#MarcusMarketMania – “Tributes and Treasures” Signing

Were you among the lucky recipients of a signed copy of Tributes and Treasures? The new book by Paula Barnes (seated right) and Mary Ellen Robison (seated left) has won rave reviews already, and we enjoyed hosting a book signing in their honor today at Booth 1022.  Fans stopped by the entire time to meet and greet the new Martingale authors. ..I hope Mary Ellen got a cool pen for the occasion as I suggested  ; )

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Red Crinoline Quilts fabric and book giveaway

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!

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At Home with Pam Buda, via APQ Magazine

PamHome-CoverWow! The December 2015 issue of American Quilting & Patchwork magazine (APQ) has a real treat for all of us Pam Buda fans – it’s a multi-page profile of our favorite prairie-inspired quilt designer, photographed inside her beautiful Illinois home!

Naturally, many of the designs shown are patterns available thru Heartspun Quilts, and they feature her fabric collections including TREENWARE & BERRIES and AMERICAN GOTHIC.


Below you’ll see Pam on the left, and design director Nancy Wiles and photographer Greg Scheidemann styling a shot in her living room.  It’s great when a designer’s home and furnishings are a true reflection of her work  ; )


Visit your newsstand or quilt shop now, or order online (subscribers, watch your mailboxes) to read more about Pam, her quilts, fabric and inspiration in the magazine!


Photos used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting magazine.           (c) 2015 Meredith Corp.  All rights reserved.

So, Who Won the “Random Reds” Giveaway?

Thanks for all of your great comments on last week’s “Seeing Red” post!  And without further delay, congratulations to Margaret McCullough of Okemos, MI.

Here’s the Random Reds bundle I pulled together from various collections…enjoy them, Margaret, and feel free to send us a pic of whatever you create with these!


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!

past endearments - Lynn Wilder

Sew on the Go…Literally!

Sew on the Go...LiterallyCheck out this adorable sewing machine cover, cleverly disguised as a vintage camper! Even as it was being unpacked and still on the hotel luggage cart, it quickly became one of our more eye-catching – and amusing – booth samples.  Can’t you just imagine the little quilter stitching away inside it?

If you love vacationing with your sewing machine, you pretty much have to have one of these… This one was sewn up by Miriam Rawson in GRACIE’S SCHOOLHOUSE CLASSICS by Judie Rothermel – no better choice for a vintage camper than everyone’s favorite 1930’s reproduction fabrics!  Note that Miriam made hers a bit longer than the original pattern to accommodate her Bernina machine.

<  Need pattern information? The original design for the Vintage Caravan Sewing Machine Cover is by Janine at Rainbow Hare in the UK.



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It’s Official: PEPPERY is “Hot”!!


It looks like Paula Barnes knew what she meant when she named her newest collection PEPPERY!  Just days into its official release, the collection of black, cream and beige small prints is a noticeable winner already! Easy to see, because these colors transfer from reproduction and historical quilts to modern, and they lend themselves easily to quilts and projects with a tailored, more masculine feel, such as out Heidi Pridemore’s project (coming soon as a download at your local quilt shops):


Peppery prints example

Versatile, stashworthy Peppery prints are also great as subtly textured grounds for applique and needlework, like this example from Crabapple Hill Studio.

PEPPERY comes to your local quilt shop this summer – see the entire collection online now, and plan a project to enjoy all year long!



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.



Victoria’s Violets Featured in McCall’s Quilting

McCallsMar15COVERHave you seen the McCall’s Quilting Mar/April 2015 issue yet? Look for the VICTORIA’S VIOLETS collection by Molly B’s Studio, featured in a quilt by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith.  It’s featured on the cover.  The design makes great use of the distinctive stripe, the quilt’s focal point – see how nicely it shows up even when folded, on the cover of the issue!  Complete instructions are included in the issue, and a kit is offered through the magazine as well.



Another Quilt Market Begins!

The office is quiet today as several of our Marcus-ites are traveling to Houston for Fall Quilt Market 2014! Looking forward to their pictures!

Quilt Market is now in its 35th year (and Quilt Festival, the show for consumers, marks 40 years in 2014!)  Marcus has been attending since 1987, when we debuted with Judie Rothermel’s first collection of Aunt Grace 1930’s repros.  Here’s a peek at the Judie Rothermel collections we’ll be showing this weekend… AUNT GRACE SIMPLER SAMPLER and JUDIE’S ALBUM QUILT.  Check out the details of these gorgeous BOM programs.  No wonder she’s still the leader in 1930’s reproductions and historic fabric prints for quilters!