Emilie Elizabeth, the Quilt

Lynn Wilder of the Sew’n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog shared her recent project with us, a gorgeous quilt entitled Emilie Elizabeth, named after her grandmother.  Lynn used a mix of JUDIE’S ALBUM QUILT prints and PAULA BARNES COMPANIONS, and documented her work in a revealing photo album.  It’s exciting to see how the project comes together!  Lynn tells us that the pattern for Emilie Elizabeth will be available soon.

How many of you also document your quilts-in-progress?  Do you do it for technical, creative or historical purposes, or all three?

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Did You Catch WEEK #6 of the Sew-Along?

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Hi everyone! If you’ve had a busy weekend or otherwise missed it, check out our sixth block…the Marcus sew-along excitement continues with Nancy Rink of Nancy Rink Designs.  It looks intricate, but Nancy makes it easy! Read all about this creative author and designer, then stitch up her sew-along block, taking advantage of her expert tips along the way.

With just three more “Friday” block posts to go, we’re two-thirds of the way there, but there’s still time to get caught up!  You’ll find the full sew-along details here, including the schedule. With two-thirds of the blocks completed, we know you can’t wait for the big reveal, and neither can we!!  Stay focused, and stay tuned….   -lisa

The Crow Girls Love Aurifil Cotton Mako 28wt

As if the excitement from yesterday’s blog post wasn’t enough, several samples of Aurifil Cotton Mako 28wt thread arrived at the office, in colors selected by the Quilted Crow Girls specifically for THE SEASONS WOOL COLLECTION.  Gorgeous, lustrous threads — I had to show them off! Their picks include:  2887 (lighter green) and 5012 (darker green) 2630 (charcoal), 2468 (burgundy-brown), 2460 (pomegranate), 1310 (slate blue), 2975 (a gorgeous gold!) and 2445 (a rose pink).  We can see why the Girls prefer this thread for their wool-on-cotton applique projects. Thanks to Aurifil for the samples!

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It’s A Quilted Crow Girls Giveaway!

That’s right!  We’re again partnering with our friends at Martingale, this time to celebrate the release of the Quilted Crow Girls’ new book, Country Elegance. 

With their first hugely popular book Elegant Quilts, Country Charm, design duo Leonie Bateman and Deirdre Bond-Abel won fans around the world.  Now these talented Australian designers are back with stunning all-new designs featuring wool appliqué on cotton backgrounds.

Best of all, you’ve got TWO chances to win this free eBook courtesy of Martingale, PLUS a bundle of FQs from the Crow Girls’ gorgeous new group for Marcus, THE SEASONS WOOL COLLECTION, so leave a comment below, and on the Martingale blog too, to increase your chance of winning…Good Luck!

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It seems Australian design influences are big here in the US quilting market, and around the world.  Read more about some of the specific elements behind this exciting creative surge!

Announcing the Sew-Along WEEK #4 Winners!

Hello quilting friends!  Without further delay, we’ve randomly chosen three winners of our Week #4 Sew-Along giveaway.  I’m calling it our “EPP with Pati V” Pack.  Winners will receive English Paper Piecing hexies by Paper Pieces and a selection of Marcus Fabrics in Pati’s favorite taupy neutrals (prints may vary from those shown here).  Thanks to all who submitted their comments!   —– lisaSAL-PatiPrizesSTACKOur Week #4 winners are:

1. Joan Wilson, who commented, “The combination of several fine designers, designing a quilt, on line, is such a great idea and sense of a quilting community (that is not available to me in my area).  It gives me a wonderful feeling of being part of a large group of quilters. I hope this is the 1st of many projects.”

2. Rachael Ferrera, who commented, “I just love the block, especially all of the color! Thanks for the opportunity to win.”

3. Camille Lefebvre, who commented, “Having sew much fun with this sew along! Wondering what the difference is between English paper piecing and just paper piecing? Would love to try something new! Thanks for the opportunity.”  (Read Pati’s answer…)

The Marcus Sew-Along WEEK #5!

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Hi All!  In case you missed it during the busy Labor Day weekend here in the US, here’s a quick reminder that WEEK #5 of our Sew-Along is now posted on the Olde Green Cupboard blog!  It’s designed by Gloria Parsons and includes her great tips & techniques, so be sure to visit the blog now to download this block:

Gloria-sewalong blockIt seems that many of you love Cheddar, so Gloria serves it up on a four-basket design. We’re now at the halfway point (well, four blocks to go, plus the reveal!).  It goes quickly, doesn’t it?  If you’ve got friends who still want to join in the fun, point them here for all of the details, and stay tuned for WEEK #6 this Friday, Sept 5, over at Nancy Rink Designs! Enjoy…   -lisa

September is National Sewing Month!

Celebrated officially in the US since 1982, National Sewing Month is a perfect opportunity to indulge ourselves in our collective passion for sewing, quilting and all things FABRIC! Visit your local quilt shops and fabric stores, visit or join your local guild, or just gather a few friends to share some creative time…the National Sewing Month website has project ideas and more for you!

English Paper Piecing vs. Paper Piecing

One of our comments from WEEK #4 of our SewAlong asked Pati about the difference between English Paper Piecing and Paper Piecing.

“There is always a little confusion with this:

In English Paper Piecing-is a hands on sewing method –no sewing machine required.   Working with paper templates that are die cut from card stock in specific shapes and measurements like hexagons, diamonds, triangles etc…   fabric is cut little larger than the template all around –(I usually cut a generous  ¼”)   then hand stitched around the shape thru the paper  (or new glue pen method is being used a lot).   Then the fabric shapes are whip-stitched together to create you block design like Grandmother’s Flower Garden, Stars etc…  The beauty in English Paper Piecing is always the accuracy of the finished design and the hand work which is I love.  Watch out – very addicting for some.

Paper Piecing is sometimes confused with Foundation Piecing.  In Paper Piecing a design is printed or drawn on paper.   Fabric is placed on top of the paper design and stitched thru paper and fabric to create the design (usually using a sewing machine) after the blocks are sewn together the paper is torn off.  With Foundation Piecing –usually a light weight fabric is used and similar to Paper Piecing a design it can be printed or drawn on to the fabric or Crazy Quilt method where you just piece as you go but in all cases the base fabric is left in place.

Of course there are many other references for “paper piecing” –freeze paper, parchment paper etc..  This is just my spin on it.”

It’s WEEK #4 of the Marcus Sew-Along!

Hi, I’m Pati Violick.  As the Director of Marketing for Marcus Fabrics, I am very excited to be participating in our Sew Along. “Sew”, a little about me – I enjoy creating, and I especially love making little girls dresses for Quilt Market as well as making quilts. Those who know me well know these 3 things:

1. My husband calls me “Miss Ivory or Miss Beige”. Yes, it’s hard to believe since I work with color & prints on a daily basis, that everything else in my life falls into the neutral category including clothes, decor, even my dog Scout is a beautiful shade of taupe (and yes “taupe” is my favorite color!), although I certainly like all shades of grey & basic black too.

2. One of my favorite pastimes is English Paper Piecing. I have “thousands”of Pieces, (well maybe many, many 100’s) in all shapes, sizes and colors. I actually use some for special gifts like purses, small quilts or embellishments but, the majority of them are beautifully arrayed in baskets, boxes & pretty containers. Truth is, some are just to pretty to do anything with.

3. Last but not least – I come from a big family; I am the oldest of 8. I have been very fortunate in my job here at Marcus to forge new relationships, working with so many wonderful people here in our NY office & designers that have all become part of my family.

 

OK  — no surprise, my giveaway this week is all of the above: A stunning assortment of 8 fat quarters in my favorite colors with some wonderful paper pieces.  Now, on to Block #4 of the Sew-Along:

Cutting Instructions:

Light print  (1038-0188)  *Cut (6) 2⅞” squares; crosscut (4) once diagonally.
Black print  (1035-0112)  *Cut (4) 1¾” squares.
Green print   (1702-0116)  *Cut (4) 1¾” x 3⅝” rectangles.
Blue print   (1109-0150)   *Cut (2) 2⅞” squares.
Cheddar print   (1033-0128)  *Cut (2) 2½” squares.
Red print   (1034-0111)  *Cut (2) 2½” squares.

Directions:

*Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the (2) cheddar 2½” squares.  Match each with a 2½” red print square.
*Sew ¼” on each side of the drawn line; cut apart.
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*Press to the red triangle.  You will have (4) Half Square Triangles measuring 2⅛” unfinished.

*Trim each Half Square Triangle to 2 1/16” by simply placing two edges of the Half Square in between the 2” and the 2⅛” mark on the ruler as shown.  pblockcomp1

*Sew the Half Square Triangles into a Pinwheel; press for opposing seams. The Pinwheel should measure 3⅝” unfinished.

*Arrange the Pinwheel, (4) black print 1¾” squares, and (4) green print 1¾” x 3⅝” rectangles as shown.

*Sew into rows; press to the green rectangles.  Sew rows together; press.
Your center unit should measure 6⅛” unfinished.pblock5*Using the 2⅞” light and blue print squares, make (4) Half Square Triangles using the same method as described previously. Half Square Triangles should measure 2½” unfinished.

*Sew (2) light print triangles to each side of a blue & light print Half Square Triangle unit; press to the light print triangles.  Make (4) units.pblockcomp2

*You’ll sew the big triangle units to the center square next.  To aid in this endeavor, finger press a fold (wrong sides together, just near the raw edge) in the center square to easily find the middle of the block.
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Fold the light print triangle unit in half (right sides together) and finger press.  Match the finger pressed creases in each unit and pin.

*Sew each of the triangle units to the center square block; press to the triangle units.

Your block should measure 8½” unfinished.

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Our Designer Sew-Along – Did You Catch WEEK #3?

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On Friday, Sarah Maxwell from Homestead Hearth unveiled the third fabulous block from Friends & Companions, our Designer Sew-Along!  Do you love it?  Get the complete instructions and learn more about Sarah and her business.

Want to join the fun?  It’s not too late!  Here’s the post with complete details, and links to the previous block posts so you can sew-along with us!