Year End Gratitude!!


This year brought an amazing adventure to Crimson Tate.  Whoa, nelly.  We are all in this game together.  We’re a teeny tiny small business that is so proud to be your neighborhood (and online) quilt store.  This little buddy can’t function without you.  And quite honestly, we don’t want to do this without you.  As I look back on the year that is passing, a common theme is positivity, gratefulness, and love.   I want to thank you profusely for your friendship and patronage.  I (all of us at Crimson Tate, really) love that our friends are our customers and that our customers are our friends.  It’s the best way to live.  So thank you for that.

We opened our hearts to love and friendship and found more inspiration and happiness than we ever could have anticipated.

Let’s bust into 2017 with joy in our heart, inspiration in our mind’s eye, and an abundance of creativity. Let’s make things we’re proud of, have meaning, not worry about being perfect, and let’s have a GOOD TIME!!


As a year end celebration, we’d love to offer you the use of code FINALCOUNTDOWN at checkout to receive 25% off your entire order.  Even the clearance will be discounted an additional 25% with the code.  What?! It’s time to get creative and begin again.  We welcome you, 2017.  We welcome you with hearts forward, arms open, and ready for the goodness you have in store for us all.  Sale ends Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST (just for funzies!  Holla West Coast!)

International friends, we now are set-up to handle your online orders!  We’re happy to ship to you anywhere in the world.  Let’s do this thing!!!  I’m excited for the first international orders to come through. EXCITING!!

I know that for many, 2016 was tough.  I’m actively choosing to move my way into 2017 with excitement and anticipation of some awesome stuff in mind.

In 2017 I can’t wait for * QuiltCon in February * The arrival of Literary in April!!! * New quilt patterns * More art for a fourth collection!!! WHAT?! So crazy. * Classes at Crimson Tate! * Being inspired * Laughing and storytelling * Digging deep in my friendships * More Yoga  * Learning and using ASL * Paducah * Teaching in other people’s spaces * Walking and biking to work * Playing everyday at Crimson Tate * Hosting creativity workshops with my hommies @ Practice Indie * Fall Market and debut of fabric collection number four * Sewing more quilts * Finding more kindred spirits * Reading more * Tinkering * Building * Choosing positivity * Being real * Giggling on the daily * Writing more notes * Happiness * Spending more time outdoors * Love * High fives * The list can go on and on and surely will.  xoxoxoxxoxo

I’d love to know what you are excited for, too!

Our philosophy at Crimson Tate is to be serious without taking yourself too seriously.  I love that so many people in our community approach life, sewing, and everyday in the same way.  I can’t be more grateful that this is who I am surrounded by.  I really do have big love.  Thanks for letting me be a part of your lives.  And thank you for being a part of mine.  And as always, thank you to the Crimson Tate Squad for their continuous and hard work.  Truly.



PS We’ll be closed January 1 & 2.  We’ll reopen at 11:00 AM on January 3.  xoxo

Quilt Local :: Heather Jones Totally Inspires + {GIVEAWAY}

IMG_0021Have you met Heather Jones? I, as a fellow Heather, am so incredibly proud of my dear friend HBJ (Heather Braunlin Jones) as she created one of the most delightfully inspired collections of quilts in her new book titled Quilt Local : Finding Inspiration in the Everyday.  Her cohesive, minimal, recognizable style takes courage and design skill.  I, as a former high school art teacher, always admire art that is minimal and leaves breathing room for the viewer to fall into the work.  Heather Jones creates the most beautiful breathing room in her premiere book Quilt Local.

QL Cover

We were fortunate enough to have HBJ at Crimson Tate recently for a book signing and a full day workshop instructed by Heather in our fabric store Downtown Indianapolis. IMG_0033 (1) We are never lack of conversation (as an aside riding together in the car for a weekend trip that lasted 9+ hours both directions and we were both hoarse by the time it was over), Heather and I, and that evening of nacho bar and buckets of beer was no exception.  I love that Heather is a delightful combination of studious and goofy, all at once.  I guess what I’m trying to say is that she’s real.  She’s a real girl doing exceptional work. Her approach to writing this book gives the viewer multiple ways to look at the projects. One quilt is rendered in solids and the next it’s peppered with printed fabrics.  How brilliant?! And to think that Heather created each of those patterns twice, taking on the monumental task of not only piecing, quilting, and finishing them on her own but also fully inspiring all of us to take a closer look at our surroundings in a more authentically inspired way.  We as quilters GET IT.  It’s a monumental task.  She gets it.  She’s good.

It was a pleasure and an honor to get periodical phone calls from my friend during her process of writing the book.  Finding inspiration in everyday is a creed I have adhered to as a life philosophy, myself.  But to step into Heather Jones’s inspiration leaves me with wonderment.  And the first time she saw the photos I happened to be with her at an event where we all stood around the laptop and cried because the photography of her creations truly captured the beauty of her.  And of her work.QL interior 2

When I knew that Heather Jones and I could be friends was when she started playing with color using Josef Albers theories on color.  She’s a girl after my own heart.  Eureka! This thing is brilliant.  And then here is her quilt in a repetitive fashion.


Heather encourages us to take note of our surroundings. For instance, I am inspired by the beautiful architecture of this Coca-Cola plant that is found right across the street from Crimson Tate.

Art Deco Coca-Cola building

I also suuuuuuuuper find inspiration when I am standing in front Lake Superior as I visit my family in northern Minnesota.  Parson Gray Inspiraiton

Wouldn’t this Parson Gray bundle be a great jumping point to compliment Gitchi-Gami?


So tell me, where do you feel inspired? Leave a note, and one lucky person will receive an autographed copy of Heather Jones’s beautiful book.  I can’t wait to hear what inspires you.  And a big ol’ congratulations to HBJ on a job well done. xoxo.  Drawing will take place at end of blog tour November 13, 2015.  Each stop is offering a free book.