Farmer’s Wife: Playing catch-up

I’ve been a slacker of epic proportions on this whole Farmer’s Wife thing. I am trying to get them all cut out, so I can just sew them up quickly, each week. For now, here are my weeks 9 & 10 blocks! (I’m only like 10 weeks behind, darnit!)

#17 Cats and Mice: This one turned out a little softer and more “pastel” than I expected, but I really like it.

#20 Churn Dash: I spent way too much time on this block, making sure that the stripes and the diamonds all went the way I wanted them to. I’m sure I’m just weird, but it drives me crazy when the pattern of the fabric isn’t all the same direction in a block. I love how it turned out though, especially because it doesn’t really look like a churn dash at first glance. Those stripes steal the show!

#21 Contrary Wife: This one is really nicely balanced, I think.  Plus, how can you not love orange and aqua together. I mean really.

#19 Checkerboard: Again with the “I’m insane and spent way to long making all the background print go the same direction”, but it pays off. I LOVE this block. The contrast is there, the direction is there, and best of all the navy blue sets off the rest of those bright colors perfectly.

And here are these four, together.

Besides the Farmer’s Wife blocks, my laundry could use a little attention today, along with some vacuuming. What do you need to catch up on today?



Winners! Winners!

Thanks so much everyone for participating last week in my contest, it was so fun to hear from so many of you! I love comments!

Here they are, the winners of my One Year Anniversary Contest! I’m not going to draw it out, because I know you are excited to hear…so drumroll please…

 

The winner of the Beginner Basics pack is

Stephanie G.!

 

The winner of the Stash Builder is

MoeWest!

 

and the winner of the Quilting Queen is

Gill!

 

and just for fun, the following 3 win a Max and Whiskers charm pack!

Linda

Judy

Deb

Ladies, email me your shipping addresses ASAP to april at prairiegrasspatterns dot com and I’ll get your prizes sent out right away!

Thanks to everyone for supporting me in my first year, here’s to many more to come!

Stay tuned this week for some new pattern previews…

xoxo

April

 



Quilt Uber-fest Day #8 – Chevron Dreams


Welcome to day #8 of Quilt Uber-fest! I’m excited to show you my block, and tell you a little about it. First though, I need to thank Scott of Blue Nickel Studios for all his hard work, and his unfailing dedication to making this little blog hop all work out. He’s been great at coordinating and putting up with all our questions. Thanks Scott!

Now on with the show!

When we were given the requirements for our block, we were asked to design something using only log cabin construction and/or half-square triangles. My mind immediately jumped to the oh-so-trendy and oh-so-fashionable chevron pattern that is all the rage right now. (Don’t believe me? Check this out over at Pinterest.) I’m not sure why, but there’s just something so unfailingly classic about a chevron pattern, and that’s how log cabin blocks and half-square triangles feel to me, too. I mean really, where would quilting be without either of those two elements?

Then, I received my fabric. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure if my little old block design was going to be able to hold its’ own with such vibrant, busy prints. But hey, I’m always up for a challenge, and hey again, I have a seam ripper, so I got to work. And let me just say: it speaks volumes about the talented Nel Whatmore that these several showstopping fabrics can coincide so excellently within the same block.

I explained the chevron part to you already, and as for the dreams? Well, the fabric line we’re working with is called Sleeping Beauty. So, here’s how I like to imagine it: A princess, asleep for a hundred years. A prince, instantly enamored the moment he sets eyes on her–she’s beautiful, of course, but also has killer taste–her outfit? Chevrons, perhaps. Or maybe that’s her curtains. He kisses her, she wakes up, they get married, have their happily ever after. She excels at being a trendy, fashionable princess even though she’s missed hundreds of thousands (millions?) of pins on Pinterest. Silly? Yes. But hey (again), she had a heck of a lot of time to dream up any number of classic styles and trends, so it makes perfect sense to me.

Classics are classics for a reason, and some girls stay trendy even in their sleep.

(And some girls sleep in yoga pants and a t-shirt. Just saying.) Click here to download the PDF (sans my silly ramblings).

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Only 2 more days to enter the contest



My first pattern in a magazine

I’m pretty darn excited, I’ve got to tell you!

I got my advance copies of Quilter’s Newsletter’s Best Fat Quarter Quilts yesterday and I had to show off to my mom and my craft night girls last night. I just couldn’t help it! I mean, it’s not every day a gal has her first quilt in a magazine. It’s a pretty neat thing to make something and have a whole team of people help you show it to the world. The ladies at Quilter’s Newsletter were great to work with, and despite some crazy shipping snafus, everything turned out well in the end.

In case you don’t remember, or weren’t around when we did this, I first met the Quilter’s Newsletter team when we made quilts to send to Japan. My mom and I drove the quilts out to Colorado because we had such an incredible response we couldn’t pay to ship all the quilts we had, and we got to meet everyone then. They asked me to submit a design to their magazine, I did, and now here it is in print!

You’ll definitely want to head out and purchase this when it hits newsstands on October 18th–not just for my sweet Confetti Parade pattern (though it’s pretty darn cute, if I do say so myself)–but because I’m in great company in this issue: Pat Bravo of Art Gallery Fabrics fame, Amanda Murphy using her own beautiful Veranda fabric, and Darlene Zimmerman (also using her new fabric line Sweethearts).

So gather up some fat quarters and get ready to hunker down with this magazine! More pictures of and details about the quilt (including close ups of Natalia‘s awesome machine quilting) when the issue is out.

Mwa!

April

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Don’t forget to enter the contest if you haven’t already (and read the post, you can earn more than one entry…) Comments close Sunday night at 11:59pm.

Head on over to see Scott’s Quilt Uber-fest block today, and then come back here tomorrow–it’s my turn to show off my block!



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