News from the field, submitted by Marcus sales rep Julie Manning:
Debbie Mackenzie from Stitch Chicks Quilt Shop in Franklin, CT, hosted a ‘Quilts of Valor Charity Sew Session.’ During the event, customers created five of these quilts for the Quilts of Valor program. The group took advantage of the gorgeous LOVE & GLORY center panel, Strip-It fabric and coordinates by Faye Burgos to stitch up simple but meaningful gifts to show their gratitude to our US servicemen.
Learn more about the Quilts of Valor program, and plan a sew-in at your local quilt shop!
Trends continue to point toward the graceful elegance of red and blue with white across all design categories, which might help to explain the lasting appeal of GALLERY IN RED AND BLUE by Faye Burgos. Her stylized florals, paisleys and coordinates are the very look being shown currently in top decorating and lifestyle publications, blogs and specialty retailers, both traditional and contemporary.
From Valentine’s Day right through to the Christmas season, red with white is a natural favorite, while blue and white is always fresh and calming. Combine them during the summer holidays and any patriotic themed activities, including the fast-approaching July 4th holiday here in the US.
Sure, you’ve probably heard of Christmas in July, but today we’re taking a tip from our friends at American Patchwork & Quilting with a sneak peek at some of the fabrics you’ll find in shops for Holiday 2014. Their preview includes just one of our holiday lines, PRIMO PLAIDS – Christmas, shown here in a fun snowman quilt pattern by PastThyme Patterns: And we’ve also got WINTERLY WONDERFUL holiday panel and coordinates by Faye Burgos. The color scheme includes rich tones of red, green and blue, mixed with neutrals to give a more versatile decorative appeal:
Recently I met someone who heads up an organization called the Foundation for Military Families, based in South Jersey. Long story short, I offered to see if we had a patriotic quilt available to send to him as a door prize for an upcoming event. We didn’t, so I decided to whip one up, using Faye Burgos’ beautiful (and convenient) LOVE & GLORY panel and some coordinates. Just a few hours later, this is the result, along with a few SxS pix. The fabric really does all of the work, all you have to do is decide on a few borders. Here I used an ivory ground print and Faye’s Strip-It design. I pieced the back from three sections, arranging them from light to dark blue. After some light quilting and trimming, I turned the backing to create a faux binding, secured with zigzag stitching along the edge of the quilt.
The wall hanging will be shown at two of the group’s upcoming events, then finally it will be presented as a gift to a military family.
Patriotic prints aren’t my usual first choice of quilt fabrics, but as it turns out, this was the ultimate quilt project — simple, fun and greatly appreciated by the recipient organization! The LOVE & GLORY collection is perfect for Flag Day and July 4th celebrations… — lisa s
That hectic season when all the behind-the-scenes prep takes place, resulting in the beautiful, well-oiled machine that is our Quilt Market Booth! Almost daily, new made-up items arrive here in the office for the booth display. Here’s a peek at some projects using PRIMO PLAIDS – CHRISTMAS, AMERICAN BOUQUET, and AUNT GRACE TIES ONE ON, from left to right. (We’ll follow up with Pati for specific pattern info on these projects later — judging from how quickly she’s racing thru the halls, clearly now is not the time… We look forward to seeing all of our quilt shop owner customers and associates in Pittsburgh, May 15-18.
If you receive the great e-newsletters from AllPeopleQuilt.com like we do, you probably noticed this gorgeous wall hanging featured in today’s issue…It’s made with our own M FOR MYSTERY collection by Faye Burgos! Their editors chose the blue and gold colorway, and we think it would be equally pretty in the pink and black combo: What do you think? Try out your flower motif machine applique and sawtooth border skills in either version for stunning results. Get the free pattern!
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!
Looking for the perfect project to welcome Spring? Consider this pretty quilt designed by Homestead Hearth, featuring Faye Burgos’ beautiful SUBTLE SKIES collection. “Gentle Dawn” is fully patterned in the McCall’s Quilting March/April 2014 issue. It’s beginner friendly, and a kit is available. We love it for a guest bedroom, but once you sew it up, you’ll want to treat yourself!
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.
Well, what do you think? Will RADIANT ORCHID play a part in your 2014 creative plans? Do you think it works best for quilts, home decor, or fashion? It does play well with this orchid/plum colorway of MEDALLION MUSE by Faye Burgos! See the entire collection, available in quilt shops beginning in March. Read more about this new celebrity in the world of color!