Saturday, June 23, 2018

Quilter's Are The Best People!

I just returned from visiting the Etowah Valley Quilters Guild in Cartersville, GA.  What a fantastic group of women!  I am so lucky to be able to spend time with quilters in lectures and workshops because - bar none - they are the nicest people on the planet!!   Southern hospitality was everywhere I went, be it a coffee shop, restaurant, or with these ladies who all made me feel very welcome and at home.  My thanks to all of the Etowah Valley quilters for making my visit one to remember!


My hubby and I also spent a few days vacationing in Alabama's Gulf Shores.  What a beautiful place!  We walked the cleanest beaches I've ever seen.  Great Southern food, lots to do and see.  I am very happy we went.  Cross another state off my bucket list.  Three more to go to be able to say I've been to all 50 states!!  Two more next year for sure.

Back at home, I'm working on multiple projects for fall market.  Deb and I are piecing my new Block of the Month and I can not wait to show it to you!!!  Over the moon happy with the fabrics and the quilt is turning out so lovely.  I should be able to show you everything next month.

I'm also working on my "super secret scrappy project" and will be able to give you sneak peeks at that one in September.  

More fabric lines are in production and two more going to be submitted later this year.  That means lots more quilt designs to do as well.  Geesh....no boredom here!!!  

Enjoying a summer weekend at home.  Hot and humid, but sunny....summer in Chicago!  

Be well...stay cool and happy stitching!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Stitching With The Stars

I invite you to join me for a very fun event!  Stitching With The Stars is a brand new venue by Quilter's Station Quilt Shop in Lee's Summit, MO.  

For the last ten years, Quilter's Station shop owner, Rita Briner hosted Primitives of the Midwest and 2017 was the last year for Primitives.  

The event is held in an awesome hotel right where the classes are each day.  And....Quilter's Station is just minutes away....and is one of my favorite quilt shops in the U.S.  There are tons and tons of great places to eat nearby, what more could a quilter want??

Good times and fun projects await you.  I have two workshops planned and can't wait to see what the other teachers will be doing.  

So...join the fun and come Stitching With The Stars!  

I'm headed to the Gulf Shores of Alabama, which will cross another state off my bucket list.  (I will then have 3 more to go to have visited all 50 states + DC!!)  Tuesday, I'll be traveling to Carterville, GA to be with the Etowah Valley Quilt Guild.   So looking forward to it!   Hope to see some of you there!  Click here for the details.  

Be well.....

Thursday, June 7, 2018

America, Hooray! FREEBIE!!

America, Hooray! quilt ~ Approx 11" x 15"
Memorial Day just passed and we're beginning to enjoy the summer.  It won't be long before we're celebrating our country's independence!  What better way to celebrate Freedom than with something FREE?!!

My America, Hooray quilt pattern/kit may be coming to your home absolutely FREE!!


* Place an on-line order for at least $15 to get the pattern FREE.

* Place an on-line order for at least $35 or more and receive the pattern AND the fabric kit FREE!!

(Note: Qualifying total does not include shipping)

Here's how this will work:

~ Qualifying orders placed Thursday, June 7th through Sunday, June 10th are eligible.

~ Your freebie will be added to your order when we package it up.  The America, Hooray quilt is not found on my website, so don't worry about having to place it in the shopping cart.  

~ Similar fabrics may be substituted.

~ One offer per person.

~ The total of items purchased determines your free gift.  Shipping charges are not included. 



There are lots of new things on my website to order! 


My brand new Primitive Threads pattern is hot off the press!

(I finally have the new photo and was able to print the cover just yesterday.  Talk about stressing over something I couldn't control!!)
 Primitive Threads Fat Quarter bundles and Primitive Threads quilt kit....
My newest Tokens of the Past pattern, called Yuletide Greetings, features my Pieceful Pines fabrics!  I took these photos without a flash so the quilting designs would show up better.  
All three quilts are in the Tokens of the Past: Yuletide Greetings pattern!!!
There are a few Yuletide Greetings kits left as well.


There are loads of patterns, fabric bundles and fabric by the yard!!  


Check out the notions section, too!

Bloc-Loc rulers are also in stock along with many other useful items.  Take your time and browse!

My little America, Hooray! quilt takes no time at all to piece, so it's sure to be ready for the July 4th holiday.

Thank you for your continued support of my quilt designs, patterns and fabrics.  You make it possible to continue doing what I love and I appreciate it more than you know! 

Click here to shop Heartspun Quilts.  

Happy Shopping!




Monday, June 4, 2018

Lovin' Me Some Blues

I was delighted to receive this photo from Shari Sistek (who lives in Ohio) of my Prairie Gathering quilt all done in blues.  Love, love, love it!!  It looks so great in shades of blue.  Thanks, Shari, for sending the photo to me.  I'm sure everyone is enjoying your beautiful quilt.
If you're a regular reader of my blog, you know I adore red....it's my favorite color.  But....I must admit that I'm in a BLUE spell at the moment.  I'm very taken by Indigo and all shades of blues.  Let this serve as a clue to what's coming soon (wink, wink)

If you're loving my Prairie Gathering quilt, you can purchase the pattern here and create it in your favorite color!!  

I've been traveling a lot this month which is why I haven't been blog posting as often.  When I am home, I play catch-up for days.  I honestly don't know anyone who doesn't have a busy life and wishes for more balance everyday.

I am excited to be traveling to the Atlanta, GA area in just a few weeks.  On Tuesday, June 19th, I'll be stopping in at the Cottontail Quilt Shop in Kennesaw for a meet & greet.  I'll be there at 3pm, so if you're in the area, please stop by the shop.

Then, later that evening, I'll be giving a lecture  at the Etowah Valley Quilt Guild at 7pm.  They meet at the Cartersville Civic Center.  Workshop the next day.  

I'd love to meet you so please stop by!  

I invite you to visit my blog this week Thursday for an exciting announcement!  

Until then, Be Well....Stitch Happy!

Friday, May 25, 2018

NEW! Tokens of the Past: Yuletide Greetings!

Look what's hot off the press!!  My new Tokens of the Past: Yuletide Greetings pattern is ready to ship!  So happy when a project is finally completed.  
Trim The Tree  25" x 25"
Once again, I've paired a 10 x 10 precut, this time using my Pieceful Pines precut to make most all of the blocks for all three quilts!  Add yardage for sashings, borders and binding and you've got a kit that's easy peasy and ready to go.
Deck The Halls 21" x 21"
The Pieceful Pines fabrics are in warm, traditional colors of soft lights and beige neturals, cranberry reds, and deep greens.  The prints don't scream Christmas, but will be cozy additions to your holiday decorating.
To All A Good Night  18" x 18"
The pattern includes directions for all three quilts.  Yardage and instructions are included for each quilt individually, and you can certainly make the quilts from different fabrics if you'd like to.  They would look great in any three/for color combination!

Click here to see all of the Pieceful Pines fabrics created especially for Marcus Fabrics.

I have a limited amount of kits which include the Tokens of the Past: Yuletide Greetings pattern, the Pieceful Pines 10 inch precut, and all sashing, border and binding fabrics to make all three quilts.  All featuring the exact same fabrics I used to make my quilts!  

Click here to order a Tokens of the Past: Yuletide Greetings kit for your very own.

Click here to order the Tokens of the Past: Yuletide Greetings pattern.

We are beginning to enjoy a long Memorial Holiday weekend....a time for barbeques, parades and family get-togethers.   Let's all be sure to pause each day to remember all of the men and women who have served our country so we can enjoy our day as we choose.  I keep them close to my heart and am so very grateful for their service and sacrifice.  


Friday, May 18, 2018

Primitive Threads Visits My House

After much anticipation, my brand new Primitive Threads quilt returned home....for a short visit.
This lovely quilt traveled to Las Vegas so Val Kreuger could add her talents with mine to create what I think is one spectacular quilt (I say very humbly!)
I don't know about you....but I think Val outdid herself as her quilting is stunning!!
I really could not be happier!!  Thank you so much, Val!!  I'm so proud of our combined efforts.
Last week, I had a four day trip out of town, and when I came back, my co-worker and friend Debbie, had the quilt all trimmed and bound.  Just in the nick of time, too!
Primitive Threads was home for just a few hours.  Here it is all bound and ready for photography.
I had about two hours to drop the quilt off with my photographer to take the cover photo.  Then I packed it up and FedEx took it for shipping to Portland where it will be on display in the Marcus Fabrics booth at quilt market.   We had a quick visit and it was gone again.
As it sometimes happens with best made plans, there is a hitch to my story.  Unfortunately, there is a problem with the photos my photographer took of the quilt.  They are unusable and therefore I can't complete the pattern cover.  Ugh!!!  But...stuff happens to everyone and I have to wait about 2 weeks for the quilt to return home to be able to take new photos and get the cover all done.  What can you do?  As soon as we have the cover done, the patterns will be up on my website.

I am busier than a chicken being chased by the Colonel!  Travel, while loads of fun, makes lots of catch-up work when you get home, as I'm sure it is for you when you're away.  Along with Primitive Threads, my new Tokens of the Past: Yuletide Greetings quilts and patterns are very nearly complete.  They turned out so, so good and can't wait to share!  And....I'm still rising early every morning to continue work on my super secret scrappy project which will be announced in November.  Oh...and work is already under way for my second book with Martingale!  Several new fabric collections are in production and some brewing in my head.

Needless to say....as with all quilters....we're never bored!  

Be sure to look for my Primitive Threads fabric collection at your local quilt shop!! 
Click here to see all the prints in the collection. 

Be well and stitch with a happy heart.....

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Back From The Caribbean

What a fun, fun time my hubby and I had with about 100 fellow quilters, teacher and staff on our quilting cruise to the Western Caribbean.  
The ship had three very roomy conference rooms so each quilter shared a table with one friend.  As a quilt cruiser, you have the choice of sewing by day and by night...as much or as little as you'd like.  It's your vacation!
Starry, Starry Nines quilt by Pam Buda
Most people mixed it up with sewing time, pool time, excursions and delicious meals.  Then, back to sewing.  
And, as you can see....a number of them went home with completed quilt tops!  How great is that??
Perfect weather and calm seas made the trip all the better.  Best part?  We get to do it again next year and would love it for you to come along.  Click here to read about next year's cruise.

Spring market in Portland is less than two weeks away.  I won't be traveling to market this year but my quilts will be.  Market crush is in full steam and I'm getting all the quilts ready for the Marcus Fabrics booth.  I'm delighted to report that the three new Tokens of the Past: Yuletide Greetings quilts are all done, and I'm putting finishing touches on the pattern.  

Val Krueger has added her magic and has completed quilting my Primitive Threads quilt which should arrive today.  Oh...I can't wait to see it!!  I'll take pictures and post all of this very soon.  I'm working on the final proofing of this pattern as well. 



Lots of good stuff all coming together just in time for market.  Enjoy your weekend, and Be Well! 

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Primitive Threads Progress

I wanted to post a few photos of my new Primitive Threads quilt in progress.  The quilt center is pieced and the borders are next.  
Laying out all the blocks on the design wall is so exciting because you really get your first look at what the quilt will really look like.  
I am really loving how the prints and colors are blending.  Some of the neutrals are colored way more yellow in the photos than what they really are.  
I didn't have much time to play with lighting and angles as we just had to get it pieced and off to Val for quilting.  Once it's quilted and back home, I will do a better job with photos.  I can hardly wait!

Primitive Threads will be delivered to your local quilt shop late May/early June!!  

The three quilts for my new Tokens of the Past pattern, called Yuletide Greetings are now all quilted and bound.  I hope to have (good) photos of them for my next post.  

Be well.....and happy stitching!


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Everyone's A Ripper

In just a few days, my hubby and I will set sail with about 100 soon to be quilting friends on a quilting cruise to the Western Caribbean!  I am beyond excited to escape this dreadful winter weather we're still having here in suburban Chicago, not to mention spending our days at sea with quilters, and fellow teachers Julie Hendricksen of JJ Stitches and Carol Hopkins of Carol Hopkins Designs!!  I'm so jazzed about the fun week ahead.

If this sounds like fun to you, too, please join us next year as we will again set sail for a Civil War cruise to new and exciting destinations!  Joining me next year are fellow Marcus Fabrics designer and friend, Paula Barnes of Red Crinoline Quilts, and Connie Tesene of Country Threads!!!  What a terrific line-up!!  

We will sail the Western Caribbean starting from Galveston, TX, then onto Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Jamaica!  Three awesome quilt projects for you to create while at sea.  

Click here for all the 2019 Civil War cruise details from Stitchin' Heaven Quilt Shop and Travel.
In between ordinary business, putting the finishing touches on my 2019 BOM and final Vintage Patchwork book edits, I've been working with my friend and co-worker Debbie to piece my Primitive Threads quilt.   I'm presently working on the Flying Geese border and was merrily sewing them together.  I always measure my units and to my horror, discovered none of them measured what they should!  UGH!!!  No, no, no, no, no!  What is wrong??  

I determined it was the rulers fault (liar liar pants on fire) and not the maker, that all the gorgeous taupe squares were cut 1/8 inch too small.  Uh huh.  Needless to say, I spent an evening with my seam ripper and a glass of Pino Noir.
After having a talk with my ruler to set it straight, new taupe squares were cut and piecing the Flying Geese has resumed with a much better end result.  All quilters...all of us....spend time ripping.  It's part of the experience, albeit one we'd rather not have.
If you've been thinking about making my Primitive Threads quilt for yourself, you still have until tomorrow morning to PRE-ORDER the quilt kit and get the pattern free and reduced shipping.

Click here to view Primitive Threads quilt kit details.

Orders will be shipped when the fabric comes in, now scheduled for late May or early June.  That is the same schedule when you can look for it at your local quilt shop....and please do look for it there!!  

As soon as I can post photos of the quilt I will.  We have to have it done before I leave for the cruise so we can pass it along to Val to be quilted.  So...that means I better get back to my sewing machine.  

Hope you are able to spend some time with your sewing machine and NOT your seam ripper! 



Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Announcing My First Book!!! Vintage Patchwork!!!

This was one of the hardest secrets to keep for the last year, but today.....I get to share the news that my first book with Martingale Publishing is coming soon!!  Yippee!!!  I'm so jazzed to tell you all about it!!  Here's the book cover....and I love it!

I challenged myself to see how many pieced projects I could create out of just one 10" x 10" precut of fabrics.  Yup....buy yourself one 10" x 10" bundle and make a bunch of quilts and pinkeeps.  How many projects, you ask?

Well....how about TWELVE!!  

It won't surprise you that I chose to make all of the projects from a 10" x 10" precut of my own fabric.... Pam's Prairie Basics collection (for Marcus Fabrics), which gave me a whole lot of colors and prints to work with.  

My Prairie Basics 10" x 10" precut will be available when the book is released and for some time afterward, so you can make your projects just like mine!

Some of the quilts are doll sized and I had great fun piecing them.  Some are what I'm calling "bookshelf" size.  They're teeny, tiny sweet little pieces of patchwork that I love to display in small spaces here and there.  There are also some really great pinkeeps to make for your collection.  

Soon....I'll be able to share photos of all of the projects in the book.  But...for now at least, I can share what the book cover looks like.  I'm just thrilled to be a part of the Martingale family!  

Vintage Patchwork will be released in October, just in time for fall quilt market.  I can hardly wait!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Special Offers On Primitive Threads Quilt Kit & Bundles

It won't be too long now until my new Primitive Threads fabrics will be delivered to your local quilt shop!!  So jazzed and excited about this very special collection, and it seems many of you are jazzed about it as well.  I've had a lot of email inquiries and requests for a kit for this quilt.

First of all.....please, please ask for this fabric collection and quilt pattern at your local quilt shop.  You know I want you to always shop there first!!!  It's very important to support our quilt shops because we want them to be around for years and years to come.  Many shops will be kitting this quilt, too.  Primitive Threads is due to arrive in your LQS in May.  

For many of you, your LQS is hundreds of miles away from home and/or doesn't carry historic prints...so...with that in mind, I have two special offers for you!

I am taking ***PRE-ORDERS*** for both the Primitive Threads quilt kit and Fat Quarter bundles!

Click here to place your order for a Primitive Threads Fat Quarter bundle.  You'll only be charged $5.50 shipping....anywhere in the U.S.!!  
My special for the Primitive Threads quilt kit is....with this PRE-ORDER only....receive the quilt pattern FREE and pay only $5.50 shipping anywhere in the U.S.!

Click here to read more details about the Primitive Threads quilt kit.

Special offers are for a limited time.  Order no later than Tuesday, April 17th to be guaranteed a quilt kit and/or bundle.  

Your order will ship in May as soon as I receive the fabric.  I know how anxious you are to receive your quilting goodies (I'm the same way!) so I do my best to get your items to you as soon as possible.  

Thank you for your continued support of my patterns and fabric.  Because of YOU I am able to continue to bring you traditional quilt patterns and historic fabrics through Marcus Fabrics!






Wednesday, March 21, 2018

I can finally share the first quilt in my new Tokens of the Past: Yuletide Greetings pattern called Deck The Halls.

This was great fun to design as I played with the different colors and shades of each fabric.  I added a twist throwing in the black triangles and set the quilt center on point.  Love, love how it turned out!!  

And now...the quilt top is off to my quilter, Ronda.  This is quilt two of three included in the Yuletide Greetings pattern, and hopefully, when I return from my trip to Massachusetts,  the third one will be complete as well.  

The quilts feature my Pieceful Pines fabric collection and are made using one 10" x 10" precut plus additional yardage for blocks, borders, and other fun stuff.  The pattern and precuts will be available in May....I think.  It won't be too much longer!
My Primitive Threads sample yardage arrived on Monday and I've begun starching the yardage in preparation of making the quilt.  I won't be able to begin piecing the quilt until I return from MA which is kinda killing me!  I am so looking forward to the trip...but...I have brand new fabric and want to play with it!  Sigh.....too many good things all happening at once....champagne problems, Pam!

Look for special offerings for Primitive Threads in my next post!!  

Until then....don't worry...stitch yourself happy!




Thursday, March 8, 2018

Secret Sewing and a Road Trip

Busy doing some secret sewing this week.   These cutie pieces are for one of three quilts in my new 

Tokens of the Past: Yuletide Greetings pattern...coming soon!

The good folks at Marcus Fabrics are preparing 10 inch precuts of my Pieceful Pines fabrics, and I am making three quilts using one 
10 inch precut plus yardage for borders, binding and such.

Can't wait to share the quilts designs with you.....soon.  It shouldn't be too long....I hope...I think.  

In the meantime, I'm about to pack boxes and suitcases to do some traveling. 


First up is a visit to Cape Cod....be till my heart!   I love Cape Cod and am very anxious to return.  My hubby and I will be visiting Boston, too, and then home for a month.    I will be visiting the Bayberry Quilter Guild of Cape Cod March 27th thru 29th.  Lecture and workshops will be at Our Lady of the Cape Church, Brewster, MA.  I'd love to see you if you're in the Cape Cod area.

In April, I'll be boarding the Liberty of the Seas to teach on a Carribbean quilting cruise along with fellow designers and friends Julie Hendricksen of JJ Stitches and Carol Hopkins of Carol Hopkins Designs!!  What fun!!  Looking forward to the warm weather and sunshine.

If you missed out on going on this years cruise, fear not!  
I have been invited to return for a 2019 cruise with fellow Marcus Fabrics quilt designer and friend, Paula Barnes of Red Crinoline Quilts and Connie Tesene of Country Threads!  Wow!  Another awesome line-up.  

Cruise dates are April 7 thru 14th cruising to Galveston, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.  

If you're interested...don't wait to contact Stitchin' Heaven Travel and get your name on the list.  You can reach them at 903/638-6915 and at StitchinHeavenTravel.com

Think about it...what fun, good food, great destinations and 3 wonderful quilts all await you!

Later this year, I'll be giving lectures and workshops in Georgia, Illinois, Missouri and Tennessee.  I'll post more news on these trips as time grows closer.

Back to secret sewing.  Oh...and I'm still quite diligent spending one hour early in the morning on my super secret scrappy project!  I'm 1/3 of the way there!  Progress feels so good.

Be well.....