As many of you know, Little Quilts has been designing fabric for many years now (with our newest line, "Roswell Mill" due to arrive in the shop any day now!) For over fifteen of those years, we've been designing for Henry Glass Fabrics, part of the Jaftex family. Jaftex is celebrating 85 years in the textile industry this month with a blog hop featuring all their designers and lots of great prizes and give-aways that you won't want to miss!
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 into precut fabrics among other contributions.
To celebrate, Jaftex invited over 30 designers, quilt industry friends and bloggers to join in a Blog Hop. Each of the 30 received a bundle of fabric and were asked to make something special for the blog hop. To see their creations all specially photographed at the Bryant Park/New York City Public Library and find out more about the designers, you will want to visit their blog pages during the month of September. Little Quilts will be featured on September 25! For a complete list of dates to visit each designers blog go to the Henry Glass blog at http://henryglassfabrics.blogspot.com/2015/09/jaftex-85th-anniversary-blog-hop.html.
Alice came in to select lining fabric for her Garment Bag.
She has a new embroidery / sewing machine, so is adding her initials. She
did a great job. Patterns for garment bags and travel bags are in
"Trendy Totes & Carry-Alls" by Cindy Taylor Oates Designs. Cindy's newest book "Sew
on the Go...Carry your sewing gadgets in style", has well done patterns
to hold your accessories for retreats and sew ins!
Former customer Becki who moved to Texas keeps in touch. She’s so proud to share she finished hand quilting and binding her son Benjamin’s quilt. Only problem she said is that her dog Finnegan thinks it belongs to him! Go figure! Guess he knows how soft a hand quilted quilt is!
Another great Little Quilts class! Make a simple stuffed pillow and then change the look with a variety of sleeves...the perfect way to add a seasonal touch to your home.
Students in the class have gotten very creative with their pillow sleeves...
Vicki designed her own "beach" sleeve and Carolyn added glow-in-the-dark sparkle to her flower centers.
Favorite photos also make perfect pillow sleeves. We can transfer any of your photos to fabric for a nominal fee. Stop by the shop to see our samples of what we can do with photo transfer! We also make personalized quilt labels.
We have a really fun class just for people who love to buy charm squares, but are never quite sure what to do with them once they get home! Each Charm School class is different and Muriel always comes up with something new and "charming". This month, we made a block carrier.
The carrier was made very simply with one charm pack and an old mailing tube....and what a great way to store the blocks you're working on. The flannel in the center holds the pieces of the block together so they won't slip or get lost and easily rolls up into a handy carrier for transporting unfinished blocks. Muriel even added cute little pincushions to the ends of her carrier!
The project was easily finished in class (don't you just love taking home a FINISHED project from classes?). Here are two carriers finished by students Vicki and Carolyn:
As you can see, Carolyn is already using her carrier for a wool applique block she's working on.
Our new class schedule for the fall has just been posted on the website so check it out and plan to sign up for one or more of our great classes! Our teachers are the best!!
I thought you might like to see another idea for Lucy blocks. Joanne has been making blocks for the Patchwork of the Crosses quilt since the beginning (in April of 2014!), but she just recently brought in another project she's working on as well. She took one-half yard of a great Christmas stripe and turned it into four exquisite blocks that will become a beautiful table runner for her holiday table. Only one block left and she'll be ready to start quilting it! She used every bit of the stripe and it's amazing how different each of the blocks looks.