Prairie Grass Patterns



Kathy’s Scrap Basket

My friend Kathy made this quilt for her baby girl, using my Grammy’s Scrap Basket pattern, and Hometown by Sweetwater for Moda. It turned out totally darling, don’t you think?

I got to machine quilt it, and it was pretty darn fun. Plus, we did a little cheating on the raw edge applique–Kathy just glue sticked the letters on, and I sewed them on while I was quilting! So quick and easy! I did little bitty loop-de-loops in the white borders.

Some fun swirly flowers in the outer borders.

I traced each of the strips with wavy lines to emphasize the woven pattern.

Thanks for letting me quilt your sweet quilt, Kathy!

xoxo

April

PS Did you enter the giveaway? We’re still not at 100 entries yet, so I’m starting to think I might get to keep that Marmalade! (In other words, go tell your friends to enter. If they don’t like fabric, I’m sure they could give it to you. :)

 



Sweetie Pie:
 Quilting Pattern #117

I first sketched out Sweetie Pie after seeing some retro brickwork at a home near mine. You know the kind.

(via Pattern a Day)

Once I got started on the pattern I realized not only how simple and sweet the design is, but also how versatile those petals are!

There are 9 different layout ideas in the pattern, and dozens more just waiting to be discovered.

I made two versions of the cover quilt using Sarah Jane’s Children at Play, and then, another version using Out to Sea (her newest line for Michael Miller, which ships late summer. (Ignore the weirdly colored pictures, they’re from Sarah’s booth at market, and lighting is always such a party there.)

I love that this pattern explains a technique and lets the quilter run with it, make it their own, and rearrange and redesign to their heart’s content! Plus–all that white space means room for some really fun quilting.

This is a perfect pattern for anyone new to applique, and a really fast pattern for anyone who already has some applique under their belt. And if you want to take it a step closer to heirloom status, you’re always welcome to hand stitch around each petal with some pretty thread.

I seriously love it.

This week only, get Sweetie Pie for $6 using the code SWEETIE. Code expires Sunday at 11pm MST. If you choose PDF download, you will have it in your hot little hands immediately. If you want the paper version, well, those should ship Wednesday. A little delay at the printers has me shipping a little later than I had hoped on printed patterns, but if you’ve placed an order, fear not! It’s coming your way ASAP, I swear.

Have a lovely Tuesday, sweet friends!

xoxo

April

PS I just barely unpacked my bags from market this afternoon. I know, slacker. I have a stack of fun goodies I want to share with you. Just as soon as I get a decent picture taken. :)

PPS Notice anything different around here? What do you think? Still some tweaking to be done, but hey, isn’t there always?



New Spring Patterns 2012

 

I’m so excited to show you my new patterns! I’ve had SO much fun making them, and love them the very most. (Please, tell me you love them too!) I’m especially in love with the fact that these are such USEFUL sizes. There are 3 baby quilts, 1 throw quilt, and 2 King/Queen sized quilts! Many of you have requested larger sized patterns so your own bed can be as pretty as the cribs and twin beds in your house, and I hear you! I’m excited that I finally have a couple of quilts for my bed, too.

Over the next few days I’ll be talking about each individual pattern and showing you some pictures of alternate versions and up close pictures of the quilting. In the meantime, I hope you love them! They’re in the shop already, including PDF versions of each. OH! Also, a few of my other patterns finally got PDF versions, too, including the oh-so-popular Russian Rubix!

Printed patterns can be pre-ordered now, and will ship as soon as I get them back from the printer. Probably around the 15th. I’ll keep you posted on that.

If you’re a shop that wants to place an order, please contact me at april@prairiegrasspatterns.com or you can order from your Checker, Petersen-Arne, or United Notions Rep.

xoxo

April



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