VFW NYC Quilt 3 Day retreat! June 15 2017, 0 Comments

 This week I am hosting my Annual VFW NYC Retreat here in my home, hosting 8 quilters from the US and Canada!  Day one is spent on cutting, designing, and all things inspiration!

Many folks come with a set idea, and then we tweak it as they go... we talk about color, placement, pushing what we first "see" into a new creative space.

We look for more ideas to change up the pattern, and see where else we can stretch ourselves.

It's always very exciting to watch people make their first cuts, wary, then, I turn around again, and a million pieces show up on the design wall.  

I love watching them work. It inspires me to see them make the connections.

I'm pleased to be hosting these lovely quite folk!

I'll share with you as their work changes and morphs!

 

 

 Someone is plum-tuckered-out in the scrap pile!!

Socializing is exhausting, she says...

If you are interested in my VFW NYC 3 day quilt retreat, I announce the class only in my newsletter. It does fill very quickly... You can sign up for my newsletter here.

At the end of the day, my New "GARLAND" quilt,  (Double Wedding Ring pattern, kit and templates)   now in the store, came back from Mandy Leins who quilted it.


Green & Red is in the shop! May 29 2017, 1 Comment

 

If you've been following my blog for a while ,you will know this fact about me...

I LOVE  GREEN & RED together!

Need proof?  Here's a small smattering of the 5-10 green & red quilts I make each year!

 

 

 

I love subtle Holiday fabrics, Fabrics that read Green & Red. So they can be red & green without being  overly "Christmas-y."  ...Although I do love me some Santa and reindeer fabrics too, who am I kidding? Need more proof?  Click here.

 

 

But in general, I love the combo of colors.  I also love vintage quilts and red, green and yellow here hugely popular back in the day, so this can work both ways... Modern vintage!

 

 

 

 

This wreath print can be used as a WHOLE cloth panel, or chop it up to make some amazing designs! Below using my Snack set template #6 from the variety pack to make this cute block! ( BTW: Snack Set Sew-a-long at Facebook! Come play along!)

 


 

....Or as a whole cloth,  adding the scalloped borders around and a little applique to make a sweet tree skirt, or table top quilt, or Large Four block quilt!  All NEW products are here.

 

 

...And you know I love a great polka dot!  This linen colored with white dot, ( it is cotton, not linen) also comes in red! It looks great all cut up, or as a backing!

 

 

 

 

All of these beauties are now in the webshop and in the VFW quilts NYC store.  

No Two Alike pattern & templates, Christmas Street Pattern, and GARLAND Double wedding ring quilt kit ready to go

 

Christmas Street Pattern!

 

 

 

And... If you are following me on INSTAGRAMyou can pop over there to enter my Green & RED Giveaway! ( at Instagram ONLY)


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?


NEW! Snack Sets & variety pack February 09 2017, 0 Comments

I am in LOVE with these small blocks: 

Fast to piece, great for scrap busting and 15 minutes of PLAY!

Click here.

 

 Here are little quilts we made using the templates. Each quilt has 9 blocks of each template set. 

This orange quilt is Snack set #1

The templates are great for machine piecing or hand piecing! (American patchwork)

 

Snack set #2

 

 

 Snack Set #3

 

Snack Set #4

 

Snack Set #5

 

 Snack set #6

Snack set #6 is quite clever as it can make both blocks shown in this purple quilt. The churn dash, and the cross block.  SWEET!

 

 Snack Set #7

 

Each set is sold individually, or

 

 as a VARIETY PACK! Get all seven in one pack!

 

So you can use all the blocks to make this cute sampler!

 

All our new products are listed here.


 

I have already been playing in my solids scrap bins, and am working on a tonal quilt using 

Snack set #1.  I'm using two colors close in value, to make 9 patch blocks...in every color combo I can find in my scrap bin. That has not stopped me from making more little blocks of the other sets though! Extra Set #6 and #3 keep popping up on my wall as well!

 

 

 

SNOW DAY!!!  6" already, and to think yesterday was 65. sigh.

Today I will finish my binding on the individual coasters/mug rugs I made as well!

 I hope you will love playing with these Snack Sets!!

I bet you can't just make one!  ( less calories than potato chips!)


FADE TO PURPLE PATTERN February 02 2017, 0 Comments

 

We have been busy over here at VFW Quilts,  cranking out patterns that needed to be finished!  

Today Fade To Purple was added the website!

Last week Dancing Legs was added!

 

and guess what??

These are BOTH patterns that go with my Victory Block templates!  If you already have the templates, these patterns, Fade to Purple and Dancing Legs work with what you have!

 

Need both pattern and templates?

 Fade to Purple and Dancing Legs right here!

 

 

ALL THE NEW PRODUCTS are at this link.

 

 

WHAT'S NEW?

Stay tuned! We are wrapping up a bunch of new products! More goodies for you to PLAY with soon!

 

 

Looking for a quilt Retreat?

Every Year I do a quilt retreat at in Salem, MA, April 8-9, at the House of Seven Gables. This year we are doing this Victoria Block template set. TWO DAYS, SEW MUCH FUN!  Spaces fill fast, so Grab your spot quick!! Message Maureen at her FB page. CLICK HERE

 

 

Looking for a day class? 

Im teaching at MQX New England

 

April 6: Double Wedding Ring Pillow class!

April 7th :15 minutes of Play

 

I will be exhibiting and we (VFW QUILTS) will be vending at the show as well!

 

 

 

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