Monday, September 17, 2018

Mrs. Miller's Apprentice - All Quilted!

I'm back home from a wonderful trip to Nashville.  I just loved Nashville!!!  What a fun town.  The weather was very hot and humid, much the same as it was at home in Chicago....so you go with the flow.  The food was yummy, the town was fun and the people are so friendly.  That's southern hospitality for you!  I will definitely go back again someday.  

My thanks for the ladies of Music City Quilters and Lakeshore Quilters for a lovely time.  I so enjoyed meeting everyone!
Mrs. Miller's Apprentice.  2019 Block of the Month by Pam Buda and Marcus Fabrics
My Mrs. Miller's Apprentice quilt returned home from her trip to Las Vegas where she was quilted by Val Krueger.  Val does not disappoint and did Mrs. Miller proud.  Before I send her off to be photographed, I thought I'd take some photos of Val's beautiful work. 
I took these photos in natural daylight inside the house to show off the quilting.  This, of course, does not show the true colors of the fabrics.  
I love crosshatching and Val put a lot of it in the quilt.  I'm so happy!
This photo shows the fabric colors a but better.  I very humbly say that I adore each fabric in this collection!  So jazzed with how the quilt turned out and the quilting just put it over the top!
Mrs. Miller's Apprentice is my new Block of the Month for 2019.  Quilt shops are signing up now to offer the program which begins in January.  So....ask for Mrs. Miller's Apprentice at your local quilt shop!  Fabrics will ship in December. It is so very important to support our LQS!!!  Too many of them are closing.  It's terrible.  

Besides binding Mrs. M., I have been putting the finishing touches on the Mrs. M patterns, and writing the diary stories that will accompany the monthly instructions.  It's been fun!  

I've also begun constructing the quilt that is my super-secret-scrappy-project for the last year!  I will finally....(finally!) be able to reveal all sometime next month.  There's a whole lot of preparation going on here and at Marcus for the big announcement.  I can barely contain myself!  

I can't believe the summer has whizzed by, although I do welcome the cooler days of autumn.  I'm also getting ready for my new Vintage Patchwork book to be delivered next month!  Yikes...there's so much fun stuff going on.  

I hope you have some time to enjoy these last days of summer.  Be well.....


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Scarlet & Walden

 Meet Scarlet.  She's another little tiny quilt in my new Vintage Patchwork book!   There's so much you can do with these bookshelf sized quilts, and as time goes by, I welcome the opportunity to show you.   Beautiful fabrics and colorful choices make a teeny quilt sing just as they do in a lap size quilt.  And...tucking them here and there add the coziness only fabric gives to a room!  
And....this is Walden.  I chose to make this block because it intrigued me so much.  It definitely has an unusual setting but is not difficult to make at all.  And, Walden is in one of my all time favorite color combos ever!  We can never have too many pinkeeps!!  

As you read this, I am in Nashville.  A city I haven't visited before this, but I was anxious to see.  I've heard all about the great music and good food....SOLD!  Add quilters to that mix, and I'm packing the car, and headed south!  

Nashville marks the end of my lecture and workshop year.  What a year it's been, too!  I visited Boston and Cape Cod, Galveston, Houston, NY, the Caribbean (on a cruise), Atlanta, Gulf Shores, AL, Wilmette, IL, Lee's Summit (KC), MO, Nashville, and will be in Houston for fall market!  Whew!  How in the world did I do all that travel??  

Next year brings trips to Arlington Heights, IL, Tampa area, Galveston...on another Caribbean cruise, Archbold, OH, Kansas City quilt market, Atlanta area, Lee's Summit, MO,  Maryland area, Muscatine, IA, and Grand Rapids, MI.  Details will be posted as my visits get closer.  

All that travel has taken me to wondrous places I likely would not have visited otherwise.  I have met warm and friendly quilters all over our great nation, and it's been such fun, and I have many great memories.  Beginning in 2020, I have decided to reduce the amount of travel I will be doing in order to make more time for get-togethers with friends, attend quilting retreats, and just do things around our home.  I hope to have more time for my blog posts...to host sew alongs and other fun stuff I've thought of but just don't have the time for.  I have traveled and taught for 12 years, and it's been great fun.....but it's time for a change.  

I am three states away from reaching my goal to step foot in all 50 states and I will get to two more next year.  That last state....it won't take me long to get there!  I'm determined!

I can't believe the summer is just about over.  It hasn't been a summer I've enjoyed as I recovered from surgery, but....I do adore fall, and sure welcome the cooler weather.  

Go stitch....it makes you happy!  



Wednesday, August 29, 2018

More Vintage Patchwork Projects

I truly cannot believe that it's been 3 weeks since I wrote a blog post!  It's a crime how quickly time passes.  I will sound like a broken record when I say I am busier than I'd like to be....but with good things happening.

I had a great time....really great time teaching and hanging out with all the quilters at Stitching With The Stars a few weeks ago.  Honestly, that event is one of my favorites all year....and Rita of Quilter's Station Quilt Shop is doing it again next year...and so am I!!  It will be in August, but maybe one week earlier?  Not sure about that.  

I am delighted to report that I am all healed from my knee replacement, have graduated from PT, and have 95% of my energy back.  Please, dear Lord, no more surgeries.  My DH is having his hip replaced in a few weeks.  Feeling like we're paying for our Ortho surgeon's villa in Italy all by ourselves....geesh!  But...oh, so grateful that we have access to great health care and talented docs.  

Since returning from Kansas City, I've been submerged in writing Mrs. Miller's BOM patterns, getting the graphics, designing and making the bonus quilt, big quilt is being quilting now, and submitting a new fabric line that had to be in by Sept. 1!  This week, we're also packing me for another trip...this time to Nashville!  

But....I really wanted to share a few more of the projects from my new and very first book, Vintage Patchwork.
This is a pinkeep called Wives & Daughters.  I really, really LOVE drum pinkeeps because they have so much versatility.  You can put just about anything in the band and they are not hard to make at all.  There's great assembly instructions in the book to guide you through the process.  The buttons are very old and imperfect...which for me...makes them perfect!  Love the aged patina of those old buttons. 
This is Huckleberry.  What a fun block to piece.  The butternut and blue prints are a classic combo.  I love a block with motion in it and this one certainly has that....yet it isn't hard at all.  Isn't it divine with that sweet old blue toy sewing machine??  Oh, I wish it were mine as it sure looks great with Huckleberry.  Hhmmm.....oh... eBay!  

Hope you enjoyed seeing two more of the Vintage Patchwork projects.  There's still more to share with you!    

You can Pre-Order the book here and I'll autograph your copy, and include a little surprise!  

Vintage Patchwork will be released October 1st!

If you live in the Nashville area,  please come to see me at the Music City Quilt Guild!  
I'll be lecturing Tues, Sept 4th at 9:30 am at St. John's Lutheran Church.  Come join the fun....I've love to meet YOU!  

Be well.....


Thursday, August 9, 2018

Mrs. Miller's Apprentice Progress

Blocks, blocks and more blocks!  Yay!  My Mrs. Miller's Apprentice quilt top is pieced and on the way to Val for quilting.  I'm elated over how it turned out.  Before sewing the top together, I took a few photos of the sampler blocks.  I think this is the best way to see fabrics, don't you?
Yup....Fabrics are luscious on the bolt,  but seeing them pieced in blocks gives a whole different perspective...to see how they play together.   Do you love playing with fabric and putting fun combinations together?  That's one of my favorite parts of piecing. 
If you're considering making Mrs. Miller's Apprentice, you should know that the blocks are constructed with simple, common piecing units.  
I so enjoy sampler blocks.  It's an adventure with each new block.  
Now that the top is done and off to be quilted, all the technical writing is taking place.  I like piecing blocks a whole lot more than writing, but it's part of the job. 

I'm writing the instructions and figuring out what graphics will be needed.  Then I'll have some fun doing something new....writing the fictional diary that will tell the story each month of Mrs. Miller and her apprentice.  

Once all of that is done, the patterns will go to a proofreading editor.  The quilt will be bound and professionally photographed.  And, finally....printing and distribution.  It takes one year to produce a block of the month and I really do love it!  

Yesterday marked 6 weeks post op from my knee replacement surgery.  Joy!!  It's healing very well and I'm doing great with PT.  So, so happy it's over.  

I'm still sewing and working on my super secret scrappy project.  I will begin assembly very soon.  Oh...I am so jazzed about this quilt. 

Next week, I'll be traveling to the Kansas City area.  I'll be teaching at Stitching With The Stars in Lee's Summit, MO.   This awesome venue is hosted by Quilter's Station which is also one of THE BEST quilt shops in the US!!  Can't wait...good times are coming and truth be told....I will be happy to get out of the house for awhile.  Oh...and I can't forget about the awesome BBQ!!!

Hope you're enjoying your summer.  As soon as the humidity calms down, I'll go sit on the deck and stitch a bit.  Be well...




Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Vintage Patchwork

It's August and about two months until my very first book with Martingale is ready!  Twelve scrappy projects await you!  
I am so, so jazzed to be able to show you more of the projects in the book.  This little quilt is called North & South.  So sweet, so fun, and so easy!
This cutie is called Tess.  I love Half Square Triangles!  They sure can create striking effects in little quilts!
Flying Geese and Pinwheels make this quilt a breeze to piece together.  Quilt is called Little Women.
Even the tiniest pieces can make a darling little quilt.  And, they're perfect for hand quilting. 

That's just a sneak peek at four of the twelve projects.  They are all named after nineteenth century best selling books.   

Did I mention that I made all twelve projects from just one 10 x 10 precut???  Yup...I really did and you can, too!  I used one 10 x 10 precut of my Pam's Prairie Basics & Shirtings collection.

Talk about an easy kit!  And...what a value, right?  

I'm taking pre-orders here for the Vintage Patchwork book alone.

Click here to order a combination of the Vintage Patchwork book and the 10 x 10 precut together.  

Order before Sept 15th and I'll include a special little Thank You gift.  And...you will get a personalized, signed copy just for you! 

Please place your book or book/fabric combo order separately from other items.  Your order will ship in October as soon as the books arrive!

Thank you so much for the support you give to my little business.  It enables me to keep working on fun stuff to inspire you.  

Be well....and happy stitching!


Monday, July 30, 2018

Stitching Summer Fun!!

I don't know about you, but I am stunned that it's almost August!  Where has the summer gone???

I, for one, am really looking forward to getting out of the house for a few quilty get-togethers!  

Perhaps you're ready to have some stitching fun too?

I'd be oh so delighted if you would join the fun as we 
meet in Lee's Summit, MO for the Stitching With The Stars event!  Look at the line-up of wonderful teachers.

Great projects in a wonderful hotel facility.  Not to mention the outstanding food the area has to offer.
I can hardly wait to get there.  

Honestly, you'll have a wonderful time.  Click here to check out all the details.


If you're in Illinois, consider coming to the Illinois Quilters Guild this Thursday, August 2nd.  I'll be giving a lecture  to the guild at the Beth Hillel Congregation facility in Wilmette, IL.  Meeting is a 7pm.   I will be giving workshops on Friday and Saturday, too.  

It sure will be good to be back in the swing of things....sorta, kinda.  I'm getting cabin fever after having spent so much time in the house recovering.  Hope to see you there!

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Meet Mrs. Miller's Apprentice

Last summer, I began working on a new Block of the Month for 2019.  I am really in an Indigo blue mood lately and wanted the new BOM to be in the classic Indigo and light palette.  After all these months of keeping it all a secret, I am so jazzed to introduce you to....

Mrs. Miller's Apprentice!
Mrs. Miller's Apprentice ~ 2019 BOM Program by Pam Buda & Marcus Fabrics
The quilt features sampler blocks in a traditional setting for the quilt center. I added a  stunning pieced border to finish the edge of the quilt in grand style!  

My Mrs. Miller's Apprentice fabric collection features a selection of light and blue prints in various shades to give sparkle to the quilt.  There are 27 prints for your piecing pleasure!

I have added another element to this new block of the month.  Each month you will journey to the mid-19th century and read a fictional diary written by Mrs. Miller as she tells the story of meeting young Ellie who just moved into the neighboring farm with her widower father.  When Ellie shows interest in learning to piece quilt blocks, Mrs. Miller takes her under her wing, and not only teaches her to piece, but helps her learn many other housekeeping skills she will need to know.  Every month you'll join them in creating a beautiful variety of sampler blocks and read the diary entries telling the story of their budding friendship.

The small blocks in and around the center star in the quilt center are those made by young Ellie as she learns to piece.  

The quilt is being pieced right now and soon I will have some blocks to share with you.  What better way to show off all the pretty fabrics than in pieced blocks?  For now, here are some photos of the fabrics.  
I chose a wide variety of prints to play with.  The blue floral at the far right is the main border print supporting the many different shades of blue in this quilt.  I just adore the blue version and the light tonal version.  I also added shirtings in both light and dark versions, and the tiny little sprig print comes in two shades.  So sweet!
I don't know about you, but I love, love a great paisley!  The blue paisley turned out so great - beyond my wildest dreams!!!  I can see using it as a border and setting print in a doll quilt.  I created a beige tonal of that paisley as well.  The middle three fabrics gave me terrific options for playing with shading and color.  And...the fabric on the far right gives movement to the print and adds a lot of interest in the quilt blocks, too.  I can't wait to show you how it looks in the finished blocks.  You're gonna love it!
All of the Mrs. Miller's Apprentice prints are historic reproductions taken from my collection of 19th century quilts.  I have been holding on to several prints for years, waiting for just the right collection and this quilt is just what I've been waiting for!  The three prints on the far left, which look like spinning petals, is one of the best - most classic 19th century prints ever!!  It has great movement and depth.  Love, Love, Love!!!!  The middle prints are sweet little ditsy prints that also have some movement in them.  The last two prints with the berries is one of my all time favorite prints ever.  I used it several years ago in my Treenware & Berries collection.  It was done in brown back then and I think it is gorgeous in Indigo!   Another classic print!
I wanted a beautiful medium blue print for this quilt and it had to be just the right kind of print, in just the right shades.  I found it in the floral print at the far right.  It;s definitely a medium but also features other shades of blues, tying all the shades together just as the main border print does.  It's really lovely in the darker blue version as well, I think.  Going left again is another shirting in light and dark grounds.  I can never have too many shirting prints. 
Lastly, at the far left is another print I have been hanging on to for a long time.  That sweet little flower just tugs on my heart.  Oh how I adore that print.  The Indigo version is perfect in its coloring, and the blue on light ground and beige tonal show off the print so well.  I think I have to order extra bolts of all of them just to have them in my stash for future Indigo quilts.  

I hope you have enjoyed meeting Mrs. Miller's Apprentice.  There is a story behind the name, and there really was a Mrs. Miller.  Who do you think was her apprentice?  More hints coming soon.

As with all of the Block of the Month programs I design for Marcus Fabrics, you must join the program through a participating quilt shop.  So...be sure to ask for Mrs. Miller's Apprentice at your favorite shop!  

Fabrics will be available in December.  The program will begin in January, 2019.  Quilt size is 77" x 89".  I'll post some pictures of the sampler blocks next time.  They're almost all done and then we'll assemble the quilt top.  

Until then, be well and hope you have time to stitch every day!






Friday, July 13, 2018

I Miss My Sewing Machine!!

My recovery from knee replacement surgery is coming along as expected.  Some bad days, some good days.  It's getting a little easier each day.  

So many of you have sent Get Well emails, messages through Facebook and cards in the mail, and I can't tell you how much it has all meant to me.

Thank you!!  

A week before my surgery, our daughter Nicki took a fall and broke her foot.  She's been in a boot and using crutches while attending nursing school and trying to work.  We are quite the sight, her and I.

Since I'm somewhat out of commission in the kitchen, and Nicki is on crutches, in an attempt to make meals easier on my hubby, I bought an Instant Pot before my surgery so we he could try to make one-pot meals quickly.  Naturally, Pinterest in full of recipes and we've tried a few that were pretty good.  

I'm wondering if you have an Instant Pot, and can tell me what you like to do with it, and perhaps what you favorite meals are?  I've never cooked with a pressure cooker before.  I know for many of you, a pressure cooker has been a life-long kitchen staple.
Jill Berger made my Old Mill Pond quilt and changed the colors up a whole lot, and I love it!
She chose reds and black and I think it looks just stunning!   Thanks, Jill, for sharing the photos of your very pretty quilt!
Here's is my original quilt made in greens and blues.  Click here for the Old Mill Pond pattern.
Mary Kate Donais of Manchester, NH sent me the photo of her blue and tan version of my Prairie Gathering quilt.  She made it for her son's 17th birthday.  LOVE IT!!  I think this quilt would be lovely no matter what two colors you chose.  Thanks Mary Kate for taking the time to send the photo,  I always love seeing what quilters do with the patterns I design.

Click here for the Prairie Gathering pattern.  

In anticipation of many hours of sitting with my leg elevated and ice on my knee, I did prepare a bunch of hand sewing to keep me busy.  I do love it, but I have to say that I really miss sewing on my machine!!  I have no less than seven new quilts to make for fall market, which will be here before you know it.  I am very anxious to get back to work!!  

I am going to try sewing a little bit over the weekend.  My new BOM is in production here and I must keep up with my super-secret-scrappy-project.  It's almost time to begin assembly of that quilt, too.  

The lazy days of summer are coming and all I want is to be back to normal and be busy not lazy!  All in good time....I tell myself.  But I'm not big on patience when I am bored!  

I hope you're enjoying your summer.  Be well and happy stitching!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy Birthday, America!!


Wishing you all a very Happy Fourth of July!! 

Happy to be home to celebrate our nation's birthday.   
Hope you are with the people you love and are enjoying the summer.  

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Another Tune-Up!

Today, I will have my fourth joint replacement surgery.  Ouch!  So not looking forward to the next three weeks, but I know it will be great after that.  Lots of physical therapy, and lots of time with my right leg elevated, and ice on the knee.    The last joint needs this tune-up.

So....there may be a little delay in processing orders for the next three weeks.  I will have people here helping me with orders now and then.  Just want you to know what's going on.  

I'll be back to my self in no time.  I have prepared lots of hand stitching and a list of movies I'd like to watch.  iPad and my computer will also keep me company.  

Enjoy your summer....Be well.  

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!