Monday, February 25, 2013

Desire To Inspire

Remember when we told you that our goal is to inspire you to quilt and sew more? We've been creating different ideas to help you with that goal. Have you been following along Jill Finley's [Jillily Studiospdq* Club [pretty darn quick] so far? Her projects so far have been darling and easy. Check back each month to see her new projects. You can find the projects all labeled with "pdq Club" along the right sidebar.

Today we'd like to introduce you to our Desire To Inspire Challenge. We want to challenge YOU to sew or quilt something from our fabric. We found our initial challengers on our Facebook wall and through referrals. These quilters showed us some finished projects that they had made and we asked them if they would take our challenge. Lucky for us, they jumped at the chance.

[L: Barbara Malgioglio, R: Linda Parillo]

How does it work? You send us a photo of something that you've sewn or quilted. If the photograph catches our attention, you could be selected to be a challenger. We send you some fabric [randomly selected from our most current lines] to play with. You will not know which fabric you have to work with until the box arrives on your doorstep. You have about three weeks to design and sew something fabulous. You keep the design and the finished project but you need to send us some great photographs of the finished project. We will show off the project on our blog. Oh yes, we will interview you too! Does it sound like fun? Get busy and send us the photographs to hginfo[at]att[dot]net. [Please note that the e-mail has been updated.]

Today we have our first challenger. We sent her some fabric from the Bee Happy line by Shelly Comisky.  Let's see what our challenger made with this happy and bright line.


Challenger: Barbara Malgioglio
Fabric: Bee Happy by Shelly Comisky

HG:  Where do you live?
BM:  Central New Jersey 

HG:  How long have you been quilting?
BM:  Five years

HG:  What's your favorite technique?
BM:  I love to use the AccuQuilt Go!

HG:  Who taught you how to quilt?
BM:  My BFF Linda Ruth Parillo.

HG:  Do you belong to any guilds?
BM:  Yes, an informal guild. We are called the Sew Watts. There are seven of us.

HG:  Anything else that you would like to share with our readers?
BM:  Quilting brings me to a special place. I am very grateful for my friends that are in my group. We have a great time and lots of laughs. A total stress reliever!

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful quilt and for taking part in our challenge, Barbara! We are sending you another bundle of fabric to thank you for making this fabulous project. We want to inspire you to make another fabulous project!

If you want to be considered for our challenge, please e-mail a photograph of a finished project made by you to this address with "Challenge" in the subject line. We look forward to meeting new challengers soon.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

pdq* Club - February

Welcome to February's installment of the pdq* Club with Jill Finley of Jillily Studio. Last month's project was so fun and fabulous. Did you get a chance to make an apron? If not, then check out the January's post. You can find a link to all of the pdq* Club information along the side bar. We have labeled each of the posts "pdq Club" and "Jill Finley." Please do share your finished projects! Either
e-mail us your photographs to karen [at] jaftex [dot] com or show them off on our Facebook page. We hope to see some finished projects! You can download a .pdf with photographs and instructions here.

Jill is taking a few minutes out of her busy schedule to provide us with some insight into her inspiration for this project:

This month's PDQ project is so fun and easy!  I needed a place to keep my projects that I am currently working on in my sewing room.  The idea here is to put away one project before starting on another one.  That way, theoretically, I will have more surface area to work on!  So I wanted just a cute container to throw things in by my sewing area.  I remembered these hat boxes that I had stored away. They are nice and large and would be really cute stacked up by my machine.  They were dirty and scratched up, and the wrong color.  So I decided to cover them in fabric from my "Beyond the Gate" line.  They turned out darling!  And perfect for storing things away quickly that I need to access easily.

Decoupage is an easy process and doesn't take much time, except for waiting for it to dry.  I also did a birdhouse in fabrics from my "Beyond the Gate" collection.  The sky is the limit with this project! I hope you enjoy it, and let me know if you have ever decoupaged with fabric!

Thank you Jill for a very pretty way to organize the sewing area! We have last month's winner for a fabric bundle of our choice. Please send your information to karen [at] jaftex [dot] com. Congratulations!

Lee said...

Thanks for such a sweet pattern! This year my word is Simplify!

Leave Jill some love here up until midnight March 19, 2013 and we will select another winner for a random bundle of fabric! 

Be inspired!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Tuesday Inspiration

Good morning! We wanted to share this fabulous image with you. Thank you to designer Margot Languedoc of The Pattern Basket for such a bright and gorgeous morning hello! Her lovely fabric line, Blushing, should be showing up in your local quilt shops right about now. If you look at the top of this blog, her fabric graces our blog header right now! Enjoy!

We've hit 900 Facebook followers! Yahoo! Thanks so much for being great friends. Kathie Mitchell Gore, you were number 900 and we are going to send you a bundle of fabric from our fabric stash. Please e-mail your details here.


Friday, February 15, 2013

Oh So Bright!

Are you ready for spring? We heard that the groundhog predicted an early spring! Barb Jones of QuiltSoup has some fabulous new designs. You can find our more about the patterns and kits on her website here.

Have a great day!


Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Valentine's Day is tomorrow! Did you make anything this year? The Buggy Barn ladies have made some lovely things with their Wingin' It fabric. Oh so adorable! You can buy the pattern book here. You don't need to make it just for Valentine's Day. Love is always in the air.

Much love,

Friday, February 8, 2013

Hunkering Down

We are going to hunker down here in the NYC area. Nemo is coming to town. No, not Nemo the movie but rather Nemo the winter storm. It is the perfect weather for all affected to stay home and sew! We've got some new goodies in our free pattern library. We hope that it inspires you to sew a quick project this weekend while you're nice and toasty inside of your home.

First we have a fun and happy quilt shown above that shows off the upcoming Anything Goes Basics line by Barb Jones of QuiltSoup Pattern Co. Another adorable pattern is the quilt pattern for another line by Barb, Fashion Plate. Both will be out later in the summer. Patterns are located here and here.

Meanwhile, this easy table runner and placemat set is so quick and easy. You can start to make the entire set this weekend! You can find the pattern here.

Make sure that you look through our entire library. There's some beautiful patterns that will surely keep you busy during Nemo! Please show off your projects using Henry Glass fabrics on our Facebook page. We are on the lookout for fabulous readers who are willing to step up to some fabric challenges that we are going to post in the future!

Have a great and safe weekend!


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Celebrating Little Darlings!

Everyone's excited at Little Quilts with the arrival or their newest line Little Darlings II. The collection has a user friendly panel and coordinating fabrics to make a simple wall hanging or baby quilt. Plus there's coordinating preprinted 6" blocks to cut out and frame for a simple, quick and easy quilt.

Take a look at this super adorable bunting! Make one to celebrate something special or just to celebrate the joy of everyday! Download for this fabulous bunting can be found here and here!

We need to announce the winner for Leanne's giveaway from a little while ago. Congratulations to the winner!

Carrie P. said...
Good for Henry Glass working with you and your designs that show your faith.
I am inspired by God's creations, nature. shapes and colors. i love green
January 7, 2013 at 3:57 PM