Sewing for a Cause :: Kangaroo Cuddlers for Riley NICU – Year Three!

We’re revisiting a project we’ve participated in for the past few years that spreads good-giving. We know you’ll love this one. We’ve partnered with one of our lovely customers and friend who is involved in Kangaroo Cuddlers which is a program that encourages skin to skin contact of mother and baby.  Read what the project coordinator has to say:

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Kangaroo Care is hard to accomplish when your little one is in constant care in the NICU. A team of doctors devised a great program that provides opportunity for moms to wear a little kangaroo inside their clothing and when they aren’t able to be with their baby, the little kangaroo stays with the child. It reminds the mothers that this skin to skin contact is very important in early childhood as well as provides comfort and security for the baby as the swatch contains the mother’s calming smell.

 

How sweet is this? You want to help us sew these dudes? Let’s talk deets.

Who: You, silly! Our wonderful sewy community.

What: The Riley NICU Kangaroo-a-thon! The initial goal is to collect 300 Kangaroo Cuddlers.

When: Please complete and deliver your finished cuddlers by Monday April 24, 2017

Where: Drop them off or mail to Crimson Tate – 845 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204

How: Download this simple Kangaroo Cuddler pattern and make as many ‘Roos as you please, and please don’t forget to closely follow the guidelines because a parent has to wear this under their clothes and a baby has to snuggle with it. Keep it as simple as possible!

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Making it Even More Fun: Crimson Tate would like to extend an offering of thanks by giving you a coupon to use.

You’ll receive .5% coupon* off for every cuddler you make up to 60!  A 30% off coupon for your entire purchase awaits!! Use it on Liberty of London, a TJ Lane Thimble, Oliso Iron, an entire bolt of fabric!  It’s up to you how you use it.  We’ll gift you 30% off your entire purchase as a big ol’ thanks.  Making 40 ‘roos will elicit a 20% off coupon.  Just like that.

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The person who donates the most Kangaroo Cuddlers will receive a $25 gift certificate* to the store.  Let’s say you make 150 cuddlers and that is the most any ONE person makes.  You’ll receive a $25 gift card and a 30% off coupon. Giving never felt so good!!! So don’t stop at 60 – make as many as your heart can hold.  If you’re not local, you can always send us these lil’ dudes in the mail and we’ll send you a coupon code to use on our website.  You’ll also be eligible for the gift card!!!

*winning gift card and discount can be used on Crimson Tate’s entire inventory excluding classes, other gift cards, pre-orders, and 50% off clearance.

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Making it EVEN MORE MORE MORE FUN:  Those big-hearted folks at Windham Fabrics donated the softest and most cuddly fleece to be used in this project!  Thank you to that gang and their generosity.  Come into the store and pick up FREE FLEECE to use for this project.

Hop to! What an awesome use of our skills that other people might not have, so think of what a difference this simple gesture can make. How many Kangaroos can we sew, gang?! Let’s find out!

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Cuddlers need to be at Crimson Tate no later than Monday April 24, 2017.  We close at 5:00 PM on that day.  Please include your name, phone number, email, and address so that we may properly thank you and send your coupon!!! If you’re rocking Instagram or Twitter, give us that, too!!!

Out of towners are encouraged to play!  We’d love to receive cuddlers from all over the world!!!

If you’re on Instagram, please tag @crimsontate #kangaroocuddler #ctsewingforacause #crimsontate

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FAQ:

Hey, Heather!  Do I have to use fleece?  Can’t I just use a bunch of scraps that I’ve got lying around?  I just upholstered my couch in burlap.  Wouldn’t these be so cute in burlap? 

Dear Scrap Hoarder,

While we always want to encourage the use of fabric refuse, I want you to imagine the parent that receives this cuddler to wear under their clothing.  We want it to be as soft and beautiful as possible.  While using your old upholstery fabric might seem like a good idea, we’d like to stick to fleece.  Keep it simple, sister (and brother).

Hey, Heather!  I live far far away, like close to Mars, and have never been to your store except through the earthen world wide web.  I’d love to participate but I’m wondering if that’s ok?  Will you accept cuddlers from billions of miles away?

Dear Great Beyond,

Heck yes!  We get so tickled and excited when we receive mail from the great beyond.  If you live 100 miles away or in another galaxy, we’ll gladly take your cuddlers and give them to a family who can use them.

Hey, Heather!  I really want to win.  Can I turn in two, three, even four batches of cuddlers?  I mean.  I can’t be stopped.  My goal is 12,000 cuddlers this year.  I’m crazy competitive.

Dear Elite Cuddler Sewer,

Of course. Bring them to us in waves! It would help us greatly if you count those cuddlers and give us a running total each time you bring them to us, but we’ll start the clock and keep stats for you.  We’re totally into helping you train for the Olympic Kangaroo Games.

Hey, Heather!  I need to go get my car fixed, perm my hair, travel to Bolivia for a microfiche conference, build a house, do my taxes, rescue my forty-second miniature sloth, and complete a Rubix Cube before I can begin sewing these cuddlers for you.  What if I don’t make the deadline?  What happens?

Dear Over Committed List Maker,

You can always send and give us Kangaroo Cuddlers to be passed along to Riley Children’s Hospital NICU anytime.   You can do this year round and in fact, some customers do! Riley always needs them for new parents.  In order to receive the coupon and be eligible for the gift certificate, however, you’ll need to make the deadline of April 24.  Sounds like you’ve got a couple of minutes you can work on some cuddlers before then!  Good Luck!

Hey, Heather!  I, like you, love mail!  I want to mail these little duders to you.  What address should I put on this box?

Dear Precious Postal Fan,

Please send them to:

Crimson Tate

ATTN: Kangaroo Lover

845 Massachusetts Ave Suite A

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Please don’t forget to include your name, email address, mailing address, instagram handle, and your official count!

Thank you everyone for your generosity.  The awesome folks at Riley Hospital and those little babies thank you, too.

Ship it real good! We’re getting SHIP done.

Crimson TateAlright, gang! Exciting news… we’ve re-engineered our shipping rates at crimsontate.com for U.S. orders!! If you didn’t know this about us already, we kind of love sending mail. Mail is fun. And we want to make it super easy on ya to love the crimsontate.com on the ol’ world wide interwebs, dontchya know?

LettersFromHome-Exterior_CrimsonTate_100616The first thing you should know about ordering on crimsontate.com is that we can send you one or TWO patterns with FREE SHIPPING! But don’t get crazy. We mean 6″ x 9″ sized booklets, so larger pattern books will incur a small shipping charge. The good news is, most patterns we stock will fit in the smaller envelope! We will ship patterns via USPS First Class Mail. You should also know a little birdie told us that very, VERY soon, some Literary-inspired quilt patterns will be available.

But wait! There’s more fun news. We can now ship up to two yards of fabric more economically. Here is the break down:

U.S. Orders
For two yards of fabric or less, our standard shipping method is USPS First Class Mail.

     0.5 to 1 yards = $2.95

1.25 to 2 yards = $3.95

For more than two yards of fabric, our standard shipping method is USPS Priority Mail.

2.25 to 9.75 yards = Padded Envelope $6.80

10 to 19.75 yards = Medium Box $13.45

20+ yards = Large Box $18.75

Expected delivery 1 to 3 business days after order has shipped. Yardage is estimated based on 100% cotton, 44” wide quilting weight fabric. Other items may weigh more and fill up packages faster.

If you’re interested in our TJ Lane Thimbles or international shipping rates, head over to our Shipping Info page for ALL the deets!

Alright, team? Let’s do this. Let’s get ship done!

Year End Gratitude!!

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This year brought an amazing adventure to Crimson Tate.  Whoa, nelly.  We are all in this game together.  We’re a teeny tiny small business that is so proud to be your neighborhood (and online) quilt store.  This little buddy can’t function without you.  And quite honestly, we don’t want to do this without you.  As I look back on the year that is passing, a common theme is positivity, gratefulness, and love.   I want to thank you profusely for your friendship and patronage.  I (all of us at Crimson Tate, really) love that our friends are our customers and that our customers are our friends.  It’s the best way to live.  So thank you for that.

We opened our hearts to love and friendship and found more inspiration and happiness than we ever could have anticipated.

Let’s bust into 2017 with joy in our heart, inspiration in our mind’s eye, and an abundance of creativity. Let’s make things we’re proud of, have meaning, not worry about being perfect, and let’s have a GOOD TIME!!

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As a year end celebration, we’d love to offer you the use of code FINALCOUNTDOWN at checkout to receive 25% off your entire order.  Even the clearance will be discounted an additional 25% with the code.  What?! It’s time to get creative and begin again.  We welcome you, 2017.  We welcome you with hearts forward, arms open, and ready for the goodness you have in store for us all.  Sale ends Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST (just for funzies!  Holla West Coast!)

International friends, we now are set-up to handle your online orders!  We’re happy to ship to you anywhere in the world.  Let’s do this thing!!!  I’m excited for the first international orders to come through. EXCITING!!

I know that for many, 2016 was tough.  I’m actively choosing to move my way into 2017 with excitement and anticipation of some awesome stuff in mind.

In 2017 I can’t wait for * QuiltCon in February * The arrival of Literary in April!!! * New quilt patterns * More art for a fourth collection!!! WHAT?! So crazy. * Classes at Crimson Tate! * Being inspired * Laughing and storytelling * Digging deep in my friendships * More Yoga  * Learning and using ASL * Paducah * Teaching in other people’s spaces * Walking and biking to work * Playing everyday at Crimson Tate * Hosting creativity workshops with my hommies @ Practice Indie * Fall Market and debut of fabric collection number four * Sewing more quilts * Finding more kindred spirits * Reading more * Tinkering * Building * Choosing positivity * Being real * Giggling on the daily * Writing more notes * Happiness * Spending more time outdoors * Love * High fives * The list can go on and on and surely will.  xoxoxoxxoxo

I’d love to know what you are excited for, too!

Our philosophy at Crimson Tate is to be serious without taking yourself too seriously.  I love that so many people in our community approach life, sewing, and everyday in the same way.  I can’t be more grateful that this is who I am surrounded by.  I really do have big love.  Thanks for letting me be a part of your lives.  And thank you for being a part of mine.  And as always, thank you to the Crimson Tate Squad for their continuous and hard work.  Truly.

xoxo

Heather

PS We’ll be closed January 1 & 2.  We’ll reopen at 11:00 AM on January 3.  xoxo

Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Gift Guide {Days 13-19}

IMG_4883.jpgHoooootie 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.  We’re still adding more and more of our inventory so keep checking back everyday!

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Now, let’s move over to the Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Gift Guide Days 13-19.  Here’s what you need to know:

Day Thirteen

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Guys. These dudies are the best gift to give for your guild’s holiday exchange. Or a super nice gesture for your granny that taught you to quilt. Stash starters are budget priced but incredibly beautiful. That’s why they are the featured little lovers for day thirteen of Crimson Tate’s Fireside Holiday Gift Guide. It’s a beaute, Clark. #crimsontate #FiresideHolidayGiftGuide#itsabeauteclark #stashstarters #amybutlerdesign #joeldewberry#parsongray #annamariahorner

Day Fourteen

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It’s day fourteen of the Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Gift Guide and this one is a doozie! We’re celebrating www.crimsontate.com today and the brand spanking new e-Gift card! You read it right, y’all. You can now purchase e-Gift cards online that will be emailed to the recipient (or to yourself to be printed and given…TO YOURSELF?! No judgement). You can use the e-Giftcard online and also in our brick and mortar for all fabrics, notions, classes, and gift items! Gift cards from Crimson Tate don’t say, “I had no clue what to get you,” but rather, “I knew you would want to coordinate your own fabrics, dearie-lou!”

We’re also starting curbside pick-up today through Christmas eve. Yep. You read that right. We’ll bring your online order out to you! Just let us know when you’ll be down and we’ll throw your bag of goodies right into your car. You barely have to slow down. #crimsontate #FiresideHolidayGiftGuide#wehavefun#ireallywantsomeonetochoosecurbsidepickupsoicanbringitouttoyou#imserious #goodstuffhappeningatcrimsontate #handmadeholidays#suchprettythings #somuchfun #sewmuchfun

Day Fifteen

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I’m giggling to myself on day fifteen of Crimson Tate’s Fireside Holiday Gift Guide as we present these cutie Made with Love sewing labels by Rae Ritchie. I made ornaments, gift tags, and have reserved a few for sewing onto holiday gifts. There are 65+ tags in the panel. I would give you an exact number but we had big debates at the store yesterday as to the ACTUAL number of tags, thus the reason I’m giggling. Oy vey! OK. Give that www.crimsontate.com a try. Head over to project starters –> panels #crimsontate #FiresideHolidayGiftGuide #raeritchieillustration#handmadewithlove #quiltlabels #diyholiday #handmadeholidays

Day Sixteen

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The gang’s all here!!! Who doesn’t want to curl up by the fire and thumb through a great sewing book with coffee and shortbread cookies in hand? Or Mexican wedding cakes? (My personal favorite.) These authors, precious little lovers, have created fantastic resource that will inspire your winter sewing projects. Books truly are the perfect holiday gift. That’s why on day sixteen of the Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Gift Guide, we support your love of books and reading and encourage you to get another bookcase and some floor supports to withstand the weight because we’ve got some goodies and you’re gonna need to make some room. #realtalk #Books #crimsontate#FiresideHolidayGiftGuide

Day Seventeen

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You guys! This weather is CRAZY! Luckily we’ve got crimsontate.com up and running so we can all drink coffee and look at allllll the fabrics!! On day seventeen of the Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Gift Guide we present Literary (my new collection of fabric hitting stores in April) coordinated Aurifil thread boxes curated by me!! I’ve chosen my favorite 50wt threads as well as a small box of Aurifloss. This is a stocking stuffer made for the booky, the Crimson Tate lover, and the sewer. Yayyyyyy. And more yaayyyyys. Check out our website. Lemme know what you think. Link in comments for your clicking convenience. #crimsontate #firesideholidaygiftguide #aurifilthread#literaryfabric #windhamfabrics #aurifloss #bigtimereaders#booksfortheholidays #diyholiday #handmade

Day Eighteen

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It’s day eighteen of the Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Gift Guide and the temperatures in the midwest are dropping! My dogs spend all of their time sitting by the radiators. So in honor of old man winter, might we suggest this amazing bundle of Shetland Flannel in all the vintagey right colors. Swooooon. Don’t tell David, I think this is what he’s getting for Christmas. #crimsontate #firesideholidaygiftguide #shetlandflannel#cotton #houndstooth #projectstarters #bundles crimsontate.com –> project starters –> bundles

Day Nineteen

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Holy cats! It’s cold outside. Let’s make some beautiful scarves. Day nineteen of the Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Guide suggests Liberty of London Tana lawn! We’ve cut these dudies into the perfect sized pieces to make infinity scarves (1/2 and 1 yard cuts) or choose bundles if you want to do a little English paper piecing by the fire. Aside: we named all of the bundles British slang. We hope you’ll giggle at their names.crimsontate.com –> project starters –> Liberty of London #crimsontate#FiresideHolidayGiftGuide #diyholiday #theresstilltime

 

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.