Taking color cues from Better Homes & Gardens, you’ll want to include warm, inviting greys like these into your decorating scheme not just for spring, but all year long…
We got up-close & personal with Nancy Rink’s new holiday quilt design, featuring the OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE COLLECTION by Judie Rothermel. As you can see, the colors and motifs lend themselves to Christmas projects wtih the rich, traditional feel of Sturbridge. Nancy’s knack for machine quilting artistry completes the masterpiece, with accents of red and green thread on the back. Visit Nancy online for “Mill Girls Holiday” pattern information.
We’re thrilled to have Victoria Findlay Wolfe as a part of our designer community, especially with the upcoming release of her second collection for Studio 37 Fabrics. It’s called MEADOW STORM. Look for it online May 1, and in quilt shops in August…for now, here’s a quick sneak-peek:
She says, “For MEADOW STORM, I included my typical mix of interesting modern and eclectic prints…fabrics that can do some of the work for you. I love the large stripes that can be fussy cut for dramatic modern looks. Sun Shower polka dots in four colors, because I can’t make a quilt without a dot! I added in the bold black and white Manor Stripe, after many requests from my last line, MOSTLY MANOR. I look forward to using it with the more saturated color prints, like Misty and the main floral, Perennial, to add instant movement to even simple blocks.” — Victoria
ALSO, In Case You Missed It: Here’s the link to Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s recent chat with Pat Sloan on American Patchwork & Quilting Radio! She discusses a bit of her quilt design process, her fabric design inspiration, and that great article in APQ’s April issue!
If you’re planning to attend Quilt Week in Paducah (April 19-23, 2016), register now for one (or both!) of Karen’s events, sponsored by our friends at Paper Pieces, the experts in English paper piecing! Choose from her Robin’s Nest workshop on Wednesday, April 20…
or her Okehampton workshop (shown below) on Tuesday, April 19
Learn the great techniques Karen uses in her designs for Somerset Patchwork and more! Interested? Call 1-800-337-1537 or stop by the Hexie House for more information on these workshop/lectures. Have fun!
We’d like to thank the hundreds of quilting friends who commented on last week’s blog post as we celebrate the release of Stashbusters by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith!
…and the winner of our random giveaway is…Mary Kolb of Buffalo, MN, who said emphatically, “I WOULD LOVE TO BUST MY STASH!”, a sentiment shared by all! In keeping with the true spirit of a well-rounded fabric stash, the bundle includes 12 FQs from various Marcus designers. Happy Stashbusting to all!
CONTEST EXTENDED thru MONDAY, April 4, 2016!
We’re partnering with C&T Publishing to celebrate the release of Stashbusters!, the new book by Marcus fabric designers Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith. If you subscribe to the Marcus and/or C&T email lists, you might have already received our email messages, providing you with TWO great opportunities to win a “Book & Bundle” prize. So, leave your comment below, now through Friday, April 1. Winners will be chosen on Monday, April 4.
In keeping with the creative, “stash” theme of the book, we’re putting together a bundle that represents various Marcus designers! We’ll choose one winner, and our friends at C&T will do the same, so you’ll have double the chance to win… Good Luck!
(And while you’re here, be sure to SUBSCRIBE to our blog, too!)
The early results are in, and while it’s no surprise to us, the just-released STAR SPANGLED LIBERTY BOM quilt by Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts is a sure winner! You’ll want to schedule this wonderfully patriotic quilt among your Fall projects now — with a start date of September 2016, you complete the 9-month program in time for July 4 celebrations in 2017!
Choose the Pieced or Appliqued “America” center row option. Pam even included historical notes and information on US flag history, Besty Ross and more! Read more about Star Spangled Liberty, in Pam’s own words. Catch her passion and enthusiam, and join her on this nostalgic journey. Sign up at your local quilt shop! (Shop owners, contact your Marcus representative!)
March is #NationalCraftMonth and we’re celebrating with some super-fun party favor ideas featuring Susan Cousineau’s enchanting MAGICAL MERMAID, POLKA DOT POND and SO SWEET LOVE collections… You’ll want to download the 6-page party ideas booklet now, and save it for festive fun all year long! Thanks, Susan, for sharing your magical ideas with us ; )
Visit Susan online at Sweet Chic Design.
My weekend vacation to Tampa began with a stop at Florida Quilting Center, a must-see recommended by my local quilting friend, Ann. The shop was big and gorgeous, and Karen and Jim and the staff were warm and welcoming, and the longarm studio was impressive.
Here are some of the remaining blocks created this weekend at our QuiltCon booth this weekend, an impressive showing of over 160 blocks! Here are a few more of our lovely quilting partners…THANK YOU again to everyone who helped to make our weekend sew, sew successful!