Christmas Day


One of favorite days of the year. A day that I remember in hazy twinkle lights, and sparkling paper and overwhelming good.

Thank you for being born baby Jesus, and thank you even more for your life and your kindness and your patience with me.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to be mommy to my sweet sweethearts, and a man that is better to me than I could have dreamed. So much love. I am grateful for my talents and the opportunity to do the things I love, and for the many many people who have encouraged and helped me along the way. I am so so thankful for the darling people who I have met through this blog, and their love and goodness. <—(that’s you) I hope your holidays were filled with indescribable magic, love, and hazy twinkle lights. All my love, xoxo April PS More to come on the new patterns, and now that the recipients know about their gifts, I can tell you more about some of the handmade fun I made this year. Let’s just say it was the year of the quilts. We’ll talk soon.

New Winter 2012 Patterns!

Windspinner-PatternThey’re here, they’re here! I’m so excited to show you 4 new patterns! Rubix Too, Leaflet, Multiplication, and Windspinner! I love these patterns so much, and I can’t wait for you to make your own versions (more on that in a minute). This time around, I decided to go with a single, flat image of the quilt on the pattern covers to help with seeing the whole quilt at once. What this means is, I still have lots and lots of pictures of the actual quilts to show you! Coming up this week, I will show you each quilt in a few colorways, and tell you more about them. For now, though, I have Christmas gifts to make, and you have patterns to look at. (wink, wink)


With these patterns, I tried to answer the top 3 requests I have received: size options, beginner friendly quilts, and precut compatibility.  Windspinner is made with 2½” strips, while Rubix Too uses 5″ squares–eliminating a cutting step and going together faster than the original Russian Rubix. Multiplication is a super quick and easy baby quilt, that is great for all skill levels, and Leaflet makes quick work of a twin size quilt.

Rubix-Too-Pattern-FinalIn other exciting news, if you’ve made the original Russian Rubix, you’ll be thrilled to know that I will soon have acrylic templates in my shop for both the Russian Rubix and Rubix too, as well as kits of precut octagons! I’ll keep you posted on these–but I’m so excited!


Those of you who attended fall quilt market, will recognize these quilts from the Moda, Free Spirit, and Riley Blake booths. I got a lot of great comments–and I hope you love them too! I’m excited to show you more pictures and color options.

They’re listed in my shop already in both paper and PDF versions. If you’d like to place a wholesale order, contact me via email, or contact your United Notions, Brewer, Petersen-Arne, or Checker rep.

Which is your favorite? Are you as excited about the templates or precut octagons as I am??



PS: I’m thinking I’ll have a drawing in January where you can link up pictures of your finished projects made from Prairie Grass Patterns to enter. The prizes will be pretty great, so get sewing! I can’t wait!

PPS: Remember that block of the month I announced over at the Moda Cutting Table back in September? That’s coming in January too. It’s going to be a fun year. Mwa!

[Studio Sunday]


Sharing a little snippet of something I’m working on, fabric in my stash, or something on my longarm–because every Sunday needs a little inspiration. What’s inspiring you today?



PS I scored big time yesterday at Lizzy House‘s studio sale. Big time.

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