Have any of you heard of a little magazine called American Patchwork and Quilting?
I kinda thought so.
Well, I am honored to be a part of their ohsofun quilt along this year! Last year I followed along as hundreds, probably thousands of you made Lissa’s “Tone It Down!” quilt, and was jealous that I couldn’t drop everything and join right in too! (It’s still on my bucket list of somedays…)
This year, the brilliant folks at American Patchwork and Quilting noticed a trend, and decided to jump on it! Four patches are making a comeback in a BIG way, and that’s what this year’s #apqQuiltalong is all about!
Choose one of three quilts to make (or make all three!), found in the April 2015 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting–on newsstands February 3rd.
Buried Treasure by April Rosenthal (That’s me!)
Rainbow Rows by THE Lissa Alexander
Scraptacular by the lovely Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts
There are a bunch of spectacular quilters playing along with us, and you’ll want to follow their progress too! Here are just a few of them:
Share your progress with all of us via social media with the #apqQuiltalong hashtag! Be sure to tag me (@amrosenthal on IG and Prairie Grass Patterns on Facebook) if you decide to make my quilt, Buried Treasure, so I’m sure to see it!
If you need a little inspiration, check out Lissa’s Pinterest board where we will be pinning as many pictures as we can find of YOUR quilts!
So, go FOUR it! I want to see what you make!
Is your style Coastal? Do you love whites, and blues, and sea foam green, and aqua, aqua, aqua? Does the salt air make you swoon, and the rough texture of rope catch your eye?
In my new book, Bedroom Style, Perfectly Pieced, coastal style is one of 5 featured design styles–and I give so many tips on how to achieve that beachy coastal style you’ve admired on your favorite blogs and home decorating shows. Coastal style is beautiful, and extremely popular right now, so jump in make your room the perfect shoreside oasis.
I chose a beautiful fabric bundle from Kate Spain’s upcoming Paradiso collection for Moda to give away this week–so you can make your very own Breaking Tide quilt. A simple pattern with big impact, Breaking Tide is the perfect complement to your bedroom.
And look at the beautiful accessories you could win to complement your new coastal quilt!
Be sure and get your entry in before this Saturday, January 24th at 12:00 CST to be eligible to win this beautiful Coastal 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!
See you by the sea!
PS Some fun news tomorrow about a certain #APQQuiltalong that I just might be participating in. You’ll want to too. xoxo
I wrote a book. It’s on Amazon, and everything. I’m still a little in shock about it.
Writing a book is crazy town–but I really wanted to do it, because I needed to talk to you all about something. I needed to show you something. I wanted to show you awesome quilters out there just how versatile patterns are. How amazing the perfect pattern and quilt can be at transforming a space, and how critical fabric choices are. I wanted to put it into pictures, let you see lots of styles side by side, so you could see exactly what I mean. So you could see that just because a pattern cover shows a quilt made in fabrics you LOATHE, doesn’t mean the whole pattern is a lost cause. In fact–that horrible cover fabric might just be the perfect opportunity for you to make something completely fabulous–completely YOU–just by changing the fabric.
If you’re anything like a lot of people I know, you have to SEE it first. It’s hard to picture just what a quilt will look like in different fabrics when it’s staring you in the face with all those fabrics and colors that just. aren’t. you. It’s much easier to move on to a pattern that shows you JUST what it will look like finished–but you miss out on so much!
SO. I wrote a book that shows you different quilt patterns, and what they look like when you change up the fabric–making the style totally different. Because the goal here, is to make quilts that help your home, and specifically your bedroom–YOU.
I want you to use my book to make the perfect quilt for your room–my guess? You’ve made quilts for all the loved ones you have, and every sweet friend under the moon, but you just haven’t had a chance to make one for your own bed yet. There are also some fun ideas and suggestions for personalizing the “store-bought” parts of your bedding too–sheets, pillowcases and the like.
In Bedroom Style, Perfectly Pieced, I will help you figure out your personal style, which fabrics might be best choices for making a quilt in that style, and give you lots of visuals and whys. It will be like having a friend right there helping you get it just right. When you finish that quilt, and figure out how to apply what you’ve learned to ANY pattern, well, that’s a whole lot more quilting possibilities!
It’s time, friends. Time for you to make the perfect quilt for your bedroom. I’ll even make it easier on you by giving away some fabric bundles…
More about that later. First I need to ask out one simple question:
Are you ready to get lucky?!?
One lucky owner of Bedroom Style, Perfectly Pieced (my book!) is going to win a bedroom makeover!
You guys. Does your bedroom need a makeover? Lucky Spool (my publisher) and I totally agree–you DO need a bedroom facelift! Imagine this: $1000 play money to make your bedroom into the perfect sanctuary you always dreamed of! We think you need a lot of fun accessories, curtains, lamps and rugs to complement the new quilt you make for your bedroom. So, we are giving away a $1,000 gift card to Crate and Barrel to complete you bedroom makeover! For an extra feel-good factor, Lucky Spool is also sending $100 to the charity of your choice too.
I’m super excited about this. I mean, it’s the perfect complement to my book, and to making your style really sing through both beautiful quilts and accessories.
Plus–5 lucky winners will receive a custom fabric bundle curated by me to make one of the quilts from the book!
Want to enter to win? (Yes, yes you do.)
- Order your copy of Bedroom Style, Perfectly Pieced
- Take the Style Quiz included in the book
- Post a picture on Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest of my book in your bedroom and tell me your style, and tell me why you deserve a 2015 bedroom overhaul! Be sure to use hashtag #bedroomstyle
- Register your entry on the Rafflecopter below. (Just keeping things legal! Don’t worry, I won’t use your information for anything other than to track entries to the competition!)
a Rafflecopter giveaway
I’ll select one winner each week for five weeks at random from all valid entries received up to that point and send you a hand-picked fabric bundle from me so that you can make one of the projects from my book. To give you a chance to get your copy ordered and shipped, and your bedroom photographed, the weekly winners will begin on the 24th of January. The Grand Prize winner will also be selected at random from all valid Rafflecopter entries received starting now and ending at midnight on the 28th of February.
Weekly winners be selected at random from all current valid entries received up to 11:59 pm PST for five consecutive Saturday’s beginning on 24 January 2015 through 21 February 2015. Winners will be selected within 48 hours after the close of the event from among all eligible entries received during the Giveaway. Weekly winners will be determined by random number generator. The chances of winning depend on the number of entries. Weekly winners will be selected from all valid entries between the commencement of this giveaway through to Saturday 21 February 2015 at 111:59:00pm PST. Winners will be announced on a giveaway post and contacted via email. Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected. Winning a weekly bundle does NOT exclude you from the final Grand Prize.
You want to enter this contest, I promise. So go! Go grab your copy then give me the show and tell about why your room needs a makeover!
About a year ago, give or take, I got an email from a friend of mine over at Lucky Spool Media, saying she wanted to put together a scrappy quilt book, and did I want to contribute? I took one look at the concept, the inspirations, and the other participants, and my answer was a quick “Definitely!” After having my own book manuscript approved, she gave me the option of backing out of Scraps, Inc. in case it was all too much. I stuck to it–I couldn’t possibly turn down a chance to be a part of something this awesome. Now that it’s a finished book–I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of it.
I’ve talked about it before, but now I get to show you!
I’m so excited to show off Scraps, Inc. and my contribution to it, Overcast. I ADORE THIS BOOK. I ALSO ADORE THIS QUILT.
This is Overcast, my new favorite baby. What started as an irish chain quickly morphed into a study on contrast and curves. It reminds me of colorful umbrellas on a wet pavement, seen from above. I love the meditative feel it has, and of course you all know how I feel about little squares. (Swoon.) I have Overcast back with me at home now, and it’s an instant favorite on my couch, for cuddling, for staring at…this quilt will always hold a particularly special place in my heart, as it was the first quilt I got to use a bit of my own fabric in!
The pictures are gorgeous. The quilts are beautiful. The contributors are awesome.
And after all those really dramatic words, the best part about this book (to me) is that it takes something you already have (scraps) and helps you make something truly lovely out of them. There are step by step instructions, and detailed illustrations. The projects range from super simple, to a bit more involved–there’s something for everyone.
This is the perfect book for yourself or for any sewist that you know. Put it on your wish list, because I promise, you want it.
And to help sweeten the deal, the publisher is giving 30% off through this blog tour. (I love deals.) Just follow this link, and then enter code SCRAPS30 at checkout, and you’ll have a beautiful book headed your way in no time.
Love you lots, friends! Go out and make something beautiful!
PS I’m the 3rd day in a 8 day blog hop. Go check out the other amazing contributors and see the beautiful quilts they contributed. It’s worth the time, truly.