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Basics and Shirtings: Pam Buda Looks Back at the Prairie Mercantile Shops

"When visiting living history museums (a favorite past time), I walk into each building trying to absorb every element, imagining what life was really like way back then. A favorite stop is the Dry Goods Mercantile. There you will find artifacts of everyday life; tools and hardware, buckets, brooms, clothing, medicines, dry foods such as sugar, flour and hard-tac, and of course cotton prints on the bolt. The fabrics you see at the Mercantile aren't fancy, or expensive, but lovely sweet prints made for everyday living."

Pam continues to describe the collection: PRAIRIE BASICS features all of my favorite colors. You'll find border prints for both large and small borders, fun geometrics, sweet florals, and beautiful tone-on-tones. I also included a classic beige tone-on-tone print that will work beautifully as a background for most any quilt project. There's also a lovely, traditional tan/neutral stripe for fun borders and sashings. I also had to include a gorgeous medium~light floral print (Lace 7676-0140), which is very hard to find, yet very versatile. It can shade and color alternate blocks, and setting triangles in a way that no other print can! It's sure to be a welcome addition to your stash!

I've been smitten with shirtings my entire quilting life, and am thrilled to feature twelve new PRAIRIE SHIRTINGS. These are colored in some of my favorite combinations, perfect for a specific project as well as all scrapped up! Along with a variety of classic shirting prints is a print I call "Barely There," perfect where you need a print that is subtle, but more interesting than a solid.

I am so jazzed to offer these classic prints and colors in my new PRAIRIE BASICS and PRAIRIE SHIRTINGS collections, which will be available for an extended time. I've created a stunning new quilt, Cottonwood Creek, to showcase all of the prints in the collection. There's also a fun to piece throw quilt, called Peacefield, and a new Tokens of the Past ~ Prairie Life pattern, each using one 10" x 10" Precut pack, plus coordinate yardage for borders and more.

I think they would all fit in quite well at the Dry Goods Mercantile!