Monday, November 25, 2013

Desire To Inspire: November Challenge

For this week of thanks we want to express our gratitude to all of the contributors to the Desire To Inspire Challenge. We love seeing your contributions each month and we will continue to ask our readers to participate. The list of interested quilters is quite long so don't despair if you don't hear from us right away. We are working our way down the list. For those of you who haven't sent us your information, instructions are on the flyer below. We look forward to seeing your submissions.

This month our guest challenger is Ronda Winstead. We sent her the line, Morning Mist, to work with and she did not disappoint!

Now it's time to meet Ronda and to see what she made for this month's challenge!

Name: Ronda Winstead

Where do you live? I currently live in Pullman, Wa.

How long have you been quilting? I first started quilting when I was in my early 20's. I've been quilting now for well over 30 years.

What's your favorite technique? It's difficult to pick a favorite technique? I love so many different things...I adore hand and machine applique as well as traditional piecing. I also love paper piecing. I am enjoying working with smaller quilts and precise paper piecing fits the bill so nicely!

Who taught you how to quilt? I am really self taught but I think I was influenced by my grandma Pack who died when I was just a small girl, I was told she was a great quilter and I grew up hearing such wonderful stories. I made a ton of mistakes in those beginning years. I am left handed and made my first two quilts without knowing there was such a thing as left handed scissors, or quilting thread! I chuckle when I think back on those years.

Do you belong to any guilds? No...I really prefer small intimate groups and a one on one. I do compare notes with quilting buddies that live in different states from me. The internet has opened up a wonderful world to me and I have several quilting friends!

Anything else you would like to share with our readers? I have made great friends through the years because of a common interest in quilting and although I go through phases where I enjoy doing different things, such as scrapbooking and other crafts, I always come back to what I dearly LOVE to do! Quilting! I love designing and quite frankly am a bit of a rebel, as I don't like to follow patterns for the most part as it takes away from my own creative energy! That's good, but bad when someone wants a pattern and you can't remember what you did? LOL! I'm grateful to have participated in this challenge!

Thanks, Ronda. Awesome projects! 


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Inspiration Tuesday

One of the Buggy Barn's fans sent in a photo of this wonderful quilt that was made from a Buggy Barn pattern using Jacquelynne Steves' Fruitful Hands fabric. Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing Carol Edwards of the Berry Basket Quilters guild in Medford, NJ.  Here is what Carol had to say about the quilt:

"My quilt guild, Berry Basket Quilters, Medford NJ, had a Challenge this year, in preparation for our Quilt Show in October, "The Quilted House." The challenge was to make a quilt with at least one house block, any quilt size. About that time, I saw your book, "Crazy 'Til the Cows Come Home" & loved the "Hearts Come Home" quilt!

This was a "double challenge" for me, the guild house challenge & making a Buggy Barn quilt for the first time! I thought you might like to see my "Hearts Come Home;" I have attached some photos of my finished quilt!

The fabrics I used are © Jacquelynne Steves for Henry Glass Fabrics, "Fruitful Hands." My inspiration for this quilt & the fabric choice came just after she had done a program at our Berry Basket Quilters March meeting.  

I love how it turned out! (can you tell, I like bright fabrics!) Yes, I might do another Buggy Barn quilt sometime soon! Thank you for your creative patterns!" 

Thank you for sharing, Carol!


Monday, November 11, 2013

The Spooktacular Henry Glass Booth + Winners

We are settling back into our regular routines now at the Henry Glass offices. Remember the giveaways that we had while everyone else was away in Houston? We haven't heard from any winners yet. Please make sure that you e-mail us by Friday or we will select new names. The winners were posted on this blog post. 

Do you want to see some more photos from Quilt Market? Designer Mary Jane Carey showed off her block of the month sample during her demo. You can purchase the pattern here for the blue version and here for the red version.

Designer Jill Finley did three awesome demos for us. She talked about her newest fabric lines, Twirl  and Jams and Jellies. Jill has posted more photos of our booth from Houston on her blog.

One the opposite corner from the demo corner, there was a little cemetery. In the bottom left hand corner, you can see a little bit of the cauldron filled with bundles of fabric and other goodies that comprised of our grand prize giveaway. 

All through the booth we showed off our beautiful black and white prints along with our super fun Halloween prints.

This was the demo area in between demos. We framed the color cards of our newest lines and hung them up on the wall behind the demo table.

Jacquelynne Steves presented a fun demo too! You should take a look at her latest line with Henry Glass. Details are on our website here.

These ladies, Ellen and Cathy Heck from Cathy Heck Studio, were awesome too. They talked about their adorable line, Cuteville, and gave away kits for the little sheep pillow. We love the bunting behind them too!


Monday, November 4, 2013

Quilt Market & Giveaway Winners

The Henry Glass team is back from another successful and fun Quilt Market. Thank you to all who attended our Schoolhouse Presentations and who visited the Henry Glass booth. Halloween was the theme of our booth and the photograph above showed you just some of the fabulous Halloween prints that Henry Glass produces.

Karen and Harriet hold one of Kim Diehl's samples during Kim's Schoolhouse Presentation. Kim announced a new club that she and the Henry Glass team have collaborated on. Details will be announced in the next few months.

Later on, Kim was at the Henry Glass booth for a couple of demonstrations. Dana Brooks gave a couple of terrific demos as well. Dana designed the damask that graced the tote bags that were given away to visitors to the Henry Glass booth. Her spooky witch and clock illustration was the centerpiece to our Halloween theme.

Shortly after that, Mary Jane Carey of Holly Hill Designs was on hand to give a couple of wonderful demonstrations too.

Have you seen her beautiful block of the month design Tour des Fleurs? Mary Jane is holding the sample and it is gorgeous. You can see Mary Jane's fabrics on the Henry Glass website here.

The Buggy Barn ladies also dropped by for a demo and book signing. Pam happily signed books for her fans.

Mary Ellen Von Holt of Little Quilts showed off her beautiful Pheasant Run fabrics at her demo. She always presents great information for shop owners.

We'll have some more Quilt Market photographs to share with you in the next little while. Meanwhile, let's get to some serious business. We have winners to announce!

Thank you to all who participated in our giveaways last week. We loved reading your comments here and on Facebook.

The winners are:

Day 1:

kingman quilter said...
My preference is DOTS!!
November 1, 2013 at 6:13 AM

Day 2:

Tammy said...
Table topper and or placemats t give to my sister for her new kitchen. She adores all things strawberries. Thank you for the chance to enter.
October 27, 2013 at 6:56 AM

Day 3:

 Sherry said...
I love the blue with the silly monkeys. The monkey face print is pretty fun too. They would make a fun quilt for one of my little "monkey" grandsons.
October 28, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Day 1:
Evelyn Trulley Francis The one on the bottom. I could use it in sew many ways! It's a pretty neutral material.

Day 2:

Day 3:

Please send your contact information to Karen[at]jaftex[dot]com. You have until November 15th to claim your prize. Otherwise you will forfeit the prize and we will select another winner.



Friday, November 1, 2013

Desire To Inspire - October Edition

Quilt Market is over and it was a great one. Thank you to all who visited our Schoolhouses and our spooktacular booth. We will have some photos very soon. Meanwhile, we have to catch up on the Desire To Inspire Challenge project. We are excited to reveal another challenger project to you.

For those of you just joining in on the fun, we have the pdq* Club [*PRETTY DARN QUICK Club] by Jill Finley and the Desire To Inspire Challenge each month. We know that by having these clubs, we will inspire you to use our fabric. Let us know what you'd like to see around this blog in the future.

This month we sent out a bundle of Pheasant Run by Little Quilts to our challenger. You can view more of Pheasant Run and read about Little Quilts on our website.

The October challenger did not disappoint with her quilt!

hg:  Name?
JAL: Jo Ann Lepore

hg:  Where do you live?
JAL:  I live in New Jersey.

hg:  Family?
JAL:  My husband Tony of 37 years. No children.

hg:  How long have you been quilting?
JAL:  Quilting for 35 years.

hg:  What's your favorite technique?
JAL:  Love, love, love to piece!!!

hg:  Who taught you how to quilt?
JAL:  A wonderful teacher who is no longer with us at the local shop where I now teach.

hg:  Do you belong to any guilds?
JAL:  I belong to 2 guilds, Garden State Quilters of which I am the current Program Chair & member for 25 + years and the North Jersey Modern Quilt guild newly formed in 2012.

hg:  Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
JAL:  Enough for a short novel. Have owned a decorative gift wholesale business for 30+ years.
Have taught piecing and machine applique for 20 + years. My latest and most exciting thing in the world of of my quilts was on the cover and published in the February 2013 issue of Quilt Life Magazine and a second will be published in the February 2014 issue of Quilt Life this winter. I am soooooo excited and am working on publishing my patterns and lecturing and teaching at guilds and shows in the near future.
I love fabric and there are not enough hours left in my life to sew!!!!!!!

Thanks for joining us this month for Desire To Inspire. Next up will be Jill Finley's club project.