About Lisa Shepard Stewart

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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??

QuiltCon Recap – “Modern Traditionalism” Winners…

This year, we were excited to return to QuiltCon as exhibitors, and as sponsors of this year’s “Modern Traditionalism” category.  We’re proud to share with you the winners of the group, representing the perfect balance of traditional influence with a contemporary twist. Congratulations to the winners and the makers of all of the beautiful entries…

1st Place

Modern Waves Quilt
Pieced and quilted by Kristi Schroeder
Quilted by Lee Jenkins of Dallas, Texas
Austin Modern Quilt Guild
@initialkstudio
85 x 91 inches

 

 

 

 

2nd Place:

Fireworks
Pieced and quilted by Jeannie Jenkins
Willowdale, Ontario, Canada
Toronto Modern Quilt Guild
@itchn2stitch
50 x 76 inches
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3rd Place:

Autumn Hours
Pieced and quilted by Daisy Aschehoug
Baton Rouge, LA,
Baton Rouge Modern Quilt Guild
@antstosugar
45 x 60 inches

 

 

 

 

JudgesJudge’s Choice:

Waiting for Sanity
Pieced and quilted by Kristin Shields
Bend, OR
Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild
@kristinshields
49 x 48 inches
Modern Traditionalism
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The simple, linear quilting shown here on the Judges’ Choice was a recurring style throughout the show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The category had lots of entries that went on for rows… and rows…

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Finally, Best inShow honors went to this beauty…

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Pieced and quilted by Katherine Jones
Chigwell, Tasmania, Australia
Tasmanian Modern Quilt Guild
@twocatsquilts
98 x 98 inches

QuiltCon Recap – #MarcusMugshot Mania!!

Thank you sew much to all of the willing “suspects” we rounded up at QuiltCon for their #MarcusMugshots, in honor of our ongoing Mugrug Challenge!  Some were extremely willing, in fact; we’ve never seen a happier, more cheerful group of mugshots…maybe the free fabrics we gave away had something to do with it, and we’re already seeing lots of mugrug entries as a result, so keep those Instagram posts coming for a “shot” at one of our weekly random drawing prizes, now thru April 30.

In case you missed it, these are just a few.  Look for more on our Instagram feed @marcusfabrics and @studio37fabrics.

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@ladiesoflibertyquilts Showed Us Their #MarcusMugshot and Won!

Our second Mugrug Challenge random prize drawing winner is Ladies of Liberty Mercantile Fabrics and Notions, of Independence, Oregon.  We even love the fun mug choice, complete with mug ID charm, and the extra-credit mini-cupcake  ; )Winner 2LadiesofLibertyQuilts

Prize1Ladies of Liberty, if you happen to be at QuiltCon this weekend, come by the booth to
claim your mug-and-fabric prize.  We’d love to take your mugshot in person… Otherwise just email lshepard@marcusfabrics.com with your shipping address.  For those keeping track, this week’s prize drawing announcement. was delayed by a day due to QuiltCon prep and travel…

Ladies of Liberty won a mug-and-fabric combo like this one (fabrics may vary):

And for everyone else visiting QuiltCon this weekend in Savannah, GA, you can get full details, plus FREE FABRICS to get started.  And have your actual “mugshot” taken in Booth # 549, too, among other fun activities.

Still plenty of weeks left for everyone else to enter, and you can submit as many mugrugs as you like, now through April 30.

Show Us Your #MarcusMugshot and you could win, too!

 

QuiltCon 2017: See You in Savannah!

QuiltConEast-DatesLocation1So, who’s joining us at QuiltCon in sunny (hopefully!) Savannah, GA next week?  We’re proud to return again as sponsors, and we can’t wait to share all that’s new with you from Studio 37 Fabrics!! For now, here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find at BOOTH 549!

  • #MarcusMugshot Mugrug Challenge:  As if ten free mugrug projects from your favorite Marcus makers wasn’t enough, you can also visit us in Booth 549 to select a few FREE SWATCHES to get your entry started!  Have your #MarcusMugshot taken right in the booth, and share it on social media.  (Here’s Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s free design, just one of the 10 available online…)Picture6
  • And speaking of Victoria, have you heard about her QuiltCon Booth Hop?? Simply visit all of the QuiltCon booths Victoria is associated with, including her own Booth #338, have your card stamped in each booth, and you could win a $500 prize pack from Victoria herself!!  Of course, we suggest you begin your Hop at the Marcus booth…

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  • FREE Marcus WOOL Mini-Make-n-Take:  Visit our sewing station to stitch up a cute little multi-layered bright wool embellishment.  Inspired by penny rugs, these single “Wool Pennies” can jazz up a quilt, bag, or add a pin back for easy fabric jewelry. Thanks to our friends at Aurifil for supplying their cotton floss, and to Sizzix for their die cutting machine.
  • On Thursday and Sunday, Sarah J Maxwell will share her favorite paper piecing tips and techniques as she stitches up blocks using her new DANDY DAYS collection and supplies from Paper Pieces!

Looking forward to a fun and creative weekend — See you there!!

@patternsbyjen Showed Us Her #MarcusMugshot, and Won!

Yes!!!  Congrats to @patternsbyjen, our first random weekly winner in the Mugrug Challenge!  We love her choice of GRUMPY CAT prints, and it’s reversible ; )

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Prize1And check out what Jen won for her efforts…a mug-and-fabric combo featuring FQs of Sarah J Maxwell’s DANDY DAYS!

Now, here’s a little tip for the rest of you…While we have no shortage of great fabric prizes, we only have a limited number of these very cool Marcus mugs available, sooooo, the sooner you enter the Challenge, the better your chances of winning a mug-and-fabric combo in our random weekly drawing (the fabrics will vary!)  We’ll draw one lucky entry every Tuesday now thru April 30, and post the winners on Wednesdays.  Be sure to use #MarcusMugshot when you enter.  And Good Luck!