Paper Obsessed Blog Tour :: Sunday Edition with Karen McTavish !!!!

karenMcTIt’s easy like Sunday Morning.  Although, what Karen McTavish does isn’t easy.  Today’s Paper Obsessed blog is happening right here with the talented, energetic, lovely, and real Karen McTavish.  She quilted my improv Air Traffic Control Quilt that I fondly refer to as Aerodynamics.

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I loved working on the Aerodynamics quilt for a couple of reasons.  The quilt was original and unique – something fresh and new… I love being a part of new ideas. I wanted to make the paper airplanes really be the focus of the overall impact of the quilt, so two layers of Quilters Dream Batting was used for the quilt. Unfortunately, wool has a memory and sometimes shows fold lines. The process of quilting was to let the paper airplanes fly all over the quilt showing the path of its flight. I would draw the line directly on the quilt at the end of the paper airplane and hoped the line would run into another airplane. The quilting was really fun because I felt so much freedom. I felt Heather’s joy in making this quilt and tried to match that energy.

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Photos by Eric Lubrick

I want you to imagine what it’s like to get your quilt back in the mail after Karen McTavish has had it.  OMG.  It’s the best thing ever to open the box.

KarenMcTavishThis quilt was a major reason why Paper Obsessed exists.  I’ve wanted to make this quilt for the longest time, but couldn’t find the right fabrics to pull it off.

I used the notebook print, white on white airplanes, and ball point security envelope texture.

I’m so proud of this quilt and learned a lot in the process (through tears, frustration, and kerfuffles, and finally success).  It’s one of the projects I am most proud of in concept, design, fabric, and even down to the quilt pattern.  And I’m so super honored that Karen McTavish gets me and is willing to work so hard for my vision to shine through.

Thanks for peeking in on how Karen McTavish made my dreams come true.  I couldn’t ask for a better creative partner in crime.  She is so incredibly dear to me and I think we make a great team.

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 this stop, leave a comment describing a dream you’ve had for a long time that you’re making steps to come true.  It can be grand or it can be simple.  The 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!  Don’t forget to leave your email address or an obvious way to get a hold of you so you can easily be notified when you WIN!  The blog tour is almost over, so be sure to circle back around and check out alllllll the goodness.

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

July 24 Karen McTavish of Karen McTavish Quilting Studio :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/ {Dreamer + Doer}

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/

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/

Crimson Tate HEARTS Sew Sweetness :: Paper Obsessed Blog Tour of the Day!!

IMG_2981 (1).jpgI’m not kidding.  If you ever get a chance to hear Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness give a lecture on interfacings, it’ll change your life.  Go go go!!! And then I think, how nutty am I that I would geek out over something like INTERFACING?!  Sara knows exactly what product to use in what situation.  She’s a master.  And a totally brilliant pattern writer.  I’m thrilled that today Sara is the stop on the Paper Obsessed blog tour.  There are only five days left to tool around to all these stops, look in on the inspirations, and enter to win AT EVERY STOP Paper Obsessed fabric, Crimson Tate Swag, and a Correspondence Mini-Quilt pattern.  Woooot.  

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 <—Sew Awesome

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/

Tour Guide Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts :: {Paper Obsessed BLOG HOP Continues}

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Awwwwww.  This photo was taken the day that the advanced yardage of my collection Paper Obsessed came in and the lovely Amanda Castor rushed over after work to pick up fabric she needed to make her cool quilt pattern Spiral Bound.  I love love love this photo and I love that dear Amanda. (Although, someone should have told me to brush my hair!!!!)  This girl makes so many quilts and so many projects.  I’m constantly yelling “WHAT?! AGAIN?! You’re done with another one?!?!?” And each is so beautiful.  Amanda is today’s tour guide.  Head over to her blog and see what she’s been up to.

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/ <————TOUR GUIDE EXTRAORDINAIRE

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!

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/

AMY BUTLER’S BLOG TOUR: 10 STYLISH PROJECTS THAT CELEBRATE PATCHWORK

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Worlds are about to collide!  I’m the seventh stop (and maybe in seventh heaven) on Amy Butler’s Big-Old-Blog-Tour-Celebrating-Her-New-Book Piece Keeping. Even though I’ve got my own Paper Obsessed Blog Tour happening right now, I wanted to take a breather to show you what the Amy Butler has been up to.  Have you seen this book?

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It’s ridiculously cute and incredibly inspired.  Amy and I discussed Piece Keeping while we were at Quilt Market in Salt Lake City, UT.  Remember?  We made our Letters from Home quilt from her new fabric Eternal Sunshine for her booth.

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We chatted a lot about how the book was filled with all kinds of different fabrics, not just the beauties that Amy herself has designed.  As a fellow designer and artist, I agreed that it’s wonderful to pull inspiration from lots of different places.  Mixing and matching various substrates that have richness of color and amazing textures found in fabrics like cotton linens can be so rewarding.  I’m impressed that Amy’s new book pulls from a huge range of fabrics and textures.

One of my favorite projects in the book is the Stash Pouches project.  The book includes instructions and patterns for three sizes of pouches.  I landed on the large.

IMG_7543.jpgI wanted to incorporate some elements found in her inspiration, namely the leather pull and the metal zipper, so I headed to Diagon Alley to find my supplies.  Just kidding.  But I did go to a place that is pretty much where Harry Potter gets his supplies for Hogwarts.  If you’re remotely close to Indianapolis and have just a slight interest in working with leather, you need to go to Landwerlen Leather at 365 S Illinois Downtown Indy.

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The outside is so unassuming with the mailbox numbers glued to the window with its hand lettered and painted sign.  But inside…

…it’s a dream world. Established in 1908, you’ll find old cabinets filled full of leather sewing supplies.  They are a leather supply and shoe findings warehouse for the leather trades, small manufacturers, and hobbyists.  And it smells INCREDIBLE like leather.

I got my goods, felt inspired, and set off to make my Stash Pouch.  I chose to use Robert Kaufman’s Metallic Essex Linen with a piece of vintage plaid I’ve had in my stash forever.  This also seemed like a good time to pull out a little hunk of Heather Ross’s Far Far Away printed on lightweight cotton linen to use as the lining.

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Amy Butler made construction easy to follow and I truly appreciated that each of the pattern pieces told you exactly what to do as well as the book itself.  Piece Keeping celebrates patchwork, so of course, the flying goose is the star of this bag.  I mean, I love the flying geese. [Check out our Row by Row Experience block as evidence.]

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My most favorite part of this bag, however, is the sweet pleats.  They make the entire project.

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I added a little bit of my Paper Obsessed stamp fabric to the interior, just a little embellishment. I knew I loved it and I figured Amy would like the succulents hidden inside.

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Here’s the view before I sewed it together.  Notice there’s a sneaky pocket inside, too.

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Want to peek in on a sample of the book with a sample of the instructions?  Check it out here.

Amy Butler, Chronicle Books, Free Spirit Fabric, and Renaissance Ribbons are all giving away amazing swag with this blog tour. Each stop provides one winner a copy of the book, a fat quarter bundle of Eternal Sunshine, and a slug of Amy Butler designed ribbons.  Leave a comment here and tell me what kind of sneaky treasure do you want to hide inside your Stash Pouch or tell me about the most amazing store you’ve ever been in that was unassuming from the outside but inside, there was total magic.  I’ll draw one commenter randomly July 22 at 8:00 AM.  Please make sure there is way to contact you (either through your link or by adding your email to the comment).  Thanks for playing along.  Don’t forget to find me in other avenues or visit me in the store at Crimson Tate!

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·         July 11 – Chronicle Books

·         July 12 – The Root Connection

·         July 13 – Suzy Quilts

·         July 14 – Rock Paper Scissors

·         July 15 – 100 Billion Stars

·         July 16 – Carrie Bloomston

·         July 17 – Late Night Quilter

·         July 18 – Heather Givans of  Crimson Tate [Alohamora!]

·         July 19 – A Gathering of Stitches

·         July 20 – Heather Jones Studio

·         July 21 – Make It In Design

And if you’re inclined, hop on the Paper Obsessed Tour, too.  We’d be happy to have you.

xoxxo

Heather

CONGRATULATIONS TO MARA!!! SHE’S THE WINNER OF THE RANDOM DRAWING.  And thank you to everyone for the fantastic stories.  🙂

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