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Plan Ahead for these Block-of-the-Month Projects

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 was created around an antique border print from the mid 1800's, along with antique coordinates in varying shades of red and brown. The rich red tones include shades of Madder and Turkey red, both commonly used in the 1800s. These are beautifully paired with brown, of which Paula Barnes says, "We've never met a brown we didn't like and couldn't use in a quilt!"

For the quilt's 45 blocks, Barnes selected small, closely spaced motifs, noting that their scale would lend themselves to the 5-inch size, while shirtings were added to provide lights. The decorative border stripe is cleverly pieced in some of the blocks.

The designers borrowed common elements from original quilts of the period by employing a strip-set design, then went a step further by varying the width of the vertical pieced columns for added visual interest. Blocks are created during Months 1 through 11, and carefully grouped by technique or similarity in style. This allows retailers & quilters alike to focus on a particular quilting skill during that month. The quilt is then completed during Month 12.

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AUNT GRACE'S GARDEN PARTY
Program runs September 2011 through March 2012

Judie Rothermel created AUNT GRACE'S GARDEN PARTY as a tribute to her aunt's love for gardening. An avid gardener, Aunt Grace loved flowers in particular, and belonged to the local garden club to share her love of flowers and companionship with other ladies. Flowers and quilters seem to go hand in hand, both being artistic outlets of creative women.

Judie explains, "During the 1930's, when Aunt Grace was most active, flower themes were quite popular in the quilting world. When I viewed many of the quilts stashed in her trunk I recall seeing an Iris appliqué quilt and also a pattern called Poppies. And of course she made several flower garden quilts."

Judie and quilt designer Vickie Bellino (of Bloom Creek) collaborated on this BOM project for nearly one year, and it was revealed that like Judie, Vicki also had an aunt who shared her passion for gardening with her local gardening club. As such, GARDEN PARTY was the natural choice in naming the design, featuring red, blue, yellow and green, Judie's favorite flower colors.

The BOM design highlights Vicki's creative appliqué & piecing techniques, done in horizontal rows that represent flowers in the garden. Quilters will learn and utilize two methods of appliqué, bias vines and English paper piecing (with all paper pieces included in the pattern.) Unlike typical BOM's, each month's featured block will be made in several different fabrics to comprise a complete horizontal row. The result is a cheery arrangement that Judie hopes will inspire all Aunt Grace enthusiasts to plant flower gardens of their own! The program runs from September 2011 to March 2012.

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