fibrosis.  While anyone can join the Bee Creative Linky Party this month, I want to inspire you to be creative using a purchased Mandala design collection,, or simply donate to help raise funds.  To clarify, you need not create anything in March to donate, which will automatically enter you to win prizes.  But if you do make a donation, by way of purchasing any of the Mandala design collections showcased in this event, I also hope you’ll share what you create with these designs via our Bee Creative Linky Party.

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 are funds being raised?

As a charity fundraiser, this virtual event will have a variety of options to enter. Entries to win prizes are based on donations of $10 AU (about $7 US) for each virtual raffle ticket entry.  Maureen Russell of Beautiful Embroidery Designs will provide QuiltShopGal with a list of all donations (includes cash donations, as well as qualified purchases) in March, that get you virtual raffle tickets.

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Three key opportunities to help raise funds for CF, through this event, as well as get entered to win prizes.  Each $10AU (~$7US) gets you an entry to win prizes.  Here is how you can donate and enter to win::

  1. Mandala templates, created by Maureen Russell, of Beautiful Embroidery Designs, can be purchased, by way of a donation to CF.  These downloadable PDF templates come in two sizes (small ~4″ and large ~8″), but you can resize them.  You may want to use these templates to print on card stock, or regular paper, to doodle, color, paint, or maybe you want to print on fabric and embellish for a quilting or sewing project.  I think these templates would also make great designs for free-motion quilting.  No matter how you look at it, the possibilities are endless. And, this PDF design collection is only $10 AU (~$7 US), with 100% of your purchase going to benefit the CF Foundation.  I’m looking at using these designs to create a paper banner with cheerful colored Mandalas this month.  Again, you can purchase these templates from Maureen @ Beautiful  Embroidery Designs in March and each $10 AU donation (~$7 US) you get an entry to win prizes.

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2.  A Mandala Embroidery Design Collection (Justin’s Magic Mandalas), created by Maureen Russell, of Beautiful  Embroidery Designs, can be purchased via a downloadable option.  The 18 designs in this collection stitch out ~6″ circles and look stunning.  Again, for machine embroidery enthusiasts the possibilities are endless what you can create with them.  I’m looking at creating a wallhanging/table runner design this month.


The downloadable design collection is AU$50 (~$35 US).  A Multi-format CD is $10 additional, WW postage included!  But don’t forget 100% of the purchase price goes to help CF Research.  And, when you purchase in March you automatically get five virtual raffle tickets to win prizes!

3.  Cash donations to help the CF foundation are also appreciated.   Again, you need not create anything to donate, help the CF Foundation, and get a virtual raffle ticket to win prizes.  Those interested, can submit such donations via PayPal thru Beautiful Embroidery Designs using the PayPal email address of:

Don’t forget all proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.


Wikipedia shows a definition of Cystic fibrosis (CF) as:

a genetic disorder that affects mostly the lungs but also the pancreas, liver, kidneys and intestine.

There is no cure for cystic fibrosis. Lung infections are treated with antibiotics which may be given intravenously, inhaled, or by mouth.

Fortunately, the management of cystic fibrosis has greatly improved over the past 70 years, but much more research is needed for further improvements and to ultimately find a cure. While infants born with cystic fibrosis 70 years ago would have been unlikely to live beyond their first year, infants today are likely to live well into adulthood. Recent advances in the treatment of cystic fibrosis have meant that an individual with cystic fibrosis can live a fuller life less encumbered by their condition.



While you can donate and support Maureen’s fundraising project to benefit the CF Foundation and not create anything, I’m hosting a #StitchAlong, #DoodleAlong, and #FMQAlong this month.  And I’m hoping you’ll join me and share what you create, using Maureen’s Mandala designs (Machine Embroidery or PDF templates designed fr doodling, free-motion quilting, etc).  Each week, I hope to share with you what I’ve been creating with these designs, as well as showcase examples of what others have created.

Today, I’d like to show two inspirational quilt projects made with Maureen of Beautiful Embroidery Designs, using her Justin’s Magic Mandala Design Collection.

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{above}  This quilt was made by Pam Evans who made this quilt for the CF Foundation to raise funds for research.


{above}  This quilt was also made by Pam Evans to help raise funds to benefit the CF Foundation.

I hope you’ll help us raise funds to benefit the CF Foundation and maybe join along in my #StitchAlong, #DoodleAlong, or #FMQ Along this month. charity fundraiser #StitchAlong Justin's Magic Mandalas


Thanks to our sponsors, we have amazing prizes that will be used for our fundraiser to benefit CF.  Again, for every $10 AU (~$7 US) that you donate via cash, or purchase of the Mandala PDF templates or Mandala Machine Embroidery designs, by Maureen Russell of Beautiful Embroidery Designs, you automatically get entered to win prizes.

Sponsor Prize Winners

Fat Quarter Shop
Little Ruby Small Aurifil Thread Box Bonnie & Camille: includes 10 spools (220 yards each of Aurifil 50 wt Cotton Thread).

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The Fat Quarter Shop will ship this prize directly to one lucky winner, anywhere in the world.

Prize #1

winner – tbd

Schiffer Publishing Nature’s Mandalas


Painterly Days


Dragon Threads Color My Garden: An Adult Coloring Book,  by Jane SassamanPrint

Small Summer Birds Scarf, designed by Julie Paschlis

signed summer bird scarf

This sponsor will ship these prizes to the respective lucky winners in the US/Canada

 Prize #2

winner – tbd


Prize #3

winner – tbd



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A bundle of Fons & Porter’s notions and book, with a estimated value of $75.This sponsor will ship the prize bundle to one lucky winner in US/Canada.



 Prize #4

winner – tbd



ASF Lightware Solutions / Beam N Read Beam N Read personal lights are great tools for crafters.  One lucky winner will receive a BNR LED 6-3F6 LED beam n read  Prize #5



The Wooden Bearfooter_logo_20150615091630 Five lucky winners will receive an A la Carte Pattern of their choice.standupquiltingstitches_20150627194446

Five lucky winners will get to select a pattenlet of their choice.patternlet

US winners can select if they prefer a printed or electronic pattern.  International winners will receive electronic patterns.

 Prize #6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (Patterns a la Carte)Prize #11, 12, 13, 14, 15






One lucky winner will receive a Mary Fons –  Wonder thread with 12 large spools collection.

Aurifil will kindly ship this prize WW


 Prize #16

winner – tbd



Martingale Striking Strip Quilts, by Kate Henderson

terrific T-Shirt Quilts

Learn to Paper Piece

I Love Log Cabins

Sew, Slice, Spin and Sash

These books will be shipped by QuiltShopGal.  As I do not have any funds available to ship internationally, nor Postage Angels supporters at this time, these prizes will be limited to US Only winners.

 Prize #17

winner – tbd

Prize #18

winner – tbd

Prize #19

winner – tbd

Prize #20

winner – tbd

Prize #21

winner – tbd



Sweet Peas and Angels

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$50 Gift  Certificate

Open for WW winners

 Prize #22

winner – tbd






Don’t forget to share and check back every weekend in March.  Our Bee Creative Linky Party is open throughout March for sharing anything you create in March with a Mandala theme.  Not a requirement to win prizes, but definitely a great way to share and inspire #CreativeGoodness.  And, I’m shooting to share my #StitchAlong, #DoodleAlong, #FMQAlong for Maureen’s beautiful Mandala designs every Saturday this month.  Of course, I’d love to have you join me.


PR Angels are also appreciated to help spread the word about this event. Of course, that also means you can invite all your family and friends to donate, even if they don’t personally want to win a prize they can make a donation in your name, to help you win prizes and help raise much needed funds for CF.

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You can find Beautiful Embroidery Designs at:

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Let’s Celebrate International Craft Month – by sharing tips, tutorials, inspirational projects with a fun Blog Hop and Giveaways

One of my favorite months of the year is March, as it is International Craft Month.   For me, this is a great time to be creative, as well as learn new crafty skills. It is also a great time to encourage others to be creative.bee creative kick off badge

I’m thrilled to be Celebrating International Crafting Month, with many blogging friends who volunteered to share tips, tutorials, inspirational projects and simply help encourage everyone to be crafty.

I want to recognize and thank Timeless TreasuresAurifil, Fat Quarter Shop, Martingale, Dragon Threads, ASF Lighting/Beam N Read and The Wooden Bear for sponsoring this event.  They have generously donated many amazing prizes.


We have 20 prizes to giveaway and everyone can enter by simply visiting one or all of the blogs.  


While I’ll confess the project I worked on and wanted to share with you today, has photos captive on my camera that didn’t have an SD Card inserted when I took the photos. So, that project will have to wait to another day to be shared.  Still, I have a fun crafty product to share with you that I think is also extremely versatile and economical.


Inktense watercolor pencils are vibrant colored pencils that are fun to doodle, sketch and create with. You can lightly touch with a water brush, after you have sketched, to create a result of watercoloring.  These pens work great on paper, as well as fabric (just heatset).  Colors are amazing.


It is also fun to use stencils with your Inktense watercolor pencils.  For those that enjoy free-motion quilting, or wanting to learn, consider using a FMQ stencil, coloring in areas with Inktense pencils, setting them with a little water on a brush, heat set, then sandwich and free-motion quilt for an amazing look.

Don’t overlook how much fun it would be to use Inktense watercolor pencils with the Mandala designs, on fabric or paper.  Definitely check back this coming Saturday, when the Charity Fundraiser to benefit Cystic Fibrosis kicks off.  And, hopefully you’ll want to enter to win prizes in our virtual fundraiser, #StitchAlong, #DoodleAlong, #FMQAlong.   Of course, I’m hoping to see some cheerfully colored Mandalas, on fabric or paper, that could be colored with these pencils, or any marker (depending on what media you transfer the 12 Mandala designs to).  So many ways to be creative and have fun!

update:  Many are asking where they can find the Inktense water color pencils?  They are often available in various craft and art supply stores.  And, as an Affiliate thru Amazon, I also want to share that you can find a variety of Inktense water color pencil collections on Amazon.


I’m honored to have a variety of blogging friends that volunteered to help kick off the Celebration of International Craft Month today.  They will each be sharing a variety of tips, tutorials and inspirational projects on their blogs today. To clarify, this is not a traditional blog hop as they are all sharing insights on March lst.  And, you can claim an extra entry to win prizes by visiting one, or all, of these blogs.  Here is the list of blogs that are helping with this celebration:


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Sponsor Prize Winners

A bundle of Flora and Fauwn

TT Fabric bundle

This prize will be shipped by the sponsor to a US only winner.

 Prize #1  winner – Connie R
Dragon Threads Color My Garden: An Adult Coloring Book,  by Jane Sassaman


Small Summer Birds Scarf, designed by Julie Paschlis

signed summer bird scarf

This sponsor will ship these prizes to the respective lucky winners in the US/Canada

 Prize #2

winner – Vicki S


Prize #3

winner – Pauline Ann P.



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A bundle of Fons & Porter’s notions and book, with a estimated value of $75.  

This sponsor will ship the prize bundle to one lucky winner in US/Canada.



 Prize #4

winner -Linda H



ASF Lightware Solutions / Beam N Read Beam N Read personal lights are great tools for crafters.  One lucky winner will receive a BNR LED 6-3F 

6 LED beam n read

 Prize #5

winner:  Bea L.



The Wooden Bear


Five lucky winners will receive an A la Carte Pattern of their choice.


Five lucky winners will get to select a pattenlet of their choice.patternlet

US winners can select if they prefer a printed or electronic pattern.  International winners will receive electronic patterns.

 Prize #6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (Patterns a la Carte)


Collette, Donnalee, Peggy G., Gene B., Mary E

Prize #11, 12, 13, 14, 15 (Pattenlet of their choice)


Heather, Marian P, Carol, Donna L.,Trudy, San, Nancy





One lucky winner will receive a Mary Fons – Small Wonder thread with 10 small spools collections.

Aurifil will kindly ship this prize WW


 Prize #16

winner – MaryEllen



Martingale Striking Strip Quilts, by Kate Henderson

Snow Happy, by Robin Kinglsey

Here Comes Spring, by Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks

Jo’s Little Favorites, by Jo Morton

These books will be shipped by QuiltShopGal.  As I do not have any funds available to ship internationally, nor Postage Angels supporters at this time, these prizes will be limited to US Only winners.

 Prize #17

winner – PK Solberg

Prize #18

winner – Rosemary B

Prize #19

winner – Chris S.

Prize #20

winner – Carol S.



To enter to win a prize, simply visit one or all of the blogs participating in this kick off.  For each blog that you visit and leave a comment on their post for this event, you can claim an entry.  While it really only takes one entry to enter and win, many like to increase their odds of winning prizes.  I also like to think that the more blogs you visit, the more inspiration and fun you’ll find. And, I want to clarify that the bloggers that have helped to kick off this event are also eligible to enter the giveaway and win prizes in this event.  The only thing they can not do is claim an entry for visiting their own blog.

You have until March 13th to visit all of the participating blogs, just remember to claim all the entries you qualify for via the rafflecopter form below:

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Don’t forget to visit all the blogs that are helping to Celebrate International Craft Month by sharing tips, tutorials and inspiration on their blogs the lst of March.  You can also follow these blogs from My Creative Blog List.

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