Decorating trends featuring red and blue remain strong — from Redwork embroidery and Americana country settings to more contemporary looks, their appeal continues. The addition of cream gives each color a fresh, clean look. So as we were launching COLLECTORS’ GALLERY by Faye Burgos, we were especially excited to see so much quilt inspiration available to go along with it. Case in point: Red, White, and Sometimes Blue, published by Martingale. The book is a compilation of classic red and white, blue and white, and combined color projects from the pages of McCall’s Quilting magazine. Choose from the 17 projects, including pieced and appliqued, scrappy and tailored that go far beyond patriotic themes. You’re sure to find lots of ways to highlight Faye’s lush florals, textures, and 1″ Strip-It prints, too.
We figured it was a natural giveaway, so we’ve partnered with our quilt buddies at Martingale to offer a “Book & Bundle” prize to a lucky winner, Comment below for a chance to win a copy of the book along with a 12-pack of BLUE half-yard cuts!, then visit the Martingale blog and comment again to increase your chances of winning! Good Luck, everyone!
Thanks to all of you who expressed your enthusiasm and creativity in discussing our NEW AGED MUSLINS. The winner of this generously swatched sample card is Karen Martin of Breezy Point, MN, who said:
I love the aged muslins and have mostly used them as backgrounds for stitchery, applique and occasionally in piecing. I also love the aged canvas–I’m using it for a background on a wool applique project and it supports the wool wonderfully. I’ve never tried the colors–they look yummy!
And it seems many of you have used (or plan to use) the New Aged Muslins in similar ways and in many others, like sashings, shirts, Log Cabins, mixed with repros, updated Amish-style quilts and more. We appreciate your input! ; ) — lisa
Quilting expert Rob Appell has just launched a new site called Mansewing.com, in conjunction with our friends at Missouri Star Quilt Company. Well, we were thrilled to learn that his premiere episode features our own NEW AGED MUSLINS, in a curved piecing tutorial.
If you’ve never done cured piecing, trust me, it’s sooo much easier without pins, as Rob demonstrates. So be sure to check out his site for some great mid-winter inspiration ; )
To mark the occasion of the launch, MSQC is offering a special FQ Bundle on these beauties.
Speaking of, stay tuned as we pick the winner of our New Aged Muslins swatch card giveaway, later today. Yes, there’s still a little time to get your comments in for a chance to win ; ) Enjoy! — lisa
This just in…Stephanie Dell’Olio, president and fearless leader of our retail division, couldn’t help but notice the spike in orders for NEW AGED MUSLINS, and in particular this gorgeous selection of green tones along the center of the swatch card. The muted, subtly shaded effect of these “not-quite-solid” muslins makes them perfect for life-like appliqued leaves and stems.
We already know that floral applique projects are big now, so in part that might explain it, but we always love to hear about your other creative uses for our basics. Applique? Backgrounds? Sashings? Fashion? Do you mix them with contemporary prints or reproductions, or maybe use them in place of true solids?
In fact, that would be a fun giveaway: Comment below to tell us how you’ve used our NEW AGED MUSLINS for the chance to win this swatch card (you’ll love this giveaway — the swatches are huge!) We’ll hold a random drawing next Tuesday, February 3!
A big THANK YOU to all of our quilting friends for participating in our Lucy Boston Challenge this weekend at the Road to CA event! With over 125 blocks completed this weekend, we appreciate your talents, comments and enthusiasm, and we can’t wait to unveil the finished project. Pati says, “Looks like we will be making a couple of quilts for the ALS donation. Thank you all that participated. I had the best time seeing how excited you all were to hand in your blocks.”
Check out our final collection of paper-pieced blocks below …and watch for the announcement of our ten lucky Prize Pack winners, too!
Wishing everyone safe travels home, especially those on the East Coast, in advance of the coming blizzard…including Pati!!
Amy Tangiguchi brought the 100th block to the booth, which earned her a special prize.
All stacked up – an impressive grouping!
Nancy brings in the 125th and final block!
Pati and Vicki make it to the end of the show! Congrats, girls!
It’s time for Road to California, taking place this weekend in Ontario, CA. Pati (on the left) reports a missing shipment!!
“Even though our shipment didn’t arrive me and Vickie are “making do” with what we have. We are smiling but we’re not happy about the missing shipment”. Hopefully it will show up, and be the only bump in an otherwise smooth Road Trip. At least the weather looks good from here, Pati…
To cheer her up, be sure to stop by the Marcus booth, and tell her Lisa sent you ; ) Pati and Vicki Bellino (of Marcus BOM and Strip-It quilt fame) will demo creative cutting & piecing, paper piecing and more, all weekend long. And you can create your own Lucy Boston block for the chane to win a Marcus prize pack. Pick up your free fabric and paper piecing pack, stitch up your block, and return it to be displayed in the Marcus booth during the show. We’ll be picking TEN winners…Good Luck!
Our friends at the West Houston (TX) Quilt Guild have been very busy, stitching up quilts for local recipients. Representative Betty Baker submitted these photos, reporting that so far hundreds of quilts and other items have been sewn and donated by its active and very generous membership. We’re pleased to be a part of their activities through our community service fabric donations.
Above, Helen Recane, Barbara Ann Watson, Connie Bihner and Linda Whetsell are unpacking quilts. Below, a wonderful array of quilts ready to comfort seniors in area nursing homes, young children’s hospital patients, and others.
We congratulate these guild members, and all quilters who share their time and talents with others. Thank you for all that you do! To learn more about the guild, visit the West Houston Quilt Guild.
Thanks to all who commented earlier this week to express your overwhelming approval of Pantone’s new Color of the Year for 2015! The random drawing winner of this little bundle of Marsala-inspired Marcus quilting fabrics is…
Marie Beers, who said, “Love, Love it. Reds have always been my favorite color, as it makes me happy.” Congratulations, Marie!
Thanks to everyone for your enthusiastic comments about the Quilted Crow Girls’ wool collection and new book by Martingale! We learned that many of you have never tried wool applique on cotton, so we hope you’ll enjoy this new creative endeavor with some help from the Crows, Martingale and Marcus. We’re pleased to announce that the winner of the wool bundle and eBook is Faith Stanton of Trenton, FL! Congratulations, Faith — your autumn-toned FQ pack from THE SEASONS WOOL COLLECTION and eBook are on the way to you!
All other quilting friends, watch for the full 20-color range of these juicy wools and coordinating POMEGRANATE LANE cotton prints in your local quilts shops now!