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.

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

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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)

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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