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It’s Time for an Okan Arts WOOL Giveaway!

Photo: okanarts.com

We love to see people enjoying our wools, and it looks like the excitement has already begun for Patricia Belyea at Okan Arts!  Just check out her fun photos pairing our Wool Collection brights with Lana Wool threads from Aurifil.  And at this point, she hasn’t even made anything yet  ; )  But we know you’ll be inspired to enter her August giveaway for the chance to win one of FOUR gift packs!  Check out the blog post now for details and even a few of Patricia’s wool tips, and comment there for the chance to win.

And whether you’re one of the Chosen Four or not, you’ll find lots more inspiration, tips, and the complete wool collection on our We’ve Got the WOOL page.

Enjoy, and Good Luck to everyone…

Thanks to Okan Arts and Aurifil for partnering with us once again!

REMINDER:  We LOVE and invite your comments here, but remember that only those comments on the Okan Arts blog will be entered into the giveaway!

Did You Catch Victoria’s Podcast on Modern Sewciety?

ICYMI, last week’s Modern Sewciety podcast featured a long, luxurious chat with our own Victoria Findlay Wolfe, who discussed her creative process, as well as her Studio 37 Fabrics collections and quilt designs, templates, her NEW BOOK, Modern Quilt Magic and more.  Enjoy Episode 125 while you’re stitching, and/or sipping, and get inspired!

GREEN AND RED Fabrics 

Victoria’s New Book!

 

Follow Pam Buda’s Quilting Essentials

Guess what, Pam Buda fans: she’s started a new continuing series entitled “Quilting Essentials.”  Here, she’ll share her expert tips and techniques, prompted in part by your questions and topic suggestions!   We think it’s a great idea, and it’s simple to follow along since the’ll be a part of Pam’s regular Heartspun Quilts blog, but these posts will be titled “Quilting Essentials” for easy reference. (Be sure to subscribe to her blog so you won’t miss anything  ; )   Check out the first installment here, where Pam discusses the importance of an accurate 1/4″ seam, and how to achieve it.

Speaking of “quilting essentials”, watch the Marcus website in August for Pam’s “Tall Grass” a great new group of greens.  If you love her previous color-themed collections as much as we do, you’re sure to love this one, too!

Sarah Maxwell – Time for a Colorful Giveaway!!

Join us and our friends at Aurifil as we highlight the design talents of Sarah J Maxwell of Designs by Sarah J.  She’s featured on the Aurifil blog today, so we’ve all joined forces to create a fun and easy giveaway for you.  The prize pack includes fabric, threads and patterns!

Want a chance to win in just 2 easy steps?

  1. Simply FOLLOW all three of us on Instagram (@studio37fabrics, @aurifilthread, and @sjmax105), if you don’t already!
  2. Visit the Aurifil blog post now thru Wed, August 2 to enter, and to learn more about Sarah’s fabric, threads and patterns.

Of course, we’d love for you to share your comments here too, as always, but remember that only entries from the Aurifil blog will be entered into the drawing… Good luck to all!

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