Unfortunately, none of us in the NY office will be in attendance (Note to staff – 2016 Road Trip!!), but Marcus Fabrics will be well represented at the upcoming Australasian Quilt Convention. It takes place in Melbourne, Australia April 16-19, 2015, and among its lineup of star instructors are Marcus designers Deirdre Bond-Abel and Karen Styles!
AQC is the region’s premier quilting event with tutors from all of the world and vendors that are only quilt related — no other crafts. People travel from all over Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific to attend. Deirdre will teach three classes that incorporate Marcus prints and wools (Ashmore, Warwick and Colbrook, in the order shown below…patterns and kits to follow!)
…and Karen is teaching Mrs Billings’ Coverlet at the convention.
If you’re attending the Australasian Quilt Convention next week, feel free to be our eyes and send in some images!
Worldwide Quilting Day is upon us again, taking place this Saturday, March 21, 2015. Even though the day is highlighted, it actually kicks off a full month of activities, ending on April 21. And we’ve come up with 10 great ways to enjoy this annual celebration:
10. Gather a few fabric-loving friends (and your favorite snacks) for a modern quilting bee.
9. Share your love of quilting with a young person.
8. Join a local guild. (Already belong to one? Join a second one!)
7. Devote some time to your creative space by tidying up, or stitch up a new mug rug, or pincushion.
6. Create a charity quilt for a nearby hospital or other organization.
Marcus design director Laura Berringer also snapped a few favorites from her visit to QuiltCon. Even better, back here in arctic NYC, she shows off the result of her workshop with the Gee’s Bend quilters, who were this year’s keynote speakers at QuiltCon as well as instructors. Laura was happy to share what was left of her Marcus charm pack with the legendary quilters that put Gee’s Bend, Alabama on the map! You can clearly see the influence of these African American fiber artists in the quilts that caught Laura’s eye, one of the roots of the Modern Quilt movement.
…You’ll find the perfect post-winter inspiration in the form of a quilt project by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith, mixing prints from VICTORIA PARK (by Karen Styles) and SOFTLY SPOKEN (by Harriet Hargrave). Its easy nine-patch construction and light color palette make it the perfect first project for spring.
Look for the April/May issue on newsstands beginning March 3, 2015. Instructions are included in the issue, and a fabric kit is available.
This just in…Stephanie Dell’Olio, president and fearless leader of our retail division, couldn’t help but notice the spike in orders for NEW AGED MUSLINS, and in particular this gorgeous selection of green tones along the center of the swatch card. The muted, subtly shaded effect of these “not-quite-solid” muslins makes them perfect for life-like appliqued leaves and stems.
We already know that floral applique projects are big now, so in part that might explain it, but we always love to hear about your other creative uses for our basics. Applique? Backgrounds? Sashings? Fashion? Do you mix them with contemporary prints or reproductions, or maybe use them in place of true solids?
In fact, that would be a fun giveaway: Comment below to tell us how you’ve used our NEW AGED MUSLINS for the chance to win this swatch card (you’ll love this giveaway — the swatches are huge!) We’ll hold a random drawing next Tuesday, February 3!
A big THANK YOU to all of our quilting friends for participating in our Lucy Boston Challenge this weekend at the Road to CA event! With over 125 blocks completed this weekend, we appreciate your talents, comments and enthusiasm, and we can’t wait to unveil the finished project. Pati says, “Looks like we will be making a couple of quilts for the ALS donation. Thank you all that participated. I had the best time seeing how excited you all were to hand in your blocks.”
Check out our final collection of paper-pieced blocks below …and watch for the announcement of our ten lucky Prize Pack winners, too!
Wishing everyone safe travels home, especially those on the East Coast, in advance of the coming blizzard…including Pati!!
Amy Tangiguchi brought the 100th block to the booth, which earned her a special prize.
All stacked up – an impressive grouping!
Nancy brings in the 125th and final block!
Pati and Vicki make it to the end of the show! Congrats, girls!
It’s time for Road to California, taking place this weekend in Ontario, CA. Pati (on the left) reports a missing shipment!!
“Even though our shipment didn’t arrive me and Vickie are “making do” with what we have. We are smiling but we’re not happy about the missing shipment”. Hopefully it will show up, and be the only bump in an otherwise smooth Road Trip. At least the weather looks good from here, Pati…
To cheer her up, be sure to stop by the Marcus booth, and tell her Lisa sent you ; ) Pati and Vicki Bellino (of Marcus BOM and Strip-It quilt fame) will demo creative cutting & piecing, paper piecing and more, all weekend long. And you can create your own Lucy Boston block for the chane to win a Marcus prize pack. Pick up your free fabric and paper piecing pack, stitch up your block, and return it to be displayed in the Marcus booth during the show. We’ll be picking TEN winners…Good Luck!
Guess what: Our own very talented Nancy Rink of Nancy Rink Designs is one of several quilt artists named to AURIFIL Thread’s 2015 Design Team! Judging from the size of those spools, it looks like they’re all in for a really fun and eventful year. You know Nancy from her colorful fabric collections and gorgeous BOMs and other quilt designs including AMISH WITH A TWIST, COLOR LOVE, MILL WORKS and POINTE PLEASANT, among others. (That’s her in the solid black shirt, lower left end.) We’re thrilled that Nancy will bring Marcus fabrics and Aurifil together in her gorgeous creations for the coming year, and beyond…
Congratulations to Nancy and all of the Aurifil designers!
It’s great to get booth pictures from new sources — it gives us a chance to see what our sales reps, designers and other associates found especially picture-worthy. Here’s what they loved:
Boutique garments from a mix of Marcus Fabrics
Lynn Wilder of the Sew’n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog designed this quilt, entitled Emilie Elizabeth, using a mix of JUDIE’S ALBUM QUILT prints and PAULA BARNES COMPANIONS. Pattern Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
PRIMO PLAIDS remain the quilter’s favorite for quilts, crafts & cozy clothing, with new patterns and colors each season!
Aunt Grace SIMPLER SAMPLER – BOM quilt by Vicki Bellino and assorted crafts!
Nancy Rink’s purples highlight MILL WORKS fabrics & BOM program.
Cute crafts done in POMEGRANATE LANE cotton prints and coordinating SEASONS Wool Collection colors