A Month for Creative Women Everywhere!

GroupQuilterscanstock8696560Here we are, in the midst of National CRAFT Month, with National QUILTING Day just ahead on March 15, and thanks to the National Quilting Association, it seems even that has been extended into National Quilting Month!  Why not?  That just gives us 30 additional excuses to indulge our passion for beautiful fabrics, patterns, gadgets and embellishments! Check out NQA’s free pattern in honor of the the month-long event, Stash Attack.  

 

Taking a good thing a step further, March 15 has also been designated Worldwide Quilting Month, with a list of participating shops that grows each year, offering shopping sprees and events galore!

To top it off, March is also Women’s History Month, so no matter how or what you choose to celebrate, you’ve still got time   ; )  Visit your local quilt shops, craft retailers and fabric stores for some great inspiration…Enjoy!

Pati’s CA Road Trip Continues…

Moving on to Redlands, Pati checks in with the Painted Lady Quilt Shop.  It’s a true haven for Judie Rothermel fans: a customer work-in-progress featuring Pine Tree Lodge (upper left); a full wall of her prints (lower right photo),  and Kerri, who owns the shop, reports that 30 people already signed up for the Civil War: PEACE & UNITY Block of the Month (lower left).  At upper right is Faye Burgos’  LOVE & GLORY.  Judging from these pics, it’s probably safe to say that combinations of blue with red are probably popular in Redlands as well!

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Give the Gift of Comfort to a Soldier with Quilts of Valor

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.

Judie Rothermel Comes to Little Quilts!

As part of our Just Judie quilt competition prize package, the quilt shop sponsoring the most entries was rewarded with a visit from Judie herself!  So, on Friday, November 1, Judie (accompanied by her Marcus Fabrics entourage) arrived at Little Quilts in Marietta, GA for an afternoon of festivities.

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(l. to r.: Stephanie Dell 'Olio, President, Marcus Fabrics' Retail Division; Mary ellen vonHolt, shop owner; Judie Rothermel; Pati Violick, Marcus Fabrics' Director of Marketing

(l. to r.): Stephanie Dell ‘Olio, President, Marcus Fabrics’ Retail Division; Mary Ellen vonHolt, owner, Little Quilts; Judie Rothermel; Pati Violick, Marcus Fabrics’ Director of Marketing

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Judie enjoys a close look at some of the finalists...

Judie enjoys a close look at some of the finalists…

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...and one entry that was completed after the deadline. Miniature hexies, anyone?

…and one entry that was completed after the deadline. Miniature hexies, anyone?

With an impressive 24 entries sponsored, Little Quilts owner Mary Ellen VonHolt proudly hosted the special event — part meet-and-greet, part trunk show – for an excited group of contestants, customers and guests.  Mary Ellen and Judie showed some of her own quilts, and attendees left with goodies including Judie’s tips for creating with miniatures, and much more! …As they say, a wonderful time was had by all!  Congratulations again to Little Quilts and its entrants on a job beautifully done.

Ready for More? The Just Judie Show Continues!

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Sharon McKnight of Sullivan, WI provides us with patriotic inspiration with scenic appliques, Judie-style.

Callista Garman

Callista Garman of Milwaukee, WI creates hexies and star miniature blocks (a Judie favorite!) with English paper piecing.

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Minnette Cummins of Margate, FL chose a sampler design to show off her shills, as well as her stash.
MaryEllen vonHolt

Mary Ellen vonHolt of Marietta, GA creates a star-studded tribute to Judie, in various sizes & colors.

Karen Schippert

Karen Schippert of Cissna Park, IL floats paper-pieced blocks on a light ground to give them a floating effect.

Sarah Bond

Sarah Bond of Philadelphia, PA takes a fresh, non traditional route, with tonal Orange Peel blocks in a medallion style.

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Denise Isherwood of of Norwalk, CT borders lovely center applique with blocks on-point and a ribbon-like border.

 

Carol Hanley Garcia

Carol Hanley Garcia of Houston, TX pays tribute to The Lincoln Years in shades of pink and blue.

BettyJane Hall

Betty Jane Hall of Springville, PA surrounds her intricate medallion motif with multi-colored stars and beautiful quilting.

June Powell

Ives June Powell of Denton, TX incorporates the Gettysburg Address as the focal point, framing it with pieced strips.

Our Just Judie “Virtual Quilt Show” Continues…

Recently we received these photos from Just Judie contestants:

Risa Entrekin

Risa Entrekin of Prattville, AL created 25 blocks, including three “rogue” blocks represent those times in life when things don’t go as planned and create roadblocks; but in hindsight, those experiences blend together to create a life that is unique and beautiful and quite unexpected.”

Jane Betterley

Jane Betterley of Canton, GA, mixes square-in-a-square blocks with colorful star blocks (a favorite Judie theme) to commemorate each of the 25 years Judie has been designing fabrics for Marcus Brothers.

Linda Wirtz

Linda Wirtz of Roswell, GA places cream stars on a colorful pieced “ground”, in an interesting role-reversal of colors.

Barbara Rotondi

Barbara Rotondi of Woodstock, GA gives colorful blocks and sashings a floating effect on cream ground

Mary Ann Kelly

Mary Ann Kelly of Cocoa, FL recreates Underground Railroad code blocks, mixing burgundy and blues with earth tones.

Jane Cubbon

Jane Cubbon of Bristow, VA combines foundation piecing and Seminole techniques, with a creative design that directs you to the gorgeous central block.

More Just Judie Entries!

Keep those quilt entry pix coming, and we’ll continue to post them! These are the latest….enjoy!

Susan Schering

Susan Schering of Melbourne, FL mixes baskets of varying sizes in gorgeous warm & neutral Judie tones.

Karen Donnelly

Karen Donnelly of Waterloo, NY creatively shapes her corners to add motion and visual interest, giving the effect of “a pulsating star”.

Lisa Even

Lisa Even of Barrington, IL frames her center medallion design with a variety of colors, prints and techniques.

Lynn Davis

Lynn Davis of Cumming, GA shows off perfect pinwheels in spicy colors that span the seasons. She adds “Just a few weeks after completion a nice young man proposed to his girlfriend on my Judie quilt after taking her or a romantic horseback ride. It was even more special to see it used as the beginning of a life long commitment of love!”

Check Out These Just Judie Entries!

To honor some of the many beautiful quilts created for our JUST JUDIE Quilt Competition, we thought it would be fun to show them off on our blog, a few at a time.  We invited all of the entrants to submit photos of themselves with their handiwork, whether finalists or not.  And now, in no particular order, we’re proud to present the first sneak-peeks — enjoy!!

Wendy Reed

Wendy Reed of Bath. ME shows off over 600 Judie Rothermel prints! (Should we have offered a “biggest Stash” award?

Jeanie Rudich

Jeanie Rudich of Weyauwega, WI highlights 5″ blocks and 8.5″ needleturned applique blocks – we love the border, too!

Peggy McIntire

Peggy McIntire of Lawrenceville, GA makes traditional blocks from modern templates – “Old is New”!

Susan Gilbert

Susan Gilbert of Vassalboro, ME shows off her Civil War ladies in fancy settings

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A gorgeous group effort by the “19th Century Women” of San Antonio, TX

Janice Kuhns

Janice Kuhns (and helper) of Acworth, GA show off her piecing skills – we love the spools in the center!

Sheryl Johnson

Sheryl Johnson of Temecula, CA can’t contain her enthusiasm! Notice the clever border treatment – it says “Rothermel”

…And the WINNER Is…

Well, while we haven’t chosen the Grand, First and Second Prize winners just yet, please join us in congratulating Little Quilts of Marietta, GA, the winner of our Sponsoring Quilt Shop contest!  As the quilt shop that sponsored the most entries, Little Quilts will be rewarded with a visit from Judie Rothermel herself!  Pictured below are Mary Ellen, owner of Little Quilts and with Stephanie Dell ‘Olio, President of Marcus Fabrics, sharing the exciting news with Mary Ellen’s staff!  Thanks to Little Quilts and to all of our sponsoring shops for their enthusiastic support of the Just Judie quilt competition.

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And while we’re preparing for final quilt judging, we hope you’ll enjoy the upcoming blog posts, showing off some of the beautiful entries and stories we’ve received!

 

 

“Freedom Gone” Blends Quilt Blocks with Scenic Embroidery

Lolita Newman's  Book  CoverCongratulations to Lolita Newman on the recent publication of her new book, Freedom Gone: Embroidered Quilts of Slave Life in the Civil War.   Her personal search to find her family connection with slavery moved her to create heirlooms linking her past to the present. This led her to start Stitchin’ by the River Studio, a nod to her Louisiana roots.  Lolita’s Freedom Gone quilts are rich in color and history, with beautifully embroidered depictions of the lives of slaves in the Civil War era. The seven quilts and six projects bring past stories to life, showing common chores, family life and slave quarters — and the quest for freedom.

No doubt you’ll notice many Marcus fabrics throughout its pages – we’re pleased for Lolita and happy to be a part of her wonderful work!