It’s Time for an Okan Arts WOOL Giveaway!

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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!!

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.

“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!