Hello Quilting Friends! If you haven’t signed up yet for your favorite 2019 Marcus BOM programs yet, remember that January marks the start of three exciting block-of-the-month programs, followed by three more beginning in March. You’ll love these gorgeous designs by Nancy Rink, Pam Buda, Sarah Maxwell, and Sheryl Johnson.
It’s that time again — we’re in last-minute prep mode, ready to greet so many of our quilt shop owners and industry friends at Spring Quilt Market! This time, the trade show is in Portland, OR, May 18-20. If you’re attending, you’ll find us in Booth # 737, along with a display of the actual quilts from our stunning new BOM programs and designer fabric collections! Shown first here is “Stargazing” by Krisanne Watkins of Quail Valley Quilts (featuring our AGED MUSLINS)
It all begins on April 6, and it features one gorgeous quilt made up in two gorgeous Studio 37 collections…
In addition to their own renditions, they’ll share versions of quilts by a few of their quilt buddies in other fabrics as well.
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While some of our staffers and designers are recovering from QuiltCon mania in Pasadena this past weekend, we thought we’d review three can’t-miss collections you’ll find in your favorite quilt shops now…plus, following the show, we’re still in Giveaway mode, so read on for details on how to enter and WIN a Studio 37 fabric bundle!
IMBUE – Kim Eichler-Messmer’s debut collection for Studio 37 is a beautiful blend of artisan batiks. You’ll love her color sense, whether you use them all together, or combine just a few of the colors in a project, like Kim did in her “Robie” quilt design below.
COLOR MOOD – Inspired by contemporary rainbow themes across various design categories, coupled with the vast technological capabilities of digital fabrics, Laura Berringer brings us a fun and exciting group, to be used as it is, or thoughtfully cut and re-pieced for limitless creative options…or, you could always just wrap yourself up in it until the right inspiration strikes ; )PRIMO PLAID FLANNELS — At the same time, we love how well Laura’s COLOR MOOD plays with our best-selling yarn-dyed plaid flannels, now in Nancy Rink’s TWILIGHT TONES palette (we told you these Color Moods were fun!!) These bright and beautiful flannels are also in your local quilt shops now, so you can sew and enjoy them now through the spring season, and have a colorful headstart into next autumn, too…
Now, about the GIVEAWAY: Just subscribe to our blog, then comment below on your favorite contemporary quilt trends, whether or not you attended Quilt Con. What color palettes, techniques or quilt styles draw you to the modern side? Comments received by Monday, March 6 will be entered into our random drawing for a bundle of contemporary inspiration!
Nancy Rink’s GTKH: Getting to Know Hue collection inspires a fresh new look for 2018, with a new 6″ WIDE precut bundle (24 prints) and two new patterns designed by Tiffany Hayes, a friend of Nancy’s, and the owner of Needle in a Hayes Stack.
Tiffany created the “Stars Over Hue” pattern specifically for the new 6” wide strip bundles, then quickly followed up with a second quilt, a re-work of her existing Double Churn block. Tiffany manipulated the block design until she was able to utilize all of the pieces in the strip bundle, and the result is her “Double Churn” quilt pattern. The bundle includes (24) strips, 6” wide x WOF, a generous put-up that lends itself to many other quilt designs as well. Ask for it at your favorite local quilt shop!
A great quilt pattern is one that can adapt to different collections, to appeal to different quilters, and Nancy Rink’s Amish with a Twist Series One design is clear proof! The BOM quilt enjoyed huge success in various CENTENNIAL SOLID palettes several seasons ago (you probably made one yourself!), and now, by popular demand, Nancy has now re-worked her pieced-and-appliqued bestseller using her new TWILIGHT TONES collection, with beautiful results…
So, for 2018, she’s putting together all of the necessary information for your quilt shops to offer this stunning new variation! The colors are perfect for year-long enjoyment. The five-part program results in a generously sized quilt approximately 88″ x 105″. Check with your favorite shop for details!
Congratulations to our own Nancy Rink, whose new thread pack was just introduced by Aurifil this week! Check out this interview with Nancy on their blog. Nancy’s GTKH BOM, like so many of her Marcus BOM quilts, is all about color, so her new coordinating thread pack is a natural complement, as you can see…
The fabrics and threads are available in your local quilt shops and online sources. Even better, Aurifil is featuring a GIVEAWAY on the blog – enter before Saturday Feb 11 for your chance to win!
If you LOVE mugrugs AND batiks like we do, then you’re sure to also LOVE our easy Valentine’s Day Mugrug design! Not only can you make these by the dozen for all the loves of your life – you can also enter each and every one of them in our new Mugrug Challenge, for a chance to win one of our weekly prizes! Check out the Challenge details, then read the how-to below make this design… it’s the perfect complement for a cup of tea made from fresh sage leaves and a couple of tea biscuits, as shown
First, I cut out a paper heart shape pattern to the desired size, plus about 1/4″ seam allowance all around. (If you’d rather not hand-cut your pattern, you’ll find about a zillion of them online, print out your favorite ; ).
Using three tonal RADIANT REFLECTIONS batiks, I started stitching up a crazy quilt block directly onto the batting (I used Fairfield Soft & Toasty cotton batting), for an easy quilt-as-you-go construction method. I added fabrics randomly until the block was just larger than the heart pattern. I cut both the pieced block and a backing fabric from the heart pattern, and stitched them right sides together all around with a 1/4″ seam, leaving an opening to turn. Next, just turn and press, closing the opening with hand stitches or a narrow strip of fusible tape. Add a coordinating mug or teacup, a packet of cappuccino mix or some gourmet teabags, and a love note. Maybe a matching batik napkin for extra credit?
Now, just take a picture, enter the Challenge on Instagram with #MarcusMugshot, and your Valentine is now ready to give! — lisa
Hey Quilting Friends! Ready for a FUN and EASY quilt challenge? Well, whether you’re already a fan of the Mugrug, or aren’t even sure what one is, you’ll want to enter the Marcus Makers MUGRUG CHALLENGE! Help us to achieve our lofty goal of “A Marcus Rug for Every Mug,” now thru April 30, 2017 — here’s how…
Follow the various inspirations we’ve gathered from our own Marcus Makers (instructions for these mugrugs are available online!), or create your own look using at least ONE fabric print from Marcus or Studio 37, and feel free to add any solids of your choice. In fact, it’s a great opportunity to go thru your Marcus stash for a few great coordinates to get started, then visit your local quilt shops for the newest collections, and more great mugrug ideas, patterns, tips and related activities…
Then, post your entry on Instagram using #MarcusMugshot, and remember to tag @marcusfabrics and/or @studio37fabrics for greater exposure!
If you’re new to mugrugs, be warned: mugrug making can be addictive, which is really not a problem, because they make great gifts, AND you can enter as many times as you like (one mugrug per photo, please). Each Tuesday during the Challenge, we’ll choose random winners from the hashtagged entries to receive exciting fabric prizes and more — Join us!!