Meet Irene Chan – Her Cows Wear Boots!

Irene ChanWe are pleased to introduce Irene Chan, and her debut fabric collection for Marcus, NOT SO WILD WEST.   As an accomplished graphic designers whose work spans digital media to illustration to TV and broadcast, Irene now brings her signature style to our Studio 37 brand.  This fun, whimsical collection is sure to bring a smile to the faces of young cowboys and cowgirls alike – did you catch the cows… they’re wearing boots!  You’ll love Irene’s prints for sleeping bags, cute clothes, bandannas, even and camping accessories, so get on over to your local quilt shops this October.

Meanwhile, check out the entire collection online, and viisit Irene online at Eneri.

Not So Wild West by Irene Chan - Marcus Fabrics

Past Endearments, as Interpreted by Lynn Wilder

We always love to see what Lynn Wilder’s been up to, and this particular blog posts shows off her interpretation of Judie Rothermel’s PAST ENDEARMENTS collection. Judie’s mix of cool pinks and blues with warm neutrals create a beautiful trans-seasonal look.  Once you’ve taken it all from this in-progress photo, be sure to read the full post at her Sew’n Wild Oaks blog, because there Lynn explains her Patchwork Math method for creating the blocks.  Thanks, Lynn!

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#MarcusAtMarket Wrap-Up

Another Spring Quilt Market concludes!  Thank you to our customers, friends, associates and designers for another successful event.  From long before booth set-up to breakdown, it takes lots of hands to make it all happen…

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There’s so much happening at Marcus, and Booth 1901 reflects it all beautifully:

1 – At left is the new Amish with a Twist III BOM by Nancy Rink, surrounded by a variety of garments and crafts in wool & cotton.

2 – l. to r.: Quilts in PAISLEY PERSUASION, PAST ENDEARMENTS and HISTORICAL STRIPES

3 – Customer service pros Indra (seated) and Regina discuss our latest with shop owners.

4 – Table tops are adorned with fusible applique – a great idea for special event decorating.  Later, you can cut away the appliqued square to repurpose as a pillow front of quilt block!

5 – ALWAYS THE SEASON quilt and holiday crafts!

6 & 7 – Two of our designers set up their booths just across from us – Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts (you can tell her booth by the red  ; ) and Paula Barnes of Red Crinoline Quilts.

Thanks for the photos, Faye Burgos!

This Year’s “Must-Have” Palettes, In Shops NOW!

SPICE PALETTE - This Year’s “Must-Have” Palettes, Available TODAYHave you noticed these gorgeous color palettes? They’re everywhere, from interior design to fashion to quilting.

Simple but sophisticated, it’s the subtle shades and detailed patterns that make SPICE PALETTE’s rich golds and warm, muted greys among the season’s most stashworthy looks.

CINNAMON & HONEY and CARAWAY & CARDAMOM work beautifully in traditional and trendy quilt designs alike.  You’ll also LOVE them as interesting backgrounds for your own creativity, whether you like to embroider, applique, bead or otherwise embellish!  And best of all, these must-haves are available in your favorite quilt shops NOW, ready to enjoy all year-long.

 

The Australasian Quilt Convention … Who’s Going?

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!)Quilts by Deirdre Bond-Abel of Hat Creek Quilts

…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!

#makeitwithmarcusfabrics

Our Top 10 Ways to Enjoy World Quilting Day

Worldwide QuiltiWorldwide Quilting Day logong 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.
  • 5. Choose a BOM quilt project — we’ve got some suggestions!
  • 4.  Book yourself on a quilting-related vacation, expo or weekend retreat.
  • 3.  Visit your local quilt shops, including those participating in Worldwide Quilting Day.
  • 2.  Enter WQD’s Star Block Challenge (you can enter from March 21 through April 21, 2015!
  • 1. Expand your creative repertoire to include fabrics you’ve never tried before, like 1930’s prints, wallpaper stripes, or wool

Of course, these suggestions are great any time of year, and we know you’ve probably got lots of other ideas… How will you spend the day?

More from QuiltCon – Laura’s Picks

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.

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  •  1 – Heather Jones
  •  2 – Leslie Schmidt
  • 3 & 4 – Laura’s workshop result

Pati’s Picks from QuiltCon 2015

Did you attend this year’s QuiltCon in Austin, TX?    Pati did, and she sent back pix of a few of her favorite quilts on display.  Here’s what caught her eye…Which quilts were your favorites?

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  • 1-  Kathy York shows off her “Best in Show” quilt (Front and back)
  • 2 – Colorful Drunkard’s circles by Jo Avery
  • 3 – “Totally Biased” by Lucy Bail
  • 4 – “My Way” by Pamela Rocco
  • 5 – “Tuning Fork”  by Heather Prefer

Think Spring with McCall’s Quick Quilts

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…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.

 

Look at These Gorgeous Greens!

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 AgedMuslinGREENSthese “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!