Chenille Inspiration from Sarah J and Olfa – Enter to Win!

Be sure to check out the Olfa Holidays Giveaway, running thru the month of December! They’re offering 10 giveaways in all, including two chenille cutter prize packs, inspired by Sarah Maxwell of Designs by Sarah J.

You could win an Olfa Chenille cutter, expertly designed to make quick work of this age-old fabric craft, plus a bundle of Sarah’s PRIMO PLAID FLANNELS: Color Crush II fat quarters!

Then you can create your own plush multi-layered fabric like this one by Sarah…

To enter OLFA Holidays you must:
1. Have an active Facebook account or an active and non-private Instagram or Twitter account
2. Follow @olfacreates on Instagram or Twitter OR @OlfaCutters on Facebook
3. Post a photo of what crafts you are working on this holiday season to either Instagram or Twitter with the #OLFAholidays tag OR enter on Facebook through the contest application form.
4. Be a legal resident of the United States of America (including its territories and possessions) or Canada (excluding Québec) and must be eighteen (18) years of age or older on the date of entry.
5. Enter by 11:59pm TONIGHT (Thursday, December 7, 2017)

OLFA Contest terms and conditions

Introducing… IMBUE by Kim Eichler-Messmer

This month we’re excited to welcome Kim Eichler-Messmer to the Studio 37 design team, with her gorgeous debut collection of batiks, entitled IMBUE.

To imbue means to inspire or permeate with a feeling or quality; permeate, infuse, tincture, soak. This is how Kim  likes to think about hand dyed fabrics. “They are infused not only with color and pattern, but with the intentions of the maker as well. These modern batiks were printed and dyed by hand in Indonesia and the designs came from my own hand dyed fabrics. The colors are rich and saturated and the slight imperfections in the print add character, movement, and a glimpse into the process of their creation” she explains.

We love Kim’s creative philosophy, and the richness of her palettes. See all 22 designs online at Studio 37 Fabrics.  Visit Kim online and follow her on Instagram @kimemquilts.  If you’re attending, QuiltCon in Pasadena, CA, February 22-25, 2018, you’ll also have a chance to take her lectures and workshops and meet her in the Studio 37 Booth # 911.

Laura’s Back, with Great Flannel Tips!

Laura Coia/Marcus FlannelWe’re thrilled announce another wonderful video by Sew Very Easy’s Laura Coia!  This time, she shares her best tips for working with our Primo Plaid Flannels, while recreating our free quilt pattern. From pre-treating your flannels to cutting tips and more, you’ll love how Laura goes about her creative projects.

This particular palette of neutral greys and browns is perfect for the guys on your holiday list, and remember our Primo Plaid Flannels come in an ever-growing assortment, from Color Crush II brights to Twilight Tones jewel tones to Harvest and Christmas colorways!  And as Laura shows us, the quilt goes together so quickly, you have plenty of time whip out several gifts, assembly-line style.  Sewing daytime blankets for babies or children?  Simply reduce the number of blocks, which will go even faster  ; )

Thanks to Laura for another fun & easy sewing adventure, and Happy Flannel Sewing to all!  If you haven’t subscribed to her YouTube channel yet, be sure to sign up to enjoy all of her great tips and tricks…Videos are posted each Tuesday & Thursday at 2:00 p.m.

Fall Quilt Market Wrap-Up: Part 2

We appreciate the major role our talented DESIGNERS obviously play in the twice-yearly production known as Quilt Market!  You can find them stitching on their last-minute quilt bindings, demonstrating new techniques, making presentations to shop owners or sales reps, greeting fans at book signings, and more.  In general, their schedules stay pretty packed throughout the show, both behind the scenes and on the show floor…

Feeling Lucky? Guess This Pumpkin’s Weight and Win!

Our friends at Indygo Junction have a really fun giveaway going on right now!  If you’re good at guessing weights, check out their blog post and make your best guess on the weight of this pumpkin (the real one, not the fabric ones ; )

You could win Indygo Junction’s Pumpkin Trio Pattern and a bundle of their fall favorites!  You’ll also pick up a few fall crafting tips, and see how they’ve used some of their favorite PRIMO PLAID FLANNELS.  Like many of you, they’ve used our Primo Plaid Flannels for years, enjoying its plush hand, yarn-dyed quality and ever-growing variety of colors and designs. Hurry…the contest ends on October 15! BE SURE TO ENTER YOUR GUESS ON INDYGO’S BLOG POST!  We don’t want you to miss your chance to win  ; )

Working on Christmas Projects Yet??

If so, you’ll enjoy these ideas featuring our Holiday 2017 collections, starting with Laura Berringer’s FROSTY FLAMINGO.  Laura’s a longtime fabric designer, and though she’s relatively to sewing and quilting, she’s quickly moving beyond her “Newbie” status  ; )  We love her tropically festive holiday stockings with contrast cuffs!

Then Brandy Browner took the “tropically festive” theme to another level with her imaginative interpretation – check out her realistic yet whimsical wing and beak accents – she drafted her own pattern pieces to achieve the look.

And Miriam Rawson found table runner inspiration in Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s GREEN AND RED prints!  This pattern is called “Checkmate”  by Lella Boutique, is actually for a 16-block quilt, but Miriam adapted the pattern using just four blocks…

And or course, we love Victoria’s own take on her GREEN AND RED collection, in her signature Double Wedding Ring design!

Be sure to also mix in PRIMO PLAID FLANNELS, the WOOL COLLECTION and other basics for easy Holiday style. Whatever you celebrate, whatever you make — and whenever you start — Happy Holiday Stitching to All!!

Join the Wayward Transparency Quilt Along!

If you’re a fan of Designs by Sarah J, you’ll want to get in on this exciting new quilt-along, organized by Sarah’s quilting buddy Yvonne, AKA Quilting Jetgirl This fun project features prints from Sarah’s DANDY DAYS and A SHOUT, A WHISPER, A TEXT collections, arranged for a 3-dimensional look:

And if you prefer blues…

The quilt-along is launching this week, so check out the details on the Quilting Jetgirl blog post      

Kits for these two options are available thru Designs by Sarah J.  Follow @quiltingjetgirl and @sjmax105 on Instagram for updates and even more color options!

Victoria’s SIZZIX Maker Challenge Is ON!

Check out the details of the current SIZZIX Maker Challenge, featuring the dies and fabrics of our own Victoria Findlay Wolfe!

Grab your favorite Victoria Findlay Wolfe fabric from Studio 37 /Marcus Fabrics and choose at least one of Victoria’s dies, specified in the Challenge rules.  Create a quilt that is greater than 16″ but smaller than 60″ square. Post it online at Sizzix by October 8th, when she’ll choose the winner!  This lucky quilter will win not just one but TWO of Victoria’s brand new quilting dies (they’re a surprise!)  She explains it all in this video… Good Luck to All!

AccuQuilt Loves AUNT GRACE, Too!

It seems everyone is rediscovering our AUNT GRACE 1930s vintage print collections by reproduction innovator Judie Rothermel, and interpreting them in such exciting new ways!  Recently we featured Laura Coia of Sew Very Easy, and now we’re pleased to share more fresh (and FREE!) inspiration from our friends at AccuQuilt.  This time they’re using Judie’s latest, AUNT GRACE BASKETS OF SCRAPS, along with their GO! Qube GO! Qube Mix & Match 8” Block (55776) and GO! Qube 8” Companion Set-Classics (55780), with fantastic results…

AccuQuilt GO! Qube and Autn Grace FAbrics - marcusfabrics.comWe love their mix of prints and colors to create the diagonal stretched stars motif across the 48″ square quilt.  It’s the perfect size for a baby quilt or chair throw.  This is a timeless look that epitomizes the current 1930s Vintage decorating trends, and it works beautifully in traditional and modern room settings alike.

And as we begin September as National Sewing Month, there’s no better time than  to start your own Aunt Grace quilt!

Order the FREE pattern!

You’ll Love Laura Coia’s Take on Our AUNT GRACE Quilt!

Be sure to check out Laura Coia of Sew Very Easy, as she breaks down our AUNT GRACE quilt with her own great tips and techniques!  The video is titled “How to Sew a Quilt with Diagonal Rows.”   One great thing about quilting is that there’s always something new to learn, and Laura offers quick and easy variations you’ll want to incorporate into other projects, too!

Judie Rothermel’s AUNT GRACE prints give the quilt a vintage feel, with classic Nine-Patch and Snowball blocks arranged for an updated look.  Of course, prints from Judie’s newest  AUNT GRACE BASKETS OF SCRAPS would work equally well.  We’re working on a few more projects with Laura for Fall 2017, so stay tuned, and until then, subscribe to Sew Very Easy for lots of great  projects and inspiration!