Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Desire to Inspire - See what July's Challenger, Lynn Bankowski, has done with Woodland Retreat flannel!

This is the bio for Lynn Bankowski:

Thank you Henry Glass Company, for the opportunity to participate in your Desire-to-Inspire Challenge. The fabrics are wonderful!

They felt like velvet when I opened the box. My home is Huntsville, Alabama, in the northeast corner of the state. We are in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains. Huntsville is called the “Rocket City,” because it is home to the Marshall Space Flight Center where Werner von Braun and his team designed and built the Saturn V rocket used to send man to the moon. The U.S. Army’s Redstone Arsenal, U.S. Space  &  Rocket Center, and Space Camp are also located here.We have all four seasons in North Alabama, although Summer seems to last for six months!

Lynn Bankowski

We are retired and have time to enjoy the grandchildren’s ball games, swim meets, concerts,
etc. We were tent campers when our children were younger, so I can identify with Jan Beach
Shade’s camping theme. We were warm weather campers, however!

I began quilting 12 years ago when a friend asked me to participate with her in a block-of-the month
program at Patches and Stitches, a local quilt shop. I got hooked, and she no longer

I prefer traditional quilts, usually scrappy. I like to use pre-cuts, but not exclusively. My
local guilds, Heritage Quilters of Huntsville and Madison Station Quilters, have several
members who excel in modern quilt design, construction and quilting. Their work is
encouraging me to branch out.

In addition to Patches and Stitches, we have Huntsville Sew & Vac, Threaded Needle Too, 3
Hens and A Chick (Athens, AL) and Hooked on Quilting (Fayetteville, TN) quilt shops in the
area. All the shops are very friendly and helpful to the novice and experienced quilter alike.

Woodland Retreat Quilt (Front)

Woodland Retreat Quilt (Back) 

Woodland Retreat - Quilt Tag Close-up

Woodland Retreat Quilting Close-up

Another View of the Front

Another View of the Back

Woodland Retreat Cozy Corner

Woodland Retreat Pillow

Monday, July 24, 2017

Let's Get Quilting - Penguin Parade by Nidhi Wadhwa

Nidhi Wadhwa is one of the designers for Henry Glass that has had gang busters response from quilt shops everywhere. Her fresh new approach to novelty designs has met a gender neutral audience of both young and old. These cute penguins follow that same approach and you can see why her designs are such a favorite!

Enter to win this 7-pc. Penguin Parade bundle this week. The bundle includes that panel print.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Let's Get Quilting - Country Cuisine 9 pc bundle from Isabelle Biche

Country Cuisine Collection is a bright sunshine kitchen fabric line. It was designed by Isabelle Biche who is well-known in the traditional embroidery segment of our creative world. She lives close to the Switzerland border and travels frequently across Europe and the USA for shows. She started designing quilts in 2002, and became a fabric designer for Henry Glass in 2016.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Meet July's Challenger for Desire to Inspire - Lynn Bankowski

Meet our July Challenger, Lynn Bankowski. She is a trooper because the 4th of July delayed her fabric getting out the door. We can't wait to see what she can do with less than a month! Good Luck Lynn! 

Here is Lynn Bankowski from Hunstville, Alabama!

Let's Get Quilting - Frightful and Delightful 7 pc. bundle

Get ready for Halloween with this 7 pc bundle of fabric from the Frightful and Delightful collection by First Blush Studios. This spooky little collection is just the perfect kind of fun to use for a quick Halloween Project. Here's one: a Halloween tote free project using this line!

Just click on the picture for the .pdf of the instructions

Friday, June 30, 2017

Looking for a Challenger for July's Desire to Inspire - is it you??

Are you ready for flannels in July? Turn up the air-conditioner and bring on the sun! Sew something beautiful with this Woodland Retreat collection by Jan Shade Beach. 

Would you like to have this beautiful batch of fabrics to make some fabulous projects for this month's Desire to Inspire Challenge? 

We want you to put your name in the hat for this month's challenge!  Just email If you have put your name in before, PLEASE do so again! This might be your lucky turn. 

PLEASE REPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! We will pick someone on Wednesday July 5, 2017.  

This is how it goes: 

1. Put your name and some of your project pictures in 
an email to 

2. We will select a lucky winner and send you the fabrics shown above.  

3. You make something AWESOME during the month of July, 
and send us pictures and your story.

6. WE post it. 

7. YOU keep it. 

We would like to have challengers show us they can meet the challenge, so please send a picture or two projects you have completed or tell us things you have done. Give us SOMETHING so we can rest assured you can do this!!!  Even great ideas count! Please do your best to stand out, and you will have a great chance of being selected. 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Desire to Inspire - June Challenger Diane Kazar Loves "I Still Love Snow"

Hi all!  My name is Diane Kazar and I live in Monroe (Central Jersey) New Jersey. It's a nice suburban town smack in the middle of New Jersey (or Exit 9 off the NJtpke).  I grew up here, married here, raised my two, now grown, kids here, and am still here with my husband and two dogs instead of kids.  It's a great place if you like a little of EVERYTHING, cities, beaches, historic sites and farmlands all within easy reach.  
As a young child, I can remember standing on a stool in the kitchen where my mom and grandma would pin paper to me.  Curious enough about it, I taught myself how to use my mom's sewing machine and making things for my dolls or costumes for myself at Halloween.  When I had kids, I was given my own sewing machine and it's been a great sewing journey for me ever since!  I've learned so much and met great people along the way. Especially my BFF Linda, who truly gave me this gift, 20 years ago, that only now I realize was a true inspiration. My sincere thank you Linda.   

Thank you, Henry Glass, for giving me this opportunity.  I truly had fun with your beautiful flannel fabric.  I simply loved them and decided a large comfy couch quilt would be perfect, especially for my ta
ll husband.  

Leave a comment below and give Diane Kazar some appreciation for a job well done!