Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Letters From Grace is Here!!!

Hi!  I'm so glad to be back to work, albeit part-time, it still feels great to be productive again. More on this in a bit because I am so jazzed to say that my new pattern, Letters From Grace, is ready to ship!

This is such a fun quilt to make.  I chose the unusual and oh-so-pretty Black Beauty Star block for this quilt.  Love, love, love!!!  I also love how the corners of the block, paired with the sashing and cornerposts create a secondary pattern.  Don't you love when that happens?!
The blocks are 8 inches....a nice size.

It's so fun to pair up the light and the plum prints for each block.  I promise that this is an easy to piece project.  You know my directions and graphics will lead you every step of the way.
If you're a regular reader of my blog, you know how I love pieced borders, right?!  Well, not every quilt needs a pieced border, but that doesn't mean the border shouldn't be interesting.  I chose to play a bit with the light print I used in the sashing, and created a double border frame design just by playing with the cornerposts.  It's simple and adds a lot to the quilt without a lot of work.  I hope you like it!

I made my quilt using all of the prints in my new fabric collection, Old Plum Calicos for Marcus Fabrics.  Click here to see all of the fabrics in the collection.  

Old Plum Calicos is being delivered to your local quilt shop right now!!   
My Letters From Grace pattern is ready to ship today.  Click here to order one for yourself.  If purples and plums aren't your favorite colors, this quilt will be just beautiful in whatever color you'd like to make it.  The quilt size is 62" x 75" and is Fat Quarter friendly.

As for me, well, surgery went very well.  I had a minimally invasive hip replacement just 2 weeks ago and am doing very well.  I'm finished with home visits and am now going to out-patient physical therapy.  I've had a knee replaced many years ago and know how super important physical therapy is to the success of the surgery.  I have a terrific PT who is also accredited with an osteo certification.  He sure knows his stuff!  

I'm a person who chooses to keep myself pretty busy, so two weeks of sitting much of the day in a chair was almost more than I could stand.  I did do quite a bit of hand sewing, which was nice, and read a few books, but I much prefer being back at work.  I'm here on a somewhat part-time basis depending on how much energy I have and PT appointments and the like, but it sure feels great!  

Thank you all so much for your very kind Get Well wishes sent by email and Facebook and cards in the mail.  All touched me very much and just remind me of how caring and generous the quilting community is.  

I appreciate all of you, my dear quilting friends, more than you'll ever know!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

In For Repairs

Dear Friends,

Just a quick note to say that I'll be away from my sewing machine, desk and computer for a couple of weeks.  I'm going in for a tune-up of sorts.  This week I'll be having my first hip replacement and will be recovering awhile at home.  This is my second joint replacement (left knee was done 9 years ago), and in 7 more weeks, I'll be having another.  Cursed with the big "A" Rheumatoid and Osteo arthritis.  

My co-worker Deb will keep orders going while I'm on R&R, and my wonderful family will take good care of me.  The people close to me know this has been a long time coming and we will all be glad when it's over.  

I have to give a big shout out to all the wonderful women I am blessed to work with at Marcus Fabrics.  They have been more than understanding and supportive of me in preparing for these surgeries, and together, we have worked triple overtime getting three more fabric lines into production ahead of my surgery.  You'll have lots of new fabrics and quilts to inspire you coming soon.  

You know I often speak about how my mind lives a lot of the day in the 19th century, and today I'm so, so glad we're living in the 21st century because if not, my future would be very different in that I'd likely be confined to a wheelchair.  Much to be grateful for and I'm so blessed. Keep a good thought for me and I'll be back soon.  

Just didn't want you to wonder where I'd gone to!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Old Plum Calicos Arriving Soon!

I'm so excited!  October means the arrival of Old Plum Calicos!

Click here to see all the prints right on the Marcus Fabrics

They just arrived on my doorstep and that means they are arriving at your local quilt shop, too!

We've begun to cut our Fat Quarter and Fat Eighth bundles and they will soon be in the mail. These pretty purple, plum and violet prints are only here for a short time, so be sure to get yours before they're all gone!!  

Ask for Old Plum Calicos at your local quilt shop!  

Here's a sneak peek at the quilt I designed using all of the prints in Old Plum Calicos.  The pattern is called Letters From Grace and will be available later this month.  

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Your Creative Soul

This week, the good folks at Marcus Fabrics asked us to share a favorite quote with you.  I don't often come across lots of quotes, so I don't have bunches saved in a folder to share with you.  But...I do have one that I think you'll enjoy.

The quote was given to me as great advice by my fabulous Art Director and mentor at Marcus, Faye Burgos.  Faye is the Obi Juan of fabric creation and designs drop dead gorgeous fabric collections herself, so she knows a whole lot about the creative process.  Early in my fabric designing career, I was sharing how much I ruminated, toiled and worried about how the fabrics I chose were going to come out, and would they look good together in the collection, etc., and I'm sure lots of other worries as well.  She simply said.....

"The creative soul always obsesses."  

She is so right.  Think about it.  As quilters, you consider and think about the quilt you're going to make.  What fabrics will you choose?  Should it be this background or that?  This border or another?  All the while you're piecing the quilt, you are analyzing how it's looking.  You know when it's looking great and you know when something isn't working.  Do you have it on your design wall to stare at for awhile?  Move the blocks around within the quilt center?  Audition sashing and border fabrics?  I'm guessing you do and I do, too.  

Your creative soul is overjoyed when all the components you chose come together and sing a harmonic symphony in your heart, and it resonates as something good and pure, and you just know it's right.  The soul can now stop the obsessing and enjoy the what you've created. 

When Faye said those words to me that day, it was validation for all that I had been feeling.  It took away my insecurity and replaced it with knowledge that this happens to all of us when we're in creation mode.  It applies to daily life as well when we decorate our home, or plant a flower garden.  You rarely have creativity without the obsession, or at least a lot of thought as to how it will look, and what to do to change it.  

And, it's a good thing, because out of all of that creating, ruminating and obsessing comes our very best work.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Can A Dog Love A Quilt?

As part of the count down to fall market in Houston, Marcus Fabrics has asked us (designers) to post answers to different questions each week so all of you will get to know us better.  This week, they asked us to talk about our pets.  
Meet Bella, our 7 pound Yorkie.  As with most dogs, she thinks we all live in her house, and I also believe she thinks she's a Great Dane.  She's loveable, funny and has one heck of a personality.  

My question for you is....can a dog love a quilt?
Bella is sitting on my Love Worn quilt.
The plain and simple answer in my house is OH YES!!  

My husband, Ed, is Bella's favorite, followed very closely by our daughter Nicki.  Then our son, Ryan and I'm last.  I'm great when no one else is home, but as soon as someone else arrives, she drops me like a hot potato.

The funniest thing began to happen several years ago after living through one very cold and snowy Chicago winter.  Naturally, we all cover and cuddle under quilts in our house, and Bella loves (I mean LOVES) to sit on my husband's lap, and on top of a quilt.  

When the weather began to turn warmer, and Ed started to sit without a quilt, Bella began to behave in funny ways....harrumphing and turning in circles.... barking and running to the piles of stacked quilts.  She kept this up until it dawned on Ed that she wanted him to have a quilt, and she wasn't going to settle down until he did.  

That was a long time ago, and to this day, that is how it is.  We laugh as he tries to explain to her that it's too warm for a quilt, but she'll hear none of it.  Today, when I asked him to pose for the photo above, the moment she heard him sit in his chair, and saw the quilt, she was ready to assume her favorite position....on his lap, with one paw on the arm of the chair.  

Just like us....dogs like what they like, and somehow they'll make sure you know what they want.  Too funny.   If there's a quilt on the floor, that's where she'll be.  

To see what all of the other Marcus Fabrics designers are posting, search Instagram and Google the following hashtag:


We have lots of fun stuff to share, including sneak peeks at what we will be introducing at fall market!  

Monday, September 19, 2016

Colonial Star Info

In my post yesterday, I failed to list the size of my new Colonial Star quilt....sorry about that!  (DUH, Pam!!)

Naturally you'd like to know that!                     The size is 18" x 20"

Also, there seems to be some confusion regarding the three different kit choices for this quilt.

They all have the same blue print, and each version offers a different light print.  You have to click on each version to go in and read the details.  There, you will see the light print fabric on it to enlarge the image, and choose the light print version you like best.

The price for the quilt kit is $42.  When ordering, the listed price says $48.75 because it adds the shipping charge.  

Click here to see all Colonial Star versions.

Hope this clears any lingering questions you may have had.  My thanks to everyone who already ordered their kit!  There aren't many left and I'm so excited that you like my first Limited Edition doll quilt!!  

Because of your generous business, it allows me to keep making quilt designs for your stitching pleasure.  I'm very grateful to all of you!  

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Introducing A Very Special Quilt Series!

Today, I'm introducing a very special series of 

Limited Edition

doll and crib quilts.  First in the series is called....

Colonial Star

Colonial Star Quilt ~ Designed by Pam Buda for Heartspun Quilts
This will be a series of LIMITED EDITION quilt kits.  I'm always thinking of new designs, or inspired by a vintage quilt, and sometimes, they don't fit into something like a Tokens of the Past series.  So, why not offer them as a Limited Edition?

Colonial Star is ready to ship today and is only offered as a kit.  I'm sorry, but the pattern alone is not available as I am saving the Limited Edition quilts for a future book.  

The Colonial Star kit includes the pattern with color photo, all of the fabric for the top, binding and backing for just $42.00!

There are three fabric combinations to choose from, all with the same sweet blue print, and three different choices for the light print.  

Once the kits are all gone, so too will Colonial Star until sometime in the future.  

I'm already working on a new Limited Edition quilt to offer, so stay tuned to my blog for news.

Click here to view all of the Colonial Star kit variations.  

Remember, quantities are very limited, so if you're interested, don't delay!

I'm off to finish Sunday dinner and get ready to do some sewing while I watch the Emmy Awards.  

Wishing you a restful evening.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Color Me Red!!

It's mid-September and that signals the return of Quilt Market Madness!  Fall market preparations have been in full swing for some time now, and we're getting down to the last few weeks before market, which I call market crush.  

There are many new and exciting things in the works from all of the designers at Marcus Fabrics and we thought it would be fun to share some of the pre-market "goings-on" with all of you these next couple of weeks.  

This week....Marcus asked us to share our favorite color.  If you're a regular reader of my blog, you already know the answer to this question.  Looking at the photo above leaves no doubt my favorite color is 


While I do adore red, I am very particular about the shade and tone of my reds.  Nothing too bright, nothing too orange-y.  I adore warm, cozy reds with cranberry as my favorite shade of all.

Red is not the only color I love.  Blues, greens, browns, and black prints are used often and I'll thrown in dusty and muted purple, pink and gold here and there.  

Light prints are in a category all their own, don't you think?  Love, love, love shirtings, and a wide variety of beige colored tone on tones, oh and light prints of all kinds.  While looking for fabric at a quilt shop, I look at the light prints first.  We can always use another light print, right?  A quilter just can't have too many lights!!  

I don't do white at all.  I like to say....nothing white on the prairie stayed white for long!  

Please visit the Marcus Fabrics blog, called Marcus Mentions, every week from now through Fall Market to see all that's new from the 

Marcus Makers 2016!!

Each of the Marcus Makers designers will be posting their own fun facts as we work our way to this exciting event.  

Be sure to return here to see what we have to share with you next week!  

And.... I would like to add a big Thank You to YOU for being a loyal Marcus Fabrics customer.  We sure appreciate your support which allows us all to keep bringing you great fabrics and inspiring projects.  

Stitching some happiness today!  


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Scraps of Time ~ Scraps of Fabric Update

It's been awhile since I wrote about making sure to find time to sew matter what, and thought I'd check in with you all and see how you're doing with this mission, and share how I've been doing.  

Back in June, I made a pledge that everyday, I would try very hard to make time to sew something, or at least prepare fabrics for sewing.  I called my mission.... Scraps of Time ~ Scraps of Fabric.  (Click here to read my original June blog post.)
Sometimes, we do what seems to be a crazy thing, and just when I was admitting I have very little time to sew, I went a really did something crazy, and signed up for Lisa Bongean's Summer Block of the Week (SBOW) called Clara's Stars.  It was love at first sight.  I tried hard to resist, honest I did, but I just had to make this quilt!!  Yes....lots of blocks to make each week for 12 weeks over the summer.  
Not only are the fabrics coming weekly,'s all HAND PIECED....and I've never hand pieced a block together in my life!  Now that's crazy!!  So....sure call me crazy, and I'm so, so happy I did this.  I read about hand piecing and went to You Tube, and took the plunge. Jumped right in and started to sew.  (True confession time: I am not making all the blocks I'm supposed to make each week, and never intended to.  I don't mind that it will take me however long it's going to take.  I'm just enjoying the journey.)

I'm hooked!  I'm smitten!  I can't stop!!!  I cut, trace and sew these blocks, and most everything else I am presently working on in the evening while watching TV.  I prepped loads of blocks, and popped them into zip bags to take with me while I'm away from home.  I pieced a bunch on a trip to Maine, and while I was in Santa Fe, NM over Labor Day weekend.  My stitches are getting better and better with each block.

I delighted to say I'm a hand piecer now, and will likely hand piece until I can't hold a needle anymore.
I'm still working on tiny little Nine Patch blocks and better step it up because I need it completed for a Christmas gift.
Basket quilt is found in the book When The Cold Wind Blows by Blackbird Designs
And, I managed to hand applique another basket block (block 110).  Both the block background fabric and the basket fabric are from my new Old Plum Calicos collection.  Oh, and the black fabric underneath is also new from Conestoga Crossing.  Love, love, love the black fabric!!!  

How about you?  Are you making time to sew something each and every day?  I think I'm doing pretty well considering before pledging to this mission, I wasn't sewing very much at all.  

Hoping we all find some time to sew something everyday.  It's so very good for us in so may ways!  

Monday, August 29, 2016

Introducing Old Plum Calicos!

I had such a wonderful time reading all of the comments about your least favorite fabric choices!  Within your comments, I realized there are quite a few more types of fabrics that I'd have to agree would never make it into a quilt for me either.  Isn't it funny how one of us can be madly in love with a color and another never use it?!!  

I have chosen 4 scrap winners!  Here are their comments....

Judy commented.....I don't like modern fabrics or the brights! Thanks for the giveaway!

U Keep Sewing commented.....Fun to read all these comments. I can't do pinks or some of the lighter colors, some look like oatmeal.  Love red when it acts as a neutral. Don't care for the real busy fabric or the wild colors.  Thanks for the chance. 

Anonymous Linda commented.....Hi Pam, you are very generous....all fabrics have a home somewhere...but I haven't used modern prints or brights....I would love, love, love your scraps....thanks for the chance.  (Thanks for including your email!)

Joyful Quilter commented.....I have a very difficult time with purple or lavender - don't like them - but have used them when it was the only color that would work. For me to use them there has to be lots and lots of green also.

Congratulations to the winners and my heartfelt thanks to all of you whom took the time to comment.  Your comments mean so much to me and keep me writing this blog and so much more.

Winner, please email me at with your mailing address and we'll have those scraps on their way to you!  

I'm so very happy to finally announce my next fabric collection is.......

Old Plum Calicos!

I happen to love Civil War fabrics in shades of purple.  The problem is, like many other colors, CW repros in plums are few and far between.  I sought to rectify that problem!  

While I do so love purple fabrics, I can't say I make entirely all purple quilts with them.  I love adding purple to scrappy quilts.  I also favor adding purples in an autumnal and Halloween quilts.  

When I'm piecing scrappy quilts, I use purples in the same way I use blues and greens in that they can have similar color values.  I honestly don't know what I'd do without purples.  

I was tickled to read how many of you don't care for purples and it's your never, ever color.  I totally respect that.  I also know that many of you love purple as much as I do.  It's my daughter's favorite color!  Of course, I've designed an all purple quilt for this collection, and she's already laid claim to it.  More about that quilt in an upcoming post as it's being made as I write this.  

I made a little video of all of the Old Plum Calico fabrics.  

(Gee, I hope this video works!  I can't tell if it will while I'm writing this post, so I'm crossing my fingers, and sayin' a little prayer that when I publish this, it will be there for you to see.  If it works, I'll be feeling like I've conquered a little part of the tech world and will most definitely be showing off to my kids....teehee!  If it doesn't work....well....I won't tell them if you don't.)

All of the Old Plum Calico fabrics are reproductions of nineteenth century fabrics from my vintage quilts.  As is always the case, the folks at Marcus Fabrics were so very dedicated to getting these colors just the way I wanted them, and I'm hoping you'll love them as much as I do.
I thought you'd like to see what the fabrics look like once they've been pieced.  After all, that's how you'll be using them, right?  
Here's a peek at two of the blocks that are in my new Letters From Grace quilt, which uses all of the prints in the Old Plum Calicos collection.  I think it's so nice to see the new fabrics in patchwork. What do you think?
If you like what you see, and you're like me and are quite fond of plum fabrics, for a limited time, you can PRE-ORDER a Fat Quarter or Fat Eighth bundle of Old Plum Calicos at 15% off the regular price.  

Click here to order a Fat Quarter Bundle at the sale price of $43.35

Click here to order a Fat Eighth Bundle at the sale price of $21.70

Old Plum Calicos are scheduled to be delivered in October, so as soon as they arrive, we'll package your bundle and send it to you mucho pronto!  Shipping is extra and is a flat rate of $7. within the U.S. only.  International orders, please email me for shipping costs to your home.

Thanks so very much for reading my blog, and I hope you find some time to sit back and sew with your favorite color fabrics!  

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Star Spangled Scraps Give-Away!!

New fabric lines are arriving and scraps are overflowing, so that means it's time to send these Star Spangled Liberty scraps to a new home!  

Star Spangled Liberty Block of the Month patterns are shipping to all participating quilt shops right now as the program begins next month!
As you can imagine, after piecing both versions of the Block of the Month quilt, and the new Tokens of the Past: Union Forever trio quilts, I have fabric scraps with pieces big a, lights and blues, and I have enough for several winners!

Can you make use of some of my Star Spangled Liberty fabric scraps?  

I'm curious about your fabric tastes....what fabrics never, ever make it into one of your quilts?

I work with and create fabrics that are Civil War reproductions, or choose to use fabrics that play very well with them.

The fabrics I love would not be considered bright by any means, even if they are true to CW reproductions.  I can't add some of your favorites like cheddar....I just can't!  I don't work in chrome yellow or poison green, and even my very favorite red won't be added if it's too bright.  I'm not a lover of polka dots either.  Don't own one printed dot, and I'm very picky about stripes, too. 

We all have our likes and dislikes, and I'd like to know what colors and prints never make it into your quilt! 

Leave me a comment about your fabric dislikes for a chance to win some Star Spangled Liberty scraps.  

For fairness to everyone, only comments to this blog post are eligible.  If you comment anonymously, please consider leaving your email address in your comment.  I have had more than a few anonymous winners never collect their prizes because they don't check my blog post to see if they won, and their prizes went to someone else.  I regret that I can only ship to addresses within the U.S.

I'll announce the winners on Monday, along with an introduction of my next fabric line for Marcus Fabrics, coming very soon!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Shelburne Museum

While visiting Maine and Vermont a few weeks ago, my hubby and I wanted to visit The Shelburne Museum and boy were we glad we did!  We had no idea what to expect, but had heard many wonderful things about it.  Both early American history lovers, we were sorry we didn't allow more time there.  The museum has many historic buildings (most were moved there from another location) situated on 40+ acres of land.  A shuttle bus allows on/off access as you move around the property, and the shuttle drivers fill you in on a lot of the history, and the exhibits housed in each building.  Not knowing how long we would have and what was in store, I headed for the antique quilt exhibit first.
This is the only photo I was allowed to take of the quilts.  Of the more than 600 vintage quilts the museum owns, you can see about 60 antique quilts at on display any given time with half of the exhibit rotating every two years.  There were remarkable pieces on display.  I really enjoyed being able to "flip" through the quilts on those moving display boards.  They were under glass, and you could really get up close to see the stitches and fabrics.  

Coverlets were housed in the same building  Isn't this display of indigo and white stunning?
Signage told the story of how the coverlets were made way back when, and any history of the weaver.  These two beauties really caught my eye. 
The details is extraordinary.  My heart just swelled taking it all in, and I thought how fortunate that it has survived all these years in perfect condition for us to enjoy now.  As fibre artist, wouldn't it be something if our work survived this long and ended up in a museum?  Don't think your work would make the cut?
In the room next to the Coverlets was a collection of still my heart!  
 I'm betting that Miss Fanny Clark, 9 years old, never expected her sweet schoolgirl sampler to be in a museum either, so there's hope for us all!  
While I took my time staring, studying and appreciating all of the samplers in the room, it was this needle work that stopped me in my tracks.  Only once before have I been in the same room with a piece like this (in the home of an antique sampler appraiser friend.)  So very rare, they are seen mostly in books, this pole screen dating to c1810-1830 was the gem of the collection, in my humble opinion.  The display card read as follows...."The pole screen was a practical object on which young ladies exercised their needlework skill.  The purpose of the screen was to protect one's face from the heat of the open fire, and for this reason the height was adjustable." Love, love, love!
For this Prairie Woman whom loves life in early America, this building was so fun for me!!!  I could have pulled up a chair and stayed the day.  The building was relocated from "downtown" Shelburne to the museum property decades ago.  In its day, it was a bustling Dry Goods store that served the community, but had been boarded up, and sealed shut along with the contents of the shop displays, etc.  Rescued from destruction, the museum took it and restored it to it's days of glory....just as it was when it closed its door.  To walk through those doors is to walk back in time.
The General Store volunteers are very enthusiastic to share their knowledge of the thousands of items in the shop.  Just as you might expect, people would come to the store for everything they needed.  

Food, hardware, ammunition, medicine, household goods, clothes and yes, fabric!  Who wouldn't want that fabric display?!! (Fabrics were reproductions)
Just look at all the yummy 'goods' you can shop for!  
Like this little sewing section with all those wonderful spool cabinets?
Need a few storage containers?  Band box?  Firkin?  Yes!!!  The store also served as the post office.  
Did you notice this sign in the photo above.  I had to inquire.  A lot of General Store's bartered with the community, and offered credit.  This sign means no credit and no bartering. Interesting.....another term of a bygone era.  As with every generation, we loose phrases of everyday life, and with today's technology, it seems so many are disappearing much too quickly.

Well...I hope I've given you enough of a sneak peek of just a few of the many, many things to see at The Shelburne Museum.  There are so many reasons to visit Maine and Vermont, and I hope someday I'll return.  The countryside was lovely, food yummy, and some of the warmest, friendliest people I've ever met.  

Back to work in the present day.....but I always take a piece of the nineteenth century with my everywhere I go.  

Friday, August 12, 2016

Introducing Conestoga Crossing!!

Conestoga Crossing by Pam Buda for Marcus Fabrics.
Quilt size: 95" x 112"
I had to bump my post about The Shelburne Museum because I am way too excited to wait to announce my newest Block of the Month program.....

Conestoga Crossing!!  

You just have to take a look at the fabrics I designed for this quilt.  Click here to see them on the Marcus Fabrics website.  Very soon, I'll post more close up photos of the fabrics for you to enjoy.

The colors are my favorites.... deep reds, greens, black, dusty golds, and a few yummy blues. All are reproduction prints created from my many antique quilts from that era.  The black border fabric turned out better than I hoped, thanks in large part to Faye Burgos, my awesome Art Director at Marcus.  We worked together to make it really special, and it has such a soft coloring about it, and looks very old, just as it should.  Spectacular!

You know how I love to include little historical stories about life in the 1800's, and I admit I am quite smitten with what it was like to walk The Oregon Trail.  The stories are about preparing for the journey, what is was really like to walk the trail (yes, walk!), some of the stops along the way, and arriving at the final destination....the Land Claims office.  

For the quilt design, I wanted to separate the center of the quilt and add a dramatic frame. Notice the medallion effect of the center "square" of Flying Geese which surround a large star....who doesn't love a star?! There are eight sampler blocks all framed by Chain Log Cabin blocks.  I also just had to have basket blocks in this quilt, which are probably my second favorite block to make.  I love all basket blocks, and this basket version seemed to really fit the quilt.  Not to worry about difficult blocks...I promise!!  All are rotary cut and use modern piecing skills you're very accustom to.  The block size is 12" with the finished quilt measuring 95" x 112". 

I really hope you like Conestoga Crossing, and invite you to take the Journey with me on the Oregon Trail!!  

Conestoga Crossing is an exclusive Block of the Month program I designed for Marcus Fabrics and is only available through participating quilt shops.  It will begin in January of 2017.  Ask for it now at your favorite shop, and I look forward to seeing you on the Trail!