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?



Longarm Machine Quilting:
 Kathy’s Red, White, and Black Quilt

Way, way, back in December I machine quilted this pretty little number for my awesome friend, Kathy. She made it for her little sister who requested red, white, and black piecing. When Kathy brought it to me she said “Do whatever you want!” <—Yay!

So I did.

I quilted the whole thing with red thread, for fun.

The quilt has several borders, and a pretty detailed center section, so I decided to try and emphasize that. In the middle, there is a lattice/irish chain pattern that divides the center into diamond shapes. I quilted a leaf chain along that lattice, and then freehand straight lines that alternate direction by row.

In the first border, the skinny red one, I did a simple loop.

In the second border, I did this. I don’t know what to call it.

In the outer red border, this.

I love, love, love how it turned out, but it was so hard to take pictures of.

I ended up having to take them in this high contrast light, which makes it look like I’m trying to be all moody or something. (I’m not.)

Isn’t it pretty?

xoxo

April

PS Don’t forget, my Sweetie Pie pattern is on sale through Sunday night. Don’t forget to grab yours! (The discount code is at the bottom of Tuesday’s post.)

 



Sweetie Pie:
 Quilting Pattern #117

I first sketched out Sweetie Pie after seeing some retro brickwork at a home near mine. You know the kind.

(via Pattern a Day)

Once I got started on the pattern I realized not only how simple and sweet the design is, but also how versatile those petals are!

There are 9 different layout ideas in the pattern, and dozens more just waiting to be discovered.

I made two versions of the cover quilt using Sarah Jane’s Children at Play, and then, another version using Out to Sea (her newest line for Michael Miller, which ships late summer. (Ignore the weirdly colored pictures, they’re from Sarah’s booth at market, and lighting is always such a party there.)

I love that this pattern explains a technique and lets the quilter run with it, make it their own, and rearrange and redesign to their heart’s content! Plus–all that white space means room for some really fun quilting.

This is a perfect pattern for anyone new to applique, and a really fast pattern for anyone who already has some applique under their belt. And if you want to take it a step closer to heirloom status, you’re always welcome to hand stitch around each petal with some pretty thread.

I seriously love it.

This week only, get Sweetie Pie for $6 using the code SWEETIE. Code expires Sunday at 11pm MST. If you choose PDF download, you will have it in your hot little hands immediately. If you want the paper version, well, those should ship Wednesday. A little delay at the printers has me shipping a little later than I had hoped on printed patterns, but if you’ve placed an order, fear not! It’s coming your way ASAP, I swear.

Have a lovely Tuesday, sweet friends!

xoxo

April

PS I just barely unpacked my bags from market this afternoon. I know, slacker. I have a stack of fun goodies I want to share with you. Just as soon as I get a decent picture taken. :)

PPS Notice anything different around here? What do you think? Still some tweaking to be done, but hey, isn’t there always?



Summer Star Block: A free quilt block pattern


Hey everyone! A fun treat for you today! I have a free block pattern up over at Gen Q Magazine, you don’t want to miss! Go check it out, download the free pattern, and while you’re there, explore the other cool tutorials and articles they have at their site. There’s some fun stuff there!
xoxo
April

PS: Thanks for the love on the new quilt patterns! I’m looking forward to spotlighting them in the next few days and telling you a bit more about each! Also, I may just be posting a giveaway in the next few days…just as soon as I get some last minute Market sewing done…Mwa!



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