Daydreams of Quilts, Clover Needlecrafts & Ackfeld Wire Welcome To The Christmas Caroling RAL

Christmas Caroling Row Along

Christmas Caroling Row AlongSo today, I’m doing my morning blog run, gee, if I were an exercise person that could easily read “jogging” run… but my morning exercise is usually to visit my favorite blogs and see whats going on in the world.

When I went to Facebook, I saw a post on my wall about The Quilt Haus in New Braunfels, Texas. They are accepting, quilts, fabrics, old blocks, tops, UFO’s, any supplies, help or whatever we as quiters can offer to create quilts and pet quilts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. There is actually a huge need for batting. I have batting, I’m going to send some. Since I started using wool batts, I’ve changed my favorite of cotton to wool and I doubt I’m going to change anytime soon, so the cotton batts I do have are just sitting on the shelf at the top of my closet with nothing to do. I know now they were waiting for me to offer them to be used for this purpose. They have partcipated in many relief efforts in various emergencies over the last 14 years. I encourage you to please help, send something your not using, even UFOs you aren’t going to get back to… they will do something with it.. Just think, many of them could be pet beds or comforters if they aren’t large like quilt tops usually are. You can read more about it here on there Facebook page. Even if your not on Facebook, you should be able to see the page and the post.

To ship your items, no need to even contact them, just go ahead and ship

Quilt Haus
ATTN: HarveyHelp
651 N Business IH-35
Ste 510
New Braunfels, TX 78130
Phone: (830) 620-1382

What I liked about this post is that while they do need money donations (mainly for batting), they actually encourage you to send it to the various charities such as Red Cross, or the Houston Food Bank, etc so that the immediate needs can also be filled.

Now, lets get to today’s sponsors for the Christmas Caroling Row Along… Ackfeld Wire, Daydreams of Quilts, and Clover Needlecrafts.

Ackfeld wireAre there any of you that doesn’t own an Ackfeld Wire hanger? I know for me, I love these hangers and their is so much variety to choose from. Most are reasonably priced and can be used over and over again to fit our changing needs when we change out our wallhangings, desk quilts, calendars, etc… This is why I approached them and asked for some hangers for the Row Along. Even if you don’t make a quilt with all your rows, you can use the hangers for various rows to just hang on your door, or walls, or shorten a row up and use a desk/table hanger.

Anita LaHayAnita LaHay from Daydreams of Quilts is one of the bloggers in the Christmas Caroling Row Along and she has a special treat coming for you also.

CloverSome of my favorite notions come from the company Clover Needlecrafts. I’ve used their notions for as along as I can remember. My favorite is probably their seam ripper. I believe without a doubt it is the best on the market. Clover allowed me to choose which notions they are giving in this give away and I chose all my favorites. 🙂 Have a look inside this post… and see what my favorite Clover Notions are… 🙂

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Inspired LED and Purple Daisies Give Aways for the Christmas Caroling Row Along

Christmas Caroling Row Along

Christmas Caroling Row AlongI have been having a hard time these last few days. My mind on family and friends in Texas who are dealing with the effects of Hurricane Harvey, and the flooding that’s happening from all the rain. I feel selfish in a way offering giveaways for this event when I know my friends may have to replace many things not only in there sewing rooms but in there homes. As a child, I can remember when my parents basement flooded because the canal gates weren’t turned off. This happened back in the 1970’s and I remember being about eleven or twelve years old at the time. My brother slept downstairs and I can still remember my mothers screams and my father rushing down the stairs to get him out of the rising water. After the flooding, I can still remember the dryer floating in the basement, and the beautiful upright piano just ruined by the water. It was a difficult time for a bit after that and the cleanup took forever. My parents moved out of that home about a year after the flood, I was about to enter the 7th grade when we moved to the newer home. I truly know the devastation water causes and it just makes me sad that so many people have to go thru this tough time.

As I said, it gives me pause, I read a post this morning at While She Naps a blog maintained by Abby Glassenberg about crafters and charities. There are many things about the post that I agree with and many comments that I also agree with. While I know that money is probably the #1 thing that charities need, I also understand the need sometimes for specific items that charities need. I’ve been trying to think how I can help my friends in Texas, and it occurred to me that I could use this event to possibly help. Perhaps you would want to do so also. I can’t tell you to give, nor do I want to, but possibly when we start and your downloading patterns or if you win something, perhaps consider giving a donation to one of your favorite charities using her recommended Charity Navigator site. A site that helps people know which charities are doing the best job of helping others. Even $10.00 helps a charity, so please give it some thought as you receive these beautiful products donated by the sponsors and download the patterns by the various bloggers who generously gave a great deal of time to create them. The patterns and the giveaways are free, but by even downloading all 44 patterns you are gaining patterns that might cost you nearly 400 to 500 dollars otherwise. Their is no need to provide proof of a donation, I just ask you to remember that it could be you, me, or anyone you know that is also in this situation. Helping whether you make something or just by offering a few dollars helps people rebuild and reunite.

So, lets get on with today’s sponsors, and I do apologize for taking some time this morning to talk about this subject, I just wanted to reflect on where my thoughts have been these last few days.

Inspired LEDInspired LED is a lighting company, much like Ottlite is in that they both offer lighting solutions.

Inspired LED makes a light that we can attach to our sewing machines that adds a lot more lighting to our machines than what we get with standard lighting solutions. Even built in lighting still gives shadows, and depending on where you attach this on your machine you will get a much better overall appearance of light to the machine.

Purple Daisies is a company owned by Sharon Schamber and Cristy Fincher. They are dedicated to bringing machine embroidery designs to the quilting community. They offer many designs especially for quilting on the embroidery machine, but they also offer tutorials and lessons on working with specialty techniques for you to quilt in your hoop. They also have many wonderful tutorials on Youtube that you can watch to also learn invaluable techniques. This is how I first discovered Purple Daisies. They have also been featured on The Quilt Show several times.

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Christmas Caroling Row Along Sponsors, Anita Goodesign and Ottlite…

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Christmas Caroling Row AlongI have been told that quilters don’t own embroidery machines. I do not think this is true. It might be fun to see how many of you out their have an embroidery machine. Most of you know that most of my patterns come with machine embroidery designs to help you create your embroidery work on the patterns quicker than by normal hand methods.



Personally I Anita Goodesignlove Anita Goodesign’s designs and love it when they offers a giveaway for this event. They gave us some wonderful embroidery cds last year and this year, they have not disappointed either. They are a generous company who give you the opportunity to try there wonderful designs.

Ott LiteOttlite is another great company. They have given us several lamps thru various events hosted by Seams To Be Sew. They imho make the absolute best lighting for any of my needs not just sewing, but bedroom, living room, kitchen, basement. When we moved into this house last year, the one thing it lacks is overhead ceiling lights. The one thing I was short of was lamps. I had a few, but nothing like we had in Italy. I purchase Ottlites for each room as I love them and I know they last and last and last.


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Christmas Caroling Row Along Welcomes Michael Miller and Hobbs….

Christmas Caroling Row AlongToday is my 33rd wedding anniversary. I am writing this post quickly because I need to get downstairs and start my Pork Roast and the cake I’m going to bake for the hubby. I am happy he doesn’t read my blog otherwise I couldn’t post about this. 🙂

Next week, we’ll be just one week away from the start of the Christmas Caroling Row Along, I hope you’re making your giveaway wish list and getting ready to Deck the Halls with the Christmas season happening here at Seams To Be Sew and 41 other blogs.

Michael MillerEither or, today we celebrate the next sponsors for the Christmas Caroling Row Along. Michael Miller is a new sponsor this year and he hasn’t let you down. He’s has sent a beautiful fat quarter bundle and a fat eighth bundle and wait till you see these really fun Christmas fabrics.


HobbsHobb’s Batting is also a sponsor this year and they have sponsored past events here at Seams To Be Sew. I am a big fan of this batting and have been for many years. I haven’t tried one of the types they are giving away tho (see I’m having a little teaser here) 🙂 but I am excited at the prospect of trying it… you’ll have to read the post inside to see what I’m talking about… 🙂

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Christmas Caroling Row Along… C&T Publishing & Martelli Notions…


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I am excited to bring you these next two sponsors. C&T Publishing and Martelli Notions have sponsored events in the past at Seams To Be Sew and I am pleased that they have joined once again with some really great giveaways.




C&T PublishingC&T Publishing for me has long been one of my favorite publishers. They consistently bring fine books and publications to all quilters. While I may not like every technique, I love trying new techniques, so when something new is out there, I want to try it. When I am looking for books, if it’s a C&T Publication, I rarely hesitate to buy the book.


Martelli LogoMartelli‘s rotary cutter is an amazing tool. It does take a bit to get used to it, but as you use it more and more you finally get how it works and I am so glad I made the jump about a year and a half ago when I bought my first cutter from them. I really love the cutter now and can’t imagine being without it when I rotary cut my fabrics.


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Amy Bradley and Electric Quilt are here for the Christmas Caroling Row Along…

Amy Bradley Designs

Christmas Caroling Row AlongIn a day and age when we are seeing more and more people trying various techniques for quilting, along come two sponsors who really give us great joy in our quilting with not only their designs but their software.

I know this post is very late today, it’s just been a very weird day for me. I lost a folder in my email software that included all the sponsor information. Thank goodness I keep all my email from Gmail in the All Mail folder after it’s downloaded… I’m currently re-downloading all email for the last 30 days. Over 5300 emails, but it’s worth it to get that info back.

Today’s great sponsors are Electric Quilt and Amy Bradley Designs.

Electric QuiltElectric Quilt has been a sponsor of this event for all three of this row alongs years now. Our first year actually featured Electric Quilt’s software and all the designers who were in that row along that year used Electric Quilt to create their rows with. We called that Row Along EQ Seasons.





Amy BradleyAmy Bradley is someone whom I’ve long admired and that is the reason I approached her this year to be a sponsor. I absolutely love her patterns. They are cute, fun and whimsical.

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Christmas Caroling Sponsors – Just Another Button & Hoffman Fabrics…

Christmas Caroling Row Along

Christmas Caroling Row Along

Today is a history-making day!!! An eclipse is going to hover over my beautiful part of the world here in Colorado. We should get to see about 90 to 93% of the eclipse, and my sister and my niece Olivia are visiting Idaho Falls today with their NASA approved eclipse glasses. It’s an exciting day for everyone who gets the chance to see this amazing piece of history. At the row by row studio blog, they have a cool tutorial on how to make an eclipse out of one of the Junior Rows.

At the AQPS blog, they also have a free pattern for you… Love both of these patterns, be sure you get yours. At Stash Bandit another free pattern also.

In the world of quilting, Leah Day is celebrating 8 years since she started the Free Motion Quilting Project… Congratulations Leah Day!!! She is offering a sale on her website, it’s worth a look, you might find something you’re looking for.

Here at Seams To Be Sew, we are celebrating the sponsors for the Christmas Caroling Row Along…

HoffmanHoffman Fabrics and Just Another Button




Just Another Button Company are being featured today.



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