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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Pam Buda’s Sharing Her Scraps!

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This just in!!  Pam Buda ScrapsDon’t miss your chance to win some great fabrics scraps, direct from Pam’s studio to yours!  All you have to do is comment on her blog post by Friday for more than one chance to win  ; )  Enjoy!   — lisa

As always, please feel free to comment below, too, but we’re just passing on the good news…TO WIN THE FABRIC, you must comment on Pam’s blog!!

Celine’s Quilt is in Progress ; )

So, it looks like Pati has PatiHeadShota definite vision as her First Quilt for her First Grandchild actually begins to take shape!  “With a three-hour drive to Connecticut, it seemed like the perfect time to start Celine’s quilt,” she reported over the weekend.

And are we at all surprised by her choice of English paper pieced hexies?  The mix of a traditional quilt block with bright, contemporary colors of Nancy Rink’s INTRIGUE collection will appeal to each generation of the family.

Here she’s auditioning various backgrounds for the flowers. Personally, I’m not a fan of light grounds, so I vote #1 Orange, then # 2 Pink.  Or maybe alternate orange and pink ground blocks?  What’s your favorite?  —- lisa

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Make It Molly B’s…

HomesteadHearthPick up your copy of the August / September 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts today! It features this easy-to-sew creation by Dolores Smith (left) and Sarah Maxwell, done in HINT OF PRINT and CLASSIC WOVEN YARN DYES by Molly B’s Studio for Marcus.

Strip piecing speeds construction of this big, handsome quilt. The Lake Itasca king size quilt pattern  (102″ x 126″) includes blocks in 2 different fabric combinations, which create a chain-like secondary pattern when set together.

A kit is available through Homestead Hearth.

Vicki’s ALS Quilt…Almost Done!

Vicki Bellino of Bloom CreekFor those keeping track of the Lucy Boston quilt we are donating to Hopes and Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS by Quilter’s Dream Batting, Vicki Bellino (left) shares this photo and progress report:

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After many days of trying a variety of block layouts, I am happy to say the blocks are all on the wall and I’ve begun sewing the rows together! I’m a very symmetrical designer, so the challenge for me was to maintain a very scrappy feel, in a pleasing, somewhat balanced way.  With the variety of fabrics and colors, and the varying numbers of blocks from each fabric, this stack of blocks did not lend itself well to a “symmetrical” layout!  I can only hope that the quilters who so graciously gave their time and effort to make a block will be pleased with the final quilt.  On Monday the quilt top will be boxed and shipped off to the quilteryippee!!

It looks beautiful, Vicki, and I think we can all relate to that “Yippee moment”   ; )  and we look forward to seeing the finished-finished quilt.  —  lisa

Check out some of Vicki’s other designs at Bloom Creek.