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

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!

Sarah’s Simply Moderne Debut…

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Congratulations to Sarah Maxwell of Designs by Sarah J for her pretty debut project featured in Simply Moderne magazine, Issue #5!  Of course, it features her fun REVVED UP RETRO group, available in quilt shops now for your summer stitching pleasure ; )  Check out Sarah’s blog post for more info.Sarah-NewFeb16

Lucy Goes Modern!

PatiHeadShotCheck out this quick handiwork by Pati Violick, our resident paper piecing expert!  It begins with her favorite Paper Pieces 2″ Honeycomb template, positioned strategically on Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s new MEADOW STORM “Meadow Stripe,” with the  “Misty” print as the background. Then by rearranging the black-white and tan-white honeycomb shapes, Pati designs several contemporary, 3-dimensional looks, inspired by Lucy Boston!

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UPDATE – #QuiltsForPulse FQs & More

LOVEprintHello Everyone –  Thank you sew much for your enthusiastic, loving and heartfelt response to our offer of free FQs for the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild’s project, #QuiltsforPulse.  At this time, we’ve exceeded the 100 FQs, and we’re happy to honor all 140+ email requests received as of midnight last night.  PLEASE NOTE:  Our FQ giveaway offer has expired  –  Only requests already received at this point can be fulfilled!  

SusanCousineauWe also want to let you know about a FQ bundle giveaway by Susan Cousineau, designer of the SO SWEET LOVE collection, in conjunction with Craft Ideas magazine!  Like all of us, they want to share their love with the people of Orlando, FL at this difficult time.  You can enter here now through July 1, 2016.

Thanks again for all that you do…

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Hexie Fever is Spreading…

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I’ve been seeing hexagons absolutely Everywhere, in every size and fabric type imaginable. Modern hexies, traditional hexies. Grandmother’s Flower Garden hexies. Huge hexies, tiny hexies. Hexie jewelry…placemats…totebags — it goes on! Have you caught Hexie Fever, too?

PBKeyringHexiePati shared some of hers above, cut from black and cream  VINTAGE ONYX Strip-It fabric for easy two-toned hexies.  She loves Paper Pieces for her English paper piecing projects. At right, an adorable (but slightly insane) micro-hexie key ring Vicki Bellino of Bloom Creek whipped up for Pati at Quilt Market.

SewingCaddyCherylHoistJun16Then I spotted this sewing case by my quilter friend Cheryl Hoist, at a local event I attended over the weekend — African batik & Aboriginal print hexies!

 

 

PamBuda2016Pam Buda chimes in with hexies by the bowlful…

and Victoria Findlay Wolfe goes overboard…; )

VFWHexiesDo you have Hexie Fever, too? Subscribe to our blog, then coment below about what you’re making with hexies (and your favorite sizes!) for the chance to win one of TWO Hexie-Friendly charm mini-packs of Victoria’s MOSTLY MANOR!  Comments received by Tuesday, June 21 are eligible for the drawing – good luck!

Our Hearts Are In Orlando…

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The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild is collecting quilts and blocks for the victims of the shooting at Pulse nightclub on June 12, and MQG members around the world are invited to participate. Visit this page for full details.

LOVEprintAll of us at Marcus are saddened by the senseless act, and we wanted to help the #quiltsforpulse effort in some small way.  So we’re offering 100 free FQs of the white and red “LOVE” prints from Susan Cousineau’s SO SWEET LOVE collection to our quilting friends who are making blocks and quilts for the drive. To receive your FQ, send an email to lshepard@marcusfabrics.com with your name & mailing address. Thank you for all that you do... UPDATE:  Thanks for your many responses – the offer is now CLOSED.  We’ll be sending out over 140 FQs this week!

Today is Flag Day!

PamBuda2016It’s June 14 already?  Here in the US we celebrate June 14 as Flag Day, so who better to check in with than Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts!  Here’s a peek at her recent blog post – I thought this photo in particular captures the spirit of the day.  Read more about Pam’s work-in-progress, Lady Liberty…

StarSpangledBothStacked…and be sure to make plans for Pam’s newest BOM, STAR SPANGLED LIBERTY! You’ll love her two options for the center row and her distinctive vertical “quilter’s flag” down the left side.  Pam also includes American anecdotal history about our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, the Pledge of Allegiance, Old Glory flag facts, and about Betsy Ross, who played an epic role in the birth of the new nation.

The 9-month program begins in September!  Quilt size: 74-1/2″ x 78″

Learn more about Flag Day!

“Splendor in the Scraps” from McCall’s Quilting

McCallsQScrapWhen we first thumbed through the July/August 2016 issue of McCalls Quilting magazine here in the office, this particular quilt caught our attention.

Quilt designer Marcie Patch used her own stash to create it, but it looks so similar to the colors in Judie Rothermel’s MACIE’S JOURNAL collection, we had to share it with you, in case the colors in your own stash weren’t sufficient to recreate it.  Enjoy…

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Our Charm Pack Giveaway Winner Is…

Revved5inchThanks to everyone who commented on our REVVED UP RETRO post from last week, and Congratulations to Lee Butler of Troy, MI, the winner of this lovely little 5″ pack.  We can’t wait to see what you make with it, Lee, but we know it’ll make a great little summer project, whether you machine piece at home or on a retreat, or you hand-piece on the go!

Stay tuned for the next Studio 37 Fabrics giveaway – If you haven’t already suscribed to our blog, enter your email address at right, so you’ll be the first to know about our exciting giveaways, product news and announcements.  Happy Stitching  ; )

Trending at Market: Butterflies!

DeirdreWoolButterflyIt looks like one of the top themes emerging from Spring Quilt Market was Butterflies!  So we had to share this gorgeous interpretation of the trend by Deirdre Bond-Abel of Hat Creek Quilts.  What sets her look apart from the rest?  The stunning mix of wool applique on cotton prints, more specifically the Marcus WOOL COLLECTION paired with INTRIGUE prints by Nancy Rink. Deirdre named the quilt pattern, “Borboleta,” the Portuguese word for “butterfly”.

“When I first saw the bright wools at Market last May (2015), I thought “butterfly sampler” so I have been waiting a while to have time to make it. The wools are just divine, the colours so beautiful and the quality of the fabric is first class. The wools combine so beautifully with the Intrigue prints “
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