“Charity Begins at Home” in West Houston, TX

Our friends at the West Houston (TX) Quilt Guild have been very busy, stitching up quilts for local recipients. Representative Betty Baker submitted these photos, reporting that so far hundreds of quilts and other items have been sewn and donated by its active and very generous membership.  We’re pleased to be a part of their activities through our community service fabric donations.

Above, Helen Recane, Barbara Ann Watson, Connie Bihner and Linda Whetsell are unpacking quilts.  Below, a wonderful array of quilts ready to comfort seniors in area nursing homes, young children’s hospital patients, and others.

We congratulate these guild members, and all quilters who share their time and talents with others.  Thank you for all that you do!  To learn more about the guild, visit the West Houston Quilt Guild.

Road to California – Who’s Going?

We’re pleased to once again sponsor Road to California  Quilters’ Conference and Showcase, taking place January 22-25, 2015 in Ontario, CA.   This year, in addition to our usual showcase sponsorship of one of the quilt prizes, we’ll be exhibiting as well!

Be sure to stop by the Marcus booth for demos on fussy cutting, English paper piecing (EPP) and more, all featuring our specialty stripe fabrics like PAULA’S BORDER COMPANIONS. Plus giveaways & handouts while supplies last!Pati-EPPsamplesIf you’ve never tried English paper piecing, Lucy Boston blocks and similar techniques, you’ll want to visit with Pati Violick as she demos her techniques using Paper Pieces, as shown in the beginnings of this gorgeous block above.  And if you have tried it, learn how Marcus specialty fabrics can give you rich and intricate results every time.  BTW, Pati is our Director of Marketing — you might remember her love for EPP from last summer’s Designer Sew-Along.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Who Doesn’t Love 1930s Prints?

Quilting’s love affair with 1930s prints continues, as American Quilt Retailer magazine pays tribute to the category in its December 2014 issue.  Believe it or not, it’s been more than 25 years since Marcus debuted Aunt Grace fabrics by Judie Rothermel, a brand that continues to lead the industry in 1930s reproductions. And there’s more to come…watch for beautiful, new Aunt Grace collections from Judie in the coming year.

Until then, take a look at the latest, AUNT GRACE SIMPLER SAMPLER – you’ll love Judie’s pre-printed panel blocks with coordinates and the gorgeous BOM quilt by Vicki Bellino.  It looks like paper piecing, but it’s simpler! The program begins next month.

Missouri Star’s New “Flying Geese Log Cabin” Quilt

Wow!! Don’t you love the dimensional look of the blocks in this colorful PRIMO BATIKS quilt?  Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company shows you exactly how to do it in their new “Flying Geese Log Cabin Quilt” tutorial.

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The color palette is the perfect cure for dreary winter days ahead, and moves beautifully through the spring and summer, too.  Even better, Missouri Star has already cut up the 2-1/2″ strips for you, so you can get straight to the fun part  ; ) Happy stitching!!

Congratulations, Mechelle!

MechelleAtWork2Many of our customers have had the pleasure of working with Mechelle Bacon, our administrative assistant — please join us as we take a moment to applaud Mechelle for completing the coursework toward her Bachelor’s degree in International Business! Mechelle has spent the last six years attending Queens College – CUNY full-time, even as her full-time responsibilities here at Marcus have also steadily increased since she joined us in 2007.

She says, “My next step is to learn Chinese, in order to be a good candidate for the global economic industry. I’m also interested in E-commerce and S-commerce, but for now I just want to take a nice break from school.” Sounds like a great plan! Congratulations, college graduate, we’re all so proud of you!

Our MARSALA-Inspired Giveaway Winner Is…

Thanks to all who commented earlier this week to express your overwhelming approval of Pantone’s new Color of the Year for 2015!  The random drawing winner of this little bundle of Marsala-inspired Marcus quilting fabrics is…

Marie Beers, who said, “Love, Love it. Reds have always been my favorite color, as it makes me happy.”     Congratulations, Marie!

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Look Who Made the AURIFIL 2015 Design Team…

Guess what: Our own very talented Nancy Rink of Nancy Rink Designs is one of several quilt artists named to AURIFIL Thread’s 2015 Design Team!  Judging from the size of those spools, it looks like they’re all in for a really fun and eventful year.  AurifulDesigners2015NancyYou know Nancy from her colorful fabric collections and gorgeous BOMs and other quilt designs including AMISH WITH A TWIST, COLOR LOVE, MILL WORKS and POINTE PLEASANT, among others.  (That’s her in the solid black shirt, lower left end.)  We’re thrilled that Nancy will bring Marcus fabrics and Aurifil together in her gorgeous creations for the coming year, and beyond…

Congratulations to Nancy and all of the Aurifil designers!

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