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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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
Today I get to be a part of the Pillow Collective!
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.
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.
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.
Measure the length and the circumference of the pillow, write those numbers down.
Then, trace the end of the pillow on a sheet of paper.
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.
Stitch around the circle. Repeat on opposite side.
Turn pillow cover right side out, and place pillow form inside. It should be snug.
On my pillow, I finished with a large button, which helps the envelope style closure from gaping open.
Plus, who needs an excuse to use a 2″ button?
Hope you love my bolster as much as I do!
Have so much fun on the rest of the Pillow Collective stops today, and throughout the week!
PS Visit the other stops on the Pillow Collective today and throughout the rest of the week!
December. My favorite month of the year. A time to celebrate.
When I was a little girl, I remember believing anything that was good was going to happen to me in December.
That’s not to say that the rest of the year was bad at all, but December! December held my birthday AND Christmas AND snow, and well, that’s quite a bit for one little month to contain without bursting.
December was full of parties, and heavy snowfalls, and treats, and music, and baking. So, so, much baking.
Did I ever tell you about the year I made over 2000 sheets of gingerbread with my Grandfather?
We should talk about that sometime.
Then, I grew up, and married a man who celebrates Hanukkah. And so we celebrate that too.
My December got even more full of twinkle lights and magic.
Celebrate, lovelies. Whatever fills your heart to bursting. Celebrate that.
Cut the following:
(1) 6 1/2” linen square
(2) 6” x 1 1/2” strips
(2) 8” x 1 1/2” strips
Trace letters onto fuse able web, adhere to back of letter fabric, and cut out.
Fold linen square in half both ways and press lightly so you can see the middle lines. Use these as guides to lay out the letters. Iron on, and then stitch around. Square up to 6” square, centering the letters.
Stitch (1) 6” strip to left and right of block. Press toward strips.
Stitch (1) 8” strip to top and bottom of block. Press toward strips.
Using the pattern provided, paper piece (2) side blocks (C & D), and (2) top/bottom blocks (A & B).
Stitch left paper pieced block (D) to the left of center block, making sure the arrows are pointing up. Press toward center.
Stitch right paper pieced block (C) to the right side of center block, making sure arrows are pointing down. Press toward center.Stitch top paper pieced block (A) to top of center, making sure arrows point to the right. Press toward center.
Stitch bottom paper pieced block (B)to bottom of center, making sure arrows point to the left. Press toward center.
Download paper piecing templates and appliqué letters here.
You can’t help but be grateful when surrounded by abundance. But what about when you’re surrounded by sadness? Or heartache? Or loneliness?
Gratitude, to me, is a living, breathing thing. It can literally bring life to barren places. Fill the holes in our emotional buckets.
Counting blessings in the middle of emotional turmoil might be cliche–but I’ve often suspected that cliches are overused for a reason.
Counting blessings in the middle of happiness and wholeness, makes the moment that much sweeter.
And then of course, the act of sharing gratitude–giving thanks–expressing our appreciation to those, divine or otherwise, who have facilitated, is the capstone of it all.
Thank you. I don’t know what makes people come to my little corner of the internet, and be so kind and encouraging–but thank you. I adore sharing a little part of my world with you.
Cut the following:
(1) 7″ square linen
(2) 2” x 6 1/2” strips (navy)
(4) 2” x 9 1/2” strips (green)
(2) 2” x 12 1/2” strips (navy)
Trace the embroidery pattern on the center of the linen square. Stitch as desired. I used a running stitch for the design, and a backstitch for the word.
Square up to 6 1/2” square, centering the embroidery.
Stitch (1) 2” x 6 1/2” strip to each side of embroidered piece, pressing seams toward strips.
Stitch (1) 2” x 9 1/2” strip to top and bottom of block, pressing toward green strips.
Stitch (1) 2” x 9 1/2” strip to left and right of block, pressing toward green strips.
Stitch (1) 2” x 12 1/2” strip to top and bottom of block, pressing toward navy strips.
Download the embroidery pattern, here.
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