Monday, June 26, 2017

Let's Get Quilting - Fangtastic 8 pc. bundle



"Fangtastic" features fun and whimsical Halloween motifs in bright colors with glow in the dark accents. There is a vampire on his way to visit a haunted mansion and the other patterns featured in this collection are black cats, bats, grave stones, dancing skeletons, spiders, pumpkins, a large stripe and dots all containing touches of glow in the dark. Perfect for all of your fun Halloween projects. 



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Heather Mulder Peterson's Big Splash Schoolhouse


Heather Mulder Peterson held a schoolhouse at the recent Quilt Market where she featured her recent books and the new collection with Henry Glass called "Big Splash."  Here is the schoolhouse video so you can follow along!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Let's Get Quilting - Vintage, a wine lover's dream collection of 16 pcs!


Vintage - a wine lover's dream collection by designer Mary Beth Baker. This collection will ship to quilt shops in August.



Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Meet the June Desire to Inspire Challenger - Diane Kazar


First, a huge THANK YOU to everyone who put their hat in the ring to be part of the Desire to Inspire Challenge for June. We had a record number of entries, so we really thank you very much! 

Second, it was hard to choose, so we did just a random selection this month, and chose Diane Kazar from Monroe, NJ as this month's challenger! 

Congratulations Diane! We can't wait to see how you get inspired with the "I Still Love Snow" fabric! 



Monday, June 5, 2017

Let's Get Quilting - a Kim Diehl 6 pc. bundle giveaway



This Kim Diehl giveaway is sure to please fans everywhere, especially those who have participated in the Simple Whatnots Club events!   We are currently in the 6th collection of the Simple Whatnot's Club, so the question to answer on the blog is: Have you ever made a Simple Whatnot's Club Project?

We can't wait to see all the fans of this fun little club that quilt shops host.



Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Meet Jill Majers, the May Challenger for Desire to Inspire, who has presents of her own to give you!




Meet Desire to Inspire May Challenger, Jill Majers.


Hi, My name is Jill Majers. I live in a small town in central Utah. We moved here recently and have spent the last seven months trying to get settled. We’re getting there but it takes a while.

I have a wonderful family that includes my husband, two sons, a daughter, two
daughter-in-laws, and three grandchildren. We love the times when we can all get together and spend time enjoying everyone.

I grew up in an even smaller town about thirty miles from here and had a
wonderful childhood on a large farm complete with animals and room to roam
more freely than most children today. My Mom kept us busy with all sorts of
crafts. By the time I was twelve, I could sew, knit, crochet, embroidery, and
needlepoint. A memorable saying in our house was there is no such thing as
boredom, only lazy minds so get busy. 

As a young mother I sewed most of my children’s clothing, as well as a good portion of my own. In 1993 we moved to northwest Montana to an area that has a passion for quilting. I had always wanted to quilt and since my children were getting older and no longer wanting homemade clothing, it seemed that now was the perfect time. I took a beginning class and loved it.

I love the challenge quilting provides and especially enjoy designing quilts. I love piecing, applique both by hand and machine, and foundation piecing. I also love buying fabric!

My goal with these fabrics was to show what can be done with one panel. I
separated the panel into separate projects and had a wonderful time just creating with it. 


First I used the large center Santa and made a wall hanging. I included all of the other fabrics that I was supplied with in the project.


Then I used the gift box pieces and the large Christmas lights down each side to
make a table runner. I also included many of the other fabrics in this project.


Last I made two sets of potholders with matching hand towels. the first one again used the the large Christmas lights, on the sides of the panel, and the fabric with the all over small Christmas lights. The potholders are backed and bound with red snowflake fabric.

The second set is the only project that doesn’t include anything from the panel. I used the Santa face fabric, the black snowflake fabric and the green scattered Santa fabric.

All my projects were fun, fast, and pretty easy. I’ve included instructions if you
would like to try any or all of them.

Many thanks to Henry Glass for giving me this opportunity. The fabrics are a joy to work with! If you would like to see more of what I do, please visit my blog at:

I’m also on Instagram at @jill.majers.



And now, a Merry Christmas present to you from Jill: 

Jill has included a PDF of the instructions for all these projects here!  







Let's Get Quilting - 10 pc. bundle of Nana Mae fabrics from Henry Glass



Look at all these beautiful 1930's reproduction prints in florals, novelties, and dots. This week's giveaway is a 10 pc bundle from the Nana Mae collection from Henry Glass Fabrics. 





Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Desire to Inspire - Request for June Challengers!


There is something cozy about working on Christmas flannels in June, with the air-conditioner blowing and the sun shining bright! Everyone loves snow in June, especially when it's just a sweet memory!

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! Comment on this blog post or email vanessa@jaftex.com. 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 Friday, June 2, 2017.  

This is how it goes: 1. YOU sign up below with your email or blog name to this post, or email your information* to vanessa@jaftex.com 2. WE pick a winner. 3. YOU send us your address.4. WE send you the "I Still Love Snow" fabrics shown above.5. YOU make something AWESOME during the month of June, with 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 comment with your blog posts, or pictures of projects you have completed. 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. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Let' Get Quilting - 10 pc bundle of Peaceful Garden by Mary Jane Carey of Holly Hill Quilt Designs



There are three ways to win this 10 pc bundle in the giveaway this week. We are asking you to go and vote for your favorite NEW collection on the Henry Glass website in the What's New section.

We have just released the Summer collections, so it's your turn to tell us what you love!

This week's contest will not be awarded until after the Memorial Day holiday, so you have an extra day to win!






Monday, May 15, 2017

Let's Get Quilting - Gemstone Batiks (Purple color story) 13 pc bundle



These Gemstone Batiks are magical and marvelous in their coloration and designs. Here are some of the designs close-up and HERE is the full collection!



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Let's Get Quilting - Ric Rac Paddywack, a Kim Diehl Flannel line



Sweet flannel designs in gender neutral colors - all designed by everyone's favorite designer, Kim Diehl. These baby styles are wonderful in tandem with her book written with Pat Wys on super cute baby projects called  "Baby Bliss: Adorable Gifts, Quilts, and Wearables for Wee Ones."


Here is the Ric Rac Paddywack collection that will be in your pre-cut set of strips and 10" squares. 



This is a two week giveaway period so get in on this contest for the Ric Rac Paddywack Flannel Pre-cut Set.


Monday, May 1, 2017

Desire to Inspire April Challenger has done it!!




Denise Losczyk, April's Challenger
Denise Losczyk accepted our April Desire to Inspire Challenge with Barbara Jones of QuiltSoup's collection, "Are We There Yet?" And here is her fantastic results! Be sure to comment below the blog to celebrate this accomplishment! 



"Are We There Yet?" fabric
My husband Ron and I recently moved to Camp Verde, Arizona. It is a very friendly town officially located in the geographic center of the state. It is known for its many pecan trees, annual Pecan and Wine Festival, and for its annual Fort Verde Days celebration which is held at the Fort Verde State Park, located in Camp Verde.

We enjoy walking, gardening, observing nature, and tending to our new orchard and pecan tree. Ron is the main gardener, and I am his assistant. I loved gathering our first pecans from our tree this past fall. They have become a staple in our diet! Our new home is in a nice location, it is semirural, we have the benefits of walking in a small town, and having our own mini farm (no animals though!). We are enjoying our new life on our one acre lot that is irrigated, which is unusual in a high desert environment.

With our new home came my beautiful studio space. It has a walk in supply closet, and plenty of natural light. Working on this quilt was a great way to begin creating in the new studio.
Denise starts getting creative! 
Quilting has become my main art form. I made my first quilt top at age sixteen, from lessons from my Grandma Hazel Bell, while visiting on her Iowa farm one summer. She taught my cousin Jean and me how to quilt. I made a nine-patch quilt using gingham and floral scraps left over from sewing clothes. We made cardboard templates for cutting out the squares, drawing around each template with a pencil. This was before rotary cutters were widely used. Some blocks were stitched by hand and some by machine. The quilt is unfinished, as I wasn’t sure about my color choices at the time. I may have to go back and complete it one day!
Finished full quilt
I’ve always had the need to be creating and making something. As a youth I took art classes, and later went on to study in college and received a BFA and MFA in Art.  I created in many different media, including photography, video, audio, drawing, and photo silkscreen, but I’ve always been drawn back to the textile arts. I believe it is because I’ve been surrounded by textile creations, quilts, crochet, embroidery and tatting all my life.  I love incorporating many of the skills I’ve learned in other media in fiber art. I consider myself an art quilter, though I believe all quilts are art, especially when we create our own designs and manifest them in fabric, utilizing the incredible art of fabric designers.
Close up of quilting
I love designing my own quilts using my imagination and incorporating traditional quilt blocks. One of my favorite design tools is the EQ7 Quilt program. My favorite techniques are using piecing and applique together and embellishing with embroidery, beading, needle-felting, and tatting.  There is always a new technique to learn and explore. I love entering quilt challenges and shows, fabric challenges are fun, because the fabric inspires the quilt design. Many of my quilting skills were acquired from reading books and watching quilt videos. 


Also, much can be learned just from experimenting with fabric. I learned quite a bit from watching videos on www.QNNTV.com and I am a member of an online site: www.thequiltshow.com. I also belong to SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) www.saqa.com.

Another close-up of the quilting
 After arriving in Camp Verde in September of last year, I entered a quilt in the 2016 Camp Verde Quilt Show, which was on display in conjunction with the annual Fort Verde Days celebration in October. The Camp Verde Quilt Show is held every two years. It is a non-juried show and is open to all quilters in the area. We were invited to meet with the Quilt Show Planning Committee and Ron and I helped with setting up the show. It was a wonderful welcome to our new town and a great way to make new friends. We have meetings monthly to share ideas for the show, visit and share projects we are working on. I shared my “Are We There Yet” work in progress with them earlier this month and they loved the fabric!
Reversible Mug Rug # 1 
Reversible Mug Rug #2

I feel like I’ve discovered a pot of gold in Camp Verde.  I’ve met many more quilters here in this small town than while living for several years in a large city, or even in my hometown in Iowa. People are very warm and welcoming here.

More of my creations can be viewed on the gallery page on my blog at: www.dbl-art-design.com. Also, please visit my Facebook page at Denise.Losczyk, and my Instagram page @dblosczyk, for art work, and views from our daily life.
You can find out more about Camp Verde by visiting www.visitCampVerde.com.

Thank you for the fun experience of being the April Desire to Inspire Challenger! I hope my creations have inspired you!


Denise Losczyk

Friday, April 28, 2017

Are you the next Desire to Inspire Challenger?? Looking for someone who loves Christmas!



It's time to get started on Christmas projects! Here is your jump start with this month's Desire to Inspire Challenge. We are looking for someone who LOVES Christmas, and Jolly Ole' St. Nick in particular. We want a challenger who will take these fabrics and make something great in a month! 


Are you inspired? We want you to put your name in the hat for this month's challenge! Comment on this blog post or email vanessa@jaftex.com

PLEASE REPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! We will pick someone on Wednesday, May 3, 2017.  


This is how it goes: 
1. YOU sign up below with your email or blog name to this post, 
or email your information* to vanessa@jaftex.com 
2. WE pick a winner. 
3. YOU send us your address.
4. WE send you the "Jolly Ole' St. Nick" fabrics shown above.
5. YOU make something AWESOME during the month of May, with 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 comment with your blog posts, or pictures of projects you have completed. 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. 

Monday, April 24, 2017



"Fangtastic" features fun and whimsical Halloween motifs in bright colors with glow in the dark accents. There are 15 SKUs, which include a 24" panel showcasing a vampire on his way to visit a haunted mansion, The other patterns featured in this collection are black cats, bats, grave stones, dancing skeletons, spiders, pumpkins, a large stripe and dots all containing touches of glow in the dark. Perfect for all of your fun Halloween projects.

Click on the collection picture to see the website page.






Let's Get Quilting! Fangtastic 8 pc bundle by First Blush Studio

Friday, April 21, 2017

Designer Spotlight: Heather Mulder Peterson, author, pattern designer, fabric designer and mother.

In the rural area of Willmar, Minnesota is a busy mother, who is also a designer, author, entrepreneur, and wife. Meet Heather Mulder Peterson, who is many things, but primarily she is mother to two boys, ages 2 and 4, who are in and of themselves a handful. Part angels and part mischief-makers, these two hold court for Heather’s attention, though on the day we got to have a conversation, they were at pre-school for part of the day, so mom could focus on work.



And work she does! Heather is just putting the finishing touches on her 30th book so that she can launch it at International Quilt Market in St. Louis next month. 
Cover of her new book, "The Joyful Stitcher" 

Thirty books! Heather says she just picks a topic that she is interested in, such as appliques, large scale fabrics, projects for pre-cuts, table runners, kid’s projects, pillow shams or whatever unique technique she would like to discover in an in-depth manner. Her process of learning is to do it and document, then share it. She has essentially created a whole library of what has peaked her interest, learned in-depth and documented to share with the rest of the world.
This has been a longer road to arrive at fabric designer than one might think, since she started quilting at just 19 (she learned to sew at 6). She calls herself one of the few kids that spent their college years quilting. Within a year of beginning to quilt, she started designing her own patterns. Her foray into entrepreneurship started soon after that. Anka’sTreasures was born. 

One of her latest books, this one on table runner patterns


In the beginning, she did pattern design as well as quilting for other people to keep her business afloat. Eventually the pattern business grew and quilting for others receded. She went to quilt market with her patterns and books, and 4 or 5 markets after that is when Henry Glass found her and asked her to design fabric.

With the idea of fabric design on the table, yet another interest of Heather’s was peaked. She had taken art classes in college, was always painting and doodling, but here was a new opportunity to challenge herself. So, she did. Her first collection was a brown work style, with very traditional colors and designs. Gradually her design style has shifted. When her sons came along she developed her first children’s novelty line called Here Fishy, Fishy. Her style has brightened up and prefers bold, trendy and bright palettes.

"Big Splash", Heather's latest collection, just released in last month will ship in November

Her latest collection, that was released in March and ships in November is called “Big Splash” and is a clever bold color selection of blue, green, yellow, orange and red with gray as the neutral. It features a signature chevron, which Heather likes to use for another of her sewing interests – Stars. Which are featured in her Starstuck booklet.

The chevron print from Big Splash shows up nicely with the star technique from her booklet, Starstuck

Before our interview was over, a central question remained. Where did the name of her business, Anka’s Treasures come from? The woman named Anka was Heather’s Great Grandmother. Heather’s mother’s father was killed while their family was still young. Grandma Anka stepped in and helped raise Heather’s mother and taught her how to make patterns out of feed sacks to make clothing and decorative sewing for the home. This was the same environment that Heather grew up in, with the philosophy of creating something from an idea just takes pursuing it until you make it work. The concept that you can start with essentially nothing and give an idea life is part of Anka's legacy today in the company today. It's the idea of pursuing lots of hard work until you make the result you were looking for appear.  Everything that Anka’s Treasures is, is a result of the tenacity of that belief.


Today, Heather and hubby still live in the same area they grew up in. They met 17 years ago at church and eloped to San Francisco. Life for the Peterson’s is both never changing from their firm roots of faith and family and ever-changing by what Heather takes an interest in creating. 




Comment below to say give a warm hello to our fabric designer, Heather Mulder Peterson.


Monday, April 17, 2017

Let's Get Quilting - 7 pc Pretty as a Pansy bundle by Jane Shasky of Jane's Garden




Happy Spring! It's time to plant! Of course Pansies are the colorful flower with the 'faces'. They are lovely for an indoor garden and even more delightful in your outside garden.  In the language of flowers, they are the language of 'thoughts' and did you know they are also edible? So you can decorate your table with a lovely Pretty as a Pansy table runner, and your plate with pretty pansies!


This quilt was made by Mary Furber in our January Desire to Inspire Challenge with the collection