And Now, On to Quilt FESTIVAL!

Quilt Market is now a memory and we enjoyed seeing so many of you in Houston!  As I type, the show hall is being transformed from the trade show to the consumer extravaganza known as Houston Quilt Festival!  There you can find your favorite Marcus designers including:

Somerset Patchwork – Visit Karen Styles in Booth 1023.  Karen’s LOIRE VALLEY collection is featured along with her patterns.  You’ll love her color sense and mix of quilting techniques, with a decidedly Australian flair…


PaulaMaryEllenRed Crinoline Quilts – Visit Mary Ellen & Paula in Booth 1031, featuring:


And you’ll find Victoria Findlay Wolfe all over Festival!  She not only designs fabric for Marcus now, but also continues to work with other great industry companies:

  • 10am-12pm in JUKI  – Booth 2108  –  Demos
  • 1-3pm Sizzix  Booth 217
  • 4-6pm OPEN STITCH STUDIO: Curved piecing demo.  Come take a break and learn piecing tips from Victoria!
  • 10am-12pm Sizzix  Booth 217
  • 1-3pm JUKI  Booth 2108
  • 4-5pm   Booth 622 – book signing
  • 10-11   Juki Booth 2018
  • 11am-12pm   Booth 622 – book signing
  • 1pm    Aisle S Exhibit  – Double Wedding Ring Talk
  • 12-2pm   Sizzix   Booth 217
  • 1pm Double wedding rings…
  • Juki   Booth 2108  and Sizzix   Booth 217  at random times…
Have fun at Festival!


#MarcusMarketMania – “Tributes and Treasures” Signing

Were you among the lucky recipients of a signed copy of Tributes and Treasures? The new book by Paula Barnes (seated right) and Mary Ellen Robison (seated left) has won rave reviews already, and we enjoyed hosting a book signing in their honor today at Booth 1022.  Fans stopped by the entire time to meet and greet the new Martingale authors. ..I hope Mary Ellen got a cool pen for the occasion as I suggested  ; )

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Red Crinoline Quilts fabric and book giveaway

#MarcusMarketMania – Stephanie Was Right!

Booth 1022 is well on its way, and she’s right, it will be gorgeous! I love our new pallet displays – the perfect combination of style, practicality and creative upcycling.  Is it giving you ideas, too?

#marcusmarketmania And can’t you just imagine Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s striking  MOSTLY MANOR quilt in your own Manor?
#marcusmarketmania #victoriafindlaywolfeLast but not least, Indra takes a break from the #MarcusMarketMania, a well-deserved break, I’m sure…Drink your water, Indra!!  Looking forward to the end results  ; )indra

See Victoria’s Quilts at Schweinfurth, and More!


We’re sew proud of the newest member of the Marcus design team!  Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s latest exhibit of Double Wedding Ring quilts will be on display at Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, NY.  The show, Traditions Made Modern, runs October 31, 2015 through January 3, 2016.  Visit Schweinfurth online for more on the exhibit and related workshops.


And as if this news, and the release of her MOSTLY MANOR collection for Studio 37 weren’t enough for Fall 2015, Victoria also shared:  “I am also having a special exhibit of Double Wedding Rings at Quilt Festival in Houston this year!  Be sure to come by and see 16 of my double wedding ring quilts, along with some fabulous antique DWR quilts and wedding dresses as well!” (Lecture schedule TBA)

View the entire MOSTLY MANOR collection online beginning October 15!

Congratulations, Victoria!

And Our Yankee Cloth Winners Are…

LucyContestPrize1We’d like to thank all of the attendees who enjoyed the Lucy Boston presentation by Pati and Regina last month at Yankee Cloth in Wallingford, CT.  As promised, everyone who submitted a photo of her completed LB block was entered into a special random drawing to win one of the THREE gift baskets shown  here, and we’ve just chosen the lucky winners…

  • Jordan Law of Wallingford, CT
  • Janet Rathburn of Northford, CT
  • Peg Sullivan of North Haven, CT

And these are their beautifully pieced blocks…look at the beautiful special effects at the center of each block!


Block by Jordan Law


Block by Janet Rathburn


Block by Peg Sullivan

Your prize baskets are on the way, ladies ….Congratulations to all!   And thanks again to Yankee Cloth for hosting a lovely afternoon, and to our friends at Paper Pieces for generously supplying product samples.


At Home with Pam Buda, via APQ Magazine

PamHome-CoverWow! The December 2015 issue of American Quilting & Patchwork magazine (APQ) has a real treat for all of us Pam Buda fans – it’s a multi-page profile of our favorite prairie-inspired quilt designer, photographed inside her beautiful Illinois home!

Naturally, many of the designs shown are patterns available thru Heartspun Quilts, and they feature her fabric collections including TREENWARE & BERRIES and AMERICAN GOTHIC.


Below you’ll see Pam on the left, and design director Nancy Wiles and photographer Greg Scheidemann styling a shot in her living room.  It’s great when a designer’s home and furnishings are a true reflection of her work  ; )


Visit your newsstand or quilt shop now, or order online (subscribers, watch your mailboxes) to read more about Pam, her quilts, fabric and inspiration in the magazine!


Photos used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting magazine.           (c) 2015 Meredith Corp.  All rights reserved.

Quilters Take Manhattan 2015 – Part II

Also appearing at QTM 2015 were quilting stars Edyta Sitar, Yvonne Porcella, keynote speaker Ricky Tims, and others.  Congrats to Edyta, who took top honors at Quilt Match Manhattan, a friendly “create-it-on-the-spot” quilt challenge –  great belt!!


and these quilts below by Ricky Tims caught the eye of Marcus Fabrics’ own Laura Berringer…notice the very cool visual glow effect on this first one!QTM-RickyTimsQuilts

…and finally, more with Victoria and friends…


If you did miss this annual weekend of non-stop quilt inspiration, be prepared to grab your tickets early, since it has sold out several years in a row — and faster each year! Join us in 2016 when “Quilters Take Manhattan” yet again  ; )


Quilters Take Manhattan 2015 – Part I

In case you missed it, this year’s Quilters Take Manhattan event in New York City was another festive gathering of some of the industry’s best talent and local enthusiasts. Sponsored by the Quilt Alliance, the annual event features, lectures, presentations, workshops and special events.  This year took on added meaning for Marcus as we prepare to launch Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s premiere fabric collection, MOSTLY MANOR!  Watch for the full collection online in mid October…but for now, check out some of the weekend’s highlights, including Victoria’s presentation:


…some of her legendary Double Wedding Rings:QTM-Vict-DWRquilts

…and attendees perusing the auction table offerings:


Did you attend the event, too?  Did you claim the Marcus auction item?  If so, let us know!!  More pix to follow… stay tuned!!

Paula + Mary Ellen = Newly Published Authors!

PaulaMaryEllenCongratulations to Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts on the publication of their first book, TRIBUTES and TREASURES! Published by Martingale, its official release date is October 6 and of course, it’s full of projects just perfect for showcasing Paula Barnes’ gorgeous fabric prints!

And even more exciting, we’re joining in the celebration with this design duo and our friends at Martingale for a fabrics-and book blogpost giveaway on October 8, so be sure to stop by again, comment and subscribe to our blog to be eligible to win.

These are just a few of the beautiful projects included in the book.  We’re sew proud of you, ladies!!


Look Who’s Designing for Marcus…

mostly manor postcard

Victoria Findlay WolfeHere’s a quick sneak peek at MOSTLY MANOR, the debut collection by Victoria Findlay Wolfe for Studio 37!  As you can see already, it’s a gorgeous mix of color and pattern, representing her timeless mix of traditional and contemporary styles.  We’ll unveil the complete collection online next month – for now, read more about Victoria and her design inspiration.

You probably recognize her name from her books, lectures, workshops, TV appearances and more…maybe you’ll even catch her at Quilters Take Manhattan (later this month), Quilt Market in October (trade only) and QuiltCon in 2016.  Visit her online!