Monday, September 26, 2016

Let's Get Quilting 2016 - Quilt Camp by Barbara Jone of QuiltSoup

In case you missed this, here is a great interview with Barbara Jones who designed this cute Quilt Camp collection. We are giving away a 6 pc. bundle this week, which is a mix of some of these styles.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Let's Get Quilting 2016 - McAnderson's Farm - 13 pc bundle giveaway

Leanne Anderson of The Whole Country Caboodle has designed this cute farm line, and all the barnyard is here!   This collection, called McAnderson's Farm is for all animal lovers, but especially those of us that hold dear memories of farm experiences in our younger years.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Here's your favorite fabrics that are SHIPPING RIGHT NOW into your favorite quilt store...

We have two big events in the marketing of fabrics here at Henry Glass. The first big event is when new collections are released to the shops. That is so fun, and our next major event is coming up in just three weeks - which is the Fall 2016 release. 

The second major event is when fabric ships into your local quilt shop, and you can FINALLY go get the cute things you've seen us post about, use for giveaways or see the designers reference.  Now, granted, we ship new collections out every single month. But some months are just bigger and better than others. 

So to give you the low-down, here are just a few of the Henry Glass collections that are currently showing up in your local quilt shop:                                     

"Modern Tyke" is a fun and on-trend juvenile line from the collaborating team of Kim Diehl and her daughter Molly!   There are two spins on the collection, one being more of a 'baby' palette with softer tones, and the other a 'tot' spin on the same designs with a palette for active youngsters.   This modern collection has baby geos, birds, arrows, and words for the modern mom. Do not miss this offering from the talents of the Diehl mother and daughter team. 

"I Love You This Much" is a whimsical dinosaur novelty line from another mother-daughter team, Leanne Anderson and her daughter Kaytlyn of The Whole Country Caboodle. We interviewed Leanne on this blog in February and at that time we had just launched this collection and she and Katylyn were very excited about the warm reception from quilt shop owners.  "Dinosaurs are a timeless icon, they just don't go away," said Leanne. "Whimsical or real, it was our twist on the designs that they would portray a positive message of love even through the eyes of a funny dinosaur."

“Savannah Garden” is the latest collection in the “Reflections of the South” series designed by Mary Ellen Von Holt of Little Quilts.  Savannah Garden is a tribute to the lavish gardens that graced the southern landscape. This fabric collection depicts beautiful floral designs and paisley prints reminiscent of fabrics from an earlier era. The line is created in a palette of vanilla, spa blue, Prussian blue, with accents of honey and soft red. There’s a wonderful toile fabric illustrating song birds, camellia flowers and the Cherokee rose. The Cherokee rose is the state flower of Georgia. Savannah Garden is the seventh in the series which included: Roswell Mill, Tanyard Creek, Whittier Crossing, Hampton Farm,  Pheasant Run,  and Touch of Baltimore.

That's just a sneak peak of what is in stores now waiting for you the next time you stop in. These collections are also arriving now, so go check them out!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Let's Get Quilting 2016 with Score! a 9 pc bundle giveaway contest!

Get a fresh new look to your projects with this soccer themed sports fabric designed by First Blush Studio. Enter to win a 9 pc SCORE! bundle.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Martha Walker of Wagons West Designs shows off projects to make with "A Prairie Journal" Collection

Martha Walker has put the heat on! Literally! Without air conditioning in her house during this summer, she has been quilting up some beautiful pieces using fabric from her latest collection, "A Prairie Journal" which is arriving into quilt shops any day now!

Martha uses a 'strippy vine' applique technique that she generously shares the tips to make on her blog; or find the instructions HERE on the Henry Glass website.

See the whole A Prairie Journal collection, and grab a couple of these amazing free projects HERE.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Henry Glass Designer Spotlight: Barbara Jones of QuiltSoup

They say there is always more than one route to a destination. Barbara Jones, a designer for Henry Glass, and owner of QuiltSoup Pattern Company is a perfect example of one who has taken one of the more interesting routes to becoming a fabric designer and pattern maker. First, she became a molecular biologist and worked in human genetics at the University of Utah.  That certainly isn’t an ordinary route, but one that seems perfect for Barbara.

So what was the beginning of this journey?   Barbara, of course, had endured her adventures in sewing, like many of us have, at the hands of zealous home economics teachers who insisted our seams be beautiful and the clothing we make in class actually fit. (Who among you ever actually WORE your first home economics project?). She knew she wanted nothing to do with that kind of sewing.

She started quilting very young… 18, as a matter of fact, in preparing for her first baby she ventured into quilting at an invitation from her mother-in-law. After that first glimmer of interest she set the hobby down until her first grandchild came along when she picked up quilting again, and hasn’t stopped for the last 30 years.

Her interest peaked when she saw a beautiful quilt in a store window that caught her eye. Here was a beautiful object that was flat, and didn’t have to ‘fit’ anybody. This was her kind of sewing. She inquired about the quilt, and was encouraged to take a class, as this particular quilt was an ‘advanced’ quilt with a lone star and log cabin blocks. So she started with the class, and a couple of others.

After making a few patterns, it occurred to Barbara that she never made the quilt the same as in the picture or even followed the pattern very closely. Every piece she created was truly something that she created from inspiration from the pattern, not the pattern itself. When she discovered applique, her own techniques blossomed, and soon after Barbara was designing quilt patterns herself.

Designing quilt patterns was really just a hobby, until friends started saying they wanted her patterns, and then the hobby became a full-time job at age 51. She quit her job sequencing the human genome, and focused her efforts on designing creative quilt patterns. Seven months later she went to her first quilt market and began to sell patterns.

It seems a logical question to ask, how does one get from a molecular biology lab working on the human genome project to designing quilts? How do those two pursuits fit in the same brain? “Very easily,” says Barbara. The two tasks are very similar in approach. They both require left brain and right brain thinking. They both require tremendous precision. They both require visualizing the results of an experiment. They both require inventing the manner that will show the result of what you are investigating.  

And so when did designing fabric enter into the picture? At her second quilt market Barbara was approached by four different fabric companies to design fabrics. The first experience designing fabrics wasn’t what she thought it might be, so she gave up.  Then, after some persistence by one of the Henry Glass lead stylists, Barbara joined the design team of Henry Glass. That was 8 years and 25 collections ago.

Barbara begins her design process with a concept, and she starts drawing or painting with every collection she starts. For instance with QuiltCamp it was the elements of the cute ‘glampers’ or retro 1950’s glamorous campers that are everywhere now. She thought the only way she would go camping would be with her quilt friends, and she knew that quilters can also be terrific cooks, so she added the cook-out elements to the line.    

The Clean Living line was inspired by a recent move Barbara made to St. George and a total re-do of her home in the mid-century modern style. She had a few of her mother’s living room pieces from the era when avocado green, harvest gold and orange ruled the country’s palette. She even has a bright orange chair in her new living room to pull it all together! Once she began thinking about that time period there were lots of elements that just aren’t around any longer, like the starburst clocks, records and old TV’s. She has found that this time period resonated with a lot of people depending on how familiar they are with those years.

Barbara professes a LOVE for color, and creating the color palette for a collection in one of her favorite parts of fabric design. “It is part of the precision of the process, to be calculating and still visionary. You know it when you see it.”
And in finishing up our interview with Barbara, she offered up her life’s philosophy, “With some sacrifices and hard work you can do just about anything you want. Change your mind and you can change your life. And, have a grateful mindset. Be grateful every day.“

Henry Glass is grateful too, to have an awesome designer like Barbara Jones on our team. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Laura Piland has accepted the Challenge for Henry Glass Desire to Inspire Challenger for September

Meet Laura Piland who has accepted the Henry Glass Desire to Inspire Challenge for September. She is the mother of two toddler boys and designs quilt patterns which you can see on her blog at She currently lives in southwest Missouri, and has just finished her 36th quilt of the year. 

Check back to this blog on September 30 to see what Laura will do with the Sew Bee It collection! 

Laura Piland