Marcus in the Media

Marcus Brothers Announces Partnership with the New England Quilt Museum

Marcus Brothers proudly continues its commitment to the preservation of quilting history with the announcement of a new partnership with the New England Quilt Museum, located in Lowell, Massachusetts.

THE REGENCY COLLECTION by Judie Rothermel, inspired by the archives of the New England Quilt Museum, is the first fabric line to result from this collaboration. The collection is a beautiful blend of florals, geometrics and eclectic designs in tones of sage, brass, soft teal blue and deep reds. The prints are sophisticated, with a decidedly European influence throughout. Dating back to the early nineteenth century Regency era of King George IV, they are well-scaled for quilts as well as home décor applications, from which several of the designs originated. The original quilts were made of leftover fashion and home décor fabrics purchased from France and England by wealthy New Englanders.

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About the New England Quilt Museum

From the New England Quilt Museum’s opening in 1987, it has worked to present the finest examples of traditional and contemporary quilts. The museum is situated in Lowell, Massachusetts, the historic center of the nation's textile industry as well as the site of the first urban National Park celebrating that history.

Many of the items in the permanent collection were acquired through the generosity of donors. It consists of over 200 quilts and quilt tops representing the history of American quiltmaking. In its first four years of operation, the number of acquisitions ranged from 8 to 19 antique quilts per year. The museum also collects and preserves quilt-related items such as patterns, quilt tops and squares and sewing machines. The permanent collection ranges from whole cloth quilts made in the late 18th century to contemporary quilts made by highly regarded art quilters. A selection of quilts from the permanent collection is always on display in a gallery and period rooms designated for the collection.

The museum partners with different Lowell public schools to design quilt projects in conjunction with art, geography, math, or social studies curriculum, and collaborates with home school groups, senior centers and other area agencies to introduce quilting to students and adults alike. The museum’s extensive library is open to inquiries from researchers and those generally interested in quilting in person, by mail, email, or telephone.

The museum presents five themed exhibitions per year that include quilts on loan from individuals, other institutions and quilts from the museum’s collection. Three of the museum’s five exhibitions in 2007 will celebrate its 20th anniversary.

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