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Friday, September 9, 2022

PRE-ORDER Redwood Cupboard Fabrics & Kits!

 Redwood Cupboard fabrics are coming in October!  

You can Pre-Order a quilt kit, or fabric bundle now!

I've designed two quilts using all of the fabrics in the collection.

The first quilt is called Redwood Manor.  

It features the Carpenter's Wheel and LeMoyne Star blocks.

Both blocks are made using modern piecing and rotary cutting techniques.  No dreaded "Y" seams here!

The Redwood Manor quilt size is 78 x 98.

You can pre-order the kit with or without the optional backing fabric, available at a special discounted price with your pre-order.

As with every pre-order, the Redwood Manor pattern is FREE!

(A $12 value)

Crossfire is the second quilt I designed with Redwood Cupboard.  

It's a very simple block to make....

...and it's fun to mix and match all of the fabrics, too.  

Crossfire measures 70 x 77.  It also has a backing option with the pre-order, and of course, the Crossfire pattern is FREE with your quilt kit order!

Pre-order a quilt kit starting today, through Monday, September 19th!  (Quilt kits are only available as a pre-order.)

Click here to read more details and order a Redwood Manor and Crossfire quilt kit.

Also available for pre-order are Half-Yard bundles and Fat Quarter bundles of Redwood Cupboard.  (Half yard bundles are only available as a pre-order.)  

Click here to pre-order the bundle of your choice!

Pre-orders begin today and run through Monday, September 19th.  

The Redwood Cupboard fabrics are due to ship early in October.  Taking pre-orders allows me to order the fabrics for the kits and bundles while the supply is still good at Marcus Fabrics.

Your order will ship as soon as we can in October.  You will receive an email with shipping and tracking information as soon as your order ships.  

Thank you for your business and support!  Without it, I cannot keep doing what I love, designing fabrics for Marcus, and quilts featuring the fabrics we love.  I appreciate you more than you know!!  

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

Monday, September 5, 2022

Introducing Redwood Cupboard


My newest fabric collection, Redwood Cupboard, is coming in October!

The collection is anchored by this gorgeous print done in deep red with brown undertones.  This print comes from the Old Sturbridge Village archives and dates to the early 1800's. 

There are six coordinate reds....

Six coordinate browns.....

And six coordinate neutrals.

Then, I added this deep, deep brown print for some great contrast.  

Wanna see the quilts I designed using Redwood Cupboard?

Redwood Manor - by Pam Buda
This is Redwood Manor.  The sashing is the striking dark brown print above, the border is the gorgeous Sturbridge Village print, and the blocks are a mix of the six reds, browns and neutrals.  The Carpenter's Wheel and LeMoyne Star blocks are made with modern rotary cutting and piecing.  No "Y" seams here!

Quilt size is 78 x 98.

Crossfire - by Pam Buda
Crossfire is the second quilt designed with Redwood Cupboard.

I used the same gorgeous border from Sturbridge, and the deep brown print is the first border.  All of the blocks are a wonderful mix of the reds, browns and neutrals.   Quilt size is 70 x 77.

Both quilts are now finished, and I will be taking lots of photos this week so you see all the real fabrics, and the quilting.  I will also be taking pre-orders for both quilt kits, half-yard bundles and fat quarter bundles.  I'll have a new blog post next weekend with all the details.

Friday, I'll be headed to Seattle to join my pals Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts to teach and have SO much fun on an Alaskan cruise!  Our cruises are sponsored by Stitchin' Heaven Quilt Shop.

We will set sail again next year.  Click here to check out all the amazing cruises hosted by Stitchin' Heaven.  If you've never been on a quilting cruise....they honestly are so, so much fun.  You'll love it...I do, which is why I keep saying 'yes' when asked to teach on cruises.  

As always, keep your needle busy and your heart content.  Be well....

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Last Call for Rebecca's Thimble Kit & Prairie Background Pre-Orders


Here's a reminder that you have until Monday evening to pre-order a Rebecca's Thimble quilt kit made from my new Prairie Backgrounds fabrics.  
The new Prairie Backgrounds version of the Rebecca's Thimble quilt is shown here stacked on top of the larger version of the same quilt done in red.  Both sizes are included in the pattern, and the kit will make either the large or smaller quilt...your choice! 
You can also pre-order a half yard bundle or a Fat Quarter bundle which will ship about mid-September.

Click here to read all the details.

Click here to order the Rebecca's Thimble pattern.

Coming soon.....Redwood Cupboard!

Friday, August 5, 2022

Prairie Backgrounds Coming Soon!!


Introducing my new Prairie Backgrounds fabric collection!

There are three neutral tonal prints.....

....five new shirting prints....

...and four black tonal print backgrounds.  So exciting!

I designed this little sweetie using my Prairie Backgrounds fabrics.  Quilt is called Rebecca's Thimble.

For a limited time, you can PRE-ORDER a kit for Rebecca's Thimble and receive the pattern FREE!  

The pattern includes directions to make the Rebecca's Thimble quilt in two sizes: choose either the large quilt which measures 40 x 40, or the small quilt measuring 19 x 19.  The kit makes either size quilt.   Included in the kit is a 10 x 10 precut (42 prints) of the Prairie Backgrounds fabrics, borders and binding, and the FREE pattern.  

Click here to order Rebecca's Thimble quilt kit.

Because these fabrics can be used in just about everything, I am offering a Half-Yard bundle option as well as a Fat Quarter bundle.

Click here to order bundles.

Order on or before Monday, August 15th to be sure to get your kit and bundles soon after the fabric arrives.  The collection will arrive early in September, and I will process your order, and ship just as soon as I can.  

I hope you love the Prairie Backgrounds prints as much as I do.  I'm working on the quilts for the next fabric collection, and many future projects I'm very excited about.

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

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Bumming Around New England

 I wanted to share some pictures of my trip to New England last month in case you might add them to your 'must visit' list.

I started in Sturbridge, Mass to see Old Sturbridge Village, but the one day I was able to go...they were closed.  Sob, sob.  I did enjoy my time in Sturbridge, and have been to OSV before.  It's a definite must visit for sure.

Then, we relocated to Maine to visit one of our favorite places, Kennebunkport.  

My husband's favorite food is lobster, and when in Maine, you eat lots of lobster. 

 (I don't care for it, so he ate my share and then some.)

Kennebunkport is a quintessential New England town with Old Glory flying proudly everywhere, and window box flowers on every home and business.

A visit to NE is not complete without a lighthouse.  

Just over the New Hampshire border, in Portsmouth, is a wonderful little gem called Strawbery Banke.  

This living history museum houses many homes, built in the mid 1600's to mid 1700's, all on their original foundations, in their original location.  Vary rare, indeed!  

Portsmouth is located on the water (no surprise by the name) and it is said that as the settlers ship approached the land, they noticed many, many bushes with little red berries along the water's bank.  They were, of course, strawberries.  They named their little town Strawbery Banke (pronounced Strawberry Bank) spelled phonetically in the 1600s.  

You can tour the many buildings still standing as they did when originally built.  Some have furniture of the period and some are empty. 

This particular home had a lot of furnishings.  The mustard wallpaper is a reproduction of the original found in the house.  

They had some lovely furniture from this time period in this dining room and in the bedrooms (coming up.)

I wanted to step into this kitchen and really take it all in.  I can't imagine preparing meals in a hearth like this, but folks did so for hundreds of years.

I know the counterpanes are original from this time period, but not sure about the whole cloth quilt.  The docent said the wood cradle would have cost $10 back in the day.
Gorgeous quilting on the whole cloth quilt, and a stunning pairing with the counterpane draperies.

Museum volunteers grow and tend to gardens in the yards of some of the homes, exactly the way they would have been in the 1600s.  No sprinkler systems here.  I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Strawbery Banke and in New England.  Each part of our beautiful country has so much to offer.  We're so very blessed!

IN THE STUDIO....I am so excited that my first fabric collection in nearly six months will be arriving soon.  
Prairie Backgrounds is a small collection of twelve prints: a mix of new shirtings, along with several neutral and black backgrounds.  I'll be taking pre-orders very soon, and have designed a small super cute project using the 10 inch precut.  Can't wait to share them with you!

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

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

170 year old UFO Projects

 Last week, when I offered my new River View quilt kits, much to my surprise, I sold out of them in one day.  Many thanks to those who bought one.  Since then, I have received requests to make more, and I now have a few more to offer.  Click here to order a River View kit.  These will be the last kits available as I cleaned Marcus out of some key fabrics used in the quilt.

Click here to order the River View pattern.

Last week, I went to New England on a vintage fabric search, scouring every nook and cranny I could for these precious pieces of the past.  I came across these rudimentary looking zip bags.....

...filled with surprises from the 19th century.

One bag had dozens and dozens of cut up diamonds, all of 19th century fabrics.  There are many repeats and some rather plain looking prints, but it also contained many splendid treasures!  

Like the brown and red print in the photo above.

To know me is to know I adore make-do fabrics and blocks.  There are many in this treasure bag, but I thought I'd show you one up close so you can see the tiny stitches of two pieces of fabric sewn together (this is called a split seam.) This makes the fabric large enough to cut the diamond shape.  How frugal they were...waste not!

The other zip bag contains hundreds of one inch squares.  

Upon closer inspection, note the squares are paired with a light and dark print.....and, they have been tack-stitched together!  The quiltmaker paired the squares together for her blocks and put a few stitched in them so they wouldn't separate!  My goodness, it took a lot of time to scissor cut them and tack stitch them together.

I (unprofessionally) date the fabrics in both bags to circa 1850.  That makes them 170 year old unfinished projects!  We, as  quilters then and now, through all of these passing years, are ever hopeful we will complete all of our projects.  We cut them and prep them for the day when we will work on them.  It's so heartwarming to me that I have so much in common with my quilting ancestors.  And, I am so often reminded to make-do as they did.

My trip for seeking out 'new' vintage fabric was quite successful.  New England is the best place to hunt for vintage textiles, not to mention lots of other great stuff to do.  

I'll share more of my New England trip in my next post.  Now that I'm back home, I'm back to work on fun, new things for our piecing pleasure.

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