Announcing the Sew-Along WEEK #4 Winners!

Hello quilting friends!  Without further delay, we’ve randomly chosen three winners of our Week #4 Sew-Along giveaway.  I’m calling it our “EPP with Pati V” Pack.  Winners will receive English Paper Piecing hexies by Paper Pieces and a selection of Marcus Fabrics in Pati’s favorite taupy neutrals (prints may vary from those shown here).  Thanks to all who submitted their comments!   —– lisaSAL-PatiPrizesSTACKOur Week #4 winners are:

1. Joan Wilson, who commented, “The combination of several fine designers, designing a quilt, on line, is such a great idea and sense of a quilting community (that is not available to me in my area).  It gives me a wonderful feeling of being part of a large group of quilters. I hope this is the 1st of many projects.”

2. Rachael Ferrera, who commented, “I just love the block, especially all of the color! Thanks for the opportunity to win.”

3. Camille Lefebvre, who commented, “Having sew much fun with this sew along! Wondering what the difference is between English paper piecing and just paper piecing? Would love to try something new! Thanks for the opportunity.”  (Read Pati’s answer…)

The Marcus Sew-Along WEEK #5!

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Hi All!  In case you missed it during the busy Labor Day weekend here in the US, here’s a quick reminder that WEEK #5 of our Sew-Along is now posted on the Olde Green Cupboard blog!  It’s designed by Gloria Parsons and includes her great tips & techniques, so be sure to visit the blog now to download this block:

Gloria-sewalong blockIt seems that many of you love Cheddar, so Gloria serves it up on a four-basket design. We’re now at the halfway point (well, four blocks to go, plus the reveal!).  It goes quickly, doesn’t it?  If you’ve got friends who still want to join in the fun, point them here for all of the details, and stay tuned for WEEK #6 this Friday, Sept 5, over at Nancy Rink Designs! Enjoy…   -lisa

September is National Sewing Month!

Celebrated officially in the US since 1982, National Sewing Month is a perfect opportunity to indulge ourselves in our collective passion for sewing, quilting and all things FABRIC! Visit your local quilt shops and fabric stores, visit or join your local guild, or just gather a few friends to share some creative time…the National Sewing Month website has project ideas and more for you!

It’s WEEK #4 of the Marcus Sew-Along!

Hi, I’m Pati Violick.  As the Director of Marketing for Marcus Fabrics, I am very excited to be participating in our Sew Along. “Sew”, a little about me – I enjoy creating, and I especially love making little girls dresses for Quilt Market as well as making quilts. Those who know me well know these 3 things:

1. My husband calls me “Miss Ivory or Miss Beige”. Yes, it’s hard to believe since I work with color & prints on a daily basis, that everything else in my life falls into the neutral category including clothes, decor, even my dog Scout is a beautiful shade of taupe (and yes “taupe” is my favorite color!), although I certainly like all shades of grey & basic black too.

2. One of my favorite pastimes is English Paper Piecing. I have “thousands”of Pieces, (well maybe many, many 100’s) in all shapes, sizes and colors. I actually use some for special gifts like purses, small quilts or embellishments but, the majority of them are beautifully arrayed in baskets, boxes & pretty containers. Truth is, some are just to pretty to do anything with.

3. Last but not least – I come from a big family; I am the oldest of 8. I have been very fortunate in my job here at Marcus to forge new relationships, working with so many wonderful people here in our NY office & designers that have all become part of my family.

 

OK  — no surprise, my giveaway this week is all of the above: A stunning assortment of 8 fat quarters in my favorite colors with some wonderful paper pieces.  Now, on to Block #4 of the Sew-Along:

Cutting Instructions:

Light print  (1038-0188)  *Cut (6) 2⅞” squares; crosscut (4) once diagonally.
Black print  (1035-0112)  *Cut (4) 1¾” squares.
Green print   (1702-0116)  *Cut (4) 1¾” x 3⅝” rectangles.
Blue print   (1109-0150)   *Cut (2) 2⅞” squares.
Cheddar print   (1033-0128)  *Cut (2) 2½” squares.
Red print   (1034-0111)  *Cut (2) 2½” squares.

Directions:

*Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the (2) cheddar 2½” squares.  Match each with a 2½” red print square.
*Sew ¼” on each side of the drawn line; cut apart.
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*Press to the red triangle.  You will have (4) Half Square Triangles measuring 2⅛” unfinished.

*Trim each Half Square Triangle to 2 1/16” by simply placing two edges of the Half Square in between the 2” and the 2⅛” mark on the ruler as shown.  pblockcomp1

*Sew the Half Square Triangles into a Pinwheel; press for opposing seams. The Pinwheel should measure 3⅝” unfinished.

*Arrange the Pinwheel, (4) black print 1¾” squares, and (4) green print 1¾” x 3⅝” rectangles as shown.

*Sew into rows; press to the green rectangles.  Sew rows together; press.
Your center unit should measure 6⅛” unfinished.pblock5*Using the 2⅞” light and blue print squares, make (4) Half Square Triangles using the same method as described previously. Half Square Triangles should measure 2½” unfinished.

*Sew (2) light print triangles to each side of a blue & light print Half Square Triangle unit; press to the light print triangles.  Make (4) units.pblockcomp2

*You’ll sew the big triangle units to the center square next.  To aid in this endeavor, finger press a fold (wrong sides together, just near the raw edge) in the center square to easily find the middle of the block.
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Fold the light print triangle unit in half (right sides together) and finger press.  Match the finger pressed creases in each unit and pin.

*Sew each of the triangle units to the center square block; press to the triangle units.

Your block should measure 8½” unfinished.

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Our Designer Sew-Along – Did You Catch WEEK #3?

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On Friday, Sarah Maxwell from Homestead Hearth unveiled the third fabulous block from Friends & Companions, our Designer Sew-Along!  Do you love it?  Get the complete instructions and learn more about Sarah and her business.

Want to join the fun?  It’s not too late!  Here’s the post with complete details, and links to the previous block posts so you can sew-along with us!

What Do We Love About Australian Quilt Design?

KarenStylesThe August edition of MarcusFabrics.com includes the debut collection by Australian designer Karen Styles of Somerset Patchwork.  Karen’s VICTORIA PARK is our second recent Australian release (following the Quilted Crow Girls’ coordinating POMEGRANATE LANE and THE SEASONS WOOL COLLECTION), and the latest in a series of Australia-based influences making waves in the quilting industry.  So we asked them to help us break down some specific elements of Australian Crow-Facesquilting style — and the conversation is featured online.  While you’re visiting, be sure to preview all of the great new collections coming soon to your favorite quilt shops!

The Marcus SewAlong – WEEK #2!

We’re sewing right along, in the midst of Week #2 –

In case you missed it…Check out the second block of our Sew-Along, by Paula Barnes of Red Crinoline Quilts.   You’ll learn a bit about Paula as you follow her step-by-step instructions. The pop of cheddar really brings this block to life! It’s just as nice as the first block by Pam Buda, isn’t it?  If you’re the type of quilters who like a preview before joining a sew-along, we think this these first two blocks are enough to entice you to get caught up and sew-along with us now!

Another great reason to join in:  you could win one of three giveaways on each designer’s blog, simply by leaving a comment when the new blocks posts each Friday!

Pam’s Prairie Pocket Inspiration

Take a look at what Pam Buda’s been up to (aside from the Marcus SAL!)  Here she talks about one of her latest projects…

“I’m fascinated by creativity. It’s so unique to each person. For some it’s easy and others not so much. And…you never know when or where you might be inspired.  When it comes to fabric designing, it’s good to have a vivid imagination…to see possibilities in vintage fabrics and give them new life.Pam-Aug1

I found this antique “prairie pocket” while shopping an antique show last year. I think it’s a wonderful example of a functional, wearable relic of nineteenth century living. Back then, clothes didn’t have set- in pockets in the seams as they do now. Women would wear the prairie pocket(s) underneath their skirts. There would be a slit opening in the side seam of their skirts allowing access to the pocket underneath, where they would keep necessities of daily life, such as a flint and fuzz for making a fire, eyeglasses, and quite often needle, thread and patchwork Pam-Aug2scraps.

Closer inspection of the pocket patchwork reveals quite a few wonderful fabric prints. One print made its way into my newest fabric collection, PRAIRIE GATHERING. I changed a few elements from the original piece, which is really cute just the way it is. (It became Style # 5534-0111 in Pam-Aug3PamAug4red.)

Mosey over to my blog to read about two more prints I chose for the Prairie Gathering collection that came from a dirty, nasty piece of patchwork that I’m pretty sure was used to wipe a car engine!”

 Thanks, Pam… We love to explore the many places where inspiration can be found! 

Quilters, where do YOU find the best inspiration for your projects?

Yes, You Can Still Join the Sew-Along!

We thank you for the enthusiastic response to the first installment of our Marcus Fabrics Designer Sew-Along, featuring Pam Buda’s gorgeous block!  And just to be clear, though we launched the SAL on August 1, it’s definitely not too late to start!   We suggested that everyone visit each blog and subscribe to their blog posts via email before August 1, so you wouldn’t miss anything, because each designer’s blog post would then come to you via email. You should find a SUBSCRIBE blank on each designer’s blog page.

But you’re also welcome to visit each blog individually week-by-week (one designer per week). Either way, you can then choose to PRINT the instructions each week and stitch at your own pace. One last reminder: Be sure to COMMENT on each weekly blog post to be entered into that designer’s weekly giveaway. They’ve got some great prizes lined up ; ) Enjoy!

Fall ’14 Cover Quilt: Medallion Muse

MedallionMuse-HHQuiltIf you’re looking for a vibrant, trans-seasonal quilt project, check out Faye Burgos’ MEDALLION MUSE collection, shown here in the “Lapis & Marigolds” quilt by Homestead Hearth. It’s featured in the latest issue of McCall’s Quilt Quilts (that’s the October/November issue), and it even made the cover!  The fabric is available in this cool blue palette shown above, and in an equally vibrant orchid/gold combination.