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

More Mostly Manor, On Land and In Flight

SarahBondMostlymanorQThanks to our quilting friend (and award-winning fiber artist) Sarah Bond for submitting this pic of her stunning MOSTLY MANOR design. This is easily my personal favorite interpretation of Victoria’s debut collection for Studio 37 Fabrics

She explains, “It’s a class I’ve been teaching for quite a while. The pattern is mine, though of course it’s New York Beauty, so the inspiration is traditional.”

For class or pattern info, contact Sarah via Instagram @slbphilly.

Meanwhile, several thousand miles above, our own Pati Violick shows off her Lucy Boston-inspired paper piecing, during her flight to Salt Lake City for Quilt Market, in a project she calls “Lucy in the Sky” …get it??  So portable – just pack your fabric, thread, air-friendly snips and templates from Paper Pieces and you’re set!

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ICYMI: Victoria at The City Quilter

In case you weren’t among the many attendees lucky enough to take in a FREE Victoria Findlay Wolfe lecture at The City Quilter last week, we’ve got a few key images for you…

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She showed off some of her latest quilt designs featuring MOSTLY MANOR, her debut collection for Studio 37 Fabrics, and discussed her next collection, MEADOW STORM (coming to quilt shops soon!)

Egg-ceptional Wool Inspiration…

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We know...you’re probably having the same reaction to these gorgeous hand-crafted eggs as we did when we first saw them!  They’re by Susan M. Wojciechowski of Ewe-niversity, featuring the Marcus WOOL COLLECTION, and measuring about 4-1/2″ high.  She says, “As a quilter with a knack for applique and embroidery, I also have a love for colorful textiles and carefully curated embellishments. Over time, I developed an intense appreciation for working with wool. Inspiration led to innovative fusion and these patterns were born.”

Susan’s patterns, kits and supplies for these and other applique & embroidery projects are available online.

Catch Victoria at City Quilter in NYC – Tomorrow, May 10!

VFW-BlueHeadshotJust a reminder to our local quilting friends that Victoria Findlay Wolfe will speak at the The City Quilter tomorrow evening, May 10, 2016 from 6-7pm!  No doubt she’ll show and tell some creative tips for her MOSTLY MANOR and MEADOW STORM collections for Studio 37 Fabrics, and lots of other fun stuff, all in her own unique style  ; )

Just RSVP by calling the store 212-807-0390.  (133 W. 25th Street, New York, NY 10001)MostlyManorPRECUTS  MeadowStormCOLLAGE

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!