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

You’ll Love Our 60″ Wide Backings! Here’s Why…

60inchBacksCollageIf you haven’t tried our 60″ WIDE QUILT BACKS yet, you’re in for a treat!  Why 60″? We’ve found it to be the perfect width for lots of situations:

  • Back quilts and wall hangings to 50″ wide with a single length.
  • Back quilts up to approximately 110″ wide by simply piecing two lengths of backing with a single center seam. (Diagram below)
  • Simplify the process of sewing round tablecloths!
  • And because it’s printed on the same fine quality fabric as our 45″ prints, the 60″ yardage can be used on the front of the quilt as well as the back!
  • You’ll love it for easy home décor accents to coordinate with your quilt design, from window coverings to duvet covers, shams and other bedding.

We’re sure you’ll discover your own favorite uses for this versatile, economical alternative to the full 108″ width.  And, we’ve just added three new backings to coordinate with upcoming BOM programs CONESTOGA CROSSING by Pam Buda, and GTKH: Getting to Know Hue, by Nancy Rink.

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To join two 60″ widths, we recommend using a seam allowance of ½” to 1″, and pressing the seam open. You can also join using an overlapping seam, sewing down the length, close to both edges of the fabric.

Sarah J Maxwell’s Inspiring DANDY DAYS

dandyCoverSarah-NewFeb16As the “dandy days” of summer come to a close, you can prolong the carefree mood with the new DANDY DAYS collection by Sarah J Maxwell of Designs by Sarah J.  Check out her Lookbook to learn about these designs, including her text print, filled with inspirational phrases. The fabrics and accompanying 6-month BOM program arrive in your favorite local quilts shops beginning December 2016!

Make Marlene Oddie’s “Mountain Pass” Quilt

Make MArlene ODdie's Mountain Pass quiltHave you seen McCall’s Quick Quilts October/November 2016 issue yet?  Among the great projets in this issue, you’ll love this design by Marlene Oddie.  Her quarter-square and half-square triangles combine easily to create trendy chevron stripes in this appealing wall hanging. “Mountain Pass” is a great design for showcasing your favorite combination of prints from Faye Burgos’ RUSTIC WINDS collection — we think it’s a fun way to ease into our favorite quilting season!

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Check out their inspiring October / November intro video on Facebook. Then look for the issue on newsstands beginning August 23 (subscriber copies began shipping August 2!)

Studio 37 Fabrics Welcomes Casey York!

CaseySwatchesCaseyYork-HeadshotAs autumn approaches, we’ve got lots of great things planned for Studio 37 Fabrics, and one big highlight is the introduction of our newest “Marcus Maker”,  author and designer Casey York.  

Her debut collection, A DAY IN SPAIN, hits your favorite quilt shops in January, and you’ll be able to read more about Casey, and view the entire collection (with great quilt concepts!) in August. But we couldn’t wait another day to give you a glimpse into this talented designer’s contemporary take on historical motifs, based on her travels in the south of Spain.  We know you’ll be as excited as we are… Welcome, Casey!

Travel Back in Time…with Pam Buda

ConestogaDetailWe just couldn’t wait to show you a little teaser of Pam Buda’s next BOM program, CONESTOGA CROSSING!  The fabric collection debuts online in August, and the BOM quilt program launches in January 2017.  The colors, the sampler-style block designs, the quilting — all are gorgeous, in keeping with Pam’s signature Heartspun Quilts style.

Travel with Pam, back to a time when America’s pioneers rode horse and wagon over the Oregon trail.  Their strong desire to move West and homestead is rich in history, and Conestoga Crossing presents fabrics of that era, along with interesting anecdotal stories of the trail experience.  We know this is one you’ll want to add to your creative plans!

And the Hexie Fever Giveaway Winners Are…

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Thanks to all who commented on last week’s post  — some of you really have it bad! Apparently this fever isn’t about to break any time soon, and that’s a good thing.  As promised, we’ve chosen the three lucky winners of our randon drawing, namely:

  • Lori Norton of Mansfield, OH
  • Melody Lutz of La Puente, CA
  • Cindy Cooksey of Irvine, CA

We hope you’ll all enjoy these 5×5″ mini packs of MOSTLY MANOR by Victoria Findlay Wolfe

The International Appeal of Elizabeth’s Dowry

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Don’t you love a great fabric sneak-peek?  We’re pleased to share this special preview of our upcoming ELIZABETH’S DOWRY collection!  It’s the first project of a new joint venture with The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles.  The line is inspired by the historic Mariner’s Compass Coverlet (1820-1829) from The Quilters’ Guild Collection.  This coverlet is exquisitely constructed, and was made by Mary Dennis as part of her dowry:

QrigQUILTIt’s always exciting to see a fabric line come together, especially when it combines traditional inspiration with the latest digital printing technologies.  Below, these gorgeous prints come under final pre-production reviews by Pati Violick, director of advertising & marketing, and Ancil Wilson, studio manager for Marcus.  Look for the entire collection — as well as the history behind the inspiration quilt, and the quilt project designed by Karen Styles of Australia-based Somerset Patckwork & Quilting —  to be unveiled online in August!

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Grumpy Cat is Coming …

GrumpuCU2…to a quilt shop near you, beginning October 2016!!  That’s right — Grumpy Cat, everyone’s favorite feline internet celebrity, has been immortalized on COTTON PRINTS and FLANNELS for Studio 37 Fabrics, and we can’t wait for you to see them! Luckily, you won’t have to wait until October — you’ll be able to view the entire collection online in July so you can plan your best Grumpy Cat projects and get right to the fun part when the fabric hits the shelves  ; )
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Pick your favorite colorway — pink with grey, or red with turq — for fun quilts, PJs and loungewear, cat beds, pillows and more.  We’d love to see what you come up with.  And if you already know what Grumpy gear you wanna create, tell us in the Comments below…

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Sew, Indra, Sew!

IndraSewingADon’t you love newbie sewing enthusiasts?  Indra stays so busy as our customer service manager, she rarely has time to stitch in the office (sadly, none of us do, really!), but her need for a quick curtain at home prompted this lunchtime session at our office Brother machine.  Such focus  ; )

I loved her remark about the awesome hand and overall quality of Marcus cottons!  As we seasoned office sewers already know, “to sew Marcus is to love Marcus.” I think she’s hooked!