Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Henry Glass Look Book

The Henry Glass Look Book is something that we have been working on to present you the latest collections. You can see what's coming early if you sign up for our mailing list. If you prefer, follow this blog [see right sidebar] or like us on Facebook. We will let you know when each issue is published. Spring 2014 can be viewed above. We are currently working on summer so make sure you stay in contact with us. Enjoy!


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Whole Country Caboodle: Leanne And Kaytlyn Anderson

Thanks for sharing your doll stories with us. We can't wait for Little Quilts to launch their new club. Make sure that you follow the blog [click on the right sidebar] or follow us on Facebook for all of the latest Henry Glass news.

The winners are: 

Lee said...
I had a Rag doll named Molly that my great grandmother made for me and my grandmother made her doll quilt - with mini Dresden plates! Thank you for the giveaway! I had no idea it was quilt in public day!
June 21, 2014 at 6:20 AM
 and from Facebook

PK Solberg On my front porch!

Please send your contact information here. Stay tuned for more giveaways this summer!

Today we visit with Leanne and Kaytlyn Anderson of The Whole Country Caboodle. The ladies were in Pittsburgh for Quilt Market and they are now busy with the launch of a new club and designing both patterns and fabric. Leanne designs some collections such as "Clearwater Critters" and "Why?" on her own. Other collections like "Silly Gilly and Friends" are designed by the mother-daughter duo. 

The ladies have teamed up with Mary Jane Carey of Holly Hill Designs to present this club "A Year Of Love .. A Year Of Fun." Make sure that you contact Mary Jane or Leanne for details. 

It's been fun sharing this eye candy with you today!


Friday, June 20, 2014

National Quilting In Public Day & Giveaway Too


Celebrate National Quilting in Public Day this Saturday June 21, 2014. It’s the perfect time to take some time for yourself and perhaps gather a few sewing projects and stitch, hand quilt, or bind one of your projects. Take it to the park, or the beach, and enjoy yourself. 

The quilters at Little Quilts love making ‘little quilts’ because they are fun and easy to work on, as you are working on your larger full size quilts. Mary Ellen’s antique doll quilt collection is quite lovely as you can see in the photograph above. We hope that the setting of the doll with an antique doll bed, toys and her vintage Raggedy Ann & Andy dolls will inspire you to head outside to play and to work on a sewing project while you are enjoying the park or sitting by the pool.

Interesting tidbit:  When Mary Ellen purchased the doll on the bed, the tag on the doll said it was found in the attic of the home in Atlanta, GA, where the movie “Driving Miss Daisy” was made.

Mary Ellen is excited to share some news with us. She is working on the Little Quilts Sewciety. Each month will feature a darling block that can be made into a little quilt. The postcard photograph above is a teaser for what is to come. We can't wait to see this darling little club. Make sure that you follow this blog or like us on Facebook to get the latest Henry Glass news. We'll let you know as soon as the club is released.

To celebrate, we're going to have a giveaway. Post a comment here and Facebook [two chances to win!] about your favorite doll you played with or if you ever had a quilt for your doll, we’ll make a random selection for two prizes. We will send the first winner some Little Quilt patterns and six fat 1/4ths. The second winner will receive a bundle of fat quarters of fabric. [Fabric is our choice. No substitutions.] This giveaway is not related or endorsed by Facebook in any way.

Post your comment by Monday June 23 and we’ll draw the names of the two lucky winners!

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Little Quilts' Inspiration

We love to see how our fabric is used by our wonderful customers! The ladies at the Little Quilts shop sent over this photo of one of their customers, Bobbie. She visited the shop with her service dog to show off her quilt. We love it. Bobbie made the quilt using Little Darlings fabric by Little Quilts. She makes quilts and donates them to a program called "Baby Love" at the Family Resource Center & Health Department in Bryson City, NC. What a great gift for a struggling family. Quilts sure do make the best comforters. 

Do you make quilts and donate them for a good cause?

Get ready for a mini series by Little Quilts. They will be showing off some work using their most line "A Touch Of Baltimore." The collection will hit the store shelves in August. Make sure that your local shop will stock the line so that you can make your very own Baltimore Album. Little Quilts designed an entire Baltimore Album quilt [and other designs] using "A Touch Of Baltimore" for you to download for free on the Henry Glass website. Click here to see the line and the free patterns.


Monday, June 16, 2014

Surtex Came And Went

 [Linda Lum DeBono with the Cathy Heck Studio ladies, Cathy, Ellen and Jules.]

Surtex is a big textiles surface show that is held in NYC every year. The show is held right after Quilt Market at the Jacob Javits Center. We rush back from exhibiting at the Quilt Market show so that we get to catch with some more of our favorite people. Many of the designers of our collections are done by quilt designers but there are many more who are professional illustrators. These individuals also license to other markets such as the giftware and stationary industries.

Cathy Heck and her daughters Ellen and Jules run a fabulous family-run design studio named Cathy Heck Studio. Oh yes, Dad is a big part of it too. He was the one taking the photograph at the moment. The ladies wrote about their Surtex experience over on their fun and inspiring blog.

Their first line, Cuteville County Fair, was a darling line. We look forward to working with the Cathy Heck Studio again soon!

We chatted with designer Debbie Taylor-Kerman at Surtex and later on we had the opportunity to enjoy lunch with her. She has designed many lines with her. Her latest two lines are Cock-A-Doodle-Do and E-I-E-I-O.

[Debbie with HG's Karen]

Designer Beth Logan of ArtStuff Ltd., came into the office to see the progress of her latest line. She too has designed several collections for us including American Beauty and Good Morning Sunshine.

We got the chance to visit with our newest designer Jane Shasky [L] and her agent, Alicia Dauber [R] of Licensing Liaison. Look forward to her new collection to be presented later this year.

Have a great day!


Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Touch Of Baltimore

Little Quilts' new collection, "A Touch Of Baltimore", is the latest addition to the "A Reflection of the South Collection" and will be available in August. The ladies just received some strike offs [large sample pieces that are printed to test the production methods and to make changes if necessary] of the fabric and sent along some wonderful photographs that document the process from receiving these fabrics to stitching a block.

Here are a few photographs from Little Quilts' Schoolhouse Presentation at International Quilt Market recently in Pittsburgh.

Mary Ellen Von Holt from Little Quilts talked about the collection and then she had Greg Fortunoff from Henry Glass Fabrics select a name for a giveaway at the Schoolhouse Presentation.

This is a quilt that is pieced from the panels in the collection. The eagle center square and the surrounding floral pieces are all part of the panels from the "A Touch Of Baltimore" collection.

Little Quilts explains the design considerations for the "A Touch of Baltimore" collection below.

Little Quilts wanted to demonstrate some of the preparation and process that they go through to stitch up a block from the quilt. The drawing of the appliqué is drawn onto the vinyl overlay in preparation to begin stitching the block. You can download this free pattern from the Henry Glass Fabrics website.

Here the ladies show off the strike offs, the large pieces that are printed to test the production methods, that are going to be used for this particular block.

Next, the block is coming along rather nicely. Some of the pieces are fused to the background of the appliqué block and it's looking beautiful. Finally, the photograph at the top of the post shows more progress on the block.

 Do you have any appliqué tips for hand or machine techniques that you can share with us?


Monday, June 9, 2014

Keeping Up With Jill Finley & Giveaway Winners!


Before we get to the Jillily inspiration we are going to announce the new winners from out Quilt Something Beautiful Giveaways.

Day 1: Connie Cain said...

The booth number is 727. :)
Love the tote.
May 14, 2014 at 9:03 PM
Day 2: Barb said...

Just a guess, but I suspect Jill Finley, Jacquelynne Steves and Leanne Anderson with be doing demos at booth 727.
May 15, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Day 3: Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Steppin' Our, Good Morning Sunshine, and At the Zoo.
May 17, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Day 4: Margaret already claimed her prize.
Day 5: Crickets Corner said...

I want to see fabric, notions and patterns. I'm addicted to all of them.
May 18, 2014 at 1:54 PM
Prizes need to be claimed by midnight Friday June 13th, 2014. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize. We will then put the prizes back for future giveaways! Thanks! Please send your contact here to claim your prize.

Jill Finley of Jillily Studios has been one busy lady. Two of her current lines are being shown to your local quilt shops by our sales  representatives right now.

Park Drive is a beautiful line that features a beautiful toile print, some bold daisies and paisley prints and other coordinates.  Jams & Jellies Basics is her line of coordinating essentials. These go-to fabrics complement her collections with the us usual Jillily flair.

In addition to selling her own patterns and products, Jill also designed and produced the Henry Glass Fabrics booth for International Quilt Market in May. She did a lovely job by designing the booth with a spring floral theme.

Here are some photographs of her own booth. Simply gorgeous! Her theme was "sweets" because she just launched a new program for quilt shops. Look out for Jillily Studio Sweet Shops soon.

This month we are so excited and proud to see her featured in the current issue of American Patchwork and Quilting. Go and buy your copy today!

Thanks Jill for always inspiring us!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Desire To Inspire: May 2014 Edition

Good morning! Happy Monday. Can you believe that it is June already? Summer is well on its way. Did you sew any year-end presents for the teachers? We welcome any photos of projects that you have made from Henry Glass fabric on our Facebook page.

We have heard from the winner of Day 4 from our giveaway. The other winners will have until midnight this Wednesday to claim their prizes or else we will draw new names. You can check this blog post to see if your name was pulled for a prize. Thanks.

Things around here are getting back to normal though thoughts toward Fall Quilt Market are forming. We will continue with our Quilt Market photos this week but meanwhile we're going to share the May 2014 Desire To Inspire challenger project.

This month we sent a bundle of "Sugar And Spice" by Dana Brooks of My Lazy Daisy to our challenger. Adorable sweet treats such as tea pots, hats and tea cups are illustrated on the prints along with the typical fun colorful animal skin prints that Dana likes to include in her collections.

Let's meet this month's challenger! Her name is Julie Higginson and she has made a beautiful quilt from this collection.

Where do you live?
Athems, IL is our mailing address. However we actually live in a tiny village called Fancy Prairie. [not kiddin! LOL]

Married for nearly 23 years. We have two children and two grandchildren.

How long have you been quilting?  
I've been quilting for 22 years.

What's your favorite technique?  
Machine applique.

Who taught you how to quilt?  
Self-taught.  I've never been in a sewing/quilting class or on a quilting retreat.  My hubby is handicapped so I stick pretty close to home to care for him.

Do you belong to any guilds?  
While I don't attend any bricks and mortar guilds, I do belong to an internet group of quilters on YahooGroups.

Anything else you would like to share with our readers?  
I used to do a lot of custom quilting but stopped years ago because it is not cost effective. For about the past ten years nearly all my quilts have been donated to fundraiser events. The most amount of money one of my quilts raised was $3200.00 a couple years ago for friends trying to adopt a little girl.  Making and donating quilts is much more fulfilling to me than selling them ever was.  I figure that as long as the Lord continues to provide the supplies, I will keep making and donating quilts.   (I do make and give one as an occasional gift now and then, like for a wedding or shower gift.)

Thank you Julie for sharing your gorgeous Desire To Inspire project with us! If you are interested in being a challenger send us an e-mail with ONE photograph that shows off your skills the best. We will look at all submissions and anyone is eligible to be chosen.