This spooktacular bundle of fabrics from Faye Burgos’ DANCING N THE SHADOWS collection could be yours — just follow us on Instagram (@marcusfabrics) and leave a comment for a chance to win! The giveaway includes (12) half-yard cuts plus Faye’s frightfully fun 24″ wide panel (inset), a great head start for your holiday decorating plans. Then once you’re following us, stay tuned for future inspiration & giveaways. We’ll be picking the random winner tomorrow from the comments on Wed — that’s tomorrow, so there’s still time. See you there!
We really enjoyed all of your holiday project ideas and comments – it seems like table runners and toppers, and small gifts lead the list of seasonal sewing projects this year. It looks like Sandy Allen of St. Louis, MO will have a nice head start on her projects, as the winner of the HOLIDAY BLOOMS & eBook giveaway!
Maybe she’ll use her 24” panel with light metallic touches and coordinates as a table topper – it’s designed to be a quick project just as it is – just add a border and backing — or embellish it with fringe, braid, or even some custom embroidery in the light ground areas of the panel. Faye Burgos also designed the poinsettias to be multi-directional, for equal visual appeal from any position at the table.
Pati even suggested (and semi-modeled) the panel as a beautiful apron – just gather, finish the edges and add two ties in a coordinating print to tackle those holiday baking marathons in style! Hmm….with so many gifts and decorative items to make, versatility is key…
Thanks to our friends at Martingale for another great giveaway, congratulations to our winner, and Happy Holiday Stitching to All!! — Now, get to work ; ) — lisa
For some of us, getting a jump on all of those Christmas gifts & decorating projects in the middle of summer is the only way to get it all done, and with that in mind, we’re partnering again with our friends at Martingale for a double giveaway to get you started!
You could win the eBook Tis the Season – Quilts and Other Comforts by Shelley Wicks and Jeanne Large, along with a bundle of HOLIDAY BLOOMS by Faye Burgos. We know you’ll love this stack of FQs plus the coordinating 1-yard panel, and you’ll be inspired by the projects in Martingale’s #1 best-selling Christmas book.
To be eligible for this drawing, just SUBSCRIBE to the Marcus blog (if you haven’t already) and COMMENT on your favorite holiday projects below for a chance to win! Then visit the Martingale post for a second chance ; )
— lisa s
Thanks to all who shared their love for COLLECTORS’ GALLERY last week. Without further delay, the winner of our BLUE fabric bundle and a printed copy of “Red, White and Sometimes Blue” book from Martingale is:
SANDRA CHAVEZ — Congratulatulations, Sandra! Not surprisingly, most of your 300+ comments shared Sandra’s sentiment: “Beautiful pure colors make this fabric look exquisite. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.”
And thanks again to Martingale for partnering with us on this exciting giveaway!
Decorating trends featuring red and blue remain strong — from Redwork embroidery and Americana country settings to more contemporary looks, their appeal continues. The addition of cream gives each color a fresh, clean look. So as we were launching COLLECTORS’ GALLERY by Faye Burgos, we were especially excited to see so much quilt inspiration available to go along with it. Case in point: Red, White, and Sometimes Blue, published by Martingale. The book is a compilation of classic red and white, blue and white, and combined color projects from the pages of McCall’s Quilting magazine. Choose from the 17 projects, including pieced and appliqued, scrappy and tailored that go far beyond patriotic themes. You’re sure to find lots of ways to highlight Faye’s lush florals, textures, and 1″ Strip-It prints, too.
We figured it was a natural giveaway, so we’ve partnered with our quilt buddies at Martingale to offer a “Book & Bundle” prize to a lucky winner, Comment below for a chance to win a copy of the book along with a 12-pack of BLUE half-yard cuts!, then visit the Martingale blog and comment again to increase your chances of winning! Good Luck, everyone!
Fresh on my desk this morning: The new Jan/Feb 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine. And gracing the cover is their “Cottage Romance” design, made up of prints from AMERICAN BOUQUET and SIDEWALK CAFE, both by Faye Burgos. As you can see, her classic florals combine beautifully in this generous 96″ square quilt. This issue contains Part 1 of the 6-part series, resulting in this gorgeous quilt at the end of the year. Enjoy the creative process in two-month intervals, as well as the convenience of a Kit, available through the magazine.
A recent Quilter’s Newsletter blog post features Faye Burgos’ frighteningly fun Halloween H’Owl panel design, and even offers it in a convenient kit. Check out all of its project picks for Halloween fun! Think it’s a bit late? Not really… Halloween has gradually morphed into an entire season rather than just one day, so it’s become popular to decorate with ghouls & goblins from the first touches of cool weather, right on through the autumn season. (Have you noticed people putting up orange lights and elobarate, spooky displays outdoors now, in advance of the Christmas lights?) Enjoy!
If you’re looking for a vibrant, trans-seasonal quilt project, check out Faye Burgos’ MEDALLION MUSE collection, shown here in the “Lapis & Marigolds” quilt by Homestead Hearth. It’s featured in the latest issue of McCall’s Quilt Quilts (that’s the October/November issue), and it even made the cover! The fabric is available in this cool blue palette shown above, and in an equally vibrant orchid/gold combination.
Debbie Mackenzie from Stitch Chicks Quilt Shop in Franklin, CT, hosted a ‘Quilts of Valor Charity Sew Session.’ During the event, customers created five of these quilts for the Quilts of Valor program. The group took advantage of the gorgeous LOVE & GLORY center panel, Strip-It fabric and coordinates by Faye Burgos to stitch up simple but meaningful gifts to show their gratitude to our US servicemen.
Learn more about the Quilts of Valor program, and plan a sew-in at your local quilt shop!