Friday, April 17, 2015

Dear Jill

Designer Jill Finley of Jillily Studio is fighting a tough battle against breast cancer and she is undergoing surgery today. Jill received a special package in the mail this week. Liz and Beth Hawkins of Lizzie B Cre8ive headed this project to have Jill's friends in the quilting industry make blocks to be put together in a lovely quilt for Jill. 

Jill received the quilt this week just before her surgery today. We wish Jill much love and luck. All the best to Jill and her family. Thank you to all who participated by sending a block in for this awesomel quilt.

Have a great weekend.

- HG

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


The ladies at Little Quilts sent us this lovely photograph of their Heritage Stars quilt designed by Kim Diehl. They are taking the quilt and their Kim Diehl fabrics on the road to Paducah. Will you be going? If you are, stop by to see this quilt in their booth #1816.

- HG

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Let's Get Quilting - April 13, 2015 Edition

Good Monday morning! It is time for another edition of Let's Get Quilting. This past weekend was the first time that it has felt like spring around here. Tell us what is your favorite sign of spring. Is it the warm weather? Do you notice flowers popping up everywhere? Do you like to fish? The lucky winner will win a bundle of Here Fishy Fishy by Heather Mulder Peterson of Anka's Treasures.

Meanwhile, make sure that you go to your local quilt shop to buy some of Heather's latest collection, Home For Harvest. This range will be on the quilt store shelves this month.

The colors are fall but are so very fresh. Pumpkins, leaves and acorns are incorporated into this fun fall collection. You can use these prints to make things like aprons and table runners for your home or use the panel to make a quick quilt. The pattern can be found on the Henry Glass website.

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Good luck!

- HG

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Modern Love


Liz and Beth Hawkins have done it again! The Lizzie B Cre8ive ladies have designed another fun, fabulous, whimsical and bright collection. Liz sent a few words about the new line you will have to stay in touch to hear about their inspiration behind this line.

"Here's a pic I just recently posted. It's 15 fabrics, black/white/brights, including a black and white checkered panel with the motifs pictured at the top of this photo. Stay in touch with us. We'll be blogging about the inspiration for this line leading up to market. "
Twitter: Lizcre8s or LizzieBgirls

- HG

Monday, April 6, 2015

Let's Get Quilting - April 6, 2015 Edition

Good morning! It's time for another fun giveaway. Today we are going to give away a bundle of About A Boy ... About A Girl by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched. Tell us what other creative, crafty hobbies you enjoy besides quilting and sewing.

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Lots of luck!

- HG

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Congratulations! - Kim Diehl Simple Whatnots Club Contest Winner

We thank all of the quilt shop owners who entered the Kim Diehl Simple Whatnots Club Contest. Many beautiful entries were sent in to us from far and wide. The entries reminded us that our customers are fabulous and that Kim Diehl's fans are AMAZING. Thank you, thank you, thank you for making this contest a big hit!

We are excited to announce the winner of the Kim Diehl Simple Whatnots Club Contest. Congratulations to Sue Schaeffer owner of Ma's Got'a Notion located at 305 W. Main Street, Havana, IL.

Henry Glass Fabrics President Larry Reichenberg congratulated Sue on winning the contest. Sue says that "we love everything Kim at my shop. My customers are Kim crazy so we have a huge display of all things Kim."

Congratulations Sue!

- HG

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Desire To Inspire

It is a busy last day of March around here. Today is the last day for quilt shop owners to enter the Kim Diehl Simple Whatnots Club Contest. You still have time to enter if you already have a finished sample of Heritage Stars on display in your quilt shop.  Contest details further down this post. 

It is also time to post our Desire To Inspire Challenge project. We can certainly say that this is one of our favorite things about the blog. We love to see what YOU make with our collections. If you want to join the list of potential challengers, send us an e-mail. Instructions are in the flyer below.

We sent our challenger a bundle of American Dreams by Beth Logan and we were excited to see the challenger's projects. Let's meet our March 2015 Desire To Inspire Challenger.

Name:  Julie Cefalu

Where do you live?  
I live in the Bay Area of California.  It used to be prime agricultural land with orchards everywhere.  Now it’s known as Silicon Valley.  I do have an amazing vegetable garden, though!

I have been married to the love of my life for 30 years.  We have 4 children, and we’re currently empty nesters.  Our oldest daughter is married and lives in Austin, Texas.  She’s expecting a baby (our first grandchild) in July.  We have another daughter who is getting married in September and lives close by.  Our son is single, and he also lives and works nearby.  Our youngest daughter is a junior at UC Davis which is 2 hours away and visits often.  We also have a dog, Cooper who is our comic relief and a stress-reliever for my husband (not so much for me).  For the remaining animals, we’re down to one cat and a tortoise.  It’s always a zoo around here for one reason or another!

How long have you been quilting?
I have been quilting for 16 years.  I started when my youngest child was in preschool, and after being prodded encouraged by my older sister.  I’ve sewn since I was in junior high school, and I used to sew everything from curtains to maternity clothes and lots of Halloween costumes.  Now I stick to quilts, table runners and bags.

What's your favorite technique?
I love every aspect of quilting, but my favorite technique is applique.  I think it takes an ordinary quilt into the extraordinary category.  Free motion quilting can do that, too, and it’s another technique that I enjoy.  And if shopping were a technique, I’d be very good at that as well.  

Who taught you how to quilt?  
I taught myself how to quilt.  I had big footsteps to fill with my sister being an excellent quilter.  I took my first quilting class in 2001 when I wanted to learn free motion quilting.  Now I teach beginning quilting, free motion quilting and machine applique.  It’s my favorite job ever!

Do you belong to any guilds?  
I am the co-founder and co-president of the Silicon Valley Modern Quilt Guild.

Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
I have a blog, The Crafty Quilter.  I started it in 2012 as a way to facilitate my teaching.  It has grown a lot since then, and my audience is almost at 5,000 followers.  I have lots of tutorials and tips that I share for all levels of quilters.  I’d love it if you would visit me there! 

I have really enjoyed this challenge and working with Henry Glass fabrics.  I love to create and there are always designs and ideas swirling in my head.  I wish I had a twin who could take care of all the “busy-ness” of life while I quilt all day!

Thank you to July for stepping up to the challenge!

One last note of business. Today is the last day for submitting your photograph to the Kim Diehl Simple Whatnots Club Contest. You have until midnight at a chance of entering this fabulous contest. Good luck!

We have received some amazing submissions. All of the entries are beautiful and the photographs will inspire you to be part of the Kim Diehl Simple Whatnots Club. The stores have outdone themselves and we are so very proud and grateful that these shops support Henry Glass Fabrics. Thank you! Here are some more entries [in no particular order].

[Tom Thomas, Yankee Pride Quilts in Essex Junction, VT]

[Susan Lommen, Colorz Quilt Shop, 14091 Baxter Drive, Suite 112, Baxter, MN]

[Linda Pirtle, Granny's Quilt Fabrics, 1108-B Argent Blvd., Ridgeland, South Carolina]

[Sue Carmichael, Quilters Cupboard, 202 Brock Street East, Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada]

Good luck to all!

- HG