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

Create This BOM of Soulful Pinks, Ready for October!

Introducing SOULFUL SHADES OF PINK by Laura Berringer, with a beautiful BOM quilt designed by Material Girlfriends that combines piecing with applique details.Laura’s expressive mix of dusty pinks with white and soft grey creates a fresher, more sophisticated palette for today’s breast cancer awareness projects. The Material Girlfriends developed their “Bona Fide” quilt pattern around the line, stressing specific meanings to the colors used.  In the psychology of color, Pink represents a gentle and caring love, such as a love for a girlfriend, mother, sister, or daughter. Grey represents sorrow, while White represents hope and healing.

“One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, which means we all know someone fighting this disease. Our purpose for designing Bona Fide using Soulful Shades by Laura Berringer is to help us be true to the emotional roller coaster of love, sorrow, hope, and healing. This project encourages us to feel and express through color and quilting,” explained Material Girlfriends’ Lisa Norton.

With fabrics coming to quilt shops in May, you’ll be able to complete the 6-month project in time for breast cancer awareness activities in October.  In addition, a portion of all sales of Soulful Shades of Pink fabrics will be donated to support breast cancer research.

Ready for the New Designer Duo Quilt-Along?

Nancy Rink and Sarah Maxwell are all set to bring you “Mix It Up”, another exciting quilt-along project, and this one begins on May 17!

The designers “mix it up” by adding different 12″ blocks to the core combination of 18″ and 6″ blocks, and of course each uses her own fabric collections – Nancy uses DO THE MATH and GETTING TO KNOW HUE while Sarah uses her SEW SWEET BATIKS and PRETTIFUL POSIES.

And, not only can you choose to recreate one (or both!) of their quilts shown above…But you’ll also benefit from the creative input of several of the duo’s quilting buddies, including Dolores Smith of Timeworn Toolbox Designs, Elisabeth Hardy of Elisabew Quilts, Tiffany Hayes of Needle in a Hayes Stack, and Karen O’Connor of Lady K Quilts.

Happy Stitching!!

Kansas City, Here We Come!

It’s trade show time again, and with our smooth transition to Timeless Treasures behind us, we’re getting set to meet and greet all of our shop owners and associates at Quilt Market in Kansas City next month!  As always, we look forward to bringing you the best in traditional and reproduction fabric collections from the industry’s top designers, along with an exciting mix of contemporary looks!

Stay tuned for details of our Schoolhouse on creative panel merchandising with Vicki McCarty on May 16, and our Step Back in Time book signing on with Red Crinoline Quilts’ Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison, and more!

      

Spring Quilt Market takes place from May 17-19, with education and events beginning on May 15, and Schoolhouse sessions on May 16.  More details to follow!

  Marcus Fabrics Joins the Timeless Treasures Family!

Timeless Treasures Fabrics is pleased to announce that Marcus Fabrics has joined its family of fine quality textiles for quilting, sewing and crafts.

This union combines the strengths of both companies in serving independent quilt shops and creative consumers worldwide.  Together, they will provide an expanded variety of designs, continuing their joint commitment to uncompromising quality and personalized service.

Timeless Treasures is a family-owned company, based in New York City, with more than 50 years of experience in creating beautifully printed designs for quilting, crafts, and manufacturing. Timeless is recognized for its diverse and creative designs and maintains an excellent reputation for high standards and exceptional style.  Established in 1911, Marcus Fabrics, known for its roster of talented designers, is the leading industry innovator of historical reproduction fabrics.

“We are thrilled to join forces with Marcus, whose specialties are the perfect complement to ours.  It’s an exciting time for all of us, and we look forward to bringing our shared vision to the quilting community!  We would like to thank Martin Marcus and the entire Marcus family for their century of leadership, and we look forward to continuing their legacy,” said Sari Brown Ohana, partner at Timeless Treasures.

483 Broadway, New York, NY 10013

www.ttfabrics.com      www.MarcusFabrics.com

Coming Soon to Quilt Shops Near You…

We know…spring weather is “thisclose” and we can’t wait!  And our upcoming collections prove that there’s fresh inspiration to be found everywhere, from traditional prints and palettes to silk neckties, from a tranquil garden to a coastal paradise, from an elegant manor to America’s Favorite Pastime  If you’re in need of a creative boost, check out what’s coming to quilt shops near you in the coming months:

Share Your CIRCA 1880 CLUB Picture, Like Karen Did!

Pam Buda, and all of us at Marcus, are thrilled to see the Circa 1880 Club in full swing in quilt shops across the country and beyond!  Pam just shared this photo from Karen, a friend Pam traded blocks with when creating her own Circa quilt.  Karen is one of the 70 Circa participants stitching at Pieceful Gatherings in Fox River Grove, IL:

An impressive sight!  Many of the shop’s members sent them in by mail for trading.

How is your club progressing?  Remember that your participating quilt shop can enter our video contest, to complete for the grand prize — a trunk show visit from Pam Buda, or one of two other great quilt shop prizes — have your shop look into the details!

And just for fun, club members can email club pictures for possible inclusion here on our blog!!  (Please be sure you have the permission of anyone visible in your photos before you send them.)

 

See Our QuiltCon Modern Traditionalist Winners!

If you were among the many enthusiastic attendees at QuiltCon in Nashville last week, you probably saw these beautiful quilts on display!  Marcus/Studio 37 Fabrics was pleased to return for another year as the sponsor in the Modern Traditionalism award, so we wanted to give everyone else a chance to enjoy them, too…

 

FIRST PLACE honors go to Christine Perrigo for “Infinite Magnification” below, inspired by the Robbing Peter to Pay Paul quilt design.

The SECOND PLACE prize was earned by Brigit Dermott for “Astonomer’s Daughter”, quilted in the style of 60s space-age design.

And Jenny Haynes snagged THIRD PLACE with “Modern Times”, an interesting fusion of New York Beauty and Drunkard’s Path blocks… Congratulations to ALL of the talented quilters whose pieces were showcased at QuiltCon — We appreciate your creativity!

Celebrate National Embroidery Month with Our Newest Designers!

February is National Embroidery Month!  And it just happens that the newest additions to our design family are both embroidery experts!  We asked them to share a few of their favorite tips for creating beautiful hand embroidered projects.

Cindy Staub of Quilt Doodle Designs debuted with Marcus last month with her SNOWMEN SNOW GLOBE BOM program, using her pre-printed panel and coordinating PRIMO PLAID FLANNELS: New Blues. We love Cindy’s mix of blue flannel stars surrounding the “snowfriends” globe, which she cut from the panel.  On the panel you’ll find other fun design elements suitable for smaller projects, whether stitched or used as they are.

We asked Cindy to share a few embroidery tips; these are some of her favorites:

  • Use good quality thread such as Valdani #12 pearl cotton. “I am fond of the variegated thread since I like the extra dimension it gives my stitching.”
  • Have a small scissor handy for snipping threads. Cindy uses the OLFA.applique scissors.
  • If you are a beginner to embroidery, don’t fret, you don’t need to know a bunch of stitches. “Good stitches to begin with are a backstitch
    and French knots.”
  • Cindy also recommends using a light to medium weight fusible (iron-on) interfacing to underline your fabric, it helps hide your thread from the ‘backside’.

Karen Phillips-Shwallon made her design debut for Marcus with HEIRLOOM SPLENDOR, a trio of pre-printed panels ready for your thread embellishment and more.  The designs would be perfect for wedding and anniversary gifts and new baby keepsakes, as well as everyday home decor enjoyment.

She also share a few favorite creative products:

  • For her stuffwork dimensional needlework Karen prefers Tuscany 100% Premium Polyester OR  Mountain Mist Light as her batting and DMC Perle #12 thread
  • Embroidery thread:  DMC Perle #12
  • Embroidery needles:  John James  JJ135-3-9
  • Quilting thread:  Mettler Silk Finish quilting thread 50 wt solid cotton
  • Quilting needles:  Tulip 10 quilting needles (“the best”)

Look for these beginner-friendly pre-printed panels in quilt shops – Heirloom Splendor is available now, and Snowmen Snow Globe comes to quilt shops in June, when we’ll likely welcome cool thoughts as we line up new stitching projects for fall and winter!

For Our PEEPS Superfans!

Sweet news for fans of PEEPS, the iconic chick and bunny candies…

We just learned that Kellogg’s is introducing PEEPS cereal!  It’s available for a limited time, likely thru the Easter season (the holiday falls on April 21 this year).  So of course, our thoughts shifted to perfectly themed springtime table settings featuring the latest PEEPS fabric collection, arriving in your local quilt shops now!

Stitch up quick and easy table runners, placemats, mugrugs, napkins, even Easter basket liners and more ; ) for a fun and colorful season! It’s beginning to feel like Springtime already…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.  All Just Born candies are made in the U.S.A.

The PEEPS® brand and PEEPS® shapes are trademarks of Just Born, Inc., Bethlehem, PA, USA, and are used under license. © 2018-2019

 

 

“Step Back in Time” with Paula and Mary Ellen

Congratulations to Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison on the release of their latest book, Step Back in Time (Martingale).  Reproduction-fabric collectors and antique quilt lovers alike will love this the much-anticipated follow-up to Tributes and Treasures!  The Red Crinoline Quilts design duo presents an all-new, jaw-dropping collection of 13 of their vintage-inspiredquilt patterns. Each quilt design is paired with a fascinating historical account from the 1800s. More than 70 beautiful photos capture the style and sentiment of this unique era in American quilting history.

You’ll enjoy recreating their designs with your favorite Paula Barnes collections, including BALTIMORE HOUSE and her newest line (stay tuned for that one – it’s coming soon!!)

Look for the book at your local quilt shop, or visit Martingale.