Lucy Goes Modern!

PatiHeadShotCheck out this quick handiwork by Pati Violick, our resident paper piecing expert!  It begins with her favorite Paper Pieces 2″ Honeycomb template, positioned strategically on Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s new MEADOW STORM “Meadow Stripe,” with the  “Misty” print as the background. Then by rearranging the black-white and tan-white honeycomb shapes, Pati designs several contemporary, 3-dimensional looks, inspired by Lucy Boston!


Have You Seen the New

Be sure to check out the new Bloom Creek VickiBellino-headshotwebsite, the online home of quilt designer, EPP aficionado and our resident Strip-It expert,Vicki Bellino!  Iin addition to her many quit designs featuring Marcus fabrics, she’s even dedicated a part of her website to all things Strip-It!

“One of my newest kits, “Dynamic Duo”, features the VINTAGE ONYX Strip-It.  The kit is for two projects – a 12″ x 12″ and a 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ project; both are designed for table-top quilt stands,” she explains.  And they’re gorgeous:


FullSizeRender You’ll love how Vicki transforms Strip-It pre-printed stripes by Faye Burgos into beautiful, intricate-looking blocks like this one.

On the new you’ll also find resources, video links, product updates and more.  Enjoy your visit  ; )

And Our Yankee Cloth Winners Are…

LucyContestPrize1We’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.


It’s a “Lucy Boston Lovefest” at Yankee Cloth

Recently, our own Pati and Regina took to the road, including a visit to Yankee Cloth in Wallingford, CT, where they treated attendees to wonderful presentation!  They had the crowd entranced as they shared tips for creating “LB” style quilts and other English paper piecing techniques. It begins with novelty stripes like HISTORICAL STRIPES by Paula Barnes of Red Crinoline Quilts and ends in a surprising variety of looks, dpending on how you cut the fabric motifs.  Of course, Pati also incorporated her favorite supplies from Paper Pieces to simplify the intricate-looking process.



Shown standing are (l. to r.) Linda, Nancy, Pati and Regina.  The happy quilters all received a mink kit to create their own block, and we’ve already started to collect photos of them, so stay tuned as the Lucy Boston Lovefest continues…

The ALS Quilt is Done, and It Is Gorgeous…

Regular Marcus Mentions readers will recognize this as the completion of our quilt to be donated to the Hopes & Dreams Challenge, sponsored by Quilter’s Dream batting.  It all began with our Road to California event back in January, where attendees picked out their fabrics at our booth and created their Lucy Boston blocks to become a part of the project.  Then, in the talented hands of designer Vicki Bellino of Bloom Creek, the pile of blocks became this…isn’t it stunning??  (Look back at the quilt in progress!)

Marcus ALS quilt-closeup

Vicki Bellino of Bloom CreekThis week it will be shipped to the Challenge to join the many others donated by quilters from all over.  We are pleased to support Quilters Dream Batting in their efforts to fight ALS / Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  Thanks again to all of our quilting friends and to Vicki Bellino (right) for making the quilt possible.Marcus-ALS quilt by Vicki Bellino

The Lucy Boston Blocks Winners & More


Here are the winning blocks!

This morning we sifted through more than 130 Lucy Boston blocks created by our quilting friends who visited Pati & Vicki at our Road to California booth, enjoying the view just before choosing the TEN prize pack random winners. Thank you again to everyone who participated in our Lucy Boston Challenge.  Your blocks will become part of our donation quilts for the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS, created by Quilter’s Dream Batting. Each year, the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS collects hundreds of quilts to be given to patients living with ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease), a debilitating, paralyzing disease that is currently affecting over 35,000 people in the U.S. alone.  The Challenge raises awareness about ALS, and 100% of the proceeds are used to fund research toward a cure for this terrible disease.

LucyBlocksChoose2Pati looks on as our retail division president, Stephanie Dell ‘Olio, chooses the ten lucky blocks at random…Below, check out what each of the winners will get — the fabrics may vary, but still, what a great haul!  (You never know what’s stashed away in Pati’s office…)


Lots of goodies for the winners!

 And the winners are:

  • Sabrina Cowley of Orem, UT
  • Bonnie DeBusk of Las Vegas, NV
  • Lisa Jenni of Redmond, WA
  • JoAnna Larmore of Glendale, UT
  • Lillian Loyd of Stockton, CA
  • Emma Moore-Kochlacy of El Cajon, CA
  • Donna Nordstrom of Etiwanda, CA
  • Brenda Simoni of Lancaster, CA
  • Berta Stone of Olalla, WA
  • Melissa Turner of Phoenix, AZ

Congrats to all of the drawing winners!  And stay tuned for more on our quilts for ALS!