Ruler Work with Lisa Calle

Are you wanting to learn/improve your free-motion quilting skills this year? Interested in Ruler Work?

Last year, I began a series of articles on Ruler Work to encourage everyone to explore free-motion quilting with rulers on domestic machines, as well as mid-arm and longarm machines.  This series is also intended to heighten awareness of teachers, tools, classes and essentially opportunities for you to learn free-motion quilting with rulers.

Today, I want to showcase Lisa Calle, an expert free-motion quilter, teacher, author, and a Bernina Ambassador.  As a teacher, she is willing to travel to teach at quilt shows, guilds and quilt shops.  She also teaches online at iQuilt.

Her book Divide and Design, was published by AQS in Fall 2016.

Lisa H.Calle is also a 1991 graduate of Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science with a BS in Textile Management and Marketing.

When it comes to Ruler Work, Lisa’s favorite rulers are the Quilter’s Groove Rulers which can be used on a longarm, mid arm or domestic machine that have a high shank.  While I’ve not yet had an opportunity to use any of these rulers, I’ve certainly been inspired with what Lisa has created using FMQ Ruler Work.
Check out her blog posts, as well as watch her video tutorials to learn more.

As this video shows this Quilter’s Groove ProEcho Ruler being used on a longarm, I asked Lisa if she thought it would work on a domestic machine.  She shared “You can use these rulers on a domestic machine that has a high shank. The smaller ones (ProEcho 3-7) are good for domestic machines but if you have your machine in a cabinet then really all of them will work. I would suggest putting some Handi Grip on the bottom of the rulers and using Machingers. I’ll be posting some videos of using them on a domestic machine soon. Stay tuned”.

You can find Lisa Calle at:

2017 Quilt Alongs

Quilt Alongs can be great fun to make a quilt, sometimes you’ll learn a new technique, all while finding inspiration and encouragement by sewing with others. Here are a few QALs that have caught my attention for 2017:

ONE WORLD, hosted by Quilt Fusion and Chatterbox Quilts

This fun QAL began in late 2016, but there is still time to join the fun.  New block patterns are released on the 15th of each month.  Join now and you’ll receive copies of all of the blocks that have been released so far.
Some participants are using fabrics from their stash and some are using fabrics showcased in the pattern, from Hoffman Fabrics.


There are also many ways to win prizes thru this QAL, even followers can win without sewing anything, just simply be a viewer!  But, I can honestly say these blocks are fun and fast to make so I hope you’ll consider joining the fun.  Participants can also share their progress thru a group on Facebook:


The Patchwork Quilt Along starts January 15th on their Jolly Jabber blog, when the first block and fabric requirements will be revealed.  In partnership with Moda Fabrics, participants are encouraged to donate to the Make-A-Wish foundation! Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics will match up to $20,000 of the donations raised!

A new block will be released on the Jolly Jabber on the 15th of each month, with the 12th and final block, as well as the finishing and backing, released on December 15, 2017!

This is sure to be a fun quilt along and also such a great fundraiser for Make-A-Wish! We can’t wait to get started! Be sure to join their 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along Facebook group!

The Fat Quarter Shop is also hosting a Designer Mystery QAL which will kick off June ’17 and run through May ’18.  Click here for more info and to sign up.


Leah has kicked off a new Machine Quilting Block Party for 2017, where participants can learn to piece and quilt, one block at a time.  New block patterns and tutorials will be released monthly.  The January block pattern is also currently on sale, for a very reasonable price.

Participants can also share photos and network thru a Facebook group for this event:


Join the Have A Jolly Little Christmas, which kicks off January 14th.  Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts has plans for the release of 15 – 12″ blocks, possibly more.  You can make a quilt, table topper, wallhanging, pillow, etc..  And, come the 2017 holiday season you’ll have beautiful new handmade items to decorate your home, or for gifts.

Lorna plans to release new block patterns every two weeks, during this fun event.


Marian will be kicking off another BOM program for 2017 with the theme of Twas The Night Before Christmas and kicks off January 15th.  Her beautiful applique’ blocks have her signature detail that will certainly help you create a stunning project, or projects, thru this fun event.

Marian has also compiled a list of other BOM events hosted by various blogs.

What are your quilting plans for 2017?  Will you be joining any quilt-alongs and/or taking any classes?  Who is interested in learning/improving their free-motion quilting skills, possibly learning ruler work?  Or do you have another skill that you are wanting to learn this year?

2017 Plans for QuiltShopGal

Some people associate the arrival of the New Year with absolute dread when it comes to the topic of making resolutions.  I prefer to think of this as a time to reflect on the prior year, dream about the coming year, and make goals and plans for how you want to make everything happen that you want to have happen.  As such, today  I want to share with you some highlights of goals for QuiltShopGal for 2017.  But first, I want to reflect on the past:

My blogging voice of QuiltShopGal (previously SewCalGal) has primarily been focused on the world of quilting, with some sewing, embroidery and general crafting.  Soon, I’ll reach a 10 year milestone of blogging with the goal of researching and sharing insights about new products, events, designers, authors,  and businesses.  It was my little way to say thank you to those “in the business”, for making our world of quilting so wonderful.

Over the years, I’ve met a lot of talented people, and enjoyed getting to learn from them, as well as getting to know many of them, of which many have become a good friend.  I’ve always tried to take time to encourage creative people to make money with their skills and I’ve been proud to see some become not only pattern designers, but authors, teachers and even fabric designers, as well as some become award winning quilters.

Originally thought I’d blog for only one year.  I just ended up having so much fun I kept doing it and time has flown by.  But I’m on the cusp of pursuing other adventures, just not quite ready to reveal all right now.

When I reflect back, I realize that I’ve dropped the ball all too many times.  I have research that I’ve yet to share insights on, primarily as a result of something else coming along that caught my attention.  Needless to say, I am a Quilt Squirrel.  I know I should stay focused on a particular task, but I all too easily get taken off target.


After reflecting, I’ve concluded that my goals for the new year will depend on my ability to focus in 2017.  Understandably, FOCUS is my word for 2017.

Here are my goals for QuiltShopGal in 2017:

  • Complete pending research projects and share, before proceeding with anything new.
  • Continue to encourage creative individuals to make money with their skills (e.g. write patterns, magazine articles and/or books, teach, make and sell things, etc.).
  • Continue to share insights about new products and newsworthy events.
  • Continue to periodically host sponsored giveaways.
  • Continue to promote awareness of creative blogs at My Creative Blog List.  While I follow many blogs, using a variety of tools, this site has become my absolute favorite way to follow blogs.
  • Continue to promote awareness of GREAT steals and deals (not just promote awareness of any sale) at Fingertip Shopping.
  • Encourage kindness, as well as a supportive and positive community.

If all goes to plan and I can remain focused, I should be able to reveal more about my plans for 2017 sometime this Spring.  But, I will share, it will take me down a different path.  In the meantime, if you are looking for inspiration, here are a few items that have caught my attention for #CreativeGoodness.


  • Everyone needs a beautiful handmade Travel Bag.  And the Ultimate Travel Bag class, by Annie Unrein, thru Craftsy, is on sale, as well as many other creative classes.


Anchor Quilt by Lisa Bongean is a beautiful quilt, but as it also has a lovely story behind this quilt design and name, I encourage you to read about it on Lisa’s blog, if you are not yet familiar with it.

Stardust by Wendy Sheppard of Ivory Spring is a beautiful design, with a free downloadable pattern from Benartex.

Cindy Needham will soon be releasing updates to her wonderful e:books.  For those that may not be aware, once you purchase her e:book collections you will receive free updates annually.  These are not just simple updates, as she goes makes new samples to share in these books, as well as provides more tips, tutorials, and inspiration, increasing the value of these books every year.  And, I’ll confess I’ve seen a sneak peek into some of the changes and they are going to be great.  I can highly recommend these e:books, as well as her Ultimate Stencil Collections.

I’m also linking up today with the @2017PlanningParty, hosted by Quilting Jetgirl.

2017 Planning Party

Merry Christmas

I hope you are having a very Merry Christmas.  One of my favorite things about Christmas is enjoying the holiday music and spending time with family and friends. It is this gift of time spent together that is so special.  And when distance gets in the way, of course emails and phone calls are the next best.


I hope you are finding time to enjoy the holiday music and spending time with family and friends.  While I enjoy a variety of music, Christmas in a Small Town, with Ricky Tims and Kat Bowser, is one of my must listen too every year.   

I also hope that we can all spread kindness and find ways to encourage it to grow within ourselves and others.


After Christmas, I’ll be doing more reflection on this year, while thinking about my goals and dreams for the coming year.  For me, it is a good exercise.  One of my goals will continue to strive to speak kind words, as well as encourage kindness in all.  My challenge will be to find ways to encourage it to grow within me, as well as others.  Thus, I hope it is a goal you will also consider for yourself in 2017.



I plan to firm up my goals for 2017 and  share more on this very soon, I hope you are also thinking about your goals for the coming year.  .  In the meantime, as I can say learning and creating will definitely be part of my plans for 2017,  I’m honestly happy with Craftsy and want to share that they are having a Holiday Class Sale, where all classes are under $20


CreativeBug is also giving away a $15 Amazon Gift Card when you purchase a 12 month subscription, which gives you access to ALL previously released classes, plus all new classes released during your subscription, for viewing anytime during your subscription.  Plus, you can select 12 classes where you can watch anytime after your subscription expires.

I’m off to check out all the classes to see which ones I want to incorporate into my 2017 Goals.  I can share that learning/improving my free-motion quilting skills is still a priority for me, but I’m also interested in improving my precision piecing skills, making more bags, as well as simply making quilts that catch my attention.  The more I think about it, setting goals for the New Year, is simply fun to think about.  

Don’t forget to enjoy some holiday music, as well as time with family and friends, even reach out to those miles away by calling them or sending them an email of good cheer. 

Happy Holidays

While I rarely share personal info, I can honestly say I love all the holidays.  Yes, I love Hanukkah, the Ramadan celebration, and many more holidays, but I don’t ever want to lose sight of celebrating Christmas, as well as wishing those that celebrate this holiday a Merry Christmas.   What ever holiday you celebrate, I hope it is a happy one for you and your family.  I also wish for you a very happy and healthy New Year, with time to enjoy and create.


I want to thank and recognize all of the sponsors for our recent “12 Days of Christmas Giveaways”.  All of the winners have been announced, notified and their special Christmas gifts are in the process of being shipped.  While I had hoped that this would have been done so that these gifts would arrive in time to open on Christmas, the “Grinch” hijacked my website and the downtime created a delay.  But the lucky winners will receive their prize very soon.  


Thank you to all of our generous sponsors:

Cherry Blossoms Quilting StudioMarjorie Busby of Blue Feather Quilt StudioASF Lightware Solutions/Beam n ReadLandauer Publishing,The Quilt ShowFat Quarter ShopUdderly Smooth/RedexIsland BatikAurifilThe Electric Quilt CompanyThe Fat Quarter Gypsy, and Martingale.


Here is a list of all of the posts for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways which also shows each of the lucky winners. 


This Holiday season, let’s spread happiness and good cheer.

Lastly, I’d like to ask a special favor of you.  Diane Gaudynski is an amazing award winning quilter, Master free-motion quilter, teacher and author.  She retired a few years back from teaching and rarely updates her blog.  She just released another blog post and I believe she’d love to hear from you.  Thus, I hope you can take a few moments to pop over to her blog and leave some kind words to share good Holiday cheer with her.  You can find her blog at:

Day 12 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Martingale




Welcome to day 12 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways, with this being the last day of our sponsored 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.

I’m truly delighted to have Martingale as our sponsor today. And while I want to share insights about some of their new books, fun patterns, freebies, as well as a sponsored giveaway, I want to start by recognizing Martingale for 40 years of making our world of quilting so wonderful.

When it came to celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year, Martingale has been pretty quiet about it.  To me, it is an amazing milestone for any company and one that needs to be recognized by quilters around the world.  Thus, I want to take a little walk down memory lane, to heighten awareness of how much Martingale has become a key contributor to helping creative people learn, improve their skills, as well as help talented designers become authors that have enabled us consistently easy to follow instructions with great visuals, all at a very reasonable price!


To begin our walk down Memory Lane, while I remembered when Martingale was launched in 1976  by Nancy J. Martin,founder of That Patchwork Place, now known as Martingale.  Click here for more historical info as well as a free downloadable pattern from Nancy’s book “Patchwork Picnic”.


Over they years they’ve published more than 3,000 books and products which have sold more than 24.1 million copies.

In 2007, company founders Nancy and Dan Martin retired from Martingale and did something not many founders do. They sold their company to their employees.  A tight-knit group of 26 now operates Martingale, and 80% of the team sew, knit, crochet, or craft in their spare time.

Martingale has a simple Mission – it’s all about you!  In their words “We empower makers who use fabric and yarn to make life more enjoyable”.

I informally interviewed Jenny Wilding Cardon, earlier this year.  She has been with Martingale since 1997 and currently has the role of Content Editor, but has held down a variety of jobs at Martingale, including copywriter and web assistant.  Jenny is very talented and like the majority of the team members at Martingale, she enjoys being creative.  Click here for more info on Jenny.


While I personally have been quilting longer than Martingale has been publishing, my memory is not all that good, so I appreciate Jenny helping to share insights that I’m sharing with you today.  I also hope others will share comments on their memories of Martingale Publishing, over the years, as well as their favorite books, especially any “must have”.

I asked which current employee has been their the longest?  Jenny shared that she believes it is their amazing photographer, Brent Kane, who celebrated his 24th year with the company in 2016.  Personally, I think Brent is an amazing photographer and helps provide a special signature stamp on all of Martingale’s books, with absolutely inspirational photos of the beautiful projects that are published in their books.  Thank  you Brent!

I asked Jenny about best sellers from their early publications?  She called my attention to Happy Endings, by Mimi Dietrict.  It was first published in 1988.   When the print run ended, quilters objected, so we brought the book back into print. Then another print run ended. Quilters objected. The published it again. And again. And in 2013, we did it again! Another print run for the book just ended, and they will be making Happy Endings available as an eBook. That way it can live on forever!



I asked Jenny about some of their early authors?  She shared that their early authors included:  Early authors include Nancy J. Martin, Judy Hopkins, Donna Lynn Thomas, Marsha McCloskey, Mimi Dietrich, Carol Doak, Sally Schneider, Margaret Rolfe, and Country Threads… to name a few.

This led me to ask “What author comes to mind that has been with you currently the longest?”.  Jenny shared “That would definitely be Nancy J. Martin – who founded Martingale! She wrote the very first “That Patchwork Place” book, and has written more than 40 books over the years. She and her husband, Dan, are retired from the business now.

When I asked which author has been the most prolific?, she shared: “Again, Nancy J. Martin is a contender here! But we have many authors that have been immensely prolific, such as Kim Diehl, Amy Ellis, Country Threads, Nancy Mahoney, Kim Brackett, and Kathy Brown… again, to name a few”.

Over the years, Martingale publishes wonderful quilting, sewing, knitting, crochet and craft books.  And who doesn’t love their Calendars.  They even have a fun new adult coloring book “The New Hexagon Coloring Book – 60 Hexagon Designs to Color!”, by Katja Marek


Martingale also sales Patterns which are downloadable e:patterns for quilting and sewing.  Here area few which caught my attention:


Martingale has many free patterns available on their website and they frequently share tips and tutorials on their blog. Here are few free holiday patterns that caught my attention:

Home For Christmas wallhanging


Beaded Christmas Stocking


Embroidered Christmas Hand Towels


Christmas Cat Chat


Personally, I enjoy encouraging people to make money with their creative skills.  And, I also like to encourage creative people to publish their designs in patterns and books.  Of course, I also recommend Martingale as a publisher.  I consistently hear good feedback from authors who work with Martingale, as well as consistently find their books have easy to follow instructions with great visuals.  I truly don’t feel Martingale is just about publishing, as much as helping creative people publish a collection of their designs and techniques in books, to help people learn, improve and create beautiful projects.  If you have an idea for a new book, be sure to check out info on how to submit a book proposal to Martingale.


There are actually a couple of giveaways where you could win a giveaways sponsored by Martingale:

Stitch This, the Martingale blog has a giveaway where you could win an copy of “Small & Scrappy: Pint-size Patchwork Quilts Using Reproduction Fabrics”.  Click here to learn more about this book and enter to win an e:book.  Deadline to enter: December 20th.


As a sponsor for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways, Martingale is giving one lucky follower an amazing gift.


Time to reveal what this gift is.


One lucky winner, will receive a bundle of books from Martingale.

I Love Nine Patches: 16 Quilts from an All-Time Favorite Block


Perfect book for quilters of all levels:  Stunning quilts range in size from 25 1/2″ x 29 3/4″ to  78 1/2″ x 90 1/2″, with the majority of the designs being pieced, yet one incorporates beautiful applique’.

One Bundle of Fun: Turn Any Bundle, Roll, or Pack into a Great Quilt


“Must have” book for quilters that enjoy working with pre-cuts, but it could also make for a great resource to help with stash busting. 12 patterns thatt range in size from 39 1/2″ x 41 1/2″ to 64 1/2″ x 80 1/2″

Christmas Patchwork Loves Embroidery: Hand Stitches, Holiday Projects, by Gail Pan


This book is packed with 17 festive projects with whimsical designs that would make for great gifts, as well as decorations for your home for the holiday.

A Common Thread: A Collection of Quilts, by Gwen Marston


This coffee table book is filled with excellent photos of Gwen’s quilts representing more than 40 years of quilting, with 80+ quilts representing and a variety of styles, from an award winning quilt artist.

To enter, simply claim one or more of the options in the Rafflecopter form below.  These books will be shipped to one lucky winner by QuiltShopGal.  Due to postal expenses I will ship for free to a US resident, but those with an international address will need to pay for postage.

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You can find Martingale at:


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Here is a list of all of the posts for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways.  There are quite a few giveaways that are still open, so click thru and enter, those you are interested in winning, if you have not yet done so. 

Day 11 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – The Fat Quarter Gypsy


Welcome to day 11 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways, sponsored by The Fat Quarter Gypsy.


The Fat Quarter Gypsy is from Pine City, MN, where Jo, the owner and designer has beautiful quilt designs, creative knobies (signs to hang on doors), freebies, as well as her super handy pop ups.  What are pop ups you ask?  They are fabric baskets that can lay flat, when not in use, and yet pop up to store a variety of tools, notions and other items, making them excellent gifts, as well as cute organizational holders for your home.  Thus, I’m delighted to have the Fat Quarter Gypsy as a sponsor today, where I want to showcase some of her products, freebies, as well as host a giveaway.

Quilt Patterns – The Fat Quarter Gypsy has a number of delightful patterns.  Here are a few that caught my attention:

Pop Up Patterns & Frames – make for great gifts, as well as organizational containers for your home.  Here are a few Inspirational ideals, but the possibilities are endless.   Don’t forget you can fold these perfectly flat when you gift wrap, as well as store, and they easily pop up when you want to use them for a storage container.  I’m thinking the small ones would also make great baskets for cookies too!

And I definitely love the idea of making Pet Pop Ups, using vinyl liners, for friends that have cute pets. These portable dishes would definitely would make a great Christmas gift, or special gift anytime of the year.



The Fat Quarter Gypsy has a variety of fun and creative free patterns.  Here are a few that caught my attention:

Pop Up Info Sheet, a free pattern for a cute pop up.


Nightfall  Quilt Pattern designed Nancy for Camelot Fabrics is a stunning design.


Little Lovely Libby table runner pattern looks like a fun design that would work well for just about any seasonal project, as well as projects for anytime of the year.  



The Fat Quarter Gypsy has created a special gift to one lucky winner, but they do need to be US residents.


Are you ready to learn what this gift is?


The Fat Quarter Gypsy is giving an amazing gift that includes a bundle of their Pop up frames and patterns for a variety of sizes, to one lucky winner.


Thanks to The Fat Quarter Gypsy, one lucky person, in the US, is going to receive a special gift which includes the following bundle:

FQG122 Stacking Pop Up Pattern pop-ups-1
FQG128 T-Shirt Pop Up Pattern fqg128_t_shirt_ppop_us_cover_web__81911-1460642648-1280-1280
FQG129 Basket Pop Up Pattern fqg129_basket_pop_up_pattern_cover_web__68068-1460578562-386-513
FQG130 Pet Pop Up Pattern  fqg130_pet_pop_ups_cover__05855-1464361650-224-300
FQG131 Mini Pop Up Refill  fqg131_mini_pop_up_cover__44460-1470836433-386-513
FQG121 Small Pop Up Refill  fqg121_small_pop_up_refill_cover_web
FQG123 Medium Pop Up Refill  fqg123
FQG124 Large Pop Up Refill  fqg124

Total Retail value for this prize is $80+

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

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You can find The Fat Quarter Gypsy at:

Here is a list of all of the posts for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (with many giveaways still open for you to enter):

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


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.


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. 


 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.

inkjet fabric sheets

foundation quilting sheets 

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.


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.

Free Projects of the Month

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.


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.


Are you ready to learn what this gift is?


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!


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


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.


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!


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!


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.



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

Time to reveal what this gift is.


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.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You can find Aurifil at:


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


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.


Island Batik has many free patterns available from their website.

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


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


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.


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.


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


Are you ready to learn what this gift is?   


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.


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

a Rafflecopter giveaway



You can also find Island Batik at:

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

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