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!

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!

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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!!

Make Sarah’s Colorful “Checks Mix” Quilt with APQ!

It’s “Graduation Season”, which means you’ll have just enough time to turn this quilt around for your favorite graduate during the otherwise-dreaded “Dorm Move-In Season”! Use Sarah Maxwell’s COLOR CRUSH FLANNELS and “Checks Mix” quilt design shown here, and in the August issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine!  The group of bright plaids is one of our 100% cotton Primo Plaid Flannel groups, loved for its quality and plush hand.

 

See this project and other projects from the August issue.

Designed by Sarah Maxwell. Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2017 Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

“Chasing Waves” with Laura’s Adorable Beach Towels

When summer rolls around, we all love projects that are quick, fun, and practical!  Check out Laura Berringer’s oh-sew-easy embelllished towels.  She chose prints from Red Brolly’s CHASING WAVES collection to jazz up purchased solid-color towels, with great results!  Read on for the quick tutorial…

  1. First, cut strips of your favorite CHASING WAVES prints.  Cut the height of the fabric border to measure the section of print you want to highlight, plus 1/4″ seam allowances along the top and bottom.  Then cut the length of the fabric border to measure the length of the towel, plus 1/4″  seam allowances at each side.
  2. Turn under the 1/4″ allowances on the sides; press.  Turn under the 1/4″ at the top and bottom edges; press.  Position the fabric border onto the towel, right sides up.
  3. Pin in place, then top-stitch close to all of the folded edges. OPTIONAL: Quilt around the motifs if desired.
  4. Head for the nearest beach…

And to make the most of your limited summer sewing time, Laura suggests using only white thread!  See how well it sinks into the back of the towels for an invisible finish – no need to change bobbin colors!  She might be onto something… We love it when the newbie quilters discover their own favorite tips … but pretty soon we’ll have to stop calling Laura a Newbie  ; )

Love her project?  Be sure to track her quilting progress on Instagram @laurasewmodern.

Spring Market Highlights from STUDIO 37!

Thanks to everyone who attended Quilt Market in St. Louis this past weekend — We’re pleased to report that the show was upbeat, and everyone who attended seemed to come away freshly inspired and ready for the season!  ICYMI, here’s a glimpse of some booth highlights from the Studio 37 side of the aisle:

For starters, we’ve got Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s new FUTURUM  it offers a bold vision for the future with great prints, dots and stripes in bright, fresh modern colors. (You’ll also see a bit of her holiday GREEN AND RED line in the lower left of this first picture. Watch for its debuts online beginning June 1.)

Below, a gorgeous pair of quilts done in Sarah J Maxwell’s A SHOUT, A WHISPER, A TEXT collection… She’s showing the runner version of her “Wheels” quilt pattern, and a new, super easy quilt (pattern coming soon!)

And how cute are Carla Peicheff’s wristlets and wallets below? She used her favorite pairings of #shoutwhispertext, too. Check her out @cpeicheff on Instagram for pattern information…

Nancy Rink presented her creative new rendition of rug-hooking, using the WOOL COLLECTION with beautifully radiant results!  We love her “Modern Traditional” take on this time-honored technique…New patterns from Nancy are coming soon!

And applique expert Casey York shared her innovative “embroidered edge applique” technique for a truly beautiful, look that adds texture, detail and durability to any appliqued project.  It’s shown here with Casey’s new FINESPUN collection:

Photo by Patricia Belyea

“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!

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!