Okan Arts Celebrates Casey York… And YOU Could Win Her Fabric!

Casey York

Have you seen Casey York’s new collection for Studio 37 Fabrics yet?  It’s called FINE SPUN: Volume One, a gorgeous collection of subtle motifs. These delicate monotone designs give contemporary quilters the perfect backgrounds for her signature contrasting appliqué style, while introducing a subtle hint of color and texture to the overall composition. View the Lookbook for more on Casey’s design inspiration for the line.

For full details on the giveaway, check out Patricia Belyea’s Okan Arts blog post now thru July 31, 2017 (US residents only, please).  And or course, for those of you who just can’t wait, know that the collection appears in your favorite quilt shops this month!! “Happy Applique”, everyone!!

We’ve “Come Together” and $urpassed our Goal!

   

Great news, everyone!! On behalf of Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Quilters Dream Batting
and our fellow raffle prize sponsors, Aurifil and Juki, we say a great big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the Hoops and Dreams ALS Raffle Quilt project!  Whether you were one of our many quilting friends who pieced blocks at QuiltCon 2015, or you purchased raffle tickets, or forwarded the details to others, we couldn’t have done it without you, having surpassed our fundraising goal of $5000, bringing in over $5500 in total. Together, our efforts will support families who are affected by ALS (aka, Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and will further research to find a cure.

And now for the fun part, we’re pleased to announce the prize winners!!  The Grand Prize winner of Victoria’s original quilt design, plus assorted quilting goodies (some shown above) is Susan Cavanaugh of Arlington, VA

Michele Maurice of Danvers, MA came away with the Deluxe Quilters Gift Basket #1, which included fabrics and threads (below left), and Julia McKagan of Mukwonago, WI was drawn as the winner of Deluxe Quilters Gift Basket #2, which also included bundles of Victoria’s fabrics from Studio 37 (below right).

To learn more and to lend your support to this very worthy cause, check out the Hoops & Dreams Challenge effort, spearheaded by Quilters Dream Batting.

Make Sarah’s Colorful “Checks Mix” Quilt with APQ!

It’s “Graduation Season”, which means you’ll have just enough time to turn this quilt around for your favorite graduate during the otherwise-dreaded “Dorm Move-In Season”! Use Sarah Maxwell’s COLOR CRUSH FLANNELS and “Checks Mix” quilt design shown here, and in the August issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine!  The group of bright plaids is one of our 100% cotton Primo Plaid Flannel groups, loved for its quality and plush hand.

 

See this project and other projects from the August issue.

Designed by Sarah Maxwell. Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2017 Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

“Chasing Waves” with Laura’s Adorable Beach Towels

When summer rolls around, we all love projects that are quick, fun, and practical!  Check out Laura Berringer’s oh-sew-easy embelllished towels.  She chose prints from Red Brolly’s CHASING WAVES collection to jazz up purchased solid-color towels, with great results!  Read on for the quick tutorial…

  1. First, cut strips of your favorite CHASING WAVES prints.  Cut the height of the fabric border to measure the section of print you want to highlight, plus 1/4″ seam allowances along the top and bottom.  Then cut the length of the fabric border to measure the length of the towel, plus 1/4″  seam allowances at each side.
  2. Turn under the 1/4″ allowances on the sides; press.  Turn under the 1/4″ at the top and bottom edges; press.  Position the fabric border onto the towel, right sides up.
  3. Pin in place, then top-stitch close to all of the folded edges. OPTIONAL: Quilt around the motifs if desired.
  4. Head for the nearest beach…

And to make the most of your limited summer sewing time, Laura suggests using only white thread!  See how well it sinks into the back of the towels for an invisible finish – no need to change bobbin colors!  She might be onto something… We love it when the newbie quilters discover their own favorite tips … but pretty soon we’ll have to stop calling Laura a Newbie  ; )

Love her project?  Be sure to track her quilting progress on Instagram @laurasewmodern.

TWO New BOMs for Summer Fun!

Do you ever take a look at your fabric stash, and discover fresh, new inspiration for something you acquired a while back?  If so, you’ll appreciate our two “second-glance”  BOM programs, just introduced at Marcus Fabrics In each case, the designers revisited the already-released collections, and came up with these exciting designs!

First, Living in the Moment features the cool blues and touches of Greenery from Laura Berringer’s IN THE MOMENT collection.  The quilt design is by our friends at the Material Girlfriends.  The little house blocks are an office favorite  ; )

And you’ll also love Laura’s  NIGHT STONES neutrals, especially in Vicki Bellino’s trio of projects, including a sampler-style BOM row quilt, appliqued 12″ decorative block. Then, there’s her gorgeous table runner – be sure to position the prints as Vicki did for that gorgeous mirrored  ombre-effect!  Visit Vicki at Bloom Creek.

Look for these programs in your local quilt shops – the Night Stones BOM is available now, and the Living in the Moment BOM appears in shops beginning July.

Spring Market Highlights from STUDIO 37!

Thanks to everyone who attended Quilt Market in St. Louis this past weekend — We’re pleased to report that the show was upbeat, and everyone who attended seemed to come away freshly inspired and ready for the season!  ICYMI, here’s a glimpse of some booth highlights from the Studio 37 side of the aisle:

For starters, we’ve got Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s new FUTURUM  it offers a bold vision for the future with great prints, dots and stripes in bright, fresh modern colors. (You’ll also see a bit of her holiday GREEN AND RED line in the lower left of this first picture. Watch for its debuts online beginning June 1.)

Below, a gorgeous pair of quilts done in Sarah J Maxwell’s A SHOUT, A WHISPER, A TEXT collection… She’s showing the runner version of her “Wheels” quilt pattern, and a new, super easy quilt (pattern coming soon!)

And how cute are Carla Peicheff’s wristlets and wallets below? She used her favorite pairings of #shoutwhispertext, too. Check her out @cpeicheff on Instagram for pattern information…

Nancy Rink presented her creative new rendition of rug-hooking, using the WOOL COLLECTION with beautifully radiant results!  We love her “Modern Traditional” take on this time-honored technique…New patterns from Nancy are coming soon!

And applique expert Casey York shared her innovative “embroidered edge applique” technique for a truly beautiful, look that adds texture, detail and durability to any appliqued project.  It’s shown here with Casey’s new FINESPUN collection:

Photo by Patricia Belyea

“Come Together” to Support the Fight Against ALS!

If you subscribe to this blog, you might remember our project with Victoria Findlay Wolfe, and our many quilter friends at QuiltCon back in 2015… We asked booth visitors to stitch a simple Drunkard’s Path block with Victoria’s Mostly Manor collection.  Well, with those blocks, Victoria created this gorgeous design, which was then quilted by Sarabeth Rebe. It was donated to the Hopes & Dreams Challenge, an ongoing effort spearheaded by Quilters Dream Batting.

“Come Together” by Victoria Findlay Wolfe with blocks by attendees of QuiltCon 2015. Quilted by Sarabeth Rebe. 83′ x 71′

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And NOW, you can support ALS families and research by purchasing raffle tickets to win this designer masterpeice!  Tickets are only $5 per chance (or 5 chances for $20) and can be purchased online now through the drawing date of June 19, 2017.  A fulll 100% of the raffle proceeds will be split between family support and research funding. (NOTE: If you’re attending Spring Quilt Market in St. Louis this weekend, you can also purchase your tickets at the Quilters Dream booth # 2240)

—  Grand Prize:  Win the “Come Together” Quilt by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, plus a Case of Quilters Dream Batting

—  1st and 2nd Prizes:  Deluxe Quilter’s Gift Baskets will also be awarded to two lucky winners.

Thanks to our raffle co-sponsors;  Quilters Dream Batting, Aurifil, and Juki America, and thank you again to the many quilters who “came together” as quilters often do, to stitch blocks for inclusion in this quilt!

WOOL Highlights: Our New BOM and More!

Did you know that Marcus Fabrics is quickly becoming the market’s leading resource for fine quality, 100% woven wools in the quilting and craft market? As a trusted wool supplier for over 4 years, we’re excited to be a part of the continued rise in appliqué and wool stitching projects worldwide, from traditional to trendy!

And we’re really excited to launch the Spring 2017 season with a brand new Wool BOM program, new precuts and fresh new inspiration to share! Check out the new Wool page on the Marcus website, where we’ve gathered the current wool links, tips projects and inspiration…and check it regularly for updates, new projects and more…

Now, about this beautiful new BOM program, “Tokens of Thyme”:

Pastthyme Patterns designed this beautiful 18′ x 24′ seasonal-themed design, a wool applique sampler great for a variety of skill levels. PLUS…it’s made with a 10′ x 10″ pack (20 luscious colors) — Who doesn’t love a pre-cut stack of WOOLS??

Darci Schipnewski of Pastthyme Patterns shares her inspiration for the design:
Tokens of Thyme reflects what I think of as the months of the year unfold. In the business of life, I wanted to offer something that was quick to stitch. Quilters will find the project to be versatile, with options for various finishing methods. With a manageable finished size of 18″ x 24″ this seasonal sampler will surely bring joy to your home, as you reflect upon the seasons of thyme.”  Read more…

Look for Tokens of Thyme at your favorite quilt shops beginning July 2017!  And until then, be sure to see the Wool page for other projects and more!

Check Out Our Final #MarcusMugshot Winners…Until Next Time!

We can’t believe that our first #mugrugchallenge is now completed!  And again, we THANK ALL OF YOU for your many, many original entries!  We enjoyed your creativity sew much that we decided to draw not just one, not two, but THREE lucky winners from all of the entries received as of the April 30 deadline…

So, without further delay, we congratulate the three final winners of our Spring 2017 Mugrug Challenge:

Lynda Duplissea of Oxford, FL…great colors, great mug and a great smile, too!

and Parthena Wollen of Fairfield, CT…who likes a bold shot of color with her morning tea!

and Maureen Clark of Elliot, ME…we’re coming to her house for tea, soon!

We’re sure we have created lots of new mugrug fans out there, and we encourage you to keep working on them, because our next Mugrug Challenge begins in the fall, taking on a fun and exciting Holiday theme, from gifts to home accents!  Stay tuned for details  ; )

Judie’s Prints Are the Key to Carol’s 4″ x 5″ Club!

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Wow! The excitement continues to build over Carol Hopkins’ exciting “It’s Not A Square” Club, and the outstanding job she did in curating the prints from Judie Rothermel’s new AMERICAN SWATCH BOOK collection! Carol chose the perfect blend of black, pink, red and blue prints.
In fact, it was Carol’s own admiration and respect for Judie’s reproduction expertise that led her to approach Marcus and Judie to create the collection especially for her new book The 4″ x 5″ Quilt-Block Anthology, co-authored with Linda M. Koenig (Martingale)
You know how rare it is for a quilting book to be released, with fabrics available at the same time, and we know you can’t wait to get started!  Look for these gorgeous fabrics to arrive in your favorite quilt shops in early June – that’s just about 5 short weeks away!