About Lisa Shepard Stewart

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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.

   

Goodbye, Holidays…Hello, BOM Sign-Up Season!

Hello Quilting Friends!  If you haven’t signed up yet for your favorite 2019 Marcus BOM programs yet, remember that January marks the start of three exciting block-of-the-month programs, followed by three more beginning in March.  You’ll love these gorgeous designs by Nancy Rink, Pam Buda, Sarah Maxwell, and Sheryl Johnson.

Never tried a BOM?  We’ve got the Top Ten Reasons why you should! So, check out the program details, then visit your local quilt shop to participate!

Need Quick Gifts to Sew? Primo Plaid Flannels to the Rescue!!

With only days to go before Christmas, we know some of you are still feverishly stitching up gifts for everyone on your list (or still deciding what to sew!!), and we’ve got a great, FAST project to help you!  It doesn’t require any fitting or advanced sewing skills, and just about everyone can use a cozy infinity scarf, so just choose their favorite colors from our extensive range of PRIMO PLAID FLANNEL color palettes, and get sewing!

This project actually yields two identical scarves using your favorite pair of PRIMO PLAIDS.  Sew up the perfect his-n-hers accessory, or fun, easy BFF gifts.  You can even share your style with your favorite pet ; )  You can also tuck the back under your coat collar and pull the scarf overhead as a hood.   No matter who you share with, you can stitch up both scarves in less than 20 minutes!

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS:   (Makes 2 scarves from a pair of fabrics)

  • 1½ yards each of two coordinating PRIMO PLAIDS

INSTRUCTIONS: 

  1. Cut each fabric in half lengthwise as shown. You’ll use one A and  one B fabric for each scarf.
  2. Pair up one A fabric with one B fabric, with right sides together and long raw edges even. Sew down each long side using at least 3/8” seam allowance.  (Fig. 2) Press seams.
  3. With scarf still turned right sides in, fold scarf in half to bring together the two short ends, with raw edges even. Stitch together the inner edges.  Stitch together as far as possible, leaving an opening of at least 4” for turning.  (Fig 3)  Press seam.
  4. Turn scarf right side out through the opening. Slipstitch to close the opening.
  5. Twist scarf at the center into a figure-8 and slip over the head. Sew second scarf in the same fashion.

        

Happy Holidays!!

 

New PEEPS Are Coming in January!

Yes, we know it’s barely Thanksgiving, much less Christmas, but at Marcus we’ve already turned our holiday sights on Spring 2019, and all of the great Easter holiday crafting and quilting to be done, so join us in the early planning  ; )   First, a little preview of the all-new PEEPS® prints coming to your favorite quilt shops in January:

PEEPS’ iconic Bunny and Chick motifs are back, and ready to become Easter basket liners, quilts, wall hangings, table linens, decorations and sew much more — the pre-printed panel design is ready for creative cutting as appliques and smaller crafts. Mix these with your favorite Marcus CENTENNIAL SOLIDS or PRIMO PLAID FLANNELS: Sew Sweet to expand your creative options!

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

Fifty-Two Gorgeous KI-COO GARDENS Quilts!

Well, the Electric Quilt Design Challenge for October has come to a close, resulting in a total of 52 great entries from quilters using Electric Quilt to design quilts using Laura Berringer’s KI-COO GARDENS collection.  You can view all of the creative designs here, but for now we’d like to highlight the two entries chosen as winners in EQ’s random drawing!

Holly Wilson describes her creation as “A Little applique wall (hanging), with Ki-Coo Gardens, which provided a spin on the colors I would have normally used. The color palette can be used with a multitude of designs.”

Debbie Langendorf said of her winning entry (below): “I’ve been making small quilts and thought this might be very nice for Spring. I love the colors of these fabrics. They are bright and happy. Because my block has small triangles I wanted the Points Out border to highlight more of the fabrics. This was fun.”

Both Holly and Debbie Will receive fabric packs of Ki-Coo Gardens prints.  Well done, ladies, enjoy the real fabrics this time ; )  And thanks to everyone who participated, as well as our friends at EQ.