Weekend Sewing February 13 2017, 1 Comment

 

What did I do this weekend? I hand stitched all weekend!

First I finished up the mini quilts for our booth using the 4" Variety pack templates that are new in the store. ( below)  Then I embroidered and sewed the binding on the Little 4" block above to be used at a name tag at QuiltCon.  All of us at VFW Quilts made new name tags using the NEW snack set templates.  Kim, Laura, and Susan and I will all be in Savannah!  I can't believe in one week we will be road tripping to GA!  Will you be there?

 

The little "Variety Pack" quilts are looking so good! These blocks are so addicting!! 

Easy to piece, and super cute!

 

I also had been working on quilting this new DWR quilt this entire past week... I finally finished it Sunday morning!  I immediately trimmed it, made the bias binding, sewed it on, took it home so I could binge watch and hand bind all day.   Yep.  It's done... Now to do three quite sleeves this week, Class samples as I seem to have lost them from my Craft Napa trip... (I'm sure they are hiding and will turn up as soon as I finish new samples...)  Above I used my Double wedding ring set and my Full Melon template all in one quilt!

 

 

I need to get this up on the wall today and photograph it... It was a fun one to make!

 

 

 

Need a fun small project? Join in on this Marcus Markers MUG RUG CHALLENGE!

 

Show Us Your Mug Shot!

 

We Love Mugrugs! They're a quick and easy, practical and useful project. And if a quick Google search for images of Mugrugs is any indication, we're not alone! Sized just right for your favorite beverage, a spoon, and a small snack, they're somewhere between a placemat and a coaster, the perfect pop of fiber art for any tabletop, nightstand or desk. Help us to create a movement, and "A Marcus Rug for Every Mug!"

Get in on the Fun --
Take the Marcus Makers Mugrug Challenge!

Enter Now through April 30, 2017

 

THE DETAILS:

WHAT:

It's a Mugrug Challenge featuring Marcus and Studio 37 Fabrics!! Stitch an original design, a commercial design, or choose to recreate the mugrug of your favorite Marcus Maker(s). Free projects for these are available online at MarcusFabrics.com and Studio37Fabrics.com. Your entries must contain a recognizable amount of a Marcus or Studio 37 fabric, and yes, other fabrics may also be used. The finished mugrug must be a MAXIMUM size of 9" x 9". This allows for rectangular, square, hexie or round shapes, etc. as long as it measures no more than 9" x 9". Enter as many as you like, but please post each mugrug separately.

WHEN:

Now through April 30, 2017

WHERE:

  • Post your MugShot on Instagram with #MarcusMugshot
  • Tag the photo @marcusfabrics or @studio37fabrics so it shows up in our feeds. (Not on Instagram? You can also email entries to mugrug@marcusfabrics.com)

SNAP A PICTURE! We'd love for you to include yourself in the photo, and/or show the mugrug in use. And we don't even care which adult beverage is in your mug - no judgment!! ; )

PRIZES:

Each Tuesday morning during the Challenge we'll choose and announce random winners from your posted entries to win fabric prizes. Marcus designers will share in the posting of the winning entries

MORE!

Check local participating quilt shops for More Marcus Mugrug Mania!!

 

What did you do this past weekend?


Preparing for QuiltCon January 30 2017, 0 Comments

Laura is busy cutting BUNDLES to take to QuiltCon!

The VFW Quilts Staff is hard at work getting all our inventory ready for vending at QuiltCon! Fabric bundles, and bolts and all my templates and goodies will be available for you there! Road trip! We will be Booth #338!  Will you be there?  Come by and Say Hi! Not going to  QuiltCon? That's OK, you can visit my webshop or my NYC STORE! ( and get your goodies now!) 

 

Laura and Kim will be working the booth, I'll be around, but will be teaching all day Thursday and Friday... I'll sneak in at lunch time to say hi. Saturday I will be in the booth, before I fly off to California to Empty Spools Seminars to teach a five day Double Wedding Ring Class.

 

 

Besides finishing up NEW quilt patterns and products for QuiltCon, I am finishing up this customer quilt. It's so much fun! I just love this quilt. She loves all color and Black and White, so... Here's my interpretation of that! It has all kinds  of crazy-fun-fabrics inside of it... I'll have this wrapped up by Thursday.  These larger shapes go together so nicely and get big fast!   Then work on a border... Stay tuned!  This quilt is a version of my Bright Lights Big City Quilt... pattern is in my Double Wedding ring Book

 

I wanted to thank you all for you thoughtful comments on The Quilt Show Episode. I asked that question to see what rings true for people. So thank you for sharing what you tips you picked up on. It's helpful to me as a teacher!

 

And I suppose you are awaiting the Winner of the Double Wedding Ring templates, right??

The winner for this post, is: Jennie B!

Congrats Jennie!

And thank you for your comments! It encourages me to blog more, if I hear your thoughts. ;-)


SHOP SMALL SATURDAY! November 26 2016, 0 Comments

Hello all you HOLIDAY SHOPPERS!

It's been an amazing year.  Yes, it's hard work being a small business owner, long days, long hours, but ultimately I am doing something I love.  I share that love with you all.

Today I am encouraging you to SHOP SMALL. 

My shop carries all my own products, My fabrics, My books, my Acrylic templates, thread sets, patterns, and other goodies... All of these items, is how you survive in this industry by having my hand in multiple areas: Plus all the travel, and teaching that I do.  VFWQUILTS.COM

What I love about this industry is that I meet the most amazing people. Quilters are the best!  My shop allows me to meet you here, when you come to NYC.  If you can't come to NYC, please visit my website shop.  If you are over seas, please email us to get you accurate In't shipping quotes... We are always here to help. 

We being , Me, and my small staff.  We all work hard at our job, we love being creative, we love being creative women building a small business... We need your support to shop small.

 

Stop by the store, we are always happy to do some show and tell for you of the quilts we have on hand.

325 West 38th St Suite 811, NY NY 10018

Thank you!!!  Happy Holidays!

Don't miss our Dec 3rd Holiday party! Info below!

Victoria, Kim, Laura, and Crystal.

 


MQX New England Registration is open! November 21 2016, 0 Comments


 

MQX NEW ENGLAND! registration is open! I am teaching two classes, be sure to grab the spots quick! http://www.mqxshow.com/MQX/East/Classes/ClassCalendar/index.cfm

 


Highlights of Quilt Festival November 12 2016, 1 Comment

 

 

One of the best things about writing a book, is getting feedback from people who have been inspired by the work I've poured my heart into.  It's kind of like when you go to guild meeting, you stand up for show and tell, and people come up to you afterward and say, "Hey, I like what you do!"  ...And from that you find your community of peers.  Isn't that what we love about our guild meetings? finding our community of people?    (So this is your friendly reminder, to go to your guild meetings, stand up and show your work, and the people who love what you do will come to you. If you sit in the back and never stand up, you may not find your way among a new group... Take a risk, stand up and be proud of your work! You are all artists!)

 

 

At Quilt Festival, as I was was shopping the aisles, I was stopped by Katherine who said she had been inspired by my Summer's Day Quilt. ( above in orange, sown with my grandmother quilt which was my inspiration)  I am so honored that Katherine found her inspiration in my work, and then took it to tell HER story!  She did an amazing job of looking at the "bones" of my quilt, and filling in the story with her African fabrics. It's so gorgeous!  This made my whole day, probably my whole year.  It's an honor to me, to hear when you've been inspired by my work. It is not a "negative to say where your inspiration came from. Having the feedback makes me want to keep creating, as I feel connected to you all. You are my people...

 

Katherine wrote about her work:

 

I enjoyed meeting you in Houston and I want to thank-you for your kind words an encouragement.  I've attached the photo of the quilt I show you that was inspired by "A Summers Day" in your book. It's entitled "Mother" and the center represents the mother of mankind from the cradle of humanity.

 
I have cut out "Greatest :Possible Trust" in purples and African batiks which I plan to finish next year.  When I do, I'll make sure to send you a picture.  Thanks again for the inspiration.

 

 

I am inspired by you when you make versions of my quilts.  I am also encouraged when you comment on blog posts, fb or instagram...  

Please email your photos, It is what makes this community so special.  

 

Thank you Katherine for stopping me to say hi.  It makes all the long hours I do, worth it.

 

Thank you so much!

 

 

 

Currently on display in at:

 

 VFW QUILTS NYC STORE!

325 West 38th St Suite 811

Mon-Thor  10-1pm

Friday and Saturday 12-6pm

 

 My Remembering Christmas Past Quilt is now hanging in the store. Come by and say hi! We have many quilts for  you to see a mini trunk show when you do!  If I'm not in the store, you can always ask if I'm near by... I can pop over if I'm in town.. my staff can text me.

 

And also on view, is my No Two Alike Quilt!  Feel free to ask us for demo's on any templates, We are always happy to share you the tips and tricks!  ( Like using our full melon to make PUMPKINS!!)

 

I'm off to get the store ready! I am working today! Stop by and say hi!

 

VFWquilts.com


My Hex Star Sizzix Die! May 24 2016, 1 Comment

 

 

My Videos are back!  Subscribe to my YOUTUBE channel so you don't miss the "up close and personals!"   ;-)

Hex Star!  I LOVE THIS DIE... Well, actually I love them all. I'm making several king size quilts for myself from these dies, and even another geese crossing version that I started today. It goes so quick with my Sizzix!!

 

Three machines sizes. (Think, Small, Medium and Large) 

Big Shot, ( the small machines, take the 6" dies... 

Big Shot Plus, ( medium machine) uses The small 6" dies,AND the 9" dies... 

Big Shot Plus,(the LARGE) can use ALL the dies, 6", 9", and 12" dies... 

These sizes are the WIDTH that can go through the machine.. It depends on how you want to use them... TO carry with you on retreats? Small one... 

Medium for more flexibility uses two die sizes, can still carry it with you... 

And last, the Big Shot PRO- A stay in one place machine, I'll do a video soon on them.

 

Above on the left is the BIG SHOT PLUS, all three dies shown above A 9" platform die,under my hand, and two 6" platforms dies beside that.

 

on my Right, is the Big Shot, (otherwise known as a fabi)

Uses only 6" platform dies... that 6" is what fits through the opening the machine.

 

All my Sizzix dies are available HERE.

 

 

 

OK, My HEX STAR die. You can use this die in a couple different ways, I like to design dies that give you a multitude of options!  Loving HEXIES? The star without the half rectangles, gives you just a nice big pieced hex. I have a video on making all the die shapes at my website.

 

This red and brown version is going to be king size. I already raided my friends stashes for more Reds and browns, as I depleted most of mine!  My bed.  Can't wait.  Must get busy!

 

 

But you can also square out the Hexagon to make it a block, like this one below! Isn't it so fun? I even fussy cut on my die!  Fabulous!

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the last minute I made up a small wall hanging, that I can hang in my kitchen... using my Yellow Leo Diamond print from Mostly Manorfor the background. Next I  dug out some favorite golds, and bright yellows to make this version. Using the half rectangle, finishes my hexes so they have a straight edge...

 

So much fun!

 

One more die to go!

 

 

All my Sizzix dies are available HERE.

 

 


Big Diamond, Little Diamond! in SHOP now! May 25 2015, 0 Comments

I cut this quilt out Sunday morning, using two of my Acrylic diamond templates. My small Diamond, that makes 4 different sizes..Here I just used the Full small template, Four of them, make one of my LARGE diamond templates... So the two together, give you many fun options for PLAYING!

 

 SMALL DIAMOND ( CLICK)

I LOVE a star quilt! Having larger shapes in acrylic templates allows to play with my made fabric, and design within the shape!  This diamond makes 4 different sizes of stars, with corner squares and quarter triangles marked on the template, for reference.  Finished Size of the largest size Star is 21.5"

 

The small diamond was used to make this wall hanging...

 

 

LARGE DIAMOND: ( CLICK)

I LOVE a BIG star quilt! It's nice to have options! Having larger shapes in acrylic templates allows to play with my made fabric, and design within the shape! Corner squares and quarter triangles cutting instructions are marked on the template, for reference.  Finished Size of the largest size Star is 41"

 

 

MIX the TWO templates together to come up with your own unique designs! PLAY!

 

 

 

One day I will get back to finishing my liberty stars.... But for today, I'm off to finish my Memorial Day quilt!

 

Visit my shop for more QUILTY PLAY THINGS!!

 

 


Sizzix Mini wave die May 25 2015, 0 Comments

 

The Next Sizzix Die is the MINI WAVE. You may recall I also had a large wave last fall... 

Well, to fill the demand and requests, I went small on the wave as well...

each wave piece is about 4 "X 4/34"

 

For scale... See my samples below...

;-)

Little, cute, and oh so sweet!

 

 

 

Shown two ways to sew together for different effects....

 

 

 

Instead of flip flopping the shape, Here I sewed the curves together to make columns, then sewed the strips together...  Picking out the solids was so much fun!

 

I made this baby quilt for a gift, using the Mini wave as "leaves" on this tiny sprout quilt...

 

 

And lastly, I cut my pieces then trimmed off the end to give them a straight edge. That way I can add the mini wave as a scallop, around my Basket quilts!  (which is made with my pies & points die, that I will to show you next!)

 

So many fun projects....

 

ALSO NEW!

I have a new large set of 50 Wt Thread with Aurifil, Called Full Circle Stitching!  Thread for piecing, and free motion quilting, in a fun variety of colors and a few basics to inspire your quilting PLAY!

 

I need to go photograph the colors!  Next post, promise...

 

 

 


Mini Double Wedding Ring Sizzix die May 25 2015, 0 Comments

 

I'm super thrilled to share with you my new SIZZIX DIES!

This round, things went, SMALL!

(not to be confused with my Acrylic templates at my website. 

These are DIE CUT templates for Sizzix.

 

You know I have a Double Wedding Ring Problem... right?

You may have heard that the number of DWR quilts is up to 46... Yeah, even I wince at that number!

But I had not done a MINI DOUBLE WEDDING RING QUILT!

So Here is one of my new dies, a MINI Double Wedding Ring... And it is OH SO CUTE!

 

  

 

Each ring is 9" big! ( or small, however you call it!)

Pretty sweet huh?

When you can cut 8 layers of fabric at once, you have so many pieces to PLAY with!

Who would want to cut out all those tiny pieces by hand? My Sizzix cuts them all out perfectly, and quickly... Love it!

 

YES, I am having WAY TO MUCH FUN!

Never a dull moment!

haha!