Our offices are closed today due to “Stella” the current blizzard along the East Coast. And even though we didn’t get as much actual snow as predicted (about 18″), the heavy, icy pellets, freezing rain and wind are even more treacherous! And what does that mean? It’s Mugrug Weather, time to choose your favorite coffee, tea, hot toddy, cocoa or other warm and cozy beverage, and give it a pretty and proper place to sit on your table or desk.
It’s also a perfect time to show off some of the inspiring entries that have come in so far for our ongoing Mugrug Challenge. It runs now thru April 30, so we’re only halfway thru, which means there’s plenty of time for you to enter again and again, and maybe even win one of our weekly mug-and-fabric prizes!
No matter what’s lurking outside your windows this afternoon, everyone stay safe, and stitch up a quick mugrug (including at least one Marcus or Studio 37 fabric print)…then post it on Instagram with #MarcusMugshot, or email your photo to enter. We’ll be that much closer to our goal of “A Marcus Rug for Every Mug”!
Our third random #mugrugchallenge winner took inspiration from her group of 1930s Aunt Grace prints by Judie Rothermel, with the contemporary touch of striped binding. And we love her embroidered “Place Mug Here” instructions, just in case you weren’t sure how to use this thing ; )
Her efforts earned @lanakuehne one of our official Challenge mugs filled with fabrics — she might even be inspired to whip up another and enter again!
And for the rest of you, there’s still time to enterthis fun and easy challenge, and your entry is included in every weekly drawing now thru April 30 (unless you win earlier, of course…) Bst of all, you don’t even have to send us the actual mugrug, just post the photo with #MarcusMugshot and keep it to enjoy (or give as a gift).
So, the sooner you enter, the more chances you have to win! What are you waiting for??
Now, here’s a little tip for the rest of you…While we have no shortage of great fabric prizes, we only have a limited number of these very cool Marcus mugs available, sooooo, the sooner you enter the Challenge, the better your chances of winning a mug-and-fabric combo in our random weekly drawing (the fabrics will vary!) We’ll draw one lucky entry every Tuesday now thru April 30, and post the winners on Wednesdays. Be sure to use #MarcusMugshot when you enter. And Good Luck!
We’re thrilled to sponsor the all-new issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 14, especially since one of the the 100 quilt blocks features the REVVED UP RETRO line by Studio 37 Fabrics designer Sarah J Maxwell of Designs by Sarah J! View the LOOKBOOK for more about her colorful collection.
When you follow the Blog Tour you might also find some great Marcus goodies among the many giveaways! There’s still time to join in the fun — for starters, just comment below for the chance to win a copy of the magazine from Quiltmaker! Then, check out Quiltmaker’s Quilty Pleasures blog for tour details, magazine info and more..Good Luck!.
Thanks to all who commented on last week’s post — some of you really have it bad! Apparently this fever isn’t about to break any time soon, and that’s a good thing. As promised, we’ve chosen the three lucky winners of our randon drawing, namely:
We’re thrilled to return to QuiltCon as a sponsor in February 2016, and right now, we’re putting a few finishing touches on some amazing Studio 37 Fabricsevents and promotions! Presented by the Modern Quilt Guild, QuiltCon is the largest modern quilting show of its kind, and its popularity grows each year.
This time, it takes place in sunny Pasadena, CA, and highlights include two workshops and a lecture by sewlebrity designer Victoria Findlay Wolfe. You’re sure to find Victoria’s new collection, MOSTLY MANOR and your other favorite Studio 37collections among the QuiltCon vendors, too!
Are YOU planning to attend? Stay tuned for more details…
First things first… With all of the “#marcusmarketmania” in the office, I haven’t had a chance to pick our Red Crinoline Quilts giveaway winner! It truly warms our hearts to read all of your wonderful comments about Paula and Mary Ellen, the fabrics, patterns and more! Thank you all for taking the time to share your thoughts. And so, without further delay the winner is…
Peggy Smith, who shared:“Whenever I attend a quilt show with a vendor mall I look for the Red Crinoline booth. I stand and try to absorb the wonderful quilts I always see there. I look forward to seeing Paula and Mary Ellen’s new patterns!” Congratulations, Peggy!
***REMINDER**** If you’re a shop owner attending Quilt Market
in Houston this weekend, be sure to visit us in Booth 1022, especially during our book signing for Paula and Mary Ellen on Sunday, October 25 at 12 noon!
Since our last post about the new book by the ladies of Red Crinoline Quilts, an office copy has arrived, and it just as fabulous as we knew it would be! As promised, we’ve partnered up with Martingale for a fabric-and-book double giveaway, both here and on the Martingale blog.
Are you already a fan of Paula Barnes fabrics, or just now discovering them? Maybe you’ve already been collecting the patterns from this design duo. Either way, you’ll love these designs, and the lucky winner will receive a great fabric bundle of assorted prints by Paula to get started! Just leave a comment below, and be sure you’re subscribed to the Marcus Mentions blog (scroll down to the sign-up box on the right). Subscriber comments received by next Wednesday, October 14 will be eligible for the Marcus drawing.
REMINDER: If you’re a quilt shop owner attending Quilt Market in a couple of weeks, Paula and Mary Ellen will sign a limited number of free copies at our book signing on Sunday, October 25 at 12:00 noon (Marcus booth # 1022). Join us, and be sure to arrive early!
We’d like to thank all of the attendees who enjoyed the Lucy Boston presentation by Pati and Regina last month at Yankee Cloth in Wallingford, CT. As promised, everyone who submitted a photo of her completed LB block was entered into a special random drawing to win one of the THREE gift baskets shown here, and we’ve just chosen the lucky winners…
Jordan Law of Wallingford, CT
Janet Rathburn of Northford, CT
Peg Sullivan of North Haven, CT
And these are their beautifully pieced blocks…look at the beautiful special effects at the center of each block!
Block by Jordan Law
Block by Janet Rathburn
Block by Peg Sullivan
Your prize baskets are on the way, ladies ….Congratulations to all! And thanks again to Yankee Cloth for hosting a lovely afternoon, and to our friends at Paper Pieces for generously supplying product samples.