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!
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.
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.
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.
Recently we received these photos from Just Judie contestants:
Keep those quilt entry pix coming, and we’ll continue to post them! These are the latest….enjoy!
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!!
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.
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!
Congratulations 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!
Quilt Market is well underway, just look at the booth decor!
1. NEXT WAVE is featured in quilts, decor and children’s clothing, all with equal flair!
4. VISUAL EFFECT’s contemporary color and prints in a traditional block setting.
See it all in person through Sunday, May 19 – BOOTH 2203