Final Day Paper Obsessed Blog Tour :: Correspondence Mini Quilt for Mail Lovers + {GIVEAWAY}

WHAT?! The two week blog tour is over???!!! I can’t believe it.  Booooooo.  But holy moly!  What an amazing trip around the interwebs it has been.  I’m in awe of what people, friends, are making. From dresses, to quilts, to poufs, to pillows, to bags, to pencil cases, to pouches and everything inbetween, I love how everyone is making some stellar goods from Paper Obsessed.

In this last leg, I wanted to introduce you to the Correspondence Mini Quilt pattern that we wrote specifically for this collection.

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In just nine fat quarters, you’ll have the CUTEST little project to give to your paper loving quilty friend (and leftover fabrics to play with for yourself).

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So I was inspired to create a line of fabric that would function as mail.  Remember way back when (ok, it was October) I had an all call for friends to send me mail for my booth at market?  The response looked like this:

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My booth looked like this:

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I’m happy to report that I’m 73% the way through on making good on my promise of addressing everyone who sent me mail.  I’m ALMOST DONE!!! Yahoooo.  I’m so sorry it is taking me longer than expected.  But I guess this is the time that I should reveal that sometimes my Christmas cards don’t go out until June / July.  I remember one year I just drove around and put them in people’s mailboxes in the middle of summer.  You know, just to save on stamps or whatnot.  🙂

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I will not fail in returning correspondence to you.  You took the time to write, I’ll get this done.  Promise.  And for everyone who wrote to me, I have included a sweeeeeet surprise in the envelope.

I have a new collection of fabric for Windham Fabrics that will be presented at the International Quilt Market in Houston, TX in late October.  Soon, I’ll announce an all call for help with that collection, too.  If you want to be notified of what we’re up to and what I need to create my booth, sign up for Crimson Tate’s electronic newsletter here.

I’m super jazzed that in Paper Obsessed I could combine my love of fabric and quilting with my love of doodling, mail, and embroidery.

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Here’s a little photo essay of building the Correspondence Mini Quilt:

I’ve had so much fun embroidering with the Aurifloss by Aurifil Threads.  Some of you already have this kit and pattern because you purchased it through QuiltyBox where I was the guest artist for the month of June.  Wahooo!!!  I can’t wait to see your creations!

Be sure to check out all the Crimson Tate patterns available.

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And to find me (as @crimsontate) in all the places online!

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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 how late you’ve ever been sending holiday cards, birthday presents, wedding gifts, or any other occassion that you missed the deadline. 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!  This is the last stop but you can today circle around and check out all the stops, so be sure to 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/

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/ FINAL STOP

Thanks for playing along and all of your encouragement!  This is an awesome community to be a part of!  Can’t wait to announce all of the winners, soon!!!!

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/

BIG BIRTHDAY SALE @ CRIMSONTATE!

We’re TWO Years Old!

 

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Holy holy!  We’re two years old.  Can you imagine?  It’s such an exciting time.  Do you remember the first month we were open? We started with 20 bolts of fabric, two book cases, and a song and dance saying “it’s only gonna get better!!” And here we are two years later, nearly 1000 bolts of fabric and an AMAZING webstore.  Still today, we say “it’s only gonna get better!!”

Here’s a photo of our space three months after we opened.

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But this time, it isn’t just me that’s saying it.  

The past two years wouldn’t have been possible with out my faithful sidekicks David and Melissa.  Nor without the help in transporting of all the diet cokes random strangers will bring or the kindness of my parents, Jack and Cathy, our AMAZING IT GUY who overwhelms and surprises me often, my deary-lou Jamie who makes dinner most nights and has adjusted to eating that dinner at 9:30 PM, our KFC & DJ for their consistency in working toward our vision, our dear friends at Silver in the City, plus the countless others who play with us on Mass Ave. Obviously, the list can go on and on.

 

Get down to 845 Massachusetts Avenue and celebrate!! We’re open SEVEN DAYS A WEEK!!   If you can’t make it down, you can now shop 24 hours a day at crimsontate.com.  Wooowee!!

 

Thank you as always for the comraderie and friendship.

Tell your friends! Tell your neighbors!  It’s time to CELEBRATE!

Lots of XXXOOO,

Heather + the gang

 

What’s on sale?! Liberty of London, Echino, Erin McMorris, Parson Gray, Birch Organic, Monaluna Organic, Lotta Jansdotter, Denyse Schmidt, Anna Maria Horner, RJR Solids, Melody Miller, Amy Butler, Carrie Bloomston, Heather Ross ———-> oh wait!  The ENTIRE STORE is on sale!!!!

 

USING THE CODES:

At the crimsontate.com checkout, you’ll be asked to enter a discount code.  Only one of the codes (happybirthdayct or newsies) will work.  You’ll need to decide which code is appropriate for your cart.  Everything in the store is 25% off with the code happybirthdayct except for the newest collections from Heather Ross, Amy Butler, and Carrie Bloomston (Such Designs).

If you want to use both codes, you’ll need to have two separate transactions in order to benefit from both codes, just make sure you separate the items.  Shop often.  We don’t mind.  But unfortunately, we can’t apply both codes to one cart.  We won’t be able to go back and manually change that code for you.  Sorry!  So filler up TWICE! Or three times, for good measure.

IN STORE PICK-UP:

We super love that you’ve chosen in-store pick-up!  Please give us 24 hours to pull your fabrics, notions, and goodies.  We look forward to seeing you in 24 hours Downtown Indianapolis.  By then, we’ll have your goods ready to go.  If you won’t be able to make it downtown for over a week, let us know so we can keep your goods organized and not front and center.  We’d rather not shuffle ’em around too much.  Give us an estimate of when you’ll be in and we’ll bring your purchases out from their secret hiding place.  I mean, they’re precious, right?!
 

Karen LePage of One Girl Circus will be sewing with us on Friday Night

Friday, August 17, Karen LePage of One Girl Circus will be joining us during a special Friday night edition of Downtown Sewcial.  Come hang out with the author of SEWING FOR BOYS and sew with her.  We are honored to have her in attendance.  She is hanging out in Downtown Indianapolis during the Indianapolis GP Motorcycle Races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Her husband has a gig!  She’s along for the sewing ride).

 

I had the great fortune of meeting Karen in an aisle of the Kansas City Quilt Market while she was hanging out with Rashida Coleman Hale and Heather Braunlin Jones.  We became instant friends and I’m excited to host here in Downtown Indianapolis.  How cool is she to come hang with us?!  Love it!!

 

Call the store or email me if you want a reservation to sew at Friday Night’s Sewcial.  Otherwise, just drop by and say hey to Ms Karen!!  We’ll be glad to have you.  Image