As Memorial Day Approaches…

Here in the US, we’ll celebrate Memorial Day this coming Monday, May 25.  Yesterday, I came across a Facebook post (in the Quilting group) by Tiffany Pellizzari, and am sharing one of the photos with her permission.  She lovingly recreated our LOVE & GLORY quilt for her father who was fighting cancer, and who passed on just five days after it was draped over him. It was also used at his memorial service, shown here.

Tiffany PellizzariQUILT“I hadn’t known how important it is to quilt with love until you know the person receiving it feels the love when they use it. My step mother asked to use the quilt at his memorial as you see here. It ended up being a great representation of his personality — eagles and patriotic colors on the front and vintage planes on the back (he was a pilot). Thanks for letting me share and helping me to learn something I am forever going to cherish being able to do.”

Tiffany, we are sorry for your loss, but are sure he found comfort in your beautiful quilt.   This weekend and always, we join all of our quilting friends in honoring those who have served, and continue to serve our country.

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Fabric by Faye Burgos  /  Quilt by Heidi Pridemore

This Year’s “Must-Have” Palettes, In Shops NOW!

SPICE PALETTE - This Year’s “Must-Have” Palettes, Available TODAYHave you noticed these gorgeous color palettes? They’re everywhere, from interior design to fashion to quilting.

Simple but sophisticated, it’s the subtle shades and detailed patterns that make SPICE PALETTE’s rich golds and warm, muted greys among the season’s most stashworthy looks.

CINNAMON & HONEY and CARAWAY & CARDAMOM work beautifully in traditional and trendy quilt designs alike.  You’ll also LOVE them as interesting backgrounds for your own creativity, whether you like to embroider, applique, bead or otherwise embellish!  And best of all, these must-haves are available in your favorite quilt shops NOW, ready to enjoy all year-long.

 

Follow Us on Instagram, You Might Win This!

Nothing excites us quilters like an easy chance to win free fabric, right?  Well, follow us on Instagram @marcusfabrics and you’ll be eligible to win one of our random fabric giveaways!

First up: this gorgeous selection of FQs from DRAMATIC EFFECTS.  Faye Burgos creates a pretty look to span the seasons, with grey adding a contemporary touch to traditional, softly colored florals and coordinates.  And yes, the floral FQ is included in the bundle ; )  We’ll choose a winner at random among our Instagram followers on Tuesday, May 12.   

This is just the first one, which means the sooner you join us on Instagram, the more giveaways you’ll be entered in  — it’s that simple!

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Mini-Mania! Introducing the “Spice Box” Trio

Love miniature quilts?  Check out Spice Box, a trio of mini quilt patterns in a single package.    It’s Heartspun Quilts’ latest installment in the Tokens of the Past pattern series.  Spice Box features Pam Buda’s new TREENWARE & BERRIES fabric collection, a gorgeous blend of warm reds and browns.  Even better, you can create all three designs using a single pack of pre-cut 10″ squares (40 pieces, 2 each of 20 prints).  Then, just add borders!

Get the details, including ordering information on Pam’s blog, and stitch up your own Spice Box threesome!

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Coming Soon: Bright Ideas… in Wool!

BrightWools15A sneak peek from Pati’s office reveals these juicy new wool colors, coming soon to your favorite quilt shop!  A range of brights and two heather tones round out the already popular collection, THE SEASONS WOOL COLLECTION ready to be used off the bolt, or felted, using this simple technique.

For creative applique and other techniques for quilts, accessories and more, wool knows no season.  Watch for these new additions to appear online in April, and in quilt shops in May!

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Flowers in Springtime

Flowers are a perennial springtime favorite, and they’ve taken over as THE motif for Spring 2015, in all forms and fashions.  So we thought we’d show off just a few of our own flower prints for the season, from gentle, romantic blooms to big, bold batiks!  We love them not just for quilts, but also for little girls’ dresses, gorgeous table settings, home and fashion accessories and more.

 #MakeItWithMarcus And we’ve thrown in some added inspiration by way of Macy’s annual Flower Show (now thru April 4 in NYC).  Much like our collections, their beautifully curated displays throughout the store flaunted flowers of every color, shape and size.

Notice Mechelle down below, among the windows photos.  She’s currently the assistant to the President here at Marcus, but I think she’s hinting at her next career move  ; )

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Road to California – Who’s Going?

We’re pleased to once again sponsor Road to California  Quilters’ Conference and Showcase, taking place January 22-25, 2015 in Ontario, CA.   This year, in addition to our usual showcase sponsorship of one of the quilt prizes, we’ll be exhibiting as well!

Be sure to stop by the Marcus booth for demos on fussy cutting, English paper piecing (EPP) and more, all featuring our specialty stripe fabrics like PAULA’S BORDER COMPANIONS. Plus giveaways & handouts while supplies last!Pati-EPPsamplesIf you’ve never tried English paper piecing, Lucy Boston blocks and similar techniques, you’ll want to visit with Pati Violick as she demos her techniques using Paper Pieces, as shown in the beginnings of this gorgeous block above.  And if you have tried it, learn how Marcus specialty fabrics can give you rich and intricate results every time.  BTW, Pati is our Director of Marketing — you might remember her love for EPP from last summer’s Designer Sew-Along.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Were You at QuiltCon?

We were there, and we had a blast! We loved meeting old and new friends over the weekend at QuiltCon in Austin, TX — the creative energy was contagious, and the mood was “joyous”, as described by our president, Stephanie Dell’Olio (that’s her on the right, dwarfed by the towering QuiltCon entry sign – Pic 2)  Here are some pix from our booth…

  • Our QuiltCon booth (Pic 1) featured OMBRE HAND DYES (Pic 6) and STRIP-IT fabrics (Pic 4)
  • Visitors loved our circle garland, made of coordinating CENTENNIAL SOLIDS circles fused together, then joined by a single running straight stitch to create the desired length. (Pic 3)
  • And thanks to Paper Pieces for supplying English paper piecing sampler kits for our attendees – everyone enjoyed this fun technique! (Pic 5)
  • Download these free projects by Nancy Rink, using the Ombre Hand Dye pre-cut Strip-It bundles. (Pic 6)