Did you catch this gorgeous quilt in the new issue of McCall’s Quilting (March/April 2014)? This pic doesn’t quite do it justice, but it’s a perfect design for so many of our PRIMO PLAIDS…or MOLLY B’s CLASSIC WOVENS…or PRAIRIE DOBBIES & PRAIRIE WOVENS… Quilt designer Sherri Bain Driver mentions that she used mostly flannels (think Primos) yet smooth cottons will work as well. We love her creative cutting and piecing of plaids and stripe, and the subtle yet colorful result.
We caught up with Pam and got some extra insights into her new PRAIRIE STITCHES line, and her love for all things Prairie! Here’s what she shared…
You might be surprised to learn where fabric designers get inspirations for new fabric collections. I looked to my collection of antique quilts and vintage fabrics for Prairie Stitches.
The main floral print in the line came from a vintage piece of fabric I picked up at an antique show several years ago.
What drew me to it was its simplistic, country styling which is at the heart of my prairie style. The floral motif is about as large a floral as I like to use, and I started to image it in other colors.
With some fabrics, imagining the possibilities can be the most difficult part, and that is at the heart of the job of fabric design. I knew what I wanted the end result to be, and worked hand in hand with Marcus’ design director, Faye Burgos, to make it happen.
Notice the original antique fabric has a solid dark brown background.
I decided to add a little texture to the backgrounds of my prints which gives a soft, subtle feel to an otherwise flat background.
There are slight differences in the leaves and flowers on each of the prints, to best show off the floral motif on the different colored backgrounds.
I’m just delighted about the way it all turned out!
I’m working on the quilt I designed for this collection, called Ada’s Prairie Stitches, and loving how it’s all coming together! Both the fabric collection,and my new pattern will be in quilt shops in April!
Thanks, Pam! Visit Pam Buda online at HeartspunQuilts.com
…The first issue of 2014 (Jan/Feb) just hit my desk, and we’re thrilled to see Nancy Rink’s quilt made the cut! It’s on the chair, third from the left, and it features PARTY OF TWELVE by Judie Rothermel, PIN MONEY by Pam Buda and PAULA BARNES COMPANIONS. Check out this full view of the quilt, called “Clara’s Pride”...with just two block designs and a beautiful range of repro prints, we think it’s a great way to begin the quilting year! Congratulations, Nancy! — lisa s
The excitement over our Just Judie quilt competition continues, as Marcus Fabrics celebrated the achievement of our Grand Prize winner, Lisa Even of Barrington, IL, whose entry was sponsored by The Quilt Merchant in Winfield, IL. Our own Director of Marketing, Pati Violick, brought a trunk show of the three winning quilts, along with some of Judie Rothermel’s creations, as attendees oooh’d and aahh’d the gorgeous fabrics and techniques! Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts and Marcus sales rep Bill Garrettson also joined in the fun. Check out some of the highlights:Lisa shows offer her fabulous work – it earned her a $2500 cash prize, and a Brother Laura Ashley Innova sewing machine!
Quilters also enjoyed a close-up of Marcus’ Civil War PEACE & UNITY BOM quilt. This is the final installment of our Civil war series.
Judie Rothermel’s miniatures were a highlight of the day…these minis, from her private collection, made a rare public appearance. Such small quilts, such huge impact!
Taking Second Place in the Just Judie competition was Sarah Bond’s creation. We love her Orange Peel design. Done in Judie’s fabrics, its’ the perfect marriage of trend and tradition! It’s shown off here by Quilt Merchant owner Valerie Langue (left) and Pati Violick of Marcus Fabrics.
And our Third Place winning entry, a beautiful hand-appliqued circle designf by Nancy Yando…
For more photos, visit Pam Buda’s blog. Thanks to everyone who came to join us in celebrating Lisa, Judie, and the quilting traditions we all love! Lisa, enjoy your machine…we can’t wait to see what you come up with next!
I just checked in on Pam Buda’s blog and had to share her post with you…it’s all about taking (or making) more tike to do the things we love in the midst of life’s many gotta-do’s and distractions.
So, what recipe did you use?? — Lisa
We love Perkins Dry Goods’ original take on Pam’s PIN MONEY collection, in this graphic quilt design. Stitch it up in Topper, Throw or Queen sizes, using Perkins’ scrappy or two-color approach.