Quilt Patterns

New Meadowbloom Patterns!

Meadowbloom Fabric by April Rosenthal for Moda
Since Meadowbloom is shipping soon, I thought I should introduce you to my new patterns! I have 4 new patterns this time, and I honestly can’t decide which I love most! I can’t wait to show them to you, and hear which YOU love best! (Warning: Picture OVERLOAD ahead! ;)

First up, Johnny Jump Up!


I adore this quilt, it was the first one I designed for this group. Jacob said I was crazy when I showed him, that it was beautiful but “a lot of work!” Meadowbloom Finals-20But everything that’s worth something takes a bit of work, right, and I happen to know you quilters have mad skills. So I’m not worried. You’ve got this. :) Meadowbloom Finals-17Regular piecing or paper piecing options are both included in the pattern. Depending on if you choose Low Volume or Scrappy, it can be made with Layer Cake Squares or Fat Eighths. Meadowbloom Finals-13I love how different the two versions look, just by changing up the alternating squares. Meadowbloom Finals-12The scrappy quilt, I quilted with a cool angled  x pattern, the texture is awesome. Meadowbloom Finals-10I quilted the low volume quilt with a fun spirals and circles pattern. Meadowbloom Finals-9It’s such a contrast to the angles and straight lines of the quilt itself. Meadowbloom Finals-8I can’t wait to see your versions!

Next is Building Blocks!


This one is about as quick and easy as they come!Building Blocks quilt pattern by April Rosenthal for Prairie Grass PatternsMade with 5″ charm squares and some fun background fabrics, this is a fantastic baby quilt that you can make up in an evening.
Literally.Building Blocks quilt pattern by April Rosenthal for Prairie Grass PatternsAnd it turns out so fun every time! Another awesome thing about this quilt?Building Blocks quilt pattern by April Rosenthal for Prairie Grass Patterns You don’t have to piece the backing! If you’re quilting this quilt on your home machine, you can get away with a single piece of backing fabric.Building Blocks quilt pattern by April Rosenthal for Prairie Grass PatternsIf you’re working with a long arm quilter, you can check with them to see if they need more room to play…but either way, you’re going to get a kick out of this quilt. Building Blocks quilt pattern by April Rosenthal for Prairie Grass PatternsSO, start collecting charm packs my friends, because this is one quilt you’re going to make over and over and over.

Of course, because I’ve been thinking about baby for the last year, my next pattern is a great car seat cover and swaddler. Introducing Cuddly Car Seat! Cuddly-Car-Seat-Pattern-FinalI adore this pattern because it’s so DARN useful! Of course, the car seat cover is useful for keeping little tiny ones out of the sun, away from prying eyes, and giving a little quiet place for a nap. And, who can resist a Jelly Roll project? The swaddler is awesome because it has holes in it so it can be a permanent blanket in the car seat. This is SO nice for windy of chilly weather! Simply buckle in that little sweetheart, and then wrap the blanket around them. They’re safely buckled, and also nice and warm. Gotta love that.

Solstice-Paper-PatternFinally, there’s Solstice!
Solstice Quilt by April Rosenthal for Prairie Grass PatternsIt is a stunning beauty of a quilt that makes me just so darn happy.
Solstice Quilt by April Rosenthal for Prairie Grass PatternsBig blocks and seams that nest make this go together quickly and precisely.
Solstice Quilt by April Rosenthal for Prairie Grass PatternsThis quilt reminds me of fireworks in July, sprinklers in August, bonfires in June. Solstice Quilt by April Rosenthal for Prairie Grass PatternsI literally can’t stop looking at it. Solstice Quilt by April Rosenthal for Prairie Grass PatternsIt’s a square throw sized quilt, with just 16 blocks to make. Solstice Quilt by April Rosenthal for Prairie Grass PatternsI’m going to need a two color version in solids just as soon as possible. Solstice Quilt by April Rosenthal for Prairie Grass PatternsMade with fat quarters friends, so break out those bundles and get sewing! Solstice Quilt by April Rosenthal for Prairie Grass PatternsI always think I can’t possibly love another quilt more than my last one, and every time, I’m wrong. I love this quilt. Love.

I’m so happy to share these with you, and I can’t wait to see all the beautiful quilts you will make! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing hobby with me, and making it so fun to do what I do every day. You truly are the best.

New patterns are in the shop. Mwa!



Dahlia Quilt: my ROYGBIV quilt


My good friend (and fellow Moda designer) Amy does a fabulous online quilt festival called “Bloggers Quilt Festival.”


So much fun! Here’s my entry into her ROYGBIV category.


This is my quilt called Dahlia.


This quilt was inspired by a panel quilt that my mother in law hand quilted for me and my husband when we got married back in the day.


I remember looking that the Dahlia design on the panel and trying to figure out how to recreate the design through piecing–without Y seams.


Finally, this year, I had a chance! It has been a quilt design I’ve wanted to make for a very long time.


I figured, the perfect opportunity to make my Dahlia quilt was with my very first fabric line! So, when I got my sample yardage of Best. Day. EVER!, I was SO excited to make this quilt. (By the way, Best. Day. Ever! is in shops now!)


Sadly, I was also in the middle of a book deadline, and I wasn’t able to do much of the piecing.


Amanda of Westwood Acres bailed me out big time and pieced the blooms for me, and I did the appliqué work and the quilting and finish work.


This quilt pattern is also in my shop, along with templates, if you’d like to make your own.


I adore this quilt, and I hope you do too. Thanks for stopping by!



It’s official! New Patterns! and Off to Market!

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Today Amy and I are being featured over on the Moda blog, where a lot of people are probably hearing our fun news for the very first time! This little blog post marks our official “introduction” by Moda, and well, I’m just happy to be here! Head on over to read a little introduction, and if you’re here from the Moda blog, welcome! So glad you came by!


Another great thing about today? I get to show you new patterns! I’ve been working like crazy trying to get not only these patterns but my book quilts done before market. It’s been a pretty crazy ride! My kids have now started asking if I can please just make dinner instead of going to a “food place”, and my poor husband basically has 2 full time jobs–his day job, and the upkeep of the house and laundry when he gets home. They’ve been so sweet and supportive of my dreams, and I’m so glad I can finally start showing and telling–and playing with my kids and cleaning my house. (Yes. I just said I’m looking forward to cleaning my house.)

Here they are! Paper patterns are available for preorder now in the shop, they will ship June 1. PDFs coming soon.


Jigsaw: A fast and fun Layer Cake quilt! You could whip this one up in a day or two for pretty much anyone. They’ll love it. Guaranteed.


Dahlia: This baby is a stunner. You’ll want to take a look at these blocks over on Instagram–I leaked a few photos the other day. Basically, I’m in love with this quilt, and you will be too. You’ll want the templates to cut your pieces accurately–and get this–it’s ALL machine pieced. Yep.


Modern Hex: This twin size quilt just might be my favorite ever. I mean really–it’s rainbows, and triangles, and hexagons, and stars–all in one quilt! What’s not to love?


First Date: The perfect Jelly Roll quilt, even if your first date wasn’t so perfect. And of course, you know how I feel about little squares. :)


Finally, Whirlwind. A perfect and GORGEOUS baby quilt. A little bit of paper piecing goes a long way.

I will get lots of pictures of the real quilts just as soon as I take a nap, play with my kids, and eat something besides take out.


I’m heading out to Pittsburgh Wednesday afternoon, and can’t wait for the whirlwind that is always Quilt Market. If you’re going, come say hi! I’ll be in the Moda (eek!) Designer Showcase showing off Best. Day. EVER! and these super fun quilts I’ve designed to go along with it. I’d love to meet you and see some friendly faces!

New patterns are available for preorder in the shop, including templates for two of the patterns. Speaking of the shop, if you haven’t seen, Russian Rubix and Rubix Too templates are there also.

Can’t wait to hear what you think of the new patterns! Tell me! Tell me!




New Fall 2013 Prairie Grass Quilting Patterns


Soooo. Patterns!

These are the new ones (SIX new ones!), and I’ve been working on them for what feels like forever—and I’m so excited to finally show you! It’s always a little bit terrifying to show new work, so instead of being nervous, I’m going to celebrate with a discount code instead! Now through Monday night, the 2nd of December, use code SMALLBUSINESS25 for 25% off anything in my shop! Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Black Friday, Happy Small Business Saturday, Happy Cyber Monday!

First up, Twinkle!

Pattern Covers-04The pattern gives instructions for 3 sizes: large throw, twin, and queen. This version here is the throw size, and isn’t it just so pretty? My new friend Melanie made this quilt for me at the last minute–she’s a rock star. It’s made from Moda’s Weave basic. I can’t get over the COLORS. Love. I’ve also got a twin and queen to show you another day.Twinkle-2 Twinkle-8Twinkle-6Twinkle-4Twinkle-3Twinkle-1Next up, Mind the Gap!

Pattern Covers-01In two sizes, baby and queen, Mind the Gap is SUCH a fun quilt to make. It is sized just right to use precuts, and goes together in a snap. The fabric shown here is Tula Pink’s Fox Field–it is so vibrant and beautiful.

Mind the Gap-1Mind the Gap-2Mind the Gap-3Mind the Gap-4Mind the Gap-5My third pattern this fall is called Gypsy Caravan. I love. this. pattern.

Pattern Covers-02I had my awesome pattern testers (Hi Robin and Sara!) make two versions, and they are just stunning. Sara made a version out of Kate Spain’s new line Daydream.

Gypsy Caravan-13Gypsy Caravan-12Gypsy Caravan-2Gypsy Caravan-1Robin made one out of Carolyn Friedlander’s new line, Botanics. (The metallic gold in this line is perfection.) Take a look for yourself!

Gypsy Caravan-7Gypsy Caravan-14Gypsy Caravan-10Gypsy Caravan-9Gypsy Caravan-4I backed it in Robert Kaufman’s chambray, so it’s nice and heavy, and really really fun to cuddle with. Also, the chambray shows off the quilting so well!

Gypsy Caravan-11Okay, next is Morocco. Remember my obsession with little tiny squares? Yep. They’re back. My friend Sue pieced this for me, and good heck, she’s pro. This thing is GORGEOUS, and crazy precise. And the best part? She’s still my friend after making it. Score.

Pattern Covers-03So, I know the squares are little, but it’s all strip pieced, so that helps, for sure–and the final quilt? Worth it.

Morocco-1Morocco-2Morocco-3Morocco-4Morocco-5Morocco-6Don’t Stop is the next pattern. This is the first pattern I have ever done in solids, and I have to say, it was pretty darn fun. My friends Stephanie and Shelly helped me with the piecing on these ones.

Pattern Covers-06DontStop-7DontStop-2DontStop-3DontStop-5DontStop-4And finally, Cozy Cabin! I think this one might be my favorite. In fact I’m pretty sure it is. Jelly Roll friendly, and super easy to piece, I might make a few more with the Jelly Rolls I’ve been hoarding. My samples were made from Jeanean Morrison’s True Colors line for Free Spirit Fabrics (Shelly made this one:), and April Showers by Bonnie and Camille for Moda. I still get googly eyes looking at them. Seriously.

Pattern Covers-05Cozy Cabin-6Cozy Cabin-5Cozy Cabin-10Cozy Cabin-100Cozy Cabin-9Cozy Cabin-3Cozy Cabin-8Cozy Cabin-4Cozy Cabin-2Cozy Cabin-1Whew! Longest post ever!

So there they are! What do you think? They are posted in the shop in both paper and PDF versions.

Which is your favorite new pattern? Mine just might be all of them.





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