Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Gift Guide {Days 7-12}

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Hoooootie hoooo!  Our website is up and running!  We can now accept international payments and ship around the world!  You can also shop from your mobile device.  I usually do a lot of my shopping between 2 – 4 AM when I can’t sleep.  It’s gonna be great!  We’re still adding more and more of our inventory so keep checking back everyday!

Now, let’s move over to the Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Gift Guide Days 7-12.  Here’s what you need to know:

Day Seven

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Extra! Extra! Read all about it! It’s Day Seven of the Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Gift Guide. You guessed it… today’s featured gifts are quilty magazines! Love Patchwork & Quilting, we can’t get enough of you!! And Generation Q, you slay it! Or sleight it… right, Santa? Seriously, though, these magazines are full of inspiration, ideas, creativity, and joy. Pick up a copy today!

Day Eight

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Yahooo yahoooooo! The Yelp Totally Bazaar was that evening!! It’s Day Eight of Crimson Tate’s Fireside Holiday Gift Guide. Today’s perfect prezzie recommendation… you guessed it… is an I LOVE Indiana Pillow! Oodles and oodles of Indiana Pillows can be found tonight at the Yelp Bazaar (at the Indy Central Library, RSVP on Yelp required!!) and throughout the rest of the season in the store. Crimson Tate’s handmade Indiana Pillows add a touch of Hoosier pride and comfort to every room. Come and give them all a squeeze!

Day Nine

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On the Ninth Day of Crimson Tate’s Fireside Holiday Gift Guide, my dear friend gave to me…. a Pin Cushion Cuff!!! These bad boys come from LOCAL maker Ellesquare! The Pin Cushion Cuff is a cuuuuute and functional handmade sewing accessory. Don’t forget to load these bad boys up with straight pins for an even nicer gift!

Day Ten

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We’ve got SERIOUS Local Love around here. Today it’s Day Ten of the Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Gift Guide. We celebrate our UBER creative local friends Sarah Sharp of No Hats In The House, Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts, and Heather Jones of Heather Jones Studio. Crimson Tate is filled with wonder and inspiration because of these local kids. We love you guys. Thanks for being in our #squad.  Up to five patterns ship for free!!

Day Eleven

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Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Gift Guide Day 11!! It’s time to decorate the hearth and we’ve got the cutest stocking kits you ever did see. Each kit includes everything you need – fabric, fusible fleece, and pattern. Two hour project, max!

Day Twelve

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Welcome to December 12 and the Twelfth Day of the Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Gift Guide. Twelfth rhymes with elf and elves love double knit and double gauze. I’m surprised you’ve never heard that before. Lucky for us all, we’ve got a smattering of double goodness at Crimson Tate so you can make your favorite elves supertown happy.

Crimson Tate’s Fireside Holiday Gift Guide {Days 1-6}

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So, we’ve got great news.  Our IT guy has surprised us and is updating our website!  Wahooo!!!  But that means for a few days, our website is not functional.  What does this mean for you?  It means you’re gonna have to come in to Crimson Tate, downtown Indianapolis to pick up these amazing goods!  If that’s not an option, feel free to call us and we can place your order over the phone.  It’s so old school!  I love it!!!

Here are the first six days of our gift giving guide:

Day One

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It’s Day One of Crimson Tate’s Fireside Holiday Gift Guide. Can you believe it?! It’s like Oprah’s favorite things, only Heather’s!! From now until Santa arrives, we’ll be sharing our best gift ideas for allllllll of the sewy loved ones in your life. You’ll make them sing with glee, laugh, cry, etc. when you shower them with all of the awesome prezzies we’ve recommended.

Today’s gift? The perfect stocking stuffer or tree ornament… it’s a gorgeous spool of Aurifil thread. Choose a large 1400-yd spool (or two, or seven) in a variety of beautiful colors. 100% Cotton. 100% Lovely. We’ll send it ready to be hung with care. #aurifilament

Day Two

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Well by golly-sparkle-jolly-twinkle-jingley, you’ve landed on Crimson Tate’s Fireside Holiday Gift Guide!! Each day leading up to Santa’s big day, we are showcasing our very favorite things (just like Oprah), and it’s Day Two! Did you catch yesterday’s cutie-tootie Aurifil ornaments?!

In keeping with the tree theme, today’s perfect prezzie for your favorite quilter is the O’ Christmas Tree Quilt Kit. We’ve kitted this beloved quilt pattern designed by our pal, local gal Amanda Castor. It’s a holly jolly feel-good project that can hang over the mantle of your toasty fireplace, literally putting the tree topper on your holiday decor!! #ochristmastree

Day Three

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Day Three of the Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Gift Guide!! For the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing our best gift ideas for the sewy people in your life. You’ll make them sing with glee, laugh, cry, etc. when you surprise them with any of the awesome prezzies we’ve curated.

The third gift selection is a lil’ combo pack: the awesome Clutched Pattern by May Chappell and the corresponding Metal Clutch Frames. It’s a quick project with a clean finish, and doubles as a gift for a sewist in need of a small project, or once it’s sewn, a great little handmade present for your bestie. We have the frames in Nickel and Gunmetal. Just add a few fat quarters (Rifle Paper, anyone?) and a hunk of fusible fleece! Then put a bow on it! #putabowonit

Day Four

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Ho Ho Ho! Ha Ha Ha! It’s Day Four of Crimson Tate’s Fireside Holiday Gift Guide! Today’s little ditty is the premier tool for the sewist on the go… it’s the Omnigrid Portable Cutting + Pressing Station! It’s not very romantic, but it’s totally necessary! For the practical gift giver and for the no-nonsense get-er-done types. The dinosaur planter, maybe not as practical, but cuuuute!

Day Five

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The elves have been scurrying to get these dudes ready for the stockings of fabric lovers everywhere!! It’s total Gingher Scissor Palooza up in here!! You’ve made it to Day Five of Crimson Tate’s Holiday Gift Guide.

Those Gingher Sawyer shears with the red and white handles are a holiday delight!! Gingher Scissors reign supreme. These premium pairs of fabric shears and thread snips will last decades, just sharpening as needed. Bam in your face. Also, we know where you can get them sharpened!!! Get on over to the Indy Winter Farmers’ Market for all your sharpening needs!!

Day Six

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Wondering what the perfect gift is for your loved one who loves to craft or sew? Well… Eureka! You’ve stumbled upon Day Six of Crimson Tate’s Fireside Holiday Gift Guide! Cotton + Steel wins every time. Like, can the colorstory get any more perfect? Quilters, crafters, designers, artsy fartsy types, engineers, artists, scientists, linguists, teachers, medics, clairvoyants, mystics, railway workers, homebodies, drifters, well… everyone really… everyone will love receiving this thoughtful gift of beauty this holiday season. Don’t delay. This really is happiness in a box!

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While we’re waiting for jolly St. IT Guy to unveil our shiny new website, we’re hosting Holiday Happy Hours.  Starting today, Tuesday December 6 – Friday December 9 we’re offering 30% off when you finish the bolt between the hours of 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Take it all and the discount is yours.  Obviously, this is happening in-store (because the website isn’t ready yet).  So come down and play with us and get to work on those projects!!!  We’ve got lots of skinny bolts.  We think you’ll enjoy this incentive!

Store Hours:

Monday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tuesday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM – holiday happy hours 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Wednesday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM – holiday happy hours 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Thursday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM – holiday happy hours 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Friday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM – holiday happy hours 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM – note we’re open an hour early during the month of  December

Sunday 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Sweet Baby Giucy Giuce :: Paper Obsessed Blog Tour HITS Instagram

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How did Karen LePage end up looking so lovely in this photo and Giuseppe Ribaudo, commonly known as Giucy Giuce, and I look like loons??? It’s no surprise, I suspect.

I have to tell you.  You know how you meet people on the Instagram and you think “can they really be like this in real life?” I’m here to tell you that Giuseppe is as sincere and a beautiful person in the real as he is on the Gram.

After seeing this photo, I knew we were meant to be friends.

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Head over to Giuseppe’s instagram and check out what he’s being doing with Paper Obsessed.  ALLLLLL THE HEART EYES.

July 12 Windham Fabrics :: http://windhamfabrics.wordpress.com

July 13 Heather Givans of Crimson Tate :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/

July 14 Sarah Sharp of {no} hats quilts ::  http://www.nohatsinthehouse.com/

July 15 Janine Vangool of UPPERCASE Magazine ::  http://uppercasemagazine.com/blog/

July 16 Karen LePage of Gentle Clothing :: http://onegirlcircus.com/

July 17 Jenny Leisure / David Barnhouse of Crimson Tate :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/ 

July 18 Heather Jones of Heather Jones Studio :: http://www.heatherjonesstudio.com/blog 

July 19 Eric Lubrick of Eric Lubrick Photography :: http://oartooar.com/

July 20 Annie Unrein of By Annie’s :: http://byanniecom.blogspot.com/ 

July 21 Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts :: https://materialgirlquilts.com/ 

July 22 Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness :: http://sewsweetness.com/blog

July 23 Giuseppe Ribaudo of Giucy Giuce :: http://www.instagram.com/giucy_giuce  [sweet bippy]

July 24 Karen McTavish of Karen McTavish Quilting Studio :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/

July 25 Kristen Wright of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine :: https://twoblondesandasewingmachine.wordpress.com

July 26 Heather Givans of Crimson Tate ::  https://blog.crimsontate.com/

First We Bonded over Succulents : Now We’re Paper Sisters :: Paper Obsessed Blog Tour Continues with Annie Unrein of ByAnnie.com

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I don’t know how it is that I have not personally taken a photograph of Annie Unrein of Patterns By Annie, so this photograph I took at the Cactus King in Houston, Texas in 2014 will have to suffice.  See, Annie and I became FAST friends when I revealed that my first fabric collection was themed Succulents and she, like me, is a succulent lover from way back.  Annie is incredibly hard working and incredibly talented.  I’m honored to have her as a part of my squad.  Take a look in on what she did with Succulents and then head over to her blog to check out what she did with Paper Obsessed.  LOVE THAT GIRL!!!

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Catch All Caddy in Succulents

Photo by Eric Lubrick

July 12 Windham Fabrics :: http://windhamfabrics.wordpress.com

July 13 Heather Givans of Crimson Tate :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/

July 14 Sarah Sharp of {no} hats quilts ::  http://www.nohatsinthehouse.com/

July 15 Janine Vangool of UPPERCASE Magazine ::  http://uppercasemagazine.com/blog/

July 16 Karen LePage of Gentle Clothing :: http://onegirlcircus.com/

July 17 Jenny Leisure / David Barnhouse of Crimson Tate :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/ 

July 18 Heather Jones of Heather Jones Studio :: http://www.heatherjonesstudio.com/blog 

July 19 Eric Lubrick of Eric Lubrick Photography :: http://oartooar.com/

July 20 Annie Unrein of By Annie’s :: http://byanniecom.blogspot.com/ <—-HERE

July 21 Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts :: https://materialgirlquilts.com/

July 22 Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness :: http://sewsweetness.com/blog

July 23 Giuseppe Ribaudo of Giucy Giuce :: http://www.instagram.com/giucy_giuce

July 24 Karen McTavish of Karen McTavish Quilting Studio :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/

July 25 Kristen Wright of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine :: https://twoblondesandasewingmachine.wordpress.com

July 26 Heather Givans of Crimson Tate ::  https://blog.crimsontate.com/

GIVEAWAYS AT EVERY STOP!!! Thank you Windham Fabrics!

Photographer + Pinterest Guru = Two of My Greatest Friends plus PAPER OBSESSED BLOG TOUR CONTINUES

IMG_0251.jpgI want you to know the Lubricks.  Like, I want you to KNOW them.  They are two of my greatest friends.  Eric and Cris (and baby Dash) are so incredibly dear to me and such big supporters of what I do, I can’t imagine my life without them.  Eric’s artistry and professionalism totally inspires me and pushes me to go deeper and become better at what I do.  Thanks, you two, for being an important part of the process.

Oar to Oar (the duo’s lifestyle blog) gives a shout out today about the how tos and ins outs of photographing for Windham Fabrics and Paper Obsessed.  Go there!  They are today’s stop.

July 12 Windham Fabrics :: http://windhamfabrics.wordpress.com

July 13 Heather Givans of Crimson Tate :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/

July 14 Sarah Sharp of {no} hats quilts ::  http://www.nohatsinthehouse.com/

July 15 Janine Vangool of UPPERCASE Magazine ::  http://uppercasemagazine.com/blog/

July 16 Karen LePage of Gentle Clothing :: http://onegirlcircus.com/

July 17 Jenny Leisure / David Barnhouse of Crimson Tate :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/ 

July 18 Heather Jones of Heather Jones Studio :: http://www.heatherjonesstudio.com/blog 

July 19 Eric Lubrick of Eric Lubrick Photography :: http://oartooar.com/ {Beauty Found Here}

July 20 Annie Unrein of By Annie’s :: http://byanniecom.blogspot.com/

July 21 Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts :: https://materialgirlquilts.com/

July 22 Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness :: http://sewsweetness.com/blog

July 23 Giuseppe Ribaudo of Giucy Giuce :: http://www.instagram.com/giucy_giuce

July 24 Karen McTavish of Karen McTavish Quilting Studio :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/

July 25 Kristen Wright of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine :: https://twoblondesandasewingmachine.wordpress.com

July 26 Heather Givans of Crimson Tate ::  https://blog.crimsontate.com/

Paper Obsessed Blog Hop – Jenny and David TAKE OVER!

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Hooootie hooo! It’s two of your trusty Crimson Tate staff members taking over Ms. Crimson Tate’s blog today!! Hello! Hiya!

Jenny {@coupleofsweets} and David {@crimsontavid} here. Thanks for stopping by!

Can we just tell you, when boss lady Heather showed us sneak peeks of this fabric line last fall when it came time for #QuiltMarketPrep, our eyes about popped out of our heads!! How COOL! It’s paper, but it’s fabric! And our hearts about exploded out of our chests with pride that she had done it again… designed a fabric line while keeping all the plates spinning at Crimson Tate. Kudos, Heather Givans! It’s a beaut, Clark! Hasn’t she outdone herself? We thought Succulents was cool, but now all of this papery and lettery goodness to help us create? It’s bananas up in here.

Straight out of the gates, Jenny knew she wanted to sew a dress for her daughter.

Photos by Eric Lubrick

image“I love nothing more than sewing for my kiddos, so when Heather asked me to make something for the Paper Obsessed look book, I knew exactly what I wanted to make. I instantly fell in love with ‘College Ruled’, the print that looks like notebook paper, and thought it would make a fantastic little girl’s party dress. I chose the Oliver + S Garden Party Dress because of its sweet silhouette and shirred bodice that would certainly highlight Paper Obsessed!! Not to mention the opportunity for some fun fussy cutting on the waistband….it was a win-win!”

David went for a small quilted throw pillow that would utilize some of the coordinating Artisan Cotton solids from Windham and one of his favorite prints in the collection, Stamp Collection in AM Delivery.

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“Both colorways are awesome, and if you know me you know that I love all things BLUE – but I wanted to make this dude as colorful as possible. Artisan Cottons are shot cottons that are woven with two different thread colors, the warp and weft. The threads of Windham’s Artisan Cottons are slightly heftier than other shot cottons I’ve sewn with, making them super easy to cut and sew, and just perfect for a home dec project.”

If you’ve been waiting for the steps David took to create this duder, then today is a happy day! The Postage Stamp Pillow tutorial and photo of the finished product are found below.

But first, let’s talk WINNING FABRIC. So you want some Paper Obsessed goodness of your own, eh? Windham Fabrics gives away free fabric along every stop of the blog-a-palooza and we are throwing in some extra I Heart Crimson Tate swag just for funzies. To enter the contest at our stop, leave a comment describing your favorite color and your favorite print of Heather’s (Paper Obsessed or Succulents).  Our winner will be chosen randomly on July 27, and of course, be sure to visit all of our friends’ blogs for a chance to win!

July 12 Windham Fabrics :: http://windhamfabrics.wordpress.com

July 13 Heather Givans of Crimson Tate :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/

July 14 Sarah Sharp of {no} hats quilts ::  http://www.nohatsinthehouse.com/

July 15 Janine Vangool of UPPERCASE Magazine ::  http://uppercasemagazine.com/blog/

July 16 Karen LePage of Gentle Clothing :: http://onegirlcircus.com/

July 17 Jenny Leisure / David Barnhouse of Crimson Tate :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/ {Hootie hoo!}

July 18 Heather Jones of Heather Jones Studio :: http://www.heatherjonesstudio.com/blog

July 19 Eric Lubrick of Eric Lubrick Photography :: http://oartooar.com/

July 20 Annie Unrein of By Annie’s :: http://byanniecom.blogspot.com/

July 21 Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts :: https://materialgirlquilts.com/

July 22 Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness :: http://sewsweetness.com/blog

July 23 Giuseppe Ribaudo of Giucy Giuce :: http://www.instagram.com/giucy_giuce

July 24 Karen McTavish of Karen McTavish Quilting Studio :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/

July 25 Kristen Wright of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine :: https://twoblondesandasewingmachine.wordpress.com

July 26 Heather Givans of Crimson Tate ::  https://blog.crimsontate.com/

Crimson Tate

Photo by Eric Lubrick

Postage Stamp Pillow
featuring Paper Obsessed by Heather Givans & Artisan Cotton Solids

Designed by David Barnhouse
Size: 14” x 22”

 Fabric Requirements
½ yard of 40171-2 Black/Grey (Backing)
¼ yard or fat quarter of 41682-2 AM Delivery

1/8 yard or fat eighth of each of the following:
40171-1 Charcoal/White
40171-13 Red/White
40171-29 Yellow/Copper
40171-31 Turquoise/Copper
40171-35 Aqua/Blue
40171-37 Red/Royal

 Other Supplies
1 yard lightweight fusible interfacing
Coordinating thread for piecing and quilting
16” x 24” piece of cotton batting
Rotary cutter
Ruler
Cutting mat
Straight pins
Basting pins

Cutting
From the back fabric, cut (2) rectangles that measure 14-½” x 15-½”

From all fabrics, cut varying numbers of 2-½” squares for a total of (77) squares
Tip: From fabric 41682-2, fussy cut to feature your favorite stamps!

Designing the Pillow Top
Shortcut alert! The following steps will save you oodles of time.

On the ironing board, lay piece of interfacing glue side up. Lay squares out right sides up, taking care to leave the same amount of space between each square (about 1/8”). Make 7 horizontal rows with 11 squares each. Be certain the squares are not overlapping or touching.

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Using the pick-and-pluck method, fuse the squares in place, taking care to not run over large areas of exposed interfacing. You may want to dig out your handy dandy pressing cloth.

Sewing
Fold first row of squares over the second row (right sides together) and sew with a ¼” seam. Continue in this manner for each horizontal row, being sure to flip the previous rows out as to not catch them in your next seam.

On the wrong side of the pillow top, trim a scant 1/8” from your seam allowance as to remove the folded interfacing from all six seams.

Iron seams open. In this instance, pressing the seam open is strongly advised – the interfacing adds bulk. Tip: Finger press your seams open before you go for the iron. Easy-peasy!

Rinse and repeat! This time, sew the vertical columns together. Again, use a ¼” seam allowance, sew slowly, and try to keep the seams you just pressed open, well… open!

Now hem the back pieces. Along the short edge of one piece, fold fabric over ¼” and press. Fold over again 1-½” and press. Top stitch 1/8″ from the inner fold. Repeat for the second piece of back fabric.

Finishing
IMG_5561Pin baste the pillow top to a piece of batting and quilt as desired.

Line up both back pieces (hemmed edges overlapping at the center) and the quilted pillow top, right sides together. Sew all four sides with a ¼” seam allowance and finish raw edge with a zig-zag stitch.

Option: It is possible to finish with a French seam (start by sewing wrong sides together), but be aware that this will shrink your outermost quilt squares incrementally.

Stuff with pillow form and bam! Your very own Postage Stamp Pillow! Spruce it up with some Amy Butler Honey Bun Poufs and make it a beautiful trio! Now get to sewing!

Crimson Tate

Photo by Eric Lubrick