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Marcus Brothers Challenges Quilters to Meet Aunt Grace's "Friends Around the World"

As a result of the overwhelming success of its 2003 Aunt Grace Quilt Challenge, Marcus Brothers Textiles, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of its second Challenge, featuring "Aunt Grace Around the World," the newest 1930's vintage line by noted designer and authentic antique fabric reproduction expert, Judie Rothermel. Scheduled to run from November 2004 through October 2005, the challenge invites quilters to make the most creative use of this unique travel-themed collection. Quilters must incorporate a least 24 of the 36 fabrics into their designs.

In keeping with the theme of the Aunt Grace collections, "Aunt Grace: Friends Around the World" features the popular 1930's conversational prints that Judie has become known for, with an emphasis on dolls representative of the era, depicting various countries and cities worldwide. Quilters may also incorporate previously released Aunt Grace designs, as well as Aunt Grace solids by Marcus Brothers to complete their entries.

Quilters are invited to submit completely original designs, as well as those based on class quilt blocks, with completed entries measuring from 35" square to 45" x 64". New submission categories include: Best Machine Quilted, Best Hand Quilted, Best Pieced Design, and Best Appliquéd Design. In addition, Best of Show and Judges'Choice prizes will be awarded. Entries will be judged in September 2005 by a panel moderated by Judie Rothermel and winners will be notified by October 15, 2005.

Although quilters will compete for both cash and product prizes, Judie is confident that the creative aspects and the chance for recognition from fellow quilters are the contest's true draws for most quilters. "We were excited by the overwhelming response to the first Challenge - the variety, creativity and craftsmanship of the 2003 entries were amazing. We are eager to see the wonderful new designs based on my "Friends Around the World" theme," says Judie.

Marcus Brothers Textiles has invited Judie's favorite quilt supply companies to co-sponsor the event. Confirmed sponsors to date include Husqvarna Viking with a donation for the Best of Show award of a new Quilt Designer II sewing machine; Omnigrid with its donations of special product packages for all of the winners, and McCall's Quilting magazine donating cash and promotional support.

The fabric collection, along with complete contest details, entry forms and official rules, are available now in quilt shops worldwide beginning November 2004. Quilters can also locate information at, or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Marcus Brothers Textiles, Aunt Grace Challenge II, 980 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10018. Entries must be shipped to arrive only between September 1 and September 15, 2005. Winning entries will be displayed at the Fall 2005 Quilt Market in Houston. Following the judging, entries will be featured online.