Winners of the Paper Obsessed Blog Tour

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Get ready for a great mail day, kids!  Here are the winners of the awesome blog tour that Windham Fabrics, Crimson Tate, and By Annie sponsored.  Wooty woot woot.  Don’t forget to sign up for Crimson Tate’s e-newsletter to find out what we’re up to and other opportunities to participate with Quilt Market Prep!

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

Martina Schwarz

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

Linda Williamson

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

Linda Douglas

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

Kathy Erickson

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

Allison Church Bird

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

Diane Beavers

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

Veronique Oudard

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

Diane Beavers

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

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

Patty Taylor

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

Mary Beth Meadows

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

Indianna

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

Julianne Seegmiller

Thanks, y’all for playing along!!!

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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!!!!

Is Lotta Jansdotter the New Solid? And other thoughts about Houston Quilt Market 2013

Seriously.  She’s kinda brilliant.  That Lotta Jansdotter is Freshy McFresherson.  I am so happy that Windham Fabrics wooed the queen of Swedish design to their line-up of stellar cast members.  Of course, Lotta Jansdotter is not new to the world of sewing and textile printing.  She has been making handprinted textiles for years.  As a fellow printmaker, I’ve admired how simple her techniques and results are.  In her third line for Windham, she gives us a soft palette perfect for late winter early spring wearings.  Take a visual tour around her booth —–>

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Lotta Jansdotter gives you something to think about.  The roughness and sometimes crude nature of the printed surface is very pretty.  I like that her designs retain that hand printed quality, even though they aren’t hand-pulled prints. (Although all of my favorite printmaking teacher Kathy Reeves would tell you that spotty surfaces is shotty printing, but I like it in this instance.  Sorry Kathy.)  Here’s a closer view of one of those spotty fabrics, this photo taken from Windham’s website.

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The happy news is that this collection is set to be shipped from Windham in early February and obs will be living at Crimson Tate.  If you can’t wait to see it in its entirety, check out both collections on Windham’s website.  One is named Mormor and the other Sylvia.  (Sylvia is Lotta’s granny–her mormor).

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Sylvia is a fantastic range of black and whites which we’ve ALL been waiting for.  Thank goodness.  You’re gonna like it.

xoxo

Heather

If you’d like to use any of the photography seen here, please email me at photouse@crimsontate.com I’m sure we can work it out!

“Excuse me! Are you Tula Pink?!” — Quilt Market Review Continues Including Best Quilt At Market, IMO.

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Day two of Quilt Market, I was standing in the aura of Tula Pink, Freespirit Fabrics designer, trying to take it all in when a woman interrupts my Tula Pink coma saying “Excuse me! I’m so sorry.  Are you Tula Pink?” And so it begins.  I’m later to find out that this character that confuses me with Tula is Mary Fons of Quilty Magazine.  We giggle about the incident when a series of events finds me chatting with her after I’ve inadvertently crashed a quilting magazine industry party on the eighth floor of a hotel that is a few miles away from my hotel.  This whole story is way better told in person.

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Tula Pink can’t be stopped.  I am at times speechless just trying to take in the abundance of pattern, color, design, absurdity, beauty, and cohesion that is Tula Pink.  Take a closer look at her quilt market booth.

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Fabric flowers in vases.

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A really great series of pillows.

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As quilts.  As garments.  As home decor.  It all works.

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Holy.  This butterfly quilt was designed by Tula Pink as a block of the month.  You can bet your sweet bippy that we’re gonna do this at Crimson Tate.  It’s absolutely stunning.

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Here’s an up-close look at the quilting.  So good.

But let’s chat about THE BEST QUILT found at quilt market.  It’s this one —>

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I’m angry that I don’t have a better photo of the entire quilt.  I can still hear Tula’s voice as I’m franticaly trying to get a photo of it at her School House chat “Don’t worry.  It’ll be in the booth.  You can get a good photo of it later.” But in fact, I never saw the quilt outstretched again after that moment.  I couldn’t get a full view of it.  Ugh!  But I did get a few close-ups so you can see why it’s so incredible.

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That Angela Waters.  Whoa.  And closer still.

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As my friend Lindsay of Ellesquare says “You drank the Kool-Aid.” And in fact I did.  Coming to live at Crimson Tate in the next few months is not only Tula Pink’s entire line of quilting weight cottons from her collection, Acacia, but also her hand piecing kit that makes this quilt.

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Seen again here along with needlework pillows, also coming to Crimson Tate.

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Boxes of Tula Pink Aurifil thread, both the large and small sizes along with her newest collection of ribbons for Renaissance Ribbons.Image

I have a serious Kool-Aid mustache.  I might have gone a little crazy.  I leave you with a few other random bits that are interesting and all Tula Pink.  Holy mother.

xoxo

Heather

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Minneapolis Airport Didn’t Want Me To Blog. You Did Me Dirty, Minneapolis.

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So all along I thought that as I was leaving Portland, I’d have time on my layover in Minneapolis to put together more photos from Quilt Market to share but the concourse hike I took in Minneapolis didn’t see it that way. You did me dirty, Minneapolis. In the end I was overjoyed at being able to enjoy a cup of Caribou Coffee after a 20 minute hoofing from one side of the airport to the other.  When I lived in Northern Minnesota (Duluth to be exact) just a few years ago, we’d spend the morning in Canal Park drinking Caribou.  Ohhhh it’s so good.  The waters of Lake Superior make THE WORLD’S BEST COFFEE.  Le sigh.

Back to Quilt Market.

Are you familiar with Blend?  It’s the licensing division of Anna Griffin Designs.  What it boils down to is that Anna Griffin wanted to showcase her arty friends’ talents under a different label.  Blend was born.  What I  thought was INCREDIBLY noteworthy was the holiday selections Blend has for Halloween and Christmas.

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Photo above taken from BLEND website. How did I not get a close-up of these dudes?

Here’s a closer look at just how cute the holiday fabrics are.

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Look at those cars with Christmas trees attached!  We totally play that game around my house at the holidays.  We keep statistics on how many xmas trees we see strapped to the the top of cars.  It’s exciting when the daily count reaches the teens or when the game begins well before Thanksgiving. Yesssss!!!

Violet Craft‘s newest line for Michael Miller is totally worthy.  She’s so warm.  When I had the fortune of attending QuiltCon, the Modern Quilt Guild’s conference, Violet was taking the same class I was which was Patchwork Skirt with Jay McCarroll.  We giggled the entire way through. (Jay McCarroll smells really good.  More about that some other time.)  Here’s Violet’s booth with the Portland inspired collection.Image

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The domino print is pretty sweet and reminiscent to the rivets found along the surface of the Portland bridges.  This was no accident, I’m sure. Violet?!

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Also found in the Michael Miller suite was Patty Young‘s typography inspired fabric.  Here’s the lovely Patty sitting inside the swan paddle boat trying to act like she wasn’t being caught on film.  Who me?  I’m fabulous.  Rumor was that the swan boat was totes for sale.  Violet Craft threatened to put it in her yard to grow tomatoes out of it.  How great would that be?Image

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Finally for this post, I leave you with T.J. Lane, artist and giggler.  She designs and crafts sterling silver thimbles that are AMAZING.  We have had a selection at Crimson Tate for a year now and we loaded back up this time with a few with gems, a few with bees, and a few delicate hearts.  Here’s our girl T.J. as she realized she charged my credit card SIX TIMES for one transaction.  Get it together, T.J.!!  😉 I love her dearly.  Look at these amazing pincushion rings.  I wore one the entire time I sat in her booth with her.  Sooooo good.

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Here she is after she charged my card six times.  HAHAHAHAHA.  Jokes on me! 😉

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And then when I told her to be serious, this is what she gave me:

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Yea right!

It might take me a month to get through all of these photos.  Stay with me.  I’ve got a lot to share.

xoxo

Heather

And Day Two of Quilt Market, Melody Miller Dominates!

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Oh Melody Miller, how did you get to be so amazing?!  Her sense of color.  Her unconventional design.  It’s a breath of fresh air.  This kid is UBER talented.  Melody’s newest line coordinates with the other raising star collections.  She glitters in the same way her fabric shines.  Enjoy this photo essay of Melody’s newest fabric that will be living Downtown Indianapolis at Crimson Tate.  We love Japanese fabrics.  This collection was manufactured by Kokka and is a cotton linen blend.

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Want to see what else is going to live at Crimson Tate and is from Japan?  Here’s a sliver of other designers such as Echino, Nani Iro, and Ellen Luckett Baker who will be residing on our shelves very soon.

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OH MY!  Look at those scooters and cameras!  YESSSSSS!!!!  Man.  There’s so much more.  I’m headed home this afternoon.  I’ll try to sneak in one more round of photos before I make it back to Indiana.

xoxo

Heather

Quilt Market in Portland Spring 2013 – First Impressions – SUCH DESIGNS for the Win.

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In Portland, anything goes.  Laid back.  Hipster.  Grunge.  I’m thoroughly enjoying the culture found here.  Portlandia isn’t far off.  From funky funk doughnut shop VooDoo Doughnuts to the permanent food cart village found right next to my hotel, it’s pretty swell.

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But enough of that for now (although I have more to share and say on the topic).  What I really want to share is my very first impressions of Quilt Market Spring 2013 opening day.  I packed in a lot of appointments Friday touching base with many of the lines of fabrics I don’t get to see unless I’m at quilt market.  By far, my favorite is EVERY SINGLE PIECE of fabric found in SUCH DESIGN‘s premier line called Collage.  Carrie Bloomston is love and light.  She’s generous in spirit and inspired by painter Mark Rothko and environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy, to name a few.  She’s a girl after my own heart.  I love these dudes, too, and their use of color and design.  Check out a few of the products made with her new collection for Windham Fabrics (who I also love desperately).  Note all of those vibrant turquoise and electric purples.  I’m seeing this electric color palette everywhere in more modern manufacturers.  Ohhhh man.  It’s good.

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And then I stumbled into the booth of Cloud 9 Fabrics and the home of Rashida Coleman Hale. Ohhh man. Her color choices will coordinate beautifully with COLLAGE.  Again, the color found in these guys is sophisticated electricity.  And what’s not to love of Rashida’s aesthetic?  Small patterns in rich color.  Keepers. And when paired with linen, whoa.

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xoxo Heather