Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Prairie Gathering Quilt of the Quarter ~ Month Five

 Welcome to Month Five of A Prairie Gathering Quilt of the Quarter program!!  
You're gonna think that this month, you're in the movie Ground Hog Day, because this month's piecing is nearly the same as last months.  You're making more lovely Flying Geese....
...more red/red Two Patches for the Checkerboard Border.....

More Two Patches.....
...and more Shoo Fly blocks.  The only thing you're not making this month are the four Flying Geese border cornerposts.  

Click here to see all of my hints from last month's post.  Hang in there with me!!  Come border assembly time, you'll be so happy you took your time and prepared all this piecing.  It's soooo worth it!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Introducing Tokens of the Past: Nine Patch Reverie!!

I love when something I've been working on is finally ready for the big reveal!!  I'm so, so pleased to announce the introduction of my newest Tokens of the Past pattern, called Nine Patch Reverie!!  I'm lovin' me a Nine Patch block, and I've been thinking about this pattern for awhile.  

While I love a simple, traditional Nine Patch quilt, there's a lot of plain, classic patterns out there, and you certainly don't need another.  I set out to design three quilts, all using Nine Patch blocks, all different from one another, and different from what's already been done.  I hope you like them!!

One important thing you need to know is there are larger, alternate sizes for each quilt included in the pattern.  

If you're a regular reader of my blog, you know I love tiny, little blocks. Aborable little blocks. Downright irresistible little me, that is.  No so for everyone, and I totally get that, so I did the math to include at least one larger size quilt for each of the three in this pattern.  Read on....  

Four Around Nine in the Tokens: Nine Patch Reverie pattern by Pam Buda ~ Heartspun Quilts
First up is Four Around Nine.  Simple Nines surrounded by simple Four Patches.  The Nine Patches are front and center, framed by a lovely red print border.  

The size of the finished block in this, the smallest one, is 4 inches, with the quilt measuring 22" x 26".  The larger, alternate size has a finished block of 6 inches, with the quilt measuring 34" x 40".

Starry, Starry Nines in the Tokens of the Past: Nine Patch Reverie pattern
by Pam Buda ~ Heartspun Quilts
Second is Starry, Starry Nines.  I am madly in love with this quilt.  Double Nine patch blocks create this fun center "grid" where Sawtooth Stars with more Nine Patches float, surrounded by a fun to piece sawtooth border.  Scrappy, too!!  Love, love.

The size of the finished block in this one is 4 1/2 (which means those Nine Patches are 1 1/2), with the quilt measuring 23" x 29".  Now, because of that Sawtooth border....the math just didn't work for any other size except to double the size of the blocks, which of course doubled the size of the quilt.  So, the next largest size has blocks finishing to 9 inches, with the quilt measuring 51" x 64".  A yummy lap/throw size.  

Starry, Starry Nines
Here you can see them both together.  Isn't it fun to see?!!  They were a whole lotta fun to piece.

Nines In Blue from the Tokens of the Past: Nine Patch Reverie pattern
by Pam Buda ~ Heartspun Quilts
Lastly, I give you Nines In Blue.  This collection of different Nine Patches play with the light and blue fabric to make this cutie pahtooty little quilt!  I had some fun with alternates for this quilt, and I'll show you what I mean in a moment.

The size of the finished block, for this the smallest quilt, is 1 1/2 inches, with the quilt measuring 18" x 20".  Soooo little, and sooo cute!

Here's a photo of just what I mean about playing with this design.  The quilt at the right is the same Nines In Blue quilt, double the size, and with the light fabric replacing the blue background, and I changed the squares to all scrappy darks.  Kinda fun...what do you think??  

The quilt to the right is the next larger size, with finished blocks measuring 3 inches, and the quilt measuring 34 1/2" x 39".  There is yet another, largest size for Nines In Blue with a block size of 4 1/2, with the quilt measuring 23" x 29".  

They're all versatile, fun, and easy.  All have our favorite Nine Patch block.  I hope they pique your interest!  Click here to order the Tokens of the Past: Nine Patch Reverie pattern today!

I'm off to quilt market in Minneapolis for the week.  
If you order a pattern, it will ship while I'm gone.  

I won't be posting on my blog again until I get back home, but I will try to post regularly to Instagram and Facebook, so I invite you to follow me there.

Until then, I hope you find some time to enjoy yourself and sew awhile.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Market Prep In Full Gear

Hi Everyone!!  

Gee, I've missed writing to you, but there hasn't been much to say of interest while I've been getting everything ready for quilt market, which is next week!!  AAHHH!!!  My friend Deb and I have been cutting what seems like a million scraps for five new quilts, and we've been keeping our friend, Ronda, very busy quilting them all.  Lots of cutting, sewing and quilting, but oh...the quilts are just turning out great!  I'm so excited.

All five quilts are for my newest Tokens of the Past pattern called Nine Patch Reverie.  I've been wanting to create this pattern for a few years now, and finally, the time is right!  It's been worth the wait.  

There's still so much to do to get ready, but I really wanted to sit and touch base with all of you before any more time got away.  I can show you a few sneak peek pictures of the three quilts, but don't want to announce the pattern showing the full quilts until all five are here and ready. That will likely be early next please, stay tuned.  

Here's a little bit about Tokens: Nine Patch Reverie.......

There are three new quilt designs.  All use our favorite, classic block....the Nine Patch.  All three quilt designs can be made using larger pieces, making larger blocks, and quilts!!  Some have three alternate sizes!!!  All included in one new, wonderful pattern.

Nine Patch Reverie is not linked to a 10" precut.  You pick and choose all your own fabrics.

Nines in Blue from Nine Patch Reverie by Pam Buda ~ Heartspun Quilts
The first quilt is called Nines in Blue.  There are directions to make this quilt is two colorways and three different sizes!

Starry, Starry Nines from Nine Patch Reverie by Pam Buda ~ Heartspun Quilts
The second quilt is called Starry, Starry Nines.    Super scrappy and several fun to piece blocks with a great border.  This quilt comes in two sizes....a wall hanging and a throw.  

Four Around Nine from Nine Patch Reverie by Pam Buda ~ Heartspun Quilts

The third quilt is called Four Around Nine where the Nine Patch center is surrounded by Four Patch blocks.  You can make this quilt in two sizes as a wall hanging.  

My to-do list just seems to keep growing, so I'd better get back to work.  I hope you don't give up on me.  New goodies are coming!  New fabric collections, new quilts, and yes...a new kind of sew-along.  I'll catch my breath one of these days.  I'll be back here soon....and I sure hope you're finding some time to stitch.   I'm just doing a whole lotta math!!

Monday, April 20, 2015

A Prairie Gathering Quilt of the Quarter ~ Month Four

Welcome to Month Four of A Prairie Gathering Quilt of the Quarter!  Boy, these months are passing by so quickly....too quickly!  This month we begin a new quarter which means there is another historic story coming your way, and the subject this time is how nineteenth century women's contributions to many, many Soldier's Aid Societies made a lasting change, and helped untold soldiers in their time of need.  It was so fun doing the research for this story, and I hope you enjoy it.  Twenty First century women still bring aid and comfort to all of the folks in our Armed Services!  Awesome!!

Beginning with Month Four, you will also begin to get more fabrics from the Prairie Gathering collection, which means more to play with!!  Always a good thing!  Let's get started on what we're sewing this month.

For the next three months, we will be doing a lot of sewing to make units all building up to start assembling those gorgeous pieced borders.  I didn't want you to have to sew nothing but Flying Geese for a whole month, or Two Patches for a whole month...that would be boring.  So, I mixed it up and mixed up the fabrics, too, to bring a little mix into our piecing.  You'll be making more Flying Geese and will be playing with some of those new fabrics.

You'll me making more red/red Two Patches....
....and red/light Two Patches.
You will also make the cornerposts for the Flying Geese border.  The hints I have for cornerpost units are the same I have for making Flying Geese using the Connector Corner method.

The pattern instructions say to...

1). Draw a diagonal line from point to point.  That means that your pencil line should go from point to point.  Don't position the ruler on the points as then your pencil will be slightly off center.  It would be off enough to make a difference.

2). Position the Connector Corner square on the base.  Be particularly careful when doing this.  It seems like such a 'no brainer' thing, but can also make a difference.  Take care to precisely position the light print exactly on the corner of the red square base so that the two corner edges are perfectly aligned.  If you're even a little off 'center', it will effect the way the triangle is positioned.

3). Sew on the diagonal line.  Actually, that is a misnomer as you should really sew a thread or two inside the seam allowance.  This is the same effect as sewing a scant 1/4 inch, which allows for the threads lost when the fabric is folded over.  Look at the square in the upper left corner of the photo.  You can clearly see my stitches just a thread or two inside the drawn line.  

4). Press, and then trim the Connector Corner.  Actually, a lot of patterns instruct you to trim then press...never do it in that order!!  Always press first, and then check to see if the triangle is completely even with the corner of the base.  If it is, then trim both layers of fabric under your don't need them, and leaving them in only adds to bulk, which robs you of accuracy.  If the triangle is not a perfect match to the base... if it doesn't line up on the two sides, then unstitch those's a small seam - not a lot of stitches to rip.  Resew the seam (and you can easily do that because you didn't trim and then press!) so it's perfect.  You'll be happy that you did when you get beautiful points for your trouble!!  

You will begin to assemble Shoo Fly blocks this month, too!  Fun, fun, and I love Shoo Fly blocks.  They are often over shadowed by their cousin, the Churn Dash, or even confused that they're the same block, but they're not.  (The Churn Dash has two squares instead of the light rectangle...a light and a dark square.)  These are about as easy to assemble as a Nine Patch.  Just sew them into rows, then sew the rows together.  Easy, breezy!!

Hope you enjoy your piecing this month, and I'll be back next month with more helpful hints while we make this journey together!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Heartspun Quilts ~ Quilt Dots!!

I'm so pleased to introduce you to Quilt Dots, and my very own...

 Heartspun Quilts Quilt Dots!!  

The good folks at Quilt Dots chose many of the quilts I have designed 
over the years for their newest collection 
of Quilt Dots.  Aren't they fun?!!

Quilt Dots are "buttons" that showcase quilts and quilt blocks.  
They are magnets, paper clips, pins.  You can wear them as jewelry, 
and swap magnetic Dots on a pendant for many different looks!

They're just plain fun to have, and make terrific 
gifts for all your quilting friends.

Click here to order Heartspun Quilts Quilt Dots!!  

Thursday, April 9, 2015

An Ordinary Spring Day

Just wanted to touch base with you all to chat for a quick minute on what's been happening in my studio this week, but first I must mention that today marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.  For all of us Civil War buffs, it is a very special anniversary indeed!

Sad, too, that in just a short time, we will also mark the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's assassination.  I'm just grateful he lived to see the end of that dreadful war, and pass the Emancipation Proclamation.  I just had to take a moment today to reflect on the anniversary of these important events.  

My friend, Deb and I have been working like crazy people in the getting-ready-for-quilt-market-crush.  We've been cutting, and sewing, and stuffing patterns to beat the band.  Normal activity in April and May getting ready for the 'big show'.    We have three quilts to make for my new pattern, Tokens of the Past: Nine Patch Reverie, and this block is one block in one of the quilts.  Oh, I'm madly in love with these teeny, tiny pieces, and totally get that many of you are not!!  No worries...the three quilts in Tokens: Nine Patch Reverie all have alternate sizes, so while I'm making mine as small as I can make them, there will be larger versions included in the pattern for your piecing pleasure!!  Watch for more news coming soon, and you can see sneak peeks on my Instagram and Facebook pages.

On a totally unrelated subject, I wanted to share something I have come to really enjoy.  A few weeks ago, I was having dinner with my dear BFF, Lynn M, who is a wonderful photography enthusiast.  A few years ago, Lynn began taking a picture of her family members, or dog, or flowers, or quilts, each and every day of the year to make what is basically "A Year In Pictures" of her families life.  The photos are wonderful, casual remembrances of their daily life.  Of course birthdays and anniversaries are well represented, as well as the simple stuff, like going to the movies, or the first day on a new job.  Whatever is happening in her life, large or small, a simple snapshot is taken for her photo diary.  Well, I loved the idea, but never followed thru.

At dinner that evening, I asked Lynn if she was still keeping her photo diary, and she said yes, and she also shared this APP that she loves with me, and I immediately downloaded it, and began using it.....Love, Love, Love.  So, I thought I would share it with you.  

The APP is called Collect, and it's FREE!!  It is exactly the same concept as Lynn's photo diary only it 'collects' photos that you take with your phone.  I could not be easier!  Each day, the Collect App sends you a reminder to take a photo that day.  You can give a title to the photo, and write a few notes on what was happening.  I've been 'collecting' for about a month now, and already can't believe how much I have recorded of our family in just 5 minutes or less a day.  Some days are more remarkable than others, like my daughter and husband's first day on a new job, but others are just candid pictures of me cooking our favorite Italian specialty, or my son on the floor playing with the dog.  I've also taken pictures of my quilts in progress, and had to take a photo one morning when I opened the kitchen blinds and saw a rainbow.  I was thinking about how cool this would be for new parents, or grandparents, to record every day of a new babies life!  So easy, and what a keepsake!!

Here's what the APP looks like, if you're interested.  I know this isn't quilting related, but I hope you don't mind that I'm just passing along something that I really enjoy.  I thought some of you might really like it, too.

Thanks, Lynn, for passing this along to me.  Next time we're together, I'll be adding your photo to my Collect journal that day!!  

Take some time to sew a few stitches'll be sew much happier for it!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Contest Winners and Treenware & Berries Pattern

Progress....sometimes it comes quickly, and sometimes it just seems to take soooo long.  It always seems to take so much longer when you're in a hurry, don't you think?? Treenware and Berries quilt patterns are all finished.  Click here if you'd like to order one for your stitching pleasure.  

The Tokens: Spice Box patterns are nearly complete.  I'm just crossing the T's and dotting the I's on the pattern, and then it will be sent to the printer.  That feels like good progress, too.

Last week, I decided to move ahead on a pattern idea I've been ruminating over for quite some time now.  It's another Tokens of the Past pattern, with all of the quilts featuring one of my favorite blocks....the classic Nine Patch.  Now, there are loads of wonderful Nine Patch quilt patterns out there already, and I aim to do something different, but still traditional, and I hope you'll like what's coming.  I'll be posting sneak peeks on Instagram and Facebook, so you might like to watch for those posts.  I'll be posting one later today.  Really excited about these Nine's!!

Thank you all for sharing your comments about how you organize your scraps, and the scrappy quilts you make.  I love reading each one, and appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts.  It really means a whole lot to me!!

The four winners of the Churn Dash blocks are:

Charlotte S....who said.....
Right now, I am in the process of making scrappy log cabin blocks for a quilt. Sew, my box of scraps is quite low. How did I organize them, you asked. I DIDN'T ! Everything less than 2 1/2 inches was just thrown in a box. It worked for me but was a mess.

Love the churn dash block and the way you made it scrappy. Very creative.

Sewing Rose who said.....
I organize my scraps in tubs just as you do by color. Sometimes I cut 1 1/2" strips for strip quilts of various shapes. I saw your quilt in the magazine last night before I got to my email today. I love it......

45th Parallel Quilter who said.....
I have a clear, plastic shoe holder (2 shoes fit in each pocket) hanging over the back of my sewing room door. I am able to tuck scraps in each of those pockets, sorting by color. When I need scraps or something for applique I need only check out what's in those pockets. When the pockets start to get full I pull them out and just assemble scrappy nine patches, four patches or string piece. Everything is there right in front of you to see! The scrappier the quilt the better ... I especially love those that have pieces of cotton shirtings stuck in here and there. Regardless of whether I win or not (though I would REALLY like to win one of the blocks) I plan to make this quilt ... LOVE the use of so many different fabrics in this classic block!

Barbara who said.....
I love your new quilt. I will be looking out for the magazine. I sort my scraps in containers similar to yours. I have 2 sets of containers. One set for squares and one for long strips. Each set is sorted by colour. It means a lot of containers but it makes scrap quilting so much quicker.

Please email your addresses to me at, and I'll send your blocks out to you right away.  

Enjoy your weekend, and I hope you find some time to stitch!  

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Every Little Bit ~ American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine!!

If you're a fabric lover, fabric a-holic, and fabric scrap saver like I have a fun quilt for you to make!!!
June, 2015 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine
cover photo used with permission
I'm blessed to once again to have another original quilt design in the new, June issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine!!!  

Every Little Bit quilt, by Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts
Appearing in the June, 2015 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine
photo used with permission 
Photo used with permission of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine.
The quilt, called Every Little Bit, is aptly named as it really does use just about every little bit and scrap of fabric you may have!!  
Here is a close-up of one of the Churn Dash blocks.  The straight sides of the block are paper-pieced.  Now, don't be put off by that at all!!  Your fabric pieces can be fairly large when you are sewing with them....and...sewing them paper-pieced-style is easy because it's nothing but straight strips.  (Notice the little alphabet fabric print?  I jumped a line in the paper piecing in order to see more of the print.  You can do that, too, to fussy cut, or show more of a print if you'd like.)

Here's a photo I took while making the quilt, and I need to tell you that I worked on this quilt...on and off....for about a year.  

Trust'll enjoy making the quilt a little at a time.  It could have been named "As Time Goes By" because you can paper piece and make the other units a little here and there as you come across scraps....because, of course, the scrappier the better!!
 Making this quilt taught me an important lesson.  Organize!!!  
Sorting the fabric scraps by color made picking and choosing the fabrics for each paper-pieced segment much faster and easier.  The key is to have some sort of organizational system in place, then while you generate more and more scraps, you can 'file' them for future use.  All of the fabric pieces stored in these containers are strips, or squares that measure less than 2 inches.

The beauty is you can use even the smallest little scraps...ones you might throw away, sewing those sweet prints into blocks, and make yourself a quilt of scrappy happiness!  

Every Little Bit was quilted by Linda Hrcka of The Quilted Pineapple
I was twice blessed in that the wickedly talented Linda Hrcka, of The Quilted Pineapple, quilted her magic into my quilt.  Please visit her blog to see more photos of the quilting.  If she hasn't posted about this quilt yet, she will very soon.

Now I know you have lots of scraps, and who doesn't love a classic Churn Dash block??  So the only thing left to do is run out to the store, and buy yourself a copy of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine.  It will be on the newsstand April 7th!!!

I have four orphan blocks leftover from making my quilt, and I think they need a good home. 

For a chance to win one of the blocks, please leave me a comment about how you organize your scraps, or what kind of scrappy quilts are your favorite.  I'll choose four winners Friday, April 3rd, and send you a signed block for your quilt.    

Happy Scrapping!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Introducing Tokens of the Past: Spice Box Pattern Trio

I'm so, so jazzed to be able to finally show you the three new quilts included in my newest Tokens of the Past pattern, the second in the series, called Spice Box.

Here are the three Spice Box quilts....

Crimson & Cloves quilt designed by Pam Buda
This is the Crimson & Cloves quilt, and measures 24" x 24".

Ginger Snap designed by Pam Buda
This one is called Ginger Snap and measures 26" x 26".

Cinnamon Sticks quilt designed by Pam Buda
And, lastly, Cinnamon Sticks which measures 12" x 15"

You may have noticed that they all have names with spices in them, which was quite deliberate, seeing as how the pattern name is called Spice Box.  

I took the name from one of my favorite pieces of Treenware...this 'ol Spice Box.  Inside, there are seven cylindrical containers, all for different spices.  I just love it.
I just had to name the pattern after something in my Treeware collection.  After all, the quilts are all made from my newest fabric line, Treenware & Berries, for Marcus Fabrics!!

Just as before, all of the units and blocks for all three quilts can be made from just one Treenware & Berries 10 inch precut!!  

Just add border and binding fabric and you're on your way to three fun quilts!!

For a limited time only, I am once again offering you the Tokens of the Past: Spice Box COMPLETE KIT with FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the U.S!!!!  (If you live outside of the US, you will receive a $9 credit toward International shipping.)  Click here to order the complete kit.

If you'd like to order just the Tokens of the Past: Spice Box pattern, and the Treenware & Berries 10 inch precut only, click here.

You can also order the Tokens of the Past: Spice Box pattern only, or the Treenware & Berries precut only as well.  

Also available for your piecing pleasure are Treenware & Berries Fat Quarter bundles and Fat Eighth bundles.  They are also a Pre-Order item.  Click here to order Fat Quarter or Fat Eighth bundles.

All of these items will ship in April.  The moment they arrive here, we work diligently to get them processed and on their way to you!  

Because the Treenware & Berries precuts are only available in limited supply, your best chance to get a precut, or the kits, is to pre-order them.  Once they're gone, they're gone.

I hope you like the three quilts in the new Tokens of the Past: Spice Box pattern.  They were great fun to piece and will be a very nice addition to your collection.

Make time to stitch will make you happy!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A Prairie Gathering Quilt of the Quarter ~ Month Three

I can't believe it's already time for month three of our Prairie Gathering program!  My gosh, where has the time gone?  We made it through winter (I hope it's over now!) and spring is popping out all over.  

Your quilt center block should look like the photo above, and we're going to grow the quilt this month, add more pieces and sewn units to our zip bags for our pieced borders.  

The first step this month is to sew the four large setting triangles to the center block.  Take care here as that seam is one, very large bias edge!  The triangles are over sized, but if the fabric stretches out of shape, over sized pieces won't fix that.  

Once you have them all sewn and pressed, you have to trim the quilt center to 26 1/2 inches square.  Don't use the photo above as a guide for trimming your center square!!!!!  Your center may be larger or smaller than mine, depending.  Measure first, and if in doubt, draw lines with chalk, and your rulers, to see where you should cut.  

Measure the center seam and the top and bottom of the quilt center.  Turn a quarter turn, and repeat to understand exactly what size your quilt top really is.  The photo above shows the center block floating 1/2 inch from the raw edge.  Yours may be different!!  In order for all of the pieced borders to properly fit, it is imperative that your center block measure 26 1/2 inches unfinished.  You have a little wiggle room here, and it's perfectly OK to have your block "float" a little from the seam.  Your eye will see that the point is perfect, and will never notice that the point doesn't touch the seam once it's sewn.  

The next step is to add the first border.  I designed this deep red, almost red/black fabric to give depth and definition within all of the different reds in the quilt.  It has a very specific job to do.  This border is very small....only 1/2 inch finished, so be very careful, and take your time sewing it to the quilt center.  

That dark red print really pops, doesn't it??  

This month, you are going to begin making Flying Geese, and....
...Two Patches for your Checkerboard border.  I have been asked why piece the same color patches together for this border?  The answer is easy....for sparkle and interest!!  I could have chosen one red print for a plain border, but honestly.....when you add this border to your quilt, all the different reds, and variety of mediums and darks, will make it just sparkle, and it's a whole lot more interesting to the quilt.   Believe's well worth the effort!!

The only other task you have left this month is to cut pieces for future borders and blocks.  Be sure to do a count of all of the pieces and sewn units you are supposed to have in your zip-bags.  You will find the tally for everything in your pattern instructions. 

Hey...that wasn't so hard, was it??  And, look how far we've come.  Your quilt is already 27 1/2 inches, and you have something pretty to hang on your design wall and enjoy.  I'll be back again next month, around the 20th, for more info as we take this journey together.  

As Quilt Market grows ever closer, I'm very busy preparing and designing new things for your piecing enjoyment.  Here's a little glimpse into what I've been up to, and some new things coming very soon.

The Treenware & Berries fabrics arrived late this week, and we immediately began cutting the quilt kits for all of you who pre-ordered them.  We're working to have those ship to you ASAP.  I'll email you when they're on the way!!  The patterns are all done as well, and will be on my website very soon.

My new Tokens of the Past: Spice Box quilts are very near completion.  I'm just binding the last two, and they're off for photography on Monday, which means they will be available soon as well.  

I will have another Tokens of the Past pattern debuting at market with 3 brand new quilts all featuring the classic, and timeless Nine Patch.  The pattern name is Tokens of the Past: Nine Patch Reverie.  This Tokens pattern is not linked to a specific fabric line, or pre-cut.  The Tokens series was always meant to have a variety of three, classic and fun quilts of whatever inspires me.  I'm love, love, loving the new Nine Patch quilts, and I hope you will, too!!  

The first round of strike-offs for my next fabric line have come and gone.  It's coming together very nicely, and I'm excited to share it all with you, but that will have to wait a little longer.

I am also formulating my ideas for a new sew-along.  This one will be completely different than anything I've ever done before.  You will get to see the quilt design before we mystery, and it may go on for many months, but will be some of the easiest piecing you've ever done!! Intrigued??  Oh, and did I mention it will be all stars??  

Watch my blog very, very soon for news about a new, original quilt design appearing in a national magazine! It's super, super scrappy, and I hope you'll like it!!

Don't forget that Lynne Hagmeier and I are traveling to Montpelier, ID this coming week, to The National Oregon/California Trail Center, for a series lectures/workshops, so if you're in the area, we'd just love to see you!!

I try hard to post sneak peek pictures of what I'm working on, and you can see them on Instagram and Facebook, so I invite you to follow me if you'd like.  

So, that's a little recap of  some of the stuff that I've been up to.  I do hope you find time to do something you enjoy this a little stitching?!!  I'm going to try to do the same.