Celebrating 85 years of fabric fun: join us! (+ big giveaway)

Today we’re celebrating the 85th anniversary of Jaftex, parent company of one of our favorite quilt-fabric companies, Henry Glass. Congratulations to all who’ve been a part of this extraordinary company!

Jaftex 85th Anniversary
Co-sponosors: Aurifil ThreadsSchmetz Needles, and Janome

A blog hop commemorating Jaftex’s milestone has been making stops all over the Internet throughout September. Each blogger on the hop received a bundle of fabric with one simple directive:

Make something.

For the past 28 days, designers have been showing off their creations, and they are ah-ma-zing. Here are some that came from designers who are also Martingale authors.

Jaftex blog-hop projects
Clockwise from top left: projects by Linda Lum DeBono, Jill Finley, and Kim Diehl.

So, who was the lucky Martingale staffer to receive a coveted bundle of Henry Glass fabric, along with the “make something” decree? Me.

Folio Basics colorway
My bundle: “Folio Basics
from Henry Glass

The brilliant, saturated colors of these fabrics immediately brought to mind a quilt I’ve wanted to make since December 2012—the year Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe was published.

Jigsaw quilt
“Jigsaw” by Amy Ellis

I decided now was the perfect time to make my own “Jigsaw.”

Folio Puzzle quilt
My version, “Folio Puzzle”

Folio Puzzle quiltIsn’t it funny how a bit of fabric (okay, in this case it was a sumptuous bundle of free fabric from Henry Glass, but you know what I mean), a needle, and thread can provide solitude, comfort, and even therapy? During the few weeks that I worked on this quilt, I helped my elderly father make a difficult move to a new location, survived the first nutty days of school with my two sons, and acted as support for even more first-day-of-school drama (my husband is a 5th-grade teacher). Through the flurry of it all, I kept coming back to this quilt. Twenty minutes here, forty minutes there. The process of making it provided me with a space to get quiet, recharge—and even play a little.
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Folio Puzzle quilt
The playing: big-stitch quilting using all the colors of the rainbow (or in this case, all the colors of “Folio”).

The opportunity to make this quilt came to me just when I needed it. Most quilts do, don’t you think? I’m grateful. Many thanks to Jaftex for asking us to be a part of their BIG blog hop.

And now onto the business of winning BIG!

You’ll find 13 different ways to enter Jaftex’s big giveaway at the bottom of this post. Prizes include a Janome S5 sewing machine valued at $1500, an Aurifil thread box valued at $300, a Schmetz needle anniversary tin valued at $75, fat-quarter bundles—plus bolts of fabric for your favorite quilt shop. Good luck!

To enter our giveaway for a “Folio” fat-quarter bundle plus a copy of A Flair for Fabric: Creative Sewing Projects from the Designers at Henry Glass, tell us: which quilting “anniversary” are you celebrating this year?

Folio Basics by Henry Glass

Leave your answer in the comments below; we’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

Cheers to Jaftex for 85 years of inspiration, and here’s wishing many more in the years to come.

Don’t miss the chance to browse through all the blog-hop links below; the designers on this blog tour are remarkable!

September 1 – Kim Diehl guest posting @ American Patchwork & Quilting
September 2 – Pepper @ Pepper at the Quilt Studio
September 3 – Anjeanette @ Anjeanette Klinder
September 4 – Leanne @ The Whole Country Caboodle
September 5 – Mark @ Mark Lipinski’s Blog
September 6 – Heather @ Heather Kojan Quilts
September 7 – Heather @ Trends and Traditions
September 7 – Martha @ Wagons West Design
September 8 – Linda @ Linda Lum DeBono
September 9 – Heidi @ Red Letter Quilts
September 10 – Jill @ Jillily Studios
September 10 – Dana @ My Lazy Daisy
September 11 – Penny @ Sew Simple Designs
September 12 – Ida @ Cowtown Quilts
September 13 – Liz and Beth @ Lizzie B Cre8ive
September 14 – Melissa @ Sew Bitter Sweet Designs
September 15 – Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
September 16 – Amy @ Kati Cupcake
September 16 – Barbara @ QuiltSoup2
September 17 – Erica @ Kitchen Table Quilting
September 18 – Leona @ Leona’s Quilting Adventure
September 19 – Margot @ The Pattern Basket
September 20 – Sylvia @ Flying Parrot Quilts
September 21 – Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts
September 22 – Kim @ Aurifil Threads
September 23 – Rebekah @ Don’t Call Me Becky
September 24 – Julie @ The Crafty Quilter
September 25 – Mary Ellen @ Little Quilts
September 25 – Mary Jane @ Holly Hill Designs
September 26 – Daisy @ Ants to Sugar
September 27 – Melissa @ Happy Quilting
September 28 – Janet @ One S1ster
September 29 – Jenny @ Martingale
September 30 – Teresa @ Third Floor Quilts

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Jacque, who says:

“Quilting off and on between various reincarnations for over thirty years….still lots of ideas and designs rumbling around in my head (no, that’s not the rocks you hear). Thanks for a lovely month of inspiration!”

Jacque, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!

85th Anniversary Giveaway

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