If you receive the great e-newsletters from AllPeopleQuilt.com like we do, you probably noticed this gorgeous wall hanging featured in today’s issue…It’s made with our own M FOR MYSTERY collection by Faye Burgos! Their editors chose the blue and gold colorway, and we think it would be equally pretty in the pink and black combo: What do you think? Try our your flower motif machine applique and sawtooth border skills in either version for stunning results. Get the free pattern!
Here we are, in the midst of National CRAFT Month, with National QUILTING Day just ahead on March 15, and thanks to the National Quilting Association, it seems even that has been extended into National Quilting Month! Why not? That just gives us 30 additional excuses to indulge our passion for beautiful fabrics, patterns, gadgets and embellishments! Check out NQA’s free pattern in honor of the the month-long event, Stash Attack.
Taking a good thing a step further, March 15 has also been designated Worldwide Quilting Month, with a list of participating shops that grows each year, offering shopping sprees and events galore!
To top it off, March is also Women’s History Month, so no matter how or what you choose to celebrate, you’ve still got time ; ) Visit your local quilt shops, craft retailers and fabric stores for some great inspiration…Enjoy!
Marcus Fabrics is teaming up with Martingale to celebrate the publication of Carol Hopkin’s new book, Civil War Legacies II. In it, Carol presents another outstanding collection of charming projects! Each engaging quilt is ideal for 1860s reproduction fabrics, and Judie Rothermel fans are sure to recognize her fabrics page after page (actually, beginning with the book cover!)
What do you love about Civil War quilts? Check out Judie’s new ENDURING LEGACY collection, inspired by Old Sturbridge Village, and featured in
three of Carol’s new patterns.
Win Carol’s eBook!
To enter Marcus’ free drawing for the eBook, simply comment below. Then visit the Martingale blog for another chance to win!
Once again, Marcus Fabrics was thrilled to be a sponsor of the ever-popular Road to California Quilters’ Conference and Showcase, also known as Road2CA. We provided the $750 cash prize in the Best Miniature Quilt category. The winning entry, Dans les Bains de Maroc, was created by Robin Gausebeck, who was inspired by Moroccan motifs on wallpaper in her master bathroom.
To see more of the quilts, visit RoadCongratulations to Robin, and to all of the Road2CA winners — see you next year!
Most quilters faced with a home relocation dream of enlarging and expanding their creative quarters, but sometimes, it just doesn’t work out that way… Case in point, Paula Barnes. She checked in with us after her recent move left her with a smaller workspace.
“This month has me digging out from under boxes. Boxes everywhere! I moved the end of January to a much smaller home. You may remember seeing my home studio in last years Quilt Mania Magazine. In my former home I took over the game room upstairs when all the kiddo’s moved out. It was large and PACKED full of fun fabrics, projects, and some hobby items I haven’t touched in years.
So I packed it all up…it took days… and many, many boxes. Now I should tell you that I did purge quite a bit but apparently I didn‘t purge enough. Here are pictures of my new sewing room. Help!!!
I’m sure it will all ﬁt, right? I started unpacking it last night and it’s going to work. I must say this over and over to make myself believe that it will. Can we have a Tinker Bell moment here. You remember in the movie where all the children clapped as hard as they could to show that they believed in her and brought her back to life. I wonder if that would work for me? Can we all clap hard enough to bring this sad room back to life. I’ll share photos when it’s all done.”
———- Paula, Red Crinoline Quilts
Thanks for sharing, Paula!! Now, show of hands…how many of us feel her pain? Got a small-space sewing area trick to share? We’d love to hear from you!
Did you catch this gorgeous quilt in the new issue of McCall’s Quilting (March/April 2014)? This pic doesn’t quite do it justice, but it’s a perfect design for so many of our PRIMO PLAIDS…or MOLLY B’s CLASSIC WOVENS…or PRAIRIE DOBBIES & PRAIRIE WOVENS… Quilt designer Sherri Bain Driver mentions that she used mostly flannels (think Primos) yet smooth cottons will work as well. We love her creative cutting and piecing of plaids and stripe, and the subtle yet colorful result.
Olde Green Cupboard’s Gloria Parsons talks about their upcoming Farmhouse Blooms collection for Marcus…
We were just told the other day… by a very successful businessman… to always design with passion… that’s what makes a designer successful!! Those were pretty powerful words to all three of us (Vicky, Heather and me – Gloria).
That’s exactly what brought about our new line of fabric that we are working on… Farmhouse Blooms. When we were kids…we grew up on a farm in Indiana with pigs, horses, sheep, chickens, along with an orchard full of crabapple trees. Completely surrounding that orchard was a strong wire fence.
Along the portion of fence that divided the orchard from the yard, were blooming flowers… iris, lilies, zinnias, tulips, jonquils…. So cheery and….. rich with passionate color. That’s what you’ll see when our fabric comes alive. These photos may give you a hint of our color palette – keep watching!
We received this note through Judie Rothermel, from quilter Lars Rune in Norway. He recreated his own very unique version of Marcus Fabrics’ Civil War TRIBUTE quilt. He wrote to Judie and submitted this photo, explaining:
We caught up with Pam and got some extra insights into her new PRAIRIE STITCHES line, and her love for all things Prairie! Here’s what she shared…
You might be surprised to learn where fabric designers get inspirations for new fabric collections. I looked to my collection of antique quilts and vintage fabrics for Prairie Stitches.
The main floral print in the line came from a vintage piece of fabric I picked up at an antique show several years ago.
What drew me to it was its simplistic, country styling which is at the heart of my prairie style. The floral motif is about as large a floral as I like to use, and I started to image it in other colors.
With some fabrics, imagining the possibilities can be the most difficult part, and that is at the heart of the job of fabric design. I knew what I wanted the end result to be, and worked hand in hand with Marcus’ design director, Faye Burgos, to make it happen.
Notice the original antique fabric has a solid dark brown background.
I decided to add a little texture to the backgrounds of my prints which gives a soft, subtle feel to an otherwise flat background.
There are slight differences in the leaves and flowers on each of the prints, to best show off the floral motif on the different colored backgrounds.
I’m just delighted about the way it all turned out!
I’m working on the quilt I designed for this collection, called Ada’s Prairie Stitches, and loving how it’s all coming together! Both the fabric collection,and my new pattern will be in quilt shops in April!
Thanks, Pam! Visit Pam Buda online at HeartspunQuilts.com
Clearly, with another storm now in progress along the east coast here in the US, we’re all on “snow-verload”, so for just a minute, let’s enjoy some spring inspiration, courtesy of our design director, Laura Berringer…she’s seeing lots of butterflies in the forecast, from Vanessa Bruno runway, Paris Fashion Week, and from House Beautiful magazine, butterflies mix with botanicals… I wonder if we’ll see the trend reflected in any of Laura’s upcoming collections…