France can be appreciated for its city glamour and country charm. It’s a place where there is respect for both contemporary art and ancient cave paintings, for rustic baguettes and country cheese and for foie gras and champagne. If you’re lucky enough to have visited, you likely have memories of the food, landscapes, and fashions you encountered. And if you haven’t yet traveled to Paris, you’re probably itching to go.
Twice each year Mark’s substantial collection of antique quilts inspires the Howard Marcus fabric lines. A portion of the proceeds from these Collections for a Cause benefit different charitable groups and foundations: the pinks and browns of his newest collection, Faith, will support The Coalition to Support America’s Heroes. The Organization provides aide to severely wounded and disabled veterans who served during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, helping them and their families rebuild their lives. In the past, Collections for a Cause have benefited organizations helping to fight juvenile diabetes, ovarian cancer, Alzheimer’s, and more.
If you need any more proof that the Twister Tool is one of the hottest notions around right now you are in luck! In the past few weeks I’ve found an abundant supply of Twister displays in many of the quilt shops I have visited. Each store selected a different charm pack to make their sample. They are all wonderful!
The ideas below have been shared by Kathy Skomp a Moda Sales Professional in Tennessee.
Merchandising Tip: Arranging a quilt with all it coordinates (fabric, patterns, cut- goods, etc) on a single bed can make a very attractive display. But the full size beds can take up a lot of space. Solution: Make “mini-beds”. (see attached photo). These beds are cheaply constructed with a piece of plywood that is 2′ wide by 4′ long on 4 wooden legs cut from 2 by 4’s.. A small mattress topper is used for the mattress. The “headboard” (a quick shelving unit simply made of plywood) is used to house the fabrics and props, cut goods, fat quarters, patterns, etc are placed around the display. This just takes up a small amount of space and can make a very interesting vignette.
Class Option: Host a “mystery quilt” night using a pattern that utilizes pre-cuts. When customers purchase a pack of pre-cuts they can be sure the fabrics will blend, taking out a lot of the fear that their fabrics will not co-ordinate. Pick a pattern that uses a pack or two of precuts and maybe 1 or 2 coordinating fabrics. They will sew up fast and students can leave with a completed top.
Photos shared by Lavendar Lime Quilting in Chattanooga, TN