Category: Wendy Sheppard

Stitching Pathways, by Wendy Sheppard (and a Giveaway too!)

Today, I’m delighted to share insights on an excellent new book, by an amazing quilter, designer, teacher and author.  This book is a “must have” for any quilter interested in learning and/or improving their freemotion quilting skills.  I’ll also share insights about a giveaway, where you can enter to win a copy of this new book!

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Landauer Publishing has recently released Stitching Pathways: Successful Quilting on Your Home Machine, by Wendy Sheppard.


There’s nothing more fulfilling than saying, “I made this from start to finish.” Expert designer, author, and blogger Wendy Sheppard wants quilters of all skill levels to be able to make this statement through her new book “Stitching Pathways: Successful Quilting on Your Home Machine”.

Her beautiful visual guide will inspire quilters to get creative on their home machines and will inspire them to make gorgeous stitches — from feather plumes to swirly flowers and everything in between.  Wendy’s advice and proven methods will guid quilters through each step to build skill and confidence.  From straight line quilting to beautiful free-motion techniques, the book is packed with Wendy’s secrets for not only generating unique stitches, but also for caring for home sewing machines.  She does not skip a beat when it comes to covering both large and small projects alike.

You’ll find the following in Stitching Pathways: Successful Quilting on Your Home Machine.

  • Step-by-step stitch guides for over 25 quilting designs, which will increase confidence at each turn for basic to advance free-motion techniques.
  • Detailed diagrams and photographs to teach each design.
  • Wendy’s secrets to using and caring for your home sewing machine for quilting projects both large and small.
  • Quilt sampler projects included for perfecting new skils, each one with careful how-to-end and diagrams to guide the quilter each step of the way.
  • A unique approach to teaching machine quilting diagrams include directional arrows and rests for breathing and regrouping — essential for manuevering the quilt sandwich.

About Wendy Sheppard:

Wendy’s original designs have been featured in numerous publications, including The Quilter, Quilt Trend, American Patchwork & Quilting, Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting, and many others.  She is the author of Recreating Antique Quilts and Creative New Quilts from precuts or stash.  She also designs patterns for Benartex, RJR Fabrics, Quilting Treasures, and Island Batiks and threads for Aurifil.  In addition to her design work, Wendy shares her free-hand and machine quilting deigns and tips on her website  Wendy group up in Southeast Asia and has a degree in Chemical Engineering.  She currently lives in Dumfries, VA.


I love the entire “two cents”  approach to sharing tips that Wendy takes with this book, throughout this book.   This book kicks off with keys to free-motion quilting success, Wendy’s favorite tools and threads, and plenty of helpful Thread Talk/My Two Cents tips, which alone are well worth the price of this book. 

But wait, there is more – The chapter on Stitch Variations with 20+ quilting designs all have easy to follow instructions and great visuals, that will help you stitch these designs on your projects.  Wendy also shares insights on design principles for combining quilting motifs that I’m confident will help quilters of all levels learn and/or improve their freemotion quilting skills and make quilts with stunning FMQ. 

Wendy also shares ideas for how you can use the insights shared in this book to apply to quilting panel quilts, a stitch sampler quilt, as well as a fun Modern Star Sampler quilt.  I’ll confess I absolutely fell in love with her “Squares and Rectangles”  where she walks you thru how to use designs and tips shared in this book, to create an stunning Bird Applique’ wallhanging quilt that is 27″ x 27″, which is a great design that can show off your freemotion quilting skills that you can learn from this book!  But all of the project designs in this book are stunning and perfect designs to use for stitching out free-motion quilting motifs taught in this book, which will help you build skills to easily apply these designs on your own projects.


I hope you get a chance to check out this new book at your favorite quilt shop.  Of course, if you don’t see it let them know you’re interested. It is such a new book they might night be aware of it.  Don’t forget you can also check it out, as well as buy it online at Landauer Publishing, as well as Amazon.    Landauer also has a 30% off sale, thru December 22nd, on all downloadable ebooks, se use coupon code EOOK30 at checkout.



 Landauer Publishing is celebrating 1,000 followers on Instagram with an amazing celebration.  You could win a copy of “Stitching Pathways”, as well as a collection of “Subtle Strings” bundle of yummy Aurifil threads. Click here to enter this giveaway.


You can find Landauer Publishing at:


You can find Wendy at:
Annie’s – Online Free-Motion Quilting Classes with Wendy Sheppard

Highlights of Fall 2016 Quilt Market


I attended Fall Quilt Market “virtually” and had an absolutely great time learning about new products, finding inspiration from so many beautiful quilts learning tips and tricks along the way.  Did you?  Just to ensure you didn’t miss out today I want to heighten awareness of some great reporters who were at Market and shared their insights.


Donna Ward (Donna’s Quilt Studio) did an excellent job capturing the essence of Quilt Market in a two part video.

Day 1 – Highlights:

Day 2 – Highlights:

Art Gallery Fabrics shared a recap of Fall 2016 Quilt Market on Youtube.  I also want to congratulate them for winning a First Place in the Double Booth category, at Market.  Their booth was very inviting and beautiful, showcasing their new fabrics.

Here are sites that also share insights about Fall Quilt Market and many new products:


{above} Marmalade’s Merriment by Wendy Sheppard of Ivory Spring. This darling pattern will be available as a free pattern with purchase of Wendy’s brand new thread collection, Marmalade Meadows. The collection was created to coordinate with Bleecker Street from Quilting Treasures


{above} Jennifer Sampou new Black & White fabrics are as beautiful and inviting as this display.  Her new line of 21 fabrics, includes 6 new designs revolving the theme of light.

Congratulations to the Quilts, Inc. team for hosting another amazing Quilt Market, as well as thanks to all of those that took time to share insights on various social media platforms.  It will be fun to see these new products appearing in our favorite Quilt Shops this coming Spring.  


Of course, I’m curious….are there any new items that were introduced at Fall Quilt Market that have caught your attention and you want to create with?  

Don’t forget, tomorrow I’ll share my findings for Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales at Fingertip Shopping:    

#EQ25 – Highlights of an EQ7 Designer, Wendy Sheppard

I’m dedicating this post to the Electric Quilt Company, who is having an amazing year long 25th Anniversary Celebration with yummy prizes every month, plus loads of fun.  And, I’m thrilled to have several blogging friends joining me today, to help celebrate.  Many of us, will be sharing a EQ themed blog post on the 10th of every month this year, where you’ll find tips, tutorials, inspirational projects, as well as hopefully some fun quilty insights, as well as learn about how to win amazing prizes.

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Today, I’m wanting to recognize the Electric Quilt Company for the fact that we now have such good access to quilt designers who have created their designs using EQ software.  increase awareness about how EQ software has helped so many quilters become professional designers.

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The majority of quilt designers use EQ software to design their projects for sale, for publication in various quilting magazines, as well as for providing free patterns.  As such, I’m going to showcase a prolific quilt designer who has accomplished publishing hundreds, if not thousands of designs, using EQ software and also chat about the differences between designing a quilt within EQ software vs software options for pattern writing.

Wendy Sheppard, whom you may know through her blog Ivory Spring, is a brilliant quilter, designer, teacher, author, and Master free-motion quilter.  She has probably published more designs in various quilting magazines, as well as created free patterns for various Fabric Manufacturers, than any designer I know. And she uses EQ7 to design!  

When I spoke with Wendy about software she uses to design vs write her patterns, she shared that she uses EQ7 software for designing, but uses regular word processing software for pattern writing.  

Note:From my observations, pattern writing styles vary from designer to designer, as well as their preference for which software package they wish to use for pattern writing. New designers that want to publish their designs may want to think about:

Designing:  EQ7 is the most popular tool for designing

Illustrations:  While EQ software does provide the ability to incorporate templates, blocks, etc., many designers prefer to also include other illustrations.  While some sketch on paper, most will use software designed to help create such drawings (e.g. Corel Draw, Inkscape, photoshop, PowerPoint, etc), or hire an illustrator/graphic artist.

Instruction writing/layout:  Many use regular word processing software (e.g. MSWord, etc), whereas some use more sophisticated software packages (e.g. MS Publisher, PowerPoint, Illustrator, Inkscape).  

Summary:  There really isn’t a write or wrong choice when selecting a tool.  For many, it may start with what software you already have and/or are familiar with.  Others, the choice may come down to how much you are willing to spend, as well as how comfortable you are with learning new software packages.  My recommendation is to start playing with what you already have and may be familiar with and then make the decision to try more sophisticated and expensive software, when you feel you have pushed the limits of what the current software package can do.  But I hope others will share their perspective on this topic, by adding a comment on this post.  I’ll also be sharing more on this subject throughout the monthly EQ 25th Celebration this year.



Recreating Antique Quilts: Re-envisioning, Modifying & Simplifying Museum Quilts, was published Sept 2014 and quickly became a best seller.

Creative New Quilts & Projects: From Precuts or Stash, was published September 2015 and has also become a very popular book.


Wendy teaches online through Annie’s and currently has five free-motion quilting classes.


As mentioned earlier, Wendy has published hundreds of patterns in every major quilting magazine, as well as designed patterns for almost every major fabric manufacturer.  Wendy also does a great job increasing awareness of where her new designs are published, by sharing on her blog. And if you click on the PRESS tab on her blog, you’ll find an impressive list of her published designs and books.

Here are a couple of her free patterns, she created for Benartex, that have won awards in their annual viewer choice awards:

Movement in Square, a free pattern made available through Benartex, won the 2014 favorite award.k-movementinsquares-with-ribbon

Star Struck, a free pattern made available through Benartex, won the 2015 Fan  favorite award.


Benartex is currently hosting the 2016 March Madness event, where you can vote for your favorite pattern.  Wendy has several free quilt patterns that you can vote for your favorite (as well as designs from other designers):

Star Dust


Shimmering Constellation

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Candy Crayons

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Tulip Time

K-SPring Parade-TulipTimeBallet School

K-Tiny Dancer-balletschool

I hope you’ll go vote for your favorite.  To vote, simply follow the Benartex blog / Sew In Love with Fabric, to follow and vote in their March Madness event that will utlmately award the viewers choice for the fan favorite #1 free pattern.  Here is a link for the most current post for this fun event:


EQ and Moda have great prizes you could win this month, as part of the EQ 25th Anniversary Celebration: Wouldn’t it be fun to win a bundle of Moda fabric or a copy of EQ7 this month?

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McCalls has a fun article about Wendy with a giveaway where you can enter to win a copy of her new book “Creative New Quilts and Projects”:

Island Batik is also hosting a blog hop that showcases Wendy’s new book, where you could win some yummy batik fabric and a copy of Wendy’s new book.  Here is the line up for this event this month:


Yes, each month several blogging friends are releasing a post on the 10th of each month to help celebrate the EQ 25th Anniversary.  Along the way, you’ll find tips, tutorials, inspirational project and various EQ themed insights.  Here are some bloggers that I hope you’ll click thru to visit today:

Lastly, if you are a blogger that loves EQ and wants to help with the 25th Anniversary Celebration, consider releasing an EQ themed post on the 10th of each month (e.g. tip, tutorial, inspirational project you’ve made all showing how you use EQ products).  Let me know and I’ll include you in my blog post, to encourage others to pop by your blog and check out your EQ themed sharing.  I’ll also make sure you are on My Creative Blog List, which is a easy to use site designed to follow creative blogs, as well as increase awareness of blogging events.

Here are links to my prior posts for these monthly  #EQ25 celebrations, many include tutorials. And all include links to posts by blogging friends who are also sharing EQ tips, tutorials and inspirational projects on the 10th of each month, to help with the EQ 25th Anniversary Celebration:


2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – December Challenge with Wendy Sheppard and Grand Prize Info

Today we kick off the  December Linky Party for the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  This our last monthly challenge for the year.   2015 fmq challenge badge

At the end of this challenge we will be randomly awarding winners for this monthly challenge, as well as Grand Prizes for those that participated in any of the monthly challenges this year. To clarify, participants get an entry to win Grand Prizes for every month they entered, and if they completed more than one option in any monthly challenge, they also get extra entries for every option they complete.  Obviously, the more entries the more chances you get to win Grand Prizes.

This month we showcase Wendy Sheppard, an amazing quilter, quilt designer, teacher, author, Free-Motion Quilting Expert, and more.  You may already know Wendy from her award winning quilts, her stunning machine embroidery designs, taking a class with her, or from her FREE free-motion quilting tutorial which she provided during our 2012 FMQ Challenge.

Wendy is the author of  Recreating Antique Quilts – Re-envisioning, Modifying & Simplifying Museum Quiltspublished by Landauer Publishing.

And, she recently released a new book “Creative New Quilts and Projects from precuts or stash“, also published by Landauer Publishing.
Wendy is also an Aurifil designer, and has recently released a beautiful collection of threads called “Subtle Strings”

Many know her as an FMQ Expert, as well as an FMQ Teacher.  While she has a young daughter and prefers to not travel, you can enjoy her FMQ classes  at  Annies:  Learn to Machine Quilt, as well as Machine Quilting Level 2


In her class “Learn to Machine Quilt“, which is perfect for beginner quilters, as well as those learning to free-motion quilt, student learn techniques and FMQ motifs for stippling, swirly vines, interchanging vines, all over swirls, jester’s hat, echoing, pebbles, and more.


Many know her thru as a Master Free-Motion Quilting Teacher, with online classes at Annie’s  Learn to Machine Quilt and Machine Quilting Level 2123872_1

BTW – I have coupons for $5 off for the Machine Quilting Level 2 class..  Email me ASAP if you want me to send you a coupon, as they expire December 31st.  

Wendy is  well known for all of the beautiful designs that she has published in various magazines, as well as free patterns she has created for various fabric manufacturers.  Be sure to check out this gorgeous heirloom pillow that was published in Bernina’s Through the Needle #28.  Absolutely stunning.


Also, Wendy has an excellent blog at Ivory Spring, where she shares insights on her amazing designs that have been published in most every quilt magazine, as well as free patterns for many fabric manufacturer.  She also shares many tips and tutorials on her blog, including sharing tips, techniques and FMQ motif tutorials in a series known as “Thread Talk“.

Here are a few of Wendy’s quilts that show off her beautiful free-motion quilting:


{above} A Sample Practice Piece, by Wendy Sheppard, from her Machine Quilting Level 2 class at Annies.

class sample for wendy sheppard on annies{above} A Sample Practice Piece, by Wendy Sheppard, from her in store classes.



{above} Count My Blessings, is a beautiful new quilt design by Wendy Sheppard that is published in her latest book  “Creative New Quilts and Projects from precuts or stashis beautifully quilted with lush feathers and pearls, as shown below:



You can find Wendy at:
Annie’s – Online Free-Motion Quilting Classes with Wendy Sheppard


Our December Challenge has many options, which are open for those that do not stitch machine embroidery, as well as those that do.  Please email me, or leave a comment if you have any questions about these options.



Use the FMQ tutorial, by Wendy Sheppard, for the 2012 FMQ Challenge to create a pillow.  This is a versatile option, so use your imagination and feel free to add other FMQ motifs for wholecloth, pieced or applique.

This is great tutorial to help you learn/improve your FMQ skills and make stunning swirls that you can use on your projects.


This is a versatile option to enter this challenge.  Apply Wendy’s tutorial to create your FMQ pillow, of any size, or style. To clarify, your FMQ pillow could be whole cloth, applique, pieced, etc., but you need to show evidence of using Wendy’s tutorial by including FMQ swirls on your pillow, even if you include additional FMQ motifs.


Create a pillow using FMQ techniques and motifs from Wendy’s her Machine Quilting Level 2 class at Annies.  In this class participants will learn a variety of techniques, tips and designs including: swirling vine variations, snaky spirals, swirly flowers, pool reflections and sushi rolls, Wendy’s variation of McTavishing, feathers and feather variations and flames.





Create a pillow using FMQ techniques and motifs from Wendy’s her Machine Quilting Level 2 class at Annies.  In this class participants will learn a variety of techniques, tips and designs including: swirling vine variations, snaky spirals, swirly flowers, pool reflections and sushi rolls, Wendy’s variation of McTavishing, feathers and feather variations and flames.


level 2 with wendy sheppard at Annies

Your entry may be a wholecloth, pieced, or applique design, but you need to incorporate one, or more, FMQ motifs taught by Wendy in this class.


In the book Recreating Antique Quilts – Re-envisioning, Modifying & Simplifying Museum Quilts, by Wendy Sheppard, one of the projects is for a beautiful “Ginko” pillow, that also incorporates a special free-motion quilting motif that is absolutely lovely and very versatile.

ginko pillow by wendy sheppard

This option is to create a FMQ pillow using the design, techniques, tips and FMQ motif that Wendy teaches in this book to create this  stunning pillow.


Wendy created beautiful “Light of Colors Pillows”, made with leftovers from Crossings Quilt, which is one of man designs in her latest book “Creative New Quilts and Projects from precuts or stash”, published by Landauer Publishing. 


Consider using block designs from this new book, or other blocks, along with FMQ tips and motifs that Wendy shares in this book, to create a pillow.


As a blogger, Wendy is always sharing inspirational insights, tips as well as tutorials on her blog.  She writes a series called “Thread Talk” where she shares tips, techniques and tutorials on various FMQ motifs.

This option is quite versatile. You can stitch take advantage of any Thread Talk tutorials, published by Wendy. But you will need to show evidence of one or more of Wendy’s Thread Talk tutorials to claim this entry.  Possibly, you’ll want to consider her Threat Talk # 45 Swirly Vine.


Or maybe Thread talk #38 where Wendy provides a tutorial to FMQ stitch a beautiful leaf floral design that makes for a perfect all over design, or background design.



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!


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:   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:

If you are not familiar with how to use a linky  for a tutorial.



Note:  Entering this monthly challenge automatically enters you to win Grand Prizes that will be awarded, once all of the monthly challenges have been completed.  The more monthly challenges you enter, as well as the more options you complete, the more entries you’ll get to win Grand Prizes.

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 – in stitches and seams
Fat Quarter Shop



One Lucky winner, any where in the world, will receive a $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop  Prize #2 winner – Karin @ Quilt Yarn
Landauer Publishing Landauer Publishing has donated copies of the following books: 

Simple Blocks, Stunning Quilts the Square-agonals Way, by Sandi Blackwell

Beginner’s Guide to Quiltmaking, by Jeri Simon

Hexagon Happenings, by Carolyn Forster

Easy-Sew Quilts for Urban Living: 9 Fresh, Fun Designs, by Joanie Holton and Melanie Greseth for TailorMade by Design


Quilt ShopGal will be shipping these prizes to the winners.  Due to postage expenses, I will pay shipping expenses for a maximum of one international winner.

Prize #3 Simple Blocks, Stunning Quilt:  Winner – Elizabeth H.

#4 -Beginner’s Guide to Quiltmaking: Winner -carried over to a Grand Prize

5 – Hexagon Happenings: Winner:  Missy Shay.

#6 – Easy-Sew Quilts for Urban Living:  Winner Marjorie H.


Alternate Option: Quiltmaking Essentials 2: Winner – LC’s Cottage


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!


Sponsor Prize Winners


One very lucky winner will receive an Aurifil collection of 48 large spools of cotton thread. This prize has a retail value over $400.


Aurifil will ship this prize to one lucky winner, anywhere in the world.


winner Geri Richardson

Udderly Smooth, by RedEx 65668_10151884614025894_331473606_n Three luck winners will each receive  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 , 2 & 3 winner s- 

Marjorie of Marjorie’s Busy Corner

Mary Mack

Jean Overmeyer

Julie of Pink Doxies

Fat Quarter Shop



One Lucky winner, any where in the world, will receive a $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop  Prize #2 winner – Soloch
Martingale Tributes and Treasures: 12 Vintage-Inspired Quilts Made With Reproduction Prints, by Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts

Remembering the Past – Reproduction Quilts Inspired by Antique Favorites By Julie Hendricksen

Seems Like Scrappy – The Look You Love with Fat Quarters and Precuts By Rebecca Silbaugh

Sweet Tweets – Simple Stitches, Whimsical Birds By Erin Cox

Alternate Option: Available from the October Challenge:

Quiltmaking Essentials 2: Settings and Borders, Backings and Bindings, by Donna Lynn Thomas

Alternate prize from the November challenge:

Splash of Color: A Rainbow of Brilliant Black-and-White Quilts, by Jackie Kunkel

QuiltShopGal will ship these prizes directly to the lucky winners.  But due to limited funds, a maximum of two prizes will be shipped to international winners.

#3 Tributes and Treasures: 12 Vintage-Inspired Quilts Made With Reproduction Prints – winner: Jean,  
#4 Remembering the Past – Reproduction Quilts Inspired by Antique Favorites  – winner: Nancy of Dizzy Dog,

Seems Like Scrappy – Winner: Elizabeth H.

#6 Sweet Tweets – Winner: Laura C


#7 – Alternative Prize:
– Splash of Color winner: Brandy P.

The Stencil Company  



Three lucky winners will receive a prize from The Stencil Company.US Only



Elizabeth H.

Geri R.

LC’s Cottage

CT Publishing Step by Step Free-Motion Quilting, by Christina Cameli

Shape by Shape Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters

This prize is open to WW winners.  If the winner is in the US they may receive a physical book, all other winners will receive an e:book.



Step by Step winner (ebook) Karin (Quilt Yarn)

Shape by Shape (ebook) Elizabeth H.



 If you have questions for this Challenge, please :

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:


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!

Creative New Quilts & Projects from precuts or stash – a book review and giveaway

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I’m excited to be able to share insights with you today, about “Creative New Quilts & Projects From Precuts or Stash“, by Wendy Sheppard, and published by Landauer Publishing and host a giveaway, where you could win a copy of this creative and fun new book..

Publisher’s Insights:

Creative use of precuts and stash goes beyond ordinary and creates an array of ten charming quilt projects using beautiful fabrics. Projects include banners, table toppers, quilts and wallhangings.


Accurate and easy-to-follow instructions make Wendy’s projects a joy for quilters to sew. For quilters needing a little help cutting precuts from their stash, how-to-cut instructions are included.

Superior quilting finishes the projects with Wendy’s quilting suggestions given.


About the Author:

imageWendy Sheppard is a designer, teacher, author and master free-motion quilter.  Possibly you know her by way of her blog: Ivory Spring.  Or her amazing book Recreating Antique Quilts that was also published with Landauer Publishing:

She is also well know from many publications in American Patchwork & Quilting, McCalls Quilting, McCall’s Quick Quilts,  Australian Quilters Companion, Bernina’s Through The Needle, Creative Machine Embroidery, Fabric Trends, Fons & Porter, Generation Q,  Popular Patchwork (UK), Quilt, Quilt It Today, Quilts and More, Quilts Trends, Quilters Newsletter, Quilter’s World, Quilter’s Home, Quiltmaker, Simple Quilts & Sewing, The Quilter, and in many publications from Annies, as well as free patterns with major Fabric Manufacturers.

Or maybe you know her as an Aurifil Designer?


Many know her thru as a Master Free-Motion Quilting Teacher, with online classes at Annie’s  Learn to Machine Quilt and Machine Quilting Level 2


From my perspective this woman is gifted with endless creativity and is on the road to become a Quilting Legend.  As such, it is easy for me to honestly recommend her books, classes, patterns and, of course, following her blog.  Wendy can help you make stunning projects, learn and have creative fun!

My Review

Creative New Quilts & Projects from Precuts or Stash, by Wendy Sheppard is packed with Creative Goodness. The  projects in this book are all beautiful and would be fun to make for your home, as well as for gifts.   They all have easy to follow instructions with great visuals.  With ten projects in this book, it is an exceptional value, perfect for quilters of all levels.


The projects range in size from 16 1/2″ x 12″ to 78″ x 90″ and include such projects as placemats, pillows, table runners, wallhangings and full size quilts.  Some of the designs include raw edge applique and templates are included for delightful whimsical motifs.  For those that enjoy free-motion quilting, you’ll also be inspired by the photos of finished quilts, as well as a few suggested FMQ motifs for selected quilts.

I hope you get a chance to check out this amazing new book at your favorite Quilt Shop.  Of course, if you don’t find it, you can let them know you are interested in having them carry it, as they simply may not be aware of it.  And, don’t forget you can also find this book online at Landauer Publishing, as well as Amazon.


You can find Landauer Publishing at:

You can find Wendy Sheppard at:


Did I Mention A Giveaway?

Landauer Publishing kindly gave me a copy of this book to use to write a review, where I shared my honest opinion.  And, that review copy has been approved for me to give to one of my followers.  This giveaway is open to my WW followers.  I will send an email to notify the winner and pay to mail the prize directly to them.  To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

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Creativity and Inspiration from Magazines: Summer issues from McCall’s

I’m always on the look out for inspiration, tips, new designs, as well as new designers. I also enjoy reading quilting magazines, but I was overwhelmed with so many beautiful free patterns and tips in the latest issue of McCall’s Quilting:


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This issue, which is also known as the Best of American Quilting, July/August 2015 issue, has 16 free patterns that are all beautiful and make the cost of this magazine an exceptional value. But it was “Cozy Town”, by Wendy Sheppard that I couldn’t resist sharing with you today.  I found this design absolutely cozy, by design and colors.

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The pattern instructions provided in this issue are easy to follow.  While shown to make a stunning quilt using the Happy Home Collection, by Christine Graff for Quilting Treasures, I think this design would be stunning in a variety of color palettes and fabrics.  But the Happy Home Collection combined with the Cozy Town design, makes for a perfectly cozy quilt.

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Personally, I was delighted to see that McCall’s quilting is kitting this fabric.  While I love this design for any fabrics, the fabrics used in Wendy’s Cozy Town are stunning.


I’ve certainly enjoyed this issue of McCall’s Quilting and I’m confident I’m going to refer to it, far into the future.  I hope you also have a chance to pick up and enjoy this issue.  And I definitely want to make Wendy’s Cozy Town quilt!

note:  Wendy has released a blog post with more photos and info on Cozy Town, as well as other designs made with this yummy fabric:


I’m also delighted to share insights on another issue from McCall’s  Quick Quilts that has recently been released.  It showcases a stunning quilt created by Jean Kritenbrink,  a participant from the 2014 Red and White Quilt Challenge, hosted by SewCalGal.  While I’ve not personally had a chance to check out McCall’s Quick Quilts newest issue, I’m looking forward to getting a copy of this magazine and wanted to heighten your awareness of this issue too:




Of course, the highlight for me will be to see Jean Kritenbrink’s beautiful Ruby Facet quilt design in this issue.  I’m a firm believer everyone should have a red/white quilt and this is a perfect design for you to make your own red/white quilt, if you have not yet made one.  Check out the current issue of Quick Quilts for pattern information.

No doubt about it, no matter how I look at it, I find a great value in reading a quilting magazine.  But like many of us, I get busy, so I’m rather partial to picking up a current magazine issue during the summer and finding time where I can prop my feet up, relax, enjoy a glass of cold ice tea or lemonade and find inspiration and ideas in a quilting magazine.  But these recent issues from McCalls, just seem to call out “make me, make me”.  What do you think?

You can find McCall’s Quilting at:

You can find Wendy Sheppard at:

You can find Jean 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.

Creative Goodness at QuiltShopGal

The Hunt for Freebies with #CreativeGoodness

We all love freebies, but sometimes we miss opportunities to take advantage of some very creative ones, for a variety of reasons.  Thus, today, I want to highlight some freebies that I think are definitely worthwhile of checking out.  As always, I hope if you have others to recommend you’ll also share by way of leaving a comment.

Wendy Sheppard (Ivory Spring) is an amazing designer that has many beautiful patterns published in magazines, as well as for free from various fabric manufacturers.  And, of course, many BOM designs that fabric manufacturers and shops may sell.  But to the best of my knowledge, Wendy does not sell any of her designs wholesale or retail, as much as focus on a designer for fabric manufacturers and/or magazines. She maintains a list on her site of all her free patterns with links to downloads. It is truly impossible for me to pick a favorite of her designs, but her design Movement in Squares for Benartex



Fat Quarter Shop has a great page that has links to various Fabric Manufacturers with free pattern downloads, but they also have many unique designs that they have created and share for free.

Martingale has a number of free patterns.   They also have several FREE how to downloadable files for How to Quilt, How to Knit, How to Crochet.

Landauer Publishing has many free patterns you can download.

Hoffman California Fabrics has free quilt patterns.

Island Batik has several free Quilted in Honor downloadable patterns.

RJR Fabrics has a large collection of free-patterns, which may actually be the best organized of all Fabric Manufacturers!

Some sites only offer freebies for a limited time.  Here are some freebies that are only available for short time:

Craftsy has released several free eGuides you can download:

eGuide: Understanding Exposure for Better Photos Now: Beginner Photography Tutorials

Cake Decorating
eGuide: Not-So-Basic Buttercream Decorating Ideas

Food & Cooking
eGuide: Delicious Doughnut Recipes You Can Make at Home

Paper Crafts
eGuide: 6+ Stash-Busting Paper Craft Projects

eGuide: Drawing the Human Face: A Primer

eGuide: Beginner’s Guide to the World of Watercolor

eGuide: Success With Container Gardening

eGuide: Woodturning Basics for Beginners

Quilt in a Day has many creative quilt and block patterns that are free.



For those that enjoy electronic cutters, here are a few sources of great freebies:

Silhouette Design Store has new free design every Tuesday.
Miss Kate Cuttables has a different free design every day.

Free Birdie Pincushion pattern, by Sharon Holland Designs:

Of course there are many wonderful blogs that share tips and tutorials, all free.

What is your favorite site to find free designs for #CreativeGoodness?

Holiday Blog Blitz – Wishing you a very Merry Christmas – Recipe Sharing

Today, SewCalGal is hosting a Holiday Blog Blitz to wish you a very Merry Christmas.  All of the participating blogs will also be sharing a free holiday recipe with you, so I hope you’ll take time to hop and have fun too!

I’ll confess I got a late start on my baking this year.  I do enjoy holiday baking and sharing with family and friends, especially those that may be unable to do any baking of their own.  While I’m still doing more baking today, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite and easiest recipes that I like to make during the holidays:

Years ago I fell in love with the Oatmeal Cranberry Cookie recipe, that is on the package for dried cranberries (Craisins Brand).  The recipe “as is” is excellent, but I have made a few changes:

Jalepeno Artichoke dip is a tasty and versatile snack that is good served with crackers cold, or as a hot dip.  I like applying it to a Boboli Pizza crust and baking for a yummy appetizer.  When in a hurry this also works for purchased Jalepeno Artichoke dip, but this is the recipe I’ve been using to make my own dip (spread on a Boboli).

You have brought great happiness and inspiration to me this past year and I am truly grateful.  I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and for those celebrating Hanukkah, I wish for you a very Happy Hanukkah.  And, I wish all of us a Happy Holiday and a very Happy and Healthy New Year that is also filled with peace, happiness, kindness and, of course,  #CreativeGoodness.

Here is the line up of participants in this Holiday Blog Blitz, where you can get a yummy holiday recipe at each stop in this hop.  I’ve seen a few sneak peaks on the recipes and they really are yummy.  So, click thru, hop, and enjoy #HolidayGoodness.  

Stitch This (Martingale)

Leah Day – The Free Motion Quilting Project

The Electric Quilt Company (Behind The
Mouse – The Electric Quilt Blog)

Marjorie Busby (Blue Feather Quilt Studio) –

Wendy Sheppard  (Ivory Spring) –

Barb of Bejeweled Quilts by Barb –

Bea Lee (Beaquilter) –

Inchworm Fabrics –

Hoffman California Fabrics – Creative Canvas blog 
Also, you may have already seen ad on the internet for Sainsbury, but it caught my heart and I wanted to share it with you today:

If you are on a MAC or having problems viewing this embedded video, here is link where you can watch it directly in Youtube:

Lastly, I do hope you find time to truly enjoy the holiday season with family and friends and don’t allow it to become an overwhelming season.  Low key, simple holidays can be fun and remind us what any holiday celebration is all about.


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Recreating Antique Quilts – Re-envisioning, Modifying & Simplifying Museum Quilts, by Wendy Sheppard

Several years ago I became a fan of Wendy Sheppard, after getting addicted to her delightful blog (Ivory Spring), where she shares tips, tutorials, inspiration and links to downloadable free patterns that she has written for various companies, such as major fabric manufacturers whom she also promotes awareness of beautiful new fabric releases.

Wendy is a very talented quilter, designer, teacher and author.  SewCalGal also considers Wendy an “Expert” Free-Motion Quilter and excellent FMQ Teacher too!   She is also a wonderful woman with a variety of interests, one of which is antiques and visiting museums which she has periodically shared insights on her blog.  And, as I got to know her more I remember thinking “This woman would be a wonderful Director of a Museum” as she is creative, but also she always pushes herself to learn more.  Over time, I have come to the conclusion Wendy will be successful at what ever she wants to do and as such, any company that has the opportunity to work with her will be better off with the experience.

Needless to say, I was delighted when I learned “Recreating Antique Quilts” was published and when she was able to attend Fall Quilt Market to promote this book.  And, I’m absolutely delighted to be able to share insights with you today on this book:

PRESS RELEASE from Landauer Publishing:

Recreating Antique Quilts – Re-envisioning, Modifying & Simplifying Museum Quilts, by Wendy Sheppard

Five antique quilts from four museums are adapted for today’s quilter by author Wendy Sheppard. The historical quilts inspired 10 projects for quilters of all skill levels. Using today’s fabrics and techniques these antique quilts come to life with new beauty and warmth to use and live with throughout your home. The Projects include quilts in a variety of sizes, table runner, table topper and pillow. Includes piecing and appliqué techniques, quilting notes and inspiration, and simplified construction. Clear, concise instructions and how-two throughout. Beautifully photographed.

Wendy Sheppard, originally from Southeast Asia, began her career as a chemical engineer.  In 2005, with encouragement from a friend and no prior sewing experience, she made her first quilt.  Needless to say, that dive into quilting changed her career path.  Wendy’s original designs are regularly featured in numerous publications, including The Quilter, Quilt Trends, American Patchwork & Quilting, Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting, McCalls, Australian Quilters Company, UK’s Popular Patchwork and many others. 

 She also designs patterns for Benartex, RJR Fabrics, Quilting Treasures, and Island Batik.  In addition to her design work, Wendy shares her free-hand and machine quilting designs and tips on her website ( and blog (Thread Talk from My Sewing Machine).  Currently she resides in northern Virginia with her family.

Recreating Antique Quilts (978-1-935726-63-0) contains 96 pages, comes in a softcover binding, retails for $24.95 US, and is available through your favorite distributor, bookseller or quilt shop, or direct from Landauer Publishing:  800-557-2144 or  Publication date:  October, 2014

There is also a great blog post on Landauer’s blog Quilt Books And Beyond that shares more insights on Wendy and this book. 


Recreating Antique Quilts is packed with inspirational designs that all come with well written instructions that are easy to follow and also include great visuals, making this book perfect for quilters of all levels.  Some of the projects use machine applique where applique templates are provided and there are also templates for some of the pieced quilts.  Tips are also shared for precision piecing, along with suggestions and designs for free-motion quilting.

Projects include a lovely pillow,  beautiful table topper/runners, stunning wallhangings, and quilts in a variety of sizes (e.g. 57- 1/2″ x 61-1/2″ to 56″ x 68″).

From a historical perspective, Wendy also shares a picture of an antique quilt, along with insights about that quilt, which gave her inspiration for each project she included in this book.

Ultimately, I’m confident this is going to be a Best Selling Quilting Book and there will be many quilters that make refreshing heirloom quilts using designs that Wendy has included in this wonderful new book.

Lastly, I want to share a sneak peak into the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  One of the monthly challenges will have an option, for those that own this book, to make the beautiful “Ginkgos on Prince Street Pillow” and enter it in the monthly Free-Motion Quilting Challenges next year.  More details will be shared on this blog soon.

You should be able to find this book in your favorite quilt shop.  Of course, if you don’t SewCalGal recommends that you let them know you’d like to see them carry it, as they may not be aware of this book.  Of course, you can also find it on Amazon, or order a copy from Landauer Publishing online.  Although, I’d recommend that  you order a “signed” copy directly from Wendy.

You can find Wendy at:
Annie’s – Online Free-Motion Quilting Class with Wendy Sheppard

You can find Landauer Publishing at:

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