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.

 

 

 

#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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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

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!