About Lisa Shepard Stewart

Hi - I'm the Marketing Manager for Marcus, and I handle the online content and general marketing communications, including our blog and most of the social media... We hope you'll enjoy it! - lisa

Look at These Gorgeous Greens!

This just in…Stephanie Dell’Olio, president and fearless leader of our retail division, couldn’t help but notice the spike in orders for NEW AGED MUSLINS, and in particular this gorgeous selection of green tones along the center of the swatch card.  The muted, subtly shaded effect of AgedMuslinGREENSthese “not-quite-solid” muslins makes them perfect for life-like appliqued leaves and stems.

We already  know that floral applique projects are big now, so  in part that might explain it, but we always love to hear about your other creative uses for our basics. Applique? Backgrounds? Sashings? Fashion?  Do you mix them with contemporary prints or reproductions, or maybe use them in place of true solids?

In fact, that would be a fun giveaway:  Comment below to tell us how you’ve used our NEW AGED MUSLINS for the chance to win this swatch card (you’ll love this giveaway — the swatches are huge!)  We’ll hold a random drawing next Tuesday, February 3!

Overdyeing = Fun Color Transformations…

Did you catch the recent AllPeopleQuilt.com blogpost on overdyeing? It’s an easy technique that never gets old, and we were happy to see that APQ editor Linda Augsburg recently discovered our overdyeing feature and some of my projects on the all-new RIT website, and shared them with readers.

What’s great about overdyeing is that it’s not only useful for drastic color changes – sometimes you just want to intensify a lighter shade, or “warm up” a fabric’s tone with a bit of yellow, or use a tan dye, applied unevenly, to give an aged effect, the perfect touch for reproduction quilts. Aren’t you just dyeing to try it?

Last Call for Lucy Boston!

A big THANK YOU to all of our quilting friends for participating in our Lucy Boston Challenge this weekend at the Road to CA event!  With over 125 blocks completed this weekend, we appreciate your talents, comments and enthusiasm, and we can’t wait to unveil the finished project.  Pati says, “Looks like we will be making a couple of quilts for the ALS donation. Thank you all that participated.  I had the best time seeing how excited you all were to hand in your blocks.” 

Check out our final collection of paper-pieced blocks below …and watch for the announcement of our ten lucky Prize Pack winners, too!

Wishing everyone safe travels home, especially those on the East Coast, in advance of the coming blizzard…including Pati!!

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Amy Tangiguchi brought the 100th block to the booth, which earned her a special prize.

All stacked up - an impressive grouping!

All stacked up – an impressive grouping!

Nancy brings in the 125th and final block!

Nancy brings in the 125th and final block!

Pati and Vicki make it to the end of the show!  Congrats, girls!

Pati and Vicki make it to the end of the show! Congrats, girls!

Over 75 Blocks, and Counting…

The Lucy Boston blocks just keep on coming, and over 75 have been returned to the Marcus booth at Road to CA so far!  Among them is a block made by our youngest quilting friend, Shayla Adams, 11, shown below.  Coming to the show on Sunday?  There’s still time to jion us!  Not only have each of the participants earned a chance to win one of 10 quilter’s prize packs, but all of these pretty blocks will be joined into a quilt to be donated to ALS…stay tuned for further details..

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It’s Saturday at Road to CA…

…and the Lucy Boston blocks continue to pour in from our local quilting friends here in attendance in Onntario, CA!  Our first block entry for today comes from Corliss Ushigima, below.  Quilters are loving the endless combinations they can create using stylized stripe fabrics and paper pieces.  And they’re also loving the idea of having these blocks joined and made into a donation quilt for ALS.  Stay tuned for more details on the project!  And if you’re at the show, come by and participate today or tomorrow – you might even win one of 10 prize packs!

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The Winner of the “Innovative Applique” Prize is…

As most of you know, we’re longtime sponsors of Road to CA’s quilt competition, a major component of the weekend’s festivities.  this year, we’re happy to announce the winner of of the Innovative Applique award, Donna Viitanen of Sierra Vista, AZ. We love her color sense, and of course, the applique and quilting are outstanding!  Read more about the quilt

below.  Congratulations, Donna!

"Strawberry Thieves" by Donna Viitanen of Sierra Vista, AZ

“Strawberry Thieves” by Donna Viitanen of Sierra Vista, AZ

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“Strawberry Thieves” by Donna Viitanen of Sierra Vista, AZ

"Strawberry Thieves" by Donna Viitanen of Sierra Vista, AZ

“Strawberry Thieves” by Donna Viitanen of Sierra Vista, AZ

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Look at These Great Blocks Coming In!

The Lucy Boston quilt block craze is in full swing at the Marcus Fabrics booth at Road to California!  This exciting annual event for quilters runs through tomorrow, so there’s still time to join the fun!  Attendees are stitching up their Lucy Boston blocks with various Marcus striped fabric and supplies from Paper Pieces.  All blocks submitted back to our booth will be sewn up into a quilt to be donated to a worthy cause.  Here’s a peek at the progress…

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Quilters choose their fabric strips. In the background is our AUNT GRACE SIMPLER SAMPLER Block of the Month quilt.

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Barbara Baker was the first to return her challenge block on Friday.

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Looking good, quilting friends – keep up the great work!

 

 

 

A Little Bump in the Road (to California)

PatiVickiRoadCA15It’s time for Road to California, taking place this weekend in Ontario, CA.  Pati (on the left) reports a missing shipment!!

“Even though our shipment didn’t arrive me and Vickie are “making do” with what we have.  We are smiling but we’re not happy about the missing shipment”. Hopefully it will show up, and be the only bump in an otherwise smooth Road Trip.  At least the weather looks good from here, Pati…

To cheer her up, be sure to stop by the Marcus booth, and tell her Lisa sent you  ; )  Pati and Vicki Bellino (of Marcus BOM and Strip-It quilt fame) will demo creative cutting & piecing, paper piecing and more, all weekend long.  And you can create your own Lucy Boston block for the chane to win a Marcus prize pack.  Pick up your free fabric and paper piecing pack, stitch up your block, and return it to be displayed in the Marcus booth during the show.  We’ll be picking TEN winners…Good Luck!

Victoria’s Violets Featured in McCall’s Quilting

McCallsMar15COVERHave you seen the McCall’s Quilting Mar/April 2015 issue yet? Look for the VICTORIA’S VIOLETS collection by Molly B’s Studio, featured in a quilt by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith.  It’s featured on the cover.  The design makes great use of the distinctive stripe, the quilt’s focal point – see how nicely it shows up even when folded, on the cover of the issue!  Complete instructions are included in the issue, and a kit is offered through the magazine as well.