Be sure to check out this mini-interview with Vicki Bellino, on The Jolly Jabber, Fat Quarter Shop’s blog. It’s showing off the talents of one of our favorite designers and owner of of Bloom Creek, and her new Aunt Grace SIMPLER SAMPLER BOM for Marcus. The fabric collection by Judie Rothermel features pre-printed panels and coordinates that Vicki combines creatively. She’s inspired by her passion for English paper piecing, but she employs simpler techniques to achieve the same look, which is sure to appeal to a wider range of quilters!The quilt requires two of these 24″ wide panels (below), a mix of the coordinates, and a few of Judie’s solids.
This month we reveal all-new AUNT GRACE MINIATURES by Judie Rothermel! As perfect as they are on their own, they’re even better when paired with her AUNT GRACE DOTS. Mix the prints in traditional blocks, or try a more modern quilting treatment by combining the prints with linen.
There’s a lot more that’s new this month on MarcusFabrics, so enjoy your visit!
The fun continues today with great new photos…enjoy!
Congratulations to Lolita Newman on the recent publication of her new book, Freedom Gone: Embroidered Quilts of Slave Life in the Civil War. Her personal search to find her family connection with slavery moved her to create heirlooms linking her past to the present. This led her to start Stitchin’ by the River Studio, a nod to her Louisiana roots. Lolita’s Freedom Gone quilts are rich in color and history, with beautifully embroidered depictions of the lives of slaves in the Civil War era. The seven quilts and six projects bring past stories to life, showing common chores, family life and slave quarters — and the quest for freedom.
No doubt you’ll notice many Marcus fabrics throughout its pages – we’re pleased for Lolita and happy to be a part of her wonderful work!
Our friends at Martingale/ That Patchwork Place discuss their love for 1930s fabrics & quilts in today’s blogpost. We’re proud to have Martingale as one of our generous prize sponsors of our JUST JUDIE Quilt Competition! Of course, Judie Rothermel’s AUNT GRACE collections are always near and dear to us, and even more so as we continue to receive contest entries! As we come toward the deadline for the contest on July 31, we’d like to know: What are some of your favorite Aunt Grace colors?
Most of the sales, marketing & design staff is away in Portland, Oregon, ready for the start of Spring Quilt Market! The actual show begins tomorrow, preceded by two grueling days of booth setup…
1. First, we give thanks that the Big Crate arrived on time and intact!
2 & 3. Next, the last-minute touch-ups on madeup projects that couldn’t quite be completed in the office before we left. It looks like Pati, our Director of Advertising & Marketing, borrowed a machine from our friends at Bernina(?) These pix show projects made from: NEXT WAVE by Studio 37
4. Finally the booth is taking shape – show here is the gorgeous HAMPTON RIDGE quilt (fabric by Paula Barnes, quilt BOM by Paula and Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts). As you can see, this traditional collection translates equally beautifully into trendy throw pillows, too. If you’re here at the show, see it all in person - BOOTH 2203!
Stay tuned for more news from Portland!
Happy New Year to all of our quilting friends! Our January site took a few days longer than usual, but we think it was worth the wait — we’re unveiling a fresh look, and lots of fresh inspiration to go with it ; ). Have you seen the latest additions to our website for January? You’ll love the free projects, and new creative ideas including all-new Strip-It tips from Vicki Bellino, modern pillows, soft-sculpture pumpkins, decoupage and more!
Ever wonder how Judie continues to bring us so many beautiful fabric collections season after season? Meet Judie’s design assistant, Abbey Road…
Judie says, “She is a Lilac color point British shorthair cat. She is two years old and follows me where ever I go.”
She’s even looking forward to reviewing the entries for the upcoming “JUST JUDIE” quilt competition, running from January through July 2013. Check out Judie’s 25 Anniversary Collection, the basis for the competition, add fabrics from your Judie stash, and plan your entry now!