Who doesn’t love fabric? From Reproduction prints to contemporary designs to a stashful of basics, we know just how special they are to us. And our friends at the Fabric Shop Network have done it again, creating a special event around our collective love for all things FABRIC! This time, they’ve created a three-day celebration called “I LOVE FABRIC DAYS.” From August 14 to 16, 2014, fabric lovers across the country can enter to win $50 shopping sprees at the favorite local quilt shops (check here for yours!) If your favorite shop isn’t involved yet, let them know that there’s still time for them to join in the fun with a special Treasure Hunt and other activities.
If you share Nancy Rink’s interest in the history of the Lowell mill workers, you’ll love MILL WORKS, her new fabric line and accompanying BOM program! Her inspiration comes from swatches of the American Textile History Museum, and the colors reflect the spirit of the Industrial Revolution in the U.S. (1820-1870). Don’t you love this palette of cool tones anchored by neutrals? It’s a look to enjoy all year long!
Here we are, in the midst of National CRAFT Month, with National QUILTING Day just ahead on March 15, and thanks to the National Quilting Association, it seems even that has been extended into National Quilting Month! Why not? That just gives us 30 additional excuses to indulge our passion for beautiful fabrics, patterns, gadgets and embellishments! Check out NQA’s free pattern in honor of the the month-long event, Stash Attack.
Taking a good thing a step further, March 15 has also been designated Worldwide Quilting Month, with a list of participating shops that grows each year, offering shopping sprees and events galore!
To top it off, March is also Women’s History Month, so no matter how or what you choose to celebrate, you’ve still got time ; ) Visit your local quilt shops, craft retailers and fabric stores for some great inspiration…Enjoy!
We caught up with Pam and got some extra insights into her new PRAIRIE STITCHES line, and her love for all things Prairie! Here’s what she shared…
You might be surprised to learn where fabric designers get inspirations for new fabric collections. I looked to my collection of antique quilts and vintage fabrics for Prairie Stitches.
The main floral print in the line came from a vintage piece of fabric I picked up at an antique show several years ago.
What drew me to it was its simplistic, country styling which is at the heart of my prairie style. The floral motif is about as large a floral as I like to use, and I started to image it in other colors.
With some fabrics, imagining the possibilities can be the most difficult part, and that is at the heart of the job of fabric design. I knew what I wanted the end result to be, and worked hand in hand with Marcus’ design director, Faye Burgos, to make it happen.
Notice the original antique fabric has a solid dark brown background.
I decided to add a little texture to the backgrounds of my prints which gives a soft, subtle feel to an otherwise flat background.
There are slight differences in the leaves and flowers on each of the prints, to best show off the floral motif on the different colored backgrounds.
I’m just delighted about the way it all turned out!
I’m working on the quilt I designed for this collection, called Ada’s Prairie Stitches, and loving how it’s all coming together! Both the fabric collection,and my new pattern will be in quilt shops in April!
Thanks, Pam! Visit Pam Buda online at HeartspunQuilts.com
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!
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!
Next 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!
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!
Looking for the perfect project to welcome Spring? Consider this pretty quilt designed by Homestead Hearth, featuring Faye Burgos’ beautiful SUBTLE SKIES collection. “Gentle Dawn” is fully patterned in the McCall’s Quilting March/April 2014 issue. It’s beginner friendly, and a kit is available. We love it for a guest bedroom, but once you sew it up, you’ll want to treat yourself!
Already we’ve been told by more than one shop owner that they can’t possibly decide between the two gorgeous colorways created by Faye Burgos for her M FOR MYSTERY collection! We really didn’t mean to make it such a difficult decision for you…but if it helps, you could always offer BOTH the blue/rust, AND the black/pink combos! Either way, you can’t lose with these lush floral lead patterns and their companion prints when creating our new Mystery Quilt BOM, designed by Homestead Hearth! When you start with fabrics this beautiful, you can’t help but make a great quilt! The program begins in January, so maybe you’d better begin the color decision-making process now ; ) Quilting friends, what do you think??
If you’re working on your JUST JUDIE Quilt Competition entry (whether patiently or frantically!), you probably know that the deadline for entries is next Wednesday, July 31! We’re inspired by the many beautiful entries received so far, and we’re ready for that inevitable last-minute flurry, so keep ‘em coming!! We’ve even got some expert submission tips to help you…
We wish we could give you a sneak peek, but that probably wouldn’t be fair, so be sure to stay tuned for updates!
Then get started now, as she shares her expertise in creating this pretty project using her own TWEET FOR TWO collection! It’s a sophisticated folk influence you’ll love to live with all year long whether your style is traditional or contemporary, or mixed. Get all of the details on Nancy’s blog!
Visit your local quilt shop for the fabrics and pattern.