A Fabulous Fat Quarter

Novel ideas with novelty fabrics from 4my3boyz.com

10. January 2013 08:16
by tbev

This Week's Fabulous Updates

10. January 2013 08:16 by tbev | 0 Comments

{Image: "Iowa in January" Quilt via Uncovet.}

With the holidays behind us, it's good to be back in the swing of things. January, with it's stark white cold, seems to wake up my desire to get organized, minimized, and in charge once again. How about you?

While you think about that, here's what's going on at 4my3boyz Fabrics:

~Do you need a project to kick start your creativity in 2013? We shared some Fabulous Resolutions for Crafters. Browse them and be inspired.

~A new sale begins today: Valentine's Day & St. Patrick's Day fabrics! We've got a great inventory begging for your creative touch.

Here's a sample of some of the great fabrics in stock:

4m3b Valentine Fat Quarters

Hugs & Kisses Valentine Hearts with Ribbons Fabric
Smitten Hearts Red & Blue Hearts on White Fabric
Smitten Hearts & Doves on Cream Fabric

You could make a Valentine's Day onesie for a new little bundle. Or a Valentine's Day skirt, both made from novelty fat quarters!

4m3b St. Patty's Day Fat Quarters

Luck of the Irish Irish Flags on Green Fabric
Luck of the Irish Green & Black Plaid Fabric

Top O' Mornin' St. Patrick's Day Irish Hats 


How about an Irish Chain quilt made from Irish-themed fabrics? 

~Help inspire your friends by sharing your resolutions or photos on our Facebook page. We're building a great community of crafters, quilters, and fabric lovers, and we'd love to hear from you!


8. January 2013 08:34
by tbev

10 Fabulous Resolutions for Crafters

8. January 2013 08:34 by tbev | 0 Comments

1 Resolution

January is under way and just in case you're looking for some craft-centric resolutions for 2013, I've gathered 10 worthy goals. Feel free to adopt one and take it home with you.

1. Enter something in a craft show. You've thought about it before, but this is the year! Showcase and/or sell your handmade goods at a local craft or art show. This is a great way to put yourself out there and make new friends. Plus, having a deadline will ignite the motivation you may be lacking. 

2. Organize a craft night. Crafting is more fun with friends! Invite a group of friends to start a regular craft night. You could take turns teaching each other a new skill, or else invite everyone to bring their own project to work on together. It's a great way to socialize and keep up with your projects at the same time!

3. Take a new class. If you've lost your crafting mojo, kick start things by learning something new. Sign up for a local class to learn a new technique. Or, sites like Craftsy offer online classes you can do on your own schedule.  

4. Share your knowledge. If you've got a wealth of information, maybe it's time to start sharing. Think about starting a blog, an instructional youtube channel, or a class in your community. It can be very rewarding and lead to new opportunities. 

5. Open an Etsy store. Is it time to take the leap and turn your hobby into a business? Etsy is a great place to start, giving you access to a worldwide marketplace and very fair fees.

6. Do an inventory of your craft supplies. Most of us feel the itch to get organized in January and one of the best ways to start is conducting a thorough inventory of your craft room. You'll spend less and use more of what you've already got if you're in the know. Check out these ideas to get you started. If you need to toss stuff out, consider donating it to your local school.

7. Make something you saw on Pinterest. Do you spend hours on Pinterest, building inspiration boards of DIY projects and crafts? Pick one and make it already! By so doing, you'll change Pinterest from a personal fantasyland into a real inspirational tool.

8. Support arts in your community. Take time to visit craft shows, fairs, and art strolls in your community. If your community is lacking, think about organizing something yourself.

9. Finish what you started. Are you the type who is gung-ho at the beginning of a project, but lose steam before it's complete? Choose one unfinished project and commit to finishing it. When you're done, look back and ask yourself what made you stop and how you can avoid similar roadblocks in the future.

10. Inspire a younger generation. Whether it's volunteering with a kindergarten class, a scout troupe, or a high school 4-H club, commit to spending time helping and inspiring a younger generation to discover the joy you've found through crafting. It's likely that you'll come away with as much or more inspiration than you give!

Do you have other ideas for resolutions? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

2. January 2013 07:40
by tbev

Fabulous Plans for a New Year!

2. January 2013 07:40 by tbev | 0 Comments

Happy New Year to you and yours! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday season and, like me, are looking forward to a bright new year! We have so many great things planned for 2013, like new contests, giveaways, an online sewing club, and even a new look to our website! Buckle up, because this ride is going to be awesome.

To get things started, a new special starts today: All Character Flannel Fabric is on sale now, perfect for keeping you warm and toasty for January!

And before the moment passes, let me take opportunity to thank you for your kindness, support and business in 2012. It was an amazing year of growth and change, and it was a pleasure sharing all of it with you, the most wonderful customers and readers on Planet Earth! 

Here's to Lucky '13!

{Image via Pinterest.}

18. December 2012 07:32
by tbev

Finding Solace in Sacred Threads

18. December 2012 07:32 by tbev | 0 Comments

If this time of year hadn't already turned our thoughts to hopes for peace and comfort, certainly the events of last Friday in Newtown, Connecticut have. Today I am finding solace in a favorite gallery of quilts from Sacred Threads, an organization that recognizes quilting as an artistic medium and as a connection to the spiritual. Their exhibits have been shown around the country, and have even included a very special exhibit from women incarcerated in prison called Beyond the Barrier

From their website:

For the exhibit, quilts are divided into categories based on theme. These are Expressions of Joy, Spirituality, Inspiration, Grief, Healing and Peace/Brotherhood.  The artwork themes provide thought-provoking insights, encouragement, inspiration and healing responses to grief and human hardships. It has attracted a wide array of visitors and has proved appropriate for all ages from young teens to seniors. The exhibit is a positive influence on the human spirit, giving joy as well as addressing concerns of the soul and mind.

I've collected some of my current favorite pieces, finding solace in their incredible artistry and emotion to share with you, but I encourage you to explore the entire gallery. Below each image is a note from the artist.

1 ST 1

"The Last Squeeze"
Artist: Mary Beth Clark, South Elgin, IL

I was eight years old when my mother died unexpectedly. The last precious memory I have of her is sharing a tight hug. I wanted to capture that hug is a quilt design and layer in fabric some of the confusing feelings of loss and pain. Those grieving emotions have faded, but the memory of that squeeze has lasted my lifetime.

1 ST 2

Artist: Jennifer Day, Santa Fe, NM 

Abuela means grandmother in Spanish. This image of Abuela is a photograph of mine printed onto fabric and then stitched in intensive thread play. Her body is totally covered thread. The background is free motion embroidery. She is sitting in the window of an old adobe building near Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her demeanor is one of peace and contemplation. You get the feeling that she has seen many things in her life and she is at peace with what she has seen. It was my honor to have captured this moment and have been able to express this through my art. 

1 ST 5

"Where Have All the Children Gone? Innocence"
Artist: Liz Berg, Castro Valley, CA

The series, “Where have All the Children Gone?”, is a lament for lost childhood.  Children the world over are being killed, tortured, turned in to killers, abused, ignored and forced to grow up before their time.  Old images, my own personal lament and other surface design elements such as discharging and foiling have been included in this piece.   

1 ST 3

Artist: Carol Auer, Carmel, NY 

An interpretation in fabric of one of the windows in St. James the Apostle Church, Carmel, N.Y. of "The Agony in the Garden" by stained glass artist Pierre Millous of Chartres, France. It took me seven years to complete this reverse appliqué quilt as I prayed through grieving the loss of my son, Nicholas.

1 ST 4

"Wish There Were More"
Artist: Mary Beth Clark, South Elgin, IL 

My mother died when I was 8 ½ years old. I have wanted to remember everything I can about her. Some memories are vivid moments suspended in time. Other memories are fragile and hard to hold, like soap bubbles. I find comfort in the memories that I have, but also wistful longing because I wish there were more.

Picture 13

"Pastoral Disturbance"
Artist: Susan Polansky, Dedham, MA 

I am but a child when it comes to understanding random acts of violence. I can look at the shattered remains and know what they used to be, but what forces brought on the destruction and why? Can the pieces be re- united; what is too damaged to salvage? How do people reconcile grief and anger with forgiveness? Pastoral Disturbance focuses on a Pennsylvanian Amish schoolhouse where a massacre occurred in October, 2006. The perpetrator randomly victimized the children within, and surprisingly, even after ten girls were shot and five of them died, the community responded with forgiveness.

Picture 14

"Can We Sew Peace by Morning"
Artist: Carol Bridges, Nashville, IN 

“Can We Sew Peace by Morning” came to me after thinking about the war in Iraq and the many wars that have plagued humankind. Quilters are a very compassionate people, often devoting hours of work into a quilt to be given to someone in need. This quilt depicts five women and a child, each expressing a slightly different emotion which they have embroidered into the quilt of the world as the sun begins to rise in the background. The fringe depicts that which is yet unfinished, threads of love not yet woven into the fabric of the world.

Peace and God bless to you, my friends, and to all those seeking solace.