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Texas Quit Museum – New Exhibit Celebrates Butterflies and Rare Antiques

New exhibits at the Texas Quilt Museum celebrate butterflies and rare antiques.  And SewCalGal is delighted to share a Press Release with you today, to heighten awareness of an excellent opportunity to see a spectacular quilting exhibit:

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March 17, 2014—Insects taken to flights of fanciful art and gorgeous antique quilts from a storied collection will be showcased in the spring exhibits on display at the Texas Quilt Museum from April 3-June 29, 2014.

The exhibits are:

Butterflies and Their Beautiful Kin
Galleries I & III


Pictured: Beautiful Morning by Melanie Marr

Inspired by the mission and purpose of the National Butterfly Center, this juried exhibition (a first for the Museum) of contemporary quilts seeks to showcase the skill and creativity of talented textile artists across the country, while advancing a message of conservation. 

The 38 works also celebrate the completion of Grandmother’s Flower Garden, a beautiful meditative space adjacent to the Museum where butterflies can be seen.

“Butterflies symbolize rebirth and metamorphosis. This exhibit shows how modern artists are reworking quiltmaking, contributing new techniques, processes, and concepts to the historical continuum of quilts,” adds Dr. Sandra Sider, Museum Curator.

An Invitational Flutter of Butterfly Art Quilts
Gallery I

Pictured: Lepidopteran #3 by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry
Wings of the Lepidoptera continue to flutter in this invitational exhibit featuring 17 amazing butterfly quilts, carefully selected by our Museum Curator. 

“Butterflies symbolize metamorphosis, and the Texas Quilt Museum is transforming downtown La Grange into a favorite destination for quilt lovers from around the world,” notes Museum Curator Dr. Sandra Sider.

And with the warm weather of spring in the air, this exhibit is a beautiful complement to Butterflies and Their Beautiful Kin. 

Selected quilts from both butterfly exhibits will be on display at the National Butterfly Center in the exhibit “Butterfly Whirl: Contemporary Quilt Art,” with possible stops in other venues around the country.

Antique Quilts from the Gundersheimer Collection
Gallery II

Pictured: detail from a 19th Century Crazy Quilt from an unknown artist

This exhibit features eight incredible antique quilts in a wide variety of styles and genres from the personal collection of Karen and Werner Gundersheimer. The pair had a deep love for folk art, embroidery and quilts, and you can see it in selections like a vibrant Amish Shadow and Sunshine, a red and white alphabet quilt, a triple Irish Chain, and a 19th century Crazy quilt. 

Karen went on to write and/or illustrate more than 30 children’s books, and Werner became Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library. They collected quilts for decades, seeking them out at antique shops, shows, fairs, and flea markets.

The Texas Quilt Museum is located at 140 W. Colorado St., La Grange, Texas 78945. It opened in 2011 and is housed in two 19th-century buildings in the Historic District of La Grange. Its restoration has won both Preservation Texas and Main Street awards. The Museum complex also includes a period Texas garden with a monumental 13’ x 85’ outdoor mural, Quilts…History in the Making, as its focal point. Learn more at www.texasquiltmuseum.org

SewCalGal hopes that those living in or near La Grange, as well as those traveling to this area for a Spring Break, that you’ll have a chance to visit these exhibits and enjoy time visiting the Texas Quilt Museum.  Wouldn’t it be fun to visit every Quilt Museum in the world?  I wonder how many there are?  If you have a favorite Quilt Museum I hope you’ll leave a comment to share such insights.

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Krysty’s Quilt – A Dream Dependent On A Kickstarter Campaign

Like many quilters, SewCalGal is always looking for ways to inspire future generations to quilt.  As such, I was impressed when I came across a Kickstarter Campaign that shows much promise in helping to encourage the next generation of quilters, as well as encouraging them to read.  Two wonderful objectives!  And, I’m excited to be able to share insights with you about this campaign today.  I’m hoping it will inspire you and that you’ll also consider spreading the word about this opportunity with your quilt guild, local quilt shops, fellow quilters, libraries, book clubs and more.

First, I want to share insights on Kickstarter, for those that may not be familiar with it.  It is a site where people can increase awareness of their dream which needs funds to make it become a reality and backers believe in the dream and want to see it become a reality.

SewCalGal spotted Krysty’s Quilt on Kickstarter and felt it was a great dream and wanted to help increase awareness of it, in hopes that more would be inspired to help make this dream come true. It is a dream of turning a true story, about a young girl that wants to learn to quilt, told by Brandy Lynn Maslowski into a published book  for children that will inspire future generations to quilt, as well as read books.

The idea for this story certainly inspires me and I’m hopeful that this book comes to fruition and inspires future generations.  The story line sounds like a fun read and the watercolour illustrations are amazing.  The illustrator, Marcia Stacy is very talented!
Here is a Press Release which the author shared with me:

Are you looking for a heartwarming quilt-related gift for a child or grandchild in your family? Brandy Lynn Maslowski, the host of Canadian Quilt Talk, is constantly telling her listeners to share quilting with a younger generation on her talk show, her blog and everywhere she plays on social media. But she’s not just talking about it. She’s now making a move to get her children’s picture book,  published and in the hands and hearts of quilters and children everywhere. 

 
Kristy’s Quilt is a heartwarming quilt adventure based on a true story. This children’s book features 10 year old Kristy, a spunky little quilter who blossoms at the In Stitches Quilting Retreat. A book for ages 2-92.

Join Brandy Lynn, the Host of Canadian Quilt Talk from
Feb. 14th to Mar. 15th
for the Kristy’s Quilt Kickstarter campaign!

What’s Kickstarter? Supporters of the project (like you) fund the book in exchange for early bird copies and other fantastic rewards. Basically, if you back the project for $20 or more you’ll be one of the first people on earth to get a copy of the book in your hands this spring. You can choose any level of funding from $5 and up for all kinds of great rewards including bookmarks, softcover or hardcover copies, a doll quilt made by Brandy herself, and more. And most importantly, once the book is in your hands, you’ll be able to share your love of quilting with a child.

YOU CAN SUPPORT THIS HEARTWARMING PROJECT starting on Valentine’s Day and anytime from February 14th to March 14th by visiting the KRISTY’S QUILT PROJECT . Thank you for sharing the heritage of quilting with a child. You can connect with Brandy Lynn at www.brandylyndesigns.com

 


And, there is a great youtube video that also shares info on this Kickstarter Campaign.

You can back the Kristy’s Quilt Project on Kickstarter in exchange for rewards for small to large.  This cute bookmark is one of the rewards available for backers of this project.

Brandy Maslowski, Quilt Designer
Teacher, Speaker, Apprentice Quilt Judge
and Host of Canadian Quilt Talk

Text/Cell: 250-488-4168
Email: info@explorefibre.com
Website: www.brandylynndesigns.com
Explore Fibre Blog: www.brandylynndesigns.blogspot.com

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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Handmade Gift Ideas, Holiday Music and Holiday Clipart

For those that are celebrating Christmas, I hope you have a very Merry Christmas. For those that do not, thank you for respecting those of us that do celebrate this holiday.  I’m passionate about respecting holidays, traditions and values of a variety of cultures and beliefs.  

When it comes to celebrating Christmas I do realize it is easy to get caught up in the “shopping” and gift giving, when this holiday is really all about taking time to enjoy family, friends and the holiday in general. You can also enjoy this holiday without any expense by just taking time to enjoy the decorations and music.  

While I’ve listened to the “Little Drummer Boy”, by Pentatonix, multiple times,I still am looking forward to listening to them on again today. As such, I wanted to share this with you now:

I also wanted to create some clipart that you are welcome to copy and use, as you may wish to do so:

I suspect many of you were up late on Christmas Eve sewing projects and some may still be squeezing in some time to stitch out and hopefully finish some projects for last minute gifts.  As such, I wanted to share some insights on great last minute gift ideas, but first I want to share with you a memory of someone I found inspirational and certainly changed my sewing life.   

Many years ago, an owner of a local sewing center (Harriett) was a great sewing and embroidery enthusiast.  At the time, I enjoyed quilting, sewing and free-motion machine embroidery (now called threadplay, which evolved into machine embroidery).  Harriett always shared stories and great ideas for last minute gift ideas that she could whip out on her machine.  One year she had her son show up on Christmas Day with a girlfriend, whom Harriett had not planned to give a gift.  But Harriett found time to sneak into her sewing room and embroider an item for this girl and that young lady never knew her gift was made last minute either!   

Some easy and fast last minute handmade gift ideas are: Click-It Bags, shopping totes, wine vests,  luggage tags, pillowcases and machine embroidered items.  And for easy last-minute non-handmade gifts you might want to consider a class at Craftsy which is on sale today too! (up to 50% off even on new classes, but 12/25 is the last day of this sale)  But, of course, I’d also love to hear about your last minute project ideas!

Marjorie Busby (Shop B Quilts) has many cute machine embroidery designs that are compatible with AccuQuilt dies, includie designs that are perfect for Christmas.


I whipped out a table topper that was sandwiched with insulbrite.  As I have never mastered free-motion quilting (FMQ) of the swirl design I used this project as an opportunity to practice  FMQ using Sarah Vedeler’s tutorial shared in the 2012 FMQ Challenge.

Mug Rugs are certainly fun and fast projects and great projects to use to practice your FMQ, which is what I did.  Marjorie has some lovely snowflake machine embroidery designs that work well on Mug Rugs, but would also work well on linen napkins, placemats, towels, or just about anything.  

Marjorie’s design for the AccuQuilt GO! Sleigh includes a spectacular Santa, which stitches out absolutely beautifully.  Truly a design from a Master Digitizer, which Marjorie has become!

Her Santa in a sleigh stitches out beautifully and would be spectacular on a vest, table runner, quilt, stocking, dish towels and an endless number of other projects.  And it stitches out quickly and easily, which makes it an amazing design that also works well for last minute Christmas gifts.

Yes, Marjorie’s Santa in the Sleigh and Reindeers stitch out beautifully, as do her other designs.  As they are so fast and fun to create, these machine embroidery designs will certainly be my “go to” designs for future holiday gifts.  If you enjoy machine embroidery, I hope you get a chance to stitch out using Marjorie’s designs soon.  I think you’ll enjoy them as I have.  

Check out all of the designs by Marjorie at B Quilts:

There is more holiday music that I want to enjoy today, thus I thought I should share it with you too.  Ricky Tims and Kat Bowser recorded a Christmas Concert “Music in a Small Town” that is spectacular.  I’ve enjoyed it several times, but it is another one that I’m definitely going to listen to again today.  It is available for view at The Quilt Show Blog: 

http://www.thequiltshow.com/os/blog.php/blog_id/5272

Again, I hope you have a very Merry Christmas.  

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Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas on Sale

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Craftsy has some wonderful classes, many of which are currently on sale.  You can   save up to 50% on Craftsy Classes 12/21-12/25.  Craftsy classes also make great gifts!

Leah Day has three classes at Craftsy:  Free Motion Quilting Sampler, Free Motion Fillers Volume 1 and her new class Free Motion Fillers Volume 2….and they are all on sale!  


Craftsy Free Motion Fillers V1

Angela Walters has three classes at Craftsy: Free Motion Quilting Feathers, Free Motion Quilting Negative Space and her newest class Dot to Dot Quilting….and they are all on sale!


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Frieda Anderson recently released a class at Craftsy.
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Kimberly Einmo has two classes at Craftsy: Chain of Stars and Magical Jelly Roll Quilts.
Craftsy Chain of Stars Mystery Quilt Class with Kimberly Einmo  logo

Cindy Needham’s class Design It Quilt it is amazing!
Online Quilting Class

And there are many other wonderful classes from a large list of classes for quilters, gardeners, photographers, bakers and more are all available at Craftsy.  And they make great gifts too.


Right now you can Gift Any Craftsy Class and save big while you’re doing it! Want to give someone a Craftsy class, but not sure which one to pick? With the Craftsy “Gift Any Class” cards, you can buy a loved one any Craftsy class of their choosing for $30! It has never been easier to give the gift of crafting fun!

Gift 1 Craftsy class for $30 (save up to $30) 

 Gift 2 Craftsy classes for $55 (save up to $65)

Features 

 • Gifted classes never expire 

 • Give one, two, or three Craftsy classes 

 • Deliver on any date (up to three months in advance) 

And don’t forget Craftsy has supplies on sale too!  They have many lovely kits, including batik kits on sale, as well as yardage,tools, yarns and more.  


Today is also the last day for the 12 days of Christmas Sale at the Fat Quarter Shop there have been amazing deals every day, but they are only available for that particular day.  I suspect the last day is going to be one that you won’t want to miss.  Click here to find out what the daily specials are during this event and be sure to check it out on the 24th, which is the last day of this sale.  They have quite a few patterns on sale, including some PDF downloadable patterns.

Martingale has a great collection of ebooks on sale.

A Gift Of Learning

The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as long as we live.   –Mortimer Adler

While SewCalGal highly encourages quilters to continue to learn and improve their skills by way of taking classes at their local quilt shop, at quilt shows, through books, as well as various online sources, I’m also passionate about taking classes at Craftsy.  I’ve found them to be well organized, fun, flexible and priced to offer an exceptional value.  Thus, when I heard that they have a special offer for purchasing Craftsy Gift Certificates, to give as gifts (or to use yourself), of course I wanted to share this information with you.

Right now you can Gift Any Craftsy Class and save big while you’re doing it! Want to give someone a Craftsy class, but not sure which one to pick? With the Craftsy “Gift Any Class” cards, you can buy a loved one any Craftsy class of their choosing for $30! It has never been easier to give the gift of crafting fun!

Gift 1 Craftsy class for $30 (save up to $30)
Gift 2 Craftsy classes for $55 (save up to $65)
Gift 3 Craftsy classes for $75 (save up to $105)

Features
• Gifted classes never expire
• Give one, two, or three Craftsy classes
• Deliver on any date (up to three months in advance)

Giving handmade gifts? Use the super cute gift tag below from Craftsy on your gifts this year and let your friends and family know their gift was handmade with love!
*Please note that you must register in order to print the Gift Tag below.

You can download this cute printable tag for free by clicking: Craftsy: Handmade with Love Gift Tag.

And, click here if you wish to Gift Any Craftsy Class

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SewCalGal is a big fan of Craftsy. And I became an Affilate of Craftsy as I wanted to be an advocate and encourage quilters and crafters to also enjoy the benefits of Craftsy.  Great classes, great values.
While I do pick up a small percentage kickback (your class fee is the same) for those that sign up by way of clicking through to Craftsy from my site and signing up for a class at Crafty, or purchasing an item from their store, the small fee that I may earn as an Affiliate goes towards helping to offset expenses of SewCalGal shipping prizes.  So, I want to thank those that sign up for Craftsy classes by way of first visiting SewCalGal.  Based on the funds raised I can afford to host giveaways and contests, throughout the year, where I also need to ship directly to the winner (including International winners).  Postage expenses are  high and increasing rapidly, so SewCalGal needed to pursue efforts of becoming an affiliate to continue to host giveaways. While I’ve had to reduce the number of giveaways I do host, I’m hopeful that your support and the affiilate route will help to better supplement shipping costs in 2014, so I can host more giveaways and contests.

Inspirational Quotes on learning:

The excitement of learning separates youth from old age. As long as youre learning, youre not old.  — Rosalyn S. Yalow

When your learning is extensive and profound, always feel that the more you learn, the less you know.  — Unknown

Learning never exhausts the mind.  — Leonardo da Vinci

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Finding Inspiration, Fun and Creativity During the Holiday Season

The Holiday Season arrives regardless of being ready for it or not.  To avoid the risk of being overwhelmed, I have a few recommendations:
1) Breath….take a deep breadth and remember the Holiday Season isn’t all about doing, but being.  Being with family and friends is definitely number one.
2) Don’t lose your inner balance.  For most quilters and crafters that is our sense of creativity.  Even if you only get to spend 15 minutes creating, take advantage of it.  But you can also feel creative by being around others that are creative.  Don’t overlook the opportunity to encourage others and recognize their creativity, with thoughtful words!
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3) Simply enjoy the simple things.  Don’t overlook opportunities to have fun and create such opportunities too!  Fun can be simple!  And fun doesn’t have to mean you need to spend money to have fun either.  
Here are a few fun things you may want to do, that are free or minimal cost:
Jacquelynne Steves Holiday Hullabaloo Blog Hop
Jacquelynne Steves Holiday Hullabaloo Blog Hop

Jacquelynn is hosting a super fun blog hop where you’ll find inspiration, fun and oodles of amazing “mystery” prizes sponsored by Jacquelynne Steves.  Yes, at each stop in this hop you have a chance to win a Mystery prize with a retail value of $15-$30.  Plus, there will be a Grand Prize with a retail value of $75.   Here is the line up for this fun hop:

Monday Dec. 2 

Lily Pad Quilting  

Tuesday Dec. 3 

Sew Cal Gal 
 Bejeweled Quilts by Barb  

Wednesday Dec. 4 

Upstairs Hobby Room  
Freemotion by the River  

Thursday Dec.5 

A Quilt & a Prayer   
Tami’s Quilting Adventure  

Friday Dec. 6 

Needled Mom 

And consider getting together with quilty friends and create your own Holiday Party.  This could be a sew-cial where you all work on your own projects, or a new holiday project/craft project.  Or maybe you go out to lunch and visit your local quilt shop.  What ever you do, have have fun and enjoy some time together this Holiday season.
You may also want to think about your quilty and crafty goals (aka resolutions) for 2014.  Possibly it will be to take a class to learn a new technique, or to continue to improve your skills.  Or maybe to attend a favorite quilt show or craft show in 2014.  Don’t let these goals become stressful, but look at them for finding inspiration to guide you to a Happy New Year doing exactly what you enjoy doing!
SewCalGal wishes you a very Happy Holiday Season full of fun and creativity, yet simple enough to truly enjoy every moment of the season.  

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Happy Thanksgivikkah, Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Hanukkah – AND Insights on Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Shop Small Business Saturday

First off, Thanksgivikkah.  Do you realize both Thanksgiving and Hanukkah are on the same day this year?  This rare event will not happen again for another 70,000 years!  What ever holiday you celebrate, I hope it is a wonderful one.  And, I hope you have time to do some shopping for amazing steals and deals too!  After all, it does help our quilty budgets make more quilts! 


 For those celebrating Hanukkah, I hope hope you have a  ‘chag sameach’. And, of course,  I hope everyone enjoys this video by Adam Sandler titled the “Chanukah Song”. 

For those celebrating Thanksgiving, I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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For everyone, I hope you find time to enjoy this weekend, to spend time with family and friends, and to hopefully find time to enjoy, as well as create.  

If you are a new follower of SewCalGal, you may not be aware that I work hard to research and share insights about Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday Sales (aka Steals and Deals) that may be of interest to quilters.  And this is the time of year where I share such insights.

I actually launched “Fingertip Shopping” as a “sister” blog to SewCalGal.  And Fingertip Shopping is where I try to share insights with you on steals and deals throughout the year.  This is not a blog full of paid advertisement, but sales that catch my attention and I think are worthy of sharing. 

If you are not yet a follower of Fingertip Shopping, you should pop over their soon to check out the deals I’ve found that are available this weekend – all perfect for quilting, sewing and embroidery enthusiasts.  And, these sales only come once a year!  And my insights are not paid advertisements, but a result of my research looking for steals and deals that might be of interest to quilting, sewing and/or embroidery enthusiasts.

One sale, I do want to call your attention to is hosted by Craftsy.  I’ve become a big fan of Craftsy and found so much value in their classes that I signed up to be an affiliate.  When you click thru to Craftsy from SewCalGal and purchase a class or a product in their online store a small % is given to SewCalGal (your price remains the same).  I use these funds to supplement shipping expenses for prizes and giveaways.  More funds earned by way of Craftsy simply means I can offer to host more giveaways and ship more prizes.  So, thank you to those that do click thru to Craftsy from my site to sign up for classes at Craftsy or buy products in their store.  

And, even if you don’t want to click thru to Craftsy from my site I still want to increase awareness that Craftsy has an amazing sale going on this weekend. Their prices are always reasonable, but this sale is one that is simply too good to overlook.  Even if you are too busy to take an online class right now, don’t forget that you can sign up now (when they are on sale) and take the class at your leisure any time.  And, a class at Craftsy would also make a great gift. 

Here are some insights that I’ve heard from Craftsy on their sale this weekend.

Black Friday /Cyber Monday Sales at Craftsy!
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All Craftsy classes are on sale $19.99 or less!  Be sure to check out their sale on “supplies” as you’ll find some AMAZING deals too!

Craftsy Class Sale up to 66% off from 11/29-12/2!
Craftsy has brilliant savings for a limited time only! All their online classes are on sale for $19.99 or less. With classes priced up to 66% off, now is a great time to get the classes you’ve been eyeing all year! Craftsy classes also make a great gift, so do some holiday shopping for the crafter in your life.

Craftsy Yarn and Fabric sale up to 80% off from 11/27-12/2!
Craftsy has brilliant savings on the craft supplies you want! With up to 80% off yarn and 65% off fabric, get the best prices of the year while you can.

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Don’t forget to visit Fingertip shopping (www.fingertipshopping.com) to learn about other amazing Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday sales going on this weekend.

And, in the spirit of Giving, I hope you also find time to check out the Quilter’s  Bee Giving Charity Fundraiser.  There are some wonderful prizes in the online auction that you can bid on, as well as raffle prizes you can buy raffle tickets for a chance to win.  100% of your donation will go to benefit the non-profit charities showcased in this event. And, you can decide which of the four charities that you’d like to donate your money to!

Collector Plates With Quilting

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Over the years, there have been Collector Plates issued with various quilting artwork.  Pondering …..how many quilters collect such plates and if there are enough of us to have a virtual Collectors Plate Quilt Show?

Do you collect such plates and have any with quilts on them?  Do they hold any special memories for you?

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Sponsors of the Quilter’s Bee Giving Charity Fundraiser – THANK YOU

Today I want to recognize and thank the Sponsors for the Quilter’s Bee Giving Charity Fundraiser that kicks off November lst.  These amazing sponsors donated wonderful prizes that will be used for a raffle/auction fundraiser during November, where 100% of the proceeds will be donated to four non-profit charities that will be showcased during this event.  

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Sponsors:

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        Incomparable Buttons
        Dream World Northwest / Sew Steady

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                Kelly Jackson of I Have A Notion (IHAN)
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                                    SewCalGal will officially be sharing insights on all of the prizes, raffle process, auction process and insights on how quilters that may also want to raffle, auction, sell handmade items to raise funds for these charities may want to participate in the Quilter’s Bee Giving.  Mark your calendar for more insights on November lst, when not only SewCalGal will be sharing insights, but Marjorie’s Quilting BeeGreen Fairy Quilts Jaybird Quilts, and Lilypad Quilting will be sharing insights about non-profit charity programs that they are passionate about.  Your purchase of raffle tickets or auction items will allow you to donate money directly to your favorite of these four worthy charity programs.  To clarify, 100% of your money will be donated to these charities.

                                    If you want a sneak peak on all of the wonderful items that have been donated, visit the page labeled “Charity Announcements“.  This page will also be used during this event as a main page, where links to current information during the event will be shared.

                                    Thank you again, to the generous sponsors of this event.  Without their help, this charity fundraiser would not be a possibility.  As such, SewCalGal hopes when you are shopping for quilting, sewing, or embroidery items you will consider supporting these sponsors by purchasing their products.
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