Thursday, May 21, 2020

Antebellum ~ Quilt Archaeology Reveal!

Finally!  Today is the day I can reveal my new Quilt Archaeology sew long project called Antebellum!

This will be a long post, so plop in a comfy chair and grab your favorite drink (Iced tea for me!) and read on....
Here's the old quilt we will replicate.  It may be a block in a larger quilt, but I think it makes a pretty great small quilt.  
As a country, we're all coping with this quarantine together, and being it's Memorial Day weekend, the summer is around the corner, and so is July 4th, I thought an Americana theme was appropriate for our little quilt.  #USAStrong

I named this project Antebellum, which means 'before the war', most often referring to the period of peace before the Civil War.
Not many projects qualify for this time period, but I know that the original antique fabric I used to design these fabrics are all of the Antebellum period, so I felt it was justified.  Can't you just see the ladies in their fine hoop dresses?!
I hope you love this little quilt as much as I do, and I have a way you can get a kit with exactly the same fabrics absolutely FREE!

Beginning right now and through Monday, May 25th,  place an order of $35 or more (shipping not included) on my website for anything you'd like, and you will receive a kit for Antebellum free, free, free!!   You'll also receive advanced cutting instructions.  I'll get back to my free offer in a moment.  

If you'd like to make the quilt from your own fabrics, here are the fabric requirements:


Light Fabric:  1/3 yard for background

Blue Fabric:  7" x WOF for blocks
Red #1:  5" x WOF for blocks
Red #2:  8" x WOF for borders & binding

I highly recommend preparing your fabric with spray starch or sizing as this helps immensely with cutting, piecing and pressing.  The half square triangles will be made larger and trimmed to size.  I used a Bloc-Loc ruler which you can find here.  

I'll post our first block instructions Friday, May 29th right here on my blog.  No need to sign up for anything....just visit the blog every Friday.  (The easiest way to receive the instructions is via email and you can read how to do that here.)  The last post will be June 19th so you'll have plenty of time to sew the blocks together, and have it ready for summer, and July 4th.  I'll post more about quilt finishing that week as well.  

Time to go shopping!  Here's what's new....
In the mood for Americana quilts?  I have quilt kits and patterns for my new Freedom Trail quilt.
Another great summer quilt is Wash Day.  Quilt kits and patterns are also available for this quilt.

There's a whole new crop of color bank bundles in a wide variety of colors.  Loads of light and shirting bundles, too!
Check out six different options for Circa 1880 Nine Patch...
...and don't forget I have a new book, Vintage Treasures.

It won't be hard to qualify for your free Antebellum kit!  Just spend $35 (shipping not included) on my website and I'll automatically pack your Antebellum kit in with your order!  

I will have your orders processed and packed up to ship to you next week as quickly as possible.  I am so excited to begin this next Quilt Archaeology sew-along on May 29th!  I hope you are as well.


I want to thank each and every one of you for supporting my little business making it possible for me to offer fun things like this.  I know you have many choices for quilting goodies, and I appreciate each and every order I receive, as well as the fabrics you buy at your local quilt shop.


So...let's get ready to have some fun!   Click here to go shopping.



I encourage you to follow me on Instagram and Facebook for behind-the-scenes posts that don't appear here on the blog.  

Be well, my friends....keep on stitching!




Monday, May 18, 2020

Spring Finally Sprung

After what seems like rivers full of rain, Spring finally gave us a beautiful day yesterday with sunshine and mild, warm temperatures.  I hit the ground running early in the morning and didn't stop until dinner time.  
This is a rare May to be home the entire month because I'm usually preparing for quilt market, attending quilt market, or unpacking from quilt market.  I planted flowers all day, and today, we're back to soaking rain all day.  (This is the view out my sewing room window right now.)  I guess it's good for the flowers and the new sod we planted. This week promises to be much nicer!  Yay!

I sure hope you liked my scrappy little runner, Safe Keeping sew along....I haven't heard much from you all.  Please let me know if you enjoyed it and if I should keep doing them?
I did receive an email from S Bennett from TN who inquired weeks ago about the first little runner I shared....a small Log Cabin.  She asked the size of the block and logs.  About a week later (no kidding!) she sent me this photo of the Log Cabin runner she made for her sideboard.
WOW!  It's really lovely and fits this spot perfectly.  Thanks for sharing your photo!  
Don't forget!!!  I'm announcing  my next Quilt Archaeology this coming Friday, May 22nd.

Antebellum

Can't wait until then!!  In the meantime.....stay safe and keep on creating!
  

Friday, May 8, 2020

Safe Keeping Sew Along ~ Part Four

Here we are....the final week of my Safe Keeping Sew along.  Week four?  Already?  These weeks seem to have flown by.

Our block this week is another favorite of mine....Cake Stand.
I adored this block long before I became a quilter.  There's something about a basket block that I just love.  Can't think of a version I don't like.
Cake Stand fabrics are from my New Circa Essentials and Bess' Flower Garden collections.
Let's get started....

Cutting Instructions for Cake Stand block


From the light print

Cut (1) 3 1/4" sq for large Half Square Triangle
Cut (1) 2 7/8" square - crosscut once diagonally
Cut (2) 2 1/4" squares for the small Half Square Triangles
Cut (2) 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles
Cut (1) 1 1/2" square

From red print

Cut (2) 2 1/4" squares for small Half Square Triangles

From black print

Cut (1) 3 1/4" square for large Half Square Triangle
Cut (1) 1 7/8" square - crosscut once diagonally

Directions

1).  Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of (2) 2 1/4" light print squares.  Match with (2) 2 1/4" red print squares.  Sew 1/4" each side of the drawn line.  Cut apart and press to the dark.  Trim (4) Half Square Triangles to measure 1 1/2" unfinished.


2).  Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of (1) 3 1/4" light print square.  Match with (1) 3 1/4" black print square.  Sew 1/4" each side of the drawn line.  Cut apart and press to the dark.  Trim (1) Half Square Triangle to measure 2 1/2" unfinished.  Save the remaining HST for another project.

3).  Using the (2) light print rectangles and the (2) black print triangles (previously cut once diagonally,) sew the triangles to the rectangles exactly as shown; press to the rectangle.

4).  Arrange the units for the block as shown.  Sew the small Half Square Triangle units to the large Half Square Triangles first.  Then, sew the rectangles to the HST unit, followed by the light print triangle at the bottom of the basket.  
Your Cake Stand block should measure 4 1/2" square.
Safe Keeping Runner 
Here's what you've been making!  I separated my blocks with (3) 1" x 4 1/2" strips.  I auditioned the black and light prints but chose red strips for my quilt.  You should audition fabrics for your strips, too.  Red seemed to work the best for me for the binding as well.  Cut (2) 1 7/8" x WOF binding strips.

Do you like it?  Oh, I hope you love your scrappy little runner!
These little runners seem to work well in numerous places in my house.  
This antique spool cabinet is right next to my favorite family room chair.  After awhile, I get tired of looking at the same 'ol quilt and like to change things up.  Easy to do with a little runner like this.  
You can move them all over the house...even the kitchen near the stove.  

I hand quilted my runner because I love hand quilting.  You can easily machine quilt this baby, too.  I would love to see your Safe Keeping runner when completed.  Please post to your favorite social media using hashtag #SafeKeepingRunner 
That way, we can all see them anytime!  

It is my pleasure to bring fun, little projects for your stitching pleasure as a big, giant THANK YOU for all you do for me!!!! Please know how I appreciate your support, patronage of my business, emails, blog, Instagram and Facebook comments.  You keep me in business to be able to keep doing what I love, and hopefully what you love, too!  Thank you, thank you!
My next Quilt Archaeology kick-off will be May 22nd.  

In the meantime, did you know my friends at Red Crinoline Quilts are about to start a series of Monthly Mini Mystery quilts??  YES!!!  They don't often do mini's, so I intend to get them all!  The first mini is coming Monday, May 11th.  Check out the details here.

As we begin another weekend, stay safe and create at home.
I sincerely hope this sew along has brightened your day.  I'd love to read a comment from you.

I encourage you to follow me on Instagram and Facebook for behind-the-scenes posts that don't appear here on the blog.  

Be well, my friends....keep on stitching!

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Wash Day

One of the things I really like in a quilt is a positive/negative block.  That means, using the same block but swapping the fabrics in the background and the block design.  Some blocks work well for this while others don't.  I really liked the effect with the block in my Wash Day quilt.

It's a simple block to piece....and set alternately with an Quarter Square/Hour Glass block, the positive/negative really stands out!  And....you get the big stars in the secondary pattern.  Winner, winner, chicken dinner!  Not to mention how I love that paisley border print!!  

The fabrics in Bess' Flower Garden really gives a pretty range of reds....
...and a lovely variety of light prints, too.

Oh, how I love me a red and light quilt!  
Truth is...you can swap colors and make Wash Day in blues and lights just as easily!

Support your local quilt shop and buy some Bess' Flower Garden for your stash.  They could really use a mail or curb side order from you right about now.  

If they don't have it, (I always want you to buy from your LQS first!!) you can order it on my website.

I have full Wash Day kits here.

Bess' Flower Garden Fat Quarter bundles here.

Bess' Flower Garden yardage here.
Don't forget to come back Friday for the 4th block and BIG reveal of our scrappy little runner sew along, Safe Keeping!  Ooohhh...I can't wait!

In the meantime, I hope you're well, finding good things to do to pass the time, and keeping your needle and sewing machines happy!  

Above all...be well!

Friday, May 1, 2020

Safe Keeping Sew along ~ Part Three

This is the third week of my Safe Keeping sew along.  Already?!
It seems time has flown when you think of this as week three, yet in so many ways, time seems to be standing still right now as we so wish this horrible virus would go away!  

Well...I'm hoping this little sew along is helping to keep you busy with something you enjoy doing.  

This weeks block is also a favorite for me.....
Colorado Beauty
It's very similar to the LeMoyne Star in the units we make for it.  Relatively easy, especially when I don't screw up the cutting instructions!  Sorry about that!  

Cutting Instructions for Colorado Beauty block:

From the light print
Cut (4) 2 1/4" squares for Half Square Triangles
Cut (4) 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles for Flying Geese

From the red print
Cut (2) 2 1/4" squares for Half Square Triangles
Cut (8) 1 1/2" squares for Flying Geese

From the black print
Cut (2) 2 1/4" squares for Half Square Triangles

Directions

1).  Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of (4) 2 1/4" light print squares.  Match (2) with a 2 1/4" black print square, and (2) with red print squares.  Sew 1/4" each side of the drawn line.  Cut apart and press to the dark.  Trim (8) Half Square Triangles to measure 1 1/2" unfinished.

2).  Sew (4) black and light print Half Square Triangles into a Pinwheel unit measuring 2 1/2" square.

3).  Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of (8) red print 1 1/2" squares.  Using the Connector Corner method, sew the red print squares to a 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" light print rectangle; press and trim.  Repeat on the other side of the rectangle with the remaining (4) red print squares.  Make (4) Flying Geese measuring 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" unfinished.  

4).  Arrange the units for the block as shown in the photo above.  Sew together into rows; press to Flying Geese units.
Sew rows together; press.  Your block should measure 4 1/2" square.
I received a few emails asking what fabric collections I used in making my blocks.  The reds come from Bess' Flower Garden.  Some of the backgrounds come from Bess as well.  The black print and the background in this week's block are from New Circa Essentials.  All are still available on my website....just in case they are call you.  

My quarantine organization continues.  It's getting boring now, but I carry on as this is the best time to do this.  Once the weather is nice here, I won't be doing anything like that until the fall.  So...I make myself continue up to one hour a day.  Little by little, it will get done.  What is keeping you busy?

Next month, I will be hosting another.....
I sure hope you join me!!  

You'll see the first sneak peeks on Instagram and Facebook, so please follow me there.  Once I decide on an official start date, I'll be sure to post that info here as well and a peek at the antique quilt we will replicate.  

In the meantime, have a wonderful weekend.  Next Friday is our last block and the reveal of what our sweet little scrappy runner looks like.  

Stay safe and keep creating!  Be well....

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

New Bundles and a Load of Scraps!

This quarantine has me cleaning, organizing and purging my stash.  Have you been doing this, too?
From cutting kits and fabric yardage, I had a giant pile of fabric scraps in all different sizes.  Less than 1/8th but at least 2" x WOF.  I mean a giant pile!  So, one evening, while watching TV,  I made boxes of scraps to sell.  They are looking for a good home!  

Each box has a wide variety of fabrics no smaller than 2 inches with most pieces in nice size chunks.  I made a box of scraps that I would want to receive.  

I only have a few right now and will offer them over time as I fill more boxes.  So, you'll have to check back from time to time.  

If you're interested in a box of scraps, you can find them here.
I've also added a new green color bank bundle.....
and a brown color bank bundle.

Click here to see all the color bank bundles.

Don't forget to visit my blog on Friday for the third installment of our scrappy little runner, Safe Keeping!  If you're just joining us, you can catch up here.

Oh...and guess what?  A new Quilt Archaeology is coming next month!!!  I'm hand quilting it right now.  You're gonna love it!

Stay safe and create....above all, be well.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Safe Keeping ~ Part Two ~ Correction


My apologies everyone!!  I have a mistake in the cutting directions for the LeMoyne Star.

From the light print:

Cut (4) 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles.....

not 1 1/2" x 3 1/2".

Also, trim your Half Square Triangles to 1 1/2"
square.

So, so sorry about this!!  At least your pieces are bigger than need be and you can cut them down to the proper size. 

My bad!!  I feel terrible....ugh!

The corrections are in my original blog post in red.  

Katie O...thanks for your comment alerting me to the problem.  I think it's my brain that's fried!


Safe Keeping Sew-Along ~ Part Two

Safe Keeping

Welcome to part two of our scrappy little runner.  I love star blocks and the LeMoyne Star is my favorite!

Cutting Instructions for LeMoyne Star block:

From light print

Cut (4) 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles  
Cut (4) 1 1/2" squares

From black print
Cut (2) 2 1/4" squares for Half Square Triangles
Cut (4) 1 1/2" squares

From red print
Cut (2) 2 1/4" squares for Half Square Triangles
Cut (4) 1 1/2" squares 

Directions

1).  Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of (2) 2 1/4" red print squares.  Match each with a 2 1/4" black print square.  Sew 1/4" each side of the drawn line.  Cut apart and press to the dark.  Trim (4) Half Square Triangles to measure 1 1/2" unfinished.

2).  Sew the (4) Half Square Triangles into a Pinwheel unit measuring 2 1/2" square.

3).  Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of (4) red and (4) black print 1 1/2" squares.  Using the Connector Corner method, sew the red print squares to a 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" light print rectangle (watch positioning of the black and red print squares); press and trim.  Repeat on the other side of the rectangle with the (4) black print squares.  Make (4) Flying Geese measuring 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" unfinished.  

4).  Arrange the units for the block as shown in the photo above.  Sew together into rows; press to Flying Geese units.
Sew rows together; press.  Your block should measure 4 1/2" square.
Block two done!  We're half way there.  I could make tons more LeMoyne Star blocks.....I just love every one of the them.  Can't wait to see yours!  Post a photo using this hashtag #safekeepingsewalong

Guess what else is new from Heartspun Quilts?
Freedom Trail made with Bess' Flower Garden fabrics (Marcus Fabrics) by Pam Buda
My new Freedom Trail quilt is all done!  I just love this quilt.  It's not too big, and not too small.  Perfect to cozy under while sitting outside on a cool and breezy summer night.  It will look great with my patriotic decor as well.  So happy it's finished. 
 I like to take some closeup photos of the fabrics, blocks and quilting.
I pulled the shades for soft daytime lighting to highlight the quilting and make it easier to see.
I chose this cute e2e design with stars and big swirls...love it!
Wouldn't it make a great Wounded Warrior quilt?!! 

Freedom Trail is one of two new quilts made with my new Bess' Flower Garden collection.  

Would you love a Freedom Trail kit?  Click here!

Prefer to own the pattern?  Sure....click here!

As we begin another weekend, stay safe and create at home.
I sincerely hope this sew-along cheers your spirits.

I encourage you to follow me on Instagram and Facebook for behind-the-scenes posts that don't appear here on the blog.  


Be well, my friends....keep on stitching!



Monday, April 20, 2020

Introducing our Heroic Hearts Campaign

Marcus Fabrics and all of the Marcus Designer Block Stars are pleased to introduce our... 
Heroic Hearts Campaign!

We teamed together to bring you a new and special project for giving back to someone special in your life and community during this pandemic.  Thinking you might like to take a break from your (awesome) mask making, this is not only the perfect gift for a First Responder or Front Line worker.....you'll also be a big help to your favorite quilt shops who really need you, too!!

My fellow Marcus designer, Sarah Maxwell of Designs by Sarah J , designed the Heroic Heart Tote bag!!  
Isn't it the sweetest?!!  The tote bag....of course!

It's easy, even if you've never made a tote bag before.  Wanna know how you can help?

Call your favorite quilt shop and ask them to put a kit together for you.  You'll be helping a small business who needs your order!  Then, you can make the Heroic Hearts Tote bag and give it to a special person in your life, to thank them for their service.  Fill the tote with all kinds of goodies that would make their life a little better and show them how much you care.

If your local shop is not participating (you may want to give them a week or two to catch up with us,) you can use your own fabrics and get the pattern FREE of charge on the Designs by Sarah J website here.

Or, you can purchase a kit from me for the same Heroic Heart Tote I made with my Bess' Flower Garden fabric collection for Marcus Fabrics.  The kit includes the free pattern.  Click here.
Ryan is a firefighter/paramedic and Nicki is an RN working at hospital, both are caring for Covid patients.
I had to share a photo of my two favorite heros!  

We hope you join us to support your local quilt shop and show a First Responder or Front Line worker how much we appreciate them all!  They could use a little love right about now.  

If you'd like to take a look at the Heroic Hearts Tote all the other designers created...here are their website/blog links.

Red Crinoline Quilts

Temecula Quilt Co.

Designs by Sarah J

Nancy Rink Designs

Quilt Doodle Designs

Calico Patch

Plum Cute Designs

Also, post your quilt fabric choices, sewing progress and completed Heroic Hearts Tote using the following hashtags:

#heroicheartstote
#heroichearts
#heroicheartsblockstars
#heroicheartswithmarcus
#marcusblockstars
#staysafeandcreate

#staysafeandcreatewithmarcus

Imagine how many Heroic Hearts Totes we can see in just a few weeks!!  

Tote bag is 17" x 17" 

Have fun, stay safe and create.  Above all...be well!



Friday, April 17, 2020

Safe Keeping Sew-along ~ Part One

Safe Keeping

Welcome to part one of our scrappy little runner sew-along.  Let's get right to work.
Cutting Instructions for Eccentric Star block

From light print 
cut (2) 2 1/4" squares for Half Square Triangles
cut (8) 1 1/2" squares 

From red print
cut (4) 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles

From black print
cut (2) 2 1/4" squares for Half Square Triangles
cut (4) 1 1/2" squares

Directions

1).  Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of (2) light print 2 1/4" squares.  Match each with 2 1/4" black square.  Sew 1/4" on both sides of diagonal line.  Cut apart, press to black.  Trim them to 1 1/2" square.

2). Using (4) 1 1/2" light print and (4) 1 1/2" black print squares, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of all (8) squares.  Refer to the rectangle unit above the block in the photo above.  Sew a light print and a black print connector corner square to the red rectangle.  Press then trim.  Repeat to make (4) connector corner rectangle units measuring 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" unfinished.

3). Sew the remaining (4) 1 1/2" light print squares to the (4) Half Square Triangles as shown in photo; press to the light square.  Make (4) units measuring 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" unfinished.

4).  Sew a Half Square unit to a connector corner rectangle unit; press.  Make (4) units measuring 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" unfinished.  

5).  Arrange the units for the block as shown in photo above.  Sew together into rows; press for opposing seams.  Sew rows together; press.  Your block should measure 4 1/2" square.  
That was easy, right?  

We're well on our way.  I hope you enjoyed piecing this block as much as I did.  It's a variation of the classic Eccentric Star block.  I'm already looking forward to next week!  

The best way to get the instructions for the sew-along is to receive my blog posts via email.  Each time I post to my blog it will come to your email inbox!  Then, you can print the directions if you'd like.  

To do this, click here to go to my blog.  Scroll down until you see
the Follow by Email icon shown at the right.

Then, simply enter your email address and submit.  You will receive a verification email from FeedBurner.  You must verify your email with them by following the directions to click the link.  That's it!  Easy, peasy.  You'll be all set for next weeks post to come to your inbox.

How is everyone doing staying home?  I'm feeling cabin fever setting it...longing to go out to restaurants and be with friends.  It helps to take a drive...not a long drive, but even a short drive around the neighborhood.  It's not helping that we are having unseasonably COLD weather here in Chicagoland.  It snowed yesterday and we're expecting up to 6 inches of snow today.  Oh, com'on!!!  The snow is gone in 24 hours, but it's still cold enough to snow.  Not helping the cabin fever situation.

What is helping is that I've been very busy.
My fellow Marcus Fabrics designers and myself have been brain storming ideas on how to help the quilting community; quilters and shop owners alike.  We formed the new Marcus Designers Block Stars and our first project is Heroic Hearts.  Watch for our big announcement next week!  
Should you be in need of retail therapy, I just added bolts of fabric from my new Bess' Flower Garden to my website.
All new blues....all new light prints...

all new red prints.  You'll notice that many of the fabrics I used in my scrappy little runner are from Bess' Flower Garden!  I have fat quarter bundles of this collection as well.  


I also just received a shipment of bolts of the pretty neutral print from Rachel's Tribute.  I know many of you have been wanting this fabric.  Click here to order.  






And last but not least, I have a whole new crop of color bank bundles.  I know you love these bundles as much as I do.  
There are three new shirting bundles and one new neutral bundle.
I'm also cutting a new brown color bank and green color bank bundle....coming very soon!  You can browse all of my fabric bundles here.

That's all the news for today.  I'm already excited to share next weeks block with you.  It will be here before we know it.  

So stay safe and create at home.  I encourage you to follow me on Instagram and Facebook for behind-the-scenes posts that don't appear here on the blog.  

Be well, my friends....keep on stitching!