Tuesday, March 28, 2017

New Prairie Shirtings!

I'm excited!  I'm jazzed!  I'm thrilled and delighted to finally show you my brand new collection called Pam's Prairie Shirtings!

I adore shirtings and there will never, ever be enough of them.  Can you tell how happy I am to bring you 12 new prints?
The 12 new Shirtings are a partner to another new collection called Pam's Prairie Basics.  I will show you those very soon as well.  The wonderful thing is that both the Shirtings and the Basics fabrics will be available for an extended time - much longer than a normal collection.  Yay!

Right now, I'm crazy busy getting 9 new quilts ready for Spring Quilt Market.  Writing patterns in the morning, and checking and double checking the instructions, sewing in the afternoon, and binding in the evening.  

Had to find some time to update my blog and share the news about Prairie Shirtings and Basics....all coming very soon to your local quilt shop!  They were inspired by several trips to living history museums Dry Goods Mercantile stores.  More on that in a future post.

More news about the Shirtings & Basics collection, and the five new quilts I designed for them, along with new and close up photos of all of the quilts made from my new On Maple Lake fabric collection.  

I haven't forgotten about my Pocket Patchwork Sew-Alongs.  I really want to do another.  My surgeries, and longer than anticipated recovery time, sure set me way back.  But...just wanted you to know that I have not abandoned my sew-alongs.  

Hope you find a little time to spend with needle and thread today.  

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Scrap Winners & 2018 Civil War Cruise!!

Thank you so much to all 188 of you who left a comment to win a bunch of scraps.  You will never know how much I value reading your comments and that you took the time to do so.  It was very enlightening to read how difficult it is for so many of you to get to see your favorite Civil War reproduction fabrics in your local shop.  Still...it is so important to patronize your brick and mortar shops whenever possible as that's the only way they will keep being there for us in the future!  

Now....on to the scrap box winners:

Tracey Holzer commented...

Great to hear that you are on the mend and getting back to your normal life! I live in an area where quilt shops are a couple hours away from me, so I do the most of my fabric shopping online. But many of the shops I've visited seem to have more brights than darks and I'm a dark girl! I'd love more reproduction fabrics...yours, Kim Diehl, KT, all of them. Thanks for this chance!

Dolores from Wyandotte commented.....

I have one local quilt shop that carries very, very little.  But what they do carry is Marcus Brothers, Paula Barnes, and yourself, Pam.  I have asked if the owner would be interested in expanding the repro line but she feels and she doesn't have a large audience.  I disagree but what can you do.  So I must either travel a good distance or order on-line.  Ho Hum what's a gal to do!  So you can understand my pain and so it sure would be nice to win one of those  boxes of yummy fabric.  Thanks Pam

Traditional Quilter commented......

My local quilt shop carries some repro fabrics but to get a bigger selection I need to drive to one that is 100 miles away.  I love your fabrics.  I buy many different designers fabrics.  I love the more traditional repros the best.  I would love to win some scrap fabrics.  Yours are always amazing.  Reproduction scraps fabric quilts are so fun to make.

Karen commented......

I love playing with scraps!  As far as the local quilt shops stocking my favorite repro fabrics. There is only one that does and only side of a row.   I wish there were more from any of the designers.  Never a full line of any designer's fabric.  No fat quarter bundles, or fat eighths or layer cakes in the repro fabrics.

Congratulations to the winners and thanks for participating.  Please email me at Pam@HeartspunQuilts.com with your mailing address and I'll have those scraps on their way to you.  
You are cordially invited to sail with me on an awesome Civil War cruise in April, 2018!!!  

I am so, so, SO jazzed to say that two of my most favorite Civil War designer friends will be joining me....Julie Hendricksen, shop owner of JJ Stitches (Sun Prairie, WI)who is also a fabric designer for Wyndham, and Carol Hopkins, designer of Civil War Legacies patterns.  Both are also Martingale authors and extremely talented, fun women to be around.  What a great time we will have.  

Take a look at the three quilt projects!  Swoon...I wish I could take Julie and Carol's classes with you!  Each one is Civil War, and each on is so different from one another.  What a great addition to your Civil War Repro quilt collection they will be, and great fun, and memories to boot.

We will be sailing Royal Carribbean's Liberty of the Seas to Galveston, Honduras, Cozumel and Costa Maya.  I've never been to any of these destinations and am really looking forward to it.

Click here for the link to check out all of the details about the teachers, projects, ship and ports.  The folks at Stitchin' Heaven are our hosts and they've been doing quilting cruises for a very long time.  We will all be in very good hands.  

Think about joining the fun with a bunch of other Civil War loving quilters, and spend a whole week with three of your favorite Civil War designers all to yourselves!  Oh, and then there's the fabulous ship, food, destinations, sun......

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Time For Another Scrap Give-away!

Now that I'm feeling more my old self, and with Spring Quilt Market preparations in full swing, we've been doing a lot of cutting, sewing and scrap gathering.  You know I don't want to hang onto all those scraps for myself.  Nope....no way!  

I need to find a good home for four boxes chock full of a wide variety of scraps!  

Debbie and I have complete four quilts, all using brand new fabrics from On Maple Lake.  

So...there are some Maple Lake scraps in each of the four boxes.  (It's not even in your local quilt shop yet, but it will be very soon!)  There are other Heartspun Quilts fabric collections in there, and I also purged some Civil War reproduction fabrics from my big scrap bin and passed those along, too.  So that means there's a big mix of wonderful scraps waiting to be sent in the mail.....to YOU!

Please leave a comment on my blog and tell me.....    

Does your quilt shop stock your favorite REPRO fabrics?  If yes, share what DESIGNERS you prefer.  If not, share what would be on your wish list.
I'm sorry, but to be fair to everyone, I can not accept comments via email.  Also, I regret not being able to ship the scraps outside of the US as shipping costs are just prohibitive for a giveaway like this.

So, please help me out, and leave a comment for me by midnight Monday, March 20th, for a chance to win scrappy goodness.

Click here to see all the On Maple Lake fabrics and be sure to look for them at your favorite local quilt shop in just a few weeks.

Wishing you pieceful stitches....

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Autumn On Maple Lake

 Last time, I posted this photo of the quilt Debbie was busily piecing called Autumn On Maple Lake.  It's the large, feature quilt I designed especially for my new On Maple Lake fabrics.
This is the whole block....a combo of Maple Leaves and Log Cabin.  Love, love, love!!
I took this photo of the quilt in progress and was so pleased to see the burst of fall colors!  She took it back home to add the pieced border.  I don't have a photo of the finished top because we rushed it to be quilted....but I can show you the Electric Quilt image of the entire quilt.
It is really something in person as all quilts are.  Photos never do justice to the real deal.

My Autumn on Maple Lake pattern will be available soon.  

Click here to see all of the On Maple Lake prints....arriving soon at your favorite local quilt shop!  Please be sure to ask for them on your next visit.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Tokens: Autumn Sampler SPECIAL OFFER!

I'm so jazzed to finally be able to share the new quilts I designed using my new On Maple Lake fabric collection!

I had a lot of fun designing the three quilts for the new Tokens of the Past: Autumn Sampler pattern.  I wanted them to say fall in every way.  They are all easy to piece, require no special rulers, and all of the blocks for all three quilts come from just one On Maple Lake 10x10 precut! 

The cover you see above is a draft, and the quilts are EQ images, as I just received my sample yardage late last week.  Debbie and I went right to our sewing machines to get started!  
 I dug right in to begin making half square triangles for the Colors of Autumn quilt.
  Here's how the first block looks.  I confess I was a bit rusty with my accurate 1/4 inch from not having sewn in so long.  (Darn those surgeries anyway...getting in the way of my fun!)  But, by block 2, I was doing much better, and with block 3, I had my piecing mojo back and humming.
As a fabric designer, you do your best to create fabric patterns and colors that will be not only interesting but harmonious, and while they are pleasing to the eye as a collection, I wonder how they'll turn out when actually pieced into blocks?
It's wonderful to sigh relief and satisfaction when you're happy with how all the fabrics have blended to make a colorful feast for your eyes.  This happens to all of us as we inspect our units and blocks, check to see if all those points (or almost all!) are just right, and blocks are square and measure what they should.  Yes...I was a happy girl!

Can't wait to display this cutie on my kitchen table with some acorns, leaves and little pumpkins.  

To kick off my celebration of On Maple Lake, I'm offering a special PRE-ORDER promotion on the complete kit for the Tokens of the Past: Autumn Sampler trio!!!  

Order the Tokens of the Past: Autumn Sampler complete quilt kit before April 1st 
and receive the pattern FREE!!  

The pattern value is $14.50, so you'll be saving quite a bit!  

Click here to view the details and place your order.  Orders will ship in mid-April.  

Tokens of the Past: Autumn Sampler patterns will be available for individual sale later in March once the quilts have been photographed, and the cover is done.  

This is a sneak peek at what Debbie is working on.  The colors are not accurate as the lighting makes it have a golden overcast to it, but you get the idea.  

The large quilt is called Autumn on Maple Lake, and if I do say so myself (very humbly!) is just stunning in real life.  So...more about the large quilt in my next post.  

Have to admit that I'm anxiously waiting for spring and feel a little weird about talking and working with fall fabrics.  But...I'll be so happy come September when they're all ready to use and enjoy.....and you will, too!

Hope you find peace in stitching today.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

On Maple Lake Coming Soon!!

A new autumnal fabric collection will be arriving at your local quilt shop in just a few weeks!!

On Maple Lake
There are 21 lush, fall colored prints in the On Maple Lake collection.  
Deep greens, browns, purple, red, autumn gold and burnt orange with a pop of black.   
As you can see, a lot of the prints will work well in your everyday quilts.  Not all of them are fall themed.  I've had such fun playing with these fabrics all week.
Looking at the yardage is lovely, of course, but seeing how the prints look when sewn together is way more fun!!  I'll show you what I made with these half square triangles in my next post.  

There are four new quilt designs coming soon....all using the On Maple Lake fabrics I designed for, who else?  ....Marcus Fabrics!  

The large feature quilt is called Autumn On Maple Lake.  Using the On Maple Lake 10 x 10 precut is a new pattern with three small, fall quilts called Tokens of the Past: Autumn Sampler. Sneak peeks coming in my next post. 

On Maple Lake will be shipping to your local quilt shop in just a few weeks, and we all want to support our local quilt shops!  So, please ask for it on your next visit.

If you can't find it locally, you can order a Fat Quarter Bundle of On Maple Lake from my website.  It is normally priced $65 for the complete collection.  

I'm offering a PRE-ORDER SPECIAL!!  15% off while supplies last, which makes the price $53.55 plus shipping.  Click here to order before they're all gone!!  Orders will ship in March.

Back to my sewing machine.  ((grin))

P.S. How about making a fall leaf mug rug using a couple of On Maple Lake fabrics?  Don't forget to take a quick photo of your mug rugs using Marcus Fabrics, and post them to #MarcusMugShot, or you can email them to Marcus as well!!  Let's keep those Mug Rugs going!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

You Need A Little Sugar Rush

Sugar Rush Mug Rug Quilt  #MarcusMugShot
In my last post, I told you about the Marcus Makers Mug Shot campaign.  This is my little 
9 x 10 inch Mug Rug, called Sugar Rush.....a sweet little quilt that was fairly quick to make.  (Named Sugar Rush because every hot beverage tastes better with a sweet treat.)

When I knew I had to start dreaming up a design for a mug rug, I wanted very much to do something a little different.  The answer came in a beautiful antique quilt I saw.  I love this block for how unusual the star is.....and who doesn't love a star block?!  

Now, having never made the block before, and with only a photo to go on, I wasn't sure I wanted to commit to making enough for a whole quilt, but playing with the pieces for one block was very do-able.  So....I went about figuring out the block components, sizes, fabrics and colors.  English Paper Piecing was the way to go and made it super fast as well. 

I have to say....I am often intrigued by a new block, sometimes intimidated as well.  Perhaps it's really hard and beyond my piecing skill set?  Maybe requires a new technique I've never tried but would like to?  These little micro-mini quilts are the perfect answer!  Try that new block or technique ~ make just one block ~ and decide if you want to go further with more blocks and a bigger quilt.  If one block is all that is meant to be, then make it into a mug rug or micro-mini quilt.

(Like the coffee mug?  It was a gift from a dear friend.  There are some days.....)  

I think these little quilts are very versatile and want lots more of them to decorate with, and tuck here and there.  It's a perfect size spilling out of a basket or drawer.  As a table topper for a small table or night stand, and can be a welcome addition to a small wall that needs a little something extra.  It's a cozy quilt idea for mugs and much more!

As promised, you can purchase a Sugar Rush quilt kit, complete with the exact fabrics I used from my Conestoga Crossing collection, and includes a 100 ct pack of EPP triangles....all for just $10 postage (within the US) included!  

If you'd like to make Sugar Rush using your own choice of Marcus Fabrics, you can also buy just the package of Isosceles Triangle papers.  

My Sugar Rush Mug Rug pattern is FREE!  Click here to download the pattern.

Be sure to take a photo of your Marcus MugShot quilt and post it to Instagram using the hashtag
#MarcusMugShot for a chance to win a weekly prize!!  If you're not on Instagram, you can also email your photo as well.

Marcus awarded the first prize this week.  Check it out on the Marcus Mentions blog.  

It's easy....so join the fun!!  Click here for all the MugShot Challenge details.  

Friday, February 10, 2017

Up For A Little Challenge??

All of the Marcus Makers Designers and the creative team in Marcus Fabrics' NYC offices have been working on a little challenge for you.  

We think your favorite mug needs a cozy rug!

All of the Marcus Maker designers have designed an original and FREE pattern for you to play with and enjoy.  But....the fun doesn't have to begin or end with our designer's patterns.  

We would love for you to create a mug rug that shows both your creativity AND Marcus fabrics.  
We're calling this our Mug Shot Challenge, which I think is an oh-so-clever way of saying we want you to post photos of your mug rug(s) (aka MugShot) to Instagram!  Why??  

Prizes, of course!

You can participate by yourself, or even better, join the fun at a participating quilt shop.  

Post a photo of your mug rug to Instagram using the hashtag #MarcusMugshot.  That will be your entry for a chance to win prizes like the one shown above.   Random winners will be chosen every Tuesday, from now until April 30th, by the creative team in NYC.

Click here for all the details, and lots more information, including the link to all of those FREE Marcus Markers MugRug patterns.

I'll be talking about the design of my Mug Rug, called Sugar Rush, in my next post, along with an offer for kits, and a prize or two of my own to award!  

So, ladies and gentlemen.....make your favorite mug a cozy rug using Marcus Fabrics!  

Have fun!  

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Crossroads ~ A New Limited Edition Quilt Kit & Pattern!

Crossroads ~ Limited Edition Quilt by Pam Buda for Heartspun Quilts
I have long loved red and white (not really 'white' but lights) quilts.  There's just something about them....or any two color quilt for that matter.  I love this block and the motion it gives a quilt without being all kinds of complicated to piece.  

So...I designed this little quilt just in time for Valentine's Day!  (You know me, though, I'll keep it out all year long.)

 Second in the Limited Edition Series

The Crossroads quilt is a mix of red fabrics from many of my different collections. 
A pretty mix of light prints....mostly with a little red in them somewhere.
And of course, you have to have a bunch of reds in varying shades of loveliness!  
Here are all the fabrics in the kit.  

NOTE:  There are two different versions of the quilt kit: Version A (which is exactly what you see in the photo above), and Version B featuring the main red print below.  

The only difference between the versions is the main red print used in the blocks and border.  

This is the cute red print used in Crossroads Version B.

You have choices to make!

(The fabric looks much brighter in this photo than it really is.)

The Crossroads quilt measures 26 x 26 inches.  The kit includes all fabrics for the top, binding and backing as well as the pattern.  I'm sorry, but the pattern is not available for purchase outside of the kit.  The kit price is $45 plus shipping.

And....this is a Limited Edition quilt offering.  Once the kits are gone, they're gone.  

Click here to order Crossroads Version A.

Click here to order Crossroads Version B.

Buying a Crossroads quilt kit would make a very nice gift to someone you love....YOU!

Because of your generous business, it allows me to keep making quilt designs for your stitching pleasure.  I'm very grateful to all of you!  

Monday, February 6, 2017

Sneak Peek

As you know, there are usually many things in the works, months and months ahead, all for your quilting pleasure.  One of those things ~ a new line of fabric ~ is just about to make its debut.

On Maple Lake 
On Maple Lake lead floral print by Pam Buda for Marcus Bros Fabrics

On Maple Lake is a collection of autumnal prints in the warm and cozy colors we love.  The fabric above, Autumn Flora, is the lead print with what I think is a bit of a folk art flair.  Rather than create another 'loads of leaves' print, or one with large flowers (that's really just not me at all anyway), I searched for a print that would be really different, and that I could color in all my favorite autumn shades.  

I love how this turned out because it's subtle in design, and still has the burnt oranges, plums, reds, golds and tan that we adore, and yet...you could use it for a quilt that isn't at all fall related if you wished.

Click here to see the entire On Maple Lake collection.  

I'll be showing you more of the prints very soon, along with the big quilt, Autumn On Maple Lake, and new Tokens of the Past: Autumn Sampler patterns designed just for this fabric.  

On Maple Lake will be arriving at your local quilt shop March 1st, so be sure to look for it there.  

Also....coming later this week.....another Limited Edition doll quilt kit, perfect for Valentine's Day decorating, or all through the year!!    

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Cheddar & Friends Arriving Soon!!

It won't be long now until my new collection of Cheddar & Friends prints will be arriving at your local quilt shop!  It's very exciting as it has been very well received....and I thank you all so much.  Above are the six shades of cheddar in the collection....some are bright, and some have a more fall, pumpkin look to them.  

Here are the six shades of browny taupe fabrics.  This color is very hard to find and I can't wait to get my hands on it.  I hope you feel the same way, too!

Remember to always check with your local quilt shop to see if they have the fabric coming, and let them know you're interested.  Please....support your local quilt shop!

If you can't find it locally, you can order it from my website.  I will have a very limited amount of bundles and they are 15% off if you pre-order!  

There are Fat Quarter bundles of the entire Cheddar & Friends collection....so both the cheddar and taupe prints.  

Or, you can order just the cheddars....or just the taupes!

Click here to see the bundle details and place your order today.  Your Cheddar & Friends order will ship sometime in Mid-March once the fabric arrives.  

My recovery is slow but headed in the right direction.  Fatigue is my biggest complaint, and I hear over and over again how normal it is.  It's not normal for me, though, and I have little patience as I'd rather be much busier, but.....the body needs the rest I guess, so rest it shall have.  Thanks so much for your kind and cheerful emails and messages!  Does me lots of good!

Monday, January 23, 2017

A Bump In The Road To Recovery

Dear Friends,

I was recently admitted into the hospital for emergency surgery.  Third surgery in 15 weeks.  Ugh!  Despite state-of-the-art conditions to guard against staff infection, I was the one in a thousand, rare case who developed a deep and serious infection in my just-replaced hip.   One week in the hospital and I'm now home for recovery......again!  Is this Groundhog Day?

While this event and surgery has really knocked me for a loop, I am grateful it wasn't worse,  that my surgeon and his wonderful nursing staff caught it so quickly, that we have such great hospitals here in Chicagoland, that all my doctors came together with a plan, and I received extraordinary care from the hospital nurses, who are the un-sung angels in health care.

So...here we go again, but a little different this time.  It's gonna take a little longer to snap back from this one, but I'm already doing fairly well.  My husband, son and daughter are taking very good care of me....my biggest blessing of all.

I didn't want you to think I forgot about you!  So...the reason for the short update.

As the old saying goes....this, too, shall pass.  

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Sew Some Wild Oaks

Huckleberry Hill by Lynn Wilder of Sew'n Wild Oaks Designs (c) 2017
When I design fabric, 80% of the time, I already have the quilt designed for the collection and therefore, a specific picture is cemented in my mind of what I'll do with it.  Usually, I do make several other things with the collection, but after that, I've moved on to the next new thing.  

So, I am just delighted when I receive photos of what another designer is inspired to create with some of my fabric,  and so goes the story of the photo above.  This absolutely stunning basket is the creation of a very talented quilt designer, Lynn Wilder of California.  I had the pleasure of meeting Lynn at Spring Market last year after becoming smitten with one of her quilts that was hanging in the Marcus Fabrics booth.  
(Lynn's quilt, Heritage, is the quilt furthest to the left in the photo.)

She wanted to share what she is doing with my Star Spangled Liberty fabric and sent me these two photos.  Isn't it clever to use Log Cabin blocks like this?  And the ribbon border for the basket weave at the top?  And the bow is to die for!

Huckelberry Hill by Lynn Wilder of Sew'n Wild Oaks Designs (c) 2017
Here's an upclose photo of the basket rim and applique details.  I see some prints in there from Old Green Calicos and the little leaves with the berries are from Conestoga Crossing as well.

The basket blocks you see are for Lynn's new upcoming pattern called Huckleberry Hill.  Lynn plans to make two red and two blue baskets for her quilt.  I can't wait to see it all finished.  She also writes a fun, informative and inspiring blog I think you'll enjoy.  Click here for her blog.  Her pattern company is called Sew'n Wild Oaks.

I've seen sneak peeks at several of Lynn's upcoming projects that she's making with on of my future fabric lines, and let me tell you......DIVINE!

Enjoy reading Lynn's blog and perusing her pattern selections.  She's a very sweet and friendly lady, too!  

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

New Inspirations for the New Year

Can you believe the holidays are over and we're into a new year?  I'm working on completing some leftover projects from last year and ready to begin some new ones.  The New Year always brings that feeling of 'fresh start' to so many aspects of our lives.

I found this antique cheddar quilt on Pinterest over the weekend and I thought it was a good example of cheddar and taupe together.  I know these are likely brown fabrics, and some that might have faded to a taupe color, but you get my drift.  How do you like that splash of blue? Make-do?  Interesting color combo, interesting borders on the bottom and right, and quite pleasing.  Just wanted to share it with you and remind you of my upcoming Cheddar & Friends fabric collection due in your local quilt shop early in March.  

Speaking of your local quilt shop, have you noticed the alarming trend of so many of our fabulous local quilt shops closing? I know I have and it's ominous.  Last week, Barbara Brackman wrote about this very thing on her blog in sad detail.  Actually, she wrote two posts about it.  

If you love this industry.....if you love fabric.....and want to continue to be inspired by your favorite designers, please take a moment to read what she wrote.  Here are the links to both of Barbara's blog posts:



It's simple economics.  Having less quilt shops means less sales of fabric bolts, patterns, books, and notions, not to mention jobs and inspiration!  When this many quilt shops close, it has a profound effect on the industry.  There have already been cut-backs in so many areas and some designers are going out of business.  Why?  Lots of reasons, but so much has to do with folks not patronizing brick and mortar shops.

When there are new fabrics coming that you love and want to purchase, I encourage you to please ask for it at your local quilt shop.  If they know you want it and there's a customer base for it, they would be more likely to order it.  In my case, I do offer my own fabric via my website for those who can't find it at their local shop, but I always encourage you to check there first!!

Anyway....I'll get off my soapbox now.  Thanks for listening to an issue very near and dear to all of us who love quilting and want to keep it going.  

There are many new things for your quilting pleasure already in the works.  I presently have four new fabric lines in production with lots of new quilt designs coming your way.  And....a very fun Marcus Fabrics designers (aka Marcus Makers) campaign to be announced very soon. 

Clean your machine, buy a new pack of needles and stock up on thread...and while you're at the quilt shop, thank the shop owner by buying some yummy fabrics.  It's a good thing all the way around.