I HEART Patterns by Annie + #SewPINK + {GIVEAWAY}

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Hey hey!!  I’m the next stop on the #SewPINK blog tour.  And honestly, when Annie Unrein asked me to be a part of this #SewPink Initiative, I didn’t hesitate.  I said yes because the fact is that I super love Annie and I’d happily do anything for her.  And because Annie is one of those people who lets you in, you connect with her instantly,  there is no stopping our friendship.

As many of you know, beyond hanging out at Crimson Tate the fabric store, I design fabric for Windham Fabrics. And from the very first collection, Annie volunteered her talents and time to make objects from my designs.

From By Annie’s Catch-All Caddy in Succulents fabric:

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To the MJ Tote in Literary fabric:

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And now The Out and About Bag made from my latest collection coming in January 2020, Pencil Club:

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Here’s a look at the stack of fabric.

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I’m so honored to know Annie, and that she makes such wonderful things from my fabrics is a bonus.  When she asked me to be a part of her tour, I said yes without really giving it much consideration.  But as I sat to reflect on the expectation of this commitment and the amazingness that is Annie Unrein, I was stunned.  I am in awe of her commitment to bring awareness to simple acts that can help save people’s lives.  And who is doing that in and for our community?  And who is doing that for themselves?

Here’s what I know.  We are a community of encouragers, creatives, doers, inspiration seekers, sewers, and more.  And a lot of that doing and seeking and encouraging often doesn’t leave room or time for the doing of basic needs like taking care of ourselves.  When was the last time you went to the doctor?  Am I talking to only myself right now? At the core of what ByAnnie Patterns is charging us with is a simple act.  Basic awareness of our own bodies, taking the time to have regular check-ups, and a call to recognizing our own worth.  How beautiful.

I’m reminded of the beautiful song written by musician India Arie that gets to the core of who we are and encapsulates our worth.  Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ism8dBjxKvc

I am light, I am light

[Verse 1]
I am not the things my family did
I am not the voices in my head
I am not the pieces of the brokenness inside
I am light, I am light (x2)

[Verse 2]
I’m not the mistakes that I have made
Or any of the things that caused me pain
I am not the pieces of the dream I left behind
I am light, I am light (x2)

[Verse 3]
I am not the color of my eyes
I am not the skin on the outside
I am not my age
I am not my race
My soul inside is all light, all light
Oh light, all light

[Verse 4]
I am divinity defined
I am the God on the inside
I am a star, a piece of it all
I am light

Annie’s call is definitely simple.

Keep your wits about you.  Recognize your worth.  And, get yourself to the doctor, especially if you haven’t been in a while.  It’s important.  If you need resource and information on understanding how breast cancer effects us, there are great resources on finding screening programs here:

Now onto what I created!  I wanted to make something loving and of course I wanted to use my new fabric collection coming early next year, Pencil Club.

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Using the sweet Heart Block Tutorial I created, I set my intention to make a pillow using Pencil Club and using ByAnnie’s Soft and Stable for the interfacing. You can find that tutorial here.

Here are my fabric choices including pencils, erasers, and pencil shavings plus a few Artisan [shot] cottons by Windham fabrics.

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I cut a host of squares for the heart and for the back ground, and made four half square triangles.  I followed the tutorial as written but changed how I squared the HST.  I pulled out my Bloc-Loc 2.5″ HST ruler which made it a snap.

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I laid out the blocks on my lightweight interfacing, but this time, I laid them out on point which meant I ended up using 57 background squares, 17 heart squares, and four HST to create the top.

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Once it was sewn together, I loosely trimmed away the rugged edge. I trimmed just enough so that I could trim again once quilted. I pinned the top to a piece of Soft and Stable, ByAnnie’s foam interfacing, so that I could quilt it.

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Once quilted, I sewed a back using an envelope closure method and VOILA — a cute lil’ pillow was born!

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Thanks for following along.  It was a lot of information today.

We’d like to give away a selection of our patterns to our ByAnnie readers!  Three lucky winners will receive a few patterns, templates, and fabrics from Crimson Tate.  How can you win?!

  1.  Pledge to take care of yourself.

That’s it.  Oh, wait.  I guess you have to give us your information in order for a drawing to happen.  Three ways to enter.

  1. Leave a comment here that says “I LOVE ANNIE” or something similar.
  2. Find and follow both Crimson Tate and Heather Givans on Instagram, leaving a comment on both #SewPINK posts.  Again, emoting your appreciation for Annie Unrein or someone in your life that helps you step back and take stock and take time for yourself will get you two chances to win.
  3. Sign-up for Crimson Tate email newsletter.  You’ll find the link to do so here.

We will draw at the end of October and alert the troops to the winner.  Thank you for following along and thank you for being in this awesome community.

Tall Trees Block for Aurifil Thread

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What a fun year it’s been being on the Aurifil Design Team with the amazing company of so many people that I admire.  Each month a different designer created a block for a block-of-the-month quilt based on the color wheel.  I lucked out and got GREEN!!  I love green.  I love mixing greens of more yellow hues with blues and aquas.  I can’t hardly handle myself. 😉

Find the blog here to see my inspirations and to learn a little more about what makes me tick along with instructions for creating your own Tall Trees block:   https://auribuzz.wordpress.com/2017/11/15/aurifil-2017-november-designer-of-the-month-heather-givans/

Now, looking for the ruler I used?  These little geese finish at 1/2″ x 1″ – this is some heavy lifting if you do it alone; you might need a team lift that comes in the form of a teeny tiny BlocLoc ruler.   It looks like this.  Click on image to find.

Want to win an awesome Aurifil thread box??

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Find the instructions for winning an awesome thread box here: http://blog.patsloan.com/2017/11/aurifil-block-challenge-block-11-by-heather-givans-enter-your-block.html

Connect with all of the designers on the team here:

I’ll be looking for all of those Tall Trees blocks on Instagram and Facebook!  Be sure to tag me @crimsontate @aurifilthread @patsloan #TallTreesBlock

 

Gentlepeople, START YOUR ENGINES!!

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Feast your eyes on *Footnote Quilt! This baby makes little hearts float from our eyeballs. Our newest quilt pattern is fat quarter and half yard bundle friendly. Make it lap size, make it queen size, make it any size you want, all we know is, now is the time to order online because

ALL WEEKEND LONG, WE’RE CELEBRATING THE INDY 500 with FIFTY CENT SHIPPING!!

Pay $.500 (fifty cents) shipping (on U.S. orders) all weekend long in honor of our love of the Indy 500 car race!  I mean, we do live in Indianapolis after all. This fun offer will start right now through May 29 11:59 PM EST. Please be advised that we will be closed Sunday and Monday in observance of Memorial Day, so make sure if you’re planning a trip down, you hit us up on Friday and Saturday (May 26-27)!  Bring in the family.  We’ll be excited to see, meet, and giggle with them.

While you’re tooting around at crimsontate.com, think about that quilt back for *Footnote Quilt!  May we suggest this?

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Suggested for the back of your quilt – Overdue (Yesterday)!
Queen Size: 8 yards
Lap Size: 4 yards
Or what about this handsome deviled egg?? (WHAT?! It’s Memorial Day Weekend!  I’ve got cook-out foods on the brain!)
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Literary bundles come in three sizes!  Fat quarter, half yard, and one yard bundles!
Don’t forget, we’re closed on Sunday and Monday in observance of Memorial Day but the FIFTY CENTS SHIPPING lasts until Tuesday morning.  Happy weekend, friends!
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Thank you Eric Lubrick for the boss photography, per usgezh!

Sewing for a Cause :: Kangaroo Cuddlers for Riley NICU – Year Three!

We’re revisiting a project we’ve participated in for the past few years that spreads good-giving. We know you’ll love this one. We’ve partnered with one of our lovely customers and friend who is involved in Kangaroo Cuddlers which is a program that encourages skin to skin contact of mother and baby.  Read what the project coordinator has to say:

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Kangaroo Care is hard to accomplish when your little one is in constant care in the NICU. A team of doctors devised a great program that provides opportunity for moms to wear a little kangaroo inside their clothing and when they aren’t able to be with their baby, the little kangaroo stays with the child. It reminds the mothers that this skin to skin contact is very important in early childhood as well as provides comfort and security for the baby as the swatch contains the mother’s calming smell.

 

How sweet is this? You want to help us sew these dudes? Let’s talk deets.

Who: You, silly! Our wonderful sewy community.

What: The Riley NICU Kangaroo-a-thon! The initial goal is to collect 300 Kangaroo Cuddlers.

When: Please complete and deliver your finished cuddlers by Monday April 24, 2017

Where: Drop them off or mail to Crimson Tate – 845 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204

How: Download this simple Kangaroo Cuddler pattern and make as many ‘Roos as you please, and please don’t forget to closely follow the guidelines because a parent has to wear this under their clothes and a baby has to snuggle with it. Keep it as simple as possible!

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Making it Even More Fun: Crimson Tate would like to extend an offering of thanks by giving you a coupon to use.

You’ll receive .5% coupon* off for every cuddler you make up to 60!  A 30% off coupon for your entire purchase awaits!! Use it on Liberty of London, a TJ Lane Thimble, Oliso Iron, an entire bolt of fabric!  It’s up to you how you use it.  We’ll gift you 30% off your entire purchase as a big ol’ thanks.  Making 40 ‘roos will elicit a 20% off coupon.  Just like that.

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The person who donates the most Kangaroo Cuddlers will receive a $25 gift certificate* to the store.  Let’s say you make 150 cuddlers and that is the most any ONE person makes.  You’ll receive a $25 gift card and a 30% off coupon. Giving never felt so good!!! So don’t stop at 60 – make as many as your heart can hold.  If you’re not local, you can always send us these lil’ dudes in the mail and we’ll send you a coupon code to use on our website.  You’ll also be eligible for the gift card!!!

*winning gift card and discount can be used on Crimson Tate’s entire inventory excluding classes, other gift cards, pre-orders, and 50% off clearance.

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Making it EVEN MORE MORE MORE FUN:  Those big-hearted folks at Windham Fabrics donated the softest and most cuddly fleece to be used in this project!  Thank you to that gang and their generosity.  Come into the store and pick up FREE FLEECE to use for this project.

Hop to! What an awesome use of our skills that other people might not have, so think of what a difference this simple gesture can make. How many Kangaroos can we sew, gang?! Let’s find out!

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Cuddlers need to be at Crimson Tate no later than Monday April 24, 2017.  We close at 5:00 PM on that day.  Please include your name, phone number, email, and address so that we may properly thank you and send your coupon!!! If you’re rocking Instagram or Twitter, give us that, too!!!

Out of towners are encouraged to play!  We’d love to receive cuddlers from all over the world!!!

If you’re on Instagram, please tag @crimsontate #kangaroocuddler #ctsewingforacause #crimsontate

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FAQ:

Hey, Heather!  Do I have to use fleece?  Can’t I just use a bunch of scraps that I’ve got lying around?  I just upholstered my couch in burlap.  Wouldn’t these be so cute in burlap? 

Dear Scrap Hoarder,

While we always want to encourage the use of fabric refuse, I want you to imagine the parent that receives this cuddler to wear under their clothing.  We want it to be as soft and beautiful as possible.  While using your old upholstery fabric might seem like a good idea, we’d like to stick to fleece.  Keep it simple, sister (and brother).

Hey, Heather!  I live far far away, like close to Mars, and have never been to your store except through the earthen world wide web.  I’d love to participate but I’m wondering if that’s ok?  Will you accept cuddlers from billions of miles away?

Dear Great Beyond,

Heck yes!  We get so tickled and excited when we receive mail from the great beyond.  If you live 100 miles away or in another galaxy, we’ll gladly take your cuddlers and give them to a family who can use them.

Hey, Heather!  I really want to win.  Can I turn in two, three, even four batches of cuddlers?  I mean.  I can’t be stopped.  My goal is 12,000 cuddlers this year.  I’m crazy competitive.

Dear Elite Cuddler Sewer,

Of course. Bring them to us in waves! It would help us greatly if you count those cuddlers and give us a running total each time you bring them to us, but we’ll start the clock and keep stats for you.  We’re totally into helping you train for the Olympic Kangaroo Games.

Hey, Heather!  I need to go get my car fixed, perm my hair, travel to Bolivia for a microfiche conference, build a house, do my taxes, rescue my forty-second miniature sloth, and complete a Rubix Cube before I can begin sewing these cuddlers for you.  What if I don’t make the deadline?  What happens?

Dear Over Committed List Maker,

You can always send and give us Kangaroo Cuddlers to be passed along to Riley Children’s Hospital NICU anytime.   You can do this year round and in fact, some customers do! Riley always needs them for new parents.  In order to receive the coupon and be eligible for the gift certificate, however, you’ll need to make the deadline of April 24.  Sounds like you’ve got a couple of minutes you can work on some cuddlers before then!  Good Luck!

Hey, Heather!  I, like you, love mail!  I want to mail these little duders to you.  What address should I put on this box?

Dear Precious Postal Fan,

Please send them to:

Crimson Tate

ATTN: Kangaroo Lover

845 Massachusetts Ave Suite A

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Please don’t forget to include your name, email address, mailing address, instagram handle, and your official count!

Thank you everyone for your generosity.  The awesome folks at Riley Hospital and those little babies thank you, too.

Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Gift Guide {Days 13-19}

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Now, let’s move over to the Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Gift Guide Days 13-19.  Here’s what you need to know:

Day Thirteen

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Guys. These dudies are the best gift to give for your guild’s holiday exchange. Or a super nice gesture for your granny that taught you to quilt. Stash starters are budget priced but incredibly beautiful. That’s why they are the featured little lovers for day thirteen of Crimson Tate’s Fireside Holiday Gift Guide. It’s a beaute, Clark. #crimsontate #FiresideHolidayGiftGuide#itsabeauteclark #stashstarters #amybutlerdesign #joeldewberry#parsongray #annamariahorner

Day Fourteen

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It’s day fourteen of the Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Gift Guide and this one is a doozie! We’re celebrating www.crimsontate.com today and the brand spanking new e-Gift card! You read it right, y’all. You can now purchase e-Gift cards online that will be emailed to the recipient (or to yourself to be printed and given…TO YOURSELF?! No judgement). You can use the e-Giftcard online and also in our brick and mortar for all fabrics, notions, classes, and gift items! Gift cards from Crimson Tate don’t say, “I had no clue what to get you,” but rather, “I knew you would want to coordinate your own fabrics, dearie-lou!”

We’re also starting curbside pick-up today through Christmas eve. Yep. You read that right. We’ll bring your online order out to you! Just let us know when you’ll be down and we’ll throw your bag of goodies right into your car. You barely have to slow down. #crimsontate #FiresideHolidayGiftGuide#wehavefun#ireallywantsomeonetochoosecurbsidepickupsoicanbringitouttoyou#imserious #goodstuffhappeningatcrimsontate #handmadeholidays#suchprettythings #somuchfun #sewmuchfun

Day Fifteen

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I’m giggling to myself on day fifteen of Crimson Tate’s Fireside Holiday Gift Guide as we present these cutie Made with Love sewing labels by Rae Ritchie. I made ornaments, gift tags, and have reserved a few for sewing onto holiday gifts. There are 65+ tags in the panel. I would give you an exact number but we had big debates at the store yesterday as to the ACTUAL number of tags, thus the reason I’m giggling. Oy vey! OK. Give that www.crimsontate.com a try. Head over to project starters –> panels #crimsontate #FiresideHolidayGiftGuide #raeritchieillustration#handmadewithlove #quiltlabels #diyholiday #handmadeholidays

Day Sixteen

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The gang’s all here!!! Who doesn’t want to curl up by the fire and thumb through a great sewing book with coffee and shortbread cookies in hand? Or Mexican wedding cakes? (My personal favorite.) These authors, precious little lovers, have created fantastic resource that will inspire your winter sewing projects. Books truly are the perfect holiday gift. That’s why on day sixteen of the Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Gift Guide, we support your love of books and reading and encourage you to get another bookcase and some floor supports to withstand the weight because we’ve got some goodies and you’re gonna need to make some room. #realtalk #Books #crimsontate#FiresideHolidayGiftGuide

Day Seventeen

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You guys! This weather is CRAZY! Luckily we’ve got crimsontate.com up and running so we can all drink coffee and look at allllll the fabrics!! On day seventeen of the Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Gift Guide we present Literary (my new collection of fabric hitting stores in April) coordinated Aurifil thread boxes curated by me!! I’ve chosen my favorite 50wt threads as well as a small box of Aurifloss. This is a stocking stuffer made for the booky, the Crimson Tate lover, and the sewer. Yayyyyyy. And more yaayyyyys. Check out our website. Lemme know what you think. Link in comments for your clicking convenience. #crimsontate #firesideholidaygiftguide #aurifilthread#literaryfabric #windhamfabrics #aurifloss #bigtimereaders#booksfortheholidays #diyholiday #handmade

Day Eighteen

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It’s day eighteen of the Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Gift Guide and the temperatures in the midwest are dropping! My dogs spend all of their time sitting by the radiators. So in honor of old man winter, might we suggest this amazing bundle of Shetland Flannel in all the vintagey right colors. Swooooon. Don’t tell David, I think this is what he’s getting for Christmas. #crimsontate #firesideholidaygiftguide #shetlandflannel#cotton #houndstooth #projectstarters #bundles crimsontate.com –> project starters –> bundles

Day Nineteen

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Holy cats! It’s cold outside. Let’s make some beautiful scarves. Day nineteen of the Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Guide suggests Liberty of London Tana lawn! We’ve cut these dudies into the perfect sized pieces to make infinity scarves (1/2 and 1 yard cuts) or choose bundles if you want to do a little English paper piecing by the fire. Aside: we named all of the bundles British slang. We hope you’ll giggle at their names.crimsontate.com –> project starters –> Liberty of London #crimsontate#FiresideHolidayGiftGuide #diyholiday #theresstilltime

 

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/

TM Philbin

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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