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


Monday, April 10, 2017

Let's Get Quilting - 10 pc bundle of Shop Hop by Bonnie Krebs


Bonnie Krebs is part owner of Art Impressions Rubber Stamp company. They are one of the leading stamp suppliers and Bonnie is the sole designer for their stamps. She is a whimsical artist and has taken that talent and brought the collection "Shop Hop" into the quilting world. 

"Shop Hop" features the antics of fellow quilting fans as they travel to find treasures in quilt shops. You can see their antics in this lead design here:


The whole collection is filled with fun, and this 10 pc. bundle will surely be one you will have some fun with too! 



Let's Get Quilting - Shop Hop by Bonnie Krebs - 10 pc bundle

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Special Announcement: Henry Glass Designers Leanne and Kaytlyn Anderson to present at Missouri Star Academy




Missouri Star Academy is a first of its kind!

Fabric designers, pattern designers, and a magical two-days of learning and fun are slated for May 23-24 in Hamilton, MO. Henry Glass designers, Leanne and Kaytlyn Anderson, a talented mother-daughter team have been invited to be presenters at the event. 

The event price is $50 for one day and $75 for two. There are a multitude of presenters, plus demos, trunk shows of visiting vendors and designers. Participants will be gifted with an event T-Shirt, boxed lunch, water bottle and snack with an event tote bag. 

Here is Leanne Anderson's introduction to her presentation: 

"Fusible Appliqué the Caboodle Way"

Kaytlyn and I are so excited to share our latest fabric collections that we have created for Henry Glass Fabrics.  No Fowl Play’, ‘Glad Tidings’ and ‘To Be or Not to Be’ are the collections we will be sharing.  Learn the inspiration behind the design process and how we go about creating a new collection.  We will be showing quick easy techniques in putting together your appliqués, as well as tips in finishing projects.  We will also be sharing ideas of how to create your own gift packaging using fusible appliqués plus make-and-take projects that will be super simple.


Introducing the Whole Country Caboodle:
The Mother - Daughter Team of Leanne and Kaytlyn Anderson

The Mother-Daughter team from The Whole Country Caboodle loves creating whimsical lines of fabric for Henry Glass Fabrics, making sure that every collection has a story or message to tell.  It’s their hope that their collections either inspires or makes someone happy. They love designing with children in mind.  The business is located in Nashua, Iowa, where the design studio is nestled out in the country overlooking the beautiful Cedar Lake. Leanne has been designing patterns, kits and fabric for  25 years, the past 10 years with Henry Glass Fabrics. Kaytlyn joined Leanne in the business after graduating from college in 2010, bringing her talent of graphic design to the team.  While Leanne still hand draws many of her characters, Kaytlyn brings them to life with her skills at the computer. Kaytlyn is the force behind the website, creating and designing promotional materials, pattern fronts and anything else needed for The Whole Country Caboodle.  They both give God the credit for their abilities and are so grateful for what they get to do.  When not designing, they love spending time with family and friends.



 
Kaytlyn Anderson and her mother, Leanne




Monday, April 3, 2017

Desire to Inspire Challenge has been accepted for April - Meet Denise Losczyk



Meet Denise Losczyk - The Challenger for the April edition of Desire to Inspire. 
The fabric is on it's way to her, and we can't wait to see what she comes up with. You can follow her on Instagram at @dblosczyk, or on her Facebook page

Stay tuned at the end of the month when her projects are revealed! 

Denise Losczyk - April's Desire to Inspire Challenger



Let's Get Quilting! Knit Happy 9-pc bundle for your own challenge!


The March Desire to Inspire Challenge is over. Did you see all the awesome projects?  Go on over and comment to the post on how well our challenger, Vicki Schlimmer did! This week you have a chance to win a Knit Happy bundle too, and have your own personal little challenge! 

Here is a link to the collection to have some inspiration, and sign in to win below! 


Friday, March 31, 2017

Desire to Inspire March Challenger - Vicki Schlimmer





Hi, I am Vicki Schlimmer! 

We live on 2.5 acres in Southeast Minnesota where we are treated daily to wildlife such as deer, turkeys, raccoons, fox and lots of birds.  The snow has all melted and it is in the ugly stage of brown. But very soon it will be budding green and lush around here. My daffodils and crocus have been peeking up through the ground for the last 4 weeks, I can hardly wait to see their beautiful colors once again.
Fabric arrived! 


My husband and I have one son, one daughter, one daughter-in-law and 2 adorable grandsons.  We love being outdoors from spring through fall camping, kayaking, biking and hiking.
My mom taught me to sew, hand knit, and crochet between 6-8 years old.  Sewing came shortly after that.  I still do it all and then some! I made my first quilt as I was preparing to get my first apartment at 19, it was machine applique dresden plates on a sheet, and tied. I have come a long way!  I like traditional to modern, I prefer regular piecing but have done improv and paper piecing.

Knitting bag for knitting on the go, made from an online tutorial


Knitting bag inside view! 
You can find me almost daily in my sewing room or on my longarm.  I just love to make and create!  I have to admit that I almost gave up sewing after taking HomeEc.  I wanted to do things my way and got discouraged with the teachers way! I quit for a few years and then got back into it, I’m so glad I kept on. I made each of my kids a baby quilt, and made lots of their clothes while they were toddlers and early grade school years, also made quite a bit for myself.  I no longer enjoy garment making except for a few quilted jackets for myself and doll clothes.

I bought my longarm 14 years ago and traded up a few times to get my Nolting Funquilter. I do craft shows where I sell my quilted items, along with doll clothes, machine knit sweaters for kids, and tons of snowmen. I was a stay at home mom and now stay at home wife.   Two years ago I ventured forth in designing patterns which I sell on Craftsy.  You can find my patterns here: https://www.craftsy.com/profile/vicki-s-crafts-and-quilting

A Sew Together bag, for knitting supplies of all kinds

Inside of bag with all the compartments

Thirty one years ago I bought my first knitting machine and have never looked back, a great investment. I can knit a child’s sweater in a matter of a few hours rather than weeks or months!  I own 5 knitting machines now.  But I do hand knit once in a while because I like to have something in my hands as I am watching TV with my hubby.  I love to stamp, scrapbook, bead, and crochet.  Painting was always something I wanted to do, but I guess the gene skipped right on by as I just could never catch on to that. So I will just admire other’s works.

A fabric basket for knitting machine parts from an online tutorial.
A sturdy fabric basket with cardboard side for knitting projects in process, another online tutorial.

I blog at http://knitbug2.blogspot.com/ where I love to share projects I am working on.    I am in my second year as an Island Batik Ambassador.  I would love for you to stop by and say Hi!


Thank you, Henry Glass, for allowing me to be the Desire to Inspire challenger for March!! It was ‘sew much’ fun!

Made a window topper with some of the fabric! 



Vicki in MN
Nolting Funquilterwww.knitbug2.blogspot.comwww.craftsy.com/user/579344/pattern-store