Friday, June 8, 2018

Meet the June Challenger for Desire to Inspire: Wendy Andreason

Meet Wendy Andreason who has been selected for the Desire to Inspire Challenge for June. 


She will be sewing up "Sweater Weather" fabric, thinking of winter, in southeast Arizona, where days are typically reaching the 115 degrees (in the shade) marker! 

She will be challenged because she JUST now received her fabric, due to being on the west coast. But she says she has had time to figure out EXACTLY what she is going to do with it!

Be sure to visit us on the blog at the end of June to see what she has made with this super cute "Sweater Weather" collection by Shelly Comiskey. 



Wendy Andreason




Thursday, June 7, 2018

Let's Get Quilting - Autumn Album by Color Principle


Time to start sewing for fall?
Autumn Album is available now in your local quilt shop! Or you can enter into this week's contest, and come back EVERY DAY for another entry, up until next Wednesday at Midnight.


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Let's Get Quilting Giveaway - Away in the Manger by Leanne Anderson and The Whole Country Caboodle


Summertime is coming, which means it is time to begin those winter projects, so you will be ready for Christmas! This adorable collection by Leanne Anderson of The Whole Country Caboodle has a fabric storybook, lots of characters and a wonderful palette. All ready for you to start preparing for the holiday season. This collection shipped into your favorite quilt shop in May, so if you don't win this bundle, go get your own from your favorite place!




Let's Get Quilting - Away in the Manger by Leanne Anderson and The Whole Country Caboodle

Desire to Inspire is looking for a Challenger for June! Sweater Weather 2-Ply Flannel by Shelly Comiskey of Simply Shelly Designs



This is how our Desire to Inspire Challenge works...
If you are interested in using this ADORABLE collection of flannel fabrics to sew something (or many somethings) in the month of June, just send an email to vanessa@jaftex.com along with a picture or two of something you have sewn recently. We will pick a winner on FRIDAY, and send you this fabric right away so you can start to work on your projects! 

At the end of the month, we just need your pictures of the project(s) and a bio about yourself to share. 

Ready? Go! 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Desire to Inspire - Farmstead Harvest collection from Kim Diehl with Leigh Ann Thomas

Meet Desire to Inspire Challenger Leigh Ann Thomas


The rug is also made from a Kim Diehl quilt pattern 
My husband and I live in Roanoke, Virginia where we have retired and spend as much time as possible with our daughter, her husband and four grandsons.  The grandsons are super busy with their activities(mostly sports) but each has learned basic sewing skills and how to use a sewing machine. 

Sewing and fiber arts have always been a part of my life.  My grandmother taught us how to sew and for many years I made clothing.  The first quilt was a gift for my mother to go in her primitive/country style home.  That was approximately 25 years ago and from then on I have only made quilts.  During this time I have taken many classes, attended lectures and attended large and small shows learning something from each.

Not only does the creativity and process of quilting give me great joy but has also provided a common interest for myself and my cousin.  We lived too far apart for many years to spend much time together.  After our children were grown and we both retired, quilting gave us something to share.  Now we take classes together, share our stashes, make quilts together and several years ago went to the Houston Quilt Festival.   Additionally we get together for a week twice a year, along with my sister who hooks rugs, for a “cousins” retreat.  An added benefit is that she is a great cook.  So much fun!

It was wonderful to have the opportunity to work with fabric designed by Kim Diehl.  Her style and color palette are my favorites and twice I have had the opportunity to take classes from her.  She was a pleasure to meet and learn from and provided a machine appliqué method that gave the result I wanted. 

This has been an exciting challenge.  Thanks again for the opportunity.







Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Let's Get Quilting - Home for Christmas by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched Studios


Annie Downs is the owner and creative director behind Australia's lovely studio, "Hatched and Patched" in Bathurst, Australia. This Christmas collecton is called Home for Christmas, and has a soft vintage country feel with a touch of whimsy.

The Home for Christmas collection is shipping into quilt shops now. By all means, try your luck here though to win the 20 pcs of this collection. 



Let's Get Quilting - Home for Christmas

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Celebrating Kim Diehl's New Book! "Simple Whatnots, A Batch of Satisfying Scrappy Little Quilts"



For the last 7 seasons many of you have sewn along with the Simple Whatnots Clubs at quilt shops around the country and enjoyed the fellowship of making projects that Kim Diehl has so wonderously and carefully designed.(And in July, Collection 8 will be introduced). Did you miss out on any?

Here is a chance to see some new projects as well as relive the glory of some of the Simple Whatnots Club favorites. Be sure to enter to win our celebration giveaway, or visit Martingale to buy your own copy of her new book "Simple Whatnots, A Batch of Satisfying Scrappy Little Quilts."

We are celebrating the book release along with Kim and having a giveaway contest for a copy of her new book AND a fat-quarter bundle of "Helping Hands" the collection that was featured in Simple Whatnots Club 7.

This contest is for the fans of the Henry Glass blog, to celebrate you too! This particular contest will not be posted on Facebook or Instagram so your chances of winning just got better. You can comment to win, and for an extra point, sign up for our newsletter.

Here is a picture of the 29-pc. fat quarter bundle that will be in the giveaway.
Helping Hands 29 pc, Fat Quarter bundle





Monday, May 7, 2018

Let's Get Quilting - Jan Shade Beach's New Collection is shipping NOW! Frosty Friends 2-ply flannel


Jan Shade Beach loves winter, and snow, and snowmen! This is another offering for her favorite season featuring her favorite characters, snowmen, Santas, reindeer and to top it all off candy canes and ornaments! There are snowflakes, tossed tags for presents and the ever popular hill side swirl stripe with themes for the holiday. 2-ply flannel for cozy warm quilts. 

This collection is SHIPPING NOW! Or sign up below to win your very own 12 pc bundle of soft and fun flannels of Frosty Friends. 







Friday, May 4, 2018

Designer to Inspire Challenger has been selected: Meet lucky winner Leigh Ann Thomas

May Desire to Inspire Challenger Loves Kim Diehl fabrics!


Meet Leigh Ann Thomas: 


My husband of 44 years and I live in Roanoke, Virginia.  We retired here to be near our daughter and her family which includes 4 grandsons.  The quilt behind me is a Kim Diehl pattern and is one of many that I have made.  Thanks again for this opportunity. 


We will check back in at the end of May and see what she has created with the Farmstead Harvest collection! 

Monday, April 30, 2018

Desire to Inspire Challenge for May - Is it you? We need a Kim Diehl fan for this challenge!



Calling all Kim Diehl fans who want to sew in May! This fat quarter bundle will be sent to the lucky challenger who will commit to making a project (or two, or three) and take awesome pictures for this blog by the end of May. 


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). Please send me your email by May 2, and fabric will be sent out May 3. 

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

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


Who is up for this challenge? If you would like to see all the fabrics in the Farmstead Harvest collection - take a peek here. This bundle includes a fat quarter of the entire collection of Farmstead Harvest. 




Desire to Inspire April Challenger Brandy Pettit with her Just Beachy Collection Projects

























The April Challenger - Brandy Pettit - was a little handicapped because she lives in Washington state, and the fabric shipped from New York. 


So she had a few less days to get her project done. But done she did! 



Check out this beautiful quilt and tote using the Just Beachy collection by First Blush Studio. Just Beachy is available now at quilt shops, so we hope this inspires you! 













Meet Brandy and see what she has created for April! Please be sure to comment below on her work! 


Hello!  My name is Brandy Pettit, I am 32 years old and I live in Walla Walla, WA with my husband John and our two cats/quilt inspectors Thomas and Belle.  I am an avid quilter and longarmer, and I also love to bake, cook, travel, crochet, bead, and take pictures.  Walla Walla has long been known for our sweet onions and recently has moved to become a large producer of wine, which makes for some beautiful scenery when driving around the valley.  It has become very popular though, so one of John's and my favorite things to do is drive to my grandma's house in Montana to visit and just enjoy the calming atmosphere of the mountains.  






We also like to hang out on the beach when the rare opportunity arises, asluck would have it that happened just a couple weeks ago!


I fell in love with quilting about six years ago when the overwhelming urge to make a quilt for our bed worked it's way into my head.  I took a beginning class at the local quilt shop and was hooked!  I have since made a great many quilting projects and last year we purchased a longarm from Handi Quilter, an Infinity that I named Altivo (after the white horse in the cartoon movie Road to El Dorado, a white workhorse with a lot of spunk LOL).  
We now have a business called Blue Spool Sewing Room where we offer longarm quilting services.  John has been incredibly supportive of my hobby/business, and kindly runs me around to quilt shops when we travel.  I find it very inspiring getting to visit many different shops and see their samples.  It is so amazing to see what others will do with a pattern or fabric that you may not have thought of, and of course I love to see how they choose to quilt it too.  I also have the pleasure of being an active member of the Walla Walla Valley Quilt Guild where we get to see numerous amazing quilts every month at our meetings and share stories and quilty information at our sew-ins, which I am in charge of.  I feel like I am putting together a small quilting party every couple months and it is so much fun!
I have learned in my time quilting that I am really attracted to brightly colored quilts especially when they are paired with black, and I was beyond excited when the fabric for April was shown to be Just Beachy.  Brightly colored fabric and the beach, what a winning combination!  I knew right away that I wanted a beach quilt and that I wanted to incorporate a star in some way.  I love starfish and sand dollars and have a great childhood memory of getting up at dawn to go along the beach with my family looking for shells and instead coming across about 30 starfish and a handful of sand dollars!  I chose to use black for the star to set off the vibrant fabrics in this collection and just love how the blue dots look like surf against the star pattern.  I made a baby quilt in the past that was octagonal in shape and really loved the look so decided that would work well for this quilt too.
John and I went down to the beach early in the morning to try and capture some nice light and ended up with an awful lot of wind to "help" us out.  We found some neat seaweed-covered logs and a fallen tree that mimicked the star shape in my beach quilt.  We also paused to listen to the waves crashing on the jetty and just enjoyed a quiet morning together.
In the star I quilted ribbon candy to mimic the texture you see on starfish, I did swirly waves in the blue dots, and then a wave/shell pattern in the outer border.  I decided to leave the bright fabrics un-quilted so there is a nice poofy element in the quilt and also I didn't want to take away from the fun designs on them.  And it made sense to me to back this quilt with jean material so I will not have to worry about it getting tossed on rocks or whatever may be on the ground.  My quilt finished about 60"x 60".



The next project I undertook is a swim bag for taking to water aerobics class that my mom and I attend twice a week.  My current bag is a reusable (flimsy) shopping bag that has no body, no pockets, and is not able to hold all my "things" in an organized way.  I solved these problems by making this bag 20" long, 15" tall, and 6.5" wide in order to hold my towel and two water weights.  Then I put pockets on each long side that are large enough to hold my flip flops and water bottle (or sunscreen) and a zipper pocket on each end to hold my keys and wallet. 




Now, I must say that I am do not make bags regularly, so this was quite the task as I made it up as I went.  Crazy I know!  I love how it turned out though, it stands up on it's own nicely and the fabrics make it so much fun!  I can hardly wait until Monday to show it off at class, my classmates are going to be jealous.  Uh oh, they might want one, I should go write down what I did, just in case...

I also made a pillowcase for my sister-in-law who loves the beach so much she married my husband's brother on it.  I presented the pillowcase to her full of a baby blanket and burp cloths as they are expecting a little boy in late June.  Yay babies! 


The pillow case was made with the panel from the Just Beachy collection using the burrito method that makes all the seams end up covered.  It is my favorite pillowcase pattern, such a clean finish.  And I love how the black colorful drink fabric sets off the cheerful beach scene.


I have some in-progress pictures on my blog, if you would like to see some behind-the-scenes please come visit me at pamperedpettit.blogspot.com.  I am also on Instagram as Pampered Pettit and you can see more of my quilting at www.bluespoolsewingroom.com and on Facebook under Blue Spool Sewing Room.  Thank you so much to Henry Glass & Co. for the opportunity to work with this amazing fabric, I really enjoyed the challenge and hope I have inspired all you readers to go sew something fun!



~Brandy

Monday, April 23, 2018

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



Twilight Garden is a collection of romantic florals and complementary basics by Mary Jane Carey of Holly Hill Quilt Designs.  The designs in this collection include large floral bouquets, a border stripe, floral vines, paisleys, small calicos, tossed buttercups and awning stripes for a gracefully balanced collection. The designs and hues are depicted in a delicate palette reminiscent of an era when life was more tranquil. Tones of color more sophisticated and muted portrayed in hues such as spa blue, lilac, eggplant and linen create a serene setting. There are 21 prints in this beautiful collection. See the whole collection and download the two FREE projects here. This collection is in quilt shops now. 





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!