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:

PANTONE Ultra Violet: Comment to Win!

PANTONE Color InstitutePantone has picked another winner for its Color of the Year!  It’s ULTRA VIOLET 18-3838, and it’s actually a great complement to last year’s wildly popular pic, GREENERY, as well as other shades of green, blue and purple.  Pantone says of the choice:

“Inventive and imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come. A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”   (Don’t you just love Pantone’s narratives?)

We’re sold! What do you think of this year’s star color?  Comment on Studio 37’s Instagram post by this Friday, January 26 for a chance to win a fabric bundle in honor of this year’s pick!


A Few PEEPS Fun Facts:

PEEPS® marshmallow candies aren’t just for Easter anymore!  People who love the sweet treats can enjoy them on all kinds of holidays now, and since our new PEEPS collection will soon be appearing in your local quilt shops, we thought we’d share a few PEEPS fun facts with you.  Did you know…

  • 52 million PEEPS are made in an 8-week period for Easter sales
  • 21 million families purchase peeps each year
  • Easter candy as a whole is a $2.6 billion industry
  • Key consumers spend about $170.00 on Easter, which includes $24.00 worth of candy
  • PEEPS cannot walk, change expression or talk.  They only communicate through text bubbles  ; )
  • PEEPS people also tend to be avid crafters, so we know you’ll love the fabrics as much as the candies.  We’re thinking Easter basket liners, quilts, pillows, table settings, soft-sculpture chicks and bunnies, and sew much more!


About Just Born Quality Confections
Just Born Quality Confections is a third generation family-owned company founded in 1923, headquartered in Bethlehem, PA, and the makers of PEEPS®, HOT TAMALES®, MIKE AND IKE® and GOLDENBERG’S® PEANUT CHEWS® Brand Candies are produced in Philadelphia, PA. All Just Born candies are made in the U.S.A.
The PEEPS® brand and the PEEPS® shapes are trademarks of Just Born, Inc., Bethlehem, PA, USA, and are used under license. ©2018

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.

Coming Soon: TWILIGHT with a Twist!

A great quilt pattern is one that can adapt to different collections, to appeal to different quilters, and Nancy Rink’s Amish with a Twist Series One design is clear proof!  The BOM quilt enjoyed huge success in various CENTENNIAL SOLID palettes several seasons ago (you probably made one yourself!), and now, by popular demand, Nancy has now re-worked her pieced-and-appliqued bestseller using her new TWILIGHT TONES collection, with beautiful results…

So, for 2018, she’s putting together all of the necessary information for your quilt shops to offer this stunning new variation!  The colors are perfect for year-long enjoyment.  The five-part program results in a generously sized quilt approximately 88″ x 105″.  Check with your favorite shop for details!

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.