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 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 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. 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 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. 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 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.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Happy Holidays To All!

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and sincere hopes for the 
very best in the New Year!  

My heartfelt thanks to all of you for your kind words, support and patronage which allow me to continue working and creating in this 
quilting world we all love.  

May our needles be happy 
and  be merrily working 
all through the year! 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Cheddar Lovers, Rejoice!!

Cheddar Lovers ~ Your voices were heard!  

Wow ~ as usual, you all blew me away with your comments!!  Love, love reading each one of them.  I am obviously in the minority with cheddar color fabrics and am so glad that you let me know how many of you would like to have them.   It means Marcus Fabrics and I are going in the right direction giving you just the lovely fabrics you'd like to play with.

So...after reading your comments I promptly placed an order for the entire collection!  Yay!

Therefore, in early February, I'll offer bundles for PRE-ORDER.  It's good to know (from your comments) that all of you don't necessarily want the cheddar but love the taupe, so I'll offer split color bundles of just cheddar, and just taupe, as well as the entire collection so you can be sure to get the fabrics you want and not the ones you don't.  

I'm afraid I didn't make myself clear in my last post with my offer to give-away a few Fat Eighths.  Because I only have a little bit of sample yardage right now, I don't have entire bundles to give.  I just have two cheddars and one taupe print (6 pieces in all) to share at the moment, but many more free patterns to offer.  Sorry for any misunderstanding.

Here are the winning comments.....

Amanda Best - I like cheddar in small amounts in reproduction style quilts, but too much is overwhelming to me.  Your cheddars and taupes are gorgeous!

Siam Kitty - LOVE your new Cheddars, and look forward to adding them to my stash! I am making a series of Charm Quilts, and Cheddars will really add zing to them! 

Lynne Stucke - You did an awesome job with the cheddars . . . yummy enough to get those crackers out and dig right in! (are the taupes representative of crackers???) YUM!

Laura V - Oh, I hope you offer fat quarter bundles, I'm not sure the shops near me will have these! You did a fantastic job and I'm not a cheddar fan all that much, but these are so warm and beautiful! And I agree taupe is so hard to find and it is great in quilts. Awesome!

Pamela T - You are right! up until now there were very few cheddar's but now yours are delicious! and the taupe oh yes. I would put some blues with those and I would have so much fun. Thank you for the opportunity to win ! 

Nel - Love, love, love the cheddars!!! I've used them in many quilts, and they add a great sparkle! Thanks for a chance to win! 

Melody in WI - Gorgeous shades. The cheddar color range is what will make a quilt sparkle. I'm typically not drawn to this color except when I quilt, My quilt needs to have a little yellow or orange in it. Now off to have a grilled cheese :)), with all of this cheddar talk it's made me hungry. 

Judy Zoll - I am not a big cheddar fan but do use the color sparingly sometimes. My friend loves cheddar, should I be lucky enough to win she will be gifted! The taupes would be mine! Your fabrics are beautiful. 

Marge - I, too, am a recent convert to cheddar (fabric that is, always have been with cheese. Have you ever had Cotswald - an orange colored cheddar with chives? Yum...I digress). I'll be looking for this collection in March because I would like to use cheddar as a main fabric in a scrap quilt. As for taupe - Yes! - Bring it on! Greys are one of my neutrals, and there aren't a lot of them. My favorite neutral is red because I took a workshop with Freddy Moran years ago. (I'm digressing again!) Thank you! 

Carol - I love cheddars and taupes. What's not to love - such richness is inspirational. Never mind the fat eighth and fat quarter bundles. Just go for the half yards and full yards. Don't mess around. 

Deborah from Valpo - I love cheddar.....and I always wondered why there wasn't more cheddar to pick from. I'm always nervous about using what is in my stash because I'm afraid I'll need it later and won't be able to find it! Beautiful collection of both cheddar and taupe! Thanks so much for designing it and the opportunity to win!

Candace -'ve certainly disturbed MY force, in a very good way, I was late to the cheddar bandwagon so being able to add to my miniscule stash along with much needed taupes (yes, the quilt world is lacking), would rock my ship for sure! Thanks for taking the plunge, Pam! You are a force to be reckoned with!

Gwynette from Arkansas - LOVE the cheddar and the taupes are going to a great addition to use with your blue, red, and plum fabric, also. So glad you stepped out of your box!!
All of the winners will receive a free pattern.  Since I have chosen more than 6 winners, the fabric will be inserted randomly into envelopes so we won't know who is getting it until it arrives at your door!  

Please email your mailing address to me at and I'll get those envelopes in the mail.

Thank you all again for your wonderful and very funny comments.  Just when I think I'm "talking" to empty cyber space, you let me know you're there.  Makes me smile for sure!

Just a few days until Santa arrives....enjoy your holiday!  Pam

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Never Say Never!

In previous posts, I proclaimed a "disturbance in the Force", a phenomenon known to all Star Wars fans, and a phrase I borrowed to describe a bend if you will, within me regarding a very long standing choice.  

A change in a long standing choice.....of what?

Well....this stuff I LOVE!  Say the word cheddar and I'm there, cracker in hand.  Say the word cheddar regarding fabric......well.......not so much.  

I'm on record for many years and in several publications that "I don't do cheddar" fabrics.  I know they were popular in the 1800's, and I maintain that I wouldn't have liked them then either.  It's just a personal thing and I know I'm in the minority here.

About the have I changed my mind?  No....not really.  Confused?  

The good folks at Marcus Fabrics called a few months ago to ask me if I would design a few cheddar prints for them.  Not one to shy away from a challenge, after a few minutes of thinking about it, and reminding them that cheddar is not in my wheelhouse, I accepted the challenge for several reasons.  Designing cheddar fabrics is much easier than designing a quilt using them, and......I think it's good to step out of your comfort zone now and then to stretch your imagination and skills.  
This new collection, called Cheddar & Friends has just 12 sweet prints.  

These are the six new Cheddar prints.  They range from a warm autumnal orange to the very bright classic cheddar orange.  There are prints suitable for small blocks and others for large pieces such as setting squares, border and sashings.  

The trouble is, for those quilters who really enjoy using Cheddar prints, they're not often available, so this little group will help them feed their stash!

 Cheddar make up six of the new 12 prints.  What about the other six?

During my conversation about the cheddar collection, I mentioned my love of taupe color fabric and how that color was another that is also missing on the quilt shop shelves.  I notice a definite trend for using more and more taupe fabrics in CW Reproduction style quilts.  I don't think it was an authentic color of the time period... I think what it does is give an aged look to quilts made with it.  We've all seen antique quilts where the muslin or light print looks brown and dirty and that is the color the taupe can show.  It's a warm color that I adore.  A true taupe is hard to find.....or shall I say WAS hard to find!

The "friends" in Cheddar & Friends are the six taupe fabrics included in the collection.

  The darkest print is a chocolate brown with taupe and burnt orange.  It mixes the two fabrics beautifully and would be gorgeous as a border or sashing with the cheddar and taupes.  I can hardly wait to begin playing and designing with them!

Click here to see the entire Cheddar & Friends collection.  The fabrics will be delivered to your local quilt shop in March, so if you like them, ask your favorite shop to order them!

Normally, I offer Fat Quarter and Fat Eighth bundles of every collection I desing but hesitate to do so with the collection.  I'm sure interested in hearing what you think about the Cheddars and the Taupes.  

If you have time, please leave me a comment about what you think and I'll choose a bunch of winners for free patterns AND a few people will get a Fat Eighth of these new fabrics.  

As any loyal Star Wars fan would say.....may the Force be with you!  Especially this weekend with the release of Rouge One!  Teehee!

Monday, December 12, 2016

R & R Stitching Time

A few weeks ago, in an update post about trying to get in some personal sewing time (aka Scraps of Time, Scraps of Fabric), I mentioned I was trying to finish a little Nine Patch quilt as a gift for Christmas.  Happy to report that while I have been doing a lot of sitting, recovering from surgery, it is indeed pieced, quilted and bound!  
My friend Ronda did such a great job quilting this little piece (12 x 15 inches) and I know my step-mom will love it.

I'm two weeks past my second hip replacement surgery and about to go full into PT which is so important and not fun at all!  Oh well....such is life!  

Christmas prep is in full swing and we're checking our cookie baking list twice.  We have less than 2 weeks to go!  AAHHH!!!

Do you remember a post of a few months ago of me saying that there has been a disturbance in the force?

Watch my next post for an explanation!  

Friday, December 2, 2016

In For More Body Work!

Dear Friends, 

Once again I'll be away from my sewing machine, desk and computer for a couple of weeks.  I'm going in for another tune-up for my second hip replacement.  That means I'll be recovering awhile at home.  (Yes....apparently I'm working on becoming bionic as this is my third joint replacement.  If only - hahahahaha)

My co-worker Deb will keep orders going while I'm on R&R, and my wonderful family will take good care of me.  I expect to bounce back with this one as quickly as I did with the other one just 7 weeks ago.  I'd better because I have lots of good stuff in the works and want to get started!  

I'm looking forward to some hand stitching time and lots of Christmas movies.  Oh, and I think I have a great excuse to get out of having to do all that Christmas wrapping.  

Be back soon......Pam

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Conestoga Crossing Bundle Pre-Order Offer!!

In just a week or so, my newest fabric collection, Conestoga Crossing, will be delivered to quilt shops everywhere!  I'm so jazzed it is finally coming!  I love this collection as it's in so many colors and prints.  A 30 piece collection in all.  

Conestoga Crossing was designed along with this quilt as a brand new Block of the Month program.  The program will begin in most shops in January.  The quilt pattern and fabrics are available only through participating quilt shops.  (You know Marcus Fabrics brings you only the best BOM programs ever!!)

Click here if you'd like to join the fun and find a participating quilt shop. 

 I will have Fat Quarter and Fat Eighth bundles of the entire Conestoga Crossing collection.  And, guess what?!  

They're on sale for 15% off!!  

Click here to order yours today while supplies last!