Monday, November 13, 2017

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



Be the first on your block to have this beautiful collection called of Twilight Garden by Mary Jane Carey of Holly Hill Quilt Designs. This collection ships into quilt shops this month!  Here is the whole group! Isn't it lovely?

Enter to win this week's prize for 7 pcs from this group!





Let's Get Quilting - 6 pc. bundle Twilight Garden by Mary Jane Carey of Holly Hill Quilt Designs

Friday, November 10, 2017

Schoolhouses with Leanne Anderson and Stacy West

Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin discusses her New Fabric Collections from Henry Glass






Leanne Anderson of The Whole Country Caboodle on Simple & Quick Cute Critters in Packaging and Product



Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Let's Get Quilting - 6 pc. Woodland Flannel Bundle by Jan Shade Beach



Time to start getting cozy! This giveaway is just right for that! The Woodland Retreat 2-ply flannel is in stores now, and people are making some pretty great lap top projects with these designs. Do you want to make something warm and cozy too?

Get in on this giveaway. It's simple this week, just comment on the blog. That's it!




Here is a look at the Full Collection - only 6 pieces are included in the prize bundle this week. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

November Desire to Inspire is looking for a November Challenger!



Who loves farm life? And chickens? And adorable chicken coops? This collection is for you!
If you are selected to be the Desire to Inspire challenger for the month of November you will have this fabric before ANYONE in the USA has it! That's right, this collection doesn't ship until December, but you can have it first, and make whatever you want with it! You only need to have it ready for photos by the end of November! 

Here are the rules for Desire to Inspire. Pretty easy, actually.
1. Put your name in the hat by sending an email to vanessa@jaftex.com. Be sure to include a photo or two of your latest or greatest projects, just so we know you are for real and can do this.

2. We pick a winner and send out fabric FedEx so you can start on your quest as soon as possible. 

3. You sew in a flurry and frenzy all through November, and send us your project pictures and a little bio about yourself by November 30. Plus you keep everything you made!

Okay? Whose in? Or who loves chickens? 

Send your emails now. Go.
vanessa@jaftex.com


Here is the whole collection, you will receive several pieces from the line. 



October Desire to Inspire Challenger - Barbara Esposito is clearly inspired!


Meet Barbara Esposito, sewing friend of all the Jaftex companies. She shares projects often on Instagram and Facebook with our fabrics. In fact, one of our sales reps has been using Barbara's projects to show shops what great things you can make with our cute designs. For this month's challenge Barbara had "Hop To It!"  collection designed by Shelly Comiskey, and ships into shops in November.  Here is her story. Be sure to comment at the end and let her know how awesome her projects are, and how marvelous her photographer hubby is too! 


Hello!  My name is Barbara Esposito.  You can find me on Instagram @thequiltedb. 

This is Stitch and Snip and the day the fabric arrived for the Desire to Inspire challenge. 



I live in Southwestern Connecticut with my husband Joe (my camera guy, color consultant, and best friend), and my two cats, Roscoe and T-bone.  I love the fall in New England – my absolute favorite time of year.  When I am not sewing, you can find me baking or biking with Joe.  We love to ride to the beach.  When we take the “long way around” we stop for ice cream – Joe calls that striving for equilibrium.  We also love finding new Rails to Trails routes around Connecticut and New England.

I have been quilting and sewing for more than 15 years.  I was not born to sew!  

My mother was a very accomplished seamstress.  I tried to learn from her.  Really, I did.  But every time I went near her machine things got all knotted up.  No matter how hard I tried.  My last clear memory of an attempt to sew with her machine went something like this:
Mom: Where are you going with those pants?
Me:  To your sewing room.  They’re too long and I need to hem them.
Mom:  Oh no you’re not!  Just give them to me and NEVER step into my sewing room again!

OK, maybe not quite so melodramatic, but I was not of the sewing ilk.


Then in the mid 70’s (yes, I am that old!) my sister Nancy asked me if I wanted to learn to quilt.  Remember that the rotary cutter and quilting rulers were not available until 1979.  Nancy did lot of hand piecing.  And she used cardboard templates to cut up her fabric.  “Cut up the fabric and then sew it back together again??  That’s a bit insane, don’t you think?” I said.  Nancy rolled her eyes and never brought it up again.

Fast forward to early 2002 and a Pastor’s wife inviting me to join the ladies’ quilting group.  I had some friends in that group.  “I don’t want to cut up all those little pieces and sew them back together again!” I said.  “It’s easy.  There are fancy cutters and rulers that make it fast.” they said.  “And we have snacks after sewing!”  “Snacks??  OK it can’t be all bad” I thought.

I was hooked after my first meeting.  I will confess that it took me over four hours in the fabric store to pick out my fabric.  A friend with the patience of a saint was with me and the only reason we left after 4 hours was because she had to pick her kids up from school and threatened to leave me there.  “Eight coordinating Fat Quarters” meant to me that they all had to be the same color with no other colors mixed in.  They could be different patterns, but only blue and white could be in the fabric.

I am happy to report that things have changed and I have progressed.  Sometimes I even get all crazy and put stripes and polka dots in the same quilt!  Color is still my weak suit, and I am thankful to have Joe and my sister Nancy to use as my color consultants.  Sometimes I even drag my neighbor Lindsay into the mess.  I am of late, more apt to look to fabric collections to save some myself angst.  That is one reason I loved working with these Hop To It fabrics.  Henry Glass Co sent them and said, “Here…create!”  I knew the fabrics belonged together.  OK…I did still need to check in with my color consultants about placement and whatnot, but most of the color work was already figured out for me!


I love to teach beginners to sew and quilt.  Corny as it sounds, I really do have a Desire to Inspire.  It is so much fun to see a beginner’s reaction when they realize they can actually make something with their own hands.  They come to the sewing table with no pre-conceived notions about can and can’t.  They trust that you will show them and that they will do it.  Teaching beginners is one reason I love simple quilt patterns.  Don’t get me wrong.  There is a place in my repertoire for complicated.  I love to foundation paper piece.  I am addicted to English Paper Piecing.  I just pattern tested a quilt pattern for a designer that almost killed me because I decided to make it scrappy, but I loved the challenge.  Sometimes, though, simple is good.  Like when you have FOUR baby quilts due for December babies!  Yes, that’s December 2017.  Simple can be a good opportunity to play with pattern or color.



The pattern I used for this challenge quilt is a freebie from Wood Valley Designs (woodvalleydesigns.com).  It is called, simply, “Picture Frame” and is one of their “Three Yard Pattern” designs.  With the simple patterns, beginners get a real sense of accomplishment and are not afraid to move on to more complex things.

So often I see quilters who compare their work to what they see on the latest blog, or You Tube channel and are discouraged because their project isn’t “perfect”.  “Look!  My seams don’t match up!”  “I can’t quilt it like she did!” or worse, “I’m afraid to try that _______ (new technique, pattern, style – insert what scares you) because I can’t do it as well as her or him.”  Let it be known that I am making it my personal mission to dispel the myth that only perfect is good!  I would love to share a crazy little story with you if you can hang on a minute or two longer.


My sister Nancy was having a conversation with a woman with whom she works.  They were talking about me (crazy, right?) and Nancy mentioned that we quilt together (she’s a good sister – she forgave my teenage snub from back in the 70’s).  It came up in conversation that I lived on Block Island in RI when I was younger and have a friend who owns several shops on the Island.  She told her co-worker that I had sold some quilts in my friend’s shop over the years.  Here is the crazy part:  Her co-worker has a 12 year old daughter.  The daughter received a quilt from a relative when she was born.  The quilt was purchased on Block Island in Rhode Island.  Can you see where this is going?


My sister asked for a picture of the quilt.  As she was telling me this story she said, “I don’t think it’s one of your quilts.  It is not your style at all.”  She showed me the picture, and can you guess?  It was one of my quilts.  At first I wanted to say, “Nope…you’re right…it’s not one of mine!”  It was not exactly one of my finest let me tell you! But then it hit me.  Someone thought my quilt was beautiful enough to buy for a new baby.  Someone was grateful for the friend who bought that quilt.  And someone loved it enough to keep it on her bed for twelve years!


Here’s the point:  Sew what you love from a heart of love, and love what you sew.  Finished and cherished is so much better than perfect.  Seriously.  It is. 


In closing, I would like to tell you all that I consider myself blessed to be offered this Challenge.  It is an honor to be allowed to share with you and I thank Henry Glass Co for this opportunity!

Now Hop To It and go sew up some love!  And be sure to tag me @thequiltedb because I really would love to see what you create!

Barbara Esposito


Monday, October 23, 2017

Let's get Quilting - 6 pc bundle of Let's Build by Nidhi Wadhwa


Let's Build by Nidhi Wadhwa arrives in quilt shops this month, and is the fourth collection by Nidhi Wadhwa of Blue Fish Designs. This fabric collection features bright and animated construction vehicles perfect for boys. There is a 36" panel showcasing these fun-loving vehicles at a construction site. Other patterns included in this 16 SKU collection are buildings, mini construction vehicles, tools, construction signs, bricks, a stripe and large trucks. There is even a large block print featuring the vehicles. The blocks measure approximately 10" x 10" and can be used for quilt projects or pillow cases.





Monday, October 16, 2017

Let's Get Quilting - 6 pc bundle of Linen Closet by Janet Nesbitt of One Sister Designs


"Linen Closet" is a basic here at Henry Glass & Co., Inc. because this is one of those collections that you SIMPLY MUST HAVE in your stash. Everyone needs a neutral now and then, and this collection from Janet Rae Nesbitt is the one to get. "Linen Closet" is in stores now and will be for the near future. Make sure you stop in and get yours, or sign up for a chance at this weeks giveaway to win a 6- pc bundle.


Let's Get Quilting - 6-pc bundle of Linen Closet by Janet Rae Nesbitt of One Sister Designs