Sunday, August 2, 2020

Plumberry Winners

I always have a lot of fun reading your blog comments and this batch was really great!  It's amazing how alike we all are.  We have so much in common.  

I though you'd like to know how I would answer the question....

When I complete a project, the first thing I do is hang it on my design wall to admire it and celebrate its completion.  I leave it there for awhile while I clean up the sewing room.  I can't begin another project until my mess in cleaned.  I also cut scraps into small squares for other projects, and sort the rest of the scraps so they can be filed by color in my big scrap bins.  

I almost never take a photo of the quilt myself because most of them are professionally photographed, but your comments did make me think about those little quilts I make just for me, and how I've never photographed those at all.  I really need to!  We all look forward to the moment of completion, and always, always have another project to jump into.  

I decided to draw three winners this time.  My daughter, Nicki, chose them randomly.

 Amy said......

Plumberry is gorgeous! I'll check with the LQS that carries repros after I get back from the beach. And to answer your question: Right after I complete a really big quilt project, the first thing I do is make a baby or doll quilt from the scraps.
Joyful Quilter said......

Take lots of pictures! Although I normally take pictures throughout the whole process, it is wonderful to have a picture of the quilt, the quilt design and the binding! Second thing is to clean my sewing room which gets totally ignored while I'm sewing.
KW said.....

I do some binding. I always have a stack of quilts waiting for binding and labels. Thank you for the opportunity to win these beautiful purple fabrics. They will play nicely in my collection ;)

Congratulations!  Please email you mailing address to me at 

About commenting on my blog.....

Some of you let me know that you didn't see your comment publish right away, so you commented several times thinking it didn't go through.  I'm so sorry about that.  Let me explain why this happens.  

About a year ago, I began to be bombarded with sick, disgusting, and pornographic spam comments along with your lovely ones.  The only way to stop them was for me to moderate and screen them.  I still get them, but comments don't get published until I read them and publish them myself.  I mark all the junk as spam.  

I try to keep up with all the comments and usually do so once a day.  All comments are sent to me in an email first.  For the blog contests, I tuck all of your lovely comments into a folder and that is where I draw my winners.  So, if you don't see your comment right away, it's because I haven't reviewed and published them to the blog.  I'm sorry for the delay, but I'm trying to save you all from reading the filth.  

The other thing that is a bit frustrating for me is when you comment asking me a question and you are registered as "no-reply blogger", which means you don't have a Google profile.  I am unable to contact you to answer your question.  

Should anyone have a question for me, no matter the subject, you can always reach me by email at

Do not depend on Facebook Messenger to contact me as I rarely look there.  Email is always the best.

Here's what's happening in my studio....

Right now...I am about 3/4 of the way finished with ForeverMore.  The quilt is coming together beautifully, and the pattern is as well.  

I have chosen the next Quilt Archaeology project which I think we be in early September, and a fall sew along as well.  More fun stuff for us to do together!  

Can you even believe it's August???!!!!

Stay safe, everyone and stitch, stitch, stitch!  Be well.....

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Plumberry Is Here!!

Plumberry Is Here!!!

It always seems like such a long, long wait until a new fabric collection finally arrives.  When it's finally here, I want to celebrate!  

Historic reproduction fabrics in shades of purple are few and far between.  It's been a few years now since my first plum collection, Old Plum Calicoes was out, and this one is long overdue!

I can see on social media that Plumberry is also arriving at your local quilt shop, so please....go there and buy a bunch!  They really need your patronage to make up for being closed, and I always encourage you to support your LQS before buying from me.  It's so important!  
There are thirteen purple prints in shades from lavender to eggplant, and seven assorted light prints with plum-colored motifs.  

Even if you wouldn't make yourself an entirely purple color quilt, adding shades of plum to your historic repro quilts is just wonderful.  I love them!  

If your LQS does not carry Plumberry, I have fat quarter bundles and yardage on my website, available now!

Click here to order Plumberry Fat Quarter Bundles.

Click here to shop Plumberry yardage.

To celebrate the arrival of  Plumberry, I'm offering a give-away!  
I have several Plumberry Fat Eighth bundles and my new Nan's Fancy quilt pattern (quilt made with Plumberry, of course) to give away.

Leave a comment on the following question by midnight Saturday.  I'll randomly choose a couple of comments to receive this prize.  

Finish this sentence.....Right after I complete a really big quilt project, the first thing I do is......

In the meantime, everyone....stay safe, keep on stichin because it keeps our sanity!! 
Be well...

Thursday, July 23, 2020

A Little Summer Breeze

I bet you're wondering what a summer breeze has to do with fabric and quilting?  Well....this is a short story about how orphan blocks have saved the day.  

We all can relate to a summer breeze moving things around on our outdoor patio.  No sooner would I clean and set the table with place mats and the breeze would move them around or toss them on the floor. 
An idea struck a solution with some orphan blocks I had laying in a drawer.  I made pinkeep/paper weights out of them!  
Problem solved......and..they're so darn cute on the table!
I bought these 2 glass jars with lids (Hobby Lobby) to store them when not in use.  
They look really good on the patio cabinet counter.  Orphans to the rescue!

Hope this gives you an idea of another way to use an orphan block.  I'll be outside enjoying the beautiful weather we're having at the moment.  I try to be out there at least once a day to experience summer while it's here.  It's gonna really heat up over the weekend.

Hope you're enjoying your summer.  Stay safe and keep on creating!
Be well.....

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Plumberry Coming Soon!

Plumberry is about to be delivered to your LQS!  It's been such a long time since we've had a collection of historic reproduction fabrics in all shades of purples and plums.  The wait is nearly over.
I made my quilt, Nan's Fancy, using Plumberry and am so, so happy with how it turned out.
Here's a bunch of blocks using Plumberry.  It's so nice to see the fabric pieced into blocks.  
The quilt is now quilted and I'm binding it in the evenings.  
I took these photos on my patio in the shade so you can see the quilting.  It makes the colors look darker than they are.
With the Plumberry collection about to be delivered soon, this is the last call for anyone who would like a kit for my Nan's Fancy quilt made with Plumberry.    You have until Friday, July 17th to order the kit with a $25 deposit.  Click here for all the details.

Be sure to ask for Plumberry at your LQS!!  

Stay safe and Be Well......

Monday, July 13, 2020

Introducing ForeverMore ~ My NEW Block of the Month!!

To say I'm excited to finally show you my new BOM quilt is an understatement!  I've been working on this project for so long and couldn't utter a peep.  But I am silent to more!


My new BOM is a truly traditional quilt with some of the oldest fabrics I've ever had the pleasure to reproduce!  I chose some really fun-to-piece sampler blocks, along with a collection of small blocks, that all surround the Starburst center.

Wait until you see the gorgeous fabrics!  Don't wanna wait?
I completely here to see my ForeverMore collection.

I'll also be showing you tons more photos in the coming weeks as I am piecing and writing this program right now.  Follow me on Instagram and Facebook to see more behind-the-scenes photos, too.  

ForeverMore begins in January and runs for 12 months.  Please ask for my ForeverMore BOM program at your favorite quilt shop.  

Plumberry is about to be delivered to your LQS!!  My quilt, made with Plumberry, is almost done, so I'll have photos of the fabrics, and the quilt, in my next post.  

Until then, stay safe, be well....and keep on stitching!

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Cardboard Insert Finishing Instructions for any Project

July 4th wool project and Antebellum quilt ~ FREE patterns from Pam Buda of
I don't always want my projects to hang on the wall, or become pinkeeps or paper weights.  I often want them to stand up as if they were framed, without the expense of having them framed, so this idea seems to be a good alternative.   Here's the simple method I created to do just that.
I'm using my July 4th freebie project as my sample, but you can do this to any small quilt, wool applique or cross stitch project.  You will want to adjust the border measurements according to the size of the project you're working with.  You don't have to have a border, so keep that in mind as an option as well.

At the end of this post, you can download/print the written instructions for this tutorial, saving you from scribbling notes for these steps.  (Click here to get the July 4th wool project above.)

To begin, I added a 1 1/2" cut border to my July 4th top.  Measure the length and width of your top including the new added border.  Cut a piece of scrap batting to the same size.

Cut a piece of lining fabric the same size as your top.  I used a light print so you can clearly see which piece is which piece for the technique, but you can choose to have the fabrics match the border, and/or backing, or use up scraps.
Cut a backing fabric the same size as your project.  Using a disappearing marker or pen, measure and draw a line 3/4 of an inch along the bottom edge.  Fold the backing, wrong sides together, along the marked line and press.
Sew a top stitch seam 1/4" from the folded edge to give it a nice finish.
Cut (2) 1 1/2" squares (mine are red) and fold each one in half diagonally, wrong sides together, forming a triangle.  
Layer your project components as follows:  
*project top facing down
*inside lining face up
*place the two triangles in the bottom corners of the project on the back
*backing face up

Pin all around and stay stitch 1/8" on all four sides of the project.  This will hold all the components in place when you sew the binding.

Prepare the smallest width binding you are comfortable using.  I used (2) strips cut 1 7/8" wide for single fold binding.  

When calculating binding for another project, here is the math formula:

L+L+W+W+10 inches, divided by 40 = how many strips to cut at the width you desire.

Bind as you usually would.

Cut a piece of cardboard or tag board 1/2 inch smaller than your project size.  You don't want to use a box as that is too thick.  I used cardboard that I took from the back of a pad of paper.  You can also use a cereal box.

Insert the cardboard between the lining and the backing.  Tuck the bottom corners into the two triangles.

Voila!!!  Easy, peasy!!  It's ready to be displayed anywhere with a decorative easel.

Click here to download/print my Cardboard Insert Finishing Instructions.

 I hope my tutorial and technique help you find new ways to enjoy your many stitching projects.   The tutorial will remain on my blog for you to reference anytime in the future.

 I encourage you to follow me on Instagram and Facebook for behind-the-scenes posts that don't appear here on the blog.  Share this post with your quilting friends!  

Be well, dear readers....keep on stitching!

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th of July!!

Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays of the year.  I love decorating the house in red, white and blue from June to September.  I L*O*V*E this country and the people in it!

To celebrate this national holiday, and more to the point, to thank faithful readers, who support me with your kind comments and emails, with buying my fabric at your local quilt shop, and with your orders on my website, I want to THANK YOU!!  

This little woolen design is my 4th of July Freebie gift to you.  You can print the directions here.

In the next few days, pull your scraps together and stitch the top.  On July 9th, I will post a unique way to finish this project, so be sure to stop back here at my blog for all the details.

Until then, celebrate...keep safe, stay healthy and God Bless America!!

Thursday, June 25, 2020

A Circa 1880 Nine Patch Find!!

A few weeks ago, the folks at Marcus Fabrics warehouse were cleaning and rearranging things and found an entire box of my original Circa 1880 Nine Patch kits, complete with Aged Muslin background, the original red print border and a fat quarter bundle of the original Circa Prairie Basics and Shirtings!!  
They asked me if I wanted to buy them?  Heck, yeah!
The kit comes complete with the Circa 1880 Nine Patch pattern and template set, too.
The Circa 1880 Club also has a private Facebook group for club members.  (You must purchase the Circa 1880 Nine Patch quilt pattern and template set for entry to the private club.)  We share loads of tips and tricks for organizing and piecing your quilt.  How members can trade blocks if they like, and see how everyone's quilt is progressing.  Many have already completed their Circa 1880 Nine Patch quilt!  Some have made theirs using different setting fabrics, some have made theirs king size!!  It's a great place to share your Circa experience!  

It was a real find coming upon this box of Circa goodies and it won't happen again.  I only have this limited amount of original Circa kits while supplies last.  

The Circa 1880 Nine Patch pattern, template set, Aged Muslin (a one-of-a-kind by Marcus Fabrics)  and small club quilt pattern set is available in a variety of ways.  

Click here to browse my Circa 1880 Club offerings.  

The piecing and writing of my new BOM continues.  Gosh...I'm in mad love with these fabrics.  I can not wait to show you the fabrics, the quilt, and tell you about the program.  I hope I can in a few weeks after Marcus Fabrics releases the news.  They, of course, have first dibs on showing off!  

My friend and sewing helper, Deb (who is an awesome piecer!) is merrily working on the new quilt using Plumberry.  I'll be posting photos of the blocks very soon.  It's always so fun to see the fabric in real quilt blocks.  

I have found time to fit in a new surprise freebie for you.  I'm almost done and will likely post it July 1st.  Stay tuned right here to my blog..., although, I am planning to show a sneak peek on Instagram before July follow me on Instagram!  

Other than that, I am trying to really enjoy my summer.  I make it a point to be outside on the patio at least once a day.  We had a whole lot of rain over the weekend, so now the lawns look lush, and the flowers are happy.  (I was pretty happy too, not having to water them all!)

I hope you are enjoying your summer as well, and getting to stitch at least once a day.  The bummer of this summer is that we just don't have those picnics and grad parties to attend because of you know what.  It's sad not to have these things to look forward to.  Are you feeling the same way?  Chicagoland/Illinois, where I live, will be progressing to phase 4 tomorrow.  I'm not so sure I'm ready to be in big crowds just yet.  My heart wants to, but my mind says caution is a good thing.  We'll see as time goes by.

As always, I hope you stay safe, keep stitching and most of all, be well.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Antebellum Sew Along ~ Part Four

I don't know about you, but I feel like these past weeks have just flown by.  Here were are at our final week of the sew along.  I'm really hoping you enjoyed this one as much as I have?

Let's make our last batch of Half Square Triangles.

Using (20) light print and (20) blue print 2 1/4" squares, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the light print squares.  Match each with a blue print square and sew 1/4" on both sides of the drawn line.  Cut them apart, press to the blue print.  Make (40) Half Square Triangles trimmed to 1 1/2" unfinished.

To complete our Antebellum quilt, sew (9) Half Square Triangles together for each side border; press seams open between HST.  Each side border should measure 1 1/2" x 9 1/2" unfinished.  Sew the side borders to the quilt center; press to the plain red border.

Then, sew (11) Half Square Triangles together for the top and bottom borders.  Like before, pay specific attention to the two HST on the ends of the bottom borders as they are turned differently than the others.  Each border should measure 1 1/2" x 11 1/2" unfinished.   Sew the borders to the quilt center; press to the plain red border.

Cut (2) 1 3/4" x 11 1/2" light print strips for the side borders, and (2) 1 1/2" x 14 1/2" strips for top and bottom borders.  Sew the plain light print border to the quilt center.  Your quilt should measure 14 1/2" square.  Bind with red print fabric cut 2" wide for single fold binding.  

I hand quilted my Antebellum quilt only in the light parts of the HST.  I'm still a beginner at hand quilting, and I don't really know how to fit a border design just yet.  It's plenty of quilting to keep it all together and enjoy it for the summer.  

I'd love to see your Antebellum quilt!  If you post it on social media, please tag me @heartspunquilts and use the hashtag #antebellumsewalong

Enjoy your weekend and Happy Father's Day to all our dads out there!  

Stay safe, keep creating and be well.....

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Introducing Plumberry

It's always a fun day when I am able to introduce you to a new fabric collection!
Plumberry ~ Designed by Pam Buda for Marcus Fabrics
I chose many of my recent favorite prints to recolor in shades of lavender to eggplant.  Oh what fun!  Believe it or not, all of them are historic reproduction prints from antique quilts c. 1850.
I do love purple and plum historic prints.  I'd really be missing those plums in my scrappy quilts!  The problem is....not many fabric companies create historic repros in shades of purples, therefore, they are hard to come by.  It's not that purples weren't made in the 1800/1900...they were.  On the old quilts, many of the dyes have gone rogue, and are no longer purple, but I know that's not the reason they're not created now.  Fact is, I don't know why....but no worries, because I do!

I love creating them.  My first plum collection, Old Plum Calicos, came out several years ago and was a big hit, so we (Marcus Fabrics and I) decided it was time for another one....and Plumberry is it!

Plumberry will ship to your LQS very early in August.  PLEASE visit your LQS and stock up on these purple historic repros because they are too few and far between.  I encourage you to shop at your LQS because they need our support very badly, and we want them to be around for years to come.  

If your LQS chooses not to carry Plumberry, I will have fat quarters and yardage in August as well.  But, I always want you to buy from a quilt shop first!  

Nan's Fancy, featuring Plumberry  Designed by Pam Buda for Heartspun Quilts
This quilt, called Nan's Fancy, is the quilt I designed using the entire Plumberry collection.  I will be offering a very limited number of kits.  

If you're interested, you can reserve a kit for yourself with a $25 deposit.  Click here to read all the details and pre-order your Nan's Fancy quilt kit.  I will be showing photos of blocks and more photos of fabrics in the near future.  The quilt is being made right now.

Counting the days until I can reveal my new BOM.  I am enjoying this summer more than I have in years!  I take time everyday to be outside and take in the pleasures the season has to offer.  Flowers, the smell of cut grass, watching kids play, and sitting outside at night with neighbors (social distancing) just talking.  

Life is good.  It's still a very scary time,  so be safe out there, and keep creating.  

Be well.....

Friday, June 12, 2020

Antebellum Sew Along ~ Part Three

So happy you're back with me for week three of the sew along.  Let's get started....
With the red print HSTs you made last week, and trimmed to 1 1/2", sew (5) of them together, pressing seams in between open for the side borders.  The side borders should measure 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" unfinished.  Check your measurements before proceeding and fix any issues that may arise.  Sew them to the center LeMoyne Star block; press.  (Press the HST border in the direction that is better for the points of your HST, and that may mean press the seam open.)

Next, sew (7) HST together for the top and bottom borders.

Pay specific attention to the orientation of the HST in the top and bottom rows, and how the bottom row is different.  Not exactly sure why the bottom row has HST turned this way, but I replicated the original exactly.  I think it's authentic this way, and kinda kitschy.  I like it, but if you don't, turn your HST  as you desire.  Press seams open between the HST.  The top and bottom borders should measure 1 1/2" x 7 1/2" unfinished.  Sew them to the quilt top; press.  Your quilt should now measure 7 1/2" square.

 Let's add the plain borders.  From your red print #2, cut (1) 1 1/2" X WOF strip ~ subcut (4) 1 1/2" x 7 1/2 strips for borders.

Since you have your red print #2 out on the cutting table, cut (2) 2" x WOF strips for single fold binding.  Set aside.

From the blue print, cut (4) 1 1/2" squares for border cornerposts.

Sew (2) 1 1/2" x 7 1/2" red print #2 strips to the sides of your quilt top; press to the red print border.  

Sew (2) blue print 1 1/2" squares to each end of the red print top and bottom borders; press to the red print borders.  Then, sew the top and bottom borders to the quilt; press to the red print borders.  Your quilt should now measure 9 1/2" square, unfinished.  

That's all for this week!!  Your quilt is looking so cute!  Don't forget to post your progress using #AntebellumSewAlong    
I sincerely hope you're enjoying the sew along, and that it's happening at a nice and easy pace for you.  I am planning at least one more later in the early fall!  Always trying to plan fun sewing projects for us to make together.

I had hoped to post photos of Plumberry this week, but the fabric didn't arrive until yesterday.  So, I will most definitely have an update for you this coming week.

Presently, I am deep into writing the directions for my new 2021 BOM.  I'm busy starching the fabric, too, and can't wait to begin cutting it up.  It will be introduced in July, so watch for exciting news on this program.  I can tell you it's very traditional, multi-colored in my core colors, and has just glorious fabric prints.  The border print makes my heart sing every time I look at it.  So...enough tempting you about it...but I am bursting to share it with you.  It's so hard keeping secrets!!

I hope you are staying healthy and can get out and about in the world a bit better.  I'm headed to my patio to work on the BOM outside because it's a beautiful day today.  Then, some evening stitching there as well.  I love summer!

Stay safe and healthy, and keep stitching!

Friday, June 5, 2020

Antebellum Sew Along ~ Part Two

Welcome to part two of my Antebellum sew along.  I hope everyone enjoyed making the LeMoyne Star center block.

Let's make some Half Square Triangles.
Using (12) light print and (12) red print 2 1/4" squares, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the light print squares.  Match each with a red print square and sew 1/4" on each side of the drawn line.  Cut them apart, press to the red print.
Trim to measure 1 1/2" square.  Make (24) light/red print HST.

That's it for this week.   Not too much sewing, I hope?

I've been working on my 2021 Block of the Month program.  I will be able to debut it soon.  I think you're gonna love it and HAVE to make it!  It's a beauty and very traditional which speaks so deeply to my heart.  I am so proud of the fabric collection, and you know the quality of Marcus Fabrics....always superb!   I'll be able to show you my new purple collection, called Plumberry, later this week.  Exciting stuff!

In the meantime, turn the news channels off, and escape to your happy place...your sewing room awaits!

Stay safe, keep creating and be well....

Friday, May 29, 2020

Antebellum Sew Along ~ Part One

Antebellum ~ A Quilt Archaeology Sew along by Pam Buda ~ Heartspun Quilts
The day has finally arrived to begin my new Quilt Archaeology sew along called Antebellum.  I'm so glad you've decided to 'dig in' with me!  (If you are just joining us now, you can catch up, and read more details about this sew along, including yardage requirements here.)

Let's get started!  
I used four of the fabrics in my Bess' Flower Garden collection to make Antebellum
This week, we will make the LeMoyne Star center of the quilt.

Cutting Instructions

From light print
Cut (4) 1 3/4" x 3" rectangles
Cut (4) 1 3/4" squares

From red print
Cut (2) 2 1/4" squares for Half Square Triangles (HST)
Cut (4) 1 3/4" squares for Flying Geese 

From blue print
Cut (2) 2 1/4" squares for HST
Cut (4) 1 3/4" squares for Flying Geese


Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of (2) red print 2 1/4" squares.  Match each with a blue print square and sew 1/4" on each side of the drawn line.  Cut apart, press to the blue print.  Make (4) red/blue HST trimmed to 1 3/4" square.
Arrange the (4) HST into a Pinwheel unit.  Sew together into rows; press for opposing seams.  Sew rows together; press.
If you know how to do a Four-Patch-Press (photo above), that will help a lot to reduce the bulk, which always means better accuracy.  
Make (1) Pinwheel unit measuring 3" unfinished.
Using the (4) light rectangles, (4) red and (4) blue 1 3/4" squares; draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of all red and blue squares.  

Place the blue square on the left side of the light rectangle, paying specific attention to the direction of the diagonal line.  (See the first sample in the photo above.)  Sew the connector corner square on the diagonal line (scant); press and trim.  (See second sample in the photo above.)

Repeat these steps with the red square on the right side of the rectangle.  Make (4) Flying Geese measuring 1 3/4" x 3" unfinished.
Arrange the pieces for the LeMoyne Star block as shown.  Sew together into rows; press for opposing seams.  Sew rows together; press.

Your LeMoyne Star center block should measure 5 1/2" square, unfinished.  

That's it for this week.  The next step is coming next Friday.

In the meantime, I need to pass along a huge Thank You to everyone who placed an order last weekend for a FREE Antebellum quilt kit.  All of the orders have been processed and the kits are on their way to you.  I can't tell you how I appreciate your orders and your business.  They quite frankly keep me able to do things like this sew along with you!  And, I'm so grateful for that 'cause it's so much fun!  If you decided to use your own stash....great!  I'm happy you're sewing along with me as well.  

Over the Memorial Day weekend, my family and I finally had a chance to move into the brand new patio addition to our home.  It took one year to complete...not because it's grandiose...No!    It's the dumb luck that seems to plague all construction jobs of never-ending delays.  Sigh....that was last year!  Now, we can begin to enjoy.  I'll be posting photos on Instagram and Facebook here and there.  Are you enjoying the end of spring/early summer? much as we can during this quarantine.

I plan on stitching a whole lot on that patio this summer.  I hope you find time to enjoy the weather and stitch, too.  

Stay safe and keep creating!  

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

Be well....