Monday, February 11, 2019

Get Quilting - Love Struck Quarter Bundle Giveaway


Love Struck by Shelly Comiskey of Simply Shelly Designs is perfect for Valentine's Day! This 12-SKU collection features tossed hearts, lips, and of course, Cupid. Also included is a FREE download for a table set project (a table runner and placemats).




Thursday, February 7, 2019

Industry News- School Block Challenge 2019


Know a young quilter with a ton of talent? Then you'll want to make sure they enter the School Block Challenge Contest from The National Quilt Museum! The challenge started on January 18, 2019, but runs until April 2, 2019, so there is still time to get quilting and submit a project! Students ages K-12th grade are encouraged to enter.


There is a Grand Prize Winner, and then there are winners and honorable mentions for each category. Plus, ALL blocks submitted will be included in an exhibit at The National Quilt Museum. Check Out The Grand Prize Winner's Work from Last Year (Photo Credit: The National Quilt Museum)

"Stronger, Higher, Faster" by Isabelle Williams, St. Michael School, St. Louis, MO (5th-8th grade)

We have quite the variety of Henry Glass Fabrics available for your student's block should they take on the challenge.   View our fabric lines that are shipping now and those that are already in quilt shops HERE.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Get Quilting- Indigo Cottage Bundle Giveaway


The “Indigo Cottage” collection by Mary Jane Carey of Holly Hill Quilt Designs is like a leisurely stroll through the English countryside. Designs in the collection provide a variety of size and spacing. The panel evokes a sense of romance. The artistry includes thatched roof cottages and flowered hearts. Perfect for a little embroidery in your project. They mix, match and blend to create beautiful quilted creations. The Palette blends together with hues of indigo, royal, chambray, and white.




Thursday, January 31, 2019

Industry News- The Sew Revolution Continues in Murray, Kentucky

Members of Murray First United Methodist Church in Murray, Kentucky are at it again this week for the 18th year in a row with their annual Sew-A-Thon. The goal of this annual event is to supply clothing and other necessities such as dresses, blankets, washcloths, and more for those in need locally and in third world countries.
Faye Lingle of Murray guides a blanket through a sewing machine Monday during the first day of the annual Sew-A-Thon at Murray First United Methodist Church. Photo Credit: John Wright / Ledge & Times.
All are welcome to attend and participate from newcomers to expert quilters. Tasks include fabric cutting, ironing, and sewing. ­­­­Hundreds of clothes and supplies will be given to those without thanks to this generous church.
Jo Ann Puschnig of Murray, left, uses scissors to cut some fabric, along with Anna Wright, one of the coordinators for the annual Sew-A-Thon Monday at Murray First United Methodist Church.
Hats off to Murray First United Methodist Church. We commend you for all you have done to contribute to the #SewRevolution, from teaching newcomers how to quilt and donating your time, talent, and treasure to sewing and quilting to meet the needs of others.
Does your community have a Sew-A-Thon? Interested in starting one? Sound off in the comment section below.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Desire to Inspire February- Looking for a Challenger!


Calling all seamstresses and lovers of crafting! You won't want to miss, "Handmade with Love" by Paula Joerling. This 16-SKU collection includes allover embroidery thread, tape measures, pin cushions, buttons, spools, scissors, and more! PLUS, did we mention there is a 24" block panel and two FREE projects? There is even a labels pattern so you can personalize your projects. Ships in March 2019.

In this month's Desire to Inspire Challenge, the winner will receive this collection to make something great. The caveat is... it MUST BE made in the month of February, and pictures of your finished project(s) must be provided to us by the end of the month. Along with your picture and bio, too, of course. 

Are you ready to take on this challenge? 

Send an email to jennifer@jaftex.com to put your name in the hat!





Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Desire to Inspire- January Challenger - Lisa England



Meet Lisa England - She took on the challenge of using "Spring Awakens" by Debi Hron in the month of January 2019.

"Hello, my name is Lisa England.  I grew up near Pittsburgh and now live in the small town of Ashland, KY.  I learned basic sewing many years ago when home economics was taught in school.  My mother-in-law is an accomplished seamstress who has helped me to improve my sewing skills.  I’ve been making quilts for over 20 years and still find it fascinating and fun.

I met my husband when we were engineering students at Virginia Tech, and we got married a week after graduation.  We moved to Ashland (his hometown) and have lived here ever since.  We have one grown son who is also a Virginia Tech engineering graduate.  He lives and works near New Orleans and is getting married this summer.  We travel to New Orleans as often as we can.  We also enjoy taking trips to explore National Parks or to find scenic places to hike and enjoy nature.

Since I started making quilts I have taken classes, learned from books, magazines, and the internet, and have figured some things out as I go.  I have tested patterns for designers and have designed a few of my own.  I’ve done online challenges, taught a couple of classes, helped some friends learn to make quilts, and sewn hundreds of projects big and small.   I don’t have one particular style, but work on whatever interests me.  Some of my current favorite things are foundation paper piecing, making scrappy quilts, and working with bright colorful fabrics. My interest in quilt making shows no signs of fading!  Last summer my husband encouraged me to upgrade my mid-arm quilting machine to one that is computer driven.  I am having great fun trying out some of the many amazing quilting patterns that a computerized machine makes possible.  And it turns out my husband is great at tech support for all things computer related.

I really enjoyed working with the “Spring Awakens” fabrics.  I thought the sweet animals would be perfect for baby quilts, so I made two.  Each one was designed to best feature some of the animal fabrics from the collection.  I quilted them with designs that had flowers and leaves to go with the nature theme of the fabrics.

36" x 48"

39" x 45"

Close Up of Quilting
I always enjoy using leftover fabric bits to make small projects so I used some scraps from these quilts to make a pot holder and a small “dumpling” pouch (using a tutorial from MichellePatterns).

Pot Holder
Dumpling Pouch- About 3 1/2" x 5 1/2"

Monday, January 28, 2019

Get Quilting- Whimsy Basics Bundle Giveaway


"Whimsy Basics" by Henry Glass & Co. Fabrics are wonderful blenders for your next quilt project with 28 different colors to choose from! They also pair nicely with any of the Henry Glass collections.



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