About this Quilt
Meet Margie Ullery
Margie Ullery is a familiar name to Quiltmaker readers. Known primarily for her whimsical Seasonal Skinnies wall hangings, you may be surprised to learn that Margie has been designing quilts only since 2008. She was no stranger to sewing and designing before that, however. Taught by her mother to sew and crochet as a child, Margie was sewing her own clothes by the age of 12 and made her first patchwork quilt (which she still has!) at 14, though her love for quilting was still some years away.
Once that love developed while taking classes at a local quilt shop, Margie eventually merged her experience designing stitchery patterns for pillows and fusible applique for tea towels with quilting, and her business soon grew into the Ribbon Candy Quilt Company in 2010. Now with more than 85 published quilt patterns and two books, Margie is a well-known quilting instructor and designer. She says she designs for the busy quilter in all of us, calling her patterns “fun, fast and done.” Originally from California, she’s lived in Utah for over 20 years, where she and her husband raised their five children.
We asked Margie to share her behind-the-scenes approach to designing and choosing fabric for her fusible applique patterns. Here’s what she said.
“The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating with fabrics and fusible applique. One idea sparks another and before I know it I have a complete quilt sketched out on paper. I’ve been asked how I come up with my designs. Well, I could be talking with a friend and an idea pops into my head. I might see a picture, a greeting card, a window display and another idea pops right in. I also ask other quilters what they would like to see in a quilt and then take notes. I always have a notepad with me, so no matter where I am, I can sketch something real quick so I don’t lose that idea, or make a fast note and then have time to mull over that idea. Designing quilts is always enjoyable; that’s why I have been doing it for so long.
“Choosing just the right fabrics can be challenging at times, however. It is always good to have a stash of favorite colors, and I’m always on the lookout for more. I use a lot of tone-on-tone or very small prints in my designs because then the fabrics enhance the image and not distract from it. I “audition” fabrics with each other to see what works best together as far as tones, colors, and prints. I sometimes take digital pictures of the fabrics I pull, as I will see them better through the eye of a camera; changing the setting to black-and-white will give you a better idea of tones of the fabrics.
“I design not just for me, but for the fact that I can help others enjoy the wonderful world of quilting. I want quilters to see my work and have them feel happy.”
Designed and Sewn by: Margie Ullery (RibbonCandyQuiltCompany.com)
Quilted by: Marion McClelland
Skill Level: Intermediate
Finished Size: 60″ x 60″
Finished Blocks: 12″