Lil’ Red Hen’s New Aunt Grace Top!

On the road with Marcus sales rep Toni Kay Steere!  Her recent visit to Li’l Red Hen Quilt Shop in Paola, Kansas turned up this beautifully sewn Aunt Grace SIMPLER SAMPLER quilt top.  Jenny, the shop owner, sewed the design, saying it was a pleasure to stitch up.  With fabrics by Judie Rothermel and the BOM quilt design by Vicki Bellino of Bloom Creek, how could it not be?  We think you’ll love it, too, so look for it at your favorite quilt shop – the 6 month program begins in January!

Personally, I love the little shopping carts to the left of the quilt ; )   —–lisa

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APQ Magazine Loves Our Primo Batiks!

This design combines bright color and easy piecing for a dramatic look – just right to brighten up the approaching days of winter! For the December 2014 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine, quilt tester Laura Boehnke used the Primo Batiks: AURORA & TWILIGHT  collection by Marcus Fabrics to make her version of Homestead Hearth’s So Many Squares quilt. Even better, their pattern is FREE online!  Enjoy!

Happy Birthday, Indra!

IndraBD1Quilt Market can be hard work, but there’s always time to celebrate a birthday!  Here Indra Rampersaud, our customer service manager, celebrates her birthday with the rest of the Marcus Fabrics crew at Tex-Mex in Houston, where there was no shortage of birthday desserts  ; )   Many of our customers know Indra and her top-notch service, so it’s nice to see her relax and be served for a change!

(There was singing, and they also made her wear a way-too-big sombrero, but she wouldn’t let me post that pic…Happy Birthday, Indra!)

More from Fall ’14 Quilt Market!

Back from another successful and busy Market in Houston, we’ve got some images to show off!  Thanks to our designers for sharing them with us.  Stay tuned for more…

Marcus Booth #1802 -Fall '14 Quilt Market

Marcus Fabrics Booth #1802…another beautiful display! Fabric collections shown left to right: Mill Girls; Molly B’s 1800’s – Victoria’s Violets; Aunt Grace Simpler Sampler; Judie’s Album Quilt mixed with Paula Barnes Companions; A Prairie Gathering; Judie’s Album Quilt.

Quilted Crow Girls Wool and Cotton

The Quilted Crow Girls combine some of the season’s best trends (wool with cotton and miniature projects) in their new Pantry Club program.

A Prairie Gathering - Pam Buda

A Prairie Gathering – A beautiful new fabric collection and quarterly quilt program by Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts feature rich reds in a medallion design.

Red Crinoline Quilts, Marcus Fabrics

Just across the aisle from Marcus was Red Crinoline Quilts, featuring Paula Barnes’ fabric collections. Photo by Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts.

Did You Attend our Schoolhouse Sessions?

Schoolhouse Fall 2014 means three back-to-back sessions, presented by some of our best designers, sharing merchandising and design tips for independent quilt shops!  From miniature projects to fussy cutting to BOMs and more, here’s a sneak peek.

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Booth Set-Up: Step One

Somebody unpack those mannequins quick and let them breathe –  they’ve had a long trip! Stay tuned for the completed setup, which I’m sure will be gorgeous ; ) And if you are attending Quilt Market in Houston (trade only), you can see it all in person at BOOTH #1802 –  lisa

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Another Quilt Market Begins!

The office is quiet today as several of our Marcus-ites are traveling to Houston for Fall Quilt Market 2014! Looking forward to their pictures!

Quilt Market is now in its 35th year (and Quilt Festival, the show for consumers, marks 40 years in 2014!)  Marcus has been attending since 1987, when we debuted with Judie Rothermel’s first collection of Aunt Grace 1930’s repros.  Here’s a peek at the Judie Rothermel collections we’ll be showing this weekend… AUNT GRACE SIMPLER SAMPLER and JUDIE’S ALBUM QUILT.  Check out the details of these gorgeous BOM programs.  No wonder she’s still the leader in 1930’s reproductions and historic fabric prints for quilters!

 

The Marcus Sew-Along Quilt, Revealed!

SALButtonHORZ14Here it is!

SALRevealedDo you love it as much as we do? We’d like to thank everyone who has participated for the past nine weeks, block by block, and, as I promised, the end result is beautiful. Congratulations to everyone who kept up, and if you were not able to, we’re sure that this image of the finished quilt will inspire you to catch up in the completion phase.

And thanks to all of our talented and generous designers for taking time to participate, including the gorgeous finishing design by Paula Barnes and piecing by Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts with quilting and binding by Gloria Parsons of Olde Green Cupboard Designs.  

Complete instructions for the finishing are available on the Red Crinoline Quilts blog, but if you still need to catch up on the nine blocks first, here are the links to the blog posts:

Remember to leave a comment on the Red Crinoline Quilts blog for your chance to win the Grand Prize package:

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Who Won the Giveaways for WEEK #9?

Week9-CoinPursePrizeThanks to everyone for your enthusiastic response to our entire Sew Along, and Week 9 in particular  ; )  Without further delay, the winners of my personally curated Marcus fabric bundle and Vintage Coin Purse Kit are:

  • Laurie Smith
  • Grace Thorne
  • Kim Lange

Congrats to all – we’ll be in touch about your prizes.  And remember, everyone, you still have a chance to win the Grand Prize basket when you comment on the Big Reveal Blog post (October 3).   –   lisa

Marcus Sew-Along, WEEK #9

SAL-LisaBlockOnMatCROPPEDHi, I’m Lisa Shepard Stewart, marketing manager at Marcus.  If you’re a regular reader of our website, blog posts, press releases and newsletters, chances are I’ve written it.  In addition to working part-time for Marcus, I own a company called Cultured Expressions, specializing in the creative use of authentic African textiles for decorating, quilting, sewing and crafts.

Well, if you’ve followed us this far in the sew-along, you’re likely already a big fan of Repro prints.  But even if you’re like me, and the Repros aren’t necessarily your go-to category when you quilt, I’d encourage you to try mixing them in with your favorites and see what happens.  (The many deep, saturated colors and earthy tones of some repros would look great pieced in with bogolan / mudcloth from Mali or even Indian raw silks for a different take, but I digress…)

By now I know you can’t wait for the big reveal of the “Friends & Companions” quilt next week, so let’s get on with the instructions for the final block!  For this block, you’ll need the following from Paula Barnes Companions:     1035-0112 Black, 1034-0111 Burgundy, 1702-0116 Sage, 1038-0188 Beige, 1033-0128 Cheddar

Cutting Instructions:

– from Burgundy, Sage, and Cheddar:  Cut (1) strip 1½” x 15″ long
— from Black, Sage: Cut (4) squares 1½”
— from Beige:  Cut (4) strips 1½” x 2½” and (4) strips 1½” x 3½”

                        (OR Cut one strip 1½” wide x at least 28″ long (for Alternate piecing method)

Block Instructions (Read thru all steps before you begin)SALHowTo1

1. Sew burgundy strip to sage strip. Sew cheddar strip to the other side of the sage. Press. From this pieced strip, cut (4) 3½” sections.

2.  Sew one sage square to each of the four 2½” beige strips. Sew one black square to each of the four 3½” beige strips.*

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Note: In the first photo, the beige strip under the machine needle is about to be trimmed down to 2.5″ as the first two were. Next, the units are simply cut apart, then pressed.

(*As an alternate piecing method, stitch the first square to the beige strip. Without removing the piece from the sewing machine, trim the beige strip to 2½” long, Stitch the next sage square to the remaining length of beige strip, and again trim the beige strip to 2½” long. Repeat until you have the four green-tipped strips, and four black-tipped strips. Cut strips apart; press.

3. Stitch the green-tipped strips to the four Rail Fence sections, lining up the sage square and cheddar strip as shown.

4. Stitch the black-tipped strips to the units, lining up the black square to the burgundy side as shown.SAL-Howto3

5. Join the four units as shown; square up for an unfinished block size of 8.5″.

(Download the PDF version)

Week9-CoinPursePrizeRemember to leave a comment below for your chance at this week’s goodies – a bundle of Marcus fabrics in dark reds, one of my favorite palettes, and a Vintage Coin Purse Kit, a gift from Cultured Expressions, so you can create your own.  Good Luck, everyone!  

With your nine blocks now complete, we all THANK YOU for participating, and we hope you’ve enjoyed the process so far! Congratulations – your efforts will soon be well rewarded  ; )  See you next week for the Big Reveal!!  Late to the party?  Start from the beginning!