Friday, November 14, 2014

A Primitive Christmas Blog Hop!!

I don't know about you, but this unwelcome Polar Vortex that has returned (UGH!), and submerged most of the U.S. in cold, winter weather.  That chill in the air has worked to get me feeling like the holidays are coming soon.  

As we all prepare to give Thanks, and create innumerable To-Do lists of cookies to bake, groceries to buy, cards to send, and lots of shopping for gift giving, all in efforts to do wonderful things for your friends and family, I invite you to take a break, and do something very special...
...... for yourself!!

One of my favorite blog hops ever, A Primitive Christmas Handwork Blog Hop,  is returning, and this year, I'm soooo jazzed to have been asked to participate!!  (Still pinching myself!)

Beginning December 1st, and for fourteen days following, your favorite folk art and prim designers are offering a special, little something just for you!!  Free...a little Christmas gift, from us to you!!  While most of you know me for my "Prairie Style" roots, traditional quilting, and love of early American history, I do love to work and decorate my home in country, folk art as well, and this has given me the perfect reason to design something folky, and work with wool (hint, hint!)

Each of us will be offering a new holiday project for your stitching pleasure, along with a favorite holiday recipe (those tried and true...."everyone looks forward to it" treats) for you to enjoy.  How much fun is that???  Oh, yeah!

Here's the line up of your favorite designers, and the dates to visit their blogs.  And, that's not all!  There will be give-aways, too!!  Oohh...I can hardly wait!!  

Dec 1  *  Quilts by Cheri

Dec 2  *  Plumcute Designs

Dec 3  *  Gail Pan Designs 

Dec 4  *  Woolen Willow Designs

Dec 5  *  Ali Strebel Designs

Dec 6  *  Cottage At Cardiff Farms

Dec 7  *  Blackberry Primitives

Dec 8  *  Wooden Spool Designs

Deb 9 *  Heartspun Quilts

Dec 10 *  Notforgotten Farm

Dec 11 * Kathy Schmitz Studio

Dec 12 * Crabapple Hill

Dec 13 * Primitive Gatherings

Dec 14 * Buttermilk Basin

Dec 15 * BONUS SURPRISE!!!  Stay tuned!!

So, plan on spending a few minutes each day, beginning December 1st, with your favorite beverage, your computer or iPad, and your favorite prim/folk art designers for a little something special just for you.  It's our way of saying "thanks!", and giving back to all of you who give so much to us through the year!!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Prairie Gathering Bundles and Loads of New Notions!!

Prairie Gathering Fabric Bundles!

Bolts of my new fabric collection, Prairie Gathering, arrived on my doorstep last week, and we got busy right away cutting bunches of Fat Quarter and Fat Eighth bundles!!  They're ready to ship today!! Yay!  Click on the link above to see all of the prints in the collection.   Click here to order a bundle for yourself.  

New Notions!
When I'm piecing, as often as is possible, I make my unit/block larger than needed so I can trim them to perfection.  You just can't beat the results!!  

While there are a lot of different trimming rulers out there (validating the wonders of trimming!) to try, these are the trimming rulers I feel are easiest to use, easy to read, and offer the best results.  In the past, I would only offer them when I did workshops, but since I usually run out, quilters have asked me to stock them on my website.  

Here are my favorites for the following blocks....

For trimming Half Square Triangles, the Bloc-Loc ruler is the bee's knees!!  The channel you see that runs horizontally across the ruler accommodates the seam allowance so your ruler can't rock back and forth.  It can't slip, so there's no cutting mistakes.  The measurement lines are easy to see, and you can trim two sides of the unit before re-positioning.  This is the 4.5 inch trimming ruler.

I also have it in the 6.5 inch....
...and a combo pack containing the 2.5, 4.5 and 6.5 inch trimming rulers!

This ruler, the June Tailor Half Square and Quarter Square Triangle trimmer is THE BEST for trimming Quarter Square Triangles, in my humble opinion!  X marks the spot!  Just lay the black X on top of the QST seam allowances, and trim two sides of the unit.  Rotate a quarter turn, lay the X on the seams, and trim again.  Perfect QST every time!!  Ruler can trim QST from 1.5 to 6.5 inches.

I love Deb Tuckers rulers, and the Wing Clipper is pure magic for Flying Geese units.  Never struggle again with points cut off of your Flying Geese!  This ruler will trim Flying Geese from 1" x 1.5" to 5.5" x 10".

Another Deb Tucker trimming ruler I love is her Square 2.  Used for making Square-In-A-Square units larger, and of course, trimming to perfection!  That little Square-In-A-Square block looks so innocent, doesn't it?  Yet it can be a real 'pill" to piece.  No wonder it's also called "The Humility block"!!  The Square 2 ruler trims Square-In-A-Square units from 
1" x 1" to 6" x 6".  It's a must have!

And lastly, this isn't a ruler, but a real handy, dandy thing to have!  It's a 6" x 6" folded Magic Mirror by Marti Michell.  It's so great to use to audition how a fabric will look when fussy cutting it for five and six pointed stars, and for the ever popular Lucy Boston blocks!

My Heartspun Quilts Hints, Tips & Tricks book has loads of good quilting tips for you, from
fabric prep on through quilt labels.  

It also has an entire section dedicated to "Making It Larger ~ Trimming It Down", with tables, in 1/8th inch increments, telling you what size you'll need to cut your fabric, to make your Half Square & Quarter Square Triangles larger and trim them to perfection!  I've done all the math for you!!

Click here to order any and all of the trimming rulers and the Magic Mirror.  

And with all that good stuff to aid you in your piecing adventures, you're sure to have perfect results!!  

Thanks for visiting my blog today!  Take care....

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Houston Quilt Market

Attending Fall Market in Houston was a wonderful, relaxing experience.  Because I didn't have a booth, I was able to spend five days submerging myself in all things quilting and had time for visiting with friends I don't often get to see.  

A Prairie Gathering Quilt and the three Tokens of the Past: Gathering In Red Quilts
by Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts
My Prairie Gathering Quilt-of-the-Quarter quilt hung in the center of the Marcus Fabrics booth along with other outstanding quilt projects that will soon be coming your way!
Tokens of the Past: Gathering In Red quilts by Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts
My brand new Tokens of the Past: Gathering In Red series quilts made their debut at market, and I'm so very happy to say, were met with rave reviews!!  

The three Gathering In Red quilts are made from just one of my new Prairie Gathering 10 inch precuts!!  Yes, Yes!!  You can make all of the units and blocks for all three quilts from just one package of 10 inch precut squares!!  Much more about this, and a special offer from me, coming in just a few weeks, so stay tuned.  Anyway...back to market news.....
Mill Works by Nancy Rink
Also in the Marcus Fabrics family is Mill Works by Nancy Rink Designs.  A new BOM.

Judie's Album with fabrics by Judie Rothermel
  I loved seeing Judie's Album quilt in person.  As with all quilts, of course, they're so much better in person than a photo.  I have long admired this quilt when I first saw it on the cover of Judie's book, and signed up to do the BOM.  My kits will come in 2015, but who knows what year I'll end up making it!  No will be there whenever I'm ready.  Do you do that too, or am I the only one?? LOL

The Quilted Crows Pantry Club
Well, The Quilted Crows sent a bevy of new projects for their new Pantry Club.  Missed you L & D, and your awesome quilts and projects made for a whole lot of eye candy in the aisle!!

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Victoria Park fabric by Karen Styles of Somerset Patchwork & Quilting 

Red Crinoline's booth was just across the aisle from Marcus.  

Soldier's Waltz by Red Crinoline Quilts

Hanover Stars by Red Crinoline Quilts
Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison had lots of new quilts.  These are just some of their new pattern offerings.  

Bonnie Blue by Red Crinoline Quilts
If I had a favorite, it would be this quilt, Bonnie Blue, because I just love me a two color quilt!!  

Joyce Weeks of Geoff's Mom Designs
As I roamed the market aisles, I found quite a few friends and their gorgeous designs!  

This is Joyce's new wool BOM...just loving the textures in all that wool!!

Had to buy the pattern for this small quilt called Weezer's Paws.

Kathy Cardiff  of The Cottage at Cardiff Farms and me
Always have to stop and see Kathy Cardiff of The Cottage at Cardiff Farms.  Her wool designs really speak to me.  They say 'buy me, make me!"  

Geez..there's so many goodies to choose from, but I must admit.....'s the wool pinkeeps like these.....
...that get me every time!!  Both of Kathy's pinkeep books came home with me!  

Annemarie Yohnk of Quilts Remembered
Annemarie Yohnk of Quilts Remembered always, always has quilts that touch my heart.  

Abigail pattern by Annemarie Yohnk of Quilts Remembered
This red and cream quilt stopped me dead in my tracks!  The pattern is called Abigail and I fell madly in love.  (Are you giggling over the "No Photos Please" sign?  I had Annemarie's permission, I promise!)  

Kansas Troubles Quilters booth
No visit to market would ever be complete without stopping at my pal Lynne Hagmeier's (Kansas Troubles Quilters) booth.  

We all got our first look at Lynne's newest fabric collection, Clara's Garden.  Clara was Lynne's great, great-grandmother, and she has quite a story.  Click here to learn more about Clara and Lynne's fabric line.

Lynne never fails to WOW me with how many different quilts she creates from her 'layered patchwork' technique.  Isn't this just awesome??  

 One of my favorite quilts to see at Market was Di Ford's mystery quilt for Quiltmania magazine.  
 It was just jaw dropping-ly beautiful!!!

I was thrilled that Di chose to use so many of my fabrics in her quilt, and as I stood there, I got goosies just looking at them.  Actually, there are many, many Marcus fabrics in her quilt, including fabrics from Judie Rothermel, Paula Barnes, and Molly B's.  

 Every market has a large exhibit of quilts.  I usually don't have time to peruse them as I'm always in the booth, but this time, I had time to wander.  
As you can imagine, this exhibit was a show stopper.  
Much like the Infinite Variety show in New York City a few years ago, this display of red and white quilts had everyone talking.  What is it about red and white quilts that draws us all so much?  They're vibrant, striking, colorful, and happy.... but maybe that's just me?  Do you like red and white quilts, too?  Perhaps you're working on a collection of your own?

May I suggest a few new red quilts for your collection?

Shameless, I know, but you can't blame a girl for trying!  I hope you found a few things in these market pictures that are speaking to you.  

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Settler's Puzzle Pattern & Kits!!

After a wonderful trip out West with a stop in Houston, TX for Quilt Market, I'm finally back home!!  Feeling a little disconnected and out of sorts, I'm beginning to settle back in.  Loads of mail, email and laundry (yuck!) to attend to, and then onto new and exciting things.  My first order of business has to be releasing my Settler's Puzzle pattern!!  I know many of you have been waiting for this to without any further a'do...
Settler's Puzzle Quilt Pattern by Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts
My Settler's Puzzle pattern is now on my website and ready to ship!  

I also have SIX different fabric kits available as well!!  All are kitted with fabrics from several of my Marcus Fabrics collections.  There are two different kits with black and cream fabrics, two different kits with blue and cream fabrics, and two with red and cream fabrics.  

Click here to see them all!!

Once I unpack my camera and notes from Quilt Market, I'll share the photos I took while visiting friends and their booths.  Lots of lovely things to keep our needles busy.  

Thanks for visiting my blog, and hope you all have a blessed day.  

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Introducing....Gathering In Red!!!

I'm so excited to finally be able to tell you about my newest pattern series, Tokens of the Past. Each Tokens of the Past pattern will have several doll size quilts for your piecing pleasure.

Gathering In Red is the first pattern in this series, featuring three new quilts in one pattern!!

The first quilt is Checkerboard Stars.   There's something so appealing about square patch blocks like Four Patches, Nine Patches, and in this case a Thirty Six Patch block.  Patchwork at its best!  Add some scrappy Sawtooth Stars and it's quite irresistible!

The second quilt is called Starburst.  I adore Half Square Triangles....they're such a simple little block that has big eye appeal in a quilt.  You just can't beat it.  Add color and value play for a very striking quilt!

The third quilt is called Friendship Stars.  Lots of scrappy Quarter Square Triangles surround a pair of Ribbon Star blocks with traditional Friendship Stars swirling in the center.  Your eyes just dance all over this quilt!  

But....there's more great news linked to my Gathering In Red pattern!!

Marcus Fabrics agreed to make a new precut of 10 inch squares of my Prairie Gathering collection for me!!  Yay!!

What's so great about that?  

You can make all of the units and blocks 
for all three quilts 
from one Prairie Gathering precut!!  

Purchase your sashing, border and binding fabrics and you're done!  You can also opt to pick and choose the quilts you want to make as well.  The pattern will have instructions for several options.  

The pattern will be released in November, and precuts will be delivered in January.  Stay tuned for a special offer from me for Gathering In Red kits! 

Hope you like them!!  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

National Oregon/California Trail Center - Montpelier, ID

After leaving McCall, ID, my husband joined me as we took a couple of days to travel to my next teaching stop.  We followed the real Oregon Trail eastbound from Boise, to Twin Falls, to Pocatello, and ended in Montpelier, ID.  A most fitting place to stop following the trail.  We visited several areas where the wagon ruts still exist, which was quite exhilarating!!  And the mountains, valleys, rivers, and gorges were spectacular.

The National Oregon/California Trail Center, you see, sits on top of the actual land that was once known as the Clover Creek Campground.  From where the Oregon Trail began in Independence, MO, Clover Creek was 1,100 miles into the 2,000 mile journey, and was a welcome three day stop for the emigrants.  Before building the Trail center, the founders worked very closely with Oregon Trail historic experts who assisted them in pinpointing the actual Clover Creek land.  When digging the Trail building foundation, they discovered two fire pits and lots of artifacts underground.  The Trail founders then situated the building on top of the camp sight in order to preserve it. 
This is a view inside one of the exhibits.  Notice the dirt floor?  You can really see the dirt floor looking at the far right of the picture.  Why pay so much attention to the dirt on the floor?  Because the founders saved every bit of the actual trail dirt they dug out of the campsite for the foundation and replaced it inside the exhibit areas!  Pretty cool, huh?  

(By the way, these benches and historic setting are where the local chapter of the Prairie Women's Sewing Circle meet each month!  Isn't that the coolest setting ever??!!!  Right on bonafide Oregon Trail land!!!)

You can (and most definitely should!) take the living history Trail "tour" which is lead by a very knowledgeable "Wagon Master" who will tell you all about what you need in preparation for your arduous journey.  The wagon and all the provisions on the shelves in the rear of the picture would have been all you're allowed to take.  1500 lbs worth of goods, mostly food stuffs. Not much room for quilting frames or treadle sewing machines!

Before leaving Independence, MO, you would have visited the local Mercantile.  (This is such an awesome recreation of a dry goods store of the era.)  

Of the many items for sale at the Mercantile, you would have picked up a few bolts of fabric, not for making clothing, household goods, or quilts, but for trading with the Indians.  You might trade fabric for buffalo skin, which would be much warmer to sleep upon instead of a thin burlap mat.  (Parish the thought, right?!)  Coffee beans, a small flour grinder, and bullets would be on your list as well.  The Wagon Master would acquire (and be the only one allowed to have) a bottle each of whiskey, laudanum, and a strong liniment.  All three could be used for what ail's you!!

I was so into the living history tour that I plum forgot to take pictures of the rest of the tour, but suffice it to say, it was quite enthralling!  A collection of real wagons that actually made the 2,000 mile trip, and all the vintage camp paraphernalia that goes with it are displayed around the areas where the two original campfires were found.  I was like a kid at Disneyland!

The modern areas of the Trail Center honor and reflect its nineteenth century history in every nook and cranny.  When you ask to be directed to the restroom, they indicate the closest "white porcelain" bushes for you to use.  The staff are almost never out of character, making the entire experience so much fun.

Classes are held upstairs in a light and airy room....

...where you're surrounded with 1800's artifacts the museum as acquired.  

Didn't they do an awesome job creating a fun place to eat at the Trail Center?

 While you might think they serve "trail grub", you'd be wrong.  They have a very talented executive chef capable of serving Prime Rib to over 100 guests!  Everything was delicious!

The Trail Center is also home to a state-of-the-art auditorium.  I was loving the covered wagon background as I gave my lecture and trunk show.  

All in all, my visit to the National Oregon/California Trail Center was one I will never forget.  My heartfelt thanks to Executive Director, Becky Smith, Jill, Cindy and Dave who all went above and beyond to make our trip wonderful!  And my thanks, also, to all the quilters who came out for the lecture and workshop...I had a great time meeting you all and hope to see you again soon!  Stay tuned to my blog for news about a return trip here in the Spring!

After leaving Idaho, my hubby and I traveled to Jackson Hole, WY, spent two days driving thru and exploring Yellowstone National Park, then made our way to Cody and Casper, WY.  
My hubby is heading home while I'm off to Houston, TX for Fall Quilt Market.  Rest assured I will be reporting on the wonderful new stuff I find there.  Follow me on Instagram and Facebook for daily goodies.  

Thanks for visiting today!!