Highlights: Marcus Makers and More

In case you missed it, check out these images from Quilt Market in Houston, TX last weekend, where we celebrated the #MarcusMakers2016.  The casual setting allowed shop owners to become more familiar with our fabric designers, the Marcus Makers, to collect their Artist Trading Card packs, enter our prize drawing, and maybe even do some hand stitching with our sew-lebrities!  Each designer created a 24-inch square “signature” piece to express their individual styles:

 

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We also took time to relax on Saturday night over a loud-but-leisurely Designers’ Dinner at Ninfa’s, a famous Tex-Mex spot in Houston.

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Then, on Sunday, Karen Styles gave us a mini-demo on her beautiful fussy-cut  6-pointed stars. Personally, once she told me it really couldn’t be done by machine, I was less enthused about trying it myself, but I appreciate her skills  ; )   — lisa s

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Did You See Victoria in Warwick, NY?

If you attended the Warwick Valley Quilt Guild’s show this past weekend, hopefully, you caught Victoria’s presentation, along with some Retail Therapy from Victoria (and lots of other great vendors!)  The bi-annual guild show takes place in Warwick, NY.  Pati (shown in the right side photo with Victoria’s assistants, Laurie and Kim) was also in attendance, and she sent along a few pix of the exciting event.  Goodies at Victoria’s booth included MEADOW STORM and MOSTLY MANOR bundles and of course, inspiring quilts…

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Good Morning, New York!

See, this is what we love about working in New York City…you never know what you’ll come across on the streets  ; )  Right now, we’re being treated to these very cool art installations, guaranteed to wake up even the groggiest pre-coffee commuter…

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These unique pieces are part of the “Fancy Animal Carnival” by Taiwanese artist Hung Yi. They’re baked enamel on steel plate, presented by the Garment District Alliance and the NYC Dept. of Transportation  Art Program.  Eight pieces in total run along Broadway from 41st to 36th Streets.  Check out the Alliance’s twitter feed for pics of the opening on Sept 20.

The VFW Quilts Store Opens This Friday!

VFW-BlueHeadshotFans of Victoria Findlay Wolfe won’t want to miss the grand opening of her new shop this Friday!!  And in honor of the Quilters Take Manhattan mega-event this weekend, she’s planned special grand opening hours of 11am to 7pm this Friday, September 23, and 4pm to 7pm this Saturday, September 24.

vfwshopboltsIf you’re in NYC, stop by to say hello, and to pick up her latest collections for Studio 37 Fabrics, plus her threads, templates and more. Learn more at VFWQuilts!

Congratulations, Victoria – we all wish you a fun and successful launch!  Or, in your own words, “YAY!!”    ; )

Back to School, Grumpy Cat ; (

grumpyubndisplayWhen Grumpy Cat’s book was spotted in a local Barnes & Noble store as part of their  Back-to-School display, of course we had to share it with you!  And while the majority of parents are probably thrilled to greet another school year, some kids might relate more to Grumpy Cat.

No matter how you feel about it, we wish everyone a fun and fruitful new school year…and may we suggest that some new school gear in GRUMPY CAT prints and FLANNELS just might help to brighten a few dispositions!  Think shirts, totes, locker decor and more… Fabrics hit your local quilt shops in just a few short weeks!

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Lookbook: A DAY IN SPAIN with Casey York!

CaseyYork-HeadshotLooking ahead to Fall, be sure to check out all that’s new at Studio 37 Fabrics, including A DAY IN SPAIN, the debut collection from Casey York.  Casey’s gorgeous Lookbook will give you a glimpse into her inspiration for the line, reflecting her love for Spanish culture, art and architecture.

Casey also provides you with three stunning quilt designs to choose from, though the fabrics are equally perfect for dresses, fashion accessories and colorful room accents. She describes the collection as “A Love Letter to Andalucia”… Click on the cover below to share her passion.dayinspainLookCOVER

You’ll Love Our 60″ Wide Backings! Here’s Why…

60inchBacksCollageIf you haven’t tried our 60″ WIDE QUILT BACKS yet, you’re in for a treat!  Why 60″? We’ve found it to be the perfect width for lots of situations:

  • Back quilts and wall hangings to 50″ wide with a single length.
  • Back quilts up to approximately 110″ wide by simply piecing two lengths of backing with a single center seam. (Diagram below)
  • Simplify the process of sewing round tablecloths!
  • And because it’s printed on the same fine quality fabric as our 45″ prints, the 60″ yardage can be used on the front of the quilt as well as the back!
  • You’ll love it for easy home décor accents to coordinate with your quilt design, from window coverings to duvet covers, shams and other bedding.

We’re sure you’ll discover your own favorite uses for this versatile, economical alternative to the full 108″ width.  And, we’ve just added three new backings to coordinate with upcoming BOM programs CONESTOGA CROSSING by Pam Buda, and GTKH: Getting to Know Hue, by Nancy Rink.

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To join two 60″ widths, we recommend using a seam allowance of ½” to 1″, and pressing the seam open. You can also join using an overlapping seam, sewing down the length, close to both edges of the fabric.

Sarah J Maxwell’s Inspiring DANDY DAYS

dandyCoverSarah-NewFeb16As the “dandy days” of summer come to a close, you can prolong the carefree mood with the new DANDY DAYS collection by Sarah J Maxwell of Designs by Sarah J.  Check out her Lookbook to learn about these designs, including her text print, filled with inspirational phrases. The fabrics and accompanying 6-month BOM program arrive in your favorite local quilts shops beginning December 2016!

Sew, Indra, Sew!

IndraSewingADon’t you love newbie sewing enthusiasts?  Indra stays so busy as our customer service manager, she rarely has time to stitch in the office (sadly, none of us do, really!), but her need for a quick curtain at home prompted this lunchtime session at our office Brother machine.  Such focus  ; )

I loved her remark about the awesome hand and overall quality of Marcus cottons!  As we seasoned office sewers already know, “to sew Marcus is to love Marcus.” I think she’s hooked!

Sarah’s Simply Moderne Debut…

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Congratulations to Sarah Maxwell of Designs by Sarah J for her pretty debut project featured in Simply Moderne magazine, Issue #5!  Of course, it features her fun REVVED UP RETRO group, available in quilt shops now for your summer stitching pleasure ; )  Check out Sarah’s blog post for more info.Sarah-NewFeb16