It’s great to get booth pictures from new sources — it gives us a chance to see what our sales reps, designers and other associates found especially picture-worthy. Here’s what they loved:
Hi, I’m Lisa Shepard Stewart, marketing manager at Marcus. If you’re a regular reader of our website, blog posts, press releases and newsletters, chances are I’ve written it. In addition to working part-time for Marcus, I own a company called Cultured Expressions, specializing in the creative use of authentic African textiles for decorating, quilting, sewing and crafts.
Well, if you’ve followed us this far in the sew-along, you’re likely already a big fan of Repro prints. But even if you’re like me, and the Repros aren’t necessarily your go-to category when you quilt, I’d encourage you to try mixing them in with your favorites and see what happens. (The many deep, saturated colors and earthy tones of some repros would look great pieced in with bogolan / mudcloth from Mali or even Indian raw silks for a different take, but I digress…)
By now I know you can’t wait for the big reveal of the “Friends & Companions” quilt next week, so let’s get on with the instructions for the final block! For this block, you’ll need the following from Paula Barnes Companions: 1035-0112 Black, 1034-0111 Burgundy, 1702-0116 Sage, 1038-0188 Beige, 1033-0128 Cheddar
– from Burgundy, Sage, and Cheddar: Cut (1) strip 1½” x 15″ long
— from Black, Sage: Cut (4) squares 1½”
— from Beige: Cut (4) strips 1½” x 2½” and (4) strips 1½” x 3½”
(OR Cut one strip 1½” wide x at least 28″ long (for Alternate piecing method)
Block Instructions (Read thru all steps before you begin)
1. Sew burgundy strip to sage strip. Sew cheddar strip to the other side of the sage. Press. From this pieced strip, cut (4) 3½” sections.
2. Sew one sage square to each of the four 2½” beige strips. Sew one black square to each of the four 3½” beige strips.*
(*As an alternate piecing method, stitch the first square to the beige strip. Without removing the piece from the sewing machine, trim the beige strip to 2½” long, Stitch the next sage square to the remaining length of beige strip, and again trim the beige strip to 2½” long. Repeat until you have the four green-tipped strips, and four black-tipped strips. Cut strips apart; press.
3. Stitch the green-tipped strips to the four Rail Fence sections, lining up the sage square and cheddar strip as shown.
4. Stitch the black-tipped strips to the units, lining up the black square to the burgundy side as shown.
5. Join the four units as shown; square up for an unfinished block size of 8.5″.
Remember to leave a comment below for your chance at this week’s goodies – a bundle of Marcus fabrics in dark reds, one of my favorite palettes, and a Vintage Coin Purse Kit, a gift from Cultured Expressions, so you can create your own. Good Luck, everyone!
With your nine blocks now complete, we all THANK YOU for participating, and we hope you’ve enjoyed the process so far! Congratulations – your efforts will soon be well rewarded ; ) See you next week for the Big Reveal!! Late to the party? Start from the beginning!
Hi everyone! If you’ve had a busy weekend or otherwise missed it, check out our sixth block…the Marcus sew-along excitement continues with Nancy Rink of Nancy Rink Designs. It looks intricate, but Nancy makes it easy! Read all about this creative author and designer, then stitch up her sew-along block, taking advantage of her expert tips along the way.
With just three more “Friday” block posts to go, we’re two-thirds of the way there, but there’s still time to get caught up! You’ll find the full sew-along details here, including the schedule. With two-thirds of the blocks completed, we know you can’t wait for the big reveal, and neither can we!! Stay focused, and stay tuned…. -lisa
Hi, I’m Pati Violick. As the Director of Marketing for Marcus Fabrics, I am very excited to be participating in our Sew Along. “Sew”, a little about me – I enjoy creating, and I especially love making little girls dresses for Quilt Market as well as making quilts. Those who know me well know these 3 things:
1. My husband calls me “Miss Ivory or Miss Beige”. Yes, it’s hard to believe since I work with color & prints on a daily basis, that everything else in my life falls into the neutral category including clothes, decor, even my dog Scout is a beautiful shade of taupe (and yes “taupe” is my favorite color!), although I certainly like all shades of grey & basic black too.
2. One of my favorite pastimes is English Paper Piecing. I have “thousands”of Pieces, (well maybe many, many 100’s) in all shapes, sizes and colors. I actually use some for special gifts like purses, small quilts or embellishments but, the majority of them are beautifully arrayed in baskets, boxes & pretty containers. Truth is, some are just to pretty to do anything with.
OK — no surprise, my giveaway this week is all of the above: A stunning assortment of 8 fat quarters in my favorite colors with some wonderful paper pieces. Now, on to Block #4 of the Sew-Along:
Light print (1038-0188) *Cut (6) 2⅞” squares; crosscut (4) once diagonally.
Black print (1035-0112) *Cut (4) 1¾” squares.
Green print (1702-0116) *Cut (4) 1¾” x 3⅝” rectangles.
Blue print (1109-0150) *Cut (2) 2⅞” squares.
Cheddar print (1033-0128) *Cut (2) 2½” squares.
Red print (1034-0111) *Cut (2) 2½” squares.
*Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the (2) cheddar 2½” squares. Match each with a 2½” red print square.
*Sew ¼” on each side of the drawn line; cut apart.
*Press to the red triangle. You will have (4) Half Square Triangles measuring 2⅛” unfinished.
*Trim each Half Square Triangle to 2 1/16” by simply placing two edges of the Half Square in between the 2” and the 2⅛” mark on the ruler as shown.
*Sew the Half Square Triangles into a Pinwheel; press for opposing seams. The Pinwheel should measure 3⅝” unfinished.
*Arrange the Pinwheel, (4) black print 1¾” squares, and (4) green print 1¾” x 3⅝” rectangles as shown.
*Sew into rows; press to the green rectangles. Sew rows together; press.
Your center unit should measure 6⅛” unfinished.*Using the 2⅞” light and blue print squares, make (4) Half Square Triangles using the same method as described previously. Half Square Triangles should measure 2½” unfinished.
*Sew (2) light print triangles to each side of a blue & light print Half Square Triangle unit; press to the light print triangles. Make (4) units.
*You’ll sew the big triangle units to the center square next. To aid in this endeavor, finger press a fold (wrong sides together, just near the raw edge) in the center square to easily find the middle of the block.
Fold the light print triangle unit in half (right sides together) and finger press. Match the finger pressed creases in each unit and pin.
*Sew each of the triangle units to the center square block; press to the triangle units.
Your block should measure 8½” unfinished.
On Friday, Sarah Maxwell from Homestead Hearth unveiled the third fabulous block from Friends & Companions, our Designer Sew-Along! Do you love it? Get the complete instructions and learn more about Sarah and her business.
Want to join the fun? It’s not too late! Here’s the post with complete details, and links to the previous block posts so you can sew-along with us!
If you share Nancy Rink’s interest in the history of the Lowell mill workers, you’ll love MILL WORKS, her new fabric line and accompanying BOM program! Her inspiration comes from swatches of the American Textile History Museum, and the colors reflect the spirit of the Industrial Revolution in the U.S. (1820-1870). Don’t you love this palette of cool tones anchored by neutrals? It’s a look to enjoy all year long!
This month we reveal all-new AUNT GRACE MINIATURES by Judie Rothermel! As perfect as they are on their own, they’re even better when paired with her AUNT GRACE DOTS. Mix the prints in traditional blocks, or try a more modern quilting treatment by combining the prints with linen.
There’s a lot more that’s new this month on MarcusFabrics, so enjoy your visit!
…The first issue of 2014 (Jan/Feb) just hit my desk, and we’re thrilled to see Nancy Rink’s quilt made the cut! It’s on the chair, third from the left, and it features PARTY OF TWELVE by Judie Rothermel, PIN MONEY by Pam Buda and PAULA BARNES COMPANIONS. Check out this full view of the quilt, called “Clara’s Pride”...with just two block designs and a beautiful range of repro prints, we think it’s a great way to begin the quilting year! Congratulations, Nancy! — lisa s
We love Perkins Dry Goods’ original take on Pam’s PIN MONEY collection, in this graphic quilt design. Stitch it up in Topper, Throw or Queen sizes, using Perkins’ scrappy or two-color approach.