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Cindy Staub's new Woodland Getaway BOM begins with her panel of the same name. Cindy then blends in various all-new Primo Plaid Flannels: Lumberjacks in the same "yummy and warm" colors. "I enjoyed designing the Woodland Getaway panel, which was inspired by our many... Read More
Cindy Staub brings her own special Quilt Doodle style to the Aunt Grace Blue Ribbon BOM, pairing her own pre-printed panel of sketched motif blocks with Judie Rothermel's new AUNT GRACE APRON collection. Quilters can embellish with their own embroidery stitches, guided... Read More
Pam Buda's newest BOM quilt features Diamond Star blocks, and it celebrates the mid-nineteenth century when red and green quilts were the rage. Quilts of the era were often made with a muslin background and solid prints, but many were pieced using a variety of calicos. Pam designed a soft... Read More
Sunday, September 1 2019
We've got lots of creative inspiration for the fabrics we produce, so be sure to browse our free projects, and check out the patterns available for purchase from our designers, too! You'll find those under the Premium Projects tab in Features & Freebies. View some of the newest offerings: ... Read More
Since its inception in 1985, Breast Cancer Awareness Month serves to increase attention and support for awareness, early detection and treatment as well as palliative care of this disease. This campaign starts on October 1 and ends on October 31 every year, and is marked in countries around the world.... Read More
Monday, July 15 2019
featuring the FULL CIRCLE Collection Fabric and BOM Program by Sarah Maxwell Sarah Maxwell considers a fresh approach to reproduction quilt fabrics with Full Circle, inspired in part by her own stash of treasured Judie Rothermel prints, in part by input from other reproduction... Read More
Monday, July 15 2019
a BOM Program featuring NIGHT RIVIERA Fabric and Quilt by Nancy Rink The cool tones of Nancy Rink's latest collection provide the perfect mood for her new Harmony BOM quilt. "Harmony continues my exploration of medallion style quilts with Lone Star type centers.... Read More
Monday, July 15 2019
Fabric by Paula Barnes BOM Quilt & Program by Red Crinoline Quilts Inspiration is everywhere -- an antique quilt, a simple block, a piece of fabric. Paula's inspiration for the Hill Country Heritage collection was an elegant antique border stripe. She adapted the... Read More
Have you joined Pam's CIRCA 1880 CLUB yet? You and your quilty friends won't want to miss the opportunity to create your own heirloom nine-patch quilts along with Pam. And since it's structured as a Club rather than a regular BOM, you can start at any time! Read more about the Club ... Read More
Saturday, June 1 2019
Here's what's hitting quilt shops NOW and in the coming weeks!! Marcus and Studio 37 have an excellent variety of yuletide and harvest-themed looks for you to enjoy, and since the holiday sewing season now seems to span all year long, we recommend a quick review of the collections... Read More
Saturday, June 1 2019
The trend toward intentional hand-stitching used to repair clothing holes or rips, or simply to embellish, is one of the hottest DIY activities today, and it continues to grow each season. Visible Mending is closely linked to the Slow Stitching movement — some would say it’s... Read More
It Begins May 17! Nancy's Version Sarah's Version Join Nancy Rink and Sarah Maxwell for their 11-part Quilt-Along as they create their own versions of the Mix It Up quilt pattern! (Finished Size: 78" x 90"). It all begins on May 17. It begins with two sets of 18"... Read More
Beautiful Fabrics, and a 6-Month BOM! Laura Berringer's expressive mix of dusty pinks with white and soft grey creates a fresher, more sophisticated palette for today's breast cancer awareness projects. The Material Girlfriends reworked their existing quilt pattern, Bona Fide, around the collection,... Read More
Friday, February 1 2019
Marcus and Studio 37 Fabrics are pleased to again sponsor QuiltCon! This year, it takes place in Nashville, TN from February 21-24, 2019. quiltcon.com. Join our BOOTH HOP for your chance to win a prize package worth over $1500! Visit Booth #712 (Designs by Sarah J/Marcus Fabrics)... Read More
This year, plan something special for National Quilt Month in March by starting a brand new BOM! Visit your local quilt shops to participate in programs by Sheryl Johnson of Temecula Quilt Co, Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts, or Sarah Maxwell of Designs by Sarah J, all beginning in March 2019! ... Read More
Cindy Staub of Quilt Doodle Designs makes her Marcus design debut with the SNOWMEN SNOW GLOBE BOM. It features her 27" center panel (on cotton fabric), a circular snow globe motif, ready for your own embellishment -- embroidery, simple appliqué, beadwork, buttons. The snow globe is... Read More
"An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge. Vibrant, yet mellow PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment." Read More
Local Quilt Shop Day is a worldwide event designed to raise awareness of the importance of independent quilt shops to the local economy. It is a day for consumers and retailers to celebrate the creative pursuits of quilters, sewists, fabric enthusiasts, and crafters everywhere and to... Read More
Tuesday, January 1 2019
Featuring RIVER FALLS Batiks & AGED MUSLINS by Lisa W. Norton and Lora W. Zmak of Material Girlfriends Patterns Following the widely popular Bird Walk program by Lisa and Lora of Material Girlfriends, we're pleased to introduce Night Watchman, a 12-month program featuring... Read More
Saturday, December 1 2018
Well, we've three got big, bold BOM programs launching at your favorite quilt shops in January: (l. to r. Amish with a Twist IV by Nancy Rink; Mrs. Miller's Apprentice by Pam Buda; Posies Puzzles by Sarah Maxwell) Then, look forward to two more BOMs and... Read More
Wednesday, October 31 2018
featuring the CIRCA PRAIRIE BASICS Collection Fabric and Club Program by Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts The Circa 1880 Nine Patch quilt is a jaw-dropping beauty of fabric scrappiness. The quilt is a replica of a circa 1880 antique quilt Pam fell madly in love with, so much that... Read More
Karen's new collection, HEIRLOOM SPLENDOR, is perfect for creative techniques including stuffed work, one of Karen's favorites! Download her tutorial and give it a try, using an Heirloom Splendor panel and embroidery floss in your choice of color. Read More
Monday, October 1 2018
BOM featuring the TEMECULA TREASURES Collection by Sheryl Johnson of Temecula Quilt Co. We're pleased to introduce TEMECULA TREASURES, the debut fabric collection by Sheryl Johnson for Marcus. Sheryl's inspiration for the line began with a vintage nine-patch from her personal collection... Read More
Flutter & Fly: Airplane Flutter & Fly: Butterflies "The sweet, inviting colors of my SEW SWEET BATIKS collection immediately called to mind spring flowers, kites floating in the sky on a cloudless, sunny day and spinning pinwheels. I wanted to capture all of these whimsical... Read More
Wing and a Prayer Design is pleased to introduce Queen & Her Court II, a very special 10th Anniversary quilt design! Originally released in 2009 as a 12-month program, the lovely Queen & Her Court pattern has been updated with fresh block designs and piecing techniques to reflect today's... Read More
Flowers of all shapes and colors always seem to have magical powers to lift one's spirits... With its mix of bright, vibrant blooms and subtly shaded petals, the PRETTIFUL POSIES collection celebrates the delight of exploring a neighborhood garden on a summer day. "When my daughters... Read More
Journey to the mid-19th century and read Mrs. Miller's diary, as she tells the story of meeting young Ellie who just moved into the neighboring farm with her widower father. When Ellie shows interest in learning to piece quilt blocks, Mrs. Miller takes Ellie under her wing, and not only teaches... Read More
Nancy Rink has truly outdone herself with her newest Amish-inspired BOM design! It merges elements of a traditional Amish Trip Around the World with a unique center star and a variety of colorful blocks, all set against a black background. Nancy's careful color placement gives each block a... Read More
Friday, June 1 2018
Our BASICS category continues to grow with new fabrications, colors and or course, end uses! Take a look at what's new and how they're being used: Unlock the Full Creative Potential of SHIRTINGS! The Shirtings fabric category is enjoying a wide resurgence in a variety of quilting... Read More
Inspired by the Beautiful Work of Sue Garman Paula Barnes pays tribute to our fellow fiber artist Sue Garman, whose passing in 2017 was a great loss for the quilting community. Sue's passion for expert handwork, appliqué and Baltimore style quilts - and the display of her work at Quilt... Read More
Monday, April 9 2018
Join Nancy and Sarah for their 8-week Quilt Along, as each creates her own version of the KALEIDOSCOPE quilt. Choose Nancy's version, done in her SEA GLASS collection, or Sarah's rendition, using her BRING ON THE BUBBLY collection! Each designer will share sewing tips and techniques,... Read More
Our NEW AGED MUSLINS have become q quilter's favorite new basic, often mixed in with Marcus prints for an interesting alternative to true solids. Now, designer Krisanne Watkins of Quail Valley Quilts brings us "Stargazing" a beautiful new BOM program that casts these gorgeous colors... Read More
Monday, April 9 2018
TRENDS... It might seem strange to note DENIM as a trend because it never actually goes away, but lately, we see it Everywhere, and paired with just about everything! Denim blue, in its many shades and finishes, is the color of the season, and we've got the perfect complements, including dusty blues... Read More
Thursday, March 1 2018
Here's a sneak-peek at a BOM you'll love! Krisann Watkins of Quail Valley Quilts brings us a beautiful new BOM program, designed with our NEW AGED MUSLINS! While we're putting the finishing touches on the program, we couldn't wait for you to see just a couple of blocks... Krisann shares her inspiration:... Read More
... a reflection of our need to slow down and take a much-needed technology break! It also satisfies our love for unique details and our desire to heighten our needlework skills, whether it's the entire project, or simply a highlight on an otherwise machine-sewn work of art... APPLIQUE • EMBROIDERY... Read More
A great quilt pattern is one that can adapt to different collections, to appeal to different quilters, and Nancy Rink's Amish with a Twist Series One design is clear proof! The BOM quilt enjoyed huge success in various CENTENNIAL SOLID palettes several seasons ago (you probably made one yourself!),... Read More
Wednesday, January 31 2018
Nancy Rink's GTKH: Getting to Know Hue collection inspires a fresh new look for 2018, with a new 6" WIDE precut bundle (24 prints) and two new patterns designed by Tiffany Hayes of Needle in a Hayes Stack.   Look for the patterns online and in your favorite quilt shops. Stars... Read More
Wednesday, January 31 2018
For many of us, cutting fabrics for a new quilt project is often considered the grunt work of the craft. It's time-consuming, even boring. Fat quarters, strip bundles, 5" packs, 10" squares other specialty cuts make easy work of quilting, letting us get to the fun part faster, and with less... Read More
Friday, September 1 2017
With New Studio 37 Fabrics for Quilting & Crafts! PEEPS® confections, the iconic marshmallow treat enjoyed throughout the year at special seasonal and holiday occasions, will now be celebrated in fabric! Quilters and crafters will love these cheerful prints for holiday projects, and all year long!... Read More
Friday, September 1 2017
...and Why You Need Them NOW! We introduced our 60" Wide Quilt Backs several seasons ago as an alternative to the more common 108" backings. This innovation has a number of DISTINCT ADVANTAGES that we wanted to re-emphasize, especially since the most popular BOM quilt designs are bigger and... Read More
Aunt Grace Baskets of Scraps BOM by It's Sew Emma TWO SIZES: 96-1/2" x 102-1/2" King (shown) / 90-1/2" x 96-1/2" Queen Through the years, Judie's Aunt Grace fabrics have become It's Sew Emma's favorite window to the early twentieth century and her new BASKETS OF SCRAPS line is no... Read More
Thursday, June 1 2017
Occasionally, our talented quilt designers are inspired to create a beautiful quilt sometime after a collection is released, bringing it back into the spotlight... Such is the case with NIGHT STONES, Laura Berringer's stylish and sophisticated mix of textured neutrals. We're thrilled to "re-release"... Read More
Thursday, June 1 2017
Rich tones of teal and fresh "Greenery" highlight this urbane group by Laura Berringer for Studio 37 Fabrics. Her updated take on classic patterns is the perfect look for the interconnecting motifs in this gorgeous new BOM design by Material Girlfriends, where Lisa Norton shares her inspiration... Read More
If you subscribe to the MarcusMentions blog, you might remember our project with Victoria Findlay Wolfe, and our many quilter friends at QuiltCon back in 2015... We asked booth visitors to stitch a simple Drunkard's Path block with Victoria's Mostly Manor collection. Well, with those blocks, Victoria... Read More
Monday, May 1 2017
"Tokens of Thyme" -- Our First WOOL COLLECTION BOM Made with PRECUTS!! Marcus is thrilled to introduce its first WOOL COLLECTION BOM program, "Tokens of Thyme", designed by Darci and Lacey Schipnewski, the mother-daughter team behind Pastthyme Patterns. The cheery, colorful sampler... Read More
What began as a year-long block exchange between Carol Hopkins and her quilting friends has developed into a beautiful and unique 12-Month Club called "It's Not a Square." As Carol explains it: "The unique feature of these blocks was that they weren't square - they finished at 4"... Read More
"When visiting living history museums (a favorite past time), I walk into each building trying to absorb every element, imagining what life was really like way back then. A favorite stop is the Dry Goods Mercantile. There you will find artifacts of everyday life; tools and hardware, buckets, brooms,... Read More
Wednesday, February 1 2017
"Conversation is a daily part of our lives. Whether we're pushing buttons on our smart phone or "talking" online, every day is filled with communication. Finding ways for my quilts to talk has been a recent focus. Recently, I made two quilts with direct messages. My Message in the Dark... Read More
Wednesday, February 1 2017
 Introducing... He's Here!!! And we're thrilled to present our newest licensed character, PETE THE CAT, undoubtedly the world's coolest, most laid-back feline! Created by artist James Dean over 13 years ago, Pete is loved by young and old fans alike for his mellow attitude, groovy style and his countless... Read More
When you're ready to begin your MEADOW STORM and DANDY DAYS projects, be sure to check out the new Aurifil thread packs designed by Victoria Findlay Wolfe and Sarah Maxwell, respectively. And watch for an upcoming Aurifil collection for GTKH by Nancy Rink, too! ...and Speaking of Perfect... Read More
Tuesday, November 15 2016
These familiar golden yellow-orange tones are a longtime Repro favorite, and Cheddar in its many variations is enjoying a resurgence for Fall 2016! Like the quilters long before them, modern quilters have also embraced the color as a special accent, giving life to the colors around it, in simply pieced... Read More
Tuesday, November 15 2016
In our Marcus Makers area at Fall Quilt Market, Karen treated us to a demo of her Hexagon Star-A-Day pattern, available through Somerset Patchwork. She makes it look easy, shown in the center of the photo, with Dolores Smith, Pati Violick and Laura Berringer. Read More
Plum Perfection Victoria's New Shop! Autumn in New York Read More
For Fall 2016, our own Faye Burgos and Vicki Bellino of Bloom Creek have teamed up again to introduce gorgeous new Strip-It designs and inspiring quilt patterns! Choose Faye's CLASSIC range -- deep reds and blues highlighted by grey tones for the perfect decorator look, or the cool green and aqua tones... Read More
LIGHT WORK makes me think of looking at old quilts, where the colors have faded away and you're left with a subtle color palette that still holds a power over the viewer. My own quilt, Cloudy Day, reflects this idea: quiet tones of a similar palette, with pops of color to draw your eye around the quilt.... Read More
Monday, August 1 2016
by Nancy Rink of Nancy Rink Designs What began as a simple concept for a group of colorful blenders for larger scale prints has taken on a life of its own in GTKH: Getting to Know HUE, and these are not your common blender prints! Quilters in search of a fun spectrum of small, stashworthy coordinates... Read More
Monday, August 1 2016
a Collaboration of Marcus Fabrics, Karen Styles of Somerset Patchwork and Quiltilng, and the Quilters' GuildInspired by The Quilters' Guild Collection Marcus Fabrics is thrilled to announce an exciting new collaboration with Karen Styles and The Quilters' Guild of the British Isles, an international... Read More
Monday, August 1 2016
Fabric and BOM Program by Sarah J Maxwell of Designs by Sarah J "A lazy summer day... the possibilities are endless. Make a wish on a dandelion, fly a kite and watch the tail dance in the wind and dream in color. While some people view dandelions as a nuisance, I've always loved them. From... Read More
Monday, August 1 2016
A Block-of-the-Month Program by Pam Buda Travel back to a time when America's pioneers rode horse and wagon over the Oregon Trail. Their strong desire to settle the West and homestead is rich in history, and Conestoga Crossing presents fabrics of that era, along with interesting anecdotal stories of... Read More
Wednesday, June 1 2016
As Interpreted by Deirdre Bond-Abel Deirdre Bond-Abel of Hat Creek Quilts introduces a new quilt pattern, "Borboleta," the Portuguese word for "butterfly". Hat Creek's own nine-month BOM features the Marcus WOOL COLLECTION paired with INTRIGUE prints by Nancy Rink. "When... Read More
Wednesday, June 1 2016
A 10-Part Sampler by Nancy Rink of Nancy Rink Designs Featuring the OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE COLLECTION by Judie Rothermel This OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE COLLECTION palette lends itself beautifully to holiday-themed projects, with the traditional feel of Old Sturbridge Village. Quilters will love Nancy's... Read More
by Lisa W. Norton and Lora W. Zmak of Material Girlfriends Patterns It All Began with Lisa's Inspiration: "Some quilts just sing to you. I designed this quilt while camping with my husband in a high dessert in Nevada. There were full-blown wind storm that blew dust non-stop for hours. While cocooned... Read More
Wednesday, June 1 2016
The response to Dolores Smith's timeless motifs done in contemporary neutrals has been excellent, and we've decided to extend the creative possibilities with the addition of five gorgeous new prints! Designed in-house, the new Floral Bouquet in three colors, and Paisley in two colors, serve as great... Read More
Wednesday, June 1 2016
We're thrilled to unveil TWO new collections by Nancy this season! Learn more about her inspirations and the exciting projects she's designed for you...  COTTAGE VIEW BLUES Yellow and blue, a classic color pairing, is crisp and fresh. In Central California, where I live, it is all around me, from the... Read More
Prairie weather and family connections prompted Victoria Findlay Wolfe's new collection for Studio 37. Learning about good fresh food, weather patterns and color from her grandparents, Victoria's second obsession is gardening and the memories of her childhood, running through the garden paths. She... Read More
We've got you covered, with Pam's newest "Tokens" pattern pack, featuring 10" pre-cuts of STAR SPANGLED LIBERTY! Pam Buda continues her Tokens of the Past mini-quilt series with "Union Forever." The three quilt designs are created with Pam's new STAR SPANGLED LIBERTY collection.... Read More
Friday, April 1 2016
Are you familiar with our AGED MUSLINS? Maybe you're using them now to recreate Nancy Rink's "A New Age BOM," which has stirred up even more interest in one of our best selling basics, and now we're making this versatile fabric available in a scrumptious fat quarter bundle featuring the top... Read More
With the introduction of the new AUNT GRACE collection for Spring 2016, Judie Rothermel pays tribute to "the real Aunt Grace," her beloved aunt, Grace Starkey. Here's the story of how the quilting world's most popular, most imitated, and most enduring line of 1930s reproduction cotton prints... Read More
From most accounts, Spring 2016 shapes up as a season of color contrasts, from fashion to home dec to sewing and quilting. Muted tones, some metallicized, are used by themselves, or as interesting backdrops for small amounts of accent color. The direction toward low-color prints is seen in both traditional... Read More
In 2016, Old Sturbridge Village celebrates its first 70 years as the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast, depicts a rural New England town of the 1830s. And since 2004, Judie Rothermel has worked with Marcus and the Museum to create authentic reproduction fabrics of the period for quilting... Read More
Tuesday, March 1 2016
Fabric and BOM Program by Pam Buda Star Spangled Liberty is an Americana celebration quilt, bursting with patriotic pride! As a unique row quilt, the design features a vertical "quilter's flag" and six horizontal star rows. The center row features several flag/star blocks and patriotic parade... Read More
Monday, February 1 2016
(... and Stripes, Checks, Heathers and Solids!) Fun Fact: We originally developed our luscious PRIMO Flannels to be used in apparel, and soon saw their appeal for our quilting friends as well... Now, the industry's favorite flannel comes full circle! With a growing array of colors, patterns and design... Read More
Tuesday, January 5 2016
Fabric by Faye Burgos BOM Quilt by Vicki Bellino of Bloom Creek VINTAGE ONYX brings sophisticated color, refined styling and creative techniques together in a 6-month BOM program inspired by the Lucy Boston look. Vicki explained the start of its development at Road to California in 2015. The attendees'... Read More
Friday, January 1 2016
featuring the WRAPPED IN JOY Collection by Rachel Pellman of Rachel's of Greenfield BOM Quilt by Jennifer Bosworth for Shabby Fabrics Christmas Keepsakes was inspired by Jennifer's thoughts and childhood memories of Christmases in Michigan. "I asked myself the question 'When I think of Christmas,... Read More
Friday, January 1 2016
Are you a fan of pre-cut fabric bundles? From fat quarters to 5 x 5's and 10x10's to narrow strips, pre-cuts not only save time, but they're an easy and economical way to expand your stash, sample a favorite collection, and jumpstart your own creativity! We've gathered some tips from Sarah Maxwell of... Read More
Nancy Rink serves up stunning design AND freedom of choice with her new BOM program, A NEW AGE! Her choice of not-quite-solid NEW AGED MUSLINS offers a more contemporary feel, and with the options of two colorways (Multi-Color and Neutral) AND two background colors (clean, fresh Cream or dramatic Navy),... Read More
Thursday, October 15 2015
  DOWNLOAD our new Flannel Tips PDF, an easy reference for successful flannel projects, whether you choose from one of our many PRIMO PLAIDS groups (inculding solids), COZIES FLANNEL from Sarah Maxwell, INTRIGUE FLANNEL by Nancy Rink, Faye Burgos' BLUE DRAMA FLANNEL, to name a few! Read More
Thursday, October 15 2015
Antique Cotton: Old Green Calicos Pam Buda adds to her signature bricks and browns (temporarily!) to create a look inspired by the prairie land itself -- trees, plants, dried grasses (greens) and the occasional river or stream (blues). Pam's inclusion of tiny florals adds a homey touch to otherwise... Read More
Tuesday, September 1 2015
Sarah J. Maxwell of Designs by Sarah J presents REVVED UP RETRO, mixable motifs with a retro feel, in a vivid, but not-too-bright palette that would feel equally at home in vintage and contemporary settings alike. She "revs up" the nostalgic appeal with individual names and amusing narratives... Read More
(It's Made with Pre-Cuts!) RIVER ROCK / RADIANT REFLECTIONS - The debut BOM program by Sarah Maxwell under her new Designs by Sarah J brand gives you two gorgeous color options in Primo Batiks. In either colorway, the design is an artful mix of geometrics that looks complex, but comes together easily.... Read More
Based on motifs from antique fabric prints, Paula Barnes' LATIMER FARMS collection highlights navy and leathery brown prints accented with gold, faded denim blue, olive, black and a touch of rusty red. The prints are beautifully anchored by a coordinating border stripe. Their accompanying BOM design... Read More
The newest additions to our WOOL COLLECTION are bright and beautiful! Look for these, and the entire 44-color collection, at your local quilt shops, on the bolt and in convenient, collectible 1-yard cuts Like the original deeper colors in our woven 100% wool collection, these vivid tones are... Read More
Friday, May 1 2015
Nancy Rink has designed an exciting new BOM... Amish with a Twist III: Best of Friends If you caught the recent buzz on Facebook, you know that Nancy Rink is at it again, with a stunning new BOM design inspired by Amish quilting traditions! Her first Amish BOM featured simple, design elements in... Read More
Red with white and blue with white are perennial favorites for quilting and home décor. For Spring 2015, Faye Burgos refreshes these classic themes by adding gradations of color, plus shades of cream to the palette for COLLECTOR'S GALLERY. Also new is Faye's narrow Strip-It concept, now with 1"... Read More
Wednesday, April 1 2015
Love mini quilts? Love pre-cut packs? Then you're sure to enjoy Pam Buda's Tokens of the Past, a series of miniature quilt projects. Her first set, entitled "Gathering in Red", features Pam's A PRAIRIE GATHERING collection. Her new TREENWARE & BERRIES line is featured in the equally new... Read More
Offer it in PRE-CUTS! So that's what we're doing with GRACIE'S SCHOOLHOUSE CLASSICS by Judie Rothermel! These twenty traditional, small-scaled motifs and the all-inclusive color palette are not only offered by the bolt, but also in 20-fat quarter bundles and 40-strip bundles (2 strips of each print,... Read More
Paula Barnes loves reproduction stripes! "I am a collector of antique quilts and textiles -- sometimes I buy nice quilts, and sometimes I buy not-so-nice quilts. I have always been intrigued with the use of stripes in these treasures. They add visual interest to the blocks, borders and sashing."... Read More
Rich hues of black, golden brown and purple are brought together beautifully in DAVENPORT GARDENS, a new collection by Paula Barnes that is sure to create a stunning quilt. Typical of wallpaper patterns from the period's, these prints would be right at home in an 1800's manor setting. TRIVIA: Did you... Read More
Sunday, March 1 2015
COLOR IT BLUE features Faye Burgos' fabric collection of the same name, with cheerful and creative bluebird quilt design by Vicki Bellino. This new BOM translates the overall feel of last year's HOUSE WARMING PARTY (featuring Faye's Home for the Holidays collection) into a rich blue and yellow palette.... Read More
Marcus Fabrics is pleased to introduce a beautiful new collection by Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts! TREENWARE & BERRIES is inspired by Pam's personal collection of early American Treenware. The term refers to any household item that was made, carved, or whittled from wood... in essence from a "tree"... Read More
The indigo blues, blacks, reds, madder browns, tans, cheddars and golds of Paula Barnes' TANNER CROSSING collection are colors typically found in fabrics of the 1860s through 1900. The "Tanner Legacy" pattern (quilt detail shown at right) by Red Crinoline Quilts was designed with a nod... Read More
Monday, December 1 2014
New BOM programs..."Country Crossroads" is a medallion style BOM quilt by Nancy Rink, featuring her POINTE PLEASANT collection. (100" x 100")Always The Season is our 2015 Holiday BOM. Fabric by Faye Burgos, Quilt by Vicki Bellino of Bloom Creek (56" x 70") Read More
Monday, December 1 2014
This year we've enjoyed a wealth of trends and directions for quilting, sewing and crafting! So we'd like to bring 2014 to a close with a look back at some of our favorite inspirations that are sure to influence our creative projects in the coming year: Slow Quilting and Aussie Style... Read More
Monday, December 1 2014
Well, technically, we're not going Back to Basics, because at Marcus, we've never actually left the Basics! In fact, our line of top-quality staples and newer "novelty basics" is one of our biggest strengths in the market season after season, including: AGED MUSLIN -- These faintly textured... Read More
Saturday, November 1 2014
Marcus is pleased to introduce its 2015 Holiday BOM program, ALWAYS IN SEASON. Building on the success of previous holiday-themed BOM programs, this one combines a beautiful Strip-It pre-printed stripe design with coordinates by Faye Burgos and the creativity of Vicki... Read More
Wednesday, October 1 2014
for Today's Quilting, Crafts, Home & Fashion We know so many of you favor Repros for their intended use in recreating Civil War and other historical projects. Even beyond this, keep in mind that Reproduction fabrics, or "Repros," offer a gorgeous range of colors and well-scaled motifs... Read More
Monday, September 1 2014
We'd thought you'd enjoy some of the great project inspiration based on the various PRIMO PLAID FLANNEL and SUEDED HAND-DYED FLANNEL collections for Fall 2014. Quilt shops everywhere are well stocked with Harvest, Halloween and Christmas designs, as well as general fall colors and designs. "Primo... Read More
Friday, August 1 2014
... and How Did You Make That Gorgeous Quilt Block"? Paula Barnes is Hooked! Have you see the Lucy Boston quilt style? This intricate-looking method of English paper piecing employs carefully fussy-cut fabrics & placement to create unique kaleidoscopic effects. The design was inspired by a... Read More
Friday, August 1 2014
"In 2005 when we started Red Crinoline Quilts we made a black and red quilt that we called Sherman's March, and ever since, we have had a love affair with red and black! Some of our favorite designs featuring red and block are Simple Star, Vicksburg, and Crossroads. A single print inspired the... Read More
Try the Aunt Grace SIMPLER SAMPLER Quilt In creating this gorgeous quilt with classic Aunt Grace prints by Judie Rothermel, quilt designer Vicki Bellino was inspired by her love for English paper piecing. She wanted other quilters to enjoy the look, too, but without all of the work! "I took traditional... Read More
Eighteenth and nineteenth century women were in large part unable to leave a significant lasting record of their lives. They were all too often denied an education, did not have a say in shaping policy or politics, and were discouraged from speaking their minds or contributing ideas, even in their... Read More
Judging from the already overwhelming response to THE SEASONS WOOL COLLECTION and companion POMEGRANATE LANE cotton prints by the Quilted Crow Girls, we're sure that many of you are eagerly awaiting the BOM launch in October! And just in time for the release of their two debut fabric collections comes... Read More
Judie Rothermel's latest collection is simply named JUDIE'S ALBUM QUILT, a mix of teals, reds and golds, anchored with earth tones from brown to cream prints, along with Marcus' AGED MUSLIN. True Judie Rothermel fans will likely recognize her "Civil War Bar Quilt" design from the cover of... Read More
Tuesday, July 1 2014
Fabric and Quarterly Quilt Series by Pam Buda Pam's newest line, A PRAIRIE GATHERING, features rich reds with golden tan coordinates, a favorite color combination among quilters, and made even better by her gorgeous medallion quilt design. This time, she takes her inspiration from the Prairie women... Read More
Are you ready to SEW ALONG with Marcus? Our new "Friends & Companions" sew-along blog tour begins on August 1. Join your favorite Marcus fabric and BOM designers as we create original blocks using prints from PAULA BARNES COMPANIONS over a 10 week period! Gather your fabrics now, or... Read More
If you've never tried a Marcus block-of-the-month quilting project, this is a great time to consider one! BOM's, as they're called, are popular for lots of reasons, and we've listed them here for those who need a little extra encouragement! #10: A BOM project is broken down into smaller, more attainable... Read More
Sunday, June 1 2014
Classics blues and reds paired with cream have always been favorites among quilters. Faye Burgos' GALLERY IN RED AND BLUE is the perfect balance of florals, geometrics and textures. With that in mind, we asked Heidi Pridemore to create a new "Gallery" quilt design for 2014, and this is it!... Read More
We thought you'd enjoy a few pictures of our displays at Spring 2014 Quilt Market in Pittsburgh, including the booth displays of some of our designers, located in the vicinity. You'll find more on the blog, too -- See Booth 2335, So Far, So Good, Quilt Market Begins with Schoolhouse, and And Yes, the... Read More
Known as "The Quilted Crow Girls" from Australia, Leonie Bateman and Deirdre Bond-Abel have been designing quilts for some time now, with a signature style that combines woven wools with rich cotton prints. While their styles are quite similar, each designs independently. Inspiration for... Read More
Introducing MILL WORKS by Nancy Rink Marcus is pleased to present the MILL WORKS collection designed by Nancy Rink of Nancy Rink Designs, with historic swatches from the American Textile History Museum providing the inspiration. MILL WORKS features a bright, cheerful color... Read More
Thursday, May 1 2014
What exactly is FLAG DAY? It's a US holiday commemorating the adoption of the American flag. In addition, the United States Army celebrates its birthday on the same day. Flag Day is part of National Flag Week, a time when Americans reflect on the foundations of the nation's freedom. The flag of the... Read More
Thursday, May 1 2014
Nancy Rink's "New-Fashioned" Palette of Geometrics & 5-Month BOM COLOR LOVE is Nancy Rink's new-fashioned palette of mid-bright textures and geometric motifs, anchored by a deep blue ground Jacobean-inspired floral. With print names like Purple Vibe, Mango Plaid, Red Fireworks, Teal Twirly,... Read More
Harriet's first collection for Marcus, debuts online in May. It includes beautifully scaled coordinates in terracotta, blush and aqua tones with neutral accents. The line was inspired by a medallion quilt from Virginia, circa 1820-1840. The quilt's owner, Pam Kay of San Diego, CA, shared it with Harriet... Read More
Wednesday, April 2 2014
After a particularly harsh winter in many areas of the world, the arrival of spring and its beautiful blooms will be particularly welcome this year! And with it, style trends are showing an especially strong direction toward all things floral -- large flowers, miniature buds, petals, bouquets and more.... Read More
Monday, March 3 2014
Be sure to keep up with the latest features on our blog, MarcusMentions.com... We'll include more conversation with our designers, Marcus updates, tips, trends, inspiration and more...even an occasional giveaway or two ; ) Be a part of the conversation! Read More
True Flannel Season is in full swing, and this comfortable, easy-to-sew fabric has become a favorite all year long. We're celebrating with the addition of three gorgeous new fashion colors to our SUPER SOFTLY FLANNELS. They've become the industry standard for their soft hand, washability and colorfastness.... Read More
Saturday, March 1 2014
Fabrics by Judie Rothermel and Old Sturbridge Village With Quilt Designs by Carol Hopkins Read about Judie's beautiful new collection, our latest museum collaboration with Old Sturbridge Village, learn more about the unique organization that inspired Judie's designs, and view Carol's quilt patterns!... Read More
Saturday, February 1 2014
Well, what do you think? Will RADIANT ORCHID play a part in your 2014 creative plans? Do you think it works best for quilts, home decor, or fashion? It does play well with this orchid/plum colorway of MEDALLION MUSE by Faye Burgos! See the entire collection, available in quilt shops beginning in... Read More
Pam Buda's passion for both 1800s American prairie life and for quilting is more evident with each collection, so for her new PRAIRIE STITCHES group, we asked Pam about her latest inspirations... "Ada Blaney sitting in the prairie at her sewing machine is for me the epitome of a Prairie woman.... Read More
Monday, December 30 2013
with Our LOVE & GLORY Quilt! When we updated our friends about the Quilts of Valor program and its tremendous growth, we decided to upgrade our existing free project by Heidi Pridemore, so that it would meet the minimum size requirements for the QOV program (60" x 80"). The addition... Read More
COLOR LOVE is Nancy Rink's new-fashioned palette of mid-bright textures and geometric motifs, anchored by a deep blue ground Jacobean-inspired floral. With subtle print motifs like plaids, fireworks, chubby flowers and various textures, the collection is geared to quilters who crave something fresh... Read More
Sunday, December 1 2013
We'd like to bring 2013 to a creative close with a look back at some of our favorite fabrics and inspirations:   The BOM - Block-of-the-Month programs continue to soar in popularity, and with good reason -- beautifully designed quilts, and of course, the opportunity to visit your favorite... Read More
Sunday, December 1 2013
This just in...  We were thrilled to receive an update on the popular Quilts of Valor project (QOV), spearheaded in 2010 by industry luminary Marianne Fons. At the time, Marcus was one of several fabric manufacturers invited to create a special fabric collection. QOV not only provides American active... Read More
Sunday, September 1 2013
We've developed an innovative fabric process we call the Marcuset Process. You'll find it on many of our yarn dyes and novelty weave fabrics, including MOLLY Bs CLASSIC WOVENS, PRAIRIE WOVENS by Pam Buda, and our SHOT-CEE collection. The Marcuset process is applied to our yarns before they are woven.... Read More
Sunday, September 1 2013
You've probably seen shot cloth (a.k.a. "shot cotton") for years, but never knew it had an actual name! Shot cloth is a yarn dyed woven fabric, created in its most basic form with one color in the warp, or lengthwise grain and another color in the weft, or crosswise grain. Some variations... Read More
Fabrics and BOM by Nancy Rink You'll want to clear some time on your creative calendars for this dazzling BOM by Nancy Rink! With it, she recreates the vivid combination of Native American, Mexican and Spanish cultures in California, specifically drawing inspiration from tilework of the King's Highway... Read More
Thursday, August 15 2013
Sometimes, you see a gorgeous fabric like the large-scale floral in the M FOR MYSTERY collection, and you know you want to use it, but you aren't sure how. As you experiment with design options, you discover that part of the fun is in playing with fabric combinations, not sure where the journey is... Read More
Thursday, August 1 2013
American Gothic No doubt you recognize this classic American painting, created by Iowa native Grant Wood in 1930. It's been enjoyed, analyzed, and even spoofed for decades. "American Gothic" was named for the Gothic Revival style home depicted in the background. Mr. Wood painted a couple standing... Read More
Whether you're a newbie in search of a beginner-friendly project, or a more experienced quilter who's time-challenged, or any one else who just wants to quilt, check out our ideas for the easiest quilts ever... Download the PDF Read More
Take a look behind the scenes at the recent Quilt Market in Portland, OR. You'll find it all on the Marcus blog! Quilt Market Begins Sharing Tips at Schoolhouse Check out the Booth! It Comes Down Much Quicker! Read More
Sunday, June 2 2013
Got kids in your life? Looking for ways to entertain them? Take a little time during the summer months to ignite their creativity with fabric & thread! Start with a trip to your local quiltshop, with a focus on fabrics in their favorite designs & colors. We'd love to see what you come up with,... Read More
Monday, April 1 2013
Need some fresh ideas for Father's Day gift-giving? We've got the perfect fix: a quick and simple-to-sew quilt done in PRIMO PLAIDS! Just choose his favorite colors and recreate Vanessa Goertzen's design for a gift he'll appreciate all year long! Then top off the gift with a couple of coordinating... Read More
Monday, April 1 2013
The PIN MONEY collection by Pam Buda takes its name from a phrase coined in the late 1700s by First Lady Abigail Adams, wife of President John Adams. As the story goes, while President Adams was making his numerous trips to Europe on state business, Abigail asked him to purchase large quantities of... Read More
Friday, March 1 2013
We've got pix right here! Plus, quick instructions to make our colorful Circle Garland! Read More
Whether you call it National Quilting Day Sponsored by the National Quilting Association, or Worldwide Quilting Day (sponsored by the trade organization FabShop Network), the message is to plan onsomething special for March 16, 2013. Check out the websites for ideas and inspiration to make the most... Read More
(Finished Size 88" x 88") In creating this BOM, Red Crinoline Quilts designers Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison combined successful elements of earlier programs,returning to the "cute factor" of 5-inch blocks designs in their... Read More
Friday, February 1 2013
Be sure to visit the Marcus booth while you're at QuiltCon, and check out our demo featuring OMBRE HAND DYES! We're thrilled to be a part of this inaugural event that celebrates modern quilting in all of its creative variations. Read More
Friday, February 1 2013
Join Marcus Fabrics' exciting new Saturday Soiree program, running January through December 2013 Saturday Soiree is designed to be offered in a monthly format, similar to the old "Saturday Sampler" concept. We thought it was time to update and improve upon the Sampler, pairing gorgeous fabrics... Read More
Marcus is pleased to present PARTY OF TWELVE, an innovative program designed to inspire and educate quilters in the use of reproduction fabrics. The program guides quilters to create the quilt with an educational approach, combining practical quilting techniques with lessons in traditional reproduction... Read More
Saturday, December 1 2012
The PickleDish (or Pickledish) is a traditional quilt design from the 1930s, closely related to the Double Wedding Ring design, with blocks that are arranged to create an intricate interlocking circular design. The style is named for the equally popular glass dishes of the era, used to serve relishes... Read More
Saturday, December 1 2012
AMISH WITH A TWIST II: The Classics Featuring CENTENNIAL SOLIDS - Quilt & Program by Nancy Rink Begins January 2013 Marcus is pleased to present the eagerly-awaited follow-up to Nancy Rink's Amish with a Twist creative program! For Spring 2013, Amish With A Twist II: The Classics draws... Read More
Saturday, September 15 2012
Get ready for the "Just Judie" Quilt Competition, beginning in January 2013! We're celebrating Judie's 25th Anniversary with a special collection, and a great new way for you to complete for valuable prizes from Marcus and our wonderful sponsors. Plus, you could help your favorite quilt... Read More
New! Continuing its innovative Civil War BOM series, Marcus now introduces CIVIL WAR MELODIES, centered on Judie Rothermel's latest historiccollection of the same name. Like the three previousCivil War programs, "Melodies" takes unique inspiration from one particular aspect of the five-year... Read More
The bed runner is a luxurious decorator touch that was first seen in higher-end boutique hotels, quickly becoming a familiar and welcome bedroom accent. As quilters, we can easily create several new looks to give new life to one single, solid color bedspread or duvet.... Read More
Saturday, April 28 2012
No doubt you've been hearing more and more buzz about the "modern" quilt movement, and new fabrics, patterns, books, guilds, blogs and magazines dedicated to the genre seem to be popping up daily. There's even QuiltCon, a convention planned for 2013, just for modern quilt enthusiasts! It's... Read More
MarcusFabrics welcomes Pam Buda to its family of designers, with the introduction of HEART OF THE PRAIRIE. The collection is inspired by her passion for prairie life, as she explains it: "I love the Civil War era, and wanted to bring the Prairie life experience to light, through the club, because... Read More
Saturday, April 28 2012
Thank You to everyone who submitted their SPINTASTIC quilt designs! We've narrowed the entries down to two,based on the criteria of overall visual appeal of the design, skilled use of the fabric collection, and accuracy of the instructions. And, the finalists are Glenda Spencer of Ontario, Canada and... Read More
Spring 2012 marks the launch of the new Studio 37 brand by Marcus Fabrics, with three gorgeous new collections focused on the contemporary quilter and crafter. DIY enthusiasts will love the offerings of this new division, which blends Marcus' skill in creating well-coordinated collections with a modern... Read More
Begun by an enthusiastic group of local quilters in 1987, the New England Quilt Museum celebrates its Silver Anniversary in 2012. The museum is a landmark in the heart of America's historictextile-producing region, housed in a 19th century former bank building in the heart of lovely downtown Lowell,... Read More
Monday, March 12 2012
In 2011, as we marked the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War, the New England Quilt Museum presented "One Foot Square, Quilted and Bound", an exhibit of uniquequilts, several of which were made for soldiers wounded in that conflict. The exhibit also included rare and... Read More
Winter 2012 -- Just a reminder that our AMERICAN VALOR FABRIC COLLECTION by Faye Burgos is still available! Asour troops prepare to return to the U.S., we know that many of our quiltilng friends will likely want to express their gratitude in fabric. Even beyond the initial launch of the Quilts of Valor... Read More
Wednesday, November 30 2011
As themes of environmental responsibility and "eco-friendly" products have become familiar to today's consumer, this new direction in consumerism has already taken hold in the quiltingworld. Marcus is pleased to re-introduce its OASIS CANVAS, its classic linen-weave décor weight fabric made... Read More
Tuesday, November 1 2011
Here we've gathered a few project ideas that are perfect for our PRIMO PLAIDS... McCall's M6231 ... Read More
Tuesday, November 1 2011
Do you have a project using Judie's fabrics that you'd love to show off?  This is your chance to share it with the world, and WIN FREE FABRIC in the process!  Beginning in January 2012,one lucky winner each month will receive a Judie Rothermel fabric pack and have their piece shown here.  Just send... Read More
Friday, July 1 2011
We took a quick survey of the Marcus office staff to find out what the season's hot projects are, and we thought it would be fun to share them here with you. Brandy Browner (marketing coordinator) wows us once again with her with one of her gorgeous handbags - her... Read More
Sewing and quilting continue to enjoy an exciting resurgence, fueled by a combination of factors, from saving money to expressing one's creativity. In the end, all sewing enthusiasts sew just for the love of it, so it's likely that this year's celebration of National Sewing Month in September will be... Read More
We've taken one of our best-selling fabrications and expanded the creative possibilities, not only for quilting, but for creative home décor, crafts & fashion, too! The neutral tones of our new AGED MUSLIN QUILT BACKS lend themselves to current home décor trends as well as traditional quilt backs... Read More
Looking for a great pieced look with minimal effort? You'll love these easy piecing & appliqué project ideas featuring PATCH-IT™ by Faye Burgos, shown in her NEW LONDON collection! This specialty layout gives you a perfectly balanced selection of 5" squares that are better than a regular pre-cut... Read More
COTTON CLUB Program runs September 2011 through August 2012 Marcus Fabrics is pleased to introduce COTTON CLUB, a gorgeous collection designed by Paula Barnes. To accompany the fabrics, Mary Ellen Robison and Paula Barnes have also designed a sampler style BOM quilt featuring 5-inch blocks. The collection... Read More
Monday, February 28 2011
Just a reminder that in honor of Marcus 100th Anniversary in 2011, we're inviting all of our quilting friends to submit photos and/or stories of the Marcus quilts you've created over the years.  These can be family heirlooms, community service projects, guild creations, etc.  We'll be collecting... Read More
Sunday, February 27 2011
PATCH-IT Debuts with the RAILROAD TIES Collection by Faye Burgos Patch-It is the latest fabric layout innovation from Faye Burgos, making its debut for Spring 2011 as the highlight of her RAILROAD TIES collection.  Inspired by the Depression-era "Hobo Quilt" trend, Faye Burgos' new RAILROAD... Read More
Saturday, January 1 2011
... was unveiled at Quilt Market in Houston last October. Created by Charlotte O'Leary, it features a nostalgic mix of Marcus prints.  We thought it might be challenging for Charlotte to incorporate but traditional and contemporary looks in a single quilt, but it turned out beautifully!  She... Read More
Wednesday, December 1 2010
Create your next reproduction quilt with fresh inspiration from Paula Barnes! Now you can use her PAULA BARNE BASICS collection just as she intended, with three new Paula Barnes' patterns that are perfectly suited for her fabrics. The collection features a range of colors & motifs you'll want to... Read More
Like to plan ahead? Marcus prepares you for Fall/Holiday 2011 with another beautiful BOM project, this time featuring CHESTNUT & VINE by Faye Burgos, in a quilt design by Vicki Bellino of Bloom Creek. Faye's rich harvest palette of russet, gold, pumpkin, sage and brown makes this group a winner... Read More
Monday, November 1 2010
Marcus Fabrics is proud to create its own AMERICAN VALOR FABRIC COLLECTION for the 2011 Quilts of Valor program, organized by Marianne Fons of Love of Quilting. This cooperative collection will feature patriotic fabrics from across the industry.  Since 2003, quilters across America have been making... Read More
The AURELIA'S JOURNEY collection is comprised of various Marcus reproduction fabrics, brought together to create a series quilt project that explores the secondary causes of the Civil War. Read more... Read More
Friday, September 10 2010
A Commemorative Civil War Project by Homestead Hearth and Kansas City Star Quilts, Featuring Reproduction Prints by Marcus Fabrics View the Featured Fabrics When Dolores Smith and Sarah Maxwell of Homestead Hearth discovered an antique sampler quilt that was completed in 1875, they wondered whether... Read More
Wednesday, September 1 2010
It's no secret that there's plenty of math involved in quilting, and as you send the kids back to school this month, remember there's no reason quilting can't become a fun & creative part of the curriculum!  We've found a few great resources on line to help with the lesson planning, so let... Read More
  Stay tuned for more details about this pair of beautiful quilts featuring ADELAIDE by Faye Burgos.  They form the basis of an upcoming book by KC Star Quilts entitled "Faithful & Devoted: To My Adelaide," a Civil War love story.  The book is scheduled for release in January 2011.... Read More
Sunday, August 1 2010
Fabric by Judie Rothermel BOM Quilt Design & Patterns by Homestead Hearth January 2011 ~ December 2011 View the collection Civil War histories so often focus on the military commanders who led various battles. But, who were the women married to these leaders, and what sacrifices did they endure... Read More
Thursday, July 1 2010
Summer break is the perfect time to introduce quilting to a child!  We've gathered some tips & suggestions to make even the most informal lessons enjoyable and productive... Let the initial goals be fun, self-expression, and quality time. Encourage natural creativity by resisting the urge to impose... Read More
Tuesday, June 1 2010
An Exclusive Block-of-the-Month Program September 2010 through March 2011 View the collection Click photo to view the entire Quilt design and complete program details! In honor of the 100th birthday of Aunt Grace, Judie Rothermel has created a very special collection, AUNT GRACE CIRCLE OF FRIENDS,... Read More
Thursday, April 1 2010
Holidays at Home 6-Month BOM Program Fabrics by Faye Burgos • Quilt Design by Vicki Bellino of Bloom Creek Create an elegant home accent for the holidays, as Marcus introduces its Holidays at Home Block-of-the-Month Program. It's available from April through November 2010, so you can complete... Read More
We’re thrilled at the response to our block of the month program, from quilters and retailers alike.  Remember that each month’s pattern includes historical details of a particular Civil War battle, combining both the northern & southern viewpoints.  The patterns, designed by Homestead... Read More
Friday, January 1 2010
Season after season, quilters have always loved Marcus pansies!  With two new collections by Faye Burgos debuting in January 2010, we thought it would be fun to share a few interesting facts about the flower that started it all:Pansies are one of the earliest flowering plants, blooming right alongside... Read More
We appreciate the enthusiastic response to our Civil War Tribute and its Block of the Month program, beginning now in your favorite quilt shops, where you'll now find the fabrics & patterns. A detail of the center section of the quilt is shown here, a blend... Read More
Tuesday, December 1 2009
Short on time, and cash?  You can still celebrate the spirit of giving with minimal stress, whether you need gifts for friends that quilt, or for those that depend on your creative handiwork!  We've come up with a few ideas to get things started: Gifts for Quilting Friends:Print out a free... Read More
Sunday, November 1 2009
  Crazy Quilt print from TWELVE OAKS by Judie Rothermel (R33-2459-0132) The collection is named for one of the plantations in the classic novel, Gone with the Wind. The prints are reminiscent of those used by the refined lady quilters and stitchers of the South. Crazy Quilting holds a unique... Read More
Need "Pink Ribbon" projects for October, or any time of the year? When Faye Burgos designed the CLOSE TO MY HEART collection, she included two very unique panel layouts, each with countless possibilities for creative cutting, appliqué and more.  As a bonus, the collection includes brown, soft blue... Read More
Release Highlights the Popular 2009 Block of the Month Quilt Program featuring Marcus Fabrics View the Featured Fabrics Now Kansas City Star Quilts is pleased to announce the completion of its book, Women of Influence: 12 Leaders of the Suffrage Movement, written by Homestead Hearth to accompany the... Read More
Monday, January 1 2001
Marcus Introduces CIVIL WAR TRIBUTE Block-of-the-Month Program for 2010 As we approach the 150-year commemoration of the American Civil War in 2011, Marcus Fabrics and Judie Rothermel are partnering with Homestead Hearth to create a very special block of the month program to run during 2010. The quilt... Read More
Monday, January 1 2001
Color value is a term that refers to how light or dark a color is, in relation to other colors. Value is an important characteristic because it helps quilters decide how to arrange the fabrics so that they either blend with each other, or contrast against each other. Black has the deepest value, white... Read More
Monday, January 1 2001
Did you know that in traditional Americana art and textile designs, the positioning of the eagle's head has special significance?  In its talons, the eagle commonly holds a spring of wheat in one (signifying peacetime), and one or more arrows in the other (signifying a country at war).  You might notice... Read More
We all know that quilting is a wonderful stress reliever, and since May is celebrated as National Mental Health Month, it's the perfect time to indulge in our craft!  For some of us, it's the visual and tactile enjoyment of beautiful fabrics and embellishments, the combination of colors, designs... Read More
Monday, January 1 2001
With all of the emphasis on minimizing use of plastic bags and other environmentally friendly practices, and with Mother's Day coming up in the US next month, we wanted to introduce you to one of the prettiest & most creative ways to wrap gifts - furoshiki.  This versatile ancient Japanese... Read More
Monday, January 1 2001
Some of our quilting friends have brought to light an interesting observation about our new STRIP-IT fabrics.  It seems that in a portion of our production, the actual print motifs measure just less than the stated 2-1/2" width.  We apologize for the difficulties you've experienced, and have... Read More
Monday, January 1 2001
It's flannel season, so check out our new CLOTHESLINE KIDS FLANNEL line and stitch up something great for your favorite small people!  Occasionally, we are asked about the warning label printed on the board end of our kids' flannels, regarding the use of the flannel for children's sleepwear. ... Read More
Monday, January 1 2001
Our Judie Rothermel fabric collections continue to make news.  From her Aunt Grace lines (the original 1930's reproduction prints) to her historic groups and museum collections, to her latest series like Charleston and Lancaster, we're continuing our Tradition of Innovation in reproduction fabrics... Read More
  Strip quilting has taken on new importance in recent seasons, made easier with precut, pre-coordinated strip bundles available today.  Marcus takes strip quilting to the next level with STRIP IT, an exciting and versatile new collection of pre-printed 2½" wide prints spanning the width... Read More
Monday, January 1 2001
With the exciting debut of our new certified organic OASIS CANVAS made with eco-friendly dyes, we thought it would be great to share your best tips for ecologically responsible quilting. Big or small, we're looking for ways to preserve resources, reuse, recycle and repurpose your favorite quilting tools... Read More
You can create simple yet beautiful projects with pre-cut, pre-coordinated fabric square packs. Marcus offers various collections in these timesaving assortments, in both 5" and 8" squares.  Here are just a few ideas to get you started: PILLOWS  •  TOTE  •  BAGS  •  ... Read More
The beautiful handkerchief panel from Faye Burgos' LOVE & INSPIRATION gives you lots of creative opportunities!  In the office, these samples brought back fond memories of pretty hankies for several of the Marcus employees of "a certain age", demonstrating the beautiful heirloom quality... Read More
Monday, January 1 2001
Summer vacation season is nearby, and there's no better time to share your passion for quilting and creative sewing with your favorite little people. Whether they've expressed an interest in learning more about the needle arts, or the suggestion is yours, we've gathered a few tips for quilting with... Read More
Marcus Fabrics is proud to announce that 2007 marks the 20th year of Judie Rothermel's unique influence on the quilting world! Judie Rothermel has been a true innovator in the quilting industry, and we at Marcus Fabrics are extremely proud of our long-standing design relationship with her. A noted authority... Read More
Monday, January 1 2001
It's that time of year, so we thought we'd ask some of our industry friends (and Marcus staffers who quilt) for suggestions on the Perfect Holiday Gift for quilters. here's what they said:Jan Mullen: "Lots of quilting supplies - essential for fresh New Year playtime, a complete set of Superior... Read More
The first Aunt Grace collection debuted at Quilt Market fifteen years ago, to the delight of other quilting enthusiasts who, like Judie, previously couldn't find the historically accurate prints they needed to make their reproduction quilt projects, and more importantly, to repair vintage quilts... Read More
Marcus Fabrics proudly continues its commitment to the preservation of quilting history with the announcement of its newest museum partnership, this time with the New England Quilt Museum, located in Lowell, Massachusetts. THE REGENCY COLLECTION by Judie Rothermel, inspired by the archives of the New... Read More
Monday, January 1 2001
Like many creative activities, the ancient art of patchwork began with humble utilitarian roots, as a way to lengthen the life of a threadbare garment by sewing patches to it. In time, artistic influences led sewers and quilters to patch various fabrics together intentionally, mixing colors, patterns... Read More
Monday, January 1 2001
Quilters are enjoying a renewed interest in dots and stripes, fueled in part by home decor trends. Just like any other design motif, these versatile designs can be used to define the mood of a quilt, from playful and carefree to regal, orderly and precise. Both dots and stripes can be fussy-cut for... Read More
What's Your Favorite? ...and you can help us to create the next collection! Aunt Grace 1930's prints by Judie Rothermel are the industry originals, and still the best! For this very special Anniversary, we invite you to vote for your favorites from among 50 of our all-time best Aunt Grace prints.... Read More
With all of the buzz about our various quilt museum collaborations and the collections we've created with them, we wanted to give you a glimpse into the history of quilting in the late 19th Century. What world events shaped the art of quilting at the time? Which techniques were most popular? We asked... Read More
Monday, January 1 2001
Marcus Fabrics is proud to be affiliated with Old Sturbridge Village through the development of special fabric collections inspired by their permanent collections. This museum is an esteemed institution, entrusted with the safe-keeping of rich, centuries-old traditions in quilting in particular,... Read More
Monday, January 1 2001
With our ever-expanding range of extra-wide quilt backs, we began to think of all the creative uses for them, aside from beautiful backing for your quilts... and this is what we came up with. Do you have an idea to share? Send it to lshepard@marcusfabrics.comPurchase two quilt backs in matching or contrasting... Read More
Versatile pre-quilted fabric is popular for so many projects, and in our classic muslin tones, the possibilities are even greater! Try any of these ideas using the double-faced quilt fabric as it is, or as a great base cloth for your favorite creative embellishments, from simple to elaborate... Use... Read More