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:
Take a look at what Pam Buda’s been up to (aside from the Marcus SAL!) Here she talks about one of her latest projects…
“I’m fascinated by creativity. It’s so unique to each person. For some it’s easy and others not so much. And…you never know when or where you might be inspired. When it comes to fabric designing, it’s good to have a vivid imagination…to see possibilities in vintage fabrics and give them new life.
I found this antique “prairie pocket” while shopping an antique show last year. I think it’s a wonderful example of a functional, wearable relic of nineteenth century living. Back then, clothes didn’t have set- in pockets in the seams as they do now. Women would wear the prairie pocket(s) underneath their skirts. There would be a slit opening in the side seam of their skirts allowing access to the pocket underneath, where they would keep necessities of daily life, such as a flint and fuzz for making a fire, eyeglasses, and quite often needle, thread and patchwork scraps.
Closer inspection of the pocket patchwork reveals quite a few wonderful fabric prints. One print made its way into my newest fabric collection, PRAIRIE GATHERING. I changed a few elements from the original piece, which is really cute just the way it is. (It became Style # 5534-0111 in red.)
Mosey over to my blog to read about two more prints I chose for the Prairie Gathering collection that came from a dirty, nasty piece of patchwork that I’m pretty sure was used to wipe a car engine!”
Thanks, Pam… We love to explore the many places where inspiration can be found!
Quilters, where do YOU find the best inspiration for your projects?
We thank you for the enthusiastic response to the first installment of our Marcus Fabrics Designer Sew-Along, featuring Pam Buda’s gorgeous block! And just to be clear, though we launched the SAL on August 1, it’s definitely not too late to start! We suggested that everyone visit each blog and subscribe to their blog posts via email before August 1, so you wouldn’t miss anything, because each designer’s blog post would then come to you via email. You should find a SUBSCRIBE blank on each designer’s blog page.
But you’re also welcome to visit each blog individually week-by-week (one designer per week). Either way, you can then choose to PRINT the instructions each week and stitch at your own pace. One last reminder: Be sure to COMMENT on each weekly blog post to be entered into that designer’s weekly giveaway. They’ve got some great prizes lined up ; ) Enjoy!
Well, it looks like we’re off to a very enthusiastic start with our new “Friends & Companions” Designer Sew-Along, judging from our first installment by Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts. Her block is gorgeous, isn’t it? Check out her opening blog post and join in the excitement! You can even win prizes from your favorite Marcus designers, or a Grand Prize at the end of the sew-along. For the next nine weeks, we’ll post one block with instructions on each designer’s blog, resulting in the Big Reveal on October 3…stay tuned!
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!
If so, you’ll want to consider this scrappy design by Homestead Hearth. It’s featured in the September/October issue of McCalls’ Quilting magazine. The beginner-friendly design is made up in a lively mix of prints from PAULA BARNES COMPANIONS and Pam Buda’s PRAIRIE STITCHES.
Finished size is approx. 84“ x 90″
Debuting online July 1 is Pam Buda’s latest collection for Marcus, A PRAIRIE GATHERING. Pam’s ongoing passion for Prairie brings us a wonderful blend of traditional deep red and beige prints that she incorporates into a gorgeous medallion quilt design. Together the fabrics and quilt pay a year-long tribute to the women who used needle & thread to affect change.
Pam’s new Quarterly Quilt Series is built around 4 Quarters, with (3) Chapters in each. The quilt grows gradually from the center medallion section, as compared to standard BOM’s where blocks are sewn separately then joined together. The 12-month program begins in January, with fabrics available in your favorite quilt shops beginning November. Read more on Pam’s blog now, and check out Marcus Fabrics on July 1 to view the fabrics and more!