Back from another successful and busy Market in Houston, we’ve got some images to show off! Thanks to our designers for sharing them with us. Stay tuned for more…
Here it is!
Do you love it as much as we do? We’d like to thank everyone who has participated for the past nine weeks, block by block, and, as I promised, the end result is beautiful. Congratulations to everyone who kept up, and if you were not able to, we’re sure that this image of the finished quilt will inspire you to catch up in the completion phase.
And thanks to all of our talented and generous designers for taking time to participate, including the gorgeous finishing design by Paula Barnes and piecing by Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts with quilting and binding by Gloria Parsons of Olde Green Cupboard Designs.
Complete instructions for the finishing are available on the Red Crinoline Quilts blog, but if you still need to catch up on the nine blocks first, here are the links to the blog posts:
- Week 1 – Pam Buda
- Week 2 – Paula Barnes
- Week 3 – Sarah Maxwell
- Week 4 – Pati Violick
- Week 5 – Gloria Parsons
- Week 6 – Nancy Rink
- Week 7 – Mary Ellen Robison
- Week 8 – Dolores Smith
- Week 9 – Lisa Shepard Stewart
Remember to leave a comment on the Red Crinoline Quilts blog for your chance to win the Grand Prize package:
Hi everyone! If you’ve had a busy weekend or otherwise missed it, check out our sixth block…the Marcus sew-along excitement continues with Nancy Rink of Nancy Rink Designs. It looks intricate, but Nancy makes it easy! Read all about this creative author and designer, then stitch up her sew-along block, taking advantage of her expert tips along the way.
With just three more “Friday” block posts to go, we’re two-thirds of the way there, but there’s still time to get caught up! You’ll find the full sew-along details here, including the schedule. With two-thirds of the blocks completed, we know you can’t wait for the big reveal, and neither can we!! Stay focused, and stay tuned…. -lisa
Hi All! In case you missed it during the busy Labor Day weekend here in the US, here’s a quick reminder that WEEK #5 of our Sew-Along is now posted on the Olde Green Cupboard blog! It’s designed by Gloria Parsons and includes her great tips & techniques, so be sure to visit the blog now to download this block:
It seems that many of you love Cheddar, so Gloria serves it up on a four-basket design. We’re now at the halfway point (well, four blocks to go, plus the reveal!). It goes quickly, doesn’t it? If you’ve got friends who still want to join in the fun, point them here for all of the details, and stay tuned for WEEK #6 this Friday, Sept 5, over at Nancy Rink Designs! Enjoy… -lisa
Are you ready? Today we launch “Friends & Companions” our first designer Sew-Along, featuring quilt blocks created by some of your favorite Marcus designers, using Paula Barnes Companions prints! Get the details here. Not quite ready yet? Just follow the blog posts and catch up as soon as you can. By visiting each designer’s blog on her designated week, you’ll get the instructions for that designer’s block. Leave a comment, and you’ll also be entered into weekly prize drawings during the 10-week sew-along! We begin today with Pam Buda…here’s the full schedule:
8/1 Pam Buda ~ Heartspun Quilts
8/8 Paula Barnes ~ Red Crinoline Quilts
8/15 Sarah Maxwell ~ Homestead Hearth
8/22 Pati Violick ~ Marcus Fabrics
8/29 Gloria Parsons ~ Olde Green Cupboard
9/5 Nancy Rink ~ Nancy Rink Designs
9/12 Mary Ellen Robison~Red Crinoline Quilts
9/19 Dolores Smith ~ Homestead Hearth
9/26 Lisa Shepard Stewart~ Marcus Fabrics
10/3 Red Crinoline Quilts ~ Quilt Revealed!
At the end, we reveal the gorgeous quilt (trust us, you’ll love it!) and we’ll also choose one winner will receive our Grand Prize goodie basket. Here’s a sneak pic of just a few of the basket contents…thanks to our friends at MistyFuse and Martingale, and to all of our designers. Sew along with us each week!
Trends continue to point toward the graceful elegance of red and blue with white across all design categories, which might help to explain the lasting appeal of GALLERY IN RED AND BLUE by Faye Burgos. Her stylized florals, paisleys and coordinates are the very look being shown currently in top decorating and lifestyle publications, blogs and specialty retailers, both traditional and contemporary.
From Valentine’s Day right through to the Christmas season, red with white is a natural favorite, while blue and white is always fresh and calming. Combine them during the summer holidays and any patriotic themed activities, including the fast-approaching July 4th holiday here in the US.
Look for GALLERY IN RED AND BLUE prints, and our free quilt pattern by Heidi Pridemore, in your local quilt shops. You can also purchase Nancy Rink’s “Glory Days” quilt pattern at www.nancyrinkdesigns.com.
Before the actual buying activity begins, shop owners attend dozens of Schoolhouse Sessions – 15- and 30-minute classes where they learn about upcoming products, merchandising tips, industry trends and more. Paula Barnes & Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts, Nancy Rink, and the Quilted Crow Girls all presented sessions at Spring Market, promoting Marcus fabrics and specialty programs…
The holidays are here! And we can practically feel the vibrations of your sewing machines all over the world, creating gifts and decorative accents for the upcoming festivities. Now, if you’re still in search of fresh holiday inspiration, try Nancy Rink’s Fancy Packages quilt design, done in her own TWEET FOR TWO prints for Marcus Fabrics. Nancy’s easy layout lets you customize the block configurations to create not only the wall hanging as show, but also pillow fronts (approx. 4 by 4 blocks or 1 x 3 blocks for a bolster style), mantle drapes (approx. 3 by 10 blocks), table runners (approx. 2 by 12 blocks) and more! Of course the actual number of blocks you need will depend on your desired finished size. Don’t you just love a versatile quilt pattern?
Then get started now, as she shares her expertise in creating this pretty project using her own TWEET FOR TWO collection! It’s a sophisticated folk influence you’ll love to live with all year long whether your style is traditional or contemporary, or mixed. Get all of the details on Nancy’s blog!
Visit your local quilt shop for the fabrics and pattern.