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



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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.



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.


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


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


 Live Simply pattern and Sunday Ride Fabric


 Frosty Pattern


 Fantasy Blossoms pattern and Soul Blossoms fabric


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:

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:

Countdown to Christmas – But First Comes 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways

 Who is counting down the days till Christmas?  I hope to get you in the mood, with 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways which will start on December lst.


Are you wondering how this will work?  Very simple.  I have 12 fabulous sponsors who have donated amazing prizes that are still wrapped (aka a secret).  Each day, I’ll showcase a sponsor and reveal the prize.  You can enter to win a prize each day, but you’ll have to be quick, as you’ll only have one day to enter to win.  Mark your calendar, so that you don’t forget the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways starts December lst.  

Here is a lineup for the sponsors, showing the days that I’ll unwrap and reveal the prize they have generously donated.


Day 1 – Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio


Day 2 – Marjorie Busby of Blue Feather Quilt Studio


Day 3 – ASF Lightware Solutions/Beam N Read


Day 4 – Landauer Publishing


Day 5 – The Quilt Show


Day 6 – Fat Quarter Shop


Day 7 – Udderly Smooth/Redex


Day 8 – Island Batik


Day 9 – Aurifil


Day 10 – The Electric Quilt Company


Day 11 – The Fat Quarter Gypsy



Day 12 – Martingale



 note:  Many prizes will be open for International participants, but some will be open to US Only, or US/Canada winners due to postage expenses.  Rules will be reflected on each daily giveaway.


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

Happy Thanksgiving


I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving filled with love and happiness.


While I’m thankful for many things, including your friendship, I’m very thankful that we have such a wonderful world of quilting.  My heart aches after reading Bonnie Hunter’s posts, over the past few days @ Quiltville’s Quips & Snips.  She wanted to encourage love and kindness, but some quickly went into attack mode.  Not just for today, but every day, we need to commit to speaking kind words to all.


Here is a song from the Black Eyed Peas, which I feel encourages to spread love and kindness.



I also want to mention that I have shared my  annual research  for #BlackFriday steals and deals and amazed there are so many great deals this year.   You can find this info at:

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:    

Three Blogs

Besides blogging here at QuiltShopGal, I host two other blogs:

My Creative Blog List is primarily a tool to follow blogs.  While I use a variety of tools to follow blogs, this site has become my favorite:

Fingertip Shopping is a site where I share insights about steals and deals, not just any old sale.  For many years, I’ve researched and shared insights the Wednesday before Black Friday/Cyber Monday.  I’m currently compiling such a list and seeing plenty of great deals for quilting, sewing and embroidery enthusiasts.  I just can’t share them till next week, when you’ll find them at:


But, I can share that today is the last day of a 48 hour sale at Craftsy, where plenty of fabrics, notions, and classes are on sale, where you can get shipping for all physical items, for just $1.  With high costs of shipping, this $1 deal should not be overlooked.  Just be sure to use code “SHIPFOR1” at checkout.


Great time to buy stocking stuffers and other gifts, as well as supplies to make gifts.  I’m placing an order today to take advantage of their sale and shipping deal.  

UPDATE:  I placed my order with Craftsy (e.g. Aurifil, zippers, Dunroven towels, etc) late afternoon and by early evening had a confirmation and tracking number, showing it had already shipped.  Yeah.  In contrast, I placed an order in October with JoAnns that took ten days before it shipped and another 12 before it arrived.

Ruler Work: Dena Wilkins of Living Water Quilter

Today I’m showcasing a talented quilter, Geraldine Wilkins, (aka Dena), who is also a free-motion quilting expert and a Westalee Design by Sew Steady instructor, for Ruler Work.  You may know Dena through her blog, Living Water Quilter.



Dena share’s her inspirational work on her blog and Facebook, as well as many tips and tutorials:

She has several Youtube video tutorials.  Here is one where she shares how to create circles using a Westalee Ruler:


And, her most recent video “Free-Motion Ruler Work with Paradox”, shows how to create a stunning design.

BTW – I have found these “Westalee Circles on Quilts” templates available from Patsy Thompson Designs.


For those that are interested in taking a class with Dena, she is located in Virginia.  She is happy to travel the East Coast, Houston Texas and Southern California and is most willing to travel to teach at any other location to teach at Quilt Guilds, Quilt Shops, Shows, etc..  You may want to let your Quilt Guild Event Coordinator, local Quilt Shop, or even Quilt Show Class Scheduler know that you’d like to take a class with Dena in your area.

You can find Dena at:

Her email is:

Here is a list of previous posts about RulerWork


One World QAL – Month #3 – Still Plenty of Time to Join the Fun

Today I want to share insights about the One World QAL, some fun quilty inspiration, as well as heighten awareness how you could win prizes, even if you are not stitching along in this QAL! Let me clarify, you can participate in this QAL as a viewer, or as a quilter. Keith Phillips (Quilt Fusion) and Kim Jamieson-Hirst (Chatterbox Quilts) are hosting this event and doing an absolutely great job!

First, I’d like to hear from anyone who is following along the One World QAL?   Who is stitching?  Who is simply following?  Who is interested?  Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what ever you think.

Did I mention you can win prizes, even if you are not actively stitching?  Yes, the One World QAL isn’t just a fun QAL, but also a way to win amazing prizes.  Participating quilters, as well as registered viewers will have a chance to win prizes. Click here for a list of prizes and more info.

 But I can honestly say this QAL is much more fun if you are making this project and it really is super easy.  Even though Month #3 kicks off today, it is still plenty of time to join.


This event is hosted by Keith Phillips (QuiltFusion) and Kim Jamieson-Hirst (Chatterbox Quilts) and will run for seven months, where you’ll be able to create your own beautiful  One World quilt.

I had never used the “One Click” tool for ordering fabrics before.  But, I found it was really easy to use to order fabrics for this kit from Batiks Plus.  You can order all of the fabrics, or pull from your stash for all, shop locally, or use a mix.   I bought some fabric locally, some came from my stash, and I found it really easy to order the remainder.  And, those that I ordered from Batiks Plus all arrived in individual bags, where the bag and the fabric had a label on it.  Excellent!


Plus Batiks Plus also sent me some extra fabric for free.


Participants in this QAL receive a block pattern every month, that has easy to follow instructions, a placement guide and applique’ shapes that do not need to be enlarged, and are well organized to help cut pieces with the same fabric, as appropriate.  And, for those that have electronic cutting machines SVG files are also available.

BLOCK ONE:  Here is my block vs the original block, by Keith.  I still need to add some small pieces to the trees.  I also plan to add fancy machine stitching, but want to wait to get a few more blocks finished before I begin to add such.


BLOCK TWO: Here is my block vs the original design, by Keith.  Don’t look too closely, as I made a few mistakes, including mixing up what fabrics I was supposed to use.  But I still love it.


BLOCK THREE (released Nov 15th) – I am certainly looking forward to making this block.  The monkey just sets off the whimsical design, in my perspective.


I’m finding great fun and inspiration via the Facebook group for this QAL (One World Quilt Along), which is open for anyone to join.  Here is a picture of the first two blocks, made by Susan Noren.  I love the colors and fabrics she selected.


Participants on this QAL also get access to  Quilt Fusion software, an online program that you get access to during this QAL.  I’ve found this software super easy and fun to use, as well as very versatile.  You can use it to customize the blocks in this QAL, as Keith did by adding a beautiful eagle to block 2 (show next to the original design):

To clarify, you can change the size, as well as add/remove applique’ shapes to any blocks in this QAL, as well as use many shapes provided in the software to create your own unique projects.  Plus, there is a large gallery of projects that you can use “as is” or modify to make it your own.  Here are just a few in the Quilt Fusion Gallery that caught my attention:


Plus, when you use the Quilt Fusion software to design, you can, with a simple click create a pattern that gives you full size templates, a full size placement guide, fabric requirements, as well as the option to use a one click feature to buy your fabrics at Batiks Plus.  And, subscribers to Quilt Fusion Software also receive a new Free Pattern every Friday via email.  I hope you too see a value in joining this QAL and/or being a Quilt Fusion subscriber.  I certainly do.

Check out the Quilt Fusion website to learn more about this easy to use and highly creative software:

You can find more on One World at:


You can find Quilt Fusion at:

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You can find Chatterbox Quilts at:


#EQ25 Celebration – Tutorials, Inspiration, and Prizes – November

The Electric Quilt Company, is celebrating their 25th Anniversary with monthly giveaways.  This month you can win a copy of EQ7 software or a bundle of HQ scissors and Light Strip from HandiQuilter.   QuiltShopGal is also helping to celebrate by way of sharing monthly EQ theme posts. I’m also thrilled that several blogging friends are also helping in the celebration, many of us sharing EQ theme tips, tutorials, as well as inspirational projects along the way.

Today, I want to share some recommendations for learning EQ software, as well as some tips and hopefully inspiration too!  EQ7 is a robust software package that I absolutely love, as I love all things EQ, but I still have loads to learn.  I’ve recommended my approach to learning this software many times, but I want to share it again today:

Pick a topic and “play” with it, until you are comfortable with it.  15 minutes a day of play time in the software can be a great way to learn.  There wonderful lessons and tutorials available on the EQ website, as well as on blogs and YouTube.  My favorite tutorial series for beginners is the Benni Harper Mystery series lessons.  You can start/stop/start again for what works for your schedule, as well as repeat as often as you wish.


EQ University has a variety of wonderful online classes, with EQ Experts, that you can watch over and over again. One of the features within EQ7 is to create custom quilt designs (e.g. non-traditional block designs).  I often look at quilts and try to analyze how it might have been designed.  To clarify, I view there is always great value in purchasing a design, as you also get instructions to help you make the project, but I analyze to try to develop my skills of using the EQ software.

When I saw the original Octagon Table Toppers Class, by Kari Schell, at EQ University I knew that this would be a perfect class for me to expand my skills (and comfort) with creating custom quilt designs in EQ7.  The class provided step-by-step videos, as well as written instructions.  This class surpassed my expectations and at $25 I felt it was an exceptional value.  Thus, I recommend it to anyone interested in learning about creating designs for custom quilts.


While the initial Fall class has already begin, I think you could still join in if that is the only date that works for you.  But there are also additional dates for this class in 2017 that I wanted to heighten awareness of:



There is an Electric Quilt Users Group on Facebook where members are good about helping each other, as well as sharing inspirational projects.

Renee Chester shared a photo of a quilt design she recently created in EQ7. It caught my attention, and I was happy that she approved me sharing this inspirational design.  BTW, she purchased the software in August 2015 and enjoys playing with, often doing so daily.  And she shared that she loves the software too!


You can find Renee at:

MY TUTORIAL THIS MONTH:  Let’s Play With Creating A Custom Quilt in EQ7

In this lesson we are going to learn to create a custom quilt in EQ7, with a variety of block sizes.  You could apply this to designing Row Quilts, or blocks of any size, even adding sashing around blocks, as appropriate.  I simply hope to inspire you to play with the Custom Quilt functional in EQ7.

1) Create a new project in EQ7 called “Playing with Custom Quilt”

2) On the Main Menu Bar Click Quilt > New Quilt > Custom Set

3) Click on the Layout tab on the bottom.


Set the layout size for 60″ wide and 72″ long.







4) On the Main Menu bar, click Libraries > Block  and select a number of block designs that you would like to create with.  To select them, you simply click on them and click “Add to Sketchbook”.  For me, I’m using the following blocks which you can quickly find via the search feature in the library.

Broken Dishes
Birds in the Air
Corn and Beans
Picnic Bouquet
Lily Wreath
Hot Latte
Lucky Clover
Dutchmen’s Puzzle

5) Click on the Work on Block Icon.



6) On the Main Menu click Block > New Block > Easy Draw Block

7) Click on View Sketchbook and select one of the blocks for your Custom Quilt design (found in the block tab). Click the “Edit” button in the lower part of this Sketchboook menu.








8) The block will now appear on the EasyDraw menu table.  We will first change the size to be 12″x12″.  To do this, on the Drawing Setup bar, change the width and height to 12″.




9) Click on the Color tab, on the bottom menu. And click on the Paintbrush tool, in the upper right hand menu bar.



10) Click on the color or fabric of your choice, in the Sketchbook Fabrics and Color.  Then you can click on the various parts of your block design that you wish to set the color.

















11) Click the Save to Sketchbook icon, on the top menu bar.




Repeat steps #7-11 for each block twice, as you’ll want to have each design saved as a 6″x6″ and 12″x12″ block, ideally with different colors.  Once you have all your blocks in the two sizes, colored and saved to your sketchbook, proceed with the steps below.

12)  Now the real fun begins as you can play and play, to layout your blocks to create your own custom quilts.


It is fun to continue add blocks, as well as move them around to change the layout.  You can also continue to change colors/fabric selection, as you go, if desired. I just tend to do it when I create my blocks, then later, after I get the quilt layout defined, I may change colors.



Please let me know if you have questions on this tutorial. I will try to help you, as well as use your feedback to update this tutorial to make it easier to follow.  



EQ and Timeless Treasures 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 yummy fabrics from Timeless Treasures or a copy of EQ7 from the Electric Quilt Company?  Just visit the blogs and leave a comment for these two businesses, to enter to win.  And don’t forget to use hashtag #EQ25 to also win prizes that the Electric Quilt Company is hosting for their 24th Celebration in 2016..

For a complete schedule of events, as well as information on the amazing prizes and generous sponsors:


I’m also thrilled to have several blogging friends joining me today, to help celebrate.  As you may already be aware, 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.

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:

Carol of Fun Threads Designs

Carole of From My Carolina Home

Pamela of Pamela Quilts

Tina of Quilting Affection

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:

New Books with #CreativeGoodness from Martingale

I’m excited to be able to share insights with you today about some new books with #CreativeGoodness from Martingale.  


Huggable Amigurumi, by Shannen Nicole Chua


My Review:

This is an absolutely adorable book, that uses basic stitches to crochet amigurumi softies that will certainly delight all ages.  They would certainly make great gifts, as well as be cute to decorate your own home.  Absolute irresistable.  This book has easy to follow instructions, with great visuals, making this book perfect for confident beginners, as well as those with great expertise with crocheting.

Sew This and That! 13 Quick-to-Make Quilted Projects, by Sherri K. Falls


My Review:

With more than a dozen fun projects this book is an exceptional value.  All the projects would make great gifts, as well as usable handmade items for your home.  And, this book includes a stamp of Martingale’s high quality books, in that each project has easy to follow instructions with great visuals.  

Moda All-Stars Mini Marvels: 15 Little Quilts With Big Style, by Lissa Alexander


My Review:

Each project offers the opportunity to try a different technique (e.g. traditional piecing, applique’, paper piecing, and even embroidery).  And, all come with easy to follow instructions with great visuals.  With the focus on mini-quilts, most of these projects could be completed very quickly, probably in a day for most quilters. And, for those that may want larger projects, the designs could easily be adapted.  Certainly these projects would also make great gifts, as well as to use to decorate your home throughout the year.

Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt: Learn the basics of walking-foot & free-motion quilting.



My Review:

This will certainly be a popular book for fans of Pat Sloan, who are wanting to learn the very basics of walking-foot and free-motion quilting.  There is a good section on the basics, with great visuals.  Another section focuses on Walking-Foot Quilts, which includes easy patterns to make a Strippy Table Runner, a Mini Charm Star, Checkerboard Hearts, etc, with all easy to follow instructions that make for easy walking-foot quilting projects.  The last section shares a few easy patterns that are good projects for beginners to learn free-motion quilting.


All of these books come with Martingale’s quality and value where they each have easy to follow instructions and great visuals, making them perfect for all levels of creativity (beginner to advanced).  I hope you get a chance to check out these books at your favorite quilt shop.  But if you don’t see them, let them know you are interested in them making these books available in their store.  They are such new books, the store may simply not be aware of them.  Of course, you can also check out these books online at Martingale, or Amazon.  

I also want to share that Martingale is a sponsor of an upcoming event which I’ll kick off on December lst, to celebrate “12 Days of Christmas”, with daily giveaways.  

You can find Martingale at:

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