85th Anniversary Blog Hop Winners

The 85th Anniversary Blog Hop has come to a close and was a huge success! The projects shared were beyond beautiful. It was such an interesting experiment to see how a simple bundle of fabric could turn into so many unique and impressive pieces. We hope the blog hop left you feeling inspired and eager to create something new with fabric from the Jaftex Family of Companies.

We can’t forget about the massive giveaway that was also part of the blog hop! Before we share the winners, here’s a reminder of everything that is up for grabs.

1st place: Winner receives a beautiful Janome S5, valued at $1500 AND 20 fat quarter bundles! Their favorite local quilt shop receives 30 bolts of fabric.

2nd place: The winner receives an Aurifil thread box valued at $300 AND 15 fat quarter bundles. Their favorite local quilt shop receives 15 bolts of fabric.

3rd place: The winner receives a Schmetz needle anniversary tin filled with needles valued at $75 and thread AND 6 fat quarter bundles. Their favorite local quilt shop receives 6 bolts of fabric.

How were the winners selected? The nifty Gleam widget that listed and verified your entries randomly selected 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. We then verified all the winners’ entries to confirm that they were in fact authentic. I then called the winners to share the good news and we conference called in the favorite quilt shop too.  It felt really good to hear how excited all the winners were.

Without further ado, here are the winners followed by a little bit about each of them!

1st Place: Barbara Sokol and her favorite local quilt shop, Annie’s Pretty Pieces in Hartwell, Georgia.

Here’s what Barbara had to say about her win, the blog hop and the quilting community:

“First, you and Jaftex have made my day! My week!  My month!  Oh, heck, My Year!!   A new Janome and lots of fabric — woo hoo!!  I am beyond excited.

This all started for me because I have been a fan of Mark Lipinski since I read the first issue of Quilter’s Home, and now, I follow his blog.  He announced the 85th Anniversary Blog Hop in such a fun way with a historical look back to 85 years ago complete with pictures, and I was ‘all in’.  (In fact, I think your picture is there in that blog post — I went back and looked at it just before writing this to you). It was a lot of fun to discover the blogs of other quilters as, for each day, a new one was featured. There were beautiful fabrics to drool over along with tutorials, fun projects to consider, creative ideas to read about, new books to contemplate, and tons of inspiration.  It was something I enjoyed all month, and will for lots of time to come as these prolific writers so generously share with the quilting community.  Some of them write so well that you just feel like they are sitting there with you chatting over coffee. Inside many of the blogs, are pictures credited to other quilters with more new ideas, and before I knew it, I had navigated a sweet spider’s web of new sites. (My inbox is full of new blog entries, and it’s lots of fun to see what each new day brings.)  It also let me discover new internet shops each with their own personality and focus.  I’m drawn to bright colors and crazy prints, but also love the soft and cozy pastels, and the internet connection became a daily, no-calorie, feast!!  As a retired IT professional, I’m still amazed at how the computer has made the whole world smaller and so easily accessed — with just a few clicks, I can be anywhere.  It’s really important to me because I live in a small town and my favorite quilt shop is 25 miles away in another state!

Sincere and heartfelt thanks to you and everyone at Jaftex who made this possible, and all of the wonderful bloggers who took the time to participate!  Over the next few days, I’ll be making the ‘comment’ rounds to thank each and every one of them.”

Barbara’s favorite quilt shop 25 miles away in another state is the lovely shop Annie’s Pretty Pieces. You can visit the shop’s website here: http://www.anniesprettypieces.com/

2nd Place: Pat DeVore and her favorite local quilt shop, Abigayle’s Quiltery in Berea, Ohio.

Share in Pat’s excitement:

“I would like to express my surprise and a big thank you to Jaftex for sponsoring the fun blog hop. I learned about the Blog Hop from a sewing group I belong to, and then I saw the link to it on the Aurifil FB page.  I immediately started following the blog posts and learned so much as I visited the various pages.  I am interested in developing better quilting skills and I received so much inspiration to attempt to create beautiful quilts like the ones featured in the various blogs. 

I had a message from you on Friday telling me I was a winner, and it was hard waiting over the weekend to find out what I had won!  Even my husband was excited for me and it was fun to share my excitement with him.  I was stunned to find out I was a prize winner–I always enter contests and never win anything!  This prize is perfect for me.

I have sewn since I was a teenager many many years ago!  I have sewn clothing, home dec items, bags and quilts.  I am in awe of beautifully designed and executed quilts and really appreciate all the work that goes into them.  I hope to be able to create something equally beautiful!

Once again, a big thank you for sponsoring the Blog Hop and helping me to learn so much.  And a huge thank you for choosing my entry as a winner, it is such fun to be part of this celebration!

Pat’s favorite quilt shop is Abigayle’s Quiltery. You can visit her favorite local quilt shop’s website here: http://www.abigayles.com/

3rd. Place: Cathie Scanlon and her local quilt shop, Karen’s Quilt Shop in Seattle, Washington.

Here’s a little bit about Cathie and her experience in quilting:

“I have been sewing since I was a child but only became serious about quilting 3 years ago.  I am retired and a SoCal transplant living in the Pacific Northwest.  I love learning about quilting and am amazed at how much there is to learn even for someone who has been sewing for as long as I have.

I am very excited to have won a prize in the contest and can’t wait till it is announced and I can share with my family and friends!”

Cathie’s favorite local quilt shop is Karen’s Quilt Shop. You can visit her favorite local quilt shop’s website here: http://karens-quilt-shop.com/

Closing Comments From Me, Scott Fortunoff.

Wow!  Awesome!  Thank you!  Fun!  Interesting!  Creative!  Cool!  These are just some of the words that come to my mind when I reflect back on the month long blog hop.  WOW to the bloggers for their unbelievable and creative projects.  Awesome job writing such thoughtful blogs.  Thank you for taking time out of your busy lives to participate in the blog hop.  There is no doubt in my mind that you could have been doing a lot of other things with your free time.  Thank you to all the fans for your great interest and participation in this event.  Thank you for spreading the word and the fabric love.  Thank you to everyone in the Jaftex organization that help to plan this event.  I hope everyone had a lot of fun, I know I did.  It is so interesting to see how creative our bloggers are and were.  Just when I thought I saw it all, someone comes up with an amazingly creative new technique or just completely takes quilting to an entirely new level.  That is why I love this industry.  Last, but not least, this event was cool and so are all of you.  On behalf of everyone in the Fortunoff family, past and present, thank you for celebrating our 85 years in the fabric business.  We look forward to the next big anniversaries and hope to welcome in the 5th generation.  Thank you, thank you and thank you again!  We love you all!

Scott Fortunoff      

85th Anniversary Blog Hop

Welcome! Jaftex is the parent company of Henry Glass & Co., Studioe Fabrics and Blank Quilting and we are excited today to kick off the celebrations for the Jaftex 85th Anniversary Blog Hop.

Scott Fortunoff

Dear Friends,
We are so excited to see all of the projects made in honor of Jaftex’s first ever blog hop and 85th Anniversary celebration.  Jaftex is the parent of several companies, 3 of which cater solely to quilt shops only:  The Blank Quilting Corp., Henry Glass Fabrics & Studioe Fabrics.  Each of these companies and its employees could not be more proud to be a part of this special celebratory blog hop.  Thanks to all of our dear friends that contributed their time, skills and social media prowess in order to make this blog hop a huge hit.  We could not have achieved such great results without your contributions.  It means a lot to us that so many people were willing to step up on behalf of our companies and our family.  We truly value your friendship and partnership.  Thanks a million!

Being part of a family business is very special and rewarding in so many different ways.  At the current time, the third (Robert) and fourth generation (Scott & Greg) of the Fortunoff’s are holding down the fort, with several from the fifth generation on deck.  With 85 years behind us, we look forward to what lies ahead especially as this industry continues to transform with lots of new advancements.  We are excited to see what the future will bring and hope that you continue on this amazing journey with our family as we get closer to the very big and exciting 100th anniversary.

As we look toward the future, we would remiss if we didn’t talk about the past.  Thanks to 
Jacob A. Fortunoff, the JAF in Jaftex, for having the guts to go out and start his own business.  We could only imagine what effort was involved with starting a business from scratch in the early 1900’s.  Thank you to Jacob’s sons, Everett & Dan, for their contributions to the business too.   Each generation certainly faced challenges along the way and luckily no one gave up the quest to keep Jaftex alive.  There is no doubt that all of these Fortunoff ancestors are looking down at us and smiling to know that their legacy lives on.

Thanks again to everyone involved, both past and present.

Robert, Scott & Greg Fortunoff           


We invited over 30 designers, quilt industry friends and bloggers to help us celebrate. Bundles of Henry Glass’ Folio Basics, Studioe’s Peppered Cottons or Blank’s Splash were sent to our friends and we asked them to make something special for our blog hop. They did not disappoint! Each day we will reveal the designs on the designers’ blogs. We are starting the blog hop with Kim Diehl guest posting on the American Patchwork & Quilting blog. Enjoy!

You can find Kim Diehl’s beautiful designs on her website or read all about her daily process on Facebook.  Currently she is working on her upcoming collection Sunday Best and her new Simple Whatnots Club 4 collection. 

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

Another fun part of the celebrations is the contest. Winners will receive fabric of course but also some great prizes from our quilt industry friends. The first prize winner will win a Janome Skyline S5, the second place winner will win a big box of Aurifil thread and the third prize will win a lovely tin with special goodies from Schmetz Needles.  Jaftex Corp. thanks special thanks to Janome AmericaAurifil and Schmetz Needles for their prizes.

Take note. We love our quilt shops and we have included a part of the giveaway where you can help your local shop win too! Here is a peek at the prizes.

Enter the contest below and good luck!

85th Anniversary Blog Hop Giveaway

Thank you for joining us for this celebration.

Two Bundles of Peppered Cottons Giveaway

Congratulations Kathy Erickson for winning our Cuddle Me flannel giveaway! Since you all love Peppered Cottons, we decided to give TWO bundles away to one winner!  To enter to win, all you have to do is enter through the Gleam box below. Good luck and don’t forget to tell your friends!

*Contest ends September 3rd at 11:59 pm EST. Open to US residents only.*






Two Peppered Cottons Bundle Giveaway

Cuddle Me Basics Giveaway


Congratulations to Cathy Veverka on winning the Peppered Cottons giveaway! Today Studioe is giving away a beautiful bundle of the Cuddle Me basics line. You can view the full collection here. To enter to win, all you have to do is enter through the Gleam box below. 

*Contest ends August 27rd, 11:59m EST.  Open to US residents only.*



Cuddle Me Basics Giveaway

Peppered Cottons Giveaway

Congratulations Linda Pawlak for winning the Peppered Cottons charms  giveaway! Since you all love Peppered Cottons, we decided to give more away!  To enter to win, all you have to do is enter through the Gleam box below. Good luck and don’t forget to tell your friends!

*Contest ends August 6th at 11:59 pm EST. Open to US residents only.*






Peppered Cottons Giveaway

Peppered Cottons Mini Charms Giveaway

Congratulations Kim Sherrod for winning our Peppered Cottons giveaway! This week we’re giving away a new cut of Peppered Cottons. This giveaway winner will receive five 50 piece mini charms of Peppered Cottons!  To enter to win, all you have to do is enter through the Gleam box below. Good luck and don’t forget to tell your friends!

*Contest ends August 13th at 11:59 pm EST. Open to US residents only.*






Peppered Cottons Mini Charms Giveaway