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

Susan Shares More Love, on SewMamaSew.com!

SoSweetLoveCandyCutieLooking for even more Valentine’s inspiration?  Be sure to check out SewMamaSew.com today for Susan Cousineau’s completely adorable plush Candy Cutie!

Not only will you find complete instructions to stitch up your own Cutie, but you can even enter in a drawing for a FQ bundle of Susan’s SO SWEET LOVE collection for Marcus/Studio 37 Fabrics!  Just leave a comment there for your chance!

 

Get Crafty for Valentine’s Day…and Beyond!

SoSweetLoveSingleCardWhen we first saw Susan Cousineau’s artwork for SO SWEET LOVE, we immediately loved its appeal not only for Valentine’s Day, but as a way to express one’s affection all year long!

SusanCousineauHer mix of dots, flowers and text with the traditional heart motifs gives the collection a fun, fresh look for crafters of all ages. So we know you’ll want to make Susan’s charming Keepsake Cards free project!  She shows off nine different styles, with pro tips for creating and sharing them.


Quilters might also want to recreate Heidi Pridemore’s quilt design, too!

Share the Love, Everyday!  

XOXO

Prairie Inspiration, Pam Buda Style

When it comes to American prairie life and the unique inspiration it brings to today’s quilters, no one does better than Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts, as her ever-growing legion of followers will agree!  Pam recently shared what’s new in her studio, with the release of her latest collection, ANTIQUE COTTON CALICOS: Old Green Calicos:

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Pam Buda

 

Of course, Pam herself describes her look best:  “Prairie life always inspires me, and when the early settlers sought to homestead, receiving a land parcel near water was, of course, a prize for many reasons.  Thinking those thoughts, and about the blue and green colors, a picture like this came to mind.  Can you see yourself in a comfy chair gazing at this scene?  I sure could.  The colors and serenity inspired the name for the quilt….Old Mill Pond.

Gorgeous, right??!! Read more from her recent blog post, including details of Pam’s special offer on the “Old Mill Pond” kit , now through January 29!   You can also visit your favorite local quilt shops for Old Green Calicos – it’s arriving in stores NOW!

QuiltCon UPDATE: Join Victoria in Quilting for ALS!

VictoriaALSBlocksQCHey QuiltCon attendees:  What could be better than free fabric attached to a worthy cause?? Check out our Charity Make-n-Take in Booth # 630 for your FREE quilt block kit — it’s your chance to join Victoria Findlay Wolfe in a bit of creativity, and to help those with ALS…

VictoriaHeadshot&LogoCreate a simple Drunkard’s Path block with the MOSTLY MANOR stripes and prints, and two-piece template, then hand-stitch the easy 1-seam block and return it to our booth during QuiltCon. Victoria will combine your block with the others to create a beautiful fundraiser quilt, which she’s chosen to donate the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge to benefit ALS… It’s THAT simple!

Spearheaded by Quilters Dream Batting, the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge accomplishes three important goals:

  • To raise awareness of ALS-Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
  • To provide quilts, bringing recognition, hope, and warmth to the lives of ALS patients.
  • To raise funds for research for treatment and a cure

We applaud and acknowledge Quilters Dream Batting for its continued commitment to the cause, and are proud to assist in its efforts. And we look forward to seeing you in Pasadena, CA from  February 18-21, 2016. Learn more about QuiltCon.

(PLEASE NOTE: Our Make-n-Take with Victoria is open to QuiltCon attendees only, but we encourage others to also get involved in the ongoing Challenge directly through Quilters Dream.)

Shipping Now… MOSTLY MANOR!

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MOSTLY MANOR, Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s debut collection for Studio 37 Fabrics, arrives in quilt shops this month, and if you’ve loved it online, just wait ’til you see these gorgeous, vibrant, mixable prints in person!  It’s the perfect start to a creative 2016 : )

View the entire collection, available by the Yard, in FQ Bundles, and 10″x10″ Squares.   

And be sure to check out Victoria’s events as well as  the Marcus / Studio37 booth at QuiltCon next month in sunny Pasadena, CA! Details to follow…

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See All That’s New in January!

Welcome back from the Holidays, everyone!!  Now, get ready for lots of inspiration by the yard  in January — can you believe we’re debuting 11 new collections, plus 2 new BOM programs you’ll absolutely LOVE — add these to your 2016 quilting calendar now.

Like more contemporary style?  Visit Studio 37 Fabrics for the latest on our plans for QuiltCon in February, new projects and more!

Here’s a sneak peek of what’s coming soon to your favorite quilt shop, but you’ll have to see the rest online!

VINTAGE ONYX by Faye Burgos

VINTAGE ONYX by Faye Burgos

RUSTIC WINDS by Faye Burgos

RUSTIC WINDS by Faye Burgos

PRIMO PLAID FLANNELS: Smokey by Marcus Fabrics

PRIMO PLAID FLANNELS: Smokey by Marcus Fabrics

MACIE'S JOURNAL by Judie Rothermel

MACIE’S JOURNAL by Judie Rothermel

COZIES FLANNEL: Blues by Sarah Maxwell

COZIES FLANNEL: Blues by Sarah Maxwell

#makeitwithmarcusfabrics   #marcusfabrics   #studio37fabrics    #quilting

BELIEVE!

BelieveAs will happen daily when you work in NYC, you can come across life-altering inspirations just crossing the street!  Stephanie snapped this pic while passing Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street, which set into motion a discussion of what we “believe” in, holiday inspired or otherwise:

  • Indra: “I believe in World Peace”
  • Mechelle:  “I believe in the power of forgiveness…and red velvet cupcakes  ; )”
  • Laura: I believe I may finally learn how to quilt now that my youngest daughter is off to college next year”
  • Lisa: “I believe in yoga, green tea, and a sewing machine in every home”
  • Stephanie: “After a girls’ high school reunion trip I believe in the power of friendship “
  • Beverly (not pictured): “I Believe that Jesus Christ is the reason for this Christmas season”
  • Pati (not pictured): “I believe in focusing on the positive since the negative will only bring you down”
  • Faye (not pictured): “I believe in GOD”
  • Brandy (not pictured): “I believe the sky is blue, and it rains in May”
  • Regina (not pictured): “I believe the most important thing in life is family and friends and fortunately I have the best of both!  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!”

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Feeling inspired?  Share with us…  Whatever you Believe in, all of us at Marcus wish you the very best this holiday season, and in the New Year!

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Christmas at Rockefeller Center!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!  

The famous Christmas tree at “30 Rock” is all aglow, and we enjoyed the air of merriment…with the sea of selfie sticks jockeying for the best position, and unseasonably high NYC temps in the 60s  ; )

ICYMI (in case you missed it) we snapped a few pix…Laura and I agreed that we always expect the tree to be really gigantic — maybe it actually used to be bigger and we’re just dating ourselves — but I was still impressed with how the lights were positioned throughout, even inserted deep into the tree, all the way in toward the trunk.

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Read more about the Rock Center Tree Lighting tradition…     #rockcenterxmas

Choose Your Favorite Primo Batiks BOM for 2016!

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Whichever one you choose, you will LOVE the fact that these BOM programs are created with 36 different 10″ x 10″ PRE-CUTS!  And Sarah Maxwell’s detailed design is equally dramatic in neutral tones (RIVER ROCK batiks) or bold brights (RADIANT REFLECTIONS batiks). We thought that this particular photo by Sue Loring of The Quilted Crow in Bolton, MA was particularly striking – thanks, Sue!  These were recently featured at the shop for the grand opening of its new location.

Look for these block-of-the-month programs at your local quilt shops beginning January, and you can have your own completed masterpeice in just 9 months!

Finished Quilt Size approx. 78″ x 85″

River Rock participating shops       Radiant Reflections participating shops

Pantone’s Color(s) of the Year for 2016…

PantoneColors 2016For the first time, Pantone has blended TWO hues as their Color of the Year, making 2016 the Year of Rose Quartz (13-1520)  and Serenity (15-3919)

As Pantone explains it:  “As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent.”

What do you think of this year’s double-pick?  Does it fit into your quilting & PinkBlueNancysewing plans?  Will you wear these Colors of the Year?  Decorate with them? (Personally, I’m sticking with MARSALA from 2015, which is included in the lineup of coordinates for this year’s choice.) 

See how Pantone is pairing up the colors with other hues.  Then check out ON PLUMBERRY LANE by Nancy Rink…

Feeling calmer already, aren’t you?    — lisa

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