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About Marsha's Fabric

A Little History of STAPLES
       Several years ago, now, David Peha invited me to design a line of fabric for his Seattle-based company, FASCO (you can visit their website at or e-mail to He had been successfully producing and marketing Roberta Horton's Plaids and Stripes and was looking for another well-known quilter to design fabrics for him. I also lived in the same town -- that helped a lot. I told him that I knew how to use fabric, but hadn't a clue about designing it. He was sure that I could come up with something and sent me home to think about it. So I went to my sewing room and spent several days just looking at my fabric collection trying to decide what to do -- then it hit me: the types of fabric I needed most for my own collection were background prints! Good backgrounds were just so hard to find...... and I was pretty sure that other quilters had the same problem ... and if I only had one chance to design fabric, this was it, and I was going to make fabric that I wanted to have! If I just had the right backgrounds, all the other fabrics in my collection would be that much more usable......

       That was about four years ago. I called the fabric line STAPLES because, to me, good background prints are basic ingredients in any quilt design. The first STAPLES collection had 13 different prints in 8 colors each -- over a hundred pieces, which is huge for one season's output. New collections since then haven't been as big, but I'm still designing background prints. In May, 2001, I turned in five new designs in six colors each -- it will take about 6 months for them to become fabric. The designs I turned in January, 2001 are available now, in August, 2001 ..... and so it goes.

STAPLES-friendly stores in your area:

This list is just beginning, if you know a good place to buy STAPLES,to add locations.
e-mail: to add locations.

In the Beginning
Seattle, WA

Calico Basket
550 Main Street
Edmonds, WA 98020

The Holly Berry Quilt Shop
3682 Shank Road
Hamilton, Ohio 45013

Quiltmaker's Workshop
Valley Center of Trussville
1930 Edwards Lake Road, Ste 132
Birmingham, AL 35235
Phone: 205/661-9780

1536 Newell Avenue
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Stepping Stones Quilts
301 Skylane Road
St. Simons Is., GA 31522
Email: http://

QuiltWorks Northwest
145 106th Avenue NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Local Phone (425) 453-6005
Toll Free Phone (877) 295-7222 Email:

Contact Feathered Star Productions,
Phone: 541-338-7554
or e-mail: