Sunday, October 20, 2019

Circa 1880 Nine Patch Blocks

Here's the next batch of Circa blocks.  My New Circa Essentials fabric will be delivered to your local quilt shop in just a few weeks!  You know what that means?  Twelve brand new shirtings and eighteen more little dark prints.   Yippee!!!!  

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Piecing Problem Solved!

I want to share a solution to a common piecing problem in hopes it helps you as well.  

The problem:  sewing two triangles tips together where the two triangle points don't separate as they go through the feed dogs.  The points are too small to be held by a pin.  Even my favorite fine patchwork pins are too big for this job.  





The solution:  Acorn Seam Align Glue




What's different about this glue than any other fabric type glue?

It was developed to be used instead of pins when sewing your seams.  I can't say that I would use it instead of pinning, but when piecing those troublesome triangle tips together,  it works wonders!

I pin my unit together and then put a droplet of glue in between the two triangle tips (right arrow.)   Sew from the right-angle of the unit (left arrow) to the triangle tips.  The two tips will not separate when touched by the feed-dogs!

Just a small drop on the right side of the fabric at the very point will keep both fabrics glued together as you sew them.  The glue is formulated so it sets up quickly, you can press over it, if need be, you can "rip" it out and use it again.  It doesn't leave a lump of glue and does not gunk up your needle.  Washes away when you wash your quilt, is non-toxic and scent free!  
The bottom right corner of this unit where the green and light fabric meet are the two triangle points sewn.  Perfect!  Problem solved!  And, you can't see the glue at all.

Click here to order Seam Align Glue.

New Fat Quarter Color Bank Bundles


Two new brown color bank bundles.....

Two new green color bank bundles.....

And two new tone-on-tone light bundles.  A great way to boost your stash with colors you need.
More color bank bundles coming soon.  

Click here to shop my bundle collections.

And now...back to sewing.  I'm about to finish piecing the blocks for my new Village Square quilt.  Photos, fabric and quilt kit news coming very soon.  Find some time to be in your happy place today!






  

Monday, October 14, 2019

Circa 1880 Nine Patch & Rogue Blocks!!

This batch of Circa blocks feature some very cute fussy cut fabrics.  You know how I love those little surprises inside of blocks!  Well.....hold onto your rotary cutter for the next batch of blocks I want to show you!  
These two inch tiny beauties were made and given to me by my dear friend Janet Olsen (RogueQuilter)  She lives in the beautiful mountains of Utah and is a prolific quilter.  Janet writes and posts photos of the amazing quilts she makes in her blog RogueQuilter.Blogspot.com.   Seriously... a must read if you love mini quilts and blocks!  For as long as I've known Janet, she has made small quilts and very often changes things up from the original plan...going way smaller...hence the "rogue" quilter title of her blog.  And, boy....are we glad she does!
Janet is one of seven friends I traded blocks with while secretly working on my Circa 1880 Nine Patch quilt.  She is very active in the Circa club Facebook group and at Village Dry Goods Quilt Shop in Brigham City, UT where club meetings are held.  Janet began making what is now commonly known as 'rogue' blocks, and inserting them here and there into her Circa 1880 Nine Patch quilt.  The results are stunning.  Check out her blog posts to see photos of her amazing Circa 1880 Nine Patch quilt.

A little while ago, Janet surprised me when a package arrived in the mail, gifting me with a collection of rogue blocks.  I just had to share them with you.  The photos above show how Janet cleverly used the Endearment phrases from my Endearment fabric.  She also used a piece of the selvage to sew my name into one of the blocks.  Love, love, love them all!!  

If you'd like to make an Endearment block, which would be so cool in a label....Remember Me...you can ask for the fabric at your LQS or buy it here.
Here are a few more of Janet's rogue blocks.  Teeny Tiny pieces of patchwork wonderful!
That center square is just an inch finished!

And...if that doesn't have your jaw dropping.....
 
Surely this batch will!  Look at that Log Cabin and Pineapple block!!  And...the orange print in the center of the Uneven Nine Patch is fussy cut with the block inside the Circa 1880 Nine Patch!!  
Here's a close up of the Pineapple block so you can see the center fabric was fussy cut as well. 

Janet...you're simply amazing!  Your creativity inspires so many people and I just love what you make.  Not to mention, you're a wonderful and kind person I am blessed to call my friend.
Thank you for gifting me with these rogue blocks.  I will make a special quilt just for them!

If you're inspired to join the fun we're having with the Circa 1880 Club, it is not too late at all!  The club is on-going and will continue into next year.  You must join through a participating quilt shop.  Click here to see all the Club Shops.  You can also participate by mail. 

Be well......


Friday, October 11, 2019

My new collection, Cheddar & Chocolate will be coming soon!

Soft neutrals, sharp cheddars and yummy chocolate browns all play well together in a scrumptious collection for your piecing pleasure.
I designed two new quilts using Cheddar & Chocolate.  Can't wait to get my sample yardage and start working on them.  I'll post sneak peeks and progress photos on Instagram and Facebook, so be sure to check there often.  

Cheddar & Chocolate will arrive at your local quilt shop in January.    In the meantime, click here to see the whole collection and one of the new quilt designs.  All coming to you from Marcus Fabrics!  

Monday, October 7, 2019

Circa 1880 Nine Patch Blocks & New Bundles

I can't believe that this is our 40th Circa club week!  Time flies by way too quickly, especially when we're having fun!  Autumn is in the air here in Chicagoland....my favorite time of year.  I love the cooler temperatures, the color in the changing leaves, and the mums and pumpkins popping up everywhere.  I love all four seasons for the different things they bring.

We just cut a new bunch of shirting prints in a fat quarter bundle.  More color bank bundles will be coming soon.   I love picking up color bank bundles of fabric colors I'm in need of.  I'm always on the look-out for purples and plums and dusty pinks.  Oh...and warm golds too.  And, let's not forget good blacks!  Ok, ok....I'll stop now.  Click here to shop for bundles.

Enjoy the day and let's all take some time to feed our soul with those stitches we sew.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Meet Rachel

Rachel's Tribute 2020 Block of the Month.  Designed by Pam Buda for Marcus Fabrics
Sweet Rachel is finally making her debut!  

It's 1849 and Rachel, a 20 year old woman, is making this quilt as a surprise for her parents 25th wedding anniversary.  Rachel works as a teacher teaching young girls embroidery as they work their stitches on samplers.  She saved her pennies here and there to buy the needed fabric for the quilt.  Rachel works on this special quilt whenever she can, keeping it secret from her parents so she can surprise them on their big day.

Join the fun as you stitch Rachel's Tribute to her parents for yourself!   The quilt design was inspired by the many green and red quilts of the mid-nineteenth century.  It features just one lovely background print that gives the look of muslin but is much softer to the eye.  There are 9 different red prints and 9 different green prints, all designed especially for this quilt.  Each one cuter than the next!  Click here to see Rachel's Tribute fabrics.

As it is with so many of my quilt designs, this quilt looks harder to piece than it really is!  The feathered star is made with modern cutting and piecing techniques with no set-in seams.  No special rulers or tools are required.  The pieced setting triangles carry the red and green prints to the quilt edge with a chevron border giving a pretty frame to the quilt.  

Rachel's Tribute Block of the Month will be available only from participating quilt shops.  The nine month program begins in March, 2020 and will end in December.   Fabrics will be available in February, 2020.

I hope you love Rachel's Tribute as much as I do.  I have thoroughly enjoyed designing the quilt and all the fabrics that make it shine!  Rachel is being quilted right now, so watch for more photos to come.  

Rachel's Tribute will be in the Marcus Fabrics booth at quilt market, so if you're attending, please stop by to see it in person.  

It's wonderful to finally share Rachel with you.  I sincerely hope you like her and sign up to participate with your local shop.  So...next time you pop into the quilt shop, ask for Rachel's Tribute when you're there.  

Off to stitch a new quilt....Village Square...coming soon!  

Monday, September 30, 2019

Circa 1880 Blocks ~ Oops, I did it again!

 Yup....I did it again!  I forgot to post last week's Circa 1880 Blocks.  (groan)
Last weekend, I traveled to the Grand Rapids area to visit with the West Michigan Quilters Guild.  I was packing and trying to do a few hundred things (you know how it is!) and plum forgot to write my post.  I remembered when we arrived in Michigan....a lot of good that will do me.

I had just the best time with the West Michigan quilters.  I gave a lecture and enjoyed spending the day with them during two workshops.  I always receive a warm welcome and have a good time with quilters.  We share tips back and forth and just generally have a great time.  I'm always in sewing envy, though, wishing I could be sewing along with them.  

The trip this past weekend marks the end of my travel this year except for one trip to NYC with my daughter in November.  If you're a regular reader of my blog, you know I really enjoy traveling, and I also really, really enjoy teaching, but this teacher is kinda cooked from all the travel and fun.  

I am home for the next 5 months and have only booked two events next year to give myself a much needed rest.  I came home with a renewed vigor of plans to begin doing some things I haven't had time for in a long time.  Change can be just the thing we need sometimes.  

My workshop update is..... Debbie and I finished my Rachel's Tribute BOM quilt and it's now in the hands of quilter extraordinaire Vegas Val (aka Valerie Krueger.)  I am so jazzed to see what she comes up with!  

My New Circa Essentials & New Circa Shirtings fabric sample yardage arrived and is being starched.  I'll begin cutting for the new quilt tomorrow.  More photos and info to come.  The manuscript for my next book with Martingale is also on my desk for proofreading.  Another fabric line in all browns and cheddars called Cheddar & Chocolate is also in production and nearly complete....very exciting.  New quilt designs are being worked on as well, so needless to say, I'm never bored.  But...I don't know a quilter who is!  

So that's the latest from me.  Watch for my next blog later this week when you'll be able to meet Rachel for the first time.  I can't wait to introduce you!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Circa 1880 Nine Patch & Sneak Peek At Rachel's Tribute!!!!

Rachel's Tribute Sneak Peek!!

Here's a look at all of the fabrics coming very soon, all found in my 2020 BOM called Rachel's Tribute!  Oh...I can barely wait to show you the quilt, but for now, this will have to do.  

I adore all of these prints.  They are small, sweet prints perfect for the BOM and the many other quilt projects you have going.  Hoping the big reveal will be this week!
In the meantime, here are this week's Circa 1880 Nine Patch blocks.  There are a couple of fun fussy cut blocks in this batch, too.  

Enjoy your week...summer is hanging on here and I'm going to soak up all I can!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Circa 1880 Nine Patch Blocks

Here are this week's blocks.  Some cute fussy cuts in this batch.  The green flower in the center of the block at the right is easy to spot.  Do you spot the fabric with the bicycles?

That is the F*U*N of putting Fussy Cuts in your blocks!!  Little surprises.  

Need help Fussy Cutting?  I've made it super easy....click here to read more.

Be well....Happy Stitches always.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Cobbler & Flannel


We are nearing a change in seasons.  Fall will soon arrive, but for now, we are still enjoying the fruits of summer....literally.   Anticipating the cooler season, my first ever flannel collection, Maple Lake Flannel, is in quilts shops now.  I took many of my favorite prints from my On Maple Lake collection, along with some gorgeous new prints, and put them in autumnal colors for your piecing pleasure.

I have just a few fat quarter bundles left of this warm & cozy collection.  Click here if you'd like to grab one before they're gone!
Very Berry Crisp
You will enjoy smelling the berry goodness  baking in the oven as you sew.  Right now, all of the berries we love are ripe, plentiful and inexpensive.  Here's a berry crisp recipe I enjoy making all year round (you can also use frozen fruit.)

You can print my Very Berry Crisp recipe here.

This week, Debbie and I are piecing my 2020 BOM, called Rachel's Tribute.  I should be able to show you the quilt and the fabrics next week when it makes its big debut at Marcus Fabrics.  
Lovin' the fabrics!  Lovin' the quilt.  Can't wait to show you!!  It's so hard keeping secrets!

Sit outside and stitch a spell....and then....have dessert!  Enjoy.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Circa 1880 Nine Patch Blocks

This will be short and sweet.  It's Labor Day and I'm taking some time off....well, sort of.

Went for a 3 mile walk this morning, sat outside...the weather is perfect....and have a few chores to do.  I plan to sew this afternoon...which is the 'chore', but not!
Hope you're doing something fun to recharge and enjoy!  

For our friends dealing with hurricane Dorian, I wish you the very best possible outcome.  Above all, be safe.  Keeping you in my prayers.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Kentucky Crossroads

It took a lot longer than I had hoped to have the pattern ready...but it's finally done!  This was a fun quilt to draft, write and make....from beginning to end.  
Ronda did a wonderful job quilting this beauty.  The antique has crosshatching in the sashing, and I loved it, and wanted to replicate that in the reproduction.  A simple design was chosen for the Kentucky block so as not to overwhelm the block.  I'm also fond of the sashing cornerpost block which, like the Kentucky block, is an unusual block as well.  

The pattern has instructions to make the quilt scrappy......
....or in the two-color antique version.

Click here to order the pattern and you'll be having fun making the Kentucky Crossroads block, too!

Monday, August 26, 2019

Circa 1880 Nine Patch

I don't know about you, but I just love these little blocks.  Seems like no matter what fabrics they're made from, they all look great!
I made some new strips sets over the weekend.  I'm still trading blocks with my friends and happy to continue.  

I hope to have another couple hundred blocks by the end of the year.  Why, since my Circa 1880 quilt is finished?  Because I've been inspired by the Circa 1880 Club at Village Dry Goods.   Many of the club members are adding what they call 'rogue' blocks, named by my friend Janet of Rogue Quilter ,who is a club member there.  Rogue blocks are any block made the same size as the Circa 1880 blocks, and added here and there as little surprises to the quilt.  It looks so awesome that I want to make a quilt with rogue blocks, too!!  It will undoubtedly have a different setting than the original Circa 1880 Nine Patch quilt.  Oh...my imagination gets carried away with all the little rogue blocks I can make!

You'd be inspired too!  You could see all the innovations and inspirations if you were part of the Circa 1880 Club.  Join us!  We'd love to have you. 

Monday, August 19, 2019

Circa 1880 Nine Patch Blocks

Hi!  Here are this week's Circa 1880 Nine Patch blocks for you to enjoy.
While teaching at The Little Red Hen Quilt Shop this past weekend, quilter Robin McGuire shared her version of my little Scarlet quilt.  Pattern is from my Vintage Patchwork book (Martingale.)
Here is my original version of Scarlet.  So cute in any many coloring!
You can buy my Vintage Patchwork book here (autographed just for you!), along with the Pam's Prairie Basics fabric precut I used for all my projects here.

Have a wonderful week!