Hexie Fever is Spreading…


I’ve been seeing hexagons absolutely Everywhere, in every size and fabric type imaginable. Modern hexies, traditional hexies. Grandmother’s Flower Garden hexies. Huge hexies, tiny hexies. Hexie jewelry…placemats…totebags — it goes on! Have you caught Hexie Fever, too?

PBKeyringHexiePati shared some of hers above, cut from black and cream  VINTAGE ONYX Strip-It fabric for easy two-toned hexies.  She loves Paper Pieces for her English paper piecing projects. At right, an adorable (but slightly insane) micro-hexie key ring Vicki Bellino of Bloom Creek whipped up for Pati at Quilt Market.

SewingCaddyCherylHoistJun16Then I spotted this sewing case by my quilter friend Cheryl Hoist, at a local event I attended over the weekend — African batik & Aboriginal print hexies!



PamBuda2016Pam Buda chimes in with hexies by the bowlful…

and Victoria Findlay Wolfe goes overboard…; )

VFWHexiesDo you have Hexie Fever, too? Subscribe to our blog, then coment below about what you’re making with hexies (and your favorite sizes!) for the chance to win one of TWO Hexie-Friendly charm mini-packs of Victoria’s MOSTLY MANOR!  Comments received by Tuesday, June 21 are eligible for the drawing – good luck!

Join Pam’s BOM Now, and Celebrate in 2017!

StarSpangledBothStackedThe early results are in, and  while it’s no surprise to us, the just-released  STAR SPANGLED LIBERTY BOM quilt by Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts is a sure winner!  You’ll want to schedule this wonderfully patriotic quilt among your Fall projects now — with a start date of September 2016, you complete the 9-month program in time for July 4 celebrations in 2017!

PamBuda2016Choose the Pieced or Appliqued “America” center row option. Pam even included historical notes and information on US flag history, Besty Ross and more! Read more about Star Spangled Liberty, in Pam’s own words.  Catch her passion and enthusiam, and join her on this nostalgic journey.  Sign up at your local quilt shop! (Shop owners, contact your Marcus representative!)

Nancy’s New Pattern Name Is…

So many great submissions came in, and though it was a tough choice for Nancy, “OAK HILL” took the prize!  It was submitted by Tara Wilson of Fairmont, WV. Congratulations to Tara, who is sure to enjoy her prize Georgetown fabrics & Oak Hill pattern!

NancyPhotoThanks to everyone who participated…as always, we love your enthusiasm!  Look for the GEORGETOWN collection by Judie Rothermel in quilt shops beginning October 2015. Order Nancy’s new pattern, Oak Hill, on her website or ask for it at your favorite local quilt shop.


Nancy’s Newest Needs a Name!







If you have a talent for naming things, then this is the contest for you!  Nancy Rink of Nancy Rink Designs is enlisting your help, quilting friends, to come up with a name for this gorgeous new quilt pattern.  It features the new GEORGETOWN collection by Judie Rothermel, and Nancy’s signature appliqué.  It’s easy to enter:

  1. SUBSCRIBE to the Marcus Mentions blog posts if you haven’t already, using the signup box at right (scroll down if needed)
  2. COMMENT to this post below with your name suggestions by Thursday, August 13, 2015. Yes, you may include more than one name in a single comment.  You can also enter on Nancy’s blog.

If Nancy chooses your name for her new pattern, you’ll be rewarded with a FQ bundle and pattern combo. To give you the proper inspiration, Nancy sent along these pics of the quilt in progress.  Enjoy the sneak-peek, and Good Luck!  Remember, only blog subscribers with comments posted by August 13 will be eligible to win.  And if your name isn’t chosen, you can always order the pattern online  ; )


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…

Ready for a Brand New “Twist”?

Nancy Rink

Nancy Rink

So are we!  And we couldn’t wait any longer to share this sneak peek of Nancy Rink’s latest, AMISH WITH A TWIST III, a beautiful new interpretation of her signature BOM, created with eleven colors, including NEW Marcus CENTENNIAL SOLIDS!Amish3COMP





We think the designs speak for themselves, with pieced and appliqued options for the center medallion design, and rich Blue Coal background that allows the colors to pop.  The applique version can be stitched using traditional applique or optional pre-cut laser pieces.  The full pieced version and a smaller detail pic of the appliqued version are shown.

Complete this beauty in just 10 months, beginning September 2015!

#makeitwithmarcusfabrics  #NancyRink  #Amish