Once again, Marcus Fabrics was thrilled to be a sponsor of the ever-popular Road to California Quilters’ Conference and Showcase, also known as Road2CA. We provided the $750 cash prize in the Best Miniature Quilt category. The winning entry, Dans les Bains de Maroc, was created by Robin Gausebeck, who was inspiredbyMoroccan motifs on wallpaper in her master bathroom.
To see more of the quilts, visit RoadCongratulations to Robin, and to all of the Road2CA winners — see you next year!
Most quilters faced with a home relocation dream of enlarging and expanding their creative quarters, but sometimes, it just doesn’t work out that way… Case in point, Paula Barnes. She checked in with us after her recent move left her with a smaller workspace.
“This month has me digging out from under boxes. Boxes everywhere! I moved the end of January to a much smaller home. You may remember seeing my home studio in last years Quilt Mania Magazine. In my former home I took over the game room upstairs when all the kiddo’s moved out. It was large and PACKED full of fun fabrics, projects, and some hobby items I haven’t touched in years.
Going from a large 2 story home into a smaller 1 story home has had its challenges.
So I packed it all up…it took days… and many, many boxes. Now I should tell you that I did purge quite a bit but apparently I didn‘t purge enough. Here are pictures of my new sewing room. Help!!!
I’m sure it will all ﬁt, right? I started unpacking it last night and it’s going to work. I must say this over and over to make myself believe that it will. Can we have a Tinker Bell moment here. You remember in the movie where all the children clapped as hard as they could to show that they believed in her and brought her back to life. I wonder if that would work for me? Can we all clap hard enough to bring this sad room back to life. I’ll share photos when it’s all done.”
Olde Green Cupboard’s Gloria Parsons talks about their upcoming Farmhouse Blooms collection for Marcus…
We were just told the other day… by a very successful businessman… to always design with passion… that’s what makes a designer successful!! Those were pretty powerful words to all three of us (Vicky, Heather and me – Gloria).
That’s exactly what brought about our new line of fabric that we are working on… Farmhouse Blooms. When we were kids…we grew up on a farm in Indiana with pigs, horses, sheep, chickens, along with an orchard full of crabapple trees. Completely surrounding that orchard was a strong wire fence.
Along the portion of fence that divided the orchard from the yard, were blooming flowers… iris, lilies, zinnias, tulips, jonquils…. So cheery and….. rich with passionate color. That’s what you’ll see when our fabric comes alive. These photos may give you a hint of our color palette – keep watching!
Clearly, with another storm now in progress along the east coast here in the US, we’re all on “snow-verload”, so for just a minute, let’s enjoy some spring inspiration, courtesy of our design director, Laura Berringer…she’s seeing lots of butterflies in the forecast, from Vanessa Bruno runway, Paris Fashion Week, and from House Beautiful magazine, butterflies mix with botanicals… I wonder if we’ll see the trend reflected in any of Laura’s upcoming collections…
OK, as much as we’ve complained about this winter in the Northeast (and across the country), as much as we’ve shoveled and slipped and sighed, at some point you have to appreciate nature’s pure beauty, in the midst of its fury! With that in mind, enjoy this calming scene of a family of robins, captured by Marcus Fabrics’ president of the Retail Division, Stephanie Dell ‘Olio, from her New Jersey home.
So, in between the complaints, let’s remember to take time to appreciate nature.
…and save this post until July, when you’ll appreciate the visual even more ; )
…The first issue of 2014 (Jan/Feb) just hit my desk, and we’re thrilled to see Nancy Rink’s quilt made the cut! It’s on the chair, third from the left, and it features PARTY OF TWELVE by Judie Rothermel, PIN MONEY by Pam Buda and PAULA BARNES COMPANIONS. Check out this full view of the quilt, called “Clara’s Pride”...with just two block designs and a beautiful range of repro prints, we think it’s a great way to begin the quilting year! Congratulations, Nancy! — lisa s
To honor some of the many beautiful quilts created for our JUST JUDIE Quilt Competition, we thought it would be fun to show them off on our blog, a few at a time. We invited all of the entrants to submit photos of themselves with their handiwork, whether finalists or not. And now, in no particular order, we’re proud to present the first sneak-peeks — enjoy!!
Wendy Reed of Bath. ME shows off over 600 Judie Rothermel prints! (Should we have offered a “biggest Stash” award?
Jeanie Rudich of Weyauwega, WI highlights 5″ blocks and 8.5″ needleturned applique blocks – we love the border, too!
Peggy McIntire of Lawrenceville, GA makes traditional blocks from modern templates – “Old is New”!
Susan Gilbert of Vassalboro, ME shows off her Civil War ladies in fancy settings
A gorgeous group effort by the “19th Century Women” of San Antonio, TX
Janice Kuhns (and helper) of Acworth, GA show off her piecing skills – we love the spools in the center!
Sheryl Johnson of Temecula, CA can’t contain her enthusiasm! Notice the clever border treatment – it says “Rothermel”
Today the office is buzzing with “oohs” and “aahhs” as we open up all of the JUST JUDIE contest entries! Stacks of envelopes and email entries are piled on my desk! We can’t show them off just yet, but we CAN tell you that competition will be stiff for those 25 prize packs, made possible by our generous prize sponsors… Stay tuned for the unveiling of finalists in mid-August! - lisa