Row by Row 2018 {Cottage Home Rondo} – Crimson Tate’s Row!

Yaayyyyy!!! Row by Row season is upon us!  It’s time to get to rowing, kids.  Let me introduce you to Crimson Tate’s 2018 row, Cottage Home Rondo.

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I’m so lucky to be surrounded by musical talent here at Crimson Tate.  David, right-handed right hand man, is graduate of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.  Our own Amy Wallarab, Crimson Tate’s cat whisperer, IS TOO!!! She actually has a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from the University of Memphis and a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies from IU Jacobs School of Music.  Ohhhhhh the talent that surrounds me!!  So when I found out that this year’s theme is MUSIC, I was like YESSSSSS!!!

Our row, Cottage Home Rondo, is inspired by a little jazz ditty Amy wrote.

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Transition and blend of color corresponds with the measures of this music. The pattern of the half square triangles are translated from the jazz composition, representing the sequences of the music visually. We’re getting geeky about the quilty musicality of this one! It’s a delightfully abstract row that involves our beautiful Liberty of London fabrics as well as an exclusive fabric of Amy’s musical composition.  How fantastic!!  We use FreeSpirit solids around here, too, in case you’re wondering.

img_0409Want a color copy of our pattern and kit?  Get on in here!  We’re located Downtown Indianapolis along the Cultural Trail on Mass Ave.  The Row By Row Experience starts June 21!  Want to reserve your kit online before you make the trek in? Head to our website and pre-order your goods.  We’ll have them waiting for you at the register.

Don’t think you’ll make it to Indiana anytime soon but are smitten?  Pre-order your Row by Row kit NOW!  We’ll ship your kit on November 1, 2018.  Ta-dahhhh!  Please kindly place a separate order for items that are available now.  We will need to keep pre-orders separate from inventory currently available.  Thanks for that!

We can’t wait to see you this summer whether it be online or in-store.  Loads of fun and inspiration are happening around here.  Big thank you to Amy Wallarab who took her creative energies to write a special piece of music JUST FOR THIS occasion.  #talented #inawe #majorlythankful

 

Succulent Garden Quilt Meets Amy Butler’s Night Music Fabric

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Remember that first collection of fabric I designed called Succulents for Windham Fabrics?  And I wrote the Succulent Garden quilt pattern to showcase large scaled fabrics found in my designs?  The Succulent Garden quilt is my GO-TO for a fast but beautiful portfolio showing off quilt fabrics I’d rather not cut too small because they’re just so stinking beautiful.  You know what I mean?  So when the alluring Amy Butler asked me if I wanted to build a project with her latest collection, I knew exactly what quilt I wanted to make and how I was going to do it.

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Amy Butler Night Music fat quarter bundle as seen at Crimson Tate.

Where to begin?  First and foremost you need to know that I believe sweet baby Amy Butler to be a genius. I tell the story all the time about how I saw her fabric in a little store somewhere around 2008ish and it changed my life.  Her sense of color, her sophisticated design, her use of larger scaled fabrics: ahhhh. I’m a mega devotee.

Let’s look at Night Music, Amy Butler’s newest collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics. It’s filled with twenty-four beautiful fabrics here broken into three color stories: midnight, stone, and fauna.

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This is what Amy has to say about the collection:

A little bit of mythology and a lot of magic inspires my Night Music collection. Folklore from the Gond tribe in central India says that during the day the natural world is busy taking care of the needs of everyone and that at night the luminous spirits from the forest come alive. They believe that all of life is magical and integrated and all aspects of the natural world are inseparable. This idea is both mysterious and charming and connects us to the seen and the unseen bringing about a positive feeling in being a part of the natural world.

Bringing about a positive feeling in being a part of the natural world? Yes.  I’d say you achieved that, Amy Butler.  The purples and turquoises of this collection are irresistible.  I chose half yards of my favorite fifteen and combined them with half yards of lux FreeSpirit solids that coordinate without missing a beat.  The Succulent Garden quilt pattern has lots of block variations where the majority of the blocks have a variety of band widths, so that you can showcase border prints and prints of various scales.  In this version of Succulent Garden, I repeated one block, the Pencil Cactus block, over and over and I’m so happy with the way it turned out.

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I’ve dreamed of approaching this quilt like this for some time and Amy Butler fabric seemed like the perfect opportunity.  Here’s a list of the fabrics I used:

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I used Amy’s 108″ cotton sateen from FreeSpirit for the back fabric and whoa whoa whoa is it ever soft.

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I shipped off the quilt top to our buddies at Quilting By the Stitch here in Indianapolis and Dan worked his magic.  I tried to get a photo before we passed it along for quilting, but the weather in Indiana has been CRAZY!!!  Like today, April 9, I woke up to a layer of snow covering everything.  Ugh.  Why Indiana, WHY?  Don’t let this photo fool you.  It was COLD this day.

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I created this pattern as a nod to those tiny baby hexagons found in a grandmother’s flower garden quilt.  I love that quilt design but I needed a way to showcase the vibrancy of more modern fabrics.

If you’re interested in the pattern, you can find it as both a paper version or as a PDF download.  We even have an awesome acrylic template that makes cutting this duder out even faster.  I promise you, once you’ve made one of these Succulent Garden quilts, you’re going to want to do it again.

A big thank you to Ms. Butler for letting me play in her world, the most ornate and beautifully decorated world.  This queen sized quilt is going to live at my house, just like the last Amy Butler quilt I made from Soul Mate.  Remember that one?  I’ll repost the photo so you can see it.

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*Footnote Quilt pattern using Amy Butler Soul Mate and FreeSpirit Solids fabric.

xoxo and hearts and rainbows!

Heather

 

#AurifilErUp – It’s a Color Explosion in Here

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What an awesome time we had at QuiltCon 2018 in Pasadena, California.  The weather was mild, the food was incredible (big ups to Sushi Enya), I discovered boba tea (so delicious) but the quilts were the best of all. AMAZING.  We were overloaded in inspiration and friendship and are so proud and lucky to be a part of the operation.

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We brought a little bit of QuiltCon home with us and want to share it with you in Downtown Indianapolis and on the interwebs.  This is like being a full time Crimson Tate VIP.  Let the games begin!! Here’s how to Design Your Own Aurifil Thread Box!! Choose 12 Aurifil 50 weight 1422 yard spools and we’ll give you $54 off your purchase. What!?! Yes. And you’ll receive our exclusive and awesome Aurifil box to house your beautifully curated selections.

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But wait, there’s more. For a limited time, orders will receive the cutest drawstring bags we gave away at QuiltCon in Pasadena.s3Xp2+c3RFuPlnxycgsxHA

How do you play? Head to crimsontate.com -> notions -> Aurifil Thread and load your cart with 12 Aurifil spools that fit snuggly into the designer box. Use code #AURIFILERUP at checkout and get a big fatty discount. Don’t forget the hashtag! It’s part of the code. Get out those swatches and let’s coordinate some thread.  We can fit a fair amount of things in that parcel, so don’t forget to check out all the new bundles, Liberty of London pre-cuts, clearance items, and other awesome goods found at crimsontate.com.  There’s a lot of happiness happening right now in that one little spot.

Coming into the store?  Bring this coupon for funzies!

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Mammoth Flannel for the Win, and a 3-Step Quilt Pattern!

IMG_0940Hello, it’s me! No, not Adele, silly. It’s David aka @crimsontavid here to share my most recent quilt finish!

You may or may not have already seen oodles of photos of our drool-worthy Mammoth Flannel bundles. We love this stuff. Looooooove it. Truly. It’s not your typical flannel. It’s woven (not screen printed) which means it can be hard to keep track of right and wrong sides of the fabric. So choose your favorite side!

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I decided the day after Thanksgiving that I wanted to WIN Christmas this year by gifting a quilt that was yet to be made. One month to finish a quilt? That’s totally doable!

FAST FORWARD through Small Business Saturday, secret sewing for Heather’s new fabric line, the Yelp Indy Totally Bazaar, a whirlwind Birthday weekend in NYC, and the Indy Men’s Chorus holiday shows (thanks to the many of you who attended and gave hugs after!!) and all of the sudden it is December 18th! Oh me oh my! My one month to start and finish a quilt turned into ONE WEEK!

But hey! Deadlines can be good! Deadlines can be GREAT! Initially, I envisioned turning these flannel fat quarters into four patches. But with the big day fast approaching, I eliminated a step from the process and proceeded with bricks instead of four patches!

Let’s call it a 3-Step Quilt! I started cutting into this project at 9:00 a.m. and was finished with the quilt top shortly after noon. I didn’t quilt it that same day (I mean I still had 5 days to finish, what’s the rush?) but if necessary, we’re betting you can grab a protein bar and make this quilt start-to-finish in under 12 hours.

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@crimsontavid’s 3-Step Quilt

Wahoooo! Here’s a fast fun flannel fat quarter quilt. Say that five times fast! I made this version a lap size. If you want to make your quilt larger or smaller, you can calculate 3 blocks per fat quarter.

For a quilt finishing 63” x 72”, you’ll need:

Step 1

From each fat quarter, cut (3) 5” x WOF strips

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Step 2

Pair each strip with a different fabric and stitch each pair RST (that’s right sides together.) You’ll have one strip leftover! Try to get lots of variety in your combinations instead of always pairing the same two fabrics.

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Step 3

After pressing seams, cut each strip set into (2) 9.5” squares.

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And VOILA! Blocks are done! Happy dance!

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Lay them out into 8 rows of 7 squares. Sew blocks into rows, then sew rows together. You’ll want to quilt it using your most preferred and enjoyable method! I quilted a 1/4” to the left and right of every seam, making a super simple grid – in my opinion it lets the flannel be the rockstar! Pro Tip: put that walking foot on and increase your stitch length to 3.5 or 4 when quilting these thick layers. Your stitches will be b-e-a-utiful!

Now bind this baby and get it on your bed for ultimate snuggling possibilities!

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Small Business Saturday @ Crimson Tate is for Sewing Maniacs!

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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) we’ll be giving away NINE 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.  And to announce the addition of our newest love EverSewn sewing machines we are GIVING AWAY AN EVERSEWN SEWING MACHINE!!! (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 one of these great machines.  They’re perfect for travel or a secondary machine.  We’ve sewn with them all and can highly recommend them.  Come take one for a spin!!

…but wait…there’s more…

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We are so excited about ALL OF IT that we want to start the party early.  For every $25 you spend starting November 17, we’re gonna add you to the big barrel of possibility to win an EverSewn sewing machine!  That’s right, y’all.  We’re gonna start giving out tickets starting at Midnight Shopper!  Crimson Tate will be open until midnight on November 17!!! 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 sewing machine 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 sewing machine goes, we’re going to offer you a gift certificate for the store. We don’t want you to have to worry about finding a voltage converter.  That sounds horrible.  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.  And about that VIP, DO IT!!! There are only a few charter member VIP spots still available.  We’ll give you tickets for that purchase, too.  Bless your little heart.

Dear Crimson Tate,

Girl! I’m already 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 EverSewn sewing machine 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!

Tall Trees Block for Aurifil Thread

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What a fun year it’s been being on the Aurifil Design Team with the amazing company of so many people that I admire.  Each month a different designer created a block for a block-of-the-month quilt based on the color wheel.  I lucked out and got GREEN!!  I love green.  I love mixing greens of more yellow hues with blues and aquas.  I can’t hardly handle myself. 😉

Find the blog here to see my inspirations and to learn a little more about what makes me tick along with instructions for creating your own Tall Trees block:   https://auribuzz.wordpress.com/2017/11/15/aurifil-2017-november-designer-of-the-month-heather-givans/

Now, looking for the ruler I used?  These little geese finish at 1/2″ x 1″ – this is some heavy lifting if you do it alone; you might need a team lift that comes in the form of a teeny tiny BlocLoc ruler.   It looks like this.  Click on image to find.

Want to win an awesome Aurifil thread box??

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Find the instructions for winning an awesome thread box here: http://blog.patsloan.com/2017/11/aurifil-block-challenge-block-11-by-heather-givans-enter-your-block.html

Connect with all of the designers on the team here:

I’ll be looking for all of those Tall Trees blocks on Instagram and Facebook!  Be sure to tag me @crimsontate @aurifilthread @patsloan #TallTreesBlock

 

Givans VS. Givens & My Latest Quilt Finish + –FABRIC GIVEAWAY–

You know me.  I’m Heather Givans, spelled with an A. I’m not here to confuse anyone or create a big old kerfuffle but I wanted to draw your attention to Tina Givens, spelled with an E.  Givans with an A (me) and Givens with an E (Tina).  We are both fabric designers.  We are both pattern writers.  But Tina with an E just recently completed her latest collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics called Piecemeal.  Vibrant, citrusy, and chock-full of stunning color, the 24 piece collection is fun and I LOVE IT!!! So when I had the opportunity to work with her latest fabric collection, I jumped at the chance.  Just so you know, my next collection of fabric isn’t announced until January.  So for now, let’s focus in on Tina with an E’s fabric and my newest quilt creation.

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Bracelet Making Quilt 83″ x 83″

Tina with an E describes her colleciton as being inspired “…by change in my family life, and how we can piecemeal the happy parts of our lives back together. Crazy life.”

When a design is created with hope in mind, I can’t help be drawn in.  I paired 15 Piecemeal fabrics with my chosen 16 coordinating FreeSpirit solids and bam.  This is what happened.

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Inspired by friendship bracelet making, because you know that I’m a former camp counselor, adventure trip leader, and outdoor educator, right?  Yes, me.  Heather Givans with an A! My camp name was Heliotrope.  No kid ever knew what what a heliotrope was, but I chose it because it seemed to suit me more than names like Hay or Honey.  We chose our camp names based on the first letter of our first names.  I spent countless hours of my life at camp with a safety pin fastened to my knee knotting and knotting lengths of embroidery floss to make the perfect summer camp accessories.  Don’t worry.  I’ve got a lot of stories to tell about this time in my life later.

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This scrappy quilt design has been rattling around in my head since my friend Lindsay taught a string quilt class at Crimson Tate nearly five years ago.  Combining the improvisation and scrappiness of string quilt block making with a little touch of organization, the Bracelet Making Quilt came to life.

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Big thank you to Dan Clayton of Quilting by the Stitch for his expert quilting!

This quilt began by foundation piecing strips to a page of our newly delivered telephone book.  It looked like a hot mess, as seen here.  I created four messes that looked relatively the same and squared those blocks to a common measurement.

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I didn’t worry if pieces were the same size, or if they were cut and sewn straight.  I just sewed.  Larger blocks started to form as I made four relatively “same” sequenced blocks, which became the centers.

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Eight more blocks, sewn in reverse order, surround the original four to make the greater, larger block.  I added half a square of solid so that the plus sign shape could emerge by contrasting against the background.   Take a look at how it morphed and formed.

 

Up on the design wall it went and pow.  The quilt layout was made.  If you’re interested in a tutorial on how to put this together, I’d encourage you to join our eNewsletter.  I’ll send out an alert when it’s ready.  You might also get some news on what’s happening at Crimson Tate along the way, too.  (Be cautioned, we don’t send many emails!  I promise not to flood your inbox and I most definitely won’t share your email address with anyone else.)

Utilizing my leftover scraps, I made something fun on the back along with some double gauze.  SO. STINKING. SOFT.

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I love remembering and dreaming about my days as a camp counselor hiking, swimming, canoeing, basket weaving (for real), and bracelet making.  I love that this quilt serves as a marker for an important time in my life.

Want to win some Piecemeal of your own?  Wanna win a coordinating bundle of FreeSpirit Solids? We’ve got six one yard pieces provided by the kind folks at FreeSpirit to give away and Crimson Tate is giving away the solids bundle!!  You’ve got three ways to win!! Do all three, get three chances!!  Winner will be drawn Monday, November 27, 2017.

  1. Leave a comment here and tell me about your experience level in friendship bracelet making.  Novice, intermediate, expert?  I’d love to know about your favorite flosses, patterns, and colors to create.  If you’re a stranger to friendship bracelets, tell me about your most important friendship and how you signify it. (I mean, if it’s not in the form of friendship bracelets, what form does it come in? Matching hats, friendship tattoos, etc.???)
  2. Share this blog post on your facebook page (as a public post) and tag Crimson Tate :: Modern Quilter and FreeSpirit Fabrics in the post!  We’ll only be able to see it if you make the post public.  If you’re so inclined, be sure to give us a LIKE, too.
  3. Take this game to Instagram!  Post the photo below and tag @crimsontate @sewtinagivens @freespiritfabric #BraceletMakingQuilt and tell me who you think spells their name correctly.  Is it Tina Givens or is it Heather Givans?  Total pretend bonus for choosing me. 😉  Of course, we’d love it if you’d follow Crimson Tate there, too, if it’s in your heart.

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Wanna know what fabrics I used to make this quilt?  Here’s a list and even a kit to get you started in making your own Bracelet Making Quilt!!

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Coordinating FreeSpirit Solids:

Almond Pink CSFSESS.ALMPK
Amazon CSFSESS.AMAZO
Apricot CSFSESS.APRIC
Asparagus CSFSESS.ASPAR
Brass CSFSESS.BRASS
Cranberry CSFSESS.CRANB
Dogwood CSFSESS.DOGWD
Fuchsia CSFSESS.FUCHS
Honey CSFSESS.HONEY
Lavender CSFSESS.LAVEN
Mango CSFSESS.MANGO
Olive CSFSESS.OLIVE
Pomegranate CSFSESS.POMEG
Solar CSFSESS.SOLAR
Sunset CSFSESS.SNSET
Wisteria CSFSESS.WISTE

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Tina Givens with an E’s Piecemeal Fabrics:

Leafy Path (Aqua) PWTG194.AQUAX
Leafy Path (Orange) PWTG194.ORANG
Leafy Path (Smoke) PWTG194.SMOKE
Morning Walk (Orange) PWTG192.ORANG
Morning Walk (Purple) PWTG192.PURPL
Raisin Feast (Pink) PWTG190.PINKX
Screen Door (Aqua) PWTG196.AQUAX
Shade Tree (Kiwi) PWTG193.KIWIX
Shade Tree (Papaya) PWTG193.PAPAY
Spotty (Aqua) PWTG195.AQUAX
Spotty (Papaya) PWTG195.PAPAY
Spotty (Purple) PWTG195.PURPL
Troy Gardens (Purple) PWTG189.PURPL
Weed No More (Purple) PWTG191.PURPL
Weed No More (Smoke) PWTG191.SMOKE