Week 8 of our #MondayswithMarcus series brings us “Simply Squared,” a quilt design by Sarah Maxwell of Designs by Sarah J. It measures approximately 30″ square, perfect as a wall accent or table topper. Sarah’s free project includes tips for quick and accurate piecing and features herDANCE AT DUSK collection — and who doesn’t love that beautiful blue paisley? You can download the free pattern and order kits by visiting her MWM page. That’s where you can also view her detailed instructional video, where she also discusses the unique inspiration for the fabric collection!
Be sure to continue your Likes, Follows and Shares of Marcus Fabrics across Facebook and Instagram, and all or our featured designers for the chance to win weekly fabric prizes, and a Grand Prize at the end! You’ll find all of their social links on our Mondays with Marcus page.
It’s Quilt Market Time, and as always, we look forward to seeing all of you in Houston — You’ll find Marcus Fabrics and Studio 37 Fabrics in Booth #1114 with the best in traditional and trendy fabric collections, top-notch BOM programs, basics, must-haves and more! Let’s start with a sneak-peek of our newest Block-of-the-Month programs…
Then, be sure to stock up on these popular must-haves, including premium quality 108″ quilt backs in contemporary designs, new trending cheddars and browns, and an array of artful textures for piecing, applique and handwork backgrounds!
Once you’ve brought in all of this fabulous fabric, learn how to protect it! SCHOOLHOUSE happens on Oct 25 – and you won’t want to miss our session entitled “Loss Prevention for the Quilt Shop”. Join Vicki McCarty of Calico Patch Designs, and her husband Tom, a police detective with over 17 years in retail, as they share loss prevention tips, from theft deterrence to dealing with shoplifters. Prepare yourself for the critical but less glamorous area of retail life. 4:55pm-5:25pm / Room 371E
…and visit our exhibiting designers at Market:
Calico Patch Designs / Vicky McCarty Booth #1108
Designs by Sarah J / Sarah Maxwell Booth #1119
Material Girlfriends / Lisa Norton & Lora Zmak Booth #1003
Nancy Rink Designs / Nancy Rink Booth #1117
Red Crinoline / Paula Barnes & Mary Ellen Robison Booth #1115
You’ll notice that our designers are all close to the Marcus booth, making it easy for you to take in all of the inspiration at once! We look forward to seeing you and serving you at Market… if you’re not attending, we’re sorry to miss you, but be sure to follow us on Instagram @marcusfabrics and @studio37fabrics, and on Facebook (Make It with Marcus Fabrics).
So, who’s joining us at QuiltCon in sunny (hopefully!) Savannah, GA next week? We’re proud to return again as sponsors, and we can’t wait to share all that’s new with you from Studio 37 Fabrics!! For now, here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find at BOOTH 549!
#MarcusMugshot Mugrug Challenge: As if ten free mugrug projects from your favorite Marcus makers wasn’t enough, you can also visit us in Booth 549 to select a few FREE SWATCHES to get your entry started! Have your #MarcusMugshot taken right in the booth, and share it on social media. (Here’s Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s free design, just one of the 10 available online…)
And speaking of Victoria, have you heard about her QuiltCon Booth Hop?? Simply visit all of the QuiltCon booths Victoria is associated with, including her own Booth #338, have your card stamped in each booth, and you could win a $500 prize pack from Victoria herself!! Of course, we suggest you begin your Hop at the Marcus booth…
FREEMarcus WOOL Mini-Make-n-Take: Visit our sewing station to stitch up a cute little multi-layered bright wool embellishment. Inspired by penny rugs, these single “Wool Pennies” can jazz up a quilt, bag, or add a pin back for easy fabric jewelry. Thanks to our friends at Aurifil for supplying their cotton floss, and to Sizzix for their die cutting machine.
On Thursday and Sunday, Sarah J Maxwell will share her favorite paper piecing tips and techniques as she stitches up blocks using her new DANDY DAYScollection and supplies from Paper Pieces!
Looking forward to a fun and creative weekend — See you there!!
As the “dandy days” of summer come to a close, you can prolong the carefree mood with the new DANDY DAYS collection by Sarah J Maxwell of Designs by Sarah J. Check out her Lookbook to learn about these designs, including her text print, filled with inspirational phrases. The fabrics and accompanying 6-month BOM program arrive in your favorite local quilts shops beginning December 2016!
Thanks to everyone who commented on our REVVED UP RETRO post from last week, and Congratulations to Lee Butler of Troy, MI, the winner of this lovely little 5″ pack. We can’t wait to see what you make with it, Lee, but we know it’ll make a great little summer project, whether you machine piece at home or on a retreat, or you hand-piece on the go!
Stay tuned for the next Studio 37 Fabrics giveaway – If you haven’t already suscribed to our blog, enter your email address at right, so you’ll be the first to know about our exciting giveaways, product news and announcements. Happy Stitching ; )
We’d like to thank the hundreds of quilting friends who commented on last week’s blog post as we celebrate the release of Stashbusters by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith!
…and the winner of our random giveaway is…Mary Kolb of Buffalo, MN, who said emphatically, “I WOULD LOVE TO BUST MY STASH!”, a sentiment shared by all! In keeping with the true spirit of a well-rounded fabric stash, the bundle includes 12 FQs from various Marcus designers. Happy Stashbusting to all!
We’re partnering with C&T Publishing to celebrate the release of Stashbusters!, the new book by Marcus fabric designers Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith. If you subscribe to the Marcus and/or C&T email lists, you might have already received our email messages, providing you with TWO great opportunities to win a “Book & Bundle” prize. So, leave your comment below, now through Friday, April 1. Winners will be chosen on Monday, April 4.
In keeping with the creative, “stash” theme of the book, we’re putting together a bundle that represents various Marcus designers! We’ll choose one winner, and our friends at C&Twill do the same, so you’ll have double the chance to win… Good Luck!
(And while you’re here, be sure to SUBSCRIBE to our blog, too!)
We’re so proud of the many talents of our designer community, and sometimes, when we get fan mail like this, we just have to share it! Kudos to Sarah Maxwell of Designs by Sarah J for the many compliments on her Primo Batik BOM quilts, RADIANT REFLECTIONS and RIVER ROCK. Shop owners and quilters alike love her innovative use of 10-1/2″ square pre-cut packs to create the quilts, as well as the instructions. Most comments echo the words of Barbara, a NC-based shop owner:
Photo: Sue Loring (www.thequiltedcrow.com)
“I recently purchased your new Radiant Reflections pattern. It is without a doubt the best organized and detailed quilting pattern I have ever seen! As a former teacher as well as quilt store owner, I’ve worked with many other programs, and have sometimes been very disappointed to see a dramatic quilt pictured, yet the inside information is so poorly presented that no one will ever be able to make it. I appreciate your work.”
Thank you, Barbara ; ) As always we appreciate our customers’ comments and input! Happy stitching to all!