#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.

“..the best organized and detailed quilting pattern…”


Sarah Maxwell

We’re so proud of the many talents of our designer community, and sometimes, when we get fan mail like this, we just have to share it!  Kudos to Sarah Maxwell of Designs by Sarah J for the many compliments on her Primo Batik BOM quilts, RADIANT REFLECTIONS and RIVER ROCK.  Shop owners and quilters alike love her innovative use of 10-1/2″ square pre-cut packs to create the quilts, as well as the instructions. Most comments echo the words of Barbara, a NC-based shop owner:

Batik BOM quilts - Marcus Fabrics

Photo: Sue Loring (www.thequiltedcrow.com)

“I recently purchased your new Radiant Reflections pattern.  It is without a doubt the best organized and detailed quilting pattern I have ever seen!  As a former teacher as well as  quilt store owner, I’ve worked with many other programs, and have sometimes been very disappointed to see a dramatic quilt pictured, yet the inside information is so poorly presented that no one will ever be able to make it. I appreciate your work.”

Thank you, Barbara  ; )  As always we appreciate our customers’ comments and input!  Happy stitching to all!

Missouri Star’s New “Flying Geese Log Cabin” Quilt

Wow!! Don’t you love the dimensional look of the blocks in this colorful PRIMO BATIKS quilt?  Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company shows you exactly how to do it in their new “Flying Geese Log Cabin Quilt” tutorial.


The color palette is the perfect cure for dreary winter days ahead, and moves beautifully through the spring and summer, too.  Even better, Missouri Star has already cut up the 2-1/2″ strips for you, so you can get straight to the fun part  ; ) Happy stitching!!

APQ Magazine Loves Our Primo Batiks!

This design combines bright color and easy piecing for a dramatic look – just right to brighten up the approaching days of winter! For the December 2014 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine, quilt tester Laura Boehnke used the Primo Batiks: AURORA & TWILIGHT  collection by Marcus Fabrics to make her version of Homestead Hearth’s So Many Squares quilt. Even better, their pattern is FREE online!  Enjoy!