Friday, February 5, 2016

Sewing and Sailing

Today and tomorrow, I am spending the day in Ocala, Florida with quilters from The Country Road Quilters Guild, giving a lecture and workshop.  This time, I till try to remember to take more pictures!  (Seriously, Pam!!)

Beginning Saturday, I am off with a bunch of girlfriends on a week long quilting cruise!!  This time I am not the teacher, just the student, ready to have fun with my dear friends.  Three of my hometown BFF's and I will join 96 other ladies, some whom are national teachers like me, looking for a fun and sun-filled vacation to the Caribbean to just stitch and relax.

Sounds like fun, right?  If you've never been on a quilting cruise, you're missing a great time. My pals, Gloria, Vicky and Heather of Old Green Cupboard are hosting this party for teachers Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings, and Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin.  If you know Lisa and Stacy's work, then there's no surprise this cruise is all about WOOL and HAND STITCHING!!  Yay!!!  I can hardly wait.  

Since I'm on a much needed vacation, and sailing in international waters, I won't be posting here, or on social media, but hope to have some photos to share and good times to report once I get home.  

Good bye to-do list...hello girlfriends!!  My needle, thread and I are about to be reacquainted!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Enjoy A Little Evening Shade!

Evening Shade quilt pattern made with Old Green Calicos fabrics by Pam Buda for Marcus Fabrics
Dream a minute with me, won't you....of a serene little home on a river bank, where you're swinging on the porch swing with this quilt as the sun goes down, enjoying the Evening Shade. That is what I imagined when I designed this quilt, and of course, how it came to have that name. 

Evening Shade was great fun to piece.  There are 12 pieced blocks with Flying Geese, and 6 pinwheel blocks, that together, create fun movement within the quilt, and have your eyes dancing all around.  Love that!

Believe it or not, the 12 pieced Flying Geese blocks are made using all of the fabrics in the 10" precut pack of Old Green Calicos collection.  That makes the blocks super scrappy, which I just love.  
Thought I would show you a few up-close photos of the quilt details.  I have a blue and green living room, so Evening Shade just fits right in.  
I took some low lighting photos so you can see the quilting.
I don't know about you, but I adore that little blue and green shirting.  So cute!  My friend and co-worker, Debbie McClarence pieced Evening Shade for me.
Evening Shade was quilted by my friend, Ronda Dranter, in an edge to edge design.  The blocks are 12 inches, and the quilt measures 72" x 89". 

Please be sure to ask for the pattern and the Old Green Calicos fabric collection at your local quilt shop.  

If by chance they don't have it, I am once again offering a special PRE-ORDER price on kits for Evening Shade.  If you'd like to pre-order a kit, click here to read all the details.  Evening Shade kits will ship in March, or earlier if possible.  

You can order the Evening Shade pattern here.

In case you have a different quilt project in mind, or just want to add some green, blue and light prints to your stash, I also have Old Green Calicos Fat Quarter and Fat Eighth bundles, and the 10 inch precut available as well.

I hope you like my newest quilt design, Evening Shade.  Back to work on more inspirations just for you.  Enjoy your day.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

So Cal Quilt Shop Visits

While I was in California, in between working and visiting with my family, I did have some time to visit a two other quilt shops.  Southern California has more than their fair share of really good ones!  Look at my last blog post to see all that Fat Quarters Quilt Shop in Vista has to offer.  

Me, Lisa Bongean and my A Primitive Gathering BOM quilt in the background.
I popped in at Primitive Gatherings in Murrieta and found Lisa in the shop while I was there.  She was on her way out to teach for a guild, but we had a few minutes to catch up and visit.
This Primitive Gatherings shop is not even a year old, and look how chock full of yummy goods and inspiration awaits.  

You can sure linger there a long time to take it all in.
Sometimes, I'm hit with a kind of sadness when shopping at a store like this, only because you are met with a strong desire to make everything you see, and you realize you only have but one life and just can't have it all.  What a bummer!  Teehee!!
I was so jazzed to see this display of my patterns.  They have lots and lots of other designers, too.  So, so much to choose from.  

This is another 'must see' quilt shop if you're in the Temecula, CA area.  Keep up with what's new at Primitive Gatherings blog and Lisa Bongean's Blog.
Temecula Quilt Co shop owner, Sheryl Johnson.  Fabrics next to Sheryl are Old Green Calicos
by Pam Buda for Marcus Fabrics.
The next day, I headed to Temecula to visit with Sheryl at her shop, Temecula Quilt Co.  I was very happy to see that my new fabric, Old Green Calicos was in the shop when I arrived.  
Last year, Sheryl created this awesome Prairie Burgoyne quilt using my Prairie Gathering fabric line.  Love, love this quilt, especially because of the way Sheryl added her name to the top of the quilt.  So vintage repro!!  When I was there last year, I saw the quilt in progress, and was very happy for the opportunity to see it complete this year.  

Temecula Quilt Co. features tons and tons of Civil War reproduction fabrics.  

I think you would agree that Sheryl has a wonderful way of displaying the fabrics and quilts in the shop.

Keep up with what's new at Temecula Quilt Co. on Sheryl's blog as there's always new and inspiring projects waiting for you.

Next week, I'll be visiting the Country Road Quilters Guild in Ocala, FL for a lecture and workshop.  The workshop is filled, but you can still come to the lecture on Feb 4th.  Email Karen at  

Next month, I'll be at The Indiana Heritage Quilt Show March 3-5th, in Bloomington, IN. Click here for more info on the show.  

There will be more new things to tell you about from Heartspun Quilts in my next post.  Until then, hope you find some time for stitchin'!!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Fun To Go, Good To Be Back Home!

As you may know, I took a little trip to southern California a couple of weeks ago.  Had a wonderful opportunity to visit with two guilds in the San Diego area, visit Fat Quarters Quilt Shop, and spend some vacation time catching up with my dear aunt and cousins that live near there as well.  Just got home and back to C O L D weather.  Brrr!

First stop was with the Friendship Quilters Guild of San Diego.  I gave a lecture to their members and the next day, was lucky to spend time with this great group in my Practice What I Preach workshop.  And, yes!  Your eyes do not deceive you...that's Ed kneeling on the floor , and he's really a terrific piecer, and if memory serves, long-arm quilter!  What a great group!  We had a lot of fun.

Next, I gave a lecture and my Settler's Puzzle workshop for the wonderful people of Sunshine Quilters Guild of San Diego.  Now, I have to confess that I don't have a photo of them.  I can honestly say I was having such a good time that I plum forgot to take a photo.  I feel terrible about that, and hope they all forgive me.  I'm not all that good at remembering to take pictures for the blog and Instagram/Facebook...I'd honestly rather just be "present" in the moment, but must try to do better!

Lastly, I spent the day at Fat Quarters Quilt Shop in Vista, CA, with this lovely lady, shop owner Michelle Joyner.  Michelle and I have known each other quite awhile now as we met the same year at quilt market.  It was her first year as a shop owner and my first year exhibiting. 

As soon as I arrived at the shop that morning, I was busy taking photos of the store.  Did I remember to take a picture of the class?  NO!  Geesh...I'm so sorry everyone.  Was just having too much fun, and once again....forgot!   We had a great time in my Starry, Starry Nines workshop.  (Am I the only person who forgets to take pictures for posting to social media?)

Fat Quarters truly has everything and something for everyone!  Notice the wonderful tree quilt hanging on the wall, and behind Michelle in the previous photo?  Michelle designed that quilt for publication in Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine and it graced the cover!  Congrats, Michelle!  Maybe she still has a kit left for you?!

As you can see...inspiration, inspiration everywhere!
To say the least, Fat Quarters is a full service quilt shop in every way.

There are bolts and bolts and bolts of fabrics in many genres.  No surprise I was drawn to the Civil War repro section, and perused her wool selection, too!

If you're in the southern California area, don't miss a stop to Fat Quarters in Vista.  Tell Michelle I sent ya!  

A big, giant THANK YOU to all the members of both Friendship and Sunshine Quilters Guilds of San Diego, and of course to Michelle at Fat Quarters for inviting me to visit and teach.   I do so love to travel, meet quilters and spend the day sewing and chatting about our favorite past time!  I had great fun.  

Monday, January 11, 2016

Headed Westward!

I'm headed west to the San Diego area for a series of lectures and workshops.  I won't be blogging until I return to my office on the 24th.  I will be posting here and there on Instagram and Facebook, so you might like to visit me there.  How can I possibly go to So Cal and not visit my favorite quilt shops, right?  So, I'll try to post some photos from the guild visits, quilts shops, and this will also be my first time attending the Road to California Quilt Show!! 

I think I'll have some time for hand sewing while waiting in the airports, and in the evenings while visiting with my family.  Hope you find some stitching time, too!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Old Mill Pond Is Ready!!

I'm just delighted to finally be able to introduce you to one of two new quilt designs featuring my newest fabric collection, Old Green Calicos, for Marcus Fabrics, called Old Mill Pond.

When I designed this collection, I was in a mood for peaceful, restful and comforting fabrics in cozy colors.  The living room in my home is all done in soft greens and blues, and is a favorite place for me to read and stitch.  The walls are a warm beige with old fashioned stencils,  and the lighting is very soft.    Inspiration struck and Old Green Calicos came to be.  
Prairie life always inspires me, and when the early settlers sought to homestead, receiving a land parcel near water was, of course, a prize for many reasons.   Thinking those thoughts, and about the blue and green colors, a picture like this came to mind.  Can you see yourself in a comfy chair gazing at this scene?  I sure could.  The colors and serenity inspired the name for the quilt....Old Mill Pond.

In a previous post, I showed you photos of the gorgeous quilting on this quilt, by Valerie Langue.  Now that the quilt is done, and photographed, the patterns are ready to go.

As I've done before, I'm offering a kit at a special discounted price for a limited time.  

By pre-ordering, you can be assured of having all of the original fabrics in your quilt, available as soon as they arrive.  The quilt will be exactly like mine!  

Along with the pre-order is special pricing, with a discount on shipping, and FREE PATTERN!

Pre-Order your Old Mill Pond quilt kit no later than January 29th to take advantage of this special offer!!   Click here to read all of the details and place an order.  The kit and pattern will ship in early February, just as soon as the fabrics arrive.  

Click here to order the Old Mill Pond pattern.

My Old Green Calicos fabric collections are arriving soon at your local quilt shop, so please ask for them on your next visit!!  

Wishing you a year of creativity and inspiration....

Monday, January 4, 2016

Keeping Busy

I'm starting the New Year with a bang.  My family and I so enjoyed our relaxing time over the holidays, and when the calendar turned the page,  we all went back to being busy.  You, too?

For several days now, I've packed lots and lots of boxes all headed out to the San Diego area for next week's events.  Now that my UPS guy has picked them up, it's time to take care of some normal business, and start packing for warmer weather!  Yippee!  

Here's where I'll be in the next few weeks just in case you're interested in attending.  I'd sure love to meet you!!!

January 11th          Friendship Quilters of San Diego, CA      
lecture and workshop ~ for info contact Collette by email:

January 12th & 13th       Sunshine Quilters of San Diego, CA
lecture and workshop ~ for info contact

January 15th, 16th & 17th     Fat Quarters Quilt Shop in Vista, CA
workshops ~ contact the shop girls at (760) 758-8308

I have lots of new stuff coming soon, with two new patterns releasing later this week and next week.  I'm working on a new BOM that I know you're gonna love and multiple new fabric lines to keep your stash happy.  

I've been loving stitching on a few wool projects in the things to display in our home.  Did some stitching while thoroughly enjoying last nights episode of Downton Abbey. Wasn't it grand?!  I just can't figure out why such a popular show is ending after only 6 seasons??  

Hope you, too, find some time to feed your soul with the stitches you sew!  

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!

Wishing you all a very 
Merry Christmas!  

I've been cooking and baking, wrapping and writing cards, and have decked all the halls.  I'm sure you have all been doing the same to prepare a wonderful Christmas for your family.  Once we say goodbye to the old, and welcome the New Year, I hope to have a little more time for sewing and hand stitching.  Hope springs eternal, anyway!

Thank you all for your patronage and friendship this past year.  If not for you, I'd have nothing to do!!  Parish the thought!  I so enjoy writing to you through this blog, and enjoy your comments and emails throughout the year.  I look forward to traveling to meet many of you this coming year, as there's just not a better way to spend a day than with fellow quilters.

Wishing you a Happy New Year filled with many blessings
of happiness and good health in 2016!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

A Prairie Gathering Quilt of the Quarter ~ Month Twelve

I can hardly believe that a year has almost passed since we began this journey together!  My, how the time has flown by.  You have done an amazing job with this quilt, and are about to complete this piecing masterpiece!

Your first task this month is to assemble the two types of Friendship Stars.  There's not much to offer in the way of suggestions here that we haven't already covered.  I'll just say this one last time....measure to be absolutely sure they are the correct size.  I love Friendship Stars as they give a bit of movement to the quilt.  Hope you like them, too!
 The Signature block is the last block to make!  Happy dance!!  It's very simple construction may have you letting your guard down, but even easy blocks can go wrong in just a few stitches.
Once you piece the strip together, be sure to do that "M" word before continuing.  Once you're sure the block is good to go, you'll be sewing four Connector Corners onto the block.

Such a little innocent square can really be a problem if not tended to properly.  Follow these four steps to achieving perfect Connector Corners (CC).  

  • Draw the diagonal pencil line perfectly from point to point.
  • Place the CC squarely on the base.
  • Sew just a thread or two (scant) inside the seam allowance.
  • Press, then trim.  Press to check the accuracy of the folded triangle.  Once you're happy with it, then trim the bottom two fabrics.  If it's not perfect, un-sew and re-do.  It's just a little seam, and worth the effort!

Now, for the fun part!  
Arrange the Friendship Star blocks and Signature blocks for final assembly.  Consult your pattern as the top and bottom borders are slightly different.
You're home free now!  Add the final red border and pat yourself on the back!!  You did it!!
Your piecing masterpiece is complete, and what a quilt it is.  Wonderful job and I'm so happy we took this journey together.  

I sincerely hope you enjoyed the historic stories included in the program, and that you learned a lot while piecing the quilt, too. 

I'm already working on several new Block of the Month programs for Marcus Fabrics.  Each is quite different from this one, with new and exciting adventures for your piecing pleasure.  I'll announce them right here on my blog when it's time, so please come back and visit often.

Thank you all for participating in A Prairie Gathering.  I'm so very happy you did!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Airing of the Quilts ~ Tucker ~ Part Two

Let's continue the quilt show, shall we?!
Barbara from Kansas
Karen from MN
Kathy from CT
Kay from MA
Launa from CA
Lisa from Canada
Lori from ND
LuAnn from AZ
Lucille from OH
Martha from IA
Nancy from CO
Nancy from NY
Nancy from OH
Robin from AZ
Rose from CA
Sharon from NY
Sherryl from IL
Shirley from WI
Sue from U.K.
Susan from CT
Susan from VA
Terry from TN
Theresa from GA
Ursula from Canada
Veronica from ND
Yolande from Paris
Becky from MO
Ivani from Brazil
Judy from OH
Did you have a favorite?  We you inspired by another quilt?  I know I am, and I'll be collecting my scraps again for another Tucker as I have a few places that need that special touch only a quilt can bring.  

For most of us, these next few weeks will be spent with family and friends, celebrating the holidays, and welcoming a New Year.  I'll be doing the same with my family, although it will be very different as I lost my 34 year old sister this year, so it will be a difficult time for us, but we'll get through it together.  

It's amazing how our stitching is our constant companion through good times and sad ones.  That has been the way for stitchers from the beginning of time, and our quilting ancestors certainly wrote about it.  My stitches have been a source of peace and fulfillment for me for as long as I can remember, and I love dreaming up new things to keep our needles busy.  

2016 will be an exciting year and I hope you'll like the fabrics and projects already in the works for your consideration.  Surely there will be another Pocket Patchwork Sew-Along, although I'm not sure when or what.  

Enjoy your weekend and the anticipation that is always in the air the days before Christmas.  

And, as always, thank you so much for visiting my blog.  Stitching together is such a blessing.