Stitch Up Sarah’s Giant, Cozy Constellation Blocks!

If you’re one of those quilters who can’t wait for fall, here’s a great project to set your quilting season in motion:  Cozy Constellation by Sarah Maxwell is featured in the September/October issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine.   She chose a mix of PRIMO PLAID FLANNELS: Harvest II fabrics. The four blocks, each 36” square, are sure to go together fast.  Plus, a kit is available!  Quilt instructions and kit ordering details are in the magazine.

In Quilt Shops Now…

Congratulations to Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts on this gorgeous Fall 2015 Quilts and More magazine cover!! It shows off her TREENWARE & BERRIES collection, as interpreted by designers in the Scrap Lab Designer Challenge.  We love the versatility of her prints far beyond the quilt!

Instructions for the handbag and runner are included in the issue, and the fabrics are available at your local quilt shop!

Bag:Sherri K. Falls of This & That Pattern Company

Runner: Monique Dillard of Open Gate Quilts

So, Who Won the “Christmas In July” Goodies??

We really enjoyed all of your holiday project ideas and comments – it seems like table runners and toppers, and small gifts lead the list of seasonal sewing projects this year.  It HolidayBloomsGiveawayCOMPlooks like Sandy Allen of St. Louis, MO will have a nice head start on her projects, as the winner of the HOLIDAY BLOOMS & eBook giveaway!

Maybe she’ll use her 24” panel with light metallic touches and coordinates as a table topper – it’s designed to be a quick project just as it is – just add a border and backing — or embellish it with fringe, braid, or even some custom embroidery in the light ground areas of the panel.  Faye Burgos also designed the poinsettias to be multi-directional, for equal visual appeal from any position at the table.

ChristmasApronPatiPati even suggested (and semi-modeled) the panel as a beautiful apron – just gather, finish the edges and add two ties in a coordinating print to tackle those holiday baking marathons in style!  Hmm….with so many gifts and decorative items to make, versatility is key…

Thanks to our friends at Martingale for another great giveaway, congratulations to our winner, and Happy Holiday Stitching to All!!  — Now, get to work  ; )    — lisa

The ALS Quilt is Done, and It Is Gorgeous…

Regular Marcus Mentions readers will recognize this as the completion of our quilt to be donated to the Hopes & Dreams Challenge, sponsored by Quilter’s Dream batting.  It all began with our Road to California event back in January, where attendees picked out their fabrics at our booth and created their Lucy Boston blocks to become a part of the project.  Then, in the talented hands of designer Vicki Bellino of Bloom Creek, the pile of blocks became this…isn’t it stunning??  (Look back at the quilt in progress!)

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Vicki Bellino of Bloom CreekThis week it will be shipped to the Challenge to join the many others donated by quilters from all over.  We are pleased to support Quilters Dream Batting in their efforts to fight ALS / Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  Thanks again to all of our quilting friends and to Vicki Bellino (right) for making the quilt possible.Marcus-ALS quilt by Vicki Bellino

Christmas in July Double Giveaway!

For some of us, getting a jump on all of those Christmas gifts & decorating projects in the middle of summer is the only way to get it all done, and with that in mind, we’re partnering again with our friends at Martingale for a double giveaway to get you started!

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You could win the eBook Tis the Season – Quilts and Other Comforts by Shelley Wicks and Jeanne Large, along with a bundle of HOLIDAY BLOOMS by Faye Burgos.  We know you’ll love this stack of FQs plus the coordinating 1-yard panel, and you’ll be inspired by the projects in Martingale’s #1 best-selling Christmas book.

To be eligible for this drawing, just SUBSCRIBE to the Marcus blog (if you haven’t already) and COMMENT on your favorite holiday projects below for a chance to win!  Then visit the Martingale post for a second chance  ; )

— lisa s

Pam Buda’s Kitchen Decor…and a Great Tip!

Pam-KitchenWHJust had to share this from Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts. Her recent blog post, not only shares the adorable wall hanging she finished for her kitchen, but also a great tip she’s passing along from yet another quilting friend.  It’s one of those little  ideas that is too good to keep to yourself…enjoy, and share!

–lisa s

Who Won the July 4th Flannel Giveaway?

Fourth of July "subscribers only" giveawayThanks to everyone for your comments.  It looks like many of you are spending the summer in relocation mode – have fun setting up your new sewing spaces  ; )  Now that I’m back from my own overdue vacation, it’s time to announce that Lisa Zook is the winner of the PRIMO PLAID FLANNEL Country Squire FQ giveaway!

Congratulations to Lisa who says she “plans to refinish my bathroom vanity and finish up a mystery quilt from my local quilt shop.

Remember to SUBSCRIBE to the Marcus Mentions blog and COMMENT for your chance to win in our next random blog post giveaway…use the subscribe box on the right side >>

–lisa s

Fourth of July “Subscribers-Only” Giveaway

Fourth of July "subscribers only" giveawayOur next giveaway has just two requirements:  (1) subscribe to the Marcus Mentions blog, and (2) leave a comment below on what creative projects you’re working on this summer (patriotic or not!) for a chance to win this PRIMO PLAID FLANNELS Country Squire fat quarter bundle!  Sorry, the vintage tin sewing machine is NOT a part of the prize – Pati would kill me if I gave it away…it’s really cute!!)  But you’ll still love the fabrics.

Remember, only blog subscribers as of July Friday, July 10 are eligible to win!  The signup box is to the right.  Already subscribed? Just leave your comment below.   And enjoy some creative leisure time, whether you’re celebrating the 4th of July, or Canada Day or no holiday at all ; )

Time to Pick the Winner!!

CollGallCOMPThanks to all who shared their love for COLLECTORS’ GALLERY last week.  Without further delay, the winner of our BLUE fabric bundle and a printed copy of “Red, White and Sometimes Blue” book from Martingale is:

SANDRA CHAVEZ —  Congratulatulations, Sandra!  Not surprisingly, most of your 300+ comments shared Sandra’s sentiment:  “Beautiful pure colors make this fabric look exquisite. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.”

And thanks again to Martingale for partnering with us on this exciting giveaway!

Celine’s Quilt is in Progress ; )

So, it looks like Pati has PatiHeadShota definite vision as her First Quilt for her First Grandchild actually begins to take shape!  “With a three-hour drive to Connecticut, it seemed like the perfect time to start Celine’s quilt,” she reported over the weekend.

And are we at all surprised by her choice of English paper pieced hexies?  The mix of a traditional quilt block with bright, contemporary colors of Nancy Rink’s INTRIGUE collection will appeal to each generation of the family.

Here she’s auditioning various backgrounds for the flowers. Personally, I’m not a fan of light grounds, so I vote #1 Orange, then # 2 Pink.  Or maybe alternate orange and pink ground blocks?  What’s your favorite?  —- lisa

Pati baby quilt / Marcus Fabrics