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

Three Gorgeous New BOMs – Which is YOUR Favorite?

Quilting friends, you’ll want to take a minute NOW to review what we’ve got coming for Fall 2021! Just launched: three beautiful new Block-of-the-Month programs, designed to appeal to a variety of tastes…let’s take a look:

“My inspiration for this quilt came from the collection itself, A RETURN TO ELEGANCE and what could be more elegant than a ribbon running through the blocks, tying them together in a sophisticated on-point composition,” Lynn Wilder says of her new BOM for Marcus Fabrics READ MORE

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Next comes a complete color departure in FANTASY, Sarah Maxwell’s new collection of dimensional blenders with a unique abstract motif, which she imagines as “a magic carpet to design adventures”. Fantasy Flights is a unique approach to a block-of-the-month quilt design, featuring a sampler-style variety of blocks. Choose the dramatic dark ground, the airy light ground, or both! READ MORE

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And Nancy Rink transforms her new MARCELLA group into a stunning quilt of the same name! It’s a new Marchives collection, inspired by an earlier Marcus line called Cotillion. In this design, Nancy alternating star blocks with a block that showcases the lush Hydrangea floral. Her rich yet gentle palette works all year long. READ MORE

Be sure to add one, two, or all three of these wonderful designs to your quilting plans. All programs begin January 2022. To view the full collections and further BOM info, click on the collection links above.

#MondaysWithMarcus: Laura Berringer’s “Spice Bazaar” Coasters!

It’s May 17 already, and with today’s reveal, we complete the second series of Mondays with Marcus! Laura Berringer mixes strips of her own SPICE BAZAAR collection to create easy quilt-as-you-go coasters! You can even apply this technique to a matching table runner or placemats. DOWNLOAD the FREE PROJECT HERE.

The warm, inviting tones of this collection were inspired by Laura’s pre-pandemic travels to Singapore. In addition to the many decorative and ornate batik fabrics there, she discovered wonderful markets with rich colors and spices to excite the senses.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this latest series of free projects from the Marcus designers! Which were your favorites? If you missed any of the debuts since March 8, you can browse and find the links to download each of them here. And watch for details on how to enter to win our second Grand Prize gift basket, filled with Marcus fabrics and designer goodies!

#MondaysWithMarcus: “Spring Baskets” by Deirdre Bond Abel

As our Mondays with Marcus Series II winds down (with just one more week to go!), it seems that each project is better than the next! We love Deirdre Bond Abel’s appliqued baskets, done in her own collection, THE MIDLANDS. Download her FREE PROJECT here.

Deirdre drew inspiration from mid-19th century Colonial homes in The Midlands of Tasmania, in a group of florals and geometrics in a beautiful range of soft, smoky tones…the palette is subtle but striking, isn’t it?

Join us again next Monday for the finale project (by Laura Berringer). This time around, some projects will also be redone by other designers, in their own signature styles, for a wider variety of creative options… You’ll find the complete line-up of projects on the Mondays with Marcus page, and our Facebook page, along with details on how to enter our MWM2 Grand Prize giveaway — Join us!

#MondaysWithMarcus: Sarah Maxwell’s “Dawn Sparkler”

Sarah Maxwell of Designs by Sarah J brings us a perfect project to welcome Spring, in a palette that is sure to sparkle in traditional and contemporary settings alike! Follow her creative lead by using prints from her own DANCE AT DAWN collection, or customize the colors to your liking. Either way, be sure to grab the free download on her website, using the code “Sparkler” at checkout.

Come back each Monday thru May 17 (just TWO more weeks to go!!) for another fun free project from your favorite Marcus designers. This time around, some projects will also be redone by other designers, in their own signature styles, for a wider variety of creative options… You’ll find the complete line-up of projects on the Mondays with Marcus page, and our Facebook page. Join us!

Recreate “One Step at a Time” by Krisanne Watkins!

Just look at this gorgeous quilt by Krisanne Watkins of Quail Valley Quilts! It’s featured in the current issue of American Patchwork & Quilting, and features the rich, warm tones of the INDIGO & MADDER collection by Paula Barnes. The June issue is available now, and the fabrics are available at your favorite quit shops and online outlets now!

#MondaysWithMarcus: “Make Something Sweet” with Tracy Souza!

#MondaysWithMarcus continues today with beautifully stitched words of wisdom from Tracy Souza of Plumcute Designs!

You’ll find Tracy’s free project here. Choose your favorite Marcus low-volume background fabric to add a bit of texture, and stitch!. Follow Tracy’s lead of framing your piece in a small embroidery hoop with ric-rac trim, use a traditional frame, or even incorporate the block into a quilt. It makes a perfect gift!

Come back each Monday thru May 17 for another fun free project from your favorite Marcus designers. This time around, several projects will also be redone by other designers, in their own signature styles, for a wider variety of creative options… You’ll find the complete line-up of projects on the Mondays with Marcus page, and our Facebook page. Join us!

#MondaysWithMarcus: “April Flowers” from the Material Girlfriends!

For this MWM series, twin designers Lisa Norton and Lora Zmak of Material Girlfriends treat us to an adorable 18″ square mini quilt, done in their signature applique style with PRIMO BATIKS! It not only brings to mind the old saying “April showers bring may flowers” but their blogpost even includes some fun background on the origin of the phrase ; ) You’ll also find instructions to get the FREE project download and details on the optional kit – the April Showers kit even include the hanger as shown above!

Come back each Monday thru May 17 for another fun free project from your favorite Marcus designers. This time around, several projects will also be redone by other designers, in their own signature styles, for a wider variety of creative options… You’ll find the complete line-up of projects on the Mondays with Marcus page, and our Facebook page. Join us!

#MondaysWithMarcus: “Bountiful Stars” from Red Crinoline Quilts!

Today, we feature this gorgeous 36″ square quilt by Red Crinoline Quilts, done in the BOUNTIFUL BLUES collection by Paula Barnes! You’ll love this design as a wall accent, or as an elegant table topper. Download the free pattern, or order the optional kit for maximum convenience.

Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts

Come back each Monday thru May 17 for another fun free project from your favorite Marcus designers. This time around, several projects will also be redone by other designers, in their own signature styles, for a wider variety of creative options… You’ll find the complete line-up of projects on the Mondays with Marcus page, and our Facebook page. Join us!

#MondaysWithMarcus: Spring Decor with Cindy!

Aren’t we all ready for spring by now? Cindy Staub of Quilt Doodle Designs shares her adorable and decidedly springlike “Coneflower” table runner project. She used prints from our COLLECTABLE CALICOS collection by Laura Berringer, and you can also dig into your stash of 1930’s prints, too. Her design features easy piecing, and has just the right amount of applique for any skill level.

DOWNLOAD the free project here!

VIEW Cindy’s VIDEO Tutorial, too!

Come back each Monday thru May 17 for another fun free project from your favorite Marcus designers. This time around, several projects will also be redone by other designers, in their own signature styles, for a wider variety of creative options… You’ll find the complete line-up of projects on the Mondays with Marcus page, and our Facebook page. Join us!

#MondaysWithMarcus Series II: Dolores Smith!

You’ll love the simplicity of Dolores’ pillow design, “Simplify”, in cream with cool teal tones. .

Fabric ties and button accents add dimension and interest to her elongated pillow shape. It’s the perfect accent in a sofa or easy chair, even on a shelf. Use the code “Simplify” to download her free pattern download here.

Be sure to visit the Mondays with Marcus Facebook page, and Like, Follow and Share all of our talented designers, now thru May 17…You could win a fabric prize each week!