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

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.


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.



Scrappy Heart Block Tutorial – INLove


A tutorial from Crimson Tate :: Modern Quilter

Finished block size: 14″ square



½ yard of lightweight interfacing per block

oodles of scraps of whites and reds (or if you need yardage, 1/8 yards of a goodly amount will suffice)

This quilt is perfectly suited to digging through your scrap bin and using up those oddly shaped pieces. The blocks can be as scrappy as you’d like, using as many different fabrics as you’d like. We encourage you to find at least eight different reds and five different whites, just for funsies and to create superior contrast.

If using eighth yard cuts, cut (2) 3 1/8” x 3 1/8” squares and (13) 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares  from each fabric.


To create each finished block, you will need:

(24) 2 ½”  x 2 ½”  white squares

(4) 3 1/8” x 3 1/8” white squares

— plus —

(17) 2 ½” x 2 ½” red squares

(4) 3 1/8” x 3 1/8” red squares


Half Square Triangles

Start by sewing the half square triangles. Draw a diagonal line across all of your 3 1/8” white squares using the 45° guide on your ruler.


It’s time to chain sew! Start with those 3 1/8″ squares using one white square and one red square (right sides together), sew a ¼” away from each side of the diagonal line




Cut along center line.


Press seams open. (We typically press our seams open around Crimson Tate, but you don’t have to be as persnickety if you absolutely hate it)

Trim half square triangles down to 2 ½” x 2 ½”.


Tip: Make your first two cuts a little bit larger than 2 ½”, then make your last two exactly 2 ½” in order to trim all four sides and remove the dog ears. See video below.

Designing Your Block

Shortcut alert! The following steps will save you oodles of time. Thanks to our friend Ellesquare who taught us this method in her Friday Night Brights quilt pattern.

On the ironing board, lay out your piece of interfacing glue side up. As you place your squares right sides up, be as careful as possible to leave the same amount of space between your squares (about 1/8”). Make sure your squares are not overlapping or touching. It will resemble a nicely tiled kitchen floor when finished.


Using the pick-and-pluck method, fuse the squares in place, taking care to not run over large areas of exposed interfacing. You may want to dig out your handy dandy pressing cloth.



Fold first row of squares over the second row (right sides together) and sew with a ¼” seam. Continue in this manner for each horizontal row, being sure to flip the previous rows out as to not catch them in your next seam.



On the wrong side of the block, trim a scant 1/8” from your seam allowance as to remove the folded interfacing from all six seams. Image

Iron your seams open. In this instance, pressing your seam open is strongly advised – the interfacing adds a lot of bulk to the seam.

Tip: Finger press your seams open before you go for the iron. Easy-peasy!


Rinse and repeat! This time, sew the vertical columns together. Again, use a ¼” seam allowance, sew slowly, and try to keep the seams you just pressed open, well… open!



Trim seams you just sewed.  Iron open seams. Image

Voila! We’re done! That’s a wrap! You did it! Make Valentines for all the precious lil’ lovers in your life!  Big thanks to the Quilt Guild of Indianapolis who chose the heart block as their block for February which is where we drew our inspiration.