Saturday, May 20, 2017

New Black & Green Fat Bundles

Color bundles are a very popular purchase on my website and it seems that you, like me, often feel the need to add a specific color in your stash.  It helps a lot to be able to buy an assortment of those colors when you need them.
I was asked by several people to add greens because applique quilters are always looking for more greens for leaves and stems and the like.  

See all the color bank Fat Quarter bundles here.

Question for you.....what type of information about quilting would you most like to read about in upcoming blog posts?  Consider the following....How I choose the fabrics I use? Precision and "perfect piecing" hints, etc.

Please consider leaving a comment for me so I can see what I can do to help you.

Be well.....stitch happy!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Craving Something Sweet?

I'm a baker at heart.....always loved baking....always loved enjoying a few cookies.  I think it's part of the creative soul to bake,and create something yummy....and to cook, too.  For some of us, anyway.  So, the other day, I awoke a little earlier than usual to find time to bake a batch of these cookies.  I haven't had them in a long time and I've been craving them lately for some reason.  Why question why?  Just bake a batch!
They are Oatmeal White Chocolate Craisin cookies.  They mix quickly, bake in 9 minutes and don't require lots of bowls or dishes to clean up.  And....they're delicious!  Choose any variety of Craisins....I happen to have cherry craisins in the house, but regular cranberry, blueberry or pomegranate will work.  I'm not usually a white chocolate fan, but really enjoy them in this cookie.  I originally found this recipe in my quilt guild favorites cookbook.....aren't those 'favorites' cookbooks the best?

Click here for the recipe and make a batch for yourself.  Hope you enjoy them!

Be well....happy stitching!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Peacefield Gets a Make-Over!

With the arrival of my new Pam's Prairie Basics & Shirtings collection came the ability to give one of my favorite patterns a new look!

Peacefield is an easy-to-make quilt with a striking traditional block ~ the Windowpane block.  

(I named the quilt Peacefield in honor of John and Abigail Adams as that is the name of their country home where they retired.  I love reading about them...they were quite a couple, and she was an outspoken woman who truly helped shape our country.)

The Windowpane block is made entirely from a square and strip sets.

Easy, breezy!! lends itself perfectly to a 10 x 10 precut! my revised and updated version of Peacefield
all of the blocks were made from the fabrics in the 
Prairie Basics & Shirtings 10 x 10 precut.

Instructions for making the quilt from your stash are included in the pattern, too.

The size of the quilt is 60 x 72....a cozy throw quilt.  I just adore the tan setting triangles print and how it separates the beige center, and beautifully offsets the outside blocks.  Love, Love, Love!!
As always, Ronda did a gorgeous job of quilting Peacefield.....don't you agree?

For a limited time, I am offering my 
Peacefield Quilt Kits with FREE SHIPPING!!  

Place your pre-order now and your kit will be on its way in early June!!  Click here for all the details. 

Order the Peacefield pattern here.
Cottonwood Creek is nearly finished being quilted.  We are in a mad dash to get it back so Debbie can bind it, and add the sleeve.  Then it's off to have it photographed, packed up, and sent overnight to the folks at Marcus Fabrics in St. Louis.  I'd be in quite a pickle without the help of my friends!!

Sadly, I will not be attending quilt market this year as it was a decision I had to make in January when I happened to be in the hospital.  Not knowing what was ahead for me in the months to come, I had to opt out of attending.  The good news is...that I will have 9 quilts on display in the Marcus Fabrics booth!!  Yay!  

With all that happened with the double hip replacements, and subsequent troubles afterward, I have been home for more than 9 months.  So....with everyone else going to market, DH and I decided to take a short little vacation to visit North and South Dakota.  We've never been there and it will be two more states off my list of visiting all 50 before the end of my 60th year.  (I have 6 more to go, including SD & ND, and have some time in which to accomplish this, but not much!)  If you have any recommendations of what to visit and what is fun to do in North & South Dakota, please share!  We plan to visit Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse, and pop over to see Devil's Tower in WY.  We will visit President Roosevelt's park in North Dakota, and the Badlands as well.  I recently heard of Needles Highway, where the road runs through the base of the trees like thread through a needle, and for this stitching traveler, it's a must see and sounds intriguing!

I'm just about finished with a new fabric line, beginning ideas on the next BOM, and have been ruminating over a new Sew-Along.  I'm feeling better, can you tell?

Be well....stitch happy!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Cottonwood Creek In Progress

Cottonwood Creek quilt by Pam Buda ~ Heartspun Quilts
If you've been reading quilting blogs this month, you know all designers are in overdrive, overload mode in preparation for Spring Quilt Market taking place in just a few weeks in St. Louis, MO.  I am no exception and would never make it without the help of my trusty friends!!!
(Thank you Debbie, Bobbie & Ronda!!)
I've been piecing Cottonwood Creek and took a few photos during production because, as it hung on my design wall in sections, I started thinking about how  if I chose to stop here, it would really be a cute table topper or wall quilt.
Same goes if I stopped at the Flying Geese border.  Want a throw size?  Stop after the Nine Patch border.  

When you consider quilt patterns, you may just find the perfect quilt you've been looking for if you only made a portion of the design.

As you can see, Cottonwood Creek filled my design wall at this point, so I didn't take any more photos and quite frankly didn't think of it either as my only objective was to get that baby to Ronda for quilting.  Debbie helped me with the last couple of borders so I could get to pattern writing, and the quilt is now in Ronda's hands.  We have been working on choosing quilting designs all week and I am so, so jazzed to see it all quilted!!  I'll probably only have it home for 24 hours before sending it off to market to be displayed in the Marcus Fabrics booth.  

Thought you'd like to see how it was all turning out.  Patterns will be available soon, and Cottonwood Creek is made entirely from my newest fabric, Pam's Prairie Basics & Shirtings.
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Today is National Firefighters' Day and a day that is close to my heart as our son is a firefighter/paramedic.
These men and women are on the front lines helping people everyday.  They proudly serve their community, and to honor all of them....I wanted to be sure to take a day to salute their dedication to helping others, very often at the worst possible moment in a person's life.
Thanks for indulging this proud firefigher mom!  I usually keep to quilting, but couldn't help myself today.