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!
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
I’ve had reproduction prints on the brain this morning, and while my personal quilting style doesn’t scream “repro”, my working here at Marcus I’ve gained an appreciation for them. So I started thinking about how I could use them beyond a Civil War quilt…I’ve always pictured them as a perfect look for decorating a den – a mix of plush pillows (complete with tassels & embellishments), upholstered valances, covered lampshades…or a great quilt for your favorite uncle. Do you use reproduction prints in “non-repro” ways? Tell us how!
— lisa s