ICYMI, check out this link to Pat Sloan’s interview with Sarah Maxwell. Pat is the host of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine’s podcast. (As you can see, we all listened intently this morning, and that was before my first cup of tea!)
During the interview, Sarah discussed her hew venture, Designs by Sarah J, her upcoming book with C&T called Stashbusters (it’s co-authored with Dolores Smith). She also talked about how her focus in quilting evolved from traditional to more contemporary, and how she uses her two twenty-something daughters to test out her modern designs ; ) Reinvention…How many of you can relate?? Enjoy the show!
This week we’ve got a real treat for any little mermaid lover — MAGICAL MERMAID, Susan Cousineau’s new line for Studio 37 Fabrics. You could win this bundle! Just follow us on Instagram @MarcusFabrics and comment there! The giveaway includes a printed panel with equally adorable FQ coordinates! Perfect for your own little Magical Mermaid for quilts, pillows, sleepover essentials and more ; ) See the entire collection and enter on Instagram now through November 19 – Good Luck!
This spooktacular bundle of fabrics from Faye Burgos’ DANCING N THE SHADOWS collection could be yours — just follow us on Instagram (@marcusfabrics) and leave a comment for a chance to win! The giveaway includes (12) half-yard cuts plus Faye’s frightfully fun 24″ wide panel (inset), a great head start for your holiday decorating plans. Then once you’re following us, stay tuned for future inspiration & giveaways. We’ll be picking the random winner tomorrow from the comments on Wed — that’s tomorrow, so there’s still time. See you there!
This just in!! Don’t miss your chance to win some great fabrics scraps, direct from Pam’s studio to yours! All you have to do is comment on her blog post by Friday for more than one chance to win ; ) Enjoy! — lisa
As always, please feel free to comment below, too, but we’re just passing on the good news…TO WIN THE FABRIC, you must comment on Pam’s blog!!
So, it looks like Pati has a definite vision as her First Quilt for her First Grandchild actually begins to take shape! “With a three-hour drive to Connecticut, it seemed like the perfect time to start Celine’s quilt,” she reported over the weekend.
And are we at all surprised by her choice of English paper pieced hexies? The mix of a traditional quilt block with bright, contemporary colors of Nancy Rink’s INTRIGUE collection will appeal to each generation of the family.
Here she’s auditioning various backgrounds for the flowers. Personally, I’m not a fan of light grounds, so I vote #1 Orange, then # 2 Pink. Or maybe alternate orange and pink ground blocks? What’s your favorite? —- lisa
Pick up your copy of the August / September 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts today! It features this easy-to-sew creation by Dolores Smith (left) and Sarah Maxwell, done in HINT OF PRINT and CLASSIC WOVEN YARN DYES by Molly B’s Studio for Marcus.
Strip piecing speeds construction of this big, handsome quilt. The Lake Itasca king size quilt pattern (102″ x 126″) includes blocks in 2 different fabric combinations, which create a chain-like secondary pattern when set together.
A kit is available through Homestead Hearth.
After many days of trying a variety of block layouts, I am happy to say the blocks are all on the wall and I’ve begun sewing the rows together! I’m a very symmetrical designer, so the challenge for me was to maintain a very scrappy feel, in a pleasing, somewhat balanced way. With the variety of fabrics and colors, and the varying numbers of blocks from each fabric, this stack of blocks did not lend itself well to a “symmetrical” layout! I can only hope that the quilters who so graciously gave their time and effort to make a block will be pleased with the final quilt. On Monday the quilt top will be boxed and shipped off to the quilter – yippee!!
It looks beautiful, Vicki, and I think we can all relate to that “Yippee moment” ; ) and we look forward to seeing the finished-finished quilt. — lisa
Check out some of Vicki’s other designs at Bloom Creek.
Decorating trends featuring red and blue remain strong — from Redwork embroidery and Americana country settings to more contemporary looks, their appeal continues. The addition of cream gives each color a fresh, clean look. So as we were launching COLLECTORS’ GALLERY by Faye Burgos, we were especially excited to see so much quilt inspiration available to go along with it. Case in point: Red, White, and Sometimes Blue, published by Martingale. The book is a compilation of classic red and white, blue and white, and combined color projects from the pages of McCall’s Quilting magazine. Choose from the 17 projects, including pieced and appliqued, scrappy and tailored that go far beyond patriotic themes. You’re sure to find lots of ways to highlight Faye’s lush florals, textures, and 1″ Strip-It prints, too.
We figured it was a natural giveaway, so we’ve partnered with our quilt buddies at Martingale to offer a “Book & Bundle” prize to a lucky winner, Comment below for a chance to win a copy of the book along with a 12-pack of BLUE half-yard cuts!, then visit the Martingale blog and comment again to increase your chances of winning! Good Luck, everyone!