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!

Studio 37 Fabrics Welcomes Casey York!

CaseySwatchesCaseyYork-HeadshotAs autumn approaches, we’ve got lots of great things planned for Studio 37 Fabrics, and one big highlight is the introduction of our newest “Marcus Maker”,  author and designer Casey York.  

Her debut collection, A DAY IN SPAIN, hits your favorite quilt shops in January, and you’ll be able to read more about Casey, and view the entire collection (with great quilt concepts!) in August. But we couldn’t wait another day to give you a glimpse into this talented designer’s contemporary take on historical motifs, based on her travels in the south of Spain.  We know you’ll be as excited as we are… Welcome, Casey!

Travel Back in Time…with Pam Buda

ConestogaDetailWe just couldn’t wait to show you a little teaser of Pam Buda’s next BOM program, CONESTOGA CROSSING!  The fabric collection debuts online in August, and the BOM quilt program launches in January 2017.  The colors, the sampler-style block designs, the quilting — all are gorgeous, in keeping with Pam’s signature Heartspun Quilts style.

Travel with Pam, back to a time when America’s pioneers rode horse and wagon over the Oregon trail.  Their strong desire to move West and homestead is rich in history, and Conestoga Crossing presents fabrics of that era, along with interesting anecdotal stories of the trail experience.  We know this is one you’ll want to add to your creative plans!

The International Appeal of Elizabeth’s Dowry

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Don’t you love a great fabric sneak-peek?  We’re pleased to share this special preview of our upcoming ELIZABETH’S DOWRY collection!  It’s the first project of a new joint venture with The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles.  The line is inspired by the historic Mariner’s Compass Coverlet (1820-1829) from The Quilters’ Guild Collection.  This coverlet is exquisitely constructed, and was made by Mary Dennis as part of her dowry:

QrigQUILTIt’s always exciting to see a fabric line come together, especially when it combines traditional inspiration with the latest digital printing technologies.  Below, these gorgeous prints come under final pre-production reviews by Pati Violick, director of advertising & marketing, and Ancil Wilson, studio manager for Marcus.  Look for the entire collection — as well as the history behind the inspiration quilt, and the quilt project designed by Karen Styles of Australia-based Somerset Patckwork & Quilting —  to be unveiled online in August!

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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

Today is Flag Day!

PamBuda2016It’s June 14 already?  Here in the US we celebrate June 14 as Flag Day, so who better to check in with than Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts!  Here’s a peek at her recent blog post – I thought this photo in particular captures the spirit of the day.  Read more about Pam’s work-in-progress, Lady Liberty…

StarSpangledBothStacked…and be sure to make plans for Pam’s newest BOM, STAR SPANGLED LIBERTY! You’ll love her two options for the center row and her distinctive vertical “quilter’s flag” down the left side.  Pam also includes American anecdotal history about our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, the Pledge of Allegiance, Old Glory flag facts, and about Betsy Ross, who played an epic role in the birth of the new nation.

The 9-month program begins in September!  Quilt size: 74-1/2″ x 78″

Learn more about Flag Day!

Our Charm Pack Giveaway Winner Is…

Revved5inchThanks to everyone who commented on our REVVED UP RETRO post from last week, and Congratulations to Lee Butler of Troy, MI, the winner of this lovely little 5″ pack.  We can’t wait to see what you make with it, Lee, but we know it’ll make a great little summer project, whether you machine piece at home or on a retreat, or you hand-piece on the go!

Stay tuned for the next Studio 37 Fabrics giveaway – If you haven’t already suscribed to our blog, enter your email address at right, so you’ll be the first to know about our exciting giveaways, product news and announcements.  Happy Stitching  ; )

More Mostly Manor, On Land and In Flight

SarahBondMostlymanorQThanks to our quilting friend (and award-winning fiber artist) Sarah Bond for submitting this pic of her stunning MOSTLY MANOR design. This is easily my personal favorite interpretation of Victoria’s debut collection for Studio 37 Fabrics

She explains, “It’s a class I’ve been teaching for quite a while. The pattern is mine, though of course it’s New York Beauty, so the inspiration is traditional.”

For class or pattern info, contact Sarah via Instagram @slbphilly.

Meanwhile, several thousand miles above, our own Pati Violick shows off her Lucy Boston-inspired paper piecing, during her flight to Salt Lake City for Quilt Market, in a project she calls “Lucy in the Sky” …get it??  So portable – just pack your fabric, thread, air-friendly snips and templates from Paper Pieces and you’re set!

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Victoria’s Fabric Sneak-Peek!

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We’re thrilled to have Victoria Findlay Wolfe as a part of our designer community, especially with the upcoming release of her second collection for Studio 37 Fabrics.  It’s called  MEADOW STORM.  Look for it online May 1, and in quilt shops in August…for now, here’s a quick sneak-peek:

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She says, “For MEADOW STORM, I included my typical mix of interesting modern and eclectic prints…fabrics that can do some of the work for you.  I love the large stripes that can be fussy cut for dramatic modern looks.  Sun Shower polka dots in four colors, because I can’t make a quilt without a dot!  I added in the bold black and white Manor Stripe, after many requests from my last line, MOSTLY MANOR.  I look forward to using it with the more saturated color prints, like Misty and the main floral, Perennial, to add instant movement to even simple blocks.”     — Victoria

ALSO, In Case You Missed It: Here’s the link to Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s recent chat with Pat Sloan on American Patchwork & Quilting Radio!  She discusses a bit of her quilt design process, her fabric design inspiration, and that great article in APQ’s April issue!

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So…Who Won the STASHBUSTERS Goodies??

We’d like to thank the hundreds of quilting friends who commented on last week’s blog post as we celebrate the release of Stashbusters by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith!Stashbusters book cover Stashbusters goodies fabric giveaway

stashpica…and the winner of our random giveaway is…Mary Kolb of Buffalo, MN, who said emphatically, “I WOULD LOVE TO BUST MY STASH!”, a sentiment shared by all!  In keeping with the true spirit of a well-rounded fabric stash, the bundle includes 12 FQs from various Marcus designers. Happy Stashbusting to all!