Goody Goody Binding Kit

gg4I 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. gg7I 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!gg6Miss 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!
gg3Let 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.
gg1You should make this, because it’s fun, it’s cute, and gosh darn it, you need to sew for yourself sometimes.
gg8Plus, it has a pocket for treats.gg2Another thing: how nice is it to have all the supplies for binding in one place, that ISN’T a ziploc bag? (<—Guilty.)
gg5Tutorial is here. Head on over. :)



New Meadowbloom Patterns!

Meadowbloom Fabric by April Rosenthal for Moda
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!” Meadowbloom Finals-20But 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. :) Meadowbloom Finals-17Regular 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. Meadowbloom Finals-13I love how different the two versions look, just by changing up the alternating squares. Meadowbloom Finals-12The scrappy quilt, I quilted with a cool angled  x pattern, the texture is awesome. Meadowbloom Finals-10I quilted the low volume quilt with a fun spirals and circles pattern. Meadowbloom Finals-9It’s such a contrast to the angles and straight lines of the quilt itself. Meadowbloom Finals-8I can’t wait to see your versions!

Next is Building Blocks!


This one is about as quick and easy as they come!Building Blocks quilt pattern by April Rosenthal for Prairie Grass PatternsMade with 5″ charm squares and some fun background fabrics, this is a fantastic baby quilt that you can make up in an evening.
Literally.Building Blocks quilt pattern by April Rosenthal for Prairie Grass PatternsAnd it turns out so fun every time! Another awesome thing about this quilt?Building Blocks quilt pattern by April Rosenthal for Prairie Grass Patterns 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.Building Blocks quilt pattern by April Rosenthal for Prairie Grass PatternsIf 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. Building Blocks quilt pattern by April Rosenthal for Prairie Grass PatternsSO, 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! Cuddly-Car-Seat-Pattern-FinalI 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.

Solstice-Paper-PatternFinally, there’s Solstice!
Solstice Quilt by April Rosenthal for Prairie Grass PatternsIt is a stunning beauty of a quilt that makes me just so darn happy.
Solstice Quilt by April Rosenthal for Prairie Grass PatternsBig blocks and seams that nest make this go together quickly and precisely.
Solstice Quilt by April Rosenthal for Prairie Grass PatternsThis quilt reminds me of fireworks in July, sprinklers in August, bonfires in June. Solstice Quilt by April Rosenthal for Prairie Grass PatternsI literally can’t stop looking at it. Solstice Quilt by April Rosenthal for Prairie Grass PatternsIt’s a square throw sized quilt, with just 16 blocks to make. Solstice Quilt by April Rosenthal for Prairie Grass PatternsI’m going to need a two color version in solids just as soon as possible. Solstice Quilt by April Rosenthal for Prairie Grass PatternsMade with fat quarters friends, so break out those bundles and get sewing! Solstice Quilt by April Rosenthal for Prairie Grass PatternsI 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!



Hello My Name is Hazel


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)

meadowbloom6There 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.

11150742_10152697756792553_8394723383986623517_nI 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.

Because no matter how beautiful the fabric is, or how lovely the quilts might be, there’s just nothing quite like that newborn smell.


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.1011257_10152700766967553_6306339383919813659_n

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:

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May 1st –

Introducing Meadowbloom!


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 :)


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