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

 

Year End Gratitude!!

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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!!

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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.

xoxo

Heather

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

Is Lotta Jansdotter the New Solid? And other thoughts about Houston Quilt Market 2013

Seriously.  She’s kinda brilliant.  That Lotta Jansdotter is Freshy McFresherson.  I am so happy that Windham Fabrics wooed the queen of Swedish design to their line-up of stellar cast members.  Of course, Lotta Jansdotter is not new to the world of sewing and textile printing.  She has been making handprinted textiles for years.  As a fellow printmaker, I’ve admired how simple her techniques and results are.  In her third line for Windham, she gives us a soft palette perfect for late winter early spring wearings.  Take a visual tour around her booth —–>

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Lotta Jansdotter gives you something to think about.  The roughness and sometimes crude nature of the printed surface is very pretty.  I like that her designs retain that hand printed quality, even though they aren’t hand-pulled prints. (Although all of my favorite printmaking teacher Kathy Reeves would tell you that spotty surfaces is shotty printing, but I like it in this instance.  Sorry Kathy.)  Here’s a closer view of one of those spotty fabrics, this photo taken from Windham’s website.

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The happy news is that this collection is set to be shipped from Windham in early February and obs will be living at Crimson Tate.  If you can’t wait to see it in its entirety, check out both collections on Windham’s website.  One is named Mormor and the other Sylvia.  (Sylvia is Lotta’s granny–her mormor).

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Sylvia is a fantastic range of black and whites which we’ve ALL been waiting for.  Thank goodness.  You’re gonna like it.

xoxo

Heather

If you’d like to use any of the photography seen here, please email me at photouse@crimsontate.com I’m sure we can work it out!