Sew on the Go…Literally!

Sew on the Go...LiterallyCheck out this adorable sewing machine cover, cleverly disguised as a vintage camper! Even as it was being unpacked and still on the hotel luggage cart, it quickly became one of our more eye-catching – and amusing – booth samples.  Can’t you just imagine the little quilter stitching away inside it?

If you love vacationing with your sewing machine, you pretty much have to have one of these… This one was sewn up by Miriam Rawson in GRACIE’S SCHOOLHOUSE CLASSICS by Judie Rothermel – no better choice for a vintage camper than everyone’s favorite 1930’s reproduction fabrics!  Note that Miriam made hers a bit longer than the original pattern to accommodate her Bernina machine.

<  Need pattern information? The original design for the Vintage Caravan Sewing Machine Cover is by Janine at Rainbow Hare in the UK.

 

 

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As Memorial Day Approaches…

Here in the US, we’ll celebrate Memorial Day this coming Monday, May 25.  Yesterday, I came across a Facebook post (in the Quilting group) by Tiffany Pellizzari, and am sharing one of the photos with her permission.  She lovingly recreated our LOVE & GLORY quilt for her father who was fighting cancer, and who passed on just five days after it was draped over him. It was also used at his memorial service, shown here.

Tiffany PellizzariQUILT“I hadn’t known how important it is to quilt with love until you know the person receiving it feels the love when they use it. My step mother asked to use the quilt at his memorial as you see here. It ended up being a great representation of his personality — eagles and patriotic colors on the front and vintage planes on the back (he was a pilot). Thanks for letting me share and helping me to learn something I am forever going to cherish being able to do.”

Tiffany, we are sorry for your loss, but are sure he found comfort in your beautiful quilt.   This weekend and always, we join all of our quilting friends in honoring those who have served, and continue to serve our country.

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Fabric by Faye Burgos  /  Quilt by Heidi Pridemore

#MarcusAtMarket Wrap-Up

Another Spring Quilt Market concludes!  Thank you to our customers, friends, associates and designers for another successful event.  From long before booth set-up to breakdown, it takes lots of hands to make it all happen…

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There’s so much happening at Marcus, and Booth 1901 reflects it all beautifully:

1 – At left is the new Amish with a Twist III BOM by Nancy Rink, surrounded by a variety of garments and crafts in wool & cotton.

2 – l. to r.: Quilts in PAISLEY PERSUASION, PAST ENDEARMENTS and HISTORICAL STRIPES

3 – Customer service pros Indra (seated) and Regina discuss our latest with shop owners.

4 – Table tops are adorned with fusible applique – a great idea for special event decorating.  Later, you can cut away the appliqued square to repurpose as a pillow front of quilt block!

5 – ALWAYS THE SEASON quilt and holiday crafts!

6 & 7 – Two of our designers set up their booths just across from us – Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts (you can tell her booth by the red  ; ) and Paula Barnes of Red Crinoline Quilts.

Thanks for the photos, Faye Burgos!

#MarcusAtMarket – Schoolhouse Highlights I

Mother-daughter team Darci and Lacey Schipnewski of PastThyme Patterns shared lots of great tips for merchandising thru miniatures and small projects, in both wool and cotton…Thank you, ladies!

If you missed this informative Schoolhouse session, log into your Marcus account to download the accompanying handout (available June 1, 2015)

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Follow Us on Instagram, You Might Win This!

Nothing excites us quilters like an easy chance to win free fabric, right?  Well, follow us on Instagram @marcusfabrics and you’ll be eligible to win one of our random fabric giveaways!

First up: this gorgeous selection of FQs from DRAMATIC EFFECTS.  Faye Burgos creates a pretty look to span the seasons, with grey adding a contemporary touch to traditional, softly colored florals and coordinates.  And yes, the floral FQ is included in the bundle ; )  We’ll choose a winner at random among our Instagram followers on Tuesday, May 12.   

This is just the first one, which means the sooner you join us on Instagram, the more giveaways you’ll be entered in  — it’s that simple!

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Trending: Folkloric Colors for 2015

Judging from this week’s color trend report from Plaid, the Folkloric influence is strong this season: “Encompassing the identity and aesthetic of many cultures, colors and textures, the folk art trend meets people at their roots.”  

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IntrigueCOMPThis immediately reminded me not only of Nancy Rink’s INTRIGUE collection, but also some of the newest additions to our CENTENNIAL SOLIDS, both shown here.

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Any of these fabrics would work flawlessly as tablecloths, runners or placemats with coordinating painted platters or glassware.  Or try Plaid’s Folklore Garden Tray project and stitch up coordinating napkins… We know you’re passionate about your quilting, but how many of you also enjoy other creative pursuits like painting or beading where your favorite color palettes can crossover?

Trendy Grey & Yellow for Spring/Summer

MQQcoverThe new June/July 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts includes this quilt project from Homestead Hearth, in trendy grey and yellow coordinates from Faye Burgos’ GREY SKIES collection.  We like the mix of a contemporary palette, the paisley, floral and texture motifs, and classic block styling.

 

Subscription issues began shipping April 21, 2015. By May 5, 2015, the issue will be available on newsstands, as well as in print or digital download format at QuiltandSewShop.com. Homestead Hearth also offers a kit for the project.

Miriam Rawson, Cover Girl!

Wow!…We had to share with you this just-released Summer 2015 issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine!  The cover shows off a gorgeous quilt by Miriam Gourley Rawson, talented craft and quilt designer and friend of Marcus.  You’ve seen some of her designs on our website, in out booths at Quilt Market, as well as her own blog, Miriam Crafts with You

Miriam’s cover creation is a Scandinavian-inspired piece that incorporates Marcus wools. Grab the issue for instructions – it’s on newsstands now!  Congratulations, Miriam!

It’s Official: PEPPERY is “Hot”!!

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It looks like Paula Barnes knew what she meant when she named her newest collection PEPPERY!  Just days into its official release, the collection of black, cream and beige small prints is a noticeable winner already! Easy to see, because these colors transfer from reproduction and historical quilts to modern, and they lend themselves easily to quilts and projects with a tailored, more masculine feel, such as out Heidi Pridemore’s project (coming soon as a download at your local quilt shops):

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Versatile, stashworthy Peppery prints are also great as subtly textured grounds for applique and needlework, like this example from Crabapple Hill Studio.

PEPPERY comes to your local quilt shop this summer – see the entire collection online now, and plan a project to enjoy all year long!

 

 

Welcome, Hat Creek Quilts!

DeirdreBondAbel&QuiltWe’re thrilled to announce the addition of Deirdre Bond-Abel of Hat Creek Quilts to the Marcus designer family!  You might recognize Deirdre’s name as half of the Quilted Crows design duo, based in Australia (think Pomegranate Lane and coordinating wools).

She’s created an exciting new venture under the Hat Creek Quilts name, and we’ll continue our design relationship with her debut fabric collection called TIES THAT BIND.  Inspired by her husband’s collection of neckties, the prints work nicely together, or blended in with your other favorite Marcus collections. My guess is that she’ll also be mixing them with our wools!

**And don’t worry, I already asked her about the quilt she’s holding here, and yes, it’s one of the many beautiful patterns now available under the Hat Creek Quilts label. It’s called Oranges and Lemons –   It’s on my list already, and everyone in the office loves it!

Check out a sampling of the TIES THAT BIND prints below, and learn more about Deirdre online.  It’ll be shown online soon…

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