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 ; )

When RIT Dye Meets Marcus Wools…

DyedWool-textCOMP…cool things can happen!  I should start by reminding you that we now offer 44 fabulous colors in our woven 100% WOOL COLLECTION, including gorgeous new brights, classic heathers, darks, and midtones. But in the event you choose to further customize your colors, it’s easy to do with RIT Dye.  You can dye the wool yardage overall, or experiment with custom ombres and shaded effects inspired by nature.

Just for fun, I took a cut of our Cream wool and transformed it using RIT liquid dye in “Camel”.  BONUS:  I loved the fact that I could felt and re-color the wool in one process!!  The 100% wool content accepted the dye easily and evenly.

Not up to dyeing it yourself? Here’s a peek at just a few of the 44 colors available in your favorite quilts shops now, plus free wool projects —WoolsScreenSHot

 

 

 

 

 

#MarcusAtMarcus – Schoolhouse Highlights II

Thanks also to Sarah J Maxwell for sharing her expertise in building successful BOMs and special programs in our second Schoolhouse session.

Retailers: If you missed this informative Schoolhouse session, log into your Marcus account to download the accompanying handout (available June 1, 2015)

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The Winner of the “Innovative Applique” Prize is…

As most of you know, we’re longtime sponsors of Road to CA’s quilt competition, a major component of the weekend’s festivities.  this year, we’re happy to announce the winner of of the Innovative Applique award, Donna Viitanen of Sierra Vista, AZ. We love her color sense, and of course, the applique and quilting are outstanding!  Read more about the quilt

below.  Congratulations, Donna!

"Strawberry Thieves" by Donna Viitanen of Sierra Vista, AZ

“Strawberry Thieves” by Donna Viitanen of Sierra Vista, AZ

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“Strawberry Thieves” by Donna Viitanen of Sierra Vista, AZ

"Strawberry Thieves" by Donna Viitanen of Sierra Vista, AZ

“Strawberry Thieves” by Donna Viitanen of Sierra Vista, AZ

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Looks Like MARSALA is a Winner!

This just in.. .Home & Textiles Today reports that home furnishing companies are all over the new color since this morning’s announcement…check out these pillows from Kravet.  All they need is a cozy quilt to go with them!MarsalaPillows  And this rug from Oriental Weavers…

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Announcing PANTONE’s Color of the Year…

It’s called “MARSALA” aka PANTONE 18-1438, and personally, I love it! Pantone describes it as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red, Marsala enriches our minds, bodies and souls”

PantoneColor2015MARSALAPantoneMARSALA-COMPIt’s a rich yet muted shade found as much in reproduction palettes as in casual, contemporary fabrics, from PAULA BARNES COMPANIONS and POMEGRANATE LANE and THE SEASONS WOOL COLLECTION to NEW AGED MUSLINS and more.  Things are looking up for 2015…see? >>

How do you like Pantone’s pick? I’m sure we have lots of other MARSALA fans out there, so leave a comment below and you could win a fun little bundle of MARSALA-worthy fabrics.  We’ll draw a random winner next Tuesday! —  lisa s

See Lynn’s New “Marcus Medley”

Lynn Wilder of the Sew’n Wild Oaks Quilting blog has been BUSY with Marcus Fabrics!  Look at what she whipped up just yesterday.  She describes it best, so check out this post, then go back to her November 24 post, too, featuring HANNAH’S HERITAGE by Judie Rothermel. Of course, she has lots of other cool stuff in between, too — and throughout the blog — but somehow, these two posts just caught my attention…  —- lisa s

McCall’s Quilting Loves Faye Burgos Florals!

Fresh on my desk this morning:  The new Jan/Feb 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine.  And gracing the cover is their “Cottage Romance” design, made up of prints from AMERICAN BOUQUET and SIDEWALK CAFE, both by Faye Burgos.  As you can see, her classic florals combine beautifully in this generous 96″ square quilt. This issue contains Part 1 of the 6-part series, resulting in this gorgeous quilt at the end of the year.  Enjoy the creative process in two-month intervals, as well as the convenience of a Kit, available through the magazine.