Bee Blocks and Winners!

Hi friends! I caught up on my quilting bee blocks this week, and had a lot of fun doing it. This one here is for Nedra of Cactus Needle–the block she asked us to make was from Allison’s Spin Cycle pattern. I’ve owned this pattern for a while, but never had a chance to make it, so it was fun to get a little taste. Makes me want to make my own! Nedra asked each of us to sign our block,  to remember the fun we’re having in our quilting bee.

The other bee block I made was for Erika of Pink Suede Shoe. She wanted an improv block with only horizontal and vertical lines. (Pardon the crazy, crazy coloring on this photo. There was some weird stuff going on with the noon day sun, smoke from the wildfires, and the half-asleep lady taking pictures.) It was fun to make this block, very relaxing. I basically just did whatever I wanted, didn’t stress about it, and I think it turned out pretty darn cute. Yay! Both blocks are going in the mail today.

Of course, I’m sure you all want to know who won the fun fabric giveaway! (Sorry for not announcing it yesterday…) My friend random.org chose out the winners for me. First, for the Simply Color Jr. Jelly Roll (Yay Ombre!) the winner is:

Sara!

She said:

I am going to guess Halloween! Ü

She guessed Halloween, which isn’t the holiday I made a project for, though rumor has it Halloween is covered in the book all the same. :)

The winner of the Marmalade Fat Eighth Bundle is:

Patricia S!

She wasn’t sure on which holiday I chose, but she was pretty confident she’d win, she said:

Sew many holidays to choose from…..sew I’ll assume I guessed correctly and while we’re at it….I’ll let you choose me to win…LOL!!

Finally, I had to throw in an extra prize for the person who guessed my project holiday and inspiration exactly right, so

Jayme Christensen

wins a sweet little charm pack of Salt Air from Cosmo Cricket for Moda. She said:

I’m gonna go with your Hanukkah/Christmas tradition of celebrating both to teach your children about their heritage. I love all your creativeness so I’m sure whatever your holiday was, it’s probably the cutest project ever!!

Aw, thanks Jayme!

I’ll be back soon to give you a sneak peak of my project and tell you more about it. Great job on the guessing you guys, and congratulations to the winners!

xoxo

April

 



Kathy’s Scrap Basket

My friend Kathy made this quilt for her baby girl, using my Grammy’s Scrap Basket pattern, and Hometown by Sweetwater for Moda. It turned out totally darling, don’t you think?

I got to machine quilt it, and it was pretty darn fun. Plus, we did a little cheating on the raw edge applique–Kathy just glue sticked the letters on, and I sewed them on while I was quilting! So quick and easy! I did little bitty loop-de-loops in the white borders.

Some fun swirly flowers in the outer borders.

I traced each of the strips with wavy lines to emphasize the woven pattern.

Thanks for letting me quilt your sweet quilt, Kathy!

xoxo

April

PS Did you enter the giveaway? We’re still not at 100 entries yet, so I’m starting to think I might get to keep that Marmalade! (In other words, go tell your friends to enter. If they don’t like fabric, I’m sure they could give it to you. :)

 



Sweet Celebrations
 with the Moda Bake Shop Chefs
 (and a giveaway!)

Alright people, I’ve got news. Big news. See that really cute book up there? It’s the second Moda Bake Shop book! I’m super excited about it because I loved the first Bake Shop book, but I’m even more excited because I got to contribute to it! It’s been almost a year since I submitted proposals and started sewing, and now, finally, finally, I can tell you about it!

The premise of the book is really fun. It’s all centered around holidays and celebrations, with tons of unique projects for every season and every party. It comes out this fall (October) and I can’t wait to show you more! I’d love to show you my projects, but that’s still a surprise–so instead, you get to guess what I made! Or rather, you get to guess which holiday my project is for.

And believe me, you want to guess, because here’s what’s in it for you. A Junior Jelly Roll of Simply Color Ombre strips–part of my sweet friend Vanessa Christenson’s debut line with Moda. You really, really, want to get your hands on some of this. It’s fabulous I tell you. (And if you don’t win, you can buy it in October).

So. Make a comment telling me what holiday you think my project is for. I’ll give you a hint: I’ve blogged about celebrating it here in my home. Then, tell your friends to guess too, because if there are more than 100 guesses, I’ll throw another prize into the mix.

Like I said, you’re going to want to tell your friends. Blog about it, Facebook it, Tweet it, whatever you have to do. ‘Cause you really want a chance at this Fat Eighth Bundle of Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille for Moda. If there aren’t a hundred entries, well, I’m going to keep it for myself (orange fabric!) and you’ll be the sad, sad, person waiting until October to get your hands on it.

Guess away my friends! (I’m so excited for this book, and these fabrics! October is going to be awesome!)

xoxo

April
PS You have until next Tuesday, July 31st at 11:59pm MST to enter.

EDIT: Contest closes Sunday, August 5th at 11:59pm MST.

I’m going to wait a few more days to draw winners–because I realized, I already have my own bundle of Marmalade! This one is for you guys! That gives you plenty of time to spam everyone you know into entering. ;) Winner(s) will be announced Monday, August 6th. One entry per person, please. Good luck!
PPS Did you see my post yesterday? You really should hang out with me on Instagram. Fun times.



What I’ve been up to:
 a little fun with Instagram

Watching fireworks.

Hanging out with these cuties.

Going on a trip to Cancun with My Man for our tenth (!) anniversary.

Finding quilt inspiration from 10,000 feet.

Binding.

Longarm quilting.

Eating popsicles.

Admiring sunsets.

More longarm quilting.

Cutting.

More cutting.

Waking up early to watch dozens of hot air balloons take off.

Sending prayers to my neighbors.

Even more longarm quilting.

Watching more fireworks.

Enjoying an evening in the canyon to celebrate My Man getting his Master’s Degree. (He thinks we should now call him Master. Heh.)

Considering becoming a berryatarian.

Staying cool.

Are you on Instagram? (You should be. It’s free!) If you want to follow me, I’m amrosenthal. :) Download it at the Apple App store here, or the Android app store, here.

What have you been up to?



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