UPPERCASE Magazine chats about Paper Obsessed :: GIVEAWAY + Janine is just plain cool.

Paper Obsessed BLOG TOUR continues today, July 15, with fellow Windham Fabrics designer Janine Vangool of UPPERCASE Magazine ::  http://uppercasemagazine.com/blog/


I’m pretty sure I scared Janine Vangool the first time I met her which was at QuiltCon West earlier this year. Now in retrospect, her fear of me was probably merited as I may or may not have put her photograph in the little pocket of my Letters from Home quilt.  She was nervous to say the least.


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You need to know Uppercase Magazine and the masterful and talented creative behind it.  Janine Vangool is a new and fellow Windham Fabrics designer and a completely generous human being.


Check out what she has to say about Paper Obsessed. Today’s her day on the Paper Obsessed Blog Tour!  Wooooot.  Scoot on over to her blog:::::

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And then follow along with this awesome gang:

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/ {TODAY TODAY TODAY!!}

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/

NO HATS IN THE HOUSE + Paper Obsessed Blog Tour + GIVEAWAY


This kid is totally creative to the extreme.  I’m so fortunate to hang and live near NO HATS IN THE HOUSE QUILTS.  She’s outrageously good at most things.  I’m in awe of her most days. Head over to her blog for a little late night reading.  Here’s where she lives:



And then follow along with this awesome gang:

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/ {Go there!}

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/

Sewing for a Cause :: Kangaroo Cuddlers for Riley Children’s Hospital NICU

We’re revisiting a project we did last year again to spread the good-giving. We know you’ll love this one. We’ve partnered with one of our lovely customers and friend who is involved in Kangaroo Cuddlers which is a program that encourages skin to skin contact of mother and baby. Read what the project coordinator has to say:


Kangaroo Care is hard to accomplish when your little one is in constant care in the NICU. A team of doctors devised a great program that provides opportunity for moms to wear a little kangaroo inside their clothing and when they aren’t able to be with their baby, the little kangaroo stays with the child. It reminds the mothers that this skin to skin contact is very important in early childhood as well as provides comfort and security for the baby as the swatch contains the mother’s calming smell.

How sweet is this? You want to help us sew these dudes? Let’s talk deets.

Who: You, silly! Our wonderful sewy community.

What: The Riley NICU Kangaroo-a-thon! The initial goal is to collect 60 Kangaroo Cuddlers.

When: Please complete and deliver your finished cuddlers by Friday, May 6, 2016

Where: Drop them off or mail to Crimson Tate – 845 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204

How: Download this simple Kangaroo Cuddler  pattern and make as many ‘Roos as you please, and please don’t forget to closely follow the guidelines because a mom has to wear this under her clothes and a baby has to snuggle with it. Keep it as simple as possible!

Making it Even More Fun: Crimson Tate would like to extend an offering of thanks by giving you a coupon to use.  You’ll receive 1% coupon* off for every cuddler you make up to 30!  A 30% off coupon for your entire purchase awaits!! Use it on Liberty of London, a TJ Lane Thimble, Oliso Iron, an entire bolt of fabric!  It’s up to you how you use it.  We’ll gift you 30% off your entire purchase as a big ol’ thanks.  25 ‘roos will elicit a 25% off coupon.  Just like that.

Making it EVEN MORE MORE FUN: The person who donates the most Kangaroo Cuddlers will receive a $25 gift certificate* to the store.  Let’s say you make 50 cuddlers and that is the most any ONE person makes.  You’ll receive a $25 gift card and a 30% off coupon.  Giving never felt so good!!! So don’t stop at 30 – make as many as your heart can hold.  If you’re not local, you can always send us these lil’ dudes in the mail and we’ll send you a coupon code to use on our website.  You’ll also be eligible for the gift card!!!

*wining gift card and discount can be used on Crimson Tate’s entire inventory excluding classes, other gift cards, pre-orders, and 50% off clearance.

Hop to! What an awesome use of our skills that other people might not have, so think of what a difference this simple gesture can make. How many Kangaroos can we sew, gang?! Let’s find out!

Cuddlers need to be at Crimson Tate no later than Friday, May 6, 2016.  Please include your name, phone number, email, and address so that we may properly thank you and send you your coupon!!! If you’re rocking Instagram or Twitter, give us that, too!!!

If you’re on Instagram, please tag @crimsontate #kangaroocuddler #ctsewingforacause #crimsontate

We’ve Set-Up Our Pop-Up QuiltCon Booth Inside of Crimson Tate + Paper Obsessed PRE-ORDER Starting NOW!

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Woooot!  We’ve set up our QuiltCon booth inside of Crimson Tate if you want to come down and pretend you’re at QuiltCon 2016 a week early!  I mean, we can take selfies, give hugs, hashtag the crap out of our photos with things like #QuiltConForever #PartyinBooth504 #Pasadenaisforlovers #IamgoingtoDisneyland.  You know, all the things.


In preparation for QuiltCon, we’re also offering Paper Obsessed as a PRE-ORDER!  Check out crimsontate.com to find exactly what you’ve been dreaming of.  We’re offering bundles and kits as pre-ordered items.  Fabric should arrive in June.  We can hardly wait. Holla!

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Bundles of Paper Obsessed

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Paper Obsessed Kits

Photos by Eric Lubrick.

Paper Obsessed and I’m working on those return letters!

I finally have all of my ducks in a row and am ready to start addressing envelopes to my friends who sent me #PaperObsessed mail about fourteen weeks ago.  Yikes.  I’ve got a long ride to Pasadena, CA.  Let’s cross our fingers my markers don’t run out.  Although, truthfully, I kinda love the marker that is on the edge of drying out.  Those scratchy marks are kinda fun.  See you at QuiltCon?! Look for me and Crimson Tate in booth 504.


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Paper Obsessed by Heather Givans for Windham Fabrics

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Paper Obsessed has seventeen different pieces, all paper inspired.

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Aerodynamics quilt designed and pieced by Heather Givans; quilted by Karen McTavish

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Succulent Garden quilt designed and pieced by Heather Givans; quilted by Benji Benjiman

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The cutest little Dash.  Air Traffic Control quilt designed and pieced by Heather Givans; quilted by Quilting by the Stitch

All photography by my super talented and cool friend Eric Lubrick.


See you in Cali in just a few weeks! Or is it less? HOLY HOLY.  😉

xo Heather

Lotta Jansdotter is my best friend* + GIVEAWAY

*not really.  I’m just kidding.


In another life I worked at a local boss gift shop Silver in the City where I discovered amazing stationery and soft good designers such as Angela Adams, Lotta Jansdotter, and Juila Rothman.  Fast forward ten years later and am in disbelief that I design fabric along side two of these women I’ve admired for so long.  Windham Fabrics, I love you and thank you.  My gratitude is endless.  I can remember all the times we all huddled around the Lotta Jansdotter goods and awed over the choice of fabric (mostly linen) and that quintessential Swedish design.  In my arsenal of items from that era still exists, I have more leather handled Lotta totebags then I’d care to admit.


I’m honored to present and let you peek in on Lotta Jansdotter’s new book for STC Craft, an imprint of Abrams publishing, Everyday Style.


I took some time over the past few weeks to thumb through the book and I have to tell you, the images are inspiring.  Jenny Hallengren is the photographer who you might remember took the photographs in Heather Jones’s book Quilt Local.  Same photographer.  Lotta’s style combined with Jenny’s know-how is a powerful combination. Then add pattern designer Alexia Abegg to the mix, and it becomes spectacular.  I am particularly impressed with the hand drawn elements included.  Look at how sweet this is.

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The book is filled with simple skirts, dresses, bags, and more with a modern Scandinavian elegance.  I made a couple of projects from the book starting with the Wilma Bag.  It is ginormous.  Let’s play Who Wore It Better??  Here’s Lotta with her bag:

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Here I am with my Wilma Bag:


Ok.  You don’t have to comment on who wore it better but I did wear every striped piece of clothing I could find that coordinated.  I used an organic canvas ticking fabric and am glad I did.  It has a great heft and the size of this bag can easily accommodate a sewing machine or more.


I call this photograph “If Lotta Jansdotter, Amy Butler, Heather Ross, and Heather Givans went into a bar…”  Actually, that might have happened once.  I can’t be sure.  I stuffed this bag full of Indiana shaped pillows made from fabrics of some of these lovely ladies.  I also created a CUUUUTE hat with simple pompom instructions found in Lotta’s book.  It gave me an excuse to shop at Mass Ave Knits in Downtown Indianapolis.  It is a yarn lover’s oasis.  IMG_0853

I created this big ol’ pompom from a hand-dyed yarn.  I know.  I’ve probably offended yarn lovers with such a simple use of a beautiful yarn BUT I COULDN’T HELP IT.  I was a moth to flame.



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The pattern for this cute hat is by the crazy talented Crafty Gemini.  I used Echino jacquard knit instead of fleece and bam.  It worked beautifully. The pompom instructions are found in Lotta’s book.

Thanks for reading along.  I’m impressed with the visual inspiration found in Everyday Style.  I’m certain to create more projects from the book.  If you’d like to win a copy of your own, STC Craft, Tattly Tattoos, and Windham Fabrics are offering a prize package to include a copy of the book, a fat quarter bundle of Lotta’s fabric from Windham, Lotta temporary tattoos, and Lotta washi tape.  So make sure you follow along on all of the blogs in the series, leaving comments along the way to be entered to win and being inspired.  A winner will be chosen at each stop along the tour.

Dec 1 – Lotta

Dec 2 – STC Craft

Dec 3 – Windham 

Dec 4 –  Noodlehead

Dec 7 – Modern Handcraft

Dec 8 – Sew Scatterbrained

Dec 9 – Crimson Tate [you are here]

Dec 11 – Groovy Baby & Mama

Dec 14 – City Stitching with Christine Haynes

Dec 15 – Craft Sanity

Dec 16 – Aesthetic Nest

Dec 17 – Sew Mama Sew

Dec 18 – Lish Dorset

Dec 19 – Fancy Tiger Crafts

Dec 21 – Generation Q

Dec 22 – Carolyn Friedlander

Dec 23 – Crafty Planner

Winner on my blog will be chosen on December 26.  So you’ll have time until then to make comments about your everyday style,  Who Wore It Better, or just in general about your love of Lotta Jansdotter.  I’ll randomly choose.

Final Stop on the Succulents Blog Hop and TOTAL GRATITUDE

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View from inside my house. Woodruff Place Victorian neighborhood. Note the sand colors.

We did it.  We traversed across the blog-a-sphere and peeked in on a slug of creative friends who have put Succulents to good use.  I’m totally honored and proud of the company I keep, my friends and creative colleagues.  I wanted to cap off the tour with a little story of where the ideas came from plus a few more thank yous.

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The Beginnings of Caring for Succulents

The design process for me starts with pencil on paper.  And then again, more pencil on paper, from doodles to realism. I like to explore the range and often land somewhere in the fringe with elements of realism but mostly a whimsy style.  Through this process for Succulents, my first collection for Windham Fabrics, I wanted desperately to hangout in greenhouses and nurseries among the warm air that the cacti breathe.  As a mid-westerner, cold winter months draw me to those places of tropical relief.  And to think it’s only a short trip across town to smell the earthy dirt and moist air, I’ll take it.  If I’m going to be totally honest and reveal my absolute nerdiness (which I’m totally ok with) you should know that I’ve been a member of the Cacti and Succulent Society of America for the past 15 years.  I subscribe to the technical journal and read it religiously.  It’s always a great day when the journal shows up in my mailbox.  I dream of traveling to South Africa to witness some of my favorite plants in the wild.

In my not so distant past I had a huge collection – over a hundred varieties – of various succulents and cacti.  One of my favorite things is when people bring me cuttings of their heirloom plants.  I am thoroughly convinced that plants that are gifts grow much better than plants you buy for yourself.  It’s easy to share many kinds of succulents because the less finicky varieties just regenerate in new dirt.

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Flux‘s beautiful green typewriter

They don’t mind, either, if you neglect them.  In the winter months when they are sitting in all of my south facing window sills, I ignore them until they cry out, playing Mr. Obvious that they need a drink!  Being inspired by their funky leaves, sometime fat and transparent, is easily done.  Often succulents are totally CUTE, too, so that doesn’t hurt.

In this collection I wanted to pull together a slug of different greens that are sometimes difficult to coordinate.  So to add olive green to spring green to sage green, how can we make that work?! Lovely and luckily enough, those tones live together very harmoniously in the succulent world.  I love that the overall collection edges a little bit dusty and earthy.  I like to think that’s who I am.  If you add dashes of antiques and worn goods, it’s the spice of who I am.
It has been such a pleasure and immense joy to work with the gang of Windham Fabrics.  Let’s do it again! And in fact, I’ve turned in some designs for the second collection, so hold your hats.  We’re gonna take this ride again.
In the next few days, I’ll feature a tutorial on how to sew this quilt.  Subscribe, follow, pinch, poke, you owe me a coke, or whatever you do to remind yourself that you should come back here in a few days to see how to build this modern quilt I call Scandia.


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BIG FAT THANK YOUS!!  Here’s a short list of the humans I love and appreciate their help.  (Obs, there are too many to list, but these few need a special shout-out)

Thank you to Jamie MacDougall, my dearest and best friend, who made me lots of dinners and coffee when I would submerse myself into what I was working on so I didn’t have to worry about life details.

Thank you to David Barnhouse of Crimson Tate – truly my right-handed right hand man and bestie.

Thank you to Shannon Brasovan of Practice Indie who is my guru & yogi who has been teaching me how to keep balance in my life.

Thank you to Laura, Sandy, Alex, and Mickey of Windham Fabrics who just plain get me and are total pleasure to work with.

Thank you to Kristofer Bowman of The Inventorialist who allowed me to use his space to take some of the photography seen in the look-book and rushed vintage ledger papers over without questioning me on why.

Thank you to DeAnne Roth of Flux Antiques & Curiosities who allowed me the use of her super cool typewriter that I typed the text on for the collection and inspired one of the color-ways of the text prints.

Thank you to Chris DePrez of Fountain Square Clay Center who allowed me to come in an throw a bunch of pots for Quilt Market last fall.

Thank you to Joey Ponce of JoeyPonce.com who is an all around amazing human.

Thank you to my mom who cleaned my house a couple of times when I couldn’t seem to get to it.  And thank you to my dad who has done a ton of ironing for me in the last year.

Thank you to the customers and community of Crimson Tate for entertaining me and sharing in the joy that has been this past year.  Thanks for supporting us and for dreaming with me.  Soooo good!  Don’t forget, today is your last day to enter the drawing for one of fourteen complete fat quarter bundles of Succulents.


March 15: Heather Givans of Crimson Tate

March 16: Eric Lubrick of Eric Lubrick Photography

March 17: Sarah Sharp of {no} hats quilts

March 18: Lindsay Lefevere of ellesquare

March 19: Karen McTavish of McTavish Quilting Studio

March 20: David Barnhouse of Crimson Tate

March 21: Meghan Eschbaugh of Calvin and Carolyn

March 22: Brooke Starnes of Crimson Tate

March 23: Matthew Wheeler of Kapa Quilts

March 24: Samantha Howard of Bobaloo Kids

March 25: Amy Garro of 13 spools

March 26: Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts

March 27: Heather Jones of Heather Jones Studio

March 28: Heather Givans of Crimson Tate

In closing, comments that celebrate who inspires you, helps you endlessly, or make you happy receive a big hug and high five.



Crimson Tate’s Fireside Holiday Gift Guide

Happy Holidays, friends!  Let your people know what you’d love to have under the tree this year!  We’ve created an easy guide to help the process of selecting.  Click on the photos to be directed to Santa’s workshop where your sections can be made.

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Aurifil Thread is a thoughtful stocking stuffer and a necessity for any sewer. Choose a large spool in a variety of colors or a coordinating set of small spools. 100% Cotton. 100% Lovely.

04_Sewing Kit

Our Sewing Kits are collections of our favorite sewing notions poured lovingly inside a mason jar… already wrapped and ready for the giving.

05_Gift Certificate

Choose a Gift Certificate so that your loved one can choose! Gift Certificates from Crimson Tate don’t say, “I had no clue what to get you,” but rather, “I knew you would want to coordinate your own fabrics, dearie-lou!” Gift Certificates can be applied to all fabrics, notions, classes, and gift items at our brick & mortar store in Downtown Indianapolis.

06_beginningsewist 07_Simple Sewing

Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing is chock-full of simple sewing ideas for beginners. Find modern inspiration and quick projects here.

08_Pin Cushion Cuff

The Pin Cushion Cuff is a cute and functional sewing accessory. Don’t forget to load these bad boys up with straight pins for an even nicer gift!


Gingher Scissors reign supreme. A good pair of sewing shears will last decades with sharpening as needed. Bam in your face.

10_hoarder 11_Charley Harper Bundle

The Charley Harper bundles of organic cotton arrived just in time for ultimate holiday merriment. These fabrics elicit audible gasps from fabric aficionados from the Midwest and beyond.

12_Cotton + Steel

Cotton + Steel Pre-Cuts are popular modern fabrics full of vintage color and design inspiration, and a great way to give a nice variety of fabrics.

13_Follie Bundle

Scandinavian designer Lotta Jansdotter’s Follie is vibrant and fresh. Adorn your favorite fabric collector’s shelves with fun and Follie.

14_quiltingenthusiast 15_Wonder Clips

Not just useful for binding quilts, Wonder Clips put the fun in functional for a wide array of projects!! Choose the box of multi-colored clips for project after project of color-coded joy!


The Olfa Rotary Cutter makes cutting simple for quilters! Available in 45 MM and 60 MM blade sizes. Measure twice, cut once!

17_Forest Abstraction

We’ve kitted Violet Craft’s Forest Abstractions Quilt for avid paper piecers and woodland creature lovers! Kit includes fabrics for the quilt top and the pattern.


19_Denyse Schmidt

Holy cats! Show that special someone you really care this holiday season with the big box of Denyse Schmidt Modern Solids fat quarters. 75 stunning fat quarters to make you feel like the kid with the biggest box of crayons.


Our Artisan Sterling Silver Thimbles are a beautiful accessory and absolutely functional. The fingertip-like ridge blends clever ingenuity and comfort. Choose from thimbles that are bezel-set with stones, or ones with bee or heart motifs.


The Oliso Pro Smart Iron is our favorite daily sewing tool. It gets super hot, increases your speed in the sewing room, and it’s just downright enjoyable to use. You’ll surely be the winning little elf with this thoughtful gift!!

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Celebrate the upcoming release of SUCCULENTS by Heather Givans for Windham Fabrics with your very own Baby Toes T-Shirt! The Softy McSofterson shirt features Heather’s original artwork that appears in the fabric! How cool is that?! A true must-have for Crimson Tate fangirls and boys.


I HEART Indiana Pillows add a touch of Hoosier pride and comfort to every room. Keep checking back for our ever-changing styles!


Choose from our wide selection of Harriet Headbands in slim and original widths. A perfect stocking stuffer, or join the Harriet-of-the-Month club for a gift that keeps on giving.


Show off your Crimson Tate love when you’re out and about with the Crimson Tate Tote Bag! Manufactured and sewn in the USA with 100% recycle materials!


Shop ’til You Drop — One Stop Quilt Shop Hop!! We’re totes gonna be there.

1501697_240538886137917_1637939927_nThirty + Quilt Shops will be in attendance for the annual event and we are gonna be one of them!!  We’re putting wheels on Crimson Tate (I like to think of those wheels as roller skates) but nontheless, we’re making this girl mobile and heading to our friend Nancy J’s house in Kokomo for a fun event to be shared with quilt store around Indiana and Ohio.


You can join us for the good times by heading north (or south as the case may be) Friday July 25 or Saturday July 26 to shop at all the shops.  Wanna know who will be there besides us?! Head to here to see the complete list and to get more information!!


Who: Thirty Quilt Shops

What: Fabric, fun, games, prizes, lots of shopping

When: Friday, July 25, 2014 — 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Saturday, July 26, 2014 — 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Where: Kokomo Events Center; 1500 N Reed Road; Kokomo, IN 46901 — easy access just off of IN 931

How Much: $5.00 admission