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Monday, July 4, 2022

Happy Independence Day America!

 

Creating patriotic quilts is one of my favorite things to do.  Seems I want to make every patriotic quilt, cross stitch and wool project I see.  Wishful thinking, I know.  If you love patriotic projects like I do, I'm hoping my America quilt above tugs at your heart.

My America quilt is featured in the current issue of Primitive Quilts and Project magazine, Summer, 2022 issue.

The America and stars appliques are super easy as I did them with wool.  The quilt is all pieced and measures 20 x 29 inches.  Pick up your copy at your local quilt shop or favorite newsstand before they're gone!

Wishing you a very Happy Independence Day!

Let there be peace in every land, 

and God Bless America!


Thursday, June 30, 2022

A Beautiful Surprise!

 

Beverly Neff and me
My last post told of an upcoming trip to the Mountain Quiltworks event in Pigeon Forge, TN.  I spent a week there teaching, and the show had over 500 glorious quilts on display, and a very fun vendor mall.  

While browsing the show and vendor mall this quilt sure caught my eye.  Upon closer inspection, I recognized my Cheddar & Coal fabrics in this quilt.  How cool was that?  I stopped to chat with Beverly Neff of Neff's County Loft & Quilt Shop.

It was Beverly's idea to use Cheddar & Coal in a pattern called Exploding Heart, designed by Laura Piland.  Genius!  I love the pairing of the blacks and cheddars in a more modern, and definitely non-Halloween type quilt.  Why not, right?!

If you'd like the Exploding Heart pattern, please call Neff's at (740) 423-1965.  I'm not sure if the kit is available, but I know they can help you with the pattern.  And, you'll be supporting a great quilt shop, too!

IN THE STUDIO.....

I'm still in the 'draught' of any new fabric coming.  The shipping problems are still nowhere close to being fixed, but are improving a little each month.  My next fabric line should arrive early in September.  I just received my sample yardage and am making a sweet little quilt from it.  Hoping to share photos and details in about a week or so.

In the meantime, I've been using this quiet time to design, design, design!  I think there are seven lines in various stages of production with more coming.  Best take advantage of this time to work ahead.  Once shipping gets back up and running, it will definitely be busier here.  I welcome the change!  

As we head toward the July 4th holiday, I hope you and your family are well and happy.  Keep the people of Ukraine in your prayers.

Keep your needle busy and your heart content.  Be well, my friends! 




Friday, June 3, 2022

Remembering Betsy ~ Part Two

 

Now that our Remembering Betsy quilt center is sewn, all we have to do is make the Flying Geese and add them as our border.

Gotta love a quick and easy little quilt!  You'll make (44) Flying Geese for each side border, and add your corner posts.  Done and done!  Ready for the summer patriotic months.

Speaking of patriotic quilts.....

Star Spangled Liberty was a block of the month many years ago.  I've had a lot of requests for this pattern over the years and decided to make it available as a digital download!

The quilt has two versions:  one with the America applique in the center row, and the other as an all-pieced version (no applique.)
Both versions are included in the pattern.  

I am adding more patterns to my Digital Download collection all the time.  If you'd like to see all of the patterns available as downloads, click here.

I'm packing up and hitting the road, headed to Pigeon Forge, TN for the Mountain Quiltfest event.  I'll try to post some photos on Instagram and Facebook of this wonderful quilt show, with classes and vendors galore.  If you're in the area, please stop by and say hello!  I'll be in a classroom, but visit before and after class, and during lunch break.  I have lots of goodies with me to buy, too!  

Keep your needle busy and your heart content.  Be well, my friends! 




Friday, May 27, 2022

Remembering Betsy ~ Part One

Welcome to part one of Remembering Betsy.  We begin making our Churn Dash blocks.  Follow along in the pattern and make all of your Half Square Triangles from the four different Churn Dash fabrics.  Trim them to the size indicated in the pattern.

Next, make the Two-patch units for the Churn Dash blocks.

Arrange (4) Half Square Triangles, (4) Two-patch units (all of matching blue print) and a center square.  Sew together into rows; press.  Sew rows together; press.  

Repeat to make (4) assorted Churn Dash blocks.

I absolutely LOVE Churn Dash blocks....the smaller, the better!

Next, let's assemble the quilt center. 

Sew (4) sashing strips together; press.

Let's sew up the quilt center!  Arrange the (4) Churn Dash blocks, the sashing strips and center square in a pleasing manner.  As before, sew together into rows; press.  Sew rows together, press.

My friend, Mary Ellen, made two Remembering Betsy quilts.  She omitted the Flying Geese border for the first one because she needed a smaller quilt for her end table and loved the center.  She added the Flying Geese border for the second quilt.  So, like Mary Ellen, you always have options to play with my quilt designs.  And, you don't have to make it red/white/blue either!  Or, make more than one quilt in a variety of colorways.  Have fun!

We will meet again next week for the next step in the sew-along.

If you're late in joining us, please join the fun!  You can still get the Remembering Betsy pattern here.

A few weeks ago, we completed this little gem, called Garden Basket.  I made my basket block with an applique handle, but also offered an all-pieced basket block for the quilt center instead of the applique basket for those who don't enjoy applique.

Heather B sent me a photo of her Garden Basket quilt with the all-pieced center basket.  I think it's wonderful and she gave me permission to share her quilt with all of you. Thanks for sharing your quilt with us, Heather!  

You can find the Garden Basket quilt pattern here.

Keep your needle busy and your heart content.  Be well, my friends.




 

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Mountain Quiltfest & Quilt Cruising

 

If you've ever thought about visiting Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg, TN here's another reason you should!  A Mountain Quiltfest is being held the week of June 6th in Pigeon Forge.  I will be teaching classes there all week, there's a wonderful vendor market and huge quilt show.  It's really a top notch quilt event, not to mention the wonderful location.  After Mountain Quiltfest, I will no longer be traveling to teach workshops with the exception of quilting cruises.  So, please consider attending this event....it really is so fun!  You can find all the info about Mountain Quiltfest here.


My friend and fellow Marcus Fabrics designer, Paula Barnes and I will be teaching on a Stitchin' Heaven cruise next year.  We love teaching on cruises, and if you've never been on a quilt cruise, you're missing a great time.  We'd love for you to join us as we stitch our way through the Caribbean next May!  Take a look at the quilt projects you would be making (above) and don't forget....the kits come pre-cut!!!  So, you just sit yourself at a Bernina sewing machine and begin sewing right away.  What a benefit to cruising with Stitchin' Heaven!  

We have our classes the days we're at sea, and vacation the days we're in port.  Don't wanna visit the ports?  No problem....you can stay on the ship and sew, sew, sew as much as you'd like, even late into the night.  Need a break during the day to get a little sunshine?  Sure...come and go as you please.  

Read more about Stitchin' Heaven cruises here.

My heartfelt thanks to everyone who downloaded the Remembering Betsy quilt pattern and who placed an order last weekend.  I so appreciate it, and look forward to our sew-along, which begins Friday, May 27th.

In the meantime, keep your needle busy and your heart content!

Be well, my friends.


Thursday, May 12, 2022

Quilt Archaeology ~ Remembering Betsy, REVEALED!!

 

Remembering Betsy is the name of my new Quilt Archaeology sew-along project.  I think it's perfect to celebrate summer from Memorial Day through the month of July! 

This is the antique that inspired Remembering Betsy.  I adore Churn Dash blocks and Flying Geese, so it was a double winner in my book.  I took creative license with color and I changed the inside sashing a little bit.  I just love how it turned out!  I hope you do, too!

These are the fabrics with which I made my quilt and that will be in your FREE kit*.  You can't go wrong with classic red and blues with a soft neutral background.  Remembering Betsy measures 15 x 15 inches.

As with every Quilt Archaeology event, I offer a FREE KIT for this exact quilt* with a qualifying order.....and, you can sew along with me in the weeks to come.  So, settle somewhere comfy while I tell you all the details.  

Starting right now, and through Sunday, May 15th,  place an order totaling $45 or more (not including shipping) on my website for anything you'd like, and you will automatically receive a Remembering Betsy kit with your order!!  Nothing to add to your cart.  I'll take care of it all on my end.  

My Remembering Betsy pattern is a FREE digital download.  Whether you're making the quilt with the FREE kit, or would like to make the quilt using your own fabrics, be sure to download the pattern before Monday, May 16th.   Click here to download the Remembering Betsy pattern.

The Remembering Betsy Sew-along begins Friday, May 27th right here on my blog, and I'd sure love it if you would sew-along with me.  We will motivate one another to get this little cutie pieced.  I highly recommend preparing your fabric yardage (before cutting anything!) with spray starch or sizing.  This helps immensely with every step, from cutting to piecing.  (*some fabrics may be substituted but will always be Heartspun Quilts fabrics.)

Let me show you all of the new quilting goodies you can choose from at Heartspun Quilts!

 


There are FQ bundles and yardage of my new Pinks of the Past collection.


FQ bundles and yardage of my new Old Blue Calicos, too!  

We made many, many new color bank bundles....


.....and there's loads of fabric yardage, books, notions and lots of patterns.  Oh, and there's also a selection of patterns on sale for $5!

Click here to begin shopping and receive your FREE Remembering Betsy kit with qualifying purchase.

Thank you all for your continued support of my little company.  I just don't know where I would be without you!  The free pattern and free quilt kit is my Thank You gift for your support.  I know you have a lot of choices when shopping for quilting goodies, and I appreciate you more than you know!  

Keep your needle busy and your heart content.  Be well....

 



 

  


Wednesday, May 11, 2022

A New Quilt Archaeology ~ Coming Soon!!

Guess what's coming this Friday??!!  We're gonna have some fun sewing together again.

Visit my blog again Friday morning for the big reveal of my new Quilt Archaeology project.  Spend $45 or more (not including postage) and qualify for a FREE kit for the quilt we're making together.

Lots of new quilting goodies are on my website.  See you Friday morning! 

Friday, May 6, 2022

Teeny Tiny Garden Basket ~ Part Three

 We're close to being done with our sweet Garden Basket quilt.  

I added a plain border to set the basket apart from the pieced border and give the basket more space to be seen.  I want the basket to be the center of attention.  

This is the first design I played with trying to keep the quilt tiny.  It's not bad at all, and borders can be added, but it just wasn't what I envisioned.  My designer instincts were telling me to go another way.  So, I added the scrappy border which I do love.  I used up a bunch of scraps, and added a whole lotta color, which compliments the scrappy basket itself.

Next, I added corner triangles to turn the basket on point.
I added a narrow border and cornerposts to add one more pop of color.  Then, I added the three applique petals.  (They can be added anytime you feel comfy doing so.)  
Elyssa M. sent me a photo of her completed Garden Basket and I wanted to share it with you as well.  So darn cute!  Thanks for sharing your quilt with us!  Please post a photo of your quilt to social media using #teenytinyquiltclub so we can all see your inspiring work.

I hope you have enjoyed making this quilt.  I have more fun projects planned for us, so be sure to subscribe to this blog and my newsletter (on my website) so you receive a notice of all the new stuff coming from Heartspun Quilts!  

Keep your needle busy and your heart content!  Be well.....








Friday, April 29, 2022

Teeny Tiny Garden Basket ~ Part Two

 If you've ever wanted to try making an applique handle basket block, now is a great time to give it a whirl.  You don't need a lot of fabric, and you'll see it's not hard at all.  So....please join me in this tutorial!

Ready to begin the handle applique adventure?  No worries....I'll take you through every step of the way.  

Follow along with the instructions in your Garden Basket pattern.  If you need the pattern, click here.

The first step is to cut your bias strip.  Follow the directions in the pattern to cut the strip.



Using the Clover 1/4 inch bias maker, push the pointed edge of the bias strip into the wide part of the tool.

You may need to help the fabric through by inserting the tip of a pin in the slot on the bottom and push the fabric until it comes out a bit.  

Stop when the fabric begins to come out of the narrow end.

Grab a little of the fabric, and then iron the fabric as you pull the tape maker along, ironing as you go.

The bias maker automatically turns the (tiny) raw edges of the strip under while you press it in place.  Voila!  Amazing and so, so easy!  Trim the bias strip to the size for the handle as stated in the pattern.

Mark the triangle as instructed in the pattern (that way you will get a perfectly symmetrical handle every time!), then stay stitch the ends of the handle in place at the very bottom of the triangle.

Smooth the handle with your fingers and glue in position.  The center of the handle should touch the square you drew at the top of the triangle.

Hand or machine stitch the handle to the background triangle.

If hand stitching, I recommend using silk thread.  You can read my silk thread tutorial here.

Sew the basket bottom unit to the handle unit.  So darn cute already!

Add the basket side units....

...and the bottom triangle.  Your basket is done!  If you're like me, you wanna make more of them....lot's more!

Remember, if an applique basket isn't in your wheelhouse, no worries!  The Garden Basket pattern includes this all-pieced basket for you to make instead.

I added the three petal appliques to my basket a bit later in the process.  


Also, I received a lot of emails inquiring about the background fabric I used, and the pieced fabrics in the basket block.  

The pieced fabrics are mostly from my Prairie Dry Goods collection, but used many fabrics from other collections, too.

The background fabric is from my Farmer's Daughter collection and can be purchased here.

If you enjoyed this tutorial, I'd love to know.  My blog comments haven't been working well for a long time, so if you'd like, email me with your thoughts: Pam@HeartspunQuilts.com

Next up....we will tackle the pieced border and finish our quilt!

IN THE STUDIO.....I'm working on a bunch of new things and need to make some room for the new stuff that will be coming.  So, I've selected a bunch of patterns and put them on sale for $5 each.  Click here to browse the sale patterns.

Keep your needle busy and your heart content.  Be well....