I’ve been missing around here, enjoying the quiet and magic of the holidays, and the potential of a new year. I’ve really been thinking about my goals, and what I want to do, and where I want to go this year. It’s been a lot of thinking and a lot of decision making. I think it must be something us artist-types have to do on a regular basis (probably everyone else, too)–evaluating where our plans are taking us, and trying to evaluate and course correct before we get too far from where our hearts really want us to go.
Over the break, I jumped in and made a Scrappy Tripalong quilt (it’s all the rage on Instagram, just check out hashtag #scrappytripalong, and follow me: amrosenthal–or I’m posting my pictures on my Facebook Page, too)–and as I’ve been working on it, I realized it’s the first quilt I’ve made just for fun, because I want to. Every other quilt I’ve made over the last 10 years has been as a gift, for a deadline, to show a pattern, etc. It was a strange realization. Pair that with the fact that I’m having so much fun making it, and I think I’m on to something. Creativity flourishes when it’s set free. If you’d like to make one, the tutorial is here.
This year, I’m excited to learn more, slow down, develop my personal style, and really marinate and become the person I want to be–do the things I’ve always wanted to do. If not now, when? Each month, I’m setting 5 goals (a la Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project), each month building on the previous. It sounds like a tall order, but when each goal is truly a delight to work on, I think it will be blissful and restorative.
I’ve also joined in on a few other things that will help me Become (my One Little Word) who I want to be. I joined in on Fifth and Hazel and Ollibird’s 365 Pattern challenge. I’m creating a repeating pattern every day this year to move me toward one of my goals: cultivating the skills necessary to design fabric. I’m making a schedule and committing to blogging more regularly. (I hope you don’t mind). I’m using Project Life to document these fleeting days, weeks, and months. I’m picking up my Farmer’s Wife blocks again (Posts about these blocks: 1, 2, 3, 4.) I’m decorating my newly remodeled studio–my shelving gets put in Tuesday, and then pictures! I’m eating better, exercising early, and taking my vitamins and supplements (if you’re curious, I’m in love with my doTerra supplements). I’m keeping my family healthy, and enjoying these last few months before my kids start kindergarten. I’m trying to get up the guts to start up the IVF process again. It’s not for the faint of heart. It’s a year of nurturing and growth, for sure.
And in case you think I’m forgetting you, my sweet friends, I’m most definitely not. Many of my goals revolve around sharing tutorials, creating a community, and learning more about my friends. That absolutely means we’re going to have lots of fun this year. Together.
What do you think, friends? Have you done any reevaluating yourself lately? Any creative (or other) goals for the new year? I’d love to hear them. Maybe we can help each other along.
PS First up? That Block of the Month I hinted about in September. I can’t wait to show you. Who’s in?
PPS My Home for Harvest pattern is being featured on the Fat Quarter Shop’s Jolly Jabber blog today–go suggest a fabric line you’d like to make it in, and you are entered to win a $50 gift card. Score!
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.
Look at this darling version of Summer Crush that Karen made! I love how she used patriotic fabrics–it’s so classic and festive. Thanks for sending me the picture, Karen, I love it!
PS I’d love to see pictures of quilts you’ve made from my patterns–it makes my day!
They’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.
In 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!