Designer Tidbits: Mark Cesarik & Giveaway! - The Jolly Jabber Quilting Blog

Designer Tidbits: Mark Cesarik & Giveaway!

The Fat Quarter Shop is excited to welcome Mark Cesarik to the Jolly Jabber for the first time ever. Mark’s very first fabric collection with Free Spirit Fabrics is Calypso Swing.  Mark and his darling new bride, Cara (as shown in the second picture),  are the cutest!

Q: What was the first seed that grew into the Calypso Swing collection?
A: The name “Calypso Swing” comes from the playful and funky nature of the designs. I wanted to keep the designs fun and light and bring a movement and “Swing” to them.

Q: What are 3 Words/ Images you would choose to describe this collection?
2. Loud
3. Playful

Q: What single print/SKU in the collection is your favorite (can only pick one!)?
A: My favorite SKU is MC09Pink. It’s the main print in the collection and the color scheme and the Motif just works for me, I really feel it represents the collection quite well.

Q: What is your dream project using this collection?
A: Actually, We got to use all of my fabrics for my wedding in Jamaica, my wife made table runners, table cloths, centerpieces, napkins, etc. My fabric was Everywhere!

{Click to view pattern}

Mark’s Silly Secrets:

1. What music are you listening to right now?
I’ve been listening to Raphael Saadiq’s Stone Rollin, its throwback soul. Great album.

3. Work and life essentials aside, what is the activity you spend the most time doing?
I love taking my dog Rhonda to the beach on beautiful Summer Days, Love spending time outside when the weather is nice.

4. Where did you grow up and where do you call home?
I grew up outside of Cleveland, Ohio and have lived in chicago for the last 11 years. Moving to New York this weekend actually.

6. Your biggest pet peeve?
Not filling up the Brita when it’s almost finished or not replacing the ice cube trays when they are finished.

8. What is the most important part of a sandwich?
The Bread, it’s gotta be good bread or you got nothin’.

Don’t forget to stop by Mark’s blog, written by Cara, to see all the delectable ways Cara and others have used Mark’s fabric!

Oh, and wait just one more second! In the spirit of inviting new faces around, let’s giveaway a Fat Quarter Bundle of Calypso Swing! 

To enter comment on this post telling me 3 words you would describe this collection with. Contest closes Wednesday, June 15th.
and Go! 


  1. Oh I'm sure there are so many words but the 3 I would use is:
    Classy, Elegant, Swirly

    Lovely line – I'm in love πŸ™‚

  2. said…


    (I will be out of town on the 15th, so if I am lucky enough to win, I won't know until the 18th…I'm going where no computers can go, LOL)

  3. Classy, whimsical, and swirl. Hmm, I'm not very creative in the vocabulary department! πŸ™‚ Great prints, regardless of my lack of descriptive abilities!

  4. stylish
    PINK! (my fave!)

    Thank you for a chance at a wonderful giveaway. Love, love the new fabric line!

  5. Fresh, Classy and Sassy! I love this line and look forward to seeing more from this designer! THanks for the giveaway!

  6. Sharp, Bold, and Adventurous! I definitely love the color, and of course, the pattern too. But the color really catch my eyes. Thanks for the chance.

  7. Hmmmm….how about "classy, fun, and unpredictable" !! Kinda sounds like me! LOL Thanks for having such a nice giveaway; hope I can win!
    Jacque in SC

  8. First is to Mark and Cara ~ Congratulations on your wedding and I wish you two many years of happiness!

    I just LOVE Mark's entire Calypso Swing line.Just GORGEOUS colors and design in both colorways!

    My three words for his Calypso Swing would be:
    and Frisky

    Thank you so much for the giveaway. I'd be thrilled to win this so I'd have his entire line of Calypso Swing. I already own all of the purple colorway.

  9. When I look at this collection I think: Classic, Elegant and Timeless.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    bruinbr at gmail dot com

  10. Well I could list words like lovely and nice and yummy, but take it at given that I love this line. So I'll go with:


  11. sultry
    This range makes me think of the full skirted, shirt waister dresses my mother wore when I was a baby.

  12. Well, I would say:
    – stylish
    – retro
    – girly (for women)
    Thanks a lot for that great giveaway!

  13. Love the fabric, love the colors and patterns!! to me they are

    1 CHIC

    2 BOLD


    Mary Ann

  14. Three words to describe Mark Cesarik's Calypso collection? Retro, chic and feminine.

    And my fondest wish? A PATTERN for the dress in this blog post!!! Pretty please?!?


  15. I would say this fabric is flirty, fun, and spirited!

    Thanks for the chance to win and for showcasing it, I can't wait till I can get my hands on some (in a giveaway or otherwise)!

  16. …vagabond

    "The Great Gatsby"(film from the seventies)

    "Sarah Jessica Parker" !!

    Dionysia, in Australia

  17. Terrific giveaway! Love the fabric and how they used different Etsy sellers to make things with the fabric. That dress is amazing!