Check out this adorable sewing machine cover, cleverly disguised as a vintage camper! Even as it was being unpacked and still on the hotel luggage cart, it quickly became one of our more eye-catching – and amusing – booth samples. Can’t you just imagine the little quilter stitching away inside it?
If you love vacationing with your sewing machine, you pretty much have to have one of these… This one was sewn up by Miriam Rawson in GRACIE’S SCHOOLHOUSE CLASSICS by Judie Rothermel – no better choice for a vintage camper than everyone’s favorite 1930’s reproduction fabrics! Note that Miriam made hers a bit longer than the original pattern to accommodate her Bernina machine.
< Need pattern information? The original design for the Vintage Caravan Sewing Machine Cover is by Janine at Rainbow Hare in the UK.
Quilting’s love affair with 1930s prints continues, as American Quilt Retailer magazine pays tribute to the category in its December 2014 issue. Believe it or not, it’s been more than 25 years since Marcus debuted Aunt Grace fabrics by Judie Rothermel, a brand that continues to lead the industry in 1930s reproductions. And there’s more to come…watch for beautiful, new Aunt Grace collections from Judie in the coming year.
Until then, take a look at the latest, AUNT GRACE SIMPLER SAMPLER – you’ll love Judie’s pre-printed panel blocks with coordinates and the gorgeous BOM quilt by Vicki Bellino. It looks like paper piecing, but it’s simpler! The program begins next month.
Back from another successful and busy Market in Houston, we’ve got some images to show off! Thanks to our designers for sharing them with us. Stay tuned for more…
Marcus Fabrics Booth #1802…another beautiful display! Fabric collections shown left to right: Mill Girls; Molly B’s 1800’s – Victoria’s Violets; Aunt Grace Simpler Sampler; Judie’s Album Quilt mixed with Paula Barnes Companions; A Prairie Gathering; Judie’s Album Quilt.
The Quilted Crow Girls combine some of the season’s best trends (wool with cotton and miniature projects) in their new Pantry Club program.
A Prairie Gathering – A beautiful new fabric collection and quarterly quilt program by Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts feature rich reds in a medallion design.
Just across the aisle from Marcus was Red Crinoline Quilts, featuring Paula Barnes’ fabric collections. Photo by Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts.
The office is quiet today as several of our Marcus-ites are traveling to Houston for Fall Quilt Market 2014! Looking forward to their pictures!
Quilt Market is now in its 35th year (and Quilt Festival, the show for consumers, marks 40 years in 2014!) Marcus has been attending since 1987, when we debuted with Judie Rothermel’s first collection of Aunt Grace 1930’s repros.Here’s a peek at the Judie Rothermel collections we’ll be showing this weekend… AUNT GRACE SIMPLER SAMPLER and JUDIE’S ALBUM QUILT. Check out the details of these gorgeous BOM programs. No wonder she’s still the leader in 1930’s reproductions and historic fabric prints for quilters!
Be sure to check out this mini-interview with Vicki Bellino, on The Jolly Jabber, Fat Quarter Shop’s blog. It’s showing off the talents of one of our favorite designers and owner of of Bloom Creek, and her new Aunt Grace SIMPLER SAMPLER BOM for Marcus. The fabric collection by Judie Rothermel features pre-printed panels and coordinates that Vicki combines creatively. She’s inspired by her passion for English paper piecing, but she employs simpler techniques to achieve the same look, which is sure to appeal to a wider range of quilters!The quilt requires two of these 24″ wide panels (below), a mix of the coordinates, and a few of Judie’s solids.
We were thrilled to see the recent pictures posted on the Patchwork Breeze blog. A group of quilters reported their stop at Schoolhouse Quilts in Canton, OH as “Day 4” of a special 6-day quilter’s excursion, by coach from Michigan to West Virginia. The post provides some great pictures & commentary about Judie and her beautiful quilt shop, including the beautiful quilts on display.
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!
That hectic season when all the behind-the-scenes prep takes place, resulting in the beautiful, well-oiled machine that is our Quilt Market Booth! Almost daily, new made-up items arrive here in the office for the booth display. Here’s a peek at some projects using PRIMO PLAIDS – CHRISTMAS, AMERICAN BOUQUET, and AUNT GRACE TIES ONE ON, from left to right. (We’ll follow up with Pati for specific pattern info on these projects later — judging from how quickly she’s racing thru the halls, clearly now is not the time… We look forward to seeing all of our quilt shop owner customers and associates in Pittsburgh, May 15-18.
Marcus Fabrics is teaming up with Martingale to celebrate the publication of Carol Hopkin’s new book, Civil War Legacies II. In it, Carol presents another outstanding collection of charming projects! Each engaging quilt is ideal for 1860s reproduction fabrics, and Judie Rothermel fans are sure to recognize her fabrics page after page (actually, beginning with the book cover!)
What do you love about Civil War quilts? Check out Judie’s new ENDURING LEGACY collection, inspired by Old Sturbridge Village, and featured in
three of Carol’s new patterns.
Win Carol’s eBook!
To enter Marcus’ free drawing for the eBook, simply comment below. Then visit the Martingale blog for another chance to win!
We received this note through Judie Rothermel, from quilter Lars Rune in Norway. He recreated his own very unique version of Marcus Fabrics’ Civil War TRIBUTE quilt. He wrote to Judie and submitted this photo, explaining:
“I think a quilter has the right to personalise the pattern to make it his own, so I took the Tribute BOM quilt and adapted it to tell a story from my own life. With truly great fabrics from many of your Civil War era prints collected, and information from your Civil War Quilts book, I had enough inspiration to tackle my first quilt project. It’s machine pieced and hand quilted — I really love hand quilting. I used YLI hand quilting threads and auditioned the thread to match the prints as best as possible.
I quilted all pieces either 1/4 inch or 3/16 inch from the ditch. I didn’t want the quilt design itself to take away from the prints or blocks. Your ruler was a great help in both cutting the pieces and marking the quilt lines. All 43 Chronicle prints and 48 Tribute prints are used in this; altogether, approximately 225 of your prints are included.”
We at Marcus congratulate Lars on his beautiful rendition of the Civil War TRUBITE quilt!