I didn't, until the kind and talented quilter Maria Tavey Umhey shared with me this gorgeous quilt she just finished (click to see it bigger).
This particular quilt was created in memory of her own uncle, a WWII Veteran, and will welcome another soldier home.
Quilts of Valor is a nonprofit organization bringing together quilters and longarmers from around the country with one goal: "...making quilts that would both heal and comfort our war wounded. These quilts are called Quilts of Valor (QOVs). Wounds that qualify are those that are both seen and unseen..."
If you're a quilter and would like to get involved, find out how by visiting here. If you still have questions, they have a handy FAQ page with answers here. To see more gorgeous designs by Cheerful Quilts, visit her Facebook page and Etsy shop!
As promised I put the names in a hat and drew a winner this morning, and the winner is (drum-roll please) Stacey Larson! Stacey, please contact me privately at email@example.com or send me a private message on Facebook and I'll get your fabric bundle on its way to you! Thanks to everyone who entered, I really need to do this more often, don't I?
Is it really here already? That last holiday weekend of summer? That last chance for family getaways before school starts, the last chance to wear white (is that even a rule any more? I'm too much of a klutz to wear white so I have no idea) ummm . . . what else? Well, it's my last chance for the little giveaway I'd sort of planned on doing - um, well (shuffles feet, mumbles) around the Fourth of July, and still get away with calling it a summer thing.
So here we go . . . let's have a giveaway, shall we?
You've seen my American Beauty fabric group. You've heard me talking about it. It's been around all year already - maybe you've even made something with it (if so I'd love to see pictures and share them in the gallery!). It's been around long enough already that I just wrapped up final details on designs for a follow-up group. Wait, what?! That's a secret! Sshhh, don't tell anyone yet! I'll share more about this later, when it's official and details are available - but for now, this one's between me and you, ok?
So anyway, American Beauty has been on my mind again a little bit lately hah, who am I kidding, it's all I've thought about for weeks. True story: I was out this past weekend seeing friends I haven't seen in months (it happens, not often - but it does). When asked "so what have you been up to lately?" I stood there with a blank look on my face and said, "I've been drawing paisley." Because honestly, that's all I could remember doing, ever. Just. Drawing. Paisley.
Anyway, before I go and give away any more secrets about things no one is supposed to know yet, let's get back to this:
Here are some of my original watercolor and colored-pencil drawings I created last year, next to the actual fabric.
It's fascinating to me how my art translates to screen-printed cotton.
They do a beautiful job, don't they?
Um? Get to it Beth, you mentioned a giveaway?
Oh yeah, that's what I'm doing here. Something shiny always catches my eye...
So how would you like an extra-bonus fat quarter-bundle of American Beauty?* "Extra-bonus" because it not only includes all 18 coordinates, but 2 24-inch panels as well.
Oh what fun you could have making stuff with this!
To enter the drawing for this bundle, just leave a comment on this post, and tell me what your favorite thing has been about this summer. That's it!*
You have until Saturday night to enter, and I'll draw a name on Sunday morning.*
In the meantime, can we just discuss once again how long paisley takes to draw? Humor me. As if I hadn't mentioned it before.
Like, a really, really long time. Really it does. But I'll admit: I sort of really, really love doing it. There's something so peaceful and meditative about obsessing over this kind of creative detail. I'm all about that. Just don't try to make light, friendly, easy (or at all interesting) conversation with me afterward, or you'll be sorry you did.
Ok, I'll stop now - leave a comment, enter the drawing*, and enjoy your holiday weekend everyone!
* for this giveaway I can ship to US addresses only please! Thank you!
This last week while in NY, I got to visit my friends at the Henry Glass Fabrics offices to brainstorm new fabric designs before sharing a lovely lunch with other Henry Glass designers. So fun!
And what timing - the strike-offs for my bright and happy new collection "Good Morning Sunshine" had just arrived that morning, and I got a first look! Just a couple tweaks here and there and they'll be ready for final production. Here's a sneak peek of the panel and coordinates for the rest of you:
The fabric will be available later this year, and as usual they've created some super fun free projects you'll be able to download.
Does this get your creative juices flowing? What fun projects do you think you might sew with this?
How gorgeous is this quilt? As always McCalls has great instructions for this project, and even easier: you can buy their exclusive quilt kit with all the fabric you need for the top and binding. Super!
You can pick up a print or digital edition here, or read more about what other goodies are in this issue in McCall's blog!
Hey everyone, have you been visiting the Henry Glass Blog all this week for the Naughty or Nice Holiday Party? They're giving away bundles of fabric every day - this is the last day!
Today I'm one of the featured designers along with Dana Brooks, Anni Downs, Jacquelynne Steves, and the Lizzie B girls. I share my super-simple recipe for one of my old favorites: Hot Buttered Whatevers
and to top the whole thing off today's fabric bundle giveaway is from my American Beauty collection!
Go visit the blog now and enter to win! And while you're at it, entertain yourself by reading everyone's fun answers to the "naughty or nice" questions with great photos and recipes! Enjoy!
Well, either way you're invited to hop over to the Henry Glass Blog for this year's fun holiday party. It's going on all week - every day there's a new post with fun questions & answers with Henry Glass designers, festive photos, and a fabric bundle giveaway (a new giveaway every day! Go now! Win fabric! You know you want it!).
It's been going on all week already - I'll be joining the party myself later in the week (I'm sorry to admit it has always sort of been a bad habit of mine, showing up late to parties) but in the meantime, go check out the neato stuff and enter to win some awesome fabric!
You already know how we do this here on the Artstuff blog: print & cut out comments,
gather appropriate hat,
(um, "tidy up desk first" was apparently not part of this contest, sorry . . . welcome to my cluttered, messy life)
stir up names inside hat and pull one out:
Didn't I mumble something under my breath last week about maybe picking 2 names? If I was in a good mood, or something like that? Well, I'm not in a bad mood, so what the heck, let's pull out another entry:
Then Husband Guy walks by the door of the studio and suddenly takes an interest in what's going on in here, and talks me into drawing a 3rd name. Says "he'll go to the post office to drop off the winners' packages", among other things.
Alright, I can't argue with that:
Mary Ann Hurt!
Thanks to everyone who played along this time, you guys always make me smile with your comments . . . really, you make this fun for me.
Tami, Dee, and Mary Ann, could you please send me your mailing addresses by emailing me privately at: firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll see that Husband Guy gets your packages off to you ASAP!
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Oh, and . . . those grinning little bright orange guys in the background clutter on my desk?
Because it was so foggy and cold this morning I wished I had worn mittens on our dog-walk. Because I've already made (and we've devoured) 2 big loaves of pumpkin-blueberry bread in just 2 weeks. Because every morning just before 6am I'm gently awakened then softly lulled back to sleep by the soft airy whir of the furnace starting to warm up the house for the day. Because it's homemade soup and biscuit season and that's all I want for dinner every night. Because last week the flannel bear bedding came out of summer-hiding and the bed is cozier than ever. And because I've been threatening to do something similar to that with this flannel since . . . well, June.
Or maybe it's because I have a brand new little baby cousin named...
...Fox (welcome sweetie, I can't wait to kiss your warm little peachy baby-head!).
Because of all that and more, it's about flippin' time for me to finally give away a fat-quarter bundle ofthis cozy and cute flannel.
Just leave me a comment on this post: tell me something you like about fall. Or fog. Or flannel. Or furnaces. Or foxes. Or anything you're liking this week; it doesn't even have to start with an F. And that will enter you in the drawing to win a fat-quarter bundle of Snow Babies!
I'll draw a name next Thursday, October 17, and announce the winner on Friday, October 18. Thanks for playing along! xo
I realize that in the midst of this heat wave that's crept across most of the US this week, thick cozy-soft flannel is the furthest thing from your mind, but I still think this post may cool you off just a little bit.
My yardage arrived this past week and I got my first look (and feel!) of my newest fabric group with Henry Glass: Snow Babies!
The design process often leads us down a completely different path than we thought we were going to take, and this is a great example of that.
Believe it or not, the original concept was to create a follow-up to At The Lake.
Then it went off in one totally different direction from that, then another, and after all was said and done - I really, really love how it all came out.
What I love most about this group is the versatility. You could use these coordinates for a project with a fresh and sophisticated feel. The combination of textures, the pops of soft kelly green and warm tan against the icy cool blues - I love this.
I can't wait to dive into this myself, I'm seeing some really beautiful cozy bedding here...
Can't you just see the fresh, bright, crisp winter sunlight shining in through the window onto this?
Or, you could just full-on embrace the sweet, sweet cuteness of the softy-soft critters
like, seriously sweet cuteness, I'm not kidding
oh come on
you know you want to kiss the bunny.
It's alright, go ahead.
And then of course, there are the snowguys
that show up in a fun and busy stripe and a 24-inch panel...
some of whom you might sort of recognize from holiday greeting cards, nesting boxes, gift bags, and more.
Stay tuned here and on Facebook later this month for a fat-quarter bundle giveaway.
In the meantime, hope you are staying cool in this heat. I hope looking at these wintry images has helped a little - I think I feel a tiny bit cooler now.
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