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When Paula Barnes designed the HILL COUNTRY HERITAGE Collection, she and Mary Ellen Robison knew that the elaborate border stripe was too great to be used in just one quilt! And so, following the Hill Country Heritage BOM release comes “Woven Heritage”, a quilt pattern that beautifully showcases Paula’s elegant border stripe.
To create the 92″ x 94″ quilt, Mary Ellen highly recommends using Star Singles HST paper for the half-squre triangles that make up the basket blocks. “They provide the accuracy you need for piecing.”
Fabrics are available in your favorite quilt shops now, and the Woven Heritage quilt pattern is available through Red Crinoline Quilts.
Looking for fresh inspiration as we enter the best part of the quilting season? Check out these new and upcoming titles by some of your favorite Marcus fabric designers! The variety of themes and styles make it easy to choose holiday gifts for your quilting buddies.
Or, add them to your own gift wishlist. And, for those titles being released after the holiday season, gift cards are the obvious choice! Which titles are on YOUR list this season?
It’s Quilt Market Time, and as always, we look forward to seeing all of you in Houston — You’ll find Marcus Fabrics and Studio 37 Fabrics in Booth #1114 with the best in traditional and trendy fabric collections, top-notch BOM programs, basics, must-haves and more! Let’s start with a sneak-peek of our newest Block-of-the-Month programs…
Then, be sure to stock up on these popular must-haves, including premium quality 108″ quilt backs in contemporary designs, new trending cheddars and browns, and an array of artful textures for piecing, applique and handwork backgrounds!
Once you’ve brought in all of this fabulous fabric, learn how to protect it! SCHOOLHOUSE happens on Oct 25 – and you won’t want to miss our session entitled “Loss Prevention for the Quilt Shop”. Join Vicki McCarty of Calico Patch Designs, and her husband Tom, a police detective with over 17 years in retail, as they share loss prevention tips, from theft deterrence to dealing with shoplifters. Prepare yourself for the critical but less glamorous area of retail life. 4:55pm-5:25pm / Room 371E
…and visit our exhibiting designers at Market:
Calico Patch Designs / Vicky McCarty Booth #1108
Designs by Sarah J / Sarah Maxwell Booth #1119
Material Girlfriends / Lisa Norton & Lora Zmak Booth #1003
Nancy Rink Designs / Nancy Rink Booth #1117
Red Crinoline / Paula Barnes & Mary Ellen Robison Booth #1115
You’ll notice that our designers are all close to the Marcus booth, making it easy for you to take in all of the inspiration at once! We look forward to seeing you and serving you at Market… if you’re not attending, we’re sorry to miss you, but be sure to follow us on Instagram @marcusfabrics and @studio37fabrics, and on Facebook (Make It with Marcus Fabrics).
It’s time to announce the winning quilt shops in our Circa 1880 Club contest!
The winner of our GRAND PRIZE – a trunk show visit from Pam Buda — goes to Village Dry Goods in Brigham City, UT! Congratulations, Village Dry Goods! Their video captured the fun, sharing and creative spirit of the Circa Club perfectly, as you’ll see below… And we bet you’ll be sharing another video once Pam arrives!
First Prize was awarded to QUILT MERCHANT of Winfield, IL. By posting the greatest number of photos under #circa1880club), Quilt Merchant received a $750 Marcus Fabrics Gift Certificate!
Second Prize was awarded to HOMESTEAD HEARTH of Mexico, MO. They had the greatest number of Club participants based on pattern sales through Heartspun Quilts, earning themselves a $500 Marcus Fabrics Gift Certificate!
On behalf of Marcus Fabrics and Pam Buda / Heartspun Quilts, we congratulate all of the winners, and we thank everyone who participated in the Circa contest, as well as the Club itself!
Since its inception in 1985, Breast Cancer Awareness Month has served to increase attention and support for awareness, early detection and treatment as well as palliative care of this disease. This campaign starts on October 1 and ends on October 31 every year, and is marked in countries around the world and has come to be known as “Pinktober.”
all know, our quilting community has always engaged its passion for the benefit
and support of others in times of need, and projects aligned with the worthy
cause of breast cancer awareness are among the most rewarding for creative
stitchers, incorporating the familiar “pink ribbon” fabrics and
Now, as the movement matures, fabric offerings are keeping pace, as illustrated by the SOULFUL SHADES OF PINK collection by Laura Berringer for Studio 37 Fabrics. Most notably, the palette takes a more refined tone, with updated, more sophisticated shades of pink, blended with shades of grey and white.
refreshing the color scheme and mixing prints with both ribbon and non-ribbon
motifs, Laura takes the collection beyond the October theme, creating a
year-long expression of love and hope.
Seeing the fabrics, the design duo atMaterial Girlfriends Patterns created the Soulful Shades of Pink BOM, using their Bona Fide quilt pattern. Twin-sisters Lisa Norton and Lora Zmak took Laura’s inspiration a step further, explaining the significance of the colors:
in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, which
means we all know someone fighting this disease. We are complex emotional
individuals, and as textile artists, we use color to express and process our
involvement with breast cancer. So why use pink to promote the awareness of
Breast Cancer? In the psychology of color, Pink represents a gentle and caring
love, such as a love for a girlfriend, mother, sister, or daughter. While the Grey represents sorrow, the White
represents hope and healing.” Their
combination of the Bona Fide pattern with these fabrics “helps us be true to
the emotional roller coaster of love, sorrow, hope, and healing. This project
encourages us to feel and express through color and quilting.”
quilt makers and recipients alike, we know that this very special quilt will
accomplish its mission of hope and healing. A portion of all sales of Soulful
Shades of Pink fabric will be donated to support breast cancer research.
Always popular among the reproduction crowd, cheddars have always been popular, often in combination with rich warm browns and other accents! These days, you’ll also find it in flannel prints and plaids, reproductions, even contemporary textures, as shown below. Even better, you’ll find it all year long, not only limited to autumn / harvest projects. So, choose your favorites and spice up your quilting with a few cheddars ; )
Visit the Marcus fabric gallery to view Cheddar & Chocolate, Tarrington, Semi Solid, Paula’s, Patches of Autumn, Maple Lake Flannels, Primo Flannels: Maple Lake and Harvest, Scrap Heap, Temecula Treasures, Companions, Songbook: Harvest, Special Scraps.
It’s August, and at Marcus Fabrics & Studio 37, that means it’s time for one of our biggest and best introductions of the year! Whether your creativity leans more toward traditional/ reproduction style, or you prefer a more trendy, contemporary feel (or maybe BOTH??) we’re pleased to present you with a plethora of exciting options from your favorite Marcus designers! To get more fully acquainted with these beautiful collections, visit MarcusFabrics.com
First, let’s get started with Marcus…
Golden cheddars, rich blues, traditional prints and shirtings, and the building blocks of a great quilt!
You’ll also love these designs from Studio 37:
Bold colors, florals, dots, stripes and textures!!
Fun stuff, right? And not only for quilts, but also for crafts, home decorating — from pillows to table settings — to handwork, applique, mending, embroidery, artful clothing and sew much more. Enjoy!
Our big, beautiful new BOM programs for 2020 have just been released, and with traditional, contemporary and updated classic looks, we’re sure you’ll find a favorite among them! View the slideshow above for a preview…
Reunion features Sarah Maxwell’s FULL CIRCLE collection, a tribute to Judie Rothermel ‘s signature reproduction style, in an updated, slightly brighter palette.
Harmony is Nancy Rink’s new BOM, designed with prints from her NIGHT RIVIERA collection of cool, calm purples and greens. It continues her exploration of medallion style quilts, with well-placed touches of applique, or course!
And the Red Crinoline ladies bring us Hill Country Heritage, designed in a gorgeous fabric line of the same name by Paula Barnes. The HILL COUNTRY HERITAGE prints were inspired by an antique border stripe.
Quilt Shop Owners: Reserve a Trunk Show Model
Do you own a quilt shop? If you’re interested in available dates for Sarah Maxwell’s Reunion quilt, and Red Crinoline Quilt’s Hill Country Heritage quilt, please contact the respective designers directly. Simply email: email@example.com; or call Mary Ellen Robison at Red Crinoline at 281 232-2583.
Back by Popular Demand! Because you love Nancy Rink’s colorful 60” quilt back as much as we do, we at Marcus Fabrics are bringing you MORE, so be sure to look for it in your favorite quilt shops beginning in September!
Though it was designed specifically for Nancy’s current Amish BOM quilt, this backing also works beautifully with other Amish-inspired quilts, and contemporary quilts and home decor as well. You’ll love it with our Aged Muslins, too, and even on its own. The 60″ width will open up lots of possibilities, too. Read our Tips for Using 60” Backings.