It looks like one of the top themes emerging from Spring Quilt Market was Butterflies! So we had to share this gorgeous interpretation of the trend by Deirdre Bond-Abel of Hat Creek Quilts. What sets her look apart from the rest? The stunning mix of wool applique on cotton prints, more specifically the Marcus WOOL COLLECTION paired with INTRIGUE prints by Nancy Rink. Deirdre named the quilt pattern, “Borboleta,” the Portuguese word for “butterfly”.
“When I first saw the bright wools at Market last May (2015), I thought “butterfly sampler” so I have been waiting a while to have time to make it. The wools are just divine, the colours so beautiful and the quality of the fabric is first class. The wools combine so beautifully with the Intrigue prints “ Visit www.hatcreekquilts.com.au
We know...you’re probably having the same reaction to these gorgeous hand-crafted eggs as we did when we first saw them! They’re by Susan M. Wojciechowski of Ewe-niversity, featuring the Marcus WOOL COLLECTION, and measuring about 4-1/2″ high. She says, “As a quilter with a knack for applique and embroidery, I also have a love for colorful textiles and carefully curated embellishments. Over time, I developed an intense appreciation for working with wool. Inspiration led to innovative fusion and these patterns were born.”
Susan’s patterns, kits and supplies for these and other applique & embroidery projects are available online.
We’ve got great quilts, charity block sewing stations (come by and stitch one with our FREE FABRIC and supplies!), free collectible pins and more! Check out these luscious bright wools and their new mascot, Woolamina. Oh, and really friendly people, too ; )
Below, Sarah Maxwell poses next to her design, “Message in the Dark”, created with CENTENNIAL SOLIDS.
More gorgeous fabric mixing from Deirdre at Hat Creek Quilts! “I have just finished this quilt that uses prints from Paula (Barnes’) HISTORICAL STRIPES and the Marcus WOOLS. It is 80” square and has reverse applique in the blocks.” Learn more at www.HatCreekQuilts.com.au
Wow!…We had to share with you this just-released Summer 2015 issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine! The cover shows off a gorgeous quilt by Miriam Gourley Rawson, talented craft and quilt designer and friend of Marcus. You’ve seen some of her designs on our website, in out booths at Quilt Market, as well as her own blog, Miriam Crafts with You.
Miriam’s cover creation is a Scandinavian-inspired piece that incorporates Marcus wools. Grab the issue for instructions – it’s on newsstands now! Congratulations, Miriam!
A sneak peek from Pati’s office reveals these juicy new wool colors, coming soon to your favorite quilt shop! A range of brights and two heather tones round out the already popular collection, THE SEASONS WOOL COLLECTION ready to be used off the bolt, or felted, using this simple technique.
For creative applique and other techniques for quilts, accessories and more, wool knows no season. Watch for these new additions to appear online in April, and in quilt shops in May!
Thanks to all of you who expressed your enthusiasm and creativity in discussing our NEW AGED MUSLINS. The winner of this generously swatched sample card is Karen Martin of Breezy Point, MN, who said:
I love the aged muslins and have mostly used them as backgrounds for stitchery, applique and occasionally in piecing. I also love the aged canvas–I’m using it for a background on a wool applique project and it supports the wool wonderfully. I’ve never tried the colors–they look yummy!
And it seems many of you have used (or plan to use) the New Aged Muslins in similar ways and in many others, like sashings, shirts, Log Cabins, mixed with repros, updated Amish-style quilts and more. We appreciate your input! ; ) — lisa
Check out Charlotte’s or your favorite local quilt shop to sign up for this beautiful BOM project, featuring wool applique on cotton prints, both by The Quilted Crow Girls Designs. THE SEASONS wool collection started with 20 colors, and 6 more colors will be added in January…
Thanks to everyone for your enthusiastic comments about the Quilted Crow Girls’ wool collection and new book by Martingale! We learned that many of you have never tried wool applique on cotton, so we hope you’ll enjoy this new creative endeavor with some help from the Crows, Martingale and Marcus. We’re pleased to announce that the winner of the wool bundle and eBook is Faith Stanton of Trenton, FL! Congratulations, Faith — your autumn-toned FQ pack from THE SEASONS WOOL COLLECTION and eBook are on the way to you!
All other quilting friends, watch for the full 20-color range of these juicy wools and coordinating POMEGRANATE LANE cotton prints in your local quilts shops now!
As if the excitement from yesterday’s blog post wasn’t enough, several samples of Aurifil Cotton Mako 28wt thread arrived at the office, in colors selected by the Quilted Crow Girls specifically for THE SEASONS WOOL COLLECTION. Gorgeous, lustrous threads — I had to show them off! Their picks include: 2887 (lighter green) and 5012 (darker green) 2630 (charcoal), 2468 (burgundy-brown), 2460 (pomegranate), 1310 (slate blue), 2975 (a gorgeous gold!) and 2445 (a rose pink). We can see why the Girls prefer this thread for their wool-on-cotton applique projects. Thanks to Aurifil for the samples!