Saturday, April 1, 2017

Autumn On Maple Lake Is Here!

It's always so exciting when all the work has been done and I can finally release a new pattern.
My new pattern, Autumn On Maple Lake, using all the fabrics in the On Maple Lake (for Marcus Fabrics of course!) collection, is quilted and bound!  
My dear friend, and quilter extraordinaire, Ronda quilted my quilt.  LOVE!
Another dear friend, Debbie, pieced the quilt for me.  She does just a fantastic job and I could not be happier...nor could I possibly keep up with all of this myself.  
You know me and photography....I usually can't take a photo capturing the real colors of the quilt, but I think these pictures do a pretty good job.  
I wanted this quilt to be a burst of fall color and I am so happy with the way it all turned out.
I simply adore the main print in this collection.  
I wanted it to be subtle, and have some of the fall colors in it, but also a print that could be used in a quilt that wasn't fall at all.  I think I succeeded.  

I also thought you'd get a kick out of what the original antique print looks like. 
 Maple Lake is a real place near my home.  It's man made, nestled within a huge Forest Preserve area.  There's a woody trail to walk that surrounds the lake.  For many years when I was a kid, and when the leaves were falling, and in plentiful supply on the ground, my entire family...including aunts, uncles, cousins and grandma's would go there for a picnic.  All of us kids would roll around in all the leaves and play, eat great food, and everyone would take that leafy walk around Maple Lake before packing up to go home.  The tall trees were just filled with magnificent colors, the air clean and crisp, making for memories to last a lifetime.  It was my inspiration for this collection and for the four quilts I designed to go with it.  

It's funny to be talking about fall when spring is well on its way....but in the world of fabric, the seasons have their own timeline.  Lucky for us, too, because if we start working on these fall quilts now, they will be ready in time for those new leaves just now budding, to fall once again.

The On Maple Lake fabric collection is being delivered to your LQS right now.....so go shopping to see all the fabrics in person!  Many shops have ordered the pattern, too, so you can buy the fabrics & the pattern to make your very own Autumn On Maple Lake quilt.

If your LQS doesn't carry the pattern, you can order it here...but, please DO support your LQS!

Click here to order the Autumn On Maple Lake pattern.

I happen to have extra Autumn On Maple Lake patterns here (teehee) and would love to give away a few of them!

So.....leave a comment on my blog telling me about a favorite event you have attended at your local quilt shop.  I'll choose a few winners on Tuesday.  

I'm sorry, but...to be fair to everyone, I cannot accept email entries.  International readers are more than welcome to leave a comment!  Can't wait to hear from you!  

62 comments:

  1. This is my kind of quilt, Pam! Wonderful design! Will you be putting kits together of this quilt? Sad to say that I've not been to any "events" at my LQS. We now have one starting in our area and she is making great progress, but quilt shops for me are a minimum of 2 hours away and a few of us usually make a day trip and visit a couple great shops once or twice a year. Have a great weekend, Pam!

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  2. A lovely, and very clever design, Pam. I really liked seeing the original "inspiration" print. Thank you for sharing the story behind "Maple Lake". Sounds like a wonderful memory from your childhood.
    Hmmm, favorite event would have to be Winter Retreat at Village Dry Goods. Seems to me I saw you at one of those a few years ago. : )

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  3. Beautiful, just beautiful!! Thanks for sharing! I like taking classes at my local quilt shop, Celestial Quilts.
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  4. My favorite events are the long arm classes featuring national Handi Quilter teachers.

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  5. My LQS recently hosted a garage sale where I could take in items (fabric, kits, BOMs, etc) that I was no longer in love with. The store ran the sale, kept a %, and gave me a gift certificate in the amount of my profit. Lots of good deals to be had! And a lot of fun.

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  6. Love your Autumn On Maple Lake pattern and the colors of your new fabric line. My favorite event at my LQS is when they have their fat quarter sale and I can stock on more FQs than I can use.

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  7. My LQS has been hosting a stitching in spring event where three designers come and you get a kit from each of them, plus extra patterns and spend the day hand sewing and meeting the designers, who help you through the day with technique.

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  8. Gorgeous design, and I do love all those fabrics! Right now, I am doing a monthly BOM that is my favorite of all the ones I've done - the group is just a blast and we learn something new every month.

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  9. My LQS hosts a quilt till you wilt night once a month. I love going to the shop and spending time working on projects, trading stories with others, sharing pattern ideas and good food. I always feel refreshed after going....and look forward to the next month's gathering! I have a serious weak spot for fall quilts and fabric colors....I would be sooooo excited to win a copy of your Maple Lake pattern!

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  10. What an absolutely gorgeous quilt! My favorite event at my LQS is any one I can make it to :) They offer so many classes and clubs, I wish I had more time!

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  11. My favorite was a "meet and greet" with writer Marie Bostwick. Love her books and she is a doll!

    Sandy A

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  12. I'm so very sad to say that I don't have a local quilt shop but I know I would love to participate in shop hops!

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  13. Unfortunately, there are no local quilt shops for me. A few years ago, we DID have one. We did Minis of the month. They were very modern which is really not my type of quilt. It was SO much fun and really challenging. So sad that the shop closed their doors very quickly due to rent issues.

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  14. I love the "make it, take it" holiday ornament that Primitive Gatherings in So. California has in November, before the Christmas holidays. Lisa creates such cute designs, and it's always fun to visit the shop at that time of year and see all her holiday projects.

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  15. Love this pattern and fabrics!! My favorite event at my local quilt shop, Calico Point, is the monthly meeting where we have show & tell, learn about new patterns, books, tools, and projects. Great inspiration!

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  16. Oh my gosh Pam...the design is stunning, but those colors! They make my heart melt. Beautiful pattern!

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  17. Love the new fabrics! Such a sweet quilt, too. My closest quilt shop is owned by a friend of mine and she has a yearly sale on the anniversary of her opening, which happens to be my husband's birthday. I tell him I'm headed to Judy's to buy him a gift!!!

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  18. I think the best time at the LQS is during the Shop Hop. Lots of new things to see with very good friends. There are four of us who usually do the shop hop together. Plus several others at various times.

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  19. I love the fall shop hop of quilt shops in the area. If shop hopping wasn't enough I get to do it during the most beautiful time of year here in NW WI. The leaves are almost always beautiful then. My favorite season, we cannot spend one minute more than we have to indoors for those few precious weekends in the fall. Grandma Rita ritanicholsec@yahoo.com

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  20. I am blessed that the Jinny Beyer Studio is my local quilt shop, and I think one of the best things around is the shop hop in this area. It's always a blast. (lynnstck[at]yahoo.com)

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  21. Our LQS has quilt til you wilt every Monday. It is so much fun seeing everyone's projects and letting them see yours. There's always someone there to help if you're stuck. And the tales that are told! Autumn is my favorite time of the year and this new quilt is beautiful. I would be happy to win the pattern! Thanks for the chance.

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  22. beautiful pattern and fabrics, Pam. being Canadian, I am partial to Maple Leads. I would love to win a copy of this pattern. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. I make the trip to my local quilt shop once a month for a class with a delightful and very talented tutor, and enjoy the company of a wonderful group of quilters, and have improved my needle-turn applique skills making a beautiful medallion quilt. Thanks for the chance to win your stunning new pattern, Pam!

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  24. What a stunner! Among my favorite events I've attended at my lqs (not really local, but I go to El's Block Party once a month), Quilt in a Day, was a bed turning that included my 1800s hexie quilt!

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  25. We just wrapped our own Quilt Fest in Blackfoot, Idaho. Our little club of about 30 members have sponsored it for 5 years and this year was just as great. Wonderful examples of all the wonderfully creative people in our area. Hard work with classes, too. We support our LQS in our area and they sponsor for us as well. Love the symbiosis. Love your newest pattern, would love to win it, love your colors. Marcus Fabrics are lucky to have you and your talent. Thanks for sharing!

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  26. This is such a gorgeous quilt! Fall is my favorite season and you have captured the colors beautifully. Unfortunately, I don't have a local quilt shop anywhere near me. I wish that I did. I do travel quite a few miles on occasion to shop at one but it is much too far to go for classes.

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  27. I think this design is great! I have attended a classe on making a comforter at a local quilting class. My mother and I made some really cute baby comforters!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  28. Greetings from Northern Saskatchewan Canada!
    My town has a nice quilt shop. It is only open 2 days a week.
    She doesn't offer any classes or events.
    Love your beautiful quilt! And the fabric!
    Actually love everything you create!

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  29. Such a beautiful quilt! Thanks for the giveaway! Loving Stitches, my LQS, is fantastic! This past year their tech/repairman held a class on machine maintenance and troubleshooting. I am so glad I took advantage of it. Invaluable! Cotten.gloria@gmail.com

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  30. Love your new fabric range Pam. Perfect autumn colours for the time of year in my part of the world. My favourite event at my LQS is a mystery Christmas night. It is held annually. We all get to make a fun mystery Christmas item, have fun games and a very special Christmas supper. A lovely way to end the year.

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  31. A beautiful quilt! I'll check with my favorite/local quilt shop for the pattern and fabrics. Orange Quilt Bee in Orange, CA supports my guild's philanthropic endeavors by allowing us to use their workshop area for a sewing day every month. Plus on the 25th of each month, they give 25% off the purchase of batting and backing for any quilt top brought to the shop that day. They also participate in shoo hops and lots of other activities for the community.

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  32. Gorgeous quilt! My last LQS hosted a two day event to teach those who recently purchased longarms a few tricks. They brought in teachers, we got to play and had a marvelous time.

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  33. Magnifique quilt : les couleurs et les blocs sont superbes !

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  34. This is so rich and beautiful - I love the colors and the pattern.
    My LQS held a garage sale-type event to raise money for a local quilter who'd suffered a big loss. It was wonderful to see people "over-pay" for their bargains to help out a fellow quilter.

    Liz
    boltonia55@yahoo.com

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  35. In my area, there is a local quilt shop, but unfortunately, they do not have the fabrics I love to use in my quilts. All of my fabric is purchased online.
    Your quilt is beautiful! And, I love the colors in the fabrics.

    Take care.

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  36. Fantastic colors and perfect pattern! My LQS hosts a BOM where for a minimal investment we receive 2 "starter" fabrics (this year is 10" x 12") and a pattern for a quilt block. We watch the demo and go home to add our own fabrics to make a 12" block. Everyone's quilt is different as the only requirements are that each of the starter fabrics must be in the block and that there are as many pieces in the block as the pattern has - no cutting a 3" square if the pattern calls for HST! It is a great learning experience as we increase our skills over the year with progressively more challenging patterns as well as learn about color, value and texture while creating unique blocks.

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  37. I like your new line of fabric, the colors and patterns are wonderful. I haven't attended any "events" at my LQS. Just shopped and bought fabric and notions that called my name.

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  38. I love your story about this quilt. I love any quilt with a story and this one really brought back some memories of my own. I recall Sunday afternoons with my dad gathering pecans. I'm sure it was a cheap way to entertain 4 kids but those were special times to me. I think I'll give this quilt my full attention as I remember the old days. Thanks for a beautiful quilt and story.

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  39. My favorite event at my LQS was taking my machine in and sewing blocks together for a quilt to support breast cancer research. It was so fun being in such a wonderful place with wonderful quilters for great cause.
    The new pattern is beautiful especially in your new fabric line. Thank you for the sweet giveaway!

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  40. Your new fabric and quilt design are gorgeous! One of my favorite events at my closest quilt shop is called Sew and Social. About four times a year you can go from 10:00 in the morning to midnight and sew on whatever you please. The shop provides all the meals and snacks. Lots of fun and laughter happens.....and some sewing actually gets done!

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  41. Fall is my most favorite season and your quilt is absolutely gorgeous. Would love the pattern and fabric! I am very fortunate to have my LQS just a few miles from my home. The owners are great ladies and always coming up with fun things to do. To name just a few: once a month we have sample (block) club and today I'm going to "Sit & Stitch". They make the coffee/tea and we sit, stitching away and chatting, too! Great fun with a wonderful bunch of quilting buddies. Thank you, Pam, for all you do and share in the quilting world!

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  42. Pam ~ I love this fabric line. I especially love the pop of purple in your quilt!!
    You have got to know my favorite event was going to PWSC. I miss it so much!! The fun we had listening to all the history you shared with us and all the great sewing tips too. And I made some wonderful friends too.

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  43. Autumn on Maple Lake is my very favorite collection yet. Even my husband was impressed! I have not had the opportunity to attend any events at my LQS yet. However, I do love popping by there for a quick look and, often, purchase, on my way home from work

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  44. Your quilt is beautiful Pam! I love the pattern. Fall is my favorite time of year. I can see myself making your Autumn on Maple Lake quilt, I love everything about it, fabrics too. I enjoy going to my local quilt shops winter open house. Have a lovely day!
    Lisa

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  45. Your fabric and quilt are beautiful!! I love fall! I love the classes at my local quilt shop. In the past, they have done a $5 quilt, one Saturday each month. That was fun -- both to have the incentive to make that monthly block, and to see all the new temptations in the store each month.

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  46. Since fall is my favorite season, these fabrics and pattern really speak to me! My favorite event hosted by my LQS was the winter quilting retreat held a few weeks ago. What a treat it was to be in the same room with others who share my passion for quilting. The creative energy in the room was amazing!

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  47. For a few years my favorite events at my LQS were the Prairie Women's Sewing Circles! I loved getting together with friends and sharing our civil war repro fabrics and projects! Now that that is over, I enjoy the Andover sales rep's presentations of their Downton Abbey and Little House n the Prairie fabric lines!

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  48. We no longer have a local quilt shop {sad face here}, but at the Quilted Moose in Gretna, NE would always have a Moosekateers Club where you could go and preview all the NEW patterns, fabric lines, kits and notions that they had (and of course shop!) What a fun time and great way to get inspired! Thanks for the chance to win one of the Autumn on Maple Lake patterns. HUGS... and stitches

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  49. My favorite thing to do at quilt shops is to look at and see how different fabrics feel. There is not a local quilt shop near where I live, but I visit other ones from time to time!

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  50. My favorite event at our local quilt shop is personal. I started working at the shop yesterday! The first thing I noticed was the complete line of On Maple Lake! It had just arrived, and it is beautiful! It was a great first day. Many of my quilting friends stopped in, and I think I made some new quilting friends. Great event!

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  51. Unfortunately I don't have an LQS. Thank goodness for on-line shopping.

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  52. Hopefully this isn't posting a second time things frozen so I'm having to redo I used to love going to my local quilt shop for their Saturday block of the month however that shop closed it's doors now my favorite thing is every couple months I get the opportunity to go about 60 miles away to my favorite shop for their sit and sew. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win such a beautiful pattern

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  53. My favorite quilt shop has closed leaving a large hole in our quilting hearts here, but I enjoyed Mrs. Claus Workshop that they would have, with a schedule of short demos for gift and decorating ideas along with lots of yummies to sample!

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  54. At the moment, one of my LQS is allowing a small group of sewers to rent their well-equipped and comfortable sewing studio for a day of sewing together. My group of friends and I are now able to get together weekly for a day of sewing and sharing. We all love it and make it a priority on our calendars.

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  55. My favorite events were you're Prairie Women's clubs. To see & hear the quilts & hear the history were always something to look forward too. When I heard the name of the fabric line I was wondering, & through your answer found out it was the same Maple Lake my family always picnicked & fished also. You've outdone yourself yet again. Love Stella Snyder

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  56. Oh! Wow Pam! This quilt looks really good. So vibrant. As one of the first people to see the printed fabric you did a great job capturing the colors.

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  57. Gorgeous! Funny how the antique document color is "cheddar" (your favorite!). Love the green. Just beautiful!

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  58. My favorite LQS has a once monthly sit and sew. It is open to all, just bring a project you want to work on or if you are having a problem with a block or a section in a class the owners are more than happy to assist. The best part about this lovely shop is it is within walking distance of my home!

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  59. Laughter in the Loft is the first Friday of the month at a nearby quilt shop I frequent. A friend and I actually have reservations for this Friday! They always fill up! Great time of sewing, chatting and eating until after dark. Love your new fabric line and quilt!!
    Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration!
    Sandy

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  60. I am unable to walk well enough to attend Quilt meetings anymore. Loved the excitement of setting things up for our annual quilt show. I quilt daily and love every stitch! Cindy ODear

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  61. this quilt is so beautiful! My favorite quilt event is just the social sit and sew!

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  62. Love this quilt. I am going to a grand opening of a quilt shop today in our area that's less than 10 minutes from me. It's the only one that is close. She moved, changed the name, and I've already been once. It's adorable!

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