Friday, December 2, 2016

In For More Body Work!

Dear Friends, 

Once again I'll be away from my sewing machine, desk and computer for a couple of weeks.  I'm going in for another tune-up for my second hip replacement.  That means I'll be recovering awhile at home.  (Yes....apparently I'm working on becoming bionic as this is my third joint replacement.  If only - hahahahaha)

My co-worker Deb will keep orders going while I'm on R&R, and my wonderful family will take good care of me.  I expect to bounce back with this one as quickly as I did with the other one just 7 weeks ago.  I'd better because I have lots of good stuff in the works and want to get started!  

I'm looking forward to some hand stitching time and lots of Christmas movies.  Oh, and I think I have a great excuse to get out of having to do all that Christmas wrapping.  

Be back soon......Pam

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Conestoga Crossing Bundle Pre-Order Offer!!

In just a week or so, my newest fabric collection, Conestoga Crossing, will be delivered to quilt shops everywhere!  I'm so jazzed it is finally coming!  I love this collection as it's in so many colors and prints.  A 30 piece collection in all.  



Conestoga Crossing was designed along with this quilt as a brand new Block of the Month program.  The program will begin in most shops in January.  The quilt pattern and fabrics are available only through participating quilt shops.  (You know Marcus Fabrics brings you only the best BOM programs ever!!)

Click here if you'd like to join the fun and find a participating quilt shop. 





 I will have Fat Quarter and Fat Eighth bundles of the entire Conestoga Crossing collection.  And, guess what?!  

They're on sale for 15% off!!  

Click here to order yours today while supplies last!  


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Wishing You Many Blessings


On this special day of thanks I am filled with gratitude for my many blessings.   
Happy to be with family sharing a special meal.  

Thank you for visiting my blog, for your many kind and caring comments and emails, and of course for your business which makes it possible for me to continue to create wonderful fabrics and new quilt designs.  

I truly feel blessed.  

Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!!


Monday, November 21, 2016

Plum Bundles & Scraps Of Time Update

It's been awhile since I posted anything about finding time to sew for myself.  I've been tracing lots of fabrics to prep for hand piecing while I recover from my next surgery (yeah - another one), and I've been waking up a little early now and then to finish making 1.5 inch Nine Patches for a Christmas present. 
This little quilt (12 x 15) will be given to my step-mom with whom I share this love of nineteenth century living.  There is nothing she would want more, which as you know, makes giving a gift like this so worth the effort.  I'm so excited to have it finished and it's off to be quilted.  Cross that off the Christmas To-Do list!!

I've been hand stitching some wool, working on Hexies, and tracing fabrics in the evening while watching TV.  Nothing fun to share in a photo, but progress nonetheless.
This assortment of pretty plums and purples are now available in Fat Quarter and Fat Eighth bundles.  All are prints from a variety of my fabric collections for Marcus Fabrics.

Here's the link to order.

Hope you find some time to stitch to your hearts content this week.  


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Christmas Red & Green Colonial Star Quilt

This little quilt, named Colonial Star, is a Limited Edition pattern release that I introduced a little while ago.  I love it so much that I just had to make it again.  This time, I chose green and red for the upcoming Christmas season.

This adorable star quilt is easy to piece and is a pretty quick stitch.  It would be a great addition to your holiday decorating and would also be a wonderful gift!

There's a very limited amount of kits available in this colorway, so if you're interested, order today!  Colonial Star quilt size is 18" x 20".  Kit includes the pattern and exact fabrics I used for the quilt top, binding and backing.  Kit price is $42 plus shipping!  

Because this is a Limited Edition, the pattern is not sold separately.  

 Click here to see the red & green fabrics and read all the details.  





I originally made it in traditional blue and white.

(Only 3 kits remain if you're interested!)
Click here to see the details. 

While you're browsing, check out the complete fabric collection Fat Quarter and Fat Eighth bundles that are on sale!










Tuesday, November 8, 2016

A Special Itty Bitty Mini

A little more than a week ago, these quilts were on display during Fall Market in Houston in the Marcus Fabrics booth.  Well, actually, it was a special booth all its own called the Marcus Makers booth.  

All of the Marcus designers, i.e., Marcus Makers, were asked to create a special 24 inch quilt that would represent their style, fabrics and designs. 

 What a wonderful array of quilts, don't you think?  What a nice representation of traditional and modern.

Can you guess which one is mine?  
Conestoga Stitches is the quilt I made for the Marcus Makers booth.  Those Nine Patch blocks are 1.5 inches finished and the Flying Geese are .75 x 1.5 finished.  Yup....I went itty, bitty.  Are you surprised?  

The fabrics are new from my upcoming Conestoga Crossing collection coming to your local quilt shop in December.
Tiny blocks are a challenge for me, so that's one reason I chose to do that.  And, those Flying Geese with the HST in the center were especially challenging as the HST's finished to 11/16ths!!
I would be remiss to not mention that my friend, Ronda, quilted Conestoga Stitches for me.  It was a challenge for her as well as sometimes it's hard to find quilting designs that work in 1/2 inch spaces!  She always does an awesome job.

I do not have plans to make a pattern for Conestoga Stitches because I honestly don't think many quilters would want to make those 11/16th HSTs.....right?  But...never say never.

Don't forget that shops all over the U.S. are getting ready to offer you my new Conestoga Crossing Block of the Month.    Ask for it at your favorite quilt shop!


I wanted to talk a bit about my Pocket Patchwork Sew-Alongs.  I love them, and had every intention of offering one this year, but family commitments, heath issues, surgeries (my husband had his knee replaced too), and a very busy work schedule caused my good intentions to offer a Sew-Along to be constantly postponed.  

I just wanted you to know that I have not abandoned nor forgotten about it.  This year, life has gotten in the way of a lot of plans, and it just happens to us all.  I actually have the next Sew-along designed but have no idea when I can make it happen.  I'm thinking about a new approach because TIME is always an issue for us all.  (We've talked about this before!)  So, I'll be thinking of a new way to fit it in.  It's important to me to continue, and I do so enjoy them as it really is a fun way to interact with all of you...and I miss it!!

Just wanted you to know.......

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Starry, Starry Nines ~ An All Time Favorite!!

 As a designer, I love all of the quilts I design.  Now and again, you have some that become your favorite, and Starry, Starry Nines is sure a favorite for me!

It has lots of Nine Patches, Ohio Stars and a fun border that looks like Flying Geese but isn't and is great to piece together.  Add the scrappy fabrics and I ask you.....what is not to L*O*V*E?
We have made a few kits of this yummy quilt in the small, wallhanging size, all in an assortment of my fabrics.  The quilt size is 23" x 29".  

Starry, Starry Nines in just one of three quilts featured in the pattern Tokens of the Past: Nine Patch Reverie!  The pattern includes directions for all three quilts with alternate sizes or versions.

You can order the kit with fabric alone, kit with pattern, or kit with pattern and backing fabric.  

Click here to read all details and order info.

Hope you find some time to stitch today.  

I'll be stitching while cheering on our Cubbies in the World Series.  (To know me is to know I NEVER watch sports, but this is a very special occasion, and as a life-long Chicagoan, a duty!)

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Fabric Bundle Sale

I'm blessed to have several new fabric collections coming in very soon, and when taking stock of inventory and space.....well, I need to make some room.  

So.......

You'll find Fat Quarter and Fat Eighth bundles of complete fabric collections on sale on my website!  (Color bank bundles are not on sale.)  I've marked them down from 15% to 40%.  Quantities are limited so don't delay.  

Click here to browse the sale.  Be sure to fully click on the bundle description to see the regular and sale prices.  

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Letters From Grace is Here!!!


Hi!  I'm so glad to be back to work, albeit part-time, it still feels great to be productive again. More on this in a bit because I am so jazzed to say that my new pattern, Letters From Grace, is ready to ship!

This is such a fun quilt to make.  I chose the unusual and oh-so-pretty Black Beauty Star block for this quilt.  Love, love, love!!!  I also love how the corners of the block, paired with the sashing and cornerposts create a secondary pattern.  Don't you love when that happens?!
The blocks are 8 inches....a nice size.


It's so fun to pair up the light and the plum prints for each block.  I promise that this is an easy to piece project.  You know my directions and graphics will lead you every step of the way.
If you're a regular reader of my blog, you know how I love pieced borders, right?!  Well, not every quilt needs a pieced border, but that doesn't mean the border shouldn't be interesting.  I chose to play a bit with the light print I used in the sashing, and created a double border frame design just by playing with the cornerposts.  It's simple and adds a lot to the quilt without a lot of work.  I hope you like it!

I made my quilt using all of the prints in my new fabric collection, Old Plum Calicos for Marcus Fabrics.  Click here to see all of the fabrics in the collection.  

Old Plum Calicos is being delivered to your local quilt shop right now!!   
My Letters From Grace pattern is ready to ship today.  Click here to order one for yourself.  If purples and plums aren't your favorite colors, this quilt will be just beautiful in whatever color you'd like to make it.  The quilt size is 62" x 75" and is Fat Quarter friendly.


As for me, well, surgery went very well.  I had a minimally invasive hip replacement just 2 weeks ago and am doing very well.  I'm finished with home visits and am now going to out-patient physical therapy.  I've had a knee replaced many years ago and know how super important physical therapy is to the success of the surgery.  I have a terrific PT who is also accredited with an osteo certification.  He sure knows his stuff!  

I'm a person who chooses to keep myself pretty busy, so two weeks of sitting much of the day in a chair was almost more than I could stand.  I did do quite a bit of hand sewing, which was nice, and read a few books, but I much prefer being back at work.  I'm here on a somewhat part-time basis depending on how much energy I have and PT appointments and the like, but it sure feels great!  

Thank you all so much for your very kind Get Well wishes sent by email and Facebook and cards in the mail.  All touched me very much and just remind me of how caring and generous the quilting community is.  

I appreciate all of you, my dear quilting friends, more than you'll ever know!


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

In For Repairs

Dear Friends,

Just a quick note to say that I'll be away from my sewing machine, desk and computer for a couple of weeks.  I'm going in for a tune-up of sorts.  This week I'll be having my first hip replacement and will be recovering awhile at home.  This is my second joint replacement (left knee was done 9 years ago), and in 7 more weeks, I'll be having another.  Cursed with the big "A" Rheumatoid and Osteo arthritis.  

My co-worker Deb will keep orders going while I'm on R&R, and my wonderful family will take good care of me.  The people close to me know this has been a long time coming and we will all be glad when it's over.  

I have to give a big shout out to all the wonderful women I am blessed to work with at Marcus Fabrics.  They have been more than understanding and supportive of me in preparing for these surgeries, and together, we have worked triple overtime getting three more fabric lines into production ahead of my surgery.  You'll have lots of new fabrics and quilts to inspire you coming soon.  

You know I often speak about how my mind lives a lot of the day in the 19th century, and today I'm so, so glad we're living in the 21st century because if not, my future would be very different in that I'd likely be confined to a wheelchair.  Much to be grateful for and I'm so blessed. Keep a good thought for me and I'll be back soon.  

Just didn't want you to wonder where I'd gone to!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Old Plum Calicos Arriving Soon!





I'm so excited!  October means the arrival of Old Plum Calicos!


Click here to see all the prints right on the Marcus Fabrics
website.



They just arrived on my doorstep and that means they are arriving at your local quilt shop, too!

We've begun to cut our Fat Quarter and Fat Eighth bundles and they will soon be in the mail. These pretty purple, plum and violet prints are only here for a short time, so be sure to get yours before they're all gone!!  

Ask for Old Plum Calicos at your local quilt shop!  

Here's a sneak peek at the quilt I designed using all of the prints in Old Plum Calicos.  The pattern is called Letters From Grace and will be available later this month.  

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Your Creative Soul

This week, the good folks at Marcus Fabrics asked us to share a favorite quote with you.  I don't often come across lots of quotes, so I don't have bunches saved in a folder to share with you.  But...I do have one that I think you'll enjoy.

The quote was given to me as great advice by my fabulous Art Director and mentor at Marcus, Faye Burgos.  Faye is the Obi Juan of fabric creation and designs drop dead gorgeous fabric collections herself, so she knows a whole lot about the creative process.  Early in my fabric designing career, I was sharing how much I ruminated, toiled and worried about how the fabrics I chose were going to come out, and would they look good together in the collection, etc., and I'm sure lots of other worries as well.  She simply said.....

"The creative soul always obsesses."  

She is so right.  Think about it.  As quilters, you consider and think about the quilt you're going to make.  What fabrics will you choose?  Should it be this background or that?  This border or another?  All the while you're piecing the quilt, you are analyzing how it's looking.  You know when it's looking great and you know when something isn't working.  Do you have it on your design wall to stare at for awhile?  Move the blocks around within the quilt center?  Audition sashing and border fabrics?  I'm guessing you do and I do, too.  

Your creative soul is overjoyed when all the components you chose come together and sing a harmonic symphony in your heart, and it resonates as something good and pure, and you know....you just know it's right.  The soul can now stop the obsessing and enjoy the work....love what you've created. 

When Faye said those words to me that day, it was validation for all that I had been feeling.  It took away my insecurity and replaced it with knowledge that this happens to all of us when we're in creation mode.  It applies to daily life as well when we decorate our home, or plant a flower garden.  You rarely have creativity without the obsession, or at least a lot of thought as to how it will look, and what to do to change it.  

And, it's a good thing, because out of all of that creating, ruminating and obsessing comes our very best work.

#MarcusMakers2016

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Can A Dog Love A Quilt?

As part of the count down to fall market in Houston, Marcus Fabrics has asked us (designers) to post answers to different questions each week so all of you will get to know us better.  This week, they asked us to talk about our pets.  
Meet Bella, our 7 pound Yorkie.  As with most dogs, she thinks we all live in her house, and I also believe she thinks she's a Great Dane.  She's loveable, funny and has one heck of a personality.  

My question for you is....can a dog love a quilt?
Bella is sitting on my Love Worn quilt.
The plain and simple answer in my house is OH YES!!  

My husband, Ed, is Bella's favorite, followed very closely by our daughter Nicki.  Then our son, Ryan and I'm last.  I'm great when no one else is home, but as soon as someone else arrives, she drops me like a hot potato.

The funniest thing began to happen several years ago after living through one very cold and snowy Chicago winter.  Naturally, we all cover and cuddle under quilts in our house, and Bella loves (I mean LOVES) to sit on my husband's lap, and on top of a quilt.  

When the weather began to turn warmer, and Ed started to sit without a quilt, Bella began to behave in funny ways....harrumphing and turning in circles.... barking and running to the piles of stacked quilts.  She kept this up until it dawned on Ed that she wanted him to have a quilt, and she wasn't going to settle down until he did.  

That was a long time ago, and to this day, that is how it is.  We laugh as he tries to explain to her that it's too warm for a quilt, but she'll hear none of it.  Today, when I asked him to pose for the photo above, the moment she heard him sit in his chair, and saw the quilt, she was ready to assume her favorite position....on his lap, with one paw on the arm of the chair.  

Just like us....dogs like what they like, and somehow they'll make sure you know what they want.  Too funny.   If there's a quilt on the floor, that's where she'll be.  

To see what all of the other Marcus Fabrics designers are posting, search Instagram and Google the following hashtag:

#MarcusMakers2016

We have lots of fun stuff to share, including sneak peeks at what we will be introducing at fall market!