Over 75 Blocks, and Counting…

The Lucy Boston blocks just keep on coming, and over 75 have been returned to the Marcus booth at Road to CA so far!  Among them is a block made by our youngest quilting friend, Shayla Adams, 11, shown below.  Coming to the show on Sunday?  There’s still time to jion us!  Not only have each of the participants earned a chance to win one of 10 quilter’s prize packs, but all of these pretty blocks will be joined into a quilt to be donated to ALS…stay tuned for further details..

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It’s Saturday at Road to CA…

…and the Lucy Boston blocks continue to pour in from our local quilting friends here in attendance in Onntario, CA!  Our first block entry for today comes from Corliss Ushigima, below.  Quilters are loving the endless combinations they can create using stylized stripe fabrics and paper pieces.  And they’re also loving the idea of having these blocks joined and made into a donation quilt for ALS.  Stay tuned for more details on the project!  And if you’re at the show, come by and participate today or tomorrow – you might even win one of 10 prize packs!

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Look at These Great Blocks Coming In!

The Lucy Boston quilt block craze is in full swing at the Marcus Fabrics booth at Road to California!  This exciting annual event for quilters runs through tomorrow, so there’s still time to join the fun!  Attendees are stitching up their Lucy Boston blocks with various Marcus striped fabric and supplies from Paper Pieces.  All blocks submitted back to our booth will be sewn up into a quilt to be donated to a worthy cause.  Here’s a peek at the progress…

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Quilters choose their fabric strips. In the background is our AUNT GRACE SIMPLER SAMPLER Block of the Month quilt.

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Barbara Baker was the first to return her challenge block on Friday.

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Looking good, quilting friends – keep up the great work!

 

 

 

A Little Bump in the Road (to California)

PatiVickiRoadCA15It’s time for Road to California, taking place this weekend in Ontario, CA.  Pati (on the left) reports a missing shipment!!

“Even though our shipment didn’t arrive me and Vickie are “making do” with what we have.  We are smiling but we’re not happy about the missing shipment”. Hopefully it will show up, and be the only bump in an otherwise smooth Road Trip.  At least the weather looks good from here, Pati…

To cheer her up, be sure to stop by the Marcus booth, and tell her Lisa sent you  ; )  Pati and Vicki Bellino (of Marcus BOM and Strip-It quilt fame) will demo creative cutting & piecing, paper piecing and more, all weekend long.  And you can create your own Lucy Boston block for the chane to win a Marcus prize pack.  Pick up your free fabric and paper piecing pack, stitch up your block, and return it to be displayed in the Marcus booth during the show.  We’ll be picking TEN winners…Good Luck!

Road to California – Who’s Going?

We’re pleased to once again sponsor Road to California  Quilters’ Conference and Showcase, taking place January 22-25, 2015 in Ontario, CA.   This year, in addition to our usual showcase sponsorship of one of the quilt prizes, we’ll be exhibiting as well!

Be sure to stop by the Marcus booth for demos on fussy cutting, English paper piecing (EPP) and more, all featuring our specialty stripe fabrics like PAULA’S BORDER COMPANIONS. Plus giveaways & handouts while supplies last!Pati-EPPsamplesIf you’ve never tried English paper piecing, Lucy Boston blocks and similar techniques, you’ll want to visit with Pati Violick as she demos her techniques using Paper Pieces, as shown in the beginnings of this gorgeous block above.  And if you have tried it, learn how Marcus specialty fabrics can give you rich and intricate results every time.  BTW, Pati is our Director of Marketing — you might remember her love for EPP from last summer’s Designer Sew-Along.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Who Doesn’t Love 1930s Prints?

Quilting’s love affair with 1930s prints continues, as American Quilt Retailer magazine pays tribute to the category in its December 2014 issue.  Believe it or not, it’s been more than 25 years since Marcus debuted Aunt Grace fabrics by Judie Rothermel, a brand that continues to lead the industry in 1930s reproductions. And there’s more to come…watch for beautiful, new Aunt Grace collections from Judie in the coming year.

Until then, take a look at the latest, AUNT GRACE SIMPLER SAMPLER – you’ll love Judie’s pre-printed panel blocks with coordinates and the gorgeous BOM quilt by Vicki Bellino.  It looks like paper piecing, but it’s simpler! The program begins next month.

Missouri Star’s New “Flying Geese Log Cabin” Quilt

Wow!! Don’t you love the dimensional look of the blocks in this colorful PRIMO BATIKS quilt?  Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company shows you exactly how to do it in their new “Flying Geese Log Cabin Quilt” tutorial.

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The color palette is the perfect cure for dreary winter days ahead, and moves beautifully through the spring and summer, too.  Even better, Missouri Star has already cut up the 2-1/2″ strips for you, so you can get straight to the fun part  ; ) Happy stitching!!

Congratulations, Mechelle!

MechelleAtWork2Many of our customers have had the pleasure of working with Mechelle Bacon, our administrative assistant — please join us as we take a moment to applaud Mechelle for completing the coursework toward her Bachelor’s degree in International Business! Mechelle has spent the last six years attending Queens College – CUNY full-time, even as her full-time responsibilities here at Marcus have also steadily increased since she joined us in 2007.

She says, “My next step is to learn Chinese, in order to be a good candidate for the global economic industry. I’m also interested in E-commerce and S-commerce, but for now I just want to take a nice break from school.” Sounds like a great plan! Congratulations, college graduate, we’re all so proud of you!

Our MARSALA-Inspired Giveaway Winner Is…

Thanks to all who commented earlier this week to express your overwhelming approval of Pantone’s new Color of the Year for 2015!  The random drawing winner of this little bundle of Marsala-inspired Marcus quilting fabrics is…

Marie Beers, who said, “Love, Love it. Reds have always been my favorite color, as it makes me happy.”     Congratulations, Marie!

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Look Who Made the AURIFIL 2015 Design Team…

Guess what: Our own very talented Nancy Rink of Nancy Rink Designs is one of several quilt artists named to AURIFIL Thread’s 2015 Design Team!  Judging from the size of those spools, it looks like they’re all in for a really fun and eventful year.  AurifulDesigners2015NancyYou know Nancy from her colorful fabric collections and gorgeous BOMs and other quilt designs including AMISH WITH A TWIST, COLOR LOVE, MILL WORKS and POINTE PLEASANT, among others.  (That’s her in the solid black shirt, lower left end.)  We’re thrilled that Nancy will bring Marcus fabrics and Aurifil together in her gorgeous creations for the coming year, and beyond…

Congratulations to Nancy and all of the Aurifil designers!