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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 sizes....so 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 problems....as 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 quilt....so 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...