Introducing the Heroic Hearts Tote Project

April 19, 2020 / COVID-19 Updates
Thank the World with Marcus Fabrics
Introducing the
Heroic Hearts
Tote Project

Quilters around the world continue to respond to the COVID-19 crisis with fabric, needle & thread, sewing millions of face masks and more forthose serving in the frontlines of the pandemic. Marcus Fabrics has created the Heroic Hearts Tote Project to give quilting and sewing enthusiasts aunique way to show appreciation to those who are giving so much of themselves.

Sarah Maxwell of Designs by Sarah J, in conjunction with Marcus Fabrics, has designed a 6" pieced heart block, incorporated into a 17" totebag, to pay tribute and give thanks. Ideally, a quilter would stitch up the bag, then add a "Thank You" gift, which could be baked goods,fruit, self-care items, a gift of fiber art, etc.

Sarah Maxwell"We're challenging all of our quilting friends to Thank the World along with us, by making Heroic Hearts Totes and presenting them to any heroes they choose --hospital staff, teachers, neighbors, first responders and others" Sarah explained.

Marcus designers are also joining Sarah in the program by designing their own versions of the tote, with the 6" Heroic Heart block as the common design element. Each will provide instructions for her own variation, allowing quilters to recreate their favorites.

Designers and quilt shops will be sure to offer kits, and quilters are also invited to dig into their fabric stashes for this challenge.

"The focus here is on showing encouragement and support to the many thousands of people who are getting us through this unprecedented crisis," said Stephanie Dell 'Olio of Marcus Fabrics.

And while competition isn't the goal of this challenge, we can't wait to share everyone's inspiring photos of the totes and their makers, to be considered for fun fabric prizes throughout the challenge, rewarding creativity in both the tote design and the tote bag contents! Makers should include any or all of these hashtags when posting:


The FREE PATTERN will be available for download at the Designs by Sarah J and Marcus Fabrics websites. Alternate designer instructions will be included with their kits. Shop owners can also download the pattern from the Marcus website, along with promotional tips.