Monday, September 21, 2020

Monday's With Marcus BIG REVEAL!!!

 

Today is our Monday's With Marcus BIG REVEAL day!!  We're all so excited to offer you twelve new, small projects for your stitching pleasure.  Watch our slide show (above) to see all of the designers' projects.  Many of us are offering kits!!  

Star Maker Mini Runner ~ Version One by Pam Buda

This is my sweet little mini runner, called Star Maker.  It measures 5 1/2" x 17" and is easy, peasy to piece.  
I had so much fun making the first one, I made a second one in another colorway.  It's very versatile!  

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know I love mini runners because you can do so much with them.  You can see earlier posts about mini runners here.  So, I decided to design another mini runner, because quite frankly, they're doable and affordable.

I have a limited amount of kits for both versions of my Star Maker Mini Runners.  You can order your kit here.  They will ship to you right away.

The beauty of this is that by having the kit ahead of time, you can sew along with me on my spotlight day, October 19thThat day, you will also be able to download the pattern for free!!

The same idea applies to all of my Marcus Fabrics sister designers!  So, as you watch the slide show above, if you love other projects, visit their website, and buy the kit(s) while supplies last!  
Then, be sure to visit them on their spotlight day for video tutorials, and their free patterns. 

Now...what is not to love about Monday's With Marcus?!!!  We're making Mondays a good day!

Here is the link to our Monday's With Marcus home page so you can always find all of the designers and know exactly where to go.  

Oh....and one more fun thing....visit Monday's With Marcus' Facebook page.  Be sure to Like/Follow/Share each week to win fabric prizes and much more!!!!!  

Buy your Star Maker Mini Runner before they're all gone!  


Thursday, September 17, 2020

October Treat ~ Quilt Archaeology Reveal!

I'm so jazzed!!  Today is the day I can reveal my new Quilt Archaeology sew along project, called October Treat!

This sweet antique is the quilt (or quilt block) that inspired me.  It has a lot of wonderful elements to it and was fun to play with.  While this little gem is very versatile, it always spoke "Halloween" to me!  
Quilt Archaeology ~ October Treat ~ Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts
I took a little creative license with this quilt as I added a small black star inside the larger black star.  The original antique only has one star.  If you prefer just one star, you can certainly cut a plain square for the center of the large star.  I thought it was more dramatic with two stars, and LOVE the cheddar and black fabric combo!

Halloween is one of my favorite home-decor times of year, and I'm working on growing my collection of Halloween quilts.
I hope you love this little quilt as much as I do!!  And as with every Quilt Archaeology sew along, I offer a FREE quilt kit with a qualifying order!!!!!  

YES....FREE FREE, FREE!  And....there's a change on how I'm doing things this time...and I think you'll really like it!  So, grab your favorite beverage, get comfy, and read the details below.  This is gonna be SO FUN!! 

Beginning right now, and thru Sunday night, Sept 20th, 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 October Treat free, free, free!! 

Now, normally, this is where I post the yardage requirements for those folks wanting to use their own fabric.  And, you can certainly use your own fabrics.  But, this time, I am offering a FREE pdf download of the pattern!  Yardage, cutting instructions and directions!

I will still sew along with you, giving you any hints and tips along the way, but if you want to have it all cut up, and ready to go, this will help you.  

You will find my October Treat download, and all future downloads, on my website here.
You will go through the shopping cart, and not pay any money, or shipping.  You will receive an email containing the pattern download link.  That's it!  Easy Peasy!

I highly recommend preparing your fabric yardage with spray starch or sizing.  This helps immensely with every step of piecing.  No special rulers are required to make this quilt.

In case you're in the mood for more Fall quilts.....



Here is Cobbler's Crossing.  I have just two kits left...or you can order the pattern alone, of course.
  

















This is Past & Present.....
























The ever popular Waltzing Leaves...























And, the newest addition....Hallow's 
Eve, one of many lovely quilts in my 
Vintage Treasures book. 








It won't be hard to qualify for a free October Treat kit.  Just place an order for $35 or more (shipping not included) on my website, and I will automatically pack your kit with your order!  

I will have your orders packed and shipped just as quickly as I can.  I am very excited to begin our sew along!

The first instruction for October Treat will begin Friday, October 2nd and run four consecutive weeks, ending Friday October 23rd.   Just in time for our spooky holiday!  

It's so important for me to thank each and every one of you for supporting my little business.  I know you have many, many choices for quilting goodies, and I appreciate each and every order, email and social media comment.  This free little kit and pattern is my way of thanking you for allowing me to keep on creating the things we love.  So...a big, heartfelt THANK YOU to all!!  

Let's get ready for our new sew along!  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, September 14, 2020

Learn From My Mistake


This quilt was made a few years ago.  It has a big problem.  Perhaps you can't tell from the photo, but it's very apparent in person.  
You see, I chose a very sweet background print with colorful flowers for this scrappy quilt.  (The quilt is featured in my Tokens of the Past: Nine Patch Reverie pattern and is one of many quilts in the pattern.)  The little print is in a grid format.
When the top was complete,  I knew there was something wrong....it was as if the background was psychedelic!  It kinda whirled, and swirled, and made you dizzy.  
It was then I realized that this is a quilt with a lot of angles, what with the blocks on point, and all of their seams, and the setting side and corner triangles.  All of these parts disrupted the grid pattern and had it going in every which direction.  Not good - not good at all!  I couldn't use it for my pattern cover so I made a new one with a calmer, non-directional fabric.

So this sweet little quilt sat folded for about a year when I decided to have it quilted.  

It looks just fine folded up, and no one will see what's happening in the crazy edges of the quilt.  And....I think it's a perfect project to use some of those scrappy binding pieces I've been saving.

So....please learn from my mistake.  Think about your background fabric and how it will be used in your chosen quilt.  I use grid printed fabrics all the time, but never again as a single background in an on-point setting quilt.  We learn something new everyday!  

I finally finished my new Quilt Archaeology quilt over the weekend.  I'll be taking photos, and putting the finishing touches on the pattern tomorrow, and getting everything ready for you.  

You will find everything you need to know about my new Quilt Archaeology right here on my blog.  

The BIG REVEAL is coming 
Friday, October 18th!!!!  

I can't wait!!  

As always, my dear quilting friends, do stay safe, be well, and keep stitchin', because it's what's good for your soul.  

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

A Big Mess

Welcome to my mess.  This is just one messy corner of my sewing studio and every corner pretty much looks like this one.  Does this happen to you?

The quilts on the design wall are from my first book with Martingale, called Vintage Patchwork.  Other goodies on the design wall are paper prints of my next fabric line, and below that, photos of fabrics I am auditioning for a new collection.  On the floor???  Lots of piles of fabric that I know look like a giant mess (and is!) but it's a creative mess, and I know what's in every pile and bag.  

But....enough is enough!

I'm fortunate to have a room dedicated to my sewing and my business.  We built our home 25 years ago, and my studio was updated about 17 years ago, but not since then.  I've been way too busy to shut this room down and empty it out to have it painted.  I'm still very busy.....

But again....enough is enough and I need an update!  

So, very, very soon, I will have to empty this entire space, lock, stock and fabric stash for new flooring, fresh paint and window treatments.  I know it will look nice when it's complete, but the 'getting there' is rather painful.  UGH!  I'd rather be sewing!  

So...wish me luck on my merge & purge.  

I have promised a new Quilt Archaeology.  I thought it would be this week, but I'm just a little behind as I am hand quilting the quilt, and it's going slower than I had hoped.  I promise, no matter what....next week, we'll be into it!  

Also....all of the designers at Marcus Fabrics are counting the weeks to the launch of 
Click here for more info on Monday's With Marcus!

Lots of good stuff keep me busy.  Lots of fabric and quilt designing.  Orders, printing patterns, and now and again...some sewing time.  Staying home a lot to stay safe and keep everyone else safe.  Good thing I'm a home-body at heart!

Stay safe yourself, be well, and keep on stitchin'

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Home Sweet Home Quilt Kit Pre-Order!

It won't be long and the new Red & Green Quilts book (by Martingale Publishing) will be delivered mid-November.  The moment I completed my quilt, Home Sweet Home, I stocked and saved enough fabric for a limited amount of quilt kits!  

Right now, you can PRE-ORDER a kit for my Home Sweet Home quilt, and the brand new book, Red & Green Quilts

Your kit will include all of the exact same fabrics I used to make my original quilt!!!  I've held onto those fabrics and saved them for months and months just waiting for this book to come out.  Your kit also includes a personalized, autographed copy of the Red & Green Quilts book......and FREE shipping within the United States.

I only have a small, limited amount of kits available, so don't delay if you'd really like one. 

Your kit and book will ship mid-November. 

Quilt size is 59 x 71


Click here to read about my Home Sweet Home quilt kit Pre-Order.

Click here to Pre-order a personalized, autographed copy of the Red & Green Quilts book without the kit.


My next Quilt Archaeology is coming very soon........

Stay safe, be well.....keep stitching!

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Monday's With Marcus

Something wonderful has been brewing between myself and my Marcus Fabrics designing sisters!!   We've been plotting and planning some fun stuff!  Wanna know more?  Read on....
More information coming very soon.  Mark your calendars and be sure to tell a friend!