Review of “Charles James: Beyond Fashion”

Met2Brandy, our office & merchandising assistant and Christine, our summer intern (shown here) recently visited the Charles James exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Check out their review of the exhibit:

“It’s not too late to catch the Charles James exhibit (http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2014/charles-james-beyond-fashion) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (http://www.metmuseum.org/). The show closes on August 10, 2014.Mey6

Charles James created sculptural gowns and daytime pieces. The exhibit is broken into 2 sections – the special exhibition galleries (walk through the Greek and Roman galleries) on the Museum’s first floor and The Costume Institute’s Anna Wintour Costume Center (walk through the Egyptian galleries).
Met4Met7Visit the special exhibition galleries first because this is where the couture pieces are. There are videos that break down the construction of the gowns from 3 dimensional to flat patterns. James created this cream & gold dress following a huge Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit here in the US.  Can you see the O’Keeffe influence?
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The Costume Institute has less formal gowns and daytime pieces. You will also see more of Charles James’ process here. The satin jacket above  is Brandy’s favorite – maybe because of its quilted effect? It was made in response to the all the fur jackets being sported at the time.
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Fun Fact. Gypsy Rose Lee (inset) wore Charles James. The red dress shown is believed to be one she wore in a magazine editorial.

Lucky Quilters Visit Judie Rothermel at Her Shop!

JudieInShop-CantonWe were thrilled to see the recent pictures posted on the Patchwork Breeze blog.  A group of quilters reported their stop at Schoolhouse Quilts in Canton, OH as “Day 4″ of a special 6-day quilter’s excursion, by coach from Michigan to West Virginia.  The post provides some great pictures & commentary about Judie and her beautiful quilt shop, including the beautiful quilts on display.

See ALL of the pix from their visit…enjoy!

The “Season” for Wools and Cotton Prints…

CrowBundlesComing soon to a quilt shop near you… two debut collections from the Quilting Crow Girls of Australia – THE SEASONS WOOL COLLECTION and POMEGRANATE LANEThe design duo combines easy pieced blocks with wool applique in Marcus’ new BOM, The Seasons on Pomegranate Lane (shown below).

If you’re new to felted woven wool applique, the Girls Crow-BOMquiltshow you how to felt the wool for a soft, luxurious feel, how to pair up prints with wools, applique with wool and more — you’ll even find free pincushion projects online to get you started! Download the PDF for tips & the Girls’ free “Birdee” Pincushion projectCrow-Faces

For even more inspiration, be sure to check out the Quilted Crow Girls’ books and patterns, including their upcoming second title, Country Elegance, available in September 2014 (Martingale).

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Marcus Fabrics “Friends & Companions” SEW-ALONG

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(Links Corrected)  Looking for a fun summer quilt project?  We’ve gathered Marcus designers to help create an exciting new Sew-Along, using selected prints from the PAULA BARNES COMPANIONS collection!  Each Friday for ten weeks, you’ll visit a designer’s blog for the block info and instructions, followed by the finished quilt reveal in Week 10.  AND, you’ll have a chance to win a great prize each week, in addition to a Grand Prize at the end of the Sew-Along! Be sure to order your fabric kit from one of the participating designers now (see below), so you’ll be ready to begin with us on August 1.

MB Friends & Companions Kit Fabrics 2Sew-Along tip: Visit each designer’s blog before August 1 and enter your email address in the “Follow by Email” icon or “Subscribe” box on each designer’s blog shown below.  That way, you won’t miss any of the good things we have in store for you, and you’ll be able to print all of the block directions to take to your cutting table and sewing machine!

8/1  Pam Buda ~ * Heartspun Quilts
8/8  Paula Barnes ~ * Red Crinoline Quilts
8/15  Sarah Maxwell ~ * Homestead Hearth
8/22  Pati Violick ~ Marcus Fabrics
8/29  Gloria Parsons ~ Olde Green Cupboard Designs
9/5  Nancy Rink ~ Nancy Rink Designs
9/12  Mary Ellen Robison ~ Red Crinoline Quilts
9/19  Dolores Smith ~ Homestead Hearth
9/26  Lisa Shepard Stewart ~ Marcus Fabrics
10/3  Red Crinoline Quilts ~ Quilt Revealed!

(*Kits are available from the first three designer websites above)

If you’re a Paula Barnes collector and you already have the prints, or you’re choosing your own fabrics, here’s what you’ll need:

* For Blocks:
1⁄4 yard cheddar print
1⁄2 yard light print #1
1/6 yard red print #1
1⁄4 yard black print
1/6 yard blue print
1⁄3 yard olive green print

* For Quilt Setting and Borders:
1-3⁄4 yards red print #2 for outside border
1-1⁄4 yards black print for alternate block, inside border and binding.
1-1⁄8 yards light print #2 for alternate block
1 yard olive green print for setting corners and triangles.
4 yards for backing

*Prizes will be awarded each week from the featured designer
*Quilt size  60 x 60 and block size 8 inches
So join Marcus & our designers for this exciting new Sew-Along!  See you on August 1!

 

 

On Newsstands Now, from McCall’s Quilting

On newsstands now… in the July/August issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine, Homestead Hearth combines fabrics from two Marcus collections, ROMANTIC RENAISSANCE and PRIMO BATIKS, both by Molly B’s Studio to make the Double Monkey Wrench motifs on this pretty bed size quilt.  You can also visit the magazine’s website for instructions to make a lap sized version!

Booth 2335 – So Far, So Good…

Booth setup is moving along well…catch this sneak peek of current collections, made up in gorgeous children’s dresses.  These include #LRRH, Precious Beginnings and American Bouquet among others.  Behind them are previews of our new The Seasons on Pomegranate Lane BOM, a mix of prints and felted woven wools by The Quilted Crow Girls (photo 1, left), and Sidewalk Cafe (photo 1, right and last photo).  Photo 2 finds Indra, our Customer Service Manager, peeking out from behind a shipping crate, and photo 3 shows off a quilts featuring Molly B’s Basics. You’ll find them all in our Fabric Gallery.

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Olde Green Cupboard and the Gold Star Placemats

OldeGreenCupMilitary Each year, Olde Green Cupboard Designs sponsors four retreats that are held at the Camp Blanding Joint Training Florida National Guard Center in Starke, Florida.

These retreats are for attendees that want to finish up those projects they have been working on for a long time. What a relief it is for quilters to finish projects, loose the guilty feelings of unfinished UFO’s, and then get excited about moving on to the next project or purchasing fabric they’ve been lusting for!

This retreat is also about giving back to our military families here in Florida. Each retreat we have dozens of quilts that are donated by the attendees… made especially for fallen soldiers, soldiers that have been returned to the states with injuries… and/or for their OldeGreenCup-StarPlacematsfamilies. Along with the quilts donated, we work on placemats for their “Gold Star Program”. These placemats are given to families whose military loved ones are away on deployment or have died in combat. It symbolizes the “love of family” by placing the mat at the dinner table, to acknowledge that he or she is always with them during “family” times. They are made like the flags shown in the family’s home windows or on their cars – Red with a gold star in the middle for a fallen soldier, while blue star placemats denote a service person away on deployment. In addition – all retreat registration funds are donated to the post to use at their discretion for families that may be in need while their military members are away serving our country.

All of us that attend take these gifts very serious and will continue to donate as long as our machines keep on sewing. Thank you to Marcus Fabrics for their donation of fabric for our Gold Star Placemats! Your support is greatly appreciated – from all of us and our military families. While our current retreats are all sold out, we encourage you to find a group in your neighborhood and donate your time and talent  today… it does our hearts good!!  –  Olde Green Cupboard Designs

M FOR MYSTERY – Free Pattern from APQ!

If you receive the great e-newsletters from AllPeopleQuilt.com like we do, you probably noticed this gorgeous wall hanging featured in today’s issue…It’s made with our own M FOR MYSTERY collection by Faye Burgos!  Their editors chose the blue and gold colorway, and we think it would be equally pretty in the pink and black combo: What do you think?  Try out your flower motif machine applique and sawtooth border skills in either version for stunning results.  Get the free pattern!

Win Carol Hopkins’ New eBook!

Marcus Fabrics is teaming up with Martingale to celebrate the publication of Carol Hopkin’s new book, Civil War Legacies II In it, Carol presents another outstanding collection of charming projects! Each engaging quilt is ideal for 1860s reproduction fabrics, and Judie Rothermel fans are sure to recognize her fabrics page after page (actually, beginning with the book cover!)

What do you love about Civil War quilts?  Check out Judie’s new ENDURING LEGACY collection, inspired by Old Sturbridge Village, and featured in

three of Carol’s new patterns.

Win Carol’s eBook!

To enter Marcus’ free drawing for the eBook, simply comment below.  Then visit the Martingale blog for another chance to win!

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Road to CA – Here’s the Prizewinner We Sponsored!

RoadtoCAWinner2014Once again, Marcus Fabrics was thrilled to be a sponsor of the ever-popular Road to California Quilters’  Conference and Showcase, also known as Road2CA.  We provided the $750 cash prize in the Best Miniature Quilt category.  The winning entry, Dans les Bains de Maroc, was created by Robin Gausebeck, who was inspired by Moroccan motifs on wallpaper in her master bathroom.

To see more of the quilts, visit RoadCongratulations to Robin, and to all of the Road2CA winners — see you next year!