Good Morning, New York!

See, this is what we love about working in New York City…you never know what you’ll come across on the streets  ; )  Right now, we’re being treated to these very cool art installations, guaranteed to wake up even the groggiest pre-coffee commuter…

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These unique pieces are part of the “Fancy Animal Carnival” by Taiwanese artist Hung Yi. They’re baked enamel on steel plate, presented by the Garment District Alliance and the NYC Dept. of Transportation  Art Program.  Eight pieces in total run along Broadway from 41st to 36th Streets.  Check out the Alliance’s twitter feed for pics of the opening on Sept 20.

The VFW Quilts Store Opens This Friday!

VFW-BlueHeadshotFans of Victoria Findlay Wolfe won’t want to miss the grand opening of her new shop this Friday!!  And in honor of the Quilters Take Manhattan mega-event this weekend, she’s planned special grand opening hours of 11am to 7pm this Friday, September 23, and 4pm to 7pm this Saturday, September 24.

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Congratulations, Victoria – we all wish you a fun and successful launch!  Or, in your own words, “YAY!!”    ; )

Laura’s New Sewing Space

Laura's New Sewing SpaceAs a fitting finale to our recent “Summer Highlights” blog post, we’re peeking at Laura’s new sewing space, courtesy of her college-bound daughter  ; )

“One of my favorite summer moments (albeit, a bittersweet one) was taking my youngest daughter to college – she was so excited and happy.  But coming back to her empty room was not easy…..until a few days later, when I set up my little Singer sewing machine on her desk!      I wonder what I’ll make…”

Laura, our talented design director, is also a new quilter. My guess is that she’ll be whipping up more new quilts and accessories from her upcoming Studio 37 collections. There was also talk of a skirt in one of her HIGH CONTRAST prints. If you missed it, Laura will be donating her GIRLY-O-SAURUS baby quilt to Project Linus.  Follow her on Instagram @laurasewmodern for her next creation…and future fabric giveaways!

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More Pix from Pati, and from Lynn!

It seems a great time was truly had by all at the Tea Party in Livermore this weekend!  We’ve got a few more pix to share — check them out below, then head over to Lynn Wilder’s Sewn Wild Oaks blog post for even more highlights of the day!

Here’s Pati (center) with Lisa and Lora of The Material Girlfriends.  (You probably recognize them as the designers of our “Bird Walk” BOM.)

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Thanks to everyone who attended this fun and successful event!  We hope you’ve all been inspired to create gorgeous, easy English paper pieced designs.

An Elegant Affair…and Quilting!

Next on Pati’s agenda: an appearance at In Between Stitches, a most beautiful quilt shop in Livermore, CA. She was invited to be one of the  featured presenters at a very elegant event hosted by the shop, but before the Saturday afternoon soiree, she visited the shop itself:

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The Tea Party itself took place at the Purple Orchid Resort and Spa, a lovely and relaxing setting where the attendees enjoyed formal tea, along with tips and techniques on English paper piecing and the creative use of Strip-It™ fabrics.  Pati, alon with Vicki Bellino of Bloom Creek (shown below), and Lynn Wilder of Sew’n Wild Oaks, delighted the women with a variety of looks to enhance their quilting projects:

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Where’s Pati Now?

Pati’s latest travels took her to sunny California this weekend, beginning with a visit to Bay Quilts in Richmond, owned by the mother-daughter team of Sally and Abby.  The newly-opened shop looks like a fun place to spend a few hours…have you ever seen such colorful skeletons?!

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Back to School, Grumpy Cat ; (

grumpyubndisplayWhen Grumpy Cat’s book was spotted in a local Barnes & Noble store as part of their  Back-to-School display, of course we had to share it with you!  And while the majority of parents are probably thrilled to greet another school year, some kids might relate more to Grumpy Cat.

No matter how you feel about it, we wish everyone a fun and fruitful new school year…and may we suggest that some new school gear in GRUMPY CAT prints and FLANNELS just might help to brighten a few dispositions!  Think shirts, totes, locker decor and more… Fabrics hit your local quilt shops in just a few short weeks!

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Was Victoria Upside Down, or Right Side Up?

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Hi Quilting Friends…

Those of you who subscribe to Marcus Mentions likely saw yesterday’s email and/or blog  post on Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s MEADOW STORM release (shipping NOW!), and her exciting feature in Traditional Home magazine’s October issue.  Well, it turns out that some of you saw the magazine image inverted (in the email, on the blog itself, or both!), while it appeared fine to others. It was correct in the preview I look at before publishing, so I couldn’t understand what happened.

Last night, it occurred to me that in the afternoon, sometime between the scheduling of the post and its publish time, I received an email that WordPress had just initiated an update.  I can only guess that somewhere in that process, a pre-edited version of the post went out, complete with the flipped photo, and its inversion might have also been caused by the terribly-timed update!

meadowstormtowerWhatever happened in the technical, worldly realm, I’d like to think that this was just the Universe’s way of telling us that this is great news that bears repeating:

—  Look for MEADOW STORM, arriving in quilt shops now!

—  Pick up Traditional Home’s October 2016 issue to learn even more about Victoria – it’s also on newsstands now!

However, if the photo self-inverts again, you will NOT receive a third post  ; )  — lisa

Victoria…In Shops Now, AND in Traditional Home!

meadowstormtowerVictoria Findlay Wolfe‘s gorgeous new MEADOW STORM collection is hitting your local quilt shops now! You’ll love how she combines timeless elements with a graphic approach, including a black-white version of the Mostly Manor “Manor Stripe.”

And the timing couldn’t be better, not only becasue we couldn’t wait to bring it to you, but also because she’s also featured in the October issue of Traditional Home maagazine, which is also hitting newsstands now!  In it, she shares her unique approach and personal inspirations.

Check out Victoria on cloth, and in print!

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Summer Highlights from the Marcus Crew

With Labor Day behind us and summer “officially” over, we thought we’d recap some of our favorite moments of the summer season, from big family events to culinary discoveries!  Enjoy…

Stephanie:  “Building sandcastles and leaving Island Beach state park at sunset with my hubby and good friends in our VW Thing”

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Lisa: “I bought a new travel sewing machine (a Janome Jem Gold) for my Colorado mountain retreat. I chose to skip the Amazon route so I could support a local dealer, ending up at Paramus (NJ) Sewing Center (www.paramussewingcenter.net). The owner turned out to be the previous owner of the old Singer retail store  (remember those??) where I learned to sew at age 12!  So now I’m friends with all the ladies in the shop, and I’ve been invited back for one of their impromptu sip ‘n sews.  Amazon never invites me for cocktails...I also got excellent service a great price  ; )”JanomeJem

Brandy:  “I discovered that you can add raw steel -cut oats to your green smoothies, making it more filling by adding calories and fiber. Not to mention more nutritious. I use spinach in my green smoothies. As we all know, dark leafy greens are some of the most nutrient dense foods you can consume.”

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Regina:   “I gave my niece a bridal shower gift of a beautiful short nightgown and wrap robe.  Instead of wrapping it, I made a fancy hanger, stitching lace to create a garment bag that became part of the gift.  It was a hit and she loved it!  Shown here are the bride, Courtney, with her niece, Susie.”

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Indra:  More wedding news!  Indra & family celebrated her son’s wedding on 7/22/16 in Queens, NY. Shown here standing are Indra, her husband, their daughter, and (seated) their son with his beautiful bride. “The back drops were done with metallic tulle and satin backing, making the back drops was one of the many chores given to me; now my friends and family claim I am the queen of sewing – I learned to sew at age 14 in high school.”

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We hope you’ve all enjoyed some great memorable moments this summer, too.  And now, onto some Great Autumn Quilting  ; )