Welcome friends! Today I want to show you what I made yesterday! Yes, yesterday. :)
I had the awesome opportunity to make a quilt from Barb and Mary’s new book, Precut Primer. I was excited to take a look at their new book and sew from it, for two reasons.
One, it’s always fun for me to sew from someone else’s pattern. I like to see how they explain things, how they draw their diagrams, and how they plan their layouts. Call me a pattern geek. :)
The second reason I wanted to sew from their new book is because last spring, as a new Moda designer, Barb and Mary were one of the first people to say hi, and welcome to the Moda family.
They were gracious, and funny, and I can’t say how much I appreciated that. It was intimidating coming to set up, and wondering if the other designers really dislike new designers, or if there’s a competitive thing going on, you know.
But there wasn’t. Especially from them. So I wanted this to be a bit of a thank you as well.
Thanks ladies. You’re pretty darn great.
For that matter, so is this book. It has 12 projects, one for each school year.
I chose to do the Second Grade quilt, because I let Lily pick which one I should do, and she and Beckham just started Second grade.
It was a perfect ploy actually because I was trying to talk myself into choosing one of the simpler quilts, and was feeling bad for “copping out”.
Iknew if I left it up to Lily she’d choose 2nd grade (for obvious reasons), which happens to be the 2nd easiest quilt in the book…which was just perfect for the amount of sewing time I had.
The other good thing? The guilt over not choosing a harder quilt was gone because it made Lily so happy to be choosing which one I’d do!
Normally I don’t have much of a problem choosing the project to do in a book. Normally there are only one or two I like in the first place. Not so in this book. I could easily see myself making 5 or 6 of the quilts here.
This is the first “quilt” I’ve made since Hazel was born, and it was the perfect project for jumping back in. It took less than a day to make, even with lots of “baby needs mama” breaks, and even sewing with a tiny one on my lap.
It was fast, and painless, and turned out oh so darling.
Perfect quick satisfaction.
I nearly forgot! If you’d like to win some Meadowbloom, (and who doesn’t?) leave a comment telling me which grade was your favorite, and why. I’ll choose a winner on Tuesday the 8th of September–so get your comment in before 11:59pm on the 7th. And be sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook for more chances to win.
Quilt: Second Grade from the book “Precut Primer” by Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister published by Fat Quarter Shop
Fabric: Meadowbloom by April Rosenthal for Moda
Finished Size: 21.5″ x 24.5″
PS Check out the other quilts from Precut Primer by following along this week:
September 2, 2015
Me and My Sister Designs
September 3, 2015
Corey Yoder of Little Miss Shabby
September 4, 2015
Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side
September 7, 2015
Jane Davidson of Quilt Jane
Heidi Grohs of Buttons & Butterflies
September 8, 2015
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
September 9, 2015
Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting
Lissa Alexander of Moda Fabrics
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 :)
I bought this a little bit ago so I could make myself a summer skirt. I’m still collecting more pieces of raspberry and mustard voiles, but when I get enough, this skirt is going to be amazing. Now, I just have to figure out who I can borrow a serger from so I don’t have to finish all the edges with a zig zag stitch. That just might make me crazy.
Are you collecting any fabric for a project?
PS I forgot to tell you when I put the May Block up. It’s back on the 31st. It was a learning experience, for sure. :) Link here.
Check out the pretty fabrics I got on sale at Pink Castle Fabrics a week or two ago! Brenda was clearing out a bunch of my favorite line EVER, Hope Valley, so I had to scoop up some of that of course. I’m proud of myself for showing restraint. I really wanted to buy it ALL. Don’t they look pretty stacked in color order like that? Seriously, I could just stare all day.
I snagged a couple oldies, but goodies, from Violet Craft, Joel Dewberry, and Anna Maria Horner.
Also this cute strawberry print that is just begging to be made into a darling little blouse for Lily.
I may have purchased a little of one Hope Valley print to back my Farmer’s Wife quilt, when it gets done, someday. Or a lot. Maybe like ten yards-ish.
What was that about restraint?
In other news, I have been off refined/processed sugars for 9 days now, and I can honestly say I don’t miss them. Hoping it will help with my weight loss goals. (Can’t hurt, right?) Plus, overall health is a great bonus, too.
What’s new in your stash?? Purchased any fabric lately? Are you a recovering sugar addict like me? Anything else you want to chat about?
I’ve been talking to five-year-olds all day, and as fun as that is, I wouldn’t say no to some good old grownup talk. Plus, my legs are SO SORE from the workout my friend had us do yesterday at the gym, that I might just be in this chair all afternoon–or at least until a kiddie soccer game comes-a-callin’. Deep Blue, here I come.
PS I’m updating my blog look soon, so don’t be startled if it looks different the next time you visit. I’m working on making some things easier to find :)