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Friday, September 17, 2021

Fabric Inspirations


When I'm on the hunt for antique fabric, you never know where you'll find inspiration.  I found this sweet, little bonnet sitting in a pile of junk.

It's very small, and like the tag says, likely made for a doll or teddy bear.

It has seen better days.  It has stains, holes, and is badly faded on one side, but I saw a lot of potential in this print.  It's simple, but the motif and the two different sets of dots offered a lot of possibilities!

Here is the same print in six different colorways!  I love each and every one of them.  Truth be told, it would look cute in every color!

Gotta have some for your stash?  I hope so.  Head over to your favorite quilt shop to see all of the prints in my brand new Prairie Dry Goods fabric collection.  It's an amazing collection with forty four wonderful prints in a wide variety of colors!  

Please, quilting friends.....support your local quilt shop!  I always ask that you buy your quilting goodies from your local shop before ordering from me online.  They need your business so they are there for us for years to come.  

I though you might like to see how some of my fabric prints come to be.  That little bonnet is a treasure unto itself.  It was hand stitched as you can see, and well loved.  Just wonderful.

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

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Last Call for Walnut Hollow & Tokens~Halloween Spirit Kit PRE-ORDER!


Just a friendly reminder that if you're considering a kit for Walnut Hollow (above,) and/or....

...the Tokens of the Past~Halloween Spirit Quilt kit Trio, you have until the end of the day, Monday, September 13th to place your deposit for your order.

Click here to read all of the details for both kits.  I expect to ship your kits to you late in October.

My thanks to everyone who already placed an order.  I truly appreciate your business!!!  

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

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Cheddar & Coal Quilt Kit PRE-ORDER!!

I'm so jazzed to introduce you to Cheddar & Coal....my newest collection for Marcus Fabrics!

There are nine cheddar prints.....
Eight assorted black prints.....

And seven assorted light prints.

I had a whole lotta fun designing quilts with this fabric.  Walnut Hollow (above) is the the only large quilt made with Cheddar & Coal.  It features two very similar star blocks, each made with Flying Geese and a Cat's Cradle unit.  The great thing about the blocks is that you can make the Cat's Cradle unit larger and trim to perfection!!  Who doesn't LOVE that?!!  The Tucker Trimmer 1 ruler is required for this project, and I have step by step photos, and a video reference, that will walk you through this super easy technique.  You'll be so happy with this technique, you'll never want to make another Cat's Cradle the old-fashioned way again!

Walnut Hollow measures 63 x 72 and uses all of the fabrics in the Cheddar & Coal collection. 

The awesome stripe is the sashing print in Walnut Hollow, the two cheddars are inner borders, and the black print at the right is the pretty outer border.

Click here to read more and pre-order a Walnut Hollow kit for yourself!

Midnight Flight quilt in Tokens of the Past~Halloween Spirit pattern
Designed by Pam Buda ~ Heartspun Quilts
I couldn't stop designing with this collection.  Introducing three small quilts in my new Tokens of the Past~Halloween Spirit pattern!  Midnight Flight is in the photo above.

This is the print I chose for the background and border in Midnight Flight, and the blocks are made from all of the cheddar prints.  Don't you love the motion the Flying Geese blocks give to the quilt?!

Boo!! quilt in the Tokens of the Past ~ Halloween Spirit
Designed by Pam Buda~Heartspun Quilts

Boo!! is the quilt above.  It uses all of the prints in the Cheddar & Coal collection, and just sparkles with the shades of all of those prints.  

These are the border fabrics I chose for Boo!!

Halloween Spirit quilt in the Tokens of the Past~Halloween Spirits pattern
Designed by Pam Buda~Heartspun Quilts
Halloween Spirit is the third quilt in the new Tokens pattern.  It uses all of the cheddars in the collection. I adore the stripe print and wanted to miter the border which I think looks awesome!  I give you step by step instructions on how to miter a border, which isn't as hard as you may think.  But, if the mitered border looks scary to you, you can always do a traditional border and it will be wonderful.

These are the other prints used in the quilt.  The cheddar on the bottom photographed as a yellow, but is really a lovely Halloween orange.  (See photo at the top of the blog post.)

One of the great things about this trio of quilts is that the scrappy units in the three quilts are made from a 10 x 10 precut!!!  That also makes the kit for all three quilts very affordable.  Love that!

The Midnight Flight and Boo!! quilts each measure 22 x 22, and Halloween Spirits quilt measures 20 x 20.  All three quilts are included in the Tokens of the Past ~ Halloween Spirit pattern....and it's FREE when ordering the quilt kit trio!

You must place your pre-order for Walnut Hollow and/or Tokens of the Past~Halloween Spirit quilt trio through September 13th.  I won't have any extra kits available as I only kit what is pre-ordered.  So, you have until September 13th to think about it.  A $50 deposit guarantees your quilt(s).

I expect to ship the kits late in October.  Fabric is due to ship from Marcus (if on time depending on arrival in NYC) in early October.  Given time to cut the kits, package and ship, I expect later in October.

Click here to read kit details and order your kits.

I can't thank you all enough for your continued support of Heartspun Quilts.  You all keep me going by supporting my little business and I appreciate it more than words can say.  

Keep you needle busy and your heart content.  And, above all, be well and stay safe my friends!  



Wednesday, September 1, 2021

NEW Big Book of Quilt to Finish Quilts!


Hello, dear quilting friends!

Martingale's brand new book, The Big Book of Quilt to Finish Quilts, has finally been released and is landing at your local quilt shop any day now.  Chock full of, as the title says, quick and wonderful quilt projects for your piecing pleasure.

I am honored to have two quilts in this book.  The first is my Windy Hill Farm quilt (photo above,) featuring nine patches and pinwheels.  I worked in a few make-do blocks, which I love, and you can, too!

The second quilt in the book is called Stillwater Creek, with Ohio Stars and Flying Geese.

Honestly.....you won't be disappointed in this book at all as there are so many good projects in there.  I've already chosen one to do in Halloween colors.  Easy, peasy!

Please look and ask for this book at your LQS next time you visit.

In The Studio......I haven't been posting too much because I've been keeping busy with things I can't talk about just yet.  But, believe me....I'm working on some really fun stuff!  

My Needle & Thread quilt is finished and being photographed for the cover.  My Mercantile Nine Patch quilt is being quilted.  Both turned out so well, I am super happy with them.  With all those wonderful prints and colors from the Prairie Dry Goods line, both quilts just sparkle and shine!

No sooner I finished with those two beauties, I am fast at work making four quilts using my next line called Cheddar & Coal.  I'll be sharing news about all the fabrics and projects very soon from that new line.

And, I've chosen my next two Quilt Archaeology projects!!  Fun stuff planned for later this year.

Well, I'd better get back to work in the studio if I want to show you all this good stuff soon.  Keep your needle busy and your heart content, my friends.  Be well......

Friday, August 13, 2021

Last Call for Pre-ordering Quilt Kits


Just a friendly reminder that if you're considering either my Needle & Thread quilt kit (above)......and/or......

...my Mercantile Nine Patch (which is available in three color ways) quilt kit, you have until the end of the day, Sunday, July 15th.  

Click here to read all of the details for both quilt kits.  I expect delivery of your kit to ship in late September.

My sincerest thanks to all who have already placed an order.  I just have to get my fabric order into Marcus Fabrics for the Prairie Dry Goods 10 inch precuts to be sure 
to have what we need!  Exciting stuff!

Monday, August 9, 2021

Prairie Dry Goods Quilts PREORDER!!


Introducing two brand new quilt designs featuring all of the fabrics in my new Prairie Dry Goods fabrics for Marcus Fabrics!

Prairie Dry Goods has a gorgeous array of prints in a rainbow of colors!  I ask you....when do you get all of these colors, in a variety of prints, all made of historic reproduction fabrics??  

Not that often!  So....here is your chance to get this collection in your choice of two quilt kits!

Each kit uses a 10 inch precut bundle, so you get 42 prints to play with!  Yippee!

Introducing Needle & Thread, the first quilt I designed for Prairie Dry Goods.  It has all of the colors in the collection as well as all four creamy neutral prints.  

These fabrics are the soft blue stripe for the sashing, and the awesome blue print for the border.  The blue print is very, very early and may date to the eighteenth century!  Swoon!

Quilt size is 55 x 60.  Click here to read all of the details and place your order for Needle & Thread!!

And here is Mercantile Nine Patch.  I wanted the second quilt to be very different from Needle & Thread, and it features a block I think we all love.....a classic Nine Patch.

While I do love a Nine Patch, I don't always enjoy cutting and piecing a million pieces....but don't fret!  These Nine Patch blocks are made from strip sets!  Yes! (fist pump!!)  Strip the pieces and subcut....so you're never piecing with just two tiny squares.

I chose a green border for my quilt, but perhaps green is not your favorite.  

Well...we can change that.

So, how about red?

Or perhaps brown?

Oh, brown would be lovely, too!

You can choose what color you'd like for your Mercantile Nine Patch quilt making it very special, indeed.  You can also choose to order backings for your quilts at a special price when ordered with the quilt kit.

Click here to read all of the details and place your order for your very own Mercantile Nine Patch.

You must PREORDER your quilt(s) no later than end of the day, Sunday, August 15th.  

I will not stock extra kits, so if you want one, please don't delay, and place your order ASAP.  Precuts of all fabric collections go very quickly, and I need to get my order into Marcus Fabrics to have the precuts, and the fabric yardage needed for these special quilts.

I expect to ship the quilt kits late in September.  I sincerely hope you like my Needle & Thread and Mercantile Nine Patch quilts as much as I do.  Let me say, it's been a real joy to piece with so many colors and so many reproduction prints!  

Thank you, thank you so very much for your continued support of Heartspun Quilts as I couldn't keep going without you!

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

Friday, August 6, 2021

Teeny Tiny Star Sew along ~ Part Three


It's time for us to meet again to sew together, and may I say how much I enjoy meeting like this once a week.  I hope you do as well.

Last week, we completed our center block, and there's not much left to do to complete our tiny quilt.  That's one of the big pluses about making such a little quilt....it's done quickly!

We will sew our (4) corner triangles to the center block next.  When sewing a triangle to a square (our center block), the triangle must be positioned at the true center of the square or the raw edges of the triangles won't match up.  

The easiest way to do this is to gently fold your triangle in half, right sides together, and finger press the center.  Fold the square (your center block) in half wrong sides together, and finger press.

Then, simply match both finger pressed creases.  Pin and sew, pressing to the corner triangle.  Do this for each of the four sides of the square.  Voila!  Your center square is now on point!

Follow along in your pattern and sew the blue side borders to the quilt center.

Next comes the top & bottom red borders. 

Last, sew the blue top and bottom borders.  Guess what?  Your Teeny Tiny Star quilt is complete!  Don't have the pattern?  Click here and make a Teeny Tiny quilt for your very own!

PLEASE post a photo of your Teeny Tiny Star quilt to social media using hashtag #teenytinyquiltclub.  If you search that hashtag on Instagram, all of the photos of our club quilts will pop up.  There are about 8-10 on there now, so it will be so fun to see all of your quilts in the coming weeks.

In The Studio.......this week, Debbie is assembling my new quilt called Needle & Thread.

Needle & Thread ~ Designed by Pam Buda 
This quilt uses all of the fabrics from my new Prairie Dry Goods fabric collection.  And, guess what?  All of the colors in the blocks are made from a 10 x 10 precut!  Yup....so exciting!  

I will be taking pre-orders for Needle & Thread very soon, so think about it.  Quilt size is 55 x 60.  Those 10 x 10 precuts do not last long, so if you're interested, please pre-order!  I'll show you more photos of the fabrics and give more details about Needle & Thread in my next post.

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

Friday, July 30, 2021

Teeny Tiny Stars Sew along ~ Part Two


Part two of our Teeny Tiny Stars quilt is as easy as can be.  We're making (2) Four Patches, each measuring 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" unfinished.  

Sew the star blocks and Four Patch blocks together into row; pressing to the Four Patch.  Sew the rows together; press the seam open.  Your center block should measure 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" unfinished.  Looking good!!  

Cyndi Black of Busy Thimble Quilt Shop
I want to share these two quilts with you made by my friends.  The red, pink and brown quilt above was made by Cyndi Black of Busy Thimble quilt shop in Maine.

This sweet quilt was made by my friend Karen Schultz (IL), and I love how different each one is!  You are welcome to work ahead on your quilt if you'd like.  Thank you both for sharing your quilts with all of us.

Remember to post photos to social media using hashtag #teenytinyquiltclub so we can all see each other's photos!!  So fun!

Introducing: Prairie Dry Goods

Prairie Dry Goods is my brand new basics collection, and boy oh boy, am I ever jazzed about it!!!!  

This is the largest basics line I have had the pleasure of designing, and it pretty much has every color under the sun.

There's a wonderful selection of vintage prints, too.  You'll have to have them all to use in your scrappy quilts, not to mention there are so many good prints for backgrounds, borders and sashing for any quilt you may want to make.  Oh, and how great is this color selection for applique?  I'm telling you, I had so much fun with all of these colors, I can't wait for you to play with them, too!

I'll show you the quilt I designed for this fabric line in my next post.  I'm working on it right now, and loving it.

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

Monday, July 26, 2021

Another Video


As you well know, videos are 'the thing to do' in quilting (and every other aspect of life it seems.)  I know they can be fun and informative, but for me, they are very stressful.  I kinda want to do them because I really love reaching.  But, I'm not at all good at it, as you will see in the latest video I just published on my YouTube Channel.  All I can say is have mercy on me, and be kind, please.  

I've wanted to do a video on how to use my Fussy Cut Template set, and my husband (bless his heart) tries to help me.  We end up laughing at all the bloopers more than we get done in an afternoon.  I'm a person who shies away from the camera, so a video is horrifying to me.  I just tell myself I have to try new things to grow as a person....so I charge on.  Hope you take a look at it, have a few chuckles, and see how wonderful these templates really are.  Click here to see my video.

I am a baker and I come from a long line of bakers.  I adore a good pie, and way back in 2014, I talked about wanting to learn to make a good pie crust on this blog.  My friend, Janet, arranged a surprise for me to learn about making pies when I was on a teaching trip to Utah.  You can read about that trip here.  

Anyway, I have struggled with pie crust ever since (which is absolutely no reflection on Janet's instructions!)  Last year, I went searching on YouTube to see if I could find a video that would help me (see, here we are back at videos!)  I often find that in watching videos, I pick up on subtleties that aren't in written instructions.  Maybe it's the kitchen tools used, or the way a person handles the dough that makes all the difference....things like that. 

I think I found my pie nirvana.

If you're wondering why I am writing about pie making today it's because I baked this delicious cherry pie over the weekend, posted about it on social media, and was met with many requests for the recipe.  I am always happy to share a good recipe....and quilting hint...why not?

After all, this is not my pie crust recipe, and....there's a video tutorial to go with it!  

What I love about this pie crust recipe is it is seemingly fool proof.  You never vary on measurements, or technique, and it will come out flaky and perfect every time.  As a novice pie maker, this crust is a dream to work with.  It's not dry, and doesn't crack.  I love how it feels in my hands when working with it, and who doesn't love making food that is a pleasure to make, and delicious to eat?

So, enough of my rambling...here's the recipe:

Old-Fashioned Flaky Pie Crust

1 2/3 cup all purpose flour

1 TBL sugar

1/2 tsp salt

2 sticks of cold butter (do not freeze)

1/2 cup cold water

The recipe alone is not enough.  You have to watch the Baking with Stella video to see the technique she uses, which is very simple, but ultra important.  Click here to see the video.  If for some reason you need to search for her on YouTube, search the following:

How to Make the Best Old-Fashioned Flaky Pie Dough

My cherries came from Door County, WI.  If you live in the Midwest like I do, you know all about Door County cherries....absolutely divine!  I buy the already made pie crust filling.  I think you may be able to find it on-line....it's worth it!  

So....now you have a few videos to watch....one to make you giggle (mine) and the other to have you making glorious pies.  

Hope you find these videos useful and informative.  

See ya Friday for more on the Teeny Tiny Star quilt.