Happy World Embroidery Day!

Yes, today is World Embroidery Day!

In 2011 a local group belonging to Broderiakademin, the Swedish Embroiderers’ Guild, took the initiative to plan and create a special day to celebrate embroidery. World Embroidery Day was born. It’s now celebrated yearly on July 30.

So we thought we’d celebrate with a sneak peek at some of the embroidery work in our office, both finished and in-progress:

A while back, Brandy added lush embroidery stitches over the floral motifs of Laura Berringer’s INDIGO INFLUENCE, all raw-edge appliqued onto a background of Laura’s hot pink COLOR INFLUENCE texture print!  We loved the results ; )

Pati just started a yet-to-be-identified project, using our all-cotton BASECLOTH as the foundation.  I think she actually started this on her bus commute  ; )  The Basecloth’s slightly pebbled texture and medium weight make it the perfect support for all types of embellishments.  It’s also great for clothing, which you can then embellish as you like.Look for all eight colors at your favorite quilt shops.

       

Next, in the showroom we came across this gorgeous pillow, a contemporary design by Miriam Gourley. She adds hand stitching over a mix of FADE OUT neutral tonals by Laura Berringer, with appliques of Kim Eichler-Messmer’s IMBUE BATIKS.

We could all probably use little “embroidery break”, a minute to slow down end enjoy some creative, tech-free handiwork, so why not today? As mentioned on the World Embroidery Day website, “Make 30th July a day filled with creativity for the sake of Peace, Freedom and Equality”. Check out the manifesto in English, and find links to other languages on the site, too — Happy Stitching!

Win FADE OUT NOW: Enter the Okan Arts Giveaway!

 

It seems FADE OUT is becoming the new favorite background of quilters everywhere! Designed by Laura Berringer for Studio 37 Fabrics, it’s a perfect mix of subtle patterning and contemporary neutral color.

Okan Arts has embraced the collection along with everyone else, and they’ve paired these prints with Aurifil threads to create a great giveaway!  Check out their blog post to enter now thru midnight Pacific Time on April 30, 2018.  Thanks to Okan Arts for partnering with us and Aurifil!

And if you love these, watch for the debut of FADE IN, also by Laura Berringer!

P.S.  Be sure to follow all of us on Instagram: @studio37fabrics, @marcusfabrics @laurasewmodern, @okanarts, @aurifilthreads

Putting the ARTISAN in Artisan Batiks

What makes a batik an “artisan batik”? Clearly, all batiks are created by talented artists around the world, whether or not we know their names.  With two beautiful designer batik collections in our current Studio 37 line, we asked our designers what it is that gives their creations that “artisan” touch, and uncovered some of their signature characteristics:


Victoria Findlay Wolfe
describes her PARTS DEPT. BATIKS as having an artistic use of negative space in the designs.  “Graphic, fun rock-and-roll style prints…Edgy, yet they play well with others.  Classic dots and Crisp whites.” Her Star Storm pattern and kit (lower left) are available online.

  

   

Kim Eichler-Messmer points out the following in her IMBUE BATIKS, her debut collection for Studio 37.  They are different because of clean, modern color palette inspired by my own hand dyed fabric…

   

Graphic, contrasting patterns that vary in scale from large to small.  The fabric is nice and soft and smooth, very easy to work with in quilts and garments.  They are hand printed and the hand of the maker shows in the imperfections that add character to the cloth.”  You’ll find Kim’s IMBUE quilt patterns, Robie and Sonia online.
  
Also check out Kenna Ogg’s (Madison Cottage Design) rendition of IMBUE – her G. Smith quilt pattern, below, is also available online:

So…Who Won the AGED MUSLINS???

Thanks to everyone for your inspiring ideas about our AGED MUSLINS and NEW AGED MUSLINS.  If you haven’t already, take a few minutes to read thru everyone’s terrific ideas – including some we hadn’t even thought of!

Without further delay, the winner of our random drawing is Christina Northern, from the metro DC area.  We’re pleased to introduce this new palette to so many new fans, includung Christina, who commented:   “What an interesting idea. I have not seen this kind of thing before. But Aged Muslin sounds so interesting. Can’t wait to work with it and turn it into something distinct.”   

You’ll find most of the colors in your favorite local quilt shops now, and the newer saturated colors will be shipping soon.  

And watch for details of the new Aged Muslins BOM, Stargazing, by Krisanne Watkins of Quail Valley Quilts. (shown here)

We’re Celebrating AGED MUSLINS with a Giveaway!

TEN YEARS and still going strong!! In fact, ever since we introduced this novelty “not-so-solid” solid in 2007-08, they’ve just gotten better with time —

What separates our AGED MUSLIN from the look-alikes is a special dyeing technique that creates a faded, distressed, look.  The result is an inherent overall shading that gives the cloth gives its rich, suede-like appearance.   These qualities make our AGED MUSLINS an interesting complement for prints in pieced quilts, where a true solid would read too “flat”, and a texture print isn’t quite right either.

  • The 100% cotton range began with a few neutrals in paper-bag tones
  • Then it expanded to include blues and greys — Pair these with the season’s best denims & chambrays.
  • Next came the dusty midtones (NEW AGED MUSLINS)
  • And in 2017, we added eight saturated fashion colors to the New Aged Muslins category.

Perfect for Trendy and Traditional Quilts, Home Décor, Fashion…

  • They’ll give an authentic, aged look when paired with reproductions, or a casual effect when blended with contemporary prints.
  • AGED MUSLIN’s weave is slightly tighter than standard quilting fabrics, making it an excellent background fabric for appliqué, embroidery and other forms of handwork.
  • The collection also plays well on its own, as you can see in “Stargazing”, shown below our new Aged Muslin BOM program by Krisanne Watkins of Quail Valley Quilts.  Watch for details on line soon!(Begins September 2018, 91” x 91”)

What’s your favorite use for our Aged Muslins, including neutrals, blues and greys, dusty midtones or the newest saturated colors?  Or if you haven’t tried them yet, what would you make?  Comment below for the chance to WIN a FQ BUNDLE!! All blog comments received by Sunday, April 8 at 11:59pm are eligible for the random dawing  —  Good Luck!

Ready to Join the Designer Duo Quilt-Along?

It all begins on April 6, and it features one gorgeous quilt made up in two gorgeous Studio 37 collections…

The quilt is called “Kaleidoscope”, shown in Nancy Rink’s SEA GLASS (Left) and Sarah Maxwell’s BRING ON THE BUBBLY.

In addition to their own renditions, they’ll share versions of quilts by a few of their quilt buddies in other fabrics as well.

Get the complete details on Nancy’s blog, grab your pattern, choose your fabric, and join in the fun for 8 weeks, starting on  April 6. And be sure to join the Facebook Group, too!

#DesignerDuoQAL

Follow Nancy on Instagram @nancyrink

Follow Sarah in Instagram @sjmax105

 

What’s In Store Now (Literally), from Studio 37…plus a Giveaway!

While some of our staffers and designers are recovering from QuiltCon mania in Pasadena this past weekend, we thought we’d review three can’t-miss collections you’ll find in your favorite quilt shops now…plus, following the show, we’re still in Giveaway mode, so read on for details on how to enter and WIN a Studio 37 fabric bundle!

IMBUE – Kim Eichler-Messmer’s debut collection for Studio 37 is a beautiful blend of artisan batiks. You’ll love her color sense, whether you use them all together, or combine just a few of the colors in a project, like Kim did in her “Robie” quilt design below.

COLOR MOOD – Inspired by contemporary rainbow themes across various design categories, coupled with the vast technological capabilities of digital fabrics, Laura Berringer brings us a fun and exciting group, to be used as it is, or thoughtfully cut and re-pieced for limitless creative options…or, you could always just wrap yourself up in it until the right inspiration strikes  ; )PRIMO PLAID FLANNELS — At the same time, we love how well Laura’s COLOR MOOD plays with our best-selling yarn-dyed plaid flannels, now in Nancy Rink’s TWILIGHT TONES palette (we told you these Color Moods were fun!!)  These bright and beautiful flannels are also in your local quilt shops now, so you can sew and enjoy them now through the spring season, and have a colorful headstart into next autumn, too…

Now, about the GIVEAWAY:  Just subscribe to our blog, then comment below on your favorite contemporary quilt trends, whether or not you attended Quilt Con.  What color palettes, techniques or quilt styles draw you to the modern side? Comments received by Monday, March 6 will be entered into our random drawing for a bundle of contemporary inspiration!

Let’s Meet at QUILTCON! — Part II

We’re happy to have the newest member of the Studio 37 design team joining us at QuiltCon! Meet Kim Eichler-Messmer, whose debut collection of gorgeous artisan batiks, IMBUE is hitting quilt shops this month! 

FREE DEMO: Kim will share her techniques for reverse applique on Thursday from 2-4pm in our booth (911).  She’s also giving two lectures (at this time, they’re both still available, unlike her reverse applique workshop that’s already sold out!)  Her lectures include:

Fine Art to Functional Quilts – Thursday 2/22 10:30 – 11:15am.  Kim studied painting and printmaking in college (among many, many other things) and pursued a career in fine art. She never intended to make a quilt until, one day in graduate school, it seemed like a good idea. Armed with a sewing machine, scissors, some precious hand dyed fabric, and no idea what she was doing, she embarked on a quilt adventure. Essentially, she learned how to quilt by doing everything wrong. Hear about her path from Fine Art to Functional Quilts and how inspiration can be found all around us.

Dyeing Fabric for Modern Quilts, Saturday 2/24 1:45 – 2:30pm Dyeing your own fabric is a great way to customize your quilts and is much easier than you might think. Kim will discuss different dyes and methods including natural and synthetic dye, indigo, removing dye, and shibori. If you’ve been wanting to add dyeing to your quilt tool box but aren’t sure how, this lecture will provide the resources and inspiration you need to create dyed fabrics to mix in with your favorite Studio 37 fabrics!

Expand your creativity with free demos and lectures like these, plus booth displays, classes, exhibits, vendors, and the general joyful interaction that quilting brings, all at QuiltCon — there’s still time to register!!

Let’s Meet at QUILTCON!! — Part I

We’re thrilled to return this year as a sponsor and exhibitor at QuiltCon, the premiere event of the Modern Quilt Guild!  It takes place in Pasadena, CA from February 22-25, and we’re busy putting the finishing touches on the booth and some special events. We’ll again sponsor the award in the category of Modern Traditionalism, and we’re also the proud sponsor of the MQG Leadership Breakfast meeting for chapter leaders, so we’ll see you there, bright and early on Saturday ; )

During the show, you’ll find us in BOOTH 911, where you can pick up your postcard for our Booth Hop – there’s a $1500 Quilter’s Prize Pack at stake — just visit our participating sponsor booths at QuiltCon and follow the easy instructions to enter…just pick up this postcard at our booth to get started!  Sponsors include our own Studio 37 designers, along with Aurifil, Olfa, Sizzix, and Private Source Quilting – thanks to all of you!

When you hop over to Booth 530, you’ll see what’s new with Studio 37 designers Nancy Rink and Sarah J Maxwell. They’ll be previewing a fun new #designerduo Quilt-Along (it begins in April!) and Sarah will demo chenille techniques using her Primo Plaid Flannels and the Olfa Chenille cutter.

There’s too much QuiltCon activity to share in just one blog post… stay tuned for Part II!

A Year’s Worth of Creative Excitement!

A fresh year means a fresh start for our creative projects…check out just a few of the exciting things coming your way in the coming months from Marcus and Studio 37!

Sneak Peeks!  Watch for these collections online beginning February 1:

And get caught up with our most recent releases, online now: