Friday, August 22, 2014


I didn't forget about drawing for the blog winners, I just had one of those weeks & didn't get back to post about them.

So, each of our 3 winners will receive our Reverie pattern

and a selection of 5 fat quarters from the Romantic Renaissance line that we used in the quilt.

So, the winners as randomly selected are listed below. Please email us at with your shipping details so we can get your prize out to you!

 Jacqueline said...
Beautiful block and fabric choices. I love participating in the SAL and appreciate all the effort and time you gracious Ladies do on our behalf.

I use a lot of different methods to make my hst's. Depends on how many I need of the same two fabric's.

Thanks for a chance.

Joanne Poxson said...
This is my first sew along. Loving these blocks! Looking forward to getting this next one done quick! Can't wait to see them all together!


So happy with this Sew-Along. Have plenty to do already, but this is 'just a little thing in between'!
Congratulations, ladies and keep sewing!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Marcus Fabrics Friends & Companions Designer Sew-Along

Welcome to our first stop on the

I'm Sarah Maxwell and I'm one of the owners of Homestead Hearth, a brick-and-mortar and online quilt store located in Mexico, Missouri. Our store is located in a really unique building just off the town square. Originally built as a chicken hatchery in the early 1900s, the building had many uses over it's lifetime and in 2001 my husband and I bought it with the idea of opening a quilt store.

Dolores Smith, my long-time quilt show buddy, had previously owned a store so we decided to go into business together. 12 years later, Homestead Hearth occupies the majority of the 10,000+ square foot building. We're known for our carefully labeled block-of-the-month shipments and our huge selection of 1800s reproduction fabrics. In recent years, we've expanded to carry more modern, brighter fabrics, too, to appeal to all customers. You can see our selections and visit the store online if you're too far away to visit!

This week, we'll be talking about Sarah's block for the quilt. In a few weeks we'll be back with a post featuring Dolores' block. Let's get started!

Cutting Instructions:
Background print (1038-0188) 
*Cut 2 squares 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” – Cut once on the diagonal

Red print (1034-0111)
*Cut 2 squares 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” – Cut once on the diagonal

Gold print (1033-0128)
*Cut 4 squares 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” – Cut once on the diagonal

 Black print (1035-0112)
*Cut 4 squares 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” – Cut once on the diagonal

Green print (1702-0116)
*Cut 4 squares 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” – Cut once on the diagonal

Sewing Directions:
This block is made up of half square triangles (HST).  There are many ways to construct these units and I'm going to show you my personal favorite. I use a tool designed by Judy Martin called the Point Trimmer. You can order it here!

After cutting our triangles  as listed above, we use the handy point trimmer to nip off those little pointy ends--it makes lining up the pieces much easier & really improves accuracy.

*  Sew the red print and background triangles together.  Make 4 HST press toward the red print. Each HST will measure 2 ½” x 2 1/2 “ unfinished. (Note how there are no pesky "dog ears" hanging off the ends of the pieced unit thanks to the point trimmer?)

 Repeat these steps to make the other HST units for this block.

     *  Sew 4 of the black print and gold print triangles together to make 4 HST. Press toward the black print.  


* Sew 4 of the green print and gold print triangles to make 4 HST. Press toward the gold print.

* Finally, sew the 4 green print and black print triangles together to make 4 HST. Press towards the black print.

* Now it's time to sew the rows together!

Row 1, press seams to the right.

Row 2, press seams to the left.

Row 3, press seams to the right.

Row 4, press seams to the left.
If you are worried about lining up the seams and points when sewing the rows together consider using fork pins.  You can order them here.

They work miracles! Just line up the points you are trying to match & then use a fork pin to anchor the intersection.

 Press the seams for each row.  The block should measure 8 ½” x 8 ½” unfinished. And that's it, another block is done. 

If you prefer the ease of  accessing a pattern via a PDF file, then click here for a PDF version. 

Are you excited to see how the entire mystery comes together? Be sure to check back each week for another installment. If you want to make a quilt just like ours, you can still buy a kit of fabrics.

 What's a sewalong without giveaways? Please post a comment right here for a chance to win.  If you're stumped for a comment topic, tell us what your favorite method of making HST units is and whether you have tried the Point Trimmer featured in this post.   I'll choose a winner the morning of August 18th.  (Please do not email your comments as only comments left on the blog will be eligible.)

8/1                        Pam Buda ~ Heartspun Quilts
8/8                        Paula Barnes ~ Red Crinoline Quilts
8/15                      Sarah Maxwell ~ Homestead Hearth              
8/22                      Pati Violick ~ Marcus Fabrics
8/29                      Gloria Parsons ~ Olde Green Cupboard  
9/5                        Nancy Rink ~ Nancy Rink Designs
9/12                      Mary Ellen Robison~Red Crinoline Quilts
9/19                      Dolores Smith ~ Homestead Hearth
9/26                      Lisa Shepard ~ Marcus Fabrics
10/3                      Red Crinoline Quilts ~ Quilt Revealed!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Lapis & Marigolds makes cover of McCall's Quick Quilts!

Over the last several years, Dolores & I have been so fortunate to have our quilts appear in McCall's Quilting and McCall's Quick Quilts.

Seeing a quilt in a published magazine or book is always exciting and it's even more so when the quilt makes the cover. So, we were SSSOOOO excited when we saw the cover of the October 2014 McCall's Quick Quilts which includes our Lapis & Marigolds quilt! Order your copy here!

The quilt features Faye Burgos' amazing Medallion Muse fabrics. We have those available here.

I loved the strong, bold colors of the line, especially that cobalt blue, and I definitely wanted to showcase that gorgeous, large floral. So Lapis & Marigolds is the result.

Of course, we have kits available!

And, of course, we have a giveway.  Leave a comment below & tell us what your color is sure to make you want to use a fabric. Two lucky winners will receive a free copy of the October 2014 McCall's Quick Quilts magazine. Please leave your comment below. Do not email comments as only comments left on the blog will be eligible for the prizes. Winners will be randomly selected on August 11, 2014.

We realized we never posted to share the winners of our last blog. Congratulations to Vic in NH and Hayley for sharing their favorite forms of relaxation sewing. We've emailed both of you to request addresses so we can mail your prizes.

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Happy quilting!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Autumn Acres

Dolores & I are both very fortunate to have the opportunity to design quilts for magazines & other companies. It's no secret that I love scrappy, intricately-pieced designs. But sometimes, I'm ready for simple, mindless sewing. . .the kind of project where the fabric does all the talking and I can just feed pieces through the machine almost without thought.

Autumn Acres came about when I was just exhausted--too much going on at home with kids preparing to move out, too much going on with too many projects. 

So when I saw these gorgeous fabrics from Marcus, I just wanted to sew. 


So I started planning, but found I wanted a few more blues, a few more reds, a few more of everything. That's when these arrived:

So what did it all become?


Autumn Acres, featured in the September, 2014 issue of McCall's Quilting.

And, it even made the cover! 

So, now you can make your own Autumn Acres and indulge in some easy, relaxing sewing. Just order our kit and get ready to have some fun!

Leave a comment below & tell us what your favorite type of "relaxation" sewing is. Two lucky winners will receive a free copy of the September 2014 McCall's Quilting magazine. Please leave your comment below. Do not email comments as only comments left on the blog will be eligible for the prizes. Winners will be randomly selected on July 29, 2014.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Marcus Fabrics Friends & Companions Sew-Along


We have big news to share! On August 1, the Marcus Fabrics Friends and Companions Sew-Along will begin and we're part of it!

Here are the details we can share now:

* The quilts is 60" square and features 8" blocks. Here's a sneak peek at the Marcus Fabrics we're using from Paula Barnes' Companions line:

* Fabric kits will be available so you can make the quilt just like ours. Pre-order your kit now and we'll ship it on July 18 so you are ready to start sewing on August 1.

* If you prefer to put together your own fabrics, here are the yardage requirements:

* For Blocks:

¼ yard cheddar print
½ yard light print #1
1/6 yard red print #1
¼ yard black print
1/6 yard blue print
⅓ yard olive green print

* For Quilt Setting and Borders:

1¾ yards red print #2 for outside border
1¼ yards black print for alternate block, inside border and binding.
1⅛ yards light print #2 for alternate block
1 yard olive green print for setting corners and triangles.

4 yards for backing

* There will be PRIZES each week!!

Ready for the schedule? Here's the line up starting August 1.

8/1     Pam Buda ~ Heartspun Quilts

8/8     Paula Barnes ~ Red Crinoline Quilts 


8/15   Sarah Maxwell ~ Homestead Hearth

8/22   Pati Violick ~ Marcus Fabrics 

8/29   Gloria Parsons ~ Olde Green Cupboard

9/5     Nancy Rink ~ Nancy Rink Designs


9/12   Mary Ellen Robison~Red Crinoline Quilts

9/19   Dolores Smith ~ Homestead Hearth  

9/26   Lisa Shepard ~ Marcus Fabrics 

10/3   Red Crinoline Quilts ~ Quilt Revealed! 

We hope you're excited about this Sew-Along and will join in. If you follow each of the blogs above by email, you'll get a reminder about the each week's post so you don't miss a thing. Remember, order your fabric kit today so you'll be ready to sew along! 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Back to blogging!

Hello everyone!

It's been (gasp!) almost 2 years since our last blog post, but I'm back!!

It's me, Sarah, taking back the reins of the Homestead Hearth blog. We have some exciting news to share in the coming weeks and I'm going to start chronicling some of my weekly sewing adventures.

Stay tuned!

And while you're waiting for next week's news, have you seen that you can come quilt with me and Dolores on a cruise in 2015? That's right, I'll be part of the Civil War Cruise organized by Stitchin' Heaven.

Happy stitching and hope to see you on the cruise.


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Seeing the World with a Quilter's Eyes

Heard a rumor that you finished all of your quilting projects. True? Or just a belated April Fool's joke? Whether you really are at the finish line, or you're still struggling to finish that same-old-same-old, why not take a break and enjoy this week's photos.

No matter where you go, you're bound to run into an idea or two that remind you of quilting. Saturday morning was the First Presbyterian Church's Spring Fling and where I discovered a good new/old idea. See what I mean?

Adults helped students reuse and recycle much-loved quilts into artful creations to be sold at the spring event. It was a great idea for resurrecting old quilts and helped raise over $5,000 for local missions. Wahoo!

Maybe you have a tattered quilt or two sitting around. Use your pinking shears to cut out a simple shape, mount the shape on a fabric background, then place in a colorful frame. Presto! New/old art to grace your home, and a perpetual reminder of a quilt that was loved to pieces.

For those of you who love to piece, where do you get your best ideas? The next time you're struggling for inspiration you might try looking high...

and low...

during a visit to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

The Basilica contains a multitude of mosaics (created using over 41 million pieces of glass) throughout the domes and archways. Pair those designs with the amazing floor patterns and soon you'll be thinking . . .

. . . about vines and circles . .

. . . merging border designs . . .

. . . intricate piecing to complement a large motif . . .

. . . and before you know it, you'll be drafting a pattern for a six-pointed star with a tumbling block center.

Once your imagination takes wing, who knows what will happen?

Exchange feathers for something more musical? Or a continuing celebration of looking at the world through a quilter's eyes as you piece your way to simpler times.