At Home with Pam Buda, via APQ Magazine

PamHome-CoverWow! The December 2015 issue of American Quilting & Patchwork magazine (APQ) has a real treat for all of us Pam Buda fans – it’s a multi-page profile of our favorite prairie-inspired quilt designer, photographed inside her beautiful Illinois home!

Naturally, many of the designs shown are patterns available thru Heartspun Quilts, and they feature her fabric collections including TREENWARE & BERRIES and AMERICAN GOTHIC.


Below you’ll see Pam on the left, and design director Nancy Wiles and photographer Greg Scheidemann styling a shot in her living room.  It’s great when a designer’s home and furnishings are a true reflection of her work  ; )


Visit your newsstand or quilt shop now, or order online (subscribers, watch your mailboxes) to read more about Pam, her quilts, fabric and inspiration in the magazine!


Photos used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting magazine.           (c) 2015 Meredith Corp.  All rights reserved.

Quilters Take Manhattan 2015 – Part II

Also appearing at QTM 2015 were quilting stars Edyta Sitar, Yvonne Porcella, keynote speaker Ricky Tims, and others.  Congrats to Edyta, who took top honors at Quilt Match Manhattan, a friendly “create-it-on-the-spot” quilt challenge –  great belt!!


and these quilts below by Ricky Tims caught the eye of Marcus Fabrics’ own Laura Berringer…notice the very cool visual glow effect on this first one!QTM-RickyTimsQuilts

…and finally, more with Victoria and friends…


If you did miss this annual weekend of non-stop quilt inspiration, be prepared to grab your tickets early, since it has sold out several years in a row — and faster each year! Join us in 2016 when “Quilters Take Manhattan” yet again  ; )


Quilters Take Manhattan 2015 – Part I

In case you missed it, this year’s Quilters Take Manhattan event in New York City was another festive gathering of some of the industry’s best talent and local enthusiasts. Sponsored by the Quilt Alliance, the annual event features, lectures, presentations, workshops and special events.  This year took on added meaning for Marcus as we prepare to launch Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s premiere fabric collection, MOSTLY MANOR!  Watch for the full collection online in mid October…but for now, check out some of the weekend’s highlights, including Victoria’s presentation:


…some of her legendary Double Wedding Rings:QTM-Vict-DWRquilts

…and attendees perusing the auction table offerings:


Did you attend the event, too?  Did you claim the Marcus auction item?  If so, let us know!!  More pix to follow… stay tuned!!

Paula + Mary Ellen = Newly Published Authors!

PaulaMaryEllenCongratulations to Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts on the publication of their first book, TRIBUTES and TREASURES! Published by Martingale, its official release date is October 6 and of course, it’s full of projects just perfect for showcasing Paula Barnes’ gorgeous fabric prints!

And even more exciting, we’re joining in the celebration with this design duo and our friends at Martingale for a fabrics-and book blogpost giveaway on October 8, so be sure to stop by again, comment and subscribe to our blog to be eligible to win.

These are just a few of the beautiful projects included in the book.  We’re sew proud of you, ladies!!


Look Who’s Designing for Marcus…

mostly manor postcard

Victoria Findlay WolfeHere’s a quick sneak peek at MOSTLY MANOR, the debut collection by Victoria Findlay Wolfe for Studio 37!  As you can see already, it’s a gorgeous mix of color and pattern, representing her timeless mix of traditional and contemporary styles.  We’ll unveil the complete collection online next month – for now, read more about Victoria and her design inspiration.

You probably recognize her name from her books, lectures, workshops, TV appearances and more…maybe you’ll even catch her at Quilters Take Manhattan (later this month), Quilt Market in October (trade only) and QuiltCon in 2016.  Visit her online!

Follow Us on Instagram for a Chance to Win…

This spooktacular bundle of fabrics from Faye Burgos’ DANCING N THE SHADOWS collection could be yours  — just follow us on Instagram (@marcusfabrics) and leave a comment for a chance to win!  The giveaway includes (12) half-yard cuts plus Faye’s frightfully fun 24″ wide panel (inset), a great head start for your holiday decorating plans. Then once you’re following us, stay tuned for future inspiration & giveaways.  We’ll be picking the random winner tomorrow from the comments on Wed — that’s tomorrow, so there’s still time.  See you there!

Dancing in the Shadows fabric giveaway

It’s a “Lucy Boston Lovefest” at Yankee Cloth

Recently, our own Pati and Regina took to the road, including a visit to Yankee Cloth in Wallingford, CT, where they treated attendees to wonderful presentation!  They had the crowd entranced as they shared tips for creating Lucy Boston style quilts and other English paper piecing techniques. It begins with novelty stripes like HISTORICAL STRIPES by Paula Barnes of Red Crinoline Quilts and ends in a surprising variety of looks, dpending on how you cut the fabric motifs.  Of course, Pati also incorporated her favorite supplies from Paper Pieces to simplify the intricate-looking process.

Lucy Boston event Marcus FabricsShown standing are (l. to r.) Linda, Nancy, Pati and Regina.  The happy quilters all received a mink kit to create their own block, and we’ve already started to collect photos of them, so stay tuned as the Lucy Boston Lovefest continues…

It’s National Sewing Month!

National Sewing Month 2015It seems like we just posted about National Sewing Month a short time ago, and now September has rolled around again quickly. Since its inception in 1982, each NSM has revolved around a particular theme. This year’s focus is charity, and we know first-hand just how much quilters and sewers use their creative powers for good, helping others with the ir time and talents. The official site for National Sewing Month has lots of tips and projects for individuals, groups and guilds – visit today!

Need a few quick ideas?  Consider these:

  • Buy a new sewing machine, donating an older one to a school or civic group
  • Organize the pattern stash
  • Tackle one UFO per month
  • Make your plan for holiday gift sewing by Sept 30, and stick to it!
  • Commit to a new BOM project for the new year
  • Share your passion with a newbie

giveaway msyteryboxHow do YOU plan to celebrate National Sewing Month?   Tell us your National Sewing Month plans for a chance to win a “mixed goodie box” of Marcus fabrics! All comments by blog subscribers received by Tuesday, September 8 are eligible. So, be sure to subscribe to our blog (at rght) if you haven’t already, then post your comment below.

Recreate Pam Buda’s “Love Worn” Quilt

Don’t you love to hear what inspired a designer to create a particular quilt?  Using her own ANTIQUE COTTON collection, Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts has designed this gorgeous quilt, “Love Worn”, and in her recent blog post she not only gives you some of the creative backstory, but you can even pre-order the kit for a limited time – visit her blog for special offer details…Pam Buda - Love Worn Quilt

Nancy’s New Pattern Name Is…

So many great submissions came in, and though it was a tough choice for Nancy, “OAK HILL” took the prize!  It was submitted by Tara Wilson of Fairmont, WV. Congratulations to Tara, who is sure to enjoy her prize Georgetown fabrics & Oak Hill pattern!

NancyPhotoThanks to everyone who participated…as always, we love your enthusiasm!  Look for the GEORGETOWN collection by Judie Rothermel in quilt shops beginning October 2015. Order Nancy’s new pattern, Oak Hill, on her website or ask for it at your favorite local quilt shop.