What an awesome time we had at QuiltCon 2018 in Pasadena, California. The weather was mild, the food was incredible (big ups to Sushi Enya), I discovered boba tea (so delicious) but the quilts were the best of all. AMAZING. We were overloaded in inspiration and friendship and are so proud and lucky to be a part of the operation.
We brought a little bit of QuiltCon home with us and want to share it with you in Downtown Indianapolis and on the interwebs. This is like being a full time Crimson Tate VIP. Let the games begin!! Here’s how to Design Your Own Aurifil Thread Box!! Choose 12 Aurifil 50 weight 1422 yard spools and we’ll give you $54 off your purchase. What!?! Yes. And you’ll receive our exclusive and awesome Aurifil box to house your beautifully curated selections.
But wait, there’s more. For a limited time, orders will receive the cutest drawstring bags we gave away at QuiltCon in Pasadena.
How do you play? Head to crimsontate.com -> notions -> Aurifil Thread and load your cart with 12 Aurifil spools that fit snuggly into the designer box. Use code #AURIFILERUP at checkout and get a big fatty discount. Don’t forget the hashtag! It’s part of the code. Get out those swatches and let’s coordinate some thread. We can fit a fair amount of things in that parcel, so don’t forget to check out all the new bundles, Liberty of London pre-cuts, clearance items, and other awesome goods found at crimsontate.com. There’s a lot of happiness happening right now in that one little spot.
Coming into the store? Bring this coupon for funzies!
You may or may not have already seen oodles of photos of our drool-worthy Mammoth Flannel bundles. We love this stuff. Looooooove it. Truly. It’s not your typical flannel. It’s woven (not screen printed) which means it can be hard to keep track of right and wrong sides of the fabric. So choose your favorite side!
I decided the day after Thanksgiving that I wanted to WIN Christmas this year by gifting a quilt that was yet to be made. One month to finish a quilt? That’s totally doable!
FAST FORWARD through Small Business Saturday, secret sewing for Heather’s new fabric line, the Yelp Indy Totally Bazaar, a whirlwind Birthday weekend in NYC, and the Indy Men’s Chorus holiday shows (thanks to the many of you who attended and gave hugs after!!) and all of the sudden it is December 18th! Oh me oh my! My one month to start and finish a quilt turned into ONE WEEK!
But hey! Deadlines can be good! Deadlines can be GREAT! Initially, I envisioned turning these flannel fat quarters into four patches. But with the big day fast approaching, I eliminated a step from the process and proceeded with bricks instead of four patches!
Let’s call it a 3-Step Quilt! I started cutting into this project at 9:00 a.m. and was finished with the quilt top shortly after noon. I didn’t quilt it that same day (I mean I still had 5 days to finish, what’s the rush?) but if necessary, we’re betting you can grab a protein bar and make this quilt start-to-finish in under 12 hours.
@crimsontavid’s 3-Step Quilt
Wahoooo! Here’s a fast fun flannel fat quarter quilt. Say that five times fast! I made this version a lap size. If you want to make your quilt larger or smaller, you can calculate 3 blocks per fat quarter.
Pair each strip with a different fabric and stitch each pair RST (that’s right sides together.) You’ll have one strip leftover! Try to get lots of variety in your combinations instead of always pairing the same two fabrics.
After pressing seams, cut each strip set into (2) 9.5” squares.
And VOILA! Blocks are done! Happy dance!
Lay them out into 8 rows of 7 squares. Sew blocks into rows, then sew rows together. You’ll want to quilt it using your most preferred and enjoyable method! I quilted a 1/4” to the left and right of every seam, making a super simple grid – in my opinion it lets the flannel be the rockstar! Pro Tip: put that walking foot on and increase your stitch length to 3.5 or 4 when quilting these thick layers. Your stitches will be b-e-a-utiful!
Now bind this baby and get it on your bed for ultimate snuggling possibilities!
Have you ever been to Crimson Tate on Small Business Saturday?! So much is happening on the street that it’s best I tell you about it in bullet point format. That’s serious you guys. I rarely employ the bullet point system unless it’s critical. Here goes!
Every hour (on the hour) we’ll be giving away NINE amazing Crimson Tate swag bags filled with some of our favorite patterns, fabrics, books, notions and love. For every $25 you spend, you’ll receive a ticket that will go into the drawing. No need to be present to win.
…but wait…there’s more…
It’s one of the best days of the year around here. We are so honored and elated by all of the support and friendship displayed on this day. And to announce the addition of our newest love EverSewn sewing machines we are GIVING AWAY AN EVERSEWN SEWING MACHINE!!! (I just got light headed from EXCITEMENT!)
All of the tickets collected throughout the day will be added to the gigantic barrel of holiday happiness and one super lucky winner will be taking home one of these great machines. They’re perfect for travel or a secondary machine. We’ve sewn with them all and can highly recommend them. Come take one for a spin!!
…but wait…there’s more…
We are so excited about ALL OF IT that we want to start the party early. For every $25 you spend starting November 17, we’re gonna add you to the big barrel of possibility to win an EverSewn sewing machine! That’s right, y’all. We’re gonna start giving out tickets starting at Midnight Shopper! Crimson Tate will be open until midnight on November 17!!! Get in here and let the party begin!
Frequently Asked Questions
Dear Crimson Tate,
I live in the far far reaches of the world and won’t be able to make it to Crimson Tate on Small Business Saturday. Is there anyway I can participate by purchasing items online to be entered to win? How’s that gonna work? Sincerely, Lover from the Far Reaches
Dear Precious Lil’ Lover from Yonder Town,
Don’t fear! We’ve got you. On Small Business Saturday we’re going to enter you into the hourly drawings! That’s right. For every $25 you spend we’ll generate tickets for you and add you to the drawing. Wooooot! And starting now until end of day on Saturday (6:00 PM EST) we’ll add you to the larger drawing, too. So go for it!!
Dear Tate de Crimson,
I’m an international customer. Am I eligible to win the sewing machine or hourly tote bag giveaways? I’m tres excited to know. Sincerely, La International Customer
Dear International Friend,
Yessss!!! Part of the reason we switched our online game was so that we could offer international shipping!!! We hope you’ll be our customer, too! We’d love to enter you into the hourly drawings. As far as the sewing machine goes, we’re going to offer you a gift certificate for the store. We don’t want you to have to worry about finding a voltage converter. That sounds horrible. Best of luck!
Dear Crimson Tate,
I am a mega mega fan! How many times can I shop at your store and be eligible to win? I’m so excited to play and I’m super competitive. Sincerely, I NEED TO WIN
Seriously! Get in here. Get on crimsontate.com – you can shop everyday multiple times a day. All of your purchases will be eligible for our many giveaways! And thank you for being a mega fan. We’re so honored.
Dear Crimson Tate,
I’ve been considering becoming a VIP. If I become a VIP, can I get tickets for that? Also, I was thinking about buying myself a gift certificate and then I want to use that gift certificate to buy my VIP membership. Will I get tickets for the purchase of the gift certificate and then also when I use the gift certificate to get my awesome VIP tote bag and pin as a charter member? Sincerely, Double Dipper
You are so cute. Here’s the deal, D. Every gift card purchase made now through Small Business Saturday will be awarded tickets! Yayayyyyy. However, if you redeem that gift card during this time period, you won’t get double tickets. That just makes more admin work for us and we’re not so into that. If you’ve got a gift card you bought yourself before the game begins, it will be eligible for tickets. And about that VIP, DO IT!!! There are only a few charter member VIP spots still available. We’ll give you tickets for that purchase, too. Bless your little heart.
Dear Crimson Tate,
Girl! I’m already VIP. Are there any VIP perks for me?! And do I still accrue points during this time period? You know I love you and I love being at Crimson Tate. Lemme know, ok? Sincerely, VIP Charter Member
YES! You still get points! Just by your beautiful nature of already pledging your love of Ms. Alizarin Crimson Tate (you know that her first name is really Alizarin, right?) as a VIP member, we’re going to enter you into the EverSewn sewing machine drawing. We threw an artisanal handwritten ticket into the barrel of possibilities with your name on it. Bam. You’re important to us. Don’t you forget it. We love you. Being VIP is awesome!
Announcements, announcements, annouu-ouu-ouncements! Start your sewing machines, kidlets, because we are getting serious about having fun.
We’d like to invite you to become a Crimson Tate VIP. Not that you weren’t already VIP in our hearts, but now we just want to make it Facebook official, or whatever, with real live membership cards and whatnot. So how does one become an official, bona fide, legit CT VIP, you ask? It’s easy! Just say “Me, me, me! I wanna be VIP!” the next time you’re at the register.
But wait! Don’t you want to know the PERKS? Let’s talk perks!
When you’re a Crimson Tate VIP, you’ll receive:
Emails with news, store announcements, special events, promotions and sales a day in advance, as applicable.
Exclusive invitations to monthly events (shopping, presentations, demonstrations, cocktail hours) for VIP members only.
Special pricing on select items during sales and events (in store only).
$20 credited to your account each time your collective purchases total $250*.
A Limited Edition Enamel Pin each year you renew your membership – the inaugural pin will not be made available again!
Other fun swag throughout the year
A Members Only Tote Bag to show the world that you love Crimson Tate and Crimson Tate loves you! It’s also the perfect way to display your newly minted CT enamel pin collection! (Tote available December 2017)
The New Member Fee is $35. By joining now, you’ll be a charter member and won’t need to renew your membership until 2019! And be sure to save the date for our next VIP event – Friday, October 20th from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
The VIP membership is currently available to our in-store shoppers. Stay tuned for details on how you can gift a VIP membership for the holidays! And hang tight, crimsontate.com lovers, we have lil’ hearts in our eyeballs for you even if we don’t always get to see your bright and shiny faces on Mass Ave. We’ve got a club in the works for you too!
We’re celebrating on September 29, 2017 at our location in Downtown Indianapolis, IN the turning of six and beginning the seventh year with tons of new ideas, intentions, and creativity! We want you to join us for macrons from our buddies at The Gallery Pastry Shop, beers, fabric fun and hugs all around.
Join sweet David, Jenny, Amy, and me for a great night of reliving tales of the past six years! Extra points awarded if you wear a garment made from the fabrics found at Crimson Tate!!
We’re starting a new Crimson Tate VIP program filled with lots of opportunities to get involved, superb discounts, special goods, incentives and more. We’ll be announcing this at the big event, so come on down.
Toast and Group Photo happen at 7:30!
Come celebrate with us!!! RSVP to our Facebook event and thank you for sharing it with your friends!!! We love ya for lovin’ Crimson Tate.
I’d love to introduce you to Soul Mate – Amy Butler’s latest collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics. In fact, I’ve got three inspired projects for you to consider. Brace yourself for total breathtaking beauty! And thanks for indulging me and letting me introduce you to a few of my Soul Mates, too.
That Amy Butler. She’s a ray of sunshine. A precious lil’ lover. A bright shiny light. All the things super vivid and lovely and glittery; that pretty much sums up Ms. Butler. I love that cat dearly so when I was asked to make something with her newest collection Soul Mate, I couldn’t say no.
Introducing the first project, the *Footnote quilt pattern was calling my name with all 24 pieces of Soul Mate and 24 coordinating FreeSpirit solids, I knew this quilt was destined to be a stunner and eventually to live on my bed!!
Here’s my dad giving his seal of approval during the design process. He also came to the rescue by bringing me my mom’s sewing machine when mine crashed during the process.
I’m so grateful for Quilting by the Stitch who was able to quilt this duder beautifully! I really like simple, irregular quilting. These lines work like magic.
Bright colors totally found in nature, this collection is incredibly love infused and filled with wonder.
Want more inspiration? Here’s another beautiful Soul Mate inspiration. Carnival Pinwheels by Susan Guzman.
Try your hand at tote making with the Carnival Pinwheels Tote by Amy Butler and Susan Guzman. This tote is a mini version of the Carnival quilt, and is a supplemental pattern to Amy’s Spice Market Tote, which I have made multiple times!!
You did it!!! With the support of our sewing community, YOU, we were able to raise $1250 that we donated to IYG – Indiana Youth Group. The bonus prize is that there was a matching offer when we made our contribution, making our $1250 become $2500. Thanks for being rockstars.
It takes courage to be bold and we love you for it.
A few weeks ago we offered the sweetest bundle of rainbow fabric in which we donated 100% of the purchase of the bundle to IYG.
We received SO MUCH SUPPORT that we felt compelled to make more bundles and donate more fabric so that you could donate more money to the important cause of creating safe spaces for LGBTQ youths in Indiana. And then, Modern Handcraft came alongside us and donated Stack quilt patterns to be sold for the same purpose and voila! We raised $1250 for the Power of Safe capital campaign for IYG.
When a local family in Indianapolis pledged to match funds being donated, we jumped at the chance and make our $1250 in to $2500.
Taken from Giucy Giuce’s Instagram
Crimson Tate is a loving place. We welcome any and all to come sit at our sewing table. Thanks for being the same way, too. We love you. Sincerely. All are welcome here. We believe in being fearlessly positive at all cost and in creating a space where everyone can be inspired, learn, share, and commune. Thanks for being a part of our squad!
Feast your eyes on *Footnote Quilt! This baby makes little hearts float from our eyeballs. Our newest quilt pattern is fat quarter and half yard bundle friendly. Make it lap size, make it queen size, make it any size you want, all we know is, now is the time to order online because…
ALL WEEKEND LONG, WE’RE CELEBRATING THE INDY 500 with FIFTY CENT SHIPPING!!
Pay $.500 (fifty cents) shipping (on U.S. orders) all weekend long in honor of our love of the Indy 500 car race! I mean, we do live in Indianapolis after all. This fun offer will start right now through May 29 11:59 PM EST. Please be advised that we will be closed Sunday and Monday in observance of Memorial Day, so make sure if you’re planning a trip down, you hit us up on Friday and Saturday (May 26-27)! Bring in the family. We’ll be excited to see, meet, and giggle with them.
While you’re tooting around at crimsontate.com, think about that quilt back for *Footnote Quilt! May we suggest this?