Downloadable Two Week Menu Plan


Today on the QuiltCast, Amy and I talked all about Quilt Backs (to piece, or not to piece?), Wide (108″) backing fabric, quilting disasters (you really should hear about the time I unpicked a queen size quilt…) and finally, we talked about our go to items in the kitchen.

The kitchen, you say?

Why yes. Because in addition to being quilters and designers, we’re also moms and humans. :) Gotta eat sometime. And staying healthy and balanced is KEY for my creativity to flourish. So. Kitchen tools were our top 5 this week. One of the tools I mentioned that helps save my sanity is this sweet little PDF I use to keep our menu and food choices organized. It’s so nice to have it up where everyone can see it–then they know what they are having for dinner and what their snack choices are without asking me 26 billion times per day. Also, the items I purchase that I need for meals haven’t mysteriously disappeared by the time I need them. Win-Win I say.

Thought I’d share the PDF with you, in the hopes it will make your world just a little more happy. :) And while it’s not quilting related, I figure, if you’re organized in one place, it just frees up time for more sewing, amiright?

Download the Menu Plan PDF by clicking here.


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Magazines, and Winner!


Wow you guys! It’s like you love April Showers fabric or something!

I have a few fun things to show you real quick and then I’ll get on with announcing the winner.

First: I got this fun quilt back,


and I had totally forgotten about it!


Because of printing deadlines, and magazine release timeframes,


I made this quilt way back in the spring, sent it off, and barely remembered it.


It was really fun to get it back, and have a Christmas quilt in my house this year!


I made it with various quilting cottons from my stash,


and backed it with a fabulous retro print from Michael Miller.


The backing fabric inspired my color choices on the embroidery. I mean really, who can resist pink, aqua, red, and green presents?


I did the embroidery with some really pretty floss from Sublime Stitching, and it has held its’ color through multiple washings, and hasn’t pilled up or lost texture. There’s no bleeding on to the white background. Basically, this floss rocks. And no, they didn’t pay me to say that. They have some great colors over there. Go check them out.

The Best Christmas Quilts magazine hit newsstands a few months ago, but I’d imagine you can still get your hands on it.

Speaking of getting your hands on magazines, my Mother-in-Law told me just the other day…


…that she saw that my very first magazine was out on the stands again, reprinted!


So, if you missed your chance to get a hold of Best Fat Quarter Quilts when it was out the first time,


and are just dying to make Confetti Parade,


head on out and pick up your copy before it’s out of print again.


I’ve had my Confetti Parade quilt hanging in my living room for quite some time now, and so far, I’m still not sick of looking at it.

Okay, enough of my chatter…

How about a winner?!

The winner of the April Showers layer cake, and a couple of my new patterns is Sue, comment number 28! (As chosen by

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Sue, there’s an email in your inbox, message me back so I can ship out your goodies ASAP!

I’m gearing up to record another episode of QuiltCast with Amy Ellis tomorrow. Have you been listening?




Giveaway! April Showers by Bonnie and Camille and New Patterns!


You guys! It’s Christmas time, and I’m feeling giving! For all of you that are here from Sew Mama Sew, Welcome! I’m April Rosenthal, I design patterns, and love fabric and color. I’m so glad you’re here, stay a while!

I haven’t had a giveaway in a LOOONG time, so it’s high time I rectified that.

I figure this should make up for it. A layer cake of Bonnie and Camille’s April Showers line, which isn’t even in stores yet, plus a few of my new patterns too. Don’t ever say I didn’t give you nothing :)

To enter, just tell me what your favorite fabric line of all time is.

Giveaway will be open until 5PM PST December 13th at which time I will draw a winner randomly. Winner will be notified by December 15th.

International entries welcome.

Love you lots!

PS To enter more giveaways, head on over to Sew Mama Sew for hundreds of chances to win! xoxo

Twelve Words Block of the Month #12: December Celebrate

Twelve Words Block of the Month: September Bloom by April Rosenthal

December. My favorite month of the year. A time to celebrate.

Twelve Words Block of the Month: September Bloom by April Rosenthal

When I was a little girl, I remember believing anything that was good was going to happen to me in December.

Twelve Words Block of the Month: September Bloom by April Rosenthal

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.

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December was full of parties, and heavy snowfalls, and treats, and music, and baking. So, so, much baking.

Twelve Words Block of the Month: September Bloom by April Rosenthal

Did I ever tell you about the year I made over 2000 sheets of gingerbread with my Grandfather?

Twelve Words Block of the Month: September Bloom by April Rosenthal

We should talk about that sometime.

Twelve Words Block of the Month: September Bloom by April Rosenthal

Then, I grew up, and married a man who celebrates Hanukkah. And so we celebrate that too.

Twelve Words Block of the Month: September Bloom by April Rosenthal

My December got even more full of twinkle lights and magic.

Twelve Words Block of the Month: September Bloom by April Rosenthal

Celebrate, lovelies. Whatever fills your heart to bursting. Celebrate that.



December Celebrate-11Instructions:

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.December Celebrate-05

Stitch (1) 6” strip to left and right of block. Press toward strips.December Celebrate-06

Stitch (1) 8” strip to top and bottom of block. Press toward strips.

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Using the pattern provided, paper piece (2) side blocks (C & D), and (2) top/bottom blocks (A & B).

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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.December Celebrate-09Stitch 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.

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Download paper piecing templates and appliqué letters here.


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