Lisa's Inbox


Here we'll answer questions that come through email, and share the responses with all of our quilting friends.

If you have a question about our products, please email

Q & A -- "I've heard that I should start hoarding my repro prints because less are being produced... is that true?", "Are reproduction fabrics going away?"

As we approach Summer 2013, we've been hearing the whispers, and had these very questions from consumers. Rest assured, and allow us to explain: For some time, there had been many new players in the reproduction area, secondary sources who were offering the look in addition to the more established reproduction fabric manufacturers like Marcus. We believe that what you're seeing is a retreat from reproductions by these secondary sources, as their attention now turns to more contemporary looks in the wake of the "modern" category. So, while it does seem as though fewer of these prints are available, you can be assured that for those of us in the industry whose strength has always been the reproduction & historical fabrics, you'll continue to see our finest efforts in your local quilt shops.

Speaking of fine quality repro fabrics, remember that our Just Judie quilt competition wraps up soon, and entries are due by July 31, 2013

Q & A -- "I'm looking for just another yard-and-a-half of ___________________ by Marcus Fabrics to complete my project. Can you help me find it?"
This is one of the most common questions to cross my desk. We are not set up to sell fabric directly to individuals, but I do have some recommendations:
  • Speed your search by checking for the name of the collection on the selvage, if possible.
  • Check with your local quilt shops & fabric stores.
  • Try an online search to locate retailers who may be able to supply it via mail order. In addition to the big generic search engines, try one dedicated to fabric searches, like
  • In the case of designer fabrics, we also recommend you try to order through the fabric designer's own website. Most, like Judie Rothermel, Paula Barnes and others, sell the fabrics they design, in addition to other Marcus prints.

Q & A -- Limitations on Usage of Marcus Fabrics / Copyright Infringement
"Like many other quilters, I have decided that we are not going to spend our money on any more lines of fabrics who try to put limitations on what we do with the fabric we purchase. I don't want to think if this is an item I can photograph and put on the internet, or do I need to worry about a lawsuit. You have beautiful creations, and it would greatly sadden me...if there are limitations on how I, the end user, can use the fabric.

Lisa replies: "With all of the recent discussion throughout the quilting community about copyright infringement and the proper use of fabrics, we appreciate your concerns in what has become a very confusing area for everyone concerned. Marcus fabrics may be purchased and sewn into any finished items to be used, given as a gift or sold, such as quilts, pillows, garments, photo albums, gift items and more. The fabrics can also be embellished with any desired trims, etc to your liking. In this sense, "no," there are no limitations on its usage. If the fabric is used commercially, we would welcome a mention on your hangtags as the source of the fabric, but this is not required by law. However, while the FABRIC itself is not copyrighted and can be used as you desire, it is the actual DESIGN printed on the fabric that may not be duplicated. For instance, you may use a Marcus Fabrics floral fabric print to create whatever you like, but you MAY NOT then scan the floral design itself (or otherwise reproduce it) and then embroider it onto a matching pillow case, for example. I hope this clarifies any confusion on the copyright issue. If you need any further information, please feel free to contact me again."

Q & A: Custom Labels Tutorial
"The Vicki Bellino info to print your own quilt labels on fabric was awesome. I tried it and it looked great. One problem, when I used spray sizing the ink ran. Did she use an inkjet or laser printer and how do you avoid the ink running when it gets wet. My label looked great. Thank you for your reply."

Vicki replies: "Use an inkjet printer only and heat set the ink really good with a very hot iron. There is a product called Bubble Jet that is a solution you can soak the label in that supposedly will set the ink if you have problems after heat setting with the iron. Hope that helps".