Sneak Peek: Join Carol Hopkins’ New Club!

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It’s a rare occurrence in the quilt world to introduce a coordinated effort, where the book and the fabric are released together — It’s Not a Square is a new club designed by repro expert Carol Hopkins, with the AMERICAN SWATCH BOOK collection by Judie Rothermel! It ensures quilters will have the fabrics AND the inspiration at the same time, for maximum enjoyment.

“The unique feature of these blocks is that they aren’t square – they finish at 4″ x 5″. We recreated some classic blocks and also designed more than 50 original blocks that no one has ever seen before, ending up with 182 different blocks.” Carol says about her new book for Martingale (co-authored by Linda Koenig). “The 4″ x 5″ Quilt Block Anthology: 182 Blocks for Reproduction Fabrics” contains instructions for making all of the blocks!

We’ll unveil these gorgeous fabrics online soon*, but we couldn’t wait to partner with our friends at Martingale for the first of TWO joint book-and-fabric giveaways!  Enter the first giveaway now at Martingale, then watch this blog for the Marcus giveaway to follow.  And be sure to add It’s Not a Square to your creative schedule – the 12-month Club begins  August 2017!

(*Retailer-Only – log-in now to preview the collection and Club details)

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See What Danyella Did with Meadow Storm!

Today we welcome a guest post from Danyella Nava of Made Sew Modern – enjoy!

vfw-danyellaI first met Victoria (Findlay Wolfe) when she came to Albuquerque, NM to teach a workshop that my local guild had organized back in June of 2016. I took her Double Wedding Ring workshop and totally fell in love with a classic technique! My first impression of Victoria was that she was such a fun, creative being, and I was so very excited to learn from her. 

My experience with Victoria did not stop there. I also joined her for a dinner and a lecture, and her deep love and passion for quilting continued to shine. I found that Victoria was incredibly humble. She was excited to share her knowledge with everyone and was open to conversation. I felt that she really took the time to get to know me by listening so intently over the few days I got to spend with her.

 Around the same time, Victoria’s fabric line, MOSTLY MANOR, had come out a few months before, and the quilt shop I work for had carried a few of the pieces from that line. The first thing I noticed about Mostly Manor was the bright and bold colors and how playful the prints were. It was one of my most favorite fabrics that we were carrying by Marcus, and I immediately knew I had to have some in my stash. 
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When MEADOW STORM came out, it was no different. When I received a fat quarter bundle of the fabric, I just couldn’t wait to open it up and get started on something. I decided to give my first try at designing a quilt, and use this fabric for it. It definitely did not disappoint. I appreciated the quality of the fabric that Marcus Fabrics produces, it makes working with a new pattern very easy. In my opinion, it is always much more difficult when working with a poor quality of fabric. It was also so tough to choose a favorite! It was a tie between the black and white Manor Stripe I used in the border or the Sun Shower dots in orchid. I just absolutely love the boldness and richness of that orchid color! I have also found that it can be tough to find a really good black and white stripe, so I was jumping with joy when I got my hands on that piece. I even ordered extra just so I could keep a piece for myself!
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One thing that stands out to me about Victoria’s fabric lines is how well they play with each other. The quilt shop I work for also swooned over her fabric, so naturally we had to use her fabric lines to create kits that people could purchase. It was so incredibly easy to mix and match her prints between both Mostly Manor and Meadow Storm! I just love when fabric lines can be versatile with one another.
I just can’t wait to get my hands on her newest line, LIGHT WORK, coming to shops this month! 
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 Danyella Nava / MadeSewModern

A Quick Q&A on CLARET, with Paula Barnes

claretcompWe caught up with Paula to chat about her new CLARET collection. Here’s what she shared with us:

Q. The line is inspired by quilts of the 1800s.  What made Claret such a popular color during that time??

A. Claret became popular in the 1800’s to some extent because the synthetic dye used to produce the color was a stable dye.  This made the color more available, and more affordable, which of course, contributed to its wide appeal.

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A.  You’d often find the Claret color paired with shirting in quilts. Many quilts were made with Claret, Indigo and Cadet blue (blues included in my INDIGO line).  Red and Grey were popular for the time period.

Q.  The depth of the color is striking, definitely a stashworthy choice for all red lovers.

A.  Yes, it is definitely a darker red color, similar to the French red wine from the Bordeaux region thus giving it is name.

We can only imagine the joys of stitching a Claret quilt while sipping a fine Claret wine!  Paula introduced her INDIGO line a few months ago, then followed up with CLARET.  You’ll find that they work beautifully together now, just as they did in the 1800s. Look for the collection in your favorite quilt shops beginning February 2017!

Join Us for Quiltmaker’s “100 Block” Blog Tour!

sarah100blockWe’re thrilled to sponsor the all-new issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 14, especially since one of the the 100 quilt blocks features the REVVED UP RETRO line by Studio 37 Fabrics designer Sarah J Maxwell of Designs by Sarah J!  View the LOOKBOOK for more about her colorful collection.

 

quiltmaker100blocknowWhen you follow the Blog Tour you  might also find some great Marcus goodies among the many giveaways! There’s still time to join in the fun — for starters, just comment below for the chance to win a copy of the magazine from Quiltmaker!  Then, check out Quiltmaker’s Quilty Pleasures blog for tour details, magazine info and more..Good Luck!.

Victoria’s Fabric Sneak-Peek!

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We’re thrilled to have Victoria Findlay Wolfe as a part of our designer community, especially with the upcoming release of her second collection for Studio 37 Fabrics.  It’s called  MEADOW STORM.  Look for it online May 1, and in quilt shops in August…for now, here’s a quick sneak-peek:

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She says, “For MEADOW STORM, I included my typical mix of interesting modern and eclectic prints…fabrics that can do some of the work for you.  I love the large stripes that can be fussy cut for dramatic modern looks.  Sun Shower polka dots in four colors, because I can’t make a quilt without a dot!  I added in the bold black and white Manor Stripe, after many requests from my last line, MOSTLY MANOR.  I look forward to using it with the more saturated color prints, like Misty and the main floral, Perennial, to add instant movement to even simple blocks.”     — Victoria

ALSO, In Case You Missed It: Here’s the link to Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s recent chat with Pat Sloan on American Patchwork & Quilting Radio!  She discusses a bit of her quilt design process, her fabric design inspiration, and that great article in APQ’s April issue!

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So…Who Won the STASHBUSTERS Goodies??

We’d like to thank the hundreds of quilting friends who commented on last week’s blog post as we celebrate the release of Stashbusters by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith!Stashbusters book cover Stashbusters goodies fabric giveaway

stashpica…and the winner of our random giveaway is…Mary Kolb of Buffalo, MN, who said emphatically, “I WOULD LOVE TO BUST MY STASH!”, a sentiment shared by all!  In keeping with the true spirit of a well-rounded fabric stash, the bundle includes 12 FQs from various Marcus designers. Happy Stashbusting to all!

Win Generation Q’s $500 Victoria Findlay Wolfe Giveaway

GenerationQ Magazine VFWCOVERIn honor of International Quilting Weekend  (March 18-20, 2016), Generation Q Magazine is sponsoring a wonderful Victoria Findlay Wolfe prize package with a value of over $500! Generation Q Magazine’s mission is to “entertain and inform the masses, to convert the most stalwart sewing critics into fiber minions and to ultimately take over the world with quilts”. The magazine features patterns, games, features, product reviews and so much more.  Their eZine and eNewsletter offer up-to-the-minute news and trends from our quilting worlds.

Check out GenerationQMagazine.com and join the fun! Then, take a peek at the slideshow to see all 10 of the fabulous prizes from Generation Q Magazine and the prize sponsors, including Studio 37 Fabrics!  The giveaway is in conjunction with THE QUILT SHOW, hosted by Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson. Of course, one of those fun prizes is…a MOSTLY MANOR FQ pack.

NOTE:  Entries for the giveaway will be accepted during International Quilting Weekend, March 18-20 only – please visit the Gen Q site at that time!!

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#NationalCraftMonth Fun with Susan Cousineau!

March is #NationalCraftMonth and we’re celebrating with some super-fun party favor ideas featuring Susan Cousineau’s enchanting MAGICAL MERMAID, POLKA DOT POND and SO SWEET LOVE  collections… You’ll want to download the 6-page party ideas booklet now, and save it for festive fun all year long!  Thanks, Susan, for sharing your magical ideas with us  ; )

Visit Susan online at Sweet Chic Design.

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“..the best organized and detailed quilting pattern…”

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We’re so proud of the many talents of our designer community, and sometimes, when we get fan mail like this, we just have to share it!  Kudos to Sarah Maxwell of Designs by Sarah J for the many compliments on her Primo Batik BOM quilts, RADIANT REFLECTIONS and RIVER ROCK.  Shop owners and quilters alike love her innovative use of 10-1/2″ square pre-cut packs to create the quilts, as well as the instructions. Most comments echo the words of Barbara, a NC-based shop owner:

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“I recently purchased your new Radiant Reflections pattern.  It is without a doubt the best organized and detailed quilting pattern I have ever seen!  As a former teacher as well as  quilt store owner, I’ve worked with many other programs, and have sometimes been very disappointed to see a dramatic quilt pictured, yet the inside information is so poorly presented that no one will ever be able to make it. I appreciate your work.”

Thank you, Barbara  ; )  As always we appreciate our customers’ comments and input!  Happy stitching to all!

#QuiltCon2016 Wrapup: 160 Blocks, Still Counting!

Here are some of the remaining blocks created this weekend at our QuiltCon booth this weekend, an impressive showing of over 160 blocks!  Here are a few more of our lovely quilting partners…THANK YOU again to everyone who helped to make our weekend sew, sew successful!

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