I’ve heard that my mom is a fabric designer for a place called Moda.
That she sews all the time.
I hear jokes about us having enough “blankets” to survive the apocalypse. And more coming all the time.
And there is a whole lot of fabric around here. I hear it’s called Meadowbloom. (Ships July/August)
There are rumors that she gets in a frenzy twice a year, getting ready for some big trade show. Designing new patterns and the like.
That all those preparations take over our home and things get a little…hectic.
But here’s the thing.
I haven’t seen any of these things.
I’ve been too busy snuggling.
And smiling milky smiles.
I have been teaching everyone in this little house to adore me.
Which means they don’t have time for much else.
Or so they tell me.
So instead of a blog takeover, what has happened over here is a whole life and family takeover.
And we’re all loving every minute.
Don’t worry, I’ll let my mom get back to quilts, and sewing, and fabric soon–and maybe, just maybe, I’ll see you at the next big show. I hear it’s in Houston.
PS Check out the other “blog takeovers” to see what the other Moda Designers are up to behind the scenes and in real life:
April 27th –
- Amy Ellis – Amy’s Creative Side
- Anne Sutton – Bunny Hill
- Pat Sloan – Pat Sloan
- Joanna Figueroa – Fig Tree Quilts
- Lisa Bongean – Primitive Gatherings
April 28th –
- Kathy Schmitz – Kathy Schmitz Studios
- Brgitte Heitland – Zen Chic
- Vanessa Christenson – V & Co.
- The Cutting Table – Lissa Alexander… uh oh…
- Edyta Sitar – Laundry Basket Quilts
- Rachel Brenchley – Basic Grey
April 29th –
- April Rosenthal – April Rosenthal
- Alma Allen – Blackbird Designs
- Barbara Groves – Me & My Sister
- Brenda Riddle – Brenda Riddle Designs
- Kate Spain – Kate Spain
April 30th –
- Deb Strain – Deb Strain
- Jen Kingwell – Jen Kingwell Designs
- Lynne Hagmeier – Kansas Troubles
- Vanessa Goertzen – Lella Boutique
- Karla Eisenach – Sweetwater
- Janet Clare – Janet Clare Designs
May 1st –
- Jan Patek – Jan Patek
- Sherri McConnell – Sherri & Chelsi A Quilting Life
- Betsy Chutchian – Betsy Chutchian
- Laurie Simpson – Minick & Simpson
- Sandy Gervais – Pieces From My Heart
- Corey Yoder – Little Miss Shabby
Say hello to Meadowbloom! I designed this line to be happy, and springy, and all the beautiful vibrant colors that remind me of a huge field of wildflowers. I also included a text print of one of my favorite poems in the whole wide world–it’s even on a big chalkboard in my studio!
Between the poem, and the wildflowers, I remembered an experience we had last summer as a family, and that became my “story” for Meadowbloom. Wanna hear?
“Once, while driving through the canyon near our home in the Rocky Mountains, my family got a little antsy. We decided to pull the car off at the next available space and wander for a few moments. Those few moments were a breathtaking blessing, as we stumbled upon a wide open vista of panoramic views and beautiful blossoming wildflowers.
The bickering stopped, the grouchiness faded, and we all took in the majesty of what nature had offered us. Meadowbloom is a reflection of this experience, reminding me that beauty, peace, and serenity can be found in any situation. As the saying goes, bloom where you are planted!”
If you’re a shop owner, Meadowbloom is available now through your Moda rep–ask to see it! It ships in August, just in time for end of summer sewing! I’d love to know when you place your order so I can keep track of who has Meadowbloom in their shop–people ask me all the time where my fabric is carried–I’d LOVE to tell them to pay you a visit! Email me and let me know!
If you’re a fabric-a-holic and can’t wait to get your hands on this sweet little bundle, call or visit your local shop and ask to make sure they order it! Orders placed before the middle of May will be sure to get filled, so don’t miss out!
I’ve been working on patterns to go along with Meadowbloom, and I can’t wait to start showing them off–just a bit more tweaking here and there…soon, soon!
I hope you LOVE it!
PS I MIGHT be doing a quick little Meadowbloom giveaway over on Instagram for you and a friend–you’ll be the only one (besides me!) in the world who has some! Head on over and follow me @amrosenthal :)
I know you’ve all been eagerly awaiting the news of who the lucky winner of the #bedroomstyle giveaway is! (Thanks for your patience, it took a couple days to verify the winner’s information.)
Jessica has been contacted by email, and I can’t wait to see what she does with her bedroom makeover! And for all of you who didn’t win, I still want to see your #bedroomstyle ! I’ve always thought it was amazing how just changing out the bedding in a room can have a drastic impact! Grab your copy of Bedroom Style (here on Amazon, or in my shop) and get quilting. I can’t wait to see YOUR style shine through.
It has been so fun showing you examples of the styles in my book, and I can’t wait to see people’s quilts popping up in their own styles. That’s one of the most fun things about being a designer, is seeing the genius ways that people use what I’ve created. Seriously, my mind is blown on a regular basis.
I’m off now to do some final math on my spring quilt patterns, and fill out a spreadsheet (humbug).
(PSST! There’s a giveaway at the end of this post…you should read all the way through :)
I’m posting this morning about a fun pillow I made for Amy’s Pillow Collective blog tour! This time around, Amy wanted to feature pillows made from blocks from her new book, Think Big! Since she started working on the book, I’ve been lucky enough to have a behind the scenes ride. As we’ve worked on other projects together, like QuiltCast, I was able to see her quilt, pillows, and table runners for the book as she made them. Her original Equalizer block was one of my favorites right from the beginning.
Amy worked really hard on this book, and boy did she do a great job. The best part of the book, in my opinion, is how incredibly versatile it is. Every single block has diagrams to use it as a pillow, table runner, and several sizes of quilts. So truly, this book can see you through MANY, MANY projects, and still have more to give!
I made my pillow out of my Best. Day. EVER! collection that came out last fall with Moda Fabrics. I figured my couches could use some springing up, if you know what I mean. When my kids saw it, they said, “Mom, you should probably make more covers for all the other pillows, they’re pretty old.”
So I guess they approve ;)
I decided to mix it up a little, and instead of using a solid for the background, I used my Playing Field print behind the colored bars, and then my First Date print on the top and bottom. To break up all that busy colored goodness, I threw in some Graph Paper from the stream color way, and left the pinked edge raw for a little fun.
The block went together easy and quick, and I’ve got to say, I think I agree with the kids. The rest of my pillows sure look “old” in comparison.
For this Pillow Collective, Amy is doing two great giveaways! First, a few fun fabric bundles, and second, her beautiful Moda Love quilt that she made last market. (Check out her pictures, here.) It’s gorgeous. To enter to win, pin a picture of any (or all! for more entries) the pillows on the blog hop to Pinterest using hashtags #thinkbigbook and #pillowcollective for lots of chances to win! (And be sure to follow me, amrosenthal!)
Also, through the 1st of March, Amy is offering 30% off her book in her shop, with discount code “ILovePillows”
(Ask my husband, I really do. Remind me sometime to show you my massive body pillow…)
The full list of participants is here, with a few people posting each day through the 27th.