Welcome back to the Jolly Jabber! Today, we're going to chit chat with Pam Buda about her newest Block of the Month for Marcus Fabrics, A Prairie Gathering. Pam brings us a wonderful blend of traditional deep reds and beige prints in this BOM, which pays a year-long tribute to women who used needle and thread to affect change.
Q: Tell us a little about the A Prairie Gathering Block of the
Month. What were you inspired by?
A: My Prairie Gathering quilt was inspired by nineteenth century
women, who quite literally had what they themselves called "quilting
gatherings". In addition to gathering together for simple
companionship and to work on quilting their own work while they visited, they gathered and worked on a quilt for a specific
cause; for someone special in their lives, for their community, and for
their country. These "simple Prairie women", who were
for the most part uneducated and considered lower-class citizens, banded
together. With needles and thread, patchwork and perseverance, they made
significant and lasting changes in their community and our country.
The Medallion style quilt was popular then and has been a
favorite of mine, and in looking for something unique and different for my
first program with Marcus Fabrics, I chose that style and paired it with my
favorite color, Red! A two-color quilt is a traditional classic,
and I'm all about tradition...but definitely use today's modern rotary and
piecing techniques! And, with my passion for early American history, I've
included four historic anecdotal stories of how women worked together to make
quilts that fund-raised for causes that effected lasting change.
Q: What is your design process when beginning the project?
A: In designing the quilt, I began with the center Medallion. I wanted something striking to set the tone and to have angles
and points, light areas and dark areas, so it would really stand out. The
center would likely be on-point for more drama, but that poses a lot of
mathematical problems when adding pieced borders. But, not to worry, I
took care of that nicely!
When I was choosing the pieced borders I felt like a kid in the
candy store. With so many possibilities to choose from, I did a lot of
playing. Many candidates were eliminated because the math didn't work,
and I wanted to keep the construction of blocks and parts simple enough so even
confident beginners could make the quilt. I knew fabric print and value
would play a big part in the design as well.
Q: When you designed this fabric, did you have this quilt in mind
as you chose your fabrics?
A: When I'm about to design a new fabric collection, I usually have
a quilt design in mind too, and set about choosing the fabrics I would like in
that quilt. It's kind of like when you choose a pattern you like at the
quilt shop, then shop for the fabrics you want for that
particular quilt. When designing the fabrics for A Prairie Gathering,
I considered not only color value, which plays a big part in this quilt, but
also the size of the prints, and especially a great border print. The
light background colors range from a light cream with what I call a
"prairie dirty" finish (think aged with a 'used patina' on it. Nothing stayed white on the prairie!) to a warm, cozy beige. There are
light tone-on-tones, and lights with reds and blacks. The reds range from
a sparkling cranberry to deep, almost black/red for a bit of depth and
drama. All of the prints in the collection came from my nineteenth
century antique quilts and are sweet, traditional, classic prints in my
Together, the design team at Marcus Fabrics and I worked
to make the very best collection of reproduction red and light prints for
this program, and I could not be happier with how they all turned out. I
sincerely hope you like them too, and enjoy making A Prairie Gathering as
the months go by!
Love what you see? The BOM
program starts on January 2015, so sign up
today! Thanks for joining us everyone!
Labels: Block of the Month, Fat Quarter Shop Fun