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Best. Day. EVER! Free Appliqué Pattern

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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!

xoxo

April



Moda LOVE

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Hey there! Thanks for coming by for my day on the Moda Love blog tour! I’m excited to be here and show you my version of the Moda Love Layer Cake Quilt. I kinda LOVE it!

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If you’ve never been here before, let me introduce myself really quickly. My name is April Rosenthal, and I am one of the newest designers for Moda (still can’t believe it.) My first line, Best. Day. EVER! is coming out so, so SOON! In fact, I’ve heard rumors that precuts have shipped and should be landing on doorsteps any minute now.

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I am a pattern designer for my company, Prairie Grass Patterns, which I started 5 years ago when I had 18 month old twins. Obviously, I was crazy from sleep deprivation to start a business when I did, but it’s been such an incredible ride!

Like I just mentioned, I’m a mama to twins, a boy and a girl, who are 6 years old now. They are literally my world.

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I’m so excited to be able to design for Moda (Best. Company. EVER!) and work with all the amazing people there. I love color, and fabric, and quilting, and creating with my hands. So, of course, I feel like my job is the absolute perfect thing for me.

Now, let’s talk about LOVE. :) I’ve been asked to answer a few questions, so here goes!

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What  is the best part of your design process?

My very favorite part of designing, whether it’s a quilt pattern, or a fabric line is when the whole thing just clicks. There is always excitement at the beginning with choosing colors, and having new ideas, but when the whole thing comes together just perfectly, it’s amazing.

I love the color……

Orange. Orange. Orange. I’m obsessed.

I would love to spend a day with……

My grandparents. They both passed away years and years ago, and I miss them like crazy. If we’re talking about love, they’re the first people I think about. I wish they could meet and love my children.

Finally, I LOVE my quilts! Especially this Moda LOVE Layer Cake quilt. First off, it’s super simple to make. Second, all it takes is a Layer Cake and a background fabric! I chose to use several of my white background prints to make this, but you could use just a single background too. Third, the pattern is FREE. (Click here to download it.) Can’t beat that. I can’t wait to see your versions! Be sure to post pictures on Facebook and Instagram and use the hashtag #modablogtour so we can all see!

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I had a good time personalizing the back of my Moda LOVE quilt too! (I will post the free appliqué pattern this week.) I actually used the back of this quilt as my tablecloth at market…it helped me to remember to be cheerful even when I had to film videos. :)

Since the people over at Moda are so nice, I’d LOVE (alright, I’m getting cheesy now…) to give away some precuts! Just comment on this post telling me what color you LOVE and why. I’ll announce the winners on September 13th.

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Be sure and stop by the other Moda designers’ blogs, to see their Moda LOVE quilts, and for more chances to win!

Thank you so much for coming by and come back soon!

xoxo

April

PS Pssst! 20% off all PDF patterns in the shop through Sunday night with code MODALOVE.

 

SEPTEMBER 2, 2014

Janet Clare Designs – http://janetclare.co.uk/blog/

Kate Spain – http://katespaindesigns.blogspot.com/

Thimbleblossoms – http://www.camilleroskelley.typepad.com/

 

SEPTEMBER 3, 2014

Amy Ellis – http://amyscreativeside.com/

Eric +Julie Comstock- http://cosmocricket.typepad.com/

Stephanie Ryan Design Studio – http://www.stephanieryan.com/blog/

 

SEPTEMBER 4, 2014

Malka Dubrawski – http://stitchindye.blogspot.com/

Blackbird Designs – http://blackbird-designs.blogspot.com/

Lauren + Jessi Jung – http://laurenandjessiblog.com/

Lella Boutique – http://lellaboutique.blogspot.com/

 

SEPTEMBER 5, 2014

Basic Grey – http://blog.basicgrey.com/

Fig Tree and Co. – http://figtreequilts.typepad.com/my_weblog/

Pat Sloan – http://blog.patsloan.com/

 

SEPTEMBER 8, 2014

April Rosenthal – http://www.aprilrosenthal.com/

French General – http://frenchgeneral.blogspot.com/

Minick and Simpson – http://minickandsimpson.blogspot.com/

 

SEPTEMBER 9, 2014

Cotton Way – http://cottonway.blogspot.com/

Sandy Gervais – http://piecesfrommyheart-sgervais.blogspot.com/

Primitive Gatherings – http://lisabongean.wordpress.com/

 

SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

Bunny Hill – http://bunnyhillblog.com/

Deb Strain –  http://debstrain.blogspot.com/

Kansas Troubles – http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/

 

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

Kathy Schmitz – http://kathyschmitzstudio.blogspot.com/

Laundry Basket Quilts – http://www.laundrybasketquilts.com/blog/index.php

Zen Chic – http://www.farbstoff-bridge.blogspot.com

 

SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

Me and My Sister Designs – http://meandmysisterdesigns.com/blog/

Jan Patek – http://janpatek.blogspot.com/

Sweetwater – http://sweetwater.typepad.com/makelifesweet/

 

SEPTEMBER 13, 2014

Winners Announced on ALL Designer Blogs listed above



Pillow Collective: Beautiful Bolster Pillow

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Sooooo….

Today I get to be a part of the Pillow Collective!

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Amy and I thought it would be fun to highlight some fun, fast projects that you can use to spruce up your living space during these cold dreary months before spring comes.

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I’ve been wanting to make a bolster pillow for some time, and I always have need to use up my leftover Half Square Triangles, so I figure a bolster made from HST’s is perfect, right?

Now, I know we’re supposed to share a tutorial for our pillow, but in this case I’m going to have to give you rough instructions, because so much about this pillow depends on your pillow form. Sorry for the lack of pictures, it was late when I was sewing and the pictures didn’t turn out at all. I’ll snag you some as soon as I can.

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So, HST bolster pillow…here we come!

First off, snag a bolster pillow form. Mine was pretty big, but I’m sure they come in all different sizes.

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Measure the length and the circumference of the pillow, write those numbers down.

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Then, trace the end of the pillow on a sheet of paper.

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Make (70) Half Square triangles by cutting (35) 3″ colored squares, and (35) background squares. Using my quick HST method, make (2) HSTs with one colored and one white square, by sewing two season either side of the midline, and cutting the pieces apart. Press toward darker fabric.

Cut (6) 2 1/2″ strips and (2) 6″ strips th

at are an inch or two longer than the bolster.

Lay out your half square triangles in your desired pattern, using 2 1/2″ strips in between the rows. Place 6″ sashing on the top and bottom of the rows. Stitch blocks together in rows, pressing seams open. Stitch rows to sashing, press toward sashing. Finished panel should be large enough to cover the bolster with about 6 inches of overlap. (Remember when you measured the circumference and length, those will come in handy here.)

Layer quilted panel with batting and backing and quilt as desired. I used metallic thread and quilted it in a wavy line.

Hem the 6″ top and bottom sashing strips by folding under 3/4″, and then folding 3.4″ again. Press and topstitch in place.

Cut out 2 circles for the ends of the pillow, using the traced circle from the end of the pillow. Layer circles with batting and backing and quilt as desired.

Pin panel to the circle, right sides together, allowing the panel to overlap about 3 inches.

On my bolster, I placed a few pleats in my panel, to help it lay more smoothly.

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Stitch around the circle. Repeat on opposite side.

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Turn pillow cover right side out, and place pillow form inside. It should be snug.

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On my pillow, I finished with a large button, which helps the envelope style closure from gaping open.

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Plus, who needs an excuse to use a 2″ button?

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Hope you love my bolster as much as I do!

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Have so much fun on the rest of the Pillow Collective stops today, and throughout the week!

xoxo

April

PS Visit the other stops on the Pillow Collective today and throughout the rest of the week!

 

 



Twelve Words Block of the Month #8: August Encourage

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August. It’s all about swimming pools, and sunshine. Am I right or am I right?

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So naturally, this block just had to be made from a nice pool aqua, and golden sun yellows, and some orange too, for the sweltering heat.

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Here’s the thing. By the end of August, I’m almost always at the end of my hot weather rope. A girl can only take so much sweating to death in the dry arid desert mountains. (<–Utah.)

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So that first little chill in the air that hits right around the end of August? One of my favorite things ever–because fall? Best season. Of course, Spring, Winter, and Summer are the best too.

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Turns out I’m a season girl.

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I love that the seasons always manage to change just when I think I can’t stand another day of cold, or hot, or mud, or wind.

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It keeps me excited and looking forward, encouraged, to know that change will come, and bring fresh new days with it.

xoxo

April

Instructions:

Cut the following:

(12) 3″ orange squares

(12) 3″ yellow squares

(24) 3″ aqua squares

(1) 3″ x 12″ linen rectangle

(2) 1-1/4″ x 2-1/2″ aqua strips

(2) 1-1/4″ x 11″ aqua strips

Piecing:

Pair each yellow square and each orange square with an aqua square. encourage-01

Mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of all yellow and orange squares and stitch on either side of the marked line, or use my HST Hack method to make 2 Half Square Triangles from each yellow/aqua and orange/aqua pair. Square up the HSTs to 2″.

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Stitch HSTs into (6) yellow/aqua and (6) orange/aqua pinwheels. Make pinwheels by arranging as shown, stitching top two and bottom two HSTs together, pressing seams in opposite directions to allow the seam to nest. Stitch rows together. Square up to 3-1/2″. Set aside. encourage-09

Mark a 10-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ rectangle on the linen rectangle using a disappearing marker. Using the templates provided, applique the letters in the rectangle you just marked. Square up rectangle to 2″ x 11″.

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Stitch long aqua strips to both sides of linen word strip. Press toward aqua. Stitch short aqua strips to top and bottom of linen word strip. Press toward aqua.

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Lay out the pinwheels as shown, stitch together in columns, and then stitch columns together.

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Finish assembling the block by stitching pinwheel sections to bordered word strip.

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Finished block: 12-1/2″ x 12-1/2″

Download the block letters here.



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