Pati’s CA Road Trip Continues…

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!

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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.

…And the WINNER Is…

Well, while we haven’t chosen the Grand, First and Second Prize winners just yet, please join us in congratulating Little Quilts of Marietta, GA, the winner of our Sponsoring Quilt Shop contest!  As the quilt shop that sponsored the most entries, Little Quilts will be rewarded with a visit from Judie Rothermel herself!  Pictured below are Mary Ellen, owner of Little Quilts and with Stephanie Dell ‘Olio, President of Marcus Fabrics, sharing the exciting news with Mary Ellen’s staff!  Thanks to Little Quilts and to all of our sponsoring shops for their enthusiastic support of the Just Judie quilt competition.

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And while we’re preparing for final quilt judging, we hope you’ll enjoy the upcoming blog posts, showing off some of the beautiful entries and stories we’ve received!

 

 

Beautiful Quilts…and Tough Decisions for Us!

JudieContestLOGOWe’re having a great time reviewing the many Just Judie quilts that have been submitted! And we are inspired and excited by the variety and scope of Judie Rothermel’s many devotees ; )

For those who are checking your emails and manning your phones for Just Judie updates, you’ll be happy to learn that we have indeed selected the 25 Finalists.  Final judging will then be completed by September 30, 2013 and all winners will be notified by October 13, 2013 as stated in the official competition rules.  Thank you to all of the entrants and the sponsoring quilt shops, too!  Stay tuned for updates…

“Freedom Gone” Blends Quilt Blocks with Scenic Embroidery

Lolita Newman's  Book  CoverCongratulations to Lolita Newman on the recent publication of her new book, Freedom Gone: Embroidered Quilts of Slave Life in the Civil War.   Her personal search to find her family connection with slavery moved her to create heirlooms linking her past to the present. This led her to start Stitchin’ by the River Studio, a nod to her Louisiana roots.  Lolita’s Freedom Gone quilts are rich in color and history, with beautifully embroidered depictions of the lives of slaves in the Civil War era. The seven quilts and six projects bring past stories to life, showing common chores, family life and slave quarters — and the quest for freedom.

No doubt you’ll notice many Marcus fabrics throughout its pages – we’re pleased for Lolita and happy to be a part of her wonderful work!

The JUST JUDIE Entries are HERE!

Today the office is buzzing with “oohs” and “aahhs” as we open up all of the JUST JUDIE contest entries! Stacks of envelopes and email entries are piled on my desk! We can’t show them off just yet, but we CAN tell you that competition will be stiff for those 25 prize packs, made possible by our generous prize sponsors… Stay tuned for the unveiling of finalists in mid-August!  –  lisa

Where Are the Repro Fabrics Going??

“Are reproduction fabrics going away?”

“I’ve heard that I should start hoarding my repro prints because less are being produced…is that true?”

In the past week or so, we’ve been hearing the whispers, and had these very questions from consumers.  Rest assured, and allow us to explain:  For some time, there had been many new players in the reproduction area, secondary sources who were offering the look in addition to the more established reproduction fabric manufacturers like Marcus.  We believe that what you’re seeing is a retreat from reproductions by these secondary  sources, as their attention now turns to more contemporary looks in the wake of the “modern” category.  So, while it does seem as though fewer of these prints are available, you can be assured that for those of us in the industry whose strength has always been the reproduction & historical fabrics, you’ll continue to see our finest efforts in your local quilt shops.

Speaking of fine quality repro fabrics, remember that our Just Judie quilt competition is in full swing, and entries are due by July 31, 2013…

P.S.  And yes, we do believe you should continue to collect the fabrics you love, from Judie Rothermel to Paula Barnes and more!