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.

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.

 

 

 

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

 

Gentlepeople, START YOUR ENGINES!!

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Feast your eyes on *Footnote Quilt! This baby makes little hearts float from our eyeballs. Our newest quilt pattern is fat quarter and half yard bundle friendly. Make it lap size, make it queen size, make it any size you want, all we know is, now is the time to order online because

ALL WEEKEND LONG, WE’RE CELEBRATING THE INDY 500 with FIFTY CENT SHIPPING!!

Pay $.500 (fifty cents) shipping (on U.S. orders) all weekend long in honor of our love of the Indy 500 car race!  I mean, we do live in Indianapolis after all. This fun offer will start right now through May 29 11:59 PM EST. Please be advised that we will be closed Sunday and Monday in observance of Memorial Day, so make sure if you’re planning a trip down, you hit us up on Friday and Saturday (May 26-27)!  Bring in the family.  We’ll be excited to see, meet, and giggle with them.

While you’re tooting around at crimsontate.com, think about that quilt back for *Footnote Quilt!  May we suggest this?

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Suggested for the back of your quilt – Overdue (Yesterday)!
Queen Size: 8 yards
Lap Size: 4 yards
Or what about this handsome deviled egg?? (WHAT?! It’s Memorial Day Weekend!  I’ve got cook-out foods on the brain!)
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Literary bundles come in three sizes!  Fat quarter, half yard, and one yard bundles!
Don’t forget, we’re closed on Sunday and Monday in observance of Memorial Day but the FIFTY CENTS SHIPPING lasts until Tuesday morning.  Happy weekend, friends!
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Thank you Eric Lubrick for the boss photography, per usgezh!

Winners of the Paper Obsessed Blog Tour

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

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

Martina Schwarz

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

Linda Williamson

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

Linda Douglas

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

Kathy Erickson

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

Allison Church Bird

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

Diane Beavers

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

Veronique Oudard

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

Diane Beavers

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

TM Philbin

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

Patty Taylor

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

Mary Beth Meadows

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

Indianna

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

Julianne Seegmiller

Thanks, y’all for playing along!!!

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Final Day Paper Obsessed Blog Tour :: Correspondence Mini Quilt for Mail Lovers + {GIVEAWAY}

WHAT?! The two week blog tour is over???!!! I can’t believe it.  Booooooo.  But holy moly!  What an amazing trip around the interwebs it has been.  I’m in awe of what people, friends, are making. From dresses, to quilts, to poufs, to pillows, to bags, to pencil cases, to pouches and everything inbetween, I love how everyone is making some stellar goods from Paper Obsessed.

In this last leg, I wanted to introduce you to the Correspondence Mini Quilt pattern that we wrote specifically for this collection.

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In just nine fat quarters, you’ll have the CUTEST little project to give to your paper loving quilty friend (and leftover fabrics to play with for yourself).

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So I was inspired to create a line of fabric that would function as mail.  Remember way back when (ok, it was October) I had an all call for friends to send me mail for my booth at market?  The response looked like this:

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My booth looked like this:

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I’m happy to report that I’m 73% the way through on making good on my promise of addressing everyone who sent me mail.  I’m ALMOST DONE!!! Yahoooo.  I’m so sorry it is taking me longer than expected.  But I guess this is the time that I should reveal that sometimes my Christmas cards don’t go out until June / July.  I remember one year I just drove around and put them in people’s mailboxes in the middle of summer.  You know, just to save on stamps or whatnot.  🙂

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I will not fail in returning correspondence to you.  You took the time to write, I’ll get this done.  Promise.  And for everyone who wrote to me, I have included a sweeeeeet surprise in the envelope.

I have a new collection of fabric for Windham Fabrics that will be presented at the International Quilt Market in Houston, TX in late October.  Soon, I’ll announce an all call for help with that collection, too.  If you want to be notified of what we’re up to and what I need to create my booth, sign up for Crimson Tate’s electronic newsletter here.

I’m super jazzed that in Paper Obsessed I could combine my love of fabric and quilting with my love of doodling, mail, and embroidery.

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Here’s a little photo essay of building the Correspondence Mini Quilt:

I’ve had so much fun embroidering with the Aurifloss by Aurifil Threads.  Some of you already have this kit and pattern because you purchased it through QuiltyBox where I was the guest artist for the month of June.  Wahooo!!!  I can’t wait to see your creations!

Be sure to check out all the Crimson Tate patterns available.

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And to find me (as @crimsontate) in all the places online!

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Let’s talk WINNING FABRIC. So you want some Paper Obsessed goodness of your own, eh? Windham Fabrics gives away free fabric along every stop of the blog-a-palooza and we are throwing in some extra I Heart Crimson Tate swag just for funzies. To enter the contest at this stop, leave a comment describing how late you’ve ever been sending holiday cards, birthday presents, wedding gifts, or any other occassion that you missed the deadline. The winner will be chosen randomly on July 27, and of course, be sure to visit all of our friends’ blogs for a chance to win!  Don’t forget to leave your email address or an obvious way to get a hold of you so you can easily be notified when you WIN!  This is the last stop but you can today circle around and check out all the stops, so be sure to check out alllllll the goodness.

July 12 Windham Fabrics :: http://windhamfabrics.wordpress.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 26 Heather Givans of Crimson Tate ::  https://blog.crimsontate.com/ FINAL STOP

Thanks for playing along and all of your encouragement!  This is an awesome community to be a part of!  Can’t wait to announce all of the winners, soon!!!!