Would you like to be part of a first?
Make a gorgeous quilt?
Meet some new friends?
Win some great prizes?
If so, join me in the first Marcus Fabrics designer sew-along. It's called the "Friends & Companions Designer Sew Along" and will feature a 60" square quilt of nine original blocks designed by some of Marcus Fabrics' designers. Here's how it works.

August 1 is the start date. Each Friday for ten weeks, you’ll visit a designer’s blog for the block info and instructions, followed by the finished quilt reveal in Week 10.  AND, you’ll have a chance to win a great prize each week, in addition to a Grand Prize at the end of the Sew-Along! . 

Our quilt features selected prints from Paula Barnes' Companions collection.  Fabric Kits can be ordered from the following designers:

Paula Barnes & Mary Ellen Robison - Red Crinoline Quilts
Pam Buda - Heartspun Quilts
Sarah Maxwell & Dolores Smith - Homestead Hearth

If you'd prefer using your own fabrics, here are the yardage requirements:

For Blocks:

1/4 yard cheddar print

1/2 yard light print #1
1/6 yard red print #1
1/4 yard black print
1/6 yard blue print
1/3 yard of olive print

For Quilt Setting & Borders:

1 3/4 yards red print #2 for outside border

1 1/4 yards black print for alternate blocks, inside border and binding
1 1/8 yards light print #2 for alternate block
1 yard olive green for setting corners and triangles

4 yards for backing

Quilt size:  60" x 60"
Block size: 8"

Here is the designer and blog schedule for our Friends & Companions sew-along.   Be sure to save the dates and please pass this news along to all your friends!  

8/1                        Pam Buda ~ Heartspun Quilts                                  www.HeartspunQuilts.Blogspot.com
8/8                        Paula Barnes ~ Red Crinoline Quilts                     www.RedCrinolineQuilts.Blogspot.com
8/15                      Sarah Maxwell ~ Homestead Hearth                      www.HomesteadHearth.Blogspot.com              
8/22                      Pati Violick ~ Marcus Fabrics                                www.MarcusMentions.com
8/29                      Gloria Parsons ~ Olde Green Cupboard               www.OldeGreenCupboard.Blogspot.com  
9/5                        Nancy Rink ~ Nancy Rink Designs                          www.NancyRinkDesigns.com/blog
9/12                      Mary Ellen Robison~Red Crinoline Quilts          www.RedCrinolineQuilts.Blogspot.com
9/19                      Dolores Smith ~ Homestead Hearth                       www.HomesteadHearth.Blogspot.com
9/26                      Lisa Shepard ~ Marcus Fabrics                               www.MarcusMentions.com

10/3                      Red Crinoline Quilts ~ Quilt Revealed!                www.RedCrinolineQuilts.Blogspot.com


Sew-Along tip from Lisa Shepard of Marcus Fabrics: Visit each designer’s blog before August 1 and enter your email address in the “Follow by Email” icon or “Subscribe” box on each designer’s blog shown below.  That way, you won’t miss any of the good things we have in store for you, and you’ll be able to print all of the block directions to take to your cutting table and sewing machine!

See you soon!