Lil’ Red Hen’s New Aunt Grace Top!

On the road with Marcus sales rep Toni Kay Steere!  Her recent visit to Li’l Red Hen Quilt Shop in Paola, Kansas turned up this beautifully sewn Aunt Grace SIMPLER SAMPLER quilt top.  Jenny, the shop owner, sewed the design, saying it was a pleasure to stitch up.  With fabrics by Judie Rothermel and the BOM quilt design by Vicki Bellino of Bloom Creek, how could it not be?  We think you’ll love it, too, so look for it at your favorite quilt shop – the 6 month program begins in January!

Personally, I love the little shopping carts to the left of the quilt ; )   —–lisa

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It Must Be Quilt Market Time Again

Aside from the sheer chaos that takes place here in the NY office as we prepare for Market season after season, another sure way to tell that the big show is approaching is the arrival of gorgeous quilts in the office.  Pati usually displays them for a day or two before packing them up.  Today, the view from our hallway includes the new AUNT GRACE SIMPLER SAMPLER BOM quilt (Fabrics by Judie Rothermel, Quilt & Program by Vicki Bellino).  The program begins January 2015 – visit your local quilt shop to reserve your space now!  Next to the BOM quilt is Vicki’s charming miniature design (28″ x 28″), entitled First Bloom – it’s also done with the new Aunt Grace collection.

If you’re attending Quilt Market (for the trade only), you can see these up close & personal in BOOTH 1802 – see you soon!

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Vicki Bellino Giveaways & New Book Launch

No, we’re not giving Vicki away, but you CAN win a copy of her new eBook (published by Martingale) to help celebrate its release!  Simply leave a comment below to enter.  Then visit the Martingale blog for a chance to win a Marcus bundle of Aunt Grace fabrics that are perfect for the book projects.

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Like English Paper Piecing? You’ll Love This…

Attention, EPP fans: Vicki Bellino’s new book comes out on May 6! English paper piecing dates back to at least the early 1700s, but no worries—just like Vicki Bellino’s first book about EPP, her latest collection of vintage-vibe quilts relies on 21st-century techniques. Pre-cut papers, rotary cutters, glue pens, and sizing spray take this time-honored handcraft to a new level of ease and speed.Vicki turns hexagons, diamonds, Dresdens, and more into happy handwork. (Martingale, 2014)    Challenge yourself with the quilt on the cover, made with a mind-boggling 2,031 hexies! Congratulations, Vicki!

Here’s a quilt by Susan Gilbert (Click on Comments for info)

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“Folk Blossoms” by Vicki Bellino

Did you see the new issue of McCalls Quilting?  It features a lovely design by Vicki Bellino of Bloom Creek, with her signature English paper peicing, applique techniques, and our folk art-inspired  PROVENCE & BEYOND collection by Faye Burgos!  A wonderfully seasonless look. We love how it mimics the look of the antique dishes in the china hutch.  A kit of the fabrics and paper pieces is available through the magazine for a limited time, or visit your local quilt shop for the fabrics.

Check Out BOOTH 2203 in Portland!

Quilt Market is well underway, just look at the booth decor!

1. NEXT WAVE is featured in quilts, decor and children’s clothing, all with equal flair!

2. and 3.  Vicki Bellino’s brand new patterns highlight our PRETTY SPECIAL baby girl and baby boy collections.

4.  VISUAL EFFECT’s contemporary color and prints in a traditional block setting.

5.  Marcus BOM’s – HAMPTON RIDGE (by Red Crinoline Quilts) and PARTY OF TWELVE (by Homestead Hearth)

See it all in person through Sunday, May 19 – BOOTH 2203

New VIDEO: Strip-It Tips with Vicki Bellino

Check out our resident Strip-It(TM) expert, Vicki Bellino of Bloom Creek, as she demonstrates some of her favorite quick, fun & practical techniques for using Faye Burgos’ Strip-It pre-printed stripe fabrics.  From easy half-square triangles to piano key borders to wedges (shown) and much more, you’ll learn how to achieve pieced looks with precision, in a fraction of the time.  Watch the video now!  We’d also love to see YOUR creative strip-It ideas, too! Send us a description and a photo or two, and we’ll send you a fabric thank-you!

New Fabrics, New Projects, New Ideas for 2013!

Happy New Year to all of our quilting friends!  Our January site took a few days longer than usual, but we think it was worth the wait — we’re unveiling a fresh look, and lots of fresh inspiration to go with it  ; ). Have you seen the latest additions to our website for January?  You’ll love the free projects, and new creative ideas including all-new Strip-It tips from Vicki Bellino, modern pillows, soft-sculpture pumpkins, decoupage and more! 

A New Generation…Lexi’s Intro to Quilting

We thought you’d enjoy seeing some adorably brag-worthy pix shared by one of our favorite quilt designers Vicki Bellino, showing her granddaughter, Lexi, with some of her quilting & sewing projects. Vicki explains, ”

Lexi started playing with scraps of fabric on my design wall at a very early age – between 3 and 4.  I taught her to sew before she was 6 and she was a natural at it.  She practiced sewing precut charm squares together and learning about 1/4” seam allowances.  She made her first quilt at 7.  After making several charm square quilts, she told me she wanted to make a quilt with triangles, so I taught her how to make half-square triangles.  What followed shortly was a pinwheel baby quilt she designed all by herself, and a variation of an “O” block quilt.

She’s 11 now and has made 5 quilts, learned to do fusible appliqué and of course, English paper piecing.  She’s now able to use a rotary cutter and is very proficient at choosing fabric and laying out blocks to design a quilt on her own.  In fact, she prefers to do it all on her own without my help!

It gives me such joy to spend a weekend quilting with my granddaughter and to watch her grown into such a proficient quilter at such a young age!

How many of our other quilting friends are sharing your quilting passion with the next generation?  Tell us about it!    –   lisa s

 

A few Pix from Quilt Market!

Kansas City — It was great to see so many of our friends, colleagues and customers again at International Quilt Market last week, where we introduced lots of new product — look for our latest to hit your favorite quilt shops in the coming months!  Meanwhile, here are a few pix from the Marcus booth…

(l. to r.) Vicki Bellino of Bloom Creek, with Marcus’ own Indra Rampersaud and Laura Berrigner, in front of Laura’s SPINTASTIC ; a fun vignette featuring new STUDIO 37 fabrics; Helen Weinman’s BY THE SEA quilt; THE MILL GIRLS BOM quilt