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March 11, 2019
Coming Soon to Quilt Shops Near You… from Marcus Fabrics

We know…spring weather is “thisclose” and we can’t wait!  And our upcoming collections prove that there’s fresh inspiration to be found everywhere, from traditional prints and palettes to silk neckties, from a tranquil garden to a coastal paradise, from an elegant manor to America’s Favorite Pastime  If you’re in need of a creative boost, check out what’s coming to quilt shops near you in the coming months:

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February 27, 2019
Share Your CIRCA 1880 CLUB Picture, Like Karen Did! from Marcus Fabrics

Pam Buda, and all of us at Marcus, are thrilled to see the Circa 1880 Club in full swing in quilt shops across the country and beyond!  Pam just shared this photo from Karen, a friend Pam traded blocks with when creating her own Circa quilt.  Karen is one of the 70 Circa participants stitching at Pieceful Gatherings in Fox River Grove, IL:

An impressive sight!  Many of the shop’s members sent them in by mail for trading.

How is your club progressing?  Remember that your participating quilt shop can enter our video contest, to complete for the grand ...

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February 19, 2019
Plaids in Quilting from Quilt Doodle Doodles


Plaids.... I love plaids, always have. So when I designed the Snowman Snow Globe quilt I was giddy to work with plaids. Marcus Fabrics Primo Plaids are so yummy to work with. They are soft and such rich beautiful colors, a joy to work with. 




While working on the Snowman Snow Globe design, I did not bother to match plaids. If you learned how to sew garments before learning to quilt, you paid very close attention to matching plaids and stripes when sewing. I remember lining up plaids while cutting out shirts or skirt patterns when I would sew clothes ...

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Plaids in Quilting from Quilt Doodle Doodles...


Plaids.... I love plaids, always have. So when I designed the Snowman Snow Globe quilt I was giddy to work with plaids. Marcus Fabrics Primo Plaids are so yummy to work with. They are soft and such rich beautiful colors, a joy to work with. 




While working on the Snowman Snow Globe design, I did not bother to match plaids. If you learned how to sew garments before learning to quilt, you paid very close attention to matching plaids and stripes when sewing. I remember lining up plaids while cutting out shirts or skirt patterns when I would sew clothes ...

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February 17, 2019
National Embroidery Month from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

Happy National Embroidery Month! It seems quite fitting for the month of February, especially in Minnesota. It has been cold and snowy here all month. Since Punxsutawney Phil declared an early spring, Minnesota has been in revolt! I have been enjoying afternoon's stitching by the fireplace with Belvedere curled up next to me. While getting my Snow Globe quilt ready to be shipped off to the photographer for Marcus Fabrics,  I stitched up a special label. While I was doing this I thought that this extra little detail adds a lot of charm to a finished quilt and ...

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National Embroidery Month from Quilt Doodle Doodles

Happy National Embroidery Month! It seems quite fitting for the month of February, especially in Minnesota. It has been cold and snowy here all month. Since Punxsutawney Phil declared an early spring, Minnesota has been in revolt! I have been enjoying afternoon's stitching by the fireplace with Belvedere curled up next to me. While getting my Snow Globe quilt ready to be shipped off to the photographer for Marcus Fabrics,  I stitched up a special label. While I was doing this I thought that this extra little detail adds a lot of charm to a finished quilt and ...

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February 12, 2019
Celebrate National Embroidery Month with Our Newest Designers! from Marcus Fabrics

February is National Embroidery Month!  And it just happens that the newest additions to our design family are both embroidery experts!  We asked them to share a few of their favorite tips for creating beautiful hand embroidered projects.

Cindy Staub of Quilt Doodle Designs debuted with Marcus last month with her SNOWMEN SNOW GLOBE BOM program, using her pre-printed panel and coordinating PRIMO PLAID FLANNELS: New Blues. We love Cindy’s mix of blue flannel stars surrounding the “snowfriends” globe, which she cut from the panel.  On the panel you’ll find other fun design elements suitable for smaller projects ...

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February 10, 2019
Snowman Snow Globe from Quilt Doodle Doodles

Being pretty excited doesn't even come close to how thrilled I am feeling! I can finally talk about a project that I have been working on for Marcus Fabrics.  I have been privileged to be able to design a special panel. The panel will be available to a quilt shop near you June 2019! Let your favorite quilt shops know if you want it! I am very proud of this sweet design. I was inspired by my childhood memories of playing in the snow and making my first snowman with my dad. What I love about this panel is ...

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Snowman Snow Globe from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

Being pretty excited doesn't even come close to how thrilled I am feeling! I can finally talk about a project that I have been working on for Marcus Fabrics.  I have been privileged to be able to design a special panel. The panel will be available to a quilt shop near you June 2019! Let your favorite quilt shops know if you want it! I am very proud of this sweet design. I was inspired by my childhood memories of playing in the snow and making my first snowman with my dad. What I love about this panel is ...

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February 4, 2019
For Our PEEPS Superfans! from Marcus Fabrics

Sweet news for fans of PEEPS, the iconic chick and bunny candies…

We just learned that Kellogg’s is introducing PEEPS cereal!  It’s available for a limited time, likely thru the Easter season (the holiday falls on April 21 this year).  So of course, our thoughts shifted to perfectly themed springtime table settings featuring the latest PEEPS fabric collection, arriving in your local quilt shops now!

Stitch up quick and easy table runners, placemats, mugrugs, napkins, even Easter basket liners and more ; ) for a fun and colorful season! It’s beginning to feel like Springtime already…About Just Born ...

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January 29, 2019
“Step Back in Time” with Paula and Mary Ellen from 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 ...

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January 8, 2019
Goodbye, Holidays…Hello, BOM Sign-Up Season! from Marcus Fabrics

Hello Quilting Friends!  If you haven’t signed up yet for your favorite 2019 Marcus BOM programs yet, remember that January marks the start of three exciting block-of-the-month programs, followed by three more beginning in March.  You’ll love these gorgeous designs by Nancy Rink, Pam Buda, Sarah Maxwell, and Sheryl Johnson.

Never tried a BOM?  We’ve got the Top Ten Reasons why you should! So, check out the program details, then visit your local quilt shop to participate!

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November 8, 2018
Fifty-Two Gorgeous KI-COO GARDENS Quilts! from Marcus Fabrics

Well, the Electric Quilt Design Challenge for October has come to a close, resulting in a total of 52 great entries from quilters using Electric Quilt to design quilts using Laura Berringer’s KI-COO GARDENS collection.  You can view all of the creative designs here, but for now we’d like to highlight the two entries chosen as winners in EQ’s random drawing!

Holly Wilson describes her creation as “A Little applique wall (hanging), with Ki-Coo Gardens, which provided a spin on the colors I would have normally used. The color palette can be used with a multitude of ...

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November 1, 2018
Quilt Market Happens Just DAYS From Now! from Marcus Fabrics

…and if you’re attending, we look forward to seeing you in the Marcus Brothers/Studio 37 Fabrics Booth #1801! These are just a few of the featured collections you can see up close and personal:

And there’s more…

SCHOOLHOUSE “CREATIVE BLOCK EXCHANGE with Pam Buda’s Circa 1880 Club”  Friday, Nov. 2,  Room 362F, 3:45-4:15pm

NEW BOM and CLUB PROGRAMS from your favorite designers, including Pam Buda, Sheryl Johnson, Krisann Watkins, Nancy Rink and Sarah Maxwell.

BOOK SIGNINGS with Sheryl Johnson (Sat, Nov 3 at 2pm) and Pam Buda (Sun, Nov 4 at 11am)

CREATIVE ...

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July 30, 2018
Happy World Embroidery Day! from Marcus Fabrics

Yes, today is World Embroidery Day!

In 2011 a local group belonging to Broderiakademin, the Swedish Embroiderers’ Guild, took the initiative to plan and create a special day to celebrate embroidery. World Embroidery Day was born. It’s now celebrated yearly on July 30.

So we thought we’d celebrate with a sneak peek at some of the embroidery work in our office, both finished and in-progress:

A while back, Brandy added lush embroidery stitches over the floral motifs of Laura Berringer’s INDIGO INFLUENCE, all raw-edge appliqued onto a background of Laura’s hot pink COLOR INFLUENCE texture print ...

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July 17, 2018
KI-COO GARDENS Giveaway from OkanArts from Marcus Fabrics

Have you seen the gorgeous KI-COO GARDENS collection by Laura Berringer? It’s arriving in quilt shops now, and you might even be lucky enough to WIN a free FQ bundle of these pretty Asian -influenced motifs from our friend Patricia Belyea of Okan Arts.  You’ll find all of the July giveaway details on her recent blog post – just follow the simple instructions for your chance to win. 

(Photos: Okan Arts)

When the giveaway closes on July 31, whether you win or not, we’ve got two great free projects you’ll want to get started on right away ...

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July 16, 2018
Let’s Go Back to School with Pete the Cat! from Marcus Fabrics

Sew This Great Gear NOW!

With July half over already (!)  the time is right for planning and sewing back-to-school gear, and Pete the Cat makes it fun for everyone! Our PETE THE CAT: BACK TO SCHOOL fabric collection is available in quilts shops everywhere, and we’ve got a couple of great free projects, too…

This quick-to-sew drawstring duffel is perfect for pint-sized pupils, showing off the overall panel design with crayon print lining/facing. Make the matching zip-up crayon case, in the crayon print as shown, or your favorite Pete print.

      

The backpack is expertly modeled by Zuri.  Her ...

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June 18, 2018
Guess Who's One! from Quilt Doodle Doodles...


Well, we had a special birthday over the weekend. Someone special turned one years old. Our sweet Belvedere is now one... I even baked him a birthday pup cake. My hubby just shook his head and smiled. Yes, I have turned into the crazy dog lady in my neighborhood... I admit it. Belvedere has me totally wrapped around his little paw, and he knows it.  Now I didn't have the full blown puppy birthday party with puppy party hats... so I'm not totally off the edge or lost the cheese off my cracker... I have to admit it ...

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Guess Who's One! from Quilt Doodle Doodles


Well, we had a special birthday over the weekend. Someone special turned one years old. Our sweet Belvedere is now one... I even baked him a birthday pup cake. My hubby just shook his head and smiled. Yes, I have turned into the crazy dog lady in my neighborhood... I admit it. Belvedere has me totally wrapped around his little paw, and he knows it.  Now I didn't have the full blown puppy birthday party with puppy party hats... so I'm not totally off the edge or lost the cheese off my cracker... I have to admit it ...

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June 5, 2018
It’s Baby Season – Let’s Get Sewing! from Marcus Fabrics

So, is it just us, or does it seem like every quilter we know is working on projects for the newest additions in their lives? (Just yesterday one of our designers announced that she’s expecting a grandchild, and it goes on from there!)  Blankets, bibs, stuffed toys, seat covers, changing pads and of course, cute outfits all make the list, and we just happen to have the perfect collection – SONGBOOK: Little Star is Laura Berringer’s (@laurasewmodern) lovely little flannel collection and it’s hitting quilt shops now!

Inspired by the time-honored lullaby, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” the group ...

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