Quilts on the Rooftop

There’s nothing like a cool and sunny autumn day to take advantage of the views from the rooftop of our office building!  So Pati and Effie grabbed an armful of quilts and headed “north”…

radiantroofAbove: “Radiant Stars” BOM done in RADIANT REFLECTIONS, coming soon from Material Girlfriends!

Below: Pati wraps up in AGED MUSLINS and Madison Cottage Designs‘ “Persimmon Bars” pattern…
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Signature style quilts by our talented fabric designers, aka the Marcus Makers. Can you spot the style of your favorite Marcus designers?makersquiltsroof16

…and below, a blend of subtle PRIMO PLAID FLANNELS, with touches of WOOL applique, designed by Pastthyme Patterns.

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Finally, the view down below, where Broadway meets 6th Avenue…Macy’s…Herald Square…tiny people…

We’ve Got CHEDDARS!

cheddarcheeseThese familiar golden yellow-orange tones are a longtime Reproduction favorite, and Cheddar in its many variations is enjoying a resurgence this season!  It’s a rich, warm, inviting color and like the food it’s named after, the category ranges from muted golds to deeper orange tones.   In Repro quilts, cheddar generally used as a highlight against darker blues, greens, reds, plums and browns.

Like the quilters long before them, modern quilters have also embraced the color as a special accent, giving life to the colors around it in simply pieced designs.  We love Pam Buda’s new take on the color, pairing it with taupe-grey neutrals for a look that bridges tradition and trend in ANTIQUE COTTON CALICOS: Cheddar and Friends!

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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!.

Highlights: Marcus Makers and More

In case you missed it, check out these images from Quilt Market in Houston, TX last weekend, where we celebrated the #MarcusMakers2016.  The casual setting allowed shop owners to become more familiar with our fabric designers, the Marcus Makers, to collect their Artist Trading Card packs, enter our prize drawing, and maybe even do some hand stitching with our sew-lebrities!  Each designer created a 24-inch square “signature” piece to express their individual styles:

 

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We also took time to relax on Saturday night over a loud-but-leisurely Designers’ Dinner at Ninfa’s, a famous Tex-Mex spot in Houston.

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Then, on Sunday, Karen Styles gave us a mini-demo on her beautiful fussy-cut  6-pointed stars. Personally, once she told me it really couldn’t be done by machine, I was less enthused about trying it myself, but I appreciate her skills  ; )   — lisa s

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“Mr Swirl E Bones” Wins Again!

Please join us in congratulating Victoria on winning the Third Place INNOVATIVE PIECED award at Quilt Festival, sponsored by IQA and Tin Lizzie!  This is the fourth award for the fabulous “Mr. Swirl E. Bones”.   You might remember that her intriguing design (which featured skulls, in formation, wearing top hats!) also grabbed Judges’ Choice and Viewers’ Choice honors at QuiltCon earlier this year, as well as First Place at MQX in April. Impressive!
Mr. Swirl E. BonesVictoria Findlay Wolfe, Quilted by Shelly Pagliai, 2015
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Two Great Schoolhouse Inspirations!

And so another Fall Quilt Market begins, with two outstanding Schoolhouse sessions!  Victoria Findlay Wolfe opened the Marcus-sponsored sessions with a review of her unique quilts, including a sneak peek at the upcoming LIGHT WORK line:

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Next, Nancy Rink shared tips and techniques tips to make the most of her multi-option BOM program, GTKH: Getting to Know HUE.

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Did You See Victoria in Warwick, NY?

If you attended the Warwick Valley Quilt Guild’s show this past weekend, hopefully, you caught Victoria’s presentation, along with some Retail Therapy from Victoria (and lots of other great vendors!)  The bi-annual guild show takes place in Warwick, NY.  Pati (shown in the right side photo with Victoria’s assistants, Laurie and Kim) was also in attendance, and she sent along a few pix of the exciting event.  Goodies at Victoria’s booth included MEADOW STORM and MOSTLY MANOR bundles and of course, inspiring quilts…

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Announcing our “Plum Perfection” Winner…

plumperfectiongiveawayAnd the winner of this lovely little grouping of Marcus PLUM solids, prints and flannels is…

Linda Douglas of Livingston, MT, who shared: “Hi, love purples of all shades! I’m thinking of dark purple eggplant.This collection is gorgeous! Thanks for introducing this collection+sharing some too!”

Thank you to all of you who join us in celebrating this wonderful color  ; )

Grumpy Cat…on Broadway TOMORROW!

Crain’s New York reports that the internet sensation herself will be worked into the end of tomorrow’s performance of “Cats” on Broadway. tomorrow evening (Friday, September 30)!  We wonder if the online feline demanded that her dressing room to be decked out in her new cotton prints and flannels

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On Trend: PLUM Perfection

Colornistas are surely enjoying the influx of PLUM in the market, and like you, we couldn’t be happier about it! Check out today’s featured email from Joss & Main:

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Photos: JossAndMain.com

Plum can be cool, tinged with blue, or lean toward magenta with a slightly red tone.  It’s the color of fantasy, royalty, relaxation and more.  Our own Plum Story for 2016/17 begins with ANTIQUE COTTON CALICOS: Old Plum Calicos by Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts.  Pam covers a perfect assortment of values from deep to pale.  Her inspiration comes from the prairie life of the past, and the colors remain just as relevant today.

plumflannelsPlum also lends itself to a more casual mood, with new PRIMO PLAID FLANNELS: Plum, perfect for loungewear, shirts, fashion accessories, plush toys, sofa throws and more, for guys and girls alike…

Try blending Pam’s gorgeous prints with the Primo flannels for a unique take on the trend. Or create a contemporary look with the subtle tones of Nancy Rink’s ON PLUMBERRY LANE, mixing plums with neutrals.  View the Lookbook.

plumb-lane-rinkFinally, if you like your Plum uninterrupted, remember the various solids available all year ’round in our WOOL COLLECTION and CENTENNIAL SOLIDS!

What’s your favorite Plum?  What colors do you mix it with, and in what types of projects?  Subscribe to our blog (at right) and share your thoughts below — comment by Tuesday, October 4, 2016 for a chance to win our Plum Surprise Pack!!