Monday, April 23, 2018

Let's Get Quilting - Twilight Garden 7 pc half - yard bundle by Mary Jane Carey of Holly Hill Quilt Designs



Twilight Garden is a collection of romantic florals and complementary basics by Mary Jane Carey of Holly Hill Quilt Designs.  The designs in this collection include large floral bouquets, a border stripe, floral vines, paisleys, small calicos, tossed buttercups and awning stripes for a gracefully balanced collection. The designs and hues are depicted in a delicate palette reminiscent of an era when life was more tranquil. Tones of color more sophisticated and muted portrayed in hues such as spa blue, lilac, eggplant and linen create a serene setting. There are 21 prints in this beautiful collection. See the whole collection and download the two FREE projects here. This collection is in quilt shops now. 





Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Let's Get Quilting - Farmstead Harvest 22 pc Fat Quarter bundle by Kim Diehl



Are you a Kim Diehl fan? Or have friends who are? Then this is YOUR week here on the Henry Glass blog! So it's time to invite your friends to check in on our blog and the Henry Glass Facebook page, and make us a stop in your social media scrolling every week.

Here is Farmstead Harvest from Kim Diehl, and 22 pcs. are in this Fat Quarter bundle that is on the giveaway contest this week. And great news even if you do not win this week... Farmstead Harvest is shipping into your favorite quilt shops now!



Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Meet the April Desire to Inspire Challenger - Brandy Pettit






Meet our challenger for April - Brandy Pettit from Walla Walla, Washington.
She has a big disadvantage being on the left coast because the fabric was shipped from NYC, but she finally got it yesterday! Here is Brandy will all the fabric from the Just Beachy collection!

Good Luck Brandy! We will see your creations at the end of the month! 






Monday, April 9, 2018

Let's Get Quilting - "When I am Big" 11 pc. Bundle Giveaway by Leanne and Kaytlyn from The Whole Country Caboodle



Leanne and Kaytlyn’s latest collaboration “When I am Big” was created to help educate little ones. Helping them to know what different animals are called when both big and small. Additionally, the hope is to spark a thought as to what they might want to be when they are big. These cheerful characters will bring a smile to your face and will provide countless hours of fun creating projects for your little ones. Hues of red, pink, orange, teal, green, brown, navy, tan, gray and cream blend to create a more modern color scheme. The fabrics in the collection include: a book panel, a block panel, tossed animal cuties, star circle, bubble dots and a small stripe.  

Here is a picture of the adorable book panel. 



And the whole collection:






Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Let's Get Quilting - Modern Melody Basics by First Blush Studio


Modern Melody Basics by First Blush Studio, is a fresh new filigree inspired geometric in a range of 28 colors, this bundle with 10 of those colors is on our giveaway this week. 

Just take a look at the full range of colors! Ask your favorite quilt shop to bring in your favorite!








Friday, March 30, 2018

Looking for Someone who Likes to Sew with Free Fabric!!! Desire to Inspire for April is Now Open!


Look at these fabulous 'Just Beachy' fabrics! All yours, all free! All you need to do is sew something with them! And send us pictures of your finished projects by the end of April. 

That's how easy it is if you are picked for our April Desire to Inspire Challenge. 

 So even if you have sent in your name before and have never been picked, this could be your month!  

Toss your name in the hat by sending an email to vanessa@jaftex.com.

If you want to sew with these 'Just Beachy' fabrics on your own, they are now arriving at your local quilt shops or your favorite online retailer!





March Desire to Inspire "Dogs and Suds" Cleans Up, thanks to Pat Gottshalk




We put out the call for a March Challenger in our Desire to Inspire feature with our "Dogs & Suds" collection by Shelly Comiskey of Simply Shelly Designs. We selected Pat Gottshalk who pushed aside all other projects on her quilting table and went to town this month on her "Dogs & Suds" effort.

Meet Pat Gottshalk, and be sure to comment below on her great effort for the March challenge! 












Hello. My name is Pat Gottshalk and I live in beautiful Bucks County, PA. I have loved fabric for as long as I can remember. One of my earliest memories is playing with the cans of buttons at my grandmother’s house. I was surrounded by sewers growing up; my mother and both grandmothers, but I do not remember learning from them. I did the usual home ec classes in high school, after nursing school began garment sewing in the late 1970’s.

My interest in patchwork and quilting was peaked in the early 1980’s I attended the Goschenhoppen Historians Folk Festival in Green Lane, PA. The festival is a snap shot of life in the 18th and 19th centuries in southeastern Pennsylvania. During my first visit I was fortunate to meet Ellen Gehret and Nancy H. Roan and was introduced to their book, Just A Quilt or Juscht en Deppich, in Pennsylvania Dutch dialect. This softcover book with hand drawn pictures captured my heart and made me want to be a quilter. I am now an active member of the Goschenhoppen Historians and participate in the festival every August. I also volunteer with the on line textile collection which means I get to touch all the quilts in the collection!

In 1985, as a newlywed, I attended a class offered by the PA Extension Service. This was before the internet, you-tube, and rotary cutters. Mrs. Ginny Haist came to class with wonderful illustrations, sample step-outs, and a willingness to share her gift. Her preparation prior to class makes her one of the best teachers I have ever had. I was hooked and never looked back.

I was aware of the Henry Glass “Desire to Inspire” program and I follow various Jaftex social media sites, including Scott Fortunoff. I was interested in the colors of “Dogs & Suds” designed by Shelly Comiskey. I even had a random sketch done of something I thought would work. My timeline was tight. I received the fabric March 9th, had work and 9 vacation days planned prior to the deadline of March 31st. The amount of fabric I received was a generous 5 yards which meant I needed to up my game and use the gift I was given. I plan to donate the pillows and quilt to a local animal rescue for fundraising.

Below is a summary of the projects pictured.

1.      The nesting Scottie dog pillow is from a doodle in my sketch book (quadrille copy book). I love how FDR’s dog Fala inspired patchwork, tea towels, and fashion. The pillow case, with zipper is 23”square. I wish I had bordered the outer dog but the patch was already big.


2.      The second pillow, same dimensions, utilized the wonderful stripe fabric from the collection. Lots of dogs all lined up, reminded me of the Sunday comics. Both pillows are backed with striped denim from a second-hand store. I am trying to learn free motion quilting and both pillows were done on my Brother using Aurifil thread and a Schmetz microtex 12. I still need lots of practice.









3.      The small fabric boat of basket is from a Lazy Girl pattern I had in my stash. The buttons were also stash along with the fusible products I used.























4.      The quilt, approximately 40” x 45”, is dog house condos. I worked in an organized improvisational method, yes I winged it. I wanted to use the head shots of the dogs. I played with a disappearing 9 patch but the heads were upside down so the tall doghouse idea just happened. 










I quilted this on my Brother using a Teflon foot and Aurifil thread. The rick rack was added for interest but I wish I had used more. The bias binding is scrappy and I rounded the corners to save a bit of time. It is a common short cut for me but only 
works with bias binding.













5.      The felt board is a work in progress. I see it used as a small child’s version of paper dolls. I made a felt envelope around a piece of cardboard and then cut out dog bones, balls, and a dog bowl.






Thanks to Vanessa, Jaftex and Henry Glass for the opportunity to play with the Dogs & Suds Collection.