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

Seasons’ Greetings from Marcus Fabrics!

As we officially celebrate the holidays today in the office, we want to also wish all of our friends and associates a Happy, Healthy and Joyful holiday season!  We enjoyed a delicious and varied buffet — including some dishes prepared from favorite family recipes!   Thank You to everyone who helped to arrange a beautiful lunch…even better, there’s plenty of food, and dessert, left for tomorrow, too  ; )

PS — In case you were wondering, Pati (lower right side) was more interested in showing off her not-so-Christmasy-but-still-very-cute blush pink suede boots…), rather than smile for the camera.

A Few PEEPS Fun Facts:

PEEPS® marshmallow candies aren’t just for Easter anymore!  People who love the sweet treats can enjoy them on all kinds of holidays now, and since our new PEEPS collection will soon be appearing in your local quilt shops, we thought we’d share a few PEEPS fun facts with you.  Did you know…

  • 52 million PEEPS are made in an 8-week period for Easter sales
  • 21 million families purchase peeps each year
  • Easter candy as a whole is a $2.6 billion industry
  • Key consumers spend about $170.00 on Easter, which includes $24.00 worth of candy
  • PEEPS cannot walk, change expression or talk.  They only communicate through text bubbles  ; )
  • PEEPS people also tend to be avid crafters, so we know you’ll love the fabrics as much as the candies.  We’re thinking Easter basket liners, quilts, pillows, table settings, soft-sculpture chicks and bunnies, and sew much more!

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About Just Born Quality Confections
Just Born Quality Confections is a third generation family-owned company founded in 1923, headquartered in Bethlehem, PA, and the makers of PEEPS®, HOT TAMALES®, MIKE AND IKE® and GOLDENBERG’S® PEANUT CHEWS® Brand Candies are produced in Philadelphia, PA. All Just Born candies are made in the U.S.A.
The PEEPS® brand and the PEEPS® shapes are trademarks of Just Born, Inc., Bethlehem, PA, USA, and are used under license. ©2018

Chenille Inspiration from Sarah J and Olfa – Enter to Win!

Be sure to check out the Olfa Holidays Giveaway, running thru the month of December! They’re offering 10 giveaways in all, including two chenille cutter prize packs, inspired by Sarah Maxwell of Designs by Sarah J.

You could win an Olfa Chenille cutter, expertly designed to make quick work of this age-old fabric craft, plus a bundle of Sarah’s PRIMO PLAID FLANNELS: Color Crush II fat quarters!

Then you can create your own plush multi-layered fabric like this one by Sarah…

To enter OLFA Holidays you must:
1. Have an active Facebook account or an active and non-private Instagram or Twitter account
2. Follow @olfacreates on Instagram or Twitter OR @OlfaCutters on Facebook
3. Post a photo of what crafts you are working on this holiday season to either Instagram or Twitter with the #OLFAholidays tag OR enter on Facebook through the contest application form.
4. Be a legal resident of the United States of America (including its territories and possessions) or Canada (excluding Québec) and must be eighteen (18) years of age or older on the date of entry.
5. Enter by 11:59pm TONIGHT (Thursday, December 7, 2017)

OLFA Contest terms and conditions

Introducing… IMBUE by Kim Eichler-Messmer

This month we’re excited to welcome Kim Eichler-Messmer to the Studio 37 design team, with her gorgeous debut collection of batiks, entitled IMBUE.

To imbue means to inspire or permeate with a feeling or quality; permeate, infuse, tincture, soak. This is how Kim  likes to think about hand dyed fabrics. “They are infused not only with color and pattern, but with the intentions of the maker as well. These modern batiks were printed and dyed by hand in Indonesia and the designs came from my own hand dyed fabrics. The colors are rich and saturated and the slight imperfections in the print add character, movement, and a glimpse into the process of their creation” she explains.

We love Kim’s creative philosophy, and the richness of her palettes. See all 22 designs online at Studio 37 Fabrics.  Visit Kim online and follow her on Instagram @kimemquilts.  If you’re attending, QuiltCon in Pasadena, CA, February 22-25, 2018, you’ll also have a chance to take her lectures and workshops and meet her in the Studio 37 Booth # 911.

Coming Soon: TWILIGHT with a Twist!

A great quilt pattern is one that can adapt to different collections, to appeal to different quilters, and Nancy Rink’s Amish with a Twist Series One design is clear proof!  The BOM quilt enjoyed huge success in various CENTENNIAL SOLID palettes several seasons ago (you probably made one yourself!), and now, by popular demand, Nancy has now re-worked her pieced-and-appliqued bestseller using her new TWILIGHT TONES collection, with beautiful results…

So, for 2018, she’s putting together all of the necessary information for your quilt shops to offer this stunning new variation!  The colors are perfect for year-long enjoyment.  The five-part program results in a generously sized quilt approximately 88″ x 105″.  Check with your favorite shop for details!

Laura’s Back, with Great Flannel Tips!

Laura Coia/Marcus FlannelWe’re thrilled announce another wonderful video by Sew Very Easy’s Laura Coia!  This time, she shares her best tips for working with our Primo Plaid Flannels, while recreating our free quilt pattern. From pre-treating your flannels to cutting tips and more, you’ll love how Laura goes about her creative projects.

This particular palette of neutral greys and browns is perfect for the guys on your holiday list, and remember our Primo Plaid Flannels come in an ever-growing assortment, from Color Crush II brights to Twilight Tones jewel tones to Harvest and Christmas colorways!  And as Laura shows us, the quilt goes together so quickly, you have plenty of time whip out several gifts, assembly-line style.  Sewing daytime blankets for babies or children?  Simply reduce the number of blocks, which will go even faster  ; )

Thanks to Laura for another fun & easy sewing adventure, and Happy Flannel Sewing to all!  If you haven’t subscribed to her YouTube channel yet, be sure to sign up to enjoy all of her great tips and tricks…Videos are posted each Tuesday & Thursday at 2:00 p.m.

Fall Quilt Market Wrap-Up: Part 3

For your contemporary / modern side, STUDIO 37 FABRICS presented  gorgeous colors, textures and motifs at Quilt Market, for Winter 2017/2018 and beyond!

Whether you attended market or not, you’ve probably begun to plan your upcoming projects — consider something new, like rug hooking with Marcus WOOLS, as demonstrated by Nancy Rink (she’s got hooking patterns and more available online!), or chenille projects using Sarah J Maxwell’s  Primo Plaids Flannels COLOR CRUSH II

Then there’s fresh inspiration from Modern Quilt Magic, Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s new book, and her new PARTS DEPT. batik line.  And the vibrant, not-quite-solid excitement of Laura Berringer’s COLOR INFLUENCE, as interpreted in a quilt by Miriam Rawson.

And that’s just for starters…

Fall Quilt Market Wrap-Up: Part 2

We appreciate the major role our talented DESIGNERS obviously play in the twice-yearly production known as Quilt Market!  You can find them stitching on their last-minute quilt bindings, demonstrating new techniques, making presentations to shop owners or sales reps, greeting fans at book signings, and more.  In general, their schedules stay pretty packed throughout the show, both behind the scenes and on the show floor…

Fall Quilt Market Wrap-Up: Part 1

Thanks to everyone who visited the Marcus and Studio 37 booths, and all of our Quilt Market events last week!  As always, we enjoy the opportunity to see you and serve so many great independent quilt shops and industry associates, hopefully with a little fun thrown in!

In case you missed it, enjoy these pics of Fall Market in Houston.  It all begins with the booth setup, from the time the crate is packed,  shipped and safely delivered.  Miriam and Pati know that when you paint you crate hot pink, it’s so much easier to spot on the show floor… maybe we should call it Marcus Pink?

Soon, the various shipments are magically transformed into the beautiful displays you see below.  Notice how well Pam Buda’s Heartspun Quilts booth (first photo) blends in next to Marcus!

Feeling Lucky? Guess This Pumpkin’s Weight and Win!

Our friends at Indygo Junction have a really fun giveaway going on right now!  If you’re good at guessing weights, check out their blog post and make your best guess on the weight of this pumpkin (the real one, not the fabric ones ; )

You could win Indygo Junction’s Pumpkin Trio Pattern and a bundle of their fall favorites!  You’ll also pick up a few fall crafting tips, and see how they’ve used some of their favorite PRIMO PLAID FLANNELS.  Like many of you, they’ve used our Primo Plaid Flannels for years, enjoying its plush hand, yarn-dyed quality and ever-growing variety of colors and designs. Hurry…the contest ends on October 15! BE SURE TO ENTER YOUR GUESS ON INDYGO’S BLOG POST!  We don’t want you to miss your chance to win  ; )