Saturday, August 30, 2014

At the Halfway Mark of Marcus Fabrics Designer "Friends & Companions SEW-ALONG"

We, or should I say "you", are now at the half way mark of the Marcus Fabrics Designer Friends and Companions SEW ALONG. This week's block is brought to you by the team of Gloria Parsons, Vicky Ianuucci, and Heather Lynn at The Olde Green Cupboard Designs. These three talented ladies design some gorgeous quilts along with other great patterns for decorating items like pillows and runners. They also coordinate the Camp Blanding Retreats which I one day hope to be able to attend.
Here is a picture of their block. Aren't those little baskets cute? This is such a clever block--I am itching to stich a few up in fabrics from my stash that I've been hoarding for just the right project. If you click on the block it will take you right to the Olde Green Cupboard blog where you will find the instructions. And be eligible for a giveaway!

Of course, it's never too late to join our sew-along.  I am on deck for next Friday.  Here's the info, just in case you want to catch up and get ready for the surprise at the end!

Here is the designer and blog schedule for our Friends & Companions sew-along.   Be sure to pass this news along to all your friends!  
8/1                        Pam Buda ~ Heartspun Quilts                                  www.HeartspunQuilts.Blogspot.com
8/8                        Paula Barnes ~ Red Crinoline Quilts                     www.RedCrinolineQuilts.Blogspot.com
8/15                      Sarah Maxwell ~ Homestead Hearth                      www.HomesteadHearth.Blogspot.com              
8/22                      Pati Violick ~ Marcus Fabrics                                www.MarcusMentions.com
8/29                      Gloria Parsons ~ Olde Green Cupboard               www.OldeGreenCupboard.Blogspot.com  
9/5                        Nancy Rink ~ Nancy Rink Designs                          www.NancyRinkDesigns.com/blog
9/12                      Mary Ellen Robison~Red Crinoline Quilts          www.RedCrinolineQuilts.Blogspot.com
9/19                      Dolores Smith ~ Homestead Hearth                       www.HomesteadHearth.Blogspot.com
9/26                      Lisa Shepard ~ Marcus Fabrics                               www.MarcusMentions.com
10/3                      Red Crinoline Quilts ~ Quilt Revealed!                www.RedCrinolineQuilts.Blogspot.com

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Mill Works Sneak Peek


It's a Sunday morning and I have to admit that I slept in late today. Last night I stayed up well past midnight, determined to finish hand sewing the binding down on my new Mill Works quilt. This morning, the first thing I did was toss the quilt in the washing machine. Yes, I always wash my quilts once they're done. It cleans off the dust and such that the fabric picks up during construction and any marking lines left behind. It also softens up the fabric and fluffs up the batting to give the quilt that soft puckers look I so love on a quilt.

So here is Mill Works laid out on my living room floor. Now I am blocking it to make sure everything is as square as possible and to make sure the quilt lays flat.



Mill Works is my newest block of the month quilt project and is designed as an 8-month program. It features my new Mill Works fabric collection from Marcus Fabrics. It should be hitting the shelves of your local quilt shops this fall and be available for re-order for about 12 months.





Friday, July 4, 2014

Aunt Grace Dots Strip It

Strip It Three Ways: Series 3 is one of our newest patterns featuring pre-cut 2 1/2"-wide strips. There are instructions for three different quilts in the pattern, so you can get quite a bit of mileage from one pattern.  The pattern front is shown below so you can see all three of the quilts. Next to it is the back of the pattern that shows the fabric requirements.

I made Ribbon Star, shown here on the left using a strip pack of Aunt Grace Dots by Judie Rothermel for Marcus Fabrics. Apparently, these strip packs are in short supply. The good news is, there is a shipment heading my way.  The bad news is, what I get is what I am going to get. No re-orders. Boo hoo. Unhappy face.:(

But the more GOOD NEWS is that you can PRE-ORDER your Aunt Grace Dots Strip Pack now. Just click here.

Estimated ship date is August 1, 2014.




Friday, June 20, 2014

Five Free Quilt Patterns

I love a freebie, don't you?  I just thought I would let you know that we have FIVE free patterns ranging from pillows, to home decor items, to quilts on our website, Nancy Rink Designs. 

Bet your friends would like a freebie, too, so be sure to share these with them.

Have a relaxing summer!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Quilt Market--Pittsburgh More Photos Part 2

More photos from Quilt Market for your enjoyment!







Friday, June 13, 2014

Quilt Market--Pittsburgh More Photos Part 1

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Quilt Market--Pittsburgh

IMG 23901Here is our booth. On the far left wall are quilts fron Strip It Three Ways: Series 2. On the back wall, left to right: Playa Del Sol, Bloom Love, Flowering Hearts, Color Love Block of the Month, Amish With a Twist (Lightens Up color way).On the table is a quilt from Strip It Three Ways: Series 3. Playa Del Sol, Bloom Love, Flowering Hearts, and the Color Love BOM are all made with fabrics from my Color Love collection by Marcus Fabrics.

IMG 23851On the far right is El Camino Real Block of the Month andon the end of the table is Love Grows, a beginning paper piecing pattern. Both of the quilts are made with fabrics from my El Camino Real collection by Marcus Fabrics.
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Here is the applique' version of the Color Love BOM hanging in the Marcus Fabrics booth.
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Here is a better look at the new Strip It Three Ways: Series Two quilts. They all feature Marcus solid strip packs.  I got to pick all of the fabrics for the strip packs and design the quilts to go with them.  FUN!