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

#MondaysWithMarcus Week #7: Red Crinoline Quilts

This week, #MondaysWithMarcus features a signature look from Paula Barnes and MaryEllen Robison, also known as Red Crinoline Quilts! Their traditional layout of stars in muted tones makes a pretty table topper, or mount it as a wall hanger to accent a variety of decorating styles. “Patchwork Stars” measures 25″ square, and you can download the free pattern, or order the fabric kit, with or without backing. And be sure to check out the duo’s instructional video, too!

Be sure to continue your Likes, Follows and Shares of Marcus Fabrics across Facebook and Instagram, and all or our featured designers for the chance to win weekly fabric prizes, and a Grand Prize at the end! You’ll find all of their social links on our Mondays with Marcus page.

Next week: Sarah Maxwell of Designs by Sarah J!

The Midlands: Classics Reinvented, by Deirdre Bond-Abel

Deirdre Bond-Abel of Hat Creek Quilts returns to the Marcus design team with THE MIDLANDS, a wonderfully traditional group of florals and geometrics inspired by its namesake region in Tasmania. The prints were derived from an antique quilt that was made in England, then found its way to Houston, where Deirdre purchased it, bringing it home to The Midlands. Both the collection and the quilt are the embodiment of a design trend defined as the Classics Reinvented, a fresh take on time-honored traditions.

“Colonial homes of the same era as the fabrics, were my inspiration. Whether they were grand or simple workers cottages they had beautiful symmetry, lovely angled lines and could form patterns as they fit in together with other buildings. My design features four different blocks that are repeated in different quantities and arranged to flow out from the centre, like a village does,” Deirdre explained.

See the entire collection, plus free project links at MarcusFabrics.com

#MondaysWithMarcus Week #6: The Material Girlfriends

As we reach the halfway mark of our Mondays with Marcus series, we’re pleased to present “Lovely Weather for Ducks”, a gorgeous pillow by Lisa Norton and Lora Zmak, also known as the Material Girlfriends! It’s created in batiks, with their signature style of nature-inspired applique and wonderful quilting. Its néutral Primo Batiks palette makes it the perfect year-round room accent. Get their free pattern and instructional video (or purchase the fabric kit) at MaterialGirlfriends.com

And there’s MORE! You can also chat via Zoom and make this fun project together. Mark your calendar for Sunday, November 15, 2020 from 1pm – 5pm Pacific time. Click on this link to register for Lovely Weather for Ducks Zoom Class with Lora Zmak and Lisa Norton.

Be sure to continue your Likes, Follows and Shares of Marcus Fabrics across Facebook and Instagram, and all or our featured designers for the chance to win weekly fabric prizes, and a Grand Prize at the end! You’ll find all of their social links on our Mondays with Marcus page.

Next week: Red Crinoline Quilts

#MondaysWithMarcus Week 5: Dolores Smith!

Week 5 of our Mondays with Marcus series begins with neutral-toned pieced pumpkins styled as “Harvest in a Row”, a framed art piece from Dolores Smith of Timeworn Toolbox Designs! We love her minimalist approach, allowing you to go further with various embellishments if you like, including embroidery, beadwork and more. Go with her more modern color palette, or choose more traditional autumn colors.

You can download her FREE PATTERN starting today!

Be sure to continue your Likes, Follows and Shares of Marcus Fabrics across Facebook and Instagram, and all or our featured designers for the chance to win weekly fabric prizes, and a Grand Prize at the end! You’ll find all of their social links on our Mondays with Marcus page.

Next week: Lisa Norton and Lora Zmak of Material Girlfriends!

#MondaysWithMarcus Week 4: Nancy Rink

Our Mondays with Marcus project rolls along with Nancy Rink in Week 4. Her wall hanging is titled “In Remembrance”, with inspiration in two colorways! Try it in her LET IT GROW collection of mid-brights, or keep it cool in her monochromatic blues of CELESTE. The project features Nancy’s classic combination of piecing and applique.

Or, work from your own stash and create a palette to work with your own decor, from solids or textures, to calicos to holiday inspiration – the options are limitless! Then visit Nancy online to request the free pattern.

Next week: Dolores Smith of Timeworn Toolbox Designs

#MondayswithMarcus Week 3: Pam Buda

Our third featured MWM designer is Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts, with a free “Star Maker” table runner pattern! She says “I adore small runners as I can find many more places to decorate with them in my home than I do with large runners.  I like to switch them out and change them up with the seasons.”  This Star Maker measures 5 1/2″ x 17″. 

Like all MWM projects, the instructions are free, and Pam’s optional kit comes in two of her favorite colorways – choose red paisley print with a tonal light and black accent print, OR blue print with tiny shirting light and red accent print. Makes a terrific gift.  The Star Maker Mini Runner kit includes all top, binding and backing fabrics for just $ 16.50! 

Next week: Nancy Rink of Nancy Rink Designs!

#MondayswithMarcus Week 2: Deirdre Bond-Abel

You’ll love this pretty wall hanging by our second MWM designer, Deirdre Bond-Abel! Entitled “Betty’s Blooms”, the look is shown here in 1930s prints, yet would translate equally well in your favorite Marcus collections, including prints and basic texture lines for a more contemporary look! It’s a fun mix of piecing and applique that will add charm to any room setting.

To get the FREE PATTERN, just email deirdre@hatcreekquilts.com.au. Then, check out (and be sure to bookmark!) her companion video of applique tips and techniques!

Next Up: Pam Buda – October 19!

#MondayswithMarcus Week 1: Vicky McCarty!

We’re thrilled to begin our new Mondays with Marcus program with Vicki McCarty’s Farmhouse Fall Pillow project! It features appliqued pumpkins and fall blooms, and measures a generous 22″ x 25″. .

To order the FREE PATTERN DOWNLOAD, a complete kit or a printed pattern, visit Vicki online. In addition to the free pattern, you can visit Calico Patch Design’s YouTube channel for tutorials.

Next Up: Deirdre Bond-Abel – October 12!

Mondays with Marcus!

While the real MONDAYS WITH MARCUS fun begins on October 5, we invite you to explore the various Marcus and Studio 37 Fabrics designers taking part in this very special FREE program! Get familiar with the projects and plan ahead…

Grab a sneak peek of the project slideshow here:

LIKE, FOLLOW and SHARE your favorite designers on their social media outlets now in preparation for the series (you’ll find their links on our main MWM page), and be sure to join the Mondays with Marcus Facebook page and share directly with the designers and other participants during the series, which runs through December 14. And wherever you share, be sure to use #MondaysWithMarcus!

Who’s Participating??


Get Ready for #MondaysWithMarcus!

Beginning Monday, October 5, set your calendar to receive FREE PROJECTS from your favorite Marcus & Studio 37 designers. Some will also offer optional kits for their designs, while for others, you can just dig into your stash. Along the way, you’ll get to know our designers better as you Like, Follow and Share them on social media, and learn valuable, inspiring tips and tricks along the way. And did we mention that we’ll be sponsoring FREE FABRIC DRAWINGS throughout?

Be sure to join the fun, and tell your friends!

All-Star Designer Line-Up — October 5 thru December 14, 2020:

October 5 — Vicki McCarty, Calico Patch Designs
October 12 — Deirdre Bond-Abel, Hat Creek Quilts
October 19 — Pam Buda, Heartspun Quilts
October 26 — Nancy Rink, Nancy Rink Designs
November 2 — Dolores Smith, Timeworn Toolbox Designs
November 9 — Lisa Norton & Lora Zmak, Material Girlfriends
November 16 — Paula Barnes & Mary Ellen Robison, Red Crinoline Quilts
November 23 — Sarah Maxwell, Designs by Sarah J
November 30 — Cindy Staub, Quilt Doodle Designs
December 7 — Tracy Souza, Plumcute Designs
December 14 — Laura Berringer, Marcus Fabrics