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

It’s Official: PEPPERY is “Hot”!!

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It looks like Paula Barnes knew what she meant when she named her newest collection PEPPERY!  Just days into its official release, the collection of black, cream and beige small prints is a noticeable winner already! Easy to see, because these colors transfer from reproduction and historical quilts to modern, and they lend themselves easily to quilts and projects with a tailored, more masculine feel, such as out Heidi Pridemore’s project (coming soon as a download at your local quilt shops):

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Peppery prints example

Versatile, stashworthy Peppery prints are also great as subtly textured grounds for applique and needlework, like this example from Crabapple Hill Studio.

PEPPERY comes to your local quilt shop this summer – see the entire collection online now, and plan a project to enjoy all year long!

 

 

Welcome, Hat Creek Quilts!

DeirdreBondAbel&QuiltWe’re thrilled to announce the addition of Deirdre Bond-Abel of Hat Creek Quilts to the Marcus designer family!  You might recognize Deirdre’s name as half of the Quilted Crows design duo, based in Australia (think Pomegranate Lane and coordinating wools).

She’s created an exciting new venture under the Hat Creek Quilts name, and we’ll continue our design relationship with her debut fabric collection called TIES THAT BIND.  Inspired by her husband’s collection of neckties, the prints work nicely together, or blended in with your other favorite Marcus collections. My guess is that she’ll also be mixing them with our wools!

**And don’t worry, I already asked her about the quilt she’s holding here, and yes, it’s one of the many beautiful patterns now available under the Hat Creek Quilts label. It’s called Oranges and Lemons -   It’s on my list already, and everyone in the office loves it!

Check out a sampling of the TIES THAT BIND prints below, and learn more about Deirdre online.  It’ll be shown online soon…

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A Chilly Start to Spring…

OK, our calendars might say “Spring,”  but here in NYC we still welcome the cozy touch of a flannel scarf, especially for those unpredictable morning and evening commutes!   Which means there’s still time to whip a quick PRIMO PLAID scarf, or two…I uncovered this nice little stack in Brandy’s office (she’s our Merchandising Coordinator), along with these easy instructions on Ehow.com

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Personally, I enjoy a cool spring  ; )  And no doubt, soon enough, we’ll be reaching for the PRIMO when the office air conditioning get a bit too efficient  ; )  No wonder it’s a year-round favorite!    ———-  lisa s

The Australasian Quilt Convention … Who’s Going?

Unfortunately, none of us in the NY office will be in attendance (Note to staff –  2016 Road Trip!!), but Marcus Fabrics will be well represented at the upcoming Australasian Quilt Convention.  It takes place in Melbourne, Australia April 16-19, 2015, and among its lineup of star instructors are Marcus designers Deirdre Bond-Abel and Karen Styles!

AQC is the region’s premier quilting event with tutors from all of the world and vendors that are only quilt related — no other crafts. People travel from all over Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific to attend. Deirdre will teach three classes that incorporate Marcus prints and wools (Ashmore, Warwick and Colbrook, in the order shown below…patterns and kits to follow!)Quilts by Deirdre Bond-Abel of Hat Creek Quilts

…and  Karen is teaching Mrs Billings’ Coverlet at the convention.

If you’re attending the Australasian Quilt Convention next week, feel free to be our eyes and send in some images!

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Mary Ellen’s HISTORICAL STRIPES, in Progress

HistoricalStripesBlocksMary Ellen Robison, of the Red Crinoline quilts design team (along with Paula Barnes), showed off these blocks from her in progress Richmond quilt featuring Paula’s HISTORICAL STRIPES collection.  The quilt was one of her projects from the Camp Blanding Retreat, one of their annual events.  From her blog post, I’d say everyone had a fabulous time, all 110 of them!!

 

Eventually, Mary Ellen’s quilt will look like this. Don’t you love the look of an all-stripe quilt?  You can create your own; visit Red Crinoline Quilts to order the pattern.

 

 

Ready for a Brand New “Twist”?

Nancy Rink

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So are we!  And we couldn’t wait any longer to share this sneak peek of Nancy Rink’s latest, AMISH WITH A TWIST III, a beautiful new interpretation of her signature BOM, created with eleven colors, including NEW Marcus CENTENNIAL SOLIDS!Amish3COMP

 

 

 

 

We think the designs speak for themselves, with pieced and appliqued options for the center medallion design, and rich Blue Coal background that allows the colors to pop.  The applique version can be stitched using traditional applique or optional pre-cut laser pieces.  The full pieced version and a smaller detail pic of the appliqued version are shown.

Complete this beauty in just 10 months, beginning September 2015!

#makeitwithmarcusfabrics  #NancyRink  #Amish

Mini-Mania! Introducing the “Spice Box” Trio

Love miniature quilts?  Check out Spice Box, a trio of mini quilt patterns in a single package.    It’s Heartspun Quilts’ latest installment in the Tokens of the Past pattern series.  Spice Box features Pam Buda’s new TREENWARE & BERRIES fabric collection, a gorgeous blend of warm reds and browns.  Even better, you can create all three designs using a single pack of pre-cut 10″ squares (40 pieces, 2 each of 20 prints).  Then, just add borders!

Get the details, including ordering information on Pam’s blog, and stitch up your own Spice Box threesome!

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Colorful Comfort from The Pieceful Quilters

We love updates from our guild friends!  This just in:  Sandra Gibson of the Pieceful Quilters in Richland, MO, submitted this great photo:

As promised, attached is a photo of the more than 25 lap quilts our club members made for the local hospice program, using the box of donated Marcus Brothers fabric (and a little of our own).

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Pieceful Quilters Guild, Richland, MO

Sandra, we applaud your beautiful creations, and we know that the hospice will appreciate your generous gifts also.  And I have to say, the color coordination of this particular display is impeccable  ; )  We’re pleased to know that our remnants are used for such a worthy cause.  Keep stitchin’  —    lisa s

Coming Soon: Bright Ideas… in Wool!

BrightWools15A sneak peek from Pati’s office reveals these juicy new wool colors, coming soon to your favorite quilt shop!  A range of brights and two heather tones round out the already popular collection, THE SEASONS WOOL COLLECTION ready to be used off the bolt, or felted, using this simple technique.

For creative applique and other techniques for quilts, accessories and more, wool knows no season.  Watch for these new additions to appear online in April, and in quilt shops in May!

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Flowers in Springtime

Flowers are a perennial springtime favorite, and they’ve taken over as THE motif for Spring 2015, in all forms and fashions.  So we thought we’d show off just a few of our own flower prints for the season, from gentle, romantic blooms to big, bold batiks!  We love them not just for quilts, but also for little girls’ dresses, gorgeous table settings, home and fashion accessories and more.

 #MakeItWithMarcus And we’ve thrown in some added inspiration by way of Macy’s annual Flower Show (now thru April 4 in NYC).  Much like our collections, their beautifully curated displays throughout the store flaunted flowers of every color, shape and size.

Notice Mechelle down below, among the windows photos.  She’s currently the assistant to the President here at Marcus, but I think she’s hinting at her next career move  ; )

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