Was Victoria Upside Down, or Right Side Up?


Hi Quilting Friends…

Those of you who subscribe to Marcus Mentions likely saw yesterday’s email and/or blog  post on Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s MEADOW STORM release (shipping NOW!), and her exciting feature in Traditional Home magazine’s October issue.  Well, it turns out that some of you saw the magazine image inverted (in the email, on the blog itself, or both!), while it appeared fine to others. It was correct in the preview I look at before publishing, so I couldn’t understand what happened.

Last night, it occurred to me that in the afternoon, sometime between the scheduling of the post and its publish time, I received an email that WordPress had just initiated an update.  I can only guess that somewhere in that process, a pre-edited version of the post went out, complete with the flipped photo, and its inversion might have also been caused by the terribly-timed update!

meadowstormtowerWhatever happened in the technical, worldly realm, I’d like to think that this was just the Universe’s way of telling us that this is great news that bears repeating:

—  Look for MEADOW STORM, arriving in quilt shops now!

—  Pick up Traditional Home’s October 2016 issue to learn even more about Victoria – it’s also on newsstands now!

However, if the photo self-inverts again, you will NOT receive a third post  ; )  — lisa

And the Hexie Fever Giveaway Winners Are…


Thanks to all who commented on last week’s post  — some of you really have it bad! Apparently this fever isn’t about to break any time soon, and that’s a good thing.  As promised, we’ve chosen the three lucky winners of our randon drawing, namely:

  • Lori Norton of Mansfield, OH
  • Melody Lutz of La Puente, CA
  • Cindy Cooksey of Irvine, CA

We hope you’ll all enjoy these 5×5″ mini packs of MOSTLY MANOR by Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Deirdre at Hat Creek Quilts Shares Her Brighter Side

In honor of QuiltCon this week – and all things contemporary – it’s the perfect time to share a few recent projects by Deirdre Bond-Abel of Hat Creek Quilts.

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“I have always been a Reproduction, “muddy” person, so people are fairly amazed at what I am doing with the brights but so far they all like it, we might turn some of them around to the bright side, it is nice to have a change after all.”  We love Deirdre’s cheery mix of RADIANT REFLECTIONS batiks by Sarah Maxwell and the solid Marcus WOOLS.

Tell us if you’ve been “turned around to the bright side” in your quilting, too, even if only to experiment.  You’ll find that traditional techniques you’re familiar with can often translate beautifully into more modern fabrics.  Want more inspiration?  Follow Deirdre on Instagram and Facebook @hatcreekquilts or visit www.hatcreekquilts.com.au



Let’s Meet at QuiltCon!

If you’re planning to join in the excitement of QuiltCon later this week in Pasadena, CA, be sure to visit us in the Marcus / Studio 37 Fabrics booth (#630).  Here’s a mini-mag preview of what you’ll find…we can’t wait to see you!  ; )

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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!)
   podcast audience

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!

#MarcusMarketMania – Take a “Look”

Looking for fresh, contemporary inspiration for your quilt projects? Take a look at MOSTLY MANOR by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, REVVED UP RETRO by Sarah Maxwell, and ON PLUMBERRY LANE by Nancy Rink.
Click on the LookBook cover images below to learn the stories behind these featured collections from Studio 37 Fabrics.
  LookMostly        LookRevved  LookPlumb
Quilt Market attendees: Visit us in Booth 1022

See Victoria’s Quilts at Schweinfurth, and More!


We’re sew proud of the newest member of the Marcus design team!  Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s latest exhibit of Double Wedding Ring quilts will be on display at Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, NY.  The show, Traditions Made Modern, runs October 31, 2015 through January 3, 2016.  Visit Schweinfurth online for more on the exhibit and related workshops.


And as if this news, and the release of her MOSTLY MANOR collection for Studio 37 weren’t enough for Fall 2015, Victoria also shared:  “I am also having a special exhibit of Double Wedding Rings at Quilt Festival in Houston this year!  Be sure to come by and see 16 of my double wedding ring quilts, along with some fabulous antique DWR quilts and wedding dresses as well!” (Lecture schedule TBA)

View the entire MOSTLY MANOR collection online beginning October 15!

Congratulations, Victoria!

Quilters Take Manhattan 2015 – Part I

In case you missed it, this year’s Quilters Take Manhattan event in New York City was another festive gathering of some of the industry’s best talent and local enthusiasts. Sponsored by the Quilt Alliance, the annual event features, lectures, presentations, workshops and special events.  This year took on added meaning for Marcus as we prepare to launch Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s premiere fabric collection, MOSTLY MANOR!  Watch for the full collection online in mid October…but for now, check out some of the weekend’s highlights, including Victoria’s presentation:


…some of her legendary Double Wedding Rings:QTM-Vict-DWRquilts

…and attendees perusing the auction table offerings:


Did you attend the event, too?  Did you claim the Marcus auction item?  If so, let us know!!  More pix to follow… stay tuned!!

Pati’s Picks from QuiltCon 2015

Did you attend this year’s QuiltCon in Austin, TX?    Pati did, and she sent back pix of a few of her favorite quilts on display.  Here’s what caught her eye…Which quilts were your favorites?


  • 1-  Kathy York shows off her “Best in Show” quilt (Front and back)
  • 2 – Colorful Drunkard’s circles by Jo Avery
  • 3 – “Totally Biased” by Lucy Bail
  • 4 – “My Way” by Pamela Rocco
  • 5 – “Tuning Fork”  by Heather Prefer

1930s Prints – The New Modern Palette!

AGMiniNOBORDERJudie Rothermel’s Aunt Grace prints will always hold a revered place in traditional quilting, and increasingly, we’re seeing these traditional 1930s prints incorporated into a more modern quilt aesthetic as well, with gorgeous results. Part of the new appeal may be that contemporary quilting attracts a younger quilter, often with babies or young children as project inspiration.  These delicate, small-scaled motifs are easy to mix and match in even the simplest quilt blocks, and work beautifully for a baby’s nursery.  The 1930s collections often look best when all colors are mixed, a fresh, change from the too-familiar “pink or blue” choices.

Another reason for the renewed interest in Judie Rothermel’s 1930s designs is that, to beginning quilters, they’re actually brand new!  Blending them with earthy linens, silk douppioni and other textures, modern quilters are giving the miniature florals, geometrics and conversationals a more artistic spin, creating not only baby quilts, but also chic totes, small accessories, and even garments.

Shopowners who quilt are enjoying the Aunt Grace renaissance as well.  Jodie Heinold, owner of Fort Worth Fabric Studio offers the Aunt Grace prints, including new Aunt Grace Miniatures, alongside her decidedly more contemporary prints, and recently added linens to the mix to satisfy customer demand.  “The 1930’s really can be mixed with more modern elements – I’ve seen a few blogs/quilts where they mix them with the natural linen/flax fabric – totally amazing!  Heinold herself has always been drawn to “those sweet 1930s prints,”  and has carried many full Aunt Grace collections since opening her online shop in 2009.

If you haven’t yet tried plugging 1930s prints into uncommon quilt designs, you’ll find great inspiration in Quilting Modern by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen (Interweave).

For craft project ideas, also check out Zakka Style by Rashida Coleman Hale.