A Future Quilter is Born ; )

CelineWe’re pleased to announce the arrival of Celine, the newest member of the Marcus family,
and first granchild of our Director of Marketing, Pati Violick.  They say nothing gets you stitching like the birth of a grandbaby, and Pati has already started to choose fabrics for the First Quilt, a mix of orange and hot pink — along with grey, they make up the nursery palette.  I have a feeling this little girl will learn to appreciate the joy of hexies and paper piecing before long…  –lisa

Anyway, Welcome to Celine, and Congratulations to “Grandma Pati” and family!  We can’t wait to see what you whip up with Nancy Rink’s INTRIGUE prints…

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Meet Susan Cousineau of Lollipop Rainbow

Susan CousineauSpring 2015 marks the debut of TWO collections from designer Susan Cousineau.  You might recognize her name as a top designer of kids’ and craft patterns for Kwik Sew and McCalls’.

With the launch of her Lollipop Rainbow fabric collections for Marcus, Susan is “over the rainbow” with excitement as she takes her creative passion for kids’ design into a new and exciting chapter.

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Now, crafters and quilters can create a well-rounded look in home décor, quilts, clothing and accessories, beginning with MAGICAL MERMAID and POLKA DOT POND. Susan’s stylized mermaid fairies and pond pals themes include prints that work beautifully by themselves, or with the coordinated pre-printed panels.  See the entire collections online (they’ll be in quilt shops this October!), and learn more about Susan.

Meet Irene Chan – Her Cows Wear Boots!

Irene ChanWe are pleased to introduce Irene Chan, and her debut fabric collection for Marcus, NOT SO WILD WEST.   As an accomplished graphic designers whose work spans digital media to illustration to TV and broadcast, Irene now brings her signature style to our Studio 37 brand.  This fun, whimsical collection is sure to bring a smile to the faces of young cowboys and cowgirls alike – did you catch the cows… they’re wearing boots!  You’ll love Irene’s prints for sleeping bags, cute clothes, bandannas, even and camping accessories, so get on over to your local quilt shops this October.

Meanwhile, check out the entire collection online, and viisit Irene online at Eneri.

Not So Wild West by Irene Chan - Marcus Fabrics

Past Endearments, as Interpreted by Lynn Wilder

We always love to see what Lynn Wilder’s been up to, and this particular blog posts shows off her interpretation of Judie Rothermel’s PAST ENDEARMENTS collection. Judie’s mix of cool pinks and blues with warm neutrals create a beautiful trans-seasonal look.  Once you’ve taken it all from this in-progress photo, be sure to read the full post at her Sew’n Wild Oaks blog, because there Lynn explains her Patchwork Math method for creating the blocks.  Thanks, Lynn!

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Make Nancy Rink’s Mill Works Quilt!

APQ-MillWorksAug15APQCoverAug15APQ clearly loves Picking Violets; they chose Nancy Rink’s MILLWORKS collection for the August 2015 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine.  Nancy designed the quilt as well as the fabrics, so who better to showcase its beauty with her signature combination of applique and piecing!  You’ll love the plum / sage / burgundy palette all year ’round…

We’re Seeing RED, and Loving It!

It’s not that red hasn’t always been a favorite color among stylemakers, but we love how it continues to evolve and reinvent itself in every possible category.  Soon we’ll introduce gorgeous new RED collections from Paula Barnes and Faye Burgos (stay tuned for details on these) and we already know red-lovers can’t get enough of Pam Buda’s prairie inspiration!

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So we thought we’d put together a visual of some favorite reds among the Marcus crew — the Brick, Madder, Tomato, Lipstick, or New Car red that excites each of us the most. (Click on the image to enlarge it.)

1- Stephanie is beaming in her first red car. She says it changes shades of red depending on the light, so it’s like she got a two-fer…

2- Mechelle, our resident foodie, prefers to eat & drink her reds rather than drive them – Red Velvet cupcake, anyone?

3- Lisa is transfixed by brick red Ghanaian batiks like this one from her personal stash; creases add to their authenticity.

4- Brandy shows off her vacation home – not really! (Photo: www.alexpapachristidis.com)

5- One of the new looks Mechelle is saving for later in the season – as always, she’s on-trend, pairing red with neutral greys & cream…

6- The Japanese maple on Lisa’s front lawn needs no explanation

7- Faye always loved the high energy of red. Her “Elvis” Beanie Baby is a  a gift from her cousin, Dell that makers her smile

8- Laura shows off her most prized red shoes…and how well they frame her picture-perfect pedi.

9- There’s usually something fun and trendy to be found on Pati’s desk, at random. I couldn’t have planned this better if I tried…

Which one speaks to you the loudest?  Vote for your favorite in the Comments below for the chance to win a “Random Reds” fabric pack. (They’re so random, I haven’t even selected them yet, but you’ll love them…) We’ll draw one lucky name next Wed!

Sew on the Go…Literally!

Sew on the Go...LiterallyCheck out this adorable sewing machine cover, cleverly disguised as a vintage camper! Even as it was being unpacked and still on the hotel luggage cart, it quickly became one of our more eye-catching – and amusing – booth samples.  Can’t you just imagine the little quilter stitching away inside it?

If you love vacationing with your sewing machine, you pretty much have to have one of these… This one was sewn up by Miriam Rawson in GRACIE’S SCHOOLHOUSE CLASSICS by Judie Rothermel – no better choice for a vintage camper than everyone’s favorite 1930’s reproduction fabrics!  Note that Miriam made hers a bit longer than the original pattern to accommodate her Bernina machine.

<  Need pattern information? The original design for the Vintage Caravan Sewing Machine Cover is by Janine at Rainbow Hare in the UK.

 

 

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As Memorial Day Approaches…

Here in the US, we’ll celebrate Memorial Day this coming Monday, May 25.  Yesterday, I came across a Facebook post (in the Quilting group) by Tiffany Pellizzari, and am sharing one of the photos with her permission.  She lovingly recreated our LOVE & GLORY quilt for her father who was fighting cancer, and who passed on just five days after it was draped over him. It was also used at his memorial service, shown here.

Tiffany PellizzariQUILT“I hadn’t known how important it is to quilt with love until you know the person receiving it feels the love when they use it. My step mother asked to use the quilt at his memorial as you see here. It ended up being a great representation of his personality — eagles and patriotic colors on the front and vintage planes on the back (he was a pilot). Thanks for letting me share and helping me to learn something I am forever going to cherish being able to do.”

Tiffany, we are sorry for your loss, but are sure he found comfort in your beautiful quilt.   This weekend and always, we join all of our quilting friends in honoring those who have served, and continue to serve our country.

Learn 8 Things You May Not Know about Memorial Day

Fabric by Faye Burgos  /  Quilt by Heidi Pridemore

#MarcusAtMarket Wrap-Up

Another Spring Quilt Market concludes!  Thank you to our customers, friends, associates and designers for another successful event.  From long before booth set-up to breakdown, it takes lots of hands to make it all happen…

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There’s so much happening at Marcus, and Booth 1901 reflects it all beautifully:

1 – At left is the new Amish with a Twist III BOM by Nancy Rink, surrounded by a variety of garments and crafts in wool & cotton.

2 – l. to r.: Quilts in PAISLEY PERSUASION, PAST ENDEARMENTS and HISTORICAL STRIPES

3 – Customer service pros Indra (seated) and Regina discuss our latest with shop owners.

4 – Table tops are adorned with fusible applique – a great idea for special event decorating.  Later, you can cut away the appliqued square to repurpose as a pillow front of quilt block!

5 – ALWAYS THE SEASON quilt and holiday crafts!

6 & 7 – Two of our designers set up their booths just across from us – Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts (you can tell her booth by the red  ; ) and Paula Barnes of Red Crinoline Quilts.

Thanks for the photos, Faye Burgos!

#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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