Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Let's Get Quilting! 9 pc bundle of 'Shop Hop' designed by Bonnie Krebs



Let the Shop Hop begin! Adorable cartoon quilter ladies in all manner of shopping, stitching and cutting up in a fun panel and tossed prints. There are added tonal elements of the quilting trade with spools of thread, tossed hearts, swatches, needles, pins, thimbles, and a few favorite ditzies with small florals. Everything quilters love. You will love making just the right gift for your quilter friends who 'get' you. Shop Hop is in quilt stores now! 




Let's Get Quilting - Shop Hop 9 pc bundle by Bonnie Krebs

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Henry Glass Cares - Our Donation Has Reached Around the World





On February 13th, some very special girls in Uganda received the "Jesus Loves Me" pillowcases that these lovely "Sewing Angels"  made just for them with fabric donated by Henry Glass. These gals from the Bloomingdale, Ohio area get together regularly at the Eastern Gateway Community College in Steubenville, and will do so again in the near future to make even more pillowcases! They have made over 7500 pillowcases to serve a need around the world. The Sewing Angels are lead by Mary J. Albaugh of Amazing Grace Pillowcase (AGPillowcase).


If your group has used some Henry Glass donated fabric for community or international pillowcases or gifts, please let us know!

Here below is their story: 

"Jesus planted a seed near so it could spread far!" 


You just do NOT change God's story! 


Terra and I , two women that started two local non-profits, ours AGPillowcase and her's www.91four.org met at Two Ridge Presbyterian Church as they were having their mission day.  We talked for a while and then Terra told me her story about her girls in Uganda, they had beds, mattresses, sheets, pillows and that is when Tom and I both stopped her and asked "what about special pillowcases?" She said "no". Well need I say more? 


Special Pillowcases



Terra told me that they have been learning about the real meaning of Christ, and said "what about a pillowcase that says " Jesus Loves Me embroidered on them? We said "Yes we can do that!" Without even knowing how and where we were going to do this! God had it all planned out! I came home called a sewing angel and it was going to be quite an undertaking to embroider all of them, so she said "What about a fabric manufacture  that would have "Jesus Loves Me" fabric?"


Jesus Loves Me Fabric 

I immediately googled "Jesus Loves Me" 
fabric and low and behold I find www.henryglassfabrics.com from New York, which has their own line of "Jesus Loves Me" fabric! I thought  "what do I have to lose?" 

I picked up the phone and I talked to an amazing women named Karen and I told her the whole story and with  NO questions asked she said "We will send you 3 bolts of this fabric and we would like to do a national story on this! WOW!

Delivery to Uganda 

I was in tears then and I am in tears now! So here we go I am handing over the completed pillowcases to Terra! As we speak they are on their way to their destination for very deserving girls! Yes, there is going to be a local story in our paper and a national story by the fabric manufacture, but that is not the highlight of this story! 

Jesus loves us all!

As I have said so many times, when women bond amazing things happen and no gift is too small! We at AGPillowcase truly believe that it is 'NOT just a Pillowcase, it is a ACT of LOVE and a SYMBOL of HOPE' and in this case Jesus's Love!


                    


Pictured below is Terra Rogers of  www.91four.org and Mary J. Albaugh of Amazing Grace Pillowcases. 


And here are the delightful faces of the recipients of the Jesus Loves Me pillowcases in Uganda's capital city of Kampala.  






The 91four mission is to provide refuge, hope and empowerment for at-risk adolescent girls who would otherwise be living in the slums and streets of the capital. The charity houses 25 girls and provides them with vocational training. 




We are very happy to see this "Jesus Loves Me" fabric serve these girls so well and with such love from the women who made these pillowcases for the girls. 


Monday, February 13, 2017

Let's Get Quilting - 13 pc. McAnderson's Farm bundle


The Whole Country Caboodle is the design family behind this collection. We interviewed Leanne Anderson last year on this blog. It truly is a family operation.  In this collection she has put the farm yard in focus with "McAnderson's Farm" and all it's crazy characters. This bundle includes the Book Panel and the Barn Panel.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Kim Diehl's new book written with Jo Morton from Martingale


Proves the point; We get by with a little help from our friends. This new book "Simple Friendships" is a collaboration between Kim Diehl and Jo Morton. It's hard to imagine authors Kim Diehl and Jo Morton could get any better--until they joined forces to share their signature looks.





Enjoy stitching this creative blend of 14 spectacular quilts, all created from classic blocks.
  • Discover fun ways to exchange blocks with friends or make a scrappy mix yourself
  • Enjoy a wide variety of small- to medium-sized quilts, ranging from a table topper to wall hangings and lap quilts
  • Ideal for quilters who love scrappy patchwork style and classic applique




We are doing a giveaway... Here is how you can enter:

Kim Diehl and Jo Morton Book "Simple Friendships" and a bundle of Katie's Cupboard fat quarters


But if that's not enough... you can enter the giveaway AGAIN... over here on the Martingale blog. You can read an awesome interview with Kim and Jo about the book. Be sure to visit!


Monday, February 6, 2017

Desire to Inspire February Challenger - Meet Angie Ligon


Meet Angie Ligon, by day she lives in a world full of fabric, and in her spare time loves to design quilts. She sent us an email that had EXCLAMATION points about how she loves all things from Anni Downs and Hatched and Patched Studios. How could we let this fabric fan be disappointed? 

So, please meet and encourage Angie, as she takes off and has a fun full month of February with these fabrics. 


Let's Get Quilting with Peaceful Garden by Mary Jane Carey of Holly Hill Quilt Designs



“Peaceful Garden” by Mary Jane Carey of Holly Hill Quilt Designs Peaceful Garden is a collection of romantic florals and complementary basics. Simple basics such as an astilbe fern and a delicate paisley balance these graceful blooms. The designs and hues are depicted in a delicate palette reminiscent of an era when life was more peaceful. Tones of color more sophisticated and muted portrayed in hues such as cream, blush, sage and sky blue create a serene setting.  

Let's Get Quilting - Peaceful Garden by Mary Jane Carey of Holly Hill Designs

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Desire to Inspire January's Pretty as a Pansy Project by Mary Fuber




Meet Mary Fuber. She had a bit of tripping up in the January challenge. She fell over her cat, and couldn't ever work on her challenge for several days. So when she says she is happy to be here... she really means it. 

Here is our January Challenger, Mary Furber


I’m very happy to be here today. To introduce myself my name is Mary Furber, and I live in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. 

Mary Fuber

I live in a very old town, settled 1620, so there is a lot of history around. My home was built in 1900, so not too old in comparison. The oldest house in town is from 1664, the Jackson House. It is one of several historic properties to visit in Portsmouth. There is also an historic village named Strawbery Banke, with multiple buildings, shops and educational programs. Portsmouth is a great place to live and an interesting place to visit.

I grew up in New Milford, Connecticut, in a family that sewed. My mother and grandmother were both quilters. I can remember making doll clothes for my sister and I when I was about 6. Mom showed me how to use the old black Singer she had when I was 8 or so. 

My grandfather had worked for one of the last fabric mills in Connecticut. He would bring home misprints and bolt ends so I had access to a large collection of cotton prints and solids. I made a lot of my clothes through high school and into college. I started to quilt during college when home for a holiday. Bored, I asked my grandmother to show me how to piece. This was in the mid-seventies before rotary cutters. She showed me how to make cardboard templates and trace pieces. 


Hand piecing and quilting didn’t thrill me, so after a couple pillows I went back to clothing.

Fast forward 20 years to 2000. 

I wandered into a quilt shop while waiting to pick up a cat at the vet. I signed up for a simple lap quilt class and never looked back. 

I was still sewing on the White machine I bought when I graduated college in 1980. Before long I upgraded my machine and started to build a stash. 

I opened a quilt shop in 2004 with cotton and wool. I ran Thimbleberries Club from 2004 to 2011. 

In addition to quilts we also made penny rugs. I closed in 2011 due to health issues. 

My quilting dropped off for a few years and then I lost my husband. 

Now I am sewing, designing and blogging full time. I love to piece, and try to every day. I’ve been challenging myself to improve my accuracy! 

I am also running a block of the week based on Ruby Short McKim’s 101 Patchwork Patterns on my blog. Visit me at www.SeacoastQuilter.net.