A Blog Hop?
No, she better didn’t!
H to the Oh Hell No!
I’ve never been a part of a Blog Hop (neither a follower or a contributor) but once asked by designer/author/teacher/friend Linda Lum DeBono, one loses one’s choice in the matter, doesn’t one?
Here’s how all this shakes down:
I get the call from Linda Lum DeBono asking me to be a part of the mix. I say ‘yes’ (what are friends for?). I get another call a few days later from Linda Lum DeBono. I say ‘yes’ again. A week or so later comes a text from Linda Lum DeBono asking me if I’m going to ‘flake out’ on the blog hop. I say ‘no’. She asks me if I’ll participate. I say ‘yes.’ Multiply this by 15 and you get the picture.
Now, you know (and even if you don’t) that once Linda Lum DeBono gets her mitts on you, she twists your arm, kicks your shins, and wears a human down. I acquiesced. And here I am — my first blog hop.
In every dark night, a little light must fall and here was my big fat blog hop surprise: Once I got into it, I really got into it and I loved it, in spite of the fact that I suck at deadlines (Linda Lum DeBono was right and I blame that on the Catholic school and Sister Miriam Fideles, but that’s another blog posting for another time)!
A Bit o’History
Here’s what was going on 85 years ago when Jaftex was born . . .
Coca-Cola introduced their Fountain Truck
Miss Pittsburgh (my hometown) stood along side of Miss Romania and Miss Russia to compete for Miss Universe
You can see what a thriving metropolis Pittsburgh was in the 30s! Is it any wonder the city competed in the Miss Universe Pageant? I grew up just a little more than 2 miles from the bridge on the bottom right (but almost 30 years after this photo was taken).
Walt Disney was promoting Mickey Mouse
Rudy Vallee, Bing Crosby and Maurice Chevalier were the Justin Biebers’ of the time
Jaftex Corp. was founded in the 1930’s when Jacob A. Fortunoff started selling fabric on the streets of New York. At that time, the mainstay of the business was women’s sleepwear and lingerie.
In the 80’s, Jacob’s grandson, Robert, dramatically changed the business of the company.
The business focus was transferred to the over the counter quilt industry when Robert purchased companies like A.E. Nathan, Henry Glass, Stylemaker, Chanteclaire, Fabric Editions/Studioe and more recently The Blank Quilting Corp. Robert is now joined by his two sons, Scott and Greg.
Scott currently is the President of Studioe Fabrics, The Blank Quilting Corp. & A.E. Nathan Co., Inc.
Greg just joined the business in late 2014 and has successfully spearheaded the company’s foray in to precut fabrics among other contributions.
You don’t think any blog hop worth its salt would forget prizes, do you?
CLICK HERE TO WIN SOME FANTASTIC PRIZES: 85th Anniversary Giveaway
Your big surprise from me is that you can win 20 FFQ (Fabulous Fat Quarters) of the very fabrics that I used to design my Jaftex Happy Anniversary Blog Hop project with!
CUE HAPPY DANCE!
I’ll give you the details on how to win the fat quarters later in this post . . .
So, Here Goes My Official Blog Hop Post . . .
How excited am I to have been asked to be a part of the celebration of the 85th anniversary of Jaftex, the company that has brought us the wonderful fabrics and talented designers for Henry Glass, Blank Quilting, and Studioe Fabrics? The answer is, I’m very excited.
Over the years, I have become both personal and professional friends with many of the Jaftex family of designers, and have used Henry Glass, Blank, and Studioe fabrics throughout my quilting journey — yes, for professional in-a-magazine projects, but also for my own fabric projects.
I rarely get a chance to just play with fabrics much anymore, I have too many writing deadlines and lecture and teaching dates. Since I launched The Slow Stitching Movement last year, all of those responsibilities have tripled. Having the blog hop fabrics sent to me to just dream and drool over was a gift.
Now What? And Why I Blame Montana
While I was visiting the amazing Big Sky Quilt Shop in Great Falls, Montana (Hi, Joyce!), one of my students brought in trim that had been made in Southeast Asia that I have seen here and there, and worked up in a few different variations, over the years. Who makes this stuff? How did they make it? Could I figure out how to make the very primitive and most likely indigenous trim that I loved so much?
Do not dare me, sister, I am not in the mood. I became obsessed.
It was also during that trip, flying home from Great Falls actually, that I realized that my organizational skills were lacking and my car rental slips were mixed in with half of my travel itinerary, along with a ticket to the parking lot where my car was, but without the “Paid in Full” receipt that I had been instructed to show upon return. I worried from the time I boarded the plane in the Great Falls, though my Denver layover, and finally landing in Newark, wondering if I’d ever find all of the papers I’d need to get home, not to mention reciepts for the vultures at the IRS. I was a hot mess. I knew that I needed some kind of organizational system.
OK, I get it!
“Hello, I’m Mister Pickle Road Studios, and I’m representing Peppered Cottons from Studioe!”
I was asked to work with Studioe fabric, shot cottons, designed my long-time buddy, Pepper Cory. I couldn’t resist. I’ve wanted to get my hands on her Peppered Cottons for a long time (which, by the way, I need to get my hands on some of that big plaid of hers).
Soon enough, sitting in front of me, were 20 beautiful colors of Peppered Cotton shots, ready for action. I hadn’t worked with Studioe shots before and was surprised at their hand. These fabrics are substantial and don’t fray as I thought they might, and my project uses teeny-tiny squares and rectangles, around 3/4-inch at best. I expected them to fall apart with handling and they didn’t. Whew! The colors are rich and saturated while still maintaining a traditional India-Pakistani ‘boho’ quality.
I was in dire need of a travel organizer that would keep me on track while on the teaching and lecture circuit. It came to me. What if I merged my burning desire for making my own primitive fabric trim and then designed a pattern for a travel organizer that the trim could be sewn into? A button? A zipper? My muse had spoken. To the drawing board!
What I discovered in my plotting, planning and sewing, is that my trim would not be traditionally pieced but merely folded fabric and manipulated, secured on a foundation. It really was just playtime, and the trial and error (and error and trial and error) of trying to find the perfect widths, creases. and folds of the Peppered Cotton fabrics.
My Finished Piece
O… and Voila!
The Get-Mark-Home Travel Organizer (featuring his 3-D Exotic Fabric Folded trim)
I’m not selling patterns for this sucker yet, but I will teach a class for your guild or local shop in making these (give me a call at 908.876.1208 to schedule something – wait until you see my Exotic Trim Zippered Pouch premiering on this blog sometime next week – I’m teaching that, too and I’m currently booking 2017). I have classes scheduled early next year where you can learn this Exotic Primitive Folded Trim technique yourself, while creating a small zippered pouch. Subscribe to this blog for details (…and while you’re here, why not look around? You might like it.)
You’ve Got to Play to Win!
Now is your chance to win two, yes TWO, fat quarter bundles of Pepper Cory’s Peppered Cottons that I used in my Get-Mark-Home Travel Organizer! That’s 5 full yards of fabric! 20 Peppered Cottons fat quarters!
Shipping will be paid by me for any winner of the drawing who are residents of the USA (sorry, non-resident folks). However, if you’re in Canada, Iceland, Palau or any other country, I’m willing to ship your Peppered Cottons to you, only if you’re willing to pay the extra postage to get them there (we’ll work something out through PayPal). Sound like a deal?
Here’s How to Win The FFQs
All you have to do is leave a comment (leave one daily, the more you’re in the better your chances to win) in the comments section of this blog. For every comment you leave, I will award you a ticket that will be dropped into a big bowl (no more than one ticket per person per day).
At the end of the Jaftex Blog Hop (October 1), I will choose a ticket from all of the entries and announce the winner. So keep coming back and leaving your comments.
Even if you leave more than one message per 24-hour period, a person can only win one ticket per day.
What to Write in Your Comment?
That’s up to you! I’d love to hear your thoughts, ideas, and opinions on everything from soup to nuts. In the meantime, why not visit the Studioe, Henry Glass, or Blank Fabric websites. Here are the links:
FOLLOW THE BLOG HOP
THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER:
September 1 – Kim guest posting @ American Patchwork & QuiltingSeptember 2 – Pepper @ Pepper at the Quilt StudioSeptember 3 – Anjeanette @ Anjeanette KlinderSeptember 4 – Leanne @ The Whole Country CaboodleSeptember 5 – Mark @ Mark Lipinski’s BlogSeptember 6 – Heather @ Heather Kojan QuiltsSeptember 7 – Heather @ Trends and TraditionsSeptember 7 – Martha @ Wagons West DesignsSeptember 8 – Linda @ Linda Lum DeBonoSeptember 9 – Heidi @ Red Letter QuiltsSeptember 10 – Jill @ Jillily StudiosSeptember 10 – Dana @ My Lazy DaisySeptember 11 – Penny @ Sew Simple DesignsSeptember 12 – Ida @ Cowtown QuiltsSeptember 13 – Liz and Beth @ Lizzie B Cre8iveSeptember 14 – Melissa @ Sew Bitter Sweet DesignsSeptember 15 – Yvonne @ Quilting JetgirlSeptember 16 – Amy @ Kati CupcakeSeptember 16 – Barbara @ QuiltSoup2September 17 – Erica @ Kitchen Table QuiltingSeptember 18 – Leona @ Leona’s Quilting AdventureSeptember 19 – Margot @ The Pattern BasketSeptember 20 – Sylvia @ Flying Parrot QuiltsSeptember 21 – Lorna @ Sew Fresh QuiltsSeptember 22 – Kim @ Aurifil ThreadsSeptember 23 – Rebekah @ Don’t Call Me BeckySeptember 24 – Julie @ The Crafty QuilterSeptember 25 – Mary Ellen @ Little QuiltsSeptember 25 – Mary Jane @ Holly Hill DesignsSeptember 26 – Daisy @ Ants to SugarSeptember 27 – Melissa @ Happy QuiltingSeptember 28 – Janet @ One S1sterSeptember 29 – Jenny @ Martingale& Co.September 30 – Teresa @ Third Floor Quilts
Thanks for dropping by my blog! And Happy Anniversary Jaftex! xooxm
TOMORROW: September 6 – Heather @ Heather Kojan Quilts