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.
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)
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.
A great quilt pattern is one that can adapt to different collections, to appeal to different quilters, and Nancy Rink’s Amish with a TwistSeries Onedesign 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!
We’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 Harvestand 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.
We appreciate the major role our talented DESIGNERS obviously play in the twice-yearly production known as Quilt Market! You can find them stitching on their last-minute quilt bindings, demonstrating new techniques, making presentations to shop owners or sales reps, greeting fans at book signings, and more. In general, their schedules stay pretty packed throughout the show, both behind the scenes and on the show floor…
Our friends at Indygo Junctionhave a really fun giveaway going on right now! If you’re good at guessing weights, check out their blog post and make your best guess on the weight of this pumpkin (the real one, not the fabric ones ; )
You could win Indygo Junction’s Pumpkin Trio Pattern and a bundle of their fall favorites! You’ll also pick up a few fall crafting tips, and see how they’ve used some of their favorite PRIMO PLAID FLANNELS. Like many of you, they’ve used our Primo Plaid Flannels for years, enjoying its plush hand, yarn-dyed quality and ever-growing variety of colors and designs. Hurry…the contest ends on October 15! BE SURE TO ENTER YOUR GUESS ON INDYGO’S BLOG POST! We don’t want you to miss your chance to win ; )
If so, you’ll enjoy these ideas featuring our Holiday 2017 collections, starting with Laura Berringer’s FROSTY FLAMINGO. Laura’s a longtime fabric designer, and though she’s relatively to sewing and quilting, she’s quickly moving beyond her “Newbie” status ; ) We love her tropically festive holiday stockings with contrast cuffs!
Then Brandy Browner took the “tropically festive” theme to another level with her imaginative interpretation – check out her realistic yet whimsical wing and beak accents – she drafted her own pattern pieces to achieve the look.
And Miriam Rawson found table runner inspiration in Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s GREEN AND RED prints! This pattern is called “Checkmate” by Lella Boutique, is actually for a 16-block quilt, but Miriam adapted the pattern using just four blocks…
And or course, we love Victoria’s own take on her GREEN AND RED collection, in her signature Double Wedding Ring design!
Be sure to also mix in PRIMO PLAID FLANNELS, the WOOL COLLECTION and other basics for easy Holiday style. Whatever you celebrate, whatever you make — and whenever you start — Happy Holiday Stitching to All!!
Check out the details of the current SIZZIX Maker Challenge, featuring the dies and fabrics of our own Victoria Findlay Wolfe!
Grab your favorite Victoria Findlay Wolfe fabric from Studio 37 /Marcus Fabrics and choose at least one of Victoria’s dies, specified in the Challenge rules. Create a quilt that is greater than 16″ but smaller than 60″ square. Post it online at Sizzix by October 8th, when she’ll choose the winner! This lucky quilter will win not just one but TWO of Victoria’s brand new quilting dies (they’re a surprise!) She explains it all in this video… Good Luck to All!