Grumpy Cat…on Broadway TOMORROW!

Crain’s New York reports that the internet sensation herself will be worked into the end of tomorrow’s performance of “Cats” on Broadway. tomorrow evening (Friday, September 30)!  We wonder if the online feline demanded that her dressing room to be decked out in her new cotton prints and flannels

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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.

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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National Sewing Month Begins TODAY!

It’s our month!  Do you sew or quilt, or craft, or decorate?  Enjoy a little bit of everything, maybe? So do we! As long as it involves creating with beautiful fabrics, we’re in, so join us in celebrating fabric artistry in its many forms, this month and always…

Click on the image to read more about National Sewing Month. Then subscribe to our blog (at right) and tell us in the comments below about your September sewing plans for a chance to win a Primo Plaid Flannels FQ bundle including selections from our warm and wonderful Espresso & Latte palette! Comments posted thru Wed Sept 7 are eligible for the drawing!

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Make Marlene Oddie’s “Mountain Pass” Quilt

Make MArlene ODdie's Mountain Pass quiltHave you seen McCall’s Quick Quilts October/November 2016 issue yet?  Among the great projets in this issue, you’ll love this design by Marlene Oddie.  Her quarter-square and half-square triangles combine easily to create trendy chevron stripes in this appealing wall hanging. “Mountain Pass” is a great design for showcasing your favorite combination of prints from Faye Burgos’ RUSTIC WINDS collection — we think it’s a fun way to ease into our favorite quilting season!

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Check out their inspiring October / November intro video on Facebook. Then look for the issue on newsstands beginning August 23 (subscriber copies began shipping August 2!)

Travel Back in Time…with Pam Buda

ConestogaDetailWe just couldn’t wait to show you a little teaser of Pam Buda’s next BOM program, CONESTOGA CROSSING!  The fabric collection debuts online in August, and the BOM quilt program launches in January 2017.  The colors, the sampler-style block designs, the quilting — all are gorgeous, in keeping with Pam’s signature Heartspun Quilts style.

Travel with Pam, back to a time when America’s pioneers rode horse and wagon over the Oregon trail.  Their strong desire to move West and homestead is rich in history, and Conestoga Crossing presents fabrics of that era, along with interesting anecdotal stories of the trail experience.  We know this is one you’ll want to add to your creative plans!

The International Appeal of Elizabeth’s Dowry

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Don’t you love a great fabric sneak-peek?  We’re pleased to share this special preview of our upcoming ELIZABETH’S DOWRY collection!  It’s the first project of a new joint venture with The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles.  The line is inspired by the historic Mariner’s Compass Coverlet (1820-1829) from The Quilters’ Guild Collection.  This coverlet is exquisitely constructed, and was made by Mary Dennis as part of her dowry:

QrigQUILTIt’s always exciting to see a fabric line come together, especially when it combines traditional inspiration with the latest digital printing technologies.  Below, these gorgeous prints come under final pre-production reviews by Pati Violick, director of advertising & marketing, and Ancil Wilson, studio manager for Marcus.  Look for the entire collection — as well as the history behind the inspiration quilt, and the quilt project designed by Karen Styles of Australia-based Somerset Patckwork & Quilting —  to be unveiled online in August!

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UPDATE – #QuiltsForPulse FQs & More

LOVEprintHello Everyone –  Thank you sew much for your enthusiastic, loving and heartfelt response to our offer of free FQs for the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild’s project, #QuiltsforPulse.  At this time, we’ve exceeded the 100 FQs, and we’re happy to honor all 140+ email requests received as of midnight last night.  PLEASE NOTE:  Our FQ giveaway offer has expired  –  Only requests already received at this point can be fulfilled!  

SusanCousineauWe also want to let you know about a FQ bundle giveaway by Susan Cousineau, designer of the SO SWEET LOVE collection, in conjunction with Craft Ideas magazine!  Like all of us, they want to share their love with the people of Orlando, FL at this difficult time.  You can enter here now through July 1, 2016.

Thanks again for all that you do…

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Our Hearts Are In Orlando…

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The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild is collecting quilts and blocks for the victims of the shooting at Pulse nightclub on June 12, and MQG members around the world are invited to participate. Visit this page for full details.

LOVEprintAll of us at Marcus are saddened by the senseless act, and we wanted to help the #quiltsforpulse effort in some small way.  So we’re offering 100 free FQs of the white and red “LOVE” prints from Susan Cousineau’s SO SWEET LOVE collection to our quilting friends who are making blocks and quilts for the drive. To receive your FQ, send an email to lshepard@marcusfabrics.com with your name & mailing address. Thank you for all that you do... UPDATE:  Thanks for your many responses – the offer is now CLOSED.  We’ll be sending out over 140 FQs this week!