The Lucy Boston Blocks Winners & More


Here are the winning blocks!

This morning we sifted through more than 130 Lucy Boston blocks created by our quilting friends who visited Pati & Vicki at our Road to California booth, enjoying the view just before choosing the TEN prize pack random winners. Thank you again to everyone who participated in our Lucy Boston Challenge.  Your blocks will become part of our donation quilts for the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS, created by Quilter’s Dream Batting. Each year, the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS collects hundreds of quilts to be given to patients living with ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease), a debilitating, paralyzing disease that is currently affecting over 35,000 people in the U.S. alone.  The Challenge raises awareness about ALS, and 100% of the proceeds are used to fund research toward a cure for this terrible disease.

LucyBlocksChoose2Pati looks on as our retail division president, Stephanie Dell ‘Olio, chooses the ten lucky blocks at random…Below, check out what each of the winners will get — the fabrics may vary, but still, what a great haul!  (You never know what’s stashed away in Pati’s office…)


Lots of goodies for the winners!

 And the winners are:

  • Sabrina Cowley of Orem, UT
  • Bonnie DeBusk of Las Vegas, NV
  • Lisa Jenni of Redmond, WA
  • JoAnna Larmore of Glendale, UT
  • Lillian Loyd of Stockton, CA
  • Emma Moore-Kochlacy of El Cajon, CA
  • Donna Nordstrom of Etiwanda, CA
  • Brenda Simoni of Lancaster, CA
  • Berta Stone of Olalla, WA
  • Melissa Turner of Phoenix, AZ

Congrats to all of the drawing winners!  And stay tuned for more on our quilts for ALS!

Last Call for Lucy Boston!

A big THANK YOU to all of our quilting friends for participating in our Lucy Boston Challenge this weekend at the Road to CA event!  With over 125 blocks completed this weekend, we appreciate your talents, comments and enthusiasm, and we can’t wait to unveil the finished project.  Pati says, “Looks like we will be making a couple of quilts for the ALS donation. Thank you all that participated.  I had the best time seeing how excited you all were to hand in your blocks.” 

Check out our final collection of paper-pieced blocks below …and watch for the announcement of our ten lucky Prize Pack winners, too!

Wishing everyone safe travels home, especially those on the East Coast, in advance of the coming blizzard…including Pati!!


Amy Tangiguchi brought the 100th block to the booth, which earned her a special prize.

All stacked up - an impressive grouping!

All stacked up – an impressive grouping!

Nancy brings in the 125th and final block!

Nancy brings in the 125th and final block!

Pati and Vicki make it to the end of the show!  Congrats, girls!

Pati and Vicki make it to the end of the show! Congrats, girls!

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!

“Who Won the Just Judie Contest??”

Marcus Fabrics is thrilled to announce the Winners of our Just Judie Quilt Competition!  After reviewing over 300 entries, the field was narrowed to just 25 Finalists  From there, the difficult (but fun!) process of final judging gave us these exciting results.  A complete list of Finalists will be posted on shortly.

Congratulations to our winners!!JJ-Even-Grand

Lisa Even of Barrington, IL    –  “Bringing the Past to the Present”
Sponsoring Shop – The Quilt Merchant, Winfield, IL
$2500 Cash +  Brother Sewing Machine + Prize Pack
(English paper-pieced, machine pieced; Machine quilted by Dawn Larsen  61″ x 64″ )

JJ-Bond-SecondSecond Prize:
Sarah Bond of Philadelphia, PA   –   “Orange Peel Reel”
Sponsoring Shop – Round Bobbin Quilt Shop, Ambler, PA
$1000 Cash + Prize Pack
(Paper-piecing & traditional piecing; Machine quilted by Carol Heisler  78″ x 78″ )

JJ-Yando-ThirdThird Prize:
Nancy Yando of Fuquay-Varina, NC    –   “Sewing Circles”
Sponsoring Shop – Lonestar Mercantile, Fuquay-Varina, NC
$500 + Prize Pack
(Hand appliquéd & hand quilted dimensional padded circles  48″ x48″ )



Wendy Reed of Bath, ME   –  “Thanks, Judie”

Sponsoring Shop – Busy Thimble Quilt Shop, Litchfield, ME

Fabric & Prize Pack


Denise Isherwood of Norwalk, CT    “I Never Met A Judie Fabric That I Didn’t Love”

Sponsoring Shop – Busy Thimble Quilt Shop, Litchfield, ME

Fabric & Prize Pack

All 25 of our Finalists will also receive a Prize Pack of quilting essentials from our generous sponsor partners:  Brother, Simplicity, Dritz Quilting, Omnigrid, Pellon and Martingale.



Ready for More? The Just Judie Show Continues!


Sharon McKnight of Sullivan, WI provides us with patriotic inspiration with scenic appliques, Judie-style.

Callista Garman

Callista Garman of Milwaukee, WI creates hexies and star miniature blocks (a Judie favorite!) with English paper piecing.

Just Judie Quilt

Minnette Cummins of Margate, FL chose a sampler design to show off her shills, as well as her stash.
MaryEllen vonHolt

Mary Ellen vonHolt of Marietta, GA creates a star-studded tribute to Judie, in various sizes & colors.

Karen Schippert

Karen Schippert of Cissna Park, IL floats paper-pieced blocks on a light ground to give them a floating effect.

Sarah Bond

Sarah Bond of Philadelphia, PA takes a fresh, non traditional route, with tonal Orange Peel blocks in a medallion style.


Denise Isherwood of of Norwalk, CT borders lovely center applique with blocks on-point and a ribbon-like border.


Carol Hanley Garcia

Carol Hanley Garcia of Houston, TX pays tribute to The Lincoln Years in shades of pink and blue.

BettyJane Hall

Betty Jane Hall of Springville, PA surrounds her intricate medallion motif with multi-colored stars and beautiful quilting.

June Powell

Ives June Powell of Denton, TX incorporates the Gettysburg Address as the focal point, framing it with pieced strips.

Our Just Judie “Virtual Quilt Show” Continues…

Recently we received these photos from Just Judie contestants:

Risa Entrekin

Risa Entrekin of Prattville, AL created 25 blocks, including three “rogue” blocks represent those times in life when things don’t go as planned and create roadblocks; but in hindsight, those experiences blend together to create a life that is unique and beautiful and quite unexpected.”

Jane Betterley

Jane Betterley of Canton, GA, mixes square-in-a-square blocks with colorful star blocks (a favorite Judie theme) to commemorate each of the 25 years Judie has been designing fabrics for Marcus Brothers.

Linda Wirtz

Linda Wirtz of Roswell, GA places cream stars on a colorful pieced “ground”, in an interesting role-reversal of colors.

Barbara Rotondi

Barbara Rotondi of Woodstock, GA gives colorful blocks and sashings a floating effect on cream ground

Mary Ann Kelly

Mary Ann Kelly of Cocoa, FL recreates Underground Railroad code blocks, mixing burgundy and blues with earth tones.

Jane Cubbon

Jane Cubbon of Bristow, VA combines foundation piecing and Seminole techniques, with a creative design that directs you to the gorgeous central block.

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!”

More Just Judie Entries…

The fun continues today with great new photos…enjoy!

Evangeline Kaus

Evangeline Kaus of Delafield, WI shows off gorgeous LeMoyne Star blocks

Linda Sawrey

Linda Sawrey of Temecula, CA frames pretty sampler blocks with detailed piecing that gives a dramatic ric-rac border effect.

Judy Sheridan

Judy Sheridan of Skaneateles, NY give Judie’s prints an interesting twist, and borders them with appliqued baskets & vines.

Nancy Yando

Nancy Yando of Fuquay-Varina, NC successfully takes on the challenge of muptile circle appliques – dimensional HAND applique, that is!

Marty Young

Marty Young of Marietta, GA show off not only her English paper piecing and neddleturned applique skills, but also “evidence” of just a small part of her Judie stash!

Wanda Chadwick

Wanda Chadwick of Powder Springs, GA created a beautifully non-traditional look using various dimensional techniques.

Beautiful Quilts…and Tough Decisions for Us!

JudieContestLOGOWe’re having a great time reviewing the many Just Judie quilts that have been submitted! And we are inspired and excited by the variety and scope of Judie Rothermel’s many devotees ; )

For those who are checking your emails and manning your phones for Just Judie updates, you’ll be happy to learn that we have indeed selected the 25 Finalists.  Final judging will then be completed by September 30, 2013 and all winners will be notified by October 13, 2013 as stated in the official competition rules.  Thank you to all of the entrants and the sponsoring quilt shops, too!  Stay tuned for updates…

Martingale Loves 1930’s Prints!

Aunt Grace fabrics by Judie Rothermel for Marcus FabricsOur friends at Martingale/ That Patchwork Place discuss their love for 1930s fabrics & quilts in today’s blogpost.  We’re proud to have Martingale as one of our generous prize sponsors of our JUST JUDIE Quilt Competition! Of course, Judie Rothermel’s AUNT GRACE collections are always near and dear to us, and even more so as we continue to receive contest entries!     As we come toward the deadline for the contest on July 31, we’d like to know:  What are some of your favorite Aunt Grace colors?