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 the blog and we welcome your comments! - lisa

BHG’s Colors to “Love Right Now”

Taking color cues from Better Homes & Gardens, you’ll want to include warm, inviting greys like these into your decorating scheme not just for spring, but all year long…

Contemporary quilt projects and room accessories done in NIGHT STONES by Laura Berringer capture the look perfectly for Studio 37 Fabrics with an exciting mix of textures and light-to-dark tones.  NightStonesGallery

Gorgeous Quilt, Gorgeous Quilting

SturbXmasQuiltNancyWe got up-close & personal with Nancy Rink’s new holiday quilt design, featuring the OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE COLLECTION by Judie Rothermel. As you can see, the colors and motifs lend themselves to Christmas projects wtih the rich, traditional feel of Sturbridge.  Nancy’s knack for machine quilting artistry completes the masterpiece, with accents of red and green thread on the back.  Visit Nancy online for “Mill Girls Holiday” pattern information.

Have You Seen the New BloomCreek.com?

Be sure to check out the new Bloom Creek VickiBellino-headshotwebsite, the online home of quilt designer, EPP aficionado and our resident Strip-It expert,Vicki Bellino!  Iin addition to her many quit designs featuring Marcus fabrics, she’s even dedicated a part of her website to all things Strip-It!

“One of my newest kits, “Dynamic Duo”, features the VINTAGE ONYX Strip-It.  The kit is for two projects – a 12″ x 12″ and a 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ project; both are designed for table-top quilt stands,” she explains.  And they’re gorgeous:

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FullSizeRender You’ll love how Vicki transforms Strip-It pre-printed stripes by Faye Burgos into beautiful, intricate-looking blocks like this one.

On the new BloomCreek.com you’ll also find resources, video links, product updates and more.  Enjoy your visit  ; )

Victoria’s Fabric Sneak-Peek!

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We’re thrilled to have Victoria Findlay Wolfe as a part of our designer community, especially with the upcoming release of her second collection for Studio 37 Fabrics.  It’s called  MEADOW STORM.  Look for it online May 1, and in quilt shops in August…for now, here’s a quick sneak-peek:

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She says, “For MEADOW STORM, I included my typical mix of interesting modern and eclectic prints…fabrics that can do some of the work for you.  I love the large stripes that can be fussy cut for dramatic modern looks.  Sun Shower polka dots in four colors, because I can’t make a quilt without a dot!  I added in the bold black and white Manor Stripe, after many requests from my last line, MOSTLY MANOR.  I look forward to using it with the more saturated color prints, like Misty and the main floral, Perennial, to add instant movement to even simple blocks.”     — Victoria

ALSO, In Case You Missed It: Here’s the link to Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s recent chat with Pat Sloan on American Patchwork & Quilting Radio!  She discusses a bit of her quilt design process, her fabric design inspiration, and that great article in APQ’s April issue!

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Karen Styles Comes to Quilt Week

KarenStylesIf you’re planning to attend Quilt Week in Paducah (April 19-23, 2016), register now for one (or both!) of Karen’s events, sponsored by our friends at Paper Pieces, the experts in English paper piecing!  Choose from her Robin’s Nest workshop on Wednesday, April 20…

or her Okehampton workshop (shown below) on Tuesday, April 19

Learn the great techniques Karen uses in her designs for Somerset Patchwork and more! Interested?  Call 1-800-337-1537 or stop by the Hexie House for more information on these workshop/lectures.  Have fun!

So…Who Won the STASHBUSTERS Goodies??

We’d like to thank the hundreds of quilting friends who commented on last week’s blog post as we celebrate the release of Stashbusters by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith!Stashbusters book cover Stashbusters goodies fabric giveaway

stashpica…and the winner of our random giveaway is…Mary Kolb of Buffalo, MN, who said emphatically, “I WOULD LOVE TO BUST MY STASH!”, a sentiment shared by all!  In keeping with the true spirit of a well-rounded fabric stash, the bundle includes 12 FQs from various Marcus designers. Happy Stashbusting to all!

Win a “Book & Bundle” Giveaway from Marcus Fabrics and C&T Publishing!

CONTEST EXTENDED thru MONDAY, April 4, 2016!

 

We’re partnering with C&T Publishing to celebrate the release of Stashbusters!, the new book by Marcus fabric designers Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith.  If you subscribe to the Marcus and/or C&T email lists, you might have already received our email messages,  providing you with TWO great opportunities to win a “Book & Bundle” prize.  So, leave your comment below, now through Friday, April 1.  Winners will be chosen on Monday, April 4.

Win a "Book & Bundle" Giveaway from Marcus Fabrics and C&T Publishing!

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In keeping with the creative, “stash” theme of the book, we’re putting together a bundle that represents various Marcus designers!  We’ll choose one winner, and our friends at C&T will do the same, so you’ll have double the chance to win… Good Luck!

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(And while you’re here, be sure to SUBSCRIBE to our blog, too!)

Join Pam’s BOM Now, and Celebrate in 2017!

StarSpangledBothStackedThe early results are in, and  while it’s no surprise to us, the just-released  STAR SPANGLED LIBERTY BOM quilt by Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts is a sure winner!  You’ll want to schedule this wonderfully patriotic quilt among your Fall projects now — with a start date of September 2016, you complete the 9-month program in time for July 4 celebrations in 2017!

PamBuda2016Choose the Pieced or Appliqued “America” center row option. Pam even included historical notes and information on US flag history, Besty Ross and more! Read more about Star Spangled Liberty, in Pam’s own words.  Catch her passion and enthusiam, and join her on this nostalgic journey.  Sign up at your local quilt shop! (Shop owners, contact your Marcus representative!)

Win Generation Q’s $500 Victoria Findlay Wolfe Giveaway

GenerationQ Magazine VFWCOVERIn honor of International Quilting Weekend  (March 18-20, 2016), Generation Q Magazine is sponsoring a wonderful Victoria Findlay Wolfe prize package with a value of over $500! Generation Q Magazine’s mission is to “entertain and inform the masses, to convert the most stalwart sewing critics into fiber minions and to ultimately take over the world with quilts”. The magazine features patterns, games, features, product reviews and so much more.  Their eZine and eNewsletter offer up-to-the-minute news and trends from our quilting worlds.

Check out GenerationQMagazine.com and join the fun! Then, take a peek at the slideshow to see all 10 of the fabulous prizes from Generation Q Magazine and the prize sponsors, including Studio 37 Fabrics!  The giveaway is in conjunction with THE QUILT SHOW, hosted by Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson. Of course, one of those fun prizes is…a MOSTLY MANOR FQ pack.

NOTE:  Entries for the giveaway will be accepted during International Quilting Weekend, March 18-20 only – please visit the Gen Q site at that time!!

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#NationalCraftMonth Fun with Susan Cousineau!

March is #NationalCraftMonth and we’re celebrating with some super-fun party favor ideas featuring Susan Cousineau’s enchanting MAGICAL MERMAID, POLKA DOT POND and SO SWEET LOVE  collections… You’ll want to download the 6-page party ideas booklet now, and save it for festive fun all year long!  Thanks, Susan, for sharing your magical ideas with us  ; )

Visit Susan online at Sweet Chic Design.

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