Monday, May 22, 2017
There are three ways to win this 10 pc bundle in the giveaway this week. We are asking you to go and vote for your favorite NEW collection on the Henry Glass website in the What's New section.
We have just released the Summer collections, so it's your turn to tell us what you love!
This week's contest will not be awarded until after the Memorial Day holiday, so you have an extra day to win!
Monday, May 15, 2017
These Gemstone Batiks are magical and marvelous in their coloration and designs. Here are some of the designs close-up and HERE is the full collection!
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Sweet flannel designs in gender neutral colors - all designed by everyone's favorite designer, Kim Diehl. These baby styles are wonderful in tandem with her book written with Pat Wys on super cute baby projects called "Baby Bliss: Adorable Gifts, Quilts, and Wearables for Wee Ones."
Here is the Ric Rac Paddywack collection that will be in your pre-cut set of strips and 10" squares.
This is a two week giveaway period so get in on this contest for the Ric Rac Paddywack Flannel Pre-cut Set.
Monday, May 1, 2017
|Denise Losczyk, April's Challenger|
Denise Losczyk accepted our April Desire to Inspire Challenge with Barbara Jones of QuiltSoup's collection, "Are We There Yet?" And here is her fantastic results! Be sure to comment below the blog to celebrate this accomplishment!
|"Are We There Yet?" fabric|
My husband Ron and I recently moved to Camp Verde, Arizona. It is a very friendly town officially located in the geographic center of the state. It is known for its many pecan trees, annual Pecan and Wine Festival, and for its annual Fort Verde Days celebration which is held at the Fort Verde State Park, located in Camp Verde.
We enjoy walking, gardening, observing nature, and tending to our new orchard and pecan tree. Ron is the main gardener, and I am his assistant. I loved gathering our first pecans from our tree this past fall. They have become a staple in our diet! Our new home is in a nice location, it is semirural, we have the benefits of walking in a small town, and having our own mini farm (no animals though!). We are enjoying our new life on our one acre lot that is irrigated, which is unusual in a high desert environment.
With our new home came my beautiful studio space. It has a walk in supply closet, and plenty of natural light. Working on this quilt was a great way to begin creating in the new studio.
|Denise starts getting creative!|
Quilting has become my main art form. I made my first quilt top at age sixteen, from lessons from my Grandma Hazel Bell, while visiting on her Iowa farm one summer. She taught my cousin Jean and me how to quilt. I made a nine-patch quilt using gingham and floral scraps left over from sewing clothes. We made cardboard templates for cutting out the squares, drawing around each template with a pencil. This was before rotary cutters were widely used. Some blocks were stitched by hand and some by machine. The quilt is unfinished, as I wasn’t sure about my color choices at the time. I may have to go back and complete it one day!
|Finished full quilt|
I’ve always had the need to be creating and making something. As a youth I took art classes, and later went on to study in college and received a BFA and MFA in Art. I created in many different media, including photography, video, audio, drawing, and photo silkscreen, but I’ve always been drawn back to the textile arts. I believe it is because I’ve been surrounded by textile creations, quilts, crochet, embroidery and tatting all my life. I love incorporating many of the skills I’ve learned in other media in fiber art. I consider myself an art quilter, though I believe all quilts are art, especially when we create our own designs and manifest them in fabric, utilizing the incredible art of fabric designers.
|Close up of quilting|
I love designing my own quilts using my imagination and incorporating traditional quilt blocks. One of my favorite design tools is the EQ7 Quilt program. My favorite techniques are using piecing and applique together and embellishing with embroidery, beading, needle-felting, and tatting. There is always a new technique to learn and explore. I love entering quilt challenges and shows, fabric challenges are fun, because the fabric inspires the quilt design. Many of my quilting skills were acquired from reading books and watching quilt videos.
Also, much can be learned just from experimenting with fabric. I learned quite a bit from watching videos on www.QNNTV.com and I am a member of an online site: www.thequiltshow.com. I also belong to SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) www.saqa.com.
|Another close-up of the quilting|
After arriving in Camp Verde in September of last year, I entered a quilt in the 2016 Camp Verde Quilt Show, which was on display in conjunction with the annual Fort Verde Days celebration in October. The Camp Verde Quilt Show is held every two years. It is a non-juried show and is open to all quilters in the area. We were invited to meet with the Quilt Show Planning Committee and Ron and I helped with setting up the show. It was a wonderful welcome to our new town and a great way to make new friends. We have meetings monthly to share ideas for the show, visit and share projects we are working on. I shared my “Are We There Yet” work in progress with them earlier this month and they loved the fabric!
|Reversible Mug Rug # 1|
|Reversible Mug Rug #2|
I feel like I’ve discovered a pot of gold in Camp Verde. I’ve met many more quilters here in this small town than while living for several years in a large city, or even in my hometown in Iowa. People are very warm and welcoming here.
More of my creations can be viewed on the gallery page on my blog at: www.dbl-art-design.com. Also, please visit my Facebook page at Denise.Losczyk, and my Instagram page @dblosczyk, for art work, and views from our daily life.
You can find out more about Camp Verde by visiting www.visitCampVerde.com.
Thank you for the fun experience of being the April Desire to Inspire Challenger! I hope my creations have inspired you!
Friday, April 28, 2017
It's time to get started on Christmas projects! Here is your jump start with this month's Desire to Inspire Challenge. We are looking for someone who LOVES Christmas, and Jolly Ole' St. Nick in particular. We want a challenger who will take these fabrics and make something great in a month!
Are you inspired? We want you to put your name in the hat for this month's challenge! Comment on this blog post or email firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE REPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! We will pick someone on Wednesday, May 3, 2017.
This is how it goes:
1. YOU sign up below with your email or blog name to this post,
or email your information* to email@example.com
2. WE pick a winner.
3. YOU send us your address.
4. WE send you the "Jolly Ole' St. Nick" fabrics shown above.
5. YOU make something AWESOME during the month of May, with pictures and your story.
6. WE post it.
7. YOU keep it.
*We would like to have challengers show us they can meet the challenge, so please comment with your blog posts, or pictures of projects you have completed. Give us SOMETHING so we can rest assured you can do this!!! Even great ideas count! Please do your best to stand out, and you will have a great chance of being selected.
Monday, April 24, 2017
"Fangtastic" features fun and whimsical Halloween motifs in bright colors with glow in the dark accents. There are 15 SKUs, which include a 24" panel showcasing a vampire on his way to visit a haunted mansion, The other patterns featured in this collection are black cats, bats, grave stones, dancing skeletons, spiders, pumpkins, a large stripe and dots all containing touches of glow in the dark. Perfect for all of your fun Halloween projects.
Click on the collection picture to see the website page.
Let's Get Quilting! Fangtastic 8 pc bundle by First Blush Studio
Friday, April 21, 2017
In the rural area of Willmar, Minnesota is a busy mother, who is also a designer, author, entrepreneur, and wife. Meet Heather Mulder Peterson, who is many things, but primarily she is mother to two boys, ages 2 and 4, who are in and of themselves a handful. Part angels and part mischief-makers, these two hold court for Heather’s attention, though on the day we got to have a conversation, they were at pre-school for part of the day, so mom could focus on work.
And work she does! Heather is just putting the finishing touches on her 30th book so that she can launch it at International Quilt Market in St. Louis next month.
|Cover of her new book, "The Joyful Stitcher"|
Thirty books! Heather says she just picks a topic that she is interested in, such as appliques, large scale fabrics, projects for pre-cuts, table runners, kid’s projects, pillow shams or whatever unique technique she would like to discover in an in-depth manner. Her process of learning is to do it and document, then share it. She has essentially created a whole library of what has peaked her interest, learned in-depth and documented to share with the rest of the world.
This has been a longer road to arrive at fabric designer than one might think, since she started quilting at just 19 (she learned to sew at 6). She calls herself one of the few kids that spent their college years quilting. Within a year of beginning to quilt, she started designing her own patterns. Her foray into entrepreneurship started soon after that. Anka’sTreasures was born.
|One of her latest books, this one on table runner patterns|
In the beginning, she did pattern design as well as quilting for other people to keep her business afloat. Eventually the pattern business grew and quilting for others receded. She went to quilt market with her patterns and books, and 4 or 5 markets after that is when Henry Glass found her and asked her to design fabric.
With the idea of fabric design on the table, yet another interest of Heather’s was peaked. She had taken art classes in college, was always painting and doodling, but here was a new opportunity to challenge herself. So, she did. Her first collection was a brown work style, with very traditional colors and designs. Gradually her design style has shifted. When her sons came along she developed her first children’s novelty line called Here Fishy, Fishy. Her style has brightened up and prefers bold, trendy and bright palettes.
|"Big Splash", Heather's latest collection, just released in last month will ship in November|
Her latest collection, that was released in March and ships in November is called “Big Splash” and is a clever bold color selection of blue, green, yellow, orange and red with gray as the neutral. It features a signature chevron, which Heather likes to use for another of her sewing interests – Stars. Which are featured in her Starstuck booklet.
|The chevron print from Big Splash shows up nicely with the star technique from her booklet, Starstuck|
Before our interview was over, a central question remained. Where did the name of her business, Anka’s Treasures come from? The woman named Anka was Heather’s Great Grandmother. Heather’s mother’s father was killed while their family was still young. Grandma Anka stepped in and helped raise Heather’s mother and taught her how to make patterns out of feed sacks to make clothing and decorative sewing for the home. This was the same environment that Heather grew up in, with the philosophy of creating something from an idea just takes pursuing it until you make it work. The concept that you can start with essentially nothing and give an idea life is part of Anka's legacy today in the company today. It's the idea of pursuing lots of hard work until you make the result you were looking for appear. Everything that Anka’s Treasures is, is a result of the tenacity of that belief.
Today, Heather and hubby still live in the same area they grew up in. They met 17 years ago at church and eloped to San Francisco. Life for the Peterson’s is both never changing from their firm roots of faith and family and ever-changing by what Heather takes an interest in creating.
Comment below to say give a warm hello to our fabric designer, Heather Mulder Peterson.