Friday, April 29, 2016

Coming Soon....a New Tokens of the Past Pattern!


My Star Spangled Liberty quilts are all completed!  Pieced, quilted and bound....what a great feeling that is!!  They are temporarily gone for photography which means that very soon, I can have the pattern covers printed.  The pattern is nearly completed as well, and has many eyes proofreading every detail to deliver as problem free a pattern as is humanly possible!  

In the meantime, I've been itching to begin making the three new quilts for my next Tokens of the Past pattern coming soon.  The photo above shows the fabrics that are included in the 
10 x 10 precut of the Star Spangled Liberty collection.  I think the 10 x 10s will be available in September, but that might change.

I am so, so, so JAZZED about the three quilts in this new pattern which will be called

Tokens of the Past: Union Forever!

Boy did I have fun designing three patriotic quilts.  I mean, what's not to L*O*V*E about red, white and blue quilts anyway?  So here's a sneak peek at some sewing I'm doing for one of the three quilts.  Just a tease, I know.  Sorry!  You'll have to wait awhile longer for the big reveal.  

We're running our sewing machines hard to complete these three quilts so they can make their big debut at spring market.  

I'm really hoping you'll love them as much as I do!  

Hope you're finding time to sew something as well.  So, so good for our souls!  

Monday, April 18, 2016

Star Spangled Liberty Quilted!

The first of the two Star Spangled Liberty quilts has been quilted and the binding is in progress.  Feels great to get the to this point!  I'm dropping the second quilt off at my fabulous quilter Ronda's place today.  Aahhh...they're done!  But the work is far from being complete.  Finishing touches on the pattern and shop guides will be happening this week and then off to the proofreader to check, check and double check every little detail.  I promise more pictures when both quilts are bound.  

Thank you!  Thank you to everyone who took the time to comment to my last blog post.  It feels nice to hear from all of you, and believe me, I read each and every comment.  Loved hearing your thoughts on which fabrics, patterns and BOM programs inspire you to want to buy and or make them.  So much of what you said resonates with me, too!

These 8 comments were randomly chosen to receive the Heartspun Quilts pattern of their choice:  

Jennifer - Pam, your Star Spangled Liberty is wonderful. I feel this question is a bit hard because it can be a number of things like, color, print, design etc. I guess it's more a feeling it gives me, warms my heart, a familiar comfortable I got to have you kind of feeling: ) 

Patti - I need no spurring, I just love to buy fabric. And I have a wide range of taste. I buy more when a fabric evokes a feeling or memory. The BOM is lovely.

Jill - I buy and make what speaks to me, it's that simple I guess.
  
Gwenette - Be still my heart!!! I love anything red, white, and blue!! Your new pattern is so Americana!!!

Sunny - I love mostly old fashioned, traditional type patterns. And I love fabric. Most fabric. No rhyme nor reason to what I buy. I'm not good with BOM's because I lose interest if I can't keep working on something. And I'm on a fixed income, so if I can make something from my scraps or stash, it's all very good!!

Kathy F. - Pam, your fabrics are simply stunning. I am in awe with each new selection. It is obvious you love what you do. You inspire me. Thank you.

Aunt Bee - I love your work...but like many others, we are retired. Our income does not go up any more which is sad because our wants still do! And with MS the medical bills are sky high. Good thing I worked for a quilt store and stocked up and have a good stash. When doing a BOM I look for something different...something that I may only have to add 1 or 2 fabrics to. And this is a big one! Are the patterns offered free?  Thanks for listening and all your excellent work!


Anonymous - I love doing block of the months, it is always hard to decide which one to do, I had 3 going last year and didn't enjoy them as much so I think now I will stick to one at a time. I am not sure what draws me in, I read a lot of blogs and Instagram, sometimes it is just love at first site. This quilt is amazing, I will have to hold off on doing a block of the month so maybe I can do this one.

Please email me at Pam@HeartspunQuilts.com with your mailing address and which pattern you chose.  Thanks so much for your comments! 




Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Moment You Get Your First Look

At this moment, this glorious moment.....when all of the piecing of the "parts" of a quilt are complete.....you're about to get your first look at what the quilt really looks like.  So exciting!

Star Spangled Liberty is about to become a real quilt instead of an EQ drawing.  Drum roll, please!

My friend Deb and I pieced the quilts just as you will, by following the monthly patterns.  I'm writing as I am piecing, checking and double checking what seems like a million details, all to deliver (to the very best of my ability!) a perfect BOM program.

By the time you read this, I'll be sorting blocks, adding sashing and borders, and seeing what was a creation of my imagination come to life.  

I know I've been kinda MIA from my blog the last week or so, and now you know why.  Don't think I'm not thinking about blogging, or wondering how you all are doing.  You've been quiet, too!

So....let's get some chatter going here.  

Leave me a blog comment on what spurs you to buy that great piece of fabric, a quilt pattern, or sign up for a BOM.  What is it about that product that says "I have to have that", or "I really want to make that?"

On Monday, I will choose a bunch of you to receive the Heartspun Quilts pattern of your choice!!  (PWSC patterns not included.)  To be fair to everyone, only comments left to this blog post will be entered.  If you leave your comments anonymously, is most helpful to type your email address at the end of your comment like this: PamAtHeartspunQuiltsDotCom  

Enjoy your weekend!!  You know what I'll be doing.....sewing!!  Yippee!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Star Spangled Sewing

I've been keeping myself pretty busy these days....
The rotary cutter has been getting a good workout.....
The computer keyboard has been getting a good workout, too!
The sewing machine has been humming along....
Finally....after months and months and months of planning, designing and thinking....
It's beginning to come together!  So exciting!!  


Hope there's some Star Spangled Sewing 
in your future!  
Come on and join the fun!  


Star Spangled Liberty begins this August at a quilt shop near you!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Spring Is Renewal For The Soul

Banner Header from Brave Girls Club website

I'm deep into writing and stitching for my Star Spangled Liberty BOM program (making both quilts at the same time and loving it!!) so I don't have a lot to talk about that's new from Heartspun Quilts at the moment, but wanted to share something positive that I enjoy everyday.

Each day, whether it be in our own personal lives, on the news, or at work, there doesn't seem to be an end to the bad news and negativity thrown at us on a daily basis.  It can bum a girl out!

I wanted to share a wonderful, positive force that comes to my inbox daily...free of charge.
Brave Girls Club
The Brave Girls Club is by women, for women, and is nothing but positive, warm and fuzzy reminders of goodness and kindness.  I subscribe to their daily emails and often....some of them really speak to me!  I have printed some of the messages and pinned them to by bulletin board to remind myself of a particular message I need to remember.   

Here are a few of my favorite blog post links:

http://bravegirlsclub.com/archives/30040

http://bravegirlsclub.com/archives/30262

Perhaps the Brave Girls Club is not for everyone, but I think there are a lot of you who would sincerely enjoy it as much as I do.  It's positive, it's free, and it's uplifting.  It's so nice to know that there are people out there who are powered by the positive just like you and me.  Click here to sign up for their daily emails.

Just wanted to pass along something good to all of my many friends around the world.  With the miracle of Spring happening all around us in the budding trees and flowers, it's a good thing to also encourage happiness and renewal within our mind, heart and souls.  


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Celebrate National Quilting Day with a SALE!!!

I goofed.  I've been known to goof now and again.  (I'd like to think it wasn't often, but certain people I live with might disagree with that.  What do they know anyway, right?!!  Teehee!)  

I thought National Quilting Day was the 16th.  Nope....it's not until Saturday, the 19th.  No biggie...let's just celebrate the rest of the week.  Sound like a plan? Sure, why not!

In celebration, I am having a sale on all of my fabrics!!  

Visit my website starting right now until midnight, Saturday March 19th to save 

20 to 25% off on all my fabric offerings and discounts on postage, too!!  
Lots and lots of assorted Fat Quarter and Fat Eighth bundles are on sale!
You'll find an assortment of quilt kits on sale as well.  
While quantities last.

Go forth and surf....your stash needs to be fed!!  

Monday, March 14, 2016

Scrap Giveaway Winners

My thanks to everyone...all 300+ of you, whom took the time to comment for a chance to receive a small box of my scraps.  I read each and every comment, and honestly can't tell you how much I thoroughly enjoyed reading each one!  As I was reading, I wished that I had a box to send to everyone, and while I accumulated a lot of scraps, I don't have that many!!

Here are the three comments selected to receive a part of the big box:

Joni....

I'm making the 365 day challenge quilt and you need really little pieces so scraps are just what I need! I purchased small containers & sorted my colors accordingly
Your scraps are perfect for my project! 

 Sheri.....

I use Bonnie Hunter's scrap saving system pretty much with a couple additions that come from using my accuquilt dies.  I have one drawer called "bits" they are pretty small less than 1 1/2" side for doing miniature or doing string piecing to make a larger piece.  Thanks for sharing your scrap bin with us!

McLibrarian

Hi Pam,
I haven't been quilting very long, so right now it works for me to save most of my scraps by the project that created them.  I seem to know where to look for them better that way.  I can imagine that, as my scrap collection grows, I'll need to find another way.  I have saved scraps as small as 1 inch squares on up.  The boxes in your photos look very useful.  I'm not working on a scrap project at the moment but have several patterns waiting for more scraps.  Your scraps would really give my scrap collection a much needed boost!  Thanks so much!

Please email your snail mail addresses to me at Pam@HeartspunQuilts.com

One thing that occurred to me while reading many comments is that I wish I had devised an organization system for my scraps
when I first began piecing.  That way, I could sort and file my scraps for use later, and find them easily when I needed them for that new project.  The one bad thing about making scrappy quilts is how labor intensive they are.  Worth it, for sure, but if you can cut down on the amount of time it takes to choose and prep the scraps, and get to sewing, it would be a big help!  Just sayin'......so take it for what it's worth out there.


Did you know that Wednesday, March 16th is National Quilting Day?

Be sure to check my blog post Wednesday morning for a special limited-time offer in celebration of National Quilting Day.  

Now, I'm headed back to work at the sewing machine (JOY) piecing blocks for Star Spangled Liberty.  I will definitely post some block photos on Instagram and Facebook later today as well.  Hope you get some time to sew today, too!  

Friday, March 11, 2016

Star Spangled Liberty ~ My New BOM!!!

Star Spangled Liberty ~ Applique Version ~ BOM program by Pam Buda for Marcus Fabrics
I'm so, so jazzed to finally be able to tell you all about this wonderful new Block of the Month program I've been working on for Marcus Fabrics, called...

Star Spangled Liberty!

I've had just the best time designing the quilt and all the fabrics for my second BOM program.   With all the excitement going on in our nation right now with the upcoming election (good, bad and the crazy!), we're all in tune to setting our country on a new course, showing our red, white and blue pride everywhere.  So, doing what quilters always do during a time like this, we turn to needle and thread to express our feelings.  

There are actually two versions of Star Spangled Liberty....the first one above has an AMERICA applique in the middle of the center row.  This is not a panel.  You will use your favorite method of applique to create this portion of the quilt.  OR.....

Star Spangled Liberty ~ All Pieced version BOM program by Pam Buda for Marcus Fabrics
For those of you for whom applique is a four-letter word, I created an all pieced version of the quilt.  When you sign up for the program, you'll simply choose which version you'd like to make!  Easy, breezy!  Both quilts measure approximately 74 1/2" x 78"

As designers of fabric, quilts and other fun to sew projects, we work months and sometimes more than a year in advance of when you actually get to see what we've been working on.  This quilt was one of those that I've been working on for almost two years.  I designed the quilt with the row concept long before the row by row programs that are running now became popular, so I'm delighted that they've been well received.  

When I was thinking about creating the quilt, I knew I wanted a new and completely different quilter's flag, and I am very jazzed about the flag in this quilt.  I turned it vertically to offset all the rows of stars, which was the second element I really wanted in the quilt.  We all love stars, don't we, and so I wanted lots and lots of star blocks.  

The center row really gave me a place to have fun with creating other patriotic blocks, and there I wanted to create blocks you might find at a Fourth of July parade.  The flag star blocks and patriotic pinwheels fit the bill perfectly, and we see God Bless America banners on parade floats, too. 

This will be a 9 month BOM program, available only through participating quilt shops, so please be sure to ask your favorite quilt shop owner to offer the program.  If you don't ask, they don't know you're interested!  

You'll begin to see a poster in quilt shops offering the program very soon, and the program actually begins in September, 2016.  It was timed this way so you will be completing your quilt in May of 2017, just in time for Memorial day, July 4th, and to display all summer long!!  

I can't resist the opportunity to include some history in my BOM programs, so you can look forward to reading about Betsy Ross, who played an epic role in the birth of our nation.  It truly warms my heart knowing how fabric, needle and thread in the hands of a skilled needlewoman such as Betsy, had such a profound and lasting impact on our nation, and the world.  In every century since her first colonial flag was completed, "Old Glory" is recognized everywhere, by everyone!  

I will also have fun Old Glory flag facts (a nod to Sheldon Cooper!),  The Star Spangled Banner, and Pledge of Allegiance.  Oh, and there will be a bonus project, too.

To say my patriotic fabrics revved my design engine into overdrive would be a gross understatement!!  You can look forward to a brand new trio of Tokens of the Past quilts in a new pattern called Union Forever,  once again made from the Star Spangled Liberty 10 inch precut pack.  

AND....a new patriotic Pocket Patchwork Sew-Along in the near future.  

Next thing for you to do is to click here to check out all of the delicious fabrics I designed for the Star Spangled Liberty collection.  Oh, and while you're browsing the Marcus Fabrics website, do browse around the many other new fabric collections coming to your local quilt shop very soon.  We have been hard at work to bring you new fabrics for your next quilt, or just to keep your stash happy!  

I invite you to keep visiting my blog for more news about my Star Spangled Liberty fabrics, and BOM program.  Now that it has all been introduced, I can begin to post pictures of everything.  Presently, I am piecing the quilts, so watch my Instagram and Facebook pages for sneak peeks of the quilt construction.  

Like Betsy, I hope you find some time to feed your soul with the stitches you sew.  

Thanks so much for reading my blog.  I'd be awful lonely without you!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Another Scrap Give-Away!!

We've been cutting a lot of kits and bundles lately, and along with the quilts we made using my latest fabric collection, Old Green Calicos, I've once again acquired a whole lotta scraps!

Time to send them to a good home!

If you'd like to receive a bunch of my fabric scraps, just leave me a comment on my blog!

I'd love to know how you sort, store and use your scraps.  How many scrap quilt projects do you have going right now?  What's the smallest size scrap you save?  Let's talk scraps!!

I'll be collecting your comments until Sunday evening, and on Monday, will post where those scraps are going.  

To be fair to everyone, I can only choose from comments left on my blog.  Thanks, everybody, for helping me to make room for more scraps.  Spread the word among your friends.

I've had more than a few people email me wanting information about the bins I'm using for my Half Square Triangles and squares.  I purchased both from JoAnn Fabrics.  The bin on the left is made by Art Bin, which is a brand of organizer they carry all the time.  I don't often see the one with all the dividers, though, so you may need to watch for that one, or check their on-line offernings.

The small bin to the right with the blue dividers, also from JoAnn, is called Snapware.  I've also purchased it at Walmart and Target.  As we all know, scrap quilts are super labor intensive, but oh so glorious.  I find that keeping my scraps sorted by color helps me to quickly find what I'm looking for. 

I'm sure interested in reading your scrap organizing ideas!  I'm off to sew blocks for my new BOM, and I'll have a lot of news to share with you all about the BOM on Monday.

Happy Scrapping!


Monday, February 29, 2016

Good Things Come From Small Pieces

I've been doing a lot of secret sewing this past week.  Lots and lots and lots of half square triangles to make.  Work on my new Block of the Month is progressing, and I will be piecing the blocks very soon.  It won't be long now until I can share all the goodness with you, and believe me, I can hardly wait.

In the meantime, I'm also juggling the construction of several other new quilts.  Do you do the same thing...work between several projects?

I'm also hand sewing a couple of the wool projects I brought home with me from the cruise, and hope to share those as well.  Nothing like relaxing with my family and hand sewing in the evening.  Good livin'!!

Tomorrow, I'm packing the car up to drive to the Indianapolis area for a big quilt festival, called the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show in Bloomington, IN.  In addition to the quilt show, there's a vendor mall, and many workshop classes to take from national teachers.  My dear pal, Lynne Hagmeier (Kansas Troubles Quilters) will be there, too.  Click here to see the faculty roster and class list.

If you're anywhere in the area, the show is most definitely worth checking out.  The event takes place March 3, 4 & 5th.  Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Wanna Make A Mini Quilt??

Oh I love when I get to tell you about something that's been in the works for a long time. Keeping secrets from you is hard, ya know.  

 Last summer, the good folks at American Patchwork & Quilting magazine chose me to be one of the contributors in their newest special edition quilt magazine featuring nothing but mini quilts!   I've hardly been able to wait to get my copy and see all the quilt projects in this jam packed issue. The wait is over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you know me at all....you know how much I adore little quilts and small blocks!!  
No surprise...I jumped at the chance!

Here's my teeny little table runner, called Little Bits.  

It was such fun to piece from scraps.  



There are 29 projects in the Make It Mini book, so you're sure to find a bunch that appeal to you.  The newsstand date is March 1st, so be sure to pick one up at your local quilt shop or favorite newsstand.  


I am honored that my quilt was among those chosen for the cover.   It's always a thrill. 

Spread the word! 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Back Home ~ Missing Warm Weather!

I'm back home from a lovely trip to warm climates.  Returning to our typical Chicago winter wasn't a terrible shock, but must say that I adjusted to the sunny 70's and 80's in about 2 seconds flat.  

My first stop was to visit the lovely ladies of the Country Road Quilters Guild in Ocala, Fl.  A beautiful part of the county, it is home to a big thoroughbred horse community.   Home, also, to a group of warm and friendly women I had the pleasure of meeting.  I gave a lecture and workshop and spent two days with them.  I am so very lucky to have this job to be able to spend time with quilters all over the country as they really are the best people!  

Now...did I remember to take photos?  No!  And, ya know, I've decided that it's not a sin because I really am so in the moment enjoying talking and spending time with these folks that I'm OK with not remembering to take pictures.  Hope I do better remembering, but if not...well, that will be OK, too.

On Saturday, I met up with the smiling faces of my girlfriends in the photo above, and we boarded the Oasis of the Seas to cruise the Caribbean with 90+ other ladies from 3 countries and 22 states.  Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin and Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings were hosts to our group of wool loving stitchers.  I'll post pictures of the projects as I complete them. Not sure what year that will be (parish the thought!)

The ship was nothing short of amazing.  We had calm seas, partly sunny weather, visited three ports of call, and stitched, relaxed, ate, drank and laughed our way thru the week.  A wonderful vacation, and I highly recommend it if you get a chance.

Back home means back to work.  I feel recharged and energetic...and it's a good thing, too, cause I have lots of work to do.  Presently, I am writing the cutting and pattern instructions for my new BOM.  Next week, I hope to be cutting and sewing the blocks.  

Wish I could show it all to you, really I do, but must keep things under wraps for a little longer.  

In the meantime, I hope you're all doing well, and I sure hope you get some time to sew a little today.  It is...so good for the soul!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Sewing and Sailing

Today and tomorrow, I am spending the day in Ocala, Florida with quilters from The Country Road Quilters Guild, giving a lecture and workshop.  This time, I till try to remember to take more pictures!  (Seriously, Pam!!)

Beginning Saturday, I am off with a bunch of girlfriends on a week long quilting cruise!!  This time I am not the teacher, just the student, ready to have fun with my dear friends.  Three of my hometown BFF's and I will join 96 other ladies, some whom are national teachers like me, looking for a fun and sun-filled vacation to the Caribbean to just stitch and relax.

Sounds like fun, right?  If you've never been on a quilting cruise, you're missing a great time. My pals, Gloria, Vicky and Heather of Old Green Cupboard are hosting this party for teachers Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings, and Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin.  If you know Lisa and Stacy's work, then there's no surprise this cruise is all about WOOL and HAND STITCHING!!  Yay!!!  I can hardly wait.  

Since I'm on a much needed vacation, and sailing in international waters, I won't be posting here, or on social media, but hope to have some photos to share and good times to report once I get home.  

Good bye to-do list...hello girlfriends!!  My needle, thread and I are about to be reacquainted!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Enjoy A Little Evening Shade!

Evening Shade quilt pattern made with Old Green Calicos fabrics by Pam Buda for Marcus Fabrics
Dream a minute with me, won't you....of a serene little home on a river bank, where you're swinging on the porch swing with this quilt as the sun goes down, enjoying the Evening Shade. That is what I imagined when I designed this quilt, and of course, how it came to have that name. 

Evening Shade was great fun to piece.  There are 12 pieced blocks with Flying Geese, and 6 pinwheel blocks, that together, create fun movement within the quilt, and have your eyes dancing all around.  Love that!

Believe it or not, the 12 pieced Flying Geese blocks are made using all of the fabrics in the 10" precut pack of Old Green Calicos collection.  That makes the blocks super scrappy, which I just love.  
Thought I would show you a few up-close photos of the quilt details.  I have a blue and green living room, so Evening Shade just fits right in.  
I took some low lighting photos so you can see the quilting.
I don't know about you, but I adore that little blue and green shirting.  So cute!  My friend and co-worker, Debbie McClarence pieced Evening Shade for me.
Evening Shade was quilted by my friend, Ronda Dranter, in an edge to edge design.  The blocks are 12 inches, and the quilt measures 72" x 89". 

Please be sure to ask for the pattern and the Old Green Calicos fabric collection at your local quilt shop.  

If by chance they don't have it, I am once again offering a special PRE-ORDER price on kits for Evening Shade.  If you'd like to pre-order a kit, click here to read all the details.  Evening Shade kits will ship in March, or earlier if possible.  

You can order the Evening Shade pattern here.




In case you have a different quilt project in mind, or just want to add some green, blue and light prints to your stash, I also have Old Green Calicos Fat Quarter and Fat Eighth bundles, and the 10 inch precut available as well.



I hope you like my newest quilt design, Evening Shade.  Back to work on more inspirations just for you.  Enjoy your day.