Saturday, June 12, 2021

Hands To Work Quilt Kit Pre-Order

 Hands To Work Quilt ~ Farmer's Daughter Fabric Collection
Long, long ago, I saw this truly unique antique quilt and it really stuck with me.  I adore everything about this quilt, and knew I wanted to reproduce it, and a collection of fabrics to go with it.

The unusual pairing of reds, pinks, blacks, blues and gray prints against the Mourning print is so stunning.  The block, and the seemingly endless options with fabrics, only makes it all the better!  

And Farmer's Daughter fabric collection came to be!

Since the Mourning print has such a huge role in the quilt, I knew it had to be special.  I wanted a simple, non-directional print and found just that in this lovely old berry design.  
Here is what the original antique fabric looks always was a Mourning print. 


If you don't know what a Mourning print is.....way back in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, folks in mourning over the loss of a loved one, wore black or grey clothes for many months...often a year to show their grief.  Hence the term, Mourning prints.  There are many Mourning print in my vintage quilts, but I really don't see a whole quilt like this where the Mourning print is the main background.  That's why I adore this quilt!  

The antique quilt has blues and pinks.....

lights and reds......

....blacks and grays.  I love the prints in this collection and they all played together so well in the blocks.  Oh, yes....about the block....

If I were making this block 100+ years ago, I would have cut diamond shapes and sewed the block with Y seams.  

Nope....not gonna happen for today's quilters!  So, I redrafted the block so there are NO diamonds to cut or dreaded Y seams to sew!  

There's an endless number of ways you can play with the positioning of the fabrics, and the colors.....

So very fun to play with them.  No matter how I played with fabric, and position, there isn't a bad block in the bunch!

The quilt is being finished as I write this, so I don't have a photo of my finished quilt just yet.  (I'll post more photos on Instagram and Facebook once the quilt comes home.)

This is my Electric Quilt design of my Hands To Work quilt.  It looks much darker than it really is because EQ compresses the prints/colors when you want to see the whole quilt.  Refer to the block photos and fabric photos for the real coloring of the quilt.  

I named the quilt, Hands To Work, after the phrase 'hands to work, hearts to God,' because when we are hurt, sad, grieving....we often turn to our sewing....keeping our hands busy to get through those tough times.  I thought it was a very fitting name.

The quilt size is about 77 x 90. 

If you love Hands To Work as much as I do, you can PRE-ORDER a kit for a very limited time.  My Farmer's Daughter fabric collection is available now, so once I know how many kits are ordered, I can place my order for the fabric.  I expect to be shipping your kit to you mid-July.

You can reserve your Hands To Work quilt kit with a $50 non-refundable deposit.  Read all the order details and place your order hereThis offer ends Sunday, June 20thKits will NOT be available unless you pre-order one.  

Thank you for your continued support of my patterns and fabrics for Marcus Fabrics!

Please patronize your local quilt shop, and ask for Farmer's Daughter fabrics there.  

In the studio.....I am working on the quilt directions for my next quilt, Needle & Thread, featuring a brand new collection of glorious basics!  Wait until you see that still my heart!

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

Friday, June 11, 2021

Abigail's Sew Along ~ Part Three

Time is flying by....way too fast as it always does.  I hope you're enjoying your summer thus far, and finding a little time to sew here and there.

Now that you have all your rows sewn and measured, it's time to make blocks.  

Sew four rows together to make one block measuring 4 1/2" square.  Repeat to make a total of (8) blocks.  Done for the week!  We're in the home stretch now.

In The Studio this week..... I have finished a new FREEBIE pattern featuring my Folk Art Star, Primitive Plaid and Primitive Traditions fabrics!  

Folk Art Star Table Toppers

You can download the pattern and take it to your favorite quilt shop to buy the fabrics needed to make the Folk Art Star Table Topper of your choice! 

Each Folk Art Star topper has a big star center and just three simple borders.  Just the right size to decorate your table, kitchen island, or use as a picnic quilt, or campfire cuddler.  Super easy to make them all!!  

Click here for my Folk Art Star Table Topper pattern.  It's FREE!

My Country Meadow collection is last!  I have fat quarter bundles here and yardage available here for the entire collection.  

Watch for news about my new Farmer's Daughter fabric collection and an opportunity to Pre-Order the gorgeous Hands to Work quilt in my next blog post!

Have a wonderful week....and Be Well....


Friday, June 4, 2021

Abigail's Sew Along ~ Part Two

 Did you make Half Square Triangles in your sleep last week?  I don't mind making them at sew, and sew, and sew while watching a good movie.  Win, win!

Back when Abigail would have been learning to stitch and piece, her mama would have given her an assignment of work, and she would have called it a stint.

Here's your stint for the week. You have a lot of chain sewing.  That does not mean there's no work involved, though.  I am a stickler for measure, measure, measure!!  Do as much work as you're comfy doing, just promise me you'll measure along the way.  You will be highly rewarded for it with perfect blocks.

Sew a plain Aged Muslin square to a Half Square Triangle exactly as shown; press to the plain square.

Each and every pair should measure 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" unfinished.  Watch to make sure the patchwork was sewn straight....that you didn't loose your 1/4 inch seam half way, causing the seam to be larger or know what I mean??  If they are not's a very short seam,  rip it out, and do it again.  This is exactly how you get better and better as a quilter.

Once you have sewn two pairs together exactly as shown, measure to be sure the row is 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" unfinished.  

You will need (32) rows.  If you'd like to work ahead, consult the pattern.  Otherwise, you're doing great!!

In the studio this week, I am working on my new quilt for my Farmer's Daughter fabric collection.  I'll have more goodies to show you in a day or so.  Stay tuned!

Enjoy your weekend.....and be well!

Friday, May 28, 2021

Abigail's Sew-Along Part One

 Hello, dear quilting friends!  Welcome to my next Quilt Archaeology sew-along for Abigail's Doll Quilt. 

Before I begin, I must take this moment to THANK YOU all so very much for the unbelievable amount of pattern downloads for this project.  WOW - It makes me so very happy that you like Abigail as much as I do.

Many, many thanks to those of you who purchased items and received the free kit.  Your continued support of my little business keeps me going, and inspires me to find projects that we can do together, and have some fun.  I am so grateful 💓

Many of your kits are en route to you.  You can always come back to this blog post for photos and directions anytime.  I know many of you chose to use your own fabrics, so let's get started!

I'm going to break the workload down into doable chunks each week.  Here we go......

We begin making lots of Half Square Triangles.  You have cut them a little bigger than needed so you cam trim them to perfection.  

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of (39) Aged Muslin 2" squares.  (Aged Muslin doesn't really have a wrong side.)

Match each with a 2" blue print square.  Sew 1/4" on each side of the drawn line.  Cut apart and press to the blue print square.  You will have (78) Half Square Triangles.

Trim them to 1 1/2" square, unfinished.  That's all for this week.  You have the pattern if you'd like to work ahead.  Do you like having the full pattern rather than getting the instructions each week?  Let me know....

Back to working on new stuff.  Be well and Happy Stitches always!

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Abigail's Doll Quilt ~ Quilt Archaeology Reveal!!

I couldn't believe my eyes when I found this sweet old quilt!  There are so many things I love about it...the obvious age and wear, the simplicity of the blocks, and the block set.  After careful study, I found that this little quilt was cut from a larger quilt that likely had even more wear, and was no longer acceptable to its owner.  The quilt has a lindsey/woolsey type of backing fabric, and the binding is also very old and worn, leaving me to believe the quilt was cut and made for a child a very, very long time ago.  It's hard to date a quilt made from muslin and a blue polka dot as these fabrics were staples through many decades.  

I chose the name for this quilt after I lay one of my old samplers next it.  The linen and thread coloring on the sampler are the same as the quilt, and they look so great together.  You can see the name, Abigail Jones, stitched in the sampler near the bottom.   Thus, the quilt became Abigails Doll Quilt.

In this full view of the quilt, it's easy to see how it was cut, leaving some of the blocks on the side chopped off.  

I just love how this very simple block looks so different set on point!

Still, it was a bit tricky to replicate the quilt exactly as it is. As much as I could, I wanted to keep to the original. 

Not to worry....I found a way!  


I hope you love Abigail's Doll Quilt as much as I do, and I'd like to share her with you!

This Quilt Archaeology will be a little different from those in the past.  

The pattern will be a FREE download only from Thursday May 20 
through Sunday, May 23rd.  

Beginning Monday, May 24th, the pattern will be available as a pdf digital download for purchase.  So, be sure to grab it while it's FREE!!  (Details below)  The pattern is a full written pattern, with supply list and directions, so you can make the quilt on your own, and/or follow along with my sew-along beginning Friday, May 28th.

As before, I am happy to include a FREE Abigail's Doll Quilt kit with a qualifying $35 purchase on my website!!  This excludes the cost of shipping.

You'll find my Abgail's Doll Quilt download, and all future downloads, on my website here.  Watch for many more downloads coming soon.  You must go through the shopping cart, but won't pay any money for the pattern.  Then, you'll receive an email with the link to get the pattern.  Very easy, right?  If you're shopping, you can add your pattern to your cart along with the items you wish to purchase.  It does not need to be separate transactions.

There's a whole lot of new quilting goodies on my website!!  

I have six new patterns....
The Save-All Quilts in three easy and fun to make.  And, there are kits for the Mini and the Wall Hanging quilts!!
My super popular Tiny Baskets also has 3 different sizes.  

The Folk Art Star pattern is available....and while I don't have any kits left, I do have the super fun blue Folk Art Star print in yardage!  And.....I happen to have one quilt kit left as someone who pre-ordered a kit was unable to take it.  Grab it before it's gone!

Hickory Sticks is ready to for you.....
My newest pattern, Country Roads, features my brand new Country Meadow fabrics.  (Still waiting on my shipment of most of the prints....but the gorgeous light prints are on my website!)

Shop Fat Quarter Bundles and yardage of Folk Art Stars....
10" square precuts, Fat Quarter bundles and yardage of ForeverMore and Primitive Traditions!

I also have two ForeverMore Block of the Month complete kits!!!  I never have those!  

I haven't had plaids for some time.  Well, Primitives look so great with plaids I had to do a collection.  The thing about this group is how incredibly soft they are.  Baby soft!  I love the range of colors, and had to have a couple of stripes because I adore using stripes for bias binding.  Primitive Plaids are available in a Fat Quarter bundle and in yardage.  90% of my vintage quilts have plaid fabrics...our quilting ancestors loved them, too!  And they look great in scrappy quilts adding interest and texture.  What's not to love?

There are loads of things you can shop for on my website.  It won't be hard to qualify for a FREE Abigail's Doll Quilt kit.  Just place a $35 order (not including shipping) on my website, and I will automatically pack your kit in with your order.

I will have your order packed and shipped as quickly as I can.  I'm so excited to host another sew-along!

It's so important for me to thank each and every one of you for supporting my little business which allows me to keep doing the things we all love.  I know darn well how many choices you have for quilting goodies, and I SO appreciate your business!!  This little kit and free pattern is a Heartspun thank you for all your orders, emails and social media comments.  Thank you all so very much!!

I encourage you to follow me on Instagram and Facebook for a lot of behind-the-scenes posts that don't appear on my blog.  Fun stuff.

Let's get ready for the sew-along!  Click here to go shopping!

Be well, my friends....keep on stitchin'!!

Monday, May 17, 2021

Monday's With Marcus II ~ Laura Berringer of Marcus Fabrics


I really can't believe this is our last Monday's With Marcus for this second series.  Boy, the weeks have just flown by.  

Today, we showcase our super talented Art Director, Laura Berringer.  Laura designs many fabric lines for Marcus' Studio 37.  I'll bet you have admired and purchased her fabric and didn't know it!

Laura used her Spice Bazaar fabrics to make these quilt-as-you-go coasters.  Fun stuff.  You can access the free pattern here.  All of us at Marcus Fabrics hope you have enjoyed the many projects we have offered these past weeks.  When visiting Marcus Fabrics, be sure to watch for details on how to win a Grand Prize giveaway, full of Marcus Fabrics and designer goodies!!!  Subscribe to their blog for emails on all that is new from Marcus!

My new Quilt Archaeology, Abigail's Doll Quilt, will begin Thursday, May 20th, with the project reveal, and an opportunity to get a FREE quilt kit!  

Be sure to check back here on Thursday, and watch Instagram and Facebook, too.  I'm so excited to share Abigail with you!  I can hardly wait........

Monday, May 10, 2021

Monday's With Marcus II ~ Deirdre Bond-Abel of Hat Creek Quilts

Welcome back for another Monday's With Marcus Monday!   

This week, we spotlight Deirdre Bond-Able of Hat Creek Quilts.  She lives in Tasmania, Australia, and her new fabric collection, The Midlands, was inspired by the landscape there. Click here to get her adorable FREE pattern, Spring Flowers.   

This week, I am cutting the long awaited Primitive Traditions fabrics that finally arrived this morning!  I hate to sound like a broken record, but the entire fabric and notions industry has been plagued with shipping are so many other industries.   

With all that fabric arriving, I will delay the launch of Quilt Archaeology by one week.  I'm hoping to launch it all Thursday, May 20th....if all goes according to plan. 

Enjoy your day....find time to stitch as it's so, so good for our soul!  

Dear quilting friends, be well.....

Monday, May 3, 2021

Monday's With Marcus II ~ Sarah Maxwell of Sarah J Designs


Today, we continue with our Monday's With Marcus series.  Sarah Maxwell of Sarah J Designs is our featured Marcus designer today.  Sarah has been designing fabrics for a long time, and she has had many, many quilts published in national magazines, some with her business partner, Dolores Smith, and some on her own.  

Check out her website and be sure to download her free pattern, Dawn Sparkler.  While you're there, browse her website for loads of beautiful quilt pattern designs.  Make sure you also stop by our Monday's With Marcus Facebook page, and LIKE/FOLLOW/SHARE for a chance to win Marcus Fabrics!!!!!  

Presently, I am piecing a new quilt design called Hands To Work using my new Farmer's Daughter fabric collections.  Photos coming very soon!  

I am also piecing my next Quilt Archaeology darn excited about that as well.  I named it Abigail's Doll QuiltI am planning the big reveal for May 14th!!  Just like before, you can receive a FREE quilt kit for Abigail's Doll Quilt with a purchase on my website!  Yay!  So, stay tuned for news coming soon.

Well...that's a lot of piecing to do, so I'd better get back to it.  I sincerely hope you and your family are doing well, and that you're enjoying spring where you live.  

Happy Stitches Always.....Be Well...

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Tiny Baskets Are Calling You!!


My Tiny Baskets quilt pattern is finally completed.  I'm thinking there are a few more Tiny Basket quilts on the cover than you were expecting....and you're right!

I first shared a block with you...

...then a peek at the quilt top.

Then a reveal of the quilt all finished.  Oh how I love it!  I loved making the blocks so much, I couldn't

I made a smaller quilt with 5 Tiny Baskets.  I have a very special place for this quilt with a fun idea to display it.  Watch for more about the display idea coming very soon.  Still...I couldn't stop making these adorable blocks.  What is it about tiny quilt blocks that make them so darn cute, and quite frankly, irresistible?

My last quilt is Teeny Tiny Basket with just one Tiny Basket.  Super cute!!   Instructions for all three of the quilts are included in the pattern.

If Tiny Baskets are calling to you, click here to order the pattern.  

The other quilt patterns made from my Primitive Traditions fabric collection (for Marcus Fabrics) will be ready soon.  

Happy Stitches Always....Be Well.....

Monday, April 26, 2021

Monday's With Marcus II ~

Happy, happy Monday!  Oh yes....we're back with another featured Marcus Fabrics designer.

This week, Tracy Souza of Plumcute Designs is offering a sweet project for embroidery enthusiasts.  Isn't her Make Something Sweet design adorable?  Be sure to browse her website when you visit to download her free pattern.  Don't forget to also visit Monday's With Marcus Facebook page to LIKE/FOLLOW/SHARE for a chance to win fabric each week!!  Who wouldn't love more fabric, right?!!

I'm so excited to announce a new Quilt Archaeology coming soon.  I recently acquired an adorable vintage doll quilt that I think you'll love as much as I do.  So, so charming.

But, right now, we are busy, busy, busy cutting a whole lot of kits from the Primitive Traditions collection.  I must take care of those quilt kit orders first.  I'm also working on sending a new fabric collection into Marcus, and designing a few quilts for upcoming collections already in production.  Gratefully, I am never bored!  Soon, I'll be showing my new Farmer's Daughter line...very different from my usual palette, and I'm loving it!  

Best get back to cutting so I can get those orders out.  Sincerely hoping you are all doing well, and finding time everyday to do what makes you happy!  Be well.....

Monday, April 19, 2021


Hello!  You don't know how happy I am to be back on Blogger!!  A Gremlin hi-jacked my account and I couldn't write any posts for a I missed last week's Monday's with!

This happy Monday, be sure to visit my fellow Marcus Fabrics designers, Lisa & Lora of Material Girlfriends.  They've designed the April Showers project for you!!  Visit their website to download the pattern and be sure to browse all the quilting goodies they have to offer!!  

Once you're browsing the web, stop in and visit with my pals Paula and Mary Ellen of Red Crinoline Quilts!!  They were featured last Monday when the Gremlins took over.....but that's no reason for YOU to miss out!  Click here to visit their website and to download their Bountiful Stars pattern for the table topper quilt in the photo above.  

My new arrival are the Primitive Traditions 10" precut bundles!!  Forty-two prints all bundled together and waiting for you!  

Click here to order a bundle for yourself.

As I await my Primitive Traditions & Country Meadow fabric orders, I am busy working on the next quilt for a new fabric line coming soon, called Farmer's Daughter.  I'll be posting sneak peeks on Instagram and Facebook follow me if you will.  I'm getting a little sewing time in here and there when I can, proofreading patterns, designing....generally staying out of trouble.  Teehee.....

Have a wonderful week.....stitch everyday, and be well......