Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A Flair for Fabric - BLOG HOP

FINALLY!
Our day for the blog hop is here!



We're super excited to have been a part of making this book happen. If you've been following along on the HOP I'm sure you already know most of the details. 

~Henry Glass Fabric Designers 
(obviously, haha!)

~Compilation of fabulous projects

~Tips on fabric selection

~Royalties donated to the Red Cross

~GIVEAWAYS from Henry Glass!

There's the nutshell version. But let me tell you how this all started. Two years ago, there was this event here on the East Coast that, well, wiped away a lot of our coast. Its name was Hurricane Sandy.

That year I missed Quilt Market because we had family visiting, and my son was preparing to leave for Africa for two years. We knew the storm was coming. 

So we battened down the hatches, got out the batteries, checked all the flashlights, got out the candles, filled all the water bottles, got gas for the generator, filled bags of ice for the freezer, made sure there was plenty of food. And then we waited.

The storm came at night. Rain pounded on the windows and doors. The winds blew. My backyard, a forest of tall trees, swayed horrifically to and fro. The windows shook, and the power went out. We huddled together in candlelight and prayed that the house would be ok, and that our little town on the big Delaware River would be protected. We went to the basement and thought it would be fun to rig up the TV to the generator and watch a movie to keep our minds of the frightening sounds outside.

Except, just then, the loudest CRACK I'd ever heard reverberated outside the window and we heard a tall tree fall against our house and crush our deck. A hairsbreadth away from the window.

The damage to our house was minor compared to those who lost their houses and all their belongings. Immediately we began looking beyond ourselves to see how we could help others. The next few weeks and months were spent helping the Red Cross turn a local high school into a center where people without power could come shower and eat. We prepared food and served it, passed out blankets and medical supplies. We donated quilts and gloves; hats and coats. My boys and their dad went out on crews to cut down trees and help people salvage what was left of their homes on the Jersey Shore. 

Meanwhile, my friends at market had a difficult time getting home that year. One of whom was Linda Lum DeBono. Who had a spark of an idea by simply asking the question, how can we do more to help? She pitched this idea to the designers at Henry Glass and we all loved it! Of course, a book takes awhile to get to the publishing stage, but believe me, so does rebuilding the East Coast! I feel so honored to be able to work with the Red Cross in this endeavor. Having worked hand-in-hand with them through Sandy, I couldn't have more respect for an organization. 

They ROCK!

And the amazing thing about natural disasters is, you could be clearing away debris and looking at the havoc a storm has wreaked, and suddenly you see a bright little flower poking through the soil, and just like a ray of sunshine, hope blossoms in your soul. 



And that's what we tried to portray in this little quilt of ours for the book! We hope you love it as much as we do. As always, when we choose fabrics for a quilt, we like to start with the message we're trying to depict with the quilt. We love the brights and how they pop on a black background. We wanted this little quilt to be cheerful and happy!

Actually, I love how cheerful and happy the other projects in this book are too. 



Like Linda's cute little pillow!



And Heather's Funky Flowers!

We think you're going to LOVE this awesome book and all the happiness within its pages too. 

If you'd like to purchase one, click on over to ShopLizzieB to grab one for yourself! Heck, while you're at it, why don't you grab one for your friends too? We have special signed copies in our shop and for a limited time only, they are selling for a special introductory price of $19.95. Now that's a great price for a Christmas gift, don't you think??? Yeah, we thought so.



Have you seen all the blog posts so far? If not, it's not too late! Especially when there are prizes to be had!

What prizes you ask? 
Well for starters, ONE lucky winner will win an eBook of A Flair for Fabric from our friends at Martingale. I have a copy on my iPad myself and I have to say, it's pretty cool! 

ALSO...

Henry Glass will be giving one of our readers this cute little bundle of fabrics called "Let it Bee" by Shelly Comiskey.



BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!

....WE, the Lizzie B Girls, will be giving away...


What? A red bag?? 
NO! 
A MYSTERY BAG!
Filled to the brim with Lizzie B goodies.
There will be a fun mix of fabrics and other mysterious goodies that I've been sworn to secrecy about. Honestly. If I told you, Beth would have to kill me. ;)

So all YOU have to do to be entered to win these fabulous prizes is simply leave a comment below and answer THIS question:

What inspires you most when starting a new project, a line of fabric? A certain color? A pattern or design?

We'd love to know!

Winner's will be chosen ONE WEEK from today.



Here's the list of blogs so you can keep hoppin' on...


Tuesday, November 18: Launch at Martingale’s Stitch This! blog
Wednesday, November 19: Dana Brooks
Thursday, November 20: Leanne Anderson
Friday, November 21: AllPeopleQuilt.com
Saturday, November 22: Janet Nesbitt at the Sewing Cabinet
Monday, November 24: Linda Lum DeBono
Tuesday, November 25: Anni Downs
Wednesday, November 26: Kim Diehl at the Sewing Cabinet
Friday, November 28: Jill Finley
Saturday, November 29: Amy Hamberlin
Monday, December 1: Margot Languedoc
Tuesday, December 2: Little Quilts
Wednesday, December 3: Lizzie B Cre8ive
Thursday, December 4: Heather Mulder Peterson
Friday, December 5: Jacquelynne Steves
Saturday, December 6: Wrap up at the Henry Glass blog



  



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