It’s coming in just a few days! We had sooo much great stuff to share (in the midst of last-minute Quilt Market prep), that we’re just taking a few extra days to complete it. We’re relaunching our Studio 37 website, with contemporary looks from Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Nancy Rink, Sarah Maxwell, Susan Cousineau, Irene Chan and Laura Berringer for starters! And on the Marcus side, we’ve got new looks from Pam Buda, flannel sewing tips, and a preview from Rachel Pellman, the newest addition to our design team. It’ll all be unveiled in just a few days, but for now, enjoy this little sneak peek…
Wow! The December 2015 issue of American Quilting & Patchwork magazine (APQ) has a real treat for all of us Pam Buda fans – it’s a multi-page profile of our favorite prairie-inspired quilt designer, photographed inside her beautiful Illinois home!
Naturally, many of the designs shown are patterns available thru Heartspun Quilts, and they feature her fabric collections including TREENWARE & BERRIES and AMERICAN GOTHIC.
Below you’ll see Pam on the left, and design director Nancy Wiles and photographer Greg Scheidemann styling a shot in her living room. It’s great when a designer’s home and furnishings are a true reflection of her work ; )
Visit your newsstand or quilt shop now, or order online (subscribers, watch your mailboxes) to read more about Pam, her quilts, fabric and inspiration in the magazine!
Photos used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting magazine. (c) 2015 Meredith Corp. All rights reserved.
This just in!! Don’t miss your chance to win some great fabrics scraps, direct from Pam’s studio to yours! All you have to do is comment on her blog post by Friday for more than one chance to win ; ) Enjoy! — lisa
As always, please feel free to comment below, too, but we’re just passing on the good news…TO WIN THE FABRIC, you must comment on Pam’s blog!!
Congratulations to Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts on this gorgeous Fall 2015 Quilts and More magazine cover!! It shows off her TREENWARE & BERRIES collection, as interpreted by designers in the Scrap Lab Designer Challenge. We love the versatility of her prints far beyond the quilt!
Instructions for the handbag and runner are included in the issue, and the fabrics are available at your local quilt shop!
Bag:Sherri K. Falls of This & That Pattern Company
Runner: Monique Dillard of Open Gate Quilts
Just had to share this from Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts. Her recent blog post, not only shares the adorable wall hanging she finished for her kitchen, but also a great tip she’s passing along from yet another quilting friend. It’s one of those little ideas that is too good to keep to yourself…enjoy, and share!
Another Spring Quilt Market concludes! Thank you to our customers, friends, associates and designers for another successful event. From long before booth set-up to breakdown, it takes lots of hands to make it all happen…
There’s so much happening at Marcus, and Booth 1901 reflects it all beautifully:
1 – At left is the new Amish with a Twist III BOM by Nancy Rink, surrounded by a variety of garments and crafts in wool & cotton.
2 – l. to r.: Quilts in PAISLEY PERSUASION, PAST ENDEARMENTS and HISTORICAL STRIPES
3 – Customer service pros Indra (seated) and Regina discuss our latest with shop owners.
4 – Table tops are adorned with fusible applique – a great idea for special event decorating. Later, you can cut away the appliqued square to repurpose as a pillow front of quilt block!
5 – ALWAYS THE SEASON quilt and holiday crafts!
6 & 7 – Two of our designers set up their booths just across from us – Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts (you can tell her booth by the red ; ) and Paula Barnes of Red Crinoline Quilts.
Thanks for the photos, Faye Burgos!
Love miniature quilts? Check out Spice Box, a trio of mini quilt patterns in a single package. It’s Heartspun Quilts’ latest installment in the Tokens of the Past pattern series. Spice Box features Pam Buda’s new TREENWARE & BERRIES fabric collection, a gorgeous blend of warm reds and browns. Even better, you can create all three designs using a single pack of pre-cut 10″ squares (40 pieces, 2 each of 20 prints). Then, just add borders!
Get the details, including ordering information on Pam’s blog, and stitch up your own Spice Box threesome!
Every once in a while the question comes up, and now seems to be a good time to address it again, especially with so many rich, vibrant colors found in today’s fabric collections. Concerns about dye loss or possible color migration can increase when you’re blending deep reds with light ground coordinates, similar to those found in found in A PRAIRIE GATHERING by Pam Buda.
We chatted with Pam about her preferences and best practices for pre-treating quilt fabrics. She routinely tells her students & quilting friends:
“I never wash my fabric. I actually add a lot of sizing to my yardage to make it stiffer before I cut anything out, so washing would remove the sizing already in the fabric from the manufacturing process, and I add more.” (Pam firmly believe that sizing and adding the extra body/stiffness aids tremendously with everything from cutting, piecing, and pressing, making your piecing more accurate!) “That said, when my reds are wet with the sizing (and I really saturate the fabric with sizing!) I have not had any issues with the red, or any other color, running. In all the years I have been quilting with quilt shop quality fabrics, I have never once had an issue with dye running,” she explains.
The decision to pre-wash fabric or not is largely a personal preference that could depend in part on what you’re making with the fabric. A quilt that will be used and washed often should probably be made with pre-washed fabrics, while a decorative wall hanging can be made with non-washed fabric.
Thankfully, there are so many fabrications and production methods available to quilters today, including batiks and hand-dyed fabrics! So, like Pam, we always advise taking the time to do a wash test whenever you are in doubt. Marcus’ standard for overall quality speaks for itself over the years, including colorfastness, as Pam can attest to since she began designing with us. There are products like Retayne and Dye Catcher if you’re concerned about running. Check out Pam’s impressive wash-test results – no dyes were released in the wash, as shown by the completely clean color catcher sheet after laundering. As you probably know, deep reds like these are notorious for at least some color loss in laundering.
What are your tricks and tips for pre-treating your quilting fabrics? Do you, or don’t you? Like Pam, I’m not inclined to pre-wash. But I might for a baby quilt, to remove any lingering chemicals or finishes on the fabric before it comes into contact with the baby (of course, I don’t sew many baby quilts…). So again, the circumstances will help to dictate your pre-washing decisions.
Thanks for the photos, Pam! —— lisa s
Back from another successful and busy Market in Houston, we’ve got some images to show off! Thanks to our designers for sharing them with us. Stay tuned for more…