Friday, March 27, 2020

Brighten Your Day With Bess' Flower Garden

Nothing is better than getting a package of fabric in the mail, right?  While we're all tucked away safely at home, I thought perhaps you'd like to get a delivery of my new fabric, Bess' Flower Garden.  
I took my favorite prints from Mrs. Miller's Apprentice and recolored them in reds....luscious, beautiful red!  My favorite color!  
I couldn't stop I went into my fabric archives and chose 8 other prints to recolor in shades of blue....gorgeous blues.  My second favorite color....a close second to red.
No collection is complete without a variety of lights.  I went looking to recolor some favorite prints here, too.  Recognize them from past collections?  

Bess' Flower Garden Fat Quarter bundles are ready to ship today.  So, order a bundle of fabric happiness to be delivered to your doorstep!  

You can order bundles here.

Please know how much I appreciate you, dear reader and friend.  Your emails and comments mean so very much, and your support of my patterns and little business, means a whole lot.  It enables me to keep doing what I love doing, and I hope you love it, too.  I'm always grateful for each and every order I receive.  

Confinement is going ok for far.  Illinois has been in lock down since Saturday, so I've been home about a week.  That's not all that unusual for about you?  I think it may become harder as the time goes by....not seeing people and going places.  So, it's important 
that we all keep a cheerful state of mind.

I have been trying to catch up on some work and sort through piles.  Piles seem to take on a life of their own here, which I don't like at all.  I'm an organized person at heart, so piles make me unhappy...yet I'm the one who makes the piles.  (Insert eye rolling emoji here.)

I have been sure to take some time each day for sewing.  That is, after all, our happy place.  I am finishing blocks for a trade I'm in with friends.  Besides shuffling piles around....I'm designing a new fabric collection.  Once that's finished, I'll be writing and sewing my 2021 BOM.  It's all designed and my sample fabric is in the house!  Can't wait to begin working on it and even more excited to show you!!  But, for now, that will have to wait.  

What a blessing our piecing/quilting is for us.  Almost makes me sorry for folks who don't sew.  We know that piecing has brought many, many women through hard, hard times, dreadful wars, heartbreaking loss and untold tragedies.  It's here for us today, getting us through whatever we have to deal with, offering an escape and still....making something beautiful in the end...a quilt.  Or, making a face mask to help in the time of need.  

So...we will stick together....all of us quilters.  Share our piecing experiences and all the beautiful things we make, and we know...this, too, shall pass.  

Above all...Be well.  

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Rachel's Tribute Bundle Winners

Hello, Dear Readers,

I sincerely hope you are well and in good spirits during this crazy time.  As promised, here are the two winners of a Rachel's Tribute Fat Eighth bundle.  Hubby once again randomly chose....

Maureen who wrote...

Thanks for becoming a no virus zone. We need to focus on what we can do, not what we can't. I am choosing one or two things to do each day for someone else. Work on a charity quilt, call a shut-in, send an encouraging email, pray for our country. Let's not "poor me", let's look to help others. 

Linda in PA who wrote...

It was nice that you were able to have a safe mini retreat before the stay home lockdown. My daughter and her family live in Illinois. She is a college professor and has had to restructure her classes to be taught online. I had been staying home long before the virus warnings because I had major surgery in early January. Your Rachel’s Tribute fabric is beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway and for the chance. 

Congratulations, ladies!  I'm delighted to send you the Fat Eighth bundles.  Please email your mailing address to

If you have some time, read the wonderful comments you all left for my last blog post.  Dear readers, you left uplifting, positive comments about your life, quilting, and keeping yourself in  good cheer.  You all ROCK!

I'm still working on a whole lot of new things for the near future.  So many ideas and so little time, right?  But, now I have just a bit more free time.  As quilters, we can always make use of found time!  

I'm still expecting delivery of my new book, Vintage Treasures at the end of the month.  Yahoo!!

It's stuffed with twelve wonderful small/doll quilts for your piecing pleasure.  

Oh, and don't forget....when you order the book from me, you'll receive a free bonus small quilt pattern, making it thirteen patterns in all.  

You can see a photos of all thirteen quilts included in the book here.

My newest collection, called Bess' Flower Garden has arrived and I'm cutting Fat Quarter Bundles.  They should be ready tomorrow. 

I also made two new quilts with Bess which are being photographed today.  Kits will be available for those as well.  

Let's not forget to place orders with our LQS!!  They need us too.  Bess' Flower Garden is being delivered to shops as well, and I'm sure you can have the fabric shipped to your home, or do a curb side pick-up.  After all, nothing cheers us up more than new fabric!

In a time of need, quilters around the world always answer the call.  This time, the call is for making face masks from fabric.  We all have extra fat quarters that we can use...but how do you make one?  

My fellow Marcus Fabrics designer, Nancy Rink, has a knock-out tutorial on Instagram.  She gives all the measurements and video instructions for how to make one.  Honesty, it is much easier than I thought.  And, her version does not require elastic...which is now getting to be as hard to find as TP!  

Click here for a link to Nancy's Instagram page.  Click on the image of her husband, Oliver, wearing the pink and orange mask.  Post the masks you make using  #fabricfacemasks

That's all for now.  Back to work on fun stuff coming soon!  

As always, take good care, happy stitches and most of well.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Happy Quilting Day!!

Happy National Quilting Day!!!

To all of my quilter friends around the globe, three cheers to us all in celebration of the art we  love!!  Piecing and quilting brings joy, fulfillment and camaraderie which is just cause for a celebration.

How about a giveaway?!!  

Post a comment to my blog letting me know what you're doing to keep your spirits up while we all go through this crazy time.  Keeping a positive attitude, even while dealing with difficulty, is so very important.  (To be fair to everyone, email comments are not allowed. )

I have two Fat Eighth bundles of my new Rachel's Tribute fabric collection to give-away.  I'll choose winners Tuesday morning.
In my last post, I said I was going on a girlfriend sewing trip.  I did go, and while I was away, I received the following comment from Michelle who said....

Sorry but the fact that you are going on a girls trip is really unsettling. Have you not listened to all the warning? I'm currently in lockdown in my home because I am sick...and when I read your post I was actually feeling angry! I got sick from someone I work with. She came to work not feeling well...she laughed when I suggested she go home and get tested...well a week and a half later, I am now under quarantine. You need to take this seriously and give a little thought about your girlfriends health and a retreat really more important than your health?! 

Given the state of the world, I would like to explain myself for one reason.  For all of us not to jump to conclusions over what we may see or hear during this crazy time.

My friends and I seriously contemplated going, making sure we all felt well, and that if anyone had concerns, or wasn't feeling well, they could/should stay home.  Some friends did stay home for a variety of reasons which we all respected.  Four of us went to our retreat, which is a private home, not a public place.  We each had our own bedroom and bath.  We sewed in a wide open area where we spread out at least 12 feet from one another.  We went out for groceries the first day, and never left home again, locking ourselves in from the outside world.  We have great concern and respect for what is happening.  We all returned home healthy, ready to take on whatever comes next, respecting, and supporting those who are already dealing with hardships.   

My friends and I definitely take this pandemic very seriously.  My daughter is a nurse at a local hospital on the med/surg floor where she treats and cares for patients sick with just about everything and anything all year long.  My son works for two municipalities as a firefighter/paramedic.  He is also front line in this viral war, and both still live at home.  If my kids have taught me anything, it is to be very sensible and pragmatic about the precautions to take from all communicable diseases/viruses.....and that we also have to live our lives!  I wish Michelle had not jumped to the conclusion that my friends and I were being careless with our health and the health of others.  We were/are very responsible, and felt that we could and should go on living our lives.  

Today, things are about to change where I live, in Illinois, as the governor has now ordered the entire state to stay home and shelter in place beginning this evening.  Had that been the case a week ago, our trip would have been canceled.   The world we live in is different from town to town, state to state, in an ever-changing fluid situation.  What is appropriate today for folks in NYC is not in Boise, ID.  I firmly believe the best way to get through this is to have compassion and understanding for each other, and to do all we can to make the best of it.

I am very sad to hear that Michelle is on lock-down in her home and not feeling well.   I could not agree more that her co-worker should have stayed home.  I wish you all the best, Michelle, and hope for a speedy recovery.  In the meantime, while you're home, I hope you find things that will make you laugh (Facebook has been hilarious with people making the best of all types of life changes), give you comfort and lift your spirits.  

Thank you for listening to my rambling.  Don't forget to comment about how you're coping with this craziness.   This ends any talk of "the virus" on my blog.  From here on, it will be a place to visit for up-beat and cheerful quilting news.  You no doubt get enough of the other everywhere else.  

As I always say at the end of a blog my friends around the world....Be well!!  

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Girl Trip!

I'm so, so jazzed!!!  I'm going on a girlfriend retreat starting Monday!!  I haven't been on a retreat in years and I'm SO overdue.  Excited isn't even close to describing how I feel.  

To all of my friends out America and across the globe....take good care of yourselves.  It's a good time to stay with your machine and sew, sew, sew.  

I'll check in when I return home.  Don't worry....I'm taking good care, too!

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Vintage Treasures Book Countdown!

I was thrilled to receive an advance copy of my brand new book, Vintage Treasures!!!!

This book has been in the works for a year, and I am so, so jazzed to finally have it in my hands.  I can't wait for you to have it, too! 

Martingale featured the book, and all of the quilts inside, on their blog last week.  If you didn't get a chance to see it, you can here.

I'm expecting my shipment of books at the end of this month, or very early in April.  
Little Treasures ~ Bonus Project ~  designed by Pam Buda 
If you haven't ordered your book  yet,  it's certainly not too late!  You will receive a bonus  pattern for the Little Treasures quilt above, from me by ordering on my website.  And....I will autograph your book for you, too!
Scraps from Home ~ Vintage Treasures ~ Photo courtesy of Martingale Publishing 
Colonial Star ~ Vintage Treasures ~ Photo Courtesy of Martingale Publishing
So be the first to have this wonderful book packed with twelve small quilt designs.
Olde Postage ~ Vintage Treasures ~ Photo courtesy of Martingale Publishing 
You can see all of the quilts included in the book on my website here.  

There's a whole lot going on in my studio these days.  I have three fabric lines in different stages of production to work on, and I'll be sending in a fourth later this month.  Needless to say, there's a whole lotta good stuff brewing to keep your needles and machine humming.  I'm also looking for our next Quilt Archaeology project. 

Just in case you were looking for something new to work on. 

Be well....wishing you happy stitches.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Get A Bunch of Your Favorite Colors!

From time to time, I select a bunch of pretty prints into what I lovingly call color bank bundles.  As we discussed in our comments from a couple of blog posts ago, we all lack certain colors in our stash, and this is an opportunity to stock up on some of the things you may be longing for.
Maybe you need some black prints?
Or a nice selection of reds?
All of us can always use lights and neutrals!
And....since those cheddars are so darn hard to find, I bundled those up, too!  There are several color bank bundles of blues and greens available as well.

Wanna check them out?  Click here to see what color bank bundles you just might need for your stash!  

Back to work and planning some really great stuff....coming soon!
Be well.....

Friday, February 21, 2020

Rachel & Sarah Winner

Oh, it was such fun to read all your comments!  Thank you all for taking the time to tell me your thoughts about what fabric type and colors you are wishing for.   Personally, I am always on the lookout for historic purples, dusty pinks and shirtings.  I also wish for more border prints and interesting stripes that can be cut into awesome sashings and borders.  They are very, very hard to find!!   

The good news is that the majority of you are going to be very happy quilters very soon as one of your most wanted fabrics is coming just months from now!!  I can barely stand it!  I want to share with you NOW....but I can't.  Soon...very soon.

If you were checking my blog to read the comments you were all leaving, and didn't see them right away, that's because about a year ago, I had to put a filter on comments.  I can then decide to allow or delete comments because I was getting a ton of spam, and had very raunchy things pop up, and had to do something to stop it.  So...once a day or so, I go in, and publish the good comments and delete the bad ones.  

Congratulations to husband randomly chose her comment....

I love all the colors, but your shirtings are my favorites. They work so well with all the reds of yours I have. A lovely collection!!

Gwynette, please email with your mailing address so I can send the Sarah's Dowry pattern, and the Rachel's Tribute fat eighth bundle to you.  

I read every one of your comments and enjoyed them all.  Thank you so much!

I also have something new to share with you!  This very pretty print is the one I chose for a 108" wide backing fabric.  Please check with your local quilt shop to see if they have it.  

It's 100% cotton...the same wonderful cotton Marcus Fabrics uses to print all of my other fabrics.  It's non-directional and would look just lovely as a backing.  

Back to dreaming up some fun stuff for me and you, to keep our sewing machines happy!  

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Rachel & Sarah

Rachel's Tribute BOM ~ by Pam Buda for Marcus Fabrics
My 2020 BOM, called Rachel's Tribute is just beginning.  The fabric collection is arriving at your local quilt shop now.  Any and all shops have the fabric collection, not just shops doing the BOM.  I have to say....this is one of my favorite collections.  True, I do love them all, but I've made three quilts from this collection, and never tire of the sweet, little prints.  

The quilt above was designed to honor the lovely traditional red & green quilts made in the mid-nineteenth century.  Many were appliqued, and many were pieced like this one.  To truly replicate those traditional red & green quilts, I designed only one background print for this line.  Unusual to do that, but you understand why.  
Take a closer look at the Rachel's Tribute prints.
The prints are designed to work in any quilt, any time.  To blend well with scrappy quilts or work in a theme, like Christmas.  They're just really good nineteenth century prints!  
Sarah's Dowry quilt ~ By Pam Buda ~ Heartspun Quilts
I wanted to use the Rachel's Tribute fabrics in a totally different way from the BOM quilt and Sarah's Dowry is the quilt I designed.  It's's's lively!

It's not too late to join the BOM fun and sign up to make my Rachel's Tribute quilt!  Look for a participating quilt shop near you!  

Click here to order my Sarah's Dowry pattern.

Click here to order a Fat Quarter bundle of the entire Rachel's Tribute collection.

How about a give-away??

Post a comment about what color fabrics you
think are missing from your stash for a chance to win a Fat Eighth bundle and a Sarah's Dowry pattern.

Do you wish for more tonal backgounds? Shirtings?  Bubble gum pinks?  Neutral grays and taupes?  

Tell me what fabric you crave!  

I'll choose a random winner on Friday.

To be fair to everyone, you must post a comment to my blog as email entries are not allowed.

Can't wait to hear what you fabrics you're wishing for!

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Bess' Flower Garden

Bess' Flower Garden ~ Red prints ~ Pam Buda for Marcus Fabrics
I'd like to introduce you to Bess's Flower Garden.  The next new collection coming to your local quilt shops in just a few weeks!
Bess' Flower Garden ~ Light prints ~ Pam Buda for Marcus Fabrics
Does Bess look a little familiar to you?
Bess' Flower Garden ~ Blue Prints ~ Pam Buda for Marcus Fabrics
When talking with the execs at Marcus Fabrics one day, we all discovered we wanted to do a red, light and blue collection.  They suggested I recolor my favorite Mrs. Miller's Apprentice prints in red and add other favorite from recent lines.  So I did!!  

All of the reds were Mrs. Miller blues.  All of the lights and blues were recolored from many different past collections.  It would kinda be fun to have a questionnaire to see if you can identify what collections they all came from.

Wondering why I named the collection Bess' Flower Garden?  

If you made my Mrs. Miller's Apprentice quilt, you know it comes with a diary telling the story about Mrs. Miller and her apprentice.  Mrs. Miller's name in the story (and the real Mrs. Miller's name) is Elizabeth.  Because I recolored so many of those prints, and Bess is a nick name for Elizabeth, I came up with Bess' Flower Garden.  

Nomenclature is often a very difficult thing.  Sometimes the names come easily and sometimes you wrack your brain for an idea....any idea!!!  Bess was easy....and I think it's such a lovely collection of prints and colors.  I had such fun choosing prints and seeing them recolored from their original version.  

I've designed two new quilts using Bess' Flower Garden and will reveal them in the coming weeks.  They're being pieced now.  

Bess will be delivered to your local quilt shop the first of not long from now!  Please ask for it at your local shop your local quilt shop!  We love them and they need our business!!  

If and only if you can't find Bess at your local shop, I will have fat quarter bundles, yardage and kits for the two quilts.  So...stay tuned.  

In the meantime....Happy Stitches and be well.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Special Cheddar & Chocolate Precut!

A special delivery of 10 x 10 precuts made from my Cheddar & Chocolate collection just arrived!

This was a special precut and I only have a small amount of them.  I know many of you are scrap-quilt masters and prefer to collect the smaller precuts rather than fat quarter this cut is for you!  There are 42 pieces in this precut - two bonus prints!  Yay!

Click here to order before they're gone!  

Next post.....I'll introduce you to my friend, Bess.  You're gonna love her!

Be Well.....

Friday, February 7, 2020

My Most Cherished Quilt

Circa 1880 Nine Patch quilt ~ April, 2020 Issue ~ Courtesy of Meredith Corporation
When American Patchwork & Quilting magazine asked me to share my most cherished quilt with them, I was happy to tell them all about it!  
This is a new column in the magazine this year, and editor Jody Sanders shared her most cherished quilt in the last issue.  We all have those quilts that are special to us for any number of reasons.  Some for reasons we all have in common, and some you may be surprised as to why!  

Read why my Circa 1880 Nine Patch quilt is my Most Cherished Quilt in the new issue (April, 2020) of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine.....on newsstands today!!  

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Introducing ~ Vintage Treasures!!!

I'm thrilled to finally be able to show you my second book with Martingale Publishing.  

Vintage Treasures
Olde Postage ~ Vintage Treasures ~ Martingale Publishing
The book has twelve wonderful small quilts I sincerely hope will inspire you to pick up a needle (so to speak!) and make.
Conestoga Stitches ~ Vintage Treasures ~ Martingale Publishing
Some are super easy, and others will challenge your skills a little bit.  
Seneca Falls ~ Vintage Treasures ~ Martingale Publishing

There's a wide variety of techniques, blocks, settings and fabrics to pique your interest...
Hallow's Eve ~ Vintage Treasures ~ Martingale Publishing
And....some to make for a holiday!  I'll be showcasing the quilts and telling you a bit about each one in upcoming posts.

I invite you to PRE-ORDER a copy of my book, which will be personally autographed to you!
Little Treasure ~ FREE Bonus Quilt by Pam Buda
And....if you order directly from me, you'll receive the pattern for this cutie pie little quilt I designed as a bonus for you....called Little Treasure.....absolutely FREE.  
Click here to PRE-ORDER your copy of Vintage Treasures and get the pattern for Little Treasure free.  

(If you want to order more items, I recommend placing a separate order for them, otherwise they will all be held until the book ships.)

You can see all of the Vintage Treasures book projects on my website here.  

Vintage Treasures will be released in April, so your book will ship to you in April the moment I receive delivery.

Thank you for your emails, blog comments and orders.  It allows me to keep doing all the things we love and I am truly grateful!!  

Be well and wishing you happy stitches!

Saturday, February 1, 2020

19th Century Prairie Pocket as Design Inspiration

I hunt antique stores and shows for vintage quilts and fabrics to reproduce in my fabric collections and you never know where inspiration may come.
I spotted this antique Prairie Pocket under a pile of linens.  First, I love the old pockets, and they're very hard to find, so I was immediately interested.  Closer examination of the fabric had me hooked!   The fabric is paper thin and very faded, but the design is wonderful!
I used this sweet fabric in my New Circa Essentials collection which is in your local quilt shops right now.  When I'm about to design a fabric, I have to think about every aspect of the fabric motif.  Do you see the honeycomb background texture?  Do I want to keep it or remove it?  What color(s) should it be?  How about the little vine? And the unusual motif itself....It has up to five colors...what should they be?  How many more versions of this print do I want?
Then, I have to ask the same series of questions to guide the Marcus Fabrics art department.  I settled on two colors; the green and the brown.  It's such a quintessential nineteeth century print and I adore it.  Hope you like it, too!  What other colors would you have created?  Do you think it would look good in any/every color?  That's all part of designing fabric, and you have to imagine it all done.... in your head...before you can even begin to create it.  
I wanted to examine the pocket more closely to see what it could tell me about the Prairie Woman who made it.  

From the photo above, notice it has one opening for the drawstring, not two (meaning an opening on both sides of the pocket.)  Had it had two openings, and a longer drawstring, I would assume it was worn underneath her skirts.  Back then, there were no inset pockets in dresses and skirts, but there would be an open slit in the skirt to access the pocket worn underneath, to keep money, handkerchief, glasses, etc.  

This pocket was likely tied to a bedpost where she would keep her brush, glasses, anything she wanted next to the bed.  Maybe even some stitching?  Could be anything.
A look inside reveals it was hand pieced.  Don't assume until you look as the treadle sewing machine came along in 1848.
The pocket has some holes....
And she did some rudimentary mending.
There's even some hair and fibers left inside from way back when.  

I hope you liked seeing just one item that served as design inspiration for my New Circa Essentials collection.  
Here are all the New Circa Essentials prints.
Here are the companion New Circa Shirting prints.  Both are available in yardage here.
I also have a few Fat Quarter Bundles still available here.  

If you like the fabrics, this collection is already sold out at Marcus, so get to your LQS or buy here.  Soon, they'll be gone, gone, gone.