Whether you’re a pro football fan or not, you can’t help but notice the Super Bowl frenzy, and it’s magnified for us here in NYC. In fact, from the weather forecast to the NJ-NY “rivalry” to the game itself, you almost feel left out if you’re NOT talking about it on some level! This is a view of Broadway, just steps from our offices:
What about you, quilting friends? Are you into the Big Game? Will you spend February 2 around the big screen with friends and food, or will you use the day as a creative getaway and quilt the day away? Maybe you’re just now finishing up some PRIMO PLAID quilts (or scarves!) to stay cozy no matter where you are…let us know how you’ll spend the day!
Looking for the perfect project to welcome Spring? Consider this pretty quilt designed by Homestead Hearth, featuring Faye Burgos’ beautiful SUBTLE SKIES collection. ”Gentle Dawn” is fully patterned in the McCall’s Quilting March/April 2014 issue. It’s beginner friendly, and a kit is available. We love it for a guest bedroom, but once you sew it up, you’ll want to treat yourself!
If you love quilting and fabric crafts, chances are your artistic interests might also include other crafts, too, so we thought you’d enjoy a sneak-peek at some of the trends unveiled recently at the Craft & Hobby Association’s 2014 Winter trade show…
While fabrics aren’t quite the main focus of this show, there’s always some cross-over of trends that are worth considering, and we congratulate our friends at Brother International for taking First Place in CHA’s Hot 20 Awards! Brother’s new ScanNCut machine is a revolutionary new home and hobby cutting machine with the convenience of a 300 DPI built-in scanner. It stands alone, so you don’t have to hook it up to your computer. It cuts fabric beautifully, along with paper, vinyl and other things! In fact, the die-cutting category in general proved to be one of the top trends. Other areas of creative interest include:
Airbrushing and airbrushed effects – found on everything from T-shirts to wall art to cake tops!
Chalkboard Art, which leads to chalky effects, giving an “instant vintage’” effect for home decorating. NEW AGED MUSLINS provide the look, without the chalky mess!
Raw Materials & Textures: Cork, Burlap, Canvas, Wood
When you think of your favorite local quilt shop (LQS), what comes to mind? Probably an inspiring place filled with great fabrics, useful notions and essential supplies, fun, laughter, camaraderie, and learning…your own creative escape, right? Isn’t that worthy of a special event?
Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day is a worldwide celebration for independently-owned quilt and fabric shops everywhere. The team at The Fabric Shop Networkbrings us its second annual celebration of the local quilt shop on Saturday, January 25, 2014, and you’re invited to join in!
Designed to connect retailers and fabric lovers, Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day will feature special events, depending on your shop. Each store is able to participate in their own way. For more information on what is happening in your area, contact your favorite LQS and ask them to join in the celebration! And while you’re there, be sure to check out the latest Marcus Fabrics collections…
…The first issue of 2014 (Jan/Feb) just hit my desk, and we’re thrilled to see Nancy Rink’s quilt made the cut! It’s on the chair, third from the left, and it features PARTY OF TWELVE by Judie Rothermel, PIN MONEY by Pam Buda and PAULA BARNES COMPANIONS. Check out this full view of the quilt, called “Clara’s Pride”...with just two block designs and a beautiful range of repro prints, we think it’s a great way to begin the quilting year! Congratulations, Nancy! — lisa s
We recently shared some exciting new developments in progress at the Quilts of Valor program, an ongoing mission dedicated to providing US servicemen and veterans with comforting quilts. At the same time, we’re enjoying an enthusiastic response to Faye Burgos’ new LOVE & GLORY collection, the long-awaited follow-up to her popular American Valor Fabric Collection. As a result of these events, we asked our expert quilt designer Heidi Pridemore to revise her original free project, making it large (64″ x 82) to fit the size requirements of the Quilts of Valor program, and the free project is online now! Thanks to QOV for sharing your love of quilting for a cause, and Thank You to our dedicated service people past and present, for all that you do.
Well, what do you think? Will RADIANT ORCHID play a part in your 2014 creative plans? Do you think it works best for quilts, home decor, or fashion? It does play well with this orchid/plum colorway of MEDALLION MUSE by Faye Burgos! See the entire collection, available in quilt shops beginning in March. Read more about this new celebrity in the world of color!
At this time of year especially, we’d like to express our gratitude to all of our quilting friends, those celebrating Thanksgiving with us here in the US, as well as our friends around the world. Thank you for sharing our love of quilting, sewing and crafting!
May you enjoy a safe, happy and creative holiday season…
Have you seen the latest edition of McCall’s Quilting magazine (Jan/Feb 2014)? Among its beautiful featured quilts is this design by Homestead Hearth. They’ve transformed our Molly B’s Harvest Palette and Primo Batiks collections into a richly colored quilt inspired by Italian mosaic tilework. A kit is available.
The holidays are here! And we can practically feel the vibrations of your sewing machines all over the world, creating gifts and decorative accents for the upcoming festivities. Now, if you’re still in search of fresh holiday inspiration, try Nancy Rink’s Fancy Packages quilt design, done in her own TWEET FOR TWO prints for Marcus Fabrics. Nancy’s easy layout lets you customize the block configurations to create not only the wall hanging as show, but also pillow fronts (approx. 4 by 4 blocks or 1 x 3 blocks for a bolster style), mantle drapes (approx. 3 by 10 blocks), table runners (approx. 2 by 12 blocks) and more! Of course the actual number of blocks you need will depend on your desired finished size. Don’t you just love a versatile quilt pattern?