Winners of the Paper Obsessed Blog Tour

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Get ready for a great mail day, kids!  Here are the winners of the awesome blog tour that Windham Fabrics, Crimson Tate, and By Annie sponsored.  Wooty woot woot.  Don’t forget to sign up for Crimson Tate’s e-newsletter to find out what we’re up to and other opportunities to participate with Quilt Market Prep!

July 13 Heather Givans of Crimson Tate :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/

Martina Schwarz

July 14 Sarah Sharp of {no} hats quilts ::  http://www.nohatsinthehouse.com/

Linda Williamson

July 15 Janine Vangool of UPPERCASE Magazine :: http://uppercasemagazine.com/blog/

Linda Douglas

July 16 Karen LePage of Gentle Clothing :: http://onegirlcircus.com/

Kathy Erickson

July 17 Jenny Leisure / David Barnhouse of Crimson Tate ::https://blog.crimsontate.com/

Allison Church Bird

July 18 Heather Jones of Heather Jones Studio ::http://www.heatherjonesstudio.com/blog

Diane Beavers

July 19 Eric Lubrick of Eric Lubrick Photography :: http://oartooar.com/

Veronique Oudard

July 20 Annie Unrein of By Annies :: http://byanniecom.blogspot.com/

Diane Beavers

July 21 Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts :: https://materialgirlquilts.com/

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July 22 Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness :: http://sewsweetness.com/blog

Patty Taylor

July 23 Giuseppe Ribaudo of Giucy Giuce :: http://www.instagram.com/giucy_giuce

Mary Beth Meadows

July 24 Karen McTavish of Karen McTavish Quilting Studio ::https://blog.crimsontate.com/

Indianna

July 25 Kristen Wright of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine ::https://twoblondesandasewingmachine.wordpress.com

Julianne Seegmiller

Thanks, y’all for playing along!!!

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Final Day Paper Obsessed Blog Tour :: Correspondence Mini Quilt for Mail Lovers + {GIVEAWAY}

WHAT?! The two week blog tour is over???!!! I can’t believe it.  Booooooo.  But holy moly!  What an amazing trip around the interwebs it has been.  I’m in awe of what people, friends, are making. From dresses, to quilts, to poufs, to pillows, to bags, to pencil cases, to pouches and everything inbetween, I love how everyone is making some stellar goods from Paper Obsessed.

In this last leg, I wanted to introduce you to the Correspondence Mini Quilt pattern that we wrote specifically for this collection.

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In just nine fat quarters, you’ll have the CUTEST little project to give to your paper loving quilty friend (and leftover fabrics to play with for yourself).

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So I was inspired to create a line of fabric that would function as mail.  Remember way back when (ok, it was October) I had an all call for friends to send me mail for my booth at market?  The response looked like this:

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My booth looked like this:

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I’m happy to report that I’m 73% the way through on making good on my promise of addressing everyone who sent me mail.  I’m ALMOST DONE!!! Yahoooo.  I’m so sorry it is taking me longer than expected.  But I guess this is the time that I should reveal that sometimes my Christmas cards don’t go out until June / July.  I remember one year I just drove around and put them in people’s mailboxes in the middle of summer.  You know, just to save on stamps or whatnot.  🙂

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I will not fail in returning correspondence to you.  You took the time to write, I’ll get this done.  Promise.  And for everyone who wrote to me, I have included a sweeeeeet surprise in the envelope.

I have a new collection of fabric for Windham Fabrics that will be presented at the International Quilt Market in Houston, TX in late October.  Soon, I’ll announce an all call for help with that collection, too.  If you want to be notified of what we’re up to and what I need to create my booth, sign up for Crimson Tate’s electronic newsletter here.

I’m super jazzed that in Paper Obsessed I could combine my love of fabric and quilting with my love of doodling, mail, and embroidery.

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Here’s a little photo essay of building the Correspondence Mini Quilt:

I’ve had so much fun embroidering with the Aurifloss by Aurifil Threads.  Some of you already have this kit and pattern because you purchased it through QuiltyBox where I was the guest artist for the month of June.  Wahooo!!!  I can’t wait to see your creations!

Be sure to check out all the Crimson Tate patterns available.

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And to find me (as @crimsontate) in all the places online!

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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 how late you’ve ever been sending holiday cards, birthday presents, wedding gifts, or any other occassion that you missed the deadline. 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!  This is the last stop but you can today circle around and check out all the stops, so be sure to 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/

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/ FINAL STOP

Thanks for playing along and all of your encouragement!  This is an awesome community to be a part of!  Can’t wait to announce all of the winners, soon!!!!

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/

Crimson Tate HEARTS Sew Sweetness :: Paper Obsessed Blog Tour of the Day!!

IMG_2981 (1).jpgI’m not kidding.  If you ever get a chance to hear Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness give a lecture on interfacings, it’ll change your life.  Go go go!!! And then I think, how nutty am I that I would geek out over something like INTERFACING?!  Sara knows exactly what product to use in what situation.  She’s a master.  And a totally brilliant pattern writer.  I’m thrilled that today Sara is the stop on the Paper Obsessed blog tour.  There are only five days left to tool around to all these stops, look in on the inspirations, and enter to win AT EVERY STOP Paper Obsessed fabric, Crimson Tate Swag, and a Correspondence Mini-Quilt pattern.  Woooot.  

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 <—Sew Awesome

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/

Tour Guide Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts :: {Paper Obsessed BLOG HOP Continues}

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Awwwwww.  This photo was taken the day that the advanced yardage of my collection Paper Obsessed came in and the lovely Amanda Castor rushed over after work to pick up fabric she needed to make her cool quilt pattern Spiral Bound.  I love love love this photo and I love that dear Amanda. (Although, someone should have told me to brush my hair!!!!)  This girl makes so many quilts and so many projects.  I’m constantly yelling “WHAT?! AGAIN?! You’re done with another one?!?!?” And each is so beautiful.  Amanda is today’s tour guide.  Head over to her blog and see what she’s been up to.

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/ <————TOUR GUIDE EXTRAORDINAIRE

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/

GIVEAWAYS AT EVERY STOP!!! Thank you Windham Fabrics!

Heather Jones is Blogging about Heather Givans’s Paper Obsessed Today!!

Remember that one time Heather Jones wrote a book, came to Crimson Tate, and we had a nacho bar???  I remember it like it was yesterday.  HEATHER JONES! You should write another book so we can have another nacho bar!!H Jones.jpg

Head over to Heather Jones’s blog to find out how she my Paper Obsessed for Windham Fabrics.  Oodles of things to be given away.  Go. There. Now.

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 {Nacho Lovers Rejoice!}

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/

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/

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

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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:

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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/ {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/

Inspiration + {Process} in Creating Paper Obsessed

IMG_1014I really still can’t believe that the opportunity to be a Windham designer came to me.  Like WHAT?!?! I’m blown away in gratitude and awe everyday. ERRRRRYDAY.  To dream something in your head and then to be able to translate that into something that becomes a physical reality is a pretty incredible opportunity.  I don’t take my responsibility lightly or without total appreciation.

So how did I land on this topic of Paper Obsessed?  It really began with the notebook paper.  As you know, my first collection for Windham was called Succulents which has been a love of mine for a very long time.  With the second collection, I continued the trend expressing something I’m obviously enamoured with and took this opportunity to make a collection surrounding my love of paper, mail, notebooks, and stamps.  And of course, my design process always begins with pencil on paper, preferably wooden pencils on large sheets of sketchbook paper.

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On my drawing table you’ll find rubber stamps, markers, wooden pencils, gel pens, and sharpie markers in every size.

Photo by Eric Lubrick

When I was a kid, I’d spend my entire allowance on stationery, journals, and paper goods. My philatelist dad still likes to remind me of the times of when I was in high school and I’d spend my entire allowance the day he gave it to me at the Hallmark store. When I needed gas, I’d have to ask him for more money.  Eeeeeee. But I had some pretty boss stationery though!

What you might not know is that I’m a printmaker.  From my perspective, historically printmakers are gaga about paper (am I right?!?)  I took all the classes in printmaking Purdue University has to offer and spent time going to workshops and printmaking camps, my favorite being Frogman’s Press where I learned to do things like waterless etching, recycled lithography, and how to make sheets of handmade paper 6 x 8′ in one pull.  Talk about heaven on earth.

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Peek into my studio space at my house including linocuts.

Photo by Eric Lubrick

It was the first time in my life that I showed up to something and thought “I’ve found my people!!!” (I had a similar experience when I traveled to the first QuiltCon in Austin, TX – total tears of familiarity even though I only knew but a few people.)

In Paper Obsessed you’ll find beauty in everyday things like security envelope textures,

notebook papers where you can write messages to friends, quilt labels, or use as awesome background textures.  Those loose leaf pages were the muse for the entire collection.

And my dream of creating a quilt that looked like paper airplanes flying (which I’ll go in depth on Karen McTavish’s day later in the blog tour) inspired a print that contained the same feeling.  Check out that white on white print!  Yesssssss.

The handholding between creating quilt projects and fabric designs this go-round was a cool experience.  I created three new quilt patterns, Letters from Home,  Air Traffic Control, and Correspondence Mini Quilt.

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Letters from Home Quilt

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Air Traffic Control Quilt

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Correspondence Mini Quilt

and of course I couldn’t wait to interpret my premier pattern Succulent Garden using Paper Obsessed.

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All of the colors of this collection are inspired by the tones found in ink pens.  Included in the line-up is a text print that reads “Now is the time for all good people to write letters to their neighbors and friends.”  As a former camp counselor, writing letters was an important ritual in the summer making mail call the best 1/2 hour of lunch.

The collection rounds out with a an airmail stripe and decorative envelopes.

I have so much more to say, so much more to show that I had to give myself another slot on the blog tour.  I’ll be back later in the tour to delve deeper into a few of these topics and give more behind the scene looks. Thanks for letting me indulge in a few memories and motivations in my creations.  Be sure to hit up your local quilt shop for Paper Obsessed and Crimson Tate patterns.

Now, on to the terms of WINNING SOME STUFFFFFFFS.  In order to win Paper Obsessed fabric, a Correspondence Mini-Quilt Pattern, and some sweet Crimson Tate swag, I’d love for you to tell me a little story about something you’re obsessed with.  Don’t forget to leave a comment here and an obvious way to contact you if you win (is your email available in your profile?)  Leave your email in the comment along with the story or check back at the end of the tour July 26 to see if you’re the winner.  International readers are encouraged to play along.  I can’t wait to randomly choose one winner from your tales, which will be at the end of the tour on July 26.

Here’s where we’re headed on the tour:

July 12 Windham Fabrics :: http://windhamfabrics.wordpress.com 

July 13 Heather Givans of Crimson Tate :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/ {You’re HERE!}

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/

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/

Thanks!!

xoxo

Heather