Thursday, September 11, 2014

Shabby Fabrics' Birthday Party Recap

We've been having a great time with our 9th birthday celebration, and we're not even done yet! Look at the end for the biggest giveaway of the party!

Our birthday was last Friday on September 5th and we started off by asking you to invite your friends to join the party by tagging them in a comment or retweet. At the start of the party, we randomly selected two entries. On Instagram, the winner was @heytavia who invited @quiltingintherain, and on Twitter, the winner was @jlcpowers who invited @teddiechristine. All four ladies will receive a fat quarter set of Sparkle by Riley Blake Designs. Thanks for inviting your friends!

We also gave you a chance to "Pin to Win" on Pinterest. Shelley Holden was our winner and she chose Vintage Wine for her choice of a Seventh Heaven Fat Quarter Set!

Our first birthday cake was made from 80 fat quarters. We asked our Facebook followers to guess how many they thought were in our cake and the response was astounding! Over 500 people guessed and 22 guessed correctly! Of those 22, we drew one name and the winner was Emily Callender. She will receive a Pearl Bracelets - Tonals Fat Quarter Set.

During the party we had two games of skill planned to play on Instagram and Twitter. On Instagram, we showed these two pictures:

Do you know the answer? @quiltsandcutiepies guessed correctly with Autumn Lily and will receive a charm pack from the collection!

On Twitter, we had several clues lined up about a fabric designer to tweet throughout the evening. The first clue was "This designer recently took a trip to Mexico with her family." We thought it was a good, vague clue to start off with since it says absolutely nothing about her design style or even which manufacturer produces her designs! But, @jclpowers knows and reads up on her designers and correctly guessed Joanna Figueroa! We're going to send her a charm pack of Joanna's latest line, Somerset.

In between playing games with our online friends, we ate a real birthday cake and worked on our sewing projects. This was our second monthly sewing night, and it's definitely something we plan to continue! A couple of our employees are making their very first quilts so we'll be showing you their progress from month to month. We also have several experienced quilters on staff so it's a great time of fellowship and learning for everyone!

Our second birthday cake was actually edible!
Dani was having a little fun before working on her
colorful Easy as ABC & 123 quilt for her daughter.
Savanna is making a teal and gold version of Easy as ABC & 123.
Don't you love how Savanna's quilt matches her machine?
Melanie brought the Snow Happens Table Runner to work on last night.
Jessie has almost all of the pieces cut out for her daughter's quilt!
Julie stitched down laser-cut applique pieces on A Critter Christmas.
How cute is that?
Hannah had a hard time choosing a project to start!
Jennifer made valances for her office windows with this print from With All My Heart.

All in all, we had a great time at our sewing night/birthday party and enjoyed being able to include some of our online friends too!

And finally, the biggest prize of the celebration!

We put together a HUGE Grand Prize basket (valued at over $170) that is sure to please anyone! It includes...

...and MORE! Can you tell that we like birthdays? We want to celebrate YOUR birthday too, so we created a Birthday Club! Create an account for free on our website and include your birthday to receive a coupon on your special day for 20% off your entire order.

To enter to win the Grand Prize, we would like to know your favorite way to stay in touch with Shabby Fabrics. Log in to the Rafflecopter box below and let us know if you prefer to hear the latest news from Shabby Fabrics via our newsletter, The Shabby, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram or Twitter. For bonus entries, you can follow us on any of our social media!

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Happy Birthday, Shabby Fabrics!

September 5th is the 9th birthday of Shabby Fabrics!

We are excited to be celebrating nine wonderful years made possible by customers like YOU! Watch the video below to see what Jennifer has to say about the past nine years.

Without you, there would be no Shabby Fabrics. So for our birthday, we want to give back to you. We're launching our brand-new Birthday Club! It's free to join when you create your account. If you already have an account, you can always join the Birthday Club at any time. Just sign into your account and enter your birthday. On your special day, you will be emailed a 20% off everything coupon. The coupon is good for one month after the date it was issued. Join today so we can celebrate YOUR special day too!

We're celebrating our birthday with a bang this year! Starting today and continuing through next week, we have fun games and giveaways planned on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. We will be doing a giveaway right here on the blog too so that everyone has a chance to win!

Our birthday party is on Tuesday, September 9th. Starting at 6pm PST, the ladies of Shabby Fabrics are going to sew, eat and have a good time! We'll be posting pictures LIVE on Instagram and Twitter throughout the evening. There will be chances for you to win if you're following along, so be sure to invite your friends to the party too!

Here's how to INVITE YOUR FRIENDS: On Friday, September 5th, we will post this picture on Instagram and Twitter.

Instagram: Comment on the picture and tag a friend. You can tag as many people as you want but only one friend per comment, please. At the start of the party (6 pm PST), we will randomly select one comment. Both the person who left the comment and the tagged friend will each win a Sparkle Fat Quarter Set! You don't have to be following the party in order to invite friends and win because we know this will be late at night for many of our customers.

Twitter: Retweet the picture and tag a friend for a chance to win. One retweet will be selected at the start of the party and both people will win a Sparkle Fat Quarter Set!

For a little fun, we're going to play "Pin the Tail on the Donkey." Okay, so it's not a tail or a donkey, but you can still PIN TO WIN! Visit any of our Pinterest boards and re-pin a product from our website. Copy and paste the web address of your Pinterest board (where you pinned the product) into the white Rafflecopter box below. One entry will be randomly selected on Wednesday, September 10th and announced the following day in our Birthday Party Recap. For some birthday party inspiration, check out our new "Chic and Shabby Birthday Party" board.

We have a few games of skill planned for those who are following along during the party. On Instagram, we'll show you little snippets of fabric, one at a time. The first person to correctly GUESS THE FABRIC COLLECTION wins!

On Twitter, we'll tweet little tidbits about one of our favorite fabric designers. The first person to reply and correctly GUESS THE DESIGNER wins! The pictures and tweets will be posted between 6-9 pm PST during our birthday party. We can't show you the prizes for these games or you might know the answer!

What's a party without cake? Visit us on Facebook and GUESS HOW MANY FAT QUARTERS were used to make our birthday cake! The picture will be posted on Friday, September 5th.

The person who guesses correctly will win a piece of cake! (Not the whole cake, but we'll send you a lovely Fat Quarter set!) If no one guesses correctly, we will pick the answer that is closest to the correct number. If multiple people guess correctly, we will randomly select one winner from the correct answers. The winner will be selected on Wednesday, September 10th and announced on Thursday, September 11th.

After the party ends, come back here on Thursday, September 11th for one last hurrah! We'll recap the party, announce the Pinterest and Facebook winners and give you a chance to win the biggest prize of the party!

So, are you ready for the party of the year? We hope you'll join us on Instagram and Twitter during the party! In the meantime you can invite your friends, visit us on Pinterest and take a guess on Facebook.

Thank you for nine wonderful years!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Featured Designer | Kate Spain + Giveaway!

Today on The Shabby, we are chatting with the beautiful and talented Kate Spain! Not only is she the designer of Moda Fabrics' new Horizon collection, Kate also designs bedding, rugs, pillows, kitchen products, paper. Her love of nature is evident in all her designs. Join us as we learn more about Kate and her design process.

First off, thank you so much for inviting me on to The Shabby! I'm so happy to chat with you today.

Which print from Horizon is your favorite?

Horizon is a bit of a departure from my usual style in that I began by hand-carving blocks and printing them to create the repeat patterns. It was the first time I'd ever tried to do this and really had no idea how the process would translate to fabric. But I am so happy with how it turned out! I love that the irregularity, imperfection and handmade quality of the block prints remains intact in the finished fabric. I'd have to say my favorite print in the collection is called "Flora". This photo is the actual block I carved.

photo courtesy of Kate Spain

And this photo is the fabric printed by Moda.

photo courtesy of Kate Spain

Wow! That gives a whole new perspective to Horizon, and we love the collection even more now! Can you give us any hints about your next fabric line?

Sure! Here's a sneak peek. This collection is called "Paradiso" and maybe you can tell from the photo... it has a bit of a tropical vibe. It will debut at the International Quilt Market in Houston in October and I'm so excited to show it! More photos to come on my blog and elsewhere very soon.

photo courtesy of Kate Spain

When working on a new design, how do your ideas start to take shape?

An inseparable part of my creative process is drawing and so I generally begin with a pencil and piece of paper, or a paintbrush. For Horizon, I decided to depart from the usual and began with a pencil, rubber block and a carving tool. No matter which medium I begin with, I find that when I'm actively engaged in creating something, there's a spontaneous energy, motion and emotion in the process that helps to get my creative wheels spinning. Once I have what usually becomes the main print of a collection, I scan my sketches into my computer and digitally interpret them — also in a very spontaneous way. I rarely create mood boards because I really love the freedom of being consumed by the creative process. A mood board, to me, is like buying a plane ticket for a certain destination when most often, I have no idea where a collection will "land" until it's done! Keeps me curious, interested and excited to begin again and again.

What do you do or where do you go to find inspiration?

I'm often reminded that I don’t have to look or go too far to find inspiration that will catapult me forward into a new area to explore. It could be something as simple as the color and shape of a flower or leaf. I'm a passionate gardener and from season-to-season am visually influenced by the flowers, foliage, colors, shapes, structure, light, texture, scents and surprises that happen outside each day. A flower bud is such a different shape/color/feeling as the blossom itself or the seedpod that follows. I am inspired by each stage and the possibilities for designs are endless. I am grateful I get to tune in, with a pencil and my heart, and to continually strive to enhance my connection to our natural world. So I would have to say that my inspiration largely comes from looking around my immediate surroundings and taking notice of what is right under my nose!

photos courtesy of Kate Spain

What is your favorite color?

Funny you should ask... I used many of my favorite colors in Horizon. I love shades of vibrant greens and serene, energetic blues... ultramarine might be my favorite  — it's the deepest blue in Horizon way down on the bottom of the stack. But I love orange, too!

photo courtesy of Kate Spain

What is your favorite thing about Moda fabric?

I am so lucky to work with Moda. My favorite thing? There are so many! The people who work there are my favorite part. Everyone seems to love what they do and it's contagious. I also admire how they continue to find innovative ways to reach new quilters (pre-cuts did it for me!) and at the same time to keep things fun and exciting for experienced quilters. They listen to their customers and evolve with the changing trends in the industry. 

What three words would you use to describe yourself?

Kind, creative, and happy.

Besides making quilts, how else do you like to use the fabrics you create?

In addition to making quilts, I've also made fun curtains for our bathroom and changed the fabric print with just about every collection! I'm making some using this print from Horizon now.

photo courtesy of Kate Spain

But my favorite thing is to see what other people make with my fabric. It's a joy I'll never tire of, and am so grateful to be a {small} part of! Horizon will be shipping very soon and I encourage people to share their projects with me on social media. Can't wait to see!

Thank you, Kate, for taking the time to share part of your story with us! We are excited to be carrying Horizon and, in the future, Paradiso too!

Horizon pre-cuts will be arriving very soon are available now, and yardage will be following later in September. Also available this fall is a new design from Shabby Fabrics: a crib quilt by the same name, Horizon. This quilt uses charm squares and goes together quickly, making it a great option for a baby gift!

Kits for the Horizon Quilt will available early Fall 2014

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UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed.

TWO lucky winners will each receive a Horizon Charm Pack, Horizon Quilt Pattern and $25 Gift Certificate to Shabby Fabrics!

Enter to win by selecting one (or more!) of the options below. You can leave a blog comment, subscribe to The Shabby, subscribe to our email newsletter, or follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or Twitter! The giveaway goes through Monday, September 8, 2014 and the winners will be announced on Tuesday, September 9. 2014. International entries are welcome!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Why I am Thankful for My Sewing Machine and Rotary Cutter

It's Jessie here. What did you do last weekend? I cleaned out my garage. There were two boxes in there that had been sitting unpacked ever since my husband and I moved back to my hometown over three years ago.

And guess what I found in one of them?

My great-great or maybe even great-great-great-grandma hand-pieced this Lone Star over 100 years ago.

And that is why I am thankful for my sewing machine and rotary cutter!

I can't even imagine cutting out all those pieces by hand. Hand-sewing is something that I don't have a lot of patience for either so I would probably have twice as many WIPs (Works In Progress) if I lived 100 years ago. Maybe my great-great-grandma didn't have patience for hand-sewing either since this quilt top is still unfinished!

I'm not really a purple-orange-turquoise kind of girl, so I'm at a loss for how to use this quilt top. I would love to see it finished, but I don't know how I would incorporate it into my decor.

If you are a purple-orange-turquoise kinda of girl (or guy), you can find the colors used in the Lone Star in Clothworks' American Made Brand Solids collection. There are over 40 colors in the collection, so if another color combination suits you better, you'll be able to find it here too!

American Made Brand Solids - Purple - Made In USA
American Made Brand Solids - Purple - Made In USA

American Made Brand Solids - Dark Orange - Made In USA
American Made Brand Solids - Dark Orange - Made In USA

American Made Brand Solids - Dark Turquoise - Made In USA
American Made Brand Solids - Dark Turquoise - Made In USA

Do you have any antique or heirloom quilts?
What's the oldest quilt you have and the story behind it?

Until next time,