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

@jpearl05 Showed Us Her #MarcusMugshot and Won!

Our next lucky Marcus Mugrug Chellenge winner is @jpearl05, also known as Pearl. Her clever juxtaposition of traditional prints with solids in a modern, wonky setting makes it just right for almost any home setting.  Nice job, Pearl!

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MugPrize29marWe’re two-thirds of the way thru the Challenge, so be sure to enter now through April 30 for your chance at a fun mug-and-fabric combo, maybe like this one.

Simply make your mugrug, up to 9″ x9″ in size, and using at least one Marcus of Studuio 37 fabric print.  Design your own like Pearl did, or recreate one of our free designer mugrug projects. Then, post it to Instagram with #MarcusMugshot (or email your entry to us).  Warning: These mugrugs are a bit addictive, but luckily, you can enter as often as you like, with a separate post or email for each entry.  Good Luck!

@lauramattox89 Showed Us Her #MarcusMugshot and Won!

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It’s time to unveil our next Mugrug Challenge winner — Congratulations to Laura Mattox! She showed us a more traditional style, using some of her favorite Marcus reproduction prints along with Gettysburg Suna quilt block pattern by Carol Hopkins. Add in a great binding, that adorable teddy and quilt-inspired coffee mug, and you have this gorgeous result:

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We’re just about halfway through the Challenge, which means there is still plenty of time to get involved.  Be sure to use the #MarcusMugshot when you post, so we can locate your entry!

Diane Showed Us Her #MarcusMugshot, and Won!

Well, we’re just a bit behind on this week’s challenge announcement, thanks to our late-winter blizzard closing on Tuesday, but we’re back, and thrilled to reveal that Diane Sala is our latest winner in the Marcus #mugrugchallenge!  Even those “I’m-not-a-morning-person” persons will love waking up to these bright, cheerful dots with their first infusion of coffee! Diane selected a group of 4″ x 5″ squares of GO-GO! DINO! prints at our QuiltCon booth, and we love her arrangement of HSTs (half-square triangles). Winner5-DianaSala

She then submitted her photo via email, and you can too, in addition to entering via Instagram post using #MarcusMugshot.  We’re about halfway thru the Challenge, so while there’s still time to enter (as often as you like) now through April 30, we can’t wait to see what you come up with! Remember, just be sure to include at least one Marcus or Studio 37 fabric and create any shape, sized up to a max of 9″ x 9″.  Good Luck, everyone!

Sneak Peek: Join Carol Hopkins’ New Club!

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It’s a rare occurrence in the quilt world to introduce a coordinated effort, where the book and the fabric are released together — It’s Not a Square is a new club designed by repro expert Carol Hopkins, with the AMERICAN SWATCH BOOK collection by Judie Rothermel! It ensures quilters will have the fabrics AND the inspiration at the same time, for maximum enjoyment.

“The unique feature of these blocks is that they aren’t square – they finish at 4″ x 5″. We recreated some classic blocks and also designed more than 50 original blocks that no one has ever seen before, ending up with 182 different blocks.” Carol says about her new book for Martingale (co-authored by Linda Koenig). “The 4″ x 5″ Quilt Block Anthology: 182 Blocks for Reproduction Fabrics” contains instructions for making all of the blocks!

We’ll unveil these gorgeous fabrics online soon*, but we couldn’t wait to partner with our friends at Martingale for the first of TWO joint book-and-fabric giveaways!  Enter the first giveaway now at Martingale, then watch this blog for the Marcus giveaway to follow.  And be sure to add It’s Not a Square to your creative schedule – the 12-month Club begins  August 2017!

(*Retailer-Only – log-in now to preview the collection and Club details)

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It’s a Blizzard… Let’s Make Mugrugs!

Our offices are closed today due to “Stella” the current blizzard along the East Coast. And even though we didn’t get as much actual snow as predicted (about 18″), the heavy, icy pellets, freezing rain and wind are even more treacherous! And what does that mean?  It’s Mugrug Weather, time to choose your favorite coffee, tea, hot toddy, cocoa or other warm and cozy beverage, and give it a pretty and proper place to sit on your table or desk.

It’s also a perfect time to show off some of the inspiring entries that have come in so far for our ongoing Mugrug Challenge.  It runs now thru April 30, so we’re only halfway thru, which means there’s plenty of time for you to enter again and again, and maybe even win one of our weekly mug-and-fabric prizes!

EmailEntriesBlizzardNo matter what’s lurking outside your windows this afternoon, everyone stay safe, and stitch up a quick mugrug (including at least one Marcus or Studio 37 fabric print)…then post it on Instagram with #MarcusMugshot, or email your photo to enter.  We’ll be that much closer to our goal of “A Marcus Rug for Every Mug”!

Victoria Chooses the Big Prize Winner!

Thanks to everyone who attended QuiltCon and took part in Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s Booth Hop, where you were instructed to stop at various booths to collect stamps for a chance at her $1000 prize package…well, the winner was just announced, and it’s  Mechtild Steinert!  She’ll receive prizes from Victoria herself, as well as Sizzix, Aurifil, Juki and Studio 37 Fabrics.

VictBundlesWinnerEach prize will be shipped to Mechtild separately, which we’re sure will add to the excitement. We’ll be sending MOSTLY MANOR and LIGHT WORK FQ bundles (complete with our very cool canvas Marcus tote!)

Mechtild, have fun with your goodies…we can’t wait to see what you whip up first, maybe a modern entry for our #MarcusMugshot Mugrug Challenge??

 

Make Modern Has a Special Offer for You…

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It’s official:  The DANDY DAYS collection and this pretty “Dandy Whirl” quilt design by Sarah J Maxwell of Designs by Sarah J have gone international, with their debut in Issue 15 of Make Modern magazine!

MakeModernIssue15CoverThis issue of the Australian modern quilting publication is being offered as part of a 6-month or 12-month subscription, or you can order it as a single issue for $6.95 AUD. Better yet, use coupon code “issue15friends” and pay just $5 AUD (that’s about $3.80 US dollars).  Their special offer expires April 1, 2017.

Congratulations, Sarah!

QuiltCon Recap – It’s All About COLOR!

One of the bigger takeaways from QuiltCon was the profusion of color to be found in trending rainbow quilts, with quilt designers going “full-spectrum” within a single quilt.  Case in point: the latest from our own Studio 37 designers:

Sarah J Maxwell’s new line, a SHOUT, a Whisper, a textand her accompanying quilt design were a highlight of the Studio 37 booth at the show! The group of prints is all about how we communicate and relate to one another, in a palette of subtly-softened brights. Motifs include Morse code, shorthand, texting terms and others. The quilt also incorporates several CENTENNIAL SOLIDS. Available in quilt shops in May.

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At the VFWQuilts booth, Victoria Findlay Wolfe featured her new Snack Sets, a fun mix of shapes and CENTENNIAL SOLIDS in smaller “snack-sized” projects. Here she mixes various Snack Sets for a bright, colorful effect: Available now thru her online store.

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And of course, Nancy Rink’s new GTKH: Getting to Know HUE fabrics and BOM quilt also stopped quilters in their tracks!  The upscale look and feel of these  “modern mixer” motifs set them apart from other blender groups, making them the perfect new basic for contemporary quilts (as Pati was explaining to some of the enthusiastic admirers at the show.)  Join the BOM now at your favorite local quilt shop!

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QuiltCon Recap – Everybody Loves Wool Penny Crafts!

We’ve barely unpacked from QuiltCon, and suddenly, it’s March 1, also known as the start of National Craft Month, so our next show recap focuses on crafting with wool.  We invited QuiltCon attendees to enjoy a sit-and-stitch break to create a few small, colorful layered embellishments with us.  Wool pennies are traditionally joined together to create pennyrugs, but they also make fun individual embellishments!  QuiltCon - Wool PenniesThey’re also a great way to practice embroidery stitches – just stack a few, then secure and decorate them with blanket stitches, French knots, running stitches and more… Sew one to your garment, quilt, handbag, pillow, make a coin purse or add a pin back for cute wool jewelry! One stitcher plans to make her penny into a luggage tag, while another will be adding a wool penny tea bag pocket to her tea cozy!  Everyone enjoyed the chance to do a bit of handstitching with bright colors, a bit of a Zen moment for those on quilt overload.

Of course, crafting is always a lot more fun with friends, and we’re grateful to our friends at Aurifil for their beautiful threads and 6-strand floss, to Sizzix for their super-handy Big Shot die cutting machine, and to Clover USA for sharing their sight-saving embroidery needles  ; ).

View the Studio 37 Fabrics Wool Collection and download these FREE PROJECTS!

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@lanakuehne Showed Us Her #MarcusMugshot, and Won!

Our third random #mugrugchallenge winner took inspiration from her group of 1930s Aunt Grace prints by Judie Rothermel, with the contemporary touch of striped binding.  And we love her embroidered “Place Mug Here” instructions, just in case you weren’t sure how to use this thing  ; )

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MugPrizeHer efforts earned @lanakuehne one of our official Challenge mugs filled with fabrics — she might even be inspired to whip up another and enter again!

And for the rest of you, there’s still time to enter this fun and easy challenge, and your entry is included in every weekly drawing now thru April 30 (unless you win earlier, of course…)  Bst of all, you don’t even have to send us the actual mugrug, just post the photo  with #MarcusMugshot and keep it to enjoy (or give as a gift).

So, the sooner you enter, the more chances you have to win!  What are you waiting for??