Monday, November 24, 2008

Christmas Fun

While many are pondering on their detailed menu for Thanksgiving and what flavor of pie they are going to make this year, many are thinking ahead and have Christmas on their minds. Well we are here to help with a few ideas that make fun and personal Holiday gifts for the people that you have NO idea what to buy them. In addition we have fun ideas for decorating the house for The Holidays that can involve the whole family!

Since many have a house full of people over for the Holidays, this is a great way to put them to work. Instead of sitting around and thinking up conversational pieces, give them a conversation piece! Anna Maria has come up with this great handmade garland that adds wonderful flair to the Christmas tree or even draped anywhere you like in the house. Before guests arrive, have all of the circles cut and when everyone is sitting around the house, hardly able to move due to their overeating, bring out this fun project that is easy to teach anyone! Be sure to look at the detailed instructions that Anna Maria provides.

Now for a fun gift that the recipient is sure to enjoy is this very cute
Owl Ornament. This would be an ideal gift for perhaps co-workers that you have no clue as to what to get for them. You can whip up some of these ornaments, attach them to a tin of cookies and you have a very personalized gift that did not take up much time!

Here is another idea that perhaps you have not thought of yet and that is a gift card idea. If you really want to put a personal touch on you Holiday cards, here is just the project for you! Simply get a card stock paper of your color choice and some scrap fabric you have around the house. Cut out any shapes you want and glue them on to the card. Regular glue is fine but if you want to add to it you can always use Mod Podge to glue the fabric on to the card and then use it on top of the fabric as well to add a glazed finished look. Even add a little glitter to sparkle it up! Here is a sample card using fabric from Tanya Whelan's collection Darla and Verna Mosquera's collection Savon Bouquet.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

And the Winners are........

The six winners of the FreeSpirit Giveaway for submitting pictures of their work that have been randomly selected are... DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!!!!!

Amber Carrillo

I just want to say I LOVE your fabrics/designers. You truly have the all-star team of fabric designers. I think almost all my fabric purchases are Freespirit designs - keep up the great work!
I made myself pick just one project and it was a quilt for my daughter made out of Freshcut fabric. -Amber

Helen Cowans

Attached is a picture of a project using Heather Bailey fabrics to create a quilt. The quilting was done by hand using a perle cotton and mother of pearl buttons were attached at the corners. -Helen

Amy Ellis
I created this lap quilt with Olive Rose fabrics, and my own pattern. I used corduroy as the backing fabric which adds a nice extra layer of texture and warmth to the quilt. I pieced and machine quilted this myself. -Amy Ellis

Jessica Kovach

I made this cute apron from Heather Bailey's Bijoux and Pop Garden Fabric. It looks as cute on as it does in the picture! -Jessica

Peter Piche
Queen sized quilt made from Heather Baily collection which I made fro my wife to celebrate 45 years of her life. -Peter

Mary Abreu

Our fall has been made a little more fashionable with Anna Maria Horner's Drawing Room fabrics. I used two of the prints in this Teatime Coat from Indygo Junction. It's perfect for cooler days and my daughter has gotten so many compliments on it. -Mary

And the Prize is...

Four fat quarter bundles of FreeSpirit fabric that include matching thread from
Coats Dual Duty XP® General Purpose Thread. The four different designers that are included in the bundles include Anna Maria Horner-Good Folks, Dena Designs-Snow Flower, Jenean Morrison-Moondance and Jay McCarroll-Woodland Wonderland.

Coats Dual Duty XP®, the "X-tra" Performance thread, combines advanced technology from Coats with nearly 200 years of thread-making experience. New and unique manufacturing processes are applied to Dual Duty XP’s polyester-wrapped, core-spun construction creating a thread that provides enhanced seam appearance and makes sewing trouble free.

Thanks again for all of the submissions. We had a great response to this giveaway and plan on doing another giveaway in the near future. To see all of the submissions, click on the Flickr icon on the side bar to see all of the great projects!

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Good Times with the Designers

As promised, we are posting pictures of some of our wonderful designers that were at Quilt Market in Houston, Texas. Now even though they were very serious about making their booths look amazing and displaying their new fabric line in the best way possible, they still managed to have a fun time and mingle with other designers. Along with taking pride in their booths, we were happy to find out that Anna Maria Horner won best booth for the double booth division. This is her second market that she has had her own booth and she has won both times! Very excited and proud of Anna!
Tina Givens and Anna Maria Horner

Jane Sassaman with Jay McCarroll

Anna, Jane, Amy Butler that is with our Rowan brand and Tina

Tina and Melissa Averinos

A fun pose in Jay McCarroll's booth with Jay, Heather Bailey and Heather's sister-in-law Laura

Luella Doss and Andrea Schuster displaying their wonderful creations out of the new Hotflash collection

We had to end it with a beautiful photo of Anna Maria's winning ribbon!
Now remember everyone, this Friday, November 14th is the last day to submit entries for the FreeSpirit Giveaway! We have had many exciting responses and great pictures sent in so keep them coming! Also, if you have any ideas of what you would like to see posted on the FreeSpirit blog, please tell us with a comment! We love to hear new ideas and what you have to say.
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Monday, November 03, 2008


FreeSpirit thought that it would be a great time to do a fun and creative giveaway! We post many photos so everyone can see our fabric, quilts and other creative projects so now it is your turn to show US what you are creating with our fabric!

How it works is you email your picture of something you have made with our FreeSpirit fabric with you name, e-mail and mailing address and a brief description of your project, and we will randomly select six winners to receive a bundle of FreeSpirit fat quarters! We will also be posting all of the project pictures on the blog so if you want to remain anonymous, please say so in your submission e-mail!

We are very excited to see what people submit so please start e-mailing! The deadline for all submissions is Friday, November 14th and we will be posting the winners on Monday, November 17th.

E-mail submissions to

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