Think Spring with the SUBTLE SKIES Collection

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!

Recreate “Scarlet Stars”

Scarlet Evening - McCallsQuilting

This just in!  The November/December 2013 issue of McCall’s Quilting features our SCARLET EVENING line by Judie Rothermel in a one-block quilt designed by Dolores Smith & Sarah Maxwell.  And as a “web bonus”, you can download free instructions for make the lap quilt version!  Check out the details, and order your copy now!

The same issues also includes Part 3 of this pretty design, also by Dolores & Sarah, with prints from MOLLY B’s STYLE SERIES

Were You at QuiltCon?

We were there, and we had a blast! We loved meeting old and new friends over the weekend at QuiltCon in Austin, TX — the creative energy was contagious, and the mood was “joyous”, as described by our president, Stephanie Dell’Olio (that’s her on the right, dwarfed by the towering QuiltCon entry sign – Pic 2)  Here are some pix from our booth…

  • Our QuiltCon booth (Pic 1) featured OMBRE HAND DYES (Pic 6) and STRIP-IT fabrics (Pic 4)
  • Visitors loved our circle garland, made of coordinating CENTENNIAL SOLIDS circles fused together, then joined by a single running straight stitch to create the desired length. (Pic 3)
  • And thanks to Paper Pieces for supplying English paper piecing sampler kits for our attendees – everyone enjoyed this fun technique! (Pic 5)
  • Download these free projects by Nancy Rink, using the Ombre Hand Dye pre-cut Strip-It bundles. (Pic 6)

New VIDEO: Strip-It Tips with Vicki Bellino

Check out our resident Strip-It(TM) expert, Vicki Bellino of Bloom Creek, as she demonstrates some of her favorite quick, fun & practical techniques for using Faye Burgos’ Strip-It pre-printed stripe fabrics.  From easy half-square triangles to piano key borders to wedges (shown) and much more, you’ll learn how to achieve pieced looks with precision, in a fraction of the time.  Watch the video now!  We’d also love to see YOUR creative strip-It ideas, too! Send us a description and a photo or two, and we’ll send you a fabric thank-you!

A New Generation…Lexi’s Intro to Quilting

We thought you’d enjoy seeing some adorably brag-worthy pix shared by one of our favorite quilt designers Vicki Bellino, showing her granddaughter, Lexi, with some of her quilting & sewing projects. Vicki explains, ”

Lexi started playing with scraps of fabric on my design wall at a very early age – between 3 and 4.  I taught her to sew before she was 6 and she was a natural at it.  She practiced sewing precut charm squares together and learning about 1/4” seam allowances.  She made her first quilt at 7.  After making several charm square quilts, she told me she wanted to make a quilt with triangles, so I taught her how to make half-square triangles.  What followed shortly was a pinwheel baby quilt she designed all by herself, and a variation of an “O” block quilt.

She’s 11 now and has made 5 quilts, learned to do fusible appliqué and of course, English paper piecing.  She’s now able to use a rotary cutter and is very proficient at choosing fabric and laying out blocks to design a quilt on her own.  In fact, she prefers to do it all on her own without my help!

It gives me such joy to spend a weekend quilting with my granddaughter and to watch her grown into such a proficient quilter at such a young age!

How many of our other quilting friends are sharing your quilting passion with the next generation?  Tell us about it!    –   lisa s

 

Civil War Quilt Fever Continues!

Check out this great blog post from FatQuarterShop.com!  This gorgeous quilt, fourth in a series by Marcus Fabrics, was designed and created by Homesead Hearth as a BOM quilt project. It begins in January, so plan to take part!

Greta’s Featured on Print & Pattern!

We knew we were onto a great thing with Greta Songe, and the Print & Pattern blog confirms it today, the first of many rave reviews, I’m sure…check out what they say, then get inspired with Greta’s project suggestions for each group.

Introducing…Greta Songe!

Greta Songe

AUGUST 2012 –  Studio 37 by Marcus Fabrics is thrilled to introduce Greta Songe, the newest addition to our fabric design team.     Greta brings us three great collections including KITSCHY KITCHEN, LEAF PETITE, and HERE TO THERE.  Just click on each photo below.  You’ll love her blend of color, pattern & motion for the modern quilter and crafter. Look for them in independent quilt shops in January!   Meanwhile, take a peek at her great project ideas, too…

Want to learn more about Greta?

Marcus - Kitschy Kitchen Marcus - Here to There

Check out Vicki Bellino’s New Tote – It’s a Kit!

Hickory House Tote by Vicky BellinoOK, we’re biased, and we love just about everything Vicki Bellino creates over at Bloom Creek.  So we think you’ll also enjoy her tote bag kit, featured in the Sept/Oct 2012 issue of McCall’s Quilting.  It’s sewn up in HICKORY HOUSE prints by Faye Burgos in the taupe/black combo, a smart look for city, country or anywhere your busy life take you ; ) And Vicki’s even offering a convenient KIT for it, too!

Sew A Bed Runner for High-End Hotel Elegance!

JULY 2012 -  Be sure to check out our TOP TEN list of reasons to sew a bed runner this summer.  Try altering a favorite quilt design from our FREE PROJECTS section, and find additional inspiration for “skinny quilts” in these books. It’s all described on the July edition of MarcusFabrics.com!