Behind the Scenes: The Story of ELIZABETH’S DOWRY

Look at what literally just arrived on my desk…it’s Today’s Quilter, our favorite UK quilting magazine, with a big BONUS!

todaysquiltersupp1Issue Seventeen was packaged with a special supplement all about our ELIZABETH’S DOWRY fabric collaboration!  With input from The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles and Karen Styles of Somerset Patchwork, it not only outlines the journey of how this unique collection came to be, but also offers great projects and insights to help you make the most of this historic collection.todaysquiltersupp2

Like the magazine, this special publication is beautifully done — a true collector’s item.  Of course, having contributed to one of the articles, we knew it was in the works, but it’s always sew exciting to see the finished product in real life!

To order your own copy:  Visit Today’s Quilter and check out their special offer for new US subscribers, now thru February 28, 2017.


Karen Styles Comes to Quilt Week

KarenStylesIf you’re planning to attend Quilt Week in Paducah (April 19-23, 2016), register now for one (or both!) of Karen’s events, sponsored by our friends at Paper Pieces, the experts in English paper piecing!  Choose from her Robin’s Nest workshop on Wednesday, April 20…

or her Okehampton workshop (shown below) on Tuesday, April 19

Learn the great techniques Karen uses in her designs for Somerset Patchwork and more! Interested?  Call 1-800-337-1537 or stop by the Hexie House for more information on these workshop/lectures.  Have fun!

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 – Beautiful Booths!

Booth 1022 turned out beautifully, displaying the traditional looks we’re best known for, along with the contemporary style of Studio 37 Fabrics!  Below it, the Somerset Patchwork booth (1023), shows Karen Styles’ unique look and Australian design sense.


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!