The Power of PAISLEY

Paisley’s timeless appeal is unmatched in the world of textiles, with a multicultural history that encompasses Iran, India, Uzbekistan, Scotland and beyond.  The familiar teardrop design is popular all year long, making it a transitional favorite for home decor, fashion, and of course, quilting and crafts!  A quick survey of our current online collections turns up a wealth of gorgeous paisley design, from reproduction to modern…enjoy!

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Flowers in Bloom

Look for lots of flowers in the fashion forecast, from fashion to home…to quilts!  Here’s a bit of inspiration from the annual Macy’s Flower Show. This amazing 14-foot tall “lady in red” is built from over 2,000 flowers in various shades of red. You have to see it to believe it!  The NYC show runs thru April 6.FlowerShowRedred flowerdressIf you’re not near any of the US Macy’s stores with the annual floral display, here’s our private flower show for you!  Check out these collections online, then in your local quilt shops!  Happy Spring…

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Remember Your Girl Scouts Sewing Badge?

Pati-ATHMbuildling3 On a recent visit to the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, MA, our division President, Stephanie Dell ‘Olio and Director of Marketing, Pati Violick (shown below with two Scouts), happened upon a Girl Scouts sewing session.  They learned that ATHM partners with the local Scouts so they may obtain their sewing badge. (Who remembers that?)

Pati-ATHMkids2 They made headbands and pillows, then worked their way thru the museum to learn about all the textiles.  The girls were using donated fabrics — sounds like the perfect destination for a Marcus donation fabric box!

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Look at What Arrived in the Marcus Offices!

Today’s office buzz involved the real-live quilts sewn up in MOLLY B’s STYLE SERIES; Romantic Renaissance.

MollyRomRenQuiltsOfficeAs one of our office-mates remarked, these quilts are larger than her bedroom! If you’re feeling ambitious, the 104″ x 122″ quilt pattern is available through Homestead Hearth!

1930s Prints – The New Modern Palette!

AGMiniNOBORDERJudie Rothermel’s Aunt Grace prints will always hold a revered place in traditional quilting, and increasingly, we’re seeing these traditional 1930s prints incorporated into a more modern quilt aesthetic as well, with gorgeous results. Part of the new appeal may be that contemporary quilting attracts a younger quilter, often with babies or young children as project inspiration.  These delicate, small-scaled motifs are easy to mix and match in even the simplest quilt blocks, and work beautifully for a baby’s nursery.  The 1930s collections often look best when all colors are mixed, a fresh, change from the too-familiar “pink or blue” choices.

Another reason for the renewed interest in Judie Rothermel’s 1930s designs is that, to beginning quilters, they’re actually brand new!  Blending them with earthy linens, silk douppioni and other textures, modern quilters are giving the miniature florals, geometrics and conversationals a more artistic spin, creating not only baby quilts, but also chic totes, small accessories, and even garments.

Shopowners who quilt are enjoying the Aunt Grace renaissance as well.  Jodie Heinold, owner of Fort Worth Fabric Studio offers the Aunt Grace prints, including new Aunt Grace Miniatures, alongside her decidedly more contemporary prints, and recently added linens to the mix to satisfy customer demand.  “The 1930’s really can be mixed with more modern elements – I’ve seen a few blogs/quilts where they mix them with the natural linen/flax fabric – totally amazing!  Heinold herself has always been drawn to “those sweet 1930s prints,”  and has carried many full Aunt Grace collections since opening her online shop in 2009.

If you haven’t yet tried plugging 1930s prints into uncommon quilt designs, you’ll find great inspiration in Quilting Modern by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen (Interweave).

For craft project ideas, also check out Zakka Style by Rashida Coleman Hale.

 

 

…And the Winner Is…

Thanks to everyone for your enthusiastic response to our Carol Hopkins eBook giveaway!

Congratulations to Cynthia Green, winner of our random drawing to win Carol Hopkin’s new e-Book!  Cynthia, yoru’ll receive yoru book shortly, and we encourage everyone to send in pix of your best Marcus Civil War quilts – they might be published here on Marcus Mentions!

In Quilt Shops Now, from Maw-Bell Designs

Sure, we’ve all had enough of winter 2014, but just look at what awaits us for the next one! Maw-Bell Designs brings us cozy, comfy flannels in classic reds and greens with stylized grey chalkboard influences throughout…

They even have patterns ready to inspire you:

MawBell4 MawBell1 MawBell2 MawBell3Learn more about the patterns here. 

and Merry Christmas!

A Month for Creative Women Everywhere!

GroupQuilterscanstock8696560Here we are, in the midst of National CRAFT Month, with National QUILTING Day just ahead on March 15, and thanks to the National Quilting Association, it seems even that has been extended into National Quilting Month!  Why not?  That just gives us 30 additional excuses to indulge our passion for beautiful fabrics, patterns, gadgets and embellishments! Check out NQA’s free pattern in honor of the the month-long event, Stash Attack.  

 

Taking a good thing a step further, March 15 has also been designated Worldwide Quilting Month, with a list of participating shops that grows each year, offering shopping sprees and events galore!

To top it off, March is also Women’s History Month, so no matter how or what you choose to celebrate, you’ve still got time   ; )  Visit your local quilt shops, craft retailers and fabric stores for some great inspiration…Enjoy!

Perfect for Primo Plaids & More…

Did you catch this gorgeous quilt in the new issue of McCall’s Quilting (March/April 2014)?  This pic doesn’t quite do it justice, but it’s a perfect design for so many of our PRIMO PLAIDS…or MOLLY B’s CLASSIC WOVENS…or PRAIRIE DOBBIES & PRAIRIE WOVENS… Quilt designer Sherri Bain Driver mentions that she used mostly flannels (think Primos) yet smooth cottons will work as well. We love her creative cutting and piecing of plaids and stripe, and the subtle yet colorful result.

Lar’s Civil War Tribute Quilt

We received this note through Judie Rothermel, from quilter Lars Rune in Norway.  He recreated his own very unique version of Marcus Fabrics’ Civil War TRIBUTE quilt.  He wrote to Judie and submitted this photo, explaining:

“I think a quilter has the right to personalise the pattern to make it his own, so I took the Tribute BOM quilt and adapted it to tell a story from my own life. With truly great fabrics from many of your Civil War era prints collected, and information from your Civil War Quilts book, I had enough inspiration to tackle my first quilt project. Judie-AltTributeQuiltIt’s machine pieced and hand quilted — I really love hand quilting. I used YLI hand quilting threads and auditioned the thread to match the prints as best as possible. 
I quilted all pieces either 1/4 inch or 3/16 inch from the ditch. I didn’t want the quilt design itself to take away from the prints or blocks. Your ruler was a great help in both cutting the pieces and marking the quilt lines.  All 43 Chronicle prints and 48 Tribute prints are used in this; altogether, approximately 225 of your prints are included.”
We at Marcus congratulate Lars on his beautiful rendition of the Civil War TRUBITE quilt!