Red Crinoline Adds Some “Wow” to Your Wednesdays!

Check out the Red Crinoline Quilts blog every 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!

And Now, On to Quilt FESTIVAL!

Quilt Market is now a memory and we enjoyed seeing so many of you in Houston!  As I type, the show hall is being transformed from the trade show to the consumer extravaganza known as Houston Quilt Festival!  There you can find your favorite Marcus designers including:

Somerset Patchwork – Visit Karen Styles in Booth 1023.  Karen’s LOIRE VALLEY collection is featured along with her patterns.  You’ll love her color sense and mix of quilting techniques, with a decidedly Australian flair…


PaulaMaryEllenRed Crinoline Quilts – Visit Mary Ellen & Paula in Booth 1031, featuring:


And you’ll find Victoria Findlay Wolfe all over Festival!  She not only designs fabric for Marcus now, but also continues to work with other great industry companies:

  • 10am-12pm in JUKI  – Booth 2108  –  Demos
  • 1-3pm Sizzix  Booth 217
  • 4-6pm OPEN STITCH STUDIO: Curved piecing demo.  Come take a break and learn piecing tips from Victoria!
  • 10am-12pm Sizzix  Booth 217
  • 1-3pm JUKI  Booth 2108
  • 4-5pm   Booth 622 – book signing
  • 10-11   Juki Booth 2018
  • 11am-12pm   Booth 622 – book signing
  • 1pm    Aisle S Exhibit  – Double Wedding Ring Talk
  • 12-2pm   Sizzix   Booth 217
  • 1pm Double wedding rings…
  • Juki   Booth 2108  and Sizzix   Booth 217  at random times…
Have fun at Festival!


#MarcusMarketMania – Who Won the Giveaway?

First things first…  With all of the “#marcusmarketmania” in the office, I haven’t had a chance to pick our Red Crinoline Quilts giveaway winner!  It truly warms our hearts to read Red Crinoline Quilts fabric and book giveawayall of your wonderful comments about Paula and Mary Ellen, the fabrics, patterns and more! Thank you all for taking the time to share your thoughts.  And so, without further delay the winner is…

Peggy Smith, who shared:  Whenever I attend a quilt show with a vendor mall I look for the Red Crinoline booth. I stand and try to absorb the wonderful quilts I always see there. I look forward to seeing Paula and Mary Ellen’s new patterns!” Congratulations, Peggy!

PaulaMaryEllen***REMINDER**** If you’re a shop owner attending Quilt Market
in Houston this weekend, be sure to visit us in Booth 1022, especially during our book signing for Paula and Mary Ellen on Sunday, October 25 at 12 noon!

#MarcusMarketMania   #MarcusFabrics  #QuiltMarket2015  #RedCrinolineQuilts  #reproductionfabric

The Tributes and Treasures GIVEAWAY Begins NOW!

Since our last post about the new book by the ladies of Red Crinoline Quilts, an office copy has arrived, and it just as fabulous as we knew it would be!  As promised, we’ve partnered up with Martingale for a fabric-and-book double giveaway, both here and on the Martingale blog.  

Red Crinoline Quilts fabric and book giveaway

Are you already a fan of Paula Barnes fabrics, or just now discovering them?  Maybe you’ve already been collecting the patterns from this design duo.  Either way, you’ll love these designs, and the lucky winner will receive a great fabric bundle of assorted prints by Paula to get started!  Just leave a comment below, and be sure you’re subscribed to the Marcus Mentions blog (scroll down to the sign-up box on the right).  Subscriber comments received by next Wednesday, October 14 will be eligible for the Marcus drawing.

REMINDER: If you’re a quilt shop owner attending Quilt Market in a couple of weeks, Paula and Mary Ellen will sign a limited number of free copies at our book signing on Sunday, October 25 at 12:00 noon (Marcus booth # 1022).  Join us, and be sure to arrive early!

#MarcusMarketMania  #makeitwithmarcusfabrics

Paula + Mary Ellen = Newly Published Authors!

PaulaMaryEllenCongratulations to Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts on the publication of their first book, TRIBUTES and TREASURES! Published by Martingale, its official release date is October 6 and of course, it’s full of projects just perfect for showcasing Paula Barnes’ gorgeous fabric prints!

And even more exciting, we’re joining in the celebration with this design duo and our friends at Martingale for a fabrics-and book blogpost giveaway on October 8, so be sure to stop by again, comment and subscribe to our blog to be eligible to win.

These are just a few of the beautiful projects included in the book.  We’re sew proud of you, ladies!!


#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…

#marcusatmarket recap

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.


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!

Mary Ellen’s HISTORICAL STRIPES, in Progress

HistoricalStripesBlocksMary Ellen Robison, of the Red Crinoline quilts design team (along with Paula Barnes), showed off these blocks from her in progress Richmond quilt featuring Paula’s HISTORICAL STRIPES collection.  The quilt was one of her projects from the Camp Blanding Retreat, one of their annual events.  From her blog post, I’d say everyone had a fabulous time, all 110 of them!!


Eventually, Mary Ellen’s quilt will look like this. Don’t you love the look of an all-stripe quilt?  You can create your own; visit Red Crinoline Quilts to order the pattern.



Remember Our Summer Sew-Along??

Take a look at these finished versions, using our original PAULA BARNES COMPANIONS fabric choices, and various other combinations from our quilting friends!  Red Crinoline posted these and more great pix on their blog today…

Ursula Yeo

Kathy Wagner of Ontario, Canada – waiting to add 2 borders

As you will see from the blog post, this SAL was truly an impressive international effort! Thanks to those who shared their beautiful work, and if you’ve completed (or nearly completed?) your Marcus Fabrics Designer SAL from this summer, be sure to send us your picture, too!

The Marcus Sew-Along Quilt, Revealed!

SALButtonHORZ14Here it is!

SALRevealedDo 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:

Remember to leave a comment on the Red Crinoline Quilts blog for your chance to win the Grand Prize package:


Keep Sewing Along… You Just Might Win This!


This week I thought I’d unveil the Grand Prize basket of excitement, which will be awarded to ONE Sew-Along participant, following our Big Reveal….Goodies were donated by our participating designers, along with our friends at Martingale and Misty Fuse!


Oooohhh, right?  There might even be an item or two that didn’t make the photo, so be sure to comment in the final week for your chance to win it all!  We hope you’ve been keeping up week-by-week,including WEEK 7 by Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts, and WEEK 8 by Dolores Smith of Homestead Hearth.  Both are shown below.


Block 7 by Mary Ellen Robison / Red Crinoline Quilts


WEEK 8 by Dolores Smith / Homestead Hearth

And stay tuned for the final block (designed by me!) this Friday, September 26, as well as the Big Reveal on October 3!  Keep stitching! — lisa