#MondaysWithMarcus: UpClose with Tracy Souza!

To keep the MWM momentum going as we prepare for the next series, we decided to give a weekly glimpse into the lives of our designers each week. No kits or supplies are needed, just sit back and get to know them better by enjoying some of their most recent creative escapades…

This week, we check in with Tracy Souza of Plumcute Designs!

“January is a “cozy” month in the studio.  Lots of doodling and working up new projects.  Hand quilting and finishing up design work for fabric lines and book proposals is all part of the New Year.  There’s also the end-of-year paperwork from 2020 (but that’s not fun).  I am excited to have my second line of fabrics in the works for release in the future and am busy stitching samples for the stitchery club projects that will accompany it when it debuts.  Be sure to stay tuned for more information on that.  There are lots of fun goodies on the website so be sure to check that out www.plumcutedesigns.com

As you can see, the life of a designer isn’t all creative play, but a constant balance of design and business tasks…thanks, Tracy… we can’t wait to see your next collection ; )

#MondaysWithMarcus: UpClose with Cindy Staub!

To keep the MWM momentum going as we prepare for the next series, we decided to give a weekly glimpse into the lives of our designers each week. No kits or supplies are needed, just sit back and get to know them better by enjoying some of their most recent creative escapades…

This week, we’re pleased to present Cindy Staub of Quilt Doodle Designs. Like most of us, she’s remained busy throughout the holidays, creating right into the New Year, as she explains:

“I have been busy designing. I find the time just after the holidays a great time to get
back to the drawing board and work on some new projects and ideas. I usually spend a few days doodling away. It’s my way of relaxing after the flurry of the holidays.

I have also introduced “Woodland Holiday”, a new mystery block of the month project on my website. It was inspired by my trips to northern Minnesota. The mystery quilt will feature all sorts of woodland creatures. Details are available online. There is also a monthly tutorial posted on the Quilt Doodle Blog the 1st of every month.

I am also excited about my Bundle Up BOM project and the BLUE ICE flannels! I love the combination of hand embroidery and easy piecing, and I hope you will, too! Look for it at your favorite quilt shops.”

Editor’s Note: Remember, there’s still time to enter our big giveaway for the Deluxe Prize Basket! See the previous post, or visit the MWM page to enter by January 15.

WIN this Deluxe #MondaysWithMarcus Gift Basket!

Thank You all for joining in the fun of our first #MondaysWithMarcus designer project series!

As a Thank You for your Likes, Follows and Shares throughout our first MWM series, we’re giving it away to one lucky winner! It’s filled with Marcus fabrics, treats from our designers and more… Just enter your email address on the MWM page by January 15, 2021 for a chance to win* One lucky winner will be chosen on January 18, 2021.

Did you miss any of the featured designers? Just visit the MWM page for links to the designers, their social media and project links.

(Please Note: All are welcome to enter, however, the Prize must be shipped to a US address!) GOOD LUCK!

#MondaysWithMarcus: UpClose with the Material Girlfriends!

Welcome to 2021, and welcome back to our #MondaysWithMarcus series! To keep the momentum going as we prepare for a new MWM series, we decided to give a weekly glimpse into the lives of our designers each week. No kits or supplies are needed, just sit back and get to know them better by enjoying some of their most recent creative escapades.

We’re pleased to begin with Lisa Norton and Lora Zmak, the twin design duo behind the Material Girlfriends brand. Let’s see what they’re up to…

“When we make quilts for our family members we give them a guarantee. If it wears out, we will happily make them a new one. Our brother, Mike and his wife Sue, used one of our quilts on their bed for 20 years. When Sue asked if we could mend it, we said it was time for a new one. They selected our Double Bear Paw design. The pattern has various sizes in it. Of course, they have a California King bed. Oi!  That’s a lot of Half Square Triangles! They loved the new PRIMO BATIKS collection, so we set out to sew a new Cal King bed quilt for them. It has really been a pleasure to sew these gorgeous batiks into a gift for our brother and sister-in-law to enjoy for years to come.” 

Thanks for sharing, ladies! We love that idea of the “family guarantee”… But inquiring minds want to know — how often have you made good on the guarantee to replace a well-loved quilt so far?

Want to create your own? You’ll find their Double Bear Paw pattern and lots of other great stuff online at Material Girlfriends.

Holiday Greetings to All…

Hi everyone! Thank you for your participation in our first #MondayswithMarcus series — We hope you enjoyed it. Which projects were your favorites? Did you finish any? Let us know in the comments… Remember, you can still download the earlier projects from our links at www.marcusfabrics.com/mondays.

And, we’re not done yet! While we’re planning for a second MWM series, we wanted to keep up the Mondays momentum we’ve created, so from January 4 through February 22, we’ll feature a Monday post from a designer – no supplies or kits needed, just fun “keep in touch” content. Stay tuned to this page for updates, and in the meantime, have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!!

#MondaysWithMarcus Week 11: Laura Berringer

We’ve reached the final designer of our first #MondaysWithMarcus series, Laura Berringer! You’ll love her Reversible City Tote, a mix of traditional and trendy as she pairs Paula Barnes’ floral from INDIGO & MADDER with the brick red from her own SEMI SOLID texture print! Follow her lead or choose your own mix-match coordinates for a designer look.

And there’s.more fun to come in 2021! We’ve got some great plans in the works from your favorite designers, and until then, remember that you can still download, like, follow and share all of the projects from this first series on our main MWM page. Stay tuned for details on our Grand Prize Drawing, a basket of creative goodies from Marcus and our designers!

#MondaysWithMarcus Week 10: Tracy Souza

Fans of hand embroidery will love Week 10 of our #MondaysWithMarcus series, featuring “Let It Snow,” a sweet little decorative piece by Tracy Souza of Plumcute Designs! Follow her lead with the stitching, and add a few embellishments to make it your own. And check out her Facebook page (Plumcute Designs) for her instructional video!

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: Laura Berringer completes the MWM series!

#MondaysWithMarcus Week 9: Cindy Staub

This week, we feature “Woodland Holiday” by Cindy Staub of Quilt Doodle Designs! This adorable mini quilt which features her Primo Plaid Flannels: Lumber Jacks, easy piecing and hand embroidery. Cindy’s offering the free pattern download, or you can order the fabric kit or printed pattern. Plus, her free video offers expert tips and techniques for completing the project. You’ll find it all here!

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.

#MondaysWithMarcus Week #8: Sarah Maxwell

Week 8 of our #MondayswithMarcus series brings us “Simply Squared,” a quilt design by Sarah Maxwell of Designs by Sarah J. It measures approximately 30″ square, perfect as a wall accent or table topper. Sarah’s free project includes tips for quick and accurate piecing and features her DANCE AT DUSK collection — and who doesn’t love that beautiful blue paisley? You can download the free pattern and order kits by visiting her MWM page. That’s where you can also view her detailed instructional video, where she also discusses the unique inspiration for the fabric collection!

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: Cindy Staub of Quilt Doodle Designs!

“Red & Green Quilts” Features Some Familiar Marcus Names!

Have you seen the new “Red & Green Quilts” book from Martingale? And if so, did you happen to notice that THREE of the featured designers are also Marcus fabric designers? We’re sew proud of Sheryl Johnson, Paula Barnes & Mary Ellen Robison, and Pam Buda! Check out their gorgeous quilts below….

“Heritage Mountain” by Sheryl Johnson of Temecula Quilt Co.
“Christmas Star” by Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts.
“Home Sweet Home” by Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts

As the Martingale editors explain, “The pairing of red and green is an enduring palette that takes its place among the classics. Centuries ago, red-and-green quilts commemorated a marriage or a woman’s transition to the empty-nest stage at home. Times have changed, but admiration for the color combination remains strong.” The book includes 14 projects in all, celebrate this classic color combo, for the holidays and beyond!