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

 

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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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