I made this adorable pouch in a few hours one night two weeks ago. Literally, it came together super fast, the instructions are nice and clear, and hey, it turned out adorable, so that’s a plus. I used Meadowbloom to make it, and I love that I got to use a big enough piece of the text print, that I can actually read the text!Miss Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique fame designed this little pattern, and lucky for all of us, it’s a FREE tutorial on her blog. She did a little collaboration with the Fat Quarter Shop, and filmed a video or two of some techniques in case you’re, for example, afraid of zippers. :) Also, check out #goodygoodybindingkit and #goodygoodysewalong on Instagram to see along or see other people’s kits. There are some darling ones out there!
Let me be clear: this was SUPER EASY. As in, I’ll be making these for basically everyone for Christmas. If you’re my mom, mother-in-law, sisters, craft night ladies, or other sew-y type friends….pretend you didn’t read that.
You should make this, because it’s fun, it’s cute, and gosh darn it, you need to sew for yourself sometimes.
Plus, it has a pocket for treats.Another thing: how nice is it to have all the supplies for binding in one place, that ISN’T a ziploc bag? (<—Guilty.)
Tutorial is here. Head on over. :)
Since Meadowbloom is shipping soon, I thought I should introduce you to my new patterns! I have 4 new patterns this time, and I honestly can’t decide which I love most! I can’t wait to show them to you, and hear which YOU love best! (Warning: Picture OVERLOAD ahead! ;)
First up, Johnny Jump Up!
I adore this quilt, it was the first one I designed for this group. Jacob said I was crazy when I showed him, that it was beautiful but “a lot of work!” But everything that’s worth something takes a bit of work, right, and I happen to know you quilters have mad skills. So I’m not worried. You’ve got this. :) Regular piecing or paper piecing options are both included in the pattern. Depending on if you choose Low Volume or Scrappy, it can be made with Layer Cake Squares or Fat Eighths. I love how different the two versions look, just by changing up the alternating squares. The scrappy quilt, I quilted with a cool angled x pattern, the texture is awesome. I quilted the low volume quilt with a fun spirals and circles pattern. It’s such a contrast to the angles and straight lines of the quilt itself. I can’t wait to see your versions!
Next is Building Blocks!
This one is about as quick and easy as they come!Made with 5″ charm squares and some fun background fabrics, this is a fantastic baby quilt that you can make up in an evening.
Literally.And it turns out so fun every time! Another awesome thing about this quilt? You don’t have to piece the backing! If you’re quilting this quilt on your home machine, you can get away with a single piece of backing fabric.If you’re working with a long arm quilter, you can check with them to see if they need more room to play…but either way, you’re going to get a kick out of this quilt. SO, start collecting charm packs my friends, because this is one quilt you’re going to make over and over and over.
Of course, because I’ve been thinking about baby for the last year, my next pattern is a great car seat cover and swaddler. Introducing Cuddly Car Seat! I adore this pattern because it’s so DARN useful! Of course, the car seat cover is useful for keeping little tiny ones out of the sun, away from prying eyes, and giving a little quiet place for a nap. And, who can resist a Jelly Roll project? The swaddler is awesome because it has holes in it so it can be a permanent blanket in the car seat. This is SO nice for windy of chilly weather! Simply buckle in that little sweetheart, and then wrap the blanket around them. They’re safely buckled, and also nice and warm. Gotta love that.
Finally, there’s Solstice!
It is a stunning beauty of a quilt that makes me just so darn happy.
Big blocks and seams that nest make this go together quickly and precisely.
This quilt reminds me of fireworks in July, sprinklers in August, bonfires in June. I literally can’t stop looking at it. It’s a square throw sized quilt, with just 16 blocks to make. I’m going to need a two color version in solids just as soon as possible. Made with fat quarters friends, so break out those bundles and get sewing! I always think I can’t possibly love another quilt more than my last one, and every time, I’m wrong. I love this quilt. Love.
I’m so happy to share these with you, and I can’t wait to see all the beautiful quilts you will make! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing hobby with me, and making it so fun to do what I do every day. You truly are the best.
New patterns are in the shop. Mwa!
I’ve heard that my mom is a fabric designer for a place called Moda.
That she sews all the time.
I hear jokes about us having enough “blankets” to survive the apocalypse. And more coming all the time.
And there is a whole lot of fabric around here. I hear it’s called Meadowbloom. (Ships July/August)
There are rumors that she gets in a frenzy twice a year, getting ready for some big trade show. Designing new patterns and the like.
That all those preparations take over our home and things get a little…hectic.
But here’s the thing.
I haven’t seen any of these things.
I’ve been too busy snuggling.
And smiling milky smiles.
I have been teaching everyone in this little house to adore me.
Which means they don’t have time for much else.
Or so they tell me.
So instead of a blog takeover, what has happened over here is a whole life and family takeover.
And we’re all loving every minute.
Don’t worry, I’ll let my mom get back to quilts, and sewing, and fabric soon–and maybe, just maybe, I’ll see you at the next big show. I hear it’s in Houston.
PS Check out the other “blog takeovers” to see what the other Moda Designers are up to behind the scenes and in real life:
April 27th –
- Amy Ellis – Amy’s Creative Side
- Anne Sutton – Bunny Hill
- Pat Sloan – Pat Sloan
- Joanna Figueroa – Fig Tree Quilts
- Lisa Bongean – Primitive Gatherings
April 28th –
- Kathy Schmitz – Kathy Schmitz Studios
- Brgitte Heitland – Zen Chic
- Vanessa Christenson – V & Co.
- The Cutting Table – Lissa Alexander… uh oh…
- Edyta Sitar – Laundry Basket Quilts
- Rachel Brenchley – Basic Grey
April 29th –
- April Rosenthal – April Rosenthal
- Alma Allen – Blackbird Designs
- Barbara Groves – Me & My Sister
- Brenda Riddle – Brenda Riddle Designs
- Kate Spain – Kate Spain
April 30th –
- Deb Strain – Deb Strain
- Jen Kingwell – Jen Kingwell Designs
- Lynne Hagmeier – Kansas Troubles
- Vanessa Goertzen – Lella Boutique
- Karla Eisenach – Sweetwater
- Janet Clare – Janet Clare Designs
May 1st –
- Jan Patek – Jan Patek
- Sherri McConnell – Sherri & Chelsi A Quilting Life
- Betsy Chutchian – Betsy Chutchian
- Laurie Simpson – Minick & Simpson
- Sandy Gervais – Pieces From My Heart
- Corey Yoder – Little Miss Shabby
Say hello to Meadowbloom! I designed this line to be happy, and springy, and all the beautiful vibrant colors that remind me of a huge field of wildflowers. I also included a text print of one of my favorite poems in the whole wide world–it’s even on a big chalkboard in my studio!
Between the poem, and the wildflowers, I remembered an experience we had last summer as a family, and that became my “story” for Meadowbloom. Wanna hear?
“Once, while driving through the canyon near our home in the Rocky Mountains, my family got a little antsy. We decided to pull the car off at the next available space and wander for a few moments. Those few moments were a breathtaking blessing, as we stumbled upon a wide open vista of panoramic views and beautiful blossoming wildflowers.
The bickering stopped, the grouchiness faded, and we all took in the majesty of what nature had offered us. Meadowbloom is a reflection of this experience, reminding me that beauty, peace, and serenity can be found in any situation. As the saying goes, bloom where you are planted!”
If you’re a shop owner, Meadowbloom is available now through your Moda rep–ask to see it! It ships in August, just in time for end of summer sewing! I’d love to know when you place your order so I can keep track of who has Meadowbloom in their shop–people ask me all the time where my fabric is carried–I’d LOVE to tell them to pay you a visit! Email me and let me know!
If you’re a fabric-a-holic and can’t wait to get your hands on this sweet little bundle, call or visit your local shop and ask to make sure they order it! Orders placed before the middle of May will be sure to get filled, so don’t miss out!
I’ve been working on patterns to go along with Meadowbloom, and I can’t wait to start showing them off–just a bit more tweaking here and there…soon, soon!
I hope you LOVE it!
PS I MIGHT be doing a quick little Meadowbloom giveaway over on Instagram for you and a friend–you’ll be the only one (besides me!) in the world who has some! Head on over and follow me @amrosenthal :)