Pillow Collective: Equalizer Pillow

(PSST! There’s a giveaway at the end of this post…you should read all the way through :)

Equalizer Pillow from Think Big! book, from #bestdayeverfabric for @modafabrics by April Rosenthal #pillowcollective #thinkbigbook #aprilrosenthalHi friends!

I’m posting this morning about a fun pillow I made for Amy’s Pillow Collective blog tour! This time around, Amy wanted to feature pillows made from blocks from her new book, Think Big! Since she started working on the book, I’ve been lucky enough to have a behind the scenes ride. As we’ve worked on other projects together, like QuiltCast, I was able to see her quilt, pillows, and table runners for the book as she made them. Her original Equalizer block was one of my favorites right from the beginning.


Amy worked really hard on this book, and boy did she do a great job. The best part of the book, in my opinion, is how incredibly versatile it is. Every single block has diagrams to use it as a pillow, table runner, and several sizes of quilts. So truly, this book can see you through MANY, MANY projects, and still have more to give!

I made my pillow out of my Best. Day. EVER! collection that came out last fall with Moda Fabrics. I figured my couches could use some springing up, if you know what I mean. When my kids saw it, they said, “Mom, you should probably make more covers for all the other pillows, they’re pretty old.”

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I decided to mix it up a little, and instead of using a solid for the background, I used my Playing Field print behind the colored bars, and then my First Date print on the top and bottom. To break up all that busy colored goodness, I threw in some Graph Paper from the stream color way, and left the pinked edge raw for a little fun.


The block went together easy and quick, and I’ve got to say, I think I agree with the kids. The rest of my pillows sure look “old” in comparison.

For this Pillow Collective, Amy is doing two great giveaways! First, a few fun fabric bundles, and second, her beautiful Moda Love quilt that she made last market. (Check out her pictures, here.) It’s gorgeous. To enter to win, pin a picture of any (or all! for more entries) the pillows on the blog hop to Pinterest using hashtags #thinkbigbook and #pillowcollective for lots of chances to win! (And be sure to follow me, amrosenthal!)


Also, through the 1st of March, Amy is offering 30% off her book in her shop, with discount code “ILovePillows”

(Ask my husband, I really do. Remind me sometime to show you my massive body pillow…)



PS Pat Sloan and Amy Smart also posted about their pillows today…go check them out!

The full list of participants is here, with a few people posting each day through the 27th.

Mary Kolb

April Rosenthal

Amy Smart

Pat Sloan

Rebecca Silbaugh

Christina Lane

Becky Jorgensen

Elizabeth Evans

Natalia Bonner

Maureen Cracknell

Debbie Grifka

Christa Watson

Melissa Corry

Heather Valentine

Dahlia Quilt: my ROYGBIV quilt


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


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


This is my quilt called Dahlia.


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.


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.


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


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!)


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


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.


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


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




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–



Best. Day. EVER! Free Appliqué Pattern


As promised in my Moda LOVE post, here’s the fun appliqué pattern I used on the back of my quilt! The pattern is formatted for fuseable web appliqué, and measures a whopping 13” x 32”. It’s pretty big, but I thought it was fun for the back of my quilt. Of course, if you want to take on some tiny appliqué, you could always reduce it by 50% and make a really fun pillow for your couch! (If you do that, send me pictures, I want to see.) If you’re new to appliqué, check out my tutorial here. It will help, I promise. :)

Click here to download the free pattern.

And remember! The Moda LOVE blog tour is still going strong, with a giveaway at every stop! Be sure to follow along and enter. I’ll announce my winner(S) on the 13th.

Happy Wednesday!



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