If these first days of 2017 are any indication, January is all about THE RAINBOW FISH hitting the quilt shops! And we’re not surprised by all of the excitement caused by Marcus Pfister’s friendly, lovable character. In fact, just as I began to write this post, Pati shared this note from one of our sales reps discussing her customer’s experience with the “Scales” (Style 9752-0750)
“Janet made up a pillowcase of The Rainbow Fish, washed it, dried it, ironed it, and brought it in to the store. She said there wasn’t a single piece of glitter that came off, and the fabric has a lovely hand. She was really impressed with the quality of the metallic and printing overall, and ordered more of the line today. I had some customers who thought the glitter wouldn’t make a nice pillow surface, but it was a beautiful, soft pillowcase.”
And the rest of the prints are equally beautiful, some with touches of metallic shimmer. We even have three quilt projects, available through your local quilt shops:
Look for the collection in stores now, and ask for Rainbow Fish books in selected shops!
Today we welcome a guest post from Danyella Nava of Made Sew Modern – enjoy!
I first met Victoria (Findlay Wolfe) when she came to Albuquerque, NM to teach a workshop that my local guild had organized back in June of 2016. I took her Double Wedding Ring workshop and totally fell in love with a classic technique! My first impression of Victoria was that she was such a fun, creative being, and I was so very excited to learn from her.
My experience with Victoria did not stop there. I also joined her for a dinner and a lecture, and her deep love and passion for quilting continued to shine. I found that Victoria was incredibly humble. She was excited to share her knowledge with everyone and was open to conversation. I felt that she really took the time to get to know me by listening so intently over the few days I got to spend with her.
Look at what literally just arrived on my desk…it’s Today’s Quilter, our favorite UK quilting magazine, with a big BONUS!
Issue Seventeen was packaged with a special supplement all about our ELIZABETH’S DOWRY fabric collaboration! With input from The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles and Karen Styles of Somerset Patchwork, it not only outlines the journey of how this unique collection came to be, but also offers great projects and insights to help you make the most of this historic collection.
Like the magazine, this special publication is beautifully done — a true collector’s item. Of course, having contributed to one of the articles, we knew it was in the works, but it’s always sew exciting to see the finished product in real life!
Congratulations to Marcus’ own Sarah J Maxwell and the many other talented designers who were chosen for the 2017 Aurifil Design Team! Pat Sloan, who heads the program for the rockstar thread company, recently announced the team and their upcoming group BOM project.
Did we mention that thread giveaways are also involved? We can’t wait to see what “Sarah and friends” come up with next year…Learn more
So, who’s down to the wire on stitching up quick holiday gifts? Here’s one FREE PROJECT you’ll love! It’s really a perfect “anytime” gift for him or her, so if you don’t quite finish for the holidays, don’t worry, they’ll enjoy wearing these all season long. We suggest you cut several at once and sew assembly-line style ; ) It also makes a great beginner sewing project for all ages.
Simply choose your favorite combination of PRIMO PLAID FLANNEL and Marcus WOOL to create this easy Neck Warmer. Here we used Primo Plaid Flannel #J369-0113 and Wool in Oatmeal Heather #7746-0148…by the way, we love it when our president, Stephanie, volunteers to model, but I digress… Finish with hook-and-loop tape closure and a decorative button. Then wrap and adjust it as desired. For a softer hand and worry-free laundering later, consider felting the wool before you begin (easy felting steps are included). Just remember to make one or two for yourself, too!
Like many of you, we fully approve of Pantone’s pick as Color of the Year for 2017 – it’s called GREENERY, and it gives us a sense of freshness, renewal and hope. The world’s foremost color authority chose Greenery, also known as 15-0343, for these reasons:
“Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.” Read more…
We caught up with Paula to chat about her new CLARET collection. Here’s what she shared with us:
Q. The line is inspired by quilts of the 1800s. What made Claret such a popular color during that time??
A. Claret became popular in the 1800’s to some extent because the synthetic dye used to produce the color was a stable dye. This made the color more available, and more affordable, which of course, contributed to its wide appeal.
Q. And how was it commonly used at the time?
A. You’d often find the Claret color paired with shirting in quilts. Many quilts were made with Claret, Indigo and Cadet blue (blues included in my INDIGO line). Red and Grey were popular for the time period.
Q. The depth of the color is striking, definitely a stashworthy choice for all red lovers.
A. Yes, it is definitely a darker red color, similar to the French red wine from the Bordeaux region thus giving it is name.
We can only imagine the joys of stitching a Claret quilt while sipping a fine Claret wine! Paula introduced her INDIGO line a few months ago, then followed up with CLARET. You’ll find that they work beautifully together now, just as they did in the 1800s. Look for the collection in your favorite quilt shops beginning February 2017!
There’s nothing like a cool and sunny autumn day to take advantage of the views from the rooftop of our office building! So Pati and Effie grabbed an armful of quilts and headed “north”…
Signature style quilts by our talented fabric designers, aka the Marcus Makers. Can you spot the style of your favorite Marcus designers?
Finally, the view down below, where Broadway meets 6th Avenue…Macy’s…Herald Square…tiny people…
These familiar golden yellow-orange tones are a longtime Reproduction favorite, and Cheddar in its many variations is enjoying a resurgence this season! It’s a rich, warm, inviting color and like the food it’s named after, the category ranges from muted golds to deeper orange tones. In Repro quilts, cheddar generally used as a highlight against darker blues, greens, reds, plums and browns.
Like the quilters long before them, modern quilters have also embraced the color as a special accent, giving life to the colors around it in simply pieced designs. We love Pam Buda’s new take on the color, pairing it with taupe-grey neutrals for a look that bridges tradition and trend in ANTIQUE COTTON CALICOS: Cheddar and Friends!