Pati’s Picks from QuiltCon 2015

Did you attend this year’s QuiltCon in Austin, TX?    Pati did, and she sent back pix of a few of her favorite quilts on display.  Here’s what caught her eye…Which quilts were your favorites?

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  • 1-  Kathy York shows off her “Best in Show” quilt (Front and back)
  • 2 – Colorful Drunkard’s circles by Jo Avery
  • 3 – “Totally Biased” by Lucy Bail
  • 4 – “My Way” by Pamela Rocco
  • 5 – “Tuning Fork”  by Heather Prefer

Speaking of the MUSLINS, Check Out Rob Appell!

Quilting expert Rob Appell has just launched a new site called Mansewing.com, in conjunction with our friends at Missouri Star Quilt Company.  Well, we were thrilled to learn that his premiere episode features our own NEW AGED MUSLINS, in a curved piecing tutorial.

If you’ve never done cured piecing, trust me, it’s sooo much AgedMuslinsFQ-Missourieasier without pins, as Rob demonstrates.  So be sure to check out his site for some great mid-winter inspiration  ; )

To mark the occasion of the launch, MSQC is offering a special FQ Bundle on these beauties.

Speaking of, stay tuned as we pick the winner of our New Aged Muslins swatch card giveaway, later today.  Yes, there’s still a little time to get your comments in for a chance to win  ; )  Enjoy!    — lisa

Overdyeing = Fun Color Transformations…

Did you catch the recent AllPeopleQuilt.com blogpost on overdyeing? It’s an easy technique that never gets old, and we were happy to see that APQ editor Linda Augsburg recently discovered our overdyeing feature and some of my projects on the all-new RIT website, and shared them with readers.

What’s great about overdyeing is that it’s not only useful for drastic color changes – sometimes you just want to intensify a lighter shade, or “warm up” a fabric’s tone with a bit of yellow, or use a tan dye, applied unevenly, to give an aged effect, the perfect touch for reproduction quilts. Aren’t you just dyeing to try it?

Last Call for Lucy Boston!

A big THANK YOU to all of our quilting friends for participating in our Lucy Boston Challenge this weekend at the Road to CA event!  With over 125 blocks completed this weekend, we appreciate your talents, comments and enthusiasm, and we can’t wait to unveil the finished project.  Pati says, “Looks like we will be making a couple of quilts for the ALS donation. Thank you all that participated.  I had the best time seeing how excited you all were to hand in your blocks.” 

Check out our final collection of paper-pieced blocks below …and watch for the announcement of our ten lucky Prize Pack winners, too!

Wishing everyone safe travels home, especially those on the East Coast, in advance of the coming blizzard…including Pati!!

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Amy Tangiguchi brought the 100th block to the booth, which earned her a special prize.

All stacked up - an impressive grouping!

All stacked up – an impressive grouping!

Nancy brings in the 125th and final block!

Nancy brings in the 125th and final block!

Pati and Vicki make it to the end of the show!  Congrats, girls!

Pati and Vicki make it to the end of the show! Congrats, girls!

Look at These Great Blocks Coming In!

The Lucy Boston quilt block craze is in full swing at the Marcus Fabrics booth at Road to California!  This exciting annual event for quilters runs through tomorrow, so there’s still time to join the fun!  Attendees are stitching up their Lucy Boston blocks with various Marcus striped fabric and supplies from Paper Pieces.  All blocks submitted back to our booth will be sewn up into a quilt to be donated to a worthy cause.  Here’s a peek at the progress…

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Quilters choose their fabric strips. In the background is our AUNT GRACE SIMPLER SAMPLER Block of the Month quilt.

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Barbara Baker was the first to return her challenge block on Friday.

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Looking good, quilting friends – keep up the great work!

 

 

 

Victoria’s Violets Featured in McCall’s Quilting

McCallsMar15COVERHave you seen the McCall’s Quilting Mar/April 2015 issue yet? Look for the VICTORIA’S VIOLETS collection by Molly B’s Studio, featured in a quilt by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith.  It’s featured on the cover.  The design makes great use of the distinctive stripe, the quilt’s focal point – see how nicely it shows up even when folded, on the cover of the issue!  Complete instructions are included in the issue, and a kit is offered through the magazine as well.

 

 

“Charity Begins at Home” in West Houston, TX

Our friends at the West Houston (TX) Quilt Guild have been very busy, stitching up quilts for local recipients. Representative Betty Baker submitted these photos, reporting that so far hundreds of quilts and other items have been sewn and donated by its active and very generous membership.  We’re pleased to be a part of their activities through our community service fabric donations.

Above, Helen Recane, Barbara Ann Watson, Connie Bihner and Linda Whetsell are unpacking quilts.  Below, a wonderful array of quilts ready to comfort seniors in area nursing homes, young children’s hospital patients, and others.

We congratulate these guild members, and all quilters who share their time and talents with others.  Thank you for all that you do!  To learn more about the guild, visit the West Houston Quilt Guild.

Road to California – Who’s Going?

We’re pleased to once again sponsor Road to California  Quilters’ Conference and Showcase, taking place January 22-25, 2015 in Ontario, CA.   This year, in addition to our usual showcase sponsorship of one of the quilt prizes, we’ll be exhibiting as well!

Be sure to stop by the Marcus booth for demos on fussy cutting, English paper piecing (EPP) and more, all featuring our specialty stripe fabrics like PAULA’S BORDER COMPANIONS. Plus giveaways & handouts while supplies last!Pati-EPPsamplesIf you’ve never tried English paper piecing, Lucy Boston blocks and similar techniques, you’ll want to visit with Pati Violick as she demos her techniques using Paper Pieces, as shown in the beginnings of this gorgeous block above.  And if you have tried it, learn how Marcus specialty fabrics can give you rich and intricate results every time.  BTW, Pati is our Director of Marketing — you might remember her love for EPP from last summer’s Designer Sew-Along.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Who Doesn’t Love 1930s Prints?

Quilting’s love affair with 1930s prints continues, as American Quilt Retailer magazine pays tribute to the category in its December 2014 issue.  Believe it or not, it’s been more than 25 years since Marcus debuted Aunt Grace fabrics by Judie Rothermel, a brand that continues to lead the industry in 1930s reproductions. And there’s more to come…watch for beautiful, new Aunt Grace collections from Judie in the coming year.

Until then, take a look at the latest, AUNT GRACE SIMPLER SAMPLER – you’ll love Judie’s pre-printed panel blocks with coordinates and the gorgeous BOM quilt by Vicki Bellino.  It looks like paper piecing, but it’s simpler! The program begins next month.

Missouri Star’s New “Flying Geese Log Cabin” Quilt

Wow!! Don’t you love the dimensional look of the blocks in this colorful PRIMO BATIKS quilt?  Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company shows you exactly how to do it in their new “Flying Geese Log Cabin Quilt” tutorial.

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The color palette is the perfect cure for dreary winter days ahead, and moves beautifully through the spring and summer, too.  Even better, Missouri Star has already cut up the 2-1/2″ strips for you, so you can get straight to the fun part  ; ) Happy stitching!!