Paper Obsessed Blog Tour :: Sunday Edition with Karen McTavish !!!!

karenMcTIt’s easy like Sunday Morning.  Although, what Karen McTavish does isn’t easy.  Today’s Paper Obsessed blog is happening right here with the talented, energetic, lovely, and real Karen McTavish.  She quilted my improv Air Traffic Control Quilt that I fondly refer to as Aerodynamics.

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I loved working on the Aerodynamics quilt for a couple of reasons.  The quilt was original and unique – something fresh and new… I love being a part of new ideas. I wanted to make the paper airplanes really be the focus of the overall impact of the quilt, so two layers of Quilters Dream Batting was used for the quilt. Unfortunately, wool has a memory and sometimes shows fold lines. The process of quilting was to let the paper airplanes fly all over the quilt showing the path of its flight. I would draw the line directly on the quilt at the end of the paper airplane and hoped the line would run into another airplane. The quilting was really fun because I felt so much freedom. I felt Heather’s joy in making this quilt and tried to match that energy.

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Photos by Eric Lubrick

I want you to imagine what it’s like to get your quilt back in the mail after Karen McTavish has had it.  OMG.  It’s the best thing ever to open the box.

KarenMcTavishThis quilt was a major reason why Paper Obsessed exists.  I’ve wanted to make this quilt for the longest time, but couldn’t find the right fabrics to pull it off.

I used the notebook print, white on white airplanes, and ball point security envelope texture.

I’m so proud of this quilt and learned a lot in the process (through tears, frustration, and kerfuffles, and finally success).  It’s one of the projects I am most proud of in concept, design, fabric, and even down to the quilt pattern.  And I’m so super honored that Karen McTavish gets me and is willing to work so hard for my vision to shine through.

Thanks for peeking in on how Karen McTavish made my dreams come true.  I couldn’t ask for a better creative partner in crime.  She is so incredibly dear to me and I think we make a great team.

Let’s talk WINNING FABRIC. So you want some Paper Obsessed goodness of your own, eh? Windham Fabrics gives away free fabric along every stop of the blog-a-palooza and we are throwing in some extra I Heart Crimson Tate swag just for funzies. To enter the contest at this stop, leave a comment describing a dream you’ve had for a long time that you’re making steps to come true.  It can be grand or it can be simple.  The winner will be chosen randomly on July 27, and of course, be sure to visit all of our friends’ blogs for a chance to win!  Don’t forget to leave your email address or an obvious way to get a hold of you so you can easily be notified when you WIN!  The blog tour is almost over, so be sure to circle back around and check out alllllll the goodness.

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/

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/ {Dreamer + Doer}

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/

Sweet Baby Giucy Giuce :: Paper Obsessed Blog Tour HITS Instagram

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How did Karen LePage end up looking so lovely in this photo and Giuseppe Ribaudo, commonly known as Giucy Giuce, and I look like loons??? It’s no surprise, I suspect.

I have to tell you.  You know how you meet people on the Instagram and you think “can they really be like this in real life?” I’m here to tell you that Giuseppe is as sincere and a beautiful person in the real as he is on the Gram.

After seeing this photo, I knew we were meant to be friends.

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Head over to Giuseppe’s instagram and check out what he’s being doing with Paper Obsessed.  ALLLLLL THE HEART EYES.

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/

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  [sweet bippy]

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/

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/

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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.

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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/

March 27 Heather Jones of Heather Jones Studio is a PRECIOUS LITTLE LOVER

That Heather Jones is a wonder.  I crazy love that kid and am honored to have her in my world.  I can’t speak highly enough of her accomplishments and friendship.  Head over to her blog today as she discusses using Succulents.  Featured below is a lil’ quilt Heather made that was shown at QuiltCon 2015.  It faced the Crimson Tate booth and it made me so happy to look at it everyday.  So good, Heather.

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Photo from Heather Jones Studio blog

Two more days to enter to win!  Be sure to head over and leave Heather, and the rest of the gang, a comment on their posts to be one of the winners of fourteen bundles of Succulents from those friendly folks at Windham.

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

See you back here tomorrow as I wrap up the tour.

xoxox

Heather

Boy or Girl?!!

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I’m taking a quick break from Quilt Market recap fun-time to share with you what is happening at Crimson Tate this evening.  Let me tell you an amazing little story about Becky. 

 

Becky came through the door with her all-time best friend Eric wanting to take a quilt class.  Funny.  Smart.  Meant to be friends.  These two were a riot to have in class together. They are both incredibly fabulous and wonderful.  When Becky and her husband Mark found out they were pregnant with their second baby, they decided the best way to find out the gender would be to have Eric and their new friends at Crimson Tate pick out the fabrics for the baby’s first quilt. 

 

So tonight Eric is making his way Downtown to open the envelope, to be the first to find out who’s about to enter the world, and honor this new life with a quilt.  We are going to assist Eric in choosing the fabrics for this quilt and then swiftly package them so there can be no peeking.  The gender will be revealed to Mark and Becky at dinner.

 

What do you think it will be?!?!  We’re so excited and honored to be the firsts to know this baby and thrilled to be a part of this important occasion now and as this family grows.  Love to all!  It’s a great time to be quilting.