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Monday, August 29, 2016

Introducing Old Plum Calicos!

I had such a wonderful time reading all of the comments about your least favorite fabric choices!  Within your comments, I realized there are quite a few more types of fabrics that I'd have to agree would never make it into a quilt for me either.  Isn't it funny how one of us can be madly in love with a color and another never use it?!!  

I have chosen 4 scrap winners!  Here are their comments....

Judy commented.....I don't like modern fabrics or the brights! Thanks for the giveaway!

U Keep Sewing commented.....Fun to read all these comments. I can't do pinks or some of the lighter colors, some look like oatmeal.  Love red when it acts as a neutral. Don't care for the real busy fabric or the wild colors.  Thanks for the chance. 

Anonymous Linda commented.....Hi Pam, you are very generous....all fabrics have a home somewhere...but I haven't used modern prints or brights....I would love, love, love your scraps....thanks for the chance.  (Thanks for including your email!)

Joyful Quilter commented.....I have a very difficult time with purple or lavender - don't like them - but have used them when it was the only color that would work. For me to use them there has to be lots and lots of green also.

Congratulations to the winners and my heartfelt thanks to all of you whom took the time to comment.  Your comments mean so much to me and keep me writing this blog and so much more.

Winner, please email me at Pam@HeartspunQuilts.com with your mailing address and we'll have those scraps on their way to you!  

I'm so very happy to finally announce my next fabric collection is.......

Old Plum Calicos!

I happen to love Civil War fabrics in shades of purple.  The problem is, like many other colors, CW repros in plums are few and far between.  I sought to rectify that problem!  

While I do so love purple fabrics, I can't say I make entirely all purple quilts with them.  I love adding purple to scrappy quilts.  I also favor adding purples in an autumnal and Halloween quilts.  

When I'm piecing scrappy quilts, I use purples in the same way I use blues and greens in that they can have similar color values.  I honestly don't know what I'd do without purples.  

I was tickled to read how many of you don't care for purples and it's your never, ever color.  I totally respect that.  I also know that many of you love purple as much as I do.  It's my daughter's favorite color!  Of course, I've designed an all purple quilt for this collection, and she's already laid claim to it.  More about that quilt in an upcoming post as it's being made as I write this.  

I made a little video of all of the Old Plum Calico fabrics.  

(Gee, I hope this video works!  I can't tell if it will while I'm writing this post, so I'm crossing my fingers, and sayin' a little prayer that when I publish this, it will be there for you to see.  If it works, I'll be feeling like I've conquered a little part of the tech world and will most definitely be showing off to my kids....teehee!  If it doesn't work....well....I won't tell them if you don't.)

All of the Old Plum Calico fabrics are reproductions of nineteenth century fabrics from my vintage quilts.  As is always the case, the folks at Marcus Fabrics were so very dedicated to getting these colors just the way I wanted them, and I'm hoping you'll love them as much as I do.
I thought you'd like to see what the fabrics look like once they've been pieced.  After all, that's how you'll be using them, right?  
Here's a peek at two of the blocks that are in my new Letters From Grace quilt, which uses all of the prints in the Old Plum Calicos collection.  I think it's so nice to see the new fabrics in patchwork. What do you think?
If you like what you see, and you're like me and are quite fond of plum fabrics, for a limited time, you can PRE-ORDER a Fat Quarter or Fat Eighth bundle of Old Plum Calicos at 15% off the regular price.  

Click here to order a Fat Quarter Bundle at the sale price of $43.35

Click here to order a Fat Eighth Bundle at the sale price of $21.70

Old Plum Calicos are scheduled to be delivered in October, so as soon as they arrive, we'll package your bundle and send it to you mucho pronto!  Shipping is extra and is a flat rate of $7. within the U.S. only.  International orders, please email me for shipping costs to your home.

Thanks so very much for reading my blog, and I hope you find some time to sit back and sew with your favorite color fabrics!  


  1. Love this plum! Can't wait until it's in the stores.

  2. Purples are hard for me so this grouping will make it sew much easier to put the fabrics together in my scrap piecing. Thanks

  3. Oops, I may have to eat my words about not liking purples. Thank you for selecting my name a winner - I love your fabrics and am looking forward to receiving the scrap box.

  4. Be still my heart!! Gorgeous fabrics!
    Purple repros are one of my favorites (one of these days I will tell you how that all started)--and can be so hard to find. It is always the lowest stack in my stash. In fact, just today I ordered a bunch of 1/2 yard cuts of CW purples on a clearance sale. Looks like now I am going to have to order a fat eighths bundle from you--this from a gal that rarely orders fabrics online. That tells you how much I love plums and purples!
    I even know which one of your patterns I will be using to create my Old Plum Calico quilt--it is from your Journey 3. : )

  5. Love your new plum calicos! I love purple and have a hard time finding any nice shades anywhere. When I see them, I buy them on the spot.

  6. Congratulations to the winners!!
    Love your new fabrics, Pam!! Cannot wait until they arrive in my local quilt shop!
    Sandra B

  7. Congrats to all the lucky winners! Calico Plums are gorgeous!!!!

  8. Congratulations to all the winners. Oh, I was just commenting to someone about how hard it was to find the mourning plum colours - I am going to have to get some of these.

  9. These are gorgeous Pam - I'm not a big purple user but do like a sprinkling here and there :-) I could easily add these to a quilt!!

  10. I do a lot of hand appliqué and those plums will make some gorgeous flowers.

  11. Beautiful! I love those plums and purples and you're right, they're harder to find...just like my favorite poison greens!!!!!

  12. Pam, your Plum Calicos are gorgeous! I agree, the plums and purples are hard to find in CW repros. My quilts are most always in country colors, adding a pop of purple is sometimes unexpected and makes my quilts more interesting in think.

  13. Congratulations,Plum Calicos is yummiest.
    Congrats to the winners and thanks you for the fun.

  14. Congrats to the winners and congrats to you Pam for these beautiful fabrics!!! I will be getting some of these for sure!!!

  15. I just ordered a FQ bundle! I can't wait to see these in person - I always love your fabrics, and Marcus does such a great job with color. Fun!

  16. The longer I look at these the more I love them! Who'd have thought - a purple quilt - going to do it! Those tiny basket blocks are perfect for this collection.

  17. Dear Pam,
    Your Plum Calicos are just beautiful. I can already see them in a Prairie Queen quilt. How many FQs will I need for a standard bed size?
    I hope you have it back in stock soon. I just love the colors.
    Best wishes,
    Aunt Bea