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.
Yes! Marcus took the prize at Quilt Market in Houston, TX this week for a newly-created category – Best New Product “Sneak Peek” Display – for our fabric vignette of the MEDALLION MUSE by Faye Burgos. Watch for the two rich colorways and exciting motion of this collection online beginning November 1, but for now, here’s the winning display:
COUNTY LONDONDERRY fabrics & quilt design Olde Green Cupboard Designs were also prominently featured at Booth 332 during the show, as was Faye Burgos’ HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, shown here in Vicki Bellino’s upcoming new sampler-style BOM quilt.
Check out our resident Strip-It(TM) expert, Vicki Bellino of Bloom Creek, as she demonstrates some of her favorite quick, fun & practical techniques for using Faye Burgos’ Strip-It pre-printed stripe fabrics. From easy half-square triangles to piano key borders to wedges (shown) and much more, you’ll learn how to achieve pieced looks with precision, in a fraction of the time. Watch the video now! We’d also love to see YOUR creative strip-It ideas, too! Send us a description and a photo or two, and we’ll send you a fabric thank-you!
We thought you’d enjoy seeing some adorably brag-worthy pix shared by one of our favorite quilt designers Vicki Bellino, showing her granddaughter, Lexi, with some of her quilting & sewing projects. Vicki explains, ”
Lexi started playing with scraps of fabric on my design wall at a very early age – between 3 and 4. I taught her to sew before she was 6 and she was a natural at it. She practiced sewing precut charm squares together and learning about 1/4” seam allowances. She made her first quilt at 7. After making several charm square quilts, she told me she wanted to make a quilt with triangles, so I taught her how to make half-square triangles. What followed shortly was a pinwheel baby quilt she designed all by herself, and a variation of an “O” block quilt.
She’s 11 now and has made 5 quilts, learned to do fusible appliqué and of course, English paper piecing. She’s now able to use a rotary cutter and is very proficient at choosing fabric and laying out blocks to design a quilt on her own. In fact, she prefers to do it all on her own without my help!
It gives me such joy to spend a weekend quilting with my granddaughter and to watch her grown into such a proficient quilter at such a young age!
How many of our other quilting friends are sharing your quilting passion with the next generation? Tell us about it! – lisa s
OK, we’re biased, and we love just about everything Vicki Bellino creates over at Bloom Creek. So we think you’ll also enjoy her tote bag kit, featured in the Sept/Oct 2012 issue of McCall’s Quilting. It’s sewn up in HICKORY HOUSE prints by Faye Burgos in the taupe/black combo, a smart look for city, country or anywhere your busy life take you ; ) And Vicki’s even offering a convenient KIT for it, too!