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.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Let's Get Quilting - Bungle Jungle Bundle by designer Dana Brooks




Here is a perfect jungle theme with a gender neutral palette. Beige, orange, green and aqua. This can be a wonderful modern nursery in the making with this bundle. This collection is shipping into quilt shops now! So you can get your own Bungle Jungle now! Take a look at these prints! 






Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Let's Get Quilting - Berries and Blossoms




This week's "Let's Get Quilting" giveaway is Berries and Blossoms,  a favorite collection for fans of Janet Rae Nesbitt of One Sister Designs. Rich red berries and tones of vanilla cream mix and match to create a soft and sophisticated palette. This collection’s prints have a sweet essence, as warm and inviting as a berry cobbler on a cool spring day.You will be drawn in for hours of quilting pleasure. The designs in the collection are textural layered tones colored in different hues and values that seem to float across the fabric. 
The winner this week will also receive a bundle of Linen Closet Basics to go along with the Berries & Blossoms bundle. 






Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Let's Get Quilting - Just Beachy Bundle Giveaway




Dreaming of the beach? Oh yeah! Forget about the snow, and comment below to win some views of the beach in this fun fabric collection called "Just Beachy" by First Blush Studio. 

Here is a peek at the all the patterns in the collection. 



Monday, March 5, 2018

Let's Get Quilting - Plain and Simple by Color Principle


Take a trip to Middle America, where people are proud of their heritage and have great respect for their land. Farms across the agricultural wealth of the area celebrate their roots. These are proud, yet humble communities that gather together when trouble strikes and know how to appreciate when all is well. The pace is just a shade slower, but the experience is much richer. Color Principle presents “Plain and Simple” as a tribute to this simpler life. There are several unique pieces in the collection. If a big, bold banner style quilt is your cup of tea, enter to win this week's bundle. 




Thursday, March 1, 2018

Looking for the March Desire to Inspire Challenger - who loves Dogs and Suds?



Who loves dogs?? Here is a collection just for you! "Dogs and Suds" by Shelly Comiskey will be shipping to quilt shops during March, and you could get it first! 

Our Desire to Inspire Challenge is very simple. We send you fabric, and you have a whole month to make cute projects (that you get to keep). How cool is this? 

So this month is your chance to have some fun! Even if you have put your name in the hat before - it may be your lucky turn! 

Here is a link to the Dog and Suds Collection and the fabrics are also shown below:




1. Put your name in the hat by sending an email to vanessa@jaftex.com or comment on this blog post (please be sure we have an email address, if you do).

2. We pick a winner and send out fabric FedEx.

3. You sew cute projects in March, and send us your project pictures and a little bio about yourself by the end of the month.  




Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Desire to Inspire - February Challenger Cheryl Hammond does Rodeo Roundup in a Wonderful Way!




Meet Cheryl Hammond from Copperas Cove, Texas, which is just north of Austin in Central Texas. We knew it would have to be a gal from Texas who would love the Rodeo Roundup Collection designed by Beth Logan. 

Cheryl has completed the challenge and done a fantastic job of using all the fabrics, and making some wonderful things. 

Here is her story and her work on this month's Desire to Inspire challenge:

February Desire to Inspire Challenger - Cheryl Hammond




After spending the better part of my adult life living in the Texas desert, we are now enjoying our early retirement in the Hill Country of Central Texas. The best part of this new journey is indulging my passion of rescuing discarded furniture, refinishing & re-purposing them, gardening, long walks with our pups, and reading all the books now that time is my friend.

I like to call myself the Number One Zoo keeper with our ever-growing number of animals. Even our box turtles are having babies. Every spring when they make their appearance in the turtle garden, we see new friends.

My Mother-in-Law gets all the credit for my quilting passion. She gifted us with a quilt, and I was so intrigued by the whole process that I bought a sewing machine & took my first quilting class. From the very first stitch, I was hooked. I love everything about quilting — choosing fabrics (and collecting them), the design & quilting. My husband bought me a sit down longarm when we retired, so I’m now embarking on a machine quilting adventure. It’s a perfect fit with my passion for quilts.

Two Table Runners






Bowls


Hot pads
Placemats




Table Runner Closeup



The roundup of Rodeo Roundup Projects





Monday, February 26, 2018

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


The best 'go to' quilting color in the world is this lovely warm neutral from our collection called Linen Closet by Janet Rae Nesbitt. This collection is the perfect fit to blend with any of her collections. Check them all out: Autumn Song, Believe, Berries & Blossoms, My Back Porch, Shadows and Sunshine, and her latest release which includes a new sew-along called One Crazy Sister Club is Itty Bitty Crazy.

This week's giveaway has two winners, each one will get one of these bundles, from this soft and wonderful group.



Monday, February 19, 2018

Let's Get Quilting - Folio Basics Bundle!



Folio Basics are the lifeblood of any stash! Here is a picture of the beautiful Folio Basic up close:



And the gorgeous color family that we offer for the Folio Basics Collection. See them all online here.



Now you can when a bundle for your very own!



Monday, February 12, 2018

Let's Get Quilting - To The Zoo by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched Studios


Fresh from our favorite continent, the land of crocs and sunshine, and fabulous design sensibilities of Anni Downs from the famous Hatched and Patched Studios, is To The Zoo. This week's giveaway contest bundle has a fresh color palette with small ditzies that will make you swoon. Comment on the blog, or come over to our Facebook page and share with a friend to enter.






Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Let's Get Quilting - 7 pc Botanic Blooms by Color Principle





Time to think about what is going to start blooming under these gray skies! Look no further than these beautiful blooms from the Botanic Bloom collection. The winner will get a 7 piece bundle with a sampling of these prints below. You can be a winner too, and shop for the Botanic Bloom collection this month at your favorite quilt shop.