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.

Screen Shot 2018-06-20 at 5.26.31 PMThe piece of music is a spirited, upbeat jingle that is just plain happy.  It is the punctuation of these notes that inspired our row. Screen Shot 2018-05-30 at 1.25.12 PM.png

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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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!

Let’s get sewy! Our VIP club has begun!

IMG_9295Announcements, 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 membership cards and whatnot. 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.

But wait! Don’t you want to know the PERKS? Let’s talk perks!

When you’re a Crimson Tate VIP, you’ll receive:

  • Emails with news, store announcements, special 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*.
  • A Limited Edition Enamel Pin each year you renew your membership – the inaugural 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! (Tote available December 2017)Screen Shot 2017-10-05 at 5.24.40 PM

The New Member Fee is $35. By joining now, you’ll be a charter member and won’t need to renew your membership until 2019! And be sure to save the date for our next VIP event – Friday, October 20th from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

The VIP membership is currently available to our in-store shoppers. Stay tuned for details on how you can gift a VIP membership for the holidays! And hang tight, crimsontate.com lovers, we have lil’ hearts in our eyeballs for you even if we don’t always get to see your bright and shiny faces on Mass Ave. We’ve got a club in the works for you too!

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Party On!! And Crimson Tate VIP Announced!

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We’re celebrating on September 29, 2017 at our location in Downtown Indianapolis, IN the turning of six and beginning the seventh year with tons of new ideas, intentions, and creativity!  We want you to join us for macrons from our buddies at The Gallery Pastry Shop, beers, fabric fun and hugs all around.

Join sweet David, Jenny, Amy, and me for a great night of reliving tales of the past six years!  Extra points awarded if you wear a garment made from the fabrics found at Crimson Tate!!

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We’re starting a new Crimson Tate VIP program filled with lots of opportunities to get involved, superb discounts, special goods, incentives and more.  We’ll be announcing this at the big event, so come on down.

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Toast and Group Photo happen at 7:30!

Come celebrate with us!!!  RSVP to our Facebook event and thank you for sharing it with your friends!!! We love ya for lovin’ Crimson Tate.

xo

Heather