Prairie Grass Patterns



My first pattern in a magazine

I’m pretty darn excited, I’ve got to tell you!

I got my advance copies of Quilter’s Newsletter’s Best Fat Quarter Quilts yesterday and I had to show off to my mom and my craft night girls last night. I just couldn’t help it! I mean, it’s not every day a gal has her first quilt in a magazine. It’s a pretty neat thing to make something and have a whole team of people help you show it to the world. The ladies at Quilter’s Newsletter were great to work with, and despite some crazy shipping snafus, everything turned out well in the end.

In case you don’t remember, or weren’t around when we did this, I first met the Quilter’s Newsletter team when we made quilts to send to Japan. My mom and I drove the quilts out to Colorado because we had such an incredible response we couldn’t pay to ship all the quilts we had, and we got to meet everyone then. They asked me to submit a design to their magazine, I did, and now here it is in print!

You’ll definitely want to head out and purchase this when it hits newsstands on October 18th–not just for my sweet Confetti Parade pattern (though it’s pretty darn cute, if I do say so myself)–but because I’m in great company in this issue: Pat Bravo of Art Gallery Fabrics fame, Amanda Murphy using her own beautiful Veranda fabric, and Darlene Zimmerman (also using her new fabric line Sweethearts).

So gather up some fat quarters and get ready to hunker down with this magazine! More pictures of and details about the quilt (including close ups of Natalia‘s awesome machine quilting) when the issue is out.

Mwa!

April

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Don’t forget to enter the contest if you haven’t already (and read the post, you can earn more than one entry…) Comments close Sunday night at 11:59pm.

Head on over to see Scott’s Quilt Uber-fest block today, and then come back here tomorrow–it’s my turn to show off my block!



Happy Anniversary Week!

Yay! It’s been one year since I launched Prairie Grass Patterns, and boy has it been a ride! Some of you have been here with me from the beginning, and some of you are brand new friends–and I’m so grateful to all of you. I can’t tell you how much it means to me that you would give a little bit of your time and caring to support me and my dream. Really, truly, it just…there aren’t words to describe it. But thank you. Sincerely.

Enough with my jibber jabber…let’s get on to the party part!

Giveaways galore this week–so let me explain. Before I show you the goodies, here’s how it’s going to work: A comment on this post will get you your first entry. Any comment you leave on other posts this week (Today, October 3 through Sunday, October 9th) will earn you additional entries. Winners will be chosen Monday, October 10th.

Here goes!

There are 3 AMAZING giveaways this week, something to suit each level of quilter–from beginner to very advanced.

Beginner Basics

A copy of Elizabeth Hartman’s The Practical Guide to Patchwork

Rotary cutter, mat and ruler (Yes, those are mine, but I’ll send you new ones, I swear!)

Charm pack: Countdown to Christmas by Sweetwater for Moda

Stash Builder

Fat quarter bundle from AdornIt! in their newest line, Vintage Groove, Grey colorway.

Layer cake: Jovial by Basic Grey for Moda

Jelly Roll: Spirit by Lila Tueller for Moda

Charm Pack: Clothesline Basics by Darlene Zimmerman for Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Quilting Queen

Russian Rubix

Fat Eighth bundle: Ruby by Bonnie and Camille for Moda

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There they are! The three amazing giveaways I have for you this week. To enter, tell me which of the three prizes you would LOVE to win.

And that’s not all…

“Like” Prairie Grass Patterns’ Facebook Page for a chance to win an additional Grand Prize! If the Facebook page gets to 300 followers, I will do a special Grand Prize giveaway next week, so be sure to share with your friends!

Finally, for Happy Anniversary week, use coupon code HAPPYWEEK to get 20% of your ENTIRE ORDER in my shop! Code expires 10/10, so be sure to use it quick. (And you just might notice, PDF PATTERNS ARE HERE!!)

Hooray for Prairie Grass Patterns, and for one year anniversaries! Be sure to check in all week for more fun freebies, recipes, and tutorials, plus my day to share my block for the Quilt Uberfest is coming up too. Today it is Karen Linton’s turn, with her block “South for the Winter.” Head over to get your free PDF!



What I’m Working On…

I can’t even stand it anymore, I have to show you this. First off, I have to say I’m biased a bit toward this fabric. I mean, I did the printing and website for Sarah Jane for nearly 2 years. Not to mention that Sarah is one of my sweetest, most talented friends, and she’s right here in town with me! So really, I HAD to make something from her first fabric line, Children at Play, for Michael Miller.

And if you must know, I couldn’t just stop at one something. I mean, there’s a boy colorway and a girl colorway. What’s a quilter to do?

Plus, this quilt was BEGGING for some old style topstitching. Because again, this fabric was just too darling not to.

Both versions should be quilted, bound, (and ironed, ahem) in the next few days, and then, more (better) pictures. Promise.

What are YOU working on right now?



Spring International Quilt Market: Salt Lake City

Quick recap:

I spent 5 straight days in about 80 square feet.

My mom & a few good friends were there to force me to talk, and remind me to eat.

If I had my way, I probably would have sat in the corner and only spoke when spoken to.

But I’m so glad I didn’t.

There were too many amazing people to meet to stay locked up in my introverted-ness.

And meet them, I did. (Pictures of friends, soon.)

Didn’t get pictures of other booths, because I couldn’t really leave mine for more than a few minutes at a time. (But I think there are enough pictures floating around out there that you’ll get to see the amazing talent going on…)

One quilt market down, dozens to go.

Somehow, I think this was the hardest and it will all get easier from here on out, because I know what to expect.

Quilt market=made of awesome.



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