Winner (only 2 weeks late…)


Due to a little misunderstanding on my part…my winner for the Sweet Celebrations tour hasn’t been announced yet. I’ve got a bunch of stuff to show and tell about the book and my trip to quilt market, but I’m going to have to make this post quick–the preschool trick-or-treaters will be here any minute.  :)

In the meantime, Lovie Ball, you’re the winner of a lovely Fat Quarter Bundle and a copy of Sweet Celebrations!

Talk to you soon!

xoxo

April



Sweet Celebrations Blog Tour: Happy Hanukkah!

Hi everyone! Welcome to mine and Vanessa’s day on the Sweet Celebrations blog tour! I’m just overjoyed that I get to be a part of this fun group of designers and can’t wait to talk a little bit about my project–first though, a quick introduction for those of you who are new here (Hi! by the way, and welcome!).

My name is April Rosenthal. I design quilting patterns for my little business called Prairie Grass Patterns. I am a work-at-home mama to my sweeties: 4 year old twins, a boy and a girl. I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart (awwww) for over 10 years, and I love the traditions that we’ve created together–which brings me to my project!

When I was told that the book would focus on celebrations, I was SO excited to see that they were looking for a Hanukkah project–I couldn’t wait to get started. One of our family traditions each holiday season is to celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah. My husband’s father grew up in a Jewish household, and though he later joined another faith–he always taught his children about Judiasm and celebrated some of the holidays with them. We’ve continued the tradition in our home, and love the added depth that these holidays bring to our more Christian-oriented celebrations.  We love lighting the menorah candles, singing songs, and playing with the dreidels. We love the reminder that miracles happen, and that God is merciful. We also love the potato latkes. Seriously.

So, I made a Hanukkah quilt.

I adore it.

And although I would wager that a majority of you don’t celebrate Hanukkah–don’t count this design out. It is remarkably versatile, and would look so fun in traditional Christmas colors, if that’s more your style. In fact, I mocked up a little example to show you what I mean.

See? Told you so. (Those fabrics? Aneela Hoey’s Cherry Christmas. So cute.)

And besides my fun quilt, you also get about a billion other projects in the book too. I can’t wait to get mine!

Oh, just for fun, I’ve got a couple questions to answer:

What is your favorite apron? My husband and I got matching white canvas aprons for our wedding as a gift. Monogrammed with our names and everything. It’s old, it’s stained, and it works like a dream. So even though there are much, much prettier ones out there–I wear this one most because I don’t feel bad getting it dirty. In fact, it’s a must when making those latkes I was talking about.

Do you prefer to celebrate with cupcakes, cake pops, or just plain old cake? Spice cake with cream cheese frosting. Every birthday. Yum.

When you picture Oda May, what does she look like? A hip chick who’s always mixing up something great with her precuts, her hair tied up with some scrap fabric, wearing a really great Tova top, and possessing some ninja-like skills with a rotary cutter and a 1/4″ seam allowance.(See Vanessa’s post for more about the ninja skills.)

SO. If you want a copy of Sweet Celebrations hot off the press, before anyone else, you should enter the giveaway here on my silly old blog. Because one lucky person will win not only a copy of the book, but also a Fat Quarter bundle, which you’ll want to use to make this really cool star quilt. Just saying.

If you want to win, here’s the deal:

Comment on this post answering this question: What is a tradition or belief your family has that is uniquely yours? It can be something fun, or serious, an activity or a food. Anything really.

For another entry (but just one extra) you can be my friend on Facebook , Twitter, Instagram (amrosenthal), Pinterest–whatever makes you happy. Make another comment to tell me which kind of friend you are.

You have until the 14th to get your entries in at each blog on the tour. Winners will be announced on the 19th.

As a final yahoo, I’m going to share the highly coveted Potato Latke recipe that I use every year for our annual Hanukkah party. Trust me, you’ll want to make these ASAP, and only when you’re ready to be worshipped by everyone who tastes them. Heh. Make sure you’re wearing a cute apron for all that attention.

You can download the card here.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Hanukkah!

xoxo

April



Garden’s Edge: a free quilt block! Blogger’s Bar Hop Quiltalong

Hello friends! Thanks for stopping by for my turn at the Bar Hop!I’m supposed to tell you something about bars, but the only kind of bar I have experience with is a Pumpkin Bar with Cream Cheese Frosting–and let me tell you–it beats any other bar I can think of. :) Anyone want the recipe?

I’m sure by now you know the drill, but just in case you’re not, I’ll explain a little. Scott of Blue Nickel Studios asked us to make a block using Kinkame’s European Taupe VIII collection by Clothworks. We were allowed to use up to two of our own fabrics, I chose a solid and a print.(The light aqua and the brown print.)

My block is quick and easy to put together, and would be a great way to use of all those scraps you have laying around. Seriously.

I love how this block turned out, and think it would make a really fun quilt. Your thoughts?

Here’s the pdf if you’d like to print it. Click here.

xoxo

April

PS Be sure to hop around and get the other fun blocks in this series! You don’t want to miss out.

PPS I got up at 6:25 am to go exercise this morning. It’s really dark that early. (But I DID it!)



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