Saturday, July 4, 2020

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th of July!!

Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays of the year.  I love decorating the house in red, white and blue from June to September.  I L*O*V*E this country and the people in it!

To celebrate this national holiday, and more to the point, to thank faithful readers, who support me with your kind comments and emails, with buying my fabric at your local quilt shop, and with your orders on my website, I want to THANK YOU!!  

This little woolen design is my 4th of July Freebie gift to you.  You can print the directions here.

In the next few days, pull your scraps together and stitch the top.  On July 9th, I will post a unique way to finish this project, so be sure to stop back here at my blog for all the details.

Until then, celebrate...keep safe, stay healthy and God Bless America!!

Thursday, June 25, 2020

A Circa 1880 Nine Patch Find!!

A few weeks ago, the folks at Marcus Fabrics warehouse were cleaning and rearranging things and found an entire box of my original Circa 1880 Nine Patch kits, complete with Aged Muslin background, the original red print border and a fat quarter bundle of the original Circa Prairie Basics and Shirtings!!  
They asked me if I wanted to buy them?  Heck, yeah!
The kit comes complete with the Circa 1880 Nine Patch pattern and template set, too.
The Circa 1880 Club also has a private Facebook group for club members.  (You must purchase the Circa 1880 Nine Patch quilt pattern and template set for entry to the private club.)  We share loads of tips and tricks for organizing and piecing your quilt.  How members can trade blocks if they like, and see how everyone's quilt is progressing.  Many have already completed their Circa 1880 Nine Patch quilt!  Some have made theirs using different setting fabrics, some have made theirs king size!!  It's a great place to share your Circa experience!  

It was a real find coming upon this box of Circa goodies and it won't happen again.  I only have this limited amount of original Circa kits while supplies last.  

The Circa 1880 Nine Patch pattern, template set, Aged Muslin (a one-of-a-kind by Marcus Fabrics)  and small club quilt pattern set is available in a variety of ways.  

Click here to browse my Circa 1880 Club offerings.  

The piecing and writing of my new BOM continues.  Gosh...I'm in mad love with these fabrics.  I can not wait to show you the fabrics, the quilt, and tell you about the program.  I hope I can in a few weeks after Marcus Fabrics releases the news.  They, of course, have first dibs on showing off!  

My friend and sewing helper, Deb (who is an awesome piecer!) is merrily working on the new quilt using Plumberry.  I'll be posting photos of the blocks very soon.  It's always so fun to see the fabric in real quilt blocks.  

I have found time to fit in a new surprise freebie for you.  I'm almost done and will likely post it July 1st.  Stay tuned right here to my blog..., although, I am planning to show a sneak peek on Instagram before July follow me on Instagram!  

Other than that, I am trying to really enjoy my summer.  I make it a point to be outside on the patio at least once a day.  We had a whole lot of rain over the weekend, so now the lawns look lush, and the flowers are happy.  (I was pretty happy too, not having to water them all!)

I hope you are enjoying your summer as well, and getting to stitch at least once a day.  The bummer of this summer is that we just don't have those picnics and grad parties to attend because of you know what.  It's sad not to have these things to look forward to.  Are you feeling the same way?  Chicagoland/Illinois, where I live, will be progressing to phase 4 tomorrow.  I'm not so sure I'm ready to be in big crowds just yet.  My heart wants to, but my mind says caution is a good thing.  We'll see as time goes by.

As always, I hope you stay safe, keep stitching and most of all, be well.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Antebellum Sew Along ~ Part Four

I don't know about you, but I feel like these past weeks have just flown by.  Here were are at our final week of the sew along.  I'm really hoping you enjoyed this one as much as I have?

Let's make our last batch of Half Square Triangles.

Using (20) light print and (20) blue print 2 1/4" squares, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the light print squares.  Match each with a blue print square and sew 1/4" on both sides of the drawn line.  Cut them apart, press to the blue print.  Make (40) Half Square Triangles trimmed to 1 1/2" unfinished.

To complete our Antebellum quilt, sew (9) Half Square Triangles together for each side border; press seams open between HST.  Each side border should measure 1 1/2" x 9 1/2" unfinished.  Sew the side borders to the quilt center; press to the plain red border.

Then, sew (11) Half Square Triangles together for the top and bottom borders.  Like before, pay specific attention to the two HST on the ends of the bottom borders as they are turned differently than the others.  Each border should measure 1 1/2" x 11 1/2" unfinished.   Sew the borders to the quilt center; press to the plain red border.

Cut (2) 1 3/4" x 11 1/2" light print strips for the side borders, and (2) 1 1/2" x 14 1/2" strips for top and bottom borders.  Sew the plain light print border to the quilt center.  Your quilt should measure 14 1/2" square.  Bind with red print fabric cut 2" wide for single fold binding.  

I hand quilted my Antebellum quilt only in the light parts of the HST.  I'm still a beginner at hand quilting, and I don't really know how to fit a border design just yet.  It's plenty of quilting to keep it all together and enjoy it for the summer.  

I'd love to see your Antebellum quilt!  If you post it on social media, please tag me @heartspunquilts and use the hashtag #antebellumsewalong

Enjoy your weekend and Happy Father's Day to all our dads out there!  

Stay safe, keep creating and be well.....

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Introducing Plumberry

It's always a fun day when I am able to introduce you to a new fabric collection!
Plumberry ~ Designed by Pam Buda for Marcus Fabrics
I chose many of my recent favorite prints to recolor in shades of lavender to eggplant.  Oh what fun!  Believe it or not, all of them are historic reproduction prints from antique quilts c. 1850.
I do love purple and plum historic prints.  I'd really be missing those plums in my scrappy quilts!  The problem is....not many fabric companies create historic repros in shades of purples, therefore, they are hard to come by.  It's not that purples weren't made in the 1800/1900...they were.  On the old quilts, many of the dyes have gone rogue, and are no longer purple, but I know that's not the reason they're not created now.  Fact is, I don't know why....but no worries, because I do!

I love creating them.  My first plum collection, Old Plum Calicos, came out several years ago and was a big hit, so we (Marcus Fabrics and I) decided it was time for another one....and Plumberry is it!

Plumberry will ship to your LQS very early in August.  PLEASE visit your LQS and stock up on these purple historic repros because they are too few and far between.  I encourage you to shop at your LQS because they need our support very badly, and we want them to be around for years to come.  

If your LQS chooses not to carry Plumberry, I will have fat quarters and yardage in August as well.  But, I always want you to buy from a quilt shop first!  

Nan's Fancy, featuring Plumberry  Designed by Pam Buda for Heartspun Quilts
This quilt, called Nan's Fancy, is the quilt I designed using the entire Plumberry collection.  I will be offering a very limited number of kits.  

If you're interested, you can reserve a kit for yourself with a $25 deposit.  Click here to read all the details and pre-order your Nan's Fancy quilt kit.  I will be showing photos of blocks and more photos of fabrics in the near future.  The quilt is being made right now.

Counting the days until I can reveal my new BOM.  I am enjoying this summer more than I have in years!  I take time everyday to be outside and take in the pleasures the season has to offer.  Flowers, the smell of cut grass, watching kids play, and sitting outside at night with neighbors (social distancing) just talking.  

Life is good.  It's still a very scary time,  so be safe out there, and keep creating.  

Be well.....

Friday, June 12, 2020

Antebellum Sew Along ~ Part Three

So happy you're back with me for week three of the sew along.  Let's get started....
With the red print HSTs you made last week, and trimmed to 1 1/2", sew (5) of them together, pressing seams in between open for the side borders.  The side borders should measure 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" unfinished.  Check your measurements before proceeding and fix any issues that may arise.  Sew them to the center LeMoyne Star block; press.  (Press the HST border in the direction that is better for the points of your HST, and that may mean press the seam open.)

Next, sew (7) HST together for the top and bottom borders.

Pay specific attention to the orientation of the HST in the top and bottom rows, and how the bottom row is different.  Not exactly sure why the bottom row has HST turned this way, but I replicated the original exactly.  I think it's authentic this way, and kinda kitschy.  I like it, but if you don't, turn your HST  as you desire.  Press seams open between the HST.  The top and bottom borders should measure 1 1/2" x 7 1/2" unfinished.  Sew them to the quilt top; press.  Your quilt should now measure 7 1/2" square.

 Let's add the plain borders.  From your red print #2, cut (1) 1 1/2" X WOF strip ~ subcut (4) 1 1/2" x 7 1/2 strips for borders.

Since you have your red print #2 out on the cutting table, cut (2) 2" x WOF strips for single fold binding.  Set aside.

From the blue print, cut (4) 1 1/2" squares for border cornerposts.

Sew (2) 1 1/2" x 7 1/2" red print #2 strips to the sides of your quilt top; press to the red print border.  

Sew (2) blue print 1 1/2" squares to each end of the red print top and bottom borders; press to the red print borders.  Then, sew the top and bottom borders to the quilt; press to the red print borders.  Your quilt should now measure 9 1/2" square, unfinished.  

That's all for this week!!  Your quilt is looking so cute!  Don't forget to post your progress using #AntebellumSewAlong    
I sincerely hope you're enjoying the sew along, and that it's happening at a nice and easy pace for you.  I am planning at least one more later in the early fall!  Always trying to plan fun sewing projects for us to make together.

I had hoped to post photos of Plumberry this week, but the fabric didn't arrive until yesterday.  So, I will most definitely have an update for you this coming week.

Presently, I am deep into writing the directions for my new 2021 BOM.  I'm busy starching the fabric, too, and can't wait to begin cutting it up.  It will be introduced in July, so watch for exciting news on this program.  I can tell you it's very traditional, multi-colored in my core colors, and has just glorious fabric prints.  The border print makes my heart sing every time I look at it.  So...enough tempting you about it...but I am bursting to share it with you.  It's so hard keeping secrets!!

I hope you are staying healthy and can get out and about in the world a bit better.  I'm headed to my patio to work on the BOM outside because it's a beautiful day today.  Then, some evening stitching there as well.  I love summer!

Stay safe and healthy, and keep stitching!

Friday, June 5, 2020

Antebellum Sew Along ~ Part Two

Welcome to part two of my Antebellum sew along.  I hope everyone enjoyed making the LeMoyne Star center block.

Let's make some Half Square Triangles.
Using (12) light print and (12) red print 2 1/4" squares, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the light print squares.  Match each with a red print square and sew 1/4" on each side of the drawn line.  Cut them apart, press to the red print.
Trim to measure 1 1/2" square.  Make (24) light/red print HST.

That's it for this week.   Not too much sewing, I hope?

I've been working on my 2021 Block of the Month program.  I will be able to debut it soon.  I think you're gonna love it and HAVE to make it!  It's a beauty and very traditional which speaks so deeply to my heart.  I am so proud of the fabric collection, and you know the quality of Marcus Fabrics....always superb!   I'll be able to show you my new purple collection, called Plumberry, later this week.  Exciting stuff!

In the meantime, turn the news channels off, and escape to your happy place...your sewing room awaits!

Stay safe, keep creating and be well....

Friday, May 29, 2020

Antebellum Sew Along ~ Part One

Antebellum ~ A Quilt Archaeology Sew along by Pam Buda ~ Heartspun Quilts
The day has finally arrived to begin my new Quilt Archaeology sew along called Antebellum.  I'm so glad you've decided to 'dig in' with me!  (If you are just joining us now, you can catch up, and read more details about this sew along, including yardage requirements here.)

Let's get started!  
I used four of the fabrics in my Bess' Flower Garden collection to make Antebellum
This week, we will make the LeMoyne Star center of the quilt.

Cutting Instructions

From light print
Cut (4) 1 3/4" x 3" rectangles
Cut (4) 1 3/4" squares

From red print
Cut (2) 2 1/4" squares for Half Square Triangles (HST)
Cut (4) 1 3/4" squares for Flying Geese 

From blue print
Cut (2) 2 1/4" squares for HST
Cut (4) 1 3/4" squares for Flying Geese


Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of (2) red print 2 1/4" squares.  Match each with a blue print square and sew 1/4" on each side of the drawn line.  Cut apart, press to the blue print.  Make (4) red/blue HST trimmed to 1 3/4" square.
Arrange the (4) HST into a Pinwheel unit.  Sew together into rows; press for opposing seams.  Sew rows together; press.
If you know how to do a Four-Patch-Press (photo above), that will help a lot to reduce the bulk, which always means better accuracy.  
Make (1) Pinwheel unit measuring 3" unfinished.
Using the (4) light rectangles, (4) red and (4) blue 1 3/4" squares; draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of all red and blue squares.  

Place the blue square on the left side of the light rectangle, paying specific attention to the direction of the diagonal line.  (See the first sample in the photo above.)  Sew the connector corner square on the diagonal line (scant); press and trim.  (See second sample in the photo above.)

Repeat these steps with the red square on the right side of the rectangle.  Make (4) Flying Geese measuring 1 3/4" x 3" unfinished.
Arrange the pieces for the LeMoyne Star block as shown.  Sew together into rows; press for opposing seams.  Sew rows together; press.

Your LeMoyne Star center block should measure 5 1/2" square, unfinished.  

That's it for this week.  The next step is coming next Friday.

In the meantime, I need to pass along a huge Thank You to everyone who placed an order last weekend for a FREE Antebellum quilt kit.  All of the orders have been processed and the kits are on their way to you.  I can't tell you how I appreciate your orders and your business.  They quite frankly keep me able to do things like this sew along with you!  And, I'm so grateful for that 'cause it's so much fun!  If you decided to use your own stash....great!  I'm happy you're sewing along with me as well.  

Over the Memorial Day weekend, my family and I finally had a chance to move into the brand new patio addition to our home.  It took one year to complete...not because it's grandiose...No!    It's the dumb luck that seems to plague all construction jobs of never-ending delays.  Sigh....that was last year!  Now, we can begin to enjoy.  I'll be posting photos on Instagram and Facebook here and there.  Are you enjoying the end of spring/early summer? much as we can during this quarantine.

I plan on stitching a whole lot on that patio this summer.  I hope you find time to enjoy the weather and stitch, too.  

Stay safe and keep creating!  

 Please follow me on Instagram and Facebook for behind-the-scenes posts that don't appear here on the blog.  

Be well....

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Antebellum ~ Quilt Archaeology Reveal!

Finally!  Today is the day I can reveal my new Quilt Archaeology sew long project called Antebellum!

This will be a long post, so plop in a comfy chair and grab your favorite drink (Iced tea for me!) and read on....
Here's the old quilt we will replicate.  It may be a block in a larger quilt, but I think it makes a pretty great small quilt.  
As a country, we're all coping with this quarantine together, and being it's Memorial Day weekend, the summer is around the corner, and so is July 4th, I thought an Americana theme was appropriate for our little quilt.  #USAStrong

I named this project Antebellum, which means 'before the war', most often referring to the period of peace before the Civil War.
Not many projects qualify for this time period, but I know that the original antique fabric I used to design these fabrics are all of the Antebellum period, so I felt it was justified.  Can't you just see the ladies in their fine hoop dresses?!
I hope you love this little quilt as much as I do, and I have a way you can get a kit with exactly the same fabrics absolutely FREE!

Beginning right now and through Monday, May 25th,  place an order of $35 or more (shipping not included) on my website for anything you'd like, and you will receive a kit for Antebellum free, free, free!!   You'll also receive advanced cutting instructions.  I'll get back to my free offer in a moment.  

If you'd like to make the quilt from your own fabrics, here are the fabric requirements:

Light Fabric:  1/3 yard for background

Blue Fabric:  7" x WOF for blocks
Red #1:  5" x WOF for blocks
Red #2:  8" x WOF for borders & binding

I highly recommend preparing your fabric with spray starch or sizing as this helps immensely with cutting, piecing and pressing.  The half square triangles will be made larger and trimmed to size.  I used a Bloc-Loc ruler which you can find here.  

I'll post our first block instructions Friday, May 29th right here on my blog.  No need to sign up for anything....just visit the blog every Friday.  (The easiest way to receive the instructions is via email and you can read how to do that here.)  The last post will be June 19th so you'll have plenty of time to sew the blocks together, and have it ready for summer, and July 4th.  I'll post more about quilt finishing that week as well.  

Time to go shopping!  Here's what's new....
In the mood for Americana quilts?  I have quilt kits and patterns for my new Freedom Trail quilt.
Another great summer quilt is Wash Day.  Quilt kits and patterns are also available for this quilt.

There's a whole new crop of color bank bundles in a wide variety of colors.  Loads of light and shirting bundles, too!
Check out six different options for Circa 1880 Nine Patch...
...and don't forget I have a new book, Vintage Treasures.

It won't be hard to qualify for your free Antebellum kit!  Just spend $35 (shipping not included) on my website and I'll automatically pack your Antebellum kit in with your order!  

I will have your orders processed and packed up to ship to you next week as quickly as possible.  I am so excited to begin this next Quilt Archaeology sew-along on May 29th!  I hope you are as well.

I want to thank each and every one of you for supporting my little business making it possible for me to offer fun things like this.  I know you have many choices for quilting goodies, and I appreciate each and every order I receive, as well as the fabrics you buy at your local quilt shop.

So...let's get ready to have some fun!   Click here to go shopping.

I encourage you to follow me on Instagram and Facebook for behind-the-scenes posts that don't appear here on the blog.  

Be well, my friends....keep on stitching!

Monday, May 18, 2020

Spring Finally Sprung

After what seems like rivers full of rain, Spring finally gave us a beautiful day yesterday with sunshine and mild, warm temperatures.  I hit the ground running early in the morning and didn't stop until dinner time.  
This is a rare May to be home the entire month because I'm usually preparing for quilt market, attending quilt market, or unpacking from quilt market.  I planted flowers all day, and today, we're back to soaking rain all day.  (This is the view out my sewing room window right now.)  I guess it's good for the flowers and the new sod we planted. This week promises to be much nicer!  Yay!

I sure hope you liked my scrappy little runner, Safe Keeping sew along....I haven't heard much from you all.  Please let me know if you enjoyed it and if I should keep doing them?
I did receive an email from S Bennett from TN who inquired weeks ago about the first little runner I shared....a small Log Cabin.  She asked the size of the block and logs.  About a week later (no kidding!) she sent me this photo of the Log Cabin runner she made for her sideboard.
WOW!  It's really lovely and fits this spot perfectly.  Thanks for sharing your photo!  
Don't forget!!!  I'm announcing  my next Quilt Archaeology this coming Friday, May 22nd.


Can't wait until then!!  In the meantime.....stay safe and keep on creating!

Friday, May 8, 2020

Safe Keeping Sew Along ~ Part Four

Here we are....the final week of my Safe Keeping Sew along.  Week four?  Already?  These weeks seem to have flown by.

Our block this week is another favorite of mine....Cake Stand.
I adored this block long before I became a quilter.  There's something about a basket block that I just love.  Can't think of a version I don't like.
Cake Stand fabrics are from my New Circa Essentials and Bess' Flower Garden collections.
Let's get started....

Cutting Instructions for Cake Stand block

From the light print

Cut (1) 3 1/4" sq for large Half Square Triangle
Cut (1) 2 7/8" square - crosscut once diagonally
Cut (2) 2 1/4" squares for the small Half Square Triangles
Cut (2) 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles
Cut (1) 1 1/2" square

From red print

Cut (2) 2 1/4" squares for small Half Square Triangles

From black print

Cut (1) 3 1/4" square for large Half Square Triangle
Cut (1) 1 7/8" square - crosscut once diagonally


1).  Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of (2) 2 1/4" light print squares.  Match with (2) 2 1/4" red print squares.  Sew 1/4" each side of the drawn line.  Cut apart and press to the dark.  Trim (4) Half Square Triangles to measure 1 1/2" unfinished.

2).  Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of (1) 3 1/4" light print square.  Match with (1) 3 1/4" black print square.  Sew 1/4" each side of the drawn line.  Cut apart and press to the dark.  Trim (1) Half Square Triangle to measure 2 1/2" unfinished.  Save the remaining HST for another project.

3).  Using the (2) light print rectangles and the (2) black print triangles (previously cut once diagonally,) sew the triangles to the rectangles exactly as shown; press to the rectangle.

4).  Arrange the units for the block as shown.  Sew the small Half Square Triangle units to the large Half Square Triangles first.  Then, sew the rectangles to the HST unit, followed by the light print triangle at the bottom of the basket.  
Your Cake Stand block should measure 4 1/2" square.
Safe Keeping Runner 
Here's what you've been making!  I separated my blocks with (3) 1" x 4 1/2" strips.  I auditioned the black and light prints but chose red strips for my quilt.  You should audition fabrics for your strips, too.  Red seemed to work the best for me for the binding as well.  Cut (2) 1 7/8" x WOF binding strips.

Do you like it?  Oh, I hope you love your scrappy little runner!
These little runners seem to work well in numerous places in my house.  
This antique spool cabinet is right next to my favorite family room chair.  After awhile, I get tired of looking at the same 'ol quilt and like to change things up.  Easy to do with a little runner like this.  
You can move them all over the house...even the kitchen near the stove.  

I hand quilted my runner because I love hand quilting.  You can easily machine quilt this baby, too.  I would love to see your Safe Keeping runner when completed.  Please post to your favorite social media using hashtag #SafeKeepingRunner 
That way, we can all see them anytime!  

It is my pleasure to bring fun, little projects for your stitching pleasure as a big, giant THANK YOU for all you do for me!!!! Please know how I appreciate your support, patronage of my business, emails, blog, Instagram and Facebook comments.  You keep me in business to be able to keep doing what I love, and hopefully what you love, too!  Thank you, thank you!
My next Quilt Archaeology kick-off will be May 22nd.  

In the meantime, did you know my friends at Red Crinoline Quilts are about to start a series of Monthly Mini Mystery quilts??  YES!!!  They don't often do mini's, so I intend to get them all!  The first mini is coming Monday, May 11th.  Check out the details here.

As we begin another weekend, stay safe and create at home.
I sincerely hope this sew along has brightened your day.  I'd love to read a comment from you.

I encourage you to follow me on Instagram and Facebook for behind-the-scenes posts that don't appear here on the blog.  

Be well, my friends....keep on stitching!

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Wash Day

One of the things I really like in a quilt is a positive/negative block.  That means, using the same block but swapping the fabrics in the background and the block design.  Some blocks work well for this while others don't.  I really liked the effect with the block in my Wash Day quilt.

It's a simple block to piece....and set alternately with an Quarter Square/Hour Glass block, the positive/negative really stands out! get the big stars in the secondary pattern.  Winner, winner, chicken dinner!  Not to mention how I love that paisley border print!!  

The fabrics in Bess' Flower Garden really gives a pretty range of reds....
...and a lovely variety of light prints, too.

Oh, how I love me a red and light quilt!  
Truth can swap colors and make Wash Day in blues and lights just as easily!

Support your local quilt shop and buy some Bess' Flower Garden for your stash.  They could really use a mail or curb side order from you right about now.  

If they don't have it, (I always want you to buy from your LQS first!!) you can order it on my website.

I have full Wash Day kits here.

Bess' Flower Garden Fat Quarter bundles here.

Bess' Flower Garden yardage here.
Don't forget to come back Friday for the 4th block and BIG reveal of our scrappy little runner sew along, Safe Keeping!  Ooohhh...I can't wait!

In the meantime, I hope you're well, finding good things to do to pass the time, and keeping your needle and sewing machines happy!  

Above well!