Scraps, Inc. Overcast

Scraps, Inc. Cover, Lucky Spool Media 2014 www.aprilrosenthal.com

About a year ago, give or take, I got an email from a friend of mine over at Lucky Spool Media, saying she wanted to put together a scrappy quilt book, and did I want to contribute? I took one look at the concept, the inspirations, and the other participants, and my answer was a quick “Definitely!” After having my own book manuscript approved, she gave me the option of backing out of Scraps, Inc. in case it was all too much. I stuck to it–I couldn’t possibly turn down a chance to be a part of something this awesome. Now that it’s a finished book–I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of it.

I’ve talked about it before, but now I get to show you!

I’m so excited to show off Scraps, Inc. and my contribution to it, Overcast. I ADORE THIS BOOK. I ALSO ADORE THIS QUILT.

Overcast by April Rosenthal From Scraps, Inc. by Lucky Spool Media www.aprilrosenthal.com

This is Overcast, my new favorite baby. What started as an irish chain quickly morphed into a study on contrast and curves. It reminds me of colorful umbrellas on a wet pavement, seen from above. I love the meditative feel it has, and of course you all know how I feel about little squares. (Swoon.) I have Overcast back with me at home now, and it’s an instant favorite on my couch, for cuddling, for staring at…this quilt will always hold a particularly special place in my heart, as it was the first quilt I got to use a bit of my own fabric in!

The pictures are gorgeous. The quilts are beautiful. The contributors are awesome.

Scraps, Inc. Stack of Quilts, Lucky Spool Media 2014 www.aprilrosenthal.com

And after all those really dramatic words, the best part about this book (to me) is that it takes something you already have (scraps) and helps you make something truly lovely out of them. There are step by step instructions, and detailed illustrations. The projects range from super simple, to a bit more involved–there’s something for everyone.

Scraps, Inc. Quilts, Lucky Spool Media 2014 www.aprilrosenthal.com

This is the perfect book for yourself or for any sewist that you know. Put it on your wish list, because I promise, you want it.

And to help sweeten the deal, the publisher is giving 30% off through this blog tour. (I love deals.) Just follow this link, and then enter code SCRAPS30 at checkout, and you’ll have a beautiful book headed your way in no time.

Love you lots, friends! Go out and make something beautiful!

xoxo

April

PS I’m the 3rd day in a 8 day blog hop. Go check out the other amazing contributors and see the beautiful quilts they contributed. It’s worth the time, truly.

Monday 17th November: Alex and Allison
Tuesday 18th November: Amy E and Amy F
Wednesday 19th November: Amy S and April
Thursday 20th November: Beth and Camille
Friday 21 November: Faith and Jeni
Monday 24 November: Kati and Lee
Tuesday 25 November: Melissa and Sherri and Susan



Vintage Vibe Blog Tour: Growing Up

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Hello!

I’m here sharing a fun book with you today written by my friend Amber over at A Little Bit Biased and mastermind behind the pattern company Gigi’s Thimble. Her new book, Vintage Vibe, is delightful! Amber has such a warm design style, and does a fantastic job of creating quilts that are timeless and beautiful. I think you guys and gals will love this book!

One of my favorite quilts in the book is called Growing Up: it’s a fabulous petal quilt, with some fun artwork for the color inspiration. Check it out!

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I just love seeing where people get their inspiration and ideas. It makes me look at everything around me a little bit differently!

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The title of the book is Vintage Vibe, which gets me thinking about this fabulous little fan I have in my studio. After my husband’s grandmother passed away, we had the opportunity to look through some of her things, and choose something if we wanted to. This little aqua fan came home with me!

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It works perfectly, and just needed a little dusting to look good as new! I love having it in my studio as a reminder of the great lady Grandma was, and her thrift and hardworking attitude.

If you’d like to win an e-copy of Vintage Vibe, tell me about one vintage item you have in your home (or one you wish you had!) and what it means to you. I would love to hear about it! I will choose a winner randomly this Friday from all commenters, and one lucky person will receive a digital copy of this beautiful book!

Happy Tuesday!

xoxo

April

PS If you just can’t wait, you can purchase Vintage Vibe on Amazon, or an autographed copy via Amber’s ETSY shop.

PPS: Update! The winner was Beth! Check your email Beth! xoxo



Dahlia Quilt: my ROYGBIV quilt

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My good friend (and fellow Moda designer) Amy does a fabulous online quilt festival called “Bloggers Quilt Festival.”

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So much fun! Here’s my entry into her ROYGBIV category.

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This is my quilt called Dahlia.

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This quilt was inspired by a panel quilt that my mother in law hand quilted for me and my husband when we got married back in the day.

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I remember looking that the Dahlia design on the panel and trying to figure out how to recreate the design through piecing–without Y seams.

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Finally, this year, I had a chance! It has been a quilt design I’ve wanted to make for a very long time.

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I figured, the perfect opportunity to make my Dahlia quilt was with my very first fabric line! So, when I got my sample yardage of Best. Day. EVER!, I was SO excited to make this quilt. (By the way, Best. Day. Ever! is in shops now!)

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Sadly, I was also in the middle of a book deadline, and I wasn’t able to do much of the piecing.

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Amanda of Westwood Acres bailed me out big time and pieced the blooms for me, and I did the appliqué work and the quilting and finish work.

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This quilt pattern is also in my shop, along with templates, if you’d like to make your own.

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I adore this quilt, and I hope you do too. Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo

April



Winners!

A little late to the party today, I’m afraid! Soccer games and end of summer work parties have kept us busy, busy, busy for the last few days! I’ve had so much fun reading about why your favorite colors are your favorites! I’m excited to ship these prizes off to these lucky ladies, though, who were nice enough to tell me all about their favorite colors!

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Email me, ladies, and let me know your address so I can ship some pretty prizes off to you! Also, remember 20% off all PDF patterns in the shop through Sunday night with code MODALOVE. And there are only a few spots left in our QuiltCast MiniSwap, we’d love to have you! Fill out the form, here, and read up on the guidelines here! Come back Monday, for lots of pretty pictures of my Best. Day. EVER! Quilts–I finally got pictures!

Happy weekend–

xoxo

April



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