Lucky Quilters Visit Judie Rothermel at Her Shop!

JudieInShop-CantonWe were thrilled to see the recent pictures posted on the Patchwork Breeze blog.  A group of quilters reported their stop at Schoolhouse Quilts in Canton, OH as “Day 4″ of a special 6-day quilter’s excursion, by coach from Michigan to West Virginia.  The post provides some great pictures & commentary about Judie and her beautiful quilt shop, including the beautiful quilts on display.

See ALL of the pix from their visit…enjoy!

The Classic Appeal of Red and Blue

GalleryRedBlueCOLLAGETrends continue to point toward the graceful elegance of red and blue with white across all design categories, which might help to explain the lasting appeal of GALLERY IN RED AND BLUE by Faye Burgos.  Her stylized florals, paisleys and coordinates are the very look being shown currently in top decorating and lifestyle publications, blogs and specialty retailers, both traditional and contemporary.

From Valentine’s Day right through to the Christmas season, red with white is a natural favorite, while blue and white is always fresh and calming. Combine them during the summer holidays and any patriotic themed activities, including the fast-approaching July 4th holiday here  in the US.

Look for GALLERY IN RED AND BLUE prints, and our free quilt pattern by Heidi Pridemore, in your local quilt shops.  You can also purchase Nancy Rink’s “Glory Days” quilt pattern at www.nancyrinkdesigns.com.

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A Year of Purples & Plums

It looks like plum is the color of choice for more traditional quilts, judging from the highlights at our Quilt Market booth.. you can call it purple, lavender, lilac, berry, mulberry, violet  or pomegranate.   It mixes beautifully with cool blues as well as earth tones and neutrals, making it a fresh (and gender-neutral) choice for home decor. Choose from MILL WORKS

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THE SEASONS on POMEGRANATE LANE, a BOM featuring both THE SEASONS WOOL COLLECTION and POMEGRANATE LANE prints by The Quilted Crow Girls…

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Quilt Market – Before Booth 2335 Became Booth 2335

Spring Quilt Market gets underway soon in Pittsburgh, PA, and most of the office crew is now onsite.  Mechelle sent along these photos of the empty booth space that will be magically transformed into a gorgeous display of new and upcoming Marcus designs & inspiration!  Stay tuned…QMSp14-EmptyBooth1 QMSp14-EmptyBooth2

The Lowell Mill Workers… The Story Continues

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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!

 

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Vicki Bellino Giveaways & New Book Launch

No, we’re not giving Vicki away, but you CAN win a copy of her new eBook (published by Martingale) to help celebrate its release!  Simply leave a comment below to enter.  Then visit the Martingale blog for a chance to win a Marcus bundle of Aunt Grace fabrics that are perfect for the book projects.

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What’s Your Favorite Rotary Tool?

gloria and Vicky at Olde Green Cupboard thought it would be fun to share some of their favorite quilting tools with you! These make your quilting, cutting, and sewing so much easier and faster!!! Here… take a peak!

“Our first favorite is the Shape Cut Pro by June Tailor – If you are cutting out hundreds of strips, squares or rectangles… this is what you need. It makes the ShapeCutProcutting so fast! You know sometimes when you are cutting many strips from a folded piece of yardage… how the strip can get a little peak at the fold after many cuts…then you have to give a new clean cut to get them even again? Well…with the Shape Cut Pro – that never happens. There are small slits in the plastic ruler/mat where your rotary blade fits.
What is especially wonderful is to use a smaller cutting mat. Make all of your cuts in one direction… then slowly remove the Shape Cut Pro – turn your mat – line up your ruler and cut again – the opposite direction of your first cuts! Boom! You have just cut tons of shapes at one time. Be sure to keep the wrapping on the Shape Cut Pro – look on the back for the great directions!”

Picture1“Our second tool that is great to use (and I don’t think many quilters use them) is the Pinking rotary blade! We like the Olfa blades. If you are cutting fabric which frays easily, wool, or just love the zig-zag look… this is for you. I recently taught a wool class and we used this blade to make these flower pins! OlfaFLOWERThey are also great to use if you are making an applique raw edge quilt and you do NOT want the cotton fabric to fray! Check with your local quilt shop today and see if you can locate our favorites… and soon they will be yours!”  Thanks to Vicky, Gloria & Heather of Olde Green Cupboard Designs! 

Editor’s Note:  Watch for a gorgeous new line of wools to come from Marcus in the coming months – the perfect opportunity to try your new Pinking blade!

Like English Paper Piecing? You’ll Love This…

Attention, EPP fans: Vicki Bellino’s new book comes out on May 6! English paper piecing dates back to at least the early 1700s, but no worries—just like Vicki Bellino’s first book about EPP, her latest collection of vintage-vibe quilts relies on 21st-century techniques. Pre-cut papers, rotary cutters, glue pens, and sizing spray take this time-honored handcraft to a new level of ease and speed.Vicki turns hexagons, diamonds, Dresdens, and more into happy handwork. (Martingale, 2014)    Challenge yourself with the quilt on the cover, made with a mind-boggling 2,031 hexies! Congratulations, Vicki!

Here’s a quilt by Susan Gilbert (Click on Comments for info)

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1930s Prints – The New Modern Palette!

AGMiniNOBORDERJudie Rothermel’s Aunt Grace prints will always hold a revered place in traditional quilting, and increasingly, we’re seeing these traditional 1930s prints incorporated into a more modern quilt aesthetic as well, with gorgeous results. Part of the new appeal may be that contemporary quilting attracts a younger quilter, often with babies or young children as project inspiration.  These delicate, small-scaled motifs are easy to mix and match in even the simplest quilt blocks, and work beautifully for a baby’s nursery.  The 1930s collections often look best when all colors are mixed, a fresh, change from the too-familiar “pink or blue” choices.

Another reason for the renewed interest in Judie Rothermel’s 1930s designs is that, to beginning quilters, they’re actually brand new!  Blending them with earthy linens, silk douppioni and other textures, modern quilters are giving the miniature florals, geometrics and conversationals a more artistic spin, creating not only baby quilts, but also chic totes, small accessories, and even garments.

Shopowners who quilt are enjoying the Aunt Grace renaissance as well.  Jodie Heinold, owner of Fort Worth Fabric Studio offers the Aunt Grace prints, including new Aunt Grace Miniatures, alongside her decidedly more contemporary prints, and recently added linens to the mix to satisfy customer demand.  “The 1930’s really can be mixed with more modern elements – I’ve seen a few blogs/quilts where they mix them with the natural linen/flax fabric – totally amazing!  Heinold herself has always been drawn to “those sweet 1930s prints,”  and has carried many full Aunt Grace collections since opening her online shop in 2009.

If you haven’t yet tried plugging 1930s prints into uncommon quilt designs, you’ll find great inspiration in Quilting Modern by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen (Interweave).

For craft project ideas, also check out Zakka Style by Rashida Coleman Hale.

 

 

In Quilt Shops Now, from Maw-Bell Designs

Sure, we’ve all had enough of winter 2014, but just look at what awaits us for the next one! Maw-Bell Designs brings us cozy, comfy flannels in classic reds and greens with stylized grey chalkboard influences throughout…

They even have patterns ready to inspire you:

MawBell4 MawBell1 MawBell2 MawBell3Learn more about the patterns here. 

and Merry Christmas!