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!

“..the best organized and detailed quilting pattern…”

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We’re so proud of the many talents of our designer community, and sometimes, when we get fan mail like this, we just have to share it!  Kudos to Sarah Maxwell of Designs by Sarah J for the many compliments on her Primo Batik BOM quilts, RADIANT REFLECTIONS and RIVER ROCK.  Shop owners and quilters alike love her innovative use of 10-1/2″ square pre-cut packs to create the quilts, as well as the instructions. Most comments echo the words of Barbara, a NC-based shop owner:

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Photo: Sue Loring (www.thequiltedcrow.com)

“I recently purchased your new Radiant Reflections pattern.  It is without a doubt the best organized and detailed quilting pattern I have ever seen!  As a former teacher as well as  quilt store owner, I’ve worked with many other programs, and have sometimes been very disappointed to see a dramatic quilt pictured, yet the inside information is so poorly presented that no one will ever be able to make it. I appreciate your work.”

Thank you, Barbara  ; )  As always we appreciate our customers’ comments and input!  Happy stitching to all!

Check Out Sarah’s Podcast!

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!)
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SarahMaxwellDuring 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!

Prairie Inspiration, Pam Buda Style

When it comes to American prairie life and the unique inspiration it brings to today’s quilters, no one does better than Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts, as her ever-growing legion of followers will agree!  Pam recently shared what’s new in her studio, with the release of her latest collection, ANTIQUE COTTON CALICOS: Old Green Calicos:

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Of course, Pam herself describes her look best:  “Prairie life always inspires me, and when the early settlers sought to homestead, receiving a land parcel near water was, of course, a prize for many reasons.  Thinking those thoughts, and about the blue and green colors, a picture like this came to mind.  Can you see yourself in a comfy chair gazing at this scene?  I sure could.  The colors and serenity inspired the name for the quilt….Old Mill Pond.

Gorgeous, right??!! Read more from her recent blog post, including details of Pam’s special offer on the “Old Mill Pond” kit , now through January 29!   You can also visit your favorite local quilt shops for Old Green Calicos – it’s arriving in stores NOW!