Words to Live By BOM | Month 3

quilt along Oct 16, 2021

Written by: Natalie Crabtree

Hello quilters, and welcome to Month 3 of the Words to Live By BOM! Month 3 was so fun to create! I truly enjoyed the simplicity of it, and the message behind the panels. I have beautiful photos, helpful tips and even a fun addition to the Lemon panel for you this month!

Before getting started, I want to encourage you to download the FREE Bonus Pattern featuring Block 3 of the BOM. It includes all of the yardages, cutting instructions and block assembly instructions required to make a super fun, and scrappy, throw quilt. The best part? You don’t have to participate in the Words to Live By BOM quilt-a-long to take advantage of this free project! Anyone can download the pattern and enjoy the Bonus Pattern! Shout it from the rooftops! Here is a quick reminder of what the Block 3 Bonus Project looks like.

I found fabric pull for Month 3 to be delightful! It has all of my favorite skus from the Words to Live By Collection. (The golds, the black...

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Words To Live By BOM | Month 2

quilt along Oct 09, 2021

 Written by: Natalie Crabtree

Welcome to Month 2 of the Words to Live By BOM! Once again, I am Natalie Crabtree, designer and writer of this BOM. It’s been my pleasure to work with Stacie and collaborate with her team on this project.

First and foremost, I apologize for my tardiness on this Month 2 blog. What can I say? Life, work, children…..all the above. But I am here to say that I look forward to watching your stack of blocks grow as you sew along with us. We value you, your business, and we value the community that you are taking part of.

To make it up to you, how does a free project sound? I absolutely LOVED making and designing Block 3. Something about the rotation and movement in that block made me think of evolving, growing and changing. Included in the Month 3 blog will be a free PDF download pattern that will help you create a whole quilt using Block 3! See the quilt image below. It will include everything you need to create this lovely, scrappy quilt...

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Words To Live By BOM | Month 1

quilt along Aug 07, 2021

Written by: Natalie Crabtree

Introduction

Welcome to the Words to Live By BOM Quilt-A-Long! My name is Natalie Crabtree, quilt pattern designer and pattern writer. I have been honored to work alongside Stacie Bloomfield and her wonderful team for over 2 years now. Throughout those two years we’ve designed dozens of quilts, exchanged many emails and messages about how to bring fun and creative projects to our customers (you), and how to continue producing the fun and whimsical Gingiber spirit that you know and love.

Fabric and quilt pattern design are two creative outlets that are somewhat secretive by nature. Sometimes Stacie and I work months (and even up to a year) on projects before we can introduce them to you. We anxiously design and hope that it is received well, and that is resonates with customers when it is finally released.

That is what is so special and unique about the Words to Live By fabric collection and quilt.

When Stacie and I first begin talking about a...

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Free Download: The Art Licensing Email Pitch Guide

HELLO, FRIEND!

I bet you’ve walked through your favorite retail store or shopped online, and said to yourself, “I would LOVE to design for this company… but HOW do I get my work in front of the right people? How do artists and designers land those big collaborations? It feels so mysterious.”

I remember thinking the exact same thing. Years ago, my dream collaboration was with a company called “The Land Of Nod”, but I had no idea how to get seen by them. That is, until one day I got really brave, drafted an email, and PITCHED MYSELF to their Creative Director.

That email changed the course of my career.
I got a reply and began designing the first of several collections for that company. And that collaboration led to my being able to work with other brands such as West Elm, Moda Fabrics, Chronicle Books, and many more.

I want to help YOU to find your dream collaborations and land them with the help of this guide. As you read through it, imagine...

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Free Download: TOP SECRET TIPS From Industry Experts on Growing Your Art Business

free downloads Oct 02, 2020

We've gathered top secret tips from industry experts with their PERSONAL ADVICE for finding your creative voice and for growing your creative business. YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS!

CLICK HERE to get the download!

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10 Tips to Boost Your Productivity

learn with stacie Sep 29, 2020
Sometimes when we've got a lot to do, it can be extremely overwhelming. I know a lot more of us are working from home right now as well, which is a big shift! Trying to get things done from home can be a challenge when you're first getting into it, so I've put together a list of my top 10 tips to boost your productivity.

I hope you find this helpful if your workflow has recently changed, or if you're simply looking for a way to streamline your creative work, or if you've got a big project that you've been wanting to get done but aren't quite sure where to start!
 
 
1. Make a List!
There is nothing more satisfying than making a task list and checking things off! I always find that my mind is so much clearer when I'm able to get everything I need to get done written down where I can see it. It's also helpful to prioritize the tasks based on time sensitivity so I know what to work on first.

Whenever I don't finish all my tasks for the day, I simply move those over onto my...
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Brain Dumping! 5 Tips for Sorting Your Thoughts and Ideas More Effectively

learn with stacie Sep 25, 2020
Brain dump: the act or an instance of comprehensively and uncritically expressing and recording one's thoughts and ideas (as on a particular topic)

 
Brain dumping (or brain storming) is one of my all-time favorite creative exercises. Basically, it's  making a giant list of everything that's going on in your mind at the time, and can be used for all sorts of purposes. It's a wonderful way to sort out your thoughts, clear your mind, and spark new ideas.
 
I often use it when I start to feel overwhelmed by my work. There's something so calming about emptying my mind of all of the chaotic thoughts tossing around, and getting them down onto paper where I can see them, organize them, and make a plan for how to move forward. It's like I'm de-cluttering my brain!
 
I also use it when I'm feeling a little creatively blocked, to help the ideas start flowing again, especially when I have some kind of prompt! If there's a particular topic I'm looking at, I'll...
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