Tuesday, June 2, 2015

My adventures with Henry Glass - Desire to Inspire & a Giveaway!

My all-time favorite Christmas album is A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi Trio, the original soundtrack of the TV Special.
I listened to it quite a few times over the past few weeks!

Etch A Sketch art work by  Alli Katz  - check out more of her various artistic creations at lookhowhappyiam.com.
This was my way of truly embracing the challenge when I received some happy mail - a large bundle of Christmas fabric! This is a bit understated, but I have to tell you I was so excited to find out I was selected by Henry Glass as the May Challenger for Desire to Inspire! What a surprise when I received Shelly Comiskey's Kringle Krossing fabrics! I hope you will take a moment to check out my interview for the Desire to Inspire Challenge at Henry Glass ! Oh, and leave a comment so they know you love the program -- because it is awesome! If you want to participate in their challenge you will find info there too!

I don't know how many designs I drew out and tinkered with before I made my final decision for the main quilt! I wanted to showcase and use all Shelly's fabric. The only fabric I added from my own stash is the solid black and the dark green. And the backing of course, but we will get to that..
Kringle Krossing 65" x 75"
The plan for this quilt originally was to frame the main panel, shown below.
Once it was on the design wall however, I got the idea to make a postage stamp border for the panel. Great, except it would not fit with the blocks the size they already were. My next 'big' idea was to make the entire back of the quilt a big postcard, with the panel stamp in the corner, etc..
In the end, I pulled it. I really wanted to have a go at FMQ'ing that big beard, and a huge floor pillow would be a perfect mate for this quilt! I played with drunkard's patches to make the stamp border - a lot of trial and error to get the right size and I did get a plan set. Hopefully I took good notes, because it became pretty clear: No time-no time-no time!
Disappointed that the panel would not be a part of my submission, I made the decision anyway - I want that floor pillow!  
 
That aside, I re-focused and got busy:-)
 
The backing is Tidings of Great Joy Quilting Treasures - an awesome eBay score (6yards $30 shipped).
Machine stitched binding. Did I mention no time?
Once the quilt was finished and photographed, I had a few days left to play without any pressure. I used scraps to surround my favorite print in the line, the sweet reindeer, using Jacquelynne Steve's recent quilted potholder tutorial. Mine is more of a trivet though, since I left out the strap that I had made for a hanger. oops..

I still had one print that I had not used in the quilt, and I fussy cut Santa there, 'Makin his list'.

Playing with the block, I thought of the Chalk Cloth fabric I have never gotten around to using. I looked online and found a lot of rolled up portable chalkboards. I guess you could say this is improv project; I cut the cloth the same width as the block, added borders, some ric-rac, straps and a hanger so it can be displayed on the wall.
30" long - 16" wide
What a fun way to make a wish list! Or the holiday menu, or a nice note to Santa with the cookies...
I put a patch of the chalk cloth on the back as well, thinking how cute when it is rolled up.

I know this is getting long, but I will mention one thing I found out about chalk cloth. It really wants to roll up the other direction. See the wavy bumps in the full view? If it is stored as a roll, it really needs a strong tube for support to keep from creasing. If purchased online, it is likely to become creased in shipment. Creases are pretty permanent and from what I read online, ironing is not recommended. I tried it anyway of course. I even spritzed water on and ironed from the back. It helps a lot, but in the end, I cut in a way that avoided the big creases.

Try as I might, I was not able to use all the beautiful fabric provided for this challenge! I look forward to finishing the big floor pillow and I will share that here, but it is likely to be December since I tend to push deadlines when I can:-)

For someone who is not real big on holiday hoopla, I sure have been doing a lot of it lately!
Ty just rolls his eyes, and I laugh and tell him to be staunch - there is more to come!
 
Now, are you ready for the little giveaway?
This is a one yard bundle. Fat eights are cut from six prints from Shelly Comiskey's Kringle Krossing, + one 1/8 of the black backing fabric, and 1/8 of Happy Town (lime green) by Jacquelynne Steve's.
Enter by leaving a comment on this post before Sunday, June 7th at midnight PST. Followers may leave a second comment for another entry, please tell me how you follow! Winner will be drawn at random, (and re-drawn, and re-drawn until a winner is drawn that is not a no-reply blogger with no email address!),
 
I try to respond to all comments, but please forgive me if I fall behind for the giveaway! This will be posted with Friday Finish linkups & I have a busy weekend ahead! I love hearing from reader's! I try to visit each blog in return, and often end up following as well:-)
 
Thank you for reading, and remember, there are only 205 days left til Christmas!

70 comments:

  1. My husband and I both love your quilt. Of course you can't go wrong with Shelly Comiskey fabric!

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  2. Thanks for your tips regarding the creases in blackboard fabric!

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  3. I follow you via Bloglovin'

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  4. Those Christmas prints are adorable. I really love the quilt pattern and would like to make a holiday one like it. The fussy cut reindeer potholder/trivet is cute, too. I might have to work with the chalkboard fabric I have, too.

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  5. Those Christmas prints are adorable. I really love the quilt pattern and would like to make a holiday one like it. The fussy cut reindeer potholder/trivet is cute, too. I might have to work with the chalkboard fabric I have, too.

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  6. Those Christmas prints are adorable. I really love the quilt pattern and would like to make a holiday one like it. The fussy cut reindeer potholder/trivet is cute, too. I might have to work with the chalkboard fabric I have, too.

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  7. Love the prints on your quilt. Beautiful and festive!

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  8. Fab quilt, and so many great ideas for the leftovers!!!! (Comment)

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  9. Fab quilt, and so many great ideas for the leftovers!!!! (Following with bloglovin)

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  10. I love the quilt you made with the challenge fabric....and you chose of backing fabric was perfect!! Thanks for the opportunity!!

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  11. Just started following by email. Can hardly wait to see future posts!!

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  12. It is a delight to see how you used the fabric is your quilt. It looks wonderful. Good luck with your plans for the pillow, too.

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  13. Wow, so many wonderful projects! And the fabrics are super cute.

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  14. I have signed up to follow by email and look forward to seeing more of your work!

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  15. Your quilt is fabulous! I loved reading its story and seeing all the little projects you made. Please don't put me in the draw....I just wanted to drop by and visit. I love the photograph you took of the quilt!

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  16. I love the chalk board wish list. Very cute.

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  17. Following on bloglovin'. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  18. Pretty projects. Great Santa list chalkboard. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  19. HAPPY TO FOLLOW YOU ON BLOG LOVIN' !
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  20. HI,love your quilt! Thanks for a neat giveaway!
    Happy Summer!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  21. I love Kringle Krossing! The addition of the white fabrics makes the blocks spin across the quilt. Thanks for the chance to win some of this fabric line.

    wlinda_ca at yahoo dot com

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  22. I'm following you by email.

    wlinda_ca at yahoo dot com

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  23. Love Christmas fabrics - gets me in the mood to start my presents!

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  24. Love Love LOOOOOOVE your Quilt!! AWESOME!!!

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  25. I already follow your thru Bloglovin :)

    Thanks for chance to win these fun fabrics too!

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  26. I love Christmas fabric and this is no exception. Your quilt is cute and the wish list is an idea that I might need to make for my niece.

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  27. That is some of the cutest Christmas fabric I have seen in a while! Like your quilt also. You are very talented.

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  28. I love your quilt - so unusual with the black! I made my husband a Christmas quilt by request last year so I'd love to win so I can make one for myself! x

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  29. Bravo! I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your adventures with this challenge. You DO inspire. Your quilt is beautiful and I thought your 'list' is brilliant!

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  30. Sounds like you did all you could to incorporate that panel design but the final floor pillow concept will be great. Lovely quilt and that backing was quite a deal. The chalkboard project would be great to list the Holiday chores that need attending, wonderful idea!!!

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  31. I read your interview on the Henry Glass blog (love them!) and fell in love with the quilt! It is on my always growing to do list, but will prob not use Christmas fabric. :)
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  32. I am a follower via e-mail. :)
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  33. Lovely fabrics. I especially love the black with holly and swirls.

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  34. Very pretty quilt....and I love your story and pictures as well. What is the fenced in wall of rocks? Curious!

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  35. I agree, that little reindeer is sweet. And your quilt is gorgeous. Thank you for the chance.

    determineddebby at gmail dot com

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  36. Your finished quilt is a real stunner, and it's so much fun to walk through the process that got you there. Thanks.

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  37. I'm a new follower via email: wordygirl at earthlink dot net.

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  38. What a wonderful quilt....listening the the Charlie Brown Christmas music....:))

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  39. Love your quilt especially since it uses black fabric. For some reason I always shy away from black in my quilts.

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  40. I can play some of this music on my piano.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  41. Love it!! How can anyone go wrong with the Jolly old man . The perfect quilt for the little ones to snuggle up with................"the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there".

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  42. I love your Kringle Krossing quilt. I've wanted to make a Kansas Dugout quilt, but I like the look of your two-tone shapes. Perhaps I'll borrow your idea. The fabric is great, and I love the cute little reindeer. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

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  43. A terrific way to use these fabrics Heidi and a very inventive one too! Love the way the quilt looks!
    The chalk cloth is something I have never heard of but that roll up is totally cool!

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  44. You clever girl. I love your quilty ideas & problem solving to make it all work. I think your Kirngle Krossing quilt is deeeevine. The idea to make the pillow to go with it is perfect. Every usable quilt needs it's own pillow. And then, you continue on with the cute chalk hanging...what a gift!

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  45. You clever girl. I love your quilty ideas & problem solving to make it all work. I think your Kirngle Krossing quilt is deeeevine. The idea to make the pillow to go with it is perfect. Every usable quilt needs it's own pillow. And then, you continue on with the cute chalk hanging...what a gift!

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  46. Nice quilt! I also love Charlie Browns Christmas and often have it playing while having a massage ( the therapist does home visits)!

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  47. Love your quilt! It is outstanding.
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  48. Bloglovin follower: Nicole Sender!
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  49. I always think about making a Christmas quilt in the summer! Thinking is not doing! Your quilt is lovely. What us the name of the pattern?

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  50. I follow by email. annesimonot@sasktel.net

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  51. Very pretty quilt! And fabrics! annesimonot@sasktel.net

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  52. Absolutely love your "chalkboard!" So creative! thanks for the chance to win!

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  53. What an adventure! Love this post and your finished quilt, Heidi. Your ideas for using the extra panel and fussy cuts from those feature fabrics were fabulous. Your talent has really shone through in this challenge! Congratulations! And thanks for sharing the link to Henry Glass Fabrics.

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  54. I follow on on bloglovin.
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  55. I love A Charie Brown Christmas! I've been looking to buy the DVD. I want to share it with my grandchildren. Your quilt is so creative.
    Dmac5958@aol.com

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  56. I said, "oooooooooh," when I saw this quilt. It is so different from any I have seen. I am glad you shared.

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