Tuesday, September 24, 2013

pdq* [PRETTY DARN QUICK] - September Edition

We don't mean to alarm you but the holidays are just around the corner. It's time to start thinking about making gifts. Jill Finley of Jillily Studios has been designing some special projects for our on-going series, pdq* [PRETTY DARN QUICK] and we know that there's a great idea or two in this series that can inspire you to make some for gift-giving. All of the previous posts are linked at the top right sidebar of our website.

This month she has designed an adorable notebook cover. What is special about this idea is that she suggests using orphan blocks that you may have hanging around that you don't know what to do with.

Here she shows you a fun way to use them -- make notebook covers with the block as the star! Jill had an applique block that she had used in demos but it didn't belong to any project so she decided to stitch it onto the front of her new notebook cover to add some interest. The cover is quick and easy [hence, pdq = PRETTY DARN QUICK] so it makes the perfect easy project.

You can download the instructions here.

Jill sent along some photographs of a beautiful quilt that she made with her Beyond The Gate fabrics.

Check out all of Jill's fabric collections and read a little more about this talented designer on our website here.

*Edited: We forgot to name the winner and to announce the next giveaway. Apologies.

This month our winner is
 pamspretties57 said...
Hiya Jill!!! What a wonderful idea. Actually, my daughter has made quite a few of these for gifts. Hmmm, she's not given me one yet. Could it be that she thinks I have too much stuff already??? Lol. Well, maybe I'll get one for Christmas this year. That table runner is adorable, just love it. Thanks for the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

pamspretties57 at gmail dot com
September 7, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Leave Jill a message here in the comments section by midnight October 20, 2013 and we'll draw a name for a bundle of fabric of our choice. Good luck!


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Welcome, Cathy Heck Studio!

We'd like to introduce Cathy Heck Studio to the Henry Glass & Co. family. Cathy Heck Studio is a mother-daughter design team with studios in Austin, Texas and Berkeley, California. Cathy and Ellen Heck have been collaborating for seven years creating art for all different kinds of products - from keepsake baby books and bedding to craft kits and fabric. They are well-known for award winning baby and juvenile designs, a legacy of Cathy's more than 25 years in the art licensing business. Cuteville County Fair is their first line with us. It is an adorable line  full of pattern support that can be found on the free patterns page on our website. 


Friday, September 13, 2013

Jillily Studio Red Windows Open House

If you are lucky and you live near Herriman, Utah, you should plan on attending Jill Finley's Open House on September 19, 2013. Another Henry Glass designer, Barbara Jones of QuiltSoup will be there too!

Have a great weekend.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Winners, Winners, Winners

You know that you're all winners. Thank you so much for participating in the fun. Make sure that you have liked our Facebook page, followed us on Twitter or here on the blog. We have some more fun things lined up for you in the fall season.

Oh, yes. We need to announce the winners.

Facebook Grand Prize Winner

Ida Houston purple and yellow

Day 1 Winner: 

 Deb said...
These are some of the same colors in my living room, so I'd make a snuggly quilt to go on the back of my sofa to cuddle under.

Also, THANK YOU so much for a way for non-facebookers to enter!!! Kudos!
September 3, 2013 at 4:23 PM
Day 2 Winner:

Brenda said...
I would make a cozy lap quilt for my husband. Love the fun fall colors.
Day 3 Winner:

Debbie Rogowski said...
I love birds, cute and sophisticated either way. I'm only allowed to pick one right lol
Day 4 Winner:

Sherry said...
I love all shades of blue with white and always have. I have enjoyed using the aqua colors with coral type reds lately though.
September 7, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Please e-mail us here to claim the prize. If you do not claim the prize within 7 days, another person will be chosen to win the prize.

Congratulations to all!


Monday, September 9, 2013

Desire To Inspire - Early September Edition

Thanks for being part of our We "Like" You Giveaway! We will announce the winners Tuesday.

We are loving what our fans have been sewing up with our fabrics for this monthly. We are going through your entries for the next batch of challengers. Don't worry, we will get to all of you at some point. Although we have received many submissions, we will always encourage you to step forward and to send us yours. We are looking for new and advanced quilters who are interested in a challenge.

We want to show you Desire To Inspire project for August. The original August challenger was delayed and Donna Giordano stepped up to the challenge.  Thank you Donna!

We sent Donna some You Whoo! fabric by Shelly Comiskey and she made a simple but delightful quilt. If you noticed, Donna's quilt is a variation of our July Desire To Inspire challenge project. We had sent the fabrics to our July challenger and then we thought that it would be fun to see the same project in a different fabric range. This is where Donna stepped in and she showed us how fun it is to use a different fabric range with the pattern. This adorable line is printed in a blue colorway and a pink colorway. You can see the entire You Whoo! line on our website here.

HG:  Name?
DG:  Donna Giordano

HG:  Where do you live?
DG:   New Jersey

HG:  Family?
DG:  I have a husband and three sons, a daughter-in-law, and one soon-to-be grandson (we are waiting for his arrival at any moment!)

HG:Does anyone else in your family sew or quilt?
DG:  My Mom started quilting about 30 years ago and always wanted to teach me,  but it was difficult since she lived in South Carolina and I live in New Jersey.  Plus I was busy raising my kids and working.  Once the kids got older and I had more time, I starting learning.  Then once the bug bit me, I never looked back.  My Mom moved back to New Jersey recently so we do enjoy fabric shopping together.

HG:  Who taught you how to quilt?
DG:  Although my Mom inspired me, she lived too far way to actually teach me.  My friend’s sister Linda invited me to her house where some friends meet each week to quilt and that’s where I learned. She is a great mentor and friend.

HG:  Do you have a favorite tv show or favorite music to listen to when you sew? 
DG:  I usually have the TV tuned into HGTV in my sewing room.

HG:  Do you below to a guild?
DG:  Yes, but an unofficial guild.  Our group meets once a week.  We inspire and support each other.  Sometimes we do group projects and we love our road trips.  We are all excited about our upcoming  trip to the Quilt Extravaganza in Oaks, PA.   By the time our trip ends, our car is filled, our pocketbooks are empty and our faces hurt from laughing so much.

HG:  Which technique do you like to do? Applique? Piecing?
DG:  I love looking at all  the fabrics and patterns.  I do enjoy doing applique and piecing, and finding patterns that look complicated, but go together easily.  My least favorite is hand sewing.

HG:  Any special tip that you would like to share?
DG:  Find a good group of friends that also enjoy your quilting passion. 

HG:  Which technique would you like to learn?
I would love to do a Dresden plate, but haven’t tackled it yet.

HG:  Favorite color to work with?
DG:  I love all bright colors – yellow, orange and bright pinks are my favorites. 

HG:  One word to describe your style [quilt projects]. Contemporary, country, etc.
DG:  This is a hard one – I would say a little of everything (even though that’s more than one word).

HG:  Anything else you’d like to add?
DG:  I just want to thank my Mom for  her love and support and my great quilting friends  – Linda, Karen, Barbara, MaryBeth, Rina and Elaine.  A few years ago, they welcomed me into their group and have become truly great friends.

HG:  Thank you for the fabulous project and interview. We love to read about our fans. Have fun at the quilt show with your friends.

Make sure that you like our Facebook page or add here on our right sidebar. We have many more challenges and giveaways to come.


Friday, September 6, 2013

We "Like" You Giveaway - Day Four


We have had fun this week and hope that you did too! Today in NYC the temperatures were a little lower and it made us think about hot cocoa topped with a marshmallow or two. Cuddling under a warm quilt is a must.

Today is the last day of the giveaway but you still have some time to enter. The rules are can be found here. Like us on Facebook or add yourself to our follower list on the right sidebar to keep up with our news and giveaways. We have Jill Finley's pdq* Club [PRETTY DARN QUICK] projects and on Monday we will post the next Desire To Inspire Challenger. You can leave a comment on Jill's monthly post and leave her some love there. We have a monthly drawing for some fabric for her club so that we can inspire you to make one of her fabulous projects. The holidays are coming and her designs are great for gift-giving and are so quick and easy. You can find links to both the pdq Club and the Desire To Inspire at the top right sidebar of this blog.

Our feature fabric today is by ArtStuff Ltd. designer, Beth Logan. Snow Babies is a range that warms our hearts. The critters are so darling and the colors are soft. 

QUESTION OF THE DAY: What is your favorite color combinations for quilting fabrics?

Good luck!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

We "Like" You Giveaway - Day Three


Thanks for participating in the We "Like" You Giveaway! We have enjoyed reading your comments and appreciate all of the love that you have given to our fabrics.

Before we get down to giveaway business though we want to tell you that our Desire To Inspire Challenge was delayed but now we are excited to say that we have a project to show you. Come back on Monday and we will feature the project. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Desire To Inspire Challenge you can read all about it here. We hope to challenge you one day!

Thanks for being part of the fun of our We "Like" You Giveaway. Here are the rules in case you missed them. You may enter here and on Facebook. You can enter everyday on Facebook for the chance to win the fabulous big prize of four bundles of fabric. You may also enter here for the drawings of the daily featured fabric. We're trying to give everyone an opportunity. Good luck. 

Cool Cats is a fun and happy range by designer Debi Hron. She has illustrated some really cool cats with adorable flowers, stripes and polka dots. You can download the free pattern that she designed especially for this line.

General rules: 
1.  Pop by our Facebook page and answer the question of the day. One lucky winner will be chosen from all of the entries on Facebook and will win a fabulous prize of FOUR bundles of fabric. You can leave ONE comment per day under each question of the day post for multiple chances to win. We will select the winner at the end of the week. [Our choice of fabric. No substitutions.] Note: Only comments left under the question of the day posts will be counted.

2.  We don't want to leave out those of you who don't have access to Facebook so we're letting you in on the fun.  Answer the question of the day [scroll to the bottom for the question] EACH day here on the blog and be eligible to win one bundle of fabric per day. We will pick one name from the comments from each day.

The giveaway is open until midnight Sunday, September 8th, 2013. We will randomly select a winner from our Facebook page and four additional winners from comments here on the blog. All winners will be announced on Monday, September 9, 2013.

Fabric bundles may vary from the images shown. No substitutions.

Winners only from USA and Canada at this time please.

QUESTION OF THE DAY: Which animal do you like to see illustrated on quilting fabric?
Good luck!


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

We "Like" You Giveaway - Day Two


We loved the comments here and on Facebook. If you missed it, please check out the details of our giveaway. We continue to try to inspire you to live creatively. 

Before we continue with today's giveaway, we have to announce our winner from our Back To School Giveaway from last week. 

Barb Neiwert is the winner of a bundle of Snow Babies! Congratulations. We'll be contacting you soon!

Today we are featuring Anni Downs' fabric, 12 Days of Christmas in our giveaway. Anni of Hatched and Patched has designed a folksy holiday line complete with a panel that illustrates a countdown to Christmas. We love the pretty green and blue colors that she chose for the prints. She has designed some simply adorable free projects to accompany the line.

Question of the day: What is your favorite project to make for holiday gift-giving?

Good luck!