Monday, April 14, 2014

We Have A Winner!

Thank you all for the wonderful comments for the Simple Appeal giveaway. We have a winner for the Kim Diehl giveaway! Congratulations to Linda. 
Linda said...
I like wall quilts and table toppers. I have all Kim's "Simple" books and I love them. The new fabric looks great.
April 8, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Please do like the Henry Glass Facebook page or follow this blog for more news and giveaways. The Henry Glass spring blog hop will be coming up very soon. You won't want to miss the fun.

Have a great day!


Friday, April 11, 2014

Scrappy Quilt Love

[Photo credit: Martingale & Co.]

Thank you for entering our giveaway for Kim Diehl's book  Simple Appeal and a bundle of her fabric. While we were looking through her book one thing came to mind. Kim uses a lot of different prints and we believe that is what makes her quilts come alive! We wonder what is the largest number of individual prints that you think you've used in one project?

[Photo credit: Martingale & Co.]

Remember, if you haven't entered the giveaway, go back and do so here. Good luck!

Have a great weekend.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Kim Diehl: Simple Appeal Review and Giveaway!

[This giveaway has ended.]

Kim Diehl is having a super busy year. Her beautiful new book Simple Appeal is available today and it is about her love for using beautiful color combinations in patchwork and appliqué scrappy quilts for everyday use. Scroll down to the bottom to find out how to enter to win a copy of Simple Appeal and a bundle of Kim's fabric.

The projects are designed with classic pieced blocks and adorned by Kim's signature floral appliqué designs. The beauty of her designs is how easy it is for any quilter to stitch one for herself! There is always a warmth and charm in all of Kim's designs. The projects in Simple Appeal are no different and are perfect to use in decorating your home. 

Martingale & Co. has done a fabulous job with the photography and the design of the book. The instructions are clear and there are plenty of great diagrams that accompany the written directions. Make sure that you head over to the Martingale & Co. website to order your copy of Simple Appeal. 

On the fabric front, Kim has been designing several new fabric collections for Henry Glass this year. The first line to debut will be Vintage Farmhouse in June. The fresh and pretty palette will be a great foundation for any of the quilts in Simple Appeal.

Henry Glass and Kim are excited to introduce you her new Simple Whatnots Club this year. All the details are on the Henry Glass website here.

Would you like to win a digital copy of Simple Appeal and a bundle of Kim's fabric? Tell us where you like to decorate your quilts with. Do you like to make small table toppers or perhaps you like to make large quilts for your beds? Let us know by midnight Sunday, April 13 and we'll select one lucky winner.

Martingale & Co. is featuring Kim and her book on their blog, Stitch This! today. They have a great interview with Kim are hosting another fabulous giveaway.
Good luck!


Monday, April 7, 2014

We Spy ... Heather Mulder Peterson!

American Patchwork and Quilting magazine feature Heather Mulder Peterson's book and ruler recently. We love the designs in this book and the ruler looks like it is a terrific one to add to your quilting studio.

We choose a couple favorite quilts from her book to share with you. They are easy to make and Heather uses a lot of different fabrics for a dynamic effect.

Heather's newest collection will be available in quilt shops this July. We're sure that her son Carter inspired this wonderful children's collection, I Love Puppies. You can view the entire collection on the Henry Glass website by clicking here.

Visit Heather's blog for more gorgeous inspiration. Congratulations to Heather and her family. They are expecting baby #2!


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Pretty Darn Quick! March 2014 Edition

Jill Finley of Jillily Studios has sent in March edition pdq* [PRETTY DARN QUICK] CLUB]! Our blog was having some technical difficulty and this post was delayed. Our apologies. We certainly believe that the wait for this fresh and pretty pillow was worth the wait! "In The Pink" is a lovely spring design featuring a flower and Jill's beautiful collections. The design features quick applique and sewing techniques.

Before we get to the directions for "In The Pink" we wanted to share what Jill's been up to. She has been traveling around the country speaking and teaching to guilds everywhere. Recently she was featured on Fat Quarter Shop's YouTube channel. Stayed tuned for many more videos of Jill on the channel.

Jill used her latest collections, Twirl and Jams & Jellies in the "In The Pink" project and the Twirl quilt project. The colors and prints in these collections are very on trend. There are houndstooth prints, big dots and a gorgeous palette of colors including the new basic color, gray!

As always, you can download all past pdq* [PRETTY DARN QUICK] Club projects by clicking the link at the top right sidebar. Jill is selling kits for this pdq* [PRETTY DARN QUICK] Club project. Please visit her website for more information. You can download the "In The Pink" pattern here.

[Download this free pattern from the Henry Glass website.]


Friday, March 28, 2014

Desire To Inspire: March 2014 Edition

The Henry Glass crew always loves this part of the month. We wait in anticipation for the challenger's design and post. We are never disappointed! If you want to submit to us, send us one photograph that best represents your style. We select a new challenger for each month. Your skill level can be at any level. We can't respond to every submission but we do keep them on file. Thanks for submitting. Remember that you can view past challenges by clicking the button at the top right sidebar.

This month, our featured fabric is, Weekend Retreat by Jan Shade Beach. The collection has a fun, retro vibe and we knew that our challenger would come up with an equally playful design. You can view the entire collection on the Henry Glass website by clicking here.

We welcome Desire To Inspire Challenger, Heather Kojan. She is from Baltimore, MD and sewing with her and her guild members sounds inspiring!

[Heather Kojan]

Tell us a little about your family.
I live with my husband of 28 years, Harvey.  We have 2 kids: Kyle is a junior in college, and Katie is finishing her senior year in high school. We also have 3 cats and a rescue dog. 

How long have you been quilting?
Over 25 years

What's your favorite technique? 
I love piecing, and I’m always trying new (to me) techniques. Right now, my new favorites are curved piecing and EPP.

Who taught you how to quilt? 
My grandmother was a quilter. She didn’t teach me, but I have a lot of her quilts and I cherish them all. I’m a self taught sewer and quilter. I learned a lot from Alex Anderson on TV!

Do you belong to any guilds? 

I’m the founder and first president of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild. [hg: Their blog is a fun read!] I love my guild ~ so many fun people with great ideas and always willing to share.

Anything else you would like to share with our readers?

I love to quilt and would do it 24/7 if I could. I consider myself foremost a teacher and love speaking to different groups and sharing the modern aesthetic.  I teach modern quilting classes in the Mid-Atlantic region and upstate New York. I’ve also written many tutorials for my own blog, and other popular quilting blogs such as Sew Mama, Sew! I got to attend my first quit market in the fall of 2013 to promote my new book Classic Modern Quilts.  

Thanks Henry Glass for letting me play with your fun fabric!

Oh, and one more thing: don’t try to do a quilt photo shoot on a windy day!

Henry Glass thanks Heather and her two helpers for participating in the March edition of Desire To Inspire Challenge! 

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Touch Of Baltimore

[Photo credit:  Little Quilts]

For a fabric designer, the early phases of the design process is exciting. Once the designer has submitted the designs, the fabric company works with the mill to get "strike offs" of the work in progress. The swatches printed in this early phase of the printing process aren't necessarily the final prints. Sometimes there are multiple rounds of tweaking before final approval.

The ladies at Little Quilts have been working with their strike offs and designing something fabulous in anticipation of the arrival of the actual fabric. Here's a sneak peak [above] of what they are working on.

"A Touch Of Baltimore" will be in quilt shops everywhere August 2014.

In case you missed this fascinating article the first time, here is a wonderful read from Little Quilts about this collection.

Enjoy your day!