Have you ever wondered how Transfer Artist Paper (TAP) is used? Maybe doctors uses it to transfer a design to a foot, before they do what they do? While I had heard about this product and seen many inspirational projects made using this media, it was a post by Kelly Jackson/IHAN that really helped me understand how this product helps quilters/fibre artists create beautiful projects.
What surgeon or quilter need good lighting when working on detailed stitching? While there are a variety of lighting products on the market, I first learned about the benefits of the Beam N Read Personal Lighting System from Kelly Jackson/IHAN. While I couldn’t find Kelly’s post where she captured a surgeon wearing a Beam N Read, I think followers of Kelly/IHAN are well aware of the benefits of these personal lights.
Maybe you remember Kelly’s post where she shared insights on make really cool polar fleece socks? Perfect gift idea for someone who has recently gone thru foot surgery, as well as the obvious (those that want comfy and warm foot clothing). Certainly looks like a fun project to make for gifts, as well as make for yourself.
I could go on an on about all the great products that Kelly/IHAN has recommended. Needless to say, SewCalGal is a big fan of Kelly/IHAN. Kelly gets to know her customers and only recommends products that she feels to be of good quality, functionality and value. And, if you find that your purchase isn’t up to your expectations she is great about returning it. I’ve been a happy shopper at IHAN for years and respect Kelly’s recommendations.
For those that are Fans of the Kelly Jackson/IHAN Club, you probably know that Kelly took a fall this week and broke her foot/ankle in three places. She had surgery today. If you want to send a card and do not have her snail mail address, please email me.
While the next couple of weeks may be slow for Kelly to respond to orders placed at IHAN, I hope you understand what is going on. And, I’m sure Kelly still appreciates your support with your orders, as well as patience on deliveries. This is till a great time to place your orders to ensure delivery in time for Christmas too! After all, Christmas is about 8 weeks away (OMG). Fortunately, IHAN is a great place for shopping for Christmas gifts. Definitely where I’ll be shopping this year. I really appreciated Kelly’s personalized wrapping and greeting card service last year. Very helpful. And she has many products that also are perfect for non-quilters too.
If you agree, Kelly keeps us in stitches – stitches of friendship, I do hope you’ll consider sending her a card. I’m sure she’d appreciate hearing from you. And, of course, SewCalGal also recommends that you check out IHAN for shopping. Great resource for advice, excellent prices and superior customer service.
Quilters from all over the world are invited to participate in this Autumn De-Stash where you can turn your stash into cash, as well as do some shopping for some super steals and deals! It is a linky party that is free for quilters to participate, but your help to increase awareness is needed when you participate.
The Fall De-Stash is a free event for bloggers and non-bloggers, but I will ask for those in the business (e.g. you have a store, ETSY, etc) to donate $5 for each link up. And, your donation will go to the Quilter’s Bee Giving Charity Fundraiser, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting four non-profit charities. Email me if you are linking to a business and want to donate to the Quilter’s Bee Giving Charity Fundraiser, or you are selling items in your stash to raise money for one of the charities to be showcased in this fundraiser. To clarify, you need quilters selling items from their stash need not donate money, but if you do please email me so I can track it, accordingly.
This linky is setup for anyone that wishes to participate in this Fall De-Stash event this week. Bloggers need to have a current blog post and link directly to your De-Stash post (not a generic link to your blog). Non-Bloggers can upload photos of what you want to sell and ensure the description provides details and your email contact. You’ll also need to add a direct link to your photo that can be viewed by anyone, not a generic link to your flicker account. Please verify your links after you have added, to avoid risk of them being removed. For more details on the rules, please click here to read a pre-event post.
Email me if you have questions and check back, as I’ll add FAQ below:
Just a suggestion…….
This is a great weekend to go through your sewing area and see if you have any quilty type items that you may want to de-stash. Monday kicks off our Fall De-Stash sale where quilters world wide are welcome to link up and sale things, as well as do some shopping.
The Fall De-Stash is a free event for bloggers and non-bloggers, but I will ask for those in the business to donate $5 for each link up. And, your donation will go to the Quilter’s Bee Giving Charity Fundraiser, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting four non-profit charities. So, take time to get your de-stash collection ready.
Shoppers might find some great deals on patterns, kits, pre-cuts, fabric, books, CDs/DVDs, table toppers and more. I’m certainly hoping to find some red & white pre-cuts, as well as some fun patterns.
Maybe you have some fabric, quilt kits or want to use your die cutting to cut some of your stash to sell.
Maybe you have some tools, such as rulers or templates, possibly AccuQuilt dies, or other items that you are not using and would like to turn into cash.
Maybe you have some things taking up space, such as sewing machines, embroidery machines, sergers, electronic cutting machines, etc. that you would like to get rid of so you can use that space for something else.
You can keep 100% of the proceeds from your sale. But sellers are responsible for setting terms and shipping items. As such, you can negotiate if your price includes shipping or if the buyer needs to pay for shipping. Just try to be as clear as you can and have a way to be contacted.
Bloggers are encouraged to post the badge for this event, but not required. Bloggers will need to have their blog post dated October 14th or during the week (no old or early posts) AND have a link back to the sale linky on Fingertip Shopping that will be released Monday, October 14th. By everyone including a link back to the main post, which will have a linky setup and we all encourage our readers to check out all the items for sale (linked up) hopefully we’ll everyone will have a good de-stash next week.
Non-Bloggers can upload photos of the items they have for sale to Flickr. Then be sure to add a linky to your direct photo, which has description, pricing, terms (all the details the bloggers put in their post) in the comments under your photo on flickr.
Bloggers and non-Bloggers can keep 100% of their sales, or they can opt to donate funds to the Quilter’s Bee Giving fundraising event (picking a charity of your choice). For each $1 you donate you will be given a raffle ticket for a drawing for a special prize. Please email me for more info on how to get your raffle tickets.
Those in the business that want to add a link to items that they may have for sale on their ETSY site or online store are invited to participate, but they will need to donate $5 per link to one of the four charities to be showcased in the Quilter’s Bee Giving Charity Fundraiser.
So, I hope you’ll take a look at your Stash this weekend and consider joining the De-Stash Party at Fingertip Shopping this coming week.
Did you know CafePress has some really cute t-shirts for quilters? They come in a variety of t-shirt styles (e.g. long-sleeve, short sleeve,neck style, colors, etc). And a large variety of quilty artwork designs and sayings too.
Here are a few that caught my attention, but they have many more t-shirts perfect for quilters that you may want to check out. And, you can even take advantage of this sale and buy non-quilty t-shirts too. Just use code = BDAY50 at checkout.
This sale is good for 50% Off T-Shirts with code BDAY50 and is part of a celebration to Help Celebrate CafePress’ Birthday with our Tee Sale! Sale is only good thru tomorrow, October 10th.
Has it already been 35 years?
Yes, Quilt in a Day is celebrating their 35th Anniversary! And, SewCalGal has a way for Quilter’s all over the world to help celebrate and “surprise” Eleanor and the QIAD team!
For 35 years Eleanor and the QIAD team has been helping to make our world of quilting fun. There have been great patterns, books, rulers and entertainment that have taught many of us, and inspired most of us. And an amazing amount of humor and fun!
And, SewCalGal wants to let you know of a “secret” way you can help recognize Eleanor and the Quilt in a Day Team.
For those living in Southern California, consider attending the QIAD Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, October 19th.
If you anticipate your card not arriving prior to the 19th, feel free to send your card directly to Eleanor (same address as above just mark it “attn: Eleanor”). And, for those lucky ducks attending Quilt Market or Festival, if you get a chance please congratulate Eleanor on 35 years when you see her.
While the content in this blog has a copyright, for this particular post if you would like to copy all, or part, to share with others you are certainly welcome to do so. The more quilters, from around the world that hear about this, may help to surprise Eleanor and the QIAD team and let them know how much they are loved. SewCalGal truly appreciates all PR Angels and a firm believe it also brings you good kharma!
Don’t forget – Please keep this a secret to the QIAD team until the Celebration party on October 19th!
When Quilter’s Paradise closed their retail shop, to focus on their laser cutting services, they thought they sold off all of their inventory. They’ve just spotted a few things in their warehouse that were not sold and have a limited supply of items for sale at amazing prices.
Check out their amazing deal on selected Books , Perle Cotton, Floss and EQ7 upgrade opportunities.
Amazing price for EQ7 upgrade software (for EQ6 users only). Lowest price SewCalGal has ever seen.
Don’t forget this great opportunity is only good while supply lasts!
SewCalGal is a big fan of Craftsy. The classes offer a great value and are have very flexible schedules. I’m actually taking a Mystery Quilting class this summer, with Kimberly Einmo and having great fun!
I wanted to heighten awareness of Craftsy related opportunities, as well as the fact SewCalGal is an Affiliate of Craftsy. As an affiliate when you sign up for a class by clicking on a Craftsy button or link on SewCalGal, your price is the same as if you signed up directly from the Craftsy site, but Craftsy donates a percentage back to SewCalGal. And, SewCalGal uses these funds to supplement the expense of shipping prizes to winners around the world. Shipping expenses were putting too much of a dent into my personal sewing budget (still are), so I want to say thank you to those that show support to SewCalGal by signing up for Craftsy classes or purchasing supplies from Craftsy, by first clicking from this site. Thank you!
As Craftsy has a Summer Supplies Sale from 7/26-7/28, you may want to click over to check it out.
Pieced Hexies: Beyond English Paper Piecing, with Mickie Depre
Strip Your Stash with Nancy Smith looks like a fun class at a great value. Insights are shared on color matching, as well as “six” quilt patterns are shared and you have an expert instructor to walk you thru each of them. Sounds like a great way to burn thru your stash this summer and have fun learning too!
Machine Quilting Home Sweet Home is another great opportunity for those interested in learning to free-motion quilt their projects, as well as those that have experience but want to learn new designs by an FMQ Expert.
Craftsy has many other new classes too. If you haven’t yet taken a class at Craftsy, SewCalGal highly encourages you to give them a try. Their classes are extremely reasonably priced, great teachers, well organized and structured to where you can complete the class on your own schedule and repeat it whenever you want for free too! Plus they have many FREE classes too!
You may want to check out the Free Classes at Craftsy, as they have a number of fun classes that are free and this is also a great way to check out online classes at Craftsy!
And, here are some links to reviews by SewCalGal on some classes at Craftsy:
Today is the start of a super fun blog hop to celebrate the release of a new quilting book “Quick and Easy Hexie Quilts”
At each stop in the hop you’ll learn about this new book and get a chance to win a copy.
Here is the line up for this blog hop this week:
June 3 Karen Griska (The Selvage Blog)
June 4 Susan Cleveland (BlackberryCreek)
June 5 Melinda Fulkerson at Melinda’s Blog
June 6 Victoria Findlay Wolfe (Bumblebeans Inc)
June 7 Sew Cal Gal
June 8 Kelly Jackson ( I Have A Notion)
June 9 Pat Sloan
June 10 Julia Wood (Hexie Blog and Green Quilts)
I hope you have fun at this blog hop party this week. I’m certainly looking forward to it.
SewCalGal hopes those in the US celebrating Memorial Day have a wonderful weekend. This is a great time to hug a Veteran and tell them thank you for their service. I certainly appreciate those that have served.
I have learned that this weekend Craftsy has a special sale. Here is their announcement:
This Memorial Day weekend, join Craftsy in honoring the brave men and women who have served in the US Armed Forces. For every class sold this weekend, Craftsy will donate a portion of the proceeds to benefit a veterans’ organization. Select classes will be on sale up to 60% off!
Have all the classes you want? Consider gifting a class to your favorite service member!
Classes on sale are Quilting, Sewing, Gardening, Baking, Cake Decorating, and Embroidery topics. All fun, reasonably priced classes (and they are on sale this weekend, making even a better deal) and you can take these classes at your leisure and repeat as often as you like. Can you tell SewCalGal loves Craftsy?
Click Craftsy Memorial Day Sale for more info.