To keep the MWM momentum going as we prepare for the next series, we decided to give a weekly glimpse into the lives of our designers each week. No kits or supplies are needed, just sit back and get to know them better by enjoying some of their most recent creative escapades…
Paula reports: “Mary Ellen has been busy piecing the blocks for our new quilt made from my Bountiful Blues line. We chose one of our favorite patterns “Hanover Stars”. It’s a quick block that everyone will enjoy making. It can be made with or without the border but we paired it with the beautiful wide Bountiful Blues border print.
The nice thing about a wide border is it makes your quilt larger without having to piece more blocks. It’s off to the quilter and then out for it’s glamour shot this week. I can’t wait to get it back and show you the finished product! Keep checking back on our Facebook and Instagram page for it’s reveal.
While the real MONDAYS WITH MARCUS fun begins on October 5, we invite you to explore the various Marcus and Studio 37 Fabrics designers taking part in this very special FREE program! Get familiar with the projects and plan ahead…
Grab a sneak peek of the project slideshow here:
LIKE, FOLLOW and SHARE your favorite designers on their social media outlets now in preparation for the series (you’ll find their links on our main MWM page), and be sure to join the Mondays with Marcus Facebook page and share directly with the designers and other participants during the series, which runs through December 14. And wherever you share, be sure to use #MondaysWithMarcus!
Beginning Monday, October 5, set your calendar to receive FREE PROJECTS from your favorite Marcus & Studio 37 designers. Some will also offer optional kits for their designs, while for others, you can just dig into your stash. Along the way, you’ll get to know our designers better as you Like, Follow and Share them on social media, and learn valuable, inspiring tips and tricks along the way. And did we mention that we’ll be sponsoring FREE FABRIC DRAWINGS throughout?
Be sure to join the fun, and tell your friends!
All-Star Designer Line-Up — October 5 thru December 14, 2020:
October 5 — Vicki McCarty, Calico Patch Designs October 12 — Deirdre Bond-Abel, Hat Creek Quilts October 19 — Pam Buda, Heartspun Quilts October 26 — Nancy Rink, Nancy Rink Designs November 2 — Dolores Smith, Timeworn Toolbox Designs November 9 — Lisa Norton & Lora Zmak, Material Girlfriends November 16 — Paula Barnes & Mary Ellen Robison, Red Crinoline Quilts November 23 — Sarah Maxwell, Designs by Sarah J November 30 — Cindy Staub, Quilt Doodle Designs December 7 — Tracy Souza, Plumcute Designs December 14 — Laura Berringer, Marcus Fabrics
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).
Congratulations to Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison on the release of their latest book, Step Back in Time (Martingale). Reproduction-fabric collectors and antique quilt lovers alike will love this the much-anticipated follow-up to Tributes and Treasures! The Red Crinoline Quilts design duo presents an all-new, jaw-dropping collection of 13 of their vintage-inspiredquilt patterns. Each quilt design is paired with a fascinating historical account from the 1800s. More than 70 beautiful photos capture the style and sentiment of this unique era in American quilting history.
You’ll enjoy recreating their designs with your favorite Paula Barnes collections, including BALTIMORE HOUSE and her newest line (stay tuned for that one – it’s coming soon!!)
Look for the book at your local quilt shop, or visit Martingale.
We caught up with Paula to chat about her new CLARET collection. Here’s what she shared with us:
Q. The line is inspired by quilts of the 1800s. What made Claret such a popular color during that time??
A. Claret became popular in the 1800’s to some extent because the synthetic dye used to produce the color was a stable dye. This made the color more available, and more affordable, which of course, contributed to its wide appeal.
Q. And how was it commonly used at the time?
A. You’d often find the Claret color paired with shirting in quilts. Many quilts were made with Claret, Indigo and Cadet blue (blues included in my INDIGO line). Red and Grey were popular for the time period.
Q. The depth of the color is striking, definitely a stashworthy choice for all red lovers.
A. Yes, it is definitely a darker red color, similar to the French red wine from the Bordeaux region thus giving it is name.
We can only imagine the joys of stitching a Claret quilt while sipping a fine Claret wine! Paula introduced her INDIGO line a few months ago, then followed up with CLARET. You’ll find that they work beautifully together now, just as they did in the 1800s. Look for the collection in your favorite quilt shops beginning February 2017!
Check out the Red Crinoline Quilts blogevery Wednesday for their “WOW Wednesday” features, like the gorgeous quilt they shared just last week…it shows off Red Crinoline’s “Gettysburg” quilt pattern, done in Paula Barnes’ LATIMER FARMS collection.
Latimer’s warm browns and blues make it the perfect collection for quilts you’ll enjoy year-round, and the color combination is especially nice for “guy gifts”. Be sure to subscribe to the Red Crinoline Quilts blog for their weekly sneak peeks, tips and inspiration!
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…
First things first… With all of the “#marcusmarketmania” in the office, I haven’t had a chance to pick our Red Crinoline Quilts giveaway winner! It truly warms our hearts to read all of your wonderful comments about Paula and Mary Ellen, the fabrics, patterns and more! Thank you all for taking the time to share your thoughts. And so, without further delay the winner is…
Peggy Smith, who shared:“Whenever I attend a quilt show with a vendor mall I look for the Red Crinoline booth. I stand and try to absorb the wonderful quilts I always see there. I look forward to seeing Paula and Mary Ellen’s new patterns!” Congratulations, Peggy!
***REMINDER**** If you’re a shop owner attending Quilt Market
in Houston this weekend, be sure to visit us in Booth 1022, especially during our book signing for Paula and Mary Ellen on Sunday, October 25 at 12 noon!
Since our last post about the new book by the ladies of Red Crinoline Quilts, an office copy has arrived, and it just as fabulous as we knew it would be! As promised, we’ve partnered up with Martingale for a fabric-and-book double giveaway, both here and on the Martingale blog.
Are you already a fan of Paula Barnes fabrics, or just now discovering them? Maybe you’ve already been collecting the patterns from this design duo. Either way, you’ll love these designs, and the lucky winner will receive a great fabric bundle of assorted prints by Paula to get started! Just leave a comment below, and be sure you’re subscribed to the Marcus Mentions blog (scroll down to the sign-up box on the right). Subscriber comments received by next Wednesday, October 14 will be eligible for the Marcus drawing.
REMINDER: If you’re a quilt shop owner attending Quilt Market in a couple of weeks, Paula and Mary Ellen will sign a limited number of free copies at our book signing on Sunday, October 25 at 12:00 noon (Marcus booth # 1022). Join us, and be sure to arrive early!