Last year, just about this time, we launched our very first BOM program, designed exclusively for Fat Quarter Shop by Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts, called Heartland Heritage. (If any of you reading were in it, give us a shout out!) We were so enamored with Heartland Heritage and wanted to do another. Well, long story short, she showed us the design that would become Hearth & Home, for another program — but the instant we saw the setting, we asked her to save it for another block-of-the-month collaboration. She graciously obliged, and teamed up with the next Kansas Troubles line for Moda, Butterfly Garden (due February 2010), she churned out more amazing-ness, and Hearth & Home was born. This beautiful sampler quilt program (see photo below!!) starts in March 2010 and runs for 12 months.
We include oodles of fabric (24 yards) for the quilt top and binding, with a backing set available separately. The quilt finishes at 95″ x 110″ — big enough for a king-size! Definitely a treasure to keep for the ages.
What is it about cotton fabric that it brings us such joy? My love affair with fabric has brought many wonderful experiences into my life, and for as long as I have been quilting I have truly loved the fabric created by Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles Quilters for Moda. This is absolutely no secret to anyone who knows me! You may remember that last year I had the good fortune to design an exclusive block of the month for the Fat Quarter Shop called Heartland Heritage, and I used the Wildflower Serenade II fabric by Kansas Troubles.
Well…..I am so jazzed to tell you that Kimberly asked me to design a new, exclusive block of the month using the new Kansas Troubles fabric line Butterfly Garden! I jumped at this terrific experience as well!!
Hearth & Home is the name of the new block of the month, and all I had to do was to get my hands on the gorgeous fabric Lynne designed, and my creative wheels began turning. I found fun blocks for each month, creating several original blocks just for this quilt, and created an eye-catching center design to pull them all together. I do love scrappy quilts, but in them, I always look for a place to calm things down…to give the eye a place to rest, and I did that with the Chain-Log Cabin blocks that surround the quilt center. I finished the quilt design using one of my all-time favorite quilt blocks, a basket block.
If you’re thinking that Hearth & Home may be too difficult for you…no worries! The step-by-step directions will take you through every block, and there are plenty of graphics to help you as well. I wouldn’t want you to miss out on the experience of making this quilt as I just know you’ll love it! And just wait until you see the Butterfly Garden fabrics…you know how quilts are pretty in a picture, but drop dead gorgeous in real fabric? Ah huh…just wait…you’ll see!
Wishing you peace while piecing,