Day 10 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – The Electric Quilt Company

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Welcome to day 10 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways.    I can honestly say I love all things EQ (Electric Quilt), thus I’m absolutely thrilled to have them as a sponsor for this event.  This year they’ve been celebrating their 25th Anniversary and QuiltShopGal, as well as several blogging friends, have been releasing posts on the 10th of every month, with tips, tutorials, inspiration and even giveaways along the way.  While I wasn’t able to release such a post on the 10th of this month, due to my website hijacking, I’m happy to being back in the saddle again.  And, today, I want to share insights with you about EQ, some freebies, my recommended approach to learning EQ Software, some great tutorials for learning and other opportunities, as well as a host a giveaway where anyone around the world can enter to win (website hijacker wackos will be disqualified as they take the fun out of creativity for all of us).

Who remembers when EQ#1 was released  in 1991?  I quickly fell in love with EQ software. And have happily used EQ#2, #3, #5, #6, #7 as well as EQStitch.  I missed EQ4 simply because life got in the way.

While I wasn’t good at keeping packages, or artwork, of my EQ journey, I was delighted that  Karen (Sew Karen-ly Created), who also began using EQ#1, had kept the packaging for most of the EQ software releases and gave me permission to share.

 

Who remembers the original install process for EQ software using multiple CDs?   Amazing  to think how we can now download software and quickly install vs loading multiple CDs.  Technology has certainly changed.

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Who remembers “The Floppy Gazette”?  The original EQ Newsletters came in the mail, and like the more modern email newsletters, they have always been packed with tips, tutorials, EQ News, inspiration, as well as insights on new products. 

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 Over the years, The Electric Quilt Company has released many amazing software packages that help quilters create.  I strongly feel had it not been for the EQ team, our world of quilting would not be as wonderful as it is today.  We certainly would not have as many designers and authors releasing sharing their designs, if they all had to design on paper vs computer.


EQ also partnered with Quiltmaker to releasing 8 different collections of Quiltmaker’s Quilting Designs.  These can work as standalone software packages, or within EQ7, which allows you to audition quilting designs on your quilts, as well as print out in any size, to use to stitch out on your projects.

The Stash collections are some of my favorite EQ products, as each release of Stash contains the new fabric collections from top fabric manufacturers.  They are very reasonable and certainly would make a great gift for EQ software users.

EQ has a variety of bound books that are excellent resources to learn/improve your EQ skills.  They are easy to follow with great visuals, all at a reasonable price, making them another great gift idea for any EQ user.

EQ has a variety of printables, including inkjet fabric sheets and foundation quilting.  I’ll admit the EQ “Lawn” printable fabric has become my absolute favorite printable fabric.  I think any of these products would make for great gifts for any quilter, regardless if they use EQ software or not.

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EQ University was launched in 2014 with new classes being offered all the time.  I can honestly recommend these classes to anyone interested in learning/improving your EQ skills.  They are well organized, taught my experts, include written and video tutorials, that you can repeat as often as you wish, plus during the official scheduled class you get access to an expert to help with your questions, all for a very reasonable price.  Yes, a EQ University Class would also make a great Christmas gift for any EQ software user.

DID I MENTION FREEBIES?

Free Fabric of the Month – While EQ7 comes with a fabric library, every month EQ releases a new set of digital fabrics that you can download and use in your software, for free.

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Free Lessons / Tutorials – The EQ Team has a great list of lessons on their website and also share more tips and tutorials on their blog.  For newbies, I recommend the approach of “15 minutes of playtime per day in EQ”, where you can start, stop, repeat any lesson till you feel it is part of  your muscle memory.  Focus on one functionality in EQ at a time, so you don’t feel intimidated with this robust software package.  You’ll be amazed how much fun you’ll have and how much you will learn in a short time.

Club EQ is a great way to learn/improve your skills by participating in monthly challenges where all participants share their design files.

EQ University – has a free  “Quick Startclass, that is perfect for newbies, as well as those that may simply want to check out what EQ University is all about.

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

Actually, there are two different giveaways where you could win a prize from the Electric Quilt Company:

EQ sponsored our bloggers celebration of the #EQ25 Anniversary, with our final posts released on the 10th of December.  You can enter to win a copy of EQ Mini by visiting Marian @ Seams to be Sew.

Electric Quilt is also our sponsor today, for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways event,  and will be giving a special Christmas Gift, to one lucky winner, any place in the world.

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Are you ready to learn what this gift is?

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EQ is giving a copy of their new EQ Mini software.  This is great software for those wanting to learn to design quilts, but not yet ready for the more robust EQ7 software.  Think of it as a scaled down version of EQ7, but owners of EQ Mini also have an optional upgrade path to EQ7, should they later want to upgrade. And, EQ Mini is available at a very reasonable price, making it also a perfect Christmas Gift,  While you may want Santa to bring you a copy of EQ Mini, or other EQ products, don’t overlook EQ Mini as a perfect gift for a kid, or grandkid that may want to become a future quilt designer!

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To enter, simply claim one or more of the options in the Rafflecopter form below.

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 You can find the Electric Quilt Company at:

 

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:

Here is a list of all of the posts for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways, where many have extended deadlines to enter to win wonderful Christmas Gifts.  You just need to enter by December 20th.

Day 9 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Aurifil

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Welcome to day 9 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways.    The goal was “each day” QuiltShopGal will showcase a different sponsor and unwrap (reveal) their gift to one lucky winner.  To clarify, there are plenty of open giveaways that you can enter (links  to enter to win, you need to claim at least one option in the Rafflecopter form, but for those that like to increase their odds, there are a variety of options and you can claim as many as you wish.  Due to a recent hijacking of QuiltShopGal, this event was delayed, but fortunately not cancelled. Thus, there are many pending giveaways that have extended deadlines to enter by the 19th of December.  Be sure to check the links at the bottom of this post to enter other giveaways.

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Aurifil thread makes my days of sewing so much more fun. I can honestly say that love the high quality of Aurifil threads, the variety of thread weights, and the large selection of colors.  It just makes me smile to pull out a spool of Aurifil thread and stitch.   If you haven’t yet stitched with Aurifil, I hope you’ll soon give it a try.  I think you’ll also fall in love with it. Today, I hope to show what a perfect gift Aurifil is for Christmas too!

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While you can purchase Aurifil in small spools, large spools, even cones, there are wonderful collections of thread, that come in handy storage cases, and also offer a great value.  Of course, whether it is a spool, cone, or collection, Aurifil would certainly make for a wonderful Christmas gift.  Here are a few that have caught my attention:

The “Dream Box” comes with 48 large spools of Aurifil, in either the 50 wt cotton, 40 wt cotton, 28 wt cotton, 12 wt cotton, or 12 wt wool.   Who wants Santa to bring them a Aurifil Dream box (Valigia) collection?

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Who wouldn’t want a lovely Aurifil collection designed by Christa Watson.  Both of her collections would make for wonderful Christmas gifts for any quilter.  Must have neutrals and a very cheerful color collection too!

This soothing collection called Subtle Strings, by Wendy Sheppard  (of Ivory Spring) is a must have collection for all quilters.  

How about some new 80 wt Aurifil thread, which is perfect for English Paper Piecing, Machine Applique’, Free-Motion Quilting and so much more.

Aurifil has so many different collections of beautiful threads it is fun and easy to pick a favorite, just as it is to pick a spool or two of your favorites.  And, all make great Christmas Gifts for Quilters too!

DID I MENTION FREEBIES ?

Aurifil has a large collection of free patterns on their website.  They also share many tutorials on their blog, along with inspirational projects, insights on Quilt Market and more.

 

Who agrees that Aurifil would make a wonderful Christmas gift?  May every Quilter’s Stocking be filled with spools of Aurifil for Christmas.  Don’t forget you can find Aurifil in Premier Quilt Shops, as well as online on Amazon or Craftsy.

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DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

There are actually a couple of giveaways where you could win yummy thread from Aurifil:

 Aurifil and Island Batik are hosting a giveaway for a $300 Prize Package,  for two winners ($300 value each), where you can enter by completing a simple surveybut you need to do so by December 21st to enter to win.

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And, as a sponsor for the 12 Days of Christmas, Aurifil has donated a yummy gift for one lucky winner.gift-tag-aurifil

Time to reveal what this gift is.

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One lucky winner, will receive a large Aurifil Festive collection for Christmas, thanks to Aurifil.  And, this giveaway is open to quilters anywhere in the world.

To enter, simply claim one or more of the options in the Rafflecopter form below.

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You can find Aurifil at:

http://www.aurifil.com/
https://www.facebook.com/aurifil.quilt.thread
https://auribuzz.wordpress.com/
https://twitter.com/aurifil
https://www.pinterest.com/aurifil/
https://www.youtube.com/user/alexveronelliyahoo
https://www.flickr.com/groups/2013aurifildom/
https://plus.google.com/104356076850583593602

 

Here is a list of all of the posts for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways:

Day 8 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Island Batik

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Welcome to day 8 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways.    Each day QuiltShopGal will showcase a different sponsor and unwrap (reveal) their gift to one lucky winner.  To enter to win, you need to claim at least one option in the Rafflecopter form, but for those that like to increase their odds, there are a variety of options and you can claim as many as you wish.

 note: Day 8 was released a day late.  No, this is not day 9.

 I’m excited to have Island Batik as our sponsor today.  They are fabric manufacturer of batik cottons and batik rayons.  You may be aware of them by way of their Ambassadors, who blog about their beautiful projects that they create with Island Batik fabrics, often sharing tips and tutorials, as well as insights about new lines of fabric.  I want to increase awareness of some creative freebies from Island Batik, and we also have a giveaway where one lucky winner will receive an amazing gift from Island Batik.

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Today I want to heighten awareness of their fabrics too!  And, also get everyone thinking about how Island Batik fabrics also makes for great gifts.  Of course, a handmade gift is always wonderful, but let’s be honest – who wouldn’t want to receive a yummy package of Island Batik fabrics for Christmas?

 

NEW FABRICS:    Check out their Fall 2016 “Dream Catalog”, to see what catches your attention.  Here are a few that caught mine:

Fifi and Fido and Happy Hounds! These collections are dedicated to the shelter pets adopted by members of the Island Batik family. A portion of sales goes to the Petfinder Foundation.

Pre-Cuts:  Island Batik has a great collection of strip bundles, charm packs, 10″ stacks, and 5″ stamps.

Rayon Scarves:  Island Batik has a variety of beautiful rayon scarves, that retail for a very reasonable price.  Certainly would make for a great Christmas gift, as well as help you dress up just about any outfit.

DID I MENTION FREEBIES ?

Island Batik has many free patterns available from their website.

Desert Jewels, by Wendy Sheppard, measures 37″ x 57″ when finished.

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Sister’s Choice, a bed or table runner, designed by Maryellen McAuliffe

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They also have many free downloadable Patriotic patterns, that complimented their line of Quilted in Honor fabrics.

Plus, don’t forget Island Batik has many very talented Ambassadors, who are also bloggers and designers, who showcase new Island Batik fabrics, with their new designs, as well as free tutorials.  Just follow the Island Batik blog to learn about their talented Ambassadors and more.

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

There are actually a couple of giveaways where you could win beautiful fabric from Island Batik:

Island Batik and Aurifil are hosting a giveaway for a $300 Prize Package,  for two winners ($300 value each), where you can enter by completing a simple survey, but you need to do so by December 21st to enter to win.

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And, as a sponsor for the 12 Days of Christmas, Island Batik has donated a yummy gift for one lucky winner.

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Are you ready to learn what this gift is?   

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One lucky person will receive a amazing gift from Island Batik, which includes 12 half yard cuts from the Sea Canyon collection, by Island Batik.  This giveaway is open to US only residents.

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To enter, simply claim one or more of the options in the Rafflecopter form below.


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You can also find Island Batik at:
 

Here is a list of all of the posts for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways:

Day 7 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Udderly Smooth/Redex

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Welcome to day 7 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways.    Each day QuiltShopGal will showcase a different sponsor and unwrap (reveal) their gift to one lucky winner.  To enter to win, you need to claim at least one option in the Rafflecopter form, but for those that like to increase their odds, there are a variety of options and you can claim as many as you wish.

As many of us are now dealing with cold winter weather, I want to remind everyone that we  remember to use frequently apply moisturizer.  And  moisturizer  also makes a great gift.  For years,  my favorite moisturizers are from Udderly Smooth!  Thus, I’m honored to have them as a sponsor for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways, where I also can tell you about their products and share some inspiration gift ideas.

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What I like about Udderly Smooth:  It was developed by a pharmacist in America’s Heartland,  absorbs easily into the skin and works hard to soften and smooth dry, chapped skin. Udderly Smooth is made in Salem, Ohio by three generations of the Kennedy family. I also find it very economical, especially in comparison to brands that hire models and actresses to promote their products. udderly-smooth-giveaway-ep3065-750x460

Udderly Smooth has a variety of moisturizers including the original cream for dry skin, foot cream, hand and even overall body lotion.  I can honestly say that I enjoy using all of them and recommend them.  I also feel Udderly Smooth is a significantly better product than O’Keefe’s hand creams!!!!

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You can find Udderly Smooth on Amazon and at many retailers (e.g. Walgreens, Ace Hardware, etc).  Check  the Udderly Smooth website, for a complete list of retailers.

Udderly Smooth also makes for great gifts, even perfect stocking stuffers.

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Keisha of Cupcake Wishes shared an inspirational gift idea for bundling Udderly Smooth with other goodies, in a mug, to make a very special gift.  And, she shares insights on how to do it, including free printables.    Keisha is a Party Planner in DC Metro and based on what I’ve seen, I think she’d help create some memorial parties for those that hire her.manicure-in-a-mug-gift

Kara of Happy Go Lucky shared a inspirational gift idea, with a sweet note “Sending Warm Wishes Your Way”.   She also has a giveaway, where you could win a Udderly Smooth prize package, but you need to click thru and enter by December 9th.  And, while you are visiting her delightful blog, be sure to check out her creative tutorials, yummy recipes, fun printables and more.

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DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

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Udderly Smooth has donated a prize package that contains many of their moisturizers, to one lucky winner in the US.

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To enter, simply claim one or more of the options in the Rafflecopter form below.

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You can find Udderly Smooth at:

 

Day 6 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Fat Quarter Shop

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Welcome to day 6 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways.    Each day QuiltShopGal will showcase a different sponsor and unwrap (reveal) their gift to one lucky winner.  To enter to win, you need to claim at least one option in the Rafflecopter form, but for those that like to increase their odds, there are a variety of options and you can claim as many as you wish.

Note:  I was late getting this post out so in stead of one day to enter, everyone has 48 hours.

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Today is sponsored by the Fat Quarter Shop which always has a great selection of products, with amazing customer service.  And, I’ve always been surprised when I place an order how quickly that it arrives.   Did you know FQS also has a sister site that is all about Christmas?  Christmas Cloth Store also has wonderful fabrics, patterns, books, notions and more.  While I’d love to hear what you would like from FQS or the Christmas Cloth Store for Christmas, I thought I’d show some items that caught my attention:

PRE-CUTS – FQS has an amazing collection of pre-cuts, all at great prices.  Who wouldn’t want a pre-cut in their stocking for Christmas?  Of course, they also make for great gifts too!

PATTERNS, BOOKS & MAGAZINES: FQS has a large selection of patterns, books and magazine. Here are a few that have caught my attention:

 

GIFTS – FQS also has collection of gift:  tins, zipper bags, tshirts, calendars, planners and more.

FLASH SALES – Daily FQS has steals and deals offered daily.

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DID I MENTION FREEBIES ?

FQS shares many free patterns, as well as tips, tutorials, inspirational projects, and insights about new products on their blog.  And, many have free video tutorials on Youtube, as well as downloadable PDF patterns.  Here are a few that I think make for fun and fast gifts for Christmas, as well as for decorating your home.

Single Scoop Pouch

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Pies and Pockets Apron

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Mini Charm Mocha Quilt Pattern

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DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

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Thank you to the Fat Quarter Shop for being a sponsor of the 12 Days of Christmas.

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The Fat Quarter Shop has generously donated a $50 gift certificate to one lucky winner, any where in the world.  But the winner needs to understand this prize is for purchasing products at the FQS shop and does not include the cost of postage.  To enter, simply claim one or more of the options in the Rafflecopter form below.

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Lastly, don’t forget, Day #7 of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways comes tomorrow.

Here is a list of all of the posts for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways:

Day 5 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – The Quilt Show

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Welcome to day 5 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways.    Each day QuiltShopGal will showcase a different sponsor and unwrap (reveal) their gift to one lucky winner.  To enter to win, you need to claim at least one option in the Rafflecopter form, but for those that like to increase their odds, there are a variety of options and you can claim as many as you wish.  

Note:  I was late getting this post out so in stead of one day to enter, everyone has 48 hours.

I’m thrilled to have The Quilt Show as a sponsor today.  I absolutely love, love, love TQS and I’m thrilled to be able to showcase them today.  Who wouldn’t love a TQS Star membership for Christmas, as it would certainly make for a fun and creative New Year.  TQS also has many freebies for everyone, but more for those that are Free Members.  Here are a few highlights

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The Quilt Show was born Jan 2007, when Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson teamed up to create true TV quality shows focused around top quilters in the world.  They do this by providing two forms of membership:

Star Membership offers access to  all Shows, Classrooms, Online DVDs, and Exclusive Patterns on all your devices. It’s like Netflix for Quilters.  I also love their index of all shows, sorted by Artist and Technique.

Show #1912 with Rosa Roja, is one example where I was introduced to a quilter whom I wasn’t aware of, as well as learned some new innovative tips for applique, as she shares her love of Hawaiian applique’ with Star members.  Here is a preview of this episode:

Show #1802 with Kathy McNeil / Ann Harwell caught my attention when Kathy shared her technique for creating pictorial quilts.  As I’m also researching precision piecing techniques, I enjoyed Ann’s insights for precision cutting and piecing.

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Here is the trailer for this episode:

All the TQS shows are inspirational, but I also love how you can watch current or prior shows anytime you wish, as often as you wish, during your Star Membership.

DID I MENTION FREEBIES ?

Free Membership: “Online Quilt Magazine”. Get quilting news, watch artist interviews, see member quilts, travel to quilt shows around the world, display your own quilts, learn from tutorials, and get free patterns.

While Star Members get access to all episodes of TQS, free-memberships also get a variety of freebies that are offered throughout the year.  Currently, free membership subscribers get access to:

The TQS STORE has some great notions that would make for perfect stocking stuffers.  The Karen Kay Buckley scissors, Quilter’s Select Fabric Prep, and free-motion quilting Rulers by Gina Perkes are on my wish list for Santa.  What are you wishing for?

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

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TQS is giving away two Star Memberships, one for the lucky winner to keep and another for them to give to their best quilting buddy.

To enter, simply claim one or more options using the rafflecopter form below.  I’ll randomly select the lucky winner tomorrow in two days (as I was late releasing this post on day #5.  I’ll send them an email to let them know, as well as update this post.   This prize is open to WW followers.

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Lastly, don’t forget, Day #6 of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways comes tomorrow.

You can find The Quilt Show at:

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

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

Here is a list of all of the posts for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways:

Day 4 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Landauer Publishing

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Welcome to day 4 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways.    Each day QuiltShopGal will showcase a different sponsor and unwrap (reveal) their gift to one lucky winner.  To enter to win, you need to claim at least one option in the Rafflecopter form, but for those that like to increase their odds, there are a variety of options and you can claim as many as you wish.

Books always make great gifts and who wouldn’t want to receive a new book that can help you be creative.  So, it is my delight to have Landauer Publishing as our sponsor today.  Before I share reveal what their amazing gift is, I want to share insights with you today about them, their books, as well as some great freebies and tutorials:

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Landauer Pub publishes a variety of books packed with #CreativeGoodness for quilting, sewing, embroidery and woodworking enthusiasts.  They also publish patterns, sell kits, tools & notions.  And, they have many free patterns and tutorials to help you learn and create.

Here are some of their new books that have caught my attention and I think would make a great gift:


Landauer also has a variety of Pocket Guide Reference/ mini books, that would make a great gift too!  Who wouldn’t want to find one of these in their Christmas Stocking?

Be sure to check out their Fall 2016 Catalog for a complete list of all their books, by clicking on this image.

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Did I Mention Freebies ?

Landauer Publishing has many wonderful patterns, which you can download for free.  They also have free Quilt Calendar Computer Wallpaper, as well as many excellent e:guides that you can download for free.  Here are a couple of their free patterns, which caught my attention, as I think they’d make great handmade gifts:

 

Beaded Earring Travel Case

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Eastern Star table runner

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I hope you’ll take time to check out their free video tutorials on Youtube.   They have a great series of videos for free-motion quilting, many on precision piecing, as well as a large number of videos to help you be creative.   

And, don’t overlook that Landauer Pub has a great deal going on for a “grab bag book sale“, where you can get 5 books for $25.

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DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

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Landauer Publishing is giving a wonderful prize, to one lucky winner.  They can keep it all, or decide to share with a quilting friend.

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The prize is a bundle of three books:

To enter, simply claim one or more options using the rafflecopter form below.  I’ll randomly select the lucky winner tomorrow.  I’ll send them an email to let them know, as well as update this post.   QuiltShopGal will be shipping this prize to the winner.  As I’ve recently shipped a number of prizes to international winners, I need to limit this prize to a US only resident.

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You can find Landauer Publishing at:

http://landauerpub.com/
http://quiltbooksandbeyond.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LandauerPublishing
https://www.youtube.com/user/LandauerPublishing
https://www.pinterest.com/landauerpub/

Lastly, don’t forget, Day #5 of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways comes tomorrow.

You can find prior posts for the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways at:

Day 3 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – ASF Lightware Solutions/Beam n Read

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Welcome to day 3 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways.    Each day QuiltShopGal will showcase a different sponsor and unwrap (reveal) their gift to one lucky winner.  To enter to win, you need to claim at least one option in the Rafflecopter form, but for those that like to increase their odds, there are a variety of options and you can claim as many as you wish.

I like to think of today as the day the lights go on to light up Christmas.  You may be wondering what I’m thinking, but those of us that have welcome winter probably have noticed that we have not only few hours of good sunlight, but more time to quilt, sew, knit, and create where many of us do not have great lighting.  Thus, today is the day the lights go on, as I want to share insights with you about a great source of personal and very portable lighting.  I also want to share that today, known as Day 3 of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways, is sponsored by  ASF Lightware Solutions/Beam n Read

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I’m a happy user of Beam n Read lights and enjoy using them throughout the year, but they are a “must have” for the winter months.  They are an excellent source of personal light, perfect for handwork (quilting, sewing, knitting, etc), reading and more.  The lightweight structure also allows you to change the angle of the light, which I’ve found it to enable functionality for more than a personal light as you can prop it on a table, shelf, car, and that extra light has been most helpful.    I have also found that the batteries last a really long time, as the LEDs are bright, but don’t require all that much power.

As it is difficult to wear a Beam n Read personal light and take a #Selfie, I want to share with you photos of several of my friends wearing this light.  They just hang it off of their neck (aka hands free personal light), adjust the angle and have great lighting when the read, as well as quilt, sew, crochet, knit, etc..

Here is some info on current products from Beam n Read / ASF Lightware solutions:

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Beam n Read ® LED 6 Hands-Free Task LightModel BNR LED 6-3F includes 2 snap-on filters.The light can be used with or without the filters.The orange filter shifts the light from a cool, daylight-type light to a warm, incandescent-type light. It also blocks blue light for a more relaxing light.  The red filter blocks blue and green light.
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Beam n Read ® LED 6m Hands-Free Craft LightExtra Wide & Extra Bright Light Plus 3 clip-on 4×5 Inch Acrylic Fresnel (flat) Magnifier Lenses
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Beam n Read ® LED 3 Hands-Free Travel & Reading LightIncludes 2 snap-on blue-light-blocking Relaxation Filters
Batteries (not included) Last Extra Long 100 Hours
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Beam n Read Accessory Power Kit with USB/AC Adapter

QuiltShopGal can honestly recommend Beam n Read as a great product when you need extra lighting for personal work.  I’ve found them to be high quality, very reliable products, offered at a very reasonable price.  Thus, they are great for quilting, sewing, embroidery enthusiasts, as well as those that enjoy reading and more.  They also make for great holiday gifts.

You can find Beam n Read Hands-Free lights in many premiere quilt shops.  If not, ask them to carry them. Wholesale can be placed thru ASF Lightware Solutions.  Retail orders can purchase online at ASF Lightware Solutions / Reading Light, but you can also purchase online at Amazon.

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

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Beam n Read / ASF Lighting Solutions is giving away one  Beam n Read LED 6 Hands-Free Task Lights plus a Beam n Read USB Power Kit to one lucky winner.

To enter, simply claim one or more options using the rafflecopter form below.  I’ll randomly select the lucky winner tomorrow.  I’ll send them an email to let them know, as well as update this post.   ASF Lighting Solutions will be shipping this prize to the winner, who is a resident of the US or Canada.

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You can find Beam n Read / ASF Lightware Solutions at:

http://www.readinglight.com/

https://www.facebook.com/BeamnRead/

https://twitter.com/Beam_n_Read

https://www.pinterest.com/beamnread/

 

Lastly, don’t forget, Day #4 of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways comes tomorrow.

 

You can find prior posts for the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways at:

Day 2 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Marjorie Busby of Blue Feather Quilt Studio

Welcome to day 2 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways.    Each day QuiltShopGal will showcase a different sponsor and unwrap (reveal) their gift to one lucky winner.  To enter to win, you need to claim at least one option in the Rafflecopter form, but for those that like to increase their odds, there are a variety of options and you can claim as many as you wish.

Today, I’m delighted to have Marjorie Busby of Blue Feather Studios as our sponsor today.  Marjorie is a talented quilter, long-arm quilter, as well as machine embroidery digitizer.  For those that enjoy machine embroidery, as well as interested in learning machine embroidery I hope you’ll enjoy this post.  I’ll be showcasing many of Marjorie’s beautiful machine embroidery designs, as well as heightening awareness of her freebies, and hosting a generous giveaway sponsored by Marjorie, for one lucky machine embroiderer.

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And, the special gift from Marjorie, which will be shipped to one lucky winner, by QuiltShopGal, is open to WW followers.  Time now, for me to share insights about Marjorie and her beautiful machine embroider designs.

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Marjorie shares tips, tutorials and inspirational projects on her blog, as well as by way of guest posts on the Craftsy blog and AccuQuilt blog.

MACHINE EMBROIDERY DESIGN COLLECTIONS are available on Marjorie’s Blue Feather Quilting Studio online store that can be downloaded.  She also has many available from AccuQuilt, where some are downloadable and some are available via CD, as well as from the Craftsy store.

QuiltShopGal has  stitched out many of her designs and they always stitch out perfectly, with amazing detail.  Her designs stand out with great detail, super crisp lines and angles, minimal or no jump stitches, and the obvious – super cute designs that are very versatile for what you can create with them.  Here are a few examples:

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As I’ve mentioned, Marjorie shares tips, tutorials and inspirational projects on her blog, as well as her guest blog posts on the Craftsy blog and the AccuQuilt blog.  While the possibilities of what you can create with Marjorie’s machine embroidery designs are endless, here are a few project by Marjorie that caught my attention:

I’m actually working on fun and fast projects to give as gifts, this holiday season.  In the past, I’ve used her designs to create table toppers, wallhangings, baby quilts, mug rugs, as well as fabric books for toddlers.  What I’m currently working on is for Christmas gifts, which I want to keep as a  surprise, thus I can’t share all of them with you, but I hope you’ll get the idea as I show you a  mug rug that I’m auditioning fabric for binding.  This was stitched using Marjorie’s GO! Sleigh – Reindeer – Snowflakes collection.  Super easy, fun and fast, with amazing detail.

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Think about how great mug rugs would look with Marjorie’s snowflakes, reindeers, stars, Christmas trees, or other designs.  Of course, they’d also look great on placemats, table runners,  wallhangings, Christmas tree skirts, clothing, quilts, etc..  And, they’d certainly make for great decorations for your home, as well as for gifts.

FREE PATTERNS  – As mentioned, Marjorie has several free designs that are fun to stitch out and also a great way to see the quality of her machine embroidery designs.

Songbird Mug Rug

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GO! Ribbon

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In the Hoop Cancer Awareness Mug Rugs

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Marjorie is also a co-author with Hope Yoder and Debbie Henry, for an e:book “Stitch for Success“, that you can download for free from the Craftsy website.

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

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One lucky winner will receive a special gift from Marjorie, of 5 machine embroidery CD collections.  They can choose to keep this gift just for themselves, or help spread the good cheer of holiday gift giving by giving one, or more, of the embroidery CDs to a friend that enjoys machine embroidery.

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To enter, simply claim one or more options using the rafflecopter form below.  I’ll randomly select the lucky winner tomorrow.  I’ll send them an email to let them know, as well as update this post.   QuiltShopGal will be mailing these embroidery designs to the lucky winner and will pick up the shipping cost to a world-wide follower.

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You can find the Marjorie at:

http://shop.b-quilts.com/
http://b-quilts.com/blog
https://craftsy.com
https://www.youtube.com/user/mgbusb
https://www.facebook.com/marjorie.busby?fref=ts
https://www.youtube.com/user/alexveronelliyahoo
https://www.instagram.com/aurifilthread/

 

Lastly, don’t forget, Day #3 of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways comes tomorrow.

 

You can find prior posts for the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways at:

Day 1 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Cherry Guidry of Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio

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To celebrate the countdown of Christmas, today I’m kicking off the first of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways.  Each day I’ll showcase a different sponsor and unwrap (reveal) their gift to one lucky winner.  To enter to win, you need to claim at least one option in the Rafflecopter form, but for those that like to increase their odds, there are a variety of options and you can claim as many as you wish.

I’m absolutely thrilled to have Cherry Guidry of Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio as our sponsor today.

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I first met Cherry, many years ago, when she shared a stunning design she created in a Christmas Quilt Show, which I hosted.  To my delight she turned this design into a pattern called Feather Christmas.  This sweet wallhanging is easy and fast to make, especially if you have AccuQuilt dies, or an electronic cutter.  But templates are also included in the easy to follow pattern, for cutting the shapes manually and using raw-edge aplique to secure.

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Cherry has a great eye for color and design and she has used her creative gift to design several fabric lines for Benartex:  Soul Blossom, Kitchen Love, Sunday Ride,  Frosty Forest and her newest collection, Mulberry Lane,

Cherry designed a current holiday line of fabric with Benartex, called Frosty Forest, which is a fun whimsical collection of beautiful fabrics that can still be found in many quilt stores and even on Amazon.

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At Fall Market, Cherry released a new line of fabric with Contempo, by Benartex  called Mulberry Lane.  She’ll be releasing new  patterns and a coordinating embroidery collection with OESD early next year that will compliment this new fabric line.

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PATTERN LINE: After designing her first pattern, Feathered Christmas, Cherry has continued to release many new patterns every year.   Plus, for many of her designs that use raw edge applique’ techniques, that include templates in the pattern, many also have SVG files for use on electronic cutters.  Here are a few of her designs:


MACHINE EMBROIDERY DESIGN COLLECTIONS – Cherry has several beautiful embroidery collections with OESD.

And, recently Cherry partnered with Sarah Vedeler to create machine embroidery and pattern bundles for Feathered Christmas and Feather Fancy, which include SVG files for those with electronic cutters.

BOOK:  Cherry is also the author of a book “Celebrate The Seasons“, which was published by C&T Publishing.  There are four quilt patterns in this book, one for each season.  Plus, for those that have electronic cutters there are also optional SVG files.

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FREE PATTERNS – you can find links to many free patterns designed by Cherry Guidry.  This one has caught my attention:

Just Eat Cake designed to compliment her fabric line with Benartex, called Kitchen Love.

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I hope you can see why I’m so thrilled to have Cherry Guidry of Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio as a sponsor for the 12 Days of Christmas giveaways.  She is so talented and I love her whimsical designs and use of color.  And, can you tell how she loves Christmas?  She certainly makes it easy to get into the holiday spirit and want to make handmade items to decorate your home, as well as for gifts.

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?  

Cherry has generously donated a special gift to one lucky winner.  It is time to unwrap and reveal what this gift includes.

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Cherry Guidry of Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio is gifting the lucky winner an amazing gift:  It includes three bundles of fabric with a pattern perfect for that fabric, as well as an extra fun pattern . 

 Lakeside Ride Pattern and Sunday Ride Fabric

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 Live Simply pattern and Sunday Ride Fabric

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 Frosty Pattern

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 Fantasy Blossoms pattern and Soul Blossoms fabric

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note:  SVG files are not included, but are available as an optional purchase, at a minimal fee, for those that have electronic cutters.

The lucky winner can keep it all, or share the joy of Christmas by giving part of their prize to a good quilty friend.  This prize is open to US and Canada residents only.

To enter, simply claim one or more options using the rafflecopter form below.  I’ll randomly select the lucky winner tomorrow.  I’ll send them an email to let them know, as well as update this post.

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You can also find Cherry at:

http://www.cherryblossomsquiltingstudio.com/

http://www.cherryblossomsquilting.com/blog/
http://www.etsy.com/shop/CherryBlossomsShop
http://pinterest.com/materialchic/

Quilt Shops can place wholesale orders through Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio.  And while you can also place retail orders online, don’t forget to let your favorite quilt shop know if you’d like them to carry her designs.

Lastly, don’t forget, Day #2 of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways comes tomorrow.

 

Here is a list of all of the posts for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways at:

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