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Thursday, November 18, 2021

Quilt Archaeology ~ Glad Tidings REVEALED!!!!

 

Today is the Big Reveal of the quilt I have chosen for my next Quilt Archaeology event!!  I named this quilt..... Glad Tidings.


My Prairie Dry Goods fabric collection was the perfect match for Glad Tidings!  The truth is you can make just about any quilt from Prairie Dry Goods, what with that luscious range of colors in historic reproduction prints!  I will definitely be making more quilts from Prairie Dry Goods.

Here is the antique quilt that inspired Glad Tidings.  I thought it was the perfect little Christmas quilt that can be pieced in a jiffy.  It will only take us three weeks to make the quilt and we'll be finished by Dec 17th.  Quilt size is 14 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches.

I hope you love Glad Tidings as much as I do.  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, November 21st,  place an order totaling $45 or more (not including shipping) on my website for anything you'd like, and you will automatically receive a Glad Tidings kit with your order!!  Nothing to add to your cart.  I'll take care of it all on my end.  

My Glad Tidings 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, September 22nd.  After that, it will be available for a nominal fee.  So, get it while it's FREE!  Click here for the Glad Tidings pattern.

The Glad Tidings Sew-along begins Friday, December 3rd right here on my blog.  Be sure to 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.

Let me show you all of the new quilting goodies you can choose from at Heartspun Quilts!
Prairie Dry Goods is available in yardage, Fat Quarter bundles and 10 x 10 precuts.  How can you not have them all to play with???  Personally, I can't get enough of this collection.
Cheddar & Coal yardage is also available.....
....and many new color bank bundles like this one in browns....
....and this one in shades of yellow to gold.....
.....and this one is shades of pink!  It's been a very, very long time since I've had a pink color bank.

There's a lot to choose from with fabric, patterns, books and notions.  I can't wait to get started making Glad Tidings!  You, too?  Click here to shop.

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....



Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Quilt Archaeology Coming Soon!!


 I'm so excited to offer another Quilt Archaeology!  That means, I have 'dug up' another old quilt to replicate.  

The big reveal will be Friday, November 19th.  

You will receive a FREE Quilt Archaeology quilt kit with a $45 purchase on my website!!!  

The quilt pattern will also be a FREE digital download from Friday, Nov 19th through Sunday, Nov 21st.

So mark your calendar, and let's meet right back here Friday morning.  

Friday, November 5, 2021

Decorating With Quilts Idea

 Awhile ago, I was rummaging around an antique shop and found...

....this old towel hanger.  Hhmmm.....I know just what to do with this!

A new coat of paint....

....a drill and two screws.

And, Voila!  I have a tiny quilt crane to display a favorite quilt.

If I had just the right corner, I could display two quilts.  I love it, and hope it sparks inspiration for you.  You never know what you'll find when hunting antiques!

Fat quarter bundles of Cheddar & Coal are now available!!  

Click here to order one before they're gone.

In The Studio This Week....there's a lot going on but not much new to report.  Working on shipping orders, planning events for next year, getting some design ideas together for new fabrics and quilts, you know...the usual.  It's a slower time of year, and I'm welcoming it.  Once Thanksgiving is here, we all begin preparing for the Christmas holiday, so there's nothing slow about that!  I'll enjoy the lull while it lasts.

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





Friday, October 29, 2021

Dear Prudence Sew~Along Part Four

 Hi~  I trust your blocks are all made and looking pretty.  I do so love this part of quilt making, when you get to lay out the blocks, and setting, and get the first look at what the quilt will really look like!

I lay the blocks out on the design wall and place the setting triangles....then the moving of blocks begins.  This part I don't enjoy because you move, and move, trying not to place two of the same fabrics together....and then you move again.  Ugh!  Even with a totally scrappy quilt, you'll end up having two reds together or something that will drive you crazy.  Then, I think of all of the quilts I have made....when I snuggle under them, do I think about those two fabrics together?  Nope!  So, I try my best, and then resign not to sweat the small stuff.  How about you?

You are welcome to follow my block layout or arrange them as you desire.

Follow the instructions in the Dear Prudence pattern and add your borders.  Isn't she sweet?

I sincerely hope you have enjoyed making Dear Prudence.  I think she's adorable, and I thank you all for sewing along with me.  If you're just now finding out about this little quilt, you can get the pattern here.

In The Studio This Week......

We are knee deep in folding, packaging, boxing and shipping Walnut Hollow and Tokens-Halloween Spirit quilt kit orders.  That is our main focus!  Additionally, I am working on new fabric lines for next year, a new BOM, a few more Quilt Archaeology events and a new Teeny, Tiny Quilt Club project for right after the New Year.

Because of you and your support, I can keep creating fun things for us to do together.  And, after 19 months of staying home, my family and I are taking a much needed vacation to see family in CA.  

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



Friday, October 22, 2021

Dear Prudence Sew~Along Part Three

 I hope your Birds in the Air blocks are coming right along.  Did you use the Seam Align glue?  How do you like it??  I hope you found it super helpful with the points of the triangles.  No doubt by now, you've got this block mastered!


This week's assignment is to complete the remaining blocks with the two gray fabrics....


 and the two black fabrics.  Next week, we will sew the quilt together.  Prudence is coming along nicely!

In The Studio this week......

I'm delighted to announce that my Tokens of the Past~Halloween Spirit pattern is finished!  Oh, I am jazzed about how great these little quilts turned out.




Both the Tokens of the Past~Halloween Spirit pattern......
...and the Walnut Hollow pattern are available now!!  

Friday, October 15, 2021

Dear Prudence Sew~Along Part Two

 I hope you had some "me" time to sew all of your Half Square Triangles and trim them all to 1 1/2" square.  You're ready to begin making your Birds in the Air blocks.

They can be a little tricky but have confidence!  Sew slowly if you'd feel better.  Sewing accurately is all about having control over your patchwork.  

Arrange (3) Half Square Triangles, all of one matching dark print, and (3) pink triangles (previously cut once diagonally) as shown.

Sew the pieces for the block into rows.  Use your Patchwork Pins (very thin and made for sewing patchwork.)  Gently press (you have exposed bias edges on those small pink triangles, so press gently so as not to stretch the raw edge) the rows in opposite directions to create opposing seams.  


Sew the rows together; press.

You triangle unit should look like this.

The next step is to sew the large dark triangle to the pieced triangle unit.  We're dealing with two pieces that are all bias edges.
Gently match the two triangles right sides together.  Pin the center using Fine Patchwork Pins (they are different from all other pins.  They're extraordinary in that they go thru fabric so easily, lay flat and don't distort the fabric when you sew over them!!)  Click here to read more.

Using your Seam Align glue... 

Lift the top fabric away from the bottom fabric (my sample doesn't have the top fabric so you can easily see where the glue goes.)  Squeeze a little drop of glue, within the seam allowance, at the very tip of the triangle.  Then, finger press the two fabric tips together.  If you need to nudge and move the two fabric tips into position so they are in perfect alignment, do so.  Then repeat with the fabric tips on other end.  Allow the glue to dry a minute before sewing.  

A note about the Seam Align glue....if you need to pull the fabrics apart for any reason, you can, just do so gently.  The glue won't clog your needle, and will wash out when you wash the quilt.  You can use as much of the glue along any seam line as you'd like.  I use it for all the triangle tips I sew, and there are many.  With the glue keeping those points glued together, it eliminates the nasty problem of the points separating just when you're sewing them!!  Love it!  Click here to order.
You can see the dark dot of glue at the points of the blue fabric.
Sew your block together.
Press to the dark print triangle.  Measure your block.
Repeat these steps to make (3) Birds in the Air of the same matching blue print.
Then, make the (3) blocks of the other blue print.  

I hope this tutorial will help you make perfect, pretty Birds in the Air blocks!  I also hope you find the Seam Align glue very helpful, as I do.  Your Dear Prudence quilt is off to a great start!

In The Studio This Week......I am anxiously awaiting delivery of my Cheddar & Coal fabrics.  They are shipping any day now.  Once delivered, I have a boat load of cutting to do, which is exciting!  I'm also working on many future projects I can't share right now....but soon! 

Good stuff in the works.  Keep your needle busy and your heart content!  Be well, my friends.




 




Friday, October 8, 2021

Dear Prudence Sew~Along Part One

 Welcome, dear quilting friends, to part one of the Dear Prudence sew-along.  I'm jazzed to get started!

The sew-along will be done in four parts.  Today's task is to make and trim all of the small Half Square Triangles (HST.)

Using your pink print #1 fabrics, gather the (30) pink squares and the (30) assorted dark print squares for HST.  Follow the directions in your Dear Prudence pattern and make (60) assorted HST's.  Be sure to trim them to size!  

That is a big task and plenty to do for the week.  Once the HST are made, we are all set to make those Birds in the Air blocks!

Next week, we will begin assembling blocks.  This is where the Seam Align glue will really be a huge help!  If you haven't ordered your Seam Align glue, you can buy it here.

In the Studio this week.......

I was able to shoot a stylized photo of Walnut Hollow in my yard over the weekend.

I am truly pleased with how Walnut Hollow turned out, and hope you love it, too!  The pattern is available now - click here.  

I'm anxiously waiting on for the Cheddar & Coal fabrics to arrive to begin cutting all your kits!

I know you're anxious to get your hands on the Cheddar & Coal fabrics, too!

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




Thursday, September 30, 2021

May Be Your Lucky Day!

 

My Needle & Thread quilt is back from being quilted and ready for cozy evenings.  

I do so L*O*V*E all of the gorgeous colors in the Prairie Dry Goods collection.  

Mercantile Nine Patch is also back from being quilted.

So super happy with how Mercantile turned out, too.

As luck would have it, two people were unable to take the quilts they pre-ordered, which may mean that this is YOUR lucky day?!

I have one Needle & Thread quilt kit, and one Mercantile Nine Patch quilt kit available for purchase right now.

Click here to read all the details and order your quilt kit today.

The Needle & Thread, and Mercantile Nine Patch quilt patterns are ready to ship as well.  Click here for patterns.

In the studio......We are processing last weeks orders just as quickly as we can.  Many, many thanks to everyone who placed an order and will be getting my Dear Prudence quilt kit for FREE!  

I originally thought I would begin the sew-along this coming Friday, but things here changed in the last month, and I thought I'd better begin Oct 8th instead.  So, that's when we will begin, which is better for many reasons, the chief reason being that you will have received your kit by then.  Very important!

I am piecing the third quilt in the Tokens of the Past~Halloween Spirit pattern.  Oh my gosh....they are so darn cute!  How I love Halloween.  I'll post some sneak peeks very soon.

Believe it or not, I am working on two more fun projects for us to do together.  One this year, and one for the winter next year.  I'm also designing fabrics and quilts for 2022.  I can't believe I just typed 2022.....where is the time going??

In the meantime, keep your needle busy and your heart content.
Be well, my quilting friends. 


Thursday, September 23, 2021

Dear Prudence ~ Quilt Archaeology Revealed!

 

Today is the Big Reveal of the quilt I chose for my next Quilt Archaeology event!!  I named this quilt..... Dear Prudence.

I really loved this quilt the moment I found it.  I love the Birds in the Air blocks with the pink background running through them all, and the variety of dark prints that really pop against the pink ground.  The dark inner border gives a frame to the blocks, and a different pink print completes the quilt.  Oh, so vintage!  

My Farmer's Daughter fabric collection was the perfect match for Dear Prudence!  I was so jazzed to see what she would look like, and I'm over the moon happy with how this little sweetie turned out.  The quilt size is 18 x 23.

I hope you love Dear Prudence as much as I do.  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.

Dear Prudence is the largest doll quilt kit I have offered as a FREE thank you with your order.  It also has more fabrics than any other QA project, but I wanted to offer Dear Prudence to you, and YOU'RE WORTH IT!   So, settle somewhere comfy while I tell you all the details.  

Starting right now, and through Sunday, September 26th,  place an order totaling $45 or more (not including shipping) on my website for anything you'd like, and you will automatically receive a Dear Prudence kit with your order!!  Nothing to add to your cart.  I'll take care of it all on my end.  

My Dear Prudence 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, September 27th.  After that, it will be available for a nominal fee.  So, get it while it's FREE!  Click here for the Dear Prudence pattern.

My Dear Prudence Sew-along begins Friday, October 8th right here on my blog.  Be sure to sew-along for some really good sewing hints.  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.

Oh, and one more thing.....once you have printed 
your Dear Prudence pattern, give it a quick read.  

I swear by using Seam Align Glue when piecing the Birds in the Air blocks.  I promise you....you will LOVE this product and won't be able to live without it.

Select a bottle of Seam Align Glue as the first item in your Heartspun Quilts shopping cart, so it arrives along with your quilt kit and other goodies, and you can use it right away as we sew along.  The Dear Prudence pattern will show you how it's used in the making of the blocks.  Find the Seam Align under the Notions tab on my website.  It's only $8 and lasts a long time.

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

All of my Prairie Dry Goods yardage is now in stock!  Fat quarter bundles,  and 10 x 10's, too!

Farmer's Daughter yardage and Fat Quarter bundles are waiting for YOU!
Along with Country Meadow yardage and Fat Quarters....
Don't forget about Primitive Traditions, too!
You can also select 10 x 10 inch precuts.....
And...I have cut up a huge selection of color bank bundles! 
What are color bank bundles, you ask?
They're bundles of fat quarters with a selection of prints all in the same color.
What's so great about that?  Well, I find sometimes my stash can use more greens when I am working on an applique project, or I just don't have many pinks because they're few and far between, or I'm working on a brown scrappy quilt, and can use a larger selection of browns.  And, can we ever have enough neutrals or shirtings?  Each bundle has an up-close photo of the exact fabrics you will receive.  I am always making new bundles, so check back often for new color banks.  I have loads of new ones right now.  Click here.

There's a huge selection of patterns to choose from, and my newest patterns,
Needle & Thread...
...Mercantile Nine Patch, and....
...Hands to Work are all waiting for you, too!

Shop patterns, books and notions....there's a whole lot to explore.  It won't be hard to qualify for a FREE Dear Prudence kit.  Just place an order for $45 or more (not including shipping) on my website, and I'll automatically pack your kit with your order!

I will have your order packed and shipped just as soon as I can.  I'm really excited to begin sewing with you!

Remember, the first instruction post for the Dear Prudence sew-along is Friday, October 8th.  It will end Friday, October 29th.

It is so very 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 pattern and kit is my way of thanking you for allowing me to keep creating the things we love.  So...a big heartfelt THANK YOU to you all!!!

Let's get ready for our new sew-along.  Click here to go shopping!

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