Our offices are closed today due to “Stella” the current blizzard along the East Coast. And even though we didn’t get as much actual snow as predicted (about 18″), the heavy, icy pellets, freezing rain and wind are even more treacherous! And what does that mean? It’s Mugrug Weather, time to choose your favorite coffee, tea, hot toddy, cocoa or other warm and cozy beverage, and give it a pretty and proper place to sit on your table or desk.
It’s also a perfect time to show off some of the inspiring entries that have come in so far for our ongoing Mugrug Challenge. It runs now thru April 30, so we’re only halfway thru, which means there’s plenty of time for you to enter again and again, and maybe even win one of our weekly mug-and-fabric prizes!
No matter what’s lurking outside your windows this afternoon, everyone stay safe, and stitch up a quick mugrug (including at least one Marcus or Studio 37 fabric print)…then post it on Instagram with #MarcusMugshot, or email your photo to enter. We’ll be that much closer to our goal of “A Marcus Rug for Every Mug”!
So, who’s joining us at QuiltCon in sunny (hopefully!) Savannah, GA next week? We’re proud to return again as sponsors, and we can’t wait to share all that’s new with you from Studio 37 Fabrics!! For now, here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find at BOOTH 549!
#MarcusMugshot Mugrug Challenge: As if ten free mugrug projects from your favorite Marcus makers wasn’t enough, you can also visit us in Booth 549 to select a few FREE SWATCHES to get your entry started! Have your #MarcusMugshot taken right in the booth, and share it on social media. (Here’s Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s free design, just one of the 10 available online…)
And speaking of Victoria, have you heard about her QuiltCon Booth Hop?? Simply visit all of the QuiltCon booths Victoria is associated with, including her own Booth #338, have your card stamped in each booth, and you could win a $500 prize pack from Victoria herself!! Of course, we suggest you begin your Hop at the Marcus booth…
FREEMarcus WOOL Mini-Make-n-Take: Visit our sewing station to stitch up a cute little multi-layered bright wool embellishment. Inspired by penny rugs, these single “Wool Pennies” can jazz up a quilt, bag, or add a pin back for easy fabric jewelry. Thanks to our friends at Aurifil for supplying their cotton floss, and to Sizzix for their die cutting machine.
On Thursday and Sunday, Sarah J Maxwell will share her favorite paper piecing tips and techniques as she stitches up blocks using her new DANDY DAYScollection and supplies from Paper Pieces!
Looking forward to a fun and creative weekend — See you there!!
If these first days of 2017 are any indication, January is all about THE RAINBOW FISH hitting the quilt shops! And we’re not surprised by all of the excitement caused by Marcus Pfister’s friendly, lovable character. In fact, just as I began to write this post, Pati shared this note from one of our sales reps discussing her customer’s experience with the “Scales” (Style 9752-0750)
“Janet made up a pillowcase of The Rainbow Fish, washed it, dried it, ironed it, and brought it in to the store. She said there wasn’t a single piece of glitter that came off, and the fabric has a lovely hand. She was really impressed with the quality of the metallic and printing overall, and ordered more of the line today. I had some customers who thought the glitter wouldn’t make a nice pillow surface, but it was a beautiful, soft pillowcase.”
And the rest of the prints are equally beautiful, some with touches of metallic shimmer. We even have three quilt projects, available through your local quilt shops:
Look for the collection in stores now, and ask for Rainbow Fish books in selected shops!
We’re thrilled to sponsor the all-new issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 14, especially since one of the the 100 quilt blocks features the REVVED UP RETRO line by Studio 37 Fabrics designer Sarah J Maxwell of Designs by Sarah J! View the LOOKBOOK for more about her colorful collection.
When you follow the Blog Tour you might also find some great Marcus goodies among the many giveaways! There’s still time to join in the fun — for starters, just comment below for the chance to win a copy of the magazine from Quiltmaker! Then, check out Quiltmaker’s Quilty Pleasures blog for tour details, magazine info and more..Good Luck!.
Please join us in congratulating Victoria on winning the Third Place INNOVATIVE PIECED award at Quilt Festival, sponsored by IQA and Tin Lizzie! This is the fourth award for the fabulous “Mr. Swirl E. Bones”. You might remember that her intriguing design (which featured skulls, in formation, wearing top hats!) also grabbed Judges’ Choice and Viewers’ Choice honors at QuiltConearlier this year, as well as First Place at MQX in April. Impressive!
Mr. Swirl E. Bones, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Quilted by Shelly Pagliai, 2015
Check out the Red Crinoline Quilts blogevery Wednesday for their “WOW Wednesday” features, like the gorgeous quilt they shared just last week…it shows off Red Crinoline’s “Gettysburg” quilt pattern, done in Paula Barnes’ LATIMER FARMS collection.
Latimer’s warm browns and blues make it the perfect collection for quilts you’ll enjoy year-round, and the color combination is especially nice for “guy gifts”. Be sure to subscribe to the Red Crinoline Quilts blog for their weekly sneak peeks, tips and inspiration!
If you attended the Warwick Valley Quilt Guild’s show this past weekend, hopefully, you caught Victoria’s presentation, along with some Retail Therapy from Victoria (and lots of other great vendors!) The bi-annual guild show takes place in Warwick, NY. Pati (shown in the right side photo with Victoria’s assistants, Laurie and Kim) was also in attendance, and she sent along a few pix of the exciting event. Goodies at Victoria’s booth included MEADOW STORM and MOSTLY MANOR bundles and of course, inspiring quilts…
And the winner of this lovely little grouping of Marcus PLUM solids, prints and flannels is…
Linda Douglas of Livingston, MT, who shared: “Hi, love purples of all shades! I’m thinking of dark purple eggplant.This collection is gorgeous! Thanks for introducing this collection+sharing some too!”
Thank you to all of you who join us in celebrating this wonderful color ; )
Crain’s New York reports that the internet sensation herself will be worked into the end of tomorrow’s performance of “Cats” on Broadway. tomorrow evening (Friday, September 30)! We wonder if the online feline demanded that her dressing room to be decked out in her new cotton prints and flannels…