It Must Be Quilt Market Time Again

Aside from the sheer chaos that takes place here in the NY office as we prepare for Market season after season, another sure way to tell that the big show is approaching is the arrival of gorgeous quilts in the office.  Pati usually displays them for a day or two before packing them up.  Today, the view from our hallway includes the new AUNT GRACE SIMPLER SAMPLER BOM quilt (Fabrics by Judie Rothermel, Quilt & Program by Vicki Bellino).  The program begins January 2015 – visit your local quilt shop to reserve your space now!  Next to the BOM quilt is Vicki’s charming miniature design (28″ x 28″), entitled First Bloom – it’s also done with the new Aunt Grace collection.

If you’re attending Quilt Market (for the trade only), you can see these up close & personal in BOOTH 1802 – see you soon!

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The “Season” for Wools and Cotton Prints…

CrowBundlesComing soon to a quilt shop near you… two debut collections from the Quilting Crow Girls of Australia – THE SEASONS WOOL COLLECTION and POMEGRANATE LANEThe design duo combines easy pieced blocks with wool applique in Marcus’ new BOM, The Seasons on Pomegranate Lane (shown below).

If you’re new to felted woven wool applique, the Girls Crow-BOMquiltshow you how to felt the wool for a soft, luxurious feel, how to pair up prints with wools, applique with wool and more — you’ll even find free pincushion projects online to get you started! Download the PDF for tips & the Girls’ free “Birdee” Pincushion projectCrow-Faces

For even more inspiration, be sure to check out the Quilted Crow Girls’ books and patterns, including their upcoming second title, Country Elegance, available in September 2014 (Martingale).

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Hungry at Quilt Market? Carrie Recommends…

If you’re in Pittsburgh and need a break (already), take a tip from Carrie, our sales rep:

“Hi Lisa, we ate at this great place in Pittsburgh after a hot first day of set up.  It was fantastic!  And I thought the graphic was cool printed on the rough brick wall.” I agree, cool graphicsphoto4

 

 

The Lowell Mill Workers… The Story Continues

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If you share Nancy Rink’s interest in the history of the Lowell mill workers,  you’ll love MILL WORKS, her new fabric line and accompanying BOM program! Her inspiration comes from swatches of the American Textile History Museum, and the colors reflect the spirit of the Industrial Revolution in the U.S. (1820-1870). Don’t you love this palette of cool tones anchored by neutrals? It’s a look to enjoy all year long!

 

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It’s Quilt Market Time Again!

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DecoupageChair-AmerBouquetThat hectic season when all the behind-the-scenes prep takes place, resulting in the beautiful, well-oiled machine that is our Quilt Market Booth!  Almost daily, new made-up items arrive here in the office for the booth display.  Here’s a peek at some projects using PRIMO PLAIDS – CHRISTMAS, AMERICAN BOUQUET, and AUNT GRACE TIES ONE ON, from left to right.  (We’ll follow up with Pati for specific pattern info on these projects later — judging from how quickly she’s racing thru the halls, clearly now is not the time… We look forward to seeing all of our quilt shop owner customers and associates in Pittsburgh, May 15-18.

Quilt/Sew Along with Pam Buda

Have you joined Pam Buda’s latest Quilt/Sew-Along?  It’s called “Market Day” and it features her PRAIRIE STITCHES collection for Marcus.   Get the details now on Pam’s blog… and sew along!
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Harriet Hargrave Designs for Marcus!

HarrietHargravePsst…coming soon to your favorite local quilt shop:  the new SOFTLY SPOKEN collection by Harriet Hargrave.  Known for her expertise in the area of machine quilting in particular, Harriet has earned many fans around the world through her classes, lectures, books and more.  Here’s a sneak peek, but be sure to check out her debut fabric line in its entirety, the May 2014 edition of MarcusFabrics.com.  If you’re a shop owner attending the upcoming Quilt Market in Pittsburgh, be sure to see these gorgeous prints at Marcus BOOTH # 2335!SoftlySpokenCOMP

Beautiful Quilts…and Tough Decisions for Us!

JudieContestLOGOWe’re having a great time reviewing the many Just Judie quilts that have been submitted! And we are inspired and excited by the variety and scope of Judie Rothermel’s many devotees ; )

For those who are checking your emails and manning your phones for Just Judie updates, you’ll be happy to learn that we have indeed selected the 25 Finalists.  Final judging will then be completed by September 30, 2013 and all winners will be notified by October 13, 2013 as stated in the official competition rules.  Thank you to all of the entrants and the sponsoring quilt shops, too!  Stay tuned for updates…

Check Out BOOTH 2203 in Portland!

Quilt Market is well underway, just look at the booth decor!

1. NEXT WAVE is featured in quilts, decor and children’s clothing, all with equal flair!

2. and 3.  Vicki Bellino’s brand new patterns highlight our PRETTY SPECIAL baby girl and baby boy collections.

4.  VISUAL EFFECT’s contemporary color and prints in a traditional block setting.

5.  Marcus BOM’s – HAMPTON RIDGE (by Red Crinoline Quilts) and PARTY OF TWELVE (by Homestead Hearth)

See it all in person through Sunday, May 19 – BOOTH 2203

Quilt Market Begins…

Most of the sales, marketing & design staff is away in Portland, Oregon, ready for the start of Spring Quilt Market!  The actual show begins tomorrow, preceded by two grueling days of booth setup…

1.  First, we give thanks that the Big Crate arrived on time and intact!

2 & 3.   Next, the last-minute touch-ups on madeup projects that couldn’t quite be completed in the office before we left.  It looks like Pati, our Director of Advertising & Marketing, borrowed a machine from our friends at Bernina(?) These pix show projects made from: NEXT WAVE by Studio 37

4.  Finally the booth is taking shape – show here is the gorgeous HAMPTON RIDGE quilt (fabric by Paula Barnes, quilt BOM by Paula and Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts).  As you can see, this traditional collection translates equally beautifully into trendy throw pillows, too.  If you’re here at the show, see it all in person - BOOTH 2203!

Stay tuned for more news from Portland!