Marcus design director Laura Berringer also snapped a few favorites from her visit to QuiltCon. Even better, back here in arctic NYC, she shows off the result of her workshop with the Gee’s Bend quilters, who were this year’s keynote speakers at QuiltCon as well as instructors. Laura was happy to share what was left of her Marcus charm pack with the legendary quilters that put Gee’s Bend, Alabama on the map! You can clearly see the influence of these African American fiber artists in the quilts that caught Laura’s eye, one of the roots of the Modern Quilt movement.
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!
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:
Boutique garments from a mix of Marcus Fabrics
Lynn Wilder of the Sew’n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog designed this quilt, entitled Emilie Elizabeth, using a mix of JUDIE’S ALBUM QUILT prints and PAULA BARNES COMPANIONS. Pattern Info: email@example.com
PRIMO PLAIDS remain the quilter’s favorite for quilts, crafts & cozy clothing, with new patterns and colors each season!
Aunt Grace SIMPLER SAMPLER – BOM quilt by Vicki Bellino and assorted crafts!
Nancy Rink’s purples highlight MILL WORKS fabrics & BOM program.
Cute crafts done in POMEGRANATE LANE cotton prints and coordinating SEASONS Wool Collection colors
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
Who doesn’t love fabric? From Reproduction prints to contemporary designs to a stashful of basics, we know just how special they are to us. And our friends at the Fabric Shop Network have done it again, creating a special event around our collective love for all things FABRIC! This time, they’ve created a three-day celebration called “I LOVE FABRIC DAYS.” From August 14 to 16, 2014, fabric lovers across the country can enter to win $50 shopping sprees at the favorite local quilt shops (check here for yours!) If your favorite shop isn’t involved yet, let them know that there’s still time for them to join in the fun with a special Treasure Hunt and other activities.
Trends continue to point toward the graceful elegance of red and blue with white across all design categories, which might help to explain the lasting appeal of GALLERY IN RED AND BLUE by Faye Burgos. Her stylized florals, paisleys and coordinates are the very look being shown currently in top decorating and lifestyle publications, blogs and specialty retailers, both traditional and contemporary.
From Valentine’s Day right through to the Christmas season, red with white is a natural favorite, while blue and white is always fresh and calming. Combine them during the summer holidays and any patriotic themed activities, including the fast-approaching July 4th holiday here in the 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!