Lucky Quilters Visit Judie Rothermel at Her Shop!

JudieInShop-CantonWe were thrilled to see the recent pictures posted on the Patchwork Breeze blog.  A group of quilters reported their stop at Schoolhouse Quilts in Canton, OH as “Day 4″ of a special 6-day quilter’s excursion, by coach from Michigan to West Virginia.  The post provides some great pictures & commentary about Judie and her beautiful quilt shop, including the beautiful quilts on display.

See ALL of the pix from their visit…enjoy!

What’s New for Spring?

This month we reveal all-new AUNT GRACE MINIATURES by Judie Rothermel! As perfect as they are on their own, they’re even better when paired with her AUNT GRACE DOTS.  Mix the prints in traditional blocks, or try a more modern quilting treatment by combining the prints with linen.

There’s a lot more that’s new this month on MarcusFabrics, so enjoy your visit!

On the Road with Pati!

This week, our Director of Marketing & Advertising, Pati Violick, happily escaped the unpredictable east coast weather, venturing out to sunny CA for a road trip with sales rep Norbert Kaufman.  Here’s a peek at what she found…

First, a visit with Michelle of Fat Quarters Quilt Shop in Vista, CA (shown here with Norbert).  Pretty displays incuded a hexie quilt (a Pati Violick favorite!), crocheted creatures, and fabric bolts from brights to deep darks!

Pati1Next stop: Temecula Quilt Co. in Temecula, CA, where charming miniatures (another Pati fave), a colorful Dear Jane, and one of our finalists in the Just Judie competition were beautifully displayed…Big Judie fans here at Temecula!

Pati2 If you’re in the area, stop by to see the latest Marcus collections, or visit them online! Pati, wishing you safe travels back to NY, where we’re battling brand-new snow and ice…on second thought, you might want to visit a few more shops out there first!

Marcus and The Quilt Merchant Celebrate Lisa Even!

The excitement over our Just Judie quilt competition continues, as Marcus Fabrics celebrated the  achievement of our Grand Prize winner, Lisa Even of Barrington, IL, whose entry was sponsored by The Quilt Merchant in Winfield, IL.  Our own Director of Marketing, Pati Violick, brought a trunk show of the three winning quilts, along with some of Judie Rothermel’s creations, as attendees oooh’d and aahh’d the gorgeous fabrics and techniques!  Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts and Marcus sales rep Bill Garrettson also joined in the fun. Check out some of the highlights:QMerchant storeLisa shows offer her fabulous work – it earned her a $2500 cash prize, and a Brother Laura Ashley Innova sewing machine!

QMerchLisaQLisa also treated us to a glimpse of her current project…

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Quilters also enjoyed a close-up of Marcus’ Civil War PEACE & UNITY BOM quilt.  This is the final installment of our Civil war series.

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Judie Rothermel’s miniatures were a highlight of the day…these minis, from her private collection, made a rare public appearance.  Such small quilts, such huge impact!

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Taking Second Place in the Just Judie competition was Sarah Bond’s creation.  We love her Orange Peel design.  Done in Judie’s fabrics, its’ the perfect marriage of trend and tradition!  It’s shown off here by Quilt Merchant owner Valerie Langue (left) and Pati Violick of Marcus Fabrics.

And our Third Place winning entry, a beautiful hand-appliqued circle designf by Nancy Yando…

For more photos, visit Pam Buda’s blog. Thanks to everyone who came to join us in celebrating Lisa, Judie, and the quilting traditions we all love!  Lisa, enjoy your machine…we can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

“Who Won the Just Judie Contest??”

Marcus Fabrics is thrilled to announce the Winners of our Just Judie Quilt Competition!  After reviewing over 300 entries, the field was narrowed to just 25 Finalists  From there, the difficult (but fun!) process of final judging gave us these exciting results.  A complete list of Finalists will be posted on MarcusFabrics.com shortly.

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GRAND PRIZE
Lisa Even of Barrington, IL    -  “Bringing the Past to the Present”
Sponsoring Shop – The Quilt Merchant, Winfield, IL
$2500 Cash +  Brother Sewing Machine + Prize Pack
(English paper-pieced, machine pieced; Machine quilted by Dawn Larsen  61″ x 64″ )

JJ-Bond-SecondSecond Prize:
Sarah Bond of Philadelphia, PA   -   “Orange Peel Reel”
Sponsoring Shop – Round Bobbin Quilt Shop, Ambler, PA
$1000 Cash + Prize Pack
(Paper-piecing & traditional piecing; Machine quilted by Carol Heisler  78″ x 78″ )

JJ-Yando-ThirdThird Prize:
Nancy Yando of Fuquay-Varina, NC    -   “Sewing Circles”
Sponsoring Shop – Lonestar Mercantile, Fuquay-Varina, NC
$500 + Prize Pack
(Hand appliquéd & hand quilted dimensional padded circles  48″ x48″ )

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

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Wendy Reed of Bath, ME   -  “Thanks, Judie”

Sponsoring Shop – Busy Thimble Quilt Shop, Litchfield, ME

Fabric & Prize Pack

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Denise Isherwood of Norwalk, CT    “I Never Met A Judie Fabric That I Didn’t Love”

Sponsoring Shop – Busy Thimble Quilt Shop, Litchfield, ME

Fabric & Prize Pack

All 25 of our Finalists will also receive a Prize Pack of quilting essentials from our generous sponsor partners:  Brother, Simplicity, Dritz Quilting, Omnigrid, Pellon and Martingale.

 

 

Recreate “Scarlet Stars”

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This just in!  The November/December 2013 issue of McCall’s Quilting features our SCARLET EVENING line by Judie Rothermel in a one-block quilt designed by Dolores Smith & Sarah Maxwell.  And as a “web bonus”, you can download free instructions for make the lap quilt version!  Check out the details, and order your copy now!

The same issues also includes Part 3 of this pretty design, also by Dolores & Sarah, with prints from MOLLY B’s STYLE SERIES

Ready for More? The Just Judie Show Continues!

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Sharon McKnight of Sullivan, WI provides us with patriotic inspiration with scenic appliques, Judie-style.

Callista Garman

Callista Garman of Milwaukee, WI creates hexies and star miniature blocks (a Judie favorite!) with English paper piecing.

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Minnette Cummins of Margate, FL chose a sampler design to show off her shills, as well as her stash.
MaryEllen vonHolt

Mary Ellen vonHolt of Marietta, GA creates a star-studded tribute to Judie, in various sizes & colors.

Karen Schippert

Karen Schippert of Cissna Park, IL floats paper-pieced blocks on a light ground to give them a floating effect.

Sarah Bond

Sarah Bond of Philadelphia, PA takes a fresh, non traditional route, with tonal Orange Peel blocks in a medallion style.

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Denise Isherwood of of Norwalk, CT borders lovely center applique with blocks on-point and a ribbon-like border.

 

Carol Hanley Garcia

Carol Hanley Garcia of Houston, TX pays tribute to The Lincoln Years in shades of pink and blue.

BettyJane Hall

Betty Jane Hall of Springville, PA surrounds her intricate medallion motif with multi-colored stars and beautiful quilting.

June Powell

Ives June Powell of Denton, TX incorporates the Gettysburg Address as the focal point, framing it with pieced strips.

Our Just Judie “Virtual Quilt Show” Continues…

Recently we received these photos from Just Judie contestants:

Risa Entrekin

Risa Entrekin of Prattville, AL created 25 blocks, including three “rogue” blocks represent those times in life when things don’t go as planned and create roadblocks; but in hindsight, those experiences blend together to create a life that is unique and beautiful and quite unexpected.”

Jane Betterley

Jane Betterley of Canton, GA, mixes square-in-a-square blocks with colorful star blocks (a favorite Judie theme) to commemorate each of the 25 years Judie has been designing fabrics for Marcus Brothers.

Linda Wirtz

Linda Wirtz of Roswell, GA places cream stars on a colorful pieced “ground”, in an interesting role-reversal of colors.

Barbara Rotondi

Barbara Rotondi of Woodstock, GA gives colorful blocks and sashings a floating effect on cream ground

Mary Ann Kelly

Mary Ann Kelly of Cocoa, FL recreates Underground Railroad code blocks, mixing burgundy and blues with earth tones.

Jane Cubbon

Jane Cubbon of Bristow, VA combines foundation piecing and Seminole techniques, with a creative design that directs you to the gorgeous central block.

More Just Judie Entries!

Keep those quilt entry pix coming, and we’ll continue to post them! These are the latest….enjoy!

Susan Schering

Susan Schering of Melbourne, FL mixes baskets of varying sizes in gorgeous warm & neutral Judie tones.

Karen Donnelly

Karen Donnelly of Waterloo, NY creatively shapes her corners to add motion and visual interest, giving the effect of “a pulsating star”.

Lisa Even

Lisa Even of Barrington, IL frames her center medallion design with a variety of colors, prints and techniques.

Lynn Davis

Lynn Davis of Cumming, GA shows off perfect pinwheels in spicy colors that span the seasons. She adds “Just a few weeks after completion a nice young man proposed to his girlfriend on my Judie quilt after taking her or a romantic horseback ride. It was even more special to see it used as the beginning of a life long commitment of love!”

More Just Judie Entries…

The fun continues today with great new photos…enjoy!

Evangeline Kaus

Evangeline Kaus of Delafield, WI shows off gorgeous LeMoyne Star blocks

Linda Sawrey

Linda Sawrey of Temecula, CA frames pretty sampler blocks with detailed piecing that gives a dramatic ric-rac border effect.

Judy Sheridan

Judy Sheridan of Skaneateles, NY give Judie’s prints an interesting twist, and borders them with appliqued baskets & vines.

Nancy Yando

Nancy Yando of Fuquay-Varina, NC successfully takes on the challenge of muptile circle appliques – dimensional HAND applique, that is!

Marty Young

Marty Young of Marietta, GA show off not only her English paper piecing and neddleturned applique skills, but also “evidence” of just a small part of her Judie stash!

Wanda Chadwick

Wanda Chadwick of Powder Springs, GA created a beautifully non-traditional look using various dimensional techniques.