More Pix from Pati, and from Lynn!

It seems a great time was truly had by all at the Tea Party in Livermore this weekend!  We’ve got a few more pix to share — check them out below, then head over to Lynn Wilder’s Sewn Wild Oaks blog post for even more highlights of the day!

Here’s Pati (center) with Lisa and Lora of The Material Girlfriends.  (You probably recognize them as the designers of our “Bird Walk” BOM.)

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Thanks to everyone who attended this fun and successful event!  We hope you’ve all been inspired to create gorgeous, easy English paper pieced designs.

Back to School, Grumpy Cat ; (

grumpyubndisplayWhen Grumpy Cat’s book was spotted in a local Barnes & Noble store as part of their  Back-to-School display, of course we had to share it with you!  And while the majority of parents are probably thrilled to greet another school year, some kids might relate more to Grumpy Cat.

No matter how you feel about it, we wish everyone a fun and fruitful new school year…and may we suggest that some new school gear in GRUMPY CAT prints and FLANNELS just might help to brighten a few dispositions!  Think shirts, totes, locker decor and more… Fabrics hit your local quilt shops in just a few short weeks!

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Summer Highlights from the Marcus Crew

With Labor Day behind us and summer “officially” over, we thought we’d recap some of our favorite moments of the summer season, from big family events to culinary discoveries!  Enjoy…

Stephanie:  “Building sandcastles and leaving Island Beach state park at sunset with my hubby and good friends in our VW Thing”

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Lisa: “I bought a new travel sewing machine (a Janome Jem Gold) for my Colorado mountain retreat. I chose to skip the Amazon route so I could support a local dealer, ending up at Paramus (NJ) Sewing Center (www.paramussewingcenter.net). The owner turned out to be the previous owner of the old Singer retail store  (remember those??) where I learned to sew at age 12!  So now I’m friends with all the ladies in the shop, and I’ve been invited back for one of their impromptu sip ‘n sews.  Amazon never invites me for cocktails...I also got excellent service a great price  ; )”JanomeJem

Brandy:  “I discovered that you can add raw steel -cut oats to your green smoothies, making it more filling by adding calories and fiber. Not to mention more nutritious. I use spinach in my green smoothies. As we all know, dark leafy greens are some of the most nutrient dense foods you can consume.”

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Regina:   “I gave my niece a bridal shower gift of a beautiful short nightgown and wrap robe.  Instead of wrapping it, I made a fancy hanger, stitching lace to create a garment bag that became part of the gift.  It was a hit and she loved it!  Shown here are the bride, Courtney, with her niece, Susie.”

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Indra:  More wedding news!  Indra & family celebrated her son’s wedding on 7/22/16 in Queens, NY. Shown here standing are Indra, her husband, their daughter, and (seated) their son with his beautiful bride. “The back drops were done with metallic tulle and satin backing, making the back drops was one of the many chores given to me; now my friends and family claim I am the queen of sewing – I learned to sew at age 14 in high school.”

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We hope you’ve all enjoyed some great memorable moments this summer, too.  And now, onto some Great Autumn Quilting  ; )

Studio 37 Fabrics Welcomes Casey York!

CaseySwatchesCaseyYork-HeadshotAs autumn approaches, we’ve got lots of great things planned for Studio 37 Fabrics, and one big highlight is the introduction of our newest “Marcus Maker”,  author and designer Casey York.  

Her debut collection, A DAY IN SPAIN, hits your favorite quilt shops in January, and you’ll be able to read more about Casey, and view the entire collection (with great quilt concepts!) in August. But we couldn’t wait another day to give you a glimpse into this talented designer’s contemporary take on historical motifs, based on her travels in the south of Spain.  We know you’ll be as excited as we are… Welcome, Casey!

Today is Flag Day!

PamBuda2016It’s June 14 already?  Here in the US we celebrate June 14 as Flag Day, so who better to check in with than Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts!  Here’s a peek at her recent blog post – I thought this photo in particular captures the spirit of the day.  Read more about Pam’s work-in-progress, Lady Liberty…

StarSpangledBothStacked…and be sure to make plans for Pam’s newest BOM, STAR SPANGLED LIBERTY! You’ll love her two options for the center row and her distinctive vertical “quilter’s flag” down the left side.  Pam also includes American anecdotal history about our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, the Pledge of Allegiance, Old Glory flag facts, and about Betsy Ross, who played an epic role in the birth of the new nation.

The 9-month program begins in September!  Quilt size: 74-1/2″ x 78″

Learn more about Flag Day!

Check Out Sarah’s Podcast!

ICYMI, check out this link to Pat Sloan’s interview with Sarah Maxwell.  Pat is the host of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine’s podcast.  (As you can see, we all listened intently this morning, and that was before my first cup of tea!)
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SarahMaxwellDuring the interview, Sarah discussed her hew venture, Designs by Sarah J, her upcoming book with C&T called Stashbusters  (it’s co-authored with Dolores Smith).  She also talked about how her focus in quilting evolved from traditional to more contemporary, and how she uses her two twenty-something daughters to test out her modern designs  ; )  Reinvention…How many of you can relate??  Enjoy the show!

MAGICAL MERMAID Instagram Giveaway!

This week we’ve got a real treat for any little mermaid lover — MAGICAL MERMAID, Susan Cousineau’s new line for Studio 37 Fabrics.  You could win this bundle! Just follow us on Instagram @MarcusFabrics and comment there!  The giveaway includes a printed panel with equally adorable FQ coordinates!  Perfect for your own little Magical Mermaid for quilts, pillows, sleepover essentials and more  ; )  See the entire collection and enter on Instagram now through November 19 – Good Luck!

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Follow Us on Instagram for a Chance to Win…

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!

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