Midnight Shopper, Small Business Saturday, and Comfort Quilt Sewing @ Crimson Tate 2019-Style

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Holy moly!  How is it already November?! And in particular, how is it already the week before Thanksgiving?!  Whoaaaaaaaa.  We want to alert you to some awesome goings-on here at Crimson Tate in the next few weeks.

Here’s what’s up!

On Friday November 22, we are gonna be open late.  Shewwwwwww.  All the way to 9:00 PM.  Yahoo.  Come on down and coordinate your holiday sewing projects and enjoy some merriment with the kids at Crimson Tate.

Starting at 3:00 PM we are hosting a Build-Your-Own Countdown to Fun box.

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Sign up to build your own box.  For someone else?  For yourself?  Either way, we will provide you with all the necessary components to build a box and make your own fabric selections.  We have elves at the ready to fat quarter the particular fabrics you need to build your box.  And of course to help you insert some glitter in there, too.

We’ve opened up three sections to choose from.  Find the class schedule here!

Not interested in building your own?! You want a Countdown to Fun box already put together?  Purchase it online here! It’s super fun, y’all.

Next on the agenda, let’s chat about Small Business Saturday.SmallBusinessSaturday_CT

Have you ever been to Crimson Tate on Small Business Saturday?!  So much is happening on the street that it’s best I tell you about it in bullet point format.  That’s serious you guys.   I rarely employ the bullet point system unless it’s critical.  Here goes!

…but wait…there’s more…

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  • Every hour (on the hour-ish) we’ll be giving away one of TEN amazing Crimson Tate swag bags filled with some of our favorite patterns, fabrics, books, notions and love. For every $25 you spend, you’ll receive a ticket that will go into the drawing.  No need to be present to win.

…but wait…there’s more…

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It’s one of the best days of the year around here.  We are so honored and elated by all of the support and friendship displayed on this day.  We are GIVING AWAY TULA PINK’S HOMEMADE fat quarter bundle along with Tula’s iron on patch and enamel pin!!! (I just got light headed from EXCITEMENT!)

  • All of the tickets collected throughout the day will be added to the gigantic barrel of holiday happiness and one super lucky winner will be taking home this coveted fabric, not yet in fabric stores.  In fact, it doesn’t arrive on the scene until March!!  This bundle is going to be one of TWO grand prizes at the end of the day.

…but wait…there’s more…

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It wouldn’t be the holidays if we weren’t giving away advanced fat quarters of the fabric created Heather Givans.  Wait.  That’s me!  This is my new collection, Pencil Club, hitting stores in January and it can be yours NOW.

  • All of the tickets collected throughout the day will be added to the gigantic barrel of holiday happiness and one super lucky winner will be taking home this coveted fabric, not yet in fabric stores.  In fact, it doesn’t arrive on the scene until January!!

…but wait…there’s more…

70148342_10101221084424111_6884887834537230336_o-1This year, we are including a philanthropic opportunity to support our buddies at Indiana Comfort Quilts.  Crimson Tate will give you multiple opportunities to win stuff.  Win-win, right?!

Help support the efforts of IU Health Comfort Quilts.

I’d like to invite you to support the efforts of local IU Health Comfort Care Quilt group, spearheaded by Crimson Tate customer and friend trauma surgeon Dr. Ashely Meagher.  The group creates quilts for trauma patients who are at the end of their treatment and are receiving only palliative care.  What this means is that their conditions are terminal and nothing more can be done.  This is where Ashley’s love and compassion for her patients, and her passion for quilting kicks in.  She has created a network of quilters who make quilts for these patients to use in their final days.  What a beautiful, tangible way to express care and love for local families who are faced with sobering realities.  Those quilts will be passed on to the families of the patients.   Ashley from the beginning has made a conscience effort to create a partnership with Crimson Tate for which I am incredibly grateful and hope that you, too, will help create a small lap quilt for her cause.
There are a number of ways you can help:
1) Make a quilt – ~40″ x 50-60″  which will fit on a hospital bed.  Please, no religious, holiday, or children’s themes
2) Make a quilt top – these will be used during  quilting parties to make “sandwich and tie quilts”
3) Donate fabric, batting, thread, notions
If you’ve got the time, you’ve got some stash, I’d love to invite you to create a Comfort Quilt for the patients of the trauma unit at IU Health.

Quilts 40″ x 50-60″ are needed!

Starting now November 18 through the new year, we are COLLECTING QUILTS FOR IU HEALTH COMFORT QUILT project.  Let’s whip some together and help our friends in the Comfort Quilt group get a needed boost.

On Small Business Saturday we are accepting donations of finished quilts, quilt tops, new batting in packages, fat quarters, fabric to be used for backing and binding, and thread.  Bring in new fabrics you wish to part ways with and we’ll give you a tickets for our drawings as thanks for supporting our friends.

We at Crimson Tate thank you for donating to their project.  Imagine being able to use your talents and know-how to provide compassion and care to someone who is at the end of their life.  Amazing.  What an amazing gift.

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…but wait…there’s more…

We are so excited about ALL OF IT that we want to start the party early.  For every $25 you spend starting November 22, we’re gonna add you to the big barrel of possibility to win the Tula Pink Homemade bundle or the Heather Givans Pencil Club bundle!  That’s right, y’all.  We’re gonna start giving out tickets starting at Midnight Shopper!  Crimson Tate will be open until 9:00 PM on November 22!!! Get in here and let the party begin!

Frequently Asked Questions

Dear Crimson Tate,

I live in the far far reaches of the world and won’t be able to make it to Crimson Tate on Small Business Saturday.  Is there anyway I can participate by purchasing items online to be entered to win?  How’s that gonna work?  Sincerely, Lover from the Far Reaches

Dear Precious Lil’ Lover from Yonder Town,

Don’t fear!  We’ve got you.  On Small Business Saturday we’re going to enter you into the hourly drawings!  That’s right.  For every $25 you spend we’ll generate tickets for you and add you to the drawing.  Wooooot!  And starting now until end of day on Saturday (6:00 PM EST) we’ll add you to the larger drawing, too.  So go for it!!

Dear Tate de Crimson,

I’m an international customer.  Am I eligible to win the bundles or hourly tote bag giveaways?  I’m tres excited to know.  Sincerely, La International Customer

Dear International Friend,

Yessss!!! Part of the reason we switched our online game was so that we could offer international shipping!!! We hope you’ll be our customer, too!  We’d love to enter you into the hourly drawings.  As far as the bundles go, we’re going to offer it to you, too. Get in there and buy some stuff.  Best of luck!

Dear Crimson Tate,

I am a mega mega fan!  How many times can I shop at your store and be eligible to win? I’m so excited to play and I’m super competitive.  Sincerely, I NEED TO WIN

Dear Needy,

Seriously! Get in here.  Get on crimsontate.com – you can shop everyday multiple times a day.  All of your purchases will be eligible for our many giveaways!  And thank you for being a mega fan.  We’re so honored.

Dear Crimson Tate,

I’ve been considering becoming a VIP.  If I become a VIP, can I get tickets for that?  Also, I was thinking about buying myself a gift certificate and then I want to use that gift certificate to buy my VIP membership.  Will I get tickets for the purchase of the gift certificate and then also when I use the gift certificate to get my awesome VIP tote bag and pin as a charter member?  Sincerely, Double Dipper

Dear Dipper,

You are so cute.  Here’s the deal, D.  Every gift card purchase made now through Small Business Saturday will be awarded tickets!  Yayayyyyy.  However, if you redeem that gift card during this time period, you won’t get double tickets.  That just makes more admin work for us and we’re not so into that.  If you’ve got a gift card you bought yourself before the game begins, it will be eligible for tickets.  We’ll give you tickets for all your purchases, just not doublely.  Bless your little heart.

Dear Crimson Tate,

Girl! I’m VIP.  Are there any VIP perks for me?!  And do I still accrue points during this time period? You know I love you and I love being at Crimson Tate.  Lemme know, ok? Sincerely, VIP Charter Member

Dear VIP,

YES! You still get points! Just by your beautiful nature of already pledging your love of Ms. Alizarin Crimson Tate (you know that her first name is really Alizarin, right?) as a VIP member, we’re going to enter you into the large drawing.  We threw an artisanal handwritten ticket into the barrel of possibilities with your name on it.  Bam.  You’re important to us.  Don’t you forget it. We love you.  Being VIP is awesome!

Dear Crimson Tate,

I want to contribute to IU Health Comfort Quilts how do I do that?! Sincerely, The Giver

Dear Giver,

Awwwww.  Thank you.  Definitely feel free to mail us your finished quilt.  We will pass it along to the folks at Comfort Quilts.  If you aren’t able to create a quilt, we will have more opportunities to help.  Don’t fret.  We can put your kindness to work and we thank you for being willing.

I HEART Patterns by Annie + #SewPINK + {GIVEAWAY}

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Hey hey!!  I’m the next stop on the #SewPINK blog tour.  And honestly, when Annie Unrein asked me to be a part of this #SewPink Initiative, I didn’t hesitate.  I said yes because the fact is that I super love Annie and I’d happily do anything for her.  And because Annie is one of those people who lets you in, you connect with her instantly,  there is no stopping our friendship.

As many of you know, beyond hanging out at Crimson Tate the fabric store, I design fabric for Windham Fabrics. And from the very first collection, Annie volunteered her talents and time to make objects from my designs.

From By Annie’s Catch-All Caddy in Succulents fabric:

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To the MJ Tote in Literary fabric:

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And now The Out and About Bag made from my latest collection coming in January 2020, Pencil Club:

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Here’s a look at the stack of fabric.

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I’m so honored to know Annie, and that she makes such wonderful things from my fabrics is a bonus.  When she asked me to be a part of her tour, I said yes without really giving it much consideration.  But as I sat to reflect on the expectation of this commitment and the amazingness that is Annie Unrein, I was stunned.  I am in awe of her commitment to bring awareness to simple acts that can help save people’s lives.  And who is doing that in and for our community?  And who is doing that for themselves?

Here’s what I know.  We are a community of encouragers, creatives, doers, inspiration seekers, sewers, and more.  And a lot of that doing and seeking and encouraging often doesn’t leave room or time for the doing of basic needs like taking care of ourselves.  When was the last time you went to the doctor?  Am I talking to only myself right now? At the core of what ByAnnie Patterns is charging us with is a simple act.  Basic awareness of our own bodies, taking the time to have regular check-ups, and a call to recognizing our own worth.  How beautiful.

I’m reminded of the beautiful song written by musician India Arie that gets to the core of who we are and encapsulates our worth.  Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ism8dBjxKvc

I am light, I am light

[Verse 1]
I am not the things my family did
I am not the voices in my head
I am not the pieces of the brokenness inside
I am light, I am light (x2)

[Verse 2]
I’m not the mistakes that I have made
Or any of the things that caused me pain
I am not the pieces of the dream I left behind
I am light, I am light (x2)

[Verse 3]
I am not the color of my eyes
I am not the skin on the outside
I am not my age
I am not my race
My soul inside is all light, all light
Oh light, all light

[Verse 4]
I am divinity defined
I am the God on the inside
I am a star, a piece of it all
I am light

Annie’s call is definitely simple.

Keep your wits about you.  Recognize your worth.  And, get yourself to the doctor, especially if you haven’t been in a while.  It’s important.  If you need resource and information on understanding how breast cancer effects us, there are great resources on finding screening programs here:

Now onto what I created!  I wanted to make something loving and of course I wanted to use my new fabric collection coming early next year, Pencil Club.

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Using the sweet Heart Block Tutorial I created, I set my intention to make a pillow using Pencil Club and using ByAnnie’s Soft and Stable for the interfacing. You can find that tutorial here.

Here are my fabric choices including pencils, erasers, and pencil shavings plus a few Artisan [shot] cottons by Windham fabrics.

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I cut a host of squares for the heart and for the back ground, and made four half square triangles.  I followed the tutorial as written but changed how I squared the HST.  I pulled out my Bloc-Loc 2.5″ HST ruler which made it a snap.

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I laid out the blocks on my lightweight interfacing, but this time, I laid them out on point which meant I ended up using 57 background squares, 17 heart squares, and four HST to create the top.

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Once it was sewn together, I loosely trimmed away the rugged edge. I trimmed just enough so that I could trim again once quilted. I pinned the top to a piece of Soft and Stable, ByAnnie’s foam interfacing, so that I could quilt it.

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Once quilted, I sewed a back using an envelope closure method and VOILA — a cute lil’ pillow was born!

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Thanks for following along.  It was a lot of information today.

We’d like to give away a selection of our patterns to our ByAnnie readers!  Three lucky winners will receive a few patterns, templates, and fabrics from Crimson Tate.  How can you win?!

  1.  Pledge to take care of yourself.

That’s it.  Oh, wait.  I guess you have to give us your information in order for a drawing to happen.  Three ways to enter.

  1. Leave a comment here that says “I LOVE ANNIE” or something similar.
  2. Find and follow both Crimson Tate and Heather Givans on Instagram, leaving a comment on both #SewPINK posts.  Again, emoting your appreciation for Annie Unrein or someone in your life that helps you step back and take stock and take time for yourself will get you two chances to win.
  3. Sign-up for Crimson Tate email newsletter.  You’ll find the link to do so here.

We will draw at the end of October and alert the troops to the winner.  Thank you for following along and thank you for being in this awesome community.

Valori Wells’s Murmur for FreeSpirit is Bright and Beautiful {plus three giveaways}

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“Amongst the early morning dew and the rays of sunshine emerge the sounds of summer. The delicate wings of the hummingbird whispering to me – Hello! Good Morning! My heart fills with love and happiness as my garden comes to life with their energy and grace fluttering among the sunflowers. Murmur was inspired by these magnificent creatures and the wonder and delight they bring.”  -Valori Wells

My earliest memory of meeting Valori Wells was at the Kansas City Quilt Market in 2011 when I ran into Val walking to the convention center and my friend Lindsay Lefevere said, “Hey!? I know you!?” Lindsay is a big fan, obvy, and in that moment, a friendship was born.  With each subsequent quilt market, I have admired Val’s bold choice of color and design.  As a fellow printmaker, I love peeking in on her process, inspirations, and layered approach to fabric design.  Murmur, this vibrant hummingbird inspired collection, sways me into loving her even more.

When my buddies at FreeSpirit asked me to hop on the Murmur blog tour, I happily accepted.  I mean, Grandma Mac (Lois) would not have liked it if I passed up a chance to make something from a fabric collection that celebrates the star of most bird feeders in North America.

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Twenty-four delightfully beachy-colored fabrics are found in Murmur.  I paired Val’s work with twelve electric FreeSpirit solids, which truly are my favorite to use plus I added good old Arctic white.  I mean, if it’s gonna be beachy, we gotta cool it off with North Pole sashing, y’all.  Because FreeSpirit solids coordinate so seamlessly with many of my favorite designers like Amy Butler, Denyse Schmidt, and Tula Pink, I can’t stop using them. I’m in love!! The hand is incredibly soft and is the same weight as other FreeSpirit fabrics, which makes me very happy.  Nothing is compromised in the making of these babies.  If you haven’t used them, I would encourage you to give it a try.

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Through a series of trial and error, I came up with a design that incorporated stripes, a ginormous 60-degree ruler that I use in my Succulent Garden quilt pattern, and for fun, I wanted an overall emphasis on vertical design.  Here is my process.

First, marvel at Murmur.

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Next, coordinate the soft and luxe FreeSpirit solids.

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Now, look at them all together, tilting head left then right, squint at some point.

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I then separated all of the fabrics into two piles that had equal value and scale and chopped them into .75″ – 3.5″ strips.

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Through the magic of the internet, I made a quilt. 😉 I’m not gonna lie, I went through a couple of versions and layouts and landed on what I think is a light and airy design that compliments the brightness of Val’s fabrics.

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My quilt obviously celebrates city-dwelling hummingbirds or perhaps the country hummingbirds on vacation in the big city?  Across the street from Crimson Tate, the fabric store I hang out at, there is a massive construction project.  On the day that I took photos of my Murmur quilt, they were full out digging up utilities in the street.  There was no angle that wouldn’t have caught their workings, so I embraced it and kept it in my frame.  Now you get to enjoy it, too.  I’m happy to report the construction is no longer spilling into the street but rather more contained within the parcel of land that is being developed.

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I love the way the FreeSpirit Mesa (orange) vibrates against the oranges of Murmur.  Some might suggest they love the way oranges and yellows of the construction site pairs nicely with Murmur, too.

Big thanks to the people of FreeSpirit fabrics who invited me along for the ride.  I love this quilt and plan on using it all summer. #bestsummerever

NOTE: GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER.  Now for the nitty gritty.  I’ve got THREE things to giveaway!  Are you ready? I’ve got a fat quarter bundle of Murmur.  I’ve got the entire lot of Murmur as long slim quarters measuring approximately 9″ x 44″, and I’ve got the leftover strips of of both Murmur and FreeSpirit coordinating solids that are already cut into long pieces ready to be sewn.  There are probably enough strips to make a lap-size quilt.  Thank you to the nice folks at FreeSpirit fabrics for the Murmur and to the lovely Crimson Tate for the FreeSpirit solids.  Here are three ways to win!!

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  1.  Give Crimson Tate on Instagram a follow, like, and comment on the Murmur post telling  if you’re a city-dwelling humming bird or a country-dwelling hummingbird.  WINNER IS:
  2. Comment on this very blog post with your favorite song to hum.  Or if you don’t like humming, tell us the one song that makes you happy.  WINNER IS:
  3. Added bonus.  Give Heather Givans (that’s me!) on Instagram a follow and see what’s up.  I recently started an Instagram documenting the stuffs I’m working on and what other people are making with my fabrics and designs!  Big news coming down the pike July 1 and I don’t want you to miss it! In order to be entered, please follow my instagram, like the Murmur quilt post, and tell me what your favorite bird is, it’ll give you a third chance to enter.  Be very specific as to the type of bird you love.  There may or may not be bonus prizes being awarded for most creative stories about birds told. If you don’t like birds, you’re ineligible to win.  Just kidding!  Tell me what critters you do like. WINNER IS:

All the bird lovers will enjoy this bird-friendly melody. It’s hilarious. You’re gonna love it.

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Check back here on Tuesday, May 28 to see who won!  If you want to know what we’re up to at Crimson Tate, join our email list!  We don’t send many emails (I’m the one that writes them which means it doesn’t happen very often), so you don’t have to worry about your inbox being jammed with emails all the time.  I do send out awesome news and what is new to the store from time to time and to let you know when we’re celebrating or having a sale.  I’d love for you to join in on the fun!  Sign up here.

Thanks for reading all the way through.  You’re a keeper.  I appreciate your time and thank you dearly for being in my creative circle.  Have a great holiday weekend.

xoxo,

Heather

 

Summer Reading Block

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I was thrilled when Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson decided to do another Splendid Sampler book and even more thrilled when they invited me to join the list of designers. In fact, I can remember years ago Sarah Lawson from Sew Sweetness telling me “If Pat Sloan ever asks you to do something, you should because she is a great gal.”  And I took Sarah’s advice and jumped right in.

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My block is titled Summer Reading.  I can imagine no better vacation than one that involves reading for hours on end.  I created a quick little block that looks like a messy stack of books.  You know that I designed an entire collection of fabric based on books and reading, right?  Check out my fabrics here.

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Fun news and hot tip.  Each book with back ground finishes at the same width.  You can make books individually and then decide how you want them to stack on top of each other, creating a new order depending on fabric choice or your need to organize.

I was inspired to put a little block dedicated to books in the Splendid Sampler based on my Personal Library Quilt.  I like to imagine everyone’s Splendid Sampler Quilts with cute little bookshelves of their own, sort of like a Free Little Library for your quilt.

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Here’s a lil’ photo montage of the interior and exterior of my home plus a free little library in an adjoining neighborhood.  My home has always featured books as a major decorating motif.  So.  Many.  Books.  I hope you find time this summer to grab a book and spend time learning, dreaming, and enjoying reading.  Oh and of course, sewing, too.

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Happy Sewing!  And thank you again Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson for inviting me along for the ride.  I cannot wait to see these sweet little blocks in everyone’s quilts.

 

Adventures in Paper Piecing & Design by Sarah Elizabeth Sharp

It’s my day on the Adventures in Paper Piecing & Design  Book Tour!!! Hoootie hoo.

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I have been friends with Sarah since Crimson Tate fabric store opened in Downtown Indianapolis.  That’s nearly 8 years.  She lives in my city!  I’m super lucky to get to confer and exchange opinions about all things quilting IRL with her, which I covet.  She and our friend Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts are my quilting emergency phone calls and texts when I don’t know WHAT TO DO!!!  They are the most lovely, creative crew I could ever dream to have.  And to boot, Sarah is a plant lover JUST LIKE ME!!

Sarah often lends her creative prowess ALL the time when it’s time for one of my new collections of fabric for Windham Fabrics to go live.  She is a creative force, for sure and I am in awe and love her to pieces.

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Plant Lady by Sarah Sharp; Quilting by Marion McClellan

When she was working on the beautiful quilts for her book Adventures in Paper Piecing & Design, she asked me if I would be willing to help make blocks for the Plant Lady Quilt.  I began with the Bamboo shoots block.  Look!  My block made the cover of her book!!!  Let me zoom in so you can see.  😉

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I was, as we all often are, in the midsts of a time crunch and was only able to make that one block.  But when thumbing through the designs, I super admired the electric echinacea block in the series and mentioned to Sarah that I’d be interested in making that block; my dream would be to make just that one flower as big as my queen size bed.

And bam.  A dream was born and set into motion.  With Sarah’s help, we blew up the electric echinacea block more than 1000 times to create a quilt block that went from 4.5″ x 9″ to  48″ x 96″.

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Next steps are to begin tracing the oversized shapes to use as a cutting guide.  What I love about this book is that Sarah includes ways in which to riff within your design.  Brilliant!  So within each of these large pieces, I can create more texture and design, if I choose.  Adventures in Paper Piecing & Design is like having Sarah talk you through the process of design.  If you want to start slow or if you want to go deep, Sarah has logically, intelligently, and creatively laid out a roadmap for you to use to help you achieve your goal.  She is a wonder.

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I’m still in the process of tracing and haven’t started sewing yet but obs, I’ve chosen my fabrics.  It’s a blend of my Night Hike collection for Windham Fabrics, JOT Basics for the background, a slug of Artisan Solids and one sneaky Alison Glass fabric because it fits so perfectly with my collection.

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I’m excited to begin and hope you will follow the progress of this quilt.  Because I’ve decided to make it as a personal project, I didn’t impose a crazy deadline for myself.  I want to enjoy the process and go deeply when I can.  Thanks for following along.  I’m excited for it to take shape.

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As seen in my workspace at home, my world is FULL of plants.

For a chance to win a copy of Sarah’s book and a fat quarter bundle similar to the fabrics I’ve chosen for my quilt, follow me @crimsontate (@heathergivans) and @nohatsquilts, and leave a comment below telling me about your favorite plants. I’m a big time lover of orchid cactuses and all kinds of varieties of jade.  Over on Instagram, tag as many friends as you’d like for additional chances to win and let’s continue the conversation there, too! This giveaway is open internationally until January 28, a big old Monday morning. #adventuresbooktour

#adventuresbooktour
Adventures in Paper Piecing & Design
January 7 – 26, 2019

Monday January 7 – Plant Lady
Heather Givans (@crimsontate | crimsontate.com)
Featured Quilter: Marion McClellan (@myquiltdiet)

Tuesday January 8 – Graffiti FPP
Sarah Sharp (@nohatsquilts | nohatsinthehouse.com)

Wednesday January 9 – Design Prompt No. 1 – Learning by the Letter
Giuseppe Ribaudo (aka Giucy Giuce) (@giucy_giuce)

Thursday January 10 – Snooze
Amanda Castor (@materialgirlquilts | materialgirlquilts.com)
Featured Quilter: Karlee Porter (@karleeporterdesign)

Friday January 11 – Design Prompt No. 2 – Traditional with a Twist
Katy Cameron (@the_littlest_thistle | the-littlest-thistle.com)

Saturday January 12 – Prickly Path
Anneliese Johnson (@eyecandyquilts | eyecandyquilts.com)
Featured Quilter: Angela Walters (@angelafmq)
Featured Fabric Designer: Alison Glass (@alisonglass)

Monday January 14 – Design Prompt No. 3 – Objects
Alison Robins (@littleislandquilting)

Tuesday January 15 – Voodoo Feathers
Jennifer Sampou (@jennifersampou | jennifersampou.com)

Wednesday January 16 – Design Prompt No. 4 – Creatures
Anne Sullivan (@playcrafts | play-crafts.com)

Thursday January 17 – Folksy Friends
Sarah Sharp (@nohatsquilts | nohatsinthehouse.com)
Featured Quilter: Kathleen Riggins (@kathleenquilts)

Friday January 18 – Design Prompt No. 5 – Think Outside the (Square) Block
Cath Hall (@wombatquilts | wombatquilts.com)

Saturday January 19 – Fireflies
Sarah Lauzon (@cera.bee | sarahjlauzon.com)
Featured Quilter: Rachael Dorr (@rachaeldorr)

Sunday January 20 – Sunday Book Review!
Sarah Ashford (@sarahashfordstudio)

Tuesday January 22 – Design Prompt No. 6 – Repeat Designs
Allison Dutton (@allisonsews | allison-sews.blogspot.com)

Wednesday January 23 – Jungleview
Merran Fryer (@123bluejumper)

Thursday January 24 – Design Prompt No. 7 – Single Foundation Paper Piecing
Jamie Swanson (@jamiemswansonquilts)

Friday January 25 – Double Diamond Wedding Ring
Elisabeth Hardy (@elisabew | elisabewquilts.com)
Featured Quilter: Andrea Munro (@practicaldazzle)

Saturday January 26 – Recap and Photography
Sarah Sharp (@nohatsquilts | nohatsinthehouse.com)
Eric Lubrick (@ericlubrick | ericlubrick.com)

2019 Crimson Tate VIP – Better than Ever

IMG_4266Announcements, announcements, annouu-ouu-ouncements! Start your sewing machines, kidlets, because we are getting serious about having fun.

We’d like to invite you to become a Crimson Tate VIP. Not that you weren’t already VIP in our hearts, but now we just want to make it Facebook official, or whatever, with real live perks, hugs, tote bags, and whatnots. So how does one become an official, bona fide, legit CT VIP, you ask? It’s easy! Just say “Me, me, me! I wanna be VIP!” the next time you’re at the register, or register online by following a few simple steps on our website.  Whether you are an in-towner or an online lover, everyone will enjoy the benefits of being Crimson Tate VIP.

But wait! Don’t you want to know the PERKS? Let’s talk perks!

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When you’re a first time Crimson Tate VIP, you’ll receive:

  • Announcements about events, promotions and sales a day in advance, as applicable.
  • Exclusive invitations to monthly events (shopping, presentations, demonstrations, cocktail hours) for VIP members only.
  • Special pricing on select items during sales and events (in store only).
  • $20 credited to your account each time your collective purchases total $250* inside the store.  Note: this is only applied to regular priced merchandise, not on discounted items, gift cards, membership dues, or online orders.  Double note: this feature is not yet available to online shoppers, but don’t fret; we are going to send online shoppers oodles of exclusive online coupons available for use monthly on our website.  Read more about VIP TO-GO perks below!
  • A Limited Edition Enamel Pin each year you renew your membership – the annual pin will not be made available again!
  • Other fun swag throughout the year
  • A Members Only Tote Bag to show the world that you love Crimson Tate and Crimson Tate loves you! It’s also the perfect way to display your newly minted CT enamel pin collection!Untitled-2.png

VIP TO GO!!

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How does Crimson Tate VIP TO GO work?

With your $35 membership to our annual VIP club, you’ll receive some awesome perks.  First and foremost, with your first purchase, we will reward you with the coveted Crimson Tate tote bag, sure to create feelings of joy in your neighborhood.  I mean, you need to let the world know you’re important to us.  Let that big old purple bag SHINE!

You will also receive 2019’s enamel pin, exclusive to VIP members.

We will send you extras in your online orders from time to time.  From a cute inspirational pencil to exclusive stickers, or extra fabric JUST BECAUSE!

What to expect?

Each month, you’ll receive a coupon for www.crimsontate.com that is exclusive to CT VIP members.  It may be links to secret products on our website, it may be the opportunity to be the FIRST to purchase a particular fabric or pattern.  Some coupons will include discounts for specific products or genres of products.  For example, one month may include a coupon code for 25% off all bundles.

What if you run out of the product that is named as a special?

That would be such a bummer!  We will make every effort to recreate the product that is on sale, but realistically speaking, most coupons that are for quantity limited products will be while supplies last.  You are VIP so we’ll come up with a way to make it up to you but you may want to move fast if your heart is all a flutter for a specifically special deal.

Concerning the Tote Bag + Shipping

So, when you purchase your VIP Membership online you’ll be assessed a shipping charge so that we can send your tote and pin to you straight away!  We encourage you to make it count and throw some fabrics or other items into the order to even so the package is filled with all kinds of Crimson Tate goodness.  Of course, there’s always the option to pickup in store and come on down as a brand spankin’ new VIP, strutting about the store in all your VIPness.  We wanted to alert you that you’ve got options, but didn’t want it to be a surprise at the check out.

Cool!  My guild is going to split a VIP TO GO membership so that we can all share the perks.  Is that ok?

Please do not share with your buddies or family or sewing guilds, groups, or ANYONE.  We are a small operation and this is the most time efficient way we can offer specials to our favorite online customers (YOU!).  If a code is used by someone who has not purchased a Crimson Tate TO GO membership, their order will be terminated.  Booooo.  We don’t want to be jerks about this, but it isn’t within our ability to offer these deals internet wide.  They are special and only for you!  So when using the coupon code, it should reflect the VIP purchaser email address, street address, and name.  It cannot be shipped elsewhere.  Thanks for sticking to this.  We want this to be fun not legalistic.

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Hold the phone!  I’m already a VIP.  Do I get to play this VIP TO GO game?

Friend!  You betcha!  Here’s the deal, however, VIP TO GO coupons can only be used online at crimsontate.com.  We cannot accept the coupons over the phone or in the store.  You can shop at crimsontate.com and choose in-store pick up; that is perfectly acceptable.  And to all of the ONLINE VIP members, you can also take advantage of in-store only deals when you travel to Crimson Tate and shop in the store.  Yayyyyy.  Fun fun fun.

 

Big Ol’ Three Yards Bolt Sale!

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We’re busting at the seams, you guys!  In this case, that’s a good thing! The adventuring into our annual end of summer sale has inspired us to host a when-you-accumulate-THREE-YARDS-FROM-THE-BOLT discount!  Take 30% off when you purchase three yards.  Buy six half-yards, equalling three yards, and your basket will be eligible.  Buy seven yards of one fabric, the whole purchase will be eligible.  Awwww yeah!! Time to gather the most beautiful fabrics in mass quantity.  From Amy Butler, Cotton + Steel, Heather Givans (teeehee that’s me!), Tula Pink, Heather Ross, Free Spirit solids and more!  We’re putting the bulk of our fabric by the yard in this mammoth sale.  Be sure to read the Q+A below for all of the rules and rituals of this event.  Use code BOLTBUDDY and enjoy!  Sale ends 11:59 PM EST August 20, 2018, in store and online.

Dear Crimson Tate,

I wanna buy it all.  Is all of the yardage in the store on sale?  I mean, I’m about to go crazy and purchase it all!!!

Dear I WANT IT ALL,

Well I mean, there are 100s of bolts eligible for this sale!  So, I’m gonna list both the inclusions and the exemptions!  The brand new arrivals Summer 2018 are exempt from the sale.  Don’t be sad; there are way more bolts included IN the SALE than NOT.

THESE COLLECTIONS BY THE YARD ARE ON SALE!!!!!

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Summer 2018 New Arrivals that are exempt

African Wax Block Prints, Alexander Henry Holiday, Alison Glass Sun Print 2018, Alison Glass Remix, Anna Graham Forage, Carolyn Friedlander Polk, Cori Dantini Merry & Bright, Cotton + Steel Basics, Cotton + Steel Frost, Elizabeth Grubaugh A Winter’s Tail, Heather Givans Night Hike, Heather Givans Jot, Heather Ross Sugarplum, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Kelly Ventura Botany, Rifle Paper English Garden, Sarah Watts Front Yard

Dear Crimson Tate,

What kind of cuts are we talking about here?  Can I order 1/8th yards of 24 different fabrics?  That’ll equal three yards!   You cool with that?

Dear Scrap-a-licous,

We get you.  We understand you.  During this sale, we require 1/2 yard cuts minimum and enough cuts of fabric that will total three yards.  If you want to buy three yards of one fabric, you’ll meet the requirement.  Bam!  Yaayayayyyyy.  You do you, just make it a 1/2 yard minimum.

Dear Crimson Tate,

What else is on sale?  Can this be applied to clearance fabrics?

Dear Seeker of More Discounts,

We are not able to offer 30% off fabrics already on clearance during this sale.

 

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As always, you can shop online and choose store pick up if you’d like to shop from home.  Just give us 24 hours to package your order.  We will shoot you an email to let you know when it’s ready.