This just in…Stephanie Dell’Olio, president and fearless leader of our retail division, couldn’t help but notice the spike in orders for NEW AGED MUSLINS, and in particular this gorgeous selection of green tones along the center of the swatch card. The muted, subtly shaded effect of these “not-quite-solid” muslins makes them perfect for life-like appliqued leaves and stems.
We already know that floral applique projects are big now, so in part that might explain it, but we always love to hear about your other creative uses for our basics. Applique? Backgrounds? Sashings? Fashion? Do you mix them with contemporary prints or reproductions, or maybe use them in place of true solids?
In fact, that would be a fun giveaway: Comment below to tell us how you’ve used our NEW AGED MUSLINS for the chance to win this swatch card (you’ll love this giveaway — the swatches are huge!) We’ll hold a random drawing next Tuesday, February 3!
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!
Already we’ve been told by more than one shop owner that they can’t possibly decide between the two gorgeous colorways created by Faye Burgos for her M FOR MYSTERY collection! We really didn’t mean to make it such a difficult decision for you…but if it helps, you could always offer BOTH the blue/rust, AND the black/pink combos! Either way, you can’t lose with these lush floral lead patterns and their companion prints when creating our new Mystery Quilt BOM, designed by Homestead Hearth! When you start with fabrics this beautiful, you can’t help but make a great quilt! The program begins in January, so maybe you’d better begin the color decision-making process now ; ) Quilting friends, what do you think??
On the heels of celebrating March as National/International Quilting Month, comes a new first, National Serger Month, from Baby Lock, a leader in the home serging category! Like sewing machines, sergers have come a long way in helping all of us to express ourselves creatively, which means we at Marcus are all for it! Why not?? There’s even a great contest… Check out the Baby Lock site for details, and join us in celebrating your craft all year long ; )
Check out our resident Strip-It(TM) expert, Vicki Bellino of Bloom Creek, as she demonstrates some of her favorite quick, fun & practical techniques for using Faye Burgos’ Strip-It pre-printed stripe fabrics. From easy half-square triangles to piano key borders to wedges (shown) and much more, you’ll learn how to achieve pieced looks with precision, in a fraction of the time. Watch the video now! We’d also love to see YOUR creative strip-It ideas, too! Send us a description and a photo or two, and we’ll send you a fabric thank-you!
We thought it would be fun to start the year with a fabric giveaway, and it’s easy to enter! Just check out the new look of MarcusFabrics.com, and leave a blog comment below telling us what you think of it. We’ll choose a winner at random from all comments posted by next Wednesday, January 16, 2013! The lucky winner will receive a sampler pack from our FUN DAY IN THE JUNGLE collection by Studio 37!
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Happy New Year to all of our quilting friends! Our January site took a few days longer than usual, but we think it was worth the wait — we’re unveiling a fresh look, and lots of fresh inspiration to go with it ; ). Have you seen the latest additions to our website for January? You’ll love the free projects, and new creative ideas including all-new Strip-It tips from Vicki Bellino, modern pillows, soft-sculpture pumpkins, decoupage and more!
AUGUST 2012 – Studio 37 by Marcus Fabrics is thrilled to introduce Greta Songe, the newest addition to our fabric design team. Greta brings us three great collections including KITSCHY KITCHEN, LEAF PETITE, and HERE TO THERE. Just click on each photo below. You’ll love her blend of color, pattern & motion for the modern quilter and crafter. Look for them in independent quilt shops in January! Meanwhile, take a peek at her great project ideas, too…
OK, we’re biased, and we love just about everything Vicki Bellino creates over at Bloom Creek. So we think you’ll also enjoy her tote bag kit, featured in the Sept/Oct 2012 issue of McCall’s Quilting. It’s sewn up in HICKORY HOUSE prints by Faye Burgos in the taupe/black combo, a smart look for city, country or anywhere your busy life take you ; ) And Vicki’s even offering a convenientKIT for it, too!
Kansas City — It was great to see so many of our friends, colleagues and customers again at International Quilt Market last week, where we introduced lots of new product — look for our latest to hit your favorite quilt shops in the coming months! Meanwhile, here are a few pix from the Marcus booth…
(l. to r.) Vicki Bellino of Bloom Creek, with Marcus’ own Indra Rampersaud and Laura Berrigner, in front of Laura’s SPINTASTIC ; a fun vignette featuring new STUDIO 37 fabrics; Helen Weinman’s BY THE SEA quilt; THE MILL GIRLS BOM quilt