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Friday, May 27, 2022

Remembering Betsy ~ Part One

Welcome to part one of Remembering Betsy.  We begin making our Churn Dash blocks.  Follow along in the pattern and make all of your Half Square Triangles from the four different Churn Dash fabrics.  Trim them to the size indicated in the pattern.

Next, make the Two-patch units for the Churn Dash blocks.

Arrange (4) Half Square Triangles, (4) Two-patch units (all of matching blue print) and a center square.  Sew together into rows; press.  Sew rows together; press.  

Repeat to make (4) assorted Churn Dash blocks.

I absolutely LOVE Churn Dash blocks....the smaller, the better!

Next, let's assemble the quilt center. 

Sew (4) sashing strips together; press.

Let's sew up the quilt center!  Arrange the (4) Churn Dash blocks, the sashing strips and center square in a pleasing manner.  As before, sew together into rows; press.  Sew rows together, press.

My friend, Mary Ellen, made two Remembering Betsy quilts.  She omitted the Flying Geese border for the first one because she needed a smaller quilt for her end table and loved the center.  She added the Flying Geese border for the second quilt.  So, like Mary Ellen, you always have options to play with my quilt designs.  And, you don't have to make it red/white/blue either!  Or, make more than one quilt in a variety of colorways.  Have fun!

We will meet again next week for the next step in the sew-along.

If you're late in joining us, please join the fun!  You can still get the Remembering Betsy pattern here.

A few weeks ago, we completed this little gem, called Garden Basket.  I made my basket block with an applique handle, but also offered an all-pieced basket block for the quilt center instead of the applique basket for those who don't enjoy applique.

Heather B sent me a photo of her Garden Basket quilt with the all-pieced center basket.  I think it's wonderful and she gave me permission to share her quilt with all of you. Thanks for sharing your quilt with us, Heather!  

You can find the Garden Basket quilt pattern here.

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


Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Mountain Quiltfest & Quilt Cruising


If you've ever thought about visiting Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg, TN here's another reason you should!  A Mountain Quiltfest is being held the week of June 6th in Pigeon Forge.  I will be teaching classes there all week, there's a wonderful vendor market and huge quilt show.  It's really a top notch quilt event, not to mention the wonderful location.  After Mountain Quiltfest, I will no longer be traveling to teach workshops with the exception of quilting cruises.  So, please consider attending this event....it really is so fun!  You can find all the info about Mountain Quiltfest here.

My friend and fellow Marcus Fabrics designer, Paula Barnes and I will be teaching on a Stitchin' Heaven cruise next year.  We love teaching on cruises, and if you've never been on a quilt cruise, you're missing a great time.  We'd love for you to join us as we stitch our way through the Caribbean next May!  Take a look at the quilt projects you would be making (above) and don't forget....the kits come pre-cut!!!  So, you just sit yourself at a Bernina sewing machine and begin sewing right away.  What a benefit to cruising with Stitchin' Heaven!  

We have our classes the days we're at sea, and vacation the days we're in port.  Don't wanna visit the ports?  No problem....you can stay on the ship and sew, sew, sew as much as you'd like, even late into the night.  Need a break during the day to get a little sunshine?  Sure...come and go as you please.  

Read more about Stitchin' Heaven cruises here.

My heartfelt thanks to everyone who downloaded the Remembering Betsy quilt pattern and who placed an order last weekend.  I so appreciate it, and look forward to our sew-along, which begins Friday, May 27th.

In the meantime, keep your needle busy and your heart content!

Be well, my friends.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Quilt Archaeology ~ Remembering Betsy, REVEALED!!


Remembering Betsy is the name of my new Quilt Archaeology sew-along project.  I think it's perfect to celebrate summer from Memorial Day through the month of July! 

This is the antique that inspired Remembering Betsy.  I adore Churn Dash blocks and Flying Geese, so it was a double winner in my book.  I took creative license with color and I changed the inside sashing a little bit.  I just love how it turned out!  I hope you do, too!

These are the fabrics with which I made my quilt and that will be in your FREE kit*.  You can't go wrong with classic red and blues with a soft neutral background.  Remembering Betsy measures 15 x 15 inches.

As with every Quilt Archaeology event, I offer a FREE KIT for this exact quilt* with a qualifying order.....and, you can sew along with me in the weeks to come.  So, settle somewhere comfy while I tell you all the details.  

Starting right now, and through Sunday, May 15th,  place an order totaling $45 or more (not including shipping) on my website for anything you'd like, and you will automatically receive a Remembering Betsy kit with your order!!  Nothing to add to your cart.  I'll take care of it all on my end.  

My Remembering Betsy pattern is a FREE digital download.  Whether you're making the quilt with the FREE kit, or would like to make the quilt using your own fabrics, be sure to download the pattern before Monday, May 16th.   Click here to download the Remembering Betsy pattern.

The Remembering Betsy Sew-along begins Friday, May 27th right here on my blog, and I'd sure love it if you would sew-along with me.  We will motivate one another to get this little cutie pieced.  I highly recommend preparing your fabric yardage (before cutting anything!) with spray starch or sizing.  This helps immensely with every step, from cutting to piecing.  (*some fabrics may be substituted but will always be Heartspun Quilts fabrics.)

Let me show you all of the new quilting goodies you can choose from at Heartspun Quilts!


There are FQ bundles and yardage of my new Pinks of the Past collection.

FQ bundles and yardage of my new Old Blue Calicos, too!  

We made many, many new color bank bundles....

.....and there's loads of fabric yardage, books, notions and lots of patterns.  Oh, and there's also a selection of patterns on sale for $5!

Click here to begin shopping and receive your FREE Remembering Betsy kit with qualifying purchase.

Thank you all for your continued support of my little company.  I just don't know where I would be without you!  The free pattern and free quilt kit is my Thank You gift for your support.  I know you have a lot of choices when shopping for quilting goodies, and I appreciate you more than you know!  

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




Wednesday, May 11, 2022

A New Quilt Archaeology ~ Coming Soon!!

Guess what's coming this Friday??!!  We're gonna have some fun sewing together again.

Visit my blog again Friday morning for the big reveal of my new Quilt Archaeology project.  Spend $45 or more (not including postage) and qualify for a FREE kit for the quilt we're making together.

Lots of new quilting goodies are on my website.  See you Friday morning! 

Friday, May 6, 2022

Teeny Tiny Garden Basket ~ Part Three

 We're close to being done with our sweet Garden Basket quilt.  

I added a plain border to set the basket apart from the pieced border and give the basket more space to be seen.  I want the basket to be the center of attention.  

This is the first design I played with trying to keep the quilt tiny.  It's not bad at all, and borders can be added, but it just wasn't what I envisioned.  My designer instincts were telling me to go another way.  So, I added the scrappy border which I do love.  I used up a bunch of scraps, and added a whole lotta color, which compliments the scrappy basket itself.

Next, I added corner triangles to turn the basket on point.
I added a narrow border and cornerposts to add one more pop of color.  Then, I added the three applique petals.  (They can be added anytime you feel comfy doing so.)  
Elyssa M. sent me a photo of her completed Garden Basket and I wanted to share it with you as well.  So darn cute!  Thanks for sharing your quilt with us!  Please post a photo of your quilt to social media using #teenytinyquiltclub so we can all see your inspiring work.

I hope you have enjoyed making this quilt.  I have more fun projects planned for us, so be sure to subscribe to this blog and my newsletter (on my website) so you receive a notice of all the new stuff coming from Heartspun Quilts!  

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