…And the Winner Is…

Thanks to everyone for your enthusiastic response to our Carol Hopkins eBook giveaway!

Congratulations to Cynthia Green, winner of our random drawing to win Carol Hopkin’s new e-Book!  Cynthia, yoru’ll receive yoru book shortly, and we encourage everyone to send in pix of your best Marcus Civil War quilts – they might be published here on Marcus Mentions!

In Quilt Shops Now, from Maw-Bell Designs

Sure, we’ve all had enough of winter 2014, but just look at what awaits us for the next one! Maw-Bell Designs brings us cozy, comfy flannels in classic reds and greens with stylized grey chalkboard influences throughout…

They even have patterns ready to inspire you:

MawBell4 MawBell1 MawBell2 MawBell3Learn more about the patterns here. 

and Merry Christmas!

Olde Green Cupboard and the Gold Star Placemats

OldeGreenCupMilitary Each year, Olde Green Cupboard Designs sponsors four retreats that are held at the Camp Blanding Joint Training Florida National Guard Center in Starke, Florida.

These retreats are for attendees that want to finish up those projects they have been working on for a long time. What a relief it is for quilters to finish projects, loose the guilty feelings of unfinished UFO’s, and then get excited about moving on to the next project or purchasing fabric they’ve been lusting for!

This retreat is also about giving back to our military families here in Florida. Each retreat we have dozens of quilts that are donated by the attendees… made especially for fallen soldiers, soldiers that have been returned to the states with injuries… and/or for their OldeGreenCup-StarPlacematsfamilies. Along with the quilts donated, we work on placemats for their “Gold Star Program”. These placemats are given to families whose military loved ones are away on deployment or have died in combat. It symbolizes the “love of family” by placing the mat at the dinner table, to acknowledge that he or she is always with them during “family” times. They are made like the flags shown in the family’s home windows or on their cars – Red with a gold star in the middle for a fallen soldier, while blue star placemats denote a service person away on deployment. In addition – all retreat registration funds are donated to the post to use at their discretion for families that may be in need while their military members are away serving our country.

All of us that attend take these gifts very serious and will continue to donate as long as our machines keep on sewing. Thank you to Marcus Fabrics for their donation of fabric for our Gold Star Placemats! Your support is greatly appreciated – from all of us and our military families. While our current retreats are all sold out, we encourage you to find a group in your neighborhood and donate your time and talent  today… it does our hearts good!!  –  Olde Green Cupboard Designs

M FOR MYSTERY – Free Pattern from APQ!

If you receive the great e-newsletters from AllPeopleQuilt.com like we do, you probably noticed this gorgeous wall hanging featured in today’s issue…It’s made with our own M FOR MYSTERY collection by Faye Burgos!  Their editors chose the blue and gold colorway, and we think it would be equally pretty in the pink and black combo: What do you think?  Try out your flower motif machine applique and sawtooth border skills in either version for stunning results.  Get the free pattern!

A Month for Creative Women Everywhere!

GroupQuilterscanstock8696560Here we are, in the midst of National CRAFT Month, with National QUILTING Day just ahead on March 15, and thanks to the National Quilting Association, it seems even that has been extended into National Quilting Month!  Why not?  That just gives us 30 additional excuses to indulge our passion for beautiful fabrics, patterns, gadgets and embellishments! Check out NQA’s free pattern in honor of the the month-long event, Stash Attack.  


Taking a good thing a step further, March 15 has also been designated Worldwide Quilting Month, with a list of participating shops that grows each year, offering shopping sprees and events galore!

To top it off, March is also Women’s History Month, so no matter how or what you choose to celebrate, you’ve still got time   ; )  Visit your local quilt shops, craft retailers and fabric stores for some great inspiration…Enjoy!

Win Carol Hopkins’ New eBook!

Marcus Fabrics is teaming up with Martingale to celebrate the publication of Carol Hopkin’s new book, Civil War Legacies II In it, Carol presents another outstanding collection of charming projects! Each engaging quilt is ideal for 1860s reproduction fabrics, and Judie Rothermel fans are sure to recognize her fabrics page after page (actually, beginning with the book cover!)

What do you love about Civil War quilts?  Check out Judie’s new ENDURING LEGACY collection, inspired by Old Sturbridge Village, and featured in

three of Carol’s new patterns.

Win Carol’s eBook!

To enter Marcus’ free drawing for the eBook, simply comment below.  Then visit the Martingale blog for another chance to win!


Road to CA – Here’s the Prizewinner We Sponsored!

RoadtoCAWinner2014Once 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 inspired by Moroccan 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!

How Paula Barnes Lost Her Ultimate Sewing Space…

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.

PaulaOldRoomGoing 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!!!
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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.”

———-  Paula, Red Crinoline Quilts

Thanks for sharing, Paula!!  Now, show of hands…how many of us feel her pain?  Got a small-space sewing area trick to share?  We’d love to hear from you!

Perfect for Primo Plaids & More…

Did you catch this gorgeous quilt in the new issue of McCall’s Quilting (March/April 2014)?  This pic doesn’t quite do it justice, but it’s a perfect design for so many of our PRIMO PLAIDS…or MOLLY B’s CLASSIC WOVENS…or PRAIRIE DOBBIES & PRAIRIE WOVENS… Quilt designer Sherri Bain Driver mentions that she used mostly flannels (think Primos) yet smooth cottons will work as well. We love her creative cutting and piecing of plaids and stripe, and the subtle yet colorful result.

A Few Minutes with Olde Green Cupboard Designs

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!