Tuesday, December 29, 2015


Happy New Year!

First we have a bit of unfinished business. Congratulations to Pamela Boatright. Pamela is the winner of the latest Let's Get Quilting Giveaway. For everyone else come right back in the New Year. We will host Let's Get Quilting again in January.

Resolutions. Do you make them? What do you want to do better in terms of quilting and sewing? Do you have a "word" of the year? We always aim to work harder and better at producing things that inspire you!

Are you looking to learn a new technique? We love Kim Diehl's invisible machine applique technique.  In case you missed it, Kim Diehl shared her technique and inspiration at Quilt Market. Perhaps you could try it!

We can't wait to hear what you resolve to do in 2016!

- HG

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Henry Glass & Co.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Let's Get Quilting - December 21, 2015

Can you believe that it is Christmas week? It is busy here in the Big Apple. We are winding down the year and we wish you a Merry Christmas. Remember to relax and enjoy the holidays. Ok, how about sew like crazy until Christmas and then relax? 

Congratulations to the winners from our last giveaway. This week we are going to select two winners. One winner will win a bundle of Rest Your Head and the other will win a bundle of Build Each Other Up. Both collections are by designer Leanne Anderson. Let us know what kinds of quilting-related gifts you ask Santa for? 

Good luck!

- HG

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Simple Whatnots Contest - We Have A Winner!

Henry Glass & Co. is pleased to announce the winner of the Simple Whatnots contest that we invited quilt shops to enter. Congratulations to Kelly Jerome of the Footprints Quilt Shoppe in East Rochester, NH. If you are local to Kelly's shop she will be receiving the Sunday Best collection!

Kelly sent us this letter of thanks:

I am ecstatic and honored to have won the Kim Diehl contest!  Footprints Quilt Shoppe has had overwhelming success with these beautiful mini quilt collections.
I opened my first retail spot in September 2012 and then moved to a larger retail space one year later.  This journey has been fun yet challenging – I look forward to the continued success I have achieved thus far.  I am truly blessed to be living my life-long dream of having my own quilt shop!
I started quilting as a small child with my maternal grandmother.  Every Christmas there would be a quilt or two wrapped and under the tree from her.  A priceless gift I will cherish forever.  My family grew up with handmade quilts and that is all we knew – we didn’t have store bought blankets on our beds.  I inherited the love of handwork from her – I remember working on a project with Grammie in her chair and Grampa in his, watching the Lawrence Welk Show.  I spent a week with them every summer and would always learn something new.  I am grateful for the joy and calmness handwork brings me and the priceless memories I have had through the years. 
Here is a photo as you requested.

The appliqued shop sign in the photo was recently done by one of my employees – I will carry this to the quilt shows I participate in.  She used all Kim Diehl fabrics by Henry Glass Fabrics.  I am fortunate to have 3 dedicated part-time workers– thanks to them I have great samples and my shop continues to grow. 


Kelly Jerome
Footprints Quilt Shoppe
115 Highland Street
East Rochester, NH 03868

Congratulations Kelly.

- HG

Monday, December 14, 2015

Let's Get Quilting - December 14, 2015 Edition

Santa asked us to help out this week and we are going to have a nice giveaway. We are going to pick THREE individual winners. Each winner will win ONE bundle of Kim Diehl's Sunday Best collection [random and our choice]. 

Let us know what you want to see on our social media. Do you love our Desire To Inspire Series? Do you want us to continue the Let's Get Quilting giveaways? We want to start a series Shop Talk about our quilt shop friends. Anything else? Let us know.

Let your friends know. We'd appreciate it. Good luck!
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- HG

Friday, December 11, 2015

Inspiration: #Laugh Love Quilt

Designer Amy Hamberlin's current collection #Laugh, Love, Quilt is centered around quilting-related sayings and a sweet palette consisting of pinks, greens and blues.  Amy, owner and designer of her company Kati Cupcake Pattern Co. recently received her bolts and she has started sewing with this fun range.

This pillow for her computer chair is a lovely addition to Amy's office. The pattern is simple but Amy's fabrics make the design pop.

Amy was featured recently in Decorative Country Threads' Patchwork Edition. Run out and grab a copy of this issue. Amy is on the cover too!

Have a great weekend!

- HG

Monday, December 7, 2015

Let's Get Quilting - Dec. 7, 2015 Edition

Hello! It's not beginning to look a lot like Christmas around NYC. Beautiful warm weather and no snow. It is hard to imagine that there's only a couple of weeks until Christmas. We thought that it would be fun to give away some fabric that would make us all nice and cozy. Enter below to win a random assortment from the Buggy Barn Basics collection.

Let us know what today's temperatures will be around your local area. Good luck!

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- HG

Friday, December 4, 2015

Fab Friday!

On The Fence [Photo: Kim Diehl] 

We are wrapping up the week with some more inspiration from Kim Diehl. She showed the rest of the Simple Whatnots 4 designs this week. Are you ready to join the club? You will love making these beautiful quilts.

The quilt above showcases the pieced version of the On the Fence pattern whereas the quilt below is the appliquéd version of the pattern.

On The Fence [Photo: Kim Diehl]

The quilt below is a bonus quilt pattern that combines the On The Fence appliqué and pieced block.

On The Fence [Photo: Kim Diehl]

The Simple Whatnots 4 program is slated to start on January 1. Ask your local quilt shop for it today.
Have a great weekend.

- HG

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Inspiration: Kim Diehl

 Sunshine and Shadow [Photo: Kim Diehl]

If you follow Kim Diehl on Facebook, you will notice that she has been sharing some beautiful new designs. She sent over some of the photos for us to share with you.

  Bountiful [Photo: Kim Diehl]

Skip To My Lou [Photo: Kim Diehl]

Simple Whatnots 4 will be available in January and these new designs do not disappoint. Sign up at your local quilt shop for the latest installment of this Kim Diehl Simple Whatnots Club. If you are on Facebook, follow the Henry Glass page.


- HG

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Desire To Inspire - Early December Edition

We had a technical problem yesterday so we are going to continue the Let's Get Quilting giveaway next Monday. Sorry for the inconvenience. The latest winner is Kathy Coop Luerhs and we will be contacting you very soon. Congratulations.

We are pleased to present the latest installment of the challenge to you. Desire To Inspire has been one of our favorite events on this blog. We ask quilters to submit a photo and we randomly choose some to make a project of his or her choice in a limited amount of time. If you are interested in the challenge, check out the details above.

Our new challenger is Betsy Lewis and she too went above and beyond what we expected. Let's meet her and see what she made with ABC-123 by Shelly Comiskey. You can view this collection and all of Shelly's other ranges on the Henry Glass website.

HG:  Where do you live?
BL:   Brooksville Florida

HG:  Tell us about your family.
BL:   I have been married 27 years. Met my soulmate while in the military. We raised to wonderful children who have blessed us with 2 grandchildren.

HG:  How long have you been quilting?
BL:  10 years. I actually learned to quilt when we moved to Florida. We lived in North Carolina for 20 years and though I sewed, I never really knew about quilting.

HG:  What's your favorite technique? 
BL:  Appliqué, back basting method.

HG:  Who taught you how to quilt? 
BL:  I teach high school Spanish in a middle school and I wanted my students to make a Mexican scarf called a serape. So I requested that each parent donate a yard of fabric so their child could make a serape. One parent donated bags and bags of little squares. I called her to come pick them up since we could not make serapes out of those little squares. She said to me, if you keep the squares , I will teach you what to make with them. She gave me about 2 months of private lessons and I was hooked. I have been quilting ever since. My first year I made 20 quilts!

HG:  Do you belong to any guilds? 
BL:  Not at this time. The guild meets during the day and I work full time. When I retire , I hope to join a guild.

HG:  Anything else you would like to share with our readers? 
BL:  Before I leave each morning to begin my journey with middle schoolers, I stitch. It relaxes my mind and feeds my soul. Thank you for allowing me to be part of this challenge.

Thank you Betsy! 

Have a great day. 

- HG

Monday, November 23, 2015

Let's Get Quilting - November 23, 2015 Edition

Good morning! It's time for another giveaway. Before we get to the giveaway though we want to announce that Linda D. won last week's giveaway. We will be in touch very soon.

Today we are going to give away a vintage bundle of Jane Shasky's A Winter Song by Jane Shasky.  We are making room for Jane's next collection called Christmas Elegance. Tell us what you're thankful for and we'll send this bundle off to one lucky winner next week.

Sign up for the Henry Glass Newsletter here to preview the latest collection. We will have a new look book out this week. Don't miss it.

Good luck!

- HG

Friday, November 20, 2015

Jaftex 85th Anniversary Look Book

Remember all of those lovely projects from the Jaftex 85th Anniversary Blog Hop? We are excited to present the look book that we put together to showcase the designs and their makers. Enjoy!

Have a great weekend.

- HG

Monday, November 16, 2015

Let's Get Quitling - November 16, 2015 Edition

Good morning! It is bright and sunny out this morning in NYC. Congratulations to Sarah S. for winning last week's giveaway bundle. We will be in contact soon!

We thought that we would start the week off with a bright and cheery bundle of fabric to give away in the Let's Get Quilting event.  Tell us why quilting or sewing makes you smile. What do you get out of these hobbies?

Enter in the widget below and good luck!

Make sure to pop over to the Henry Glass Youtube channel. Today we are featuring Kim Diehl's demonstration from Quilt Market. She stopped by to share her invisible machine appliqué technique.

Enter the giveaway here.

Have a great day!

- HG

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Little Quilts

Mary Ellen Von Holt of Little Quilts is retiring. She is dynamic and is always on the go so we are sure that she'll always be working on something fun. Mary Ellen says that she is not retiring completely though. She is still going to design fabric and write books. For now she is clearing her inventory and selling models. Follow her journey on her Facebook page as she winds down the last few weeks at the shop.

Mary Ellen, Alice Berg and Sylvia Johnson started designing and writing books in 1986 and opened the retail shop in 1998. They started out selling Little Quilts fabrics but soon branched out into selling reproductions, homespun and batiks. More recently their product line has included red work, wool rug and applique in addition to their original offerings. Mary Ellen's team also put on many classes that inspired quilters and sewers alike.

We want to send best wishes to Mary Ellen, her family and Little Quilts family. Stay tuned to see what Mary Ellen designs for Henry Glass in the future. Visit the Henry Glass website to see her latest collection Roswell Mills and read all about Mary Ellen and Little Quilts.  The following is a video of a Henry Glass Schoolhouse presentation of the Little Quilts collection, Roswell Mills.

- HG

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Inspired: Martha Walker of Wagons West Designs

We always love to visit with our designers and most times it happens at Quilt Market. Martha Walker of Wagons West Designs was in Houston recently. She presented at Schoolhouse and had her own booth. Martha and her husband were busy showing off her new pattern and fabric designs.

As you can tell, applique is a hallmark of Martha's designs and her color palette is gorgeous. She designed the stripe in her collection as a tool to help new students in the art of applique. The vines that you see in the top photograph are part of the print. Students can learn to applique floral elements and stitch them in place along the vine. Therefore they can quickly achieve a lovely finished product in no time. Martha is so clever! You can see the entire collection and download the free patterns on Martha's page over at the Henry Glass website.

Martha takes you on a tour of her booth in Houston and talks about her new collection A Prairie Journal. You can view the collection on the Henry Glass website here. Enjoy!

Ask your local Henry Glass representative to see and to order this beautiful new collection today!

- HG

Monday, November 9, 2015

Let's Get Quilting - November 9, 2015 Edition

We welcome back our weekly feature Let's Get Quilting. The holidays are just around the corner. Wouldn't you love to win some of our fabric? Let us know what your go-to gift is to make this holiday season. Will you be making quilts to give away? Or will you be making small accessories?

Today we are giving away an assortment of Rest Your Head by Leanne Anderson of The Whole Country Caboodle.

- HG

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Post Quilt Market By Studioe Fabrics

This comes from the President of our sister company Studioe Fabrics. Scott Fortunoff wanted us to share his view about Quilt Market and he is looking for your input. The following post appeared on the Studioe Fabrics blog this week.

November 2nd, 2015

Before you delve in to this blog about the current problems of the Houston quilt market and market in general, I think it is important for you to take another look at a blog I wrote previously so you have a full understanding of the situation and where I am coming from.  Once again, this is not an attack on the people at Quilt's Inc., this is about how the Quilt Market needs to evolve based on reality and come up with solutions.  If the Quilt Market doesn't evolve on its own and embrace change, the people will speak and force an evolution.  
I would like to reiterate some of the key problems with this quilt market specifically and quilt market in general:  

  • The US quilt shop customer base for quilt market has dwindled dramatically over the last couple of years.
  • The expense to come to market is cost prohibitive and it keeps getting worse every year.
  • Some shop owners can't afford to be away from the office.
  • Shop owners would rather work with sales reps in their shops.
  • This year the international customers took a hit too due to the strength of the US dollar.
  • Of the 10 or so international distributors that I work with about 4 didn't come.  So that is 40% less business.  Ouch.
  • Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate at this market and that caused a lot of last minute cancellations too.
  • There was a ton of construction going on by the convention center and it definitely didn't help the situation whatsoever.  It was like starting over after becoming so comfortable with the floor plan and such.  You had to go to the third floor for lunch..talk about inconvenient especially when you just want to grab a quick bite and get back to the booth.  If by chance a customer stops by, you don't want to miss it.
  • Attendance had to be down.  I for one do not believe the stats that Quilt's Inc. publishes.  I sure hope they don't try to tell us there was a 20% increase in attendance this year.
  • Sample spree went strong for an hour and then completely went kaput.  I did however appreciate that sample spree was made earlier this year.  So thanks for that.
  • I am not against unions, but the costs inside of the convention center are getting out of control. It is robbery and it can't go on any longer if fabric suppliers are going to survive.
I am sure you get the idea, but now let me tell you some stories about the reality.  As a fabric company owner, I am friends with many other owners and key people at competing companies.  Word got around about my previous blog and my mission to bring the quilt market madness discussion to the forefront. Trust me, I am not alone.
In fact, I was still getting calls about this after market and I will soon be starting a petition or something like that very soon.  Something needs to be done and who better to spear head that than someone from the younger generation in this industry...the future and not the past.
The best suggestion that was tossed around that I heard was to have only one quilt market a year. Another decent suggestion was to combine with the CHA show as I have heard that they are having some of their own problems.  You have any ideas or suggestions as I would love to hear them?
Before I get in to the best part of the story, I wanted to note that we live in a great country where I can speak my mind.  Of course there may be repercussions, but I am willing to risk that.  Everyone keeps saying that the person that runs the quilt market (Karey) is going to put my booth near the bathroom so on and so forth.  To be honest, that works for me because the bathroom is usually very far away and I spend precious time going to and fro.  Not only that, but we really aren't seeing foot traffic...because there is none.  We are seeing the people that are making appointments with us.  So in other words, we are a destination and whether I am in the men's room or on the loading dock, people will come to see me.
Ok finally, here is the good stuff.  So Karey, the woman that runs Quilt's Inc., got a hold of my previous blog.  While she was meeting with an elite group of textile heavy hitters prior to market, she handed out copies of my blog.  Yup...my blog.  Finally some readers.  As the story goes, everyone reads the blog and this is what Karey says, "If he doesn't like it, tell him not to come."  No Joke!  I can't stop laughing. This was the message that was delivered to me from the person in charge.  I guess the quilt market monopoly has gotten to her head. The first thing that came to my mind was how short sighted she is.
The second thing I thought was what a great way to alienate your customer.  Hey Karey, how about coming over to my booth and talking to me?  How about seeing that my family of businesses has about 10-12 booths here and about 25 people in attendance?  How about I am the future of your quilt market? Talk about a truly disappointing reaction.  In any case, this is where we are now.  Stay tuned for the rest as I am sure this is just the tip of the iceberg.

If you are interested in being a part of my "Let's Fix Quilt Market" crusade, please email me at scott@jaftex.com and I will be sure to add you to my list for when the day of reckoning is upon us.  

What do you think of this?  Please share your thoughts and ideas.

Scott M. Fortunoff

- HG