Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Looking for the NEXT Challenger for September Desire to Inspire

Shelly Comiskey has created a bumblebee lover's dream and combined these sweet bees with hives, honeycombs and a perfect palette to create the "Sew Bee It" collection. 

We are looking for a Challenger who would like to receive this great bunch of fabric and make some cute projects for our September Desire to Inspire challenge. We would like to select the Challenger on Friday morning, September 2. So comment on the blog to be considered. 

1. YOU sign up below with your email or blog name to this post.

2. WE pick a winner. 

3. YOU send us your address.

4. WE send you the "Sew Bee It" fabrics shown above.

5. YOU make something AWESOME within 3 weeks, with pictures and your story.

6. WE post it. 

7. YOU keep it. 

* We would like to have challengers show us they can do it. So while you don't need a blog, a profile with some quilt pictures (and a real name) helps. Enter by commenting with something you have done before. We will not post your emails, or links or anything on the site, it will remain private. We just want to get a flavor of how inspiration strikes you!  

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Desire to Inspire - August Challenger Sharon Parcel

Meet Sharon Parcel, the challenger who accepted the August Desire to Inspire Challenge of using fabric from the Quilt Camp collection by Barbara Jones of Quilt Soup.

Here is her story, and photos of the projects she created for this challenge:

The Henry Glass Company has chosen me to be a part of the Desire to Inspire Challenge for August, and I am delighted to accept the mission for August.  The featured fabric that I got to play with is Quilt Camp by Barbara Jones.  Loved it at first sight!  The simple dots and checks made it easy and fun to design some neat accessories for our RV!  Now my hubby and I are ready for some camping fun next week!

In order for you to get to know me a bit, let me tell you just a bit about myself.  I was born in Kansas…you might know it as that state that is often passed through to get somewhere else!  We moved to northwest Missouri where I grew up in a sleepy farming community nestled among acres of corn and soybeans, and of course the usual farm animals.  I married my high school sweetheart and we had 2 wonderful children who graduated from the same high school that we did.  In 2000, our Y2K turned out to be the swift cancer that took my husband from me.  I stayed in the rural community for a couple of years, but my children had already moved to the big city of Jefferson City and Kansas City.  So I decided what the heck…it’s time to move on.  And this country girl loves living in the city!   I live in the same subdivision as my daughter and her family, so I get plenty of access to my grandsons…would not have it any other way.  If I had not moved to the city, I would not have met Jim.  We have been married 8 years and could not be happier.  God does provide…just be patient.  Sometimes I wonder about the paths I have taken, and looking back I know His hand has been on me all the time. 

My husband has always loved camping…me not so sure about it.  My idea of a vacation is a cruise and someone taking care of the housekeeping and cooking chores.  So we bought a small RV and I said I would give it a chance. 
And I love it!  I love taking the roads less traveled and taking the time to see what is around the next corner.  Both of us do a lot of volunteering, and have had to “clear our calendar” in order to travel this fall.  I told Jim he needed to retire again!  I am doing better at saying no.  My volunteer work is mainly with CASA, QOV and Project Linus and various church activities like Art Camp. 

I started sewing when I was 9.  Why?  When I think about it, I am not sure what the answer is…I just wanted to!  I have always loved to make things and to create!  There were no seamstresses in my family, not my mom, my grandma or any aunts.  My mom did have an old Singer sewing machine at the back of a closet and I found it one day and started begging to learn to use it.  It was a calamity!  My poor mom was so frustrated, I think she had only mended with it.  So she passed me off to someone else and had me join 4-H.  I was in heaven!  I learned to make garments on a treadle sewing machine and never looked back.  My quilting journey started in the 80’s.  I had leftover scraps from sewing for my children and thought they needed to be used.  After my first attempt, I was smitten with the idea of cutting up little pieces of fabric and sewing them back together.  My need to create was satisfied! 

My favorite quilts are scrappy, but I love to learn new techniques.  Lately I have enjoyed paper-piecing and English paper piecing.  Sometimes in my impatience to try something new, to test a new design, a new technique, I start many projects and have many un-finished projects.  I don’t think I am alone!

 I am fortunate to belong to the Lees Summit Quilt Guild, a wonderful quilt guild that continually inspires me with show and tell, and of course classes with amazing instructors!  We in the Kansas City area have a huge quilting community and wonderful quilt shops to tempt us with all the latest fabrics.  About an hour away, is where James Cash “J.C” Penny launched his empire in Hamilton, Missouri.  Now Jenny Doan of Missouri Star has launched another empire…a quilting mecca!  If you have not been there, you must go at least once!  She has done an amazing job of revitalizing a sleepy little farming town.  I remember my first visit, when she was in a corner gas station with mainly pre-cuts for sale.  Her story and her beginning are amazing, and it just shows what we can do if we believe in ourselves. 

Playing with Quilt Camp has been great fun!  I hope you enjoy the projects I have made and will try some for yourself.  Most of my inspiration came from Pinterest, so I will do a blog post with links to a couple of the projects and a pattern for you to try.

Please come visit my blog:    I have enjoyed being a part of the Desire to Inspire Challenge, and thank you so much for having me take part, Henry Glass and Company!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Let's Get Quilting 2016 with a Jan Shade Beach Collection Giveaway of Holiday Traditions

Another Monday, and a giveaway with winter scenes to help cool off from the heat! Comment to win this 7 pc. bundle by Jan Shade Beach called Holiday Traditions. See the whole collection!


Get inspired by these beautiful projects  made by Joanne Hubbard during July's Desire to Inspire Challenge.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Have some fun with this 9 pc bundle, below is a sample of some of the designs from the Coffee House collection. Peek here to see the whole collection and the FREE projects. There are TWO chances to win below; comment here on the Henry Glass blog, and go visit designer Debi Hron's blog and tell her how much you love the Coffee House line she designed.

Monday, August 8, 2016

“Journey to Versailles”, Mary Jane Carey’s latest collection, captures the charm of the Gardens at Versailles.  Romantic flowers, delicate paisley and sweet nosegay designs reminiscent of these day gone by, are colored in a palette of soft sophistication.  These tones of rouge red, cafĂ© au lait, Khaki and Prussian blue have a dream-like quality.  They mix, match and blend together to create wonderful quilted creations. There are 17 fabrics in the collection and plenty of free projects to get you started.  Go to  The winner of this week’s contest will be awarded a 12 piece bundle of this rich dreamy fabric.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Meet the Desire to Inspire Challenger for August - Sharon Parcel

We have a Challenger for August! Meet Sharon Parcel. 
She actually has a camper, so we are excited that she is in the groove for this challenge. Sharon lives in Lees Summit, MO - only a short distance from  Missouri Star Quilting. 

The fabric is on it's way out to you Sharon! We can't wait to see what you do! 

A special thank you to everyone who offered up for the challenge. Please, please don't give up! There are some very talented readers of the Henry Glass blog, and we are always so happy that you are willing to take on the Desire to Inspire Challenge. So please try again next month. 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Let's Get Quilting - Win this 8 pc bundle of Let Freedom Ring by First Blush Studio

We are into the final 100 days before election day. This patriotic fabric line is just the ticket. No pun intended. See the whole collection and two free projects to make with this line. Enter to win below.