Marcus Fabrics “Friends & Companions” SEW-ALONG


(Links Corrected)  Looking for a fun summer quilt project?  We’ve gathered Marcus designers to help create an exciting new Sew-Along, using selected prints from the PAULA BARNES COMPANIONS collection!  Each Friday for ten weeks, you’ll visit a designer’s blog for the block info and instructions, followed by the finished quilt reveal in Week 10.  AND, you’ll have a chance to win a great prize each week, in addition to a Grand Prize at the end of the Sew-Along! Be sure to order your fabric kit from one of the participating designers now (see below), so you’ll be ready to begin with us on August 1.

MB Friends & Companions Kit Fabrics 2Sew-Along tip: Visit each designer’s blog before August 1 and enter your email address in the “Follow by Email” icon or “Subscribe” box on each designer’s blog shown below.  That way, you won’t miss any of the good things we have in store for you, and you’ll be able to print all of the block directions to take to your cutting table and sewing machine!

8/1  Pam Buda ~ * Heartspun Quilts
8/8  Paula Barnes ~ * Red Crinoline Quilts
8/15  Sarah Maxwell ~ * Homestead Hearth
8/22  Pati Violick ~ Marcus Fabrics
8/29  Gloria Parsons ~ Olde Green Cupboard Designs
9/5  Nancy Rink ~ Nancy Rink Designs
9/12  Mary Ellen Robison ~ Red Crinoline Quilts
9/19  Dolores Smith ~ Homestead Hearth
9/26  Lisa Shepard Stewart ~ Marcus Fabrics
10/3  Red Crinoline Quilts ~ Quilt Revealed!

(*Kits are available from the first three designer websites above)

If you’re a Paula Barnes collector and you already have the prints, or you’re choosing your own fabrics, here’s what you’ll need:

* For Blocks:
1⁄4 yard cheddar print
1⁄2 yard light print #1
1/6 yard red print #1
1⁄4 yard black print
1/6 yard blue print
1⁄3 yard olive green print

* For Quilt Setting and Borders:
1-3⁄4 yards red print #2 for outside border
1-1⁄4 yards black print for alternate block, inside border and binding.
1-1⁄8 yards light print #2 for alternate block
1 yard olive green print for setting corners and triangles.
4 yards for backing

*Prizes will be awarded each week from the featured designer
*Quilt size  60 x 60 and block size 8 inches
So join Marcus & our designers for this exciting new Sew-Along!  See you on August 1!



12 thoughts on “Marcus Fabrics “Friends & Companions” SEW-ALONG

  1. Thanks for the wonderful, unique blocks. The instructions have been great. At my LQS, Village Dry Goods, in Brigham City, Utah, we have having a sew-in each Monday after the block is posted. It is so much fun to get together with friends once a week and sew.

  2. Hi is it to late to subscribe to the sew along? just found out about it and got to reading that you had to visit the websites before August 1. Today is Aug 6 thanks!

    • Hi Terry – Thanks for your question! No, it’s not too late at all! We only suggested that everyone visit each blog and subscribe to their blog posts via email before August 1, so you wouldn’t miss anything, because each designer’s blog post would then come to you via email. You should find a SUBSCRIBE blank on each designer’s blog page. But you’re also welcome to visit each blog individually each week (one designer per week). Either way, you can then choose to PRINT the instructions each week and stitch at your own pace. One last reminder: Be sure to COMMENT on each weekly blog post to be entered into that designer’s weekly giveaway. They’ve got some great prizes lined up ; ) Enjoy!

  3. I have signed up for all the bloggers for this sew-along, except for the marcus fabric site. I cannot find a follow by email or subscribe anywhere on the site. Is it right in front of me?

  4. I think I signed up via email, but did not have to follow any subcription verification process that the other websites requested. I am just wondering if I am signed up for the Friends & Companions sew along.

    • Hi Barb – Thanks for your interest! All you need to do is subscribe to each designer’s blog, so you don’t miss any of the posts beginning August 1, and comment on the posts for your chance to win a prize! There is no formal sign up for the sew-along. If you are correctly signed up for the Marcus blog, for example, you would already be receiving an email anytime I post to our blog (at least twice today already). Also, be sure to order your fabrics from one of the designers offering it for purchase, unless you have the PAULA BARNES COMPANIONS onhand already ; ) — lisa

  5. I could not join via email to Homestead Hearth. I am trying to follow the sew-along. Can you check the website/blog to see if the subscribe function is working.

    • Hi Terri – Thanks for your note. There is no actual “sign-up” required, simply order the fabrics from one of the three designers offering it for sale (they’re marked in the post with an *), or gather the fabrics on your own, in time to begin with us on August 1. Then just follow along each week, from blog to blog, it’s easy!

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