Happy Anniversary Jaftex!

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Welcome to Jaftex Blog Hop, Day 12!  I am sure by now you have read about how Jaftex got started and evolved, so I won’t bore you with that.  I don’t know about you, but I am really enjoying seeing all these projects that everyone has made with their fabrics.  There are 3 different kinds of fabric bundles, yet the variety of projects made is astounding!

I am honored to be the guest blogger for today!  I was given Fusion Illusion by Blank Quilting.   You, too, can win this colorful bundle of 20 fat quarters later in this post. So, stick with me!

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I know you’ve seen this fabric before on other blogs during this blog hop, but I used it on applique.  When I opened that box of fat quarter fabric bundles, I saw a rainbow of colors and thought I should make something to take advantage of that.  But… in the back of my mind I had a quilt design in mind that I’ve been meaning to draw up for nearly 2 years now.  This would be the perfect excuse to get those ideas down on fabric.

In 2013, my friend, Joan, and I went to the International Quilt Festival in Houston for the first time.  When you’re in Houston for Market or the Festival, you make friends with everyone.  We are all excited to be there and we have a lot in common.  Joan and I went down for breakfast at our hotel and saw ladies dressed up in Halloween attire – you could tell they were going to the quilt festival just from what they wore and how they looked.  Quilters will dress up together in the kookiest clothing!  We sat near this one couple of ladies who were cousins from a southern state.  They were dressed alike and looked like they were having a great time.  Each morning at the hotel bistro we would sit and chat with the other ladies going to Festival, but mostly we chatted with these 2 cousins.  I could kick myself for not remembering their names.  I guess I could call them Jill and Jane.

When you first get to Festival, you are full of energy but as each day passes, all the excitement and walking wear you down.  You shop. You eat.  You look at quilts. You eat.  You take classes.  You eat.  You rest.  And, you eat some more.  The extra weight of the goodies you buy and the pounds you put on from eating “help” you to move slower and slower.  So, by the last day, you have had your fill of fun and are dragging.

The last morning that Jill and Jane were there, it was a joy to see them, but they looked exhausted.  Their SUV was packed, and I mean packed, with the loot from only 2 days of shopping.  Jill said if there was an inch of space anywhere, she would find it so they could shop some more.  Jane said she had to stop or she wouldn’t have enough money to get back home.  It was a site to see!

After they headed for home, I laughed, thinking of a comic of them in my mind.  So, I sketched out a couple of pictures of them, thinking they would make a great quilt some day.  Quilters love to buy fabric and go to quilt shows and hang out with one another, so I figured quilters would also appreciate this “quilt story.”  The question was how to put them together into a story…  This is what I finally ended up with.  The name of this combo is…  “Went & Spent”.

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I put the bright colors in the “First Day” quilt and dark colors in the “Last Day” quilt.

Jill is on the left and Jane is on the right in both quilts.  There are lots of hidden symbols in these quilts.  For one thing, in the “before” quilt (“Went”), Jane is wearing “rose colored” glasses.  She also is carrying a green “cash” bag while Jill is carrying a “Shop ’til You Drop” bag.  And, they are standing on Cloud #9.

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In the “after” quilt (“Spent”), Jill and Jane both look haggard.  Jane’s glasses are now blue, to represent the blue feeling she has with leaving but also to hide those bags under her eyes.  😉  Both of them have frazzled hair.

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And, you can see that, although they’ve packed the SUV pretty well, they still have some room.

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So, here goes… for a chance to win the colorful bundle of 20 fat quarters above, please answer in the comments below  whether or not you have or have not been to International Quilt Festival at any time of the year.  If you have been, please tell me your favorite part.  If you haven’t been, please tell me if you’ve been to another quilt show and what you liked best about it.  On October 1st, I will pull a name/number out of a hat and will announce the winner of the Fusion Illusion fat quarter bundle shown above, so check back here then to see if it was you!  I will pay for shipping to U.S. residents.  If you are from another country and willing to pay the cost of shipping, then you are more than welcome to participate.

Also, please check out the “big” giveaways here: 85th Anniversary Giveaway 

Many thanks to Janome, Aurifil, and Schmetz for their contributions to the giveaway!

Don’t forget to stop over at Liz’ and Beth’s site at Lizzie B Cre8ive tomorrow for Day 13 of the blog hop.  I love their fun style and think you, too, will love whatever they make with their fabric bundle!

Good luck everyone!

 

 

A Flair for Fabric

Martingale - A Flair for Fabric (Print version + eBook bundle)

I was excited to do this book review, because the very talented Linda Lum DeBono is the one who compiled the projects from 15 different fabric designers with Henry Glass Fabrics that are in this book.  If you know of any of these designers, you will want to get your hands on this book: Leanne Anderson; Dana Brooks; Linda Lum DeBono; Kim Diehl; Anni Downs; Jill Finley; Amy Hamberlin; Liz Hawkins and Beth Hawkins of Lizzie B Cre8ive; Margot Languedoc; Janet Nesbitt and Pam Soliday of Buggy Barn; Vicki Oehlke; Heather Mulder Peterson; Jacquelynne Steves; and Mary Ellen Von Holt, Alice Berg, and Sylvia Johnson of Little Quilts.  Not only do they share their secrets for designing fabric lines, but they also show you how to mix and match your leftover fabrics with secondary fabrics for other projects.  An added bonus, if you choose to buy this book, is that the designers are donating the royalties from the sale of this book to the Red Cross; a notable good cause.

So, let’s take a looks inside at some of the information and projects.

Martingale - A Flair for Fabric (Print version + eBook bundle)

Martingale - A Flair for Fabric (Print version + eBook bundle)

Martingale - A Flair for Fabric (Print version + eBook bundle)

Martingale - A Flair for Fabric (Print version + eBook bundle)

Martingale - A Flair for Fabric (Print version + eBook bundle)

Martingale - A Flair for Fabric (Print version + eBook bundle)

And, last, but not least, a quilting caddy for hauling your quilting tools on outings…

Martingale - A Flair for Fabric (Print version + eBook bundle)

As you can see, there is a lot of variety in this book; variety of styles and projects.  It would make a great gift for yourself or for a fellow quilter!

Many thanks to Martingale Press and their photographer, Brent Kane for providing this book and the pictures for this review!