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Happy Birthday Jaftex!

Linda Lum DeBono173 Comments

Giveaways co-sponsored by Janome Sewing Machines, Aurifil and Schmetz Needles. Other prizes sponsored by It's A Rubber Duckie World.

Good Monday morning! Welcome to my edition of the Jaftex 85th Anniversary blog hop. I hope that you are having great fun. For those of you who don't know me, I am a quilt, sewing, knitting and all-round creative designer. I write books, design for magazines and work on fun projects for companies like Henry Glass & Co. I am happy that you are here and that this blog party has launched because chasing people like my good friend,  Mark LIpinski, was getting exhausting. Calling him 5,000 times can tire a girl out.

The marketing group at Jaftex started working on this blog hop months ago. Thanks to Vanessa Denniston, Rose Fenton and Katie Winn. This all would not have happened without the support of the Fortunoff family. Thanks to Robert, Scott and Greg. Thanks to the designers, bloggers for their amazing projects and to the Jaftex family. Tegan Montgomery-Williams, thanks for going out and taking photographs with me. Of course special thanks to our co-sponsors, Janome, Aurifil and Schmetz Needles. Make sure that you enter to win the amazing prizes. See the widget below.

Sample of a special anniversary fabric that was designed using old photographs from the Fortunoff family.

Sample of a special anniversary fabric that was designed using old photographs from the Fortunoff family.

Jaftex Corp. was founded in the 1930’s when Jacob A. Fortunoff started selling fabric on the streets of New York.  At that time, the mainstay of the business was women’s sleepwear and lingerie.  In the 80’s, Jacob’s grandson, Robert, dramatically changed the business of the company.  The business focus was transferred to the over the counter quilt industry when Robert purchased companies like A.E. Nathan, Henry Glass, Stylemaker, Chanteclaire, Fabric Editions/Studioe and more recently The Blank Quilting Corp.  Robert is now joined by his two sons, Scott and Greg.  Scott currently is the President of Studioe Fabrics, The Blank Quilting Corp. & A.E. Nathan Co., Inc.  Greg just joined the business in late 2014 and has successfully spearheaded the company’s foray in to precut fabrics among other contributions.

I just realized that the blog hop would be on the 8th on Day 8. It is also Little A's birthday. For me that is super lucky and if there are no more posts after this one that means that I won a lottery. Just kidding. I wish Little A a very happy birthday. Yes, ice cream and sprinkles are allowed on your special day,

Little A assisted me while Big A was at camp. I photographed the projects from this blog hop for the look book that we will be releasing next month. We walked through Bryant Park and he even gave me some art direction. You know where he gets that from!

Let's get to my project. I got to work with Peppered Cottons. It was my first time using Pepper's fabrics and they were great to work with. The palette that Vanessa chose to send out was gorgeous. My brother and I love fountain pens. We text daily about them. No one can pry me away from my Lamy 2000 or vintage Parker 51 pens. I wanted a pen roll that so that I could carry the pens with me when I am out and about. 

I did a talk at the Newtown Quilt Guild recently and I told them that I don't love piecing. I much prefer applique. I should have said that I did not mind HST using paper templates. 

I wanted something bright inside but I couldn't decide on just one color. Yes, that was something else that I told the guild. More is more!

Update: Photos of the bundles that I am giving away.

Update: Photos of the bundles that I am giving away.

I am going to give away two bundles of the Studioe Fabrics that I used. One lucky winner will win both bundles so that you can make something fun. Just send some birthday wishes here for Jaftex and Little A. You have until midnight September 30, 2015 to enter. US residents only unless you are willing to pay actual postage.

Jodie Davis visited my studio with her crew.

Jodie Davis visited my studio with her crew.

I was talking business with my friend Jodie Davis last week. She has been in another exciting creative road and she sent over a bunch of these adorable duckies to celebrate Alex's birthday. All you have to do is leave a comment below and I will select 6 winners. Also, Martha Walker's post was delayed yesterday. I am going to give away a rubber duck over in her comments section. Go and give her some love. You have until midnight of September 30, 2015 to comment. US residents only unless you are willing to pay actual postage. Please note that your entry may not appear right away because I moderate the comments. Be patient. Thanks


Here is the list of participants in the blog hop. Check in each day to see the special projects that were designed for the Jaftex 85th Anniversary Blog Hop.

September 1 - Kim Diehl guest posting @ American Patchwork & Quilting

September 2 - Pepper @ Pepper at the Quilt Studio

September 3 - Anjeanette @ Anjeanette Klinder 

September 4 - Leanne @ The Whole Country Caboodle   

September 5 - Mark @ Mark Lipinski's Blog

September 6 - Heather @ Heather Kojan Quilts  

September 7 - Heather @ Trends and Traditions  

September 7 - Martha @ Wagons West Designs  

September 8 - Linda @ Linda Lum DeBono 

September 9 - Heidi @ Red Letter Quilts 

September 10 - Jill @ Jillily Studios  

September 10 - Dana @ My Lazy Daisy  

September 11 - Penny @ Sew Simple Designs  

September 12 - Ida @ Cowtown Quilts 

September 13 - Liz and Beth @ Lizzie B Cre8ive  

September 14 - Melissa @ Sew Bitter Sweet Designs

September 15 - Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl    

September 16 - Amy @ Kati Cupcake 

September 16 - Barbara @ QuiltSoup2 

September 17 - Erica @ Kitchen Table Quilting 

September 18 - Leona @ Leona's Quilting Adventure 

September 19 - Margot @ The Pattern Basket  

September 20 - Sylvia @ Flying Parrot Quilts   

September 21 - Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts  

September 22 - Kim @ Aurifil Threads  

September 23 - Rebekah @ Don't Call Me Becky   

September 24 - Julie @ The Crafty Quilter 

September 25 - Mary Ellen @ Little Quilts  

September 25 - Mary Jane @ Holly Hill Designs 

September 26 - Daisy @ Ants to Sugar

September 27 - Melissa @ Happy Quilting

September 28 - Janet @ One S1ster

September 29 - Jenny @ Martingale& Co.

September 30 - Teresa @ Third Floor Quilts


Good luck and keep following the blog hop. I will be posting more photographs of the projects after all of the projects have been revealed.

xo, LLDB