One of the bigger takeaways from QuiltCon was the profusion of color to be found in trending rainbow quilts, with quilt designers going “full-spectrum” within a single quilt. Case in point: the latest from our own Studio 37 designers:
Sarah J Maxwell’s new line, a SHOUT, a Whisper, a text, and her accompanying quilt design were a highlight of the Studio 37 booth at the show! The group of prints is all about how we communicate and relate to one another, in a palette of subtly-softened brights. Motifs include Morse code, shorthand, texting terms and others. The quilt also incorporates several CENTENNIAL SOLIDS. Available in quilt shops in May.
At the VFWQuilts booth, Victoria Findlay Wolfe featured her new Snack Sets, a fun mix of shapes and CENTENNIAL SOLIDS in smaller “snack-sized” projects. Here she mixes various Snack Sets for a bright, colorful effect: Available now thru her online store.
And of course, Nancy Rink’s new GTKH: Getting to Know HUE fabrics and BOM quilt also stopped quilters in their tracks! The upscale look and feel of these “modern mixer” motifs set them apart from other blender groups, making them the perfect new basic for contemporary quilts (as Pati was explaining to some of the enthusiastic admirers at the show.) Join the BOM now at your favorite local quilt shop!
If you haven’t tried our 60″ WIDE QUILT BACKS yet, you’re in for a treat! Why 60″? We’ve found it to be the perfect width for lots of situations:
Back quilts and wall hangings to 50″ wide with a single length.
Back quilts up to approximately 110″ wide by simply piecing two lengths of backing with a single center seam. (Diagram below)
Simplify the process of sewing round tablecloths!
And because it’s printed on the same fine quality fabric as our 45″ prints, the 60″ yardage can be used on the front of the quilt as well as the back!
You’ll love it for easy home décor accents to coordinate with your quilt design, from window coverings to duvet covers, shams and other bedding.
We’re sure you’ll discover your own favorite uses for this versatile, economical alternative to the full 108″ width. And, we’ve just added three new backings to coordinate with upcoming BOM programs CONESTOGA CROSSING by Pam Buda, and GTKH: Getting to Know Hue, by Nancy Rink.
To join two 60″ widths, we recommend using a seam allowance of ½” to 1″, and pressing the seam open. You can also join using an overlapping seam, sewing down the length, close to both edges of the fabric.
We got up-close & personal with Nancy Rink’s new holiday quilt design, featuring the OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE COLLECTION by Judie Rothermel. As you can see, the colors and motifs lend themselves to Christmas projects wtih the rich, traditional feel of Sturbridge. Nancy’s knack for machine quilting artistry completes the masterpiece, with accents of red and green thread on the back. Visit Nancy online for “Mill Girls Holiday” pattern information.
On newsstands now! American Patchwork & Quilting’s February 2016 issue includes the teal version of Nancy Rink’s INTRIGUE collection. It’s the featured color option for Kay Wright-Handy’s “Plum Perfect” quilt design, made by APQ quilt tester Laura Boehnke.
Nancy’s cheerful INTRIGUE motifs also come in a red/fuschia colorway — whichever color you prefer, start by grabbing the free pattern from APQ!
Her recent blog post shares a bit of her inspiration for the group, and how she’s used the collection so far. By coincidence, I spotted this pretty little quilt on Pati’s desk yesterday — it just begged to be Instagrammed, and it bears repeating here. (Be sure to follow us on IG @marcusfabrics, if you don’t already…) And look for the fabrics in quilt shops beginning January!
In our first Schoolhouse session, Sarah Maxwell of Designs by Sarah J shared ways for quilt shop owners to update their offerings, while attendees got a closeup look at her new “Hashtag” quilt design, done up in her new REVVED UP RETRO collection for Studio 37 Fabrics.
It’s actually getting a bit lonely here at Headquarters, as staffers flock to Houston for Quilt Market! Will you be there, too? If so, visit us in BOOTH 1022, and post pix of your favorite quilts / fabrics / designers to social media. You might be chosen to receive a FQ bundle of your faves! You can also visit our designers at Schoolhouse and in their booths, too:
Red Crinoline Quilts (Paula Barnes & Mary Ellen Robison) – Booth 1031
Somerset Patchwork (Karen Styles) – Booth 1023
Rachel’s of Greenfield (Rachel Pellman) – Booth 1416