Marcus Fabrics “Friends & Companions” SEW-ALONG

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(Links Corrected)  Looking for a fun summer quilt project?  We’ve gathered Marcus designers to help create an exciting new Sew-Along, using selected prints from the PAULA BARNES COMPANIONS collection!  Each Friday for ten weeks, you’ll visit a designer’s blog for the block info and instructions, followed by the finished quilt reveal in Week 10.  AND, you’ll have a chance to win a great prize each week, in addition to a Grand Prize at the end of the Sew-Along! Be sure to order your fabric kit from one of the participating designers now (see below), so you’ll be ready to begin with us on August 1.

MB Friends & Companions Kit Fabrics 2Sew-Along tip: Visit each designer’s blog before August 1 and enter your email address in the “Follow by Email” icon or “Subscribe” box on each designer’s blog shown below.  That way, you won’t miss any of the good things we have in store for you, and you’ll be able to print all of the block directions to take to your cutting table and sewing machine!

8/1  Pam Buda ~ * Heartspun Quilts
8/8  Paula Barnes ~ * Red Crinoline Quilts
8/15  Sarah Maxwell ~ * Homestead Hearth
8/22  Pati Violick ~ Marcus Fabrics
8/29  Gloria Parsons ~ Olde Green Cupboard Designs
9/5  Nancy Rink ~ Nancy Rink Designs
9/12  Mary Ellen Robison ~ Red Crinoline Quilts
9/19  Dolores Smith ~ Homestead Hearth
9/26  Lisa Shepard Stewart ~ Marcus Fabrics
10/3  Red Crinoline Quilts ~ Quilt Revealed!

(*Kits are available from the first three designer websites above)

If you’re a Paula Barnes collector and you already have the prints, or you’re choosing your own fabrics, here’s what you’ll need:

* For Blocks:
1⁄4 yard cheddar print
1⁄2 yard light print #1
1/6 yard red print #1
1⁄4 yard black print
1/6 yard blue print
1⁄3 yard olive green print

* For Quilt Setting and Borders:
1-3⁄4 yards red print #2 for outside border
1-1⁄4 yards black print for alternate block, inside border and binding.
1-1⁄8 yards light print #2 for alternate block
1 yard olive green print for setting corners and triangles.
4 yards for backing

*Prizes will be awarded each week from the featured designer
*Quilt size  60 x 60 and block size 8 inches
So join Marcus & our designers for this exciting new Sew-Along!  See you on August 1!

 

 

A Visit to the NY Historical Society…Quilts on Display!

Road trip!  A local one, anyway…Marcus Retail Division president Stephanie Dell ‘Olio and Pati Violick, Director of Marketing, recently took in the exhibition Homefront & Battlefield – Quilts & Contest in the Civil War.   Photography of the quilts was not allowed, but these quilt images and details were graciously shared with us by Diane Fagan Affleck, Consulting Curator of the exhibit.

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The exhibit runs through August 24, 2014.  Details

Botanical Album Quilt, 1859 Made by Esther Matthews (1776–1866) for Addison Blair Martz (1834–63) Virginia Cotton; pieced, appliquéd, quilted The rhetoric of secession created conflicts for Southerners whose loyalties were torn between state and country. Esther Mathews placed 23 flowers native to her Virginia home around a “Tree of Liberty” with 30 apples. (There were 30 states between 1848 and 1851.) Did Esther make the quilt to express her loyalties during the crisis of 1850? Did she give it to her grandson Addison to remind him of those sentiments? Addison enlisted in the Confederate army. He died of wounds received at the battle of Chancellorsville. Virginia Quilt Museum, Harrisonburg, VA, 2006.001.001

Botanical Album Quilt, 1859
Made by Esther Matthews (1776–1866)
for Addison Blair Martz (1834–63)
Virginia
Cotton; pieced, appliquéd, quilted
The rhetoric of secession created conflicts for
Southerners whose loyalties were torn between state
and country. Esther Mathews placed 23 flowers native
to her Virginia home around a “Tree of Liberty” with
30 apples. (There were 30 states between 1848 and
1851.) Did Esther make the quilt to express her loyalties
during the crisis of 1850? Did she give it to her grandson
Addison to remind him of those sentiments?
Addison enlisted in the Confederate army. He died of
wounds received at the battle of Chancellorsville.
Virginia Quilt Museum, Harrisonburg, VA, 2006.001.001

Pictorial Quilt, 1861–65 Attributed to Emily L. Wiley Munroe Lynnfield, Massachusetts Wool and cotton; pieced, appliquéd, embroidered Emily Munroe watched four of her six brothers enlist in the Union army: Daniel and Joseph together in the infantry, then Charles and 16-year-old Zachary in a cavalry unit. Many women like Emily who sent loved ones to war suspected that their suffering was one more emotion that knew no sectional boundaries, but was a bond common to North and South. In the end, unlike so many others, Emily could rejoice. All four of her brothers came home. New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA, 2000.2 Phoro: Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project

Pictorial Quilt, 1861–65
Attributed to Emily L. Wiley Munroe
Lynnfield, Massachusetts
Wool and cotton; pieced, appliquéd, embroidered  Emily Munroe watched four of her six brothers enlist in the Union army: Daniel and Joseph together in the infantry, then Charles and 16-year-old Zachary in a cavalry unit. Many women like Emily who sent loved ones to war suspected that their suffering was one more emotion that knew no sectional boundaries, but was a bond common to North and South. In the end, unlike so many others, Emily could rejoice. All four of her brothers came home.
New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA, 2000.2
Photo: Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project

 

 

 

 

 

photo (6)Here’s Stephanie with Abe Lincoln…”He was a little stiff…”

On Newsstands Now, from McCall’s Quilting

On newsstands now… in the July/August issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine, Homestead Hearth combines fabrics from two Marcus collections, ROMANTIC RENAISSANCE and PRIMO BATIKS, both by Molly B’s Studio to make the Double Monkey Wrench motifs on this pretty bed size quilt.  You can also visit the magazine’s website for instructions to make a lap sized version!

The Classic Appeal of Red and Blue

GalleryRedBlueCOLLAGETrends continue to point toward the graceful elegance of red and blue with white across all design categories, which might help to explain the lasting appeal of GALLERY IN RED AND BLUE by Faye Burgos.  Her stylized florals, paisleys and coordinates are the very look being shown currently in top decorating and lifestyle publications, blogs and specialty retailers, both traditional and contemporary.

From Valentine’s Day right through to the Christmas season, red with white is a natural favorite, while blue and white is always fresh and calming. Combine them during the summer holidays and any patriotic themed activities, including the fast-approaching July 4th holiday here  in the US.

Look for GALLERY IN RED AND BLUE prints, and our free quilt pattern by Heidi Pridemore, in your local quilt shops.  You can also purchase Nancy Rink’s “Glory Days” quilt pattern at www.nancyrinkdesigns.com.

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Christmas… in May?

Sure, you’ve probably heard of Christmas in July, but today we’re taking a tip from our friends at American Patchwork & Quilting with a sneak peek at some of the fabrics you’ll find in shops for Holiday 2014.  Their preview includes just one of our holiday lines, PRIMO PLAIDS – Christmas, shown here in a fun snowman quilt pattern by PastThyme Patterns: PrimoPlaidSnowmanPasThym And we’ve also got  WINTERLY WONDERFUL holiday panel and coordinates by Faye Burgos.  The color scheme includes rich tones of red, green and blue, mixed with neutrals to give a more versatile decorative appeal:

and more winter style from Maw Bell Designs with CHALK IT UP TO WINTER  FLANNELSYou’ll love these classic reds and greens in the designers’ quilt and craft pattern designs, or in a cozy creation of your own.

A Year of Purples & Plums

It looks like plum is the color of choice for more traditional quilts, judging from the highlights at our Quilt Market booth.. you can call it purple, lavender, lilac, berry, mulberry, violet  or pomegranate.   It mixes beautifully with cool blues as well as earth tones and neutrals, making it a fresh (and gender-neutral) choice for home decor. Choose from MILL WORKS

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THE SEASONS on POMEGRANATE LANE, a BOM featuring both THE SEASONS WOOL COLLECTION and POMEGRANATE LANE prints by The Quilted Crow Girls…

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Quilt Market Begins with Schoolhouse

Before the actual buying activity begins, shop owners attend dozens of Schoolhouse Sessions – 15- and 30-minute classes where they learn about upcoming products, merchandising tips, industry trends and more.  Paula Barnes & Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts, Nancy Rink, and the Quilted Crow Girls all presented sessions at Spring Market, promoting Marcus fabrics and specialty programs…

Mary Ellen Robison and Paula Barnes of Red Crinoline Quilts

Mary Ellen Robison and Paula Barnes of Red Crinoline Quilts

Nancy Rink discusses COLOR LOVE

Nancy Rink discusses COLOR LOVE

The Quilted Crow Girls

The Quilted Crow Girls share their passion for wool applique

Hungry at Quilt Market? Carrie Recommends…

If you’re in Pittsburgh and need a break (already), take a tip from Carrie, our sales rep:

“Hi Lisa, we ate at this great place in Pittsburgh after a hot first day of set up.  It was fantastic!  And I thought the graphic was cool printed on the rough brick wall.” I agree, cool graphicsphoto4

 

 

Booth 2335 – So Far, So Good…

Booth setup is moving along well…catch this sneak peek of current collections, made up in gorgeous children’s dresses.  These include #LRRH, Precious Beginnings and American Bouquet among others.  Behind them are previews of our new The Seasons on Pomegranate Lane BOM, a mix of prints and felted woven wools by The Quilted Crow Girls (photo 1, left), and Sidewalk Cafe (photo 1, right and last photo).  Photo 2 finds Indra, our Customer Service Manager, peeking out from behind a shipping crate, and photo 3 shows off a quilts featuring Molly B’s Basics. You’ll find them all in our Fabric Gallery.

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