Fourth of July “Subscribers-Only” Giveaway

Fourth of July "subscribers only" giveawayOur next giveaway has just two requirements:  (1) subscribe to the Marcus Mentions blog, and (2) leave a comment below on what creative projects you’re working on this summer (patriotic or not!) for a chance to win this PRIMO PLAID FLANNELS Country Squire fat quarter bundle!  Sorry, the vintage tin sewing machine is NOT a part of the prize – Pati would kill me if I gave it away…it’s really cute!!)  But you’ll still love the fabrics.

Remember, only blog subscribers as of July Friday, July 10 are eligible to win!  The signup box is to the right.  Already subscribed? Just leave your comment below.   And enjoy some creative leisure time, whether you’re celebrating the 4th of July, or Canada Day or no holiday at all ; )

Time to Pick the Winner!!

CollGallCOMPThanks to all who shared their love for COLLECTORS’ GALLERY last week.  Without further delay, the winner of our BLUE fabric bundle and a printed copy of “Red, White and Sometimes Blue” book from Martingale is:

SANDRA CHAVEZ —  Congratulatulations, Sandra!  Not surprisingly, most of your 300+ comments shared Sandra’s sentiment:  “Beautiful pure colors make this fabric look exquisite. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.”

And thanks again to Martingale for partnering with us on this exciting giveaway!

Celine’s Quilt is in Progress ; )

So, it looks like Pati has PatiHeadShota definite vision as her First Quilt for her First Grandchild actually begins to take shape!  “With a three-hour drive to Connecticut, it seemed like the perfect time to start Celine’s quilt,” she reported over the weekend.

And are we at all surprised by her choice of English paper pieced hexies?  The mix of a traditional quilt block with bright, contemporary colors of Nancy Rink’s INTRIGUE collection will appeal to each generation of the family.

Here she’s auditioning various backgrounds for the flowers. Personally, I’m not a fan of light grounds, so I vote #1 Orange, then # 2 Pink.  Or maybe alternate orange and pink ground blocks?  What’s your favorite?  —- lisa

Pati baby quilt / Marcus Fabrics

Make It Molly B’s…

HomesteadHearthPick up your copy of the August / September 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts today! It features this easy-to-sew creation by Dolores Smith (left) and Sarah Maxwell, done in HINT OF PRINT and CLASSIC WOVEN YARN DYES by Molly B’s Studio for Marcus.

Strip piecing speeds construction of this big, handsome quilt. The Lake Itasca king size quilt pattern  (102″ x 126″) includes blocks in 2 different fabric combinations, which create a chain-like secondary pattern when set together.

A kit is available through Homestead Hearth.

Vicki’s ALS Quilt…Almost Done!

Vicki Bellino of Bloom CreekFor those keeping track of the Lucy Boston quilt we are donating to Hopes and Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS by Quilter’s Dream Batting, Vicki Bellino (left) shares this photo and progress report:

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After many days of trying a variety of block layouts, I am happy to say the blocks are all on the wall and I’ve begun sewing the rows together! I’m a very symmetrical designer, so the challenge for me was to maintain a very scrappy feel, in a pleasing, somewhat balanced way.  With the variety of fabrics and colors, and the varying numbers of blocks from each fabric, this stack of blocks did not lend itself well to a “symmetrical” layout!  I can only hope that the quilters who so graciously gave their time and effort to make a block will be pleased with the final quilt.  On Monday the quilt top will be boxed and shipped off to the quilteryippee!!

It looks beautiful, Vicki, and I think we can all relate to that “Yippee moment”   ; )  and we look forward to seeing the finished-finished quilt.  —  lisa

Check out some of Vicki’s other designs at Bloom Creek.

The Classic Appeal of Red, White and Blue

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Decorating trends featuring red and blue remain strong — from Redwork embroidery and Americana country settings to more contemporary looks, their appeal continues. The addition of cream gives each color a fresh, clean look. So as we were launching COLLECTORS’ GALLERY by Faye Burgos, we were especially excited to see so much quilt inspiration available to go along with it.  Case in point: Red, White, and Sometimes Blue, published by Martingale.  The book is a compilation of classic red and white, blue and white, and combined color projects from the pages of McCall’s Quilting magazine.  Choose from the 17 projects, including pieced and appliqued, scrappy and tailored that go far beyond patriotic themes.  You’re sure to find lots of ways to highlight Faye’s lush florals, textures, and 1″ Strip-It prints, too.

We figured it was a natural giveaway, so we’ve partnered with our quilt buddies at Martingale to offer a “Book & Bundle” prize to a lucky winner,  Comment below for a chance to win a copy of the book along with a 12-pack of BLUE half-yard cuts!, then visit the Martingale blog and comment again to increase your chances of winning!  Good Luck, everyone!

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Pam Buda’s ANTIQUE COTTON

Have you seen ANTIQUE COTTON, the latest from Pam Buda? You’ll love this range of colors, inspired by her personal collection of quilts from the past.  Her palette allows you to mix and match freely for a random, scrappy look, or to carefully select from the blues, purples, browns, reds, greens, pinks and light neutrals to create your own look.  Look for this pretty collection in your local quilt shops beginning August!AntiqueCottonCOMP

When RIT Dye Meets Marcus Wools…

DyedWool-textCOMP…cool things can happen!  I should start by reminding you that we now offer 44 fabulous colors in our woven 100% WOOL COLLECTION, including gorgeous new brights, classic heathers, darks, and midtones. But in the event you choose to further customize your colors, it’s easy to do with RIT Dye.  You can dye the wool yardage overall, or experiment with custom ombres and shaded effects inspired by nature.

Just for fun, I took a cut of our Cream wool and transformed it using RIT liquid dye in “Camel”.  BONUS:  I loved the fact that I could felt and re-color the wool in one process!!  The 100% wool content accepted the dye easily and evenly.

Not up to dyeing it yourself? Here’s a peek at just a few of the 44 colors available in your favorite quilts shops now, plus free wool projects —WoolsScreenSHot

 

 

 

 

 

Take a Peek as Vicki Creates the ALS Quilt!

You might remember back in January, our Lucy Boston block challenge held at the Road to CA quilt conference?  Well, over 130 blocks pieced by our quilting friends are now in the skilled hands of Vicki Bellino, as she creates a beautiful quilt for the 6th annual Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS, sponsored by Quilters Dream Batting.

ALSQuiltVicki-SXSALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease) is a debilitating disease that is currently affecting over 35,000 people in the U.S. alone.  The disease gradually paralyzes the patient, usually leading to death within 6-months to 5 years of diagnosis.  Those suffering from ALS are fully aware mentally, but are trapped in a non-functioning body with no hope of treatment or a cure.  Each year, the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS collects hundreds of quilts to be given to patients living with ALS, to raise awareness about ALS, and to raise money with 100% of the proceeds being used to fund research toward a cure for this terrible disease.

Thanks again to everyone who stitched all those Lucy Boston blocks that weekend…Right now, Vicki is completing the quilt for the July 31 deadline, so watch for the next installment of her in-progress pics, and for the Big Reveal of the finished quilt!  And we’re not alone – check out this Quilters Dream blog post to learn more about the challenge.

 

So, Who Won the “Random Reds” Giveaway?

Thanks for all of your great comments on last week’s “Seeing Red” post!  And without further delay, congratulations to Margaret McCullough of Okemos, MI.

Here’s the Random Reds bundle I pulled together from various collections…enjoy them, Margaret, and feel free to send us a pic of whatever you create with these!

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