Quilters Take Manhattan 2015 – Part II

Also appearing at QTM 2015 were quilting stars Edyta Sitar, Yvonne Porcella, keynote speaker Ricky Tims, and others.  Congrats to Edyta, who took top honors at Quilt Match Manhattan, a friendly “create-it-on-the-spot” quilt challenge –  great belt!!


and these quilts below by Ricky Tims caught the eye of Marcus Fabrics’ own Laura Berringer…notice the very cool visual glow effect on this first one!QTM-RickyTimsQuilts

…and finally, more with Victoria and friends…


If you did miss this annual weekend of non-stop quilt inspiration, be prepared to grab your tickets early, since it has sold out several years in a row — and faster each year! Join us in 2016 when “Quilters Take Manhattan” yet again  ; )


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?

Who Won the Giveaways for WEEK #9?

Week9-CoinPursePrizeThanks to everyone for your enthusiastic response to our entire Sew Along, and Week 9 in particular  ; )  Without further delay, the winners of my personally curated Marcus fabric bundle and Vintage Coin Purse Kit are:

  • Laurie Smith
  • Grace Thorne
  • Kim Lange

Congrats to all – we’ll be in touch about your prizes.  And remember, everyone, you still have a chance to win the Grand Prize basket when you comment on the Big Reveal Blog post (October 3).   –   lisa

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

And We’re Off! The Sew-Along Begins…

Well, it looks like we’re off to a very enthusiastic start with our new “Friends & Companions” Designer Sew-Along, judging from our first installment by Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts.  Her block is gorgeous, isn’t it?  Check out her opening blog post and join in the excitement!  You can even win prizes from your favorite Marcus designers, or a Grand Prize at the end of the sew-along.  For the next nine weeks, we’ll post one block with instructions on each designer’s blog, resulting in the Big Reveal on October 3…stay tuned!

Road to CA – Here’s the Prizewinner We Sponsored!

RoadtoCAWinner2014Once again, Marcus Fabrics was thrilled to be a sponsor of the ever-popular Road to California Quilters’  Conference and Showcase, also known as Road2CA.  We provided the $750 cash prize in the Best Miniature Quilt category.  The winning entry, Dans les Bains de Maroc, was created by Robin Gausebeck, who was inspired by Moroccan motifs on wallpaper in her master bathroom.

To see more of the quilts, visit RoadCongratulations to Robin, and to all of the Road2CA winners — see you next year!

Marcus and The Quilt Merchant Celebrate Lisa Even!

The excitement over our Just Judie quilt competition continues, as Marcus Fabrics celebrated the  achievement of our Grand Prize winner, Lisa Even of Barrington, IL, whose entry was sponsored by The Quilt Merchant in Winfield, IL.  Our own Director of Marketing, Pati Violick, brought a trunk show of the three winning quilts, along with some of Judie Rothermel’s creations, as attendees oooh’d and aahh’d the gorgeous fabrics and techniques!  Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts and Marcus sales rep Bill Garrettson also joined in the fun. Check out some of the highlights:QMerchant storeLisa shows offer her fabulous work – it earned her a $2500 cash prize, and a Brother Laura Ashley Innova sewing machine!

QMerchLisaQLisa also treated us to a glimpse of her current project…



Quilters also enjoyed a close-up of Marcus’ Civil War PEACE & UNITY BOM quilt.  This is the final installment of our Civil war series.


Judie Rothermel’s miniatures were a highlight of the day…these minis, from her private collection, made a rare public appearance.  Such small quilts, such huge impact!



Taking Second Place in the Just Judie competition was Sarah Bond’s creation.  We love her Orange Peel design.  Done in Judie’s fabrics, its’ the perfect marriage of trend and tradition!  It’s shown off here by Quilt Merchant owner Valerie Langue (left) and Pati Violick of Marcus Fabrics.

And our Third Place winning entry, a beautiful hand-appliqued circle designf by Nancy Yando…

For more photos, visit Pam Buda’s blog. Thanks to everyone who came to join us in celebrating Lisa, Judie, and the quilting traditions we all love!  Lisa, enjoy your machine…we can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

More Just Judie Entries!

Keep those quilt entry pix coming, and we’ll continue to post them! These are the latest….enjoy!

Susan Schering

Susan Schering of Melbourne, FL mixes baskets of varying sizes in gorgeous warm & neutral Judie tones.

Karen Donnelly

Karen Donnelly of Waterloo, NY creatively shapes her corners to add motion and visual interest, giving the effect of “a pulsating star”.

Lisa Even

Lisa Even of Barrington, IL frames her center medallion design with a variety of colors, prints and techniques.

Lynn Davis

Lynn Davis of Cumming, GA shows off perfect pinwheels in spicy colors that span the seasons. She adds “Just a few weeks after completion a nice young man proposed to his girlfriend on my Judie quilt after taking her or a romantic horseback ride. It was even more special to see it used as the beginning of a life long commitment of love!”

Where Are the Repro Fabrics Going??

“Are reproduction fabrics going away?”

“I’ve heard that I should start hoarding my repro prints because less are being produced…is that true?”

In the past week or so, we’ve been hearing the whispers, and had these very questions from consumers.  Rest assured, and allow us to explain:  For some time, there had been many new players in the reproduction area, secondary sources who were offering the look in addition to the more established reproduction fabric manufacturers like Marcus.  We believe that what you’re seeing is a retreat from reproductions by these secondary  sources, as their attention now turns to more contemporary looks in the wake of the “modern” category.  So, while it does seem as though fewer of these prints are available, you can be assured that for those of us in the industry whose strength has always been the reproduction & historical fabrics, you’ll continue to see our finest efforts in your local quilt shops.

Speaking of fine quality repro fabrics, remember that our Just Judie quilt competition is in full swing, and entries are due by July 31, 2013…

P.S.  And yes, we do believe you should continue to collect the fabrics you love, from Judie Rothermel to Paula Barnes and more!

A New Look for Judie’s Website!

Judie Rothermel fans, be sure to check out her new look online, and note that Schoolhouse Quilts will be at the Broward Quilt Expo this weekend as well as the Cincinnati Quilt Festival next month!  In addition to visiting your local quilt shops, these are two great opportunities to pick up what you need for your Just Judie competition entry...enjoy!