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!
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.
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!
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
At this point, we all need something to look forward to, and fear not, quilting friends, we’ve got you covered! Our new BOM combines vivid batiks, themes of seasonal change, hope and renewal, and fun techniques you’ll love to recreate, all in TRIP AROUND THE SUN.
“This year, 2020, has been especially challenging and will not likely be a Trip Around the Sun we will forget. Remember to count your blessings. There is so much beauty within each season. Let go of fear and worry and hold tight to what is good and beautiful,” says Lisa Norton of Material Girlfriends.
Lisa and her twin sister / design partner Lora Zmak have found strength and optimism in this year’s events, resulting in a beautiful, colorful, and inspiring BOM quilt called Trip Around the Sun. It features colorful new PRIMO BATIKS in a quilt design created with piecing, applique and paper piecing, representing some of Lisa’s favorite elements of the four seasons. Shops can begin the program with any season, and the design duo will also support the program with online video tutorials!
The colors of the beautiful batik designs are enough to inspire – in a range of medium brights that span the seasons, these new PRIMO BATIKS provide the right palette for the theme of the quilt.
The program begins in September, and we can’t wait to bring it to you through your favorite local quilt shops and online resources! Until then, #staysafeandcreate!
It’s Quilt Market Time, and as always, we look forward to seeing all of you in Houston — You’ll find Marcus Fabrics and Studio 37 Fabrics in Booth #1114 with the best in traditional and trendy fabric collections, top-notch BOM programs, basics, must-haves and more! Let’s start with a sneak-peek of our newest Block-of-the-Month programs…
Then, be sure to stock up on these popular must-haves, including premium quality 108″ quilt backs in contemporary designs, new trending cheddars and browns, and an array of artful textures for piecing, applique and handwork backgrounds!
Once you’ve brought in all of this fabulous fabric, learn how to protect it! SCHOOLHOUSE happens on Oct 25 – and you won’t want to miss our session entitled “Loss Prevention for the Quilt Shop”. Join Vicki McCarty of Calico Patch Designs, and her husband Tom, a police detective with over 17 years in retail, as they share loss prevention tips, from theft deterrence to dealing with shoplifters. Prepare yourself for the critical but less glamorous area of retail life. 4:55pm-5:25pm / Room 371E
…and visit our exhibiting designers at Market:
Calico Patch Designs / Vicky McCarty Booth #1108
Designs by Sarah J / Sarah Maxwell Booth #1119
Material Girlfriends / Lisa Norton & Lora Zmak Booth #1003
Nancy Rink Designs / Nancy Rink Booth #1117
Red Crinoline / Paula Barnes & Mary Ellen Robison Booth #1115
You’ll notice that our designers are all close to the Marcus booth, making it easy for you to take in all of the inspiration at once! We look forward to seeing you and serving you at Market… if you’re not attending, we’re sorry to miss you, but be sure to follow us on Instagram @marcusfabrics and @studio37fabrics, and on Facebook (Make It with Marcus Fabrics).
Since its inception in 1985, Breast Cancer Awareness Month has served to increase attention and support for awareness, early detection and treatment as well as palliative care of this disease. This campaign starts on October 1 and ends on October 31 every year, and is marked in countries around the world and has come to be known as “Pinktober.”
all know, our quilting community has always engaged its passion for the benefit
and support of others in times of need, and projects aligned with the worthy
cause of breast cancer awareness are among the most rewarding for creative
stitchers, incorporating the familiar “pink ribbon” fabrics and
Now, as the movement matures, fabric offerings are keeping pace, as illustrated by the SOULFUL SHADES OF PINK collection by Laura Berringer for Studio 37 Fabrics. Most notably, the palette takes a more refined tone, with updated, more sophisticated shades of pink, blended with shades of grey and white.
refreshing the color scheme and mixing prints with both ribbon and non-ribbon
motifs, Laura takes the collection beyond the October theme, creating a
year-long expression of love and hope.
Seeing the fabrics, the design duo atMaterial Girlfriends Patterns created the Soulful Shades of Pink BOM, using their Bona Fide quilt pattern. Twin-sisters Lisa Norton and Lora Zmak took Laura’s inspiration a step further, explaining the significance of the colors:
in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, which
means we all know someone fighting this disease. We are complex emotional
individuals, and as textile artists, we use color to express and process our
involvement with breast cancer. So why use pink to promote the awareness of
Breast Cancer? In the psychology of color, Pink represents a gentle and caring
love, such as a love for a girlfriend, mother, sister, or daughter. While the Grey represents sorrow, the White
represents hope and healing.” Their
combination of the Bona Fide pattern with these fabrics “helps us be true to
the emotional roller coaster of love, sorrow, hope, and healing. This project
encourages us to feel and express through color and quilting.”
quilt makers and recipients alike, we know that this very special quilt will
accomplish its mission of hope and healing. A portion of all sales of Soulful
Shades of Pink fabric will be donated to support breast cancer research.
Do you ever take a look at your fabric stash, and discover fresh, new inspiration for something you acquired a while back? If so, you’ll appreciate our two “second-glance” BOM programs, just introduced at Marcus Fabrics… In each case, the designers revisited the already-released collections, and came up with these exciting designs!
And you’ll also love Laura’s NIGHT STONESneutrals, especially in Vicki Bellino’s trio of projects, including a sampler-style BOM row quilt, appliqued 12″ decorative block. Then, there’s her gorgeous table runner – be sure to position the prints as Vicki did for that gorgeous mirrored ombre-effect! Visit Vicki at Bloom Creek.
Look for these programs in your local quilt shops – the Night Stones BOM is available now, and the Living in the Moment BOM appears in shops beginning July.