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!

Happy Thanksgiving!

PrimoPumpkins2012At this time of year especially, we’d like to express our gratitude to all of our quilting friends, those celebrating Thanksgiving with us here in the US, as well as our friends around the world.   Thank you for sharing our love of quilting, sewing and crafting!

May you enjoy a safe, happy and creative holiday season…

Festive and Versatile – The Perfect Holiday Project!

The holidays are here! And we can practically feel the vibrations of your sewing machines all over the world, creating gifts and decorative accents for the upcoming festivities.  Now, if you’re still in search of fresh  holiday inspiration, try Nancy Rink’s Fancy Packages quilt design, done in her own TWEET FOR TWO prints for Marcus Fabrics. Nancy’s easy layout lets you customize the block configurations to create not only the wall hanging as show, but also pillow fronts (approx. 4 by 4 blocks or 1 x 3 blocks for a bolster style), mantle drapes (approx. 3 by 10 blocks), table runners (approx. 2 by 12 blocks) and more! Of course the actual number of blocks you need will depend on your desired finished size.  Don’t you just love a versatile quilt pattern?  

We’re Sorry…

Already we’ve been told by more than one shop owner that they can’t possibly decide between the two gorgeous colorways created by Faye Burgos for her M FOR MYSTERY collection!  MysteryFQStackedWe really didn’t mean to make it such a difficult decision for you…but if it helps, you could always offer BOTH the blue/rust, AND the black/pink combos!  Either way, you can’t lose with these lush floral lead patterns and their companion prints when creating our new Mystery Quilt BOM, designed by Homestead Hearth! When you start with fabrics this beautiful, you can’t help but make a great quilt!  The program begins in January, so maybe you’d better begin the color decision-making process now  ; )  Quilting friends, what do you think??

Marcus Welcomes Olde Green Cupboard Designs’ Debut Collection!

OldGreenCup-FabricLooking for a touch of sophistication in a pretty transitional color palette? You’ll love COUNTY LONDONDERRY, the debut collection from the design team of Olde Green Cupboard Designs.

Twin sisters Gloria Parsons and Vicky Iannucci were inspired by a single antique floral design. Look for these wonderful prints in your favorite quilts shops in September!  In addition to the free project on our site, check out the Premium Projects page for the design duo’s own patterns, too!

New from Kansas City Star Books…

There’s something about seeing our fabrics in print that still excites us every time - it never gets old!  This time, Kansas City Star Quilts announces their upcoming book, Kindred Spirits, by Jill Shaulis and Vicki Olsen, which features LOTS of Marcus prints!  their quilt shop and pattern business, Yellow Creek Quilt Designs, is known for its warm 1800s reproduction prints and wool fabrics. Now they celebrate their love of classic quilts in this diverse collection of 13 projects, including bed-size quilts, wall hangings, table runners and a wool appliqué table mat. While paying homage to the past, sisters Jill and Vicki also put their own twist on tradition, in a variety of quilt designs.  As a leader in reproduction style prints, we’re happy to be a part of KC Star’s newest release, and we hope you’ll love their interpretations of our fabrics as much as we do!  Check out an excerpt here.

It’s TIme to Quilt-Along with Nancy Rink!

Then get started now, as she shares her expertise in creating this pretty project using her own TWEET FOR TWO collection!  It’s a sophisticated folk influence you’ll love to live with all year long whether your style is traditional or contemporary, or mixed. Get all of the details on Nancy’s blog!

Visit your local quilt shop for the fabrics and pattern.

New Fabrics, New Projects, New Ideas for 2013!

Happy New Year to all of our quilting friends!  Our January site took a few days longer than usual, but we think it was worth the wait — we’re unveiling a fresh look, and lots of fresh inspiration to go with it  ; ). Have you seen the latest additions to our website for January?  You’ll love the free projects, and new creative ideas including all-new Strip-It tips from Vicki Bellino, modern pillows, soft-sculpture pumpkins, decoupage and more! 

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

 

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.