Pillow Collective: Equalizer Pillow

(PSST! There’s a giveaway at the end of this post…you should read all the way through :)

Equalizer Pillow from Think Big! book, from #bestdayeverfabric for @modafabrics by April Rosenthal #pillowcollective #thinkbigbook #aprilrosenthalHi friends!

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.”

EqualizerPillow4So 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…)



PS Pat Sloan and Amy Smart also posted about their pillows today…go check them out!

The full list of participants is here, with a few people posting each day through the 27th.

Mary Kolb

April Rosenthal

Amy Smart

Pat Sloan

Rebecca Silbaugh

Christina Lane

Becky Jorgensen

Elizabeth Evans

Natalia Bonner

Maureen Cracknell

Debbie Grifka

Christa Watson

Melissa Corry

Heather Valentine

Vintage Retro Fabric Bundle – This week’s GIVEAWAY!


Is your style Vintage Retro? Do you love combing thrift shops for relics of times gone by? Do you adore florals, and polka dots, and sorbet colored furniture? Are your walls decorated in tin signs and posters declaring allegiance to brands that no longer exist? Then you just might want to listen up, cause this week’s giveaway is just for you.


In Bedroom Style, Vintage Retro is one of five styles that is showcased, and I talk all about how to add the little touches that will make your quilts an heirloom for years to come. We’ll walk through classic “vintage” colors and accents, what fabric styles will really make your retro quilts shine, and even how to accessorize your space so that your love of all things past is evident. You’re going to have so much fun with this book!


For this week’s giveaway, I chose a beautiful bundle of Jen Kingwell’s new line, Gardenvale, from Moda fabrics. This collection features retro prints in an assortment of colors, sure to please any vintage lover. I especially love that she included black in her collection–what is more retro than sorbet colored skirts and black and white checked floors? In addition to Gardenvale, I chose several “low volume” prints for use as the background. This quilt is going to be awesome.


Be sure and get your entry in before this Saturday, February 21st at 12:00 CST to be eligible to win this beautiful Vintage Retro quilt kit–AND the $1000 Crate & Barrel Bedroom Makeover! Still need a copy of Bedroom Style? You can order it on Amazon, or snag a signed copy from my shop! (PS I finally got my books! Those who have preordered, yours are going out today.)

Talk to you soon!


Minimal Zen Fabric Bundle – This weeks GIVEAWAY!


Is your style Minimal Zen? Do you love visual cleanliness, organic spaces, natural colors and textures? Are you inspired by the outdoors, meditative decor, and stillness? Do you enjoy spaces that are uncluttered, simple, and unbroken by bright colors? This might be just the style for you.


In Bedroom Style, Minimal Zen is one of the 5 styles that I talk about and show examples of. I’ll help you figure out how to make your home and bedroom a calming oasis by choosing just the right fabric for your style, some tips and tricks for incorporating just the right amount of color into a neutral color palette, and how to transition a minimal zen space into a more modern look, if that’s more your style. Minimal Zen style is near and dear to my heart, because it’s Jacob’s favorite style. He’d adore it if our home was sparsely furnished and had very little going on, and lots of light neutral colors. Of course, with small children that’s harder than it sounds, but a guy can dream, right?


For this week’s giveaway, I chose the beautiful collection More Hearty Good Wishes by Janet Clare for Moda. Chock full of dreamy neutrals and a beautiful sprinkle of moody storm blue, this collection is a perfect start to your Minimal Zen Beaded Curtain Quilt. I added in a few of the new Moda Crossweaves in neutral tones to round out the fabrics for this kit. It’s calm, and meditative, and decidedly chic. You should definitely win this bundle.


Be sure and get your entry in before this Saturday, February 14th at 12:00 CST to be eligible to win this beautiful Global Eclectic quilt kit–AND the $1000 Crate & Barrel Bedroom Makeover! Still need a copy of Bedroom Style? You can order it on Amazon, or snag a signed copy from my shop! (PS The books in my shop are still on preorder, I should have them early next week…so if you want to get in on this giveaway, you’ll need to order elsewhere.)




Week 3 Global Bundle WINNER

Global Style - Bedroom Style Perfectly Pieced by April Rosenthal for Lucky Spool Media www.aprilrosenthal.com

Hello Friends!

Here I am to announce the third winner, of the beautiful Global bundle from Moda Fabrics! This bundle is just the right amount of fabric to make the World Traveller Quilt from my book Bedroom Style

But before I announce the winner, can I ask you lovelies to please share about the contest with your friends and family on social media? I’d love you forever. I want to be able to do more fun giveaways in the future, and to do that, well, we need people to enter this contest. :) xoxo

Okay, the winner!

camille mendel

Congratulations, Camille! I’ve got your bundle here right in front of me, ready to go!

Have you entered the contest yet? Have you told all your friends? Please do!

Go on! Snag your copy of Bedroom Style, take the quiz, take a picture, post it on social media using hashtag #bedroomstyle and get in on the fabric-y, makeover-y goodness! Enter the contest by submitting your information on the rafflecopter on the original giveaway post, here.

The next giveaway bundle is for the Minimal Zen style–and it’s sure to bring the calm to your bedroom. Soon!



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