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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Woolin Rouge Holly Birdie Goes to France

When I was at Quilt Market in Minneapolis this Spring I had the honor of meeting Marianne Byrne-Goarin of The Cinnamon Patch. I have been a huge fan of hers since the first time I saw her book Cinnamon Inspirations.  While we were chatting she mentioned she would like Woolin Rouge to do a design for a French Magazine called Quilt Country. Traci Suzanne Marvel and I were honored and thrilled to have this opportunity.

Traci came up with the idea of the Cardinal and holly and I went looking for fabrics.  We both agreed on the 12 Days of Christmas line by Kate Spain which was graciously donated by Moda. Thank you Moda!

For this project I used wool felt instead of felted wool. The wool felt is more available in France. The thread was, of course, Aurifil. I used the Aurifil Lana wool thread for the applique stitches and Aurifil 50wt cotton for the quilting. 

After completing the project and sending it to France for the magazine Quilt Country, Editions de Saxe decided to use it in a Special Holiday Edition of Magic Patch.  I looked through the pages of the Magic Patch by going to the website.   Go ahead and check out the other amazing designs. Marianne Byrne-Goarin and several other artists are featured. I clicked on the Magic Patch picture and then the button on the left took me to the place where I could flip the pages of the magazine.  What an honor it is to be among such talented designers and what a special honor it is to be on the Cover!

This design set will be redone for Bigfork Bay Cotton Company to produce in different fabrics and using wool from Weeks Dye Works.  The pattern set will be available at Fall Quilt Market or if you are already a subscriber to Magic Patch you already have a copy! We love the idea that this particular pattern can use any of your Holiday or Winter fabrics. We all have those beautiful fabrics that we never know how to use once we get it home. Well, now you can make either and entire table setting with table runner, place mats, napkins, and napkin rings, or simply make the table runner. The place mats can be made out of any fabrics for any occasion. It is a very versitle pattern.

I have to thank John and Lynn Stalowy, owners of Bigfork Bay Cotton Company and Traci Suzanne Marvel for making all my dreams come true.  And a special thank you to Marianne Byrne-Goarin for fulfilling another dream for me. I am so Blessed to have these people in my life.